Blades sharper than they appear

first_imgThe theme of goals in pairs continued in the second, as the Huskies scored another two goals in the second, with the second pair of goals being scored only 30 seconds apart and within the final minute of the second period, giving the Huskies a 5-2 lead entering the third.  Robbie Sidhu also showed why he is the league’s leader in points, entering Sunday afternoon’s game with 52 points (19 G 33 A) in 17 games. Sidhu used his speed and vision at will, distributing the puck intelligently and creatively, creating numerous scoring chances. He entered Sunday’s game coming off a six point performance in Dawson Creek Saturday evening.  – Advertisement -However, the lead wouldn’t last long, as Beaverlodge would tie the game at ones with a five-on-three power play marker of their own.  A point shot on Huskies goalie Ty Gullickson created a rebound, which was eventually located and put in the back of the net.  The goal seemed to motivate the Blades, who scored almost immediately after, cutting Fort St. John’s lead to 3-2. Advertisement The second period saw the Huskies take a significant lead. Rookie defenseman Dave Marshell, who is having an excellent season with the pups, scored roughly halfway through the second, giving the Huskies the 2-1 lead.  Tempers began to flair in the third frame, and Huskies John Apsassin would put his team on an extended penalty kill by instigating a fight with a Beaverlodge player, who wanted nothing to do with the rough stuff.  It only took 51 seconds before the Huskies scored their third goal, thanks to a beauty from Cole Calliou. Some crisp puck movement through the neutral zone, allowed Calliou to receive the puck at full speed, skating to left of the Blades zone, and shooting the puck low opposite corner for a 3-1 Huskies lead.center_img Beaverlodge would score while on that power play, then once again near the conclusion of the period. However, Huskies Captain Cody Hildebrand would also net his second goal of the game in the third, for a final score of 6-4 for the Huskies.  After the game, Huskies head coach Gary Alexander talked about how this was a different Beaverlodge team than they have played in the past, and gave credit to a team that showed much improvement.Advertisement He also talked about his starting line of Hildreband, Sidhu and Holliday, who were a force to be reckoned with. Alexander said they are an exciting line to have for the team, one that he will keep together for the time being. Fort St. John set the tone early with their starting line of Robbie Sidhu, Cody Hildebrand and newcomer Shawn Holliday. The three used their size, speed and skill to create a number of scoring chances right off the opening draw. The Huskies would score first in the opening frame, thanks to their captain, Cody Hildebrand. While on the power play, Hildebrand parked his big body in front of Blades’ goaltender Andrew Baun, eventually tipping in a Dave Marshell point shot, set up by some smart puck movement by the Huskies.  The Huskies will next hit the ice Saturday, Dec.17, when the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks head to Fort St. John. Puck drops at 8 p.m.last_img read more

Watford thrashing piles pressure on Conte

first_img0Shares0000Antonio Conte suffers further misery as Chelsea are rocked by Watford © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 6 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insisted he “wasn’t worried” about his job despite seeing his 10 men suffer a second consecutive humiliating defeat on Monday, going down 4-1 at Watford.Goals from Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra in the final six minutes handed Watford a welcome first win in six games to move the Hornets six points clear of the relegation zone. Chelsea, beaten 3-0 at home by Bournemouth on their last outing, had already been reduced to 10 men by Tiemoue Bakayoko’s first-half red card before Troy Deeney’s penalty put Watford in front just before the break.Eden Hazard’s brilliant strike eight minutes from time briefly handed the visitors hope, but they remain fourth, just a point ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, with Conte’s chances of remaining in charge for the rest of the season under the spotlight.“I work every day and I give 120 percent, if this is enough, okay, otherwise the club can take a decision, but I’m not worried,” said Conte.“(There is) great disappointment for sure because I think our performance was very poor. We started very badly and without personality. We played with fear.”Conte insisted ahead of the match he intended to see out his contract to 2019 despite a series of complaints this season over his lack of influence over the club’s recruitment strategy.The Italian once again named a side without a recognised striker with new signing Olivier Giroud only deemed fit enough for a place on the bench in the absence of Alvaro Morata due to a back injury.A makeshift front three of Hazard, Pedro Rodriguez and Willian struggled to get involved as Watford dominated on new boss Javi Gracia’s home bow.“It is an unforgettable night,” said Gracia. “A great victory and a great match. I am very proud of my players today.“The match changed after the sending-off, but I am happy for all the match not only after the sending-off.“I don’t think we have only a good result because Chelsea played with 10 players.”Watford had a series of chances to go in front as Chelsea started slowly with Abdoulaye Doucoure, Deulofeu and Deeney failing to hit the target.– Bakayoko misery –Having been let off by Watford’s wayward finishing, Chelsea weren’t handed such a reprieve from referee Mike Dean as Bakayoko’s miserable first season in England continued.The French midfielder was dismissed for two bookable offences within five minutes to leave the visitors a man light for the final hour.Conte immediately responded by replacing Willian with Cesc Fabregas.However, that did little to stem Watford’s tide and they went in front when Thibaut Courtois brought down Deulofeu as he rounded the goalkeeper.Deeney made amends for his previous miss by burying the resulting penalty into the bottom corner.Watford continued to pose the greater threat after the break as Deulofeu and Richarlison sent shots inches wide of Courtois’ left-hand post.The Belgian keeper then had to be at his best to turn Doucoure’s drive behind.Giroud was finally handed his debut for the final 25 minutes in place of Pedro, who hobbled off with a nasty looking injury that could make him a doubt to face old side Barcelona in Chelsea’s Champions League last 16 tie in two weeks’ time.An individual moment of magic from Hazard gave Chelsea hope when he curled into the far corner from 25 yards for his 13th goal of the season.Daryl Janmaat fires Watford back in front with a brilliant solo goal © AFP / Glyn KIRKParity only lasted two minutes, though, as Janmaat played a brilliant one-two with Pereyra before slotting past a helpless Courtois to spark wild scenes of celebration at Vicarage Road.Deulofeu sealed the points two minutes later when he fired across Courtois with Chelsea’s tired defence pulled apart.And Pereyra rubbed salt in the champions’ wounds with a brilliant finish from a narrow angle in stoppage time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Malmo 2-0 Celtic: Hoops miss out on Champions League group stage for second successive season

first_imgCeltic crashed out of the Champions League at the qualifying stage for the second successive season after losing 4-3 on aggregate to Swedish side Malmo.Markus Rosenberg put Malmo ahead on away goals after their vital injury-time goal at Celtic Park last week.Felipe Carvalho doubled the lead on the night in what was a deserved victory against a nervous-looking Celtic.The game began at a blistering pace with both teams looking like they would get an early goal as the first leg scorers Leigh Griffiths and Jo Inge Berget went close for Celtic and Malmo respectively.Then the hosts struck after 22 minutes as captain Rosenberg ghosted into the box to head in from a corner to put Malmo in the lead on the away goals for the first time in the tie.Frustration seemed to boil over as Griffiths could have been seen red for appearing to knee Anton Tinnerholm in the groin region after accusing the Malmo man of wasting time.Celtic’s route back into the game – and the Champions League – was controversially denied on 41 minutes when Nir Bitton was judged to have pushed a Malmo defender as he won his header to pull a goal back.Replays showed that Bitton made little contact and that the Malmo defender actually handled the ball prior to it hitting the back of the net.Craig Gordon pulled off two wonder saves to keep out Malmo after half-time, but from the resulting corner the hosts scored again with what was an exact copy of the first goal as Carvalho headed in.Ronny Deila’s men continued to look for that elusive goal but were unable to create anything clear-cut and will again have to settle for a spot in this season’s Europa League. 1 Markus Rosenberg last_img read more

This spell checker knows definitions

first_img She and her son have always tested each other in spelling and vocabulary on a low-key basis around the house. That extra focus helped launch David into second place last year during a schoolwide spelling bee. When this year’s competition took place at the school, David was ready to take first place. He had studied a book that contained more than 4,000 words commonly used in spelling bees. His mother had quizzed him on each word twice. “It was fun to watch him in the bee, because I could tell in his head that he was spelling all the words,” said Jayme Allsman, Placerita English teacher and bee coordinator. “I think he could have handled anything.” Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Fourteen-year-old David Pruden has many things on his mind these days. About 23,400, actually. That’s how many words he’s memorizing for the 78th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee next month in Washington, D.C. The eighth-grader is headed to the spelling big leagues after taking first place about two weeks ago in regional competition. His winning word was “chrysanthemum.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Now he is preparing for written and oral tests that await him and his spelling competitors in the nation’s capital. Results determine who moves into the main rounds of the event. “My goal right now is just to pass the test, and if I pass that, then my goals will go higher,” David said. The Placerita Junior High School student has always had his eye on the competition, but his free time is nearly all consumed with band practice, his church group, the chess club and maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average. This year, however, it was now or never for him to enter the spelling competition, open only to students through eighth grade. “I said to him, if you’re going to do this, just go for it, because eighth grade is the cut-off,” his mother, Connie Pruden, explained. last_img read more

Bale blamed by Real Madrid legend for Lopetegui sacking and El Clasico loss

first_img latest The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Bale signed for Real Madrid in 2013 for a world record fee Most Popular Football Stories 2 Bale, an £86million world record signing from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, has struggled with injuries in the Spanish capital since his lucrative move.Despite making just 201 appearances in five years, he has won four Champions League trophies and scored in the 2014 and 2019 Finals. Speaking about Barcelona’s opening goal, he added: “Bale was the one in charge of tracking Jordi Alba but after seven minutes his concentration was gone. Alba was on his own down that flank.“At the start of the game, the players respected the system and instructions.“But then they do what comes naturally to them, as Bale did, and think they have the authority to do whatever they like.’’Santiago Solari has been placed in temporary charge of the LaLiga giants, with Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte rumoured to be in the running for the permanent position. scrap Gareth Bale is to blame for Sunday night’s El Clasico defeat and Julen Lopetegui’s sacking, according to Real Madrid legend Jorge Valdano.The Wales international lost Jordi Alba for Barcelona’s opening goal in the 5-1 drubbing at the Camp Nou and was largely ineffective going the other way as well. As a result of the crushing defeat, Lopetegui lost his job after overseeing the worst start for Los Blancos in 17 seasons.However, former sporting director Valdano believes Bale must take some of the blame for his part in the former Spain boss’ sacking.“We keep looking at Bale because of his price tag and that’s created this illusion he’s some sort of world superstar,” said Valdano, a former Real player and sporting director.“But the last five years aren’t reflective of what Madrid paid for him.” Interim coach Santiago Solari watches Bale in training revealed tense Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ BEST OF Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions gameday cracker 2 LATEST Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT last_img read more

HEALTH MINISTER IN VISIT TO JIGSAW MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgMinister for Health, Dr. James Reilly, TD is visiting Jigsaw Donegal in Letterkenny this morning as part of his itinerary in the North West today.The Jigsaw service provides a safe and confidential space where young people can access a wide range of mental health supports for free and is located at Pearse Road, Letterkenny (across from the community centre).The Jigsaw service works with young people aged from 15-25. Jigsaw’s main aim is to enable young people to access the most appropriate services in as seamless a way as possible, whatever their level of need. The Jigsaw programme was designed by Headstrong and its panel of youth advisors and is an evidence based, integrated service, designed to strengthen a community’s capacity to support young people’s mental health. It works on a partnership model of pulling together and aligning all existing resources and expertise in any given community.Minister Reilly will meet with Mr John Hayes, Area Health Manager, HSE; Dr Tony Bates, Founding Director of Headstrong; Ms Anne Sheridan, Mental Health Promotion Officer, HSE; Sean Mc Grory, Project Manager, Jigsaw Donegal and Dr Maura Finnegan, Clinical Coordinator of Jigsaw Donegal.Jigsaw Donegal is a new way of understanding and working with young people. Patrick Matthews (18) of the Jigsaw Donegal, Youth Advisory Panel will brief the Minister on how young people guided the process of bringing Jigsaw to Donegal from its inception to opening in October 2012.Speaking about the Minister’s visit to Jigsaw Donegal, Mr John Hayes, Area Manager, with the HSE said “Jigsaw Donegal is leading the way nationally in how we respond to youth mental health. Jigsaw is a resource that every community needs but not every community gets. Our mission is to transform the landscape in Donegal in terms of how we understand, talk about and support young people with mental health needs. “We do this by providing early and brief intervention for young people with mental health vulnerabilities. We provide training to other professionals in Donegal who work with young people and we’re constantly tackling stigma through our public awareness and schools programme”“We are on the verge of changing how services are delivered to support young people’s mental health. 75% of mental health difficulties arise before the age of 24. (Kessler et al)”. And he added “this is a critical period in their development, if we can identify issues as they emerge then research tells us that early and brief intervention prevents people from experiencing lifetimes of pain and lost opportunities. ”“In difficult times we need to innovate and come forward with novel and effective solutions” Mr Hayes said. “We’re proud of what we have achieved and Minister Reilly’s visit provides the perfect opportunity to show how Jigsaw complements the work we are doing in developing Community Based Mental Health Teams. By joining up with the existing local resources, we are re-configuring services to make them more accessible and youth friendly. Jigsaw clearly demonstrates that it is possible to reduce stigma, remove barriers and design a service that works for young people. We listen carefully to their ideas and real feedback so that we can provide a better more effective service”, he concluded.TURBULENT“Adolescence can be a turbulent time and the system is weakest where it needs to be strongest”, according to Dr Tony Bates, Founding Director of Headstrong. “Jigsaw Donegal has been a real team effort. We are now seeing many key agencies working in genuine partnership to improve services and supports for young people. If we are to achieve meaningful change for young people and their mental health we must work together more effectively. In its absence we will continue to fail our young people” “Ireland in 2013 is a much tougher, trickier place to grow up in particularly for a young person with a mental health vulnerability. This is a hopeful step in the right direction. And it’s different because it involves grassroot community supports combined with professionals informed by the end users – young people themselves. This is the start of our journey in Donegal and ensures that by 2016 every young person will have somewhere to turn to and someone to talk to.” Dr Bates thanked Minister Reilly for making time to see Jigsaw Donegal in action. “When Dr. Reilly meets the dynamic team behind Jigsaw DonegaI and listens to the difference Jigsaw makes to the lives of young people, we think he will be moved and see why it is the best way forward for youth mental health.”Jigsaw will employ seven staff including Sean Mc Grory Project Manager, Maura Finnegan Clinical Co-Ordinator, Christina Greene and Jennifer Mc Lean Clinical Support Workers, Ciara Doyle Youth Drug and Alcohol Worker, Karen Duggan Administration Officer and Gary Cassidy Youth Engagement Facilitator.Young people/parents/health professionals can refer to the service by calling or emailing to make an appointment.Opening hours are: For those with prearranged appointments the service is open Monday- Friday 9am – 5pm.Drop-in Hours:Monday: 4pm – 6pmTuesday: 4pm – 6pmWednesday: 4pm – 6pmThursday: 4pm – 8pmThe Last Saturday of the Month 10.30am – 3pmContact Information:Address: Jigsaw Donegal, Pearse Street, LetterkennyEmail: Donegal@jigsaw.ieTel: 074 97 26920Web: http://www.jigsaw.ie/donegalHEALTH MINISTER IN VISIT TO JIGSAW MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: March 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:HEALTH MINISTER IN VISIT TO JIGSAW MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE IN LETTERKENNYlast_img read more

High court won’t hear FBI lawsuit

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The former translator said the FBI terminated her contract after she complained about the quality of translations of terrorism-related wiretaps and had reported that another translator was leaking information to targets of investigations. At the time, the FBI said it fired Edmonds because she had committed security violations and had disrupted the translation unit at the bureau’s Washington field office where she worked. Edmonds’ firing was controversial among some lawmakers in Congress, especially after the Justice Department’s inspector general found that the FBI had not taken her complaints seriously enough and had fired her for lodging complaints about the translation unit. WASHINGTON – A former FBI translator failed Monday to persuade the Supreme Court to revive her lawsuit alleging she was fired for reporting possible wrongdoing by other linguists involved in counterterrorism investigations. The high court also rebuffed a request by Sibel Edmonds and media groups to rule on whether an appellate court improperly held arguments in the case in secret without being asked to do so by either side. “When courts are sealed, the public may suspect the worst and lose faith in their government simply because they are prohibited access,” wrote lawyers for media groups, including The Associated Press. Edmonds, 32, who was hired after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and fired in March 2002, argued that a trial court judge was wrong to accept the Justice Department’s claim that allowing her lawsuit to go forward would threaten “state secrets,” or national security. last_img read more

PML Daily Premier League team of the week

first_img Tags: manchester citysports top Comments Manchester City moved 18 points clear at the top of the Premier league table with an easy 1-0 win over supposed rivals Chelsea.The battle for top four continued as both Liverpool and Tottenham bagged routine wins at home while Arsenal’s struggles especially away from home were further highlighted in a 2-1 loss at Brighton.At the wrong end of the table, Swansea moved from 18th to 13, three points adrift of the drop with a steeler 4-1 win at home to West Ham.Here are the 11 players that stood out as per PML Daily correspondent Shaban Lubega, in a 3:4:3 formation.Jack Butland made six saves in the 0-0 draw against Southampton.GK. Jack Butland(Stock City).Was the undisputed star of the Game against Southampton as he kept on making save after save and propelled his Stock side to a vital point in the end.The English shot stopper who has had a career dented by consistent injuries made six saves and kept a clean sheet on Saturday.RB. Simon Francis (AFC Bournemouth).You’ll hardly see a better aerial display all season than the one Francis provided against Leicester – be it in his own box or the opposition’s, he was at the heart of everything – and incredibly unlucky not to end up on the winning side for his valiant effort as both teams shared the spoils 0-0.CB. Mike Van der Hoorn (Swensea City).He may not have been getting the same praise as his centre back partners in Alfie Mowson and Federico Fernandez but it was his turn to shine on the weekend against West Ham.Van der Hoorn had a commanding display at the heart of Swansea’s defence capping it off with the second of his team’s 4 four goals on the day via a Ki Sung Yeung assist.The Brighton skipper scored the first of his team’s two goals against ArsenalCB. Lewis Dunk(Brighton and Hove Albion).Against a top six side like Arsenal, Brighton had to have a stand out performer in theri defence and its Lewis Dunk who stood out as the Seagulls grabbed vital three points in their hunt for league survival.Dunk led a side that kept out Arsenal on several occasions and also scored the first goal in Brighton’s 2-1 defeat of the Gunners.LB. Andrew Robertson(Liverpool).Although Newcastle provided little threat going forward, Robertson was a focal point in attack, marauding forward constantly and always looking a threat on the ball. When called upon in defence, he dealt with everything competently, and he was a real thorn in the opponent’s side all evening at Anfield.Gundogan out passed everyone on the pitch as City won 1-0 against Chelsea.MF. IIkay Gundogan(Manchester City) .What a player he is when fit.Gundogan had a troubled start to life in Manchester but he has proved his worth when fit as he continues to impress in the middle of the pitch.Flawless and untouchable is the only way you can describe the German’s performance against Chelsea as he  completed 167 passes, the most of any player in a Premier League game since 2003/04.Oxlade Chamberlain provided the assist for Salah’s opener.MF. Olex Oxlade Chamberlain (Liverpool).If only the Englishman could be consistent, may be his story would be different and his starting role for England in Russia would already be assured.Against Newcastle United, Chamberlain played like a player he believes he is as he dominated the midfield from the word go, assisting Salah’s openner in the process.MF. David Silva(Manchester City)What a player Silva is and he doesn’t show any signs of ageing by the day.Silva registered his 73rd Premier League assist in Man City’s win against Chelsea, 20 more than any other player since his debut.Sane troubled Chelsea’s defence with his speed and skills more frequently than anyone has done this season.FW. Leroy Sane (Manchester City) .While City were not their usual ruthless selves in front of goal, Sane took on defenders at will and dribbled past them with ease. He was a joy to watch at times and was unlucky not to end up on the scoresheet when his goal bound right footed shot was cleared off the line by the ever green Ceaser Azipilcueta.FW. Glenn Murrey (Brighton and Hove Albion).It is very hard to believe that Glenn Murray is 34 years old. He made more sprints than anybody in Brighton’s huge win against Arsenal, leaping highest to nod in the second goal. Had his teammates played him in with more regularity, he could certainly have walked away with the match-ball. A timeless forward’s performance.FW. Son Heung Min (Tottenham Hotspurs).Son Heung Min is already a National treasure in his native, South Korea and rapidly becoming a darling at Wembley among Tottenham fans.He scored both of Spurs’ goals against Huddersfield – nine of his 10 Premier League goals this season have been at Wembley.Coach: Chris Hughton (Brighton and Hove Albion).Hughton’s side has had a tremendous run of late, not losing a single game in any of their last seven in all competitions but against a troubled Arsenal side, the Irishman knew exactly what to do to hurt the Gunners as he mastermind one of their greatest victories in the Premier league.last_img read more

Donegal Gardai ask public to look after elderly during cold snap

first_imgGardai in Donegal have appealed for people to take care of elderly neighbours during the cold snap.Crime Prevention officer Sgt Paul Wallace appealed to people to people to go that extra yard o ensure senior citizens are not forgotten.He said “Local Gardai in Donegal have moved to request people in the community to be mindful & to look out for the welfare of older people and persons living alone. “As a sizeable proportion of our population in Donegal reside in isolated rural mountainous areas it is important to establish contact and maintain contact during the coming days and nights.”Gardai have now issued the following advice as temperatures continue to drop across the county.1. Establish contact either by visiting (if possible) or by telephone contact and urge people residing in isolated areas to keep in contact.2. Only travel when necessary. Non essential journeys should be kept to a minimum. 3. If travelling take precautions by tuning into radio / television broadcasts & internet postings which give real-time weather and travel information.4. Owners of Commercial Premises in the County are advised to ensure their premises are secure and where possible utilise remote viewing of cctv via Smartphone.If Garda assistance is required make note of the four (4) 24/7 Garda Stations in the County and in cases of emergency 999/112 can be utilised.24/7 Garda Stations:• Letterkenny Divisional Headquarters – 074-91-67100.• Milford District Headquarters – 074 – 91 53060. (For areas of North & West Donegal).• Buncrana – 074-93 20540. (Inishowen Peninsula).• Ballyshannon – 071-98-58530 – (South and West Donegal). Useful information and advice is available at www.winterready.ie.Donegal Gardai ask public to look after elderly during cold snap was last modified: February 28th, 2018 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:colddonegalSgt Paul WallaceWarninglast_img read more

South African circumnavigates the globe

first_img8 February 2013South African yachtsman Ralf Dominick has added his name to a prestigious list of only 150 people who have sailed through the Northwest Passage, one of the world’s most severe maritime challenges.The notorious waterway, a sea route through the Arctic Ocean along the northern coast of North America, has historically been considered impassable by many sea explorers.Located 800km north of the Arctic Circle and 1 930km from the North Pole, the route is covered in arctic pack ice for most of the year, which prevents regular shipping in the area.Dominick describes his journey as spectacular, and he has no regret for making it. “I undertook the voyage merely to explore the world on my own terms and had no idea that it would turn out to be of such epic proportions,” he says.“I couldn’t believe that I’d done it. It is a dream come true.”The highlight of his journey was arriving in Nome, Alaska, and realising he got through the passage unscathed.On a boat, built for adventureBefore his odyssey, Dominick was the chief executive of BBD, a software development company he founded with two partners in 1984 in Johannesburg. Today he is the chairman of the board and has a PhD in the management of technology and innovation.His 75 000km voyage of almost three years, circumnavigating the globe, started in February 2010 on board the 53-foot yacht Imvubu (Zulu, meaning hippopotamus). A number of friends accompanied Dominick on various legs of the journey.The skipper describes the yacht as being built for adventure, and with a steel hull and two masts she could easily reach out-of-the-way places. “In car terms she is a comfortable, heavy 4×4 rather than a dainty saloon or a sports car,” he says. “I looked all over the world. I wanted a boat that had no limits in terms of where it could go.”Throughout the journey he wasn’t ever scared, and he says he shares the life philosophy of Captain Joshua Slocum, the first man to sail around the world alone. “His response to people asking him if he was ever scared was no, I feel more alive.”He didn’t plan the trip in too much detail either, except for his crossing through the Northwest Passage. That required good timing and planning the best route as there are numerous ways to get through.“I also met experienced sailors who provided us with a lot of knowledge and we used ice maps from the Canadian Ice Service,” he says.“We took enough provisions to last a year – just in case we got stuck in the ice. You have to be prepared, otherwise you can die.”Adventure of a lifetimeWhat followed in the months leading up to the Northwest Passage crossing, and afterwards, was an adventure of a lifetime to more than 52 of the world’s most spectacular places.These included destinations such as Ascension Island; New York; Grenada; the Tobago Cays, a group of five small uninhabited islands located in the southern Grenadines; Vancouver; the US and Spanish Virgin Islands; Puerto Rico; Southern Bahamas; Washington; Newfoundland; Mexico; French Polynesia; Vanuatu; the Australian Outback and East Timor.“I had a ball,” says Dominick.He has so many memories, but a few stand out as some of his best moments on the voyage.One of them is drifting in front of the Blackstone Glacier in Prince William Sound on a clear and still autumn day. “The incredible fjords, mountains, scenery and hospitable people of Newfoundland and the Alaskan Inside Passage from Cape Spencer to Ketchikan are just spectacular,” he says.“To have been able to witness these scenes for me is just completely humbling.”At Viequez Island on the north eastern Caribbean, he encountered a large bioluminescent bay, considered one of the most spectacular in the world. The luminescence is caused by micro-organisms which glow whenever the water is disturbed, leaving a trail of neon blue.“It looks like fireworks. It was the most amazing thing,” he says.Then between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic he managed to get a permit to go to Mona Island. “It was a special place and I was the only boat there.”Here he had an opportunity to see the Mona ground iguana, the largest native terrestrial lizard in Puerto Rico.Dominick had a desire to sail from childhood, and this expedition was a dream come true for the 53-year-old explorer.“I set a goal for myself that at 50 I would like to sail the world,” he says.He was born in Germany, but when he was a child he came out to South Africa with his family, on a boat. His father built fishing trawlers in Luderitz in Namibia.“We lived across from the boat yard and as a kid boats were my playground,” he remembers. “It gave me an appreciation for the sea.”But his love for the sea and sailing is not accidental, he believes it is genetic. All three of his uncles had careers in the maritime industry, and his grandfather worked on a German submarine in World War Two.Planning his next adventureDominick is back on solid ground, and in between connecting with family, friends and business he’s also had to renew his expired driver’s, pilot and TV license.He is already planning his next maritime adventure. Imvubu is back at the Bluff Yacht Club in KwaZulu-Natal where she is undergoing a refit after the hard use over the past three years.She is being prepared for her next voyage in November 2013. The destinations are the Antarctic, Strait of Magellan, the Chile coast, the Panama Canal and Europe.Dominick was named the Royal Natal Yacht Club’s Sailor of the Year for 2012, and through his trip he is also helping to raise the profile of sailing in South Africa and encourage more young people to take up the sport.He was also awarded the Barton Cup by the Ocean Cruising Club, an international body, for the most meritorious ocean race or passage in 2011.“I feel humbled by the accolades that have been heaped on me and wish to express my deepest appreciation to the Ocean Cruising Club, SA Sailing and the Royal Natal Yacht Club,” he says.He had more than 50 books and 1 000 movies on board to while the time away and even though his boat had many modern conveniences, he still missed a few South African comforts.“What I missed the most was biltong and dry wors,” he says.He says circumnavigating the globe has equipped him well for his next journey.“The one lesson I did learn on this trip was the amount of maintenance required to keep a boat going on an extended voyage,” he says. “I am extremely lucky that I didn’t suffer any mayor mishaps along the way.”First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more