Standhardinger, SMB respond to ‘regular team’ comments with rout of Phoenix

first_img“That can be tough for the mental and psychological well-being of the player so shoutout to him and I hope he’s fine.”Fajardo has been sidelined since the start of the third conference after suffering a right shin injury and it was up to the rookie Standhardinger to take the role of center for the Beermen.Standhardinger is averaging stellar numbers of 26.6 points and 11.3 rebounds while filling in for Fajardo.So far, the Beermen have yet to have a winning record as they remained in eighth place with a 3-4 card.“I hope June Mar is going to come back soon as soon as possible so we can beat a great team again,” said Standhardinger. “Right now, we’re just a regular team but we still beat them by 15 so that’s good news.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES “I think we over performed today because for all regular standards that was really over our skills, so we went all out today and that was great.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phoenix import Eugene Phelps’ statements toward San Miguel might have struck a chord with the Beermen prior to the two teams’ matchup on Friday in the PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phelps described San Miguel as a “regular team” without four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.READ: Phoenix’s Phelps says San Miguel just ‘regular team’ sans FajardoFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWell that “regular team” just beat Phelps’ team, 115-100, at Mall of Asia Arena.“I hope he doesn’t take this too tough because he just lost by 15 to a regular team, I hope he’s okay,” said San Miguel big man Christian Standhardinger with a tinge of sarcasm. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ex-UFC champ Jon Jones returns Dec. 29 in rematch vs Alex Gustafsson Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Sanvee Has Demonstrated Ethical Attitude. Why Not Korkoya?

first_imgThe National Chairman of the opposition Liberty Party (LP), Benjamin Sanvee, has stepped aside following preliminary audit report on the Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI), which implicated his company, Sanvee Holdings, for not paying the US$45,000 loan he took out. Sanvee said he has taken a leave of absence as LP chairman to have some time to work with relevant authorities to restructure the loan and make it right. Although he is the third chairman of the Liberty Party to be named in corruption allegations, Sanvee’s decision is also meant to set the party apart from his personal activities to avoid stigmatization.His decision to take a leave of absence is also meant to portray high ethical standards and best practice among public servants. This is what people in any civilized society do to set good examples for others to follow. Make no mistake: his ‘sabbatical’, as he calls it, though it is a welcome move, is also forced upon him since the mention of his name in the report potentially casts a dark shadow on the party he chairs, which is seeking election to the highest seat in the land. Be that as it may, small shame better than big shame, let him go find the people’s money and pay it back.Unfortunately for Liberia, many public servants including National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman, Jerome G. Korkoya, see controversial behavior as a badge of honor, even without the conscience to defend their integrity. It is now more than three months since information started to emerge that the NEC Chairman lied under oath at his Senate confirmation hearing, that he is a Liberian citizen. Some documentary evidence has been displayed on social media and in local dailies including the Daily Observer, indicating that a Jerome George Korkoya voted in a federal election in the United States of America, a right reserved only for citizens of that country.Since the accusations started emerge, Cllr. Korkoya has made two statements reflecting his arrogance and intransigence: 1) that he is a Liberian and 2) that anyone who has evidence of his American citizenship status should take him to court. Although our court system has not established whether or not Korkoya is an American citizen, it is common knowledge that he has lived in America and that he is quite familiar American culture of governance.In the US, and most western countries, whenever a public or private official is accused of acts legally or ethically questionable – especially with damning evidence – that official, without clinging onto the position, immediately resigns or steps aside in some way. He/she will not wait on the Attorney General or certain groups to take him/her to court, as demanded by the NEC chairman.It mystifies anyone in this critical time of election when a cloud of doubt surrounds the head of such an institution that needs a person of integrity to handle, in order to avoid conflict. What happens if any of the numerous political parties contesting the elections feels discontented with the election results? How credible, Cllr. Korkoya, do you think you can be in the midst of such glaring evidence against you? Are you relying on Liberia’s flawed legal system to wiggle your way out and perpetuate yourself in the NEC chairmanship? Do you want people to take your role in the elections process seriously and abide by your ruling when your own disregard for the law and ethics is far from your imagination?It is simple for anyone to reclaim Liberian citizenship; just go to the court and renounce your foreign citizenship and make a public declaration of Liberian citizenship. That’s what the citizenship law in Liberia requires. Yet the President sits and watches Korkoya defy the Constitution without any action in this crucial time of election in Liberia.What remains most frustrating is that President Sirleaf, who vowed to uphold and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, has failed to call on Korkoya to relinquish his post to respond to such glaring evidence that he violated the very Constitution.It may not be surprising for the President to back Korkoya’s blatant behavior. President Sirleaf is the same person who brought into her administration another US citizen, Ellen Cockrum, who ended up misappropriating huge sums of money at the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) and later absconded to the United States. From her safe haven there, Cockrum released a series of secretly recorded conversations that brought utter embarrassment to the Sirleaf administration.The President also stood by and let her son Robert Sirleaf run the lucrative National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) into the ground. Eventually, she claimed responsibility for her son’s deeds without any effort to correct the matter and restitute the lost money. On the one hand, we see that one who condones such behavior, gets bitten in return. On the other hand, we can’t help but ask, are hidden hands maneuvering the presidency or are these the President’s very own decisions? For they are every bit tactically treacherous and tantamount to the greatest threat to our hard-earned peace.Whether Ben Sanvee will return to the helm of the LP during this election cycle – if and when he pays off his debt – remains to be seen. However, he has chosen the appropriate course of action, which is rare among Liberian politicians, and history will judge him favorably for that. We hope Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya of the NEC will also act appropriately and defeat the devilish conscience overtaking his personality to adhere to ethical standards.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

The fall of Los Angeles: Unified gang attack needed

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOME neighborhoods in Los Angeles have been confronting mini-civil wars between rival gangs for decades. Before, the violence was mainly limited to “Latino on Latino” and “African-American on African-American” gang-related homicides. Most L.A. residents seemed not to really care since the problem mainly affected poor, minority communities. Now, the violence is increasing, and it’s flowing into middle-class neighborhoods. These communities are suddenly concerned, and rightfully so. So will elected officials at last take this issue more seriously? We can only hope so. The problem of gang violence takes its roots long ago in dysfunctional school districts, abusive police departments and politicians who pretended that everything was under control while doing nothing to offer real gang-prevention efforts. For decades, even though many young African-American and Latino youth died because of gang violence, many people purposely chose to ignore the problem. I witnessed violence since the late 1970s and 1980s in South Central Los Angeles. I grew up there, and I wondered why so little was done to prevent violence and the proliferation of gangs. I remember the mothers who lost their children to gang violence. I remember my classmates who chose that route, and ultimately ended up dead or in prison for life. Since the 1980s, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the City Council have ignored and neglected racial tensions between African-American and Latino students. I recall how in my junior high school during the mid-1980s, Cinco de Mayo was celebrated as “Mexican Day,” which meant that some African-American students would purposely run throughout the school beating up the Latino students. But the school district did nothing to deal with these issues, and now, almost three decades later, racial tensions have erupted throughout Los Angeles, and everyone is surprised. The crisis has become the cause of the moment, even though gang violence should have been seriously addressed decades ago. Still, it is not too late to fix this problem. To begin, we must admit that this issue of violence is related to high poverty rates, which create more desperation, hopelessness and the blame game. And to solve this crisis, a comprehensive approach must be implemented immediately. Recently, the Advancement Project recommended that approximately $1 billion should be invested (during the first 18 months) in implementing prevention, intervention, and job-creation programs to help reduce gang activity. This is definitely a step in the right direction. The next step is for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to create an advisory committee of highly knowledgeable and passionate individuals who can provide some practical, solid solutions to resolve and reduce gang violence. Connie Rice, Father Greg Boyle, Antonia Hernandez, Najee Ali, Blinky Rodriguez, Ray Cortines, Earl Ofari Hutchinson and other people of action must come together and offer effective public-policy and real-life practical solutions. Appointing a single “gang czar” will not resolve the problem. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and other high-ranking Los Angeles officials have clearly said that they will by no means negotiate with gang members. But this is shortsighted. We need to talk to gang members, not to “negotiate,” but to draw on their experiences to help find real solutions to the gang problem. Yet whatever actions the city takes will amount to little unless the education system plays a major part, too. Public-school districts must do a better job of teaching children the differences and similarities that exist among all ethnic and nonethnic groups. Most schools still choose to ignore teaching children in-depth about African-American and Latino history, culture, and political struggles. This type of multicultural education must be implemented from kindergarten through 12th grade. Dropout rates must be reduced. Students need to be taught to believe in their potential, and that they can in fact attend a community college or university. Amazingly, some teachers and counselors continue to believe and act as though poor minority and immigrant children cannot succeed academically. This type of thinking is unacceptable, and our new LAUSD superintendent must hold his employees accountable. The district’s goal must be to make sure that African-American and Latino youth enroll in institutions of higher learning, not the prison system. But we can’t expect government and schools alone to resolve the gang issue. Teaching racial tolerance is a job that begins in the home. And parents, as well as community organizations, must do more to address racial tensions and help to develop programs that will prevent young kids from joining gangs. More corporations, churches, law-enforcement officials, nonprofit groups, college students and community members in general must also become more involved by tutoring or mentoring young minority children who live in areas that have high rates of gang activity. Volunteering a few hours per week can make a real difference in the life of a child, and the health of our city. Actions speak louder than words. If we really care about this problem, the least each of us can do is become a tutor or volunteer at our local public schools. This is not an urban, black or brown thing. Either we will rise up together as a city, or we will repeat history – the fall of Rome. Randy Jurado Ertll is executive director of El Centro de Accion Social in Pasadena, Contact him by e-mail at last_img read more

Chemelil win, Posta, Nakumatt in trouble

first_imgThe result took Francis Baraza’s men to 38 points, one ahead of Nakumatt and Posta Rangers who have now slipped down to 15th and 16th respectively. Chemelil just need to win their final game of the season against Kariobangi Sharks in Narok to avoid relegation nightmares.Last year’s fourth placed team Posta Rangers who have had a horrendous season now occupy the relegation play-off 16th place slot and have to win their final game of the season against Homeboyz and hope either Chemelil or Nakumatt lose.Whoever does not win on the final day of the season will drop down to the 16th place spot which will condemn them to play the dreaded play-off against the third placed team from the National Super League (NSL) which can either be KCB, Nairobi Stima or Ushuru.Nakumatt had results going their way after a new owner breathed a new lease of financial life, but they have found the rhythm fading over the last five games losing three and drawing the last two.-Posta torrid campaignHaving been held to a 2-2 draw by Sofapaka in Narok on Sunday, they will face Vihiga United in Thika on the final day of the season in a must win tie.Posta have had a torrid campaign and Sunday’s 2-0 loss at the hands of a resurgent Sony Sugar in Ruaraka gave just but a glimpse of how their season has unfolded.Head coach Sammy Omollo said his team lacked desire to win and has now called on them to pull up their effort for the crucial final tie in Kakamega to avoid going back to the second tier.“We are in a very bad position and I believe the players know that. They have to know the importance of our last game because if we slip it is going to be very bad for us,” the tactician said after watching his side’s lackluster performance against Sony.Both Nakumatt and Posta are on 37 points and a -10 goal difference, but Nakumatt are 15th by virtue of having scored more goals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Posta Rangers head coach Sammy Omolloo shouts instructions on teh touchline during his side’s 2-0 loss at the hands of Nakumatt FC on September 9, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 1, 2018 – Chemelil Sugar picked up their third win in four games after beating Kakamega Homeboyz 2-0 at their Awasi backyard on Monday afternoon, a result that hoisted the sugar belt side to 14th in the standings with 38 points.Jacob Ombija and Lucas Waitere struck the two goals, one in either half as the sugar millers handed themselves a huge relief from the relegation axe.last_img read more

Barca man to make Besiktas move and put an end to Premier League speculation?

first_imgBesiktas are closing in on the signing of one-time Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham target Ibrahim Afellay.The Premier League trio have all been linked with the Dutch schemer over the past 12 months with his career at Barcelona seemingly over.Hailed as the next star of Dutch football when he broke through at PSV as a teenager, Afellay’s trajectory has stalled badly since joining Barca in 2010.In the four years since, he has started just eight La Liga matches, with injuries, loss of form and a loan to Schalke getting in the way of his progress.Despite having a year left on his contract the 28-year-old looks set to draw a line under his Barca nightmare this summer and a move to England is a possibility.But now, according to reports in Spain, Besiktas are leading the chase to land him and hope to tempt him to Turkey before the end of the month. Ibrahim Afellay 1last_img read more


first_imgGolf Balls From Heaven By Hazel RussellIs there really anything to compare to watching thousands of golf balls cascading from a helicopter that’s hovering over a Town Park?   Well, Sunday next, 11th September will certainly be the test of that when the Rotary and Lions Clubs’ unique Fundraiser come to a conclusion, when thousands of golf balls will be dropped right into the Centre of the Letterkenny Town Park around 4.30 pm.Contestants in this unique event have been buying tickets over the past few weeks and these will be renumbered to coincide with a pre numbered golf ball and then those closest to the Target when all of the balls have come to rest will be declared the winners of the various cash and other valuable prizes.   Local Peace Commissioner, Victor Fisher will be on hand to ensure that all is completed above board.    There are still some tickets available locally at Magees Chemist, Clarkes Newsagents, The Vestry or even prior to the Drop at the Shopping Centres on Friday and Saturday or at the Family Fun Day which commences at 2 pm. The Letterkenny & District Pipe Band will congregate at the Courthouse and march to the Park for the Official opening of the Family Fun Day by Mayor of Donegal County Council, Mr. Noel McBride.   Thereafter, there will be entertainment galore on the Gig Rig courtesy of the Colmcille Gospel Choir; local lad Oisin Devine; Static Movement who were All Ireland Finalists in the Stars in our Bars competition; and some wonderful Irish Dancers.  Music will be provided by local DJ’s Keith Fletcher, Tommy Rosney, Sean Purser, Lee Gooch and perhaps other celebrities dropping by throughout the afternoon.   We have a wealth of local talent in our midst and we are most grateful for them for giving of their time freely to help in this Fundraising afternoon. Unfortunately, Daniel O’Donnell is unable to attend, but he sends his best wishes.However, there will also be a Childrens Fancy Dress competition at 2.30pm, as well as a Best Dressed Lady Competition at 3.00pm, so everybody get dressed up for the afternoon, come along and see if you can win a prize!   Also there will be games and fun galore for all of the family including Face Painting, Penalty Shoot Outs, Bouncy Castles, Horse Shoe Throwing, Wheel Barrow Races, Egg & Spoon Races, and putting competitions and a Book Stall to name but a few. The Dubai Rose, Grainne Boyle will in attendance as well as many other local celebrities including Ollie Boyle from the Special Olympics, so this is not an afternoon to sit at home but to be seen out and about enjoying the fun at the Letterkenny Town Park.In support of this Family Fun Day and the charities, Carol Ann Scott and Letterkenny Pets have organised a Dog Show to commence at 1pm outside the Vestry, on the St. Conal’s side.   There will be Category and Overall Prizes, so please contact 086 0876814 to obtain full details in relation to registration, categories etc.The purpose of this unique Golf Ball Drop and Fun Day is to raise money for both the Rotary & Lions Club Charities, but principally to raise much needed funds for a Lift to be installed in The Vestry beside the Park, which is the home of Cairde Le Cheile as well as also raising funds for the Down Syndrome Society and the Letterkenny Youth Club, so therefore your support would be much appreciated for all of these very worthwhile local charities.   There will be Free Car parking at the St. Conal’s side of the road for the afternoon to facilitate the event. So ensure that you have a ticked for this unusual lottery and bring the whole family along to enjoy an afternoon of fun and frolics in the Town Park while supporting many worthwhile charities at the same time.GET READY FOR GOLF BALLS FROM HEAVEN IN TOWN PARK was last modified: September 6th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgJason on Mont Blanc todayEVEREST hero Jason Black has done it again – this time on top of Europe.The Letterkenny man and his team reached the top of Mont Blanc earlier today, one of the world’s toughest climbs.And that famous Donegal flag which has journeyed from Errigal to Everest was unfurled for the occasion….at 4,810 metres. Jason was joined on this incredible journey by three other Donegal men – Clive and Keith Davidson and Francie Gallagher.“The euphoria was amazing and to be with three great men from Donegal on the trip was incredible,” said Jason.And he revealed all four made the final ascent…with bellies full of Ready Brek!“We slowly made our way up and it was just specular, the sky was crystal clear and the stars so bright up here,” said Jason. The Davidsons and Francie“Clive took the lead as we left the Gouter refuge now nearing 3.30am with a near perfect slow and steady pace.“Two hours of hard climbing saw us round the eastern slopes of the Dome du Gouter with minimal stops every now and again to let the hard working lungs catch up with the legs, the lads were flying working hard step after step.“The lads were overwhelmed as they punched the sky with joy as they shared this magical moment. The views were unreal and spectacular, high above the clouds with great visibility.“Then as a surprise I pulled out pride of all the donegal (Mt Everest) summit flag as we basked in the joyful photos marking this life long memorable moment.”Great stuff! HE’S DONE IT AGAIN! JASON BLACK REACHES SUMMIT OF MONT BLANC was last modified: October 1st, 2013 by John2Share 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:Jason BlackMont Blanclast_img read more

Chelsea Ladies through to semi-final

first_imgChelsea Ladies reached the semi-finals of the Women’s FA Cup with a fine 3-1 win at Manchester City.Laura Coombs, Eniola Aluko and Katie Chapman scored as Emma Hayes’ side maintained their unbeaten start to the season.Coombs netted the opener after seven minutes, firing home after being set up by Jackie Groenen.City levelled when Toni Duggan scored from the penalty spot after Chapman fouled Jill Scott, but Chelsea’s lead was restored when Aluko beat two players and finished coolly.Chapman made it 3-1 just before the hour mark with a header from the outstanding Yuki Ogimi’s cross.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

QPR v Burnley: Austin a sub and Henry recalled

first_imgCharlie Austin is among the QPR substitutes for new manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s first match in charge.Austin has been nursing a calf injury and Rangers again start without a recognised striker, although Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is included on the bench having been overlooked during Neil Warnock’s time in interim charge.Hasselbaink has restored Karl Henry to starting line-up. The midfielder replaces youngster Michael Petrasso.Joey Barton starts for Burnley – his first appearance at Loftus Road since leaving Rangers during the summer.QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky, Hoilett, Sandro, Faurlin, Henry, Fer, Phillips.Subs: Smithies, Chery, Luongo, Angella, Tozser, Emmanuel-Thomas, Austin.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

High drama at the Midmar Mile

first_img12 February 2007There was high drama at the world’s largest open water swimming event on Sunday when the final race, for boys and men aged 14 to 30, was cancelled due to bad weather – the first time in the Midmar Mile’s 34-year history that a race has been called off.Raced over two days, with four races each day, conditions for the Midmar Mile on Saturday were scorching, with the temperatures in the mid-thirties before the discomfort index was taken into consideration. On Sunday, it was a different story altogether.It rained throughout Saturday evening and into the new day. A light sprinkling of rain fell consistently through Sunday’s first race, the girl’s 13 and under and women’s 31 and older. During event two, the boy’s and men’s equivalent, conditions were much the same.By the third race, the women’s 14 to 30 year age group, the rain became heavier and the winds rose, bringing with them a biting cold.Shocked facesThen came an announcement from race organiser Wayne Riddin that only seeded swimmers would be allowed to contest the final race. There were plenty of shocked faces as it filtered through. Shortly afterwards the decision to cancel the race entirely followed.Within minutes it became clear why Riddin pulled the plug as the winds drove from south to north across the west to east course, causing choppy and sizeable waves to form, with a whispery mist blanketing the dam.It was a disappointing conclusion to the weekend, but the primary priority for the organisers is the safety of the competitors and Riddin felt that it couldn’t be guaranteed, thus his decision, which he reckoned was easy to make given the circumstances.For defending champion Troyden Prinsloo, who had flown out from the University of Georgia to attempt to become the first male swimmer to win the Midmar Mile three years in succession, it was a terrible blow. Prinsloo said he would have swum no matter the conditions – but he’s a world class swimmer, unlike the majority of the field.Hungarian successesThe cancellation of the race also brought to an end the ambitions of the Hungarian national open water swimming team, who had enjoyed a fine day, taking victories in the boy’s and girl’s 13 and under categories, as well as in the women’s 31 to 40 age groupA number of the Hungarians, though, will get the opportunity to swim at Midmar Dam, with the holding of the 10-kilometre open water swim on Monday.Hungarian coach Tamas Vadjda validated Riddin’s decision, saying he realised “safety was the first concern”.Open women’s raceIn the open women’s event, victory went to Australia’s Melissa Gorman, who won her ticket to the Midmar Mile by clinching the Gold Coast Mile Down Under. It was a tight race.Through the first three hot spots, at 400 metres, 800 metres, and 1 200 metres, South African international Melissa Corfe led, chased by Gorman and three-time defending champion Keri-Ann Payne of Great Britain.Gorman, though, had chosen the best line into the finish and she crossed the finish line in 19 minutes and 52 seconds, well off the record of 18 minutes and 21 seconds set by Payne in 2006. However, considering the choppy conditions and a testing headwind, it was a fine effort.Corfe followed in second position in just over 20 minutes, with the defending champion relegated to third spot.The Eight-Mile ClubEfforts on behalf of charities were extremely successful. Members of the Eight-Mile Club were responsible for raising over R700 000 and that figure is one that was calculated before the final day’s events.The swimmers taking part in the Eight-Mile Club swim each and every race whilst raising funds for a wide number of charities. Fourteen-year-old Myles Brown was astonishingly successful in both the races and in raising money. In seven races, he was first across the finish line on four occasions, and he also brought in R24 000.Olympic silver medal winner and Deaflympics star Terence Parkin was rather less fortunate. He suffered a bite from a spider and gritted his way through Saturday’s four races. However, that evening he had to be rushed to hospital as a result of the bite. A substitute swimmer, Andrew Campbell, took Parkin’s place to continue raising money for the Fulton School for the Deaf.According to Riddin, this year’s entry was in the region of 16 500 swimmers, although other figures provided lift that number to anywhere from 16 700 to 17 000. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more