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V.E. Brandl Flyers to take part in weekend tournament at Pomeroy Sport Centre

first_imgThe V.E. Brandl Flyers open the tournament tomorrow at 5 p.m. against Spirit River. After that tilt they have two games on Saturday. the first goes at 7 a.m. against the Grande Prairie A squad, and the second game goes at 1:45 p.m. against the Grande Prairie B team. Their game times on Sunday will be dependant on their results from the pre championship games.The V.E. Brandl Flyers currently sit in fourth place in the Rural Black North division with a record of 7-6.- Advertisement –last_img

Job Vacancy: Youth Worker required for Donegal-based charity

first_imgJob Vacancy: The Alcohol Forum is a national charity that works for an Ireland where every child, family and community is free from the harmful effects of alcohol.We are inviting applications from suitably qualified individuals for the post of:Youth Worker PABA Project(Full Time : 2 Year Contract) Salary Range €30,000 – €36,000.The Positive Attitudes Beliefs and Aspirations (PABA) Youth Project is an individually tailored personal development programme for young people aged between 14 and 16 who are impacted by a parent’s or guardian’s alcohol or other drug use.  The Youth Worker will be responsible for the co-ordination, development and delivery of the project and identifying young people who would benefit from the programme through our existing family programmes and with our partner agencies.Applications are invited from Youth Workers, Community Workers, Education, Social Work, or Psychology, with a minimum of three years’ youth work experience.Application Forms and Informal Enquires for the above vacancy should be requested from E: [email protected]: 074 9125598Or download from our website: www.alcoholforum.orgClosing date for all applications is Friday 28th September 2018 at 1pm.Interviews will take place on Tuesday 8th October 2018Short listing will apply. The Alcohol Forum’s PABA project is funded by the International Fund for Ireland’s Personal Youth Development Programme (PYDP).Job Vacancy: Youth Worker required for Donegal-based charity was last modified: September 13th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Alcohol ForumCommunity WorkerseducationPsychologySocial WorkYouth ProjectYouth WorkerYouth Workerslast_img read more

Rare birds fill new Angolan forest

first_imgThe pristine forest of Angola’s Mount Moco is in urgent need of conservation. (Image: Mount Moco) According to the IUCN Red List, there may be as few as 465 pairs left of the endangered Swierstra’s francolin.(Image: Batis Birding Safaris) The colourful Bar-tailed trogon prefers to live in forests, preferably at an altitude higher than 1 600m, which is another excellent motivation for the urgent conservation of forest areas in Angola.(Image: Birding Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Hilary Buchanan  Percy FitzPatrick Institute of   African Ornithology  +27 21 650-3291 RELATED ARTICLES • Birds get right of way at airport • Saving the African penguin • Mozambique gets new reserve • Mount Mabu yields hidden bountyJanine ErasmusAngola is not generally known as an important birding destination, but this could soon change. The country’s bird population has received a boost with the news that a previously unknown tract of Afromontane forest has been discovered in the southern African country.Afromontane means “African mountain” and the term describes a type of eco-region, and the plants and animals associated with it, which is found in mountainous regions of Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula. This type of environment can occur up to an elevation of 2 000m above sea level, or as low as 300m.It is found mainly on the eastern side of the continent from the Red Sea right down to Knysna’s green abundance in South Africa. In Angola, the montane vegetation consists of grasslands and woodlands, rather than the tropical and subtropical vegetation found further north.This lush forest environment is important because it’s the most threatened habitat type in the country, and it’s home to some rare bird species.More forest than previously thoughtThe new discovery was made in the Namba mountains, by a team of scientists that included ornithologists Martin Mills and Martim Melo of Cape Town’s Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, as well as Portuguese journalist Alexandre Vaz.The team published their findings in the online June issue of the peer-reviewed Bird Conservation International journal.The report, written by Mills, Melo and Vaz and titled The Namba mountains: new hope for Afromontane forest birds in Angola, revealed that previously, about 200ha of this vulnerable forest was thought to exist in Angola, 85ha of it located on Mount Moco, the country’s highest peak at 2 620m.The Namba mountains and nearby Mount Moco are situated in southern Cuanza Sul province, and lie within the Western Angola endemic bird area. This important bird habitat shelters a number of species which are confined to this region, such as the endemic genus Xenocopsychus, which has only one species, the Angola cave chat (X. ansorgei), listed as near threatened.A group of organisations and individuals, including Mills and Melo, is already involved in a conservation project that involves the Kanjonde community living near Mount Moco. The initiative aims to educate the community about minimising the impact on the ecosystem; promote sustainable tourism in the area with the community as the main beneficiary; supply the village with fuel-efficient stoves that will cut down on deforestation; and replenish the forest around the mountain by growing trees in a locally-run nursery. The villagers in charge of the nursery are paid for their services, and in his latest report, filed in February 2012, Mills said that the project was thriving.The team visited the Namba mountains in July 2010 to survey the bird life and to establish more accurately the extent of the existing forest. They were unable to physically explore the whole area because it was difficult to move around in the densely forested and often boulder-strewn terrain, but they still managed to record 89 bird species.Fifty-six species were observed in or adjacent to the forest, and included a sizeable population of the endangered Swierstra’s francolin (Pternistis swierstrai), an endemic species found near the forest edges.All 20 species which are generally found in Angolan forests and which are an indicator of the conservation health of the area, such as the Bar-tailed trogon (Apaloderma vittatum), Orange ground thrush (Zoothera gurneyi) and Laura’s woodland warbler (Phylloscopus laurae), were sighted.“Previously the only site in Angola at which all 20 forest-associated Afromontane taxa had been recorded was Moco,” wrote the team. “However, during brief surveys at the Nambas we found all 20 species, including several species that are now rare or extinct at Moco, many of them common.”According to the team, it is likely that the Namba region can now claim to hold the largest populations of these 20 species.Technology to the rescueThwarted in their efforts to map the area at ground level, the team turned to Google Earth on their return, using newly available imagery to survey the area from above.“We used cloud-free, high-resolution images from 2003 available on Google Earth,” wrote the authors in Bird Conservation International. “We traced the perimeter of each forest patch larger than 2.5ha to create a .kml [Google Earth file] polygon file and calculate its perimeter length in kilometres, area in hectares and area/edge ratio.”The percentage of closed-canopy forest cover, they wrote, within each patch was visually estimated to the nearest 5%, to calculate the amount of forest in each patch.Out of this further survey, wrote the team, came the conclusion that “the densely vegetated habitat of the Nambas was found to consist of mature, closed-canopy Afromontane forest with the broad-leafed Yellowwood (Podocarpus latifolius) as the dominant tree” – this is also South Africa’s national tree.Even more exciting was the realisation that this forest appeared to be in excellent condition and because of limited trail access, was largely unaffected by human intrusion. The team did note that some big trees had recently been felled.Altogether, these new patches amounted to some 590ha of previously unknown Afromontane forest, which significantly boosts the chances of survival for rare bird species. This brings the national area of Afromontane to about 700ha, more than three times the previous estimate of 200ha.The Nambas are therefore the most important site for Afromontane forest bird conservation in Angola, the team wrote, and all efforts should be made to recognise their conservation importance, especially since none of the tracts of Angolan Afromontane forest are formally protected.The Namba Mountains also satisfy the requirements to be named an important bird area because of the presence of a globally threatened species as well as restricted-range species. More surveys are now needed to accurately capture the population sizes, especially for Swierstra’s francolin, as well as the overall bird diversity. A survey of human populations and activities in the area and surrounding is also urgently needed, as this would help in drawing up conservation recommendations for the establishment of a new protected area, and to identify the most pressing threats to the biodiversity of the area.Dayne Braine, Batis Birding Safaris http://www.batisbirdingsafaris.comlast_img read more

India secrets: Orissa

first_imgThe medicinal plant garden This lovely garden is home to some of the rarest plants in the country. Located around the sacred Bindusagar tank, this ground was once a wasteland but is now one of the finest parks in the city, with hundreds of species of medicinal plants. Apart from being a place where nature-lovers can admire flora and fauna, it is also a centre for biological research, and gives visitors an insight into plants which are used to make herbal Indian medicines. Near Bindusagar Tank.State institute for development of arts and craftsAlthough this started as a design development institute to equip scholarship holders from weaker sections of society with sustainable livelihoods, it has gone on to become a place that preserves, as well as showcases, all forms of folk art in the state. Located in the State Handicraft Complex at Gandamunda, this is one place where you can watch artists at work as they create various items. There is a small shop on the campus that stocks different handicrafts at reasonable prices. Gandamunda; Tel: (0674) 235 0298Kalinga stadiumThis national athletics ground is a good place to catch some live sporting action. The Kalinga Stadium also has an Olympic standard swimming pool for hosting international competitions. It is a great place to go for a swim, however you need to be a member for that. You will also need to take a test to convince the lifeguards that you will not drown while doing a 100-m lap and then you can swim away to your heart’s glory! Near Jaydev Vihar Square Flyover.advertisementRabindra mandapAt this grand dome-shaped building, watch Mangalacharan, Dasavatar and Abhinaya performances, traditional forms of classical Odissi dance. This dance form is known for its dramatic gestures and Rabindra Mandap is a good place to see some of the best performers in this state. If you want to pick up a few accessories related to Odissi dance or even costumes, then walk down to the Market Building in Ashok Nagar which is close by and fill those shopping bags. Located at Unit 4Lalchand jewellersWith elegant meshes and fragile threads interwoven into complex designs, delicate silver filigree jewellery is this silversmith’s forte. From broaches to earrings to hairpins, Lalchand Jewellers has a dazzling array of shining accessories to choose form. They can also design lovely little bespoke pieces to suit your taste. It is a place to pick up wonderful little things you have always wanted. Unit 3, Station Square; Tel: 253 4625PriyadarshiniWalk into this store and choose from a range of Orissa saris, famous for intricate woven designs and bold eye-catching borders. They range from the traditional Pasapalli or ‘chess’ saris with their distinct black and white boxes, to the Sambalpuri or ‘temple’ saris in cotton and silk with distinct, brightly coloured designs on their borders. Priyadarshini is definitely a dream destination for women travellers searching for their perfect Orissa-style drape. Western Tower of Unit 1 Market Building; Tel: 253 2140Odisha hotelNo trip to this city is complete without a taste of Oriya cuisine. One of the best places to sample some delicacies is Odisha Hotel. The food is served on a banana leaf. Try the local specialities. They range from Kakhaaru Phula Bada or deep-fried pumpkin-flower, Badi-Chura or powdered cakes of Urad Dal with green chillies, garlic and onion, Maacha Bihana or fish egg cakes in a spicy curry. Seafood and green veggies dominate. Top it off with a Chhena Gaja (deep fried cottage cheese in sugar syrup). C-18 Market Building, Sahid NagarMusical martThis music shop, run by a Bengali gentleman, is fondly called ‘Dada’s Shop’. This is a good place to pick up classical and folk music instruments from Orissa. The store will even custom make a special folk instrument.They have many of them including toori (a flute-like instrument) and the dhumsa (a large drum like instrument used in the folk dance of chhau). The Indian classical instruments range from the flutes, tanpuras, sitars, tabla, mridanga and pakhaawaj. Modern instruments like Spanish guitars, drum sets, keyboards are also available. Kharavel Nagar, Unit 4; Tel: (0) 94381 34865 Bhubaneswar: Anindita TripathyA copywriter and media consultant from Bhubaneswar, sheis also a Hindustani Classical vocalist, instructor and composer.Anindita attributes her artistic temperament to the city she comes from.Must do: OrissaStay: Toshali sands, PuriThis stunning resort is spread across 30 acres of beautiful greenery, and has its own private beach. At the cottages, you can sit out on your private verandah and smell the roses in your exclusive garden. By the sea, Puri; tel: (06752) 250 571-3; www.toshalisands.comEat: Mahaprasad, Jagannath templeIf over 400 cooks prepare something everyday, it has to be special. Add to it the fact that this food is cooked for none other than Lord Jagannath and you don’t need any more reasons to try the much blessed mahaprasad–rice, dal, vegetables, sweet.advertisementShop: SambalpurOne cannot claim to be an Indian and not have heard of Sambalpur sairs. Returning from Orissa without one in your bag is like coming away from Agra without seeing the Taj Mahal. Well, almost.The trademark double ikat designs of the cotton saris of Sambalpur can be bought in any state emporium, but for the largest and most unique collection, visit the source itself. In this town, artisans not only offer you saris, but also loose fabric, bedspreads and more.See: Sun temple, KonarkYou cannot skip a visit to this legendary temple that is devoted to worship the Sun God. A UNESCO World Heritage Monument, it was built by King Narasimhadeva in the 13th century, in the shape of a chariot drawn by seven horses that is supposedly carrying the sun across the heavens.Outside Bhubaneswar: Lotus eco village, KonarkThis beautiful resort tucked away in the untrammeled sands of Ramchandi beach will make you feel close to nature. You are greeted with the sound of a conch shell and a traditional tilak as you enter the earthy interiors. This is a fantastic place to unwind and escape the general bustle and rush of Konark.The resort advocates eco-friendliness from its choice of building materials (which includes straw, bamboo and other natural green materials) to handmade organic soaps and shampoos. It also has its own kitchen garden providing farm fresh veggies and an unlimited variety of fresh fish that is part of the daily catch from the sea.The sprawling property includes part of the backwaters of the Kusabhadra River (where you could go fishing and boating) and a wooded area where you can spot the occasional deer. At the Panchakarma spa, visitors can choose from rejuvenating Ayurvedic treatments. Lotus Resort’s serene landscape, peaceful ambience, and rustic setting make it a perfect getaway for couples or families. Ramchandi Beach, Konark; Tel: (06758) 236 161; www.lotusresortkonark.comlast_img read more

Gilas Pilipinas to ‘do everything’ to have Jordan Clarkson for Fiba World Cup

first_imgThe Philippines reached their second straight World Cup despite a campaign that included a mass, on-court brawl with Australia that left 10 of their players suspended last year.Filipino-American Clarkson represented the Philippines at last year’s Asian Games, but the World Cup operates under FIBA rules which could classify him as “naturalised” as he obtained his Filipino passport after the age of 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFIBA also restricts each team to one “naturalised” player, meaning the Philippines would have to choose between the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard and Blatche, who acquired Filipino nationality by naturalisation.However, the Philippine basketball federation (SBP) is trying to convince FIBA to accept Clarkson as a Filipino citizen. “We have been trying to convince or discuss the matter with FIBA,” SBP president Al Panlilio told AFP. “Everyone is working on the matter and we will do everything we can to make it happen.”“Based on our constitution, he is Filipino. He has a passport. But he got it after he was 16 years old,” Panlilio added.Having both Clarkson and Blatche play would be a “deadly combination” for the Philippines, who were eliminated in the preliminary round of the 2014 World Cup, said sports commentator Quinito Henson.“His combination with Andray Blatche plus the other Filipino players will make the Philippines competitive against the best in the world,” Henson told AFP. The Gilas’ campaign looked bleak after they had 10 players, including Blatche, suspended for the shocking fight with Australia last July.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Philippines’ Jordan Clarkson shoots as South Korea’s Lee Seoung-hyun tries to block during the men’s basketball competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)The Philippines said they were working hard to have NBA star Jordan Clarkson declared eligible for this year’s World Cup as they celebrated their “against all odds” qualification on Monday.Former NBA player Andray Blatche led the way as the Gilas beat Kazakhstan 93-75 in Astana on Sunday to grab Asia’s final qualifying spot for the tournament in China.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img But they squeezed through as the best fourth-placed team following the final round of qualifiers over the weekend.“It’s been a journey and it’s been quite difficult because you know we had a major issue with the Australian incident, the brawl,” Panlilio said. “The stars really had to align for us… We are very happy and proud to be back in the World Cup.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Connecticut runners part of debate over transgender athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more