In the 1960s, the total number of vicuñas in Peru was approximately 5,000.The community of Lucanas was able to overcome violence from internal armed conflicts, and now those in the community use vicuña fur from Pampa Galeras National Reserve.Every year, the Lucanas community exports 1,000 kilograms (about 2,200 pounds) of vicuña fur.The National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP) will give a “green seal” to the fur sheared off the vicuñas by the community for their outstanding conservation practices. LUCANAS PROVINCE, Peru — At an altitude of 13,450 feet, the icy wind pounds whatever lies in its path. After 23 years of living in the Pampa Galeras – Barbara D’Achille National Reserve, Hernán Sosaya is well-adjusted and can withstand the blustering wind.At the top of a plain, a vicuña (Vicugna vicugnanotices) and a cousin to llamas, sees that we are only a few feet away and raises its head.“You can recognize the male because it’s always at the front of the herd, attentively watching for danger,” says Sosaya. The male vicuña starts to move away and the rest of the group trots along behind him.The park rangers at Pampa Galeras, like Sosaya, are experts at monitoring vicuñas. Every day, they are monitored within the park, which is 40 square miles and located in the district of Lucanas in Peru’s Ayacucho region. With more than 5,000 vicuñas currently living in the protected area, monitoring them has not been easy.Allan Flores, the manager of the reserve, put this into perspective with this piece of data: in the 1960s, there were about 5,000 vicuñas living in the entire country of Peru.Back then, throughout the entire Ayacucho region, including the reserve, there were only about 1,000 vicuñas. Sosaya says that a research project on the vicuña was begun in the 1960s in collaboration with German researchers, and the South American camelid was listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. One of the actions taken to conserve the species was the creation of a reserve to help the animals in danger. That was how Galeras, as the reserve is referred to locally, was created.
LATEST STORIES Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in MOST READ Taking matters into his own hands, the 38-year-old Avenido rolled back the years to finish with 15 points, including the game-winning free throws, as the Coffee Lovers squeaked past fellow newcomer Zark’s Burger, 85-84.Later, Jeron Teng exploded for 33 points as another newcomer, Flying V, stunned Aspirants’ Cup champion Cignal, 86-84.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground Gamboa Coffee Mix playing-coach Leo Avenido saw his team badly needing a lift, after a lethargic start in its PBA D-League Foundation Cup debut on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.But Avenido didn’t need to look far to turn the Coffee Lovers’ fortunes around.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Park shoots 68, paces Mondilla by 2 strokes Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions
LSU title parade draws massive crowds End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The championships will begin on July 11.National player Aby Maraño anchored F2 Logistics’ fast-paced game, gliding her way to 10 points, including a running attack and a solo block for the match’s last two points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We really, really wanted to win this game not just because we want to get back at Cignal which beat us in the preliminaries, but also because we want to make the championships,” said the flamboyant middle-blocker.F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus commended Maraño’s game, saying “it looks like she wanted to eat our opponents alive.” Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs LATEST STORIES “At the start of the game we really want to focus and remove all the doubts in our hearts,” Maraño added.Looking confident, the Cargo Movers executed their plays at breakneck speed with Maraño, Ara Galang, Desiree Cheng and Majoy Baron taking turns in attacks.But they also held their ground in defense, muting Cignal’s top scorers Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga who are more at home with high-low plays and combination attacks.“We were very successful in our service that made it difficult for them to establish defense,” added Maraño.Baron typified F2’s “fully loaded serves,” hammering four straight aces that triggered five straight points for the Cargo Movers as the HD Spikers struggled in receives.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Aby Marano of F2 Logistics saves the ball. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPetron trounced Foton even as F2 Logistics routed Cignal Thursday night to arrange a best-of-three title fight in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.The Blaze Spikers hacked out a 25-21, 22-25, 25-9, 26-16 win over the Tornadoes, while the defending champion Cargo Movers zoomed past the flustered HD Spikers, 25-15, 25-15, 25-14, earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Global upends Ceres; Kaya snaps winless spell
The Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa-led Special Presidential Task Force (SPTF) investigating the Global Witness report accusing several senior Liberian government officials and others of bribery, has said that at least four persons (names not given) from one corporation have been indicted and that several other indictments (names withheld) will be served to individuals this week.“The Task Force has also interviewed more than 12 witnesses in Liberia and abroad and reviewed more than 700 pages of evidence, which have been combined,” he revealed. Going forward, Min. Koffa said the task force will be in the background providing all the necessary pieces of evidence needed to successfully prosecute all persons who will be indicted.This was disclosed last Thursday at the regular press briefing of the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), when Cllr. Koffa, who is also the Presidential Affairs Minister in the Office of President Sirleaf, announced that the SPTF was handing over the prosecutorial role of the task force to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). Although the Task Force also has prosecutorial powers, the MOJ, however, is the statutory government’s arm that prosecutes cases. Giving reasons for this transfer of authority, he stated that even though being chairman and still having “prosecutorial patent,” he was however taking the back seat, allowing the MOJ to take the lead because active prosecution has begun of people linked to the GW Sable Mining report on Liberia, entitled: The Deceivers. The SPTF is a tripartite entity, including the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs (MOS), the Ministry of Justice and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).Not having fully exhausted the Herculean task of providing all the necessary pieces of evidence to prosecute the indictees and would-be indictees, the SPTF is now opening another daunting chapter of the corruption fight by beginning to look at the mountain of GAC audit reports.“What we are going to be doing next, is looking at all of those old GAC reports which have not either been prosecuted or are not currently being investigated to do what we call ‘compliance screening,’” he disclosed. Unlike his first role: investigating the GW Sable Mining report, in this next phase we are not going to be investigating, he clarified. “Starting on Monday (today), our press office will release what we call a list of persons of interest, to the newspapers. It will be based on audits. These will simply be on the situation where you are listed in a GAC report and we will need to talk to you.”Min. Koffa, however, clarified that those individuals have not been accused of any crime neither of any wrong doings. “It is only because you have been listed, we will need to clear you out. Maybe there is a receipt missing, there are explanations needed that the GAC was unable to obtain at the time they completed their audits.”After this period, which according to Cllr. Koffa will last between 30 and 60 days, what those who are listed as persons of interest should be concerned about is if they (SPTF) think that a wrongful act had occurred, they are going to refer those persons to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) with a “referral notice.”“When we give you that notice than you can probably begin to worry, but your name being listed in a newspaper should not cause any alarm to anyone. We are only at this point trying to do compliance screening,” he clarified. Mr. Kofa disclosed that he has received assurances from the LACC Commissioner that they are going to speedily investigate those individuals that the SPTF will refer to them.According to him the reason why they decided to publish the names of individuals in the newspapers is simply because, “We don’t know everybody and we don’t know where to find you.” He added that it would be too cumbersome to find everyone and serve them letters.He stated that the list of persons of interest would be updated and those who will provide “satisfactory answers” during their compliance screening will be informed that the SPTF has no further matter with them. According to him, this will solve some problems of old audit reports, which “seem to be off the table to put them back on the table so that all cases involving the GAC reports are resolved toward the end of this year.”He stressed that this will help to make people take the GAC seriously. “The GAC can’t do audits and nothing happens,” he added. This has probably come against the backdrop of Liberians being concerned that the Presidential Task Force was swiftly proceeding with investigating the GW corruption report when there exists a mountain of GAC reports, which are yet to be investigated. One of such GAC reports that many Liberians have made reference to is the one on the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), which was managed by Mr. Robert A. Sirleaf, son of the President. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…in PNC governmentThis desperate attempt by the PNC and its camp followers like the AFC and WPA to justify their continued occupation of office – to continue enjoying pelf, perks and power – has exposed some as real jokers. Take, for instance, this fella Khemraj Ramjattan. He used to be famous for ejaculating, “Haul yuh ass!” to reporters who asked him uncomfortable questions. Like exactly how was he going to survive the smell of dead meat for the five years with the PNC, after he hitched up with them! Well now we know…the smell seems to have acted like a truth serum and he now ejaculates some home truths about what’s going on in the minds of the coalition.He was debating Edghill from the PPPC on a radio show and was badgered by the latter as to how come they were carrying on about obeying the CCJ’s ruling on the Constitution’s Art 106 (6) and yet the President and Cabinet hadn’t resigned as demanded by the Article after the passage of a NCM. And this is what Ramjattan – supposedely a lawyer – ejaculated: “The article is a legal fiction”!! Mouth open and story jump out!!This now explains the behaviour of Granger and his myrmidons ever since that fateful night of Dec 21, 2018! They don’t have to abide by the strictures of the Constitution ‘cause they’re all “legal fictions”!! Why not obey Art 162 (2) and only appoint a GECOM chair from a list provided by the Opposition Leader?? That’s a legal fiction!! Granger can continue to appoint party hacks like James Patterson either unilaterally – as he did before – or by insisting that the Opposition Leader accepts his (Granger’s) nominations on his (Opposition Leader’s) list!!But what Ramjattan hasn’t noticed, or pretends he hasn’t noticed, is that the “legal fiction” principle on the Constitution is always only applied when it benefits the PNC. After Ramjattan and his (then) sidekick Nagamootoo were suckered into joining the PNC via their Valentine Day “Cummingsburg Accord”, Granger never kept the main promise that Nagamootoo would preside over Cabinet meetings. He insisted that according to Art 106 (3) “Cabinet meetings shall be presided over by (a) by the President. And poor Nagamootoo was out like south!! Granger never suggested he could raise the proposal that the clause was a “legal fiction”!! Nagamootoo couldn’t even sit on the left hand of Granger.But even as early as then, the dead meat smell mustve gotten to Ramjattan and Nagamootoo. They never pointed out that ART 106 (2) (b) says the PM could preside “in the absence of the President”.All Granger had to do was not show up!! And that ain’t no fiction!!…vs factFor a while, GECOM CEO Major (retd) Keith Lowenfield had your Eyewitness thinking he was also a follower of the “Constitution as a legal fiction” school of thought. As dissected yesterday, he’d turned cartwheels to explain why he launched H2H registration – even though that would’ve taken elections beyond the CCJ’s mandated Sept 18 deadline. He said, in true army command style, he was “only following orders”!!But he followed the orders after his commanding officer was declared to have been a fake!! As a well-trained army officer, he would know that “just following orders” doesn’t spare him from at least being court marshalled – even if his superiors hadn’t been disqualified. Didn’t all those German officers at the Nuremberg Trials also say they “were just following orders”? Didn’t cut it!! But suddenly Lowenfield did a volte face and recanted everything about the H2H being the only road to electoral salvation! Some folks are excited…but not your Eyewitness.Lowenfield did order the H2H, which is still ongoing. He should face that firing squad. And ain’t no legal fiction!!…in High Court?The Chief Justice agreed the CCJ ordered elections must be held by Sept 18. But said she needed evidence to show this was the case.Couldn’t she’ve taken judicial notice of Patterson’s order to Lowenfield?? Or was it invisible?
… Govt to make a decision – Region 10 ChairmanSeveral investors have expressed interest in utilising an abandoned state property in Linden to open another business.Region 10 Chairman Renis MorianThe abandoned entity situated at Kara Kara, Mackenzie, once housed a call centre, formerly the Toucan Connection Incorporated.Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Chairman Renis Morian speaking with Guyana Times indicated that Government has to make a decision on the welfare of the new interests. He noted that while some investors are seeking to conduct call centre-like services, several other business ideas have been touted.“Everybody wants a piece of the call centre, but the Government got to make a decision as it relates to that. I would hope that it turns a call centre”, Morian said, while opining that the former Toucan Connection building is ideally suited for a call centre.Regional Councillor Sandra Adams had also recently stated that she was in talks with a possible investor, however, the process was moving along slowly.Several call centre investors have used the location, however their services have been short-lived. The Toucan Connection was the most recent, which operated for several years before abruptly closing last year, leaving approximately 86 employees on the breadline.The call centre has over the years been one major source of employment in the community. A larger percentage of women and single parents benefited from employment.The Government was forced to intervene last year, as workers from the Toucan Connection were sent home without prior notice and without receiving their severance packages. The issue has so far been resolved with over 60 employees having received their severance packages, however, the centre, which is considered the property of the State has since remained closed.Residents are voicing concerns as to if and when the centre will be re-opened, so as to provide much needed employment to Lindeners.
The passports that were found in the possession of self-confessed drug lord, Barry Dataram and his reputed wife Anjanie Boodnarine upon their apprehension in Suriname were not issued by the Chief Immigration Office and as such are deemed bogus. This was confirmed by a Police source on Wednesday.The illegal passports (Photos courtesy of Royston Drakes)In addition, as investigations continue into the issuance of the passports, the Police have confirmed that at least one of the passports found on the couple was reported to have been stolen.It was reported in sections of the media that while the passports might seem authentic from the outside, the information found on the bar code was totally different from the ones found on the information pages, hence they would have been flagged in any country once they were used. Also, the passport numbers are fake.Reports are that the convicted drug dealer and his 21-year-old reputed wife went to Suriname through the backtrack route but had the passports in their possession since it was their intention to travel beyond the Dutch speaking country.Although the passports are bogus, the Guyana Police Force confirmed that they are identical to the present ones issued by the Chief Immigration Office, which is definitely a worry and more so a challenge for Police Officers and Immigration Officers at various ports of entry.Citizenship Minister Winston Felix on Saturday announced that a full investigation has been launched to determine the circumstances under which Dataram and his reputed wife were issued with the bogus documents.The duo were nabbed in neighbouring Suriname just under a week ago and handed over to local law enforcement authorities.The passports bore the name David Persaud and Christine Persaud, with the year of issue being 2013 and 2016 respectively.The investigation was launched to determine who and what documents were involved in their preparation, as well as the couple’s method of departure from Guyana.The Minister also guaranteed that those culpable will face the harshest possible action.The revelation of the issuance of passports which helped the drug lord and his spouse escape the country brings into play the concerns raised by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Opposition of rampant corruption practices under the Citizenship Ministry.But the Ministry, which has responsibility for immigration services, insists that it inherited a number of challenges related to the integrity of the systems when the new Administration took office in May 2015 and has been working to correct those issues.Dataram and his wife, along with two others, were charged with the possession of some 129.23 kg of cocaine at his home for the purpose of trafficking on April 16, 2015.On September 27, while Dataram had already fled the country, he was convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment and fined some $164 million. After his appearance on Tuesday, he was sentenced to another four years after he pleaded guilty to forgery, evading penalty and illegal departure.
In March, Palmdale appealed the SCAG decision, asserting that readily developable property was not available to accommodate such a large increase in population. The city also argued that due to a lack of industry and jobs in this area, the large increase demanded by SCAG would result in more people having to commute to work, causing worsening traffic conditions on the Antelope Valley Freeway. City officials said the housing allocation required by SCAG would impact everything from water to public safety. Palmdale officials said the allocation might require the city to rezone some undeveloped property in Palmdale to high-density multifamily residential to comply with SCAG’s demands. SCAG denied the city’s appeal. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – City officials said Friday that they will sue to overturn a regional planning decision they said places too many low-income homes in Palmdale. The city will file a lawsuit against the Southern California Association of Governments, the regional government agency that allocates housing requirements among the cities and counties in this region. SCAG has allocated 17,910 new housing units in Palmdale over the next seven years, with 40 percent of those earmarked for low- and very-low-income families. Mayor Jim Ledford said SCAG’s housing plan places Southern California’s affordable-housing requirements on the city’s back. “A fair application of these (housing) numbers to all cities is what I’m looking for,” Ledford said. A SCAG spokesman said the planning body could not comment on the matter, citing the pending litigation. SCAG is a regional planning body that covers the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura and Imperial. The region encompasses a population exceeding 18 million in an area of more than 38,000 square miles. Palmdale’s housing allocation was one of the highest in the entire region. The only jurisdictions with higher allocations are the city of Los Angeles, 112,876 units; unincorporated Los Angeles County, 57,176 units; unincorporated Riverside County, 56,368 units; the city of Irvine, 35,660; and unincorporated San Bernardino County, with 20,622. Comparable-size cities received far fewer housing-unit allocations. Corona received 3,308 and Pasadena was assigned 2,869, for example, Palmdale officials said. The city of Lancaster was assigned 12,799 housing units and the city of Santa Clarita was assigned 9,598 housing units.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThen Simpson said he heard the tenant screaming, “My nephew is in there, my nephew is in there,” so he climbed back down and entered the burning apartment again. “It was pitch black. I was lying on the ground (trying to find the nephew) and I could barely see,” Simpson said, adding he could not go further into the apartment because of smoke and flames. He said the fire department arrived at that time and put out the fire in 15 minutes. The fire, whose cause was being investigated, appeared to be mostly contained to the single unit. PANORAMA CITY – The nephew of a tenant at an apartment building died tonight when fire swept through a third-story corner unit, witnesses and fire officials said. The fire started at about 5:45 p.m. at the building at 8070 Langdon Avenue after witnesses heard an explosion and saw people fleeing the building. Fire officials said a male body was taken from the unit after the blaze was put out. Officials did not release the identity of the victim. One of the building managers, Robert Simpson, 35, said he grabbed a fire extinguisher and ran into the apartment, but decided to fight the blaze from the roof. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A community alert scheme was launched in the Termon/Kimacrennan are last night after a spate of burglaries in recent weeks.A meeting of more than 40 locals at the Thatched House in Kilmacrennan heard there has been at least seven burglaries in the past month in the local area.A spokesman for the group said that is probably the same number of break-ins as there has been for the entire year before that. Locals expressed their fears to a local Garda representative who attended last night’s meeting.A committee of seven people including chairman and local Cllr Michael McBride was elected to set up the community alert scheme.The group already has plans to introduce a text alert scheme to combat any suspicious activity in the locality.A spokesman told Donegal Daily “People are worried by the increase in the number of breaks-ins and they have every right to be. “We have decided we must do something as a community to combat this threat and to keep people and their property safe.”The next meeting of the group will take place on Wednesday, January 9th at 7.30pm in the Thatched Cottage. COMMUNITY ALERT SCHEME LAUNCHED AFTER SPATE OF BURGLARIES IN TERMON/KILMACRENNAN was last modified: December 13th, 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:burglariesCllr Michael McBridekilmacrennanTermon