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Azusa Pacific hands Humboldt State its first loss at the Redwood Bowl since 2013

first_imgARCATA >> The volume inside the Redwood Bowl went from raucous to close to dead-silent in what seemed like milliseconds.For good reason, too.Azusa Pacific ended Humboldt State’s attempt to take the lead once and for all in emphatic fashion, as Taliuaki Suliafu picked off Robert Webber and returned it 63 yards to lock up the Cougars’ 38-27 win over the 13th-ranked Jacks in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener for both schools on Saturday night.“Our defense gave us a shot, and that’s …last_img read more

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Top takeaways from 49ers HQ on Friday: QB trade remote

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Carrying two backups behind a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo is a luxury that tests the 49ers roster each time an injury arises elsewhere.As more and more quarterbacks around the league go down, the 49ers have insurance, which begs the question: Might they trade Nick Mullens or C.J. Beathard before the Oct. 29 deadline?San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo (10) and Nick Mullens (4) practice during training camp at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 1, …last_img read more

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Linzi Lewis: eco-warrior for environmental awareness

first_imgWorking with the AMbush collective, Linzi Lewis envisions creating beautiful gardens, and functional, meaningful city spacesLinzi Lewis wears many hats; she describes herself as an urban geographer and ethno-botanist. Fiercely protective of her Mother Earth, she says she is constantly mindful of her relationship between herself and the planet.It feels natural for her to ride her bicycle 15 km to work every day. This ceremonial cycle is something she believes allows her to be more mindful of the world and is a healthier, more environmentally friendly option.“I ride my bike for a few reasons. It is where I feel really free. I love riding bicycles and know it’s also possible to do this in Joburg. I believe we need to challenge ourselves, particularly in this society, and challenge the fear we are engrained with growing up here. And not only is it freeing and liberating to do this, it has effects on people who see. It’s all about transforming people’s perceptions, and when they see you riding your bike through the inner city, through Yeoville, etc., they see more possibilities, and hopefully more people will challenge themselves and transform their own behaviours.”AN INTREPID WORLD TRAVELLERAlso known as Liliana Transplanter, once Lewis matriculated she took a bold move, exploring parts of southern Africa alone and using public transport. This extraordinary experience led her on a journey of trusting in herself and learning to trust others.  It allowed her to “see the places where she lived, properly, to really experience, enjoy, and be humbled by it”.“It showed me also what I needed to do here, and realised that I could do, and that I had nothing to be afraid of.”AN ECO-WARRIOR CONQUERING FEARLewis believes South Africans are brought up in fear and this prevents individuals from being free and learning from each other. She is not afraid to be the one to make these changes, so other people can see it’s alright. “I understand this perception, as I come from here, but think people need to open their eyes, and actively step through that fear, so that they can see the magic that is here, in the everyday of this dynamic city and country.”After her journey she returned to Joburg and began her studies in Environment and Conservation at the University of the Witwatersrand. Lewis won the European Union Erasmus Mundus scholarship, opting to study Sustainable Tropical Forestry in Copenhagen and Montpellier, completing two MSc degrees in Agricultural Science, and Forests and Livelihoods.The scholarship promotes international learning and cooperation, to improve the quality of education across the world.While studying Lewis visited and studied the forests of the world.  Constantly looking for ways where art and science collide Lewis uses arts facilitation techniques for shared learning. Lewis, also a dancer, is a woman of action and works at a grass roots level. In 2011 she galvanised an “AMbush revolution” and formed the AMbush Eco-Art Collective; “A collective of eco-artist-activists, sustainable designers, social change makers, performers, recyclers and ‘evolutionaries’,” she says.The members of the fledgling organisation were commissioned to be resident artists on the Climate Train, a COP17 initiative. The Conference of the Parties (COP17) is an annual event to discuss responses to climate change. COP17 was held in Durban in 2011 and introduced the Climate Train campaign, travelling across South Africa to bring discussions and education on environmental issues to ordinary citizens.Working with the AMbush collective Lewis envisions creating beautiful gardens, and functional, meaningful city spaces. “The ideas behind this are to transform space and the perception of space, cleaning ‘forgotten’ wasted spaces into productive and multifunctional ones. It should respond to local socio-spatial interactions, and reflect local diversity”.“The idea to me of creating more sustainable cities refers directly to how cities use and dispose of resources. The current system is very linear, a very unsustainable design, whereby cities require large inputs, such as food, water etc., to be brought in from elsewhere, with high transportation and environmental costs, consumes it locally, and disposes of it somewhere beyond the cities’ borders. To become more sustainable the life cycle of products needs to be dramatically changed, and needs to create more circular life cycles, producing locally, consuming locally, and ‘disposing’ of or rather, repurposing locally.”The AMbush approach also involves local people who are a part of the process of redefining. “We use creative techniques to facilitate intercultural and intergenerational dialogue, to co-create a better living and working environment”.This eco-warrior is inspired by the movement and energy within the city and she believes “Much of traditional knowledge globally is being forgotten, and replaced by Western values; this is a very vulnerable place to be. We need to remind ourselves of traditional knowledge systems in order to be more resilient in a changing world. Diversity creates more resilient systems, therefore more biodiversity and biocultural diversity conservation. If we recognised and celebrated ourselves, our history, and our knowledge, I believe there would be peace amongst each other, providing the ability for an inclusive society, where everyone can participate equally in defining our future.”Lewis also works with the Khanya-Africa Institute for Community Driven Development.“We work primarily on the local grassroots levels, ensuring that development is driven by local priorities. This process is empowering, providing people with an opportunity to voice concerns and opinions, and become able to be a part of processes which affect their lives. “Lewis likes the idea of getting people to realise their abilities and find ways to co-create solutions.“We have lots of issues and hopefully we will be able to solve them, but it’s up to us.  I believe we have lots to do, and we need to do it together, for that we need to get creative. “last_img read more

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Boyz in da hood turning lives around

first_imgYoungsters as little as 12-years are initiated into gangsterism and this is being fought by 18 Gangster Museum. (Image: Four Corners The Movie)The townships of the Western Cape are still scarred by the scourge of gangsters. The allure to join a gang is as enticing now as it has always been for the disadvantaged youngsters. For most, many from broken homes, the sense of belonging is more important than the damage they cause to the neighbourhoods they call home.An initiative by three childhood friends is built on the hope that history will help steer a new generation of kids away from the mean streets. Wandisile Nqeketho, Siyabulela Daweti and Athenkosi Mongo, all products of The Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development, are using the stories of former gangsters to demystify the lifestyle.Their initiative – 18 Gangster Museum – based in Khayelitsha offers hopes to change the path of township kids and help rehabilitate those already caught up in the cycle of violence that is gang life.Nqeketho said: “18 Gangster Museum will pre-emptively mitigate gang affiliation through education. It will be curated by ex-gangsters and the museum will provide reformation for ex- gangsters by offering them a second chance to give back to their community and educate future generations about the consequences of gangsterism.”PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CUREIn 2013, 12% of the 2 580 murders in the Western Cape were gang-related according to the South African Police Service. This is an 86% increase from 2012. In addition, children as young as 14 are being arrested on gang-related murder charges.The trio of entrepreneurs – they run a successful cleaning and recycling business called Ilima Cleaning and Recycling – believe the 18 Gangster Museum can evolve into a full-fledged academy, designed to reform ex-gangsters into powerful educators who help eradicate gangsterism in the township through sharing their own experiences and stories.Right now they are using the initiative as a mobile museum while they search for funds and a building to have a permanent exhibition housed there.“We have been around the different townships of the Western Cape like Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Manenberg and Hanover Park that are rife with gangsterism and we were well received by the community,” said Nqeketho.According to Nqeketho they are self-funding the project. They also received a R250 000 grant from the SAB Foundation after winning an entrepreneurial pitch competition.The trio also hosted a book reading competition for primary schools in the township of Khayelitsha in 2014 where the best school won a R10 000 book voucher and a free computer course from Mbele Social Concepts for six months.EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESSDaweti believes that education is the best and most sustainable route for any kid hoping to escape the townships. “If we want to create a gang free society, a safe society we must start developing the young with good quality education. Start skilling them at a tender age that lowers the chances of having to see them going to gangs,” said Daweti.GANGSTERISM IN THE WESTERN CAPEAccording to criminologist Don Pinnock, in his 1997 book Gangs, Rituals, & Rites of Passage, the Apartheid relocation of coloured and black people from the Cape Town inner city to the Cape Flats and surrounding townships had a powerful effect on those relocated. The social dislocation nurtured conditions for the burgeoning street gangs of the early 1980s to thrive.Suburbs on the Cape Flats such as Manenberg, Elsies River and Parkwood have deeply entrenched, decades-old gang structures. And there are now fledgling gangs forming in the townships of Khayelitsha and Nyanga, according to the Daily Maverick.There are 12 recognised street gangs and three prison gangs in the Western Cape, according to the SAPS. However smaller cliques rise up and die every day, an estimate from the early nineties lists the total number of gangs in Cape Town at 130, and gangsters at 100 000, according to Andre Standing in a 2005 Institute of Security Studies policy discussion paper.last_img read more

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