Rough Quest, the only horse trained by a Donegal man to win the Grand National, has died.Tributes have been paid to the horse and trainer Terry Casey who was from Downings.Expertly trained by the late Casey and owned by Andrew Wates, he was also placed in the 1996 Gold Cup and in two King Georges. Mick Fitzgerald was aboard Rough Quest for his finest hour when he won the National as the 7-1 favourite.“He won the National like the good thing he was that day, and it’s always nice when the class horses win the National”“It’s very said news. David Arbuthnot (Wates’ trainer) rang me last night to tell me,” said Fitzgerald.“But, if I was a horse, I’d want a retirement like he had. “I’d been down there to see him a couple of times in the last two years and he looked magnificent. He really got to enjoy retirement, unlike some.“He won the National like the good thing he was that day, and it’s always nice when the class horses win the National.“He was very well trained by the late Terry Casey, who was a very underrated trainer.”Only horse trained by a Donegal man to win Grand National dies was last modified: October 21st, 2016 by StephenShare 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)
Property for sale along the city’s main beachfront, like in these gracious old mansion blocks, is quickly snapped up. (Image: Fiona McRae) There is nothing that comes close to property when you’re looking for a good investment – but in tough economic times, you may need to sit on it for a while.So says Port Elizabeth estate agent Jaco Rademeyer, owner and principal of Jaco Rademeyer Estates in the city.At just 28 years of age and with only five years’ experience in the real estate industry, Rademeyer was recently named the Nedbank Property Association’s Property Professional of the Year for 2009/10, beating 15 other finalists from among the country’s more than 40 000 registered estate agents.He was the only Eastern Cape candidate for the award, and the only independent estate agent among the finalists, all the others being from the country’s large property groups.For the year under review for the awards, ending February 2010, Rademeyer sold more than 100 properties in Port Elizabeth and the immediate surrounds, with a turnover of about R100-million (US$14.33-million).The judges considered aspects such as sales and turnover, service ethics, client satisfaction, professionalism, community involvement, marketing and innovation, and commitment to education and leadership, he says.Winning the title was made all the sweeter for Rademeyer by the fact that he had twice previously been a finalist for the award, in 2007 and again last year.He believes he owes his professional success to his “intuitive style and passion for all aspects of the property business” which have enabled him to “adapt to the changing market dictates of an industry facing tough challenges in the difficult economic climate of recent years”.Indeed, at a time when many agencies were cutting back on advertising to reduce costs, Rademeyer bravely launched an aggressive and highly visible marketing campaign, stamping the Jaco Rademeyer brand on the local property scene.Investment areaSituated on the country’s south-eastern coast, the city forms part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropole, along with the inland towns of Uitenhage and Despatch. Lapped by the clear, warm waters of the Indian Ocean and known for its friendly, laid-back lifestyle, it is South Africa’s second-largest city in terms of area and fifth largest in terms of population.Rademeyer is not the only one helping to put Port Elizabeth firmly on the national property map.Local estate agent Debbie Epstein, who specialises in sales in the city’s main beachfront area, recently achieved second position for number of sales and fourth position for value of sales for the year up to March 2010 in the Harcourts property group’s national awards.Epstein competed with more than 600 sales consultants from 120 Harcourts offices around the country, including the larger cities of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.She has been with the company for the past decade and claims to have consistently sold property worth more than R40-million ($5.73-million) a year – a remarkable achievement given the small area on which she focuses. Although, she explains, the more limited purchase options often mean that any available stock is snapped up faster than in the bigger coastal cities of Cape Town and Durban, where buyers have more choices.In a case of swings and roundabouts, the tough economic climate is forcing some owners to part with holiday properties along Port Elizabeth’s stunning beachfront, providing keen buyers – some of them with millions of rands for a cash purchase – with more options.New buyers in the area include medical and other professionals moving to Port Elizabeth to take up positions in the city, parents seeking accommodation in close proximity to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for their student children, and canny investors looking to acquire properties to take advantage of the student rentals market, Epstein says.She agrees with Rademeyer that while interest from would-be buyers – including out-of-towners using the internet for their property search – has definitely picked up again after the global slump, many potential purchases are still being scuppered by the banks’ high deposit requirements and strict lending criteria, and buyers’ understandable fear of a long-term financial commitment in these still uncertain economic times.But she has great confidence in the city as an investment area for buyers, both local and from further afield.“Port Elizabeth has it all,” she says. “It offers great opportunities, whether your need be for residential, holiday or industrial property.”Poised for major growthEqually confident of the city’s attraction and value for buyers is Kobie Potgieter, owner broker of RE/MAX Independent Properties in Port Elizabeth, part of the RE/MAX International property group.Herself a former winner of the Nedbank Property Professional of the Year title for 2008/09, and previously RE/MAX International’s top-earning agent in the world (excluding the US and Canada) in terms of commission paid, Potgieter believes Port Elizabeth offers more potential for capital growth in the property market than any other city in South Africa, with larger centres like Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town “having already reached their ceiling”.Port Elizabeth has not yet reached its full potential, she says, and further investment and development will be driven by the deep-water harbour at the port of Ngqura and the opportunities offered by the adjacent Coega industrial development zone.“The city is poised for major growth in the residential, industrial and commercial areas,” she says. “The investment by major organisations in Port Elizabeth is proof of their confidence in the city.”Potgieter recently sold a lifestyle property in the coastal area of Lovemore Park, on the outskirts of the city, for an area record price of R10-million ($1.43-million). She believes this tranquil and verdant area will be another growth point for the city, as it offers large pieces of land suitable for the development of up-market residential and lifestyle estates similar to the Zimbali residential and resort estate on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.Looking to the immediate future for a property market that is only now beginning to recover after having been hard-hit by South Africa’s first economic recession in 17 years, Rademeyer says that although there has been quite a turnaround from even just six months ago, he expects the market to remain stagnant for some time to come.Opportunities for astute buyersWhile the Eastern Cape is becoming more enthusiastic and people “are at least signing again”, many prospective buyers are unable to meet banks’ stringent requirements for lending. “The market may be alive again, but there are no fireworks yet,” says Rademeyer.His words of advice for anyone wanting to invest in the property market at the moment? “Commercial property remains a sound investment.”According to Ian Olivier of Ian Olivier Properties and regional chairman of the Institute of Estate Agents of South Africa, property investments in the Eastern Cape are often driven by the many and diverse opportunities the province offers. Topping the list are some of the country’s most beautiful beach property and the accompanying relaxed, outdoor lifestyle, with Port Elizabeth being positioned as the country’s water sports capital.But the Eastern Cape’s charms also include magnificent inland scenery, from the mountains and forests of the Amatole region to the vast, arid plains of the Karoo. Historic and attractive towns such as Graaff-Reinet, dubbed the Gem of the Karoo, stunning natural splendour, malaria-free Big Five game reserves, and friendly locals with hearts as big as the expansive Karoo sky all add to the province’s melting pot of attractions.Olivier warns that the recovery in the property market will not be immediate or quick, but says there are many opportunities for astute purchasers who are in a position to capitalise on the current conditions that favour buyers.
28 August 2013 South Africa’s economy rebounded in the second quarter, growing at 3.0 percent compared to 0.9 percent in the first quarter, with manufacturing the main driver of the growth, Statistics SA reported on Tuesday. “The seasonally adjusted real GDP [gross domestic product] at market prices for the second quarter of 2013 increased by an annualised rate of 3.0 percent compared with an increase of 0.9 percent during the first quarter of 2013,” Stats SA said in a statement. The nominal GDP at market prices during the second quarter was R836-billion, R23-billion more than in the first quarter. StatsSA attributed the growth to increased activity in manufacturing (up by 1.7 percentage points), finance, real estate and business services (up by 0.8 of a percentage point), the wholesale, retail and motor trade, and catering and accommodation (both up by 0.4 of a percentage point). The mining, agriculture, foresty and fishing were among the negative contributors to second-quarter GDP. South Africa’s manufacturing industry reflected positive growth of 11.5 percent, due to higher production in basic iron and steel, non-ferrous metal products, metal products and machinery, motor vehicles, parts and accessories, glass and non-metallic products, and textiles, clothing and leather products. The growth in finance, real estate and business services was due to increased activities in the banking sector and equity, bond and other financial markets. The mining and quarrying industry reflected negative growth of 5.6 percent, due to lower production in the mining of gold, “other” metal ores (including platinum) and “other” mining and quarrying (including diamonds). The unadjusted real GDP at market prices for the second quarter of 2013 increased by 2.0 percent compared with the second quarter of 2012. The estimate of GDP for the first six months of 2013 increased by 2.0 percent compared with the corresponding period in 2012. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Considerable attention has been lavished on Crossway, a high-performance home designed by British architect Richard Hawkes and completed a couple years ago on a spacious lot in county Kent, in southeast England. It wasn’t until July of this year, however, that the house, which has become as well known for its parabolic roof as its energy efficiency, was finally certified for Passive House performance, becoming one of the first new homes in the country to meet the standard.Hawkes, who tracked the project’s progress in a blog, and his wife, Sophie, occupied the four-bedroom 3,000-sq.-ft. house for about a year before hiring a service in February to perform a blower-door test, which showed 0.56 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals. Later that month, the house also earned an A-A rating, the highest achievable, for energy efficiency and CO2 emissions in government-mandated Energy Performance Certificate tests, with a 93% energy efficiency score, and 103 out of 103 points on the “environmental impact” CO2-emissions rating.Adding a thermal bufferOther than the parabolic roof – a Catalan vault constructed of 26,000 locally made clay tiles arranged in three layers – the house is equipped with a combined photovoltaic and solar thermal system and phase-change material thermal store, with a 4 kW heat register linked to the building’s heat recovery ventilation system. A biomass boiler has been installed as backup, but has yet to be used.For the exterior walls, in between their cellulose insulation and interior-facing layer of plasterboard, Hawkes installed 5mm-thick DuPont Energain panels, which are designed to absorb ambient heat as room temperature rises (starting at about 72 degrees), store it until the temperature drops (at around 64 degrees), and then release it back into the room.After some adjustments, the home’s energy efficiency systems seem to be performing as expected, Hawkes told the Scottish Passive House Centre (SPHC), a consultancy and certification group serving the U.K. He added that the house has had 100% free hot water since March and its PV/solar thermal system has generated almost 700 kWh of electricity since the end of June. SPHC handled the building’s Passive House certification, which was awarded on July 10.Clay soil and the greening of a roofThough the region’s clay soil is terrific material for tile and brick, it did mean that the builder had to sink a series of 36-ft. pilings into the ground to guarantee stability for the foundation. The clay also is doing duty as a native-plant substrate in a center channel built into roof’s porous tiles, which were dressed with metal mesh and then filled with gravel and clay. With the support of an inexpensive irrigation system, grasses and flowers have finally taken root.None of this came cheaply. Although we haven’t gotten word on the final cost of construction and materials, estimates were mentioned in an overview of the project for “Grand Designs,” a TV series presented by Britain’s Channel 4 Television that focuses on architecturally unusual residential construction projects. The initial budget of about $473,000 for Crossway grew to $630,700 as the project got underway, and the cost of the parabolic roof, originally pegged at $134,000, had drifted to about $165,000.Judging from Hawkes’ comments about the results, though, it doesn’t seem as if he or his wife have regrets about the endeavor, and the attention it has attracted probably hasn’t hurt either.
Moderate to heavy rain continued to lash several districts of Odisha since Wednesday morning affecting normal life in the southern and coastal regions of the State.Triggered by a well- marked low pressure formed over the Bay of Bengal, heavy rain is likely over more areas of the State over the next three days.As less number of vehicles were seen plying on the roads, people living in slum clusters and low clusters faced difficulties in the urban areas of Berhampur, Puri, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack during the day.The Bhubaneswar Centre of the India Meteorological Department said that heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Koraput, Gajapati, Ganjam and Puri on Thursday. More rain forecastHeavy rain was also likely to hit the districts of Malkangiri, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nayagarh, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Sundargarh, Kendrapara and Bhadrak, the centre warned. The centre said that heavy to very heavy rain was expected at isolated places over the districts of Sundargarh, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh and Keonjhar on Friday. The low pressure area, formed over the west-central Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a depression by Thursday night, the centre said.
The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the Australian Government Office for Women have distributed the following information regarding the 2005 Sport Leadership Grants for Women. The program is aimed at providing women with an opportunity to undertake certified sport leadership training. This program builds on the grants program offered in 2004, opening the grants out to all areas of Australia, with an additional category for women in high performance coaching and officiating. However, the grants will maintain a selection priority to women in rural and remote communities. The program offers grants in five key areas: * High Performance coaching and officiating; * Indigenous women in rural and remote communities; * Women in disability sport; * Women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; * Women in general sports leadership, eg: coaching, officiating, club development and management, board and committee skills and sports medicine. The Program provides successful applicants with a one-off grant of up to $5,000 for individuals (applications must be through an incorporated organisation) and up to $10,000 for incorporated organisations. The types of projects eligible for funding include: * Industry qualifications/ statement of attainment as part of a nationally accredited course, eg: accreditation through the National Coaching or Officiating Accreditation Scheme * Conducting and attending sport specific leadership courses Applications for the grants close on Friday 28 January 2005. The ASC’s information booklet and application form are available to be downloaded here: WOMEN IN SPORT LEADERSHIP- GRANTS INFORMATION/APPLICATION FORM If you require any further information about the grants please call (02) 6214 1103 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hong Kong-based shipowner Valles Steamship has ordered a new 112,000 dwt crude oil tanker from South Korea’s Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering.Sumitomo is to deliver the Aframax to Valles Steamship by the end of 2020, according to data provided by Asiasis.The newbuild Aframax will join seven other Aframaxes in Valles Steamship’s fleet. Other ships operated by the company include Panamax bulkers and medium and long range product tankers.The company’s most-recently delivered unit is the 114,426 dwt Aframax tanker Seagalaxy. The naming and delivery of the tanker took place in February 2019, at Namura Shipbuilding’s yard in Japan.
New Delhi: India’s tennis federation will look to convince world body ITF into changing the venue of their Davis Cup tie against Pakistan in Islamabad with team captain Mahesh Bhupathi likely to play a key role in the tele-consultation on Monday. The tie has become a matter of speculation ever since Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with India citing the revocation of the special status enjoyed by the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. India had named a full-strength team for the September 14-15 tie in Islamabad. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhBut after Jammu and Kashmir was turned into a union territory, Pakistan asked the Indian ambassador to leave their country, halted a goodwill train service and tried to kick up an international row by continuously issuing aggressive statements against India. Despite the escalating tension, India’s Sports Ministry made it clear that it won’t interfere since it is not a bilateral series. The All India Tennis Association (AITA) nonetheless has a tough job at hand to convince the ITF to provide a neutral venue since the World Governing body still feels that current circumstances do not demand a change in venue. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Safety and security are the ITF’s highest priority. We are working closely with the host nation and independent expert security advisors, and the ITF is satisfied with their current security assessment of the site and the security plan in place,” ITF said in a statement to PTI. “The overall security risk rating for Pakistan has not changed, but we will continue to monitor the situation closely with our advisors,” added the statement. ITF though has agreed to address AITA’s concern and will ensure that its security consultants speak with them. Bhupathi will also be part of the tele-conference, scheduled for Monday. According to the Davis Cup rules and regulations a tie can be moved out of a Nation only in a few circumstances. “A Nation with Choice of Ground may lose its choice at any time if the Davis Cup Committee considers that it is not possible or practicable for the opposing Nation to reach or play at the venue chosen for the Tie, due to (for example) an incident such as war, political unrest, terrorism or natural disaster,” reads the rule 30.2.5. In this case, India is not at war with Pakistan even though the diplomatic tensions have been high owing to Pakistan’s aggressive stance. The security apprehensions remain and the players are jittery about travelling to Pakistan. However, withdrawing from the tie will affect the AITA as well as Indian Davis Cup team. Forfeiting the tie would mean that Indian team will be automatically relegated to the Asia/Oceania Group II. It means India won’t reach the World Group Qualifiers before 2022, getting pegged back by at least two years. It will have to compete in Group II in 2020 to earn promotion back to Group I and again spend 2021 in Group I to be able to compete in Qualifiers in 2022. Whereas, if the Indian team travels to Pakistan next month and beat the hosts, it will be eligible to compete in the Qualifiers in 2020. “We are not interested in forfeiting the tie. We look forward to working with the ITF to find a solution that guarantees the safety of all the players,” Bhupathi told PTI. For AITA, it’s about financial losses as well. According to the rule 62.1.2, a defaulting nation, “will be liable for all reasonable expenses incurred by the ITF, or the Final Week Organiser and the other Nation(s) participating in the Tie/Event up to the date when notice of default was received by the ITF. Rule 62.1.3 states, it may, on application by the ITF, be subject to a fine imposed by the ITF Internal Adjudication Panel. So, it is not going to be an easy call to make if the ITF Consultants persist that the Indian team must travel to Pakistan. AITA Life President Anil Khanna is ITF Vice President and also on the ITF Board of Directors. However, an AITA Executive member felt that Khanna is not in a position to help India’s case here. “There are people from different nations on the ITF Board and if everyone starts bringing their respective nations’ issues, the Board won’t be able to entertain all requests,” the member, who did not wish to be named, said. There is another school of thought according to which Khanna would not want to antagonise Pakistan since ITF President elections are approaching.
Pay TV subscribers in Ireland are swapping their pay TV for free-to-air digital services, according to the Irish Independent newspaper.It says it has seen figures that show that 44,000 homes have moved from pay to free TV in the last two years and that the pay TV churn rate is increasing as analogue switch off progresses.Cable operator UPC has about 470,000 customers in Ireland and BSkyB about 675,000. About 170,000 homes in the country have free-to-air satellite service Freesat and ratings agency TAM Ireland is quoted as saying: “As people are sizing up their options in the build-up to the official analogue switch-off in October this year it is expected to grow further.”
In the US there was 25% growth in video views and 32% growth in ad views year-on-year in the second quarter, according to FreeWheel’s Q2 2015 Video Monetisation Report.The US company, which provides end-to-end video technology to companies including ABC, AOL, DirecTV, ESPN, Fox, BSkyB, and Turner Broadcasting System, claimed that the findings of its report show that “the new primetime is anytime.”Long-form and live content were the main drivers, growing 26% and 146% year-over-year respectively, while 38%% of ad views came from devices other than desktop and laptop computers, with smartphones and over-the-top (OTT) devices – like Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast streaming devices, and games consoles and smart TVs – leading that growth, according to the report.“Smartphones now account for greater than one in five video ad views reflecting triple digit growth over the last two quarters,” said FreeWheel. “Consumption of premium video across day parts does not show a dominating skew towards any particular hour, as viewers create their own custom primetimes.”“MVPD apps have become increasingly popular venues for syndication, accounting for 4.5% of all programmer ad views with 200% growth,” said the report.