Govt admits approaching Canadian High Commissioner for answers

first_imgCharrandas death threatsGovernment has admitted it approached the Canadian High Commission in Guyana after one of its security officer rendered assistance to former Member of Parliament, Charrandas Persaud, whose “yes” vote on a No-confidence Motion brought down the Government.In a statement on Friday, the Foreign Affairs Ministry admitted that a formal approach was made to the Canadian High Commission stationed in Georgetown.According to the Ministry, explanations were sought about certain breaches of protocol, though it did not identify what these breaches were.“In keeping with normal diplomatic procedures, a note was dispatched on Monday, January 7, to the High Commission and meetings were subsequently held onCanadian High Commissioner Lilian ChatterjeeWednesday, January 9, and (Friday) with High Commissioner (Lilian Chatterjee),” the statement said.The Foreign Affairs Ministry went on to cite its responsibility to seek “clarification” on the reports of breaches of diplomatic protocol by a foreign mission which it received.“This process in ongoing and the Ministry is working with the Canadian High Commission to ensure that the matter reaches a satisfactory conclusion,” the Foreign Affairs Ministry added.On December 21, 2018, the No-confidence Motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition – the People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) – against the Government succeeded when Persaud, at the time an Alliance For Change (AFC) Member of Parliament, broke rank and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.Outside the chambers, Persaud said he voted that way because of the AFC’s subordinate role to the majority A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).Persaud cited examples, such as Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence’s controversial statement about hiring party faithful, and pointed out that the AFC leadership did not condemn, but rather condoned the statement.“I am an AFC member, and I’m extremely disappointed in the AFC team. MyFormer MP, Charrandas Persaudreason for voting in favour of the motion is that I have no confidence in what the AFC team will do,” Persaud had said, when questioned by the media.At the time, the former MP had noted that his actions have put his life in jeopardy.As he broke tide and delivered the proverbial nail in the APNU/AFC coffin, the MP’s life was threatened twice; he was hit by both colleagues flanking him as well as received many explicit comments within a five-minute period.This was all done while the National Assembly broadcasted the sitting live on its website. The video on the Parliament website showing clearly what transpired. Persaud received the hostile treatment from his colleagues after he voted his conscience and sided with the Opposition People’s Progressive Party’s motion of no-confidence against the Government, of which he is a part. During the final part of the 03h:51m:04s video, during the second part of the debate, when Persaud delivered his first “yes”, all hell broke loose. He received the first punch on his left arm, at 03h:33m:04s in the video, by an APNU MP who insisted that Persaud “can’t vote against the Government.” This was followed by a series of expletives by the same MP and surprisingly Persaud received another punch from anotherForeign Affairs Minister Carl GreenidgeAPNU MP at 03h:32m:28s in the video. Then came the issue of death threats to Persaud. If one listens to the video, you would find that at 03h:33m:04s and 03h:35m:35s in the video, he receives the threats “Charrandas you gon dead tonight” and “Charrandas you want dead tonight” respectively. It sounded as though the threats came from a female MP on the Government side of the house.Persaud had left Guyana on December 22, 2018; one day after the Government fell, via the Eugene F Correia International Airport, Ogle, East Coast Demerara.Reports are Persaud, who had expressed fear for his life after having voted against the Government, had contacted the Canadian High Commission for assistance. Persaud was subsequently granted security assistance to the airport where he boarded a plane bound for Barbados and subsequently went on to Canada. He was also accompanied by Peter Ramsaroop. It is being alleged that the security protocol was breached when Ramsaroop accompanied the security officer and Charrandas onto the tarmac of the East Coast Demerara airport.Meanwhile, Ramsaroop has also denied any wrongdoing, telling reporters on Wednesday that Charrandas had requested his help – something which he would have done for any of his friends.The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has since suspended the issuance of protocol passes at the airports. However, on Wednesday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo dismissed these claims as mischievous, saying that the businessman is free to befriend whomever he wants to, even if it’s persons from the opposite side of the house. It was against this backdrop that Canadian High Commissioner Lilian Chatterjee was called for a meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge on Wednesday.The Canadian envoy confirmed that the meeting took place but opted not to divulge any further details when questioned by the media on the matter at an event on Thursday.last_img read more

Ousted attorney called longtime source of friction

first_imgWhile much of the nation frames the immigration debate around employment, in San Diego and other border areas illegal immigration is often linked with serious criminal activity. Crimes like the killing of a rookie police officer from Oceanside by a twice-deported illegal immigrant and convicted felon created a strong public appetite for get-tough tactics by the federal government. “The immigration issue is one that is exploited politically,” said Michael J. Aguirre, San Diego’s city attorney. Lam’s ouster has also produced other theories. Senate Democrats have repeatedly asserted that she appears to have been removed because of her pursuit of Cunningham and other public officials. The evidence cited by Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and others includes a May 2006 e-mail message from a top Justice Department official calling Lam “the real problem.” That message was written just after she notified the department that she intended to execute search warrants on a high-ranking official of the CIA, and amid reports that other elected officials could be investigation targets. But the documents suggest that the “real problem” mentioned in the e-mail message was related instead to complaints about her handling of immigration matters, which reached Justice Department officials even before the plan to oust several U.S. attorneys was conceived, in late 2004. Republican House members from California sent the first in a series of letters saying that her office was failing to prosecute many people smuggling large numbers of immigrants.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Among the cases of the eight federal prosecutors dismissed by the Justice Department last year, none brought more accusations of egregious political retaliation than that of Carol C. Lam. Democrats in Congress and others have suggested that Lam, the former U.S. attorney in San Diego, was ousted largely to stymie her investigations of Republicans and Defense Department officials, after a prosecution of a Republican congressman from California. But interviews with law enforcement officials in California and an examination of e-mail released by the Justice Department demonstrate that Lam was a source of long-standing vexation to the department, with which she differed on prosecutorial strategy. Lam ran afoul of local officials and the department as far back as 2004 over her decision to pursue far fewer cases of illegal immigration than similar districts did, choosing instead to personally prosecute a case against a health care company. She also prosecuted too few gun-crime cases for the administration’s taste. “Have a heart-to-heart with Lam about the urgent need to improve immigration enforcement,” said a June 2006 e-mail message that D. Kyle Sampson, the chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, wrote to another senior department official. “If she balks on any of the foregoing or otherwise does not perform in a measurable way by July 15 ((my date)) remove her.” The dismissal of Lam, who declined to comment for this article, still came as a shock to many of her law enforcement colleagues in Southern California. They said that they never saw her problems with the Justice Department as serious enough to warrant her removal and that her record on white-collar prosecutions, including that of former Rep. Randy Cunningham, was considered exemplary. Several of her colleagues said they were disturbed that Lam had learned about her ouster from material reportedly leaked to news organizations, in which her competence was seriously maligned. “Carol Lam was a person of impeccable integrity,” said Bonnie M. Dumanis, the district attorney in San Diego, who worked closely with Lam on many issues. “I think those of us in law enforcement were sad to see her leave.” But Lam’s decision to focus on high-level offenders in immigration cases, rather than to roll up large numbers of individual prosecutions, appears to have been a political miscalculation of the highest order. last_img read more

FIFA put plans for new Club WC, Nations League on hold

first_img0Shares0000Gianni Infantino stepped back from adopting plans for a new Club World Cup and global Nations League as the FIFA Council met in Kigali © AFP / Cyril NDEGEYAKIGALI, Rwanda, Oct 26 – FIFA President Gianni Infantino has delayed any decision over his plans for a lucrative new Club World Cup and global Nations League amid widespread opposition, instead setting up a taskforce to further look into the proposals.Speaking at a press conference in the Rwandan capital Kigali, where the FIFA Council has been meeting, Infantino said the taskforce will present “concrete proposals” at a meeting in Miami next March. The plans have been harshly criticised by opponents who say the international calendar is already overcrowded and have accused the FIFA president of using the projects to help win votes for re-election in June next year.A source told AFP that Infantino stepped back from adopting the new competitions on Friday when UEFA delegates threatened to walk out of the meeting.That is after the World Leagues Forum, a grouping of professional leagues, sent a letter to Infantino demanding that no final decision be taken in Kigali and lamenting the lack of any consultation. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has also been critical of the plans.“I am happy to have contributed to peace in the world today if some were seeing it so dramatic,” Infantino remarked.“Everyone agrees the Club World Cup needs to be revamped, everyone in the world.“There are some who have different interests. We were not going to decide today how to revamp them, there are different options on the table.“FIFA’s duty is to organise competitions, so I don’t understand why we cannot talk about them.”– ‘No sovereign fund involved’ –Infantino is pushing to revamp the Club World Cup by boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format, 12 of them European. Currently the competition, which elicits little interest outside of Latin America, is played every year in December.His other project is to launch a biennial league tournament for nations, the global Nations League, a sort of mini-World Cup with eight national teams competing. UEFA recently launched its own European Nations League.Infantino says he has an offer of $25 billion over 12 years for the two competitions from a group of investors, which the Financial Times has identified as SoftBank from Japan, backed by Saudi Arabia among others.The 48-year-old FIFA president nevertheless insisted that “no sovereign fund is involved”.The source added: “UEFA are against these new competitions, because the Club World Cup would trim their share of the market from the Champions League, and by creating a global Nations League, FIFA would want to take over the commercialisation of the rights for all Nations Leagues.”Infantino suggested that it would be better for FIFA to organise a tournament that redistributes money around the game than for top European clubs to regularly travel abroad to take part in money-spinning friendly matches.“Everyone is happy to go around the world and try to cash in as much as possible. The only organisation in the world of football which is doing solidarity and development all over the world is FIFA,” he said.“There is certainly space for these games, interesting club games, without adding to the international match calendar.”Infantino also used the Council meeting to confirm that FIFA is opposed to La Liga’s plans to stage a match between Barcelona and Girona in the United States in January.In addition, FIFA endorsed a package of proposals to reform the transfer system, including reintroducing licences for player agents and limiting the number of players that can be loaned out by clubs.South American federation CONMEBOL’s request to move the Copa America from odd to even years and be held every four years from 2020 was granted, as was the Confederation of African Football’s request to stage the 2023 Cup of Nations in June and July, as is already planned for next year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Hilarious vine: San Marino player is taken out by the pitch during England defeat

first_imgWe’ve all had bad days, but this San Marino player might have wanted the ground to swallow him up on Saturday.The incident happened during his nation’s heavy 6-0 defeat to England which duly clinched the Three Lions’ qualification to next summer’s Euro 2016 finals in France.The pitch in Serravalle came in for scrutiny well in advance of the tie, and it appeared to only get worse as the game developed.Watch the hilarious clip below: 1 Wayne Rooney last_img

No clause in place preventing Man City signing Bayern Munich players

first_img Pep Guardiola could be tempted to raid Bayern Munich in the transfer window 1 Suggestions Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is contractually prohibited from signing players from his previous club Bayern Munich are incorrect, Press Association Sport understands.The German side’s winger Douglas Costa has this week been quoted by Brazilian television network Globo Esporte as saying of Guardiola: “It is something he has in the contract, a clause that he can’t take anyone from Bayern.”But sources at City have indicated that is not the case, with there being nothing of that nature to stop them doing business with Bayern in future should they seek to.Guardiola officially starts work at City on a three-year deal next month, when his Bayern contract will have expired.The Blues made their first new signing of the summer last week when they recruited Germany defender Ilkay Gundogan from Bayern’s Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund.The Premier League side have since been linked with Dortmund and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.last_img read more

West Bromwich Albion sign former Crystal Palace forward

first_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 1 ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury West Brom have strengthened their forward options with the signing of Bakary Sako.The 30-year-old Mali international has agreed a deal until the end of the current season. He was available as a free agent after leaving Crystal Palace in the summer. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY 👋🏼 @sakobakary26!#WBA pic.twitter.com/VSWbPe6L5t— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) October 2, 2018Baggies boss Darren Moore told the club’s official website: “We’re delighted to have Bakary on board.“From day one he’s shown support to the group. When we’ve been preparing for matches he’s been right behind the squad. Credit to him.“He’ll bring wealth of experience to the team and a different dimension. He can play both [as a wide player and a central striker].” Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade silverware Moore is thrilled with the club’s latest acquisition center_img RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED REVEALED huge blow BEST OF Sako admitted Moore was a big factor in his decision to make the move to The Hawthorns.He said: “He played a big part. A lot of Premier League clubs wanted me but as soon as I knew Darren wanted to see me I went to see him straight away and we clicked.“The way he manages players, the way he talks, he’s passionate and I love that, that’s why I came here.” LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more

Women’s Basketball to Play Three Road Games this Week

first_imgWyoming (3-0) is coming off a 61-51 road win at Denver. Senior Liv Roberts is averaging a team-high 15.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest for the Cowgirls. This will be just the second meeting all time between the teams. Drake beat Wyoming 63-50 last season in Des Moines. Mississippi Valley State (0-2) starts the tournament against Colorado (3-1) on Friday afternoon. The Devilettes have three players who average double figures. Drake and MVSU have never played before. The Buffaloes defeated then No. 24 Miami, 67-61, in their last game. Kennedy Leonard averages a team-high 14.3 points per game. Drake defeated Colorado, 82-66, in the 1999 WNIT in the only game of the series.Following the road trip, Drake returns to Des Moines to host Iowa State on Nov. 30 in the first five straight home games. The game against the Cyclones will start at 7 p.m. and be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3 and Mediacom MC22.  Print Friendly Version Wyoming Live Video Wyoming Live Stats Story Links George Mason (3-1) has a busy schedule prior to the Rocky Mountain tournament with games set for Monday and Wednesday. The Patriots, who also played in the Preseason WNIT, host American Monday and Illinois State Wednesday, before making the trip west. George Mason is led in scoring by freshman Nicole Cardano-Hillary at 17.3 points per game while UConn transfer Natalie Butler averages a double-double at 16.5 points and 13.0 rebounds. The Patriots won the only previous game, 76-70, in the series back in 2012. LARAMIE, Wyo. – The Drake University women’s basketball team plays at Wyoming on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. CST in the first of three road games this week. Drake closes the week at the Rocky Mountain Hoops Classic hosted by the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. where it will play games on Friday and Saturday. The Bulldogs play George Mason Friday at 3:30 p.m. CST and will then play either host Colorado or Mississippi Valley State on Saturday afternoon. All three games will be broadcast on the radio on 1350 ESPN Des Moines. Drake (2-1) blew out Liberty, 96-68, Friday night in the Knapp Center to close its appearance in the Preseason WNIT. Five Bulldogs, led by junior Sammie Bachrodt’s (Wichita, Kan.) game-high 18 points, scored in double figures in a game they led for nearly its entirety. As a team, Drake knocked down a season-high 14 three-pointers and snagged 13 steals paced by a career-tying six from Bachrodt. The rout was the Bulldogs’ 20th consecutive victory at the Knapp Center, which is the fourth-best home winning streak in the nation. Drake Game Notes Colorado Live Stats Live Audio last_img read more

MULROY COLLEGE REACH FINALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS

first_imgGo Mulroy College!Transition year students from Mulroy College will be participating in the final of the Ecounesco Young Environmentalist Award in the Mansion House in Dublin on the 20th May. As part of the competition the students worked with the Rathmullan Coastal Group planting Marram grass along the Kinnegar beach in Rathmullan. The project began with a request from Fiona Kelly of Rathmullan Coastal Care group to get involved in coastal issues.A day was spent in September planting the marram grass supported by Olivia Crossan from An Taisce, Suzanne Bogan from Donegal County Council, Fiona Kelly and Patricia Mc Ateer from Rathmullan Coastal Care.The class were given information on biodiversity and the importance of marram grass planting on the wider scale.As part of the judging process, an online voting system is currently working until the 14th May. The teacher involved, Aisling Mc Ateer has asked that as many members of the public could log on to- www.ecounesco.ie, selecting Programmes – Young Environmentalist Award, Select – Biodiversity is the category, scroll down to find Mulroy College. There is only one vote per IP address. MULROY COLLEGE REACH FINALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS was last modified: May 2nd, 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:donegalenvironmental awardsMilfordMulroy Collegelast_img read more

Guide to rock climbing in South Africa

first_imgThe cliffs are big, wild, often remote – and still being discovered. And it’s a climate for being out in. South Africa offers some of the best, and most diverse, rock climbing in the world. Gear up, chalk up, and start cranking!(Image: Climbing South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterEver since the German climbing magazine Rotpunkt published an article about Waterval Boven in 1993, foreign visitors have been flocking to this Mpumalanga town for some of the best sport climbing in the universe. The Restaurant (officially known as “The Restaurant at the end of the Universe crags”) offers more than 500 routes, and there are still numerous untouched rock faces in the area.With routes ranging from scramble-easy to a superhuman 33 – and a number of natural or “trad” (traditional, or unbolted) routes – there’s something for everyone here.Outside Durban, there are also a lot of sport climbs, and a few close to Johannesburg. En route between these two major centres, you’ll find some wonderful bolted routes in good hard sandstone in the eastern part of the Free State – notably at Eagle Mountain Game Lodge (formerly misnamed Mount Everest Nature Reserve) near Harrismith.If you’re more of a traditionalist, don’t worry. You can revel in miles of unbolted rock in the fantastic, virtually pristine Blouberg in the Limpopo, the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal, the Magaliesburg in North West province – in close striking distance of both Johannesburg and Pretoria – or in the miles and miles of fantastic mountain ranges in the Western Cape.One of these deserves special mention. The Cedarberg, two-and-a-half hours’ drive north of Cape Town, is a world-class bouldering area – and boasts some of the best trad rock climbing routes in the country.But for a close-to-city experience, nothing can beat Cape Town, with hundreds of sport and traditional routes within the city limits. The city is built around Table Mountain, a national park consisting of two great, hard rock types – Table Mountain sandstone, which gives nice positive edges, and Cape granite, which offers fantastic friction climbing. Confused about the South African climbing route grading system? Peak High Mountaineering offers a handy rock grade comparison table. ROCK CLIMBING & MOUNTAINEERING OPERATORSMountain Club of South Africa – Founded in 1891, and one of only two clubs in Africa to be affiliated to the world mountaineering body UIAA, the MCSA offers climbing, mountaineering and hiking opportunities to its members and is involved in mountain search and rescue, training, conservation of mountain areas, procurement of access for mountaineering, and competition climbing. The club has 13 autonomous sections:Cape TownJohannesburgKwaZulu-NatalEastern ProvinceMagaliesbergStellenboschFree StateHottentots HollandAmajubaNamibiaPaarl-WellingtonTygerbergAdventure Dynamics undertakes major mountaineering expeditions, mostly outside of Africa, but including a Mt Kilimanjaro package and a guided climb of the Sentinel in the Drakensberg.Alard’s Bigwall Climbing Site – If you thought that southern Africa doesn’t offer big wall climbing, take a look at Allard Huffner’s site – and think again! It carries information on climbs in South Africa and surrounding countries and contains some awe-inspiring photos.Cape Climb is based in Cape Town and focuses on technical rock climbing and mountaineering, in Cape Town, the Cape peninsula and beyond. It offers guided climbing of all descriptions, from single pitch sport climbing to big walls, to big peaks. City Rock Indoor Climbing – The first indoor climbing gym in Cape Town, and the largest in South Africa. Its has 24 different topropes, 10m high, 400m² of wall climbing area, a dedicated beginners’ and kids’ wall and 10 lead routes for experienced climbers. Gear is also for sale or rental.The Climbing Barn is located on the outskirts of Pretoria. It features over 450m² of climbing wall and over 100m² of bouldering. Gear is available for hire and training for beginners is also on offer. The Climbing Barn also hosts birthdays and functions.Climb ZA is a comprehensive climbing resource. The website offers news, information, a climbing directory, local weather and a classified ads section. There is also a very active forum.The Crag lists over 4 000 climbs throughout South Africa, and a total of almost 175 000 throughout the world. Access to the website is free, but it is necessary to sign up. Providing your e-mail address is optional.De Bos is a guest farm, backpackers lodge and a camping venue for climbers wanting to explore some great routes in and around Montagu in the Western Cape. Guided climbing can be arranged by appointment and no experience is neccesary. In addition, rock climbing workshops are offered and gear is available to rent.The Exploration Society of Southern Africa is a non-profit organisation founded in 1988. Essa provides a platform for “the conceptual and physical exploration of the Southern African landscape”. The society organises expeditions, holds discussions and presentations by world-class adventurers – and throws good parties.The Fearless Indoor Climbing Centre offers indoor climbing in George in the southern Cape. There is over 400m² of climbing surfaces, while bouldering is also on offer, along with training courses, and gear rental. Children from as young as five are able to participate.Govertical Mountaineering Adventures offers rock climbing, mountaineering, trekking, kloofing and abseiling. The rock climbing takes place at Waterval Boven, in the Drakensberg, Magaliesberg, and Hartebeespoort. They offer a basic climbing course as well as an adventure weekend at Eagle Mountain (previously known as Mount Everest) in Harrismith, where climbing and abseiling takes place.Guided Ascents in Africa is headed by Richard Behne, the first South African to be certified as a Mountaineering Instructor under the MDT scheme (Mountaineering Development and Training Trust). Guided climbing is offered around South Africa for all levels of climber on all sorts of surfaces. Climbing safaris in the Western Cape and Namibia are other options. Indoorclimbing.com provides a list of South African rock climbing walls. The information provided includes addresses, telephone numbers, websites if available, and a brief description of the walls and routes.Info Hub has information on mountain climbing in and rock climbing in South Africa. It is geared towards the overseas visitor and presents four different holiday options in Cape Town, the Western Cape, Magaliesberg, and the Drakensberg.Peak High Mountaineering offers trekking, rock-climbing, ice-climbing, and Mountain Development Trust Courses in mountaineering, trekking and abseiling. Guided rock climbing is offered, as well as guided ice climbing. Equipment is available for hire.RAM Mountaineering Gear not only supplies equipment, but also has news on climbing competitions, athletes, expeditions, and routes.Roc ‘n Rope Adventures is based at The Restaurant (officially known as the Restaurant at the End of the Universe Crags) in Mpumalanga. They offer accomodation, abseiling, mountain biking, fly fishing, horse riding, and rock climbing. Numerous climbing courses are available too.Rockclimbing.com – Rock Climbing Routes in South Africa presents information on climbs around South Africa. Directions to the destinations are provided, as well as the nearest town or city, the latitude and longitude, access issues, camping, when to climb, the quantity of climbs, and books.RockSport Mountain & Outdoor is a site for GPS, rock climbing and hiking in southern Africa. It offers a diverse product range, and tons of free climbing, hiking and backpacking information for the international and local visitor.SA Mountain Sport is a magazine that provides information on mountain climbing, not only in South Africa, but all around the world. The website includes news, bouldering, weather and events and events.The South African Climbing Academy is based at Saint Peters Prep School in the north of Johannesburg. It offers training courses for school learners and outside individuals wanting to learn about rock climbing and bouldering, and is also a training facility for rock climbers.Southern Rock Gym Climbing Centre is is located in New Germany, a short distance from Durban. They offer courses of various levels and there is something for everyone, from individual to parties to corporate groups. A shop features climbing, eyerwear, free riding, hiking and camping and other equipment.Spirit of Adventure, based at the Shongweni Dam between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, offers some exciting routes, ranging from grade eight to 33. Other options include, among others, abseiling and rapp jumping.The South African Climbing Info Network is an excellent, comprehensive and easy-to-use resource on climbs in South Africa. It features up-to-date information and news on crags and routes, a calendar of events, results of events, climbing gyms, competitions, climbing gear, climbing stores and other resources.Venture Forth International is based in Cape Town and incorporates the Cape Town School of Mountaineering. It’s a specialised mountain guide service and an accredited mountaineering school. The offer guided rock climbing, sport climbing on the Cape Peninsula, traditional climbing on Table Mountain, climbing road trips, and country routes, big walls and alpine rock routes, with trips ranging from two days to two weeks in length.Wildways Adventures – Promotes the safe enjoyment of southern Africa’s mountainous regions though education, training and guiding services. They offer climbing walls and rope courses, as well as guided rock climbing. They also have a training centre at Monteseel Crag in KwaZulu-Natal.Wonderwall, in Johannesburg, is an indoor climbing venue which features 500m² of climbing walls, as well as a three-metre high bouldering cave. It caters to everyone, from beginners to veterans, and offers training courses for all levels. There is a fully stocked Pro Shop, gear is available for rental, while change rooms, lockers, and cool drinks and snacks are also on offer. There is also a fully licensed restaurant and bar.Source: Climb ZAWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Jeff Duling, July 6

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Right now I am sidedressing some hog manure in knee high corn that is yellow. It is my worst field and I can’t stand it. It will either kill it or help it. I hope the neighbors don’t see me.Some of the corn in the better ground that was planted early is coming around and has good color. The west side of Putnam County and Van Wert County all the way up to Decatur, Indiana doesn’t look good. If you go west of Kalida there are guys that have nothing as far as corn and there is no coming back. Even their beans are terrible. I was depressed there for a while but after driving around I feel fortunate.On our farm in Van Wert County I think we got up to 15 inches in June. Beans are taking it better than I thought. These new genetics are really shining. I have faith in the beans yet.Weed control is breaking down. I sprayed about 125 acres yesterday and did some foliar feeding with manganese. We also took off around 50 acres of wheat yesterday. I was very happy with it. It came out to 87 bushels per acre and it is showing anywhere from 58.5 to 59.5 on test weight. I have been hearing rumors about vomitoxin but have not seen it.Thursday we got into our red clover. The ground conditions weren’t the greatest but we got good quality and we got it wet wrapped up by Saturday night. There is still first cutting alfalfa around here.We are going to run wheat all day today. We planted 16 acres of beans for the first time yesterday. We took prevented planting on 34 acres. It is ditched every 25 feet and there is still water laying on it. We are going to rip it, level it and get some red clover and rye on it.When you get this much rain it doesn’t matter what genetics or nitrogen source you used. I drove around and looked at fields that were plowed, fields that are in no-till, fields that use cover crops — none of it made any difference. The guys that pushed the envelope and got corn out early made the difference this year. We planted a field early by Delphos and I thought it was too wet but it is our best corn. That bigger, earlier corn could tolerate the water better.last_img read more