In Thailand, Paul Zamar resuscitates PBA dream with Mono Vampire

first_imgSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLife seemed to have been at its best for Zamar back in 2016.Marrying longtime girlfriend Jane Arcangel in April, the steady playmaker out of University of the East churned out an MVP-caliber performance for Cafe France as he steered the Bakers to the 2016 Aspirants’ Cup Finals. “I’m thankful to the ABL because they give us players a chance,” he said.Looking back, things would have been different for the 31-year-old had he decided to leave the game for good.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals He continued that solid outing in the 2016 Foundation Cup, but the Bakers once again crashed to the powerhouse Phoenix squad, which eventually won both PBA D-League titles that season.Though his team fell short, Zamar’s performance alone should have merited a call up, an invite at the very least, to the big league.Paul Zamar delivered solid performances for Cafe France in the PBA D-League before the team decided to change directions, leaving the former UE playmaker without a team. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSome things, however, just weren’t in his control, and with Cafe France opting to go on a different direction, that left the 5-foot-11 Zamar unemployed. Without a direction to latch onto going forward, and with his PBA dream as distant as ever, Zamar’s situation almost drove him to depression.Paul’s father, Boycie, meanwhile, approached it differently, telling his son to keep on playing. After all, the now-San Miguel assistant coach himself has experienced this overseas way of living as he played and coached in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore years before.“Life is unfair, and that’s always the case,” he told his son then. “You have a choice to do good things or bad things. Either way, people will say something at you, so it’s better that you just do good.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “I was still feeling my way in the beginning, but after two weeks of playing with them, it eventually became ok,” he said, as he spent the last six months of his life living in Bangkok. “It’s still different that you’ll go to the games on the road compared to here that we’re always flying. But I feel ok here with the freedom the coach has been giving me in the games.”Mono Vampire’s Paul Zamar tries to evade the defense of fellow Filipino Christian Standhardinger of Hong Kong Eastern. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueBut Zamar isn’t looking at this run as a demotion of sorts. Moreover, he feels challenged with the improved competition in the region, a testament to the evolution of the ABL over the years.“I was watching ABL before and I felt that I would like to play here because I saw the competition. A number of Filipinos have also played here, and we’re taking on American imports.Before, there are only Southeast Asian teams. But now, East Asian teams are joining like China, Hong Kong, and Chinese Taipei, so the level of play here in the ABL has truly improved,” he said. “You can say that it’s the best of the best of the countries that are being sent here, and it really fuels me to perform at my best, especially that I’m looked at here as an import. It really tests me to be on my toes because I’m out of my comfort zone and as my father reminded me, I’m always under the microscope as an import.”The cream always rises to the top, and for Zamar, this stint has been nothing but promising, as he averages 15.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in his seven games for Mono Vampire this season.Zamar has been nothing short of impressive but he reiterates that he still hasn’t given up on coming back home and playing in the PBA, where he was drafted in the fourth round by Ginebra back in 2012.“Home is where the heart is,” he said. “My family, my wife is in the Philippines. It’s hard here abroad where I’m always alone. Sometimes, you’ll wake up and you’re all by your lonesome. It’s really difficult. That’s why if there’s a chance for me to make it to the PBA, I will really grab it.”But now that the opportunity is dry, Zamar is content on making his name and improving his game in Thailand.“For now, I’m thankful for this opportunity that I’m getting here in Mono. I’ll concentrate on my job here.”Photo from ASEAN Basketball Leaguecenter_img When life knocks you down, you have a choice: Stay down or get back up.Paul Zamar chose the latter—continuing his basketball dream in Thailand, where he plays for Mono Vampire in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Depleted Bolts get boost from Canaleta, new additions OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Those words reverberated for the younger Zamar, and until this day, he keeps that in his mind, driving him to continue dreaming.That led him overseas to his new home in Mono Thewphaingarm, where he immediately brought the house down and set a new Thailand Basketball Super League scoring record of 52 points in the team’s victory over Hi-Tech back in June.His stupendous run in the local league led to his eventual stint with Mono Vampire in the ABL, where he now forms a killer backcourt duo with Fil-Am court general Jason Brickman.“The PBA is still crowded for us guards and we know have to work. As players, we want to improve, continue playing, and still be visible to the public. The chance is being given here for us and we’re just taking this opportunity,” he said.Mono Vampire’s @paulzamar willingly obliges for photos with Thai kids after the game. #ABL8 pic.twitter.com/zw5cw4XoOW— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) December 8, 2017In Mono Vampire, Zamar is a superstar, with the team expecting him to rack up solid numbers and be one of the key cogs to lead the team to victories. That also comes with the perks of his popularity with young basketball players try to chase him after games asking for picture and autographs.He’s not alone, though, as a number of Filipino cagers have taken their acts internationally and are now counted on as Heritage Imports in the ABL. Names like Leo Avenido, Jerick Cañada, and Froilan Baguion made lasting impact in their respective stints in regional circuit previously, with former PBA players like Reil Cervantes, Rudy Lingganay, and James Forrester now following suit.Zamar didn’t deny that it took him a lot of time before he was able to adjust to this brand new setting, from meshing with his new teammates as well as inculcating himself to the new culture. But what fast-tracked Zamar’s adjustment period is the same reason that drove him to this foreign land — the game of basketball. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conelast_img read more

Bomi College Agric Department Celebrates First Harvest

first_imgExcited students with watermelons during the harvest on Wednesday.Garners praise for big successResidents near Fartoma Compound in Tubmanburg, Bomi County were full of praises for the Administration of Dr. Zobong Norman, president of the Bomi County Community College (BCCC), when students of the agriculture department last Wednesday harvested their first produce from the college’s Agriculture Demonstration Site (ADS).A student carries three large watermelons during the harvestThe produce included cabbage, eggplant, collard greens, pepper, okra, tomatoes, lettuce, corn, and watermelon, among others.The farm located near the college is headed by coordinator Paul K. Tyes who, before the harvest, took the students through a brief lecture on the mechanics of planting, caring for and eventually harvesting the produce.The excited agriculture students in their boots and jeans went through the exercise with enthusiasm and after the lecture, they followed instructions and gathered a large number of watermelons and carried some in their hands, while others hauled them in wheelbarrows to get them ready for sale.Bomi Supt. Samuel Brown speaks during the harvestThe produce are grown on six acres of farmland and the college intends to add three more acres to increase the variety of crops cultivated on the farm to include rice, according to Henry Johnson, special assistant to Dr. Norman.“The farm project is to give students 60 percent practical knowledge and 40 percent theoretical help so that after graduation they do not have to wait for anyone to employ them,” he added.The dean of the department, Christopher D. Momo, noted that the project is also intended to expose the students to all aspects of agricultural in order for them to know the challenges involved in being a farmer.“We have 85 students in the department who are excited to make agriculture their career after graduation so that they can establish their own farms as well as help their communities,” he added.Paul Tyes explains harvesting methods to the studentsMomo stated that many of the people in surrounding communities where the students reside are asking questions because, as a result of how the students are being taught, they are managing their farms in their respective communities quite differently from the local farmers. “The students are making more progress and the communities are interested to learn their methods,” he pointed out.“We are calling on Liberia’s international partners and their organizations like USAID, EU, and other INGOs to visit our campus and see what we are doing in agriculture,” appealed Momo.Farm Manager Z. Edmond Greaves said that the success of the project indicates that Liberians can grow what they eat. “All we need is support from the central government,” he added.Greaves stated that the college has presently received 200 acres of farmland from local authorities and elders of Bomi County to be used to grow oil palm that could be used to supplement the college’s financial allotment from the government.When the idea of acquiring the land was raised, Finance and Development Minister Boima S. Kamara and Rep. Edwin M. Snowe each promised to provide oil palm seedlings for the 200 acres of farmland.“What’s needed now,” according to Greaves, “are earth-moving equipment to clear the land,” for which he said outside support is needed.“Our palm farm will give students more chance to learn by doing so that at the end of their studies, they will be ready to create jobs and make a living for themselves,” he added.The college also has an animal husbandry section where they are breeding pigs. “Right now we are not doing production but breeding so that students can learn by doing,” said Greaves, adding that local community members interested in breeding would also be allowed to learn from the program.Harvested watermelons ready for marketAt the official launch of the harvest, Bomi County Superintendent Samuel F. Brown could not hide his admiration for the BCCC Administration.“I want to express my appreciation to the BCCC Administration for the wonderful project to encourage agriculture at this college,” Supt. Brown said, adding, “this initiative is one of the best in Bomi in the last 10 years.”He declared, “I want to call on the Bomi County Caucus to provide for every available need to the BCCC to grow the college’s agricultural department, because Liberia’s future rests in what we can produce to feed the country.”Meanwhile, Edwin Kpingba, also known as ‘political dahkpanah,’ could not hide his appreciation for the success of the project, and called on the agriculture students to make use of the opportunity.Ms. Anita S. Bee, vice president of the BCCC Student Council Government, commented, “On behalf of the student government, we want to assure the administration of our support so that Dr. Norman and his team of visionaries can continue to bring new and positive developments to enrich the school.”Pineapples ready for saleMeanwhile, officials who did not send representatives to witness the harvest were the Bomi County Caucus and the college’s Board of Trustees. “We invited them but none showed up,” revealed a member of the administration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Experts believe EnCana reward is ‘ridiculous’

first_imgMany experts are saying that the $1 million dollar reward that EnCana is offering is a little ridiculous. The company has been targeted by a series of explosions over the past year. EnCana now has doubled the reward from $500,000 to $1 million, shortly after the sixth explosion was set off near Dawson Creek.EnCana is trying to make the pot sweeter for those who have any information, but The Edmonton Journal reports that experts say and history shows the chances are slim. – Advertisement -Kevin Haggerty, a criminologist at the University of Alberta says it’s a little ridiculous because there is little difference between the previous reward and $1 million dollars.He also says tips usually come in for personal reasons, leaving the money as a perk rather than the main motivator.But, Haggerty also points out the $1-million reward may pay off in extra awareness, because the news will be splashed across headlines nation-wide. Advertisement Neil Boyd, a criminologist at Simon Fraser University says it’s unlikely the reward will be given out. But, he says he doesn’t see a downside in offering it. Click Here to see the Edmonton Journal’s story.last_img read more

THE COMPLETE PARENTSTOP GUIDE TO BEATING CHRISTMAS STRESS!

first_imgBY PATRICIA LEE, PARENTSTOP: Holiday time together as a family can lead to all sorts of drama – lost tempers, slammed doors, high pitched arguments, super sulks and grumbles.But we are not talking about your teenagers. Most of us – parents, grandparents AND the younger generation – are guilty of losing our patience or temper with family members during the festive season.Parentstop, a free and confidential parent support service in Donegal, has the following tips for communicating without fighting with family members: -Be respectful: Ask all family members to respect each other and avoid speaking aggressively or in a way that is hurtful to others. If you have different beliefs or values, try to accept these differences.-Listen: You don’t need to agree with other people’s opinion but do listen to them. Don’t show boredom when someone talks on a topic that isn’t of interest to you. Be patient, especially with older family members and younger children.-Share: Christmas is about sharing and spending time together as a family. Don’t assume that you can have everything you want but do be clear about what is important to you.-Open up: When discussing important issues, try to make your point clearly. Explain how you feel and why. Don’t expect others to know what is important to you if you don’t say it. -Choose your moment: Think carefully about when it is best to discuss a difference of opinion or sensitive subject. Avoid doing so in front of others, or when either person has taken alcohol or is feeling stressed or tired.-Walk away: If another family member speaks to you in a hurtful or unfair manner, walk away rather than resorting to a fight. However, if someone is abusive (emotionally, physically or sexually) there is support available: contact the Donegal Domestic Violence Service helpline 24 hours a day, on 1800-262677.Speaking about good family communications, Parentstop Manager, Patricia Lee, added: “This can be a very stressful time for all members of the family trying to get things done at the last minute and then being all together over the Christmas week. If at all possible get everyone out into the fresh air at least once a day – it will burn off all kinds of energy! Try to avoid heat of the moment disagreements and if you see one starting take a deep breath and walk away to cool down and consider a compromise where possible.”Parentstop is a free and confidential parent support service in Co. Donegal. Parentstop is here to help with any parenting challenges you are facing. If you want to ask a question, talk to someone in confidence, or see if you’re on the right track, then Parentstop is here to support you. There are no long waiting lists and the Parentstop team is available to talk to you once you make an appointment. With services in Donegal Town, Letterkenny and around Inishowen, one of our Parents Support Officers will meet you, listen to you and give you support and advice. Whatever your concern – let’s get it sorted together.If you have family concerns and would like to speak to someone from Parentstop please phone: 074-9177249 for Letterkenny and surrounds074 9373493 for Inishowen areas086-8494038 for Donegal Town and surroundsParentstop is closed from Friday December 21st to January 7th 2013, however a call back can be arranged over this period if you leave a message. In addition parents are reminded about the national parent’s helpline Parentline on 1890927277. THE COMPLETE PARENTSTOP GUIDE TO BEATING CHRISTMAS STRESS! was last modified: December 25th, 2012 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:THE COMPLETE PARENTSTOP GUIDE TO BEATING CHRISTMAS STRESS!last_img read more

Rowing Edged By Creighton In Annual Fall Duel

first_img Lily Jones  Print Friendly Version Madison Coffman Lily Jones 1V8+ 2V8+ 1V4+ 2V4+ NB8+ “The team rowed really hard today,” said Drake head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “Stiff competition today, which we knew it would be, but the team performed really well. They felt they that the boats had the best rows that they potentially could have. That is all we can ask for.” NA8+ NC8+ C-Liz Rambhia C-Miranda Peterson C-Margo Burnard C-Paige Prien C-Kathryn Gaito Sarah Konopacki Julie Uram Story Links Julia Nathan Photo Gallery Julie Uram Logan Spacek Emma Johnson Kira Capper Daniele Nitkowski Lauren Schleich Sarah Larson Madison Peterson Elise Nikolic Logan Spacek Maddie Shipley Gabby Brodek Julie Shipley Madison Coffman Lauren Bascio Ryli Smith Creighton defeated Drake in the varsity 4+ and 2nd varsity 8+ races to retain the traveling trophy awarded to the winner in the rivalry. The Bulldogs rallied to win the varsity 8+ race over the Bluejays. Haley Abrams Audrey Baumeister C-Margo Burnard C-Kathryn Gaito Taylor Schaben Lindsey Finnell Drake Lineups In the non-scored races, novice 8+ 1, 2 & 3 and the 2nd varsity 4+, Creighton won the 2nd varsity 4+ and novice 8+ B races while Drake took the novice 8+ A & C races. Sarah Frantik Ingrid McNeely Mikaela Janes Danielle Nitkowski Lauren Schleich With the nice weather Des Moines has had this fall and with daylight savings time starting Sunday, the Bulldogs will take advantage and stay out on the Des Moines River training for one more week then they typically do. Shelley Hunter Melanie Dahlstrom DES MOINES, Iowa – The Creighton Bluejays edged the Drake University rowing team Saturday morning in the program’s annual fall duel on the Des Moines River. Audrey Baumeister Emma Johnson Check back to www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com for the Bulldogs’ spring schedule when it is available.Final Results1V8+ – 1. DU 2. CU (+1:23)2V8+ – 1. CU 2. DU (+23.16)1V4+ – 1. CU 2. DU (+8.12)2V4+ – 1. CU 2. DU (+10.90)1N8+ – 1. DU 2. CU (+5.61)2N8+ – 1. CU 2. CU ( 49.50) 3. DU (+51:55)3N8+ – 1. DU 2. CU (+7.00) Melanie Dahlstrom Julia Nathan Lindsey Finnell Maddie Shipley “The weather is supposed to hold and we will take one more week to work on good technique,” DiSilvestro said. “Get video and really work on final improvement as the semester comes to an end soon. I’m really proud of how the team came together this fall dealing with the tough water conditions we had. We made steady improvement and I’m excited for our spring season.” Jess Rebishke Kayla Caldwell Laura Claydon Lainie Fickau Jocelyn Rimes Ryli Smith Kira Capper Ingrid McNeely Jocelyn Rimeslast_img read more

EXPERTS WORKING AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL AFTER DAY OF HEAVY RAIN

first_imgdonegaldaily.com – Workmen in Letterkenny todayEXPERTS in dealing with flood defences have spent today working in the grounds of Letterkenny General Hospital in a bid to prevent a repeat of July’s devastating floods.Workmen erected sandbags and brought in a digger as today’s downpours sent the burn which flows through the hospital soaring towards dangerous levels.There was widespread flooding on roads throughout Donegal today as weather forecasters predicted up to 35mm of rain. Showers are continuing in some areas but the worst of the downpours are over for today.Anti-flood experts moved back into the grounds of the hospital first thing this morning after heavy overnight rain.The flood defences were erected after the €20M disaster at the new wing of the hospital at the end of July.In that event 50mm of rain fell in just 90 minutes. Although today’s rainfall wasn’t as bad, hospital managers were taking no chances.CCTV and specialist alarm equipment has also been installed on the small river.“We are taking no chances with such downpours,” said one hospital insider.“There was heavy rain predicted and it did arrive but all the excellent work over the past seven weeks paid off today.” EXPERTS WORKING AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL AFTER DAY OF HEAVY RAIN was last modified: September 8th, 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:donegal daily newsflood defencesletterkenny hospitalrainweatherlast_img read more

Picture Special: New personal best for Aaron Nepgen at Letterkenny Parkrun!

first_img101 participants braved nippy conditions yesterday morning to take part in Letterkenny parkrun, a free 5k that takes place each Saturday.Aaron Nepgen set a new personal best during yesterday’s run, with a fantastic time of 19 minutes 31 seconds.Tony O’Donnell finished in second place, and was hot on Aaron’s heels with a time of 19 minutes and 36 seconds. Committee member Brendan Delap tells Donegal Daily that the race to the finish line was close, with Aaron out-sprinting Tony in the last 100 metres.“Aaron has taken one minute off his time from his pre-Christmas runs and is sure to post a time of under 19 minutes in the near future,” he said.Darren Winston joined Aaron and Tony across the finish line with a time of 20 minutes 56 seconds.Brendan says that the parkrun continues to grow week-on-week. The growing numbers can be attributed to the increased number of new walkers who come along each week, and are welcomed by the committee and other participants alike. “If you have not already tried out parkrun as a walker, runner or jogger – you are welcome to join in at St Conal’s Complex, Kilmacrennan every Saturday at 9.30 am,” he says.Entry is free but you are asked to register online at Letterkenny parkrun and then print off your barcode.Bring your barcode along with you and you’re ready to go!Photography by Stephen Woods.Picture Special: New personal best for Aaron Nepgen at Letterkenny Parkrun! was last modified: February 25th, 2018 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) Tags:aaron nepgenletterkenny parkrunpicture speciallast_img read more

‘Poisoned’ rhino horns to beat poachers

first_img9 April 2013The latest attempt to counter the thriving crime of rhino poaching in South Africa comes in the form of a poisonous substance with which a game reserve is now treating its rhinos’ horns.Consumers of the “poisoned” rhino horn, generally found in Asia, risk becoming seriously ill from ingestion as it is contaminated with a non-lethal chemical package.Private game reserve Sabi Sand Wildtuin, at the southern end of the Kruger Park, is tired of watching an entire species vanish before its eyes.The reserve has resorted to taking matters into its own hands by injecting ectoparasiticides into the horns of 100 of its rhinos.Ectoparasiticides are not intended for consumption by humans; they are generally used for the control of ticks and parasites in animals. An ectoparasiticide is an antiparasitic drug used in the treatment of ectoparasitic infestations. It kills the parasites that live on the body surface.Toxic side-effectsAlthough not lethal in small quantities, they are toxic and symptoms of accidental ingestion may include severe nausea, vomiting and convulsions, among other side effects.Because of these side-effects, the treated rhino and their horns must be visibly identifiable, to avoid ingestion of treated horns by humans.Andrew Parker, the chief executive of Sabi Sand Wildtuin Association, says the reserve is leading this programme because it is located at the epicentre of the problem, at the southern end of South Africa’s Kruger National Park, where up to 70% of rhino killings occur.In addition to making whoever consumes the rhino horn very ill, the ectoparasiticides are accompanied by a pink dye that can be detected by airport scanners.“We realised that the treatment of the horns, along with an indelible dye, would go a long way towards helping us achieve our goal of protecting all rhinos in South Africa from poaching,” says Lorinda Hern of the Rhino Rescue Project.The dye is visible on an X-ray scanner even when ground to a fine powder. Airport security checkpoints are almost certain to pick up the presence of this dye in a treated horn regardless of whether the horn is intact or in powder form.“Testing is ongoing and comprehensive, to ensure that the animals have in no way been harmed by the administration of the treatment and, based on the research, it is believed that the treatment should remain effective for approximately three to four years, after which re-administration would be required,” says Hern.Diminishing the lucrative tradeThere is no doubt a solution to rhino poaching needs to be found. The number of rhinos lost to poaching in South Africa exceeded 300 in 2010 and over 400 in 2011.This week, the government said 203 rhinos had been killed by poachers so far this year, including 145 in Kruger Park.Rhino horn on the black market is worth an estimated R600 000 (US$66 000) a kilo for mature horns, which average four to 4.5kgs in weight when they are sawn or hacked off close to the animal’s skull.The poachers themselves receive a fraction of the R2.4-million to R2.7-million ($264 000 to $300 000) value of each horn from the syndicates that plan the raids and export the material.Logically, a permanent solution to poaching is to eliminate the demand for rhino horn altogether. Education will go a long way to teaching consumers that rhino horn contains no nutritional or medicinal value, however, education will not produce an immediate result – and results are needed urgently.The Sabi Sand game reserve hopes that these two tactics, implemented for the first time in South Africa, will put a dent in the lucrative rhino horn trade.“The media in South Africa and globally maintain a close watch on the shrinking herds of our rhino,” Parker says. “The same platform can expose exactly what the poachers are up against from now on.“They have had an easy ride so far, running a vast and brutal, hugely profitable trade under the noses of government authorities between here and Asia. Now we are forcing them to answer to their consumers about what they are passing off as medicine,” he adds.Sabi Sand has launched a widespread media campaign and posted signs on its fences to make poachers aware that its rhinos’ horns have been poisoned.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — October 20, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 10-20-17The short term forecast is unchanged this morning: Sunny, windy, dry weather holds for today and tomorrow, similar to what we have seen the past few days, and just like we have been talking up all week long. Our next front works in to the state later Sunday and goes through midday Monday…similar to our thoughts over the past couple of days. In general, 8 out of the next 10 days we have a very solid handle on and our forecast is locked in. However, the remaining two days hold the challenge. Those 2 days are Tuesday and Wednesday…the days immediately behind the front we expect to close out our weekend and start next week.First, the front: as mentioned above, it is still on the way for Sunday. Arrival mostly later afternoon and then going through the overnight into Monday. The front looks slightly stronger this morning, but at this point we feel comfortable with the .25”-1” rain range we have talked about the past few days. Coverage will be most of the state, likely around 90%. This will cause harvest to grind to a halt. The map above shows potential combined rain totals through midnight Monday night.Models are in significant disagreement over what happens next. Most models take the low associated with this front, and track it south into the Tennessee Valley, even into northern Alabama. However one model (and it happens to be our favorite one), the European, takes the low right over the top of us. That solution brings another wave of heavy rains into the state for Tuesday and they linger into Wednesday. We are talking an additional 1-2 inches potentially. Now, we do not think this is a correct look at the set up, but it does present some challenges, going into a weekend where we are at full bore harvest and will be looking to get back at it as soon as possible. At this time, we feel it is most prudent to keep our forecast the same, looking for a drier Tuesday and Wednesday period, with no new rain. There can be plenty of clouds and decent flow out of the north and northeast on the backside of the system. But, we do not think this turns into a multi-day, heavy rain system. Drying will be slow for those two days, but new precipitation is not likely. We are keeping our forecast in line with our discussions the past few days.Even with no new rain for Tuesday and the first part of Wednesday, we will still be changing air mass, and the coldest part of the incoming air mass will be here Wednesday. We expect temps to be actually a bit below normal there at midweek before bouncing later in the week. As sunshine returns for the second half of the week, temps will rise again, and we should be mostly normal to above normal for the rest of the 10 day period (this weekend and next week) outside of next Wednesday. We have dry weather all the way into the start of next weekend.We have a minor front coming in for next Saturday afternoon. Moisture totals look minor at only a few hundredths of an inch to a tenth or two. That front will pass overnight Saturday night into earl Sunday, but we should see sunshine coming in quickly behind the front.No change to the extended forecast period this morning. A drier pattern holds for most of the 11-16 day forecast window at this time. A minor upper level system may pop up over the western Corn Belt around the first of the month, but our next system likely holds off until closer to the 4th.last_img read more

5 Real Life Blockchain Implementations Outside of Cryptocurrency

first_imgFollow the Puck Tags:#apps#Arcade City#Blockchain#blockchain technology#Boeing#CargoConX#Helperbit#humanitarian#Medicalchain#ridesharing#startups#transport What do Pied Piper and blockchain tools have in common? Both are always “coming soon.”By now most of us are familiar with blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Outside of cryptocurrency, blockchain has many purported use cases in scenarios that require an immutable ledger.Rhetoric has elevated blockchain to godly status, labeling it as a bleeding edge technology poised to disrupt all facets of life, from voting, to smart guns, health data, stock trading, international shipping, and beyond.We’ve seen a ton of other innovative blockchain ideas too, yet many are unproven or simply hypothetical. So, the question is, what projects are successfully implementing blockchain in practice?In this article we’ll strive to separate fact from fiction by showcasing 5 living projects that are actually using blockchain, with real world results. We’ll gauge the viability of such projects, and see how proven use may affect the global climate and attitude toward blockchain adoption.1. Arcade CityPeer-to-peer blockchain-based ridesharingArcade City is a new peer-to-peer rideshare startup whose goal is to disrupt the disruptor. They’re taking on Uber and Lyft to cut out the middleman and protect driver rights, and they’re basing their platform on the Ethereum blockchain.Many drivers have had negative experiences using Uber, and Arcade City aims to alleviate those issues by giving them complete autonomy. Arcade City drivers set their own prices, accept their own form of payment, form guilds with other drivers, and can have open conversations with users within the app.Available only in select cities worldwide, you can download the Arcade City app on the App Store.2. HelperbitHumanitarian fundraising vetted with blockchainHelperbit is a fundraising site that emphasizes philanthropic global initiatives that increase well-being in foreign countries.Current projects range from natural disaster relief, clean water for African communities, helping educate children in Papua New Guinea, to even a North Pole exploration.Tying each donation to the blockchain helps increase economic transparency. As corruption in charity and insurance is an unfortunate reality, Helperbit aims to bring fundraising power straight to the people through decentralization.3. BoeingIoT-driven blockchain unites assembly line operationsIt’s not just startups and nonprofits excited about blockchain. Aviation engineering behemoth Boeing is already integrating an IoT-driven blockchain into their engineering operations.Building an airplane takes hundreds of thousands of components, and tracking them throughout the build lifecycle can be a nightmare. Using an IoT-centric blockchain, “Boeing holds complete provenance details of each component part.”This helps by increasing transparency between multiple groups in the production process: manufacturing teams, aircraft owners, maintainers, and government regulators. In addition to optimizing engineering efforts, their IoT blockchain benefits issue resolution by minimizing aircraft turnaround time.4. MedicalchainDigitize health records and share access on the blockchainHealthcare needs a kick in the butt. Not only is cost staggeringly high, but the industry suffers from improper diagnosis, terrible user experience, and continual patient safety concerns. Much of this can be fixed through improved data usage.Medicalchain aims to use blockchain technology to securely store medical records. Using a distributed ledger for healthcare is a godsend as it allows doctors, hospitals, laboratories, pharmacists, and health insurers to have more immediate access to health records, which could help save lives. Medicalchain ingests MedTokens and is working on a complementary telemedicine platform MyClinic.com.Granted Medicalchain is in an early stage; it’s still taking on pilot patients and practitioners and must build credibility on both fronts. That being said, it’s a great case study on the power of blockchain to disrupt an inefficient industry.5. CargoConXA blockchain for the logistics and transport industryCargoConX‘s main selling point is allowing shipping logistics companies to “Uberize” their spare capacity in containers. For this to operate correctly, CargoConX uses smart contract technology based on blockchain to increase accountability amongst all partners.Their CSS Connect API backbone drives six main modules to improve the shipping industry. As their documentation states:“Smart Contracts between network participants and can guarantee payment via an escrow facility to all parties involved in the shipping journey, this occurs through trigger points and milestones setup in the blockchain Smart Contract.”In midst of an ICO, CargoConX boasts 10 early adopters (significant for large B2B partnerships).The Pseudo-Reality of BlockchainFortune says “blockchains will change the world,” and there is some truth to that. However, a lot is still untested — the Internet may not be as decentralized as Silicon Valley’s Pied Piper would like.Don’t believe the hype. Sierra Leone actually did not hold the world’s first blockchain election. And regardless of how cool it sounds, we’re probably not a node in a universal blockchain created by aliens.No doubt the blockchain buzz is turning heads and there is legitimate action. We’ve seen how multiple industries are implementing it to increase transparency, disrupt competitors, and streamline internal operations. Other credible use cases include smart legal contracts, solar power networks, distribution of government benefits, and digital payments.Blockchain projects need time to receive funding, acquire users, and build out their platforms before they are evangelized. We’ll just have to wait and see which ones become a proven reality, and what stays as fiction. Bill Doerrfeld Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Bill Doerrfeld is a tech journalist who writes on cloud technologies. His beat is the web API economy. He loves discovering new trends, researching new technology, and writing on topics like DevOps, REST design, SaaS marketing, IoT, AI, and more. He also gets out into the world to speak often. He has worked as an Associate Editor at ProgrammableWeb, and since 2015 has been the Editor at Nordic APIs, a high impact blog on API strategy for providers. His writing has also been published on Tech Beacon, DevOps.com, Container Journal, and other sources. Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob…last_img read more