Big numbers for Beijing

first_imgThe IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 could potentially be the biggest world championship in the 15 editions of the event, which started in 1983 and ranks among the world’s leading sports events.With one week to go, final entries indicate that 207 IAAF member federations will send representatives to the Chinese capital for the most important sporting event of the year.The previous highest number of participating federations was 203, at the last championships in Moscow two years ago.No less than 1,936 athletes (1043 men and 893 women) have been entered.SLIGHTLY LESS NUMBERSAlthough the number of athletes that will finally participate in Beijing will be slightly less, as is normal, this figure still compares favourably with the current highest total of 1895 who competed at the 2009 championships in Berlin.The numbers have been boosted by the IAAF’s innovative system introduced ahead of these championships of inviting athletes who had not already been entered by the deadline of midnight (Central European Time) Monday, August 10, on the basis of them being among the best ranked in their event (apart from in long distance and walking disciplines) in order to bring an event up to an optimum number of competitors as established by the IAAF.The IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015, is expected to set the standard for the sport’s future championships, with the world’s best athletes going through their paces in the same magnificent Bird’s Nest stadium that was the centrepiece for the 2008 Olympic Games.As already announced, the Bird’s Nest stadium will be full for all the evening sessions across the nine days with an audience of 50,000 spectators.- IAAFlast_img read more

Grocery store owner on $75,000 for drug trafficking

first_imgA Lindener was on Monday morning granted bail when he appeared before the Chief Magistrate slapped with a drug possession charge.Caburn Robinson of Linden, Region 10 denied the allegation against him which alleged that on February 15, 2018 in Wismar, Linden, he was found to be in possession of 14.2 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.According to the 25-year-old man, he knows “nothing” about the charge being brought against him.He was granted bail after Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield had no objections to his pre-trial liberty.Robinson was released on $75,000 bail and is expected to make his next appearance at the Linden Magistrates’ Courts on March 13.last_img

Photos: NFL great and former San Francisco 49er selling Danville mansion

first_imgFormer All-Pro lineman Larry Allen is selling his Danville, Calif. mansion for $7.5 million, reports the Los Angeles Times.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The estate in the Blackhawk Country Club gated community has seven bedrooms and eight baths over 10,116 square feet. It features a theatre, indoor spa and sports court among many other amenities.The home was purchased in 2004 for $4.495 million, according to public records. Keri O’Reilly with The Agency is the current listing …last_img

//hapo tells the story of Africa

first_imgKgopi Mabotja Telling the stories of the early farmers. Displays on the walkways. Reflections of South Africa’s apartheid past. Storytellers re-enact the tale of Comrade Mdu, killed leaving the country.(Images: Kgopi Mabotja)MEDIA CONTACTS• Rogini GovenderFreedom Park+27 82 445 2618RELATED ARTICLES• Robben Island revisited digitally• A map fit for a king• The treevolution has begun• Ancient culture from the Border CaveA comprehensive African story beginning 3.6 billion years ago, about creation and the great struggles faced by the people of the continent is unpacked in the //hapo, the last element of the Freedom Park Museum in the nation’s capital, Pretoria.It was officially opened on Monday, 22 April by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in the build up to Freedom Day, the annual public holiday on 27 April on which South Africa celebrates its first democratic elections. //hapo is a Khoisan word pronounced with a click, as Xapo. It means “a dream”. The installation gives a holistic view of the history of the African continent, yet the main focus is on southern Africa.Speaking on the day, Motlanthe said //hapo was an important gift to the nation. “The historical importance of the opening of the //hapo centre resides in the symbolism it embodies for our nation. While //hapo is the product of our collective history, it also resonates with the imperatives of the present, as well as the edicts upon which our nation is founded.”It also served as a tribute to Nelson Mandela: “The founding father of our democratic nation, former president Nelson Mandela is the patron-in-chief of Freedom Park, and so this museum also serves as a monument to his mighty legacy.”The chief executive officer of Freedom Park, Fana Jiyane, said the museum would be extensively marketed to boost visitor numbers. “Currently visitors numbers are very low. We have about 200 000 visitors annually. We expect this facility to be a major cash cow,” said Jiyane. Seven epochsThere are 2 500m2 of exhibition space at //hapo. The //hapo’s story is divided into seven epochs: Earth, ancestors, peopling, resistance and colonisation, industrialisation and urbanisation, nationalism and struggle, nation building and continent building. As complex as the story can be, this narrative tells it with distinction; it blends culture, history and spirituality.Wide-ranging methods were used to bring the story to life, including a high-tech interface touch screen with information readily available, flat screen monitors that play pre-recorded interviews with various experts and ordinary people, and use of objects such as fossil and rocks.Story tellers are also on hand, and to enhance the stories films, animation, interpretive and archival, are also used. Engraved on the walls in the reception area of //hapo are the words: “//hapo ge// hapo tama // haohasib dis tamas ka I bo,” which means “A dream is not a dream until it is shared by the entire community.”In the first layers of //hapo is epoch one – Earth. It tells a story of creation and how “ubuntu” or humanity was born in an animated film screened on a huge 3D flat screen monitor. A story delivered in a voice-over explains the origin of the Earth. It explores the earliest forms of life in southern Africa and the geological origin of the land itself. Rocks believed to be among the oldest, sourced from across the continent, are on display.The second epoch, ancestors, delves into how African people are connected to their ancestors and various ways they communicate with them. It also follows the old age rituals they performed and how some of them have survived until today. This epoch goes on to explain how African people perceive death as the beginning and not the end of human existence. Ordinary people and researchers’ points of view about ancestors were recorded and are played through digital screens. Before colonisationEpoch three, peopling, focuses on South Africa before colonisation. It presents the many vibrant civilisations and ideas that emerged on the continent over its long history, which influenced development in the modern world. This is demonstrated through evidence such as rock art, artefacts and other archeological remains.It also tracks conflict over natural resources and struggles for control by various groups and movements in South Africa and how that resulted in early settlement patterns. It explores trends in culture and language, and looks at early modes of production and trade systems.Epoch four, resistance and colonisation, highlights how indigenous people used their own systems to resist the political, social and economic impositions of colonialism. It tracks how the arrival of Europeans in the late 1400s changed the African way of life, where people cultivated, hunted, gathered and bred life stock. Backed by research, it shows how scores of Africans were driven off their land and enslaved.In this section, a range of items are used to tell the history of the times. There are signs reading “Net blankets, Europeans only” and “White only” which were put in various public spaces such as parks and on bus stops to enforce separation and deprive black Africans.Epoch five, industrialisation and urbanization, deals with the story of large scale exploitation of minerals during colonisation and its impact on settlement. It reveals how black Africans were used for cheap labour by factory owners and famers during the colonial governments. The cruelty of how these governments used legislation and taxation to ensure black Africans were stripped of their land is exposed.The story of the discovery of minerals and their impact on the African story is also told in this section. Struggle for democracyNationalism and struggle is the focus of epoch six. It looks at the contesting forces of white state formation and the struggle for a democratic society as a backdrop to the birth of the new South Africa.Finally, epoch seven looks at nationalism and continent building. In this section, visitors learn about the myriad freedoms that are enshrined in the Constitution. It is a story from the last decade of the 20th century and explores the transition from the tyranny of apartheid to constitutional democracy.It also gives a holistic view of events leading up to liberation, such as Codesa. Pictures of freedom fighters such as Govan Mbeki, Solomon Mahlangu, Robert Sobukwe, Steve Biko, Nelson Mandela and many others are splashed on the walls.In epoch seven, there is also a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) booth, which has variety of video footage. The TRC was set up by the government of national unity after apartheid was abolished to help victims of human rights violations find closure. They were invited to give statements about their experiences and some were selected for public hearings. Perpetrators of violence could also give testimony and request amnesty from both civil and criminal prosecution.Other major elements of Freedom Park include S’kumbuzo, Isivavane, Moshate, Tiva, Uitpanplek and Pan African Archives. Like other elements of Freedom Park, //hapo blends into the landscape. The steel structure is covered with a dark brown copper material, which gives it a calm look. Shaped to resemble a boulder, it blends in with the rest of the buildings.last_img read more

Glenn Harsh, Aug. 6

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We got rain over the weekend. Right here at the home farm where we really needed it the most we got three-quarters of an inch. It wasn’t a big cell that went through but it dropped quite a bit of water and the plants welcomed it. That perked things up quite a bit. Our home farm got the least out of the rain we had earlier in the week. It was about a half-inch and some of our other farms got .8-inch. We weren’t hurting but you don’t turn rain away in late July and early August.Things are coming along. The beans fields are at R5 or R6 and we found some frogeye. It was hot and the beans were showing some frogeye in the upper leaves. It was not at economic threshold by any means and with it being this late it is not that big of a concern. Spraying at this stage would not be an economic benefit. We found some leaves that had the most with 10% but there were other leaves at 1%, but it was definitely notable that it was out there. That field does not have a history of frogeye and it has good air flow so it must have blown in from somewhere. We are also looking for white mold and sudden death but really not seeing either of those.The corn is at milk to dough stage and the rain will definitely help set kernels and help the test weight and put those last kernels on the end of the ear. There is a pretty high chance for rains this week too and those could still help finish things out for the corn. There is a little gray leaf spot in the lower leaves and that certainly isn’t economic because it is below the ear leaf.We will be seeding cover crops in the next couple of weeks to get set up for next year.last_img read more