19 Dec
2019

SANParks goes ‘wild about soccer’

first_imgSAinfo reporter DreamFields Project founder John Perlman saw the partnership with SANParks as “a way of changing the social make-up in marginalised communities”. In a statement issued this week, the Dreamfields Project says its three-year partnership with SANParks’ People and Conservation (P&C) unit – dubbed “Wild about Soccer” – is aimed at engaging young people at the level of their passion: football. SANParks CEO David Mabunda has endorsed the project, saying: “The best way to get young people to understand and develop respect for the environment in conservation areas is to start by making positive and visible changes in the environments where they live”. Companies and individuals can sponsor a R5 500 DreamBag to a school. It contains 3 soccer balls, 15 pairs of boots and 15 sets of kit, including numbered shirts, shorts and socks. Raising awareness “Wild About Soccer”, he said, was not just about the beautiful game, but was about using sport as means of building knowledge about, and respect for, something worth preserving – our natural heritage. The Dreamfields Project joined forces with SANParks’ P&C unit to bring the “Wild about Soccer” tournaments to these secluded communities, with every tournament within the project providing an opportunity to educate young people about conservation and the environment. Launched in 2006, the Dreamfields Project is a section 21 company that uses soccer as a force for good in township and rural schools. DreamBags Dreamfields will provide DreamBags containing a complete soccer kit to the participating schools for continued development of their learners through the game of soccer.center_img “As a start, we will be handing out DreamBags filled with soccer kits for tournaments in rural communities, but our long-term goal is to help fix up some fields in villages bordering on our parks,” Perlman said. To date, 240 schools and organizations have received DreamBags, while donations and sponsorships are being used to build new soccer fields and improve sporting infrastructure in townships and rural areas. ‘A force for good’ South African National Parks (SANParks) has teamed up with the Dreamfields Project to merge the seemingly separate worlds of conservation and soccer for the benefit of young people living in communities situated around national parks. “We are wild about this project, and wild about our partnership with SANParks.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Starting from Saturday, 6 September, school teams from communities on the borders of the world-renowned Kruger National Park will participate in a series of “Wild about Soccer” tournaments, culminating in a final tournament in Skukuza on 4 October. The DreamBag handover coincides with a DreamEvent, which is a soccer tournament at which the sponsor, community and other supporters come together and enjoy the beautiful game. 5 September 2008last_img read more

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18 Dec
2019

Bin cleaners bring Hollywood to Khayelitsha

first_img23 March 2016Buhle Sithela cleans bins in Khayelitsha and uses the money to screen films https://t.co/PyEKZgu6dv pic.twitter.com/xAyyapk00v— neo (@_maditla) March 17, 2016As an events marketing student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), 21-year-old Buhle Sithela started his bin cleaning business as part of a practical assignment. It soon blossomed into a full-time community service.“I wanted to do something that would benefit the community, so I set up this event where people in my (area) could bring their bins and me and my friends would wash them for a small fee,” Sithela told Amaphiko social enterprise website.The Khayelitsha Bin Clean Project is based in Harare, Khayelitsha. Every Friday, Sithela and his friends clean more than 30 bins, charging R50 per bin. “Initially,” says Sithela, “we didn’t have that many bins. We started with five bins, but things picked up so quickly.”Clients – such as resident Linda Madlebe – are happy with the service, and speak glowingly about Sithela and his friends’ efforts to improve the neighbourhood. “These guys are setting a good example in our community,” Madlebe told Amaphiko, “especially given that it is gang-ridden. I hope their project grows.”Sithela focuses on the project full-time as he had to drop out of college last year because of a lack of funds. But it hasn’t been without its difficulties. Besides money being tight, some of the people who help him clean the bins have personal problems that make running the project difficult. “Some of them are suffering from drug addiction and there are times I’ve had to single-handedly clean over 30 dustbins. It’s tough.”Yet there have been personal triumphs and great learning experiences from starting the business, he says. One of the ways he gives back using the money raised from the business, is to offer community film screenings for youngsters and older residents alike. “Film has always been one of my biggest passions, but. there are little to no cinemas in the townships. So I decided to start my own screenings.”Since July, Sithela has hosted regular film screenings at a local church. “I had to borrow speakers and a projector from a friend, (and while) the (first) turnout wasn’t great either. I was just happy I did it,” he explains. Some of the films shown include the recent James Bond film and popular favourites such as the Rush Hour movies and Friday, as well as the latest local films.While financing the events present a challenge, leaving not much money from the business over for himself, he is still glad he’s making a difference for his community. And all his hard work has not gone unnoticed.Sithela is doing an internship with another innovative entertainment business, the mobile, solar-powered cinema Sunshine Cinema, which takes movies to rural and disadvantaged areas.It has been useful to research ways of expanding his own plans for his business, he says. “I just hope it grows big enough to sustain my passion for cinema. I have this dream of hosting a huge open air screening at Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha. Slowly but surely, I’m getting there.”Source: Amaphiko websitelast_img read more

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18 Dec
2019

National crop commodity organizations looking to re-focus efforts moving forward

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the national level, corn, soybean and wheat commodity organizations are looking to assess their priorities for the future and focus on their strengths. There was an update outlining the plans for the future from each national organization at the December Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium held in Columbus.The National Corn Growers Association’s strategic plan will seek to enhance consumer trust, and related objectives. The plan will include strategies for key NCGA programs in that effort, including its participation in the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, CommonGround and the Corn Farmers Coalition.“We are looking into where we want to be at in five years with the development of a strategic plan,” said Anthony Bush, who serves on the NCGA Board and farms in Morrow County. “We felt like we were an inch deep and a mile wide and we felt like we really needed to focus on what we were good at. We are working on that and it will be coming out the end of January.”Ohio’s Jed Bower, of Fayette County, is serving on the NCGA Public Policy Action Team overseeing the development of the strategic plan.The American Soybean Association is also taking a strategic look at goals for the future.“ASA has gone through a large change in the past year. We are trying to find out where our pinpoint should be and it needs to be with our relationships with our senators and representatives on the important issues for us. We need to build domestic demand and expand our international market access,” said Bret Davis, who serves on the ASA board and farms in Delaware County. “The new ASA strategic plan focuses on demand goals, policy, trade and regulatory issues, and providing additional financial resources for policy work through new opportunities and providing states with flexibility to let them do what they do best.”These goals encompass a broad range of issues that will demand attention in the coming years.“High oleic soybeans are making a big difference in what our food systems are going to be needing. And aquaculture is a good place to use soybean meal in the food rations and that has been a real plus in the meal markets. It is a growing market that we can supply,” Davis said. “We are looking at freedom to operate too. If we can’t do the job that we are allowed to do by our consumers and regulators, it hurts in our pockets.”A strategy for the future certainly must include the recent changes in the Panama Canal, a key transportation boon for soybeans in particular.“We just went to Panama and got to see the Canal as it was being finished — what a difference that will make to allow us to move our beans to where they need to go,” Davis said.Other key issues include biotech labeling, a possible two-year extension on the biodiesel tax credit, and important trade relationships, including Cuba.“One of the great things I have seen in the last few years is that the soy industry is working so well together and our farmer-to-farmer relations have been fantastic and that is what it takes — working together for the soybean industry,” Davis said.David Schemm, a Kansas farmer with the National Association of Wheat Growers, talked about the importance of a strategic plan for the nation’s wheat growers.“The National Wheat Action Plan is in the beginning stages right now to get profitability back into wheat. It is not one single area but several areas that are needed to get profitability back into wheat right now. Mills are helping transition acres into organic wheat production to satisfy a market that they need more supply for. We are not saying organic is for everyone but it may work to increase profitability for some farms,” Schemm said. “We represent a huge part of the country geographically. Our major policy areas we have been working on for the past year are farm bill implementation, transportation and tax policy. We need to have one strong voice in agriculture on one united front on these issues. Grassroots engagement is the key.”The idea behind the Wheat Action Plan is to raise productivity so that wheat no longer loses acreage to corn and soybeans by being less economically appealing. NAWG calculates that for every $10 spent on public and private industry corn research in 2014, only 70 cents went into wheat research.Additional goals in the plan included genetic improvements for wheat yields, developing strong resistance to fusarium head blight (or scab), improved rust resistance for high moisture years, and drought tolerance. Opening trade barriers and expanding wheat exports are also key priorities.last_img read more

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3 Dec
2019

J&K Governor heads to Delhi

first_imgAmid the ongoing crisis in the State, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra on Saturday went to New Delhi to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval.Sources said Mr. Vohra will discuss the unrest and the ground situation with Mr. Singh and Mr. Doval. He is also likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra ModiIt is learnt that Mr. Vohra, who is also head of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, will also brief the central leadership about the security requirements this year for visitors, amid issues in south Kashmir.A new Governor?The Governor’s visit assumes significance in the wake of demands for Governor’s rule in the State by several parties. Besides, news of a possible meeting between Mr. Vohra and Mr. Modi has also fuelled speculation that the Centre was looking for a new Governor. Several names, including that of a Kashmiri pandit, are doing the rounds for the top position.Meanwhile, Amit Shah, president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), arrived in Jammu for a two-day visit to meet party legislators so that he could get the sense of situation evolving in Kashmir an Jammu regions in the wake of series of developments, including low voter turnout and attacks on Muslims by gau rakshaks.Also, Farooq Abdullah, president of the Opposition National Congress (NC) on Saturday expressed concern over the Centre’s decision not to hold talks with separatists.“The Centre’s submission in the Supreme Court that it will not hold dialogue with separatists might prove disastrous for the future of Jammu and Kashmir. We express our concern and regret over the stand,” Mr. Abdullah said, addressing a meeting of party leaders and workers here.Terming talks as the “only way” for the resolution of the Kashmir issue and everlasting peace in the region, Mr. Abdullah urged for early resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan saying “bombs and bullets will not help“.BJP leader Ram Madhav had on Saturday had attacked separatist leaders in Kashmir, accusing them of playing politics of sentiment over dead bodies and said that the Centre had made it clear that it would not hold talks with them.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

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3 Dec
2019

‘Media targeting Rahul for a decade’

first_imgThe media has been picking on Congress president Rahul Gandhi for the last 10 years, Congress leader Sam Pitroda said on Monday. In the context of relentless questions on why Mr. Gandhi decided to contest from Wayanad along with Amethi, Mr. Pitroda said, “The media is such that they are constantly focused on this one young man for the last 10 years. Everything he does is open to criticism. If he scratches the right side, then they will question ‘Why did he not scratch the left side?’ and there will be a national debate on that.” He was speaking at the second V.K. Madhavan Kutty memorial lecture on ‘Political campaigns in the digital era’. Mr. Pitroda also panned the social media which, he said, produced fake news. “Social media amplifies lies in a big way mainly because you can hide behind fake identity,” he said.last_img read more

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27 Nov
2019

Asian Cup organizers investigate shoe-throwing

first_imgQatar, which will host the 2022 World Cup, was booed before Tuesday’s game. The second goal in the 4-0 victory prompted UAE fans to start throwing their shoes at the Qatar players, an act which is considered to be an insult.The Asian Football Confederation says it is “conducting a thorough investigation into events” at the game and “once that investigation has been completed the AFC will decide on the appropriate next steps.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsQatar will play Japan in the final on Friday in Abu Dhabi. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Cushions found likely to have come from Argentine football player’s missing plane PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View comments Qatar’s defender Salem Al Hajri, right bottom, lies on the pitch after shoes and bottles where thrown in by United Arab Emirates fans during the AFC Asian Cup semifinal soccer match between United Arab Emirates and Qatar at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates— Asian Cup organizers have opened an investigation after soccer fans threw shoes and bottles at Qatar’s players during their semifinal victory over the United Arab Emirates.The stadium in Abu Dhabi was packed with home fans. The UAE has cut economic, diplomatic and travel ties with Qatar, making it difficult for fans of the team to travel to the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

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17 Oct
2019

Quebec Liberal MP resigns a day after Trudeau announces four byelections

first_imgOTTAWA – A Quebec Liberal MP announced Monday he’s quitting politics for family reasons.Denis Lemieux, who has represented the riding of Chicoutimi-Le Fjord since 2015, said he made the decision after careful consideration.He made the announcement in a letter published on his Facebook page.The resignation came a day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said four byelections will be held Dec. 11 — one each in Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario.last_img

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29 Jul
2019

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 5 March HORSE RACINGCLICK HERE FOR OUR CHELTENHAM 2017 ANTEPOST PRICES2.20 SedgefieldJac The Legend 3/1 > 9/42.40 LeopardstownYoucannotbeserious 3/1 > 2/13.00 HuntingdonWeststreet 4/1 > 11/43.30 HuntingdonAntartica De Thaix 7/2 > 2/13.40 LeopardstownGreat Field 5/2 > 13/8 Don’t Touch It 11/4 > 9/44.20 SedgefieldWolf Sword 6/1 > 7/2LIVE FOOTBALLPremier League13:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HD8/13 Tottenham Hotspur 9/2 Everton 3/1 DRAWScottish FA Cup Quarter-Final15:00 BBC One Scotland / BBC One Scotland HD8/13 Aberdeen 9/2 Partick Thistle 3/1 DRAWPremier League16:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HD9/1 Sunderland 2/7 Man City 5/1 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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