SANParks sells rhinos to foil poachers

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_img2 April 2015SANParks is to sell 286 white rhino to private buyers as part of its efforts to save the animals from poaching, Kuseni Dlamini, the organisation’s outgoing chairperson, said in Pretoria on Wednesday.“A tender was issued for the sale of white rhino to private land owners who fulfil a number of requirements, including habit and security,” Dlamini said.Poachers killed 1 217 rhinos in South Africa in 2014, including more than 800 in Kruger National Park, up from a total of 1 004 in 2013. The country has a population of about 20 000 rhinos.Suitable and secureDlamini said the tender process was in the adjudication phase, with a team including auditors from KPMG, National Treasury and scientists assessing properties to ensure they would provide a suitable and secure habitat.The sale forms part of a translocation programme begun in October 2014 to move some rhino out of poaching hotspots in the Kruger National Park.About R32-million of land had also been purchased as part of the creation of “rhino strongholds” where rhinos would be kept to allow the population to grow, SANParks said.Dr Howard Hendricks, SANParks acting managing executive for conservation, said the rhino would not be “dumped” on to the properties, and that the organisation would maintain relationships with the owners.Interventions“While we cannot claim to have won the war against rhino poaching during our term, we have gone a long way towards developing and putting in place the interventions needed to contain this threat to our natural heritage,” Dlamini said.Steps included a helicopter donated by the Howard G Buffett Foundation and use of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones in the Kruger National Park.Ending poaching needed the combined effort of business, NGOs, neighbouring countries and the “whole global community”, he said.Hendricks said rhinos were also being killed by lightning, which had become more prevalent in the past three years.In Bloemhof in Free State, two rhino were killed by lightning last year. Other areas where this had happened were the Northern Cape and the Waterberg region in Limpopo.news24.com and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


Going Green: Cleantech VC Funding Narrows Focus to Energy Efficiency

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In a new study released by Ernst & Young and Dow Jones VentureSource, cleantech startups focusing on energy efficiency raised more from venture capitalists in the last quarter of 2009 than those working on electricity generation. While fewer dollars were spent from the third to fourth quarters, more investments were made, especially in the energy efficiency category, suggesting more focused investments.While investment in cleantech startups as a whole dropped 45% from $868.5 million in the third quarter to $564.5 million in the fourth, the money was refocused into energy efficiency, which nearly doubled from $133.7 million in Q3 to $252.8 million in Q4. Energy generation companies, Q3’s leading cleantech investment category at over $300 million, was dethroned in Q4 as they fell 62% to $118.5 million. 51 total deals in Q3 rose 21% to 62 deals in the final quarter of 2009. Energy efficiency leap-frogged energy generation, gaining 8% more of the total deals between quarters, while energy generation lost 12% of its share. Ernst & Young cleantech director John de Younge says these numbers signify a shift from the expensive nature of the solar companies, which dominate the electricity generation sector, to less fiscally demanding energy efficiency companies.“Energy efficiency is in the sweet spot of many venture capital investors in terms of skill sets and funding parameters, particularly given its basis in information technology,” says de Younge. “Consequently, we may see investor participation in cleantech broaden.”This trend echoes that of overall VC investments which saw an increase in the amount of deals along with a drop in value from Q3 to Q4 of 2009 – a clear sign of investors more carefully spending their funds. Cleantech, and more specifically energy efficiency startups, could see even further growth in 2010 as venture capitalists are set to spend even more in the first part of the year thanks to a boost in funds raised at the end of 2009. Even if the VCs decide to remain cautious as they did at the end of 2009, they seem to be taking a shining to the energy efficiency startups, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see continued growth in that sector.Photo by Flickr user NeoGaboX. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts chris cameroncenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#startups last_img read more


Canon C300 Mark II: 15 Stops of Dynamic Range and More

Posted On Dec 12 2019 by

first_img  Sensor  Super 35mm CMOS Sensor with Dual Pixel   Audio  4 Channel Audio 16 or 24-bit   Resolution  4K, 2K, 1080   Battery  Canon BP-A30 or BP-A60   Compression   XF-AVC Intra, Long GOP and Proxy H.265   Cards  2x CFast, 1x SD   Monitoring  Rotating 4″ Monitor   Output  2x 3D-SDI Output, 2x SLR Inputs   Frame Rate  Up to 30fps at 4K, Up to 60fps at 2K/HD, Up to 120fps with Cropped 2K Canon’s latest camera brings some much appreciated improvements to the C300.With NAB 2015 just around the corner, it’s safe to say that there will be dozens of noteworthy announcements and releases from all the major camera companies. It’s been rumored that Canon would be releasing a new C300 for some time and now the wait is over.The Canon C300 Mark IIThe Canon C300 Mark II has many added improvements over its predecessor, most notably the ability to record 4K footage internally and 4K RAW footage externally. This will hopefully make the C300 Mark II more competitive in the modern production world.Another jaw-dropping feature added to the C300 is the ability to record footage with up to 15 stops of dynamic range. Yes. You read that right.At 15 stops, the C300 Mark II would have a dynamic range greater than that of a human eye. This has huge implications for those looking to get the most control over their color in post.The camera is available in both Canon EF and PL lens mounts. In line with the Blackmagic URSA, the Canon C300 Mark II’s lens mounts were designed to be interchangeable. However, to change the mounts you must send your camera in to Canon.The new camera will feature 3 card slots: 2 CFast and 1 SD. The SD slot is only capable of recording up to 2K video in 4:2:0, but the CFast card slots can record up to 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 footage at 30fps.The only area that the C300 Mark II doesn’t shine greatly is FPS. As of the time of this writing, the camera can only record up to 120fps at a cropped 2K and only 30fps at 4K. This makes it slower than the Blackmagic URSA and much slower than the Sony FS7.Who knows… maybe Canon will increase the specs in a later firmware update in the future.Canon C300 Mark II Specs   Lens Mount  EF or PL   Color Depth  4:4:4 HD/2K, 4:2:2 4K   Dynamic Range  Up to 15 Stops   Color  Black The following video, released by Canon, gives us a quick tour of the new C300 Mark II.There is currently no test footage shot using the C300 Mark II, but if the footage is anything like the specs? It’s going to be amazing.Pricing and AvailabilityThe C300 Mark II in both the EF mount and PL mount is only available for pre-order at the moment for $16,000. The camera is expected to be released in September 2015.Want to learn more about the new Canon C300 Mark II? Check out a few of the following resources:Canon C300 Mark II Now Official with Internal 4K & 15 Stops of Dynamic Range – No Film SchoolThe Canon C300 Mark II: Will it be the New 4K Production Workhorse? – PremiumBeatCanon announces EOS C300 Mark II: 4K Cinema Camera – Cinema 5DDo you think the C300 Mark II specs justify the $16,000 price tag? Sound off in the comments below.last_img read more


Publication of National Register of Citizens in Assam: SC says ‘no’ to extension of deadline

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Tuesday declined pleas to extend the date for the final publication of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam by two months from May 31 to July 31 of this year.A Bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi stressed that the ongoing work should be completed by May 31 without “any interference from any quarter”.The NRC is being prepared to identify illegal migrants residing in the north-eastern State.The court took exception to a submission made by the Centre and the State coordinator for the NRC that the process would be completed by July 31, instead of May 31.Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal submitted that a status report from the State Coordinator showed that the verification of around one crore persons in the State was yet to be done and this exercise would take till July 31.State coordinator Prateek Hajela submitted that the verification process involved house visits and a mop-up operation was required. “You push it up. We are not going to push it down. Do it by May 31, not a day later,” Justice Gogoi made the court’s stand clear.When Mr. Venugopal said the May 31 deadline was an impossible one, Justice Gogoi observed: “ Our business is to make the impossible, possible and we will do it.”The court posted the matter for hearing on March 27.last_img read more


10 months agoMan Utd midfielder Herrera: De Gea was killing me over clean sheets!

Posted On Oct 28 2019 by

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Herrera: De Gea was killing me over clean sheets!by Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAnder Herrera says David De Gea was “killing his mind” over Manchester United’s lack of clean sheets.The Red Devils grabbed only their sixth clean sheet across all competitions in last night’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United.And Herrera is thankful that United’s defence is beginning to improve under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”It’s very important, also because they have a fantastic striker (in) Salomon Rondon,” Herrera told reporters post-match.”He was scoring a lot of goals and our two centre-backs were really, really good. Even in the first-half, they had a small confusion and Jona made a fantastic tackle into the box.”I think all of us are in good form, clean sheet as well.”Very important for David as well. We wanted to make David happy because he was a little bit disappointed the last games.”I had to cope with him after the game, killing my mind, telling me that he wanted a clean sheet and I’m happy for him as well because he got a clean sheet.” last_img read more


DLF to earn Rs 375 crore rentyear from new commercial project in

Posted On Oct 18 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: Real estate major DLF has almost completely leased its commercial project in Gurugram, Haryana comprising 2.5 million sq ft area, and expects to earn a rental of about Rs 375 crore annually, a senior company official said. The 12-acre project ‘Cyber Park’ has been developed by DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd (DCCDL), a joint venture between DLF and GIC, at an estimated cost of about Rs 1,500 crore. It has office space with a small retail area. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We have pre-leased nearly 100 per cent area in this Grade-A commercial project,” DLF group MD (Rental Business) Sriram Khattar said. The company expects to get occupancy certificate for this project soon, he said. DCCDL expects a rental income of Rs 365-375 crore per annum from this project, Khattar said. In an investors presentation, DLF had last month said that the rental income from this project would start from October. Khattar said the demand for quality office space is high across major cities from corporates and co-working companies. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn 2016, DLF had given a contract to L&T to construct this project, comprising three towers, as per LEED platinum green certification norms. According to market sources, corporates which have taken space in this project include Bank of America, Reckitt Benckiser, Siemens, E&Y, Sterlite, Trilegal, WPP, JLL and WeWork, among others. DCCDL currently earns a rental income of over Rs 2,900 crore from 30 million sq ft of leased commercial properties. With this project becoming operational, the rental income will go up further. In 2017, DLF-GIC JV was formed when the promoters of the realty firm sold their stake in DCCDL to the Singapore sovereign fund GIC.last_img read more


NB Liberals lure Green votes but government still likely to fall Friday

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgFREDERICTON – Premier Brian Gallant’s Liberals appear headed for defeat Friday, setting the stage for a Progressive Conservative government to take over in New Brunswick.Tory Leader Blaine Higgs said Thursday the Liberals had tried to lure some of his members to support the throne speech in Friday’s vote, but they are standing firm and will all vote against it.“We stand firm, all 22 of us. We are voting against this throne speech tomorrow morning, and there’s no necessity for any further debate,” said Higgs, who is now positioned to become premier.People’s Alliance Leader Kris Austin — who earlier Thursday would not confirm how his party would vote — said they would vote to defeat the Liberal government.“We are here to say collectively as a caucus, we will not be supporting this government or its throne speech. We’ve made up our mind,” Austin said.The Liberals don’t have the numbers to survive the confidence vote.They won just 21 seats in the September election — one fewer than the Tories — while the Greens and People’s Alliance each won three seats.All three Green members of the New Brunswick legislature said Thursday they’ll vote in favour of the throne speech, which had offered Gallant a brief but dim glimmer of hope that his minority government could survive at least a bit longer.Higgs said he is confident the Liberals will be defeated.“I still remain optimistic, but I’m not here for the goodness of my health … we’ve got to make some decisions that matter,” he said.If the Liberals lose the confidence vote, it’s expected the lieutenant-governor would ask the Tories to try to form government.Gallant said Thursday that if he loses the vote, the Liberals will step aside.“I’ll resign the government. I’ve made it clear that I don’t think New Brunswickers want an election. And frankly if we were to go into an election we would be rebuking the very strong message sent to us on election night. People have sent a minority government to Fredericton for a reason,” he said.If he loses, Gallant said he would speak to his wife about whether to stay on as opposition leader, or quit.Gallant will have one last chance to make his case when he closes debate on the throne speech Friday morning, before the vote is held.Despite the indication of their vote, Green members weren’t giving the Liberal government any glowing endorsements in the legislature Thursday.Leader David Coon said over the last four years he has lost confidence in the government and its leadership.“The political meddling in the work of the legislature, the neglect of our health, child protection and senior care systems, and of the poor, the firing of our chief medical officer of health and the dismantling of her office, the handing over of extramural to Medavie, the inaction on renewable energy and climate change, and the degradation of our forests have all left our province worse off,” Coon said.But he didn’t have a glowing review of the Tories either.“I have little confidence that they have changed, and recent comments on fracking, language rights, Indigenous people and climate change have only confirmed this to me,” Coon said.However he said the amended Liberal throne speech, which contains some items from the Green platform, could be advanced for the benefit of their constituents, and all New Brunswickers.Gallant said he’s hoping opposition members will decide to put politics aside and base their decision on the actual throne speech.“If they do that, and they base their vote on the contents of the speech from the throne, I feel like we can gain the confidence of the house,” he said.Gallant said if he continues to govern, then he knows he will have to do better by working more collaboratively with the other parties.last_img read more


MMIW talks wrap up for now

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgAPTN National NewsAboriginal groups, territorial and provincial leaders are back home but if you believe what they have to say, the next meeting on missing and murdered Indigenous people will happen at the end of next year.After two tumultuous days of meetings in Ottawa, leaders are saying this s the start of change.APTN National News wraps up the meetings.last_img


The Many Ways The Media Gets Around Saying Groin

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

“Junk”0000041– PHRASECBS SPORTSS.I.ESPNFOXOLD MEDIA*NEW MEDIA*ALL OTHERSTOTAL “Crotch”1000022– *Old media: NY Times, WSJ, AP, Reuters. *New media: Deadspin, SB Nation, Bleacher Report “Nuts”0001059– “Between the legs”0300042– “Below the belt”4124024– It’s the oldest laugh in sports: Some poor schmoe takes a sports ball to the crotch, keels over and, once we’re reasonably sure no lasting damage has been done, the TV announcers deadpan some dad jokes while the camera pans around to giggling teammates. It’s as much a familiar sports yuk as other not-all-that-uncommon oddities, like a field player on the mound or the fat guy touchdown, only with funnier GIFs.At least, that’s how things work when the hit comes in a relatively low-stakes setting. But what happens when the stakes are raised? And just as important, when reporters are forced to write about sportsmen kicking each other in the nuts, what do they write? This week has provided some answers.In the hours after Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, the entire NBA-watching universe found itself poring over various angles of Draymond Green kicking Steven Adams right in the penis. Green was at risk of being suspended for Game 4, and suddenly the punchline was vital to the outcome of the NBA playoffs.1In a lot of ways, this is a fitting absurdity to afflict the NBA pundit class. When the assumption is that complex, instinctual movement can be studied in slow-motion to reveal some very specific truth — when the angle of Andre Iguodala’s arm is a measureable gauge of defensive sophistication — maybe spending 18 hours Zapruder-ing intent out of Vines of a kick to the penis is the proper antidote.Just as suddenly, reporters had to describe what had happened. Different outlets have different comfort levels when writing about the crotch. The New York Times, for example, threw idiomatic English out the door on first reference: “Exhibit A was that Green picked up a flagrant-1 foul — while hacked in the act of shooting — with 5 minutes 57 seconds left in the half by flailing a leg between those of Steven Adams, who wound up doubled over.” The New York Daily News, writing after the situation had resolved itself, was less weighed down by compunction: “Green will not be suspended for kicking Thunder center Steven Adams in the nuts during Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday, the league indicated in a release.”Clearly, a more thorough linguistic examination is in order. Out of practicality, when searching for the terms used by news outlets to describe the incident, I limited the search to online articles, and not broadcast or radio. I used Google’s advanced search function to look for articles in the last week about Adams or Bismack Biyombo, who was punched in the genitals by Dahntay Jones in the Eastern Conference Finals the night before Adams crumpled, and counted up who wrote what.The sample includes articles from mainstream sports news sites such as ESPN, Yahoo, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and — for strictly liberal-media, East-Coast-bias reasons — a few of the New York tabloids. I threw in some old media standbys (The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press) as a control group, as well as general sports blogs like SB Nation and Bleacher Report for more or less the opposite effect. I also sought out the most partial participants: local newspapers for each team, plus dedicated blogs for each team — Daily Thunder (the TrueHoop Network’s blog for the Thunder), Golden State of Mind (SB Nation’s for the Warriors) and Deadspin, a Warriors fan blog based in New York City.2Disclosure: I used to work for Deadspin, where I was made to write Warriors propaganda.Here it is, in table form: “Low Blow”6010034– “Dick”0000080– “Private area”5101005– “Balls”0000063– “Penis”0000010– “Groin Area”1050000– “Nether region”1011002– He kicked him where? Other phrases822411341– “Groin”2219181592342– “Midsection”1000120– In 96 articles, totaling a little more than 50,000 words, “groin” was used 148 times across headlines, body and photo captions. Of course, in sports, groin injuries can mean something very different from your basic knee to the crotch. So at best, this creates unnecessary ambiguity in order to demur from coarser language. The next most frequently used was some form of “below the belt” with 17 appearances, followed by “nuts” with 15, “low blow” with 14, a few variations of “private parts” totaling 12, “between the legs” with 10 and “balls” with nine. “Other” variations appeared 71 times, though this number is heavily skewed by a single Yahoo article that used 30 non-standard variations. This category includes a wide range of phrases — “nads” and “cobblers” and “Adams’s apples” alongside recitations of Green’s own softening quote, in which he repeatedly referred to the penis area as “down there.”But the taxonomy of dong euphemism goes beyond basic totals. ESPN, for instance, is almost uniformly “groin” and “groin area,” while CBS clusters around “below the belt” and “low blow” and SB Nation is heavy on “between the legs.” Deadspin carries both “dick” and “balls,” frequently daisying the two as a complex noun.Omission is just as much a function of the editorial hand as diction. In six articles appearing on NewsOK.com and Daily Thunder — both Thunder-leaning publications — some term for genitals was used 21 times; in six on SFChronicle.com and Golden State of Mind — Warriors rags — there were 14 mentions.Perhaps most concerning, the word “penis” appeared just once, in an SB Nation article; the lone appearance of “testicles” came from a CBS podcast teaser; “scrotum” appeared once, pluralized. Any of these, and many of the others, would be preferable to “groin.”CORRECTION (May 24, 5:45 p.m.): A previous version of this article misidentified the publishing network affiliated with the Daily Thunder blog. It is part of the TrueHoop Network, which is owned by ESPN, and is not an SB Nation blog. read more


Yahoo Exec Tapped To Head Prometheus Global Media

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_img“In stewarding the iconic brands of PGM, Guggenheim Digital Media will forge even stronger partnerships across all Guggenheim-related media and entertainment assets, including Dick Clark Productions,” Todd Boehly, president of Guggenheim Partners, wrote in an announcement, as initially reported by Adweek. “GDM will also make new, ground-breaking investments and partnerships in the music, media, technology, and digital entertainment spaces that meaningfully build on and expand our current portfolio. And, while new digital media investments will be a core focus going forward, we also plan to continue our investment in both the print versions and live events of our existing properties.”In addition to his two-year term at Yahoo, Levinsohn has spent time in traditional media—mainly television. He has worked with HBO, CBS Sportsline and Fox Interactive. While his background seems to be mainly in digital and broadcast media, the new CEO reassured his new team that traditional magazine media still has a place in the company.”While there’s digital in the title of this company, the importance of print goes without saying,” he said in a meeting with New York employees, Adweek reports. “I don’t think print is something that goes away.” Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter! Yahoo’s former interim-CEO Ross Levinsohn (pictured) may have been passed over for Marissa Mayer this summer, but he is now back in an executive driver’s seat—this time as CEO of Prometheus Global Media, publisher of Adweek, The Hollywood Reporter, Back Stage and Billboard, among others.  In an additional change-up that comes with the new CEO, the company has been renamed Guggenheim Digital Media (GDM), according to an announcement posted on Adweek. Financial services firm Guggenheim Partners has acquired the remaining stake in Prometheus from Pluribus Capital.This is the second CEO change up for the company in the last six months—in July, Guggenheim Partners senior managing director Dottie Mattison was named CEO of Prometheus Global Media. Mattison will stay on as a member of the board of GDM.last_img read more