Rhino poaching numbers in South Africa continue to grow

first_img20 November 2014The number of rhinos killed for their horns continues to rise in South Africa, fuelled by a multi-billion dollar illicit global trade in wildlife.The South African department of environmental affairs says 1 020 have been killed so far since January 2014, 16 more than the number of rhinos killed during the same period last year.Kruger National Park seems to be the prime spot for rhino poaching. The park recorded highest number of rhinos killed with 672 poached so far this year. By province, a total of 110 rhino have been poached in Limpopo, 84 in KwaZulu-Natal, 70 in Mpumalanga, 58 in North West and 15 in the Eastern Cape.In a statement released on Thursday, 20 November, the department said curbing rhino poaching is exacerbated by the lure of big money for the poachers who are raking in huge amounts of money from their illicit deeds.However, South Africa will continue to strengthen existing measures to curtail the killing of rhinos in the country, and is working on new ways to ensure the long-term survival of the species.“Government is implementing integrated strategic management of rhinoceros in South Africa to address the ongoing scourge. This includes interventions aimed at disrupting crime syndicates,’ the department said.Some of the perpetrators have not gone scot free, though. South Africa’s efforts to arrest and bring them to book have seen some success. A total of 344 alleged rhino poachers, couriers and poaching syndicate members have been arrested in South Africa since the start of 2014.The record number of arrests this year follows an intensification of anti-poaching actions by the South African National Parks (SANParks), the police, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and provincial conservation and security officials.“South Africa’s multi-disciplinary response further includes the creation of an intensive protection zone within the Kruger National Park, the introduction and implementation of new technology, pro-active intelligence, improving national, regional and international collaboration, and translocating rhino to safe areas within South Africa, and in rhino range states,’ says the department.Speaking at a Rhino Conservation side event at the 6th World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, this week, Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, said it is unfortunate that the threat of poaching has continued to escalate while various multi-faceted interventions are being implemented by South Africa.“We are concerned that poaching is part of a multi-billion dollar worldwide illicit wildlife trade. Addressing the scourge is not simple.’The public can report incidents of poaching and tip-offs using the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.SAnews.govlast_img read more

How The Web is Transforming Personal Finance

first_imgRelated Posts Editor’s note: This story is part of ReadWriteWeb’s Online Finance series, a weekly, three-month-long look at how the Internet has transformed finance. Up until April 15, which is the deadline for U.S. readers to file their taxes, we’ll be looking at how online finance has evolved, analyzing top web tools and posting video of our conversations with the people who are shaping online finance. If you are interested in sponsoring the rest of this Content Series on Personal Finance, please contact our COO Sean Ammirati.Mint: Leading the ChargeCurrently, the two most well-known online tools for personal finance management are arguably Mint and Intuit’s Quicken Online. Mint stood out from the pack early on because the company made it extremely easy to keep track of all your expenses. After giving Mint access to your bank and credit card account, the service simply downloads your financial information at regular intervals and organizes it. Mint can even track your 401(k) for you. Mint launched in September 2007 and quickly became the darling of the Web 2.0 world. Unlike most of its desktop-bound competitors, Mint managed to talk to virtually every bank and credit card issuer from day one. In October 2008, Mint came out of beta. Today, the company has more than 1.7 million registered users and sees roughly 700,000 active users every month. In October 2009, the company was signing up 30,000 new users per week. Mint’s success didn’t go unnoticed by the incumbent market leaders and Intuit acquired Mint in October 2009. In November 2009, Intuit announced that it would begin to phase out Quicken Online in favor of Mint. Microsoft suspended sales of Microsoft Money on June 30, 2009 and doesn’t plan to compete in the market anymore. Correction: In December, Microsoft actually announced a plan to enter the personal finance market again with a Mint-like tool it is developing in collaboration with Citi.Beyond MintWhile Mint gets most of the mindshare on the web these days, it’s by no means the only player in this market. Indeed, the success of Mint has given rise to a plethora of similar tools and legitimizes the efforts of companies that tried to enter this market before Mint. ClearCheckbook.com, for example, launched in May 2006. The company focuses on bringing checkbook management online. A number of other tools are competing more directly with Mint. Wesabe, for example, also focuses on giving users an overview of how they spend their money. Sadly, Wesabe makes downloading your information from your checking and credit card accounts a bit more difficult than Mint. Since acquiring Exepnsr, Strands now also offers its own personal finance tool for setting up and tracking personal budgets and staying on top of your finances. Geezeo – which was founded in 2006, and also looks a lot like Mint, has a very strong focus on budgeting.Most of these tools focus on the U.S. market, but more and more of them are also now available outside of the United States. Kublax, for example, offers a Mint-like service in the U.K.Going MobileJust like almost every other category of online tools, personal finance tools are also making the move to mobile. Mint and Wesabe, for example, offer both an iPhone app and mobile-optimized websites. Most importantly, all of these services are also able to send out alerts to your phone – either through push alerts on the iPhone or as text messages. Whenever you run the risk of exceeding your credit card limit, for example, these services will send you an alert. Of course, a number of banks have also gotten into this game and now offer their own mobile apps. The Bank of America, Chase Mobile and Wells Fargo apps are currently among the top 10 most downloaded free finance iPhone apps, for example.When it comes to paying your bills, apps like BillMinder and BillTracker make it easy to never forget when a bill is due. What’s Next?Over the last few years, the web has clearly transformed the way we use personal finance software. Over the next few months, we will have a closer look at the current generation of personal budgeting and finance tools on the web. We will also analyze the current trends around online finance software.This is the first post in our upcoming series about online finance. If you are interested in sponsoring the rest of this Content Series on Online Finance, please contact our COO Sean Ammirati. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Features#Finance#Product Reviews#Trends#web frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Not too long ago, personal finance tools like Quicken and Microsoft Money used to be bound to the desktop. Exchanging information with your banks used to be a hassle. Keeping track of credit card purchases was often a question of waiting for statements to arrive by mail and then entering data by hand. Today, free tools like Mint, moneyStrands and Wesabe make it easy to track all of this information. Thanks to this, you can now get a better overview of your personal finances than ever before. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… RWW’s Online Finance Series:How The Web is Transforming Personal FinanceThe Evolving Online Finance Ecosystemlast_img read more

Three girls‘thrashed’ by headmaster

first_imgThree girls of Class VIII were injured and hospitalised in Odisha’s Kandhamal district on Friday after allegedly being beaten up by their headmaster for not sweeping the floor of their classroom.HospitalisedThe incident occurred at Mahasingh Nodal Upper Primary School in K. Nuagaon block. The injured students were admitted to Baliguda hospital.According to sources, the headmaster, Harish Chandra Sahoo, thrashed the three girls in a fit of rage. Two of the girls fainted in the classroom.last_img read more

ENGLAND OPENERS IAN BELL, ANDREW STRAUSS AT CREASE VS SL

first_imgEngland openers Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell are at crease against Sri Lanka in the fourth quarter-final match of the World Cup at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday. Live ScoreEarlier England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bat.Teams:  Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara(w/c), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath  England (Playing XI): Andrew Strauss(c), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Luke Wright, Matt Prior(w), Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Chris Tremlettlast_img read more

Graft-hit government postpones Monsoon session of Parliament

first_imgDeviating from convention, the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) has decided to convene the monsoon session of Parliament on August 1, to be concluded on September 8, triggering strong protests from the BJP and the Left parties.The Opposition alleged that the government was trying to run away from discussions. Usually, the month-long monsoon session begins around the third week of July.Apart from the Lokpal Bill, the government is also contemplating to bring the controversial women’s reservation Bill in the ensuing session in its bid to divide the Opposition and divert attention from the Lokpal Bill.Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has convened an allparty meeting on Wednesday to discuss the women’s quota Bill. Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan said the party wants the Bill cleared in the monsoon session itself.Refuting the BJP-CPM charge that the government had deliberately delayed the session, parliamentary affairs minister P.K. Bansal said there have been instances of the session being called in August.Some Congress leaders, trying to justify the delay in the monsoon session, said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may go in for a cabinet reshuffle in the first week of July and the new ministers would need time to familiarise themselves with their portfolios.However, the BJP and the CPM slammed the move.Describing the decision as “shocking”, the BJP – led by veteran leader L.K. Advani – requested the President to call an early session “because there are pressing issues that Parliament needs to discuss. Instead of heeding that advice, the government has postponed the session,” BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.advertisementThe convention is broken only in “extreme” situations, he said. “You alter the timings of Parliament sessions only when there is a war or natural calamity or elections. Of course, if there is an undeclared Emergency, the ruling party can do anything it likes,” he said sarcastically.CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechury said the government’s decision was “most regrettable and unfortunate”.He said, “The budget session was also curtailed. We have been demanding that Parliament should be in session at least 100 days a year. This is the lowest in parliament democracy anywhere in the world. But this government, instead of even holding session for 100 days, is curbing it further.”Congress sources, however, said there was no hidden agenda behind the decision.”In the wake of Gandhian Anna Hazare’s threat that he would resort to fasting again from August 15 if the Lokpal Bill is not passed by then, the government’s first priority is to bring the anti-graft legislation to Parliament,” the sources said, adding that the government needed time to prepare the Bill.The draft report may be ready by the end of this month and an all-party meeting will be called in the first week of July to discuss it.The ministries concerned would then work on the draft Bill, which has to be approved by the cabinet.This process itself would take about a month, a senior Congress leader said.At the same time, sources in the party said the government wanted to counter the threat of Anna Hazare beginning the August 15 fast.”Once the Bill is tabled in Parliament, the government has no more any role to play. It is up to the political parties then to discuss it threadbare and either pass it or send it to the standing committee,” the sources said.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more