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Japan’s Hanyu sets Olympic record in short program

Japan’s Hanyu sets Olympic record in short program

first_imgView comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Was he ever. In what amounted to a spectacular jumping contest complemented by superb spins and intricate footwork amid intense pressure, the top four were magnificent and spotless.“I probably could get a little bit more points into the program, but not much more,” Fernandez said. “We’re hitting the limits of figure skating right now.”Two-time U.S. champion Nathan Chen, a pre-games favorite, was anything but spot-on. He missed on all his jumps, plummeting to 17th place with a tentative and passionless showing.“I’ve never been in this spot so I really don’t know what to do,” Chen said. He skated after Hanyu and the Pooh bear delay, something Chen had experienced before without being bothered by it. “I thought I did everything right in my general approach and it just didn’t work out the way it was supposed to.”Fellow American Adam Rippon finished seventh without attempting a quad in what was otherwise a high-wire act for the men.ADVERTISEMENT Hanyu might have done his best work avoiding the Poohs — sort of his trademark because he collects them — that fell around him when he finished his skate. Thousands of mini-flags featuring the Japanese rising sun had greeted Hanyu to the ice.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan leaves the ice following his performance in the men’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Somewhere in the midst of hundreds of cascading Winnie The Pooh dolls stood Yuzuru Hanyu.Oh yeah, there he was, at center ice, bowing to a huge ovation for an Olympic-record short program.ADVERTISEMENT Federer ‘never imagined’ having chance to become oldest number one The defending Olympic champion from Japan scored 111.68 points Friday, building more than a four-point lead over Spain’s Javier Fernandez, who happens to share the same coach, two-time Olympic medalist Brian Orser.Hanyu’s countryman Shoma Uno was third at 104.17, followed by China’s Jin Boyang at 103.32.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHanyu missed two months of training with an ankle injury and only recently returned to full practices. No matter. He hit every element of a highly difficult program with precision and grace.“I just wanted to show everyone I’m back, I’m here,” Hanyu said. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READlast_img read more

PBA All-Star show on

PBA All-Star show on

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLed by the most decorated coach in league history and a superstar hoping to make a memorable homecoming, the PBA Mindanao All-Stars take the first crack at the Smart PBA All-Stars on Wednesday night in the first of three legs of the annual mid-season showcase at Davao del Sur Sports Complex in Digos City.Coach Tim Cone will call the shots for the Mindanao All Stars led by Digos-born Scottie Thompson as they test the Smart All-Stars whose members make up the national team seeing action in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls The Barangay Ginebra coach is looking forward to giving the national team the warm up it needs as Gilas prepares for the Qualifiers next month.“We’ll look like Gilas than Gilas themselves,” said Cone of the 7:30 p.m. match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We’ll be the small team playing a team like the Australians. We’ll play Gilas style.”The national team is preparing for their June 29 match-up against Chinese Taipei in Taiwan and July 2 against Australia at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gilas veterans Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Calvin Abueva, Troy Rosario, Roger Pogoy, Mac Belo, Carl Bryan Cruz and Allein Maliksi attended practice on Monday.The Smart All-Stars will be handled by Meralco’s Norman Black, who is in his fifth All Star appearance but will be coaching in the annual spectacle for the first time in 21 years.Cone, a winner of two Grand Slams with Alaska and San Mig Coffee (now Magnolia), will handle a team that also includes his former players from those teams—Mark Barroca, PJ Simon, Rafi Reavis, Sonny Thoss and Cyrus Baguio.Mac Belo, Baser Amer, Poy Erram, RR Garcia and Carlo Lastimosa complete the regional All Stars that will try to duplicate, if not better, a 114-114 standoff the Mindanao squad scored versus Gilas in Cagayan de Oro City last year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sino-Filipino Day golf tournament set for May 28 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Essequibo Coast resident captures jaguar

Essequibo Coast resident captures jaguar

first_imgThe majestic female jaguar which was captured at Lima Sands, Essequibo CoastA jaguar has been captured by a resident of Lima Sands, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Guyana Times understands that the majestic animal was discovered wandering around the village about 03:00h on Tuesday.Marvin Calvan quickly went into action and captured the animal. The jaguar, a young female, is currently secured in a cage.Jaguars often roam the area at nights, and residents complain that the animals feed on their livestock.The Guyana Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Panthera Corporation, aimed at conserving the feline species.Founded in 2006, Panthera is an organisation devoted exclusively to preserving wild cats and their critical role in the world’s ecosystems.The jaguar is the third-largest feline in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere.In Guyana, these creatures are often spotted along trails or at gaps along the forest edge where roads or rivers run. Sightings are most common in the Iwokrama Forest, especially along the main roadway.Globally, jaguar populations are on the decline, primarily as a result of the loss of habitat and conflict with people. As a result, these animals are listed as a ‘near threatened’ species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).last_img read more

House fire in Dawson Creek

House fire in Dawson Creek

first_imgOne home has suffered extensive damage after a fire in Dawson Creek.Saturday afternoon, the Dawson Creek Fire Department was called to house fire on 8th street near 91st avenue. The single family residence suffered extensive damage because of the fire.- Advertisement -The one person who lived at the home was able to escape without injury.  At this time the cause of the fire is still under investigation.Emergency social services has been called in to help the lone occupant of the home find shelter and the basic necessities he will now need.If you have any further information about the fire, including photo or video, email contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comlast_img

Albion, RHT Bakewell to clash in historic 100-Ball final today

Albion, RHT Bakewell to clash in historic 100-Ball final today

first_imgThe Hampshire Cricket Ground located in Lower Corentyne is the venue for the historic final of the 2018 Berbice Cricket Board (BCB)/Raffik Construction Services 100 Balls Cricket Tournament. Arch-rivals Albion Community Centre Cricket Club and Rose Hall Town Bakewell are set to clash today from 14:00h.Rose Hall Town Bakewell are led by National Under-19 player Kevin Sinclair and he should expect support from fellow national players Junior Sinclair, Jonathan Rampersaud, Kevlon Anderson, Keith Simpson, Joshua Vantull, Chanderpaul Govindan and Mahendra Gopilall.Rose Hall Town Bakewell also have a strong bowling attack, which will be spearheaded by pacer Sylus Tyndall while left-arm spinners Jeremy Sandia and Keith Simpson offer backup.Albion are led by the experienced Adrian Sukhwa. The former National Under-19 batsman will be supported by Antonio February, Ritesh Umroa, Kevin Umroa, Rajesh Kassinauth, and Karwan Chaitnarine.As per norm, the Albion Community Centre bowling attack comprises mostly spin with national junior spinners Kevin Umroa, Karran Arjpaul and Gouraz Ramesh in the attack.BCB President Hilbert Foster stated that his Board was delighted with the success of the 100-Ball Cricket Tournament, the first of its kind to be played in the West Indies. The match consists of 14 six-ball overs and two eight-ball overs to each team. The Tournament has proven to be very popular, with large crowds turning up at the different venues. The main objective of the Tournament is to promote the game at the grassroots level in the Lower/Central Corentyne area.last_img read more

Angels’ season is on the line at Fenway

Angels’ season is on the line at Fenway

first_imgto playing in a best-of-5 series and losing the opener on the road. Really, the Angels have to win tonight, find a way to muster some semblance of offense or they could be looking at another Red Sox sweep. They cannot afford to go back home down 0-2 with young Jered Weaver on the mound against Curt Schilling, and Boston ace Josh Beckett again waiting for a possible Game 4. They need to get after Boston’s curious right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka right off. They need Vladimir Guerrero to find his power stroke. They need to trust that Garret “One-Eyed Willie” Anderson really can see out of that half-shut eye. They need the rabbits to get on base, for the offense to again manufacture runs. Because if you just look at the two lineups, the Angels look overmatched. The Red Sox did not tie for the best record in baseball because they struggled at the plate. They are loaded and their pitching staff was the best in the American League. The Angels lost the opener of each of their three series in 2002 and still captured their first World Series. Wednesday’s loss does not signify the end to their season, but it does set off alarms, and it does bring extra pressure to bear tonight. “It’s a best-of-5 series,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Every game is going to have significance.” The Red Sox are playing with grand confidence, the kind the Angels had during the summer when they jumped out to an impressive early lead, and then swelled it again in early September. “We got to a time when we were in that streak and (Gary) Matthews was in there and I liked our lineup,” hitting coach Mickey Hatcher said. “We had a lot of lefty-righty, a lot of switch-hitters in there. “Guys were healthy and playing their game with a lot of confidence. And there was one point when we could just put anybody in there and it worked.” But these Angels are playing without injured Gary Matthews Jr., and that is a difficult loss for an already shaky lineup to overcome. A sore arm has relegated Guerrero to DH. As an outfielder this year he hit .345; as a DH he batted .270. Scioscia hopes to start Guerrero in right field tonight, allowing him to bring at least one more power bat, either Juan Rivera or Kendry Morales, into the lineup. Chone Figgins would move from right to center, Reggie Willits would head to the bench and Maicer Izturis would remain at third. The Angels have been so ravaged with injuries and fill-ins that the light-hitting Izturis, via his .406 average with runners in scoring position, batted fifth in Wednesday’s opener. “I don’t think there’s been any game this season where we’ve said, `Here’s the lineup that we built the model around in spring training and winter, and have at it,”‘ Scioscia said. “We’ve had injuries the whole year. “We’ve had some young guys come up and play terrific baseball for us. You see a guy like Izzy hitting fifth for us, which is not your prototypical fifth hitter, but he does a terrific job with guys in scoring position. “We’ve had to be creative. We’ve done it all season and will continue to do it. We’ve found a way to score runs without the model that was built for this club. And we’re going to keep going.” That model led the Angels to 94 victories, but they were manufacturing runs with a healthy Matthews and Anderson. And it wasn’t coming against the top three starters on one of baseball’s best teams. Anderson was baseball’s hottest hitter after the All-Star break, but is now battling conjunctivitis in his left eye and losing. The pink-eye does not appear to be improving and it was still swollen and half closed at Thursday’s workout. “It’s unbelievable,” Hatcher said. “I don’t know how many rounds he went with Tyson. This guy wants to play. I’ve taken him in the cages and thrown to him, and he’s swung good. “He says he’s fine. If he says he’s fine, he’s going to be out there.” At a time when the Angels most need his bat, his effectiveness has been jeopardized. In the opener, he went 0-for-4 against Beckett with two strikeouts. “I don’t think you can make a judgment by what happened in (Wednesday’s) game,” Hatcher said. “That guy was fantastic and made everybody look bad. He made everybody look like both eyes were swollen.” Yet if this were the regular season, there is little doubt Anderson would be out. But they badly need him now, and really, their options are few. “Unless his left eye looks as bad as his right (today), he’s starting,” Scioscia said. Things will look very bad for the Angels tonight without a victory. The postseason has barely begun, and already a crucial game awaits. The Angels cannot allow its suddenness to catch them unaware. Only their season is at stake. stephen.dilbeck@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOSTON – It’s taken almost eight months to arrive here, and yet the moment feels so rushed, it’s almost unexpected. A slight pause, a slow inhale and suddenly the Angels’ entire season lies uncomfortably before them. Lose tonight and the Angels are not backed up to the cliff, but dangling from it. Not just gasping but sinking. It has been such a long, hard-fought battle that to arrive at a point where one playoff loss puts so much in peril seems almost unfair, but there it is. That’s the downside last_img
CYA wards learn the hard way

CYA wards learn the hard way

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHINO – An explosive shock of hair may distinguish William “Lil’ Will” Paschal, but it’s the tattoo on his neck that tells his story.“Big Will – RIP,” reads the homage to his father, an accidental victim in what Paschal said was a gang-related shooting.“That’s what made me really wild,” he said.Nearly a decade later, Paschal and his team of young convicts delivered an unexpected upset at the football championship game last month at the Heman G. Stark Youth Correctional Facility.The team from M and N, a cellblock mostly reserved for wards recovering from substance abuse, shut out the powerhouse team from block G and H, 16-0.After trading more than an hour of harsh trash-talking during the game, the teams didn’t rush each other with makeshift weapons. Unexpectedly, the victorious wards lined up, clapped and shouted for the other team.“Give it up for G and H!” they yelled across the field.Not to say the Stark athletes are always models of good sportsmanship.Things on the field can get rough, said David Renn, an intense 19-year-old from San Diego. “This ain’t high school football,” said Renn. “This is con-ball!”Although the facility’s name and philosophy has changed numerous times, wards have been playing football at Stark for more than four decades.“I’ve been here 20 and change, but sometimes it feels like I got 15-to-life,” joked Chuck Vasquez, a soft-spoken correctional of- ficer who coordinates the athletic program at Stark. “But I’ve got the best job in the state.”Vasquez responds to the frequently outrageous behavior of the wards with a disarming chuckle. But in a place where compassion can be taken for weakness, he tempers his empathy with a tough, no-nonsense attitude.Because at Stark, everyone is tough.Inside cellblocks M and N, catcalls, shouts and casual vulgarity form an unbroken wall of sound. In the evening and throughout the night, a blue light illuminates each cell.When they are not sleeping, however, most wards spend little time locked inside.For a few hours a week during the three-month season, the 100 or so wards in the league live large and play hard between the end zones.“We try to keep it as real as it can be,” Vasquez said. “All these guys, when they’re out on the field think they’re Brett Favre, Peyton Manning or Drew Bledsoe.”Playing team sports, Vasquez said, can help the wards “make it in the modern world.”Color photos printed from the Internet line the walls of Vasquez’s office, illustrating that his argument is more than idealism. Each photo features David Pak, starting guard for Utah State’s basketball team and a former Stark ward who also once served time at the Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility in Whittier.Pak, a senior at Utah State, never played organized sports before being locked up on a rape conviction at 17. He said Stark’s athletic program made the difference during his years locked up.Officially, the only requirements to play sports at Stark are a doctor’s approval and a record of good behavior. But in a facility where many wards are still caught in the patterns that brought them there, Vasquez said they look for those ready to be serious.Short-timers like Paschal, who was to be released five days after the championship game, usually don’t risk playing because an injury could mean a delayed release.Paschal, 22, was 12 when his father was gunned down. He became involved with the Bounty Hunters, a Watts gang affiliated with the Bloods.Winning with his underdog team, Paschal said, was a good precursor to his release.“I’m feeling focused,” he said. “If I can achieve something with all the odds stacked against me, then I know I can do it.” kenneth.ruiz@dailybulletin.com(909) 483-9340last_img read more

Stephen Vogt draws rare assignment, leads Giants to first four-game win streak in 2019

Stephen Vogt draws rare assignment, leads Giants to first four-game win streak in 2019

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — Of the 270 regular season games Madison Bumgarner has pitched in his career, Buster Posey has been behind the plate for all but 60 of them.The teammates share a close bond as the two longest-tenured Giants, but with Bumgarner starting a day game following a night game, manager Bruce Bochy felt he needed to rest Posey who recently returned from the injured list following a hamstring injury.All …last_img

Health care goes high tech in South Africa

Health care goes high tech in South Africa

first_img21 April 2016The innovative Electronic Bed Management System (eBMS) had reduced patient waiting times for beds by at least two hours at some hospitals in the Steve Biko Academic Cluster in Pretoria, said the Gauteng department of health at the official launch on 19 April.During the pilot phase at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital earlier this year, the system proved successful and it was decided to roll out the eBMS throughout the cluster.On average, 27.7 million patients visit hospitals across South Africa’s Gauteng province annually and there has been a shortage of beds.What is an electronic bed management system?The project is about managing hospital beds in the context of high demand on public health #eBMS— MECHealthGP (@GautengHealth) April 19, 2016See more:Already, staff members have commended the new system.“Hospital personnel are using the information gleaned from eBMS to make both long- and short-term decisions that have led to some hospitals seeing a reduction in patient waiting times and better ward and staff utilisation,” the department said.How it workseBMS allows hospital staff to view bed availability within their hospital on a large display screen. Because of its cloud-based technology, the information can even be accessed via the internet on computers or mobile devices such as phones and tablets.“This system can tell us where we should take casualty patients immediately, this is based on real time information” – MEC Mahlangu #eBMS— MECHealthGP (@GautengHealth) April 19, 2016Better careKalafong Hospital clinical manager Dr Khin Htwe said management was using eBMS to make reallocation decisions about ward beds.“We have split not frequently used wards to move beds to a ward that is always busy,” added Htwe. “Having had the system in place since early January, Kalafong has already seen a two-hour reduction in their casualty waiting times.” It helped to improve patient care because of increased transparency.Gauteng emergency medical services will also use the system when transporting patients to hospitals, which will lead to better co-ordination of it services.MEC for Health Qedani Mahlangu said the introduction of this system was part of initiatives by the department to improve health care provision through the use of technology.She anticipated the system would be fully implemented across the province by the end of 2016.MEC Qedani Mahlangu, addressing the #eBMS launch event. “This technology is crucial for hospitals and @GautengEMS ” pic.twitter.com/6Qe1EBUjOa— MECHealthGP (@GautengHealth) April 19, 2016Source: South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

Discover small-town South Africa

Discover small-town South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa is known for its gold and diamonds, but if you want to discover its real gems, head for the small towns and villages that lie just off the beaten the track – the country’s heartland.Small towns in South Africa are the country’s hidden gems. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterOften a haven for artists and creative people who need peace and quiet to flourish, small towns give travellers the opportunity to meet colourful local characters who still have the time to talk and settings that can take your breath away.Western CapeEastern CapeMpumalangaFree StateNorth WestWESTERN CAPEKnysnaLying on the Garden Route in the Western Cape, the coastal town of Knysna offers incredible vistas of the lagoon and the ocean and a famous forest that shelters elusive elephants.At the Knysna Heads the ocean crashes through a narrow rocky outcrop to feed the waters of the lagoon – a nursery for all manner of sea life, such as the tiny Knysna seahorse. Voted South Africa’s best small town in a recent competition, Knysna is rich in art galleries and offers great coffee shops and restaurants. Then there’s the feast of oysters, both cultivated in the lagoon and harvested in the wild.Knysna’s people are by far its most colourful attraction, ranging from the obviously arty to Rastafarians – a whole settlement – as well as fishermen and the wealthy, who have found their paradise along South Africa’s garden route.Visit the Knysna Tourism websiteFranschhoekIn the heart of the Cape Winelands, Franschoek is a little bit of France in Africa. Settled by French Huguenots who fled religious persecution in the 1700s, it is known for its restaurants, five-star guest-houses and excellent wineries. This area is second to Cape Town as the culinary heart of South Africa. Home-made cheeses, preserves, chocolates, baked goods and breads are on show in all the local shops, and the town has a wealth of art galleries.Visit the Franschhoek Tourism websiteSimonstownSimonstown near Cape Town is founded on naval tradition. From the early days this town functioned as the principal South Atlantic Base for the Royal Navy before it became the home of the South-African navy. Visitors can explore the fascinating Naval Museum, walk the streets to soak up the atmosphere and relax in one of the many ocean-side restaurants and bars following a naval theme. Whales and great white sharks patrol these waters and sightings are common.Visit the Simonstown websiteDarlingThe little town of Darling, lying between the West Coast and the Swartland in the Western Cape, is one of South Africa’s foremost artist colonies. Easily accessible from Cape Town, it first attracted attention from the carpets of wild flowers that blossom in the springtime.Quaint restaurants and coffee shops, a theatre, a number of B&Bs and a myriad of shops have since sprung up in this scenic setting. The town also has a famous ambassador, Mrs Evita Bezuidenhout – otherwise known as South African actor and satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys.Visit the Darling Tourism websiteVisit the Evita se Perron websitePaternosterVisiting the West Coast town of Paternoster, north of Cape Town, is like walking into a living painting, with colourful fishing boats, fishermen’s houses, holiday homes and huge boulders overlooking the bay. Everyone meets at the local hotel to swap stories, and a beach braai of lobster and fresh local fish is tradition, with the sunset over the ocean providing the perfect setting.Visit the Paternoster websiteOudtshoornThe home of the local ostrich industry and the annual Klein-Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn lies in an arid but spectacular setting in the shadow of the Western Cape’s Swartberg Mountains.The mansions built by ostrich feather farmers of yesteryear are a must-see, as are the spectacular Cango caves, often a venue for choral performances. Enjoy ostrich dishes in local restaurants, and shop for ostrich leather products.Visit the Oudtshoorn Info websiteMatjiesfonteinToday a testament to Victorian splendour, this railway stop became a small town thanks to one man – James Logan. An official with the Cape Government Railways, he suffered from a chest complaint. A transfer to the Karoo proved so beneficial that he decided to stay, farm and acquire land there, amongst which was the area around the Matjiesfontein station.He realised locomotives travelling inland were thirsty for water – and so were their passengers. He pumped water from his farm bore holes to the station and while the locomotives tanked up, he served the passengers food and drink in his restaurant. The restaurant gave way to the majestic Lord Milner hotel he built in the elegant Victorian style. It is as fashionable today as it was way back then.Visit the Matjiesfontein websiteEASTERN CAPENieu BethesdaA Hollywood movie has even been made in this tiny Karoo hamlet to celebrate its most famous inhabitant – Helen Martins. An artist and recluse, she created fantasy creatures out of glass and cement and scandalised the town with her eccentric ways.Her home, known as the Owl House, is a museum where huge camel sculptures, wise men and owls stand testament to her vision and passion. It has become a place of pilgrimage for artists and travellers alike.The Ibis Gallery on the main road of Nieu Bethesda boasts contemporary South African art, while the local watering hole is home to some of the area’s more colourful inhabitants.Visit the Nieu Bethesda websiteVisit the Owl House website Owl House: recluse’s masterpiecePort St JohnsPort St Johns is a swashbuckling village of legend on the Pondo side of the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. It is also one of the highlights on any international backpacker’s world itinerary because of its natural setting, frontier atmosphere and appeal to more adventurous younger travellers.From one of the most interesting airstrips in Africa, one can see the famed Gates of St Johns (Mounts Thesiger and Sullivan) on either side of the river. Three good beaches, excellent fishing and a general atmosphere of live and let live have made the coastal village a hotspot for young tourists looking for adventure on the wild side of Africa.Visit the Port St Johns websiteHippos and hippies at Port St JohnsMPUMALANGADullstroomThe trout-fishing capital of South Africa and only two hours from Johannesburg, Dullstroom offers city dwellers the perfect weekend getaway. Founded by Dutch settler Wolterus Dull 120 years ago, the town has beautiful scenery, great bird life, delightful decor and antique shops and lots of local colour.Don’t miss the pancake parlour in the middle of town or some of the more lively pubs and bars. There are one or two superb restaurants in the area and accommodation ranges from rustic to fabulous and five-star. And Dullstroom’s sweet shop is the finest in the country .Visit the Dullstroom Online websiteVisit the Dullstroom Reservations websiteVisit the Dullstroom Info websitePilgrims RestThe entire town of Pilgrims Rest has been declared a national monument. Established the 1880s after gold was found along the banks of the Pilgrims Creek River, the town is a living museum, giving visitors a glimpse of life in the early gold-rush days of South Africa.The graveyard is a must-see for its historic gravesites, such as the robber’s grave, and the buildings take one back to another era. The Royal Hotel, in particular, keeps the stately glory of yesteryear living alive even today. Not too far from Pilgrims lie some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.Visit the Pilgrims Rest websiteKaapschehoopKaapschehoop a haven for the last wild horses of South Africa that roam the town freely. Harem, a young artist, is the town’s most famous son after Richard Branson of Virgin Airlines’ fame discovered his work. A walk through a labyrinth of rocks the escarpment overlooking Swaziland. Many artists live here permanently, and there are a number of beautiful guest- houses in town, plus other accommodation to suit all pockets.Visit the Kaapschehoop websiteFREE STATEClarensClarens offers the visitor a relaxed but vibrant atmosphere. (Image: Priya Pitamber)Home to potters, actors, artists and a number of community-based art projects, this little town offers the visitor a relaxed but vibrant atmosphere. The road between Clarens and Fouriesburg is one of the most scenic in the country. Just beyond the town lies the Golden Gate National Park, which has incredible mountain outcrops, clear streams and wildlife. Clarens also boasts farm-stay accommodation, giving visitors an authentic farm experience – Free State style.“The Free State Landscape gladdens my heart, no matter what my mood,” Nelson Mandela said once. “When I am here I feel that nothing can shut me in and that my thoughts can roam as far as the horizons.”Visit the Clarens Tourism websiteVisit the Clarens Reservations websiteNORTH WESTGroot MaricoGroot Marico in North West of South Africa is known for its mampoer – a distilled and potent alcohol made from peaches – and its most famous citizen, author Herman Charles Bosman, who set many of his works in the district. The town hosts the annual Herman Charles Bosman literary weekend every October, with visitors from all over the country visiting the Marico to celebrate some of South Africa’s best loved tales.Visit the Marico Tourism websiteSource: South African TourismWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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