19 Dec
2019

Rental housing project under way

first_img27 June 2003Thousands of rental housing units are to be constructed in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Mpumalanga following an agreement between the government, labour and the private sector.The chief director of programme management in the department of housing, Johan Wallis, told Parliament on Wednesday that the initiative, known as the “Job Summit Project”, aims to implement the construction of between 50 000 and 150 000 units in three phases, to be completed by 2005.Wallis said eight such projects were currently under way in Gauteng to construct a total of 5 000 units. “Construction has already begun on 450 units in Klipfontein and 970 units in Brickfields. Development in Faraday, Metro Mall, Tribunal Gardens, Better Buildings, Doornfontein and Baralink are still in planning stages,” he said.In Tasbet Park and Duvha Park in Mpumalanga, 5 000 units are being constructed east of the N4, with 20 completed units to be handed over to tenants on 1 July.Wallis said that although the Durban Metro had approved the construction of 700 units in Roosfontein Hill in Cato Manor, the department had had to cancel the construction of a further 2 800 units at Mount Moriah in KwaMashu because the area is notorious for non-payment of rates and taxes.“Rental is not a cheap option. Units are very expensive to build, but because of government subsidies the poor will have increased access to the units,” Wallis said.Government has agreed to provide R380-million in subsidies, with a further R225-million made available for the project from poverty relief funds.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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17 Dec
2019

Miami Trace FFA graduates receive highest award

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This year, the Miami Trace/Great Oaks FFA had 6 graduate FFA members receive the American FFA Degree at the 89th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. This degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year there were a total of 3,780 American Degrees awarded. Those that received the American FFA degree from Miami Trace were: Jacob Rose, Natalie Miller, Cassidy Elam, Caleb Penwell, Evan Schaefer, and Heather Johnston.To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productivity invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agricultural enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement. Each of the recipients received a gold American FFA Degree key, certificate and matted frame after being recognized on stage at the convention.One of these members, Evan Schaefer, was further recognized as a 2016 American Star Farmer Finalist.   Production agriculture has been part of Evan Schaefer’s life from the beginning. He says some of his earliest memories are of riding in the tractor with his father and watching his family work the land.  At an early age, Evan knew his future would be in agriculture.  Evan’s enterprises started at the age of nine when he began a plot of sweet corn operated in partnership with his cousins.  From there, Evan’s knowledge of agriculture continued to grow as he gained responsibilities on the family farm.  Today, that excitement regarding agriculture has earned him the honor of being named 2016 American Star Farmer, one of the most prestigious honors awarded to a student by the National FFA Organization.Schaefer began his FFA career with 7.2 acres that was located on his family farm. Evan was then able to grow his operation in 2015 to 695 total acres of diversified crop production. The new acreage was equally divided into corn and soybean production. Evan also continued his sweet corn operation.  This diversity allowed him to experiment with new farming practices and remain innovative on the latest research and technology. Furthering his education at Southern State Community College, Schaefer said he wants to make sure he is doing his part to work towards food security through innovative production practices. Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, four FFA members are honored with American Star Awards for outstanding accomplishments in FFA and agricultural education. The American Star Awards, including American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience, are presented to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows students to learn by doing, either by owning and operating an agricultural business, working or serving an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.Other requirements to achieve the award include demonstrating top management skills; completing key agricultural education, scholastic and leadership requirements; and earning an American FFA Degree, the organization’s highest level of student accomplishment. Evan Schaefer is the son of Tim and Mary Jo Schaefer. He is a member of the Miami Trace/Great Oaks FFA Chapter, led by advisors, Bruce Bennett, Amanda Swigert and Wendi Mizer-Stachler.Sixteen American Star Award finalists from throughout the U.S. are nominated by a panel of judges who then interview the finalists during the national convention and expo. Four are named winners and receive cash awards totaling $4,000. All American Star finalists receive a $2,000 cash award. The American Star Awards are sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, Elanco Animal Health, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.last_img read more

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17 Dec
2019

Canada’s “The Great Trail” treasure hunt

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedExplore Canada’s Beautiful Parks by Geocaching during Canadian Environment WeekMay 24, 2011In “Cache In Trash Out”Request a Treasure X trackable and be a part of a treasure hunt like no otherJuly 12, 2018In “Trackable Promotions”Are you brave enough to enter? – Hsin Pyushin Monastic Complex -The hidden chamber (GC3FH35) — Geocache of the WeekApril 23, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” The Great Trail Treasure HuntColder temperatures may be setting in Canada, but with 100 recently hidden treasure boxes, there’s never been a better time to get out and explore The Great Trail Treasure Hunt. Gorgeous views in CanadaThis large-scale treasure hunt continues through October 31, and celebrates the connection of The Great Trail, decades in the making. Participants can visit The Great Trail Treasure Hunt and guess where treasures box are hidden. The first person to find one of the boxes receives a prize.Canadian northern lightsTreasure hunters can also enter weekly drawings when they post a photo of themselves with a treasure box to Instagram or Facebook. Just make sure to include the hashtag #GreatTrailTreasure. Canadian residents are eligible to win prizes such as a Nikon camera, a gift card to Mountain Equipment Co-op, or a subscription to Canadian Geographic, just to name a few. Canada sunriseThe Great Trail Treasure Hunt is a fun, healthy way to discover Canada whether you live in the Great White North or plan to visit. Next year The Great Trail plans to become an official GeoTour! Stay tuned to our blog and social channels for more details. last_img read more

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27 Nov
2019

Sergio Aguero steals winner in Man City’s 2-0 win over Newcastle

first_imgManchester City’s Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring the late winner against NewcastleManchester City began its Premier League title defense with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle on Sunday, with goals by David Silva and Sergio Aguero putting the champions on top of the fledgling standings.With a professional, assured start to the season, City showed at St. James’ Park why it will be tough to stop the team winning a third title in four years. Silva opened the scoring in the 38th minute with a left-foot shot inside the area past Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, having run on to a clever backheeled pass by Edin Dzeko.Aguero began on the bench as he is short of full fitness after the World Cup but the Argentina striker quickly hit his scoring stride, slotting home a finish in injury time after his first attempt was saved by Tim Krul.”It was very important for us to start with a win,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. “We talked to the squad about the two ‘H’s – hungry and humble. We need both if want to continue winning titles and improve on what we did last season. We didn’t have any clean sheets in preseason but we were very solid in this game.”City’s win remained in doubt until Aguero struck, with Newcastle applying pressure late on but failing to work visiting goalkeeper Joe Hart.Substitute Ayoze Perez had a shot deflected just wide of the far post before Moussa Sissoko blazed over the bar.advertisement”I feel a little bit disappointed we have lost and the scoreline is slightly flattering to them,” Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said. “I felt if we had got an equalizer we could have gone on to win, because we looked fitter and stronger.”Our fans are good judges and I think they’ve seen enough to believe we’re going to give it a real good go this season.”Fabricio Coloccini and Vincent Kompany, the captains of the two teams, and former Sunderland goalkeeper Jimmy Montgomery laid wreaths on the center circle before kickoff in honor of two Newcastle fans who were among the 298 people to be killed when Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine last month.There was also a minute’s silence for the two supporters, John Alder and Liam Sweeney.last_img read more

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