WATCH: Wildlife Biologist Encounters Tree Dwelling Black Bears

first_imgA wildlife biologist in Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently discovered a sow black bear and three of her cubs denning 50 feet off the ground inside the hollowed out cavity of an old growth buckeye tree. Ryan Williamson was able to locate the mother bear and her cubs via signals transmitted by her radio collar. When the radio signals led him to the base of the large buckeye he surmised that the mother bear and her cubs must be denning in the cavity, which is visible from the ground. But Williamson didn’t stop there. He then used an ascender to climb the tree and get a glimpse of the bears for himself. Luckily the encounter was documented by Williamson’s helmet-mounted GoPro, providing a rare glimpse into the lives of hibernating black bears. See for yourself below.[divider]Related Articles[/divider]last_img read more

FIFA Best Coach Award 2017: Zidane, Guardiola, Mourinho & Pochettino Makes 12-Man Shortlist

first_imgOthers are, Leonardo Jardim, Massimiliano Allegri, former Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique, Diego Simeone and Brazil’s Tite.Voting starts on the 21 August 2017, before a three-man final shortlist will be announced later in September.RelatedFIFA Announce 2017 World Best Player Award ShortlistAugust 17, 2017In “Africa”Best Player Award: Ronaldo, Messi And Neymar Make FIFA Shortlist.September 22, 2017In “England”Deschamps Headlines 11-Man Shortlist For Best FIFA Coach AwardJuly 24, 2018In “England” FIFA have announced a 12-man shortlist for the #TheBest FIFA Men’s Coach Award 2017, with four Premier League managers making the cut.Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Mauricio Pochetino and Antonio Conte, who all manage Premier League sides joined back to back Champions League winner, Zinedine Zidane and 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup winner, Joachim Low on the list.last_img read more

Mitch Kupchak says Lakers can ‘be in the hunt quickly’

first_imgThe Lakers’ historically sturdy foundation crumbled even further. Their 21-61 record cemented the worst finish in the franchise’s 67-year-old history and ensured a missed playoff appearance for the second consecutive season, providing an obvious conclusion the Lakers face a busy offseason rebuilding project.But with the dust still clearing amid the rubble, the Lakers seemed clouded by the most pressing question. How long will it take for them to contend for their 17th NBA championship?Lakers executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss reportedly told his sister, Jeanie, the Lakers’ president, that he would step down if the Lakers fail to advanced to the Western Conference Finals within three years. Since then, Jeanie Buss has reiterated she would make changes if the Lakers failed to reach that benchmark.“What’s my sense of being in the conference finals within three years? I think it’s possible,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said on Thursday at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo following exit meetings. “But what if you get to the conference semifinals, you lose in seven (games) and you have a great team that you know is going to get better and better? So I don’t think there is anything etched in stone that would determine any change in direction. Three years from now is forever.” How much can the Lakers improve next season?“We can get better quickly,” Kupchak said. “We can be in the hunt quickly.”Yet, Kupchak said that largely hinges on the Lakers’ fortunes in the NBA draft lottery on May 19. Then, the Lakers will find out if their 82.8-percent chance of retaining their top-five pick happens. Otherwise, the Lakers will owe the selection to Philadelphia as part of the Steve Nash trade. Lakers coach Byron Scott maintained “the glass is half full,” before admitting uncertainty if he will accept becoming the team’s draft representative. He joked the Lakers should send the son of Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, whose presence became a good luck charm when Scott coached Cleveland when it landed the No. 1 pick in 2011 to select Kyrie Irving. “That’s the only thing that’s on the agenda,” said Scott. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Although Scott conceded he could have handled both X’s and O’s and his personnel better, Kupchak credited the former Showtime Laker for holding players accountable. But when Scott meets with Kupchak and Jim Buss on Friday, the conversation will mostly steer on the team’s roster.Although Kupchak said “this would be a good draft to participate in,” the Lakers’ general manager held all options open on what he would do with both a top-five protected pick and a late first-round selection Houston owes the Lakers as part of the Jeremy Lin deal.The Lakers could use either or both as part of a trade for a star player. Even with the emergence of rookie guard Jordan Clarkson, Kupchak still said he remains open toward pursuing both point guards and post players in the draft and free agency. Kupchak expressed uncertainty whether they will exercise Jordan Hill’s $9 million team option. But Kupchak sounded open to negotiate with Lakers forward Ed Davis, who plans to opt out of his $1.2 million player option in hopes of a long-term deal.“We’d love to have Ed Davis on our team,” Kupchak said. Carlos Boozer expressed interest in staying if the Lakers become contenders. Wesley Johnson said he hopes to land a multi-year deal. But the Lakers will have other priorities. Kupchak said the Lakers will become “active participants” in pursuing marquee free agents, possibilities including Memphis’ Marc Gasol, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge, Cleveland’s Kevin Love, Miami’s Goran Dragic or Dallas’ Rajon Rondo.Kupchak still touted the Lakers’ market, fan base, Los Angeles’ appeal and the Laker’s championship history as advantages in the free agency sweepstakes despite missing out on both retaining Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol as well as acquiring LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Kupchak expressed his wish again to retain Gasol, mindful he helped the Lakers win two NBA titles before leaving for Chicago. But Kupchak downplayed the Lakers relying too much on their storied history in free agency pitches.“We rarely sell the past and legacy,” Kupchak said. “The players really don’t want to hear about it. They want to know about the team you’re building.”How long it takes for the Lakers to build a new championship structure might involve a prolonged renovation. “You want it to turn around as quick as possible,” Scott said. “But I also know when I first sat down with Mitch and Jim, the plan that they had given me wasn’t going to be something that was just going to happen over night.”last_img read more

Ahmad Ahmad: 2019 AFCON will be among the best

first_imgThe President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad AhmadCairo, Egypt | THE INDEPENDENT | The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad has said the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will be one of the best events in-terms of organization and play on the field.“I am happy with the level of organization that the hosts have put in and we look forward to one of the best tournaments which for the first time will have 24 teams,” Ahmad told URN in a brief interview at the Marriot Hotel in Cairo on Saturday.The 2019 AFCON will run June 21st to July 19th in Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said and Suez. Ahmad made it clear that every football stakeholder needs to play their role well for the tournament to be successful. “We all need to play our part for the development of football in our continent,” added Ahmad. who was questioned by the French Central Office for the Fight against Corruption and Financial and Fiscal Offences (OCLCIEF) in Paris, France on June 6thCameroon who have lifted the AFCON trophy five times are the defending champions, while the hosts who boost of star players like Muhamad Salah who won the UEFA Champions League title with Liverpool have won the title a record seven times. Uganda Cranes will be making their second straight appearance at Africa’s biggest football tournament after they broke the 39-year jinx to appear in the 2017 Edition in Gabon. Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi are the other nations from the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) that will feature in the 2019 AFCON.*****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

The Alpine Experience Donates Socks To Local Charity

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Alpine ExperienceOLYMPIA, WA – The Alpine Experience, South Sound’s Premier Outdoor Retailer located in the heart of Downtown Olympia, has announced the donation of 500 pairs of socks to area charity, the Downtown Ambassadors.“Investing in our community has always been a core value of our business,” said Joe Hyer, Founder and Co-owner. “We are glad that the community recognizes this and shops locally.”“Over the years, The Alpine Experience has been an engaged community partner, reaching out to those in need, in order to improve the quality of their lives, and in doing so, improving the quality of our community as a whole,” said Rob Richards, Program Manager for the Downtown Ambassador Program.The City of Olympia’s Downtown Ambassador Program creates a safe and welcoming environment for all downtown users. The program is part of the City’s Downtown Project that aims to revitalize downtown Olympia through a variety of approaches. The City of Olympia is funding the ambassador program with their parking services budget.Rob Richards, Housing Program Coordinator at Capital Recovery Center (formerly known as Capital Clubhouse), serves as Program Manager for the Ambassadors.About The Alpine ExperienceThe Alpine Experience is a locally and family owned outdoor retail shop located in Olympia, Washington. Since 1996 we’ve prided ourselves on our superior customer service, high quality products, and being active contributors to our community. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.alpinex.com.last_img read more

VNA Receives More Than $200,000 to Assist Those Impacted by Sandy

first_imgRED BANK – VNA Health Group has announced that it has received more than $200,000 in contributions to support its patients and families in response to the VNA Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.Contributions have come from a variety of sources including foundations and organizations both in and out of state, as well as generous individuals and VNA Health Group employees.The largest contribution was received through a grant from the Robin Hood Foundation totaling $110,000 to provide nursing, medical social work services and care management to low income and medically frail individuals in need of health screenings and grief counseling. In addition funds will also be used to provide free flu immunizations and to replace lifeline-monitoring units destroyed in the storm.“During the storm, VNA Health Group staff provided more than 1,000 hours of service to care for residents evacuated to area shelters and continued to ensure the safety of more than three thousand patients in their homes. Many were without medications, clothing and food. Many lost more than power – they lost their homes,” said Steven Landers, MD, VNA Health Group president and CEO.  “We have always felt fortunate to be supported by such a generous community but we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from people near and far.”Contributions were also made by organizations including Meritus Health Care Foundation, a Maryland-based group that delivered more than 130 boxes of clothing and supplies in a 27-foot truck and the employees of Inova Health System in Northern Virginia who designated employee contributions in excess of $7,500. Other donations came from Homecare Homebase, Washington County Hospital, Hutchkis+Wiley Capital Man­age­­ment, Metallix Refining, Chubbston, Concord Regional VNA, Bristol Hospice in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Horizon Group and the VNA of Boston.A VNA Health Group partner, Stevens Institute of Technology, arranged for assistance from several of these groups including their own staff, and provided student assistance for the disbursement of goods.VNA Health Group employees gave generously as well, giving cash gifts and more than 440 vacation days valued at over $16,000 to assist VNA employees who had serious damage to or loss of their homes.In addition, VNA Health Group contributed a portion of funds to relief efforts from two of their annual holiday events that typically benefit the VNA hospice program Families affected by the storm were also included in VNA Health Group’s Seasons of Hope pro­gram. The annual holiday adopt-a-family program donated food, clothing and toys during the holidays to more than 600 extremely challenged families and children.“Our thanks also go out to our incredible staff,” Landers added. “We have some amazing stories of their heroic efforts during the storm from a nurse delivering a baby on the streets of Newark; another walking 5 miles after running out of gas to see her patients; to another spending more than ninety hours at shelters. They continue to display an unwavering commitment to the people of New Jersey.”last_img read more

Notable Vertebrate Fossils

first_imgVertebrate fossils are only a tiny fraction of the record, but they are usually the most interesting to us.Underwater Fossil Graveyard Reveals Toll of Human-Caused Extinction (Live Science): “If humans had never set foot in the Bahamas, the islands today might be teeming with Cuban crocodiles, Albury’s tortoises and rock iguanas,” this article says. Remains of these creatures have been found in a flooded sinkhole, providing evidence they survived the ice age. They should have been there except for the arrival of humans later, the article argues.  PhysOrg‘s coverage suggests this is still a theory being tested.Meet Jane, the Most Complete Adolescent T. Rex Ever Found (Live Science): The authors of a study of “Jane” the teen-age T. rex have called into question the status of Nanotyrannus. Some are now arguing that Nanotyrannus is just a juvenile T. rex. Old dino digger Robert Bakker is not backing down on his claim it’s a separate species; he discovered it and named it, after all. Meanwhile, PhysOrg offers a new theory that dinosaur nasal passages kept the animals cool, and a Live Science video shares the exciting suggestion that the tail of Apatosaurus, cracking like the whip of Indiana Jones, may have broken the speed of sound.Treasure trove of late Triassic fossils discovered in Utah (PhysOrg): This “fantastic site” has creatures like pterosaurs, crocodile-like reptiles and dinosaurs. Brigham Young University is excavating the site, dubbed “Saints and Sinners” because one is a Mormon and two others are not.  Some 11,500 bones have been found so far, some of them remarkably well preserved:“It is absurdly rare to find delicate, small skeletons from anywhere in time, anywhere in the world,” said Adam Pritchard, a Yale paleontologist not part of the discovery team. “To have them from the Triassic period, which is the very beginning of the age of reptiles, is really unprecedented, especially in western north America.”76-million-year-old extinct species of pig-snouted turtle unearthed in Utah (Science Daily): The Miss Piggy of fossil turtles turned up in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Two feet long from head to tail, this “weird turtle” that walked with dinosaurs. “The new specimen includes not only the skull and the shell, but also a nearly complete forelimb, partial hindlimbs, and vertebrae from the neck and tail,” the article says. While this turtle is unlike any other ever found, “those fossil beds also hold the remains of many crocodilians, turtles, lizards and amphibians that don’t look much different from their modern relatives” in spite of being over 75 million Darwin years old.Dilophosaurus – less of a frilly, venom-spitting lizard than we thought (PhysOrg): Time to revise Jurassic Park I. The scary, frilly poison-spitter Dilophosaurus wasn’t what the filmmakers portrayed, paleontologist Robert Gay explains in a lengthy article from a PLoS blog. Three individuals are known from the Kayenta formation in Utah. Conclusions drawn from earlier studies are now in doubt. “So where does this leave the state of early theropod evolution? Pretty unsettled.”Everything’s Bigger in Texas: Ancient Supersize Shark Fossils Unearthed (Live Science): An enormous “supershark” has been found in Texas, some 25% longer than a great white. “Supershark lived before the age of the dinosaurs, which emerged about 230 million years ago. Until now, the oldest giant shark was found in rocks dating to 130 million years ago,” meaning that evolutionists have to dial back the origin of giant sharks to “much further in the fossil record than previously thought,” the article admits.Evolution: An avian explosion (Nature): This is another paper claiming that the fossil record of bird evolution can be reconciled with molecular evidence. The solution, however, requires near stasis for millions of years till after the extinction of the dinosaurs, then an explosion of diversification afterward. “Indeed, the early diversification of birds may have been so rapid that it resembles a network, or bush, rather than a beautifully bifurcating tree of life.” The latest solution requires “hopeful caution” while calling for more fossils. “In the absence of a perfect fossil record, the best we can do is experiment with different calibration dates and levels of uncertainty around those dates.” See also Current Biology‘s lengthy entry, “The Origin and Diversification of Birds,” which puts a more confident macroevolutionary face on the confusing picture. Confident, that is, if one is willing to accept bursts of evolution at arbitrary junctures, and poof-spoof excursions like, “although early birds and even some non-bird dinosaurs had volant capabilities, powered flight as we know it in modern birds most certainly developed after the origin of birds themselves.” (See Flight: The Genius of Birds for challenges to the origin of powered flight by Darwinian processes.)The horse series 3.0 (Current Biology): This primer by Ludovic Orlando describes Equids, both fossil and living horses, donkeys, and zebras. He takes the old museum line that “The evolutionary transition from multiple-toed to one-toed animals can be followed in great detail in the fossil record and represents one of the most popular textbook examples of macroevolution.” He shows the old four-toed to one-toed illustration. His tale, though, requires multiple migrations:The Old World was colonized several times by distinct equid groups, including Hipparions 12 million years ago, which, except for their three toes (Figure 2), resembled modern horses. It was not until two million years ago that the most recent common ancestor of present-day asses and zebras crossed Beringia. Within the following 500,000 years, their ancestors rapidly expanded across Eurasia and entered Africa at least twice independently. The descendants of the first migration later radiated into a diversity of zebras while those of the second migration gave rise to modern donkeys and African wild asses (Equus africanus; Figure 1).Horses entered the Old World in a separate migration, probably no earlier than 700,000 years ago, and expanded into Eurasia throughout a territory already populated by ancestors of Asiatic Wild asses. Their demographic history was punctuated by major cycles of expansions and collapses, probably related to the major glacial and interglacial cycles of the Pleistocene. Reduction in grassland cover during the Last Glacial Maximum led to a massive horse population crash in Eurasia, and to a total extinction in the Americas about 10,000 years ago. Therefore, all present-day American horses, including the free-roaming Mustangs, living symbols of the American West pioneering spirit, descend from European horses brought in after the Spanish conquest.Yet he talks very little about actual fossils. This scenario seems highly contrived to fit the dating scheme that evolutionists need to maintain against the fossil evidence. In addition to multiple migrations, the story requires seemingly reckless tales of interbreeding and hybridization. And surely there must be a lot more to macroevolution than losing toes or changing body size; what about all the organs and internal systems? Each one is clearly an Equid. Even young-Earth creationists accept that today’s horses look different from the original created kind.Sound familiar? Everything appears earlier than thought, exceptionally preserved, often just like modern representatives, buried instantly in flood conditions. Evolution is a highly-contrived “scenario” twisted and contorted to fit preconceived notions. See the process in “How not to work a puzzle” in the 5/01/2008 commentary.(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bafana claim bronze in Cosafa Cup

first_img22 July 2013South Africa claimed bronze in the 2013 Cosafa Cup tournament on Saturday, beating Lesotho 2-1 in the third place play-off at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, Zambia.Goals on either side of half-time from Mandla Masango and Hlompho Kekana were enough to see Bafana Bafana through, while Maile Tlali replied for Lesotho from the penalty spot.Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund made three changes to the squad that lost to Zambia in the semi-final – bringing on Masango, Lerato Chabangu and Mzikayise Mashaba, with Ruzaigh Gamildien, Katlego Mashego and Thabani Mthembu making way.South Africa started play the brighter of the two nations, and dictated terms from early on.First chanceTheir first real chance came in the 17th minute when Mashaba’s powerful close- range shot was stopped by the Lesotho goalkeeper.Three minutes later, much against the run of play, Bafana Bafana conceded a penalty when Thulani Hlatshwayo was adjudged to have fouled an opponent in the box. Tlale scored to give Lesotho the lead.South Africa kept on pushing forward and attacking relentlessly, but Lesotho held firm. Bafana, though, came close in the 40th minute when Masango saw his shot cleared off the line with the keeper well beaten.But there was no denying him three minutes later when he levelled matters after a well-worked free kick from Chabangu.Shortly after the restart, Chabangu could have been on the score sheet when, with only the goalkeeper to beat, his lob sailed over the crossbar.LeadBafana Bafana took the lead in the 53rd minute following good play from Hlompho Kekana, who collected the ball out wide, beat one marker and scored from a difficult angle to make it 2-1. It was his second goal in the tournament, and he walked away with the Man of the Match Award.“As a team we carried ourselves very well, the performance was great, we applied ourselves very well and we can’t ask for more,” Kekana said afterwards.“We knew it was going to be tough because all the teams want to beat us, so we had to work very hard to get this win.“Good work from the coach and the technical team for getting this far in the tournament. We really wanted to be in the final, but I guess third place is also something to appreciate,” said Kekana.Penalty saveLesotho was given a life-line in the 69th minute when Buhle Mkhwanazi was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. From the resulting penalty, however, Bafana Bafana captain Wayne Sandilands kept his side in the match with a great save to deny Maile, who had scored the first penalty for Lesotho.“No disrespect to Lesotho, but I think it was too easy for my players,” South Africa’s coach Gordon Igesund commented after the contest.“Lesotho relied heavily on counter-attacks, which did not really work. We had too many chances to score and I hope the players will learn that we have to be more clinical, more ruthless, to finish the opponent off when we have a chance.‘Happy’“But I am quite happy with the result. It shows the boys wanted to be in the final and they did well even though it’s not the same as being in the final. But I am glad we won,” he added.The Bafana Bafana mentor was also pleased with what his players took out of the tournament, but said the squad’s preparation, which was heavily disrupted by withdrawals, needed to be better.“I want to believe it’s been a good experience for most of these players, at the end of the day it was good exposure for them. I also saw a couple of good things from one or two of them, and this tournament was a good stepping stone for them to get that much needed experience,” Igesund said.last_img read more

Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme

first_imgContact person: Wilda WongTelephone: 015 963 1222Address: House No 2, Old EmbassyGround, Box 754, Sibasa 0970E-mail: [email protected] mission is to generate an attitude of Zero Tolerance towards Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse & HIV and AIDS related stigma in Limpopo’s Thulamela MunicipalityOur objective is to create a supportive environment for the victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and the HIV/AIDS pandemic; and to inform, educate and capacitate the community about their rights and responsibilities pertaining to sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and HIV/AIDSWe want to capacitate and rehabilitate victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and HIV/AIDS, and to ensure that justice is served.TVEP covers the Thulamela Municipality of Vhembe District in the north of Limpopo Province, South Africa, 200km from Polokwane, the provincial capital.We need development officers with experience in financial and/or institutional sustainability, and volunteers who can offer office skills transfer (Microsoft Word & Excel, photo & video editing skills, business English skills).last_img read more

Beating China tough but not impossible, says Anas Edathodika

first_imgIndia is slated to face China and Anas Edathodika feels upsetting them in front of their home crowd is “a tremendously tough job but not an impossible one.””It’ll be a tremendously tough job for us against China, that too at an away match. But winning isn’t impossible. We had a 13-match unbeaten streak including 9 wins recently and that is a perfect testament to the team’s hard work,” Anas told AIFF.”Coach (Stephen Constantine) has backed the younger guys and they have also repaid it equally. There’s a feel-good factor in Indian Football at this moment and it provides us with a positive vibe,” he commented.Less than 2 days to go for a historic International Friendly between #China and #India.Let’s BACK THE BLUE! #CHNvIND #BackTheBlue #AsianDream #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/P7vb6Xi1tfIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 11, 2018India will take on China in an international friendly on Saturday as part of their preparations for next year’s Asian Cup.READ – China recently beat India’s Asian Cup groupmate: Jhingan, Jeje await tough friendlyHaving won 12 out of the 17 encounters between the two countries so far the Chinese have always enjoyed an upper hand over their Indian counterparts but Anas shared that “both teams have to start afresh on 13th.”WATCH – India sweat it out at the JLN stadium as tough China test awaits”Indian Football has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 3-4 years. Younger players have put in terrific effort along with the seniors which has eventually helped the team gain more success up front. We can’t deny the history but both teams have to start afresh on 13th. Both teams will start from ground zero,” the 31-year-old defender stressed.advertisementREAD – Aim to break into top 10 in Asia first, World Cup later: Sunil Chhetri”Chhetri bhai, Gurpreet, Jeje, Sandesh, etc, have been there for a significant time and they never shy away from sharing a bit or two with the youngsters.”Being a defender, Anas is aware of the uphill task of keeping the rivals at bay.READ – Balwant Singh drops out of China vs India due to passport issues”Every single game is a tough test for the defenders. But, we have to work cohesively as a unit. Everyone including the attackers, midfielders, defenders have to play their due part to get the job done. It’s a no-brainer that the match will be a gruelling one for us,” he said.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more