Soldier trampled to death by wild elephant in South Sumatra

first_imgThe head of the South Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), Geinman Hasibuan, confirmed that the elephant that entered Belanti hamlet was a wild one. He added that the hamlet was within the elephant’s natural habitat and at least 120 elephants regularly roamed the area.According to the BKSDA, there were at least 37 conflicts between humans and elephants between 2013 and 2019. The number is higher than the conflicts involving other animals, such as tigers (26 cases), sun bears (20) and crocodiles (14).The Sumatran elephant was declared an endangered species by both the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which called the species “critically endangered” on its red list, and the government, which included the species on the list of a 2018 environment and forestry ministerial regulation on protected flora and fauna.According to the Indonesia Elephant Conservation Forum, the population of elephants was from 2,800 to 4,800 in 1980. However, it said only 1,720 remained in the wild by 2014.Read also: Innovation needed to end human-elephant conflict in Sumatra, says WWF IndonesiaDuring a discussion on human-wildlife conflict in Palembang in February, Way Kambas Landscape coordinator Sugiyo said the authorities should implement a participative approach involving villagers for managing conflicts with elephants.Conflict between humans and elephants has been considered a factor contributing to the decrease of the Sumatran elephant population. “It is a territorial conflict. Their forest area has been reduced significantly because it has been turned into plantations. Poaching, hunting and the wildlife trade had also worsened the conflict,” Sugiyo said. (dpk) “The incident occurred near the Padang Sugihan wildlife sanctuary,” South Sumatra governor Herman Deru said during a visit to the hamlet on Thursday.The TNI promoted Iskandar posthumously to chief sergeant. He was buried during a ceremonial military funeral at the Bawah Kabung Public Cemetery in Banyuasin regency on Thursday.Read also: Elephant in the village: Jambi villagers struggle to keep giant animals awayIskandar had been advising villagers to protect the elephant, which is considered an endangered species, as well as prevent similar human-wildlife conflicts in the future. A soldier was trampled to death by a wild elephant that wandered into Belanti hamlet in Ogan Komering Ilir regency, South Sumatra.The soldier, identified as First Sgt. Iskandar Zulkarnain, 49, was a member of the Indonesian Military’s (TNI) village supervisory noncommissioned officers (Babinsa) assigned to the hamlet. He died while trying to protect villagers from the elephant.When Iskandar and some villagers tried to scare the animal back into the forest, the elephant attacked them instead. Iskandar failed to escape from the animal, which trampled him to death. Villagers retrieved his body after finally succeeding in driving off the elephant.center_img Topics :last_img read more


Latino Business Student Association hosts student reception

first_imgLittle, who also serves as the associate dean of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, said that establishing diversity and inclusivity on campus is the driving force of the future. Reyes, a junior majoring in neuroscience, said that continuing to establish a culture of innovation is the key to the future of LBSA.The club aims to create mentorship opportunities and networking events as well as host professional development sessions for its members. Members of the Latino Business Student Association gathered at Tommy’s Place last night to celebrate the club’s first year back at USC following its official return in August. Eckstein said he decided to bring back LBSA to USC to make a greater impact on student life at USC. He created a board of six members, who coordinated recruitment for over 150 active members. Nearly a year later, LBSA is now recognized as one of the largest student organizations at the Marshall School of Business. “Mentorship is incredibly important as it relates to diversity and inclusion, but really that 2.0, that next level, that 2.0, is turning mentorship into sponsorship and advocacy,” Sandoval said. “And not only giving guidance on how to get to the table, but putting them into that seat.” Several LBSA alumni attended the reception to show their support of the relaunch, including Sandoval, who stressed the importance of active mentorship in his address. “I’m at USC for a reason,” Eckstein said. “I want to be an entrepreneur, I want to make a difference in the community, so why not relaunch it?” According to Eckstein, LBSA had been active since 1978, before falling inactive in fall 2017.  After he was accepted as a transfer student last April, Eckstein tried to reach out to LBSA to potentially rekindle the association after he received a message from a USC graduate and former LBSA member that the group was inactive. “I hope this journey continues to be an entrepreneurial journey for everyone,” Reyes said. “I don’t want it to become complacent in any way. I constantly want to challenge ourselves to be better.” LBSA president Aaron Eckstein introduced LBSA vice president Ricardo Reyes, LBSA alumnus Luis Sandoval and clinical business communication professor Sharoni Little as the speakers of the night. LBSA alumnus Louie Sandoval (left) spoke at the End of Year Reception and was introduced by LBSA president Aaron Eckstein (right). (Ling Luo/Daily Trojan) The End of Year Reception brought together over 50 students, alumni, faculty and business professionals to reflect on the past year and recognize members with scholarships. “It’s about what is the importance of diversity equity and inclusion today,” Little said. “Because whether it’s in the professional space, the personal space, or the academic space, you are not only absolutely needed and wanted, but you belong to be there because you will be driving the leadership.”last_img read more


Dodgers: Without a trace

first_img DePodesta’s first step toward redemption, then, will be his first hiring of a manager, something that will take place sometime this month. The search doesn’t figure to take long, as DePodesta said Monday he has had a short list in mind since including an escape clause in the contract Tracy signed a year ago. Who is on that short list is anybody’s guess for now, although DePodesta promised to make it public when candidates are interviewed. DePodesta was not available for comment Tuesday. The biggest need for an overhaul, though, might not be on the infield or in the outfield but in the clubhouse. Stories were told quietly throughout the season of internal strife, although that usually is the case with all losing clubs and even with some winning ones. The late-August blowup between second baseman Jeff Kent and center fielder Milton Bradley, which almost certainly is going to lead to Bradley being traded or non-tendered this winter, has been well-chronicled. But there were countless other incidents that went unreported, most of which never would have been tolerated in a clubhouse patrolled by Paul Lo Duca, Shawn Green and Robin Ventura. And that is where DePodesta’s biggest adjustment is called for. The Dodgers clearly need a disciplinarian in the manager’s office, one that won’t look the other way while players run to the clubhouse between at-bats to check messages on their cell phones. They also need clubhouse leaders with a different approach from the anti-social Kent, guys who can build enough goodwill with younger teammates that those teammates will be receptive when offered constructive criticism. Those, of course, are intangibles – something DePodesta’s computer-generated statistical analyses can’t quantify. Those close to DePodesta say he has gotten better at listening to the people around him and actually applying their input to his decisions. That could have something to do with being blamed for much of what went wrong in 2005. It also could have something to do with what is likely to happen if this ship isn’t back on course in 2006, even though DePodesta still will have two years left on his contract. It isn’t that far, after all, from where DePodesta currently sits to where Tracy currently sits. Tracy appears to be on the verge of landing on his feet, his reward for four winning seasons in five years and winning a division title. DePodesta, who presided over that division-winning club then systematically dismantled it, would seem to have farther to fall. Tony Jackson,(818) 713-3675 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two days ago, when Paul DePodesta got the result you had to think he always wanted, the Dodgers general manager also turned up the thermostat a few degrees in his own office. He won’t have Jim Tracy to kick around anymore, so everything that happens in Dodgerland between now and the end of DePodesta’s reign will reflect directly on himself. The just-completed disaster of a 2005 season, during which the Dodgers went 71-91 and finished a distant fourth in the embarrassingly awful National League West, also reflects in the general direction of DePodesta, a fact that can’t possibly be lost on owner Frank McCourt. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Meanwhile, Pittsburgh general manager Dave Littlefield told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Tuesday that while he hasn’t yet contacted Tracy about the Pirates’ managerial vacancy, he did have a conversation with Tracy’s Houston-based agents, Alan and Randy Hendricks. Tracy is believed to be the leading candidate – and possibly the only real candidate. But Tracy getting another job will only save DePodesta about $700,000 off next year’s expenditures. Given that at least one source with knowledge of the situation said the Dodgers’ player payroll probably will dip to the $80 million range next season – and given the fact DePodesta will be hamstrung by the unwieldy contracts he gave out last winter – the prospects for the Dodgers dramatically improving themselves between now and next spring are questionable, at best. That is why Tracy was unwilling to manage the Dodgers next season without a contract extension. It also is why DePodesta might be as busy this offseason as he was last winter. On the field, the needs are simple. The Dodgers need a power-hitting first baseman, a power-hitting third baseman, a power-hitting left fielder and a power-hitting right fielder. They won’t get all four. They would prefer at least three. But just getting two would be a marked improvement, and would afford more lineup flexibility to Glenn Hoffman, Art Howe, Kevin Kennedy or whoever gets tabbed to move into Tracy’s old office. No significant money will be spent on starting pitching, where even with Jeff Weaver likely to depart through free agency DePodesta seems content with a nucleus of Derek Lowe, Brad Penny and Odalis Perez. The bullpen, assuming Eric Gagne comes back healthy and either Yhency Brazoban or Duaner Sanchez can handle the setup role, will get only minor tinkering. last_img read more


Press release: Renewing international reputation with help from expatriates

first_imgSouth African expatriates living in Sydney, Australia, are fully behind Brand South Africa’s efforts to renew the country’s reputation as a great place to invest in and do business.Brand South Africa met with expatriates in Sydney, Australia, to garner support in renewing the country’s reputation. (Image: Christopher Chan, Flickr)Johannesburg, Thursday 09 March 2017 – South African expatriates living in Australia have declared their allegiance to promoting their homeland as a place of global goodness and strength during a campaign tour by Brand South Africa this week.The appeal to 200 expatriates was issued by the Brand South Africa delegation at dinners in Sydney and Melbourne this week. The tour is part of South Africa’s mission to boost its international reputation in business, investment and tourism.Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela, told the expats that South Africa was moving beyond the challenges of the past and in times of global uncertainty, South Africa should be known for its generosity and goodness.“Our country has spent a lot of time reflecting on our issues and not enough about what is good about South Africa,” he said.“We want to be known around the world for our goodness and competitive strengths, and it is time for all of us to create, inspire, empower, and celebrate our citizenship in South Africa.”Brand South Africa is the custodian of South Africa’s image and reputation and is targetting the 150,000 South African immigrants in Australia to define their own niche and contribute to the promotion of their country as a globally competitive and generous nation.Dr Makhubela was joined on the Australian tour by Brand South Africa’s General Manager Research, Dr Petrus De Kock, General Manager Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela, Strategic Relationship Manager Civil Society, Ms Thoko Modise, and the High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa, Ms Beryl Sisulu. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is a key stakeholder in Brand South Africa.During the two Australian dinners, Brand South Africa’s General Manager of Research Dr Petrus de Kock, told the expats that South Africa played a pivotal role in the economic revival of the continent.Dr de Kock also said: “Since the dawn of democracy, and regardless of the economic challenges in recent years, South Africa has been making steady progress on the front of human and social development.”His presentation highlighted that research undertaken between 2011 and 2015, showed South Africa’s life expectancy at birth has increased from 54.5 to 57.4 years, and there was a rise in expected years of schooling from 13.3 to 13.6 years.Economically, South Africa now ranks 47th out of 138 global economies, with its strengths in financial market development (11th), market size (30), institutions (40), business sophistication (30), and goods and market efficiency (29).He said South Africa was placed 80th of the freest economies out of 186; 74th of 190 economies in the World Bank 2016/2017 Report on the ‘Ease Doing Business’; and had displayed improvement in technology readiness, innovation, labour market efficiency, health and primary education.The dinner in both major Australian cities achieved strong support from expat South Africans who detailed their pride and patriotism as ambassadors to support the future of South Africa.Follow the conversation on #BrandSADownUnder.last_img read more


3-D House — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedThe name says it all. — Director’s A-Mazing Treasure Hunt (GC3Y1GE) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 10, 2014In “Community”The Most Found Geocache in the WorldMay 19, 2013In “Community”Creating story-worthy geocaches: Interview with cache owner jewilk1January 31, 2019In “Interview” Share with your Friends:More Not many Cache Owners can say they made their cache using a printer. Of those, even fewer can say they built the printer themselves. Geocacher Lisje2000 did both.3-D printing was solidified as a hobby for Lisje2000 when they built their own 3-D printer in March 2014. You heard right—they built their own 3-D printer.Lucky geocachers may get a private viewing of the 3-D printer when the cache owners are home.Much of the geocache itself is made of wood, but many of the parts were printed. A number of the objects found inside the cache were also 3-D printed.The cache is disguised as a birdhouse displaying the CO’s street number.Making the cache using the 3-D printer wasn’t an easy job. The CO’s estimate it took at least 132 hours to print all the parts that are currently in the cache…not to mention all the failed attempts at making other parts. The roof of the birdhouse alone took at least 40 hours.Inside the cache are various 3-D printed artifacts, some of which one might conceivably find in a regular living room: lamps, bookshelves with busts, even a tiny laptop.Can you spot the geocaching logos?Opening the cache requires some clever thinking and attention to detail, hence the Difficulty rating—but be careful! Some of the pieces are delicate, and nothing should be forced in order to retrieve the logbook.A peek into the attic window reveals the guardians of the logbook.An intrepid you geocacher makes the find.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. Location: Gelderland, NetherlandsN 51° 49.105 E 005° 48.293center_img TraditionalGC5BEEDby Lisje2000 Difficulty: 4.5Terrain: 1last_img read more


Tools for Success: Helping Parents Teach their Kids to THRIVE!

first_imgBy: David Lee Sexton, Jr. & Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTPixabay[The Person by Nathanapong on September 10, 2016, CC0]Does Not Come with a Manual… Sort of.It is difficult to imagine the stress of being a parent until you become one. One’s own life brings with it innumerable stressors including struggles at work or school, financial worries, maintaining a healthy diet and getting enough exercise, time for self-care and relationships. The list goes on for pages… and pages… When you have a child, you are suddenly responsible for another human being’s life! The thought alone can make some shudder. As many of us are told (albeit sometimes in the very moment they come into our world), kids don’t come with a manual. However, there are resources. Some really good ones! Some evidence-informed ones! The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State has partnered with the Department of Defense’s Office of Military Community and Family Policy to develop the THRIVE Initiative.What is THRIVE?According to Daniel Perkins, director of the Clearinghouse at Penn State, the THRIVE Initiative seeks to offer parents the tools to nurture and guide their children from the prenatal period until the age of 18, including resources for positive parenting, parent and child stress management, and child health promotion (Auman-Bauer, 2015). It includes face-to-face and online initiatives to guide parents of children of all ages. The program is designed to feature several stages: Take Root, Sprout, Grow, and Branch Out. Each stage focuses on a particular age group, and is specifically designed to offer parents the tools needed to be effective caregivers to children of that age. While other parenting resources exist, THRIVE is unique in its development. THRIVE has investigated multiple existing parenting programs, and used this information to determine what works best in parenting resources; in addition, THRIVE uniquely integrates a health-promotion component based on existing obesity prevention/intervention literature to offer tools for parents to foster healthy habits in their kids (Auman-Bauer, 2015). At this time, the “Grow” program, which targets elementary school aged children, has been developed, and the other stages are in the works. “Grow” has already been beta-tested and the next step is to expand the program to ten military installations with a mix of civilian and military families (Auman-Bauer, 2015).Want to Learn More?Check our Anchored. podcast episode 12 on our website and iTunes. During the episode, Jennifer DiNallo, Lead Research and Evaluation Specialist for THRIVE will discuss the initiative’s mission and utility, the structure and organization of the program, and the unique features that make it different from other parenting resources.ReferencesK. Auman-Bauer. (December 4, 2015). Penn State initiative helping military families. Retrieved from: read more


Indian team bags bronze in men’s trap event

first_imgGold continued to elude Indian shooters as the trio of Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Mansher Singh and Zoravar Singh Sandhu settled for the bronze medal in the men’s team trap event of the Asian Games on Friday.Manavjit, Mansher and Zoravar combined for a score of 341 to finish third.Kuwaiti trio of Khaled Al-Mudhaf, Naser Meqlad and Abdulrehman Al-Faihan, who totalled 352, won gold and was followed by Lebanon (351).However the women’s trap team of Shagun Chowdhary, Seema Tomar and Shreyasi Singh failed to finish on the podium.The three finished fourth with a score of 181, a point behind bronze-medallists Korea.The gold was clinched by the Chinese team of Yingzi Liu, E Gao and Xia Tian, who combined for a score of 200 at the Guangzhou Shotgun Centre.The silver went to the North Korea team which totalled 191.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more