Stay or go? Understanding a partial seasonal elephant migration

first_imgdata, Elephants, GPS tracking, Mammals, Migration, Monitoring, Research, Savannas, Tagging, Technology, Tracking, Water Scarcity, Wildlife, Wildtech Elephants in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park wearing GPS tracking tags shared a general dry-season home range but followed three different wet-season migration strategies: residency, short-distance migration, and long-distance migration.Despite similar dry-season conditions that kept all the tagged elephants near provisioned waterholes, the migrating elephants began their seasonal movements at the onset of the first rains.Scientists urge collaboration among stakeholders and countries to maintain the long-distance, cross-border migrations some animals need to survive. African elephants use areas of grassland, bushland, and woodland, but how do they move through these different vegetation types in different seasons, especially where water becomes a seasonally scarce resource?Elephants drink roughly 200 liters (50 gallons) of water each day. In Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, they come together at waterholes such as this one during the region’s dry season (August through October). Image by Sue Palminteri/Mongabay.Researchers in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe have been monitoring the movements of 32 female elephants over the last several years to find out. Some, but not all, of the elephants migrated seasonally, up to 250 kilometers (155 miles) from their tagging site. Using GPS/VHF radio tracking tags, the researchers are studying the variability in and potential drivers of the elephants’ movements over time, including these seasonal migrations.Arnold Tshipa, the Zambezi region environmental officer for Wilderness Safaris, leads the field work. Tshipa is also writing his master’s thesis at Zimbabwe’s National University of Science and Technology on the migration of Hwange’s elephants with technical guidance from France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and support from both institutions.Arnold Tshipa fitting a tracking tag and collar on one of the 32 female elephants spending dry seasons in northeastern Hwange National Park. Image courtesy of Arnold Tshipa.Tshipa and his fellow researchers tagged the elephants in the northeastern section of Hwange to better understand how female elephant move around and use different habitats in and around the park, as well as their population dynamics, given Hwange’s high density of elephants. Census data suggest that 45,000 elephants live inside Hwange National Park, more than half of the more than 82,000 elephants estimated for Zimbabwe as a whole, leading to an estimated density of three elephants per square kilometer (5 per square mile).Tshipa and colleagues suggest in their 2017 publication that the Hwange elephants are part of the world’s largest elephant metapopulation, which stretches across five southern African countries in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA). The researchers used daily location readings from the tracking tags to chart the seasonal movements that separate the subpopulations geographically and reconnect them during the wet season.The Hwange elephant movement project team fitting a sedated elephant with a tracking tag and collar. Jobs include monitoring the sedation, fitting the collar, checking the tag, measuring the elephant’s size, assessing its health, age, and sex, and documenting through notes and photographs. Image courtesy of Arnold Tshipa.Previous research has confirmed wide-ranging, cross-boundary movements of elephants across areas of natural vegetation in the KAZA region, highlighting the need for cross-border movement corridors and coordinated planning and policies. The movement data gained from wildlife tracking tags can improve the effectiveness of broad-scale conservation efforts by assessing current reserve boundaries, designing linkages between reserves, identifying stakeholders whose management influences tagged animals, and helping various stakeholders coordinate management efforts across the animals’ areas of movement.A partial migrationTshipa and his colleagues have focused their analyses on the elephants’ use of space during two key periods: the late wet season in February and March, and the late dry season in September and October. They have categorized elephant movement behavior according to the distance between each animal’s respective wet- and dry-season ranges. Longer-distance migrations are those with greater distance and less overlap between the wet- and dry-season ranges.Dry-season and wet-season ranges of elephants tagged in Hwange National Park. Each individual’s movements are represented by a different color. The area in grey is within the boundary of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area. Limits of Hwange (in Zimbabwe) and Chobe, Nxai and Makgadikgadi Pans National Parks (in Botswana) are shown. Image from Tshipa et al (2018). “Partial migration links local surface-water management to large-scale elephant conservation in the world’s largest transfrontier conservation area.” Biological Conservation.Tshipa said the team classified 10 of the 32 tagged elephants as “resident” elephants. For these elephants, the center points of the dry-season and wet-season ranges were less than 50 kilometers (31 miles) apart, and there was more than 50 percent overlap between the two range areas.For the rest of the tagged elephants, deemed “migratory,” there was less than 50 percent overlap between their dry- and wet-season ranges. The distance between the center points of these two seasonal range areas distinguished the short-distance migrants from the longer-distance migrants. Range centers of the 12 short-distance migrants were less than 50 kilometers apart, while those of the remaining 10 long-distance migrants were farther apart, up to 160 kilometers (99 miles).Eight elephants migrated into Botswana, as far as the Nxai Pan, some 260 kilometers (161 miles) from their tagging area. This normally dry salt pan becomes grassy in the wet season, attracting elephants and thousands of other large herbivores, including zebra and wildebeest.Baobab trees at Nxai Pan National Park, the destination of Hwange’s farthest-moving tagged elephants. Image by Ana Isabel Alia, Wikimedia Commons, CC 4.0.Rainfall decreases as one travels west from Zimbabwe to Botswana, so the elephants that migrate do so at the onset of the wet season. “It starts as soon as we have the first few rains,” Tshipa said. “Once they see those first few rains, they start moving.”Nevertheless, Tshipa added, “there’s a lot of variability in distance and time spent. Some spend a long time in Botswana, while others go just for two days. We still don’t know how much of the population actually does this; 22 percent of the tagged elephants do, but how much of the population do we have?”The eight tagged Hwange elephants that migrated to Botswana stayed longer in private wildlife management areas than in formal protected areas, confirming the importance of the private sector in elephant conservation. Their movements also support the establishment of region-wide elephant management policies to address, for example, how institutions should respond to any changes in water supply in Hwange National Park, through human action or more severe droughts, that could dramatically affect elephants’ distribution in this region.What drives elephants to move?The Hwange researchers are particularly interested in the transboundary movements the elephants repeated over several years and what might be driving them.A map comparing the three types of movement patterns of the 32 GPS-tagged elephants in Hwange NP. All used similar dry-season resources, yet some (“residents”) remained in their tagging area all year while others migrated southwest, up to 260 km (155 miles) from the tagging area, into Botswana. They stayed for some or all of the wet season and returned to Hwange the following dry season. Image by Arnold Tshipa.Humans have altered much of the arid region’s landscape, including provisioning water for wildlife within national parks and game reserves during the dry season, which Tshipa says is driving migrations. Unlike their wide ranging during wet season, both resident and migratory tagged elephants returned to and were faithful to their smaller dry-season ranges.In the dry season, the researchers state in their paper, elephant breeding herds forage within 15 kilometers (9 miles) of water. The dry-season ranges of the tagged elephants all include permanent waterholes. Hwange National Park lacks a permanent river, and during the dry season water is available primarily at the waterholes.A natural migration may have occurred before the provisioning of water, Tshipa said, comprised of elephants migrating further north to the Gway River. “That might have been a migration route,” he said, “but now because there’s water holes dotted all over the place, there’s no need for [them] to proceed to the river.”Spending quality time at the local watering hole is a daily necessity for elephants. This herd is drinking at one of Hwange National Park’s human-provisioned waterholes. Image by Sue Palminteri/Mongabay.Moreover, hunting occurs at the river but not at the protected waterholes, making them more attractive areas for elephants. “Most of the collared elephants are not crossing into that hunting area, and if they do, it’s a very quick cross into and back out,” Tshipa said.The ranges of the elephants during the wet season, when food and water are more widely accessible, are all larger than their respective dry-season ranges. Having determined that water supplies drive migration patterns, the Hwange researchers are studying whether other factors, such as habitat structure, demography, or competition, play a key role.“It’s always difficult to separate water from vegetation,” Tshipa said, “because one is linked to the other. So we’re asking how do distance to water and habitat structure influence the migration route.”Availability of both water and vegetation drive broad-scale movements of elephants and other partially migratory species, such as zebras. Image by Sue Palminteri/Mongabay.The researchers have categorized the cross-border study zone into open grasslands, bushlands, and woodlands. They are analyzing how the animals’ movement patterns within each of these habitats relates to their distance to a water source, or, for example, whether the distance to water affects how elephants move while in woodlands versus when they are in open grasslands.Tshipa and colleagues are also beginning a study of the role that the quality and quantity of elephants’ food plays in their migration. All the study elephants used the same general area in the dry season, so the quality of food in their dry-season ranges is unlikely to drive some to migrate and others to remain in the area. Given the substantial energy expended in long-distance migration, the researchers will examine the amount of suitable wet-season food along transects as well as the dung of the tagged elephants, to determine what they are eating (e.g. higher-quality grasses versus bark).CitationTshipa, A., Valls-Fox, H., Fritz, H., Collins, K., Sebele, L., Mundy, P., & Chamaillé-Jammes, S. (2017). Partial migration links local surface-water management to large-scale elephant conservation in the world’s largest transfrontier conservation area. Biological Conservation, 215, 46-50.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Sue Palmintericenter_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

3D Bioprinting: Synthesizing Human Tissues and Organs

first_img3D-printing applications are becoming common in manufacturing, art design, product development, and architecture. Recent innovations are advancing how artificial tissues and human organs can be created using bioprinting. Researchers at UC Berkeley found that using cryogenic techniques they were able to speed up the printing process by stacking 2D layers of cells and binding them together into a 3D structure. . Bioprinting is an area where 3D-printing techniques have been applied to the fabrication of bioparts and tissues using living cells. Bioprinting is increasingly being used in medicine and bioengineering. Rohan Shirwaiker, NC State associate professor, said that “we’ve reached the point where we are able to create medical products, such as knee implants, by printing living cells. But one challenge has been organizing the cells that are being printed, so that the engineered tissue more closely mimics natural tissues.”center_img At NC State an ultrasonic technique was used to better control the alignment of cells during the printing process, allowing researchers to precisely control cell placement to achieve improved strength and flexibility characteristics. The 3D Bioprinting market was $385 million in the US in 2018 and is growing at a rate of 25 percent annually, according to Zichen Ziao, UC Berkeley Researcher, described the technique, saying that “it’s like making a hamburger in a very cool — cryogenic — solution. You already print multiple layers, and you basically pick up one layer and stack them on top of each other. You put the bottom bread there first and put whatever layer you want on top of it. By the process of freezing, it keeps its rigid structure, and the cells are still alive.”last_img read more

Castrovilli cancels out Gervinho

first_imgAnother diving Gaetano Castrovilli header earned Fiorentina a point, cancelling out Gervinho’s counter-attack in a 1-1 with Parma. Click here for the full match report. OR See how all today’s Serie A games unfolded on the LIVEBLOG. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit:

Alvin unleashed: After scoring 49, Pasaol hopes for 50 next time

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlvin Pasaol had just set the record for the most points scored in a single game for the UAAP this century with 49, and he did that not only against defending champion La Salle but also on a bum right ankle.And although the husky forward laughed and smiled saying he wasn’t aiming to get to that high of a number, Pasaol is confident he can reach 50 in the near future.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Mbala lauds Pasaol for record-setting career game“Hopefully I can play at a hundred percent on Saturday [against University of Santo Tomas], and maybe even score 50,” said Pasaol in Filipino after losing to La Salle 106-100 Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPasaol reached 49 points with around a minute remaining in the game and he needed just one more free throw to get to half-century but the ball clanked off and he never got the opportunity to shoot for it again.“Actually I don’t have any words on my performance, I think I just played my best and did what Manong [head coach Derrick Pumaren] asked me to do to just play my game.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Mbala lauds Pasaol for record-setting career game Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “Alvin was awesome tonight, he really gave us a show tonight,” said Pumaren. “I was really praying that he’ll get 50 but we’ll take 49.”“And Alvin is unlike any other player I’ve coached like [Jun] Limpot, Allan [Caidic] in the amateurs. Alvin will look like someone who isn’t listening to anything you’re saying but once they play he knows it.” Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups View commentscenter_img Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES READ: La Salle sends UE to 0-6, spoils Pasaol’s 49-point explosionPasaol may be lost for words on what he just did, but the man who owned the record prior had a lot to say.National University head coach Jeff Napa was the previous owner of the record when he put up 43 points against Adamson University back in 2002 and he said that Pasaol should strive harder to exceed 50.“I’m happy for him, but it would’ve been better if they won,” said Napa who led the Bulldogs to a 98-90 win over the Soaring Falcons 15 years ago. “What he just did should serve as a motivation not only for his personal career but for his team also.”For Pumaren, what he saw in Pasaol was unlike any other.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel planslast_img read more

Trudeau raises concerns angers Duterte over bloody Filipino drug war

first_imgMANILA, Philippines – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau directly raised human-rights concerns with Rodrigo Duterte — including extrajudicial killings carried out by security forces in his country — in a confrontation Tuesday that the Philippine president later derided as a “personal and official insult.”Speaking to reporters in Manila after a summit of Southeast Asian countries, Trudeau said he told Duterte about the need for the rule of law in the Philippines, and also made a friendly offer of support to help the Philippines move forward.Trudeau said Duterte — whose violent crackdown on drug dealers and drug users by his government’s forces have left thousands dead — was receptive to the comments during what the Canadian prime minister called a very cordial and positive exchange.Duterte, however, seemed to remember it differently.“I said, ‘I will not explain. It is a personal and official insult,’” he told a news conference later Tuesday of his discussion with Trudeau. “‘It angers me when you are a foreigner, you do not know what exactly is happening in this country. You don’t even investigate.’”Duterte is highly sensitive to such criticism, and in the past called then U.S. President Barack Obama a “son of a bitch” after the State Department publicly expressed concern over the Philippine anti-drug campaign.President Donald Trump, who also attended this week’s ASEAN summit, did not publicly take Duterte to task for the drug crackdown. Instead, Trump said he and Duterte “had a great relationship,” and avoided questions about whether he raised human rights concerns in a meeting with the Philippine leader.The prime minister’s brief meeting with Duterte took place before Trudeau delivered a speech to members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in a bid for Canada to eventually join its exclusive, influential circles that focus on security in the Asia-Pacific.For several years, Canada has been working to forge closer ties with ASEAN, including its East Asia Summit security grouping that includes leaders of the U.S., China and Russia.The Canadian government asked the Philippines for an invitation to ASEAN and a working luncheon before this year’s East Asia Summit. It’s unclear how long it will take Canada to obtain a more-permanent status within ASEAN.Even though Duterte helped Canada get a seat at a table, Trudeau said he still brought up concerns with the Philippine president.“As I mentioned to President Duterte, we’re concerned with human rights, with the extrajudicial killings,” Trudeau told the news conference that closed his eight-day trip to the Philippines and Vietnam.“Countries around the world know that when you engage with Canada you will hear about human-rights concerns and we are the first to mention that we are not perfect, either.”Trudeau said Indigenous Peoples in Canada have suffered “neglect, marginalization and mistreatment” for centuries.— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Your neighbourhood may make you obese

first_imgMoving to a neighbourhood with a high obesity rate is likely to make a person become overweight, say researchers who suggest that your social circles can inadvertently influence your weight. “Social contagion in obesity means that if more people around you are obese, then that may increase your own chances of becoming obese,” said Ashlesha Datar, a senior economist at University of Southern California in the US. “In other words, living in a community where obesity is more common can make sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy eating and overweight or obesity more socially acceptable,” said Datar, one of the authors of the study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainObesity is linked to many factors, including eating and exercise habits, genetics and the environment. Research shows that living in certain communities carries a higher risk of obesity than living in other communities, but this association has been challenging for scientists to explain. Researchers studied military families to assess whether living in communities with greater obesity increased their own risk of being overweight or obese. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardMilitary families, they reasoned, cannot choose where they live –rather, they are assigned to installations. Some of those installations are in counties with higher rates of obesity. “We found that the families assigned to installations in counties with higher obesity rates were more likely to be overweight or obese than those assigned to installations in counties with lower rates of obesity,” Datar said. The researchers recruited families of US Army personnel at 38 military installations in the country to participate in surveys and measurements. In all, 1,314 parents and 1,111 children participated. Three-fourths of the parents and about one-fourth of the children were overweight or obese – reflective of the national rates. Researchers found that the family’s risk of obesity may increase or decrease, depending on the county obesity rate where they live. Moving to a county with a lower rate decreases the family’s chances of becoming overweight or obese. To assess whether shared environments could explain these results, the study accounted for extensive data on the food and activity opportunities in the county and neighbourhood, such as gyms and grocery stores.last_img read more

Cheating case against BJP leader Muralidhar Rao 8 others

first_imgHyderabad: An FIR was filed against BJP national general secretary P Muralidhar Rao and eight others for allegedly cheating a man here of Rs 2.17 crore by promising him a nominated post in the central government, police said Wednesday. However, Muralidhar Rao refuted the allegations and said he has nothing to do with the case. Based on a court-referred complaint lodged by the man’s wife, a case was registered Tuesday against Muralidhar Rao and eight others on charges of cheating, forgery, criminal intimidation and other relevant IPC sections, they said. The complainant alleged that she and her husband were induced by Muralidhar Rao and others by showing a purported letter with forged signature of Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman. She alleged they took Rs 2.17 crore after promising that her husband would be appointed chairperson of Pharma Exil, police said. Denying the allegations, Muralidhar Rao in a series of tweets said, “Regarding the FIR filed – have nothing to do with the present dispute. The FIR involving me reportedly is sequel to a private complaint in a court by those who actually are facing criminal charges in the same matter.” “The timing of the private complaint which has no base is mischievous to say the least. Hope police will act quickly to nail the lies. My lawyers will initiate appropriate steps to bring the culprits to justice,” he said in another tweet. In November 2015, Eswar Reddy, who claimed to be closely associated with prominent personalities in the BJP, approached the woman and her husband. Eswar Reddy had said he knew one A Krishna Kishore, the “shadow” of Muralidhar Rao, who was capable of getting a nominated post in any department of the central government, the woman said in her complaint. The complainant said she and her husband were reluctant to acquire the post by spending a huge amount. “Later, Eswar Reddy and others again approached us and put pressure on us to accept their proposal by making false promises that they would be able to procure a nominated membership of Pharma Exil which functions under the control of Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Government of India,” the complainant alleged. She also alleged that Eswar Reddy and others with the active connivance of Muralidhar Rao showed a photocopy of an appointment letter of her husband as chairperson of Pharma Exil, which was purportedly signed by Nirmala Sitharaman, and took Rs 2.17 crore for the post. When the complainant and her husband approached Eswar Reddy and others over the appointment they dragged the matter and when they sought return of the money there was no response, police said based on the complaint. The woman alleged that Muralidhar Rao also started to threaten them. Reacting to the FIR, BJP Telangana chief spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao in a statement said, “The frivolous FIR filed against our National General Secretary Muralidhar Rao by few detractors is with a clear motive to tarnish his image and the party’s.” Muralidhar Rao’s lawyers will take appropriate legal action, he said, adding that “we are very certain that our leader has done no wrong”. The BJP also warned of dire legal consequences if anyone conspired against the party.last_img read more

Commentary National Championship of mediocrity was a waste of time

Monday night’s national championship game looked a lot like a Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. I saw Butler’s Ronald Nored do his best Brian Urlacher imitation as he delivered a crushing blow to prevent UConn’s Kemba Walker from sprinting into the open court. I saw Butler shoot 18.8 percent from the field. I saw the two teams combine for 94 points, nine short of the 103 UNLV scored in the 1990 title game by itself. But in the end we all watched the “little guys” from Butler, who lost a heartbreaker in last year’s final to Duke, fall to the supposed Goliath for a second consecutive year. And before the book closes on this college basketball season, who can forget VCU’s darling run from the First Four to the Final Four? Or how about the fact that no No. 1 or No. 2 seed made it to the Final Four? This particular tournament showcased college basketball at its best. It’s a place where parity reigns supreme and in turn supplies hoops fans with incredibly exciting basketball. I think not. First of all, the term “little guys” doesn’t apply to Butler anymore. It’s reached two straight title games. But why has Butler been able to reach the game’s final act two seasons running? Because there’s no such thing as a “mid-major” anymore. The lines in college basketball have been blurred. The well has run dry on great teams because the talent gap between players isn’t as large as it used to be. Kansas coach Bill Self said it best following his team’s loss to VCU in the Elite Eight: “Because seeds are so overrated, it’s about matchups. If we played shirts and skins today you wouldn’t have much of a difference on players or how they look.” Self is absolutely right. Players that go to BCS conference schools have the advantage of going to programs with long histories of success, top-notch facilities and, most importantly, national television exposure. How many times was VCU on national television before the NCAA Tournament? Only five times. Kansas could top that figure in a 10-day period. Yet, through a combination of favorable matchups, hot shooting and an indiscernible talent gap, VCU beat KU like it stole something. So what does all of this mean? College basketball is thoroughly mediocre. Blame kids for falling in love with the 3-point line instead of being able to hit a 16-footer. Blame the NBA’s age limit, which has weakened the NCAA’s top-tier programs. Or blame Michael Jordan, whose game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals has led college basketball (and NBA) teams to believe that isolation is not only a reliable halfcourt offense, but the best end-of-game play call. There’s no such thing as an upset in college basketball anymore. The ranking and seeding systems say otherwise, but until something is done to mend college basketball’s mediocrity, Cinderellas cease to exist and the days of great teams are gone. read more

Former Govt Minister Nottage low at hospital rumors of death denied by

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 21, 2017 – Nassau – Rumors took off like wildfire today, circulating about once Deputy Leader of the PLP and former Bain and Grants Town MP, Dr. Bernard Nottage having died of illness. Magnetic Media can confirm and the Progressive Liberal Party also confirmed that the rumor was not true. Dr. Nottage is, however, severely ill at Doctor’s Hospital.His current condition is not surprising considering that the 71 year-old has been in a long battle with his health. Just recently, during the election season, Nottage had to be seen by a doctor for “dehydration” after slurring and stumbling his words while speaking at a PLP mass rally.At the time, PLP Chairman, Bradley Roberts had said that Nottage was on “bed-rest” and “expected to fully recover”, but obviously, his condition has gotten much worse. Nottage is said to be in very fragile state at this hour.#magneticmedianews#nottagegravelyillathopsital Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #nottagegravelyillathopsitallast_img read more

BAHAMAS CTU Looks to Benefits of Single Caribbean Cyber Platform

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 28, 2017 – Nassau – Some 40 key policymakers from member states of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and 100 professionals and executives will assemble at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island to participate in workshops, conferences and seminars all week until this Friday, December 1.Yesterday, November 28, marked the beginning of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Week, facilitated by the Bahamas Government and the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA).    The opening press conference was held yesterday afternoon at Atlantis, Paradise Island and featured Chief Executive Officer of URCA, Stephen Bereaux; Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, Bernadette Lewis; and Chairman of the CTU, Philip Dalsou.Stephen Bereaux briefed the press on the main objective of the conference, which is to address Internet imperatives.    He spoke of the rise and dominance of the Internet and stressed the importance of the pending united platform that the CTU has plans to bring into action.   Mr. Bereaux believes that the benefits of a single Caribbean cyber platform will “improve social and economic development and understanding of internet intelligence in the Caribbean, while focusing on cyber security and development”.   He also commented that “As small island states, we must make sure that small economies do not fail due to lack of economies of scale and scope.”Secretary General of the CTU, Bernadette Lewis remarked, “Legislation needs to be reformed.   It is centuries old, inefficient and time consuming.”   She envisions more cost effective and transparent operations for the Caribbean.    She said, “a single Caribbean ICT space needs to be embraced to improve and transform governments.”Chairman of the CTU, Philip Dalsou said, “ICT is the most dynamic sector and we must embrace it because it has transformed economies and behaviors at more rapid speeds than before.”   He talked about how ICT also impacts things such as education, the health sector, and disaster management.   With disaster frequency and magnitude increasing, Mr. Dalsou urged that we embrace the changes that modern technology has created and use them to unite the Caribbean and improve disaster response with rapid communication.ICT Week is expected to significantly increase the awareness of Internet imperatives to bring forth further action and endless possibilities for the Caribbean Community and other Caribbean countries outside of CARICOM.By: Sydnei L. Isaacs (BIS)Photo caption:The opening press conference for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Week at Atlantis, Paradise Island, November 27, 2017:  Pictured from left — Chief Executive Officer of URCA, Stephen Bereaux; Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), Bernadette Lewis; and Chairman of the CTU, Philip Dalsou.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more