Caribbean Medical Supplies should face criminal charges – Report

first_imgDrug procurement findingsFollowing recommendations made by the Board of Inquiry (BoI) that was set up to probe allegations of mismanagement and malpractices within the procurement process of pharmaceuticals at the Public Health Ministry, Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Friday asserted that Government will take actions on the matter.The Hydronie, Parika, East Bank Essequibo address of Caribbean Medical Supplies IncSpeaking at the first post-Cabinet press briefing for the year, the Minister said, “The Board has made some findings and some recommendations (and) it is up to the Government, once these recommendations are laid before it, to decide on how it will proceed… (But) I want to assure you, in fact, that Government will take actions on some of these things but it is a matter which has to be first of all deliberated at the Cabinet and then decisions will be made.”According to the Minister of State, Cabinet is scheduled to deliberate on the report submitted by the BoI at its next meeting on Tuesday.President of Western Scientific Company Edwin Mackoon (second from right) signing a contract in Guyana (GINA photo)In the same breath, however, Harmon criticised the media for publishing the contents of the report before it is dealt with at the hands of Government. Local media entities got wind of the report on Thursday, which recommended among other things, that several senior officials at the Public Health Ministry be removed or fired, and ran articles on its findings the following day.The Minister of State noted that it is unfortunate that the characters of those persons mentioned in the report are already assassinated, noting that Government will now have to have a “careful and measured response” to the recommendations made in the report.Meanwhile, newly appointed Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence told Guyana Times that she is currently looking at the report ahead of Cabinet’s next meeting.“I have read it first and then I’ll be able to have my questions and decide who I should be speaking with,” she said, when asked whether she is consulting with former Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton.The BoI, led by retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Winston Cosbert, from its three weeks probe made some 21 recommendations, which it said aims “to increase transparency and improve efficiency and effectiveness in the procurement of pharmaceuticals,” at the Public Health Ministry.The probe was triggered by allegations of staffers of the Public Health Ministry passing inside information to bidders seeking lucrative drug procurement contracts. Cosbert was tasked with looking into the allegations of unauthorised disclosure of information, mismanagement and malpractices in the procurement of pharmaceuticals at the Ministry.RecommendationsThe Bol accused a senior official of being “wilfully evasive and deceptive” during his testimony.According to the BoI report, a senior official was approached by an accountant attached to the Ministry’s Materials Management Unit with proof that another employee was giving insider information to a bidder, but he failed to act on it. The BoI did not find sufficient, his explanation as to why there was no investigation into the matter or informed the subject Minister.Moreover, the BoI recommended that Permanent Secretaries should not be on the evaluating committee for their respective Ministries.On the other hand, it was also recommended that Deputy Permanent Secretary Colette Adams be censured and disciplined for “breach/neglect in the performance of her duties”. Recommendations were also made for the Finance Manager’s contract not to be renewed, as well as the immediate firing of a staff member who leaked insider information to a Trinidadian company.The BoI further outlined that a MOPH employee,a female employee who is the alleged insider, had admitted during her testimony that she had infact spoken to a bidder from Trinidadian pharmaceutical company, Western Scientific, which was soliciting the leaked information.To this end, “During her testimony at the Board of Inquiry she admitted under oath that she did have a conversation with (Mr Edwin McKoon of Western Scientific), a supplier of pharmaceuticals… It is evident from the evidence that Ms Aaron was conspiring with Mr McKoon to gain insider information that obviously would have been used to his advantage over his competitors,” the report revealed.Furthermore, the BoI noted that the Trinidadian company was hostile to the BoI and failed to appear before it; thus, a recommendation was made that McKoon be barred from any future bidding here.Fly by Night CompanyMeanwhile, the BoI also recommended criminal and legal proceedings against two other companies following its probe. One of the companies against which criminal investigations was recommended is the Parika-based Caribbean Medical Supplies Inc (CSMI), which had come under criticisms for being a “fly by night” company, was awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts from the Public Health Ministry.CMSI, which was given the sole sourcing contract, is allegedly a financier of one of the political parties in the coalition Government. In November 2015, the company, which just has an address at Parika with no sign of employees or business activity, won its first sole sourced contract to supply $35.1 million of HIV rapid test kits for the Public Health Ministry. The HIV tests kits were simply bought over the Internet and shipped into the country. When Guyana Times had reported on the issue, the company defended itself by accusing this newspaper of biasness.Meanwhile, the report also states, “It is the view of the Board of Inquiry that a criminal investigation be launched to determine the authenticity of the letter produced by Caribbean Medical Supplies Inc with a view of instituting criminal charges.”The other company, Meditron Inc, was also fingered for not honouring its contractual obligations for a tender that it was awarded.“It is recommended that the contract signed between the Ministry of Public Health and Meditron Inc… be brought to the attention of the honourable Minister of Legal Affairs, with a view of instituting legal proceedings since it was revealed that Meditron Inc failed to honour their contractual obligation under the terms of this contract,” the report outlined.Back in November, former Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton had recommended to Cabinet for an inquiry to be established into the country’s procurement system. He had expressed his concerns during an interview with the  Guyana Times at the time.With regards to the former Public Health Minister, the BoI noted that he “should be reminded of his functions enshrined in the laws of Guyana. Ministry of Public Health Act Chapter 32:01 Section (4) (a) – (w),” which outlines the 23 functions of a Health Minister.BlacklistedTrinidadian companies, Scientific and Medical Products Limited (SciMed) and Western Scientific Company Limited operating in Guyana, were debarred by Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for fraud and collusion practices on local projects funded by the Bank. SciMed was debarred from March 31, 2016 to October 15, 2020, for fraudulent practices. The company is a distributor of laboratory and process equipment, and exclusively represents a number of leading manufacturers in the UK.Additionally, another four-year sanction over the same period was meted out to Western Scientific Company Limited also over fraudulent practices. This Trinidadian company is a marketing, sales and distribution firm, specialising in the areas of scientific, clinical/medical, furniture, audio-visual, education, technical service and consultancy.last_img read more

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Willow Creek Mine producing Coal Again

first_imgVancouver- based WESTERN CANADIAN COAL has begun mining at its Willow Creek coal mine near Chetwynd and says low-volatile PCI coal should be available for sale early in 2009. Approximately 900,000 tonnes of PCI coal are to be produced annually. Western is also refurbishing the wash plant so that it can produce hard coking coal by late next year at a rate of 600,000 tonnes per year. The company noted that coal markets remain strong. It is selling hard coking coal from its Wolverine mine at US$300/tonne and PCI coal from its Brule mine at US$248/tonne. Those prices are locked in until March 31, 2009.- Advertisement – Visit www.WesternCoal.com to review career opportunities at the company’s operations.last_img

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West Ham forward Zarate denies exit talk

first_img1 Mauro Zarate in action for West Ham West Ham forward Mauro Zarate has denied claims that he wants a move away from the east London club and says he is determined to fight for his place in the side.Reports had suggested that the Argentine forward was looking to leave Upton Park after failing to secure a regular first-team place this season and that his agent claimed he would be making a move to Italy.Zarate has only started four Premier League games and looks to be even further down the pecking order following the return of Andy Carroll to first-team action.But the 27-year-old, who signed for the club during the summer, says he has not asked for a transfer and will continue to give everything for Sam Allardyce.Zarate, speaking on his Twitter site, said: “According to recent news articles I would like to inform that I have no agent and I never said that I wanted to leave West Ham.“If that were to happen it would be because of a joint decision between the club and myself.“The most important thing is that West Ham will keep progressing. The manager is doing a great job and has my full support.”last_img read more

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Ramos marries TV personality in Galactico wedding

first_imgThe 33-year-old Ramos, who is from a suburb of Seville, arrived wearing a dark three-piece suit in a discrete check pattern, on the arm of his mother Paqui Garcia, who wore a traditional Andalusian mantilla, or raised head scarf.The bride, who is 41, arrived a little later in a floor-length white gown with a long train,“It’s a special day, unforgettable, a unique feeling to see the woman you love enter in splendour, as she did,” said Ramos of the bride’s arrival in the cathedral.The couple have been together for seven years and are the parents of three children.After an hour-long ceremony, at which Asturian flamenco star Nina Pastori sang, the husband and wife emerged, posed at the door and exchanged kisses.“It was very exciting,” Rubio said.The celebrations moved to the Sergio Ramos’ ‘Happiness of SR4’ estate, outside the city.For the party, guests were required top wear a temporary unicorn tattoo and surrenderer their cell phones and any other devices with cameras or microphones.– Bumper cars –The banquet was being prepared by chef Dani Garcia, who has won three Michelin stars for his restaurant in the Andalusian resort Marbella.Photographs in Spanish media in the days leading up to the event showed a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, a stage and Indian teepees had been set up.“There are several environments, different areas for everyone to feel comfortable,” said Ramos, before adding that “I have gone to many weddings in my life and this one, I think, will be like no other.”Spanish media reported that veteran Australian rockers AC/DC would play as a wedding gift from Ramos to his wife.“I’m a fan,” Ramos said as he went in to the estate. “But they aren’t the ones who are playing.”Rubio was less certain.“I’ve been told they’ve been seen at the airport, so maybe it’s a surprise for me,” she said, laughing.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pilar Rubio and Sergio Ramos waved to the crowd after marrying in Seville © AFP / CRISTINA QUICLERSEVILLE, Spain, Jun 15 – Sergio Ramos, the Real Madrid captain, married Spanish TV presenter Pilar Rubio in Seville on Saturday in a ‘Galactico’ wedding that he said would be “like no other” although he was coy on whether AC/DC were playing.The crowd, who had gathered at Seville’s famous 16th century cathedral to watch the many celebrity guests arrive, were delirious at the sight of ex-Real player David Beckham and his wife and former pop star Victoria, former and current La Liga stars Jordi Alba, Luka Modric, Keylor Navas, Roberto Carlos and Alvaro Morata, as well as matador El Cordobes.last_img read more

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Something stinks about Ahmadinejad’s overreaction

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOMETHING stinks in Iran, and it isn’t the yellowcake. When President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received a text message on his cell phone recently suggesting that he and the bath were, er, not friends, he reportedly reacted by appealing to the judiciary for sweeping action against texting, firing the president of a phone company and arresting four, accusing them of being pawns for the Mossad. “It is believed that by providing text-messaging to every cell phone owner, (communications official Mehdi) Saraian clearly displeased those who did not wish the public to possess such a quick and effective means of communication,” reported Iranian opposition Web site Rooz. No word on whether Hashemi Rafsanjani was seen wildly texting in a Tehran cafe around the time of the hygienic-criticism assault. But this report raises a couple of key questions: First, who was the genius prankster who got ahold of Ahmadinejad’s cell-phone number? And second, can I have it? The Guardian’s report on Smellgate included this nugget: “Although officials claim he possesses a lively sense of humour … on this occasion it suffered a serious failure.” Ahmadinejad’s words and actions thus far in his tenure have yet to show that lively sense of humor, unless his idea of fun is ripping wings off butterflies. This is a guy who sits under a sign promoting “The World Without Zionism,” then declares he’s hosting a Holocaust conference. A guy who claims his nuclear program is all about energy, then waxes poetic about wanting to turn Israel into a parking lot. He spouts his Nazi-babble with a calmness and detachment seen in the best serial killers, and dresses somewhere between an engineer and a B-movie director. He enacted a ban on Western music in December, including that ultimate spawn of the Great Satan, Kenny G. He plays the favorite Middle Eastern game Seven Degrees of Israeli Blame exceptionally well, yet cuts out about six of the degrees in his wild accusations. He penned a preachy tome best read with a stiff martini to George W. Bush this month that covered, in this order, Jesus, the Iraq “occupation,” no WMD, Guantanamo Bay, secret prisons, Israel, Holocaust denial, Zionists, Latin American leftists, African poverty, 9-11, 9-11 cover-up, Afghanistan, American poverty, Hurricane Katrina, “global hatred” of the U.S., monotheism, the Quran and failure of Western-style democracy. Before the last elections, I received lots of e-mails from Iranian opposition fearing a Rafsanjani win, but Mahmoud wasn’t on the radar of many. Even his election was automatically in doubt, as photos I received of polling stations that day showed a whole lot of empty. Actually, one picture showed a cat walking past a guard, but kitty didn’t stop to vote. It was reported that former Tehran mayor and Revolutionary Guard Ahmadinejad spent no money on his presidential campaign, yet instead embraced theocratic campaign finance reform Shiite cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi issued a fatwa telling 2 million members of the Bassij Islamic militia to vote for Ahmadinejad. His election was marred by allegations of fraud, including from opponents Rafsanjani and reformist Mehdi Karroubi, and allegations of illegal support and advertising. After his speech before the United Nations General Assembly last year, Ahmadinejad said, “I felt the atmosphere suddenly change, and for those 27 or 28 minutes, the leaders of the world did not blink. When I say they didn’t bat an eyelid, I’m not exaggerating because I was looking at them. And they were rapt.” It’s actually called “catatonic states,” but he took it as a sign that a power from above was compelling them to absorb “the message from the Islamic Republic.” He must have missed seeing some world leaders text-messaging during his grand address. The odiferous text-message incident, entertaining as it is, does have a serious point: If this is how Ahmadinejad overreacts to a grammar-school joke, imagine how he’ll react to a perceived threat. We’ve already seen some of his saber-rattling in war games and suicide-bomber recruitment. That is, when he’s not busy writing epics to Bush or being paranoid about Zionists, infidels and Kenny G. Thus I suggest the following: Don’t give Iran a say on Iraq. Don’t put all your eggs in a diplomatic basket. Don’t forget about Israel. Remember how nasty a big mushroom cloud looks. And send plenty of text messages to Mahmoud whenever possible. Juicy ones. Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at bridget.johnson@dailynews.com.last_img read more

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House shortchanges Bush on cash for Afghanistan, Iraq

first_imgWASHINGTON – The House voted Friday to spend $21.3 billion on foreign aid but cut money President Bush wanted for Iraq, Afghanistan and a program that rewards countries moving toward democracy and good government. Rep. Jim Kolbe, an Arizona Republican and chairman of the foreign aid spending subcommittee, said he had to slice $2.4 billion from the president’s request to free money for pressing needs at home. “I am proud of this bill, but I can also honestly say it has probably been the most difficult one I have put together,” he said. The Senate has not yet passed its version of the bill. The Bush administration said it has serious concerns that House lawmakers did not provide enough money to meet its foreign policy and humanitarian goals. 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2These funds come on top of $4 billion in emergency foreign assistance that lawmakers agreed this week to include in a package for war and disaster needs. Assistance for Iraq and Afghanistan included in the bill that the House passed Friday, with a 373-34 vote, exceeded last year’s spending but still is less than Bush wanted.last_img read more

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Pep Guardiola urges fans to give ‘important’ Man City hero a deserving send-off

first_img Pep Guardiola: The Man City boss is hopeful of a strong finish to the season Pep Guardiola has urged Manchester City fans to roar the club into the Champions League and give Pablo Zabaleta a fitting Etihad send-off.City take on West Brom in their final home game of the season on Tuesday looking for three points to tighten their grip on a top-four position in the Premier League. Their place in Europe’s top club competition could even be confirmed if Arsenal drop points in their clash against Sunderland on the same night.If selected, the visit of the Baggies will also mark long-serving full-back Zabaleta’s final appearance at the Etihad Stadium. The Argentinian, who joined City in 2008, announced at the weekend he will move on in the summer.City boss Guardiola said: “Nine years here – to replace that you need a guy that stays nine years here. For that you need time and it is not easy.“His impact here was amazing. He was one of the first players to come here. What he and other guys did for the club, helped [make] this club what it is right now. That is why he deserves the best last game here at home.“Hopefully all the fans can come tomorrow to the Etihad Stadium. We play for a lot of important things, so they have to come to support us more than ever and to express the gratitude to one of the most important players in the whole history of Manchester City.“It will be an important day for many reasons. One of them, of course, for Pablo.”West Brom have enjoyed a strong campaign but form has deserted them in recent weeks. Pulis’ men remain eighth in the table but they have won just one of their last 10 games.With the stakes high for City however, Guardiola insists his side can take nothing for granted.He said: “They are professionals. They are going to play to win the games. Teams of Tony Pulis, from his history with Stoke and West Brom, never play games thinking they don’t matter.“It will be a football game. We play for a lot of things, (it is) a real final for us and we are going to be ready for this game.” 1last_img read more

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Finn Valley AC perform superbly at Ulster Novice event – Pic special

first_imgATHLETICS: A good days cross country with the mix of solid running and muck and the odd shower thrown in just in case newcomers to the sport would think this is easy.It’s far from easy in a championship cross country race and full marks to Finn Valley men in the Ulster novice Sunday on home ground who actually made it look kinda easy as the pushed for individual and team victory a victory that had eluded them in 2015 as they lost out to Belfast quartet Malachys by a point.There was going to be no mistake this time round. DermotMc Elchar and Ramelton lad Mark Mc Paul whose mentor is Pat Hegarty many times county and Ulster champ vied for the top spot and in the end the latter got there with the support of John Mc Enhill and James Mc Fadden closing in a top 6 spot it was all over great excitement from large support group with Derry TC second team and Letterkenny thirdThere was a battling performance by the Valley women scoring Natasha Kelly ,Margaret Reid and Carmel McBride women of bronze in the end as a deserved team victory went to Letterkenny with Derry 2nd.Earlier in the day u 13 girls led by Sarah Bradley won the provincial u 13 team title and the u 11 girls just missing out on the gold by 3 pts.Other good performances Karen Gallagher, Oisin Toye ,the u 17 boys and u 11 boys ,Organisation first class so take a bow all the support crew there. Next up the Donegal senior and underage relays back at Valley and of course the Remembrance 10k Nov.20th again Finn Valley. Finn Valley AC perform superbly at Ulster Novice event – Pic special was last modified: November 8th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

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Google to train a million young Africans in digital skills

first_img24 May 2016According to Google, there’ll be half a billion internet users in Africa by 2020. It sees this as a great opportunity for African businesses and digital entrepreneurs, but they’ve identified a gap in digital skills.“To help close this knowledge gap, Google is pledging to train 1 million young people in Africa in digital skills in the next year, as part of our contribution to growing Africa’s digital economy,” Bunmi Banjo, Google Africa marketer and digital education lead, writes on the company’s blog.Google is working with its partner, Livity Africa, in two training programmes: Digify Bytes, aimed at helping young people develop a digital career, and Digify Pro, a three-month immersion programme to develop digital specialists for jobs in companies or digital agencies.In April, Google launched the Digify Africa portal – an online learning platform housing a range of digital skills tutorials and courses. “Available to anyone in Africa, it’s been designed to be as ‘light’ as possible to help people manage data usage,” Banjo says.What is content, what is marketing? What is all of this to you? pic.twitter.com/sDQk7wexj4— Digify Africa (@DigifyAfrica) May 7, 2016Find out more about Digify Africa:Success storiesWhen Chebet Mutai from Nairobi, Kenya attended Google’s “Women, Technology and Entrepreneurship” event in 2012, it persuaded her to quit her day job at a bank and follow her dream of opening up a business in fashion.Mutai used her own savings to buy two sewing machines, rent a workshop, and started her company called Wazawazi, an amalgamation of two Swahili words meaning “open-mindedness”.Today, Mutai has 12 employees, and exports her leather bags and accessories across the world.See what else people gained from the course:The best decision @SifisoBhengu_ made was joining #DigifyPRO. We had a chat w/him on his reflections on the course. https://t.co/gWDot5HKVY— Digify Africa (@DigifyAfrica) May 18, 2016It’s happening nowGoogle said the internet is able to offer a huge platform to start new businesses or expand existing establishments. “We’re committed to helping Africans make the most of the digital revolution.“The internet is a growth engine, and it’s for everyone. There’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur in Africa.” Source: Google Africalast_img read more

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South African fans’ guide to Rio 2016 – WEEK 2 (13-21 August)

first_img4 August 2016The Summer Olympic Games begin on 5 August, with South African track starand official flag-bearer Wayde van Niekerk leading the South African team of 137athletes into the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the openingceremony.Over two weeks, a worldwide audience of more than 30 million will have tonavigate wall-to-wall sport action, and for any patriotic South African sport fan, it’svital to have the all the details of when athletes from the national team arefeatured.Here is a guide to important Olympic events featuring participants from TeamSouth Africa at Rio 2016. You can also check out the South African athletes’ socialmedia profiles to stay up to date with their preparations and send them some goodluck.Please note the time differences between Rio and South Africa – South Africa is five hours ahead of Brazil. All times in this guide are local South African times.Times and events are subject to change. Consult the official Rio Olympics 2016website or the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) website for moredetails about events and participants.Also check your television service provider for detailed schedules.You can follow all the South African Olympic action on Sascoc’s social mediaplatforms:Facebook,Twitter,andYouTube.Week 2Saturday, 13 AugustMen’s football. Quarter-finals01:00-05:00: Athletics. A big day as one of South Africa’s biggest hopefuls, multiple record-holder Wayde van Niekerk is in action in the heats for the men’s 400m. Long jumpers Stefan Brits, Luvo Manyonga and Rushwahl Samaai vie forposition in the men’s long jump heats.Rushwell samaai jumps another RIo qualifier, 8,34 to lead long jump. @SPORTATSABC pic.twitter.com/rhJEhA1xEs— UdoCarelse (@udocarelsesa) April 16,2016Alyssa Conley and Carina Horn run the women’s 100m heats, up against theworld’s best including the US’s English Gardner and London 2012 gold medallistShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce from Jamaica.Tweets by AC_Speedy 03:00-04:30: Swimming. The 100m butterfly final may feature Chad le Closagain, up against the US’s Michael Phelps. 14:00-18:00: The athletics afternoon session features Justine Palframan andTsholofelo Thipe running the women’s 400m heats, and Henricho Bruintjies, AnasoJobodwana and African 100m record holder Akani Simbine in the men’s 100m,challenging big guns Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, both from Jamaica. The men’s 100m final, the pinnacle of the Olympic athletics competition, takeplace on Monday, 15 August from 01:00.Sunday, 14 August01:00-05:00. Athletics. Today is jam-packed with most of the semi-final eventstaking place, including Wayde van Niekerk in the 400m semi-finals. Also happeningare the long jump finals and the men’s 800m finals, featuring Kenya’s DavidRudisha.South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka is in the men’s 10km track marathon, whileChristine Kalmer, Diana-Lebo Phalula and Irvette van Blerk (Van Zyl) participate inthe women’s road marathon. 04:00: Swimming marathon. Michelle Weber swims in the women’s 10Kmarathon this morning. Monday, 15 August01:00-05:00: Athletics. Men’s 400m and 100m finals, plus women’s 400m semi-finals. Depending on their success, South African athletes could feature in theseraces, including Wayde van Niekerk in the 400m final.14:00-17:00: Athletics. Godfrey Khotso Mokoena looks to start his campaign foranother Olympic medal in the men’s triple jump. He won a long jump silver medalat the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Tweets by mokoenajumper1 Wenda Nel is in the 400m hurdles heats.Thanks for helping me make my #RoadToRio such anexciting journey! Grateful for all the support! @NEWTONAGENCY @hpcRSA @NSWZA @Nike— Wenda Nel(@Wenda400mh) July 23,2016Tuesday, 16 AugustWomen’s football: Semi-finals01:00-04:00: Athletics. African Championships and African Games goldmedallist Antonio Alkana is in the men’s 110m hurdle heats.Thefamily of Antonio Alkana (26) who will be representing SA in the Rio Olympics sayshe’ll always be a champion. pic.twitter.com/C4bfiwfuba—Newsbreak (@Newsbreak_Lotus) July 18,201613:00: Open water marathon. Chad Ho looks to improve his 2008 Beijing ninthplace in the gruelling 10km swimming marathon. He is the current World Aquaticschampion in the 5km race, and is also the only South African Olympian withoutofficial sponsorship. He is being crowdfunded through online donations from fans. 14:00: Athletics. Anaso Jobodwana and Akani Simbine participate in the men’s200m.Wednesday, 17 AugustMen’s football. Semi-finalsSA’s javelin queen @Sunette_Viljoen is in fine shapeahead of the Rio Olympic Games.Read the @SaturdayStar tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/9rMykp3nNO—Sam Naik (@SamNaik01) June 17,201601:00-05:00: Athletics. Sunette Viljoen throws in thewomen’s javelin heats,looking to improve on her London 2012 fourth place and add an Olympic medal togo with her African Championships and Commonwealth Games golds.Lynique Prinsloo competes in the women’s long jump qualifiers, the first SouthAfrican to compete in the event since 1992.#LyniquePrinsloo believes in going for gold: https://t.co/OErP1nktp6 pic.twitter.com/gTAngJOnJ5—Varsity Sports (@varsitysportsSA) March 1,201612:00:Golf. Paula Reto and Ashleigh Simon tee off in the first Olympic women’sgolf tournament, which takes place over the next four days. 14:00: Athletics. Willem Coertzen competes in the men’s decathlon.Totally overwhelmed,cant describe the joy I am feeling right now!Rio herewe come!!!!— Willem Coertzen (@WillemCoertzen) July 14,2016Later in the afternoon, South Africa’s most promising medal hopeful, CasterSemenya (a silver medallist in London in 2012), begins her Olympic campaign in thewomen’s 800m heats.I’mfighting to be the best @nike #JustDoIt pic.twitter.com/5SvVAwyuSz—Caster Semenya (@caster800m) July 23,2016She is coming off a highly successful season, becoming the first runner to winthe 400m, 800m and 1 500m titles at the South African National Championships, aswell as setting a new national record for the 800m in July.18:00: BMX racing. While London 2012 trailblazer Sifiso Nhlapo might have lostout on a place in the Rio team this year, Kyle Dodd is more than qualified to take upwhere he left off. As current South Africa champion, Dodd aims to bring home agold. He rides in the first round of races today, with the finals starting on Friday, 19August.Riois drawing closer and closer, excitement is definitely kicking in!!! #teamSArise— Kyle Dodd #216 (@Kyledodd211) July 24,201622:00-05:00: Athletics, including women’s long jump final, women’s 200m finaland men’s 200msemi-finalThursday, 18 August16:00: Triathlon. Richard Murray and Henri Schoeman participate in the swim,ride and run event.Dayin , day out , @Rio2016_en calling. #teamSArise#Sworks just under4weeks left . pic.twitter.com/0roVfEjLEU— Richard Murray (@RD_murray) July 22,2016Mycustom Rio @swiftbike #HyperVox is readyto roll in the streets of Copacabana !! ?? @Olympics ? James Garaghty pic.twitter.com/4r2DI6e6fH—Henri Schoeman (@H_Schoeman) July 25,201622:00-05:00: Athletics, including women’s javelin final (possibly featuringSunette Viljoen), women’s 400m final and men’s 200m finalFriday, 19 AugustWomen’s football. Gold medal match13:00: Athletics. The men’s 50km walk marathon featuring South African MarcMundell. Anel Oosthuizen competes in the women’s 20km walk later in the day, at19:30.Trying out my new @saucony Type A6 shoes on my 18kmtraining session!Extremely satisfied! #road2rio @SauconySA pic.twitter.com/txuPWpWqa0—Anel Oosthuizen (@anel_oosthuizen) July 20,2016Saturday, 20 AugustMen’s football. Gold medal match16:00-19:00: Women’s triathlon, featuring past Olympic veterans Mari Rabie(Beijing 2008) and Gillian Sanders (London 2012).Hey everyone it’s #OlympicDaytoday! Join mein getting out there & getting active ??? pic.twitter.com/SQAOCRcaaN—Gillian Sanders (@gillcurrsanders) June 23,20168thplace for @marirabie at @worldtriathlon Hamburg! Could notbe prouder of our Stellenbosch ambassador! pic.twitter.com/Cvx6cKBCrC—S’Bosch Ambassadors (@SboschSA) July 16,2016Sunday, 21 AugustThe final day ofcompetition01:00-05:00: Athletics. A big highlight today is Caster Semenya possibly in thewomen’s 800m final. Other athletics events wrapping up today are the men’s 5000m final and the men’s marathon, perhaps featuring South Africans Lusapho April,Lungile Gongqa and Sibusiso Nzima.Tough long time trial this afternoon for @LusaphoApril ahead of a big trainingweek. #RoadToRio @teamsa16 @adidasZA pic.twitter.com/HMfoCNe5BQ—Team Lusapho (@teamlusapho) July 16,2016Lungile Gongqa of @Nedbank_RC finishing strong in 1stplace ???prep 4 Rio#DonLockMemorial #CrampNOT #RoadtoRio pic.twitter.com/94c7fEbNOw—Best 4 Sports (@best4_sports) June 5,2016@S_Nzima confirms he is ready forOlympics after his CGA 10km cross country victory at 29:16 #CGA #xcountry pic.twitter.com/3l3Xk5gJvt—CGauteng Athletics (@CG_Athletics) July 2,2016The trio will be attempting to follow in the footsteps of Josia Thugwane, SouthAfrican marathon gold medal winner at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.17:30-20:00: Mountain biking.Alan Hatherly and James Reid have the last opportunity to add to South Africa’smedal tally when they both ride in the men’s cross-country event.This event was a particularly exciting highlight at the London Games in 2012where the late Burry Stander had South Africans on the edge of their seats with hisdynamic progress up the leader board during the race. While Stander could only geta hard-fought fifth place in the end, it was a great example of South Africansporting spirit.Hatherly and Reid will no doubt have Stander in mind during the race and gofor the gold in his honour. “Dreams do come true sometimes”Thanks toeveryone involved in every small part of this ?… https://t.co/CPUnzFF6B8 pic.twitter.com/ZGGgrycpGZ—James Reid (@james_reid01) July 14,201601:16: Closing ceremonyAppropriately the Rio Olympics closing ceremony begins at 20:16 in Rio, 01:16South African time, once again at the Maracanã stadium, where Brazil officiallybrings the Games to an end and hands off to Japan, which will host the 2020 Gamesin Tokyo.But not before Rio hosts the companion Paralympic Games, which begin on 7September.Source: Official Rio Olympics 2016 websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.infomateriallast_img read more

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