Start the new year right with All Correct

first_imgHaving saddled five of the six winners of the major trophy races in the last quarter of last year, 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta is likely to continue where he left off in 2015 by winning the CTL Fan Appreciation Day Trophy overnight allowance feature with down-in-class ALL CORRECT at Caymanas Park today.DaCosta will mount a two-pronged challenge in the 1820 metres event as in addition to ALL CORRECT, he will saddle last year’s winner ROYAL VIBES in a nine-horse field. A year ago, ROYAL VIBES got up in the nick of time to deny hot favourite ALL CORRECT by a head.Since then, ALL CORRECT has rubbed shoulders with the best in grade one company, while ROYAL VIBES has declined in ability.better run expectedWith DaCosta calling up four-time champion Omar Walker, ALL CORRECT having finished eight lengths, sixth to stable-companion SEEKING MY DREAM in the recent Diamond Mile, clocking a personal time of 1:38.0 in that fast-run race, will report even better today. As such, he is likely to stave off the vastly improved HOUDINI’S MAGIC, who won the Royal Dad Trophy over this trip on November 21, and will again be ridden by newly crowned champion jockey Shane Ellis for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes.DaCosta capped a record-breaking season on Boxing Day by winning the co-feature races, the $4 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes with FUTURE KING and the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup with top distance horse PERFECT NEIGHBOUR for an 11 straight trainers’ title and an unprecedented 15 overall, surpassing Hall of Famer Philip Feanny with 14.DaCosta not only won the Boxing Day co-features, but saddled PERFECT NEIGHBOUR to win the Burger King Gold Cup on October 17, DREAMLINER to win the Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Trophy for two-year-olds on October 19, and SEEKING MY DREAM who won the inaugural running of the $13.5 million Diamond Mile on December 5.Also on the 10-race programme are the New Year’s Day Trophy over 1300 metres, here the DaCosta-trained DRIPPING IN GOLD (Robert Halledeen up) starts favourite; and the $180,000 claiming race over 1820 metres for the McKay Security Trophy to be run in two divisions, both attracting 11 starters.In division one, OH MY GRANDPA has a strong chance based on his close third to GO GO TRAIN in a blanket finish over this trip on a $210,000 claiming tag on October 24.Division two looks tailored for GOFORTHEGLORY, who not only has appealing form, but steps down two classes to vie for this trophy.He can win from PERFECT FLYER and CAUSE FOR CONCERN, who won this race in 2014 when owned by Carlton Watson.last_img read more

The Chelsea v Saints quiz

first_imgGet your thinking cap on ahead of tonight’s game and see how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-56] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Driving in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa has excellent road infrastructure, a selection of reputable vehicle hire companies, great weather and plenty of stunning scenery – which all combine to make self-driving a viable and enjoyable option. If you’re thinking of taking the long way round, here are a few tips.Self-driving is a good option when visiting South Africa. (Image: Gauteng Film Commission)Brand South Africa reporterWhen visiting South Africa, the self-driving option is a viable and enjoyable way to get around the country. South Africa has excellent road infrastructure, large vehicle hire fleets run by international and local rental companies, great weather and plenty of stunning scenery. If you’re thinking of taking the long way round, here are a few tips to enhance your trip.Car hireMost international and reputable local car rental companies (see the links on the right) are represented at South Africa’s main airports and in most city centres. Vehicles may generally be picked up at one branch and dropped off at another branch at your destination. Please be aware of the terms and conditions of car-hire in South Africa, relevant to the company you use.It is advisable to take out the insurance offered by the vehicle rental companies, unless you have specific travel insurance cover in place. All major credit cards are accepted.Driver’s licencesAny valid driver’s licence is accepted in South Africa, provided it bears the photograph and signature of the holder and is printed or authenticated in English.However, vehicle hire companies may also require an international driver’s licence. It is worth confirming requirements with your travel agent or the vehicle hire company when making your booking.This holds for additional drivers as well, who must be identified when you hire your vehicle. Remember to carry all your documentation with you when you travel, as traffic officers will expect to see it if they stop you for any reason.Keep left, buckle up and think in kilometres‘Keep left, pass right’ is the general rule of driving in South Africa. This also applies to highway (freeway) driving.Cars in South Africa are right-hand drive vehicles, with the gear shift operated with the left hand.Distances, speed limits (therefore vehicle speedometers) are measured in kilometres, and fuel gauges in litres, so be aware of this when travelling long distances to avoid running out of fuel.The wearing of seat belts is compulsory for all front seats and back seats (if present). Using mobile phones and devices while driving is against the law. While using an in- car hands-free system is permitted, use cautiously if you are travelling in an unfamiliar area.Speed limitThe general speed limit on South Africa’s national highways, urban freeways and other major routes is 120km/h (75mph). On secondary (rural) roads it is 100km/h (60mph). In built-up areas it is usually 60km/h (35mph), unless otherwise indicated by road signs. If you incur a speeding fine with a hired car, the rental company will pay the fine, passing on the charge to your account, with an admin fee.Drinking and drivingNaturally, drinking alcohol before and while driving is against the law. The South African Road Traffic Act 93/96 has been in effect since March 1998. Whether you are driving in the city or on rural roads, these laws are extremely important to obey. These laws are in place to help protect the community and to make sure that drunk drivers are reprimanded.The legal blood alcohol limit in South Africa is less than 0.05 g per 100 mlThe legal breath alcohol limit in South Africa is less than 0.24 mg in 1000 ml of breathAccording to the Automobile Association of South Africa the rule of thumb when considering the minimum allowable amount of alcohol consumed before driving is a maximum of one unit of alcohol per hour, which constitutes 10ml of pure alcohol, based on an adult weighing 68kg. Our bodies can process only one unit of alcohol each hour. However, it is important to be aware that if you weigh less than 68kg your body will need more time to process the same amount of alcohol. In simple terms, this means that 2 drinks over the space of one hour will put you over the limit. Below is a breakdown of alcohol units per drink type:1 x 75 ml glass of wine = 1 unit1 x 250 ml glass of wine = 3.3 units1 x shot/shooter = ½ unit in most instances1 x spirit cooler = about 1.25 units1 x beer = 1.5 units or possibly more1 x cider = 2 units1 x 25 ml tot of spirits = 1 unit1 x cocktail = Between 2 and 4 unitsAnything more would impede your driving ability. In general, it is advisable not to drink at all if you are planning on travelling long distances or in areas with which you may not be familiar.Fuelling upThe various types of petrol (gas) available in South Africa are: unleaded and lead replacement 97-, 95- or 93-octane (often referred to as “super” or “premium”). The 95- and 93-octane petrol is available at higher altitude (non-coastal, interior areas such as Gauteng and Mpumalanga), as well as 93-octane. While, at the coast, your choice is between 95- and 97-octane.Diesel is available with 0.05% sulphur content and 0.005% sulphur content.Most vehicles available from car-hire companies use unleaded petrol, and cars older than 10 years use the various octane types.Fuel is sold per litre (1 US gallon is equivalent to 3.8 litres).South African petrol stations are not self-help, with attendants to fill the car, check oil, water and tyre pressure, as well as offer to clean your windscreen, if required – these services more often than not enjoy a R2 or R5 gratuity, or according to your discretion.Fuel stations are called ‘garages’ in South Africa, and can be found on both the main and country roads in urban and rural areas. Most are open 24 hours a day, although some rural stations may keep shorter hours. Be aware that distances between towns (and therefore between petrol stations) are considerable in some parts of the country, so remember to check the fuel gauge before passing up the opportunity to fill up.Fuel can be paid for with cash or general credit and debit cards (MasterCard and Visa most often. NOT usually American Express or Diner’s Club.) Some smaller or more rural stations may always not accept cards. Check with the attendant before filling up on payment methods available. Most filling stations have on-site ATM banking facilities available.Driving around the countryOur road infrastructure is excellent, so driving between cities and towns is a viable option – and, given the stunning scenery in many parts of the country, a highly enjoyable one.However, South Africa is a huge country not easily traversed in a day, so plan your journeys carefully. If you’re not used to driving long distances, rather break the journey, as fatigue is a major contributing factor in motor vehicle accidents.While most national roads are tarred and in good condition, the more rural the road, the more likely it is to be pot-holed and poorly surfaced.Road informationCurrent information on the conditions of roads can be obtained through the Automobile Association of South Africa. The AA also provides invaluable guides for road users in the form of strip maps tailored for specific destinations and information for tourists on accommodation en route.Traffic signs are generally pictorial or in English.Toll roads and e-tollsBefore you set off, check your route. Many of the national roads between the major centres are toll roads. Check the fees before you leave, and make sure that you have either a credit card or cash to pay.Toll fares for a light passenger vehicle vary from under R10 to around R200, depending on the toll plaza – and you may pass through three or four of these before you reach your destination.Electronic toll collection (or e-tolls) is in place in Gauteng. Your car has to be identified electronically, via an e-tag for example, and a toll is deducted from a toll account. Visitors to Gauteng can register for an e-toll account, or buy day passes. Visit SA National Road Agency’s e-toll website for more info.See Automobile Association: Toll fees in South Africa – includes information on fees, locations, vehicle classifications and costs for frequently travelled routes.SafetySouth Africa has a high rate of traffic accidents so drive defensively and exercise caution when on the roads – especially at night – and keep a wary eye out for pedestrians and cyclists.Drivers of minibuses and taxis can behave erratically, and often turn a blind eye to rules and road safety considerations.In many of South Africa’s rural areas, the roads are not fenced, so watch out dogs, chickens, sheep and even horses or cows on the road. These can be particularly hazardous at night.Large antelope crossing the road can also pose a danger in certain areas – if you see road signs depicting a leaping antelope, take it slowly, especially towards evening.Never stop to feed wild animals – it is dangerous and you can incur a hefty fine if you do so.In general, be aware and keep your wits about you. It’s a good idea to drive with your doors locked and windows up, especially in cities and at traffic lights.Don’t ever stop to pick up hitchhikers. If you are worried about someone on the side of the road, report it to the police station in the next town.Ensure your car is locked when you park it and do not leave anything in sight. Lock things away in the trunk – known as the boot here – or the glove compartment (cubbyhole).Emergency numbers to save into your phone:ER24 paramedics: 084 124Police/Fire Department: 10111Ambulance: 10117Arrive Alive Call Centre: 0861 400 800Netcare Emergency: 082 911Read more: Safety tips for travellersReviewed October 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

South Africa looks into national minimum wage

first_img22 July 2014 The Department of Labour is set to launch a major investigation into the possibility of introducing of a national minimum wage in order to bring down levels of inequality in the country, says Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria last Wednesday, following her department’s budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Oliphant said that, given the disparities that existed in the country, “we have to look at a possibility to ensure that everybody is paid according to what we think is going to be a living wage”. President Jacob Zuma signalled the move during his State of the Nation address last month, saying: “We will during this term investigate the possibility of a national minimum wage as one of the key mechanisms to reduce income inequality.” Oliphant said the investigation would look at various possible models, including the model of a countrywide minimum wage that cut across all sectors of the economy, as well as the model of different pay structures for different sectors, based on the nature of their work. “When you look at the mining sector, you find that in the gold sector, rock drill operators are paid a different salary, while in the platinum sector they are paid a certain amount of money. All of them are doing the same job. The question is, why do you have people doing the same job and not being paid equally.” At the same time, the investigation would benchmark South Africa with other countries. Oliphant also said her department would be finalising amendments to the Labour Relations Act in a bid to ensure that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) could intervene when employers and trade unions reached a deadlock during bargaining talks. Amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act were also being finalised which would greatly enhance her department’s inspection and enforcement work, she said. Source: read more

‘School education in Bihar has collapsed’

first_imgA day after the declaration of the Class 12 (or intermediate) results of the Bihar State Education Board (BSEB) in which more than 64% of the students had failed, students protested in Patna and at several district headquarters, demanding re-evaluation of their answer sheets.Concerned over the dismal pass percentage of 34.25%, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar held a meeting with Education Minister Ashok Choudhary and BSEB chairman Anand Kishor. Meanwhile, students and experts blamed the drastic fall in the pass percentage on the rampant corruption in the State’s education system which, they said, had collapsed. A large number of students who had cleared their IIT-JEE entrance examination, too, have failed in their Class 12 board exams.Protesting students who had gathered outside the Intermediate Board office in Patna were supported by the student wings of several political parties. Later, the students threw stones at the council office. The police responded with a lathi-charge in which over half-a-dozen students sustained injuries.Three students from Buxar, Bhagalpur and Kaimur districts committed suicide after they failed to clear the exam. Out of a total 12.40 lakh students who took the Class 12 exams, only 8.34% scored above 60%. At the HKV School in Banka district, 80% of the students failed, while all 55 students from Rajapur village in the same district failed.Curbing cheatingEarlier in 1996, only 10.58 students passed the Intermediate Examination after the Patna High Court intervened to ensure that there was no cheating in the exams. However, in following years, the pass percentage rose sharply, with regular reports of mass-cheating, and large-scale corruption at BSEB.“Though the pass percentage this year is low, the successful students are real gold,” said Mr. Choudhary. Mr. Kishor, too, said that several layers of strict measures to curb unfair means had had its impact.But for students like Rajesh Kumar, Anshuman Raj, Ankit Raj, Dev Krishna Kumar, Vishwajit Kumar and several others, the result was bad blow. They have cleared their IIT-JEE Mains exam, and done well in its Advance test but have got only 8, 12, 16 and 18 marks in Maths, Physics and Chemistry in the Intermediate examination. “The State’s education system has collapsed and become corrupt. It got exposed because the exams were conducted strictly. The State government is responsible for this. There is an urgent need for qualitative change,” Nawal Kishore Choudhary, an expert on the Bihar education system told The Hindu.last_img read more

Blaze Spikers eye 5th title, perfect AFC

first_imgAnother title sweep. Back-to-back crowns. Championship No. 5.A lot is on the table for Petron when it goes for the jugular against F2 Logistics Tuesday night in Game 2 of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference final series at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ With the way its been playing—winning all 13 matches in the conferences so far including Saturday’s Game 1 via blowout fashion—Petron is also gearing for a back-to-back championship run after claiming the Grand Prix early in the year.“We are very excited but we need to be more focused now more than ever,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos who has deftly transformed his star-studded roster into a singular powerful force.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefF2 coach Ramil de Jesus told his players to put up a fight, not like Game 1 where it bowed, 23-25, 11-25, 17-25.Key Cargo Movers, including setter Kim Fajardo and opposite hitter Kim Kianna Dy, are also reportedly plagued by injuries. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Collegiate Grand Slam match pitting Colegio San Agustin-Biñan and La Salle-Dasmariñas starts at 4:15 p.m. —MARC ANTHONY REYESSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Milliam resumes PPS-PEPP title hunt PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more