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Fajardo confident Gilas will be at its best for 2nd leg of Fiba qualifiers

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I’ve seen them play in the collegiate leagues and I’m impressed. It’s good that we’re seeing them here because they’re the future of Gilas,” he said.Fajardo is excited for what the future holds, but he knows that the first order of business is for the Philippines to qualify for the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China.Gilas is currently undefeated after two games but the 28-year-old center said the team is still far from where it wants to be.“We need to fix our weaknesses, work out what we need to improve on. Our work for those games starts now,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Gilas buildup for 2nd leg of qualifiers gets going MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Fajardo attended his first national team practice on Monday after missing the resumption last week due to flu.“I’m happy that we’re back. I just hope that all of the efforts we’re putting in will pay off. We’re all wishing that we’ll perform well in February because it won’t be easy,” the Cebuano giant said.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 folkGilas Pilipinas is preparing for its game versus Australia on February 22 at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne before taking on Japan at Mall of Asia Arena on February 25.Fajardo’s return also gave him a chance to work with “23-for-23” cadets CJ Perez and Abu Tratter, with the two young guns impressing the four-time PBA MVP. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the PBA ongoing, June Mar Fajardo isn’t worried with how Gilas Pilipinas will fare in the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers in February.“I think we’ll be in good condition because we all have games in the PBA. I’ll split my time with Gilas and San Miguel so I’m confident that we’ll be in our A-game,” he said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View commentslast_img read more

Police still working on extradition of former GPL executive

first_imgLocal investigators are still pursuing the extradition of former Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) of the Guyana Power and Light Inc, Ash Deonarine, to answer two multimillion-dollar fraud charges.In August last year, Deonarine was sent on administrative leave after he allegedly transferred some .8 million to his personal account without the approval of the Board of Directors. He is also being accused of paying former board member Carvil Duncan, a sum of 8,000 that was not authorised.Following months of investigations, the two former GPL Executives were slapped with conspiracy and simple larceny charges last month. However, Deonarine had left the country since August 2015 and never returned, as such, he was charged in absentia.Wanted: Ash DeonarineAdditionally, when the matter was placed before the courts late last month, an arrest warrant was issued for the former GPL second in command. It is believed that Deonarine fled to Canada.In this regard, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told reporters on Wednesday that the Police Force is still working on the process to have the former GPL Executive extradited to Guyana to face criminal charges in relation to the alleged unauthorised withdrawal of $27 million from the utility company’s accounts as “back pay”.“Deonarine is still wanted by the Police… Our legal advisors are still in contact with the law enforcement officials overseas and we are trying to prepare extradition documents,” Blanhum stated.After coming into office, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Administration found that close to $142 million of the PetroCaribe Fund was plugged into the operations of the state-owned GPL. This was realised after Government said it had found an empty PetroCaribe Fund when it took office and later launched an investigation.Based on information gathered, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had explained that the power company has two DCEOs – one for operations and the other for administration. He said apparently, the operations DCEO was receiving a higher salary than the administration DCEO, and the operations DCEO had been making representations to the Board for there to be parity in the salaries of the two.This, the Minister pointed out, was reportedly disapproved by the previous Board. However, in June 2015, with the signature of Director Duncan, Deonarine made the payment to himself retroactive from January 2013 to June 2015.Patterson further stated that Board Members had made several representations to have Board fees increase from $5000 to $20,000. He noted while the Board had discussed the recommendation, no final decision was made in that regard. Nevertheless, Duncan later went ahead and approved payment to the tune of $948,000 for himself, representing “back pay” for the 48 months that he has been a Board member of GPL.The former GPL Board member was also charged for simple larceny and is currently out on bail as the trial continues.last_img read more

Shirley Richards, 80, Recommits to Charity in Liberia

first_imgMrs. Richards (R) embraces Old Lady Comfort Juah for keeping herself in businessEighty year-old African-American missionary Shirley Richards has rededicated her life to charity in Liberia and mainly in communities where vulnerable women and children are finding it difficult to meet their daily needs.Mrs. Richards is a U.S. citizen residing in Texas, but who often visits Liberia as well as other African countries where she contributes to the well-being of people whose life circumstances have placed them far below the poverty index, as recorded recently by a UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) survey.The octogenarian (a person in their eighties) informed beneficiaries of the Rock Hole neighborhood of ELWA, Paynesville, that she and her husband Robert Richards first visited Liberia as missionaries of the Church of Christ Holiness in 1975, at which time the country had reached its present level of development.Mrs. Richards’ exercise on Monday benefited over 100 community inhabitants, many of whom were the less fortunate.“My late husband and I have visited Liberia several times before and after the country’s 14-year war. This trip, I believe, is my 27th to Liberia with other friends, who also did some good jobs on our behalf,” she said.She noted that her desire to be a kind giver is an “act of defining Christian life from being a church member to a caregiver, lover of humanity and one who empathizes with those in need.”Some of the items Mrs. Richards presented and which targeted about 100 persons, included solar lights, used clothes, and a 25kg bag of rice to a family of five, so that God takes charge and elevates their living standards.“I do not see myself as benefactor whenever I share whatever items with people, but as God’s privileged individual among many others who could do better than I. I am happy and pray that the socioeconomic condition of these people, including children, are improved,” she said.Mrs. Richards (with dark glasses) poses with some of the children who benefited from her gestureShe recalled that when former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf received her Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, the president appealed to Liberians in the Diaspora to come to Liberia and invest or share their gains with the many struggling families.Mrs. Richards recalled how during the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak she had 106 students on a scholarship program, a farm in Caldwell, and a parcel of land in Paynesville earmarked for a school.“The scholarship program and the farm could not continue, owing to my age now. No one has been there to come and take over from me,” she said, adding that maintaining a scholarship program goes beyond payment of fees.According to her, she invested a little over US$7000.As done before for two other ladies, Mrs. Richards made a commitment to improve the petty trading businesses of fish seller Comfort Juah and Mary Browne, a fufu seller, by providing money to buy their goods.She called on beneficiaries to improve their little businesses but not to sell the gift items.Deborah Garto, 65; Janet Bondo, 42; and Patrick Sumo, 38 — all recipients — expressed gratitude to Mrs. Richards for being kindhearted to residents of poverty-stricken communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Horses in Georgetown to be tested for swamp fever today

first_imgThe veterinary staff of the Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA) will be in Georgetown today to take blood samples from horses to test for Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA), also known as swamp fever.In a social media post, the Agriculture Ministry said the disease was caused by a virus and was transmitted by blood-sucking insects.Further, the Ministry informed, “The horses from which samples will be taken will also be dewormed and given vitamins at no cost to the owner as part of this exercise.”The exercise will commence at 07:00h in central Georgetown and will wind down at 15:00h in Sophia, Greater Georgetown.Officials at the GLDA told Guyana Times that owners of horses had no reason to panic as there was no outbreak of the disease. It was explained that the project is part of the organisation’s animal health work programme for this year.Similar exercises were conducted from Turkeyen to Good Hope on the East Coast of Demerara and from Brickery to Ruimveldt on the East Bank of Demerara on June 18 and 20, respectively.EIA, or swamp fever, is also called horse malaria. The virus attacks the red blood cells of horses causing anaemia, weakness, and even death.Research shows that there is no cure for the disease, and horses are required to be tested regularly.Once a horse is infected, the virus remains in the animal’s body for the rest of its life.A few warning signs of the disease may include slight to high fever for a few days, weakness, weight loss, depression, and even disorientation.Persons with enquiries can contact the GLDA on 220-6556 or 220-6557 for more information.The sudden testing for these animals come at a time when the Trinidad and Tobago Government recently took a stance to ban all poultry items from Guyana after expressing concerns over duck viral hepatitis.A memo dated May 31, 2019, and signed by the twin-island republic’s Senior Veterinary Officer informed the Customs and Excise Division of the ban.The Agriculture Ministry had announced that the GLDA’s hatchery was closed owing to the unusual death of ducklings.“There is an increased mortality rate of ducklings being hatched at our facility; additionally, we were also informed by some farmers that a similar occurrence was taking place on a number of farms throughout the various regions,” the statement said.It was later mentioned that the Muscovy breed was under threat, especially those two to three weeks old. This precipitated surveillance and monitoring exercise targeting the animals. At that time, the deaths were labelled as an “unusual occurrence”.last_img read more

Liverpool held by stubborn Burnley

first_imgTwo goals in three minutes were the highlight of a first half in which Liverpool dominated possession, yet were required to come back from a goal down after Scott Arfield opened the scoring on 26 minutes.It again highlighted the weakness of a Liverpool defence that has been under the microscope over the opening weeks of the season and Klopp’s furious response on the touchline spoke volumes about his own view of proceedings.Robbie Brady won an aerial challenge with Trent Alexander-Arnold, heading into the area where centre-halves Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip were drawn into a challenge on Chris Wood.A faint touch off Klavan moved the ball on and the unmarked Arfield drove the ball home from 12 yards for his first goal since last October.That strike stunned the home crowd into silence as Burnley threatened to spoil Liverpool’s celebrations on the 125th anniversary of their first-ever match.Fortunately for the home supporters, they only had to wait three minutes to draw level with the most simple of goals as an Emre Can pass, from well inside his own half, dropped invitingly for Salah.The Egyptian showed neat control and a touch to take his marker Stephen Ward out of the game before driving an unstoppable finish past Nick Pope, the goalkeeper making his first Premier League start in the absence of injured England international Tom Heaton.The goals opened up what had been a tight affair with Salah, twice, and Sturridge testing Pope with low shots that were comfortably dealt with.Coutinho, rarely involved in that first period, also played through a lively looking Sturridge whose fierce shot struck the Burnley side-netting.Burnley’s striker Sam Vokes (L) vies with Liverpool’s defender Andrew Robertson (R) during the English Premier League football match September 16, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISPope, relatively comfortable in the first half, looked less so in spilling Can’s shot from the edge of area and the goalkeeper, jeered throughout the first half by Liverpool supporters for time wasting, was finally booked for the offence on 54 minutes.Liverpool pressed ever closer, with yet another Coutinho shot deflected behind and Sturridge’s committed run across the edge of the penalty box ending with a shot which Pope pushed to safety.Burnley sounded a note of caution on a rare counter-attack when Jack Cork’s superb challenge set up Brady for a shot which Simon Mignolet needed two attempts to catch.Can then needlessly gave away a corner from which Brady picked out Ben Mee, whose goalbound header was cleared off the line by Matip.And from the following corner, the same combination — Brady to Mee — saw the Burnley defender again denied, this time by Mignolet’s reflex block.In a strong response to that scare, Alexander-Arnold’s first-time shot was well held by Pope, with the replacement keeper later doing even better to tip a close-range shot from substitute Dominic Solanke onto his bar.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s midfielder Mohamed Salah controls the ball during the English Premier League football match against Burnley September 16, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Sep 16 – Jurgen Klopp’s frustrating start to the season continued as Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley at Anfield on Saturday, despite Mohamed Salah’s fifth goal of the season.The German made seven changes, including a first start of the campaign for Philippe Coutinho, to the side that was held at home 2-2 by Sevilla in the Champions League in midweek, but yet another defensive error cost Liverpool dearly against a Burnley team that has not won at Anfield in 43 years.last_img read more

‘It’s an exceptional group’, Guardiola salutes City

first_imgThe Spaniard had watched that match from high in the stands as he served out a suspension.But he played down any significance in being closer to the action as Riyad Mahrez scored twice, his first goals for the club, in an emphatic victory which kept them in touch with the Premier League pace-setters.“I don’t play,” said Guardiola, after watching Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan help his team score five or more goals for the 10th time since he took charge before the 2016-17 season.“The managers, we are there to be there when they have little doubts, to support them.“I don’t know what’s going to happen with these guys. It’s the same group, they keep reacting, they are an exceptional group.“But they know when the situation is not good in terms of results, the closer I am to them.“They deserve all my respect. They made me happy the last two seasons, and that’s why, always, I will be with them.”City were 3-0 ahead and cruising at half-time, before Mahrez replaced Aguero on the hour mark and scored twice, his first goals since his move from Leicester in July.The Algerian has only started two Premier League games for the champions and Guardiola admitted he wished he could offer more minutes on the field to both Mahrez and young England hopeful Phil Foden, who also came off the bench in the second half.“It’s good for him to get the first goals,” added Guardiola.“Of course it’s important for him. He came here, he’s an incredibly talented player. He deserves to play more minutes, like Phil Foden.“It’s a pleasure to watch Phil play football and, of course, Riyad as well.“But the season is too long and they have to be ready, prepared, because they are going to play a lot of minutes.”– Slick City –City are now only two points behind leaders Liverpool after emphatically banishing any suggestions their European angst might leak into their domestic form.They toyed with Cardiff for much of a one-sided contest and if they had doubled their scoreline then the Bluebirds, who dropped into the relegation zone, could have had few complaints.“After a not good result in midweek, we responded with the same level we had for the last 12 or 13 months,” Guardiola said.“The first 20-25 minutes is always complicated, not easy, but after one or two goals immediately it was easier.”For Cardiff manager Neil Warnock, the defeat means they are still seeking their first victory of the campaign.They also lost full-back Lee Peltier with a dislocated shoulder, which Warnock expects will keep the defender out for a number of months.Warnock acknowledged the divide in class between the teams and added: “It was a long afternoon. We are finding it difficult at the moment against the top clubs.“But, like I have said before, it’s not going to define our season.“It will knock our chins to the floor for a bit, but the lads have got to get over this and get on with next week.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez celebrates with team-mates after scoring his second goal © AFP / Geoff CADDICKCARDIFF, United Kingdom, Sep 22 – Pep Guardiola insisted it was his players who deserved the spotlight after the Manchester City manager returned to the dug-out to inspire a 5-0 thrashing of Cardiff on Saturday.Guardiola was back on the touchline in the Welsh capital and the champions were back in the old routine after their shock midweek defeat at home by Lyon in the Champions League.last_img read more

Manchester United v Liverpool: how to live stream the game

first_img1 Manchester United v Liverpool in the Premier League is available to live stream for free on talkSPORT this Saturday 12 September 2015.We have live commentary of the game from Old Trafford, which kicks off at 17:30 BST.To listen live, click here.Join our team of Sam Matterface and Stan Collymore as they bring you all the action from Manchester, as the Red Devils host their rivals.What’s your score prediction for the heavyweight showdown?You could win big prizes for your score predictions by playing our free Predictor Daniel Sturridge last_img read more

Land claims: finding a third way in Bosparadys

first_img“We did not build this farm alone. We look after our workers. No one goes to bed hungry and no child goes to school in a torn uniform,” says William Khourie. (Image: Sulaiman Philip) • William Khourie  Bosparadys +27 82 827 8966 • South Africa is getting plenty right • Ubuntu is about relationships • South African scholar named a Charlotte Fellow • South African farming skills are sought-after • AgriHUB helps small-scale KwaZulu-Natal farmersSulaiman PhilipMany of South Africa’s white commercial farmers see the land-claim process as an attack. For black claimants fighting to get back land stolen by the apartheid government, it’s about being made whole again. On Bosparadys farm in North West province, the two groups are trying to find a third way.William Khourie’s eyes are rheumy with age and tear up easily as he stares across fields dotted with baled hay, the tears a symptom of late-life diabetes. The idling engine of his bakkie purrs as he rolls to a stop in the middle of a bumpy dirt road. A lamb gallops alongside for a few moments before heading back to the pasture from which it has just escaped. “I need to eat soon,” he says, a propos of nothing. “I can feel my blood sugar dropping.”The sky is cloudless and the day has warmed since he began work at 02h00, when his dairy cows were brought to the milking shed. The farm’s 1 200 cows provide him with 50 000 litres of organic milk a day. It is then either bottled and shipped to market under the farm’s Bosparadys label – the name means “bush paradise” in Afrikaans – or made into yogurt, cheese or amasi.“I built this farm,” he says, the satisfaction clear in his voice. “When I came here there was nothing. Mud huts for the workers – I built real homes. I dug new dams and stocked them with fish. I put up new fences and cleared away rocks from the fields. Today we can compete with the big dairies but its taken years of blood and sweat.”A resilient businessEverything Khourie owns today has been paid for with almost two decades of gruelling work. Bosparadys is a 1 200-hectare dairy farm just over the Gauteng border in North West, just outside the town of Koster. Khourie has owned the land since 1997, when he bought a bankrupt farm on auction and built a thriving dairy, and raised sheep, pigs and chickens.A recent drought has made life tougher for farmers in the region, but Bosparadys has been able to ride it out because of the diversity of the business. It makes a healthy profit in the good years and is stable enough to survive the bad. Between himself and his three sons, Khourie runs a dairy, an egg business and a piggery, and raises flocks of sheep.Two hundred hectares of his land is given over to herds of game. His dams are popular weekend fishing spots teeming with barbel, carp and black bass.“With my sons helping out we are able to build and manage a big business,” Khourie says. “My sons have been brought up on a farm and they drive the business with the same dedication I have. I’ve been blessed with sons that like the smell of the soil when it’s ploughed – and that’s priceless.”The hovering threat of land claims is making his neighbours sell land and cattle as they struggle to adapt to new realities. Those with children are pushing them away from an uncertain life on the land, into careers indoors and at desks. “No one wants their children to pour their heart into something that can just be taken away. It is easier to work at a computer than take care of the land and cattle.” “Mechanisation is cheaper, but fewer jobs means more crime. A hungry person is bound to steal,” William Khourie. (Image: Sulaiman Philip)What Khourie does worry about is the cost of diesel, the quality of his milk, the market price of his crops and, of course, the weather. He worries about the electricity bill, and the quality of education his employees’ children are receiving.Mostly, though, he is uneasy about the future of his farm, which is part of a larger land claim by the Bakubung ba Ratheo. Where the land claims have drained his neighbour’s spirit and made them pessimistic, Khourie labours along, talking up plans he has for his farm. Beyond buying new equipment to expand his dairy and his egg business – which employs the wives of the farm labourers – he wants his employees to be paid a living wage and live in decent accommodation.Clarity on the future“It’s important that we find work for the people around us, so I am holding off buying equipment. For someone whose biggest concern is where his next meal is coming from, theft is not a crime. The more people we can help, the more successful we are as a community.“When I received notice of the land claim we already had all these plans in place. Until I know my workers will be the ones to enjoy the new homes I won’t go forward. I talk to chief of the claimants; they know my position. There are improvements I want to make that will build this business but I need some clarity on the future.”Khourie’s rural idyll was bought with the immense suffering of his neighbours, he knows. Most of the remaining farmers cling to their old conservative mindset, but Khourie is not one of those. He does not regard change as a betrayal. He understands it is inevitable.Beyond his boundary fence lies acres of Bakubung land, 7 000 hectares of rich soil as far as the eye can see. He recalls a time when teams of 14 oxen were strapped to ploughs turning the soil, getting the land ready for a new crop. To a lifelong steward like Khourie, land left untended to bake in the sun is a tragedy.It is this fear that lies at the heart of Khourie’s dilemma. He says he believes in redressing the wrongs of apartheid but fears for the future of the productive farm he has built. At the edges of his land, outlined by expensive game fencing, Khourie expertly navigates between deeply dug watering holes and curious herds of game. One hand on the wheel, he turns in his seat to point out a trench dug out along the length of the fence – a cheap barrier to stock thieves. In his 17 years he has lost just a single ewe to theft, but thinks it may become a problem.On the other side of the fence are healthy fields of maize, an extension of his farm planted on land leased from the Bakubung. This could be a solution if he loses his farm to land claims. He could lease the business back and pay the community a fee.“I am an old man. I should take the money and set my sons up on new farms somewhere else, but what happens to the people who have worked for me? I am a farmer, I know nothing else. When I think of what could happen to what I have built here …”A century of stolen landKhourie’s farm, like those of his neighbours, was born out of a shameful law passed over 100 years ago. The Native Land Act of 1913, a cornerstone of apartheid, legislated areas where the black population could live and own land. This amounted to just 13% of the entire land mass of South Africa. The act also decreed that black people could only own land communally, under the guardianship of a traditional leader. This robbed small-scale subsistence farmers of the opportunity to borrow capital against the land they farmed. Whole communities were moved off their land, without compensation, to make way for commercial operations the size of principalities, owned and run by white farmers.Slow and uncertain land claimsIn 1994 South Africa’s first democratically elected government came into power, and almost immediately passed legislation aimed at repairing the damage done by the Natives Land Act. The Restitution of Land Rights Act of 1994 was the first piece of transformative legislation passed by South Africa’s post-apartheid parliament. The question of land ownership became a symbol for a wide range of issues facing the country.But given a century of injustice, land claims are slow to process. The uncertainty raised by claims and the long time it takes them to be settled has affected agricultural growth in South Africa. Food production, rural development and job creation have fallen off as farmers stopped investing in their farms and allowed their land to lie fallow.But around Bosparadys Khourie has earned a reputation as a man always ready to offer a helping hand. He has aided the Bakubung community, despite their land claim against him. The community has also applauded him for continuing to invest in his farm despite the uncertainty.Khourie’s phone chirps, his ring tone an indigenous bird call. It is a local farmer needing advice. He talks as he expertly guides his bakkie around divots and holes. “Trust me, Japanese radish is your solution. It’s cheap and nutritious feed for your sheep. You let them onto your field and they will eat everything down to the root.”This informal support system is unavailable to the Bakubung, who have had most of their land returned to them. The rich fertile soil lies fallow from a lack of equipment, knowledge and capital for investment. At some point they were given seed and a tractor, without any other support. The agricultural projects these were used in were spectacular failures.‘It is our land and we must get it back’Peter Mpho owns the 200 square metre plot on which his RDP house stands. He is lean and fit, pride in his face as he pulls up a stool. The cloudless sky brightens the hills that sweep off in all directions from Molote City. His world is clean and brilliantly green. “We were never allowed to think that we could determine our own futures. That is what apartheid stole from us” Peter Mpho. (Image: Sulaiman Philip)As he speaks the words crash from his lips. “Talking to William [Khourie], I can learn in a day what it has taken him 20 years to learn. I would happily work for him, learn from him. But in the end it is our land and we must get it back.”In 1966 Mpho’s parents and their neighbours were uprooted from this land, which they had tended and used to raise cattle for a century, and moved 100 kilometres away, close to Sun City. There, communal subsistence farming was replaced with hardscrabble labour on poorer soil. Their agricultural tradition soon began to die out as men drifted to the cities to find work on the mines and the women took up jobs in the tourist industry.“When we were moved off the land a cycle was broken,” says Mpho. “The knowledge of our grandfathers died when they went off to the city. For us, this land claim is about becoming whole again.”Helped only halfway up the mountainMpho and his community call Khourie an honest man, one always available to help or offer advice. With his support the community began a hatchery supplying Bosparadys with 200 eggs a day. For six months the business was successful, then in hard times the hens began disappearing into the cooking pots of the town.With a shake of his head, Mpho admits there have been setbacks, short-sighted decisions that have heaped further suffering on a community that feels they have been helped only halfway up the mountain.Sitting in his dusty yard, drinking water out of a tin can, Mpho talks about a way of life he yearns for but knows is out of step with today’s world. In his community Mpho is a vanishing breed, a part of a farming tradition and all it stands for – humility, gratification from working the land and a reverence for what has gone before – that is slowly disappearing. With the vast fertile valley in their hands, there are too few people who care about farming to make it their lives.“My grandfather used to plough this land. He raised cows here, and this is how we lived. Now, how many of us here have the knowledge? We were never allowed to think that we could determine our own futures. That is what apartheid stole from us.”A rutted dusty road divides the Bakubung land in two. On one side a failed meadow of sunflowers is dying in a field. The other side dotted with low-lying shrubs that reflect the sun. They are called “bankruptbush”, a woody inedible shrub that pushes out grass species and multiplies in overgrazed pastures. The lower pastures of the Bakubung land is covered with the invasive plants. They push their way up through the cracks in the foundation of the idle hatchery.“The government needs to come in and give us help, equipment, knowledge or we will make the same mistakes over and over again,” Mpho says with a shrug. He looks down the hill toward Bosparadys, where 250 people are employed – a population that matches his village of Molote City.Support and subsidiesHe is not asking for a hand-out, Mpho says. “When this land was taken, the white government gave white farmers support and subsidies to help them establish the productive farms you see today. All we ask is that we are given the same opportunities.”Mpho has been studying environmental and agricultural sciences. He understands that his success will help alleviate poverty in his village, where under 10 % of the population works. “I don’t want to go to the city so I can feed my family here.”The community’s attempt to get restitution, by having the government buy Bosparadys for them, failed. The valuations produced by either side were separated by a chasm. Mpho holds out hope that the process, which began five years ago, will finally come to an end next year. “Willing-buyer, willing-seller did not work. Now we are looking at restitution and redistribution. We want William to stay on at least for a few years to teach us the business.”Mpho believes in the traditional model of land ownership, where the land belongs to everyone under the stewardship of a traditional leader. But he knows subsistence farming is not a solution to the problems facing his community.Businesses like the hatchery, built on community land, and a productive farm like Bosparadys would give the people of Molote City and nearby Mathopestad a secure economic future. “There are people in our community who want to stick with the old ways. We quarrel, we argue that it is time to try new ways.“I would like to see Khourie stay on for four or five years. We could learn so much from him. He could help us rebuild the future.”last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, October 12, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cooler air is here and will dominate the upcoming forecast period. We will see temperatures average 4-12 degrees below normal through the upcoming 16-day period except for 3 days…next Friday and Saturday the 19th and 20th, and then Friday the 26th.  While the air is cooler, we expect a large part of the coming forecast period to be dry, which should facilitate a return to good harvest progress. Today we see sunshine dominate through at least the early to mid-afternoon hours, and then we start to see clouds build. A minor batch of moisture is set to move over the state from later tonight through tomorrow morning, and we are thinking a set of bookends from 10PM through 9AM. We expect coverage to be 70% of the state. The rest of the weekend is dry with sunshine dominating statewide on Saturday. We may see evidence of some patchy frost Saturday morning, mostly in northern and western parts of the state. Sunday brings more sun in the north, but clouds will be building in southern Ohio later in the afternoon and evening. We should see low relative humidity values and good drying. Rains start to develop after midnight Sunday night through sunrise Monday. The heaviest rains on Monday happen in the midday and afternoon hours. Also, the bulk of these rains affect southern areas more than north. South of I-70 we expect .25”-1” rains with 85% coverage. North of I-70 though, we see mostly clouds and rain totals of a few hundredths to a quarter of an inch.  The map shows a snapshot of action Monday midday. Another colder batch of air moves in behind the Monday system. A hard frost is likely over parts of the state Tuesday morning, but, Tuesday brings plenty of sunshine and kicks off a dry period that runs all the way through the following Thursday. The bulk of this 10-day window from this Tuesday to next Thursday will be dry, allowing for good evaporation rates (even in the cool air) and a wide-open harvest window. A well-organized front moves in for late in the extended forecast period. We look for .25”-.75” over 80% of the state for the 26th into the 27th.last_img read more

The pulse of the kitchen

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Shelly Detwiler, berry farmer and dieticianI live with a dairy farmer and meat and milk are usually what’s for dinner at our house. However, I think for one meal a week, or better yet a serving daily, all us carnivores can think outside the box and enjoy beans and legumes, or pulses as they are called these days. Pulses are the edible seeds grown in pods that are harvested dry. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recognizes 11 types of pulses: dry beans, dry broad beans, dry peas, chickpeas, cow peas, pigeon peas, lentils, Bambara beans, vetches, lupins and pulses nes (which is everything not in a before mentioned group).Experts will say they are environmentally friendly and sustainable. Those hot trendy terms are not why I like to recommend them. Pulses are low fat and high in fiber with plenty of protein. Research has shown that eating a half-cup to three-quarters of a cup of pulses per day can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. This is beneficial in helping reduce your heart disease risk factors. As Paul and I age, these health benefits are the reason I am going to start adding some pulses into our daily meals.Pulses are easy to cook and prepare in any kitchen. We primarily used canned beans. We’ve tried many of the black, cannelloni, kidney, soybean, edamame, pinto, navy and lentils. This March for National Nutrition month, I may take a pulse food adventure and check out the availability and recipes of those seldom seen pulses in my kitchen. Not sure what flavors, textures and tastes I’ll discover but that’s why it’s an adventure. Join me on a foodie adventure outside your box this March and add some heart healthy pulses to your meals. The possibilities are endless!Eat well and healthy,Shelly Frijoles Negros…Black Beans ( 16 oz dried black beans (3-4 cans)2 cups chicken or beef stock1 green or red bell pepper, chopped3 tbsp vegetable oil1 large onion, chopped4 garlic cloves, minced2 tbsp molasses (or 3 tbsp dark brown sugar)1 tbsp cuminWorcestershire sauce4 slices baconsalt and pepper to taste  Rinse beans and let them soak overnight in water. (If using canned, skip this step)Drain beans and cover with chicken or beef stock. Add chopped red pepper. Bring beans to a simmer and cook over low heat until tender.Cook bacon in a heavy skillet until crispy. Remove bacon from skillet and add the onion and garlic to the bacon fat. Cook over low heat until soft and translucent. Add the cumin and brown sugar to the onions and continue to cook until browned and soft. Once beans are tender, remove 2 cups of the cooked beans and process in a blender with the onion mixture. Add the blended beans and onion to the rest of the cooked beans. Season with salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce to taste. Continue to cook beans until very tender. Add water if necessary, until desired texture is achieved. Crispy Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas 19oz can chickpeas, drained & rinsed1 tablespoon olive oil3/4 teaspoon chili powder1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves1/2 teaspoon salt  Preheat your oven to 375F (190C).Spread the chickpeas in a single layer on a baking sheet. It’s ok if they are still a bit wet, they will dry out in the oven. Bake 30 minutes, stopping to shake the pan every now and then.Remove the chickpeas from the oven and carefully add the hot chickpeas to a bowl along with the olive oil, chili powder, thyme, and salt. Toss well to coat the chickpeas evenly. Spread the seasoned chickpeas back onto the baking sheet and return to the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes until they are golden and crispy. Remove from the oven and let cool a bit before enjoying. You can snack on them still warm, or completely cooled. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for about a week. They may start to get a little soft and less crispy. Rigatoni with Fava Beans and Pecorino adapted from Andrew Carmellini’s Urban Italian3 pounds fresh fava beans, pods removed (about 2 cups with pods removed) 1-pound rigatoni 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 Tablespoons butter 1 medium onion, sliced 2 cloves garlic1/4 cup pine nuts 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper 1/2 cup grated pecorino cheese, plus more for sprinkling 1/4 cup fresh basil (about 12 leaves), roughly chopped Put a large pot of salted water on to boil for the pasta.Put another large pot of salted water on to boil to blanch the fava beans. Place a large bowl of ice water next to your stovetop. When the blanching water boils, throw the shelled fava beans into the pot and blanch them for about one minute. Remove them with a strainer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Remove the translucent skin from the beans. They should slip right out, easily.Add the rigatoni to the pasta water to cook and start preparing your sauce.In a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon of butter, the onion and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and cook until the onion starts to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and pine nuts and cook until both have begun to toast, about 2 minutes, stirring often to keep the garlic from burning. Add the red pepper flakes, oregano and 3/4 cup of the pasta water and mix to combine. Add the fava beans. When the rigatoni is just al dente, remove with a strainer and add right to the skillet with the onion and fava bean mixture. Stir until the pasta is coated with the sauce, about 1 minute.Remove the skillet from the heat. Add the salt and pepper, the rest of the butter and the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, the grated pecorino cheese and the basil and mix everything together well. Serve with pasta in individual serving bowls, sprinkled liberally with more pecorino and black pepper. serves 4-6 Lupini Bean Recipe: Marinated Tremoços from Portugal This is a recipe for patient people. But your patience is rewarded with delicious and healthy snacks! About 1 cup (240 ml) dry lupini beans, rinsed. (Available via Amazon)Large pot of water, at least 4 cups2 cloves garlic vertically sliced into thin slivers.Olive oil.Black pepper.White pepper (optional).Handful of chopped fresh parsley.4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) salt.Put the beans in a pot of water and soak overnight, for a total of 24 hours. Ensure that the water covers the beans completely. After twelve hours, check on the beans to make sure they are fully submerged and add more water if needed.After the 24-hour period of soaking, bring the beans to a boil and simmer for 2 hours. Drain and rinse the beans.Place the beans in a large container and cover with cold water. Let them cool and then stick them in the refrigerator.For the next 14 days, change the water once a day with new cold water. This soaking is what removes the bitterness from the beans.After 14 days, add 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) of salt and the sliced garlic to the beans. Place back in the fridge to soak overnight.On the 15th day (I know, I know):Once you are ready to eat your lupini beans, you simply remove the amount you would like to eat, and toss with olive oil, a pinch of black pepper, the chopped fresh parsley, and some white pepper if you would like a punch of heat.Store the rest of the beans for future use in your airtight container in the fridge. They will keep for approximately two weeks.last_img read more