Busy week for South Africa’s anti-poaching units

first_img15 April 2014Last week was one of the busiest on record for anti-poaching units in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, with three heavily armed groups of suspected rhino poachers being detected and eight arrests being made.The eight arrests included those of two South African National Parks (SANParks) employees. According to spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli, the two SANParks men appeared on Wednesday in the White River Magistrate’s Court, where their case was remanded to 16 April for a formal bail application.Thakhuli said most of last week’s incidents took place in the southern part of the park, in areas such as Crocodile Bridge, Kingfisherspruit, Tshokwane and Stolsnek.On Thursday, he said, rangers from Crocodile Bridge arrested two suspected poachers, believed to be Zimbabwean nationals, as they were leaving the park, recovering a G3 military type rifle along with a silencer and ammunition.On Friday, rangers from the Kingfisherspruit area apprehended another two suspected poachers, arresting one while recovering a .458 rifle, silencer, ammunition and poaching equipment. The second suspect managed to escape arrest.Tshokwane rangers apprehended a further two suspects on Saturday, making one arrest and recovering a .375 hunting rifle, ammunition and poaching equipment. The second suspect managed to escape back to Mozambique.And on Sunday, in Stolsnek, rangers apprehended a group of five suspected poachers, arresting two of them with the help of SANParks Airwing and canine units. Thakhuli said the hunt for the remaining three suspects, who managed to escape, was still on.“This is a clear indication that resilience and patience pays off, and we are grateful that no lives were lost during an encounter with these heavily armed suspected poachers.”He said the anti-poaching units are ready for the coming long weekend, with many deployments routes, particularly in poaching hot-spots, being plotted out.“We will be ready and waiting for them, and we would like to request the support and cooperation of all members of society in identifying and reporting suspicious behavior that could lead to the apprehension and conviction of these criminals.”The public can report incidents of poaching and give tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime Line on 32211.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Five Early-Stage Alternatives to the Traditional Investment Model of Growing Startups

first_imgThe ways to grow a tech startup company are outnumbered only by the ways to skin a cat.In between multiple rounds of venture capital from investment groups and skin-of-your-teeth bootstrapping, there exists an ecosystem of organizations designed to grow startups with a mixture of business acceleration, development assistance, small rounds of funding (usually just enough to keep Top Ramen on the table), and general advisement. Each organization has its own trademark way of doing things, and here are five that we find fascinating.Y Combinator: From “Babies” to BusinessesThis Silicon Valley-based venture firm is known for attracting some of the youngest technical talent around and molding their inklings into viable companies through a three-month process that occurs twice a year. The hacker-heavy program is headed up by Paul Graham and Anybots founder Trevor Blackwell, both Harvard grads.How They Invest: Y Combinator gives the startups a small amount of money (around $20,000 or less) in exchange for a 2-10 percent share in the company.Startups They’ve Helped: Disqus, PosterousTechStars: Mentors as Far as the Eye Can SeeThis organization began in Boulder, CO, and has recently branched out to a new office in Boston, MA. The business acceleration summer program is best known for its huge, diverse, and truly impressive stable of experienced mentors, who run the range from entrepreneurial rockstars to financial geniuses. We’ve done a slew of video interviews with TechStars folks lately; check them out.How They Invest: TechStars gives startups $6,000 per founder in exchange for roughly 6 percent equity in the company.Startups They’ve Helped: SocialThing, BrightKiteRemarkable Wit: Venture TechnologistsThe Nashville-based offices of Remarkable Wit are basically a sweatshop for greatness with no capital added. This team invests development talent, consulting services, executive expertise, and operations and production labor to get startups up and running. Founded by Emma email marketing alum Marcus Whitney, this organization takes a longer amount of time than a business accelerator to become a true technology partner to the companies in its care. Check out our video interview with Whitney earlier this year.How They Invest: Remarkable Wit invests time and labor – but no capital – in exchange for equity.Startups They’ve Helped: MoontoastSproutBox: More Money, Not Necessarily More ProblemsIn Bloomington, IN, the SproutBox team is taking four startups at a time and pumping around a quarter of a million dollars into each one over the course of ten months. In addition to all that mouth-watering lettuce, the ‘Box is also investing teams and resources. Although they just launched this year, they plan to start a new cycle every three months.How They Invest: SproutBox gives funding and resources in exchange for equity.Startups They’ve Helped: DecideAlready, CheddarGetterLaunchBox Digital: Capital (And More!) in the CapitalThis firm, based in Washington, D.C., offers capital, advisement, and all-important access to investors and press for early-stage startups. Their inaugural class from summer 2008 took nine startups through a 12-week accelerator program with enough seed funding to get them started. Once the program is finished, demo days take place both in the northern Virginia tech corridor as well as Silicon Valley.How They Invest: LaunchBox offers startups up to $20,000 for 6 percent equity in the company.Startups They’ve Helped: ShareMeme, Buzzable jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Cost of Passivhaus Compliance Is Sometimes Hard to Justify

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in In most climate zones, achieving the Passivhaus standard requires more expensive windows, higher insulation levels, and greater attention to air-sealing details than less stringent construction practices. It should come as no surprise that homes with these features cost more to build than homes complying with easier-to-meet standards.While fans of the Passivhaus approach usually concede these facts, they note that the added costs yield many benefits, including lower energy costs, better indoor air quality, and improved occupant comfort — and that these benefits justify the higher construction costs. A research study in Austria looked into this issue, and came to a surprising conclusion: occupants of non-Passivhaus apartments were just as comfortable as occupants of Passivhaus apartments. Moreover, when researchers compared the energy needed for space heating, both types of housing used about the same amount of energy. A multi-family project in Bregenz The research was conducted at a multifamily housing development in Bregenz, Austria, called Wohnpark Sandgrubenweg. The city of Bregenz is located in the Vorarlberg region of northwest Austria.The project consists of 76 apartments in four buildings, each four stories tall. The apartments range in size from 592 square feet to 1,076 square feet. The apartments are owned, not rented, by the occupants.Construction of the development began in 2005. The developers based the buildings’ design on green principles. For example, the underground parking garage includes a “bicycle service station” designed for do-it-yourself repair jobs. The garage also includes a “car-sharing stand.” (Further details on the car-sharing facility are not available.)Space heating and domestic hot water are provided by a central boiler fueled by wood pellets. A hydronic distribution system circulates hot water through in-floor tubing. Apartment owners pay for electricity and space heating based on meters that measure energy use in each apartment. Some of the… center_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

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Yuvraj Singh likely to campaign for BJP in Haryana

first_imgYuvraj SinghCricketer Yuvraj Singh is likely to campaign for the BJP in the forthcoming Assembly elections in Haryana, sources said on Friday.The decision, sources said, was taken in a meeting Yuvraj had with BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi on Friday.The cricketer from Chandigarh is considered to be popular in Haryana, where the BJP hopes to topple the two-time chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda of the Congress.Elections to the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly will be held in a single phase on October 15 and the counting of votes will be done on October 19, the Election Commission announced on Friday.For the beleagured Congress, the upcoming polls in the two states currently ruled by it are an opportunity to make a comeback and shed its losing streak after the Lok Sabha humiliation when the party was reduced to an all-time low 44 seats.The Assembly elections, to be held shortly after the BJP’s spectacular victory in the Lok Sabha polls in May, will also check if the Narendra Modi wave still persists or has subsided.The Maharashtra Assembly has 288 seats while Haryana has 90.last_img read more

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18 days agoKeown: Daniel James will be regretting Man Utd move

first_imgKeown: Daniel James will be regretting Man Utd moveby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal title winner Martin Keown says Daniel James will be regretting his move to Manchester United.Keown reckons the Wales international is United’s youngest but best player. Heaping praise on James, Keown said on Match of the Day: “Daniel James must be thinking ‘who have I signed for here?’ “He’s their youngest player, but he’s their best player.”Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by Newcastle on Sunday. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Bombardier wont get financial break despite early C Series closing

first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier Inc. will contribute up to $225 million to the C Series partnership with Airbus even though the agreement giving the European aircraft manufacturer majority control is closing earlier than originally planned.When the agreement was announced last October, the Montreal-based company was required to fund the C Series until closing — forecast sometime in the second half of 2018 — and up to US$700 million in cash shortfalls over the next two years as it ramps up production.Under the final agreement with Airbus announced Friday, Bombardier has also committed to fund the program until the July 1 closing and contribute up to US$925 million in cash shortfalls through 2021.Total spending on the program remains in line with the company’s original guidance and protects it from paying cost overruns, said Bombardier spokesman Olivier Marcil.Asked why Bombardier isn’t getting some relief because of the early closing, Marcil said it was part of the negotiated general conditions.“We had already planned to spend it in the context of ramping up production,” he said in an interview.Bombardier will receive non-voting shares of the C Series partnership through a cumulative annual dividend of two per cent.Any excess shortfall during these periods will be borne by the partnership’s shareholders.Bombardier’s share will be about 33.76 per cent. The Quebec government — which injected US$1 billion in 2015 — will own the remaining 16.24 per cent. Airbus will hold 50.01 per cent.“It is clear that in the early phase of the ramp-up there is still lot of investment to do . .. . But looking forward, I am very confident that the C Series is going to contribute positively to the cash generation of Airbus in the future,” Harald Wilhelm, Airbus chief financial officer, said in a media conference call Friday.Bombardier will work with Airbus to ramp up production on the C Series passenger jets, which were designed with improved fuel efficiency and less seating capacity than most passenger jets offered by Airbus or its rival Boeing.The C Series partnership’s head office and main assembly line will be located in Mirabel, Que., and a second line — to be built after construction starts in 2019 — will be based in Mobile, Alabama, to service the U.S. market starting in 2020.C Series deliveries are expected to double this year from the 17 aircraft in 2017 and the program is positioned to capture a large chunk of the estimated 6,000 aircraft needed in this market segment over the next 20 years.Bombardier said that, as of July 1 when its second quarter begins, the C Series will not be included in its consolidated results — meaning, among other things, that revenue from the plane’s sales won’t be included in financial statements.Closing of the partnership represents an opportunity to unleash the full potential of the C Series program, said Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets.“We also believe Airbus will play an important role in terms of unlocking new orders and ramping up production to meet the strong demand for the aircraft,” he wrote in a report.Bombardier issued revised financial estimates for 2018 to reflect the finalized Airbus agreement, which was achieved several weeks earlier than anticipated after the companies received all necessary approvals.Poirier raised his target price for Bombardier shares 26 per cent to C$6 from C$4.75, expressing confidence that Bombardier’s management will deliver on its 2020 objectives to improve profitability.Bombardier’s shares lost four cents at C$4.88 in midday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains issued a statement Friday morning calling the Bombardier-Airbus announcement “a good day for Canada’s aerospace sector.”Investment Canada reviewed the deal and Bains said he is satisfied it will “benefit Canadians by growing our aerospace sector and creating good jobs.Bains also said the decision to maintain Mirabel as the primary site for the C Series program is “fantastic news for the talented women and men working in that important aerospace hub.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

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Germany will fail 2020 climate goals now eyes 2030 target

first_imgBERLIN – Germany will likely miss its goal of cutting emissions by 40 per cent by 2020, the country’s environment minister said Monday, an embarrassing admission for a government that wants to lead the charge on limiting climate change.Official estimates project that Europe’s biggest economy will trim its greenhouse gas emissions by 32 per cent or less by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. The next target, a decade later, calls for a 55 per cent drop in emissions from 1990.“It’s painful for me to have to tell you that we will miss the targets we’ve set for ourselves for 2020,” Svenja Schulze told delegates from more than 30 governments who had gathered in Berlin to prepare for an annual global climate summit in December.Setting her country’s sights on 2030, Schulze said all sectors of the German economy would have to contribute cuts, but singled out transportation in particular, where emissions remain at 1990 levels.“The least has happened there,” she told reporters.Schulze also called for greater efforts to generate renewable energy and for an end to burning coal to produce electricity. The German government created an expert commission this month to study the politically sensitive issue of coal-fired power plants.The December summit in Katowice, Poland, will provide the first true test of the world’s ability to implement the 2015 Paris climate accord. The treaty set a political target of keeping global warming significantly below 2 degrees Celsius (3.7 Fahrenheit) by the end of the century, but left open how that would be achieved.Scientists say the time to achieve the most ambitious goal — limiting a rise in average global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2100 — has almost passed.Germany has pushed for international unity on upholding the Paris accord, particularly since U.S. President Donald Trump said he was pulling out of the deal his predecessor negotiated. But Berlin’s inability to take drastic steps has led environmental groups to question Germany’s credibility on the issue.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki are scheduled to speak at the Berlin climate meeting Tuesday.last_img read more

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Jeff Samudosky wins Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Competition

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – The 14th Annual Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Competition concluded on Sunday.12 carvers came from around the world to compete for a $5,000 and the title as top carver. Jeff Samudosky, who came third in the 2016 competition, was able to out-carve the other competitors to win this year’s top prize.The full results for the competition are shown below:1st: Jeff Samudosky for his piece “Joanna” – $5,0002nd: Chad Danczyk for his piece “Focus” – $3,0003rd: Takao Hayashi for his piece “Strong Combination” – $2,000Carvers Choice: Daniel Cordell for his piece “Dependance” – $500People’s Choice: Ryan Cook for his piece “Poseidon” – $1,000last_img

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Pak ST minister invites top clerics to see how moon cycle works

first_imgIslamabad: In an unusual move, Pakistan’s science and technology minister on Monday invited the country’s two leading clerics to see how “easy” science has made it to predict the lunar calendar to calculate the start of the holy fasting month of Ramzan. In a statement that could further anger the conservative clerics in the Muslim majority nation, federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry invited Mufti Muneebur Rehman and Shahabuddin Popalzai to see how the moon cycle works. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report His invitation as the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan advocated a science-based lunar calendar to calculate the start of Ramzan. “We are inviting Maulana Muneebur Rehman and Shahabuddin Popalzai to come and witness how the moon cycle works,” wrote Chaudhry on Twitter. “And see for themselves how easy science has made it to predict the lunar calendar. There is no need for an arduous task,” he said sarcastically. Since assuming office as the minister for science and technology, Chaudhry has been pushing for using science for the Islamic calendar and doing away with the traditional moon sighting method used by the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests “Every year on the occasion of Ramadan, Eid and Muharram a controversy starts regarding moonsighting,” Chaudhry said in a video he tweeted on May 5 in which he recalled watching the committee use telescopes to make their calculations. Recently, Pakistan’s National Assembly, the lower house, was told that Rs 3.06 million was spent on the sighting of the moon for Muharram, Ramazan, Eidul Fitr and Eidul Azha in 2018. Earlier this month, the minister formed a five-member committee comprising officials from the S&T ministry, Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) and Pakistan Meteorological Department to prepare a lunar calendar and publish it by the 15th of Ramzan. Speaking at an event at Karachi University, he said the ministry was also working on a mobile phone app that will enable people to sight the moon on their devices, the Express Tribune reported Monday.last_img read more

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4 Concussions Sunday Draw Concern of NFLPA

Concussions suffered by three quarterbacks and a running back Sunday has prompted NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith two renew his call for the league to hire “concussion specialists” with no team affiliation who would man the sidelines to oversee concussion protocols and treat players.The players’ union continues to be frustrated over what it perceives to be an inconsistency among teams to adhere to concussion guidelines.The concussions suffered Sunday by quarterbacks Michael Vick, Jay Cutler, Alex Smith and running back Fred Jackson drew particular attention Monday from the union, which will review the injuries and adherence to guidelines based on initial observations, NFLPA sources said. Players are entitled to file a grievance if they want to pursue claims against teams. Union sources say most players are reluctant to file complaints for fear of decreased job security.Only one of the defensive players involved on the hits to the quarterbacks is under league review for potential discipline, a source told ESPN. Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins drew a penalty flag for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cutler and could be fined.Smith suffered a concussion when tackled by Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar. Vick left with a concussion after being hit by Cowboys linebacker Ernie Sims. Neither of those hits were penalized and the league has determined both were perfectly legal.NFLPA sources said the union wants the league to accept responsibility for creating a disciplined, prompt and safe environment for players who are injured during the course of a game. They said the union wants concussion specialists, paid not by the teams but by the league, to assume the duties of caring for players, in accordance with normal employer workplace oversight.In last year’s collective bargaining negotiations, the union gained access to player medical information and the ability to conduct its own reviews of how teams evaluate and treat all injuries, including head and neck trauma. read more

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