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5 injured following Zeeburg accident

first_imgFive persons are now injured following a vehicular accident at Zeeburg Public Road on the West Coast of Demerara.According to information received, at around 12:00h on Saturday, a motorcar bearing registration plates PTT 5532, owned and driven by 50-year-old Shameer Rahaman, was proceeding East along the northern side of the road.One of the vehicles that was involved in the crashConsequently, another motor car bearing registration plates PLL 4407, owned and driven by 62-year-old Roger Levans, allegedly attempted to overtake another vehicle and came into the path of Rahaman.This resulted in a head-on collision between the two vehicles. Immediately after the collision, the occupants of both motorcars were rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital. The injured persons were identified as the two drivers, 47-year-old Ravindra Singh, 41-year-old Bibi Singh, and the wife of Roger Levans, 60-year-old Leila Levans.The couple, Roger and Leila Levans, was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital. All of the injured persons were reported to be in stable condition.last_img read more

Sports stars who shone in 2004

first_img11 January 2005As 2005 kicks off, we take a quick glance at some of the South African sports men and women who stood out in the year that was 2004.It was, in many ways, a better sporting year than 2003, and this small list includes some repeaters from last year’s selection – proof of their world-class consistency – and a few new stars who made waves around the world.The SA men’s 4x100m freestyle relay teamAustralia and the USA were supposed to dominate in the swimming pool at the Athens Olympics, but in one of the most glamorous events, the men’s 4×100 metres freestyle relay, South Africa shocked the world.The first hint that South Africa might have a shot at a medal came in the semi-finals, where SA qualified first with some ease in the fastest time, which wasn’t that far off the world record. Most people, however, expected the favoured traditional swimming powers to come through in the final.It never happened. South Africa dominated in the final as Roland Schoeman got the team off to a sensationally fast start. Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend and Ryk Neethling kept the domination going in the three legs that followed, and when Neethling touched home South Africa had won not just convincingly, but in world record time.Schoeman also shone in the individual freestyle sprint events, grabbing silver in the 100m (Neethling was fourth) and bronze in the 50m. He was the biggest star of the Olympics for South Africa. SA swimmers stun the worldSchoeman bags another medal Mbulaeni MulaudziFor much of 2004, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was the top-ranked 800 metres runner in the world. In a very competitive event, he was the most consistent of all the top athletes.After winning silver at the World Championships in Paris in 2003, he wanted gold at the Olympics in Athens in 2004. A medal of any kind suddenly became a very distant dream, however, as he struggled with injury and illness in the lead-up to the Games. His form suffered as he fought to overcome those setbacks.In the Greek capital, though, Mulaudzi, somewhat unexpectedly given his less than ideal preparations, put all his problems behind him to run a great race in the final to finish second behind Yuri Borzakovsky, and just in front of world record holder Wilson Kipketer, whom he out-kicked in the sprint for the finish line.In many ways it was just reward for the consistency that had lifted Mulaudzi to the top of the world 800 metres rankings. Olympic Team SA takes six Ernie ElsGolf ace Ernie Els had a very good year that was very nearly a great year. He put himself in position to challenge for all four major titles, but narrowly missed out on adding to the three he has already won.He took second in the US Masters, ninth in the US Open, second in the British Open, and fourth in the US PGA.The Big Easy also claimed five victories, including a record-breaking sixth World Matchplay title. In a very consistent year, he finished in the top ten 16 times. Superstar Ernie to play more in SAErnie’s a winner despite lossErnie’s Heineken Classic hat-trick Retief GoosenGolf’s quietest superstar added another major title to his list of honours in 2004. For the second time he captured the US Open, producing what many observers regarded as one of the greatest putting displays of all time to win on the treacherous greens of Shinnecock Hills.He also added the European Open title, and the big season-ending Tour Championship in the USA. Those victories proved, once again, that when the going gets tough the Goose gets going.Goosen’s superb performances lifted him to a career high fourth-place in the world rankings. Many experts believe he could move up even higher in 2005. Retief toughs it out at Sun CityGolden ‘Goose’ takes US OpenGoosen: superb when it counts Hestrie CloeteHigh jumper Hestrie Cloete enjoyed another superb year. The IAAF’s athlete of the year for 2003, she was once again in great form, going through the benchmark Golden League Series unbeaten, and seemingly always able to pull out that little bit extra when needed to top the opposition.She cleared the two-metre barrier a stunning nine times.Cloete’s primary aim, though, was the Olympic Games. She won silver in Sydney in 2000; in 2004 she wanted gold.In the final, Cloete jumped beautifully, clearing every height without failure, from 1.89 metres to 2.02 metres. Russia’s Yelena Slesarenko matched her all the way, however. Cloete then failed at 2.04m, while Slesarenko cleared.After another failure at 2.04m, Cloete upped the bar to 2.06 metres. She missed out again and was left with silver once more.The fact that she didn’t win gold should not detract, however, from a brilliant year for the South African star. Olympic Team SA takes six Greg Minnaar2003 World Downhill Mountain Bike champion Greg Minnaar signed with Honda for the 2004 season, riding for the first time on a bike designed specifically with his needs in mind. It took some getting used to, but the results were again excellent for the humble man from Pietermaritzburg.In the US, he successfully defended his Norba Downhill Series title, and also starred in the World Cup Series.Minnaar recorded wins in the Mexican Nationals, in the World Cup in Fort William, and in Norba Downhill events in Durango, Sandpoint, Mount Snow, and Snowshoe Mountain.It was another outstandingly consistent set of results for the South African superstar. Adrenaline rush: Greg Minnaar Hendrick RamaalaFor a long time, Hendrick Ramaala was one of the world’s best half-marathon athletes. Then he took the step up to the standard marathon.His results were good, top 10 finishes in big races, but he never made the breakthrough to win one of them – until 7 November 2004. Contesting the New York City Marathon, he faced a world-class field, but on that day Ramaala proved to be the class of the field.He emulated Willie Mtolo’s win of 12 years earlier in 2:09:28, beating Olympic silver medal winner Meb Keflezighi into second place and Boston Marathon champion Timothy Cherigat into third.Ramaala’s victory put an end to talk of unfulfilled promises in emphatic fashion. Ramaala conquers New York Benni McCarthyBafana Bafana striker Benni McCarthy made his mark with Portuguese soccer giants Porto in a superb year for the club.They won the Portuguese league title with McCarthy to the fore, leading the league in scoring. However, it was in Europe where Porto and McCarthy truly made their mark.The Portuguese champions stunned the soccer world by winning the European Champions League, and the South African striker played a vital role in their success, which was crowned by a three-nil victory over Monaco in the title decider.His performances included two stunners against Manchester United in the first round of the first-leg knockout stage; even a superb free kick in the second leg that struck the crossbar led to a goal.McCarthy has started the new season in strong fashion; recently he scored against Chelsea to inflict the first loss of the Champions League campaign on the English powerhouse. Porto needed a win to advance, and once again McCarthy came through. His goal was Porto’s one-hundredth in European competition. Of those, he has scored 26!He is deservedly in the running for the title of African Footballer of the Year.Schalk BurgerSpringbok Schalk Burger tore through the rugby world like a colossus in 2004, with one brilliant performance after another. From relative obscurity, he made the rugby world sit up and take notice, and by the end of the season he had won an amazing five big awards.His fellow players recognised just how outstanding his contribution to the Springboks’ revival had been by voting him the International Rugby Players’ Association Players’ Player of the Year. He was also named, not surprisingly, International Newcomer of the Year.The International Rugby Board named him its Player of the Year. He was also named South African Player of the Year.France’s authoritative Midi Olympique organised a vote amongst 46 journalists from 10 different countries, and they, also, went with the “Incredible Schalk” as their player of the year.It was a stunning year for Schalk Burger, a year in which the Springboks’ fortunes, not coincidentally, underwent a stunning turnaround. With Burger to the fore, the future of SA Rugby looks bright again. The Springboks are tops!Rugby’s best rate Schalk topsBurger named Player of the Year The SA Paralympic TeamThe South African Paralympic team tore up Athens with a string of sensational performances. Their enthusiasm and humility captured the hearts of the rainbow nation.Overall, SA finished thirteenth on the medal table, picking up 35 medals in all, including 15 golds.The inspirational Natalie du Toit was the star of the show, winning five events in the swimming pool, four of them in world record time.Teboho Mokgalagadi claimed a sprint double for athletes with cerebral palsy, winning the 100 metres and 200 metres, while Fanie Lombaard also celebrated a double in the shot put and discus.Double amputee Oscar Pistorius roared into the record books with brilliant results in the sprints; he won bronze in the 100 metres and gold in the 200 metres, and both his victories came in world record time.Malcolm Pringle showed his cliss by winning the 800 metres for the third Paralympic Games in succession, also in world record time.Zanele Situ, the first black South African to win Paralympic gold, repeated the success she enjoyed in Sydney in 2000, again claiming victory in the javelin. Paralympic Team SA rocks! The SA Women’s Bowls TeamThe triples combination of Trish Steyn, Jill Hackland and Loraine Victor won gold at the 10th Women’s World Bowls 2004 with a solid 21-11 victory over Australia in the final. Lorna Trigwell picked up silver in the singles, falling at the final hurdle to three-time champion Margaret Johnson.The fours combination came in sixth, and the pairs took thirteenth place.The excellent performance confirmed South Africa’s place as one of the world’s leaders in bowls. It also helped make the centenary year of South African bowls a very successful one. World title for SA women bowlers Herman ChalupskyHerman Chalupsky showed that he remains one of the world’s greatest surfski paddlers by winning the world title in Perth. In a battle with Australian star Nathan Baggaley, Chalupsky had something left in the tank when it came to a sprint for the finish line, taking victory by 30 seconds.He followed that result with a second place in the double-ski event.In addition, Chalupsky won the Molokai World Surf Ski Championship, emulating his brother Oscar, who has won the race a record 10 times. He also teamed with Oscar to win the 55-kilometre Kauai Relay, defeating Aussie legend Dean Gardiner and Dave Kissane by over 13 minutes. 1-2-3 for SA ski paddlers in OzChalupskys blitz Kauai relay2004 SA Single Ski title sharedOscar Chalupsky: best of the best Donovan Cech and Ramon Di ClementeDonovan Cech and Ramon Di Clemente took an impressive record into the Athens Olympics: sixth in the Sydney Olympics, gold in the World Championships in 2001, silver in 2002, bronze in 2003.No other combination could match that consistency heading into the Olympics; but medals are won in the water, not on paper.In the heats, Cech and Di Clemente reached the final only after Canada was disqualified for rowing across the South African boat, but they made the most of their opportunity in the medal decider.In the final, as the race progressed towards its final quarter, the South African duo were out of the medals in fifth place, but the fastest finishing effort of any of the crews over the final 500 metres lifted the SA stars into third spot and a well-deserved bronze medal. It was a great reward for years of perseverance and hard work. SA’s first rowing Olympic medal Ant StottCanoeing strongman Ant Stott showed just what he was made of with a very successful stint of racing overseas.He teamed with Gary Mawer to take a dominating victory in the prestigious Liffey Descent in Ireland. In addition he scored back-to-back top 10 finishes in the World Marathon Championships, snatched victory in the world famous Sella Descent, and overall went four out of five in Spain.In South Africa, Stott won the Dusi with Martin Dreyer, took another win in the Fish Marathon, added the Croc title and the Land Rover 50 Miler. In anybody’s book it was a great year. Stott, Lombard win tight 50-MilerAnt Stott, King of the Croc 2004Records tumble in Fish 2004Great Stott! A great month!Ant Stott on fire in Spain  Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Omnia, US firm eye African expansion

first_img“We will be in a unique position to combine our technologies and expertise to provide advanced products and services,” he said. South African chemicals company Omnia is partnering with Nalco, a leading American water treatment and process improvement company, to provide an extensive range of water and process treatment services to the African market. Services will include treatments for the mining sector; refinery and petrochemical sector; pulp and paper industry; food and beverage market and broader industrial water and effluent treatment applications. “This joint venture will enable Omnia to assist its clients to significantly reduce their environmental impact using Nalco’s industrial water and process treatment technologies,” Omnia MD Rod Humphris said in a statement last week. “This partnership with the leading global water and process services company complements our existing chemicals business and demonstrates our continued commitment to growing our business through proactive management of South Africa’s scarce water resources in the critical area of water improvement.” “This is a great opportunity to bring together our expertise and experience in the water, energy and air sectors, our global research facilities, and a well-respected partner who understands the needs of the industrial services market in Africa.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Africa: growth market 1 February 2010 Nalco uses an award-winning, patented cooling water automation technology to reduce industrial water use. Since its introduction in 2004 this technology has saved more than 596 million cubic meters of water worldwide. These water and air technologies represent a small element of the extensive range of services and products which will be available under the new business, Nalco Africa. As per the agreement, Protea Chemicals, a division of Omnia, will form a joint venture company with the Illinois-based Nalco. Subject to shareholder and regulatory approval, the company will begin operating in the first quarter of 2010. According to Nalco CEO Erik Fyrwalk, Africa was an important growth market, with the total accessible market in the region estimated at more than US$400-million (about R3-billion) and expected to grow significantly over the next ten years. Patented technologies The use of the company’s technologies provides cost-effective, engineered solutions for the control of nitrogen and sulphur oxides, carbon monoxide, mercury and particulates, thereby helping companies to increase combustion efficiency and reduce energy costs.last_img read more

Collaboration with India on climate action is quite important UN official

first_imgUnited Nations: The collaboration with India on climate action is quite important and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recommitted to continue leading on climate issues, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit said. “The contribution, collaboration with India is also quite important, being one of the major emitters. Prime Minister Modi met only a few days ago with the Secretary General in Biarritz and recommitted to continue to lead on climate and particularly dealing with solar energy which they have a huge and very important initiative,” UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit Luis Alfonso de Alba said here Tuesday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US De Alba cited the example of India’s leadership on climate action while responding to a question on the response from Asian countries on combating climate change. He referred to the recent meeting between Modi and Guterres on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in France, where the two leaders had fruitful discussions on climate issues. “We had extensive deliberations on key issues, most notably ways to strengthen the efforts to mitigate climate change,” Modi had said on Twitter following his meeting with Guterres. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The UN official also lauded efforts by Indian companies and said he has been very encouraged by the response of companies globally in tackling climate change. “In my own experience, visits that I have had, the latest one was to India. There was a meeting with a huge number of the (biggest) companies – Tata, Mahindra and others, the cement industry etc, he said adding that the industry is getting very much involved in climate action and climate response. On China, he said the message has been given to Beijing that it must pay attention to greening its Belt and Road Initiative. We would like the Chinese initiative to not finance the coal plants but offer other possibilities. We have engaged quite closely with them and I could say that we are quite positively encouraged.” With a view to boost ambition and accelerate actions to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Guterres will host the 2019 Climate Action Summit on September 23 to meet the climate challenge. The Summit will showcase a leap in collective national political ambition and it will demonstrate massive movements in the real economy in support of the agenda. De Alba said the Summit is expected to be attended by over 100 world leaders. Modi is expected to address the climate summit, along with other world leaders. As part of a weekend of events leading up to the Climate Action Summit, the UN Youth Climate Summit will be held at the world body’s headquarters and is expected to be attended by about 600 youth leaders and activists. The Youth Climate Summit will feature a full-day of programming that brings together young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change-makers who are committed to combating climate change at the pace and scale needed to meet the challenge. Young climate activist Vishnu P R, from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala is among 100 outstanding climate champions selected from around the world for a special ‘Green Ticket’ that will help them travel to the UN headquarters to participate in the first-ever Youth Climate Summit. Vishnu is the CEO of ‘Change Can Change Climate Change (C5) Foundation’, an organisation focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. C5 is a youth-led initiative that was originally designed as a sustainable volunteer development platform which will be a model for the whole nation starting from Thiruvananthapuram, which has now become a platform with more than 10,000 registered youngsters in the district, the UN said. In order to ensure that the transformative actions in the real economy are as impactful as possible, the Secretary-General has prioritised several action portfolios, which are recognised as having high potential to curb greenhouse gas emissions and increased global action on adaptation and resilience. These action portfolios include finance, energy transition, industry transition, nature-based solutions, mitigation strategy. De Alba said the coalitions will be led by one or two countries. The coalition on transforming industry is led by India and Sweden, while coalition on mitigation is led by Chile, that on energy transition by Ethiopia and Denmark and public finance by France, Qatar and Jamaica.last_img read more