Leipheimer retains his lead

first_imgPHOTO GALLERIES: Tour | Tour, 2 | Family Ride Argentina’s Juan Jose Haedo won Saturday’s sixth stage of the Amgen Tour of California, but American Levi Leipheimer retained the overall lead with one day left. Leipheimer finished 25th in the main group and maintained his 21-second margin over CSC’s Jens Voigt of Germany. The Discovery Channel rider has led the race since winning the prologue last Sunday in San Francisco. “The other teams came out to crack the race leader,” Leipheimer said. “That’s expected. I’ve been on the other side of that before, so I know what it’s like. But there’s a reason why this team has won seven Tours de France. It knows what it’s doing.” Leipheimer was nearly involved in a crash about 5 miles into the stage when two of his teammates collided and went down just in front of him. He also lost his race lead during the stage to CSC rider Stuart O’Grady of Australia, who rode in a breakaway group of seven riders that gained a 2 -minute advantage. O’Grady began the day trailing by 1:20. But the lead group was caught about halfway through the last of three 3.5-mile finishing circuits. The 639.2-mile race concludes today in Long Beach with a 77.5-mile circuit race. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Haedo emerged from a large pack to win the 105.4-mile run from Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita in 3 hours, 56 minutes, 5seconds. The CSC rider also won the second stage Tuesday in Sacramento. T-Mobile rider Greg Henderson of New Zealand placed second by less than a bike length. Current world road champion Paolo Bettini of Italy, who rides for Quick-Step/Innergetic, was third in the same time. last_img read more

South Africa’s population grows by 7m

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma receiving the census 2011 report from statistician general Pali Lehohla. (Image: sanews.gov.za) Over the course of the census, fieldworkers knocked on 14.6-million doors across the country to collect information about every household in South Africa. (Image: Statistics South Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sivuyile Mangxamba   Statistics South Africa  +27 82 886 3707 RELATED ARTICLES • Zuma: better local government • Nedbank invests in water project • Zuma: SA to meet 2015 education goal • UJ Soweto university open for learning Wilma den HartighThe results from South Africa’s latest population census, conducted in October 2011, have been released. There are over seven million more people in the country, compared to the last census in 2001.Statistics South Africa revealed the third post-apartheid census – the results of which will provide the country’s policy makers with crucial information and inform social and economic development planning for the country. The population census is a total count of the country’s population and includes demographic, social and economic information about its citizens. Although a typical census is held every five years, Statistics South Africa, due to capacity issues, conducts the national census over 10 years. The numbersThe population has seen gradual growth since 1996, when it stood at 40.5-million, to 44.8-million in 2001, with the latest record stating that there were officially 51.7-million people living in South Africa in 2011.The country’s smallest province by area, Gauteng, has overtaken KwaZulu-Natal as the most populous, with 12.3-million people, while KwaZulu-Natal has 10.3-million. The Northern Cape, on the other hand is the largest province by area, but has the least inhabitants at 1.1-million. Gauteng is also the province with the fastest growing population, with the Western Cape coming in second place at a rate of 28.7%. Many improvementsAreas of development such as better access to basic services and higher enrolment and attendance figures at educational institutions are also highlighted in the census.Such improvements benefit citizens and show that living conditions, environmental and health standards are advancing. Access to running water, proper sanitation and electricity has improved for many South Africans over the past 15 years, while the number of households with flushing toilets connected to the sewerage system increased to 57% in 2011, from the 50% recorded in 2001. The controversial bucket system also saw a decrease in the number of users to 2.1% from 3.9% in 2001.The number of households with access to piped water was high in all but two of the nine provinces, the Eastern Cape and Limpopo, which had the lowest proportions.Gauteng recorded the highest of this statistic, with 89.4% of households now enjoying the service, followed by the Free State at 89.1% and the Western Cape at 88.4%.The 2011 census results also noted a stable increase in the percentage of households living in formal dwellings. Figures in this category increased from 65.1% in 1996 and 68.5% in 2001 to 77.6% in 2011.  Formal dwellings are described by Statistics South Africa as a structure built according to approved plans, such as a house on a separate stand, a flat, apartment, townhouse or room in a backyard. The percentage of households living in informal dwellings decreased from 16.4% in 2001 to 13.6% in 2011.Higher enrolment statsOver the past 15 years schools have enrolled an increasing number of pupils between the ages of five and 15, which points to an improvement in access to basic education. The age group between five and seven years showed the most progress in enrolment rates between 1996 and 2011.Enrolment among five-year-olds was 22.5% in the 1996 census, 45.6% at Census 2001 and the latest results show that this figure increased to 81.2%.Another improvement was in the age group between six and seven years. There is a notable decrease in the percentage of people with no schooling, from 19% in 1996 to 8.7% in 2011. The number of people who completed high school level education or higher increased from 23.4% in 1996, to 40.5% in 2011.The proportion of individuals aged 20, who have no schooling, halved from 19.1% in 1996 to 8.6% in 2011.last_img read more

Three arrested in Amarnath pilgrim attack case: Police

first_imgJammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday said three people, alleged conspirators in the July 10 attack on Amarnath pilgrims, have been arrested by its Special Investigation Team (SIT).The men provided logistical help to four Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) militants who carried out the attack that left eight people dead, IGP Munir Khan told the media here.The men, who had allegedly helped the four terrorists by providing them with vehicles and shelter, were arrested recently and taken into remand for further questioning, the police said.The police said the four LeT militants, led by Abu Ismail, a Pakistani national, had attempted an attack on Amarnath pilgrims on July 9, but were frustrated by heavy security arrangements.Another militant in the group of four had been identified as Yawar, a local recruiter for the LeT, the police said. Efforts are on to identify the other two, believed to be Pakistanis. The police also released pictures of Abu Ismail and Yawar.The the three “co-conspirators”— Bilal Ahmed Reshi, Aizaj Wagey and Zahoor Ahmed — had carried out reconnaissance exercises and chosen Botengo near Khanbal as the spot where the attack could be carried out, the police added.The trio had also provided shelter to the four militants in Khudwani and Sriguffwara of South Kashmir, Khan said. Bilal’s elder brother Adil, an alleged Lashker-e-Taiba terrorist, was killed by security forces earlier this year.The Jammu and Kashmir Police had constituted an SIT led by Deputy Inspector General (South Kashmir) Swayam Prakash Pani to probe the attack on the pilgrims.last_img read more

‘Disappointed’ Amit says Centeno deserves the gold

first_imgChezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit of the Philippines celebrate after winning gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition Sunday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — It was a heartbreaker for Rubilen Amit in the Southeast Asian Games women’s 9-ball final Sunday.“I asked God, if I lose, does it have to be this painful?,” said the 35-year-old in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games The two-time World 10-ball champion had two options for the 6-ball on the far end of the table in the 13th and last rack.“I went for the high percentage, mathematically it’s the best choice,” said Amit who pocketed on the corner from right side of the table. She had all the intention of preparing for the 8-ball in back of the table.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I felt that I hit it well. And then I saw it (mother ball) fall on the side pocket,” said Amit, who yelled along with the people watching the match at KLCC Function Hall 4.But she didn’t want to take away the glory from her 18-year-old opponent. Read Next PH wins bronze in sepak takraw men’s doubles SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “She deserves the gold medal. She came back from 2-5 and played steady,” said Amit. “But I can’t deny I was really disappointed. Give me the whole day to feel bad about it.”Amit said she’s preparing for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games next month. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid maintain watching brief for Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid maintain watching brief for Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabiaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are maintaining a watching brief on Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia.The former Castilla star is under consideration at Real as a 2019 signing, says AS.With 18 months left on his current deal, Sevilla find themselves in the position of needing to sell this year if they wish to make money from Sarabia’s departure.The 26 year-old’s deal carries an affordable €18m buyout clause.At Real, they see Sarabia as a natural successor for veteran midfield schemer Luka Modric – or as a replacement for Isco.And thanks to his time at Real, there would be a smooth transition as he is good friends with Dani Carvajal and Nacho. last_img read more

9 days agoNew York Red Bulls winger Josh Sims hopes for Southampton future

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say New York Red Bulls winger Josh Sims hopes for Southampton futureby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton loanee Josh Sims still wants a future at St Mary’s.Sims is hoping his loan spell in America with the New York Red Bulls won’t see him forgotten at Saints. He told the Daily Echo: “On paper, it seems a bit of a weird one but there was thought behind it,” revealed the academy lad.“With Ralph (Hasenhuttl), the manager at Southampton, being from a Red Bull team, the way he sort of sets up the team with tactics at Southampton is similar to this.“Southampton are very good. They watch all the games, they ask me how I’m getting on during the week. I’m not just sort of out of sight, out of mind. “That’s a big thing as well because I’m still a Southampton player so I don’t want to be forgotten about. I don’t feel forgotten about.” last_img read more

Preliminary report on Fort St Johns first homeless count released

first_imgAccording to the preliminary report, there were 61 homeless persons tallied in April’s count. Of those, nearly two-thirds, or 66 percent of persons experiencing homelessness were sheltered in some way.Over three-quarters of homeless persons tallied in Fort St. John, or 77 percent, were men, while 71 percent were between the ages of 25 and 54.More than half of the city’s homeless population, 59 percent, identified as Indigenous.The Women’s Resource Society said that the full detailed results from the homeless count will be released later this fall.The full preliminary report can be read below. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society has released a preliminary report on the first-ever count of the city’s homeless population.The homeless count was conducted over a 24-hour period on April 17th and 18th and saw volunteers from the Women’s Resource Society conduct tallies in local shelters, RCMP holding cells, hospitals, and other known places where at-risk individuals stay overnight.The homeless count was conducted in coordination with the provincial government, which provided $500,000 in funding for the program, which counted the homeless populations of 12 B.C. communities including Fort St. John.last_img read more

House approves Rep Bizons disabled veteran bill

first_img Categories: Bizon News The Michigan House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation authored by state Rep. John Bizon.Bizon’s measure allows honorably discharged veterans to have a state park passport fee waived if proof of their 100-percent disabled status is provided to the Secretary of State.“This legislation creates another way for disabled veterans to have their state park passport fee waived,” said Bizon, of Battle Creek. “Veterans who would rather not advertise their disability status with a license plate can provide the Secretary of State documentation of their disabled status provided by the federal government to get the state park passport sticker.”Current law allows 100-percent disabled veterans to access state parks for free with a disabled veteran (DV) license plate. However, many may not be comfortable having a DV license plate.“Given all their sacrifices to our country, this is the least we can do for our 100-percent disabled military heroes,” Bizon said.House Bill 4380 now moves to the Senate for consideration. 12Dec House approves Rep. Bizon’s disabled veteran billlast_img read more

Media services provider Globecast has chosen Israe

first_imgMedia services provider Globecast has chosen Israel-based NovelSat’s satellite modulation technology for global distribution of some of the major events that its outside broadcast units cover.According to NovelSat, Globecast will add NovelSat satellite transmission products to its existing capabilities and will use NovelSat’s NS3-based NS1000 and NS2000 satellite modulators and demodulators.NovelSat claims that its NS3 technnology can increase data rates by more than 30% compared with many existing modulators, demodulators and modems.“As a key partner for our broadcast customers, we’ve built a reputation for delivering a high quality service, which allows broadcasters to ensure the best possible viewer experience. Using NovelSat NS3 technology for our high-profile broadcasts, Globecast can deliver consistently high quality content from start to finish with limited satellite bandwidth,” said Liz McParland, Contribution Sales Manager of Globecast.“Globecast has been particularly successful in showcasing how NovelSat NS3 can help to streamline broadcast distribution operation,” said Dan Peleg, CTO of NovelSat. “Our NovelSat NS3 technology raises the standard of spectral efficiency and performance in the satellite broadcast industry, putting our customers at the forefront of broadcast technology and viewer satisfaction.”last_img read more