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Loo Creek resident remanded for assault, threatening language

first_imgA resident of Loo Creek, Soesdyke/Linden Highway was remanded to prison by Magistrate Clive Nurse on Wednesday on the charges of assault and threatening language.It is alleged that the defendant, Collin Samuels, 39, a farmer, assaulted and made use of threatening language to Lorna Emmanuel on Saturday, August 27 at Loo Creek, Soesdyke/Linden Highway. He pleaded not guilty to both charges and will reappear in court on September 20.last_img

AgriHUB helps small-scale KwaZulu-Natal farmers

first_imgThe Partner Farmer AgriHUB programme gives small-scale farmers help with developing their land, subsidises seed and seedling purchases and helps with selling produce.AgriHUB mentors help to train small scale farmers, but success is dependent on the effort they put in on their own plots. (Image: Partner Farmer AgriHUBS, Facebook)Sulaiman PhilipA drought in the US, the world’s biggest maize producer, affects food prices across the world. In a globalised agricultural economy, extreme weather conditions that destroy crops on one part of the planet cause food prices to spike in others, as supply drops.And as climate change activists warn of rising temperatures and increasing droughts and heat waves, securing reliable food supply is becoming more important.South Africa is a net importer of agricultural products so the price fluctuations on a bag of maize meal are due to weather conditions in the US maize belts.A pilot project in Umbumbulu, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), funded in part by the eThekwini Municipality, is designed to reduce dependence on imported agricultural produce by helping small-scale farmers build commercially viable agri-businesses. The non-governmental organisation Newlands Mashu Community Development Centre developed and implements its Partner Farmer AgriHUB programme gives farmers help with developing their land, subsidises seed and seedling purchases and helps with selling produce.Subsistence to commercial farmingPaula Osborn, Partner Farmer project manager, joined the programme about eight months after it kicked off in September 2010.“The project is based on the open share principle. Anyone can become involved. We started with 50 small farmers. After the first few harvests we identify the most productive who we can help develop into commercial farmers. Developing from a subsistence farmer to one able to provide produce for your family and the market is dependent on your own efforts. The programme is designed to give farmers the tools to do that.”The community benefits from the harvest by buying fresh and healthy produce at lower rates. As the project has grown, farmers have been able to create jobs in a region where unemployment is entrenched.Theresa Mabhida, one of the 467 farmers in the Umbumbulu project, farms in Etsheni near Port Shepstone. “This project is doing away with unemployment and our healthy projects are curbing sickness,” she says. “My sense of self-worth is high. I wake up every day knowing I have something to do for myself and my community.”The farmers in the programme are trained to use organic methods to produce crops for local consumption. Soils managed with organic methods have better water-holding capacity and infiltration rates. They also produce higher yields during both droughts and an excess of rain.“The mentors we have at each project were trained at the Durban Botanic Gardens Permaculture Centre. They are trained in holistic, ecologically balanced permaculture farming methods.”The harvest includes vegetables such as spinach, beetroot, red onions, potatoes and avocado. In a good month Osborn estimates the farmers in Umbumbulu can harvest up to 10 tons of fresh produce based on the sales of seedlings and seeds supplied to farmers. Most of the harvest is sold to neighbours or used by the family, but one to two tons of that produce is sold to local restaurants and health food shops in KZN. What is not sold is packaged into “veggie boxes” that are sold to local schools, which sell them to students’ parents.‘This is real food’The farmers earn incomes through sales in their local communities and by selling excess to Partner Farmers, who pay close to retail prices. Schools earn an income as well. For Osborn there are two benefits to the system. “People are realising that saving is income. By purchasing local produce at reduced prices they are building wealth in the community. Second, parents tell us that kids who never eat vegetables are now chewing on fresh spinach leaves. Their bodies are telling them that these fresh organic vegetables are real food.”The programme’s success would be boosted if the yields could be accurately predicted. Ten tons of food is produced from 5 000 to 10 000 seedlings, but what is specifically available at harvest time is difficult to gauge. Mentors’ visits to the fields give an idea of the haul, but recording is manual, time-consuming and error-prone. The programme managers are developing a smartphone app to instantly record what has been planted and what is likely to be available at harvest.“If each farmer had a cell phone, and that is our hope, we could generate predictive reports that would allow us to sell the harvest before it left the field,” says Osborn.She believes that the programme in Umbumbulu will run at least until 2016 before the organisation feels comfortable handing the management, production, warehousing and distribution over to a farmers’ cooperative, while still providing mentorship where needed. Future programmes will run on average for just five years before handover.“Umbumbulu was the pilot; with the know-how and experience gained we can avoid mistakes made in the new projects we run.”Long-term fundingThe top-down funding system favoured by government and corporations does not work in agriculture, says Osborn. Agricultural projects need long-term funding, which does not fit in with government or business funding cycles. The Umbumbulu project, for example, will need funding for at least six years before Partner Farmers can hand the project over to the local community.“In Umbumbulu we would get municipal funding for six months because that fitted into their funding cycle, then no funding for three before funds were released again.”Now, with National Lottery funding and a five-year corporate sponsorship deal in place, Partner Farmers is able to fund day-to-day operations while the eThekwini municipality funds infrastructure development around two new projects.“Over the period of the project in Umbumbulu, and in our newer projects, we have demonstrated how the model works.”Including Umbumbulu (South Basin) there are three new projects to help small-scale KZN farmers; the Sterkspruit AgriHUB in Hammersdale-Shongweni in the outer west, and the Hambanathi-Greylands AgriHUB in in the north.As Osborn points out, “You start by building resilient self-sustaining communities. From there, you build a nation that can recover effectively from any setbacks.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

a month agoHoeness takes new swipe at Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegen

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Hoeness takes new swipe at Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegenby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has taken a new swipe at Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.Hoeness has been angered by Ter Stegen’s claims that he deserves Germany selection ahead of Bayern’s Manuel Neuer.He snapped: “I would have expected him to be cornered and say things are not going that way. It has damaged the reputation of an impeccable athlete like Manuel.”Hoeness claims Ter Stegen has made Neuer sound like “old scrap that should be removed after the Euros”.He also slammed the German Federation for not taking action against Ter Stegen.”I do not expect any reaction from you,” he explained and added: “Their only virtue is to go for a walk in the forest and whistle.” last_img read more

a month agoInter Milan coach Conte disappointed with Italian fans

first_imgInter Milan coach Conte disappointed with Italian fansby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte has taken a swipe at Italian fans.Conte returned to Serie A this season and was struck by the difference in attitude.“Racism is a problem in Italy, but so is any kind of insult, and after three years away, I find Italy has regressed,” said Conte in a Press conference ahead of tonight’s Milan Derby.“People write exclusively to foment hatred. Italy has become far worse lately and we are all to blame. We’re talking about something that educates the next generation to hate and engage in violence.”He added: “It would be wonderful to see fans attend games just to cheer on their own team. Children ought to hear that instead of observing these hostile atmospheres that are right on the borderline.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The Patriots Are The NFLs Greatest Dynasty

15Patriots2002-16170249ers1984-981697Cowboys1970-841655 While this can complicate things when trying to use Elo to make predictions (as with the 2016 Raiders), the stat is much stronger when it looks backward because it struggles to immediately pick up a team’s rises and declines.Public perception tends to lag when a traditionally bad team gets good, or a traditionally good team goes all to hell. And football is less dependent on individual players than basketball, where LeBron James can leave town and send the Cavaliers to the lottery for nearly half a decade. So when we see the Patriots maintaining these high ratings across different eras and team compositions, what we’re seeing isn’t just sustained performance, but sustained relevance.VIDEO: The Patriots better worry about Julio Jones 22Patriots1995-2016165049ers1981-20021645Packers1995-20161615 24Patriots1993-2016163549ers1980-20031628Packers1993-20161611 2Cowboys1992-931786Patriots2003-041782Dolphins1972-731779 1749ers1981-971685Patriots2000-161684Cowboys1970-861637 849ers1987-941718Patriots2003-101713Steelers1972-791700 14Patriots2003-16171349ers1984-971700Cowboys1970-831663 9Patriots2003-11171549ers1987-951715Steelers1972-801689 How we qualify success is a big part of how we define a dynasty, so a quick note on the method we’re using here: Elo ratings are a favorite around FiveThirtyEight because they are relatively simple to calculate and don’t require many points of input, making it possible to apply them to time periods when data collection wasn’t very good. Want to know if the Cleveland Spiders of the 1890s were the sorriest team in baseball history? Elo can do that.The price of that simplicity is, well, a fairly simplistic stat, without the benefit of modern advancements like player tracking data in the NBA or PITCHf/x in MLB. Elo doesn’t know about star players coming or going or fortuitous bounces or egregious penalty calls — it just knows who won, who lost, and by how much, and trusts that the specifics will even themselves out over time. The top dynasties in NFL history, by number of years 3Cowboys1992-941759Seahawks2013-151743 # OF YEARSTEAMAVG. ELOTEAMAVG. ELOTEAMAVG. ELO BEST DYNASTYSECOND-BESTTHIRD-BEST 1Patriots20071824Patriots20071824 749ers1988-941722Patriots2003-091713Patriots2010-161713 5Patriots2003-071747Patriots2003-071747 ALL-TIME BEST DYNASTIESBEST DYNASTIES SINCE 1997 15Patriots2002-161702Patriots2002-161702 25Patriots1992-2016162149ers1980-20041615Cowboys1971-951611 1849ers1981-981683Patriots1999-20161673Cowboys1970-871628 2Cowboys1992-931786Patriots2003-041782 All-time dynasties and dynasties since 1997, by number of years 10Patriots2003-121714Patriots2003-121714 Should Terrell Owens Be In The Hall of Fame? 23Patriots1994-2016164649ers1981-20031639Packers1994-20161614 1949ers1980-981666Patriots1998-20161665Packers1994-20121617 The numbers are self-evident: Win or lose Sunday night, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have put together one of the best runs in NFL history. Since 2001, the team has made seven Super Bowl appearances, with four wins (and another possible this week), and it has achieved a level of sustained success unheard of in the modern NFL. Exactly where does this stretch rank among football dynasties, though? Well, it depends on how you define dynasty.Do two titles in three years qualify as a dynasty? What about three in five? The end points for runs of dominance have always been up for debate. So rather than pick one definition and stick to it, we went looking for the best team over any number of years.1This is an update to a feature we ran a few years ago, which used a different version of Elo, so the ratings will be a little different, but reflect the same principles. The table below shows the top teams over a given period — from the best one-year teams, to the best team over a quarter-century, based on FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings: 6Patriots2003-081732Patriots2003-081732 # OF YEARSTEAMAVG. ELOTEAMAVG. ELO 20Patriots1997-20161662Patriots1997-20161662 4Cowboys1992-951751Patriots2004-07174749ers1989-921734 6Patriots2003-08173249ers1989-941727Steelers1974-791726 749ers1988-941722Patriots2003-091713 10Patriots2003-12171449ers1987-961709Steelers1972-811677 1Patriots20071824Patriots20041816Bears19851796 20Patriots1997-2016166249ers1981-20001654Packers1995-20141614 849ers1987-941718Patriots2003-101713 1149ers1984-941712Patriots2003-131711 1749ers1981-971685Patriots2000-161684 Related: Hot Takedown 4Cowboys1992-951751Patriots2004-071747 16Patriots2001-161700Patriots2001-161700 12Patriots2003-141714Patriots2003-141714 1149ers1984-941712Patriots2003-131711Cowboys1971-811671 14Patriots2003-161713Patriots2003-161713 16Patriots2001-16170049ers1983-981692Cowboys1970-851647 12Patriots2003-14171449ers1984-951710Cowboys1970-811670 That the 2007 Pats (undefeated until a loss against the New York Giants in the Super Bowl) are the top one-year team of all time, despite not winning the title, isn’t all that surprising. But the Patriots’ dynasties being at the top of the longer-term ranges is. Consider that the Pats claimed the top spot for the 25-year stretch despite a dreadful 2-14 1992 season, when they were coached by Dick MacPherson, as well as a couple painful years during Bill Parcells’ brief tenure, which also included a Super Bowl appearance following the 1996 season.In the in-between lengths, New England owns many but not all of the top spots. It never had as dominant a three- or four-year run as the Cowboys in the 1990s, but at the five-year mark, New England begins a run of taking a top-two spot in most ranges, trading off occasionally with the 49ers. But by the time we get into the 20-year windows, with Walsh and Montana having given way to Mooch and Garcia, even San Francisco begins to fade.And we haven’t even accounted for the NFL’s modern era of parity yet, although things begin to look a little unfair once we do. If we look at the post-Cowboys-era NFL, beginning in 1997,2The salary cap was instituted for the 1994 NFL season, but by then, powerful teams in the league had already been assembled. It’s an approximation, but we used 1997 and post-Cowboys as a rough estimate of when the “parity era” began. the Patriots take the top spot in every dynasty range, from one year to 20 years, except for the three-year range, which Seattle locked down from 2013 to 2015. 5Patriots2003-071747Steelers1975-79172749ers1988-921725 1949ers1980-981666Patriots1998-20161665 1849ers1981-981683Patriots1999-20161673 13Patriots2004-161710Patriots2004-161710 13Patriots2004-16171049ers1984-961706Cowboys1970-821667 3Cowboys1992-941759Dolphins1972-741751Steelers1974-761743 9Patriots2003-111715Patriots2003-111715 21Patriots1996-2016166049ers1981-20011651Packers1995-20151614 read more

Commentary Cleveland Browns should think about playing Colt McCoy

With week one of the NFL season officially in the books, let the quarterback controversy in Cleveland begin. I realize that you cannot fully judge a team, or a player, based on their performance in one game, but it’s hard not to when the statistics are so shockingly terrible. Cleveland’s starting rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden, who was 12-35 for 118 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday, threw four interceptions (tied for most in the NFL), averaged 3.4 yards per attempt (worst in the NFL), accounted for zero touchdowns, and had a completion percentage of 34.1 (worst in the NFL). Weeden also boasted a quarterback rating of 5.1. Let me say that again, 5.1. The next worst passer rating in week one belonged to fellow rookie Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins. His rating was 39.0, or almost eight times higher than Weeden’s. Tannehill had one more attempted pass than Weeden but accounted for 101 more yards, one less interception, and eight more completions. Weeden’s numbers aren’t just bad, they’re leaps and bounds ahead of- or rather behind- his competition. Backup Browns quarterback Colt McCoy must be licking his chops. In his first start in 2010, McCoy attempted two fewer passed than Weeden, but threw for 163 more yards and actually managed to complete a touchdown pass. Including the preseason, Weeden has started four games this year but has yet to find the end zone once. I’m starting to wonder if he remembers where it is. In McCoy’s rookie season, he threw nine interceptions in eight games. Weeden has almost half that total in one game. Granted, Weeden’s first game came against last season’s top rated defense, but McCoy’s first game was against the Pittsburgh Steelers who went to the Super Bowl that year. Looking at the Browns’ quarterback situation in the long term, McCoy has two more years of NFL experience and is two years younger. While McCoy hasn’t blown anyone away with his numbers in the last two seasons, he hasn’t exactly been blessed with a plethora of offensive weapons around him. In his rookie season the team’s two leading receivers were a tight end and a running back. In half a season in 2010, McCoy had more yards on fewer attempts than the other two previous Browns quarterbacks combined. In 2011, McCoy had more passing yards than Cleveland’s 2009 team and the 2008 team which included Pro Bowl receiver Braylon Edwards and Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow. McCoy’s leading receiver last year was rookie Greg Little. Ask anyone outside of Cleveland who Greg Little is, and you’re likely to get nothing but blank stares. McCoy may not have the greatest record or statistics, but he did pretty well considering he had zero offensive weapons around him. Weeden had better show progress, quickly, or he may find himself on the bench where he belongs. read more

We fully deserved the victory – Pochettino

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes they deserved to win after their hard-fought 1-0 victory over Burnley at Wembley on Saturday.Christian Eriksen came on as a substitute to score a 91st winner for Spurs and hand Pochettino his 100th Premier League win in 169 matches.100 – Mauricio Pochettino has won his 100th Premier League game as Spurs manager in his 169th game – 10 games quicker than it took Arsene Wenger to reach the figure at Arsenal. Centurion. #TOTBUR— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 15, 2018Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“We fully deserved the victory. Sometimes you don’t get the reward, but we did everything to win,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.“If you work hard, have patience, and try and try, you get the reward. I’m so happy for the three very important points after qualifying in the Champions League. It’s a massive week for us.“Sometimes you accept football is like this, it’s not easy, it was a very difficult afternoon. It was a tough opening and they did everything to try and stop us.“They didn’t have a shot on target. They came here to try and stop us, with a draw they would have been happy.“Football is about 90 plus injury time, and if you believe and keep pushing, you can be rewarded. These type of victories are so important.”last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR A Letter Of Support For Jomarie OMahony From

first_imgDear Editor,In Fall of 2003, as I was finishing up three years of service in the United States Army, my wife returned home to Massachusetts with our infant son to look for a house.  After a Paul Revere-like ride through “every Middlesex village and farm,” she told me that she wanted to move to Wilmington.  I will be eternally grateful that Jomarie found this community as it has given us so much over the years, most especially the dear friends and neighbors that we have been blessed to make.I wanted to write and thank all of those people who have been supportive of Jomarie’s campaign for Selectman.  Being the father of two daughters, I am very glad that those girls can see the names of women running for elected office on the placards in yards around town.  As those children grow into young adults, I hope that they will have candidates like Jomarie to represent them.Jomarie is always looking for ways to help people in the community she cares so deeply about.  As an attorney, she chose to practice an area of law that seeks to protect the most vulnerable members of our society, namely those children who have been abused or neglected.  As a volunteer, she is moved by the sentiment of the famous quote about Robert F. Kennedy: “Some men see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say why not?.” As a mother and a wife, she is always striving to make our small corner of the world a better place.In closing, I would ask that all those who read this letter to consider supporting Jomarie with a vote on election day.  I would also ask those people to support the candidacy of incumbent Selectmen Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira.  In Greg and Kevin, I see the same spirit of volunteerism and love for this community that animates Jomarie, and I think that they could tap into a synergy that would continue this town on the path that made it one of the best places to live in the Commonwealth.Very truly yours,David O’MahonyLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: State Rep. Dave Robertson Endorses Jomarie O’Mahony For SelectwomanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: O’Mahony Brings People Together, Always Helping Others With A SmileIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Shawsheen Tech School Committee’s Robert Peterson Sr. Endorses O’Mahony For SelectwomanIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

Hotness alert Meet Bidaai actor Angad Hasija the first TV celeb to

first_imgFurther, Angad agrees that going nude is a very personal choice and not everyone is comfortable with the idea of posing naked for photoshoot or scenes. “I have many friends in female also who are not comfortable wearing shorts also and many male friends who cannot go shirtless for a photo or a show. I was offered to go nude in a web series but I wasn’t comfortable but you never know I might get comfortable in the future. It’s an individual choice. We are living in 2019 and people pretend to be holier than a cow. Who doesn’t like to have a look at sexy actors and actresses bodies?” he said.Spilling some beans on his inspiration, Angad said that he takes inspiration from Hrithik Roshan, who has worked hard to develop and maintain his physique. Angad HasijaInstagramOf late, posing nude for the cameras have become fairly common among television celebrities. After a few male actors like Abhinav Shukla, Karan Tacker, Sangram Singh, Ashmit Patel who went bold for photoshoots, recently actresses Abigail Pande and Aashka Goradia went topless to promote nude yoga.However, the first TV actor who dared to bare it all a few years ago was Angad Hasija.Talking about what promoted him to pose nude, Angad, who rose to popularity with Sapna Babul Ka…Bidaai, told SpotboyE: “I was the first actor to get a nude photoshoot done, my image was very shy and innocent and a sanskari boy courtesy my TV show Sapna Babul Ka Bidaai. I wanted to do something different and it wasn’t cheap at all. I did it for an international gallery. I got to do a lot of fashion shows because of that,”But, back then, the actor was heavily criticised for posing nude although many admired him for the same. “When I did it few years ago, people were looking down on me. And now it has been a trend. When you start something new, you have to be prepared to take criticism and people didn’t take it well and today everyone is doing it. People told me that since I was doing something so traditional as TV, how can I go nude, even for a photoshoot?” he said, adding that, “I think my fan following increased more and people started considering me gutsy and sexy after seeing the pictures,” he said.When asked if he would go bold for a show or movie, the Bidaai actor quipped, “Yes, if needed and if the presentation is done in a good way, then why not! I am comfortable with my body. I don’t know why people make so much fuss about going nude. As an actor one should have the guts that if the script demands, you can do anything.”last_img read more

Rangpur City Corporation polls 21 Dec

first_imgElection CommissionThe second election to Rangpur City Corporation will be held on 21 December, according to UNB. The Election Commission (EC) took the decision at a meeting on Tuesday, EC acting secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said, adding that the schedule for the polls will be announced on 5 November. He said closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed in important (vulnerable) polling stations and electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used in a polling centre on a trial basis in the local body election. Helaluddin said the commission will take the decision about the CCTV cameras after receiving a list of important polling stations from intelligence agencies, local administration, and the returning officer. About national identity (NID) cards, the EC acting secretary said the fresh voters will be given laminated NID cards first. Some 11.8 million people became new voters after 2012, he said, adding that the Commission decided to provide them with laminated NID cards. The meeting was held with chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair. The maiden election to Rangpur City Corporation was held on 20 December, 2012.last_img read more