IOC signs insurer Allianz as Olympic sponsor from 2021-28

first_imgAsia League: Mbala buzzer-beater saves Seoul past Fubon Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The International Olympic Committee has 13 worldwide sponsors for a four-year commercial cycle leading to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Top-tier sponsors were worth $1 billion to the IOC for the cycle tied to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe IOC says Allianz will support Olympic Games organizers with insurance for transport and property, and “future products and services, driven by technological changes.”The Germany-based insurer holds naming rights to home stadiums of Bayern Munich and Juventus, plus venues in Sydney; Nice, France; Sao Paulo; and St Paul, Minnesota. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The IOC says insurance company Allianz signed as a worldwide sponsor from 2021 through the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.The value of the deal, which includes becoming a partner of the Paralympics, was not given.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Bility to Challenge FIFA over Rejection

first_imgLiberia football chief Musa Hassan Bility is considering challenging FIFA at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over his rejection as a candidate for the FIFA Presidency.The elections are scheduled on Friday, February 26, 2016 in Switzerland.Bility told goal.com yesterday that his denial was unfair and he is considering his options.He indicated that he was rejected due to a previous ban from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).It may be recalled Bility was the subject of a six-month ban from CAF due to what was said was the use of confidential documents during his bid to change regulations governing election rules within the organization.Bility told www.goal.com that he would review the matter with his legal team.“I have received communication from Fifa’s Electoral Committee and I have been principally rejected because of my ban by CAF in 2013,” he said.He added “I reject this and think it’s unfortunate. I believe that my decision to fight CAF at the time was a genuine attempt to change African football and prevent rules from being arbitrarily violated.”“On the merit of the FIFA decision I am awaiting the review by my team of lawyers to determine my next course of action,” Bility said.FIFA said it would not comment further on Mr. Bility’s issue.Meanwhile, FIFA has approved five of the presidential candidates, (suspended UEFA boss Michel Platini not included).The Frenchman could be added should his ban end before February’s election. Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa and Tokyo Sexwale have been approved. The election is to find a successor to the suspended Sepp Blatter, who is under criminal investigation. The 79-year-old Swiss announced he would be stepping down in June, with world football’s governing body at the centre of a corruption scandal. Fifa and Swiss prosecutors are investigating a £1.35m “gentleman’s agreement” payment made in 2011 for work Platini did as Blatter’s adviser nine years earlier. Both men deny any wrongdoing and are appealing against their 90-day bans. Both men deny any wrongdoing and are appealing against their 90-day bans. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Highlanders suffer a critical setback

first_imgLa Habra slipped to 15-12 and 6-4. For the Highlanders, it was a game of short periods of impressive play mixed with periods of careless passing and some questionable decisions with their shot selection. “They made the plays at the end, and we didn’t,” La Habra coach Mark Stewart said. “Too many unforced turnovers. We have to realize the value of learning to take care of the ball.” Stewart also cited the impact of Troy’s stretch of 3-pointers. “Our kids had worked hard to cut the score to one point,” Stewart said, “and then they hit those 3s and it goes from one to 10 in no time at all. Thirty seconds later, Jonathan Lam nailed a 3-point basket and over the next two minutes, Jake Wagner added another and Derek Berkley made two to give the Warriors a 62-49 advantage with 59.5 seconds remaining. With the victory, Troy clinched the league’s second spot and improved to 19-8 overall and 8-2 in league. LA HABRA – A deadly stretch of turnovers coupled with a string of 3-point baskets by Troy High School proved a fatal equation for host La Habra, which lost, 64-55, in its bid to gain a share of second place in the Freeway League Thursday night. Trailing 45-37 to start the fourth quarter, La Habra battled back to cut the deficit to 50-49 with 4:30 to play, but then lost its inside presence when Dominique Moreno was called for his fourth and fifth fouls back-to-back and left the game. center_img “It’s disappointing because I think our kids played with a ton of courage in coming back.” Troy led, 12-8, after one quarter, and La Habra rallied from a 16-11 deficit to lead 17-16 midway through the second period. The teams matched 3-point baskets before Randy Nygren scored from behind the 3-point line and Kevin Pitzer scored a tip-in to bring the Highlanders to within 25-24 at halftime. The third quarter was when La Habra struggled most in handling the ball, committing 10 of its 18 turnovers, five of them during an 8-0 run that gave Troy a 41-30 lead with 2:50 left in the period. Sophomore Jordan Sach led La Habra with 21 points, 15 of them coming in the second half and 10 of those in the fourth quarter. Troy was paced by Berkley with 21 points. In the girls game, La Habra junior Whittany Radcliffe scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds but Troy’s powerhouse team rolled to an 81-29 victory. La Habra finished the regular season with 9-16 and 2-8 records. Troy is 22-1 and 10-0. roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Drinking, drug use on rise at colleges

first_imgThe report, being released today, relies largely on research that has already appeared in various forms, but assembles it to emphasize findings particular to college students. Among the highlights: The proportion of students who drink (about 68 percent) and binge drink (40 percent) has changed little since 1993. But there have been substantial increases in the number of students who binge drink frequently. Though still used by far fewer students than alcohol, hundreds of thousands more students are abusing prescription drugs. The proportion of students using marijuana daily has more than doubled to about 4 percent. Substance abuse on college campuses is nothing new, but it is taking a more extreme and dangerous form, with higher rates of frequent binge drinking and prescription drug abuse, and more negative consequences for students such as arrests and risky sexual behavior. That’s the portrait painted by a new, comprehensive report tying together a range of recent research on college substance abuse, supplemented with some of its own new survey data. The report by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University argues substance abuse isn’t an inevitable rite of passage for young adults. Rather, it argues a particular culture of excessive consumption has flourished on college campuses, and calls on educators to take bolder stands against students and alumni to combat it. “If they make this a priority they can do something about it,” said Joseph Califano, chairman and president of the center. He called on colleges and the NCAA to stop allowing alcohol advertising during high-profile events like the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Coutinho, Sanchez seek to overcome transfer disappointment

first_img0Shares0000Philippe Coutinho could make his first appearance this season for Liverpool and interest will be focused on his mood after he failed to secure the move to Barcelona © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 8 – Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are proponents of crowd-pleasing attacking football which should make Saturday’s Premier League clash between Manchester City and Liverpool an eye-catching affair.However, both City’s Guardiola and Klopp at Liverpool are under pressure this season to turn the attractive styles into silverware. With both clubs on seven points and unbeaten after three matches they will hope their players haven’t gone off the boil after being away on international duty.Both trail Manchester United by two points with Jose Mourinho’s side, yet to concede a goal this season, away to an unpredictable Stoke managed by former United star Mark Hughes.For several players it will be a case of starting competitive life with their new club — the transfer window having closed during the international break — or for some a case of turning out after their team refused to sell them.Here AFP Sports looks at five players who made the headlines for better or for worse during that frenetic period:Boy from BrazilManchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola (R) and Everton’s manager Ronald Koeman follow the action during their English Premier League match, at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, on August 21, 2017 © AFP/File / Anthony DEVLINPhilippe Coutinho could make his first appearance this season for Liverpool and interest will be focused on his mood after he failed to secure the move to Barcelona. Jurgen Klopp says that is all good with the 25-year-old Brazilian and he is not sulking, despite Liverpool rejecting several huge offers from Barcelona after he put in a transfer request. That bodes well for the German as he needs Coutinho fit and on top form if he is to have a chance of delivering their first Premier League title. He is most likely to start on the bench however.Gunners pray for a positive SanchezAlexis Sanchez is even more integral to Arsenal and embattled manager Arsene Wenger’s hopes of silverware. However, the 28-year-old Chilean’s frame of mind, after Arsenal refused to let him leave for Manchester City, will be crucial as to whether they enjoy some success. A home match with Bournemouth, who have yet to earn a point, this season presents a golden opportunity for him and the Gunners to bounce back after the 4-0 drubbing they suffered at Liverpool which left Sanchez looking miserable. Wenger is certain Sanchez is in the right place mentally. “I have no doubt about Alexis’s mind and mentality,” said Wenger on Thursday.Sigurdsson under pressure to deliverIcelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson succeeded in gaining the £45 million move he desired from Swansea to Everton © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFUnlike Sanchez and Coutinho, Gylfi Sigurdsson succeeded in gaining the £45 million ($58m, 49.4m euros) move he desired from Swansea to Everton. However, Everton fans will be looking for far better things, starting with Saturday’s home game with Tottenham, than the anonymous performance he put in in the limp 2-0 defeat to Chelsea. Spurs fans have bitter experience of Sigurdsson flattering to deceive when he was with them so Everton manager Ronald Koeman will hope that is an extra motivating factor for the Iceland international. Not least because the pressure is also on the Dutchman who made him his main target in the close-season.Sobering experience ahead for DrinkwaterTiming is everything and Danny Drinkwater’s couldn’t have been worse for some as his first match for new club Chelsea could be on Saturday away to former employers Leicester. Despite his sterling performances when they won the title in 2016 Foxes fans are not so happy about him decamping to Chelsea, like his midfield partner N’Golo Kante the year before, for a reported £35 million. It could prove to be a baptism of fire for the 27-year-old if Antonio Conte throws him straight in and rests some players for the Champions League clash next Tuesday.Klopp faces ‘Ox’ dilemmaAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain will hope to find a joie de vie at Liverpool following his £35 million transfer from Arsenal. The 24-year-old England international, who apparently rejected the offer of higher wages from both Arsenal and Chelsea, should make his debut against City. He will hope his move has gained him a place in his preferred role in midfield — though Klopp has several options there — rather than wing-back where Wenger had played him in recent months.Fixtures (1400GMT kick-offs unless stated):SaturdayArsenal v Bournemouth, Everton v Tottenham, Leicester v Chelsea, Manchester City v Liverpool (1130), Stoke v Manchester United (1630), Brighton v West Brom, Southampton v Watford.SundayBurnley v Crystal Palace (1230), Swansea v Newcastle (1500).MondayWest Ham v Huddersfield (1845)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

MAN WHO DROVE DOWN MAIN STREET IN WRONG DIRECTION DISQUALIFIED FROM DRIVING FOR SIX YEARS

first_imgJohn Sweeney, 21, was disqualified from driving for six months. Pic by North-West Newspix.COURTS: A man who drove down a busy Main Street in Donegal in the wrong direction – and who crashed into another vehicle has been disqualified from driving for six years.John Sweeney, 21, with an address at 6 Ashfield Park, Letterkenny appeared at Buncrana District Court yesterday morning. Mr Sweeney is currently serving a sentence in Castelrea Prison for a string of burglaries and thefts that he carried out over a lengthy period of time.However, he travelled from Castlerea Prison yesterday morning in relation to offences which occurred whilst he was on bail on November 19th, 2015.The court heard how Mr Sweeney had stolen a vehicle from a housing estate in Buncrana, and then proceeded to drive it in the wrong direction down Buncrana Main Street.The defendant caused a traffic collision when he smashed into another vehicle outside the Supervalu store on the Cockhill Road.Mr Sweeney pleaded guilty to all charges before him.Inspector Michael Harrison told the court, “Gardaí were called to a traffic collision outside Supervalu on the Cockhill Road, Buncrana on November 19th last year.“When Gardaí arrived, witnesses said the driver of the vehicle who caused the smash had absconded and headed into the nearby Supervalu car park.“Gardaí apprehended the defendant and he admitted to us that he was driving the vehicle and that he had stolen it – after he accessed the key from a property in a nearby housing estate.“He told Gardaí ‘I just want to get everything over and done with’.”The court heard how Mr Sweeney had been co-operative with Gardaí when charged with these offences, but also heard that the stolen vehicle going into limp mode reduced the chance of serious injury when he collided with the other vehicle.“The defendant was co-operative with Garda Kenny and Garda McHugh – he admitted stealing the vehicle and causing the smash.“The car went into ‘limp mode’, basically there was a pre existing problem with the car, it’s to do with catalytic convertor, emissions issues which meant the car wasn’t able to go faster than 50km/hr.“It’s a function in modern cars and the term used to describe it is ‘limp mode’.Solicitor for the defendant Patsy Gallagher told the court his client was making genuine efforts to rebuild his life, and wants to make a future for himself, his partner and their young child when he gets released from prison.Mr Gallagher addressed the court, “My client is 21, has been in a long-term relationship and has a small child.“This incident was the final straw, he realised he had to get help or otherwise he’d end up dead – it couldn’t go on any longer.“He has had a really difficult upbringing, and started drinking alcohol at 12, and dabbling with stronger substances shortly after that.“He has no formal education and left school at a very young age, but he’s currently doing a Maths, Computers and ECDL course in prison and is desperately trying to turn his life around.“He’s seen the errors of his ways, and fully accepts his behaviour was unacceptable.”The court heard that the defendant had been partying in Letterkenny and travelled with friends to Buncrana to another house to continue the party.It was then Mr Sweeney left the house and was went to a nearby house, the doors were unlocked and he took car keys that were sitting on the window inside.The court also heard of his long history of previous convictions for these type of offences in the past.His solicitor pleaded for a suspended sentence stating that his client wants to put the past behind him, and start fresh.He added that his attempts to rehabilitate himself in prison were genuine and that he’s doing very well.Mr Gallagher said, “My client is due to be released from prison on December 10th, 2016.“I’d ask the court to let him rebuild his life now, and if any sentence is given, that it may be suspended in order to give Mr Sweeney that opportunity.Judge Paul Kelly said, “I’m glad to hear he has begun courses – and I hope it benefits him, I really do.“However, these offences are very, very serious, and he committed these offences whilst on bail for other serious charges.Judge Paul Kelly disqualified the defendant from driving for six years, and sentenced him to six months consecutive for theft, and three months for dangerous driving consecutive to previous.Section 4 was three months concurrent with the other two sentences passed.Mr Sweeney was returned to Castlerea Prison and was led out of the courts in handcuffs.MAN WHO DROVE DOWN MAIN STREET IN WRONG DIRECTION DISQUALIFIED FROM DRIVING FOR SIX YEARS was last modified: April 15th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:buncranacourtsdrivingJohn SweeneyMain StreetnewstheftWrong Directionlast_img read more

France international set for Man United exit, with Serie A giants looming

first_imgA rumoured swap deal involving Blues Brazilian midfielder Willian was touted, with Jose Mourinho a huge fan from his tenure at Stamford Bridge.The Old Lady believe they can still attract Martial to Turin in January, even if United do indeed offer the forward a new contract.Martial’s current deal expires next summer and a decision on his future is likely to be announced soon. moving on Latest Transfer News targets There was also reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea during the summer as Martial missed out on Didier Deschamps World Cup-winning squad. Martial started, but was poor against Brighton Martial has played just once in all competitions for United this season IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Anthony Martial is still a target for Juventus, despite reports Manchester United are ready to offer him a new contract.The Serie A champions are set to make a move in January, despite being linked with the France international all summer. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 Martial has been frozen out of the first-team picture under Jose Mourinho and he has made just one appearance so far this season.He was a surprise starter in the 3-2 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion, and his poor performance led many fans to question his long-term future in Manchester.However, reports emerged in recent days that United are considering offering Martial a new and improved contract, despite growing interest in the 22-year-old.Juventus and Bayern Munich were fronting the queue this summer and, according to Calciomercato, Italian champions Juve are not giving up their pursuit of the Frenchman. 2last_img read more

These boots are all made for hiking

first_imgChoosing a pair of lightweight hiking boots can be a chore. Walls at sporting goods stores and outdoor retailers are covered with new lightweight hiking shoes. I recently tested several pairs of lightweight shoes ideal for Southern California hikers looking to break in a pair on the trail this fall in local mountains, deserts or on a trip to the Sierras. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 LOWA Tempest II wasn’t designed for off-trail expeditions, but to see if the boots could handle the elements, I took a pair on a trip to the Royal Gorge in the Angeles National Forest above La Canada Flintridge. They held up fairly well. This shoe is a low-top that won’t put a hole in your pocket after purchase. With no break-in period, the Tempest II is great for short, easy hikes. It’s a snug fit for a weekend adventurer who seeks a shoe that offers the comfort of a tennis shoe and the stability of a hiking boot. Price is $99. Available in men’s and women’s sizes, Asolo’s Fulcrum is a lightweight technical trail shoe that uses a patented lasting board (Asosorb) that is gender- and weight-specific. It creates proper flex within the shoe and has a material in the heel offering cushioning and shock-absorption for more rugged terrain. Gripped with a moderately aggressive Vibram outsole, the shoe offers maximum support and comfort without jeopardizing durability. At just $95 it’s a shoe perfect for SoCal hikers that don’t hike great distances but want something lightweight and versatile. Montrail’s Comp is heavier than the rest of the pack, but it also yields more stability. At $99, it’s fairly priced and can be good for hikes in which you need extra support for climbing on rocks and steep trails. The shoe isn’t waterproof, but waterproof boots aren’t necessary on most area hikes. These are midrange boots that will perform well on most SoCal trails – even when off-trail trekking is necessary. Merrell’s Reactor Ventilator Mid is so comfortable, you’ll want to wear them to bed, but they also offer great stability on the trail and added support. I used them in a remote section of Sequoia National Park, and – although not waterproof – they offer versatility when climbing on rocks and boulders. They’re also perfect for a stroll on a smooth path, too. At $90, the shoes are a steal, and they offer breathability and ventilation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img One of the most impressive was Salomon’s Super X Low XCR. This shoe was designed as a cross-trainer, but it is ideal for any SoCal trail you might encounter rock, mud or water. These shoes held up in Angoon, Alaska, and Rivers Inlet, British Columbia, which guarantees they’ll work anywhere in the California. The shoe fits like a cross-trainer, yet it gives hikers the mobility of a hiking boot. It’s also waterproof, comfy and doesn’t weigh you down. At $120, it’s a great buy for those looking to hike, trail run and wander off the trail without spending weeks to break in the shoe first. The shoe is breathable and available in men’s and women’s sizes. last_img read more

Men’s Soccer Opens 2016 Season At Pacific Friday Night

first_imgThe Bulldogs will next play at Omaha on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.Print Friendly Version Drake rallied to beat Pacific, 2-1, last season at Cownie Soccer Complex in the first-ever match between the teams. Drake and CSU Bakersfield will play each other for the first time on Sunday. Drake, who won the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference tournament, was picked to finish second in the MVC preseason poll as voted on by the league’s coaches. The Bulldogs bring back nine starters from last season’s team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Drake enters the regular season coming off a 3-1 win over Northern Illinois in its final exhibition match of the preseason. The Bulldogs split their other two exhibition matches with a win over Iowa Western and a loss to Eastern Illinois. Offensively, the Bulldogs are led by senior midfielder James Wypych (Auckland, New Zealand), who last season scored a team-leading seven goals and top assist leader, senior Mueng Sunday (Coralville, Iowa), who handed out seven assists a year ago. Senior Ben LeMay (Hugo, Minn.) returns after scoring three goals and handing out four assists. STOCKTON, Calif. – The Drake University men’s soccer team opens the 2016 season at Pacific Friday night with a 9 p.m. CST match. Drake will play one more match in California on Sunday night at CSU Bakersfield with another 9 p.m. CST start time. The Bulldogs’ defense will be led by senior goalie Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario), who started all 21 matches as a junior, and posted a .769 save percentage and 1.14 goals against average. Senior defender James Grunert (Muskego, Wis.) returns as well. Grunert scored the game-winning goal to beat Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.last_img read more

Eating, earning from city farms

first_imgEarning cash from garden vegetables at Siyazama Community Garden at Macassar in Khayelitsha, the vast township outside Cape Town in the Western Cape. (Image: Harvest of Hope) At Abalimi Bezekhaya’s packing centre in Philippi township vegetables are packed in boxes for sale to more affluent families in Cape Town as part of the Harvest of Hope project. (Image: Irin Photo)Nestled among shacks set on the sea-sand soil of the Cape Flats, an impoverished region of informal settlements and townships near Cape Town in the Western Cape, there is a life-saving 5 000-square-metre patch of green.“This garden has changed my life,” said Phillipina Ndamane, 74, a member of the Fezeka Community Garden (FCG) in Gugulethu township. “We were suffering; we had no food to eat so we tried to make a garden.”The FCG, beneath towering electricity pylons, is one of 800 community and home gardens nurtured into existence by Abalimi Bezekhaya, an urban agriculture and environmental action association.Since its inception in 1982 as a Catholic Church project, from which it separated in 1994, Abalimi Bezekhaya, meaning “farmers of home” in isiXhosa, has helped individuals, groups and community-based organisations develop permanent organic food-growing and conservation projects as the basis for sustainable livelihoods, job creation and poverty alleviation.Abalimi provides training and low-cost, subsidised gardening resources like manure, seeds, tools, and organic pest control at its two gardens in Nyanga and Khayelitsha townships, which are staffed by fieldworkers from those communities.Some 3 000 micro-farmers use of the gardens, but the benefits spill over into the wider target of roughly 1-million people who live in the vast informal sprawl on the outskirts of metropolitan Cape Town, where unemployment is around 40%.Growing self-sufficiencyAbalimi helps farmers develop their own organic vegetable gardens to supplement their diet, improve household food and nutritional security, and provide sustainable additional income. The personal satisfaction, community building, and heightened self-esteem that come from growing food are added benefits.“We didn’t know a lot of things like spinach, which is a healthy thing; we didn’t even know the green pepper! Now I eat green beans, and the children, they also like all these vegetables,” said Phillipina, who helps care for at least a dozen grandchildren.For some, the gardens are a better alternative to conventional employment. “If this garden had been here before, I wouldn’t have gone to work outside as a domestic worker,” said Shaba Esitang, 78. “As a domestic worker, you’re working for the money to pay for the vegetables. But in the garden, you grow your own veggies to eat or sell. You own it.”The advantages manifest not only on the dinner table: those who grow more than they need sell the surplus.“They employ themselves – we’re there only to motivate and help,” said Abalimi operations manager Christina Kaba.A hopeful harvestAt Abalimi’s packing centre in Philippi township, half a dozen women and one young man wash and sort piles of brightly coloured vegetables and pack them into “weekly boxes” of produce that are pre-ordered by families in well-off suburbs of Cape Town.With the assistance of the South African Institute of Entrepreneurship, Harvest of Hope was created in early 2008 to provide a new market for excess produce. As a result, nearly 10% of the farming groups now earn a secure monthly income.A box of vegetables sells for R95 (US$9.50), half of which goes directly to the farmer. Current output is around 120 boxes a week, according to Abalimi’s director, Rob Small, who maintains that the project could create one full-time job earning up to R3 000 ($300) a month on just 500 square meters of land.“But it’s a farming job, not a nine-to-five, so that’s the tricky part: to inspire people to work that hard, and that’s where the limiting factor comes in – most people are waiting for something easier.”“The biggest limiting factor is poor people not gaining quickly enough the skills and tools with which to supply the market. We’ve got enough farmers, but most are uneducated or semi-educated – some don’t know what a square meter is,” Small commented.“If they had those skills and tools, and the ability to work consistently at a disciplined level, we could be supplying 600 boxes and more in the next month. The demand is definitely there.”Despite the lack of alternative jobs, the youth have not shown any great enthusiasm. “Young people don’t want to even see the garden – they think gardens are done by poor and uneducated people. When I started, people laughed at me; they said, ‘How can you come to Cape Town to work in the soil like a rural area?’” Kaba said.Small agreed. “Probably there wouldn’t be an urban agricultural movement in Cape Town if there wasn’t 40% unemployment, but it’s starting to be the case that bigger rewards are coming, and lately a lot of young faces are checking in,” he commented. “They’ve heard, and smelled the money, and once they get involved, who knows? They might even find they love farming.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.comSource: Irin NewsRelated articlesParprika farming boosts economy An infusion of innovation Sweet deal for cocoa farmers Natural fibre takes off Growing the organic business Useful linksAbalimi BezekhayaHarvest of Hopelast_img read more

Older Posts »