JRA: “In Spain we do not live more than twenty playing FIFA”

first_imgJavier Romero is a seven-time champion of Spain from FIFA, the soccer video game with which he most competes in eSports, represents the team Falcons, Racing de Santander and the Spanish National Team of this modality.How do you explain to people what your work consists of?It’s about competing at the highest level in the video game I dedicate myself to, FIFA. In addition, I am also an online content creator, something that has become fashionable in the last two years, broadcasting matches and tournaments for my followers.What is a typical professional day like?Normally I usually train three or four hours, but I try not to play every day because I am not saturated. Mentally exhausting playing against another professional, against the best in the world. When I’m in a tournament and we compete Saturday and Sunday the whole day is pretty tiring. On Monday and Tuesday after each tournament I take them off.You have a coach, psychologist, physical therapist …We usually have a coach, someone you trust mainly, who helps us in tournaments. When we are tense and anxious, he is the one who advises us in decision making. The physio is also important, when sitting for so many hours, in my case leaning forward, the lumbar suffers a lot. It is highly recommended to be fit and stretch. Before, I also had a psychologist, more than anything to see how he channeled all the emotions in tournaments. How is the competition of your video game, FIFA20?Each one represents his club, the one that pays us a salary and we generate a base of followers together. Tournaments are normally individual, although there is one tournament per year per team.Does the income of an eSports professional give to live?Perhaps the best in the world does charge a lot, but we do not live as many of them. If I say twenty in Spain, I’m still going. Getting to the top is complicated because there is a lot of competition and requires a significant investment at the beginning of the game.Is there a lot of difference between the most followed eSports games and FIFA?Comparing the best players in those games and FIFA, there are several million euros difference. I would like it to evolve and for team play to be more important. That a game of two against two be developed, for example, and be able to compete in pairs against other clubs.What is the future?ESports are booming and brands have long recognized this. I personally look very good, young and wanting to continue competing. When I finish my career I want to continue working in the sector.last_img

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May 14, 2020 | by

Homeless man on bail for theft

first_imgA homeless man, who claims to be a stranger to the capital city, pleaded with Magistrate Fabayo Azore for his freedom after he was arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday.Paul McKenzie, 27, pleaded not guilty to the charge which read that on April 7, 2018, he stole a packet of powdered milk, costing $240 and a quantity of Gillette razors valued $3803; the property of Bounty Supermarket (Regent Street branch).The Bartica resident made his own bail application, explaining that he is not acquainted with the city and only came to Georgetown after his family “passed out”.McKenzie related to the court that after he came to Georgetown, a stranger took him under his wing and would rent him a push cart in order for him to make a living. He further disclosed that he sleeps in a hammock ‘under the clock’ [Stabroek Market] and does not have any family members to help him post bail. The prosecution did not object to bail, and as such, Magistrate Azore released McKenzie on $5000 bail.last_img

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January 12, 2020 | by

Women’s T20 World Cup ushered in at Stabroek Square

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s T20 World Cup 2018 was welcomed to Guyana in fine style on Thursday afternoon, as top officials, performers and the ordinary man gathered at the renowned Stabroek Market square for the launching of the auspicious cricketing event.Under the theme “Watch This”, persons gyrated as they celebrated not only the contributions of women to Guyana and the Caribbean but also the Women’s World Cup coming to Guyana for the first time.Guyana is one of three Caribbean countries (Saint Lucia and Antigua included) that will play host to 10 female teams from around the world, who will be competing for supremacy in the female league.Present at the public celebration was Director of Sport, Christopher Jones who not only shared his thoughts on the ICC Women’s World Cup, but also took the time to declare the importance of women to Guyanese society.“We are only too proud to be organising this event, but you see folks, most importantly, this is an opportunity for Guyana to demonstrate how we love our women. Women throughout the years are essentially the backbone of Guyana,” the Director of Sport said.Several young dancers entertaining the sizeable crowd at Stabroek SquareGeorgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green, who was also in the audience, took the time to encourage Guyanese women and patrons to support the 175th anniversary of Georgetown, which will be celebrated during the month of August.An ecstatic Social Cohesion Minister with responsibility for sport, Dr George Norton hyped up the growing crowd and reminded them that it was their duty to support and advertise the upcoming World Cup.The Minister outlined the evolution of female cricket, stating, “Women’s cricket has come a long way; its records date back to the 1940s when the women of England were playing for barrels of ale and pairs of lace gloves. That is no longer the case today.”He went on to explain that the credit for such a successful evolution was owed to the ICC. “Much credit is owed to the International Cricket Council for this evolution as it was the ICC who orchestrated the very first Women’s World Cup, which began on June 20, 1973,” Dr Norton disclosed.The World Cup is slated for November 9-24 and will include teams from New Zealand, India, Australia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Ireland. The National Stadium at Providence is expected to host 10 matches between November 9 and 17. The West Indian ladies are the current reigning champions after a thrilling victory in 2016.last_img

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January 11, 2020 | by

Firm hired by city to expedite claims too slow, audit says

first_imgThe Personnel Department is now taking bids for a new third-party contract. Personnel Department General Manager Margaret Whalen said she was pleased the audit found no situation in which an injured employee and had been denied care or appropriate payments. However, she said her department needs more money in order to reduce caseloads from an average of 211 to the standard 150 per analyst. “We agree that industry practices are based on a staffing level of 150 claims per adjuster,” Whalen said. “And we have made requests in prior budgets to accomplish this. However, our requests have not been approved.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The firm hired for $7 million to expedite workers’ compensation claims for police and firefighters has demonstrated lax oversight and slow service – the same problems that prompted the city to hire the company in the first place, an audit released Monday said. The latest in a series of critical reports by City Controller Laura Chick said management and caseload problems may be costing taxpayers money and keeping injured personnel off the job longer than necessary. In addition, she called for the city’s Personnel Department to exercise sharper oversight of the contract with Cambridge Integrated Services Group Inc. “What are we getting for $7 million a year?” Chick asked at a City Hall news conference. “What we’re getting is uneven service. Claims are not being handled in a timely way. We are not pursing all of the ways to keep cost down. There is money to be saved.” Chick also noted that some members of the Los Angeles Police or Fire departments have had to postpone surgery because of delays in processing their cases, preventing them from returning to their jobs. The city expects to spend roughly $126 million this year on workers’ compensation, which is about $10 million less than in 2004. Police, firefighters, park rangers and other sworn personnel make up 71 percent of the salary payments to injured city workers. To lighten its caseload and improve service, the city hired a third party administrator in the 1990s. Cambridge has held the contract since 1999. However, auditors found that in 2004 and 2005, Cambridge adjusters often handled more than the 150 claims that mark the industry standard, hurting the timeliness and quality of service for injured workers. Auditors said the city’s Personnel Department should frequently audit claims files to make sure employees are getting the care they need without overspending on the program. last_img

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January 11, 2020 | by

Kern County’s economy on upswing

first_imgROSAMOND – Kern County’s economy continued to improve in the first quarter of 2006, although some economic indicators softened during the quarter, according to the latest issue of the Kern Economic Journal, published by California State University, Bakersfield. Kern County’s economy expanded at a 2.4 percent annual rate, adding $90 million of personal income, with personal income per worker increasing $480, said Abbas Grammy, professor of applied economics at CSUB and publisher of the Kern Economic Journal. On the plus side, county consumer confidence increased 2 percentage points. “This means local households conveyed greater confidence in their financial conditions during the first quarter,” Grammy said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsHowever, the county’s jobless rate during the quarter increased 1.5 percent, to a quarterly figure of 8.8 percent. Bakersfield’s rate crept up 0.7 percent, to 6.2 percent. Other county unemployment figures below the county average include Ridgecrest at 5.0 percent, Tehachapi at 5.9 percent, and Taft at 8.6 percent. The traditional pockets of high unemployment continued, with Arvin posting 24.5 percent unemployment, Delano at 23.7, McFarland at 19.0 and Lamont at 16.2. The Kern County Business Outlook Survey showed employers continued to be optimistic about local economic conditions, though the index declined three points from the previous quarter to 137. “That’s still in the optimistic range,” Grammy said. Grammy said he continued to be encouraged by the county’s economic strength because the jobless rate remained in single digits. The last time the county’s unemployment rate was in double digits was the fourth quarter 2004. “Historically Kern County’s unemployment rate has been in double digits, so to have five quarters in a row in single digits indicates a major shift in the county’s economic fundamentals,” he said. Historically, the first quarter has had the highest farm jobless rate, Grammy said, adding that he anticipates the next several months should see greater employment in the farm sector as crop harvest gets into high gear. Indicative of the major shift in county economic fundamentals is the fact that the county added nearly 4,000 jobs in the nonfarm sector during the first quarter. “That signals real strength,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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December 27, 2019 | by

RANKED! The last 10 Champions League winners, from best to worst – agree?

first_img 6. Manchester United, 2008 – You would think a side containing Cristiano Ronaldo, prime Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez in attack would run riot. But it was arguably the defensive solidity of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Edwin van Der Sar at the back who were more impressive in the United side that beat Chelsea on penalties in the Moscow final. That defensive unit – featuring Patrice Evra and Wes Brown as full-backs – reunited at Old Trafford recently for Michael Carrick’s testimonial. They were the stars of the show in 2008, keeping five clean sheets in six games from the round of 16 to the final, including shutting out a Barcelona side in their last season before Pep Guardiola took over. It was a superb United side, also claiming the Premier League title, but were it not for John Terry’s slip when the Chelsea captain merely had to score his penalty to secure the trophy for his team, the 2008 Red Devils wouldn’t have joined the legendary 1968 and 1999 teams as European Cup winners. 4. Bayern Munich, 2013 – This team really came together for the 2012/13 campaign, in Jupp Heynckes’ last year as manager. It was announced in January 2013 that Pep Guardiola would be taking over in the summer and the Bavarians made sure Heynckes went out on a high, winning the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal as well as Ol’ Big Ears. They beat Arsenal in the round of 16 (obviously), secured two 2-0 wins over Juventus in the quarters before dismantling Barcelona, winning 7-0 on aggregate. They then denied German rivals Borussia Dortmund the chance to lift the trophy with Arjen Robben’s 89th-minute strike securing a 2-1 victory at Wembley, their fifth European Cup. 10 10 10 10 10. Real Madrid, 2016: Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s ranking of the last 10 Champions League winners… – This success was made more impressive by the fact Zinedine Zidane had only replaced Rafa Benitez less than six months earlier. The French manager clearly had an impact in shoring up the club’s defence, as they earned clean sheets in two legs against Roma in the round of 16, losing away at Wolfsburg before turning it around with another clean sheet at the Bernabeu in the quarter-finals. They then shut out a limp Man City in the semis – a last four clash that will not live long in the memory – en route to the San Siro final. Sergio Ramos’ first-half strike was cancelled out by Yannick Carrasco in the final with city rivals Atletico, as they went on to lift the trophy following a penalty shootout win. It was far from pretty, despite Cristiano Ronaldo scoring 16 goals in the European campaign, but they found a winning formula and stuck with it. 10 2. Barcelona, 2009 – This was the season Pep Guardiola’s methods took Barcelona to a different level. It was his first season in charge at the Camp Nou and some outstanding performances makes this Barca side go down as one of the best teams ever. Sergio Busquets, Xavi and Andres Iniesta bossed the midfield with their tiki-taka football, and with Thierry Henry, prime Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi up front, this side had it all. They beat Lyon 6-3 on aggregate in the round of 16, Bayern 5-1 in the quarters and edged into the final on away goals after drawing – controversially – with Chelsea. Goals from Eto’o and Messi in the Rome final against holders – and favourites – Manchester United secured this great side a first of two Champions League trophies in three seasons. They claimed a treble that season, and added the Spanish and UEFA Super Cups, plus the Club World Cup to make it six trophies in 2009. getty 10 5. Barcelona, 2015 – A side featuring one of the best ever attacking trios in Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar has to be up there. They eased past reigning Premier League champions in Manchester City, as well as that season’s Ligue 1 winners Paris Saint-Germain (in the group stages and quarter final) en route to the final. The MSN trio netted 27 goals in their European campaign, as they dismantled former boss Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich (Bundesliga champions) in the semi-finals before a 3-1 victory over Juventus (Serie A title winners) in the Berlin final. True European champs, and treble winners to boot. center_img 9. Chelsea, 2012 – This was certainly not the greatest team Chelsea have had in recent times – they finished sixth in the Premier League – but they recorded the Blues’ greatest triumph, shocking everyone to pip Bayern Munich to the trophy in 2012. After Andre Villas-Boas’ sacking, Roberto Di Matteo took temporary charge and somehow took this team to the final, down a tricky route too. They thrillingly came from 3-1 behind to beat Napoli after extra-time in the round of 16, defeating Benfica in the last eight before stunning Barcelona in the semis. Their 3-2 aggregate win over mighty Barca was simply outstanding, coming from 2-0 down in the second leg, with 10 men, to draw 2-2 against read more

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December 27, 2019 | by

DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS FROM THE VOODOO VENUE CUP

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTSVoodoo Venue Cup Donegal Town Reserves 5     Castlefin Celtic Reserves 4In a nine goal thriller played in ideal conditions Donegal Town emerged victorious at home. Castlefin were quickest off the mark with a goal from Gavin McNulty. Donegal Town quickly equalised with Gary Ward’s top corner effort. Donegal town took the lead shortly before the half-time break with Stephen Curneen getting the better of the Castlefin keeper with a magnificent chip. Castlefin equalised shortly after with Christopher Bryson’s shot taking a deflection and leaving the Donegal keeper with no chance. 2 – 2 at half time. Donegal Town started the second half brightly, the in-form David Graham scoring two in quick succession. The teams were level again after goals from Marcus Curran and Aaron Dalton of Castlefin. The victory however belonged to the home side when a long range effort from Nathan Carr found the back of the net. 5 – 4 to Donegal Town. Worth a mention was the debut performance of Ben Sweeney of Donegal Town who was excellent throughout.Cappry Rovers Reserves 2     Curragh Athletic Reserves 1Once again the home team fielded a young team with a few experience players mixed through them. They started well against breeze and had a few early chances but couldn’t find the target. In the 23rd minute the home side took the lead when Conor Laverty finished well from a Conor Mc Glynn pass. Cappry should have made it 2-0 in the 35th minute when Karl Mc Glynn went through but saw his effort to lob the keeper drift wide. Curragh started the 2nd half well and got their reward for the good start in 55th minute when Don Maguire fired low into the bottom corner. Cappry were nearly back in front in the 68th minute but the Curragh keeper saved well from Neil Patrick Mc Daid. Cappry did take the lead again in 76th minute when Matthew Mc Ginley found Conor Mc Glynn who made no mistake from just inside the box. Curragh pushed hard to get a 2nd goal but were unable to find a way through the Cappry defence. Referee: Seamus Mc Groary Milford United Reserves 0     Glenree United Reserves 5Milford welcomed Glenree to Moyle View for their first competitive game of the season in the Voodoo Venue cup. Glenree started the brighter and took the lead through “Gooch” Doherty. The impressive Colin Gallagher then scored to make it 2-0 at the break. Milford started the second half the better but were caught on the counter attack with Marty McLaughlin finishing. Joe Bray and Hughie Bradley added two late goals to round off a disappointing performance from Milford. Best for Glenree were Colin Gallagher and “Gooch” Doherty.Fintown Harps AFC 1                St. Catherines Reserves 7In fair conditions at Pairc Achla the home side hosted St.Catherines in their first game in the Voodoo Venue Cup. The first half was evenly contested. The visitors took the lead through Paul McFadden. This goal was followed quickly by two more from Brian Smith. The second half Fintown started brightly with Aaron Boyle scoring for the home side to give Fintown hope of acomeback. That was short lived when St Catherine’s scored further goals through Caolan Bryne and Paul Mc Fadden to see them into the next round. Drumkeen United 4     Glencar Celtic 5Drumkeen United began life in the Donegal Saturday League when they welcomed Glencar Celtic to St. Patricks Park on Saturday afternoon. This proved to be a very entertaining game with plenty of goals. The home team began well but found themselves a goal behind after five minutes when an Eddie McLaughlin cross was stabbed home from close range by Decky Scanlon. Drumkeen had a couple of chances as well when Peter McNamee fired wide and Shaun Gallagher put a free kick over the bar following a foul on Dylan McNamee. The home team found themselves further behind when a long ball over the top was misjudged by the defence and found its way to Garvin Grieve who crossed it for Decky Scanlon to score. Drumkeen got a goal back through Paul Bonner following some good approach work by the Mc Namee brothers Peter and Dylan. They drew level a short time later when Peter McNamee was fouled in the box and Paul Bonner made no mistake from the penalty spot. Glencar took the lead again through Eddie Mc Laughlin. Drumkeen got back level pretty quickly when a John Rogers’ free kick was deflected into the net off a Glencar defender. The home team were well in the game at this stage and took the lead just before half time when Dylan McNamee scored what was probably the goal of the match with a great finish from outside the box. Drumkeen began the second half well and Peter McNamee nearly added a 5th goal but his effort went narrowly wide. Aaron Doherty also had a great effort which hit the post and came back out. As the second half went on Glencar began to dominate and had Drumkeen under pressure for a long period of time. They drew level when a ball came back off the post read more

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December 27, 2019 | by

LETTERKENNY CHIROPRACTOR JAILED FOR FIVE YEARS FOR ATTACK ON EX

first_imgA chiropractor from Letterkenny has been jailed for five years for breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home and assaulting her.Helen McEvily was at home after a night out when Kevin Ginty, 46, climbed in through her sitting room window in April 2010.She managed to leave the house and call the gardaí, but Ginty then wrapped his arm around her neck and dragged her back into the house. Ginty of St Columbas Terrace, Letterkenny had pleaded guilty to burglary and assault on the 33 year old woman.Ms McEvily said that a part of her did not survive that night, and everything in her life now revolves around the fact that she was attacked.She said she has since moved house and has installed personal alarms, telling the court that this incident has prevented her from moving on with her life. “To me I am no longer living”, she said, “I survive”.Mr Justice Paul Carney said he was taking into account the fact that the accused pleaded guilty and that there was a lack of “any relevant” previous convictions.However, he said he was also taking into consideration the fact the incident had a serious effect on the victim.“A woman is entitled to rely on the safety and security of her own bed in her home,” said the judge.He imposed a five-year jail sentence, backdated to last Monday, when the defendant went into custody.LETTERKENNY CHIROPRACTOR JAILED FOR FIVE YEARS FOR ATTACK ON EX was last modified: July 22nd, 2013 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:assaultfive yearsKevin Gintyletterkennylast_img

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December 25, 2019 | by

10% OF TEACHERS LOSING JOBS IN CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS ARE IN DONEGAL

first_imgDonegal Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has accused the government of abandoning the children of County Donegal.Deputy made his comments as the numbers of permanent primary school teaching posts in the county that are to be removed from their existing school was published.Deputy Doherty said the loss of 36 permanent teaching posts from Donegal schools is an attack on the children of this county. Deputy Doherty said “Details published of the numbers of Donegal teachers who have lost their positions in their schools show that Donegal has taken a hammering when it comes to education cuts.“The Department of Education has confirmed that 36 permanent teachers in catholic schools in Donegal will have to leave their existing schools and look for a job elsewhere. When we compare this to what has happened across the state we see that of the 376 positions 10% of those are coming from Donegal.“The government can no longer hide the fact that their education cuts were an attack on rural Ireland and on Gaeltacht education, but most importantly they we an attack on the children of my county. Many Donegal schools have already lost positions as a result of previous cuts by the Fianna Fáil government and are now suffering a further blow.“The 36 teaching positions lost to primary schools across Donegal is even higher when you include schools that have lost a position but that the teacher is able to stay in their schools as a result of another teacher in the same school retiring on taking a carer break. The figure of 36 also dosent include losses in schools under the patronage of the Church of Ireland, Educate together, An Foras Patrunachta or the Special National panel, as a county breakdown is currently available for those schools. Deputy Doherty described the situation in Co Donegal as an “absolute disgrace”.“It is an absolute disgrace that 10% of all teaching positions removed from schools under catholic patronage are in Donegal. There is no defence for this. It is clear that our government TDs and Senator have failed the people once again.“At this late stage I call on them to call for a reversal of these cuts and stand up for small rural schools many of whom operate in the Gaeltacht.” 10% OF TEACHERS LOSING JOBS IN CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS ARE IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 1st, 2012 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

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December 25, 2019 | by

Tree helps to grow well-rounded adults

first_imgNot only does ECD help children to build cognitive skills such as language and a basic understanding of mathematics, it also challenges them to grow emotionally and adapt to a number of social situations. (Image: TREE)Early childhood development (ECD) is critical to equip young children and growing minds with the skills and information they need to develop as best they can on a number of levels.Much of an individual’s brain development takes place before the age of six, making early childhood one of the most important stages of mental growth.Not only does ECD help children to build cognitive skills such as language and a basic understanding of mathematics, it also challenges them to grow emotionally and adapt to a number of social situations, easing their growth into teenagers and eventually into adulthood.It is for these reasons that Tree (Training and Resources in Early Education) strives to make suitable ECD programmes available to children in underprivileged communities in KwaZulu-Natal. The main goal at Tree is to ensure that young children develop to their full potential.It works closely with communities to build knowledge of and skills in childcare and development. It has more than three decades worth of experience in capacity building and project management of ECD projects. TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENTBy training caregivers in various communities and developing the skills of more practitioners, the organisation expands the reach of the ECD programmes it has developed. More children benefit.This also allows the organisation to improve the standard of its programmes continuously, through the feedback received from the trainees.Continuous support of the practitioners it has trained and the ECD centres they establish by Tree underpins the sustainability and growth of these centres so that more and more children can continue to benefit from them.In addition, as more practitioners are trained, they are able to run home-based programmes and bring their skills to areas without established ECD centres. This means children from such areas can benefit without having to travel great distances.The efforts of Tree and the practitioners it trains go a long way to reducing the ever-growing gap between South Africa’s middle and upper classes and their less-privileged counterparts by providing these children with a similar educational head-start.GET INVOLVEDTo find out more about Tree or to get involved in its activities, visit the Tree website. If you want to join Tree and take part in its training courses, download the application form from the website.Tree has four established training centres – in Durban, Richard’s Bay, Port Shepstone and Ladysmith, all in KwaZulu-Natal.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img

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December 18, 2019 | by