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first_imgThe Old Timers Hockey challenge is coming back to Fort St John this Sunday.The Fort St John Emergency Services Hockey Team will once again welcome some of the games greats to the North Peace Arena.Hall of Famers Bryan Trottier and Glenn Anderson will join the likes of Cliff Ronning, Bernie Nicholls and Doug Bodger on the ice at the North Peace Arena on Sunday January 30th.- Advertisement -A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fort St John.Tickets are on sale now at Ernie’s Sports Experts in the Totem Mall with single tickets going for $20 or you can purchase a family pack of 4 tickets for $60.Following the event, the Lido will be hosting a hockey collectables auction and the meet and greet with the NHL greats.  Doors open at 9pm and everyone is welcome to attend.  Entry is by donation to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Fort St. John.Advertisement Don’t miss the Old Timer’s Hockey Challenge at the North Peace Arena on Sunday, January 30th at 6pm.last_img read more

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first_img“I got tired of the insecurity of my profession and decided to do something about it,” says Kahn. Which, of course, was to start up his own business, which he did in 2001 doing only college games and which he expanded dramatically the next year – and gained financial stability and instant credibility in the process – when he forged an agreement with the NFL to do 34 games a season. Kahn had to do a lot of scrimping and hustling and borrowing – former Dodger Eric Karros, a close friend, was an early backer – at the beginning to keep his company afloat, but it is now flourishing and Kahn even is considering doing the US Golf Open and perhaps the PGA. “I recently had dinner with Jim Nantz (CBS announcer) and he asked me, `What kind of business plan did you have to start your company?”‘ relates Kahn. “I laughed and said, `Business plan? You’ve got to be kidding me! I didn’t have any. I just went out started it.’ He gave me a perplexed look.” There has been recurring speculation that ESPN, or even Westwood One might be interested in buying out Kahn for what would now be a lot money, but Kahn is quite content at the moment doing his broadcasts and overseeing his network that keeps getting bigger every year. “All my life in radio I had to answer to program directors and other people who controlled my destiny,” he says. “Now I only have to answer to myself. I love what I’m doing and things are going well. I knew we had the potential to have something good when we started this, but I never dreamed it would become like it is. Sometimes I have to pinch myself just to make sure this isn’t all a dream.” … Charles Barkley, who has admitted to losing as much as $2.5 million at the gaming tables in Las Vegas in less than a half hour, says he’s wealthy enough to withstand his awful gambling addiction. Perhaps he is at the moment – he reportedly made $700,000 on the Super Bowl – but we’ll see how wealthy he is in, oh, another couple years. … I have an old friend who once owned a very successful car dealership who had a similar compulsion. I once saw him bet $50,000 a race on a 10-race Santa Anita card one Saturday afternoon at the Mirage sports book, and he routinely made $100,000 bets on football games. I even once flew from Las Vegas to Burbank with him and his brother in Steve Wynn’s private jet after a wild weekend of gambling in which he dismissed losing $100,000 with a blithe shrug. He was one of the biggest gamblers ever to appear at a race track in this country, and became a legendary fixture at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar. He once won a Pick 6 at Hollywood Park for $1.2 million, and the then-president of the track, R.D. Hubbard said to me, “He’s going to have to win a lot more like that to get even.” I once had dinner with him and his wise guy friends at the old Palace Court restaurant at Caesars Palace in the late 1980s, and the tab came to over $10,000 – scandalous amounts of Beluga caviar and Dom Perignon were consumed by the diners – and he left the waiters a $3,000 tip. Alas, inevitably, his excesses caught up to him, he lost the dealership and the valuable property on which it was located, and he no longer is a familiar figure around the race tracks in Southern California and the green felt tables in Las Vegas. This gentleman once had a lot more money than Charles Barkley, who one day will regret his gambling pursuits terribly, as does everyone who becomes blindly entrapped by its insidious allure. … They’re staging the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Amp’d Mobile Invitational this weekend at the Honda Center and, fittingly, one of the great bull masters of the planet, Mr. Tom Lasorda, is scheduled to make an appearance, along with Angels manager Mike Scioscia. It’s doubtful they’ll wind up propping ol’ Tommy up on a bull, but you can be sure he’ll wind up slinging it. … She Waits While He Waffles: I thought back a few months ago that Long Beach’s very own punk rock cowboy singer, Jeff Severson, a one-time NFL player who starred at Long Beach State and Wilson High, would have popped the question to his gorgeous girlfriend, Irene Rodriguez, by now, but, apparently, the perennial bachelor still is cursed with frost-bitten feet. I think Jeffery Boy, whose acclaimed vocal skills will be on display Sunday between 4 and 8 p.m. at Buster’s, is out of touch with reality in regard to the stunning Ms. Rodriguez, the Verizon queen fully recovered from recent back surgery. Who does the aging Singing Safety think he is, Justin Timberlake?. … While there was a steady downpour during the Super Bowl at Dolphin Stadium last Sunday during the match between the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears, Bernie (The Prince of Tabs) Selmanson and his large group of Southern Wine & Spirits minions were averse to it. A roof covered their 50-yard line club level seats. Incidentally, Selmanson ran into Alex Rodriguez at an upscale Miami restaurant called Prime, and was impressed with the way Rodriguez patiently honored every autograph request. … If anyone knows the whereabouts of Dr. Robert (Fightin’ Bob) Maxson these days, please E-mail me with the information. The beloved former president of Long Beach State has dropped out of sight much to the mounting distress of his many admirers in this city. Has retirement resulted in his morphing into a Howard Hughes-like recluse, or is the fishing so grand and glorious at the San Juan Islands that he simply no longer has the time to make contact with old friends?. … The only good that can come out of having a romantic relationship with an unstable person is an undesirable level of anguish and anxiety. … Jeff Fellenzer drove John Wooden down to Long Beach Thursday to interview him for his One On One show on Charter that will appear Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Another segment will air at the same time on Feb. 17. … Whooosh! That was a close one. Thanks, Dan Guerrero, for locking Karl Dorrell down at UCLA through 2011. You just knew the Dallas Cowboy owner Jerry Jones was on the threshold of opening his team’s bank vault to lure away Dorrell, or that some other NFL team inevitably was set to scoop up the Bruins’ wondrous football coach. I know UCLA boosters are overwhelmed by the enchanting prospect of having Mr. Dorrell for at least another five years. … My broken-hearted buddies dumped on by their girlfriends never learn that begging their way back is a short-term pain remedy that will lead to only greater discomfort, for they will be destined to be treated with even more unfeeling disdain by those who rejected them because of their weak-kneed subjugation. … Ian Lamont drops a note that the Special Olympics of Southern California will be staging a Polar Plunge Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Seal Beach Pier, with local SO athletes Chad Arnett, Derrick Coleman, Tom Whitlock and Carol Nordholm participating. … Obviously, The Hawk’s Size Didn’t Impress Vince McMahon: He now wrestles on his desk with expense reports and assignments and story ideas, but the new Press-Telegram sports editor, Joe Haakenson, once upon a time wrestled on a mat with tough opponents, actually finishing fifth in the CIF finals in the 98-pound class as a senior at Royal Oak High in Covina in 1980. The Hawk went on to pin a few people at Fullerton State and went on to fill out to a stout 165. … All worthy candidates being enshrined into the Century Club Hall of Fame tonight, but none more worthy than my former boss Jim McCormack, who spent a journalistic lifetime as a passionate booster of Long Beach athletics. … Saddened by the revelation that one of the nicest, most decent human beings I ever been around in sports, Don Hewitt, who was the Rams equipment manager 28 seasons when they were in Los Angeles, passed away Wednesday night at his home in Huntington Beach. According to his daughter Kathe Hewitt-Leslie, a public viewing will be held Wednesday between 5-9 p.m. at Forrest Lawn Cemetary in Covina and funeral services will be held there Thursday at 2 p.m. He was 83 and, oh, will he be missed. … Doug Krikorian can be reached at doug.krikorian@presstelegram.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The doubleheaders for me are over with because of the riskiness of flight delays that might keep me from making it to a game,” says Kahn. They’re also over because Larry Kahn no longer has to count pennies and worry about expenses, as he’s been able to hire respected announcers like Howard David, Eli Gold and Tom Dillon, as well as famous old coaches like John Robinson, Terry Donahue and Gary Barnett and former players like Doug Plank, Tony Graziani and Charles Arbuckle to handle the analyst roles. The studio host for the broadcasts has been Brian Golden, the Antelope Valley Press sports columnist. A lot of these people – as well as a few members from the New York sales firm, Jones Media America, that Kahn uses – are gathered at Michael Gaughan’s new hotel, South Point, where the famous Barbary Coast restaurant, Michael’s, soon will relocate with the legendary Las Vegas figure, Steve Delmont, still in charge of the operation. The Sports USA Radio Network is now a thriving, profitable entity that actually is holding its own in competition with its rival, Westwood One. Kahn and his devoted wife Nanci still run the business out of an office near their home in Simi Valley, but the 51-year-old, 1972 Fairfax High graduate has come a long way since having a falling out with the USC athletic director, Mike Garrett in the mid 1990s – Kahn and Mike Lamb did Trojan football for three seasons – and being frustrated over a radio career in which he shifted from one job to another across the decades. LAS VEGAS – In what is becoming an annual ritual, the prominent football announcer/entrepreneur/media critic, Mr. Larry Kahn, ever appreciative, has brought here from around the country his Sports USA Radio Network crew for a couple of days of frivolity. In an industry notorious for its cutthroat nature and for its failures in start-up enterprises, Kahn has been a notable success, as he has built the largest independent radio sports syndication outlet in America in a mere six years. center_img His Sports USA broadcasts can be heard on 250 stations in every state in the country, as well as a few locales in Canada, with an audience of more than 3.5 million for his Saturday college games and more than 5 million for each of his two NFL Sunday games. In the past season, he himself did the play-by-play of such big matches as Ohio State-Michigan, Texas-Oklahoma and Florida-Auburn, but he no longer does double duty as he once did when he’d follow up his college assignment by flying out of town to do an NFL game the next day. last_img

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first_img1 Kolo Toure Watch out Kolo Toure’s about!Something is always going to happen when the Ivorian is on the pitch for Liverpool and in the Capital One Cup against Middlesbrough he was both villain and hero.After a decent enough performance alongside Mamadou Sakho, the 34-year-old hacked down Patrick Bamford in the final seconds of the match allowing the teenager, on loan from Chelsea, to step up and score an equaliser, taking the game to extra-time.But in the epic 30-kick penalty shoot-out Toure made amends by walloping home his strike, which saw Boro goalkeeper Jamal Blackman comically fall to the floor.And on Twitter Liverpool fans were loving and hating the defender in equal measures…last_img read more

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first_imgAN AWARD-winning music student who turned to selling drugs to pay off his student loans has walked free from court without a conviction.Youth worker Kevin Monaghan, who is 25, appeared before Letterkenny District Court.Monaghan, from 22 The Elms in Letterkenny, had been suspected by the drugs squad of being a cannabis dealer in the town. Gardai stopped a car in the town on April 7th last year but didn’t find any drugs.However a subsequent search of the property at The Elms uncovered €680 worth of cannabis, weighing scales, €170 in cash, a nokia phone and a tick list of customers.Defence solicitor Kieran Dillon said Monaghan was a gifted music student who had studied at college in Derry where he had received the President’s Prize. He had gone on to Leeds University where he had received a degree in Music and Music Production.During the course of his studies he had run up debts of €5,000 to the Credit Union and had an overdraft of €1,400, said the solicitor.“Unfortunately he was a user (of cannabis) himself and he fell into selling it,” said Mr Dillon.Mr Dillon also said Monaghan was a gifted musician who worked with local youth groups because “he wanted to help people”.He said that Monaghan, who had never been before the courts before, was genuinely remorseful for what he did and co-operated fully with the probation service and realised the results of his actions.Judge Paul Kelly said he had expressed serious concerns at a previous hearing when he learned a drug dealer was working with youth organisations at the time.“I was struggling to deal with how someone working with youth services could be before the court on drug dealing charges,” said the judge.“You seem to have made a very good impression on the probation service. I have also been given very impressive references from Donegal Youth Services and the Letterkenny Youth & Family Service.”The judge ordered Monaghan to make a €500 donation to White Oaks treatment centre “to assist them in dealing with people who may be the victims of the type of behaviour that Mr Monaghan was engaged in.”The judge added: “I am satisfied that Mr Monaghan is a very genuine person and is at low risk of reoffending. I will leave him without a conviction.”He told the defendant he was giving him a “substantial opportunity” and told him not to let down those who had supported him.DRUG-DEALING YOUTH WORKER WALKS FREE AFTER ‘EXEMPLARY’ PROBATION REPORT was last modified: June 24th, 2014 by John2Share 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:drug dealerKevin MonaghanLetterkenny District CourtYouth Workerlast_img read more

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first_imgA young Dungloe man who has started a new life in Australia has been fined €250 for using threatening and abusive language outside a Letterkenny Hotel.Robert Hanlon, 19, was spotted by Gardai arguing with a man outside Dillon’s Courtyard Hotel at 2.40am on March 15th last year.Gardai said he was acting in an aggressive manner and he was asked to move on. He was again asked to move on but Hanlon, of Pole Road, Meenmore, Dungloe, refused and was eventually arrested.The accused man’s solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client was now living in Perth, Australia and was making a new life for himself.He said he had given him detailed instructions to pass onto the court saying that he had been employed for six months and had not been in any kind of trouble since arriving in Australia.“He acknowledges alcohol is a problem and he has apologised to Gardai,” said Mr Dorrian.Judge Paul Kelly said he was prepared to deal with the matter by way of a fine if Hanlon lodged €250 with the court.MAN WHO STARTED ROW OUTSIDE HOTEL HAS STARTED NEW LIFE IN AUSTRALIA was last modified: June 20th, 2014 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:AustraliacourtdonegaldrinkdungloeJudge Paul KellyRobert Hanlonlast_img read more

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first_imgA man in his 20s has been involved in a serious road smash in Letterkenny.The accident happened close to the Dry Arch roundabout in the early hours of this morning.The man, who was the only person involved in the accident, is understood to have crashed into a wall. The man is understood to havre sustained serious injuries in the crash.Gardai in Letterkenny are appealing for witnesses to the crash.The road is closed for the moment and diversions are in place.   YOUNG MAN INJURED IN LETTERKENNY CRASH was last modified: March 20th, 2014 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)last_img read more

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first_imgFollowing on their hugely successful production of Snow White last year the Letterkenny Pantomime Society is inviting people to come along to auditions for their production of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.The new show will be staged at An Grianan.The latest production will be staged in An Grianan in January 2015.Auditions will be held in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th September at 7.30pm. Please note that these auditions will be for adults only as auditions for the children’s scene will be advertised at a later date.We in the pantomime society are always delighted to welcome and promote new talent from all parts of the county.So whether your talent lies on or offstage the pantomime society will be delighted to see and welcome you to our crew.It’s a fun filled way of shortening the winter so make a note of the date and venue and we look forward to seeing you there!  LETTERKENNY PANTO SOCIETY LOOKING FOR MERRY MEN AND WOMEN FOR NEW SHOW was last modified: September 2nd, 2014 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:auditionsLetterkenny Pantomime SocietyRobin Hoodlast_img read more

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first_imgKillybegs artist Kevin Sharkey has confirmed that he wants to be the first black President of Ireland.The former TV presenter said he plans to run for the presidency and be the first black Uactarán na hÉireann.The Dublin-born, Donegal-raised man says the office of president should do more for homelessness than it currently does, and he believes he’s the right man for the job. Sharkey announced that he doesn’t believe in running for the Dáil to try and sort out the housing crisis, and is instead aiming for head of state.The former broadcaster also believes we need to take more control of our borders and immigration, claiming that Ireland is a victim of “experimental politics.”“I’ve watched as we’ve increasingly become a snooker ball on the table of European experimental politics. I feel that at the core of it, Irish people have been moved further and further down the line in terms of preference, whether it be for housing or hospital beds,” he said.“I think this experiment that’s going on in Europe is a real danger to our nationality and our customs.” Sharkey will face some stuff competition with RTE presenter Mirian O’Callaghan rumoured to be in the mix.He even went as far as speaking to the team at Joe Duffy’s Liveline to reference his interest in running.He also acknowledged that it may have some competition due to Higgins stating previously that he wishes to seek another term as President of Ireland.Killybegs artist Sharkey confirms he wants to run for Presidency was last modified: March 27th, 2018 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:donegalKevin SharkeyKillybegsPRESIDENTlast_img read more

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first_imgSt.Eunans proved much too strong for a gallant Dungloe team in the Donegal U21 hurling final at Hibernian Park.St Eunan’s 5-13 Dungloe 2-4By Charlie Collins at Hibernian Park Dungloe were unable to reproduce the form that saw them beat Buncrana earlier in the championship. Leading by 2-09 to 1-0 at half-time the Letterkenny side rattled in three more goals in the opening two minutes of the second-half and it was game over as a contest. Although that was the case, the Dungloe lads, to their credit, kept trying right to the end, scoring 1-2 in the final ten minutes. St.Eunans captain Kevin Kealy topped scored with 3-3 and had good back-up from full-forward Cian Randles with 2-2 while Paul O’Donnell was excellent from frees.  Kealy and Brendan Horgan had Eunans 0-2 ahead after 11 minutes but Thomas Harnett’s long-range free deceived everyone and landed in the net to give Dungloe a one-point lead. However St.Eunans dominated after that set-back and four quick points in a row from Paul ODonnell, Russell Forde, Cormac Finn and Cian Randles had them three in front by the 20th minute. Kevin Kealy then produced a brilliant piece of skill, racing 60 metres and slamming the ball to the net.Two minutes later Brian McIntyre’s super long puck found Cian Randles who slotted the ball to the net at the second attempt. Two Paul O Donnell frees and an excellent Sean Halvey point left St.Eunans ahead by 12 points, 2-9 to 1-0 at half-time.  Big leads can disappear quickly in hurling but any chance of that happening in this game ended in less than two minutes of the second-half. Cian Randles finished off St.Eunans first attack with his second goal.Kevin Kealy raced through again for his second 30 seconds later and, less than a minute later, it was Kealy again on the charge.Just when he looked to have run out of road he somehow managed to get a shot away which dropped in under the crossbar – 5-9 to 1-0 and game over.  Thomas Harnett and Martin Mannion got Dungloe points, but O’Donnell, Kealy and Randles replied for Eunans.Harnett converted another free and then Mannion finished off a good Dungloe attack with a well-taken goal. Dungloe’s Brendan Boyle got their final point and fittingly it was the excellent St.Eunans captain Kevin Kealy who rounded off their scoring with a free to leave the final score 5-13 to 2-4 for his team.St. Eunan’s: Daire McBride, Mark McGinty, Darragh Doherty, Brian McIntyre, Oisín Randles, Ryan Hilferty, PJ McBrearty, Brendan Horgan (0-1), Sean Halvey (0-1), Cian Durack, Kevin Kealy(3-3, 2f), Paul O Donnell (0-4f), Cormac Finn (0-1), Cian Randles (2-2), Russell Forde (0-1). Subs: Gavin Forde for McGinty (38), Matthew Noonan for Forde (38), Calvin Aidoo for O’Donnell (44), Rory Doherty for Randles (45), Randles for Doherty (55). Dungloe: Joseph Doyle, Odhran Duffy, David Hanlon, Sean O’Donnell, James Harnett, Odhran McGonagle, Chris Boyle, Matthew O’Donnell, Thomas Harnett (1-2f), Joseph Greene, Lochlann O’Dea, John Boyle, Brendan Boyle (0-1), Nicholas Wherely, Michael Greene. Subs: Martin Mannion (1-1) for M.Greene (22), Harry Noble for Wherely (38), Darren O’Donnell for J.Greene (55). Referee: James Callaghan (Setanta).Kealy stars as St Eunan’s topple Dungloe in U21 hurling final was last modified: December 1st, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

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first_imgFarmer Piet Kemp preparing the soil for grain on his new farm near Tbilisi. Kemp farms jointly with a partner. (Image: Bennie van Zyl, Tau SA) MEDIA CONTACTS • Bennie van Zyl  General manager, TAU SA  +27 12 804 8031 or +27 82 466 4470 RELATED ARTICLES • Australia lends Africa a farming hand • Emerging farmers on the rise • SA deal to boost sugar output • Zuma: SAs farmers make things happen • SA farmer helps Mozambican neighboursEmily van RijswijckThe know-how and experience of South African farmers is becoming an important and sought after commodity in itself.Increasingly these farmers are being approached by foreign governments wishing to tap into their agricultural skills and years of experience.The latest exchange has seen five farmers moving to Georgia in Eastern Europe over the course of 2011, while almost 800 South African farmers have already moved or extended their farms into Mozambique.Further afield, the governments of Congo-Brazzaville and Zambia have also started making overtures to both South African and Zimbabwean farmers, as these countries have plans to get grand scale food production off the ground.The impoverished former Soviet state entered into an agreement with South Africa in 2010, and hopes to see many more South African farmers settling there in the near future.The exchange has taken place at the initial invitation of the Georgian government through its Minister of Diaspora, Papuna Davitaia,with the collaboration of the Transvaal Agricultural Union South Africa (Tau SA).Georgia plans to bring its agricultural sector back up to global commercial standards after years of communist rule.The country has one of the oldest winemaking histories in the world but has been struggling for the last 21 years, since becoming independent, to lift its agricultural sector from the current subsistence farming to commercial farming levels. The main export products are wine and hazelnuts.The South African farmers will bring their years of experience in cattle farming and the growing of cereal crops on large tracts of land to Georgia.“The state owns agricultural land in each of the 10 provinces and wishes to sell such land to commercial farmers,” confirms Tau SA’s GM, Bennie van Zyl. He said about 80 000 hectares of state property is available, not all of it suitable for farming, but that private farms are also readily available.In general, soil is much cheaper than in South Africa but Van Zyl predicts that once Georgia joins the European Union, as it hopes to do in the near future, the value of these water-rich farm properties will escalate considerably.First harvests already inAlready the first grain and maize cultivated by a South African have been harvested in Georgia. Sixty-seven-year-old Piet Kemp, who arrived in Georgia in March 2011, has harvested grain which was in the fields when he arrived, planted and harvested a crop of maize, and despite floods and hail, still managed a reasonable crop in the same year.He has once more planted grain, which in these cold parts is sowed just before the first snow falls, and now awaits a good crop when spring arrives. In an interview on ABN Digital, Kemp said he plans to become a Georgian citizen in time.“I just want to be a farmer and produce food,” he said.However, life is not without challenges in this new country. While the climate near Tbilisi, the Georgian capital where Kemp farms, is surprisingly similar to what he is used to in the colder Highveld region of Mpumalanga province, the language and alphabet is certainly not. To overcome this, Kemp requires an interpreter constantly at his side and, while his work force is for the most enthusiastic and up to the task, the negative impact of socialism and communism on the country has been debilitating.“The ability to be an entrepreneur has literally been destroyed during the 70 years under Soviet rule. It’s a poor, hurt country,” adds Van Zyl.In an effort to fast-track the project, the Georgian government has also requested the services of an advisory committee of three South African agricultural experts to assist them for a period of between three months and one year with the project. South Africans do not need a visa for Georgia. Van Zyl says in total about 25 South African farmers are in one way or another already involved in helping to develop the country, while many more have shown interest.Surprisingly, Georgia also shares some past history with South Africa in the shape of Prince Niko Bagrationi, a Georgian aristocrat who so strongly associated with the Boers’ cause that he volunteered and fought against the British during the second Boer War (1899 – 1902).On a recent visit to Georgia, a delegation of South African farmers was on hand to open a museum dedicated to Bagrationi and his many escapades.last_img read more