Men’s Golf Get Out to Strong Start at GCU Invite

first_img PHOENIX – The Drake University men’s golf team finished the first day of the Grand Canyon University Invitational extremely strong holes on Friday at the GCU Golf Course in Phoenix and is in 10th-place through 36 holes.  Print Friendly Version Story Links Results The Bulldogs will close out competition at the GCU Invitational on Saturday for the final round. Freshman Tim Lim is tied for 18th-place as he fired an even par 71 and then carded a 72 for a total score of 143. “I was proud of the way we bounced back. The guys battled all day,” said Lewis.center_img The Bulldogs began the 54-hole event by recording a 296 and then came back to shoot a 285 in the final round of the day for a total score of 581. “We got off to a great start this morning getting to -5 after about seven holes. As a team, we struggled the next 12 holes. Drew (Ison) and Tim (Lim) had solid first rounds both shooting 71,” said Drake head coach Matt Lewis. “We got off to another great start in the second round and played much better as a team. Drew had a great round and Tim, Tommi and Chase played good with 72’s.”  Senior Drew Ison is tied for seventh-place after recording a two-under 140 (71-69). Ison started his day by shooting an even par 71 and then backed that up with a two-under to finish the day. Sophomore Kyle MacDonald rounded out the team’s effort by recording a total score of 152 (77-75). Sophomore Chase Wicklund and junior Tommi Avant each totaled a 149 as they both recorded a 77 and 72.last_img read more

Sudafrikanische Wildtiererlebnisse

first_imgBushveld AbenteuerEs gibt nichts Vergleichbares zum afrikanischen Busch, und keinen besseren Ort auf der Erde fur Großwild. Neben seinen bekannten Nationalparks, bietet Sudafrika eine Fulle privater Schutzgebiete, alle ausgezeichnet fur Wild- und Vogelbeobachtung geeignet.Oder schließen Sie sich Überlandausflugen oder gefuhrten Safaris an, bei denen Sie sich zurucklehnen und darauf konzentrieren konnen, das Wild zu entdecken, wahrend jemand anderes fahrt.Fur die absolut typische Wildtiererfahrung besuchen Sie Lowveld am Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West oder die Provinzen von KwaZulu-Natal, wo Elefanten elegant durch den Busch schreiten und Lowen sich in der Tageshitze von einer langen Nacht des Jagens erholen.In der Provinz Gauteng, wenig mehr als eine Autostunde entfernt von Asphaltdschungeln wie Pretoria und Johannesburg, sehen sie Lowen, Elefanten, Buffel und hunderte weitere Arten in ihrer naturlichen Umgebung.Am Westkap mit seinem unterschiedlichen Klima und Vegetation finden Sie zwar keine Elefanten und Lowen, dafur aber Springbocke, Kap-Bergzebras, Buntbocke, schwarze Gnus und viele andere.Das Ostkap bildet den Übergang zwischen Westkap und den lowveld Wildgegenden. Die Provinz entwickelt sich rasch zu einerm beliebten Safariziel, nicht zulest wegen seinem Malariafreien Status. Der Addo Elephant Nationalpark wird standig erweitert und wird sich uber gewaltige Bandbreite an Biomen, vom Meer bis zu den Bergen erstrecken. Es gibt ebenfalls einige fantastische private Schutzgebiete in dieser Provinz, am bedeutensten Shamwari.Golden Gate Nationalpark in der Free State Provinz ist gut bekannt fur sein Hochgebirgswild wie Elen-Antilopen und schwarze Gnus.Das Nordkap ist sehr trocken und ganz bestimmt nur etwas fur Kenner, aber es gibt dort auch einige wunderbare Wildtierausflugsziele. Augrabies Falls National Park ist zumeist sehr malerisch hat aber auch eine ausgezeichnete Tier- und Vogelwelt. Der Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, der erste landerubergreifende Park Afrika’s, ist bekannt fur seine gewaltigen, schwarzmahnigen Kalahari Lowen, seine eleganten Spitzbocke oder Oryx-Antilopen, die es hier in Hulle und Fulle gibt.Biologische VielfaltSudafrika verzeichnet den dritthochsten Grad biologischer Vielfalt der Welt, es kann sich ruhmen, sieben Haupttypen von Erdbiotopen oder okologischem Lebensbereichen, mit ganz eigenen Umweltbedingungen und verwandten Gruppen von pflanzlichem und tierischem Leben sein eigen zu nennen.10% der bluhenden Arten finden sich in Sudafrika und es ist das einzige Land der Erde, welches ein komplettes Pflanzenreich innerhalb seiner Grenzen sein eigen nennt.Die Cape Floral Region, eine der acht Welterbestatten von Sudafrika, schließt acht geschutzte Gebiete ein, die sich vom der Kaphalbinsel bis zum Ostkap erstrecken, uber eindruckvolle Berg und Meereslandschaft und mit einer der hochsten biologischen Pflanzenvielfalt der Welt.Der iSimangaliso Wetland Park, der erste Ort Sudafrika’s, der in die Welterbeliste eingetragen wurde, ist nur ein Juwel der sudafrianischen Kustenlinie und mit einem einzigartigem Mosaik an Ökosystemen – Sumpf, Seensysteme, Strande, Korallenriffs, Feuchtgebiete, Waldgebiete, Kustenwalder und Grunland – unterstutzt es diese erstaunliche Vielfalt an Tier-, Vogel- und Meeresarten.SAinfo reporter, mit Material von South African Tourismlast_img read more

Women of the Black Mambas take on poachers

first_imgA group of South African women who are part of an anti-poaching unit are not afraid to man-up in a nature reserve. The Black Mambas are well-trained bobbies on the beat in the Olifants West Nature Reserve, and their success can be seen in the massive drop in snaring. The Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit keep an eye on the wildlife in Balule Nature Reserve. (Image: Supplied/ Transfrontier Africa)• South Africa’s sniffer elephants learn to track explosives • Rare elephant twins born at Pongola Game Reserve • Voodoo Funk: Ambassador of Afrobeat • Global travellers rate South Africa tops in Condé Nast awards • Rhino care on wheels Melissa JavanA group of 26 South African women is on a mission: to stop poaching so that their children and grandchildren are able to see Africa’s Big 5 in the wild.Known as the Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit (APU) of Transfrontier Africa, they protect the Olifants West Nature Reserve. It forms part of the Balule Nature Reserve, near Kruger National Park. It is not an easy job for them, because they work in a male-dominated environment.Amy Clark, the project administrator at Transfrontier Africa, says the women have to endure the judgement of others while trying to prove themselves on the job. “Since the majority of our Mambas are mothers, they also have to leave their families behind for extended periods of time while on duty in the reserve.“Former soldiers and old-school conservationists had doubts that the Mambas could effectively protect wildlife, but the success of our female mambas has triumphed over the scepticism,” she adds.“I want my baby to see a rhino, that’s why I am protecting it,” one of the women, who is pregnant, told Grind TV.Clark says the Mambas are fully qualified to carry out arrests. “Since the deployment of our first team in April 2013, we have, to date, assisted in the arrest of six poachers. However, our mission is not to catch poachers, but to prevent poaching altogether by early detection and visual policing.“We do not measure our success on the number of poachers caught, but on the number of weeks free of any poaching-related incidents.”There has been a 76% drop in snaring since April 2013, Clark points out. “We have located and destroyed over 350 snares, 13 fishing traps, five poachers’ camps and two bush meat kitchens.” There is a drop in amount of poaching incidents since the Black Mambas are on patrol. (Image: Supplied/ Transfrontier Africa )Her Mambas are “bobbies on the beat”, she says, referring to the traditional British police officers who patrol on foot to keep an eye on things. The women’s duties vary between sweeping an area for snares, fence patrols looking for tracks of either people breaking in or animals breaking out, manning observation posts during the day and night, and being aware of suspicious activity.Most rhino poaching happens during full moon, prompting patrols to be doubled on these nights.Members of the Mambas have had paramilitary training, as well as in the legal issues around anti-poaching. “All Mambas are qualified Grade E security and have been fully trained in weapons handling. However, the Mambas gather intelligence and are constantly on the lookout for anything suspicious,” explains Clark. “We have armed units that take the lead once the Mambas have picked up the trail.”The Black Mamba APU was founded by Craig Spencer, the managing director of the non-profit conservation and research organisation, Transfrontier Africa. Putting an end to poaching is no easy task, with multiple issues to be considered. Locals around game reserves, for example, are scornful of wealthy park operators, according to The Guardian newspaper. They are protective of their own, making the fight against rhino poaching much more difficult.“The problem really is that there is this perception that has developed in the communities outside the park – they see a uniformed official and think we are the sheriff of Nottingham, [and] they see the poachers as Robin Hood,” Spencer says.With this in mind, he decided to take a more creative approach and work with those communities. He began to hire young women, unemployed high-school graduates, to form the patrols. They came to be known as the Black Mambas and the original team of six women grew to cover the entire Balule area within a year of starting work. The Black Mambas work hard, because they want their babies to see a rhino or an elephant someday. (Image: Supplied/ Transfrontier Africa )The idea of involving local residents was supported by Fundisile Mketeni, the chief executive of South African National Parks, who said communities should help to protect our national heritage and their economic future. “I would like to appeal to you as the communities who are reliant on our natural world as a means of survival – economically and socially – to stand up and declare that no rhino, no wild species of plant or animal – be it a pangolin, a lizard, a cycad or a tree – will be destroyed on your watch,” he said on World Wildlife Day, on 3 March.Clark says a local non-profitable organisation called Nourish also benefits from the Mambas work. They women planted a community vegetable garden and helped to install an irrigation system to water the garden.The war against rhino poaching will not be won with bullets, she adds. “If awareness among the community rises and positions like the Black Mambas continue to be respected higher than those of the poachers, then through education within their families, this will be a great step in the right direction for rhino conservation.”last_img read more

New Storms to Threaten Northern Harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Bryce AndersonDTN Senior Ag MeteorologistOMAHA (DTN) — Following several days of mostly dry conditions across most U.S. crop areas, a new round of stormy weather is indicated in the forecast for the next-to-last week of October. Rain and wind are featured; the heaviest rain amounts are pointed toward the Northern Plains and northern Midwest, where heavy snow and rain occurred during the Oct. 10-12 period.This new round of storms adds to crop calamities that have been noted and are still being analyzed. “Soybean harvest is more than 40 to 50 percentage points behind average in the northern belt (North and South Dakota, Minnesota),” said USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey. “And the big story is excess moisture.” During a NOAA central U.S. forecast webinar, Rippey noted that North Dakota topsoil moisture is a nation-high 62% surplus as of mid-October.Oncoming precipitation keeps the pressure on unharvested crops, especially in fields that incurred hard freeze damage (28 degrees Fahrenheit or below). “I think the lingering moisture and all that follows that — stalk molds, ear molds in corn, sprouting in the ear or pod, weak stalks and lodging … is the concern,” said South Dakota State Climatologist Laura Edwards. “All season … we have been hearing of so many issues.”Forecasts on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 showed only a confined bull’s-eye of heavy precipitation in eastern North Dakota. But, the Oct. 18 forecast model presentations included Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northern Iowa in line for heavy precipitation of greater than 1 inch.“That heavier precipitation is fanning out and expanding over the northern and into the Eastern Corn Belt,” said DTN Senior Ag meteorologist Mike Palmerino. Storm elements could also include severe weather, with tornado development possible. “An active cold front in the eastern Midwest could lead to conditions for tornadoes,” Palmerino said.A drier pattern is forecast over the Central and Southern Plains and the western Midwest, but strong winds over these areas offer a mixed effect. “The winds will help dry the ground out for harvest, but where it’s already drier in the Southern Plains wheat areas, you could see the moisture get drawn down even more pretty quickly,” Palmerino said.Meanwhile, the specter of saturated soils in the Northern Plains leads to thoughts of an extended harvest season, even all the way into 2020. “When you’re waiting for the ground to freeze until harvesting, you may be waiting until the next year to be able to harvest,” said USDA Midwest Climate Hub Director Dennis Todey. “It could be a similar situation to the harvest in 2009.”Bryce Anderson can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @BAndersonDTN(ES/)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Jazz pull away for 117-96 win over Blazers

first_imgJazz: Gobert has logged a double-double in nine of his last 10 games against the Blazers. . Dante Exum matched his season-high with 15 points off the bench. . Utah shot 13-of-21 (61.9 percent) from 3-point range over the final three quarters.UP NEXTBlazers visit the Warriors on Thursday.Jazz host the 76ers on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Jazz extended their lead to 68-51 on back-to-back baskets from Ricky Rubio early in the third quarter.Portland chipped away at the lead and finally cut it to 92-83 on a floater from Seth Curry early in the fourth quarter. That’s as close as the Blazers got.Gobert answered with a dunk to push Utah’s lead back to double digits. It sparked a 14-2 run that slammed the door shut on any potential comeback. Mitchell punctuated the run with a 3-pointer, putting the Jazz up 106-85 with 4:49 remaining.TIP INSBlazers: Lillard did not attempt a free throw. He came into the game ranked fourth in the NBA in free throws made and eighth in the league in attempts. . Portland scored 14 points off 17 Utah turnovers. . The Blazers made just 35 baskets against the Jazz for the second time this season.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Damian Lillard score 20 points to lead Portland. Evan Turner added 12 points off the bench. The Blazers (19-15) lost to Utah for the second time in five days after shooting just 39 percent from the field.Jae Crowder scored seven of Utah’s first nine second-quarter points, starting with the team’s first 3-pointer of the game, to cap a 9-0 run that gave the Jazz a 33-26 lead. The Blazers pulled within three on three different occasions. Lillard hit a couple of baskets to cut the deficit to a basket, then fed Jusuf Nurkic for a layup to trim Utah’s lead to 43-40.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Jazz pulled away before halftime behind hot shooting from the perimeter. Joe Ingles and Crowder buried back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 16-5 run. Mitchell finished it off by beating the shot clock with another outside basket, giving the Jazz a 59-45 lead.Utah went 5-of-7 from 3-point range in the second quarter after going 0-of-8 in the first quarter. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, rear, dunks on Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert had 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks while Donovan Mitchell added 19 points to lead Utah to a 117-96 victory over Portland on Tuesday night.Joe Ingles chipped in 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists for the Jazz (17-18), who won for the fifth time in their last six home games while shooting 55 percent from the floor.ADVERTISEMENT The half-dozen times sports made you smile in 2018center_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more