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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


Farmers receive 11 cents of the Thanksgiving food dollar

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers and ranchers take home just 11.3 cents from every dollar that consumers spend on their Thanksgiving dinner meals, according to the annual Thanksgiving edition of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Farmer’s Share publication. The popular Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares the retail food price of traditional holiday dinner items to the amount the farmer receives for each item they grow or raise.“As we gather around the Thanksgiving dinner table this year, we should take time to recognize and thank the family farmers and ranchers who provide our Thanksgiving meals,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “While consumer holiday food costs continue to decline, incomes for American farm and ranch families are dropping precipitously. We’re in the midst of the worst farm economic downturn in generations, and we’re hopeful the Farmer’s Share can help illustrate that fact to the general public.”On average, farmers receive 14.8 cents of every food dollar consumers spend throughout the year, while more than 85% of food costs cover marketing, processing, wholesaling, distribution and retailing. As the Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share illustrates, the farmer’s share is even lower for Thanksgiving food items.Wheat farmers averaged a meager $0.04 on 12 dinner rolls that retail for $2.29. Dairy producers received only $1.44 from a $4.59 gallon of milk. And turkey growers, who raise the staple Thanksgiving dish, received just $0.06 per pound retailing at $1.29. Johnson says that $0.06 figure—while striking on its own—is particularly egregious when considering the fact that poultry integrators received $0.53 per pound.“The major integrators who control the poultry markets have used their extreme bargaining power to suppress the earnings of the men and women who raise our chickens and turkeys while simultaneously taking in record profits for themselves,” Johnson said. “While poultry growers take all the risk of production, they are receiving just 5 to 6 cents per pound for turkeys and chickens. The integrators take those same turkeys and chickens, process them, and then mark up the retail value nearly tenfold.”Thanksgiving presents an opportunity to raise awareness about food production, including misconceptions about food costs, Johnson explained. “Farmers and ranchers play the most valuable role in actually producing the food that is served at holiday dinners, yet they make just pennies on the dollar for their products. The farmer’s share of the retail food dollar continues its gradual decline from year-to-year as food companies take in record profits and family farmers sell their farms. This is certainly not what the consumer wants, but it is what is happening behind the scenes of their Thanksgiving holiday.”Johnson urged consumers to take notice of what is happening in the food system and supporting policies that benefit family farmers and ranchers. Those interested can learn more at NFU.org, and keep in touch with Farmers Union by signing up for NFU communications here.The Farmers’ Share is based on calculations derived from the monthly Agriculture Prices report produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, and compared to price points of common grocery food items at Safeway supermarket. The farmer’s share of retail turkey sales is reported by the Contract Poultry Growers Association of the Virginias, as national data on farm prices for turkey does not reflect the amount turkey growers receive.The Thanksgiving Farmers’ Share can be viewed and downloaded here.last_img read more