December 24

Gillespie Collects Fifth MVC Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week Honor

first_imgSAINT LOUIS, Mo. – Drake University’s Vinny Gillespie earned his fifth Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honor of the season, the league announced on Tuesday, March 28. Gillespie leads the Bulldogs with an impressive 14-2 record and is ranked 61st nationally. Gillespie posted a combined 4-0 record for the week. He began his week with a near perfect performance as he cruised past Nebraska’s 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Then at No. 18 Cornell, Gillespie extended his winning streak to five-matches with a 6-0, 6-1 trouncing of David Volfson, but the Bulldogs ultimately fell to the Big Red 4-3. In doubles, Gillespie and Tom Hands secured the doubles point for Drake against Nebraska and Cornell.center_img Drake returns to action on Friday with a trip Denver. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

December 21

Convoy Community Park to offically open today

first_imgThe Convoy Community Park is set to have its official opening today at 11am and it is being greatly received by the community. Funding for the park was sanctioned following an application to the council through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.Cllr Liam Doherty, who is on the Convoy Environmental Committee, was among the Environmental Committee members Liam Mailey, Caroline Mailey, John Toner, Brian Duffy and Josephine Cowan gave Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty a tour of the beautiful newly opened community park. Commenting on the park, Councillor Doherty said he was delighted with how it turned out for the local community.He said: “I am so happy with our beautiful park here in Convoy, it gives me great pride to see such a wonderful development here in my home town and I know the local people who share my pride will get great enjoyment out of the park.“I would like to thank Donegal County Council for funding this project, all councillors who supported it and everyone involved in the development of the park.”Convoy Community Park to offically open today was last modified: May 18th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:convoylast_img read more

December 20

Decision time: Giants’ direction remains fluid after loss leads into trade deadline

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — As the Giants and Phillies opened a three-game series that promises to have significant implications in the National League Wild Card race, San Francisco’s highest-ranking front office executives watched from nearly 3,000 miles away.President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and many other club officials remained at home on this trip, electing to run the franchise’s trade deadline operations from the Bay Area.One game against the Phillies will not significantly alter the …last_img read more

December 20

How will 49ers cope with Kwon Alexander’s season-ending injury?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Kwon Alexander joined the 49ers in free agency seeking to make a “legendary” impact, and the linebacker’s signature speed and contagious energy helped in their 8-0 start.Now someone else must step up in his place.Alexander sustained a season-ending pectoral tear in Thursday night’s 28-25 win at Arizona, and he likely will undergo surgery next week, the 49ers announced.Alexander tweeted: “I’m built for this shhh! It’s all part of the game! I sacrifice everything when I step in …last_img read more

December 19

Limpopo lodge goes 100% green

first_img15 May 2008Using his decades of expertise as a chemical engineer, Dr Hans Hahn runs a Soutpansberg-based eco-tourism lodge entirely on alternative, renewable and sustainable energy.Speaking to BuaNews at Tourism Indaba 2008, Hahn said the Moshavehla Lodge was detached entirely from Eskom’s power-grid and the entire farm was powered using a combination of solar power and thermal gasification, which involves extracting gas by burning wood and recycling waste to power generators.“I recently established a factory which manufactures solar panels which combined with a wood burning boiler to heat water and power equipment,” said Hahn, adding that the Tourism Indaba was hugely beneficial to businesses because it gave them exposure to local and international visitors.“My invention works so well that our 700-litre tank of water starts boiling after just 30 minutes.”He said he was now working towards having a golf course at Moshavehla, built with only indigenous plants and irrigated by wastewater from the lodge.Alternate energy sourcesIngrid Hahn, his daughter, said her father’s knowledge in renewable energy could benefit the country, and the pair are to approach the Department of Minerals and Energy with various prototypes for green power generation.State-owned power utility Eskom has been struggling to provide the country with sufficient electricity following an unsustainable increase in electricity usage, made worse by South Africa’s massive infrastructure drive ahead of hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Eskom appealed to businesses and the public at large to decrease their dependency on coal generated electricity, and implement energy-saving measures such as geyser blankets, movement-sensitive lights and investment in alternative energy has become a reality in South Africa.Unspoilt biodiversity, local developmentMashovhela Lodge, which means “place where the drums beat”, is situated between the mountains amid unspoilt biodiversity that boasts over 600 different types of trees, thousands of plant species and a host of wildlife including leopard, hyena, warthog, kudu and wild cat.It had always been a dream of Hans Hahn to establish a conservancy on his farm creating a home for indigenous fauna and flora, with his daughter helping him to achieve that goal.The lodge also has a community development element to it, with a focus on utilising the local Venda people and their arts and crafts in support of local industry.There are currently 13 people employed at the establishment, with a further support staff as well as a full-time game ranger and guide.“We only employ local Venda’s and all our furniture and arts and crafts is made locally,” said Ingrid Hahn. “The community is aware of the vision we have for the property as well as the community, making them aware of the environment and how to protect it and ensure future generations can benefit from it.”As with much of the farms in the Limpopo province, Hahn’s farm – which he bought in 1970 – is involved in a land claim. However, due to the harmonious relationship between the local chief and the Hahn family as well as the family’s initiatives to educate and skill the local people the local chief does not want them to be moved off the land.“We provide work and education to his community,” said Hans Hahn.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

December 18

South Africa celebrates Arbor Week

first_img3 September 2012 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Northern Cape Agriculture MEC Norman Shushu launched South Africa’s Arbor Week on Saturday by planting fruit trees, establishing vegetable gardens and distributing seed packs and seedlings to local communities. Shushu visited a communal organic vegetable garden in Platfontein outside Kimberley, where he planted vegetables which will assist in alleviating poverty and contributing towards food security in the area. Two hundred households within the Xun and Khwen communities were also given vegetable seed packs and seedlings.Backyard gardens ‘can beat poverty’ Shushu said the establishment of vegetable gardens would help rural communities produce food in their own backyard gardens and thereby fight soaring food prices. “It is less expensive for communities to produce their own food through backyard gardens, as this can help to fight the current high food prices. Most importantly, we also want our people to understand the role that trees play in our environment and the role they play in our lives,” he said. At Galeshewe stadium outside Kimberley, Shushu participated in the planting of 20 olive trees before addressing the main Arbor Week launch event. About 2 000 more fruit trees were planted and distributed in the Sol Plaatjie Municipality. “The destruction of the environment is leading to the destruction of humanity, so if we are to have a sustainable future, it means we must look after our trees, our forests and our environment,” Shushu said. “Without the protection of the environment, there is no future, that’s why all of us are encouraged to join government and our partners to ensure that we make our cities and townships green.”Arbor City Awards Another highlight of the launch of Arbor Week was the Arbor City Awards, introduced to promote the greening of cities and towns in the 283 local and eight metropolitan municipalities across South Africa. The award is given to cities and towns that “go the extra mile” to green the areas under their jurisdiction The Khara Hais local municipality, which governs the town of Upington in the Northern Cape, won the local municipal category, while the City of Johannesburg won in the metropolitan category. Both the City of Johannesburg and Khara Hais received a R300 000 cash prize, trophy and certificate.‘Our Forests – Our Future’ Arbor Day was first celebrated by South Africa in 1983. The day has since been extended from Arbor Day to National Arbor Week, held in the first week of September. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Our Forests – Our Future”. It affords the government, the private sector, non-governmental and community-based organisations and the public to be involved in greening their communities. Greening refers to an integrated approach to the planting, care and management of all vegetation in urban and rural areas, to secure multiple benefits for communities. In the South African context, greening takes place in towns, townships and informal settlements specifically because in the past these areas were disadvantaged in terms of planning for parks as well as tree planting in streets and open spaces. The government and its partners will use National Arbor Week to undertake a major national awareness programme that will bring attention to the value of trees, especially in the many disadvantaged communities who often live in barren and water-stressed areas. Trees play a significant role in social and economic development, poverty alleviation and job creation. Planting gardens and fruit trees may also improve access to nutritious food, encourage healthy diet choices and play a significant role in household food security when integrated with other programmes. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

September 17

Chelseas Antonio Rudiger We need to take the positives

first_imgChelsea’s Antonio Rudiger is looking forward to the chance to bounce back in the Premier League with a win over Fulham.He also feels the team just needs to keep doing the things that gave them such an impressive start to the season.However, while Rudiger is keen to make sure there are no mistakes as against Spurs, the German international is quick to point out there is no need to make wholesale changes to how the plays after such a good opening to 2018/19.He told Chelsea official website:Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.‘‘Just because of one game we don’t need to break our heads,’ said the defender.‘We need to take positives because until that game we were still unbeaten and if anyone had said that this would happen, I think 90 per cent would have said ‘no’. So we just need to stay focused and try to make this not happen again.”‘‘If we look back at this match many things didn’t go well, but there’s no use trying to look for excuses. It was a bad game and we need to learn from this because it was a huge lesson.”‘‘Of course the manager was disappointed but that’s normal after such a game. At the end of the day we don’t want to lose games, but sometimes we do.’’last_img read more