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first_imgMany well preserved examples of CapeDutch, Georgian and Victorianarchitecture can be seen inDorp Street.(Image: www.ciee.org) Outdoor enthusiasts can now enjoyguided bicycle tours throughStellenbosch.(Image: Adventure Shop) MEDIA CONTACTS • Raino BolzAdventure Shop+27 21 882 8112RELATED ARTICLES• Exploring bicycle culture in SA• SA’s first hydrogen bike rolled out • BMX glory for Khayelitsha teen • Wine route celebrates 40 years• SA wine consumers on the riseWilma den HartighVisitors to the Western Cape now have the option to experience the best of what the Stellenbosch region has to offer, on a bicycle.A Stellenbosch-based adventure sports company recently launched a new tourism product that offers guided bicycle tours through the historic town and surrounding winelands.“It is something different. You actually have an opportunity to experience Stellenbosch and its surroundings, and not just sit in a bus,” says the Adventure Shop’s Raino Bolz.And, you don’t even have to be in peak condition to join in.“It is a leisurely ride but it helps to be moderately fit. We don’t rush the group,” Bolz adds.He says the Adventure Shop has always offered bicycle rentals and guided tours on demand for tourists. “We then decided to combine both the rentals and guided tours and turn it into a product.”He adds that there are other bicycle tours to wine farms, but these don’t include the historical aspect.A historic townThe tour kicks off in Stellenbosch, at the tourist information centre where riders collect their mountain bikes and helmets.Bolz advises tourists to travel light and cycle in comfortable gear such as shorts and t-shirts. The guides carry a snack pack for each rider.From here, tourists cycle through Stellenbosch to interesting historic sites.“The town has a fascinating history,” says Bolz.Founded in 1697 by Simon van der Stel, Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa. It is home to some beautiful and well preserved examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture.Many of these buildings can be seen in one of the town’s most well-known streets, Dorp (Afrikaans for town) Street, which is a national monument.Stellenbosch has earned the reputation as the City of Oaks because of the large number of oak trees that were planted by its founder, Simon van der Stel.On route, the guides will point out other prominent landmarks such as the moederkerk (Afrikaans for Mother Church), and the theological seminary.The moederkerk was completed in 1863 under the supervision of German architect, Carl Otto Hager. The first church was destroyed by a fire in 1710, but it was later rebuilt and extended.The theological seminary was constructed on what used to be an island on the banks of the Eerste River. Here Simon van der Stel camped with his party for the first time in 1679, and founded the town of Stellenbosch.Heading into the countrysideNext, the group heads out to the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, just outside Stellenbosch. Cyclists might work up a bit of a sweat on this part of the route, but the beautiful mountain fynbos should offer enough of a distraction.More than 1 100 plant species can be found in the reserve, of which a number are rare and endemic to the area.Jonkershoek Nature Reserve includes the smaller Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve. Jonkershoek is a popular cycling spot and its rugged terrain is ideal for hiking. Assegaaibosch, which is a much smaller reserve, is suitable for shorter walks and picnics.The tour follows a winding road through oak and poplar forests to two wine estates in the Jonkershoek Valley: Stark-Condé, owned by self-taught winemaker Jose Condé, and Lanserac Wines, producers of the world’s first commercially bottled Pinotage.At Lanserac, cyclists are also treated to chocolate and wine pairings, the ultimate indulgence.Ending a perfect day outAfter the tasting, the group cycles back into Stellenbosch. If the wine and chocolates leave you feeling a bit weary, rest assured that the route back is as scenic as the way up, and it is mostly downhill.Tour detailsBolz says that there are some variations to this route and the tour can be tailored to suite the group’s cycling ability.The duration of the tour is four to five hours and cyclists depart at 9.30am from the Stellenbosch tourist information centre, where the Adventure Shop is located.The cost is R490 (US$64) per person, which includes a guide; bicycle and helmet rental; two wine tastings and a snack pack and drink.last_img read more


first_img“It’s almost impossible to describe how important the Web was for getting the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund off the ground,” said co-founder Karen Dalton-Beninato. Karen and her husband Jeff, who grew up playing music in the Ninth Ward, used Web technologies and social media to reach out to music fans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Now, almost exactly five years later, another crisis is hitting the shore, the Gulfoil spill. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts “If you think this tragedy is over think again. There are still families out there in corners of this country trying to figure out what they are going to do to get their lives back to some normalcy. There are so many musicians who were well known in New Orleans that are totally unknown where they are now. Imagine building your fanbase or your work base in your workplace and suddenly it all disappears.”And now what promises to become the single largest ecological catastrophe in the nation’s history, the Gulf oil spill, is bearing down on the city. The travelers and the money they bring are starting to dry up again. The resource economy, fishing, shrimping and crabbing, that all funnels into the city, is faltering. The need to plug in to this newest of technologies – the Web – to save the oldest – music – is pressing, again. There is some truth to the notion that this technology we cover levels and democratizes. NOMRF is using it to make the process of helping the men and women who provide the soundtrack to your hopes and dreams more egalitarian and more direct. Think trading tracks and files is “peer-to-peer”? Pass the hat at the Green Dragon and buy a guy a trumpet so he can gig and get his kids new shoes. That’s peer-to-peer, brothers and sisters. Can I get an amen? I said…Can I get an amen?Alright, then. Tags:#Non-Profits#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img curt hopkins “With the current state of the economy, we get more used instrument donations than anything else these days, but it’s been an amazing ride. New Orleans is going to have a rough summer with Gulf Coast tourism dropping already after the oil spill. Hopefully people will keep the city and its music in their hearts.”Karen and Jeff started the fund in a Chicago FEMA room when it became clear that many musicians and others wouldn’t be able to return to New Orleans for weeks if not months. Jeff, who grew up playing in the Ninth Ward and was a member of the 80s pop band the dBs, as well as playing with roots and jazz outfits, turned to the Internet. He and Karen put together a Website with an online donation function. Podcasts were a powerful way to reach out to both a distributed public and a fractured musical scene, as was the blog they started. They used social media and more old school Web tools to beat the bushes and pass the hat. Straight out donations, walkathons, downloads and t-shirt sales. Money came in to help get people home, to help them repair storm damage and to pay rent and, above all, to give them back their means of making a living: get them back their bones. In addition to money, people donated trumpets and trombones, traps and guitars and even pianos. Joannie Hughes, a New Orleans native who became a volunteer with NOMRF, said after Katrina, the most disconcerting thing was the absence of music. “The one thing that struck me in my heart and soul when I returned was the silence. Having lived here all of my life and grown up in a music household I just was not prepared for the lack of live music that usually poured into the streets. The entire city owes (Jeff and Karen) a great deal of gratitude for bringing back our cherished music.” There’s a feeling that once a certain amount of time passes after a disaster, people should have the decency to be OK. Unfortunately, given the sheer bulk of the mess, both physically and politically, that’s just not been the case with New Orleans, as co-founder Jeff Beninato reminds us. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more


first_imgLalita Barman is a Koch-Rajbongshi, a community considered indigenous. However, that has not protected her four children – excluded from the draft National Register of Citizens – from alleged harassment in trying to prove their citizenship.The four were summoned twice in 50 days to places more than 150 km east of their village Masua in western Assam’s Barpeta district. The last notice, served on July 28, asked them to report by 9 a.m. on July 30 at an NRC centre in central Assam’s Nagaon town, about 180 km from their village.Ms. Barman, who ekes out a living as a domestic help, and her four children boarded a train early morning on the day of the hearing. The train was scheduled to reach their destination before 9 a.m., but got delayed. “We were turned away for reporting a couple of hours late. The officials at the NRC centre said they had other work to do elsewhere. We spent a lot to go there, but they just did not care,” she said.Barpeta-based social activist Dhanjit Das said the NRC exercise has brought out the inhuman side of many an official.‘Legacy data stolen’ “The family has been suffering because someone else had used their legacy data to Nishikanta Barman, the father of Lalita Barman’s deceased husband Bhushan Barman. To add to their misery, she had procured birth certificates of her children after the NRC exercise began. Many poor, illiterate villagers do not usually possess such certificates. We helped her get the certificates legally, but the NRC officials did not accept them as they were issued on the same date,” he said.The NRC officials had on May 30 given Ms. Barman’s children 12 days to go for a hearing, but they were called to Raha in central Assam, 150 km from their village. “When they submitted all their documents at that hearing, the authorities should not have called them again at very short notice,” Mr. Das said.Ms. Barman is not sure if her children would be called yet again. “Will they make me a non-citizen for failing to be at the July 30 hearing in time, though the reason was beyond our control,” she asked.Similar ordealPradip Kumar Bordoloi of central Assam’s Jagiroad faced a similar ordeal due to what is being seen as a clerical error on the part of the NRC authorities. He found it ironical to have been put on the list of 41 lakh people excluded from the NRC, as he had spent a week in jail during the 1979-85 Assam Agitation.The NRC exercise was undertaken because of an agreement that ended the agitation for removing illegal immigrants from Assam.Fatal hearingsThe “sudden” summoning of thousands of people belonging to minority communities, mostly Bengal-origin Muslims in Assam, has claimed four lives and injured several. They were served notices for re-verification almost simultaneously on August 3-4 asking them to appear for hearings within 24-48 hours at NRC centres 300-500 km away.On Monday, 60-year-old Rezia Khatun collapsed and died during her hearing in central Assam’s Kaliabor. She had travelled from Dakachang village 250 km west of Guwahati in Kamrup district the previous night.The following day, 65-year-old Hanif Ali died after the vehicle he and his family were travelling capsized 10 km from his home in Kamrup district’s Asalpara village. They were returning from a hearing in eastern Assam’s Charaideo district 350 km away.Again on Wednesday morning, sisters Joymon Nessa, 32, and Arzina Begum, 14, died after the mini-bus they were travelling in from Golaghat in eastern Assam met with an accident near their village in Kamrup district.“Many people have been injured in the accidents. But the NRC has probably killed more people financially and psychologically, leaving them devastated,” a leader of the All Assam Minority Students’ Union said.last_img read more


first_imgStrange are the ways of the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF). On one hand, it claims that it is cleansing the body of dope cheats but at the same time, it has allowed tainted Satheesha Rai to become vice-president of the Karnataka Sate Weightlifting Association (KSWA).Satheesha was banned for life in 2008 after testing positive for a second dope offence at the 2008 National Games in Guwahati.IWF president BP Baishya confirmed that Satheesha had been appointed vice-president of the state body a couple of days back.”I can confirm to you that Satheesha Rai has been elected as the vice-president of the Karnataka State Weightlifting Association. This happened two days ago,” he said.When queried as to how a lifter who has been handed a life ban by the same federation can contest an election, Baishya said: “We (the IWF) will not interfere in the election process of an affiliated body. We have never done that.”The IWF president went on to defend the federation’s decision to endorse Satheesha’s election. “Look, there is no denying the fact that Satheesha was banned for life in 2008. But then I see no problem in electing someone as an official who has such a profound knowledge of the game.” He further said that no one could question Satheesha’s credentials. “He won two gold medals at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. So we will have the services of one of the best lifters the country has had,” said Baishya.That sort of argument simply does not cut much ice. How can the IWF even think of appointing a lifter, who has been banned for life, as one of its officials? And that too at a senior post like the vice- president of one of its biggest state units.advertisementMeanwhile, the coaching camps for the men’s and women’s teams have got underway in Patiala. All the leading weightlifters in the country are going through the paces at this preparatory camp. Chief coach Harnam Singh was all praise for the lifters. “They have shown the dedication and hard work which is required to excel at this level,” he said.On his part, Baishya felt that the Indian lifters needed more of such intensive camps in order to improve their performance at the international level. “Training at camps are crucial to perform well at the international level,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated No date was given for the alleged assault.The Los Angeles Times reports that Tennant’s lawyer declined to say whether she reported the alleged assault to police.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWalton was let go by the Lakers earlier this month and hired by the Kings.The Lakers say they were never told of the allegations when Walton was their coach and have no additional comment because he now works for another team. The Kings say they are aware of the report and gathering additional information. The team had no other comment.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments Readying for his return, Gennady Golovkin seeks path back to Canelo Alvarez Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid FILE – In this Oct. 20, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton directs his team during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles. A person with direct knowledge of the agreement said Saturday, April 13, 2019, that Walton will become coach of the Sacramento Kings, just a day after parting ways with the Lakers following three losing seasons. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)SACRAMENTO, California— A female sports reporter has accused new Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton of sexual assault in a lawsuit.TMZ reported Monday night, citing legal documents, that Kelli Tennant is suing Walton. TMZ reports that Tennant claims she went to Walton’s hotel room to discuss a book she was writing when Walton pinned her to the bed, forcibly kissed her and groped her. The alleged incident happened before Walton became coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2016 and while Tennant worked for Sportsnet LA.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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