In the 1960s, the total number of vicuñas in Peru was approximately 5,000.The community of Lucanas was able to overcome violence from internal armed conflicts, and now those in the community use vicuña fur from Pampa Galeras National Reserve.Every year, the Lucanas community exports 1,000 kilograms (about 2,200 pounds) of vicuña fur.The National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP) will give a “green seal” to the fur sheared off the vicuñas by the community for their outstanding conservation practices. LUCANAS PROVINCE, Peru — At an altitude of 13,450 feet, the icy wind pounds whatever lies in its path. After 23 years of living in the Pampa Galeras – Barbara D’Achille National Reserve, Hernán Sosaya is well-adjusted and can withstand the blustering wind.At the top of a plain, a vicuña (Vicugna vicugnanotices) and a cousin to llamas, sees that we are only a few feet away and raises its head.“You can recognize the male because it’s always at the front of the herd, attentively watching for danger,” says Sosaya. The male vicuña starts to move away and the rest of the group trots along behind him.The park rangers at Pampa Galeras, like Sosaya, are experts at monitoring vicuñas. Every day, they are monitored within the park, which is 40 square miles and located in the district of Lucanas in Peru’s Ayacucho region. With more than 5,000 vicuñas currently living in the protected area, monitoring them has not been easy.Allan Flores, the manager of the reserve, put this into perspective with this piece of data: in the 1960s, there were about 5,000 vicuñas living in the entire country of Peru.Back then, throughout the entire Ayacucho region, including the reserve, there were only about 1,000 vicuñas. Sosaya says that a research project on the vicuña was begun in the 1960s in collaboration with German researchers, and the South American camelid was listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. One of the actions taken to conserve the species was the creation of a reserve to help the animals in danger. That was how Galeras, as the reserve is referred to locally, was created.
Kontax, Africa’s first dual-language mobile novel, has drawn a wide following of young South Africans due to its accessible and enticing format. (Image: Kontax) MEDIA CONTACTS • Steve Vosloo m4Lit Project Leader Shuttleworth Foundation +27 83 208 9891RELATED ARTICLES• Taking the internet to townships • SA internet use skyrockets • Skills via phones for rural women • Young reporters go mobileJanine ErasmusAfrica’s first dual-language mobile novel, or m-novel, Kontax, has grabbed the attention of local tech-savvy youth by offering an intriguing tale packaged in a highly accessible, exciting format.The story is available to download from the Kontax mobile site in English and isiXhosa. It can be accessed for free, although a once-off fee of R1.50 (19 US cents) is charged when registering via mobile.Those who do not have Wap-enabled mobile phones can still read the novel on their computers by visiting the mobile site in a normal web browser.Story for today’s youthLaunched at the end of September 2009, Kontax describes the adventures of a group of graffiti artists in a South African city. It’s written by award-winning scriptwriter Sam Wilson of the Cape Town-based production and content company Clockwork Zoo.Project developer Mobiles for Literacy (M4Lit) opted for a serial-release format, issuing one chapter every day over a period of three weeks, ensuring that young readers would come back for more. Chapters were no longer than 400 words to sustain readers’ interest.The mobile site encouraged interaction and discussion of the plot through polls and comments, with the best comment from each day’s release winning mobile airtime. Mobile wallpapers, featuring the characters and the book’s logo, are also available for download.At the end of three weeks registered readers were invited to submit their ideas for a Kontax sequel. The competition runs until 20 November 2009, offering a grand prize of ($261.45) R2 000 airtime as well as two runner-up prizes of ($130.68) R1 000 and ($65.24) R500 worth of airtime respectively.Big in JapanMobile novels evolved from text messaging, and are said to have been started by Japanese women writing about their romantic experiences. The genre is hugely popular in Japan, with several websites luring authors with prizes of up to $100 000 (R766 316), and generous offers to buy the print publishing rights to their novels.In 2008 six of the 10 best-selling books in Japan began life on the tiny screen. Some have criticised the growing trend, saying that it is unacceptable for a country with a rich, thousand-year legacy of reading, but Japanese youth pay no heed.As Bernard Kedge, manager of 107-year-old Cambridge bookshop Galloway and Porter, put it: “This is sometimes how education works. Anything that actually encourages people to read more is a really excellent idea.”Building a love of readingM4Lit is supported and funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation. Project leader and ICT specialist Steve Vosloo, also the foundation’s 21st Century Learning Fellow, and his team are exploring the significance of mobile literature as a tool for increasing literacy and a love of reading among South Africa’s youngsters.In many areas of South Africa, as well as in other developing nations, it can be easier to access a mobile phone than the internet or even a printed book, and teens tend to be well-versed in mobile applications such as MXit.“In South Africa there is about 10% PC-based internet connectivity,” Vosloo blogged on Tech Leader during October 2009. “While the number of people with access to mobiles ranges from 60% to 90% (depending on which community you look at). Of those phones, a high number are Wap-enabled and can access the internet,” he said.The objectives of the project are to encourage youth to read and write more through the mobile medium, to assess the response of youth to mobile sites such as that of Kontax, and to fine-tune the medium in order to entrench the mobile reading culture.“We know that Japanese m-novels are very popular and for South Africa, this is the beginning of more to come,” said Vosloo.According to the M4Lit website, readers have described how the novel is helping them stretch their literary muscles, saying that they turn to the dictionary for words they don’t understand, thereby broadening their vocabulary.Intrigue and moralityKontax is essentially a mystery novel involving the four-member Kontax graffiti team of Sbu, K8 (Kate), Songezwa and Airtime. Each person plays an important role in the team, bringing strengths of vision, training, technique and creativity.Graffiti is their life and they practise their craft wherever and whenever they can (and even where they shouldn’t). At a party Sbu meets a mysterious girl who then disappears, leaving only her mobile phone. Attempts to trace her prove fruitless, as her mobile contact list offers no help at all. The team senses danger but presses on, and eventually the characters find themselves in the middle of a kidnap drama.Wilson also added a couple of moral dilemmas to the novel for youth to ponder and discuss. One examined the acceptability of going through a person’s private information when his or her life may be in danger.Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4
Best known for his fifteen years as head of the Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI) loss prevention initiatives from 1987 to 2002, Charles Imbrie “Chuck” Miller, CPP, CSP, had a major impact on the supermarket segment and loss prevention industry as a whole. Miller influenced and mentored many loss prevention executives who are leaders in the industry today.“Our entire industry and so many of my colleagues are deeply saddened to hear of our friend and mentor’s passing, as he touched so many of our lives both personally and professionally,” said Dan Faketty, vice president of asset protection for Southeastern Grocers and current chair of the National Retail Federation’s LP council. “He was truly on the cutting edge of building proactive loss prevention programs for not only FMI member companies, but all retailers. These programs are used even today to positively impact retail stores.”“I first met Chuck in the early ‘90s when he was visiting Safeway and attended a shrink presentation I was giving in Seattle,” recalled Kathleen Smith, vice president of corporate security at Safeway. “Afterwards he asked that I give the presentation at an upcoming FMI loss prevention conference in Georgia and later asked me to join the LP committee. I’ve been on the committee ever since.”- Sponsor – Karl Langhorst, CPP, CFI, former head of loss prevention at Kroger and Randall’s/Tom Thumb supermarkets and now executive vice president of ALTO US, said, “Chuck was the consummate loss prevention professional. His vast knowledge of our industry never ceased to amaze me, and I sought out his expertise on multiple topics numerous times throughout my career. His legacy leading the FMI LP council, as well as his many other contributions to our profession, are truly remarkable.”Many of his colleagues credit Miller for being one of the first in the industry to advocate that retailers and law enforcement focus efforts on fighting organized retail crime (ORC). Safeway’s Smith said, “Chuck was truly a forward thinker. I remember I first heard about ORC from him. Many have taken credit, but if Chuck was not the first, he was right up there with the pioneers. Looking back, it must have been very difficult convincing folks early on, but Chuck never gave up.”One of his most noted accomplishments was working with retailers such as Target stores to develop a first-of-its-kind video documenting ORC (referred to as organized retail theft at the time) titled “Thieves Market.” Produced in the mid-1990s, the 13-minute video explained in detail the ORC problem to retailers, law enforcement, and legislators.The video was so well produced that it was used as a training tool at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, to train law enforcement professionals and FBI special agents to better understand the methods of criminal enterprises impacting retail stores.As vice president of loss prevention at Target, King Rogers worked with Miller closely on the awareness and training projects related to ORC. Now an executive with Master Technology Group, Rogers said of Miller, “One of his many characteristics that made him successful and contributed so much to our industry was his fearless ability to take risks. When he was convinced that something was the right thing to do for FMI and the whole loss prevention industry, he did it. Occasionally he might have to ask for forgiveness later, but he got it done. Incredibly courageous with tireless energy, he was a fun man to watch as he constantly made significant impacts on our industry. It’s too bad that so many of today’s younger LP leaders did not have the opportunity to profit from knowing Chuck Miller as so many of us did.”Miller retired from FMI in 2002 but continued to serve as a consultant to various companies and associations, including the National Food Processors Association and the NRF. In 2005, the NRF published Miller’s study titled Organized Retail Theft: Raising Awareness, Offering Solutions that led to the FBI asking Miller to organize the FBI’s ad hoc committee on ORC, which continues to be hosted by NRF.During his tenure with FMI, Miller was responsible for coordinating numerous supermarket-related initiatives, including customer and employee safety, fire prevention, disaster and damage control, product tampering, security, crisis management, insurance, and substance abuse. He also developed FMI’s regulatory compliance programs relating to loss prevention, hazardous substances, and other areas. He also developed the first of its kind loss prevention email-based e-share network for industry executives to share information and obtain guidance on literally hundreds of current issues and trends that became a model for other associations.Miller was an immediate and enthusiastic supporter of LP Magazine when it debuted in September 2001, inviting the magazine staff to speak at FMI conferences and encouraging all supermarket LP professionals to subscribe to the magazine. He also contributed articles to the magazine—one on the food industry’s response to bioterrorism and a second on planning for terrorist attacks against retailers.Prior to FMI, Miller was president and owner of Loss Prevention Systems, a management consulting firm he founded in 1970. His firm’s services included producing loss prevention seminars, designing and implementing security and safety programs, conducting security surveys and internal investigations for management, and training management and supervisory personnel. Earlier in his career, he served as manager of loss prevention for Kroger and as director of security and training for The Tappan Company.Visitation for Miller will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, at Andrew Chapel United Methodist church in Vienna, VA, with services at 2:00 p.m. and reception to follow. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
The sale of Dadri wetlands, home to several wildlife species, in Greater Noida to a private builder has come under the Environment Ministry scanner for flouting environmental laws.Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that her ministry had received a complaint regarding reclamation of wetland habitats in Bil Akbarpur by Ansal Private Limited and had sent a central team to verify the complaint.The team found that the sale of the wetland area by the state government violated the green clearance condition that no wetland should be infringed during construction and any wetland coming in the project area should be suitably rejuvenated and conserved.The clearance to the project was granted by the State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority of UP.Mail Today had first reported the spotting of blackbucks, blue bulls, chinkara and four-horned antelopes by wildlife enthusiasts.”This wetland harbours a good concentration of avian fauna in terms of biodiversity and density and is considered to be a viable avian habitat,” Natarajan said. She, however, clarified that there was no corroborative evidence of the presence of 200 endangered species of birds in the area.According to a survey conducted by the UP government in 2009, Bil Akbarpur has been identified as an important wetland, covering 4 hectares.Natarajan told the House that a show cause notice was issued to the builder under Section 5 of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to stop any construction, earth filling or land reclamation work in the vicinity of wetland.”The entire area has been concretised and there is nothing left. The builders and a local big college had bought the entire wetlands area. The government wants to sell each bit of that land so that no such reservoirs are left,” ecologist Anand Arya said.advertisementStrangely, the district forest department has long been denying the considerable presence of wildlife and has been claiming that there were only a few species in the area. It had even denied that there were wetlands in the area though its own RTI replies revealed that Bil Akbapur had 4 hectares of wetland.”The Greater Noida authority is spending crores to develop a night safari, that too artificially, but it can’t see the vast potential of an area, which exists naturally and on which it just has to spend minuscule amount to conserve it,” activist Vikrant Kumar Togad said on whose complaint the ministry acted.The fact-finding team sent by the ministry in January had recorded the presence of blackbucks and rare migratory birds in and around the habitat.”We are pursuing the government to initiate immediate steps to declare it as a sanctuary,” Togad added.”We have recorded more than 220 species of birds, including Sarus (state bird of UP), Blue Throat and waterfowls like Malard, Pintale, Shovelers, Garganey, Pochards, Wigeons and Waders. It is the richest bird habitat in Delhi’s vicinity but the government is hardly concerned,” Arya said.
Arpita Khan’s wedding seems to be the talk of the town even a week later. And, the latest news is that Katrina Kaif is apparently miffed with Salman Khan for taking a dig at her on the wedding. Salman referred to Katrina as Katrina Kapoor when the latter refused to come on stage to dance on her song Chikni Chameli.Katrina Kaif is miffed with Salman Khan for calling her Katrina Kapoor Salman even added that he gave her a chance to be a Khan, but she chose to be Katrina Kapoor. If reports are to be believed, Katrina Kaif is not pleased with Salman’s remarks and things got worsened when the video went viral.Though, Katrina sportingly went up the stage and also danced with Salman and Aamir on Arpita’s wedding, she did not like Salman’s remarks. Apparently, later Arpita also went up to Katrina to explain that it was just a joke. But, it seems Katrina did not find Salman funny this time.
APTN National NewsThe national inquiry into the disproportionately high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has announced its first public hearings will be held in Whitehorse on May, 29.The announcement comes seven months after the inquiry was first unveiled by the Justin Trudeau Liberal government.The commission confirmed there will be 32 hearings across the country in total, but no other locations or dates have been released.The inquiry has also yet to confirm a location and time for the hearing in the Yukon city.The inquiry has been holding sessions with families in cities across the country to get their thoughts on how the inquiry should conduct its two year journey investigating the root causes of the disproportionate number of Indigenous women who fall victim to violence.New dates for these sessions were also announced Tuesday.They include:Whitehorse: April 11, 12 and 13Edmonton and Thunder Bay: April 18, 19 and 20Halifax and Winnipeg: May 1, 2 and 3Northern British Columbia and Saskatoon: May 16, 17 and 18In addition, there will be a family advisory circle for Quebec in Montreal on May 9 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook News https://twitter.com/TJMShow/status/1096397481028608001 Janet Jackson To Headline Tom Joyner Foundation’s 20th Fantastic Voyage Janet Jackson On Board For 20th Fantastic Voyage janet-jackson-headline-tom-joyner-foundations-20th-fantastic-voyage “I’m proud of a lot of things we’ve accomplished on the Tom Joyner Morning Show,” said Joyner, “but I think I’m most proud of all the students we’ve helped stay in school for the last 20 years, and our biggest fundraiser for HBCUs is the Fantastic Voyage cruise.”With 13 GRAMMY nominations, R&B/Gospel singer Charlie Wilson stands out among the previous nominees in the announcement. Others include Kem, Mase, MC Lyte, Sheila E., War, and Brian Courtney Wilson.Check out the full list, which includes emerging DJs and many more memorable artists such as Biz Markie, Midnight Star and the S.O.S. Band.Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’: For The RecordRead more More GRAMMY winners cruising on the “party with a purpose” include Shirley Caesar, Maxwell and Smokie NorfulPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 22, 2019 – 4:05 pm On April 7–14, the 20th cruise of the Tom Joyner Foundation’s Fantastic Voyage will ship off from Miami and tour the Caribbean with wide-ranging activities and an incredible array of musical performances planned. Headlined by Janet Jackson, the “party with a purpose” also includes Shirley Caesar, Fantasia, Maxwell, Chrisette Michele, Smokie Norful, and Fatman Scoop.In addition to concerts, enriching activities and fun, as well as Fantastic Voyage’s fundraising for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), this year a Filmmaker’s Scholarship Program in partnership with Denny’s will spotlight the work of a half dozen HBCU creatives who’ve made movies on the reality of hunger at the community level. Through the years, the Tom Joyner Foundation has awarded more than a half million dollars in scholarships, also including support for K-12 students. Twitter Email
Lakshmi’s NTRTwitterRam Gopal Varma has been ordered to delay the release of Lakshmi’s NTR in the cinema halls across Andhra Pradesh by the Election Commission, which asked him to wait until further orders.Lakshmi’s NTR was released in theatres across the globe on March 31, but the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had got its release in Andhra Pradesh stalled by the High Court, claiming the film would influence the voters in the Assembly and Lok Sabh elections. Ram Gopal Varma was asked to release the film after the elections got over on April 11, but he has received a shock from the Election Commission.After the Election Commission refused again, blocking the release of Lakshmi’s NTR in Andhra Pradesh, Ram Gopal Varma tweeted a copy of the court order and wrote: “For all those who are speculating how we are releasing Lakshmis NTR, please read these excerpts from the Honourable AP high court order.”Gopal Krishna Dwivedi, the Chief Electoral Officer of Andhra Pradesh, told Ram Gopal Varma that Lakshmi’s NTR should not be released as long as the model code of conduct is in force. The Election Commission has reportedly sent letters to all District Collectors and SPs to initiate action if there is violation.Fans angeredThis development has angered many fans of Ram Gopal Varma, who condemned the move of the Election Commission. A fan named Ravi Vallabhaneni (@ravivallabha) tweeted: “As per my understanding now it is for EC to act on this. However it forgot to act and is behaving like a puppet. Polling is over, hence movie can be released, doesn’t this logic apply to an elected CM to discharge official duties?”Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu had been facing a lot of criticism from the public for the last couple of days for declining permission to the press meet of Lakshmi’s NTR in Vijayawada. Many were wondering over the reason for blocking Ram Gopal Varma from entering the city. Now, the order of the Election Commission is the answer for their questions.Some followers of the TDP are happy with the order of the Election Commission. They expressed their anger against Ram Gopal Varma for damaging the image of the party. JC Arthimalla @ARTHIMALLA Election Commission reaffirms #LakshmisNTR shouldn’t be released in AP, Sent letter to all District Collectors and SPs to initiate action if there’s violation Now @ysjagan got answer from EC about the mistake @RGVzoomin has been doing in past 2 days Why is RGV not placing the order dated 10.04.2019 of Election Commission of India which specifically said “you are hereby directed not to exhibit the film till further orders”.under ehst authority he is maligning the TDP Govt &Chandra Babu.It should mentioned that the Election Commission had also ordered the producer of Udyama Simham, the biopic Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR), not to release the movie util further orders. It also stalled the release of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biopic, asserting that any biopic material with the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections should not be screened. VIJAYA SREE N @LEOVSN
An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale struck Dahanu in Palghar district.Representational image | ReutersYou can call it a mere coincidence or element of luck, but many of the earthquake predictions made by self-proclaimed seismic researcher Frank Hoogerbeets have turned true in the recent months. Last April, Hoogerbeets had warned that a powerful earthquake will jolt the planet, and interestingly, in the same timeline, a major tremor hit Arunachal Pradesh, India. Even though the scientific community has continuously dismissed Hoogerbeets’ claims, conspiracy theorists strongly believe that the predictions made by the researcher using an advanced system named SSGI (Solar System Geometry Index) are authentic.Now, Frank Hoogerbeets has warned that a strong earthquake which will measure 7 in the Richter scale will hit earth either on May 05 or 06. In a recent post on his website Ditrianum, Hoogerbeets revealed that a critical lunar geometry is responsible for triggering this earthquake.Hoogerbeets strongly believes that lunar geometry and planetary alignment have a direct impact on triggering earthquakes. As per Hoogerbeets, rare alignments of planets and moon are capable of destabilizing the tectonic plates here on earth, and this is causing increased seismic activities during this time.Even though Hoogerbeets is quite sure about the possible occurrence of the earthquake, he failed to reveal the exact area where this major tremor is going to hit. It should be noted that an earthquake measuring 7 in the Richter scale is quite strong, and it will cause serious casualties and structural damage in the area which will be affected.In the meantime, a section of conspiracy theorists has started claiming that it is actually the arrival of Nibiru which is causing increased seismic activities on earth. As per these conspiracy theorists, Nibiru is a rogue space body which will cause apocalypse on the earth. These conspiracy theorists believe that the gravitational field of Nibiru is so strong, and it is the real cause behind the destabilization of tectonic plates on earth.
PR handoutHrithik Roshan’s Super 30 is a blockbuster and so is his performance as the ace mathematician, Anand Kumar, in the film. However, we must say that Anand Kumar’s life wouldn’t have been the same without the support of his brother Pranav Kumar, both off and onscreen.Pranav Kumar’s role was played with utmost authenticity and subtlety by Nandish Singh Sandhu. International Business Times, India, spoke to the actor exclusively on his experience of working in the film and controversies that the film landed itself into.How did you bag the role of Anand Kumar’s hot-headed brother in the film? Did you audition or were you offered the part? Take us through the experience. Oh! I wish I was offered the part, but, it didn’t happen that way. I got a call from Mukesh Chhabra’s office. At that point, they hadn’t revealed too much to me. They just briefed me about the scene that I was to audition for. I auditioned and got a call the next day informing that I had been selected. I went there the next day and then got to know everything about the film and who all were a part of the project. I read the script and was thrilled to be a part of it. After a few days, a meeting was set-up for me to meet Madhu Mantena, Vikas Bahl and Pranav Kumar who had come down from Patna. He had a few questions for me, I had certain things I wanted to ask him. After the meeting, Pranav Kumar and everyone else thought that I could play the part and I was finalised.We saw you as Hrithik’s brother in the film. What was your equation with him off-screen?Off-screen too we bonded like brothers. He used to ask about my whereabouts and invited me to where he was staying. Also offered me to accompany him to the gym and workout together. He kept asking me if I needed anything since we were shooting at a remote location. He took care of me and had also instructed his team to look after me. We also used to discuss scenes over phone and in-person. He has been very kind and never treated me as he is a senior.How is Hrithik as a co-actor? Any particular incident or memorable thing you would like to share from the sets. Hrithik is a delight to work with. He is very professional, flexible, giving, adjusting and is always available for discussions. He knows what he is doing and doesn’t interfere with what the other person is doing. He was very involved with the project. I remember he used to stay back even after his shots were done to give me cues, which even an AD could have given. But, he used to say that Nandish, you stayed to give me my cues, so I am here for your cues.The day I had to give my first scene, I was already in the village-person get up and the security guards literally pushed me outside thinking I was one of the villagers from the village we were shooting in. I had to make them understand that it was actually me before they agreed to let me in.When the first trailer launched, apart from the positive reviews, it also received backlash for Hrithik’s ‘accent’ and ‘look’ in the film. What do you have to say about that?When you do something, make something; there is going to be some healthy criticism and some positive feedback. Well, the product speaks for itself. People have loved it despite some negative comments. The trailer was criticised by a lot of people but now the same people are loving the film. The film has managed to do pretty well and has crossed Rs 100 crore and that speaks for itself. People were quick to judge just going by the trailer but after watching the film they understood that the accent and the tan were required and looked authentic.Would we get to see more of you on the big screen? Are you planning to bid adieu to small screen now?Absolutely, you would get to see me a lot more on the big screen. I am looking forward to doing a couple of good projects very, very soon. I am in the process of finalising things. I am just waiting to go on the sets again and give you all some entertainment very, very soon. The small screen is becoming smaller by the day. The web-series are being consumed in such mammoth numbers on mobile phones. I know that I want to do good characters, different characters. Currently, I would prefer film and web-shows as it gives you immense creative satisfaction.