Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Authorities in Ecuador have confirmed that 123 baby giant turtles were stolen from the Arnaldo Tupiza breeding center on Isabela, the largest island of the Galápagos, on the night of Sept. 24.The hatchlings belonged to two species, the Cerro Azul giant tortoise (Chelonoidis vicina) and Sierra Negra giant tortoise (Chelonoidis guntheri), both listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List.Provincial lawmaker Washington Paredes Torres said the breeding center did not have surveillance systems, security cameras or light sensors, and had only one guard. He added: “If somebody wants to go in by night and steal, they can.” On the night of Sept. 24, 123 giant tortoise hatchlings were stolen from the Arnaldo Tupiza breeding center on Isabela, the largest island in the Galápagos.The hatchlings belonged to two species, the Cerro Azul (Chelonoidis vicina) and Sierra Negra (Chelonoidis guntheri) giant tortoises, the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador said in a statement. Both species are listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List.The theft is under investigation by the Galápagos attorney general’s office, the ministry said, and they are withholding further information “to avoid obstruction of the work of the competent authorities.”A week-old Galápagos tortoise. Image by Peder Toftegaard Olsen via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0).Native to the Galápagos Islands, the Galápagos giant tortoises have experienced a severe population decline over the past decades, caused mainly by hunting for meat and oil, the introduction of non-native animals like goats, rats and pigs to the islands, and agricultural expansion. Today, only 10 of the 15 known species of Galápagos giant tortoise survive in the wild — all either severely threatened or on the brink of extinction.Captive-breeding efforts to save the tortoises from extinction began in 1965. The Arnaldo Tupiza breeding center, established in 1993, is one of three tortoise centers in the Galápagos created to help restore giant tortoise numbers in the wild. All three facilities are managed by the Galápagos National Park Directorate.Located on Isabela Island, the Arnaldo Tupiza center spans 2 hectares (5 acres) for the captive breeding of giant tortoises, according to the environment ministry’s statement. “It also has park rangers, volunteers and security personnel to guarantee the work that is carried out in the place,” the ministry said.Washington Paredes Torres, a member of the Galápagos provincial assembly, said on Twitter that the center did not have surveillance systems, security cameras or light sensors, and had only one guard. “The turtles are just there. If somebody wants to go in by night and steal, they can,” he told AFP.NO SON 100 SI NO 123 LAS TORTUGUITAS ROBADAS EL MARTES 24 DE SEPT EN LA NOCHE.CENTRO NO CUENTA CON SISTEMAS DE VIGILANCIAS, CÁMARAS DE SEGURIDAD, SENSORES DE LUZ Y SOLO TIENE UN GUARDIA @eluniversocom @teleamazonasec @AsambleaEcuador @Presidencia_Ec @ecuavisa @elcomerciocom pic.twitter.com/Gtr9vy54i0— Washington Paredes Torres (@ParedesWashingt) October 5, 2018Chelonoidis vicina at the Charles Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos National Park, Ecuador. Image by Bernard Gagnon via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0). Article published by Shreya Dasgupta
28 July 2011 Sustaining a successful business through diversification and creativity was the focus of the recent Brand South Africa stakeholder summit in Polokwane, Limpopo province. Initiated by the International Marketing Council (IMC) of South Africa and taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase provincial participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination. Each summit presents South Africans who, through their work and community initiatives, are already active ambassadors for the country. These individuals epitomise the unique characteristics, or pillars, of the South African brand – ubuntu, diversity, sustainability, possibility and innovation. Speaking at the recent summit, IMC CEO Miller Matola said that the branding of South Africa was not a matter of choice but a necessity in every province, requiring the joint efforts of local government, citizens, business, political parties, charities, the media, academia and sporting organisations. Endorsing Limpopo’s role in making South Africa a force to be reckoned with throughout the world, province Premier Cassel Mathale added: “It is the combined behaviour of a country’s people and its attributes that make up a brand or identity. A positive identity – or favourable reputation – promotes global competitiveness.” Mathale noted how the highly successful 2010 Fifa World Cup had, and still is, transforming South Africa’s image, locally and abroad. “The IMC is using that legacy of the World Cup to build a globally competitive brand. They are looking forwards, not backwards,” the premier said.Claiming his space At the forefront of helping breed a successful nation brand is Stanley Mufamadi, MD of Limpopo’s home-grown Vuwa group. Mufamadi said his journey, from working in human resource (HR) management to building a diversified portfolio of thriving business ventures, represents the aspirations of all budding entrepreneurs in the province. “When I came to Limpopo in 1997, there were a lot of opportunities I identified in Polokwane – in HR consulting, in transport and in the tourism and hospitality industry.” “Because it’s always wise to start with an area that you are comfortable with and have expertise in, I made inroads with HR.” Mufamadi set up a company called Vuwa Management Consulting, establishing Vuwa as a brand in itself representing quality, consistency and value. “We chose that name because it’s simple, easy to remember and unique to Limpopo, meaning ‘arise and claim your space’ in Tshivenda.” Second was Vuwa Transport Services, which began with just one bus, ferrying workers from Polokwane to a mine site some distance from the city. “The job was done very well – we went from a single bus to operating 12 buses in seven years with no fatalities or accidents. That happened because we had shown commitment to the promise of the Vuwa brand.” From here, Mufamadi branched into tourism with Vuwa Safari and Tours – which now offers a variety of tour packages, overnight accommodation and conference facilities – and a new chain of lodges. “We’ve invested a lot in promoting this branch on radio and in newspapers and we are competing very well at the moment. We’re proud of the space we’re taking in the tourism industry,” he added. Passion, teamwork and strategic investment in operational facilities are among Mufamadi’s secrets of success. “As an emerging operator, you have to invest in communications – you need to be seen, you need to be available and you need to be contactable. “You also need to learn as much as you can about your industry, benchmark against the best and comply with all statutory requirements, especially the South African Revenue Service.” In the Vuwa consulting business, “expert knowledge, competent staff, on-time delivery and quality” are key, Mufamadi said. “The success factors of Vuwa Safari and Tours include strict compliance with road transport regulations, a professional image, participation in international travel tradeshows and expert training.” Central to building the Vuwa brand has been gaining access to financing from the Department of Trade and Industry and the Industrial Development Corporation, among others. “In many instances entrepreneurs battle to access grants and loans because their affairs are not in order – but we can testify that we have received very good support from these institutions.” Next on the horizon for Mufamadi is property development in Limpopo and exploiting opportunities in the local agro-processing industry. “I want to encourage other entrepreneurs and organisations by telling them that the future looks very, very bright – although there is still a lot of support needed to foster sustainability. “What we need is to see more stock exchange-listed companies that originated in Limpopo – driven by the very people who live here,” he said. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal fullback Tierney hints Lacazette nearing returnby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal fullback Kieran Tierney has hinted Alexandre Lacazette is nearing his return from injury.Lacazette, 28, has missed the last seven games in all competitions with an ankle problem.Lacazette made an impressive start to the 2019/20 campaign with two goals in his first three appearances.The Gunners predicted he would return to action this month and Tierney has shared an update to his Instagram page.Tierney posted a picture of himself alongside the Frenchman on the training pitches at London Colney.Alongside a laughing emoji, the former Celtic star wrote: “Wagwan @lacazettealex.”
Ron Washington said he resigned as the manager of the Texas Rangers earlier this month because he was unfaithful to his wife.On Sept. 5, the Texas Rangers announced Washington had resigned as manager, effective immediately. At the time, no reason was given for Washington’s departure other than that it was to address an off-the-field matter.On Thursday, Washington cleared up some of the speculation when he said that after more than four decades of marriage he had cheated on his wife.“I made a mistake and I’m embarrassed, more than I’ve ever been in my life. I don’t run when I make a mistake. And when you put yourself in situations you own it. Those are the type of things my wife would always say to me,” Washington said. “I was not true to my wife. After 42 years, I broke her trust. I’m here today to own that mistake and to apologize to her and to those I disappointed, and those who have trusted in me and I let them down.”Washington offered no further details about the dalliance and did not reveal whom he cheated with.Washington talked about telling his wife to quit her job when he was 22 years old when he said he figured out the game and felt he had “arrived.”“Today, I’m at a very low time in my life. I’m sorry for breaking the trust that I had with my wife and for disappointing my players, for disappointing my coaches, for disappointing Major League Baseball and for disappointing the Texas Rangers. All I ask is for your forgiveness and your understanding. I also ask that you respect our privacy as we go on with our lives. This matter is certainly personal, and we’re trying hard to put it behind us.”After his announcement, Washington took no questions from the media. He walked over toward the exit door, put an arm around his wife and walked out the door.
Max Allegri has explained some of the changes in his starting lineup as Paulo Dybala, Douglas Costa and Juan Cuadrado were all dropped, but Juventus won the game 2-0.There was a huge surprise when the starting lineup was announced, but manager Allegri offered an explanation after the game. Football Italia reports.“It was a different game to Chievo, but above all at the start we were a little hasty. The danger today was to get swept up in the enthusiasm of the stadium for Cristiano Ronaldo’s first at the Stadium and we should’ve had more patience,” Allegri said.“Without Dybala, it becomes more difficult to pass between the lines, but after a while we defended well and did far better in the second half.“I’m happy with the performance, it was our first head-to-head with one of the other big clubs and it went well.“At times we fall asleep, at others we get frenetic, whereas we need more balance throughout. The spaces did open up after a while and we should’ve accelerated when the opponents were more fatigued.“Once again, the substitutions were very important with Douglas Costa, Emre Can and Rodrigo Bentancur making an impact off the bench.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“We have to improve our tempo, our control and the way we read the game, but the centre-backs did a good job against Lazio’s dangerous counter-attacks.“It’s one game per week in the first three rounds, but from September 15 onwards there will be midweek Champions League games too and naturally we’ll need everyone. The important thing is that those who come off the bench contribute in the right way.“I have a very strong squad and have to evaluate everyone. We needed these characteristics in midfield today, but I could take a different approach to Parma.“Dybala connects the lines, Bernardeschi can do that too, but those who were at the World Cup arrived late to pre-season training and not everyone finds their fitness levels at the same time. Mandzukic and Matuidi have a different engine to others.“The important thing now is that I choose a starting XI with technique, balance and physicality. That doesn’t mean those on the bench are useless, but I can’t play more than 11 at a time.”
The UEFA “needs” AC Milan and it would be “absurd” for the club to prioritise either the Serie A or the Europa League, says Paolo MaldiniThe Rossoneri were reinstated into the Europa League following a successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the UEFA.“I think UEFA needs Milan because they’ve written a decisive page in the history of its competitions,” said Maldini, according to Football-Italia.“Milan will act properly from a financial point of view, so so there will be no problems over accepting Milan.“Italian teams have taken this competition more seriously in the last 3-4 years than before.“Now it gives you direct access to the Champions League, plus I think the bar has risen in the Europa League.”Milan have been drawn with Olympiacos, Real Betis and debutants Dudelange in Group F of today’s Europa League draw.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Happy with the draw? I’d say so. We have Betis, who will cause us a lot of trouble, Olympiacos and then a Luxembourgish team, who are an absolute wildcard,” reflected Maldini.“It’s definitely a group within our reach, and we want to go as far as possible.”Milan will be hoping to return to the Champions League for next season now that their ownership issues are behind them.Although they will not be prioritising one competition over the other to reach the big goal of the season.“Will it be easier to enter the Champions League through the Europa League or the League?” said Maldini.“I don’t think that only the Europa League can be taken into account.“We can compete for a top-four place and have an excellent Europa League. In our opinion, it would be absurd to prioritise one over the other.”
Following Leroy Sane slow start to the season, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola urged Leroy Sane to respond.The 22-year-old Sane was featured in the last campaign, where he won the PFA Young Player of the Year award with City grabbing the title. However, he is yet to start a Premier League game in 2018-19.Sane, who was snubbed in Germany’s World Cup squad in Russia had his body language questioned by team-mate Toni Kroos during the international break but City manager Guardiola has asked Sane to bounce back, adding that it was too early to judge the former Schalke attacker.“He will be so important for the club. It’s a challenge for him and not just him – everybody,” Guardiola told a news conference ahead of City’s clash against Fulham as quoted by FourFourTwo.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The season will be judged in 11 months – not three weeks. He’s a nice guy and I don’t have any bad words about him.“He has to respond in the right way. He’s so competitive and professional. Sometimes, for some players, it’s that way [a slow start]. Some players at the end of the season go down.“We cannot forget he is 22 years old. Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Raz [Raheem Sterling] – the other ones are young – and he will grow up. The most important thing is to try to help him.”
Dundee City have confirmed the appointment of Jim McIntyre as new manager just 24 hours after Neil McCann was axed from the club.McIntyre who was sacked by former employers, Ross County despite winning the league cup with them in 2016, has signed a one-year rolling contract at Dens Park.The former Dundee United player will be unveiled to the media at lunchtime today, with a Dundee City statement last night insisting the club was ‘delighted’ by the appointment.“Jim has enjoyed a successful managerial career over the past 10 years with time in charge at Dunfermline Athletic, Queen of the South and Ross County,” it continued.“He won promotion to the top flight with Dunfermline in his first job in management in 2011.”New manager must hit the ground running immediately – Miller Henry Ikenna Ugwu – October 18, 2018 Dundee City striker Kenny Miller insists new manager Jim McIntyre appointed to replace sacked boss, Neil McCann must hit the ground as soon as…“After leaving the East End Park side he went on to manage Queen of the South where he enjoyed success with a 4th place finish in the Championship.”“Jim moved to Ross County in 2014 and went on to lead them to their first major trophy with a League Cup win in 2015/16, a season in which he also won the SFWA Manager of the Year award.”“Jim joins on a one-year rolling contract and will meet the players tomorrow morning before taking training.”“I thought there had potentially been plans in place with the timing of the decision. It’s no surprise there has been a prompt appointment”, said Dundee striker, Kenny Miller.
The United Arab Emirates national team manager is not happy after his team drew 1-1 in the opening match of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.The United Arab Emirates (UAE) tied 1-1 with Bahrain in the opening match of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.And for coach Alberto Zaccheroni, this doesn’t make him happy but it’s the same result he got with Japan in 2011, before winning the title.“When I was in charge of Japan, we ended with a draw in the first game of the 2011 Asian Cup against Jordan, then we won the tournament,” said Zaccheroni according to Inside World Football.Qatar will plan soon how to aim higher Manuel R. Medina – February 3, 2019 The Qatari national team won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time ever, but the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts don’t want it to end there.“The same scenario played out today, as we went behind.”“What is very important for me, is not only performances,” explained Zaccheroni.“The performance in the first half was aggressive and I thank them for fighting in the game. I told them what matters is to evolve gradually, from one game to the next.”“We will correct all the mistakes and look at the mistakes we made and learn lessons from them in the next game against India,” he concluded.