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South Africans come to the aid of refugees

first_img14 July 2015The KwaZulu-Natal family who opened their farm to 143 displaced foreigners last week has thanked the South Africans who heeded their call for assistance.“A farmer from Gauteng heard about this and drove all the way down with a bakkie full of potatoes. He didn’t even know our address, he just stopped in Cato Ridge and asked about us. How awesome is that?” said Rae Wartnaby, 47.“There was another lady who came and spoke to one of the refugees who stands at the gate and she discovered that his passion is playing guitar. She left and came back with a guitar for him.“People have been really awesome,” said Wartnaby, who together with her husband Andrew, 47, opened their Hope Farm in Killarney Valley to people left destitute by xenophobic attacks.The couple said they had taken in the displaced foreigners because they had heard the eThekwini Municipality had closed down the last remaining xenophobia camp in Chatsworth.A place of refugeShocked that the families had been arrested for illegally occupying the camp, and children separated from their parents, the Wartnabys offered their home to the refugees. The families, most of whom are from Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi, said they did not want to live in South Africa anymore because of the xenophobic violence.On Friday, the family and their guests met lawyers and mediators. “The team have started taking down everybody’s story. So everybody has, or will get, a chance to speak to mediators.”Wartnaby said the United Nations did not visit her home on Friday, as had been anticipated.Shelter and medical careHer husband said he hoped this story showed that South Africans did care.“People have been coming here to spend time to get to know the foreigners and find out some of the stories. We and our guests are extremely grateful because we couldn’t have done it on our own,” Wartnaby said.She added that they had received a lot of food donations from various organisations.“Gift of the Givers have assisted us with disaster relief items. We received a marquee from the Islamic Relief South Africa; they were kind enough to leave it until Tuesday [tomorrow] because we are expecting to have a permanent marquee that will be up for the next few weeks.“We have another tent that was donated by a really sweet couple. What happened is that Doctors Without Borders came in and there was a couple following them and when they got in they asked us if we would like the tent and we said ‘yes’.“So they put the tent up and Doctors Without Borders have been able to have a space to work and speak to people privately. It’s amazing.” The outreach organisation had promised to return.“At the moment if anyone gets ill then we use our own medical GP who has been awesome in seeing people,” she said.Many ordinary South Africans have also committed to helping the family. Stan Goodenough and his wife Mary from Howick said they had donated a tent they were not using. “We saw the story and we were touched by it,” they said.Catherine Taylor, who is the director of BackaBuddy, a fundraising organisation based in Cape Town, said she would be looking at ways to help the family. “We assist organisations and people to raise funds through peer-funding. What we are going to do is set up a page online and we are hoping that people will see it and come forward so that we can assist the family at the farm.”Shahnaaz Paruk from Islamic Relief South Africa said when the organisation heard about the story it had a marquee delivered as a temporary shelter. “There was a request for hygiene packs as well as some groceries. We try to alleviate poverty and assist migrants in whichever way we can.”Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

April 23, AJ Baltes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’re hoping to get things dried out enough to maybe get the wheat sidedressed this week. It is almost 70 degrees right now and it dried out pretty well over the weekend. We got three inches last Sunday and we got more rain through the week. One or two mornings we had some snow. It looks like we are supposed to get more rain and then maybe dry out a little. Down south of us it gets a little hillier and most of the wheat has been sidedressed and they have been able to get in to get some manure spread and some field work done.The cover crops are greening up but they really haven’t taken off yet. Once it gets really warm I think they will really take off. Everything seems pretty consistent with the cover crops. There were a few spots that froze out over winter but they are coming along.I was talking to a neighbor recently and he thought May 13 was when they got started last year so this is still pretty normal. We usually don’t get in much before the middle of May.We got some corn and beans sold for in the fall when the prices went up. Now I’d guess the markets will depend on what the weather does.If we don’t get the wheat sidedressed this week that will be the first thing we do when we can get back in. Then we will want to get the fertilizer spread and get started with planting as soon as it warms up enough. We have some custom lime and gypsum applications we need to work in along with everything else.We usually end up planting beans first. We have had better luck doing that.In this area, whatever the lake temperature is, the soil temperature is pretty close. I haven’t looked lately at what it is but it is pretty cold.last_img read more

Trapped jawans still untraceable

first_imgFive Army jawans, who were trapped as an avalanche struck near Shipki La on the India-China border in Himachal Pradesh three days ago, were still untraceable, officials said on Saturday. Six jawans of the Army’s 7 JAK Rifles — four from Himachal Pradesh, one each from Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir — were buried under snow as the avalanche struck in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. The body of one of the jawans, Havaldar Rakesh Kumar, was recovered the same day while the five others are still missing.About 220 Army and 30 Indo-Tibetan Border Police jawans restarted the search and rescue operation on Saturday at 7 a.m., Kinnaur district public relations officer Mamta Negi said. She said that two teams from Jammu and Kashmir and a sniffer dog have been brought for the search operation.According to a Defence spokesperson, rock drills and chainsaws have been deployed.The track leading to the avalanche site is under heavy snow, he said, adding that the Army and the Border Roads Organisation personnel have partially cleared it.‘Slow pace’Expressing dismay at “slow” pace of the rescue and search operation, Himachal Congress president Kuldeep Singh Rathore urged Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur to take up the matter with the Union Defence Minister and carry out the operation more intensively. On Friday, the last rites of Havaldar Rakesh Kumar were performed with full military honours at his native Ghumarpur village in Bilaspur district, a Defence spokesperson said.last_img read more

Reyes wants expanded Gilas cadets pool

first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comWith Gilas Pilipinas’ manpower issues as evident as ever, coach Chot Reyes has already broached the idea of introducing a new batch of Gilas cadets to avoid the scheduling conflicts that comes with the new Fiba competition calendar.“Having an expanded pool will allow us to have guys who are not in the PBA, that when scheduling conflicts arise, we’ll always have choices,” he said Thursday in the Chooks-to-Go-hosted homecoming presser at Marco Polo in Ortigas.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Blatche status still uncertain as Gilas deals with schedule conflicts for Fiba q’fying Reyes is hopeful that all of these planning will eventually bear fruit in the end, saying, “Hopefully, we keep building until we get to the final objective which is to qualifying for the World Cup and be the best Asian team.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Unlike with the original setup between the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and the PBA where rookies in the national team pool were dispersed to all 12 teams, Reyes said that the idea is to have a core group similar to that of the old Smart Gilas, where the best amateur players will be tapped to form the core of the national team pool.“Hopefully, in so doing, we’re able to train up enough players to form a competitive group even though there are complications with the pro leagues,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough the idea is still at its formative stage, Reyes shared that the SBP has already made a list of possible players to tap.“We know everyone who has potential, and everyone who are coming out, but we don’t want to touch those who are in college now. We know the problems that they will have in college teams,” he said. “We’re keeping tabs on everyone who we think are worthy, but right now, we want to focus on the guys who has no any collegiate obligations.”center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Is Anybody Going to Show Up to the Oklahoma State-Texas Game?

first_imgWhat is going on here, Texas? Earlier this week, Tre Flowers noted that he wanted to silence 100,000 at Darrell K. Royal Memorial. He’s not even going to have the chance to silence 10,000 if this is any indication of what today’s crowd is going to be like.Not like your offense got revived last week with a new QB or anything, Horns.We’re 15 minutes from kickoff at DKR. Good crowd for a spring game. pic.twitter.com/S2f0T55yGW— Max Olson (@max_olson) September 26, 2015AdChoices广告I know Texas a late-arriving crowd but this is 15 mins to kickoff #hookem #okstate pic.twitter.com/6JqutCA8Cn— Jim Vertuno (@JimVertuno) September 26, 2015 Texas is hot, everyone #OkStateVSUT pic.twitter.com/8JfIDhPc2S— Kyle Hinchey (@KyleHinchey) September 26, 2015 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea legend Drogba: Abraham no surprise to me

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea legend Drogba: Abraham no surprise to meby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea legend Didier Drogba is happy seeing Tammy Abraham succeeding this season.Abraham has scored seven goals in five Premier League games at the beginning of the campaign.”Yeah, I’ve known him [Abraham] since he’s been like this,” Drogba explained.”These are kids we used to see, they used to come and watch us training, and I believe they learned a little bit of our skills, how we read the game. So, you know, we’re not surprised because I also trained with them when I used to train with the reserve team.”It was always a moment for me to give away some skills, some knowledge, and they learnt really fast, really quick.”So once again, I’m not surprised with what I’ve seen [with Abraham].” last_img read more

Anton Gill Had To Turn Off His Cell Phone Because Of All The Texts He Received After Game vs. N.C. State

first_imgAnton Gill goes up for layup vs. NC State.Twitter/‏@CBSSportsCBB Earlier, we posted a photo of little-used sophomore guard Anton Gill getting mobbed by his Louisville teammate. Gill hadn’t scored since February 28 and had played just 23 total minutes in March before last night’s game, when he came in for 11 minutes and scored seven clutch points, hitting all three of his shots from the field. Gill’s surprise performance helped Louisville outlast N.C. State in the Sweet 16 match-up, and afterwards, he told Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel that he received so many texts that he had to turn his phone off.Anton Gill after his big night. “I had to turn my phone off.” Said he had 30-35 texts.— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) March 28, 2015Louisville can use another big left from Gill tomorrow, when the Cardinals face Tom Izzo’s upstart Michigan State Spartans for a chance to make the Final Four.last_img read more

Ohio State Football Players Call Out Ignorant Fans For Telling Them To Just Worry About Football

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)A couple of Ohio State’s best players, Cardale Jones and Michael Thomas, took to Twitter this morning to voice their opinions on a social matter. The Buckeyes’ quarterback and wide receiver each published a series of tweets regarding the #BlackLivesMatter movement. While college football players (and most of the population) would probably be better off not ever going on Twitter, it was nice to see two of the sport’s premier players speak their minds. This apparently upset some of Ohio State’s fan base, as Jones and Thomas were both told by Twitter users to stop talking and just worry about the 2015 season. Jones, Thomas and Buckeye quarterback Stephen Collier then used Twitter to call out these fans. Cool it.. We can’t afford the NCAA suspending you https://t.co/bP2TJ9EqtJ— Smash Williams (@matteojustquit) July 23, 2015This my Twitter my voice so mind yah business buddy.. Thank you https://t.co/yon6DFmOK2— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) July 23, 2015@DanGustafson1 Sorry Mr master, I aints allow to tweet nothing but foolsball stuff I donts want you think I more than a foots ball playa sir— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) July 23, 2015Ignorant. https://t.co/HtVjQSG1SH— Stephen Collier (@S13Collier) July 23, 2015One thing about your own opinion, ITS YOURS!— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) July 23, 2015Every college football fan base has its share of psychos, so this is not an indictment on the type of people who root for Ohio State. Keep speaking your mind, Cardale and Michael.last_img read more

Business of Tech Cryptocurrencies and GPUs AI Writing Style DNA

first_imgThe Business of Tech is a weekly, ‘byte’-sized look into some of the top business stories in the world of technology, hosted by 660’s Jonathan Muma.S2E2: This week, Jonathan speaks with University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business instructor Cameron Welsh about the run on high-powered GPUs as people look to get into cryptocurrency mining and the effect that’s having on gamers who need the high-end cards to render graphics. He also speaks with Trend Micro’s Cybersecurity VP Greg Young about a new artificial intelligence system for companies which raises alarm bells if an emailer is suspected of impersonating an executive or CEO.Audio Playerhttps://www.660news.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/8/2018/04/23/business-of-tech-s2e2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Financial Literacy Series – Womens Workshop Introduction to Basic Budgeting

first_imgTo register for the free workshop;Visit the Women’s Resource Society: 10051 100 Ave.or email: outreach@fsjwrs.caFB Event Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society (FSJWRS) and the North Peace Savings and Credit Union are joining to host the ‘Women’s Workshop; Introduction to Basic Budgeting’.Taking place at the North Peace Savings & Credit Union, on Thursday, August 22nd at 10:00 am to 11:00 am. This is a free financial literacy workshop.Topics to be covered at the workshop include;• What a budget is and why you should create one• Tips to help you reach your financial goals• Ideas to help you adjust your spendinglast_img