Rhanzelle Yong solid in debut for Zark’s-Lyceum

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Blazers hope for another post-All-Star break revival For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed The 6-2 forward had a solid game for the Jawbreakers in their 91-85 loss to CEU, finishing with with nine points and five assists outing in 20 minutes of play before fouling out with three minutes remaining in the game.Yong, who is nephew of Magnolia slotman Ian Sangalang, had to take over with Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu limited due to an ankle sprain sustained in the first quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I’m OK. I’m happy with how we competed even though we were missing some of our key players like Mike and (MJ) Ayaay,” said Yong.Putting the nightmares of the ACL injuries which sidelined him over the past two years behind, the Kapampangan stalwart is excited for this new beginning with a familiar face in Topex Robinson guiding him anew. NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates PLAY LIST 02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates00:50Trending Articles02:06Lyceum Pirates on being NCAA ‘dark horse’: We always want to better ourselves02:14Carpio 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 “I’ve known coach Topex for a long time and it’s great here because we’re like a family,” he said as they continue their partnership forged in San Sebastian to now in Lyceum. “The players here are disciplined and I’m just excited to play with them.”Yong is using the opportunity in the developmental league to get into top shape for the upcoming NCAA season.“We’ll continue working hard in our D-League games so that I can recover. I’m also looking at this as my preparation for the NCAA because that’s my priority. Hopefully, I can continue to play,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s been almost two years since Rhanzelle Yong was last seen playing in a competitive setting.But on Tuesday, the 22-year-old finally made his way back to the hard court, suiting up for Zark’s Burger-Lyceum in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

As Chief Medical Officer Continues her 21-day Self-Imposed Quarantine, Dr. Dahn’s Special Assistant…

first_imgThe Reverend Napoleon Brathwaite III,  Special Assistant to Liberia’s  Chief Medical, Dr. Bernice Dahn, was buried last Saturday at Thinker’s Village, off the Robertsfield Highway.Rev. Brathwaithe died last Thursday morning of the deadly Ebola virus.  He was in his 55th year.Health and Social Welfare Minister Dr. Walter Gweingale ordered the immediate spraying of Dr. Dahn’s office and the rest of the building in Congo Town, which houses the Ministry.Immediately following Rev. Brathwaite’s untimely death, his boss, Chief Medical Officer Bernice Dahn, in an exemplary display of self discipline and medical efficiency, quarantined herself at home.  She separated herself from her husband, Counselor Roland Dahn, and her children at their home in Redhill Field, Virginia, Montserrado County. “I only speak with them, but we have absolutely no physical contact whatsoever,” she told the Daily Observer.  Thankfully, Dr. Dahn assured this newspaper that she is in good health.Rev. Brathwaite’s last day in office at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, according to Dr. Dahn, was Monday, September 15, when he fell ill.   She visited him at his Barnersville Estate residence on September 20, where she saw him but did not touch him, anyone or anything in the house.  It was at that point that she decided to quarantine herself, remaining home, isolating herself from her husband, children and anyone else in the house.  The Health Ministry has since, of course, been out of the question.Rev. Brathwaite was later admitted to the Ebola health clinic near the ELWA Hospital.  He was later tested positive as an Ebola victim.  He died there  last Thursday morning.Twice a widower, having lost  two wives to the cruel hand of death, Rev. Brathwaite leaves to mourn his loss eight  children; two aunts; two sisters; a brother; and many other relatives.       Dr. Dahn, having begun her self-quarantining on September 20, has 11 more days to go, and is scheduled to end her quarantine on October 11, 2014.Napoleon Nathaniel Brathwaite III was born in Gbarnga, then Central Province (now Bong County), on Christmas Day, December 25, 1959 to the union of Napoleon Brathwaite II and his consort Esther.  A native of Crozierville,  Montserrado County, Napoleon III was connected to several of the Township’s families—the Heaths, Brathwaites, Portes, Eastmans and Bests.  Not long after he was born, his father, Napoleon II, gave him to Mrs. Lilian Best, matriarch of the Best family of Broad Street, Snapper Hill, to be raised.  It was in Monrovia  that he commenced his elementary education.  Upon his completion of high school from the Monrovia Central High in the 1970s, he matriculated to the Baptist Theological Seminary, where he took the Bachelor’s in Theology and was ordained a Baptist pastor.He served with the Liberia Opportunities Industrial Corporation (LOIC) and the National Bible Society of Liberia before entering the Ministry of Health.Until his death he was pastor of the Peaceful Baptist Church at Battery Factory, Gardnersville, Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Essequibo Coast man mysteriously dies in Police lock-ups

first_imgAn investigation has been launched into the mysterious death of an Essequibo Coast resident, who was in the lockups at the Anna Regina Police Station on Sunday evening.Dead is 46-year-old Om Singh, of Lot 35 Danielstown, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Reports are the now dead carpenter was arrested on Sunday evening about 21:45h by ranks of the Anti-Crime Patrol Unit after they responded to a report of domestic abuse.It is alleged that Singh and his wife were engaged in a heated argument and the neighbours contacted the Police.Nalini Singh, daughter of the now dead man told Guyana Times that after she learnt of her father’s arrest, she visited the Police Station and saw him lying on the bench motionless.Upon enquiring about her father’s condition, she was reportedly told by Police that “they did what they have to do”.However, at 02:30h on Monday, the Police ranks visited the home of the now dead man and requested his Identification Card (ID) or passport.It was at this time the relatives were told that the man had died, and the Police needed some form of identification.In a state of shock, the relatives related that Singh did not suffer from any illnesses and went to the Police Station in good health.On the other hand, the Police related that Singh suffered a seizure and was rushed to the Suddie Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Relatives are of the belief that Singh might have been beaten while in the Police lock-ups and are calling on the relevant authorities to have a thorough investigation.The now dead man’s reputed wife was subsequently taken into custody.The man’s body was taken to the Onderneeming Funeral Home to await an autopsy.last_img read more

EU IS LEADING IRELAND INTO ECONOMIC DEPRESSION – MacLOCHLAINN

first_imgSpeaking  in  the  Dáil  this  afternoon  on  Statements on the European Council, Sinn Féin Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Padraig MacLochlainn claimed the EU is leading the Government ‘by the nose into an exploding economic depression’.Deputy  MacLochlainn  said  the  Ireland’s  debt burden should have been shared as responsibility for the crisis lies with Europe as much as with Ireland.He said: “The  EU is leading this Fine Gael/Labour government by the nose into an exploding economic depression. The policies they are following amount to little more than further de-regulation of labour markets, wage cuts, tax increases, and reductions in government spending. “Elite policy makers across the EU are responsible for the Eurozone debt crisis and it is about time we stood up to them and told them that.”The Donegal North East TD said Irish people are being asked to bear the burden of mistakes made by gamblers.He added: “We  are  being  told that we must socialize the losses, while the gains can continue to be privatized.“The  countries  on  the periphery of Europe – Ireland, Greece, Portugal and  perhaps  more to follow are being caught up in a European financial storm. “Where  is  the solidarity from our large core European partners such as Germany and France?“They have placed a savage and unbearable burden on our people, a burden that  should  have been shared because the responsibility for the crisis lies with Europe as much as Ireland. “They  have  kicked  us  while we are down and they have torn the stated objectives of the European project into tatters.“I  appeal  to  our Government to stand up against this injustice and to seek realistic and genuinely sustainable terms for our people. We are not alone. It is not too late.”endsEU IS LEADING IRELAND INTO ECONOMIC DEPRESSION – MacLOCHLAINN was last modified: April 13th, 2011 by gregShare 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:economic depressionEUPADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNlast_img read more

Job Vacancy: Bus Feda seeks Accounts/Administrator

first_imgJob Vacancy: Management at the Donegal-based bus company, Bus Feda, are seeking an experienced staff member to join the team as an Accounts/Administrator:Responsibilities:Answer phones and e mailsProvide informationDetailed record keepingCredit ControlBank reconciliationsReconciliation of Debtors and Creditors accountsRecord timesheets and process wages using Big Red BookAssist with year-end accountsPrepare accounts to Trial Balance stageThe ideal candidate must have: Excellent communication and customer service skillsA minimum of 2 years accounts experienceHigh standard of spoken IrishAbility to oversee and manage all bookings Strong problem-solving skillsBe able to work weekends on occasionDesirable not essential:Competent on social mediaGraphic design ability to produce basic promotional materialSalary: €25,000 + depending on experience To apply: Please forward your CV to Frances Wilson Employment Consultant, Magheranappan, Convoy, Lifford, Co. Donegalor email franceswilson500@gmail.comClosing date for applications: on or before 9th March 2018 For our up to date schedules connect to www.facebook.com/busfedateo or busfeda.ieJob Vacancy: Bus Feda seeks Accounts/Administrator was last modified: February 12th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Bus FedaEmploymentjob advertOffice AdministratorVacancylast_img read more

VOICE STAR SHANE DISMISSES JAMELIA’S LAST INSULT AS HE PREPARES FOR FINAL

first_imgVoice of Ireland star Shane McLaughlin has today brushed aside a stinging attack from judge Jamelia that he should not be in the final of tonight’s live show.The Downings man has been attacked by the English pop star several times during the RTE series.And this morning Jamelia let fly again in a thinly-veiled attack on Shane, 28. She said “There are acts that have left us that should still be here and there is one act this week that shouldn’t be in the competition.“Anyone who watches the show will know who I am talking about,” she said.Shane has refused to comment on the attack.But sources close to his family say they are fuming that Jamelia has constantly tried to put Shane down. “Shane is not disappointed for himself but for his family, friends and fans across Donegal and the entire country.“He can take it but Jamelia has constantly put Shane down despite all the hard work and support his family, friends and fans have given him,” said the source.The family source also said that Shane will be happy to invite Jamelia to Donegal when the show is over!Despite being an 8/1 outsider by bookies, Shane told Donegal Daily that he thinks the final could come down to the wire between himself and Kelly.Despite some nervous early performances, his performance on last week’s show was his best yet. Now Shane says he plans to give it his all.“I think Kelly is my main competition because Cork has really gotten behind her. But the people of Donegal have been fantastic and I am asking them to give it one last push now.“I would dearly love to win the show. It’s out of my control now but I will give it my best,” he said.So get voting tonight Donegal and the rest of the country! Go Shane! VOICE STAR SHANE DISMISSES JAMELIA’S LAST INSULT AS HE PREPARES FOR FINAL was last modified: April 28th, 2013 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:donegalDowningsJameliaRTEshane mclaughlinVoice of Irelandlast_img read more

BLAME GAME WON’T SOLVE FLOOD INSURANCE PROBLEM – DOHERTY

first_imgPearse Doherty TD has said the blame game between Enda Kenny and insurers “won’t get one home insured”.Deputy Doherty pointed out that both sides have questions to answer and the blame game being played served only as a distraction that would not see one more home or business insured.He said The recent floods have caused great devastation in parts of the State.“Now as people turn their minds to the aftermath we have the spectacle of Enda Kenny and the insurers playing a blame game that will not see one more home or one extra business in the State getting insurance. “There are two sides and neither are blameless. The obvious failure of this government and previous ones to build the necessary flood protection infrastructure is sadly all too obvious. What we are seeing is yet another effect of the disastrous austerity drive that has left investment at such a low level. Those figures and cuts on the page suddenly take on real meaning when communities are under water.“The insurers are not without blame either. In 2014 a Memorandum of Understanding between the Office of Public Works and the industry was supposed to lead to greater levels of flood insurance in areas where improvements had taken place. Unfortunately the insurance industry’s response has been mean with no real improvement for communities in at risk areas.“A recent Report by the Oireachtas Finance Committee showed how even in 2020 after improvements are finalised in Cork City insurers are refusing to guarantee insurance. The almost unique ,in the EU, lack of any State involvement in insurance in this State has allowed the private companies to pick and choose, demanding more taxpayer money to be spent on flood protection while keeping their hands in their pockets at all times.“Enda Kenny would be better advised speaking to his colleagues in cabinet about legal and policy steps they can take to prevent floods while the insurance companies need to be shaken out of their complacency through State involvement if necessary.” BLAME GAME WON’T SOLVE FLOOD INSURANCE PROBLEM – DOHERTY was last modified: January 8th, 2016 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:donegalfloodsinsurersPearse Dohertylast_img read more

JOURNALIST EUGENE TO BE BURIED IN DONEGAL TODAY WITH HIS TRADEMARK HAT

first_imgDONEGAL journalist Eugene Maloney will be laid to rest in Fahan later today – with his trademark hat.The 55-year-old died on June 24 after being attacked in Dublin city centre. A man has been charged with his manslaughter.Dozens of journalists and friends yesterday attended his funeral Mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Dublin. His brother Sean asked for the Mass in the capital so that his wide circle of colleagues and friends there could pay their last respects.In his sermon parish priest, Fr Fergus O’Connor spoke of Mr Moloney’s “gentleness, thoughtfulness,….(and) his nieces, nephews and cousins who were particular beneficiaries of his generosity.”As his remains left the church, the group The Lost Brothers played Bob Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’. Eugene’s nephew Oisin plays in the band.There was a standing ovation from those at the funeral. Later today Mr Maloney will be laid to rest at the graveyard of St Mura’s in Fahan. He will be buried alongside his mother Peig who passed away in 2007.His brother Sean said Eugene will be buried with his trademark hat.Eugene’s sister Rosin, and his girlfriend Chichi Tran, will be in Donegal today for the service. JOURNALIST EUGENE TO BE BURIED IN DONEGAL TODAY WITH HIS TRADEMARK HAT was last modified: July 4th, 2012 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:JOURNALIST EUGENE TO BE BURIED IN DONEGAL TODAY WITH HIS TRADEMARK HATlast_img read more

South Africa’s shoe-shine king

first_img18 December 2015“We’re the biggest shoe-shine company in Africa,” says Lere Mgayiya, the founder of Lere’s Shoe Shine Experience, which operates in three major South African airports, in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.Shoe-shine king Lere Mgayiya: a home-grown success story http://t.co/fA3p8DM4kg pic.twitter.com/ceQakIJIC3— Destiny Man (@Destiny_Man) July 14, 2015But starting a business wasn’t easy, Mgayiya says. A former South African Airways employee, he is a serial entrepreneur who started up several small businesses that were unsuccessful. In his life, Mgayiya has sold produce – he sold eggs to the Parliament canteen – as well as worked with livestock; he has also had a public mobile phone business and dabbled in stock market investment.Ultimately, those efforts proved fruitless. “I was considered a loser by my peers and family because I resigned from SAA and the money I invested was gone. That created a lot of pressure for me to look for a job. But I did not want to do that because it is not who I am at all,” Mgayiya says.In 2002, inspired by an article about a local shoe shiner, he invested in the man’s business. He also added its unique selling point – the airport locations.Lere’s Shoe Shine at OR Tambo are fantastic! Love these guys. Please support them they do a fantastic job! @pavlobiz pic.twitter.com/L222P8ufAL— Aki Anastasiou (@AkiAnastasiou) November 11, 2014Having worked in airports before, he understood that passenger traffic passing through would make it a strategic location for his service. He used his connections to negotiate a deal to operate at Cape Town International Airport. The company, initially named Airport Shoe Shine, started off slow but steady. Mgayiya sold most of his valuables to invest in his first luxury shiner’s chair and the company’s single employee.“We worked 18 hours a day, six days a week,” he remembers, with the hard work paying off in a substantial profit in the first two months, money he invested back into the company. With two more chairs and more shiners, the business soared.The company’s biggest break was when it received authorisation to open at OR Tambo International, South Africa’s largest airport, where the shiners became a popular feature for travelling businesspeople.Mgayiya partnered with Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), which operates the airports in the country, in his inevitable, unconventional way.“I had read about Acsa looking to encourage businesses within the airport and one day saw the chief executive walking around the Cape Town terminal. I walked up and told her how well she was doing; how I could see how she had turned the business around because I was at the airport every day. And she was so impressed that she asked me why I had not expanded to Johannesburg.”The rest is history.In 2008, the business expanded to OR Tambo and Durban’s King Shake airports and soon after into five other airports around South Africa. However, the stress of running eight detached locations on a limited budget led Mgayiya to close some and focus on the major airports in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.“We learnt our lesson. We expanded too quickly to inappropriate places, which almost killed our business. We had to kill those operations fast before they killed us,” Mgayiya says.But as these three continue to gain more customers, Lere’s Shoe Shine is now eyeing expansion again. This time, though, the business is looking to go global, with plans for partnerships in the US and UK, as well as in the rest of Africa.@pavlobiz @Radio702 staff treated to shoe shine from Elliot for Lere’s Shoe Shine @BDO_SA for the 1st #CEOSleepoutZA pic.twitter.com/wvfFQvTxt7— mich (@michalentweet) May 5, 2015Mgayiya’s business philosophy is simple: passion and clever thinking are more important to entrepreneurs than just money. The business’s customers – be they tourists arriving in South Africa for the first time or seasoned business travellers – always enjoy having someone to talk to. “They enjoy the experience of interacting with (the shoe shiner), (so all my) employees have extrovert personalities“They’re someone to connect with, talk to, when you’re far from home in a hard, cold place like an airport, it’s nice to find a quiet, relaxed space for a chance to stop and relax for a moment and maybe engage meaningfully with someone that you might not have met in any other situation. That’s what this business is really about, everything else will follow if you engage with the client.”Today, Mgayiya has 45 employees and he estimates his company shines the shoes of between 120 000 and 130 000 customers a year.His advice to budding entrepreneurs is to be prepared to commit themselves completely to their business, even if it means facing greater risks. “If you are not invested in that business, it changes the chances of success.”He firmly believes that good businesses are made from good ideas, from your head and heart. “It is the driving force which is generated from the love and passion for those ideas that makes it successful – it is not just the money,” Mgayiya says.“No matter how poor you are, no matter where you come from in life. it is your brain that makes you successful and your heart that drives you.”Source: AFKInsiderlast_img read more

Dusi champ Zondi wants Non-Stop title as well

first_img21 February 2014With less than two weeks’ turnaround time between this year’s Dusi and Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathons, aches and pains have gotten the better of half of the 2014 Dusi winning combination, forcing Andy Birkett to opt out of this year’s Non-Stop Dusi and leave his partner, Sbonelo Zondi, to tackle the challenge alone.Like the Dusi, the Non-Stop takes place between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, but instead of it being a three-day race it is a one-day event on a route that is one of the toughest in the world of canoeing.Birkett and Zondi’s partnership started at last year’s Non-Stop Dusi, which the pair used as a test of their compatibility ahead of the 2014 Dusi.After racing to victory in record time in the 2013 Non-Stop Dusi, the pair went on to claim a convincing victory at the 2014 Dusi last weekend and, while extremely excited by the thought of their recent feat, Zondi was desperate to continue his journey with Birkett as early as Friday 28 February’s “Dusi in a day”.‘Would have been amazing’“I can’t even express how happy I am to have won Dusi,” Zondi said in a statementn on Wednesday. “But to try to win both this year’ Dusi and Non-Stop with Andy (Birkett) would have been amazing.”It isn’t to be, though, as Birkett confirmed a he needs some time to rest a niggling foot injury, especially with a busy few months awaiting him.“Sbonelo has been trying to persuade me to do Non-Stop with him ever since we got together to celebrate our Dusi win on Sunday after the race,” Birkett smiled. “Our goal was to win Dusi, though, and I am really satisfied having achieved that.“Also, when I told him on the morning of day three of Dusi that my foot was fine, it actually wasn’t, and so I need to take some time off to rest it now.“It’s the same injury that put me out of training for a bit in December and with ligaments you can’t really rush them.“I also want to give marathon a full go again this year. I really enjoyed it last year and so doing Non-Stop would just set me back a little in my preparations for that, so unfortunately Non-Stop just isn’t going to happen this year,” he added.Chasing fourth win in five yearsDespite the defending champion partnership having been broken temporarily, Zondi confirmed he will still take to the Msunduzi and Mngeni Rivers to chase his fourth Non-Stop title in five years and his maiden K1 victory.“If Andy can’t do Non-Stop then I will do it in my K1 for the first time!” said the EuroSteel/Computershare-sponsored Change a Life Academy star.“I would like to paddle with Andy, and it would be a lot easier with him in a K2 than in my K1” he laughed. “I love Non-Stop even more than Dusi, though, so either way I will definitely race Non-Stop this year.”“In the Dusi you have to just push as hard as you can all the time, but the pace in Non-Stop is a lot slower because everyone knows it’s a long way from the start to Blue Lagoon, and so you get to chill a little bit more than in Dusi and have some fun.”The routeWhile some of the traditional Dusi route is cut out from the gruelling Non-Stop course, shortening the journey slightly, the task of paddling and running from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in one day remains a challenge littered with difficulties.Participants are required to be completely self-sufficient and, with only the help of their seconders, must ensure they keep themselves hydrated and nourished throughout with the first boat across the finish line, regardless of whether it is a K1 or K2, being crowned the winner.‘One of the most difficult parts’“One of the most difficult parts of Non-Stop is eating whilst you’re racing,” Zondo explained. “I will often eat things like potatoes and pieces of banana because you need proper food when you’re racing for such a long time and something that you can eat on the run.“I’ll usually eat at the Yellow Rock portage [shortly before the Dusi first stage overnight stop] and then on every portage after that until Burma Road.”Zondi estimates the amount of running on the Non-Stop route to be around thirty- five percent mark of the total distance knows that tackling the challenge alone with be an exhausting one.‘It will be very, very difficult’“It’s hard enough in a K2, but in my K1 it will be very, very difficult,” he said.“I will decide on the day as to whether I run over Burma or paddle around. Andy and I went over Burma in 25 minutes and 20 seconds in Dusi. If I go over in Non-Stop, I think it would be in about 28 or 29 minutes, but it will still be very difficult!Hot favouriteDespite not being with him on his adventure, EuroSteel’s Birkett has full confidence in his Dusi partner and believe there is only one candidate for this year’s Non-Stop Dusi title.“No matter who shows up, with the form (Sbonelo) is in at the moment, I reckon he will ‘klap’ everyone in Non-Stop,” said Birkett who clinched the title in a K1 in 2012 himself before racing to victory with Zondi in 2013.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more