MK Dons v QPR: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgTjaronn Chery has scored twice in the last four gamesKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 5 March 2016Referee: Keith Stroud (Gillingham, Dorset)Match in a nutshell: QPR make their first league visit to MK Dons, aiming to stretch their unbeaten away league run to six matches – for the first time since 2010.Five key battles: Including Nedum Onuoha v Josh MurphyInjuries and suspensionsMK DONSRuled out: Carl Baker (ankle), Matthew Upson (hamstring), Ben Reeves (knee).Unavailable: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (ineligible)Fitness test: David Martin (hamstring).QPRRuled out: Ben Gladwin (knee). Possible line-upsMK Dons: Cropper; Baldock, McFadzean, Walsh, Lewington; Potter, Forster-Caskey; Bowditch, Williams, Murphy; Revell. Subs from: Martin, Burns, Spence, Tilney, Kay, Carruthers, Hall, Powell, Maynard.QPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Hall, Angella, Perch; Henry, Luongo; Phillips, Chery, Hoilett; Polter. Subs from: Ingram, Lumley, Hill, Konchesky, Kpekawa, Tozser, Diakite, Faurlin, Petrasso, Grego-Cox, El Khayati, Mackie, Washington. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesMK Dons total: L D L W D (5 points)Home: D L D W L (5 points)QPR total: W D D L W (8 points)Away: D D D W D (7 points)Top scorers – all competitionsMK Dons: Murphy 6; Baker 5; Bowditch 4, Maynard 4; Reeves 3; Hall 2, Powell 2, Revell 2; Carruthers 1, Church 1, Forster-Caskey 1, Potter 1, Walsh 1.QPR: Austin 10; Phillips 7; Chery 6; Emmanuel-Thomas 5, Hoilett 5, Polter 5; Onuoha 3; Fer 1, Hill 1, Tozser 1.Only four meetings24 October 2015: QPR 3 MK Dons 026 January 2013: QPR 2 MK Dons 417 January 2012: QPR 1 MK Dons 07 January 2012: MK Dons 1 QPR 1MK Dons 1 win, QPR 2 wins, 1 drawFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

ICT is strategic tool for NGO sustainability

first_imgBrand South Africa partners with civil society organisations like SANGONeT to make a difference in communities across the country.SANGONeT recently hosted an ICT summit, looking at how technology can help NGOs do their work better. (Image: MadunaBrand South Africa partnered with the Southern African Non-Governmental Organisations Network (SANGONeT) to celebrate 30 years since it was established, hosting a three-day NGO-ICT summit in Benoni this month.SANGONeT is an NGO that was established in 1987 to connect civil society organisations in Africa. It remains one of very few NGOs in Africa involved in the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) field and continues to serve civil society with a wide range of products and services.“Civil society organisations are key channels through which active citizenship is carried out. Brand South Africa’s partnerships with civil society organisations enable us to fulfil our domestic mandate of collaborating with ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things in their communities. Partnerships like these with SANGONet help us enhance the image and reputation of the country,” says Mpumi Mabuza, Brand South Africa’s General Manager: Stakeholder Relations.NGOs have historically played their part in contributing to the reputation of the country through various programmes that were aimed at tackling South Africa’s socio-economic issues. They continue to do this today, but many have not made the necessary adaptions to better equip themselves to meet their objectives.One of the challenges that SANGONet continues to face, since its establishment, is that the civil society sector is made up of organisations that struggle to understand the strategic importance of ICT for the development of relationships, distribution of information and strengthening the impact of the important work that they do. In order to address this, the summit was held under the theme “ICT as a strategic tool towards NGO’s sustainability”. It brought together members of government, civil society and business to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities of using ICT for the advancement of socio-economic development in South Africa.The continuous evolution of the ICT sector has changed the way organisations are run. According to SANGONet, only a small percentage NGOs are equipped with the necessary ICT capacity and expertise required to support their development work. The potential impact of ICT on the work of NGOs remains limited.The use of ICT is a form of capacity building for NGOs in that skills must continue to be improved. This includes governance, administration, programme development and implementation, fund-raising, collaboration, marketing, and planning. When strategically used, ICT can go a long way in strengthening the work of NGOs so that they can reach their objectives and thus be sustainable.last_img read more

Tip-offs help police net criminals

first_img27 August 2014Tip-offs to the Crime Stop and Crime Line resulted in the arrest of 32 people in connection with suspected crimes during the month of July, the South African Police Service said on Tuesday.Police spokesperson Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale said the majority of the arrests were for the possession of and dealing in drugs such as dagga, cocaine, mandrax and crystal meth. Three people were arrested for dealing in drugs and 15 for being in possession of drugs.Three others were arrested for fraud, three for contraventions in terms of selling liquor, and two for the importation of Schedule 6 substances without the necessary permit.Makgale said medication worth approximately R1.5-million was seized at OR Tambo International Airport during this last arrest.National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega thanked all citizens who heeded the call to become involved in the fight against crime.“Any contribution, including making an anonymous tip-off via the Crime Stop or Crime Line numbers, is truly appreciated. No offence is too minor to report,” Phiyega said, adding: “A person involved in minor crimes could well turn to committing more serious and violent crimes.”Crime Line head Yusuf Abramjee encouraged the public to continue blowing the whistle on crime, saying: “Tip-offs work. It is every citizen’s moral and civic obligation to speak out against crime and criminals.”Abramjee added that the ongoing Crime Line and Crime Stop successes proved that “the role of the public in assisting police to fight crime is of principal importance”.Tip-offs can be made anonymously via Crime Stop (0860 010 111) and Crime Line (SMS 32211).Source: read more

Agricultural and literary history at Louis Bromfield’s Malabar Farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The legacy of Ohio native son, Louis Bromfield, Pulitzer-prize winning author, pioneer in agricultural conservation, and member of Ohio’s Agricultural Hall of Fame, is celebrated at Malabar Farm State Park in Lucas, Ohio.A somewhat obscure name today, Bromfield was a prominent celebrity and artist in the first half of the twentieth-century, gaining international acclaim for his novels. The artist earned much of his fame whilst living abroad in India and France, and when World War II came to France and Bromfield returned stateside, he purchased several farm tracts in the Pleasant Valley area of Richland County and there established and nurtured his dream farm, Malabar Farm.Upon purchase of these lands in 1939, Bromfield became somewhat disinterested in writing fiction when rejuvenating his farm and promoting new agricultural philosophies became some of his main passions and life’s works until the time of his death in 1956.In his book Out of the Earth, Bromfield said that, like much of America’s agricultural lands in the early twentieth-century, at Malabar Farm, “These hills had been corned out, farmed out, pastured out, sheeped out, and abandoned.” And he wrote in the book Pleasant Valley that he “wanted to prove that worn out farms could be restored again.”The Malabar Farm Foundation said that “Bromfield set out on a quest to restore rich fertility to Malabar Farm by applying conservation methods that were mostly unheard of or little used at that time. Bromfield shared these conservation methods with people from all over the U.S. and other countries through speaking engagements, a newspaper column, radio broadcasts, and printed materials including a series of non-fiction ‘farm’ books.”Bromfield’s writings about farm life and public advocacy for new farming techniques spurred the “New Agriculture” movement. Many of the farming techniques championed by Bromfield have become unquestioned common practice, but at the time, these concepts were largely untried and unfamiliar. Bromfield writes in Pleasant Valley that he is an advocate of “contour plowing, terrace ditches, cover crops, strip-cropping, fencing cattle out of wooded areas, disk-plowing, reforestation, farm ponds.”Bromfield used Malabar Farm as a place to experiment with, put into practice, and showcase his farming philosophies. The farm was also used by the government to test soil conservation practices. Bromfield states in Pleasant Valley that he sees Malabar Farm as a “pilot farm” for certain government programs: “demonstration farms privately operated upon which sound conservation practices are used have proved strikingly effective as examples, more effective than pamphlets, books, or even government experimental stations, for on them neighboring farmers are able to see unmistakably the gainful aspect of proper soil and forestry practices.”Clearly, this beautiful farm in the hills of Richland County served several purposes and was more than just a bucolic retreat for a wealthy writer. Contemporary Ohio author Gene Logsdon rightly noted that there were two sides to Bromfield: the reflective writer/farmer and the exuberant, famous, socialite entertainer who used Malabar Farm to host extravagant galas for rich and powerful Hollywood and political elite; additionally, he was visited at the sprawling property by throngs of fans. Bromfield was a showman and his farm was his “showplace.”In its heyday, Malabar Farm was known as “The Most Famous Farm in America.” And indeed, visitors to Malabar Farm State Park see the life and passions of Louis Bromfield showcased for them over the course of an afternoon’s visit. A few short hikes and a couple of naturalist-led tours give visitors insights into Bromfield’s farm life, family life, and star-studded social life.Parts of this state park remain a working farm (as per the Bromfield family’s stipulation when the property was transferred to the state in 1972) and an inexpensive farm tour ($3 per person) on a tractor-pulled wagon ride takes visitors around the beautiful croplands and pastures of the park, where they hear about Bromfield’s agricultural mission and learn about his legacy from a well-informed park naturalist. Meticulously cared for barns and outbuildings, some of which continue to house livestock, dot the grounds, adding to the pastoral feel of this state park. In the gift shop, patrons can purchase select cuts of beef from Malabar Farm cattle and fresh vegetables can still be bought in season from the quaint, shaded produce stand and natural spring that Bromfield himself used to peddle his goods.The Big House, the Bromfield family’s opulent and artful 32-room “farmhouse,” can be toured for $5 per person. While discussing Bromfield’s biography, a naturalist takes group tours through the home, which remains much the same as it would have been at the time of the Bromfield’s residence there. The Big House features unique room design, architecture, and artwork, as well as beautiful views of the farm and countryside from the comfortable studies, libraries, and rooms that were once graced by all of Hollywood’s top stars (Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married and honeymooned here, for example). The tour is a lesson in worldly luxury and country charm.For a meal, folks can dine at Malabar Farm Restaurant or pack a picnic lunch, which can be enjoyed in a large, quiet picnic area back in the woods or at the picnic tables by the Visitor’s Center, which has several exhibits devoted to natural history and Bromfield’s agrarian vision. For those wanting to stretch their legs, Malabar Farm has several hiking trails that wind through the hilly, sometimes rocky terrain surrounding the farm, which is just a stone’s throw away from popular Mohican State Park. There is also a seven-mile bridle trail that rings the park and a primitive horseman’s campground and a B&B-style hostel, should visitors want to stay the night.After a trip to Bromfield’s old stomping grounds and a perusal of the author’s books about MalabarBromfield used Malabar Farm as a place to experiment with, put into practice, and showcase his farming philosophies.Farm (which are all available at the gift shop), his profound respect for the farmer and his deep love of the Ohio countryside become clear. Louis Bromfield was a defender of the farmer, a champion of wise use agriculture, and a promoter of the pastoral ideal who believed, from a literary standpoint, “a man writes better in the country.”Throughout Bromfield’s literary canon, he depicts the job of farming as the most honorable and inspiring of professions. In Bromfield’s literature, the farmer is a timeless figure of almost heroic importance that possesses keen insight and intellect.“Rarely does the good farmer long for any immortality better than the rich fields he has left behind him and the healthy, intelligent children who will carry on his work and his name,” Bromfield says in Out of the Earth. “There is in all the world no finer figure than a sturdy farmer standing, his feet well planted in the earth, looking over his rich fields and his beautiful shiny cattle. He has a security and an independence unknown to any other member of society, yet, unlike the trapper or the hunter, he is very much a part of society, perhaps its most important member.”A pilgrimage to Bromfield’s pastoral estate is a venture rich in agricultural and literary history. More information about Louis Bromfield and Malabar Farm State Park can be found at read more

Late Chicago photographers acclaimed photos at centre of Canadian court battle

first_imgIn a statement of claim filed with the court, Maier’s estate says Goldstein started producing unauthorized prints from the Maier negatives in 2010 and sold them for well over $1,000 each, and often much higher. The claim also says Goldstein improperly used Maier images in books and public exhibitions. Advertisement Maier did not leave a will and no legal heirs have been identified, meaning the public administrator for Cook County, Ill., has power to protect her estate’s assets and enforce copyright interests. Advertisement She has since won wide admiration for her deftly composed vignettes of life in New York and Chicago, which capture strolling women in furs, carefree children and white-hatted sailors. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The statement says Bulger, who has mounted Maier exhibitions at his gallery, has profited from the negatives without the estate’s consent. The bulk of Maier’s work is now controlled by John Maloof, who bought a box of her negatives in the hope of finding some useful images for a book project on a Chicago neighbourhood. He eventually posted some of the pictures online, generating intense interest and sparking a career archiving and promoting Maier’s work. Another collector, Jeffrey Goldstein, acquired much of Maier’s remaining archive. Three years ago he sold some 17,000 black-and-white negatives and slides to Stephen Bulger, who runs a gallery on Toronto’s Queen Street West. Twitter OTTAWA — The estate of a Chicago photographer whose vivid street scenes have won her posthumous plaudits is asking a Canadian court to prohibit a Toronto gallery from showing or selling her work. The administrator is asking the Federal Court of Canada to prevent Bulger from reproducing, selling or showing the photographer’s work. Login/Register With: The statement alleges Goldstein sold the negatives to Bulger because the buyer was located “outside the United States,” and that the parties in the transaction believed the move would make it more difficult for the estate to enforce copyright beyond “the reach of U.S. courts.” Maloof reached a confidential agreement last year with the public administrator concerning his trove of Maier images.By: Jim Bronskill The estate wants the court to issue temporary and permanent injunctions prohibiting the gallery from displaying or selling the images. It is also seeking an award of damages. This undated photograph provided on Jan. 6, 2011 by Maloof Colection Ltd. shows an undated and untitled self portrait of Vivian Maier. The estate of Vivian Maier, a Chicago photographer whose vivid street portraits have won her posthumous plaudits, is asking a Canadian court to prohibit a Toronto gallery from exhibiting her work. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Maloof Collection Ltd., Vivian Maier The tens of thousands of photos she took came to public attention after being discovered in storage and auctioned off in lots to several different buyers. Many of her images remained undeveloped in film canisters. Facebook Advertisement Sana Halwani, a lawyer for the Bulger Gallery, said her client intends to file a defence with the court. Vivian Maier, a long-time nanny who quietly pursued her passion for photography, died in obscurity eight years ago at age 83. Maloof teamed up with producer Charlie Siskel on the 2013 documentary film “Finding Vivian Maier,” a chronicle of her life — and the stunning discovery of her talent — that was nominated for an Academy Award.last_img read more