China stumbling on path to Olympic glory at 2022 home games

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ LATEST STORIES “They Googled skeleton to see what it was. A couple of the kids I’ve got on my team had never seen snow, because they are from southern China,” he said. “They are signing up for something they literally have no idea what it is.”And his top picks all subsequently quit before starting training.“I think two of the three quit because they Googled skeleton, figured out what it was and said: ‘Uh, no, no thank you.’ And I know one of them quit for sure because his girlfriend wouldn’t let him go.”Manuel Machata, the German coach hired to build China’s rookie bobsleigh team, faced similar challenges.“They never had bobsleigh before. It’s not famous. It’s not well-known. It’s very hard to get people to bring athletes in,” he said. His initial group of 24 recruits got their first taste of what they’d let themselves in for when he took them to Whistler, Canada, in 2016.“That was incredible,” he said. “They saw the track and they were flushed. Then you sit them in a sled and let them drive down. That’s quite amazing.”He, too, says Chinese officials want him to produce medal-standard bobsledders by 2022, but adds: “You only can do what you can do.”There have been Chinese breakthroughs and notable performances in Pyeongchang.Twelve years after its Olympic debut in the sport at the 2006 Turin Games, China got its first snowboarding medal, with silver in women’s halfpipe from Liu Jiayu. In a not-untypical path for Chinese Winter Olympians converted to snow and ice from other sports, she practiced martial arts as a kid. Her initiation to halfpipe included trampoline-jumping with a snowboard strapped on.In short-track speedskating — by far China’s strongest winter sport, producing 30 of its 53 Winter Olympics medals coming into South Korea — Wu Dajing lowered his own world record in winning the men’s 500 meters. View comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MLB honors school shooting victims with special caps Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City “So far,” he said, “we haven’t been allowed to do much of anything.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Chinese Winter Olympians, however, have far bigger leaps to make. Although competitive in a scattering of events, the world’s second-largest economic mega-power after the United States has never been a major winter-sports player. China’s team of 80 athletes in Pyeongchang — its largest since the 2010 Vancouver Games — has, like Team USA, been a striking under-achiever, with just one gold among its nine medals.As it did for the Summer Games, China has brought foreign coaches on board in array of winter sports, tapping Dutch expertise in speedskating, for example, and Norwegian know-how in cross-country skiing.Hired in 2015, the year the IOC picked Beijing as the first city to host both summer and winter games, Pain saw China as a land of promise.“My initial thought when I took this job was: ’Oh my gosh, China has got 1.3 billion people. Let me look at 30,000 of them, and from that we’ll pick 50, and from that we’ll find 10 unbelievably good ones.”Reality has been sobering. In recruiting for skeleton, Pain found himself promoting a sport almost completely unknown to 130 athletes who turned up for his first tryouts.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “We’ve been told it’s gold or nothing,” Pain says. “The other medals are irrelevant.”Here’s the rub: Wanting to win in dangerous, technically complex sports on snow and ice and actually being equipped to beat established winter-sports powers are very different things.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It’s not just about putting on a pair of shoes and being fast,” Pain says of skeleton. “You have to be able to bend over, grab a sled, run as fast as you can, dive on it and then get to the bottom without dying.”The blueprint of throwing money and foreign know-how at hand-picked Chinese athletes is familiar. But results in 2022 are on course to be less spectacular than when Beijing hosted the Summer Games in 2008. Then, a costly, years-long national medal-mining drive paid off handsomely, with China surging to the top of the gold-medal bragging table. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours With bronze over 500 meters, Gao Tingyu also became the first Chinese man to medal in Olympic long-track speedskating. And there were Chinese participants for the first time in several events, including Chang Xinyue’s 20th place in women’s ski jumping.Li Chunjian, who drove one of two Ferrari-red first-time Chinese entries in two-man bobsleigh, said Pyeongchang was only “the first step” for their fledgling team.“Very quickly, at the next competitions, we’ll steadily grab the attention of people around the world and let them know that Chinese bobsledding has arrived,” he declared confidently, after placing 26th of the 30 sleds. “Everyone is working hard together to prepare for 2022.”His brakeman, Wang Sidong, added: “Two years ago, we didn’t even know what bobsledding was.”Still, overall, China is trending downward. From its high of five golds in 2010, China slipped back to three in 2014 and now just one — Wu, in short-track — in Pyeongchang.“I’m sure the leadership will be quite upset,” Pain said. “It will be interesting to see what happens in China with their sports system and coaching system and the whole thing in the next few months, because there’s probably a big old shakedown coming.”In skeleton, where China was represented for the first time by Geng Wenqiang, “we are way behind, to be honest with you,” Pain said. “We haven’t had that quick and robust start that we needed three years ago.”Chinese bureaucracy has slowed progress, with paperwork delays causing athletes to miss races that could have helped more of them qualify for Pyeongchang, he said.“So much red tape,” he said. “I kind of joke that every decision takes five approvals and every approval takes a month.”“The question is: Will they figure it out fast enough? Will they let the experts, i.e. the foreign coaches that they hire — myself being one of those — will they let us have the reins, the control that we need to push things forward as fast they need to be pushed?” Driver Shao Yijun, Shi Hao, Li Chunjian and Wang Sidong of China take a curve during training for the four-man bobsled competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — At least Jeff Pain knows what is expected of him.Hired by China for his coaching expertise in the winter sport of skeleton, the Olympic silver medalist for Canada in 2006 has four more years to shape his rookie team of Chinese athletes into ice-sliding champions at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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ANSA McAL, Department of Education host Literacy Summer Camp

first_imgANSA McAL Trading Limited, in collaboration with the Region Four (Demerara/Mahaica) Department of Education, launched its second annual Literacy Summer Camp on Saturday last, and this activity will see more than 300 children benefiting over the one week duration of the camp.Some of the children who will be participating in the summer campAt launch of the camp, being held at the Beterverwagting Primary School, Regional Education Officer (ag) Tiffany Favourite-Harvey disclosed that this year’s camp has seen a significant increase of participants, and is geared at providing the students with an opportunity to be engaged in all activities in various categories.This, she noted, is as a result of the significant support and assistance being given by ANSA Mc AL.“We have a great friend in ANSA Mc AL, and we at the Department of Education are exceptionally grateful and thankful for their overwhelming partnership. This is a great partnership, which I am sure will last (for) years to come,” she said.Catering for nursery, primary and secondary school children, the camp promises to be fun-filled, challenging, and filled with creative activities, according to REDO Favourite-Harvey, who stressed that reading, writing, and comprehension for learners from nursery to Grade 9 would form part of the camp.The REDO pointed out that, too many times owing to lack of proper supervision — due to many parents and guardians having to work and no one being present to take care of the children — the children are left alone, thus resulting in several of them being engaged in activities that do not bring about holistic development.She issued an impassioned appeal to parents and guardians to utilise the benefits being offered by the camp, declared that attendance is without charge, and announced that all are welcome to participate in the camp.“We are open to persons joining (in the activities), and I would like to appeal to parents and guardians to come and be a part of this camp, as it affords the children an opportunity to be gainfully and positively engaged during this period,” she said.ANSA McAL’s Brand Manager for Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Errol Nelson, said that company’s corporate social responsibility is to support the development of youths, promote education, and enrich and engage the communities that it serves.“Our involvement in this programme is testimony to that commitment,” he declared. “The brands being used to promote this programme are Smalta, iCool Juice Drink and Cheifeez Snacks.” He added, “Our involvement will be in the form of providing refreshments and snacks for the participating youths and facilitators.”last_img read more

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Waiakabra residents call for Govt’s assistance to send children to school

first_imgResidents of Waiakabra on the Soesdyke Linden Highway have made calls on the relevant authorities to visit the community and offer guidance and assistance to parents in getting their children into the school system. Residents, who recently reached out to Guyana Times said the issues affecting them included the lack of resources, such as finance and transportation and necessary documentation, for their children to attend school which is located a far distance from their community.Ramona Da Silva, one of the residents who spoke to this newspaper said she has two children ages five and eight who are not attending school since they do not have birth certificates. She said she had visited the Social Protection Ministry where she was advised that a late registration would have to be done for the children. “My children don’t have birth certificate. And the school said they can’t take them in without it. I went to the Ministry and they tell me about a late registration but it’s a long process and I don’t have the means to get it done right now. If I can just get a permission slip for them to be taken into the school I would be very happy because I can work on getting the documents after that,” she said.A few of the other residents, who shared similar issues, called on the authorities to visit the community and advise them on how those and other issues can be addressed. Brian Reynolds who also shared his concerns told this newspaper that there is no school in the community and the schools in closest proximity are located a far distance and there is no public transportation that works in the area and parents usually have to walk their children to and from school if they cannot afford taxi fare.“If you don’t have a taxi fare or your own transportation, you have to walk out of this place. And it goes way down to the back. It’s a long sand road. If we can get one of those school bus the President had shared out we would be grateful because we more need it up here. We are pleading for any interest or help at all from the Administration. We are all citizens of this country but it seems as if we are forgotten most times,” he said.During an interview with Guyana Times, the Education Ministry’s Senior Guidance and Counselling Officer, Vickram Mohabir, in response to the issues outlined by the residents stated he is aware of the issues in that community and believes residents there need to make a greater effort in having those problems addressed. He said the community has a bus which should assist in taking the children to school, however, according to the residents, this is not the case.Mohabir highlighted that the Ministry through its truancy campaign has been making strides in getting vulnerable children off the streets and into the school system. He added that a countrywide truancy campaign is ongoing with the aim of tackling nonattendance among school aged children.According to Mohabir, welfare officers within the various education districts plan truancy campaigns to tackle vulnerable areas with low-income households and high crime rates. He explained that the campaign has taken a new shape as is focuses more on encouraging and empowering parents to send their children to school rather than prosecution. “We are looking to work with these parents to see how we can assist them in getting the children in schools. We want to move away from the prosecution of these parents and we are interfacing with other agencies in this regard,” he stated.The exercises are ongoing in all regions except Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) where the welfare officer there had to be removed for specific reasons. He said overall, the campaign is bearing fruit as they have recorded an improvement in the number of children that were removed from the streets.Mohabir is urging persons to continue to report nonattendance of school aged children by contacting welfare officers on telephone number 225-9537 and all information will be treated with strictest confidentiality.last_img read more

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Change of fortune

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A $2 million grant to help at-risk LAUSD students stay in school and get to college signifies more than just hope for students. It represents a possible change of fortune for the troubled school district’s reputation. The money comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates and The James Irvine foundations, and more grants could follow – if the LAUSD makes good on its promises to reform. The Gates Foundation, with its billions to invest in education, has been reluctant to give grants to the country’s second-largest school district despite its obvious neediness because officials lacked commitment to reform. Clearly the grant-givers have changed their minds, and say if the district uses the new grant wisely, it might make more investments. The district owes it to the students who will benefit from this generosity – as well as the future students who might benefit from future grants – not to squander this money as it does with so many of its other resources. last_img read more

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Ajax fear no-one as they hunt unlikely European glory-Onana

first_img0Shares0000Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana says his side aren’t afraid of anyone as they hunt a first Champions League since 1995 © AFP / EMMANUEL DUNANDAMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Apr 29 – Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana says that the flamboyant European dreamers aren’t afraid of anyone as they prepare to continue their wild ride in the Champions League with the first leg of their semi-final at Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday.Four times European champions Ajax are hunting their first major continental triumph since Patrick Kluivert downed AC Milan in the 1995 final and have warmed hearts with a thrilling run to the last four that has recalled the glory days of Johan Cruyff and Total Football. Next up are Spurs, who Ajax meet after dispatching reigning European champions Real Madrid and Juventus — tipped by many to win the whole thing after signing Cristiano Ronaldo — with thrilling displays that enchanted football fans across the continent.“After beating Juventus and Real Madrid you’re not afraid of anyone,” Onana said in an interview with AFP.“They (Spurs) are a very good team. They have very good players, especially on the counter where they can create problems for us. But it’s up to us to handle these situations.”Cameroon international Onana has been a fixture between the sticks as the Dutch giants hunt a historic treble that Ajax have not completed since Cruyff’s 1972 heyday, when they won the second of three consecutive European Cups and combined that with the Dutch Cup and league title.They are also top of the Eredivisie, although level on points with PSV Eindhoven, and take on Willem II in next month’s domestic cup final.Asked by AFP if he expected Ajax to go so far in Europe, Onana said: “To be honest no! It’s my first season in the Champions League, and when we qualified for the group stage it was already like ‘wow’.”Ajax’s continental campaign kicked off against Austrians Sturm Graz way back in July, the first of three qualifying rounds they had to negotiate before making the groups.“We said to ourselves, there are six matches, let’s see if we can hang on to the Europa League!”– Parting gift –Instead Ajax finished comfortably second in Group E, unbeaten and only two points behind eventual group winner Bayern Munich, and now have a realistic chance of joining the Bavarians on five European Cups after turning on the style in the knockout rounds.“It’s the philosophy of the club and it’s important for us to stay true to it: control the game, keep possession… it’s clear that fans have been enjoying watching it, and we have fun playing it,” says Onana.Ajax have extra motivation going into their clash at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as they know that this is the last chance for this group of players to shock everyone and snatch the biggest prize in football.Star midfielder Frenkie De Jong will leave for Barcelona in the summer for an initial 75 million euros ($89 million), while centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, who sent Juventus packing with a bullet header in the quarter finals, could follow his teammate to Catalonia.After knocking out Real, coach Franck De Boer admitted that forwards Hakim Ziyech and David Neres and Onana would also all be targeted by Europe’s biggest clubs come the end of the season, and the stopper wants to sign off this era with the perfect parting gift after missing out on the Europa League to Manchester United in 2017.“It’s clear that this is our objective. Not just for the goal in and of itself, but for us, because after this season, there will be a lot of players who will leave,” says Onana.“It is important for us to do something big. If that means winning the treble, well that will be simply beautiful.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Homeless man who broke red light was trying to find a place to park up for night

first_imgA court has heard how a man was forced to live in his car after becoming homeless.The man appeared at Letterkenny District Court after breaking a red light. Andrew Daly, 31, was stopped by Gardai on Pearse Road on October 11th last.A subsequent breath test found he had not been under the influence of drink or drugs.Solicitor Frank Dorrian told the court that Mr Daly’s case was a very sad one.He had found himself homeless and was living in his car and even had bed clothing in the back.On the evening he was stopped by Gardai, he was trying to find a suitable place to park up for the night.The court was told that the man had now reunited with his wife and the address was given in court as Ashlawn in Letterkenny.He was fined €100 for having no driving license but a charge of dangerous driving was struck out.Homeless man who broke red light was trying to find a place to park up for night was last modified: November 10th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtGardaihomelessred lightlast_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: SIDNEY PORTER WINS AT DUNFANAGHY

first_imgDunfanaghy Golf Club Notes:Hi Everyone, Well we are just approaching probably the most memorable weekend in the history of the club.We have waited all year for this weekend to come around and it promises to be a weekend never to be forgotten. We have all the preparations in place to make the clubhouse the place to be all weekend. The marque will arrive on Thursday and we will be able to show the Ryder Cup on three large screens in the Ba rin the marque and if you want a quiet time to watch the action, we have a large screen situated in the Function Room upstairs.There is entertainment with “Bill and Friends Unplugged” in the Clubhouse on Friday night from 6pm.Then on Saturday we have the “Ards Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Group” in the Marque from 6pm to 8pm. The All Ireland Hurling final which promises to be another great game can be viewed in the clubhouse. The presentation of prizes takes place on Saturday night in the Marque from 10pm with live music by “Copperhead” to follow. This band played on my Captain’s night and they were excellent. Our chef Cathal will be in the Clubhouse all weekend, so no one should go hungry. We will have another bar set up in the marque.Anyone who has not signed up to play golf yet needs to do so as soon as possible as the time sheets for Saturday and Sunday are nearly full. The weather forecast is looking good. You can include your name on the timesheets by contacting Mary or Ruth in the clubhouse. There is Open Gents and Ladies Singles on the Friday, 4 person team event on the Saturday (shotgun Start 8.30am and 1pm) and three ball scramble on the Sunday (shotgun start 10.00am). There are great prizes on offer, so don’t miss out. I would like to thank our main sponsor, Vaughan “Smiley” Monroe. Their sponsorship has enabled us to put great package together to celebrate this weekend in style. I would particularly like to thank Nicola from Smiley Monroe whose attention to detail has been a great help in organising this event.I wish Paul the best of luck in his role as Captain of the European Ryder cup Team. We have always been extremely proud of Paul’s achievements to date and he has given us numerous memorable days in the clubhouse already with his exploits on the European Tour and the Ryder Cups. Regardless of the result we will still be very proud of what he has achieved come Sunday evening. It would be great if the European Team wins and we celebrate their victory with Paul and the Ryder Cup at some time in the future.Finally I would urge all members to come to the Clubhouse at some stage over the weekend and bring your friends along to take part in our festivities. Don’t be afraid to spread the word around to your friends and neighbours. There will be plenty of room for everyone. This is our moment and let’s try and make it an occasion never to be forgotten.Hard luck to Donegal on Sunday. It was a great game and they were just piped by a better team on the day. The team gave us great entertainment through the summer months.Results: Wednesday Open Single Stableford 17th September1st Sidney Porter 39pts2nd James Brogan 38pts botGross Donal Boyle 37pts 3rd Joe Terry 37pts botCat Neil Gallagher 37pts1st9 Roger Green 20pts2nd9 Fr S O’Flynn 24ptsCSS 36ptsSaturday 4BBB Stroke20th September1st Freddie Stewart/Tony Griffen 62botCSS N/ASunday Monthly Medal Stroke (Sept)21st September1st Brian Wallace 642nd Colin Higgs 653rd Gerry McGreevy 66CSS 67Competitions this coming week:The competitions are as follows:• Wednesday 24th September Open Singles Stableford• Friday 26th September Open Singles Ladies and Gents Competitions• Saturday 27th September 4 Person Team Event (Shotgun start 8.30am and 1pm0• Sunday 28th September 3 Ball Scramble (Shotgun start 10.00am)New Year’s Eve At The ClubhouseWe are pleased to announce that the very enjoyable New Year’s Eve Party held at the Clubhouse last year is again being organised. The Band, which by all accounts, “made the party” have again been booked. Food, although yet to be arranged, will be along the same lines as last year. The cost will again be €30 per person and numbers will be strictly limited to sixty people on a “first come” basis. No tickets will be issued, and bookings can only be confirmed on receipt of full payment. Mary will be in charge of all bookings and as this will sell out very quickly I would advise those interested to contact her immediately and pay by card over the phone.As this is not priced as a fund raising exercise there will be no refund for those having booked but unable to attend.If however, you are unable to attend please contact Mary and you will be put in touch with someone on the waiting list willing to buy your ticket.Finally I would ask all past Captains who are hoping to attend the Past Captain’s competition and meal on Saturday 4th of October 2014 to make contact with Mary and Ruth in the clubhouse as soon as possible to put the arrangements in place for that day.GOLF NEWS: SIDNEY PORTER WINS AT DUNFANAGHY was last modified: September 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DunfanaghygolfNoticesSportlast_img read more

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Man wins McElhinney’s voucher in weirdest way!

first_imgPaul Kelly thought he’d chance his arm asking McElhinney’s Facebook page how many likes and shares he’d need to get kitted out for free this Chistmas; they accepted his challenge and he smashed all the goals they gave him! During the week McElhinney’s uploaded the following status; “Ok so we’ve all seen the like/comment/share challenges sweeping Facebook at the moment. Well I had a laugh with Paul Kelly sending us a challenge today. If we can get him to 100 shares, 500 comments, and 1000 likes on this post by October 31st then we will gift Paul a voucher to use in any department he chooses, even Bridal!”Paul’s status has 1,300 likes, over 400 shares, and 540 comments!Well done Paul – enjoy your new kit!Man wins McElhinney’s voucher in weirdest way! was last modified: October 22nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Football for Hope centres on track

first_img29 June 2010Football body Fifa says it is on track to roll out 20 Football for Hope centres across Africa after the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The ambitious project is one of the major legacies Fifa wants to leave after staging the first World Cup on the continent.The Football for Hope centres will feature football mini-pitches along with classrooms and health care facilities, providing young people with access to counselling, health and educational services.“We are definitely on track and we want to complete the centres by 2012,” Fifa’s Henry Nasale, director of the 20 Centres for 2010 project, told a media briefing in Johannesburg on Monday. “In fact, work on three of the centres will start in Nairobi and Kenya in the next three weeks.“We are receiving a lot of support from the governments and local communities, so our work is progressing and people will be seeing these legacy centres very soon.”Five of the centres will be built in South Africa, and one is already operational in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, where it serves as a vehicle to promote education, health and community development in the fast-growing township.Nasale said each centre was designed in close collaboration with the community to ensure that the infrastructure was consistent with local needs.Football-based activities are used at the centres to provide an out-of-school learning experience for young people.Former Bafana Bafana Captain Lucas Radebe, who lent his name for the campaign, said football should go beyond the pitch. “I think the time has come that football makes an impact in the lives of people. Many of us have become role models through football, and many kids are looking up to us, so it only makes sense that we are involved in some kind of community development.“The centres are emphasising what we refer to as the power of football, because with this game you can do anything, and what better way to use the power of the sport than investing in community upliftment,” Radebe said.Radebe will be traveling around the continent helping Fifa to set up the centres.Fifa’s six official partners – Adidas, Coca-Cola, Emirates, Hyundai, Sony and Visa – last year committed to contributing US$500 for each goal scored during the more than 800 World Cup qualifying matches, amounting to a donation of over $1-million.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Cooper Farms adds a new sow farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cooper Farms held an open house and ribbon cutting on April 22 for their new sow hog farm, Pheasant Run, located in Mark Center.The new farm will be home to female hogs and their piglets. Utilizing state of the art technology, Pheasant Run takes farming to a new level.“We like to think of it as more of a smart barn,” said Kevin Stuckey, Sow Division Manager. “With the help of technology we can provide high quality individualized care for each animal in the barns.”This technology controls barn temperatures, alternating fans, airflow and cooling cells to keep a consistent and comfortable climate for the hogs at all times. The system also has the ability to self-heal.“If a fan were to stop working correctly overnight, the system would recognize that and turn on a different fan in the same area,” said Bud Koenig, Facility Maintenance Manager.Open pen gestation allows the pregnant sows to roam in large stalls of 80 sows each.It will also feature electronic feeding stations to provide the pregnant sows with individualized diets and care, while in the open pens.“With each new farm we build, we are working to improve the environments for the animals, and make them more comfortable by using the latest technology available,” Stuckey said.The farm sits on approximately 640 acres and will use a center pivot system to apply all-natural fertilizer on 120 tillable acres. Pheasant Run farm will bring new jobs to the area, employing 20 full-time team members, one certified livestock manager and 18 other indirect jobs at the farm’s completion.last_img read more

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