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SBA Vermont Small Business Person of the Year and Champion Award Celebration

first_imgWHERE:          Waterfront Park, BurlingtonIn downtown Burlington, follow Main Street to the corner of Main and Battery.  Turn right on Lake Street.  Look for the tents at the end of Lake Street.Parking is available at College and Lake Streets, and in lots and garages throughout downtown Burlington. WHEN:           Wednesday, June 7, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. SBA Vermont Small Business Person of the Year and Champion Award CelebrationNEWS EVENT:     The 2006 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year and Champion Award recipients will be honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) at a ceremony presented by Vermont Business Magazine at Burlington’s Waterfront Park.  Gov. James Douglas will present the Small Business Person of the Year award to John Wall, Wall/Goldfinger, Inc., Northfield, Vermont, with additional remarks by Mayor Bob Kiss, City of Burlington, SBA Regional Administrator Charlie Summers, and others.  Champion awards will be presented to the following individuals:Janet Bullard, Vermont Commission on Women, Montpelier;James Keyes, Citizens Bank, Burlington;Mark Johnson, WDEV Radio, Waterbury;Robert Johnson, Omega Optical, Brattleboro;Laurie Hammond, Triple Loop Skate & Dance, Colchester;John Durfee & Lang Durfee, Bethel Mills, Inc., Bethel Mills;Stephen Brochu, Vermont Department of Labor, St. Johnsbury; andMargaret Ferguson, Micro Business Development Program, Barre.last_img read more

Croydon retail: Going to town

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Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about St. Bonaventure

first_imgSyracuse (10-1) welcomes St. Bonaventure (9-2) to the Carrier Dome for the second of four home contests to close out the Orange’s month of December. The Orange has won four straight since its loss to Kansas in Miami, but the Bonnies enter with a six-game win streak of their own. Here’s what you need to know about the Bonnies:All-time series: Syracuse leads, 24-3.Last time they played: St. Bonaventure visited SU two years ago and appeared to be on its way out with a victory, until a second-half comeback gave SU a 79-66 win. Jaylen Adams, then a sophomore and now among one of the nation’s best guards, scored 16 for the Bonnies. The only remaining player SU has from that game is Frank Howard, who as a freshman played nine minutes and registered just two assists. Michael Gbinije led the Orange with 23 points.The St. Bonaventure report: Had they been healthy from the get-go, this could be an undefeated Bonnies team entering this game. But Adams sprained his ankle in a preseason exhibition and did not play until Dec. 2. Before he returned, head coach Mark Schmidt’s team lost its season opener at home to Niagara and fell to Jamie Dixon’s TCU team in the championship game of an early-season tournament in Florida.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSince Adams came back, though, the Bonnies have won all five of their games. In that span, Adams and fellow starting guard Matt Mobley, a duo Syracuse redshirt forward Matthew Moyer said on Tuesday could be the best backcourt in the country, have combined to average nearly 36 points per game, nine assists and shoot 39 percent from behind the arc. No Atlantic 10 team shoots it better from deep than the Bonnies, who knock threes down at a 38.4 percent clip.Kenpom ranks the Bonnies as college basketball’s 60th-best team. Syracuse currently sits at 52. And the early results from both teams haven’t been all that different. Both have beaten Maryland and Buffalo, and both shoot about 45 percent from the field. St. Bonaventure averages 77 points per game while the Orange go for 74. This is not a given nonconference win for SU.St. Bonaventure boasts the nation’s 13th best turnover margin at +5.4 and allows 66 points per game. On offense, they spend a lot of time at the stripe, averaging 26.3 free throws per game.How Syracuse beats St. Bonaventure: As Moyer alluded earlier in the week, stopping St. Bonaventure starts with containing Adams and Mobley. They account for roughly 34 percent of SBU’s scoring and shoot efficiently from three, something visiting teams have been able to hurt the Orange with recently. If SU can contain those guards, continue to make its free throws as it did against Buffalo and use its offensive rebounding as a strong suit against a Bonnies team that can go with a smaller five at times, it should be in a position to win.Stat to know: ZeroIn 10 tries, St. Bonaventure has never won a game in the Dome.Kenpom odds: Kenpom gives Syracuse a 68 percent chance to win Friday night. For comparison, SU had an 83 percent chance to beat Buffalo on Tuesday.Player to watch: Jaylen Adams, Guard, No. 3Adams, maybe the best player in the A-10, is likely still settling into his senior season after missing the Bonnies first six games, but he is the team’s most dangerous offensive threat. Averaging 20.6 points and 6.5 assists per game (good for sixth-best in the country) as a junior landed him on the Bob Cousy Award watch list before this season. The award goes to the nation’s best point guard.Not that St. Bonaventure is as good as Kansas, because it isn’t, but don’t be surprised if Adams and Mobley team up to torment SU’s zone with the lite version of what the Jayhawks’ Devonte’ Graham and Lagerald Vick did to it earlier this month. Comments Published on December 22, 2017 at 9:54 am Contact: [email protected] | @jtbloss Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Start2Pay launches betting and gaming payout service

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon DATA.BET’s Tetyana Pshevlotska: Gearing up for ICE’s largest esports tournament February 3, 2020 The GG.BET ICE Challenge 2020 – in numbers February 14, 2020 GG.Bet scores ESL Counter-Strike & Dota 2 global partnerships July 15, 2020 Share Submit Share Specialist global payment provider Start2Pay has strengthened its product portfolio after launching a bespoke suite of payout products for betting and gaming.The new products, which will officially be launched at ICE London next week, have been designed to simplify payout processes, accelerate payment speed and extend the range of payout options available to operators.Start2Pay’s suite enables deposits and cash-outs via local card payments and bank transfers, cash terminals, electronic wallets and alternative payment methods.Commenting on its betting and gaming launch, Ross Borg, Business Development Manager at Start2Pay said: “Our vast experience across multiple payment verticals allows us to deliver the betting industry’s most comprehensive, full-service suite of payment solutions – all designed to solve the complex challenges faced by global operators.“With fully bespoke payout limits for each payment system used, as well as API-based delivery and full control over your transactional data, we’re delighted to be bringing our expertise into betting and gaming, ensuring our partners are ready to enter any new market in line with local payment infrastructure.”Offering the ability to facilitate instant one-click payments with automatic regulatory approval, the payment provider’s suite of services are specifically designed to provide partners with the toolkit to ensure seamless payments services for over 100 localised global payment systems.Fully certified by The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), Start2Pay’s bespoke payments services are already in use by casino affiliate program V.Partners, as well as GG.Bet.Endorsing Start2Pay’s services, Phin Smith, GG.Bet CEO added: “One of the greatest challenges we faced during our rapid growth over the past few years has been the payout process across multiple markets and varying tech infrastructure.“Integrating Start2Pay’s payout service into our operations has worked absolute wonders for us across our customer and partner networks – with their support and market-leading services, we’re able to channel our resources back into building our brand, safe in the knowledge they’ve got us covered in every market we operate in.”last_img read more

Damir Džumhur against Podlipnik-Castillo Tonight in the Quest for Top 70

first_imgIn the first round of the Challenger in Lima, the best BH tennis player Damir Džumhur is to measure strengths with Hans Podlipnik-Castillo.Džumhur, who was set as the first holder of the tournament in the capital of Peru, should go out onto the central court against the Chilean tennis player (171st on the ATP list) tonight around 7:30 p.m., after the matches  Dutra Silva – Belotti (starting from 4:30 p.m.) and Saez – Pella finish.The best tennis player, who is on the 80th position on the latest ATP list, has a chance to come close to TOP 70 by winning the tournament, if several results of other tennis players turn out in his favor.Džumhur needs an early elimination of five tennis players: Dušan Lajović and Ernests Gulbis in Basel, Marcel Granollers and Nicolas Almagro in Valencia, and Paolo Lorenzi in Monterey.The best placement that Džumhur might achieve on the newest ATP list is 67th position if, in addition to winning in Lima and early elimination of the five aforementioned players, Denis Cudla fails in Basel.(Source: klix.ba/ photo novi)last_img read more

IRS cut doesn’t scare celeb gift recipients

first_imgIn other words, all those freebies are taxable. If it’s worth more than a bouquet of flowers, it belongs on your tax return. As a result of the IRS effort, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced in August that it would end its longtime tradition of thanking superstar Oscar presenters with plush booty baskets (reportedly worth nearly $100,000) and pay taxes on gift bags already given. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association followed, stopping its goody-bag giveaway with last year’s Golden Globes. But fear not, swag-seeking stars. The fountain of freebies is far from dry. Businesses large and small can’t wait to give their products to celebrities, who can turn an unknown item into a must-have with the quick click of a paparazzo’s camera. Companies clamor for inclusion in gift bags and gift suites, often paying a fee to be featured. Whether it’s an awards show, film festival or other entertainment event, where there are stars there are gift suites – typically hotel rooms transformed into shopping centers where almost everything is free. Show-sponsored suites are a way to entice presenters and performers to come to rehearsals and thank them for participating. Other gift rooms are just to thank the stars for being stars and get products into their hands. There was one official gift lounge attached to this year’s Golden Globes – and seven unofficial ones. Last month’s Sundance Film Festival had no official gifting spots, yet photos of stars and their swag filled the pages of People and Us Weekly magazines. Despite the much-publicized IRS crackdown on celebrity freebies, the swag-tastic star treatment hasn’t slowed a bit. Just look at the gift-strewn lead-up to Sunday’s Grammy Awards: there’s the Grammy Style Studio, where nominees select designer duds to wear to the show; the backstage Talent Lounge, which invites stars to pick from a selection that includes Gibson guitars and Gucci sunglasses; and the Grammy gift bag, packed with cosmetics, clothing, concert tickets and gift certificates galore. Spawned by the increasing visibility and unceasing popularity of celebrity gifting, the Internal Revenue Service launched an outreach program last year to remind stars that, in Uncle Sam’s eyes, swag counts as taxable income. “There’s been a great emergence of gifting and gifting suites, and fairly extravagant values associated with the gift bags and gift boxes,” said IRS spokeswoman Beth Tucker. “We’re reminding folks about the taxability of the gift bags, the gift suites, the swag.” “None of our events are official,” said Lorena Bendinskas, co-founder of The Silver Spoon Entertainment Marketing, which sponsors gifting “buffets” around awards shows throughout the year. Celebrities don’t even have to leave home to gather the goods. Many manufacturers send their wares straight to stars, Bendinskas says: “For celebrities, every company wants to personally gift them with something. It’s a birthday gift, so hopefully they won’t be taxed on that.” They probably will, says Tucker of the IRS. Almost any corporate gift for the famous is taxable. “Taxability is driven by intent,” Tucker said. “With entertainment-related gifting, it’s typically given for an appearance or some other participation” with the company or event, not out of unfettered affection and admiration. Lash Fary, founder of entertainment marketing firm Distinctive Assets, says the IRS initiative hasn’t had an impact on the number of celebrities accepting gifts nor the number of companies offering them. “The individuals we serve in the gifting world don’t really live their lives based on tax implications,” he said. “If it costs a few extra dollars at the end of the year when they’re already paying millions in taxes, it’s not a big concern.” Fary’s firm, which is producing the Grammy gift lounge and gift bag, includes tax paperwork with its freebies, he says. His company, he estimates, “easily gives out at least $100 million in gifts” each year. “We’re busier than we’ve ever been,” he said. “As long as celebrities continue to grace the covers of magazines, people will continue to want to align their products with them.” The payoff for companies is practically instantaneous. As soon as a product shows up in a celebrity photo, the phones start ringing, says Harris Theophanous, spokesman for Brown Shoe, which comprises various brands, including Dr. Scholls and Via Spiga. “If we get a placement in Us Weekly or In Touch, that’s a free placement without us paying for an ad,” he said. “With these gifting suites, it’s a great return for what we invest.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Antonio Brown calls out on Twitter for newer version of his preferred helmet

first_imgWe had to know this was coming.Monday afternoon, an arbiter ruled Raiders receiver Antonio Brown could not wear his Schutt Air Advantage helmet on the field because it was more than 10 years old and could not be certified safe.Tuesday morning, Brown posted on Twitter asking if any of his followers has the same model of helmet manufactured within the last 10 years (he wears an adult large, by the way).”I’m looking for a Schutt Air Advantage Adult Large Helmet that was manufactured in 2010 …last_img

Evolutionists Answer ‘Why’ Questions With ‘Stuff Happens’

first_imgWhy do ants walk single file?  Why are goldfish gold?  Why do worms come up on the sidewalk in the rain?  Exasperated parents sometimes answer the incessant questions of their young children with “It’s just the way things are!”  Presumably science does a better job of explanation, but one might wonder if the following evolutionary explanations improve on the exasperated parent response.Diatom distribution:  A paper in Science last week tried to explain the distribution of diatom species in the ocean.1  They found no evolutionary pattern of certain species inhabiting certain oceans but not others.  Perhaps mixing of ocean waters swamps the expected evolutionary radiation or environmental selection.  “To the extent that marine diatoms are a model microbial taxonomic group,” they said, “our results imply that the biodiversity and macroevolutionary patterns at the microbial level fundamentally differ from those of macroscopic animals and plants, negating the idea that all living things follow similar ecological and evolutionary rules.”  Apparently evolutionary laws are not disconfirmed by opposite outcomes.Autumn leaves:  “Why fall colors are different in U.S. and Europe” is the title of an article in Live Science.  European deciduous trees lack the rich reds of the Americas.  Why is that?  Once upon a time, 35 million years ago, “large areas of the globe were covered with evergreen jungles or forests composed of tropical trees,” but then “many tree species evolved to become deciduous, dropping their leaves for winter.”  The article did not say whether the spirits of the trees convened to work out this strategy.But then, pesky insects must have made the trees get the itch for protection: “Many of these trees also began an evolutionary process of producing red deciduous leaves in order to ward off insects.”  How the trees strategized to initiate the evolutionary process was not explained.  Nevertheless, this set off an evolutionary arms race as species migrated north and south.  In Europe, though, the mountains got in the way.  The red trees and their insects died from exposure to ice age temperatures – except for “the exception that proves the rule,” dwarf shrubs that still retain their red autumn leaves.  They survived because they (and their insect pests) were able to live through winter under the snow.  At least according to reporter Andrea Thompson, that’s how “the thinking goes.”Mister T Junior:  A small version of T. rex has been discovered in China.  It has the big head and puny arms of its famous star of stage and screen, but was only about 100th the body weight – about the size of a man.  A boxer might have a fighting chance against one of these.  He could pound the jaws of Raptorex left and right without fear, because the monster would not have the reach to grab him.  The short arms are an evolutionary puzzle, though.  National Geographic said, “The find runs counter to previous theories, which had said that T. rex’s stumpy arms were a relatively recent evolutionary development.  As tyrannosaurs got larger, their arms simply didn’t scale up fast enough, and the limbs eventually became small in relation to the dinosaurs’ oversized bodies, the older theories say.”  So much for that idea.  Here’s how the article displayed the flexibility of evolutionary explanations:Study leader [Paul] Sereno [U of Chicago] noted that it can be hard for people to appreciate the trade-offs that evolution inevitably entails.“It would seem to a human that forelimbs are so useful, that only when you got to the size of a tyrannosaur and you could frighten everybody with a growl could you get rid of [forearms],” he said.“But this common sense type of thinking almost never works with evolution,” Sereno said.  In the tyrannosaurs, for instance, “long, heavy forelimbs are a significant burden and would seriously curtail agility in the hunt.”Sereno did not explain if this means evolution should have produced short arms in all predators.  If this early tyrannosaurid had short arms, why did other subsequent tyrannosaurs have longer arms before T. rex showed up?  Perhaps that question falls into the trap of “common sense type of thinking.”  We’re not supposed to use that with evolution, Sereno said.  Live Science was confident, regardless, that “The new finding … suggests a T. rex blueprint for taking down prey evolved, and was successful, in the pint-size, well before the giant tyrannosaurs emerged.”Flamingo stance:  Here’s a question a young child would ask at a zoo: why do the flamingos stand on one leg?  Live Science tackled that with a smorgasbord of possibilities: keeping body temperature stable, avoiding parasites, preventing muscle fatigue.  Whatever the reason, “more research needs to be done….”Australian egg-layers:  Live Science tried to explain why egg-laying mammals called monotremes are found in Australia but not elsewhere.  The explanation for the evolution of the platypus and echidna includes numerous escape hatches: some of their ancestors became aquatic, or semi-aquatic, or terrestrial, or evolved between these habits; maybe they diverged a long time ago, or maybe recently; some stayed the same but some evolved rapidly; etc.  But we don’t know because the fossil record of these enigmatic creatures is poor.  Somehow, Charles Q. Choi found evolutionary confidence in all this puzzling.  “These oddballs are often considered primitive ‘living fossils’ that shed light on what our distant ancestors might have looked like.”Horny females:  If the male animals have horns for fighting other males over females, why do some female animals have horns?  New Scientist says this old evolutionary chestnut has been “solved.”  Two evolutionists plugged a bunch of variables into a computer (body size, openness of habitat, territorial behaviour, group size or conspicuousness) and ran a mathematical model.  Conspicuousness is the predictor of female horns, they concluded.  Another evolutionist said they forgot to consider competition for food.  That suggests that other variables might have also been neglected – or combinations of variables, or none of the above.Naked apes:  Why are humans naked?  Most mammals are covered in fur (exceptions include naked mole rats, hippos and elephants, but they are not close evolutionary kin).  Elaine Morgan tried to give an evolutionary explanation in New Scientist (caution: nude photo).  Since Darwin, the explanation for human nakedness has been controversial, she began.  Darwin’s idea that men selected for hairless females has not stood the test of time.  “Of all the thousands of mammal species, it is hard to believe that the males of just one species would develop an arbitrary preference for balder-bodied females, or that in just one species of primate it was the male’s preference that decided the issue.” she said.  “If a man of Darwin’s genius could not have come up a more [sic] convincing solution than that, some key factor must have been missing from the narrative.”So have evolutionists since Darwin improved on the explanation?  (Scientific explanations that are too flexible or convoluted amount to “stuff happens” – the failure of explanation.)  One explanation that held sway for decades was Raymond Dart’s 1924 theory that when our ape ancestors came out of the trees to hunt in the savannah, they shed their hair to prevent overheating.  “For most of the past century it was assumed that the problem had been solved,” Morgan remarked.  Well, then, why haven’t lions, cheetahs and other savannah predators followed that rule?  Russell Newman debunked Dart’s theory in 1970 by arguing humans would never have evolved in the savannah with their traits of too little hair, too much sweat and their need to drink too much water.  Now most evolutionists picture man evolving in a forest or woodland environment.Stephen Jay Gould suggested nakedness was a tradeoff for evolving a bigger brain.  Others suggested skin afforded better protection against ticks (but then, again, why didn’t other mammals use this strategy?).  Alister Hardy suggested humans got naked when they adapted to swimming – the “aquatic ape” (or skinnydipping) theory.  No one explanation has gained acceptance among evolutionary anthropologists.  Morgan said the focus has shifted away from why humans are naked to when they lost their hair.  Recent thinking says nakedness coincided with walking upright.  This, however, skirts the question of why those two traits would be correlated.  She concluded that Hardy’s aquatic ape theory remains the best contender (or the last one standing) so far, but not by much.Morgan ended her article with a statement that could apply to all the above.  “Only one thing is certain: the question is not going to go away,” she ended.  “Any scenario which fails to tie up this loose end will continue to be less than satisfying.  It will always be haunted by the suspicion that something in the story of our emergence is still missing.”1.  Cermeno and Falkowski, “Controls on Diatom Biogeography in the Ocean,” Science, 18 September 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5947, pp. 1539-1541, DOI: 10.1126/science.1174159.Does anyone still doubt that evolutionary biology is a giant storytelling contest?  You thought science was all about discovering the laws of nature, making predictions and understanding the world.  Evolution accomplishes none of these things.  The only “law” discovered by Darwin’s disciples is the Stuff Happens law (09/15/2008).  They like it that way, because it keeps their quest for a good “scenario” (i.e., story) open-ended.  Only their dupes would consider this scientific progress.Humans have been studying the natural world for thousands of years before Darwin came along.  Greeks and Romans had catalogs, and so did medieval scholars.  Most naturalists (meaning observers of the natural world) agreed that the form and complexity of animals and plants showcased design.  Linnaeus, the father of taxonomy, was a creationist, and so was John Ray.  Sure, the early naturalists made mistakes, but guess what – so do we!  Modern naturalists have many advantages: better observational tools, more extensive collections, more observers, genomes, photographs, fossils, specimens, microscopes and state-of-the-art analysis.  None of this requires Darwin’s “one long argument” (translation: one grand myth) of common ancestry by means of unguided variation.  If anything, it is a rogue spirit of divination possessing the soul of science, clouding its vision with images of magical emergence.  Faith in the natural world’s Designer will cast out its demons and let science once again become clothed and in its right mind.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The treasures of Afrika House

first_imgKingsley Holgate – aka “the grey beard”– and Watson share a moment in front ofthe giant map of Africa in his home. Kingsley with Abu from Abidjan. The voodoo relic that keeps Kingsley safefrom theft during his travels throughAfrica. All it needs to do its job is acigarette and a drop of water once a year. The Dogon granary door Kingsley foundwhile taking his father-in-law George toTimbuktu – in a peanut-butter bottle. The replica of Kingsley’s dhow Anima.(Images: Kathryn Fourie)Kathryn FourieIt’s a steaming bright blue February morning on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The little beachside town of Zinkwazi is pulsing with heat as I stand under a milkwood tree being barked at by a giant dog.“Aaaibo, thula umsindo Watson!” The woman sweeping leaves in the yard is clearly annoyed by Watson’s incessant barking, and shushes him with a practised swipe of the broom.I’ve disturbed the peace at Kingsley Holgate’s Afrika House by ringing the bell, and my penance is to be attacked by mosquitoes. I swat at my ankles with a notebook and, with it thoroughly covered in blood and bits of broken insect limbs, am shown through the varnished wooden gate decorated with intricate carvings into the Swahili-style house.Walking through Kingsley’s home is a sensory overload. I can hear the deep voice of the grey beard, as he is fondly known, chuckling down a telephone line somewhere in the cool depths of the house.I have three dogs bouncing around my ankles, two parrots speaking rapidly in squawks and hallos, and my eyes are taking in countless carvings, masks, weaponry, plants, pots, stars, beads, cloth and endless bits and bobs neatly arranged from wall to wall. Even the air in here seems to have been sucked in from a secret spiced continent.Kingsley and his wife Gill – nicknamed Mashozi, or “she who wears shorts” – are a well-known couple, famed for their madcap family adventures through Africa and indeed across the world. With a purposeful humanitarian objective and a distinct distaste for living inside the realms of normality, the Holgates have been just about everywhere.Kingsley was born in 1946 in Durban, and primed for adventure from an early age, snacking on the tales of David Livingstone read to him by his father. Used to life in the bush from his family’s missionary work, on finishing school he backpacked all over the world in a special effort to grow his beard.At age 23 he managed to procure the attention of one Gill Adams, who came back to Africa with him. And so their mutual adventure of a lifetime began.Humanitarian adventureKingsley and Mashozi have completed many formal expeditions throughout Africa to implement their aid programmes, such as One Net One Life, which involves distributing hundreds of thousands of mosquito nets to mothers and babies across malaria-infected areas.They also have the Right to Sight programme, which supplies glasses to people who battle with their eyesight, thereby ensuring they can keep working to earn an income. Then they have the Teaching on the Edge programme, which takes mobile libraries and classrooms to some of the most remote spots imaginable.All these projects are to be carried over into their 2009 Boundless Southern Africa Expedition, kicking off in May.From circumnavigating the world along the Tropic of Capricorn, to sailing on Land Yachts across the Makgadikgadi salt pans in central Botswana, the Holgates have set foot in some weird and wonderful places, and tend to bring equally weird and wonderful things back to their homestead.It’s not surprising that a sign outside the main entrance has the following inscription: “Afrika House – A Fusion of the Cultures of the East Coast, Karibu”. Karibu is the Swahili for “welcome”.The Coast of TrinketsAt the base of the staircase that leads up to the Captain’s Bar and incredible views of the ocean sits a gorgeous wooden ape named Abu. He reposes next to a parrot cage, and listens patiently to everything his feathered friend has to say, with one finger in his mouth and a fez on his head. How did he come to live in Zinkwazi?In 2007 the Outside Edge expedition left South Africa, and the crew made their way up through the graceful curve of West Africa. Leaving the gold coast behind them, they entered Côte d’Ivoire, the shoreline of which is sometimes referred to as the “The Coast of Trinkets”.Travelling through Abidjan, Mashozi, an arts and crafts enthusiast, spied a market not to be missed. The crew pulled over to examine the carvings, fabrics, drums and grim-looking swords, but it was the enigmatic Abu that caught Mashozi’s eye.Kingsley wasn’t thrilled at the thought of dragging an ape that weighs as much as small elephant all the way round Africa, and said as much, firmly planting his rather large foot on the ground. Even when the seller dropped his price, Kingsley stood firm.But never underestimate the power of a woman with a passion for purchase. Back on the road, Kingsley was told via radio to look under the blanket in the back of the Land Rover, an early birthday gift from his son Ross and daughter-in-law Anna. Abu the Ape from Abidjan with his finger carved into his mouth for eternity had just scored a ride on the trip of a lifetime.Special medicineAfrican culture is fascinating, and more so because of the way it varies through every turn in a valley and hop over a river. Belief in ancestry and spirituality is everywhere, and in some countries voodoo sits highly among the most powerful of these beliefs.The Outside Edge Expedition reached Lomo, the capital city of Togo, which is famed for the gigantic Akodésséwa voodoo market. The smell of incense punctuated by decaying animal flesh is further heightened by piles of dried heads of every conceivable animal, and people come from as far as Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana and Nigeria to get their hands on the potent traditional medicine.Kingsley was on a mission for a specific kind of medicine, for protection against theft. In remote areas of Africa, with many days of travel ahead, losing even one piece of vital equipment to sticky fingers is not an option. The voodoo vendor offered him a clay fetish in an empty tortoise shell.The instructions were to chant his name three times – “Kingsley, Kingsley, Kingsley” – over the chaotic noise of the market. Three drops of water a year through the hole in its head and one annual cigarette placed in its mouth would keep it happy enough to protect it Kingsley’s goods.The fetish did its part glued to the dashboard of the Land Rover, and now sits comfortably propped between wooden carvings right at the opposite end of the continent it was created on.Kingsley had told me he had limited time that morning for my interview, but two hours later it was obvious that he was enjoying the show and tell as much as I was.Not one to talk about himself, Kingsley is the ultimate spokesperson for the talent that created the pieces that fill his home. It would take a month to hear the tale behind each gnarled piece of metal; or each intricate Mkondi figure from the Rovuma River, with hands clasping angel wings so rarely seen in African art.Taking George to TimbuktuAt the top of the staircase, next to the giant map of Africa, a beautiful Dogon granary door hangs on the wall.“Ah, yes, that is the door we collected in Mali,” Kingsley says, “when we took George to Timbuktu in a peanut-butter jar.”Of course, how else would one transport ones father-in-law through Africa?Mashozi’s father, George, loved the continent and had always wanted to visit Timbuktu, but never made it there during his days on earth. So, in the spirit of one last adventure, George was packed in a screw-top jar – and everyone was instructed to double-check any powder they used in cooking before they tossed it into the mix, lest George become an additional source of protein.An inland trek of 1000 kilometres from the coast of Mali to Timbuktu led the expedition past the Dogon. These are an ancient people that have carved their homes into the sandstone cliffs of the Bandiagara escarpment, and who are particularly magical, with animism as the focal point of their religion. Leaving the Dogon, George was finally scattered into the Niger River at Timbuktu with the words safari njema, “have a good journey”.Kingsley’s largest artefact is actually in thousands of pieces, packed into storage. Each piece of the massive and ancient dhow has been digitally photographed and marked, ready for reconstruction, a Grindrod Limited initiative to rebuild her as a piece of Swahili maritime culture. When that will be, not even Kingsley knows.“One day, some day,” he says, tugging his beard. “But she was a beauty.”I’m trying to work out where on earth 35 metric tons of Swahili sailing dhow would fit on the property. Perhaps on the roof, next to the pirate flag?Humanism and piracyAmina, the Spirit of Adventure, was the boat that Kingsley and his crew used in the African Rainbow Expedition, sailing with the trade winds all the way to the Somali border. An exact replica sits on a low table outside Kingsley’s Adventure Planning Room (something I have decided everyone should have).As we stand around the model surrounded by tattered maps, reference books and old leather-bound journals, Kingsley tells me a bit about the Amina and his year on board.“She was handcrafted on Chole Island, just south off Mafia, a beautiful island of the Tanzanian coast.“Carrying 10 tons of life-saving mosquito nets, it was a great humanist turnabout – it was dhows such as these that raped Africa, carrying off cargoes of slaves and ivory. And now we were using one to save lives instead.”The story of barefoot days on the creaking wooden deck and sleeping under the stars at night is cut short when Kingsley bounds out the door with a yell.“Watson! Come here now!” The monstrous 7-month-old hip-high hound sheepishly returns, and Kingsley tells me the dog has a taste for Mashozi’s geese … having to explain a mass of feathers when she returns would not have been fun.“Yes, well, it wasn’t easy, that trip,” he continues. “One of our crew, Bruce Leslie, was stabbed in the neck by a pirate, and had to be evacuated. We carried on sailing, but closer to Somalia we had a mutiny as the crew were too scared to continue because of the violent piracy.“So we hired our own little militia, with automatic weapons, and made it safely to the border.” Kingsley must be one of the few people who can fly a pirate flag on his roof with any authority.Just before it’s time to leave, we are up in the Captain’s Bar. Kingsley points to a life-size carving of a weather-beaten man, and tells me you can actually smell his bad breath! Amazed, I immediately lean over with my nostrils flared and inhale.A deep chortle rumbles out behind me. “Just kidding! Life’s a great adventure isn’t it?” I’ve been had by one of the greatest of life’s adventurers, and I don’t mind one bit.Many thanks to Kingsley and Mashozi for allowing me to visit their home, something not many people are privy to. Ngiya bonga kakhulu.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesAdventurer spreads his nets wide Rollsing from Cape to Cairo Nando’s blazes into the US Saving priceless African history Tracking elephants across Africa Useful linksKingsley HolgateKingsley Holgate Foundationlast_img read more