Fires in the Rupununi need collaboration and education to effect change in behaviour

first_imgDear Editor,No doubt many Guyanese are now aware of the recent damages wrought, relevant to the fires at Waikin Ranch. This is a grievous act of deliberate ecological destruction that should be deservedly condemned. Sadly, it was neither the only nor largest of this dry season’s fires. We have received reports at Visit Rupununi of this form of reckless, late season burning from across the region and this year’s events seem to be worse than in previous years.There have been major fires across the savannahs in both the north and south and in the Kanukus, linked to human recklessness; at Karanambu, there was one fire that lasted over 2 weeks in one of the largest and most critical bush islands in the region; along the hunt oil stretch, fires that were deliberately set have destroyed a bridge along the main access path used in the wet season which, if not repaired in time, could leave an entire sector of the region cut off from access to Lethem for food, fuel etc. In other areas, persons have lost homes, property, farms and crops.To paint all acts of burning as barbarous or of human origin is both unfair and untrue. Some fires do result from the combination of heat and the dryness and controlled burning (with its roots in both the Indigenous as well as ranching culture) when used properly has been scientifically shown to have positive impacts. Sadly, there is a growing culture of reckless, malicious and unregulated burning which has evolved in modern times.This has led to wanton destruction of the kind witnessed at Waikin and signals the loss of the knowledge and understanding of the use of burning as an effective traditional land management tool. What is irrefutable is that uncontrolled burning is injurious to wildlife, promotes the spread of savannahs and habitat loss, which in turn robs animals and birds of shelter, food and protection. Uncontrolled burning is injurious to people, Eco-systems and agriculture; destroying useful and endemic species and allowing for advantageous growth of species such a razor grass, which have neither economic nor ecological value.Uncontrolled burning is injurious to tourism because it compromises the quality, integrity and beauty of our product which just won Guyana international accolades as the number one Eco-Tourism destination in the world and, therefore, has a direct impact on the local and national economy.It is not enough to quietly commiserate and share sad faces online, it is time that we as a region and nation take seriously the ecological and economic consequences of such acts which threaten human life, damage crops, cause injury to domestic animals, destroy habitats, kill wildlife and threaten economic activities like tourism and agriculture.It is time to have serious discussions at the regional and community levels about the need for education and working together to reduce and censure wanton destructive actions. Because of climate change, we are seeing longer and hotter dry seasons, a trend that is likely to become increasingly worst in the coming years.The damage caused by burning on the Rupununi landscape is a problem, therefore, if not addressed seriously now will continue to get worst both in magnitude and frequency. As a society, we can no longer duck our heads in the sand. To do so risks being left with a lifeless and ugly wasteland strewn with the stories of “when we were young” and the tears shed over the opportunity lost when a simple change in behaviour was all that was needed to avoid disaster.We must be willing to call out in our villages, communities and families, persons engaged in such reckless acts and work together with regional authorities to bring censure and with local stakeholders to promote education aimed at relearning a more responsible use of fire based on the traditional practices that do work, education and collaboration are the key.Regards,Melanie McTurklast_img read more

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President Sirleaf Salutes Gabon at 57th Independence

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a congratulatory message to her colleague, the President of the Republic of Gabon, Mr. Ali Bongo Ondimba, on that country’s 57th Independence Anniversary today, August 17.This national holiday commemorates the independence of Gabon from France in 1960. Its colonization began in the first half of the 19th Century, when France signed treaties with local tribal chiefs and established a protectorate over the coastal area. The French officially occupied the entire territory of Gabon in 1885. In 1910, Gabon became one of the four territories comprising French Equatorial Africa, along with French Congo, Chad and Ubangi-Shari (now the Central African Republic). When French Equatorial Africa was dissolved in the late 1950s, France agreed to give Gabon complete independence.According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, President Sirleaf, on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia and in her own name, extended heartfelt felicitations and best wishes to the Government and people of the Republic of Gabon.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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David de Gea signs new deal at Man Utd

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has pledged his future to the club © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 16 – David de Gea has signed a new long-term contract with Manchester United, the Premier League club announced on Monday, ending months of speculation over his future.The 28-year-old, who had been linked with a return to Spain with Real Madrid for several seasons, has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal. “David de Gea has signed a new long-term contract with Manchester United, keeping him at the club until at least June 2023,” United said on their official website. “There is an option to extend for a further year.”Former manager Alex Ferguson brought De Gea to the club from Atletico Madrid in 2011 in an £18.9 million ($23 million) deal and he has since made 367 appearances for the club.“It has been a privilege to spend eight years at this great club and the opportunity to continue my career at Manchester United is a genuine honour,” said the goalkeeper.“Since I arrived here, I could never have imagined I would play over 350 games for this club. Now my future is fixed, all I want is to help this team achieve what I believe we can and win trophies again, together.”De Gea joined in the year that United reached their third Champions League final in four years.The club’s fortunes have since dipped under a succession of different managers but the Spaniard has won the Premier League, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League since arriving at Old Trafford.“There’s no place like home,” he tweeted, accompanied by a video of himself the club’s stadium.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was delighted the Spaniard had committed his long-term future to the club.“Over recent years, David has proved himself to be the best in the world and a vital part of our plans as we look to take Manchester United back to where it belongs. David is a fantastic person and his outstanding quality provides the perfect base to our defence”De Gea, capped 40 times by Spain, came close to joining Real Madrid in 2015 only for a paperwork delay to stop the deal going through before the transfer deadline.He would have been free to speak to any European clubs from January 1 and leave next summer on a free transfer.Protracted negotiations over De Gea’s future were offered as a reason for his poor form towards the end of last season, with the club finishing a lowly sixth in the Premier League.He was also at fault for Patrick van Aanholt’s late winner as Crystal Palace won 2-1 at Old Trafford last month.He recently lost his place in the Spain team to Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, although he was recalled for this month’s Euro qualifying win over minnows the Faroe Islands.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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FORMER HIGHLAND RADIO BOSS DENIES HARASSING PRESENTER

first_imgThe former advertising and marketing manager at Highland Radio has denied that he pressurised or harassed a DJ at the station.Highland RadioJohn Clancy was giving evidence on the second day of a case of constructive dismissal taken by former afternoon show presenter Stephen Lynch.Mr Lynch, had earlier claimed at the Employment Appeals Tribunal in the Silver Tassie Hotel in Letterkenny, that he was put under significant pressure in his job weeks before his father’s death in October, 2012. As well as having the use of a company car taken from him, Mr Lynch, a father-of-three from Carndonagh, said his list of advertising clients was reduced from 29 to 15.He said he had been left with no option but to resign after his wage had been cut from €611 to €390.However, Mr Clancy, the son-in-law of Highland radio owner Gerry Rabbitte who joined the station in 2012, completely denied all claims made against him by Mr Lynch.He said he repeatedly tried to encourage Mr Lynch to improve his sales performance and offered him several ideas and ways of looking after his clients on the Inishowen Peninsula. He said the station’s Inishowen sales, of which Mr Lynch was in charge of, were in “cardiac arrest” and needed to be addressed.One included the idea of Mr Lynch taking off two weeks from his afternoon radio show to concentrate on improving his relationships with his existing clients and building new clients but he refused claiming his show would suffer.He also said an idea of having an outside broadcast featuring the station’s most popular presenter Shaun Doherty for two weeks in Inishowen was also rejected by Mr Lynch.On another occasion he picked up the local newspaper in Inishowen and went through all the adverts in the paper from businesses which did not advertise with Highland.He then suggested to Mr Lynch that they were potential sales which could be followed up on. Mr Clancy said that despite trying repeatedly to address the issue of falling sales, Mr Lynch would not return his emails for a number of days.He said his job was to drive the sales team and that in 2012, when other radio stations were dropping revenue by 9%, Highland had actually increased their sales by 8.5%.“That was unheard of,” said Mr Clancy.When he heard that Mr Lynch’s father was seriously ill, he completely backed off Mr Lynch. He added that if he realised how ill Mr Lynch’s father was then he would have suggested he take a six month sabbatical.And he denied earlier claims that he had a path worn to Mr Lynch’s door.“I was trying to help him out. I was trying to create a bit of a buzz. All radio stations were finding it difficult but I was offering to help Stephen,” he said.Mr Clancy also claimed that Mr Lynch would telephone other staff members to see if he was about and would leave directly for home instead of having to met with him.The tribunal heard the only employment contract between Highland and Mr Lynch was a handwritten piece of paper.Mr Clancy said he was not aware of the terms of Mr Lynch’s work contract.The tribunal also heard how the board finally decided to take the use of the company car from Mr Lynch.It also heard how there was a confrontation between station manager Mr Charlie Collins and Mr Clancy when the sales manager reduced the car pool from three cars down to two.Mr Collins then warned Mr Clancy not to go over his head again, the tribunal heard.Solicitor for Mr Lynch, Mr Ciaran Mac Lochlainn asked Mr Clancy if he used the pool car after it was taken from his client.He said he might use it once a week at most saying he had his own car.He added that he felt the cars were not being used properly and then introduced a log-book system so it could be recorded who was using the cars and at what times.Programme manager at the station Ms Linda McGroarty also gave evidence and refuted earlier claims by Mr Lynch that it was she who asked him to return his company car when he could not come into work during an outside broadcast in Buncrana.Ms McGroarty said she was very friendly with Mr Lynch and all the presenters but that he must have been mistaken.She said she had no recollection of any such conversation and that her first concern was for Stephen and the second was that she had to organise a presenter to fill in for him that afternoon.She told the tribunal “With respect I would not have done that (asked for him to leave the car back) as cars mean nothing to me. It would not have been something I would have said. I never mentioned car to Stephen.”The case was adjourned until October 6th next when it is expected to hear from Highland owner Gerry Rabbitte and his son Tim.FORMER HIGHLAND RADIO BOSS DENIES HARASSING PRESENTER was last modified: July 9th, 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:Highland RadiojobJohn ClancyStephen Lynchtribunallast_img read more

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Lancaster alum Wheeler to wrestle in national event

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event – Dave Shelburne 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lancaster High alumnus Adam Wheeler competes today in the U.S. Greco-Roman Wrestling Nationals in Las Vegas, attempting to win a title in the 96-kilogram (211.5-pound) division. Wheeler, representing the Gator Wrestling Club, enters the event ranked No. 1 in the nation after beating two-time Nebraska All-American Justin Ruiz, who is ranked No. 2 nationally. Ruiz defeated Wheeler in the finals of the U.S. Nationals and World Team Trials last year and is seeking a third consecutive national title today. Wheeler defeated Ruiz in the Dave Schultz Memorial earlier this year. last_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS: GRAHAM DWYER FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER OF ELAINE O’HARA

first_imgGraham Dwyer has been found guilty of the murder of Elaine O’Hara. The jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty after considering their verdict for more than seven hours.The trial has captured national attention in recent weeks. Mr Justice Hunt had asked that there be silence in court before the verdict was read out. This was observed impeccably by the public.Mr Justice Hunt told the jury that their behavior was an example of “first class good citizenship” following the case.He also said he “110 per cent” agreed with their verdict “based on the evidence”.April 20th has been set for a sentence hearing pending the preparation of victim impact statements. The offence of murder carries a mandatory life sentence.Mr Dwyer (42), an architect from Kerrymount Close in Foxrock, was charged with murdering childcare worker Ms O’Hara (36) on August 22nd, 2012.Her remains were found in forestry on Killakee Mountain, Rathfarnham, Dublin, on September 13th, 2013. He had pleaded not guilty.The trial lasted for nine weeks and focused on the sadomasochistic relationship between Mr Dwyer and Ms O’Hara.During his summation Mr Justice Hunt told the jury if there had been a reasonable possibility Elaine O’Hara died by suicide, Mr Dwyer must be acquitted.He had told the jury they had to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Dwyer murdered Ms O’Hara by stabbing her for his own sexual gratification.“You cannot convict unless you are satisfied beyond reasonable doubt; if you are so satisfied, you are obliged to convict,” he said.BREAKING NEWS: GRAHAM DWYER FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER OF ELAINE O’HARA was last modified: March 27th, 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)last_img read more

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Inderski Records 1,000th Career Kill In A 3-1 Loss To Loyola

first_img DES MOINES, Iowa – Junior Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) recorded 13 kills to reach the 1,000 career kill mark in the Drake University volleyball team’s 3-1 loss to Loyola on Saturday, Nov. 12, evening at the Knapp Center.Inderski’s 13 kills brought her career total to 1,011. After recording her 1,000th career dig in Friday night’s win, Inderski became just the fourth Bulldog in history to record 1,000 career kills and digs. She also added 18 digs on Saturday to record her 15th double-double of the season.Junior Odessa Cody (Chicago, Ill.) tallied 10 kills while senior Chandelle Davidson (Gretna, Neb.) had a team-high 20 assists for the Bulldogs.Drake (15-15, 6-10 MVC) fell by set scores of 19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-19.The Bulldogs never trailed in the first set, but the second and third set featured 20 ties and 10 lead changes as Loyola was able to wrestle control of the match from the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs struggled to stop Loyola in the fourth set, going down early, 10-4, before falling, 25-19.Loyola (13-17, 8-9 MVC) was led by Gabi Maciagowski with 24 kills while Anna Fleunt recorded a game-high 49 assists. With the win, the Ramblers strengthened their lead over Drake for the sixth and final spot in the upcoming MVC Tournament.Following Saturday’s match, the Bulldogs honored their five seniors, Chandelle Davidson, Capris Quaites, Makena Schoene, Michelle Thommi and Nicole WoodsThe Bulldogs conclude their regular season with a pair of road matches against Indiana State and Illinois State on Nov. 18 and Nov. 19, respectively. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Preview The Valley on ESPN3 Watch Live at Indiana State 11/18/2016 – 6:00 PM Box Score (HTML) Print Friendly Version Box Score (PDF) Next Game: Live Stats Photo Gallery Full Schedule Roster Story Linkslast_img read more

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Investigation after car set alight in forest

first_imgGardaí are investigating a case of criminal damage after a car was set on fire at Mongorry Wood outside Raphoe.The forest gate was damaged and a car was found burnt-out in the forest last week.The incidents occurred sometime between Monday 2nd December and Wednesday 4th December. Coillte employees first discovered the damage at the entrance gate. A burnt-out car was then found at the rear of the forestry.Gardaí are calling on the public to report any people or vehicles they noticed acting suspiciously in the area.Anyone with any information that can help with the investigation can contact Letterkenny Garda Station on +353 74 9167100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.  Investigation after car set alight in forest was last modified: December 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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Elephants’ dung used to produce coffee and paper

first_imgOne of the big 5 are drawing more than just tourists to the African bush. Elephant dung is now being used to create paper in Africa and flavour artisanal coffee in Thailand.African elephant (Loxodonta africana) group drinking from waterhole – wide angle perspective. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Many Kenyans and Ugandans use the elephant’s dung to manufacture paper. In Thailand, the dung is used to produce rich coffee. (Image: World Wildlife Organisation)• South Africa’s sniffer elephants learn to track explosives • Africa: The tech continent • Dadaab: the camp that’s changing the world’s view on refugees • African scientists make headway in grasping persistent TB bacteria • Girls in space! Africa’s first private satellite – designed by schoolgirls Media Club South Africa reporterSome of the world’s favourite handmade paper and sought after artisanal coffee has very humble, albeit messy, beginnings. Today eco-friendly handmade books and coffee begin life as elephant dung.John Matano’s Nampath Paper is just one of 17 Kenyan firms that process elephant dung to make high quality paper. Matano’s paper is, according to the BBC, as good as paper made from traditional sources.Elephants digest only about 45% of its highly fibrous herbivorous diet. Undigested fibre passes straight through them, creating dung that can be easily processed into paper. Or as Matano explained, “An average elephant eats 250kg of food each day. Out of that amount about 50kg of dung is produced, and 125 sheets of A4 paper can be produced from each 50kg.”This free, and constantly available renewable product has seen the birth of a new industry in East Africa. Kafe Mwarimo, manager at the Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary, said that the elephant dung paper industry has so far helped more than 500 local people pull themselves out of poverty.Matano said their way of making paper saves the indigenous tree populations of nearby forests from being destroyed. “The business is very reliable, and has a promising future. It is important for poaching and illegal logging to go down to 0%.”The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), a government agency, has been full of praise for the efforts of the new paper industry. Paul Gathitu, KWS spokesman, said the industry has helped to protect the country’s remaining 7 000 elephants and helped reduce illegal logging.“It is a good effort, it helps humans coexist with elephants. Lots of the paper products from elephant dung have been provided to us here at KWS.”Preserving elephantsCreation begins with the savannah grass that elephants feed on. It is that masticated fibre pulp that is the key ingredient of Nampath’s paper. Matano explained the process: “After washing, clean fibres remain. Then the fibre is boiled for four hours in a vat to thoroughly ensure it is clean. Then after that, much of the process is similar to that of making regular paper.”Saving treesWatch how people in Uganda produce paper out of elephant dung:Jane Muihia, of paper manufacturer Transpaper Kenya, said paper from elephant dung is equal in quality to regular paper. She pointed out that the paper does not actually stink. “It goes through all the regular stages of manufacture. And in price it is almost the same.”Coffee made out of elephant dungCoffee made from beans rescued from elephant dung has, according to a story in the Daily Mail, a very floral aroma. With hints of chocolate. The taste has strong milk chocolate notes with a nutty undertone and hints of spices and red berries.Black Ivory, the trade name for the coffee produced in Thailand, sells for $1 100 a kilogram, or R17 200, making it the most expensive cup of Joe you can wake up to. It is also only available to visitors at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation.The coffee is the brainchild of Thailand’s Anantara Resorts. It insists that the beans are ‘naturally refined’ by the elephants in the conservation programme. Anantara uses 8% of sales to fund care for the animals, according to the news portal ABC News.Watch how coffee lovers enjoy the Black Ivory in Thailand:last_img read more

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January Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your Comment

first_imgMike is passionate about caching, but he also promotes caching throughout the state and region.  Mike is at every event and CITO.  He encourages others to give back to caching as well.  I think he is the glue that keeps caching alive in Delaware.  Mike is the perfect example of a ambassador to geocaching.  Having cached with him in Alaska and the Northwest US, I know first hand his passion for caching.  It is my honor to nominate him as Geocacher of the Month!” KallesonNominee for January 2014 Geocacher of the MonthStephan from Gonzo&Xuni writes, “Kallesons real name is Martin Hanneken. He is Co-Founder of our Geocaching Verein “Geocaching im Emsland e.V.”He is an active part of our local geocaching community. Martin owns a mixed variety of geocaches, such as night caches, really difficult mystery caches and a nice range of clever traditional hides.What makes him a good candidate as a geocacher of the month is the fact, that he developed a “Geocaching Owner School” which he offers as part of event caches in our local region.Goal of these school events is to make new and old cachers aware of our guidelines, do’s and don’ts, rules, and all other aspects. Attendees of his “Owner school” will learn how to do it right.His efforts to train and make people understand the basics of our hobby makes Martin a very good candidate for the geocacher of the month.He owns one of the best Night caches in our local area. “The Hunt @ Night” The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoinThe creator of a “school” for geocache hiders, an extreme geocacher with hides along mountain trails and the person who’s the glue that helps bind an entire state of geocachers together. We’re honoring each of these nominees for Geocacher of the Month for their contributions to the geocaching community. Each will receive worldwide recognition and a prize package from Geocaching HQ in Seattle, but which will be named Geocacher of the Month?This is your opportunity to  help decide who will take home the earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin (at left). Each featured Geocacher of the Month will receive the exclusive special edition Geocoin, a hat and a profile icon. They’ll also receive a certificate acknowledging their contributions, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com.In December, Siig was named Geocacher of the Month.Siig – Winner Geocacher of the Month January 2014One geocacher who commented wrote, “Hands down winner this month must be siig! There is a reason why they are by far the team in Denmark with most favourite votings (and not just 100 as hinted above….almost 2800 favourites received!). You always leave one of their hides with a silent smile or a big and noisy laugh, as they are most often very innovative and funny caches. Their caches are well kept and always an experience.”Now it’s your turn to help us select the next Geocacher of the Month. Write a supportive comment at the bottom of this blog for the nominated geocacher that you feel should be awarded the title. A panel from Geocaching HQ will then use your comments to help guide the decision of which geocacher is awarded the Geocacher of the Month honor.Here are your nominees for the January 2014 Geocacher of the Month. Some testimonials have been edited for length. Mike OttNominee for January 2014 Geocacher of the MonthTim Werbrich writes, “MikeOtt is Delaware’s Geocaching Ambassador and the Presidential leader of the Delaware Geocachers.  Mike has over 16,500 finds and owns over 300 caches!  Mike took the lead in creating the Delaware Geocaching Trail in conjunction with Delaware Tourism.  This trail of about 70 caches takes cachers over scenic trails and to unique attractions throughout Delaware.  He also created the C & D Canal Power Trail, a trail of over 150 caches that border the scenic Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.  Mike also began the First State Challenge, an annual challenge series of caches in each of Delaware’s 3 counties.  There are a lot more things he does for geocaching. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the December Geocacher of the MonthFebruary 4, 2014In “Community”December Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentJanuary 17, 2014In “Community”Announcing the January Geocacher of the MonthMarch 7, 2014In “Community”center_img Natalie Gray (Coralteach) writes, “I would like to nominate Cass Kalinski, otherwise known as CKayaks, for Geocacher of the Month. He not only finds all sorts of high terrain caches, etc…himself, he also places a lot of caches for others to enjoy, including an entire challenging trail in one of our largest parks. Even more than that though, is what he gives back to the geocaching community. Besides placing caches, he holds GREAT events. For two years in a row he has hosted a big event in Los Banos, CA.He puts out 50 caches and cachers come from miles around to go out and have fun for the day. This year they were all puzzles, which was really great, and a lot of additional work for him!  He had really great coins made up for both last year and this year, and it is becoming an annual event, and could even develop into a Mega Event! In addition, he hosts CITO events, and has one coming up on Jan. 18th. His caches are clever and fun, his stats are incredible, but the time and effort he goes through to host events, is incredible. His events draw cachers from all over the Bay Area, down to the Central Coast, and turns us into a community. I don’t think you’ll find a more well rounded cacher, or anyone more deserving of the award for Geocacher of the Month. He is a legend around here, and truly merits this award.”Comment below to tell us who you think should be the January Geocacher of the Month. We will be accepting comments through February 28.If your nominee wasn’t recognized here, please submit your nominations again next month. We’re always looking for the next Geocacher of the Month. To nominate a geocacher, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@geocaching.com and include the following information:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the MonthPlease inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Nominations for the next Geocacher of the Month should be received by March 3. Once Geocaching HQ has received the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so that we might learn from each other. CKayaksNominee for January 2014 Geocacher of the Monthlast_img read more

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