Concern over future funding might also impact the MTA’s decision on whether to raise fares, which is being voted on later this month. Additionally, MTA officials are worried that a shortage of funding could impact the agency’s long range plan, which determines what projects MTA will undertake over the next 10-20 years. The agency is scheduled to revise the plan late this summer. “This creates uncertainty for projects we were hoping to get funded in the future,” said Fasana. Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, who expressed support for Schwarzenegger’s budget revisions on his Web site, said he wished there had been more funding available for transportation projects. “You hate to see local transportation projects get jeopardized, but it gives us pause that we are spending more money than we are taking in,” said Huff. Several local officials also expressed concern about the possibility of delays on the 10 Freeway HOV project. “HOV projects have been the most effective of any kind of transportation project that affects congestion,” said Curtis Morris, the mayor of San Dimas, which would benefit from the 10 HOV lane. West Covina Mayor Mike Touhey had not heard of the possibility of the delay, but said he was going to “get right on the phone” with MTA after being informed about it. Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, said he would fight hard to try to make sure the project was started on time. “It’s still early on in the budget process, and we still have a chance to get funding for local projects,” said Hernandez David Yale said MTA officials will decide later this summer what kind of delays local project might have to face. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MTA has not determined whether the loss in funding will cause project delays, but the $365 million carpool lane that would run between the San Gabriel River (605) and Orange (57) freeways is one of the projects that may be affected. Several other smaller projects in the Valley may also be affected, including the renovation of the Baldwin Park transit center, and sound-proof walls on the 10 Freeway between West Covina and Pomona. The 10/605 Freeway interchange renovation, which local politicians fought hard for after losing out on bond money for the project, will not be affected by the budget cuts, according to the MTA. MTA director of regional programming David Yale said the agency had hopes of getting the projects started on time with agency funding if the state promised to reimburse MTA later. However, Yale also said that language in the budget suggested that future budgets might also transfer funds away from the transportation budget. “The budget proposal did signal that the the transfer of gas tax funds into school transportation might be a permanent change,” said Yale. Transportation funding cuts in Gov. Schwarzenegger’s revised budget might delay a San Bernardino (10) Freeway lane-expansion project scheduled to break ground in 2011. In his budget unveiled Monday, the governor proposed shifting $830 million in gas-tax revenue to a school busing program from a transportation fund. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which is paying for the expansion that would start at Baldwin Park and head east, would stand to lose $230 million. “The signal being sent is that the state will not be there to help fund transportation projects,” said John Fasana, a Duarte city councilman and MTA board member. MTA officials told Fasana and other local officials about the possible delay at a Sacramento meeting of the San Gabriel Valley Legislative Caucus on Wednesday.
The climate park will go a long way tohelp animals such as this lion, resting in theshade in the Namaqua National Park, tocool down.(Image: South African National Parks)Khanyi MagubaneGlobal warming has become a hot topic in both environmental and political circles, and South Africa has not been left untouched. The country’s wildlife in particular stands to suffer from an increasingly warm and dry climate.A new addition to the Namaqua National Park in the Northern Cape province is expected to take some of the heat off its inhabitants. The newly acquired 63 000ha of land along South Africa’s west coast will allow animals to migrate to cooler parts of the park. The land will increase Namaqua’s size to 144 000ha, making it the fifth largest national park in the country.According to South African National Parks’ (SANParks) managing executive of park operations, Paul Daphne, the park’s extension from sea level to an elevation of around 1 700m will allow a greater chance of survival for both animal and plant species.“Our state-of-the-art park will be able to accommodate the inevitability of climate change,” he says. “There may be other national parks where this climate change accommodation could take place, but this is the first one consciously designed with that in mind.”From diamonds to gameThe new addition to the Namaqua Park is owned by diamond mining company De Beers and has been leased to the SANParks for 99 years. Once the lease expires, SANParks will have the option of extending the lease for a further 99 years.The land started its commercial life as a diamond mine, but is now home to sheep farmers.Over the next three years, SANParks will start the process of opening the land’s borders to the existing park’s grounds. An estimated R8.5-million (US$852 000) will be spent on converting the new land into a suitable game park.According to SANParks, 55 local workers will be hired to rehabilitate old roads, 4×4 tracks and historic mining sites. New hiking trails and other game park facilities will also be added to the extension.Of further global environmental interest is the area in the park known as a biodiversity hotspot – the Succulent Karoo biome, or ecosystem. According to SANParks.org, this biome has been identified as a priority for protected area development. The new land’s coastline will increase the sanctuary’s ability to protect animals and plants that thrive in similar climatic and geographic environments.“The Succulent Karoo biome has been identified as a priority biome by the department of environment affairs and tourism, largely because of the high number of endemic species. It is one of the biomes with the least percentage under conservation,” says Daphne.The Succulent Karoo biome is mostly characterised by low winter rainfall and extreme summer aridity. Rainfall in the area varies between 20 and 290mm per year while summer temperatures often peak at 40°C. Fog is common in coastal areas and mountain winds blow throughout the year.According to De Beer’s head of ecology, John Kruger, the conservation of the area will enhance the potential for “ecologically-friendly tourism, and therefore create new, sustainable employment opportunities”.Warm temperatures pose threatRising global temperatures are a cause for concern for environmentalists around the world.According to the South African Climate Action Network, the predicted effects of climate change in South Africa include higher temperatures, particularly in the arid areas; a reduction in rainfall in summer rainfall areas; increasing incidents of droughts and floods; and rising sea level threatening low-lying areas.Humans will not be spared. Climate changes will increase various health risks ranging from skin cancer to extended outbursts of cholera and malaria.Global warming also threatens South Africa’s already vulnerable water supply system. It could also lead to desertification, which would threaten food security and the country’s unique biodiversity.A June 2008 report released by the International Panel on Climate Change indicated that up to two-thirds of the animal species in the Kruger National Park face extinction if global temperatures increase at the current rate.According to the report, a temperature increase of between 2.5° C to 3°C could lead to the extinction of 24% to 59% of mammals, up to 40% of birds, and up to 70% of butterflies. Between 18% and 80% of other invertebrates could also be lost, and up to 45% of reptiles.Speaking at a conference on climate change in July this year, Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk addressed the importance of avoiding what he termed the “unmanageable impacts” of climate change.He said global warming should be curtailed through a worldwide response focused on prevention rather than cure.“This represents a make-or-break challenge to world leaders. To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, all countries need to carry their fair share of responsibility to limit a global temperature increase to below 2°C.“It will be a failure of this generation of leaders if any developed country shirks its responsibility for the problem.”According to Van Schalkwyk, South Africa needs to build a low-carbon economy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and a climate-resilient society.It would not, he said, be economically, environmentally or politically sustainable for the country to continue without a carbon constraint programme.A 2002 report by the University of Cape Town on the economic effects of climate change in South Africa indicated that both commercial and subsistence farming stood to take a heavy blow.Although agricultural systems would not be nearly as badly affected as natural systems, the change in rainfall, temperature and CO2 levels would reduce crop yields.According to the report, a detailed biophysical study of maize, South Africa’s largest field crop, showed that the total value of production lost as a result of climate change was R681-million ($66-million), without the CO2 fertilisation effect. With the fertilisation effect, the loss stood at R46-million ($4.46-million).Because of the general positive effect of CO2, the impacts on crop production were found to be relatively minor in relation to the value of the sector as a whole.The report concluded that the greatest potential impact climate change would have on South Africa would be in the lucrative tourism sector, which makes up 3% of gross domestic product.It is, however, the non-market elements which stand to lose the most from rising global temperatures – loss of biodiversity and natural resources, and a grave impact on human health.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at Khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesSaving the land with ecotourism Rallying around cleaner energy South Africa’s national parks Useful linksSouth African Climate Action NetworkClimate Change NewsAfrica GeographicUrban Green FileDepartment of Environmental Affairs and Tourism – Climate change researchSouth African Weather Service – Climate change: what, when and where?
Questions you should think about while planning: Read the tips for hosting an event.Submit your event listing on Geocaching.com at least two weeks prior to the date of your event and wait for it to be published by a Volunteer Reviewer.Once your event is published, fill out the GIFF Sign Up Form.Wait for your event to be approved via email by the GIFF team at HQ. Approved events will be added to the GIFF 2019 List and will receive the GIFF film reel file prior to the event. The Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF) is still three months away (November 7-17) but now is the perfect time to start planning your event. Don’t know where to start? Look here for help. Are you looking for GIFF Geocoins or other merchandise items? Check out our Shop.Share with your Friends:More How to host a GIFF Event: What equipment will you use to show the finalist films?How many people will come and how many seats do you need?Will your film night have a theme, snacks, or film judging? GIFF is your only chance to earn a special souvenir by watching a whole series of unique and fun geocaching movies. For more inspiration, check out these 39 amazing moments from GIFF 2017. SharePrint RelatedAnd action! It’s time to start planning your GIFF event!August 7, 2017In “GIFF”Ready, Set…Plan Your GIFF Event!August 14, 2018In “News”GIFF Weekend 2015August 24, 2015In “GIFF”
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Toronto Raptors guard Jeremy Lin (17)gets fouled on his way to the hoop by New York Knicks centre Mitchell Robinson (26) during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto, Monday, March 18, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors will likely have to wait a little longer to get their entire lineup healthy at the same time.Jeremy Lin scored 20 points, Fred VanVleet had 13 points and 12 assists for his first career double-double, and the Raptors beat the New York Knicks 128-92 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other “I watched the clip,” Lowry said. “I think it was a little bit dirty. He grabbed me and pulled me down. I don’t think he did it on purpose. I know he didn’t think he was going to hurt me.”Robinson, who fouled out with no points in 14 minutes, did not speak to reporters.Marc Gasol had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Pascal Siakam scored 19 points and OG Anonoby had 14 as Toronto reached 50 wins for the fourth straight season.Allonzo Trier scored 22 points and Kevin Knox had 12 as the Knicks lost big one day after Mario Hezona’s last-second block gave them a 124-123 home win over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. New York, which has the worst record in the NBA at 14-57, lost for the ninth time in 10 games.“Toronto is going to be in that mix at the end,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “They’ve got all the ingredients to go after this thing. We took one on the chin tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event With the Raptors playing the second game of a back-to-back, forward Kawhi Leonard was given the night off to rest. Leonard scored 33 points in Sunday’s loss at Detroit. VanVleet, who returned to the lineup Sunday after missing 12 games because of an injured left thumb, started in place of Leonard.With forward Serge Ibaka set to return from a three-game suspension Wednesday, Toronto looked set to have its whole roster available for the first time since the trade deadline. Instead, Lowry may be forced to miss at least one of this week’s two games against Oklahoma City. Toronto visits the Thunder on Wednesday before hosting them Friday.“I’ll be doing some treatment all night, trying to get myself healthy and try to get back and not be out long,” Lowry said.Toronto made 14 of 17 shots in a blistering first, including five of seven from long range, and led 38-29 after one. The Raptors led 73-54 at halftime. It was Toronto’s highest-scoring half of the season.After the Raptors opened the second half with an 8-0 run, Fizdale called timeout and removed all five starters.“Not getting it done, not playing at the level I wanted to see the game played at,” Fizdale said. “They understood. I think every guy that was out there owned it.”The change didn’t help, and Toronto took a 101-69 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSKnicks: G Dennis Smith Jr. missed his third straight game because of a sore lower back and F Noah Vonleh missed his second straight because of a sprained right ankle. … Fizdale said G Frank Ntilikina will be reevaluated Tuesday. Ntilikina has not played since Jan. 27 because of a sore groin. … Robinson has now recorded a block in 28 straight games, tying Patrick Ewing for the longest streak ever by a Knicks rookie.Raptors: Ikaba served the third and final game of his suspension for throwing a punch at Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss on March 11. … Toronto is 15-5 without Leonard. … Toronto’s 36 assists matched a season-high. The Raptors had more assists than the Knicks had made baskets (28). Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving David Beckham admits using phone while driving, police say Google Philippines names new country director ATLANTIC ACHIEVEMENTToronto is 8-0 at home against Atlantic Division opponents. The Raptors have won 31 straight home games against Atlantic foes. Their last home defeat to a division opponent was a Nov. 10, 2015, loss to the Knicks.WHOLE AT HALFToronto won its 18th straight game when leading at halftime, extending a franchise record.UP NEXTKnicks: Host Utah on Wednesday night.Raptors: At Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The victory came at a cost to the Raptors, who saw guard Kyle Lowry leave in the third quarter after suffering an injured right ankle. Lowry, who had 15 points and eight assists in 26 minutes, was back in the lineup after missing the previous two games because of a sore left ankle.Toronto coach Nick Nurse said Lowry’s latest injury was “not terribly bad,” although Lowry said after the game that his ankle was “pretty tender.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I’m able to walk, a little bit slower, but I’ll be all right,” Lowry said.New York rookie center Mitchell Robinson collided with Lowry while chasing a loose ball at 5:15 of the third, falling onto Lowry’s legs and taking the All-Star point guard down from behind. Lowry slapped the floor in pain and frustration before being helped to his feet and limping to the locker room. 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India lose 0-1 to Argentina in the semi-final to bow out of the 2016-17 Men’s FIH Hockey World League Final at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.20.55 IST: Heartbreak for the home fans as India fall short. Gonzalo Peillat, the hero for Argentina. #LosLeones ??????son FINALISTAS de la Liga Mundial de Bhubaneswar tras vencer a India por 1 a 0 con gol de Peillat! El DOMINGO (11 hs) jugarn por el ttulo Vamos Argentina! ??? (Ph: VillarPress) pic.twitter.com/hnlXOKjjdk- ARG Field Hockey (@ArgFieldHockey) December 8, 2017FT! A tight contest goes the visitors’ way as India lose to @ArgFieldHockey in the Semi Final of the Odisha Men’s #HWL2017 Final in Bhubaneswar on 8th December.#JunoonJeetKa #INDvARG pic.twitter.com/7nYlx0a6FO- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 8, 201720.52: Gonzalo Peillat saves the match for Argentina, taking the ball from Akashdeep in the final moments of the attack.20.51 IST: India going all in, just over 3 Minutes left for the hosts.20.45 IST: Golden chance squandered by Akashdeep Singh.Gurjant with another chance the following minute, but the goal keeper saves it.51′ CHANCE! @akashdeeps985 with a fine run and shot which goes just wide.????0?-1?????#JunoonJeetKa #INDvARG #HWL2017- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 8, 2017 52′ CHANCE! Gurjant Singh’s shot on goal is saved by the GK.????0?-1?????#JunoonJeetKa #INDvARG #HWL2017- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 8, 201720.41 IST: India lose their referral. Uphill task from here, as the Argentinians are absorbing attack after attack with relative ease. This man separates @ArgFieldHockey from @TheHockeyIndia at the moment! IND 0 ARG 1 at the Odisha #HWL2017 in Bhubaneswar! Are you watching? Broadcasters: https://t.co/OJsEjg8ou6 https://t.co/kVfhR9sou7 ?? @FFUWSP /FIH pic.twitter.com/LylcyHfnn7advertisement- FIH (@FIH_Hockey) December 8, 201720.38 IST: End of the third signals India’s diminishing chances in the semi final of the 201617 Men’s FIH Hockey World League Final.End of Q3! India have their task cut out as we head into the final quarter.????0?-1?????#JunoonJeetKa #INDvARG #HWL2017- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 8, 201720.33 IST: India feeling the heat, Argentina cool and collected at the back. riding the mounting Indian pressure with ease. 42′ India showing some intent as we head into the dying minutes of the third quarter.????0?-1?????#JunoonJeetKa #INDvARG #HWL2017- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 8, 201720.27 IST: India have now only converted 4 out off 18 penalty corners in this tournament. 36′ PC to India and @rupinderbob3’s shot is saved by the GK.????0?-1?????#JunoonJeetKa #INDvARG #HWL2017- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 8, 201720.10 IST: Argentina lead 1-0, as India will have to chase the game, Argentina look the superior team in possession and have been more effective with the ball in the opposition box.Mens #HWL2017 @TheHockeyIndia v @ArgFieldHockey https://t.co/JQn6B1B9dW pic.twitter.com/OTLUamZJNO- FIH (@FIH_Hockey) December 8, 2017HT! India go into the break looking to mount a fightback in the second half of the Semi Final at the Odisha Men’s #HWL2017 Final in Bhubaneswar against Argentina on 8th December.#JunoonJeetKa #INDvARG pic.twitter.com/BSo1Nl8WK7- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 8, 201720. 03 IST: Argentina controlling the ball, making their man count matter. Leading in the possession department as well.25′ With five minutes to go in the first half, India is looking to find some footing in the game.????0?-1?????#JunoonJeetKa #INDvARG #HWL2017- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 8, 201720.00 IST Manpreet Singh given a straight yellow card in the 23rd minute of the match. A clean tackle, but the referee disagrees. India down to 10 men.19.54 IST: Argentina score the first goal. Gonzalo Peillat, give the World No. 1 the lead. Superb strike from the penalty corner!!17′ PC to @ArgFieldHockey and @GPeillat makes no mistake to put them ahead.????0?-1?????#JunoonJeetKa #INDvARG #HWL2017- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 8, 201719.50 IST: The first quarter ends with both sides showing plenty of intent in attack. But, the defenders doing their job to the ‘tee’. India 0-0 ArgentinaEnd of Q1! After a goalless first 15 minutes, can India draw first blood against @ArgFieldHockey in the second?????0?-0?????#JunoonJeetKa #INDvARG #HWL2017- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 8, 201719.43 IST: India pilling on the pressure in the Argentinian box. But, Argentina defending with vigilance.11′ Both teams trying to break the deadlock as nothing is being given away by the defences.????0?-0?????#JunoonJeetKa #INDvARG #HWL2017- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 8, 201719.37 IST: The Indian defenders lifting the ball rather than pushing the ball on the ground when changing attacking sides.19.34 IST: Akash Chikte getting low to his left to push away the ball from the Indian goalmouth in the 5th minute.5′ SAVE! Akash Chikte parries away a dangerous ball in the D.????0?-0?????#JunoonJeetKa #INDvARG #HWL2017advertisement- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 8, 201719.30 IST: The ball struggles from player to player, as both teams are finding it difficult to force the play in the early moments of the match.19.25 IST: The players are out and so are the umbrellas in the crowd. it’s pouring cats and dogs at the Kalinga Stadium. 19.23 IST: We are just minutes away from the start of the semifinal.Semi-Final time!! The teams are here & ready to go! @TheHockeyIndia v @ArgFieldHockey ?19.30 IST Odisha #HWL2017 in Bhubaneswar pic.twitter.com/77GxUVDI51- FIH (@FIH_Hockey) December 8, 201719.19 IST: The 11 who will take to the turf.Here is Indias Starting XI for their Semi Final clash against Argentina in the Odisha Mens #HWL2017 Final on 8th December.??º: @StarSportsIndia & @hotstartweets #JunoonJeetKa pic.twitter.com/epdu14kaXd- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 8, 201719.20 IST: The Netherlands defeated England 1-0 to finish 7th and eight respectively. Mens #HWL2017 @EnglandHockey v @oranjehockey https://t.co/JQn6B1B9dW pic.twitter.com/GgVBZLC9Pe- FIH (@FIH_Hockey) December 8, 2017Indian men’s hockey team take on Olympic champions and World No.1 Argentina in the semi-final of the Hockey World League Final, in Bhubaneswar.Fans have turned out in huge numbers to support the national team.The overwhelming support for hockey at the Odisha Mens #HWL2017 Final in Bhubaneswar continues, and the tickets are selling out fast. Head over to the Stadium Box Office and book yours now for 8th December. Album: https://t.co/uyinDHkFeY#JunoonJeetKa pic.twitter.com/7OIySvy0kJ- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 8, 2017Excitement is in the air! Tickets selling out fast as fans turn out in large numbers at the Stadium Box Office! #HWL2017 #JunoonJeetKa pic.twitter.com/8UYf31nWUW- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 8, 2017Hockey fever has taken over Bhubaneswar! #HWL2017 #JunoonJeetKa pic.twitter.com/QnVY9KfqoR- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 8, 2017Brief Preview:The Indian men’s hockey team take on Olympic champions and world No.1 Argentina in the semi-final of the Hockey World League Final, in Bhubaneswar.Argentina booked their spot against the hosts in the semi-finals after defeating England by 3-2 in the quarter-final match on Thursday.Lucas Vila, Matias Pardes and Juan Gilardi scored for the Olympic champions whereas David Condonand Adam Dixon netted for England.India have already booked their place in the last four of the tournament when they claimed a stunning shoot-out victory over Belgium’s Red Lions, a team that came into the contest on the back of three straight victories.Earlier, the title holders, Australia, also claimed a place in the competition final four and will face Germany in another semi-final match on Saturday.Germany defeated Netherlands 4-3 in the penalty shootout, whereas Argentina beat England 3 goals to two.The Final of the tournament is slated to be held on Sunday.
Munich-based motorsports channel Motorvision has secured carriage on the Bouygues Telecom platform in France.The channel can be watched by customers who subscribe to the Bbox grand angle package on channel 68. However, the channel is not available to customers who subscribe to their Bbox Très Haut débit package.The distribution agreement with Bouygues Telecom was facilitated by Gorse & Co. Motorvision is already available on the Orange and Free platforms in France.“We’re delighted that our TV channel is well received by French viewers and that we can expand our reach in the French market even further after we successfully launched in 2013,” said Raimund Koehler, CEO of the Motorvision Group.