World’s largest nature area, in Africa

first_imgThe elephant population in the newconservation area is expected to numberaround 250 000 individuals.(Image: Luke Harwood) Water vapour rising into the air above themighty Victoria Falls has earned it thethe name of Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “the smokethat thunders”.(Image: Ferdinand Reus, Flickr)MEDIA CONTACTS • Arrie van WykProject manager, Peace Parks Foundation+27 21 880 5122RELATED ARTICLES• New deal to protect Mapungubwe site• A hefty boost for conservation• Ugandan eco project up for award• New Sanparks educational centre• Boundless Southern AfricaEmily van RijswijckA vast transfrontier park of almost 450 000 square kilometres, stretching over five Southern African countries and connecting 36 national parks and other managed areas, has been signed into being.The biggest conservation effort ever, it includes some of the most breathtaking protected areas on the planet, and will stretch over parts of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.Once fully operational it will be roughly the size of Sweden.The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area was legally established on the last day of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) conference held in Luanda, Angola, in August 2011. The signing followed a feasibility study initiated by the five participants in 2006.The implementation of the conservancy is overseen by the Peace Parks Foundation, with the help of integrated development plans (IDPs) to ensure that the process unfolds smoothly. Zimbabwe and Zambia have completed their IDPs, while Angola’s is nearing completion.IDPs for Namibia and Botswana will get underway before the end of 2011.“It’s the largest protected tourism zone in the world,” an official from the 15-nation SADC announced at the time of signing the deal.This conservation zone is located in the Okavango and Zambezi river basins and boasts an impressive array of natural attractions:the Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe, a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the world’s seven natural wonders;the largest inland delta on earth, Botswana’s Okavango Delta;the narrow and densely populated Itenge, commonly known as the Caprivi Strip, in Namibia;and the Chobe Nature Reserve in Zimbabwe, home to about 120 000 elephants.Once all development plans are integrated the conservancy will boast the largest contiguous population of African elephant on the continent, estimated to be about 250 000.Where the smoke thundersRated as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe on the mighty Zambezi River. It’s considered to be the largest falls in the world in terms of the size of the sheet of falling water, although it isn’t the highest or the widest.Victoria Falls was so named by Scottish explorer David Livingstone in honour of the reigning queen, but the local Kololo tribe refers to it as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning “the smoke that thunders”.The surrounding area encompasses smaller nature reserves such as the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, the Victoria Falls National Park and the Zambezi National Park.The latter two parks already allow free movement of animals between them.Oasis in a dry landBotswana’s Okavango Delta – also known as the Okavango Swamp – is the largest Ramsar site in the world.It is seasonally formed by the Okavango River as it spreads out across a 15 000 square kilometre area, creating an oasis in an otherwise bone-dry region.The Ramsar Convention was signed in the town of Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. It is an intergovernmental treaty that commits member countries to maintain the ecological character of their wetlands.The preservation of these sensitive areas is viewed as a matter of international importance. Members are encouraged to plan wisely or in a sustainable manner for any activities that may affect the wetlands in their territories.The Okavango and Zambezi River basins contain some of the world’s richest areas of plant and animal biodiversity. If managed successfully and with vision, say authorities in the country, this natural wealth could give rise to a thriving ecotourism industry.The region is home to endangered species such as cheetah, African wild dog, black sable and black rhino.About the Southern African Development CommunitySADC came about as a result of member countries’ historical and cultural similaries, which gave rise to a desire to create greater economic prosperity, freedom and social justice for their citizens.Member countries include South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.The catalyst for SADC’s formation was the Southern African Development Coordination Conference held in Lusaka, Zambia, in 1980. Here the Lusaka Declaration (Southern Africa: Towards Economic Liberation) was formally adopted by the nine founding member countries.At a later summit held in August 1992, countries signed the SADC treaty and declaration that effectively transformed the Southern African Development Coordination Conference into the Southern African Development Community.SADC aims to promote sustainable and equal economic growth and socio-economic development for its members. Member nations in turn commit to the values of good political, economic and corporate governance, as they strive for democracy, transparency and the respect for the law, and full participation by civil society.Among its successes to date, the organisation created a document that details norms and standards for elections, and a model law on HIV. It has also laid down benchmarks for democratic parliaments in Southern Africa./index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2566:kavango-190911&catid=47:africanews&Itemid=116last_img read more

Play Your Part back on the small screen

first_imgA new generation of pioneers 5 March 2012 “There are a number of opportunities, big and small, where each and every one of us can make a positive difference in the communities in which we live and operate,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said of show. The 13-episode television series promoting Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part campaign, which features inspirational stories of ordinary citizens working to improve their communities, is back by popular demand on SABC 1 at 6pm on Tuesdays, starting on 6 March. The TV series is aimed at lifting the spirits, and to “inspire all South Africans with examples of how their fellow citizens are creating a South Africa we can all be proud of”. These include Nelisiwe Xaba, who explores contemporary issues and provokes dialogue through choreography and dance; David Tlale, who from one sewing machine has built a clothing brand that has graced the fashion capitals of the world; and 20-year-old racing driver Vicki Kemp, who has been on the tracks since she was 10.center_img Brand South Africa travelled the length and breadth of the country asking ordinary South Africans how they are playing their part in their communities, in the process uncovering a range of inspirational stories to share with the nation. The first episode profiles “a new generation of pioneers who, despite adversity, are charting new paths and flying the South African flag high,” says Brand South Africa. Play Your Part is a social movement created by the Brand South Africa to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Infographic: Birth registrations up, fertility rates down

first_imgEarly birth registration can help children gain access to government services including health and education. Not having a birth certificate can put a child at risk of being trafficked or forced into labour.(Image: Isaiais Bartolomeu, Pixabay)There are numerous benefits to registering your newborn. They will be recognised as citizens and have access to a number of government services including health facilities, schools and social grants.Words by Shamin ChibbaDesign by Sandile KhumaloBrand South Africa recently hosted a media tour in Limpopo, showcasing the province’s competitiveness. Part of the tour was a visit to Seshego Hospital, where media were briefed on the Department of Home Affairs’ early child registration process.Seen as the first legal acknowledgment of a child’s existence, birth registration in South Africa continues to be a challenge for the home affairs office.However, the department is putting measures in place to ensure children are registered within 30 days of their birth. These include the deployment of mobile registration units that reach remote areas and an increased number of health facilities – from 100 to 398 – that are connected to home affairs.Already, the plans are working. In Limpopo, registrations for the first quarter of 2016/2017 rose by 12.7% compared to the same period in the previous year. Registrations went from 22 669 to 25 549, despite fertility rates declining in the province.South Africa’s fertility rate has been on the wane. In 2000, the rate was at 2.47 children born per woman. The rate has been dropping steadily ever since to a 2.23 children per woman.Presented below are statistics on fertility and birth registration in South Africa.last_img read more

Gene editing oversight clarification needed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Development of an emerging technology promising major animal health and environmental benefits is currently stalled at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, prompting the National Pork Producers Council to renew its call for U.S. Department of Agriculture regulatory oversight of gene editing for livestock.“The pace of FDA’s process to develop a regulatory framework for this important innovation only reinforces our belief that the USDA is best equipped to oversee gene editing for livestock production,” said Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio and president of the National Pork Producers Council. “U.S. agriculture is one our nation’s most successful export products; we can’t afford to cede leadership of gene editing to other countries.”Gene editing accelerates genetic improvements that could be realized over long periods of time through breeding. It allows for simple changes in a pig’s native genetic structure without introducing genes from another species. Emerging applications include raising pigs resistant to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, a highly contagious swine disease that causes significant animal suffering and costs pork producers worldwide billions of dollars.Dr. Dan Kovich, NPPC director of science and technology, is advocating for USDA oversight of gene editing. According to Kovich, “In addition to dramatic animal health gains and reduced financial risk for farmers, gene editing’s promise includes less need to use antibiotics to care for livestock and reduced environmental impact from more efficient farm operations.”Despite no statutory requirement, the FDA currently holds regulatory authority over gene editing in food-producing animals. FDA oversight will treat any gene edited animal as a living animal drug — and every farm raising them a drug manufacturing facility — undermining U.S. agricultural competitiveness relative to other countries with more progressive gene editing regulatory policies.last_img read more

Fulford warns the Premier not to give more power to the British

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 14, 2017 – Providenciales – It is incumbent upon me to warn the government members of Parliament to abstain from voting yes to giving the Governor one of primary powers   that an elected government has, which is the power to appoint members to the various statutory boards in our country.   All over the world, appointment to Statutory Boards are not a bi-partisan act, is simply a government’s appointment of  its supporters who campaigned passionately about a certain ministry and how they can bring about improvements to that ministry.The Bill which is set to be debated before the House of Assembly  on the 1 year anniversary of the election of the new Government, will deliver a fatal  blow to the legacy of JAGS and what he as a person, his Party and his Government  stood for.   The Bill will give the Governor the power to do as he likes and act as he pleases without any reference to the Minister with the authority for  that particular statutory Board.   The Boards’ membership will immediately be reduced  which means staunch supporters of the present Government who have been recently appointed to these Boards will very likely see their appointments rescinded and may no longer be able to serve on a  board nor make a contribution to their country via their Board Appointment.What is most troubling to us the electorate, is this – to what end is this measure being taken? Why is it that the overseas Colonial powers  want this power and  authority removed from the hands of the elected officials and put in the Governor’s Hands?  Is it because the country is broke and cannot afford to pay the measly sums to Board members monthly?  No! because the Premier indicated we have 101 Million in surplus. Is it because the Board members are incompetent?  No, it is not, as many of these Board members have degrees, life or work experience in the industry related to the  Boards upon which they sit .Then what is it? From the pattern of the British’s’ behavior over the last 9 years, one can only conclude it is because they are of the view that the Board Members and the Country as whole cannot self-govern and this view though it pains me to say in this day and age may be directly due to certain historical, abhorrent racial ideologies. It is because the Board Members are Turks and Caicos Islanders.   It is because the British do not trust the Board members. It is because it is in line with the FCO policy of having a “greater British presence” in TCI.How is it, that this JAGS’ ideal based Government  can sit in silence and light the fire that will burn us all to ashes by abdicating and transferring its  power to the Governor? Is it because the Premier is drawing on her experience as a former “YES SIR”, Consultative Forum member and simply giving in to every whim of the British and has put the fear of God in her elected colleagues by firing Josephine?If the Premier is the “best man for the job” of championing the cause of her fellow Turks and Caicos Islanders who  voted for her resoundingly one year ago, then she should truly stand up and withdraw this bill from the house – after all the opposition only have a say but her government has the numbers to have their way!MARK A FULFORD Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

92 Earthquakes recorded in Jamaica last year

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, January 9, 2018 – Kingston – Ninety-two earthquakes were recorded in Jamaica in 2017.  Scientific Officer at the Earthquake Unit at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Karleen Black, made the disclosure at the Earthquake Awareness Week launch on Monday (January 8) at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) on Haining Road, St. Andrew.She said “felt earthquake reports” were received for eight events with magnitudes ranging from 3.1 to 3.6.   Two of these were in St. Elizabeth, two in Portland, one in Manchester, one in St. Mary and the other two were offshore, with one in the region of Cuba and the other in the Pedro Banks.   Ms. Black informed that an additional 33 events were detected locally, but these were later classified as possible explosions.In total, the seismograph network, which is comprised of 12 stations across the island, detected and recorded 279 tremors occurring locally and regionally.   Seventy-five were near earthquakes and 79 were distant earthquakes coming from areas such as South America and other parts of the globe, she indicated.Meanwhile, Ms. Black noted that a damaging earthquake can occur anytime, day or night “so the onus is on us to be in a constant state of readiness if we are to safely navigate the effects of a major earthquake.”   She said that for this year, the Earthquake Unit will work towards upgrading its seismograph network in order to improve its capabilities.“As such, we hope to add a new (seismic) station to our complement of 12, making it 13.  The unit will also be benefiting from an upcoming Jamaica Social Investment Fund Project (JSIF), which is sponsored by the World Bank, as part of its disaster reduction efforts,” she pointed out.Under JSIF’s Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP), 10 digital seismometer systems will be placed at seismic stations across the island to give data on an earthquake’s magnitude, depth and epicentre on land and offshore.Earthquake Awareness Week is being observed from January 7-13 under the theme ‘Preparing for the Quake Helps Reduce Damage After the Shakes’.   While Jamaica has experienced several tremors, the last major event was the great Kingston earthquake of 1907, which caused more than 1,000 deaths, damaged numerous buildings and started several fires.The 1692 Port Royal quake was perhaps the largest and most damaging, with about 5,000 deaths from the quake itself and the subsequent outbreak of yellow fever. A section of the town sank into the sea.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

NOW HIRING 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of June 3 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of June 3, 2018:Full-Time Long-Term Substitute Grade 1 Teacher at Shawsheen Elementary SchoolFull-Time Materials And Distribution Associate at Hewlett Packard EnterpriseFull-Time Weld Leader at Janis Research CompanyFull-Time Operations Analyst at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Maintenance Worker at CareOne at WilmingtonFull-Time Teacher Assistant at May InstituteFull-Time Sales Center Leader at Bimbo Bakeries USAPart-Time Afternoon Loader/Warehouse Associate at Optima ShippingFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technician at Response Team 1Full-Time Project Superintendent at Trinity Building & Construction ManagementFull-Time Kindergarten Teacher at Wildwood Elementary SchoolFull-Time Customer Service Representative at Parterre Flooring SystemsPart-Time Officer Coordinator at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Pest Control Technician at RollinsFull-Time Sales Operations Analyst at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Resin Operator at Lubrizol CorporationFull-Time Manager at Dunkin Donuts (next to Rocco’s)Full-Time Manager In Training at Cumberland FarmsFull-Time Payroll Analyst I at Charles River LaboratoriesFull-Time/Part-Time Host/Dining Room Coordinator at Red Heat TavernLong-Term Substitute Kindergarten Teacher at Wildwood Early Childhood CenterFull-Time Telecommunication Customer Service Representative at PRIMUS ManagementFull-Time Area Manager at FedEx WarehousePart-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Settlement Operations Manager at Ametros Financial CorporationPart-Time Dietary Aide at CareOne at WilmingtonFull-Time Administrative Assistant at Garrick-Santo LandscapeFull-Time/Part-Time Shifts at Dunkin Donuts (321 Main Street)Full-Time/Part-Time Front & Back of the House Positions at Rocco’s RestaurantFull-Time Sales Manager at Mattress FirmFull-Time Youth Director at Wilmington Community TelevisionPart-Time Delivery Driver at OptimaFull-Time Summer Job Carpet Cleaning at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Carpet & Floor Cleaning Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Mover & Driver Supervisor at Two Men And A TruckFull-Time Digital Media Lead at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Partner Marketing Manager at OSRAM SylvaniaFull-Time Route Sales Representative at AramarkFull-Time & Part-Time Positions at SaversFull-Time Warehouse Worker at Northeast Air SolutionsFull-Time Manager in Training in Cumberland FarmsFull-Time Personal Insurance Account Manager in HUB InternationalPart-Time Residential Life Coach at Nu-Path, Inc.Full-Time Sanitation (Food Manufacturing) at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Shipping and Receiving Clerk at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Customer Service Representative at SpeedwayFull-Time Employee Relations Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time Call Center Dispatcher at Security SourceFull-Time/Part-Time Driver at West Springfield Auto PartsFull-Time Driver & Mover at Two Men And A TruckFull-Time School Nurse at Woburn Street SchoolFull-Time/Part-Time Logistics Team Member at TargetFull-Time Customer Service Representative at AramarkPart-Time Dog Groomer at Doggie Styles Mobile GroomingPart-Time Administrative Assistant at Winchester Hospital Family Medical CenterFull-Time Entry Level Site Surveyor at Vivint SolarFull-Time Supplier Development Engineer at Ametek, Inc.Full-Time Senior Technical Support Engineer at MKS InstrumentsFull-Time Principal Electronics Engineer at MKS InstrumentsFull-Time Machine Shop Inspector at Burlington Machine Shop(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more