Pangolins are mammals distinctive for their protective keratin scales and largely solitary existence. This animal the most illegally trafficked mammal in the world. Here’s more on how they’re being protected.The Temminck’s ground pangolin known as “scaly anteaters” is protected by the Zimbabwean conservation group and the Tikki Hywood Trust, a group of Zimbabweans. (Image: Adrian Steirn, Barcroft Images)Brand South Africa reporterTogether with Zimbabwean conservation group the Tikki Hywood Trust, a group of Zimbabweans is contributing to the care and protection of the Temminck’s ground pangolin, as well as creating awareness of the plight of this bizarre and reclusive mammal that not many know even exists.Commonly called “scaly anteaters”, pangolins are mammals distinctive for their protective keratin scales and largely solitary existence. The animal is hunted for its meat and scales, and is the most illegally trafficked mammal in the world. They eat ants and termites using an extraordinarily long, sticky tongue, and are able to quickly roll themselves up into a tight ball when threatened. There are eight species of pangolin.#Zimbabwe‘s Pangolin Men are dedicated to rehabilitating the world’s most trafficked mammal – the #pangolin! https://t.co/m8jV4lfSet #Africa pic.twitter.com/lK4JH0q2nW— Barcroft Animals (@BarcroftAnimals) November 2, 2016All eight species – four in Africa, including the Temminck’s ground pangolin found in Zimbabwe and South Africa – are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered.At the CITES CoP17 conference in October 2016, all eight species of pangolin were up-listed to an outright ban on all international commercial trade of the animal and its by-products.Watch:The Tikki Hywood TrustThe Tikki Hywood Trust, a wildlife NGO, was founded in 1994 to raise awareness of and sound conservation practices for lesser known, endangered fauna and flora globally, with a focus on the diversity of threatened species in Zimbabwe and the rest of southern Africa.The trust also runs successful breeding and protection programmes to augment dwindling wild populations. These programmes design and implement standards and protocols, including captive management and animal rehabilitation. The trust’s efforts include working with a group of young Zimbabweans to rehabilitate captured and injured pangolins, as well spreading the word about the mammals’ vulnerability.Watch the video on the group’s work below:The guardian group is “entrusted with caring for animals that have endured major stress, often having been transported many kilometres bound in a sack, starved and dehydrated”, according to the Beautiful News website on 2 November 2016.While rehabilitation of the pangolins can be long and arduous, with the animal’s instinctive reluctance to interact with humans a major obstacle to building trust in the relationship, the group does this with a deep respect and love for the animal.“They have developed an intimate relationship while caring for them. Pangolins are like their children. And like any parent, they will protect their family from anything that poses a threat,” the report says.I went to Zimbabwe to capture portraits of the individuals saving the #pangolin species. My #BeautifulNews film is out today at 4:14pm SAST pic.twitter.com/Jn53l13jHN— Adrian Steirn (@AdrianSteirn) November 2, 2016Creating global awareness through photographyAustralian photographer Adrian Steirn, well known for his extensive nature photography and the 21 Icons portrait series, has released a series of photographs highlighting the group’s important work and their special relationship with the animals.The photo series inaugurated Steirn’s Beautiful News digital platform, which continues his ongoing journey of portraying a true reflection of South Africa and the rest of the continent.As the story of the Zimbabwean pangolin protectors aptly illustrates, Steirn hopes the new multi-media platform will “continue sharing powerful messages, reflecting the deeds and actions of the everyman in an inclusive and engaging style”.Source: Beautiful NewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces AT&T announced two new Internet of Things (IoT) starter kits at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas, one for Amazon Web Services (AWS) developers, the other for developers that use Raspberry Pi.It comes six months after the launch of the wireless giant’s first starter kit. The two new kits look to bring more functionality into a single package, to avoid developers searching far and wide for third-party solutions that are compatible.See also: Israel telco giant Bezeq dives into smart city marketAT&T has packed an LTE Cat-1 modem, two antennas, a U.S. and Mexico SIM card with six months of 300MB prepaid data, a USB plug, a microSD card, and an NXP K64F development board into the starter kit.Both kits support PubNub Data stream network and associated APIs, which enable low latency and encrypted two-way messaging, according to a press release.Focusing on the two biggest IoT platformsInstead of making them open to any platform, AT&T has focused on two of the largest IoT platforms for beginners, AWS and Raspberry Pi. This allows developers to quickly build functions without having to learn new code or switch platforms.AT&T is competing heavily with Verizon to make the IoT market a new moneymaker, as the wireless industry starts to slow. Verizon has spent more to burst into the market so far, but AT&T appears to be taking a more collaborative approach, which might win over developers.And those two US-based wireless carriers are not the only ones looking to dominate the space. European communications like Vodafone and Orange, as well as other US firms, like Sprint, all want a piece of the IoT pie in the coming years, though not all have worked on their own devkit offering. David Curry Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Puck Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Amazon#AT&T#AWS#CES2017#Internet of Things#IoT#Raspberry Pi
Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ It was an emotional night for the Bucks following the surprise firing of Kidd. His three-plus season tenure included two playoff appearances but stretches of inconsistency on both ends of the floor. Other than a 33-win season in 2015-16, the Bucks hovered around .500 under Kidd as a young core of Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Brogdon turned into top-flight players.“He’s been a great teacher for me. Mostly, I was a spot-up shooter. He allowed me to post up and expanded my game to pick-and-rolls and driving,” Middleton said.The Suns fell to 17-30, making them an ideal opponent for the Bucks to beat in their first game under Joe Prunty, the former assistant who will replace Kidd the rest of the season.Prunty was fiery at times on the sideline and jawed with an official, a contrast from Kidd’s typically mild-mannered demeanor.Middleton and Brogdon sparked the Bucks in the closing minutes by dominating in the backcourt.Eric Bledsoe added 19 points for the Bucks against his former team. He was dealt to Milwaukee earlier this season in a trade that sent Greg Monroe to Phoenix.Monroe finished with 19 points and seven rebounds.The Bucks started slow, then used a 24-10 in the first quarter to get back in the game that was tied at 53 at halftime.TIP-INSSuns: Monroe played for the first time in three games, and his 30 minutes were his most since playing 34 on Jan. 3 against Denver. Coach Jay Triano said he wanted to give a break to Tyson Chandler, the 35-year old starting center averaging about 26 minutes over his previous nine games. “He has been going hard,” Triano said. “We’ll give (Monroe) a chance to come back home where he was and see how he plays.”Bucks: Prunty stuck with a plan put in place by Kidd to rest Antetokounmpo for a second straight game because of knee soreness.HOT POTATO Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Turnovers punctuated sloppy stretches during the night, with the Bucks coughing up the ball 18 times. But Milwaukee also forced 22 turnovers, including four steals by the lightning-quick Bledsoe.“They were more aggressive than we were. They were aimed at the ball,” Triano said.SUN RAYSBooker was 2 of 14 from the field and finished with 14 points but added eight assists. … F Jared Dudley had a season-high nine assists.QUOTABLE“Once they made the decision, which was a tough one, that they did, they put the onus on the players. We understand that it’s going to take us as a group collectively.” — veteran Bucks G Jason Terry, who also played with Kidd in the NBA.UP NEXTSuns: At the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.Bucks: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton goes up for a basket against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)MILWAUKEE — Khris Middleton spent three-plus years under Jason Kidd’s tutelage, blossoming into a dangerous scorer with the Milwaukee Bucks.He showed off what he learned in the Bucks’ first game without Kidd.ADVERTISEMENT Brogdon had a steal with 40 seconds left after the Bucks double-teamed guard Devin Booker in the backcourt. Brogdon lobbed a cross-court pass to Middleton, who hit a jumper from the left corner with 24 seconds left for a 105-100 lead.Middleton also hit a fade-away jumper from nearly the exact same spot with defender Isaiah Canaan in his face with 54 seconds left for a three-point edge that roused the crowd at the Bradley Center.“We’re professionals. It’s about regrouping and coming out there and doing your job,” Brogdon said.T.J. Warren had 23 points for Phoenix, which has lost four of five. Troy Daniels added 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point territory.“To me it felt like a playoff atmosphere game,” Daniels said. “They were physical, we were physical. We were right there trying to fight back.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Middleton scored 35 points, Malcolm Brogdon added a career-high 32 and Milwaukee beat the Phoenix Suns 109-105 on Monday night hours after firing Kidd.“It’s tough for me,” Middleton said. “He took my game to another level. He took this team to a whole other level. Today was a tough day.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAssistant Joe Prunty was promoted to replace Kidd for the rest of the year. After a slow start, the Bucks heeded the new coach’s call to focus.The sharpshooting Middleton couldn’t miss in the final minute. 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Please be advised that the Queensland branch of Touch Football Australia is moving office. As of Monday 5 June 2006, their new address and contact details will be:Touch Football QueenslandLevel 3, Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC)Kessels RoadNathan Qld 4111Ph. 1300 654 002Fax. 07- 3420 4664Due to relocation requirements of telephones and office equipment/furniture we will not be contactable via landline or fax between Midday Thursday 1st June and 8am Friday 5th June 2006. All staff will be contactable on their mobiles during this time. Diversions will be in place from Midday Thursday from the previous QTA telephone numbers, fax numbers and mailing address to the new office. Our 1800 186824 number has also been cancelled as of 31 May.Email access will be available to most staff during this time. Please adjust your records accordingly.We appreciate your patience during this time.Staff mobile contact numbers for assistance are:Jeremy Sorensen 0408 880 030Andrew Barr 0422 396 163Brent Chambers 0407 549 909Gary Madders 0418 889 050Kathy Sweeney 0410 421 430Karley Banks 0408 068 742
A fitting tribute to a mighty fine and soon to be retired ANZAC ambassador and mate. By Julian Buckmaster – @JulianTFAâ€œYou canâ€™t kill weeds!â€As with most international sporting events, the great occasion of international elite competition affords a great opportunity for respective cultures, creeds and flags and foes to converge in a mutually friendly and familiar setting and embrace.This was no more evident than at the official 2016 Trans Tasman welcome ceremony and function held in Auckland overnight. The number of pleasantries and cultural exchanges marked symbolically, and at times beautifully, the great occasion of this yearâ€™s series featuring the popular and very progressive inclusion of Japan into the Australasian biennial battle. Of particular highlight and note was the traditional Maori greeting from the local Maori elders and Polynesian strains and beats from the local house band. But in amongst the speeches and brilliant renditions of Hakas, ceremonial greetingsâ€™ and, well, some more questionable contemporary cultural renditions, was a truly stirring tribute. A tribute to a man of fine repute and a true stalwart of the sport in New Zealand and abroad.This one will live long in the memory of this fine ambassador and his equally remarkable wife, Soyra. This quiet, retiring type would probably prefer it done any other way than a full-blown presentation in front a large audience, such is his humble and modest nature. That is, to quietly retire in a more subdued and discrete fashion.But to everyone present and to all in the international community that know of the vast contributions of both he and his wife, Soyra, there could be nor more fitting opportunity and occasion. â€œAgain, you donâ€™t in my opinion do this for what you get out of it and to be appreciated in front of your peers and countries â€“ who are like family to us all, is a great honour and privilegeâ€ he said.â€œI was blown away that I received the plaque but inside the box was amazing; a blessed and rather large piece of Maori greenstone mere [traditional Maori weapon].â€œI will certainly treasure this as I will the memory of reception in front of the marvellous community we have come to know and love.â€â€˜Pounamuâ€™, the Maori word for greenstone derives from New Zealandâ€™s South Island – some of them have a balance in them and a warmth which is the tradition for when they are blessed. Affectionately known as â€œMilneyâ€ and widely regarded in New Zealand, Australia and across the world for his work as a volunteer at events including Trans-Tasmanâ€™s, Touch World Cupâ€™s, some Pacific Nations events, he will, as they, be greatly missed.Both CEOs of Touch Football Australian and Touch New Zealand [Joe Sprangers], were effusive in their praise of the great man and his long reputation and dedication. â€œOn behalf of the Touch Football Australia community this is outstanding recognition of Ian and Soyra, two marvellous supporters and contributors to touch Football across both sides of the Tasman,â€ Maguire said following Sprangersâ€™ moving tribute and presentation to Ian.â€œThey are such dedicated volunteers and simply amazing people and a joy to work with along with Joe and the Touch New Zealand team.â€And, as they also say, behind every great manâ€¦and in front and to the side of Ian is as always his lovely and equally regarded wife, Soyra. From the global sport perspective, Bill Ker had it right on the money: â€œIn the 46-member nations that form the federation, volunteers are the backbone of the sport and give their time and skills to each member nation in a willing manner,â€ he said. â€œNone more so than Ian from New Zealand who after 20 years [NZ for the last 10], assisting NZ in a volunteer capacity with their tournament control has retired leaving a huge void left by Ian and will be temporarily filled by those whom he has up-skilled during his many roles working for New Zealand.But fittingly, the final word goes to Soyra who has been side-by-side with Ian with his long and distinguished volunteer roles.â€œJust because he is retiring, Iâ€™m not!â€ Soyra emphatically said at the announcement of Ianâ€™s pending retirement.â€œSo, we better find a way for him to be involved as I will still be going. â€œHaving said that he will always want to be involved in some fashionâ€¦you canâ€™t kill weeds!â€ Nor would you think the weeds would grow under this manâ€™s feet for too long.Related LinksThanks Ian & Soyra!
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Adama Traore tells Wolves fans: I can go quickerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Adama Traore insists fans are yet to see him in top gear.Adama is so fast that Olympic sprinting champion Darren Campbell – a consultant during Traore’s spell at Middlesbrough – once advised him to slow down, and who is now regularly clocked at 22mph at Wolves. “I’ve always been quick, ever since I was little,” Traore says, having just scorched the earth at Wolves’ Compton training ground. “People are thinking I am running so fast on the pitch, but I think it’s slow. I am deliberately holding back and I could be even quicker.”At Middlesbrough, Darren told me that I didn’t need to run at 100 per cent as I didn’t realise how fast I was. I can beat players at 70 per cent and this will then give me time to think about what to do next.”I want to get people on the edge of their seats, get past players, try to show my skills and pace.”
Chelsea ponder replacing Eden Hazard with brother Thorganby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are keeping tabs on Thorgan Hazard’s situation at Borussia Monchengladbach.The Belgian has been producing career best form this season and Gladbach accept they’re on borrowed time keeping hold of the midfielder.BILD says among a raft of interested clubs is Chelsea, which had Hazard on their books before selling him to Gladbach.The Blues also boast a buy-back option in the deal and are actively discussing triggering it.Indeed, it’s suggested Thorgan could be re-signed by Chelsea to replace older brother Eden Hazard should he leave for Real Madrid. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
BVB chief Zorc raps Aubameyang: You’re out of order!by Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund sports chief Michael Zorc jumped into the row between CEO Hans Joachim-Watzke and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Aubameyang branded Watzke a “clown” and accused BVB of snapping Barcelona’s hand off regarding the money offered for Ousmane Dembele. The former BVB star was responding to Watzke suggesting Aubameyang left the club for money.Zorc said, “I think Auba has been out of order. Aki did not say anything bad. We have always stood behind Auba. That’s why I cannot understand this reaction.”What he means by that, since I really know all the backgrounds, I do not know. We have absolutely nothing to reproach ourselves with.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Todd Lamirande APTN National NewsThe shovels are in the ground, and demolition has begun.That means a controversial $1.2 billion redevelopment on the outskirts of downtown Ottawa is underway.Known as Zibi, it promises to provide jobs for members of Algonquin First nations.And that was a big part of the message at a news conference [email protected] @toddmetis
In the end, the embattled Tyrann Mathieu, who said he was entering the NFL Draft next year, had no other recourse that would have made sense. He could have sat out another season and transferred somewhere else or played next year at a smaller college.But those would have been opportunities that would not have advanced his career. He had been kicked off the LSU team before the season for failed drug tests. Sports Illustrated brought his eligibility into question because of his likeness being used on an advertisement for a party. And then he was arrested and charged with simple possession of marijuana in October.So it was of little surprise when Mathieu announced, “it is time for me to move forward.“I am sorry that I was not able to complete my journey at LSU, but I will always support LSU in any way I can. To my teammates, you are my brothers. You have kept me going. I will do my best to make you all proud of me,” he said.Mathieu, known as the “Honey Badger,” was a Heisman Trophy finalist known for his knack for making plays last year. But the 20-year-old Mathieu was suspended for this season due to a substance abuse issue he has continued to work on.Mathieu was arrested last month on a possession of marijuana charge. He also was dismissed from the football team in August for failing a drug test and entered a treatment program run by former NBA player John Lucas.Instead of transferring to another lower-division school to play this season, Mathieu re-enrolled at LSU but is not playing football.“I am committed to tackling my personal issues and will work to better myself every day as a man first and only then as a football player. I will always consider myself an LSU Tiger,” he said.