Kruger Park marks 110 years

first_imgAnimals have right of way on the roads ofthe Kruger Park. (Image: Mary Alexander,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For morephotos, visit the image library.) A lilac-breasted roller in the Kruger Park.The Kruger is known for its spectacularbirding as well as game viewing.(Image: Mary Alexander,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For morephotos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusThe flagship of the South African National Parks organisation celebrated 110 years of conservation over three weeks in June 2008. The world-renowned Kruger National Park, established in 1898, is the largest game reserve in South Africa and is now a part of the 35 000km² Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park with no internal borders that joins the Kruger to Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.The three-week-long celebration period, held in various places throughout the region, was planned to give as many people as possible the chance to join in the festivities.At the final ceremony in Skukuza, the Kruger’s main rest camp and administrative headquarters, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk and other dignitaries paid tribute to the park and to the people who have helped make it one of the country’s most valuable tourism assets as well as a respected contributor to conservation efforts over the years.“There is no doubt in my mind that the park holds a special place in everyone’s hearts,” said Van Schalkwyk, “and over the last 110 years it has become an icon for the country on many levels, including conservation, tourism and national pride”.The minister added that the park received over 1.3-million visitors during the last financial year. In 2003 the number of tourists to the park exceeded a million for the first time, a feat that has been achieved every year since then.Tackling the issue of global warming and how it affects the park, Van Schalkwyk explained that plans are in place to “assess how the planning, management and expansion of our national parks can build resilience to climate change. Increasingly, we are integrating a greater variety of habitats and altitudes that reduce the risks to endemic species into our protected areas design.”Celebrating natural and cultural diversityOther items at the Skukuza event included a drill demonstration by the Kruger Park ranger corps, performances by dancers of various cultures from around the park, a performance of the special Kruger Park song by the park’s own choir and the cutting of the birthday cake.The Kruger Park song, titled “Great Wilderness Great”, was commissioned especially for the event and was composed by songwriter Shalati Joseph Khosa of Ba-Phalaborwa. “The Kruger Park is a huge inspiration to me and I feel that it is one of our nation’s most valuable heritage assets, so it was a natural step for me to write this song,” said Khosa.During the course of the celebrations the South African Mint introduced the 2008 gold Krugerrand. The Krugerrand is a 22-carat gold coin weighing one troy ounce, with smaller denominations also available. The first coin was struck at the Mint in 1967.The 2008 coin was manufactured with an antique hand-press, used by former South African president Paul Kruger’s government-in-exile to create money during its hostilities with the British forces around the time of the South African War (1899 – 1902). The current edition features a “110 Years KNP” logo, and 110 of these coins have been allocated to Kruger Park visitors, who will obtain them on a first-come-first-serve basis by filling out an order form available at all entrance gates.As big as a countryCovering almost 19 000km², the Kruger National Park is comparable in size to the whole of Wales or Israel. It came into being in 1898 but was then known as the Sabie Game Reserve. Development came a standstill during the South African War, but afterwards the victorious British took up the reins again, tasking Major James Stevenson-Hamilton in 1902 with the responsibility of looking after the area.Stevenson-Hamilton, the first warden of the park, retired in 1946 after holding the post for 44 years. He is commemorated in the name of the park’s main rest camp Skukuza, which is a Xitsonga word meaning “he who sweeps clean” and refers to his tireless efforts to control poaching.The warden worked hard to gain official status for the park and in 1926 his efforts were rewarded when the government passed the National Parks Act and proclaimed the Kruger National Park, naming it after the president at the time, Paul Kruger.Stevenson-Hamilton was joined in 1902 by new assistant warden Harry Wolhuter, who famously survived an attack from two lions in 1904, armed with nothing more than a pocketknife. He killed the first lion with the weapon and his dog kept the second lion at bay until help arrived. The knife and the lion skin can be seen in the Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Museum at Skukuza.Biodiversity hotspotAs well as now forming part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, the Kruger is also part of the Kruger to Canyons biosphere, an area designated as such by the United Nations Education and Scientific Organisation under its Man and Biosphere programme. Biosphere reserves are recognised internationally as important areas for conserving biological diversity and developing the necessary scientific and technical knowledge, as well as human values, for successful conservation efforts.The Kruger to Canyons biosphere, encompassing a remarkable 55% of South Africa’s total terrestrial biodiversity, is located in eastern South Africa and bridges the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. It contains a diversity of landscapes, ranging in altitude from more than 2km above sea level along the Drakensberg escarpment to 300m above sea level nearer the coast.The reserve is home to more than 1.5-million people, and in addition to accommodating a variety of animals including rare antelope such as Tsessebe, Sable and Roan, it is one of the few remaining viable habitats for the African wild dog, the continent’s most endangered predator.The Big Five and Little FiveKnown for spectacular sightings of the famous Big Five (African elephant, lion, Cape buffalo, leopard and black or white rhino), the Kruger Park offers incomparable game viewing, with about 145 animal species, 110 reptile species, and more than 500 bird species occurring in the area. In addition to the Big Five, all major African big game species are found here, including hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, warthog, many antelope species, and large carnivores including cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyena.For those who enjoy a challenge, the area is also home to the Little Five (buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, ant lion and rhino beetle) and the birding Big Six (ground hornbill, kori bustard, lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, Pel’s fishing owl and saddle-bill stork).The park is divided into six ecosystems: baobab sandveld, mopane scrub, lebombo knobthorn-marula bushveld, mixed acacia thicket, combretum-silver clusterleaf woodland on granite and riverine forest. Altogether it has 1 982 species of plants, some of which are the baobab, kiaat tree, fever tree, knobthorn, marula and mopane trees.The Kruger Park offers accommodation to suit the needs and preferences of just about anyone, ranging from five-star luxury to self-catering bungalows, tented camps, and caravans.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Useful linksThe Kruger National ParkSouth African National ParksKruger to Canyons biosphereGreat Limpopo Transfrontier ParkSouth African National ParksPeace Parks FoundationDepartment of Environmental Affairs and TourismSouth African MintRand Refinery (Krugerrand producer)last_img read more

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Breaking News in the Industry: July 9, 2018

first_imgMore than $600K of counterfeit dolls seized at Canadian borderU.S. border authorities at the International Falls, Minnesota, port of entry discovered $600,000 worth of counterfeit dolls in a rail container. Officers seized 60,180 mermaid and fashion dolls in June after an inspection revealed copyright protected markings on them, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The counterfeit merchandise had a suggested retail price of $601,198. “The enforcement of trade laws at U.S. ports of entry remains a high priority for us,” Anthony Jackson, International Falls port director, said in the release. Jackson said counterfeiting harms consumers because manufacturers of forged products have little motivation to use safe, high-quality materials.    [Source: Duluth News Tribune]Suspect stole retailer’s trailer full of merchandiseWalmart and other retail stores have dealt with shoplifters for years. But this was retail theft on a massive scale. Indiana police arrested a Tennessee man and charged him with stealing a Walmart trailer full of merchandise, WNDU reported. Josephvon Johnson, 42, of Jackson, Tennessee, was arrested in Mishawaka, Indiana, and charged with stealing a Walmart trailer from a store in Lansing, Illinois, WNDU reported. Several people were unloading the trailer and bringing the goods into a residence, police said. Walmart workers were dispatched to the home to reclaim the lost inventory, WXIN reported. The case is under review by the Saint Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office.   [Source: WSBTV2 News]Another retailer warns customers of online data breachMacy’s is warning customers that the retailer discovered a cyber threat that targeted customer profiles for almost two months. According to a letter mailed to macys.com customers this week, Macy’s cyber threat alert tools detected suspicious login activities on June 11. A third party, who the retailer said obtained the information from a source other than Macy’s, was doing this “suspicious activity”. From April 26 to June 12, the third party was using valid usernames and passwords to gain access to the customers’ accounts. On June 12, Macy’s blocked the profiles that seemed to be breached by the third party.- Sponsor – A macys.com customer account will remain blocked until the customer changes the password associated with the profile, according to the letter. You should’ve received an email notifying you that your profile was blocked. If you didn’t receive an email, Macy’s said to check your junk folder for an email with the subject line “Important information about your Macy’s online profile.” If you can’t find the email, Macy’s said that your profile still may be blocked and to change the password anyway.After logging in, the unauthorized party was able to access the customer’s full name, address, phone number, email address, birthday and debit or credit card number with expiration dates. Macy’s said macys.com accounts do not include CVV numbers that appear on the backs of credit cards or Social Security numbers.In the letter, the company said customers should “remain vigilant” for fraud and identity theft. They also suggested that customers contact their debit or credit card companies to tell them about the data breach. Macy’s also said it strongly encourages customers to change the password for any online account for which you used the same username and password as your macys.com account. Because the third party got the information from a source other than Macy’s, that information still could be available. The retailer also said it arranged to have AllClear ID provide a year of free identity protection to affected customers.   [Source: WKYC3 News]Employee arrested on theft chargesAn employee of JCPenney at Post Oak mall in College Station was arrested Wednesday on accusations she stole nearly $900 from her employer. According to College Station, Texas, police in early March an officer was called to the store where an asset protection specialist for the store requested the officer speak with a 22-year-old woman. The specialist explained that he had examined transaction documents, which revealed the employee had been putting store money on her own credit card. Police said the woman would write down the transaction number of a customer’s purchase, then later enter the purchase information in the store computer and list it as a return. She would then collect the money from the return for herself, authorities said. Police said the woman admitted she had done this over the course of four days, taking about $887 from the store. A warrant was later administered for her arrest, and she was taken into custody this week. The woman is charged with theft of more than $750, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and $4,000 in fines. She was released from the Brazos County Jail on $4,000 bond.   [Source: The Eagle]Three accused of taking thousands worth of merchandiseAccording to police, three people are facing charges after being accused of taking thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Kohl’s in Paducah, Kentucky on Friday. Whitney L, Morgan, 22, and Teesheona Williams, 19, of Paducah were taken into custody on felony theft by shoplifting charges. A 17-year-old juvenile was taken into custody on a charge of felony theft by shoplifting.  Store loss prevention associates reported the trio was hiding the items and trying to leave the store without paying reportedly saw the three. Loss prevention called police after they were seen on tape reportedly concealing items throughout the store in bags and shopping carts. One of the three left the store in a vehicle with no registration. The other two were stopped as they passed the theft detectors. The merchandise was valued at more than $3,500. Morgan and Williams were booked into the county jail. The teenager was released to her guardian after being cited.   [Source: KFVS12 News]Two in getaway vehicle try to run down LP associate after $132 theftOne person has been arrested and another is being sought after the pair tried to run down a loss prevention associate following a theft at the Walmart in Secaucus, New Jersey, authorities said. Blanca Menendez, 57, of Union City, and an accomplice stole $132 worth of baby clothing from the store on June 13, Secaucus Police Capt. Dennis Miller said. The getaway vehicle, driven by the man being sought, was seen on surveillance footage as targeting the store security officers, Miller said. The surveillance video also captured an image of the license plate, and police eventually found the getaway vehicle in Union City. On June 21 Menendez surrendered at Secaucus police headquarters and she was charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robber and hindering apprehension, Miller said.   [Source: NJ.com]  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Philly 360? Rewind – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: Philadelphia’s Black Music Makers

first_img Black Music Month wouldn’t be the same without the presence of the woman behind its creation, Philly 360˚ Creative Ambassador Dyana Williams. So, we teamed up with Dyana, 100.3 WRNB FM and the Kimmel Center’s Merck Arts Education Center on the dynamic event Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: Philadelphia’s Black Music Makers. Moderated by Dyana, we kicked off the afternoon with a panel discussion featuring a host of our Creative Ambassadors: Carol Riddick, Curt Chambers, Michael McArthur, Jerome Hipps and Brandon Pankey. They dug deep into Philly’s musical legacy and shared stories about their journey to success while taking their love for Philly with them every step of the way. And, we ended with a bang as renowned photographer and Creative Ambassador Whitney Thomas displayed some of his most compelling photography. So, there was plenty of Philly 360˚ love in the building. Check out our recap below. Shout Out: Much love to Dyana Williams, 100.3 WRNB FM and the Kimmel Center for coming together for a memorable Black Music Month event. Dyana Williams – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: Philadelphia African-American Music Makers(P. English for GPTMC)last_img read more

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NCAA: San Beda sends Letran to 3-way tie for 4th seed

first_imgView comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda came through in the clutch and defeated rival Letran, 73-68, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Red Lions mounted an 11-2 game-closing run to take a 72-65 lead with 1:12 remaining in the fourth with Robert Bolick scoring four points in the charge.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Bong Quinto led the Knights with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Jerrick Balanza had 16 points.Rey Nambatac struggled against the defense of Bolick as he put up just eight points on 3-of-13 shooting. The defending champions improved to 16-1 and continued their winning streak to 15 games while the Knights dropped to 8-9, tying Arellano U and San Sebastian at the fourth spot.“It’s a rivalry game, we have to win this game to prepare us against Lyceum on our final game,” said Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez. “I commend Calvin [Oftana] for giving us a good start and Robert [Bolick] did a good job in the end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingOftana’s seven points in the first period helped the Red Lions get a 21-14 edge in the first 10 minutes.Donald Tankoua, though, was the high-point man for San Beda with 15 points to go along eight boards while Oftana and Bolick had 13 points apiece. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Kyrie Irving on opening night showdown vs. Cavs: ‘There’s no pressure at all’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more

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