Saving India’s tigers from extinction

first_img– Advertisement – These reserves allowed the land to return to nature and the tigers to flourish, protected by wardens. Tiger expert Valmik Thapar tells the BBC how he saw tiger numbers grow substantially, reaching 4000 in the 1990s. But since then poaching has returned and he fears for the future of the tiger.- Advertisement – Witness Historycenter_img By the early 1970s Indian tigers had been hunted and poached to the edge of extinction – just 1800 were left, down from an estimated 40,000 in the 1930s. The Prime Minister at the time, Indira Gandhi, banned hunting and set up 15 reserves across the country to try to re-establish the tiger in its natural habitat. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Govt to secure staple food stocks as dry season approaches

first_imgHowever, the ministry acknowledged six provinces experienced rice supply shortages last month, including Riau, Riau Islands, Bangka Belitung Islands and North Maluku, whose stocks were over 25 percent less than demand.“If there is a province facing shortages, we have to be careful and pay utmost attention, reminding ourselves about the distribution amid the COVID-19 outbreak,” Syahrul, a Nasdem Party politician, said in an online briefing on Tuesday.The Agriculture Ministry and the State Logistics Agency (Bulog), the government body tasked with securing national staple food stocks, has since addressed the shortages by distributing products from provinces with excess supplies to those facing shortages.However, on top of the looming risk of drought, the country’s food supply chain currently faces logistical disruption caused by the social restrictions to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Some 30 percent of the country’s regions face a worse-than-usual dry season this year, said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Tuesday, referring to data from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).The President, therefore, instructed the government to store rainwater and start filling reservoirs, retention ponds and other artificial water-storage places.“Water supply in centers of agricultural production is key,” Jokowi said in an online briefing on Tuesday. “We have to make use of the remaining rain right now, ensure farmers continue harvesting while complying with the health protocols.”To ensure enough stocks of garlic, beef and sugar until June, the Food Security Agency reported that it would expedite imports.The Coordinating Economic Minister, Airlangga Hartarto, reported on Tuesday that firms had procured 94,000 tons of garlic from China in April and estimated they would import 78,000 tons more this month.As a result, the average price of garlic declined by 5 percent to Rp 42,650 (US$2.62) per kilogram last month compared with the price in March.In late April, the President also stated that 30 provinces faced shortages of sugar and 31 provinces faced shortages of garlic, which resulted in soaring prices.The average price of sugar rose by 9.6 percent to Rp 18,250 per kg between March and April, way above the government’s price ceiling of Rp 12,500 per kg, data from the Information Center for Strategic Food Prices (PIHPS) show.In response to the anticipated dry season, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Indonesia office (FAO Indonesia) has discouraged people from stockpiling food at home and buying too much fresh food at one time as products may spoil.Topics : Facing the possibility of a prolonged dry season, the government has pledged to maintain the supply of staple foods and the stability of food prices.On Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo stated that the national stock of 11 key food products, including rice, would be sufficient to meet the nationwide demand until June.The rice stock is expected to stand at 14 million tons between April and June, exceeding the estimated consumption of 7.6 million tons within those three months.last_img read more

Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority Awards Funding to Support Business Expansion and Job Creation in Six Counties

first_img January 08, 2020 Economy,  Government That Works,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf announced seven new low-interest loan approvals through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) that will support the purchase of new technology and equipment, provide early intervention and adult care services to Pennsylvanians, create a new Commercial Driver License certification center, and support the creation of new full-time jobs across the commonwealth.“The funding awarded today will help businesses in six Pennsylvania counties — businesses that serve as a snapshot of the growth we are seeing across the commonwealth — better serve their customers and communities,” said Gov. Wolf. “My administration is committed to supporting businesses of all sizes as they grow and evolve, and this funding will help these companies launch new services, save money, and operate more efficiently.”In 2019, PIDA approved $52,906,326 in low interest loans that have resulted in $104,174,333 in private investment and supported the creation and retention of 1,977 full-time jobs.The following loans were approved:Cumberland CountyMy Therapy Tree, LLC and Growing in Motion, LLC, through the Capital Region Economic Development Corporation, were approved for a $102,000, 15-year PIDA loan at a 1.75 percent reset rate to acquire a 2,200-square-foot building located in Camp Hill Borough. The building will enable the two jointly owned companies to provide a professional, child friendly space specifically designed for the needs of their early intervention clients. The total project cost is $300,150, and the company will create one new full-time job and retain three jobs.Delaware CountyMadame Rx, LLC, d/b/a Chemistry Rx, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, was approved for a $600,000, 10-year PIDA loan at a 2.75 percent fixed interest rate. The company recently expanded, and funding will provide for the acquisition of three large machinery and equipment components that will be installed in the company’s new manufacturing and research facility in Folcroft Borough. Twenty-one full time jobs will be retained. The total project cost is $1,339,776.Luzerne CountyDental Associates of NEPA, PC was approved for a $19,166 PIDA loan at a 2 percent fixed interest rate for five years. The funding will be used to acquire an Intra-Oral Digital Dental Impression Scanner to be used at the company’s office located in Wilkes-Barre. The purchase of the scanner will allow the company to replace its conventional intra-oral dental impression techniques, substantially reduce municipal dental waste materials, generate savings, increase office productivity, and increase patient safety. The total project cost is $25,555.Northumberland CountySJR-JLC, LLC and Reis Holdings, LLC, were approved for a $164,000 PIDA loan, at a 2.75 percent interest rate for fifteen years to purchase the real estate of the Professional Driver’s Academy located in Milton Borough. The property includes a 20.25-acre area used for driver training and a 4,196-square-foot office building. The company offers professional driver training, focusing on training drivers for Commercial Driver License certification. The total project cost is $428,000.Custom Container Solutions, LLC, was approved for a $475,000, 10-year loan at a 2.75 percent fixed rate to provide for the purchase of machinery and equipment. The new equipment will allow the company to add additional product lines such as compactors, gondola trailers and hoists, and will include plasma tables, a small can production line system, welding equipment, crane modifications, and other equipment. This funding is part of a larger project coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team which will create 36 and retain 60 full-time jobs, toward which the company has pledged to invest $5.5 million in capital funding.Schuylkill CountyColumbia Street, LLC, through the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation, was approved for a $778,292, 15-year PIDA loan at a 2.75 percent fixed interest rate to acquire and renovate a 14,128-square-foot single tenant facility located in Schuylkill Haven. The facility will be leased to one tenant, Evans Network of Companies, and will be used as an extension to the company’s national headquarters located less than a mile away. The total project cost is $1,556,584.Snyder CountyAlmond Tree Senior Solutions, LLC, was approved for a $29,000 PIDA loan at a 2.75 percent fixed interest rate for three years. The funding will assist in the expansion of the company’s services to allow for the startup of an adult day services center at a newly leased 20,000-square-foot facility located in Monroe Township, including leasehold improvements and operating costs. The total project cost is $122,390.PIDA provides low-interest loans and lines of credit to Pennsylvania businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs within the commonwealth, as well as for the development of industrial parks and multi-tenant facilities. Loan applications are packaged and underwritten by a network of certified economic development organizations (CEDOs) that partner with PIDA. PIDA is currently offering interest rates between 2 and 3 percent for applications received by March 31, 2020.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority Awards Funding to Support Business Expansion and Job Creation in Six Countiescenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Swiss pension fund seeking private equity manager via IPE Quest

first_imgA Swiss pension fund has tendered out a $200m (€169m) private equity mandate via IPE Quest.According to search QN-2388, the pension fund is looking to commit to buyout general partners (GPs) in developed economies, with investment in mid to large caps but potentiallly also small cap companies.The benchmark is equity plus 4%.It said there would be an advisory role for private equity categories such as infrastructure, secondaries, co-investments, and venture capita, where the analysis would be carried out in-house. Interested managers should have at least $10bn of assets under management in this investment area. Ideally they would have a track record of at least 10 years, but five years is a minimum.The deadline for applications is 5 January at 17:00 UK time. Performance should be stated to 30 June, gross of fees. The Swiss pension fund’s mandate is one of six asset manager searches live on IPE Quest. Included in that batch, for example, are a €1bn liability-driven investment mandate (QN-2385) and a €200m large cap European equities search (QN-2393).The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest , please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email read more

UK roundup: Queen’s speech brings back pensions bill

first_imgThe Queen has pushed for a Pensions Schemes Bill in her speech today, which lays out legislative plans for the forthcoming parliamentary session. The speech follows the Conservative Party’s victory in the UK’s latest general election.The bill includes legislation to enable the pensions dashboard and collective defined contribution (CDC) schemes to go ahead, and it also gives The Pensions Regulator (TPR) more powers to tackle employers that neglect their final salary schemes in favour of paying dividends out to shareholders.If it becomes law, the bill will also address the issue of pension scams, by giving providers new powers to refuse a transfer where there is evidence the scheme they are transferring money to is being used to facilitate scam activity.Nigel Peaple, director of policy and research at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), said: “In its first full week in charge, it is pleasing that the new government has signalled its intention to put the more than £2trn of people’s retirement savings at the top of its agenda.” He said workplace pensions are a vital part of the UK economy, providing an essential retirement income for millions of workers and driving growth. He believes the bill will “help people plan for retirement by the introduction of a pensions dashboard and help protect their savings by giving more powers to [TPR]”.He noted, however, that the pensions dashboard should be designed to support retirement planning without exposing savers to the risk of poor decision-making or scams.PPF introduces insolvency risk servicesThe Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has marked the start of its new partnership with Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) by publishing its plans for new services and consulting on its approach to the measurement of insolvency risk from 2021.David Taylor, executive director and general counsel at the PPF, said: “Our proposals for the measurement of insolvency risk build on the strengths of our existing model.”The PPF said the existing insolvency risk methodology has been shown to be working well and only limited changes are proposed largely in response to stakeholder feedback.The PPF and D&B have launched a newly designed digital portal allowing levy payers to view insolvency risk scores calculated by D&B. The first levy invoices to be calculated with D&B will be issued in autumn 2021, based on scores from April 2020.The portal allows users to submit queries online and hold live web chat with customer service advisers.The move to D&B will mean that insolvency risk scores will be adjusted to match actual insolvency experience, the fund said.Taylor believes that “the new services we are introducing – particularly the new portal – are important developments making it quicker and easier to understand and engage with insolvency risk scores”.The PPF is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the new services being introduced, including the portal, and on the proposed approach to the measurement of insolvency risk.The PPF is encouraing its stakeholders to access scores on the new portal and “give their views on the design and scope of new services, and the adjustments being proposed to our insolvency risk methodology,” Taylor noted.The consultation is live on the new look levy section of the PPF website. For the first time, following stakeholder feedback, the PPF has made available functionality to respond to the consultation online, including the option of a short 15-minute version.last_img read more

Lee Wm. Orschell of Brookville

first_imgLee Wm. Orschell of Brookville was born on November 24, 1936 in Brookville, a son to Leo and Dorothy Wiwi Orschell.  He married Carolyn Fellinger on April 22, 1961 and she preceded him in death on February 10, 2011.  Lee farmed land around Brookville and Rush County his entire life – he enjoyed farming and was interested in conservation efforts on his farm.  He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.  Lee loved traveling, was known as an all-around Mr. Fix-It, and above all loved spending time with his family and spoiling his grandkids.  He was an excellent teacher, a patient soul, and made a lasting impact on everyone he met.  On Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the age of 82, he passed away at Brookville Healthcare. Friends may visit with the family on Monday, February 25, 2019 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.   A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church.  The Bernard Hurst Post #77 Brookville American Legion will provide full military honors graveside in the church cemetery. Those surviving who will cherish Lee’s memory include his children, Sheri Seeley (Jeff Schmid) of Cincinnati, Christie Orschell (Daniel Ball) of Indianapolis, Jeff (Andrea) Orschell of Cincinnati, and Greg (Mindy) Orschell of Brookville; five grandchildren, Josh, Jacob and Jenna Orschell, Aaron and Ian Schmid; and several nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Loraine Collins and Nathan Orschell.center_img Memorial contributions can be directed to St. Michael’s Church or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  To sign the online guestbook or leave memories for the family please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Lee Orschell.last_img read more

NPFL: MFM stuns former handler, Ilechukwu + other results

first_imgRelatedPosts NPFL: Warri Wolves whip visiting MFM FC NPFL: Kano Pillars struggle to slim win over MFM FC MFM FC player goes on AWOL Church owned side, Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries FC, produced the opening shock of the 2019/20 Nigeria Professional Football League season when they claimed a 1-0 away win at Heartland FC in Okigwe. But that would not diminish Plateau United’s impressive 3-1 win over Lobi Stars in a fixture that had a former Governor of Plateau State on the stands cheering the Jos side.MFM FC had struggled for the most part of the pre-season after the loss of their enigmatic head coach Fidelis Ilechukwu to Sunday’s opponent, but the Lagos-based side pulled the chestnut out of the fire in stunning fashion against their former boss.Clement Ogwu, a player signed by Ilechukwu for MFM last season from little known Glorious Day Academy, headed home the game’s only goal in the 39th minute from a corner kick by right back Adeyinka Najeem. The goal indeed tore the form guide into shreds as all three previous NPFL encounters involving both sides had ended in home wins.It was a double-header clash between Delta and Akwa Ibom States on Sunday with Delta Force hosting NPFL debutants Akwa Starlets in Asaba, while Warri Wolves, on their return to the big league, hosted Akwa United at the Warri Township Stadium.Both games ended in entertaining 1-1 draws. Samuel Amadi scored the first goal of the new season as his second minute strike gave Wolves the lead, but last season’s joint top scorer Mfon Udoh continued from where he left off on the 28th minute to restore parity for John Obuh’s Akwa United. Neither side could find a winner in the second half.At the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Starlets stunned their hosts in the 50th minute when Isaac George gave them the lead, but experienced substitute Bala Yahuza rescued a point for Mangut Mbwas’ side 20 minutes from time.Plateau United laid down the marker for the new season with an emphatic 3-1 dispatch of Lobi Stars in a North Central Derby at the New Jos City Stadium on Sunday. Abdu Maikaba’s United raced to a two-goal lead courtesy of Nerot Silas’ 17th minute strike and a Solomon Kwambe own-goal, but Lobi halfed the deficit in the 32nd minute through a Sikiru Alimi penalty.Winger Amos Gyang Danladi however scored his side’s third on the 67th minute to send the 2017 league winners to the summit of the league table after Match Day One.Abia Warriors also started the season on a bright note when a brace by former Heartland star Jimoh Oni earned them a routine 2-0 win over Katsina United at the Umuahia Township Stadium.In Nnewi, FC Ifeanyiubah edged newly promoted Adamawa United 1-0 courtesy of a spectacular strike by Samuel Kalu. Striker Chibuike Ezeh also missed a second half penalty which could have widened the scoreline for the Anambra Warriors.Wikki Tourists of Bauchi were the only team that came from a goal down to win on Sunday, a feat they achieved in their 2-1 success over newly promoted Jigawa Golden Stars at their adopted home ground in Gombe.Lala Abdullahi gave Jigawa a shock lead at the Pantami Stadium on the quarter hour mark but two second half goals from Saidu Abubakar and team captain Mohammed Idris Guda gave Ibrahim Garba’s men the maximum points.In Kano, former champions Kano Pillars were held to a 0-0 draw by Rivers United at the Sani Abacha Stadium. The game, which was played behind closed doors as Pillars continue to serve punishment from their fans’ behaviour in Lagos at the end of last season, saw the Sai Masu Gida side miss a number of scoring chances.Two other games: Enyimba vs Nasarawa United and Rangers vs Sunshine Stars, were rescheduled due to Enyimba and Rangers’ CAF Confederation Cup games on Sunday. The two former champions won their respective games and booked their places in the group stage of the continental competition.Tags: Fidelis IlechukwuMFM FClast_img read more

Buttner: Win good for confidence

first_img “We are the players and if we lose we have to look to ourselves but I think we did well against Shakhtar,” the Dutch left-back said. “It is hard for everyone when we don’t win at home. That is why we fought for every ball and you could see everyone doing that. “It was good for the team and after recent games to win is good for confidence. It was a very important win. “We have been a bit unlucky in the league but we have done well in the Champions League and hopefully we can go on a run in the league and beat Villa in the next game.” Buttner was deputising for the injured Patrice Evra against the Ukrainian club but after only 20 minutes of football since the end of October he started to struggle late on and was eventually replaced by Antonio Valencia. Moyes said Evra’s injury was not too serious so the Frenchman may well come back for the Villa game but Buttner is ready to take his chance should the opportunity arise. “I had cramp in my calf because I’ve not played for a long time, that was my first game in a month and the last few minutes I was tired,” he added. “I am okay for the weekend. I don’t know whether Patrice’s injury is bad. The 1-0 win courtesy of Phil Jones’ second-half strike ensured David Moyes’ side topped Group A and avoided a third successive home defeat for the first time since 1962. United have not won in the Premier League since November 10 when they beat leaders Arsenal at Old Trafford but they head to Villa Park on Sunday looking to get their season back on track. Manchester United defender Alex Buttner admits the players do look at their own performances when results go badly but hopes their Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk will provide a springboard to improved domestic results. “It is nice to play more games and I hope I can play but I have to wait as it will be the choice of the manager.” Striker Wayne Rooney, captain for the night, admitted victory was the only acceptable outcome after their recent struggles. “The most important thing was to get back to winning ways and top the group so we’ve done that,” he told “It could have been better at times but thankfully we got the win. (It was) win at all costs – after the last two games we knew it was vital. “We got a good result and if you’d have said beforehand that we’d win the game after the last two results, we’d have certainly taken that. “The campaign has been good this year in Europe so we just have to try and get that consistency in all our games, whether it is Europe or the Premier League. “Hopefully we can do that in the upcoming games and get back in a good position.” Press Associationlast_img read more

It’s official: Badgers Rose Bowl bound

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MBB : BULLDOZERS: Behind Jackson’s paint dominance, Orange cruises to win over South Florida

first_img Published on February 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments TAMPA, Fla. — Leading Syracuse back onto the St. Pete Times Forum’s court after the halftime break, Rick Jackson was antsy. Searching for someone – anyone – to throw him a ball for halftime warmups. He wanted to continue his savage first half that propelled Syracuse to a 72-49 victory over South Florida on Saturday.At long last, he chuckled to himself. No basketballs were ready for him and the Orange.Jackson feasted on USF power forward Augustus Gilchrist and the rest of the Bulls in the first half. Maybe Jackson’s best half of the year, in a season with a bevy of them. All Jackson wanted to do was get right back to it.For Jackson, his first half might was due to basic instinct.‘I play all off of instinct,’ he said. ‘I really just do whatever they give me.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Bulls may have given Jackson some, but he took more. With his rugged performance – 13 points, six rebounds and four assists in the first half – he led No. 17 Syracuse (20-4, 7-4 Big East) to its second straight victory after losing four in a row, an easy 23-point win over South Florida (8-16, 2-9 Big East).The victory gave SU head coach Jim Boeheim his 33rd season of at least 20 wins as a head coach. This one came as Jackson dominated the half and the game in front of a pro-Orange crowd of 10,051.It was tyranny in the paint for Jackson against Gilchrist and USF forward Jarrid Famous. The senior Jackson – the conference’s leading rebounder entering the game averaging 11.5 – finished the game with 21 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. It was Jackson’s 16th double-double in 24 games on the year. But Jackson said he couldn’t say if this was the best.‘I don’t know, you got to ask somebody else to answer that,’ Jackson said. ‘Maybe stats-wise it was.’After the game, Boeheim forecasted the response Jackson ultimately gave. And even the coach wouldn’t go as far as saying Jackson is having the best year of anyone in the Big East.Still, plenty of praise was warranted.‘Ricky has been good from day one,’ Boeheim said. ‘He has been good right from the beginning. He has had good games.’But he didn’t coast from the start. In the game’s first four minutes, Jackson rarely touched the ball as the Orange struggled to find the power forward in the paint. At the 15:42 mark of the first half, Jackson had one free throw made and zero rebounds.Things changed. Fast.As the Orange’s transition offense flowed effortlessly out in the open like earlier in the season, Jackson flourished on offense. With the pistons of the Syracuse transition game working with clockwork efficiency – at times burning the Bulls for three-second full-court baskets – the engine of it all got going.That engine was Jackson. In 10 minutes, he scored 10 points as the Orange extended its lead to double digits.His butchering of USF when vying for rebounding position made it simple for SU junior point guard Scoop Jardine to push the tempo.‘That’s how it all starts, rebounding,’ Jardine said. ‘Getting great position so our guards can get out and run.’Position on low-post moves was also the reason Jackson felt he manhandled the paint. He knew coming into the game that South Florida was a ‘big-guy team.’The goal was to get Gilchrist – the Bulls’ best player – and Famous in foul trouble. Foul trouble didn’t ensue for the Bulls’ big men, but they were shut down when it mattered. Gilchrist finished with only four points.SU’s lead would hover around 10 past halftime and through the first 15 minutes of the second. Until Jackson put a stamp on his performance with a reverse layup in the final five minutes.Numbers-wise, the game was decided with Jackson’s first-half performance. In reality, it felt over with 9:40 left in the game. SU led 53-41. With a timeout, each team retreated to its bench. The Orange-heavy crowd cheered in unison.It was a standing ovation for Jackson.All he could do back, as he smiled staring into the crowd, was salute. Just another day at work for SU’s floor leader.‘He has been consistent for us all year long,’ Boeheim said. ‘He has not had a bad night. He literally hasn’t.’aolivero@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more