Forest loss threatens territorial gibbons in southern Borneo

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Animals, Apes, Biodiversity, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Fires, Forest Fires, Forest People, Forestry, Forests, Green, Illegal Logging, Logging, Mammals, Primates, Rainforest Animals, Rainforests, Saving Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Timber, Tropical Forests, wildfires, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Article published by John Cannoncenter_img Bornean southern gibbons have the largest territories of any species in their genus, a new study has found.These large home ranges, combined with the species’ intense territoriality, puts it at particular risk of habitat loss as a result of deforestation and fire.The findings of this research demonstrate that this endangered species needs large areas of unbroken forest. Gibbons living in southern Borneo have the largest territories of any of their close relatives, according to a new study. From a conservation perspective, those large ranges are a liability, putting them at higher risk when their habitat is wiped out by fire or deforestation.The research, published July 31 in the journal PLOS ONE, draws on nearly nine years of data on four groups of Bornean southern gibbons (Hylobates albibarbis) living in the peatlands of the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan. Combining the GPS locations of the groups with exhaustive observations of the apes’ behaviors, the team found that this species defends a “core range” of 21 to 52 hectares (52 to 128 acres) where they sleep and communicate with each other and other groups through hooting “duets” or “codas.”A Borneo southern gibbon at a safari park in the Netherlands. The species is also known as the white-bearded gibbon. Image by Tim Strater via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0).They also ply more expansive “home ranges” of almost 150 hectares (371 acres) in search of food. Unlike the core areas, which rarely overlap with those of other groups, gibbons are more apt to share parts of their home ranges.Still, gibbons tend to stick to the ranges they’ve secured in the forest for years at a time, Susan Cheyne, a biologist with the Borneo Nature Foundation and the paper’s lead author, said in a statement. That stalwart commitment to such large territories could be a recipe for conflict with other gibbon groups if they lose parts of their forest range and are forced into a rival group’s territory. During the study, one of the groups had to shift its range to the west when fires swept through parts of Borneo in 2015.The concern is that forest loss as a result of fire, at the hands of loggers or to make way for agriculture could push this IUCN-listed endangered species into splinters of forest too small to support it.A young gibbon in Central Kalimantan. Image by Wibowo Djatmiko via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).“Gibbons need large areas to survive and linking forests,” the authors write, “and reducing fragmentation is the key to their conservation.”Cheyne and her colleagues argue that insights into the behavior of gibbons can help conservationists and land managers come up with strategies to help these animals survive.“Understanding how Gibbons use the forest is critical to their conservation,” Cheyne said in the statement. “These data can feed into creating protected areas of suitable size and habitat quality to maintain viable populations of the singing, swinging small apes.”A white-bearded gibbon, pictured here in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Image by Wibowo Djatmiko via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).Banner image of a young male gibbon courtesy of the Borneo Nature Foundation. Citation:Cheyne, S. M., Capilla, B. R., K., A., Supiansyah, Adul, Cahyaningrum, E., & Smith, D. E. (2019). Home range variation and site fidelity of Bornean southern gibbons [Hylobates albibarbis] from 2010-2018. PLOS ONE, 14(7), e0217784. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0217784Nijman, V., Richardson, M. & Geissmann, T. (2008). Hylobates albibarbis (errata version published in 2018). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T39879A128972094. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T39879A10279127.en. Downloaded on 29 July 2019.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

[BGL Ligue] Mühlenbach veut être “l’équipe-surprise” de la saison

first_imgAlors oui, les jambes sont lourdes, mais la condition physique, au moins, ça ira (il rit) : les clubs pros vont s’entraîner dans les Alpes ? Nous on a les Alpes juste à côté ! Sinon, il y a des clubs en ville qui bénéficient d’infrastructures meilleures et avec lesquels nous pourrions ou devrions peut-être envisager une fusion, à terme. Et commencer à travailler aussi avec des jeunes (NDLR : le club n’en possède pas). Ce serait un parcours idéal alors si l’occasion se présente…Comment reprend-on une équipe montée avec un autre coach ?Vous savez, moi, j’étais monté de Division 1 en Promotion et après, quelqu’un s’était glissé dans mes chaussons. Il est d’ailleurs reparti assez vite et Kuduzovic était arrivé. Il a fait un bon travail. Exceptionnel même. Il devait continuer, je crois même qu’ils avaient trouvé un accord. J’ai demandé pourquoi il n’était pas resté (NDLR : il a finalement signé à l’Eintracht Trèves), on ne m’a pas dit. Mais bon, je reviens alors que j’ai commencé dans ce club en Division 3. J’ai réalisé plusieurs montées avec lui et j’ai toujours dit qu’il était taillé pour jouer un jour en DN.Alors finalement, même si ce n’est pas moi qui ai réalisé la montée en DN, on dirait que le destin voulait que cela soit moi qui soit aux commandes en DN. Maintenant, il me reste à assurer le maintien. Vu nos conditions, ce serait un immense pas. Si on le fait, il faudra vraiment travailler sur les infrastructures.Débuter contre le f91, c’est une fête ou une misère ?Quand ils ont entendu ça, plusieurs joueurs ont râlé, moi je considère que c’est le plus beau des cadeaux parce que c’est, avec la Jeunesse, l’équipe qui a le plus fait pour le football luxembourgeois ces vingt dernières années. Que peut-on rêver de mieux ? D’autant plus que la saison passée, on a vu à quel point cela pouvait aller vite : ils étaient engagés en Coupe d’Europe, devaient faire tourner, et ont quand même lâché des points en championnat bien qu’étant favoris.Alors si on crée une surprise, tant mieux, mais je préférerais de loin perdre et être sûr d’avoir une continuité derrière. Je ne veux pas de bonnes surprises contre les gros et de mauvaises surprises contre les petits. Je veux de la continuité. Ça n’aurait pas de sens de commencer par un très bon match contre le F91 si ensuite, c’est pour tout lâcher.La perte de Rachid Boulahfari est-elle grave ?Quand je suis arrivé, j’ai bien évidemment parlé avec le joueur pour tenter de le faire changer d’avis. Je le connais depuis des années, c’est quelqu’un de très discipliné et qui nous aurait fait beaucoup de bien. Mais il a sa famille et il m’a répondu : “Je ne peux pas m’entraîner plus deux fois par semaine et je ne veux pas prendre la place de quelqu’un qui s’entraîne plus.” Ce genre de joueur, on n’en trouve pas partout. Certains diraient au contraire, je peux très bien m’entraîner deux à trois fois seulement et être performant. Le club lui a donc offert un poste de directeur sportif, mais vous savez… il a toujours ses crampons avec lui. Alors si à un moment on doit et on peut le repousser vers l’équipe… D’ici là, il faut respecter son choix.Quelle sera l’identité de jeu du promu, un statut qui en général condamne à la relégation ?Presque toute l’équipe est restée ensemble. Peut-être que certains, à ce niveau, auront plus de difficultés à s’installer dans l’équipe que la saison passée en PH, mais je sens que tous ont envie de faire quelque chose, de prouver qu’on est à notre place. Je sais ce qui nous attend. Je sais qu’il y a des différences entre la PH et la DN même si parfois elles ne sont pas énormes. Chaque dimanche sera une finale de Coupe pour nous et je sais d’avance que bien des clubs se disent “oh, c’est Mühlenbach, on va prendre les points.” Mais on ne sera pas une équipe qui va défendre. Contre des équipes installées depuis longtemps, on va proposer des choses concrètes et être l’équipe-surprise de la saison.Entretien avec Julien Mollereau Hasib Selimovic reprend le surprenant Mühlenbach, qui s’était donné les moyens humains de monter, sans se dire qu’il faudrait après avoir les moyens structurels de se maintenir.Vos infrastructures minimalistes vous posent-elles concrètement problème ?Hasib Selimovic : Bon, déjà, au comité, on ne parle que de jouer à la maison nos matches de championnat. Pas ailleurs. Alors il faut qu’on s’organise parce qu’on n’a qu’un terrain pour deux équipes. Bref, on a un gros problème de terrain. Alors pendant tout le début de la préparation, les joueurs n’ont pas touché beaucoup le ballon. Ils l’ont plus touché en deux matches amicaux que sur les deux premières semaines de préparation, mais les joueurs doivent comprendre que c’est pour leur bien. On a des bois tout autour alors on va au bois. Je sais que cela ne se fait plus trop à notre époque, mais on se doit de protéger notre terrain si l’on veut pouvoir jouer dessus cette saison. On n’a pas toutes les facilités des autres clubs de DN. Partagerlast_img read more

Le journal du Luxembourg Open : une histoire de forfaits, une autre de temps perdu

first_imgEn attendant l’entrée en lice de Mandy Minella dans la soirée, on disputait les premiers matches du tableau final ce lundi à Kockelscheuer.LE FAIT DU JOUR. Ce qui a marqué ce premier jour de la semaine, c’est le retard pris par la programmation dans ce Luxembourg Open. A l’heure (18h) où Mandy Minella aurait dû monter sur le court pour affronter la Tchèque Denisa Allertova, c’est bien la rencontre qui la précédait dans le programme qui débutait. La “faute” à deux premières rencontres dans le tableau final particulièrement longues. La tête de série n°5 slovaque Kuzmova a ainsi mis 2h33 à vaincre la jeune et talentueuse Américaine Volynets (17 ans, WTA 389), avant que la Russe Gasparyan ne mette 2h11 à écarter la Suissesse Teichmann.L’HISTOIRE DROLE DU JOUR. Battue au dernier tour des qualifs ce lundi matin par la Française Chloé Paquet, la Belge Ysaline Bonaventure (WTA 110) a été repêchée en tant que “Lucky Loser” suite au forfait de Kateryna Kozlova (WTA 82). Sauf que la Belge a dû, elle-même, déclarer forfait en fin de journée suite à un problème à l’épaule. Elle est dès lors remplacée par la Suissesse Stefanie Voegele (WTA 127) … qui avait déclaré forfait ce lundi lors de son 3e tour de qualifications. Mais qui devrait être apte à jouer ce mardi. Inouï. LA QUALIFIEE DU JOUR. Monica Niculescu, la lauréate de l’édition 2016, en a fini avec ses travaux d’Hercule. La Roumaine, 111e joueuse mondiale, s’est qualifiée ce lundi pour le tableau final, l’emportant au 3e tour des qualifications face à sa compatriote Elena-Gabriela Ruse.LES RESULTATS DU JOUR. V. Kozlova (SVK) bat K. Volynets (USA) 6-7(4), 7-6(1), 6-1 ; M. Gasparyan (RUS) bat J. Teichmann (SUI) 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-3LE PROGRAMME DU JOUR.Ce mardiCenter CourtA partir de 12h : L. Siegemund (GER) – M. Kostyuk (UKR) suivi de F. Ferro (FRA, n°7) – M. Puig (PUR), A. Van Uytvanck (BEL, n°4) – M. Niculescu (ROU)Pas avant 18h : E. Mertens (BEL, n°1) – S. Voegele (SUI) suivi de A. Petkovic (GER) – C. Giorgi (ITA, n°6)Court 1A partir de 12h : P. Parmentier (FRA) – S. Cirstea (ROU) suivi de A. Lottner (GER) – T. Korpatsch (GER), C. Paquet (FRA) – E. Rybakina (KAZ).Pas avant 15h30 : C. Gauff (USA)/C. McNally (USA) – M. Doi (JAP)/M. Ninomiya (JPN) suivi de Kr. Pliskova (CZE)/R. Voracova (CZE) – F. Ferro (FRA)/J. Teichmann (SUI)J.C. Partagerlast_img read more

Pollard points to inconsistency

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Captain of Barbados Tridents, Kieron Pollard, says his team lost the Caribbean Premier League title because of inconsistency at the back end of tournament.In the final at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel dethroned Barbados Tridents with a clinical all-round performance to win by 20 runs.”It was a good season,” declared Pollard.”It was a bit up and down in the back end, but it is T20 cricket and the Red Steel had momentum coming down to the back end of the tournament, and they ran with it.”Opting to bat first, Red Steel were propelled by Pakistani Kamran Akmal, who top-scored with 60, while South African opener Cameron Delport hit 50 – the pair putting on 102 for the second wicket.In reply, the Tridents fell from a good position of 82 for one as the run rate climbed leaving them needing 26 off the last over.”I just thought with our bowling effort, we wantedto restrict them to around150-160. Their final score of 178, I think, was 20 runs too much, but having said that, we had a brilliant start,” said the Tridents’ skipper.”We got 60-odd in the first ten overs, but I think we lost it in the back ten. One of the guys from the top order needed to bat all the way through to the end and we did not have that, and we paid the price in the end.”The Red Steel were almost unstoppable at home, winning six of seven at the Queen’s Park Oval and six of their last eight matches overall to clinch the CPL title for the first time.last_img read more

Kyrie Irving listed day-to-day by NBA Celtics with knee strain

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Irving scored 14 points in 14 minutes on the court before leaving with the injury, appearing to suffer the setback after multiple moves on screens away from the ball.Irving is averaging 23.8 points, 7.0 assists and 4.9 rebounds for the Celtics, who are battling Philadelphia for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 26-year-old Australian-born American, the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, underwent left knee surgery last April.Irving, who helped Cleveland win the 2016 NBA title before being traded to Boston in 2017, helped the US group of NBA stars to 2016 Rio Olympic gold. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 07: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPBoston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving was listed as day-to-day by the NBA club on Sunday after an MRI revealed he suffered a right knee strain in a loss Saturday.An MRI on Sunday at New England Baptist Hospital led doctors to the diagnosis, easing fears of a worse injury after Irving was hobbled with just over four minutes remaining in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers’ 123-112 victory at Boston.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Kemba Walker enters 3rd All-Star game with uncertain future MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

LWSC Monrovia Water Rehab Makes Steady Progress

first_imgThe Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation’s 90-day deliverable of planned water projects to connect homes and businesses to pipe borne water have begun making steady progress in Monrovia.Yesterday, the Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services, Frankie Cassell, led a team of reporters to assess progress on the restoration of pipe-borne water in some parts of Monrovia.Provision of pipe-borne water to greater Monrovia has been a herculean task for the LWSC management which, nevertheless, recently received accolades for “excellent performance” in fulfilling its 90 day mandate during the recent State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Cabinet retreat.Basically, the challenges have been budgetary constraints and the enormous consumption of fuel by the generator at the LWSC White Plain water treatment plant in Louisiana.On top of those challenges, a series of technical and mechanical breakdowns have also contributed to the slow pace of water delivery to greater Monrovia and its immediate environs.Some of LWSC’s financial and other constraints may soon be assuaged by the award of a substantial amount of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds to be invested in empowering the entity whose services “trickle down” to impact the lives of ordinary Liberians as a performing utility.During the 55-minute tour with reporters yesterday, Deputy Director Cassell intimated that plans are now underway to rehabilitate the two major booster lift stations situated in Monrovia.He also disclosed that the water booster lift stations are intended to increase the pressure needed to deliver water to elevated places and importantly to store the water from the two treatment plants outside of Monrovia.Mr. Cassell also informed reporters that when the two major water booster lift stations are completed this year, the two water storage stations would hold about 1.6 million gallons of pipe-borne water for distribution in Monrovia.Director Cassell also disclosed that the reinstallation of several underground pipes that had been exposed by either erosion or movement of heavy equipment over the years of the civil crisis is being done.When the ongoing water projects on the major streets are completed, delivery of pipe-borne water to hundreds of homes and business entities would be enhanced in Monrovia and its environs, he said.Commenting on the challenges of the rehabilitation work, Director Cassell alluded to the building of structures on pipe and sewer lines and damaging of some critical outstation facilities as some of the major impediments encountered.He also told reporters that his agency’s management is currently in discussions with the relevant ministries and agencies regarding the removal of residents and business entities that are illegally occupying LWSC facilities.Director Cassell pointed out that rehabilitation and construction works on the 36-inch pipe from White Plain continues to make progress due to the commitment of LWSC workers.In a related development, an LWSC Project Manager for the greater Monrovia’s water initiative, Engineer Horatio Bernard, told reporters that ongoing work to rehabilitate several water pipes are making significant progress.Engineer Bernard added that the provision of quality pipe-borne water to homes and businesses in the greater Monrovia area is intended to ensure quality health and sanitation for all Liberians.Asked about when the works would be completed, he said if the current trend of works continues, the water project would be completed in two weeks.In brief encounters with community residents of the areas being reconnected to the LWSC pipe-borne water system, many expressed delight over the efforts by the water agency to restore quality pipe borne water in their areas as cardinal to health and sanitation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No Freedom for GVL Rioters

first_imgAs the 26 celebrations took place in Greenville, Sinoe County, it was highly anticipated that some of those that had been incarcerated as a result of the recent fracas and destruction of property at the Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) concession area would be pardoned by the President. This was, however, not the case as President Sirleaf was only able to grant presidential clemency to three persons who had been incarcerated since 2012.Granting clemency to the three individuals, two males and a female, President Sirleaf said, “As you all know, the constitution gives the President the right to exercise clemency for those who are incarcerated. That process is only exercised when a judicial process is concluded, the person has been sentenced, and remanded to prison for a period of time.”Those who received the presidential pardon included Amos Tarpeh, 47, who has been in prison since June 28, 2012 and was charged with arson; David Tarpeh, 68, who similarly was arrested the same time for the same offence and Ms. Baby-girl Togbah, 25, charged for assault.She further indicated, “Mr. Superintendent, you should please ensure that these three persons are released from prison with the advice to them that we expect them now to be good citizens and abide by the law and ensure that they do not get into a situation that would bring them back from situations which we just freed them.”Residents who spoke to the Daily Observer said that Senator Milton Teahjay, had promised the people of Butaw that their children – particularly those involved in the destruction of property at GVL in June this year – would be released before or during Independence celebrations in the county.One would wonder if this could have happened given the fact that those individuals were incarcerated for allegedly committing criminal acts, but the citizens indicated that Senator Teahjay gave them fervent hope that their relatives would be released.This situation however had an adverse toll on the celebration in Sinoe as many of the people were not interested in such a big event that was taking place in their county. Others indicated that the reason for the low interest shown by the people is the result of disagreement with the Superintendent of the County, Romeo Quaiah, which has some tribal overtones.“We were lied to by our officials. We were informed that the Butaw rioters would have been freed before this July 26 Independence celebrations, but this is yet to be the case. Why should our brothers be incarcerated by this government for fighting for their rights? For me this is indeed disappointing,” Tugbeh Sargbeh told newsmen during an interview.He noted that the celebration in the county is worthless when some sons of the county are loitering in prison for no reason. “There is nothing for us to celebrate here. We want to call on this government to free our people. That’s all we need from them, there is nothing in this county to celebrate,” Mr. Sargbeh.For his part Emmanuel Tarpeh, 27, indicated that the young people of the county will give no government official warm reception until his colleagues are freed. “We want our brothers freed. What have they done? So it is true that Liberians respect foreigners more than their brothers and sisters? These people [GVL Company] are exploiting us here and the government is strongly backing them?”Meanwhile, the young people of Sinoe noted that they were totally left out of the preparation for the hosting of the Independence celebration. Many of them who spoke with President Sirleaf at the newly constructed youth center in Greenville noted that they were never called on board by the officials of the county to lend their helping hands.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Letters to Santa

first_imgGet your letters to Santa and he’ll read them on Moose FMStarting December 1st on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Santa will be at the Moose FM to read your letters.  Kids, drop off your letters to Santa at the Northern Toy Box or Home Hardware.  Just look for Santa’s Mail Box and leave your letter inside.At 4:20 Santa will read your letters and two kids will win a special prize.  Just make sure your full name and phone number is on your letter so Moose FM’s Elves can find you. – Advertisement -Letters With Santa on Moose FM Starting December 1st is brought to you by Home Hardware and the Northern Toy Box.last_img read more

Military cuts access to Web sites

first_imgWASHINGTON – Lt. Daniel Zimmerman, an infantry platoon leader in Iraq, puts a blog on the Internet every now and then “to basically keep my friends and family up to date” back home. It just got tougher to do that for Zimmerman and a lot of other U.S. soldiers. No more using the military’s computer system to socialize and trade videos on MySpace, YouTube and more than a dozen others Web sites, the Pentagon says. Citing security concerns and technological limits, the Pentagon has cut off access to those sites for personnel using the Defense Department’s computer network. The change limits use of the popular outlets for service members on the front lines, who regularly post videos and journals. “I put my blog on there and my family reads it,” said Zimmerman, 29, a platoon leader with B Company, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment. “It scares the crap out of them sometimes,” he said. “I keep it as vague as possible,” he said. “I’m pretty responsible about it. It’s just basically to tell a little bit about my life over here” he said. He’s regularly at a base where he doesn’t have Defense Department access to the Internet, but he has used it when he goes to bigger bases. He’ll have to rely on a private account all the time now. Memos about the change went out in February, and it took effect last week. It does not affect the Internet cafes that soldiers in Iraq use that are not connected to the Defense Department’s network. The cafe sites are run by a private vendor, FUBI (For US By Iraqis). Also, the Pentagon said that many of the military computers on the front lines in Iraq that are on the department’s network had previously blocked the YouTube and MySpace sites. The ban also does not affect other sites, such as Yahoo, and does not prevent soldiers from sending messages and photos to their families by e-mail. Internet use has become a troublesome issue for the military as it struggles to balance security concerns with privacy rights. As blogs and video-sharing become more common, the military has voiced increasing concern about service members revealing details about military operations or other information about equipment or procedures that will aid the enemy. At the same time, service members have used the Web sites to chronicle their time in battle, posting videos and writing journals that provide a powerful, personal glimpse into their days at war. “These actions were taken to enhance and increase network security and protect the use of the bandwidth,” said Col. Gary Keck, a Pentagon spokesman. The Pentagon said that use of the video sites in particular was putting a strain on the network, and also opening it to potential viruses or penetration by so-called “phishing” attacks in which scam artists try to steal sensitive data by mimicking legitimate Web sites. “The U.S. Army’s not going to pay the bill for you to get on MySpace and YouTube,” said Maj. Bruce Mumford, of Chester, Neb., who is serving as the brigade communications officer for the 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, in Iraq. After the warnings of the shutdown went out, military members were allowed to seek waivers if the sites were necessary for their jobs.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

Fr Paddy gets behind Kilmacrennan Youth Group’s pilgrimage plan

first_imgFive young people from the Parish of Kilmacrennan will travel to Medjugorje and to Lourdes this Easter and May. The community each year along with Parish Priest Fr. Paddy Dunne encourages and supports the young people of the parish to take part in these pilgrimages.This year after mass on St. Patrick’s Day, as part of a fundraising effort, the youth are organising a St. Patricks Day Social at Kilmacrennan’s Primary School Gym and everyone is welcome. This year all money raised will go towards their pilgrimage trip and they will donate funds from the St. Patrick’s Day Social to two worthy causes. The Bumbulance and The Friends of Ronan Sweeney Rehabilitation Fund will both receive donations from their efforts.Nicole Doherty, Darragh Russell, Ann Marie Doherty, Caolan Gallagher & Hannah Downey will be selling Shamrock Pots after Mass this weekend & next weekend on the run up to the St. Patrick’s Day Social. The St. Patrick’s Day Social will be a community event & tea, coffee & refreshments will be served after mass,They will have traditional Irish Music & Irish Dancing and a raffle on the day and the event will be compered by Oisin Kelly. Admission is free and all donations welcome.“The Friends of Ronan Sweeney Rehabilitation Fund and The BUMBLEance Children’s Ambulance Service are both very worthy causes and I am delighted that the youth in our parish are coming together to support these charities. It also makes our community very proud that so many young people from our parish want to travel to Medjugorje and to Lourdes every year and we would like to wish them all safe and spiritual travels”, says Fr. Dunne. Fr Paddy gets behind Kilmacrennan Youth Group’s pilgrimage plan was last modified: March 3rd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalFr Paddy Dunnekilmacrennanlast_img read more