20 Jan

Clarendon College cool Little London

first_imgReynaldo Richardson struck twice to lead title contenders Clarendon College to a hard-fought 3-0 victory over the well-drilled Little London High in the ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup quarter-final yesterday in the feature match of a double-header at the Frome Sports Ground.Petersfield edged Fair Prospect 2-1 in the first game, to give themselves a shot at advancing to the next round from Zone R, which is being led by defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS).The champions roughed up Vere Tech 4-1 in Santa Cruz to underline their intent and are clearly now rounding into the kind of form coach Omar Wedderburn mentioned after their last game.It took the Clarendon aggregation 56 minutes to break what was up until then, a wonderful spectacle of attacking football, when Richardson fired in a torrid shot from an angle for the 1-0 lead.Richardson scored the second three minutes later, this time as a Creggton Charleton free-kick was headed back across the goal and the forward made no mistake from inside the six-yard area, to make the score 2-0.FREE-KICK GOALClive Jarrett hit Clarendon’s third off another Charleton free kick in the 86th minute with a simple finish, after the Little London goalie Clifford Clarke had the ball bounced off his right leg.The Zone S clash, began with Little London playing at a high tempo and looked the smarter of the two in the opening exchanges.But they could not sustain the high velocity, and Clarendon slowly began taking a hold of proceedings, through Charleton and Shande James in the midfield.Coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis made a slight adjustment at the start of the second half, and it paid rich dividends with Richardson opening the scoring. From there, it was practically all Clarendon.Little London’s bravery was broken and they succumbed to their second loss of the season.”This was a game in which our experience showed, primarily in the second half,” said coach Davis.”Little London came at us hard in the first, but we buckled down to play some good football. It was a really competitive game, but I am happy to have won with just one more game in this round and the semi-final on the horizon,” noted Davis.Elsewhere, Cornwall College continued their steamrolling express with a difficult 2-1 win over Ocho Rios, thanks to yet another two-goal burst from leading scorer Jourdaine Fletcher to join Manchester High on 6 points in Zone P. Manchester defeated Glenmuir 2-1.Dinthill returned to winning ways, outplaying Rusea’s 3-1 in Zone Q to be on 3 points, and stay second in the zone behind Lennon High (6 points).Lennon had earlier in the day tagged Paul Bogle 1-0 to hold prime position heading into a semi-final berth.Yesterday’s resultsSTETHS 4, Vere Tech 1Ocho Rios 1, Cornwall College 2Manchester 2, Glenmuir 1Steer Town 3, Spot Valley 0Dinthill 3, Rusea’s 1Clarendon College 3, Little London 0Petersfield 2, Fair Prospect 1Lennon High 1, Paul Bogle 0last_img read more

18 Jan

3 ACL tears won’t keep Creighton’s Martin Krampelj off court

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Dr. Andrew Cosgarea, professor of orthopedic surgery and chief of the Division of Sports Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, said while it’s not unusual for people to tear ACLs multiple times, it’s rare for elite athletes to play at the same level following multiple tears.“There is such a finite opportunity for success at the Division I and professional level, and I think you run out of time, you become selected out, you lose those opportunities when you’re gone that much,” Cosgarea said.Creighton head athletic trainer Ben McNair said Krampelj’s upbeat attitude has helped him battle through the arduous rehab. When dealing with one or more ACL tears, McNair said, the medical staff explains to the athlete the higher risk of re-injury and lays out the rehab plan, and then it’s up to the athlete whether he or she wants to do the work necessary to play again.“Martin is a full-speed-ahead kind of guy. Usually, you have to pull the reins back on him rather than kick him in the butt,” McNair said.Krampelj played on national teams in Slovenia before leaving in 2014 to attend Impact Academy in Sarasota, Florida. He drew recruiting interest from West Virginia, Rhode Island, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech but was sold on Creighton when 14,000 fans showed up to watch an exhibition game during his official campus visit.He took a redshirt year after the ACL tear seven games into the 2015-16 season, and he backed up first-round draft pick Justin Patton during an injury-free 2016-17. Before getting hurt last January, Krampelj was averaging 11.9 points and 8.1 rebounds and was second in the Big East in field goal percentage.Until now, Creighton coach Greg McDermott has never had a player attempt a comeback after three ACL tears in his 25 years as a head coach. Though Krampelj injured an ankle in preseason practice, he’s being counted on right away to give the Bluejays a strong inside presence. His leadership also is needed on a team that lost four of its top six scorers, including Marcus Foster and NBA draft pick Khyri Thomas.McDermott likes Krampelj’s chances for a successful return.“To come back and be as athletic as he is, there is not one ounce of athleticism he’s lost during the process,” McDermott said. “In fact, it seems he’s come back stronger and with more authority in that he’s doing athletically. It’s a real credit to him and his work ethic that he’s back to the point he is.” Coming back from three is not.Krampelj was establishing himself as one of the most improved players in the Big East when he stepped awkwardly on teammate Kaleb Joseph’s right foot during a game against Seton Hall on Jan. 17. He got the bad news the next day, and if there was any self-pitying thought of “Oh, no, not again,” it was fleeting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“When I got my MRI results, I was like, ‘I’m coming back,’ ” Krampelj said. “It’s so worth it.”The 6-foot-9, 235-pound junior forward from Slovenia (his name is pronounced Mar-TEEN CROM-pul) knew all too well what was ahead following surgery. The rehabilitation process is not only hard work, it can be painful. There are mental obstacles, none more prevalent than fear of re-injury. He also would have to rebuild his conditioning. “There would be a lot of people giving it up after the first or second one,” Krampelj said. “I’m not a quitter. I’m not going to give up, and that’s it.”Krampelj first tore his left ACL during a tournament in France in 2013 in a non-contact situation. He tore his right ACL during a practice early in the 2015-16 season when he got tangled with former teammate Zach Hanson. And then there was the fluke landing on Joseph’s foot that resulted in yet another tear in the left knee.“Everything happens for a reason. I believe in that,” Krampelj said. “You never know what it’s good for. God gives the toughest battles to the toughest soldiers.”Former Purdue star Robbie Hummel, who came back from two ACL tears in 2010, said he isn’t sure he would have the wherewithal to do what Krampelj is attempting.“It’s hard to continually put everything you have into something and to be consistently disappointed by it, especially with something that should be joyful,” Hummel said. “It’s fun to play college basketball, it’s fun to play a sport at a high level like that. When you keep getting let down in a way, it can be really, really frustrating and really hard. Respect to Martin for coming back again and again because it is a tough process.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Martin Krampelj #15 of the Creighton Bluejays walks off the court after being defeated by Providence Friars during the Big East basketball tournament Quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 2018 in New York City. Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFPOMAHA, Neb. — No one would have blamed Creighton’s Martin Krampelj if he had decided basketball wasn’t for him anymore after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.Coming back from one ACL tear is quite common.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown PBA: Phoenix gains solo fourth after comeback win over Rain or Shine View commentslast_img read more

30 Dec

Manchester City star Yaya Toure: ‘I’m not happy!’

first_img Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has launched an astonishing attack on his critics in both England and his homeland, saying he is not happy with the lack of credit he receives for his achievements on the pitch.The 32-year-old Ivory Coast captain joined City from Barcelona in July 2010 and has since won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and a League Cup since his arrival.He has, however, looked below his best so far this season despite the Blues’ – who have a two-point lead at the top of the table – impressive start.Toure was replaced by Fernando at half-time of Saturday’s 5-1 victory over Bournemouth and has repeatedly been linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium amid suggestions of unrest and disillusionment.And although Toure admits he is unhappy with life in football, he claims it is because he has never been given the plaudits he feels he deserves, particularly from the English media.“Everyone thinks I am happy: I have won titles, lots of money, but no, I am not happy,” he said in a lengthy interview with French newspaper L’Equipe.“When things are said positively, that interests me a lot. But here in England it is not the case. In these last weeks, the journalists have spoken about a new departure for me. But what new departure?“I have just finished a season with City where we came second in the league. I scored 12 goals despite the fact I had to leave the club to join my national team, who were playing in the African Nations Cup. I was out for nearly two months and I am reproached for not scoring as many goals as last season.“Last season I scored 26 goals, 20 in the Premier League, and nobody mentioned it.”This isn’t the first apparent outburst of its kind from Toure, who – according to his agent – accused City of a lack of respect when they failed to recognise his birthday last year.He continued: “When I arrived at City, I heard a lot of people say here that I was going to kill football. A lot of people, idiots I have to say, mocked me. And did you see what happened next? We won nearly everything. I did it, we did it, because I was not all alone of course, but nobody picked up on it again. In fact, it is recognition that I do not have that hurts me.“When people attack you, you should not respond because, for the most part, they understand nothing. Thankfully, my record and my statistics speak for me.”And Toure is equally unhappy with the reception he receives in his native Ivory Coast, who were crowned African Nations Cup champions in February under his captaincy.However, the midfielder insists he has no plans to quit international football in the near future despite the criticism.He said: “I love my country. If that was not the case, if I was spiteful, I would have said ‘I quit’. “But it is my country and even if I am the player who is the most insulted in this country, even if I am everybody’s laughing stock, I cannot abandon it.” 1last_img read more

27 Dec


first_imgBY CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE: A frustrating evening for the Donegal contingent at Pairc Esler in Newry, a one point defeat when a draw was certainly within reach. In an entertaining encounter under lights, both teams played some excellent football and both deserved a share of the spoils. The home fans left happier though and next week’s home tie with Laois is now in the must-win category for Donegal.Down were lively early on, determined to run at Donegal and were quick to register points on the board. The battle around the middle made for interesting viewing with Neil Gallagher and Dan Gordon having a great battle. The impish Conor Laverty, named at full forward, played a deep playmaking role to good effect and was involved in much of the good work from Down early on. The home side found themselves five points clear after a goal from Liam Doyle but Donegal responded well and began to take control around the middle. Donegal played a pressing game high up the field and it led to a couple of scores as they clawed their way back into the game. Mark McHugh was prominent throughout this period, getting his name on the score sheet twice in a matter of minutes following the concession of the goal. McHugh, a surprise starter following a muscle injury sustained last week, is widely regarded as a hard worker and skilful ball carrier after his sweeper role last year but he’s also a fine half forward and is well able to take his scores.His club, Kilcar, will be hoping he can keep doing that as himself and Patrick McBrearty are in Ulster U21 club action tomorrow; with both on song you wouldn’t bet against them. The younger of the duo McBrearty, showed well for the ball over the course of the game and looked dangerous when running at defenders, something we will hopefully see more of during the league. The pressing game is just another layer of the McGuinness defensive system and it was employed tonight in a similar way to last year’s championship game with Cavan. Despite what the national media would have you believe its not as simple as putting everyone behind the ball; Jim is an astute manager and not a one trick defensive pony of a coach.One consequence of the modern game of packed defences is the accuracy with which passes have to be made in the opposition‘s half of the field. The little dink pass over one line of defence, a drilled pass into a man in the full forward line – they’re fantastic skills to see when executed well and Ryan Bradley, Martin McElhinney and Leo McLoone all gave us fine examples as indeed did the Mourne men.Stephen Griffin had another frustrating night in a Donegal jersey – he did almost everything right but things just don’t seem to fall for the Nauls man. On four or five occasions he positioned himself well to receive the high ball coming in but each time the ball managed to squirm from his grasp. He backs into defenders correctly, uses his strength, gets his hands up but the ball just always finds a way to escape from his hands.With Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden on the sidelines at present, the free taking duties were rotated with Griffin, McBrearty and substitute Dermot Molloy all having a go. So too did goalkeeper Paul Durcan but the Cluxton experiment didn’t quite work tonight with the big Four Masters man seeing both his attempts go wide. He’s been known to be a regular scorer for his club, even playing outfield on occasion, so we may see more of this as the year goes on.One huge positive from a Donegal point of view was the return to competitive action of Karl Lacey. The man is just a joy to watch, an incredible footballer. At the peak of his powers right now he invariably takes the right option, rarely if ever gives the ball away and has that brilliant knack of being in the right place at the right time. There’s always that ‘what if’ in the back of our minds in relation to his departure early in the second half of last year’s tussle with Dublin.Leo came more into the game in the second half, driving forward from half back along with Lacey and Anthony Thompson. Paddy McGrath was excellent on the night, both in his defensive duties and in his support play on the right flank.The last ten minutes were set up for a grandstand finish when Martin McElhinney finished off an intricate move to finish to the net. Down edged in front with a couple of quick points, including one particularly dubious effort with Laverty clearly picking the ball up off the ground before offloading. Brick had a great chance to level it but his effort floated wide and soon after he had a placed ball to square things up but unfortunately the result was the same.Its never good to start your league campaign with a defeat but Donegal have the perfect fixture next week, with Laois visiting O’Donnell Park, to get off the mark and get two points on the board. There were a lot of good aspects of our play tonight and considering we were short of our main attacking options overall the display was good. A similar display next week should lead to a win. You can read more herehttp://dunnangall2012.blogspot.com/CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: DONEGAL DOWNED IN NEWRY was last modified: February 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: DONEGAL DOWNED IN NEWRYlast_img read more

26 Dec

Manchester City take wonderkid goalkeeper on trial

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Constandino Christodoulou during a training session Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City huge blow Manchester City have taken South African goalkeeping prodigy Constandino Christodoulou on trial, it has been reported.The 16-year-old student has been training with South African top-flight side Maritzburg for the last two years and is the nation’s captain at Under-17 level. no dice gameday cracker 1 Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star shining whoops Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED center_img Christodoulou has been tipped as a potential star of the future and, according to Times Live in his homeland, City have been tracking his progress for some time.And now they have got the ball rolling on a potential move by inviting him to Manchester for a trial.He was at the Etihad for the weekend’s derby against Manchester United and he has now began his two-week training stint with the club’s academy. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury tense Latest Premier League Stories deals Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? REVEALED It has been reported that his college have given his trip the okay because he currently averages a pass mark around 90 per cent. REAL DEAL Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more

24 Dec


first_imgA large crowd have gathered on Ballyness Bay to help return the stranded Whales to the water. pic copyright nwnewspixBREAKING NEWS: After a successful rescue of a number of Pilot Whales off Falcarragh today, it now appears that the whales have once again beached.The whales were successfully guided back out to sea by local sailing operator Gareth Doherty from Gaoth Dobhair.However just an hour later the whales had returned to the shoreline and are now languishing in very shallow waters. Local county councillor Seamus O Domhnaill said local experts are now appealing to people to allow the whales to die in peace.“I have spoken to a number of people from the National Parks and Wilflife Service and we are of the opinion that the whales should be allowed to die.“Nobody wants to hear that but it would appear that they will continue to beach now.“Nobody wanted to hear that this morning and brave attempts made made to keep the animals alive. “But it now appears that those efforts were in vain and we should just allow them to die,” he said.Thousands of people have gathered at the shoreline at Ballyness Bay where the whales were first spotted by a jogger at 8am.Five of the animals have already died and the others are in shallow water after being temporarily ushered back out to sea.The National Parks and Wildlife Service are expected to make a decision on the disposal of the huge creatures tomorrow (TUES). HEARTACHE AS PILOT WHALES LOOK SET TO DIE AFTER BEACHING ONCE AGAIN was last modified: July 7th, 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:Pilot Whaleslast_img read more

24 Dec


first_imgMichael Murphy will be heading Down Under for the International Rules Series next month.Michael Murphy, Neil McGee and Patrick McBrearty have all declared themselves available for the International Rules Series in Australia.The Donegal trio will attend training on Friday night, as manager Paul Earley attempts to get his squad selected and settled as quickly as possible.Murphy captained the Irish side to a record victory in the last series in Ireland last year and is in contention to be skipper again Down Under. Last year, Murphy was caught up in a Club V Country row, the first test was played in Breffini park, Cavan less than 24 hours before Murphy played for Glenswilly in the Donegal SFC final.Murphy helped Ireland to a comprehensive win over the Aussies before he helped Glenswilly to only their second ever Donegal SFC title.In the aftermath of last year’s series it was questioned whether or not the compromised rules tests between Ireland and Australia should continue.Australia performed terribly and were trounced on both occasions, plus stories emerged that many in the squad were partying before each test and were treating the trip as a holiday rather than a serious competition. However, the Irish players pleaded with GAA chiefs not to scrap it, saying that representing your country was one of the greatest honours a GAA player could have.The Irish squad will head Down Under in November hoping to retain the trophy they won so comfortably on home soil last year.In the meantime they will hold training sessions and trial games over the next number of weeks, before manager Paul Earley selects his Ireland squad for the series. MURPHY, MCGEE AND MCBREARTY ALL AVAILABLE FOR INTERNATIONAL RULES SERIES DOWN UNDER was last modified: October 1st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:AustraliaDown UnderInternational Rules SeriesMichael Murphyneil mcgeenewspatrick mcbreartySportlast_img read more

21 Dec

Accomplished entrepreneurs join line-up for Donegal Women in Business conference

first_imgThe Donegal Women in Business Network has unveiled the full line-up of speakers and panellists for their 20th anniversary conference this October 1st.Taking place in Lough Eske Castle, this event will celebrate women in business in Donegal throughout the years, share key inspiration and advice, and look ahead to the future for entrepreneurs.A varied mix of businesswomen and representatives from many industries and stages of business will be sharing their stories. The keynote speakers are Rosaleen Hegarty of Crana Knits, Inspirational Speaker Sr Helen Kelly, Laura Bonner of Muff Liquor Co and Rosy Temple of Magee 1866. With Virgin Media One presenter Ciara Doherty as MC, the event is sure to be an entertaining and informative day with inspiring and motivating women.Among the line-up is Leas-Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Niamh Kennedy and Andrea McBride, Vice President of Systems at Pramerica Systems Ireland Limited.The full line up is: Plus, one network member will be drawn as a guest speaker for a five minute slot about their business.The #LookingBackMovingForward conference will be a unique networking opportunity to connect with over 150 women in business in Donegal. It will be a special chance to celebrate the 20 years of the peer-support network and the many more enterprising women of the past decades Donegal.The speakers and panellists on the day will answer the key questions often asked within the business community: ‘How did they do that?’ ‘How can I bring this learning and knowledge back to my business?’ ‘How did they get their funding?’ ‘Overseas markets and export – where do I start?’ ‘e-commerce – what do I need to know?’ ‘What training and supports are available in the county?’ ‘How can I stay positive and motivated?’So whether you run the business from your kitchen table, or a suite of offices and company boardroom, or you are just at the ‘I have an idea’ stage, this event has been planned for you.Earlybird tickets are out now at €60 (plus €4.91 booking fee). After 9th September 2019, tickets will be €70 per person.Tickets include a full-day of speakers and networking with lunch and the “Looking Back Moving Forward” 20th anniversary celebratory book will be gifted to everyone on the day. BOOK HERE: https://bit.ly/2MjteJTAccomplished entrepreneurs join line-up for Donegal Women in Business conference was last modified: August 23rd, 2019 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:Donegal Women In Business Networklooking back moving forwardlast_img read more

19 Dec

IFAHR expands in South Africa

first_img7 September 2007The South African subsidiary of Kuwait-based IFA Hotels & Resorts (IFAHR) is further expanding its presence in the local hospitality sector, announcing this week that it has increased its stake in the Boschendal wine estate in Franschoek to 26.5%.Since IFAHR listed its 85%-owned subsidiary on the JSE in February 2006, the company has been busy investing in the development of premier leisure hotels and mixed-use resorts around the country.The Kuwaiti parent company has a market capitalisation of over US$1-biliion, while its South African subsidiary is worth over R1-billion.Announcing its maiden results in August 2006 following the listing, IFA SA stated that revenue had increased by 57% to $22.7-million (approximately R163.3-million) while profit after tax leapt by 209% to $5.9-million (approximately R42.4-million).“The strong performance of our assets has laid a solid foundation for growth,” IFA SA chief executive Talal Jassim Al-Bahar said at the time. “We expect this to be boosted by South Africa’s increasing popularity as a tourist destination and a hunting ground for international property investors.”ZimbaliThe company made its entrance into the South African tourism market by acquiring the Zimbali Lodge on KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast, as well as a 50% stake in the Zimbali Coastal Resort, in 2003.Such has been its success with Zimbali that the company launched the Fairmont Zimbali in December 2006. The R1.8-billion development features a five-star hotel, a Gary Player signature golf course as well as freestanding villas for residential or investment purposes.Investors were offered a variety of ownership opportunities in the development, ranging from direct investment in a typical hotel condominium suite to the purchasing of an apartment or freestanding villas.The hotel suites will also be rented out, providing the owner with a return on investment as well as use of the property for a specified time each year. Investors who purchase an apartment of villa have the added advantage of having their properties serviced and maintained to the highest standards.The apartments and villas can also be included in a rental scheme, a concept that is very successful within Zimbali.“This exciting launch enables us to introduce a diverse portfolio of upmarket residential and leisure investment opportunities to the local and international market,” IFA Estates sales director Vaughn Reiche said.“The introduction of the Fairmont brand into Zimbali aligns us with an iconic world class operator, elevating Zimbali’s profile in the international luxury mixed-use resort market.”IFA SA also launched a fractional ownership property development in July this year, called the Fairmont Heritage Place, located within the Zimbali Coastal Resort, which it jointly owns with Moreland Development.Fractional owners are entitled to 14 days’ use of their own home and a further seven days’ use either within their own home or in a similar one each year.In addition, two of the three guaranteed weeks may be exchanged for time at another Fairmont Heritage Place community, while one week may be exchanged in order to stay at any one of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ properties worldwide.Boschendal EstateIn its first acquisition since listing on the JSE, IFA SA bought a 19.25% stake in the Boschendal Estate outside Franschoek in the Western Cape for approximately $10-million in June 2006.Commenting on the transaction at the time, Al-Bahar said the acquisition positioned IFA SA as an integral contributor to the mixed-use development on the 2 400-hectare estate.In addition, the purchase was in line with IFA SA’s strategy to deliver new premier resort and residential developments in South Africa, while also diversifying away from KwaZulu-Natal.“The intention is to use IFA SA as a platform for continued investment in Africa to expand the group’s global network of resorts, ensuring that we continue to deliver prime opportunities in tourism and real estate to our global investors,” IFAHR president Werner Burger said.Development plans for the Boschendal Estate, estimated at R2-billion, include an upmarket retirement village with 500 individual houses, a boutique hotel with upwards of 120 rooms, and a mixed-use development of a shopping centre, offices and apartments.In September 2007, IFA SA announced that it would purchase a further 7.3% in the estate, taking its total shareholding up to 26.5%. No details were given, however, on who the stake was purchased from or for how much.Legend LodgesToward the end of August 2007, IFA SA announced its entry into the South African wildlife hospitality market, by buying a 50% stake in a joint venture company that is to acquire Legend Golf & Safari Resort development.The Legend development, expected to cost approximately $411-million, forms part of the 22 000-hectare Big Five Entabeni Safari Conservancy that is located in the Limpopo province’s Waterberg range, a three-hour drive from the economic hub of Johannesburg.The residential estate features an 18-hole golf course, with each hole endorsed by the signature of one of the world’s top professional golfers, a world first. In addition, a state-of-the-art golf academy with a driving range will offer avid golfers various training programmes.In addition, the estate will include an internationally branded five-star hotel with a health spa and a wellness centre, as well as conference and recreational facilities for up to 2 500 delegates.Lying in the shadow of the Hanglip Mountain, the resort’s design and layout minimise impact on surrounding natural resources, preserving the bush environment, while enhancing privacy and tranquillity.As part of its commitment to social responsibility, the Legend Foundation will be established, enabling the local community to used the resort’s Fields of Legends complex for sports such as football, rugby, cricket, netball and hockey.“This acquisition is a continuation of our intention to invest in South Africa and Africa, a focus area of our set global expansion strategy,” Al-Bahar said. “Legend Golf & Safari Resort is one of a kind, and it will be a great destination for South African and international investors and tourists.“It is our aim to provide our clients with both superb and varied investment and recreational opportunities; this experience perfectly complements the Zimbali Coastal Resort and our other developments.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

19 Dec

SA items in World Digital Library

first_imgA San rock painting from the Bethlehem area in the Free State province, depicting an antelope with a bleeding nose lying on its back. The upside-down posture indicates death. This is the oldest item to date in the World Digital Library. (Image: World Digital Library) The World Digital Library currently holds over one thousand historically important items, many of which are priceless. (Image: stock.xchng)Janine ErasmusAn 8 000-year-old South African rock painting of an injured antelope is the oldest item in the archives of the World Digital Library, (WDL) which goes live on 21 April 2009. The library is to be launched at a ceremony at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in Paris, France.Completely free of charge, and available in seven languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish), the WDL presents significant cultural and historical materials from societies around the world.Its main aim, it says, is to foster international and inter-cultural understanding and awareness, as well as to provide resources to teachers, students and the general public around the world, expand non-English and non-western content on the internet, and contribute to academic research.In addition, through capacity-building initiatives in partner countries, the WDL hopes to close the digital divide within and between developed and developing countries.Partnering with Unesco is America’s Library of Congress, which developed the WDL, and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina of Alexandria, Egypt, which provided technical assistance.So far 26 libraries and cultural institutions in 19 countries have contributed their precious resources and expertise to this important internet project.Historically importantOver 1 100 historically important treasures have been digitised for the project. These include manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other cultural materials.The idea of an online digital library, which encompasses all the cultures of the world, was first mooted by US Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who envisioned a resource with the broadest possible access.Speaking to the US National Commission for Unesco in June 2005, Billington remarked that such a library could “bring people together by celebrating the depth and uniqueness of different cultures in a single global undertaking”.Development of the former history professor’s remarkable proposal began four years ago with a US$3-million (R27.4-million) donation from Google, Inc., the first to come on board.Google co-founder and president of technology Sergey Brin said at the time that “Google supports the World Digital Library because we share a common mission of making the world’s information universally accessible and useful. To create a global digital library is a historic opportunity.”For everyoneBillington commented recently that the WDL is expected to become a useful tool in stimulating people to ponder the interaction between cultures over the years. “We hope it will increase international understanding and also increase the curiosity of the world we live in about cultural achievements of humanity.”And, he added, “the beauty of this whole system is that it doesn’t prejudge who it’s for. It’s for everyone.”Rich African historyThe collection can be searched in a number of ways – by time frame, contributing institution, name of collection, geographical region, country, topic, type of media, and more.To date there are 122 items from Africa, giving interested audiences a fascinating glimpse of the rich history of the continent. These range from a late 18th century Spanish map depicting Port Louis in Mauritius; a treatise on numeric calculation in astronomy from the Timbuktu Manuscript collection; to a late 19th century photograph of Zimbabwe’s spectacular Victoria Falls.Other international works are Arabic scientific manuscripts from the National Library and Archives of Egypt; the 11th century Tale of Genji, written by Japanese imperial lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shibuku and recognised as one of the world’s oldest novels; and Sweden’s famous 13th century Codex Gigas (Giant Book) or Devil’s Bible, the largest medieval manuscript in the world. It is known as the Devil’s Bible because inside is a full-page illustration of that malevolent entity.These examples are a fraction of the educational wealth on offer, and it is just the beginning as Billington plans to expand the content as much as possible with the ongoing help of more partners and funding.He explained that since the site functions independently of politics and economics, and is therefore untouched by the controversy that often accompanies the two topics, he hopes that it will become a “truly international project”.South African contributionThe country with the most contributions is the US with 118, followed by the Russian Federation with 93.There are 17 South African items. The University of Pretoria contributed 11 items from its library, featuring six San rock paintings and five photographs of early Pretoria.The rock paintings are held in Pretoria University’s Woodhouse Rock Art Collection, which features over 23 000 items in various media such as slides and tracings. Rock art researcher Herbert Woodhouse, whose life’s work makes up the collection, received the National Order of Ikhamanga (bronze) in 2006 for his contribution to South Africa’s archaeological and cultural heritage.The early Pretoria photos come from the university’s Van der Waal Collection, which was put together by architectural historian Dr Gerhard-Mark van der Waal and focuses on architecture in South Africa.The Library of Congress and the Central Library of the Qatar Foundation have donated six old-time maps and images, including an early 20th century photo of uncut diamonds in Kimberley, a 1770 Spanish map of the Cape of Good Hope, and an 1895 photo of a Zulu chief.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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