The Appeal Court of Guyana on Monday overturned the decision of Justice Navindra Singh, who sentenced Redrick Alexander, called “Bumpy”, to 56 years in prison after a jury of his peers found him guilty of murdering his friend, Carl Thomas, known as “Dog”, back in November 2010.Alexander’s sentence had been handed down in April 2014 after a murder trial in the High Court. However, he appealed the verdict and the corresponding prison sentence imposed upon him.When his matter came up for hearing, his attorney, Nigel Hughes presented arguments before acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards; Appellate Justice Dawn Gregory and High Court Justice Brassington Reynolds. After the presentation, the acting Chancellor adjourned the hearing for five minutes before returning to court and announcing that the Court has accepted the grounds of the appeal.As such, the Court set aside both the conviction and the sentence, and ordered a retrial at a future sitting of the Demerara Assizes. The decision was read by Justice Cummings-Edwards. Attorney Teshanna Lake appeared for the State.According to reports surrounding the case, Alexander had known Thomas since they were children and lived like siblings. However, on November 3, 2010, at John Street, Lodge, the two men engaged in a heated argument over clothes that Thomas claimed went missing. In the midst of the argument, Thomas was stabbed once to his abdomen, and he was then rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he later succumbed while receiving treatment.Senior State Counsel Judith Gildharie-Mursalin had prosecuted the case in 2014 and she had called seven witnesses to testify. Alexander, who had been represented by Attorney Hukumchand Parag, had given an unsworn statement from the prisoner’s dock. This meant that he could not be cross-examined by the prosecution nor face questions from the judge or jury when he led his defence. When Alexander’s trial concluded, he protested his 56-year sentence and had pleaded with Justice Singh for a reduction.The accused was 61 years old when he was convicted four years ago. The prosecution’s main witness had been Lear Porter, a grocery shop owner, of John Street, Lodge, who was the brother of the deceased Thomas. During his testimony, he recalled that around 18:00h on the day in question, he was in his grocery shop when he heard the two men arguing. Porter had also noted that they had been calling each other “cross”.Reports had stated that when Thomas entered his yard after being on the road, Alexander walked up, drew a knife from his waist and allegedly inflicted the fatal stab on Thomas. Reports were that Thomas’s intestines were protruding after the attack.
President of GCCI, Nicholas BoyerFollowing the calling out of businesses that owe taxes to the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) by the Mayor of Georgetown and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (GCCI) reaction to the issue, the two parties have since mend their differences of opinion and are soon expected to ink an agreement, which will address these and other issues.This is according to the President of the Chamber, Nicholas Boyer, who in an interview with Guyana Times explained an initial meeting was held with the two parties to discuss issues of the business community.“We’ve discussed at a high level a collaboration with the Mayor and City Council, our next step was to draft a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) which we’ve drafted. The Mayor and City Council has vetted that and we expect to be signing that MoU very soon,” Boyer said.He highlighted that the MoU will address a number of areas such as solid waste management, construction permits and several others.“One of the parts of the MoU is the rates and taxes so we will ensure that we create an avenue for the Mayor and City Council and businesses that are members of the Chamber to have interactions so that we reduce any sort of issues there are under the heading of rates and taxes,” he revealed.The President of the Chamber added that he would like to see positive steps taken to develop the City which he believes the Mayor is doing. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is expected to be signed within the next two weeks.Earlier this month, Georgetown Mayor Ubraj Narine called a press conference where he disclosed that just about 144 business proprietors have failed to pay taxes which attributes to the build-up of garbage in Georgetown.The business community was quick to jump to the defence of its members and had requested that the Mayor produce a list of defaulters which was never publicised. Boyer, in response, had said he is cognisant of the fact that some businesses in the city may run away from paying their taxes; however, he believes that direct appeals should be made to those establishments, rather than label every organisation with the same title.“Before you got to that stage of just calling out high-end businesses and so those comments may start to create a more contentious atmosphere… we understand why he is doing it because he may feel like these businesses have not been paying taxes over such and such a period so maybe he feels frustration,” Boyer explained.The Mayor had said he needed permission from the other Council members before revealing the list of defaulters.Nevertheless, in a recent interview with Guyana Times, Public Relations Officer of City Hall, Debra Lewis said errant business owners have been forthcoming in paying their dues to the Council. Several business owners have also enquired about the possibility of setting up payment plans to reduce the taxes owed to the Council, she said.Lewis nevertheless reminded that some $8 billion is collectively owed by those business owners with personal accounts ranging from $200,000 to $300,000. Some businesses even owe the municipality millions, the PRO added.
“We can’t leave here disappointed,” he said. “Anytime we can come here and win two out of three events, we’ve got a lot to smile about.” Stewart, fresh from the care center, was surprisingly convincing … and yet … the Hoosier hotshoe left Daytona International Speedway on Sunday without one of the few accomplishments still missing from his racing resume. The consensus pick to finally win the big one, Stewart had barely clawed his way back into the lead after paying a penalty for speeding. As the sun began to set on the biggest race of the year, Stewart looked strong. Then in an instant, the rear of Stewart’s Chevrolet wiggled ever so slightly in the fourth turn. It slowed, and he inched up the racetrack by 3feet, maybe 4 at the most. With a head of steam and nowhere to go, Kurt Busch’s Dodge clipped the left rear of Stewart’s car, and the two NASCAR Nextel Cup champions were both in the wall before anyone had a chance to figure out what was happening. Stewart won the Budweiser Shootout and a qualifying race in his nine days in Daytona, and in the 500, he led 32 laps of the first 52. Yet when Stewart left the track, he had nothing but a mangled car and a last-place finish. Toyota debut a dud: The winner’s circle will eventually come. But it won’t be easy getting there. Toyota learned that during its debut in NASCAR’s big leagues. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A simple slip, that’s all it took, and the two best cars in the Daytona 500 were done. Somehow, Tony Stewart managed a smile and a shrug. Unlike the auto giant’s first race in the Busch series Saturday or its first race in the Truck series three years ago – Toyota finished second in both – none of the company’s four Camrys cracked the top 10. One car crashed. One was penalized five laps after a pit row violation. The other twocars were just slow. Michael Waltrip, whose Camry-driving team embarrassed Toyota after trying to slip in a fuel-boosting additive during qualifying, spent most of the race bringing up the rear, one, and then two laps down. His fellow Camry drivers didn’t run much better. Waltrip finished 30th, Dave Blaney was 34th, David Reutimann was 40th, and Toyota’s other poster boy, Dale Jarrett, came in 23rd. Another bad debut: Juan Pablo Montoya, driving for his former open-wheel boss Chip Ganassi, had a tough baptism. His No. 42 Dodge had evil handling in the first quarter of the race, and the former Formula One star fell toward the back of the field. “It started really bad,” Montoya said. “We were really tight, and we were struggling. The car was so bad, and I don’t know what happened.” After pitting for adjustments, Montoya began to pick off some cars, only to brush doors with the Chevy of Tony Stewart. He went a lap down but fought back later in the race. Montoya finished 19th. Cheaters prosper? The six drivers penalized for illegal modifications before the Daytona 500 had mixed success. Elliott Sadler (sixth), Kasey Kahne (seventh) and Jeff Gordon (10th) posted top-10 finishes. Matt Kenseth (27th) led six laps and was running strong near the end before an accident knocked him out. Waltrip and Scott Riggs (37th) were non-factors. 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A middle school janitor charged with secretly placing a video camera inside a girls’ locker room pleaded no contest Wednesday and was sentenced to 270 days in jail. Michael Hernandez, 29, of La Puente also was ordered by West Covina Superior Court Judge Kevin C. Brazile to serve three years’ probation after entering his plea to three misdemeanor counts of illegally photographing another person. District Attorney Elizabeth Padilla said Brazile dropped two more counts of illegally photographing in exchange for Hernandez’s plea. Sheriff’s officials said a Hacienda La Puente Unified School District employee found the video camera Feb. 15 on top of a cabinet inside the girls’ locker room at Grandview Middle School in Valinda. Authorities said five victims, ages 12 to 14, were identified on the videotape. None of the children was videotaped nude. In addition to jail time and probation, Padilla said Hernandez will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from jail, and must complete a six-month sex offender counseling program. Brazile also ordered Hernandez to obey a protective order which instructs him to stay away from schools, parks and day-care centers until his probation is completed. Authorities said Hernandez was employed as a part-time janitor in the school district for six months. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109
The 16th annual Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival opens next weekend, Friday to Sunday, September 29th to October 9th.Festival events will take place in a host of towns and villages in South and South West Donegal including Ballyshannon, Ballybofey, Leghowney, Donegal, Dunkineely, Cill Chartha, Gleann Choilm Cille, Ardara and Glenties.The Festival is presented by Donegal County Council, with the assistance of The Arts Council An Comhairle Ealaion.1916-2016 Centenary Programme This year’s Festival will honour the 1916-2016 Centenary with two very special events. The Festival’s largest event, the Festival Carnival Parade on Saturday night, October 8, will reflect Ballyshannon in 1916, a turbulent and exciting time with so much in the air – war in Europe and young men from all over the North West travelling to the Royal Inniskillings training camp at Finner, the Irish Volunteers planning for an imminent rebellion in Dublin and the Womens Right to Vote movement gathering momentum throughout Britain and Ireland.The Festival is also delighted to host the second only performance of Inishowen singer and composer Kate O’Callaghan’s song series, The Girl With The Beret, inspired by her great grand aunt’s statement to the Office of Military History, about her role in the Easter Rising and its aftermath. The performance, which also features the musicians of Donegal Camerata String Ensemble, takes place at the Abbey Arts Centre on Sunday Night, October 2nd.Theatre ProgrammeLocal companies Balor Rep, Dark Daughter and Donegal Drama Circle will present plays by Marie Jones, Maura Logue – a brand new work – and Martin McDonagh respectively, while Stranorlar native Shirley Anne Bonner presents a new play on the life and times of Frances Browne – the ‘Blind Poetess of Ulster’- on the occasion of the bicentenary of her birth. The Festival opens on Thursday night, September 29, at the Abbey Arts Centre with the premier performance of a new work by Maura Logue, Mother Loss – The Story of the Wollstonecraft Women. The play imagines a reunion of three extraordinary, late 18th. and 19th century women – mother Mary Wollstonecroft ( pioneering British writer and feminist ) and her daughters Mary Shelly ( author of the classic Gothic horror novel, Frankenstein) and Fanny Imlay, the younger of the two, who died tragically at the age of 25. The story has a strong Donegal connection as Mary Wollstonecraft’s mother Elizabeth was originally Elizabeth Dixon of Ballyshannon, the Dixons being a particularly wealthy merchant and landowning family in the town.The Balor Rep will bring Marie Jones’ hilarious play, Fly Me To The Moon, to Ballyshannon, Ballybofey, Gleann Cholm Cille and Ardara, from Tuesday to Sunday, October 4th. to 9th. With two of the North West’s finest actresses – Cathleen Bradley and Orla Mullan – in the leading roles, this is guaranteed to be a brilliant night out.The Festival also extends a very warm welcome to the Askeraden Theatre Group from Olso who travel to Donegal as guests of the Ballyshannon Drama Society. Their production of one of the classics of Norwegian theatre, Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, is hugely anticipated. It takes place in the Abbey Arts Centre on Saturday night, October 1st.Donegal Drama Circle return to the playwright they presented at the very first Festival – Martin McDonagh – when they present the The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Ardaghy Community Centre, Inver, from Thursday to Saturday, October 6th. to 8th. The play is very much in the news again having enjoyed hugely successful runs in London and New York recently, with Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Pat Shortt in the lead roles.Music Programme The Festival’s music programme is one of the strongest to-date, boasting a wonderful variety of traditional, choral, jazz, popular and classical music.Leghowney Hall, celebrating 80 years at the centre of the community, will do so in style in a concert with Zoe Conway, Máirtín O’Connor and Donal Lunny on Wednesday night, October 5. Tickets for this very special night are selling fast and are available now at Ward’s Music, Donegal Town.There are further big traditional nights to look forward to with shows by Caitlín and Ciarán at Castle Murray House Hotel, St. John’s Point, on Thursday, October 6th. and the Glenties Fiddlers Gathering Concert on Saturday, October 8th. with Na Mooney’s, Vincent Campbell, Douglas Lawrence and Ellie, Brídín and Catherine McGinley.Jazz legend Gay McIntyre will share a repertoire drawn from his 60 years as a top performer in his appearance Aislann Cill Chartha, Kilcar on Saturday night, October 1st while on the same night, the Bluestack Chorale – the artists responsible for the very successful Mountcharles Opera Festival – will present Songs for an Autumn Evening, a programe of cabaret classics and popular opera favourites at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre in Donegal Town. Singers from all over Donegal will combine as The Donegal Voices to present JS Bach’s Magnificat in D and Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria at St. Anne’s Church of Ireland Church, Ballyshannon on Friday night, October 7th.Film and LiteraryYou are invited to make a date with the Abbey Centre on the final day of the Festival – Sunday, October 9th – for a special literary afternoon with some of the finest emerging literary and musical talent in the country today, including Elizabeth Reapy, Imelda Maguire, Kate Dempsey, Rosie Carney and Sarah Cullen.We are grateful too to Access Cinema who have facilitated our screenings of the remarkable Icelandic film, Rams, at this year’s Festival. It’s a film which will have a particular resonance in such a strong sheep farming area as South and South West Donegal.FREE Festival ProgrammeThe FREE Festival Programme will be widely available throughout the South and South West of the county, from this weekend. Look out for it in local shops, libraries, hotels, restaurants, tourist information points and at all participating venues.The full Festival Programne is also available on the Donegal County Council websites www.doneglcoco.ie and www.donegaldisapora.ieSomething for everyone at the Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival was last modified: September 23rd, 2016 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)
A gaggle of elementary school kids crowded the opposing bullpen nook at Oakland Coliseum on Wednesday morning for a lesson in baseball science put on by the A’s, centered upon one of the game’s hottest physics commodities: Launch angle.Nick Martini got the honors of launching baseballs with a catapult into O.Co’s right field corner to demonstrate how much the likelihood of a ball dropping for a hit is altered by the angle at which it’s struck.Just in case Martini’s pregame lesson didn’t …
10 November 2011Australian minerals exploration and development company Ferrum Crescent, which has sole operations in South Africa’s Limpopo province, has secured a secondary listing on the JSE’s main board.The JSE has granted the company a secondary listing on its entire issued ordinary share capital under the share code “FCR”, with trading to commence on Friday, 11 November 2011. It has a primary listing on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), with a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investments Market (AIM).According to a statement by the company this week, the listing will “enhance South African investor and general public awareness of the group and its activities, thereby enlarging Ferrum Crescent’s investor base and increasing trade in its shares”.A local listing also means that South Africans residents can directly invest in the company.The company, in its current form, was created in December 2009 by the merger between Washington Resources and Ferrum Metals. In November 2010, the company disposed of its Australian interests and the group’s focus is now on developing its iron ore interests in South Africa.As such, the listing will provide the company with an additional source of raising funding, as well as giving it the flexibility to take advantage of potential South African and African acquisition opportunities.Limpopo prospecting rightsThe company has a controlling interest in Turquoise Moon Trading, a South African company, which holds the prospecting rights over two separate areas of iron ore mineralisation in South Africa; these being the Moonlight deposit and the De Loskop prospect in the Limpopo Province.The company owns an effective 81.4% of the Moonlight iron ore project, through its direct 74% interest in Turquoise Moon and its 28.46% interest in Mkhombi Investments, the company’s black economic empowerment (BEE) partner.As part of the listing it is envisaged that the BEE participation in the company will be restructured, whereby its empowerment partner will be able to exchange its participation at the project level for new ordinary shares in the listed company.South Africa is the seventh largest producer of iron ore in the world. Kumba Iron Ore, which owns iron ore mines in Sishen and Thabazimbi, Is the largest producer of iron ore in Africa.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
2 September 2015Ability activist Chaeli Mycroft is making her way with her team of Chaeli Conquerors up majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. The Capetonian student passed the 400m mark early yesterday morning, two days after celebrating her 21st birthday. The Chaeli Kili Climbers is her crusade to become the first female quadriplegic to summit the peak, and one of only three people with disabilities to do so.Mycroft and her team kicked off their epic adventure on Friday, 27 August and she hopes to reach Kilimanjaro’s highest point by this Friday, 4 September. In addition to the rigorous climb, the team is hoping to raise awareness about the mind-set and mobility of children with disabilities, as well as cerebral palsy. Mycroft says she created the Chaeli Conquerors to show the importance of working together to achieve seemingly impossible goals.“Just because someone has a disability, doesn’t mean there should be a limit to what they can achieve,” Mycroft told News24 before she left for Tanzania. The climb will help raise funds to support the Inclusive Early Childhood Development Centre run by the Chaeli Campaign, the charity she started with her sister and three lifelong friends. At the time, Mycroft was only nine years old; the five girls were aged six to 12.Her passion as an ability activist won her the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011 and in 2012 the first medal for social activism awarded by the Nobel Peace Laureates. The charity has assisted over 5 000 children with disabilities in South Africa, providing customised wheelchairs, occupational therapy and educational support. The Chaeli Campaign is endorsed by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.“I think the drive of activism has always been a part of my makeup. I was raised to be open about my disability,” Mycroft told CNN recently. In addition to charity work, she is also strives to break barriers for people with disabilities, showing the rest of the world they can do anything able-bodied people can do, both in small ways, such as being the first quadriplegic to study and live on campus fulltime, as well in big ways such as climbing Africa’s highest mountain.#ChaeliKiliClimbers, finally together, ready for the adventure! #ClimbWithChaeli @Chaelz_162 http://t.co/8ycWLrFD4rpic.twitter.com/GbuednZmVP— The Chaeli Campaign (@ChaeliCampaign) August 29, 2015The Chaeli Kili Climbers are being led by East Africa expert Carel Verhoef, who has climbed Kilimanjaro nine times. Climbing in a specially designed wheelchair, Mycroft has a team of 15 people helping her on the journey to the summit. At some of the trail’s more precarious points, she will be carried by another climber.Planning the climb has taken almost three years of research and preparation to develop, taking into consideration the effects altitude and physical exhaustion will have on Mycroft. The climb, as Verhoef can attest, takes its toll on even the best and fittest climbers, but Mycroft does have a special set of physical needs. Her body can be susceptible to sudden temperature drops, so heat and fluid intake regulation is vital to her success. But she is confident in herself and her team’s ability to work together to solve any problems during the climb.“I’m not stressing about the mountain,” Mycroft insists. “If anything goes wrong, I know that we can find a solution. We have a very strong-minded group of people. I think you need that in order to be successful.”The climb is being live tweeted on Twitter and her website, tracking the team’s progress in real-time, using the hashtag #ClimbWithChaeli. The team hopes to complete the climb and reach the highest point in Africa by the weekend.Chaeli has passed the 4000m mark and is acclimatising to the new altitude! #ClimbWithChaeli http://t.co/KNgXnCFnJX pic.twitter.com/wXKRidAgff— The Chaeli Campaign (@ChaeliCampaign) Septembe r 1, 2015SAinfo reporter
Proudly African stars are taking the film and television world by storm, with a new generation of talent gaining prominence in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters and Oscar winners.Black Panther is the forthcoming action film based on the Afrocentric Marvel Comics superhero character of the same name. The film features a groundbreaking cast of some of Hollywood’s biggest African-American and African-born actors, including Ugandan-born Florence Kasumba and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. (Image: Marvel Entertainment YouTube)CD Anderson From critically acclaimed films Selma and The Get Out to action superhero movies such as the forthcoming Black Panther, as well as popular television series such as The Walking Dead and Orange is the New Black, actors from the African diaspora are making their voices heard and changing the global pop culture landscape.Here are some of those African kings and queens of Hollywood on whom we need to keep an eye.David Oyelowo — Nigeria(Image: Wikipedia)Born in the United Kingdom but raised in Nigeria, David Oyelowo began his acting career as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, before stepping into a variety of television roles, including a recurring role in the British spy drama, Spooks, and guest roles in The Good Wife and The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, filmed in Botswana. He began his film career starring for Steven Spielberg in Lincoln and alongside Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher.However, it was his star turn as Rev Martin Luther King Jr in the historical drama Selma that brought Oyelowo wider acclaim, including Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. In his next film role, Oyelowo returned to Botswana to play the country’s first democratic president, Seretse Khama, in the romance drama A United Kingdom. His next big role is the lead in the forthcoming Gringo, alongside South African-born actors Charlize Theron and Sharlto Copley.Uzo Aduba — Nigeria(Image: Wikipedia)Born to Nigerian immigrants in the US, Uzo Aduba is best known for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in the hit Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, or OITNB.She is one of only two actors (male and female) to win Emmy Awards in both comedy and drama categories for the same role. Her riveting portrayal of the beloved Suzanne character has earned her numerous other awards, including two Screen Actors Guild awards, as well as cultural recognition by the US’s NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and various LGBT organisations.Her largest film role so far was a supporting role alongside Ewan McGregor in the 2016 film American Pastoral. When not filming for OITNB, she performs in theatre productions in Los Angeles and New York.Barkhad Abdi — Somalia(Image: Twitter)Born in Mogadishu before fleeing Somalia’s civil war with his family to the US, Barkhad Abdi was working as a phone salesperson and limousine driver when he successfully auditioned on a whim for a role in the Tom Hanks drama, Captain Phillips, a film about Somalian piracy. As the cruel yet conflicted pirate leader Abduwali, Abdi garnered much critical acclaim, including Oscar, Golden Globe, Bafta and Screen Actors Guild nominations for best supporting actor.He went on to guest star in various television series, including Hawaii Five-O, and starred in the film Eye in the Sky (filmed in South Africa) opposite Helen Mirren. At the beginning of 2017, it was announced that Abdi had joined the cast of the forthcoming Blade Runner 2049, one of the most highly anticipated films of 2017, starring opposite Hollywood heavyweights Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.Abdi is also an ambassador for the Somalian humanitarian and environmental charity, Adeso.Lupita Nyong’o — Kenya(Image: Flickr)While Lupita Nyong’o may have been born in Mexico, her upbringing and roots lie very much in Kenya. She began acting in school plays and amateur theatre in Nairobi before studying film and theatre in the US. Nyong’o worked as a production assistant on a number of films shot in Africa, including The Constant Gardner starring Ralph Fiennes, who urged her to step in front of the camera for the first time.She made a number of short student films, before returning to Kenya to star in a popular television series, Shuga. Nyong’o also wrote and directed a number of documentaries focused on Africa that won critical acclaim at independent film festivals around the world.However, her emotional performance in her first big Hollywood production, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, gained Nyong’o a wider global audience and much critical acclaim. She won the 2013 Oscar for best supporting actress for the film, the first African to win the award.Nyong’o has gone on to star in some of Hollywood’s biggest films, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Jungle Book and the forthcoming Black Panther Marvel Universe movie.In between Hollywood projects, she also acted in the Tony-award winning Broadway drama Eclipsed, about the Liberian Civil War, and written and directed by Danai Gurira (see below).Nyong’o returns in the next Star Wars film, The Last Jedi, at the end of 2017.Daniel Kaluuya — Uganda(Image: Twitter)Born to Ugandan immigrants in London, Daniel Kaluuya has been a familiar face over the last 10 years in a number of UK television series, including the popular youth drama Skins (for which he also wrote and directed) and Doctor Who.His breakout role was in an episode of the anthology sci-fi series, Black Mirror, titled Fifteen Million Merits, which was voted by fans of the groundbreaking show as its all-time best episode.Between acting in theatre and television in the UK, and small roles in films in the US, Kaluuya also writes and produces short films and produces music. His first major Hollywood role was in the horror film, The Get Out, one of the highest grossing independent films of 2017.Kaluuya’s acclaimed performance in the film secured him roles in the forthcoming Black Panther Marvel Universe film and a remake of Watership Down for Netflix/BBC.Danai Gurira — Zimbabwe(Image: Wikipedia)While Danai Gurira may be best known as the no-nonsense, sword-wielding Michonne in hit zombie series The Walking Dead, she is much more than the sum of that single role.Gurira is a Tony Award-winning playwright (for the drama, Eclipsed, see the profile of Lupita Nyong’o above) and a prominent political activist.Her first major film role was in the 2007 immigration drama, The Visitor, and she has had roles in big US television series, including Law & Order and Treme.But the theatre remains her first love, both in the US and in Zimbabwe, where she founded Almasi Arts organisation in 2011. It is dedicated to sustaining arts and culture education in the country. Gurira plays an active, grassroots role with Almasi as a writing and acting teacher in Zimbabwe and across the rest of the region, including in South Africa.She also works closely with the United Nations and Irish singer Bono’s ONE Campaign to highlight the issues and challenges that specifically affect women and children in Africa.Gurira’s next major role is also in the Black Panther Marvel Universe film, set for release in early 2018.Atandwa Kani — South Africa(Image: YouTube)As the son of one of South Africa’s most prominent actors, John Kani, Atandwa Kani has acting in his blood. Maturing as an actor in theatre, film and television, both at home and abroad, he is now set to take Hollywood by storm.Kani already has a formidable theatre career, with critically acclaimed turns in Shakespeare productions in South Africa and the UK. His television career includes local series 90 Plein Street, Soul Buddyz and Kowethu, as well as recurring roles in international productions such as Life is Wild and The Book of Negroes with Cuba Gooding Jr.He played a young Nelson Mandela in the film version of A Long Walk to Freedom, before garnering critical acclaim for the 2016 short film The Suit, based on the story by South African writer Can Themba.Kani, too, is part of the cast for the forthcoming Marvel Universe film Black Panther, following in his father’s superhero footsteps: Kani senior starred in Captain America: Civil War in 2016.Florence Kasumba — Uganda(Image: Official Florence Kasumba website)Florence Kasumba also had a role in Captain America: Civil War, which she reprises in Black Panther in 2018. The Kampala-born actress/model has had a rich career in television and film in her adopted country, Germany, and recently moved to Hollywood to star in the 2017 US fantasy series Emerald City, before taking on a supporting role in the forthcoming Wonder Woman movie. She also stars in the 2017 romantic drama, Mute, directed by Duncan Jones.Dayo Okeniyi — Nigeria(Image: Twitter)The young Lagos-born Dayo Okeniyi has been a talent to watch since his breakthrough role in the Hunger Games film series. Since then, he has had roles opposite Ben Affleck (Runner, Runner), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator Genisys) and is currently getting attention for his role in the US crime series, Shades of Blue, co-starring Jennifer Lopez.Terry Pheto — South Africa(Image: Instagram)South African favourite Terry Pheto was part of the Oscar award-winning Tsotsi ensemble in 2005, and since then has built a formidable acting career at home and in Hollywood.After supporting roles in South African-based international productions such as Goodbye Bafana and Catch a Fire, she moved to Los Angeles where she quickly secured a regular role on the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, in 2011.Pheto returned to South Africa to star in the action drama, How 2 Steal 2 Million, for which she won an African Movie Academy Award. She later starred in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (as Madiba’s first wife, Evelyn Mase) and A United Kingdom opposite David Oyelowo (see above).Pheto’s next project is the BET channel mini-series, Madiba, in which she plays Winnie Mandela opposite Laurence Fishburne’s Nelson Mandela. The series is currently filming in South Africa.Source: Wikipedia, various news sourcesWould 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 Galen Koepke farms in Ottawa County on the banks of the Portage River just a few miles from Lake Erie.A television crew was at Koepke’s farm within a few hours after the news broke after the Toledo water crisis in 2014. Since then, all agriculture in the watershed has been the subject of great water quality scrutiny, but Koepke is under a microscope.In many ways, though, Koepke welcomes the attention because he knows he is doing things right according to the 4Rs with his farming practices. This has not always been easy, however, particularly for one 34-acre field that borders the Portage River. For many years, he had farmed and carefully managed the 20-acre field and then around 20 years ago he purchased a neighboring 14-acre field and combined them.“On that 14 acres they had two large layer operations with a total of around 100,000 chickens and they had spread all the manure on that field for many years. When we bought it and soil tested, we found that the phosphorus was off the charts. It is a relatively sandy soil and it is prone to flooding,” Koepke said. “I think there is probably enough phosphorus on that field to finish out my farming career. We double-checked to make sure that there was no mistake made.”Doug Uher is the seed and precision specialist for Luckey Farmers, Inc. Cooperative who works with Koepke on the challenging field.“I pulled a soil sample that I think was 1,200 pounds of phosphorus. I told Galen that I didn’t think this was correct, as this was one of the first years we were doing grid soil sampling. When the next resultsDoug Uher and Galen Koepke stand on Koepke’s farm near the Portage River.came back, we found samples higher than 1,200 — it turns out that 1,200 was the average on the 34-acre field. There was only one spot on the east edge of the field that actually needed phosphorus. I told him he wouldn’t need to apply phosphorus for the rest of his life,” Uher said. “Because this field is located right by a river, it is more of a risk environmentally. We haven’t applied P in 16 years on most of that field.”The systematic sampling was a crucial part of coming up with a prescription for the right rate in the portion of that field with a legacy of poultry manure — zero. Koepke very clearly understands the value of the right rate in terms of the environment and water quality, but he also understands the economic benefits.“There are a lot of different soil types from black sandy loam to heavy clay in that field. On the part that we owned before, the soil tests are still calling for phosphorus applications, which makes the variable rate applications really shine,” Koepke said. “With the soil testing we try to do each field every third year and we use prescriptive maps with Luckey Farmers. They do the samples and then I meet with my agronomist and we plan the application accordingly. When we dropped it to 0 P it didn’t change the yields any and it saves money.”Along with using the right rate, Koepke has implemented numerous conservation practices farm-wide to minimize the environmental impact of his farm. He has a corn-soybean-wheat rotation in many of his predominantly no-till fields, but wheat does not work well in the river bottom fields because of flooding problems. He has also dramatically expanded the use of cover crops in recent years.The Portage River borders some of Koepke’s farm just a few miles from Lake Erie.“I plant soybeans into cereal rye and in my wheat ground I have been using a mixture of oats and tillage radish,” he said. “We can’t plant wheat in our river bottom ground because of the flooding so we aerial seeded oats into the corn this year. We have been using cover crops there for three or four years now. This year I will have a cover crop on all of my acres.”His work with the Luckey Farmers has allowed him to take his environmental emphasis to the next level.“As individual farmers we can’t afford the right equipment for the job that Luckey Farmers has,” he said. “I have a vested interest in protecting the environment here. I get my drinking water from the lake too and this helps me to do a better job.”Luckey Farmers starts the process of developing the right rate of fertilizer long before the actual application with soil sampling. Though there are multiple ways to strategically and consistently take soil samples, each with pros and cons, Luckey Farmers has stuck with sampling on 2.5-acre grids.“We do 2.5-acre grids but we work with a consulting firm that does it on yield zones. That can be a chicken or the egg thing. Did that part of the field yield 120 bushels because it was fertilized for 120 bushels or because that’s the maximum yield potential for the soil type? We want to come up with the right rate based on numerous factors. When we grid sample now we fertilize based on what is there not what may be there in yield, so I am still a grid guy. In my opinion that is the way to go,” Uher said. “If you base it on soil types, they usually won’t match your yield map because yields can vary over the same soil type. In fields where yields match the soil types then zone sampling works, but that does not happen often. I think in the future it may be a combination of all three things: fertility, yield and soil types. I doThe auto-probe is mounted on an ATV and it is operated by push button.know the days of the right rate of 400 pounds of 4-10-46 are not here anymore. Why would a farmer want to over fertilize? We want farmers to make money so we want to put the right rate down.”Within the grid sampling system, the next step is getting consistent and accurate soil samples.“This last year we purchased two auto-probes that are pre-determined on soil sampling depth. It is all I-pad based and it geo-references where you pull it. You take a picture of the barcode on the bag holding the sample and that is then geo-referenced. That takes out any room for paperwork error. The traceability and accuracy of the soil samples is a really tight window now. Part of the issue we used to get when we sent an intern out to get soil samples is when it hasn’t rained for three months you can get inaccurate results because the soil was hard. This is much more accurate and repeatable,” Uher said. “That is new this year. We try to do it about the same date every year for each field. We either sample right after wheat or in the fall. We don’t like to sample in the spring. In the spring you can find different levels so that is our last resort for taking soil samples. We target anything going to corn in the fall.”After developing the sampling plan with the farmer, the samples must be carefully collected and handled.“The guy pulling the soil sample gets a text describing the job and he’ll go out to the field. The auto-probe is mounted on an ATV and it is operated by push button. Everything is on an I-pad and it really takes out the human error component. On a general soil sample the sampler finds random samples. On the grid, the spots are pre-determined where the probes need to be. We go back and sample the same spots where we sampled before to get a handle on what is happening over time. If it is in a bad location — headland or in a low area or swale — it can be moved. They also need to stay off the rows where fertilizer applications may have been made,” Uher said. “We work with A&L Great Lakes labs in Ft. Wayne. With our new software the results go from the lab to the software company that puts it in and I get an email that says it is ready for precision. It is all automated. Then I go in and put in the crop, yield goals and type of fertilizer used and it tells me a prescription for the field.”Each of those factors is also important for determining the right rate, particularly the yield.“You need realistic yields to get the right rate. Many guys have yield goals that are two low for today’s genetics, but I also have guys tell me they want 240 bushels every year,” Uher said. “We are working to do a better job of overlaying fertility with yields. We don’t want a rate for 200-bushel corn in a part of the field that yielded 120 bushels. Yield data is going to be a bigger part of the right rate in the future.”Uher’s plans for the application include details like the location of the field entrance and numerous types of environmentally sensitive areas. Once an accurate and realistic rate prescription has been developed, it must then be properly applied.“We create a file that can be uploaded to the application machine. We put it on a flash drive so the applicator will know to apply it like we have it drawn up. We develop the right rate based on our computer model and we make the application based on that,” Uher said. “The applicator then provides an ‘as applied’ map to show exactly how he drove to match everything up. It is a 70-foot boom so I match up with application grids as closely as we can. We are getting a lot better with automation. Now we are starting to do all of it wirelessly.”In addition, the equipment must all be accurately calibrated to get the right rate on the field.“We calibrate all of our equipment twice a year and every load that goes out we are spot-checking to seeing if it’s right,” he said. “If we know we are supposed to put on 1,000 pounds and we are 20 pounds off we’ll be able to tell.”The technology is evolving and improving quickly but keeping up with the changes can be a challenge.“A lot of the software we use is not based on agriculture and we have to adapt everything,” Uher said. “We have to find what works and what doesn’t and it can be a learning process.”The end result of this long process, though, is a very valuable right rate.“In most instances one of two things will happen when guys start with grid soil sampling and variable rate application — his yields with either go up or his fertilizer application will go down,” Uher said. “There is a misconception that when guys get more precision they put less fertilizer on, but that is not always the case. In some cases the grid soil sampling leads to recommendations for fertility that are actually higher and they see a nice yield bump. In the end it has to be profitable for the farmer for it to work.”This ongoing evolution at Luckey Farmers fits right in with their certification through the 4R Nutrient Steward Certification Program.“We have always tried to do the right thing but now we have it in black and white. Now we have a standard where we are held accountable to make sure we are doing the right thing,” Uher said. “The certification process really helped us with traceability and it forced us to do a better job with the paperwork. Before if we were asked ‘Do you have a soil sample from four years ago?’ ‘Well yes. But where’s it at?’ We have done a good job of keeping track of what phosphorus levels have done in the fields, for example, and if we see an outlier we know something isn’t right. This certification makes us keep track of things better and helps us to do a better job for our customers.”The right rate component of the 4Rs is crucial for farm profitability and environmental stewardship, but finding it depends on a long chain of the right people and the right equipment used in the right way, Uher said.“Did we sample right? Was the equipment calibrated right? There are a lot of moving parts with the right rate from getting the right soil sample to getting the fertilizer applied.”For more, visit 4rcertified.org.