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The Raphoe Community Playground Committee are well on the road to turning their dream of a new playground for the children of the area into a reality.As the group continues to fundraise, they have organised a tea dance in Deele College Raphoe tomorrow, Sunday 24th March between 3-6pm.There will be lots of local acts performing on the day with singers and dancers stepping on to the stage. Tea, sandwiches, scones and cakes will be served while you sit back and enjoy the entertainment.There will be a coloring competition and activites for the children and a raffle on the day with lots of great spot prizes.We would ask everyone to come along and support this day as it will be raising money to build a playground for the children which is at an advanced stage.Tickets, priced just €5, can be purchased at the door on the day. RAPHOE ALMOST HAS ITS NEW PLAYGROUND DOWN TO A ‘TEA’! was last modified: March 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Raphoe Community Playgrouptea dance
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?
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A newly developed genetically modified soybean, called Balance GT, was highlighted at a recent field day in Miami County. This new trait, developed by Bayer and MS Technologies, confers tolerance to both isoxaflutole (an HPPD inhibitor) and glyphosate herbicides and is intended to be an important tool for weed control and herbicide resistance management. The first launch is planned for the U.S. in 2017, pending final key import approvals.Plots showcased how well the new herbicide, Balance Bean, and the Balance GT varieties have performed so far this summer. Similar results are being noticed across the region.“University weed scientists are saying that the best thing they have seen, in terms of control, is Balance Bean in combination with a little bit of Metribuzin or Dual is keeping the weeds out for 60 days plus, said Mike Reed, seed technology account manager with Bayer Crop Sciences. “All of the other new traits that are coming only just address the post emergence side of things, but Balance GT actually brings with it a residual that will keep fields clean until you can get back in a spray the post product.”The Balance™ GT system will give growers the benefit of two modes of herbicide action to combat a broad spectrum of grasses and broadleaves, including a number of herbicide-resistant weeds.The dual herbicide tolerance trait recently received a positive scientific opinion from EU Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which was subsequently accepted by the European Commission for the importation of Balance ™ GT soybeans for food and feed uses. This follows approvals received already from the U.S, Canada, and Brazil for cultivation, and is near completion of receiving all key required import approvals globally.“We were very excited to make that announcement just a few days ago,” said Lindsay Seitz, brand manager for MS Technologies. “It’s a step in the right direction and we are hoping that China will follow suit shortly and everything is progressing as well as we could hope for.”Balance™ GT is owned by MS Technologies and is being co-developed through a joint development agreement between MS Technologies and Bayer.Bayer and MS Technologies have been collaborating since 2007 with new herbicide tolerance technologies for soybeans.Currently, more than 90 percent of soybeans grown in the United States are genetically modified and tolerant to either glyphosate or glufosinate (Liberty®) herbicides. Balance™ GT is expected to be one of the key dual-herbicide tolerant products for soybeans on the market in the U.S. and an important alternative to current herbicide options.
Tags:#New Media#Product Reviews#social networks#twitter#web There are other great features in the app too, including a button that cleans up the publisher view into an easy-to-read “clean” format, a photo viewer for browsing images, a full screen view where you can see who originally shared the post and access options for sharing the post yourself, features for favoriting and marking items as read, and more. sarah perez Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The app does the same thing for your Twitter lists, assuming you use that feature. If not, you’ll like the directory of popular Twitter lists BroadFeed provides, organized into categories like politics, arts and entertainment, health, sports, science and technology and more. BroadFeed’s “Week in Review” section highlights the hottest stories from the past week by surfacing the top items from across BroadFeed’s network. You can also drill down into this data by day. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos At this week’s SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, we got a sneak peek at a new Twitterized “newspaper” application for iPad called BroadFeed, just prior to its iTunes launch. Designed by marketing agency Organic, Inc., the app has publisher appeal because it won’t “steal clicks” (i.e., page views) from content providers when displaying articles your friends linked to in their tweets.On the consumer side, BroadFeed offers several features to entice new users in this increasingly crowded “social magazine” space. It automatically works with your Twitter account and your custom Twitter lists to organize the topics based on popularity, allowing you to read the most important items first. This gives the app a level of intelligence that some of its competitors don’t have just yet.Yes, Another Social Mag!The iPad’s form factor has inspired a number of startups to create personalized “social magazine” experiences that re-factor the information being shared by your friends on social networks into a more magazine-like format designed for the iPad. Among BroadFeed’s competitors are FlipBoard, NewsMix, TweetMag, Zite, AOL Editions, Yahoo Livestand, paper.li, Pulse and many others, all angling to be your social magazine of choice.In some cases, for example with the newly launched Zite application, the apps include level of intelligence which is used to rank the items they present. In other cases, there’s no intelligence, only a basic organizational arrangement of the data they source. Flipboard, the pack leader for now, acquired a semantic data startup called Ellerdale, whose smart algorithms will eventually be used to determine which updates deserve top billing. Unfortunately, it has not fully implemented this feature as of yet. That leaves room for competitors like BroadFeed to move into the space and gain traction among users who need more than good looks in their iPad mag, but also want help making sense of the overwhelming amount of information being shared on social networks today.Highlighting the Hottest Tweets in BroadFeedIn BroadFeed’s case, the app looks only at tweets with links. It syncs with your Twitter account to arrange the information in a way that highlights the hottest topics based on a number of factors. The most popular items appear at the top of the screen in a larger box, while less popular items trail further down the page. Where BroadFeed needs work is on the user interface itself. While the overall design is attractive, some of the gestures didn’t work as smoothly as they could have. And any app that needs to provide a “how to use” tutorial probably isn’t as simple as it could be. These are minor complaints, however.The app, now available in iTunes, is ad-free, but is not free to download. That said, you can at least feel good about paying for this one as proceeds from its sale (it lists for $0.99) will be donated to charities, including the American Red Cross, which is currently providing relief efforts to those affected by the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. You can download BroadFeed here. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Four civilians were injured when an Army patrol team opened fire as clashes broke out during an ‘iftar’ function at D.K. Pora village in Shopian on Monday evening. A police official said a clash broke out when a patrol of the Army’s 34 Rashtriya Rifles had gone to the Jamia Masjid of the village for participating in an iftar function. “As the food was being served, a mob of miscreants attacked the Army patrol. The Army party withdrew from the scene by resorting to aerial warning shots,” said the police.
zoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay (Pixabay License) A man has died after falling from a tug boat into the River Mersey near the Tranmere Oil Terminal in Wirral, according to the UK authorities.Emergency services were called to Liverpool Pier Head in the evening hours of January 27 following reports from the coastguard about the overboard incident.The man was rescued from the water at the Pier Head and taken to hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead, Merseyside Police said.“At this point there has been no formal identification of the man. A post mortem will be carried out to establish a cause of death, which is currently being treated as unexplained. Witness and CCTV enquiries are ongoing.”Merseyside Police and the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) have launched separate investigations into “the unexplained death” of the man.Tranmere Oil Terminal, located on the West side of the River Mersey, handles vessels of up to 65,000 tonnes. The terminal, which welcomes a total of 140 ships each year, is currently capable of handling cargo sizes up to 170,000 tonnes on part laden very large crude carriers (VLCCs).
The Canadian Press Quebec’s justice minister has asked the province’s judicial council to investigate a municipal judge who reportedly acquitted a friend over a traffic violation the day before he was set to retire.Sonia LeBel said Tuesday she sent a letter to the judicial council after reading about former municipal court judge Jean Herbert in the Journal de Montreal.The Journal reported that last Feb. 4, Herbert moved forward a friend’s court date so it wouldn’t interfere with her planned vacation and then took 42 seconds to acquit her of a traffic violation. Before his retirement, Herbert sat on the bench in Longueuil, south of Montreal.Herbert told the newspaper the woman acquitted, Diane Lelievre, was an artist and he had once bought a painting from her. Lelievre told the newspaper the judge was a patient of her spouse, an ophthalmologist.Herbert also told the Journal he helped other friends by changing their court dates.LeBel said she considers the facts reported in the article to be serious but declined to comment further.