Now the long awaited State visit to the UK by President Zuma has taken place, John Battersby reflects on the historic occasion. Visit Reconnect Africa to read more.Gallery: Zuma’s UK state visit
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After bumping into a fellow hunter in the pre-dawn darkness as we both attempted to set up operations in anticipation of that morning’s gobbler season opener, I vowed to start the pre-season process a little earlier than opening morning this year. That we had both selected the same private-land meadow to monitor for toms to target and were about to set up some 20 yards from each other was incentive enough to make sure the same thing didn’t happen this April.Starting “early” last year, in that I was in my blind 20 minutes before the other camo-clad hunter sauntered past on the way to his blind, may have qualified me to claim first dibs on the spot. However, some might argue that since his blind had actually been up before mine, placed nearby but unbeknownst to me the day before, that he had rights to the hunting spot. To his credit, just before the sky began to color in the east, the tardy-by-20-minutes hunter conceded the contested space and ambled over the hill to set up elsewhere. I was conflicted about the outcome and started feeling especially guilty when it began to rain and I knew he was out in the open while I enjoyed the overhead protection of my blind while his sat idle down the treeline.I got over it with the first gobble that boomed out of the adjacent woodlot. But I never forgot the dilemma and dedicated a late-March weekend to catching up with the fellow hunter, who I recognized and knew where he lived. After several tries I caught him at home, thanked him for bowing out last season and explained my intention to set up in the same area — where I have hunted every opening week for a decade — and asked if that conflicted with his own plans.As luck would have it, they did not, as he had plans to hunt elsewhere. That means I can look forward to having the meadow to myself this season, barring the arrival of any other walk-ins on land that the good-hearted owner simply has a hard time denying anyone permission to hunt.Ohio spring turkey hunting season opens statewide on Monday, April 18, and continues through sunset Sunday, May 15. Youths got a jump on things with their special two-day gobbler season on Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17.Many young hunters found success during Ohio’s 2016 youth spring wild turkey season after 1,564 birds were harvested, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Hunters age 17 and under were eligible to participate in the two-day season. The total harvest was a slight decrease from 2015, when 1,589 wild turkeys were checked.All participants were required to possess a valid Ohio youth hunting license, a spring turkey permit and be accompanied by a non-hunting adult. The youth turkey season was open statewide, with the exception of Lake La Su An State Wildlife Area in Williams County, which required a special hunting permit.The youth spring turkey season is one of four special youth-only hunting seasons designed by the ODNR Division of Wildlife to offer a safe and productive early hunting experience for young hunters. Special seasons are also set aside for upland game, white-tailed deer and waterfowl hunting opportunities.
TFA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Colm Maguire was full of praise for BMTA’s efforts towards attainment of “Super Six” status.“BMTA were one of the first affiliates to complete an ASET agreement and have been extremely proactive in accessing and adopting products, services, and ideals that underpin the ASET program. The Australian Sports Commission endorses the ASET Program as best practice method for sports delivery, and the tailored support that TFA has been able to offer BMTA has ensured positive outcomes for all, particularly affiliated members, ” Mr. Maguire said. BMTA General Manager Matt Hall is extremely proud of the recognition BMTA has received with the “Super Six” status.“It’s fantastic to see Touch Football progressing to incorporate best practice business policies and practices and to know that we are working with the sport to achieve positive and productive outcomes is another indicator of the growth we are having.” Mr. Hall said. The official presentation of the “Super Six” Award to BMTA will occur at 7.15pm at the BMTA Clubhouse at the Whites Hill Complex. Planning AusTouch Interaction/Compliance Junior Pathways/Senior Pathways Sporting Pulse Refereeing Infrastructure Opening night of the PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL) will coincide with a presentation of the “Super Six” Award to the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA) by Touch Football Queensland Branch Manager, Mr. Jeremy Sorensen.BMTA is the first of a number of affiliates around Queensland who will be granted “Super Six” status in the near future. The “Super Six” status acknowledges excellence in the delivery of services to members and allows eligibility for the Touch Football Australia (TFA) Grant Scheme and the Affiliate of the Year Award.The “Super Six” status is linked to the strategic outcomes of TFA via the benchmarking ASET program that requires affiliates to complete a Needs Analysis and then a Service Agreement to work in unison with TFA to deliver outcomes to their members across thirteen different streams.To be eligible for Super Six status, affiliates must demonstrate that they meet the Super Six Criteria below:
Tasmania, one of Touch Football’s growth States, will be out to impress at the 18 Years National Championships in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, from 17 – 20 September, 2007. Tasmania’s best young players have been plucked from around the State to form the Boys and Girls teams that will contest the premier event on the National junior calendar. The teams will be mentored by two of the most experienced coaches in Tasmania, John Dowling (Boys) and Deb Button (Girls). Mr. Dowling, who has coached at representative level for 12 years, and socially for more than 20, has been in charge of the Tasmanian 18 Years Boys team for the past four years.He said he was satisfied with the team that has been picked, but said the key to a successful campaign was not to be overconfident. “You’re goals have to be realistic, and we should realistically be aiming to play on the Saturday, which is finals day,” Dowling said. In 2004, Dowling’s first year in charge, Tasmania defeated Victoria and South Australia.“That was a magnificent result for us because everyone expected us to finish at the bottom of the table,” Dowling said.Unfortunately the team couldn’t repeat the positive result, finishing near the bottom in 2005. Last year Tasmania drew with the Gold Coast and defeated the Crusaders and Northern Territory.Dowling was looking to 2007 for better results from his charges.“Our main goal is to play on finals day because in 2005 we didn’t win a game and we actually finished up on the Friday, which wasn’t pleasant.” Mr. Dowling said.The standard of Touch Football in Australia’s island state has improved markedly over the last five years.This is largely due to the introduction of a development program from under-12s to opens, as well as an increase in the amount of people qualified in technical areas of the game.The three major affiliates, the Southern, Devonport, and the Launceston Touch Associations, have provided all players in both the selected sides. Training sessions will rotate between the affiliates to offset the tyranny of distance and minimize the costs of travelling for all. Some players will have to travel as far as 300km to attend some of the sessions. The Girls’ first training camp will be this weekend 16 – 17 June, with the Boys meeting the following weekend. “I’ve got some parameters that I would like the team to achieve. I’ve got a vision for the team as to what I expect, and I’ll actually give the players, in partnership with myself and the other officials, some team goals,” Mr. Dowling said. Dowling will also be constructing individual training programs for each of his players. One of the main objectives of the team will be to gain respect. “We certainly want to finish as high as we possibly can. We’re not going to make the top four or five, that’s an unrealistic expectation, but I’d be confident that we could make the playoffs for the plate or shield finals. I want the opposition to think of us as being highly skilled and disciplined. We’ll play with a high level of intensity and meet all the challenges thrown at us and hopefully earn the respect of our opponents,” he said. The Boys’ side will feature four players that played in the National Touch League Under-20s division in 2006. There will also be a number of experienced players that have progressed from the Under-15 ranks. One of the strike weapons for the Tasmanian Boys team will be newcomer Trent Gutteridge, who has only been playing Touch Football for about 18 months but has plenty of potential. “He’s still learning the game, but he’s exceptionally quick. We’ll be looking to develop him further through our training program,” Dowling said. The girls will be similarly strong. Last year the team aimed to finish in the top 15, and achieved its goal. This year they will be trying to improve on the result.One of the stars of the girls’ team will be 2006 TFA National 18 Years Youth Development Squad member Emily Hudson. This year’s event will be the bubbly Hudson’s third tournament. In 2005, aged 15 and in just her first year of Touch Football, Hudson participated in her first Under-18 National Championships. She, along with current National Youth training squad member Emma Haines impressed all and sundry who attended the Inaugural National Youth Development Training Camp at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast in 2006.The two “Tassie devils” competed well with their more experienced squad mates from NSW and Queensland, and showed great talent and determination at the Youth Camp to stamp themselves as players of the future. This year Emily is looking forward to taking on more of a leadership role. She said she was excited about the upcoming tournament. “For me the best thing will be seeing the other talent, especially in the NSW and QLD teams. You learn heaps from playing against quality players. For the team it will definitely be about progression for the next two years because we’ve got a pretty young team this year,” Hudson said. Hudson believed the Tasmanian side was definitely on the improve. “We’re a very quick side this year. Even though we’re a young group, we’ve all been playing for five or six years, so we know the game pretty well.” Both the boys and girls’ teams will be busy in preparation for September. When the 18 Years National Championships role around, keep an eye out for the Tasmanian teams and let’s hope they get their wish and extend their tournament into Finals day.
Man Utd chief Woodward: Solskjaer job secureby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEd Woodward says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will remain Manchester United manager no matter what happens against Liverpool on Sunday.Supporters are growing restless after United’s spluttering start which sees them in 12th with nine points from eight games.But Woodward insists the club have a long-term plan that includes Solskjaer at the helm.”Ole has also instilled the discipline back into an environment where we may have lacked it in recent years,” said Woodward in an address to staff at Old Trafford. “He is building a squad that respects the club’s history, in which players work hard and respect their team-mates.”No one is bigger than the club. The changes we saw over the summer have resulted in a very young squad. But it’s also a squad, with the players and the culture, that provides a base camp for us to build and grow from as we start our new journey.”He added: “Ole’s vision maps exactly to the core three football objectives we have: we must win trophies, we must play attacking football, and we must give youth its chance,” said Woodward.”The middle section of last season, after Ole’s arrival, feels most relevant to what we want to achieve and where we want to be, we saw a team playing fast, fluid football, with a clear representation of the style and philosophy the manager wants.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: MVP Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates their 33 to 32 win over the Michigan Wolverines during the Capitol One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 30, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)Deandre Burnett is a guard on the Ole Miss basketball team. He’s also the brother of Dalvin Cook, Florida State’s top player.Ole Miss and Florida State will hit the field Monday night to open the 2016 season in the Camping World Kickoff. The Seminoles’ best player, running back Dalvin Cook, has a unique connection to Ole Miss: his brother plays basketball for the Rebels.Cook’s brother, Deandre Burnett, will be eligible to play guard for Ole Miss this season after sitting out last year. He’s a transfer from the University of Miami.In this hilarious video released today by Ole Miss basketball, Burnett meets Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly and members of the Ole Miss defense. When he is introduced to the latter, things get interesting.? Our dynamic new guard Deandre Burnett, brother of FSU’s Dalvin Cook, meets Chad Kelly & the @OleMissFB team ??? pic.twitter.com/uGZNdN4y4m— Ole Miss Basketball (@OleMissMBB) September 1, 2016That’s fantastic social media work by Ole Miss. Well-done.Florida State and Ole Miss kickoff at 8:00 p.m. ET Monday night from Camping World Stadium in Orlando. ABC will have the broadcast.
Bermuda-based shipping company Teekay Corporation added another Suezmax tanker, the Seoul Spirit, to its fleet on September 13, 2016.The company said it took over the technical management of the vessel at the Gibraltar Anchorage, adding that the Seoul Spirit will join the company’s “Centaurus” team.Featuring a length of 274 meters and a width of 48 meters, the tanker was built in 2005 by South Korea’s shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME).The 160,000 dwt Suezmax was bought in August 2015 from US-based Principal Maritime as part of a batch of twelve tankers purchased by Teekay for a price of USD 662 million.Teekay Tankers currently owns a fleet of 47 vessels, including product tankers, Aframaxes, Suezmaxes and VLCC tankers, according to data provided by VesselsValue.World Maritime News Staff
May 4, 2003RICHIE HAVENS: The concert season at Arcosanti started with a wonderful performance by Richie Havens. [Photo: Henry Diltz & text: sa] For each concert/dinner combination, the audience is invited to arrive before dinner for a special tour. [Photo & text: sa] The cafe is nicely prepared for the concert dinner. Set-up crew and serving staff [from left] Roma Tre student Francesca Venturoni, April workshopper Robert Clyde, maintenance staff member Gwen Birk, Roma Tre student Chiara Voicu and Italian Project staff member Matteo di Michele. [Photo & text: sa] Chef Jim Powell directs the set-up of the serving line. The menu for the evening is: Chickenbreast sauteed with Rosemary and Thyme, Tempeh sauteed with Cilantro and Cremini Mushrooms, Jasmine Rice, Eggplant roasted in Olive Oil and steamed Asparagus with roasted Red Pepper Sauce. The dessert was Rasberry Sorbet served with Anise and Mint Dark Chocolate. [Photo & text: sa] The serving crew is in place and ready for action. [Photo & text: sa] Appreciative comments could be heard throughout the diningroom. Dinner was delicious. [Photo & text: sa] Richie Havens arrived in the early afternoon and spend some warm-up time with his accompanist Walter Parks. [Photo & text: sa] [Photo: sa] [Photos: sa] The concert was well received. Richie Havens entertained the crowd with thoughtful songs and some very funny stories. It was a pleasure to attend another well organized event at Arcosanti. [Photo & text: sa]
Liberty Global’s satellite unit, UPC DTH, has now surpassed 800,000 customers in Europe – a more than 60% increase since the formation of the division in 2010.Liberty provides satellite TV services in Central and Eastern Europe operating under the brand names freeSAT in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, UPC Direct in Hungary, and Focus Sat in Romania.UPC DTH claims that it continues to expand its channel portfolio and has brought 18 new international and local channels, many in HD, to its customers over the past 12 months.“To mark the milestone of surpassing 800,000 customers, UPC DTH awarded its 800,000th customer, Elena D. from Bucharest a Focus Sat customer with one year free service,” said UPC DTH.“In addition, UPC DTH has announced a competition starting Wednesday, October 21, with a year’s free service available to a total of five winners across the four operating countries.”
Satellite operator Eutelsat now claims to offer more than 1,000 channels in high definition, following the launch of Chinese channel CGTN HD in Europe earlier this month.Eutelsat said that HD TV continues to gain ground across its broadcast satellites, with 240 HD channels launched in 2016 – equalling the total number launched during the previous two years.HD take-up was particularly strong at Eutelsat’s flagship Hotbird position, with HD channels now accounting for almost one in four channels in the line-up.Eutelsat attributed this to progressive HD adoption by public broadcasters like Rai and CCTV; new premium pay TV content in flagship platforms including Sky Italia, Polsat, nc+ and Nova; and a wave of new free-to-air channels like Euronews HD and Al Jazeera English.Eutelsat said that its Hotbird neighbourhood now has a total of 250 HD channels, up 25% year-on-year.The other two neighbourhoods it highlighted as notable for “exclusive content and market leadership” were: its 7/8° West position over the Middle East and North Africa, which has almost 150 HD channels, up 40% in a year; and its 36° East position, serving Russian and African markets, which has 114 HD channels, up 14%.Eutelsat’s commercial and development director, Michel Azibert, described last year as a “tipping point for High Definition TV across our portfolio of video neighbourhoods, culminating in a new landmark of 1,000 channels, many of which are exclusive to Eutelsat”.“We are fully equipped to accommodate this accelerating pace and to work closely with broadcasters as they transition to an enhanced viewing experience.”Eutelsat’s 1,000 HD channel mark was reached following the launch of CGTN HD, the news and current affairs channel of China’s CCTV media organization. This represented CCTV’s first move into HDTV in Europe.