The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s lacrosse team advanced to Sunday’s consolation final at the 2019 OUA championship in Oshawa, Ont.After defeating the Brock Badgers 14-6 in their first game of the tournament, the Blues dropped a narrow 11-7 quarter-final decision to the Western Mustangs on Friday night.Brynne Yarranton and Rhiannon Panting led the Blues with two goals each, while Laurel McGillis had one goal and two assists on the night. Mary Frost and Heather McDougall rounded out the scoring with one goal each.The Blues then topped the McMaster Marauders, 10-6, in consolation semifinal action to set up a Sunday tilt with the Laurier Golden Hawks for fifth place.McDougall and McGillis led the Blues with three goals each, while Lily Sedore scored twice in the win. Frost and Yarranton each had single tallies on the day. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Story Links
One of Guyana’s oldest training institutions, the Critchlow Labour College (CLC), has moved to establish the Guyana Climate Change and Food Security Institute (GCCFSI) and the Centre for Agricultural and Environmental Studies (CAES) to afford Guyanese the opportunity to get involved in agriculture.Academic Director and Head of the Institute, Bissasar Chintamanie, told Guyana Times on Sunday that following a review of its programmes, the CLC decided to offer more specific and relevant training for the agricultural sector – training opportunities that are demand-driven.Academic Director and CLC Centre for Agricultural and Environmental Studies Head, Bissasar ChintamanieHe said the GCCFSI would aim to provide innovative and effective scientific contributions to reduce hunger and poverty, and achieve food security.“Using a multidisciplinary approach through teaching, the GCCFSI will conduct research and provide policy advice in cooperation with national and international development organisations and partner with higher education institutes in the developing world,” Chintamanie explained.According to him, the institute will also help Guyanese realise their full potential to create wealth, while contributing to environmental conservation efforts.Starting September, the college will be offering the following courses: Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture, Certificate in Sustainable Forestry, Certificate in Fisheries and Aquaculture, Certificate in Sustainable Mining, and a Master of Science/Post-Graduate Diploma in Food Security and Climate Change.Chintamanie said the teaching of these courses was organised in modules, ranging in number from 12 to 16. The delivery of materials will take a variety of forms, including lectures, classes, seminars and group exercises.“Assessment is modular and involves coursework and examinations. Classes are arranged in all three counties of Guyana. The nature of the assessment is determined by the objective of each programme and the aims of the modules,” he further explained.According to Chintamanie, the new courses will provide students with the skills and tools for developing agricultural and environmental practices, policies, and measures to address the challenges that global warming posed to agriculture, food security, and the environment worldwide.“These courses will provide students with a detailed understanding of the principles and processes of sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry, sustainable aquaculture, sustainable mining, and climate change, including its social and environmental impacts,” he added.It will also equip students who already have work experience in the sectors to implement the latest research in sustainable systems thinking, and will facilitate cutting-edge careers for those who want to enter the agricultural and environmental fields.Chintamanie told this publication that with a per capita shrinking of agricultural resources, the task would be enormous, to maintain and upgrade the skills and competencies of the local labour force in order to overcome the predicted challenges of increased production and productivity of the sector.“The sector needs to increase its human resource capabilities in different fields through the development of skills and capacities, as well as enhanced knowledge and information exchange between the actors involved in innovation, including farmers and their organisations,” he asserted.Agriculture remains the mainstay of the rural populations and the most dominant of the country’s economic sectors, followed by mining. It has been a major contributor to Gross Domestic Product (GDP); exports; direct and indirect employment; and rural transformation in Guyana.It is the source of livelihood for nearly 38 per cent of the population and contributes about 20 per cent of the GDP.Persons who wish to inquire about the courses as well as admission requirements could make contact with the CLC on 1-592-226-2483.
They will be in Porto Allegre to watch the Super Eagles take on the Albiceleste in a game that could shape the destiny of Group F on June 25.President Uhuru was honouring his pledge to team after they lifted the regional tournament on home soil after three years last December.“When the team won the Cecafa Challenge Cup last year, I and my wife Margaret, made a personal pledge that we would sponsor our team to go to Brazil as a way of giving them an opportunity not necessarily to participate but to mingle with the rest of the world in viewing the greatest sporting event in the world,” he stated when hosting the team Friday at State House, Nairobi.The President added, “This is as a way of encouraging and inspiring them to know that they too can one day be part of the great teams of the world.The World Cup deal comes six months after Kenyatta agreed to pay the head coach, Adel Amrouche’s salary for the next five years.“We have a great team and I urge them to make us proud in international competitions. “As a Government, we will continue supporting them to the best of our ability and we are in the process of looking at different modalities to see how we can promote soccer as well as other sports,” the Head of State continued.“In the near future we will announce our initiative to the team but in the mean time we want our boys to go out there in Brazil and we hope they will emulate and put to practice what they will see,” he pledged.Stand-in-captain and keeper Jerim Onyango said the trip will give them exposure before they travel to Maseru to face Lesotho in the first leg of 2015 Afcon second round qualifiers on the weekend of July 18 and 20.“This is a dream come true to this team and we are very grateful for the support the Government has offered and thanks to that we were able to win Cecafa and also proceed to the second round of Afcon qualifiers,” Onyango, the Gor Mahia skipper expressed.Kenya has never qualified for the World Cup and the trip will give Stars exposure as they seek to qualify for next year’s Nations Cup after a decade.If they emerge victors over Lesotho in the two legs, Amrouche charges will join 2013 Afcon finalist Burkina Faso, Angola and Gabon in Group C for the final qualifiers.The month long World Cup tournament kicked-off Thursday in Sao Paulo, with hosts Brazil starting on a good note after coming one goal down to beat Croatia 3-1 in Group A.Other teams representing Africa are Ghana, Ivory Coast and Algeria. Travelling partyWilson Obungu, Duncan Ochieng, Jerim Onyango (keepers) David ‘Calabar’ Owino, Jockins Atudo, Abud Omar, James Situma, Vincent Omumbo, Musa Mohammed (defenders) Francis Kahata, Clifton Miheso, Joe Muiruri Gachoka, Harrison Mwedwa, Jacob Keli, Allan Wanga, Edwin Lavatsa and Paul Kiongera.Technical benchAdel Amrouche: coachJames Nandwa assistant: coachBruce Juma: Physiotherapist.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, June 13 – A squad of 18 local based players who won the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup will travel to Brazil next Saturday to watch the Nigeria versus Argentina after they received sponsorship from President Uhuru Kenyatta and Kenya Breweries Limited.The gesture by the Head of State and the brewing firm to provide tickets and accommodation for the players has sparked criticism as an excessive exercise but that did not dampen the spirits of the team and three officials who will make the trip when they received their tickets on Friday.
0Shares0000Pep Guardiola has vowed not to allow complacency to take hold at the Etihad Stadium ahead of City’s League Cup game opener against Swansea © AFP/File / Paul EllisLondon, United Kingdom, Sep 19 – Manchester City launch their League Cup defence at Swansea City this week with manager Pep Guardiola desperate to keep a lid on expectations after their supreme start to the season.City have won their eight games in all competitions — a club record — and preserved their two-point advantage at the Premier League summit with a razor-sharp 4-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday. It was the fifth time this season they have scored three or more goals in a game, but Guardiola has vowed that he will not allow complacency to take hold at the Etihad Stadium.“That is not going to happen when I am there,” he told reporters after the win against Bournemouth.“And don’t say it is too easy. I heard from years ago the Premier League is the toughest league and I am going to accept that.“We have a lot of work (to do) and we are just in September. We have played absolutely nothing.“Always for the next game we have to try to do it better than the game before.”The next game is against a Swansea side who were left a point above the relegation zone following a 1-0 loss at Southampton on Sunday.Manchester City’s midfielder Raheem Sterling (R) has a shot that is saved against Bournemouth on September 17, 2016 © AFP/File / Paul EllisThe result increased the scrutiny on coach Francesco Guidolin and with a league game against City to follow, and then a visit from in-form Liverpool, he faces a testing run of fixtures.“I am worried because my job is my job and it is my attitude to be always ready if it’s possible,” said Guidolin, whose club won the League Cup in 2013.“Now we have Man City on Wednesday, Man City again on Saturday, and then Liverpool. We have to improve. The opponent is not important, but our attitude is.”– Best memories –The stand-out tie of the third round takes place at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday when Premier League champions Leicester City entertain Chelsea.Leicester go into the game on the back of successive 3-0 wins over Club Brugge and Burnley, while Chelsea were left smarting by a 2-1 home defeat at Liverpool’s hands on Friday.Another team in the doldrums are Manchester United, who crashed to a third consecutive loss at Watford in the league on Sunday.Jose Mourinho’s side visit third-tier Northampton Town, where defeat would rank alongside their humiliating 4-0 loss to Milton Keynes Dons in this competition under Louis van Gaal in 2014.Tottenham Hotspur’s striker Harry Kane is wheeled away on a stretcher after leaving the pitch injured during a match against Sunderland on September 18, 2016 © AFP/File / Ian Kington“I know what is in my hands, the improvement of the team and individuals. I have to try to stop defensive mistakes,” Mourinho said after the 3-1 reverse at Vicarage Road.“I knew I had a task. It is tactical, but also mental. We have to improve, no doubt.”The tie will rekindle memories of an extraordinary performance at Northampton by United great George Best, who scored six goals in an 8-2 FA Cup win at their old County Ground in February 1970.Liverpool, last season’s beaten finalists, begin their quest for a record-extending ninth League Cup at Championship side Derby County.Tottenham Hotspur are sweating on the fitness of striker Harry Kane ahead of their home game with Gillingham, after he was stretchered off with an ankle injury in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Sunderland.Arsenal, who won 4-1 at Hull City on Saturday, get their League Cup campaign under way at Nottingham Forest.Fixtures (1845 GMT unless otherwise stated)Tuesday:Bournemouth v Preston North End, Brighton and Hove Albion v Reading, Derby County v Liverpool, Everton v Norwich City, Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers, Leicester City v Chelsea, Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest v ArsenalWednesday:Fulham v Bristol City, Northampton Town v Manchester United, Queens Park Rangers v Sunderland, Southampton v Crystal Palace, Stoke City v Hull City (1900), Swansea City v Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur v Gillingham (1900), West Ham United v Accrington Stanley0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A federal judge on Monday banned the Navy from using high-power sonar during a series of upcoming training exercises, ruling the technology can cause widespread damage to dozens of species of whales and marine mammals. U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper issued the temporary injunction in response to a Navy request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The group says the Navy planned to use mid-frequency sonar over thousands of square miles of ocean that can cause strandings and other harm to marine animals. The training exercises are planned for the waters off Southern California, an area rich in marine life. Joel Reynolds, a senior attorney for the NRDC, said the injunction would force the Navy into compliance with federal environmental laws protecting marine life. “We don’t take issue with the Navy’s judgment that it needs to use this technology,” Reynolds said. “Our concern is when they test and train, they do so in a responsible manner.” The Navy said it would appeal the injunction, and argued that sonar is a vital tool in detecting submarines. Third Fleet commander Vice Adm. Samuel Locklear said several countries, including Iran and North Korea, had quiet diesel-electric submarines that can best be detected by sonar.
Redefining the American mission to focus primarily on training Iraqi forces and conducting commando raids against terrorists, Petraeus said, would be “premature.” The American commander was not only rebuffing the demand for a firm timeline for withdrawing the bulk of American forces, he was also putting critics on notice that even when reductions come he has a different vision of the manner in which many of the remaining troops would be used. Petraeus is not the only one who has offered such cautions. The National Intelligence Estimate, which was issued last month, made a similar point – and Petraeus made a point of quoting from it in his testimony Monday. “We assess that changing the mission of coalition forces from a primarily counterinsurgency and stabilization role to a primary combat support role for Iraqi forces and counterterrorist operations to prevent A.Q.I. from establishing a safe haven would erode security gains achieved thus far,” the estimate noted. A.Q.I. is the acronym the intelligence agencies use to refer to al-Qaida of Mesopotamia, a predominantly Iraqi organization with foreign leadership. In his testimony Monday, Petreaus presented charts on suicide-bombing trends, sectarian killings, civilian deaths, roadside bombings and arms caches discovered. Though acknowledging that the road ahead would be difficult, he asserted that the United States so far had largely achieved its military goals to tamp down sectarian violence. Yet a careful look at the charts illustrated the challenges faced by the military. The color-coded chart on attack trends showed a correlation between the decline of weekly attacks and the “surge” of offensive operations enabled by the deployment of five additional combat brigades and assorted other units. The chart on Iraqi security force capabilities, however, showed relatively little change over the last year in the number of Iraqi army, National Police and Special Operating Force battalions that are fighting side by side with the Americans. Petreaus said that the Americans’ effort to work with Sunni tribes, including former insurgents, had produced thousands of allies. That number, he noted, included some 20,000 Iraqis who are being hired by the police. Still, the Bush administration’s earlier decision not to extend U.S. Army combat tours beyond 15 months has meant that the elevated American force levels in Iraq are bound to decrease. And Petreaus formalized the widely anticipated reduction by announcing that American forces would be at the “pre-surge” level of 15 combat brigades by mid-July 2008. Petreaus declined to say what additional cuts would be carried out after that point, saying he would revisit the issue in March. Still, he indicated that he was committed to additional cuts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Under the timetable embraced on Monday by Gen. David Petraeus, the number of American combat brigades would decline by one-fourth by next summer, from 20 now to 15 in July, with the prospect of deeper, if as yet unscheduled, reductions to come. But such a move would raise the question of how the United States can avert an increase in violence in Iraq while carrying out a gradual drawdown. One approach embraced by many lawmakers would be to modify the American mission to emphasize the training and advising of Iraqi security forces so that Iraqis would be pushed into the lead and the vast majority of American combat troops could be quickly withdrawn. This proposal, which was offered last year by the Iraq Study Group, the bipartisan panel chaired by Lee H. Hamilton and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, has appealed to many Democrats and some Republicans who are looking to achieve a measure of stability in Iraq while shrinking the role of the American military. But in his testimony on Monday, Petraeus offered a very different vision. He proposed an American presence that would not only be longer and larger than many Democrats have advocated but would also provide for a greater American combat role in protecting the Iraqi population.
Ashley Williams (Everton) – Centre back – The Everton defender has drawn plenty of criticism this season for his inept performances at the heart of the Toffees back-line. But with the aid of Sam Allardyce, Williams kept things simple and looked far more confident than he has in recent weeks. Victor Moses (Chelsea) – Left back – Backed up his return to first-team action with another impressive display for the Blues. Operating in his fullback role, Moses assisted Morata for the hosts second goal against Newcastle, allowing the Blues to exploit a Magpies team that no longer had the option to sit in their defensive third. 11 11 11 11 Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – Centre midfield – A red card should not take away from what was an outstanding performance. The Red Devils all-time record transfer bossed things against Arsenal as he ran everything in midfield at the Emirates. It was a shame a standout performance had to finish with a dismissal. There were plenty more thrills and spills in the Premier League this weekend.Manchester City’s march towards the title showed no signs of slowing down as they secured a record equalling 13th consecutive league victory against West Ham, while Manchester United kept pace with a vital win at the Emirates.Elsewhere, Liverpool consolidated their top four ambitions with another impressive display against Brighton and Everton secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season under new manager Sam Allardyce.But which individuals put in the finest shift of the lot for their team?Scroll through the gallery above to take a look at talkSPORT.com’s Premier League team of the weekend… 11 Harry Maguire (Leicester City) – Centre back – Maguire has returned to form after a brief shaky spell for the Foxes. The England international kept one of the divisions most potent away attacks under wraps as he dominated aerially against Sean Dyches Burnley side. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) – Right forward – Proved his worth as a big game player with a brace at the Emirates. His industrious skillset alongside his pace convinced Jose Mourinho to opt with Lingard for the tough away trip to north London and he showed neutrals he has more ability than he is given credit for. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Striker – The Brazilian continues to shine under the radar for the Reds. The likes of Mohamed Salah and Coutinho continue to grab the headlines but the clinical nature of Firminos display against Brighton will have pleased manager Jurgen Klopp. Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) – Right back – Scored the pivotal opening goal at the Emirates as the Red Devils capitalised on individual errors. Captained his side on the day and led by example in a showing that would have left his manager beaming with pride. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – Centre midfield – Displayed the type of technical ability that made Barcelona so keen to land him in the summer. Looked a cut above everyone else on the pitch as he supplied two assists as well as getting on the score-sheet himself. 11 11 David Silva (Manchester City) – Centre midfield – Provided the match-winning moment despite enjoying an average game by his standards. Fresh from signing his one-year contract extension, Silva showed exactly why he should be retained for as long as possible as he weaved his magic at the Etihad Stadium. David de Gea (Manchester United) – Goalkeeper – The goalkeeper produced a heroic performance to ensure his side kept pace with league leaders Manchester City. De Gea made 14 saves the joint-most in a single Premier League game and left Arsenal attackers in disbelief with his show of quick reflexes and flexibility. 11 11 11 11 Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Left forward – The Belgian playmaker is enjoying some of the best football of his career. Scoring two goals, Hazard made a telling impact at Stamford Bridge and he is beginning to find the net with a regularity only the top players of world football can match.
THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association has confirmed the groupings for the revamped 2020 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship.The 2020 All-Ireland series will be consist of two groups, with six teams in each, and the top two teams from each group will progress straight through to the All-Ireland semi-finals, following a minimum of five games. Holders Dublin, who are aiming for a fourth successive TG4 All-Ireland Senior title, have been drawn in Group 2 alongside the 2020 Munster Champions, next year’s beaten Ulster and Connacht Finalists, Ulster’s fifth team, and a Munster semi-final loser. Group 1 will contain the 2020 Ulster and Connacht champions, the beaten Munster Finalists, a Munster semi-final loser, and the beaten Ulster semi-finalists.The bottom team in each group will contest a relegation play-off, unless they are a provincial winner, and thereby exempt from relegation.The Provincial Championships must be organised on a knock-out basis, with the winners placed accordingly in the All-Ireland series groups.The 2020 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship will commence on Saturday, July 4, and culminate with the All-Ireland Final on Sunday, September 13. The semi-finals have been scheduled for Sunday, August 23, with the top two teams in each group featuring.Groupings confirmed for 2020 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship was last modified: December 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:2020 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championshipdonegal ladies
NORWALK – Registration is underway for Cerritos College’s second nine-week session that runs from Oct. 16 through Dec. 15. Students may access a schedule of classes, complete an application and register online for a variety of classes by visiting www.cerritos.edu/admissions. All eligible returning students have an option to either register online or use the automated phone registration system at (562) 865-3276. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The college is at 11110Alondra Blvd. For more information, call (562)860-2451, Ext. 2211. California High plans college fair WHITTIER – Local students and parents are invited to participate in the Whittier Union High School District College Fair from 6to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at California High School, 9800 S. Mills Ave. Representatives from two- and four-year colleges and universities and vocational schools will be on hand. For more information, call the district at (562)698-8121. Student competes for scholarship WHITTIER – La Serna High School senior Brittney L. Taylor was named a semifinalist in the 43rd annual National Achievement Scholarship Program, conducted by The National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Taylor was selected from more than 130,000 high school juniors from around the country whose PSAT scores qualified them for the competition. Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in the states that make up each region. Finalists will be considered for one of 700 scholarships worth $2,500 apiece. Winners will be announced in April. Cerritos theater sets preview days NORWALK – The Cerritos College theatre department is organizing three campus events over the next month to give audiences an insight on upcoming productions. The events all take place in the Burnight Center Studio Theatre (Room BC 31) at the college, 11110 Alondra Blvd. They will cover the language of the plays, how they translate on stage, themes, and the actors’ approach to the text. The first event will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday and will include an overview of both plays, as well as a question-and-answer session with the cast and directors. Admission is free, though reservations should be made by calling (562) 860-2457, Ext. 2638. A discussion with the cast and director of “Hamlet” will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 1, while a discussion with the cast and director of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” is set for 8 p.m. Nov. 2. Special school group rates of $8 per student are available for the Nov. 1-2 events. For more information, call John Zamora at (562) 860-2451 Ext. 2638. If you have an event or notice deserving attention, write us! Send your notice to Tracy Garcia, education reporter, at 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. You may call the office at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or send e-mail to email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
17 February 2011 Situated in the expansive Madikwe game reserve, just three hours north-west of Johannesburg, Buffalo Ridge is a luxurious lodge that can accommodate up to 16 guests – but what sets it apart from other five-star lodges is that it is owned entirely by the Balete people of Lekgophung, who live near the Botswana border. For many high end leisure travellers to or in South Africa, the phrases “community-owned” and “community-run” have been known to set red lights flashing and alarm bells ringing. A brief township tour, the novelty of an overnight stay in a rural B&B or the quaint produce on offer at a craft market add to the experience – but if you want to travel in style, stay in luxury and enjoy the best of the best, private commercial service providers are a safer bet. That, at least, is the orthodox, albeit unspoken wisdom in the tourism industry. It speaks to various assumptions about what is meant by experiencing a country. For people from Western countries travelling in the developing world, this leaves two implicit options: either you can really interact with the citizens and try to live as the locals do – which equates to slumming it – or you can enjoy your creature comforts, in which case you’ll be prevented from engaging with their authentic way of life. In mixed economies such as South Africa, affluent domestic tourists who want to see other parts of their own country seem to face the same dilemma. Those with the means to travel from, say, Cape Town or Johannesburg and spend a holiday in a game reserve are no more likely to have substantial contact with their poorer compatriots than visitors from England, America, Germany or Japan.Community upliftment – not just a cliche While there is general consensus over the need to change structural inequalities in South African society – “empowerment” and “upliftment” have become cliched words – attempts to restore both dignity and economic muscle to historically disenfranchised communities have met with mixed success. Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that describing an enterprise as community-owned and community-run often results in raised eyebrows and dubious expressions, and that it can be, to put it bluntly, a turn-off for prospective customers. There is a cure for such scepticism, however: Buffalo Ridge. Each of the lodge’s eight chalets is beautifully appointed, and the main building commands a staggering view over the Madikwe plains. The lodge boasts all of the perks one might expect of a five star bush establishment: private game drives, plenty of good food and wine, effusive warmth from the staff. Buffalo Ridge was the first such establishment to be entirely community-owned, and although it is no longer unique, it is still highly unusual. Buffalo Ridge is leased to and managed by the Madikwe Collection, a portfolio of lodges spread across the 75 000ha reserve. Madikwe Collection founders Carl Trieloff and William Stephens have demonstrated both financial and ecological savvy in expanding the company. In addition to Buffalo Ridge, the collection includes another wholly community-owned establishment, Thakadu River Camp, and private investors and communal owners alike follow the environmental models that have been applied throughout the reserve. The story of Madikwe, like so many of South Africa’s game parks, is one of patient and passionate implementation of conservation programmes. Through the decades-long Operation Phoenix, the area was restored from over-grazed cattle farming terrain to a self-sustaining wilderness area. Combining the twin appeals of being malaria-free and offering Big Five game viewing, Madikwe is a highly prized destination for those who can afford it. Certainly, a stay there is not cheap.Supporting fair trade in tourism But patrons of Buffalo Hills, Thakadu River Camp and Tuningi Safari Lodge – which has also been certified by Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) – are reassured that the money they spend will have a positive ripple effect in the local economy. And, in the case of the Balete of Buffalo Ridge, that doesn’t mean only a few individuals; it means training and employment for dozens of staff at the lodge and, equally importantly, it means the development of infrastructure in Lekgophung and surrounds. FTTSA stipulates that certified businesses meet the following criteria: fair wages and working conditions; fair operations, purchasing and distribution of benefits; ethical business practice; and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. While this doesn’t seem to be the kind of thing one associates with the excitement of game drives, the luxury of lazing by a pool overlooking pristine bushveld, or the privilege of drinking and dining under starry skies, it is possible for tourists to be self-indulgent and to support community development at the same time. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.