As this blog has pointed out repeatedly, Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where it is illegal everywhere for women to drive cars (even though officially there is no law against it).
Are Saudi religious misogynists unique in the world? Unfortunately not.
In London, England Jewish ultra-religious extremists decided to ban women from driving cars. They also decided that children driven to school by women would be banned from school classes.
Though women cannot drive cars in Saudi Arabia, recently they were allowed to ride motorbikes and bicycles (though only in restricted recreational areas).
Even that small concession to women’s rights seems to be too much for some religious fanatics in Israel.
From daily The Independent in Britain:
Ultra-orthodox Israeli rabbi bans girls over five from riding bikes because it is ‘provocative’
Ruling is latest in series of restrictions imposed on groups of Haredis
Friday 3 June 2016
An ultra-orthodox Jewish leader has reportedly banned girls aged five and older in some areas of Israel from riding bicycles – claiming it is “immodest”.
The rabbi of the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Nahloat distributed the stringent decree to his followers in synagogues across the area.
He had said young girls riding bicycles could “cause serious damage to their modesty” and that bicycle seats caused young girls to sit in a way men found “provocative”, according to the Arutz Sheva 7 website.
The ruling said: “We inform parents that they are obligated to forbid their daughters from age five and up from acting in this illegitimate way.”
Those affected by the ruling are members of the ultra-orthodox Haredi branch of Judaism.
In December ultra-orthodox rabbis requested women in Israeli city Bnei Brak refrain from studying in higher education, according to Yeshida World News website.
They claimed institutions which teach secular subjects presented a real danger, and that girls and women should not study.
Haredi leaders have also attempted to effectively ban the internet from their communities, even declaring smartphones non-kosher.
However, studies suggest this interdict has had little effect, with ultra-orthodox Jews in Israel using the internet just as much as anyone else, according to the Washington Post.
This 20 May 2016 video in Spanish shows Costa Rican cyclist Andrey Amador winning the leader’s pink jersey in the Giro d’Italia cycling race.
Andrey Amador was the first Costa Rican ever, and the first Central American cyclist ever, to wear the pink jersey.
However, that was yesterday.
Today was a very difficult mountain stage.
When Amador had difficulty following other favourites on a steep slope, a woman waving a Costa Rican flag started running besides him, encouraging him.
By going downhill fast after the mountain top, Amador managed to catch up with other favourites again.
However, then came another mountain, and still another one …
Amador lost his pink jersey to Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk.
This April 2016 video is called Kruijswijk aiming high at the Giro d’Italia.
This is a Dutch interview with Kruijswijk after winning the pink jersey today.
Tomorrow, there will be time trial stage up a mountain. Kruijswijk now has 41 seconds advantage on number two, Italian favourite Nibali.
Who will win?
This video shows Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin, on his way to his victory in the first Giro d’Italia stage; a time trial today in Apeldoorn city in the Netherlands.
Second, just a few small parts of a second behind Dumoulin, was Primoz Roglic from Slovenia.
Third was Andrey Amador from Costa Rica.
Today, the Giro d’Italia cycling race will start in Apeldoorn city in Gelderland province in the Netherlands. Tomorrow, the cyclists during their second stage will pass the hill depicted in this 28 April 2016 video: the Duivelsberg; literally, Devil’s Mountain. The Duivelsberg is a beautiful area, where special animals live. An insect species, new to science was discovered there in 2003: Allopauropus montidiabolus.
Wildlife warden Thijmen van Heerde blogs today that he really likes cycling. And that he hopes that the spectators of the Giro will also notice how beautiful the scenery through which the race passes is.
Part of the third Giro d’Italia stage is through the Gelderse Poort nature reserve. This video shows Fort Pannerden in that reserve. About Fort Pannerden: here.
This video shows the first stage of the Tour of Italy cycling race, the Giro d’Italia, which will start today in Dutch Apeldoorn city. That first stage is a 10 kilometer time trial.
Also the second and third stages will be in Gelderland province in the Netherlands this weekend, around Arnhem and Nijmegen cities. All the other stages will be in Italy, including some in mountainous areas.
198 cyclists will participate.
Among the favourites to win the first leader’s pink jersey in today’s time trial is Swiss veteran Fabian Cancellara. However, he suffers from a flu attack. Other good time trialists are Dutch Tom Dumoulin and Jos van Emden.
Among the favourites for top spots in the final classification are Vincenzo Nibali from Italy, Alejandro Valverde and Mikel Landa from Spain, and Steven Kruijswijk from the Netherlands.
The South African Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will also participate; including four South African cyclists and Merhawi Kudus from Eritrea.
This video shows Eritrean cyclist Daniel Teklehaymanot at the time trial in Utrecht, the start of this year’s Tour De France cycling race.
Meanwhile, Daniel Teklehaymanot has the king of the mountains polkadot jersey.
He kept it today, after the eighth stage.
This video from the 2012 London Olympics shows Daniel Teklehaymanot and his Eritrean supporters.
Eritrean TV does not have direct on the spot reports from the Tour de France, only one hour summaries in the evening. However, cinemas in Eritrea have satellite direct Tour reports.
This video says about itself:
Daniel Teklehaimanot Wins Polka Dot Jersey at Tour de France
9 July 2015
Eritrean rider Daniel Teklehaimanot today re-writes the history of cycling at the Tour de France once and for all. From being the first black African to compete at the Tour to the first African to wear a jersey as he takes the King of the Mountain title at the Stage 6.
Eritrean cyclist Daniel Teklehaimanot was first on the hilltop of the Côte de Canapville in the seventh stage of the Tour de France race today. That meant one more point for his king of the mountains polkadot jersey.
There is much enthusiasm in Eritrea about this.
Eritrean sports journalist Habtom Yohannis tells that when Eritrea was still an Italian colony, there was a race with Italian and Eritrean participants. An Eritrean won, making dictator Mussolini angry.