Free entry into SA national parks

first_imgStudents of the Southern African WildlifeCollege in Hoedspruit, Limpopo. It is hopedthat National Parks Week will encouragemore people to choose conservationas their career.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Reynold Thakhuli Sanparks GM: Media, Events andStakeholder Relations+27 12 426 5170 or +27 83 552 2020Janine ErasmusSouth Africans visiting the country’s national parks will get in for free during National Parks Week, which runs from 14 to 20 September 2009.The promotion will kick off with a ceremony in the Kruger Park’s Mopani camp.There are certain entry conditions during this time: presentation of a valid South African identity document is compulsory, although schoolchildren and other youth under 16 will be allowed in for free without proof of identity.However, free access will not be granted to commercial ventures like tour operations. In addition, the free access only applies during the week i.e. until 18 September.It’s also worth noting that Boulders in the Table Mountain National Park is not part of the free access scheme and normal tariffs will apply to all visitors. Boulders is the picturesque home of the famous Jackass penguin colony and is one of only three areas, along with Silvermine and the Cape of Good Hope, in the largely open-access Table Mountain park that asks for a conservation fee.Conserving natural heritageSouth African National Parks (Sanparks) oversees the annual week-long awareness drive, which was launched in 2006 with the ongoing theme of Know Your National Parks.The initiative aims to promote national parks as affordable holiday destinations for local and international visitors, particularly those with families.Sanparks CE David Mabunda said the National Parks Week campaign encourages South Africans, especially those in nearby communities, to visit their parks. This will help to develop a greater sense of national pride in this precious natural heritage, which will translate to more appreciation and conservation of the areas, ensuring their survival for future generations.“Through this project we also aim at building stronger constituencies and ambassadors of conservation and the environment,” commented Mabunda.Besides the free access, Sanparks has planned a host of activities in all parks – including exhibitions; tree-planting; clean-up and conservation drives; interaction with schools, pensioners and other community groups; and walks and talks with game rangers, among others.“The survival of the South African national parks system and our natural and cultural heritage lies in the people of South Africa and this year we are focusing on involving young people and communities,” said Mabunda.Sanparks says it will continue to promote National Parks Week in recognition of the natural treasure under its protection.“National parks provide recreational tourism experiences, opportunities to learn and grow, and places of quiet refuge,” said the organisation in a statement. “Through this week’s celebration we want to positively influence and inculcate responsible behaviour towards national parks and the environment as a whole.”Saving ecosystemsSanparks was established in 1926 when the National Parks Bill was tabled in Parliament, replacing the previous game reserve system. The latter placed more emphasis on the protection of animals than the protection of ecosystems as a whole. Also in 1926 the Kruger National Park became the first in Sanparks’s stable and the inaugural Sanparks board was appointed.Today the organisation is responsible for the management of almost 4-million hectares of protected land in 22 national parks.These are West Coast, Table Mountain, Bontebok, Karoo and Agulhas, in the Western Cape province; Knysna, Wilderness, Tsitsikamma, Addo Elephant, Mountain Zebra and Camdeboo in the Eastern Cape; Namaqua, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld, Augrabies, Kgalagadi, Tankwa Karoo and Mokala in the Northern Cape; Golden Gate in the Free State; Marakele and Mapungubwe in Limpopo; Kruger in Mpumalanga; and Groenkloof in Gauteng.In recent years Sanparks has largely focused its efforts on making national parks more accessible to visitors to the country, so the tourist drawcards can continue contributing to the economy and help develop the rural areas surrounding them.Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

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Last-Minute Gift Ideas: Tablets For Kids

first_imgOne of the biggest questions tech-savvy parents must contend with when it comes to tablets for their kids is this: do I really want to give my precious wee one a really expensive piece metal and glass?Tech blogger Shelly Palmer asked the same question this holiday season and came up with five good tablet options for kids.Palmer’s picks are pretty good, touching on safe and educational options for younger and older kids alike. I like the fact that he threw out an Android- and an iOS-based device, though I’m not sure that I would have picked a Kindle Fire.Unless you want to (a) give your child quicker access to a lot of content that will (b) suck your bank account dry, I’d suggest a Nexus tablet instead. You can still get multimedia content if you want it, but from more sources then just Amazon’s web store.I loved Palmer’s kid-only choices, but you may want to weigh your own budget needs before getting one of these highly specific devices. As counter-intuitive as it may seem, if you’re trying to cut costs for the long term, you may want to buy an Android/iOS device first, rather than a kid device for $99-$199 that they’ll outgrow very quickly and you’ll have to get a new tablet for anyway.But if you have a string of little kids in your creche, I would definitely opt for a kid-specific tablet that can be shared and passed along so it will get more than just a year or two of use if you’re lucky.Time’s running out, so you’ll have to move quick to get a tablet under a holiday tree. But whatever you decide to buy, be sure it exceeds the level of your child’s abilities so they’ll grow into using the tablet over time, instead of outgrowing it next week. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… brian proffitt 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Tags:#tablet 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts last_img read more

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Coach Your Salespeople to Be Their Best (A Note to the Sales Manager)

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now You need to coach your team to deliver its very best performance. Sometimes you are going to have an all-star team, a team that sets records and exceeds anyone’s expectations—even their own. Sometimes you will have a team with less talent than you need, and sometimes you will have a team that is a little better than average.Your job is to coach your team to the best performance that team is capable of. This means you coach each individual to deliver the best performance they are capable of producing.Their Best Is Their BestIt is important to remember that you want the best performance you can possibly get from each of your salespeople.Some of your salespeople will be capable of far more than they deliver, and you are going to have to push them to give you the performance they are capable of delivering. They’re better than most even when they are coasting so they never break a sweat.Others will have little natural ability but will work like the devil to put up numbers. They don’t need pushed; they need help getting the skills and the situational knowledge.You coach each individual to deliver their best performance, remembering that their best performance isn’t the same as another salesperson’s best performance.Turning In Your Best PerformanceFrom quarter to quarter, from year to year, you and your team have to turn in the best performance that you possibly can.Some years, you may set records because that was what your team was capable of producing. Other years you won’t produce record sales, but you still may turn in the best performance possible from the team you fielded. You might even have a year where your group of underdogs misses setting the record, but puts forth the effort that makes them your all-time favorite sales team for outperforming everyone’s expectations.This post isn’t about making excuses for losses or missed quarters (or Heaven forbid, missed years). What it is about instead is the fundamental idea that you coach each of your players to deliver their best performance, and by doing so, you deliver the best performance that team was capable of producing. That is your job as a sales manager and coach. And if you do that much, things will turn out better than you expected.QuestionsHow do you coach each individual to deliver their best performance?How do you give each of your salespeople what they need in order to give you their best performance?How does coaching each individual rep help you to deliver your best performance as their manager-coach?Can you deliver your best performance as a manager-coach if some of your team members don’t? How do you get them to understand their role on the team?last_img read more

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BJP fights a tough battle in Panaji by-poll to retain the seat after 25 years

first_imgAfter 25 years of continous dominance over the Panaji assembly constituency, the Bharatiya Janata Party sans Manohar Parrikar is fighting a tough battle on Sunday to retain its winning streak. One of the highlights of the Panaji by-poll is that Goa election authorities have tried to make the polling infrastructure 100% accessible, by getting the stakeholders into confidence over accessibility audit and a tie-up with EazyMov taxi operators to help persons with disability(PswD) voters to cast their votes smoothly. One of the 19 booths of the constituency would be entirely managed by PswD. Panaji has 115 such voters.The stakes are high for the BJP as far as the by-election to four assembly seats, including Panaji, holds the key to the survival of the BJP-led coalition government headed by Pramod Sawant ho succeeded Parrikar after his death on March 17. At present, the government has a thin majority of 20 in the truncated House of 36.In addition to this, BJP has been facing internal bickerings after it denied ticket to Parrikar’s elder son Utpal after allowing him to be projected as a front-runner for the Panaji ticket. The chances of a win for BJP candidate Siddarth Kuncaliekar, a former aide of Parrikar and two-time MLA (while Parrikar was away in Delhi in 2014-17 as Defence Minister) in Panaji hinge on the vote-splitting ability of former Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar, who is in the fray on Goa Suraksha Manch ticket. The regional outfit was floated and mentored by Mr. Velingkar after he was sacked as RSS chief in Goa following his fallout with Parrikar over the issue of medium of instruction at the primary school level. As the election campaign came to an end on Friday evening, both Congress and BJP said that they are confident of winning. CM Sawant dismissed claims made by the Congress about ousting his government soon.“Congress should not dream of forming a government. The dream will never be fulfilled. Our alliance and independent MLAs are all together. There is no question of the government falling,” Mr. Sawant said on Friday. Three assembly by-polls for the constituencies of Shiroda, Mapusa and Mandrem had been held on April 23.Both BJP and the Congress are currently tied with 14 MLAs each in the State legislative assembly.Meanwhile, Congress said that BJP would lose the by-polls 4-0, leading to the ouster of Mr. Sawant’s government. “The BJP will have to bid goodbye to its government after results are declared. The people are tired of their lies and misgovernance,” State Congress president Girish Chodankar said. The others in the fray include Aam Aadmi Party’s Valmiki Naik, who can play spoilsport for the Congress. Knowing the importance of the Panaji by-poll for his government, Mr. Sawant has virtually camped there for last several days and tried to undo the damage done to the party over the Utpal Parrikar-ticket issue. Mr. Utpal and his younger brother Mr. Abhijat too had joined the campaign. The month-long campaign was also marked with controversies which included a rape victim (who had accused Atanasio Monserrate, now the Congress candidate for the Panaji by-poll in 2016 when she was a minor) going missing and a mysterious assault on the BJP candidate Kuncalienkar. The campaign also saw the Congress attack Mr. Kuncalienkar, accusing of him of alleged scams in creating infrastructure for the Smart City project in Panaji, a charge which the BJP candidate has denied. Panaji has total voters of 22,485 — 10,698 male and 11,787 female. The constituency has seen a voting average of 60-70%, except during 2012 Assembly election. In 2012, Parrikar, who won the seat for six terms, won with a record victory margin of 6,000. The voting was a record of 78.85%.In the 2017 by-poll, Parrikar had defeated his Congress rival Girish Chodankar by 4,803 votes. Parrikar had won 63.47% of the total votes polled, while his opponent polled 32.56%.last_img read more

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SMC still supports Gilas five

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe national basketball program can heave a sigh of relief. The current impasse in the PBA won’t affect Gilas Pilipinas’ preparation for the Fiba Asia World Cup qualifier.The five-team half of the two factions split over the stint of Chito Narvasa as league commissioner issued a statement saying the bloc will “continue to make available its players to the Philippine team that is preparing for the Fiba Asia World Cup qualifier and other league functions.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 League’s interest in mindThe board needs a three-fourths majority to oust Narvasa, putting the seven-team bloc a governor short of replacing the commissioner. But Narvasa needs the same number of votes to stay on as commissioner when the board meets in Los Angeles next week—thus the stalemate, which had the MVP group appointing long-time manager of operations and current deputy commissioner Rickie Santos as officer-in-charge.“They (both parties) agreed that it is the PBA that is being hurt,” Marcial went on.The board flies to Los Angeles in the United States on Nov. 10.“With the best interest of the league in mind, we have come to an agreement to reach out to the other members of the board to resolve this impasse as a collegial body, not as individuals, to maintain the integrity of the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) and protect the interest of fans nationwide,” the five-team group’s statement said. Read Next The five teams also moved to broker a truce between the two factions, imploring members of the board of governors to refrain from making statements until a settlement has been reached.The five-team group assigned PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial to open talks with the seven-team faction headed by Manny V. Pangilinan squads TNT, Meralco and NLEX.“They all agreed to resolve this as quietly as possible,” Marcial told the Inquirer after talking to members of the seven-team group, which also includes Phoenix Petroleum, Blackwater, Rain or Shine and Alaska.A major fissure cracked the board after the MVP-led bloc sought to terminate the services of Narvasa in a meeting early Thursday morning. Governors of the five-team faction—San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra, Star, GlobalPort and Kia—weren’t present during the meeting presided upon by incoming league chair Ramoncito Fernandez of NLEX.The group issued a statement backing Narvasa.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Ceres rips Davao; Global triumphs John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We believe this should not be adversely affected by the board members’ differences in opinion,” the statement read.“I’m happy; I am relieved,” said national coach Chot Reyes early Friday morning.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSeveral players from the SMC bloc have been part of the Gilas program, including Japeth Aguilar and LA Tenorio of Barangay Ginebra and reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer, and national team officials were worried the current stalemate would disrupt preparations for the World Cup qualifiers this month.Brokering a truce MOST READ LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View commentslast_img read more

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a month agoWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores: The result today damages me a lot

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores: The result today damages me a lotby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores fears for his players after their 8-0 thrashing by Manchester City.He apologised numerous times to the club’s supporters following the thumping loss, but claims that the nature of the performance makes his position as coach more difficult.”We know how tough is the Premier League and every single match,” said Sanchez Flores.”When we accepted the invitation of the club to come here, to lead the team, we knew we were going to play against Arsenal and we were going to play against Manchester City.”It’s not about the margin you have when you come or not. Pep said yesterday in his press conference we know it’s not about you as a coach, it’s about the results.”So, of course, the result today it damages a lot myself, but one week ago, the results supported me. “We can see more than one week, we can see longer than one next match. It’s like this, so we need to live with this kind of consequence. It’s like this, it’s our work.”First we have to say sorry to the fans because they came to the stadium waiting for a good performance from the team and it was very difficult to be on the pitch today.”After 30 seconds we realised it would be very tough and then after 15 minutes it was impossible to play like this.” last_img read more

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Science World coming to Fort St John next weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Science World is bringing its unique and entertaining science shows back to Fort St. John next weekend.Science World’s On The Road team will be in Fort St. John and surrounding communities from March 5th–9th. Science World road team visits over 30,000 students each year at schools outside the Lower Mainland, who might not otherwise have a chance to visit Science World in Vancouver.The team will wrap up its visit by participating in the Community Science Celebration at Northern Lights College in Fort St. John on Saturday, March 10th. The free community event will include eye-popping shows, demonstrations and challenges, along with an opportunity to meet all the people in the community doing working in science, technology, engineering and math every day. “We are thrilled to be participating in the Community Science Celebration in Fort St. John,” said Jo-Ann Coggan, Director of Community Outreach for Science World. “It is a showcase of the community for the community and will profile local businesses, organizations and innovators. Science World will provide fun, dynamic science experiences for the whole family as part of this event.”The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 10th at Northern Lights College.last_img read more

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Cong may include Healthcare Act promise in manifesto says Rahul

first_imgRaipur: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said his party is considering inclusion of a Right to Healthcare Act promise in its manifesto for the ensuing Lok Sabha election to guarantee minimum healthcare to all.Gandhi also criticised the Ayushman Bharat flagship health scheme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and termed the programme as a handout to 15-20 select businessmen of the country. He was interacting with medical professionals during the concluding session of the two day national convention on Health for all organised by an NGO here. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”In our manifesto, we are considering three things: Including Right to Healthcare Act by which we can guarantee a certain minimum healthcare to all Indians; increasing our healthcare expenditure to 3 per cent of the GDP and increasing the number of doctors and healthcare professionals, Gandhi said answering a question from the professionals. Gandhi also asserted that if his party is elected to power in the 2019 general elections, its focus will be on increasing expenditure on healthcare and education. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”India is transitioning from a rural system to urban system. There is a massive shifting taking place and it is a painful shift. It is not an easy shift, it is a traumatic shift,” he said. Gandhi said there are three things that any government in the 21st century has to do to protect Indias citizens. “First we have to fix unemployment problem and second is we have to give low cost high-quality education. The third thing is that we have to ensure better healthcare system, he said. “These to me are non-negotiable things. If we dont do all of these, we are not going to be successful, he added. Gandhi said the biggest cause of falling back into poverty is healthcare. “Everybody knows that. Healthcare in the sense is foundation. We have to ensure that this foundation is built firmly. A Congress government in 2019 is dramatically going to increase the amount of money in healthcare and education, he said. We are not going to put money in waste that allows limited number of people to make massive amount of money, he said. He said that is how he views the Ayushman Bharat scheme. “I see it as a limited scheme that is targeting very limited number of healthcare issues. If I want to be frank it is a handout to the 15-20 richest businessmen in India. That is not the type of scheme we are going to put in, he said. “My main criticism of the Ayushman Bharat scheme is that it gives insurance without proper support structure from hospital and medical professionals. Without the capacity to deliver the medical care, no insurance system can function”, he said.last_img read more

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Accidental Prez

first_imgIrony gasped when the ‘Servant Of The People’ actually ended up being just that. In a very interesting turn of events, a comedian with absolutely no political moorings has been elected as the President of Ukraine with 73 per cent votes. Volodymyr Zelenskiy became a phenomenon with his landslide electoral victory in the Ukrainian Presidential polls announcing the departure of the incumbent President Petro Poroshenko. The 41-year-old comedian, as though prophetically, starring in a political satirical drama called ‘Servant Of The People’ (streaming on Netflix) plays a character that accidentally becomes the President of Ukraine. This remarkable win is viewed as one against social injustice, corruption, and a war with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine that has claimed over 13000 lives. As the world looks on, the President-elect has his platter of issues ready before him. His policies are eagerly looked forward to. Zelenskiy will assume office in about a month’s time and among the primary questions already swirling around him are about his policy position towards Russia. Zelenskiy is a native Russian speaker and critiques accuse him of having a soft stance towards Russian aggression: mainly the support for separatists in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea in 2014. He is also accused of accepting funds and financial assistance from the Kremlin and has been touted as the preferred choice of Russian President Vladimir Putin who has had a rocky relation with the outgoing Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Zelenskiy’s previous on and off friendly inclination to Russia and the criticism he attracted from the Russian media seem passé before the promises he made to the people of Ukraine proper to the polls. The promise to bring home 24 Ukrainian sailors under arrest in Russia after being captured in a naval incident near Crimea earlier this year is claimed to be his number one priority; he has stated that talks are unavoidable between Ukraine and Russia because there’s a “real war” between the countries, adding that “there can’t be any compromise on Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence. “We don’t sell our people and we don’t sell our territories.” This boldness is quite a turnaround from what he said in March 2014: “I really want to address Mr. Putin. Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich! Do not allow even the hint of a military conflict to happen. Because Russia and Ukraine really are brotherly nations… If you want, I can beg you on my knees. But please, do not put our people on their knees.” Allegations and controversies apart, the intensity of Zelenskiy’s thumping victory speaks more loudly of the fact that the public wants a change more than anything else.last_img read more

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Salah not a Galactico – Balague

first_imgSpanish football expert Guillem Balague has insisted that it is very unlikely that Mohamed Salah will join Real Madrid in the near future, as they do not view him as a “Galactico”The Liverpool forward has been an instant success in his debut season at Anfield and has already bagged 36 goals in all competitions this season.In light of these performances, Salah has been strongly linked with a move to Real this summer with the club looking to reportedly rebuild their squad after a frustrating season at the Spanish capital.However, contrary to these rumours, Balague has insisted that it is highly unlikely that Salah will join Zinedine Zidane’s side this summer. But he does believes that there is interest for Eden Hazard.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“Salah is a difficult one because Real Madrid have no mention of him as a candidate to be a Galactico,” said Balague, according to Daily Star.“You can think there is a market in Egypt and he is a star of the Premier League – he has a lot of things to go for him – but if they get Hazard they won’t need Salah.“It seems like they wouldn’t put that much money into Salah.”Balague also confirmed that Real Madrid are interested in signing Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski.last_img read more

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