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January 15, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPhivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Sangiao, who traces his fighting roots to kickboxing and tae kwon do, brought gold to the Philippines as a wushu athlete in the games’ 2001 iteration in Malaysia, and then as a coach a decade later in Jakarta.“I’ll be taking care of the all-around aspect of preparations,” the soft-spoken mentor told the Inquirer. “The other coaches will be focusing on fists and feet.”“We don’t know yet the caliber of our opponents, but we’ve been preparing the athletes well,” Sangiao said of the team’s training which has been in full swing since October.The Nationals have had training sessions in Taiwan and Cambodia before moving to La Trinidad in Benguet.Sangiao admitted to having jitters leading a kickboxing squad for the first time. Fortunately, Iniong, Olsim, and Saclag all trained under him, giving him relative ease in coachingADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 40-year-old mentor has produced champions in Asian mixed martial arts promotions like ONE Championship and Brave FC, but Chan stressed that’s not Sangiao’s biggest asset.“In Philippine basketball, you somedbody like Chot Reyes who [is revered]. Over at combat sports, we have Mark Sangiao,” he added.“When we were putting together the coaching staff, we felt like we have found a leader in him,” Chan said.“Who wouldn’t want to be coached by Mark Sangiao?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – Team Lakay during its fruitful reign with four fighters holding four belts. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChoosing Mark Sangiao as one of Philippine kickboxing team’s coaches was such an easy decision federation’s leadership to make.But such was not a move solely hinged on the mentor’s illustrious career as a fighter, neither on his track record as a kingmaker.ADVERTISEMENT Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto View comments 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw LATEST STORIEScenter_img GALLERY: Ateneo clinches UAAP 3-peat in historic fashion DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee ‘People evacuated on their own’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) MOST READ 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust “He typifies this certain kind of discipline,” Samahang Kickboxing ng Pilipinas secretary-general Atty. Wharton Chan told the Inquirer on Thursday.“He exudes this kind of confidence that we want to tap into,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Sangiao joins a crop of decorated mentors in Glenn Mondol and Olympian Donald Geisler in preparing the Philippine’s eight-man contingent set to see action in the Southeast Asian Games here next week.Making up the squad are Ruel Catalan, Karol Maguire, Rex De Lara, Jomar Balaguid, Jean Claude Saclag, and Jerry Olsim; along with women’s bets Renz Daquel and Gina Iniong who will be competing from Dec. 6 through 10 at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.last_img read more

January 15, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgOn Sunday, those cracks turned into a gulf.Tsukii doubled down on her account about getting bullied by her coach, who she said invalidated her gold medal triumph in the -50-kilogram women’s kumite event of karate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4On her social post and during interviews, Tsukii did not name the coach. But the karate federation lists Turkish former world champion Okay Arpa as its head coach.And Arpa virtually admitted to being alluded to when he fired back at the 28-year-old Filipino-Japanese. MOST READ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Tsukii thus saw action in the World Karate Federation Premier League to shore up her chances of gaining a slot in the Olympics in Tokyo next year.“Before I left for Madrid, he started bullying me,” said Tsukii. “After I came back here, going to the SEA Games, he never talked to me, never looked at my face.”I spend my money on my competitions. I don’t buy a car, I don’t buy a house, buy candies or something. No. I spend it all to be strong,” she said. “But he still says I’m selfish.”Arpa said he is focused on the current SEA Games and will air his side after the biennial meet.“It’s maybe not the correct time,” he said. “Maybe because there’s a SEA Games push. But really, I want to talk.”Teary-eyed, Tsukii admitted keeping all of this to herself, as she fears her coach would also go after her teammates.“I don’t want to risk my teammates, that’s also why I don’t tell the names of the teammates who worry (about me),” she revealed. “He might attack the others that’s why I kept quiet.”“I think it’s very important [to bring this out in the open] … we’re also people. We have minds, we have hearts,” she said.“Even if we look strong, over here,” she added, pointing at her heart, “we are just like [other] people.” INQ Philippines’ Junna Tsukii (red) celebrates after defeating Vietnam’s Dinh Thi Huong (blue) to claim the gold medal of the women’s Karatedo-50 kg of the 30th South East Asian Games 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonMANILA, Philippines–All Junna Tsukii wanted was to be as ready as she could be for her swan song.But that was where cracks began to show in her relationship with her coach.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Christiana Means finally strikes gold in skateboarding Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) “I am strict to everyone,” Arpa told the Inquirer. “I tell her to come here Dec. 3 and she comes Dec. 5, 6. You play for the SEA Games, you play for country, not personality.”Arpa has drawn a lot of ire on social media after Tsukii made her post public. Commenters egged Tsukii to not mind the coach because he is “a foreigner anyway.”“People don’t know about whole situation,” Arpa said. “I am not born here but in my heart I’m Filipino. I work 24 hours, seven days a week for the Philippines.”Tsukii said the problems started when she wanted to fly to Madrid to help her earn Olympic qualifying points.“He didn’t allow me to go to Madrid. He said the Federation, the (Philippine Sports Commission) said so,” said Tsukii. “So I asked the Federation and the PSC. The federation gave me permission.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments ‘People evacuated on their own’last_img read more

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img Bout a quick sell out Tickets available to the public for the super welterweight title fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 5 sold out in three hours, paving the way for a North American live gate record of $19 million, organizers said Monday. More than 5,400 tickets went on sale Saturday afternoon at the MGM Grand box office and through TicketMaster’s Web site at prices ranging from $150 to $2,000 per seat. Meanwhile, Freddie Roach on Monday night said that although it is not a done deal, he believes there is a strong chance that today he will be named De La Hoya’s trainer. “I just talked to my lawyer and he said that we’re close,” said Roach, who said his lawyer has been negotiating with Richard Schaefer, CEO of De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. De La Hoya has scheduled a conference call this morning regarding this matter. He has been trained the past several years by Floyd Mayweather Sr. But it appears the two will part ways because Mayweather wants $2 million to train De La Hoya against his son. Wie offered invite Michelle Wie was offered a sponsor invitation to the Kraft Nabisco Championship, among seven pros and six amateurs invited to the first LPGA Tour major of the year. Tournament director Terry Wilcox said Wie will be making her fifth appearance at the Kraft Nabisco, although that was not immediately confirmed by her family. The 17-year-old from Honolulu missed the cut at the Sony Open while playing with an injured left wrist that was tightly wrapped. She is not expected to play either of the two LPGA Tour events in Hawaii next month. Judge blocks center Score one for the trees. Citing environmental and seismic concerns, a judge blocked construction of a $125 million sports center at the University of California Berkeley that would mean felling an old oak grove. The plan to renovate Memorial Stadium and build a new training center and parking garage has been challenged by neighbors and city officials on several fronts. They say the project is environmentally flawed and it’s too dangerous to build so close to the Hayward fault, which runs through the stadium. Charges will not be filed against former University of California football star Marshawn Lynch despite an Oakland woman’s accusations that he choked, slapped and sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said Monday. An Alameda County Superior Court judge granted a restraining order Friday to the woman, who described herself in court documents as Lynch’s ex-girlfriend. Lynch was not at the hearing. Latrell sued for $200M The mother of four of ex- NBA star Latrell Sprewell’s children sued him for $200 million Monday, alleging Sprewell broke their long-term cohabitation deal and roughed her up last month. Candace Cabbil brought the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, saying Sprewell recently ended the arrangement that developed after they met in 1989 when both attended Alabama. Baghdatis advances Marcos Baghdatis advanced to the second round of the Zagreb Open after beating Florent Serra of France, 6-2, 7-6 (5). Robin Soderling of Sweden rallied from a set down to beat Gilles Simon of France, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), and Marco Gicquel of France upset fifth- seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain, 6-4, 7-6 (7). Briefly Captain Mike Modano is close to returning to the Dallas Stars lineup for the first time in more than a month. He might even be back tonight. Real Madrid and AC Milan are $1.3 million apart on a deal that would send three-time world player of the year Ronaldo to the Italian team. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The contract was finalized nearly two months after the sides reached agreement on financial terms Dec. 7, the final day of baseball’s winter meetings. Bonds had to pass a physical, and the parties had to work out complicated language regarding Bonds’ behavior and what would happen if the slugger were to be indicted. A federal grand jury is investigating whether Bonds perjured himself when he testified in 2003 in the BALCO steroid distribution case that he hadn’t knowingly taken any performance- enhancing drugs. Jeff Weaver passed his physical and finalized a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners worth $8,325,000. The deal with the includes $1 million in performance bonuses for the 30-year-old right-hander, who helped the St. Louis win its first World Series title since 1982. Free-agent reliever Chin-hui Tsao finalized his one-year, split contract with the Dodgers after passing a physical examination. The deal is believed to carry a salary of $425,000 if he is in the majors and $125,000 if he isn’t, a figure well above that of the average minor-leaguer. Sammy Sosa and the Texas Rangers wrapped up weeks of negotiations and agreed to a minor-league contract that is to be announced today. Boston Red Sox star Curt Schilling said he will not retire at the end of the 2007 season as previously indicated and plans to pitch in 2008. Art Fowler, who pitched for the L.A. Dodgers’ 1959 title team and became a pitching coach for five major league clubs, died Monday. He was 84. He died at his home, his son John said. center_img Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants completed a $15.8 million, one-year contract Monday night after the slugger spent hours at the ballpark being examined by team doctors. A baseball official confirmed the deal, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Giants had not yet announced it. last_img read more

January 10, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has scheduled a public hearing for the proposed Co-Op Gas Station development.The hearing, originally scheduled for November 26, is now set to take place on December 10.  It will allow members of the public to voice their concerns or support for the proposed gas station.On July 11, 2018, the City hosted a public engagement event to gather feedback fromneighbouring residents regarding the proposed development.- Advertisement -The City says the information gathered during the event and the online survey was reviewed and used to inform the regulations and landscaping requirements being proposed within the Zoning Amendment Bylaw.In addition to the surveys and comments received at the public engagement event, a resident submitted a petition against the proposed development with 23 signatures from residents of neighbouring Mackenzie Place at the engagement event on July 11.Fort St. John Co-Op General Manager, Brad Lussier, says the proposed gas station will provide multiple services.Advertisement “There will be a 2,800 square-foot convenience store, which will have seven-days-a-week propane service, and, of course, a car wash. We’ve looked at the area, and it’s very high density for residential, so that’s why we identified that property as a place to put up a store.”The proposed site location is at the corner of 114A Avenue and 100 Street.Lussier says he has to resubmit an application due to the rezoning of the proposed site.“Originally the site was zoned correctly, but for some reason, it got rezoned, and now I have to make an application again for it to have the gas and propane.”Advertisement Currently, Co-Op is waiting for the third reading, a public hearing, followed by Council’s final decision on the project.“As far as the City planner stuff, they are in favour of that location,” said Lussier.The public hearing for the proposed Co-Op gas station is scheduled for December 10 at the Fort St. John City Hall Council Chambers.The proposal details for the project can be viewed HERE.last_img read more

December 29, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA new short film, produced in Donegal, is to be shown on the big screen at Century Cinemas in Letterkenny.Frontiersmen, directed by Derek O’Connor, will play before screenings of My Brothers, which opens at Donegal’s biggest cinema on Friday, August 17th. Frontiersmen is a short documentary featuring stories of rugged individualists, sole traders, and entrepreneurs across the North- West.Filmed in Ramelton, Milford, Letterkenny and Strabane, the film features local heroes Liam Grier, Paddy Toye, Pat Gillespie, Alfie McCollum, Arsene, Eamon Friel and James McDaid.The film is the brainchild of Ramelton-based writer and director Derek O’Connor, and produced by O’Connor’s own company Doris/Magee.It was commissioned by Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny and Nerve Centre, Derry, as part of the Sharing Stories project, and enjoyed a sold-out screening at the Dublin Film Festival in February. “I’m absolutely delighted and truly honoured that Frontiersmen is going to be seen on the big screen in Donegal,” says filmmaker Derek O’Connor.“Century Cinemas is the finest movie house in the North-West, and a great champion of local film. To have our film play with a truly excellent new Irish feature like My Brothers is the icing on the cake. Frontiersmen celebrates everything that is truly unique about Donegal, and I hope local audiences enjoy it.”Doris/Magee are also responsible for another recent Donegal-lensed short film, Surprise Ending, filmed in Letterkenny with renowned actor Gerard McSorley (Omagh, War Horse) and created for the 15 Second Film Festival – the film is now available for on-line viewing via Doris/ Magee’s You/Tube channel – www.youtube.com/user/dorismageeFor times and advance booking for screenings of MY BROTHERS and FRONTIERSMEN, phone the Century Cinemas box-office at 074 9121976 or go to www.centurycinemas.ie. DONEGAL SHORT FILM TO HIT THE BIG SCREEN was last modified: August 11th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Century CinemasDerek O’ConnorFrontiersmenMy Brotherslast_img read more

December 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Olivier Giroud: The French forward heads home on 89 minutes 1 Olivier Giroud’s late header secured Arsenal a point as Arsene Wenger’s side drew 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford.Juan Mata’s second-half strike meant Jose Mourinho’s side were set to make it back-to-back wins for the first time since August, but the substitute put his side back on level terms with a minute left on the clock.After a close and uneventful first half, the hosts took the lead when the playmaker met Ander Herrera’s ball across the box, brilliantly controlling a shot to beat Petr Cech.Then as the fixture looked to be heading for another home win, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – who had only been on the field for five minutes – dropped his shoulder to beat Matteo Darmian on the right before brilliantly crossing for the French forward to head home.Arsenal go up a place to third, while United stay in sixth place.Mourinho and Wenger, who have endured such a tempestuous relationship over the years, shook hands at the start and end of a topsy-turvy match.Late challenges and intelligent defending restricted both teams from open play early on, with set-pieces looking their best bet.Mata curled a left-footed free-kick wide for United and Alexis Sanchez somehow managed to direct a close-range header away from goal and team-mate Aaron Ramsey’s reach.It was a glaring miss from a player whose movement and endeavour was proving a nuisance, although the Chilean – who had been a doubt after a hamstring complaint – was left on thin ice after a clumsy challenge on Ander Herrera resulted in a yellow card.Darmian joined him in referee Andre Marriner’s notebook as play became edgy and increasingly disjointed, with the United full-back perhaps fortunate not to pick up a second yellow card after catching Carl Jenkinson in the 33rd minute.The officials were coming under increasing scrutiny as the first half wore to a close, with Mourinho apoplectic after his team’s penalty claims were ignored.Valencia flicked the ball through Nacho Monreal’s legs and went down under pressure from the Arsenal defender, but Marriner waved away his appeal to the chagrin of the Old Trafford faithful.Petr Cech’s reactions prevented frustration quickly turning to elation when Mata made space and got away a low shot destined for the bottom corner.The Arsenal goalkeeper turned that behind and again had to be alert four minutes before the break, tipping away an Anthony Martial attempt before comfortably denying the Frenchman from the resulting corner.The Portuguese’s side restarted brightly as Martial and Michael Carrick had scuffed efforts, and a blocked Marcus Rashford shot drew claims from the Stretford End that a penalty should have been given for handball against Shkodran Mustafi.As the chances began to dry up, and Phil Jones denied Laurent Koscielny getting a close-range header away, Mourinho plumped for substitute Rooney, with Martial going off and Rashford pushed wide.It added an extra edge and coolness as United looked to make the breakthrough, with that hard work paying off in the 68th minute.Pogba played in the overlapping Herrera, whose intelligent cutback was met by a first-time strike by Mata to send the crowd wild.The Spaniard was booked for celebrating with the crowd, before Marcos Rojo’s powerful header went close to doubling United’s lead.Toothless Arsenal looked set for defeat, only to catch United cold in the dying stages.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain darted all too easily past Rashford and sent in a cross that Giroud converted to shock Old Trafford.last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips Willie Nelson and four others were issued misdemeanor citations for possession of narcotic mushrooms and marijuana after a traffic stop Monday morning on a Louisiana highway, state police said. The citations were issued after a commercial vehicle inspection of the country music star’s tour bus, state police said in a news release. A search of the bus produced 1 pounds of marijuana and slightly more than three ounces of narcotic mushrooms. There were enough drugs to merit a felony charge of distribution if they had been found in one person’s possession, state police spokesman Willie Williams said.last_img read more

December 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAfter a few remarks by Salem Schools Board President and WSLM Sports Director Mark “Bubba” Abbott, Oppel’s grandson, Brandon Pepmeier took the podium. “He’s served the community in education for 49 years,” said Brandon. “And been married to my grandmother for 50 years…which is pretty cool.” Dr. Lynn Reed, Salem Superintendent, presented Oppel with a plaque and a promise. “When you’re ready to retire – in a few years down the road — we’ll put a bronze plaque up in the building. But for now, we honor you with this plaque. For your dedication and untiring commitment to athletics and academics at Salem Middle School.”The gym was named the Ray C. Oppel Gymansium and the floor of the building’s newest gym was named the Ray C. Oppel Court, complete with his signature. The plaque summed up everyone’s sentiments — “A champion for Salem Community Schools and a pillar of Cub Pride for over 48 years.”Pepmeier noted that his grandfather ran track and cross country at Vincennes University in 1964 through 1966. The next two years, Oppel moved to Middle Tennessee State and in 1969 began teaching elementary PE at Salem. From 1970 to 73, Oppel taught English at Salem High School and in 1975 completed his Masters in Counseling at IU. In 1984, he became a counselor at SMS and has been the Principal of SMS for the past 23 years, first beginning in 1994. Oppel has spent many years in coaching and officiating, as well. In 1969 and 70, he was the 7th grade boys basketball coach. In 1970-71, he was the assistant Varsity Boys Basketball coach when they went to semi-state. The next four years, he served as the JV Boys Basketball head coach and in 1974, took over as the Varsity Head Coach of the Salem Lions, through 1976. Oppel also served as the Head Coach for Varsity Cross Country, when he took the team to the state finals in 1973. In 1984, he served as the boys 8th grade coach and in 2000, helped his daughter, Kandi, coach. Oppel began officiating in 1976 and has done basketball, volleyball, track and cross country. In 1993 and 94, he began his first year as a start for the cross country state finals. The Salem School Board and friends and family of Ray Oppel gathered Monday night before the Salem Cubs basketball game. Monday night before the Salem Middle School Boy’s final home game, the crowd was filled with quite a few friends and family of SMS Principal Ray Oppel; most of who knew the secret of what was about to happen. An area of the floor was covered and although nobody had seen it, the product of a few months of preparation would soon come to pass — that the gym and the court would be named in honor of Ray C. Oppel. Oppel, who had been kept in the quiet, waited on the side of the gym, watching his family, friends, SMS staff and School Board gather at the center of the basketball court.  Dr. Lynn Reed presented Oppel with a plaque.Oppel’s four grandchildren pulled the cover off the new logo of RAY C. OPPEL COURTBefore the game, Oppel shook hands with each SMS player – including his grandson, Brody Pepmeier.last_img read more

December 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img18 July 2005Hunters and conservationists are now on the same side of the fence. Pioneered in South Africa, “green hunting” is fast winning the favour of traditional hunters, who see it as a chance to enjoy their sport while contributing to conservation.Green hunting – or dart safaris – offer a unique synergy between sport hunting and conservation, allowing trophy wildlife to be shot and wildlife research and management to be conducted at the same time.The brainchild of Dr Paul Bartels, head of the Wildlife Biological Resource Centre of the National Zoological Gardens, green hunting requires more skill and precision than hunting with a rifle. Not only must the animal be shot from close range, but darted animals are also highly unpredictable – sometimes charging or bolting.Code of ethicsImportantly, animals are only earmarked for darting for specific scientific or research purposes, never for commercial reasons alone.Purposes can include the translocation of animals to a new environment, ear notching or fitting microchips for identification, blood and tissue collection, radio collaring for tracking animal movement, and operating or treating wounds.White rhino are most frequently darted, but lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard are also regularly hunted. Black rhino are not yet open to darting.Most green hunters are traditionalists who now see darting as a new challenge and a chance to do more for conservation. Green safaris are available to both individual clients and groups.Careful planning is done before each dart safari, taking note of the species, terrain and time of year. They are done early in the morning, when it’s cooler for animals.“At the end of the day,” says Bartels, “we want the animal to jump up and run into the sunset, with the hunter having experienced the thrill of the hunt while also having played an important role in conservation.“So from an ethics point of view, it’s important that the hunter has the same goals.”Before the actual hunt, clients practise with the dart gun until they are proficient and confident, because the dynamics of the gun are somewhat different to those of a traditional rifle.Darts are heavier than bullets, so the hunter has to be very close to the animal before firing, while anticipating where and how the dart is going to fly. It’s something of a combination of archery and shooting.Green hunters can also dart rhino using a bow – with the dart attached to the end of an arrow. For this, client hunters are sent the dart a few weeks before the hunt, and use water instead of the immobilisation drug to practise shooting. The type of bow to be used is also stipulated, so that the dart injects the drug and the arrow falls off the animal.On the huntIn the cool of early morning, trackers locate the animal to be darted. The decision to dart or not is then finally taken, based on the ambient temperature, terrain and safety of all concerned.If the hunt is on, the vet fires the dart in a group dart safari, or in an individual safari the client and professional hunter stalk the animal on foot to get as close as possible.After the dart is fired by the client, the vet mobilises the rest of the ground team and everyone waits quietly for the animal to go down. This can take from three to 15 minutes, and if the animal bolts a helicopter tracks it until it drops.The immobilised animal’s ears and eyes are covered to reduce the stress of external stimuli. If necessary, the animal is moved into a safe resting position where it can breathe freely.Then the vet takes tissue, blood and hair samples for genetic and disease studies, while constantly monitoring the animal’s health. Sometimes radio collars are fitted or, in the case of rhino, horns are microchipped or ears notched for identification purposes.At the same time, the professional hunter takes the required trophy measurements and photographs for the client, as Safari Club International accepts darted animals for entry into their record book and hunting competitions.Immobilisation drugs and antidotesWhen all procedures and measurements are done, equipment and people are moved to safety and the vet injects the antidote to reverse the effect of the immobilisation drug.Different immobilisation drugs are used for different species. Elephant, antelope and rhino make a quick and complete recovery, sometimes within 30 seconds. But for cat species there isn’t a complete antidote. The drug has to leave their system for complete recovery, so cats are guarded for 24 hours until fully awake and aware.In an individual hunt the client pulls the trigger him- or herself, a professional hunter and a game capture vet must be in attendance, and the hunt has to be booked and organised through a registered hunting outfitter, just as for a trophy hunt.The outfitter has to acquire the darting rights to the animal before it’s marketed, and must have in place an experienced and professional team to carry out the hunt. Sometimes a commercial game capture helicopter pilot is also required.The client hunter must have had training and practice in the use of the dart gun, and must be briefed on all aspects of the darting safari and the course of events – the safety of both people and animals is paramount.Team building and trainingGroup dart safaris are for team building and training, and for nature lovers who want to help with conservation research. Here the vet fires the dart into an animal that needs to be ear-notched, medicated or moved and so trophy quality is not a consideration. Those in the group are there purely to witness the event and give assistance where necessary. Each group safari has a ranger in charge, and there’s also usually a photo opportunity to record the event.Bartels says a downside of dart safaris is that you can’t just “pick up a gun and go hunting”. There is more planning, many people and precise coordination needed for a dart safari.Still, it’s growing in popularity among conservation-conscious hunters, who now green-hunt in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and North West province.According to Bartels, there was initially a negative reaction from the traditional hunting community, but they have since seen that there is a place for dart safaris and that nothing is taken away from professional hunters, as one is always required to be present at individual client dart safaris.Along with hunting associations, the South African Veterinary Society also ensures strict ethics and controls on dart safaris to ensure the well being of wildlife at all times.Source: South African Tourismlast_img read more

December 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportLegislation passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives would require certain out-of-state sellers to notify purchasers in Pennsylvania that sales or use tax is due on their nonexempt purchases and that the tax must be paid on the purchaser’s tax return. The notice requirement would apply to remote sellers, i.e., vendors located outside Pennsylvania who sell tangible personal property or services that are not exempt from Pennsylvania sales and use tax to a purchaser in the state and who do not collect the tax.In addition, remote sellers would be required to, on or before January 31 of each year, send a notice to each purchaser in Pennsylvania who made purchases of $500 or more from the seller in the previous calendar year. This notice would have to include the total amount paid by the purchaser for purchases made from the remote seller in the previous calendar year; a statement that Pennsylvania requires a sales or use tax return to be filed and sales or use tax to be paid on nonexempt purchases that the purchaser makes from the remote seller; and other information required by the Department of Revenue.Subscribers can view the bill passed by the House.PA HB 542, passed House 5-9-17H.B 542, as passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on May 9, 2017last_img read more