Summer Road Trips: For The Music Lovers

first_imgLocation: Southwest VirginiaDistance: 196 milesDriver: Daniel DavisGuitarist and lead vocalist, Folk Soul RevivalBristol, VA.“I like the idea that this is the birthplace of country music, that I can be part of a community where that all started and is still considered a place where real country music comes from, as opposed to a lot of the stuff they call ‘country’ on the radio. It’s nice to be close to those roots.”Day 1  |  20 miles | Wise – Saint PaulYour trip down country music memory lane begins about as far west in Virginia as you can go before you hit the Kentucky state line. First stop: the town of Wise, Virginia. Just 10 miles from Daniel Davis’ hometown of Coeburn, Va., Wise is near the westernmost terminus of Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, the 333-mile-long Crooked Road. Of The Crooked Road’s nine major historical music venues, Country Cabin II is just down the road from Wise in Norton, Va. The cabin regularly hosts classes on traditional Appalachian pastimes like clogging and in-line dancing as well as its annual Dock Boggs Festival in September.In Wise proper, roots lovers should be sure to check out the RTE 23 Music Festival, which is set to take place August 25 this year. This homegrown festival has built a tremendous following since its inception in 2014 and has become a staple event in the region. In the evening, head east to the up-and-coming town of Saint Paul, Va., located on the Clinch River. Sugar Hill Brewing Company makes great beer and serves southern inspired pub eats. For a truly local dining experience, head over to Southwest Virginia native Chef Travis Milton’s new restaurant, Milton’s, located in the super chic Western Front Hotel. After a sumptuous meal of chicken fried bacon, leather britches, and sausage and kraut, head upstairs to one of the hotel’s hip rooms, starting around $109 per night.Day 2  |  42 miles | Saint Paul — BristolOn day two, make the hour-long trek south to the border town of Bristol Virginia/Tennessee. After you stop to take your obligatory selfie with the Bristol sign on State Street, check out The Birthplace of Country Music Museum ($13 per person). This thoughtfully curated museum, which is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, takes visitors through Bristol’s music history, from the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings to today.If you really want to get the most bang for your buck this trip, time your visit to coincide with Brisol’s pride and joy, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (September 21-23). You can catch Bristol-based Folk Soul Revival here performing their newest self-titled album, which is set to go live late August. Thunder Mountain Campground is your best bet for camping, unless there’s a race (the campground is adjacent to Bristol Motor Speedway). Holston River Brewing Company is located on-site and shuttles will be offered for guests staying here during Rhythm & Roots.Thought not located in Bristol, The Carter Family Fold Memorial Music Center is nearby and one of the region’s most important cultural sites. The annual Carter Festival takes place August 3 this year, but the intimate venue also has shows every week featuring the likes of Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys and Appalachia Rising.Day 3  |  134 miles | Bristol — FloydYou could easily hop on the interstate and zip up to Floyd, Va., in two hours, but if you’re more of a Sunday drive kind of road tripper (which, we trust you are), take the aptly named Crooked Road along U.S. Route 58. You’ll wind through the charming town of Damascus and up through Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and Grayson Highlands State Park. Once the road straightens out, be on the lookout for Galax, home of Rex Theater and the Old Fiddlers’ Convention (August 6-11), the world’s oldest and largest gathering of fiddlers.Once in Floyd, head down to The Floyd Country Store, which holds a Friday Night Jamboree, Saturday Americana Afternoons, and Sunday jam sessions year-round. The timeless setting of the country store makes the whole experience feel like a big family reunion. Before you hit the road headed home, stop in for wood-fired pizza, craft beer, and more live music at Dogtown Roadhouse & The Sun Music Hall.last_img read more

New Norwich deal for Ruddy

first_img The new deal sees Ruddy extend his commitment to the Norfolk club until 2017, with the Canaries having the option of extending the contract for a further year. “I’m more than happy to commit my long-term future to the club,” Ruddy said on “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Norwich City – everyone has been very supportive. The whole club, the players and staff I have worked with have been fantastic. “I’ve broken into the England squad while at Norwich, and without the opportunity they gave me I wouldn’t have been anywhere near it. “I was in a bit of a no-man’s land before I joined the club, and they took a gamble on me. “Thankfully I think it’s paid off for both sides and now I’m just looking to keep up my form.” Ruddy, 27, joined Norwich from Everton in the summer of 2010 and has gone on to make 107 appearances in all competitions for the club. His sole appearance for his country so far came in August 2012, when he featured in a friendly against Italy. City boss Chris Hughton added: “We were in a position where there was some interest in him in the summer, and I think that reiterated for us what we felt about John. “We’re really delighted that he has signed a new contract, and it’s one that’s thoroughly deserved not only for what he’s done for the club but of course with his part on the international scene with England too.” England goalkeeper John Ruddy has signed a new four-year contract at Norwich, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

PSG superstars need more teamwork, says striker Cavani

first_imgMonaco, Principality of Monaco | AFP | Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani says Paris Saint-Germain’s team of dazzling individuals including Neymar and Kylian Mbappe need to work more as a team if they are to win the Champions League.In an exclusive interview with AFP, Cavani said the importance of winning the Champions League for the French club was drummed into him even before he signed from Napoli in 2013.“It’s an objective that the club discussed with me before I signed the contract,” said ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League Group C clash in Naples.“It is in my head. It flows through my veins. I want to win it because that is the job that was presented to me when I came (to PSG).”PSG’s domination of Ligue 1 — they have won five of the past six championship titles — allows them to prepare well for their ultimate goal of winning Europe’s premier club competition.But the Champions League has produced nothing but heartbreak for PSG and their Qatari owners, who have plunged millions in the club in the hope of creating one of the continent’s top sides.PSG’s hopes ended at the quarter-finals four years in succession from 2013-2016, and at the last 16 in the past two campaigns.Coach Unai Emery was fired last summer and left for Arsenal after failing to bring the trophy to Paris and new coach Thomas Tuchel has inherited the task of realising the dream.Tuchel has brought the emphasis on teamwork to PSG’s training ground, said Cavani.“He has a wonderful mentality and likes to win with a strong team structure,” said the 31-year-old, voted PSG player of the year in 2017. “He wants everyone to play together and that is what is important for me.”– All together –Cavani cited Atletico Madrid and Juventus as clubs who play together with the kind of robust, disciplined teamwork that Tuchel is trying to instil into PSG.“That does not mean that we (PSG) do not work together,” said Cavani, whose star has declined since fellow strikers Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, and teenage sensation Mbappe joined him in attack.But Cavani denied there was friction.“We are a work in progress,” he said. “That does not mean I don’t get on with Neymar or Mbappe. I hope that work with the new coach can give the perfect structure to produce a big season — all together.”After defeat at Liverpool and being held 2-2 by Napoli last time out, a win at the San Paolo stadium will be crucial if PSG are to make it past the group stages.But before facing his former club, Cavani said: “It will be good match to show that we have moved up to a higher level, and that we are able to deal with this kind of pressure — because if we lose, that will make it tough for us to get out of the group stage.”Appearing in Monaco to receive the Golden Foot award for oustanding athletic ability and personality, Cavani told AFP he had shrugged off a recent thigh injury and expected to play in PSG’s home league match against Lille on Friday.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Providence Welcomes Medical Director of Sexual Assault Clinic

first_imgFacebook45Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Providence Health and ServicesDr. Joyce GilbertJoyce Gilbert, M.D., has been named the medical director of the Providence Sexual Assault Clinic and Child Maltreatment Center in Lacey, and serves children and families in a five-county area. Dr. Gilbert replaces Deborah Hall, M.D., who is retiring after leading the clinic since its inception in 1991 and has been a vocal advocate and champion for children.Dr. Gilbert joins Providence from Sandpoint, Idaho, where she has been a pediatrician specializing in child abuse for 29 years. In her Idaho private practice, she says, “I handled all child abuse exams for a two-county area, worked with the multidisciplinary teams, and provided court testimony for these cases.”She received her medical degree from the University of Iowa, where she also completed her residency. She is also a clinical associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Washington and has been teaching medical students and residents for the past 15 years.“I feel like I’ve been training for this job for 29 years,” says Dr. Gilbert. “I’m just so excited.”The Sexual Assault Clinic is co-located with partnering organizations including Monarch Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center, and Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Special Victim Team. Together with other partners, they hold multidisciplinary meetings.“Multidisciplinary meetings provide communication and expert care for the kids every step of the way,” says Dr. Gilbert. “Being able to communicate very openly with health and welfare, law enforcement, prosecutors, is really what aids the kids, and helps get the best outcome.”In addition to serving children who are sexually or physically abused, Dr. Gilbert will also be serving as a pediatric hospitalist at Providence St. Peter Hospital, working with St. Peter Hospital’s therapy program for drug-affected newborns, seeing patients on the pediatric unit, and consulting on pediatric cases in the emergency center.About the Sexual Assault ClinicFounded in 1991, Providence St. Peter Hospital Sexual Assault Clinic and Child Maltreatment Center provides medical services to children who are victims of sexual or physical abuse.  The clinic is the only facility of its kind in the region and serves a five-county area that is primarily rural.  The Sexual Assault Clinic receives patient referrals from law enforcement, Child Protective Services and area medical providers.   The clinic has long been an innovative leader in providing caring and quality services to victims of sexual abuse. The program is supported by donations to Providence St. Peter Foundation.last_img read more

New curling program hits Nelson club

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsCalling all young and energetic curlers.The Capital One Rocks & Rings program is expanding to the Kootenays in an effort to introduce the sport of curling in an off-ice environment to Nelson and area youth.  The Nelson Curling Club enjoys the unique position of being the first club outside the Lower Mainland in British Columbia to acquire the rights to the program.  This new program exposes curling to children and families that would otherwise not receive the opportunity, with the ultimate goal being increased participation in the sport. Using unique floor curling equipment, students experience a high-energy, fun-filled session while learning about the sport in their school’s gymnasium.  With each elementary school visit, the Capital One Rocks & Rings program reaches six to seven classes or approximately 150 to 200 students.   Upon completion, each student receives a graduation certificate and program souvenir.  For further information on this program email [email protected] or visit [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgEdwin Maldonado1833217%$77,180 Flavien Prat2968121%$357,240 (Current Through Saturday, May 2) FINISH LINES: Bal a Bali, winner of 11 of 12 starts in his native Brazil where he earned $510,078, makes his U.S. debut in next Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 American Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at one mile on turf. Flavien Prat, tied for the riding lead with Tyler Baze at six wins each through Saturday, has the mount. “He’s terrific, training like a billion dollars,” Richard Mandella said of the 5-year horse that has been favored at odds-on in 10 of his 12 races. “A million wouldn’t be enough.” Mandella won the 2,000th race of his storied career when Catch a Flight captured Saturday’s Precisionist Stakes by three-quarters of a length under Prat. “It’s good, but it took a long time,” Mandella said of the milestone. “I did it one inch at a time, 42 years; this didn’t come overnight.” . . . American Stakes nominees Gabriel Charles (five furlongs in a bullet 1:01.40), Talco (six furlongs in 1:15.40) and Winning Prize (five furlongs in 1:03.40) each worked on turf Sunday. . . San Felipe runner-up Prospect Park worked five furlongs at San Luis Rey Downs Saturday in 1:00.40. Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. is preparing the son of Tapit for the Grade III Affirmed Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on June 7 . . . Congrats to Daily Racing Form’s Randy Goulding for picking cold the Kentucky Derby superfecta of American Pharoah, Firing Line, Dortmund and Frosted, good for $634.10 . . . Shemp, a 4-year-old son of Curlin who won Thursday’s eighthrace by a neck, is not necessarily named for one of the Three Stooges, portrayed at varioustimes in their heyday back in the 40s by Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp. Vann Belvoir, who trains the bay colt for owners Brian or Cicelia Raduenz, wasn’t sure if the origin emanated from the slapstick comic, Shemp Howard. But when the horse paid $34.80 and earned $18,600 for the win, it certainly brought a chuckle. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk! COUNTDOWN ON FOR BEHOLDER, VENEDA IN VANITYThe “Match Race” of the year is on tap next Saturday, when two-time Eclipse champion Beholder and Warren’s Veneda, winner of three straight stakes including the Grade I Santa Margarita, are scheduled to face off in the Grade I, $300,000 Vanity Stakes at a mile and an eighth.“Beholder couldn’t be doing better, but (trainer Craig) Lewis has a good filly and I respect her, so it will be a good race,” said Richard Mandella, who conditions Beholder, a champion at two in 2012 and at three in 2013.Legacy, second to Beholder in last year’s Santa Lucia Stakes, is among the few expected to face the top pair. The daughter of Sightseeing worked six furlongs for John Sadler Sunday in 1:13.20.PEDROZA, PRIVATE ZONE: TWO PEAS IN A PODMartin Pedroza was back on the beat at Santa Anita early Sunday morning after riding Private Zone to a 4 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes.Pedroza and Private Zone: a match made in heaven. Each is a fierce competitor, Pedroza who will be 50 on July 20 and Private Zone a 6-year-old warhorse of a gelding trained by Jorge Navarro and managed by Pedroza’s long-time friend and former jockey, Rene Douglas.Douglas, paralyzed in a May 2009 spill and confined to a wheel chair since, has been on hand to see Private Zone win in the past, but not yesterday, with a record 170,000 people milling around Churchill Downs.“It would have been too much,” Pedroza said. “But it was special to win for Rene even though he was not there. We’ve been childhood friends since we grew up together in Panama.”Of Private Zone, Pedroza acknowledged, “We’re both fighters. We both love to win. Even at our advanced ages, the fire of desire still burns bright.”Pedroza recorded similar rail-trip triumphs on Private Zone twice in the Grade I Vosburgh Invitational, in 2013 and again last year. Each time he appeared beaten through the stretch run by a horse outside him, but fought back tenaciously to gain the victory.Pedroza had no such luck trying to get out of Kentucky in time to reach Las Vegas for last night’s welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquaio. He had a tougher time getting back to LA than he did winning on Private Zone.“Martin had to have a police escort leaving Churchill Downs to get to the airport in Louisville,” said his long-time agent, Richie Silverstein. “That flight went through Detroit and I picked him up at LAX at 9:54 last night.“With the big sports night, all traffic from the fight, the Clippers’ game and the Kentucky Derby, it took an hour and a half to get back to his apartment.” Rafael Bejarano1633519%$147,810 Philip D’Amato1141236%$186,390 FAIRYTALE RIDE CONTINUES FOR VICTOR ESPINOZA            It wasn’t quite Cecil B. DeMille’s “Cleopatra,” but Bob Baffert’s fourth Kentucky Derby win was 13 years in the making.It was worth the wait.Starring American Pharoah, the 141st Run for the Roses had a predictable ending, at least in the eyes of many experts, with the favored hero gaining gold and glory before “finis” appeared on the screen.Unlike last year, when the country was ensconced in the fairytale ride of California Chrome, a horse from the other side of the tracks who wasn’t supposed to win the Derby, American Pharoah was.This was the classic Thoroughbred, a picture to look at, impeccably prepared by Bob Baffert and his team, and ridden to perfection by Victor Espinoza, who became only the sixth jockey to win the Derby back to back, having done so last year with California Chrome.Despite all the fanfare before and after the race, Espinoza was his typical unflappable self, smiling, happy and taking everything in stride.Sunday, however, it was business as usual for the self-proclaimed “happy Mexican” who was back to more mundane tasks at Santa Anita, where he was named to ride three horses.“Victor handled all the hoopla and publicity the week before the Derby and immediately after like he always does,” said his low-key agent of two years, Brian Beach. “He handled every interview and all the charity events up until Friday night.“Then he put on his game face and got ready for Saturday.“It was a relief for him to get to the races Saturday, and he was pretty pumped up after he won. Once the post-race interviews were over and things settled down, he put in appearances at a couple of restaurants, but I picked him up sat 4:45 this morning (Eastern Time) and got him on a 6:05 flight out of Louisville to honor his commitments at Santa Anita.”For good measure, Espinoza rode Finnegans Wake to a stirring head victory in the Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, coming from ninth and last.The two victories were worth $1,716,400 in purse earnings.American Pharoah got a perfect trip in the mile and a quarter Derby breaking from the 15 post position in a field reduced to 18 after scratches. Espinoza held him in third behind pacesetting stable mate Dortmund and another Santa Anita-based runner, Firing Line, before he hit the quarter pole.Then, for the first time since he had ridden him in four previous victories by a combined margin of more than 22 lengths, Espinoza went to the whip. It was show time.American Pharoah responded, edging clear at the wire to win by a length.“Victor felt he had the race the entire length of the stretch,” Beach said. “He wasn’t surprised he had to run that hard to get by Firing Line.“We knew all the California horses would run well.” Fernando Perez2935610%$164,430 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Felipe Valdez2253123%$141,400 Elvis Trujillo1930216%$134,140 Santiago Gonzalez1834117%$107,460 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL FOR PHAROAH, ESPINOZA BEHOLDER, WARREN’S VENEDA VANITY SHOWDOWN LOOMSMARTIN PEDROZA AND PRIVATE ZONE: TWO PEAS IN A POD‘BILLION DOLLAR’ BAL A BALI IS READY FOR U.S. DEBUT Richard Baltas1132127%$134,520 Doug O’Neill2266227%$224,210 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Tyler Baze3264519%$299,440 Joseph Talamo2241518%$123,748 -30-last_img read more

Melbourne, St Thomas unhappy with JCA ruling

first_imgMelbourne CC and the St Thomas Cricket Association are both unhappy with a recent ruling by the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) appeals panel.The appeals panel has ruled that their JCA 50-Overs tournament opening-round clash at Melbourne Oval be replayed on the grounds that home team Melbourne used a blue sight screen instead of black, as per tournament rules.St Thomas, who lost the match by seven wickets, believe that rather than a replay, the game should have been awarded to them.”I believe it was a compromise ruling,” said St Thomas manager Keith Campbell.”If you are to go strictly by the rules, which state that a black sight screen should be used, then the points should have been awarded to St Thomas.”Melbourne, who have agreed to abide by the ruling of the appeals panel, believe that the matter could have been dealt with differently as the JCA’s competitions and complaints committee had originally ruled that the result should stand.”We are disappointed with the ruling because it is not in the best interest of cricket,” said Neil Reece, secretary of Melbourne.”What has happened now is precedence being set where another ruling has gone to the boardroom when cricket is played on the field.”What you could find happening now as well is that everybody could take the position that if anything happens on the field that they are not happy with, they are going to carry it to the boardroom and hope to win.”He continued: “The umpires actually ruled for the match to be played, and none of the captains disagreed.”The replay is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.last_img read more

Bigbie’s big day could mean an exit

first_img No relief Left-hander Mark Hendrickson, who is among the combatants for the vacant fifth starter’s spot, came on in relief of Jason Schmidt to begin the third inning. Thirteen batters later, Hendrickson had given up seven runs on five hits while recording just five outs. In fairness, three of the runs were unearned as a result of the Dodgers’ fourth and fifth errors in their first two Grapefruit games. Still, it was a harrowing spring debut for Hendrickson, a veteran starter who made it clear to Dodgers officials well before arriving in camp that he has little interest in pitching out of the bullpen as he did late last season. “Usually in spring training, you’re going to have two or three outings where you (struggle),” Hendrickson said. “There are going to be times down here when you make good pitches and get hit and times when you make bad pitches and get outs. … But regardless of the results, this is about preparing for April. I just wasn’t as sharp as I wanted to be.” Stone cold Non-roster lefty Matt White made his spring debut, relieving Hendrickson and retiring all four batters he faced. With that, White officially began to focus his attention on making the club at a point when he admittedly has tired of talking about the fact he is literally sitting on a gold mine. White spent a good portion of Thursday doing national interviews after an Associated Press story emerged that the $50,000 piece of land he had bought from an aging relative in Massachusetts was discovered to have what by some accounts is a billion dollars worth of stone. “Things have been blown so far out of proportion,” White said. “These last 72 hours have been really busy. I never signed up for any of this. But I think this will all pass and be old news in a week.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! All of which would seem to suggest that the hernia is history. The question now is whether Bigbie, who has an escape clause in his contract if another club comes calling with a major-league contract, will soon be history, too. “I’m not looking at it like that,” Bibgie said. “Every day I put a Dodgers uniform on, I’m playing for this team. I don’t think about scouts in the stands. But obviously, if I play well, anything can happen. I just want to get my name back out there as a healthy player.” The harsh reality for Bigbie and just about any other Dodgers position player currently sitting on the bubble is that there isn’t much of a bubble to sit on. If the Dodgers go with the now-standard 11 pitchers, there probably will be room for one guy who isn’t already a lock. If they go with 12 – which is unlikely considering they don’t have to use a fifth starter until April 10 – it doesn’t appear there will be room for anyone. “But a lot of things can happen in one month,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. “We certainly don’t feel like we have too many players.” Late-inning heroics by fringe players are fairly common in spring-training games, a consequence of the fact those players generally are facing bottom-of-the-barrel pitchers. Bigbie’s first homer came off Chris Schroder, his second off Emiliano Fruto. Bigbie took over in left field in the fifth inning of Friday’s game – a 12-7 pasting of the Washington Nationals before 4,101 at Holman Stadium – and promptly went 3 for 3 with a three-run homer, a two-run homer and a leadoff double that barely missed being his third round tripper of the day. It landed just inside the rightfield foul line and just short of the wall. In two Grapefruit games, Bigbie is 4 for 4. Throw in Wednesday’s intrasquad, and he already has three home runs. center_img VERO BEACH, Fla. – Veteran outfielder Larry Bigbie, who is in spring training with the Dodgers on a minor-league contract, said a week ago that he would have to play a handful of Grapefruit League games before he would know whether he had fully recovered from the hernia that sidelined him for almost all of last season. A handful apparently meant two. Three if you count intrasquad games. last_img read more

Invasive alien plants and job creation

first_img10 May 2011 KwaZulu-Natal’s Invasive Alien Species Programme has created more than 4 000 job opportunities a year since its inception in 2005, while tackling the scourge of invasive alien plant species in the province. Invasive alien plants are those that have been brought to South Africa from other countries for their aesthetic, economic or ecological value, or in some cases unintentionally. However, they are brought here without their natural enemies, which results in plants reproducing copiously. In KwaZulu-Natal, alien invasive hotspots include Zululand, the Natal Midlands and the coastal zone. In 1998, a staggering 9.75 percent of the province assessed was invaded. The provincial Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development works together with conservation groups to identify affected areas, which are then targeted for cleanup operations.Threat to water security, ecosystems According to Nonhlanhla Mkhize, project manager for KwaZulu-Natal’s Invasive Alien Species Programme (IASP), invasive alien species affect water security and the ecological functioning of natural systems. They also pose a threat to the productive use of land, while intensifying the impact of veld fires and floods and increasing soil erosion. Eco-tourism is also affected, say Mkhize. People visit South Africa to enjoy the country’s indigenous fauna and flora, not to see what they already have in their own country. “When we lose our biodiversity and ecosystems, we lose our clean air, eco-tourism and traditional medicines,” says Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development MEC Lydia Johnson. “When we lose potentially productive agricultural land and conservation land, there will be a reduction in the land value. “When we lose grazing lands for livestock, we will have to use more supplementary feed for the livestock, resulting in high costs in livestock farming and increased poverty,” says Johnson.Value-adding opportunities But it’s not all doom and gloom. Mkhize says one aspect of the programme focuses on value-adding opportunities by creating products like “eco-coffins” and school desks from alien trees. Sandile Motaung heads up a plant in Durban where the desks and eco-coffins are made on request. Prior to 2006, Motaung was unemployed; now he has been trained in coffin and desk making. Alien trees that are cut down all over the province are collected and processed to make these products, which now include church pews and boardroom tables. The department selects unemployed people and trains them in life skills, safety and operational skills. Social issues form part of these workshops, and they are also taught to create and sustain viable businesses. Motaung’s life has been turned around after becoming involved in this project, and has now set his sights on having his own company in two years time. “I had an interest in making furniture, but didn’t have any skills,” says Motaung. “I got into this programme and have learnt a lot of things. I now teach this to my team here. I do feel like I make a difference to their lives.” Experienced coffin maker Koos Goosen, responsible for training Motaung, says he enjoys mentoring young people. Goosen also educates his trainees on safety and health regulations, and is always on hand to assist them.School Desk Project The School Desk Project currently employs 91 people, of which 47 percent are women, 37 percent are youngsters and five percent are people with disabilities. Earlier this year, the project handed over 200 desks to rural Sabuyaze Primary School. “Training and empowerment of the beneficiaries of the IASP programme is seen as one of the key solutions to addressing the socio-economic challenges of rural poor communities,” says Johnson. “The vision of the department … is to train and empower programme beneficiaries and let them form their own business initiatives outside the department’s ambit.” The department constantly receives request for donations, says Mkhize, but all institutions are encouraged to buy these products so that the projects continue to be viable. Mkhize says that although this is not the core business of the department, they are finalising the appropriate model for the project so that people can continue manufacturing products on their own. For more information on the programme, contact Nonhlanhla Mkhize on Nonhlahla Mkhize 0823777080. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

We must teach children how to be entrepreneurs

first_imgSouth Africa must teach innovation and entrepreneurship to schoolchildren; in the new world of work, problem solvers, collaborators and flexible creative thinkers will be most in demand.We need more creative thinkers says CIPC Commissioner Rory Voller. (Image: GCIS)The world does not need more lawyers; it needs dreamers who will do extraordinary things. The world of work is being re-imagined, and South Africa needs to teach its youth to be more innovative, more entrepreneurial to make create a sustainable and growing economy.Advocate Rory Voller is sitting in a boardroom at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) head office in Pretoria. As commissioner he is responsible for setting the agenda for the institution. He believes strongly that we need to foster an entrepreneurial spirit in children.“Young people need to be shown; they need to understand the possibilities. Like I say to kids, don’t only think about being a lawyer, and don’t only think about being a doctor. The world is moving; there is something called the fourth industrial revolution, which is about new technology and being a disruptor. There are too many lawyers out there — I know. I am one.”The commissioner believes that schoolchildren need to be taught how to create the kind of companies that will provide long-lasting employment in an environment that will be totally different from the one in which their parents make a living.He wants children to leave high school innovation-ready. He believes, and advocates, that children should receive lessons in critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills, and that they should be inspired to become entrepreneurial. When he says this he means they must be able to think critically and creatively. They need to be financially responsible and to understand the value of teamwork.“We can’t do what we need to do on our own.” (Image: GCIS)CollaborationCollaboration is something in which the commissioner believes strongly. He is sitting in a boardroom at the national office of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Invest SA One Stop Shop. A few weeks prior the new space was overrun by schoolchildren, guests of the CIPC for a World Intellectual Property Day event. Each year, 26 April is set aside to celebrate the role of intellectual property in stimulating innovation and creativity.Over the next year, working with the Department of Science and Technology, the Innovation Hub and the National Intellectual Property Management Office (Nipmo), the CIPC is rolling out a programme to entrench the idea of innovation in children.“We do a lot of work in the university space because that is where a lot of research and development takes place but we need to start encouraging it earlier. The way that I think we do it, and we are playing catch up, there is an organisation called the World Intellectual Property Organization (Wipo) which has developed a programme on the full spectrum of innovation for schoolchildren, on innovation in general. We are looking at their curriculum.“We work closely with Science and Technology. We work closely with Nipmo and the Innovation Hub. We are rolling out a programme in partnership with Science and Technology working with schoolchildren. We’re starting out this whole issue of entrenching innovation among kids,” Voller says.It is about education and changing culture, he says. Thinking back to the children he spoke to at the World Intellectual Property Day event, he says many did not know that the Kreepy Krauly and Pratley Putty were South African inventions. “Some did not know that the first heart transplant was performed in South Africa. Some were surprised to hear that South Africa has produced an entrepreneur such as Elon Musk, a man busy disrupting multiple industries.”New skills for a new worldThere will always be a need for doctors and lawyers, but the people who will best adapt to the new reality of work will need to be problem solvers, collaborators and flexible creative thinkers. As Philip Mendes of Wipo says, to be successful in the knowledge economy you need more than just accounting, finance and management tools. “Just as the education system will equip them by teaching them accounting, finance and management tools etc, so also the education system needs to teach them about intellectual property tools as well.”A grounding built on an entrepreneurial education will benefit students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Entrepreneurship education is not just about starting and running a company; it teaches students to think ambitiously and creatively. Children learn to think outside the box and it nurtures unconventional skills and abilities. It helps youth to tap into unrealised talents.Innovation and entrepreneurship have high failure rates, and eight out of every 10 new businesses fail within the first 18 months. For this reason South Africa has among the lowest entrepreneurial rates in the world. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor South African Report 2015/16, 40.9 % of South Africans can identify a good opportunity, but only one in 10 act on it.Entrepreneurship education in schools will encourage South African youth to take risks and make mistakes — lessons that are vital to breeding ingenuity. Studying entrepreneurship will force children to think outside the box, to learn that failure is okay and to persist; these are lessons that will inspire them to become creative, inventive and innovative.As Albert Einstein once said: “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more