DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP):Off-spinner Mehedi Hasan claimed a Bangladesh Test match record of 12-159 as his side secured a first-ever win against England – a comfortable 108-run victory – to level the series 1-1 yesterday.Mehedi took 6-77 in the second innings to rip through England, which lost all 10 wickets in the post-lunch session in its pursuit of 273 runs to win.Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan complemented Mehedi’s effort with 4-49 with three wickets in four balls to help the side earn the victory inside three days.”It is a very big achievement in Bangladesh’s Test cricket history,” said Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim. “It came against a very good England side, but there will be a time when we will win a series 2-0 against any big team. This is a start.”England captain Alastair Cook made 59 and Ben Duckett scored 54 as they kept the side unscathed before lunch, reaching 100-0.”Very hard (to explain). 100-0 was a really good session. I was really pleased with the way Ben played,” Cook said.”We possibly showed our inexperience in those conditions, even though I was out there experiencing it – it was amazing the difference before tea and after tea. You lose a couple of wickets, then men come round the bat, crowd gets into it – being able to deal with and get through it – you know it doesn’t last forever, but that half an hour, 40 minutes is crucial, and we just weren’t good enough to be able to get through.”Mehedi struck with the first ball of the final session, dismissing Duckett with a delivery that kept low.NO LOOKING BACKFrom then on, Bangladesh never looked back. Only Stokes, apart from Cook and Duckett, reached double digits as Mehedi and Shakib made inroads at regular intervals.”From the time we knew England were coming, we planned to make wickets that would help our spinners and trouble the English batsmen. Here our bowlers executed our plans and the batsmen did well too, which made this win possible,” Mushfiqur added.Shakib Al Hasan removed Joe Root for one as Bangladesh spinners used the crack of the pitch perfectly to leave England in tatters.Mehedi fittingly ended the match with the wicket of Steven Finn and to claim five or more wickets in the first two Tests three times. He also eclipsed left-arm spinner Enamul Haque Junior’s 18 wickets to be the highest wicket-taker (19) in a series for Bangladesh.Bangladesh earlier set England a 273-run target to win the second Test after it was bowled out for 296 shortly after lunch on the third day.Opener Imrul Kayes made 78, while Mahmudullah scored 47 to give Bangladesh a fighting chance of levelling the series on an increasingly turning, deteriorating wicket.The highest successful chase in the fourth innings at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium was 209-1 by England against the same opponent in 2010.
JAKARTA—Danny Kingad wanted to go for a quick finish, but Yuya Wakamatsu had other plans.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “He’s really legitimate a boxer,” Kingad said of Wakamatsu, who made his debut in ONE Championship. “I was really caught off guard with his punch. I felt the power of his punches.”But the Team Lakay fighter went back to his original game plan and brought the fight to the mat, where he dominated Wakamatsu in a display of his much-improved ground game.“Coach Mark [Sangiao] drew up a game plan, and that was to throw strikes to set up a takedown, because we knew that wrestling would be my advantage,” Kingad added.Like Pacio, Kingad also dedicated his victory to the victims left by Typhoon Ompong in the Cordillera region.“We’re very happy that we won because this fight is for them. We were really going 100% for them.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Isaiah Thomas looks to help Nuggets end playoff drought Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew There is no time for rest for Kingad, though, as he expects to face even tougher opponents in his bid to return to top contender status in his division.“We’re not going to stop training. I’m even more motivated now to work hard, especially after Joshua’s win. I’m ready for anyone they will put in front of me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Japanese fighter staggered Kingad with a hard low kick and dropped him with a right straight in the first round of their flyweight match on Saturday at Jakarta Convention Center here.“I tried a different game plan, just to try it. I wanted to get a knockout,” admitted Kingad to Filipino reporters after the match. “But when he got to me first, I mixed it up. I started thinking of how to take him down.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: ONE: Danny Kingad survives Japanese challenger for unanimous decisionOvercoming a scary start, Kingad turned it around and went to strength en route to a unanimous decision victory over Wakamatsu, his third straight in the promotion. View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal
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Defending the use of court injunctions to prevent violence among Los Angeles’ 11,000 gang members, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo issued new guidelines Monday for administering the program, including steps that young people can take to get off the list of offenders. Delgadillo’s office will review the injunctions every three years to ensure they are not overreaching in their intent, he said. In addition, those whose names appear in an injunction can petition his office for removal. “We think we have developed a model that will be used across the country for prosecutors seeking to control gangs, while protecting the civil rights of individuals,” Delgadillo said at a Parker Center news conference where he was joined by several City Council members and police officials. Councilman Tony Cardenas, who chairs the council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Gang Violence, said the new guidelines alleviate a concern he has had for months on the impact of the gang injunctions. Police Commission President John Mack, former head of the Urban League of Los Angeles, praised the new guidelines, saying they recognize that criminals can reform their behavior. “It’s important for us to demonstrate to the community that we are listening to them,” Mack said. Councilwoman Janice Hahn, whose district has seen seven fatal shootings in just a month, said she appreciated the policy change. “Last year, I asked Chief (William) Bratton and John Mack and the City Attorney’s Office to meet with the community to discuss the concerns with the way the injunctions are being used,” Hahn said. “I believe it was past time to evaluate how a person is removed from the list, once he turns his life around.” Previously, an individual had to appear before a judge, admit to being a gang member and seek to be removed – a procedure most rejected out of fear of being held liable for any crimes. “We now have an easier procedure for them,” Delgadillo said. “But it will still be the toughest decision any of them make.” ACLU staff attorney Hector Vellagra said his organization is concerned about the procedures used to identify gang members and will be monitoring the implementation of the guidelines. “This is better than what the city had before, but it seems like the burden of proof remains on individuals to prove they are not gang members,” Vellagra said. “The gang injunction is a very powerful tool where the city gets to impose restrictions as if someone was on probation.” firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I was never so upset in my life as I was when I heard there was no way for young people to get off this gang list,” Cardenas said. “I was flabbergasted. We have young people who have moved across the country, gone to college and graduated and they’re still on the gang injunction list.” The city now has injunctions in place against 25 gangs, prohibiting their members from loitering and gathering in various locations. Delgadillo defended the use of the restraining orders, saying they’ve helped reduce gang crime as much as 50 percent in the targeted areas. While the injunctions are an important tool for law enforcement, Councilwoman Jan Perry said many community groups are afraid to seek a court order against gangs because of the stigma attached to it. “People are concerned that it criminalizes an entire area,” Perry said.
1 Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are all chasing the signature of Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa.The Brazilian has failed to sparkle since Carlo Ancelotti took over at the German champions and he is said to be ready for a new challenge.Bayern are reportedly ready to let the 26-year-old go too – if someone is able to stump up a transfer fee of around £35m.And now Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain – according to Bild – are all interested in Costa and it could lead to a four-way battle for him this summer.The quartet have been alerted to the winger’s availability and they are all hopeful of winning the race for him. Douglas Costa
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Moments after the Funai Classic at Disney was suspended because of storms Friday in Florida, Tiger Woods unleashed his fury. He reared back and spiked his golf ball onto the cart path in front of the 17th green, sending it 20 feet in the air and into the pond. Woods made a double bogey and a triple bogey in the same round for the first time since the 2000 Masters, and he was on the verge of missing the cut for the second time this year. With 74 players at 6 under par or better and 53 players not having finished the round Woods was at 4 under and most likely needed two birdies to make the cut. That looked even more improbable when his tee shot on the 17th narrowly cleared the lake, leaving him in sticky rough under a tree about 150 yards from the hole. Woods also missed the cut at the ron Nelson Championship in May, ending his PGA Tour record of 142 consecutive cuts that spanned seven years. At least this time, it would only be a short drive home. Woods lives about 15 minutes away from Disney. John Harris shot a tournament-tying record 9-under 62 to grab a two-shot lead after the first round of the SBC Championship at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio. The Long Beach Armada announced Friday that General Manager Barry Stockhammer is leaving the minor league baseball team after helping the squad succeed in its first year of operation. “Our goal was to build a strong foundation in the inaugural year and introduce Armada baseball to the great fans of Long Beach,” Stockhammer said in a press release. The former Dodgers vice president did not disclose what his current or future plans were. Rain stops Woods Paul Broadhurst shot a 4-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead Friday over Jose Maria Olazabal after two rounds of the Mallorca Classic. NHL postpones game The approach of Hurricane Wilma forced the NHL to postpone today’s game in Sunrise, Fla., between the Ottawa Senators and the Florida Panthers. The respective division leaders will make up the game on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. Jury rejects claim A jury rejected claims by a former employee of Clippers basketball team owner Donald T. Sterling that he fired her for turning down his sexual advances. The jury determined that Sterling had not sexually harassed and then retaliated against Sumner Davenport, hired by Sterling in 2001 as a property supervisor for apartments and other buildings owned by his Beverly Hills Properties. Boston Celtics guard Tony Allen has been charged with aggravated battery stemming from a fight that escalated into a shooting outside a West Loop diner two months ago. Allen was released on a $150,000 bond. He will only be allowed to travel for work purposes and was ordered back to court for a preliminary hearing Oct. 26, said Tom Stanton, a spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office. Stewart wins pole Tony Stewart was the fastest among 11 drivers who broke the track qualifying record for Martinsville Speedway in Virginia, turning a lap at 98.083 mph under an overcast sky Friday to win the pole position for Sunday’s Subway 500. Stewart’s lap easily eclipsed the mark of 97.043 mph set by Ryan Newman in this race a year ago, and eased Virginia native Ricky Rudd to the outside of the first row. Official dismissed The secretary general of the Hungarian Olympic Committee was dismissed Friday in the wake of several doping cases involving Hungarian athletes at the Athens Olympics. The committee said on its Web site that it had voted 15-0 to dismiss Tamas Ajan, and that a replacement will be chosen Nov. 26. Davenport in semis Lindsay Davenport beat Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Zurich Open. The American, set to become the top-ranked player again on Monday, is attempting to reach her sixth Zurich final in as many visits, and win a fourth title. Top-seeded Rafael Nadal defeated Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 7-6 (9), 6-4 Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Madrid Masters. Nadal staved off two set points in a thrilling first-set tiebreaker, finally winning it on his sixth set point with a sharp backhand cross. Injured Kings Sean Avery (ankle sprain) will attempt to practice this morning but his status for Sunday is uncertain. The Kings had hoped Jeff Cowan (groin) might be able to play Sunday, but that now appears unlikely. Also, coach Andy Murray said he expects to start Mathieu Garon in goal Sunday. — Rich Hammond D.C. ties Fire D.C. United, playing without suspended forward Freddy Adu, played to a 0-0 draw against the host Chicago Fire in the opening match of the MLS playoffs. The 16-year-old phenom, who had four goals and six assists this season, was missed by United, who are bidding for a fifth MLS cup title. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher says it would be completely unacceptable for any restrictions to be put on Irish vessels fishing in waters around Rockall, an island off the coast of Donegal.The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Marine & Fisheries was responding to a threat from the Scottish government that it will take action against Irish vessels fishing within the 12 mile zone around the island.“This is a most serious escalation in intra country relationships between Ireland and the Scotland must be dealt with immediately by the government here. I note that the declaration was made by the devolved Parliament in Edinburgh only, and at this juncture it appears not to have the backing of the British government”, said Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher. “Rockall is subject to a claim of ownership by the British government since 1955, but that same claim has never been recognised by any Irish Government nor has the British claim been ever been lodged with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).”He said there are numerous Donegal fishing vessels, from both Killybegs and Greencastle ports, fishing off Rockall and in the immediate waters surrounding the rock.And he added that these are long standing fishing traditions and patterns, which predate any claim by any other jurisdiction of these jointly fished grounds.He said “The Irish Government must immediately engage with the UK government in Whitehall in an attempt to restore calm to the volatile situation at intra government level. In the interim, the Minister for Foreign Affairs should also meet with the British Ambassador to voice this country’s concerns about the messaging coming from the Scottish government. “I personally will be raising these matters with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar when the Dáil resumes next week, but I would expect, as does every Irish person within the state, that between now and then, the rights of the Irish Nation and the rights of our fishermen will be protected by the government of this State.“The unilateral actions of the Scottish government has set an undesirable tone – especially ahead of anticipated Brexit discussions.“The Irish government needs to step up and defend Irish interests without further delay, and this declaration by the Scottish Government must be challenged at the highest level.”Scottish told to get their fishy hands off Rockall was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ClaimdonegalFishingislandPat The Cope GallagherrightsrockallScotlan
15 May 2006Ethanol Africa, South Africa’s first “green fuels” company based in the country’s maize-producing heartland around Bothaville in the Free State, is forging ahead with its plans to produce environment-friendly biofuels.The company has announced that a German firm is to build its first bioethanol plant, it has already ordered a patent-pending Corn Oil Extraction System from the Veridium Corporation in the US, and plans to list on London’s alternative AIM stock exchange in November 2006.Biofuel is set to become a mainstream world commodity as soaring crude oil prices create a market for “green” fuels produced from renewable resources such as sugar, maize and soya beans.Ethanol Africa was set up by a consortium of maize farmers as a solution to grain supluses. Sterling Waterford, the environmental finance group that listed the world’s first carbon-credit product on the JSE last year, recently bought a 50% share in the company.Full production by 2007Ethanol Africa plans to spend R7-billion on a biofuels manufacturing project, building eight R700-million plants in the Free State, North West and Mpumalanga.Uhde, a subsidiary of German group Thyssenkrupp Engineering, will build the first plant in Bothaville, Ethanol Africa announced on Tuesday. The plant should be in full production by the end of 2007 and be able to produce 473 000 litres of alcohol from 1 125 tons of maize every day.In late April US company Veridium Corporation said it had received an order from Ethanol Africa for the use of its patent-pending Corn Oil Extraction System at the new plant. The system extracts high-grade maize oil from an ethanol byproduct called distillers dried grain.Ethanol Africa announced earlier that it has established a programme to secure crops for bioethanol production, whereby farmers would be financed by Ethanol Africa to produce maize. Some 100 000 hectares of maize is to be contracted at each plant.London listingOn Tuesday the company also announced that would list on London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in November this year in order to finance its manufacturing plans, hoping to raise about R1-billion.“We intend to list on the London exchange to raise funds for current and future projects,” Sterling Waterford chief executive officer Gregor Paterson-Jones told Reuters.“With the price of oil where it is, ethanol is emerging as a viable alternative. Investors are getting more excited about it, and here in South Africa we are expecting oil companies would be required by law to use up to 10% of ethanol blending.”Ethanol Africa says its manufacturing initiative could supply up to 12.5% of the country’s fuel needs by 2015, and that the Department of Minerals and Energy is at the forefront of developing a viable biofuels industry in South Africa.Environmental & socioeconomic benefitsThe industry has been identified as one of the key sectors under the government’s Asgi-SA growth strategy, as it – together with business process outsourcing and tourism – has a good potential for growth and job creation.The government is investigating the mandatory blending of ethanol into the petrol pool. Currently, it may be blended voluntarily into petrol at a of 9%.Bioethanol can be produced for R2.50 a litre, while the basic local fuel price has soared to over R6 a litre.Bioethanol’s environmental credentials go further than being produced from renewable resources. The fuel 60% less emissions of carbon dioxide – a greenhouse gas – than crude oil, and five times less than oil produced from coal.And its manufacture also has significant socioeconomic benefits. The production of biofuels, including ethanol, creates about 100 more jobs than crude-oil refining.A national study of the social advantages of the bioethanol industry alone – based on a 10% blending ratio – found that the production of fuel can support 35 000 additional jobs, or protect such jobs.The number of jobs that can be supported or protected is about the same as the total number of assemblers employed by the motor industry.The government’s aim is that biofuels should account for 40% of South Africa’s renewable energy, to achieve the target of 10 000 GWh of renewable energy by 2013.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Daniel Duda sets himself no limits.(Image: Lucille Davie) From left, Mary Alexander and her sons Ben and Sam, Daniel Duda and his brother Emmanuel, and grandparents John and Susan Alexander.(Image: Mary Alexander)MEDIA CONTACTS • Kim Normand-FeinbergCEO, Tomorrow Trust+27 11 447 7707 Lucille DavieNot many young people these days think of becoming a plumber. But Daniel Duda did and now he has the world at his feet.The 23-year-old is preparing to go to Los Angeles to deliver a talk at the Leap Foundation at the University of California, Los Angeles. It is a youth leadership programme where, each year, hundreds of young people from around the world gather to spend a week learning life skills and inspiring one another by hearing each other’s stories.“Leap’s goal is to help young people from around the world find professional and personal success by teaching them real-life keys to success, such as goal-setting, mentorship, self-motivation, professionalism, and effective communication skills,” reads its website.Duda is friendly and confident, and smiles and laughs easily. And he has an inspiring story to tell: at the age of 18, he and his younger brother were orphaned. The two of them were taken in by the family of one of his friends from Grade 3. He had to repeat Grade 10, but he found his focus the second time around, and went on to finish matric. He looked at university options but saw nothing of interest, and then considered plumbing as a friend’s father was in the trade.He took three years to get his certificate, and he will practise as a plumber for the next three years before he plans to open his own business. “At the moment I want to learn everything there is to learn and become somewhat of an expert.”ChallengesLife has given him a big share of challenges. He was born in Parkview in Johannesburg, an upper middle class suburb. He lived there with his parents and younger brother, Emmanuel. His mother worked as a house maid, and her employers put the two boys in good schools. But all was not well.“Life at home was not easy either; my father was abusive and took his frustrations out on us,” he says. After years of this abuse his mother eventually left his father.He was struck by how his wealthy friends were not satisfied with what they had. He asked himself: “Why did my family sometimes go to bed with no supper on the table, while some of my friends complained because they didn’t like what was on their tables?”One of Duda’s gifts is that he is very sociable, and is able to make friends easily. But he struggled at school; he says he had “difficulty learning from the beginning”, and had to repeat Grade 1. “I made my way through primary school by the skin of my teeth. When I think back on those days, I realise that I had given up on my school career from a young age. I got into a repetitive cycle where a new school year would start and I would tell myself this year is going to be different. ‘I’m going to try harder than I ever have.’ I would fail from the start and simply give up. I have no idea how I passed Grade 7, but I did,” he explains.High schoolHigh school offered a new beginning of sorts, and he felt “excited, nervous and didn’t know what to expect”. But he soon felt he was not coping. And to compensate, he got in with the wrong crowd, and started using drugs. “When I think about why I got into that phase, it was partially because of bad influences, but a lot of it was because I wanted to escape all the things I felt I couldn’t cope with. It was the wrong way of dealing with the situations in my life, and it didn’t help.”He was shocked when he failed Grade 10. Watching his friends move up a grade made him depressed, and worse. “What hurt most was how disappointed my mom was with my failure.” But perhaps it was for the best. It made him re-evaluate his life. “Between all these thoughts, it became clear that a lot of my problems were because of the way I looked at things. I chose to only view the bad side of things, and that made me make even more bad choices. It made me see that I didn’t believe in myself. This led me to the most life-changing choice of my life.”That choice was to prove to himself that he could achieve what he set his mind to do. “I just had [to] trust in me, and stop giving up so quickly every time I tried something.”A bad timeSo he tackled Grade 10 again, this time asking for help when he needed it, dropping the undesirable friends, and spending his afternoons studying. But it was also a bad time in his life. His mother had become very ill – he had to nurse her, cook meals and care for his brother. She was admitted to hospital and passed away in August 2009, when Duda was two-thirds through the academic year. “It felt unfair to me because I had decided to make her proud of me, to show her that all her sacrifices for me weren’t in vain. I never got the chance to do that. I told myself that even if she was gone, I would still do her proud,” he says.Despite the upheavals, he passed Grade 10 but had another crisis – finding a place for himself and his brother to live. He was lucky – the family of his friend from Grade 3, Ben, offered the two a home. “I was relieved and so touched that they would even consider to take us in without a second’s hesitation. I owe them so much for what they have done, and are doing for me and Emmanuel to this very day,” says Duda. “It is these moments that have shown me that there are miracles and God-sent people in the world.”Those people are the Alexander family in Parkview. His foster mother, Mary, says: “Daniel and Emmanuel have been a part of our lives for most of theirs, being good friends of my two sons, who are the same age. When their mom died their prospects were bleak: they had nowhere decent to live, and they were still in high school. It took about half an hour’s discussion on the evening we heard of their mom’s death for the three of us – me and my parents – to decide to take them in. It was the right and only thing to do. And they’re such great kids.”The loss of his motherHe says it took him a year to adjust to the loss of his mother. “It was very difficult, my brother was 13, and I felt responsible for him.”But he coped. He finished grades 11 and 12. “I matriculated with marks I never thought I would be able to accomplish, and was so proud of myself. It just made me even more eager and confident to see what else I could do.”Tomorrow TrustHe then explored colleges where he could study plumbing. He found one and started training but was dissatisfied with the institution. At this point he took a bold move. He applied to the Tomorrow Trust, a non-profit organisation that provides educational assistance to orphaned and vulnerable children, encouraging them to become self-sustaining people.“We believe in a hand up that empowers and emancipates them from poverty rather than a hand out that keeps them entrenched in charity,” says founder and chief executive Kim Normand-Feinberg.Established in 2005, the Tomorrow Trust focuses particularly on supplementing primary school education, inculcating in children a “passion and respect for education at an early age that will develop these children into academically aware students who will be able to obtain a matric pass that enables them to study a post-secondary degree/diploma”.The programme involves providing nutritious meals, stationery and course materials, and transport from township schools to host schools in the suburbs. At present there are 870 children participating in the programme, which takes place in the school holidays. A similar programme runs with children from grades 8 to 12.Its record is impressive. In 2012, 32 students graduated, including three doctors, two accountants, one with a maths science honours degree, one with a BSc geology honours, five with BSc degrees, in computer sciences, actuarial and financial mathematics, biochemistry, regional and town planning, and physical sciences – and, of course, a plumber.On boardThe trust took him on board, paying for his college fees and giving him life skills classes. Normand-Feinberg says of Duda: “He is an exceptional kid. He is committed and extremely mature. He has made up his mind to change his life for the better and nothing will change that. He has overcome major challenges, which shows that he has grown and developed – he has shown all these character traits as we have built a relationship through Tomorrow Trust.”He switched colleges to one in Soweto, where he excelled. After he qualified he was asked if he would take on teaching a student. Although nervous, he was thrilled that they recognised the effort he had put into his studies. The student did well. He went on to teach six students at the beginning of 2013, and decided that he would one day open his own trade school, where students “would learn to become qualified plumbers, electricians, painters, carpenters, bricklayers, plasterers and so on”.Along the way Normand-Feinberg gave Duda a challenge: he was to deliver a talk about himself and his achievements to a school audience. He says it took him almost two weeks to write the four-and-a-half page talk. “It was one of the most difficult things to write,” he smiles.He was videotaped giving the speech and Normand-Feinberg sent the video to the Leap Foundation. Delivering the talk was a very different experience for him. “I got into my own world; I just started talking to the kids.”He was chosen, together with another three candidates, to go to Los Angeles for two weeks in July and August.Contact with his fatherDuda has re-established contact with his father. When his mother was still alive his father made contact, asking to see his sons. Although his mother hesitated at first, she allowed it, and now he sees his father once or twice a month, and they talk regularly on the phone.“I respect him and the person he is now. He can learn from his mistakes and what he has achieved,” says Duda. His father has become an entrepreneur, running his own carpet cleaning business.Alexander says of her adoptive sons: “They’re loving, interesting, clever, funny … Daniel has a way about him that just makes everyone like him. Walking the length of our local shops with him is like being in the company of a celebrity. It’s uncanny: he gets a warm greeting from every second person we pass. It’s not simple charm: he just likes people.”A powerful forceHis mother is still a powerful force in his life. “Everything my mom had done for me – I’m putting my mom to rest, giving her peace.”He wrote of her in his talk: “She taught me the greatest life lessons that I will never forget. She will live through me and my lineage and every success that I have accomplished and will in the future, is in the deepest thanks to her.”His involvement with the Tomorrow Trust is ongoing – he will always be a student of the institution. “Once they have been a student of Tomorrow Trust they stay within the fold as alumni. We assist them with coaching, jobs and workshops. They build strong relationships with the other students so a support system is always available,” explains Normand-Feinberg.Asked what she thinks his most promising qualities are, Alexander says: “He’s a pragmatist. A problem with being young is you often have grandiose expectations of what life will give you. I was like that. Daniel isn’t. He knows life is tough, so he knows he has to plan and work hard to get ahead. His decision to become a plumber is an example of this. When he made the decision, he was at an age when most young people are convinced they’ll become rock stars, investment bankers or bestselling novelists.“His emotional maturity, his talent with people, will also help him in the years ahead.”He demonstrates this maturity when he says: “I made choices that led to where I am today. I believe in making one’s own destiny; you’ve got to make the choice. I feel there is no way for me but up, I want to make a mark in my time.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio cropland varies significantly in its production capabilities and cropland values and cash rents vary widely throughout the state. Generally speaking, western Ohio cropland values and cash rents differ from much of southern and eastern Ohio cropland values and cash rents. This is due to a number of factors including land productivity and potential crop return, the variability of those crop returns, field size and shape, drainage, population density, ease of access, market access, local market prices, potential for wildlife damage, field perimeter characteristics and competition for rented cropland in a region.Western Ohio cropland values and cash rental rates are projected to decrease in 2015 due in large part to continued low to negative profit margin prospects for Ohio’s three major row crops (corn, soybeans and wheat). According to the Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey, bare cropland values are expected to decrease from 5.2% to 11.9% in 2015 depending on the region and land class. Cash rents are expected to decrease from 6.2% to 8.5% depending on the region and land class.The “Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents” study was conducted from February through May in 2015. The study is an opinion based survey surveying professionals with a knowledge of Ohio’s cropland values and rental rates. Surveyed groups include farm managers, rural appraisers, agricultural lenders, OSU Extension educators, farmers, landowners, and Farm Service Agency personnel.When interpreting this summary of survey results please be aware that results will differ widely within a region and it will be useful to consider the ranges that are listed in the tables as you consider how your parcels may compare. It is also important to stress that land in a given region does not fall neatly into thirds of each land quality class (average, top and poor). There will likely be very little acreage in a given county or region that will fall into the “top” land category. Top land will typically be large tracts of land with highly productive soils. “Average” land will typically make up the majority of land in a given region or county while “poor” land will tend to be land with lower productivity soils, steep slopes, poor drainage, or come in smaller tracts (or a combination of these).To access the complete summary go to:http://aede.osu.edu/about-us/publications/western-ohio-cropland-values-and-cash-rents-2014-15