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Comrades honours its ‘forgotten’

first_img13 June 2005The Comrades Marathon has honoured the “forgotten heroes” of the world-famous ultra-marathon – hundreds of black runners and women who had to run the race “unofficially” prior to 1975, when it became SA’s first major sporting event to open to people regardless of race or gender.Up until that time, Natal and South African Athletic Association rules prohibited women competing with men, and – except with government approval – black people competing with white.The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) held a civic reception outside their offices in Pietermaritzburg on 10 June to honour the “forgotten Comrades” – chief among them being Robert Mtshali, who in 1935 became the first black runner to attempt, and complete, the gruelling ultra-marathon.CMA acting CEO Cheryl Winn, speaking ahead of the event, said: “We are going to honour all those who missed out.“Seventy years have passed since Robert Mtshali became the first black man to ‘unofficially’ complete the Comrades Marathon, and we’ve commissioned a bronze memorial to commemorate his run, which will permanently occupy pride of place at the entrance of our Comrades Museum.”The museum’s Forgotten Comrades exhibition, also opened on 10 June, focuses on the many men and women who ran the race unofficially before 1975.Even when the race opened up in 1975, the field was limited to just 1 500 runners, and runners had to prove their qualifying times. That meant that many potential competitors were excluded.After cutting the field down from the 1 686 entrants to the allowed 1 500, only 18 non-white runners and two women were included in the field in 1975.First black winnerThe first black runner to win an official Comrades Marathon medal was Vincent Rakabele, who finished in 20th place in 1975 in a time of six hours and 27 minutes. Rakabele went on to finish fourth in 1976 and eighth in 1977.However, it was a long wait for the first black winner of the event. That honour went to Sam Tshabalala in 1989, when he won the down run in 5:35:51.Sadly, Tshabalala was badly injured in a motor accident in 1991. Only after a courageous battle did he make his comeback in 1992, claiming a silver medal. He has since claimed a further three silvers, and in 1998 was recognised for his contribution to the famous race when he was awarded the prestigious Platinum medal.Jetman Msutu became the second black winner in 1992 when he was promoted to first place after Charl Mattheus was disqualified.Maybe the most recognised and loved black contender never won the race. Hoseah Tjale had the misfortune that his career coincided with that of the legendary Bruce Fordyce. While Fordyce racked up the wins, “Hoss” was consistently among the great men’s challengers, twice finishing second and twice claiming third with his awkward, shambling running style.By the end of his Comrades career, Tjale had won nine gold medals and four silvers.The first woman to complete the Comrades – in an unofficial run – was Frances Hayward in 1923. She took 11 hours, 35 minutes and 28 seconds to complete the distance, which was good for 28th place.Geraldine Watson became the first woman to complete both an up and a down run, first doing the Pietermaritzburg to Durban race in 1931, and then the Durban to Pietermaritzburg run in 1932.Today, the trophy that goes to the last runner to finish is named after Watson.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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How can we make parking smarter?

first_imgRyan Matthew Pierson How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts Tags:#connected car#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#parking#Smart Cities#smart city#top Believe it or not, the parking industry is getting smarter. For cities hoping to integrate more smart technologies into their infrastructure, smart parking is a brilliant way to monitor, manage, and monetize parking. As automated vehicles go from vision to reality, smart parking will become increasingly more necessary.One firm, IPS Group, has a solution.See also: California parking garage operator prepares from driverless carsThis smart parking firm has an all-in-one package solution for Smart Parking that tackles deployment from stem to stern. A comprehensive, fully-integrated Smart Parking platform that covers in-vehicle payment, parking enforcement management, permit management, mobile apps, metering, and data management to help cities better manage and understand its parking infrastructure.Works for driversImagine being able to navigate not only to your destination, but directly to an open parking space, pay the parking fee with a tap, and know exactly where your car is when you are ready to leave. They will also be able to see special offers from local merchants they can take advantage of while they’re in the area. This is a win for local business.No more waiting in line at the kiosk behind another driver that doesn’t understand how to pay the meter. No more endless searching for an empty parking spot. Better traffic flow because less cars are clogging up lanes slowly trudging along looking for an open space.On the other side, drivers will face improved parking enforcement. So, if you grab a spot and don’t intend to pay for the duration of your vehicle’s stay, you can expect swift ticketing and/or towing. Code enforcement officers will have the ability to see exactly how long your car has been in that spot.Looking forward, automated vehicles will certainly need a smarter way to determine not only where an open spot is, but to have the ability to park without being at risk of being out of code. No one wants their automated vehicle to pick them up with parking tickets all over its windshield. A smart parking system could one day be able to communicate with these vehicles and let them know where the nearest open spot is to that they can park, and give the driver the ability to feed the meter remotely using a mobile app.Works for citiesCities benefit greatly from smart parking technologies. Not only do they have improved code enforcement, but they can see, in real time, how parking habits are affecting the flow of traffic.Cities would benefit from access to IPS’ product suite, including:Smart single-space metersMulti-space pay stationsPay-station upgrade kitsVehicle detection sensorsSmart cash collection systemsMobile applicationsEnforcement and permitting solutionsHosted data management software with advanced data analyticsCities that opt for IPS Group’s system will benefit from it being an all-in-one package solution. Its data management system is also set to get a major upgrade this summer. Not only does it connect with all of IPS’ solutions, but it adds modules, data intelligence, and a modern user interface to boot.Having all of this under one umbrella makes it easier for cities to adopt and integrate these platforms into their overall smart city strategy. However, it also means that once everything is in place, it is more closely tied to that system, for better or for worse.On the surface, it would appear that IPS Group is on the right track. Smart city technologies are supposed to make life easier for the citizens and the government, alike. Its integrated, cloud-based Smart Parking system is built to do just that.center_img How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

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Police say several fatalities after Pikangikum fire in Ontario

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe northern Ontario community of Pikangikum has suffered from a fire, according to the OPP.OPP Sgt. John Whitney said it’s believe there were fatalities as a result of the fire, but there are few details at the moment.Whitney said the Ontario Fire Marshall’s Office is headed to the community to investigate.The OPP said in a statement there were “a number of persons” dead as a result of the fire that started late Tuesday night and several remain unaccounted for.According to a community member, at least three children were killed in the house fire, along with six other family members.Pikangikum First Nation is a fly in community located 509 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay.More to come.last_img read more

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Haryana pavilion nurtures local talent

first_imgHaryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki visited the Haryana Pavilion set up in the ongoing India International Trade Fair 2015 at Pragati Maidan in the national Capital. The Governor viewed in the products produced in the industrial units set up by women entrepreneurs.Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said, “Haryana Pavilion has been decorated as per the theme of ‘Make in India’. The progress of Haryana has been made explicit through the decoration. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While looking at the stall of ‘Skill Development’, he added “This would provide employment opportunities to the youth of the state. He said that skill development should also be propagated and publicised in the rural regions of the state so that rural people could also be benefitted through it.”The talking dustbin  equipped with sensors displayed by the students of Manav Rachna University Faridabad also attracted attention. The Governor highly appreciated the foot wears  of Jhajjar and artificial jewelry displayed by women belonging to Gurgaon and Faridabad.Prof Solanki also over viewed the food products displayed by Haryana Dairy Development Co-Operative Federation , Vita and HAFED. Secretary of the Governor Neelam P Kasni, Resident Commissioner and Chief Administrator of Haryana Trade Fair Authority Anand Mohan Sharan, Administrator of Haryana Trade Fair Authority Shyamal Misra and various other dignitaries were present.last_img read more

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Absconding life convict falls in police net

first_imgA 27-year-old life convict, who allegedly fled from the custody of police soon after being admitted at a hospital here in June, has been arrested, police said On Saturday.The accused, identified as Karambir, alias Sonu, has been a sharp-shooter with a criminal gang and has allegedly been involved in several heinous crimes, including robbery and murder, police said.According to police, the convict is a history-sheeter and has previously served imprisonment terms in jails of Gurgaon, Faridabad and Sonepat. On June 27 this year, Sonu had developed some medical issue for which he was brought to Safdarjung Hospital here from where he had escaped and was nabbed on Saturday, police said.last_img read more

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