Fires tear through East Java park, threatening leopard habitat

first_imgAuthorities in East Java, Indonesia, are trying to stop a wildfire from spreading into core zone of the Coban Wisula forest, home to Javan leopards.The fire is burning within Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, a major tourist attraction. An iconic landscape in the park, known as Teletubbies Hill, has already gone up in flames.A local NGO is monitoring the situation to make sure none of the leopards are flushed out of their habitat and into contact with humans, which could turn violent. MALANG, Indonesia — Wildfires are sweeping across a savanna and protected rainforest in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in Java, home to one of the world’s rarest leopard subspecies and other threatened wildlife.Thirty hectares (74 acres) have burned since Sept. 1. Most of the burned land is savanna, while the rest is cypress and acacia forest.“Initially, we observed eight [fire] hotspots,” said Jhon Kennedie, the head of the park management. “Then it increased to 274.”Authorities are doing what they can to control the blaze. Patrol cars were being used to transport water to the site, before a fire truck arrived on site.Firefighters are trying to prevent the blaze from spreading into the heart of the Coban Trisula rainforest, home to the Javan leopard (Panthera pardus melas), a critically endangered species, as well as the endangered Javan hawk-eagle (Nisaetus bartelsi), the national bird of Indonesia.“Leopards and eagles breed in there,” Jhon said of Coban Trisula. “We’ve seen them on camera traps.”A Javan leopard. Image by Cloudtail the Snow Leopard/Flickr.Jhon said he suspected the fires stemmed from a campfire set by local people. The location where it started is typically frequented by locals to collect firewood, look for medicinal plants and hunt birds. “The location is not a tourist attraction, the perpetrators are not tourists,” Jhon said.He said the perpetrators may have come at night and made a fire to stay warm. The fire then likely spread out of control and into the nearby savanna.The park authority has issued a directive warning residents not to start campfires. There are a number of signs to this effect as well.Starting a campfire in the national park is a crime, Jhon said, and the perpetrators face jail time. The park authority is collaborating with the district police to hunt down the perpetrators. “So that it doesn’t happen again,” Jhon said.The fires have even extended to the so-called Teletubbies Hill, an iconic spot in the national park that resembles the setting of the popular children’s TV show. The hilly area typically stays green throughout the year.A wall of fire in the park savanna this week. Image courtesy of the park authority.Rosek Nursahid, the head of protection at Forest & Fauna (ProFauna), an NGO, said he was concerned about the ecological impact of the fires. Rising temperatures and smoke would affect wildlife. The area is also home to Javan langurs (Trachypithecus auratus), a type of Old World monkey, and a deer species known as the red muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak). Bird migratory routes will also be disturbed, he said.The Javan leopard, Rosek said, is very sensitive. If the fire is not resolved immediately, the animal might be forced out of its forest habitat and into contact with humans. This hasn’t happened yet, he said. Moreover, their habitat is already narrowing because of the tourism development.“So far there haven’t been any serious incidents,” Rosek said. “We’re keeping an eye on the situation.”Authorities are struggling to extinguish the fires on steep terrain.“The fire is spreading, it’s hard to put out,” said Yhogi Hadi Setiawan, deputy chief of the local police. “The wind is strong.”Mount Bromo, the centerpiece of the national park, is still open to visitors; only one of the four gateways to the mountain is closed.This story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Sept. 4, 2018.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. 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Roraima Airways offers return flight to ailing 2-year-old

first_img… as Copa collaborates with Mercy Hospital for Christmas festivitiesSays after a mother pleaded for public assistance to take her two-year-old son to Cuba to receive medical treatment for a rare eye cancer, Roraima Airways responded by donating the air tickets. The tickets were handed over to Cassandra Persaud at Captain Gerry Gouveia’s office on Friday.Director Roraima Airways, Gerry Gouveia with Omkar Persaud and his mother, Cassandra PersaudOmkar Persaud was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in the right eye and as such, needs to undergo urgent surgery to prevent him from going blind. His left eye has already been removed as a result of the same disease. However, the treatment will cost close to $4 million of which the government pumped in a million. The family raised another $1 million and the public would have responded to the call and donated another $2 million.However, on making the donation to the mother and son, Director of Roraima Airways, Captain Gerry Gouveia said he was made aware of the situation only recently and he was pleased to contribute to the recovery and improvement of the child’s eyesight and overall good health.“It is amazing to know how many Guyanese reached out to help in whatever way they could,” he stated. He added that the offer to Persaud and her son is an extension of Roraima’s continued commitment to the medical evacuation service operated by his company.Further, Gouveia expressed best wishes for successful treatment and recovery to the child on behalf of his family and company. The thankful mother accepted the tickets and expressed her appreciation to the company while noting that she was pleased with the public’s response and generous assistance towards her son.Roraima Airways since its establishment in 1992 has led the way in medical evacuation service, operating a 24-hour Air Ambulance Evacuation Service in Guyana, providing a domestic and regional reliable response evacuation service.The child along with his mother is expected to depart for the Republic of Cuba shortly. Meanwhile, Copa Airlines is collaborating with the St Joseph Mercy Hospital for a number of festivities the medical institution has planned this Christmas.The airline on Friday handed over a cheque to the hospital in support of several of these events. The funds are intended to support a children’s party and the annual Christmas tree light-up and carol singing event. The children of St Ann’s and St John’s Bosco orphanages will be guests of honour at the lighting of the Christmas tree. Copa and St Joseph Mercy Hospital have been in talks over the past several months, exploring opportunities for collaborating and building partnership. Copa’s Regional Sales Director, Diego Bermudez Parra, during a recent visit to Guyana, also met with Mercy Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Helen Browman and Associate Administrator Deborrah Ramsay.Meanwhile, in outlining the activities planned for the festive season, Ramsay said this year’s Christmas tree light-up and carol singing event promises to be even bigger than last year’s. She said planning has been moving along extremely well and a record number of visitors are expected. Regarding the children’s party, she said each child will be receiving a gift bag “with lots of goodies” and with the support from Copa, they will be extremely delighted.The children’s party is scheduled for December 8 and the carol singing and Christmas tree light-up event will take place on December 9 in the parking lot of the hospital.The collaboration with Mercy Hospital is the latest in a series of initiatives being undertaken by Copa in Guyana, geared towards strengthening ties and forging partnerships.last_img read more

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Tiger Woods Seen Confused Stumbling On Police Dashcam Video

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — His speech slow and slurred, Tiger Woods couldn’t follow simple instructions or keep his balance during a dazed and disoriented encounter with police before he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.The video images came from dashcam footage that Jupiter police released Wednesday night, and they show Woods with little capacity to stand still without swaying, repeat simple instructions or put one foot in front of the other.The footage came from his arrest Monday in the dark of early morning when Jupiter police noticed his Mercedes parked on the side of a six-lane road, part of it in the road and part of it in the bicycle lane.Police found Woods asleep behind the wheel, according to an incident report. The engine was running, the brake lights were on and the right turn signal was blinking. Police also released photos of his car that showed two flat tires and minor damage around the bumpers.When the officer asks Woods where he had been, the 14-time major champion says, “LA.” He says he was headed down to Orange County.The 1 hour, 39-minute video starts with Jupiter police approaching Woods’ car and ends with the cruiser pulling into the Palm Beach County jail with Woods in handcuffs behind his back and sitting in the back seat.Woods told the officers he had not been drinking, and two breath tests at the jail registered a 0.0 blood-alcohol level. Woods issued a statement nearly 10 hours after he was released from jail on Monday that alcohol was not involved.“What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications,” Woods said in his statement. “I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”He told police he was taking prescription medicine. When asked what kind, he gave an answer that was redacted from the videotape. The arrest affidavit listed four medications, including Vicodin, that Woods reported taking.Woods is to be arraigned July 5 in Palm Beach County Court.The video brings to life the troubling images contained in an incident report from the four police officers who were at the scene.His speech is slurred from his first words. When the officer points out that Woods’ shoe is untied, Woods places his right foot on the front of the police car and starts to fiddle with the laces.“It’s your other shoe that’s untied,” the officer says as Woods unties the laces.“Now, that one is, too,” the officer adds.When Woods is unable to tie the left shoe, the officer tells him he can take them off. Woods then tells the officer he doesn’t remember what happened or being asleep in his car when police approached.The field sobriety test was a failure from the start.Woods struggled to simply put his feet together. When he did, he leaned forward after losing his balance.He couldn’t follow a red light the officer moved from side to side. When asked to walk a straight line by going heel-to-toe nine times, Woods staggered from the starting position. He never connected heel-to-toe. He often strayed outside the white line and occasionally lost his balance.Woods couldn’t raise one leg 6 inches off the ground.On his third try of understanding instructions to recite the alphabet, he made it from A to Z.The next instruction from the officer was to place his hands behind his back as they cuffed him and told him he was being arrested.Woods, who had his fourth back surgery in three years on April 20, has not played since Feb. 2 in Dubai when he withdrew after the first round because of back spasms. The surgery means he is out for the rest of the PGA Tour season. read more

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The Star Theatre allows kids to perform around the county

first_img KUSI Newsroom The Star Theatre allows kids to perform around the county Posted: December 15, 2018 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It’s a program that allows young singers to perform around the county.Sandra Kopitzke, music director of the Star Theatre’s Show Choir program, joined us Saturday morning with the Glee Club & Star Kids Choir.Please visit www.startheatreco.com for more information. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter December 15, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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