first_imgInishowen-based TD Charlie McConalogue has welcomed the commitment from Vodafone to improving 3G coverage in Inishowen and across Co. Donegal.It follows confirmation from Vodafone that they have carried out a full audit of their services in Inishowen with a view to continuous improvement of 3G coverage in the peninsula.The Fianna Fáil TD said, “Inishowen provides a challenge for telecoms providers for mobile coverage due to the mountainous terrain and proximity to the sea. “However, I am pleased that Vodafone has reaffirmed its commitment to Inishowen by carrying out a full audit of the peninsula following concerns I raised with them of mobile 3G services in the Clonmany area and while it is technically not feasible to resolve all problems, I am pleased that every effort is being made to improve services”.Vodafone has confirmed to me that they are currently considering further deployment of 3G mobile broadband services throughout the peninsula which they hope to progress towards the end of 2012.Deputy McConalogue added “I have been pushing for stronger broadband infrastructure in this region for some time. While I appreciate that rural areas can pose challenges to telecoms providers in terms of coverage, I am pleased efforts are continuing to improving the necessary infrastructure all the time.”VODAFONE COMMITS TO BETTER MOBILE BROADBAND COVERAGE ACROSS INISHOWEN was last modified: March 13th, 2012 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)last_img read more

first_img30 June 2008Hank McGregor paddled a perfect race in testing rough sea conditions to win his second Durban Surf Ski World Cup title on Sunday in a contest that was laced with intrigue and ultimately decided by tactics and composure on the water.McGregor pinned his ears back and stuck to a line the he felt would be the best straight course from the start at Vetch’s Pier in Durban to Westbrook beach outside Tongaat, while around him the elite paddlers fell foul of tactical errors and lapses in judgment in the three-metre high seas and a south-westerly wind that gusted up to thirty knots.‘Conditions were perfect for me’“Conditions were perfect for me, but I actually didn’t know whether I had won the race until I reached the beach finish,” said a relieved McGregor after the race – relieved because he had been despondent to see a ski finish ahead of him. It turned out that it belonged to a back-marker who had enjoyed a fast race from their reversed-order start.It was only once he had asked the race timekeeper, Margie Oliver, where he had finished, and was told that he had won, that McGregor could punch the air in triumph.The race provided a captivating duel as McGregor stuck to his straight line option, while talented Durban youngster Clint Pretorius opted for a line much further inshore. Cape ace Dawid Mocke went two kilometres out to sea, while the defending champion, Oscar Chalupsky, switched lines throughout the race.‘I panicked’“Hats off to Hank as he raced a great race, but I can’t believe that with 45 years of experience I panicked and changed my mind in the middle of the race,” said Chalupsky, who was unnerved by reports that Mocke had taken the lead with his gamble to race far out to sea where the runs were formidable.Mocke conceded that he too had strayed too far out to sea, even though he had stuck with the readings from his GPS Navigation device. “Suddenly I started getting this reading from my GPS telling me to go in closer, and I realised that I was too far out,” said Mocke afterwards.He cut sharply towards shore as the race neared the finish at Westbrook Beach, but could only watch as first McGregor reached the finish and then Pretorius, leaving him in third place overall.Second placeIt was, however, enough to see him leapfrog into second place in the final World Series rankings, ahead of Tahitian Lewis Laughlan, who did not fare well on the day and finished eighteenth overall.Oscar Chalupsky finished fifth, just behind his younger brother Herman, who had doggedly persisted with a line closer inshore throughout the race.His fifth place was enough to wrap up victory in the World Series rankings for the veteran surf ski paddler, after he held off the challenges of Mocke and Laughlan.Women’s winnerThe women’s title was successfully defended by Cape Town star Alexa Cole (nee Lombard), who thrived in the big downwind conditions. She led the ladies race from start to finish, holding off Kiwi ace Katie Pocock, to win by less than 30 seconds.“I had no idea where I was in the race because the sea was so big and I never saw any of the other girls,” said Cole. “When I got to the finish I was trying to concentrate to make sure I didn’t make a mistake in the shore break. Then I heard over the loudspeakers that I was the first woman home.“I also heard the announcer saying that Katie (Pocock) was right behind me, which added just a touch of pressure as I was coming in through the big shore break!”StungIn addition to encountering dolphins and flying fish during the race, Cole was also stung on the hand by a bluebottle, which caused uncomfortable swelling of the glands in her arm.“The downwind conditions were just perfect for me,” said Cole afterwards. “It wasn’t as big as last year’s race, and I never felt out of control.”Durban star Michelle Eder wrapped up third ahead of Nathalie Veckranges and Tiffany Kruger.Tough conditionsThe thrilling action on the heaving seas north of Durban proved to be too much for the junior world marathon champion Grant Van Der Walt. Racing in his first surf ski race, the Johannesburg schoolboy overshot the finish and was eventually rescued from the beach at Princes Grant, 20 kilometres north of the finish.Durban paddler Steph De Robbillard also caused anxious moments for his seconds and family. He was unaccounted for late into the day, until he was located at Tinley Manor.Scottburgh star Shadrack Mkhize excelled, finishing just ahead of the first double ski, paddled by Butch Murray and Gary Albers. Kelly Howe and Thomas Prior took the mixed doubles class, while Jenny Cullinan and Bettina Risch were the first all women’s double ski crew home.RESULTSDurban Surf Ski World CupMenHank McGregor (RSA) 1:56:24Clint Pretorius (RSA) 1:57:07Dawid Mocke (RSA) 1:57:40Herman Chalupsky (RSA) 1:58:59Oscar Chalupsky (RSA) 1:59:01Jeremy Cotter (Aus) 1:59:37Tim Jacobs (Aus) 1:59:47Dean Gardiner (Aus) 2:00:48Matt Bouman (Aus) 2:01:44Daryl Bartho (RSA) 2:02:59 LadiesAlexa Cole (RSA) 2:21:01Katie Pocock (NZL) 2:21:05Michele Eder (RSA) 2:25:44Tiffany Kruger (RSA) 2:29:43Natalie Veckranges (RSA) 2:36:45 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgYeng Guiao sees silver lining in latest election loss: ‘I can focus more on basketball’ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Gilas’ first game in the pool stage is against Japan on Friday at 4:30 in the afternoon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Janine Pontejos lit up for the Filipinos with 11 points, eight of which came from long distance, while Afril Bernardino added six points.Clare Castro and Jack Danielle Animam rounded out the scoring for the Philippines with three and two points, respectively.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, logisticsThe Philippines’ 17-point winning margin was its second highest in the tournament after it obliterated Samoa 21-1 in its opening game and set the record for the largest victory in Fiba 3×3 history.Pauline Malanga led Vanuatu, the 15th ranked team in the event, with three points. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Gilas Pilipinas women’s team shines in Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup. Photo from FibaMANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas Women’s 3×3 completed an incredible sweep of the Qualifying Draw A after a sweet 22-5 dismantling of Vanuatu in the Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup Thursday in Changsan, China.The Philippines, ranked 10th in the tournament, topped the group with a 3-0 record and advanced to Pool C main draw where it will face with the no. 3 seed Japan and sixth seed Sri Lanka.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more