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Kurtenbach: Jimmy Garoppolo’s nightmare practice highlights a big concern for the 49ers

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Training camp is supposed to be a time where teams find answers.But heading into the most important stretch of their preseason — two joint practices with the Broncos in Colorado on Friday and Saturday and then an exhibition game against them at Mile High Stadium on Monday — there are still an awful lot of questions surrounding these 49ers.Questions about health, depth, scheme, and spending. So much — too much, perhaps — about these Niners seems to be in flux. It’s simply …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 Experiment.com.Two 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

Warriors hold off Kings

first_imgMOST READ Kevin Durant scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and matched his season-high with six 3-pointers, and the Warriors held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 119-104 on Friday night.“You can see the light at the end of the tunnel for a little refresher but at the end of day we’ve got work to do to get to that break so we have to find a way,” Curry said. “If we don’t build the right habits and have the right spirit around our team going into the break, that could carry over and you don’t want to have that kind of negative energy around the team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThree nights after getting blown out in Utah while suffering their worst loss of the season, the Warriors looked a little sluggish early before pulling away to even the season series with Sacramento and give coach Steve Kerr his 248th career victory.Golden State also improved to 11-0 in games following losses while spoiling Sacramento coach Dave Joeger’s return to the bench. AFP official booed out of forum NU recovers, beats Adamson in season opener Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, left, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry go for the ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Stephen Curry said it’s understandable that the Golden State Warriors are easing up a bit as the All-Star break approaches.The two-time NBA MVP also realizes it’s critical that the defending champs push through the tough times.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextcenter_img “It’s a lot of stuff that we can correct,” Durant said. “Stick to our fundamentals and we’ll cut those turnovers down. But for the most part I like where our defense was.”Curry added 23 points and six assists, Klay Thompson scored 20 points and Green had 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Golden State.Both teams were playing the front end of back-to-back games.Durant, who missed an easy uncontested layup on a drive from the baseline, fueled the win despite sitting out much of the first half following Golden State’s slow start. He scored 15 points in the second quarter on 6-for-7 shooting, had a key three-point play early in the fourth and then helped the Warriors close out the win late.Zach Randolph had 18 points and seven rebounds, Justin Jackson scored 17 and De’Aaron Fox added 16 point and six assists for Sacramento.Joerger, who was called for a technical in the fourth quarter, returned after briefly dropping to his knees during Sunday’s game in San Antonio. Joerger missed the remainder of that game and did not coach in New Orleans on Thursday.“It was a good game,” Joerger said. “I was propping up my beverage over there to keep me hydrated.”DEEP AND DEEPERThe Warriors won another lopsided game despite being without Shaun Livingston (personal reasons), Jordan Bell (left ankle), Andre Igoudala (rest) and David West (rest).“That’s just the beauty of having a deep team,” Durant said. “We could give guys like (Kevon) Looney and Omri (Caspi) and Patty (McCaw) those minutes. It’s an opportunity for the young guys to step up. It’s only going to make us better as a group.” Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH TIP-INSWarriors: It wasn’t the crispest of games but it was a much better effort than Golden State had in their 129-99 loss to Utah. Most encouraging for Kerr’s team was that they rallied after falling behind by double digits early in the first, with the comeback coming while four of the starters were on the bench. That depth continues to be the Warriors best weapon.Kings: Sacramento had a chance to take control early in the game but couldn’t sustain the early momentum. The defense, which helped start the comeback in the fourth, fell apart late and allowed the Warriors to shoot 55 percent for the game.UP NEXTWarriors: At Denver on Saturday.Kings: Host Dallas on Saturday. “When we lose our guys get a little angry and then their talent takes over,” Kerr said. “Nothing magical about it.”It wasn’t easy keeping that streak going.Sacramento trailed by 14 before pulling to 89-88 with 7:55 remaining following three consecutive baskets by Buddy Hield.Omri Casspi stopped the slide for the Warriors with a driving layup, Draymond Green added a three-point play and Nick Young made a 3-pointer. Durant then scored the next 10 points for Golden State, including back-to-back 3s.The Warriors committed 25 turnovers but the Kings rarely took advantage and finished with 19 points off the miscues.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

TCI DEPUTY PREMIER TO ATTEND STATE RECOGNISED FUNERAL OF MYLES RUTHANN MUNROE

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Dec 2014 –At 10am a short ceremony will be held for the late Dr. Myles Munroe and his wife at Bahamas Faith Ministries International in Nassau; minutes after the public will be able to sign the book of condolences in lieu of viewing the bodies of the pair who died on Sunday November 9th when their plane exploded in mid-air after colliding with a crane at the Grand Bahama Shipyard; the Munroes and seven others were trying to land in bad weather that day; trying to make it into Freeport for a Global Leadership Summit which Dr. Myles had organized as a way to boost tourism to the island which has suffered a severe economic depression since 2004’s Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. The State Recognized funeral, where Grammy Award winning Gospel Artist Cece Winans is confirmed to sing, is tomorrow; Deputy Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Hon. Akierra Missick will attend. At 6pm today, the National Memorial Service is planned for the Thomas A Robinson Stadium which seats 15,000. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Bahamas gives State funeral to noted choir director Related Items:akierra missick, bahamas faith ministries, cece winans, Dr. Myles Munroe, funeral, grand bahama shiyard Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Recommended for youlast_img read more

Legally helping the homeless population get off the street

first_img March 5, 2018 Posted: March 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Legally helping the homeless population get off the street 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAs the city of San Diego continues to work to address the growing homeless population, many people are wondering why they aren’t being arrested.KUSI was joined by former City Attorney Jan Goldsmith with more. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: homeless, Jan Goldsmith FacebookTwitterlast_img read more