6 big Warriors watch parties around the SF Bay Area

first_imgOK, Wednesday night’s Dubs game was a debacle, but there’s always hope. Here’s where to watch the next game at sports bars around the Bay Area.Warriors vs. Raptors Game 5 @ Mad Oak: 4-10 pm. June 7 and 10, 135 12th St., Oakland. $20 entry includes two drink tickets. http://bit.ly/2WoSHIdNBA Finals Watch Party: Warriors vs Raptors: 6-9 p.m. June 7 and 10, 13 and 16 (if necessary) , SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St., San Francisco. Join the largest outdoor viewing party with a DJ, huge TVs, …last_img read more

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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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Publisha Promotes Apptop Publishing

first_imgcurt hopkins Tags:#Publishing Services#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… UK company Publisha has created a platform for doing what people are already doing but with less labor and more standardization: publishing across platforms that include mobile. The platform is currently in beta. From one dashboard, a user can publish to a website (provided by Publisha), to iPhone/iPad and to Facebook, where the Publisha network is broadcast. The same act produces an RSS feed, is indexed on search engines and soon will publish to Twitter. CEO Ian Howlett focuses on the platform as a service that produces a “whole ecosystem” of publishing. “Unlike PDF readers, we’re not trying to replicate print magazines, but rather focus on offering a service to bloggers, writers and publishers who don’t want the constraints of a traditional magazine layout. Publisha allows even small teams to easily publish across multiple digital platforms.”There is also a focus on what the company’s marketing consultant Anna Sjöström calls “the heart of Publisha’s beta framework.“(It’s) a unique Facebook app that sits as an ‘articles’ tab within an existing Facebook page and enables publishing of full articles, interactive content, polls and takes advantage of inbuilt viral features.” The basic Publisha account does not require an initial outlay. But of course, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. The company takes 20% of your ad space and 20% revenue of any ads you sell through your Publisha-published site. The basic site is 10 GB, the $50 Professional account is 20 and the $250 Enterprise allows you 30. With the Enterprise account, you do not farm out any ad space. The examples of Publisha users the company provides include Amarya, an organic health and beauty company, and Bodas USA, a bridal magazine. The trade-off seems to be expressiveness for convenience and standardization. Here’s the Amarya blog and here is the Facebook app for Bodas.Publisha is lead by CEO Howlett, formerly a software developer with Unisys and FT.com, and Chairman and angel investor Chris Mottes. Mottes is the co-founder and CEO of Deadline Games and CEO of Six Ravens Capital. All in all it seems like a reasonable offer for people and companies who do not want to spend capital and work-hours on maintaining an integrated social media presence. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Contract limit for jobless engineers raised in Maharashtra

first_imgWith an eye on next year’s elections, the Maharashtra government has announced fresh sops and financial assistance for jobless engineers and defunct power looms across the State. The government on Friday increased contract limits for jobless engineers from the existing ₹75 lakh to ₹1.50 crore, increasing empanelment limits to 20 years from the existing 10 and five in various categories, officials confirmed. “Some departments have been individually giving works worth up to ₹75 lakh to unemployed engineers. This has been extended to all departments, with an increased limit of ₹1.5 crore in several categories. For these departments, too, we have set up an empanelment limit of five and ten years which has now been increased to 20 years,” said Sachin Chivate, under secretary, Maharashtra Government. Earlier this year, at a convocation ceremony at IIT- Bombay, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged engineering institutions to focus more on quality rather than quantity of students for research in cutting-edge science and technology, with focus on national priorities. Mr. Modi had said the country is producing over seven lakh engineers every year but not all of them are graduating with the right set of skills. For the small scale industries and cooperatives working in the textile sector, the State has announced an interest on loan subsidy for struggling power looms. The scheme was formally announced by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Smriti Irani while inaugurating the PowerTex India Schemes in 43 cities earlier this year. “We have opened a new budget head for providing funds for the scheme this year,” said a textile department official.last_img read more

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