What Christmas and Agriculture Have in Common

first_imgIt is time to challenge the comfortable generalities people have about Christmas and agriculture. Push them to look beyond the crass commercial celebration of the holiday and to explore what the birth of a poor Jewish boy in an occupied country centuries ago means to us today.  Likewise people must begin to look beyond the meat case and colorful grocery store shelves to begin to understand the role they play as consumers in agriculture and to rediscover the modern farm families who safely and responsibly produce their food. What Christmas and Agriculture Have in Common Facebook Twitter From all of us at Hoosier Ag Today: Have a very blessed Christmas!By Gary Truitt Actually, it is both; because, when you think about it, Christmas and agriculture have a lot in common. The connection goes beyond miracles and animals, it is no mere coincidence that the first people told about the birth of Jesus were livestock folks, “Shepherds watching over their flocks by night.” And, remember, Jesus was basically born in a barn. Yet, the real connection comes in the way our modern society views Christmas and agriculture.  For far too many people, the real significance of the birth of Jesus is misunderstood — just like the role that agriculture plays in the daily lives of most people. Home Commentary What Christmas and Agriculture Have in Common SHARE Previous articleSeed Consultants Market Watch 11:37 update with Gary Wilhelmi 12/14/2012Next articlePaul Dana Award Presented to Thorntons, Inc. Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Dec 16, 2012 Just as retailers stress the “Joy of giving,” animal and environmental activists stress the industrial aspect of modern agriculture by promoting the factory farm myth.  Just as the portrayal of St. Nick in Clement Moore’s The Night Before Christmas had been distorted into Santa Claus, the image of the famer as independent, hard working, and not highly educated with 50 acres, a cow, a few chickens, and a wife who tends the garden and raises the kids has become what many people think a farmer should be. Facebook Twitter SHARE To put it another way, most people don’t have a clue about what Christmas is really about, why it is important, and why we celebrate it in the first place.  This can also be said about agriculture. As I have written over and over in this column in the past year, the vast majority of people have little idea where their food comes from, how and where it is produced, and why they should care.  Like the birth of Jesus, there are major misconceptions about agriculture, its origins, practices, and relevance to today.  Many of these misconceptions are propagated by those who have an agenda. It is something people used to know quite intimately, but now only have a vague idea of what it is all about. It is something most people have a great deal of misconceptions about. It is something that has been highly commercialized. It is something organizations with self-centered agendas like to use to further those agendas. It is something surrounded by more folklore than fact.  It is a subject that can generate a good deal of controversy. So what is it: Christmas or agriculture? In his book Christmas is Not Your Birthday, Mike Slaughter sums up the modern celebration of Christmas this way, “Many Christmas traditions that we hold as Christians are a mixture of biblical truths, blended with some 18th century Victorian practices and a double shot of Santa theology.” He added for many people today Christmas is a blend of The Night Before Christmas and the biblical account of Christ’s birth.  The Christmas story we sing about in carols is a romanticized amalgamation of feel good spirituality designed to make us cheerful, charitable, and full of hope for the future.  Against this backdrop is the most powerful commercial marketing machine ever invented. Christmas shopping and Christmas presents have almost completely subjugated the spirituality of the season in the name of retail profits.last_img read more

Cruising through the Rockies

first_imgAMERICAN Orient Express ran a series of three-day luxury rail cruises through the Rocky Mountains between Denver and Salt Lake City in July and August, hauled by two Genesis locos provided by Amtrak. On each of the 14 scheduled trips, a maximum of 100 passengers were carried in 15 refurbished coaches owned and staffed by AOE, including an observation car built in 1948 for New York Central’s premier 20th Century Limited. Four types of accommodation were available, including Presidential suites with en-suite showers; other passengers could use the shower compartments located in each car. Gourmet meals were served in two dining cars, and piano entertainment provided nightly in two lounge cars with brass and leather decor. Amtrak is to provide locomotives, crews and maintenance services for the Florida Fun-Train to be operated by First American Railways from October, linking Walt Disney World and neighbouring tourist attractions with Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Miami. olast_img read more

Bournemouth game too ‘demanding’ for Ozil, says Emery

first_imgEmery and Ozil have had a fractious relationship since the Spaniard replaced Arsene Wenger at the end of last season.Ozil missed the 3-1 win over West Ham in August, when it was reported he and Emery had argued at the training ground but the Arsenal boss said the player had been too ill to train.Ozil also threw a tantrum at being substituted in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace — in which he captained the side in the absence of the injured Petr Cech — in late October.He stomped past Emery and hurled his gloves to the turf in disgust before taking a seat on the bench.Emery, though, did not take umbrage publicly, stating “I like the players like him who show the character when we are not playing well”.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Mesut OzilLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Mesut Ozil’s relationship with Arsenal boss Unai Emery is again under scrutiny after the Spaniard appeared to suggest Sunday’s match at Bournemouth was too “demanding” for the German.The 30-year-old German World Cup-winning midfielder had played in the Gunners’ previous three matches — all draws — but Emery decided his style did not fit with Bournemouth’s robust approach.“We thought ‘how we can do better in the match’, a very demanding match with physicality and intensity,” Emery said following the 2-1 win for Arsenal, when asked why Ozil had not started.“Every player is important but today we tried with three centre-backs and it was another possibility for us to improve and find our best performance as a team.”Ozil, whose place in the team for Sunday’s North London derby with Tottenham could now be in doubt, did not even warm up for the match.“It depends on how the match is going,” said Emery, replying to a question on why Ozil had not warmed up.“I decided on another option. We knew this was a difficult stadium, a difficult team. Seventeen matches we haven’t lost but the last three we drew. That is not enough for us.”last_img read more

Seven Bridges Road Repairs to Be Completed in April

first_imgBy John BurtonLITTLE SILVER – Chalk up another problem caused by Super Storm Sandy as area motorists face the longer than anticipated closing of Seven Bridges Road – and the required traffic detours.The ongoing work to replace an aging and deteriorating wooden bridge along the roadway, which required closing the road to all vehicular traffic, initially was expected to be completed in Jan­uary. As a result of the late October storm, the Mon­mouth County road project is now expected to take until mid- to late April to be completed, according to county spokeswoman Laura Kirkpatrick.According to Kirkpatrick and county engineer Joseph Ettore, the storm hit and flooded the area, causing an initial delay. Compounding matters, the project contractor was ready for workers to install the foundation piles for the bridge’s abutment. That meant JCP&L had to be contacted to disconnect the electricity for the overhead power lines, so that work could proceed.The power utility company at that point was focused on restoring electricity to the areas that had lost it because of the storm, and the Seven Bridges Road project became a lesser priority, thus further delaying the project, Kirkpatrick said.JCP&L wasn’t able to de-energize those lines until Dec. 7.County officials have asked the contractor to try to accelerate work – with workers laboring on weekends – to get the project completed as soon as possible. But the project is still expected to take more than two months to complete, Kirkpatrick said.County officials closed Seven Bridges Road last July to replace the roughly 60-year-old wooden bridge, spanning the Little Silver Creek. County engineers had deemed the structure structurally deficient.The contractor, Lucas Brothers, Inc., Marlboro, is replacing the old wooden span with a bridge with concrete decks and reinforced concrete abutments and is reconstructing the bulkheads, according to the county. The contractor also is erecting a walking bridge across the creek to accommodate pedestrians.For the past six months, motorists have had to use detours with the road’s northbound traffic directed toward Silverside Avenue and then to Branch Avenue. Southbound traffic has been using Rumson Road west to Branch Avenue.Last summer, prior to the project’s start, county workers installed two temporary signal traffic lights on Branch Avenue at the Rumson Road and White Road intersections as a way to better move the increased traffic in the area.The work has been problematic for police and local residents as they attempt to make their way around the closed areas, Police Chief Daniel Shaffrey said.“This has been a long stretch and it’s growing old,” he said.Since Seven Bridges Road has been closed and the aftermath of Sandy, police and motorists have had to deal with Ocean Avenue and the Rumson’s Oceanic Bridge’s closings which has compounded the local traffic situation. That has required additional manpower allocations by the police department. Police had to reroute school buses to Little Silver Point Road School and have also seen increased – and speeding – traffic through residential side streets, Shaffrey said.“Everything has come together and really challenged us as far as logistics and traffic control,” the chief said.“I’m looking forward to the day they reopen it,” he said. “I think the whole town will rejoice when it opens.”“We’re very sensitive to that,” said Kirkpatrick, “and we’re doing what we can.“But this bridge had to be replaced,” she said.last_img read more

Leafs get off the snide against Rebels, edge Murdoch leaders 5-3

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt took six games and almost the entire season for the Nelson Leafs to get finally get the upper hand, albeit for one night, in the ongoing rivalry against the Castlegar Rebels.The Leafs shook off two-minute slide late in the first period, out scoring the Murdoch Division leaders 3-1 during the final 40 minutes en route to a 5-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.“I wasn’t here last year to know the history between these two teams, but I think we’ve been lucky in some games and got out to good starts,” said Rebel skipper Steven Junker when asked why Castlegar has been able to dominate the Leafs this season.“We know there’s a big rivalry there and we know (Nelson) is a good team so I think we’re probably fortunate to get some of our wins.”It looked as if Lady Luck would once against flow the way of the Rebels Tuesday.After Nelson had played one of its best first periods of the season, to the 18-minute mark, Castlegar exploded for two goals in the final two minutes of the contest.Stuart Walton tucked a centering pass past Marcus Beesley in the Nelson nets before Erik Wentzel drilled a centering pass from Jamie Vlanich to square the teams at 2-2.However, the Leafs didn’t panic against the heavily favoured Rebels on this night.Nelson returned to its workmanlike game plan and was rewarded with Cody Abbey combined with Joel Stewart midway through the period giving Nelson a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.Leafs new-found sniper Dustin Johnson gave the home side some breathing room early in the third with a goal at 26 seconds of the frame.Mike Wiest brought the Rebels to within a goal with plenty of time remaining in the game.But, despite Nelson giving two chances on the power play, the Leafs prevailed as Colton Malmsten added an empty net marker.Nelson out shot the Rebels 21-18 with Beesley winning the duel against Alex Ross in the Castlegar nets.The Leafs take to the road Friday, traveling to Spokane to face the Braves. Nelson leads Spokane by 10 points in the race for third in the Murdoch Division.Despite losing, first-place Castlegar still holds a commanding 13-point advantage over Beaver Valley. BLUELINES: The Leafs managed to hold Rebel sniper Ryan Aynsley off the score sheet Tuesday. A key may have been the play of Leaf captain Taylor O’Neil who continually pounded the Castlegar forward at every opportunity, especially in the opening period. Aynsley, who had a brief stint with Trail of the B.C. Hockey League, decided to return to the Rebels prior to the January 10th trading deadline. . . .Braeden Hikichi, with goal number six, and Colton Schell, potting his 17th of the season, scored in the opening frame for Nelson. . . .Joel Stewart is quickly becoming the go-to guy for the Leafs scoring in seven of this past eight games. . . .The win snapped a brief two-game losing streak for Nelson. Castlegar had won six straight games heading into Tuesday. . . .Nelson traditionally plays its mid-week games Wednesday, but were pushed up a day due to the Colas Cup men’s hockey tournament. More than 300 players from Canada and the United States are in Nelson for the mid-week [email protected]last_img read more

Roundball Leagues headed for playoff action

first_imgNelson Youth Soccer is entering the home stretch on the 2016 season with teams preparing for the playoffs.In the Men’s Master League, it’s down to four teams as Bia Boro and defending champion Retallack advance to the semi final Sunday at Lakeside Pitch.Bia Boro shutout Real Nelson 3-0 while Retallack won a slugfest against Ted Allen’s 6-5.Retallack now meets regular season champion Red Dog Sunday at 4 p.m. in one semi final. In the other semi Jackson’s Hole tackles Bia Boro.The winners advance to the final Sunday October 2.In Ladies Rec action, Dirty Dozen and Wild Cats have a bye into the semi final round Sunday after finishing in the top two spots.In quarterfinal play Wednesday Red Dog meets Goal Diggers while Selkirk Eyecare tackle Leo’s Titans.The winners advance to the semi final Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Lakeside Pitch.In Men’s Open, the semi final begin Saturday with Old Dogs meeting Nelson Selects and Hume Innkeepers facing Oso Negro.The winners advance to the final Saturday, October 1.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JANUARY 2, 2015

first_imgMOR SPIRIT COULD MAKE THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN LEWISMor Spirit, the latest in a long line of Triple Crown contenders for Bob Baffert, could make his three-year-old debut in the Grade III, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 6, the Hall of Fame trainer said Saturday.A son of Eskendereya, Mor Spirit won the Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 19 by a length and a quarter over stablemate Toews on Ice, who also is being considered for the Lewis, Baffert said. DORTMUND WORKS SUNDAY FOR SAN PASQUAL STARTDortmund, an equine version of The Big Red Machine, is scheduled to work Sundaymorning, after which Bob Baffert will decide to enter the 2015 Santa Anita Derby winner against California Chrome in next Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes.California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year who also won the Santa Anita Derby that year, arrived from his Los Alamitos headquarters early Friday morning to prepare for the San Pasqual, which offers $200,000 in purse money and will be decided at 1 1/16 miles.Hoppertunity, who won the San Pasqual last year, is likely to defend his title for Baffert after working seven furlongs Saturday morning in a bullet 1:25.20 in company with Cat Burglar, who was clocked in 1:25.40. Martin Garcia was aboard Hoppertunity.California Chrome worked at 11:48 a.m. Saturday prior to the first race at 12:30, going six furlongs steadily and smoothly under Victor Espinoza in 1:10.04. His fractional times were 23.65, 46.66 and 58.30.Probable for the San Pasqual: Alfa Bird, Tyler Baze; California Chrome, Victor Espinoza; Dortmund; Hard Aces; Hoppertunity; Imperative, Mario Gutierrez; Mystery Train; and Point Piper, Rafael Bejarano.Hard Aces worked six furlongs for John Sadler Saturday in 1:12.80. FINISH LINES: Impressive Del Mar maiden winner Dreyfong worked five furlongs for Bob Baffert Saturday in 1:01 flat, while Rock Shandy, second in last year’s Sham Stakes and third in the Robert B. Lewis, worked six furlongs for Peter Miller in 1:15.40 under Victor Espinoza, who declared himself “100 percent” after a minor incident in yesterday’s third race after which he took off his remaining mount, Serbian Syclone in the eighth race . . . Owner Brian Carney reports Charlie Stutts on the mend after the 74-year-old trainer broke his arm and subsequently had his left knee replaced two weeks ago following an incident involving a horse at his barn. Stutts might have a problem going through airport security, however. He has titanium in his left leg. ILLUMINANT SHARP FOR FIRST STAKES TRY IN MONROVIAStreaking Illuminant makes her first stakes start in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Monrovia for older fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.The four-year-old daughter of Quality Road won by nearly seven lengths over the hillside turf course on Oct. 10, then came back to win an overnight race on grass by 3 ½ lengths going 1 1/16 miles.“The filly’s training well; we’ve always thought she had some ability,” said trainer Mike McCarthy of the Pennsylvania-bred owned by Aron Wellman, who campaigns as Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners.McCarthy and Wellman got the New Year off on a winning note when their Longstocking captured yesterday’s second race by a length and a half under apprentice David C. Lopez at a $21.80 return.“Illuminant had a couple of baby issues and we had to give her some time off, but she certainly hasn’t disappointed us since she’s come back.”The field for the Monrovia: Singing Kitty, Gary Stevens, 8-1; My Year Is a Day, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Heavens Stairway, Ignacio Puglisi, 15-1; Our Pure Creation, Fernando Perez, 50-1; Prize Exhibit, Santiago Gonzalez, 5-1; Shrinking Violet, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Velvet Mesquite, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Illuminant, Mike Smith, 8-1; Lutine Belle, Alex Solis, 20-1; Theatre Star, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; Ageless, Julien Leparoux, 3-1; and Baruta, Flavien Prat, 6-1. SAN PASQUAL HINGES ON DORTMUND’S SUNDAY WORKOUTBAFFERT MULLS ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES FOR MOR SPIRITGRADE II MONROVIA MARKS STAKES DEBUT FOR ILLUMINANT last_img read more

Jamaica advance to WICB Under-19 final

first_imgHosts Jamaica have advanced to tomorrow’s final of the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Under-19 Championship.The Robert Samuels-coached unit beat Barbados by 39 runs at Chedwin Park in their final preliminary round fixture. The result put them second in the seven-team standings. They will play defending champions Guyana in the final which has been switched from Treasure Beach Sports Park in St Elizabeth to Manchester High.Winning the toss and electing to bat, Jamaica first posted a competitive 251 for eight off their 50 overs.Leonardo Friginette, who top-scored for Jamaica in their previous win against the Leewards again came good with the bat as he scored 76.This included three fours and three sixes off 89 balls during a two hours and 10 minutes stay at the crease.He was supported by opener Abhijai Mansingh, who scored a 100-ball 58 to follow up his fifty against the Leewards, and hometown boy Ramone Francis, who made 25.Fast bowler Keon Harding, three for 31, claimed most wickets.bowled outBarbados, in their response, were then bowled out for 212 with three overs to spare.Miguel Smith, three for 25, off-spinner Michael Frew, three for 29, and in-form fast bowler Odean Smith, two for 69, led the way for the home team.In another match, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica’s main challengers for a place in the final, were stopped in their tracks by rain.Their contest against the Leeward Islands at Ewarton Recreational Park was abandoned after a wet wicket caused by rain during the lunch interval prevented them from replying to a target of 236. Trinidad had entered the final round of matches in second position.The day’s other fixture between leaders Guyana and Canada at Manchester High saw the former coming out on top by four wickets.Canada first made 138 off 34.1 overs before Guyana responded with 142 for six off 27.2 overs.last_img read more

The Problem with Males: Y-Chromosome Degeneration

first_imgby Jerry Bergman, PhDA good example about how much we do not know about the chromosomes is admitted in an article in Science Daily that proclaimed:Decoding Y chromosomes is difficult even with latest sequencing technologies. The question [of] which genes lie on the chromosome and where they came from is hotly debated.[i]The authors then claim that “genetic material in fruit flies is often transferred to the Y chromosome from other chromosomes. Although largely a result of ‘accidents’, some of these transfers create functional genes.”A paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences referenced in the article described the significance of their finding, which was “gene traffic onto the Drosophila Y chromosome is 10 times more frequent than previously thought and includes the first Y-linked retrocopies discovered in these taxa. All 25 identified Y-linked gene transfers … appear to be pseudogenes…. Our method provides compelling evidence that the Drosophila Y chromosome is a highly challenging and dynamic genetic environment.”[ii] This article not only documents a potential major source of variety that differentiates males from females, at least in fruit flies, which they conclude also applies to other species including humans, but also a new important source of mutations.Y-chromosomes could not survive millions of years of genetic entropy.The ‘male mutation problem’ is that males only possess one Y chromosome, but females possess two X chromosomes. For males, therefore, there is no counterpart for recombination as is true of females. Consequently, “the deletion of harmful mutations on the Y chromosome [causes] more difficult than in other chromosomes. As a result, genes on the Y chromosome usually undergo a process of degeneration.” Genetic degeneration is a major problem in life that is evidently a greater problem for males. This fact may explain the finding that many diseases are much more common in males than females. Obvious examples include sex-related diseases in males, such as prostate cancer and diseases of the male reproductive system.Furthermore, abdominal aortic aneurysms are six times more common in men than women, and autism is approximately 4 times more prevalent. Psychologists are more likely to diagnose men with mental retardation, antisocial personality disorder, substance-abuse disorders and other mental problems.Also, many diseases in males are caused by X-linked recessive inheritance disorders, such as baldness, color blindness and hemophilia.[iii] Males do not have a second X to block the problem of damage on their single X as do females. Thus, most all defective genes on their lone X are expressed or show up on their somatotype.Evolutionists teach that mutations provide the raw material for evolution,[iv]  but mutations are also widely recognized as a major cause of many diseases, including cancer and heart disease. Fully an estimated 99.9% of all mutations are, in the long run, harmful. In a review of the mechanisms that drive genetic degeneration, Charlesworth and Charlesworth conclude that “most mutations with observable phenotypic effects are deleterious.”[v] Estimates vary greatly, but generally around one new mutation occurs in “each round of cell division, even in cells with unimpaired DNA repair and in the absence of external mutagens.”[vi]As a result, for germline mutations, “every child is born with an estimated 100 to 200 new mutations that were not present in the parents.”[vii] Cornell University Professor John Sanford puts the number of point mutations at about 200 new ones for each child compared to their parents, and for all new mutation types the number is closer to 1,000 in each generation.[viii]  Genetic degeneration is the problem that leads to genetic meltdown and eventually, the extinction of a species. The new mechanism that causes new mutations documented by the study noted above appears to be one more additional source of genetic deterioration. It is also one more evidence that Adam was perfect and new mutations have been accumulating ever since then. So far over 5,000 diseases are caused by mutations in humans.[i] New genes on ‘deteriorating’ Y chromosome. Science Daily. October 25, 2017 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171025103107.htm[ii] Ray Tobler, Viola Nolte, Christian Schlötterer. High rate of translocation-based gene birth on the Drosophila Y chromosome. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2017; 201706502 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1706502114.[iii] Ngo, ST; Steyn, FJ; McCombe, PA (August 2014). “Gender differences in autoimmune disease.” Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology. 35 (3): 347–69.[iv] Nei, Masatoshi. 2014. Mutation-Driven Evolution. New York: Oxford University Press.[v] Charlesworth, Brian and Deborah Charlesworth.  1998. “Some Evolutionary Consequences of Deleterious Mutations.”  Genetica, 102/103:3-19. P. 3[vi] Meisenberg, Gerhard and William H. Simmons. 2006. Principles of Medical Biochemistry.  2nd Edition.  Mosby/Elsevier. p. 153.[vii] Meisenberg, Gerhard and William H. Simmons. 2006. Principles of Medical Biochemistry.  2nd Edition.  Mosby/Elsevier. p. 153.[viii] Sanford, John. 2015. Genetic Entropy & The Mystery of the Genome. Revised edition Lima, NY: Ivan Press.Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile for his previous articles.After reading Sanford’s Genetic Entropy, try Dr Bergman’s eye-opening book, The Dark Side of Charles Darwin.(Visited 878 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Parkin rewrites the record books

first_img17 January 2005Terence Parkin set a new standard at the Melbourne 2005 Deaflympics, becoming the most successful competitor in the history of the Games by winning an astonishing 12 gold medals and one silver.Thanks mostly to Parkin, South Africa finished third on the overall table with 19 medals, including 13 gold, four silver and two bronze – an improvement of six over the 13 medals SA won at the previous Deaflympics in Rome.Isaac Mahlake won the country’s only non-swimming medal when he picked up bronze in the men’s marathon as the 20th edition of the Games wrapped up on Sunday.Six world recordsParkin smashed five world records en route to his record haul and equaled another when he won the 1 500 metres freestyle in 16:20.60. Given Parkin’s heavy schedule, one wonders how many other records he could have broken had it been lighter.The Durban-based star won five gold medals at the previous Deaflympics, four of them in world record time. That was an amazing achievement. His performances in Melbourne were unheard of.To capture 12 gold medals meant he had to excel in a number of different strokes, not just concentrate on his speciality, the breaststroke. He also had to win over distances ranging from 50 to 1 500 metres.Different forms of fitness are required for sprint and endurance events, and Parkin was able to adjust his approach, a very difficult feat to achieve.Fantastic freestyleHis 1 500 metres win shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise to those that know him. Parkin has twice won the world’s largest open water swimming event, the Midmar Mile.Parkin started his record haul with a victory in the 400 metres freestyle. He also captured freestyle victories in the 100 metres freestyle, 200m freestyle, and the aforementioned 1 500 metres freestyle. Teaming up with brothers Greg and Nick Lessing and Marko Jansen, Parkin added a further freestyle gold in the 4x200m freestyle.His versatility was to the fore in the medley events. He was part of the gold medal winning 4x100m relay line-up, while tasting success again in the 200 metres and 400 metres individual medley.Predictably, Parkin swept the breaststroke races, taking victory in the 50 metres in a world record time, the 100 metres, and the 200 metres. Ironically, he swam, by his standards, a slow time in the 200 metres event, at which he won Olympic silver in 2000. It turned out to be one of his tighter victories.Parkin further showed his versatility in the butterfly, winning gold in the 200 metres. His time of 2:05.23 was a world record.Lessing shinesGreg Lessing also shone in the pool. He won the 200 metres backstroke, with his brother, Nick, in second place. In addition, he claimed silver medals in the 50 metres and 100 metres backstroke.He was awarded bronze in the 50 metres freestyle, despite being timed in 25.03, the exact same time as John Kealy, who was given the silver.Along with Parkin, Lessing was also a member of the 4x200m freestyle relay team and the 4x100m medley relay team.South Africa settled for silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay, losing out to Ireland by just 0.35 seconds, in a time of 3:40.95.On that occasion, South Africa claimed eight gold, two silver and three bronze medals. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more