Derek McInnes believes his Aberdeen side have shown that they can handle the pressure of a Premiership title race.The Dons closed the gap at the top of the table to just three points with Wednesday’s 2-1 win over leaders Celtic.McInnes’ side have previously been accused of faltering when it matters most, but he launched a defence of his players’ mindset after the crucial win at Pittodrie.“I always think it’s very unfair on my players when people refer to that,” McInnes responded when asked about his side’s perceived lack of mental strength. “We have handled the big occasion tonight, we’ve been very consistent for a couple years.“I thought it was a wee bit dismissed last season because we didn’t really take Celtic to any real stretch. “None of you actually believe we can win it. I’m asked that question all the time, but my players have demonstrated consistently enough now that we – when we bring our performance and have our intent – we win more often than we don’t. “The players deserve a lot of credit for it.” “You could roll out games that people think we have not handled the pressure, but there has been far more when we have dealt with it. Sometimes that gets forgotten.”
Riaan Manser and Vasti Geldenhuys did the unthinkable in a 133-day quest across 10 765 kilometres of ocean. (Images: Riaan Manser) • Karen Jurgens Riaan Manser Adventure +27 021 820 7373 firstname.lastname@example.org • Solms-Delta lives a transformation ethos • Cape Town’s Open Streets bring the people out to play • Life’s a beach in South Africa • Travel and tourism boom for South Africa • Durbs on list for New7Wonder CitiesRomaana NaidooSouth African “oar-some” couple, Riaan Manser and Vasti Geldenhuys, did the unthinkable when they took their Spirit of Madiba on an unforgettable adventure.Never in her wildest dreams did Geldenhuys think that a simple request for a New York holiday would result in a 133-day quest across 10 765 kilometres of ocean. Manser said he would take her, but that they were going to go his way – by rowing boat. Geldenhuys embraced his idea, through naivety, and the rest is literally history.Braving torrential storms, blistered hands and food poisoning, the couple tested their 14-year relationship as they rowed from Morocco to Manhattan in a journey that became known as TakeMe2NY. They arrived in New York on Friday night, 20 June, South African time.They are the first people to have rowed from mainland Africa to mainland United States. Geldenhuys also became the first woman from the African continent to have rowed across any ocean.Manser explained that when they landed in Morocco they heard about the death of Nelson Mandela and as a small token of gratitude to what he had meant in their lives, they named their boat Spirit of Madiba. They first headed to the Canary Islands and then down to Cape Verde before they hit Barbados. According to Manser’s support team, there was “no support boat, no ablution facilities, no luxury; just Riaan, Vasti, their combined determination and a 7m rowing boat with their supplies”.Fishing for foodThe couple intended to row 20 hours a day, taking two hourly shifts at a time. With the huge amount of calories they were burning daily, they replenished with high-calorie freeze dried foods. Other nourishment was supplied by the ocean, and the couple had to catch their own food.Manser, an adventure junky, and Geldenhuys, a lawyer, mentally and physically prepared for their gruelling expedition by training daily on a stationary rowing machine and spinning bike. This, accompanied by an extensive knowledge of the Atlantic Ocean and their vessel, which became their new home, helped them ahead of the voyage.“Although we are both very active, taking part in mountain bike races, jogging and swimming, we didn’t do endurance training,” Manser said. “The most difficult part of this trip was not the physical rowing, which was already excruciating on our bodies, but more the mental torture this trip takes you through. You have to constantly convince yourself it is worth it, or that it is going to be worth it. It’s very monotonous and with the same view every day for four-and-a-half months, it’s gruelling mentally.”Asked how he was able to persuade his fiancée to take the trip, he answered that she “wanted to do something great in her life, something she could be proud of”.They learned everything there was to know about each other on the expedition. “You spend a lot of time together. We have been in a relationship for more than 14 years so we know each other pretty well, but one thing we have learned is that arguing about things really doesn’t get you anywhere, that you have to be patient with each other. Being right is not always being happy.” They arrived in New York on Friday night, 20 June, South African time.You gotta wannaAs for how they managed on such a small boat, Manser said: “We often joked about it. We said ‘you gotto wanna’. You got to want to. When times were tough, this escalated to ‘you gotto.’ We knew our journey would not be complete until we reached our destination, New York. So every minute spent on that small space was with a goal. Getting across the Atlantic or getting to mainland USA in Miami would not have been good enough. Getting to New York was our goal.“We also realised that you don’t need much space. The ‘bathroom’ was outside and the kitchen, bedroom, living room, closet etc was our 1.5m by 1.5m space inside the cabin.”He explained: “The worst times were when our boat was capsized by a 7m wave while we were rowing.” Geldenhuys was stuck underneath the boat; Manser was thrown into the ocean and had to swim back to the boat. Another time, Manser drifted away from the boat while trying to film. There was no way the boat could have been stopped or turned, so he had to grab on to a fishing line and be reeled in.“The 900-foot container ships bearing down on us, and with some near misses, provided for some near heart-stopping moments.”Adventure junkyManser is no stranger to adventure. He has cycled 37 000 kilometres through 34 countries, covering the perimeter of Africa. This achievement earned him the title Out There Adventurer of the Year 2006 and led to his book, Around Africa on my Bicycle.TakeMe2NY was his fourth world-first expedition. In July 2009, Manser paddled 5 000 kilometres in 11 months in a kayak around Madagascar. He was alone and unaided. During this adventure, he was imprisoned and held captive by rebels.His travels then took him to Iceland, where he paddled 2 300 kilometres around Iceland with Dan Skinstad in a double sea-kayak over a five month period in March 2011. “We always knew that we would have delays during the winter due to bad weather, but we could never have predicted how long we would be delayed,” Manser explained.He has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and descended to Lake Assal, the highest and lowest points on the continent. The Explorer’s Club in New York – whose members include the first man to reach the North Pole, the first to reach the South Pole, the top of Everest, the deepest point in the ocean and the first man on the moon – extended a special invitation to Manser to speak before its illustrious organisation.
Man shot, killed inside store; suspect in custodyA deadly shooting inside a busy North Carolina Walmart on Monday night sent panic rippling through the store. Police swarmed the store, inside and out, on Bryton Town Center Drive for hours. Huntersville Police Chief Cleveland Spruill told Channel 9 one of his officers was on-duty and working inside the store when the shooting happened. Spruill said a man was shot and killed near the produce section. The shooter is in custody, police said, but no names have been released.“At this point, we’re still trying to piece together exactly what his involvement was and what role he played,” Spruill said. Police blocked every entrance to the store and checked the IDs of terrified shoppers wanting to go home. They were getting people’s information in case they were a witness. Walmart released this statement: “We are deeply saddened by what has happened. We are thankful for the quick actions by the Huntersville Police Department that has resulted in an arrest. We are working closely with law enforcement. Since this is an active investigation, we will refer additional questions to them.” [Source: WSOCTV9 News]Two suspected in c-store theft of $10,000Two men who created a diversion are suspected of stealing a cash bag containing nearly $10,000 from the office of a convenience store Friday morning, Niagara Falls Police in New York reported. An assistant manager at the 7-Eleven store at 7610 Buffalo Ave. told police that after the men walked in about 9:15 a.m., one lingered near the office while the other asked questions about medications on a shelf. During that time, a plastic bag holding $9,696.88 was removed from an unlocked safe. The two men left separately without making a purchase, the employee said. Store officials told police they believe the men may have been trying to steal cigarettes, which are kept in the office area. Clear pictures of both their faces were captured on store surveillance video, police said. [Source: The Buffalo News]- Sponsor – Two dead in retail warehouse collapseAmazon is grappling with tragedy at one of its warehouses this weekend. A 50-foot wall at the company’s southeast Baltimore fulfillment center collapsed on the night of November 2nd in the midst of a large storm, killing two people. They worked for an external company, an Amazon official told the Baltimore Sun. The online retailer’s senior operations VP, Dave Clark, was thankful for emergency response teams and said the company’s “thoughts and prayers” went out to those affected. The storm was a particularly violent one that had torn roofs off apartment buildings and collapsed a ceiling at a TJ Maxx store, injuring three people. Amazon was caught up in extreme weather that unfortunately led to fatalities. [Source: engadget]Daring duo uses pickup truck to burglarize storeSurveillance video shows why a Lexington County, South Carolina, store is missing its inventory and its door after two people used a truck to pull out the entrance and rob the place. The robbery happened at the Punkaj Party Shop in Leesville. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department posted video of the robbery, showing two men, concealing their faces with hoods, in what appears to be an older model GMC pickup. They connect the front door of a liquor store to the rear of the vehicle and rip off the doors.The men proceed to fill the bed of the truck with bottles of liquor. At times they throw the bottles into the truck bed and grab up whole displays worth of merchandise. They also tore down lights from the front of the store. The robbery took thousands of dollars worth of alcohol, LCSD said. [Source: The State]Law enforcement and retailers crack down on theft during NovemberUnder the November retail theft crackdown, if a person is ticketed at a retail business for a trespassing violation, returning to that business would result in an elevated misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass… it could mean up to a year in the county jail if convicted. The DA’s office said if a person previously ticketed for trespass or criminal trespass returns to that business again to allegedly steal merchandise or other property, the charge would be elevated to felony burglary.In municipalities like Johnson City, police officers occasionally make felony third-degree burglary arrests in cases when a person is charged with stealing from a business — Walmart is among them — and that person had been previously banned from the store due to shoplifting. Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell said the enhanced trespass policy in November’s crackdown will be strictly enforced.The crackdown will also include an option for pursuing drug treatment if a person’s larceny arrest stems from his or her drug addiction, something authorities said would be decided on a case-by-case basis. Police handled 3,944 larceny cases across Broome County in 2017, according to records from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Out of those, 1,202 were petit larceny misdemeanor arrests… 152 were during November. [Source: Press Connects]Grocery chain expands pilot of time-saving robots in storesMidwest grocer Schnuck Markets is expanding its pilot of autonomous robots that spot out-of-stocks, detect incorrect prices and help optimize planograms, among other tasks, to at least 15 of its stores, aiming to free up time for employees to perform other tasks. The deal continues Schnucks’ partnership with Simbe Robotics, which began piloting the Tally grocery technology in Schnucks’ stores last July.For the St. Louis-based grocer, Tally can conduct autonomous product audits to help associates better serve customers; provide stock-related alerts, including information on misplaced products; deliver continuous in-store performance insights for brand and service partners; speedily update price tags based on promotions or price adjustments; and optimize product location to improve planogram and shopping flow organization, working in concert with other technology. At the moment, Tally robots in Schnucks stores scan roughly 35,000 products on store floors three times daily.The increased number will grow average daily scans to more than 1.5 million SKUs. Currently, one Tally robot operates at each of four Schnucks locations: Ballwin, Woods Mill, Des Peres and Webster Groves, Missouri. Four more locations each will get a Tally this or next month, including Sierra Vista, Cross Keys, Twin Oaks, Missouri, and Granite City, Illinois, with more to follow soon. [Source: Progressive Grocer] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Larry Johnson, the defensive line and assistant head coach at Ohio State University, refuses to accept mediocrity from his players. He expects nothing but the effort to be extraordinary.In an inspiring pump up speech to the Buckeyes, Larry Johnson motivated the team to push past the edge – past slacking performance – and become elite.He explains that elite “is not going to the edge and saying, ‘I’m average, I’m good for the day.’” With the team’s full focus in his grasp, the coach proclaims, “We got a chance to step on the edge…To be elite, you’ve got to take the fall. You can’t be afraid to jump…There’s no more average in this program!”Head coach Urban Meyer shared the inspirational speech on Twitter. You can watch the message below.Very lucky to have a coach like Larry Johnson on this staff to push our team past THE EDGE to become ELITE pic.twitter.com/9eD0FiEd0i— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 17, 2016If you don’t have chills, you can’t possibly be a true Buckeyes fan.Ohio State kicks off its 2016 season at home against the Bowling Green Falcons.
New Delhi: ‘Thak Thak gang’ stole a bag from the car of Additional Sessions Judge in Okhla area in South-East Delhi. Police said that they have nabbed few persons and investigation is going on whether they were the culprits behind the crime. The incident took place on September 24. Police have registered a case in this regard. According to police, the victim in the case, while returning from Okhla Phase-I in her car, was standing at the red light crossing of the bank at Maa Anandmai Marg. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”While she was sitting in the car waiting for the red light to turn green,” police said. When the red light turned green suddenly a sound came and passerby informed the victim that two bike riders have taken her purse from the rear seat of the car after breaking the right rear door glass. The purse was having complainant’s important documents. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (south-east) Kumar Gyanesh said that two riders were following her car. They also tried to distract her. Finding the right moment at the traffic signal, the accused fled away with the purse. A team deployed in civil dress has apprehended some other members of the gang while committing crime in the same area. Police said that on Thursday, they had deployed their team members in civil dress. They apprehended some other members of the gang while they were trying to steal again in the same area. A case has been registered and further investigation in the matter is underway.