H-DNL football: Fortuna wrecks Eureka’s homecoming, downs Loggers 22-14

first_imgWith nine seconds to play in a tie ball-game Daedan Taylor found Max Hough for a 10-yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal, stunning the homecoming crowd assembled at Albee Stadium as Fortuna High shocked Eureka in a 22-14 Big 4 Conference win for the ages Saturday night.The win counts as Fortuna’s (3-5, 1-0) first Big 4 win since the conference began play under its current format in 2018. For Eureka (3-5, 0-1), which for the second straight week turned to Hayden Bode under center in the …last_img read more

South Africa’s Public Protector: a quick guide

first_img18 March 2014 As Public Protector Thuli Madonsela prepares to release a final report on an investigation into allegations of maladministration in relation to President Jacob Zuma’s residence in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, we take a look at the office of the Public Protector, how it works and what it investigates.What is the Public Protector? The Public Protector was set up in terms of South Africa’s Constitution to investigate complaints against state agencies or officials. It is one of the country’s “Chapter Nine institutions”, established after the Constitution came into effect in February 1997 in order to safeguard human rights and democracy. Others include the SA Human Rights Commission, the Commission for Gender Equality, and the Auditor-General. With a role similar to that of the “ombudsman” in other democracies, South Africa’s more descriptively named Public Protector is a state institution that has the power to investigate alleged or suspected government misconduct, to issue reports and recommend remedial action. The Public Protector is subject only to the Constitution and the law and is independent of government and any political party. Anyone can complain to the Public Protector, and no person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of its office. It cannot, however, investigate the judicial functions of courts or the private sector. The Public Protector has been described as a referee, tasked with looking at all sides of a problem. If the complaint is justified, a solution is put forward, which may include recommending changes to the system. The Public Protector can also report a matter to Parliament, which will then debate the matter and see to it that the Protector’s recommendations are followed. On average, the office of the Public Protector receives about 15 000 complaints a year. It takes from a couple hours to three months to resolve a single case, depending on its nature.Who is the Public Protector? The Public Protector is appointed by the President on the recommendation of the National Assembly in terms of the Constitution for a non-renewable period of seven years. Advocate Thulisile Madonsela is South Africa’s third Public Protector. She was appointed by President Zuma in 2009, after being recommended for the position by a special parliamentary committee. “She will need to ensure that this office continues to be accessible to ordinary citizens and undertakes its work without fear or favour,” Zuma said at the time of her appointment. Madonsela took over from Advocate Lawrence Mushwana, who is now the chair of the Human Rights Commission. South Africa’s first Public Protector was Advocate Selby Baqwa, who served from 1995 to 2002. He is now a High Court judge.What does the Public Protector investigate? The Public Protector investigates alleged misconduct involving the state. This includes public officials at all levels, from central and provincial government to state departments and local authorities. Some notable decisions by South Africa’s Public Protector include: Bheki Cele was fired as South Africa’s police chief in 2011 after an inquiry into allegations of misconduct in relation to the procurement of office headquarters for the SA Police Service. The Public Protector’s report found that the lease agreements were unlawful, invalid and “fatally flawed”.In 2006, the Public Protector cleared then Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka after she used an air force plane to fly with her family and friends to the United Arab Emirates for a holiday. “It cannot be found that the deputy president acted improperly or that she failed to act in good faith,” the Public Protector said in a report at the time. “She was entitled, as anyone else in her similar position and status, to take her family, a friend and the children of her private secretary with her to the UAE and no one therefore benefited improperly from the trip.”Following an investigation in 2004, 40 Members of Parliament were found to have illegally used parliamentary travel vouchers worth R18-million for their personal use.Also in 2004, an investigation into claims that Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride was unsuitable for his post found that the appointment was proper, given that then national police commissioner Jackie Selebi had “waived the requirements that McBride had to be a member of the Metro police, and in respect of training”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

It was a Dark and Stormy Night… for Reading about Geocaching

first_imgSpecial thanks to Julie Henning (CalORie) for the perfect lead in image for this post.We here at Geocaching HQ love to hang out with each other during work, while throwing a few back at a local happy hour, and of course while geocaching together on the weekends. So when one of our lackeys suggested starting a book club, we got pretty excited and wondered about geocaching-themed books that may be out in the world. Turns out that there’s a LOT. There’s even a thread in our forums about it. Here are some of our top picks for geocaching books out in the world:“Can a compass lead you to love?”Ahh, romance and Tupperware in the woods. In Tracy Krimmer’s Caching In: A Geocaching Love Story, we meet broken-hearted Ally Couper who’s, “…had enough with her ridiculous life. Her job at the bank is going nowhere, and her love life might as well be non-existent. Determined to try something new, Ally becomes absorbed in the world of geocaching. The high-tech driven scavenger hunt introduces her to Seth, and she realizes the game isn’t the only thrilling part. Ally’s bad luck may finally be changing, until the past threatens to halt her future with Seth. Can they find happiness together, or is love the one cache Ally can’t find?” I hope this doesn’t have any DNFs!Romance & caching seem to go hand in hand, but apparently not as much as mysteries & ammo cans. Check out these “whodunits”:“Cache a Predator is a geocaching thriller about a father’s love, justice, and the unhinged game of hide-the-cache.”Cache a Predator: A Geocaching Mystery by Michelle Weidenbenner is a Gold Medal Winner in the 2014 Readers’ International Awards and gets high review marks from online book seller sites. “M. Weidenbenner plants the emotion of one vigilante’s mission into the cache boxes of a gripping tale that will leave readers locking their doors…” Plus, someone is planting body parts in geocaching sites. I wouldn’t want to be FTF that geocache!“While looking for a cache in the mountains he comes across a human skeleton…”The synopsis of Cached Out: A Cliff Knowles Mystery by Russell Atkinson already has me on the edge of my seat. “Newly retired from the FBI and alone after the tragic death of his wife, Cliff Knowles takes up geocaching. While looking for a cache in the mountains he comes across a human skeleton and reports it to the sheriff’s office. Then a second body is found – a fresh corpse this time – right after Cliff found another geocache nearby. When it turns out the first remains are those of a fugitive he was supposed to arrest years earlier, he becomes a suspect in a multiple homicide investigation. He has no choice but to use his sleuthing skills to identify the mysterious cache owner, known only as Enigmal, and free himself from suspicion.”But what about the kids? Oh the little ones certainly have a lot to choose from, too:“Congratulations!” the note says. “You’ve found it!”As a kid I loved the Boxcar Children series and the adventures of Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden. In The Box That Watch Found (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #113) by Gertrude Chandler Warner, their dog Watch discovers a mysterious box that turns out to be, you guessed it, a geocache! But just as the Alden kids start to embrace their new found hobby, they find that several geocaches in the area are disappearing. This book is a great way to introduce kids 7-10 to the world of geocaching or enhance their already established hobby.“…Using his GPS, he uncovers the geocache-a small metal box-hidden deep in the woods…”Young teenagers might actually consider taking a break from texting and putting their smartphones GPS to use after reading Hide & Seek by Katy Grant. This 240 page chapter book follows 14-year-old Chase who, “…finally gets a chance to go on his first solo geocaching adventure. Using his GPS, he uncovers the geocache-a small metal box-hidden deep in the woods in some undergrowth. Inside, with a few plastic army men and a log book, is a troubling message for help in a child’s handwriting.” This one gets high points from both readers and educators in online reviews. Our Co-Founder Bryan and his family are on the cover of this good read.Is this a good place to plug The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Geocaching: Third Edition by The Editors and Staff of Geocaching.com? No? Alrighty then, moving on… 😉A geocaching novel in a geocache! Geogirl by Kelly Rysten can be found on KindleFinally, you clever cachers really have thought of everything, haven’t you? Including a book club themed geocache! If you ever find yourself in Ridgecrest, California and need a new read, hop on over to Paperback Book Cache GC1ADKF. The Ridgecrest California Geocachers Club says that this 2d/2t geocache is and easy to find, and bring a book if you want to take a book. One log said, “I took two books, one by Gordon R. Dickson that I haven’t even heard of, and one in the Honor Harrington series by Weber. Left two of Rysten’s books, signed by the author. Enjoy!”So how about you? Read any good (Geocaching) books lately? Tell us in the comments below!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 20): Love Big Trackable promotionFebruary 13, 2019In “Community”Back to School with GeocachingSeptember 16, 2019In “Community”Geocaching Shop Elves holiday gift guide!November 30, 2017In “Community”last_img read more

KCT wins second prize in Mega ATV Championship 2016

first_imgCoimbatore, Mar 28 (PTI) City-based Team Blitzkrieg of Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT) has won the overall second prize in the Mega ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) Championship 2016 held recently in Odisha. The team was also the winner in the Flood Simulation event, organised by Auto Sports India in collaboration with the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India at Bhubaneswar from March four to seven. A total 56 teams with more than 1,500 Engineering students across the country participated in the event, a KCT release said today. PTI NVM VSlast_img read more