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first_imgSome aggrieved farmers, who are women, have blamed the Johnsonville Township Commissioner, Mr. Joseph Bettie, for allegedly engaging into the sale of wetlands meant for farming purposes in the township.The women calling themselves, “Johnsonville Women Farmers’ Cooperative, made the disclosure recently to the Daily Observer newspaper in Paynesville.The spokesperson for the group, Ethel Williams, told this paper that about 7 hectares of farm land in Mount Barclay is being encroached upon.According to her, Commissioner Bettie is behind the sale of the wet land.“A relative of the commissioner is found selling the land for which he Bettie is aware. We have called his attention to this problem but to no avail,” she said.Madam William said that the land in question was given to them by the former commissioner of the township for farming activities.“Swamplands are public land and strictly intended for agricultural purposes. In 2009, we appealed for the land from the former commissioner and he allowed us to use it,” she said.“Unfortunately, today this particular land is being sold to some individuals, who have planted cornerstones on portions of the land. These people have constantly threatened the farmers and are backfilling the land,” she added.She further stated that this was posing a serious problem for them as many of the members of the farming organization were widows, who survived through farming, adding that such condition was a threat to food security.    When contacted, Commissioner Bettie denied the allegation as false and misleading. He said though he is aware of some people in his township engaging in the unscrupulous sale of land but was something that could not control.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgTHE GAA is asking Donegal fans to arrive early for Sunday’s clash with Armagh – because of an Easter Sunday parade.Throw-in for the National League game at MacCumhaill Park is 2.30pm.And the parade is due to pass through Stranorlar and Ballybofey around the same time. Gardai say traffic restrictions will be in place on the Stranorlar side with diversions operating.In a statement the Donegal county board have asked fans to make their way to the game as early as possible to avoid traffic chaos.A big crowd is expected for the final game of the league.Donegal have injury concerns over Colm McFadden and Patrick McBrearty. McFadden suffered a recurrence of a groin strain in training last weekend while McBrearty’s availability is in doubt because of his involvement in Aussie Rules trials.A Donegal win will relegate Armagh although it wouldn’t necessarily guarantee that the Ulster Champions will remain in Division 1.Laois and Donegal go into the final round of games on four points – one below Armagh. GAA: TRAFFIC WARNING AHEAD OF SUNDAY’S ARMAGH CLASH was last modified: April 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: TRAFFIC WARNING AHEAD OF SUNDAY’S ARMAGH CLASHlast_img read more

first_imgMandy Ramdsen at the top of the world. Mandy RamsdenMEDIA CONTACTS• Adventure Consultants+64 3 443 8711info@adventure.co.nzFreephone from US: 1 866 757 8722RELATED ARTICLES• SA woman goes for Seven Summits• The adventure starts here• Wartrail – a winter wonderland• Hiking the dragon’s back• The Tour de Kruger – a wild rideFiona McIntoshAt 07h45 on 22 May 2010, Mandy Ramsden was on top of the world. Literally. The South African mountaineer had just reached the 8 848-metre summit of Mount Everest. And she had plenty to be excited about. Not only is she now the second South African woman to climb Everest, she is also the first South African – indeed, African – woman to have climbed the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on each of the world’s seven continents.The first South African woman to climb Everest was Cathy O’Dowd, who reached the top on Ian Woodall’s controversial first South African Everest expedition in 1996, during which cameraman Bruce Herrod died. O’Dowd went on to climb Everest from the north side in 1999, becoming the first woman in the world to summit from both sides.Ramsden, a Zimbabwe-born single mother of four, has been working to claim the Seven Summits for five years. Since conquering Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro in 2006, she has ticked off Mount Elbrus in Europe (2006), Aconcagua in South America (2006), Carstenz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya) in Australasia/Oceania 2007, Denali (Mount McKinley) in North America (2008), Vinson Massif in Antarctica (2009) and now the Big E.A perfect summitEverything went perfectly for the Adventure Consultants team, led by veteran New Zealand guide Mike Roberts and made up of Ramsden, fellow South African Tony Hampson-Tindale and Irishman James Haydock. After a stay down the valley in the village of Periche, enjoying the oxygen-rich air of the lower altitude and recovering from their acclimatisation programme, the team moved back to base camp on 11 May.Waiting for the weather window that would allow them to start the climb, the team focused on their preparation, visualising the climb ahead, fitting and testing their oxygen masks and regulators, familiarising themselves with the process of changing oxygen bottles, and experimenting with various combinations of headgear and warm clothing. Finally, on 19 May, they got the green light and made their way up through the Khumbu Icefall for the last time.On 21 May the team arrived at their final camp on the South Col, at 7 935 metres less than a thousand metres short of the summit. After a few hours rest and rehydration Ramsden and team leader Roberts left the South Col at 22h00. Although it was snowing lightly they could see the stars above – conditions looked good.They radioed in at the Balcony, roughly the half-way point in terms of height gain, and then made their way along the snowy southeast ridge to the South Summit Rocks, reaching the South Summit as dawn was breaking. After changing their oxygen bottles they were ready for the final push. At 06h00 the first team member, James Haydock, stood on the summit. Roberts and Ramsden, accompanied by Pemba Choti, on his sixth summit and Passang Bhote, on his third, topped out just under two hours later.Record-breakersOn the summit with them was another new record holder: Jordan Romero, a 13-year-old American from Big Bear, California, and the youngest to ever climb Everest. Romera, climbing with his father and three sherpa guides, climbed the mountain’s northeast ridge from Tibet because China has no age restrictions for Everest climbers. Those attempting to climb the south side from Nepal must be a minimum of 16 years old. The previous record for the youngest summiteer was held by Temba Tshering of Nepal, who summited at the age of 16 in 2001.After the obligatory photo shots in her South African-made Cape Storm ASR high altitude down suit, Ramsden and the rest of the Adventure Consultants team returned to the South Col for the night, before descending to Camp 2 the next day. They awoke to falling snow the next morning but, undeterred, were the first team to leave camp and begin the strenuous task of trail-breaking down to base camp. They are all now safely back at the camp, refreshed, clean, well fed – and celebrating.South Africans on the mountainIt was a good climbing season for South African mountaineers on Everest. A day after Ramsden stood on the world’s highest peak, five members of the South African Adventure Dynamics team, and team leader Sean Disney, summited from Everest’s north side. It was a particularly poignant occasion for Disney and team member Vaughan de la Harpe, both also Seven Summiteers – exactly four years ago they summited Everest from the south side.Three climbers from the Adventures Global team, led by South African Ronnie Muhl and comprising both South Africans and Australians, summited on 23 May with two more reaching the top on the 24th. Muhl himself, who had climbed Everest from the north side in 2007, decided to turn back before the summit.To date 424 climbers have summited Everest in 2010, with two fatalities. A new record for the number of ascents was set by the 50-year-old Apa Sherpa, leader of Eco Everest Expedition 2010, who now has 20 summits under his belt.How high is Mount Everest?China and Nepal have finally agreed that the height of world’s highest mountain is 8 848 metres – the height of its summit snows. The Chinese previously argued that it should be measured by its rock height, 8 844 metres.That said, the mountain is growing taller all the time, thanks to the collision of tectonic plates, so they might both be wrong. In May 1999 an American team used GPS technology to record a height of 8 850 metres. This figure is now used by the US National Geographic Society, although it has not been officially accepted by Nepal.last_img read more

first_img14 December 2012 People in Gauteng province can take the opportunity to reflect on South Africa’s liberation struggles on Reconciliation Day, 16 December, by visiting Freedom Park, a remarkable museum and memorial that tells South Africa’s rich, diverse history in a visual and interactive way. Founded on the values of human dignity, rights and freedom, the park is a reflection of the sacrifices the nation has made, its reconciliation process and the advancement of human rights entrenched in the Constitution. According to Freedom Park Trust executive chairman Mongane Wally Serote, Freedom Park is “a permanent reminder for us, now and for future generations, that South Africans did take a step forward to put closure to the past while not forgetting it. “By doing so, we give ourselves a chance to address issues of the present and future, and commit ourselves as a generation to handing over an intact, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, prosperous and powerful nation to our children.”Vision for the future Situated on Salvokop on the outskirts of Pretoria, the 52-hectare site portrays a vision for the future embedded in the African Renaissance. A product of the government’s efforts to create and foster a new national consciousness of the common legacy that binds South Africans, the park addresses gaps, distortions and biases to provide new perspectives on South Africa’s past. Comprising a memorial, interactive museum and garden of remembrance, the park accommodates all of the country’s unfolding experiences and symbols to tell one coherent story of the struggle of humanity for freedom in South Africa – the struggle for survival, land and resources and how they shaped the social, economic, political, cultural and historical landscape of the country. Situated on the eastern side of the hill is Isivivane, a monument that demonstrates the link between all South Africans, irrespective of age or background using a circle of rocks – with one rock for each of the nine provinces. “Along with the boulder representing the national government and a boulder representing the international community, these boulders are used to construct the Lesaka – the symbolic burial ground for heroes and heroines to rest,” Serote explains. To emphasise cleansing and purity, the centre is shrouded in mist that is created using a sprinkler system. “It is a sacred space for individual and group spiritual upliftment. “The garden inspires relaxation and enjoyment of the natural environment.”Wall of names On the crest of the monument, subtly flowing and blending into the curves of the hill, nestles Sikhumbuto, a major memorial that comprises the Wall of Names, the Amphitheatre, Eternal Flame, the Gallery of Leaders, the Sanctuary as well as the ascending reeds embracing the memorial. The Wall of Names is a breathtaking 697-metre physical structure, inscribed with the names of those who paid the ultimate price during eight conflicts that shaped South Africa’s history. The Wall can accommodate 136 000 names with additional information, such as biographical information, available on touch screens. According to the Trust, to date, over 75 000 names of our fallen country men and women have been verified for inscription. Sheltered by the Wall of Names is the Amphitheatre that serves as a multi-purpose space where major national events or celebrations will be hosted. The Sanctuary on the other side provides a serene environment in which visitors can interact with the spirits of loved ones that have passed on, while the Internal Flame within the Sanctuary calls on visitors to remember those unknown and unsung heroes and heroines who lost their lives in the struggle for humanity and freedom. The Gallery of Leaders portrays South African, continental and international leaders for their contributions in the road to humanity and freedom. The gallery showcases those leaders whose contributions stand out in human memory, seeking to inspire visitors to follow their examples.Monument to democracy The spiral path, known as Mveledzo, links all the above elements into one unified whole that stands as a monument to democracy, founded on the values of human dignity, human rights and freedom. Another aspect of the park includes the Tiva – a still body of water symbolising peace and tranquillity. Then there is the Pan African Archives, a collection of materials on the themes reflected in the park and museum. It is a centre of research, documentation and electronic archiving of audio, visual and text forms of a growing body of knowledge. The park will also soon boast a high-level hospitality suite, Moshate, which will be used for presidential and diplomatic functions, as well as a VIP retreat for negotiations, discussions and the signing of agreements and accords. Built along African lines, inspired by the designs of South Africa’s various chieftaincies, construction on Moshate has been completed, and it is currently being used as a temporary exhibition space. Freedom Park seeks to help South Africans, Africans, and people in general to glimpse the origins of the earth and life, and to commune with ancestors and gods as native and as various as the people who visit the monument. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgThe BJP-led NDA in Bihar, which has been ruling the State for about a decade and a half, owes an apology to the people of Patna, who have been reeling from inundation following heavy rain, Union minister Giriraj Singh said here on Wednesday.The firebrand BJP leader also attacked the Nitish Kumar government, saying an alert had been sounded ahead of the downpour, but it failed to ensure attentiveness in the administrative machinery, which could have lessened the severity of the crisis.“It is not a failure of the people of Patna. It is our failure. Residents of the city have reposed so much of trust in the NDA, especially the BJP. We owe an apology to them,” said Mr. Singh who is the Lok Sabha MP of Begusarai in Bihar.Mr. Singh, a former member of the Nitish Kumar cabinet, is a known detractor of the Chief Minister and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, a senior BJP leader.“The government issued an alert asking the people to be on guard. But was it on guard itself? Had it been so, people would not have been compelled to suffer so much of misery,” he said.On Tuesday also, the BJP leader accused the State government of corruption in flood relief and claimed that “floods seem to have become an occasion for celebration for the State administration”. Bihar floods: NDRF rescues Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi from his residence Bihar flood: NDRF rescues Deputy CM Sushil Modi from his residenceVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:1701:17  Children wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar. An overcrowded boat ferries people in high current on the flooded Ganga at Digha Ghat in Patna.  Patna has been a BJP stronghold since the 1980s when Lalu Prasad’s RJD held sway over Bihar. In the 2015 Assembly polls, which the BJP-led coalition lost badly to the Grand Alliance then comprising Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), RJD and Congress, all the four seats that cover the city were bagged by the saffron party.BJP legislators who have won from the city include State minister Nand Kishore Yadav, while Sushil Modi who is now a Legislative Council member, was a four-term MLA from the now-abolished Patna Central constituency. An overcrowded boat ferries people in high current on the flooded Ganga at Digha Ghat in Patna. Security personnel rescue NCC cadets stuck in a waterlogged camp after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar. An overcrowded boat ferries people in high current on the flooded Ganga at Digha Ghat in Patna. People wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar in Patna. Security personnel rescue NCC cadets stuck in a waterlogged camp after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar. Fishermen catch fish in the flooded river Ganga in Patna. Patients leave NMCH in Patna after waterlogging in the hospital. center_img Patients leave NMCH in Patna after waterlogging in the hospital. Fishermen catch fish in the flooded river Ganga in Patna. Children wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar. A view of submerged tracks at Patna Junction. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inspects the rise in water level of the Ganga river,in Patna on Thursday, (This photo has been released by I & PRD,Bihar Govt). A view of submerged tracks at Patna Junction. People wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar in Patna. A rickshaw passes through a flooded road in Patna. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inspects the rise in water level of the Ganga river,in Patna on Thursday, (This photo has been released by I & PRD,Bihar Govt). A rickshaw passes through a flooded road in Patna.  The State capital was pounded by 342.5 mm of rainfall between September 27 and 30, as against the State average of 255 mm, an official release said.At least 42 people have died in rain-related incidents in the entire State during the period following torrential showers.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, May 20, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. West wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.In The Community: The community is invited to a fundraising event to assist Bill Woods and his family from 2pm to 6pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall’s Upstairs Hall.  Bill Woods Jr., a 1985 graduate of Wilmington High School and all-around stellar athlete and great guy, is suffering from systemic scleroderma which has compromised his lung function. Billy is currently being evaluated to see whether or not he is a viable candidate for a bi-lateral lung transplant.In The Community:  The Wilmington Kids Rides have raised over $180,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Jimmy Fund over the past 12 years. This year, the annual PMC Wilmington Kids Bike Ride is hoping to raise $16,000 to help fight cancer. Children from preschool through 6th grade can ride their bikes from 9am-11am beginning at the Boutwell Early Childhood Center on Carter Lane in Wilmington.Each rider must pay a $15 registration fee and meet the minimum fundraising requirement of $30. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Pan-Mass Challenge organization. Face painting, refreshments, and free raffles will be all be happening the day of the ride. For more information, visit http://kids.pmc.org/wilmington.In The Community: The Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street) is hosting its Annual Plant Sale from 8am to noon at the church’s back entrance. Church members are selling plants dug from their own gardens, including tomato plants, hosta, herbal, and more. In years past, most plants were priced between $1 and $3. The sale is being organized by the church’s “Hannah Circle” group, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and other charities.In The Community: Merrimack Valley Pavilion (2087 Main Street, Tewksbury) is donating a percentage of all sales on mini-golf and ice cream purchases to Wilmington High School’s Class of 2020 from noon to 3pm. No flyer is necessary, but make sure to mention Wilmington High School.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.Reminder: A large portion of the MBTA Commuter Rail’s Lowell Line is closed for repairs. Free shuttle bus service is being provided. Learn more HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like 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… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For September 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For January 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For May 4, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more