Fort St. John’s third Pride Walk taking place tomorrow

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Pride Society will be hosting the third annual Pride Walk in Fort St. John on Saturday.Society spokesperson Lyle Goldie said that the Society is looking to make this year’s Pride Walk the biggest edition of the event thus far. The first Pride Walk was hosted by the Pride Society in 2016, and had several hundred participants walk from City Hall to Centennial Park. Last year’s event saw an increase in participants, with participants walking from Centennial Park to the green space at the site of the old Fort Hotel.Goldie said this year’s iteration of the Pride Walk will have the longest route, with the walk starting at WI Centennial Park across from CM Finch Elementary School. Participants were originally going to be walking to Ecole Central Elementary, since Centennial Park was due to be closed for renovations. Now however, the Pride Walk will actually be concluding at Centennial Park – the same location as in 2016 – since the renovations in the park aren’t set to begin until later in June.- Advertisement -The Pride Walk starts at WI Centennial Park at 2:00 p.m. on June 2nd.last_img read more

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Every Premier League club’s last 20-goal striker – proof United’s issue isn’t Pogba

first_img 22 Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane – 30 Premier League goals (2017/18) 22 Chelsea: Diego Costa – 20 Premier League goals (2016/17) getty images Liverpool: Sadio Mane. Mohamed Salah – 22 Premier League goals (2018/19) Finding someone to put the ball into the back of the net on a regular basis is an arduous and sometimes unforgiving task.At Tottenham, fans were left grimacing on a weekly basis with Roberto Soldado before Harry Kane emerged from the shadows.Across the Thames, rivals West Ham have been linked with seemingly every striker in Europe, but are still going into pre-season with Jordan Hugill and Javier Hernandez up front.So when sides find a striker who can regularly hit the back of the net, that player quickly becomes one of the first names on the team sheet. 22 getty images Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:24Loaded: 11.77%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Everton: Romelu Lukaku – 25 Premier League goals (2016/17) Manchester United: Robin van Persie – 26 Premier League goals (2012/13) 22 22 getty images getty images 22 Wolverhampton Wanderers: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake – 25 Championship goals (2008/09) Vardy hit top form before the World Cup in Russia last summer Crystal Palace: Glenn Murray – 30 Championship goals (2012/13) getty images Mane and Salah were lethal for Liverpool last season 22 Kevin Hatchard on Sebastien Haller’s move to West HamArsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 22 Premier League goals (2018/19) 22 getty images getty images Gray earned a club-record move to Watford for his goalscoring exploits at Turf Moor 22 Premier League record goalscorer Alan Shearer once famously remarked: “You never get fed up scoring goals.”For a man who scored 260 times in the English top-flight, you would have been surprised to hear anything else. getty images Deeney is certain to go down as a Watford legend Few could have predicted the free signing would be the Championship’s top scorer 22 getty images Getty Images 22 getty images getty images West Ham United: Teddy Sheringham – 20 Championship goals (2004/05) 22 getty images AFC Bournemouth: Callum Wilson – 20 Championship goals (2014/15) 22 22 Ebanks-Blake could not replicate his form in the Premier League for Mick McCarthy’s Wolves side center_img Aguero is now City’s record goalscorer The Spaniard has been linked with a move to West Ham to potentially end their striker struggles Blades fan Sharp showed a cutting edge in front of goal last season Lukaku has struggled since leaving Goodison Park in 2017 Watford: Troy Deeney – 21 Championship goals (2014/15) getty images 22 Gayle’s goals secured automatic promotion for the Magpies Van Persie is the last player to reach 20 goals for Manchester United Norwich City: Teemu Pukki – 29 Championship goals (2018/19) getty images getty images Murray has scored goals at every level Murray’s goals get the Seagulls out of League One and on the way to the Premier League Brighton and Hove Albion: Glenn Murray – 22 League One goals (2010/11) Wilson has continued his goalscoring form from the Championship into the Premier League Newcastle United: Dwight Gayle – 23 Championship goals (2016/17) England captain Kane is one of the prolific strikers in world football Sheffield United: Billy Sharp – 23 Championship goals (2018/19) getty images getty images 22 22 getty images 22 Manchester City: Sergio Aguero – 21 Premier League goals (2018/19) The Chelsea striker has returned to Stamford Bridge after a loan spell 22 Southampton: Rickie Lambert – 27 Championship goals (2011/12) getty images Allardyce tells talkSPORT why he turned down Newcastle returnBurnley: Andre Gray – 23 Championship goals (2015/16) Lambert led the Saints back to the Premier League for the first time in seven years All 20 Premier League clubs have had prolific strikers capable of finding the back of the net, but some more recently than others.But when was the last time your club had a 20-goal a season striker?For some sides, the answer is as recent as May. All three sides promoted from the Championship possessed lethal strikers last season, but questions remain about how they will cop in the top flight.For others, you have to go back almost a decade to find the last player to hit the milestone in a single season. Scroll down to see the last player to score 20 goals in a season for your club. getty images getty images Aston Villa: Tammy Abraham – 25 Championship goals (2018/19) Leicester City: Jamie Vardy – 20 Premier League goals (2017/18) Arsenal’s record signing averages 0.65 goals per game in the Premier League 22 22 The elation of scoring a goal is unmatched Spurs were forced to struggle with Soldado, before Kane took over the mantle 22 Just before his 40th birthday, Sheringham helped fire West Ham back to the Premier Leaguelast_img read more

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Sean Maitland ready for massive Calcutta Cup clash against England

first_imgMaitland anticipates an ‘unbelievable atmosphere’ at Murrayfield and hopes to feature for the second time against England this weekend – the first occasion being his international debut at Twickenham. The 27-year-old took just nine minutes to mark up his first try against the Red Rose, but England took control of the game and put a dampner on Maitland’s bow, with the match finishing 38-18 “It was mixed emotions that day, making my debut and scoring a try, but we got put away by a good England team” he reflected. Injuries have ruled the London Irish player out of the two encounters since then, but Saturday’s match will allow him and his Scotland team-mates the chance to claim the Calcutta Cup from the first time since 2008. Sean Maitland says the emotion of the Calcutta Cup will never be lost on him – because his Scottish grandparents taught him all about the intense rivalry with the England rugby team. The New Zealand-born winger was brought up watching the Six Nations on television and he’s aiming for a first win over England this weekend. Maitland made the switch to his Glaswegian relatives’ homeland in 2013, and reveals they factored heavily in his attitude towards Saturday’s RBS 6 Nationns opponents. “My grandparents made it pretty clear that I had to hate the English,” Maitland joked. “Not many people in New Zealand like the English as well.” “Now we are just focusing on us” Maitland analysed, “we are not worrying about results and what happened in the past. We are just working on how we are going to beat England.”last_img read more

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League Two wrap: Forfar stay on streak, Edinburgh City bag first point

first_imgWalker could have done better for Elgin’s second goal, however, after he failed to stop Jamie Reid’s effort from creeping into the corner on 24 minutes.Chris McLeish then hit a post for the dominant visitors, but Berwick battled back to halve the deficit just before the break as Greg Hurst scored his first goal for the club.Reid hit a post on the hour mark, but Gunn restored Elgin’s two-goal advantage on 75 minutes with a right-footed effort.Hurst fired home his second of the afternoon moments later, but Gunn eased any Elgin nerves to complete his own brace with four minutes remaining.Clyde striker Peter MacDonald struck a second-half winner as Arbroath’s unbeaten start in  League Two came to an end after a 3-2 defeat at Broadwood Stadium.Barry Ferguson’s Clyde, who moved up to second with the win, were ahead within six minutes courtesy of Scott Linton’s right-footed effort, but Josh Skelly equalised for Arbroath moments later.Clyde hit back on 24 minutes, though, when Martin McNiff headed home Dylan Easton’s corner.That lead lasted just 20 minutes as Bobby Linn bagged his fourth league goal of the season for Arbroath to level the game at half-time.Both sides pushed for a winner in the second half, but it was Clyde who found it through MacDonald’s right-footed effort on 71 minutes.Cowdenbeath earned their second victory of the  Scottish League Two season, coming from behind to beat winless Montrose 2-1 at Links Park.An even first half fittingly finished level despite goals in the last two minutes of normal time.Montrose went ahead when Gary Fraser found the bottom-right corner with a penalty after Nikolay Todorov fouled Gary Fraser. But Gary Glen’s close-range header restored parity.Kriss Renton tapped home from close range to put the visitors ahead nine minutes after the break. Montrose threatened little thereafter although at the death Terry Masson hit the bar with a shot from the edge of the area.Ross Allum’s late goal gave Edinburgh City their first point since promotion to Scottish League Two as they held Stirling to a 1-1 draw at Forthbank Stadium.Stirling started brightly, Eddie Ferns’ run setting up Isaac Layne who fired over. But home goalkeeper Chris Smith had to make an excellent save in the 17th minute to keep out out Dean Cummings’ header.Ferns continued to cause problems after half-time, again setting up Layne whose effort was brilliantly stopped by Calum Antell. Fittingly it was Ferns who set up the goal, swinging in a free-kick that skipper Ross McMillan glanced into the bottom-right corner. However Allum fired into the corner from Dougie Gair’s cross with six minutes to go and almost won it at the death when his shot was blocked. The growing Forfar pressure was rewarded, though, when Munro atoned for his earlier error by heading home David Cox’s cross on the hour mark. Milne then bagged his third league goal of the season to complete the comeback for the leaders with six minutes remaining.Substitute Craig Gunn scored twice as Elgin secured their first win in three  League Two games with a 4-2 victory at Berwick.Shane Sutherland opened the scoring for City on 11 minutes, following up following a decent save from Kevin Walker to slot home left-footed. Lewis Milne’s late winner kept Forfar’s 100 per cent start to the  League Two season intact with a 2-1 victory at Annan. The Black and Golds came out of the blocks quickly and were ahead midway through the first half thanks to Max Wright’s penalty. Forfar’s Andy Munro was judged to have fouled David McKenna in the box and Wright slotted home his third goal of the season in all competitions. Annan midfielder Darren Ramsay fired a volley just wide, while Josh Peters came closest for Forfar in the first half. Peters was again whiskers away from an equaliser after the restart, but Blair Currie did well to deny the Loons striker before Milne hit the bar moments later. last_img read more

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ACTORS THEATRE PRESENTS DRACULA THROUGH HALLOWEEN

first_imgActors Theatre of Louisville and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore are thrilled to announce the return of Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula, in the Bingham Theatre through October 31, 2018.With fangs bared and eyes a glow, Louisville’s favorite vampire is back! Based on Bram Stoker’s gothic tale of the immortal Transylvanian count andhis unexpectedly feisty human prey, this fast-paced, fright-filled adaptation is a Halloween treat that drips with suspense—and even more blood.For over 20 years, Actors Theatre has brought this exhilarating, high-stakes vampire adventure to Louisville audiences. This fall’s production is particularly notable as Drew Fracher, Actors Theatre veteran director and fight choreographer, comes aboard as director. Fracher shares, “This show presents such unique challenges, from finding a little freshness to the staging to incorporating new scares, thrills and chills. Audiences will see something of a new take on certain characters and those familiar with the production will spot some fun new things happening.”This season promises to be Louisville’s most thrilling fright-fest yet, featuring both new and familiar faces.Santino Cravendons the Count’s in famous cloak, opposite Actors Theatre veteran Grant Goodman (In The Next Room, or the vibrator play) in the role of Van Helsing.Local favorite Neill Robertson will return as the notorious Renfield, a role for which he won the 2018 Arts-Louisville/Broadway World “Best Actor in a Play” award.Louisville audiences might also recognize Crystian Wiltshire (Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Know Theatre of Cincinnati), who will join the company as the dashing Jonathan Harker. Kurt Uy and Rin Allen join the cast as Dr. Seward and Lucy, respectively.last_img read more

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Loreto Letterkenny get behind Team Ryan – Picture Special

first_imgThere was great excitement in Loreto Letterkenny as almost 1,000 students and teachers welcomed The Ryans, who less than 24 hours earlier, had made it through to the final of Ireland’s Fittest Family. Danny, Keane, Jordan and Alanna, accompanied by mum Maria, were greeted with warm applause and cheers as they entered the school gym.The Ryans have a huge fan club in Loreto, where Alanna is a Transition Year student and an active member of the school’s senior soccer team. As the first Donegal family to take part in Ireland’s Fittest Family and now in the final, principal, Nora Friel said, “we here in Loreto are so proud of you, Alanna, and the part you have played as a member of Team Ryan in this very tough and exciting competition”. The Ryans had some inspiring words for the students. Danny spoke to them about the importance of self-belief, positivity, never giving up and teamwork. Keane encouraged the students to “find something that you are passionate about”.  The Ryans also shared with the students the most challenging and best parts of the competition so far. And then it was time for hundreds of photographs with The Ryan Family and very excited students and teachers.Congratulations to Team Ryan! The students and staff of Loreto Letterkenny wish you the best of luck in the final of Ireland’s Fittest Family on Sunday 18th December. We know that you can do it. Yes, You Can! Loreto Letterkenny get behind Team Ryan – Picture Special was last modified: December 16th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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Man who revved up engine and struck Garda escapes jail

first_imgA man who revved up his engine and injured a Garda after driving his car at him has escaped going to jail.Levi McGlinchey was spotted by Gardai acting suspiciously behind the wheel of a car at Grahamsland, Castlefin. Garda Rory McGowan said he saw McGlinchey with three people in the car with the lights on and the engine running.However, when he went to investigate, the lights on the car were switched off.Garda McGowan went to chat with McGlinchey, now aged 21, but he switched his lights back on, reversed a number of feet, revved up his engine and drove directly at the Garda.Garda McGowan told Letterkenny District Court he was forced to jump out of the way of the Peugeot car but was struck on the right arm and right leg.“I raised my arm and shouted at him to stop but he continued towards me. I jumped out of the way but he struck me on my lower right arm and lower right leg,” he said.Garda McGowan said he was sore for a number of days after the collision which happened on August 9th, 2015 but thankfully did not need hospital attention.Gardai pursued the car bering driven by McGlinchey but it managed to escape across the border into Northern Ireland.An hour or so later McGlinchey contacted Gardai at Letterkenny Garda Station claiming his car had been stolen from outside his home.Solicitor for McGlinchey, Mr Frank Dorrian, said his client had left the scene because he had not tax on his car although it was insured.He said his client was a “bright young man” who was back in college and wanted to become a PE teacher.He added that he unreservedly apologised to Gardai for his actions on the night.However Judge Paul Kelly said McGlinchey’s actions could have led to the death of Garda McGowan.“Garda McGowan has kept this incident very low key but he must have been very frightening for what he faced.“I have no doubt that he must have been in fear of his bodily integrity if not his life and the matter is aggravated by the false report (of his car being stolen),” he said.In passing sentence, Judge Kelly said he was taking into account McGlinchey’s previous convictions and his late plea in the case.He sentenced him to six months in prison for endangerment but suspended the sentence for two years and banned him from driving for five years.On the charge of making a false report he sentenced McGlinchey to a further six months in prison but suspended it on the same terms.On the Section 53 charge of dangerous driving he fined McGlinchey €500.Man who revved up engine and struck Garda escapes jail was last modified: March 1st, 2017 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:castlefincrashdonegalGardaLevi McGlincheylast_img read more

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Marshfield girls basketball rips Wisconsin Rapids, wins sixth straight

first_imgFehrenbach, Nikolai, Bryan hit for double figures in home winBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Slowly but surely, the Marshfield girls basketball team was able to pull away from Wisconsin Rapids and came out with a 67-47 victory on Friday night at Marshfield High School.The win is the Tigers’ sixth in a row as they improve to 8-6 overall and remain in first place in the Wisconsin Valley Conference at 6-1. Rapids drops to 5-9 and 2-6 in the conference.Marshfield pulled ahead for good five minutes into the game on a basket by Jenna Jakobi, which made the score 10-8 Tigers.Meg Bryan hit four 3-pointers in the final 10 minutes of the first half for the Tigers, and Ema Fehrenbach added a basket with 32 seconds to go to give Marshfield a 36-27 lead at the break.In the second half Maddie Nikolai scored nine of her 15 points, and the Tigers were 16 of 19 at the free throw line as Rapids never got closer than nine.Marshfield shot 48 percent (23 of 48) from the field, its fourth game in a row shooting better than 47 percent.“I thought from the beginning we came out ready to go,” Marshfield coach Heidi Michaelis said. “It’s a tempo game going against (Rapids’) that zone, and you have to slowly take control. We were efficient on the offensive end and better with our movement against the zone than we were the first time we played them.“My big thing at halftime was defensively we were just lazy, and we didn’t rebound. I challenged everyone, and Maddie came out and went through three or four passing lanes to get us going, and we need everyone to do that defensively. Overall, I’m happy. We did a lot of good things, and it’s a good win.”Fehrenbach had a team-high 17 points for the Tigers.Marshfield will play at Appleton North in a nonconference game Saturday at 3 p.m. North, which beat Marshfield by two points a WIAA Division 1 sectional final last March, is undefeated at 16-0 and ranked No. 1 in this week’s Wissports.net Division 1 state coaches poll.The Tigers will need to continue their hot offensive play and improve in other facets to compete with the high-powered Lightning.“It is little things right now that are keeping us from taking the next step to being ‘that’ team,” Michaelis said. “We have to take care of the ball better and rebound better. You can’t give up 18 offensive rebounds to anybody. That’s going to kill you at some point.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 67, Raiders 47Wisconsin Rapids 27 20 – 47Marshfield 36 31 – 67WISCONSIN RAPIDS (47): Kristin Hansen 0-4 0-0 0, McKenzie Wentland 0-1 0-0 0, Katy Schooley 0-0 1-2 1, Breally Kautzer 2-9 1-3 6, Hailey Wilhorn 0-0 0-0 0, Maycie Wiernik 2-6 0-0 4, Kaitlyn Hess 2-5 0-0 4, Chani Pulchinski 4-10 0-2 8, Alyssa Huglen 2-4 0-0 4, Kayla Huglen 2-5 3-4 7, Sydney Petersen 0-0 0-0 0, Maddie Paitel 5-14 0-1 13. FG: 19-54. FT: 5-12. 3-pointers: 4-15 (Paitel 3-9, Kautzer 1-1, Hess 0-1, Pulchinski 0-4). Rebounds: 33 (Paitel 6). Turnovers: 17. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 5-9, 2-6 Wisconsin Valley Conference.MARSHFIELD (67): Shantel Nienast 0-0 0-0 0, Meg Bryan 4-8 0-0 12, Kadie Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Jenna Jakobi 3-8 2-4 8, Corianne Johnson 1-3 2-2 5, Desirae Weisenberger 0-0 2-2 2, Maddie Nikolai 6-13 3-4 15, Megan Vandehey 0-0 0-0 0, Ema Fehrenbach 7-10 3-3 17, Hannah Meverden 1-4 4-4 6, Katie Osinski 0-0 0-0 0, Sophie Koehn 1-2 0-0 2. FG: 23-48. FT: 16-19. 3-pointers: 5-12 (Bryan 4-8, C. Johnson 1-3, Nikolai 0-1). Rebounds: 32 (C. Johnson 6). Turnovers: 13. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: none. Record: 8-6, 6-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference.last_img read more

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Better broadband for Africa

first_imgThe route of the Eassy undersea fibre-optic cable down Africa’s east coast.(Image: Eassy) A ship laying the Seacom undersea cable.(Image: Tyco Telecommunications)Janine ErasmusAfrica’s broadband internet access will soon be a whole lot cheaper and faster, thanks to the construction of several new undersea fibre-optic cable systems. These will offer increased online capacity and, by driving down the price of doing business on the continent, will boost economic growth.Three projects are under construction, while one is still in the paperwork stage. They are the East African Submarine Cable System (Eassy), the SEA Cable System (Seacom), The East Africa Marine System (Teams), and a project initiated by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), respectively.Broadband access in Africa is limited, and where it is available users pay some of the highest prices anywhere in the world. This is because the continent has only one major fibre-optic cable – the SAT3 cable, which stretches from Portugal to South Africa and then out to Asia. This28 000km-long cable supplies connectivity to West and Southern Africa.East Africa has no cable at all; users there depend on satellite, which is slow and expensive, for their connectivity. As a result internet access in the region has been severely limited, as has business growth.The Association for Progressive Communications says that new call centres, for instance, are unable to compete globally, and the high price of broadband access is a limiting factor for professionals, students, decision-makers and the ordinary citizen.Although a fibre connection is cheaper than a satellite connection, the SAT3 cable is controlled by a 36-member consortium that has used its position to keep prices high. Of the 36 members of the consortium, 12 are African, and the managing agent for Africa is South Africa’s fixed line operator, Telkom.Seacom to bring broadband to East AfricaThe Seacom cable will connect with South African soil near Richards Bay, north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, and is expected to go live in June 2009. The marine survey is complete and Seacom is going ahead in spite of a slight delay caused by Department of Communications demands that any undersea cable landing in South Africa must have majority African ownership.Seacom president Brian Herlihy said in February 2008 that construction, which began in November 2007, was on track for a “dead-certain delivery date” – just in time for the Fifa Confederations Cup that takes place in South Africa in June 2009, and later, for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Seacom will cost US$650-million and run for 17 000km to Mumbai in India and Marseille in France via Mozambique, Madagascar, Kenya and Tanzania. The underwater portion of the cable is around 13 500km. It is anticipated that the price of international bandwidth will drop dramatically once the cable is up and running – Seacom has already promised universities costs of just 2.5% of what they currently pay.A number of new shareholders were brought on board to ensure a majority African ownership, in compliance with the ruling of the South African government. As it stands, 50% of that ownership originates in South Africa and 26% is Kenyan, while US-based development group Herakles Telecom controls the balance. The partners are Industrial Promotion Services, Venfin Limited, Herakles, Convergence Partners, and the Shanduka Group.South Africa’s second fixed-line operator Neotel will control the Seacom cable in South Africa. Neotel received its licence as a national operator in December 2005 and has been conducting pilot projects since July 2007. The company says it is poised to roll out its commercial services in selected areas at first and will expand its coverage gradually.Neotel’s investment in Seacom is R20-million – this includes the cable landing station and all other related facilities within South African territory.Eassy a milestone in information infrastructureConstruction on the Eassy fibre-optic cable began in late March 2008 off the east coast of Africa. This cable, considered to be a milestone in information infrastructure in the region, will connect 21 African countries to each other and the rest of the world. Construction company Alcatel-Lucent says it is expecting the cable to come into operation during the first half of 2010.The World Bank and the Development Bank of Southern Africa are funding the $235-million Eassy, while five other institutions have signed agreements to invest in the project. These are the International Finance Corporation, the African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, The German Development Bank, and the Development Bank of France.Once complete, the project will be developed and managed by a consortium of 25 telecommunications operators, of which 19 are African. Among them are South African communications companies Telkom and Neotel, and mobile operators MTN and Vodacom.Eassy will start in Mtunzini in KwaZulu-Natal and will stretch 10 500 km up Africa’s east coast. The cable will connect South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti, and Sudan and will also extend to the Comoros Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. A further 13 neighbouring landlocked countries will be connected to Eassy through a World Bank project that is assisting with the installation of regional networks.As with the Seacom project, it is expected that bandwidth costs will drop by at least two-thirds once Eassy is up and running, promoting economic growth in East Africa and facilitating access to knowledge.Both Seacom and Eassy will operate on an open access basis, which means that any service provider may make use of the system. This, in turn, will increase competition, causing prices to fall even further.Linking Kenya and the EmiratesA third exclusively East African cable system, The East Africa Marine System (Teams), is in the early stages of construction following the completion of the marine survey, environmental impact assessment and feasibility study. French company Alcatel-Lucent, which is currently working on Eassy, won the $82-million contract to build the cable.This system will run almost 5 000km across the Indian Ocean to link Mombasa on the Kenyan coast with Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. The cost of the project is estimated at $110-million. It will take around 16 months to complete. Internet costs are expected to fall by a third over five years.The government of Kenya is the major stakeholder with a 40% share, while Etisalat, the Emirates’ leading telecommunications company, has signed up for 15%. It is expected that the remaining 45% will be snapped up by the Kenyan private sector, as well as a number of regional countries which have expressed interest in purchasing bandwidth.Connecting every country in AfricaNepad’s proposed undersea cable, which is supported by South Africa’s Department of Communications, will connect every country in Africa with the outside world. The undersea portion of the ambitious project is named Uhurunet, while the terrestrial section is named Umojanet. The 45 000 km-long Uhurunet will completely encircle Africa.However, in order to implement the project Nepad first required the enforcement of the Kigali Protocol, which dictates policy and the regulatory framework for the cable. For this to happen a minimum of seven countries had to ratify the protocol. Having been ratified in February 2008 by the seventh country, Malawi, the protocol has now come into force. Malawi follows Lesotho, Mauritius, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe in ratifying the Kigali Protocol.“We expect construction of the submarine cable to start soon, and to be completed before the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” said Dr Edmund Katiti of Nepad.Early estimates put the cost of the project at around $2-billion. The first official inter-governmental meeting took place in Johannesburg during the last week of March 2008.Related articlesSouth Africa onlineUseful linksSeacomEassyFibre for AfricaDepartment of Communications Association for Progressive CommunicationsNepadNeotelTelkomIcasaFifa Confederations Cuplast_img read more

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Berry farming takes root in E Cape

first_img24 June 2013At just 23, Lamla Nokubeka has mastered the art and science of growing blueberries for export in a controlled environment. Nokubeka is the manager of Gxulu Berries, located in Keiskammahoek in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, and he says he loves his job.He has learned a lot about growing the nutritious fruit in the short time he has been at the farm – he joined it in June 2011 – under the tutelage of Martin Flanegan, Gxulu Berries’ project manager.Nokubeka is in charge of 17 employees on the farm, six of whom are women. “The good part is that most of them are young people who have taken a very keen interest in blueberry farming,” he says.During its development stage, the farm created temporary jobs for 53 villagers. The 17 permanent employees were retained and received specialist on-the-job training.Gxulu Berries is part of the Amathole Berries Outgrowers Programme, which includes the Sinqumeni Berries and Iqunube Berries projects. The programme was initiated by Amathole Economic Development Agency, also known as Aspire, with funding assistance from the state-owned Industrial Development Corporation, the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, and the Eastern Cape Development Corporation.The programme aims to develop 300 hectares of blueberry farmland in Amathole – a district characterised by lack of economic opportunity, high unemployment and poverty – with a focus on emerging farmers and rural communities.Since its conception in 2009, the programme has cultivated market linkages with some of South Africa’s biggest retailers, including Pick n Pay and Woolworths. It has also broken through to overseas markets, notably the United Kingdom, and is looking at tapping into the Chinese and Indian markets.As the programme matures, there are also plans for Gxulu Berries, Sinqumeni Berries and Iqunube Berries to become the main suppliers of a proposed berry packhouse in nearby Amabele. Gxulu Berries, located in picturesque Keiskammahoek, is owned by the community of Upper Gxulu and consists of nine hectares of orchards.Last season, the project harvested 50 kilograms of berries, Flanegan told officials from the IDC and the Amathole Economic Development Agency during their visit the farm in March.“The plants are still fairly young, but we want to squeeze 500 kilograms this season,” Flanegan said.Blueberries have been described by nutritionists as nutrition powerhouses packed with antioxidants that combat cancer and other diseases, and with cholesterol-lowering properties that promote heart and urinary health and prevent macular degeneration. They are also said to be an excellent anti-diabetes food, both in prevention and control of the disease.Gxulu Berries grows the northern highbush variety. The plant is kept fairly short by trimming and pruning until it matures at head height, according to Flanegan. “The blueberry plants love water, and to keep them happy we have put up a fancy irrigation system.”For maximum yield, the plants are kept in greenhouses at temperatures of below 7°C for 350 hours. “These conditions stimulate flowering and fruit setting,” Flanegan said. The young plants, still in their plastic bags, are sprayed with pesticides to keep away disease. The bags are removed when the plants mature.During the visit, workers could be seen bent low, tending to the lush young plants in long greenhouses. Nokubeka explained: “They are separating dead plants from live ones. Some of them are adding sawdust to the plants, which acts as mulch.”The farm also has a nursery where younger plants are nurtured. Cuttings from fully grown blueberry plants are planted in a controlled environment until they reach a certain height, before being transferred to the greenhouses.Sinqumeni Berries is situated on land previously owned by the Sothenjwa family near Lower Zingcuka village. Construction of the 5-hectare orchards began in February 2012 and is nearing completion. The project has created 25 temporary jobs for villagers and four permanent posts.The 4-hectare Iqunube Berries project is in the pipeline and will be developed at the Fort Cox College of Agriculture and Forestry.Source: Industrial Development Corporationlast_img read more

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