Spacious family haven on offer in Jamboree Heights

first_imgThe home at 30 Troop Street, Jamboree Heights.Wendy Svartz has made the decision to move on from the Jamboree Heights home she has owned since 1975.Ms Svartz said mobility issues had prompted her to sell the three-bedroom, one-bathroom home at 30 Troop St.“I can’t use the stairs anymore,” Ms Svartz said.“Being a double-storey house, it’s only going to get worse for me.” The kitchen at 30 Troop Street, Jamboree Heights.Ms Svartz said she built a kitchenette downstairs and put in a toilet and wash basin.“The downstairs area would have to be my favourite,” she said.“There’s where I spend a lot of my time now. I do love the whole house though — it’s so nice and airy.”The upper level of the home features polished timber floors, a study nook, an airconditioned lounge, a sunroom and dining area. The bathroom at 30 Troop Street, Jamboree Heights.The ground floor has dual living options with a big, airconditioned family/rumpus area, kitchenette, laundry and study area.Ms Svartz said the backyard was ideal for children as there was plenty of space to play.She said there was even room for a swimming pool on the 574sq m block, if desired.With Christmas on the way, Ms Svartz remembered having many family gatherings at the home.She said it was a nice place to have the family around and she had created many lasting memories with her loved ones.center_img Inside the home at 30 Troop Street, Jamboree Heights.Ms Svartz said she would love to see another family with small children buy the property.“The location is just so handy to everything,” she said.Ms Svartz said she had brought up her daughter and granddaughter at the home. Over time she has done some renovations to the property, which included new bathrooms and a new kitchen.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The rumpus room has been fitted out and the gardens have been spruced up.last_img read more

Cricket News Ban on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft must be lifted: ACA

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Australia Cricket Association (ACA) has called for the ban on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to be lifted after an independent ethics review blamed Cricket Australia’s ‘culture’ for the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town. “Given that CA’s system and culture were contributing factors, the ACA Executive calls for the lifting of penalties on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft imposed by the Board. My message to Cricket Australia: these contrite men have been punished enough. Let these contrite men play,” ACA president and former Australian cricketer Greg Dyer said in a statement.Read More | India v West Indies, 4th ODI: India win by 224 runsThe independent review by the Sydney-based Ethics Centre of the ball-tampering scandal accused Cricket Australia (CA)of having an “arrogant” and “controlling” culture that led to players cheating in pursuit of victory. It also accused the cricket board of paying lip service to the spirit of the game, leaving players without any moral guidance. Read More | Cricket Australia’s ‘arrogant’, ‘controlling’ culture criticised”The Responsibility for that larger picture lies with CA and not just the players held directly responsible for the appalling incident at Newlands,” said the review, which was released on Monday.   ACA-CA Stand-off to intensifyThe latest statement, however, is all set to intensify the stand-off between Australia’s cricket board and the Cricketer’s Association. Earlier, Cricket Australia chairman David Peever said the sanctions handed out to Warner, Smith and Bancroft in the aftermath of the ball tampering incident that unfurled in the Newlands Test would not be lifted. Read More | Shikhar Dhawan heading back to Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2019?A spokesman for Cricket Australia said they expected a dialogue with the ACA once an official submission was made and they were open to engaging with the ACA in a positive manner. “We have seen the ACA statement and note they will be making a submission to the CA Board in the next 48 hours,” the CA spokesman said. Sandpaper Gate – the Ball-tampering sagaThe Newlands Test between South Africa and Australia at Cape Town earlier in 2018 was overshadowed by the ball-tampering scandal in which Bancroft was caught on camera trying to scuff the ball with a yellow sandpaper. The scandal, dubbed as ‘Sandpaper Gate’, resulted in Smith and Warner being banned for a year by Cricket Australia while Bancroft received a ban of nine months. last_img read more

NBA: Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns brawl on court & social media

first_img WATCH US LIVE First Published: 31st October, 2019 23:13 IST Also Read | NBA: Detroit Pistons’ Markieff Morris Fined $35K For Abusing Referee 10 months ago NBA 2019: Boston Celtics vs Mliwaukee Bucks player ratings, result Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW US Take down aside, Embiid going all “Rocky” for the Philly fans…is Phantastic. 🥊 pic.twitter.com/fXOg0WTqZf— Dave Furst (@DaveFurst) October 31, 2019 10 months ago NBA or WWE? Watch Embiid and Towns’ ugly fight as Simmons chokes KAT COMMENT Last Updated: 31st October, 2019 23:13 IST NBA: Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns Brawl On Court & Social Media NBA stars Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns took their on-court brawl to social media. Embiid lashes out at KAT who responds with a nasty post on Instagram.center_img Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns were embroiled in a gruesome fight as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated Minnesota Timberwolves by a scoreline of 117-95 at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, October 31. The two NBA athletes wrestled each other during the game and the fight ended with Ben Simmons choking Towns as Embiid added fuel to the fire by instigating the crowd. The brawl ended with Embiid and Towns being asked to leave the basketball court by the match referee.Also Read | NBA Or WWE? Watch Embiid And Towns’ Ugly Fight As Simmons Chokes KATNBA: Karl-Anthony Towns hits out at Joel Embiid on Instagram SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read | NBA: Stephen Curry Breaks Left Hand After Bad Fall Against SunsNBA: Embiid-KAT clash with each other on social media WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago NBA: Detroit Pistons’ Markieff Morris fined $35K for abusing referee 10 months ago NBA: Watch James Harden drop 59 points in Rockets’ win over Wizards Just last week, Joel Embiid claimed that he was a changed man and he was done ‘trash talking’ about other players in the NBA. But some things can never change. The Wolves’ player was the first one to fire shots aimed at KAT when he posted the above picture on Instagram with the hashtag #Fightnight. KAT was quick to retaliate as he went on to use the clown emoji while talking about Embiid and added a photo of the 76ixers star crying following last season’s heartbreaking loss to eventual NBA champions Toronto Raptors in the playoffs. Embiid hit back at Towns as he pointed out that the latter had never played in a playoff game and went on to spew a line of profane insults on social media that ended with “Don’t get it twisted I OWN YOU.”Also Read | NBA: Watch James Harden Drop 59 Points In Rockets’ Win Over WizardsNBA: Joel Embiid goes all ‘Rocky’ for the Philly fans Daniel Arambur 10 months ago NBA: Stephen Curry breaks left hand after bad fall against Sunslast_img read more

DDTV: VIDEO OF LIGHTNING OVER DONEGAL

first_imgDDTV: Blink and you might miss it! But a few seconds into Liam Tinney’s video for Donegal Daily, you’ll see the Donegal sky light up!Click Play to watch.Thanks to Liam for the clip.  DDTV: VIDEO OF LIGHTNING OVER DONEGAL was last modified: August 1st, 2013 by John2Share 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:DDTV: VIDEO OF LIGHTNING OVER DONEGALlast_img read more

A’s set to play in New York for AL Wild Card game after Yankees win

first_imgANAHEIM — It was going to take a miraculous turn of events to change what was almost a given, but it’s now set in stone — the A’s road to the ALDS will have to go through New York.The Yankees knocked off the Boston Red Sox 11-6 Friday night, securing their position as the top American League wild-card team. The wild-card game will be played Oct. 3 at Yankee Stadium.Before the A’s took on the Angels Friday, manager Bob Melvin said he along with pitching coach Scott Emerson and GM David Forst …last_img read more

Cosmologists in Search of Dark Ghosts

first_imgDark matter and dark energy: do they exist?  Cosmologists and physicists are spending large amounts of money building huge and expensive detectors to find them, but so far have found nothing.  This raises profound questions about the limits of science, the interaction of observation with theory, the presuppositions behind scientific models, and the sociology of the scientific community.  The universe, clearly, owes no obligation to scientific models; it is what it is.  If scientists were to pursue a false path in their search for understanding, how long could they be wrong?  For a thousand years?    Two articles in Nature explored the search for dark stuff.  Jenny Hogan wrote about the search for dark matter,1 and Geoff Brumfiel wrote about the search for dark energy.2  In short, the dark matter search seems more promising than the dark energy search.  “Jenny Hogan reports that attempts to identify the mysterious dark matter are on the verge of success,” The heading before the two articles reads.  “In the second, Geoff Brumfiel asks why dark energy, hailed as a breakthrough when discovered a decade ago, is proving more frustrating than ever to the scientists who study it.”    Yet even Hogan’s dark-matter article contains some disturbing revelations.  After describing large tanks of xenon and argon deep in European and American tunnels that hope to feel the bumps of passing dark matter particles, and the race to be the first scientist to detect them, she admitted, “Despite the enthusiasm, there is still a chance that nature will refuse to cooperate, and the experiments will chase ever better limits but never detect a particle.”  Some of the feverish activity behind the search has the feel of a snipe hunt or ghostbusters escapade. No one knows what dark matter is, but they know what it’s not.  It’s not part of the ’standard model’ of physics that weaves together everything that is known about ordinary matter and its interactions.  The standard model has been hugely successful, but it also has some problems, and in trying to fix these, theorists have predicted hordes of new fundamental particles.  At first, these hypothetical particles were viewed as unwelcome additions, but now some of them are leading candidates for dark matter.  “These days a theory without a dark-matter candidate is not considered an interesting one,” says [Leszek] Roszkowski [CERN].  “The existence of the dark-matter problem is perhaps the most convincing evidence for physics beyond the standard model.”Could it be that the community of physicists has jumped on a fast-moving bandwagon going nowhere?  They give names to theoretical entities: neutralinos, gravitinos, axions, and other things with exotic names, which might not even exist.  The scientists talk about weakly-interacting massive particles, or WIMPs, and tell us that 10 billion of them pass through every square meter of the Earth every second – yet no instrument, no matter how sensitive, has ever detected one.  Even the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, going into operation next year, will not be able to detect their presence with certainty: “Because such evidence is indirect, finding a WIMP signature at the LHC would not confirm it to be dark matter,” Hogan acknowledged.    Why, then, do theoretical physicists and cosmologists believe they exist?  Part of the reason comes from observations dating from the 1930s that galaxy clusters seem too loosely bound gravitationally to keep from flying apart over billions of years.  The belief also stems from physical theories about the nature of gravity and fundamental particles.  Having elegant models and expensive instrumentation, however, cannot legitimize a belief that fails observational confirmation.  But even if observations find a ghostly particle, don’t expect that there is only one kind of ghost.  Hogan ended with this escape clause for the theorists:Dark matter might prove to be a richer problem than anyone is expecting.  [Max] Tegmark [MIT] hopes for this outcome.  “This could be a wonderful surprise.  It’s very arrogant of us humans to say that just because we can’t see it, there’s only one kind of dark matter.”Critics might see this as job security for people with vivid imaginations.  And that was the good news.  Searchers for dark energy have even bigger problems.    Geoff Brumfiel’s article contains a strange mix of observation and theory.  It is commonly reported that the universe is flying apart faster than cosmologists expected from the normal expansion of the universe – but that presupposes acceptance of inflationary big-bang cosmology.  Inflation was invented to solve the flatness problem.  Our universe is finely balanced between its density and expansion rate.  Explaining this degree of fine tuning naturally has been a challenge for cosmologists for decades.  Inflation seemed to solve it by positing a rapid, exponential expansion in the early stages of the big bang.  Brumfiel wrote, “the expansion provided a way out of a theoretical impasse.  Observations of the Big Bang’s afterglow made by various groups, including Bennett’s, indicated that the Universe’s gravity had flattened it out.”    As happens so often in science, a solution breeds new problems.  There didn’t seem to be enough matter to have this effect on space-time.  Enter dark energy: “it turned out that the amount of energy needed to drive the acceleration was pretty close to that needed to solve the flatness problem by means of its gravity,” he wrote.  This created initial excitement in 1998 when evidence for an accelerating universe was announced.  Dark energy, he said, seemed “poised to provide great insight into the origin and future of the cosmos.”  Those hopes have been replaced by bigger problems:But a decade further on, researchers seem to have swapped one theoretical conundrum for a bigger one.  Follow-up measurements have revealed little about the nature of dark energy, and theories to explain it have failed to gain traction.  And although astronomers are trudging forwards with a battery of new measurements, there is little guarantee that any will solve the problem – and thus no clear consensus on how much effort to put into them.  “The issue is: how much information do we get from these future observations?” asks Avi Loeb, an astrophysicist at Harvard University.The fine-tuning of the expansion has caused some, like Leonard Susskind (Stanford), to propose a nearly infinite “multiverse” in which our universe’s vacuum energy is just right to allow for stars and planets and life (see 12/18/2005, 01/04/2006, 08/11/2006).  While others dislike the anthropic implications of this view, nothing better has been proposed that does not create more problems than it purports to solve:This sort of anthropic argument irks many scientists.  Critics say such reasoning is almost impossible to verify and doesn’t provide any deeper insight into the cosmos.  “Anthropics and randomness don’t explain anything,” says Paul Steinhardt, a theorist at Princeton University in New Jersey.  “I’m disappointed with what most theorists are willing to accept.”    The trouble is that no other approaches are proving any more fruitful.  Some suggest that the problem lies with Einstein’s idea of gravity, which they then seek to modify in a way that fits in with dark energy.  “It would be very fortunate if the dark energy were a modification of gravity,” says Georgi Dvali of New York University, “because it would address fundamental questions of physics.“ But others see little mileage in such changes.  Leaving aside the cosmos, “it’s not so easy to get those theories to be consistent with our Solar System”, says [Michael] Turner [U of Chicago]…..    In general, the theoretical side of the debate is not a pretty thing.  “We’ve tried a whole bunch of things and nothing has sprung forward,” says Sean Carroll, a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.So how far can a cosmologist go before admitting defeat?  As far as he wants.  Secular cosmologists never want to give up and just say that “things are as they are because they were as they were,” as Thomas Gold once joked.  The search for ultimate answers is part of the game.  So the observationalists will continue to build huge detectors, trying to sharpen measurements that might nail down the ‘equation of state’ of the universe to finer degrees of precision, while the theoreticians, arguing that observations can only describe but not explain, will continue to theorize exotic particles.  When the particle zoo gets too cumbersome again, a new, more fundamental theory will be erected with smaller, more abstruse building blocks.    No matter how frustrating or hopeless, no matter how far off course, the show must go on: this is the game of secular science.  Being right is no fun.  Exasperation is the angst that propels the game onward, right or wrong.  Here is how Brumfiel ended his article:For now, many in the field are left with a sense of unease: the tantalizing clue they thought they had discovered has turned into an exasperating mystery.  And with no clear explanation of something that could be up to three-quarters of everything out there, it’s hard not to feel like you’re missing a big part of the picture, Susskind says.  “We could be wrong about cosmology for the next thousand years. Deeply wrong.”1Jenny Hogan, “Unseen Universe: Welcome to the dark side,” Nature 448, 240-245 (19 July 2007) | doi:10.1038/448240.2Geoff Brumfiel, “Unseen Universe: A constant problem,” Nature 448, 245-248 (19 July 2007) | doi:10.1038/448245a.They can’t even figure out our nearest star (the sun) and they want to tell us about the ultimate origins and fate of the universe – and even of multiple universes that would be beyond observation even if they existed.  What unconscionable arrogance.    You know what the whole problem is?  These people refuse, by choice (not because of the evidence), to acknowledge God in their thinking.  Searching for answers is a noble undertaking, but if you throw away the key before you start, no one should feel sorry for you when you get lost.    The secular cosmology community will not acknowledge the Creator despite being dragged kicking and screaming to the anthropic principle (08/11/2006, 05/11/2006).  They are determined to work out solutions to the universe by themselves, without recourse to the key to the problem.  They have made this choice a priori, before even looking through a telescope or at the output of a particle accelerator.  Materialism is so engrained, it has become an addiction.  The pain of withdrawal now is unthinkable.  A thousand years of being deeply wrong is preferable to kicking the habit.  This is your tax dollars at work: keeping an elite community hooked on a fruitless addiction. You can almost hear the irate comeback: “Well, what would you do?  Dismantle all this equipment and just say God did it?”  Of course not.  First of all, though, it should be clear that open-ended searches for ghosts is not good scientific practice, nor is spending a thousand years being deeply wrong.  Hopefully we can also agree that the public cannot be expected to pay for any and all quixotic pursuits scientists dream up.    The LHC and other megascience projects employ many thousands of people, and require many bright, highly-trained PhDs to design and operate.  This alone, however, is not a justification.  One could just as well imagine building parallel-universe detectors – or fairy detectors.  Would job security for thousands justify such expenditures?  How about a megaproject to dig a big hole, then fill it in again?  We must think rightly about the uses of technology and the expected payback to the people who pay for it.  There has to be some relationship between the investment and the expectation of success.    There is value in pure research.  A Murphyism states, “When you are investigating the unknown, you do not know what you will find.”  Perhaps some useful fact will come out of dark-matter detectors that will improve our lives.  If the goal is only to keep scientists busy, though, or to rationalize a materialistic philosophy, then the proponents should engage their hobbies on their own time and dime.    So what do we do with the LHC and the dark-matter detectors, the WMAPs and other such projects?  We change the presuppositions.  We start with the presupposition that there is a Creator who has revealed Himself in His creation.  This is the presupposition that motivated the great founders of science.  Our efforts, then, are directed once again at “thinking God’s thoughts after Him” to understand how He ordered the world and the universe and life.  And, as Francis Bacon admonished, we gear our efforts for the betterment of mankind.  These two goals can justify large expenditures on elaborate projects.  This is a far cry from today’s elitist mindset that misuses science to eliminate all thoughts of God and thinks the public should give scientists anything they want just because they are curious about the latest unverifiable, materialist fad.How ironic that the secularists should end up in quixotic pursuits after imaginary entities.  Their refusal to admit in their thinking a Holy Ghost who hovered over the surface of the waters at Creation did not free them from the need for ghosts.  They had to invent their own so that they could search endlessly for them.  What else can a soul do to alleviate the pain of denying its own existence?(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Video: ‘White Wedding’ strikes a chord

first_imgRomantic comedy “White Wedding” grossed over R1.1-million on its opening weekend on the South African movie circuit. The film stars Rapulana Seiphemo and Kenneth Nkosi of “Tsotsi” and “Jerusalema” fame. Actor and co-writer Kenneth Nkosi chats about his role in the film and how the storyline came about.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 1 June 2009.last_img

EWT making tracks in conservation

first_imgKelly Marnewick, the EWT’s carnivore conservation specialist, hopes to developa more effective conservation plan for the vulnerable cheetah.(Image: Wikimedia Commons) Marnewick tracks cheetah in the Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Pretoria.(Image: Mike Tippet) Marnewick with her dog Diesel, who is trained to sniff out cheetah droppings. MEDIA CONTACTS • Hayley Komen  EWT communications manager  +27 11 372 3600 RELATED ARTICLES • Cheetah guru wins Tyler Prize • Biggest nature park in the world • Kruger Park marks 110 years • West African lion linked to Asiatic cat • Raggies to help shark conservationEmily van RijswijckFrom fitting flappers to alert large birds to the dangers of power lines, to counting South Africa’s cheetah population in the Kruger Park through an ingenious tourist photographic competition, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is leaving its mark on nature conservation in the country.With 38 years of hands-on conservation experience in Southern Africa, the small NGO has projects on the go in all nine South African provinces as well as in Kenya, Botswana and Uganda. It is also currently collaborating on projects with countries such as Tanzania, Namibia and Sudan.After so many years the EWT’s main focus continues to be the initiation and maintenance of on-the-ground conservation research and activities.Among its success stories are greater conservation efforts for the African crane and South Africa’s many vulture species, as well as getting communities more involved in conservation efforts.Spotting the cheetahEWT specialists are deployed throughout Southern Africa to engage in applied fieldwork, research and communication with relevant parties. One such specialist is Kelly Marnewick, the EWT’s manager for carnivore conservation.Tracking South Africa’s most elusive big cat, the cheetah, is her passion. She is now busy with her doctorate which focuses on cheetah living outside protected areas, and plans to use her research to determine the status, range use and habitat selection of these animals.In the end, she hopes to come up with a better conservation plan for the magnificent cats, which are listed as vulnerable on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in future.“We really know almost nothing about these animals. There is limited data available on cheetah.”Marnewick has been tracking cheetah with her sniffer dog Diesel for many years now and with her contagious enthusiasm for wildlife, has been instrumental in changing the attitudes of farmers in the areas where she works. Some farmers view wild animals such as the cheetah as vermin, and will readily destroy them either in retaliation for livestock theft, or in anticipation of the killing of livestock.Free-roaming catsCheetah are elusive creatures, roaming over large tracts of land in order to avoid confrontation with their arch enemies, lion and hyena – in protected reserves these two predators are responsible for most cheetah deaths.Marnewick tracked a cheetah over a remarkable range of 1 500 square kilometres.“Cheetah do not recognise international boundaries and this means that our conservation planning also needs to break down boundaries,” she said.A long-term goal for the EWT is to increase the number of free-roaming cheetah in South Africa.The idea is to connect smaller South African reserves, especially in Kwazulu-Natal and the Waterberg area of Limpopo, with those in Botswana and Zimbabwe as well as the Maputo Elephant Reserve where free-roaming cheetah populations occur in stable numbers. The Limpopo cheetah population is already connected with Botswana and Zimbabwe.These areas have several small reserves with cheetah reintroduced, and the long term plan is to develop mechanisms where the animals can move freely between these reserves and negate the need for intensive management of their populations, said Marnewick.Cheetah thriving in KrugerThe Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga is home to the country’s only unmanaged, viable cheetah population. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African lowveld, this world-famous reserve of nearly two-million hectares is one of the country’s top tourist destinations and home to the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.Every five years the EWT holds a cheetah tourist photographic survey to establish population numbers in the park. The results of the last survey, conducted in 2008/2009, revealed that the park has an estimated 400 of these mammals.This is a healthy number for cheetah, confirmed Marnewick, “but we are not going to sit back and relax.”Fulltime cheetah project Complimenting Marnewick’s research, the EWT recently appointed Vincent van der Merwe as a fulltime project coordinator to focus exclusively on cheetah in small fenced protected areas. In South Africa, cheetah have been reintroduced into 37 reserves and a population of approximately 280 cats now occurs in fragmented subpopulations.“The need to manage these fragmented populations as a meta-population was identified as a key conservation issue at a habitat viability assessment workshop for cheetahs in South Africa,” said Marnewick.In addition, Van der Merwe will also build up a national DNA database for the species over time.Marnewick warned that the reintroduction of cheetah into small fenced areas in the long run is not a good option for the survival of the species, because it leads to gene pool deterioration.The best option is to come up with creative conservation efforts. Both cheetah and wild dogs have the ability to survive and breed in human-dominated landscapes under the right circumstances.Threats to survivalWhether captive or free-roaming, the cheetah faces many challenges. About 80 animals are killed each year through incidents such as road deaths, snares, hunting and habitat destruction.Intelligent animals, these cats also make fantastic pets, said Marnewick. As a result, the legal and illegal trade in live animals is making a huge dent in populations.To address the trade threats to leopard and cheetah, the EWT’s Carnivore Conservation Programme, in conjunction with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi), is implementing a project to assess the scale and impact of consumptive utilisation of leopard and cheetah, and their body parts.Marnewick says the EWT will continue to work closely with all concerned parties including the government, NGOs and other industry members.“We want to ensure that trade in these two species is managed in a sustainable way and that the populations of these key species in South Africa thrive.”And then there is the conflict with landowners. The largest part of South Africa’s cheetah population occurs outside protected areas on privately owned cattle and wildlife ranches. Marnewick has found over the years that the only way to change perceptions among farmers about cheetah is to support the information with “hard facts”.But she has also found that in general there is more tolerance to carnivores on farmlands than before.International collaborationThe EWT also has the weight of major international conservation agencies behind its efforts.In 2006 the IUCN’s Cat and Canid Specialist Groups, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Zoological Society of London, initiated a rangewide conservation planning process for wild dogs and cheetah.Conservation groups put wild dogs and cheetah together because they have similar needs and face similar threats.Three regions were defined to assist in this process: East Africa, Southern Africa and North and West Africa. The EWT is the country partner for the Southern African region.“This means that our work, as defined in the South African national action plan, is supported through this regional project,” said Marnewick. “It holds a lot of respect due to the affiliation with the IUCN and the experienced, respected people who head up the process.”EWT fundraising and marketing manager Vanessa Bezuidenhout added: “I think it is time that we in South Africa realise what we have and what we stand to lose.”last_img read more

Register to vote on 9 and 10 April

first_imgThe final voter registration drive before this year’s local government elections will be held on the weekend of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April 2016. All adult South Africans are urged to get their names on the voters’ roll, so they can use their democratic right to choose the municipal leaders they want.You can register to vote if you:are a South African citizenare at least 16 years old (you can only vote from the age of 18, though)have a green bar-coded ID book, a smartcard ID, or a temporary ID certificateYou can register at the voting station in your community. Dial *120*432# to find your voting station or use the voting station finder on the Electoral Commission website. All voting stations will be open from 8am to 5pm on 9 and 10 April.If you can’t register on that weekend, make an appointment at your local Electoral Commission office to register there.If you don’t have an ID, you can apply for one at your local Home Affairs branch.Not sure if you’re registered? Check your voter registration details.Follow the Electoral Commission on Twitter – @IECSouthAfrica – and like them on Facebook – IECSouthAfrica – to get updates and more information.More about the 2016 municipal electionsLocal government elections are held every five years, nationwide, to elect councillors to govern municipalities for the next five years.Municipal councils’ current term of office ends on 18 May 2016.Councillors serve on town, city, metropolitan or district councils. It is their job to deliver services to citizens living in their areas – including water, electricity and sanitation.The exact date of the 2016 Municipal Elections will only be known when the election is proclaimed by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.In terms of the Constitution the election must be held between 18 May and 16 August 2016.So get ready to have your say in the 2016 municipal elections. Your vote is your voice. Use it!last_img read more

SlideShare Used to Spread Malware

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… When it comes to spreading malware on the web, virus writers are nothing if not creative. We’ve seen malware infiltrate everything from Facebook to Twitter to email to IM. Now it seems you can add another site to that list: Slideshare, the community for sharing your slideshow presentations on the web. Over the weekend, security firm ESET discovered that this popular social media resource was being used to spread malware in the form of fake slide decks. Although these initial attacks were relatively simple to detect, future variations could easily become more deceiving. That’s Not a Slideshow, It’s a Virus!According to ESET’s report, the attackers created slide decks which would contain a link to a malware-laden website and would then lure unsuspecting victims to Slideshare using traditional social engineering tactics. The presentations themselves should have raised a red flag for careful users, we think, but we have no way of knowing how successful they were at this time.One of the presentations found included just one slide with a single link. The slideshow was purportedly offering a cracked download of ESET’s own NOD32 scanner, an antivirus software program. To lend credibility to the download, the attackers added in the SourceForge logo (as if the open-source application directory SourceForge was a place to find cracked warez!) Of course, when the user clicked the link, they wouldn’t end up on SourceForge, but on a spoofed site that looked very similar. A window would then pop up prompting the user to download a .EXE file. Since the user already thought they were accessing a link for a software installation program, they would click the link and let their computer be infected with the malware. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Of course you may scoff at these victims since they were trying to get “something for nothing” – in this case, a free anti-virus program when really they were being given a free virus instead. However, while you may not have fallen for this particular scam, it’s only one example of how the SlideShare platform could be used for nefarious purposes such as this. It’s not far-fetched to imagine that in the future attackers could create even harder-to-detect malware-infused slideshows. We foresee them copying a legitimate slideshow from the site and then including an extra page with their malicious link. News like this is all the more reason to run a good anti-virus program on your PC. SlideShare Responds QuicklyIn SlideShare’s defense, they took action quickly against this threat. As soon as it was brought to their attention by way of the ESET blog post, SlideShare CoFounder Amit Ranjan responded in the comments saying: “I just wanted to let readers know that the offending user account has been removed. Thanks a ton for bringing this to our notice. Spam slideshows are a problem for us. And as this example shows, they can be turned malicious as well. In case anyone comes across any other user account from where this is happening, please email us, and we shall take immediate action. As a company we are committed to stop all such malpractices.”However, the rogue account which had been used to spread the malware had joined the SlideShare community in June 2009 and had uploaded as many as 2473 presentations before they were banned this week. Social Sites Need to Think About SecurityThe more popular the site becomes, the more likely it will be used to spread malware, so perhaps SlideShare should be somewhat flattered that they’ve reached this level of notoriety. They’ve now joined the ranks of many other social networking sites who have seen regular malware threats invade their platforms. Facebook, for instance, has come under attack multiple times in the past, the most memorable of which was the Koobface trojan which leaped outside of Facebook to spread to other social networking sites. It continues to evolve, even infecting Twitter as recently as last month. But Facebook isn’t the only example by any means of social sites under attack. Unfortunately, any website or social community where users are allowed to post content could become victim to threats such as this. What’s odd, though, is how many sites seem to think of security as an afterthought. Case in point, it was only on Monday of this week that we saw Twitter start filtering malicious links from being posted. These are the sort of features that really should have been included from the get-go. In SlideShare’s case, they may eventually have to go the same route as Twitter and partner with a malware-scanning service like Google’s Safe Browsing API to make sure their hosted content isn’t dangerous to their users. In fact, they may want to start looking into that right now. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts sarah perez Tags:#news#NYT#social networks#Trends#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more