World Record Jet Ski Attempt for Mandela Day

first_imgThe year 2018 is a momentous year for South Africa and the world at large, as it is the centenary year of Nelson Mandela. With special emphasis placed on the month of July as we build up to celebrate the centenary and Mandela Day on 18 July 2018.Mandela Day celebrates Mandela’s life and legacy and urges all citizens, in the country and globally to contribute in making the world a better place through small acts of kindness.Brand South Africa and its Play Your Part programme have collaborated with various stakeholders to encourage citizens to share how they are living Mandela’s legacy.One such citizen through Gift of the Givers is 55-year old Marinus du Plessis, who is commemorating 100 years of Mandela’s greatness. Du Plessis is set to jet -ski his way into the Guinness Book of Records, with a solo 11000km Arctic-to-Athens venture, in honour of Tata Mandela and Mandela Day to raise both awareness about the immense challenges faced by persons with disabilities and vital funds for their care.The epic 40-day jet ski journey is to encourage the public to donate funds to the Gift of the Givers, whilst breaking a world record. This will enhance the organisation’s support for projects dealing with the physically and mentally challenged, including autism. “Disabled children are equally entitled to an exciting and brilliant future” (Nelson Mandela).The Pretoria-based export company owner, begun his record-breaking attempt on Saturday 07 July from Rognan, in Norway. He will jet ski through the rough North Sea, traverse the English Channel, the world’s busiest waterway, before skimming across the Mediterranean to Athens, Greece.Commenting on his record attempt, du Plessis said: “I am a man on a mission. I want to heighten awareness about problems faced by physically challenged and autistic people, and the best way I know how is to tackle an endurance challenge on a jet ski. I do this in honour of Mr Nelson Mandela, my autistic brother and in the memory of a great friend, sadly no longer with us.”Funds raised are to be dedicated by the Gift of the Givers to provide for wheelchairs and to assist Autism South Africa to support affected children. Du Plessis is no stranger to marathon jet ski exploits. In 2003 he and then close friend, Adriaan Marais, completed a 7 000km jet ski trip from Kenya to Cape Town in 57 days.“A tragic diving accident in 2013 claimed Adriaan’s life, leaving me devastated and I gave no further thought to jet ski adventures until recently. A challenge of this nature is about both physical and mental fitness and undertaking a trip with others sounded too normal, so I opted for a solo record-breaking attempt,” du Plessis said.Having had a brother with autism, du Plessis understands the needs and the support shortfalls persons with disabilities face, this led him to committing to use his next adventure in making a difference by creating widespread awareness of the funding needs of disabled communities in South Africa through an endurance challenge the public could follow and support.South Africans will be rooting for fellow citizen, Marinus, hoping that he breaks the record. We are most grateful to him for his daring fund-raising endeavour on our behalf and encourage South Africans of all walks of life to really get behind his adventure. Contact Marinus du Plessis on 082 443 0935.Visit our website: www.arctic2athens.orgLike our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Jetski-Arctic2AthensFollow us on Twitter: @arctic2athenslast_img read more

Maharashtra dams are 50% full

first_imgIncessant rains for over a week have filled Maharashtra’s dams to 50% of their capacity, bringing relief to the drought-hit regions. The water levels in Marathwada region, which had dropped to below 1% have now touched double digits. According to information from the Water Resources Department, the water storage in all dams of the State is 51.36% of their total capacity, which is almost equal to the 51.41% of 2018 on the same date. Dams in Marathwada have recorded 11.77% of their total storage capacity as compared to 17.89% last year. Vidarbha’s Amaravati and Nagpur divisions too have recorded an increase in water storage in dams, with 16.82% and 28.22% of their total capacity, respectively. The water levels in Marathwada dams had gone below 1% mark in July due to very less or no rains. An official from the department said continuous rains in western Maharashtra and Konkan region have ensured satisfactory increase in the water levels. “While these parts have benefited with rains, some regions of Marathwada, Vidarbha and central Maharashtra are yet to get rains. But according to Indian Meteorological Department, these parts will get medium to high showers from August 7 to 9,” said the official.He said that the department has predicted flood-like situation in some parts of Marathwada and central Maharashtra for August 9. “Disaster management teams have been asked to be on alert,” he said. Meanwhile, Health Minister Eknath Shinde, said, “As per the initial estimate, a total of 1.14 lakh population is affected due to floods. Diseases spread after the water recedes and medical teams have been kept ready in anticipation.”last_img read more

IPL 2019: Kuldeep Yadav breaks down after Moeen Ali onslaught at Eden Gardens

first_imgKuldeep Yadav was a broken man after Moeen Ali hit him for 3 sixes and 2 fours in his final over during the Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore match at the Eden Gardens on Friday. Kuldeep gave away 27 runs in the over but dismissed Moeen in the final ball of his spell. | KKR vs RCB – Live score |Kuldeep Yadav, who has had a nightmarish 2019 IPL campaign, finished with forgettable figures of1 for 59 off his 4 overs. This is now the joint-most expensive spell by a spinner in IPL history. What followed after the end of his final overs would have broken the hearts of even the RCB fans – Kuldeep, talked up by Virat Kohli as a major threat in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, broken down.Kuldeep Yadav was distraught and his eyes welled up as he crouched to recover from Moeen Ali’s furious assault. Nitish Rana went up to console Kuldeep but he was clearly distressed even as he took his position near the boundary ropes.In 9 matches in the 2019 Indian Premier League, Kuldeep Yadav has picked up only 4 wickets at an average of 71.50. Over the last year, Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal have been India’s first choice spinners in the shorter formats. Chahal watched from the RCB camp as Moeen Ali took Kuldeep Yadav to the cleaners.Kuldeep Yadav had recently told India Today he starts to doubt himself when he does not pick up wickets for his team like in the IPL.”If you look at this IPL, I am not getting as many wickets as expected and then you start doubting yourself but I think the others are playing safe and they don’t want to give me wickets,” Kuldeep said.advertisementKuldeep Yadav, a talented chinaman bowler, admitted the Eden Gardens pitch wasn’t very helpful for spinners but even he would not have imagined going for 59 runs in 4 overs.Also Read | Virat Kohli hits 5th Indian Premier League hundred, 1st since 2016Also See:last_img read more