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Modric wins World Cup Golden Ball, Mbappe young player award

first_imgReport: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Croatia’s Luka Modric holds his Golden Ball award at the end of the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Croatia captain Luka Modric won the Golden Ball award for the World Cup’s best player despite being on the losing side to France in a thrilling final in Moscow on Sunday.Modric was named man-of-the-match three times in Croatia’s seven games in Russia, but even the Real Madrid midfielder was powerless to stop France’s firepower and the rise of 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe.ADVERTISEMENT England’s Harry Kane wins World Cup Golden Boot 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ The Paris Saint-Germain forward won the young player of the tournament award after scoring his fourth goal of the competition in the final, which France won 4-2.Belgium captain Eden Hazard finished second in the running for the Golden Ball, with France’s Antoine Griezmann, who also scored his fourth goal of the tournament in the final, coming third.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove award for the best goalkeeper. Despite Griezmann and Mbappe getting on the scoresheet, England’s Harry Kane claimed the Golden Boot for his six goals. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more


LRA Underscores Stronger Border Management

first_imgThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) is calling for a stronger security and customs border regime at the country’s various borders and ports of entry to enhance national security and revenue generation.The Commissioner of Customs at the LRA Saa Saamoi says an effective coordination in border management is cardinal to the security, economy and development of the Liberian state.He called on the border management team to work in harmony against contrabands, arms, drug smuggling, and other illegal activities that endanger the lives of citizens and undermine the security of the state.Speaking recently at the Liberian-Ivorian border in Loguatuo, Nimba County, Commissioner Saamoi said, “You are the eyes of the Liberian people to control what enters and gets out of our country, and in raising revenue to support national development.”Addressing a meeting of customs officers and the joint security at the Loguatuo Border, Commissioner Saamoi said in the absence of coordination and cooperation, those assigned at the borders of the country would disappoint the Liberian people when they respectively fail to scrutinize what or who enters or leaves the country.He said though the two lead agencies in border management are Customs for taxes and Immigration for passengers, all other security agencies including the police, national security agency and the drug Enforcement Agency have also important roles to play in protecting the state.He said when they work as a professional team of people, they will detect and abort illegal border trade such as arms and drug smuggling as well as other illicit activities.The Customs Commissioner urged the border team to cooperate with the customs officers assigned at the borders in the execution of their duties to collect the legitimate revenue due the government, noting that customs alone accounts for 40% of the over US$622 million fiscal budget for 2015/16. “He emphasized that this revenue must be generated at Free Port, Loguatuo, Jorwah, Mendicorma, Ganta, Bo-Waterside, Robertsfield and other borders of our country”.Commissioner Saamoi said, if revenue is not raised, government will not be able to meet its target of improving the schools, roads, hospitals or even paying civil servants.For his part, Domestic Tax Commissioner Darlingston Talery, called for patriotism in building Liberia. “This country belongs to us, and we, not Ghanaians and Malians, must build it, and we can do so by paying our personal income, real estate and business income taxes.”He added that when people pay their real estate taxes they empower the government to undertake more development. Commissioner Talery commended businesses and Liberians across the counties for paying their taxes even during the heat of the Ebola crisis and called on them to continue in good faith.Commissioners Saamoi and Talery were jointly leading an LRA delegation to Margibi, Bong and Nimba Counties to sensitize citizens and the business community on paying their taxes and customs duties.The Assistant Commissioner of Customs Ports Operations, Edwin F. Kendema, and the Acting Manager for Collectorate Tax Section, Bob N. Johnson, accompanied the commissioners on the tour, an LRA press release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Huskies handle Blades easily 10-2

first_imgWanting to put behind them a disappointing loss to the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks on Wednesday, the Fort St. John Huskies did just that last night in Beaverlodge. They scored their first goal just 2:31 into the contest and had an easy time on the way to a 10-2 win.The Huskies fell behind briefly in the first but wound up with a 3-2 lead by the time the period ended.Fort St. John increased their lead to 5-2 in the second and pulled away for good in the third with five goals to round out the scoring.- Advertisement -Scoring for the Huskies were Kody Disher (4), Jacob Lang (2), Cayle Bell, Lucian Serban, Adam Bowie, and Josh Robinson.The Huskies are back in action tonight at the North Peace Arena at 8 p.m. against the Fairview Flyers.last_img


Wilcox axed as Scunthorpe United manager

first_img Russ Wilcox 1 Russ Wilcox has been sacked as manager of Scunthorpe United.The 50-year-old took over from Brian Laws in December last year after a caretaker spell in charge.He duly led the club on a record-breaking 28-game unbeaten run which resulted in automatic promotion from League Two.But the Iron have struggled on their return to League One, winning just two of their opening 11 games, and were dumped out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy by Notts County on Tuesday night.Wilcox has now been shown the door, while his assistant John Schofield has also had his contract terminated.A statement on the club’s official website rad: “Scunthorpe United have today terminated the contracts of manager Russ Wilcox and assistant manager John Schofield with immediate effect.“The club would like to place on record their thanks to Russ and John for their efforts, but in particular to Russ for leading the Iron into League One.“Andy Dawson will take charge of Saturday’s game at Gillingham, assisted by Tony Daws.”last_img read more


Sorority celebrates Kwanzaa at library

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“Anyone over 75?” Walker said. Stokes’ hand was still up. “From my 76 years, I give permission to start the proceedings,” Stokes said, giving in to the inevitable. Stokes and other members of the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, headed by coordinator Esther Watkins, staged the annual celebration at La Pintoresca for the 17th year. As Kwanzaa gains popularity and acceptance in many parts of the black community, the sorority’s event “gets bigger and bigger,” said Gwendolyn McMullins, the chapter president. Based on ancient African harvest celebrations and cultural traditions, Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga. Thursday’s event commemorated black heroes and remembered family members with libations, and interpreted Kwanzaa with storytelling, dance, poetry, music and food. “Don’t forget the food,” McMullins said. “It’s all homemade, all African recipes.” The seven-day celebration, based on the seven principles of Kwanzaa always comes right after Christmas, McMullins said. The sorority has used it as a way of bringing the whole community together during the holidays while providing cultural enrichment through art and information, she said. “Kwanzaa is not just about being black,” she told the 100 or so children and parents who participated. “It involves everyone.” Evan McCrary, 17, a member of the Delta Gems – high school girls mentored by the sorority women – was one of the volunteers helping with the event. “I don’t know that much about it, but it’s part of my culture,” said McCrary, a student at Waverly High School in Pasadena. “I’m trying to immerse myself in different cultures and religions – just learning is one of the things I like to do.” Pasadena City Councilwoman Jacque Robinson, a member of Delta Sigma Theta, said Kwanzaa for her was more of a sorority than a family event. “But it’s becoming more significant, especially with all the issues in the community,” said Robinson. “It gives us the opportunity to come together as one family and celebrate our accomplishments throughout the year … and allows you to focus your thoughts.” janette.williams@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Kwanzaa celebration PASADENA – Before Thursday’s official Kwanzaa celebration could begin, as in African tradition, the most senior person in the room had to give the go-ahead. “Anyone over 70?” asked Diane Walker, head librarian at La Pintoresca Branch Library. Alma Stokes reluctantly raised her hand. last_img read more


Ex-FEMA head takes blame, changing tune

first_imgMAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. – Ex-FEMA Director Michael Brown said Wednesday that he shared the blame for pre- and post-Katrina failures, saying he fell short in communicating the magnitude of the disaster and in calling for help. “I should have asked for the military sooner. I should have demanded the military sooner,” said Brown, the former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “It was beyond the capacity of the state and local governments and it was beyond the capacity of FEMA,” he told a gathering of meteorologists at a ski resort in the Sierra Nevada. Brown said he failed to communicate the extent of the devastation to the media and to the federal government. FEMA came under fire immediately after Katrina struck the Louisiana and Mississippi coastlines Aug. 29, killing more than 1,300 in five states and leaving some 3,200 unaccounted for. He was relieved of his on-site command and recalled Sept. 9 to Washington, D.C. Brown resigned three days later, saying he feared he had become a distraction. Asked on Wednesday if he felt he had been railroaded out of his post, Brown replied, “I’m moving on.” He said his biggest concern was the current emphasis on reorganizing FEMA, particularly in light of past budget cuts that had left hundreds of vacancies in an agency with 2,500 employees. “It’s time to stop organizing and get FEMA back to what it was before – get its budget back up to where it was.” 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card His statements changed his version of the events stated during a congressional hearing Sept. 27. At that time, he blamed most of the government’s failure to properly respond to the hurricane on Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin – both Democrats. “I think it’s important to realize that all of us made mistakes,” he told The Associated Press in an interview after his speech. “After a while you get a different perspective. I still do believe that things weren’t working too well down there. I’m not into this whole thing of ‘let’s blame somebody for this or that.’ But let’s figure out what went wrong and what we can do to make it better next time.” He told attendees at the annual Operation Sierra Storm – a gathering of broadcast and National Weather Service meteorologists at snowy Mammoth Mountain Ski Area – that he failed to delegate responsibility and instead tried to attend to the details himself. “It was the largest natural disaster ever to strike the United States – 92,000 square miles. Logistics were falling apart,” he said. President George W. Bush appointed Brown to head FEMA in April 2003. He previously chaired the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, served on the City Council in Edmond, Okla., and practiced law in Oklahoma and Colorado. last_img read more


GAA NEWS: DUNLGOE U12 GIRLS EARN SUPERB WIN OVER LOCAL RIVALS NAOMH MUIRE

first_imgDungloe GAA News:B’ iad 6,11,13 agus 17 a huimhireacha lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus níor baineadh póta óir an lotto.Beidh €2,100 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo. Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann; Jack O’Brien, Dungloe, Margaret Murray, Burtonport, Evelyn Boyle, Meenmore, Mary Mc Daid, Cloughwally agus Gerard Mc Nern, Glencolmcille. The senior team lost out narrowly on a score line of 1-11 to 11 points during the league game vs Four Masters on Sunday. Dungloe led 3-1 in the early stages of the first half but Four Masters hit 4 unanswered points before the break to lead by 2, 5-3. The away team started the brighter in the second half and some fantastic shooting, and a well worked goal, put the visitors in charge, 1-8 to 4 with 20 minutes remaining. Dungloe responded well and dug in, Mark Sweeney with two fine scores to bring the gap back to 5. Martin Redmond and Geard Walsh grew into the game more and Redmond hit 2 45’s to close it to 3. Dungloe finished the stronger but couldn’t get the all-important goal. Best for Dungloe; Mark Sweeney, Martin Redmond and Geard Walsh. Next game away to St. Michaels next weekend. Time and date to be confirmed.The Dungloe reserves defeated Four Masters 4-14 to 8 pts in a fine display of attacking football. The team led 2-5 to 6 at half time and kept the pressure up in the second half to end up convincingly.Saturday saw the U12 girls head to the Banks for a local derby with local rivals, Naomh Mhuire, for their first game of the year. The girls started brightly in the first half with the aid of the wind and went in at half time in firm control. They continued the pressure in the second half and came away with a great win on a score line of Dungloe 7-07 Naomh Mhuire 0-04. A great team performance by the girls.CLG An Clochan Liath would like to express its deepest sympathies to the family of the late Bernard Neely, Lower Crickamore, Burtonport. Dungloe Gweedore had an unusual poor start in the U14 league v Burt on Thursday evening; through a distinct lack of marking and team support were 10 points down at half time. Dungloe Gweedore were much improved in the second half, with a strong comeback that looked at times likely to overcome Burts lead completely. Burt held firm in the last ten minutes and went on to win by 5. Score was 4.1 to 1.5 to Burt. The lads can take positives from their second half performance.Dungloe Gweedore were Dara Ward, Michael McNulty, Philip Rodgers, Martin Mannion , Daithi Roberts, Lochlainn O Dea, James Hartnett, Eoin de Burca, Odhran Mcgonagle, Noah Boyle, Brendan Boyle, Joe Green, Gavin Mc Cole , Eamonn Mcgarvey, Cian Mc Bride, Aidan Breannach, Joseph Doyle, Michael Greene and Jaimi Doherty. GAA NEWS: DUNLGOE U12 GIRLS EARN SUPERB WIN OVER LOCAL RIVALS NAOMH MUIRE was last modified: April 21st, 2015 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:dungloeGAANoticesSportlast_img read more


BRAND NEW TV SHOW ‘GULP’ COMING TO THIS YEAR’S A TASTE OF DONEGAL 2014

first_imgPrepare to lick your lips – Award-winning science broadcaster Jonathan McCrea (RTE/Newstalk/TV3) and geek chef Ivan Varian (Dalkey Food Company) are bringing their brand new live show Gulp! to this year’s A Taste of Donegal.Come and have your tastebuds turned upside down as they talk about taste and serve up some delicious (and not so delicious!) treats. Eat raw lemons that taste sweet, suck on a scorpion lollipop, dig into some fried brains and find out if you are a supertaster in this interactive, hilarious and surprising show.Along you’ll learn how to cook sous vide in a cooler box, master the art of spherification and eat dry-ice cream.Fresh off the back of a sell-out show at the Festival of Curiosity, Jonathan and Ivan will explain the science of food, food preparation and what our plates might look like in 2050.Join in the fun on Saturday the 23rd August at 6.15pm in the demonstration area. Gulp! is brought to you with thanks to the Donegal Local Enterprise Board and A Taste of Donegal. More info at www.atasteofdonegal.comDEMONSTRATIONS:SPHERIFICATIONA method of turning liquid into solid spheres bursting with flavourLO-FI SOUS VIDE.Cook steak at low temperatures using vacuum-packed meat, a beer cooler and a thermometer. DRY ICE CREAMThe best ice cream is usually frozen in a few minutes, and the machines that can do this consume vast amounts of power.Unless you’re using liquid nitrogen or dry ice!TURN YOUR TASTE BUDS UPSIDE DOWN: Miracle Berry is a fruit that has a remarkable effect on your tastebuds – it turns sour sweet.Eat brown bread that tastes like cake, drink guinness that tastes like hot caramel and eat lemons like they were lemonade.INSECT MENUSuck on a toffee scorpion, chew on a juicy water bug or snack on some chocolate-covered grasshoppers, there are plenty of insects to suit all tastes as Jonathan and Ivan discuss the future of food.To request an interview, please contact Jonathan McCrea at jonathan.mccrea@gmail.com or call 0872074875BRAND NEW TV SHOW ‘GULP’ COMING TO THIS YEAR’S A TASTE OF DONEGAL 2014 was last modified: August 6th, 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:A Taste of DonegalEntertainmentFeaturesGulpnewsNoticesTVlast_img read more


Magogo lauds Government during end of year address

first_img Tags: FUFAMoses Magogo Magogo (second right) addressing the nation on Thursday (Photos by FUFA Media)MENGO – The Government of Uganda led by the President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been appreciated by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) for the continued support towards football development.This was one of the key highlights pointed out by the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo during his end of year message delivered on 27th December 2018 at FUFA House in Mengo, Kampala.Flanked by the 2nd FUFA Vice President Darius Mugoye, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Edgar Watson and FUFA Communications Manager Ahmed Hussein, the briefing was also attended by Decolas Kiiza (Finance Director), former FUFA General Secretary and current CAF CHAN organizing committee member Harunah Mawanda, Executive Committee members, Delegates and other FUFA Staff.“I thank the Almighty God for the gift of life. I thank my own family and friends in and out of football, the FUFA General Assembly, All stakeholders-internal and external. I thank the sponsors Airtel of FUFA and Uganda Cranes, and partners Nile Special, NIC Holdings, BIDCO, Ecobank, BetLion, StarTimes, Pilsner and Stanbic Bank. I thank everybody who has made a contribution. The year 2018 has been a success story largely for FUFA. There have been great strides made with a couple of outstanding achievements.We are writing our own story. Advocacy to pull everyone, make the FUFA Institution better. The activities have multiplied over. We have improved on the resources from FIFA, CAF and sponsors.  We have strategy to improve relationships with various stakeholders – cultural leaders, religious leaders, opinion leaders, celebrities. We have undertaken the football activities by creating competitions as there is institutional and Industry order now. The image of FUFA is better with a big out-reach and there is confidence from stakeholders. I call upon everyone to join in developing the game of football. It is time for everyone to make a contribution. Players, club officials, the media and all other stakeholders. Let us make contributions towards football development. SaidEng. Moses Magogo2018 Highlights-Government put in place a budget line up to a tune of Shs 10 billion for the Uganda Cranes. Part of this money has been used to run and fund other National teams and FUFA Programmes. Previously 70% of FUFA Budget income was spent on Uganda Cranes.-Qualification for Uganda Cranes to the Total AFCON 2019 Finals tournament with one game left, no goal conceded and remains top of the group.The Cranes qualified for the 2019 AFCON-Uganda Cranes back to back AFCON qualification. Whereas the qualification may not necessarily be the benchmark as a performance indicator, but making qualification a habit should be priority. There is need to demystify qualification.-Uganda U-17 qualifying for AFCON U-17 finals in Tanzania come 2019.The Cubs celebrating their triumph in Tanzania that saw them qualify for the 2019 U17 AFCON-Being awarded to host the AFCON Beach soccer 2020 Finals. To be recognized among the big boys on the continent, a country also has to show ability to host big football tournaments. There is need to develop infrastructure.-Uganda Cranes and Dennis Onyango have been nominated for the CAF Awards. Onyango on list of best African Player of the Year while Uganda Cranes nominated on the team of the year.-Infrastructure journey- there has been etension of the FUFA offices in Mengo.  Acquisition of land in Rubaga to construct a modern training centre at Kadiba and the FUFA Stadium in Lugazi.-Uganda Clubs on the continent. KCCA FC played in the group stages of the CAF Champions League for the first time and playing with the biggest clubs on the continent gives them added experience.-Rise of sponsorship monies- Over 20 corporate companies sponsoring FUFA and football industry.-Award to FUFA from the National Council of Sports in recognition as one of the best performing sports federations in the country.Challenges:–People thinking about the game in an amateur setting. Football of volunteers, well-wishers and donations is football of yesterday. Football of today is packaged and sold to the masses.-Losing to South Sudan in the CAF U-23 qualifiers. We shall keep engaging youth teams in various CAF Tournaments.The Kobs lost to Sudan in the U23 qualifiersFocus ahead of 2019 (All rotating around the 8 Key focus areas)Governance:-Improve judicial system with qualified to ensure statures for the good of the game of football.-Match results integrity. Washing away pre-determination of results – Resist, Report and Recognise. With strong national laws.-Contribution to the national sports law.-Installed a new unit at FUFA – Compliance and internal audit worth USD 25,000.Football Development:-Education of the people involved in football. Human Resource, coaches, referees, media.-Beach Soccer and Futsal development-Technical Statistics-Sports Science and Technology developmentEquipment and Infrastructural Development – Construction works continue at Kadiba and Lugazi facilities, Construction starts on FUFA Beach soccer centre, recruiting CEOs in the 8 regionsNational Teams:-Recruited Paul Mukatabala as new National teams’ Officer to work under Patrick Ntege-National Teams’ Manager-6 National teams will be engaged in International competitions starting with the National U-17 team that will be entered to take part in the CECAFA U-20 tournament in UgandaCompetitions:-New competition in Primary schools in every district. This is another catchment area to tap talents.-Undertake licencing local player agents.-Create electronic document center at FUFA.-Designing a youth strategy that will help us registered all football academiesMarketing and Communications:-Continue to improve the brand and image of FUFA-Improve the sales function at FUFA to bring in more revenues-Improve on digital numbers and listenership of 102.1 FUFA f.mFinance and Administration:-Installed a new accounting software.-Budget discipline to work within the available resources-Improvement on FUFA Estates.  FUFA recruited Edward Kalungi as the Estates and Properties Manager-Recruitment of General Secretaries of the 8 football regions who will be employees of FUFA.Meanwhile, the media were also accorded a special moment where they shared their views about the FUFA President’s End of Year message as well as posed questions for clarity.Comments last_img read more


SA para-cycling team shines in Europe

first_imgThe announcement of the team is expected by the end of June. Never before had a South African cyclist achieved the feat. Strong performancesApart from the medallists, South African riders who performed particularly well in the World Cup series included T2 tri-cyclist Yusthin Lintnaar, who claimed one fourth and two fifth place finishes. Although track racing is her preferred discipline, her world class all-round cycling capability was proven by the bronze medal finish she achieved in the Merano road race and, more remarkably, by the UCI World Cup leader jersey she won for the overall best-performing rider in the European leg of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup series. Roxy Burns (C4) used the European UCI road World Cup series to prepare for the 2013/2014 track World Championships. South Africa’s national para-cycling team returned from Europe on Tuesday evening having earned a number of accolades in back-to-back UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup races in Merano, Italy and Segovia, Spain. Announced himself with a bangGeorge Rex, the 2013 T1 tri-cycling national champion, was selected to the South African team with the aim of introducing him to international racing. He announced himself with a bang, claiming silver medal finishes in both the time trial and road race events in which he competed in Segovia, and set the platform for a successful international career. “For many of our riders competing in a World Cup in Europe for the first time, the experience was a revelation, and they are motivated to better their current times,” said team manager JC van der Walt. The South African team to compete in the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Canada during August/September will be selected on the basis of rider performances in the just completed European World Cup series. While former Formula One driver Zanardi’s stamina and strength made him a deserving winner, his one-of-a-kind, aerodynamically optimised hand-cycle certainly assisted him in clinching the sprint finishes. center_img Pipped at the postHaving positioned himself well to achieve sprint finish wins in both races, he was pipped at the post on both occasions by Paralympic gold medallist Alessandro Zanardi. H4 hand-cycle world champion and Paralympic silver medallist Van Dyk demonstrated his road-racing prowess by claiming silver medal finishes in both the Merano and Segovia World Cups. H2 hand cycling time trial specialist Stuart McCreadie picked up a fifth place finish in Spain and H1 hand-cyclist Justine Asher shone before a serious accident during the Merano hand cycle relay race left her with bone fractures in both legs. The team equalled its previous best tour tally of podium finishes with four silver medals and one bronze medal. Medal winners included Paralympian cyclists Ernst van Dyk and Roxy Burns and their rookie team-mate George Rex. ‘Very satisfying’“Even for those riders who did not win medals, they improved their performances and bettered their personal-best average times. Watching them race was very satisfying and it was a great tour for the team,” Van der Walt said. 20 June 2013 Van Dyk was very satisfied with his performances in Italy and Spain, feeling they confirmed his potential to retain his UCI road race world champion status. He will defend the title in Canada later this year. SAinfo reporter and Cycling South Africa)last_img read more