SA takes the fight to rhino poachers

first_img1 February 2013 While 57 rhinos have been killed by poachers in South Africa this year, 18 suspected poachers have been arrested and three fatally wounded as the authorities step up their enforcement activities. Forty-two rhinos were poached in the Kruger National Park, six in KwaZulu-Natal, six in North West, two in Limpopo and one in Mpumalanga province, according to the latest data released by the Department of Environmental Affairs. The department cited the recent floods in the Kruger National Park, thick summer vegetation, two weeks of a full moon, and aggressive incursions from Mozambique as some of the factors contributing to the spike in poaching. Despite the floods that have left large parts of the park inaccessible to vehicles and rangers on foot, the area was still being patrolled with the assistance of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Eleven of the 18 suspected poachers arrested this year were arrested in the park, while three were arrested in Limpopo province following a tip-off about their activities in Kruger, and two were arrested in North West province. Despite increased incursions from Mozambique, particularly in the Limpopo Transfrontier Park region in the north of the Kruger National Park, South African National Parks (SANParks) CEO David Mabunda said their anti-poaching operations were starting to yield results. “We bled in December, but as of January 1 there has been a change in strategy from a conservation management system to greater law enforcement, and this is working,” Mabunda said. “Our operations are more militaristic. The number of poachers arrested has increased inside and outside the park.” Six suspected poachers were arrested and seven rhino horns recovered, along with heavy calibre hunting rifles, ammunition and poaching equipment, during three operations in the Kruger National Park on 18 and 19 January. Since last Friday, a further six suspected poachers had been arrested and two fatally wounded by South African and Mozambican authorities. All were armed. Last week, anti-poaching operatives in the Houtbosrand section of the park were involved in a shootout with two suspected poachers at the site of a freshly killed rhino. One of the suspects was fatally wounded, while the other managed to escape back to Mozambique. A heavy calibre hunting rifle, ammunition and the rhino’s horn were recovered. An intelligence-driven operation on same day resulted in the arrest of two more suspected rhino poachers by the Mozambican authorities inside Mozambique, adjacent to Houtbosrand. The group was allegedly on its way to the Kruger National Park when its members were arrested. A heavy calibre rifle and ammunition were recovered. And this Wednesday, joint forces were again involved in a shootout with armed suspected poachers in the Houtbosrand area. One of the suspects was wounded and arrested, while his two accomplices managed to escape back to Mozambique. A heavy calibre hunting rifle and ammunition were recovered. The Department of Environmental Affairs has congratulated SANParks’ anti-poaching units, the police and the South African National Defence Force for their recent successes. South Africans are urged to report any information or tip-offs that they may have in relation to rhino poaching to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111, or CrimeLine on 32211. Source: read more

‘Ready’ Jett Manuel joins PBA Draft

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH With or without injured Salado, Chiefs ready for crucial stretch Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOne of the craftiest guards in the amateur ranks, Jett Manuel has tossed his hat in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft pool.The 24-year-old submitted his application on Wednesday, joining what appears to be one of the most loaded rookie classes in years.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “Personally, it’s been a goal of mine ever since to see how far I can go with regards to basketball and the PBA. I’ve been training and preparing for this since the beginning of the year. I got to expose myself and measure myself on the international level with Chooks-to-Go and I just felt that I was ready and it was time,” he said.The 6-foot-2 scorer seamlessly blended into coach Chot Reyes’ system with Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas, where he thrived as one of the team’s superb combo guards in the continental club championship.“Aside from my shooting, I like playing defense and fitting into a system. I was never the type of player to just get the ball and go freelance. I’ve always preferred fitting into a system of a coach, I think that’s why I enjoyed playing for coach Chot with the limited time that I had,” he said.Aside from Manuel, Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger, Ateneo ace Kiefer Ravena, La Salle stud Jeron Teng, and FEU bruiser Raymar Jose have also declared their intentions to join the draft.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES “I just felt that it was the right time,” said Manuel. “I finished and accomplished all I could for UP in the UAAP, I got my civil engineering license. I spoke to my parents, trainer, and my manager Mel Macasaquit and all of us are aligned that this is the right move for my basketball career.”Manuel had a rousing end to his collegiate career as he averaged 15.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in his senior year in UAAP Season 79, while also helping to lay out the foundation for the resurgent Fighting Maroons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough he remained inactive for the past year due to prepare for May 2017 Board Exams for engineers, which he also passed, he has kept himself fit and even earned a spot with Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China, where he averaged 6.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 18.8 minutes of play.But Manuel acknowledges that the PBA is a whole different beast and he’d like to test his mettle against some of the country’s finest ballers. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoPochettino warns high-flying Spurs players: Everyone now wants to kill us

first_imgPochettino warns high-flying Spurs players: Everyone now wants to kill usby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has warned his players they’re now a big target after moving into second place.Victory over Tottenham saw them overtake Manchester City to go second behind leaders Liverpool and the win puts them six points behind Jurgen Klopp’s front runners. Pochettino said: “We are there because we have amazing belief – and without that belief it would be impossible to be in this position.“We have faith and we have clear ideas and now the challenge is to keep that because the challenge is going to be tougher than before.“When you are in the top two everyone wants to kill you. It will be so much tougher.“But we need to remain humble and continue working hard as it will now be much more difficult than before.“Then maybe in April or May we can seriously about being serious challengers as there is still a long way to go. Only then will we know if we are true contenders for the title.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

JCDC Hosts Activities to Honour Miss Lou on 94th Birthday Anniversary

first_imgStory Highlights The activities begin this Saturday, September 7, at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre JCDC will be staging a series of activities in September to mark the 94th anniversary of, the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley JCDC parish offices island-wide will also be organising activities to honour Miss Lou The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) will be staging a series of activities in September to mark the 94th anniversary of the birth of late cultural icon, the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley.The activities, which will focus on her life and work, begin this Saturday, September 7, at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre, 36 Hope Road in Kingston, with an exhibition and multimedia presentation at 2:00 p.m.This will be followed by a concert at 4:00 p.m. branded “Tenky Miss Lou” featuring her songs and poems, as performed by school, community and youth groups from the JCDC’s performing arts programme.At 6:00 p.m. on the same day, there will be a Cultural Dialogue under the theme, “Jamaica Labrish: 50 years on”. The main participants will be Veteran Journalist Dr. the Hon. Barbara Gloudon, interim Chairman of the JCDC’s Board, Dr. Dennis Howard, and JCDC Board member, Clyde McKenzie.Director, Marketing and Public Relations, JCDC, Stephen Davidson, told JIS that the Dialogue Cultural forms part of a series organised by the JCDC to mark its 50th anniversary celebrations. The aim is to increase awareness of the contributions of some of Jamaica’s leading icons to the country’s rich cultural heritage and national development as well as “to look at how their contributions can help us move forward in the next 50 years,” he informed.Mr. Davidson is urging young people to attend the Dialogue so as to familiarise themselves with the life and work of Miss Lou, noting that she was one of the most outstanding persons in the development and showcasing of Jamaica’s culture.“It is significant for us to participate in these events and for us to honour her memory because she is the first lady of Jamaican comedy and we can say the mother of our culture,” Mr. Davidson pointed out.He noted that Miss Lou pioneered the use of the Jamaican patois in live appearances on stage, radio, television and films as well as in printed literature. “It is good for us to remember and to look back at the things she has done and how she lived her life,” he said.Mr. Davidson told JIS News that the JCDC parish offices island-wide will also be organising activities to honour Miss Lou. Some of these will include exhibitions at parish libraries, concerts and tributes, essay and poetry competitions, and panel discussions.“So, throughout the month of September, persons can visit their parish libraries to look at the exhibitions and learn more about the life and work of Miss Lou and participate in the competitions as well as to listen to some of her poems, (performed) by young people,” he said.last_img read more

PSA Singapore Sets Deadline for Claiming Laden Hanjin Boxes

first_imgzoom Singapore’s container terminal operator PSA has set November 28 as the deadline for claiming laden containers from South Korea’s bankrupt shipping firm Hanjin Shipping.In its notice to cargo owners, consignees, shippers and freight forwarders, PSA said that if the containers and the cargo remain unclaimed after the set date, the company “will take steps to dispose and/or sell them as we may deem fit.”The terminal operator added that the deadline was set “to ensure that we maintain an optimal port capacity to serve all our customers and partners.”Once a refundable deposit in the amount of SGD 5,000 (USD 3,530) per container has been paid to ensure the return of empty containers for consolidation purposes, the container can then be transported out of the port area. PSA said that the deposit would be refunded after the unstuffed container is returned to its yards.Since September 2016, PSA has been working closely with Hanjin Shipping and other parties to facilitate the delivery of local import containers, as well as the loading and transfer of transhipment containers bound for other destinations.The South Korean shipping firm filed for court receivership on August 31, 2016, after its creditors decided not to provide additional financial support to Hanjin.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Advocates worry 60s Scoop survivors could be taken advantage of

first_img“That’s outrageous,” said North Peigan. “Someone would lose a third or more of their compensation.”A lawyer with the Markham, Ont. firm said he was hoping to reach parents whose children were scooped for a separate class-action lawsuit he is organizing nationally. “This is another class we are working on,” he explained in a telephone interview, noting 33.3 per cent is a standard fee.Colleen Cardinal, coordinator and co-founder of the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network (NISCW) in Ottawa, said, “this legal stuff is pretty confusing.”NISCW is run by survivors like her who are volunteers, she said, who aren’t motivated by fees like lawyers and offer support and information through a website and toll-free line. “People are feeling pretty raw,” she said in a telephone interview. “They shouldn’t sign anything yet.” Cardinal said she sent a letter to the Canadian Bar Association asking what it would do to protect ‘60s Scoop survivors but she had not yet received a reply.Robertson said he’s heard enough to send a notice to the country’s law societies, which regulate lawyers, to make them aware of potential abuse.In the meantime, North Peigan said his group is helping the province of Alberta craft an apology to the estimated 20,000 ‘60s Scoop survivors there.Only the province of Manitoba, through former NDP premier Greg Selinger, has apologized to families and adoptees caught up in the scoop. Saskatchewan has also said it will issue an apology.While nothing has been proven against any individual lawyer at this time, the public should make reasonable inquiries before engaging lawyers regarding these types of [email protected] Lew Jobs (left) and Adam North Peigan are with the ’60s Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta.Editor’s Note: This is the second story in a three-part series on 60s Scoop survivors and lawyers.Kathleen Martens APTN News Advocates who work with ‘60s Scoop survivors on the streets of Edmonton are worried homeless clients may be fooled into signing up with lawyers they don’t need. With word the federal government is willing to pay financial compensation, there are millions of dollars on the line.Adam North Peigan is looking forward to compensation and an apology he says is coming from the Alberta government. But he’s also worried about more vulnerable survivors being taken advantage of. “We’re already hearing stories that have come to us that there are lawyers kind of lurking around in our communities – in Edmonton, First Nation, Metis communities – looking to sign up our survivors.“If our survivors aren’t already aware of their rights they could unknowingly sign a document that could affect them for the rest of their lives.”The deal for ‘60s Scoop survivors is one many thought would never happen.“We need to acknowledge the atrocities, the trauma,” said North Peigan, president of the ’60s Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta.“The loss of language, everything that went with it.”North Peigan was taken – or ‘scooped’ – as an infant from his home on the Piikani First Nation in southern Alberta.He says he grew up in dozens of foster homes before living on the street, including Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside.“As we become adults – if we haven’t dealt with that trauma – it can leave us having a very destructive life,” North Peigan said in an interview in Edmonton.“For myself, before I was able to come to terms with what happened to me as a ‘60s Scoop survivor in Alberta, I led a very destructive life… I was very vulnerable.”Lew Jobs, another survivor and member of the ’60s Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta, is also concerned. He showed APTN News a business card from a law office in Thunder Bay, Ontario he says was given to someone at an inner-city drop-in centre in Edmonton.“I want to shame these law firms publicly for going after people on the street,” Jobs said in an interview. “It takes a lot of balls to do that.”The Thunder Bay firm is not one of four official firms negotiating the compensation agreement with the federal government. APTN  asked a lawyer at the Thunder Bay firm about why the firm was handing out business cards three provinces away.He sent an email response instead. It said, in part: “We hope that the Sixties Scoop class actions are resolved favourably for all survivors, and any assistance we ultimately provide to individual claimants will be done within the parameters of any potential Settlement Agreement.” The president of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada said it’s not illegal for law firms to drum up business.But Scott Robertson agreed it could look bad.“It sounds like ambulance-chasing to me, rounding up homeless people,” he said in a telephone interview.North Peigan said he’s suspicious of any lawyers until the compensation agreement is finalized.“We know when the residential school (compensation) was going on there were lawyers taking advantage of our survivors.”There are still lawsuits outstanding in different provinces as the federal ‘60s Scoop compensation agreement is being negotiated. There are about 18 pending across Canada.It is understandable North Peigan and Jobs want to protect less fortunate survivors. They were both in those shoes once, and Jobs says drop-in centres were his lifeline. “It took me a while to get off alcohol,” he said.That’s why they met recently with survivors at one of those drop-in centres and urged them not to sign anything.“All 20 people there said they’d been approached by these lawyers,” Jobs said. Jobs said he was scooped as an infant in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT., and raised by a non-Indigenous family in southern Canada.“My mom was told I’d be better off with a white family,” he said, noting it took decades to reunite with his birth mother.But that was only after he wound up on the street because of addiction. APTN spent two days visiting Edmonton drop-in centres, speaking to people waiting for meals, clothing and job training. They were in various states of intoxication that led to some of them being barred from entry. Some said they grew up in foster care, where they were abused. A couple said they were at the ‘60s Scoop meeting held by North Peigan and Jobs. North Peigan showed APTN a six-page legal fee agreement for 33.3 per cent he said was faxed to the Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre from another Ontario law firm.Click here to see the Contingency Agreement being handed to homeless survivors.last_img read more

Conte Its up to the club to decide about my future

first_imgAntonio Conte managed to win the FA Cup with Chelsea after beating Manchester United 1-0 and it means that he has won one trophy for each year he has been at the club.The Italian coach still doesn’t know anything new about his future as his job has seemed to be in jeopardy – however, he insisted that the club know him well and they have enough information to make just the right decision.The former Juventus coach spoke about his future as he said, according to Talk Sport:After two years the club knows me very well.”“If they want to continue to work with me, they know me. I can’t change. My way is always the same: hard work and to build a strong mentality with my players.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I can’t change. I’m this. I’m this and I think my past speaks very clear as a player and as a manager. You can say what you want, but I’m a serial winner.”“I showed this in England in a difficult moment for the club, after the 10th place (in 2015-16). I’ve shown this also today because we found the right way to win this trophy.”“I’m very happy for the players, I’m very happy for our fans. At the same time, I’m happy for the club.”“The decision to charge me (with the job), in two seasons I brought two trophies for this club.”last_img read more

Jürgen Klopp cant wait to play against City on Sunday

first_imgGerman manager Jürgen Klopp is eager for Sunday to come, he wants to live another entertaining night at Anfield Road against Manchester City.Sunday cannot come fast enough for German manager Jürgen Klopp, who expressed how much he wants to face Manchester City and how important this game will be to entertain fans around the world.This high profile Premier League match will air in 179 of the 193 countries that are part of the United Nations around the world, it will reach over 1 billion homes and it will be the most entertaining match of the weekend throughout European football.Both clubs are currently considered amongst the best in England alongside Chelsea, and they have a very rich history whether it’s between squads or between both managers.German manager Jürgen Klopp spoke about how important this game is for him, but also how much it means to the fans because both clubs are in Europe’s elite.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I said it a few times and I can say it again, I really think the most important thing for football — the most important job of football — is entertaining the people,” said Klopp on Friday for Liverpool’s website. “Because it’s only football, it’s nothing else. We don’t save lives, we don’t create anything, we are not good in surgeries, we are only good in football. If we would not entertain the people, why would we play it then?”“It’s not always possible unfortunately and it’s always hard work, even if we’re entertaining people, it’s especially hard work. But that’s really an important thing and that’s why we have to try to create constantly or as often as possible.”last_img read more

Stream Watch Turns 25 This Year

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Stream Watch Started in 1994 by a group of concerned citizens and the Chugach National Forest, this volunteer driven program has grown from a grassroots collective of 10 to a volunteer movement of 180+ volunteers who have spent 25 years making a difference for rivers on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Anyone can volunteer with Stream Watch. Main: “The more the merrier, no matter whether it’s part of our organization or not. Folks can keep an eye out for one of our events, or one of our coordinators.”  For any questions, please call (907) 260-5449 x 1205. Photo courtesy of Stream Watch Stream Watch volunteers are hoping that people spend more time thinking about how critically important the river is to the community.last_img read more