Battle for RSPL fourth spot resumes

first_imgWith the top three of Portmore United, Montego Bay United and defending champions Arnett Gardens securing their semi-final round qualification for the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), the battle will resume for the other spot.In contention for that spot are the promoted UWI FC (42 points, who are sitting in pole position as they currently occupy fourth, a position they earned last week with a comfortable win over the defending champions Arnett Gardens at the UWI Bowl. Humble Lion (41), the team which occupied that spot for most of the season, will be looking to get an away win over the inconsistent Boys’ Town (38) at Barbican.stop RenoFormer champions Harbour View (39) are still in the running, but they let themselves down badly last week with a loss to Boys’ Town. To get back in the picture, they will have to stop Reno, something that is not beyond them.Humble Lion are just a point behind UWI FC and will be hoping for a slip by the college boys and that they get the better of Boys’ Town to put themselves in the driver’s seat.UWI FC cannot be faulted for the confidence flowing through their ranks ahead of their game against Cavalier, especially after the results of last week. A win over the defending champions is nothing to sniff at and with today’s opponents being put to the sword last week by the relegation-battling Rivoli, they are well within their right to think that these are three points they can take, especially at home.Goalscoring is something that UWI FC can confidently say they have addressed with Girvon Brown finding his scoring boots and using them with regularity and he has been getting good support from Anthony Grant, Anthony Greenland and Kemar Cummings. Cavalier, for their part, will be happy that their top player Chevone Marsh has caught the eye of the national selectors, but will not be so happy that that good fortune has denied them of his services for today’s match.In Marsh’s absence, Cleon Pryce and Sulae McCalla will have to shoulder more of the attacking responsibility for Cavalier.Today’s Games:• 3:30 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Montego Bay United – Anthony Spaulding Complex• 3:30 p.m: Boys’ Town vs Humble Lion – Barbican Stadium• 3:30 p.m: Harbour View vs Reno – Harbour View Stadium• 3:30 p.m: Portmore United vs Waterhouse – Juici Park, Clarendon• 3:30 p.m: Rivoli United vs Tivoli Gardens – Spanish Town Prison Oval• 3:30 p.m: UWI FC vs Cavalier – UWI Bowl, Monalast_img read more

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‘Respect Culture, Be Professional, Ethical’

first_imgThe founder and chief executive officer of the David G. Barshell School System (DAGBASS) over the weekend stressed the need for Liberian media practitioners to have respect for culture and observe the ethics of journalism while serving the country.Mr. Ceebee C.D. Barshell was addressing a program marking the 14th Cycle graduation ceremony of the International School of Journalism in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.Mr. Barshell said the Liberian media has many lapses that need to be addressed if dignity is to be restored to the profession.“The Liberian media is not only fragile, but it has lost its true doctrines and values.“I say this to mean that many journalists in the country are hungry, poor and ever prepared to abuse culture, traditions and the tenets of democracy,” Mr. Barshell said.According to him, the act of journalists going on air or writing in the papers to malign the reputations of others is a gross breach of the media profession.He said Liberia needs a responsible press and as such, young people coming into the profession should be contributors to the betterment of the society.Mr. Barshell said while journalists watch and report on the ills and other issues, there are others who also watch the society without making any meaningful contribution.“Remember that somebody is watching you as you watch and report on or about others,” Mr. Barshell added.“Give hope to the people you serve and help build the country instead of being a partisan media practitioner.” Barshell also admonished journalists to report on issues that will improve the livelihood of Liberians, “because the press is (instead) creating the space for chaos and calamities.”He also admonished the graduates and all serving the country in the media arena to be patriotic while discharging their professional duties.Speaking earlier, the president of the graduating class, Marka Davies, challenged his colleagues to be ethical, adding, “The media arena is not a hustle ground and as such those who don’t have the passion for the profession should step aside and give others who are trained and ready to do the job, the chanceto serve the country in that capacity.” In his remarks, the school’s director, K. Moses G. Dorbor, said the institution gained international recognition, because the lessons are in line with all other first rate media courses around the world.Dorbor also called on the graduates to be the light in darkness instead of joining what he called the “bad apples” in the journalism profession. Eight of the 11 graduates received certificates for completing the six months training. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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2019 World Jet Boat Race Championship coming to Peace

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2019 World Jet Boat Race committee has announced the location for the 2019 World Jet Boat Race Championship.In a statement Dale Whiteside, Race Chairman, says the race will be starting in Whitecourt and ending in Fort St. John.“This year’s event starts in Whitecourt with the boat show, Tech and Calcutta on Wednesday afternoon and evening, time trials and fast time awards on Thursday. Friday will be the first day of racing with a river lag from Chevron Bridge into Whitecourt. Saturday will be Whitecourt circuit races and a three-hour drive to Peace River. Sunday will be two legs of river racing on the Smokey River. Tuesday is going to be a day off and a travel day to Grande Prairie. Wednesday is river racing on the Wapiti and Smokey River, two legs. Thursday is two tiver legs and a drive to Taylor B.C. Another day off racing in Taylor on Friday. Saturday will be two legs on the Pine River and circuits on the Peace. Sunday will be two short legs on the Pine and a shorter circuit race, followed by an awards banquet in Fort St. John,” said Whiteside.- Advertisement -The 2019 World Jet Boat Race Championship is taking place from July 10 to 21.For more information and updates, you can follow the championship Facebook page: read more

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Premier League captain used belt in nightclub brawl

first_img Puncheon appears in court back in December for his original hearing The captain of Crystal Palace football club told a bouncer to take his belt and buy a house after using it to lash out at a group outside a nightclub, a court has heard.Jason Puncheon, 31, appeared at Staines Magistrates’ Court on Monday for what was due to be the start of his trial, but changed his plea.The footballer, of The Warren in Kingswood, Surrey, wore a black suit and black shirt as he stood in the dock to enter his guilty plea.He admitted a section 4 public order offence of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear or provoke unlawful violence.CCTV footage played to the court showed Puncheon lashing out among a large group of people in Church Street in Surrey.He had been with his wife and friends at Mishiko nightclub earlier, the court heard.Prosecutor Craig Warsama told the court that after the incident outside, Puncheon was “irate”.“He was shouting ‘Arrest me, arrest me’ in what was described as an aggressive tone,” Mr Warsama said.When a bouncer who had confiscated the belt then tried to return it to Puncheon, the prosecutor said: “Mr Puncheon’s reply was: ‘Keep it, keep it. Buy it. Buy a house with it.’”Mr Puncheon was acting in self-defence, his lawyer Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC said, after claiming someone had attempted to strike his wife and that his friend had been punched.A further charge of assault by beating was dropped after no evidence was offered by the prosecution. 1last_img read more

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first_imgExpert Niall Mulrine says such memorials can do more harm than goodA leading Donegal internet expert has questioned the trend of setting up on-line memorial Facebook pages following a tragic death.Four such Facebook pages have been set up in tribute of Shannon Gallagher who took her own life on Wednesday.One of the Facebook pages ‘RIP Shannon Gallagher and Erin Gallagher’ had almost 25,000 ‘likes’ last night after being set up just yesterday morning. Niall MulrineHowever, Niall Mulrine of PC Clean, says the on-line tribute sites often end up doing more harm than good.“In the wake of recent suicides in Ireland, we have seen an unprecedented amount of activity on Facebook after the bully victim has taken their own life.“RIP Facebook Memorial Pages are souvenirs for people who either know the victim well or have not met the deceased but are compassionate to the surroundings of the case.“But is it more to do with the situation or the person who passed? For the people that have no idea who the victim was, will comment on how “Heaven took an angel too early” because of their age and maybe less on fact how they would of known them. It’s human nature, we don’t need to know the family of a bereaved one to sympathise. We try to extend our kind thoughts and prayers, as we don’t know what else we can do. “It has been part of Irish society for decades, maybe centuries and it’s no different now but how we express these emotions are changing. We now have Social Media to increase our reach to more people,” he said.Niall adds that many comments are sympathetic but others turn nasty.“The bulk of the messages on these sites are expressing concerns over the tragedy, whilst other people are just being curious to what happened, by asking lots of details of the death. With this, people also have the ability to put their 10 pence worth in. On one such Facebook page, comments such as “Online Hoe” were describe about the person who died.“Also, comments that would personally attack victims “I couldn’t dislike her ugly face ..:3” These people are not comforting with others when putting up these comments. They are looking for attention maybe out of an already delicate tragedy,” he said. INTERNET EXPERT QUESTIONS ONLINE MEMORIAL PAGES AFTER SHANNON’S DEATH was last modified: December 14th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Facebook Memorial pagesNiall MulrinePC Cleanlast_img read more



first_imgTerence O’Connor.A woman is seeking to fill in the missing gap from her late father’s life and is hoping a Killybegs family can help.Terence O’Connor was just 16 when he was sent from St Columba’s Marine Industrial School to stay with a Mr Gillespie at Coulart Road in Killybegs.Now Terence’s daughter Sheila is looking to contact relatives of Mr Gillespie in a bid to find out more about her dad. Sheila contacted us and enclosed this accompanying photo which was taken when h dad was in his late 20s or early 30s.She is now planning a trip to Killybegs and is hoping to meet up with relatives of the man who took her father in.She wrote “I am not sure who Mr Gillespie was, apart from the fact that my Dad was sent from St Columba’s to his house. I just thought that by naming him there may be family members of his around who might then be inspired to have a look at old photos – or may have family stories to tell.“I am coming over in a couple of weeks and will have around 24 hours in Killybegs so thought it would be a good time to stir the pot and see if anything surfaces.” Anybody who may know who Mr Gillespie was or who may recognise Terence O’Connor can contact Sheila by email at sheila_foreman@btinternet.comDO YOU KNOW A MR GILLESPIE FROM KILLYBEGS? was last modified: September 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGillespieKillybegsTerence O’Connorlast_img read more


Soton, Bournemouth square off in Friday night Premier League fixture

first_img Tags: Chelsealiverpoolpremier leaguetop Southampton and Bournemouth have drawn four of their last five meetings. (PHOTO/SkySport)Southampton vs AFC BournemouthSt. Mary’s Stadium, HampshireFriday, 20-09-2019 @10pmReferee: Chris KavanaghFour of the last five meetings between Southampton and Bournemouth have all ended in a draw, including this fixture last season, which ended 3-3. Southampton have lost just one of their eight Premier League meetings with Bournemouth (W3, D4) and are unbeaten in all four at St Mary’s (W2, D2). Bournemouth have never won a match at Southampton in any competition (D6, L9).Southampton will be without summer signing Moussa Djenepo as the Mali winger has a muscular problem. Defender Kevin Danso is available again after suspension while Nathan Redmond could feature after an ankle injury.Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has no fresh injury worries ahead of the trip to St Mary’s. Defenders Simon Francis and Lloyd Kelly played for the under-21s in midweek to build up fitness after injury lay-offs but neither is likely to start.After losing their opening two matches of the season, Southampton are unbeaten in their last three (W2, D1). They are yet to win at St Mary’s this season, having won away from home three times in all competitions. Saints have scored in each of their last 16 Premier League home fixtures and are aiming to equal the club record of 17, set from August 1992 to April 1993 at The Dell. Southampton have lost their last four home league games on a Friday, although three of those were in the Championship between 2007 and 2012. Bournemouth are aiming to win consecutive Premier League fixtures for just the second time in 2019. The Cherries won their only previous Premier League game played on a Friday, which was also a south coast derby in which they beat Brighton 2-1 in September 2017. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has never won away from home in all competitions against Southampton as manager (D2, L5), with his sides failing to score on five occasions. There have been a league-high 43 goals scored in Bournemouth’s Premier League away matches in 2019.Comments last_img read more

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World heritage in South Africa

first_imgThe oldest visible meteor crater on earth. The island prison that held Nelson Mandela. The remains of an ancient African city state. Evidence of the earliest humans, and the richest and most beautiful collection of cave paintings south of the Sahara. South Africa is home to eight Unesco World Heritage Sites.The Game Pass Shelter in Kamberg Nature Reserve, just south of Giant’s Castle, has some of the best-preserved San Bushman rock paintings to be found in the Drakensberg range of mountains. (Photo: Qambathi Mountain Lodge)Compiled by Mary AlexanderUnesco, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, has identified these eight sites to be of “outstanding value to humanity”.Four of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites are classified as cultural, three as natural, and one as a mixed cultural and natural site.The three natural heritage sites are:iSimangaliso Greater St Lucia Wetland ParkCape Floral RegionVredefort DomeThe four cultural sites are:Mapungubwe Cultural LandscapeRobben IslandCradle of HumankindRichtersveld Cultural and Botanical LandscapeThe uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park is the eighth, a mixed natural and cultural World Heritage Site.uKhahlamba Drakensberg ParkYear inscribed: 2000Core zone: 242 813 hectaresLocation: KwaZulu-NatalCoordinates: 29º 23′ S 29º 32′ 26″ EType: Mixed cultural and natural heritageUnesco reference: 985Both the Zulu name uKhahlamba (barrier of spears) and the Afrikaans name Drakensberg (dragon mountains) fit the formidable horizon created by South Africa’s major mountain range. (Photo: South African Tourism)The Drakensberg is a vast mountain range that rises dramatically at the escarpment in the south of the country, snakes north to encompass the nation of Lesotho, and winds down into smaller ranges deep in the northeast of South Africa. Its dramatic volcanic peaks make it an obvious natural heritage site, but its value to human history is the wealth of ancient rock art painted on the walls of its caves and crevices. Created over 4 000 years, it is the richest collection of rock art south of the Sahara.The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park lies in the west of KwaZulu-Natal on the Lesotho border. It is 242 813 hectares in size, stretching 150 kilometres from Royal Natal National Park in the north to Cobham Forest Station in the south.Both the Zulu name uKhahlamba (barrier of spears) and the Afrikaans name Drakensberg (dragon mountains) fit the formidable horizon created by the range.A massive basaltic cap set on a broad base of sedimentary rocks belonging to the Stormberg series of 150 million years ago, the mountains are South Africa’s main watershed.For more than 4 000 years they were home to the indigenous San Bushman people, who created a vast body of rock art – the largest collection in the world, south of the Sahara desert.Living in the sandstone caves and rock shelters of the Drakensberg’s valleys, the San made paintings described by the World Heritage Committee as “world famous and widely considered one of the supreme achievements of humankind … outstanding in quality and diversity of subject and in their depiction of animals and human beings … which throws much light on their way of life and their beliefs”.In describing the park’s natural heritage, the committee notes its “exceptional natural beauty in its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks and golden sandstone ramparts. Rolling high altitude grasslands, the pristine steep-sided river valleys and rocky gorges also contribute to the beauty of the site.“The site’s diversity of habitats protects a high level of endemic and globally threatened species, especially birds and plants.”iSimangaliso Greater St Lucia Wetland ParkYear inscribed: 1999Core zone: 239 566 hectaresLocation: KwaZulu-NatalCoordinates: 27º 50′ 20″ S 32º 33′ EType: Natural heritageUnesco reference: 914At dawn, storm clouds build up over the peaceful waterways of the iSimangaliso Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. (Photo: South African Tourism)The iSimangaliso Wetland Park – previously known as the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park – has both one of the largest estuary systems in Africa and the continent’s southernmost coral reefs. In granting it World Heritage status in 1999, Unesco’s World Heritage Committee noted the park’s “exceptional biodiversity, including some 521 bird species”.Lying on the central Zululand coast of KwaZulu-Natal, the park is made up of 13 adjoining protected areas with a total size of 239 566 hectares. Its remarkable biodiversity is a result of the park’s location between subtropical and tropical Africa, as well as its coastal setting.Shaped by the actions of river, sea and wind, iSimangaliso’s landscape offers critical habitats to a wide range of Africa’s marine, wetland and savannah species. Its varied landforms include wide submarine canyons, sandy beaches, forested dune cordon and a mosaic of wetlands, grasslands, forests, lakes and savannah.The iSimangaliso Wetland Park has its origins in the St Lucia Game Reserve, declared in 1895 and made up of the large lake and its islands. St Lucia Park was proclaimed in 1939, containing land around the estuary and a strip of about one kilometre around most of the lake shore. In 1971 St Lucia Lake and the turtle beaches and coral reefs of the Maputaland coast were listed by the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance.“The mosaic of landforms and habitat types creates breathtaking scenic vistas,” the Unesco committee notes in its assessment of the park.“Features include wide submarine canyons, sandy beaches, forested dune cordon and a mosaic of wetlands, grasslands, forests, lakes and savannah. The variety of morphology as well as major flood and storm events contribute to ongoing evolutionary processes in the area.“Natural phenomena include large numbers of nesting turtles on the beaches; the migration of whales, dolphins and whale-sharks offshore; and huge numbers of waterfowl including large breeding colonies of pelicans, storks, herons and terns.”Robben IslandYear inscribed: 1999Core zone: 507 hectaresLocation: Western CapeCoordinates: 33º 48′ S 18º 22′ EType: Cultural heritageUnesco reference: 916Robben Island, a barren two-kilometre-long piece of rock lying 11 kilometres off the coast in Table Bay, has held South Africa’s social outcasts for centuries. Today it is most famous as the place Nelson Mandela jailed for 18 of his 27 years as a political prisoner of the apartheid state. (Image: South African Tourism)Robben Island, a barren two-kilometre-long piece of rock in Table Bay off the coast of Cape Town, is famous as the place where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of his 27 years in jail.Lying 11 kilometres offshore, the small, windswept island is now home to the Robben Island Museum, a favourite for many tourists to South Africa.Robben Island was not always a prison, nor was it originally cut off from the Cape Peninsula. Thousands of years ago it was an inhabited area connected by a spit of land to the Cape mainland.It was first made a jail by Dutch colonists at the Cape who, from their arrival in the mid-1600s, incarcerated opponents of colonial rule there, including African and Muslim leaders.Robben Island later became infamous as a maximum-security prison for anti-apartheid activists, including Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa. From the mid-1960s the prison held many leaders of the African National Congress (ANC), including Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and Ahmed Kathrada, as well as Robert Sobukwe, the founder of the Pan Africanist Congress.It was also used to confine people suffering from leprosy, as a mental hospital from 1846 to 1931, as well as a training and defence base in World War II.Following the unbanning of the ANC and other opponents of apartheid in 1990, political prisoners were released from the island, the last leaving in May 1991. The last common-law prisoners left in 1996, when it ceased to be a jail.In 1999 the World Heritage Committee declared Robben Island a World Heritage site of cultural significance.“The buildings of Robben Island bear eloquent testimony to its sombre history,” the Unesco committee noted, adding that the island “symbolises the triumph of the human spirit, of freedom, and of democracy over oppression.”Cradle of HumankindYear inscribed: 1999, extended 2005Core zone: 47 000 hectaresLocation: Gauteng and North West provincesCoordinates: 25º 55′ 45″ S 27º 47′ 20″ EType: Cultural heritageUnesco reference: 915A 3D reconstruction of the face of the Taung Child, the first ancient human fossil found at the Cradle of Humankind and the type specimen of the hominin species Australopithecus africanus.The region of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai and environs has one of the world’s richest concentrations of hominin fossils, evidence of human evolution over the last 3.5-million years. It is known in South Africa as the Cradle of Humankind.Found in the provinces of Gauteng and North West, the cradle covers an area of 47 000 hectares. The remains of ancient forms of animals, plants and hominids – our early ancestors and their relatives – are captured in a bed of dolomite deposited 2.5-billion years ago. Although other sites in south and east Africa have similar remains, the cradle has produced more than 950 hominid fossil specimens.Sites in the area supply crucial information about members of one of the oldest hominins, the australopithecines – two-footed, small-brained primates that appeared about 5-million years ago.Excavations and research at the Sterkfontein Caves have so far yielded the nearly complete skeleton of a 3.3-million-year-old australopithecine, known as Little Foot, as well as about 500 specimens of Australopithecus africanus that date from about 2.8- to 2.6-million years ago.Other major finds in the area include the most complete skull yet found of Australopithecus africanus, an outstanding example of a female Paranthropus and known as Mrs Ples – a more robust australopithecine, also known as Australopithecus robustus – and fossils of an early species of the genus Homo with stone tools, the first evidence of cultural behaviour.In 2008 two skeletons were discovered at Gladysvale in the cradle and have been called Australopithecus sediba, an entirely new hominin species, and dating back 1.9 million years. The new species, revealed to the world in 2010, has long arms, like an ape, and short powerful hands, making it likely that it could have retained its ability to climb. A very advanced pelvis and long legs suggest that it was capable of striding and possibly running like a human. Sediba has been described as a transitional species between Australopithecus africanus and either Homo habilis or Homo erectus. The site is still rich in undiscovered finds.In granting the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage status for its cultural significance, the World Heritage Committee noted that the sites “throw light on the earliest ancestors of humankind. They constitute a vast reserve of scientific information, the potential of which is enormous.Mapungubwe Cultural LandscapeYear inscribed: 2003Core zone: 28 168 hectaresLocation: LimpopoCoordinates: 22º 11′ 33″ S 29º 14′ 20″ EType: Cultural heritageUnesco reference: 1099One of the tiny gold-foil rhino sculptures found in the ruins of the ancient kingdom of Mapungubwe, in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. (Image: University of Pretoria)Mapungubwe – “place of the stone of wisdom” – was South Africa’s first kingdom, the subcontinent’s largest realm for 400 years before it was abandoned in the 14th century. Its highly sophisticated people traded gold and ivory with China, India and Egypt.The site lies on the open savannah of the Mapungubwe National Park, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers in the province of Limpopo.It abuts the northern border of South Africa and the borders of Zimbabwe and Botswana, a crossroads location that helps explain its prosperous past as an important trading centre, particularly at the height of its powers between about 1220 and 1300 AD.A free-standing structure rising 30 metres above the surrounding grasslands, Mapungubwe is topped by impregnable cliffs all around.Since its discovery in 1932 this Iron Age site has been excavated by the University of Pretoria. But it was kept secret until 1993, just prior to South Africa’s first democratic elections, because evidence of a highly advanced indigenous society existing centuries before European colonialism spread across Africa ran contrary to the racist ideology of apartheid.“The remains in the Mapungubwe cultural landscape are a remarkably complete testimony to the growth and subsequent decline of the Mapungubwe state,” the World Heritage Committee says in its assessment.“What survives are the almost untouched remains of the palace sites and also the entire settlement area dependent upon them, as well as two earlier capital sites, the whole presenting an unrivalled picture of the development of social and political structures over some 400 years.”Cape Floral RegionYear inscribed: 2004Core zone: 553 000 hectaresBuffer zone: 1 315 000 hectaresLocation: Western Cape and Eastern CapeCoordinates: 34º 10′ S 18º 22′ 30″ EType: Natural heritageUnesco reference: 1007The flowers of the pincushion protea, on of the thousands of unique plant species found only in the Cape Floral Kingdom.The earth has only six major floristic kingdoms, most of which stretch over vast regions and continents. But one kingdom is confined to a small area of a single country: South Africa’s Cape Floral Region.The Cape Floral Region takes up only 0.04% of the world’s land area, yet contains an astonishing 3% percent of its plant species. This makes it one of the richest areas for plants in the world and one of the globe’s 18 biodiversity hot spots.A stretch of land and sea spanning 90 000 square kilometres, the 553 000-hectare Cape Floral Region comprises eight protected areas stretching from the Cape Peninsula to the Eastern Cape: Table Mountain, De Hoop Nature Reserve, the Boland mountain complex, the Groot Winterhoek wilderness area, the Swartberg mountains, the Boosmansbos wilderness area, the Cederberg wilderness area, and Baviaanskloof.Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden on the slopes of Table Mountain is part of the region, making it the first botanical garden ever included in a World Heritage site.The rich diversity of the Cape Floral Region contributes to South Africa having the third-highest level of biodiversity in the world. Table Mountain National Park, for example, has more plant species in its 22 000 hectares than the British Isles or New Zealand.The Cape Floral Region is not only remarkable for its diversity. The region’s endemism level, at 31.9%, is the highest on the planet. Of the 9 600 species of vascular plants (plants with vessels for bearing sap) found here, some 70% are endemic, occurring nowhere else on earth.The region is home to nearly 20% of Africa’s flora, though it makes up less than 0.5% percent of the continent’s land mass.It is also home to 11 000 marine animal species, 3 500 of which are endemic, and 560 vertebrate species, including 142 reptile species, of which 27 are endemic.In granting the Cape Floral Region World Heritage status in 2004, the World Heritage Committee noted: “Unique plant reproductive strategies, adaptive to fire, patterns of seed dispersal by insects, as well as patterns of endemism and adaptive radiation found in the flora are of outstanding value to science.”Vredefort DomeYear inscribed: 2005Core zone: 30 000 hectaresLocation: Free State and North WestCoordinates: 26º 51′ 36″ S 27º 15′ 36″ EType: Natural heritageUnesco reference: 1162Two billion years later the Vredefort Dome has been overrun with human activity – mines, factories, farms, cities and suburbs – but it’s still the oldest visible meteor impact crater on earth.Some 2-billion years ago a meteorite 10 kilometres in diameter hit the earth about 100km southwest of Johannesburg, creating an enormous impact crater. Found near the town of Vredefort in the Free State, the site is known as the Vredefort Dome.The meteorite, larger than Table Mountain, caused a thousand-megaton blast of energy, vaporising about 70 cubic kilometres of rock.“Vredefort Dome bears witness to the world’s greatest known single energy release event, which caused devastating global change, including, according to some scientists, major evolutionary changes,” Unesco says of the site.“It provides critical evidence of the earth’s geological history and is crucial to our understanding of the evolution of the planet. Despite their importance to the planet’s history, geological activity on the earth’s surface has led to the disappearance of evidence from most impact sites and Vredefort is the only example on earth to provide a full geological profile of an astrobleme below the crater floor.”The world has about 130 crater structures of possible impact origin. The Vredefort Dome is among the top three, and is the oldest and largest clearly visible meteorite impact site in the world.The original crater, now eroded away, was probably 250 to 300 kilometres in diameter. It was larger than the Sudbury impact structure in Canada, about 200km in diameter.At 2-billion years old, Vredefort is far older than the Chixculub structure in Mexico which, with an age of 65-million years, is the site of the impact that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs.Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical LandscapeYear inscribed: 2007Core zone: 160 000 hectaresBuffer zone: 398 425 hectaresLocation: Northern CapeCoordinates: 28º 36′ S 17º 12′ 14″ EType: Cultural heritageUnesco reference: 1265The dramatic, dry mountainous desert of the Richtersveld Community Conservancy is confined in the east by the deep canyons of the Orange River and Nababiep mountains, and to the north by the largely impenetrable Vandersterrberg Mountains. (Image: South African Tourism)The Richtersveld Community Conservancy covers 160 000 hectares of arid mountains in the northwest Northern Cape, South Africa’s vast desert province. In this harsh and dry region live the Nama people, who own and manage the land communally according to their semi-nomadic pastoral lifestyle.The Nama are descendants of the Khoi-Khoi people, the San Bushmen and Khoekhoen who were the original inhabitants of South Africa. The Nama’s pastoral way of life is thought to have lasted for some 2 000 years in the region. The Richtersveld is also the only area in which they still construct rush-covered domed houses, known in their language as |haru oms, portable dwellings appropriate to their nomadic existence.A remote wilderness, with few passable roads and sparsely populated by sheep and goat herders, the Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape was nominated as a cultural site shaped by the semi-nomadic Nama pastoralists, one of the last transhumance – or seasonally migrating pastoralist – cultures in Southern Africa.The dramatic, dry mountainous desert of the Richtersveld Community Conservancy is confined in the east by the deep canyons of the Orange River and Nababiep mountains, and to the north by the largely impenetrable Vandersterrberg Mountains. To the south and west it merges with grazing land.The Nama live in three small villages, established as mission settlements. Many of the men work as migrant labourers elsewhere in the country. Those that keep grazing animals tend to be the elderly and are few in number, no more than 300 people at certain times of year.Particular features of their cultural landscape that earned Unesco’s recognistion were the Nama’s seasonal migrations and grazing grounds, the stockposts or camps where their livestock are corralled, and the |haru oms rush-mat houses they erect at these camps.The houses are small hemispherical portable structures, consisting of a wooden frame of intersecting wooden hoops, covered over with fine mats of braided local rushes. Traditionally the houses were dismantled and moved with their owners from camp to camp.“In terms of the wider geo-cultural area, the Nama pastoralists are not unique,” the Unesco advisory body says in its report on the Richtersveld. “However … the Nama pastoralists in the Richtersveld are exceptional as the last practitioners of a form of transhumance developed by the Khoi-Khoi branch of the San, the indigenous people of the area and represent a distinctive culture that was once much more widespread.”The Richtersveld Community Conservancy was established in 2002, evolving out of the Richtersveld Community Heritage Area that was set up in 2000 to protect both the environment and culture of the area.last_img read more

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Taking precision ag to your planter!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The last two months we talked about common questions about precision ag. What is precision ag? How large does a farm need to be to use precision ag? Does precision ag pay? What should I do first to get started with Precision ag? In case you missed it, the short answers to those questions are as follows. Precision ag is using the tools we have available to manage each and every acre to reach its highest economic potential. No farm is too small to utilize some form of precision agriculture. It pays to invest in precision ag. Grid soil sampling and collecting yield data from a yield monitor are a great place to start. This month we are going to look at some technologies you can use on your planting operation. Auto steerMost of the precision ag Displays you could utilize to collect data can also be used as the interface to control your auto steer on your tractor pulling the planter. Auto steering systems come in two types. Assisted steering and integrated steering systems. Assisted steering systems mount to the side or underneath the steering wheel and they steer the vehicle for you by turning the steering wheel. The integrated steering systems tee into the hydraulics of your vehicle and steer the vehicle hydraulically. These tend to be a little more accurate and less intrusive to the cab than the assisted steering systems. An integrated steering system should keep the vehicle within an inch of the GPS directions and an assisted steering system tends to keep the vehicle one to three inches from the GPS directions. But the steering is only as accurate as the GPS signal that is guiding it. GPS varies in accuracy depending on the type of GPS correction you use. WAAS is six- to eight-inch pass-to-pass and RTK is one-inch repeatable. states that GPS guidance saves 7% to 10% of fertilizer and pesticides by not overlapping. Our customers tell us they typically experience a 2% to 4% reduction on a planting operation with RTK. With that kind of savings, it does not take long for a steering system to pay for itself. Planter performance monitoringSeveral Precision ag displays can turn your planter into a test stand. You no longer have to wait until the seed comes out of the ground to see what type of job you did planting. These displays will monitor population, skips, doubles and misplaced seeds. This can save you thousands by catching a problem during planting before you plant hundreds of acres with costly errors. Automatically controlled individual row clutchesYou can use the same GPS unit and Precision ag display to automatically shut off each individual row on your planter. Some planters are now coming equipped from the factory with clutches on each row. However, if that’s not the case with your planter, never fear, we can add our clutches to your existing planter. This technology pays off very quickly. The average savings our customers see with this technology is between 4% to 5% of their seed inputs. But that’s only part of the payback, there’s also the increase in yield on the 4% to 5% that is no longer double planted. The smaller and more odd-shaped the field, the more savings you will see. Variable rate populationOur precision ag displays can also be used to control the variable rate drives on your corn planter, if equipped. We can also add variable rate drives to your existing planter if you do not have them. These drives allow us to place higher rates of seed corn in the high producing areas of the field and reduce the rates in the low yielding areas of the field. Our customers saw a four-bushel advantage in corn and a 1.5-bushel advantage in soybeans with VRA seeding. We now have the ability to switch hybrids on the go. This technology allows us to place a high-yielding offensive hybrid in the best ground and a defensive hybrid in the tougher ground. Electric row unit drivesWe can install electric motors on each row unit to drive your seed meter. These drives act as a clutch and a VRA controller but they do much more than that. One of the biggest problems we see with planters is noise in the drive train. This can come from a flat spot on a drive tire, a hard spot on a bearing, misaligned cogs on the hinge points or a frozen or tight link in one of the drive chains. All of these can cause the meter on the row unit to skip, jump, speed up or slow down causing misplaced seed. Electric row drives eliminate all of that driveline noise or inaccuracies. They also turn your VRA into HD by controlling the rate of each row individually. Automatic hydraulic downforce controlHave you ever struggled with how to set your downforce springs on your planter? Some areas of the field require a lot of downforce to plant at the right depth while other areas require little or no downforce. Hydraulic downforce control systems can manage those situations for you automatically. We install a load pin on your depth control mechanism that allows us to measure the amount of downforce on your depth gauge wheels. We then can adjust our downforce on the row unit automatically to help us maintain constant depth while not over compacting the seed trench.As you can tell there are many different technologies that you can add to your planter. To get the biggest bang for your buck we recommend using a combination of several or all of them. Visit your Precision ag dealer to see what technologies best fit your operation.last_img read more

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5 Geocaching Etiquette Tips

first_imgKeep your geocaching skills on the up-and-up.There are two steps to any geocache: 1) it’s hidden and 2) others are challenged to find it. As easy as that is, it’s even easier to make sure you’re keeping your geocaching adventures on the up-and-up. Check out five helpful geocaching etiquette tips below or just watch the geocaching etiquette video.Bring a Pen – It’s like the first day of school. You need to be prepared. Always pack a pen to make sure you’re ready to sign your Geocaching username and the date.Leave No Trace – Be kind to the geocaching game board, which happens to be the entire world. Make sure to Cache In Trash Out (CITO) when you geocache: pick up litter along the way and don’t leave anything behind.Write a Great “Found It” or “Didn’t find It” Log – When you find a geocache, or even when you don’t find a geocache, make sure to share the spirit of adventure with the geocache owner and for other geocachers. Write a log detailing your journey.Put the Geocache Back Where and How You Found It – The geocache owner placed the geocache at a specific location for a reason. Make sure the owner can find it again later and that other geocachers have the same experience as you.Move Trackables Along – If you remove a trackable, like a Travel Bug ®, from a geocache make sure to post a “retrieved” log and move it to another geocache as soon as possible.These five steps will have you rocking the geocaching world in no time. What geocaching tips would you add? Post your thoughts on our Geocaching Facebook page. Oh, and don’t forget the sixth step: repeat steps 1 – 5 often!​[vsw id=”GXzIu7p82jg” source=”youtube” width=”560″ height=”315″ autoplay=”no”]Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related5 Tips to Achieve Geocaching StardomFebruary 4, 2013In “Community”5 Sharable Tips for Logging Your Next GeocacheMay 20, 2013In “Geocaching Quizzes”DIY “Wow Power” for Your Next LogJune 8, 2014In “Geocaching Quizzes”last_img read more

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