Tour of Spain winner Simon Yates and his twin brother Adam face an ultra-tough 258-kilometre route on Sunday through brutally challenging but magnificent Tyrol landscapes where one of them may be crowned the 2018 world road race champion.
Route designer Thomas Rohregger says his ambition was to immortalise the 2018 event with the final twist of the knife being the “Hell Climb” of 3.2km within the historic centre of Innsbruck itself which features a brutal 300-metre section at 28 percent gradient.
“If you stay in the saddle your front wheel comes up off the road,” an amateur cyclist told AFP on Friday after successfully climbing it.
Britain’s James Knox, 22, who has spent the year at Quick Step helping pre-race favourite Julian Alaphilippe of France, says the course suits the Yates brothers, who he will help up the Hell Climb on Sunday.
“We know more or less what the plan is because we’ve got Adam and Simon Yates,” he says of the duo who go into the race among a clutch of around 10 fancied riders which also includes Ireland’s Dan Martin.
“They are both pure climbers so we don’t want to be in a group at the finish with Alaphilippe and (Spanish veteran Alejandro) Valverde,” he said.
“We want an ultra-hard race and it’s an ultra-hard course so theoretically it’s perfect for them,” he told the Daily Telegraph podcast.
Giro d’Italia and Tour de France winners Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome both shied away from competing for the world title.
“We did laps on part of the circuit and it’s definitely a brutal race, there is no two ways about it,” four-time Tour de France winner Froome said when announcing he would not compete in Innsbruck.
“There is over 5,000 metres of climbing, so unless you are in absolutely top condition I don’t think it’s a race where you can just hide in the wheels.”
Rohregger, an Austrian from the Tyrol region and a former pro-cyclist who now works as a television pundit and race organiser, says the region was perfect for an atypical race.
“This region can become immortalised on the international cycling map,” he said of the route.
“We are hoping for a large number of fans because we want to create the kind of atmosphere you get in the mountains at a Giro d’Italia or a Tour de France,” he explains.
Any pretender to the throne of three-time defending world champion Peter Sagan, who some believe may launch a long-range bid, have on their hands a course that looks like a very hard mountain stage of a Grand Tour.
The race starts from the town of Kufstein, dubbed the “Pearl of the Tyrol”, before hurtling through the Inn Valley famous for the mountainside Tratzberg castle and the historic centre of the pretty town of Schwaz.
The strength-sapping rolling terrain is smattered with climbs including an up to 14 percent gradient climb at Gnadenwald at the 65km mark.
After the 85km from Kufstein to Innsbruck, riders then complete six 23.8km laps of the “Olympic circuit” which has a 10.5 percent average gradient climb spread over 2.6km.
Rohregger decided however that one last challenge should be thrown down to the man who wants the world champion’s rainbow jersey.
The Hell climb might only be 3.2km in length with an average gradient of 11.2 percent, but it features a savagely steep 28 percent section that will be torture for tired legs.
That is followed by a daredevil descent into Innsbruck with a slight ascent over the final few kilometres favouring the most powerful of the surviving selection.
The final couple of kilometres to the finish line in front of the Hofberg Imperial Palace in Innsbruck are slightly uphill meaning the slightly built ‘pure climber’ Yates twins will have less chance than the more powerful duo of Valverde or Alaphilippe if they come over the final summit together.
Senior Security Officer from Uganda has been arrested in possession of three pieces of animal trophies worth Kshs 3 million street value.
Kennedy Wabwire, a lieutenant working in the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UBDF) in Uganda was arrested on Friday at around 2.00 pm through a tip off from members of the public.
According to the Busia DCIO Benard Wamalwa, they got information that some Ugandan Nationals were on a mission to traffic ivory into Kenya with the aim of selling.
“Police officers liaised with the informer and lured the suspects that the buyer was waiting for the items at one of the Mosques in Busia town,” he said.
“The suspects arrived in two motorbikes and we managed to arrest one as the other one fled.”
Wamalwa says that efforts are underway to arrest the other culprits who escaped on another motorcycle with a sack of ivory.
According to him, the suspect disclosed that they used the Mariachi route to access the Mosque.
He urged local residents to report suspected people dealing in the any illegal activity, adding trade in ivory was affecting both Kenya and Uganda negatively through loss of revenue that could be gotten from tourism.
Further, he said that the boda boda rider who was carrying the suspects has also been arrested and has recorded statements with the police as a witness.
The suspect has been taken to court and will be charged with being in possession of wildlife trophies contrary to Section 95 of the Wildlife Conservation Management Act of 2013.
Kalama Omar after getting treatment at Jamii Bora Hospital in Mombasa. He was attacked by armed gangsters at Kinunguna, Otange area in Mombasa. Amana Weda Tsori, his brother, says the attack was due to a land dispute in the area. May 9, 2021. [Omondi Onyango, Standard]
A clash between two rival gangs over the ownership of 100 acres in Rabai, Kilifi County left five people seriously injured. The bloody conflict at the Nyika Reserve land on Sunday morning marks an escalation of alleged politically instigated land invasions and evictions that have hit parts of the Coast in recent days. A witness said a gang of about 60 youths with machetes and other crude weapons invaded the land at about 10am and started to sub-divide it among themselves. A rival of about 20 youths, also armed, confronted them, sparking a war that left the five with deep cuts on the head, hands and their backs. “The 60 armed men came from Bamburi in Mombasa at about 10am and started to sub-divide the land among themselves,” said Aman Weda, a brother of two of the injured men. Weda said his brothers, Kalama Tsori and Katana Tsiro, were among the group of 10 men that have occupied the land for many years. It is the two and their group that confronted the new gang. Ownership contested Weda said several “professional squatters” have since March 14 tried to invade the land after the county government said it would finance its adjudication, survey and allocation to the squatters.
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Kilifi County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka and Coast Regional Coordinator John Elungata’s phones went unanswered, but Governor Amason Kingi decried increased cases of land conflicts in the county. Ownership of most parcels of land in Kilifi, Kwale, Tana River, Lamu and Taita Taveta is contested between private developers and squatters. Although the squatters claim the land belonged to their ancestors and use old graves or trees as proof of ownership, others invade private land under the claim that leases have expired. Kingi called for a stop to the evictions, saying the national government was working on two proposals aimed at ending the conflicts. “That matter (evictions) has been brought before me and several meetings have been held to try and solve the squatter problem in the area,” said Kingi. In Kilifi, most parcels whose ownership are in dispute are in Malindi, Magharini, Kilifi North and Kilifi South where cases of land evictions and invasions have been reported. Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, however, blames the police for allegedly implementing court orders without considering the plight of the squatters being thrown out of their houses. “We want the DCI to investigate how the police are providing security for people who are evicted from their homes especially during this rain season,” she said last week when she visited squatters evicted from the Bakshweini land. For the last five days there has been chaos in Malindi-Sala Gateroad after hundreds of squatters were evicted from a 360-acre farm owned by the Bakshweini family. The famous Bakshweini family has been fighting to wade off squatters from their farm prompting them to sell off part of it. Salim Bakshweini, the family spokesman, said their father bought the land in 1955 and the family has been carrying out farming activities on it before squatters invaded it. On May 7, 2015, the family ceded 58 acres to the squatters but Bashweini said others have again started to invade the remaining part. “The squatters were not satisfied and in 2006 they invaded the remaining part of the farm, slashed several animals, burnt buildings and tried to burn me inside my car,” he said. On Monday, National Land Commission (NLC) said emerging land conflicts at the Coast was a “security threat” and warned politicians against inciting people to invade private land. “There are emerging conflicts between squatters and private land owners. We also have cases where squatters are fighting over public land,” said NLC Commissioner Kazungu Kambi. He said the fights over land schemes in Kilifi were because both the county and national governments have intensified the process to allocate them to the squatters. “We intend to propose that a moratorium be introduced so that these squatters cannot sell the land once allocated. They sell and start to invade it, claiming it has been grabbed. “Over 60,000 title deeds are uncollected in Kilifi alone. But President Uhuru Kenyatta is personally overseeing the process of buying huge tracts of land like that of Mazrui to resettle the squatters,” said Kambi, adding that already an initial Sh600 million has been allocated for the exercise. Other parcels that squatters have invaded are in Takaungi area of Kilifi South, where two private developers are on the verge of losing about 7,000 acres. Last week, the Agriculture Development Authority said over 300,000 acres at Galana Kulalu in Tana River and Kilifi had been invaded and sub-divided by unknown people. Other parcels invaded and where squatters are facing eviction include Kagaa, Kakanjuni, Malindi Salt and Kisiwani farms in Kilifi North and Malindi areas. In Mombasa, according to the records from the NLC, several parcels in Kisauni and Nyali constituencies have also been invaded by squatters. In Kisauni, 527 families are battling with the family of Gladys Njeri Kagiri for plot number 423 measuring 135 acres. Ms Kagiri is said to have sold most of the land to various buyers and now remains with seven acres, but the squatters claim ancestral rights to the land. In Taveta, 3,000 acres in Machungwani farm, AFC farm, Voi sisal estate is also known as Voi Point Limited, have been invaded. [email protected]
Online trolls, spammers and off-topic conservationists can easily take over your social media space making your posts insignificant. Facebook groups can be quite large and it is easy for these problematic posts to overcrowd your space and cause chaos beyond your control.
Facebook has introduced a new feature that will auto-moderate conversations happening in groups. The feature called “Admin assist” is located at the top of Facebook group’s left-hand sidebar.
Facebook admins will be able to access and set up Admin Assist for their groups. Clicking on the link will take you to a page that looks like this:
This page will allow you to set up the criteria for posts in violation of your group’s posting protocols, and decide what action to take. There are three provided actions: declining a post, removing a published post or turning off commenting on the post. These can be applied depending on the rules violated.
To decline posts, you can choose from the following: Spam posts, posts from fake or pseudo accounts, posts that violate group rules, posts with profanity, posts based on author’s activity, posts with reshared content.
Those are just a few. If you wish to add more reasons, click on see more and choose from a variety of criteria which you can customize for your page: Options about the user include available include: posts from a new account, percentage of the user’s posts that get approved/declined, friends in group, no profile picture, new to group, past violations in the group and reported by other users. Options provided for a post include: containing links to specific sites, keywords in post, link in post or video in post.
The selected criteria further allows you to take more specific actions on the posts. For example, if you have banned a link to an external site and a user keeps repeating the offense, you can set up a rule that automatically declines the post and mutes whoever keeps posting the link.
The “keyword” rule allows you to automatically decline posts containing certain words or topics that are not up for discussion in the group. Admins can also turn off comments for posts that are getting out of control in the comment section. This can be gauged by the number of comments, number of reports users have made about the post or the language used in the comments.
The admin assist will help more people better manage their groups without putting in extra man-hours. The tool is rolling out gradually to all Facebook group admins globally.