Two of Europe’s biggest clubs go head-to-head in the second semi-final of the NextGen Series at Brentford’s Griffin Park on Wednesday night.The academy sides of Inter Milan and Marseille are competing for a place in the final of a new tournament which has been dubbed ‘the Champions League of youth football’.Tickets are £5 for adults and £2 for under 16s.Sixteen of the continent’s top clubs took part in the group phase which began back in August, with Aston Villa, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur representing England.Of those clubs, Liverpool went the furthest, getting knocked out in the first semi-final by Ajax.The winners of tonight’s game will face the Dutch team in Sunday’s final at Leyton Orient’s Brisbane Road ground.
Just under 20% of the South Africa’s households are directly involved in and dependent on the agriculture sector according to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). (Images: Lima)A slowing economy coupled with rising unemployment figures means many people have little choice but to grow some of their own food to ensure food security for their families. Thousands of vulnerable households across the country have benefitted from food security projects through Lima Rural Development Foundation.The foundation, a non-government organisation (NGO) established in 1989, is one of the organisations leading the charge to use agriculture to empower South Africa’s rural communities.The development of the communities the organisation worked with was “central to Lima’s focus”, explained Duncan Stewart, its managing director. He was speaking at the organisation’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2014. “Our donors and clients have been relentless in their support of our initiatives. Lima presently has 78 active projects that are being funded by our generous supporters.”It has implemented and is running rural development projects in all nine of South Africa’s provinces to ensure its services reach as many rural and urban communities as possible. It works through partnerships with several private and government entities such as the Department of Human Settlements and Mondi, the packaging and paper company.LIMA’S IMPACT ON RURAL COMMUNITIESAs part of Lima’s efforts over the years to alleviate poverty in South Africa’s rural communities, the NGO has established numerous training and economic development programmes in areas where it has identified the need.A large portion of its efforts has gone to aiding the transformation of the agricultural sector and raising the level of black economic empowerment, with marked efforts to empower women in particular.Among Lima’s many projects are its food security programmes, which help combat poverty and malnutrition in rural areas where food insecurity levels are highest. Given rising levels of HIV and Aids coupled with increasing unemployment, people are given little choice but to grow their own food as prices escalate and opportunities to earn an income dwindle.The foundation helps in this regard to increase food production in selected households by providing nutrition education, technical support and infrastructural development.Its projects cover a wide variety of subjects, such as developing community and school gardens for fresh produce, proper fencing and best practices to reduce costs such as irrigation systems that involve harvesting rain water, pest control and effective composting.Services go on to include disease control, establishing Aids support groups, clubs for the elderly, community-based care givers, homes for orphaned children as well as supporting and developing schools.RURAL LIVELIHOODSUSTAINABLE RURAL COMMUNITIESAccording to the foundation’s website, more than 5 000 vulnerable households across the country have benefited from Lima’s food security projects alone, with thousands more benefitting from other projects such as its engineering or housing projects.“The warmth and love that we receive from rural communities every day is what keeps us sane and motivated,” Stewart said in concluding the foundation’s 25th anniversary celebration. “The dreams and visions of the communities define our future agenda and from them we take our lead.”For more information about the activities of the Lima Rural Development Foundation, visit its website or get in touch via its contact us page.
Jammu and Kashmir recorded a 71.1% polling in the second phase of panchayat polls on Tuesday. Despite the cold wave in the Valley and Ladakh, voters queued up outside the booths since the morning. “An overwhelming 80.4% polling was witnessed in the Jammu division and 52.2% in the Kashmir division,” Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra said.Kupwara in north Kashmir registered the highest 69.7%, while Anantnag in the south, once the bastion of Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti, saw just 1% polling. “Voters here are dejected about the failure of the Centre and the State to adopt a policy to resolve the political problem of Kashmir. Even the PDP is hated by many for allying with the BJP. Besides, daily killings of civilians and militants also made participation in the polls difficult,” Ghulam Muhammad Dar, a resident of Anantnag, said. Kargil recorded a 66.5% polling and Leh 66.3%, with election staff trekking over snow to deploy ballot boxes at an altitude of 4,870 metres in areas such as Lingshed.A total of 4,014 candidates are in the fray for 281 sarpanch seats and 1,286 panch seats. “Ninety sarpanchs and 1,069 panchs were declared elected unopposed,” Mr. Kabra said.Kashmir witnessed a 64.5% polling and Jammu 79.4% in the first phase.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Robertson quits Twitter after Napoli backlashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool left-back Andrew Robertson may have deactivated his Twitter account.The decision could be connected to the Reds’ 2-0 defeat at Napoli on Tuesday.The Scot gave away a late penalty when he was adjudged to have fouled Jose Callejon in the box, with Dries Mertens slotting home from the spot.Fernando Llorente then nipped in ahead of Robertson to seal victory for the home side in stoppage time.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp hit out at the decision to award the the penalty – and the failure to overturn it through VAR – after the game, although former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has claimed it was the right decision.The Mirror reports a search for his Twitter account ‘@andrewrobertso5’ shows up no results, although his Instagram account is still online at the time of writing.
Twitter/@BigTenNetworkThe first episode of Big Ten Network’s Hard Knocks-style documentary series about Ohio State football, Scarlet & Gray Days, premiered tonight, and it promises to be an incredibly fun look inside the defending national champions as we head towards the season. The episode highlighted a few players, including quarterback Cardale Jones, QB-turned-receiver and h-back Braxton Miller, and linebacker Josh Perry. Here are our five favorite moments from the pilot episode.1.) Josh Perry describes his Ronda Rousey-based beef with Cardale Jones:Cardale may have the shirt, but Perry has the photo. We expect this to be a recurring storyline.2.) Braxton Miller gets burgers and hot dogs, while Cardale Jones gets the first class meal:Lesson learned: even former Big Ten Players of the Year have to eat the worse meal if they oversleep before a workout.3.) Big brothers are chosen for Ohio State freshmen:Very cool, and funny look inside the process.4.) Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs trash talks h-back Jalin Marshall:Every year when HBO does Hard Knocks, one of the assistant coaches is a breakout star. For Scarlet & Gray Days, it looks like Coombs will be that guy.5.) Urban Meyer coaches up Braxton Miller at wide receiver:Is there a more intriguing skill position player in the country right now?Overall, very fun first episode from Big Ten Network. This will certainly help us get through these long last few weeks before football officially begins.
Having a conversation with John Bentley Mays, who died suddenly while on a walk with friends in High Park in Toronto last Friday, could be a disorienting experience. First of all, his bald head was unusually large and bulbous, as though made to be chiseled from marble, and his eyes, gazing out from behind glasses with thick black rims, had a fixed, unblinking attentiveness that rarely betrayed where his singular mind was roaming.But despite his seemingly imperious—if not impenetrable—presence, his voice was disarmingly gentle and had a distinctive drawl. Though by the end he had spent more than half his life in Toronto, a city he loved and explored deeply, Bentley Mays never lost the quality of being a southern gentlemen, an enduring trace of a complicated childhood on a crumbling cotton plantation in America’s deep south. “When I first read Faulkner,” he once told me, “I really thought I was reading about my childhood.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisement
APTN National NewsThe life of Brian Sinclair ended tragically inside a Winnipeg emergency room in 2008.APTN has been following the story ever since.Brian was a double amputee who rolled into the health science centre in his wheel chair. He needed his catheter changed and medication for a bladder infection.34 hours after he arrived, he was found dead in the emergency room.His family say he was ignored to death.
JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister says Oman will open its airspace to Israel’s national airline.The move appears to have no immediate practical effect as the carrier is barred from flying over Saudi Arabia. But it marks another sign of warming ties between Israel and Gulf Arab states.Benjamin Netanyahu told a gathering of Israeli ambassadors Monday that Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said granted El Al permission to pass through its airspace during the Israeli leader’s surprise visit to the country in October. The two states have no formal diplomatic relations.Saudi Arabia broke a decades-long ban on the use of its airspace for flights to Israel last spring, when it allowed India’s national carrier to transit its skies. The kingdom’s approval did not extend to El Al.The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, B.C. – An advocacy group that argues for the interests of taxpayers will be asking the courts to allow it take part in separate legal cases in British Columbia and Saskatchewan in a dispute over federal and provincial jurisdiction.The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says it will request permission for intervener status in order to fight against the federal carbon tax in Saskatchewan and in favour of getting pipelines built through B.C.A reference question filed in the B.C. Appeal Court by the provincial government is asking it to affirm its right to protect the province from the threat of a diluted bitumen spill. The group is also applying to the courts for standing in the Saskatchewan case where the provincial government wants a ruling on whether the federal government can impose a carbon tax.Federation director Aaron Wudrick says it’s critical that Canadian taxpayers be represented at both proceedings where federal and provincial jurisdictions will be clarified.The federation says it will be filing the intervener applications over the coming weeks.The federal Liberal government has already announced that it will intervene in the B.C. case, which could decide the future of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from the Edmonton-area to port in Burnaby.Kris Sims, the B.C. director for the federation says the Canadian way of life and economic prosperity depend on oil and gas and British Columbia must stop efforts to block the expansion.“We are going to bat for taxpayers in this fight because without a robust economy, and without access to affordable oil and gas, people in B.C. won’t be able to drive to work, the cost of everything will surge and they won’t be able to pay the taxes that our governments impose on us,” Sims says.
Former NFL wide receiver Anquan Boldin says it’s a “travesty” that Colin Kaepernick isn’t in the league.Boldin, the co-founder of The Players Coalition, tells PodcastOne Sports Now guest host Rob Maaddi that Kaepernick “deserves” to be in the NFL and AP NFL writer Barry Wilner dissects NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s comments on Kaepernick and officiating.FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2016 file photo, from left, San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, quarterback Colin Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)Former NFL running back Steven Jackson talks about the turnover he lived through playing for the Rams before ending his career with the Patriots. Saints linebacker Demario Davis admits it’s tough being in Atlanta for the Super Bowl following his team’s gut-wrenching loss to Los Angeles in the NFC title game.Falcons executive Steve Cannon raves about Mercedes Benz Stadium and its fan-friendly experience.Movie producer Will Packer shares insight into his upcoming film about a female sports agent who can read men’s minds.