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first_imgChampions elect? Manchester City are 1/8 to win their first title in 44 years when they entertain QPR, who are 2/1 at BetVictor to be relegated to the Championship on Sunday.Bolton, who need to win if they are to have any chance of staying up, are 19/10 to win at Stoke and that is likely to be enough as few give the Hoops any chance of halting the City charge at the Etihad.14/1 to score the opener.Or can they? Rangers are 18/1 at BetVictor to gain a shock win with Lord Frodsham aka Djibril Cisse 14/1 to score the opener.Yaya Toure was simply irresistible against Newcastle last weekend and is 5/1 to score the opener on Sunday.We make City our 13/8 favourites to win next season’s title and many believe we will see the start of a City dynasty to replace that of neighbours United on Sunday – but we’re not convinced.FA Cup winners Chelsea are 1/3 to finish their domestic season on a high and they should have too much for a Blackburn side who were relegated earlier in the week.Fulham travel to White Hart Lane and are 8/1 to finish their long season with a bang.Sunday is the only day of the Premier League season when all 20 teams kick off at the same time. We have markets on the highest scoring game and which team will score first and, sorry Hoops fans, make Manchester City our 13/2 favourite to calm the nerves at the Etihad with Chelsea 8/1 and Spurs and United at 19/2.City are 2/1 to be the highest scoring team on the final day and we have an enhanced acca of 9/2 for the final day ‘good things’ Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, City and United to all oblige.We have a sensational offer for the forthcoming Euro 2012 tournament: place a bet on the outright market and if holders and world champions Spain retain their European crown in Kiev on 1 July we will refund losing bets up to £50.Thus if you fancy Germany, Holland or – don’t laugh – England, we will refund your losing stake if Spain continue their recent monopoly of major tournaments.This offer is backdated and lasts until the first ball is kicked in Warsaw when the hosts Poland meet Greece on 8 June.For all your weekend odds check out betvictor.comFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgMandy Ramdsen at the top of the world. Mandy RamsdenMEDIA CONTACTS• Adventure Consultants+64 3 443 [email protected] from US: 1 866 757 8722RELATED ARTICLES• SA woman goes for Seven Summits• The adventure starts here• Wartrail – a winter wonderland• Hiking the dragon’s back• The Tour de Kruger – a wild rideFiona McIntoshAt 07h45 on 22 May 2010, Mandy Ramsden was on top of the world. Literally. The South African mountaineer had just reached the 8 848-metre summit of Mount Everest. And she had plenty to be excited about. Not only is she now the second South African woman to climb Everest, she is also the first South African – indeed, African – woman to have climbed the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on each of the world’s seven continents.The first South African woman to climb Everest was Cathy O’Dowd, who reached the top on Ian Woodall’s controversial first South African Everest expedition in 1996, during which cameraman Bruce Herrod died. O’Dowd went on to climb Everest from the north side in 1999, becoming the first woman in the world to summit from both sides.Ramsden, a Zimbabwe-born single mother of four, has been working to claim the Seven Summits for five years. Since conquering Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro in 2006, she has ticked off Mount Elbrus in Europe (2006), Aconcagua in South America (2006), Carstenz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya) in Australasia/Oceania 2007, Denali (Mount McKinley) in North America (2008), Vinson Massif in Antarctica (2009) and now the Big E.A perfect summitEverything went perfectly for the Adventure Consultants team, led by veteran New Zealand guide Mike Roberts and made up of Ramsden, fellow South African Tony Hampson-Tindale and Irishman James Haydock. After a stay down the valley in the village of Periche, enjoying the oxygen-rich air of the lower altitude and recovering from their acclimatisation programme, the team moved back to base camp on 11 May.Waiting for the weather window that would allow them to start the climb, the team focused on their preparation, visualising the climb ahead, fitting and testing their oxygen masks and regulators, familiarising themselves with the process of changing oxygen bottles, and experimenting with various combinations of headgear and warm clothing. Finally, on 19 May, they got the green light and made their way up through the Khumbu Icefall for the last time.On 21 May the team arrived at their final camp on the South Col, at 7 935 metres less than a thousand metres short of the summit. After a few hours rest and rehydration Ramsden and team leader Roberts left the South Col at 22h00. Although it was snowing lightly they could see the stars above – conditions looked good.They radioed in at the Balcony, roughly the half-way point in terms of height gain, and then made their way along the snowy southeast ridge to the South Summit Rocks, reaching the South Summit as dawn was breaking. After changing their oxygen bottles they were ready for the final push. At 06h00 the first team member, James Haydock, stood on the summit. Roberts and Ramsden, accompanied by Pemba Choti, on his sixth summit and Passang Bhote, on his third, topped out just under two hours later.Record-breakersOn the summit with them was another new record holder: Jordan Romero, a 13-year-old American from Big Bear, California, and the youngest to ever climb Everest. Romera, climbing with his father and three sherpa guides, climbed the mountain’s northeast ridge from Tibet because China has no age restrictions for Everest climbers. Those attempting to climb the south side from Nepal must be a minimum of 16 years old. The previous record for the youngest summiteer was held by Temba Tshering of Nepal, who summited at the age of 16 in 2001.After the obligatory photo shots in her South African-made Cape Storm ASR high altitude down suit, Ramsden and the rest of the Adventure Consultants team returned to the South Col for the night, before descending to Camp 2 the next day. They awoke to falling snow the next morning but, undeterred, were the first team to leave camp and begin the strenuous task of trail-breaking down to base camp. They are all now safely back at the camp, refreshed, clean, well fed – and celebrating.South Africans on the mountainIt was a good climbing season for South African mountaineers on Everest. A day after Ramsden stood on the world’s highest peak, five members of the South African Adventure Dynamics team, and team leader Sean Disney, summited from Everest’s north side. It was a particularly poignant occasion for Disney and team member Vaughan de la Harpe, both also Seven Summiteers – exactly four years ago they summited Everest from the south side.Three climbers from the Adventures Global team, led by South African Ronnie Muhl and comprising both South Africans and Australians, summited on 23 May with two more reaching the top on the 24th. Muhl himself, who had climbed Everest from the north side in 2007, decided to turn back before the summit.To date 424 climbers have summited Everest in 2010, with two fatalities. A new record for the number of ascents was set by the 50-year-old Apa Sherpa, leader of Eco Everest Expedition 2010, who now has 20 summits under his belt.How high is Mount Everest?China and Nepal have finally agreed that the height of world’s highest mountain is 8 848 metres – the height of its summit snows. The Chinese previously argued that it should be measured by its rock height, 8 844 metres.That said, the mountain is growing taller all the time, thanks to the collision of tectonic plates, so they might both be wrong. In May 1999 an American team used GPS technology to record a height of 8 850 metres. This figure is now used by the US National Geographic Society, although it has not been officially accepted by Nepal.last_img read more

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma will on Sunday, 22 May 2016, officiate at the National Day of Prayer at Absa Stadium in DurbanThe prayers will be for, amongst other things, successful and peaceful 2016 Local Government Elections as well as for the further consolidation of democracy.On the day of the prayer service, leaders of religious and civil society formations will join government in praying also for national unity, social cohesion as well as for rain and the promotion of water conservation under the persistent drought conditions.The event will further observe Africa Month which was launched on 03 May 2016 at the Cradle of the Humankind in Mogale City by the Department of Arts and Culture. From last year, government decided to organise activities in May to mark Africa Month, to promote unity, cohesion and prosperity in the African continent.The 2016 celebrations will be held under the theme; “Building a Better Africa and a Better World” and the sub-theme: “There shall be Peace and Friendship”.The Africa Month activities, which will be implemented by various government departments and provinces, will showcase and promote African renewal and renaissance, arts and culture, economic development in the continent as well as African sports and recreation.This year’s celebrations will also reflect on tragic events of last year in parts of Durban and Johannesburg where some foreign nationals, especially those from the African continent, were tragically attacked.The prayer service will further promote unity and peaceful co-existence and encourage communities to continue fighting xenophobia, racism and any form of intolerance.Members of the media are invited to cover the event as follows:Date: Sunday, 22 May 2016Time: 09h00Venue: ABSA Stadium (Kings Park), DurbanWe wish to request media covering the event to please send their details to Professor Ndawonde on [email protected] or [email protected] or 079 891 2782.Enquiries: Dr Bongani Ngqulunga on 082 308 9373 or [email protected] by: The PresidencyPretoriaWebsite: www.thepresidency.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A U.S. District Court this week dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Humane Society of the United States and other activist groups against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, alleging the agency would not regulate confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs).The groups requested in 2009 that EPA begin rulemaking under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to regulate air emissions from CAFOs. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit threw out the case because the plaintiffs didn’t give EPA 180-days’ notice of their intent to sue, which is required by the CAA. In 2006, nearly 1,900 pork producers and other livestock and poultry farmers entered into a series of legally binding consent agreements with EPA, settling what the agency believed were issues with air emissions associated with livestock production.Part of the agreements was a study of emissions from farms. Purdue University conducted the study and gave the data to EPA, which has been reviewing it and working to develop a tool producers can use to estimate air emissions. That process was impeded by the same activist groups that brought the lawsuit when they opposed efforts by the livestock industry to help set up a science advisory panel of experts in animal systems to assist with EPA’s effort. The agency’s existing science advisory board issued findings on the emissions data in 2013, saying they were “unreliable.” HSUS indicated it would refile the lawsuit after providing the 180 days’ notice.last_img read more