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Help spot Kruger’s wild dogs

first_img11 October 2007Visitors to the Kruger Park have been urged to report any African wild dogs they come across to help the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) to improve the management of these animals.Between now and the end of November, one of the only viable wild dog populations left in the country can be spotted in the southern parts of the Kruger National Park.Researchers at the EWT are trying to determine how wild dogs are genetically related to each other so as to improve the management of their population.“Visitors can support this research by reporting all wild dog sightings to the EWT’s Wild Dog Hotline number,” said EWT chief executive officer Yolan Friedmann. “Sightings can be phoned in or SMS-ed to 076 725 5242.“This will enable researchers to locate dog packs and obtain the required number of genetic samples to complete the analysis.”The wild dog is South Africa’s most endangered large carnivore. There are fewer than 500 free-ranging wild dogs in the country, most of whom live in the Kruger Park, with a handful found at smaller provincial and private reserves.“Kruger National Park contains the only viable and self-sustaining wild dog population in South Africa,” Friedmann said. “They are therefore an important benchmark with which to compare other less viable and more intensively managed populations.”The wild dogs at the Kruger Park are, however, notoriously difficult to locate.If there is a sighting, as much detail as possible needs to be given on the location, time and size of the group to help the project researchers find the packs.Patterns of relatedness among the southern Kruger wild dog population will be compared to those of smaller populations in reserves like the Pilanesberg National Park, Madikwe Game Reserve, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and De Beers Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve.The research project is being sponsored by Masslift and Colchester Zoo’s Action for The Wild.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Grazing tips for dry pastures

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, many areas are experiencing abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions — and the impact on crops is obvious.One farmer last week told me he had to drive around a lot in his fields to make round bales. All crops are showing signs of stress, including pasture grasses and forages, but the weeds seem to be growing well through these dry conditions.What can a manager do given the current situation?Basic pasture management principles are as important, if not more so, during periods of dry weather. Maintaining good fertility and soil pH can help grazing plants survive drought conditions. Soils that have adequate fertility and are at the ideal pH will go a long way in helping plants maintain a healthy root system, which is important for capturing nutrients, minimizing soil loss, and photosynthesis.If you decide to apply nitrogen fertilizer, use a form that will not volatilize if rainfall doesn’t occur shortly following application. Nitrogen fertilizer can benefit plants even if rainfall doesn’t occur for several weeks. But be cautious when using nitrogen fertilizer during drought conditions as this practice can potentially lead to nitrate poisoning.Also, don’t overgraze your pastures. It’s critical that plants be grazed to the proper stubble height and be allowed to rest until they reach the proper grazing height. Plants should be between six and eight inches tall when grazed. This is necessary to maintain plant health and diversity in a pasture. The “take half, leave half” rule applies at all times when grazing — especially during times of drought.One of the worst things to do during a drought is to open up the gates and let livestock graze wherever and whenever they choose. Doing so prevents photosynthesis to occur and may cause long-term damage to the plants.If you have large grazing paddocks, it may be helpful to subdivide them to improve forage utilization and increase the rest period. Look for other areas that are not normally grazed, such as hay that is short, but adequate for grazing, crop residue, or farm roads that are normally mowed.Reduce the number of cows grazing. By drying off cows, the forage demand is reduced. The grazing can also be reduced by limiting the time spent grazing by keeping them in an area when they are not grazing.Closely monitor body condition of cows during drought conditions. When finishing animals on pasture, give them first choice on the best pasture and after moving them to a new pasture, let the dry animals clean up after them.Feed hay or grain in an area that will benefit from the extra nutrients provided by these feeds. Another option is to cross fence the pastures and start feeding the hay or grain on pasture to extend the grazing and spread the nutrients over more acres.If you are experiencing drought like conditions and pasture growth is minimal, consider the options to help maintain the stand and have it in a more favorable condition when rainfall resumes.last_img read more

ReadWriteMix Recap: How To Beat The Giants And Build A Company That Lasts

first_imgTags:#IPO#Keith Rabois#Khosla Ventures#LinkedIn#PayPal#ReadWrite Mix#ReadWriteMix#tech stocks#Xoom#yelp A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… owen thomas Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting ReadWrite recently hosted Keith Rabois, the outspoken startup investor who joined Khosla Ventures from payments company Square earlier this year, at our San Francisco headquarters for ReadWriteMix, an events series featuring free-wheeling discussion with prominent tech figures.We started the conversation with an observation Rabois once made to me—tech companies have created a trillion dollars of value for investors over the past decade, but that value has been incredibly concentrated. The rise in value has come from at most 10-15 companies—the likes of Apple, Google, and Facebook.And while hundreds if not thousands of startups get funded every year, only a dozen or so even stand a chance of joining that pantheon.So the question for Rabois, who has worked at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide, and Square, and backed startups like Yelp, Airbnb, and Yammer: What’s the trick?It’s The Product—But It’s Not Just The ProductWhen Rabois was at PayPal, he ran strategy and legal affairs—including figuring out how to deal with eBay, Visa, and Mastercard, all of which, he says, were trying to kill the payments startup. His training as an antitrust lawyer helped in figuring out PayPal’s competitive strategy—but PayPal didn’t fight primarily in the courts. It fought by getting eBay’s own users on its side.The advice is generally applicable to startups looking to build a business on a bigger company’s platform, as PayPal did by offering credit-card payments on eBay’s auctions site.An audience member asked if startups should band together to contest a company’s capricious or unfair manipulation of a platform on which they’re building businesses. Rabois said he didn’t think that would work.Instead, you have to fight by perfecting your product.“You have to build a product that real users love—not just use, but love,” said Rabois. “And you’ve got to figure out a way to get it in enough of their hands so they truly can’t live without it. Because then when the platform wants to change things, you have real people that are animated. And if those people are animated, they can go to the media, they can go to their congressmen. That’s what you have to have to protect yourself. Anything you do tactically isn’t going to help you. It’s got to be scaled, and it’s got to be true love…. Focus on that.”The Public RouteRabois is also on the board of two public companies, Yelp and Xoom. Yelp has seen a nice runup in its stock recently, and shares of Xoom, an international money-transfer service, are up from their IPO price even after a 59% first-day pop.That goes against conventional wisdom in Silicon Valley these days—that companies should delay going public as long as possible, and avoid the public markets if possible. (Evernote CEO Phil Libin, for example, has talked about his reluctance to take his company public.)Rabois said there were “two schools of thought”—entrepreneurs who are “deferring” IPOs, and entrepreneurs “who welcome it.”“If you’re building an enduring company, one that will last, say, 50 years, it is almost certain that the way you’re going to do that is by becoming a publicly traded company,” Rabois told me. “If your ambition in life is to transform the world through your product technology, and to continue to do that every generation, year after year, year after year, through different management, through different CEOs, a public company is a very good format to do that.”Rabois also noted that going public gives companies a currency for acquisitions.“It also means something to the public,” he said. “It’s actually a safer place to do business. And I think consumers react that way. I think LinkedIn going public was incredibly successful as a marketing campaign for the company. More people became aware of it and filled out profiles.”Rabois said we should expect to see more IPOs in September and October of this year.That’s just some of the ground we covered in our 45-minute chat. Here’s a highlights clip and a complete video of our talk. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Houston Rockets sold for $2.2 billion

first_imgView comments “It’s been my great joy and honor to own the Houston Rockets for the past 24 years,” Alexander said in a statement.“I’ve had the incredible opportunity to witness true greatness through the players and coaches who have won championships for the city, been named to All-Star and All-NBA teams, enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and done so much for our franchise and our fans.”Fertitta, the head of Landry’s Inc, a company which includes restaurants, casinos and hotels in its portfolio, has dabbled in sports ownership before.He was forced to sell a stake in the Houston Texans NFL team when he completed a purchase of the Golden Nugget casinos in Las Vegas.Alexander, whose reign included NBA title triumphs in 1994 and 1995, said he planned to remain active in Houston.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next MOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “The Houston community has been home to me,” Alexander said. “I will continue to support the charities I have made commitments to throughout the years. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the fans, partners, city officials and employees who care so deeply for this team.“I’ve made this decision after much deliberation with my family and friends, and do so knowing the franchise is in great shape with the players, coaches and management team in place,” added Alexander, who last week donated $4 million towards the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. CBB WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Meralco seeks QF slot vs TNT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This file photo taken on April 1, 2016, shows Tilman Fertitta attending the 2016 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day in California. Fertitta has bought the Houston Rockets in a record-breaking $2.2 billion deal, the highest amount ever paid for an NBA franchise, a statement said on September 5, 2017.  AFPHOUSTON, United States — The Houston Rockets have been bought by US restaurant tycoon Tilman Fertitta in a record-breaking $2.2 billion deal, the highest amount ever paid for an NBA franchise, a statement said Tuesday.Fertitta, a Houston-based billionaire, was one of several potential buyers circling the Rockets, who had been put up for sale by owner Leslie Alexander.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “I am truly honored to have been chosen as the next owner of the Houston Rockets,” Fertitta said in a release from the team.“This is a life-long dream come true. Leslie Alexander has been one of the best owners in all of sports, and I thank him immensely for this opportunity. He has the heart of a champion.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlexander, 73, bought the franchise for just $85 million in 1993.Forbes had valued the franchise in February at $1.65 billion, making it the eighth most-valuable in the league, with revenues of $244 million.last_img read more