Friday people roundup

first_imgTPT Retirement Solutions, Alecta, AMF, Legal & General, AXA, Association of British Insurers, Polar Capital, BlueBay Asset Management, BTIG, Lombard Odier, SEBTPT Retirement Solutions – The multi-employer pension fund, previously known as The Pensions Trust, has created a new two-tier board structure. A new management board has been added, reporting to the trustee board, following a “comprehensive review”.“This new governance structure is designed to improve and speed up decision making, by having professional non-executive directors on the management board with investment, funding and risk management skills,” TPT said in a statement.David Robertson is chair of the new management board, and is joined by TPT chief executive Mike Ramsey. The three new members are Mike Balfour, former chief executive of Thomas Miller Investment, Richard Coates, formerly of KPMG, and Wendy Mayall, former chief investment officer of Liverpool Victoria. Sarah Smart continues as trustee board chair, a role she has held since 2010. Robertson and Ramsey are co-opted directors on the trustee board. There are three employer-nominated directors – Elizabeth Garner, Colin Small, and Jonathan Wheeler – and three member-nominated directors: Frank Shore, Maggie Rodger, and Richard Stroud. Alecta – Anders Munk has been appointed as the new chief actuary at Sweden’s Alecta. He comes to the company from his role as chief actuary at AMF, and before that, was chief actuary at KPA Pension.Legal & General – The insurance and investment giant has made two appointments to its pension risk transfer business. Chris DeMarco has transferred from Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) where he was head of institutional client management. He takes over as managing director of UK pension risk transfer. Costas Yiasoumi has been appointed head of core business, having previously led the bulk annuities operations at Partnership Assurance. Kerrigan Procter, managing director of Legal & General, said defined benefit pension schemes were “increasingly focused on transferring their risk to insurers”, adding that the new appointments would “result in many more market leading and innovative transactions being completed over the coming months and years”.Legal & General Investment Management – LGIM has hired Anna Troup and Mehdi Guissi for its solutions group. Troup joins from BlueBay Asset Management as head of UK bespoke solutions, while Guissi joins from Lombard Odier and is LGIM’s new head of European bespoke solutions. The solutions group designs multi-asset portfolios for defined benefit, defined contribution, and insurance funds.AXA Global Asset Management – CEO Véronique Weill is to leave the group “to pursue new professional challenges”. She has worked at AXA for 10 years. As well as CEO for the asset management arm, she is also chief customer officer and a member of the management committee for AXA Group. Paul Evans, CEO of AXA Global Life & Savings and Health, takes on Weill’s asset management responsibilities.Association of British Insurers (ABI) – Tom McPhail has been elected chair of a cross-industry group focusing on pension and investment transfers. McPhail is head of retirement policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, the UK’s leading investment fund broker, and a noted industry commentator.McPhail said: “With the demand for the volume of transfers and re-registrations set to increase in future, and ever increasing customer expectations around the timeliness and quality of switching, this is likely to become an increasingly important issue for pension and investment providers.”The group consists of staff from eight industry trade bodies: the ABI, the Association of Member-Directed Pension Schemes, the Association of Professional Financial Advisers, the British Bankers’ Association, the Investment Association (IA), the Tax Incentivised Savings Association, the UK Platform Group, and the Wealth Management Association. Its chief aim is to speed up and improve the process for individuals to transfer assets from one provider to another. The group is leading a consultation, open until 31 January, on how this process may be improved.Polar Capital – Tim Wooley is to step down as chief executive in the summer, with Gavin Rochussen joining in July as his successor. The UK investment boutique announced this week that Wooley will take a non-executive role on Polar Capital’s board when Rochussen joins. Rochussen was previously group CEO of JO Hambro Capital Management (JOHCM), but left the company at the end of last year after eight years. He oversaw JOHCM’s growth from £1.5bn of assets under management to £23.9bn.BlueBay Asset Management – Timothy Ash has joined the London-based asset manager as emerging markets senior sovereign strategist, a newly created role. Ash is to work with Graham Stock, who shares the same job title, and BlueBay’s analyst team. Ash joins from Nomura where he was head of CEEMEA credit strategy.BTIG – Michael Carley Jr has been appointed director of fixed income credit at the American financial broker and asset manager. He joins from investment bank Jefferies. Drew Doscher, managing director and head of fixed income credit at BTIG, said the firm would continue to grow the team. Lombard Odier – Annika Falkengren, CEO of SEB, is to join Lombard Odier as a managing partner in July. Denis Pittet has also been appointed managing partner this month, having worked for Lombard Odier for more than 20 years. At the same time, Anne-Marie de Weck is to retire from her managing partner position after 20 years at the group.last_img read more

NBA wrap: Raptors continue to look like class of the East with win over 76ers

first_imgBen Simmons had 11 assists and 10 rebounds, but wasn’t aggressive on the offensive end. Simmons was efficient and hit four of his six shot attempts, yet it wasn’t enough to overcome the Raptors, who pulled away in the fourth quarter.Kawhi Leonard led the way for Toronto, scoring 36 points that were accompanied by nine rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas had a surprising offensive performance as he poured in 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting.Studs of the NightStephen Curry scored 42 points and hit nine 3-pointers in the Warriors’ 129-105 victory over the Cavaliers.Paul George scored a franchise-record 25 fourth-quarter points for the Thunder in their 114-112 comeback victory over the Nets. George scored 47 points total on 15-of-27 shooting and grabbed 15 boards as well.Karl-Anthony Towns scored 35 points and made four of his five 3-point attempts in the Timberwolves’ 121-104 victory over the Hornets.Julius Randle had 27 points and 18 rebounds in the Pelicans’ 132-106 victory over the Mavericks. Randle is on fire this week, as he dropped 37 points in 39 minutes in a loss to the Clippers on Monday. LeBron James scored 42 points and dished out six assists in the Lakers’ 121-113 win over the Spurs.  Duds of the NightJoel Embiid recorded a double-double in the 76ers’ loss to the Raptors, but only scored 10 points on 5-of-17 shooting, which made for an underwhelming night in huge game.Maxi Kleber scored five points on 2-of-12 shooting in the Mavericks’ loss to the Pelicans. The 76ers faced their first real test since they acquired Jimmy Butler when they traveled to face the Raptors on Wednesday.Many felt the acquisition of Butler could help Philadelphia skyrocket to the top of the Eastern Conference, but, at least for one night, Toronto proved to be out of the young team’s reach as it registered a 113-102 win. Butler had his best game as a 76er to date, scoring 38 points on 15-of-27 shooting. JJ Redick chipped in 25 points, but star Joel Embiid had an off night. Related News Paul George outscores Nets in fourth quarter to bring Thunder back to win HighlightsThe Bucks improved to 4-0 in their division by beating the Pistons, and Giannis Antetokounmpo put Blake Griffin on a poster along the way.By the transitive property, Giannis just dunked over car. 😱#FearTheDeer— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 6, 2018What’s Next?Rockets (11-12) at Jazz (12-13) 10:30 p.m. ET — Houston has lost three of its last five games, and it has been struggling with its depth. Fortunately for the Rockets, they expect to get Brandon Knight back soon to help their backcourt woes. Meanwhile, Utah is coming off its most dominant win of the year, as it defeated San Antonio 139-105 on Tuesday. James Harden and Chris Paul should have an interesting battle with Ricky Rubio and Donovan Mitchell, but it’s not all about the guards. Clint Capela and Rudy Gobert will each be trying to assert their dominance in the paint, so it should make for some fun basketball. Brandon Ingram injury update: Lakers F reportedly will miss next three games with sprained anklelast_img read more

NFL Draft order 2020: Bengals clinch No. 1 pick; Redskins, Lions slide in front of Giants, Dolphins

first_imgCan the Bengals go ahead and submit their selection for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft? There’s no need to waste everybody’s time over the next four months.With its Week 16 loss to Miami in overtime, Cincinnati on Sunday clinched the top selection for April’s draft. There is little to no doubt the Bengals will select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick, so the attention turns to No. 2. Based on the Week 16 results, that pick now belongs to the Redskins thanks to their overtime loss to the Giants. The wins for New York and Miami also opened the door for Detroit to slide into the No. 3 slot should it lose to Denver on Sunday afternoon.MORE: SN’s latest 2020 NFL Mock DraftWashington plays Dallas in Week 17, so unless the Cowboys rest their key starters on the heels of winning the NFC East and clinching a playoff spot, chances are the Redskins will stay in position for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.Below is the updated NFL Draft order for 2020 through Sunday’s Week 16 games.NFL Draft order 2020Pick No.TeamRecord1.Cincinnati Bengals1-142.Washington Redskins3-123.Detroit Lions3-11-14.New York Giants4-115.Miami Dolphins4-116.Jacksonville Jaguars5-107.Los Angeles Chargers5-108.Carolina Panthers5-109.Arizona Cardinals5-9-110.New York Jets6-911.Denver Broncos6-912.Cleveland Browns6-913.Atlanta Falcons6-914.Oakland Raiders7-815.Dallas Cowboys7-816.Indianapolis Colts7-817.Tampa Bay Buccaneers7-818.Oakland Raiders(via 7-8 Bears)19.Miami Dolphins(via 8-7 Steelers)20.Jacksonville Jaguars(via 8-7 Rams)(The teams slotted in Pick Nos. 21-32 are currently in the NFL playoff picture.)In Sporting News’ latest NFL mock draft for 2020, the Bengals indeed land Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick. “Offensive-minded coach Zac Taylor needs a franchise passer with Andy Dalton fading and Ryan Finley not showing much,” SN’s Vinnie Iyer writes. “Burrow has enjoyed a meteoric rise as the runaway Heisman Trophy winner and top QB prospect in this class. At 6-3, 215 pounds, he combines his mental and physical toughness in the pocket with a strong arm and accurate delivery.”That mock draft was released when the Giants were slotted at No. 2 overall, where we had them selecting& Ohio State defensive end Chase Young to boost their pass rush. Unless they doubt 2019 first-rounder Dwayne Haskins’ future, the Redskins likely would take Young at No. 2.If their place in the order were to stick, and if the Bengals were to select Burrow, the Dolphins likely would have their choice of the remaining quarterbacks, from Oregon’s Justin Herbert to Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts to Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. Our latest mock has them going with Tagovailoa.last_img read more

Laura Davies backs girls’ scholarships

first_img21 Jan 2014 Laura Davies backs girls’ scholarships Golf legend Laura Davies has returned to her roots to back new golf scholarships for girls. Four Laura Davies Scholarships are being offered at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where the former world number one honed her skills before turning professional. The successful quartet will each get membership to use the course and practise facilities as well as receive a series of free coaching clinics.   Laura, winner of more than 80 pro tournaments worldwide, including four majors, said: “I’m proud and delighted to back what will be a fantastic opportunity for girls at West Byfleet Golf Club.” “I have so many great memories of the wonderful support I received from so many members and friends of the club when I was starting out on my way, some of whom I’m still in regular contact.” She added: “I’m sure these scholarships will really help generate interest in what is a great sport, one which has opened so many doors for me and given so much enjoyment over the last 40-plus years. I wish the lucky recipients every success – I know I’d have jumped at the chance to take part!”   Successful applicants are expected to be active members of the club’s junior section, participating fully in competitions as well as representing the club in external competitions. All applicants must be girls with an active CONGU golf handicap and be between the ages of 11 and 16 years old on 1 January 2014. The closing date for applications is 20 February 2014 and further details are available from [email protected] or by telephoning 01932 343433, option 6.last_img read more

Tournament of Roses on the horizon Tuesday at Granite Pointe

first_imgGranite Pointe will be buzzing with activity Tuesday as the ladies club welcomes the top players from the region for the annual Tournament of Roses. The Tournament of Roses is an 18-hole team affair with players playing with a partner to determine the top winner.In 2012, Sherry McIvor and Bev Poole edged out the Dorothy Garland/Sue Moisey for the overall prize in the low gross tournament.Low net winners were Linda Tamblyn and Ann Gouk by two shots better than Rose Beauchamp and Jeri Santarossa.Players from all West Kootenay Clubs are expected to attend the first major tournament of the women’s season.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 30, 2016)–Longshot Anytime Anyplace broke sharply, pressed pacesetter Bluegrass Bronco to the far turn and held off hard trying Texas Two Step to take Thursday’s $60,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by three quarters of a length under leading rider Rafael Bejarano. Trained by Paddy Gallagher, the 4-year-old Florida-bred colt by Any Given Saturday covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.01.The longest shot in a field of six 3-year-olds and up at 12-1, Anytime Anyplace paid $27.40, $11.00 and $5.00. Owned by the Ferro Family Trust or Harlingten, he got his third win from 10 starts and with the winner’s share of $36,000, increased his earnings to $143,805.Breaking from the far outside, Texas Two Step was in-hand under Santiago Gonzalez while running a joint fifth into the far turn with Kenjisstorm and finished well while caught wide throughout. Off at 3-1, he paid $4.40 and $2.80.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Kenjisstorm hugged the rail around the turn and finished third while never threatening the top two. Off at 9-2, he paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.57, 44.11 and 1:08.51.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more

Lancaster home prices break barrier; Palmdale up sharply

first_imgPALMDALE – Lancaster and Palmdale home prices hit records again in September, as Lancaster’s median price for the first time topped $300,000. Lancaster’s median price for both new and resale homes hit $301,235, up from $297,000 in August and a gain over the past 12 months of 28.1 percent, according to statistics released by the California Association of Realtors. Palmdale’s median price climbed to $344,250, up from $330,000 in August and 25.2 percent ahead of a year earlier. The Antelope Valley price gains contrasted with home prices’ statewide performance, which saw the state median price dip 4.4 percent between August and September. In Santa Clarita, the median price was $542,500, up from $539,000 in August but still below the $559,000 record set in July. Los Angeles County’s median price was $497,000, up 22.9 percent since September 2004. September’s price gains means Lancaster home prices have quadrupled and Palmdale prices nearly so since bottoming out in 1999 at the end of the deep 1990s home-buying slump. In December 1999, the median price was $75,000 in Lancaster and $84,000 in Palmdale. Statewide, the 10 cities and communities with the highest median home prices in California during September 2005 were: Palos Verdes Estates, $1,600,000; Manhattan Beach, $1,578,000; Burlingame, $1,419,000; Los Altos, $1,410,500; Newport Beach, $1,399,000; Coronado, $1,350,000; Saratoga, $1,314,000; Calabasas, $1,218,000; Carmel, $1,200,000; Hermosa Beach, $1,200,000. Statewide, the 10 cities and communities with the greatest median home price increases in September 2005 compared with the same period a year ago were: Reedley, 89 percent; Twentynine Palms, 81 percent; Sanger, 79 percent; Laguna Hills, 60 percent; Barstow, 57 percent; Upland, 53 percent; Adelanto, 52 percent; Ripon, 52 percent; Merced, 50 percent; Taft, 48 percent.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “The September median home price compared with August has fallen every year since 1993, and in 20 of the last 26 years,” said CAR President Jim Hamilton. “This year is no exception and is part of the seasonal shift to an off-peak period in the real estate market as we approach year’s end.” Despite the slowdown for California market as a whole, the median price in the High Desert, Riverside/San Bernardino, Santa Barbara South Coast and San Luis Obispo regions hit record highs last month, Hamilton said. The median price of an existing, single-family detached home in California during September 2005 was $543,980, down from $568,730 in August but up 17.3 percent over the year. Rosamond’s median price returned to $270,000, up from $260,000 in August and the same as the record it set in July. Over the last 12 months, Rosamond prices are up 30 percent. Prices were up 28.3 percent over the year in Tehachapi to $281,000. Tehachapi’s August median was $280,000. last_img read more

Owls keen to complete loan deal for QPR man – report

first_imgOut-of-favour QPR striker Jay Bothroyd has again been linked with Sheffield Wednesday.The People claim Owls boss Dave Jones, who managed Bothroyd at Cardiff, is keen to complete a deal to sign him on loan.Bothroyd can leave QPR.Rangers manager Mark Hughes recently stated that no approach had been made for the player.The Sunday Mirror run a story suggesting that Bothroyd, Luke Young, DJ Campbell, Rob Hulse and Tommy Smith are unhappy with the way they have been treated at Loftus Road.Smith has moved to Cardiff and the others have been told that they too can leave the club.A source said to be close to the players is quoted as saying: “They find the way they have been treated disrespectful.“They have not been a moment’s trouble to the club. They cannot understand what is going on and why this has happened.”The Sunday Mirror also suggest Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill is ­weighing up a move for Michael Dawson.The Tottenham defender has stalled over a transfer to QPR, who have had a bid for him accepted, and is believed to be keen to join the Black Cats.Meanwhile, The Sun on Sunday say Fulham have stepped up their apparent interest in Evian’s Ivory Coast striker Yannick Sagbo, who it is claimed is rated at £3m.The Sunday Mirror say Tottenham will make a bid for Fulham star Moussa Dembele if Porto refuse to drop their £25m asking price for Joao Moutinho.Spurs are said to have previously made an offer for Dembele and remain interested in taking him to White Hart Lane.It is claimed the north London club are planning a £50m spending spree before the transfer window closes and that Chelsea’s Raul Meireles is also among their back-up options if they are unable to land their first-choice targets.And Liverpool are planning a ‘final push’ to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham, according to The People.The American has been linked with a move to Anfield for several months but no official bid has been made.However, it is claimed manager Brendan Rodgers has told Liverpool’s owners he is determined to capture Dempsey. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Impumelelo rewards upliftment

first_img11 January 2006All over South Africa, people and organisations are working to uplift the poor, save the environment, care for children and develop the country’s economy. These projects make a meaningful difference in the lives of ordinary people, but rarely make headlines.Rewarding these interventions and giving them the attention they deserve is the work of the Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust, which held its 2005 awards ceremony in December. Impumelelo is a Xhosa word meaning “success through working together”. The Impumelelo Innovations Awards Trust was created to reward innovations in government and public-private partnerships that reduce poverty and address key development issues. It is based on a model developed by the Ford Foundation, in partnership with the John F Kennedy School of Government and Harvard University.The trust rewards exceptional projects that involve partnerships with the public sector and enhance the quality of life of poor communities in innovative ways. Some R1-million is distributed every year to the most exceptional projects.The idea is that Impumelelo will become a permanent resource and database of innovations and best practices in the delivery of social services.At the 2005 awards ceremony, four projects received the Impumelelo Platinum Awards and prize money of R50 000 each. Gold Awards, also worth R50 000 each, went to 10 projects, while Silver Awards and R20 000 went to each of 24 projects.PLATINUM AWARDS Working on Fire ProgrammeEvery year, wildfires cost the South African economy millions of rand and cause loss of life and livelihoods. They devastate not only the forestry and farming sectors, but also those least able to afford such losses – the rural poor. Working on Fire was introduced in 2003 as a multidisciplinary government and private sector response, providing support to the National Disaster Management Unit.Four regional cluster offices, 44 fire bases and 46 Hotshot teams are located across the country, providing jobs to 1 120 previously unemployed people. They undergo rigorous training on fire-fighting, fire suppression, manual fire reduction, health and safety, social development and a wide range of life skills.Zion Anti-Rape ProjectSouth Africa has one of the highest rape statistics in the world. In 2004 a partnership between the South African Police Service in Limpopo’s Vhembe district and the Zion Christian Church, one of the biggest churches in SA, set up a joint educational campaign to educate people about rape and abuse, distributing 12 000 pamphlets and t-shirts. Community meetings reached 57 000 people, and reported rapes decreased from 11% to 4%.Local Labour Promotion ProjectTo deliver services and decrease their municipal debt, the Western Cape’s Overstrand municipality introduced a debt-reduction pilot project in Hermanus’s Zwehile township in 2005. Eighteen people whose municipal bill was in arrears built ablution facilities at the local sports field in return for a reduction of debt. It cost the municipality R350 000; with a private company the same building would have cost the municipality about R1-million. The beneficiaries’ accounts were credited with R179 887.Isibindi UmbumbuluIsibindi Umbumbulu – Creating Circles of Care – was initiated in 2001 by the National Association of Child Care Workers in response to the needs of HIV/Aids children and their families in the area surrounding Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. As an alternative to placing children in state residential institutions, 14 child and youth care workers were trained and visited 190 children and 55 families over a nine-month period, with 31 grants processed.All the children attend school – school fees and uniforms have been provided – and their families have been trained in food gardening. Eighteen children are involved in income-generating projects, with 38 youngsters and their siblings having received life skills training. Public-private partnerships have made the project cost effective, with the cost per child some R120 per month, as opposed to R5 000 in state residential facilities.GOLD AWARDS The Learning ChannelTo improve proficiency in maths, science and technology in South African schools, various partnerships were formed to launch the Liberty Life Learning Channel on SABC 3 in 1990, targeting children in grades 10 to 12.It is a live phone-in broadcast where pupils have access to syllabus-specific lessons in maths, science, biology and English. Educational material is also published in newspapers such as the Sunday Times, Sowetan, Daily Despatch, Eastern Province Herald, Argus, Rapport, Die Burger, Beeld and Pretoria News.The project’s success can be seen in the 600 hours of free transmission time the public broadcaster gives it every year, an indication of the channel’s impact and audience rating. This is the only live programme of its kind in the world.HIV/Aids Task TeamIn 2003 the Siyancuma municipality of the Northern Cape introduced an HIV/Aids Task Team to deal with the epidemic in Douglas and surrounding towns. After conducting a baseline survey of the area and setting up partnerships with churches and organisations in the area, the municipality conducted a protracted door-to door awareness campaign, encouraging voluntary counselling and testing.Twelve peer educators were trained, four awareness campaigns were conducted in schools and churches, and condoms were widely distributed. The main objectives have been to change sexual behaviour and destigmatise the disease. Grandmothers Against Poverty & AidsOne impact of HIV/Aids is that grandmothers are increasingly burying their own children and grandchildren. With this in mind, an occupational therapist and grandmothers from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape formed Grandmothers Against Poverty and Aids (Gapa), with the aim of helping grandmothers whose families are affected by HIV/Aids.Over 400 grandmothers attend monthly workshops and address issues such as Aids education, how to access government grants, developing business skills, food gardening, bereavement counselling, child care, nutrition and drawing up a will. Nineteen home support groups cater for 190 grandmothers who look after 350 children. About 70 grandmothers receive preschool bursaries for their grandchildren. Similar groups have been formed in the Eastern Cape.Integrated Serviced Land ProjectThe provision of early childhood development (ECD) services is a problem in poor communities on the Cape Flats in the Western Cape. In 2001 the South African government, in partnership with the ECD Centre, built six centres in Delft, Crossroads, Browns Farm, and Weltevreden Valley.Seventy-six jobs were created, over 120 women were trained in ECD, and 480 children are now given preschool education. In addition, 158 community members were trained in school governance, leadership and financial management, while 1 324 children gained access to the child support grant. Philani OutreachMany township children are malnourished due to the poverty of their mothers. In 2004 a partnership between Philani, the community and the government established an integrated childhood illnesses management programme in Khayelitsha, a poor settlement near Cape Town.The programme takes child health and nutrition beyond clinics into the community, with 65 volunteers in nine informal settlements providing support to women who care for their children at home. Some 2 000 malnourished children have been identified, 62% of whom have regained their age-appropriate weight.One benefit is that the home-based approach costs less than clinic-based health and nutrition rehabilitation programmes. In addition, the children’s mothers have been helped to start their own money-earning activities.18.2 LearnershipsThe Eben Donges Regional Hospital in the Western Cape introduced the 18.2 Learnership project in 1997 to train unemployed women in auxiliary nursing, focusing on anatomy, physiology and basic health care. Since then 90 women have completed their internship and are employed, 40 cleaners have had their skills upgraded to auxiliary nurses, 36 nurses have completed a second year of training and 32 have completed a third. The national drop-out rate for such training is 40%; at Eben Donges it is zero. Cape Flats Nature The Cape Flats is at the heart of the Cape Floristic Region biodiversity hotspot, a world heritage site with over 1 400 indigenous plant species, including 131 rare or endangered species of which 76 are narrow endemics. Cape Flats Nature was set up in 2003 to foster the conservation of fragmented natural habitats in an urban setting where land is scarce and poverty is widespread. Functioning in a relatively poverty-stricken area, it has four pilot sites.To foster a sense of community ownership and to cultivate a conservation ethic, surrounding communities were exposed to environmental education, recreation and job creation activities. Some 200 environment educators were trained, 252 jobs were created and almost 11 000 learners benefited from educational and recreational activities.Go for Gold ProgrammeGo for Gold, established in 1999 as a partnership between the construction sector and the Western Cape Education Department, aims to help disadvantaged students improve their maths and science skills and help them enter the construction industry.The project serves 23 schools on the Cape Flats, providing extra lessons and additional supervision. So far, 75 students have passed Grade 12; they are then placed at a construction site for a year. Some 72% of the project’s beneficiaries are currently employed in the construction sector or undergoing tertiary education. A second office has been opened in Mitchell’s Plain. Operation Thiba Stock theft is a major problem in Limpopo province. Before the South African Police Service launched Operation Thiba in 2004, most farmers did not bother to report stock theft as the recovery rate was below 10%. The operation involved establishing stock theft units in four districts, with small-scale farmers educated about branding and the registration of brand marks. Within two months, There was a 60% drop in stock theft. The operation recovered 949 cattle and 265 sheep, destroyed 12 syndicates, made 189 arrests and secured 89 convictions.Beaufort West HydroponicsThe dry Beaufort West region of the Karoo is characterised by high unemployment and poverty, with drought hitting agriculture hard and making farming by conventional means extremely difficult.A partnership between the CSIR, the municipality and the community led to the establishment of a hydroponics project in 2002, in which various herbs are produced. Hydroponics does not need soil; the nutrients are in the irrigation water and the crop grown inside greenhouses.The project has given jobs to 60 people – the highest employment figure for a single company in the area. Crops grown include coriander, sweet basil, rocket, mint, spinach, lettuce and tomatoes, all of which are sold to Woolworths.SILVER AWARDS iKamva LabantuTshebele Pele (Gauteng)Talking Beads (Gauteng)Men on the Side of the Road Project(W Cape)Food Gardening (Gauteng)Enviro-Permaculture Project (Limpopo)Happy Hours Day Care CentresCustomer Service Project (KwaZulu-Natal)Durban Air Quality Plan (KwaZulu-Natal)Emseni Community Projects (KwaZulu-Natal)Primedia Skills Development (Gauteng)Slang Park Housing Project (Western Cape)Zibambele Road Programme (KwaZulu-Natal)Cape Craft and Design Institute (Western Cape)Perinatal Mental Health Project (Western Cape)Community-Based Seed Production (Limpopo)Ebenhauser Dam (Western Cape)Morning Star Children’s Centre (Free State)Uthango Enterprise Project (Western Cape)Electrification of Ha-Muraga Village (Limpopo)Black Sash (Western Cape)Monash South Africa & the Hothouse Incubator (Gauteng)KZN Music Project (KwaZulu-Natal)Kgalagadi Sanitation Programme (Northern Cape)Ukunakekela Rape Survivors Project (KZN) reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA lifts All-Africa Junior Golf Champs title

first_img2 May 2014 South Africa claimed their 16th successive All-Africa Junior Golf Championship title in Lusaka on Thursday after dominating the prestigious team event. The four-man junior squad stretched an almost unassailable 21-shot lead after three rounds at the Chainama Hills Golf Club to a 35-stroke victory over Zimbabwe. Final round Defending the title, South Africa combined for a final round of 216 to end the week on a winning score of 873, while last year’s silver medallists, Zimbabwe, wrapped up the runner-up spot and a trip to the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Japan on 908, with a final round of 230. South African team manager Kevin Stone said the team was delighted to uphold the country’s proud history in the event.‘Special’ “Defending a title is always special, but I think this one will stick with the boys for a long time,” the former professional said. “The course was very challenging and all the participating countries stepped it up in a big way after the president of the Africa Golf Confederation, Ambassador Joe Malangi, made the announcement about the runners-up going to Japan. “We knew we would be under pressure and our opponents didn’t disappoint. The team showed incredible grit and determination and I am incredibly proud of the team.”‘Invaluable’ He concluded: “Each player delivered their best effort and the team played well as a unit. I believe the experience gained in playing against some of the best players from countries around Africa will be invaluable. We became a very strong side as the championship progressed and created some wonderful memories to build on in the future.” It would have taken a mammoth effort from Zimbabwe to close the gap, but still the South Africans refused to even give an inch in the final round.Final round South African scores Western Province’s Altin van der Merwe fired a two-under-par 70 – his best round of the week – while Hennie du Plessis from Limpopo added a 75 to the team’s tally. Southern Cape’s Jovan Rebula fired a 71, also his lowest effort in the championship, and the round that carried him to the top of the Individual Standings. Ekurhuleni’s Kyle McClatchie carded a non-counting 77.Zimbabwean challenge Stuart Krog, who once again set the tone for Zimbabwe with a 75, was supported by Kieron Vincent, who carded a 76 and Justin Kersten, who signed for a 79. Jack Allard posted a non-counting 81. Meanwhile, Zambia delivered a powerful message when the side once again claimed third on 923. Peter Munyinya led the way with a 76, while Kelvin Chibuye posted an 80 and Gabriel Chibale carded an 81 for a final round 237. Charles Shalubobya signed for a non- counting 85. Reunion, helped by a 75 from Julien Sale and 80s from Robin Baudry and Alexandre Rajerinera, closed with a 235 to hold on to fourth on 931, finishing 11 shots ahead of Uganda.FINAL TEAM STANDINGS873 South Africa 220, 223, 214, 216908 Zimbabwe 232, 222, 224, 230923 Zambia 222, 238, 226, 237931 Reunion 231, 233, 232, 235942 Uganda 231, 236, 236, 239957 Kenya 238, 238, 239, 242958 Tunisia 233, 245, 240, 240964 Swaziland 246, 240, 241, 237986 Namibia 255, 237, 244, 250989 Botswana 246, 261, 240, 2421043 Mauritius 271, 254, 254, 2641119 Malawi 280, 288, 289, 262INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD292 Jovan Rebula (South Africa) 74, 74, 73, 71294 Stuart Krog (Zimbabwe) 78, 71, 70, 75295 Altin van der Merwe (South Africa) 78, 75, 72, 70297 Kyle McClatchie (South Africa) 75, 74, 71, 77299 Hennie du Plessis (South Africa) 71, 82, 71, 75300 Julian Sale (Reunion) 78, 75, 72, 75300 Kieron Vincent (Zimbabwe) 75, 71, 78, 76301 Peter Munyinya (Zambia) 74, 79, 72, 76309 Elyes Barhoumi (Tunisia) 74, 77, 80, 78309 Kelvin Chibuye (Zambia) 70, 82, 77, 80 SAinfo reporterlast_img read more