Related$1 Billion Upgrade for Denbigh Showground FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Denbigh Agricultural showground is to be upgraded at a cost of $1 billion. This was disclosed by President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant at the opening ceremony of the 54th staging of the Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show, at Denbigh, Clarendon on Saturday, August 5.He pointed out that the improvement project had already begun with the Society having leased a section of the property to the Wallenford and Mavis Bank coffee companies, which have already commenced work on a permanent structure.Additionally, Senator Grant noted that the All Island Beef Farmers Association and the Coconut Industry Board would be given a permanent home on the premises.Continuing, he informed that the organization would be providing the Jamaica 4-H Clubs with a 99- year lease that would allow the Clubs to develop a training centre for the nation’s youths. As a result of the lease, he explained that the Clubs would be able to train some 250 young people up from a capacity of 50 persons.“It is our vision to have the Denbigh show grounds transformed into a national agricultural theme park. this will become the agricultural mecca for showcasing the finest agricultural products, which would provide opportunities for the youth and act as a platform for our farmers,” he added.The 2006 Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show is being held from August 5 to Monday, August 7 under the theme: ‘Advancing Rural Development through Agriculture’.During the three days, a variety of agricultural produce and livestock from all parishes across the Island will be on display. The event will also see the participation of a number of persons from regional countries including Bermuda, Trinidad and Tobago, and St. Maarten. Related$1 Billion Upgrade for Denbigh Showground Advertisements Related$1 Billion Upgrade for Denbigh Showground $1 Billion Upgrade for Denbigh Showground UncategorizedAugust 7, 2006
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Danuel House tied his career high with 25 points off seven 3-pointers to lead Texas A&M a step closer to the NCAA tournament with a 62-52 victory at South Carolina on Saturday.House was 7-of-11 from long distance as the Aggies (19-7, 10-4 Southeastern Conference) reached 10 SEC victories for the first time since entering the league three seasons ago. Their overall victories are the most in coach Billy Kennedy’s four seasons and get their first chance to reach 20 wins – Texas A&M hadn’t accomplished that since going 24-9 in 2010-11, also the date of its last NCAA appearance – when they face No. 18 Arkansas on Tuesday night.South Carolina (13-13, 4-10) cut Texas A&M’s 13-point lead to five twice in the second half, but could get no closer.Michael Carrera led the Gamecocks with 17 points.Jalen Jones added 12 points for the Aggies.
Roc Thomas (9) at Auburn Fall Practice on Thursday. Roc Thomas, left, Jovon Robinson, middle and Peyton Barber are vying for the starting running back job.AUBURN — According to Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, his offense will know go-to tailback by the time they open Southeastern Conference play at LSU on Sept. 19.Or at least that’s the plan – which is always subject to change.Malzahn said Tuesday night “that would be nice” when asked if the coaching staff would like to identify the workload running back of the three likely candidates (Roc Thomas, Peyton Barber and Jovon Robinson) vying for the starting job.“I think that would be the plan that you would really like,” Malzahn said. “We’re just going to let it happen. We’re going to see how everything works out.”Malzahn said this year’s competition reminds him heavily of the same battle before the beginning of the 2013 season between Tre Mason, Corey Grant and Cameron Artis-Payne. In that season, Mason would end up getting more than a majority of the touches as he finished with 1,816 yards and 23 touchdowns. The other two would average 8.2 yards per carry but would only total 157 carries, less than half of the total rushes by Mason.Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee have been consistent that they have confidence in any of the three older players to be the starting running back but have also said Thomas and Barber have had the best preseason camps in the positional group.“The two older guys that have been with us had very good fall camps,” Malzahn said. “They protect it well. They understand their check downs. They ran the ball and had good ball security. After having some hiccups is starting to get more consistent. We got three guys that can do the job.”Statistics suggest Auburn’s offense under Malzahn will eventually find and highlight one singular ball carrier for this upcoming season. In his first two seasons at the helm of the Tigers program Malzahn’s offenses have never seen the first-string tailback get less than 64.6 percent of all the running back carries in a season.Malzahn also said Kerryon Johnson has been cleared for full participation in practice after suffering a lower body injury in preseason camp. Johnson was a 2014 Mr. Football selection in the state of Alabama and a four-star recruit from Madison. The freshman was impressing the coaching staff early on with his ability on the field and in the meeting room before suffering the injury.“He was back out there practicing today,” Malzahn said. “Matter of fact, I believe everybody was out there practicing today.”
The three-Test series, which marks the return of international cricket after the coronavirus shutdown, starts on Wednesday in Southampton behind closed doors.Jason Holder’s tourists boast a powerful pace attack but their batsmen have struggled to post challenging totals in recent years.“They have to be able to pounce immediately,” Lara said in comments on BBC Sport. “England are not beaten very easily at home and are overwhelming favourites.”Lara, who scored a record 11,953 runs for West Indies in 131 Tests, said it was vital the tourists adapted to English conditions quickly.“They have to hit the road running and stamp their authority on England,” said the 51-year-old.“I don’t think they can last five days, so they have to take these games in four days. They have to establish a lead and keep it.”West Indies, who beat England 2-1 in the Caribbean last year, have not won a series in England since 1988.“It’s going to be a series that’s watched all around the world and everybody is hoping to see a competitive series,” said Lara, who scored 34 Test centuries.“It would mean a lot to all West Indians if they could win.“If they play good cricket on the first day of the Test series, show they have the mettle to perform against England, that’s the key.”The second and third Tests will be played at Old Trafford, in Manchester, also in bio-secure environments.
20 September 2004Natalie du Toit and Fanie Lombaard were expected to deliver top-class performances at the Athens Paralympics. Both athletes proved the hype was justified on Sunday, delivering world record breaking performances to win South Africa’s first gold medals of the Games.Du Toit smashes her world recordDu Toit, who will contest seven events in the swimming pool in Athens, started off with a bang in the 100 metres butterfly. In the morning heats she destroyed her own previous world record by nearly three seconds, with a time of one minute 07.69 seconds.In the evening final, she improved on her morning swim with a time of 1:07.54, leaving her about four-and-a-half seconds clear of her closest opposition, Canadian swimmer Stephanie Dixon.It could be the beginning of a rich haul for the Cape Town swimmer; she is also entered in the three freestyle events – the 50 metres, 100 metres, and 400 metres – the 100 metres breaststroke, the 100 metres backstroke and the 200 metres individual medley.Fanie fetches his leg, takes goldFanie Lombaard broke his own world record in the shot put for leg amputees, throwing 13.81 metres to better his previous mark of 13.52 metres. It gave Lombaard a comfortable victory over second-placed Viktor Khilmonchyk, who recorded a career-best throw of 13.19 metres.Lombaard is competing in his third Paralympic Games, and Sunday’s gold medal was his sixth in a superb career.However, his win almost didn’t happen. He very nearly left the athletes’ village without his competition leg. Luckily for the former Blue Bulls’ rugby star, sprinter Oscar Pistorius noticed that Lombaard’s leg was missing and asked about it. Lombaard rushed back and fetched it, and was early enough to catch the next bus to the competition.He next competes on Tuesday in the discus. His aim is to become the first man ever to crack the 50 metres mark.Silver for multi-talented FieldThere was another medal for South Africa when visually impaired Scott Field captured a silver medal in the 100 metres butterfly. It was oh so close to gold too. Home swimmer Charalampos Tainidis won the race in 1:01.50 to Field’s 1:01.75.Field is a multi-talented sportsman. He and his brother Rory spearheaded South Africa to victory in the first ever Cricket World Cup for the Blind in 2000, with Scott named player of the tournament after scoring 763 runs at the astonishing average of 254.33.Other weekend resultsTadgh Slattery, swimming in the 200 metres individual medley final for athletes with cerebral palsy, came home in sixth place. Nathan Oliver, swimming in the butterfly final of the men’s S8 class, also finished sixth.Zanele Situ, a silver medal winner in the javelin in Sydney, managed seventh place in the shot put for athletes paralysed from the wait down. In the women’s discus, Jane Mandean finished sixth, Chennele van Zyl eighth, and Beverley Mashinini tenth.Multiple Boston Marathon winner Ernst van Dyk, showed that he is in fine form by winning his 1 500 metres wheelchair heat in a Paralympic record of 3:04.50. The new mark didn’t stand for long, however, as Frenchman Jean Jeannot bettered it in the very next heat.Nathan Meyer, a double gold-medallist in Sydney, won his 200 metres heat for arm-amputees.On the cycling track, Stephan Herholdt and Janos Plekker both recorded personal best times to qualify for the semi-finals of the individual pursuit.Pieter du Plooy was a winner in the men’s table tennis, beating Hatsuo Ono of Japan 3-0. Mark Nilsen also won, downing Greece’s Antonio Kalyvas 3-1.After the opening weekend of the Paralympics, South Africa occupied eleventh place on the overall medals table.
9 January 2013 Business confidence improved in December as the South African economy began showing signs of recovery, the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Wednesday. Sacci’s Business Confidence Index (BCI) improved from 91.7 points in November 2012 to 93 in December 2012. Sacci economist Richard Downing said that while there was some improvement, business confidence was still not at a convincing level for investors. The BCI was 6.1 points below its December 2011 level, but remained better than the substantial 8.5 year-on-year difference in March 2012. “Although the December 2012 figure improved slightly, the fourth quarter of 2012 was the poorest performing quarter of the year,” he said. The BCI gauges the business community’s mood in response to economic conditions. It uses 13 sub-indices which include manufacturing, exports, imports, vehicle sales, construction, share prices, inflation, and the rand exchange rate. The pace of decline in business confidence moderated during the year and the level at the end of 2012 was still unacceptably low, Downing said. “Given that 2010 is the current BCI base year [at 100 points], the deterioration to an average of 94.1 for 2012, after averaging 119 in 2006, gives an indication of the extent of erosion of local business confidence in recent years.” Positive contributions to business confidence came from manufacturing and construction activity, while all the financial sub-indices had a positive impact with the exception of the rand exchange rate. The rand was positive on a monthly basis, but negative on an annual basis. Municipal services, import volumes and retail sales made negative contributions to the BCI on both a monthly and an annual basis. “There were signs of a possible recovery in certain real activities towards the end of 2012,” Downing said. “Export volumes, real credit extension, new vehicle sales, manufacturing output and building plans passed all improved on levels of a year ago.” Downing said improvements in business confidence would be realised only if there was decisive action on threats of continued labour protests. He said the country’s socio-economic problems could be resolved with clear policy resolutions to support improved economic performance and a conducive business environment. Sapa
A miner holding the Cullinan Diamond. Stone mine managers houses beautiful preserved. A replica Cullinan Diamond, with the nine stones it was cut into. The mine now, with the big hole in the background. The early workings, with coco pans carrying the rock from the mine surface.(Images: Petra Diamonds)MEDIA CONTACTS • Cathy MalinsCorporate Communications Manager,Petra Diamonds+27 (0)44 20 7494 8203• Dave Alderson-SmithCurator, McHardy House Museum+27 (0)12 734 1415Lucille DavieA rare 25.5 carat blue diamond was found at the Cullinan Mine, the third biggest diamond producer in South Africa, last month. Blue diamonds are among the rarest and most highly coveted of all diamonds and the Cullinan mine is the most important source of blues in the world, according to Petra Diamonds, the company that owns the mine.“They are so rare that there aren’t official statistics on their discovery rate,” says Cathy Malins, Petra’s corporate communications manager. In the five years that Petra has operated the mine, over 15-million tons of rock have been brought to the surface, producing about 5-million carats but only three world-class blue diamonds, she adds.A carat refers to the weight of a diamond. One carat weighs 0.2 grams. The diamonds are recovered from one of the biggest kimberlite pipes in the world. Kimberlite is named after the South African diamond mining town of Kimberley, where the gems were first discovered in the country. It refers to a type of potassic volcanic rock known to contain diamonds.Cullinan is some 40km northeast of Pretoria in Gauteng Province. The mine goes to a depth of 732 metres, where this blue diamond was found. “Once the ore is transported to surface, it goes through the processing plant and the blue diamond was recovered during the normal process of concentrating underground material, with final recovery by method of x-ray,” says Malins.In the past five years, several blue diamonds have been recovered at Petra, including a 26.6 carat rough stone which was cut into a flawless and vivid blue 7 carat stone that sold for US$9.49-million – or US$1.35-million per carat – on auction in May 2009. At the time, it was the highest price per carat for any gemstone sold on auction, and the highest price for a blue diamond sold on auction. It was named the Star of Josephine by its new owner, a Hong Kong property tycoon.Malins indicates that it is not clear exactly at present what will be done with the latest discovery. “The blue is currently being evaluated in order to decide the best route to market,” she says.In all, the Cullinan Mine has yielded 11 rare blues which were displayed in 2000 at London’s Millennium Dome alongside the Millennium Star. Famous larger blues recovered at the mine include the 27 carat vivid blue Heart of Eternity, and an unnamed 39.2 carat rough blue which was recovered and sold in 2008.Petra Diamonds indicates that demand for the gems continues to rise, particularly in developing countries like China and India. “Demand growth for diamonds in emerging markets is expected to continue as global wealth and consumer spending increase,” says the mining house.At present, there are 30 significant diamond mines operating in the world today. “To date, the most important discoveries (other than Argyle in Australia) have clustered into three regions of the world: southern Africa, Siberia, and western Canada.”The Cullinan DiamondThe world’s most famous diamond was found in Cullinan around 1905 by Frederick Wells. Thomas Cullinan had bought the farm Elandsfontein in 1903 when he heard that an English prospector, Perceval Tracey, had found a three carat diamond on the neighbouring farm. The diamond was found nine metres down, protruding from the pit wall.Known as the Cullinan Diamond, it was 3 106 carats and measured 10.5cm across, and was as large as a man’s fist. The huge diamond was cut into nine diamonds of varying sizes, the largest, named Cullinan 1 or The Great Star of Africa, weighed 530.2 carats. It is the second largest polished diamond in the world. It, together with the lesser Star of Africa or Cullinan II, forms part of the British Imperial State Crown, and are on display in the Tower of London. They were given to King Edward VII of England on his 66th birthday.The largest polished diamond in the world, the 545 carat Golden Jubilee, also comes from Cullinan. Thomas Cullinan, who was later knighted, was a building contractor. His house, on the ridge in Parktown, Johannesburg, still exists. He remained involved in the mine until 1923, when he resigned as chairman. He died in 1936.Other large diamondsOther large diamonds recovered at Cullinan include the Premier Rose (353 carats), the Niarchos (426 carats), the De Beers Centenary (599 carats), the Golden Jubilee (755 carats) and the famous Taylor-Burton diamond (69 carats). More recently, the Cullinan Heritage, with 507 carats, was recovered and sold for US$35.3-million in 2010, the highest price ever obtained for a rough diamond.Over the years, the mine has produced more than 750 stones weighing more than 100 carats, 130 stones weighing more than 200 carats, and around a quarter of all diamonds weighing more than 400 carats. Prospects for its future are good – it has been estimated that the lifespan of the mine could still be more than 50 years.Petra acquired the Cullinan Mine in 2008, and has interests in eight other mines, seven of which are in South Africa; one is in Tanzania. It also has an exploration programme in Botswana.When the mine was first established, about 26 000 workers were employed in the operation. Nowadays, just 1 000 people work the mine, going down 760 metres by means of 560 kilometres of tunnels. The early excavations have left a large hole, which is three times bigger than the more famous Kimberley hole in the Northern Cape. The vast hole measures a kilometre across and half-a-kilometre wide, and leaves a gap going down into the earth of 700 metres. It is continually widening, as 80 000 tons of rock fall into it every year.Original villageThe original village of Cullinan is largely intact, with a row of semi-detached stone Edwardian houses on either side of Oak Street, now converted into curio and craft shops, interspersed with coffee shops and restaurants. Larger houses within the mine property, with their green roofs and white fascias, belonged to mine managers. A Masonic Hall, a number of churches and a recreation hall, all dating back to the early 1900s and built in local sandstone, indicate the diversity of the early mining community. These days the village consists of 460 houses.The McHardy House Museum in Oak Street belonged to William and Evalina McHardy and their seven children. McHardy was the general manager of the mine and the house was built in 1903. After the deaths of the two daughters in 1984, the mine bought the contents of the house and turned it into a museum. The museum, like many other shops and restaurants in the village, is open every day except Tuesdays.A steam train leaves from Pretoria on the weekends, taking commuters for a day trip to the village and back again. Several tour companies offer tours of the mine and village, providing an informative look inside the operation of hauling large skips above ground, taking the rock to be crushed and washed, and once fine sorting has taken place, to be hauled off to join a mountain of discarded rock being created west of the site.Visitors walk near the big hole. Jacaranda, pepper and coral trees that dot the site, are reminders of another time. The tour ends in the mine shop, where diamonds ranging from R23 000 to R2.3-million can be bought. Diamond cutting can also be observed.On display is a 66-faceted diamond, referred to proudly as the Cullinan cut, a cut that is unique to the Cullinan Mine. A glance at the diamond through a magnifying glass reveals a beautifully crafted gemstone.
YFM DJ Moeti Tsiki, also known as Mo Flava, facilitated the dialogueIn 1976, young South Africans came together to play a pivotal role in highlighting the injustices of apartheid; they risked their lives squaring up to a heartless regime and secured a place in history for their role in liberating the country. They left a lasting legacy. Now, the young people of this generation are looking for ways to make their mark on South Africa’s history.Brand South Africa and the Sowetan, through the Play Your Part/Sowetan Dialogues, invited youngsters to The Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton on 18 June to discuss the issue. The event coincided closely with 16 June, the 38-year anniversary of the Soweto Student Uprising, in which school children protested the introduction of Afrikaans as a language of instruction in schools.YFM DJ Moeti Tsiki, also known as Mo Flava, facilitated the dialogue and panellists included Simamkele Dlakavu, a One Young World Ambassador and producer on e.tv’s The Big Debate; Neliswa Fente, co-founder of SpringAGE, a youth-led innovation company; and Nzinga Qunta, an ANN7 TV presenter and entrepreneur.Tsiki kicked off the dialogue asking, “[In 1976] Young people with no guidance from political parties managed to organise themselves and go against the apartheid government. After 20 years of freedom is the youth of today, who don’t share the same struggles, able to leave a lasting legacy with no common goal?”The answers were enlightening.Panelists Neliswa Fente, co-founder of SpringAGE, a youth-led innovation company; and Nzinga Qunta, an ANN7 TV presenter and entrepreneurINTER-GENERATIONAL DIALOGUEFente expressed the need for “intergenerational dialogue” for today’s youth to learn from their forebears; she said, “What we need is inter-generational dialogues that will see youngsters interacting with older people … with both learning about each other’s struggles and not the other believing they know better.”Fente represented South Africa at the One Young World Conference in Zurich in 2011 and in 2013 she sat as an Advisory Board Member for One Young World. She is also a South African Spark Change Maker for 2013 and was named one of South Africa’s Top 20 Inspiring Young people of 2013 by Youth Village.One Young World is a group of the world’s brightest young people solving the world’s problems.She added that young people need deliberate spaces to collaborate to reach their goals.STRUCTURAL IMBALANCEDlakavu introduced her thoughts with a statistic, saying that more than 80% of SA youth are not involved in civic organisations and lack organisational skills.She added that “Structural and infrastructure issues hold youth back from fulfilling their potential, but many persevere and make it.”She believes that a common goal brought the children together in 1976, but that today young people live in an “individualistic world” that advocates personal achievements, making it difficult to have common goals.To address this, Dlakavu believes that youngsters need to have the “spirit of service” where they take time to do for others at no benefit to themselves.“Before the elections we were in Marikana and I was touched when young people had organised themselves in groups and tutored each other because they had lost a lot of schooling time … instead of sitting at home complaining they decided to do it for themselves and educate one another,” she said.She added that young people are not short of role models and concluded by saying, “We need to move beyond selfishness and towards being of service to others.”The latest in the series of dialogues asked South Africa’s young people to consider the legacy they want to leave for their childrenSTART WITH YOUR PASSIONQunta believes that for youngsters to leave a lasting legacy they should follow their passions and forget about the grand gestures.She described working with volunteer organisation Cheese Kids for South Africa, where the founders also followed their passions; she said, “When Cheese Kids for South Africa was started we were at a garage with [founder] Shaka Sisulu and decided to go paint an orphanage for the day.”Qunta believes that to make the country a better one, all who live in it need to contribute; “If you’re living in South Africa during this democracy and you’re not doing anything to extend yourself beyond your family and friends, then you are not doing anything to make this a better country.”She also addressed youngsters’ sometimes unrealistic expectations, saying, “Another thing the youth of today need to do is forget about all the glamorous careers, because who will build roads and infrastructure if we are all DJs?”“There is a bit of swag in being a farmer,” she said, to much laughter.She concluded talking about her own passions and goals, saying she plays her role in improving South Africa by being in the media, distributing information, and added that in order to leave a lasting legacy, youngsters need to identify their passion to know where to play their roles.
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