15 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 reporter
The Uttar Pradesh government has proposed to increase security on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway, the longest six-lane highway in the country.As part of the plan, the government has decided to set up 24 police chowkis or outposts along the 302-km stretch. The focus on highway security comes in the backdrop of an alleged gangrape-murder on the Jewar-Bulandshar highway near the Yamuna Expressway recently.Nine districts coveredThe Lucknow-Agra highway cuts through the heart of Uttar Pradesh, touching nine districts. One outpost each will come up in Lucknow and Auraiya, two in Mainpuri, three each in Unnao, Kanpur, Etawah and Firozabad, while Kannauj and Agra will be provided with four each.The Project Implementation Units (PIUs) of the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority will work in coordination with district teams of the police force to identify land for the outposts, a government spokesperson said.The decision was taken after a meeting of police officers and UPEIDA officials chaired by Director-General of Police Sulkhan Singh.Avanish Awasthi, CEO of UPEIDA, the authority set up to develop highways in the State, said the body had also “accepted” the police department’s “request” for deploying 20 patrolling vehicles on the Expressway.Work not over yetThe Expressway was inaugurated last year by then Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav but parts of it are still under the works. The highway will not only reduce the distance from Lucknow to Agra to three-and-a-half hours, but also bring the U.P. capital closer to New Delhi, cutting the time travelled between the two major cities from 8-9 hours to 5-6 hours. It will join the Yamuna Expressway at Agra to connect Lucknow to Delhi.
Sheeja Mathews became the first woman in India to own the iconic cult motorcycle.Why should men have all the fun with Harley Davidson? Bangalore-based HR professional Sheeja Mathews on Tuesday became the first woman in India to own the iconic cult motorcycle, thus breaking the stereotype of only tattoo sporting muscular hunks riding the bike.The 34-year-old, who has been riding to her office on her husband’s Yamaha RD 350 for the past 10 years, is now looking to cruise the new ‘Iron 883’ to her workplace at least once a week.”I didn’t know that I was the first woman to buy a Harley Davidson in India till the company people told me. I thought of upgrading to a Harley when they opened a showroom here,” Mathews said.When asked what prompted her to go for a Harley Davidson, she said: “Well, I have been riding my husband’s bike for the past 10 years and I thought it was high time I upgraded.”Mother of a 7-year-old son, Mathews said even her son is excited about the new bike, on which the family has spent about Rs 8 lakh in total, although the ex-showroom price of the bike is Rs 6.5 lakh.”Oh, he wants me to drop him to school on the bike so that he could show off his mother’s bike to his friends,” she said, adding, she would be taking the bike on long rides on weekends.A self proclaimed foodie and a shopaholic like any other woman, Mathews said she has been a drag racer as well.advertisement”I do drive a (Tata) Safari and (Chevrolet) Cruze but I love bikes,” she said, adding, her businessman husband chipped in 20 per cent of the amount for her Harley Davidson.The American cult bike maker started selling its bikes in India from last year and announced to set up an assembly plant in India in order to cater to demands here.The Iron 833 model is one of the two models to be assembled at the Bawal facility in Haryana. The other model is the Super Low.The company offers a total of 15 models in India priced between Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 38.66 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery will assess midfielder Lucas Torreira after he hobbled out of the 4-2 Europa League win over Vorskla.Torreira is yet to start a Premier League game for the Gunners, but has impressed in his substitute cameos and was in similarly sharp form at Emirates Stadium on Thursday.However, a typically combative showing from the Uruguay international took its toll and he made way for Matteo Guendouzi shortly before the hour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Each match we play, I am responsible for the group and for Torreira also. I think it is better [for him] to leave the match,” said Emery, with Everton the next visitors to north London on Sunday.”I hope that [after] tomorrow and Saturday, he will be OK for Sunday.”Lucas is playing with his progress on the team and on our ideas. Each minute he is playing, he is doing very well.”Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a goal in each half, while Danny Welbeck and substitute Mesut Ozil were also on target for the hosts. Excellent late strikes from captain Vladimir Chesnakov and Vyacheslav Sharpar gave an air of respectability to the scoreline for Vorskla, while Arsenal remain without a clean sheet in Emery’s tenure.”I think the first 60 minutes were good, with us imposing our ideas against them and also, little by little in the match, winning battles on the pitch to be near to scoring,” said the former Sevilla boss, who celebrated his 32nd win in the Europa League.”With the four goals, I think we are in a good moment. But we want to be competitive for 90 minutes and I think the last 20 minutes we conceded chances and we need to improve.”Our disappointment is that there were two goals conceded. But I am going to think that the first 60 minutes were very good and that we are going to continue impressing with those ideas.”