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Geometry, motion and mass balance of Dyer Plateau, Antarctica

first_imgGeodetic surveying and ground-based radar profiling were used to determine geometry and surface motion of the ice sheet on the Dyer Plateau, Antarctica, in the vicinity of an ice-core site on a local dome. Vertical strain measurements in the core hole constrain the depth profile of vertical velocity. These geophysical measurements are used to analyze the profiles of density and annual layer thickness measured on the ice core to estimate the current mass balance of the ice column and the past history of accumulation rate. Consideration of horizontal and vertical mass-flow divergence shows that the profiles of density and vertical velocity are not fully consistent with steady state. Mean density of the firn layer appears to be increasing, which leads to the deduction of a small rate of mass increase (≈ 0.02 m a− 1 ice-equivalent thickness). Over the last 200a there has been a gradual increase in accumulation rate from about 0.46 m a− 1 to 0.54 m a− 1 ice-equivalent thickness in recent time.last_img read more

May 9, 2021 0

Why Daycare Can Have a Negative Effect on Your Child

first_imgHuffPost Living 7 November 2013It’s not likely that Canadians will read Swedish psychiatrist David Eberhard’s new book about Swedish parenting. But the headline in the U.K. press says quite a lot: “Sweden’s liberal approach to raising children has bred a nation of ill-mannered brats.” Dr. Eberhard is asking Swedish parents to reclaim their parental role.In fact, the Swedish approach to raising children is not best described as “liberal.” Rather the Swedish approach is that the state has taken over raising children from parents through the state run daycare system — a phenomenon I have studied for several years as an educator and a writer.North Americans are presented with a vision of heavenly perfection in Swedish daycare but in reality, education outcomes are declining, teens are anxiety-ridden and misbehaving and the quality of parenting is suffering.Ninety-two percent of all 18 month to five year olds are in daycare in Sweden. Universality is a much admired principle and it’s true that this has been achieved.However, the outcomes are otherwise unremarkable, even negative, for psychological health, learning, maternal health and parenting.http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/jonas-himmelstrand-/effects-of-daycare_b_4220857.htmllast_img read more

September 27, 2020 0

Henson: Despite Taylor’s off night, UW finds way to advance

first_imgAfter carrying the Badgers – singlehandedly at times – throughout the season, Jordan Taylor struggled for almost the entire 40 minutes against Kansas State Saturday in the third round of the NCAA tournament.The junior point guard and first-team All Big Ten selection was a miserable 2-for-16 from the field. The Wildcats were intent on frustrating Taylor. He forced shots and never found any semblance of rhythm.And the Big Ten all-defensive team member struggled on that end as well, as KSU point guard Jacob Pullen poured in 38 points. Pullen had his way, connecting from distance and finding open looks in the lane with relative ease. In the highly anticipated matchup of point men, Taylor appeared overmatched.But with the Badgers leading 66-65, there were 10 seconds left for Taylor to make a positive impact.Somehow, UW stayed in the game and actually led by one with seconds remaining, despite Taylor’s ice-cold night.Anyone who has watched this Wisconsin team all year would have a hard time believing UW could hold a lead over KSU on a neutral floor with Taylor converting just two field goals.Taylor makes this team go. He’s the catalyst, the floor general, the Badgers’ go-to scorer.So with Taylor struggling, UW needed big-time contributions from the supporting cast to keep its season alive. Star forward Jon Leuer got his usual 19 points in another stellar outing, but UW needed the role players to raise their level to beat Pullen and the Wildcats.The script had been flipped.Taylor’s teammates needed to carry him.So they did.Everyone’s favorite punching bag – senior Tim Jarmusz – hit two threes and finished with eight points. He also chipped in three assists and had a critical steal late.The hot-and-cold freshman Josh Gasser played with confidence and a willingness to attack after scoring one point against Belmont. Gasser finished with 11 points and tied Leuer for a team-high seven rebounds to go along with two steals.And of course Mike Bruesewitz – the sophomore forward with the battered knee and trademark red hair – energized his teammates with an inspired effort. It was Bruesewitz who hit the biggest shot of the game, drilling an open three to give UW a 64-61 lead with 1:31 remaining.“Just go right down the line of guys stepping up and making key contributions,” Leuer told reporters after the game. “That’s what you need in March if you want to keep playing.”Those contributions allowed Wisconsin to grab that late lead, but moments later, with KSU now down 66-63, Taylor committed a shooting foul on Pullen and sent the Wildcats’ all-time leading scorer to the line for three free throws.That brings us back to those critical final 10 seconds. The moment where Taylor would shine. Pullen made 2-of-3 at the line. Taylor was immediately fouled with UW up by one.All the pressure was now firmly resting on the shoulders of the UW point guard. Taylor has thrived in that role all season, but this was an atypically poor outing for the junior. He’d only made two shots. Now, he needed to make two more at the stripe with Wisconsin’s tournament life hanging in balance.But Taylor is known for his ability to stay cool and collected as much as anything. He’s never too high, never too low. He’s able to keep his emotions and frustrations in check when he needs to.He comfortably nailed both free throws.Down three, Pullen tried to get off a potentially game-tying three with two seconds left, but this time Taylor had it covered.Taylor rose up and blocked Pullen’s attempt, effectively sealing the victory.Turns out 10 seconds was plenty of time for the Badgers’ leader to respond when it mattered most.And no matter the shooting struggles, that didn’t come as a surprise to head coach Bo Ryan.“He was having a rough night scoring, but he is a taskmaster of his own skills and his own abilities that he’s not going to throw the rest of it away simply because things have gotten away from him,” Ryan told reporters after the game. “Because he is that dedicated to being the leader on this team on the floor. He never wavered from that the whole time.”In a matchup of two highly skilled point guards, Pullen dominated the game with his 38 points.But Taylor got more help from his supporting cast, and with it, the Badgers’ floor general closed out a victory and left Tucson, Ariz., with a smile on his face. It’s Taylor’s team that’s still dancing.“He [Pullen] was the best player on the floor tonight,” Taylor told reporters after the game. “But we’re moving on and going to New Orleans. So that’s all that matters.”That couldn’t be more spot on.Max is a senior majoring in journalism. Shocked the Badgers pulled out a victory despite Taylor’s struggles? Pumped for the Sweet Sixteen? Let him know at [email protected]last_img read more

September 16, 2020 0

Liverpool, Chelsea clash in Super Cup as Frappart makes history

first_img– ‘Smart decision’ –Lampard himself played in two Super Cup defeats as a Chelsea player in the early part of this decade, and he knows how big a lift it would be for his side to come out on top in Turkey.A transfer ban has prevented him from strengthening over the summer and he has instead given a chance to youth, with Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount — aged 21 and 20 respectively — both hoping to keep their places after starting at the weekend.“I’ll pick the best team to win the game, regardless of age. Mason Mount deserved his chance on absolute merit as opposed to age,” Lampard said.“I will have no fears to play young players, it’s important at a club like Chelsea that we do that, but they need to deserve the chance.”N’Golo Kante is a fitness doubt after a summer plagued by problems, while Lampard admitted that neither Willian nor Antonio Rudiger is ready to start.Meanwhile, recent signing Adrian will be in goal for Liverpool in the absence of first-choice ‘keeper Alisson Becker, who is out with a calf injury.It will all be watched over by Frappart, the 35-year-old Frenchwoman who is no stranger to the spotlight, and her two assistants, compatriot Manuela Nicolosi and Ireland’s Michelle O’Neill.Frappart took charge of the women’s World Cup final last month and earlier this year she became the first woman to referee a men’s match in Ligue 1 in her home country. Little wonder she insisted that “nothing changes” for her in this game.“It’s great news, I’m very pleased to be a part of this moment in history which is very much due,” said Lampard.Klopp added: “I am happy that we can be part of a historic moment. It’s a very smart decision to have a woman referee a very, very important game.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: LiverpoolIstanbul, Turkey | AFP | Liverpool and Chelsea are eyeing some early-season silverware as the Premier League rivals meet in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday in what will be the first major men’s European encounter to be refereed by a woman, with France’s Stephanie Frappart taking charge.Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have a settled look and are hoping momentum will carry them through this campaign on the back of their victory in the Champions League final in June, a triumph which ended a seven-year trophy drought.In contrast, Chelsea have lost star man Eden Hazard since winning the Europa League and replaced the departed Maurizio Sarri with the relatively inexperienced Frank Lampard in the dugout.Lampard’s managerial career at the club he served with such distinction as a player began with a 4-0 humbling at the hands of Manchester United on Sunday.It is little wonder that Liverpool are favourites to win the Super Cup for the fourth time in Wednesday’s match, at the home of Besiktas on the European side of the Bosphorus, which kicks off at 1900 GMT.Their last victory in the one-off showpiece came in 2005, just after their stunning win over AC Milan to win the Champions League in Istanbul.– Lampard praised –“We won one competition last year, that’s all. This team is built for being successful and that is what we try to do. Tomorrow (Wednesday) night is another chance for us,” insisted Klopp.However, the German warned his team to be wary of a new-look Chelsea, whose performance against United was generally accepted to be far better than the final result suggested.“If people really think that Chelsea is not a real challenge then I can’t help these people,” Klopp said.“They are really strong and young and fresh, and everything is exciting in the moment because Frank is there, new, the club legend.“It will be really interesting, and for us it’s a really important game.”last_img read more

August 13, 2020 0

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Team B.C. Trio

first_imgThree players from the Kootenays played a big part in helping Team B.C. to a sixth-place finish at the recent 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax. From left, team captain Ella Matteucci, Aimee DiBella and Daley Oddy, past and present members of the Kootenay Wildcats, powered Team B.C. to its best finish in three years. Despite playing in the relegation round, Team B.C. was in every game, losing to Team Manitoba in shootout in the fifth/sixth game. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute the trio with Team of the Week honours. While DiBella and Oddy get ready for B.C. Hockey Female AAA League action this weekend, Matteucci is back in Saskatchewan to finish the season playing at Notre Dame Hockey Academy.last_img read more

August 3, 2020 0

Atom Leafs rally back to capture West Kootenay Minor Hockey Atom Championship

first_imgHowever, the weekend didn’t start off well for the Leafs losing 4-2 to the Wildcats. The loss represented the first setback of the season for the Leafs.But the Leafs were able to rebound in the next contest, dumping Trail 4-1.Sunday morning, Nelson continued the run, edging Spokane Chiefs 3-2 in a semi final thriller setting the stage for the rematch against the Cats.The team includes coaches Greg Andrusak (Head Coach), Sandy Boyd (Trainer), Shandy Mowery (Asst Coach), Pete Quinn (Asst Coach) and Lisa Quinn (Manager).The players are, Pax Arrowsmith, Ethan Bennett, Seamus Boyd, Kaleb Percival, Joe Davidson, Dylan Mowery, Matt Erickson, Bryce Sookro, Mason Scott, Andrew Brabender, Nolan Dergousoff, Callum Cutler, Noah Quinn, Amran Bhabra, Kelton Forte and Rhett Hamilton. Add another banner to the walls of the NDCC Arena.The Nelson Atom A Leafs shutout PW Wildcats 5-0 to capture the West Kootenay Minor Hockey Atom Championship Sunday in Fruitvale.last_img read more

August 3, 2020 0


first_imgFlavien Prat991012910%$559,156 Mike Smith8517191220%$2,070,931 Hector Palma2464125%$140,750 Victor Espinoza13826271919%$1,764,478 SHARED BELIEF A ‘ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME’ HORSEPERFECT DORTMUND EYES SANTA ANITA DERBYLOCAL FOURSOME NOMINATED TO HALL OF FAMEROUTINE GRADE I CELEBRATION FOR VAN DYKE Tiago Pereira971191311%$382,668 Doug O’Neill12114111912%$744,714 Rafael Bejarano19449292525%$2,270,618 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Brice Blanc4272417%$287,640 Brandon Boulanger1006586%$198,686 Tyler Baze22029232613%$1,603,894 Michael Pender3866316%$172,240 Joseph Talamo18219193110%$1,339,140 Elvis Trujillo16018181211%$1,085,200 Santiago Gonzalez7779129%$471,514 Martin Garcia10821141219%$1,617,580 Thomas Proctor3966315%$488,468 Fernando Perez14014161410%$611,190 John Sadler9211151312%$789,086 Richard Baltas52129323%$473,268 Martin Pedroza13814191810%$598,264 ESPINOZA, NAKATANI AMONG HALL OF FAME NOMINEESTwo jockeys and two horses who earned their spurs in California have been nominatedto the National Museum Racing Hall of Fame–Victor Espinoza and Corey Nakatani, and Kona Gold and Lava Man.Winners will be announced April 20, with induction ceremonies on Aug. 7 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., site of the Hall of Fame.Espinoza, a two-time Kentucky Derby winner and regular rider of Horse of the Year California Chrome, was caught off guard by his nomination.“Not really,” the 42-year-old native of Mexico City said when asked if he thought this would ever happen. “I never thought about being in the Hall of Fame, but just being nominated is an honor for me after all these years.“We’ll see what happens. For now, I’ll keep going and try to win more races.”“A lot of good horses and a lot of talent got me to this point, God willing,” said the 44-year-old Nakatani, a native of Covina, California, who began his career in 1988. “I’m very, very fortunate. Just being nominated is an honor, but obviously, you strive for things like this.“You set goals for yourself and hopefully you can attain them. Hopefully, the voters will look at my record and they’ll put us in there.”Retired jockey Craig Perret and the late Chris Antley are also on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot.FINISH LINES: Up and coming journeyman Drayden Van Dyke, Eclipse Award winner as outstanding apprentice rider of 2014, celebrated his first Grade I victory Saturday aboard Ring Weekend in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile in understated fashion. “I visited with Gary Stevens at his 52nd birthday party last night and did my usual thing,” said Van Dyke, mature beyond his 20 years. “I went to Whole Foods, got some fruit and salmon, and went home.” . . . Victor Espinoza on his pending Dubai trip to ride California Chrome in the $10 million World Cup on March 28: “It’s more important on how the horse handles the trip than the rider. It’s exciting to go there, but it’s a different surface now, traditional dirt, rather than synthetic, so I don’t know how the track will play. Hopefully, we’ll get the money.”. . . Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Secret Circle, ticketed for the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai on March 28, worked six furlongs Sunday in a bullet 1:12.60 for Bob Baffert . . . Espinoza, Martin Pedroza and Iggy Puglisi have been suspended three racing days (March 13, 14 and 15) for causing interference on their respective mounts, Hauler, Royal F J and Stole a Kiss, in Friday’s races . . . Agent Mike Ciani had Kent Desormeaux booked to ride in 10 of the 11 races Saturday, a record one-day number for him this meet, but the 45-year-old jockey settled for nine when his mount in the second, Inner City, was scratched. Through 43 racing days, the three-time Kentucky Derby winner was tied for second at Santa Anita with 29 wins from 149 mounts, a respectable 19 percent. Desormeaux showed his Hall of Fame prowess with a 10-1 upset on Arethusa for trainer Eoin Harty in the sixth race, patiently winding his way through the stretch to score by a half-length in the 1 1/8-mile turf event . . . Probable for next Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles: Cassatt, Kerwin Clark; Dame Dorothy, Rafael Bejarano; Frivolous, Corey Nakatani; Legacy, no rider; Thegirlinthatsong, Mike Smith; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze; and Yahilwa, no rider . . . Trainer A.C. Avila does not plan to appeal his 60-day suspension and $10,000 fine recently handed out by the California Horse Racing Board. “I haven’t had a vacation since 2008, so I’ll make the most of it,” said Avila, who plans to leave March 24 to spend two weeks in South America, including Brazil and Uruguay, and 25 days in Europe, including France and Italy . . . Saturday marked 59 years since Larry Gilligan‘s monumental upset victory aboard Social Climber for Charlie Whittingham in the1956 FelipeStakes. Social Climber came from 11th in a field of 12 to win by a neck at a $111.20 win payoff. Gilligan, now Santa Anita’s on-track Quick Official, would go onto finish second on Social Climber at 17-1 in an 18-horse field behind Terrang and Bill Shoemaker in the Santa Anita Derby . . . Condolences to the family of long-time Southern California assistant starter, Ron Bolton, who passed away at his home in Lodi, California, on Feb. 25 at the age of 57. Richard Mandella4888917%$561,916 NO DUBAI FOR BIG ‘CAP WINNER SHARED BELIEFThe Terminator struck again Saturday.For the 10th time in 11 starts, Shared Belief set his mind on his task, focused like a laseron his target–the finish line–and pulled the trigger, rolling to a 4 ¼-length victory in what amounted to a million dollar workout in the Santa Anita Handicap.Now three for three this meet at distances from seven furlongs to a mile and a quarter in Grade I races, short of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime, at the moment there seems nothing out there among equine anti-heroes who can stop Shared Belief.And there are more worlds to conquer. Which ones, of course, remain to be seen.“He came out of the race very good,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said on a business-as-usual Sunday morning. “We’re very grateful to have a good horse like him.”As Shared Belief’s regular rider, Mike Smith, indicated before the Big ‘Cap, there was still plenty in the tank for the 4-year-old gelded son of Candy Ride. The needle certainly didn’t hover near empty after yesterday’s unanimously predicted triumph.That said, some folks wondered aloud if the Dubai World Cup would be considered for Shared Belief’s next race, even though logic would be tossed out the window, since that $10 million race halfway around the globe is a mere three weeks away, on March 28.“No, we’re not going to Dubai,” Hollendorfer said. “There are lots of races in this country to run in with plenty big enough purses. We just don’t want to make a trip over there.”In a radio interview on Mike Willman’s “Thoroughbred Los Angeles” Sunday morning on AM 830, KLAA, Hollendorfer said that the Grade II, 1 1/8-mile Oaklawn Handicap on April 11 would likely be next for his stable superstar.“He’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse,” said Dan Ward, Hollendorfer’s valued assistant. “You won’t see another like him.” Steven Miyadi3065220%$199,820center_img Edwin Maldonado951181212%$435,124 Mark Casse53105719%$775,868 (Current Through Saturday, March 7) TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Mike Puype76711109%$343,376 Peter Eurton661111917%$633,656 Felipe Valdez4789917%$234,388 Gary Stevens8313131416%$1,230,648 Corey Nakatani10819111518%$926,118 Philip D’Amato561110920%$534,740 Bob Baffert7916141020%$1,581,892 James Cassidy5386915%$318,350 Ron Ellis4583718%$322,030 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Drayden Van Dyke15917182111%$1,113,956 Jeff Bonde2890332%$321,780 Peter Miller11320211318%$1,097,706 Mario Gutierrez8361077%$362,380 A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Kent Desormeaux14929271819%$1,638,860 Jerry Hollendorfer13326181920%$3,017,048 Mark Glatt5379913%$399,922 DORTMUND, PROSPECT PARK, BOLO EYE SANTA ANITA DERBYIt’s on to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4 for undefeated Dortmund, who roared to a front-running, 1 ¼-length victory in the Grade I San Felipe Stakes Saturday.“It was a walk in the park for him,” trainer Bob Baffert said Sunday morning of the well-chiseled chestnut who is a perfect five for five.Speaking of parks, runner-up Prospect Park, who was beaten 1 ¼ lengths, is scheduled to re-engage with Dortmund in the Santa Anita Derby, according to trainer Clifford Sise, Jr.“He came out of the race great,” said Sise. “I talked to Marty (co-owner/breeder Martin Wygod) and he’s very happy with the way he ran. We feel like he’ll run all day and with the trip he had yesterday, we’ve got a pretty fresh horse this morning.”Ditto for lightly raced third-place finisher Bolo, who finished a half-length behind Prospect Park in his first start on dirt for trainer Carla Gaines.Although beaten for the first time, eighth-place finisher Ocho Ocho Ocho remains on target for the West Coast’s premier Kentucky Derby prep, according to trainer Jim Cassidy.“He’s a little cut up,” Cassidy said Sunday morning of the son of Street Sense, who was the $4.30-1 third choice in a field of 10 three-year-olds with Triple Crown aspirations. “Both front legs have some lacerations on them. He had a rough trip.“It happened from the gate and then at the first turn. Mike (Smith) said, ‘Just throw the race out. I never got a chance.’” Asked if maybe the Santa Anita Derby would be next, Cassidy said, “No maybe about it. If he’s breathing, he’s running.”Another still under consideration for the Santa Anita Derby is Firing Line, twice a tough-beat head loser to Dortmund. “We could run there or the Sunland Derby (March 22),” trainer Simon Callaghan said after Firing Line worked five furlongs Sunday in 1:00.80 with owner Arnold Zetcher on hand. “We haven’t made up our minds yet. I was very happy with the work.”Baffert, asked which horse is better, Eclipse Award champion 2-year-old male of 2014 American Pharoah or Dortmund:“That’s like asking which kid I love more. Come on. They’re two different kinds of horses. They’re really nice horses. We’ll find out if they hopefully make it the (Kentucky) Derby.” -30-last_img read more

August 2, 2020 0

Gallery: The magic of Mpumalanga

first_imgLying in the east of South Africa, Mpumalanga is known for its stunning natural beauty, great mountain peaks and deep valleys, and game reserves stocked with Africa’s Big Five – elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo.A female lion shows her teeth at the upmarket Nkomazi Game Reserve, a 150 000-hectare game farm on the banks of the Komati River. (Ryan Kilpatrick, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr)Compiled by Mary AlexanderIt’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”. To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.Mpumalanga means “the place where the sun rises” in Nguni languages. It’s a landlocked province far from the sea, but ribbed with some of South Africa’s great rivers, such as the Sabie, Blyde and Olifants. Over millions of years these have carved out a dramatic landscape that includes the world’s largest green canyon. The lush subtropical Blyde River Canyon runs for 25 kilometres and plunges to depths of over a kilometre.It’s the place to spot wildlife, get the adrenaline going on treetop tours and white water rapids, and explore the past in quaint old mining towns such as Pilgrim’s Rest.The Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga is one of the great natural wonders of Africa. It is the third-largest canyon on earth, after the Grand Canyon in the US and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia. But its subtropical vegetation, teeming with abundant birdlife and wildlife, makes it the largest green canyon on the planet. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A Ndebele woman in traditional dress stands in a homestead decorated with the vibrant geometric designs of the Ndebele people, in a cultural village tourism development in Mpumalanga. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Formed by thousands of years of turbulent water flowing into the confluence of the Treur and Blyde rivers, Bourke’s Luck Potholes are gorgeous sandstone formations – also known as “giant’s kettles” – that seem more art than nature. (Image: Rudi von Staden, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr)God’s Window, one of the most spectacular viewpoints on earth, where the escarpment of the Mpumalanga highveld meets the lowveld. (Image: Aquila, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr)A herd of white rhino crowd the road in the southern Kruger National Park. South Africa’s flagship reserve runs across two of the country’s provinces: Mpumlanaga in the south and Limpopo in the north. (Image: Michael Janse, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr)The sun rises over the bushveld in the Kruger National Park. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Craftwork jewellery for sale at a Ndebele cultural village – a showcase of Ndebele culture for tourists – in Mpumalanga. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Tubing on the Blyde River. Adventure tourism is one of Mpumalanga’s most popular attractions. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A bull elephant near Satara rest camp in the Kruger National Park. (Image: Eric Gropp, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The old post office in Pilgrim’s Rest, a historic mining village established during the gold rush of the 1800s. Today the entire village is a national monument, and a major tourist attraction alone Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Mbombela Stadium outside Nelspruit – Mpumalanga’s capital city – was built to host games for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Its support struts were designed to evoke giraffes silhouetted against the sky. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)On the road to the Kruger National Park, the sun breaks through the clouds to illuminate a dramatic Mpumalanga bushveld landscape. (Image: André van Rooyen, CC BY-NC-SA, via Flickr)Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport outside Nelspruit allows global travellers to fly directly to the Kruger National Park. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A leopard climbs a tree to escape an angry herd of buffalo, in the Kruger National Park. Wildlife Tourists can spot The Big Five species in the park, including leopard, buffalo, elephant, lion and rhino. (Image: Chris Eason, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The 70-metre Lone Creek Falls are another breathtaking natural attraction on Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route. Set in pristine indigenous forest, the falls have been declared a national monument. (Image: Pedro Alberquerque, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A woman sells crafts to tourists in the town of Graskop, a stop-off point on Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route near God’s Window and the Pinnacle Rock. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A view above the clouds at God’s Window. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)last_img read more

December 18, 2019 0

DCPCR to approach police, civic bodies regarding child labour at spa centres

first_imgNew Delhi: To curb child labour, the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) will soon be approaching the Deputy Commissioner of Police of 15 districts and civic bodies seeking the details of spa centres running in their respective areas.The child rights body noticed irregularities in several spa centres in East Delhi during their inspection. The DCPCR members Roop Sudesh Vimal, Rita Singh and Ranjana Prasad conducted an inspection in more than a dozen spas running in East Delhi area. “We found many irregularities like staff registers were not maintained, no fire safety measures, no proper verification, the positioning of CCTV,” said Roop. He further stated that they will write to DCPs and Police Commissioner to seek details regarding spas operating in their respective jurisdiction. “We can conduct surprise check to know whether these spas are employing children,” Roop further said adding that they will also write civic bodies regarding the data. Meanwhile, three girls appeared to be minor rescued from a prominent mall in Shahdara district area. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Joy Tirkey said that in a joint operation of crime branch, local police, DCPCR and Child Line, on March 14, a search operation was carried at the spa centres at the mall. “Three girls who were appearing to be minor were rescued during the raid. They were handed over to the local police for their age verification and further course of action,” said DCP Crime. The DCPCR had recently launched the initiative where they will reward good samaritans for credible information on child labour. The DCPCR notice said that for the rescue of one child, there is a reward of Rs 1,000 whereas rescue of two-five children Rs 2000 is the reward whereas for six to 10 children, the reward increases to Rs 5,000. “The reward for the rescue of 11 or more children is Rs 10,000,” reads the notice.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 0

SP to support BSP, AAP candidates in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: The Samajwadi Party Monday announced its support for five BSP and two AAP candidates in Delhi. The party itself is not contesting Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, which has seven seats. SP general secretary R S Yadav said here that the central leadership has decided that the party will extend support to BSP candidates contesting on East, North East, West, South and Chandni Chowk seats. It will also support Aam Admi Party candidates on New Delhi and North West seats. The BSP has not fielded candidates from New Delhi and North West Delhi seats. The SP and BSP have an alliance in Uttar Pradesh. Delhi will vote in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha polls on May 12.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 0