Axel Witsel says even the Bayern Munich defenders were scared of “technically strong” and “complete” winger Jadon Sancho as he fired Borussia Dortmund to DFL-Supercup victory on Saturday.The 19-year-old notched a goal and an assist as his side beat the Bundesliga champions 2-0 to lift the first piece of silverware of the season.Sancho scored an impressive 13 goals and set up a further 15 in 43 appearances for Dortmund last season and the England international is expected to shine in the Bundesliga again this year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Team-mate Witsel is convinced Sancho will play a key role again after striking fear into the team they hope to beat to the Bundesliga title in 2019-20. “Jadon is damned talented,” Witsel told reporters. “Even Bayern’s defenders are scared when he has the ball. But that’s normal because Jadon just has a lot of quality. He is fast, technically strong and he can score goals as well as put his team-mates in the spotlight. He is really a complete player.”Dortmund were leading the Bundesliga for most of last season before Bayern jumped ahead of them in March and finished two points clear.Coach Lucien Favre has brought defender Mats Hummels back to the club from Bayern this summer, while Thorgan Hazard, Nico Schulz and Julian Brandt have all been signed and Paco Alcacer’s loan from Barcelona was made permanent.While the club have been working hard in the transfer market, Witsel says things are coming together in training and is confident the extra competition in the squad will help them.”We work very hard on defending in training because last season we just conceded too many goals,” he added. “Especially with set piece situations we had problems. I think we’ve already improved because we work on it every day. “The coach is doing a very good job. We have done well against Bayern. We will do everything to make sure that the title ends up with us in the end.”It is a relatively large group, but also with a lot of quality. That’s why everyone has to go full throttle in training. It’s true that we could set up two good teams and I think we missed that last season.”The competition is good for us all. Everyone has to be careful not to let up, but we can stay fresher that way. “Sometimes, I don’t want to say in easy games, but if you lead maybe 3-0, it is possible to change things earlier and give some players a rest.”
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 13: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field to face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Kansas is eager to get a slam-dunk coaching candidate to replace outgoing head coach David Beaty. Les Miles and Dave Doeren are popular names connected to the job, and now Alabama assistant coach has emerged: Dan Enos.According to FootballScoop.com, the Alabama quarterbacks coach Enos has emerged as a candidate for the job. He has helped develop Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa into the Heisman trophy favorite this year.Enos is in his first year as QBs coach for the Crimson Tide after spending the last three years as offensive coordinator at Arkansas, where new Kansas athletic director Jeff Long previously held the same position.Prior to his stint in Arkansas, Enos served as head coach of Central Michigan from 2010 to 2014.Report: Alabama QBs coach Dan Enos a candidate for Kansas job #collegefootball https://t.co/SiRTEzFzYY— CollegeFootballTalk (@CFTalk) November 7, 2018During his time as head coach of Central Michigan, Enos led the Chippewas to two bowl games.Kansas recently announced that it would be parting ways with David Beaty at the end of the year.Beaty is 6-39 as head coach of the Jayhawks as of Week 10. He is 2-31 in the Big 12 in the same span.[FootballScoop.com]
West Indies’ John Campbell gets maiden ODI call-up for England seriesJohn Campbell, Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cottrell have been called up to the West Indies squad for next week’s first two one day internationals against England.advertisement Reuters New DelhiFebruary 17, 2019UPDATED: February 17, 2019 10:17 IST It is John Campbell’s first call-up for limited-overs cricket (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJohn Campbell, Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cottrell have been called up for the first two ODIs vs EnglandThe changes to the 14-man squad were made due to injuries to Evin Lewis Keemo Paul and Rovman PowellThe first two matches of the four-match ODI series will be played at Kensington Oval in Barbados next weekJohn Campbell, Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cottrell have been called up to the West Indies squad for next week’s first two one day internationals against England.The changes to the 14-man squad were made due to injuries to opening batsman Evin Lewis, as well as all-rounders Keemo Paul and Rovman Powell.It is Campbell’s first call-up for limited-overs cricket. The 25-year-old made his Test debut in the just-completed series against England, which West Indies won 2-1.He scored 176 runs at an average of 35.2.Brathwaite, who hit Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes to secure West Indies’ victory in the final of the 2016 World Twenty20 against England, has played 28 ODIs and 35 Twenty20 internationals.Cottrell, a left-arm pace bowler, has appeared in six ODIs and 10 Twenty20 internationals.The first two matches of the four-match ODI series will be played at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Wednesday and Friday.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow John CampbellFollow Carlos BrathwaiteFollow Sheldon Cottrell
A fleet of driverless cars can improve overall traffic flow by at least 35 per cent by working together, a study suggests. The researchers programmed a small fleet of miniature robotic cars to drive on a multi-lane track and observed how the traffic flow changed when one of the cars stopped. When the cars were not driving cooperatively, any cars behind the stopped car had to stop or slow down and wait for a gap in the traffic, as would typically happen on a real road. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveA queue quickly formed behind the stopped car and overall traffic flow was slowed. However, when the cars were communicating with each other and driving cooperatively, as soon as one car stopped in the inner lane, it sent a signal to all the other cars. “Autonomous cars could fix a lot of different problems associated with driving in cities, but there needs to be a way for them to work together,” said Michael He, an undergraduate student at Cambridge, who designed the algorithms for the experiment. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painCars in the outer lane that were in immediate proximity of the stopped car slowed down slightly so that cars in the inner lane were able to quickly pass the stopped car without having to stop or slow down significantly. Additionally, when a human-controlled driver was put on the ‘road’ with the autonomous cars and moved around the track in an aggressive manner, the other cars were able to give way to avoid the aggressive driver, improving safety. “If different automotive manufacturers are all developing their own autonomous cars with their own software, those cars all need to communicate with each other effectively,” said reearchers. Starting with inexpensive scale models of commercially-available vehicles with realistic steering systems, the Cambridge researchers adapted the cars with motion capture sensors and a Raspberry Pi, so that the cars could communicate via wifi. They then adapted a lane-changing algorithm for autonomous cars to work with a fleet of cars. It allows for cars to be packed more closely when changing lanes and adds a safety constraint to prevent crashes when speeds are low. A second algorithm allowed the cars to detect a projected car in front of it and make space. They then tested the fleet in ‘egocentric’ and ‘cooperative’ driving modes, using both normal and aggressive driving behaviours, and observed how the fleet reacted to a stopped car. In the normal mode, cooperative driving improved traffic flow by 35 per cent over egocentric driving, while for aggressive driving, the improvement was 45 per cent. The researchers then tested how the fleet reacted to a single car controlled by a human via a joystick. “Our design allows for a wide range of practical, low-cost experiments to be carried out on autonomous cars,” said Prorok. “For autonomous cars to be safely used on real roads, we need to know how they will interact with each other to improve safety and traffic flow,” he said.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society gave a big boost to the family of a 4 year-old girl currently undergoing cancer treatment in Vancouver.In early December, 4 year-old Natalie Small was admitted to the ICU at B.C. Children’s Hospital after a lump was found on her kidneys during a visit to the doctor’s office. The 4 year-old was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma while at B.C. Children’s later that month.A GoFundMe campaign was set up to help with the family’s expenses in travelling to and from Vancouver while Natalie underwent treatment, but as of February 26th has only raised just over $11,000 of its $20,000 goal. In December, the Firefighters Charitable Society also made a donation to Natalie’s family. The Society was set up by firefighters in Fort St. John last year to help locals with travel expenses for medical treatments received out-of-town Society President Adam Wynn said that he had noticed earlier this month that donations to the GoFundMe campaign had stalled. Wynn explained that the Society decided to match donations from the public to help the girl’s family after getting a receiving a sizeable donation in January.Nearly two weeks ago, the Firefighters Charity announced that it would match donations up to $5,000, but Wynn said that the response from the community was so great that the Society was able to raise a total of $17,000 for the Small family. On Saturday, the Firefighters presented the $17,000 cheque to Natalie’s mother Deanne, with the money going toward’s the girl’s treatment medication and to the family’s living costs while in Vancouver.Wynn added that the Firefighters Charitable Society is incredibly thankful for the positive response from area residents in support of their fundraising effort. The Society will be hosting a fundraising event later this Spring.
TAYLOR, B.C. – Former Mayor of Taylor Fred Jarvis unexpectantly passed away, he was an important and influential person and significant in the changing of Taylor.The North Peace will feel the absence of Fred Jarvis as he was a man that had a big impact in his 35 years of public service, even after he retired he remained a committed member of the community.People all around the Peace Region are sending their condolences to the family and sharing their thoughts, love and appreciation for Jarvis on social media. In addition, other community leaders are speaking about their relationships with Jarvis. Fred served as Taylor’s Mayor for 29 years and 6 as a Councillor. He was widely respected and greatly admired by everyone who served and worked with him. Mayor Fred was a wonderful mentor, guide and leader in Taylor. His passing is a great loss to Fred’s family and friends, as well as to the people of Taylor, and to the people of NE BC.We wish to express our condolences to the entire Jarvis family at this difficult time.Additional Information about a memorial service for Fred Jarvis will be shared in accordance with the wishes of the Jarvis family. Funeral Services are to be held at the Taylor Community Hall Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 10:00 am. The service is open to all who would like to attend.Bob Zimmer said “It was sad as I said on Social Media last night, I talked to his wife Judy and said he really changed Taylor from a place that was between Fort St. John and Dawson Creek to a community because a lot of the things he had an effect on was the Golf course, was the curling rink, the skating rink and all those sorts of things. He made it a place for people to live opposed to just work and that’s why I thought he turned it into a community and credit to him for that. It’s sad and definitely unexpected. Prayers for the Jarvis family, its a sad day.”“In the short time that I had interaction with Fred, he brought a calmness and clarity to the conversation regardless of the topic. I always felt that it was guidance that he offered rather than his personal opinion.” Brad Sperling says “I am going to miss our talks, he was truly a friend of the people.”The District of Taylor released this message on their FB Page;Passing of Fred JarvisSadly Taylor’s former Mayor Fred Jarvis passed away in his sleep on Sunday morning, December 2nd.
MISSOULA, Mont. — Homeowners in Glacier National Park are seeking the park’s permission to restore a landline that had served as a lifeline last August when a wildfire raced toward the area.The Missoulian reported on Wednesday that under the residents’ proposal, the Flathead Electric Cooperative would dig a trench from Wheeler Camp at Lake McDonald’s north end, nearly 2.5 miles (about 4 kilometres) around the lake’s west shore, to Kelly’s Camp.This trench would carry the restored phone line. Local resident Bill Price says the area’s 14 landowners will fund the project.Price says landline telephone service has always been a vital communication and emergency response tool for Kelly’s Camp because of the lack of cellphone service in the area.Glacier National Park is taking public comments on the proposal through Monday.___Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.comThe Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS — Enbridge Energy’s plan to replace an aging crude oil pipeline that runs through northern Minnesota hit another obstacle Tuesday when two state agencies said they would hold up approval of the project’s permits until problems with its environmental review are resolved.The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that they can’t take final action on the permits for the Line 3 project until the independent Public Utilities Commission addresses the deficiencies cited in a state appeals court ruling this month, including that the project’s environmental impact statement failed to address the possibility of a spill into the Lake Superior watershed.That means the two state agencies won’t release the draft permits as scheduled July 1, though they said they will continue reviewing the applications.Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge said in a statement that the PUC will have to determine how to address the court’s objections. The commission has not yet laid out a process or timetable for doing that. Procedural delays and other court rulings have pushed back the project schedule several times.“We believe the actions required to address the spill modeling in the Lake Superior watershed can be completed efficiently,” the company said.The $2.6 billion replacement pipeline would carry Canadian crude from Alberta across northern Minnesota to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin, which sits near the westernmost tip of Lake Superior. Enbridge wants to replace the current Line 3, which was built in the 1960s, because it is increasingly subject to corrosion and cracking, and runs at only about half its original capacity for safety reasons.Environmental and tribal groups fighting the project argue that it risks oil spills in pristine areas of the Mississippi River headwaters region where Native Americans gather wild rice, and that the Canadian tar sands oil that the line would carry accelerates climate change. The Court of Appeals actually rejected most of the plaintiffs’ objections to the environmental review, but they have until July 3 to seek further review from the Minnesota Supreme Court.Other appeals are also pending, including one from the state Commerce Department, which has challenged the PUC’s approval of the project, saying Enbridge didn’t provide legally adequate demand forecasts to establish the need for the project. The PUC and Enbridge say the company did.Jobs for Minnesotans, a coalition founded by business and labour groups, called on the PUC and other agencies “to work expeditiously through the final steps of the review process and move the Line 3 Replacement Project forward to construction.”Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press
6 July 2009The recently appointed United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti, the former United States president Bill Clinton, will today begin his first visit to the Caribbean country in his new capacity. During his three-day visit, Mr. Clinton is expected to meet with a series of senior Government officials to discuss how best the international community can support their efforts to better prepare for hurricanes, generate new jobs and enhance the delivery of basic social services.He is also going to examine how the UN, civil society and the international donor community can better align their efforts with the Haitian Government’s recovery plan and with each other, according to a note issued by his office.Last month Mr. Clinton laid out his vision to advance development in Haiti, telling a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York that the country, more than ever before, has an opportunity to progress.“Haiti, notwithstanding the total devastation wreaked by the four storms last year, has the best chance to escape the darker aspects of its history in the 35 years that I have been going there,” he said.Mr. Clinton has already visited Haiti this year, but this will be his first trip to the impoverished State since his appointment as an envoy by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in May. In March the two men visited Haiti together to assess the situation in the wake of the devastating hurricanes that struck in quick succession in 2008.
The five were charged with rape and torture, spokesman Fred Eckhard said at a press briefing in New York. Earlier in the week, 16 others, including eight Indonesia Military District Commanders, were indicted for crimes against humanity allegedly committed in 1999.”The United Nations attaches the highest importance to the successful completion of the investigation and prosecution of serious crime cases, as mandated by the Security Council,” Mr. Eckhard said, noting that the indictments are prepared by international staff who report functionally to the Timor-Leste Prosecutor-General, and are issued under the legal authority of the Timorese Government.
Fighting broke out early this morning in Kibati and Rusayo, some 12 kilometres from Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, according to the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO). “The Mission reports that initial skirmishes escalated to the use of heavy calibre weapons, mortars and rocket launchers,” UN spokesperson Eduardo del Buey told reporters in New York. MONUSCO added that, according to reports, the Congolese national armed forces (FARDC) used attack helicopters in one of their operations. “MONUSCO has expressed its concerns about this incident and the mission is actively pursuing a diplomatic and political solution to contain and end the clashes,” said Mr. del Buey.Last November the M23 – made up of former members of the FARDC who mutinied in April 2012 – occupied Goma. Clashes between the Government and rebels displaced more than 130,000 people in and around the city and sent another 47,000 fleeing to neighbouring South Kivu province. Amidst widespread condemnation and calls for their withdrawal, the M23 fighters pulled out after 11 days.In the wake of those events, the Security Council in March authorized the deployment of an intervention brigade within MONUSCO to carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without the Congolese national army, against armed groups that threaten peace in eastern DRC. A contingent of Tanzanian soldiers arrived Goma earlier this month as part of the brigade.Tensions have been heightened in the region recently as the M23 publicly decried the deployment of the intervention brigade and broke off the so-called Kampala peace talks with the DRC Government. The latest clashes come just weeks after the UN Envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson, reported that there are encouraging signs that the new push for peace in the DRC can succeed. “There is a fresh chance to do more than just attend to the consequences of conflict, or to manage crises of the kind seen again most recently last November. There is a chance to resolve its underlying causes and to stop it for good,” she told a closed door session of the Security Council earlier this month via video teleconference. Mrs. Robinson cautioned that success was not guaranteed, “we can be sure that if it fails, the consequences will be grave.” The briefing followed a week-long visit to the region to follow up on the UN-brokered Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region, or as she describes it, a “framework for hope.”The Framework, adopted in February with the support of 11 nations and four international organizations (11+4), aims to end the cycles of conflict and crisis in the eastern DRC and to build peace in the long-troubled region.
Childline Ambassador Geri Horner and Dame Esther Rantzen at the Childline offices in London Credit:Victoria Jones/PA A 17-year-old girl told counsellors: “I got forced to marry last year. I never wanted any of this.”My friends are being supportive but I can’t talk to my mum about it as she thinks he’s the best thing for me and told me that if I end the marriage, she won’t speak to me ever again. I’ve never even met him.”In 2011/12, Childline said it provided just 55 counselling sessions on forced marriage. In 2016/17, they delivered 205, up from 183 in 2015/16. There were also 6,099 visits to the Childline forced marriage page in the past year. NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said: “Forcing a child to marry shows a complete lack of regard for their feelings, thoughts or ambitions. We must be clear that, regardless of cultural expectations, this is a crime and an abuse of human rights.”Childline founder and president Dame Esther Rantzen added: “Young people can feel helpless because sometimes those near to them aren’t interested in their happiness or welfare.”It’s desperately important that those are frightened or feel that they have no one to turn to get in touch with Childline.”Forced marriage can carry a prison sentence of up to seven years, the group said.But they added as of December 31 last year, figures suggest there has been just one conviction in Britain.Childline can be reached on 0800 1111 and the NSPCC Helpline is 0808 800 5000.Both lines are free, confidential and open 24/7. More children than ever are calling Childline with fears over forced marriage, the NSPCC has warned. Hundreds of “frightened” and “helpless” teens as young as 13 are contacting Childline for support. The charity said it delivered 12 per cent more counselling sessions in 2016/17 than in 2015/16.It comes as the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said some families use the long school summer holidays to pull children out of Britain and marry them off abroad to strangers.Family and community loyalties, mixed notions of honour and the film of secrecy over the taboo issue make its true scale hard to grasp, the NSPCC said.Girls added that fears of ostracism, cultural expectations and punishment for relatives acted as barriers against them speaking out. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
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Posted: March 6, 2019 March 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The 7th Annual International Mariachi Festival scheduled for Sunday, March 10th at Chula Vista’s Bayside Park.The full-scale cultural celebration of mariachi music, traditional folkloric dance and art is expected to draw thousands of fans and spectators to the region.“The International mariachi festival builds community by bringing together families and civic partners to celebrate Mexico’s rich diversity, talent, and culture through a vibrant display of musical and artistic performances,” said Jacqueline Reynoso, President and CEO of the National City Chamber of Commerce. “This event has become a South Bay tradition and tourism driver, simultaneously celebrating mariachi music, youth development, and economic prosperity on both sides of the US- Mexico border.”There are also Mariachi Workshops on March 8-9, 2019 at the University of San Diego.General Admission tickets for the 7th Annual International Mariachi Festival are $5.00 each. Free entrance for kids 12 years old and under.Mariachi Festival is set for 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.For more information, please visit www.mariachifest.com. The 7th Annual International Mariachi Festival Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe’ll review some of the top news stories of the week from the pages of the AFRO, with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, The Mod Squad Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on politics and law enforcement, including the story of a Towson High School student censored and intimidated by authorities because a poem he wrote was labeled as “anti-police.”These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.
HBO and Game Of Thrones have figured out one of our weaknesses and they’re exploiting it early and to maximum potential.That weakness? Teasers.While I may not be a fan of teaser trailers for teaser trailers or that weird five-second teaser trailer they’re putting in front of other trailers these days, I love a good tease and this new video from HBO is working it like one of the burlesque queens of old.If you want to blame someone for sucking you into this teaser trailer, blame the lovely Sasha Perl-Raver for sharing it on her Twitter account. Or blame HBO, or Game Of Thrones, or even George R.R. Martin. Just don’t blame me because I’m just the messenger dutifully passing along the “news” that this teaser exists.It’s pure evil. It’s Qyburn and Cersei plotting levels of evil but it’s also wonderful because it’s a reminder that season seven is already being created. It’s just out of reach. Tantalizingly close to showing you something; a glimpse, a peek, a secret. I’ve watched it multiple times looking for any clue and I’m sure I’ll watch it again several more times as I try and see what’s hidden in plain sight.
At a time when pollution level is going beyond 400 and global warming is becoming increasingly visible, Dr Rekha Mehra and her troupe danced their hearts out at Pragati Maidan in order to spread awareness about the plight of the earth. ‘Dhani Chunariya’, a Kathak ballet production was held at Hans Dhwani, Pragati Maidan during the World Book Fair. Titled, ‘Dhani Chunariya’, this Kathak ballet showcased that even though man might be stepping into the 22nd century, the problem of pollution and climate change still looms. The sad consequences range from an upset ecological cycle to a sharp rise in diseases. What is ironical is that the very means and devices of comfort man is creating for his race have been the cause of environmental disbalances and natural calamities. Thus man himself poses a huge question mark over his existence and the solution to this grave self-created issue can be devised only by man. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPraising the performance, MP Parvesh Verma said, “Dr Rekha Mehra is the first person who had started promoting “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” and many more programmes through kathak and drama in Delhi and her performance always give the right message to the audience. We are always with Dr Rekha in her endeavours.” To spread awareness on the adverse effects of deforestation, ‘Urvashi’ had organized a campaign to plant saplings, which in future will grow into mighty trees. Special focus was laid on school children whose young minds are impressionable and who are to become the future torch-bearers of the society.
It’s time for Colin’s Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast, and his weekly sit down with RJ Bell from Pregame.com to see where there’s agreement and disagreement from the Vegas wiseguys on his NFL Week 2 Blazin’ 5 picks.Colin came out of the gates with a smokin 4-1 Week 1 Blazin’ 5 last week, and this week he likes the Steelers and Falcons laying points at home; road dogs Miami and Washington; and the Cowboys as slight favorites heading into Denver.Here are Colin’s Week 2 Blazin’ 5 plays. So, what do the wiseguys say?Vikings at Steelers (-7)Washington (+2.5) at RamsDolphins (+4.5) at ChargersPackers at Falcons (-2.5)Cowboys (-2) at BroncosThe Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast is available every Saturday through the end of the football season. Download and subscribe to it exclusively at TheHerdNow.com, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes. Don’t be a mark!
Related posts:Hunters attack park rangers with machetes in Braulio Carrillo National Park Animal abuse reports on the rise Costa Rican lawmakers weigh ban on hunting for sport Rescuers free dogs, birds in another puppy mill raid Thousands of parrots, monkeys, iguanas, toucans, turtles and other rain forest animals are kept as exotic pets in Costa Rica, a practice putting some species at risk, according to experts.The Central American country, famous for its rich biodiversity, won plaudits from conservationists two years ago for banning sport hunting in a pioneering move to protect wild animals.But scientists and activists — gathered this week for the country’s first-ever conference on the issue of captive wildlife — say tropical animals face another major threat in Costa Ricans’ long-time love of exotic pets.“There are no precise figures, but we know it’s a problem of great magnitude, because a study by the Environment Ministry found that 25 percent of households have a parrot or a parakeet as a pet,” said Andrea Aguilar of the Instituto Asis, a key figure behind the conference.That would add up to nearly 400,000 exotic birds in cages, she said.Aguilar’s institute runs a shelter for wild animals in La Fortuna de San Carlos, a lush region in northern Costa Rica that draws large numbers of foreign tourists with its famous wildlife and tropical vegetation.The shelter takes in wild animals kept as pets that fall sick or are wounded by people, cars or electric shocks.It gives them veterinary care and, when possible, prepares them for an eventual return to the wild.“Costa Rican law forbids keeping wild species as pets, but the law isn’t enough because there’s a very deep-rooted custom. People don’t realize that wild animals are not and cannot be pets,” Aguilar told AFP in an interview ahead of the First Congress on Wildlife Rescue, Recovery and Freedom in San José.She said people have a range of reasons for keeping pets such as white-faced capuchin monkeys, green iguanas or songbirds. They are drawn to the animals’ beauty, they want to entertain their children or they feel it brings them social status.But the underlying problem is that people are largely ignorant of the animals’ diets, growth, life span, habitat, diseases and behavior.“A family falls in love with a baby white-faced capuchin because it’s funny and affectionate, but when it reaches 2 years old its behavior will change. It will become aggressive, bite and pull people’s hair. That’s when it becomes a problem at home,” she said.Such animals often end up being mistreated or killed, or, with luck, in a shelter, she said.By that point returning them to their native environment is difficult. They lack survival skills and are unlikely to be accepted by other members of their species. An iguana in Costa Rica. Rodrigo Arangua/AFPTraffic in exotic animalsThe international traffic in exotic animals exacerbates the problem.The illegal $20-billion-a-year trade has taken a major toll on Costa Rica’s biodiversity, as animals are captured and sold abroad, Aguilar said.One of the goals of the three-day conference is to prod the Costa Rican government to expand environmental education programs for locals, foreign visitors and ecotourism operators.“It’s important to make people understand that wild animals have to live in the forest, because they have different needs from domesticated animals,” said Aguilar.Protecting the environment is also key for the Costa Rican economy, which depends heavily on tourism and attracted 2.4 million visitors last year — many of them drawn by the country’s tropical wildlife and forests. Facebook Comments