10 November 2009The South African government, working through four “food banks”, has distributed up to 600 tons of food to more than 100 000 people in need of emergency food relief since May, says Public Works Minister Geoff Doidge.Briefing the media in Cape Town this week, Doidge said that the four food banks, located in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, had distributed food through 900 agencies.Food bank networkEach food bank acts on behalf of social services agencies, by procuring food which is mainly donated by the food and grocery industries, government agencies, individuals and other organisations.The government plans to have a food bank, complemented by a network of village food banks, set up in each of the country’s nine provinces.The food banks are being set up under FoodBank South Africa, a non-profit organisation formed by the South African Forum for Food Security – a partnership between government, civil society and the corporate sector.Public-private partnershipsSouth Africa and sub-Sahara’s first food bank was launched in Cape Town in March, and already a number of countries around the world have set up their own networks of food banks.“We are grateful to the civil society and corporate sector for their cooperation in setting up the SA Food Bank and the community food bank networks,” Doidge said. “This is the kind of partnership that our country needs during these hard economic times.”He said government had also introduced various other measures to assist poor households in the production of food and collection of water. One was that households are being provided with agricultural starter packs which include seeds, farming implements and fertilisers.Micro farming projectsAnother measure is an intervention by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, which together with the Food Agriculture Organisation, has so far helped finance eight micro farming projects through the UN’s Tele-Food Fund.Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries director general Kgabi Mogajane said the government was able to secure a grant of US$23 000 (R170 000) to fund the programme.The Department of Environmental Affairs has also initiated a rainwater harvesting programme aimed at rural areas plagued by water shortages.“We have what we call veggie towers which have been erected particularly in drier areas where we know very well that they don’t have adequate water,” said Mogajane.She said these towers had been erected in Muyexe, Limpopo and would also be set up in Riemvasmaak in the Northern Cape and Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal.For more information, visit the FoodBank South Africa websiteSource: BuaNews
The Gold Coast Sharks Womens Open team is sick of being the underdogs. Jarah Jennings, Roxy Winder and Lauren McDonald were all a part of the Australian 18 years side that just toured New Zealand and they’re all a part of the Sharks side here, out to win the 2004 NTL title. “New Zealand was awesome,” says Roxy, “but we’re here to play NTL’s, we’ve forgotten about New Zealand and we just want to win the title.” Lauren’s quick to jump in and agree with Roxy. “We just want to beat the best teams, the Cobra’s and the Mets”, she says. And beat them they have. Winning an exciting round three match today against the Brisbane City Cobras and remaining undefeated at the top of pool one. With two matches still to play it looks as though the Sharks will cruise through to the semi-finals, with their final two round matches being against the bottom two teams in their pool. Anything can happen in a sporting match though and we’ve all seen enough touch to know that no result is ever certain. These three girls personify the Australian Touch spirit, that’s pretty obvious when you chat to them about the New Zealand tour and the upcoming Youth World Cup. Their favourite part of the tour you ask? “Shopping”, laughs Lauren. “No, seriously, going away was awesome, we all loved seeing New Zealand, Queenstown was probably the most beautiful place, but meeting everyone and building friendships was great”, she says. For Jarah she’s quick to mention the final night of the tour (and to change the topic from how many times she lost her passport while on tour.) “We got to hang out with the New Zealand teams, it was a lot of fun to meet everyone, to just be friends not competitors and we all seemed to bond really well.” Roxy, who had toured the Cook Islands with the last Australian 18 years team, also believes the team bonded really well. “At first we were sort of split into Queensland and New South Wales groups, but as soon as we put on our Australian uniforms, we just bonded. It brought us together as a team,” she says. The Australian team obviously played as well as they bonded, winning two of their three matches against a New Zealand side that has dramatically improved in recent times. “The tournament was scary in some ways, it felt like there was a lot of pressure on us”, says Lauren. “Being in their home town was fairly daunting”, agrees Roxy. After Australia took the first match of the series 4-3 in a drop-off, New Zealand fought back to take the second 6-4, which was the first time a New Zealand Youth side had beaten an Australian Womens Youth side, and the series would be decided in the third and final test. “The atmosphere at the third test was amazing”, says Jarah. “There wasn’t a spare seat in the park and almost all of the crowd were cheering for New Zealand.” The Australian girls saved their best for last though, winning 7-4 and retaining the Trans Tasman title for Australia. But now that’s all a distant memory for the girls as they focus on the NTL’s and then selection for the Youth World Cup to be held on the Gold Coast in 2005. “We’re not worrying too much about selection now, we’re just focusing on winning this NTL title,” says Lauren. “But we all know that if we get selected to play in the Youth World Cup side, it’s going to be amazing and such an honour to be representing Australia in a World Cup event in our home nation.”
For Australian Mens 20’s Coach Sam Ayoub, the 2004 NSW State Cup is about more than some good Touch viewing, a great time at the function or a chance to catch up with Touch mates. This is the final quality hit out his Australian 20 Years players will get before the 2004 Youth World Cup. The Youth World Cup is being held from January 19-23 at Kawana Waters on the Sunshien Coast and the tournament is coming quicker than people realise. With almost all of his players NSW based, Ayoub is pleased to see that a large proportion are representing Open sides in the State Cup. “This tournament is fantastic conditioning for the boys, it’s a great competition of Touch,” Ayoub said. “Playing in the Mens Open division exposes the boys to some quality opposition, something that will really challenge them and help with their preparation for the Youth World Cup.” With son Jai and also Troy Malcolm playing for the Parramatta Mens Open side, as well as Jay Miller playing for Western Suburbs, Mat Bird for Canterbury, Marc Kovacic for Penrith, James Harrington for Lismore and several others for Mens 23’s sides such as Yass and Western Suburbs, Ayoub is guaranteed of the chance to see how a large majority of his players are shaping up for the Youth World Cup. Not only is the tournament tough on fitness and skills, with each team playing around 10 or more games in three days, it is a great opportunity for the younger players to play alongside and against Australian Open representatives. Having never won a Men’s 20’s tournament at International level, Sam and his side are keen to reverse their recent results against the New Zealand Mens 20’s. “It’s really important for us to re-establish ourselves at that level and the Youth World Cup is that opportunity. It’s not good enough for us to just win the Opens or Seniors, we want to dominate in every division,” he said. Ayoub is not one to shy away from how tough the Kiwi sides will be however. “The New Zealand teams have been preparing for this for a long time, they are well drilled and well organized and are eager to maintain their dominance. We’re eager to take that away.” By Rachel Moyle [email protected]uch.com.au
On February 10 at the Four Seasons Austin, 40 stars of Texas film and music will join The Nobelity Project’s Artists & Filmmakers Dinner to celebrate the DVD release of Building Hope – the Story of Mahiga Hope High School.At the event, the Willie Nelson “Feed the Peace” Award will be presented to Kris Kristofferson in honor of his work in film, music and social justice. An all-star musical tribute to Kris will include performances by some of the greatest names in Texas music – Pat Green, The Flatlanders, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Ray Benson, Lukas Nelson, Carolyn Wonderland and the man himself – Kris Kristofferson.The evening – and all proceeds from the movie and book Building Hope – benefit The Nobelity Project’s work for basic rights for children everywhere, including the Kenya Schools Fund, building water systems, classrooms and libraries across rural Kenya.More information on the event and Building Hope are online at www.nobelity.org.Audience Award winner at SXSW, Building Hope chronicles The Nobelity Project’s construction of the first high school for a remote African community. The film includes appearances by Kenyan youth counselor Auma Obama, sister of President Barack Obama, and by Cameron Sinclair, founder of Architecture for Humanity.Source:PR Newswire
Embed Code FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Nov. 8 , 2016), we chat about Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and wonder if the numbers can tell us anything about whether the Cowboys should start Tony Romo when he is healthy again. Then we preview FiveThirtyEight’s college football predictions and Neil Paine explains why working out the selection committee’s rankings makes forecasting the playoff a little harder than usual. Finally, new FiveThirtyEight sports writer Chris Herring joins to chat about bad teams in the NBA and whether the process is finally beginning to pay off for the Philadelphia 76ers. Plus, a special Election Day quiz on the best presidents in American history.Links to what we discussed:Neil Paine says Dak Prescott is already playing as well as Tony Romo ever has.ESPN Stats & Info explains why Dak Prescott was the best quarterback in the NFL last weekend.Neil Paine explains how FiveThirtyEight is predicting this year’s College Football Playoff.You can find the site’s predictions here.Tom Ziller at SB Nation says the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis are probably destined for a sad future.If you want to check out the historical rankings of U.S. presidents that we discussed at the end of the show, you can find them here.And Julia Azari wrote about how scholarly rankings of presidents are correlated with the presidents’ years of experience.
Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs the ball during a game against Cincinnati on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 50-28, behind 409 yards of total offense from Barrett.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen the Ohio State football team took the field to open the season, Urban Meyer didn’t know what to expect from his quarterback.But five weeks and four Big Ten awards later, the OSU coach said he has a better idea of what redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett’s development has been like.“J.T. continues to be a very good distributor, completing a high percentage of his balls, and really we’re giving him more and more responsibility about getting us in the right play, which is a big part of what the quarterback’s expected to do,” Meyer said after OSU’s 50-28 win against Cincinnati on Saturday.On Tuesday, Meyer said his comfort level with Barrett under center is “night and day” from what it was when the Buckeyes took the field against Navy on Aug. 30, but a day earlier, he had made it clear Barrett’s play hasn’t earned him a permanent spot.Senior quarterback Braxton Miller — who is out for the season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder — is expected to return to the Buckeyes as a fifth-year senior in 2015. And Meyer put any potential talk of a quarterback controversy to rest with one simple phrase: “Braxton is our quarterback.”“To be fair to Braxton, Big Ten Player of the Year,” Meyer said Monday. “Good to know we’ve got both of them.”But Meyer isn’t dismissing Barrett’s work. Moments before saying he is committed to Miller as the Buckeyes’ quarterback, Meyer stressed the confidence he has in Barrett this season.“I love J.T., he’s fun to coach,” Meyer said. “He’s a guy that has a great demeanor on the sideline. He’s a student of the game.”Meyer hasn’t been the only person to praise Barrett’s play.Sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson — who was part of the same recruiting class as Barrett coming out of high school — said the young quarterback is “playing very well” so far this season.Senior quarterback Braxton Miller, who is out for the season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, arrived at Ohio Stadium for a game against Virginia Tech dressed in a suit before spending the game in the press box and on the sidelines. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor“I always knew he had it in him because he’s such a great leader,” Wilson said after the win against the Bearcats. “He works really hard, and now, he’s just perfecting his craft.”On top of receiving a total of three Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards and one Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award, Barrett has reaped praise from teammates and the coaching staff alike, along with some constructive criticism.After that Cincinnati game — in which Barrett gained 409 yards of total offense, good for the second-best output in school history — Meyer said the Wichita Falls, Texas, native still has room for improvement as a field general that was noticeable on the field. The third-year OSU coach said Barrett needs to do a better job communication in order to prevent penatlies from the offensive line.Meyer said the line was having trouble hearing Barrett’s cadence, which led to multiple false starts and therefore lost yardage against Cincinnati.“I kept screaming ‘Peyton Manning’ at him, because when I study or just get to watch games, Peyton Manning’s still as good as I’ve ever seen as far as taking control,” Meyer said after the game. “And (Barrett’s) not there yet, so (he needs to) take control of the offense.”Despite the praise and criticism, as well as Meyer’s stated commitment to Miller, Barrett is still set to have the rest of the season to prove his merit as OSU’s starting quarterback.The Buckeyes’ next game is scheduled for Saturday against Maryland in College Park, Md at Byrd Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.