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WV farmers to benefit from rice tariff law this year

first_imgAs of Thursday, the DA 6 has received2,578 letters of intent from farmer cooperatives and associations. Remelyn Recoter, regional executivedirector of DA 6, said in a press conference the first year of the RTLimplementation has done good to the consumers. Recoter said more than half of thenumber has already been accredited and can avail of the benefits under the RTL. Citing studies, Recoter said the RTL hascaused a 10 percent rice price drop. On the other hand, the Philippine Centerfor Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), another implementingagency, will start distributing farm machinery this March. ILOILO City – After a year of the implementation of the Rice TarifficationLaw (RTL) on Thursday, the Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas (DA-6)said farmers in the region will further gain from its benefits this year. For the first year of the RTLimplementation, the Landbank of the Philippines has also assisted farmers inrice production. Fennie Lyn Pantin, regional focal personof PhilRice, however, said the distribution of seeds to farmer cooperatives andassociations was done in the third week of October last year. “Some of thefarmers have already planted when the seeds arrived,” she said. The Philippine Rice Research Institute(PhilRice), one of the implementing agencies of the RTL, has already kicked offits distribution of seeds. “We are requesting our farmers to givechance to our law because there had been clamors to amend the law. We arehoping this 2020, the 2019 (budget) and the 2020 will be implemented,” shesaid. Giovanni Baoy, Land Bank of thePhilippines Capiz Lending Center head, said that the bank has so far released P17.6million to 194 farmers for palay production. “For the mechanization, the intention isto decrease the cost of production because the biggest expense in rice farmingis labor that is about more or less 30 to 40 percent,” Recoter said. Thirty-eight farmers’ cooperatives andassociations will benefit from the mechanization, which include farm equipmentlike four-wheel tractor, hand tractor, floating tiller, combine harvester,among others. Recoter said the certified seeds thatwill be distributed to the farmers will increase one metric ton of harvest perhectare. “The budget is P42, 000 per hectare forhybrid and PHP37, 000 per hectare of inbred,” Baoy said. (PNA)last_img read more

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The Latest: Clemson cancels athletic and academic camps

first_imgOther meets on the tentative national schedule include the Toyota U.S. Open in Atlanta from Dec. 2-5, as well as the Speedo Juniors East and West short-course meets from Dec. 9-12, which will be held in Atlanta and Austin, Texas, respectively.___UEFA is paying 236.5 million euros ($255 million) in advance to its national federations and easing requirements on how they spend it during the pandemic.UEFA says each of its 55 members is getting up to 4.3 million euros ($4.7 million) they are due in central funding through next season.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the money “can be used as our members see fit to rebuild the football community.” ___A group of professional tennis players led by Dustin Brown will meet in a series of exhibition tournaments in Germany starting Friday.The live-streamed event will take place at an academy near the small town of Höhr-Grenzhausen.The men’s and women’s professional tours are currently suspended until July because of the coronavirus pandemic.Brown is from Germany and his father is Jamaican. He upset Rafal Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon in 2015. ___British Grand Prix organizers say they are talking to the government about the viability of holding the Formula One race on July 19 with no fans amid the coronavirus pandemic.The season was due to begin in March but no races have been possible so far.Silverstone circuit managing director Stuart Pringle wrote an email to ticket buyers saying he is “extremely disappointed to tell you that we are unable to stage this year’s British Grand Prix in front of the fans.”Pringle says organizers left the decision for as long as possible “but it is abundantly clear given the current conditions … that a Grand Prix under normal conditions is just not going to be possible.“ ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The plan is then to race in “Eurasia, Asia and the Americas, finishing the season in the Gulf in December with Bahrain before the traditional finale in Abu Dhabi.”Carey expects the early races to be without fans but hopes they “will be part of our events as we move further into the schedule.”___The French Grand Prix has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision further pushes back the start of the Formula One season. Associated Press The Latest: Clemson cancels athletic and academic camps April 27, 2020 USA Swimming has announced its plans for a return to competition, beginning with a series of regional events in August before the national schedule begins in early November at Richmond, Virginia.The governing body is canceling all national events in July and early August because of the coronavirus pandemic. The regional events will be held in August, with an eye toward limiting the need for travel and promoting a safer environment for athletes, coaches, officials and families.USA Swimming said it will announce further scheduling details in the coming weeks, subject to local health guidelines.A tentative national schedule has been released, leading up to the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, in June 2021.The first meet of the TYR Pro Swim Series is set for Richmond from Nov. 5-8, followed by Knoxville, Tennessee (Jan. 13-16, 2021), San Antonio (March 3-6), Mission Viejo, California (April 8-11, 2021), and Indianapolis (May 12-15). Ceferin says “this is a responsible decision to help as much as we can.”European officials are usually required to spend certain amounts in areas such as youth and women’s soccer, referee training, and operating costs. They are not subject to mandatory UEFA audits.UEFA’s funding program, called Hat-Trick, is worth twice as much to European federations as they get from FIFA. The program is worth more than 11 million euros ($12 million) in the current 4-year cycle compared to $6 million in basic funding from FIFA for 2019-22.___ Brown says on the event’s website he is “happy to have the chance to compete again. … I am looking forward to going out there doing what I love.”The shortened matches will be best of three with four games to win a set. Tiebreakers will be played at 3-3.___The Russian soccer league says it is hoping to resume play in late June and wants to complete its season by Aug. 2.The league says it is discussing June 21 and 28 with clubs as possible dates to resume the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Each club has eight more league games to play.center_img The AVP tour has created a public service announcement to urge its fans to stay home to help fight the spread of the disease. Olympic medalists April Ross and Todd Rogers and a handful of the tour’s other stars recorded videos at home that were assembled for the spot that debuted on Monday.The U.S. tour for the quintessentially outdoors sport has postponed all of its events at least until the Hermosa Beach Open in late July. The international beach volleyball tour has also come to a halt, along with qualifying for the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics.“Together, we can overcome this opponent,” says Ross, who won a silver medal in London and a bronze in Rio de Janiero.___The title sponsor of New Orleans’ canceled PGA Tour event is donating $1.5 million to the tournament’s primary charitable foundation. The race was scheduled for June 28 on the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet in southern France. The French government has banned public gatherings until mid-July and race organizers decided not to try to postpone the race or try holding it without fans.French GP managing director Eric Boullier says their plans are “already turning towards the summer of 2021 in order to offer our spectators an even more original event.”F1 chairman Chase Carey says “while it is disappointing for our fans and the F1 community that the French Grand Prix will not take place we fully support the decision.”The first 10 races this season have either been rescheduled or canceled.The Austrian Grand Prix on July 5 is now the earliest potential date to start the season. The league says it would keep promotion and relegation if the season can be completed.The league could expand from 16 to 18 teams for next season with the addition of the two best-placed teams from the second division if the season can’t be finished. It would then shrink back to its current size for the 2021-22 season. The Russian Cup could also be removed from the calendar for next season only.Players in Russia are currently training on their own at home during a nationwide lockdown and some foreign players have left the country. The league says it has discussed a return to training but didn’t announce any dates for that.___FIFA wants to let soccer teams use five substitutes to cope with expected schedule congestion caused by the coronavirus pandemic. ___Formula One chairman Chase Carey says he is “increasingly confident” the season can start in July despite the first 10 races being canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The French Grand Prix decided to call off its race on June 28 rather than postponing it. That means the earliest start date is now the Austrian GP on July 5.Carey says “we are now increasingly confident with the progress of our plans to begin our season this summer” and that 15-18 races can take place.F1 plans to start racing in Europe “through July, August and beginning of September, with the first race taking place in Austria.” FIFA says the temporary plan could help prevent more injuries due to “potential player overload” as soccer competitions catch up with a backlog.The proposal gives competition organizers the option of letting teams use five substitutes in 90 minutes and a sixth in knockout games that go to extra time.Teams would still be limited to three stoppages of play to make the changes.FIFA says the rule could be used by all competitions finishing this year and next and all national team games through 2021.FIFA’s proposal must be formally approved by rule-making panel IFAB. Organizers of the Catalonia Vuelta cycling race say this year’s edition will take place next year.The 100th edition of the race had already been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was originally scheduled for March 23-29.Organizers say the cycling calendar has been significantly reduced because of the pandemic and they didn’t want the Catalonia Vuelta competing with other major events. They also did not want to change the race’s format.Organizers say they want “to celebrate a 100th edition with the maximum guarantees and with the best world cyclists.”They say the race will be held next year in the last week of March. The donation matches the amount raised during the 2019 Zurich Classic, which was played in a team format and won by the tandem of Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm.Before the PGA began canceling events due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Zurich Classic had been scheduled to take place last week at TPC Louisiana, which recently completed $1.9 million in course renovations that entailed digging up and re-sodding fairways, as well as restoring greens and bunkers, and improving drainage.For more than six decades, the New Orleans-area PGA Tour event’s primary charity has been The Fore!Kids Foundation, which raises money through golf events and distributes funds to area children’s service organizations.Zurich became the event’s title sponsor in 2005 and since has helped raise more than $21 million for community charities, tournament officials said. Those charities’ missions include providing food, housing and holiday gift cards, as well as educational and recreational opportunities, for children. Beneficiaries also include organizations that assist patients with cancer or other serious ailments and disabilities.___ That includes two weeks of coach Dabo Swinney’s football camps where the Tigers coaches have the chance to meet and watch prep athletes work out each summer. The university announced its decision on Monday. It said the school will remain closed until May 8. Late spring and summer camps are popular stops for young people eager to gain instruction and contacts with Clemson coaches in all sports. Swinney and his staff have done well in attracting some of the nation’s top players, in part because they came to work out at the school’s facilities. Clemson finished with the No. 1 recruiting class for this upcoming football season, according to ESPN.com.___There won’t be any sun or sand for beach volleyball pros amid the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Clemson has canceled all its in-person, on-campus athletic and academic camps due to the coronavirus pandemic. last_img read more

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DISTINCTIV PASSION, HAY DUDE, HOME RUN KITTEN, SWEET SWAP & WINNING PRIZE ALL PROMINENT IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 JOE HERNANDEZ STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN CAMINO REAL HILLSIDE TURF COURSE

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2015)–A wide-open field of eight older horses, including trainer Neil Drysdale’s comebacking Grade I winner Winning Prize, will contest 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in Sunday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes.A winner of the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) three starts back on March 8, 2014, Winning Prize has been idle since running a disappointing sixth as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade II, seven furlong Turf Play King Stakes at Woodbine on Aug. 10. A two-time Group I winner going one mile on turf in his native Argentina, the 6-year-old horse by Pure Prize was a runaway winner of three Argentine turf sprints prior to making his U.S. debut with Drysdale in August, 2013 at Del Mar.Blessed with an abundance of natural speed, Winning Prize will try the hillside turf for the first time. Owned by David Heerensperger and Jose Nelson, he has eight wins from 15 starts and earnings of $612,913.Fourth as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade II, six furlong Palos Verdes Stakes Jan. 31, trainer Jeff Bonde’s Distinctiv Passion set torrid fractions en route to a gate to wire score in the Grade III, 6 ½ furlong Midnight Lute Stakes Dec. 27. A 5-year-old Florida-bred horse by With Distinction, he will try the hillside for the first time, but has two wins from three five furlong turf sprint tries at Del Mar. Owned by Edward J. Brown, Jr., Alan Klein and Phil Lebherz, Distinctiv Passion could be quickest horse early in the Hernandez. He is 14-6-1-4 overall with earnings of $348,180.Trained by David Hofmans, Home Run Kitten has an impressive resume down the hill that includes a nose victory in the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes four starts back on Sept. 26. Second, beaten a neck in the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) on Dec. 26, he was a close third in his most recent start, the Grade II, one mile turf Arcadia Stakes on Jan. 31. With what appears to be an abundance of speed signed on, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Kitten’s Joy will hope to be rolling late under Gary Stevens.Owned by Tarabilla Farms, Inc., Home Run Kitten has two wins from three tries down the hill and is 12-4-2-3 overall with earnings of $281,800.John Sadler’s Sweet Swap has run 11 of his last 13 races down the hill, winning four of them. Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, the 6-year-old Candy Ride horse hopped at the break and finished third, beaten three quarters of a length in the restricted Clockers’ Corner Stakes down the hillside on Jan. 25. He figures to once again be forwardly placed on Sunday and will be ridden back by Joe Talamo. A winner of the Grade III San Simeon Stakes over the course on April 13, 2014, Sweet Swap is 16-6-3-3 overall with earnings of $351,529.Claimed out of a second place finish down the hill for $62,500 on Feb. 12, trainer Peter Miller’s U S Citizen owns a Hernandez Stakes best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 96 and although he’ll be making his stakes debut on Sunday, he has two wins, three seconds and a third from seven tries over the course. Owned by Rockingham Ranch, U S Citizen has a stalking style and will be ridden for the first time by Victor Espinoza. A 6-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Proud Citizen, he is 23-4-7-4 overall with earnings of $216,635.Although winless in four stateside starts, trainer Phil D’Amato’s English-bred Hay Dude comes off a pair of sharp seconds, most recently in the Clockers’ Corner Stakes, where he flew from off the pace when beaten by a half length. A 5-year-old gelding, he’s owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino. Hay Dude has an overall mark of 16-3-4-4 and has earnings of $115,249. He’ll be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Kent Desormeaux.Claimed out of a $62,500 claiming win by trainer Gus Headley on Feb. 1, Seeking the Sherif tries turf for the first time and gets a new rider in Kayla Stra. Owned by Kurt Rexius, Seeking the Sherif had a phenomenal 2014, ascending the class ladder following a $12,500 claim on Dec. 28, 2013 en route to five wins from 10 starts while earning $224,700. A 6-year-old gelding by Officer, Seeking the Sherif is 14-8-1-2 overall with earnings of $282,100.Named in honor of the original voice of Santa Anita, the legendary Joe Hernandez called races at The Great Race Place from December, 1934, until his death in February, 1972.The complete field for the Joe Hernandez Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race program Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Sweet Swap, Joe Talamo, 118; Winning Prize, Rafael Bejarano, 118; U S Citizen, Victor Espinoza, 118; Distinctiv Passion, Edwin Maldonado, 123; Chief Lion, Martin Pedroza, 116; Home Run Kitten, Gary Stevens, 123; Hay Dude, Kent Desormeaux, 118 and Seeking the Sherif, Kayla Stra, 118.                First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30–last_img read more

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Russell aiming to set a high bar, rich legacy

first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC): Global trotting Twenty20 superstar Andre Russell says his ultimate goal is to create a rich legacy in cricket’s shortest format by setting the bar as high as he possibly can. The West Indies all-rounder was speaking in a post-match interview after a small but impressive cameo with the bat and brilliant death bowling that spurred Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to an exciting seven-run victory over Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday. Russell lashed 16 from 10 balls at the death as KKR rallied to 164 for three and crippled Kings XI run chase with a fiery opening spell that reduced them to 13 for three in the fourth over. “This is what I really work hard for. I am an all-rounder. I know my job is not very easy. My job is very hard,” said the Jamaican cricketer. “So I don’t have a problem batting until the end then coming and bowl the first over of the innings and bowl the last over. I don’t mind doing it.” Russell, who started his innings in the 17th over, belted a four and a six in a 27-run third wicket partnership and returned to capture four wickets for 20 runs from his four overs. With Kings XI needing 12 runs from the final over, Man-of-the- Match Russell conceded just four runs and also effected a run-out and grabbed his fourth wicket. “I think as a youngster part of my legacy I plan to leave behind, I want to set the bar as high as possible. So I love these challenges,” said Russell, a member of the West Indies team that defeated England in the finals to regain the T20 World Cup recently. “I enjoy bowling in this moment where you know it is either I can win the game for my team, or if it goes the other way, I learn from it and take a positive from it knowing next time what can I do different. So I enjoy the load and I just want to go from strength to strength.” With the victory, KKR joined new boys Gujarat Lions on 12 points but topped the standings courtesy of a superior net run rate.last_img read more

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Registration open for OTL tourney

first_imgThe third annual Over-the-line tournament is set for January 16th, as part of High on Ice weekend. Over-the-line is a new sport originating out of California, which sees teams of four players hitting the ball from a batting area into a field – somewhat like baseball, but without the base running.  Playing the game in the snow adds a new twist, as fielders are given the added challenge of trying to get to fly balls in potentially knee-deep powder. This year’s tournament will be a one-day event, starting at 8 a.m., and running until 5 p.m.  Teams are made up of four players, but may have up to six, to allow for subsitutions (though one female must be on the pitch at all times). – Advertisement -As with the previous two years, team themes and costumes are welcome, and there is a ‘most-radical team’ prize, for those showing an artistic flair. Anyone looking to register, or to find more information, can visit the North Peace Leisure Pool, to obtain registration forms and game rules.  Organizor Byron Stewart can also be reached for more info, at 250-787-7161, or email [email protected]  There is a cap of eight teams for this year’s tourney, so any interested teams should register as soon as possible.   The final deadline for registration is Wed. Jan 13th. Photo – Members of the Hazmats batting at the 2009 Over-the-line tournament.Advertisement last_img read more

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My Donegal – with restaurateur Aidan Friel

first_imgAidan Friel runs the trendy new eaterie in Kerrykeel – the Narrow Quarter. The popular cafe – run with business partner John McDaid – has been enjoying a good summer; one of a number of new businesses to pop up in the village over the past year or so. Here’s Aidan’s My DonegalWhere is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Anywhere in the Fanad peninsula, it’s beautiful. Where in Donegal do you call home?KerrykeelWhat do you think is Donegal’s best tourist attraction?Fanad light house without a doubt. I never get tired of it. Rain hail or shine! Fanad Lighthouse is always a must see when I have friends visiting the county. Summers or winters?Summers. Is there anywhere more beautiful than Donegal (when the sun shines)Ideal day out in Donegal?A trip to Dunfanaghey, A walk on marble hill, coffee from the shack followed by a pint in Patsy Dan’s.Favourite Donegal product? Our tweed products are amazing. McNutts in Downings or Orwell & Browne. (check them both out on Instagram. Stunning products that make great gifts.)Who is Donegal’s best ambassador and why?She might not be known world wide just yet but I really think Erin McGinty is doing a wonderful job promoting Donegal. She has a strong online presence with her Instagram account @coolestplaceontheplanet. She is really showing off the county in all its glory. Her clever posts and busy lifestyle are catching the attention of thousands of online users both from inside the county and further afield.Who is Donegal’s most successful business person? This is a difficult one …. Exactly how are we measuring success?Favourite Donegal sports person?Barry McNamee who hails from ‘the wee toon’ Ramelton, #25 Derry City MidfielderFavourite Donegal restaurant?The Lemon Tree Letterkenny. If you haven’t been you don’t know what your missing.Change one thing about Donegal what would it be?I’d like to see a bigger push for real environmental changes and sustainability.Favourite Donegal expression or saying?“I’m foundered” I spent my whole life thinking that this was a perfectly normal everyday expression. Until I went to Carlow to study. Where I quickly realised it must be just a Donegal thing.Biggest challenge facing Donegal people of today?One of the biggest challenges and perhaps one of the most overlooked facing the people of Donegal is mental health. Many people struggle at some point with their mental health and sadly it seems more common that young people appear to be affected. For the younger generation, social media has transformed their daily lives. However, Online, we are constantly being bombarded with other people’s lives and their perceived success. It can be very easy to begin to question your own circumstances and question your individual successes in life. Also, I feel like work pressures in Donegal has increased, with an increase in corporate employment in the county. I also think the elderly are suffering from mental health challenges such as isolation and loneliness. We don’t visit our neighbours like we used to and this has created a real detachment in the community.Favourite Donegal food?Where do I even start with this one. Honestly, I can’t just choose one. Donegal has some of the finest produce around. The Haven Smokehouse has the best smoked salmon out there without a doubt. Hugh Wilhare and his team from Mulroy Bay Mussels grow such an excellent product. We have some of the best seafood in the country coming in fresh from Killybegs. Ballyholey Farm Shop produce fresh and tasty veg and our local butchers all around the county including Kerr’s butchers in Kerrykeel. If there’s one thing for certain we are spoilt for choice when it comes to good fresh produce.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Not a thing. After living away for a while I’m just so grateful that I am able to live and work in Donegal.Favourite local bandIn Their Thousands.If you had a million euro in Donegal to improve something what would it be?I’d love to see rural transport links further improved. But I’m afraid sometimes in Ireland, a million euro wouldn’t even cover the cost a feasibility study costs.Daniel O Donell or Packie Bonner?“Wee” Daniel, my grandmother wouldn’t allow any other answer to this one.Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?Yes, I am exceptionally proud of the local people of Kerrykeel and surrounding areas. Whether they realise it or not without them our business, The Narrow Quarter wouldn’t be a success. The local support we have received since we opened in April 2018 has been over whelming. To think in such a small village it would be possible to employ so many people and remain open all year round, It’s amazing and humbling to say the least.My Donegal – with restaurateur Aidan Friel was last modified: August 1st, 2019 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:Aidan FrielCarrigartdonegalMY DONEGALThe Narrow Quarterlast_img read more

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New Table Mountain trail opens

first_img29 November 2005The new Hoerikwagga Trail on Table Mountain is both a conservation and job creation project.Built as part of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s contribution to the Expanded Public Works Programme, the trail is the second new Table Mountain trail – with two more still to come.Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk says the new trail is a model for the success of linkages between conservation, tourism and job creation.The projects to upgrade the footpaths and create the trail infrastructure have so far created employment for 416 people.Launching the Hoerikwagga Trail project on Thursday, Van Schalkwyk said his department would be investing R35-million over three years in the Table Mountain National Park through public works projects.People’s TrailThe first trail, the People’s Trail, was designed to expose young people from all communities to both the national park and conservation.“Of course this project is part of a much wider programme of investment by our department in all 22 National Parks,” the minister said.For the three years from 2004 to 2007 we are spending more than R296-million through poverty relief projects, focusing mainly on new infrastructure like these trails, and through projects like our Coast Care programme.Before March 2007, this investment should deliver, among others, five new rest camps with 124 new tourist beds.“The projects also focus on the upgrading of 145 existing tourism accommodation units; the construction and upgrading of 323km of tourist roads; 397km of new fences for park boundaries needed to protect our new land; and the upgrading and major renovation of more than 320km of footpaths and trails,” Van Schalkwyk said.Important prioritiesTable Mountain National Park projects manager Brett Myrdal said the trails combined some of the most important priorities for all South African communities by empowering people, providing employment, and creating a sense of ownership and pride in the park’s conservation efforts and tourism facilities.“Perhaps the most heart-warming aspect of this suite of trails is that profits from the mountain’s trail will be used to make access to the People’s Trail affordable to the youth of Cape Town,” Myrdal said.He said Table Mountain’s trails would have an eventual annual capacity of about 4 000 hikers who would be professionally introduced “to the wonders of overnighting” on Table Mountain by accredited guides.Myrdal added that the park planned to open the third trail, the more advanced six-day, five-night Tip to Top, in November 2006, with the final Top to Tip trail targeted for launch in November 2007.He said all four trails would be marketed extensively by South African National Parks and at national and international trade shows like the annual Tourism Indaba.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Pupils benefit from couple’s calling

first_img27 March 2012 Last year, matriculants at Quayiya Secondary School in the informal settlement of Zwelihle, outside Hermanus, notched up a 66% pass rate – an impressive achievement , because just a year before the school had been classified by the Department of Basic Education as dysfunctional, with more than two-thirds of its pupils failing the all-important Grade 12. “We take them to art galleries, farms, radio stations, nature walks, and even crazy beach parties. Often experts in the field of interest accompany us.” “This is where we really move beyond the surface and get to know the children. This is where we learn about their hopes and dreams and aspirations.” De Wet is also the founder of the Enlighten Education Trust which works with youngsters between the ages of 15 and 25 in the Overstrand area. A non-profit organisation which focuses on life skills, life enrichment and leadership, De Wet makes it clear that Enlighten is not an upliftment programme. Ivy Ngoqi and Lungisa Qendu are two such pupils. Familiar with the hard knocks of life, they now believe they have a future. Their work recently attracted sponsorship from insurance group MiWay, which supports the Krynauws’ outreach programme with a car and petrol and mobile costs. This remarkable success is largely the result of the dedicated investment of time and interest by Theo and Angie Krynauw, and the partnership they have built with Quayiya’s principal, Nkosilungile Lolwana. The real thrill they receive from their work is seeing the way the children are beginning to believe in themselves and how they start to visualise their own future, full of hope, says Theo Krynauw. At first they would speak to the pupils every Monday during assembly. The couple would arrive at the school with a borrowed public address system and talk to the 1 200 pupils about living a spiritual and motivated life. “It was as if people had given up on it and couldn’t be bothered any more,” says Krynauw. An exceptionally pretty girl, Ivy could also very easily be a Face of Africa model, the Krynauws believe. To help get her modelling career off the ground, which could ultimately help her to achieve her dream of becoming a paramedic, the Krynauws will take her to Cape Town later this year to build a professional modelling portfolio. When the Krynauws moved down to the coast from Pretoria in February 2011 they felt they had a calling, and had their hearts set on becoming involved in the broader community. “There are thousands of youth trapped in townships with limited life experience or with experiences only moulded by township life,” he says. “We look at those young people with potential and through our three interventions aim to expose them to other experiences and the bigger world outside.” “It has been the most thrilling and fulfilling year of our lives,” says Theo Krynauw. Medical help First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. Life has been very difficult for Ivy since her mother died in December, says Theo Krynauw. But she dreams of becoming a paramedic and, with the couple’s help, is working hard towards that goal. The medical needs of the children are not ignored. The Krynauws have negotiated with general practitioners, dentists, optometrists and audiologists in the area to give their time and professional help in the case of emergencies. Out and aboutcenter_img “It is so rewarding to find children with such potential and then to somehow or other connect them with a source to meet their practical needs, be it medicine or bursary money for further studies.” Rather than settle down to a sedate retirement, a couple from Hermanus in the Western Cape has pitched in to change the lives of pupils at a school in an informal settlement and, in so doing, has helped the school to double its matric pass rate in just one year. “Our focus is not on religion but rather on raising the values of the children in general,” says Krynauw. “If a person feels they have value, they start to do valuable things.” Overstrand junior council De Wet was instrumental in launching the junior council eight years ago, and says that in its history Lungisa stands out as the best to date – quite an achievement considering that some junior mayors came from far more privileged and well-educated backgrounds. Two pupils are chosen from the weekly group and are brought in to spend one night with the Krynauws at home. Getting involved in the community Zwelihle is a Xhosa-speaking settlement of some 30 000 inhabitants, most of whom are unemployed. The couple was touched by the plight of Quayiya, which had such a negative public image that nobody wanted to become involved with it. He adds: “For as long as they want us to be involved we will be involved in this school.” “Some members, such as Lungisa, live in shacks while others come from rich families who travel overseas once a year,” says De Wet. Lungisa is junior mayor of the Overstrand Municipality, where Hermanus is situated. Krynauw refers to him as a “remarkable boy” with leadership qualities that have helped him develop into one of the best junior mayors the area has ever produced, according to Theo de Wet, manager of the Overstrand junior council. Lungisa, who excels in maths, hopes to further his studies after matric. If all goes well, and with the help of the Krynauws, he will qualify for a R75 000 bursary from engineering group Aurecon, to offset the costs of a civil engineering degree. “We went up to the school and told them ‘we are here, we are available, how can we help’,” Krynauw recalls. The junior council is racially representative with the 35 members selected from five schools in the area. Junior council members have to undertake at least eight community service delivery projects during their one year term. With a matric pass rate of 32% in 2010, the school had been classified as dysfunctional and seemed to be beyond saving. This was just the challenge the Krynauws were looking for. The first few assembly meetings were soon followed by more practical exercises and now, each week a different group of ten pupils is taken on an excursion to expose the youngsters to something totally outside of their limited life experience.last_img read more

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Selling a House With Solar Panels Is Not for the Faint of Heart

first_img RELATED ARTICLES An Introduction to Photovoltaic SystemsRooftop Solar Makes Houses Worth MoreSolar Picture Is Brighter Than It AppearsSolar Ownership Is Gaining GroundLeased Solar Panels May Complicate Home Sales There are more than a million houses in the U.S. with solar panels installed on the roof and that number is increasing. Failing to address this issue properly when the house is sold can be legally difficult if not dangerous.Some of the most common inquiries to this law firm arise from a failure to transfer ownership of installed solar panels correctly from one homeowner to the next.We help real estate owners and buyers with this process, often looking at new approaches and possibilities. But contract forms for the sale and purchase of a house often are provided by a local board of Realtors, and today those forms do not adequately address the new and only now evolving issues arising from a sale with rooftop solar panels. Explore legal optionsThere are ways of adding significant value to the real estate, but a solar lease, as well as any power purchase agreement, should be considered in light of federal and state laws (including tax laws).This is not only a residential problem. This firm regularly receives inquiries arising from commercial real estate transactions that have not adequately addressed matters of solar panels, PPAs, tax credits and the like.Selling a house with solar panels is not for the faint of heart. There can be real legal jeopardy and significant dollar liability for those failing to address the issues associated with solar panels. It may be worth your while to contact your attorney, or seek one with experience in dealing with solar assets. “You agree that the solar panel system is the Company’s personal property under the Uniform Commercial Code. You understand and agree that this is a lease and not a sale agreement. The Company owns the solar panel system for all purposes.”Obviously, selling a house when the solar panels on the roof belong to someone else raises some issues. Residential solar panel leases often provide language similar to this:“If you sell your home you can transfer this lease and the monthly payments. The person buying your home can sign a transfer agreement assuming all of your rights and obligations under this lease by qualifying in one of three ways: (1) the home buyer has a FICO score of 650 or greater; (2) the home buyer is paying cash for your home; or (3) if the home buyer does not qualify under (1) or (2), if the home buyer qualifies for a mortgage to purchase your home and the home buyer pays us a $250 credit exception fee.“Or, if you are moving to a new home in the same utility district, then where permitted by the local utility, the system can be moved to your new home. You will need to pay all costs associated with relocating the system…”Timing also needs to be considered when entering into a contract to sell a house, as this sample phrase notes:“You agree to give the Company at least 15 days but not more than 90 days prior written notice if you want someone to assume your lease obligations.”Many, but not all, companies engaged in this business file a UCC-1 financing statement in the real estate records that puts third parties on notice to their rights in the system. That fixture filing is in most states a lien or encumbrance against the system. But in many residential transactions, title companies do not search the UCC-1 indexes because they are primarily used for business purposes, so solar leases are regularly missed.However, the express language of solar system leases cannot be missed, as in:“Except as set forth in this lease, you will not sublease, assign, sell, pledge or in any other way transfer your interest in the system or this lease without prior written consent.” No single template for ownershipThere is no one homogenized solar panel “deal” and the business terms including language addressing who owns the panels vary from one transaction type to another. In most instances these installations are governed by varying state laws. But commonly, residential solar panel leases provide language something like this: Stuart Kaplow is an attorney specializing in environmental law. This post originally appeared at Green Building Law Update.last_img read more