Ibrahimovic decided where he’ll continue his Career

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic is currently recuperating from an injury of knee ligaments, which he got last year while playing for Manchester United.According to predictions, he’ll be absent from the terrain nine months, which means that he won’t be able to play until the second part of the season, regardless where he continued playing.According to the British The Sun, the Swedish attacker decided in which team he’ll continue playing. Despite claims that he’ll go to the US or return to Milan, Ibrahimovic will joint Manchester United in their training center in Carrington.American doctors are curing him and after his knee heals, he’ll again wear Manchester United’s dress, according to The Sun.The same source says that he’ll soon begin training and that’s adamant to return to the terrain as soon as possible. All are content with the speed of his recovery so they’re predicting that he’ll be doing physical preparations in the next couple of months, before he joins the team full time.(Source: N1)last_img read more

Records broken at arts fest

first_imgDonkey rides around town were a hit during the arts festival. Crafters were supported by the localgovernment to showcase their work at the Village Green arts and craft market. Festival goers bought tickets in their numbers, breaking a number of records in the event’s 35-year history. (Images: Khanyi Magubane)Khanyi MagubaneOrganisers of the 35th National Arts Festival held in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, say a record number of tickets were sold during the 10-day event from 2 to 11 July.The festival, labelled 10 days of Amazing, saw over 400 theatre, dance and music productions, photography and art exhibitions, crafts, poetry readings and book launches culminating in a feast for art lovers.After the first weekend, ticket sales were up 7.7% from the same period last year.“At the same stage last year we had sold a total of 84 897 tickets. The comparative figure for this year is 91 487,” said festival chief executive officer Tony Lankester in a statement released after the first weekend of performances.  According to the organisers, both the fringe and the main programmes showed increased ticket sales, with figures for the main festival going up by 11.7%, while the fringe performances enjoyed a 5.4% growth.“The overall picture can still fluctuate wildly over the next week, so it is too early to celebrate or to make predictions about where we are likely to end. We are happy, though, that we have had a solid start to the event,” Lankester continued.In another first, on Saturday 4 July, the third day of the festival, tickets to the value of R413 000 (US$49 000) were sold, making it the biggest selling day in the festival’s 35-year history.Fortunately for the organisers, the upward trend continued throughout the festival.On 8 July, with just three days to go, more tickets had been sold than during the 2008 festival, with ticket sales after that serving as a surplus for the event.The ticket sales were however not the festival’s only success.Rural boost through art Xoliswa Tom, MEC for sport, recreation, arts and culture in the Eastern Cape, was pleased with the progress of the festival, especially the positive influence it had on the province’s rural communities in the province.“141 projects from all seven districts (of the province) benefited through the sale of their crafts at the Village Green. As at 8 July, crafts to the value of R48 288.50 ($5 800) had been sold,” said Tom.In a bid to support the local crafters, government paid for their transportation, accommodation, and meals.The government also covered the cost of the crafters’ sites at the festival’s market fair, The Village Green, ensuring that all the proceeds from sales made at the market, went directly to the artists.Hospitality owners of bed and breakfast guesthouses in the townships surrounding Grahamstown also benefited from a new programme aimed at encouraging festival goers to opt for township style accommodation.The Kwam-Emakana Homestays project, comprising 82 homes, housed a number of performing groups, government officials, tourist groups and private individuals.According to the Eastern Cape government, on average, around 153 people were booked in at the Kwam-Emakana Homestays from 27 June to 12 July.The project generated R659 800 ($56 000) during the festival. This amount includes accommodation, meals, transport, booking office agents’ fees and community liaisons who ensured guests were taken care off during their stay.Preparing for 2010 According to organisers, traditional music is set to feature more prominently in 2010.This year, the Indigenous Orchestra, an ensemble of various traditional instruments played by various ethnic groups, enthralled audiences.The performers were taken to the rural village of Ngqoko in Lady Frere, in the Eastern Cape, where they spent eight days rehearsing for the show.Locals and tourists were treated to donkey cart rides, a new addition to the annual festival.According to Tom, the donkey rides will feature more prominently next year and will resemble the popular rickshaw carts as seen in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.In another change, the festival will be extended by 10 to 15 days to accommodate the expected influx of tourists attending the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The Nelson Mandela Bay, one of the host cities of the World Cup, is an hour away from Grahamstown.The local government, in conjunction with the South African Broadcasting Corporation, will have a public viewing area in Grahamstown, where festival attendees will have the opportunity to keep abreast with all the soccer action.An extensive jazz programme has also been added to next year’s festival line-up. The existing jazz shows will be extended with more artists and various collaborations.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected] Related articlesG’town arts take to the streets Spotlight on words at arts festHair duo wows crowds at art fest  Useful linksGovernment of Eastern CapeNational Arts Festivallast_img read more

Imbumba Foundation Caring 4 Girls

first_imgLil-lets We are Woman is one of the major partners in the Caring 4 Girls along with the City of Ekhuruleni, Bongani Mountain Lodge and uMkhosi woMhlanga (The Zulu Royal Reed Dance) innitiativeRichard Mabaso, founder of the Imbumba Foundation, has been pushing the envelope when it comes to playing his part in bettering the lives of those living in rural and poverty-stricken areas around southern Africa.Having grown up in a poor village in the province of Mpumalanga, Mabaso has an intimate understanding of the difficulties faced by people caught up in the vicious cycle of poverty and this, in part, is why he is so hell-bent on making a difference.The Imbumba Foundation delivers community development programmes, such as its Caring 4 Girls programme, to areas where they are most needed.The Caring 4 Girls programme helps get menstrual hygiene products to girls, as they often miss out on school without access to these. The programme is supported by partnerships and fundraising initiatives.TREK4MANDELA“What we decided, in 2012, was to come up with a concept that would not only make every day a Mandela day but something that would be more tangible and so we launched a programme called Trek4Mandela,” says Mabaso.Trek4Mandela creates mass awareness about the challenges faced by girls in underprivileged schools during their menstrual cycles and raises funds to buy menstruation hygiene products.The first Trek4Mandela expedition kicked off in July 2012 with Sibusiso Vilane, the first black African to conquer Mount Everest, joining Mabaso to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. Their trip was their contribution for Mandela Day’s 67 minutes of activism.The expedition was a success, raising enough funds to buy more than the targeted 67 000 sanitary pad packs.“The bigger picture is to use Trek4Mandela as something that will talk to the echoes of making every day a Mandela Day … so we don’t wait for July anymore; we’re educating people about Mandela Day so it can be an everyday thing,” says Mabaso.Since Caring 4 Girls began its operations the organisation has moved from strength to strength and over the past two years has distributed more than 130 000 packs of sanitary pads and touched the lives of more than 10 000 girls, with the numbers steadily on the rise.“Through this programme we are not only able to provide sanitary protection to the girls but we then build their confidence in knowing that during that tough or challenging time of the month they are supported,” explains Mabaso.Partners in the initiative include Lil-lets We Are Women, the City of Ekhuruleni, Bongani Mountain Lodge and uMkhosi woMhlanga (The Zulu Royal Reed Dance) to support more than 30 000 girls.As part of its work with the City of Ekhuruleni, Caring 4 Girls visited Winnie Mandela Secondary School in Tembisa on 28 February to hand over 20 school uniforms and sanitary pad packs, provided by the mayor’s office and the Imbumba Foundation, to pupils.Mondli Gungubele, executive mayor of the City of Ekhuruleni, and his mayoral committee joined Mabaso at the school.Mondli Gungubele (right), executive mayor of the City of Ekhuruleni, and his mayoral committee joined Mabaso (left) at the school and pledged to support the school in their development (image: Mathiba Molefe)During his address to the students the mayor promised to take the secondary school under his wing and pledged his office’s support, saying, “We, as a city, took a view that whilst education competence is a provincial and a national phenomenon, as a city we are responsible for education, all South Africans are responsible for education.“To date we have adopted three schools in Ekhuruleni to test the relationship and the programmes that we have involving the environment and sports, as well as addressing social issues like pupils not being able to go to school because they cannot afford sanitary pads.“The time spent away from school because of this impacts heavily on the child’s education.”Winnie Mandela Secondary School principal, Eddie Kekana, says, “Through this particular partnership and through the adoption of the school by the mayor we are actually very optimistic of greater things to come out of this institution.”Thsegofatso Rebetse, a female Grade 11 pupil at the school said, “I’m glad that the mayor didn’t forget us; I’m also happy that Mr Mabaso came to help the girls in our school and I hope that I can be one of the learners that will make the school very proud and lift the name of the school.”LEARNING TO SAVE WITH IMBUMBAThe Imbumba Foundation and the Caring 4 Girls programme have also partnered with the Banking Association of South Africa‘s flagship financial literacy programme, Teach Children to Save South Africa, to promote saving among the country’s children.“Our partnership with the Imbumba Foundation goes back to 2012 when we met in Soweto at the launch of Mandela Day,” says Fikile Kuhlase, senior general manager in the association’s socio-economic growth and development division.“The concept of Caring 4 Girls spoke to what we would be interested in supporting and as a banking industry body we would be more interested in issues surrounding financial literacy and financial inclusion and Caring 4 Girls allows us to look at the social inclusion aspect.”“Through this partnership with Teach Children to Save South Africa we are now able to develop not only a girl child but both a girl and a boy child,” Mabaso adds.PLAY YOUR PARTThis July you can join Mabaso and Vilane as they drive and climb through Botswana, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania, on the way to Mount Kilimanjaro, to pay respect to democracies that played a role in shaping South Africa’s freedom.Mabaso says, “Join Trek4Mandela as we celebrate 20 years of democracy; we are uniting Africa and the world through the living legacy of Madiba.”To participate in this year’s Trek4Mandela call Mabaso on +27 (0) 73 5577 2189 or +27 (0) 35 797 3800.To find out more about the Imbumba Foundation, Caring 4 Girls and their many partners, visit the organisation’s website or call or send an email to Mabaso.last_img read more

New malting barley guide highlights potential for a growing market

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers who want to tap into the state’s surging craft brew industry now have a guidebook to help them grow a key ingredient: barley for malting.Since raising barley for beer is considerably different from growing it to feed animals, grain experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University have just published a guide on growing it for malting. In Ohio, winter barley is planted in early fall and harvested in late June, typically avoiding high temperatures that can increase protein content in the grain.Barley for beer needs to be low in protein and high in carbohydrates. Barley for feed animals, which is what most of the barley grown in Ohio is used for, is the opposite: high in protein and low in carbohydrates.“We’re looking forward to beer made from Ohio-grown barley,” said Eric Stockinger, associate professor in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. “It’s taken us a lot to get to this point.”The number of acres planted in malting barley in Ohio is on the rise, spurred by the state’s growing craft brew industry, Stockinger said. He is testing seed varieties in plots across Ohio to find one that will produce barley suitable for malting and good enough for beer.A new privately-owned malting facility is expected to be built in Marysville, creating a demand for local barley. Malting involves soaking dry barley, letting it germinate and then drying it for use in making craft beer.As it stands now, much of the craft beer made in Ohio uses barley from outside the state, including Europe.Farmers who plant barley for malting need to guard against head scab, caused by a fungus that can reduce the quality of the barley grain, said Laura Lindsey, a small grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension. Lindsey has test plots of winter barley around the state and both she and Stockinger are among the authors of the new guide on growing the crop.Applying the right amount of nitrogen at the right stage is critical because too much nitrogen or nitrogen applied too late could increase the protein content in the barley, making it unsuitable for beer, Lindsey said.“If quality standards are met for the barley, there should be a premium for the grain,” she said. “Farmers are very excited about it. Prices are low for wheat, corn and soybeans, so they’re looking for a niche, a new opportunity.”Barley for malting is expected to bring in $6 to $7 a bushel, Stockinger said.While that price may be attractive, if anything goes amiss in harvesting or storing the barley, the malting facility could reject the crop, and currently there are no secondary markets for it. Barley for malting can’t be stored in a common silo because if the barley mixes with other barley varieties, it can be rejected, Stockinger said. A maltster may also reject barley if the seed coat of the grain is damaged during harvest.“The malting companies only want the best stuff,” he said. “Ohio has the capacity to produce the finest quality malting barley, but doing so will also require that the growers are diligent in managing their crop.”last_img read more

NFL To Big Ben: Make it Work

first_imgLONDON — The NFL would only put a full-time franchise in London if all operational issues are worked out and the league is sure the team would be competitive, a league executive said Thursday.Mark Waller, executive vice president of the NFL’s international division, said there is no time frame for possibly placing a team in London, adding that a decision will come “when we’re ready.”The NFL has played 11 regular-season games in London since 2007. Wembley Stadium will host three more games this season, starting with the Miami Dolphins against the New York Jets on Oct. 4.The NFL recently announced a 10-year deal to play at least two games each season at Premier League club Tottenham’s new stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2018.The Jacksonville Jaguars have a four-season deal, which expires in 2016, to play at least one home game per season at Wembley.NFL officials have said for years that they envisage having a franchise in London one day, though many issues still need to be resolved and the league wants to be sure an overseas team would be profitable.“The key for us is that we’ve got to build real certainty that any team that was to make that undertaking could truly be competitive,” Waller said in a conference call. “The last thing we would ever want to do is to put a franchise in a place where the logistics, the travel, the sourcing of players, the infrastructure for supporting teams through a season doesn’t exist.”The games at Wembley have been sellouts and the NFL has built up a solid fan base in the U.K., where soccer, rugby and cricket are still the most popular sports. London Mayor Boris Johnson is among those pushing for a full-time team in the capital.“We feel very comfortable from a fan perspective, from a sponsor and a stadium perspective now, that we have all of the right things in place,” Waller said. “The one thing that we’ve got to do more work on is how would it work from a team operational standpoint?”For the first time, the NFL is holding games on back-to-back weekends in London this season — the Jaguars against the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 25, followed by the Kansas City Chiefs against the Detroit Lions on Nov. 1. Wembley is also hosting its first division rivalry game, the AFC East contest between the Dolphins and Jets.“We need to make sure that the concept, actually when you bring it into practice, the teams can still be competitive,” Waller said. “There’s no real way to prove that out other than testing it. …. Now we’ve got to be able to prove that and ensure to owners that we feel a team there could be competitive.”Asked whether the NFL might add a fourth contest in London in the future, Waller said the league is exploring expanding to “other markets,” singling out Mexico and Germany as possible sites for games.Waller said the NFL would also explore the idea of holding eight games overseas, not necessarily all in London.“We will look at that as an alternative to potentially putting a franchise there,” he said. “It definitely is an idea that has merit. It clearly is one that we haven’t really started to focus on. So there’s a lot of work to be done.”STEPHEN WILSON, AP Sports WilsonTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd hero Parker: Why would Pochettino leave statues for mess?

first_imgMan Utd hero Parker: Why would Pochettino leave statues for mess?by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Paul Parker has questioned why Mauricio Pochettino would want to join the club in their current state.The Tottenham Hotspur manager is believed to Ed Woodward’s preferred choice to replace Jose Mourinho, once Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s leaves as caretaker at the end of the season.But Parker doesn’t see the appeal for Pochettino.He told Eurosport: “Everyone will talk about Mauricio Pochettino taking on the Manchester United job at the end of the season.”Poch is moving into an unbelievable stadium with Spurs. If the chairman Daniel Levy can give him a little bit of money in the new stadium to improve certain bits of his squad with the young players, why would he leave there?”If he can win a first English title with Tottenham since 1961, suddenly he’s going to have his own statue outside the ground. If he wins it for Manchester United, they will say ‘we expect you to do that: that’s why you are here’.”Why would Pochettino want to go straight to United after all he has built at Tottenham over the past four years? People will shout about the size of United and the money he would have to spend, but football is not like that any more.”People don’t automatically go and play for United because of the name. First of all, they think they want to be in London and secondly, they think who the coach is. They all want to be around London. Even Mourinho stayed in London as United manager.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more