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first_imgBELGRADE, Serbia (AP): Novak Djokovic says Grand Slam trophies and the No. 1 ranking are no longer his priorities. The top-ranked Serb, who has won 12 major titles, said, after a light training session in Belgrade yesterday, that he felt emotionally drained after winning the French Open in June for his first Grand Slam on clay. He became only the third man to win all four major tournaments in a row, something last done almost 50 years ago. “I psychologically felt huge pressure, and now I’m no longer thinking about the number of titles. If they come, super! I will accept them,” Djokovic said. “After all, tennis is not the only thing in the world.” He had a poor midseason, losing early at Wimbledon and the Olympics, and was undone in the US Open final. He has reportedly had physical and personal issues, which reflected on his recent results. Djokovic said he will “sit and talk” with his coach, Boris Becker, about their future cooperation. The German has helped Djokovic win seven Grand Slam titles. “I’m happy with the cooperation … . He helped me a lot,” Djokovic said. He withdrew from the China Open next week because of an elbow injury. He said he expects to play at the Shanghai Masters from October 10. Djokovic said the “micro injury” hampered his serve during the US Open, where he was stopped in the final by Stanislas Wawrinka.last_img read more


first_imgDAY6 is for everybody 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES MOST READ How to help the Taal evacuees In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidecenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene FC Meralco Manila gave Phil and James Younghusband a rude homecoming last Saturday at Rizal Memorial Coliseum, posting a 2-0 victory over the Davao Aguilas that extended the Sparks’ lead at the top of the Philippines Football League to six points.Goals from Tahj Minniecon and Jake Morallo lifted the Sparks to 44 points for the season, while leaving the Aguilas winless in 17 matches, despite a massive roster buildup during the transfer window that saw them acquire the Younghusband brothers, who faced their former team for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Minniecon struck from close range in the 53rd minute, scoring from the edge of the area after skipping past a couple of challenges, before Morallo sealed the win with a firm header past Marko Trkulja six minutes from time.Kaya moved to within six points off the Sparks after a 4-0 spanking of Stallion Laguna at University of Makati Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog Fernando, Paz seize underbone, scooter top spots Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more


first_imgBernadeth Pons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBernadeth Pons returned to propel Far Eastern University past Adamson, 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-18, and into the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Finals Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The fifth-year outside hitter racked up 15 points, 12 coming from attacks, two blocks, and a service ace to remind the Lady Tamaraws have been missing for the past four games.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? The Lady Tamaraws broke loose from a close 15-14 affair in Set 4 as their superb attacking got the better of the Lady Falcons to finish off the job.“I told my players that the fight will boil down on one’s desire to win. Their character and their heart will be tested here because when it comes to skill level, it’s all even,” added Pascua. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “We won because of Pons,” said FEU coach George Pascua as FEU braces for National University in the best-of-three Finals starting on Wednesday.Czarina Grace Carandang topped with 16 markers, 13 from kills and three blocks, while Toni Rose Basas had 10 in the victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog Christine Joy Soyud led Adamson with 16 points, all coming from hits, while Chiara May Permentilla added 10 in the losing effort.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments UAAP Starting 5: Week 5 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more


first_imgBea De Leon was stellar for Ateneo in the fourth set scoring three straight points to give the Lady Eagles a 19-14 lead after NU threatened to cut the deficit with a 6-1 run to get to as close as 15-14.Not done with showing her clutch genes, De Leon scored on another quick kill for the Lady Eagles’ 21-16 lead.An NU error put Ateneo at the 24-17 match point before Deanna Wong tossed over the winning point.Lady Eagles head coach Oliver Almadro said even though they’re atop the standings after the first round he knows that the second round is another landscape.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rockets survive last-place Suns as James Harden drops 41 Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief 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 The Lady Eagles ended the first round atop the standings with a 6-1 record while the Lady Bulldogs dropped to 2-5 after losing two of their last three games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES MOST READ “The first round is really a tough one for us and we really learned a lot from here and I’m telling the players that going into the second round is a lot tougher,” said Almadro. “It won’t be easy for us going into the second round.”Maddie Madayag led Ateneo’s offense with 17 points with De Leon adding in 13 while Ponggay Gaston and Kat Tolentino pitching in 10 points apiece.Princess Robles had a game-high 18 points for the Lady Bulldogs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo shrugged off a first set defeat and recovered to take down National University,  23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17 for its sixth straight win in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgThe United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Global Water Coordinator has disclosed that over 800,000,000 people worldwide live without potable water.Chris Holmes, the Coordinator of USAID based in Washington D.C., USA, made the statement last week in the port city of Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount County.The USAID’s top water official made the disclosure of the staggering figure on the second leg of an assessment tour of water infrastructure facilities in the country.The American water expert also detailed that 2.5 billion people globally do not have access to adequate sanitation.“Being based in Washington, I always valued the chance to come out and see water works in countries around the world,” Mr. Holmes explained.“During my visits to Monrovia, Gbarnga and Robertsport last week, I came to appreciate the formidable challenges Liberia faces in expanding access to clean drinking water for its citizens. I also became aware of the tremendous opportunities before you as you rebuild and strengthen the country’s water and sanitation infrastructure,” Mr. Holmes noted.He also intimated that USAID has a proud history of supporting the government and people of Liberia.Coordinator Holmes explained that in 2013 alone, some 47,124 people throughout Liberia gained access to an improved water supply with support from USAID.“Ensuring long-term sustainability of water and sanitation infrastructure is USAID’s global strategy,” Coordinator Holmes assured.“I therefore want to recognize the important contribution of the Local Steering Committee (LSC) in working with the Water and Sewer Corporation to help operate the system,” Coordinator Holmes praised.The USAID Global Water Coordinator pointed out that the ground-breaking ceremony was indeed a testament to the LSC’s hard work and continued dedication.Coordinator Holmes also reminded the Robertsport’s LSC’s staff that they have an opportunity to establish a model for other Liberian towns. He said they have the potential to help develop a water system that would be sustainable and accountable to its customers.In closing, Coordinator Holmes expressed his pleasure the U.S. Government has been able to support the Robertsport’s water project and future renovations of municipal water systems in Voinjama and Sanniquellie in Lofa and Bong Counties respectively.It has been over two decades since clean drinking water flowed through pipes in the seaside city of Robersport, Grand Cape Mount County.Shortly after the Liberian civil conflict began in 1989, piped water in Robertsport and other county capitals infrastructure fell into disrepair, leaving residents to rely on shallow wells subject to contamination due to proximity to latrines (Toilets).As a result, residents of this former tourist hotspot have endured water-borne diseases and bleak economic prospects as a result of little or no access to safe drinking water.In a brief statement, the Chief of Party for the Liberia Municipal Water Project, Mr. Alione Fall, assured Liberians that the LMWP would ensure that projects in Voinjama and Sanniquellie would be complemented as stipulated in the time frame.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgFormer Deputy Solicitor General Prithima Kissoon WilliamsActing Chief Justice (CJ) Roxanne George has ordered that the Legal Affairs Ministry pay former Deputy Solicitor General Prithima Kissoon all monies owed to her, ruling that the Ministry’s decision to withhold her salaries was whimsical and an abuse of power.Kissoon took the State to court after the Attorney General Chambers decided to withhold her salary when she went overseas while on administrative leave. The Ministry had claimed that this was because she left the country without permission.At the time, the Public Service Commission (PSC) was reportedly investigating Kissoon for conduct while she served as the Deputy Solicitor General. According to Kissoon’s lawyer Nigel Hughes, the PSC never instructed that her salary be placed on hold.“The PS (Permanent Secretary) of the MOLA (Ministry of Legal Affairs) wrote to Ms Kissoon’s attorney advising him that her salary had been withheld because she had left the country without permission and that ‘on the directive of the Attorney General’s Chambers, [she] was advised and instructed that her salary be withheld with immediate effect pending the course of disciplinary action by the Public Service Commission,’ no investigation was ever conducted,” law firm Hughes, Fields & Stoby stated on Saturday.According the law firm, upon her return, Kissoon was summoned by the Public Service Commission to attend a meeting with the PSC. Kissoon attended the meeting with her Attorney, Nigel Hughes, who enquired at the meeting about why her salary was withheld and the commissioners present denied issuing such a directive.In her ruling, Justice George noted that the Permanent Secretary of the Legal Affairs Ministry overreached and exceeded authority by withholding Kissoon’s salary. Justice George pointed out in her ruling that it was the PSC that had sent Kissoon on administrative leave and thus, the Permanent Secretary could not usurp the Commission’s role in handing out punitive measures.“Indeed, the letter inviting the applicant to meet with the PSC did not say in relation to what the meeting was about. This is especially relevant as the circumstances of this case disclose that the PSC was dealing with more than one issue as regards the applicant – the allegations by the AG against her regarding her work, the complaint that she made against the AG, and the issue of her leaving the country without permission,” the ruling states.The Chief Justice also found that Kissoon’s fundamental right to her property was violated. The Court also noted that the AG Chamber’s advice to the Permanent Secretary to withhold Kissoon’s salary seemed to be aimed at punishing her. Besides Kissoon’s salary, the Chief justice also ordered the Permanent Secretary to pay costs in the sum of $500,000.Controversy at AG’s ChambersKissoon was dismissed as Deputy Solicitor General in 2017, after a Public Service Commission inquiry into the complaints against her. Last year, the High Court dismissed her attempts to overturn the commission’s decision. She has since filed proceedings in the Court of Appeal.The incident arose with Attorney General Basil Williams, with accusations being traded against each other. The AG had launched a probe into cases which Deputy Solicitor General Kissoon was involved in, following by the Court of Appeal, dismissing a State-sponsored appeal against a High Court decision that quashed a private criminal charge against Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo.The Appeal Court ruled that the appeal was null after Kissoon had conceded to a claim by Jagdeo’s lawyer that the Attorney General was not a proper party to the proceeding. Williams had since blamed Kissoon for the outcome of the case.However, although he has blamed Kissoon for the loss, Solicitor General Sita Ramlall, in a letter to the editor, had pointed out that Williams had insisted to Kissoon and herself that he be named as the plaintiff in the appeal when he was not a party.For her part, Kissoon has made public several accusations, including that she was harassed, verbally abused and prevented from carrying out her duties, all in an effort to oust her from her position. Kissoon had served as Deputy Solicitor General under the previous administration.last_img read more


first_imgPaddy Walsh continues his brilliant sports column in a week of GAA heartache, soccer ambition and Ryder Cup …… well you get the picture. It’s a sports column! Take it away Paddy.Paddy WalshA KICK OF THE BALL Some effort when you think about it. An All-Ireland Final between Donegal and Kerry and your kick-out somehow finds a Tyrone man. What were the odds on that?Not that big Kieran Donaghy – Omagh born but raised (and, boy, can he rise) in the Kingdom – was thinking of placing any money on it. No, placing the ball in the Donegal net was all he had in mind and he duly did. And from that moment on, the hopes of a repeat of 2012 and 1992 faded even if they ignited again in that hectic finale when a barnstorming run from – who else? – Michael Murphy set up substitute Patrick McBrearty only for his shot to be parried away by Kerry ‘keeper Brian Kelly. And still both Donegal and Kerry hearts were in mouths as a diving Colm McFadden got his palm to the ball and watched it pop off the post before finally being hacked to safety and out of the reach of a potential replay.Dream over. But no fingers of blame to be pointed, least of all at the luckless Paul Durkan, without whom we wouldn’t have been there in the first place, his heroics between the uprights in the Championship run-in, a lesson to all aspiring goalkeepers.Many tears shed – largely by the players themselves – in the Diamond in Donegal Town during Monday night’s homecoming attended by up to six thousand fans who can truly call themselves supporters for turning out in such numbers to hail the efforts of both Seniors and Minors. But those same Seniors were jewels in the crown back in 2012 and while some of them may be slipping into club football without the regime of the inter-county game to occupy their every waking moments, the others will be back with as much commitment as ever to earn another crack at the ultimate honour. And they’ll be joined, have no doubt, by some of the Minor team who went close to wrestling the Tommy Markham cup from Kerry hands.In many ways – perhaps in every way – the forerunner to the Senior game was a much better offering in terms of entertainment and skill value and while the greatest of optimists among us could never a few short months ago have foreseen two Donegal teams contesting an All-Ireland Final, it was bizarrely unfortunate that the outstanding achievements of Declan Bonner’s Minors were overshadowed to some extent by the Seniors advance into the third Sunday in September.TRAINING DAYSMichael Murphy bends over backwards for the Donegal cause. Pic by Brid Sweeney.One statistic stands out in all the figures bandied about in the build-up and post match analysis. A statistic that outlines more than any the debt this county and its sport passionate population owes to those footballers who wore the jersey at Croke Park.Jim McGuinness underlined it when he addressed the homecoming reception and revealed that his players had embarked on 128 training sessions to reach the All-Ireland Final. Count it up in your head – close to 130 gruelling run-outs as they primed and prepared for last Sunday in the weeks and months leading up to it. And most of them back at their regular work-stations the following morning.Have a good belly laugh the next time you hear a Premiership footballer or manager harping on about being forced to play a match or two a week and pocketing around 200,000 sterling for the privilege. And let’s hope our own footballers will be back for another homecoming next year with a better outcome and the same management team in place.Your county needs you, Jim McGuinness, and, equally significantly, you must surely need to prove you’re not simply the manager who led his charges to just one All-Ireland title when you know there are a few more in you.PRESIDENTIAL SUITHigh up in the Davin Stand – even trees near Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney don’t grow to this height though you can still, apparently, get a decent view of Kerry footballers from them – I, and thousands of others, are watching a dream die. And here beside me, sharing the anguish and those moments of hope that every so often a Donegal attack would bring, two friendly faces in the guise of Mary McGonagle and Maire Matthews from Carndonagh.Originally from Carrick-on-Shannon, Maire has been resident in the Inishowen town for the past thirty-years, more than enough time there to consider her a local and therefore entitled to wear the Donegal colours which she does with no disguised pride.“Okay, I’m a Leitrim born woman but this is the closest to an All-Ireland Final, I’ll ever get,” she laughs, producing a well worn Donegal cap that bears the legend ‘Ulster Champions and All-Ireland Finalists, 1992’. More proof there of her affiliations to her adopted county and three sons somewhere else in the Croke Park to help back the claim.On comes the President, Michael D. Higgins, for the pre-match rituals and introductions.“He’s wearing the same suit he wore in Carndonagh last week,” Mary declares.Is he really? “I’m certain he is – I’d recognise it anywhere.”How he thought he’d get away with it and the half of Carndonagh there, we’ll never know.Aye, the craic was good in the Davin Stand but what would it have been like had we taken home a trophy or two?CAPITAL RETURNOkay, get those flags out. And drape the bunting on every available lamppost and light standard. And get spray-painting those cows and cars. Another Donegal trip to Dublin on the near horizon and another trophy lined up for the potential winning.Not green and gold this time – come on people, time to take them down – but blue and white. For the Harps are heading to Inchicore and a date with St Patrick’s Athletic in the F.A.I. Cup Semi-Final on October 5th.Naturally the pundits have been quick to dismiss Ollie Horgan and his team with all three panellists on Monday night’s edition of ‘Soccer Republic’ on R.T.E. previewing a Final involving St. Pat’s and Shamrock Rovers while passing lightly over the little matter of the semi-finals. Incidentally wasn’t it all neatly convenient for the national broadcaster given that it won’t have to step out of the capital to provide live television coverage of the respective fixtures on Sunday week?Meanwhile, I spotted Ollie making his way to Croke Park last weekend to cheer on his adopted county, Perhaps, Jim could drop into Richmond Park in return and offer some of his masterful psychology before the kick-off?RYDER DRIVERRory McIlroyRyder Cup latest: According to the sports bulletins, Rory McIlroy is pondering on whether or not change his driver for this weekend’s tournament.Can’t he just walk the course like the rest of them?WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY – THE DONEGAL DAILY SPORTS COLUMN was last modified: September 23rd, 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:GAAPaddy Walshsoccersports columnWalshy on Wednedaylast_img read more


first_img at Valparaiso 3/3/2018 – 3 PM Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live PDF Box Score Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) made her second career start and finished with nine points. Greiner knocked down three three-pointers. The Bulldogs made 16 three-pointers as a team as four players made at least two and Dean tied her career-high with five. Drake made 37 field goals and tallied 31 assists as every player recorded at least one assist. Bachrodt handed out six while Greiner and Hittner each dished out five. As a team, Drake nabbed a season-high 18 steals. Preview CHICAGO – The Drake University women’s basketball team erased a three-point deficit at the start of the second quarter against Loyola University Thursday night and cruised to a 97-53 victory at Gentile Arena. The Bulldogs went on impressive 49-7 scoring run from the start of the second quarter to the first media timeout of the third quarter. Drake, which is already the only Valley team to go undefeated in regular season play after last year’s 18-0 run, is one win away from doing it for the second-straight season. The Bulldogs own the longest Gateway/MVC era regular season winning streak and Friday’s win in the Windy City is the 39th-straight MVC regular season win. Drake came out on fire in the second period making five three-pointers before the media timeout, including four-straight as Greiner hit two in that span. The team made a season-high for three-pointers in a quarter with nine. The Bulldogs roared back to lead 35-26 at the media break. They didn’t let up ripping off a 16-4 run to end the period and hold a 51-30 halftime lead. Four Bulldogs (Bachrodt, Dean, Greiner and Hittner) each made two three-pointers while Miller and Rhine each hit one. It is the second-consecutive game Drake tallied 51 points in the opening two quarters. Next Game: Loyola led 23-20 at the end of the first quarter behind stellar shooting of 62.5 percent. The Bulldogs battled turnovers leading to seven points for the Ramblers. Loyola led by as many as 10 points at one time in the opening quarter. Jessica Cerda scored a team-high 17 points for Loyola (7-21, 5-12 MVC). Tiara Wallace added 11 points.  Story Links HTML Box Score Full Schedule Roster Drake (22-7, 17-0 MVC) had five score in double figures led by Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) who poured in a game-high 25 points, including 23 after the first quarter. The 25 points for Hittner are the most for the sophomore in a Valley game. Joining Hittner in double-digits was Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) with 17 points, Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) had 15 points, Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) added 11 points and Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) scored 10 points. Dean, Miller and Rhine helped the Bulldogs’ bench outscore the Ramblers’, 45-10. In the second quarter, Drake ramped up the defensive pressure forcing 10 Ramblers’ turnovers and holding Loyola to just seven points and 30.0 percent shooting. Following Thursday’s game, Drake closes the regular season at Valparaiso Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. The contest with the newest member of the MVC is scheduled for 3 p.m. and will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgEureka >> Every time TJ Campbell stepped onto Crusader Field for practice, it was with the 2017 season in mind.It was about getting ready for the year in which he knew the keys to the St. Bernard’s offense would be his.That meant, as he patiently waited for his chance as a sophomore and a junior, being as much of a human sponge as he possibly could have been.“It’s just all mental preparation,” Campbell said. “I would just try to make the most out of each practice and try to learn the offense …last_img


first_img22 January 2014South Africa’s Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour is included in the top 10 cycle routes in the National Geographic Book “Journey of a Lifetime – 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips”.Compiled from the favourite trips of National Geographic’s travel writers, the book presents a wide variety of experiences, using many different modes of transport, on every continent of the world.It includes 22 top 10 lists, which also include top 10 bridges to walk across, trolley rides, ancient highways and underground walking adventures.Stunning photographyIn typical National Geographic fashion, the book features stunning photography, first-class writing, expert advice and full colour mapsThe Argus, as it is known, is the world’s largest individually timed cycling race. It is 109 kilometres in length and runs around Cape Point, making for an extremely beautiful and challenging event, with amazing scenery and views. It draws about 35 000 entrants.Traditionally, the Argus takes place on the second Sunday of March and race day begins at six o’clock in the morning in the Cape Town city centre with the first of the massive field setting off for the finish next to the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.Lifecycle WeekThe Argus is preceded by a number of other events, which together make up Lifecycle Week. In 2014, these include the Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB Challenge, with the short route competition taking place on 1 March and the long route challenge following on 2 March. Both events will be hosted by the Le Bonheur Wine Estate in the Simonsberg, just outside of Stellenbosch.The Cape Argus Lifecycle Expo and Cycle Tour Registration runs from 6 to 8 March at the Good Hope Centre in Cape Town. Also on 8 March, the day before the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, children get an opportunity to try their hand over much shorter distances in the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Tricycle & Junior Tour, which will be hosted at the Youngsfield Military Base in Wynberg.Top 10 routesThe other top 10 cycle routes in the book include Gran Fondo Campagnolo in Italy; Luchon to Bayonne in France; Route du Comte Jean, which takes place in Belgium and France; Land’s End to John O’Groats, which covers the length of Britain; La Route Verte in Canada; the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route, which starts in the USA and finishes in Canada; Ruta Austral in Chile; the Munda Biddi Trail in Australia; and Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.last_img read more