Leaders urged to shun using youths to cause disharmony

first_imgThe boda boda association leaders said that they must be consulted especially since some of their members would benefit from the fundraiser.Also Read  Teachers to report back to school on MondayHis remarks come at a time when leaders have been accused by politicians and religious leaders of igniting political tensions.DP Ruto on Monday called upon leaders from across the political divide to refrain from insults and abusive language irrespective of their political differences.Also Read  President Kenyatta hails peace progress in S.Sudan“Leaders should exercise restraint and avoid insults and bad language against other Kenyans,” he said.He was directing at Emurua Dikiir Member of Parliament Johana Ng’eno who was arrested and charged with inciting violence. Deputy President William Ruto has urged political leaders to using the youth in country to create unrest.The Deputy President spoke in Kisii town on his way to Kitutu Chache and South Mugirango to preside over a fundraiser for boda boda, women and youth groups.“Leaders are duty-bound to work together, serve the people with diligence, inspire co-existence and inclusion. They must shun using youths to cause any form of disharmony in the society,” he said.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East Mau Chaos had earlier been witnessed before the DP Ruto’s visit as two factions of boda boda associations claimed not have been involved in planning of the meeting.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

Trump Concludes 2019 with Tweets, Golf, Iraq, and NYE Party

first_imgIran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019 President Putin of Russia called to thank me and the U.S. for informing them of a planned terrorist attack in the very beautiful city of Saint Petersburg. They were able to quickly apprehend the suspects, with many lives being saved. Great & important coordination!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019 Armed congregants quickly stopped a crazed church shooter in Texas. If it were not for the fact that there were people inside of the church that were both armed, and highly proficient in using their weapon, the end result would have been catastrophic. A big THANK YOU to them!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019 President Donald Trump ended 2019 with quite a busy day which included tweeting on a variety of issues, golfing, defusing an attack on a U.S. embassy that put the country on the brink of war, and hosting a party at Mar-a-Lago.The president began his New Year’s Eve with this tweet:The Democrats will do anything to avoid a trial in the Senate in order to protect Sleepy Joe Biden, and expose the millions and millions of dollars that “Where’s” Hunter, & possibly Joe, were paid by companies and countries for doing NOTHING. Joe wants no part of this mess!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019 The protesters reportedly chanted anti-American slogans as they smashed glass, spray painted and set the embassy walls on fire. The attack is believed to have been in retaliation for missile strikes the U.S. conducted last weekend against Kateb Hezbollah, which Trump has blamed for killing and wounding American servicemen in Iraq recently.The President also addressed reports that he was golfing while the embassy was under attack, saying:The Fake News said I played golf today, and I did NOT! I had meeting in various locations, while closely monitoring the U.S. Embassy situation in Iraq, which I am still doing. The Corrupt Lamestream Media knew this but, not surprisingly, failed to report or correct!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019center_img He then spent some time at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach after posting five more tweets on topics ranging from Iran’s involvement in the attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, to armed church-goers who stopped a gunman in Texas, to a phone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin, and a trade deal with China.I will be signing our very large and comprehensive Phase One Trade Deal with China on January 15. The ceremony will take place at the White House. High level representatives of China will be present. At a later date I will be going to Beijing where talks will begin on Phase Two!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019 After news broke that the American embassy in Baghdad had been breached by Iraqi Kateb Hezbollah protesters, Trump posted:….Iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities. They will pay a very BIG PRICE! This is not a Warning, it is a Threat. Happy New Year!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019 When a reporter later asked Trump about his goal for the new year, First Lady Melania responded: “Peace on the world.” Trump added that he did not want to discuss his resolution because he did not want to “jinx it.”Mr. Trump also told journalists covering the event, “You have to stay honorable. If you’re honorable, I’m going to win the election by a lot. If you’re not honorable, I’m just going to win the election by a little. So I’d rather have you be honorable, Ok?”The President then hosted a New Year’s Eve party attended by many administration and campaign officials and friends, including Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Palm Beach Gardens resident Ben Carson and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.The First Family is scheduled to return to Washington, D.C. on Sunday.last_img read more

Leinster name side for key Champions Cup tie

first_imgJohnny Sexton starts for the second week in a row and is partnered by Luke McGrath.Isa Nacewa starts at full back and Rob Kearney is on the bench. Leo Cullen’s side are five points clear at the top of their pool with two matches remaining.last_img

Sawa Owners Sentenced For Payroll Tax, Social Security Fraud

first_imgNEWARK — Two Monmouth County men, brothers-in-law who ran two area Asian restaurants, were sentenced last week in federal court on charges of failing to pay payroll taxes and for their involvement in hiring and harboring illegal aliens, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Mou Chor Tung, who also goes by “Kenny Tung,” a 45-year-old Colts Neck resident, was sentenced to 20 months in prison; Sin Ching Chang, also known as “Alton Chang,” 35, Long Branch, Tung’s brother-in-law and business partner, got two years probation, when the two appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Claire C. Cecchi on Nov. 30, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said last week.Cecchi also sentenced Tung to a two-year supervised released and fined him $10,000. For Chang the fine was $3,000.Tung was the owner and manager of Sawa 1, an Asian and sushi restaurant in Eatontown, while Chang owned and operated Sawa 2, at the Pier Village shopping development in Long Branch. Authorities had alleged, and the two men eventually admitted in court, that they were responsible for the businesses’ bookkeeping, including collecting and paying to the IRS restaurant employees’ contribution to Social Security, Medicare and income taxes, the traditional employee obligations for payroll taxes. But, from 2007 through 2010, authorities said, Tung did not collect from or forward to federal agencies about $263,523. Chang, for 2007, failed to make the necessary $57,048 payments, according to the attorney’s office in Newark.Tung was also obligated to verify the identity and immigration status of his employees, he hired who were in this country illegally; and for some of them he had them use others’ Social Security numbers, the U.S. Attorney said.Tung had bought two Long Branch residential properties and would house the undocumented workers there and transport them back and forth to work in a vehicle belonging to the restaurant, according to federal law enforcement officials.last_img read more

Photo Gallery: Skim Bash Makes a Splash

first_imgBy Lily Marten |SEA BRIGHT – The annual action-packed Sea Bright Skim Bash took place June 23 and 24 in the borough. Skimboarders ranging from beginners to professionals came out to wow the crowd and judges while competing for prizes. The Skim USA contest showcased skills of all levels and made for a fun and free summer spectacle.This article was first published in the June 28-July 5, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img

Nelson U12 Boys return from Icebreaker Tourney with silver medal

first_imgThe Nelson Youth Soccer U12 Boys lost 1-0 to Kelowna in the gold medal final of the Icebreakers Tourney recently in the Okanagan.The tournament was the first of the competitive rep season for the U12 squad.Nelson missed a pair of penalty kicks that came back to haunt the squad as Kelowna would score the only goal in the contest. “They represented the organization very well and I couldn’t be more proud of each and everyone of them,” said head coach Al Faraguna.”I was a little worried prior to the tourney, as I put our squad in the Gold division for the weekend and wasn’t sure how they would compete with the best there,” Faraguna added. “It didn’t take long for me to realize that they were one of the most well rounded teams in that category.”Nelson opened the tournament defeating Calgary 1-0 before rocketting past Vernon 6-1.”Our boys controlled the play from start to finish,” Faraguna said.Nelson then defeated Kelowna in penalty kicks to advance to the final.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – Wednesday December 16, 2015

first_imgFINISH LINES: Santa Anita will once again give away its popular Wall Calendar free on opening day to all fans at the track with paid admission while supplies last. The theme of the 2016 calendar is “What’s in a name,” describing how Thoroughbreds come by their monikers . . . The first 20,000 paid attendees will receive a $100 Mathis Brothers Furniture gift certificate and the first 5,000 kids 17 and under will get a plush, mini-Thoroughbred toy, courtesy of Mathis Brothers . . . Agent Brad Pegram has booked Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith on multiple graded stakes winner El Kabeir for owner Ahmed Zayat and trainer John Terranova II in the Malibu. El Kabeir’s sire is Scat Daddy, who died Monday at the age of 11, young for a stallion.The son of Johannesburg stood at Coolmore Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky. Also coming in for the Malibu is Zia Park Derby runner-up Pain and Misery for trainer Henry Dominguez . . . Abel Lezcano, a 24-year-old native of Panama, will be a regular at Santa Anita, according to his agent, Nelson Arroyo. “Lezcano has been riding for five years, mainly in Kentucky and New York. I came out to Del Mar with Stuart Elliott last year but he got hurt early in the meet after winning the Best Pal Stakes for Mark Casse,” Arroyo said. “I was so impressed with the treatment I received and the racing here, I fell in love with Southern California.” . . . Jockey Matt Garcia hopes to make a comeback soon. Injured in a riding mishap at Ferndale on Aug. 18, 2013, the 45-year-old rider suffered fractures in his neck and back when he was stepped on by a horse. He is exercising horses now and “hopes to ride again if I get the opportunity. Doctors inserted a plate and six screws, but I’m in no pain. I’m going one day at a time. Getting on a horse is everything to me. It’s my life.” . . . Agent Vince DeGregory has taken the book of jockey Tiago Pereira, currently in his native Brazil, but due to return to the states Dec. 22 in time to ride opening day . . . Agent Vic Lipton will represent apprentice Brayan Pena, who has 25 wins and presently carries a seven-pound weight allowance. According to California Horse Racing Board rule 1619, Pena will ride with the “bug” until he reaches 40 victories or until October, 2016, whichever comes first . . . Trainer Dan Hendricks has multiple stakes winner Om set for the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for three-year-olds on opening day. With Gary Stevens aboard, Om worked six furlongs on the main track Wednesday in 1:14.40. “He galloped out real strong,” Hendricks said. “We’re all set.” . . . San Pasqual Stakes winner Hoppertunity worked five furlongs for Bob Baffert in 1:00.40 . . . Stormy Lucy, who pulled a 65-1 upset in Del Mar’s Matriarch under Kent Desormeaux to give Ed Moger Jr. his first Grade I win in 40 years as a trainer, is ticketed for the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf Dec. 27, as is Grade I winner Warren’s Veneda, who worked six furlongs on the main track Saturday in 1:13.80 for Craig Lewis with Tyler Baze up . . . Retired turf writer and handicapper for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner & Orange County Register Jerry Antonucci will be Tom Quigley‘s seminar guest on opening day, 10:50 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens. On Sunday, 2015 NHC Tour champion Jonathan Kinchen will do the honors starting at 11:20 a.m. . . .Happiness is just a thing called “Joe.” Los Angeles Turf Club Chairman Keith Brackpool announced today that all visitors to Clockers’ Corner throughout the meet will receive their first cup of coffee free.  Decaf or regular, your choice. FOUR CHAMPS EYE RETURN DURING SANTA ANITA MEET Champions Beholder, California Chrome, Nyquist and Songbird could showcase their Eclipse Award talents at Santa Anita’s Winter Meet that begins its 79th season of world-class racing on Saturday, Dec. 26 with a 12 noon first post time. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.Beholder’s next race is at least two months away. The two-time Eclipse Award championcurrently is enjoying R&R in a grass paddock at Peacefield Farm in Temecula “and she’ll be back in” to Santa Anita around Jan. 1, trainer Richard Mandella said.“It’s just life,” Mandella reasoned philosophically about the daughter of Henny Hughes,who missed the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 due to a fever, but owns a remarkable 11 wins from 12 starts at Santa Anita.California Chrome, 2014 Horse of the Year but unraced since finishing second in the Dubai World Cup last March, has been compiling frequent flier mileage since, but is “doing great” now at his Los Alamitos headquarters.“He’s working every Saturday and getting stronger and stronger,” trainer Art Sherman said of the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit. “We have the San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 9 scheduled as his comeback race.”Unbeaten Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Nyquist has the Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 15 ticketed for his three-year-old debut.“It all depends on how he looks and feels,” trainer Doug O’Neill said of the Uncle Mo colt owned by Reddam Racing, a slam-dunk to be named champion male two-year-old of 2015.“Right now the San Vicente is under strong consideration.”            Undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Songbird, who should be a unanimous choice as champion two-year-old filly of 2015, is galloping at Santa Anita with no announced date for her first breeze back, but the Grade II, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile on Feb. 6 is a long-range goal, according to Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward.As previously stated, Beholder has won 11 of 12 starts at Santa Anita; California Chrome three of five; Nyquist two of two; and Songbird one of one, giving the four horses a combined record of 17 victories from 20 starts at Santa Anita, an astounding 85 percent. STEPHEN/SANTIAGO: A MATCH MADE IN OVERNIGHT HEAVENOn arguably one of the most competitive circuits in the land, jockey Santiago Gonzalez remains below the radar among mainstream race goers, but not with blue chip bettors, who recognize that the 32-year-old native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, offers value on almost any horse he rides.Gonzalez was second to perennial Southern California riding king Rafael Bejarano at the recent Del Mar meet, 20-18, and currently is vying for leading rider honors at Los Alamitos.Asked if he envisioned this kind of success when he teamed up with Gonzalez a year ago, agent Craig Stephen said, “Not a chance. It all came to pass through hard work. My car was brand new with 100 miles on it when we began, and now it’s got 28,000 miles on it, so that shows how much running around we did working horses.“We’d go to Santa Anita, San Luis Rey, Los Al, back and forth. I mean, it was no holds barred. On Dec. 12, 2014, I picked him up 11:30 at night at LAX; he rode his first race Dec. 26 at Santa Anita and was second in a photo finish on a 40-1 shot named Life’s Journey for (trainer) Marsha Schwizer.“I couldn’t tell you how many thousands of horses he’s worked from then until now to get to where he’s at, and it’s due to hard work by both of us, but mostly Santiago, because he’s the one getting on the horses.”Stephen, a 52-year-old who is Boston born and raised and still has a noticeable “pack the cah” accent, trained for a dozen years before becoming an agent for the second time.“Being an agent is the easiest thing in the world,” said Stephen, whose boisterous mirth is as recognizable as his girth. “I was a jock’s agent before and another time (I was) agent for a van company. The difference between being an agent for a van company and a jockey is basically the same sell: ‘Can I move a horse for you, can I ride a horse for you?’ The check is certainly greater as a jock’s agent.“My friends have helped me out. (Trainer) Jim Cassidy was huge in making this kid successful. He was the first guy to give Santiago a shot in stakes. Eric Guillot gave us a shot in the Santa Anita Handicap on Moreno when he ran second to Shared Belief (last March 7).“The funny thing was, the day after the race, on the radio they were talking about how Santiago rode Moreno so well from the five-eighths pole to the wire to finish second. They forgot all about the winner. It was so weird. Shared Belief might be the greatest horse of all time, and they’re talking about Moreno and the ride Santiago put up.”Stephen is a race track lifer.“My dad was dragging me out to the track when I was in a carriage,” Stephen recalled. “I remember going to the Marshfield Fair. My dad (Mike), who’s 88 now, owned horses and trained horses for a stint. He always had two or three horses. My uncle, Rick Stephen, had a bunch of great horses, including Windsharp, a multiple graded stakes-winning mare trained by the late Wally Dollase.“My whole family’s been in the sport forever.”Windsharp became the first female ever to capture the San Luis Rey Stakes in 1996 when it was a Grade I race, coming from dead last on the far turn to win the mile and a half marathon by a neck under Eddie Delahoussaye.Added Cassidy: “I have a lot of confidence in Santiago when he rides a horse for me. I liked him right from the start. I watched him in the mornings and that’s when I started using him, and we’ve had a lot of success.“He’s got a good head; we don’t converse very much because his English is kind of lacking, but he knows what’s going on, and I think he’s getting better and better.” FLAVIEN PRAT RETURNS OPENING DAY AT SANTA ANITA            Flavien Prat, one of the most surprising gifts from France since the Statue of Liberty, will resume riding at Santa Anita on opening day after recovering from injuries suffered in a riding mishap at Los Alamitos on Sept. 17.“He’s nearly fully recovered, but doctors have given him the OK to ride,” said his agent, Derek Lawson. “He’s been getting on horses the last week-and-a-half and undergoing physical therapy the last two weeks.“He had seven fractures and a (right) lung that kind of blew up on him, and he spent close to two-and-a-quarter months in a body brace, but he’s completely healed and he’s ready to go; he’s chomping at the bit.”center_img BREEDERS’ CUP KING RUNHAPPY INVADES FOR MALIBU            Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Runhappy, who set a Keeneland record of 1:08.58 for six furlongs in winning that rich race on Oct. 31, worked seven furlongs under Gary Stevens Tuesday morning in 1:25.40 for the Grade I Malibu Stakes on opening day.“It was a nice, steady, pretty even kind of work,” said Stevens, who rides the son of 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver for the first time in the seven furlong Malibu. “He finished up good and strong, was very balanced, and I love what I felt.”Owned by James McIngvale and trained by Laura Wohlers, Runhappy has won six of seven career starts and had a palpable excuse in his lone loss and lone route race, the Grade III LeComte Stakes at a mile and 70 yards at the Fair Grounds last Jan. 15. He finished ninth by 21 ½ lengths after he was bumped hard at the break and again at the 7 ½ furlong marker.“I feel like he went well in the work,” said Wohlers, who has been at Santa Anita before, having trained at San Luis Rey Downs in 2006 and 2007.“It’s been a slow-playing track this week, and despite all the moisture on it, I think he finished up pretty good. I’m happy with the work. He’ll probably do a little something down the lane before the race.“We like to work at intervals of about every seven days, but we’ll probably do a quarter down the lane next Tuesday.” SANTA ANITA’S ‘MEET OF CHAMPIONS’ BEGINS ON DEC. 26BC SPRINT WINNER RUNHAPPY SET FOR GRADE I MALIBUPRAT RESUMES RIDING ON OPENING DAY AT SANTA ANITAHARD WORK PAYS FOR AGENT STEPHEN, JOCKEY GONZALEZPOPULAR WALL CALENDAR GIVEAWAY ON OPENING DAYFREE COFFEE TO WARM YOUR HEART AT CLOCKERS’ CORNERlast_img read more

CARMA to Benefit from Equine Sports Therapy Promotion

first_imgACARDIA, Calif., Jan. 4, 2017 – Much like human athletes, performance horses of all equestrian disciplines need sports therapy to recover from various aches and pains from strenuous physical activity. Leading the rehabilitation industry with cutting edge technology and services is Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center (Eclipse) who helps heal some of California’s finest horses.As a tribute to the magnificent Thoroughbreds they care for, Eclipse has created a special promotion to benefit the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), a nonprofit dedicated to funding aftercare for California-raced horses.“After a successful 2016 working with several top trainers and their horses, Eclipse would like to give back to the industry.  Our commitment to the well-being of Thoroughbreds is unwavering, whether they are beginning their racing career or retiring. ,” said Angie Hager-Scully, owner of Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center.Starting January 1, 2017, for each new Thoroughbred racehorse that receives a minimum 30 days treatment from the state-of-the-art therapy center, Eclipse will donate $200 to CARMA. With this promotion Eclipse hopes to raise funds and awareness about importance of aftercare.“Our goal is to be able to provide rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement for as many former racehorses as we can. Getting support from the local equestrian community and businesses is vital to our success,” said CARMA Executive Director Lucinda Mandella.Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center is located in Paso Robles, California. The promotion ends on March 31. For more information please visit www.eclipse-equine.com. About California Retirement Management Account –CARMA (California Retirement Management Account) is a charitable 501 (c)(3) organization formed to assist Thoroughbred rehabilitation and retirement organizations that facilitate the care and retraining of horses who raced in California and whose racing careers have ended. CARMA ensures the racehorses have retirement options by managing and disbursing funds to qualified retirement facilities caring for such horses.last_img read more

Moon and Earth’s magnetic field guide European eels on their epic migration

first_imgArticle published by Rhett Butler European eels use an electromagnetic “sixth sense” to navigate during their long migration, two new studies propose.The electrical “shadow” of a new moon may help eels cross the continental shelf of Europe to shore. Then, in the brackish waters of an estuary, young eels can imprint on the unique magnetic signature to navigate upstream.Piecing together the eels’ directional cues could help fisheries managers create more effective conservation plans for this critically endangered species. Far out in a featureless sea, the light of the moon is a beacon for migrating eels. They’re aiming for coastal estuaries, gateways to freshwater rivers where they will live for decades. When visibility becomes poor, eels can read an estuary’s unique magnetic map to navigate upstream.New research led by Alessandro Cresci, a Ph.D. candidate in biological oceanography at the University of Miami in Florida, is highlighting two key stages in the migration of European eels (Anguilla anguilla), an IUCN Critically Endangered species.“There’s a lot of work on how eels respond to patchy stimuli like light,” Cresci said of past research. “But we wanted to look into more stable navigational cues.”Glass eels are one phase in the complex life history of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla). Figure adapted from Cresci et al. (2019a).The first study, published in a recent issue of Communications Biology, describes eel navigation using magnetic fields in brackish waters. The second, published in Royal Society Open Science, identifies lunar cues that guide eels at sea.European eels begin as leaf-shaped larvae riding the Gulf Stream across the Atlantic Ocean, from the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda to the continental shelf off western Europe. Over the two-year crossing, they metamorphose into transparent glass eels just 7 centimeters (3 inches) long. Hundreds of millions arrive each year at coastlines from Scandinavia to Morocco.Navigating up estuaries toward inland rivers, glass eels turn a camouflaging brown. They live for 5 to 30 years in the same river, growing from immature yellow adults into silver eels up to 1 meter (3 feet) long. Finally, these mature eels return to the Sargasso Sea to spawn and die. Their lifelong migratory loop tops 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles).Passing from open ocean into murky rivers, eels must rely on all of their senses to navigate. Scientists have shown that eels use smell, temperature and tides to find rivers close to shore, and many are thought to respond to the lunar cycle.However, while magnetic and lunar navigation has been studied heavily in other species like salmon, according to Cresci, “the marine phase of the eel migration is really a black box.”A single eel swims in a transparent observation chamber during an experiment. Photo courtesy of Alessandro Cresci.To study their navigation in the open ocean, Cresci and his team collected 203 glass eels from the Austevoll Archipelago in Norway. Drifting over the continental shelf, they deployed a transparent chamber that mimicked natural conditions for the eel inside while compasses logged its preferred swimming direction. Tests were run in daylight during the four phases of the moon: new, first quarter, full and third quarter.Most eels swam in a purposeful, non-random direction. The trend was strongest during the new moon, when 96 percent of all eels swam quickly towards the moon’s position above the horizon.This caused the eels to generally swim southward, the average direction of the moon’s path across the sky from east to west. Glass eels are pulled northward by the powerful Gulf Stream, and while they can’t overcome this current, angling in a southern direction makes it more likely they will land somewhere favorable.However, the new moon rises with the sun and casts very little light. Cresci and his colleagues think eels follow the moon’s electrical signal, not its faint glow.Positioned between Earth and the sun, a new moon is exposed to solar winds that blow negative electrical charges to Earth’s surface. In effect, said Cresci, this forms a “shadow” that the eels’ sensitive receptors can detect.It’s likely, he added, that the light of the full moon helps orient the eels as well. They are preparing to conduct the same tests at night, when the full moon rises above the horizon.But once eels reach the muddy bends of an estuary, the moon isn’t useful. Estuaries flow with tidal rhythms, and the motion of sea water across Earth’s magnetic field creates small electric currents that are also detectable by fish.Because European eels settle in one river, Cresci thought young eels might imprint that river’s specific electromagnetic signature to form a lifelong, rudimentary map to navigate back to the Sargasso Sea as adults.Cresci and his team collected another 222 eels from estuaries in Norway flowing along different compass axes. In a remote facility designed to study magnetic orientation in aquatic organisms, they manipulated electric coils to randomize the magnetic field and recorded how eels oriented in the invisible magnetic current.About 70 percent of eels oriented to the tidal conditions taking place in their home estuary at that moment. If the tide was ebbing, eels oriented one way; if the tide was flowing, they shifted their bearing by 180 degrees, a response to the change in the electric field caused by the reversal of flowing water. Glass eels remembered the tidal signature of their estuary and responded to it even when removed.Together, these studies paint eels as multifaceted navigators.“I think they can sense a lot, but they use specific cues at each step depending on the environment,” Cresci said.The work is “good research by good scientists,” said Paul Coulson, Director of Operations for the UK-based Institute of Fisheries Management, who was not involved in either study.A recent report highlights a sharp increase in international smuggling of glass eels. The left figure shows kilograms of fish smuggled (visualized by thickness of the line) between 2013-2017, while the right shows only the period between 2017-2019. Graphic courtesy of TRAFFIC.Understanding eel navigation is essential to their conservation, Coulson said. Overfishing has reduced European eels to less than 10 percent of their historical population. The European Union ended international commercial trading in 2010, but the wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC recently reported a surge in glass eel smuggling. Coulson calls it “by volume, the largest wildlife crime of animals on the planet.”The EU is also implementing a restocking program. Countries like France with large glass eel fisheries must retain 60 percent of their catch to help repopulate the eels’ historic range. Cresci’s results suggest that moving eels from their home rivers could disorient them.“We relocate millions of animals each year, so the imprinting results are quite important,” Coulson said. “Keeping them on the same migratory track is something we should consider.”As each link creates a fuller picture of how eels navigate a shifting environment, Cresci says he feels confident in their resilience: “Nature can be surprising, and this ancient and mysterious creature of a few inches can accomplish incredible things.”Glass eels are a juvenile form of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla), a species that undergoes an incredible 10,000 kilometer (6,200 mile) migration. Photo courtesy of Alessandro Cresci.CITATIONSCresci, A., Durif, C.M., Paris, C.B., Thompson, C., Shema, S., Skiftesvik, A.B. & Browman, H.I. (2019a) The relationship between the moon cycle and the orientation of glass eels (Anguilla anguilla) at sea. Royal Society Open Science 6(10). https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.190812Cresci, A., Durif, C.M., Paris, C.B., Shema, S., Thompson, C., Bjelland, R., Skiftesvik, A.B. & Browman, H.I. (2019b). Glass eels (Anguilla anguilla) imprint the magnetic direction of tidal currents from their juvenile estuaries. Nature Communications Biology 2(366). https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-019-0619-8Amanda Heidt (@Scatter_Cushion) is a graduate student in the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Other news stories by UCSC students can be found at https://news.mongabay.com/list/ucsc/. Animal Behavior, Animals, Ecological Beauty, Fish, Fishing, Illegal Fishing, Oceans, UCSC, Wildlife center_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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

Alarm over mass vulture poisoning in South Africa

first_imgFifteen white-backed vultures (Gyps africanus) and a young lappet-faced vulture (Torgos tracheliotos) have died after feeding on a poison-laced impala carcass in northern Zululand on 23 Dec — the fourth such incident in the province in 2019.The heads and feet had been removed from 13 of the dead birds, their bodies concealed in thick bush: experts warn that deliberate poisoning of vultures for belief-based use is on the increase in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province.More than 1,200 vultures were deliberately poisoned across Southern and Eastern Africa this year, according to the Endangered Wildlife Trust. DURBAN, South Africa — Another mass vulture poisoning incident has ended the year on a sour note for Wildlife ACT rangers in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal.Soon after releasing two rehabilitated vultures, rescued from a different poisoning scene earlier this year, WildLife ACT was alerted to another incident on 23 Dec, on Rolling Valley Ranch, located between Pongola and Mkuze in the far north of the province.“Arriving at a scene like this with everything so fresh, but too late to assist in saving any poisoned birds is heartbreaking. Losing one vulture is always a tragedy. Losing at least 16 birds at one feeding is a crisis,” said PJ Roberts, manager of Wildlife ACT’s Emergency Response Team.Wildlife ACT works closely with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, local farmers and communities, and other conservation groups to protect three endangered vulture species in KwaZulu-Natal.The first bird found, a white-backed vulture (Gyps africanus), hinted at Roberts’s worst fears: “It had a full crop (still containing undigested food), contorted feet and many dead flies were scattered around its remains — all clear signs of fast-acting poison.”The team swept the area, but it took an aerial search to locate more victims. “We landed to find the devastating remains of multiple birds hidden at the base of the tree. Included in this discovery was the removed, yellow, wing tags of H065; a young lappet-faced vulture (Torgos tracheliotos) tagged in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in October 2017 as a fledgling,” said Roberts.“No more than 30m away, the morbid discovery of 13 processed and harvested white-backed vultures, with their heads and feet removed, were found very purposefully hidden in a thick bush,” added Roberts.Wildlife ACT response team with the bodies of 13 white-backed vultures, poisoned for the traditional medicine trade. Image courtesy Wildlife ACT.Nearby was the body of an impala — snared, killed, and laced with poison. The rangers burned all the contaminated carcasses to ash to remove the poison from the ecosystem.It is the fourth vulture poisoning incident in northern Zululand this year, bringing the total recorded number of vultures harvested for body parts in this region alone to 53. The actual number of birds killed is believed to be much higher as many incidents are never detected.The Endangered WildLife Trust’s (EWT) Vultures for Africa Programme manager, Andre Botha, said it was difficult to quantify how many vultures are deliberately poisoned for body parts.According to records kept by EWT, more than 1,200 vultures have been deliberately poisoned in Southern and Eastern Africa this year. Culprits include poachers who poison the carcasses of elephant and other game in an apparent effort to conceal illegal activities from rangers. These poisonings are referred to as “sentinel poisonings”, as vultures circling over poached animals alert rangers to the killings.Africa’s vulture populations have already declined by an average 62 percent over the past three decades — with seven species crashing by 80 percent. Experts recently warned that the continent’s vulture populations face the prospect of collapsing, in much the same way as vulture species did in Asia thirty years ago.In the early 1990s, millions of Asian vultures died after eating the remains of cows in carcass dumps; India has 500 million cows raised for milk, but not eaten by the majority Hindu population. Scientists identified the culprit: diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory used by vets. Vultures feeding on carcasses containing the drug died swiftly of kidney failure.The reasons for the African vulture crisis are vastly different. They include habitat loss, ingestion of lead ammunition, collisions with power lines, accidental drownings in farm water reservoirs, and the use of poisoned bait by livestock owners to kill predators like jackals. Vultures feeding off the carcasses subsequently die, often in significant numbers.But many more are poisoned deliberately to harvest body parts for belief-based use.“The vultures are killed for their heads and feet and other parts,” said Chris Kelly, a species director at Wildlife ACT. “This is definitely the single biggest threat to diminishing vulture populations in this province,” said Kelly.In many parts of Africa, vultures are believed to have psychic powers, including an ability to see into the future.According to a fact sheet from EWT, the brains of the bird are dried, rolled and smoked as joints or simply burnt and the fumes inhaled. Users believe this improves their odds when they gamble on the lottery or place bets on sport. Students take it when preparing for exams. Other reported uses of vultures include consuming their eyes to improve eyesight, their beaks for protection, or their feet to heal fractured bones or make a person run faster.In 2014, EWT estimated that 130,000 traders, hunters and traditional healers were operating in South Africa. This figure is believed to have increased, sparking calls from conservationists, environmental scientists and wildlife experts at this year’s Conservation Symposium for an awareness-building campaign to reduce this consumption and demand for vulture parts.“Vultures provide critically important ecosystem services by cleaning up carcasses thus reducing the spread of dangerous diseases such as anthrax and rabies and resulting in highly significant economic and human health benefits,” said Brent Coverdale, an animal scientist for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife at the symposium.  “We really can’t afford to lose them.”As vultures are protected by law, it is illegal to possess or kill any of the six vulture species found in South Africa. Nevertheless, deliberate killings continue.Roberts said the latest poisoning incident had been reported to local police.“We are hoping this leads to an arrest,” said Roberts.  “If the illegal harvest of these birds is not halted, then extinction may be just around the corner and the services that they provide within the ecosystem will be lost forever.”As part of a bid to save vulture populations, managers of conservation areas and private game reserves in South Africa are collaborating to create safe havens for existing vulture populations.— additional reporting, Mlu Mdletshe, Roving Reporters.Poisoned vulture: more than 1,200 vultures have been deliberately poisoned in Southern and Eastern Africa in 2019. Image courtesy Wildlife ACT.CitationOgada, D., Shaw, P., Beyers, R. L., Buij, R., Murn, C., Thiollay, J. M., … Sinclair, A. R. E. (2015). Another continental vulture crisis: Africa’s vultures collapsing toward extinction. Conservation Letters, 9(2), 89-97. doi:10.1111/conl.12182 Animals, Birds, Critically Endangered Species, Endangered Species, Environment, Poaching, Poisoning, Raptors, Scavengers, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking Fred Kockott is the founding director of Roving Reporters, a journalism training agency that focuses on environmental, social and justice issues.Banner image: Burning a poisoned white-backed vulture carcass. Image courtesy Wildlife ACT.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. 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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 overSponsoredlast_img read more