Kurtenbach: Draymond Green found his best game at the best time

first_imgOAKLAND — When Draymond Green came into the NBA in 2012, he was labeled a tweener — a player not big enough to be a power forward, but not agile enough to be a small forward, either.Seven years, three titles, and a Hall of Fame-worthy resume later, Green hasn’t really shed the reputation of being a man without a position.That’s because he can play — and more importantly, defend — all of them.Nothing about Green is subtle, but his on-court brilliance has, at times, gone under the radar — a …last_img read more

South African flood relief driven by goodwill

first_imgAt least 123 people have died as a resultof the flooding in South Africa. Around20 000 people across the country havebeen affected.(Image: DWA)MEDIA CONTACTS• Mandla MathebulaDepartment of Social Development+27 12 312 7654 or +27 83 282 6133RELATED ARTICLES• South Africa reaches out to Haiti• Congo welcomes SA farmers• Uganda’s Mt Elgon gets a million trees• Better farming with mobilesNosimilo RamelaSouth African churches, community organisations, individuals and the private sector are pulling together to help the thousands of people affected by ongoing flooding in parts of the country.Precious Thabethe from Ivory Park, east of Johannesburg, is trying to restore order in her kitchen after flooding destroyed one of the room’s walls. She has put some plastic and corrugated iron in its place to cover the gaping hole.“The water comes fiercely from the east, that’s why this side of my house is destroyed,” she said. “I know it’s not safe for us to continue living here because we might get swept to our deaths by the water if it continues to rain, but right now we have nowhere to go.”Thabethe lives with her sister and three children in a modest three-roomed house. She saved up for six years before she was able to build her home, and feels she is not ready to let go just yet. “I’ve always wanted my kids to have a home and I built this place for them. I’m really not ready to just walk away from it.”She says the floods have destroyed most of her valuables, and they have been relying on help from her church and food donations to keep alive. “The church donated clothes for us and school uniforms for the kids – all our things got destroyed in the first week of January when the floods hit us.”The local supermarket has been giving out food parcels and various churches are collecting blankets and clothes for families who have lost their belongings. “Those of us whose homes have not been affected are also taking children into our homes, so they are cared for and can continue to attend school,” said MmeMaThato Mokoena, a member of the Methodist Church in the area.Counting the costThe Department of Social Development said the flood damage to infrastructure so far amounts to about R160-million (US$23-million). According to the department, 123 people have died as a result of the flooding and 20 000 people across the country have been affected. Most of the deaths have been reported in KwaZulu-Natal province, but fatalities have also occurred in Gauteng, North West, Limpopo, Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape.Thandeka Ciliza from Uthungulu in KwaZulu-Natal has lost two family members and her home in the devastating floods. “My brother and my nephew passed away while trying to cross a bridge two weeks ago. The water was too high and too strong, the bridge collapsed and swept them away. It’s the worst way to start the year. I have lost my family and my home.”Ciliza said a community organisation called Sakhile has helped her pick up the pieces. “Sakhile collected money from the community to help us bury our loved ones, and they have been providing food, clothes and shelter to us after our house was flooded.”Ciliza said she is still trying to rescue some of her possessions from the destroyed home. “I’ve been going back to collect whatever I can find from our old home. It hurts to see our home destroyed, but I am grateful for the help we have been receiving.”Banking on peopleAbsa, South Africa’s largest retail bank, has donated a R1-million ($142 061) to the government to provide urgent relief to communities affected by the floods.Maria Ramos, the group chief executive at Absa, said the bank hopes the donation will encourage other companies in the country to do the same. The bank has also created a relief fund for cash contributions from individuals and private organisations.“With wet weather conditions set to continue over the next few days over various parts of the country, the situation could become even more dire. The fact that certain farming communities have also been affected could further impact the country’s economy,” said Ramos.Mobile phone giant Vodacom has made R500 000 ($70 995) available for those affected and launched the Vodacom Red Alert initiative, which urges customers to donate money towards flood relief efforts.Small farmers sufferSmall-scale producers are among the hardest hit by the deluge. Many farmlands have been destroyed and stock lost due to burst river banks, with the knock-on effect of workers losing their jobs.Thabani Grootboom worked in a small farm in the Northern Cape, but is currently unemployed because the water-logged land cannot be worked. “There is no work at the farms. The damage is heartbreaking. Farmers are devastated and looking to government to help them recover. Hopefully, one day, they’ll be able to start farming again.”The Department of Agriculture recently warned farmers living along the Vaal and Orange Rivers to move their livestock to higher ground as more flooding was expected. Five flood gates have been opened at the Vaal Dam, one of the country’s largest constructed waterways.Government spokesperson Linda Page said they were closely monitoring other large dams in the country like the Bloemhof Dam in the North West, Gariep Dam in the Free State and the Vanderkloof Dam in the Northern Cape.Social Development Minister Bathibile Dlamini said her department was forming a task team comprising Tiger Brands, the South African Council of Churches and Gift of the Givers to deal with the aftermath.She said her department had already provided some aid to those affected, but raised concerns that it was not reaching victims soon enough. She encouraged all South Africans to join in and help.last_img read more

Time running out: Wear The Boots We Wear – 40-boot giveaway going on now

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Work boots are a symbol of strength, determination, and resolve, much like the American farmer. They wholly represent the way of life found in the country.We at Ohio Ag Net & Ohio’s Country Journal see firsthand the hard work going on in the farms and fields around the state and admire the undertakings we witness. We therefore want to recognize that around-the-clock effort by offering our readers and listeners a chance to wear the boots we wear.Ty Higgins’ boots are perfect for his work on the crop tour.From now through Oct. 28, Ohio Ag Net and OCJ, in association with LACROSSE Footwear, will be giving away 40 pairs of boots for free.LACROSSE, established in 1897, specializes in footwear made to be dirty — whether that be in the woods, in the field, or hauling manure. The rubber and neoprene footwear are ready to wear.Bart and Sheryl Johnson wear their boots almost every day working with 4-H animals in the barn.As you can see, our staff members are active users of LACROSSE Footwear and hope you will be too. Enter to win one of the 40 pairs we’re giving away this fall through this link and become part of the family. If you simply can’t wait to get your feet in a pair of these exceptional boots, visit www.LACROSSEFootwear.com to find your local retailer.Five winners will be drawn each Friday during the contest. The giveaway is limited to one entry per person.Join us in recognizing the hard work across Ohio’s countryside while wearing the boots we wear!last_img read more

Nominate an ag teach for the Golden Owl Award

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Presented by Nationwide, the Ohio FFA and the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Golden Owl Award recognizes agricultural educators across Ohio for their tremendous contributions to helping the next generation of agricultural leaders. Students, fellow teachers and other supporters can nominate their favorite agricultural teacher and summarize what makes him or her the best in the state.Nominees have an opportunity to win great cash prizes and the distinction of being Ohio’s Agricultural Educator of the Year. Prizes include:$500 and an engraved plaque for each of the 10 honorees$3,000 for the Golden Owl Award winner (Ohio Agricultural Educator of the Year).To nominate someone for the Golden Owl Award visit pages-nationwide.com/OWL_2019/. This year’s nominations must be submitted by Nov. 16, 2019.John Poulson, a local agriculture teacher at Pettisville High School in Fulton County was honored as the 2018-2019 Ohio Ag Educator of the Year presented by the inaugural Golden Owl Award. Nationwide honored Poulson’s substantial contributions on future industry leaders of agriculture education.Poulson has mentored fellow agriculture professionals and made life-long impacts on his students during his 38 years in the profession. An Ohio State University graduate with a bachelor’s in animal sciences and a master’s in agricultural education, Poulson challenges his students to try something new, which has guided some to become agriculture educators themselves.The Golden Owl Award helps shed light on the importance of agricultural education and the tremendous contributions of teachers. As the number one farm insurer in the United States¹, Nationwide aims to bring attention to the growing need for agricultural educators. This effort is the result of a partnership between Nationwide, the Ohio FFA and Ohio Farm Bureau.last_img read more

Kevin Henry out for the Season; Edison-McGruder Day-To-Day

first_imgthrough the ups and down, rain, sleet, snow or sunshine Give God All The Glory & never question the path that he puts you on ? pic.twitter.com/2FpaW8mtnJ— ⚜ (@kevinhenryy_) September 9, 2017 Praying and playing for you brudda ?? https://t.co/Vbj1Y74pGc— 国王 (@_TBJXIII) September 9, 2017 Will miss you in so many ways https://t.co/HXf21X2ZZU— Glenn Spencer (@Glenn_Spencer) September 9, 2017 ??? he got you bro ?? https://t.co/fxlgoLIfnR— BIGHAM? (@CallMePopsss) September 9, 2017center_img They prayed on my down fall: setback for a major comeback— ???? ?????? ? (@TreyCarter99) September 9, 2017Immediate Losses to LB CorpsStarting Star linebacker Kenneth Edison-McGruder also stayed in Stillwater Friday after sustaining his own undisclosed injury during practice earlier in the week. His status moving forward is day-t0-day, and he could return for the game next week at Pitt.To add insult to injury, Glenn Spencers’ “1B” at Star Calvin Bundage will have to sit the first half against Pitt after getting flagged for targeting early in the third quarter.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State’s linebackers, a group that looked to be one of the deepest on the roster, has taken a couple hits both for the immediate future and long-term.Weaks-side linebacker Kevin Henry was lost for the season after sustaining a knee injury during practice and did not make the trip to Mobile.Cowboys LB Kevin Henry out for the year. Wow.— John Helsley (@jjhelsley) September 9, 2017The redshirt sophomore was listed as Justin Phillips’ backup at the Will linebacker spot.Henry relayed his feelings via his Twitter account, and received an outpouring of support from the Cowboy faithful.last_img read more