‘Green’ police to sting syndicates

first_img29 June 2006South Africa’s first group of environmental inspectors have completed their training and, from July, will start tackling environmental criminals in the country.The government introduced environmental management inspectors – dubbed “Green Scorpions” – in 2005 in order to protect South Africa’s natural resources.Gauteng province’s fledgling Environmental Management Inspectorate (EMI) has already stung syndicates peddling illegal elephant ivory tusks and forbidden plants.Working with the police, the EMI’s special investigation unit arrested one person last week after raiding a house in Johannesburg. Over 400 ornaments produced from ivory tusks illegally imported from Zimbabwe were seized.According to the provincial department of agriculture, conservation and environment, the raid also produced documents with details of curio shops, individual customers and large businesses suspected to be linked to this illegal trade.In a separate operation earlier this month, the EMI raided the mail centre at Johannesburg International Airport and impounded 14 boxes containing over 800 plants illegally imported from Namibia.Five suspects were subsequently arrested.The department is working with the national Department of Agriculture, customs officials and the Namibian and South African National Botanical Gardens to identify the plant species in preparation for a court case.“We consider these breakthroughs as symbolic of successes expected from the Environmental Management Inspectorate,” the department said in a statement.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa’s Rugby World Cup journey

first_imgAs the kick-off to the Rugby World Cup in England draws closer, we look back at the highs and lows of South Africa’s performances since it rejoined the sport internationally in 1992. Since then, the Springboks have won the tournament twice and hope to make it third time lucky this year. The Boks’ first game in this World Cup is against Japan on 19 September in Brighton. One of South Africa’s proudest moments was winning the Rugby World Cup in Johannesburg in 1995, fresh out of apartheid. (Image: Brand South Africa) • South Africa announces 2015 Rugby World Cup squad • South Africa to host Commonwealth Games in 2022• South Africa in top 20 best places to raise children • South African foodies cooking up a storm  • Clive Rice: South African cricketing icon dies at 66  Text: Priya PitamberGraphic: Sifiso NkabindeThings moved quickly for South Africa’s rugby team, the Springboks, following the team’s re-admittance into international rugby in 1992.Before that, international sanctions because of the country’s repressive apartheid laws included sport. But by 1995, South Africa was basking in its new democracy, with Nelson Mandela the first democratically elected president.During the same year, it also hosted rugby’s biggest event, the World Cup; it became a necessary unifying force for a nation recuperating from years of segregation.At the final between South Africa and New Zealand at the then Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, Mandela wore the Springbok jersey of the team captain, Francois Pienaar, a white Afrikaner. They embraced, and that image became a symbolic gesture of racial reconciliation. It was met with a joyous uproar from the packed stadium.At the end of the tournament South Africa walked away with the ultimate prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, as the trophy is known.Relive some of those moments from 1995:Click on the image below for a larger view.Sources: The Telegraph and Wikipedialast_img read more

OSU hops tours

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers and brewers can learn about hops and how to grow the increasingly popular crop during the First Fridays Hops Tours at the Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon.The tours, which are offered on the first Friday of the months of May, June and July, will allow participants to learn more about the Ohio hops research being conducted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.The tours are part of the Hop Production to Enhance Economic Opportunities for Farmers and Brewers project. They include a classroom session on hops led by researchers with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and a tour of the hop fields at the Piketon facility, said Charissa Gardner, program assistant with South Centers.Registration requiredIn addition to basic information on the ins and outs of hops production, topics addressed at the First Fridays sessions will include:* Hop yard construction.* Establishment costs.* Bine training.* Irrigation.* Variety selection.* Fertilization.The sessions are from 10 a.m. to noon on May 6, June 3 and July 1, she said.The tours are hosted by Brad Bergefurd, an OSU Extension educator, and assisted by Thom Harker, a horticulture research assistant with the South Centers.Interested parties must register by the Wednesday before the tour by contacting Gardner at 740-289-2071, ext. 132, or [email protected] Registration is $15 per family or farm.last_img read more

Sixers like Fultz first, Lakers eye Ball as NBA draft looms

first_imgMOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide NBA: Gasol to opt out of deal but re-sign with Spurs — report Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Markelle Fultz #20 of the Washington Huskies. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTONEW YORK—Markelle Fultz is expected to become the number one pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft after the Philadelphia 76ers swung a deal for the top choice after watching his private workout.The 19-year-old point guard, who played at the University of Washington last season, would become the club’s fourth top overall pick and follow 2016’s first overall pick by Philly, Australian forward Ben Simmons.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bryan Colangelo, the 76ers president of basketball operations, played coy about the pick even after swapping the first and third picks with Boston and giving up a future number one pick to get the first choice of unclaimed talent.READ: NBA: Celtics, 76ers complete swap of first, third draft picksFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I feel that within the top 10, there are probably five or six sure-fire All-Stars. There may be one or two franchise-level players,” Colangelo said. “On Thursday night, hopefully we make a decision that results in one of those franchise-level players being here.”Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 25 games last season for a Washington Huskies team that was 9-22. What ‘missteps’?center_img View comments The Los Angeles Lakers have the second pick in the draft and are expected to select University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) standout Lonzo Ball.The 19-year-old point guard had 14.6 points, 7.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals a game for the Bruins last season. No other US college player averaged 14 points with six rebounds and six assists a game as well.Boston comes back at third overall with point guard Isiah Thomas solidly in place, making Fultz expendable and opening the door for other talented playmakers as Josh Jackson, a shooting guard who scored 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals a game for Kansas last season.De’Aaron Fox, a point guard who scored 39 points against Ball-led UCLA in the national college tournament, is also among the top prospects.The Phoenix Suns will select fourth, followed in order by the Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire He would join a young squad that features Simmons, who missed all of last season with a foot injury; Jahlil Okafor and 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. That young core of talent could provide a base to rebuild the team.Since 2003, the 76ers have won only one playoff series and they have only one winning season since 2005. The Sixers went 28-54 last season.“We have a core of young players that will be significantly stronger once the draft selection is made,” Colangelo said.“We felt like we were in the right position to make a deal. We felt the value of adding the one pick now was the right thing at the expense of only losing one of four going forward.”Croatian forward Saric was asked on Twitter about the young group melding into a championship team and replied, “It will be hard but I hope with young team we got big chance to be dominant.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 Gameslast_img read more

North Sea Port to Get New RoRo Terminal

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: North Sea Port Turkish logistics company Ekol Logistics and Belgian freight forwarder Transuniverse Forwarding have decided to construct a 40-hectare multimodal site at Kluizendok in Ghent, part of the Dutch-Belgian North Sea Port.North Sea Port and the two companies have recently signed a letter of intent to develop the new site.As informed, the new site will include a 10-hectare roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) terminal, a 10-hectare cross-docking platform and a 20-hectare rail terminal.As the containers and trailers heading for the United Kingdom will be moved by ship, Ekol Logistics and Transuniverse are building a RoRo terminal building at Kluizendok.“This terminal will be operated by a third party. Negotiations are already underway,” Frank Adins, Chairman of Transuniverse Forwarding Group, said. “The growth opportunities for cargo transshipment between Ghent and the United Kingdom are considerable. Brexit is expected to cause major congestion in the Channel ports. This will create opportunities to organise transport by ship to more northerly ports in the United Kingdom, in conjunction with rail connections to and from the European hinterland.”The planned developments are said to be in line with North Sea Port’s objectives since the port aims to further develop Kluizendok as a multimodal logistics hub in Europe.Transuniverse Forwarding expects to significantly increase its capacity by building an intermodal hub for goods flows between the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe and Northwest Europe. The company currently operates a so-called cross-dock center in Ghent for its groupage shipments to and from the whole of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.Thanks to the new facilities at Kluizendok, the company would be able to double these activities within five years.Related:North Sea Port: We Are Ready to Invest in Hydrogen as Fuellast_img read more

State Heritage Commission approached to include Jalsaghar location

first_imgKolkata: Academicians, historians and film lovers have approached the West Bengal Heritage Commission to include Nimtita Rajbari in Murshidabad where film Jalsaghar, one of Satyajit Roy’s award-winning iconic films was shot.A letter containing the signatures of more than 100 people has been submitted to the state Heritage Commission requesting it to enlist the building and save it from destruction.The Nimtita Rajbari was set up over 150 years ago and is situated on the banks of River Bhagirathi where massive erosion is taking place. Many structures situated close to the house have already been washed away. The locals said unless steps are not taken now, the building will have a similar fate. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe Rajbari, a classic example of British architecture, is in shambles. A major portion of the roof has collapsed and the dancing floor on the first floor is in real bad shape. Bushes and trees have grown all over the house. A senior architect who visited the house a few years ago said the building has tilted towards the river. To repair the roof, a lot of money will be required.But the state Heritage Commission does not have money to repair and restore the huge structure. “The building has enormous historical value and should be preserved,” said a member of the state Heritage Commission. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedLocals said throughout the year, students of film studies from all over the country and abroad come to the place to have a look at the house where scenes from the famous film were shot. “We take them around and they take photographs. Many foreigners, who are fans of Satyajit Ray come to see the building,” said Sudip Basu, a local resident.Satyajit Ray’s famous film Jalsaghar was shot in this building. Based on a story by Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay, the cast included Chabi Biswas, Padma Devi, Tulsi Lahiri, Gangapada Basu among others. The music was done by Ustad Vilayat Khan while two of India’s greatest vocalists — Ustad Waheed Khan and Begam Akhtar — lent their voices to two immortal songs in the film.last_img read more

HTC Founder Takes on CEO Role Amid Company Turnaround

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. March 20, 2015 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now HTC Corp on Friday named Cher Wang as chief executive, giving its founder and chairwoman a bigger role in leading a potential turnaround of the Taiwanese smartphone maker.The return of Wang, a scion of one of Taiwan’s most prominent families, comes as HTC’s phones have often struggled to translate positive early reviews into strong sales, and the former contract manufacturer has found it tough to build a strong consumer brand in a competitive market.HTC said Wang has been increasingly involved in running various aspects of the business.She replaces Peter Chou, who will lead product development as head of the HTC Future Development Lab, an executive role focusing on identifying future growth opportunities.Chou is known to be more focused on research and development, so the change is positive in that respect, said Jimmy Chen, a technology analyst with Masterlink Securities Investment Advisory in Taipei.But Chou also built a reputation as an abrasive manager whose demanding style hit morale at the company, according to executives previously interviewed by Reuters.It remains unclear if HTC can overcome its challenges, Masterlink’s Chen said. “If you don’t bring in fresh blood then there’s probably less of a chance to improve the operations.”HTC recently named a new marketing chief, filling a post that had been vacant for four months.Revenue at HTC, which once had a 10 percent share of the global smartphone market, has largely flatlined after gradually sliding over the past two years.Net income has fared worse, with the company reporting either losses or a slim profit at best since hitting a peak in the third quarter of 2011.Like other, larger mobile phone makers such as Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics, HTC is trying to diversify into other ‘connected’ devices to find new growth outside an increasingly commoditized space.”We are seeing rapid changes in the industry, with the smartphone as our personal hub connecting us to a growing world of smart devices,” Wang said in a company statement announcing the management changes.But despite forging a partnership with Google Inc to develop a smartwatch based on its Android operating system over a year ago, HTC has yet to deliver one to the market.Wang’s father, the late Wang Yung-Ching, was chairman of Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group. Cher Wang was considered a pioneer in Taiwan’s male-dominated technology industry, founding HTC in 1997 and establishing it as a leader in a then fast-growing mobile segment.(Additional reporting by Michael Gold; Editing by Ian Geoghegan)last_img read more

Need a Document Notarized Theres an App for That

first_img 3 min read February 4, 2016 “Virginia is for lovers. And it’s also for notary publics.”The above promotional line isn’t just clever — it’s what makes it possible for Notarize, a startup that lets you confirm documents on your iPhone, to exist. Thanks to a law enacted in Virginia in 2012, notaries in the state can verify documents via live video for individuals in any state. The smartphone app launched today in iTunes.  Getting a document notarized is a way of verifying its legitimacy. A notary public is an individual who has been appointed by state government to witness a contract being signed in order to reduce fraud. Documents that frequently need to be notarized include contracts, power of attorney designations, various licenses and deed documents.Unfortunately, finding a notary public to verify a signature can be frustrating, particularly when you need to do so in a rush and it’s after business hours.  Related: The Sharing Economy Is More than a Buzzword. It’s Changing How We Live.Notarizing legal documents may not be the kind of sexy industry that gets a lot of attention, but it’s the perfect target for a tech-inspired makeover. There are approximately 1 billion documents notarized each year in the U.S. and the process, until now, has been stuck in the predigital age.“We are bringing this business into the 21st century and solving a real need,”  Pat Kinsel, the founder and CEO of Notarize, said in a statement.To use the app, customers first scan their government-issued photo ID, which is authenticated using computer imaging technology and a software-based forensic analysis. Next, they are connected with a notary public officer through a live video chat. The notary public digitally signs and stamps the document in question. Each notarization costs $25, and users can connect with notaries public through the app 24 hours a day.Related: This Startup That Fills Your Gas Tank on Demand Just Raised $9 MillionNotarize has raised $2.4 million in a seed round led by Polaris Partners, a venture capital firm. Prior to launching Notarize, Kinsel founded Spindle, a location-based search engine that sifts through social media posts near the user. Spindle was acquired by Twitter in 2013.For more on how the software works, watch the video below. It’s pretty clever and may even make you smile, which, let’s be honest, is impressive for a video about notarizing documents.Related: The Sharing Economy Is Taking Off: Get On the Rocket or Risk Being Left Behind How Success Happenscenter_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Nowlast_img read more