first_imgDon’t miss your opportunity to meet Irish and Ulster Rugby Star Tommy Bowe when he visits Ballybofey on Saturday 24th May. On this exclusive trip he will be visiting MasterShoe Company from 11am – 12pm and McElhinneys from 12pm – 1pm where fans can meet him personally, get autographs and talk all things sports and footwear. Tommy will be at the two renowned footwear stores to promote the Tommy Bowe womens, mens and kids footwear collections where if you purchase any pair of Tommy Bowe shoes on the day, you’ll receive a free Rugby Ball.This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal to the Irish Sports Star, so don’t miss out.For further information, contact McElhinneys on 0749131217.IRISH RUGBY SUPERSTAR SET TO VISIT MCELHINNEYS was last modified: May 14th, 2014 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:BusinessEntertainmentFeaturesIrish RugbynewsTommy Bowelast_img read more

Sharks lose sixth straight, as Rangers spoil Bob Boughner’s debut as interim coach

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Not even the wake-up call that comes with a coaching change was enough to end the Sharks’ losing streak on Thursday night.The Sharks allowed two third period goals to Mika Zibanejad and two more to Artemi Panarin as the New York Rangers came back to earn a 6-3 win at SAP Center and spoil Bob Boughner’s debut as interim coach.Zibanejad’s goals came at the 8:49 and 13:10 marks of the third period, and …last_img

Rhino care on wheels

first_imgThis beautiful baby may one day find itself in need of the rhino ambulance – a rapid response vehicle that can offer on-site medical treatment and then take small traumatised animals to the Rhino Orphanage in Limpopo for special care. (Image: Luke Harwood) The world’s first baby rhino ambulance. (Image: Rhino Orphanage)MEDIA CONTACTS • Pete Richardson  For the Rhino Orphanage • Allison Thompson  Oscap  +27 74 104 0208 RELATED ARTICLES • Poisoning horns to save rhinos • Sangomas join the rhino force • Special anti-poaching weapon for SA • Using technology to fight poaching • Musos pitch in to save rhinosJabu SimelaneThe Rhino Orphanage, opened in August 2012, has added a new weapon to its arsenal in the fight against rhino poaching – the world’s first bespoke baby rhino ambulance.The orphanage is the first specialist, dedicated, non-commercial centre in the world to care for baby rhinos orphaned by the trade in poached rhino horns. It is located at the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in Limpopo Province, near the city of Mokopane, about 250km north of Pretoria. The ambulance was donated by the Canadian Medical Association and comes with a trailer to carry vital equipment into the bush and a specialised transporter to carry tiny injured calves back to the orphanage where they can receive medical attention around the clock.The trailer and transporter have been donated by Arnold Chatz Motors. These extra facilities are intended to provide on-site medical care, enabling vets to give specialised care to rhinos attacked by poachers. The vehicles also bring medical supplies to the Rhino Orphanage for the animals in its care.The facilities are supported by donations from Oscap (Outraged South African Citizens Against Poaching), Platinum Trailers, Practical Publishing and Robbie Fuchs of World Signs. Oscap member Allison Thompson says that the orphanage, which is run by Arrie van Deventer, is doing pioneering work and has already made an impact in just a few months since opening.It is an important element in the Rhino Response Strategy National Rescue and Response network, a group of sanctuaries and a non-profit charity that works to rehabilitate rhino and release them back into the wild. The network aims to put in place a rapid intervention and co-ordinated rescue response system which seeks to raise the success ratio of the rescue of poaching orphans. It aims to do this by implementing appropriate handling, rearing and rehabilitation protocols.Helping the most vulnerable rhinoThe latest moves come after what Oscap has called a sudden boom in so-called “calf rescue” projects that are believed to exploit calves as a way to generate funding without the intention to release them back into the wild. This leads to problems as the animals age, as they become overly tame.There are four calves at the Rhino Orphanage, the most recent of which is Ntombi, rescued in January when it was just two months old. The calf’s mother was killed by poachers. Ntombi had received near fatal head injuries that had penetrated its skull and damaged its sinus cavity. But after constant care, Ntombi has healed and is being rehabilitated to be released back into the wild.This is only one example of the damage caused by poaching and the illegal trade in rhino horn. The Rhino Response Strategy National Rescue and Response network not only focuses on the rehabilitation of injured rhino, but also on the prevention of poaching. It trains trackers to track and apprehend poachers so that they can be prosecuted.With the orphanage and the ambulance, Van Deventer and his team, including rhino rearing and rehabilitation expert Karen Trendler, manger of the Rhino Orphanage, can now work around the clock to help save the country’s rhino population. The ambulance is part of the response network’s emergency field response team, ensuring immediate medical attention. This gives an injured rhino the best chance of survival.South Africa is home to 90% of the world’s rhino population. It is plagued by poaching, following a steep uptick in the illegal trade of rhino horn. According to the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, which tracks poaching, 446 rhino had been poached in South Africa in the year so far to 26 June.The total rhino poaching numbers for 2012 were 668; in 2011, 448 rhino were poached; and in 2010, 333 were poached. By far the most of these were in Kruger National Park.last_img read more