Gift of the Givers en route to Gaza

first_img27 August 2014South African humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers is en route to Gaza with 16 tons of emergency medical supplies valued at R15-million.The organisation was last week granted entry into Gaza with medical teams, equipment and ambulances.According to Gift of the Givers founder and director Imtiaz Sooliman, the medical teams departed Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday night to Egypt, where they will connect to Gaza.“Items donated by American NGOs to Gift of the Givers will also be released from Cairo customs into our possession [on Wednesday]. The team will enter Rafah in the afternoon and the supplies will follow a day later,” Sooliman said.Sooliman thanked the Department of International Relations and Cooperation for securing permission from the Egyptian government for Gift of the Givers teams and supplies to cross the Rafah border into Gaza.Gift of the Givers has delivered R4-million worth of supplies inside Gaza since 8 July.The United Nation estimates that the latest wave of violence, which began eight weeks ago, has killed 2 101 Palestinians and 67 Israelis, in addition to forcing 475 000 Palestinians to seek refuge at UN facilities inside Gaza.Ceasefire for GazaOn Tuesday, an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza, brokered under Egyptian auspices, came into effect. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made the announcement, which he hopes will lead to a political process aimed at achieving a durable peace.“A brighter future for Gaza and for Israel depends on a sustainable ceasefire. It is up to the parties to live up to this responsibility,” a UN statement read. “After 50 days of profound human suffering and devastating physical destruction, any violations of the ceasefire would be utterly irresponsible.”Ban noted that any peace effort that did not tackle the root causes of the crisis would do little more than set the stage for the next cycle of violence. He called for, among others, an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza and the addressing of Israel’s legitimate security concerns.The secretary-general said the two-State solution was the only viable option. Ban urged both parties to return to meaningful negotiations towards a final status agreement that addressed all core issues and ended the 47-year occupation.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

2016 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest To get a preview of what to expect this harvest season, the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal team will once again go on the I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour presented by Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers. On the tour, two teams of farmers, agronomists and OCJ/OAN staff will be crisscrossing I-75 and I-71 reporting crop conditions and yield estimates on August 17 and 18. The teams start in the north and meet at the end in Clinton County. Over the two days, each team will sample a representative corn and soybean field in more than 20 counties (for a total of more than 40 counties over the two days).The groups will be estimating yields and overall conditions for corn fields and the conditions and yield potential of soybean fields. We will be updating the results on the go online at ocj.com, so check back regularly on our progress. Coverage will also include photos, videos and radio broadcasts of tour highlights. The results will be posted in the September issue of Ohio’s Country Journal as well. I-75 Team Includes:Sam Custer, OSU ExtensionBen Bowsher, Allen County farmerMike Lutmer, Warren County farmerPaul Ralston, Hardin County farmerMatt Reese, Ohio’s Country Journal I-71 Team Includes:Jim Miller, Fairfield County farmerBill Black, Pickaway County farmerBart Johnson, Ohio’s Country Journal, Delaware County farmerTy Higgins, Ohio Ag NetJevon Rockwell, Erie County farmerlast_img read more

Gary David ‘honored’ to play for hometown Bataan in MPBL

first_imgPhoto by Randolph B. LeongsonGary David is going back to his roots.He has proudly represented represented his province of Bataan since joining the big league, but this time, the 39-year-old is returning as member of Bataan Defenders in the upcoming Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES “This will be my first time to play in front of my home crowd since I turned pro,” said David.David also sees this MPBL stint as his last hurrah as a basketball player, slowly accepting his fate in his ongoing battle with Father Time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It seems that way, but as long as I feel that I can still play, I’ll play. I’ll always try to help our place get those wins. It’s my own way of giving back to my fellow Bataan people. It’s an honor to team up with people who also came from Bataan and I’m really glad with this experience,” said the Dinalupihan native.David knows how some of his teammates feel starstruck around him and he is using the opportunity toto impart whatever knowledge he gained in the PBA and his international career to his Bataan teammates. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles03:00House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Nextcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “When I attend our practices, they can’t help but take a picture with me. But I tell them that we’re together everyday in our practices and they can see how hands-on I am with them. I am willing to teach them what I know and give them advice if they need it,” he said.David also likened this run with Bataan to that of Gilas Pilipinas as he compared the sense of pride of the players in defending their respective home turfs.“This is more about pride. Here, we don’t talk about how big your salary is. What we’re fighting here is the pride that you carry the name of your hometown. You want to be at your best every single time and we want to proudly represent the people of Bataan,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Wiggins carries Timberwolves to 126-118 win over Clippers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more