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Warriors need Ky Bowman to mature quickly on the court, just like he did in real life

first_imgKy Bowman spent last Wednesday morning in Santa Cruz at training camp for the Warriors’ G League affiliate. Later that night, Stephen Curry’s broken left hand would thrust him into Golden State’s rotation.Curry will miss at least three months after surgery on his left hand. That, along with a growing list of injuries, from Klay Thompson (ACL) and Draymond Green (sprained index finger), to Kevon Looney (neuropathy) and Jacob Evans (adductor strain), has forced the Warriors organization to …last_img

Goats and rural development

first_img29 August 2002Podi-Boswa (Pty) Ltd has given much-needed hope to a North West province community traumatised by the closure of local platinum mines. Spearheaded by Grace Masuku, the Podi-Boswa – which means “goat, our inheritance’ – makes up to R2 000 per goat from the animal’s meat, milk and skin.With the support of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), the Agricultural Research Council and the Department of Trade and Industry’s Community Public-Private Partnership Programme, Podi-Boswa combines the power of indigenous knowledge and the value of a natural resource to give a sustainable livelihood to over 1 000 people who had been living on the brink of despair.The project is a successful rural development project that could provide a good model for sustainable development in similar outlying areas in South Africa. The business model could also be used in other developing countries where subsistence agriculture and farming is common.Podi-Boswa started in 2000, and grew to the point where, currently, it involves almost 30 villages in the province, and trains young people to make goat leather handbags, belts and purses. These products are marketed to the South African tourism industry.Grace Masuku with some of the women from her villagePodi-Boswa is one of the eight Southern African enterprises being showcased at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in August as part of an initiative of the IUCN.The IUCN is profiling these eight entrepreneurs in the hope of showing the world that there is another way that works when it comes to sustainable development, and to provide much-needed exposure for these projects.This will enable community-based natural resource enterprises take their place in local and global economies and get their issues placed on policy agendas.Asked what the Summit exposure would mean for the communities that are benefiting from Podi-Boswa, project leader Grace Masuku highlighted the things that the project needs for significant growth. These include an abattoir and a tannery – existing abattoirs are far from the villages – technical expertise, and research for better practices and product development.“We hope that by going to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, we can get the support needed to develop our project’, says Masuku.Source: International Marketing Council Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Farm Bureau approves Strategic Action Plan for 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Farm Bureau Federation today released highlights of its 2016 strategic action plan, which addresses public policy issues in the coming year. The plan is a result of deliberations of delegates to the AFBF’s 97th Annual Convention in Orlando.The board-approved plan focuses the organization’s attention on a number of key issues including:Creating a more-positive dialogue with consumers about modern agricultural practices;Protecting farmers’ ability to use biotech plant varieties and other innovative technologies;Opposing unlawful expansion of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act; andMoving forward with congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.“We will continue to work hard to protect the business of American agriculture on all fronts. This plan is an important roadmap to key issue areas that AFBF and our grassroots members will address in 2016,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said.The Environmental Protection Agency’s new Waters of the U.S. rule remains among the most pressing issues in agriculture. Although presented as a water issue, the measure in fact would unlawfully regulate land in violation of the Clean Water Act itself. The rule takes over local and state authority while threatening private property rights and normal farming activity nationwide.“EPA’s blatant overreach is nothing short of a federal land grab,” Duvall said. “The administration has refused to listen to business owners, local governments and lawmakers. The courts have ordered this rule temporarily stopped. The Government Accountability Office found EPA’s actions illegal, and Congress—which originally gave EPA its authority under the Clean Water Act—called for an end to this rule. We won’t give up until it’s gone and farmers are free to care for their own land.”AFBF’s action plan also supports agricultural biotechnology that promises great benefits for agriculture, consumers and the environment.“Farmers and ranchers need better tools to be more productive and efficient. We will continue to defend farmers’ and ranchers’ access to biotechnology and protect their right to use other promising new technologies, from data services to drones,” Duvall said.The AFBF board reaffirmed its commitment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.“TPP promises to open up markets around the Pacific Rim. These are some of the fastest-growing markets in the world, and America’s farmers and ranchers are ready to expand business there,” Duvall said. “We’re ready to work with Congress to move this agreement forward for the overall good of U.S. agriculture.”The action plan also places a special focus on food safety and security issues.“Consumers should have the confidence that their food is safe and wholesome. As farmers, we want the best for our families and yours. We’ve made great strides in opening up the dialogue to help consumers understand more about modern agriculture, but there’s a long way to go,” Duvall said. “All consumers deserve access to safe, affordable food, and we will continue to protect agriculture’s ability to meet that need.”The AFBF board approved an additional list of issues that will require close monitoring as they develop over the course of 2016. Those issue areas include advancing legislation that addresses agriculture’s long- and short-term labor needs, implementing business tax reform, monitoring the overall farm economy, and energy availability and affordability.last_img read more

FIFA Head Blatter Defiant

first_imgZURICH — Sepp Blatter had a good day at the office on Monday, even if a prankster tried to spoil it by showering the FIFA president with fake dollar bills at a news conference.Nothing could spoil Blatter’s day after he outwitted some of his FIFA opponents to earn precious extra time as their president and enjoy more such days in 2016.Mastering FIFA politics yet again, amid calls to step down immediately, Blatter is set to stay atop world soccer for seven more months after FIFA agreed Monday on a Feb. 26 election to replace him.Blatter was in such a good and defiant mood that he quickly shrugged off a chaotic start to his first major public appearance since a stunning resignation statement last month.A British comedian who gatecrashed the news conference at FIFA’s headquarters threw the fake bills in the air after making a spoof statement about supporting North Korea to host the 2026 World Cup.The image of Blatter cowering under a spray of money was powerful amid ongoing American and Swiss federal investigations of FIFA corruption, yet he regained his poise.“I just called my late mother,” he quipped on returning to the room minutes later, “and she said, ‘Don’t worry, it’s just a lack of education.’”Still, it made for an uneasy start with international networks and FIFA’s own YouTube channel broadcasting the news conference live.“Where is my security?” Blatter had shouted.The interruption provided an awkward reminder of a far more serious incident for FIFA in May, when the arrest of soccer and sports marketing officials plunged the game’s ruling body into its deepest crisis.Jolted by the dual criminal investigations into bribery and money laundering, Blatter announced four days after being elected for a fifth term that he would leave FIFA.“It was not only the pressure of any authorities … it was also the pressure of political interference and also the pressure of you, media,” said Blatter, who is a target of the U.S. investigation. “I had to do something very special and I did it. In footballing terms, I kicked the ball out of the field to stop something.”FIFA’s executive committee decided the election date and Blatter ended weeks of uncertainty by insisting he would not perform one of his renowned about-turns by in fact being a candidate.“On the 26th of February FIFA will have a new president,” Blatter said. “I cannot be the new president because I am the old president.”The 79-year-old Blatter, who first joined FIFA 40 years ago, has held onto the most powerful job in world soccer since 1998.Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, who lost to Blatter in May, had told The Associated Press earlier Monday: “President Blatter’s resignation cannot be dragged out any longer. He must leave now.”But while Blatter said he felt “regret” about the crises, he insisted he would not be “abandoning” the presidency until a successor is elected by the 209 member associations.The Feb. 26 date was a political victory for Blatter over European governing body UEFA and its supporters in other continents, who wanted a December ballot and thought they had a compromise agreement on Sunday for Jan. 15.Instead, Blatter and senior vice president Issa Hayatou held sway with a late tactic. They cited not clashing with the second-tier African Nations Championship — a tournament for little-known home-based players — hosted in Rwanda from Jan. 16-Feb. 7.Late-February has personal significance to Blatter. It will mark exactly 40 years since Blatter’s first major duty for FIFA — a development conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that is featured in scenes from the much-derided $27 million movie flop ‘United Passions.’Earlier Monday, UEFA President Michel Platini had seemed ready to launch his election campaign as front-runner when his officials confirmed he has support to run from four of the six FIFA continents.Instead, there is an Oct. 26 deadline for would-be candidates to gain five nominations from FIFA’s 209 member associations.Prince Ali did not commit to a second campaign Monday, and only former Brazil great Zico and Liberia football federation president Musa Bility have expressed their intention to stand.“He loves the fact that UEFA is associated with football on a daily basis and the thousands of matches we organize,” Platini’s spokesman, Pedro Pinto, said outside FIFA headquarters. “FIFA is a more political organization and he is a man of football. He’s not a man of politics.”In a statement Platini welcomed the creation of a FIFA reforms task force — a second one after a 2012-13 version — which will reconsider introducing term limits, integrity checks for senior officials and pay details.Blatter declined repeatedly on Monday to reveal his salary, and insisted this and any other proposals must also apply to all 209 FIFA members who should vote on them in February.But Blatter did respond to calls from World Cup sponsor Coca-Cola and former FIFA advisers Transparency International to appoint an independent person to oversee possible changes to shape the damaged organization’s future.Still, the “eminent leader” requested by Coca-Cola will be chosen by Blatter, Platini and other confederation presidents to lead a panel made up of 10 appointees from within those continental bodies.There seemed little to attract a respected figure from outside the sport to oversee the next election and reforms of FIFA.Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general from Ghana, has been mentioned for the role.“The rumors linking Mr. Annan to the FIFA job are just that: rumors,” Annan’s foundation office told the AP, stressing that he is currently “fully committed” to other roles.Bility, the Liberian federation head, said he was “very disappointed” with the Feb. 26 election date.“It does not reflect the urgency of the situation,” he told the AP by telephone, adding he expected to get on the ballot. “I am very encouraged. I don’t see any new faces.”On Monday, Blatter remained the face of FIFA, insisting he wants to rebuild its reputation.Speaking in his fifth language of the news conference, the veteran Swiss said in German that he wanted to “say goodbye when you have realized something good.”GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports WritersROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writers TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Martina McBride And DAV Help Veterans Pick Up Where They Left Off

first_imgMultiple Grammy award nominee Martina McBride, and DAV (Disabled American Veterans), a nonprofit that provides a lifetime of support for our nation’s veterans, are collaborating this holiday season to help veterans and their families pick up where they left off.Returning to civilian life after military service can be extremely challenging, but veterans and their families can thrive with the right resources.McBride and DAV are joining forces to raise awareness about veterans’ issues and to educate America on how they can support the men and women who served. McBride is dedicating her song, “We’ll Pick Up Where We Left Off,” to bring greater awareness to America’s 22 million veterans. As part of the collaboration, deserving veterans across the country will get a special surprise at stops on McBride’s Love Unleashed Tour, where they will receive VIP tickets to her concert and a backstage meet and greet with the artist.“DAV is delighted to partner with Martina McBride to honor the service and sacrifices of America’s veterans in meaningful ways,” said Marc Burgess, DAV National Adjutant. “Martina is known and respected for her love of family and country, and we are looking forward to working with her to raise awareness of the needs of our servicemen and women, and their families, over the coming months.”The road home can often be a difficult one for service members who are making the transition to civilian life. They must overcome many challenges, including reintegrating with their families, dealing with the visible and invisible wounds of war, and finding housing and searching for employment. Every year, DAV provides support to more than 1 million veterans and their families, helping them gain access to the benefits they earned and deserve, and connecting them with meaningful job opportunities.“I am proud to partner with DAV this holiday season to use the power of music to bring everyone together to honor our veterans, their families, and their communities,” said McBride. “DAV provides important resources year-round to those who have served our country, helping them come home to a more stable environment.”We’ll Pick Up Where We Left Off, is featured on Martina’s latest album, RECKLESS, which was released through Nash Icon Records earlier this year. McBride is currently touring North America on her Love Unleashed Tour. For additional information and to see upcoming tour dates, visit her website.If you’d like to learn more about how you can support America’s veterans this holiday season, please visit DAV.org/MartinaMcBride.last_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of January 27 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of January 27, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Carl Guarino, 71Joseph Ientile, 80Phyllis M. Jensen, 86Kerin Jean Parker, 37Gerald F. Sullivan, 69Previously Lived In Wilmington:Gertrude E. “Pudge” Cushing, 77William R. Iovanna, 73Arnold F. Lanni, 91Eileen C. (Gregoire) Marsan, 77Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Marion E. (Kirkland) Hesketh, 95Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Add colours to boring white walls

first_imgIf you want to decorate a small house, your options get limited due to the lack of space. Still, you can make the interiors of your small house look perfectly placed. This is through the large open space you have – the walls. There are plenty of creative ideas you can apply to make your wall speak for you.Anjali Jain, an artist and founder of Kala Drishti (NGO) share some ideas to revamp our bland wall:Choose the right colour for your wallIt is a crucial decision and at the same time very difficult to choose the right colour for the walls. The colour should blend with the lighting and furniture in the room. To make any room look good without taking much risk, keep darker colours for floor, moderate colours for the walls and light colours for the ceiling. Also, we should keep in mind for whom the room is being decorated. For instance, if the room is for young kids, then they would prefer bright colours, whereas for aged people light colours are preferable. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCreate a collage on the wallThere is nothing that adds personality and colour to the room as a gallery wall does. Putting up a great piece of wall art in a space that instantly draws attention, gives a sense of satisfaction. You can display a collection of art, photographs, wall hangings to make a collage on the wall. It is advisable to opt for simple, cohesive framesIf in doubt use wallpapersWallpapers have come a long way since the days of our grandparents. If you cannot paint the walls, then opt for wallpapers. You can select the design or pattern of your choice and liven up your room(s). You can either cover all the four walls or just use a bold and coloured wallpaper on one wall. To create a subtle yet a striking feature, opt for simple designs instead of a hectic pattern.Fabric is the new trendInduce some originality to your living space using fabrics. This idea is simple and inexpensive at the same time. These are easy to put and even more easy to remove. You can use starch to attach the fabric to the wall. With this method, the wall will not get damaged and the fabric can be removed whenever required.last_img read more