Thumbs-up for Msunduzi Cycle Challenge

first_img1 November 2011Edward Greene stole the limelight with a comprehensive victory in the 126-kilometre road race of the Msunduzi Road Challenge on Sunday after a decisive break in the closing stages of the race.The team RSAWeb rider was part of an 11- rider breakaway that split the front peleton shortly after the halfway point at Dalton. Then, he made his move as the contenders reached the outer city limits, and reached the finish at Alexandra Park alone after a gutsy solo break.“I had good race, but it was hot out there!” said Greene.‘A consistent pace throughout’“I had to keep a consistent pace throughout. At 60 kilometres, I picked up the pace and had to go hard. Fifteen of us broke away from the group and I put in an attack at the 105-kilometre mark and got through.”“I found the race quite relaxed, but kept my pace consistent as I had recced the race and knew what was coming,” added Greene, who lives in Hilton.Greene’s break splintered the front bunch as riders tried individually to catch him. William Bush finished second with another under-23 rider, Kallen Williams, filling the last spot on the podium, just ahead of elite rider Abraham le Roux.IconAnother road racing icon Andrew Mclean took his 45-49 year age group title and was fifth overall, confirming his return to form after a two-month injury layoff.“I found the race route fantastic – no huge climbs, but enough to make it challenging. The road traffic control was excellent,” said McLean, who also won the overall time trial title on Saturday.The 110 kilometre race was won by Gauteng rider Mark Langman, who competed in the 50-54 age group. The decisive move came when he broke away from a big bunch that diced for the two remaining places on the podium, which eventually went to Uwe Schmidt and Gary Beneke.‘Gutter riding’“The weather was great, although a little windy at some points, so I had to do some gutter riding,” said Langman.“The road closure and traffic control was excellent. It was a tough race, with a great route that was very challenging.”The 90 kilometre race was decided in a sprint to the line, with Maurice Connor, edging out the impressive Norwegian female Sissel Vien, who won both her time trial and the road race in the 50-54 year category.“I’m exhausted and it was very hot out there,” said Connor.“When we managed to break free from the bunch we worked well, but had to keep it going throughout the race. I think we all found it quite windy on the uphills, but the route was great. This wins me the SA Champs so I’m very happy.”‘The perfect team’“We were the perfect team,” said an enthusiastic Vien afterwards. “He (Connor) pulled all the hills and I worked the straights. The course was very tough and I found it quite challenging from the New Hanover point.”The event doubled as the National Road Championship title decider in several masters’ age groups following the cancellation of the event in Port Elizabeth that had been awarded the champs.Lindy Erasmus won the 30-35 age group, beating time trial champ Nanette Burger, who was unusually off-form on the road.Dress rehearsalThe event served as a dress rehearsal for the UCI World Cycling Tour finals next year that was awarded to the Msunduzi Road Challenge last month.Race director Alex Lenferna said he was pleased with the outcome of the time trial and the road race, and thanked the people of Pietermaritzburg for their understanding of the road closures.RESULTS126 kmEdward Greene 3:22:11 u23William Bush 3:22:40 u23Kallen Williams 3:23:00 u23Abraham Le Roux 3:23:06 EliteAndrew McLean 3:23:10 45 – 49110 kmMark Langman 3:10:17 50-52Uwe Schmidt 3:10:48 50-54Gary Beneke 3:10:48 45-49Paul Furbank 3:10:48 55-59Adriaan Beukes 3:10:49 50-5490kmMaurice Connor 2:47:35 65-69Sissel Vien 2:47:36 F 50-54Francesco Sperotto 2:51:55 65-69Pauline Cound 2:58:59 F 50-54Alma Bester 3:01:42 F50-54SAinfo 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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5 Great Tools for Packrats and Clutterbugs

first_imgWhile the rest of the world is digitizing and consolidating their belongings, some of us just can’t stop being the pack rats that we are. While the Kindle offers a good daytime reading experience, it’s tough to justify taking it into the bath or falling asleep with it nestled against your cheek. My home is filled with books I no longer need but love to lend out. Whether your home is filled with books, camping gear, vinyls or video games, if you’re a collector below are some tools to help you manage your stuff: 1. 5ftShelf: According to the site’s intro Harvard University’s president once claimed that, “…a liberal education could be achieved by reading a collection of books that would total no more than 5ft in width.” In addition to your list of quintessential books, 5ft Shelf offers collectors a chance to showcase their favorite albums and movies. While the Ultimate Shelf (popular section) largely consists of classic works, a few contemporary works including the Twilight novel are also listed. Related Posts Tags:#start#startups dana oshiro 2. Delicious Monster: Delicious Monster allows users to scan their CDs, DVDs, video games and books using a webcam UPC reader. From here users are shown a photo-realistic shelf where all of their real-life products are displayed. 3. MyThings: MyThings also offers users a chance to index their physical objects and keep track of receipts and warranties in one place. One of the interesting components of MyThings is that in the event of a break-in, your MyThings database can be immediately sent to Trace.com – a tool that tracks lost and stolen property. 4. Neighborgoods: ReadWriteWeb covered Neighborgoods’ launch in early October. This service allows users to interact in a hyper-local manner by indexing their goods for loan to their neighbors. Neighbors lends out lawnmowers, power washers and ladders to others in their area. The system will keep a running record of all your goods. 5. BookMooch: Bookmooch is a book exchange site where users list the books they’d like to give away and send them out once other members make requests. For every book you send, you are entitled to a book from another member. This is a great way to get rid of your unwanted books. The service also offers the option to donate books to charity. Photo Credits: Jane Rahman Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Go Beyond the Webinar: Insights, Experiences, and Strategies on Chronic Illness Shared by Participants- Part 1

first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTAdapted photo: Pixabay[Sunrise Ocean Sea Coast by MartyNZ, November 7, 2015,CCO]MFLN Family Development, Family Transitions, Nutrition and Wellness, and Military Caregiving teams presented the first part of a two-part series on chronic illness titled “Chronic Illness: Empowering Families in the Journey”. Dr. Mendenhall shared a wealth of knowledge on the topic including what stressors are associated with chronic illness and the ways in which this impacts the health and wellness of individuals and families. Additionally, he guided participants in exploring how families influence the health and well-being of each other and ways in which interdisciplinary collaboration among service professionals can enhance care for families and individuals impacted by chronic illness. Listed below are some of the conversations (in question/answer format) that took place during the webinar. We would love for you to continue in these conversations by adding your thoughts, ideas, questions, and strategies by commenting on this blog! Q: What are some examples of the link between the health of a couple’s relationship and their individual physical health?A: Participants provided the following responses:Poor physical health may lead to stress, which can take a toll on their relationship, which can lead to further decline [in their] physical and emotional health.Couples can support each other in managing illness, or work against each other.I believe it takes energy to have a successful relationship … and if one of the partners is dealing with a chronic illness there may be limited energy to invest in the relationship.More likely to prepare healthy meals when couples are doing well.In diabetes, if the partner [has] a [helping] attitude  rather than adversarial relationship — it works much better. Physical fitness is better as a couple -bonding.Q: Share your experiences and insights (related to working with families/ couples who are impacted by Chronic Illness)A: Participants provided the following responses: I usually tell couples (one or both with diabetes) to check their blood glucose before an argument or serious discussion.Learning to listen –is always a challenge.My cousin and her long time husband decided on their honeymoon that MWF things were her “fault” and TTh and Sat it was “his fault” and Sunday was no ones’ fault. This stopped a lot of stupid arguments. They are still together after 20+ years. I had an elderly couple once and the lady would speak so eloquently about her husband and just how he would look at her as though they were just beginning to date and this was during their old age and illnesses. I will always remember that even in the worst of times, couples can still share beautiful experiences. From personal experience, I believe it is hard for other family members without disease or disability to really understand what the disabled individual is going through even though they see it and they are helpful as much as they can be. I have a brother who is disabled and it seems like other family members try to limit things that he does instead of empowering him and helping him to accomplish what he wants to do. [An] example is working on the farm. He is still able to do some of those things but my other brother tries to [leave him out] for his own convenience. It’s hard to see and hard to get through to him.• I encourage Veterans to try to reframe how they view spouse’s comments….. Instead of “hen pecking”, look at the encouragement to check BGs etc, view it as their way of saying I love you & want to spend many years together with you.Q: What are other strategies for working with families struggling with chronic illness?A: Participants provided the following responses:I find it very important to point out to caregivers that their loved one’s decline is not a sign of failure. I attribute that to the disease process. I try to refocus them on comfort measures such as warm presence, light touch and managing symptoms all that are within their locus of control to help decrease their anxiety. It really boils down to control and sometimes caregivers focus on something they have no control over hence “The Serenity Prayer”. That is perhaps one of the most perplexing things about caregiving: The caregiver can do everything “right” and the situation not improve. Most of my clients are disabled due to pervasive mental illness so I try to offer them experiences that help them to understand what it may be like. For example I might wisper in an ear of the partner to help them understand voices and distractions. This promotes empathy. I help them to see all the positives vs. focusing on a few negatives. A lot of time, families have to see things one by one to believe that they are doing better than they think. As a former caregiver of my dad, it was helpful for me to remember all the good things that were going on vs. just his illness and going into depression. It would’ve been easy to do that. Development, success, seeing it differently-this process is hard work but the results are well worth it.Don’t forget to check out part 2 of this webinar series here.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For July 5 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, July 5, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 100. Light southwest wind increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the morning.In The Community: Windsor Place (92 West Street) is holding a free Chair Yoga Class at 10am. All are welcome to attend Marianne’s bi-monthly yoga class. Yoga is a study of your body, mind and breath. It is about learning how to undo unconscious repetitive patterns of movement that do not serve us well. Yoga teaches us how to open up the joints of our body and allow more supple movement of the spine, freeing ourselves of tension and stress. This class will last for 45 minutes.In The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Baby Time at 9:30am. Time For Twos at 10:30am. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at 8am. Computer Class at 9am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Ceramics at 1pm. Game Day at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, June 17, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday January 12 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Saturday, January 12, 2019:#1) Women’s Roller Derby At ShrinersBoston Roller Derby, a Boston-based, female-only roller derby league, returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road). This night will see rematches of the Fez Cup from 2018.5PM: Nutcrackers vs. Harbor Horrors7PM: Wicked Pissahs vs. CosmonaughtiesDoors open at 4pm.  Lice music begins at 4:30pm. The action begins at 5pm.  An After Party starts at 9pm in the Fez Room. Tickets include admission to the game, plus entry into the after party. Tickets and more info are available HERE. Learn more about the league HERE.#2) Fortnite Tournament At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Fortnite Tournament at 1:30pm. Got a couple Victory Royales under your belt and fancy yourself good at Fortnite? Show off your skills at this tournament run by One Up Games! Friendlies begin at 1pm. Grades 4-8. Register HERE. If registration is full, sign up for the wait list.#3) Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.#4) Wilmington Food Pantry OpenThe Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.#5) WHS Boys & Girls Hockey, Wrestling In ActionThe WHS Boys Varsity Hockey Team travels to Stoneham at 4pm, with the WHS Girls Varsity Hockey Team following at 6pm. The WHS Boys Wrestling Team is hosting a multi-school meet at 10am at Wilmington High.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, June 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, May 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Khaleda faces arrest warrant in 4yr old case

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoA court on Sunday issued a warrant for the arrest of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed for hurting people’s religious sentiments over four years ago, reports UNB.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Jasim Uddin issued the warrant and directed police to submit a report by 18 February on execution of the arrest warrant.The case was filed by AB Siddique, president of Jananetri Parishad, a pro-Awami League organisation, with chief metropolitan magistrate court on 21 October, 2014.According to the case statement, the BNP chairperson at a programme of the Hindu community in the capital on 14 October, 2014 said Awami League wears the mask of secularism but in reality, they believe in atheism, which tarnished the image of ruling party and offended the religious sentiments of the party men.The court then directed the officer-in-charge (investigation) of Shahbagh police station to investigate the allegation and submit a report in this regard.Later, the IO submitted the report on 30 June, 2018 as he found the allegation brought against Khaleda to be true.last_img read more

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People who care for others may live longer

first_imgOlder people who help and support others may live longer than those who do not, a new study has claimed.Researchers, including those from Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Germany, conducted survival analyses of over 500 people aged between 70 and 103 years, drawing on data collected between 1990 and 2009.The researchers compared grandparents who provided occasional childcare with those who did not, as well as with older adults who did not have children or grandchildren but who provided care for others in their social network. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe results of their analyses show that this kind of care-giving can have a positive effect on the mortality of the carers.Half of the grandparents who took care of their grandchildren were still alive about ten years after the first interview in 1990.The same applied to participants who did not have grandchildren, but who supported their children – for example, by helping with housework. In contrast, about half of those who did not help others died within five years. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe researchers were also able to show that this positive effect of care-giving on mortality was not limited to help and care-giving within the family. The data analysis showed that childless older adults who provided others with emotional support, for example, also benefited.Half of these helpers lived for another seven years, whereas non-helpers on average lived for only another four years. “But helping should not be misunderstood as a panacea for a longer life,” said Ralph Hertwig from Max Planck Institute for Human Development.“A moderate level of care-giving involvement does seem to have positive effects on health. But previous studies have shown that more intense involvement causes stress, which has negative effects on physical and mental health,” said Hertwig.As it is not customary for grandparents in Germany and Switzerland to take custodial care of their grandchildren, primary and custodial caregivers were not included in the analyses. Researchers think that prosocial behaviour was originally rooted in the family.“It seems plausible that the development of parent’s and grandparent’s prosocial behaviour toward their kin left its imprint on the human body in terms of a neural and hormonal system that subsequently laid the foundation for the evolution of cooperation and altruistic behaviour towards non-kin,” said Sonja Hilbrand from the University of Basel in Switzerland.The study was published in the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour.last_img read more

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Is your website Hacker proof

first_imgAdvertisement Each day, Google identifies 9,500 malware-infected websites, about 4,000 of which are legitimate sites compromised by hackers. About half of these victims learn they’ve been hacked when they see the same browser and search-engine danger warnings their customers see, a sign they’ve been blacklisted.Hackers are constantly breaking into innocent websites and using them to infect visitors with malware, lure them to dodgy sites and infiltrate databases to grab sensitive customer information. But you can avoid trouble or eliminate it quickly by taking some relatively simple steps.Small businesses are especially vulnerable to hacking because they usually lack the technology expertise and site security that larger companies have. They also suffer more if their lack of expertise slows repairs and their ability to get back to work. Business owners can lose significant online traffic and sales if their site lands on blacklists operated by Google and other search engines. – Advertisement – A lot of people will have to tangle with [a hack] at some point in time, my advice for companies is secure everything.Here’s how to get started:Keep your software up to date. Hackers aggressively target security flaws in popular Web software such as content management systems and blogging programs so they can attack websites en masse. Stay out of the line of fire by using the latest versions of software and applying security patches promptly.Sites that get infected and clean up, but don’t fix the vulnerability in their software, just get re-infected,” says Lucas Ballard, a software engineer with Google’s Safe Browsing team. He urges webmasters to address the underlying weakness that enabled the hack, as well as remove hackers’ malicious code from site pages.Use strong passwords and keep them safe. Using strong passwords is crucial because hackers frequently attempt to crack or steal passwords for web software and FTP servers, which are computers that use the File Transfer Protocol to move web pages and other files to another computer, such as a Web-hosting server. Default, common or predicable passwords can be easily broken.Also make sure to protect your PCs from a virus infection since that can lead to the theft of site passwords. An infection in a computer can allow hackers to steal your FTP password and plant malware that infects visitors to your sites.Register with Google’s Webmaster Tools. Getting on Google’s blacklist, which is used by the search site and the Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers, can reduce traffic to your site. By registering with Webmaster Tools, you can receive notifications of malware infections immediately, sometimes before blacklisting occurs, so you can get rid of them faster. The service also provides details about the precise problem Google is seeing. That can speed your clean up and your return to Google’s good books.Get expert help. Companies that are heavily dependent on their websites may want to hire a firm that provides alerts if they get on a blacklist, monitoring for malicious activity, scanning for security vulnerabilities or help with repairs after a hack. Businesses that have databases with sensitive customer information connected to their sites should get help building security into their sites and scouring software code for bugs.Information from Entrepreneur.com was used in this post.last_img read more

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