It was a game to remember for Maguliano, who came into the game scoring a total of seven points and grabbing 17 boards.The Stags fell to 2-4 with Michael Calisaan’s 23-point effort going down the drain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew JP Maguliano came through with the game of his life as Emilio Aguinaldo College shocked San Sebastian, 79-77, in overtime to end its winless start in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament on Friday.Maguliano, a transferee from Adamson, erupted for career-highs 30 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field that came with 17 rebounds to help the help lift the Generals to their first victory after four losses.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gabriel Jesus staying at Man City 2 extra years to 2023 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Mr. Smith Entertainment International record label celebrated its 6th year anniversary Dec 27, 2013, with a complimentary freestyle rap battle competition that hosted 51 young contenders.Mr. Smith Entertainment has been in business for 6 years, breeding many recognized artists such as Chilla Coonani as well as its own headliner and CEO, Mr. Smith. With a firm hold in the music industry, Mr. Smith entertainment has decided to add more players to its 2014 line-up in hopes of improving its label.“It’s my entertainment company’s 6th anniversary, so I want sign an artist to a recording deal. My entertainment label helps bring out new artists, and this year I am looking to find raw talent that I can take along with me to Ghana and Nigeria to record their whole album and promote us,” he stated during the anniversary event.Surprisingly, instead of having the ordinary celebration that artist are accustomed to with drinks and a concert, Mr. Smith surprised his fans with a free show that enabled onlookers to be a part of a surprising rap competition.Many of the contenders, who submitted their information visa SMS prior to the contest, are students who have very deep passion for rap music and Mr. Smith.“I love LIB Money Mr. Smith, he’s the best and I know I will be a part of his team because I know that I am a good rapper,” stated 17 year-old contestant Wisken.Mr. Smith described Wisken as a “talented kid”.“He’s always posting on my facebook page and told me that he had skills, and just surprised me,” said Smith.Wisken, who blew the crowd away with his professional rap skills that sounded as if he had been rapping all of his life, was fortunate to make it to the next level after beating his rival.There were many rappers that were able to show their love for music but with no clear talent, and hung their heads down low when they were told that they had lost the battle. “I was too nervous and I know that’s why I didn’t win, but I want another chance please” one contestant begged.Unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end, especially when dealing with Liberia’s electricity situation. During the show, as everyone was capsized by the entertaining scene, the electricity went off forcing Mr. Smith to postpone the conclusion of his show.“I blame the owners of the place were the show took place, but it’s all good,” Mr. Smith assured.Second round of the competition will be held on January 18, 2014, at the Sports Commission on Broad Street, at 2 p.m.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Commissioner Tamba giving details about Customs contribution to budgetThe Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Elfrieda Steward Tamba has disclosed that of the US$200 million Customs must contribute to the national budget, $104 million has been collected which constitutes 52% of the total contribution.Mrs. Tamba made the disclosure on Friday, January 26, 2018 in her remarks during observance of International Customs Day at the Monrovia City Hall.On July 18, 2017, the House of Representatives approved the total of US$563.6 million as national budget for 2017/2018, which lasts from the day of approval to June of the following year.Customs is government’s department responsible for collecting tariffs or duties on imported goods.In furtherance of her remarks on Customs, the LRA Commissioner General said as Customs Organizations around the world are encouraged to take stock of their work and consider other factors that enhance trade facilitation.In compliance with this duty, she noted that Customs in Liberia contributes 42% to domestic revenue in the national budget.Customs Officers assembled at the programAdditionally, she said Customs officers and brokers by extension are to ensure that collections at the various bordering points are lawful, fair and safe and free of territorial threats.Bearing in mind that Customs’ performance must be characterized by integrity in conformity with international best practices and standard, Mrs. Tamba said Liberia has commenced some transformation processes that will enhance this benchmark.Among those transformational steps taken are the introduction of new version of the Automated System for customs Data (ASYCUDA), training and testing of users of this technology (ASYCUDA), and capacity building and technical assistance provided by the European Union.The ASYCUDA technology, which Mrs. Tamba says requires the necessary infrastructures and technical support, is expected to get customers graduate from calling for declaration to using paperless technology to declare their goods anywhere via the Internet.She used the occasion to call on all stakeholders including government and international partners to render the support that will enhance the modern technology needed nowadays at Customs to ensure transparency and integrity in doing cross-border business.Regarding strides Customs and the LRA have made at some levels, Liberian businessman and keynote speaker of the International Customs Day celebration in Liberia, Amin Modad, said, “I’d be remiss if I don’t congratulate the LRA and you, our customs officers, for your evolution over the years and the role this body plays in sustaining the economy and supporting development. Ladies and gentlemen, if you look back to the state of the Bureau of Customs 12 years ago, if you look at the level of integrity, current conditions, and dismal progress made by other agencies of government, and if you understand just how much the functioning of the Liberian Government depends on customs receipts, you will join me in recognizing that the LRA has become an example to follow.”Meanwhile, the celebration on January 26 marked the 66th International Customs Day since its launch in 1953.The day was observed under the theme, “A secure business environment for economic development.” According to World Customs Organization (WCO) newsletter, members of the WCO are encouraged to look at how they can create an environment of businesses that will foster their participation in cross-border trade and how they can best serve the people and empower entrepreneurs.“By “secure,” we mean an environment that is enabling, safe, fair and sustainable, all wrapped into one. Such an environment will help businesses, especially micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), to expand their activities and create incentives for them to participate more fully in international trade, as well as encourage them to innovate, generate employment and invest in human resources, thereby boosting economic growth and raising living standards,” WCO said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
For a while Sunday, it looked as if Giguere might cost them the game. He gave up questionable goals to Nashville’s Kimmo Timonen and J.P. Dumont, and the Ducks faced a 2-0 deficit by the end of the first period. “The first goal was deflected, so it was a tough play,” Giguere said. “The second goal was a bad goal. Things will happen. We’re all human and we make mistakes.” Selanne scored on a breakaway 1:04 into the second period. Dustin Penner’s deflection of Chris Pronger’s shot from the left point tied the score at 2-2 at 3:26 of the third period. Penner’s goal was his fifth in the past four games and increased his franchise record for a rookie to 24 in a season. email@example.com (310) 540-4201 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He had been bailed out again in the Ducks’ 3-2 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators on Sunday night at the Honda Center. “I heard the puck hit the post, but I wasn’t sure if it was off the post and in or off the post and out,” Giguere said after Martin Erat’s shot in the third and final round of the shootout struck the right post and caromed away harmlessly. “I was just waiting for a reaction from somebody.” Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne scored for the Ducks in the shootout, and Paul Kariya scored for Nashville. Erat, attempting to send the shootout to a fourth round, beat Giguere high and to the glove side. The puck hit nothing but iron, however. Erat’s miss enabled the Pacific Division-leading Ducks to sneak away with a come-from-behind victory and extend their lead to eight points over the second-place Dallas Stars. The Ducks also are nine points ahead of the third-place San Jose Sharks. Western Conference-leading Nashville was without Jason Arnott (flu-like symptoms), Peter Forsberg (upper body injury), Scott Hartnell (broken foot), David Legwand (upper body) and Steve Sullivan (back spasms). For the Ducks, second in the West, winning their first division title means avoiding a possible first-round playoff matchup against the Predators. Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere heard the puck clang off the goal post behind him, but wasn’t immediately sure whether that was a good thing or a bad thing. Giguere then saw his teammates on the bench erupt in celebration. He heard the roar of a sellout crowd and finally raised his arms in a delayed reaction of joy and relief.
The Hills of Donegal Have Eyes is an anthology movie comprising of 8 different short films, all made here in Donegal by local talent. Although each of the films are very different from one another, they will be shown in sequence for one night only – tonight – in the RCC Letterkenny.Organised by Jeremy Howard and Emmet Griffin, the purpose of the event was to bring together like-minded, talented, creative people who may not have been aware of each other before.Starting with the theme of Donegal and the horror genre, people were invited with an interest in making a short film to take part. There was a good deal of interest from all around the county, as well as Actors, Writers and Directors from around the country. A pool of talent, all with varying degrees of film-making experience, quickly came together. Entry is to the screening is FREE. It is tonight at 7pm in the Regional Cultural Centre. Although not rated and open to all age groups, we would advise that some of the content may not be suitable for young children.An exhibition of the films and artwork inspired by the films will also be opening in The Glebe Gallery this evening at 9.30pm curated by Jeremy Howard, Adrian Kelly & Aoife O Donnell. Live music on the night will be supplied by Celtic punk rock outfit The Pox Men. FREE FILM FESTIVAL AT RCC LETTERKENNY THIS EVENING was last modified: November 30th, 2013 by John2Share 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:FREE FILM FESTIVAL AT RCC LETTERKENNY THIS EVENING
The Blues fell behind immediately after Diego Costa’s equaliser 1 Antonio Conte singled out Aaron Ramsey’s quick-fire goal as the key reason for his side’s FA Cup final loss to Arsenal.The Blues fell behind to a controversial early Alexis Sanchez goal before Victor Moses was dismissed for a second bookable offence after diving in the penalty area.But despite Diego Costa scoring an equaliser with a quarter of an hour remaining, Chelsea immediately fell behind again, as Ramsey restored the Gunners’ lead.And Conte felt his side’s failure to keep the scores level for a longer period was too difficult to recover from with only 10 men. “I think our start for sure wasn’t good enough,” he said.“Arsenal started the game better than us, honestly I think the goal after three minutes in this way, I think it was not disallowed because there is a clear handball but our start wasn’t good.“Then we started to play, in the second half we started very well and created the chances to equalise.“The second yellow card for Moses was for sure one of the two key moments.“But to play for 10 men, we were able to equalise and then to concede a second goal was a key moment for the loss.”The former Juventus coach also refuted claims his players struggled to raise themselves for the final having already secured the Premier League title.“It is not easy but I think that we won the league and it was right to celebrate and enjoy this win,” he added.“I think that my players put all of themselves into the game, maybe our start wasn’t good and the impact and approach wasn’t good and Arsenal pushed a lot. We paid for this start.”“Per Mertesacker for me is a perfect example for any young professional football player.“What he did today was just a consequence of an unbelievable attitude every day, even if not selected, until the Everton game in the squad.“He played his first game tonight and when he was not selected he worked even harder, which is why I pay a special tribute for him tonight.”
Speaking in response to the recent HIQA report on St Joseph’s Community Hospital in Stranorlar and the plans of the HSE to close up to ten beds in the Hospital, Sinn Féin Councillor Cora Harvey has insisted the HSE recruitment ban is to blame.Cllr Cora Harvey will organise a public meeting on St Joseph’s Community Hospital in Stranorlar.This meeting is being organised in view of the proposed bed closures at the hospital, changes to respite arrangements, the Haddington Road Agreement, the recent HIQA report and any other issues that need to be clarified. The meeting will seek to clarify the plans of the HSE in relation to St Joseph’s and inform the public of developments.“While I am supportive of the role of HIQA as an independent body in ensuring adequate standards of care in our Community Hospitals, it must be remembered that since the recruitment moratorium in the HSE the staff numbers in St Joseph’s have dropped from 37 WTE to 25 WTE. The staff and management of St Joseph’s are being consistently asked to do more with less resources,” she said.“Despite this, he HIQA report acknowledged that the staff in St Joseph’s were knowledgeable, competent and respectful while residents were satisfied with the level of care received, describing the staff as “always friendly and helpful”. However, at the time of the latest inspection for example, there were 10 staff off on leave and one retirement of a clinical nurse manager who had been on night duty. It is only natural that a high level of staff shortages will have an impact on services.“The response of the HSE has been to propose a cut in beds at the Hospital. At present there is a proposal in place to cut the bed numbers up to ten. This comes after the number of beds at the Hospital was reduced by 11 in 2010-2011.It must be pointed out that while there are general concerns in the report regarding the space available to residents, nowhere in the HIQA report does it state that beds must be closed. This report must not be used as an instrument to further cut back services at our community hospital. “When the proposal to cut beds was recently queried, the HSE justified the proposal stating that it was due to beds being under utilised. This is despite an increase in admissions of over 20% and meanwhile, families who avail of respite care for their loved ones have been informed in recent weeks that the frequency of respite care available at the hospital will be reduced.“I am calling on the HSE to immediately clarify their proposal to cut beds at the Hospital and the justification for same, the reasons why the respite care available to families is being cut and how the concerns in the HIQA report will be addressed. It is not good enough that decisions to cut services are made behind closed doors. St Joseph’s is a public hospital and a valued service in the Finn Valley and beyond.“The Government must also lift the moratorium on recruitment and invest in our community hospital network to ensure that appropriate standards are met and our community hospitals are allowed to thrive into the future.” STAFFING BAN TO BLAME FOR CRITICAL REPORTS OF DONEGAL HOSPITALS, SAYS COUNCILLOR was last modified: June 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:Cora HarveyHIQASAYS COUNCILLORSst joseph’s hosSTAFFING BAN TO BLAME FOR CRITICAL REPORTS OF DONEGAL HOSPITALS
A CRIME gang behind the latest raids on homes in County Donegal escaped to Derry – once again showing how criminals are using the Border to evade capture.One victim had her home raided in Moville at the weekend.The thieves took valuables and the family car before ripping off the number plates and driving off. The car was spotted at the Ture Inn driving at speed towards the Border shortly afterwards.It’s the latest in a series of incidents which rank and file Gardaí say shows they are under-resourced for dealing with Border crime.“Co-operation with the PSNI is excellent but when a car speeds across the Border it’s hard to catch them (the criminals),” said one officer.“We need more Gardaí because what we are doing now isn’t working.” The weekend raids are the latest in a series of incidents the most serious of which was an incident in Burnfoot last month.A man who challenged thieves outside a wake suffered broken legs when they drove off with him still hanging from the side of their vehicle.He was still clinging to the silver-coloured saloon car when the raiders sped off.As the car drove towards the Border at speed, the driver swerved, sending the man into the path of an oncoming car.The car was found burnt out in Derry. So far the Mercedes stolen in Moville in the latest incident has not been found.BURGLARY SPREE CRIMINALS ESCAPE OVER BORDER – AGAIN! was last modified: January 7th, 2014 by John2Share 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:borderDerryInishowenraidsthieves
The living world is an endless source of wonder and inspiration. There’s an octopus that does a convincing imitation of a flatfish (Science Daily, Live Science), and a red crab species that emerges from its lethargic life around Christmas and migrates miles to the sea by the millions (PhysOrg). There’s a tiny frog that can fit on the tip of a pencil (PhysOrg) and a whale with perfect pitch (Science Daily). National Geographic released a gallery of sea creatures newly discovered deep in Indonesian waters that is as colorful as it is bizarre. Some scientists get so excited about what animals they study, they want to imitate them.Embryo trick: Scientists inspired by the cilia that embryos use to direct cells to their places copied the trick with “biomimetic cilia” they hope to use with lab-on-a-chip applications (see abstract at PNAS).Stickybot: Inspired by gecko feet, scientists at Stanford designed a look-alike robot, reported Science Daily, that uses the same principle of dry adhesion by multiplication of surface contacts. “The material is strong and reusable, and leaves behind no residue or damage,” just like a gecko foot, the article said. They even imitated the gecko’s rotating ankles so that it can change direction. Perfect little engine: Ever heard of a salp? This small jelly-like creature lives in the sea and is important for carbon cycle. Science Daily told about its “near-perfect little engine” that propels it and filters its food with a microscopic mesh. Because “the scientists are captivated by the unique, almost magical performance of this natural undersea engine,” they think inventors could learn something. Science Daily asked, “What if trains, planes, and automobiles all were powered simply by the air through which they move? Moreover, what if their exhaust and byproducts helped the environment? Well, such an energy-efficient, self-propelling mechanism already exists in nature.”Beetle bifocals: Scientists at the University of Cincinnati were stunned to find a diving beetle with bifocal compound eyes. Live Science reported that the eyes have two retinas, one for distance and one for close-up inspection. Analysis of how this unique beetle sees could help bifocal manufacture. “Bifocal glasses and contacts create two images that interfere with each other, creating an area of blur,” the article said. “The beetle larvae solve this interference problem by having focal planes [that] are slightly shifted so they aren’t completely on top of each other. In fact, the researchers found the shift of the focal planes improved contrast of the resulting image three-fold.”Oyster glue: The Navy is employing “interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research” to copy oysters. The amazing underwater adhesives that oysters use are attractive to the Navy not only because of their importance to the marine ecology, but also because of the insights they provide. Naval researchers have been “studying marine animals’ various adhesives, uncovering fundamental properties that could yield new innovations from replacements for medical sutures to surface coatings that keep waterborne craft from picking up marine hitchhikers,” the article said. They found that oysters have a unique adhesive for sticking to one another as they build oyster reefs.Put on your bacteria: New Scientist posted an unusual article and video about researchers using bacteria to grow fibers for clothing. Such biodegradable clothing will be “green” not necessarily in color, but in the sense of being biodegradable and environmentally-friendly.Code in the nose: Inventors have been working on artificial noses for some time, with only mixed results at distinguishing the thousands of odors that natural noses are so good at detecting. PhysOrg reported that Stanford inventors are finding that a touch of DNA helps. The combinatorial flexibility of DNA is providing the coding repertoire for sensors to respond to many more molecules than before. Live Science added that frog egg cells are providing a key ingredient in robotic noses as receptors.Cornea breakthrough: Synthetic corneas are too hard to make, and cornea transplants are expensive and difficult, so why not regrow the real thing? The BBC News reported that biosynthetic implants, using “a synthetic version of human collagen designed to mimic the cornea as closely as possible,” are providing real hope for restoring impaired vision. Already in tests patients reported “dramatically improved” vision with the new technique.Pop goes the circuit: Manufacturing circuits inspired by bacteria? Why not? Synthetic circuits is a relatively new method within the “emerging field of synthetic biology” of organizing genetically-modified bacteria to “produce a myriad of useful proteins, enzymes or chemicals in a coordinated way.” Science Daily reported that scientists at Duke University were surprised to find bacterial cells popping, or committing suicide, when reaching a certain stage of plasmid density. They modeled the behavior with a sample circuit they called ePop and found that it can “increase the efficiency and power of future synthetic biology circuits.”Flying with altitude: Somehow, fruit flies know the right altitude for their flying and hovering needs. Live Science reported that findings about how they calculate optic flow might help designers of “insect-inspired robots.” Mike Dickinson’s team at Caltech found that flies use horizontal edges and “integrate edge information with other visual information to pick flight plans.” This work not only helps “unveil the mysteries of insect flight and cognition, but it may have practical implications for humans, as well.”These articles are part of an increasing flood of reports about biomimetics – the imitation of nature. Whether biologists look high or low, large or small, at plants or at animals, they find amazing feats in the living world that amaze and inspire. And if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the designs in life are getting rave reviews.Biomimetic designers wanted: bright, young, observant, inquisitive, logical, perceptive, entrepreneurial, honest, forward looking, optimistic, enthusiastic. This implies that Darwinians need not apply. 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South Africa is to intensify its anti-poaching strategy. (Image: WWF UK)Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica has announced the formation of a new special investigations team dedicated to the eradication of rhino poaching. This will help safeguard one of South Africa’s most enduring tourist attractions, its wildlife.The initiative could not have come sooner. Horrifying statistics show that since January 2009 84 rhino have been killed by poachers in provinces across South Africa. A breakdown reveals that the world-famous Kruger National Park is the country’s poaching hotspot, with KwaZulu-Natal’s rhino-rich nature reserves not far behind.The current poaching statistics are as follows:• Kruger National Park: 33• Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife: 19• Gauteng: 3• North West: 5• Limpopo: 7• Eastern Cape: 1• Mpumalanga: 16Sonjica made the announcement at a September 2009 meeting between herself, deputy environment minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi and various members of the executive council (MEC) from the provinces. The meeting was held to discuss new strategies to fight the recent spate of rhino deaths.The new unit is expected to tackle not only poaching, but other high-priority and organised environmental and conservation crimes. It forms part of an integrated anti-poaching strategy in which the Department of Environmental Affairs is working closely with all provinces where rhino are found.Experts hope that the unit will function in much the same way as the former Endangered Species Protection Unit of the South African Police Service. From 1989 until its disbandment in 2003 this elite unit was responsible for wildlife crime investigation and notched up great successes in its fight against international trade in endangered species.Coordinated effortsDuring the meeting the delegates discussed ways of supporting the anti-poaching initiatives of various conservation authorities around the country.The national parks authority, South African National Parks (Sanparks), is to lead a task team of conservation agencies from all provinces, with the aim of coordinating their efforts.Earlier in the year, as part of the integrated strategy, the Department of Environmental Affairs established a national biodiversity investigators’ forum in its Biodiversity and Conservation branch.This initiative enables the coordination of biodiversity-related law enforcement work, such as the efforts to stamp out rhino poaching, and will help authorities enforce national environmental legislation.War against poachingWhile poaching is still rife, the ongoing war against poachers is proving fruitful. Sanparks recently announced that it would channel US$260 000 (R2-million) from the Parks Development Fund into providing an additional 57 game rangers in the Kruger Park and equipping them with motorbikes, enabling them to cover their patrol areas more efficiently.The funds will also provide for the installation of a hi-tech crime information management system. Sanparks hopes that these new developments will give it the edge over would-be poachers.A further blow to criminal activities is the return of the South African military to patrol the vulnerable 450km national border between South Africa and Mozambique, in the east of the park. Military patrols along the border stopped three years ago.All 33 poached rhinos in the Kruger Park were killed along the eastern border, said Sanparks.“We intend to increase our efforts even more in ensuring that this scourge is routed out,” said Sanparks CEO David Mabunda. “Discussions have been started with Mozambican authorities to solicit their assistance in apprehending suspects and preventing illegal activities from proliferating on their side of the fence.”During 2009 at least 14 poachers, all of Mozambican origin, have been arrested and several illegal firearms seized in the Kruger Park. Altogether, 22 poachers around South Africa have been taken into custody since the beginning of 2009.In KwaZulu-Natal, which has also seen a surge in the number of rhino deaths, several suspects have been arrested in recent months. By late September 2009 the province had lost 19 rhino to poachers, 15 in areas managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife – formerly known as the Natal Parks Board – and four in private reserves.In January 2009 police and wildlife authorities cracked an international rhino-smuggling ring and arrested 11 people of South African, Chinese and Mozambican origin.Zero toleranceA report released in July 2009 by the World Wide Fund for Nature, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic, says that illegal international trade in rhino horns is almost at a 15-year high.But South Africa is sending out a stern warning that it will not tolerate this unlawful trade: “Poachers must beware, because we will seek them out, we will find them and they will be dealt with. This is a war that we plan on winning,” Mabunda said.