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Dollars ‘FLOW’ for Penn Relays – Telecoms giant dials in $4,030,000 package for high schools, tertiary institutions

first_img PLATFORM THROUGH SPORTS “We have been supporting the teams going off to the Penn Relays long before everyone of these high schoolers were born,” he joked, adding that amid inflation, FLOW continues to give young Jamaicans a platform through sports. “I want to encourage you on two thing. One, it’s about being good ambassadors for Jamaica. There are a lot of negatives out there about Jamaica, but as the governor general said, there is nothing wrong with Jamaica than what is right that Jamaica can’t fix; and you are the people, the standard bearers as our young people going out there to represent Jamaica,” charged Miller. Albert Corcho, principal of many-time ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ Championship winners Calabar High, issued thanks on behalf of the athletes, whom he described as “stakeholders”. “I am so happy as I speak Mr Miller. On behalf of the entire school population, I think as principals, we all know how hard it is to fund these trips that you can’t budget for,” said Corcho. “The ministry (education) will tell you that you cannot put a Penn Relays trip in your budget. They will not approve the budget, so we have to find creative ways, and I think what FLOW has done in the last 23 years has come on board in a very big way to help the schools to offset this huge cost,” he observed. The schools benefiting this year are: Ardenne High, Calabar High, Camperdown High, Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha), Cornwall College, Edwin Allen High, Excelsior High, Herbert Morrison Technical, Holmwood Technical, Hydel High, Immaculate Conception, Jamaica College, Kingston College, Munro College, Papine High, Spalding High, St Catherine High, St Elizabeth Technical High School, St Jago High, Greater Portmore High, Petersfield High, Green Island High, Bellefield High, The Queen’s School and Vere Technical. High schools sponsored for the first time by the foundation are Greater Portmore, Petersfield, Green Island and Bellefield. Tertiary institutions also supported are the University of Technology, G.C. Foster College and the University of the West Indies, who were assisted by the Foundation for the first time. Long-time sponsor FLOW Foundation increased its sponsorship package to 28 high schools, colleges and university teams heading to the upcoming Penn Relays, which will be held at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. Four million and 30 thousand dollars ($4,030,000) has been shelled out by the telecoms giant, who has added four additional schools to its numbers, marking a 16 per cent increase in sponsorship. FLOW, which previously operated under the name LIME, returned for the 23rd consecutive year as the sponsor of local teams heading to the world renowned relays carnival which will be staged from April 28-30. Errol Miller, executive chairman of the FLOW Foundation, described the contribution as “the high point of our activities”.last_img read more

Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

first_imgSo I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to everyone who has taken part, even in the smallest of ways, to provide relief, support and hope to someone in your community.  Thank you for once again reminding me why I am so honoured to call Prince George-Peace River my home. That’s where the ‘flip side’ of living in a smaller community comes in.  Heart-warming stories of neighbour helping neighbour and church groups, service clubs and school children taking action to assist cash-strapped families are happening all across the nation.  Yet I firmly believe that our little corner of the world here in Northeastern BC has always been in the business of looking after each other – and we’ve gotten pretty good at it!Volunteerism and selflessness has made a resounding difference in the midst of recession.  Some constituents have shared their most private worries and bleak financial situation.  Yet I have also heard of their gratitude to those who’ve reached out to their family. Figures released this week show resale housing market activity has increased for the second month in a row and the decline in average home prices has slowed.  Building permits across Canada spiked over 23 percent and the Toronto Stock Exchange is in the midst of a spring rally as investors indicate confidence that the worst of the recession is over.  Plus, retail sales rose slightly in February and the United States Federal Reserve Chair predicted the U.S. economy will begin to grow again later this year. And speaking of hope, those ‘dry economic indicators’ are showing signs of improvement. It’s not just about finances.  There’s a steep emotional and psychological price to be paid.  And then there is the impact upon the children who experience their own anxiety in response to their parents’ stress about how to meet the mortgage payments, pay the utilities and put food on the table. It’s difficult enough when there’s one job loss in the household, but in so many homes across Canada, particularly in smaller resource communities like the ones that make up Prince George-Peace River, both wage earners have lost their jobs. MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.“Recessions and Layoffs Are Very Personal”center_img “You’re just a victim of tough times. It’s nothing personal.”  Those are words that anyone who has suffered a job loss may have heard.  Though well-intended as a signal of support, this statement is far from accurate.  Economic recessions and layoffs are very personal. When I hear the personal stories of Canadians it comes home to me in a very real way the impact this global economic recession is having on families.  To maintain a decent standard of living, many families require two wages coming into the home.  That’s the reality of the modern society we live in. Behind the dry, impersonal reporting of economic indicators and the latest stock figures, are the financial challenges and stress that your neighbour, relative, friend or even you, struggles with every day. We still have a steep climb ahead of us but there are signs of hope … and stories of incredible generosity and caring among Canadians. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, September 19

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Hatem Ben Arfa, 27, could cancel his loan move to Hull and return to Newcastle if Alan Pardew is sacked. (The Sun)Stoke manager Mark Hughes says he has had no contact with QPR counterpart Harry Redknapp regarding striker Peter Crouch, 33. (Daily Mail)  Liverpool and Bayern Munich target Dele Alli, 18, says his performance for MK Dons in the Capital One Cup victory over Manchester United has inspired him to aim to play in the Premier League. (Daily Telegraph) Liverpool and Arsenal are readying bids for Real Madrid’s unwanted playmaker Isco, 22, in the next transfer window. (Daily Express) The Gunners are also ready to make a January move for unhappy PSG striker Edinson Cavani, 27. (Daily Express) Hull City are leading a nine-club chase for 21-year-old Middlesbrough winger Adam Reach and are ready to pay £2m to secure his signature. (Daily Mirror) Bolton want Crystal Palace defender Paddy McCarthy, 31, on loan. (Daily Star) And here’s the latest headlines…Valencia slap £40m price tag on Arsenal and Chelsea targetHuntelaar puts Premier League clubs on red alert after Chelsea strikeMan City and Liverpool target agrees new three-year deal at MK DonsMan United set to miss out on Dutch World Cup starExclusive – Former Man City star tells ‘lethargic’ Toure to step up and earn new contractlast_img read more

Mourinho hits back at ‘lies’ about apparent unrest at Manchester United

first_img“I enjoy the last season, the fight to finish where we finished and to manage the best position in five or six years.“I’m going to enjoy this season. Again, I know the words you want me to say or not to say.“It depends on the music, but words for me don’t come easy.“I think by the end of November or December, you don’t need words – you will see by then which teams are candidates to win the Premier League.“In this moment, words are not important.“Let’s play football and by the end of November or December, you don’t need words. You will see which teams are candidates.”Like many of the Premier League’s top teams, United’s preparations for the news season have been hampered by this summer’s World Cup. 4 4 The Red Devils kick off the 2018/19 Premier League campaign on Friday night at home against Leicester City, but will take to the field after a tumultuous summer break.A near-embarrassing pre-season tour without a host of their star players, the near-constant speculation surrounding Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, plus the failure to land a number of the manager’s key transfer targets have combined to make this summer one to forget for United and Mourinho.After sealing deals for Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant by early July, the United boss made it clear his desire to bring in two more players.Mourinho warned it could be a “difficult season” if United did not bring in at least one more face, with a top class centre-back the main focus in a market, but ultimately the club failed to add to their trio of signings. United were strongly linked with a move to Harry Maguire, but he ended up staying at Leicester Mourinho oversees pre-season training 4 Paul Pogba leaves the Lowry Hotel Jose Mourinho has hit back at the ‘lies’ in the press about the apparent unrest in his Manchester United dressing room ahead of the new season. There have been rumours of discord within the Red Devils’ ranks throughout the summer, with Martial and Pogba apparently keen to leave following disputes with their manager, while AlexisSanchez voiced his disappointment that the club failed to bring more top signings to Old Trafford.But a peeved Mourinho has dismissed those reports as ‘lies’ and insists he is happy with the squad at his disposal ahead of their season opener.“I have my players, I like my players, I like to work with my players,” he said in a press conference ahead of Friday evening’s clash against Leicester.“One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of the people is that it’s true but it’s still a lie.“So, when you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it’s a lie that repeated 1,000 times is still a lie.“But again, the perception of the people that reads can be different, but I like my players and my group. It’s been a summer to forget for Jose Mourinho 4 Amid links with a move to Barcelona, Paul Pogba appears to be a doubt for the game having only returned from his post-Russia break earlier this week.But while reports claim the World Cup winner has told his agent he wants to leave for Spain, Mourinho insists Pogba is ready to knuckle down to work in a Red Devils shirt.“My perception? He arrived Monday, happy, proud, with a desire to work,” the United boss said of the club-record £89million signing.“He worked amazingly well Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and he’s one of the players that I have to speak to see how physically and mentally he feels.“But it’s the same conversation as with (Ashley) Young, (Marouane) Fellaini, (Jesse) Lingard, it’s the same. To know how they feel physically, mentally to try to give us a help.”last_img read more


first_imgThe cream of Donegal boxing will be on display when Carrigart ABC hosts what promises to be a cracking tournament this Sunday, November 25th at 6pm in the parochial hall in Carrigart.The tournament sees a Donegal Select take on a Carrigart Select with no less than fourteen bouts throughout the evening.Admission on the night is a very reasonable €7 for adults and just €4 for children with a packed house expected for what promises to be a great night’s entertainment. LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE AT CARRIGART BOXING TOURNAMENT was last modified: November 23rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boxing tournamentCarrigart ABCDonegal Selectlast_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgTUESDAY Santa Clarita Republican Women will meet, 10 a.m. at Republican Headquarters, 24267 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-3422. Teen Writing Workshop, 6 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-10 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Mobile Solutions Van from the Braille Institute will be available for the visually impaired, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call John Taylor at (661) 259-9444, Ext. 125. AHA! (Artists Helping Artists) will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Trish Lester at (661) 254-1242 or e-mail Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at the Sierra Hills clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave., Canyon Country. Call Desiree Nascimento at (800) 858-4749, Ext. 114. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit for location. Basic & Advanced Coastal Navigation class, 7-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 298-8725 or (661) 259-7201. SCV Underwater Hockey group will play, 8-9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $3. Call Ben Jarvis at (661) 510-2665. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit for location. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Animal show, 1 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Free. Call (661) 259-7721. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Music jam session, 2 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Local musicians welcome. Call (661) 252-6885. MONDAY Lunchtime Torah discussion, noon at Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Call Rabbi Steve Conn at (661) 254-2411. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgMarian Harkin, MEPThe Department of Agriculture is unnecessarily imposing conditions on the participation of Donegal hill and commonage farmers in the new EU supported GLAS Scheme, MEP Marian Harkin has warned.She spoke out following a meeting she organised with senior European Commission officials and which was attended by farmers from Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal.“What emerged clearly from this meeting was that Ireland’s Department of Agriculture is attempting to impose regulations in an inflexible way which is not required by the European Commission”, she said. The result of this was that commonage farmers were the only producers in Ireland being denied the right to apply as individuals to participate in the new agricultural environment GLAS Scheme, Marian Harkin said.“These farmers are perfectly willing to ensure that the commonages are maintained in line with the required Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) required by the EU”, she said.“However unnecessary inflexibility by the Department of Agriculture would defeat the objectives of EU policy and in the process undermine the prospects that hill farming could sustain into the future, she maintained.“It is time for the Minister for Agriculture to intervene on this issue and permit the farmers who know the hills, and how they need to be farmed, to engage in the GLAS Scheme and in the process deliver economically to their local areas and the EU’s environmental objectives”, Independent MEP Marian Harkin concluded. Donegal hill farmers have had several meetings about the issue – and claim the Department reneged on a deal. DONEGAL HILL FARMERS UNDER THREAT FROM INFLEXIBLE DEPARTMENT, SAYS MEP HARKIN was last modified: November 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Department of AgricultureGLAShill farmersmarian harkin meplast_img read more


first_imgQuigley’s team celebrate after his sensational KO of Lanny Dardar last Friday night.Following his first-round destruction of Lanny Dardar last weekend, Jason Quigley is set to return to the ring next weekend in California.Quigley destroyed the challenge of Dardar and wasn’t tested during the bout as he finished the fight in explosive fashion after just 94 seconds.Quigley’s Golden Boy promotions team which is led by former World Champion Oscar De La Hoya have decided to get the affable Ballybofey man back in the ring almost immediately. Quigley will fight at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California next Friday night.His opponent has not yet been named but Quigley’s management are keen to get their man back in the ring again as he looks to maintain his perfect professional record.Quigley also indicated himself he was keen to fight again quickly and with that the decision to put him on the card in California was made.Quigley has rarely been tested in his professional career and is quickly earning plaudits fro fight-fans stateside who love his explosive style. CALIFORNIA DREAMING FOR GOLDEN BOY JASON AS HE RETURNS TO THE RING NEXT WEEKEND was last modified: March 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boxingCaliforniaGolden Boy PromotionsHome-page SportJason Quigleynewslast_img read more

British tabloid slammed by Arranmore resident for branding the island ‘anti-British’

first_imgA British tabloid has faced fierce criticism from a popular Arranmore resident after claiming the Donegal Island was “anti-British” following a recent campaign launched by the Islanders. In a recent Daily Mail article, Associate Global Editor, Jake Wallis Simons, branded the island as ‘a tiny outcrop off the Irish coast’ before going on to say how Arranmore ‘snubbed’ the British and ‘begged’ Americans to move there.It comes following an open invite to attract more residents to visit and work on the island. Arranmore is home to 469 people and measures just five by three miles.But it recently acquired uncontested 100MB high-speed internet to make it an attractive destination for remote workers to come and visit.Originally, calling out to the people of the United States and Australia, the Islanders, according to the journalist, have ‘upset their nearest neighbours Britain’ by failing to extend the invite to them.However, Islanders say the letter has spiralled beyond their control and the lack of invite for Britain was only ‘an oversight’. One of the authors of the letter told MailOnline: “We can’t handle new arrivals and I’m sure that many of them couldn’t handle island life, especially in winter.”“We never meant for them to move to Arranmore.‘”it’s not that they’re not welcome, but there just isn’t the infrastructure. We only meant for them to come visit.”An open letter issued to Australia from Arranmore IslandMeanwhile, one popular resident, Jerry Early, has already made his disdain known towards the article.Speaking after it was published, Early, who owns Early’s Bar on the island, said the tabloid was ‘bang out of order’. He said: “Somehow this journalist made out that the people of Arranmore were/are anti-English, this could be no further from the truth.“And if (this) goes unchecked then perhaps it could be construed as being the case.“The fact is, every other newspaper, radio, and TV station that reported this story has reported it in a positive light, yet the Daily Mail put their own slant on this story that is neither accurate or fair,” he added. “Adrian Begley and Seamus Bonner are two men of the highest standing and have the full support of Arranmore Islanders home and abroad in their endeavours to address the population decline on the Island. “Some may say that when the media is used to gain positive publicity then it’s fair game to put a negative slant on a story but when the story is full of lies and inaccuracies then it’s wrong,” Early said. “Arranmore Island has a proud history of welcoming visitors and residents from all over the world. “The Daily Mail is bang out of order in my opinion.”British tabloid slammed by Arranmore resident for branding the island ‘anti-British’ was last modified: June 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New colony for African penguin on the cards

first_imgThe population of African penguins has dwindled drastically over the past three decades, mostly as a result of human activity. Now humans are stepping in to try to save them from extinction. BirdLife South Africa plans to build a new colony for the animals. African penguins are an endangered species and its quickly heading towards extinction. To prevent them from dying out, BirdLife South Africa is looking to build a new colony that will allow them to breed while being safe from harm. BirdLife is looking to the public for aid to establish the colony. Pictured here is an injured penguin. (Image: Grant Peters, Flickr) Shamin ChibbaIn 2001, there were 56 000 pairs of African penguins in South Africa. By 2014, there were just 19 000 pairs. This drastic decline has prompted BirdLife South Africa to try something it has never done before to prevent the penguin from going extinct.Led by Christina Hagen, the Pamela Isdell Fellow of Penguin Conservation at BirdLife South Africa, the organisation wants to establish a new African penguin colony that will help to increase its numbers.The challenge to save the African penguin from extinction is proving to be massive, according to BirdLife South Africa chief executive Mark Anderson. “The penguins need all the help they can get. Establishing new mainland colonies are immensely important management interventions.”If you want to keep the African penguin a part of South Africa’s heritage, donate to the project at major populations of the birds remain, made up of numerous colonies in Western Cape between West Coast National Park and Gansbaai, and of colonies in Algoa Bay, Eastern Cape. The problem for conservationists is the 600km gap between the two populations.Hagen said penguins bred more successfully on islands, where there were no terrestrial predators. But because there was no island between Gansbaai and Port Elizabeth, the gap remained. It was for this reason the new colony would have to be built on the mainland. WATCH: BirdLife South Africa looking to establish a new African penguin colonyBirdLife South Africa was still assessing suitable areas to establish the colony. For now, the choice was between De Hoop in Overberg and Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, she said.The choice of location will be based on whether there is an abundance of sardines and anchovies in the area; the fish are the penguins’ two main sources of food. “Our overriding concern is that they should be in a location where there are enough sardines and anchovies in the sea,” said Hagen. “The Western Cape sardine stock is shifting eastwards which is why we are looking in those areas.”Besides having enough fish to feed on, there are numerous other factors that determine the perfect location for penguins. Hagen said the land had to be good enough for penguins to burrow and make a nest, the area must make it easy to protect the birds from predators such as caracals, leopards and mongooses, and it should not be too close to sources of pollution such as oil.BirdLife South Africa wants to relocate specific birds to the new colony. “We’ll be using young birds that have fledged and are ready to go to sea but haven’t bred yet,” said Hagen.It will also relocate chicks that have been abandoned. The area will be monitored remotely and be fenced so that predators and people cannot interfere with the birds. Two African penguin populations currently exist in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape. BirdLife South Africa is looking to establish a colony between the two colonies.(Image: BirdLife South Africa)Effects of human activityIn 2010, the African penguin was listed as endangered by BirdLife International, meaning that it had decreased by over 50% in three penguin generations, or approximately 30 years. The decline is expected to continue.The drop in population is largely driven by human activity, according to BirdLife. “First egg-collecting and guano-scraping caused enormous losses. Then overfishing in the 1960s continued to cause decreases.”The biggest concern is a lack of food. Penguins eat mainly sardines and anchovies, which are also the target of the commercial purse seine fishing industry. A purse seine is a large wall of netting that encircles an entire area or school of fish. On average, large purse seine vessels can catch up to 20 tons of fish a day, says the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, with some vessels able to haul more.Today, some penguin colonies have been so drastically reduced that they are now vulnerable to minor events, such as seals preying on adults, gulls taking eggs, or extreme weather causing breeding failure.The project will also help BirdLife South Africa figure out techniques to build future colonies for penguins and other bird species. It will additionally help penguin populations spread across the western and southern coast of South Africa. African penguins prey on sardines and anchovies, but the number of fish available to the birds are dwindling due to their shift eastward and over fishing. This particular penguin was spotted at Boulders Beach near Cape Town.  (Image: Nick Perretti, Flickr)More can be doneHagen said there were continuing attempts to stop the decline but BirdLife South Africa felt more needed to be done. These included attempts to increase recruitment by maintaining and improving nesting habitat, and captive rearing and releasing of orphaned wild chicks.Attempts to decrease mortality include eradicating invasive predators, reducing predation by natural predators around colonies such as seals, rehabilitation and release of oiled and injured penguins, disease control, and changing fishing patterns.Building a new colony is the most drastic step taken so far. “Trying to create a colony is a big step and it hasn’t been done before so people are a bit hesitant to try it,” said Hagen. “But we are working with a number of organisations, including the Nature’s Valley Trust and the African Penguin Population Reinforcement Working Group to help make it happen.”WATCH: AZA SAFE short documentary on the African penguinSardines and anchovies migratingAfrican penguins were a good indicator species for the health of the ecosystem, she added. Their falling numbers meant changes were taking place in the sea.Since the mid-1990s, sardines and anchovies have been moving east to the Agulhas area and the south coast, making it difficult for the birds to reach their prey. “Breeding penguins can’t travel far from their colony to find food as they have to return to feed their chicks. So they can’t go further than 20 or 30 kilometres from their breeding ground.”Hagen believes climate change has forced sardines and anchovies to move. “The change in temperature is thought to have shifted the fish because other species have also shifted.”Additionally, high pressure from fishing on the west coast could have played a role in the fish moving east.Despite the shift, BirdLife South Africa said the two colonies on the south coast, which supposedly should have benefited, had continued to dwindle.Fun facts about the African penguinHeight: approximately 60cm tallWeight: between 2.4 and 3.6 kgsLifespan: about 10 yearsHabitat: Within 40km of the coast, preferring rocky offshore islandsBreeding: Usually breeds for the first time between 4 and 6 years of ageBreeding season: Between March and May in South Africa and November and December in NamibiaMoulting: Between 13 and 40 days. Occurs between November and January in South Africa and April and May in NamibiaChicks: Once hatched, the parents will take it in turns to guard and feed the chicks until they are about 30 days old. Thereafter chicks are left alone in crèches. When they are between 60-130 days old they develop juvenile plumage and are able to venture into the ocean and leave the colony.Each African Penguin has a different pattern of black spots on its white chest and belly, which observers use to identify individual animals.They were previously called Jackass Penguins, due to their call that sounded like the braying of a donkey. The name was changed to African Penguin due to other species of penguin making similar sounds, and in addition to that, S. demersus is the only species of penguin on the African continent.Predators looking down from above struggle to see their black backs against the dark ocean. Predators looking up from the water struggle to see their white bellies against the sky – therefore these animals are almost perfectly camouflaged from predators while swimming.Their name Spheniscus demersus is derived from the Greek word spen, meaning wedge, as a reflection of their shape when swimming. Demersus is a Latin word, meaning plunging.The pink markings above their eyes are glands. When the penguin gets hot, more blood rushes to the glands to be cooled down.– Penguin facts courtesy of BirdLife South Africa.last_img read more