Namib Desert, Namibia (GC14W63) — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching country souvenir: NamibiaDecember 8, 2017In “Community”Learn something new on International EarthCache DaySeptember 12, 2017In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Kolmanskop – A Ghost Town (GC1Z46T) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 3, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Photo by KilroymanGeocache Name:Namib Desert, Namibia (GC14W63) by MausebiberLocation:Sossusvlei, NamibiaS 24° 44.400 E 015° 17.310Difficulty/Terrain Rating:D2.5/T2Why this is Geocache of the Week:The burnt orange dunes of the Namib Desert aren’t exactly right around the corner for most geocachers. Actually, they’re not right around the corner for anyone. The name Namid comes from the Nama word for ‘vast’—and those who are lucky enough to take a scenic flight above the desert know just how fitting a title it is.GC14W63 is an EarthCache. If you happen to be in the area—that is, in the Mars-like sand dunes of Sossusvlei, in Namibia—this Sunday, October 11, you’ll earn the International EarthCache Day 2015 souvenir for finding it. The sand dunes at Sossusvlei are the largest in the world at around 300 meters tall, and they’re being coaxed northwards by prevailing winds from the south. According to the EarthCache description, geologists say this desert could be the oldest in the world. The almost electric colors of the dunes are caused by the slow oxidization of iron in the sand; the more bright orange the dune is, the older it is.This EarthCache is Geocache of the Week not only for it’s well-organized, informative, and clear cache page, nor merely for its spectacular vistas, but because it holds true to the original purpose of the EarthCache. An EarthCache site is a special place that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of our Earth. The sand dunes of the Namib desert are utterly unique. They’re fantastic. They’re old. They are at once imposing and delicate, timeless and mutable. The dream landscape they create defies civilization (you try building a cottage on a pile of sand).  And—this may be the understatement of the year—they’re well worth a visit.Photo by Team HermannWhat geocachers have to say:“We loved visting the Namib Desert whilst on our family holiday to Namibia. We stayed in the Sesriem Camp and got up very early to watch the sunrise over the dunes. Thanks for this lovely EarthCache.” –GCMTWood“On of the highlights of our Namiba trip was the visit of Sousuvlei. The dunes are just fantastic. We enjoyed the stay and even climed the big daddy dune. What a great view from there. Thank you very much for this Earthcache and greetings from Switzerland.” –foolish5“What a fascinating place in the middle of an ocean of endless dunes. We stopped here during our three weeks lasting tour through Namibia and this was definitely one of our favorite places. The red colors in different increments, the merciless heat despite winter mode, the seemingly absence of life and the huge amounts of dead sand – what a spectacular view to remember, what a unique feeling to deal with, what an unforgettable moment. You have to visit Sossusvlei to imagine and understand these feelings. We will be back as soon as possible, also to enjoy these exceptional moments once again. These days here were such a great experience, so we need to say thank you for bringing us here. Thanks a lot for this cache, for the listing and for your efforts. Regards from Germany!” –do.se_gotcha“We had 2,5 weeks in Namibia. The countryside is awesome, fauna and flore interesting and the people are so nice. Thanks to geocaching we have found a lot of places I wouldn’t have visited otherwise. A nice EarthCache leading me deeper in the canyon then I expected!” –MMXXPhoto by giddoWhat the cache owner, Mausebiber, has to say:When did you first visit the dunes near Sesreim? Have you visited again since then?“My wife and I were in South Africa and Namibia first time in 1990, again in 1993 and our last visit was in 2007. Unfortunately we have not visited this beautiful country since then, but we are looking forward to go again within the next 2-3 years.”What do you like about this spot, and what do you think attracts other people?“This is a very unique place.  If you go early in the morning, you can feel the cold of the night and once the sun comes up, its rapidly getting warm.  Very few places where you can feel the power of the sun this extreme.  On the other hand, it is very quiet, only the wind is singing while it is blowing over the dunes.  When you are on top of a dune, your view can carry for miles and miles and all you see is the beauty and the colors of the desert.  There is nothing but vastness, nothing will disturb the view.  Out of a sudden, your thoughts are free, you feel the peace of the area, you just feel happy.  There are very few places where I had a similar feeling.”What’s been your reaction to all of the nice logs and Favorite Points?“Of course I like the logs where people report about the beauty of the place and about their experience. I answer each end every mail I receive and thank Cachers about their visit. At the same time I wish everyone a very nice vacation and happy caching for the future.  Sometimes a little email conversation takes place where we share some experience.”Is there anything you’d like to say to the geocaching community?“Namibia, located in the south of Africa, a land of contrasts and beauty. The cost region is cold and windy while the inner part is hot with mountain ranges. There is the oldest desert, the Namib and the Fishriver canyon which is the second largest canyon of the world. In the northern part close to the Angola border is Etosha National Park. With its size of almost 9000 square miles and over 100 species of animals and 300 species of birds, it is one of the largest parks in Africa. If you like lost places, you have to visit Kolmanskop, an old German diamond field. The people are friendly and helpful and the scenery just breathtaking. We enjoyed every second and sure enough, we will come back to visit this remarkable country.”Photo by saharaaPhoto by PermonHrochPhoto by pfitschipfeilPhoto by pfitschipfeilPhoto by KilroymanPhoto by KilroymanPhoto by saharaalast_img read more

Retirement Planning Over the Life Cycle

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] Military Families Learning Network will host Retirement Ready? Effective Strategies for Military Families webinar on November 1. This 90-minute webinar will Include a segment about personal finances and how people at different stages of the life cycle view retirement planning.Join Retirement Ready? Effective Strategies for Military Families on Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. ET. Image created by Bari SobelsonAs described in a presentation by Professor William Klinger of Raritan Valley (NJ) Community College to the New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education, these generational reactions can be summarized as follows:Age 20-35– What, me, worry? I’ve got plenty of time.Age 35-55– Too many expenses. I’ll save later versus now.Age 55-70- Yikes! I have no savings. It’s catch-up time.Age 70+- How can I make my retirement savings last?At age 20-35, the key thing to remember is that time is on your side. For example, college students graduating at age 22 have 45 years of compound interest on their savings before they’re eligible for full Social Security benefits at age 67. In addition to saving early, it is also important to keep spending in check so that savings can get an early start. Some young adults, unfortunately, procrastinate by thinking “I’ll start saving later when I pay off student loans” or “I’ll save when I make more money.”In the “middle years,” age 35 to 55, emphasis should be on continued savings, especially in tax-deferred retirement savings accounts such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans. Be sure to take full advantage of the maximum available employer matching, such as 6% of your pay if you invest 6%, and track your annual progress by preparing a net worth statement that takes a “snapshot” of your current assets and debts.In later adulthood, age 55 to 70, people are (hopefully!) empty nesters and can accelerate their savings even further. According to research by Fidelity investments, people should have 5 times their salary saved at age 55, 6 times at age 60, 7 times at age 65, and 8 times at age 67 to be considered “on track” for a comfortable retirement. Unfortunately, the 2016 Retirement Confidence Survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute indicates that only 14% of workers have more than $250,000 saved for retirement and 54% have less than $25,000 in savings, including 26% that have less than 1,000.A primary retirement planning concern of people age 70+ is having their savings last throughout their lifetime. High health care and long-term care costs in later life are also major concerns. A body of research suggests that initially withdrawing 4% of savings (whatever the dollar amount) and increasing it annually for inflation has about an 85% success rate (i.e., chance of not running out of money) over a 30-year period based on past investment performance data. New research findings with “floor and ceiling” withdrawal strategies and “decision rules” (e.g., freezing income during periods of negative investment returns) have been shown to increase success rates even further.To summarize, retirement planning is important throughout adult life and can span a period lasting seven, or even eight, decades. Key messages for people of all generations are as follows:Start saving for retirement as early in life as possible. If it’s too late for you to get an early start, save as much as you can today and encourage your children and/or grandchildren to start saving early.Increase savings as income rises and/or expenses (e.g., child care) and/or debts (e.g., student loans) are reduced or end.Develop an adequate savings nest egg and a strategy for sustainable retirement savings withdrawals in later life. To plan your retirement savings, use the Ballpark Estimate.Enjoy the fruits of your labor in retirement and the journey of life along the way.Register today to join the November 1 webinar Retirement Ready? Strategies for Military Families. CEUs for accredited financial counselors, certified personal finance counselors, marriage and family counselors, social workers and counselors are available.last_img read more

Plant 25 trees for killing 25 vultures, Gauhati High Court tells Assam man

first_imgThe Gauhati High Court has ordered a villager in Assam to plant and take care of 25 trees as punishment for poisoning as many vultures to death three months ago.The State Forest Department had filed a case against Dhanpati Das of Kamalpur, about 40 km north of Guwahati, for lacing a goat carcass with pesticide that killed the 25 rare vultures.Initial reactionOn April 4, the High Court granted him bail after he had spent 28 days in custody under Section 429 (mischief by killing, poisoning, maiming animals or rendering them useless) of the Indian Penal Code read with Section 51(a) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act.Hearing the case a month later, the court made an ecological statement by asking him to plant saplings and nurture them. The man, though, said he did not poison the carcass in the first place.Green activists welcomed the judgment. “The man could have been sentenced to six months in prison. But this form of punishment should have a positive impact on the person and make him contribute to nature,” Bibhab Talukdar of NGO Aaranyak said.Tree per citizenMeghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Saturday announced on social media the launch of the One Citizen One Tree campaign ahead of the World Environment Day for re-greening the State affected by unregulated coal and limestone mining. “With the State fast losing its forest cover, the campaign aims at people’s involvement in planting more trees. All districts will be covered in the mass plantation drive wherein all indigenous plants raised by the communities across the State will be provided to citizens who want to participate in the campaign,” a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office said.last_img read more

Sport Minister Welcomes Public-Private Partnerships

first_imgMinister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley has welcomed public-private partnerships, which will lead to the upgrading of existing sport infrastructure.“We are very aware that public-private partnerships will be needed to create a new velodrome and hockey field, as we seek to bolster our sport infrastructure,” Mrs. Neita Headley said, in her contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of representatives on June 5.She noted that the private sector and the Diaspora continue to play very significant roles in sport development.“Jamaica, unlike many countries of our size and resources, has a wide range of organised sporting disciplines and National Associations,” she pointed out.The Sports Minister noted also that the private sector and the Diaspora have been stalwart partners through alumni associations and their community links in Jamaica.“Civic and professional bodies, through various creative means, have supported Jamaica’s sport development programme, not just through financial support, gifts of equipment and gear, but also their presence to support, cheer on and mentor our athletes when they travel overseas,” Mrs. Neita Headley said.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

Potlotek community promised new water system but questions remain

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsMi’kmaq who have been with dirty water in Potlotek, N.S. have been promised a new water system.Federal government officials met with the community Tuesday.People applauded the good news, but still have big questions.See related stories here: #[email protected]last_img

Markets Right Now Dow industrials break through 25000

first_imgThe latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4 p.m.The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 25,000 points for the first time, just five weeks after its first close above 24,000.Technology companies, which put up some of the biggest gains in the last year, continued to outpace the rest of the market Thursday.Banks were benefiting from higher bond yields, which allow them to charge higher interest rates on mortgages and other kinds of loans.Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo all posted solid gains.The Dow increased 152 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 25,075.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 10 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,723.The Nasdaq composite climbed 12 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,077.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.45 per cent.___11:45 a.m.The Dow Jones industrial average is trading above 25,000 points for the first time, just five weeks since its first close above 24,000.Technology companies, which put up some of the biggest gains in the last year, continued to outpace the rest of the market Thursday.Banks were benefiting from higher bond yields, which allow them to charge higher interest rates on mortgages and other kinds of loans.Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo posted solid gains in midday trading.The Dow increased 125 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 25,047.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 10 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,723.The Nasdaq climbed 11 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,076.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.48 per cent.___9:35 a.m.The Dow Jones industrial average traded above 25,000 points for the first time, blasting through another 1,000-point milestone.The Dow’s latest breakthrough came in early trading Thursday and just five weeks after closing above 24,000 points for the first time.Technology companies and banks had some of the biggest gains in early trading. Wells Fargo rose 1.9 per cent and Microsoft rose 0.7 per cent.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 9 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,722.The Dow Jones industrials increased 118 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 25,037. The Nasdaq climbed 16 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,081.last_img read more

Mounties in Dawson Creek seize stolen pickup and guns from Mile Zero

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – One man was arrested in Dawson Creek late last week after police recovered a pickup truck and a number of firearms that were found to have been stolen.Cst. Jaime Ekkel with the Dawson Creek RCMP said that on Friday, July 6th, officers were conducting a proactive patrol in the Mile Zero Trailer park when officers noted a pickup truck parked in front of a home which had an incorrect license plate attached.After officers ran a search on the truck’s vehicle identification number, the truck was confirmed to have been previously reported stolen. A man and two women were located inside of the home, and the man was subsequently arrested. The two women were requested to leave the property.A search warrant was executed at the home, where police located multiple stolen firearms, ammunition and knives.Prohibited items such as 15-round pistol magazines and a homemade ‘stun gun’ were also located inside the home.Weapons and stolen property were also found inside the pickup truck.Cst. Ekkel said that the man is still in police custody. His identity has not been released since no charges have yet been laid.last_img read more

Second Annual Peace Fusion Dance Showcase

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace Fusion Dance Company (PFDC) will be showcasing a repertoire of their dance numbers at their second Annual Dance Showcase.The Peace Fusion Dance Showcase is a way to share with the community the competitive dances the Company has been developing and working on prior to attending dance competitions they will be attending this year across North America.The Showcase will be at the North Peace Cultural Centre on Saturday, January 26 at 7:00 PM. The cost for Adults is $25 and Children are $12. There will be various styles of dance including tap, modern, lyrical, ballet, hip hop and more.To purchase a ticket for the Event CLICK HERE To view, the FB Event Page CLICK HEREPFDC is made up of dancers from both Fort Nelson to High Prairie who train at 8 different studios in 5 different towns. They will be joined by local dance studios including Studio 2 Stage Dance Academy, Alchemy Dance Collective, North Peace Gymnastics Association, Kiwanis Performing Arts, Watt School of Irish Dance, Dawson Creek Dance Company, and Ashlie Jmayoff Dance who will also perform a number of pieces from their competition repetiore.To view, the FB Page CLICK HERElast_img read more

Mexican footballer was stuck in Venezuela for 75 days

first_imgEx-Pumas Alfonso Nieto couldn’t leave the South American country because there was no paper to print out his son’s passportFor Mexican footballer Alfonso Nieto, the chance to play football outside his country was a dream come true.He was called to play with Carabobo in Venezuela’s Primera Division.Nieto started this adventure in January but was let go by the club in May.That’s where the nightmare started.The Mexican athlete had a newborn baby and couldn’t print his passport to leave the country.The South American country has a shortage of basic materials, and paper is one of them.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“For two months I lived like a Venezuelan, like one of my brothers who helped me in that country,” he told Diario Excelsior in Mexico.75 days after his first try, he was able to get help and get out of the country and is now in Mexico with his whole family waiting for a new chance with football.“It was months, weeks, waiting for a solution.”“At the end, we went to live in Caracas to try to solve this as soon as possible,” he added.3 Meses mi Mati hermoso!! TE AMO ? Nunca caminaras solo hijo! ??? #GraciasDios pic.twitter.com/YqtFXythhs— Alfonso Nieto (@aNieto_23) August 14, 2018last_img read more