Inside 163 Pfingst Road, Wavell HeightsHe said homes such as this, with renovation potential, offered buyers options for profitable upgrades.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“It’s very original but it’s got a really good frontage and floorplan. You can really play around with it quite a lot,” Mr Rowland said. The kitchen area at 163 Pfingst Road, Wavell HeightsMr Rowlands said the local market outlook continued to be good as Brisbane prices play catch up. “I think it’s going to be very strong – the gap between us and Sydney prices is at 13-year highs at the moment,” he said.undefined 163 Pfingst Road, Wavell HeightsMr Rowland said he was seeing increased activity from across the border.“Anything really sub-$1 million is quite good but you’ve got to know where to look,” he said.“In the past few years, one in every 10 of our investor sales were to a buyer from Sydney, now it’s about eight in every 10.” 163 Pfingst Road, Wavell Heights 163 Pfingst Road, Wavell HeightsAffordability has driven both local and interstate buyers to Brisbane’s northern suburbs according to Place Aspley principal, Tristan Rowland.Mr Rowland said the sale of 163 Pfingst Rd, Wavell Heights for $560,000 on October 3 showed the strength of current demand.“We sold that in four days – so it went quite quickly,” Mr Rowland said.
The Athletics Association’s statement comes a day after the International Olympic Committee set itself a four-week deadline to decide on a delay.Athletics Association president Christian Taylor and vice president Emma Coburn say “we’re imploring the IOC to announce the postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympics much sooner than in four weeks’ time.”Taylor is a long jumper and Coburn is a runner. Both competed for the United States at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.The group says more than 4,000 athletes have responded to a survey it conducted, with a large majority favoring postponement.Dina Asher-Smith, the world champion in the 200 meters, has also called for a quicker decision by the IOC. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The New York Jets and their owners, the Johnson family, have made a $1 million joint donation to multiple United Way agencies in the New York/New Jersey area to help deal with the coronavirus outbreak. Krueger spoke to Buffalo-area reporters during a conference call Monday, 12 days after the NHL postponed its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Sabres were waiting to play a game in Montreal on March 12 when the league announced its decision. The team then flew home.The first-year Sabres coach and the players remained in Buffalo through the weekend in anticipation that teams would eventually be allowed to hold practices. He booked a flight to Switzerland once the NHL pushed back its timeline from a two-week break to 45 days.Krueger keeps in touch with players and team management by text, and says he has no knowledge of any Sabres testing positive for COVID-19.The Sabres had 13 games remaining and had fallen out of playoff contention.Krueger believes there is still much to be gained for the Sabres to continue playing, but adds he’ll abide by whatever decision the NHL reaches on whether to resume the regular season. As for the possibility of the NHL holding its playoffs in the summer and awarding the Stanley Cup as late as September, Krueger said “there’s nothing that I cannot imagine as an option.”___The president of the Portuguese Olympic Committee says he hopes the Tokyo Games are postponed.José Manuel Constantino says “the most reasonable thing is for the IOC, the Tokyo organizing committee, the Tokyo government and the Japanese authorities to find a consensual solution to allow the Tokyo Games to take place on another date.”Constantino was speaking to Rádio Observador. The team announced Monday that contributions will support the United Way of New York City’s COVID-19 Community Fund, the United Way of Northern New Jersey’s ALICE Recovery Fund and the United Way of Long Island’s United Together: A Response Fund for COVID-19.New York City is quickly becoming a hot spot for the new coronavirus, and Mayor Bill de Blasio says hospitals are 10 days away from running out of basic supplies. More than 12,000 people have tested positive in the city, and almost 100 have died.The UWNYC Covid-19 Community Fund allows the agency to quickly deploy resources to community-based organizations that are offering emergency relief to families and individuals in need. The ALICE Recovery Fund is a crisis recovery fund that will address needs of households that struggled to afford the basics even before the pandemic. United Together: A Response Fund for COVID-19 will also help meet the basic needs of families affected by the public health emergency. ___The New York Giants have closed their team headquarters in the Meadowlands because of the coronavirus. The Norwegian federation previously had said the Tokyo Olympics should only to take place once the coronavirus outbreak “is under firm control” worldwide.The Canadian Olympic Committee has said it will not be sending athletes to the Olympics unless the games are postponed by a year. Australia says it was advising its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021.___Basketball governing body FIBA is telling players around the world to stay inside.FIBA president Hamane Niang and secretary general Andreas Zagklis says that in “no circumstance should our passion to play basketball surpass the importance of following the instructions of the public authorities” when it comes to helping ensure public health. The Olympic Games are due to begin in Tokyo from July 24.___UEFA has formally postponed the Champions League final scheduled to be played on May 30 in Istanbul.UEFA says no decision has been made finding a new date, amid a shutdown of European soccer due to the coronavirus pandemic that has no end in sight. Only four teams advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals before the remaining Round of 16 games scheduled on March 17-18 were postponed. Fatih Terim announced on Twitter on Monday that he was “in safe hands in hospital” and asked fans not to worry.The 66-year-old Terim had called for the postponement of Turkey’s league games after the country continued games without spectators even after most other leagues in Europe stopped. The league games were halted on Friday.Earlier, Galatasaray’s deputy president Abdurrahman Albayrak also tested positive for the virus.___The Carolina Hurricanes will temporarily close offices at PNC Arena beginning Tuesday so employees in hockey and business operations can work remotely due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. The 45,000-seat stadium that was built for the 1950 World Cup is expected to have more than 200 beds and should be ready in 10 days. Construction began on Saturday.___The president of the Norwegian Olympic Committee is recommending that athletes from the country are not sent to the Tokyo Games if they take place as scheduled.Berit Kjøll says “it will not be possible to carry out a Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in July as planned” because of the growing coronavirus outbreak.Kjøll says she respects the IOC’s request to “come up with a well thought-out and good plan for when the games can be completed.” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach also said he will donate an unspecified number of meals to local food pantries.___Germany wants the Olympic Games postponed until next year at the earliest due to the coronavirus outbreak.German Olympic Sport Federation president Alfons Hörmann tells news agency dpa he would have liked a clearer stance from the IOC, one day after the governing body said it would make a final decision on postponement within four weeks.“We would have liked a clear statement now that the games definitely won’t take place on the scheduled dates and that discussions on alternative dates were being held,” Hörmann says. “We would prefer a postponement until next year at least.” Canada’s Olympic champion Eric Lamaze, the all-time money leader at Spruce Meadows, and international riders such as American Kent Farrington, Britain’s Scott Brash and Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat compete there.“These are such trying times and truly without precedent,” Spruce Meadows President and CEO Linda Southern-Heathcott said Monday in a statement.Spruce Meadows planned to offer $6 million in prize money in 2020. September’s Masters has not been canceled.___The manager of Turkish soccer club Galatasaray says he has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The latest postponement means there will be no Formula One races until the middle of June at the earliest.The race at the Baku City Circuit was scheduled for June 7.The first seven races of the Formula One season had already either been postponed or canceled.___A group representing track and field athletes has called for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. AOC chief executive Matt Carroll says Australia has athletes based overseas and training in central locations around the country.“With travel and other restrictions this becomes an untenable situation,” Carroll said.The Canadian Olympic Committee earlier said it won’t send athletes to the Tokyo Games unless they are postponed for a year, becoming the first country to threaten such a move in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.The committee sent out a statement Sunday evening saying it was willing to help the IOC search for alternatives, but that it was not safe for athletes, “their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training for these games.”The IOC says it is considering all options. The Tokyo Games are scheduled to start July 24. UEFA says the Europa League final, due on May 27 in Gdansk, Poland, and the Women’s Champions League final, scheduled for May 24 in Vienna, Austria, are also postponed.___South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin isn’t sure athletes from winter sports should get another year of eligibility despite missing the sport’s premiere event, the NCAA Tournament.Martin said Monday that only a small percentage of college seniors are included in the sports’ postseason tournaments. He says the vast majority completed their seasons before conference tournaments and other postseason events were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Martin’s Gamecocks had their opening game of the SEC Tournament called off two weeks ago. The Giants announced Monday they closed the Quest Diagnostics Training Center after business on Friday. Ten days earlier they had ordered most of the team’s personnel to work remotely from home. Now everyone will.Security will continue to guard the building. The Giants took their coaches and scouts off the road on March 13 and halted all business travel.___The acclaimed equestrian summer tournament at Spruce Meadows in Canada has been canceled because of COVID-19.Four tournaments over five weeks were to start June 4 . The event annually draws dozens of international and domestic riders and horses, and thousands of spectators, to the facility near Calgary, Alberta. March 23, 2020 He says “I hope the games are postponed.”Constantino’s comments come a day after the IOC said it was considering a postponement and would make a final decision within four weeks.Constantino says Portugal’s Olympic team is not prepared at the moment, adding “some athletes found alternative ways to prepare themselves, but others don’t have the conditions to do so.”___Pacaembu Stadium in São Paulo is being turned into an open-air hospital to help fight the coronavirus outbreak. The IOC says it will make a decision within four weeks and the Russian Olympic Committee endorsed that plan by calling for “complete support.”The ROC says “we view as unacceptable any attempts to bring pressure on the organizations in charge responsible of staging the games and to force them to take rash decisions.”Canada has said it will boycott the Tokyo Olympics unless they are postponed and Australia has called for athletes to prepare for a 2021 event.Russia was faced with sending a neutral team to the Tokyo Olympics under sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency. But those measures can’t be implemented until there’s a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where hearings have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. It’s unclear whether CAS could still rule before the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start July 24.___ The NCAA is expected to vote on granting eligibility for athletes affected by COVID-19 on March 30.Martin says he’s struggling with giving another full season to players simply because they missed out on the championship phase of college basketball’s year. He says: “I get that’s a hard decision and a decision that eventually has to be made.”___Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam are pledging $1.5 million to relief funds in Ohio combating the coronavirus pandemic.The team announced that the Haslams have earmarked $1 million to the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund and $500,000 to the Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund. The Haslams also own the Columbus Crew in the Major Soccer League.Their gift follows contributions by Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who donated $50,000 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi’s donation of 100,000 meals to the food bank.___Buffalo Sabres coach Ralph Krueger is trying to remain patient while biding his time back home in Switzerland and hoping the NHL’s regular season will resume eventually.Krueger says he’s “still hanging on to the possibility,” and adds he’s been trying “not to let my brain go there until that plug is actually pulled on us.” Associated Press The Latest: Jets donate to United Way; Giants close team HQ The British sprinter writes on Twitter “does this mean that athletes face up to another FOUR weeks of finding ways to fit in training – whilst potentially putting ourselves, coaches, support staff and loved ones at risk just to find out they were going to be postponed anyway.”___The Australian Olympic Committee has advised its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021.Ian Chesterman, Australia’s team leader for Tokyo, says “it’s clear the games can’t be held in July.”“Our athletes have been magnificent in their positive attitude to training and preparing, but the stress and uncertainty has been extremely challenging for them,” Chesterman said in a statement released Monday by the Australian Olympic Committee. ___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics would be unavoidable if the games cannot be held in a complete way because of the coronavirus impact.He was commenting on the International Olympic Committee plan to examine the situation over the next few weeks and make a decision, which could include a postponement.Abe, speaking at a parliamentary session, ruled out the possibility of a cancellation.Whether Tokyo can hold the Olympics as planned from July 24 has been a major international concern as the COVID-19 pandemic has spread globally. The Spanish soccer federation and the Spanish league say the suspension of professional soccer in the country will continue until government officials “consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk.”The soccer competitions had been initially suspended for two weeks, but on Sunday the government said the country’s state of emergency would likely be extended, meaning the entire nation may have to remain in lockdown until at least April 11.Spanish authorities say more than 33,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus in the country, with 2,182 deaths.___The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. In a statement Monday, team president and general manager Don Waddell says the team will continue to operate “as normally as possible given the circumstances.”The team also announced there will be a blood drive Thursday at the arena in partnership with UNC REX Healthcare, WakeMed and The Blood Connection. Precautions will include asking donors to wait in their cars to allow for social distancing, spacing donor chairs “as far apart as possible” and encouraging donors to make an appointment.___The Kansas City Chiefs are matching the charitable work of their players, announcing that the organization will donate a number of meals equal to the number players donate to food pantries in the metropolitan area.The challenge began when wide receiver Tyreek Hill donated 6,000 meals to Harvesters and challenged his teammates to do the same. Tight end Travis Kelce upped him by donating 12,000 and 15 weeks’ worth of food for Operation Breakthrough, which distributes supplies to children in poverty. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes answered with 15,000 meals and $100,000, and safety Tyrann Mathieu drove the total to more than 100,000 by donating another 30,000 meals. FIBA says it plans to make decisions soon about the Basketball Champions League, the Basketball Champions League Americas and the Basketball Africa League — as well as all suspended international competitions.FIBA also is monitoring the Olympic developments as the world begins bracing for — and in some cases, advocating for — a postponement of this year’s Tokyo Games. Since qualifying is not yet completed, FIBA says “there is a growing need for answers to be provided quickly.”Niang and Zagklis added that “we will not ask our players to go somewhere, where we would not send our own children.”___Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee’s approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body’s critics. ____More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Comments Standing in the trainer’s room of the War Memorial Arena, Ryan Hall sported the symbol of the intensity he’s going to be involved in for at least the next five months. His right eye was red and swollen shut, and with a duffle bag hanging over his left shoulder, Hall was headed to the Upstate Medical University Hospital emergency room. Hall is a member of the upstart Syracuse Silver Knights, a professional indoor soccer team that’s a part of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Just minutes earlier, the ball hit the former Syracuse soccer standout in the face off a kick from about five feet away. Hall spent a couple of minutes on the turf, but then got up and began jawing back and forth with an opponent. In indoor soccer, everything’s a bit more amped up. ‘I think the sport and the atmosphere speaks for itself,’ Hall said. ‘… It’s a hard sell to sell soccer, but once they get in the doors, it’ll be successful.’ The Silver Knights played their first-ever game Nov. 4 after they were officially unveiled July 14. The team is owned by a collection of local investors, including team president and head coach Tommy Tanner, who is a former professional indoor player and Syracuse native.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Whether the Silver Knights can stay in business depends on how much interest can be drummed up within the Greater Syracuse area, but Tanner said he believes the area can provide a sustainable environment for his team to thrive. Tanner’s foray into indoor pro soccer has sparked skepticism, especially because the city already had a failed pro outdoor soccer franchise with the Syracuse Salty Dogs, which lasted from 2003 to 2004. But Tanner said the number of kids playing soccer in Central New York lends the evidence needed to show that an indoor soccer team can be successful regardless of any past failures. ‘I just thought with the Salty Dogs leaving, and the fan base we had from that, I thought it was a great opportunity,’ Tanner said. ‘This is a great arena. I watched some Crunch games in here and it’s fantastic. And I knew this atmosphere would be perfect for indoor soccer.’ Tanner couldn’t have asked for a better first game to help defend his case. Silver Knights defender Jeff Hughes scored with 39.6 seconds remaining in the franchise’s first game to give his team a 16-15 come-from-behind victory over the Rochester Lancers on Nov. 4 at the War Memorial. As soon as the ball entered the goal, the crowd erupted in cheers that lasted until the final seconds ticked off the clock. The fans were lively even before the game started, beginning with the Silver Knights’ dramatic entrance onto the turf. The lights in the arena darkened and a spotlight followed each player as he emerged from the tunnel and ran through two lines of about 40 youth soccer players welcoming them to the field. The team lined up at midfield in their black long-sleeve uniform tops, black shorts and Orange knee socks. Shortly after, a new style of soccer that’s still trying to find its niche took over the bright green turf. The fast-paced world of indoor soccer within the tight confines of the field is a far cry from the wide-open atmosphere of the outdoor game. At times, it can spark reminders of ice hockey or even basketball. Fans pound on the Plexiglass that surrounds the field for much of the game, and players are often shoved into the wall. Goals are worth two points, except those scored on shots taken from outside a 45-foot arc that extends out from the wall along the net, which are worth three. Throughout the game, the public address announcer provides a play-by-play and constantly implores the fans to cheer while repeatedly reminding them to pick up their Silver Knights merchandise at stands inside the arena’s concourses. For a team relying on fans’ support, every dollar raised helps. Tanner said he believes the support is there and will continue to increase as word of the team spreads. ‘My vision is soccer will do very, very well in this community,’ Tanner said. ‘The reason I brought it back was because I think there’s a huge soccer community in Syracuse. I’m just really excited.’ The team’s operating budget is $600,000 with a player payroll of $200,000, according to an Oct. 27 article in The Post-Standard. Tanner also has 15-20 major business partners, with more possible, according to the article. The Silver Knights are a collection of players from various backgrounds. Some have very little experience while others have played professionally. Diego Serna, who played Major League Soccer for the New England Revolution and Los Angeles Galaxy, is arguably the team’s most prominent player. He finished his time in the MLS with 57 goals in 124 games, placing him in the top 25 on the league’s all-time scorers’ list. The Silver Knights are providing Serna with a comeback of sorts. Sitting on the bench in the cramped locker room after the game, he was a long way from the MLS. But Serna said he has aspirations to return to the league to finish out his career as a player before becoming a coach. Serna said his agent is friends with some people connected to the Silver Knights, and he saw it as a good place to play during the winter to keep his skills sharp until the summer. His MLS experience provides the Silver Knights with a big-name player to attract die-hard soccer fans. ‘The organization and the players are making all the efforts to keep this team alive and to win,’ Serna said. ‘And to score a lot of goals to make people come and watch the games.’ Like Serna, Andriy Budnyy is also giving indoor soccer a try for the first time. The native of Ukraine has spent his career in the United Soccer League, most recently playing for the Wilmington Hammerheads. Budnyy scored the Silver Knights’ first goal 16 seconds into the game on Friday, then climbed halfway up the Plexiglass wall to rile up the fans. Budnyy said he’s still learning indoor soccer, having only been introduced to it about two weeks ago. ‘It’s something new to try. A new option,’ Budnyy said. ‘I discussed it with my friends who played indoor, and they said it would be a good fit for me. I decided to give it a try, so we’ll see how it turns out.’ That’s the big question. How will it turn out? Not just for Budnyy, but for the team as a whole. The Silver Knights could find a strong, supportive fan base in Syracuse, or they could meet the fate of their local pro soccer predecessors, the currently nonexistent Salty Dogs. Trying to find that support and financial stability will be what ultimately determines the Silver Knights’ future. For now, though, Hall said there’s no sense in considering any possible failures. Only time will tell whether the Silver Knights have a long-term place in Syracuse’s sports fabric. ‘We’re not thinking any negatives. We’re hoping to be a huge success,’ Hall said. ‘That’s why we came here. That’s why players flew in from all over the world. That’s what we’re going to go with.’ [email protected]
At the time, the Golden Tornadoes, played six games at Grant Field that season, coached by John Heisman of Heisman Trophy fame. Georgia Tech’s team, more commonly known as the Yellow Jackets, was coming off a 1917 season where they were generally regarded as the nation’s best.The photo is generating buzz online as football fans wonder what a 2020 season will look like with the coronavirus pandemic spreading nationwide. By most indications, the season will get underway as scheduled, for most teams, in early September. The NCAA gave teams and players the green light to begin workouts next month, though each school will decide what’s appropriate for its students. Precautionary measures including social distancing and protective face masks could be a part of the plan if and when stadiums open to the public. Whether or not the fans come is another matter. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is optimistic that the 2020 NFL season will go on as planned amid the coronavirus pandemic, and his current plan is that it will be with fans in the stands at Hard Rock Stadium.“I think there definitely will be a football season this year,” Ross said Tuesday during an interview with CNBC. “Real question is, will there be fans in the stadium? Right now — today — we’re planning to have fans in the stadium.”The NFL hasn’t made any firm decisions on whether to allow fans into stadiums during the 2020 season, but the league released its schedule earlier this month and plans to play its full 16-game slate on time, starting Sept. 10.“We all miss our sports,” Ross said. “The NFL, I think, will be ready to go. I know we’re all looking forward to it. I know I am.”But, lest history repeats itself. The Georgia Tech Alumni association posted a photo taken in its school’s stands in 1918 in which fans are wearing masks to protect themselves and each other from the Spanish Flu pandemic, which killed 650,000 Americans. The players wore helmets, not masks.In 1918 Georgia Tech played almost a complete football schedule during the Spanish Flu outbreak that killed more than 675,000 in the US. Coached by the legendary John Heisman, The Golden Tornadoes, played six games at Grant Field. :Andy McNeil, PP 01. https://t.co/KJYbe9onFE pic.twitter.com/Q7UPEMahf8— Georgia Tech Alumni (@gtalumni) May 13, 2020
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Image Courtesy: AFP/GettyAdvertisement bnzNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vshdy4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eaqlvq8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) pjeejWould you ever consider trying this?😱7icgCan your students do this? 🌚aweecRoller skating! Powered by Firework Football, tennis, rugby, baseball- the Coronavirus pandemic has caused several sports fixtures and leagues around the world to get postponed or cancelled. Just a couple of days ago, Italy announced a one month suspension on Serie A. Now, its basketball to follow, as the National Basketball Association (NBA) has just announced its suspension of the current 2019-20 season regarding the virus outbreak.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP/GettyThe news came as a bombshell after yesterday’s clash between Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder was postponed after a Jazz player named Rudy Gobert, was tested positive for COVID-19.The infected player’s test result was reported just before the game was about to start. Although both teams arrived at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City for their pre-match warm-ups, they were shortly called back to the locker rooms. Gobert, the Frenchman who plays as a centre for Jazz, was not present in the arena at that moment.Advertisement Shortly after announcing the postpone of the game, NBA released an official statement, regarding the suspension of the upcoming matches. The statement read: “The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of (Wednesday’s) schedule of games until further notice.”“The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic. The game was cancelled out of an abundance of caution,” the NBA added.Advertisement It was also reported by the NBA that they were working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on taking next steps regarding the virus threat. Gobert, the player who was tested positive, was reported to be under the care of health officials in Oklahoma City.Sources from ESPN have also cited that the Jazz players who were recently in contact with Gobert were told to self-quarantine.Following the update from NBA, basketball icon LeBron James took it to social media to express his worries regarding the pandemic. “Man we cancelling sporting events, school, office work, etc etc. What we really need to cancel is 2020! 🤦🏾♂️. Damn it’s been a rough 3 months. God bless and stay safe🙏🏾“ LeBron posted on his official Twitter.Also read-Read why latest government sanctions over Coronavirus could spell doom for IPL 2020! Advertisement
Photo: Steve Creedy New Zealand officials say they are working on an open skies agreement with China after boosting the capacity available to Chinese carriers by 20 per cent.The move to increase the cap on Chinese services to 59 a week aims to help tourism-oriented New Zealand capitalise on the growing appetite for travel among mainland Chinese but stops short of the move by neighbour Australia to remove capacity restrictions. However, the New Zealanders have the potential to expand the agreement later this year and NZ Tourism Minister Simon Bridges said the government was continuing to work towards an open skies agreement with China.“We’ve seen strong growth with visitors from China and we expect this to continue,’’ Bridges said in a statement. “China is our second largest source of visitors after Australia, so it’s important that we have the appropriate agreements in place to support this.“The amendment will also allow additional airlines to enter the market, ensuring a competitive environment that will benefit New Zealand and Chinese travellers.’’New Zealand has gradually expanded the services available to Chinese airlines from 42 per week in 2014 to 49 in 2016 as Chinese tourism last year grew 12 per cent to 421,000 visitors.Five Chinese airlines currently operate to New Zealand and a sixth, Sichuan Airlines, will enter the market in June. “New Zealand is committed to liberalising air services, allowing for competitive markets, increased air traffic, lower air fares and stronger international trade links,” Bridges said.Air New Zealand declined to comment on the potential for increased competition from more low-fare Chinese carriers.AirNZ operates its own daily flights from Auckland to Shanghai and Hong Kong. It also codeshares to Beijing with alliance partner Air China and it is seeking regulatory approval to extend its agreement with Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific.The Kiwi carrier reported in February that increased international competition had contributed to a 24 per cent dive in first-half profits and said its full-year pre-tax result would also be lower.It now expects to record pre-tax earnings for the full financial year of between $NZ475m and $NZ525m, compared to $NZ663m in 2015-16.
Ray Maota The silverback gorilla is the sexuallymature leader of the gorilla pack.(Image: The Dean of Travel) Debby Cox (pictured here with chimpanzees),of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, saysthe gorillas at the centre will help give thelocal people a glimpse of the world of gorillas,which has much in common with thatof humans.(Image: Australian National University)MEDIA CONTACTS• Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International+1 404 624 5881The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has a new rehabilitation centre, not for humans but for the Eastern Lowland gorilla or Grauer’s gorilla.The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund opened the centre, called Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (Grace), in a remote area in the DRC in early December 2010.Helping gorilla orphans to surviveThe gorillas at the centre have been rescued from traumatic situations and are physically and emotionally fragile. Often they fall victim to poachers, who take them out of their habitat to sell them as bushmeat, or traffick them illegally.The centre’s goal is to rehabilitate these gorillas to survive in the wild, while its ultimate goal is to release them into a forest in the nearby Congo Basin, as a self-sufficient group.Grace’s manager Sandy Jones said: “All of the gorilla species are endangered and because Congo is so unexplored they have not done a real census on how many Grauer’s gorillas exist.“But at the rate at which we know they are being killed and the forest is being destroyed we are really concerned that if things aren’t changed now they can be wiped out very soon,” added Jones.The centre is the first of its kind in east-central Africa and has space for 30 young gorillas, who explore a natural habitat of 350 acres. The US Fish and Wildlife Service funded its construction, while the site was donated by the Tayna Centre for Conservation Biology and is located next to the Tayna Nature Reserve. Both Tayna facilities are owned and managed by local communities, under guidance from the Fossey Fund.Debby Cox, of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, said that getting the chance to observe gorillas living like humans do, in family groups and with some familiar social habits, will help to foster empathy in people.The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project has helped the fund take care of the rescued gorillas in temporary shelters in Kinigi, Rwanda, and Goma, DRC.Eddie Kambale, a doctor for the project, said: “The gorillas are enjoying this place compared to where they were.”They didn’t like the noise and dust from the Goma roads, he added, and are happier to be in a more natural habitat.Primates in needThe first group needing help are four Grauer’s who were airlifted to the centre in a helicopter donated by the DRCs UN peacekeeping force. Gorillas still living at the temporary shelters will be airlifted to Grace in early 2011.This method of transport was used to avoid inflicting more trauma on the primates, and because roads in the area were in a poor condition.The four already at Grace are Mapendo, Amani, Kighoma and Ndjingala, who are aged between one and five years old. All were snatched from their families by poachers.Mapendo, a female whose name means love in Kiswahili, was rescued in December 2007 along with a male, which sadly survived for just two more days.Amani, which means peace, was rescued in 2009 with a large gunshot wound in her leg.“It seemed obvious that her mother was shot and she was caught in the crossfire. Although it took many weeks to heal, now she is walking perfectly normal,” said Jones.Kighoma, whose name means drums, is the only male in the group of four, while one-year-old Ndjingala was rescued earlier this year and is named after the place from which she was rescued.The Grauer’s gorillaThe Grauer’s gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri) or Eastern Lowland gorilla, lives exclusively in eastern DRC. It’s a subspecies of the mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) but prefers lower levels of the forest, and tends to eat more fruit.Males can weigh up to 227kg and stand 1.7m tall. Grauer’s gorillas live in roving groups of up to 30 members, led by a dominant silverback male – silverbacks are the sexually experienced males of the pack and have glossy silver fur on their backs.They are listed as endangered on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature – in 1995 there were as many as 17 000 individuals but now only about 8 000 exist.In eastern DRC, agricultural activities are leading to massive deforestation, which only adds to the challenge of trying to conserve the Grauer’s gorilla.
Poverty levels dropped in South Africa between 2006 and 2011, reaching a low of 20.2% for extreme poverty and of 45.5% for moderate poverty, according to the Poverty Trends in South Africa report released by Statistics SA on Thursday.(Image: Statistics South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe report applies three measures of poverty, with extreme poverty defined in terms of a “food poverty line” below which people are unable to purchase enough food for an adequate diet.Less extreme poverty is defined in terms of a “lower-bound poverty line”, below which people can afford an adequate diet but would have to sacrifice food to purchase non-food items; and an “upper-bound poverty line” marking the level at which people can purchase both adequate food and non-food items.The drop in poverty in the country, according to the report, translates to roughly 10.2-million South Africans living in extreme poverty (below the food line) in 2011, compared to 12.6-million in 2006; and 23-million living in moderate poverty (below the upper line), compared to 27.1-million in 2006.In terms of the lower poverty line – higher than the food line but lower than the upper line – 32.3% of the population, or roughly 16.3-million people, were living in poverty in 2011, down from 42.2% or 20-million people in 2006. It is this line that the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) uses in setting its ambitious target of eliminating poverty by 2030.The report notes the dramatic impact the global financial crisis of 2008/09 had on the livelihoods of South Africa’s poorest, with the number of people living below the food line jumping to 15.8-million in 2009 before dropping below 2006 levels again by 2011.Impact of social wage ‘critical’The overall decrease in poverty is attributed to the combination of a growing social safety net, income growth, above-inflation wage increases, decelerating inflationary pressure, and an expansion of credit.“[I]t is critical to note the positive impact the provision of a ‘social wage’ package has been in helping reduce poverty in the country,” the report states.The South African government provides a “social wage” in various ways, including free primary health care, no-fee paying schools, social grants (most notably old-age pensions and child support grants), state-subsidised housing, and the provision of basic services (water, electricity and sanitation) to households.According to the UN Development Programme’s 2013 Millennium Development Goals country report for South Africa, close to 60% of government spending is allocated to the social wage, and expenditure on these services has more than doubled in real terms over the past decade.“There has been a doubling in per capita health spending over this period, 1.5-million free homes were constructed, and free basic education was provided to the poorest 60% of learners,” Statistics SA says in its report.“Although initially seen as a short-term measure to address poverty, social grants have increasingly become a source of livelihood in South Africa and have played an instrumental role in reducing poverty levels.”The decline in the number of people living below the food poverty line is corroborated by Stats SA’s latest General Household Survey, which shows that self-reported hunger in South Africa dropped from roughly 30% in 2002 to just 13% in 2011.Inequality still among world’s highestHowever, while the poverty situation is improving, inequality in the country remains a serious problem, according to the Poverty Trends report, which measures inequality in terms of the Gini coefficient – a number between 0 and 1, where 0 indicates total equality and 1 indicates total inequality.South Africa’s Gini figure was approximately 0.65 based on expenditure data (per capita excluding taxes) and 0.69 based on income data (per capita including salaries, wages and social grants) in 2011.“These high levels of inequality, amongst the highest in the world, are only slightly smaller than the Ginis recorded in 2006 [0.67 and 0.72 respectively]”, the report states.“The share of national consumption between the richest and poorest remains stubbornly stagnant. The richest 20% of the population account for over 61% of consumption in 2011 (down from a high of 64% in 2006). Meanwhile, the bottom 20% see their share remaining fairly constant at below 4.5%.”Source: Statistics South AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio No-Till Council held their annual conference last week. Ohio Ag Net was there to video all of the information to bring it to you. You can watch each segment below on this page. Our own Dusty Sonnenberg has the highlight story here.Healthy Soils, Healthy Waters, Healthy Life | Mark AnsonSoil Health, No-Till, and Cover Crops PanelOhio Department of Agriculture | Director Dorothy PelandaIndigo CarbonCover Crops PanelMy Farm Story – Nathan BrauseNutrientStar | Karen Chapman, Brookside LabsBusiness MeetingAwards