TweetPinShare0 Shares One of the world’s toughest runs, the 245.3-kilometer (152.4 miles) from Athens to Sparta was won by German ultra-marathoner Florian Reus on Sept. 26 with a time of 23 hours, 17 minutes and 31 seconds.Reus, 31, was second the last two years, but finally tasted the win, for which he received an olive wreath and a cup of water from the Evrotas River for retracing the ancient path of Pheidippides.Finishing a surprise second was first-time competitor Dan Lawson of the United Kingdom, 42, who led most of the race but faded to a time of 23:53.32, some 36:01 behind over the lengthy course.Third in the 33rd annual Spartathlon was Denmark’s 40-year-old Kim Hansen, who was only 30 meters behind Lawson and came in 1:05 later at 23:54.37.The first woman across the line and fourth overall was 36-year-old American Katalyn Nagy in 25:07.12, the best time ever for a woman on the course.The race traces the classical route of the Athenian messenger Pheidippides who ran it in 409 B.C. in a bid seeking helping against the Persians in the Battle of Marathon, but didn’t get it.According to Greek historian Herodotus, Pheidippides arrived in Sparta “on the next day of his departure.”The Spartathlon was the brainchild of John Foden, a British RAF Wing Commander who first ran the course in 1982 in 36 hours. The first Spartathlon was organized in 1983 with 45 runners from 12 countries.Besides its grueling length, the course goes over rough terrains, through vineyards and olive groves, steep hillsides and a 1200-meter (.75 miles)ascent and descent of Mount Parthenio in the dead of night.This year, some 373 runners from 49 countries started the race but many gave up along the way.with many of the participants failing to reach the finish line.
The 2008 Coopers 5-a-side Challenge is set to go off on Sunday 24th of February with some fast and furious touch in the sun. The Glenelg Foreshore again hosts the 14th Annual Challenge and it promises to be more exciting than ever with the rising standard of touch and carnival atmosphere. The nomination form is attached and be quick as the tournament is limited to 24 teams and it fills up quickly!Once again this is a very popular tournament and fills very quickly and I encourage everyone to enter a team and join the fun is the sun. More information can be found at the Touch Football SA website www.touchsa.com.au and the nomination form can be downloaded below.Related Filesentry_form_colley_reserve-pdf
Turkish cruise port operator Global Ports Holding has signed a 20-year concession agreement for the operating rights of the Gazenica cruise port in Zadar, Croatia.The deal was signed between the company’s subsidiary Zadar International Port Operations d.o.o. and the Port Authority of Zadar.Under the terms of the contract, starting from the fourth quarter of 2018 GPH will manage all of the cruise port operations at Gazenica port over the life of the concession.The concession includes cruise ship passenger port and terminal services, an international ferry terminal, Ro-Ro services, vehicles and passenger services. It also contains a commercial area of 2,400sqm, with leasable retail and office space.The cruise ports infrastructure includes a maximum draft of 13m and 1170m of total pier length to accommodate big ships.Gazenica cruise port is the second new cruise port GPH has signed in 2018, increasing the number of ports the company operates to 17 ports in 9 countries.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, one of the most powerful women in the business world, is being named the new CEO of Jeffrey Katzenberg’s NewTV.The “mobile-first media platform” is producing short, Hollywood-style productions for mobile devices, with a run time of 10 minutes or less.Whitman begins in March. Katzenberg, the former Disney chairman and co-founder of DreamWorks Animation, is the chairman.Whitman, 61, will leave Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. at the end of the month. Her name had been bandied about as a possible replacement for Travis Kalanick at beleaguered Uber. She will run NewTV from Los Angeles.Whitman led eBay from 1998 to 2008, then ran a largely self-funded, unsuccessful run for governor of California in 2009.
Wheat for Dec. was up 1 cent at 4.9975 a bushel; Dec. corn fell 2.75 cents at 3.5900 a bushel; Dec. oats lost 5.25 cent at $2.8625 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans dropped 2.25 cents at $8.8075 a bushel.Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Dec. live cattle was up .92 cent at $1.1732 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle rose .70 cent at $1.4932 a pound; while Dec. lean hogs gained .78 cent at $.5905 a pound.The Associated Press
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of B.C. will provide the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association with $500,000 to investigate using grazing livestock to help prevent forest fires.“Using cattle and livestock grazing minimizes the growth of annual and perennial grasses, which helps to reduce wildfire risks,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “It’s one example of what we’re doing to reduce the threat of wildfires, while supporting the ranching sector and maintaining wildlife habitat in our province.”The Province will be working with local governments, the ranching sector and Indigenous communities to develop partnerships and provide opportunities for livestock owners, stakeholders and other interested parties. “Reducing the risk of wildfires and adapting to a changing climate requires more action than the status quo of the last 20 years,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture. “B.C.’s beef producers are well known for raising high-quality grass- and range-fed beef, and we’re working with them to find ways to combine that practice with reducing vegetation that fuels wildfires. It’s an intriguing model that I’m hopeful will become a mainstay in our efforts to protect our communities and resources from fires, as well as supporting B.C. ranchers and B.C. beef.”While targeted grazing using livestock is not a solution to all fuel management challenges, it is a powerful tool when used in combination with other methods, such as prescribed burning and selective tree harvesting.Wildfire prevention programs in southern Europe and parts of the U.S. are successfully using livestock to graze fuel breaks around communities and reduce the risk of wildfires.“The last two fire seasons have seen unprecedented resources burn in the province,” said Kevin Boon, general manager of the BC Cattlemen’s Association. “These events have shown us the value of agriculture, specifically cattle grazing, in mitigating the start or spread of fires while assisting in firefighting efforts. Cattle grazing reduces the fine fuels available for fires to take hold. This funding will allow us to develop partnerships in interface areas to help protect our lands, forests and communities, while producing some of the best quality food in the world.”Using livestock grazing to reduce the amount of herbaceous fine fuels in an area is a low carbon, cost-effective method that supports local food production and provides new opportunities for ranchers.
New Delhi: Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi observed on Monday ‘Genocide Day’ marking the atrocities and massacres committed by the Pakistani military on the unarmed civilians in 1971.A panel discussion, screening of a documentary on the 1971 genocide by Pakistan army and reading out messages from President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were the main highlights of the programme. High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali, on the occasion, urged the UN to declare March 25 as the Genocide Day. He recalled that three million innocent civilians were killed, 200,000 women raped and 10 million people were forced to leave their homes by the Pakistani troops during nine-month Bangladesh War of Liberation. Moderated by Farid Hossain, Minister (Press) the panel discussion was participated by Durbar Ganguly, Editor-in-Chief of the Millennium Post newspaper and Mohua Chatterjee, Assist Political Editor of the Times of India. The panelists said the perpetrators of the 1971 carnage should be tried on charges of crime against humanity.
Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Tuesday bought $5 billion through long-term forex swap auction in a bid to ease liquidity ahead of elections. RBI successfully concluded the forex swap auction, buying the targeted $5 billion as part of the long term dollar/rupee swap with a three-year tenor, it said in a statement. In turn, Rs 34,561 crore was infused into the Indian banking system. The RBI said it received $16.31 billion in bids for the auction for which the cut-off was set at 776 paise. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe central bank accepted $5.02 billion of dollars tendered. This formed part of RBI’s announcement earlier this month that it would buy dollars from banks for three years and offer them rupees in return. The swap will bulk up India’s foreign exchange reserves while injecting liquidity into the financial system to ease a cash crunch typically seen before the beginning of a financial year. It is meant to give RBI greater flexibility in managing banking system cash while helping soak up any potential large dollar inflows, such as from the Rs 42,000 crore purchase of Essar Steel by ArcelorMittal which could make the rupee rise sharply. India’s new fiscal year begins on April 1. The central bank has bought Rs 3 lakh crore of bonds this fiscal to support the market at a time when a record $100 billion borrowing plan of the government had cooled demand for debt.