Jamaica were whipped 9-3 by Guadeloupe in their opening match of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Futsal championship at the Sala Polivalente Kid Chocolate Complex in Cuba on Friday evening.The eight-team tourney will see the top three teams advancing to the CONCACAF championship scheduled for March 8-15 in Costa Rica.Jamaica were scheduled to close the preliminary stage against hosts Cuba last night. The Jamaica team is under the guidance of former Reggae Boy and national senior coach Theodore Whitmore.Other results from Friday: Trinidad and Tobago 7 Antigua and Barbuda 1; Curacao 5 Guyana 2; Cuba 5 St Maarten 0.
Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Serena Williams clenches her fist while playing Zarina Diyas during the first round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., Thursday, March 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Crystal Chatham)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Walking on court for the first match of her latest comeback, Serena Williams allowed herself a rare smile. This time, tennis is different for the 23-time major winner.What didn’t change is Williams winning.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Williams has been away since winning the 2017 Australian Open early in her pregnancy. She gave birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. six months ago.Williams is playing at Indian Wells under a protected ranking of 22nd. She hasn’t been unseeded at a tournament since 2011 in Cincinnati.“I’m playing with nothing to lose, I only can gain,” she said. “For me, it’s a real joy to be out here.”The half-full stadium warmly greeted Williams, with many fans giving her a standing ovation as she entered.Williams served a love game capped by a 100-mph ace in her first service game. She had break points in the first and fifth games but couldn’t convert. She started hitting harder and her familiar grunting returned when she tied the set 5-all.ADVERTISEMENT Diyas and Williams traded service breaks early in the second set. Williams then broke her opponent again en route to winning the final five games in front of the half-full stadium. She smiled as she walked to the net, and her family gave her a standing ovation.“It definitely wasn’t easy,” Williams said on court. “We always have a couple tight sets. It was good. I’m a little rusty, but it doesn’t matter. I’m just out here on this journey and doing the best I can.”Also in Williams’ box were her mother Oracene, sisters Lyndrea and Isha, her agent, and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Older sister Venus watched from a balcony seat in an upper-level box on a 68-degree night in the Southern California desert.Ohanian bought four billboards along Interstate 10 outside Palm Springs in tribute to his wife. The fourth billboard shows a photo of Williams and their daughter with the phrase “G.M.O.A.T” — greatest mother of all time — and is signed by Alexis Sr. and Jr.Now she’s traveling the tour with her baby and sometimes her husband, when he isn’t off working.“I’ve never done this before,” she said. “I know I’ll make mistakes and I’m OK with that.”Williams’ only competitive appearances since the birth came in December at an exhibition in Abu Dhabi, a Fed Cup doubles match with sister Venus last month and an exhibition in New York on Monday.Another new mother, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, won her first-round match over Heather Watson 6-4, 6-2.The two-time winner of the desert tournament needed a wild card to get in because she has been off the tour since Wimbledon. Azarenka, who gave birth to son Leo in December 2016, has been in a custody fight that limited her travel.In other first-round matches, CiCi Bellis overpowered qualifier Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-0, 6-3. View comments 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 Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano The 18-year-old American, who spurned a full scholarship from Stanford to turn pro last August, had her serve broken just once by the Spaniard in the 65-minute match. Bellis earned a second-round matchup with defending champion Elena Vesnina of Russia.Bellis led five Americans into the second round. She was joined by wild card Danielle Collins and Jennifer Brady, who both got stretched to three sets. Taylor Fritz needed three sets to advance in the men’s draw as did Mitchell Krueger and Jared Donaldson.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson She beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday night after a 14-month layoff for the birth of her first daughter.“I almost cried before the match,” Williams said. “I texted Alexis, I was like, is it normal that I want to cry? I really missed her, but playing at night really helped because I know she goes to bed and she goes to sleep. I can’t like play with her right now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWith new husband and Reddit co-found Alexis Ohanian looking on, Williams played from behind until breaking Diyas in the 11th game of the first set. Diyas netted a forehand and Williams yelled, “Come on!” as the crowd cheered.“Right now, for this particular tournament, I’m really just trying to take it easy and not put so much pressure or stress or expectation on myself,” she said. “I feel like it’s one of the few times I’ve been able to do that.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Ayo gets key pieces as Cansino stays, NCAA Jrs stars join UST GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
After dominating the Bundesliga for the last six seasons, Bayern are sixth in the table and four points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund — an unacceptable situation for senior bosses.A humbling 2-0 defeat away to Hertha Berlin was bad enough before Bayern crashed to an embarrassing 3-0 drubbing at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach a fortnight ago.Gladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer rubbed salt in Bayern’s wounds by saying their superstars were dispirited — “this is not the dominant Bayern team we all know”.A third straight defeat would test the patience of Bayern president Uli Hoeness, who has promised to “defend Kovac until the death”.“It’s about time that we get the feeling of a win back again,” admitted defender Mats Hummels.Former Bayern midfielder Markus Babbel says pressure on Kovac will come from within at Munich.– ‘No support, no chance’ –“Players can go to Hoeness or (Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz) Rummenigge. Then you as a coach you have no chance, because they’re crying here and there,” Babbel told Omnisport.“This is the biggest problem. You have two big men in the office. If they don’t support you, you have no chance.”Germany’s best-selling daily Bild claim Bayern’s stars are on the verge of revolt because of Kovac’s insistence they cycle to cool down after games.With the vast majority of his squad on international duty, the head coach has had little time to make changes.Colombian attacking midfielder James Rodriguez only returned to Munich on Thursday while Jerome Boateng and Leon Goeretzka both have light leg injuries.“I believe that it’s a good time to host Bayern Munich,” said Wolfsburg’s sports director Marcel Schaefer.Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben (R) rejects talk of a crisis at Bayern Munich, who are down to sixth in the Bundesliga table after a four-game winless streak. © AFP / Christof STACHEWolfsburg have concerns in defence with left-back Jerome Roussillon struggling with a calf injury, while centre-backs John Anthony Brooks, of the USA and Congolese Marcel Tisserand are just back from international duty.Winger Arjen Robben refuses to hear any talk of crisis at Bayern.“If you make the last few games bigger than they are, then you talk yourself into a crisis, I am firmly convinced that this is only about a few small details,” said the Dutchman.Despite Robben’s reassurances, Kovac has several problems to fix.Both Polish striker Robert Lewandowski and Germany forward Thomas Mueller are struggling for goals after both drew blanks in their last five games for club and country.Bayern’s defence failed to cope after Hertha and Gladbach counter-attacked through Munich’s midfield.– Alcacer on fire –Should Bayern fail to win in Wolfsburg, Dortmund have a great chance to extend their lead at bottom side Stuttgart.Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer is in rich form with nine goals in his last five games.After hitting six goals in three Dortmund games — including a hat-trick and a last-gasp winner in the stunning 4-3 victory over Augsburg — Alcacer, on loan from Barcelona, scored three more goals on his return to the Spain team after a two-year break.Lucien Favre says Alcacer could make his first Bundesliga start, after three appearances off the bench, but the Dortmund coach has problems in defence.Borussia Dortmund’s Spain forward Paco Alcacer is in a hot run of form after scoring 10 goals in his last six games for club and country. © AFP / INA FASSBENDER“We have a luxury problem in the midfield, but not in the defence,” admitted Favre.Swiss centre-back Manuel Akanji, who has not missed a minute for Dortmund this season, returned from international duty with a hip injury, which is expected to sideline him for three weeks.Left-back Marcel Schmelzer also misses the trip to Stuttgart with a knee injury.Fixtures (all times 4:30pm unless stated)FridayEintracht Frankfurt v Fortuna Duesseldorf (11:30pm)SaturdayWolfsburg v Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen v Hanover, Stuttgart v Borussia Dortmund, Augsburg v RB Leipzig, Nuremberg v Hoffenheim, Schalke v Werder Bremen (9:30pm)SundayHertha Berlin v Freiburg, Borussia Moenchengladbach v Mainz (9pm)0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac needs a win at Wolfsburg on Saturday to break the Bavarian giants miseable run of four games without a win, including back-to-back defeats in the Bundesliga. © AFP / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, Oct 19 – Under-pressure Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac desperately needs a win at Wolfsburg on Saturday to break the Bavarian giants’ miserable run and reignite their Bundesliga title defence.Kovac, 47, only took charge in July, but must turn things around at mid-table Wolfsburg with the German champions winless in their last four matches, including back-to-back league defeats.
The 20-year-old Djokovic was in his first Slam final, yet he led 6-5 in each of the opening two sets. In the first, he held five set points. In the second, he held two. Federer erased all of those, showing the craft and cool that have allowed him to hold the No. 1 ranking for the past 188 weeks, the longest run by a man or woman. In Djokovic, Federer was facing the only man to beat him over the past three months, but that was at Montreal, not New York, and in a Grand Slam tuneup, not the real deal. So, not just talented with a racket but prescient, too, Federer pretty much predicted what would transpire. Shortly before walking out for Sunday’s match, he said knowingly, “It’ll be interesting to see how he handles the final.” Sure was. NEW YORK – Roger Federer sure gave Novak Djokovic chances, all sorts of chances, to pull off a major surprise in the U.S. Open final Sunday. Federer knows how to win these things, while Djokovic is still learning, and that might have made the difference. Hardly at the top of his game, Federer came through, beating Djokovic 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-4 for his fourth consecutive U.S. Open championship and 12th Grand Slam title overall. Federer is the first man since Bill Tilden in the 1920s to win the American Grand Slam four years running, and he moved within two of Pete Sampras’ career record of 14 major titles. “Once again, he showed he’s the best,” the No. 3-seeded Djokovic said. “He deserved to win. He was the better player.” Afterward, Federer was generous, though, noting that the scoreline didn’t necessarily reflect how close things were, saying, “Straight sets is brutal for Novak, to be honest.” In the end, about the only category Djokovic won on this day was “Most Intriguing Guests,” with 2006 Open champion Maria Sharapova and actor Robert De Niro sharing a box with his parents in the stands. Federer – dressed for an evening on the town, he was all in black, from headwrap and wristband to socks and shoes, from shirt to shorts with tuxedo-like satin stripes down the side – finished things under the lights by breaking Djokovic in the last game with the help of a no-look, over-the-shoulder volley winner. It’s the type of shot that has prompted plenty of people to call Federer the greatest to ever swing a racket – and at 26, he’s still in his prime. Djokovic might be younger, but he was the one breathing heavily midway through the first set, standing in place and beckoning a ballkid to bring him a towel so he could rest a bit after a 16-shot point. Federer was hardly the Federer everyone has to come to expect, making 34 unforced errors. When he double-faulted, then sprayed two forehands long, Djokovic had the first break of the match, going up 6-5. Perhaps thinking they’d witness an upset, many in the over-capacity crowd of 25,230 got on their feet, clapping and screaming. So Djokovic served for the first set and raced out to a 40-love edge. Three set points. Three chances to take a one-set lead against Federer in the U.S. Open final. And just like that, they vanished: Federer hit a cross-court forehand winner that caught a line, and Djokovic missed two backhands. Then came a fourth set point, but Djokovic sent a forehand long. Then a fifth, but Federer smacked a forehand return that landed right on the baseline, drawing Djokovic’s stab backhand long. After Djokovic missed yet another backhand to give Federer his first break point of the match, the Serb’s nerves really got the better of him: He double-faulted. That sent the set to a tiebreaker, where there was more of the same. Of Federer’s seven points, three were courtesy of backhand errors by Djokovic, and two came thanks to double-faults, including on the last point. It might take some players years to recover, if at all, from that sort of collapse, but Djokovic needed about 15 minutes to grab a 4-1 lead in the second set. Once more, Federer asserted himself, breaking back at love to get to 4-3. And when Federer served while trailing 6-5, Djokovic earned two set points. Naturally, Federer took care of the first with a 126 mph ace, and Djokovic blew the next with an errant forehand. Again they went to a tiebreaker, and again Federer was better. When he ended it with a backhand passing winner down the line – placing the ball through the one, tiny opening there was – Federer skipped toward the sideline, screamed and punched the air. That made the Swiss star 13-2 in major final tiebreakers, nearly identical to his record in major finals: He’s 12-2, an .857 winning percentage that’s better than Sampras’ .778. Djokovic had one last opportunity to climb back into the match, getting to love-40 when Federer served at 2-2 in the third set. But Djokovic sailed a backhand return long, let a Federer forehand skim off the baseline to end a 15-stroke exchange, then put a backhand return in the net. That brought it to deuce, and Federer took the next two points to hold. That was part of Djokovic’s 2-for-9 futility on break points. And Federer? Well, all he did was earn five break points – and convert three. Federer takes home a Grand Slam-record $2.4 million in prize money: $1.4 million for winning the tournament, plus a $1 million bonus because he finished atop the U.S. Open Series standings based on performances at hard-court tuneup events. From 1970 to 2005, no man – not a single one! – reached all four Grand Slam finals in a calendar year. Now Federer has turned that trick two years in a row. Actually, his streak stretches back to 10 consecutive Grand Slam finals, and he’s won eight. And if it weren’t for a certain indefatigable Mallorcan who goes by the name Rafael Nadal, Federer might have won all 10.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Harry Redknapp recently had a two-game spell in charge of Jordan Harry Redknapp will take up a post as football consulatant at the Central Coast Mariners, the A-League club have announced.Writing on their Twitter account during the club’s end-of-season dinner, the Mariners said: “Owner Mike Charlesworth announces that Harry Redknapp will join the Mariners as a consultant.”Former Portsmouth, QPR and Tottenham boss Redknapp was recently in Australia as part of a two-game spell in charge of Jordan.He won his first game 8-0 against Bangladesh but went down 5-1 to the Socceroos in Sydney.The 69-year-old has accrued nearly 1,500 games of experience as a manager and is also acting as an advisor to Premier League hopefuls Derby and he has recently been linked with the Nigeria job.The Central Coast Mariners are based in Gosford, New South Wales, and were A-League winners in 2008 and 2012. 1
REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Pogba was in high spirits during Friday’s training session A report on Thursday suggested the World Cup winner was even dared to hand in a transfer request before the August deadline by Mourinho.However, the Portuguese was quick dispel rumours of a terminal rift between the pair.Mourinho also spoke about Anthony Martial, revealing he had fined the Frenchman after he left United’s US tour to be at the birth of his son.Check out exactly what was said at Friday’s press conference ahead of the trip to the Amex Stadium.Mourinho on his supposedly ‘fractured’ relationship with Pogba“The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks, and I’ve never been so happy with him as I am now,” Mourinho said. The relationship between Pogba and Mourinho seemed to have reached breaking point 5 smart causal Reports earlier in the week suggested Pogba was not even speaking to the Manchester United boss NEW ERA 5 Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia returned to training on Thursday but are not fit to be selected yet, while boss Jose Mourinho was unclear on the availability of Jesse Lingard.Paul Pogba will wear the captain’s armband again. Ander Herrera, Sergio Romero, Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot remain out, but those late back from the World Cup are closing in on full fitness. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won possible standings 5 Latest Premier League News How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Lingard, Herrera, Valencia and Marcus Rashford all took part in Manchester United training on Friday Jose Mourinho insists ‘he cannot ask more’ of Manchester United star Paul Pogba, despite speculation of tension between them.The former Real Madrid boss was addressing the media at a press conference ahead of United’s trip to Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday. 5 gameday Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener “That’s the truth. I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him.“He came here on a Monday, he trained three days, I asked for his support, for his contribution in an important match for us when the team had difficulties.“He did it better and for more time than we could expect. When he says he did it for the fans and for the team, it is exactly what I want. It is exactly what I demand from my players, what he is giving me.“He’s working well, he’s playing well, he does for the fans, he does for the team and that’s what I want.“I want him to to play for the team, which he is doing, and, I repeat, I couldn’t be happier than I am.” REVEALED Opinion on those remarks about Pogba potentially being fined for speaking outMourinho said: “I don’t care. I don’t care.“I repeat, I want him to play well, I want him to play for the team, the fans, and that is what it is.“He’s working extremely well here, but I have to say in his defence that write what you want about him, write what you want about me, please don’t say lies.“Please don’t put him in a situation where people can think he’s not a polite, educated guy, which he is.”On Anthony Martial’s future after being fined for failing to report to pre-season training“I am here for two years and a couple of months and the only player that was fined was Anthony Martial, so it is not easy to be fined here.“So, you have to ask him [Pogba]. I didn’t ask him, I am not going to ask him. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade “I repeat, I want him to work the way he is doing and to play the way he is doing and for me that’s the only thing that matters.”Mourinho on any potential transfer news from Old Trafford“I don’t think Matteo Darmian will go and he cannot have any bad feeling towards us because we opened the door for him in case his desire was to go.“But it looks like it’s not going to end in a transfer, and for me it is good news.”Latest injury news ahead of Sunday’s gameThe Red Devils have no fresh injury worries heading into Sunday’s trip to the south coast. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won ALTERED 5 Martial received a fine of two weeks wages, worth £180,000 silverware
Burrtec had considered locating the materials recovery facility, also called a MRF, at the former Keysor Century property across from the Saugus Cafe, but Metrolink’s objections to the trash trucks that would be crossing the nearby train tracks scuttled that plan. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The 55-foot-tall facility, planned on the eastern end of the property, would sort residential and commercial trash. Nonrecyclables would be separated from reusable materials and transported elsewhere. An education center, a buyback area and a secondhand shop would be located on the premises. The recycling area could process up to 2,000 tons of materials each day. Processing operations would take place inside the building. Mark Gates, who owns the 508-acre industrial development, said the commissioner’s approval of Burrtec’s permit would allow him to proceed with grading and storm drain plans, sewer annexation, a wetlands review, a water service agreement and other formalities. “We have been proceeding full steam ahead on those items, assuming the Planning Commission approves the (permit) and assuming there are no hiccups as a result of the court of appeal decision,” Gates said. The Santa Clarita Organization for Planning the Environment was among the plaintiffs in the suit, which claims city officials miscalculated when they approved the project’s environmental impact report. If the court finds fault with the environmental document, Gates would need to make the necessary modifications, which could delay his project. Gates could not provide a timeline, but said the next step after finalizing the paperwork would be building the infrastructure. SANTA CLARITA – A state-of-the-art recycling facility that has gone through fits and starts to find a suitable home finally is set for review Tuesday by the city Planning Commission. Burrtec Waste Industries will be seeking a permit to build a 178,200-square-foot building in the proposed Gate King Industrial Park on Sierra Highway south of San Fernando Road. “There is nothing that prevents us from proceeding with that action,” said Lisa Hardy, the city’s planning manager. The recycling facility would be the first business to set up shop in the planned industrial park. The Gate King project is in litigation, but because local officials have approved the park and no court order has been issued to prevent the project from moving forward, Burrtec is forging ahead.
COURTS: Two Donegal families have appeared in court over their failure to send their children to school. In the first case, the court heard how the defendant’s child had already missed four school days out of twenty-three so far this term.Solicitor for the defendant Patsy Gallagher said his client was making progress and that the four days missed were in two blocks of two, and were all explained. Mr Gallagher told the court, “My client has had a difficult number of months, and recently became a widow after the sad passing of her partner.“She is making progress, and her child has missed four days out of 23, but were all explained.“Her child is 15 years of age, and is in her Junior Cert year, so it is a very important year for her education.”Judge Paul Kelly stressed that Mr Gallagher explain to her as best he can that she has to engage with the probation services over this on-going situation. As there was no interpreter in court, Judge Kelly decided to assess the case at a later date, and adjourned the issue until February 7th and requested an interpreter be present on that date.In the other case the court heard how the defendant’s child had not been back in school at all this term.Despite briefly attending at the end of the year in May, when he attended four out of nine days.However, solicitor for the defendant Kieran O’Gorman claimed the child was now in school in Germany, where he was residing with his father.He presented a letter of enrolment which seemed to claim that the child was in school in Germany. However, this was challenged by the state and child probation services, who said on a visit to the house, an older sister of the boy in question said she wasn’t sure where he was and that her parents had gone shopping.Judge Paul Kelly said, “It was claimed he was initially attending school in Romania, but there was no evidence of that, now it’s claimed he is in Germany.“Their engagement has been totally unsatisfactory, and they don’t appear in court, and the story seems to change every month.”Mr Armstrong, solicitor for the state asked for an adjournment so they could find out if the letter from the school in Germany was authentic. Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case to November and instructed Mr O’Gorman to make sure his client attends court.Donegal families in court for failing to send children to school was last modified: October 6th, 2016 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)
Former SDLP leader John Hume and his wife Pat have expressed their sadness today at the news that their close friend Ivan Cooper has passed away.In a statement, Pat Hume said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of our dear friend Ivan Cooper.“Ivan and John walked side by side, hand in hand, in their shared desire for equality, justice and peace in Ireland. “Ivan was the embodiment of the non-violent and non-sectarian movement for change that was the campaign for civil rights.”“His commitment and courage and his desire and determination to tackle these issues never waned. Nor did his friendship and relationship with John and me.“He was a loyal friend and constant visitor to John in recent years even as both battled ill-health.“Ivan Cooper will forever hold a special place, not only, in our hearts but in the history of this island and in the continuing of the fight for civil rights and social justice.“We send our condolences to Ivan’s wife Frances, daughters Sinead and Bronagh and wider family circle.”John and Pat Hume ‘deeply saddened’ at passing of Ivan Cooper was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
Each step to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, no matter how slowly it is taken, will be for beneficiaries of Caring4Girls, says Melissa Rehbock. She is one of about 40 participants of the 2016 Trek4Mandela Kilimanjaro Expedition. The expedition takes place annually.She is aiming to take it slowly, one step at a time. The Capetonian and others left South Africa for Tanzania on Wednesday, 13 July to start the expedition up Mount Kilimanjaro. Kili, as it is known, is the highest mountain on the African continent. It rises approximately 4 877 metres from its base to 5 895 metres above sea level. Melissa Rehbock says she will take it one step at a time to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. She and others aim to fundraise to assist thousands of girls with sanitary pads. (Image supplied)The aimThe target of the initiative this year is to help 350 000 South African girls who are not able to buy their own sanitary towels, says the Trek4Mandela website. According to research, girls from impoverished backgrounds could miss up to 50 days of school each year as a result of these challenges.“Trek4Mandela aims to create awareness of the Caring4Girls programme and give much-needed accessibility to sanitary towels. This, together with effective hygiene education, will ensure the development and growth of thousands of young South African and African women. Our ultimate goal is to reach two million girls by 2020,” reads the site.In a video on YouTube, a teacher says that some of the girls at her school are afraid to ask for a sanitary pad. This is one of the reasons she is happy that the Caring4Girls initiative was created by the Imbumba Foundation.Watch the beneficiaries of Caring4Girls explain how this project affects them:Nerve-racking expedition“It’s the altitude that is the biggest factor [on the expedition] and not always how fit one is,” Rehbok explains, although she thinks she is fit enough for the expedition. “No-one knows how their body is going to react to the altitude, so that’s a little nerve-racking.“We will be going slowly as one does on Kilimanjaro. The term is ‘pole pole, slowly slowly.’”Training started six months ago. It included hiking, running and strength training in the gym.A morning spent on @LionsHeadCT to send @millydoeskili on her way for her summit pic.twitter.com/97MoQctYob— Stace (@StaceyRehbock) July 3, 2016Rehbock says she learned about Caring4Girls in May last year. “When I heard about the Trek4Mandela climb, I immediately said I wanted to do it. I knew I wanted to be part of something so special and raise as much money as I could for the initiative. The dream has become a reality.”On a Skype call recently with women from Saudi Arabia, she learned lack of access to sanitary pads was a wider problem. “This cause [girls having the lack of access of sanitary towels] does not only happen in South Africa.”Freezing conditionsCarmen Cupido, who lives in Johannesburg, says the idea of summiting Kilimanjaro in the middle of the night by walking 1.5 kilometres over three hours in freezing conditions and little oxygen, terrifies her. “But I am a brave person. That’s what I tell myself.”Her last physical challenge was running a marathon (42.5km) in 2010. She is looking forward to the camaraderie, fitness and rediscovering her deeper reserves of determination. “I want to achieve new goals with my body, mind and spirit.”Cupido is one of six in Seacom’s team. The company is a submarine cable operator.As part of their training, in the last five months they had five group training sessions. “Two of the sessions were Drakensberg 18km hikes. The other three were Suikerbosrand 12km hikes, which were followed the next day with two hours of Westcliff stairs training,” explains Cupido. “Individually, hikers are doing their gym training, running and/or cycling, strength training and Pilates. This varies from person to person.” Albie Bester, Suveer Ramdhani, Carmen Cupido, Kelly Crofton, Sibusiso Khanye and Lizaan de Jongh make up the 2016 Seacom Kilimanjaro team. (Image supplied)Kelly Crofton, one of Cupido’s colleagues, says she is looking forward to meeting new people, sharing stories and learning more about herself.The Kilimanjaro expedition is something completely out of her comfort zone.Happy to be part of a team to raise funds for Caring4Girls, Crofton adds: “Quite frankly, no girl should not have no option but to stay absent from school because they have their period. Nor do they have to face the humiliation of not having a sanitary pad when their period is due.”She hopes their fundraising will give a few girls the opportunity of having one less stress in their lives.Sibusiso Khanye, another Seacom employee, says to summit Kilimanjaro has always been his dream. A Comrades runner, he is proud to be touching lives and making a difference by helping Caring4Girls.Watch an interview with Samantha Pillay, who was diagnosed with lupus disease. She spoke to the SABC about why she is doing this year’s expedition:Promoting Mandela MonthRichard Mabaso, founder of the Imbumba Foundation, started the Caring4Girls initiative in 2012, shortly after he overheard that one of his nieces did not have access to sanitary pads.He told Sello Hatang, the chief executive officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, about Caring4Girls and that fundraising for it was the reason for summiting Kilimanjaro.Speaking to the SABC, Mabaso says: “One thing we owe to Madiba is to start taking a leading role as South Africans to educate people about Mandela Day… in terms of what it means and to really go beyond 18 July.”Madiba is Mandela’s clan name.The pillars of Mandela Day 2016 are: education and literacy, food security, shelter and the environment. The Nelson Mandela Day website encourages South Africans and international supporters to “Make every day a Mandela Day” by taking action and inspiring change. The annual day is on Madiba’s birthday, 18 July.The oldest person to summit Kili was 80, according to Mabaso. “Sometimes it’s not about your fitness, but your discipline. You have to be disciplined: drink water, take one step, take a rest and then take another step.”Supporters flooded Twitter with their well wishes for the expedition:Good luck To all the 2016 @Trek4Mandela climbers! @PennyLebyane @sibueverest pic.twitter.com/Zen61mcvx4—Mpumi Mbethe (@MpumiMbethe) July 11,2016Tothe team, Safe travels, clear perspectives and fresh insights all for a worthy cause,@Trek4Mandela @ubuntubami https://t.co/lfZcHnoaWE—Masire-Mwamba (@mmasekgoam) July 11,2016Advice on climbing KiliSibusiso Vilane, their expedition guide, gave him the following advice, Mabaso says: “He told me to internalise the climb when you get to the mountain. It must be a personal journey.“So one: set up your summit. Break down your summit into mini summits. Your first day you should be about: ‘I want to get to the gate. I want to do the first hike and I want to get to the next camp.’“The minute you step down, it becomes easier. People are more challenged by their mental fitness.”SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See:Using SouthAfrica.info material