India’s Assam state moves to fast track trials for wildlife crime

first_imgPoachers in Assam state target endangered and vulnerable species including rhinos, tigers and leopards.Even when poachers are caught, authorities have often struggled to secure convictions.Assam is working to reverse this trend with the establishment of fast-track courts for wildlife crime, as well as training programs for police and forest officials.Six convictions have been secured in wildlife cases this year, compared to just one in all of 2016. India’s northeastern state of Assam is taking steps to rein in wildlife crimes by speeding up prosecution and conviction of poachers. Thanks to new fast-track courts set up especially for trying wildlife offenses, six convictions have already been made in five separate cases so far this year.Out of 17 wildlife crime-related arrests in the state so far this year, 11 cases have been prosecuted, according to official figures. Six convictions have already been secured in 2017 — three relating to rhino poaching in Kaziranga National Park and the rest pertaining to illegal entry and habitat destruction near Nameri Tiger Reserve.By contrast, official figures show just one conviction for wildlife crime in Assam in all of 2016, five in 2015, two in 2014, four in 2013, none in 2012 and two in 2011. From 2000 to 2010, there was a combined total of just three convictions.The acceleration of prosecutions follows a Nov. 28, 2016 order by Assam State’s Gauhati High Court to set up ten fast-track courts specializing in wildlife crimes in the districts where most of the state’s parks and wildlife sanctuaries are located.A Bengal tiger, pictured here in India’s Ranthambore National Park. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Holding poachers accountableThe most recent conviction was handed down on June 2, when a court in Sonitpur sentenced Budhiram Soren to six months of rigorous imprisonment and a 12,000 rupee ($185) fine. He was charged with trespassing and damage and destruction of trees in Sonai Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary, recently declared a satellite area of Nameri National Park.Two other offenders were convicted in March by the same court for similar crimes. In each of these cases, the court made the rare decision to reward forest personnel for capturing offenders by awarding them bonuses out of the fines paid by the convicts.In another recent case, a fast-track court in Golaghat on May 25 put poacher Sukhdeo Kutumb behind bars for seven years, and imposed a 25,000-rupee fine, for involvement in two 2013 rhino killings in Kaziranga.At the time of the incident, Kutumb managed to escape after an encounter with forest personnel. He remained in hiding for almost three years, until he was captured by the forest service in September 2016. Once arrested, Kutumb confessed to cutting away rhino horns and selling them at Dimapur, a clandestine trade hub for rhino horns and other wildlife products in the neighboring state of Nagaland.“Earlier, such trials took more than four to five years to be decided, which eventually weakened the case. The poachers, taking advantage of such inordinate delays, often escaped to other places and tracing them would become further time consuming,” Kaziranga National Park Field Director Satyendra Singh told Mongabay.A greater one-horned rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis) in Kaziranga National Park. Photo by Metaphysical Music via Flickr.A string of high-profile arrestsThe surge in prosecutions has been matched by an increase in the number of arrests for wildlife crimes in the state. According to the chief wildlife warden, Bikash Brahma, 207 people were arrested from May 2016 to May 2017. These cases, he said, are in various stages of investigations or are currently facing trial in the fast-track courts. This is among the highest rates during the last five years, Brahma added.On May 16, four people — including a government employee from the neighboring state of  Arunachal Pradesh — were arrested in possession of leopard bones and skin from Assam’s Sonitpur district.That followed a surprise raid conducted on March 25, in which the Assam unit of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence recovered a tiger skin more than 10 feet long as well as more than 200 tiger bones at the Banderdewa checkpoint on the vulnerable Assam – Arunachal Pradesh border. One person was arrested, while two other fled.The bulk of arrests, however, continue to be related to rhino poaching.  The latest of these came on June 9, when five suspected poachers were arrested from the Mayong area in Kamrup district. They were allegedly planning to kill a rhino in nearby Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.On April 29, the Assam police nabbed a gang of six alleged poachers and wildlife traders, recovering a rhino horn from the Nagaon district. Two more poaching suspects, including a student, were apprehended on March 24, by the Anti Rhino Poaching Task Force from the Kamargaon area in Golaghat district, while they were heading towards Kaziranga.  A .303 rifle, ammunition, a silencer and a motorbike were seized from them. The task force, operational since May 2014, is a joint initiative of the forest and police departments.Nameri National Park in the Sonitpur District of Assam is home to numerous species including elephants, tigers, leopards and sambar. Photo by Giridhar Appaji Nag Y via Flickr.However, upping arrests and fast-tracking prosecution is not enough, on its own, to secure more convictions for poachers, said Rahul Dutta, a consultant on wildlife trade and crime for the International Rhino Foundation. Investigators need to be properly trained to investigate such crimes, he explained.When it comes to wildlife crimes, Indian law stipulates that courts cannot act on ordinary charge sheets or First Information Reports (FIR) filed by the police. Instead, the Wildlife Protection Act requires that petitions of complaint be filed before a magistrate by designated authorities of the forest or police departments, or other specially designated persons. “However, due to lack of clarity in this understanding, countless such cases filed through charge sheets or FIRs are either pending in the court or has not moved beyond the investigation stage,” said Dutta.To make matters worse, when charges are (incorrectly) brought by the police, offenders may be accused under “inappropriate” statutes, Dutta said. For example, wildlife traffickers may be charged under laws concerning the theft or killing of domesticated livestock. Such cases fail to stand in the courts thus get quashed, enabling the poacher to go scot-free, he said.If offense reports are not prepared correctly, even fast-track courts can’t expedite cases, Dutta added.A greater one-horned rhino in Assam State’s Kaziranga National Park. Photo by Udayan Dasgupta for Mongabay.In an effort improve conviction rates, the forest department is conducting training programs in investigation methods for both forest and police staff, said Brahma, the wildlife warden. These include instruction on forensic techniques such as the recovery and seizure of evidence and proper recording of statements from the accused and from witnesses. The aim, he said, is to allow investigators to present evidence that meets legal standards and can help bring cases to a solid conclusion. The latest of these exercises was organized in Kaziranga on June 3.The state is also stepping up its anti-poaching efforts with the procurement of sophisticated weapons as INSAS rifles, Self Loading Rifles, Ghatak Rifles (the Indian equivalent of AK 47) and 9 mm pistols for the soon-to-be-launched 112-member Special Rhino Protection Force in the state, said Brahma.“All such initiatives put together are certainly clamping down on wildlife crimes in the state,” said Deba Kumar Dutta,  a member of IUCN’s Asian Rhino Specialist Group and senior project officer at WWF India. Such efforts are also helping the authorities combat major crimes in the region in general, since poachers are often linked with extremist groups or criminals involved in drug and human trafficking, he said.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. Article published by Isabel Esterman Animals, Biodiversity, Endangered Species, Environment, Law Enforcement, Mammals, One-horned Rhinos, Poaching, Rhinos, Wildlife, Wildlife Trafficking 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

Snow leopards no longer ‘endangered,’ but still in decline and in need of urgent conservation measures

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki The snow leopard, which has been listed on the IUCN Red List as Endangered since 1986, recently had its threat status downgraded to Vulnerable.“However, its population continues to decline and it still faces a high risk of extinction through habitat loss and degradation, declines in prey, competition with livestock, persecution, and poaching for illegal wildlife trade,” the IUCN reported.Many scientists and conservationists were quick to underscore the point made by the IUCN about the need for continued conservation efforts to reverse the snow leopards’ ongoing decline and ensure the survival of the species, regardless of its status on the Red List. Indeed, some experts argue that moving the species from Endangered to Vulnerable was not even justifiable based on the available evidence. The latest update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species had bad news about the conservation status of many species, including some that were previously so abundant that their entry onto the list as endangered or even critically endangered came as something of a surprise.There was at least one species for whom the update bore welcome news, however: the snow leopard, which has been listed as Endangered since 1986 but has now had its threat status downgraded to Vulnerable.“Thanks to new available data, the Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) has moved from the Endangered to Vulnerable category,” the IUCN reported before warning that “its population continues to decline and it still faces a high risk of extinction through habitat loss and degradation, declines in prey, competition with livestock, persecution, and poaching for illegal wildlife trade.”Many scientists and conservationists were quick to underscore the point made by the IUCN about the need for continued conservation efforts to reverse the snow leopards’ ongoing decline and ensure the survival of the species, regardless of its status on the Red List. Indeed, some experts argue that moving the species from Endangered to Vulnerable might not have been warranted at all.The IUCN itself noted that there have been a number of successes in the fight to save snow leopards, while acknowledging that there is a lot of work left to be done: “Thanks to significant investments in conservation for this species, including anti-poaching efforts, initiatives to reduce conflict with livestock, and awareness-raising programmes, conditions in parts of the Snow Leopard’s range have improved. It is essential to continue and expand conservation efforts to reverse its declining trend and prevent this iconic cat from moving even closer to extinction.”Peter Zahler, coordinator of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Snow Leopard Program and one of the researchers who assessed the species’ threat status for the latest IUCN Red List update, said that the change was “based largely in accurate application of Red List methodology, which is a rigorous and step-by-step scientific process, and not on any new estimate of population.”No one is really sure exactly how many snow leopards there are in the wild. In large part, that’s due to how difficult they are to study. The big cat’s range encompasses more than 1.6 million square kilometers (or more than 600,000 square miles) across 12 Central and South Asian countries, and its habitat includes some of the highest and coldest mountain ranges in the world, which are inaccessible at worst and inhospitable at best to human researchers. In fact, snow leopards are so elusive and their terrain so unapproachable that they were the last of the big cat species to be subjected to a sub-species assessment — which found that there may actually be three distinct sub-speces of snow leopards.Zahler said that the lowest estimate of the snow leopard population, about 4,000 individuals, was used for the latest Red List assessment. “[W]hile there remains debate on the exact numbers of wild snow leopards, no reasonable estimates put them below 4,000 animals, so any debate over population size is not relevant to the outcome of this assessment,” he told Mongabay.Most of the population data that informed the assessment may have been historical, according to Zahler, but there has been a considerable amount of new information gathered on snow leopards since the last assessment, published in 2008, which also factored into the assessment. “The combination of a significant growth and expansion of research and monitoring by multiple organizations on snow leopards (much more work, over a much larger area), coupled with a significant improvement of the methods used to study them (improved camera traps, GPS/satellite collars, improved statistical methods and better application of same for analysis) has provided us with much more information on the species,” he said.Not all snow leopard researchers are convinced that the best available research justifies a status change to Vulnerable, however. Charudutt Mishra is the science and conservation director for Seattle, Washington-based NGO the Snow Leopard Trust as well as the executive director of the Snow Leopard Network, a global organization of snow leopard experts. He told Mongabay that the only thing we can really say for certain about snow leopards “is that we know very little.”More than 98 percent of the snow leopard’s global habitat has never been sampled for abundance using scientifically acceptable techniques, he said. “Even in the other 2%, the areas were not randomly selected and information is obviously biased towards better sites.”What’s more, he added, “For many key parameters of snow leopard biology which could help with a reliable Red List assessment” for wild snow leopards, like age at first reproduction, population growth rates, birth and mortality rates, sex ratios, and litter size, “no information is available at all. In fact, the data we do have are so limited and involve so many assumptions that it is not hard to make a case for whichever scenario you choose to support, endangered or vulnerable.”Mishra points to Pakistan, where a large proportion of snow leopard habitat was recently sampled using camera traps and genetics. “Results show that the snow leopard population there could be as low as 40 cats, and almost certainly lower than 100, compared to the earlier belief that the country has 200-420 cats,” he said. “This varying data suggests that snow leopard populations in some parts of their habitat may be lower than assumed or declining faster than believed, and that more robust science is needed to ensure an accurate assessment. Under these circumstances, I don’t see how one can justify such a decision, which can have potentially serious consequences for the species.”Anticipating the criticism that only two percent of the snow leopard’s range has been significantly surveyed, Zahler said: “I don’t know that this is true or how it compares to other wide-ranging species, but regardless, 1) nobody complained about the previous assessment which clearly had much less data over much less area, and 2) if that argument were true, the status would have to be Data Deficient, not Endangered!”One point every snow leopard researcher seems to agree on, however, is that the species’ survival is by no means guaranteed at this point, and that implementation of conservation measures must continue apace in order to prevent the snow leopard from going to extinct due to threats like poaching, habitat destruction, loss of prey species, roads, border fences, and climate change.Dr. Tom McCarthy, Executive Director of Panthera’s Snow Leopard Program and a member of the assessment team along with Peter Zahler at WCS, said in a statement that “To be considered ‘Endangered,’ there must be less than 2,500 mature snow leopards and they must be experiencing a high rate of decline. Both are now considered extremely unlikely, which is the good news, but it does not mean that snow leopards are ‘safe’ or that now is a time to celebrate. The species still faces ‘a high risk of extinction in the wild’ and is likely still declining — just not at the rate previously thought.”Zahler added that “It is important that a change in status is not misinterpreted — this change does not mean that the snow leopard has been ‘saved’ and efforts on its behalf can stop. The IUCN’s Vulnerable status means a species is still vulnerable to extinction, and the snow leopard population is still believed to be in decline and facing a high risk of extinction.”Shynghyz, the oldest known snow leopard in the world, at Tama Zoo, Tokyo. He passed away in 2015 at the age of almost 26 years. Photo via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.CITATIONJanecka, J. E., Yu-guang, Z., Di-qiang, L., Munkhtsog, B., Bayaraa, M., Galsandorj, N., … & Zhi, L. (2017). Range-Wide Snow Leopard Phylogeography Supports Three Subspecies. Journal of Heredity. doi:10.1093/jhered/esx044McCarthy, T., Mallon, D., Jackson, R., Zahler, P. & McCarthy, K. 2017. Panthera uncia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22732A50664030. Downloaded on 26 September 2017.Follow Mike Gaworecki on Twitter: @mikeg2001 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 overSponsoredcenter_img Animals, Big Cats, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Cats, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Mammals, Research, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation last_img read more

Guyana, Australia to strengthen ties

first_img… discuss support of oil and gas sectorNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman met with the Australian High Commissioner to Guyana along with other Australian diplomats, where the two countries pledged their support to strengthen bilateral ties in support of the oil and gas sector.Trotman met with High Commissioner John Pilbeam along with Deputy Foreign Minister and Trade Secretary of Australia, Penny Williams on Friday.Minister Raphael Trotman and High Commissioner, John Pilbeam and Deputy Foreign Minister Penny Williams during the visitDiscussions were had on a number of issues, mainly those related to the oil and gas sector and gold production.Speaking on Guyana’s gold production, Minister Trotman told the Australian diplomats that he is impressed with the works of Troy Resources, the Australian gold company.Trotman noted that the company’s contribution was instrumental towards Guyana’s achievement of a record breaking gold production year in 2016.The Natural Resources Minister also highlighted the company’s commitment to health and safety, not only for its employees but also of persons who reside in the communities in which that company operates.However, the discussion also included conversations on the Sovereign Wealth Fund. The Fund enables Guyana to obtain long-term benefit from its oil and mineral resources.Minister Trotman noting that this Fund will be managing revenues not only from oil and gas but also from mining and forestry, with a view of enhancing transparency in all natural resources sectors.Trotman used the opportunity to express his appreciation that Guyana is receiving for management of the oil and gas sector.He added that at this point in time, it is important for persons to be trained in the oil and gas sector, highlighting Government’s willingness to receive support from Australia. The Australian diplomats also expressed their willingness to cooperate with and support Guyana at this time. Williams, who was appointed to her current post in February 2017, also pledged Australia’s support for Guyana regarding the nation’s territorial integrity. Since Guyana and Australia established diplomatic ties on May 14, 1973, relations between the two countries have been concentrated mainly on interactions at the multilateral level through fora such as the Commonwealth and the United Nations.There remains great potential for increased bilateral cooperation in the areas of education/training, agriculture, trade, tourism, security, health and in environment and climate change related matters.last_img read more

Returning Eagles star ready to fight for Crystal Palace place

first_img1 Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie says he is ready to fight for his place back in the starting line-up and is desperate to become a first-team regular under Alan Pardew.Bolasie has not started a league game for the south London club since he returned from the African Cup of Nations and has been forced to settle for a place on the substitutes bench.But with Palace going three games without a victory, the 25-year-old will be hoping he can force his way back into the side for the London derby against West Ham on Saturday.Bolasie, speaking in the Croydon Advertiser, said: “I am still trying to settle down. The manager gave me some time off last week, so I’m getting back into it slowly.“We have other players who have been doing well; the likes of Dwight Gayle, Wilfried Zaha and Jason Puncheon.“The competition for places is healthy but I’m not scared of that. I am really hungry so I want to prove myself again.” Yannick Bolasie in action for Crystal Palace last_img read more

‘From James Wilson to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Mourinho Effect!’

first_img The centre forward in action for Sweden at the Euro 2016 finals 1 It’s official – Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play for Manchester United next season.After weeks of speculation, the striker took to Instagram this afternoon to post a picture of the Red Devils badge with the caption, ‘Time to let the world know. My next destination is Manchester United’.Ibrahimovic’s contract at Paris Saint-Germain has expired and Jose Mourinho has acted quick, sealing his second signing at his new club.And fans cannot wait for the centre forward to get started at the Theatre of Dreams.Read the reaction to the confirmation of his Manchester United transfer below…last_img

Saugus girls out for revenge

first_imgDown two games to none, Saugus seemed to gaining momentum with a 20-16 lead in the third game, but a couple of Vikings 4-0 runs kept the Centurions from forcing a fourth game. With five matches left on each team’s schedule, the winner of tonight’s meeting might be slated to play for the league title against Hart. But that’s only if the Indians (8-3, 4-1) win their next three matches (Golden Valley, West Ranch and Canyon) and the winner of the Saugus-Valencia match does not lose again until it meets Hart. Saugus will visit Hart on its second-to-last match on Halloween night. The Centurions beat the Indians Oct. 12 (25-23, 25-21, 25-19). Valencia will host Hart on its final regular season match Nov. 2. ivan.orozco@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA Bowed heads and watery eyes were common among a handful of Saugus High players on the girls’ volleyball team. This was after the Centurions, playing on their home court, lost to Foothill League archrival Oct. 4. The match, highly anticipated by both teams, was supposed to give an indication, perhaps, of which team can take this year’s league title. But it was not expected that the Vikings would win the match in three games (25-21, 25-19, 25-21). Saugus’ wait for a chance at revenge is over. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The Centurions (22-3, 4-1) visit the Vikings (11-11, 4-1) at 5 p.m. today, but Valencia, winner of the last four league titles, is out to prove it’s still the team to beat despite losing to Hart (17-25, 26-24, 25-9, 23-25, 15-12) Tuesday night. The Indians’ come-from-behind win not only snapped the Vikings’ 23-game win streak against league opponents but also set up a three-way tie atop the Foothill League standings, giving tonight’s Saugus-Valencia match greater significance than the previous one between these teams. In that match, behind outside hitters Courtney Alberi (11 kills) and Layne Castro (eight kills) and junior setter Taylor Kasha (30 assists), the Vikings were able to hold off a pressuring Centurions team. “I was thinking about that game all day through every single class,” Kasha said about the Oct. 4 match. “All I could think of is, we’re not losing to Saugus. We’d had that thought since the beginning of summer.” But the Centurions didn’t go down without a fight. last_img read more

November 2018 User Experience and Web Professional Events

first_imgWhether you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be challenging to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers.And it takes time to find interesting local events.That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and web professionals events for southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio. A casual get together about speaking, overview of WordPress 5.0 and new Gutenberg editor, and an accessibility empathy lab are a few of the events you’ll discover in my November 2018 calendar.While I don’t attend every event on the calendar, I usually make it to one or two events each week. I’d love to meet you.When you see me, stop by and say hi!Bites and BrainstormingDate: November 1, 2018, at 5:30pmLocation: Mango Languages in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to Mango Languages)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredIf you’ve been considering speaking, but weren’t sure how to get started, this is the Detroit Speakers in Tech event you don’t want to miss! Get together for casual chat over food and drink, as you brainstorm talk ideas. By the end of the event, you’ll have at least one talk idea to work on, as well as resources on moving forward.Frontend Crash Course: HTML & CSSDate: November 7, 2018, at 6:30pmLocation: TechTown Detroit in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to TechTown Detroit)Cost: Free, pre-registration required In this 1 1/2 hour workshop hosted by Thinkful Detroit, you’ll learn basic concepts of HTML and CSS, the building blocks for the web. Bring your own laptop so you can get hands-on building your own site. No previous coding experience necessary. Ethics of User Experience DesignDate: November 8, 2018, at 6:30pmLocation: A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to A. Alfred Taubman Center)Cost: $12.24, pre-registration requiredLearn ethical principles that apply to user experience design from three presentations at the joint World Usability Day event presented by AIGA Detroit and Michigan User Experience Professionals.Get practical tips on how to design user interfaces that follow ethical principles.Your Favorite Plugins & ThemesDate: November 12, 2018, at 6:30pmLocation: Grand Circus in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to Grand Circus)Cost: $5.00, pre-registration requiredI look forward to this meetup every year when our Metro Detroit WordPress meetup members share their favorite plugins and themes.With over 50,000 plugins and hundreds of themes in the repository, there’s no way to know them all. I always walk away from this meetup event with at least three new plugins or themes for my projects. Introduction to WordPress 5.0 and GutenbergDate: November 13, 2018, from 6:30pm to 8:00pmLocation: Canton Public Library in Canton, Michigan (map and directions to Canton Public Library)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredJoin our West Metro Detroit WordPress meetup group to learn about the upcoming WordPress 5.0 release and the new Gutenberg editor.We’re honored to host George Hotelling, JavaScript Wrangler at Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com), who will give a WordPress 5.0 demo and walkthrough of the new Gutenberg editor. Accessibility Empathy Lab with Glenda SimsDate: November 19, 2018, 6:00pmLocation: Atomic Object in Ann Arbor, Michigan (map to Atomic Object)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredThe Ann Arbor Web Accessibility group is proud to host a special presentation of Deque‘s Accessibility Empathy Lab led by the web accessibility community’s favorite good witch, Glenda Sims.You’ll have the opportunity to interact with several assistive technologies to learn first hand how people with disabilities use technology.Share EventsIt’s impossible to include every event happening in our area. If you know of any southeast Michigan or northwest Ohio public events not on the list, share them in the comments.I ask that you only share public events that have published their event info with date, time, and location, thanks!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Relatedlast_img read more

Tracking Sickness Using Web 2.0

first_imgRelated Posts In the US the Center for Disease Control tracks illness around the country. Mostdeveloped nations have governmental health agencies that track the progression ofsickness. They don’t, however, usually track the sniffles or localized illnesses(unless severe or mysterious). They also get their information from physicians, whichmeans they only hear about illnesses that are bad enough to require a doctor visit. Whois Sick?’s data is likely not as a reliable, as a result of coming from people whomay tend to exaggerate, but it could be more complete.I think the best use of Who is Sick? would be for parents of school aged children, whoget sick a lot, to track what illnesses might be coming (advance warning that the stomachflu is making its way through your kid’s school would certainly be welcome by mostparents, for example). Who is Sick? would be wise to provide a widget for parenting blogsand websites that would allow parents to access data from the sites they’re alreadyvisiting. I suspect that most school districts would not want to publicly encourage useof the service, since it might cause parents to keep otherwise healthy kids out of schoolfor fear that they might catch something that’s “going around”. They might beinterested in the data, however, so Who is Sick? would be wise to make it available forthem in an easily digestible format.ConclusionWho is Sick? is an interesting and potentially useful mashup. One possible pitfall isthat it requires data from users; and going onto a website to report how one feels, whichis the last thing you want to do when you feel crummy. That’s why I think it mightwork best as a service for parents – who can report on the symptoms of their children. Itmight also foster a community of parents who can talk about what to do when their kidsget sick, or share recommendations for doctors. Which is probably better than a communityof hypochondriacs stressing about what horrible disease is coming their way next. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market To all hypochondriacs whoyearn to make their imagined ailments seem more legit, pay attention. There exists awebsite that tells you what’s currently making people in your area sick. The website isWho is Sick? and it has other uses besides addinglegitimacy to fictitious symptoms.Who is Sick? is a Google Maps mashup, which as Alex Iskold wrote inMarch is the most popular type of mashup. Who is Sick? attempts to track “sicknesses”as they spread across an area.Users can enter their symptoms, which are mapped into six categories (including an“Other” catch-all), their age, sex, days since experiencing the symptoms, furtherdetails, and their zip code. The information is then fed into a searchable Google map.The service is 100% anonymous. As you can see, the map view can get a little crowded in populated areas. Thankfully,Who is Sick? offers a search function that lets you cull further. Let’s say I livein Beverly Hills and have had a runny nose and fever for a few days. Entering thatinformation, I can see that 31 people have experienced the same symptoms in the past twoweeks – 11 of them are female (I knew I shouldn’t have talked to that sneezing girlat the bar!).The site also offers basic statistical analysis of the illnesses making their awayaround your area. A pie chart shows a symptom break down, while a bar graph indicatesvisually how many new people are getting sick week-over-week. However, it’s unclearwhether a growing number of sicknesses indicates a passing virus or simply more peopleusing the site.center_img josh catone 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#web last_img read more

‘Prolific’ Thief Has Stolen Nearly $75,000 in Cellphones

first_imgA Washington man who prosecutors are calling a “prolific” cellphone thief has participated in at least 10 thefts from cellphone stores in King County and has stolen nearly $75,000 worth of devices, according to court documents.The most recent charge against 18-year-old Laron Johnson was filed Monday for a theft at a Renton T-Mobile store last year. Documents say that in addition to that case, Johnson has five pending cases in King County for theft, robbery, burglary and organized retail theft… KIRO7 News Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img

China’s Online War and Why it Will Create a Safer Internet for the Middle Kingdom

first_imgTags:#Analysis#international#web guest author 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… There is a war currently being fought in China’s cyberspace. No, it does not involve the Great Firewall of China, nor does it involve Google’s next attempt at market expansion in the Middle Kingdom. On the contrary, this war is being fought between two domestic Internet players: Tencent and Qihoo 360. Over the past few months the two companies have been in a fierce battle to win users and their corresponding data. Qihoo 360’s actions have forced Tencent to go to extreme measures and issue an ultimatum to Chinese netizens to choose either their software or that of Qihoo 360.Guest author Joel Backaler writes The China Observer, an award-winning blog focused on Chinese technology trends and consumer culture. His writing has appeared in and he has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal China Journal, BusinessWeek, and Seeking Alpha. Joel is a Mandarin-speaking former Fulbright Fellow who has worked and lived in Taipei, Beijing and Singapore with Frontier Strategy Group. Follow Joel on Twitter.Before we examine why this battle is being fought, let’s take a quick look at who the two players are:Tencent is best known for it’s QQ instant messenger service, and is one of the biggest internet companies in China. In the first half of 2010 alone, the company earned ¥3.7 billion, experiencing 66% growth year-on-year. In addition to IM, Tencent’s reach extends into the realms of online media, mobile and telecom, interactive entertainment and value-added services. Qihoo 360 is, unlike the Internet conglomerate of Tencent, focusing on its core product 360 Safeguard, an anti-virus software program. While Tencent’s QQ has nearly 1 billion active users, Qihoo 360 has approximately 300 million users.Why would two companies with non-competing products engage in such a vicious battle?The truth is Tencent did release a competing product to Qihoo 360. The key to Tencent’s success is in its massive user base acquired through the widespread usage of QQ instant messenger. The moment a business model is proven successful in China’s Internet space, Tencent has the capital and capabilities to make a better copy of the original product, and release its own version to nearly one billion Chinese netizens seemingly overnight. After observing Qihoo 360’s success, Tencent leveraged this strategy by automatically updating all of QQ users’ software with a new tool called QQ Safety Manager, a competing anti-virus tool, this past September.Needless to say Qihoo 360 was not about to just sit back and watch Tencent’s anti-virus software put them out of business. Qihoo 360 retaliated by releasing a new “Privacy Protector” that informed netizens which data Tencent was supposedly stealing from their computer as they used the QQ IM service.By mid-October, Tencent took formal legal action, but in the meantime Qihoo 360 launched its second attack on Tencent by prompting users to download a new tool called “KouKou Bodyguard.”Upon installing the program, KouKou Bodyguard ran an initial virus scan that classified all of QQ’s functionalities as serious threats to the computer system. When users eliminated the “virus threat” KouKou Bodyguard actually deleted all of QQ’s functions – except for one. The one exception was when the user clicked on “QQ Safety Manager” instead of QQ’s safety check opening, KouKou Bodyguard appeared in its place.Qihoo 360 retaliated by releasing a new “Privacy Protector” that informed netizens which data Tencent was supposedly stealing from their computer…Tencent’s UltimatumIn response, Tencent said they had no choice but to make Chinese netizens decide between their service or Qihoo 360. If Tencent did not act, KouKou Bodyguard would spread rapidly through their user base dismantling the QQ empire. Therefore any computer with Qihoo 360’s software would not be allowed to access QQ going forward. In an open letter to QQ users, Tencent proclaimed that rather than fight a battle on the desktops of its users (like Qihoo 360 did), Tencent would simply give the choice of which software to use to the users themselves.At this point, Qihoo 360 has discontinued the KouKou Bodyguard tool, and it seems as though through the mediation of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the battle between the two Internet firms is subsiding.What Does This Mean for China’s Internet Industry?While the dispute between Tencent and Qihoo 360 was not ideal for Chinese Internet users as the event unfolded, they will be better off for it. Just as China’s melamine crisis in 2008 forced Chinese consumers to change their buying behaviors, the Tencent-Qihoo 360 saga will potentially have a similar impact on China’s Internet industry. It takes extreme situations to invoke a sense of seriousness around a particular issue. Chinese netizens will likely become more vigilant about what they are downloading, where the software comes from, and what data they may be potentially sharing. This type of change will not happen over night; however, this may very well mark the beginning of a safer Chinese Internet.Icon by wfwatt. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more