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Broner says he’s ready for Pacquiao

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Obviously overweight and sporting a massive beard, the 29-year-old American posted on his Twitter account a brief video himself striking the mitts with his trainer in Florida.No date has been set for the fight yet but sources revealed that Pacquiao and Broner will set off for a promotional tour in New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 16 and 17. —MARC REYESFEATURED 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 Chriss Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)Adrien Broner has started drumming up his upcoming fight against Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao.Broner posted a video of his sparring with the caption “I will be war ready”—but looked far from it.ADVERTISEMENT Pair of eagles powers Shin to 2-stroke lead LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

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Liberians Split Over Ebola Audit Report

first_imgSince the General Auditing Commission made public its findings in the audit of the Ebola funds where over US$792,000  in financial irregularities were revealed, Liberians from all spheres of life are divided, with some terming the audit as unnecessary given the extreme situation that the country was faced with at the time.Since the onset of the Ebola virus outbreak, the international community, humanitarian organizations, private corporations and citizens have sent the Liberian government relief funds to aid in controlling the spread of the virus.This outpouring of financial assistance amounted to US$15.1 million, through the National Ebola Task Force, later known as the Incident Management System between August 1 and October 31, 2014.The voluminous GAC report though, did not indict any individual of stealing the Ebola funds, but reported on procedural errors that may have led to some corrupt activities with financial management procedures.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been urged to ensure that those responsible should be brought to justice.“Such acts of corruption will never end until harsh measures are taken against those that are involved,” Munah Tarlor said during a call in radio program last Saturday evening.While many Liberians are not condoning the alleged acts of corruption as contained in the GAC report, some are saying that there was no way that the funds could have been (more efficiently) expended with all of the financial procedural arrangements,  especially (under) the critical conditions and the devastating effects of the virus on Liberia.“My brother, let us not be hypocrites to ourselves here. There was no way that the government would have followed all the procedures that we are talking about here,” Julius Kanneh said on a local station in Monrovia on Wednesday.Another male caller, James Kayon said, “We were in a national health crisis and those who are even talking now were saying that government was doing little to respond and we saw our leaders taking bold steps to act.”GAC noted that there were payments without supporting documentation. Government agencies conducted business transactions with their employees (e.g. an employee of the department being paid as a separate business entity to provide catering services).  There were special allowances distributed with no procedures in place or documentation.All funds received from government agencies, business partners of the government and citizens were to be deposited into the National Ebola Trust Fund at the Central Bank of Liberia and that Fund was managed by the IMS. The IMS dispensed a total of $10.7 million of the $15.1 million with the following individuals responsible for managing the account: Tolbert Nyenswah – Manager, Dorbor Jallah – Deputy Manager, Saah N’Tow – Deputy Manager, Andre Pope – Special Comptroller and Wede Elliott-Brownell – Special ComptrollerThe report indicated that the IMS made payments for Ebola awareness to two NGOs, the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia and Samaritan’s Purse, in the amounts of US$85,000 and US$89,617 respectively. These were never reconciled with financial reports as required by Public Financial Management regulations.The following vendors received payments for which no contracts were in place: H&A Corporation – US$38,220, for 165 KV generators; James N. Davies & Son – US$19,584, for 1,200 bags of rice; Africa Motors – US$31,360, for 15 passenger buses andpayments to implementing partner agencies. The report said remitting funds from the government of Liberia’s account makes it difficult to report accurately actual amounts sent to the following agencies: Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of National Defense, Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization, Liberia National PoliceThe report stated that wage payments to 52 officers in three counties appeared to have been over reported. The difference in payments sent and received is LD94,500 (US$1,125).The auditors found that 68 officers were paid for services in 10 counties where they were never assigned. “The response from the National Ebola Trust Fund management team was that the personnel in question were on “covert temporary assignment” and that they were each stationed to several different counties.In another instance, the National Ebola Trust Fund provided US$672,000 USD to the Ministry of National Defense without supporting documentation for how these funds were distributed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Man, 49, Claims Hardship Forced Him to Steal

first_imgPolice in Gbarnga are investigating a man who claims he was overwhelmed by hardship which forced him to steal to support his family. He has pleaded for forgiveness, promising to “turn his life around and not sin anymore.”Augustine Suah told police investigators that his action was also due to frustration over an unidentified girlfriend who left him for another man.Augustine Suah, 49, was caught by neighbors during a robbery attempt with a pistol last Monday in the home of Madam Lowermon Dokie in the Deanville Community.The Chief of Operations of the Bong County Police Detachment, Inspector Dauda Swaray, told the Daily Observer that Madam Dokie left home Monday morning for work, but realized that she had forgotten some important documents. But when she returned home to pick them up, accompanied by several workmates, she discovered her house door was unlocked.Police quoted Madam Dokie as saying “the children did not lock the iron door before going to school, so the criminal took advantage of the situation and entered the house.” Upon entering the house she discovered Suah and raised an alarm. Suah was subsequently arrested.A Police charge sheet seen by the Daily Observer said Suah was caught in possession of Madam Dokie’s laptop computer and other valuable items.Suah told this reporter that he resides in Monrovia and had spent five days in Gbarnga before his arrest. “I don’t know the Gbarnga terrain and don’t know anyone here,” he said.Suah said he is a driver by profession but had lost his job and has been unable to support his family so he decided to move to Gbarnga in search of a job. He also admitted that the gun found on him was given to him by a friend in Monrovia, although he did not disclose the name of the friend. The arrested robber did not give any details about his family that he was pressed to steal for.There have been several armed robbery reports in Gbarnga in recent times. Victims have told police here that robbers with their faces covered and armed with shotguns and other weapons, have attacked their homes, threatening to kill them, and robbing them of their jewelry and money.Residents have said the situation is alarming and have appealed to the Liberia National Police to take measures to assist them in bringing the situation under control.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Teen stabbed to death at Soesdyke

first_img…CPG member, friend in custodyA teenager was in the wee hours of Monday found dead in the vicinity of a wedding house at Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara (EBD) with stab wounds to his body.Dead: Ricardo SinghRicardo Singh, also called “Cardo”, of Lot 63 Avenue A & B, Diamond New Housing Scheme, EBD, was reportedly stabbed several times, including once to his abdomen.Based on reports received, the 15-year-old former Diamond Secondary School student and his friends left their respective homes on Sunday with the intention of “taking a lime” at the Linden-Soesdyke Highway Junction but instead went to the wedding house, which was close-by.However, while there, a gang of men allegedly attempted to relieve one of the teen’s friends of his gold chain and cash, resulting in the now dead teen intervening. His friend whom he was helping reportedly ran away leaving Singh behind.The young man, who would have been celebrating his 16th birthday on Thursday, was subsequently found in a nearby trench with his intestines protruding. He was picked up and taken to the Diamond hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.At the home of the young man on Monday, his mother, Elaine Singh, was being consoled by relatives and friends.She related that her son left home just after noon on Sunday to meet his friends. He was riding his pedal cycle. The grieving mother related that as night fell, she called her son several times on his mobile phone, but her calls went unanswered.His father also attempted to call but to no avail. The devastated woman recalled her son’s friend visiting their home at about 08:00h and related that the young man was stabbed.“He (the friend) tell we that he was wearing a gold chain and had money and some people tried to rob he, but meh son went to his assistance … He also tell we that after they run, they thought my son was behind them, but he was nowhere around …,” the grieving mother related.She maintains that something is not adding up. “If they know that my son get stab since midnight or just after midnight, why they wait till 8 o’clock to tell we? Is whole night I didn’t sleep because I was worried about my son… He didn’t tell we where he going, so I get worried,” she stated.Upon receiving the news, the teen’s father contacted the Police and subsequently visited the Lyken Funeral Home where he positively identified his son. The woman noted that the friend with whom her son had gone to the wedding was later taken into custody.She told Guyana Times that her now dead son would normally go out with his friends, but would return home by nightfall.Another scenarioMeanwhile, this publication was reliably informed that the young man was misbehaving at the wedding and the Police were called in to intervene. However, at the time, members of the Community Policing Group (CPG) were patrolling the area and as such, they reportedly arrested the young man. He was placed in the back of the motor vehicle and as it took off for the Timehri Police Station, he reportedly jumped out.A woman who asked to remain anonymous explained that from all indications, the members of the CPG used excessive force on the young man. She indicated that after the young man jumped out of the vehicle, it kept going.Upon the discovery of the young man in the trench, the Police were contacted. A CPG member and another man were arrested and are assisting with the investigations.last_img read more

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Confident Tallawahs hunting winless Stars

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2018…Jamaica Tallawahs and St Lucia Stars who ended the first weekend of matches in this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on opposite sides of the spectrum will collide tonight to begin the second week of action at Sabina Park in Kingston.The Tallawahs will be at home and will be looking to press home the advantage against the Stars, who lost both of their opening games to begin their campaign in very uncomfortable fashion.The St Lucia-based franchise has now gone 13 straight games without registering a victory, a trend which began in 2016. In the tournament opener last Wednesday, the star-studded Stars lost to reigning champions Trinbago Knight Riders by 100 runs at the Queen’s Park Oval, then three days later missed out by three runs to the Guyana Amazon Warriors at Providence while the Tallawahs stopped the champions in a record-breaking performance in Port of Spain on Friday.It was Tallawahs’ new captain, Andre Russell, who bagged a hat-trick and blasted a 40-ball ton to seal a record-breaking win against TKR that sent a strong warning to all teams. After TKR tallied a new CPL record score of 223 for 6, the Tallawahs seemed down for the count at 41-5 in the seventh over when Russell, who missed the 2017 tournament due to a one-year ban, joined Kenar Lewis to push for the miraculous win with three balls to spare.They put on 161 runs for the sixth wicket, to join Marlon Samuels and Orlando Peters as record holders for the highest partnership in CPL and the best sixth-wicket stand ever in all T20s.Once again, the Tallawahs will look to their captain for an inspiring performance, but will also depend on their top order of Johnson Charles, Glenn Phillips and Ross Taylor for contributions with the bat. Against TKR the bowlers were expensive and will need to tighten against a good Stars unit on paper.Other than Russell’s hat-trick, other seamers like Krishmar Santokie, Rovman Powell and Kemar Roach were expensive while spinners Imad Wasim and Adam Zampa were steady last Friday in damp conditions after a rainy day in Trinidad and will need to tighten up to keep the home fans happy.PROVIDENCE, GUYANA – AUGUST 11: In this handout image provided by CPL T20, Kieron Pollard of St Lucia Stars hits 4 during match 4 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League between Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Lucia Stars at Guyana National Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Providence, Guyana. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kieron PollardDavid Warner, who is yet to set the CPL alight after two ordinary performances so far, is eager to make a winning contribution alongside Captain Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, and Andre Fletcher with the bat. Once they get going under the lights at Sabina Park, they will give their bowlers some amount of cushion.Pollard, who bowled cleverly in the two matches so far without completing four overs in either game, will look to Kesrick Williams, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohammad Sami and if fit, Darren Sammy for support in the seam department on a pitch that is expected to respond favourably. Under the lights and with the dew, spinners Qias Ahmad and Rahkeem Cornwall could have their work cut out as is the case so far.Last year, when the teams met at Sabina Park, Kumar Sangakkara with a classy 74 not out trumped Shane Watson’s 80 to seal a six-wicket victory with one over to spare for the hosts in a high-scoring contest. If the Tallawahs win again, it will be the 14th straight game that the Stars have played without winning any, a record no team should be proud of.This is the first of two matches at Sabina Park, one of two home venues for the Tallawahs, who will also host three matches at the Central Broward Regional Park in Florida. On Wednesday, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots with one win after two games will take on the Tallawahs at Sabina Park before the Jamaica franchise heads north for games against the Guyana Amazon Warriors, TKR and Barbados Tridents.The first ball tonight is at 18:00h Jamaica time (19:00h Guyana time).last_img read more

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Serial finalists Man Utd deserve more credit – Mourinho

first_img0Shares0000Sanchez scored his eighth goal in as many games at Wembley. © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 21 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes criticism of his side this season has been unjustified after they came from behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 and reach a 20th FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera cancelled out Dele Alli’s opener to send United into a third final in less than two years under Mourinho, having won the Europa League and League Cup last season. Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at West Brom in the Premier League also means United need just seven points from their remaining four league games to secure second place behind champions Manchester City.“We should ask ourselves why there is too many critics on all of us?” said Mourinho.“We can finish second with seven more points. To do that with all the fantastic teams we play against will be an achievement for a club that couldn’t do it for a few years now.“We need two victories and one draw to finish second with 81 points behind an untouchable City, no chance to get in the fight with them. I think second with 81 points is a good season and then we can come to the final with a good spirit, supported by good supporters.”By contrast, a record eighth consecutive FA Cup semi-final defeat for Spurs ensured their decade-long wait for a trophy continues.“We want to win trophies, we have the staff that want to win. We can’t keep doing this,” said Alli. “We can’t throw it away. We have got to improve.”– Top four over trophies –Pochettino is still to win a trophy in four years as Tottenham manager. © AFP / Ben STANSALLSpurs manager Mauricio Pochettino played down the importance of winning his first silverware as a coach beforehand, claiming it “wouldn’t change their lives”.And the Argentine insisted that finishing in the Premier League top four for a third consecutive season to qualify for the Champions League is more important to their progress as a club than silverware.“For me the most important is now we finish in the top four to play again in the Champions League,” said Pochettino.“Sometimes after the game I am very frustrated, but quickly I move on and we have four games to make sure we play Champions League. It will be a successful season if we assure our position.”However, Spurs started like the side determined to make a statement.Just 11 minutes in Davinson Sanchez’s long ball picked out Christian Eriksen perfectly as Paul Pogba failed to track the Danish midfielder’s run down the right.And his cross was inch-perfect for Alli to apply the finishing touch for his 13th goal of the season.“We were dominant from the first minute and it only looked to be going one way,” added Alli. “We let ourselves down, it’s very disappointing.”Spurs failed to make the most of their early dominance as after going in front Eriksen scuffed wide from Harry Kane’s layoff before the England striker just couldn’t reach Son’s viscous in-swinging cross at the back post.Pogba and Sanchez have been the two marquee signings of Mourinho’s time in charge, but both have largely failed to meet the standards expected of them this season with Mourinho even dropping Pogba regularly throughout the campaign.However, having showed the side of his game that Mourinho detests for Spurs’ opener, Pogba demonstrated his combination of physical power and technical ability as he outmuscled Mousa Dembele before delivering a pin-point cross for Sanchez to head home just his third United goal.“I tell Alexis the same (thing) I told Paul a couple of weeks ago,” added Mourinho. “I cannot expect them to score goals, be man-of-the-match or be perfect every match, but I can expect a level where you don’t go below that.“That is the basics. If you do the basics then in some games your talent makes the difference.”Sanchez was involved again for the winner 28 minutes from time when his ball across the face of the area fell perfectly for Herrera arriving late from midfield and his low effort into the middle of the goal beat Vorm, who was slow to react down to his right.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Humboldt State rowers Smither, Morford collect Pocock All-America honors

first_imgARCATA >> The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced that Humboldt State seniors Mariah Smither and Samantha Morford were named to the Division II Pocock All-America First and Second Team, respectively.Smither continues to add to her impressive trophy collection after helping the Jacks’ V8 boat advance to the national championships. The Eureka native earned her second consecutive Elite 90 award in May, an honor bestowed to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative …last_img

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Redwoods gives Feather River another run for its money, but Golden Eagles prevail down the stretch

first_imgEureka >> Feather River’s annual trip to Eureka had the same kind of feel as it did nearly 12 months ago.The upset-minded Corsairs had a chance to hand one of the state’s best teams its first conference loss, but second-half adjustments proved to be the difference.Reigning Golden Valley Conference champion Feather River used a 17-6 run midway through the second half to pull away from the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team once and for all, handing the Corsairs an 83-70 loss at …last_img

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Book: Intelligent Design Argument Turns Leading Atheist to God

first_img“There is a God,” announces a former leading atheist on the cover of his new book.  Antony Flew changed his mind a few years ago partly because of the design argument: the fine-tuning of the universe, according to the blurb on  New arguments by philosophical theists like Alvin Plantinga and Richard Swinburne also played a large part.  The Amazon description sums up the import of this book: “In one of the biggest religion news stories of the new millennium, the Associated Press announced that Professor Antony Flew, the world’s leading atheist, now believes in God” (see 12/09/2004).    In an exclusive interview with Benjamin Wiker on To the Source, Antony Flew made it clear that intelligent design was a decisive factor in his change of heart:Anthony Flew: There were two factors in particular that were decisive.  One was my growing empathy with the insight of Einstein and other noted scientists that there had to be an Intelligence behind the integrated complexity of the physical Universe.  The second was my own insight that the integrated complexity of life itself – which is far more complex than the physical Universe – can only be explained in terms of an Intelligent Source.  I believe that the origin of life and reproduction simply cannot be explained from a biological standpoint despite numerous efforts to do so.  With every passing year, the more that was discovered about the richness and inherent intelligence of life, the less it seemed likely that a chemical soup could magically generate the genetic code.  The difference between life and non-life, it became apparent to me, was ontological and not chemical.  The best confirmation of this radical gulf is Richard Dawkins’ comical effort to argue in The God Delusion that the origin of life can be attributed to a “lucky chance.”  If that’s the best argument you have, then the game is over.  No, I did not hear a Voice.  It was the evidence itself that led me to this conclusion.Flew has only come as far as to believe God is a Person, but is not a Christian.  The book, however, which he calls his “last will and testament,” includes a Christian extra: “The book concludes with an appendix by New Testament scholar and Anglican bishop N.T. Wright, arguing for the coherence of Christian belief in the resurrection.  Flew praises Wright, though he maintains some distance still from orthodox Christianity.”It’s good N.T. Wright has added a Christian apologetic to this book.  He made a good impression with his inputs to the new film The Case for Christ (09/16/2007).  Rejection of atheism is only a halfway house; we hope Flew considers the same evidence that convinced Lee Strobel.  Having a sincere friend like Gary Habermas is probably helping.    The significance of this book is not that everything Flew says will be agreeable to Christians, but that it illustrates the power of the evidence for design.  Antony Flew, an influential atheist for over 50 years, retained enough intellectual integrity to follow the evidence where it leads.  This is especially courageous after publishing the opposite view for so long.  It is extremely rare for someone to retract an opinion after they have published it – not just an error, but a deeply held belief.  The argument for design convinced Dean Kenyon to do so, and now Antony Flew.    We hope fair-minded atheist readers will take this opportunity to consider the evidence these two men found powerful enough to make them swallow their pride and switch sides.  How about starting with Lee Strobel’s film The Case for a Creator, followed by The Case for Christ.  Drop by these pages regularly, too.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Three in a row for McGregor in Drak

first_img23 January 2012Hank McGregor paddled his way into the history books on Sunday by becoming the first canoeist to win three back-to-back K1 titles in the Drakensberg Challenge, one of South Africa’s premier canoeing marathons.The two-day event takes place annually from Castleburn, near Underberg in the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg, to Early Mist Farm, not far from the Coleford Eco Estate and Lodge.McGregor held off a spirited challenge from Len Jenkins, with whom he will team up in The Unlimited Dusi, while Robyn Kime finally bagged the women’s title that had seemed fated to elude her.McGregor and Jenkins raced the majority of the 70km of the race side by side, until world marathon champ McGregor powered his way to the front on the final corner to claim his third victory in as many years at the event.A colossal battleThe duo finished the first stage together, with the tussle resumed on day two, and it wasn’t long before things turned to into a colossal battle with neither willing to give an inch on the water nor, the slightest of psychological advantages.With strong rains having arrived on Saturday afternoon and continued throughout the night, the mighty Umzimkulu River rose to the occasion and provided the perfect setting for the spectacle which developed between some of the country’s top river paddlers.“It was just superb out there today! It’s always great to win the Drak, especially with it being the first major race of the season, so I’m really chuffed with the good start to the year, and to have become the first person ever to have won three titles in a row in a K1,” said McGregor.“Len (Jenkins) and I had a great race and spent a lot of time together on the water.‘Really chuffed’“I always thought it would come down to an end sprint, so I just tried to keep my nose in front as much as I could today, and then, fortunately, I managed to get the jump on him over the last bit and get home first, which I’m really chuffed about,” he added.Judging by the pair’s performance in the Drak Challenge, they’re going to be tough to beat in The Unlimited Dusi.“Len’s a phenomenal competitor and it was great to be able to battle it out with him for the past two days. It was great to paddle through the valley with some company today and we definitely push each other throughout,” McGregor said.“We’re both in great shape and this weekend just reinforced how strong our paddling is at the moment, and it was a huge confidence for us to have finished first and second.“It just shows how similar our standard is and hopefully that can lead to good things at the Dusi.”Second step on the podiumHaving dropped Jenkins on the compulsory portage at Mineshaft Weir, McGregor then held the lead for 30 minutes before Jenkins managed to claw his way back at the leader. It just wasn’t enough and last year’s runner-up once again had to settle for the second step on the podium.“I couldn’t have hoped for too much coming into this race. I’ve been doing loads of running recently and Hank just had a really good one today, so I’m not too disappointed,” said Jenkins.“Hank put in a little further down than I did after the portage and he managed to get ahead. I then managed to close the gap and tried to take it away at the end. but I was in the wrong position coming into the end sprint,” he added.“We’re both feeling good at the moment, though, so hopefully now we can just have a good Dusi together.”Stormer of a second dayHaving suffered in low conditions on the opening day, Team Best 4 Kayak Centre’s Grant van der Walt had a stormer of a second day. After starting in fifth position, he powered his way to third place overall and in the process broke his own day two record time.“I had a really had a bad day yesterday, but the water was just perfect for me today. I did my best not to worry too much about the guys behind me and just tried to focus on catching the guys in front of me,” said van der Walt.“I knew there was no point in trying to just finish third, so I went out there trying to catch Hank and Len and I just put my head down and went for it.“I managed to catch Ant (Stott) and then my brother (Brandon van der Walt), but the top two were just too strong,” he added.Kime’s first winBrandon van der Walt crossed the line shortly after his older brother and completed another excellent day for the newly formed Team Best 4 Kayak Cent. They claimed all four top positions in the men’s race before leading lady and fellow team member Robyn Kime claimed her first Drak victory.Kime, after starting the day with a lead of over seven minutes, set her about her business early on and stretched her lead over her nearest rival by a further minute to finally broke her Drak hoodoo which had seen her finish second for the past three years.“It’s always really great to win a race for the first time and the Drak is one of my favourite races, so to have won today really is fantastic!” said Kime. “Hopefully it is a sign of things to come this year.‘Everything went so smoothly’“Everything went so smoothly for me today. I didn’t make any mistakes, which was great, and it was nice to be able to race against and work with the men.“The guys work really hard and put in some really tough intervals over the flats, so I certainly had to work a lot harder than usual, but it was nice for things to be competitive and I definitely think I went a lot faster.”One of the performances of the day belonged to women’s defending champ Abby Adie, another member of the powerful Team Best 4 Kayak Centre outfit. She managed to lift herself after a disappointing first day and work her way into a solid second place behind Kime.‘A great start’“I had a great start today and just worked with the guys around me early, which helped me catch Abbey (Ulansky) at the first weir,” said Adie.“Once I caught Jen (Hodson), I just tried to race my own race and, besides a stupid swim right at the very end, which fortunately didn’t cost me anything, I was very happy with how everything went.“Yesterday was very disappointing,” she continued, “but at the start of the weekend I was hoping for a podium finish, so I’m still very happy.”In the junior boys’ section it was Emile Theunissen from Gauteng who managed to get ahead of KZN-based Murray Starr and Murray Haw, whilst in the junior girls’ it was Brittany Petersen who claimed the victory ahead of Jordan Peek and Bianca Haw.RESULTSMenHank McGregor 3:56.11Len Jenkins 3:56.22Grant van der Walt (u23) 3:58.21Brandon van der Walt (u23) 3:59.26Greg Louw 4:06.17Ant Stott 4:06.18Shaun Griffin 4:06.27Jacques Theron 4:08.45Jeffrey Smith 4:08.46Andrew Birkett (u23) 4:11.06WomenRobyn Kime (u23) 4:19.05Abby Adie (u23) 4:28.40Jen Hodson 4:30.30Abbey Ulansky 4:36.13Brittany Petersen (u18) 4:41.47SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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