1 On-loan Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli could be ruled out for up to three months after reports claim he will undergo hernia surgery this week.The controversial Italian is currently on loan at AC Milan but has not featured for the Rossoneri since September.And, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Balotelli will now be out until mid-February at the earliest, putting his chances of making Italy’s Euro 2016 squad at risk.Balotelli will not return to Anfield for any rehabilitation programme, instead remaining with Milan, who will now have to weigh up whether to make the plunge and permanently sign him next summer. Mario Balotelli
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The complaint was filed with the Paris Prosecutor’s Office as Rumsfeld arrived in France for a visit, according to the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and two Paris-based groups, the International Federation of Human Rights and the League of Human Rights. Lawrence Di Rita, former Pentagon spokesman under Rumsfeld, said: “These assertions have no merit, and they have been completely dismissed when made in other jurisdictions. “Complaints such as this have zero foundation in the truth or the facts as presented in countless investigations,” he said. The rights groups say their complaint could go forward because people suspected of torture can be prosecuted in France if they are on French soil. The complaint will now be examined by French prosecutors, who will decide whether it is well- founded and should be pursued or whether it should be rejected. The Paris Prosecutor’s Office said on Friday night that it was checking whether Rumsfeld is protected by any sort of diplomatic immunity and whether he was still in France. The complaint says Rumsfeld, in his former position as defense secretary, “authorized and ordered crimes of torture to be carried out … as well as other war crimes.” Filed Thursday, the complaint cites various documents, including memos from Rumsfeld, internal reports and testimony from former U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski – the one-time commander of U.S. military prisons in Iraq – to bolster its claims. It asks the prosecutor to open an inquiry and take Rumsfeld into custody. “We know that we can’t get him into prison right now, but it would be great to make sure that he couldn’t safely leave the U.S. anymore,” said Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Ratner’s group already filed a formal request in Germany to try to bring an investigation against Rumsfeld and other current and former Bush administration officials. German federal prosecutors rejected that request in April, saying it was up to the U.S. to hold any inquiry.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WAR: Complaint in France by U.S., European groups alleges he is responsible for crimes. By Pierre-Antoine Souchard THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS – American and European rights groups filed a legal complaint in France accusing former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of responsibility for torture in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay.
Liverpool are interested in and have made contact with Poland international Piotr Zielinski, the midfielder has been quoted as saying.It was reported last month the Reds were set to hold talks over the prospective signing of Zielinski, the 21-year-old who is on loan at Empoli from Udinese.And on Monday he was quoted by Polish media outlet Sportowe Fakty as saying: “There is a lot of truth in (talk of) the interest of (Liverpool boss) Jurgen Klopp in me. “There was contact, I do not deny that.”Zielinski, on loan at Empoli last season as well as this, on Sunday scored in their 2-0 Serie A victory over Fiorentina.He has 13 caps for Poland and is set to be part of their squad for Euro 2016.Video: Liverpool target Piotr Zielinski scores but gets booked as team-mate takes his shirt off 1 Piotr Zielinski is on loan from Udinese
Independent Candidate in the Letterkenny and Milford electoral area Peter Cutliffe, has claimed polling clerks get net anything up to €300 per day during the local election weekend. He is reminding voters on election day to note that they themselves could be sitting in that polling-clerk job earning €300 per day, not to mention similar positions at the Count the following day.Commissioner for Oaths & Peace Commissioner, Mr Cutliffe told Donegal Daily,”I am very annoyed that the County Registrar has ignored my calls to advertise these public positions, and as a consequence voters will be greeted on election-day by the their regular polling-clerk. “This is certainly not a personal attack on anyone but rather a criticism at the lack of transparency in recruitment process for these positions.“In my opinion, this non-transparency represents everything that is wrong in Ireland & as far as I’m concerned the “jobs for the boys” culture is alive and well in Donegal.ELECTION 2014: CUTLIFFE CLAIMS POLLING CLERKS WILL EARN UP TO €300 PER DAY was last modified: May 14th, 2014 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) Tags:Election 2014:newsPeter CutliffePolitics
If you enjoy sequels, check out the one that just opened Saturday in the San Fernando Valley. It’s called “Son of Red Car – the Orange Line.” Trust me. You’ll laugh till you cry. It’s a transportation docudrama about the future, which – get this – turns out to resemble the past. They just changed the colors. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week If you remember Ike, the Helms Man, and Webers bread bologna sandwiches for lunch five days a week, you’re probably shaking your head and laughing today. Stick around long enough, and everything old becomes new. And now a clone of the Pacific Electric Red Car trolleys that crisscrossed the Valley until the early 1950s has returned. They’re called Metroliners these days – bigger, faster and sleeker. They don’t have the overhead electric wiring and bell clanging, but they’re traveling down the streets in special lanes, just like the old days. Hey, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks likes a duck, it’s a duck. “It’s amazing – we’re recycling ourselves,” says Ralph Herman Sr. who used to ride the old Red Car with his dad from their home in Reseda to the store his pop ran at Hollywood and Vine. He’s right. It does feel like we’ve seen this movie before, doesn’t it? We did. We lived it. I caught the tail end of the Red Car era. In 1954, my cousin, Joe, and I used to walk up to Glenoaks Boulevard from his parents’ home on Rosedale Avenue on the Glendale/Burbank border to ride the trolley to school at St. Robert Bellermine’s. Joe was in sixth grade. I was failing fifth. I wound up passing with a D-minus special, which I believe is still the school record for the lowest passing grade any student has ever received. My teacher – Sister Mary Norbatina, a nun out of the old school – loved two things in life more than anything. God and red ant colonies. She could sit or kneel for hours mesmerized by both. I couldn’t help her out with God, but I could kiss up to her by finding red ant colonies in the dirt on the school grounds during lunchtime. So that’s what I did to pass. Scouted red ant colonies for a nun. Sister Mary thanked me with a D-minus special. Anyway, the Red Car worked like a charm in L.A. until the last line in Burbank and Glendale was shut down in 1955. It fell victim to changing times and low ridership. We all fell in love with our cars, and the auto manufacturers and tire companies were only too happy to help us put the last nail in the Red Car’s coffin. Now, more than 50 years later, we still love our cars. Trouble is we love them sitting in a parking lot called a freeway, blowing $3-a-gallon gas out the tailpipe. The people we pay to figure out our transportation needs and get us out of gridlock finally came up with a great idea. Light rail and subways were just too expensive and disruptive to build. So, hey, let’s bring back the old Red Cars we killed on our streets half a century ago, and call it the new Orange Line. Time marches on. I was going to take a ride on “Son of Red Car” Saturday to check it out, but I got to thinking what Patti Hudson said the other day. She’s the young woman I wrote about earlier in the week who barely survived the Metrolink derailment in Glendale in January when some wacko decided to park his SUV on the tracks to end it all. He chickened out, jumped to safety, and lived. But he did end it all for 11 other people on that train. Patti was almost fatality No. 12. She’s not riding Metrolink anymore, and I asked her if she was going to take the new Metroliner bus from her home in Northridge to her job in downtown L.A. now. Patti said she probably would, but not for at least a couple of weeks. She wants the people still in their cars to get used to seeing the Metroliners sharing the road with them in the Valley. She’s already had one idiot in an SUV almost take her life on the train. She doesn’t want to chance some other idiot zoning out on a cell phone and blowing past the big orange “M” warning signs posted at Metroliner intersections. I think Patti’s being too optimistic. I’d give it a month. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
After the Drake University football team’s defense and special teams led the Bulldogs to a 13-10 victory Saturday at Drake Stadium, it was no surprise that a pair of Bulldogs garnered Pioneer Football League Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week honors.Junior safety Will Warner (Pella, Iowa) was named the PFL Defensive Player of the Week for a record-setting performance while kicker Danny Donley (Tulsa, Okla.) was named the PFL Special Teams Player of the Week.Warner led another strong defensive effort that held Marist to fewer than 300 total yards of offense and negative nine yards rushing. Individually, he matched the Drake and PFL single-game record for interceptions in a game with three.The second of his three interceptions was returned 28 yards to set up the game-winning field goal and his third came in the final minute to end Marist’s comeback hopes. On the season, he leads the nation in interceptions with eight and interception return yardage with 223 yards. His season interception total also ties the school record.Warner’s Defensive Player of the Week honor is his second of the season and a league-best fifth this season by the Bulldogs. That game-winning field goal against Marist came off the foot of PFL Special Teams Player of the Week Danny Donley. Donley’s 24-yard field goal with 1:55 left in the contest gave the Bulldogs the final 13-10 advantage. Earlier in the day, Donley converted on a 30-yard field goal and is now a perfect 9-of-9 on field goals this season. With a PAT on Drake’s lone touchdown of the day, he accounted for seven of the Bulldogs’ 13 points in the win.The pair of PFL honorees and their teammates conclude the 2018 this season at Morehead State, Nov. 17. Print Friendly Version
Former Mayor of Donegal Dessie Larkin said he full intends to contest allegations that he claimed expenses from two state agencies for travel on the same day.The Standards in Public Office Commission found he broke ethics legislation by claiming expenses from the local authority and the Regional Assembly for travel and subsistence.The matter has now been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions and could result in a criminal case against the former councillor and current Letterkenny Town Manager. However Mr Larkin has indicated that he intends to fully contest all matters.A source close to the Letterkenny man said “This is not just a straight forward incident. It was very technical and Dessie does not believe he did anything wrong.“People will realise this when all of the details come out. Dessie fully intends to contest this matter all the way.”Mr Larkin was also found to have submitted claims to Donegal County Council for attendance at two conferences in Co Roscommon and Co Mayo without taking the shortest route. The SIPO statement in full –The Standards Commission has found the former county councillor contravened ethics legislation when he submitted claims for travelling and subsistence expenses.It found that he submitted claims to both the Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly for attending a meeting of the Assembly and to Donegal County Council for attendance at a conference on the same date and that he submitted claims to Donegal County Council for attendance at two conferences in Ballinlough, County Roscommon and Westport, County Mayo without claiming expenses for the shortest overall route.The Standards Commission has also made recommendations to the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government for reform of expenses claim forms and ethics undertakings by councillors.The investigation report, together with full details of the Standards Commission’s findings and determinations, is available on the Commission’s website – www.sipo.gov.ie This is the SIPO statement on the matter.The Standards Commission has today published its investigation report about alleged contraventions of the Ethical Framework for the Local Government Service (Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001) and the Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2001 by former Councillor Dessie Larkin, Donegal County Council, in connection with claims by him for travelling and subsistence expenses. The report follows an investigation hearing held on 20 October 2014.The investigation concerned nine alleged contraventions of ethics legislation, which arise from three sets of circumstances. The Standards Commission found against Mr Larkin in six of the alleged contraventions and in his favour in three.The Standards Commission found that Mr Larkin contravened sections 168 and 169(3) of the Local Government Act 2001, acted in disregard of provisions of the Code of Conduct for Councillors and did a ‘specified act’ within the meaning of the Standards in Public Office Act 2001 in regard to two sets of circumstances. He received travelling and subsistence expenses from the Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly for attending a meeting of the Assembly in Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon on 23 June 2006 and also claiming travelling and subsistence expenses from Donegal County Council in respect of attendance at a Chambers Ireland conference at Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar, County Westmeath, on the same date. The Standards Commission found that each of these contraventions was committed intentionally and was, in all the circumstances, a serious matter. The Commission also found that Mr Larkin did not act in good faith in relation to each of the contraventions.He claimed travelling and subsistence expenses from Donegal County Council for attending a conference organised by the Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly in Ballinlough, County Roscommon on Thursday, 8 June 2006 and claimed travelling and subsistence expenses from Donegal County Council for attending at an Architecture in Public Service conference in Westport, County Mayo on Thursday, 8 June and Friday, 9 June 2006 but failed to claim the travelling expense based on the shortest overall route between the conference at Ballinlough and the conference at Westport. The Standards Commission found that each of the contraventions was committed recklessly and was, in all the circumstances, a serious matter. The Commission also found that Mr Larkin did not act in good faith in relation to each of the contraventions.The Commission found that allegations that Mr Larkin contravened sections 168 and 169(3) of the Local Government Act 2001, acted in disregard of provisions of the Code of Conduct for Councillors and did a ‘specified act’ within the meaning of the Standards in Public Office Act 2001 by failing to attend a conference of Celtic Tourism at Marriott Druids Glen Hotel and Country Club, Newtownmountkennedy, County Wicklow on Wednesday, 15 February 2006 were not established.The Commission has sent its report to Mr Larkin, to Mr Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Manager and Councillor John Campbell, Mayor, Donegal County Council (Mr Neely and a predecessor of Councillor Campbell made the complaint to the Standards Commission) and also to the Ministers for Public Expenditure and Reform and for the Environment, Community and Local Government.The Standards Commission made the following recommendations to the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government:that he should make new regulations amending the undertaking made by a member of a local authority contained in the declaration form to provide that he/she declares that he/she has both read and understood the Code of Conduct for Councillors and undertakes to have regard to and be guided by the Code in the exercise of his/her functions;that he should also emphasise to all local authorities the importance of maintaining accurate records of the supply of copies of the Code of Conduct to all local authority members;that he should introduce a revised claim form for travelling and subsistence allowances which would require a member of a local authority to provide all such details relevant to a claim as are sufficient to allow a local authority to make payment of only such allowances as relates to travel away from home on official business andthat the form should ask members to provide such details as would be required to distinguish between travel expenses incurred for official business purposes and for other business or personal purposes.The full report can be read at www.sipo.gov.ieFORMER MAYOR LARKIN PLANS TO FIGHT ALLEGATIONS ALL THE WAY was last modified: December 19th, 2014 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)Tags:allegationscounty councillorDessie LarkinSIPO
The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has made a pledge to the people offlood-hit Co Donegal that the Government will not be found wantingwhen it comes to putting their lives and homes back together.The Fine Gael leader flew into the Inishowen Peninsula by armyhelicopter this afternoon to see first-hand the devastationcaused by Tuesday night’s floods.Speaking to the media, Mr Varadkar suggested that funding allocationfor such natural disasters including flood relief will have toincrease. “I just wanted to see the scale of the damage and meet the residentsand the business people who were affected.“I think you have to see it to see the scale of the damage that hasbeen done and what really occurs to me is that it’s extraordinary thatnobody was killed or seriously injured and I think we were blessedthat nobody was injured or killed.“The key thing now is the cleanup and the clean-up is well underwayand the army has now been posted here and are helping with that.“I’m satisfied with the response so far and that has to be sustainedin the coming days and additional funding will be made available tothe council to carry out the necessary repairs and the Red Cross andthat that is open to businesses and sport and voluntary bodies whodon’t have insurance. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister Joe McHugh, Regina Doherty with playgroup leader Sarah Quigley-Burns when they visited flood damaged areas of North Donegal. (North West Newspix)“There will be a very strong central Government approach to assist thepeople of Inishowen in the weeks ahead because it is going to takeweeks to put things right,” he said.The Taoiseach also suggested that with an increase in the number ofnatural disasters across the country, the €430M budget for floodrelief may have to be increased.He said “It is a very substantial budget but I don’t think a budgetfor flood relief can ever be enough and perhaps the same applies tohealth and to education and to roads and so many different areas.“But thankfully because the economy is performing strongly and becauseof the recovery that has happened in recent years and so many morepeople are working we are going to have additional revenues in theyears ahead.“If we continue to manage the economy well so additional revenues willallow us to increase that budgets in years to come and I’m sure thatwill be done.” The Fine Gael leader refuted claims that he was late in visiting thearea saying he did not think it was “relevant’ that it took him threedays to arrive in Donegal.“I am here and very many Government Ministers have been herealready…I don’t think there has been any shortage of Governmentinterest in this issue, I think half the cabinet have been Inishowenso I think the most important thing is the Government response and Ithink the response from Government is going to be very strong inproviding any assistance that is needed.“I can assure you that the response from the agencies did not startfrom today or from this morning but happened straight away,” he said.His first stop was in the town of Carndonagh which was one of theworst-hit areas during the torrential downpours. On the outskirts of the town in the townland of Glack, the Taoiseachmet with farmer Phil Doherty and his family.Mr Doherty said “We were lucky enough in that our house was notdamaged but a lot of the fields were badly hit and the river besidethe home burst its banks and will need to be repaired.The Taoiseach replied “It’s terrible but I’m just happy that nobodywas killed or injured,” he said.Through the town, the Taoiseach, who was accompanied by MinisterRegina Doherty, met business owners whose premises were damaged by thefloods.Among them was Sarah Quigley-Burns, who owns the Little Acorns crechein the town.Ms Quigley-Burns has 104 children enrolled at the creche which wasdevastated by the flooding.She explained to the Taoiseach how she wanted to open next Wednesdaybut may be subject to inspection by Tusla.She stressed that she was always compliant with all regulations butjust needed some help to put her creche back in order.“I understand that the services are stretched and that people whosehomes have been damaged should be sorted first.“But we would appreciate any help we can get. I would dearly loveanother humidifier. That would be a big help,” she said.Local Government Minister summoned council staff and asked them toprovide Ms Quigley-Burns with a humidifier.In the Good as News charity shop across the courtyard, Ms Mary Farrendescribed how two tractor loads of donated clothes and other goods hadto be taken away.Ms Farren and her staff run the charity shop to raise funds for thelocal Catholic Church.“I am delighted that the Taoiseach has come to Inishowen so at leasthe can see first hand what we are going through.“I arrived here on Wednesday and we just had to dump out so much ofour stock. It was ruined but people have been so good and they havebeen dropping off stuff again to us,” she said.Taoiseach Varadkar pointed to the floor where there was severalplastic bags containing potatoes asking if they were for sale.He was told they were and that they were €3 a bag to which MinisterRegina Doherty produced money and bought a bag.In McCurdy’s Cafe, owner Charlie McCurdy said he could not afford toremain closed to repair his business completely.“I opened here at Easter and I have put everything I have into thisbusiness. I work seven days a week.“I am now battling with my insurance company to see if I am covered.What the banks and the insurance companies have got away with in thiscountry is immoral, it’s immoral I tell you,” he said.After meeting business owners, the Taoiseach then visited a nearbyhousing estate which was also damaged by the heavy floods.From there he headed to Buncrana where he was brief by localcouncillors as well as Chief Executive Officer of Donegal CountyCouncil, Seamus Neely.He also viisted residents on Swan Park, another area badly hit by the floods.As the Taoiseach toured the peninsula, the first of the influx of armypersonnel from the 28th battalion at Finner Camp arrived in Inishowen.A total of 30 soldiers arrived yesterday to assist residents with apromise that more will follow.The soldiers were divided into different groups to assist in Burnfoot,Buncrana, Clonmany and Carndonagh, assisting owners with clean up inthe aftermath of the floods.In one of the worst-hit area on the Lios na Greine estate in Burnfoot, foursoldiers spent the morning filling skips with damaged property whichcould not be salvaged.Taoiseach promises people of flood-hit Inishowen they will not be forgotten about was last modified: August 27th, 2017 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)Tags:donegalFLOODINGInishowenTaoiseach
20 February 2012Defending champions Andy Birkett and Jason Graham won The Unlimited Dusi canoe marathon title in emphatic fashion on Saturday after turning in a superlative performance of running and paddling on the 36-kilometre final stage from Inanda Dam to Blue Lagoon in Durban.Hank McGregor and Len Jenkins had to settle for second place, with the ‘Dream Team” of Thulani Mbanjwa and Sbonelo Zondi in third.The three-day event covers 120 kilometres and is raced between Pietermaritzburg and Durban on the Umsindusi and Umgeni rivers. It is one of the largest canoe marathons in the world, and regarded as one of the toughest.After a meticulously constructed preparation campaign and a flawless three days of racing by the pair affectionately known as “Team Fun”, Birkett and Graham extended their overnight four-minute lead to a final margin of victory of nine minutes, giving Birkett his third Dusi title in a row.DiveThe duo celebrated their win in trademark fashion by standing up in their kayak as they crossed the line and diving into the waters of Blue Lagoon.During the three days of the race, the pair clinically mastered the full rivers, taking some brave lines down dangerous rapids such as Tops Needle, before a Herculean run over the notorious Burma Road portage put the result beyond question.“Graham has shown such incredible commitment the whole way through training and especially over the past three days and I cannot thank him enough for everything he has put in to getting us to where we are today,” said Birkett. “We are thrilled with the win and to have shared it with Jas has been so awesome!“Also, a huge thanks must go to the rest of the guys who gave us such a tough time throughout the race. Day one was one of the toughest days of racing I have ever experienced with the lead changing hands seven times, which just goes to show how tough it really was out there.‘Sweeter’“It was awesome to be able to race against guys like this and it definitely makes the win that much sweeter.“There are lots of things which can go wrong in Dusi and Jason and I were very lucky the entire way this year and didn’t have any issues,” Birkett added. “We took a couple of risks today, which we probably didn’t have to, but I’m glad we did because it was loads of fun.“I am definitely glad it’s all over now, though, and that I don’t have to get up at three o’clock tomorrow morning to go train, but it has been a fantastic journey with Jason.”Having tried to convince his younger partner to opt for a younger talent after their 2010 victory, Graham was flattered that Birkett insisted he wanted to paddle with “Gramps” again and it once more proved to be a rewarding decision for both paddlers.“I like to think it was a mature decision by Andy, but I said to him shortly after the finish that this is now most definitely the last time!” insisted Graham.‘Incredible’“It’s been an incredible experience and to have beaten the reigning marathon world champ, the freakish talents on Len (Jenkins) and the phenomenal running abilities of Thulani (Mbanjwa) and Sbonelo (Zondi), it was just such a great race and I’m just so chuffed with how everything worked out for us.”Despite giving it their all, Birkett’s Team Best 4 Kayak Centre team-mates Hank McGregor and Len Jenkins simply had no answers to the leader’s relentless onslaught and instead had to turn their attention to maintaining their second place as Thulani Mbanjwa and Sbonelo Zondi launched a remarkable charge through the middle section of the final day.“I thought we had a really good Burma portage. We managed to run almost the entire way to the top, but by the time we got to the bottom I could not believe it when I turned around and saw Bungee (Thulani Mbanjwa) and Sbonelo right there!” said Jenkins.“We had a great race, though, and well done to Birkie and Jason on their fantastic race,” he added.AstonishedMcGregor was just as astonished by the effort of Mbanjwa and Zondi, who ran like men possessed up the notorious Burma Road portage.“With Len dragging the boat, I was running behind, and when you’re out there your senses become very alert, and suddenly I heard the sound of a rudder blade coming up behind us, and I simply could not believe it!” said McGregor. “Bungee and Sbonelo were running with the boat like they’d stolen it! It was absolutely incredible!“We got a massive fright when they put in right behind us and from then we knew we had to go flat out. Luckily we managed to get away from Bungee and Sbonelo again and come home second, but well done to them!“We tried our hardest and had a really good race, but at the end of the day we were just out-paced, out-raced and out-run! Andy and Jason deserve their win through and through and it’s an honour to have come second to two great champs,” he concluded.SpecialA special effort on the final day may not have been enough to put Mbanjwa and Zondi back in the hunt for title they would have so dearly loved to win, but their closing stage performance will leave a far sweeter taste in taste in their mouths after a disappointing and frustrating first two days.“It has been a really disappointing Dusi this year for us. We had really hoped to do a lot better, so it was unfortunate we had so many issues on the first two days, but we had a great day today and we are really happy with how we finished,” said Mbanjwa.“Third is not ideal, but it is definitely a lot better than fourth, which is where we started the day, so I guess we can at least take that out of it,” he added.PromisingHaving combined for the first time in last year’s The Unlimited Non-Stop Dusi, the Mbanjwa and Zondi pairing is still relatively new to the paddling world. However, all the signs indicate a promising future for the duo.“I’m so grateful that Thulani agreed to paddle with me this year. He is such a great guy and knows so much, and I have learnt so much from him over the past few months,” said Zondi.After their valiant day two effort the under-23 crew of Lance Kime and Kwanda Mhlope couldn’t hold off the challenge of Mbanjwa and Zondi on the final day but came home in a deserved fourth place and in the process sounded a warning of what may lie ahead for the two talented youngsters.LadiesIn the ladies’ race Team Best 4 Kayak Centre’s Robyn Kime and Abbey Ulansky smashed the overall race record to go with their new stage records on each of the two preceding days as they cruised to a second victory in a row. Their team mates, Abby and Alex Abby finished second, ahead of the experienced crew of Debbie Germiquet and Carmen Blakeney.“It’s been a great three days for us and it’s really great to have won. It’s been such a privilege to have paddled with Abbey again,” said Kime. “She knows the river so well and I have learnt a lot from her tactics, especially with her having been mentored by Graeme Pope-Ellis.“We started off with some faster guys today and so fell off the wave quite early on, but we felt really good, so we decided to run Burma,” said Ulansky.“Robyn then drove beautifully yet again, but we decided not to risk it too much, and so we portaged Pumphouse Weir – it just wasn’t worth the risk – and then got together with a couple of other boats over the last little stretch home.”ReturnDespite having achieved a convincing victory on only two months of training, it is unlikely Ulansky will be back in the boat again for next year’s K1 race. However, a return at some stage is almost a certainty for the Dusi Queen.“It’s been great to have come out here (from Canada). I’ve had a great time with Robs (Kime) and it’s been fantastic to have stayed with Wendy Pope-Ellis on her farm again,” said Ulansky.“I’m really pleased I came and, who knows, maybe one day I can come back with my husband and take on Robs in the mixed doubles race, but for now I think I’ll hand over my crown,” she chuckled.JuniorsMurray Haw and James Speed put in a remarkable performance on the final day as they moved up a further place to finish eleventh overall and deservedly claimed the under-18 boys’ title ahead of schoolmates Donavan Wewege and Murray Starr.In the junior girls’ section, Bianca Haw and Jordan Peek led from start to finish and finished fourth in the women’s race as well.RESULTSMENAndy Birkett/Jason Graham 7:43.02Hank McGregor/Len Jenkins 7:51.58Thulani Mbanjwa/Sbonelo Zondi 7:54.24Lance Kime/Kwanda Mhlope (u23) 7:59.23Craig Turton/Jasper Mocke 8:01.47Shaun Rubenstein/Steve Farrell 8:12.27Shaun Biggs/Ben Biggs 8:15.12Piers Cruickshanks/Mike Stewart 8:17.28Lucas Mthalane/Mmeli Cele 8:19.06Mark Mulder/Dave Chaplin 8:21.57WOMENRobyn Kime/Abbey Ulansky 8:41.59Abby Adie/Alex Adie (U23) 8:59.25Debbie Germiquet/Carmen Blakeney 9:31.16Bianca Haw/Jordan Peek (U18) 9:48.17Tamika Haw/Jen Hodson 9:52.13Brittany Petersen/Kerry Shuter 10:16.29Jenna Ward/Kerry Segal 10:20.41Mandy Rawlins/Debbie Lewis 10:42.58Lorna Oliver/Angela Scruby 11:00.09Diana Rietz/Nicky Taylor 11:54.11UNDER-23 MENLance Kime/Kwanda Mhlope 7:59.23Brandon van der Walt/Clinton Cook 8:29.46Skhumbuso Ngidi/Nkosikayise Cele 8:38.04UNDER-23 WOMENAbby Adie/Alex Adie 8:59.25Jenna Ward/Kerry Segal 10:20.41UNDER-18 BOYSMurray Haw/James Speed 8:24.19Murray Starr/Donovan Wewege 9:08.44Nqobile Makhanya/ Sboniso Shozi 9:11.27UNDER-18 GIRLSBianca Haw/Jordan Peek 9:48.17Brittany Petersen/Kerry Shuter 10:16.29SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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