50 days to World Transplant Games

first_img6 June 2013There are 50 days to go for the 50 countries that will contest the 2013 World Transplant Summer Games in Durban from 28 July to 4 August.The Games are the biggest organ donor awareness event in the world and aim to offer hope to those awaiting transplants and encourage the public to become donors, by showing the difference that organ transplants can make to the lives of young and old.They’re a celebration of the human spirit, giving individuals with previously life- threatening illnesses, the chance to compete in a high-level sports event and prove that they can not only lead normal, fulfilling lives, but push the boundaries of their physical endurance.Competitors in the Games have to be transplant recipients of either solid organs or bone marrow.Organ donationWorld Transplant Games Federation President, Olivier Coustere, commented; “Countries that have hosted the event have experienced a 30 percent or higher increase in organ donation rates.”South Africans wishing to register as organ donors can visit www.odf.org.zaThe World Transplant Games will unfold at various venues across Durban, with the majority of events planned for the Kings Park sporting precinct, including at the Kings Park Athletics Stadium where a new track has been flown in from Germany to upgrade the facility.EventsOver 50 events in athletics, swimming, tennis, squash, golf, volleyball and bowling will be contested, while cycling and road races will take place in the city.The largest contingent of athletes will come from Great Britain and Northern Ireland (298), followed by 142 from the United States of America, 136 athletes from South Africa and 110 from The Netherlands.The smallest teams will come from Nepal, Japan, Slovakia and Kenya, with only one athlete from each of those countries.2011 GamesAt the 2011 competition in Gothenburg, Sweden, 47 South Africans participated, winning 17 gold, 17 silver and 14 bronze medals.Among the South African competitors who will be defending titles in Durban are: Daniel Matsoso (5km road race, 800m and 1 500m), Lourens Schultz (javelin world record holder), Constance Sithebe (ball throw), Edward Ormond (squash), Anil Balmakund (squash), Cathy de Beer (squash), Tracey Jegels (3km power walk), Kosie Laubscher (golf), Heilie Uys (golf), Robyn Emslie (lawn bowls) and Stephan van den Berg (discus).Four South Africans currently hold World Transplant Games world records.The event is expected to generate R50-million for Durban.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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6 Crazy Hacks for Old Geocache Containers

first_imgLoading… Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – August 10, 2011August 10, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”What the CLUCK? – GC3K9TV – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – September 3, 2012September 3, 2012In “Geocache of the Week””The Enchanted Forest” GC2P52E GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – April 16, 2012April 16, 2012In “Community”last_img

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Don’t forget Pragya’s ordeal in jail, says senior RSS leader

first_imgDefending Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur for her remarks on slain Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare ahead of the Lok Sabha election, senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar on Wednesday said one should not forget her ordeal in custody at the hands of the Congress government at the Centre then.“No one denies that Mr. Karkare is a martyr,” said Mr. Kumar, national executive member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. “But, don’t forget the injustice perpetrated on Ms. Thakur by the Congress as part of a larger conspiracy.”Malegaon blast accused Ms. Thakur in April had said the death of Mr. Karkare in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks was a result of her curse after being treated “very badly” by him while in custody in the 2008 case. “Hemant Karkare falsely implicated me. He died of his karma. I told him, he will be destroyed. I told him his entire dynasty will be erased,” she had said. Speaking at a meeting of the RSS-backed Forum for Awareness of National Security in Bhopal, he said: “Don’t stoke sentiments of those who revere cows. Remember, what led to the mutiny of 1857 and eventually galvanised into the freedom movement. Playing with the sentiments of people could take the form of mass movements.”Stating that attacks on those indulging in cow slaughter were being singled out as lynchings when there more adverse forms of lynchings, he said: “Don’t forget the massacre in Jammu and Kashmir that led to the exodus of hundreds of people from there and the political mob lynchings of opposition workers by the Trinamool, the Congress and the Left in West Bengal and Kerala. Moreover, don’t forget those who raised slogans at universities to divide the country. Even the Supreme Court is delaying the Ram Mandir issue. Isn’t that lynching of democracy?” Mr. Kumar, however, added that those involved in any kind of lynching should be punished.‘Scrap Article 35A’Demanding that Article 35A of the Constitution be scrapped, he said that especially after the strikes following Pulwama and Uri attacks, at least 70% of the people believed that like the rest of the country was open to people from Jammu and Kashmir, even its door should open to them.last_img read more

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It’s unfair to compare Dhoni’s captaincy with Misbah: Shoaib Malik

first_imgBoth Dhoni and Misbah are under pressure following their team’s preformance recentlyPakistan’s former captain Shoaib Malik has said that it was absolutely unfair to make any comparisons between the captaincy of Misbah-ul-Haq and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.The seasoned batsman was asked what he thought about the pressure being exerted by critics and some former players to replace Misbah in Pakistan and Dhoni in India following their team’s defeats to Sri Lanka and England respectively.”Every captain has a bad series but I would not compare these two at all. There is no comparison because Dhoni has won every major ICC title which Misbah has not done, he said during a talk-show on Geo super channel.Malik said Misbah was a good captain and had performed well as a batsman but the Pakistan Cricket Board is needed to take a final decision on the captaincy for the World Cup 2015.”They need to identify from now who should lead the team in the World Cup including Misbah. Because a decision has to be taken now and this will also give the chosen captain a lot of confidence and boost,” he said.Malik, who has been sidelined by selectors after the World T20 in Bangladesh but emerged as a top player in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League for eventual champions Barbados, said the same principle should apply for the players.Asked if he was disappointed at not being part of the selector’s plans for the World Cup, Malik said obviously he wanted to play in the premier event.advertisement”What I say is whoever the selectors have in mind for the World Cup they should decide now and form a combination from now because they need to prepare now for this mega event which is not going to be easy,” he said.We need to have consistency in the team selection leading up to the World Cup because that is how we will be able to form a strong combination, Malik said.The former captain who also helped Hobart win the Big Bash T20 title in Australia said he had already “committed to playing for the Australian side” in the Champions League in India next month.”Malik said Pakistan had lost the Test series in Sri Lanka because they didn’t try to change their strategy against the bowlers.I think the same approach cost India in England. The Pakistani batsman failed to devise a proper strategy to play Rangana Herath in the test series, Malik said.”After failing against him in the first Test they should have changed their approach and played him more positively in the second Test.”Malik said perhaps the reason for his success as a batsman in the Caribbean Premier League was because he knew in advance which position he would be batting on. I am not blaming anyone but perhaps I think when I play for Pakistan my batting position or role in the team is not made clear to me, he said.last_img read more

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