Curate Diocese of Nebraska TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Submit a Press Release The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland has named former Bishop of Maine Chilton R. Knudsen as its assistant bishop. A statement from the diocese about the appointment and a biography of Knudsen follows.Statement from Maryland Bishop Eugene SuttonIt is with great pleasure that I have announced, with the concurrence of the standing committee, the appointment of the Right Rev. Chilton R. Knudsen as assistant bishop in the Diocese of Maryland.Bishop Knudsen is well known throughout the Episcopal Church as a leader and an expert in addiction and recovery with clergy and congregations. Her depth of knowledge and experience will benefit the Diocese of Maryland as we continue to learn more about this issue. Our plan and prayer is to be the mission focused diocese we aspire to be and Bishop Knudsen brings gifts that will help us.BiographyThe Right Reverend Chilton R. Knudsen, DD8th Bishop of Maine (retired), The Episcopal ChurchBishop Knudsen is the oldest of four siblings in a Navy family. She grew up overseas (Panama, Guam/Marianas Islands, the Philippines, Japan); here began her commitment to world-wide mission. She studied biology/ecology at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA, earning a BA in 1968. During graduate study at the University of Pittsburgh (1969-1972), she taught at her alma mater, developing interdisciplinary courses in Behavioral Biology and Ecosystem Analysis. She later taught in the Nursing Program at a community college, and was a counselor at maternal health clinics in Pittsburgh, PA, and in Wheaton, IL.Called to the priesthood in early adolescence, long before the Episcopal Church ordained women, she enrolled in 1977 at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, receiving the M. Div. in 1980. She was ordained deacon in 1980 and priest in 1981, first planting/pastoring a new mission in Bolingbrook, IL. In 1987, she was called as Pastoral Care Officer (later Canon for Pastoral Care) in the Diocese of Chicago. During her diocesan tenure in Chicago, she offered pastoral care to clergy, their families and congregations in crisis. She was a faculty member in Christian Ethics in the program for the Diaconate. She developed and managed the Employee Assistance Program for the Diocese of Chicago.Elected a Trustee of the Church Pension Fund (CPF), she chaired the Benefits Policy Committee during the system-wide revision of CPF’s pension and medical insurance programs. She served on diocesan teams overseeing the ordination screening / formation process, and became qualified as an Interim Pastor. She became a recognized expert in congregational healing, authoring a chapter in RESTORING THE SOUL OF A CHURCH (Alban, 1995).Elected Bishop of Maine in 1997, she served until retirement in September 2008, leading the diocese in mission work in New Orleans, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. The Diocese of Maine formally entered into a mission partnership (Companion Diocese Covenant) with the Diocese of Haiti in 2002, and she has spent much time in Haiti over the last decade. Important accomplishments during her episcopacy include: restoration of the Vocational Diaconate, creative ministry development in small rural congregations, a successful capital campaign, inauguration of campus ministry, and important work in reconciliation/peacemaking as the diocese struggled with church-wide controversies. From 2003-2008, Bishop Knudsen was President of the Episcopal Province of New England (Province One) and sat on the Presiding Bishop’s Council of Advice.Bishop Knudsen has extensive experience in conflict resolution, organizational development, and issues of addiction/recovery, especially regarding systems (congregations, dioceses, organizations) impacted by addiction – in all its forms — in clergy or lay leaders. Her audiotape Christianity and the Twelve Steps (1985) was produced by Cowley Publications. In November 2010, Morehouse-Barlow/Church Publishing released a widely-used book SO YOU THINK YOU DON’T KNOW ONE? Addiction and Recovery in Clergy and Congregations, co-authored with Nancy VanDyke Platt. She and Canon Platt also co-authored DEPENDING ON THE GRACE OF GOD: A Spiritual Journey through the Twelve Steps (Forward Movement, 2014).She has received a number of awards and honors, including:Outstanding Woman Leader, Chicago area YWCA 1970Sabbatical Fellowship, Russian Orthodox Theology/Iconography 1994Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, Seabury-Western 1999Maine Council of Churches honoree for Religious Leadership 2000Maine Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee 2006Lambeth Conference Designation as Indaba Group Leader 2008In retirement, she served as a Trustee of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, a Board member of the Tutu Institute for Prayer and Pilgrimage, a popular guest preacher, a consultant to religious organizations, a retreat/conference leader, an advocate and mission-team trainer for Haiti and a personnel/human resources advisor in church and non-profit contexts, especially in matters of addiction and recovery.Bishop Knudsen was a missionary in the Diocese of Haiti (2009). She served as Bishop-in-Residence in the Diocese of San Diego (resident at St. Paul in the Desert, Palm Springs, CA) in early 2011. She was the Presiding Judge on the Court of Review for the Trial of a Bishop (2010-2011).Coming out of retirement, she served as Interim Bishop in the Diocese of Lexington, KY, (2011-2012), then as Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of New York (2013-2014). She currently serves as Assistant Bishop of Long Island, with special responsibility for establishing Episcopal Ministries of Long Island, a successor organization to previous development and outreach programs in the diocese. She continues a ministry of retreat leadership and spiritual direction. She is the Bishop Visitor to the Community of the Gospel, a dispersed co-educational Benedictine community recognized by the House of Bishops. Bishop Knudsen is liturgically and pastorally competent in French and Spanish.Travelling is a joy, and she finds long car trips relaxing. She observes a discipline of prayer and silent meditation, spiritual reading, and working a 12-Step program. Golf, swimming, hiking, opera and classical music, and spending time with family and friends, support balance and wholeness. She and her husband, Dr. Michael J. Knudsen, a retired computer scientist and musician, make their home in Bath, Maine. Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Comments (4) Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Tampa, FL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Events Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS May 28, 2015 at 10:47 am Outstanding choice on so many levels. Bp Knudson was excellent on recent NPR interview. Maryland diocese names Chilton R. Knudsen as assistant bishop An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Posted May 14, 2015 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Press Release Service Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA People Featured Jobs & Calls Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY May 22, 2015 at 2:41 pm We miss her in Maine!! May 26, 2015 at 8:49 pm i heard Rev Knudson on NPR. Excellent description of the disease of alcoholism and I hope the clergy attending her presentation learned from it. I am a member of alanon and found No help at all from either my Episcopal church or my doctor when confronted with a problem I knew nothing about. The purpose of this email is to ask Rev Knudson to stress that alcoholism is a family disease, both genetically and through its effects on spouses and other family members. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Collierville, TN May 15, 2015 at 4:40 pm Excellent choice! The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel ruth robinson says: Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Alfred M Andersson says: An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Rev. 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Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists February 25, 2021 Find out more June 9, 2021 Find out more Elsewhere, the Authorisation and Surveillance Commission of the Press on 23 September suspended political monthly Dilmaj, founded in 2004, but no reason was given. The quarterly Madresseh was suspended on 5 November for “apostasy”. The philosophical review had published an interview in its latest edition with an intellectual cleric, Mohammad Mojtahed Shabesstary, who carries out research into the Koran. Iranian leaders took the view that his remarks were “insulting of sacred texts”.The European Parliament voted a resolution on 25 October 2007 condemning Iranian human rights violations. The EU recognised that “the situation in the Islamic Republic in relation to civil rights and political freedoms has deteriorated in the last two years, particularly since presidential elections in June 2005”, the date on which Mahmud Ahmadinejad came to power. The European Union also called for the “unconditional release of prisoners of conscience, particularly journalists Emadoldin Baghi, Ako Kurdnasab, Ejlal Ghavami, Mohammad Sadegh Kaboudvand, Said Matinpour, Adnan Hassanpour, Abdolvahed Botimar, Kaveh Javanmard and Mohammad Hassan Fallahieh”. Ten journalists are currently in jail in Iran. Among them Said Matinpour, a contributor to the weekly Azeri-language Yarpagh who is being held at the intelligence services prison in his home city of Zanjan, 330 kilometres north-west of the capital, where he is waiting to learn what he is accused of. He was previously held at Evin prison but was transferred closer to his family. Since his arrest on 28 May 2007, the journalist, who has been held in solitary confinement, has only been able to see his parents twice. His wife and his lawyer have so far been refused the right to visit him. His wife, Atiyeh Taheri , told Reporters Without Borders that she was “very worried about his health”.Mohammad Sadegh Kabovand, editor of the weekly Payam-e mardom-e Kurdestan, is suffering from kidney and digestive problems and has to make a written request to the prison authorities to be allowed to use the toilet. Reporters Without Borders has obtained information that he has been put under huge pressure to deny reports published by the Human Rights Organisation of Kurdistan, of which he is a founding member. Mohammad Sadegh Kabovand is facing trial for “acting against national security”. Emadoldin Baghi, journalist and human rights activist, also held at Evin prison, since 14 October 2007 (hypertext link press release of 24.10) has been able to receive visits from his family. They have reported that the journalist, who is in solitary confinement, is being subjected to “brutal interrogation” by intelligence ministry agents. Emadoldin Baghi has so far refused to respond to their questions and has demanded to be tried by a popular jury. He is accused of “publishing secret government documents with the help of detained prisoners to damage security in special establishments”.Iran is in 166th place out of 169 on Reporters Without Borders’ latest world press freedom rankings of October 2007. Organisation Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 November 8, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 One journalist imprisoned, two publications suspended March 18, 2021 Find out more News News Help by sharing this information News IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further News Reporters Without Borders today regretted that Iran continues to snub appeals from the international community on human rights, as one journalist was imprisoned and two publications suspended.“Less than a week after the European Parliament passed a resolution urging Iran to respect its “obligations in line with international norms and instruments on human rights”, Yaghoub Salaki Nia was imprisoned at Evin jail in Tehran. His arrest on 31 October brought to ten the number of journalists imprisoned in the country,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“Iran remains deaf to appeals from the international community aimed at establishing a real dialogue on human rights,” the organisation said. ”Journalists are being held in custody without charge in defiance of the most basic rights. Some of them are suffering as a result of their prison conditions and need medical attention which has been denied to them,” it added.Intelligence ministry agents arrested freelance journalist, Yaghub Salaki Nia, a contributor to several banned media, including Shamesse Tabriz, Ahrar, Omid Zanjan, on 31 October. His house was searched and his work equipment and papers were seized. The journalist has also founded an organisation dedicated to the defence of political prisoners in the Iranian province of Azerbaijan. He was taken to Evin jail and it is not known what charges he faces. His family was able to visit him, on 5 November in the presence of prison warders and on the condition they did not discuss the issue of his imprisonment. Receive email alerts Less than a week after the European Parliament passed a resolution appealing to Iran to respect its international human rights promises, a journalist has been placed in custody. Two publications have been suspended by the Press Authorisation and Surveillance Commission. IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran RSF_en
In early September, news broke that Pittsburgh-born rapper Mac Miller had been found dead of an apparent drug overdose. He was 26 years old.Today, the results of his official toxicology report have been released by the L.A. County Coroners Office. The inquiry found Fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol in Miller’s system at the time of his death, though none in high enough concentrations to kill him on their own. As such, his cause of death has been ruled “mixed drug toxicity,” meaning that it was the combination of the substances in his system that caused the overdose.This official report is devastating, though sadly not entirely unsurprising in today’s terms. Mac Miller had a history of substance abuse throughout his short life and frequently spoke about his struggles in his music and interviews. Miller is also far from the first artist to meet his end due to an accidental mix of Fentanyl (an insanely strong opioid painkiller) and other substances in recent years. Prince‘s 2016 death was ruled an accidental overdose after an “exceedingly high” levels of Fentanyl was found in his system. Tom Petty‘s accidental overdose last year was also caused by mixed drug toxicity, as his autopsy found Fentanyl, oxycodone, generic Xanax, and other drugs found in his system.This prescription opioid crisis extends beyond celebrities as well, as the number of people taken by accidental overdoses on Fentanyl and similar opioid analogs like carfentanyl nationwide has continued to rise. As The Bunk Police founder Adam Auctor explained in a recent interview with Live For Live Music,These substances are being used to adulterate mainstream drugs because it’s incredibly cheap and it’s also very addictive. Whoever is manufacturing these things, be it cartels or some of these larger pill mills out in Eastern Europe, they’re using it because it’s financially beneficial to them. Not only is it highly addictive, but they can also sell a substance that people are going to enjoy for pennies, whereas real cocaine or heroin is going to be exponentially more expensive and less profitable for them.But fentanyl is showing up in a bunch of weird things, and it’s led to the deaths of some pretty famous people. Prince was an overdose on fentanyl. From what I understand, he had taken hydrocodone, but fentanyl was found in his system. Tom Petty overdosed on several different variations of fentanyl. Lil Peep overdosed on fentanyl that was cut into Xanax. He made a post I think on Instagram right beforehand with one of these Xanax pills in his mouth right before he died because of it. It’s incredibly saddening to see another talented artist taken too soon in this manner. Be careful out there, and look out for one another. Don’t let yourself or someone you love become another tragic statistic in our nation’s ongoing opioid epidemic.Rest in peace, Mac.Mac Miller – “Isn’t She Lovely” [Stevie Wonder cover, Solo Piano][Video: Mac Miller][H/T Rolling Stone]
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:The global solar photovoltaic (PV) market will expand by 129 GW in 2019, at a rate of 25%, led by countries other than China, IHS Markit said on Thursday.China, currently the world largest photovoltaic (PV) market, is seen to lift its annual solar installations by only 2% after adding 45 GW in 2018. The market outside China, however, is forecast to grow by 43%, the analysis firm said in its latest PV Installations Tracker, adding that countries like Spain and Vietnam, among others, will step up solar development to meet 2019 project commissioning deadlines after falling modules prices spurred demand at end-2018.Asia Pacific is expected to dominate PV installations this year, accounting for 64% of the global growth, followed by the Americas and Europe with 16% and 15%, respectively. According to Josefin Berg, research and analysis manager at IHS Markit, the outlook for China is now “highly uncertain” as it is still not clear whether a new support scheme for the PV sector will be introduced. “Plans to focus policy more on unsubsidised PV systems could slow near-term deployment, unless strict construction deadlines are imposed to spur 2019 demand” he added.The market uncertainty is set to encompass India, as well, after several tenders there were delayed at a time when the price of PV components grows due to the imposition of safeguard duties. Thus, India will step back and the US will once again become the second largest PV market in 2019 as developers there rush to complete their projects before the end of the 30% investment tax credit (ITC) this year.The European market, meanwhile, is anticipated to bring online over 19 GW of fresh solar in 2019 as it witnesses an uptake following the end of the minimum import price on PV modules from China, Taiwan and Malaysia in September 2018.More: Global PV market to grow by 129 GW in 2019 IHS Markit: Global solar PV installations to hit 129 GW this year
The vehicles were introduced by a 2016 law known as “loi Sapin”, and are subject to a regulatory framework combining elements of the IORP Directive and Solvency II, but not the latter’s capital charges and other financial requirements.Institution de Prévoyance Austerlitz delivers supplementary pension plans for former employees of three lenders: Crédit National, Banque Française du Commerce Extérieur (BFCE), and Credit d’Equipement des PME (CEPME). The plans are closed. One of France’s provident institutions is looking to take on pension fund status, having requested formal authorisation as an “institution de retraite professionelle supplémentaire (IRPS). ACPR, the supervisor for the banking and insurance sectors in France, published an official notice about the request – from Institution de Prévoyance Austerlitz – yesterday, with creditors having two months to register views on the draft authorisation. Institution de Prévoyance Austerlitz is planning to change its name to Institution Austerlitz in connection with the transformation into an IRPS, a new type of occupational pensions vehicle.Approval would take to four the number of these vehicles being lined up in France, following moves by insurance entities Aviva and Malakoff-Médéric last year, and Sacra this year.
Dogger Bank Wind Farm has signed a contract with Jan De Nul Group for the transport and installation of GE Haliade-X offshore wind turbines at Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B. “When taking the decision to build this exciting vessel we had exactly the type of project in mind like Dogger Bank Wind Farm in terms of scale and characteristics of the offshore sites and the turbines,” Philippe Hutse, Director Offshore Division at Jan De Nul Group, said. ”We are proud to contribute to the worldwide transition to renewable energies by installing the offshore wind turbines at Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B in the most efficient and clean manner possible.” SSE Renewables is leading the development and construction phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm and Equinor will lead on operations for its lifetime of at least 25 years from the Operations and Maintenance base at the Port of Tyne. “Dogger Bank is a record-breaking project, leading the way in terms of technology and scale. We are so pleased to have secured the Voltaire vessel for this project, not only is it the largest of its kind, but also the first Ultra-Low Emission jack-up vessel, which is truly pioneering. Innovation across all levels of the supply chain has enabled offshore wind projects to grow in size whilst reducing costs, and this has been a large factor in the growing success of offshore wind,” Halfdan Brustad, Vice President for Dogger Bank at Equinor, said. The Voltaire will also be the very first seagoing installation vessel of its kind to be an Ultra-Low Emission vessel (ULEv). Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B are now moving towards final investment decision, expected by the end of 2020. The installation of the 12 MW units at the site some 130 kilometres off the Yorkshire coast will start in 2023. When complete, Dogger Bank will generate enough energy to power over 4.5 million homes every year – around 5 per cent of the UK’s electricity needs. Currently under construction, the Voltaire will enter service in 2022. It will have a lifting capacity of over 3,000 tonnes. When the vessel has its legs fully extended and the crane at full height, it will measure 325 metres tall – taller than the Eiffel Tower. Steve Wilson, Dogger Bank Wind Farm’s Project Director at SSE Renewables, said: ”Jan De Nul has a proven track record of transporting and installing new generation offshore wind turbines at scale and its state-of-the-art Voltaire vessel will be the largest and ultra-clean jack up vessel ever seen in the industry when operational. This contract further demonstrates the industry-leading status of Dogger Bank Wind Farm and the innovative supply chain partners such as Jan De Nul that are delivering the project.” The 3.6 GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which is being delivered in the North Sea in three 1.2 GW phases, will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm when complete and is a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor. Dogger Bank Wind Farm secured 3.6 GW of offshore wind contracts in the UK Government’s 2019 contracts for difference auctions. Record low prices were awarded for the three projects making up Dogger Bank Wind Farm: Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B, and Dogger Bank C. Turbine transport and installation at the first two 1.2 GW phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be the first assignment for the world’s largest offshore jack-up installation vessel owned by Jan De Nul – the Voltaire. Source: Jan De Nul
These two gorgeous little dogs were callously dumped at the side of a road earlier this morning.The mother and her little pup were abandoned near Castlefin and were found by a local couple The couple who found the dogs are trying to find the owners, but they know it’s unlikely they will locate them after dumping them.If they can’t find a home for them, the dogs may have to be put to sleep.They would certainly brighten up your home!Do you know someone who would love to have them? If you’re interested in giving them a home then please contact Jacqueline on 0879353949. CAN YOU FIND HOME FOR TWO LITTLE DOGS SHAMEFULLY DUMPED AT THE SIDE OF A ROAD was last modified: July 27th, 2015 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) Tags:news
The enduring memory of the 2002 season will be one of incredulity, confusion, anger and disbelief after the Springboks were torn apart in three successive Tests on their end of year European tour, losing by record margins to France, Scotland and England. It was a disheartening showing after performances earlier in the year had hinted at a revival of Bok fortunes.Not everything was bad, though. The Bankfin Currie Cup was one of the more exciting competitions of recent times and some exciting, young and talented players emerged. This is my assessment of the 2002 season:Player of the Year: Joe van NiekerkIn what became a very forgettable year for the Springboks, Joe van Niekerk was the one player that was consistent in playing at a high level with skill and passion. He stood out all the more because of this during the Boks’ dismal end of year tour of Europe. Van Niekerk’s try against Australia at Ellis Park in a memorable 33-31 victory was one of the best five-pointers of the year.Special mention: Kennedy TsimbaAlthough he wasn’t able to play international rugby, the Cheetahs’ Zimbabwean flyhalf Kennedy Tsimba added a spark to the domestic season with assured and exciting displays. His decision-making, kicking and obvious joy and passion for the game helped inspire a fine run for the young Free State team. Tsimba’s sparkling personality shone through in his play and he provided fans of rugby with delightful highlights to remember. He finished the season as both the highest points and try scorer in South African rugby.Most overlooked player: Warren BritzOne of the Sharks’ best players in the Super 12, Warren Britz earned his first Springbok cap against Wales in Bloemfontein in early June, but was left out of the squad in the next Test. Britz didn’t allow this disappointment to affect his performances and he enjoyed an excellent Bankfin Currie Cup season, earning himself a nomination as player of the year in the competition. At the conclusion of the Currie Cup, though, Britz found himself out in the cold when the squad to tour Europe was announced. Given that it was coach Rudolf Straeuli’s contention that players would be selected on form and health it was quite a shock that Britz didn’t earn a call up; in the light of the record losses then incurred on the tour it became maybe an even bigger injustice to the hard-working Sharks’ flanker.Best Test performance of the year: SA 33 Australia 31, Ellis ParkIn a topsy-turvy contest the Springboks scored the first four tries of the match before conceding three and the lead to Australia. With time expired on the clock and the Wallabies enjoying a man advantage after centre Marius Joubert was given his marching orders, the Boks launched a final furious counter-attack that was finished off by Werner Greeff after he hit the Australian defences at full speed on a perfect angle. Despairing tacklers failed to hold on to Greeff who powered through for a try. That wasn’t the end of the tension, however, as Greeff needed to goal his own try to win the game for the Boks. He was successful and South Africa recorded its most memorable victory of 2002. It was this match that gave Springbok fans so much hope for better things to come before the disastrous end of year tour to Europe.Worst Test performance of the year: SA 3 England 53Take your pick really. I have opted for the England humiliation because of the size of the defeat, but it could also have been the 30-10 loss to France or the 21-6 setback against Scotland. In all three of these Tests the Springboks were poor, poor, poor and for supporters (such as myself) it was torturous to watch a team that seemed to have inexplicably lost its way completely only three months after an exhilarating win over Australia at Ellis Park. The entire European tour was a nightmare and the Boks scored a sum total of one try in three Tests. They totalled 19 points and conceded 104, hardly worthy of a team with a ranking in the top five of world rugby.Newcomer of the year: Derick HougaardNo contest here: Derick Hougaard played a pivotal role in leading the Blue Bulls to the Bankfin Currie Cup title. It all started when he turned out against defending champions Western Province in Pretoria and in a superb display of tactical and goal kicking he weighed-in with 30 points in the Bulls’ 35-29 win, with nine penalties and a coolly taken dropped goal. The following week he knocked over a penalty with time expired (and scored 14 points) to guide the Bulls to a 29-28 victory over Griquas. The following weekend he scored 13 in a 45-0 shellacking of the Falcons. That win sealed a tough semi-final away to the Sharks. Playing in rainy, wet conditions Hougaard controlled the game with his boot and netted 17 points in the Bulls shock 22-20 win over the favoured Sharks. That left only one more game to play: the Currie Cup final. Once more Hougaard dictated matters and put the points on the board with his boot. His haul of 26 points was a new record for the Currie Cup final as the Bulls surged to a 31-7 success. It came as little surprise when Hougaard was voted the Blue Bulls’ Player of the Year. Without the 19-year old flyhalf it is doubtful that the Currie Cup would today be housed in Pretoria.Coach of the year: Heyneke MeyerHeyneke Meyer’s Bulls Super 12 outfit, made up mostly of players from the Blue Bulls endured a horrible season, losing every single one of their 12 matches whilst conceding 500 points, an average of 42 points a game. Somehow he managed to instil confidence in his players at the Blue Bulls, come up with a game plan to suit their strengths and then outplay the competition to earn the team an unexpected Bankfin Currie Cup title. Earlier their had been talk of Meyer being fired, of former Northern Transvaal players staging a campaign to have him fired, but in the end he had the last laugh as his side surged to a 31-7 victory over the Lions in Johannesburg to lift South African’s rugby’s premier domestic title.Provincial upset of the year: Blue Bulls 48 Eastern Province 50Heading into their match against eventual Bankfin Currie Cup champions, The Blue Bulls, away at Loftus Versfeld, the Mighty Elephants had been anything but mighty, losing all five games that they had played up till then. The in-form Bulls looked as if they would run away to another comfortable win over the struggling Elephants when they went into halftime with a healthy 27-12 lead. However, after the break, they conceded 38 points and were ultimately outscored eight tries to six. Making this result all the more remarkable is that Bulls finished the season as the team with the best defensive record in the Currie Cup. In fact, during the round-robin part of the competition, they conceded just 13 tries in seven matches! On a notable positive note for the Currie Cup champs, Derick Hougaard turned out at flyhalf and with six conversions a penalty and a dropped goal contributed 18 points.Special mention: Lions 50 Western Province 13Western Province, the defending Bankfin Currie Cup champions, were playing for their survival in the competition, away to the Lions at Ellis Park. Province got onto the scoreboard first and opened up a 10-nil lead, but the Lions clawed their way back into the contest and by halftime had levelled matters at 10-10. In the second half it was all one-way traffic as the home team ran in 40 points, while the champions managed only three in reply. It was a brilliant showing from the Lions and a shocking end to Province’s season, keeping them out of the semi-finals. The magnitude of the margin of victory earns this showdown special mention as upset of the year.Provincial Game of the Year: Pumas 35 Lions 36The Blue Bulls’ 35-26 victory over Western Province at Loftus Versfeld and the Cheetahs 35-29 win over the Blue Bulls at Vodacom Park came close to cracking the nod in this category, but, given the impact of the victory, the Lions 36-35 squeaker over the Pumas in Witbank is the choice here. Had Louis Koen not made a kick from the halfway line (that barely made it over) with time up the Lions could have kissed their Currie Cup hopes goodbye. Thanks to that kick, however, they were able to stay in the running and eventually went on to gain home ground advantage for the final. Koen’s kick was worth some millions to the Golden Lions Rugby Union, but unfortunately for his team they came up well short in the final against the Blue Bulls when they were manhandled 31-7.Feel-good moment of the yearThe victory by the ‘Baby Boks’ in the IRB under-21 World Cup made fans feel good about the future of rugby in South Africa. On the way to the title the team defeated both New Zealand and Australia, displaying passion and a never-say-die attitude. Unfortunately, later in the year, captain Clyde Rathbone was signed away from South African rugby by the ACT Brumbies…FIRST CLASS LEADERS 2002Points’ scorers: Kennedy Tsimba (Free State Cheetahs) 406Andre Pretorius (Lions) 314Brett Hennessy (Mighty Elephants) 210Slang Roux (Griffons) 190Rynard van As (Eagles) 185Derick Hougaard (Blue Bulls) 182Try scorers: Kennedy Tsimba (Free State Cheetahs) 19Stefan Terblanche (Natal Sharks) 17Jaque Fourie (Lions) 15Etienne Botha (Falcons) 13Darryl Coeries (Boland Cavaliers) 13John Daniels (Lions) 13Manie du Toit (Eagles) 13
22 April 2014South African wheelchair racing star Ernst van Dyk became the first person to win the Boston Marathon 10 times when he sped to victory on Monday.Van Dyk already held the record for most victories in the Boston Marathon, having moved one ahead of American wheelchair racer Jean Driscoll when he won his ninth title in 2010.Amazing recordNow 41, Van Dyk’s amazing run in the Boston Marathon, which began in 1897, has been achieved in only 15 appearances in the event. He has claimed victories from 2001 to 2006, from 2008 to 2010, and now again in 2014.He dominated the race from the start, winning in 1:20:36. Only in 2004, when he set the former course record of 1:18:27, did he finish in a faster time.Japan’s Kota Hokinoue claimed second, finishing 38 seconds behind Van Dyk.Heartbreak HillIt was a tough race, Van Dyk told the South African Broadcasting Corporation afterwards: “I could see them, but I knew if I could cross Heartbreak Hill [just after the 30-kilometre mark] first, the people in the last five miles were never going to catch me,” he said.“It was really, really incredible.”CongratulationsSouth African Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula took to Twitter to congratulate him, writing: “Congratulations! To Ernst Van Dyk for winning the wheelchair Boston marathon. Viva Van Dyk Viva!”Golf legend Gary Player also praised Van Dyk, writing: “Incredible 10th victory in #BostonMarathon @ErnstvanDyk. Congratulations to a South African & @LaureusSport member. Respect #BostonStrong”Long recognised as a giant in the world of disability sports, Van Dyk’s excellence was recognised by the Laureus World Sports Academy in 2006 when he was named the Laureus Sportsperson of the Year.