first_imgPALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies A produced another clinical performance to crush Sri Lanka A by a massive 333 runs on yesterday’s final day of the second four-day Test, and square their three-match series at 1-1.The Caribbean side bundled out the hosts for a meagre 147 in their second innings, an hour after lunch at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, to complete a dominant outing and make amends for their seven-wicket defeat in the first Test in Colombo last week.West Indies A were propelled by their trio of seamers as Delorn Johnson (2-13), Kemar Roach (2-24) and Keon Joseph (2-30) all picked up two wickets apiece while left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai claimed two for 33.Scores: West Indies A 509 for nine decl. and 216 for three decl; Sri Lanka A 245 and 147.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,In 2016, some 36 per cent of the revenue of the entire nation of Mongolia came from just one company — a copper mine. In such a situation, transparency and accountability are paramount, because of the risks. As a first step, the Mongolian Government published the contract immediately upon signing.Some 30 countries in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) have together disclosed more than 800 massive contracts. So why was Team Granger so reticent about practising good governance? Even after the oil and gas contracts were published, the world did not end for the Guyanese people.This now brings me to another big question: When will Guyana see the feasibility study on the gas pipeline that Minister David Patterson promised to release? Back in December 2017, Exxon’s Upstream Country Manager, Doug Mc Gehee, indicated to local stakeholders that his company was in fact currently studying the feasibility of having available natural gas brought onshore in order to power an envisioned power plant. Seven months have elapsed, and the Guyanese people cannot see the feasibility study.Are we walking into another dark and secret contract that would give away another chunk of Guyana?There are many arguments in favour of publishing State-executed contracts. Transparency prevents corruption, and helps build trust between the decision-makers and the people. Why would a president want his people to distrust him? Irrespective that the contract signed by Minister Raphael Trotman provided pennies on the pound for an entire nation (Guyana), its publication provided pertinent information to the analyst community to ensure that the politicians are kept on their toes, because they must never be trusted.Secondly, when one compares the US$18 million signing bonus for an entire nation to the US$10 million given to one NGO to do less than 5% of the environmental load of the nation, you can understand that Guyana got robbed blindly. And this robbery was facilitated by Team Granger, and that team must be held accountable.I must commend the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, for confirming that his party, the PPP, will not interfere with the current contract when they win the 2020 elections; that was the mature action. The newly published New York Times article (dated July 20, 2018) exposes how tattered Guyana’s reputation remains globally, and to add that we do not respect signed contracts would do further damage to that reputation.But what this contract disclosure means is that some members of Team Granger should be in jail post-2020 for their alleged white-collar criminal action closely tied to official misconduct, which is a serious crime internationally. Can you imagine a minister in Team Granger signed a contract that obligated the taxpayers to honour the corporate tax commitments of this investment from the people’s portion of the cash distribution? Would this not limit the scope for Guyana to improve its tax collection?What this Granger Government does not know, and may never know, is how much is being made? Under what terms? And by whom? Unless and until we leverage the full potential of this contract, Guyana will never know the facts. So an entire nation and its Government are clueless on the future cash flows, and this has created tons of consulting time for the consulting companies to sell their services to the investors, who are trying their best to paint a bright picture on this great swindle.In such a situation, where are the internal control systems to look after Guyana’s interest?Sincerely,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

first_imgThe program also supports the province’s LNG export opportunity as a result of the associated northeast sector upstream development.Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman says, “The royalty incentive has supported development in our natural gas sector for over a decade, and it has helped British Columbia grow into a global competitor for new energy supply and export.”Education Minister Mike Bernier, the Peace River South MLA, adds, “The Infrastructure Royalty Credit Program is unique to B-C and an important generator of employment and investment across the north”, and he adds, “It also supports long term planning and helps our natural resource industry with the necessary infrastructure to expand our markets.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Through British Columbia’s Infrastructure Royal Credit Program, the provincial government has confirmed today it has approved $120 million in royalty deductions with the aim of creating jobs and supporting the construction of 15 infrastructure projects, across a wide region of the northeast.The IRCP is designed to keep the natural gas sector flourishing by attracting investment in new roads and pipeline projects and facilitates growth in communities like Fort St. John, Fort Nelson and Dawson Creek.It comes at a time when the region has been struggling with the highest unemployment in the province, posting a jobless rate of more than 9% in the past five months, and now more than 3% higher than the provincial rate.- Advertisement -As a result of this year’s program the province says approximately $185 million is expected to reach service-sector companies, creating more than 1600 new jobs.In addition, to new economic development, government royalty revenue increases as a result of new wells being drilled, after the infrastructure is built.In today’s news release the government says 5 years from now the 2016 IRCP is expected to generate about $153 million in net revenue for the Province.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBallyshannon 400 eveningWe will have an evening of activities in Father Tierney Park for the Ballyshannon 400 celebrations this Friday, 9th August.Commencing from 6pm there will be an exhibition of club history upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh, with photography – recent and vintage, old newspaper reports and archive video footage playing on our video screens. The under 12 Willie Rogers tournament will also be in progress across the evening so there will be a great buzz around the club. Come on up, it will be well worth the visit.FootballAodh Ruadh seniors and reserves will be in intermediate championship quarter-final second leg action this Saturday, 10th August.Throw in times await confirmation. A strong second half display saw Aodh Ruadh overturn a six point half time deficit and claim the Southern Regional Board minor title in a sodden Gaelic Park last Wednesday night.Aodh Ruadh ran out winners over Four Masters on a final scoreline of 1-10 to 2-5. It was a game where Aodh Ruadh played in fits and starts, a hungry Four Masters side determined not to let them find their rhythm.Daniel Kelly pulled off two great saves to keep Aodh Ruadh in the tie early on, while Matthew Maguire didn’t put a foot wrong all day in what were dicey conditions for defenders to deal with.Darren Gethins and Eamonn McGrath had a good battle with Jason Carr and Kevin Breslin in midfield, with the Aodh Ruadh getting the better of it the longer the game went on.With Four Masters hitting 11 wides to Aodh Ruadh’s six the importance of David McGurrin’s economy with shooting opportunities could not be over-stated. Pauric Patton also made a marked impact on his introduction, helping swing the midfield exchanges in Ballyshannon’s favour and giving them greater penetration up front. We have a full match report on aodhruadh.org, while Ronan Matthews has a great gallery of pictures from the game up on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.Congratulations to the team and their management, Shane Ward and Gregory Sweeney on a great result.The county semi-finals will take place on Friday 16th August, with the pairings awaiting the outcome of the Northern Board final on Wednesday 14th August.The under 10s will have Go Games blitz on Wednesday 14th August in Glenties. We will be contesting this blitz against Four Masters and Naomh Conaill. Games throw in at 6.30pm and we are looking for parents/guardians to assist with transport to the game.That blitz if rapidly followed by another one on Saturday 17th August when we are down to travel to Ardara.Once again we will be looking for help transporting players to the game. Under 10 training continues this Friday as usual in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm.With the various activities being staged at the Park in association with the Ballyshannon 400 festivities there will be no under 8 training this week.However there is an under 10 blitz in Mountcharles on Saturday 10th August.The games throw in at 11am and we are asking parents/guardians to provide transport directly to the game.Anyone who is unable to travel to the game but who has a player who needs a lift is asked to contact John Hughes on 0876431805.Players are asked to be at the grounds in Mountcharles for 10.30pm at the latest in order to allow us to determine numbers and get the lads warmed up.The under 13 team have commenced training and anyone born in the years 2000, 2001 and 2002 interested in playing is invited to contact Peter McKenna 087-9755466 or Alan Sweeney 086-8052816.The Annual Willie Rogers takes place this Friday, 9th August starting at 5.30pm with teams from Derrygonnelly, Bundoran, Manorhamilton, Mountcharles, Belleek and Donegal attending.Parents are asked to bring up refreshments for the teams.This is happening as part of the Ballyshannon 400 celebrations and we look forward to a big crowd up to support our U12s.Play your partBord na nÓg continue to look for volunteers to help out with various jobs in particular with shifts on lotto duty.Anyone willing to volunteer two hours of their time to help sell lotto is asked to please contact Tracey Flood on 0861764998 to add your name to the contact list.As lotto is now being sold in two venues we do need more people to help out with this at intervals – don’t worry volunteering won’t have you selling every week!Bord na nÓg have registered for the Lucozade Sports caps for gear promotion. We ask all club members to collect their Lucozade sports caps.We can then exchange these bottle caps for gear or equipment.The promotion runs till 31st October and we will arrange collection venues and dates over the coming weeks.HurlingThe senior hurlers third championship outing is away to Burt on Wednesday 7th August. This a critical fixture as the loser will go out of the championship reckoning.Throw-in for the game is 7.30pm and a good show of support is urged for this game.The under 16s had a very tough game with Saint Eunan’s in the league last Thursday. The game was played in horrendous conditions in Father Tierney Park.It really was a game of two halves. Aodh Ruadh with the wind advantage built up a big lead at half time and they were lucky to have it as they failed to score in the second half.Despite having a number of lads playing well below par, they battled hard throughout the second half and held out for a valuable win on a 4-3 to 2-7 score line.They are away to Letterkenny Gaels this Thursday.The under 12s are at home to Setanta this Thursday.Aodh Ruadh were well represented at the Ulster Blitz held in Tyrone’s Centre of Excellence at Garvaghey.Donegal had three teams taking part in the blitz: Under 13s, Under 14s and Under 16s. Pauric Keenaghan, Aaron Peach, Liam O’Sullivan, Seosiamh McGee, Cathal Canavan, Cathal Feeney and Phillip Myers played for the Under 13s who lost both their games to Derry and Wicklow.Conall Sweeney and Ryan Ayres played for the under 14s who lost to Antrim, Derry and Down, Michael Ayres was involved in the management of this team.The under 16s beat Antrim, lost narrowly to Down and suffered a heavy defeat to Derry, Oisín Rooney, Brendan Gillespie, Shane McGrath and Cian Duffy represented the club on this team.All four of the lads are underage again next year.It was a big step up in class for all our lads to play the top teams in Ulster and hopefully the experience will bring them on.Seats are going fast on the bus for our annual trip to Croke Park for the All-Ireland semi-final, this year’s game promises to be a cracker between Clare and Limerick.For any information on the trip please contact John Rooney 086-2587793.Training as normal at 12 noon on Sunday we would particularly like to see an increase in our numbers at under 10.LadiesThe senior girls continue their championship preparation and played Manorhamilton on Friday evening last winning well with a good performance.This Sunday we host Cloughaneely in the first round of Intermediate Championship. Best of luck to everyone involved.The minor season kicks off next Tuesday with an away game to Glenties. Training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm.The under 14 girls start their second round of games this Thursday with a home fixture against Glenfin at 7pm.After some good results in the first round of games, the girls have qualified to play in the A competition, so some tough games are promised over the next few weeks and lots of support would be appreciated.The under 12 girls take a break for two weeks. Training will resume in September.Fantasy race for Sam 2013Sean McKenna (McKenna’s Machine) continues at the top on 273 points. He has opened a sizeable lead to Mick Melly (King of the Hill) in second on 250.Joe Gillespie (M team) remains in third place on 238. There is quite a queue building up in fourth with Caoimhin MacAoidh (An Giotoz), Niall Clancy (Run Forest Run), and Noel McGrath (Carpenter Rovers) all still in contention on 230 points.At the bottom its very simple. Shauna O’Mahoney (Girls Rule) are in last place on 35 points.She will remain there unless Bernard Brogan scores another point this year. If he scores two, then Bobby Murphy (Chunky Chips) who is on 36 points will be the last place winner.Others to join the last five this week were John Patton (The Bookie Men) on 62 along with Philip Mulrone (Undertakers are go) on 63 with Ciaran McLoone (Buckfast Athletic GFC) on 67.The leader board is be available every Tuesday in the Bridgend Bar, Owen Roes and Ballybookies, of course we also publish the leader board weekly on aodhruadh.org.Recreational footballRecreational continues this Saturday with a later throw-in of 7pm. There is some serious skill on show here folks, real outside of the boot stuff, so if you’re interested in getting out for a bit ball and a bit of craic head along to the Park for a game.For more information just text or call Peter (0879755466) or Alan (0868052816).Stags and hensDon’t miss the hilarious comedy Stags And Hens by Willy Russell in the Abbey Centre on Saturday 10th August at 8.30pm. This production is presented by Yellow Moon Theatre Company from Wexford and stars our own Aisling Finn and Paddy Campbell.Anniversary massColman Kerr’s anniversary mass will take place on Thursday August 8th at 7.30pm in Saint Patrick’s church, Ballyshannon.Guess the ScoreThere was no winner in guess the score. Jack McCadden won the seller’s prize for all who returned completed cards and gets a football.Well done and thanks to everyone who sold and bought lines.On their bikesAodh Ruadh will be hosting cyclists from Errigal Ciaran and Saint Mary’s, Sligo over the course of Saturday 17th August as they stop for refreshments in Father Tierney Park during fund-raising cycles for their clubs.The Saint Mary’s cyclists are traveling a loop from Sligo, Blacklion, Ballyshannon and back to Sligo and have invited any Ballyshannon cyclist who might be interested in joining them for the spin to come along.They are rolling out at 9am from the Saint Mary’s grounds in Sligo. Anyone interested can contact Brian Kelly for more information on 0872861914.LottoThere was no winner of the €4,900 Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot last Sunday. The numbers drawn were 1, 2, 10, 14, 15 and 18.In the lucky dip €20 each went to: Deirdre McIntyre, The Mall; Seamus O’Neill; Dympna Cronin, Lawne Park; Bríd Campbell, Corker; and Pat Gruddy Assaroe View.Next draw is in Owen Roe’s Bar on Sunday at 8.30pm. The jackpot is €5,000 so get out there and buy your ticket; if you’re not in, you can’t win!The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: JUVENILE HURLERS.The lotto team for Kernan’s Spar this Saturday is: SENIOR HURLERS.GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH CAPTURE THE SOUTHERN REGIONAL TITLE was last modified: August 7th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Aodh RuadhBallyshannonbingofixturesGAAlottoNoticesResultsSportlast_img read more

first_imgThis is the dramatic video footage just moments after a Donegal man was plucked from the sea to safety.The lobster fisherman was rescued after Inishowen sheep farmer John Grant heard his cry for help while tending to his sheep at Tullagh Bay. The circumstances surrounding the rescue are even more amazing considering the man was an estimated half a mile out to sea clinging to a lobster buoy.John Grant contacted Malin Head radio station who set in motion a chain of events which saw the man’s rescue.The Lough Swilly RNLI footage shows the man being taken from a civilian boat to the Lough Swilly RNLI lifeboat before being taken ashore.The rescue 118 helicopter then takes the man from Tullagh Beach to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry for treatment. Well done to all involved in the rescue.It once again highlights the amazing work doe by our volunteer sea rescue services around out coastline.Simply click the video to play.All rights of the video are property of the Lough Swilly RNLI. DDTV – VIDEO FOOTAGE OF MAN’S RESCUE AFTER FARMER HEARS HIS CRY FOR HELP AT SEA was last modified: May 19th, 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:clonmanydonegalInishowenJohn GrantLough Swilly RNLYrescuelast_img read more

first_img If a super-flu begins spreading here, states and cities will have to ration scarce medications and triage panicked patients to prevent them from overwhelming hospitals and spreading infection inside emergency rooms, the plan says. It provides long-awaited guidance to the front-line local officials urging them to figure out now how they would prevent that and to practice their own plans to make sure they’ll work. Whittier Hospital Medical Center already has a plan in place, said Kym Lengyel, an infection control nurse at the medical center. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “If we have an influx of patients all at once, we would isolate them in the ER or other units that could handle an overflow,’ she said. “We would also discharge the less sick to provide more space.’ The medical center also is stockpiling medications such as Tamiflu, which officials hope will offer some relief of flu symptoms. “Right now, we don’t know if they would be effective, but we have the medications here,’ Lengyel said. Los Angeles County’s top health official, however, expressed concerned about space at area hospitals. “There is a limited surge capacity in the hospitals,’ said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health and health officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. “We will probably ask the hospitals to reduce or suspend elective emissions. And, another question is, who would staff the hospitals? We already have a nursing shortage in the county. And a lot of health workers might be sick. We are concerned about this issue of surge capacity.’ Pandemics, or worldwide outbreaks, strike when the easy-to-mutate influenza virus shifts to a strain that people have never experienced before, something that happened three times in the last century. It’s impossible to predict the toll of the next pandemic, but a bad one could infect up to a third of the population and, depending on its virulence, kill anywhere from 209,000 to 1.9 million Americans, according to the Bush administration’s new Pandemic Influenza Plan. The illness will spread fastest among school-aged children, infecting about 40 percent of them, and decline with age, the plan estimates. It puts the health costs alone, not counting disruption to the economy, at $181 billion for even a moderately bad pandemic. It’s also impossible to predict when the next pandemic will strike. But concern is rising that the Asian bird flu, called the H5N1 strain, might trigger the next one if it eventually becomes easily spread from person to person. With a public increasingly jittery about the H5N1 spread among birds and a drumbeat of criticism that the nation is woefully unprepared, President Bush on Tuesday outlined a $7.1 billion strategy to get ready for a pandemic. Topping his list is improving systems to detect and contain the next super-flu before it reaches the United States and overhauling the vaccine industry so that, eventually, scientists could quickly brew enough for everyone within months of a pandemic’s appearance. That vaccine improvement will take years to implement and the details released Wednesday stress that early on, the public will be depending on scarce supplies of anti-flu drugs and stockpiled vaccines and old-fashioned ways of limiting viral spread. Stockpiled drugs “are not the equivalent of preparedness,’ Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt told a Senate subcommittee Wednesday as he unveiled the details. Indeed, the plan stresses that if a pandemic begins, Americans should limit visits to doctors and hospitals unless absolutely necessary and hospitals should triage those seeking care so that suspected super-flu cases have limited contact with other patients. At Whittier Hospital Medical Center, officials woul d set up a triage area in the parking lot. Nurses and doctors who are off duty would be summoned to report to work, said Lengyel. But critics battered Bush’s plan for the federal government to stockpile enough of the anti-flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza to treat 44 million people and make states buy another 31 million treatment courses, mostly with their own money, to cover the rest of the anticipated need. “States are extremely nervous about what’s going to be required of them,’ Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., told Leavitt. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said he doesn’t trust the administration’s assessment of the nation’s health care needs and demanded that Leavitt provide more information about its response to the evolving bird flu. “Could we have acted sooner to avoid the situation we are in now, in effect running for cover?’ he said. “We need a better way of finding out what the hell is going on.’ Sustained person-to-person spread of the bird flu or any other super-influenza strain anywhere in the world could prompt the United States to implement travel restrictions or other steps to block a brewing pandemic, according to federal plans released Wednesday. • Interactive: Fighting The Flu • Locator: Need a flu shot? Find one near you! For More Info 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

first_imgChelsea have struggled to create chances in a cagey opening 25 minutes at Stamford Bridge.Stoke started brightly with Xherdan Shaqiri prominent, but the first chance fell to Chelsea’s Bertrand Traore,Traore, playing up front because of a tendon injury to Diego Costa, miscued completely from Cesar Azpilicueta’s first-time cross after a glorious long pass by Branislav Ivanovic.Eden Hazard – on his 200th Chelsea appearance for Chelsea – was at the heart of the home side’s best moments but was unable to find a final pass on several occasions.Oscar also sent in a testing low cross after a neat turn, while at the other end Thibaut Courtois made a decent save from Ibrahim Afellay’s long-range strike and Mame Diouf shot over when he should have scored.Blues boss Guus Hiddink left Cesc Fabregas on the bench, but there were recalls for John Mikel Obi, Willian and Baba Rahman.The Blues and the Potters are both chasing a fourth consecutive Premier League victory. A Chelsea win would take them above Stoke in the table and could see them which could take them up to seventh place in the table.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Baba, Ivanovic, Cahill; Matic, Mikel; Willian, Hazard, Oscar, Traore.Subs: Begovic, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Pato. Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgFortuna High was shut out in its season opener on the road at Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa 38-0, Thursday night at Recreation Park in Healdsburg.Cardinal Newman (1-0) stormed out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter and didn’t look back, more than doubling up its lead before halftime to take a 31-0 advantage into halftime.Cardinal Newman scored on its second play from scrimmage after a lengthy kick return saw them set up shop deep inside Fortuna’s side of the field. Quarterback Jackson Pavitt …last_img read more

first_img26 February 2008South Africa boasts a vibrant cycling community – both roadies and off-roaders – and when it comes to off-road action, one event has elevated itself to the top of the pile: the Subaru Sani2c, covering 260km from Underberg to Scottburgh in KwaZulu-Natal. It takes place from 27 February to 1 March.It has been voted the best race in the country by a number of different publications, and it is a view commonly held by mountain bikers themselves.Respected television cycling presenter Andrew McLean, a roadie, who has of late been learning the joys of off-road competition, wrote after he took part in the event: “I have been lucky enough over the past 25 years to experience some wonderful international and local events, but this was the icing on the cake.”‘The event to do’Kevin Evans of Team Raleigh/MTN/Energade, a dominant force in South African mountain biking and the winner of the 2007 race, reckons “without a doubt, the Subaru Sani2C is the event to do.”The race draws a varied mix of athletes, from top South African mountain biking teams to those less competitive riders for whom finishing the event is the accomplishment that they seek.What is clear, no matter how accomplished the competitors are, is the standard of the organisation impresses everybody, from professional athletes and on down the ranks. It is top notch.Two divisionsThe event is divided into two, the Sani2c Adventure and the Sani2c.Each division caters for 500 teams and 100 supporters. Both sets of entrants follow the same route, but the Adventure race is for those cyclists who prefer not to race competitively. It also starts a day earlier than the Sani2c.The division enables the organisers to accommodate all entrants, whilst also preventing congestion and frustration where the route follows a single track.On the race’s comprehensive website, contestants laud the race route. For some, it appears, they have found mountain biking nirvana. It’s a challenging course that provides a superb mix of surfaces, climbs and descents, and scenery.Day oneDay one starts at Underberg School and covers 82 kilometres to the MacKenzie Country Club in Eastwold, Ixopo.The cyclists set off surrounded by the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains, with the first 30 kilometres featuring a fast, scenic and undulating district road before the competitors are tested by a shorter section requiring more technical riding skills.Then, it’s back onto the district road and the first water table before heading into forests and exiting them to descend towards Bulwer.At the Bulwer/Underberg road crossing is the second water table. Thereafter, a gentle forest road leads into a fast descent to the bottom of the valley. That is followed by a climb before another descent through the Nxumeni Forest.The third water table point is reached at Donnybrook Station. A technical climb is followed by a pine forest road, during which the altitude drops as the riders head into the final valley for the day.Quiet country back roads take the cyclists to an uphill finish at MacKenzie Country Club, which hosts the first overnight stop.Day twoThe second day is the longest of the three days, covering 96.7 kilometres, from MacKenzie Country Club to Jollivett, 10 kilometres south of Highflats.It features an early start, with the competitors rising at 04:30 and setting off an hour later.In the early going, a single track provides scintillating views of the Umkomaas Valley, while short sections of forest roads allow for overtaking.After 20 kilometres there is a steep drop into the valley, but what goes down must come up and the descent is followed by three short sections of concrete roads, featuring challenging climbs.Once over the lung-bursting climbing, the riders head onto a single track that winds its way through thorn trees for about five kilometres before opening onto a game farm. That’s where competitors will find the first seconding table.The refreshment point is also an indicator that a tough climb awaits as the route heads up and out of the valley. It’s a tough ascent, but the steepest gradient occurs early on.Before reaching the summit, a second refreshment table awaits the competitors. Then, two kilometres of game farm roads allow them to recover a little before facing a testing descent into the Ixopo River Valley.The halfway mark for the day is reached once the river has been crossed. At a farm yard, there is a mandatory 10-minute stop, which offers the opportunity for contestants to catch a bite to eat and take in some liquids.Moving on through the valley, the riders reach a district road before facing another tough climb out of the humid conditions in the valley.After that, 20 kilometres of forest roads follow before the final 2.3 kilometres which features tarred road.Day threeThe final day is 71 kilometres long, from the Roseveres Farm at Jollivett to the main beach in Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.It is the easiest of the three days, and faster and less technically demanding than the tough challenge presented by the second day.Heading out through sugar cane farms, a long descent is followed by a hard climb. Then it’s onto a single track before more sugar cane roads wander through farmlands.A number of climbs vary the challenge before a testing technical climb, known as “Work to be done”, ups the work rate. From there, the route heads onto jeep tracks into the Vernon Crooke’s Nature Reserve and then onto a single track through coastal bush.With the finish at the coast drawing ever nearer, the route passes through canelands before dirt roads guide the cyclists through coastal valleys.Finally, after ascending the dunes, the route heads onto the main beach at Scottburgh for the finish.Race aimsThe organisers, in laying out their aim for the Sani2c, stress that the event is a non-profit making concern which endeavours to promote tourism and conservation along the race route for the benefit of its people.Among the objectives of the race are to raise funds for community education and to create an awareness of the tourism potential of the region.Apart from the title sponsor Subara, the event has drawn a huge number of other sponsors, eager to be part of a highly-regarded race. For the 2007 race, there were eight supply sponsors, 15 product sponsors, six media sponsors, and two communications sponsors.Clearly, the Sani2c has won the respect of contestants and sponsors alike and, with its recognition as South Africa’s best off-road race, it is a must-do for any fan of MTB events. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more