Rain postpones Rafters game with Booyah

first_imgGame rescheduled for June 20For the City TimesWISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters’ (10-8) June 15 game against the Green Bay Booyah (10-8) was postponed due to weather and rescheduled for June 20.The Rafters will play a doubleheader against the Booyah Thursday, with the first game starting at 4:05 p.m. and both games consisting of seven innings. Game two will start approximately 30 minutes after the completion of game one.This is the Rafters’ second rain out of their 10th anniversary season and the team will use the unexpected off day to prepare for a two-game set with divisional opponent Madison.last_img read more

Maverick Awards give recognition to young SA entrepreneurs

first_imgThe awards were held in Edenvale, to the east of Johannesburg on 26 June, with 19 finalists vying for awards in 10 different categories, as well as for the overall Maverick of the Year AwardBevan Ducasse, the CEO of wiGroup walked away with the inaugural Maverick of the Year Award, which seeks to “recognise, acknowledge as well as celebrate the entrepreneurial genius and prowess displayed by young, hard-nosed entrepreneurs”.Ducasse also won the the Technology Innovation award for wiGroup, which is a platform provider the specialises in point-of-sale mobile transactions, that includes money transfers and payments, coupons and vouchers, and loyalty programmes.The awards were held in Edenvale, to the east of Johannesburg on 26 June, with 19 finalists vying for awards in 10 different categories, as well as for the overall Maverick of the Year Award. The Awards were hosted by Under 35 Mavericks, a 100% youth-owned specialist enterprise development consultancy focused on the sustainable development of young, innovative, high impact, high growth entrepreneurs throughout Africa. Sponsors included Brand South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Mercedes-Benz South Africa, South African Airways and others.The MC for the night was Sisa Ntshona, the former head of enterprise development at Absa, with the main speaker for the night being Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure and Development, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza. Other speakers included Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang; Mercedes-Benz SA group corporate affairs manager Mayur Bhana; Wits Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurship director Chimene Chetty; and under 35 Mavericks founder Bokang Seritsane.Winners in the categories included:The Emerging Maverick (Entrepreneur) Award – Lize Fouche, founder of Number 1 Foods, a Port Elizabeth-based foodstuffs company that manufactures muesli.Employment Creation Award – Josh Cox, founder of Trade-Mark Trust, a non-profit organisation (registered as a Trust) that connects homeowners wanting to do renovations with the very best, handpicked artisans from the townships.People Planet Profit Award – Misha Teasdale, founder of Greenpop, a social business that plants trees and invites everyone to join the “treevolution”.Without Borders Award – Misha Teasdale, founder of Greenpop.Marketing Innovation Award – Gareth Moll, founder GroundUp Media, which provides photography and videography services to both small and large businesses.Service Innovation Award – Alex Fourie, founder of iFix, a South African company that specialises in repairing Apple devices and RiCharge, a designer and manufacturer of mobile charging solutions.Green Innovation Award – Brian Mpono, founder of Khwezi Oils, which refines waste cooking oil into biofuel.Technology Innovation Award – Bevan Ducasse, founder of wiGroupBlue Ocean Innovation Award – Murray Legg, founder of SA Cardiosynthetics, a venture financed business that is pursuing the commercialisation of a patented heart valve design.last_img read more

South Africans come to the aid of refugees

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

Over 800 Children Benefit From Early Childhood Commission Reading Fair

first_img A total of 835 children from 43 basic schools across the island were treated to a day of fun and learning at a reading fair staged by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC). Senator Reid hailed the staging of the reading fair. “This is the kind of initiative that we really want,” he told JIS News. Story Highlights It was part of the ECC’s ‘Read Pon Di Cawna’ and ‘Read Across the Region’ initiatives launched last year to engage teachers, institutions, parents, public officials, agencies and other stakeholders in the effort to promote and instil a love for reading at an early age. A total of 835 children from 43 basic schools across the island were treated to a day of fun and learning at a reading fair staged by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC).The event, held recently at Orange Park, located at 12 Ocean Boulevard, downtown Kingston, saw Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid; and State Minister, Hon. Floyd Green, along with scores of persons from the private sector and the entertainment industry, reading to and interacting with the children.It was part of the ECC’s ‘Read Pon Di Cawna’ and ‘Read Across the Region’ initiatives launched last year to engage teachers, institutions, parents, public officials, agencies and other stakeholders in the effort to promote and instil a love for reading at an early age.Read Pon Di Cawna is being hosted in designated communities, while Read Across the Region targets early-childhood institutions within the educational regions.Senator Reid hailed the staging of the reading fair. “This is the kind of initiative that we really want,” he told JIS News.“It empowers them (children) and unleashes the ability to do very well academically,” he added, noting that reading enhances success in all aspects of life, as “everything hinges on the capacity to read”.Mr. Green, for his part, said that not only was the day educational but also entertaining, proving that children can have fun while learning.“It is very important for us to push reading, especially in the early years, and we are trying to engender a culture of reading by having parents and caregivers read to their children; that was what the day was about,” he says.The Education State Minister, in stressing the need for books in the lives of children, says that it is never too early to help children develop an appreciation for reading.As such, he is urging parents to cut the time that children spend watching television.ECC Chairman, Trisha Williams-Singh, said the objectives of the event were met, in terms of promoting reading among children at the early-childhood level.She noted that by reading, children develop “critical thinking”, which is important in later stages of learning.“It is very critical that we continue to develop that thinking in our children. Reading must be constant, and if we instil in our children, from early, to read, it becomes a domino effect where the toddlers will stick to the culture of reading and others will also be attracted to it,” she pointed out.“Too much money goes into remedial education. If we take the time and focus on the foundation, learners will enter the other levels of education with strong aptitudes,” she added.Executive Director of the ECC, Karlene DeGrasse-Deslandes, in expressing gratitude to the many sponsors, noted that the fair has reinforced the idea that reading should be an everyday occurrence. “Read more, connect with your children, have them explore,” with books, she said.Principal of the St. Andrew-based Kintrye Basic School, Desrine Mitchell, told JIS News that she was impressed with the staging of the event, and the prominent Jamaicans on hand to read to the children.She commended the ECC Chairman as a very “interactive and involved” official, who not only “wants solutions; she comes up with ideas. She creates opportunities for things to happen. This is really impressive”.Shericka Cowan, who heads the Naggo Head Infant School in St. Catherine, says she and her students received “blessings” at the fair, which she described as “interactive”.She expressed the wish for all schools to be exposed to similar sessions, because it is “good for learning and literacy”.Marketing Officer at Consolidated Bakeries, Tiana Sterling, who was among the cadre of sponsors in attendance, hailed the fair as a very good opportunity “to build a future of learners”.She told JIS News that the “children were very attentive and seemed to have enjoyed the day’s activities”.Managing Director of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Dr. Damian Graham, said his entity fully supported the event, which was about preparing children for the future.“Having early-childhood intervention like this is part of our mandate of making development happen. I am proud to be a part of this experience. We need more interventions like this… we will have transformation for the citizens of the future,” he noted.last_img read more