Denbigh, Gaynstead seek doubles at ISSA netball finals

first_imgDENBIGH and Gaynstead High Schools will be seeking the double when the finals of the ISSA rural and urban schoolgirls netball competition are played today at G.C. Foster College. Both teams had good wins in junior and senior semi-finals on Tuesday at the same venue. In rural junior action Denbigh had an easy 24-9 over St Thomas Technical and will meet Holmwood in the final after they stopped Manchester High 25-19. This game is set for 1:30 p.m. Denbigh’s seniors, who easily defeated Knox College 41-23, will take the court one hour later against Manchester High. Manchester advanced to today’s final after a close 39-37 win over defending champions Holmwood. Defending urban junior champions Gaynstead will face many-time champions The Queen’s School in the urban junior final at 3:30 p.m. Gaynstead easily brushed aside Norman Manley High 33-15 in Tuesday’s semi-finals while Queen’s got by Camperdown 26-17. In the senior finals at 4:30 p.m., the high-riding Excelsior will take on Gaynstead. Excelsior clipped defeated defending champions Camperdown 28-23 and Gaynstead turned back Queen’s 26-17 to move forward. Following their first double in 2003 under then coach Annette Daley, the Clarendon-based Denbigh will start favourites for two titles today following their impressive wins on Tuesday. The Dalton Hinds-coached Gaynstead will be seeking their first double success. They are undoubtedly the most improved school in local netball. Excelsior’s seniors, under new head coach Christopher Smart, have been in great form all season, losing just once to Queen’s a week go in their final game of the second round. However, they bounced back in fine style on Tuesday to eliminate defending champions Camperdown easily, and they will definitely start favourites to deny Gaynstead the double here. Action today will start at 9:30 a.m. with the third- place matches.last_img read more

Joburg residences rejuvenated

first_imgJoshco created this formal settlement in Kliptown, Soweto. Joshco was awarded the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour in Singapore. Joshco’s employees are proud of the award. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rory Gallocher CEO Joshco +27 11 406 7301 OR +27 11 406 7303  RELATED ARTICLES • New technologies for social housing • New homes for Soweto residents • Housing projects to curb SA slums • Facelift for Athlone Station siteBongani NkosiA dynamic social housing scheme in Johannesburg is helping transform run-down residences into affordable, quality living spaces for families in the city.The driving force behind this initiative is the Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco), which was launched six years ago as an agency of the City of Johannesburg. Its mandate is to reverse building decay in the city and provide more comfortable homes for residents.One of the buildings to be revamped is Vannin Court, a block of flats in Johannesburg’s densely populated Hillbrow district. As it stands now, it doesn’t look like a very hospitable place.Clothes hang from windows and a stench oozes from its damp external walls. Some windows are broken and covered with bits of old cardboard boxes.People live here, because rent is affordable.Someone who hasn’t walked the streets of Hillbrow recently could be forgiven for thinking that it’s all grime and gloom here, but things are changing.Europa House on Claim Street was once a decrepit hotel where illegal activities, including prostitution, took place. It was renovated in 2005 and is now a decent block of flats that offers affordable homes for rent.Not far from it is BG Alexander – a former nursing college that went through a patch of decay and even became infested with rats some years ago. It was refurbished at a cost of R10-million (US$1.5-million) and made fit for human accommodation in 2007. Apartments there can now be rented for as little as R600 ($88) per month.“Those of you who have been keeping a close watch on the development of Johannesburg in recent years would attest to the changes that this city has undergone,” said Ruby Mathang, head of the housing department at the City of Johannesburg.“The city, like most urban centres in the world, has experienced its gloomy days of decline, but it is now in an upward cycle and this has been the case for some 10 years or so.”Joburg to be ‘endearing home for all’Joshco has a “vision of turning Johannesburg into a distinctive metropole and an endearing home for all”, said Mathang.It’s leading the renovations at BG Alexander, Europa House and 17 other projects, which involve refurbishments and building homes from scratch.Joshco will begin work at Vannin Court soon. The agency said the building block will be “upgraded into good-quality, well-managed family apartments” that will be able to accommodate more than 50 families.Since 2004 the agency has spent about R760-million ($111-million) on creating 8 300 homes. Its developments include Pennyville in Soweto, a new location with 2 800 low-cost, medium-rise rental apartments.It also redeveloped former hostel Antea Village, in western Johannesburg, into 284 family-friendly units. Another residence that Joshco will give new life to is the Orlando Hostel in Soweto, where 102 apartments have already been completed.Hostels were originally designed to accommodate single men who worked in Johannesburg, not for their families as well. But, “Joshco has redeveloped hostels from their former state as male compounds to integrated family units,” said Mathang.Private companies such as City Property and Afhco are also playing a significant role in stamping out decay in Johannesburg. They have invested heavily in renovating residential and office blocks, especially in the city centre.UN award of recognitionJoshco’s efforts in bringing back Johannesburg’s spark and creating homes across many districts have earned it international recognition. It recently won the 2010 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour, alongside five other municipal-run housing schemes from Singapore, China, Austria, Colombia and Morocco.The awards ceremony was held in Singapore on 4 October, World Habitat Day. Joshco’s employees got the chance to celebrate their win 10 days later at a function in Johannesburg.“We’re encouraged by the award. I truly cannot exaggerate the encouragement this award has on the Joshco team,” said CEO Rory Gallocher.UN-Habitat recognised the agency for having created habitable homes for more than 30 000 low-income residents, who pay their rates regularly. Joshco has received 84% of its total owed rent in the last year.Although it’s social scheme, it is very strict on payments. “We’ve done evictions in Kliptown and we have very a high rate of payment in Alexandra,” Mathang said.Joshco is the second South African housing project to have received the UN honour in as many years, after the Alexandra Redevelopment Project won it in 2009.last_img read more

Voters line up with Ohio ag organization endorsements

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Election results are in for 2015. Ohio Issues 1 and 2 have passed while Issue 3 has failed, with nearly two-thirds of voters saying no to 3.The Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and the Ohio AgriBusiness Association have all chosen to support Issues 1 and 2, and oppose Issue 3. Each issue has implications for Ohio’s rural and agricultural communities and should be carefully considered by voters.Here is more on each issue as summarized by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA).Issue 1Currently, Ohio House and Senate District lines are drawn by a combination of the governor, auditor and secretary of state with input from legislative leaders. This process has led to a vast number of incongruently drawn districts with one-sided political support over the years that are no longer considered to be competitive in the general election.A “Yes” vote on Issue 1 would end this partisan process and restore fair and balanced standards for drawing state legislative districts that are more compact and politically competitive, while ensuring bipartisanship and transparency through the process.The amendment would establish the bipartisan Ohio Redistricting Commission, composed of seven members including the governor, state auditor, secretary of state and four members appointed by the majority and minority leaders of the General Assembly. The dealings of the commission would be done transparently, with required public meetings, display of maps and a public letter explaining any plan (including that none should favor a political party) the Commission adopts by a simple majority vote. The Commission would also be required to split as few counties, municipalities and townships as possible in the redrawing process.If passed, the amendment becomes effective immediately. There is no active or organized opposition. Issue 2A YES vote on State Issue 2 would protect Ohio’s Constitution from monopoly, oligopoly or cartel interests through a constitutional amendment prohibiting special interests from amending the constitution to guarantee financial profits for themselves through preferential tax rates or commercial rights or special economic privileges not available to similarly situated people or nonpublic agencies.A past issue, the effort to legalize gambling in Ohio in 2009, resulted in the establishment of constitutional protection for two companies to own all four current casinos in Ohio. Currently, State Issue 3, as written, would establish similar constitutional protection to 10 vertically integrated companies toward the legalization of marijuana in the state.A YES vote on State Issue 2 would ensure the constitution is used to benefit the broad public interest, and ensure it cannot be abused or corrupted by those interested in obtaining exclusive deals and special commercial benefits.“The constitution should be used to protect the fundamental rights of all individuals, not to guarantee the financial profits of a select few,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO. “A yes vote would protect free commerce, fair trade and fair dealing in Ohio.”If passed, the proposal would prohibit any proposed constitutional amendment that appears on the Nov. 3, 2015 statewide ballot from creating a monopoly, oligopoly or cartel for the sale, distribution or other use of any federal Schedule I controlled substance, such as that outlined State Issue 3.The state legislature acted nearly unanimously to place Issue 2 on the ballot, and a growing consensus of trade groups and business leaders and editorial boards are lining up in support of Issue 2. Ohio would be the 20th state to adopt constitutional provisions banning monopolies.Issue 3A NO vote on Issue 3 would put a stop to a $1 billion marijuana monopoly granting a small group of wealthy investors exclusive rights to commercial production and sale of marijuana for recreational and medical purposes that would also insulate them from any business competition or act of the legislature.If passed, the amendment would grant exclusive rights for commercial marijuana growth and cultivation to 10 self-designated landowners, permit the retail sale of recreational marijuana at approximately 1,100 statewide locations, legalize the production of marijuana-infused products, and allow each person 21 years of age or older to purchase, grow, possess, use transport and share over one-half pound of marijuana at a time.While nearly 75% of registered voters, when polled, say they would support medicinal marijuana, Issue 3 goes well beyond medicinal purposes. It would create 10 grow sites, specifically laid out in the constitution to allow the growers to distribute the product and create approximately 1,100 retail locations across the state that would allow marijuana confections like cookies and lollipops to be sold, and allow an individual to grow up to four plants for personal use. The amendment also prohibits a local jurisdiction from exercising home rule.In addition to the concern that there would be more retail outlets for marijuana than there are current Starbucks or McDonalds locations in the state, there is concern that high limits of personal possession (the equivalent of up to 500 average-sized marijuana joints) and the legalization of confectionary products would result in broad exposure to children and underage students.To date, all support for Issue 3 is coming from the investors in the 10 grow facilities.last_img read more