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Kruger’s animal populations growing

first_imgElephant numbers are on the rise inthe Kruger Park, as are the other Big Five populations. (Image: For more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sputnik RatauMedia liaison, Depat of Environmental Affairs+27 (12) 336 8790 or +27 82 874 2942• William Yingwani MabasaHead, public relations, Kruger Park+27 13 735 4363RELATED ARTICLES • Kruger Park marks 110 years • Biggest nature park in the world • The Tour de Kruger: a wild ride • New unit to rescue rhinosJanine ErasmusSouth Africa’s world-famous Kruger National Park is proving to be an ideal breeding ground for its animals, with the Big Five populations increasing steadily, and no large mammal species under threat.The announcement was made by Minister of Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica. The minister was replying in writing to a question tabled in Parliament in mid-June.The Kruger Park, which is managed by South Africa National Parks (SANParks), has experienced ample rainfall over the last 15 years, and it is this that has produced the increase in animal numbers. However, this is part of the inevitable cycle of life and, said Sonjica, when the park enters its next dry phase the numbers will drop off naturally.The park, which spans 19 000 square kilometres, is part of the part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which encompasses the Kruger Park, the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park.The area normally enjoys a typical subtropical climate, with warm, humid summers and dry winters.The type of vegetation varies in different parts of the park, ranging from Sabie Thorn Thicket in the south, to Lebombo Mountain Bushveld in the east, Mopane Woodlands in the central region, and Mopane Savannah in the north, with a host of others in between.Big Five increasingSonjica stated that no large mammal species was threatened. Africa’s popular Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – were also doing well and in fact, numbers of the latter three species were increasing at between 4% and 7% a year.Buffalo in the park now number around 37 500, up from 22 260 in 2000. This amounts to an annual population increase of about 5%.The rare black rhino population is showing an even more robust increase, at 7% per year. There are an estimated 590 to 670 black rhino, which are listed as critically endangered on the red list of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, in the Kruger Park.The near threatened white rhino is also thriving, with the population growing at 11% a year. There are an estimated 9 460 to 12 120 white rhino in the park.Both rhino species have fallen prey to poachers in recent times – of the 92 rhino said to have been poached in South Africa since the beginning of 2010, 33 were in the Kruger Park.Elephant numbers are also increasing steadily, at around 4% a year since 2004. In 2000 there were 8 350 individuals, and the latest figure puts the population at an estimated 13 700.Lions number between 1 620 and 1 750. It is much harder to provide an accurate assessment of the leopard population. The mysterious cat is rarely seen, and Kruger Park staff have had to resort fo using older data to extrapolate the current figure. They’ve come up with a figure of 1 000 individuals.Animal diversitySonjica’s data reveals that other popular animals are gaining ground. They include the elegant giraffe, which have increased in number to between 7 090 and 10 950; Burchell’s zebra, which number between 20 870 and 33 240; and impala, which number around 125 000.Respondents on the SANParks discussion forum also reported seeing greater numbers of caracal, honey badgers, and the endangered African wild dogs.The Kruger Park’s official website provides estimates, calculated between 2008 and 2009, of mammal populations:Big Five:Lion: 1 700Leopard: 1 000Elephant: 13 573White rhinoceros: 12 158Black rhinoceros: 627Buffalo: 37 462Mammals:Cheetah: 200Wild dog: 350Spotted hyena: 2 000Burchell’s zebra: 20 868Hippopotamus: 3 000Warthog: 2 316Giraffe: 7 091Crocodile: 1 600Antelope:Eland: 300Roan antelope: 50Sable antelope: 325Greater kudu: 8 045Nyala: >300Bushbuck: >500Waterbuck: 5 000Reedbuck: 300Mountain reedbuck: 150Blue wildebeest: 8 963Tsessebe 160Impala: 127 788last_img read more

iPhone 3.0 JavaScript Performance is Even Better Than Apple Claims

first_imgApple has always had a tendency to hype up its statements about the speed of its devices by using just the right benchmarks and just the right products to compare them to. When it comes to the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 3.0 update, however, it looks like Apple might actually have understated some of the speed gains it advertised. Medialets, a mobile advertising and analytics company, ran the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark on the iPhone 3G with the old and new OS versions, as well as on the 3GS. In Medialets’ tests, the speed of the iPhone 3G with the 3.0 almost tripled, and the new iPhone 3GS is another 3 times faster in completing the SunSpider benchmark than the 3G with the 3.0 release. Maybe even more interestingly, the current generation iPhone 3GS only takes 12 times as long to complete the benchmark as a 2GHz Core 2Duo MacBook. This is obviously still a huge difference, but at this rate, we will probably see some pretty incredible performance on the next generation of mobile devices.Good for Mobile Web DevelopersOf course, these are benchmarks and don’t necessarily correlate directly into a superior user experience, but it is good to see that even iPhone 3G users will see significant speed gains from the 3.0 release. This should give mobile developers quite a boost, as they can now develop and run more complex, cross-platform compatible web apps that won’t be hindered by the mobile browser’s performance, though the Android-powered G1 is still pretty slow according to Medialets and the Palm Pre sees the same performance as a 3G with the 3.0 OS. For now, however, there are also still a few million iPhone 3G users who haven’t updated their phones’ operating system yet… frederic lardinois Tags:#Apple#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

March 2022 deadline set for Arunachal airport

first_imgThe Civil Aviation Minister has set March 2022 as the deadline for completing a greenfield airport that triggered the fall of the Congress and the upsurge of the BJP in Arunachal Pradesh.The Hollongi airport near capital Itanagar was one of a slew of projects worth ₹4,000 crore for which Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone in February. It is estimated to cost ₹1,200 crore.Minister of State (Independent) for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri, during a video conference with Arunachal Pradesh Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar, stated that the Centre would assist the State in completing the Hollongi project by March 31, 2022.The focus was also on developing helipads at five strategic places of the State apart from Tawang. The State government had suggested air connectivity between India and Bhutan via the Tawang helipad.The Hollongi project has been a touchy one for successive State governments. It was one of the major reasons why the Congress government headed by Nabam Tuki fell to eventually make the BJP come to power in the State.An airport was initially scheduled to be built at Karsingsa, also near Itanagar, and former Union Minister Shivraj Patil laid the foundation stone for it in 2008. The Tuki government rejected the site in 2012 for “geographical complications” and opted for Hollongi.In October 2015, former Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa wrote to Prime Minister Modi that the proposed airport at Hollongi be scrapped to save ₹1,150 crore, including ₹500 crore in land compensation. He advised upgrade of the Lilabari airport in Assam’s North Lakhimpur town nearby, adding he was echoing the suggestion of Opposition leaders, students’ organisations and social activists in Arunachal Pradesh. The letter said that Mr. Tuki, his cousin and former Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia and other members of their families own most of the land at Hollongi “because of which the original site for the airport was moved”.The cold war between Mr. Rajkhowa and Mr. Tuki intensified and led to the latter’s ouster in January 2016. A brief President’s rule followed, after which Kalikho Pul was sworn in to head a “rebel Congress” government that was not recognised by the Supreme Court, which reinstated Mr. Tuki in July that year.But Mr Tuki quit to hand over the reins to Pema Khandu, who first headed a Congress government that changed to the regional People’s Party of Arunachal before turning saffron in December 2016.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka pick uncapped Vikum Sanjaya for South Africa Tests

first_imgSri Lanka’s have named rookie fast bowler Vikum Sanjaya Bandara in a 15-member squad for their three-Test series against South Africa later this month.The uncapped 24-year-old Bandara is one of four pacemen in the squad. Angelo Mathews returns to lead the side and Dinesh Chandimal will be his deputy.Both Mathews and Chandimal missed Sri Lanka’s recent tour of Zimbabwe due to injuries. Apart from the three Tests, Sri Lanka will also play five ODI matches and three T20 games against the Proteas.Test squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Dinesh Chandimal (vice capt), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Vikum Sanjaya Bandara, Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera.last_img read more

Caleb Ewan: ‘I will be pinching myself on the Tour de France start line’

first_imgWhen Caleb Ewan takes to the Tour de France start line on Saturday, he will wonder what might have been. He may only be 24, but the Australian has coveted a start since he was a precocious teenager, eager to prove himself at this grandest of Grand Tours.Ewan collected his first Grand Tour win in 2015, sprinting to victory on an early stage of the Vuelta a España. Two years later he secured success in Italy, at the hallowed Giro d’Italia. But the Tour de France is the first among equals, and for consecutive seasons a start with his team Mitchelton-Scott eluded Ewan. Legendary Tourmalet climb promises fresh Tour de France torment … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Facebook Share on Pinterest Finally, in December 2017, the Australian-registered World Tour outfit announced that Ewan would contest the 2018 edition. He spent the first half of last year’s season preparing for the biggest race in the world, and attended Mitchelton-Scott’s pre-Tour training camp. Then, on 21 June 2018, the team’s chief sports director Matt White dropped a bombshell: Ewan would not be part of the squad.Twelve months later, the diminutive Ewan – who subsequently moved to Lotto-Soudal – endeavours to be diplomatic about his shock omission. Time heals old wounds, and an imminent Tour de France start is no doubt a potent salve. But it is evident that Mitchelton-Scott’s decision to leave him at home a year ago still rankles.“My whole season was based around that – that one race,” he says. “It was a blow.”Korean-Australian Ewan has been destined for a big future for the best part of a decade. In 2012, just 17, he shocked a strong field to win the final stage of the Mitchelton Wines Bay Classic in Victoria. Cycling commentator Phil Liggett said at the time that Ewan’s effort in the final straight was on par with star sprinters Mark Cavendish and Robbie McEwen.Ewan joined Mitchelton-Scott as a stagiaire in mid-2014, and they prospered together. He collected almost 30 professional wins in the years that followed, developing into one of the best sprinters in the world. The 2018 Tour omission may have soured the relationship, but Ewan insists that he reflects fondly on this time with the team.“I would not change anything,” he says. “If I had to go back to when I was signing my first contract, I would still go there. I immediately had opportunities to win races – most neo-pros don’t get those opportunities.“I am the type of person that – if I had it my way, I probably would have gone to the Tour de France as a neo-pro. So it was the team’s job to hold me back. But I think in the end they held me back too much when I was ready to step up in my career. At 24, almost 25, it is a little bit late to be starting my first Tour de France.” Reuse this content When Ewan won stage eight in a bunch sprint, his elation – and relief – was visible on the podium. “Once I had ticked that box, the pressure came off.” He claimed line honours again on stage 11, before quitting the race to prepare for the Tour.His ambition in France is simple: “The goal is to win stages.” Ewan is coy when asked what success would look like, before eventually conceding that “if someone said to me right now that I’d win one stage, I’d take that – I would be pretty satisfied.” But even a solitary stage will be no easy task. “It is my first Tour so I don’t know what to expect – I am going into unknown territory. And everyone is in their best form.”On Saturday, Ewan will finally make his Tour debut when the race rolls out from Brussels. It is a moment the Australian has been longing for since he first started watching cycling as a child.“I will be pinching myself on the start line,” he says. “When I was growing up, the Tour de France was the only race that was regularly televised. It was the race that I followed. To be there racing myself – I know it is clichéd, but it is a dream come true.” Tour de France 2019: full team-by-team guide Ewan joined Lotto-Soudal in January, with the promise that he would be the Belgian team’s main man. After a self-admittedly “pretty average year” in 2018, he was eager for a big start to the season – but struggled in the early months.The Sydneysider headed to the Giro in May with a full Lotto-Soudal sprint train in support. Yet a win remained just out of reach: he placed third on stage two, second on stage four and fourth on stage five.“Nervous is not the word I would use, but I could feel the pressure building and building as I didn’t win,” he says. “I have been in that situation before – when I haven’t won a Grand Tour stage in the first week – and after a while you start doubting yourself. When you have a field that strong, you need everything to go to plan. Luckily, eventually it did.” Pinterest Share on Twitter Read more Cycling Topics Share via Email Australia sport Tour de France 2019 Tour de France Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Caleb Ewan wins stage 8 of this year’s Giro d’Italia in Pesaro. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images interviews Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Twitter Share on Messenger Read morelast_img read more

Vale Bronwyn Carruthers

first_imgOn behalf of the Touch Football community, Touch Football Australia wishes to extend its condolences to the family of Bronwyn Carruthers, who passed away last week. Bronwyn was a long standing member of the New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) and one of the early pioneers of female refereeing in the sport. Not only was Bronwyn a graded referee reaching a badge Level 5, she also administered the sport serving time with the ‘old’ Region Eight as Assistant Director and Selectors Director. Further to this Bronwyn also assisted both the NSWTA and Touch Football Australia on their Tournament Committees. She passed peacefully at Sutherland Hospital on January 31, 2014. A dearly loved wife of James (known to the Touch world as Jimmy), who will be sadly missed by all her relatives and friends. Bronwyn’s funeral will be held at the South Chapel, Woronora Crematorium, Linden Street Sutherland on Thursday, 6 February at 1.00pm. No Flowers by request, donations to Bay Babes, PO Box 447, Gymea NSW 2227.  Related LinksVale Bronwyn Carrutherslast_img read more

Touch at the historic Women’s State of Origin 2018!

first_imgGet ready for the NRL Holden Women’s State of Origin, launching in 2018.Be at North Sydney Oval at 6pm on Friday 22nd June to witness the Holden Women’s State of Origin kick off a new era in elite women’s sport.The spectacular tries, speed, passion and rivalry of Origin will all be on display. It’s the same game, our way.It’ll all start with a NSW vs Qld Women’s Touch game, where the best of the best elite female touch players will go head to head in their state colours.And it’ll be followed by a historic NRL match, the first ever Holden Women’s State of Origin.Game day infoDate: 22nd June 2018Location: North Sydney Oval, NSWRunning times:Gates open: 6:00pmNSW vs Qld Women’s Touch tap-off: 6:15pmNRL Holden Women’s State of Origin kick-off: 7:40pmTickets: $10 online (kids under 15 free); $15 at the gateBuy tickets herelast_img read more

10 months agoI’ll build my Man Utd team around Pogba – Solskjaer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say I’ll build my Man Utd team around Pogba – Solskjaerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Paul Pogba’s attitude and says he will build his team around the French midfielder.Pogba endured a fractious relationship with former manager Jose Mourinho, which was well publicised over the past 18 months.However, the 25-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Juventus in recent weeks, has looked renewed in Solskjaer’s first two games in charge, scoring twice in Wednesday’s win over Huddersfield Town.”I think Paul’s a top, top player. He’s one of the best top, top players in the world,” said Solskjaer in his pre-match press conference for Sunday’s clash with Bournemouth.”Attacking wise he’s done really well but he’s a big lad, can win headers, tackles, he’s been the same as the others. The attitude has been perfect and that’s key, you should be tired towards the end of every single game he’s been top class and we’re looking to build a team around of course but there are so many quality players.” last_img read more

Book Review Bear Grylls Survival Guide For Life

first_imgBear Grylls is no stranger to overcoming adversity in the wild, but in his new book – “A Survival Guide For Life” – the TV adventurer shows us how his hard-won skills can be adapted for those of us who aren’t usually found parachuting into dangerous situations, eating bugs and sleeping on mountaintops.Bear Grylls – A Survival Guide For Life“A Survival Guide For Life” lets us into the mind of former SAS soldier, honorary Lieutenant Commander of the Royal Navy, author of 11 books and TV host Bear Grylls, whose Man Vs Wild series has reached 1.2 billion viewers in over 200 countries. The lessons he has learned have been hard-earned, his tales are inspiring. And in his new book, he shares some of his secrets to achieving goals and thriving in adversity.Bear Grylls’ expeditions have raised millions of dollars for children’s charities. He is Chief Scout to the Scouting Association, an Ambassador for Global Angels, Vice President for the JoLt Trust – which takes disabled and disadvantaged children on expeditions – and a supporter of Comic Relief, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Hope and Homes for Children and the ONE Campaign. Giving back is an important part of his life – a theme he explores and explains in his book.Faith is also high on the adventurer’s agenda in the book – he uses his favorite quotes from the Bible to draw strength from. The book also includes quotes from many of Bear’s heroes, including Winston Churchill, Edmund Hillary, Warren Buffett and even Harrison Ford!“A Survival Guide For Life” is an easy read, and shows us how to seize every moment and opportunity to live life more fully. It is a guide to how to make every day an adventure, how to motivate ourselves when the odds stack up, and how to weather the storms life seems to throw us every day.“It is there somewhere inside you: the heart of a survivor. Courage. Tenacity. Strength. So don’t shy away from hard times, they are your chance to shine.”The book is available at and ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more