SA surfer runner-up at World Juniors

first_img12 October 2012 Buitendag’s results in 2012 have included a victory in the CHIKO Pro Junior in Newcastle, Australia, another win in the six-star-rated Movistar Women’s Pro in Piura, Peru, and another title in the six-star Azores Pro at the beginning of October. The waves were outstanding and Buitendag and Van Dijk were deserving finalists, having scored six of the top 10 highest wave scores of the event in the lead-up to the final. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘A great warm-up’“Nikki surfed really well, I’m very happy for her. This event has been a great warm-up for me to get ready to surf on next year’s ASP Women’s World Championship Tour,” she concluded. Led throughoutIn the title-decider, the Australian held the lead throughout, using her smooth style to glide down the line and unleash some crisp and powerful carves. Rising South African surfing star Bianca Buitendag fell at the final hurdle at the Oakley ASP World Junior Championships in Bali on Friday, but nonetheless walked away as runner-up for the title of world junior champion. ShoneBuitendag shone throughout the event, using powerful backhand surfing to storm through a draw stacked with the best junior surfers in the world. In the final, unfortunately for her, she was unable to find the best waves to execute the moves that saw her post big scores in the earlier rounds. “I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt!” Van Dijk said after securing victory. Next year, she will join the top 17 surfers in the world on the elite ASP Women’s World Championship Tour and is certainly one to watch. “I just want to thanks my Oakley for putting this event on, and God for giving us great surf. “I was nervous the whole heat! I was shaky when I was trying to stand up. I think I was just so excited to be out there in such perfect waves. “I’m really happy with second,” Buitendag said. “I came here with no expectations and to finish like this has been great. Australia’s Nikki van Dijk took the victory in six-foot surf, with flawless tubes and walls reeling down the reef at Keramas, which set the perfect stage for the battle for the title. In January 2011, she won the Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior Championships. SAinfo reporter “I’m so honoured to win! This is what I dream of, it’s amazing! To be here with my sister and friends is amazing. I know all my family and friends at home will be so excited!”last_img read more

Rajasthan Anti-Corruption Bureau unearths riverbed sand smuggling

first_imgThe Rajasthan Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has unearthed a racket in the smuggling of bajri (riverbed sand), allegedly involving police officials who were taking bribes from trucks carrying sand brought from the Banas river in the Tonk district. A police constable carrying bribe money worth ₹1.4 lakh was arrested on Thursday night.‘Large-scale corruption’The Station House Officer (SHO) of the Peeplu Police Station, suspected to be involved in the racket and named as a co-accused in the case, is missing. Constable Kailash Jat reportedly told the ACB sleuths that large-scale corruption involved several police officials among whom the bribe money was distributed.According to the ACB’s sources, trucks packed with sand passing through highways in the Tonk, Sawai Madhopur and Dholpur districts were stopped by policemen for checking and their drivers forced to pay a bribe. Illegal sand mining is reported to be rampant in these districts.Riverbed sand, which is mixed with cement for construction, has not been legally available in the State since November 2017, when the Supreme Court imposed a ban on its mining. The non-availability of sand had an adverse impact on the construction of houses and stalled several government and private projects, besides leading to illegal mining.Complete ban Though the halt to construction activities rendered a large number of workers and labourers unemployed, the Supreme Court later came down heavily on the State government for giving licences for sand mining without environmental clearances, while staying as many as 82 such licences.The complete ban on riverbed sand mining came following the failure of State government and miners to get environmental clearances on time. The apex court earlier this month also stayed the auction of sand mining blocks for which Letters of Intent were issued without getting clearance from the Environment Ministry.last_img read more

Intel Launches 4th Generation Processors Offers Upto 50 More Battery Life

first_imgIntel officially unveiled its fourth generation processors at Asia’s largest trade IT fair, Computex, in Taipei on Tuesday.The fourth generation processors formerly known as Haswell is expected to give a whopping 50 percent more battery life and faster data encryption compared to its predecessors.”Delivering Intel’s largest generation-over-generation gain in battery life enablement  in company history, 4th generation Intel Core processors can bring an 50 percent improvement in battery life over the previous generation in active workloads when watching movies or surfing the internet, and two to three times improvement in standby battery life. For some systems coming to market this year, over 9 hours of active use battery life or 10 to 13 days of standby with fresh data on a single charge is expected,” stated the US chip giant.”4th generation Intel core processors offer the most significant gain in battery life enabling ever achieved by Intel, up to double the graphics and CPU performance improvements that are delivering exciting new consumer experienced, ” said Kirk Skaugen, the senior vice president and general manager, Intel PC client group.The new processors introduced at Computex is specifically designed for 2-in-1 ultrabook laptops which could combine the performance of a PC with the mobility of a tablet. “It’s (the ultrabook) a tablet when you want it, and a notebook when you need it,” said Skaugen.The fourth-generation processors will gradually replace the third-generation Ivy Bridge. According to a statement issued by the company, the products sporting the fourth generation Intel Core vPro would be available later this year. The prices for the new Intel Core processor is listed on www.intc.com.last_img read more