Murray’s double puts Dinthill in daCosta Cup final

first_img Murray, who came into the match on 25 goals on the season, showed his class and dragged his team back into the contest in the 43rd minute with a spectacular free kick. In the second half, it was end-to-end action. Manchester’s Duhaney Williams along with Ajay Chin and Jevaughn Bailey troubled the Dinthill defenders with their hard running all afternoon, but to no avail. Neither team was able to break the 1-1 tie even after the first period of extra time, but with two minutes remaining in the second period Murray, shrugged off his marker to slide the ball just under the advancing Manchester goalkeeper for the 2-1 victory. It was yet another sad end to an otherwise promising season for Donovan Duckie and his Manchester side, following their 4-1 drubbing in the Ben Francis KO final last week by St Elizabeth Technical. Western Bureau: Rodave Murray proved how devastatingly good he can be with a clinical double to fire Dinthill Technical into a first ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup final in more than three decades. Murray inspired the Anthony Patrick-coached Dinthill to a come-from-behind 2-1 win in yesterday’s semi-final at the Juici Field in Clarendon. They will meet either Ben Francis KO winners St Elizabeth Technical or Lennon High who meet today in the second semi-final set for 2:30 p.m. at the same venue. There were wild celebrations in muddy conditions for the Dinthill supporters after the final whistle was blown to signal the end of an enthralling match that swung back and forth between two evenly matched teams. In addition to his two goals Murray missed an eighth minute penalty. His effort from the penalty spot struck the upright and went out of play, with Manchester High’s goalkeeper Nicholas King well beaten. Dinthill appeared destined to pay for the miss when Manchester grabbed a 28th minute lead. Central midfielder Jarvis Mattis sent them in front with a well-taken free kick. The goal appeared to have stung Dinthill into lifting their level of play with Murray, Anthony Hewitt, Ramone Brown and Antone Rhule leading the charge with several dangerous attacks. Crucial goallast_img read more

Ben Simmons triple-double leads 76ers past Bulls

first_imgLATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sixers fans rose to their feet, erupted in cheers and chanted “Fultz! Fultz! Fultz!”Yes, a simple jumpshot from the top pick of the 2017 draft in the second game of the season was enough to get a rise out of the fans — and a sigh of relief from Fultz.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It makes me feel better for the whole crowd to feel as good as I want to,” Fultz said.The curious case of Fultz’s missing jumper continued against the Bulls when one of the more scrutinized players in the NBA managed to steal the spotlight from his more accomplished teammates with routine — yet highlight-reel worthy — baskets. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Fultz was 1 of 6 in 15 minutes in the first half and didn’t play again until late in the third and the Sixers leading by 88-68.“The challenge is to grow him and help us win the game,” Brown said. “There’s no book that tells you how to do that, so you’re going to have to figure some stuff out. There will be some pain along the way and some positives.”With or without Fultz, the 76ers had plenty of positives after an opening-night disaster in Boston.Simmons reached a triple-double with 2:34 left in the third, the 13th of his career and the first Sixer to ever get one in the home opener. Sixers fans chanted “Trust the Process!” when Embiid ended the third with free throws.Fultz proved a long-range ace again in the fourth — this time with a 3! He drained his first career 3-pointer for a 108-88 lead and the Philly fans that are firmly perched in his corner went wild and again chanted his name.The Sixers know that if they want to become legitimate Eastern Conference contenders, Fultz will have to become the star they envisioned when they drafted him.“I’m never afraid,” Fultz said. “I worked hard this summer. Tonight, I didn’t make a lot of them, but I’m going to keep shooting them. If I see an open shot, I’m going to go shoot it.”He didn’t even mind when Chicago’s defense sagged off him, daring him to take shots. The Bulls, not expected to win much in the East, scored a combined 35 points in the second and third quarters. Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 30 points in their season opener.“When we started missing shots, we stopped guarding and rebounding,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said.TIP-INS Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Bulls: G Kris Dunn missed the game for the birth of his son. … Bobby Portis had 20 points and 11 rebounds.76ers: Rapper Meek Mill sat courtside and rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell to start the game. … Embiid thanked the fans for coming and told them to “Trust the Process.”1ST Q & NO DEmbiid scored 12 points in the first 5 minutes of the game and neither team missed many looks in the first quarter. The Sixers made 11 of their first 14 shots and the Bulls started 14 of 19. The 76ers shot a whopping 70 percent in the quarter and still trailed the Bulls 41-38.UP NEXTBulls: Play home opener Saturday against Detroit.76ers: Host Orlando on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Until he gets his shot right, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will continue to lead the Sixers.Simmons had a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists and Embiid had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Chicago Bulls 127-108 on Thursday night.Fultz scored 12 points on 5 of 15 shooting, the most shots taken by a Sixer.“He shot it to mean it,” coach Brett Brown said. “He didn’t look afraid of anything. He missed the shots but they looked good.”Fultz is coming off a miserable rookie season that was shortened because of a right shoulder injury, a broken shot and busted confidence. Even his personal shooting coach said Fultz suffered from the “yips,” an assertion shot down on media day by the second-year guard. Fultz simply blamed his lost season on the injury. Brown tried to give Fultz a confidence boost by putting him in the starting lineup — yet has benched him for the start of the second half.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Blazers spoil James’ debut with 128-119 win over Lakers Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons, right of Australia, goes up for the shot with Chicago Bulls Zach LaVine, left, defending during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 127-108. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — Markelle Fultz heard 20,000 Philadelphia 76ers fans exhort him to shoot each time he touched the ball, a roaring confidence boost for a No. 1 pick closer to a bust than brilliance.Fultz had the look he wanted in the second quarter. He dribbled to the foul line without a defender in his path, pulled up and uncorked a jumper. The ball rattled around the rim before it fluttered through the net.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

SHEA Charity benifits from Miss World Guyana contestant donation

first_imgDivya Yabindranauth is a “beauty with a purpose”. She represented Region One (Barima-Waini) in the 2016 Miss World Guyana competition; however, long after the pageant has ended, she continues to bring aid and attention to the people of this region.Divya Yabindranauth is a “beauty with a purpose”0808On September 16, 2016, Yabindranauth donated US$3800 to the SHEA Charity. The money was raised as part of her Beauty with a Purpose platform though an online crowd funding campaign, where she asked friends and family to donate. Yabindranauth also sold personal items such as clothes, shoes, accessories, games, etc. Additionally, she hosted a bake sales and fundraising dinner.SHEA’s Treasurer, Kemraj Narine, was present with the cheque at their annual fundraising dinner which was attended by Director of Miss World Guyana, Natasha Martindale. Upon receiving the cheque, the charity announced that part of the funds collected were allocated to the treatment and care of Carlos Domingo, a release from the Charity stated.Carlos Domingo of Whitewater Village, Barima-Waini, broke his arm when he was seven years old. Shortly after the incident, he received treatment for his injury and a metal rod was placed in his arm as part of the treatment; however, just days later, the rod became dislodged, puncturing his flesh and skin and caused an infection and severe pain. Because of the isolated location in which Carlos lives and limited financial resources, his family was unable to provide further care. So, he was left untreated for three years.Upon hearing of his plight, Yabindranauth visited Carlos and immediately alerted the charity about his condition. And, within a matter of days, arrangements were made for Carlos to be transported to Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was treated to repair the damages to his arm. The charity covered all expenses.During her week-long visit to the region, Divya also met with families in crisis and she reported that some of the stories brought her to tears; she vowed to continue to work independently, as well as with the charity to continue to serve the people of Region One.Yabindranauth is a natural humanitarian and she is highly regarded by the SHEA Charity for her dedicated hard work. The charity also mentioned that Yabindranauth’s parents are vital members of the charity through volunteerisms.last_img read more

Congo hitman linked with West Brom and Stoke wants Premier League move

first_img West Brom and Stoke City target Dieumerci Mbokani 1 Lokomotiv Moscow are in pursuit of West Brom and Stoke City target Dieumerci Mbokani, who has his heart set on a move to England.The Russian capital club want a new striker and have identified DR Congo international Mbokani, who is on the books at Dynamo Kiev, as their primary transfer priority.Lokomotiv have already made preliminary enquiries and reports in Russia claim officials from the club will head to Ukraine soon to try to thrash out a deal with their Dynamo counterparts.Mbokani joined Dynamo from Anderlecht last summer and ended his maiden season in Kiev with 13 goals from 25 league matchesThe 28-year-old, who has previously spent time at Standard Liege, Monaco and Anderlecht, is keen on a move to the Premier League but admits he is more likely to end up in Turkey, Russia or Spain.“I really want to leave Kiev because it will be better for my family,” he is quoted as saying in Russian newspaper Izvestia.“This is due to political problems, as well as my desire to play in a stronger league. I think I’m ready to play in the Premier League, but now I only have contacts in Turkey, Russia and Spain.”last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: TOYOTA FEST AT KELLY’S TOYOTA

first_imgToyota Corollas prepared by Paul Reid that will take part in this year Donegal Rally on show at the Toyota Fest in Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaidANYONE who was in Letterkenny over the weekend couldn’t have missed them – as Toyotas of all vintages descended on the town for Toyota Fest.Enthusiasts from all over Donegal, Ireland and beyond were in town – many of them driving their own beloved Toyotas.Toyota Fest Ireland is a static Toyota Car Show displaying all things Toyota, Lexus & Daihatsu. Motors Columnist Brian McDaid is a man who loves cars – and went along with his camera for Donegal Daily.A beautiful rear wheel drive Starlet on show at the Toyota Fest this week.There is your bus. Guests at the Toyata Fest enjoying the view from the Showroom of Kelly’s at the Toyota Fest this week. Photo Brian McDaidThe beautiful “Works”Toyota Celica on show at the Toyota Fest this week. Photo Brian McDaidThe beautiful “Works” Toyota Celica on show at the Toyota Fest this week. Photo Brian McDaidDan Kelly one of the organisers at the Toyota Fest which was held at Kelly’s Toyota Garage in Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaidMelvyn, Luke and Graham Russell from Drumkeen with this 1982 Toyota Liteace pictured at the Toyota Fest. Photo Brian McDaidA original 1882 Toyota Liteace Van on show which belongs to Russell’s from Drumkeen. Photo Brian McDaidClassic Toyota’s from the sixties at the Toyota Fest in Letterkenny.Frank , John, James and Fr. Eamon Kelly and Danny Burke at the Toyota Fest in Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaidOriginal Toyota Corolla’s K30 on show at the Toyota Fest. Photo Brian McDaidMarkku Alén’s light-weight “Works” Toyota on show at the Toyota Fest in Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaidMarkku Alén’s light-weight “Works” Toyota on show at the Toyota Fest in Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaidThe beautiful “Works” Celica on show at the Toyota Fest this week. Photo Brian McDaidPICTURE SPECIAL: TOYOTA FEST AT KELLY’S TOYOTA was last modified: June 6th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Kelly’s Toyotaletterkennytoyota festlast_img read more

KIDS ARE ‘QUIDS IN’ AT HARPS FOR REST OF SEASON

first_imgFinn Harps have announce that following a positive response from supporters, the club will be continuing the Kids for a Quid promotion for the whole season.All Children u-12, who are accompanied by an Adult, can come along to the clubs home games at Finn Park this season for just €1 each!Harps Chairman Joey O’Leary said “We have had a great response from supporters to the family promotion so we are delighted to extend the offer for the whole season. The team are playing some very exciting football at the moment, so we are looking forward to seeing a lot of younger fans come to Finn Park to cheer on their local side.“ The Club would request that, if possible, supporters could arrive early for Friday nights game v Wexford Youths to avoid a bottleneck situation at turnstiles approaching kick-off time. KIDS ARE ‘QUIDS IN’ AT HARPS FOR REST OF SEASON was last modified: April 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsquidseasonlast_img read more

Metrolink chugs ahead with crash technology

first_imgPartly in response to this year’s fatal crash in Glendale, Metrolink will be the first commuter rail system nationwide to use technology on cab cars designed to reduce the severity of collisions – technology that could become required for all commuter trains. The technology, known as crash-energy management, is designed to spread the force of a crash throughout the train so the front of the cab car doesn’t absorb the brunt of the impact. Transportation officials said they believe it will prevent passenger injuries and reduce derailments. “It’s like giant shock absorbers,” Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said. Metrolink will begin selecting new cars in January, but with the new system still in the testing phase, it could be years before crash-energy-management-enabled cars hit the tracks, Tyrrell said. Metrolink will buy more than 40 new cab cars, replacing its entire fleet. Each car could cost between $2 million and $3 million, Tyrrell said. The FRA has been studying crash-energy management since 2003 and already has staged five test crashes. In the tests, a cab car using conventional equipment crumpled more than 20 feet – well into the passenger section of the car. A cab car using the new system crumpled just 3 feet, Kulm said. The system includes four components designed to increase passenger safety – a connector that recedes into the train to help prevent derailments, structural changes designed to act like a car’s bumper and strengthen the front of the car, and energy absorbers that create crush zones away from passenger areas. “It doesn’t sound like a radical change, but that’s the way lasting improvements are made,” said James E. Moore, a professor of transportation engineering at the University of Southern California. “Those are four changes that are fairly consistent with general practice and conventional wisdom. They are more likely to produce no change or make things better. My guess would be that this would produce a more crash-worthy vehicle.” But some critics don’t think the move will solve the biggest problem of push-pull systems – that the light cab car is easily derailed in crashes. “They’re going to have to do more than that,” said Richard Beall, an engineer with the South Florida Rail Transit Authority and a railroad safety consultant. The FRA needs to make the entire front end of the car more rigid and heavier, similar to a locomotive, he said. “The problem with the FRA, it’s kind of like the fox watching the chicken coop,” he said. “They want push-pull to work. They absolutely want it to work.” Since the January crash, Metrolink has made several moves to bolster safety, including closing off the mezzanine level of cab cars, where most of the victims in the Glendale crash were sitting. Officials stress that crash-energy management is not a complete solution. Improvements to the interior of the car, including collapsible tables and compartmentalized seating, and improvements to the track corridor – fencing or grade separation – are also necessary. “It doesn’t bulletproof the train,” Tyrrell said. “We still require that people not drive on the right of way and not race the crossing arms.” But railroad passenger associations insist trains are safe as is and that the upgrades to the cab cars are unnecessary. “I’m sure they’re dusting some things off, and it probably will be better than it is,” said Richard Silver, executive director of the Rail Passenger Association of California, a nonprofit group that works with other rail advocacy groups to expand rail passenger service. “But all this hollering and screaming about the coffin car in front, it’s a bunch of hyperbole. They’re trying to address this in a politically correct way.” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Officials said they believe the system will add protection for trains that use the controversial push-pull method, in which the train is pulled by a locomotive in one direction but pushed by the locomotive in the opposite direction. Although railroad officials believe the push-pull method is safe, critics argue that a cab car in the front of the train is more likely to derail than a locomotive. Those critics were vocal in January when a Metrolink train being pushed from behind collided with a sport-utility vehicle left on the tracks in Glendale, killing 11 people, Metrolink’s deadliest crash. “An experience like that makes you look at everything,” Tyrrell said. The Federal Railroad Administration is expected to approve the technology in early 2006 and could require commuter railroad trains to incorporate it. “What we are intending to do with crash-energy management is to improve the overall passenger rail safety regardless if it’s operating in push or pull mode,” FRA spokesman Steve Kulm said. “It has certain benefits for push operations, but the benefits are good for pull operations as well. Even if it’s in pull mode, it could be struck from the rear.” last_img read more

The Santa Claus on the 12th floor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake She invites them all up to the 12th floor, where she lives in one of the apartments, to enjoy a big holiday feast that she’s prepared. Folding tables stretch down the hallway, laden with turkey, ham and all the trimmings. And after the party, everyone heads back to their apartment with a plate of food for Christmas Day. The dinner set her back $500 last year – and even more this year – but who cares, the housekeeper of Fickett Towers says. What’s a few hundred dollars when you’re putting a spring in the step of a hundred low-income seniors, and making them feel the Christmas spirit again? “There’s a lot of love in this building, honey,” resident Doris Ewing said Friday, riding the elevator up from her fourth-floor apartment where she’s lived for 17 years. “And that woman up on the 12th floor is responsible for a lot of it.” — A few weeks before Christmas, Stephanie posts the invitations on the lobby bulletin board in three languages – English, Spanish and Korean. It could be more. Fickett Towers – built in 1973 by the late physician Harold Fickett, and now owned by Shepherd of the Hills Church in Northridge – is a United Nations of residents. There are Russian, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, Chinese, Armenian, Italian and Latino residents living there, in addition to African-American and Caucasian. The housekeeper of Fickett Towers noticed seven years ago that many had families who paid them regular visits, but many did not. “Their children just stuck them in here and forget about them,” Stephanie said, getting ready to put a 23-pound turkey into the oven. “It was so sad to see, especially around the holidays. They’d sit in their apartments waiting for someone to visit, but they never came. “That’s when I decided if their families weren’t going to bring them Christmas, I would.” She started by decorating her own apartment, and inviting all the residents up for a visit. When her apartment got too crowded, she took over the hallway. A couple of years ago, she added dinner. “When you step out of the elevator on the 12th floor, it’s like you’re stepping into the middle of Christmas,” said resident Dorothy Istanbulian, who’s been living on the 11th floor for the last six years with her husband, Sarkis. “Every inch is covered in tinsel, tiny lights, candy canes, and Christmas trees. It reminded a lot of us of our old homes – warm and happy. “I’m not sure Stephanie knew how much joy she was putting in so many hearts here.” She understood, the housekeeper says. When the holidays were over that first year, she could see the change in people’s eyes as they passed her in the hallways. They weren’t just saying good morning to the housekeeper anymore. They were saying good morning to someone with whom they’d developed a bond. “Over the years, I’ve become the daughter a lot of them never had – or never see,” Stephanie said as the elevator door opened, and two longtime residents stepped out to enjoy a little Christmas on the 12th floor. Hanh Tran from Vietnam has lived in Fickett Towers for 20 years; her friend, Bertha Chu from China, for 13 years. The two women wanted to know if there was anything they could bring to help Stephanie with Christmas Eve dinner this year. No, the housekeeper of Fickett Towers said. It’s on me. — Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It takes some magic and a lot of love to do what the Fickett Towers housekeeper does every December – transform a 199-unit, federally subsidized apartment complex for 300 low-income seniors in Van Nuys into a home for the holidays. On her own time – after she has vacuumed the hallways, washed the walls and cleaned the vacant apartments to get them ready for new tenants – Stephanie Martin turns the top floor into a winter wonderland for every resident to share and enjoy. Because it’s a horrible thing, she says, for anyone to be alone during the holidays. On Christmas Eve – a night she knows many of the residents sit in their apartments waiting for visitors who never seem to arrive – Stephanie comes.last_img read more

Waddock returns as Aldershot boss

first_imgGary Waddock has returned to Aldershot Town for a second spell as manager.The former QPR player and manager, from Kingsbury, has left his job as assistant first-team coach at Barnet to return to the National League club on a rolling contract.Waddock led the Shots into the Football League in 2008 with a then record points total of 101. He has since managed Wycombe and had short spells in charge at Oxford United and Portsmouth.His first managerial job was at Rangers, where he was a hugely popular player in the 1980s and also had a spell as youth coach.He succeeded Ian Holloway at Loftus Road in 2006 but was replaced by John Gregory later that year following a series of poor results and behind-the-scenes problems.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Small-scale farms grow African women’s income

first_imgKenalemang Kgoroeadira is just happy that she is able to live her dream of providing healthy food to her community.(Image: eNCA) • Kenalemang Kgoroeadira Thojane Organic Farm +27 11 882 8983 • Oyama Matomela flies South Africa’s friendly skies • Sir Stuart Ntlathi: an inspiring passion for science • I Decide – give African women and girls access to contraception • Nontsikelelo Qwelane is a born teacher • Former Miss Earth South Africa on M&G Top 200 list Sulaiman PhilipThere are some 36 000 commercial farmers in South Africa; they are in the main white and male. Yet, historically, Africa has been a continent of small-scale, subsistence farming where women crofter farmers have kept the food supply secure for their families and communities.Now, a small – barely two hectares – organic farm in the North West Province is trying to revive that tradition. Kenalemang Kgoroeadira – or Mama Kena – a PhD student at University of South Africa (Unisa), who conceptualised the project, hopes Thojane Organic Farm will grow into a working example of small-scale sustainable farming that gives local residents access to healthy food. Building communities using traditional African knowledgeKgoroeadira and five other local women planted the first crops in 2009 on a single hectare plot. As an indigenous knowledge systems PhD candidate she wanted her neighbours to rebuild their communities using traditional African knowledge. “Transformation by enlargement is the vision behind this farm … [It’s] a place where people can have self-determination and begin to live like Africans, where what you do or learn is for the benefit of the whole society.“It is knowledge that can benefit the whole nation,” Kgoroeadira told a Unisa journal.Along with organic green beans, spinach and tomatoes, the farm produces herbs – mint, yarrow, lemongrass, lavender – that are sold at local markets, to national retailers like Food Lovers Market. It also donates produce to feeding schemes at the local Phokeng schools.Produce from Thojane is grown without chemicals that strip the soil of its nutrients. Instead Kgoroeadira and her team use natural fertilisers like chicken manure. This method of farming is, Kgoroeadira believes, the most sustainable. It follows permaculture principles, which works with rather than against nature.Kgoroeadira says, “It has always been my dream to go back to my roots, plough, interact with the soil like I used to as a girl, growing food, healthy organic food, not foods that are fed with chemicals for them to grow fast, losing all the nutrients.” Fighting poverty through food securityThojane is also Mama Kena’s schoolroom. It is where she takes all she has learnt and uses it to benefit her community. She encourages the women of Phokeng to plough their large back yards and turn them into vegetable gardens that can feed their families and give them an income. “In Phokeng, people are dependent on the mines, but they forget that platinum will be depleted one day. We need to fight poverty and have our own food security,” she says.Her thesis advisor inspired her to take her “book knowledge” and build something tangible and real, something that would benefit her community and not simply become a book covered in dust on a library shelf. Thojane has become that, but for Kgoroeadira it is just the beginning. Looking out over two hectares of vegetables and herbs she sees more.“One day this farm will supply all the hospitals, mines and even international markets. We will grow organic vegetables and herbs; there will be honey, mutton, indigenous chickens and eggs. You will be able to buy essential oils, herbal teas, bath soaps and creams with a Thojane label. One day.”Her dream is no pipe one: what began as a small agricultural co-op has grown into an award-winning programme with Kgoroeadira being named Best Female Subsistence Farmer by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and Thojane has not only improved food security in Phokeng, but also increased the nutritional content of the food the poorest in the community eat. It is changing lives, one meal at a time.last_img read more