800m outlook not bright

first_imgIn the last three years, Calabar High School, Kingston College (KC), and St Jago high school have all run promising times in the 4×800 metre relay. In the same period, Calabar, St Elizabeth Technical and St Jago have won the eight-lap event at the Penn Relays with the 2014 win by Calabar ending a five year Jamaican drought. However, Calabar’s head coach Michael Clarke doesn’t believe those results will automatically lead to Jamaicans advancing in the individual 800 metres.Asked recently about Jamaica’s 800-metre prospects, Clarke said he didn’t think success would come easily even though Calabar, KC and St Jago have run 7 minutes 33.39 seconds, 7.33.87 and 7.33.71 for the 4×800 relay in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively.”Coming from our legacies and our culture, we are sprint fed, sprint nurtured on sprinting cuisine that it’s going to be difficult to be surpassed by any other event, well certainly not in our generation,” Clarke assessed.”I don’t know what the future holds but not in our generation,” underlined Clarke, who has helped Jamaican athletes at the World Championships and the Olympics in addition to winning high school championships at Calabar, Jamaica College and St Jago.Some of the statistics confirm this viewpoint.ONLY JAMAICANKenia Sinclair, in 2008, became the only Jamaican to reach an Olympic 800m final since George Kerr crossed the line in fourth at the 1964 Games in Tokyo. While Sinclair’s national record of 1 minute 57.88 seconds was set as recently as 2006, the men’s mark was established in 1977 by Seymour Newman at 1 minute 45.21 seconds.At the junior level, things are a little better as St Jago’s Leon Clarke reached the World Youth Championships final last year and lowered his personal best to 1 minute 50.49 seconds. Before that, the last Jamaican boy to reach a World Youth or World Junior final was Aldwyn Sappleton in 2000.Carlene Robinson won a bronze medal for Jamaica in the girls’ World Youth event in 2001.Clarke’s observation comes not long after Warren Blake, the president of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association announced that hopes of a coaching exchange with distance power Kenya was once again on the discussion table.last_img read more

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Views of Presidential Advisor don’t reflect President, Govt’s position – Harmon

first_img– says Govt has use for Dr Mangal’s expertiseAfter distancing itself from comments made by Dr Jan Mangal on the contract between Guyana and United States (US) oil giant ExxonMobil, Government has stated that it has use for the Presidential Advisor on Petroleum but noted that the expert does not speak on behalf of the Head of State or the Government as a whole.Presidential Advisor on Petroleum, Dr Jan MangalThis clarification was made by Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Thursday.“Dr Mangal is not a spokesperson for the President on petroleum or neither is he a spokesperson for the Government. He is an advisor to the President and works within a framework and in that framework, advice is given to His Excellency. It is up to the President to decide whether this advice is good, (he) will follow it or this advice is not good and therefore (he) will not follow it. So that’s the job of an advisor to advice, not to direct or give any directions,” Harmon told media operatives at the post Cabinet press briefing on Thursday.This comes on the heels of the Presidential Advisor telling reporters on the sidelines of an oil and gas forum at the University of Guyana (UG) on Wednesday that if Guyana is dissatisfied with the contract it signed with ExxonMobil, then the country can go ahead and have the agreement amended. He also criticised the low royalty and large concession given to the US oil company.Hours after his comments were published on online news websites, the Ministry of the Presidency issued a brief statement under the title “Dr Jan Mangal not authorised to speak on behalf of President”.Minister of State Joseph HarmonExpounding on the issue at Thursday’s post Cabinet conference, Harmon explained that Dr Mangal is part of a team that advises the president on petroleum and he can give his advice within that structure, in which case goes to the President as part of a team.“An advisor is an advisor and you provide advice to your principle… It is up to the President to decide whether he accepts or rejects that advice, so it is not for the advisor to be making a statement for the President. The President makes his own statements and the Minister of State makes these statements as the Chief Government spokesperson,” Harmon posited.Nevertheless, the Minister of State went on to outline that given his expertise, and as a citizen of Guyana, Dr Mangal is free also to personally pronounce on national or international issues.Meanwhile, asked whether Government will be renewing Dr Mangal’s contract as Presidential Advisor on Petroleum, the Minister of State could not say. He explained, “I think his contract is one which is an IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) contract itself and I can’t be too definite on that. But to the extent to which Dr Mangal continues to provide advice to the His Excellency, the President; I believe, to that extent, we have use for Dr Mangal – whether in fact he makes statements in his own, private capacity that’s another matter,” Minister Harmon stated.He went on to say that the renewal or non-renewal of Dr Mangal’s contract would be based on his expertise and advice given to the President, and not on his views expressed.Dr Mangal has a Doctorate in Offshore Geotechnical Engineering from Oxford University and a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from the University of Edinburg. He worked in the marine and oil and gas industries for over 18 years, where he spent 13 of those with US oil giant, Chevron, working on major projects in the USA, West Africa and Asia.When asked on Wednesday whether he thinks the oil contract with ExxonMobil should be renegotiated, the petroleum expert stated that while he has his views he is not ready to pronounce on that publicly but did say it is a topic of discussion with the Government.Furthermore, the President’s Petroleum Advisor noted that renegotiated terms such as the two per cent royalty on earnings from ExxonMobil’s oil sales and the non-payment of taxes on Exxon’s share of the profits, is low compared to global standards.To this end, he raised concerns about the system used to negotiate that agreement and also the expertise of the persons doing the negotiating.The University of Guyana discussion on the emerging oil and gas industry was held on the day the inaugural Guyana International Petroleum Business Summit (GEPEX) opened and the President’s Petroleum Advisor’s absence from the event was notable.When asked about that, he told reporters that he was never invited to the event.last_img read more

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$50M ‘Green Farm’ initiative to renew interest in home, school gardening

first_imgThe ‘Green Farm’ project initiative, which is being implemented by the Guyana Association of Municipalities  (GAM), is expected to renew interest in home and school gardening, while promoting a Green Economy through agriculture, with the aim of achieving food security across the 10 administrative regions, poverty reduction and rural development.According to information from the project’s concept document, prepared by GAM President and outgoing Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland, interest in home and school gardening has been on a decline and with the introduction of the ‘Green Farm’ project, this is expected to be arrested.GAM is currently partnering with the Ministry of the Presidency – Department of Environment; the Ministries of Public Health, Communities, Agriculture, Education; the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI); Regional Democratic Councils and the Private Sector, among others, to undertake the initiative, which will be implemented over the period February 2018  to February 2021.It has a budget of $50 million. Apart from reigniting the love for domestic and commercial farming in communities as a means of promoting a Green Economy through agriculture, the Green Farm project also aims at achieving food security, through domestic and commercial farming. Its other goals include championing  the cause of Guyana’s agriculture by embracing home-grown organic produce, promoting farming interests, reducing poverty, improving the health of Guyanese by reducing consumption of inorganic foods and reviving agricultural education and practice in schools.Under the initiative, schools across Guyana will be encouraged to start or resuscitate farms and develop designated agriculture streams to gear children towards a career in agriculture or to simply express a greater love and appreciation for domestic farming.Residents will also be challenged to contribute to the initiative by way of kitchen gardens and biogas systems across constituencies, and rewards will be offered through a competitive process with winners being awarded.The concept document outlines that agriculture is the basis of economic development and according to the sector’s performance, it could contribute significantly to the nation’s green growth. “…while the national trajectory takes aim at a green pathway, there is still a dire need for the ordinary citizens to get on board with this development,” it states.last_img read more

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Kane sees signs of deadly partnership with Soldado at Spurs

first_img Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado celebrate a Tottenham goal 1 Harry Kane is backing his partnership with Roberto Soldado to be a hit and fire Tottenham up the Premier League table.The pair have started the past two Premier League games together, with Soldado scoring his first goal in the competition since March in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Everton.And Kane is now hopeful that his new partnership with the Spanish striker can help Spurs to challenge the big guns once again.“I drop a bit deeper and more into the hole, but he’s obviously a top class player and I enjoy playing with him,” said Kane.“We have had some good games in the Europa League and Capital One Cup.“We played the last couple in the Premier League and we’ve got some good results, so hopefully we can form a good partnership.”Up next for Mauricio Pochettino’s side is a daunting trip to to Premier League leaders Chelsea, who are still yet to lose a game this season.But after picking up three wins on the bounce, Kane is optimistic that Tottenham can upset the odds on Wednesday and end Chelsea’s unbeaten run.“We can’t go into it in better form. We have had three good wins in a row in all competitions,” Kane added.“Hopefully we can take that into the game on Wednesday and kick on up the table.”last_img read more

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Huge blow! Every PL club’s injured players who will miss the start of the season

first_img 13 11. Tottenham Hotspur are without Jan Vertonghen – Vertonghen tore ligaments in his ankle at the end of May, consequently ruling him out of the Euro 2016 finals. He has been given an individual training programme to boost his return, but the start of the new season could be too soon for the defender. 13 13 13 13 1. Arsenal have three senior players injured ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League kick off – check out the players injured for each Premier League side who will miss the start of the season by clicking the arrow above, right – Danny Welbeck (cartilage damage to his right knee) has been ruled out until February 2017 after suffering injury in May. Per Mertesacker faces a ‘few months’ out with a knee injury suffered in pre-season, Arsene Wenger confirmed at the end of July. Carl Jenkinson damaged his anterior cruciate ligament in February on loan at West Ham and is scheduled to return in November. 3. Chelsea have two senior players out injured – Branislav Ivanovic dislocated his shoulder during pre-season and is facing a race to be fit for the start of the new season. Kurt Zouma suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in February and is nearing a return, but won’t be rushed back by Antonio Conte despite being ahead of schedule. 4. Crystal Palace have two senior players out injured – Alan Pardew stated Bakary Sako and Fraizer Campbell will not be fit for the Eagles’ first Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion. Sako reportedly has a groin strain, while Campbell has a hamstring problem. 13 13 13. West Ham United are without Manuel Lanzini and Aaron Cresswell – Lanzini has been ruled out for five weeks, suffering injury while on duty with Argentina for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Bilic believes he will be back for the home game against Watford on September 10. Cresswell will miss the next four months with ligament damage suffered in the Hammers’ pre-season friendly win over Karlsruher. Doneil Henry has also suffered a knee injury and isn’t expected to be available. 10. Stoke City have two senior players out injured – Stephen Ireland remains on the sidelines having suffered a double leg break during a training session in May. Afellay, in April, snapped cruciate ligaments in his knee, being ruled out of action for the next eight months. 13 7. Liverpool have four senior players out injured – Jurgen Klopp is without goalkeeper Karius (broken hand), Gomez (knee), Sakho (heel) and Lucas (hamstring) for the opening to the Reds’ new season. 13 There’s heartbreak for some ahead of the new Premier League season.Loris Karius, Aaron Cresswell and Per Mertesacker have all suffered fitness blows for the top flight’s kick off next Saturday – but they aren’t alone in their disappointment.So, talkSPORT has taken a look at each Premier League club’s injured player(s) who will miss the start of the 2016/17 campaign.Take a look at the slideshow above to see those who have been ruled out.Clubs not mentioned have no major injury concerns ahead of the new season. 8. Manchester City have two senior players out injured – City captain Vincent Kompany is recovering from groin and thigh injuries and will miss the start of Pep Guardiola’s reign. New signing Gundogan, meanwhile, won’t make his debut for the club until September having dislocated his kneecap in May. 13 13 13 5. Everton are without Muhamed Besic – Besic has been ruled out for six months having suffered a knee injury against Manchester United for Wayne Rooney’s testimonial. Phil Jagielka’s hamstring problems have also resurfaced in pre-season and he faces a battle to be fit. Youngsters Tyias Browning, Callum Connolly and Matthew Pennington are also struggling with injury. 2. Bournemouth remain without Tyrone Mings – Mings, the Cherries’ record signing, tore his anterior and medial ligaments just six minutes into his Premier League debut last August and a setback in April has delayed his return to around September. 6. Hull City have four senior players out injured – Allan McGregor (back), Michael Dawson (medial knee ligament), Alex Bruce (Achilles) and Moses Odubajo (knee) are all out for the Tigers. 13 12. West Bromwich Albion are without Chris Brunt – A serious knee injury sustained in March agonisingly ruled Brunt out of the Euro 2016 finals and he isn’t set to return to action until September, at the earliest. 9. Middlesbrough have three senior players out injured – New signing Espinosa is recovering from a serious knee injury sustained in January. Boro Captain Grant Leadbitter will miss the start of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a hernia problem, while full-back Husband will have surgery on a dislocated shoulder suffered in pre-season. last_img read more

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Wildcats can’t hold on against Cardinal

first_imgTUCSON, Ariz. – Trent Edwards threw two touchdown passes and Stanford took advantage of five Arizona turnovers to beat the Wildcats 20-16 on Saturday. It was the second Pac-10 road win in a row for the Cardinal (3-2, 2-1), who beat Washington State last week. But the wealth of Wildcat miscues led to great field position resulting in 13 Stanford points. Meanwhile, the Cardinal did not turn the ball over. Arizona took the opening kickoff and went 80 yards in 15 plays in just over six minutes. Gilbert Harris’ 1e-yard TD run capped the drive. In the second quarter, though, the Wildcats’ Richard Kovalcheck threw an interception and the Wildcats lost two fumbles. His first fumble set up Michael Sgroi’s 37-yard field goal that cut the lead to 7-3. Eight minutes later, Edwards found Anthony Kimble for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 3:34 left in the half and Stanford led 10-7. The Cardinal made it 17-7, going 80 yards after the second-half kickoff. Edwards threw 10 yards to Michael Horgan for the touchdown. Stanford managed just 195 total yards, but the Wildcats’ tough defense was offset by Arizona’s offensive blunders. Arizona (1-5, 0-3) lost its fourth in a row. Its only victory was against NCAA Division I-AA Northern Arizona. center_img Arizona sliced the deficit 17-14 when Mike Bell ran 5 yards for a score with 5:51 left in the third quarter. Kovalcheck’s 21-yard pass to Stephen Steptoe set up the touchdown. But Kovalcheck’s second fumble came at Arizona’s 23, and Sgroi’s 34-yard field goal put Stanford ahead 20-14. Arizona advanced to the Stanford 34 late in the game, but a penalty pushed the Wildcats back and, on fourth-and-28, Brandon Harrison intercepted Kovalcheck’s fourth-and-28 pass. Stanford punter Jay Ottovigio ran out of the end zone for an intentional safety with 17 seconds to play. Edwards completed 16 of 36 for 137 yards. Kovalcheck was 20 of 38 for 161 and was sacked three times. Stanford is 2-1 since its embarrassing home loss to Division I-AA Cal-Davis. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Looking for production at second base, Athletics call up hot-hitting Corban Joseph

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — He goes by CoJo, mostly because people he meets often switches Corben Joseph with Joseph Corban.“Just a little reminder, Corban goes first,” Joseph said. For now, Joseph will play second for the A’s. The 30-year-old left-handed hitter will bat seventh against Giants right-hander Tyler Beede on Wednesday afternoon, and this could be routine against right-handers in these final weeks of the season.“We’re just trying to do the best we can from the position, with a guy who’s …last_img read more

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Iapetus Is Losing Its Dry Ice

first_imgHow long can a moon afford to leak?  Iapetus is losing its dry ice (carbon dioxide) through sublimation at a prodigious rate, say scientists in a paper in Icarus this month.1  “One can see that the long-term stability of CO2 is problematic.”    Solving the mystery of the dark side on this mystery moon has been a priority since Voyager days.  After the Sept. 10, 2007 flyby of Iapetus by Cassini (09/13/2007), a strange new theory was proposed: a runaway process makes the ice sublimate and migrate to the bright side or the poles (see Cassini press release from Oct 8, 2007).  This apparently happens to both water ice and carbon dioxide ice (dry ice); see 10/16/2007, bullet 3.    The new Icarus paper modeled what happens to the carbon dioxide.  Because it is so volatile, it sublimates to gas and starts moving.  The warmth of the dark side makes it leave the leading hemisphere permanently.  It migrates to cold traps at the poles – for awhile.  During Saturn’s 29.5 year orbit, the angle of sunlight shifts.  The carbon dioxide molecules leave one pole and migrate to the other in a series of 350 hops.  Thus, the CO2 moves from pole to pole each Saturnian year.    Not all of the gas makes it back.  Palmer and Brown calculated that 12% of it reaches escape velocity and leaves the moon each orbit, never to return.  Yet carbon dioxide was detected in abundance on the surface.  How could any be left after billions of years?  If Iapetus had started with a layer of carbon dioxide ice 5 km thick, they estimated, it could only last for 1.6 billion years.  That’s just about a third of the assumed age of the solar system (4.5 billion years).    One way to save the old age would be to add in more carbon dioxide over time.  The authors ruled out comets as a source, or vents from the interior, like on Enceladus (02/10/2007).  All they could suggest was that carbon dioxide is continually produced by photolysis of the unknown dark material.  Yet the dark layer is known to be thin, because fresh meteor impacts show bright ice underneath.    In any case, they think, the carbon dioxide could not be primordial (as old as the moon); “due to the large escape rate of CO2 from the surface, any free CO2 ice found on Iapetus implies active production, such as photochemical generation, liberation during an impact, or by an active vent.”1.  Eric E. Palmer and Robert H. Brown, “The stability and transport of carbon dioxide on Iapetus,” Icarus, Volume 195, Issue 1, May 2008, Pages 434-446, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2007.11.020.Do they have any evidence for photochemical generation, liberation during an impact, or active vents?  None whatsoever.  They have been forced into hand-waving to explain away their debt of billions of years.  They thought they could just drop in the Bank of Time again and make another one of their reckless drafts (07/02/2007).  This time, the teller Japheth (the root name of Iapetus) is refusing to heed their song and dance, saying they can’t withdraw any more billions without showing some collateral.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Press Release: Play Your Part, Pieter Kruger Foundation drive active citizenship in Northern Cape

first_imgPlay Your Part has partnered with the Pieter Kruger Foundation for the final PYP Roadshow in Northern Cape. The Cube will stop off in Kimberley to promote active citizenship in communities there.Play Your Part will be in Kimberley to promote active citizenship as part of the final leg of its roadshow. (Image: Brand South Africa)Johannesburg, Thursday 2 March 2017 – The Play Your Part initiative is making its way to the community of Kimberley in the Northern Cape on Thursday, 9 March 2017. Play Your Part has partnered with the Pieter Kruger Foundation to engage and drive conversations on active citizenship with the community.This is the final stop for the Play Your Part programme and its Play Your Part Cube following its successful travels across South Africa’s eight provinces with the objective to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change and #GetInvolved.The initiative in the Northern Cape will provide insight on corporate and community empowerment opportunities and enthuse citizens through inclusive conversations to #GetInvolved towards a better future for all.The initiative brings on board the Pieter Kruger Foundation, a self-funded foundation which supports different communities, institutes and charity groups in South Africa through volunteerism. The Pieter Kruger Foundation’s mission resonates with the ethos of Play Your Part which aims to educate and empower skills development and social development for children, youth, women and men. The Foundation further provides social relief to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.Other Play Your Part partners include SABC’s One Day Leader, a programme which promotes leadership and entrepreneurship within society as well as invited guests who are active citizens in the community of the Northern Cape. Citizens are encouraged to come out in their numbers to interact with the Play Your Part Cube as well as share how they Play Their Part.Engage with the Play Your Part Cube, Brand South Africa and its partners on #GetInvolved.Media is invited to attend as follows:Date : Thursday 9 March 2017Time : 08h00 -14h00Venue : Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre,10 W Circular Rd, West End Kimberley,RSVPS/Enquiries : Ntombi NtanziEmail ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comMobile number 081 7041488last_img read more

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7 Continents, 7 EarthCaches

first_imgNorth America / CanadaTable Rock Earthcache (GCMH1C)D1 / T1Niagara Falls is made up of three waterfalls: the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. It is the second largest falls on the globe next to Victoria Falls in southern Africa. One fifth of all the fresh water in the world lies in the four Upper Great Lakes—Michigan, Huron, Superior and Erie. All the outflow empties into the Niagara river and eventually cascades over the falls. And this geocache is so spectacular, it earned “Geocache of the Week” in January of 2014!North America Antarctica Deception Island (GC115ZX)D5 / T5If you are one of the fortunate and adventurous few to journey to Antarctica, one of the high points is a visit to Deception Island. It has a distinctive horseshoe shape with a large flooded caldera and is the rim of a young, active volcano. Make sure you read this sentence in the cache listing page before your visit, “Please be aware it is classified as a restless caldera with a significant volcanic risk.”Antarctica South America / BoliviaFormation of Salar de Uyuni (GC4M4B4)D2 / T2From the geocaching listing, “It is advisable (and optional) to take some interesting and funny photos in the salt flat area and upload with the log. Can you imagine a reason geologically why such photos can be taken there perfectly, e.g. distance, size, element, colour etc.” The photos on this geocache make visiting this place appealing enough, but in addition, you get to “find” a geocache and learn about the Earth? Awesome sauce.South America Europe / FranceIsland or not island ? (GC2E34F)D2 / T1Mont Saint-Michel sits atop an island just 600 metres from land. The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. It is easily accessible at low tide, but don’t get stuck there at high tide! Learn about the tides and incredible history of this wonderful location.Europe Asia / LaosKuang Si Waterfalls (GC2HP5Y)D1.5 / T2The first EarthCache in Laos is, “…located about 30km from Luang Prabang, this series of waterfalls is a short tuk-tuk ride from town.” To log this cache, consider how waterfalls fall into the different types or classifications, and maybe go for a swim. Now, where did I put my passport…?Asia Share with your Friends:More AustraliaThe big inselberg – Ayers Rock (GC3F62F)D1 / T1Uluru / Ayers Rock is a large sandstone rock formation in the southrn part of the Nsouthern Territory, central Australia. It lies 335 km / 208 mi southwest of the nearest large town, Alice Springs, which is 450 km / 280 mi by road. Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara, the Aboriginal people of the area. The Anangu Aboriginal people are responsible for the protection and appropriate management of these ancestral lands. Visit. Explore. Learn. Log!Australia An EarthCache is a special geological location people can visit to learn about a unique feature of the Earth. EarthCache pages include a set of educational notes along with coordinates. Visitors to EarthCaches can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage its resources and how scientists gather evidence. Typically, to log an EarthCache, you will have to provide answers to questions by observing the geological location.Here are 7 Continents, 7 EarthCaches to get you inspired. Ready to go around the world and learn about Mother Earth? Let’s go!Don’t forget, you can earn your International EarthCache Day 2018 souvenir by venturing out to find an EarthCache on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, 2018!7 Continents, 7 EarthCachesAfrica / BotswanaOkavango (GC4P93T)D2 / T1.5Learn all about the Okavango Delta in the midst of the Kalahari Desert. Per the Earthcache listing page, “Lying in the midst of the Kalahari desert – the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world – the Okavango Delta is the greatest of Africa’s wetland wildernesses, and among its last.”Africa SharePrint RelatedDiscover EarthCaching and 11 Stunning LocationsAugust 5, 2014In “Community”Learn something new on International EarthCache DaySeptember 12, 2017In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Celebrate International EarthCache Day – Geocaching.com Weekly NewsletterOctober 12, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

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