The Orlando Magic enter Thursday’s matchup against the Warriors having lost two of their last three games. But, with playoffs aspirations, Orlando could be a tough opponent for the champs, who will be playing on the second night of a back to back.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/Where: Amway Center, 4 p.m. (NBCSBA)Magic projected starters: Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac, Nikola Vucevic, D.J. Augustin, Evan Fournier Magic Stock Report: The Magic have been one …
CEO of SANParks, Dr David Mabunda congratulates the 49 new field rangers of the Kruger National Park. (Image: SANParks) Volkswagen has sponsored six of their Amarok bakkies to the Rhino Protection Initiative. (Image: Volkswagen) The canine unit will use specially trained foxhounds, equipped with GPS tracking devices on their collars, to help locate suspected poachers on the grounds of the park. (Image: SANParks) RELATED ARTICLES • Taking the plunge for our rhinos • Special anti-poaching weapon for S A • Musos pitch in to save rhinos • Rhinos to get revenge on poachersCadine PillayThe first group of 150 new game rangers promised to the Kruger National Park (KNP) by the minister of environmental affairs, Edna Molewa, earlier this year to boost efforts against rhino poaching has been deployed.The rangers are coming in at a critical time as South Africa continues to pay a high price with the senseless killings of the country’s rhino population, said South African National Parks (SANParks) CEO Dr David Mabunda. Since the start of 2012, 281 rhinos have been killed by poachers in the country, 164 of these in the KNP.Speaking at a special function on 31 July, Mabunda talked about the readiness of the 49 graduates of the anti-poaching programme, as well as a R5-million (US $600,400)sponsorship from the Unitrans Automotive, Volkswagen and Audi divisions to help the park with this and other future efforts in the fight against poaching.“The new rangers will adopt a multi-disciplinary approach, and draw skills and expertise from various law enforcement agencies currently deployed in the fight against poaching.”According to Mabunda, the improved incomes of average citizens in Asian countries have pushed the demand for rhino horn to higher levels than before. More and more people can now afford illegal horn, which is desired because of an unfortunate superstition that attributes healing properties to rhino horn, despite modern scientific evidence to the contrary.“We need to close down the syndicates that are enticing poorer members of society to engage in criminal activities, recruiting them to the front line of these evil operations,” he said.Corporates wage war on poachersWith help from the corporate sector, and the support received from the SANParks Honorary Rangers – a group of volunteers committed to conservation in support of the body – SANParks is acquiring some of the much needed equipment to effectively take the war to the poachers.“This is an indication that South Africa has realised that the fight against poaching will not only be defeated through the work of law enforcement agencies alone, but through a unified front, “said Mabunda.He further acknowledged the help his organisation is receiving from the government, in the form of members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the military, to patrol the 450km-long national border on the park’s eastern boundary. On the other side of the border is Mozambique.The new rangers took part in a special parade, which was inspected by a delegation including several of SANParks’s top rangers and managers, as well as high ranking officials of the SAPS and the military’s border patrol units.Setting dogs on poachersAs part of the sponsorship, Unitrans will make two Amarok 4×4 utility trucks available for the rangers, with one of these going to a canine unit that will soon be established.The canine unit will use specially trained foxhounds, equipped with GPS tracking devices on their collars, to help locate suspected poachers on the grounds of the park. When a positive signal is picked up from the dogs, a helicopter unit will move in on the suspects and once they are cornered, arrests can then be made.Another innovative tool is a DNA database in which information collected from the rhino horn will be stored. When a poached rhino carcass is found, the details of that rhino’s DNA are entered into the database. The database is used to match horns seized at border posts and in raids with the information on record, thereby positively connecting individuals to poaching activities and providing evidence for arrests and convictions.It is hoped that this method will help authorities narrow down the key areas where the illegal trade is rife and make it easier to bring those responsible to book. “We must let the poachers know that we will seek them out, we will find them and they will be dealt with accordingly. This is a war that we plan on winning,” Mabunda warned.CEO of SANParks, Dr David Mabunda congratulates the 49 new field rangers of the Kruger National Park.
Ein GIGAntisches Geocaching-Erlebnis – “Mia san Giga” 2014Am 15. August 2014 fand das weltweit erste Geocaching Giga-Event statt. Annie, Andrea, Raine und Annika machten sich aus dem Geocaching Hauptquartier in Seattle auf in die bayerische Hauptstadt München, um diesem historischen Moment beizuwohnen (und eine Mordsgaudi zu haben). Dies ist Annikas Erfahrungsbericht vom Giga-Event in München.Mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Tintenklexx.Stay tuned for the trip report in English! SharePrint RelatedEin Blick hinter die Kulissen von Mega- und Giga-EventsAugust 27, 2019In “Deutsch”Geocacher schreiben Geschichte beim Geowoodstock 2018June 29, 2018In “Deutsch”Liebst Du Geocaching? Da bist Du nicht alleine!January 30, 2017In “Deutsch” “Mia san GIGA” war der Schlachtruf des ersten Geocaching Giga-Events der Welt in München. Um sich für das Giga-Icon zu qualifizieren musste für dieses Event eine Besucherzahl von mindestens 5000 Geocachern nachgewiesen werden. Mit über 8000 Besuchern, die sich am 15. August im Olympiastadion in München einfanden, wurde diese Vorraussetzung beinahe doppelt erfüllt. Auch die Münchner Geocache-Besitzer bekamen davon etwas zu spüren. Zur gleichen Zeit im Vorjahr wurden für Geocaches in München und Umgebung ca. 3500 Geocache-Logs geschrieben. Dieses Jahr waren es beinahe 74.000 (das sind mehr als 2000% zusätzliche Logs).Die Giga-Organisatoren richteten darüber hinaus zwei weitere Events am 14. und am 16. August aus, die mit jeweils mehr als 1000 Besuchern selbst schon “mega”-groß waren.Beim zünftigen Ochsenessen-Event am Freitagabend wurde ein ganzes Rind am Spieß gegrillt. “Franzl”, so der Name des Rindes, war zart und die Beilagen und das frisch gezapfte Bier köstlich. Nachdem der Hunger gestillt war, wurde es sehr gesellig und wir hatten Zeit uns mit einigen altbekannten und vielen neuen Freunden aus aller Welt zu unterhalten. Neben interessanten Gesprächen, durften wir einige tolle Geocoins und sogar trackable Fingernagelschmuck bewundern.Am nächsten Tag wurde es etwas gewaltiger. Das Olympiastadion war der Hauptveranstaltungsort für das Giga-Event. Hier teilte sich unser Team aus dem Geocaching HQ mit Reviewern aus ganz Deutschland einen Info-Stand. Wir hatten die einmalige Chance tausenden Geocachern kennenzulernen, darunter Geocaching-Teams aus England, Schweden, Norwegen, Bulgarien, der Türkei und vielen anderen Ländern. Über unseren Köpfen flogen derweil vor Freude jauchzende Geocacher in 35 m Höhe an einer Zipleine durch das Stadion.Für weniger abenteuerlustige konnte im Olympiastadion bei verschiedenen Händlern von Geocaching-Socken bis hin zu Geocoins erworben werden, was das Geocacher-Herz begehrte. An mehreren Essenständen und im Biergarten konnte man sich stärken und für den Geocaching-Nachwuchs war auf dem Olympiaberg ein eigenes Zelt aufgebaut, in dem später sogar einen Zaubershow zu sehen war.Das erwachsene Kind wurde im Olympiastadion zudem mit Spielen wie dem “Masskruag stemma” (hier musste man einen mit Wasser gefüllten Masskrug möglichst lange mit ausgestrecktem Arm halten) oder “Kua melkn” (die Kuh war sehr geduldig :)). Es war so eine Gaudi, dass sogar Sonnenkönig Ludwig und Kaiserin Sissi sich das tolle Event nicht entgehen ließen.Wem das noch nicht genug war, der konnte sich mit dem Finden der 30 Lab-Caches vergnügen, durch welche man an die interessantesten Orte Münchens geführt wurde.Am Sonntag fand das aufregende Wochenende einen schönen Ausklang beim Frühstücksevent im festlichen Saal des berühmten Münchner Hofbräuhauses. Mit einem letzten Maß und Weißwürsteln ließen wir die schönen Erlebnisse noch einmal auf uns wirken und konnten noch ein paar interessante Gespräche führen.Unser Fazit: Das weltweit erste GIGA-Event war ein rundum gelungenes Fest bei dem die gesellige und freundliche Natur der Geocacher aus aller Welt das Erlebnis abrundete. Danke an alle, mit denen ich das Glück hatte ein schönes Gespräch führen zu dürfen und vielen Dank an die Orga und alle freiwilligen Helfer für den reibungslosen Ablauf. Wir kommen gerne wieder!Share with your Friends:More
At least 46 people were killed when a Uttarakhand based private bus fell into the Tons river in Boldhar, about 15 km from Nerwa sub division of Chopal in Shimla district on Wednesday.The bus was coming to Tyuni in Chopal from Vikasnagar in Uttarakhand.There was just one survivor, the conductor of the bus who had jumped midway and saved his life.Most of the passengers belonged to Chopal tehsil of Himachal Pradesh. About 44 bodies have been fished out by the evening while the Police fear some bodies might have been washed away.Rescue teams, including doctors, paramedics, police and fire brigade staff were sent from Nerwa and Chopal. Rescue teams and disaster management personnel also came from Uttarakhand.Himachal Transport Minister G.S. Bali announced a financial assistance of Rs. 50,000 each to the family of the deceased. He also ordered to constitute a committee headed by Regional Transport Officer, Shimla, to ascertain the cause of the accident. The committee has been asked to submit its report within seven days. Bad roads and careless driving are believed to be the main cause in majority of bus accidents in the hills.Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh also visited the accident site and assured all help to the victims and their families. He announced an immediate relief of Rs. one lakh to the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured. Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Dev Vrat expressed grief over the accident. State Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh who had left for Delhi to attend his case of money laundering before the ED officials has also sent his condolences. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoling the loss of lives, announced announced ex gratia of Rs two lakhs for the next of kin of those killed, and Rs 50,000 for seriously injured.
Mangulabnan, Mauricio out to pad bike leads After losing two vital cogs, Ateneo hopes it still has enough tools for a title run as the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference gets going Saturday.“Like any other team, our goal is to win the championship,” said new Ateneo team captain Bea De Leon. “We’ll just do our best every game.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Joining St. Benilde and Arellano in Group are University of the Philippines, Technological Institute of the Philippines, San Beda and Adamson.The top two teams in each group after the single-round eliminations will advance to the crossover Final Four. The finalists will battle in a best-of-three series. —JASMINE W. PAYOSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Regine Arocha, who saw action for the Power Smashers in the recent PVL Reinforced and Open Conferences, also hopes to beef up the Lady Chiefs’ bid along with Andrea Marzan, Anne Esguerra, Rhea Ramirez, Necole Ebuen and libero Faye Flores.Leading the Lady Blazers’ charge are Marites Pablo, Angela Enginco, Diane Ventura, Chelsie Umali, Ranya Musa and setter Pauline Cardiente.The tournament also serves as a collegiate preseason build up for the 12 women’s teams and 10 men’s squads.La Salle and St. Benilde open men’s action at 10 a.m., followed by the 1 p.m. match between University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas.Ateneo and JRU lead Group A that also includes National University, the winner of the last two collegiate V-League titles. San Sebastian, Lyceum and Far Eastern University round out the group.ADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion LATEST STORIES The Lady Eagles, who will play minus star setter Jia Morado and key spiker Michelle Morente, kick off their bid versus Jose Rizal University at 6:30 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Morado opted to forego her final playing year, while Morente also left Ateneo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingArellano and St. Benilde clash in the other women’s game featuring two NCAA champions at 4 p.m.Jovielyn Prado banners the Lady Chiefs, who bagged the NCAA crown last season after dethroning the Lady Blazers in the Final Four. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo
Kolkata: Metro Railway will be operating 16 trains lesser than usual on weekdays from Monday till December 21, due to the non-interlocking work at Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Metro Station. According to a communiqué of the Metro authorities, “On account of non-interlocking work at Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Metro Station, it has been decided to run 284 trains instead of 300 on weekdays, with effect from November 19 till December 21.” The task will be carried out in connection with remodelling work at Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Metro Station yard. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt has been stated that the Noapara Metro Station bound last train from Kavi Subhash Metro Station will start two minutes ahead of the regular timing, that is at 8.48 pm instead of 8.50 pm. The last train from Noapara Metro Station to Kavi Subhash Metro Station will start at 9.48 pm instead of 9.49 pm. The last train from Kavi Subhash Metro Station to Dum Dum Metro Station and from Dum Dum Metro Station to Kavi Subhash Metro Station will start at 9.54 pm instead of 9.55 pm. However, the service on Saturdays and Sundays will remain unchanged. With the information provided by the Metro authorities, the regular commuters of Metro will be able to plan their journey accordingly.