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  • Department of Tourism to host Guyana Coconut Festival

    first_imgBY: Indrawattie NatramThe coconut industry that has been left behind for quite some time will be under the spotlight in October as the Department of Tourism in the Ministry of Business in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and private stakeholders will be hosting a Coconut Awareness Week during 15 to 23 October, 2016 with a wide range of events.The Week’s events will highlight the importance of coconut and its uses. According to Director General of Tourism Donald Sinclair a River Appreciation Day and Speed Boat parade along with a Ministry of Agriculture outreach will start the activities.The activities include a coconut awareness launch of festival icon, motorcade to Mahaicony ground for World Food Day observance, Launch of Festival Souvenir magazine, Ministry of Agriculture Coconut cook out, State of the Coconut Industry forum, and launch of National Coconut Development Roadmap.A coconut summit and Business meetings is schedule for October 21 at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, and on October 22 the festival continues with a coco splash entertainment sequence.The week will conclude with a coconut award ceremony on October, 23.At a stakeholders meeting, Sinclair said that farmers from Pomeroon will be actively involved and that Essequibo is an important Region to start off the week’s activities, since Pomeroon is the “Heart of the Coconut”.During his address he said that the industry has been out of attention for a while and it is time for farmers, living in the Pomeroon, to be equipped with the necessary knowledge about the fruit and its many uses.At the meeting, Chairman of the Essequibo Chambers of Commerce, Dalip Singh, and Region Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt pledged the Region’s support towards the Week’s events. The boat parade will put Essequibo on the map in terms of Tourism, he noted.For the activities, nations such as Suriname, Brazil, India and Mexico have indicated their interest in participating. The Week of activities also coincides with Agriculture Month. The events are to be hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture Maritime Authority, and the Guyana Police Force.last_img read more

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  • Old and new give the Angels a lift

    first_imgJered Weaver and Howie Kendrick did their part against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday before one of the mainstays came on to make a difference. Garret Anderson hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to put the Angels on top for good. The home run gave Anderson RBIs in nine consecutive games, one off the franchise record set by Wally Joyner and Fred Lynn. Anderson has been huge as the Angels have started to distance themselves from the Seattle Mariners in the American League West. The Angels’ 4-3 victory opened a 7 -game lead on the Mariners, the largest since June 24, and reduced the Angels’ magic number for clinching the division to 18 games. The Angels earned their 82nd victory, meaning they have clinched a franchise-record fourth consecutive winning season. Anderson now has 26 RBIs in his last 14 games and 52 RBIs in 49 games since the All-Star break. No longer fighting leg and back injuries that have bothered him in recent seasons, Anderson has been able to deliver 14 home runs, with eight of those coming in the last two weeks and change. BASEBALL: Anderson, Weaver, Kendrick all deliver. By Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER The Angels might lean on their veterans down the stretch and on into October, but some kids are going to have to carry their share of the load. “That’s the biggest thing we’re seeing right now is health,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “It keeps stoking his confidence. He’s in that batter’s box and he feels like he has the tools now to do what he’s capable of doing.” But Anderson wouldn’t have had his chance to shine had Weaver and Kendrick not created the opportunity. “You just have to go out there and play the game you’ve known your whole life and just go out there and keep battling,” said Weaver, who is now 20-1 with a 3.14 ERA when the Angels give him three runs of support or more. “Hopefully we can help keep that separation between Seattle and then keep this momentum heading into the playoffs. “Everything has been rolling with (Jeff) Mathis getting some time behind the plate. He’s been getting used to this pitching staff. Howie getting healthy, he’s going to be a career .300 hitter.” Weaver was sloppy in the first two innings, giving up two early runs and then dodging more trouble. He finally settled down by the third inning and went six solid innings, allowing his two runs and seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts. “I wasn’t really able to locate my pitches early,” Weaver said. “Fastballs I was leaving up and I was really trying to concentrate with my warm-up pitches on throwing fastballs down in the zone. I had to rely on some offspeed pitches late and was able to work out of some jams.” Weaver looked especially brilliant to end the top of the fifth inning when he struck out Mike Piazza flinching on a 77-mph breaking ball. Even an Orlando Cabrera throwing error in the sixth inning (caused when Robb Quinlan crowded him from third base on a ground ball), a wild pitch and a two-out walk were neutralized when Rob Bowen lined out to center to end the threat. Weaver pounded his glove with delight after the out. Kendrick, who was batting in the No. 2 spot for the first time this season, nullified Oakland’s two early runs with a line-drive home run in the third inning. The home run, which scored Jeff Mathis, was Kendrick’s first since June 29. The second baseman hardly has let a fractured index finger slow him down. He was out from July 9 until Aug. 20 with the injury, but returned right where he left off. He has hit safely in 32 of his last 40 games, a run that started well before he was injured. With his home run, Kendrick had fashioned a streak where he had 12 hits in 23 at-bats. He has scored 37 runs in his last 41 games. After Anderson came to the rescue it was another Angels veteran that showed he still has plenty to give. Darren Oliver followed Weaver with two scoreless innings as the Angels try to cover Scot Shields’ bullpen spot. Shields’ role is being reduced after he gave up 15 earned runs in his last 12 games. Francisco Rodriguez allowed a ninth-inning run but still closed out the victory for his 34th save. doug.padilla@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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  • GAELIC GAMES: MILFORD GAA CLUB NEWS

    first_img*Scor Sinsir*Congratulations to all members who took part in the county final in Glenswilley on Friday last.We were represented in three categories namely recitation, ballad group and traditional music group and unfortunately the semi final winning Quiz team were unable to participate in the final due to prior commitments. This was a tremendous achievement for the club to get through to a county final in four categories in our first year competing. All our entries performed very well and a great night for the club got better when our traditional instrumental group of Tony, Donna and Johnny were crowned county champions.They now go through to the ulster semi final which takes place in Derrygonnelly, Co Fermanagh on Saturday 9th March. To book your seat on the bus contact Brendan Ward on 0863409183. All support welcome*Junior Championship* Due to an error the Junior Championship had to be redrawn. The redraw has resulted in the Seniors having the same opposition but in a different round. Seniors will play Naomh Ultan at home in the first leg of the first round*Junior B Championship*The Reserve team have been drawn at home to Burt in the First Round of the Junior B Championship.*U21 Championship*The u21s have been given a home draw v Four Masters in this years u21 Championship.*Club Membership* Please note that club membership is now due. Membership rates are €20 for adults, €10 for children, and €50 per family. Alternatively you can download a standing order form from the club website (www.milford.donegal.gaa.ie) for the weekly club lotto. Entry to the lotto database costs €17 per month which also entitles you to 11 weeks free entry to the lotto as well as full family membership. Membership forms will also be available to download from the website in the coming days. The deadline for payment of membership is the 17th of March and can be paid to any committee member, see the website for committee details. PLEASE NOTE: The club will only source Donegal tickets for fully paid up members as of the 17th of March.*Sen/Res/u21/Minor Training*Training for all Senior, Reserve, U21 and Minor players continues every Wednesday at 7pm at the pitch in Milford. If for any reason you are unable to attend let the management know.*Ladies Training* Training continues at the pitch every Wednesday at 6.30pm and Saturday morning at 10am.*U14 Training*The U14’s have training every Friday at Fern from 5.30pm to 7pm.with League starting at the start of March it is important we get everyone out. Managers are Darragh Kelly and Gerry Crossan.*U10 Training*Milford GAA U10 training will take place this Friday 1st March at 6.00pm in RAY COMMUNITY CENTRE. Please bring Gumshields, drink and runners. Could all parents please try to get children to use the Gum Shields a number of times during the week as it is quite difficult for the children to get used to them. They are compulsory since 1/1/2013. If anybody does not have Gum Shields yet they will be on sale at Training on Sunday.*Milford GAA Club Gear*Club gear is now available to order. The range of club gear includes Hoodies, Tracksuits tops, Windcheaters, hats, navy polo shirts, white polo shirts, and t-shirts. There is some lovely gear available at very reasonable prices and photos are available to view on the club Facebook page. Orders can be placed with either Barry on 086-3400082 or Aidan on 087-1223177.Hoodies (Kids 5-11: €29.99. Kids 13-14: €38. Adults S-XXL: €39.99)Track top (13/14 – Adult XXL: €38)Windcheater (Adult S-XXL: €23)Hat (€7.50)Polo Shirts (Navy) (13/14 – Adult XXL: €29.99)Training T-Shirt (Kids 5-11: €18. Kids 13-14: €19.99. Adults S-XXL: €23)Initials can be added at an additional €2 each*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 15-17-22-23. No jackpot winner, 1 match 3 winners gets €75. The winner was: Sharon McFadden, Milford. Next weeks Jackpot is €5,660.*Conversational Irish Classes*Conversational Irish classes continue every Wednesday at 7pm in the clubhouse at Moyleview Park. Adults and children welcome. Admission: Adults €2, Children €1. The classes will be for 1.5 hours and refreshments will be providedGAELIC GAMES: MILFORD GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: February 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAELIC GAMES: MILFORD GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

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  • GAA NEWS: KILCAR DEFEAT TERMON TO END SEASON ON A HIGH

    first_imgKilcar GAA NewsOur seniors and reserves travelled to Termon on Sunday for their last league matches of the season our reserves were unlucky being defeated by a goal 4-10 to 3-10.While our seniors won 3-21 to 2-05 to round of the successful league campaign with 30 points and just one league defeat. Our Under 21’s are scheduled to play their quarter final against Naomh Conaill on Saturday 6th December in Ardara time to be confirmed.Club AppWe have now 142 members signed up to our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system. Donegal Minor Presentation NightThe Presentation of Ulster and All Ireland Runner up medals will take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel Letterkenny on Saturday 29th November. Tickets cost €25.Clubs to place orders with Noirin Ni Dhochartaigh County Administrator on or before Monday 24th November. Email administrator.donegal@gaa.ieTickets must be collected and paid for by Wednesday 26th November.Ten Week Draw Week Five Winners: €1,000 Kieran McShane, Convoy €500 Marion Shovlin, Castlecarn €300 Emma and Chloe Gallagher, Roxbro and €200 James Byrne, Carrick Upper, Donal McShane, Towney and Oliver McIntyre, Strabrinna.Paid up members draw €500 Timmy O’Driscoll and Shaun Howley, DunkineelyLottoThere was a winner of Club Lotto Jackpot of €8,000 well done to Eamonn Carr, West End, Kilcar next week’s Jackpot is €2,000 this week’s numbers were 5, 7, 10 and 17. BingoClub Bingo winners were €150 Roseanne Ellis, Brid Kennedy €130 Eileen Gilllespie €100 Maire Gillepsie €80 Ann Lowther and €70 Mary Carrick, Mary Breslin, Marie Byrne and Connie McGinley. The Jackpot on Sunday is €3,300 on 45 numbers.For the latest news visit our website www.clgchillchartha.com you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/CillCharthaGAA and @KilcarGAAGAA NEWS: KILCAR DEFEAT TERMON TO END SEASON ON A HIGH was last modified: November 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAkilcarNoticesSportlast_img read more

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  • Man United legend reveals he wants to be Old Trafford club’s manager

    first_imgHe was club captain from 2010 until he departed Old Trafford four years later, and in his time with the Red Devils Vidic won 10 major honours, including five Premier League titles, the Champions League and the Club World Cup as well as forming a formidable partnership with Rio Ferdinand.The former Serbia international left United in 2014 for Internazionale of Milan, and two years later he announced his retirement due to consistent injury problems.He remains a legend at Old Trafford, and Vidic has revealed he plans to return to United in the future in a coaching capacity.“If Mourinho keeps winning then me as a fan, I would not be angry if we win 10 games in a row [playing like that],” Vidic told BeIN Sports after his former side were beaten 3-1 in Sunday’s Manchester derby. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 2 “To be honest, in the future I would like to be the manager. I would like to think that I know things.“For me to criticise Jose Mourinho, as someone who maybe in the future can become the manager, is not fair.“He is the manager, he has won a lot of trophies.”While Vidic did not want to criticise Mourinho, the current Man United manager, he did say the Portuguese has the club playing a style of football not historically associated with United. shining RANKED Mourinho has been widely criticised for Man United’s style of play Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Latest Football News Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice center_img MONEY Nemanja Vidic has revealed he wants to manage Manchester United in the future.Vidic, 37, is widely regarded as one of the club’s best players in the Premier League era, having played exactly 300 times for United in eight-and-a-half years. REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Vidic is a true Manchester United legend ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “To be honest, in the future I would like to be the manager. I would like to think that I know things. For me to criticize José Mourinho, as someone who maybe in the future can become the manager, is not fair.”Nemanja Vidić wants the Manchester United job! #beINPL #MUFC pic.twitter.com/Lf0tlirW7k— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) November 11, 2018 2 huge blow He continued: “It’s not the Manchester we are used to watching, it’s Mourinho’s Manchester and when he came to Manchester you have to accept that he is the manager who is going to play this kind of football.“It is the kind of football he played at Inter, at Chelsea more or less, and [Real] Madrid maybe it was more open.“At the end of the day that’s Mourinho’s football.” BEST OF last_img read more

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  • LIFT-OFF FOR THE EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL!!

    first_imgThe 23rd annual Earagail Arts Festival kicked off with a tidal-wave of colour on the streets of Letterkenny last night.And Donegaldaily.com was there to capture the first night of what promises to be two weeks of musical, dance and drama fever.From music legend John Prine to drive-in movies, Donegal will be spoilt for choice. Just don’t say you haven’t been warned!!All pictures by kind permission of Newspixirl.LIFT-OFF FOR THE EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL!! was last modified: July 10th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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  • Ulster Senior League: Results, fixtures and top goalscorers

    first_imgCOCKHILL CELTIC swept to the top of the Ulster Senior Legaue thanks to a comprehensive win over Swilly Rovers in Ramelton.Swilly Rovers 1 Cockhill Celtic Cockhill went ahead on 11 minutes when Gerry Gill’s free kick found the head of Gerard McLaughlin, who headed on to William O’Connor and he headed home from close range. On 20 minutes it was two when Mark Moran scored from close range with the Swilly defence caught napping.O’Connor made it three on 44 minutes following a Gill corner, Swilly’s Laurence Toland went close twice as his ten-yard volley was narrowly wide and his 15-yard shot was well saved by Harry Doherty in the Cockhill goal.Jimmy Bradley and Ryan Varma extended the lead on 82 and 84 minutes.In between, Swilly’s Laurence Toland released Brandon Toye who finsihed well.Mark Moran made it seven near the end.Swilly Rovers: Caolan Bolton, Dylan Hegarty, Shaun Crossan, Damien Friel, Marty McDaid, Ryan Toland, Brandon Toye, Jordan Toland, Mark WIlson, Daniel O’Donnell, Laurence Toland. Subs used: Paul Bradley, Kyle Burke, Ryan McDaid.Cockhill Celtic: Harry Doherty, Paul McDermott, Peter Doherty, Oisin McColgan, William O’Connor, Ryan Varma, Gerry Gill, Jimmy Bradley, Gerard McLaughlin, Mark Moran, Ronan Doherty. Subs used: Paul McKinney, Marty Doherty, Darren Coyle. Referee: John Coll.Fanad United and Letterkenny Rovers played out an entertaining 2 all draw in blustery conditions in Traigh-a-Loch on Sunday afternoon.Fanad United 2 Letterkenny Rovers 2The first half chance of the game came in the fifth minute when Chris Flanagan won the ball outside the box but his rushed shot was easily saved by Shane Graham in the Fanad nets.Fanad took the lead in the 11th minute is what was their first attack of note in the game.When persistence by Davitt Walsh forced a corner, the ball was swung in by Marty McAteer which was met by Shaun McElwaine who powered his header into the top corner. Letterkenny should have drawn level nine minutes later when Darren McElwaine found himself with a lot of space but his shot went well wide.Five minutes later Shane Graham produced a fine save after Steve Okakpo-Emeka burst into the box but his well hit shot failed to get past Graham.Fanad’s bets chance of the half to extend their lead fell to Seimi ‘Nanny’ Friel in the 35th minute.After some good work by Daire McDaid and Marty McAteer, the ball cam to Friel on the edge of the box but his shot came agonisingly back off the underside of the crossbar and away to safety.The second half starting at great pace and Daire McDaid missed a decent chance to extend the lead for Fanad straight from the kick off when he pressurised the Letterkenny defence but his shot went over the bar. Letterkenny equalised in the 47th minute.After some sloppy play by the Fanad defence the ball fell to David Shovlin who’s super cross was met at the back post by Darren McElwaine who made no mistake.Rovers took the lead on the hour mark in controversial circumstances. When Kieran Gorman challenged Chris Flanagan in the box. McElwaine stepped up and made no mistake from 12 yards.This spurred Fanad back into life and they were rewarded for their pressure with an equaliser in the 72nd minute. When Friel was fouled 25 yards out, Daire McDaid stepped up and his free found the back of the net deceiving Sean Friel in the Letterkenny net.Fanad had a chance to win it with three minutes remaining when Matty Crossan seen his free kick from 25 yards fly just wide of the post.Rovers played the last few minutes with 10 men when Brian McVeigh received his second yellow card for a pull back on Seimi Friel.There was worrying scenes at the end when Seimi Friel was stretchered off after an accidental clash of heads with Declan O’Donnell.This resulted in a number of minutes injury time but neither team could find a winner.Best for Fanad were Shaun McElwaine, Daire McDaid and Seimi Friel. Best for Letterkenny were Conor Tourish, David Shovlin and Darren McElwaine Fanad United: Shane Graham, Oisin Langan, Conor Blaney, Kieran Gorman, Shaun McElwaine, Matthew Crossan, Marty McAteer, Daire McDaid, John McGarvey, Davitt Walsh, Seimi FrielLetterkenny Rovers: Sean Friel, David Shovlin (Paul Boyle 70), Ryan Gildea, Conor Tourish, Declan O’Donnell, Kevin McGrath, Chris Flanagan, Brian McVeigh, Darren McElwaine, Christy Conaghan, Steve Okakpo-EmekaReferee: Michael ConnollyFixturesMonday, November 7, 7.30pmFinn Harps Reserves v Derry City Reserves Sunday, November 13, 2pmBonagee United v Cockhill CelticDerry City Reserves v Fanad UnitedSwilly Rovers v Finn Harps ReservesResultsFanad United 2 Letterkenny Rovers 2Swilly Rovers 1 Cockhill Celtic 7Top GoalscorersMark Moran (Cockhill Celtic) 4Aidan McLaughlin (Bonagee United) 3Gerard McLaughlin (Cockhill Celtic) 3Max Karner (Derry City Reserves) 3Darren McElwaine (Letterkenny Rovers) 3Player of the monthTHE Ulster Senior League, in association with Watson Menswear in Letterkenny, will be announcing our first two Player of the Month winners in the next week. The winners of the Player of the Month awards, sponsored by Watson Menswear, will be presented with a €50 gift voucher.The September and October winners will be revealed soon.The Chairman of the Ulster Senior League, Johnny McCafferty, extended his thanks to Leonard Watson of Watson Menswear for coming on board as sponsor.“These monthly awards give us another avenue to showcase the talent in the Ulster Senior League and to reward our players,” Mr McCafferty said.“We have had a great start to the new season and there will be intense debate about who should win these awards, which says a lot about the standard within the League at present.”Mr McCafferty wished Leonard and the team at Watson Menswear good luck after their reopening following a brief closure because of smoke damage to their premesis on Main Street, Letterkenny.He said: “Everyone associated with the Ulster Senior League wishes Leonard and his staff the best of luck and we were delighted to see Watson Menswear back in businsess again.“It was sad to see a callous arson attack in a nearby carpark result in the closure of a good business such as Watson Menswear, but we’re glad to see that the closure wasn’t a lengthy one.“We look forward to our partnership with Watson Menswear for our Player of the Month Awards.”Watson Menswear opened in 2012 and have gone from strength to strength in their four years in business.Leonard Watson said: “All at Watson Menswear are delighted to be working with the Ulster Senior League and putting something back into local soccer.”The monthly award winners will be revealed on the Ulster Senior League’s new Facebook page.Floodlit gameDRY ARCH PARK will host its first floodlit Ulster Senior League game this Saturday evening when Bonagaee United host Cockhill Celtic. The new development at Dry Arch Park was launched on Friday night last.Katie McFadden, wife of the late Paddy McFadden, one of the founder members, cut the tape and performed the duties to unveil Bonagee’s new facilities before a big crowd.NotesCLUBS are reminded to submit their weekly reports and club news to the Ulster Senior League PRO, Chris McNulty, at chrismcnulty86@gmail.comUlster Senior League: Results, fixtures and top goalscorers was last modified: November 6th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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  • Raggies to help shark conservation

    first_imgA ragged-tooth shark photographed at Aliwal Shoal, one of the world’s top-rated dive sites.(Image: Dive South Africa) The happy dolphin family at Hong Kong’sOcean Park. Bayworld’s Domino fathered the calf, which was born in April 2011.(Image: Bayworld) MEDIA CONTACTS • Robyn Greyling  Chief curator, Bayworld Oceanarium  +27 41 584 0650 RELATED ARTICLES • One chance to save sharks • Reseach centre for African oceans • South Africa’s shark whisperer • SA researcher to help save sharks • SA consumers help rebuild fish stocksMark ReidAfter 19 years of captivity at the Bayworld Oceanarium in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape province, a pair of spotted ragged-tooth sharks was released back into the sea, where they’ll help scientists to make South African seas safer for their species.According to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, whose Department of Development Studies runs several marine research projects with Bayworld, South Africa is one of the last places anywhere where the ragged-tooth shark population is healthy and stable.Safe haven for sharksAlthough a sad day for Bayworld, the release is good news for raggies, as South Africans affectionately refer to the animals.The pair is now part of a research project where they will be monitored, and will assist researchers in ensuring that South African waters remain one of the world’s few safe havens for their kind.Because of its array of long, sharp teeth, the ragged-tooth shark (Carcharias taurus) looks fearsome, but is slow-moving and even passive, and generally will only defend itself if provoked. The species is listed as vulnerable on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.An important marine research and education centre, the Bayworld Oceanarium was built in the 1950s and is currently closed to the public for upgrading and refurbishment. This includes the installation of independent life support systems for each exhibit, and a new penguin enclosure.In the meantime the oceanarium has relocated almost all of its residents to other facilities.Other attractions at Bayworld include a snake park, and the Port Elizabeth Museum, South Africa’s third oldest.Careful handlingTaking the raggies to the open water called for careful handling. The move was coordinated by South African ichthyologist and aquarium specialist, Dr Tony McEwan.Under his guidance the sharks were prepared for the trip and then transported in oxygenated crates from the aquarium to the north wall in Port Elizabeth’s harbour.Once the sharks’ holding tank had been drained of 75% of its water, the atmosphere was flooded with oxygen to allow the animals to breathe comfortably. The sharks were then sedated, separated, tagged, and shipped out.At the harbour, tags in place, the raggies were hoisted off the truck and lowered into their new home, the deep blue sea. They were released at the same spot where they were caught almost two decades ago.Because they had often caught their own fish while in captivity, the two are expected to thrive in the wild as well.Global conservation cooperationIn July 2009, the aquarium’s two Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphins, Dumisa and Domino, were relocated to the Ocean Park theme park in Hong Kong, as part of a global breeding programme to diversify the species’ gene pool.In April 2011 Domino became a father through artificial insemination with Angel, one of Ocean Park’s resident females. The sociable animal has since been placed with another female who, it is hoped, will also produce a calf in the near future.Domino and Dumisa are father and daughter and are therefore too closely related to be allowed to breed as a pair. Because they still belong to Bayworld, the facility will be eligible to receive offspring of either of the dolphins.last_img read more

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  • Tech boost for South African libraries

    first_img31 March 2016The Gauteng provincial government on Tuesday launched the third leg of the multimillion-rand Mzansi Libraries On-Line Pilot Project at the Nkalimeng Leutsoa Public Library in Sharpeville.New equipment at the library includes desk top computers, printers, scanners and tablets; free wifi is now also available. The upgrades will benefit the community of Sharpeville by providing them with access to information.See more:“As Madiba said, Sharpeville is the nation’s ‘cradle of human rights’ and it was therefore important that its people (were) among the first to benefit from such programmes, which are intended to contribute towards restoring people’s dignity and providing them with the necessary skills development and access to information,” said the director of library and archival services in the Gauteng department of sport, arts, culture and recreation, Koekie Meyer.Meyer said the project aimed to enhance and strengthen library services in Gauteng by turning public libraries into spaces for learning, recreation, socialisation and social cohesion.The R32-million two-year project is being piloted at three libraries in Gauteng; the others are the Suurman Library in Tshwane and Wedela Library in Merafong. It provides free new technological resources and training.#mzansilibs officially launched. pic.twitter.com/OKDTBWWKpu— Livhu Nemutanzhela (@L_Nemutanzhela) March 29, 2016PartnershipThe project is an initiative of the Global Libraries Programme of South Africa, and is funded by the National Libraries South Africa, the Gauteng department of sport, arts, culture and recreation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The Global Libraries Programme has committed to roll out the project to 44 more libraries across Gauteng over the next three years, with 14 to be completed in the 2016/17 financial year.“We work to ensure adequate resources and public policy support for libraries, and we help public libraries, library staff, and the library field measure the impact of public access in libraries and strengthen their advocacy skills,” reads the foundation’s website.Other countries the foundation has supported include Chile, Mexico, Botswana, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Ukraine, Poland, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Colombia, Indonesia, Moldova, Jamaica, and Turkey.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

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  • Wikipedia Co-founder Joins Flickr Co-founder’s New Startup

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