Booming legal Amazon wildlife trade documented in new report

first_imgArticle published by Glenn Scherer 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 overSponsored Amazon Biodiversity, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Destruction, Amphibian Crisis, Amphibians, Animals, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Biodiversity Hotspots, Birds, Captive Breeding, Conservation, Ecology, Ecosystems, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Crime, Extinction, Fish, forest degradation, Forests, Forgotten Species, Frogs, Green, Habitat, Habitat Degradation, Habitat Loss, Herps, Hunting, Mammals, Mass Extinction, Monitoring, Monkeys, Over-hunting, Overconsumption, Primates, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforests, Reptiles, Saving The Amazon, Sustainability, Threats To The Amazon, Tropical Deforestation, Turtles, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking center_img Wildlife trade attention has recently focused on Africa. But a new report spotlights the brisk legal international trade in plants and animals from eight Amazon nations. The report did not look at the illegal trade, whose scope is largely unknown.The US$128 million industry exports 14 million animals and plants annually, plus one million kilograms by weight, including caiman and peccary skins for the fashion industry, live turtles and parrots for the pet trade, and arapaima for the food industry.The report authors note that such trade, conducted properly, can have benefits for national economies, for livelihoods, and even for wildlife — animals bred in captivity, for example, can provide scientists with vital data for sustaining wild populations.The report strongly emphasizes the need for monitoring, regulating and enforcing sustainable harvest levels of wild animals and plants if the legal trade is to continue to thrive, and if Amazonian forests and rivers are not to be emptied of their wildlife. Spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus) skin is the most highly traded wildlife commodity coming out of the Amazon. Nearly 800,000 skins are exported annually, mainly from captive breeding centers in Colombia. Major importers are Singapore, Mexico, and Thailand. This is one finding in a new report that analyzes trade in CITES-listed species from Amazon countries for the first time. Photo by Kevin Law used under a CC BY-SA 2.0 licenseThe multimillion-dollar legal wildlife trade in species originating from Amazonian countries has been analyzed in detail for the first time. A new report produced by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), UK, identifies the major export routes for millions of animals and plants — from live parrots to caiman skins to orchids — being traded around the world.The report covers all legal trade in Amazonian species — including wild-caught and captive-bred animals — worth US$128 million per year. Exports amounting to 14 million individuals, plus a further one million kilograms (more than 2.2 million pounds) by weight, included caiman and peccary skins for the fashion industry, live turtles and parrots for the pet trade, and arapaima, a large freshwater fish, for the food industry. Trade volumes fluctuated in response to changing trends, financial circumstances, and legalization of various aspects of the trade in Asian, European and North American markets.UNEP-WCMC’s Pablo Sinovas, lead author of the report, said the work was addressing a knowledge gap flagged up by the Amazon region’s governments. This sentiment was echoed by Richard Thomas, of the NGO TRAFFIC (the wildlife trade and monitoring network), who said “far too much focus in recent years has been on the Asia-Africa trade flows, whereas the important trade in the Americas, especially Latin America, has largely been overlooked.” Thomas welcomed the report as “a valuable attempt to analyze and interpret the large volumes of trade in CITES-listed species.”The Yellow-spotted Amazon river turtle (Podocnemis unifilis) trade has “rocketed” according to report lead-author Pablo Sinovas. Up to 300,000 live turtles are exported each year for the pet trade. “This level of exports is supported by active conservation and sustainable use programs in the Peruvian Amazon, where local communities ‘ranch’ the species,” Sinovas said. Photo by Charlesjsharp used under a CC BY-SA 4.0 licenseThe Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) — a treaty between 183 parties (182 state governments and the European Union) — exists to ensure that threatened species are not overexploited. CITES-listed species must be traded within sustainable limits according to how much they are at risk, with all exports reported nationally. The new report compiled this data from the eight Amazon nations — Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela — for the period 2005 to 2014.The single largest traded item was the skins of the spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus), with an average of 770,000 skins exported annually. These came primarily from captive breeding centers in Colombia, with Singapore, Mexico, and Thailand being the main importers, the report found.The yellow-spotted Amazon river turtle (Podocnemis unifilis) was another major export, destined for Hong Kong and China. Trade in this species, which is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN, has “rocketed,” according to Sinovas, with annual exports reaching as many as 300,000 individuals. “This level of exports is supported by active conservation and sustainable use programs in the Peruvian Amazon, where local communities ‘ranch’ the species,” he noted. Eggs (which have a high natural mortality rate) are collected, protected on artificial beaches to maximize the number of hatchlings, and then exported, while some of the captive bred juveniles are returned to the wild to replenish the species, Sinovas explained.The new report, produced by UNEP-WCMC, found that 14 million individuals and one million kilograms of goods are legally traded each year, in an industry worth US$128 million annually. This figure illustrates the principal trade routes, and the main groups of commodities flowing along them. Groups are ordered by trade volume and shaded by source (black: >75 percent wild; dark grey: 25-75 percent wild; light grey: <25 percent wild). Arrow width denotes relative volumes. Figure courtesy of UNEP-WCMCOther major exports included peccary skins (41,000 annually, mainly collared peccary, Pecari tajacu), and vicuña fiber (Vicugna vicugna), the majority of which were destined for the European fashion industry. Live turtles, lizards, snakes, poison dart frogs, parrots, and caiman were all exported for the pet trade.Arapaima (Arapaima gigas), a large freshwater fish, was traded both as an ornamental species and for meat. Recent years have seen annual exports of 30,000 fish originating in Peru heading to aquaria in Hong Kong, and 100,000 kilograms (220,462 pounds) of meat from Peru and Brazil destined for shops and restaurants in the United States. Orchids — 150,000 plants per year, almost all artificially propagated in Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela — and mahogany timber were the main plant products seen on the market.Particularly noteworthy, according to Sinovas, were the “relatively large volumes of wild-sourced parrots, reptiles and amphibians exported from Guyana and Suriname.” Large swaths of pristine forest exist in these countries, he explained, which have “the potential to host substantial populations of the harvested species.” However, while this trade is legal, it is important to note that population data, and information determining what levels of harvest would be sustainable over time, is often lacking, Sinovas said. Without such data, overharvesting is always a risk.A yellow and black poison dart frog. Live frogs, along with turtles, parrots, snakes, and caiman, were exported from Amazonian countries for the pet trade. Photo by Rhett A. Butler / MongabayAnother important trend documented by the report was the development of trade in species from non-native countries, often as a result of the banning of trade from their country of origin. This includes “parrots native to the Amazon being bred and exported by South Africa, [and] succulent plants (such as cacti) native to Amazon countries being propagated and exported by Kenya,” said Sinovas. “Some of these species are in fact single-country endemics.”Trade of this kind “raises issues related to access and benefit sharing of biological resources, which are also touched on in the study,” said Thomas. One of the report’s recommendations is that Amazonian countries consider the implications and opportunities that non-native trade presents, including the potential for the “repatriation of knowledge on breeding techniques or biology that may have been developed abroad.”Other recommendations include the need for the documentation of management practices that result in positive livelihoods and conservation impacts, the identification of additional species that may need CITES listing, and the development of traceability throughout supply chains. Collecting and sharing information and knowledge across the region, about best management practices that preserve healthy wild populations, is also recommended.Live parrot exports averaged 12,000 each year, and 56 species were traded in total, the report found. The orange-winged parrot (Amazona amazonica) and the blue and yellow macaw (Ara ararauna) pictured, were the most traded parrot species. Photo by Luc Viatour / https://Lucnix.be used under a CC BY 2.0 licenseAlthough illegal trade was not the report’s focus, its findings can be used to identify areas where illicit trafficking may become a problem. “[I]f there’s high demand for a particular species, there may well be a temptation to exceed harvest quotas, or bypass relevant taxes or use fraudulent permits,” Thomas explained.The report also flagged noteworthy trends in the data with trade sharply increasing, or involving threatened species. This was seen, for example, in the threatened forest tortoise (Chelonoidis denticulatus), which saw a sharp increase in live exports from Guyana, and the dyeing poison frog (Dendrobates tinctorius), which is not currently of conservation concern, but was traded in high volumes from Suriname. Such cases may demand further regulatory attention by governments to ensure sustainable trade levels are maintained.Both Sinovas and Thomas agree that wildlife trade can be a real boon, both for the countries involved, and potentially for the species too — but only if certain regulatory and enforcement challenges can be met. “Maintaining trade in a well-managed, legal environment has the potential to provide huge economic benefits to South American countries indefinitely,” Thomas said. Trade in wild-sourced animals “provides potential incentives for conservation of these species and associated habitats,” added Sinovas.Arapaima (Arapaima gigas), a large Amazon freshwater fish, was traded both as an ornamental species and for meat. Recent years have seen annual exports of 30,000 fish originating in Peru heading to aquaria in Hong Kong, and 100,000 kilograms (220,462 pounds) of meat from Peru and Brazil destined for shops and restaurants in the United States. Photo by Jeff Kubina on Flickr used under a CC BY-SA 2.0 licenseAmazon challenges include a lack of baseline data for some species or regions, as in the case of parrots and reptiles exported from Guyana and Suriname. Captive bred specimens remove this concern, but bring their own problems, he said, “namely the dissociation between economic benefits and wildlife/natural habitats, potentially removing conservation incentives. This requires careful balancing.”Oversight and policing of the wildlife trade, to ensure it is kept within legal, sustainable levels — regulation and enforcement often inadequate in South American nations — is a key priority that needs to be addressed and met with adequate resources from governments, said Thomas. “Failure to do so could lead to irreversible loss of natural resources.”Citation:Sinovas, P., Price, B., King, E., Hinsley, A. and Pavitt, A. 2017. Wildlife trade in the Amazon countries: an analysis of trade in CITES listed species. Technical report prepared for the Amazon Regional Program (BMZ/DGIS/GIZ). UN Environment – World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge, UK.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.Vicuña (Vicugna vicugna) fiber is a major export from Amazonian nations that also encompass Andean habitats, such as Peru and Bolivia, with the fiber destined for European fashion markets. Photo by qiv on Flickr used under a CC BY-SA 2.0 licenselast_img read more

Moving forward together – IAAF, JAAA have positive discussions

first_img Anti-doping efforts Just over a month after the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) abstained from an IAAF vote in Monaco, Olivier Gers, CEO of track and field’s global authority, the IAAF, notes that both bodies have put the matter to rest and are looking forward to moving ahead in continued partnership. Gers, who was in the island for Friday night’s RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards spent most of yesterday morning experiencing Jamaica’s grass root athletics system, with stops at the JAAA-Puma Development Meet at Kirkvine, as well as the Douglas Forrest Meet at G.C. Foster College. His tour followed a meeting with JAAA president Dr Warren Blake, with both men stating that the discussions were positive and that the focus has turned to ensuring that the JAAA and the IAAF continue their close relationship towards the development of the sport. Gers reiterated that while the IAAF is disappointed that the JAAA did not support its full reform package, there is a clear understanding on the reasons behind its decision, while welcoming the opportunity for discussion. “We have to put this behind us, we have put it behind us. We completely understand. We talked about it,” said Gers. “We are disappointed, but we respect the decision and we are moving on. That’s why we are here – to learn and listen and take on board the concerns that Dr Blake had and move forward on a global scale. “The challenge is to get something that works on a global basis, not for every single country. It’s not possible, but we do our best. We moved forward in December and we have some more efforts to make and we know that with Jamaican athletics’ help and the JAAA’s help, we will be able to go further and faster,” Gers added. The JAAA, which has underlined its support for the general reform package, particularly those geared towards increasing the anti-doping efforts, decided against adding its approval because of grouses with several governance proposals. With no opportunity to vote on an item-by-item basis, Blake maintained the organisation felt compelled to abstain from voting on the entire 15-point IAAF package. However, he, too, was happy for the dialogue and is closing that door behind him. “As Olivier said, we have put everything behind us and we are looking to move forward and just to make it clear that Jamaica is in full support of the IAAF’s efforts to improve the integrity of the sport and the anti-doping efforts. We support that 100 per cent, and our support for those efforts were never in any doubt,” Blake offered. Meanwhile, the IAAF executive left the island yesterday with a positive impression of the island’s development efforts, noting there is an opportunity to learn from Jamaica’s approach and implement in other areas. “I’m actually speechless. I am looking for words. I am very impressed. This morning (yesterday), we went to G.C. Foster, where about 2,600 athletes were there, and the sheer size of it was humbling, and coming here at Kirkvine and seeing a grass track – the first time I am seeing a grass track; the passion and the fervour, the dedication of the staff, athletes, coaches and officials are just impressive,” said Gers. “That’s what makes Jamaica so great.”last_img read more

Flag hoisted to celebrate India’s 72nd Independence Day

first_imgIn commemoration of India’s 72nd Independence Anniversary, the Indian High Commission on Wednesday held its annual flag-raising ceremony at the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre.In the company of Indian officials and other invitees, the Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venachatachalam Mahalingam delivered an address made by the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind, on the eve of the country’s Independence Day.Prior to this, the flag of India was hoisted on the lawns of the compound and the National Anthem of India was recited.One of the themes which were reiterated throughout the day was freedom and theIndian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venachatachalam Mahalingam during his addressway it should be utilised for the benefit of others.“We are fortunate that we have inherited the legacy of such remarkable patriots. They left us with a free India, but they also left us with unfinished tasks for the development of our society, for the empowerment of the proverbial last person, for their liberation from a fundamental level, upholding the principles of our freedom struggle,” Mahalingam said in reading the President’s message.On the sidelines of the event, Mahalingam stated, “Today is the Independence Day of India. We celebrate Independence Day all over the world and today, we would’ve already celebrated the 72nd Independence Day on a larger scale at the Red Fort in Delhi.”He added, “This is a day that we commemorate to remind both India and the worldThe flag-raising ceremony at the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centreof how far our ancestors struggled to get independence from the colonial rule and how we should maintain the peace and independence that we have gained over the years.”Youths were also urged to build their capacities for technology, entrepreneurship, craft, music, sports and other areas which could harness unlimited human capital.The High Commissioner noted that in addition to this celebration, India will also be celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2.last_img read more

Archers aiming to be on the mark in Beatton Community 4-H fun shoot

first_imgThe event is being held at 13429-256 Road in Montney. There will also be a peewee shoot with bows available. The cost of the peewee shoot is $5. The shoot will also have a concession on hand.If you are unable to register by Saturday, you can also register at the shoot location for $50, which starts at 9 a.m., with archers taking to the course at 11 a.m.To register, or for more information call: 250-264-7422.- Advertisement –last_img

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – ‘CHEAPEST’ ALL IRELAND FINAL TICKET NOW FETCHING €300

first_imgTickets for the All-Ireland Football Final between Donegal and Mayo are already fetching more than SIX times their face value.As fans begin the hunt for the golden passes, it has already become clear that many may have to pay well above the odds to see their heroes at Croker Park.A number of on-line agencies are demanding hugely inflated prices for the game. One online ticket agency www.needaticket.ie is offering the cheapest tickets in the Upper Davin Stand for a wallet-thumping €300 while seats in the Hogan or Cusack Lower Tiers are being advertised for €500 each.It is estimated that Donegal clubs will get a total of up to 14,000 tickets despite the fact that more than 35,000 Donegal fans attended the semi-final against Cork.Fans are being advised to try all possible avenues and contacts to get their hands on tickets.Fans are also testing the water in a bid to get their hands on tickets. One fan, Lisa Boyle, has put an advert on the DoneDeal website offering €150 per ticket and is looking for up to 8 tickets.She also said she is willing to pay more cash for better seats and will take pairs of seats.County Secretary Hugh Martin Ferry has told fans to try all in their powers to get a ticket warning that many clubs will simply not have enough to meet demand.Most clubs are offering adult members tickets first and then trying to accommodate the juvenile members. COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – ‘CHEAPEST’ ALL IRELAND FINAL TICKET NOW FETCHING €300 was last modified: September 6th, 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:All Ireland ticketsdemanddonegalMayolast_img read more

SUICIDE AWARENESS: PRIEST MAKES EMOTIONAL PLEA FOR PEOPLE TO SEEK HELP

first_imgA DONEGAL priest has made an emotional plea for people contemplating suicide to seek help.Father Eamonn McLaughlin was speaking at a special Mass at St Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny on Sunday for families bereaved through suicide.And he told the congregation that when people had problems with their eyes, they went to an optician – and people feeling down and depressed should go to someone for help. Fr McLaughlin also condemned the abuse of children, accusing the church of failing to handle the issue properly.He told people contemplating taking their own lives that “life will be darker and more painful without you.”He went on: “Over the last five months of my being here in Letterkenny I have encountered on an almost daily basis someone talking about suicide.“As Christians we cannot allow ourselves to breath in the air of hopelessness “Even the smell of slurry is better than the odour of doom and gloom.”He said Irish society needed a ‘spring clean’.“We must let the fresh air of honesty and courage fill our lungs,” said Fr McLaughlin.He said he had asked people affected by suicide for advice before the Mass.One person told him to advise parents to tell their children they loved them, saying this was better than giving them material possessions. “You can lavish them with all the gifts you want and this may be your way of showing your love but please tell them,” said the priest.He said children should do the same to their parents.Fr McLaughlin said another person who had contemplated suicide had warned of the dangers of alchohol and drug abuse.“They are not your friends,” he said. “They will only pick you up and slam you down. This was someone who was at death’s door who gave us this advise.”He said there should be no ‘glorifying’ at a funeral Mass for someone who has taken their own life.Fr McLaughlin said someone asked him what he had to say about suicide and clerical abuse.He said he was ‘grinding his teeth in anger’ – but not at the person who had asked the question but at those who had abused children.“I was angry at how the abuse had been pathetically handled in the Church and in the State.“Is it not too late to say something now?” he asked.“In a sense it is because the damage has been done. Innocent defenceless lives have been forever marked by the evil actions of perpetrators.“Any trust that may have been there is long shattered.“We cannot sweep abuse under the carpet; lives are at stake and we must learn from the past and move forward.“As a memorial exists in Germany today as a reminder of the Shoa (holocaust) so too we as a church and a nation should have a memorial to our children and youth who were abused in our country so that we never forget such atrocities and more importantly never ever repeat them again.”Families bereaved through suicide were among those attending the Mass.“The Church has had to face up to its horrific past and it was shamefully and unfortunately made to do so, all the while kicking and screaming until it got its act together and came up to the standards that it has today.“While the Church today is a safe place for children we must always be very vigilant. It can always be safer; society has to do the same,” he said.Fr McLaughlin said he was dealing with people who had threatened suicide “on almost a daily basis.”He called on people not to take their own lives and said the HSE and society “could do a great deal more” to help people.SUICIDE AWARENESS: PRIEST MAKES EMOTIONAL PLEA FOR PEOPLE TO SEEK HELP was last modified: May 5th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:SUICIDE AWARENESS: PRIEST MAKES EMOTIONAL PLEA FOR PEOPLE TO SEEK HELPlast_img read more

Rare type of meningitis kills 2 in Ventura County

first_imgVENTURA – A child and a college student have died during the past week of a rare and virulent form of meningitis, the county’s top public health official said. The child died Dec. 21 and the college student died Sunday, according to Dr. Robert Levin, Ventura County’s public health officer. Both had flulike symptoms for about a week and were receiving medical care, according to Levin’s office. Authorities determined that they died from meningococcemia, an acute infection of the bloodstream caused by a bacteria known as Neisseria meningitidis. The bacteria live in the upper respiratory tract of many people, most of whom do not get sick, said Kim Kandarian, the county’s public health communicable disease coordinator. 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’ remake The bacteria can spread when people inhale “droplets of contaminated upper-respiratory secretions,” according to a county news release. But investigators have been unable to find a direct link between the two fatal cases, Kandarian said. “They did not have any known contact with each other,” she said. Although health officials did not provide the victims’ names or ages, the student has been identified as Thomas Kent, 19, who attended Ventura College. His mother, Robbin Thibodeaux of Long Beach, said the family does not know how he contracted the disease. “It’s a mystery,” Thibodeaux said. Medical experts say an estimated 2,600 meningococcemia cases occur each year in the United States. Fatalities occur in about 5 percent of the child cases and 5 percent to 10 percent of the adult cases. The disease can be prevented with a vaccine, Levin said. 160Want 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

‘Employer Led Model has reduced HIV stigma’

first_imgThe Employer Led Model (ELM) HIV/AIDS prevention-to-care programme has helped reduce the stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV said Asha Vernekar, ELM Programme Officer, Goa AIDS Control Society, on Sunday.She was speaking on Strategies for Prevention and Control of HIV/ AIDS under National AIDS Control Programme at the MOG Sundays, a public talk series at the Museum of Goa. She said the corporate social responsibility-led initiative has helped mitigate the risk of HIV/AIDS among migrant labourers employed in formal and informal sectors.The ELM programme is implemented in partnership with Mormugao Port Trust and corporates like Sesa Sterlite and Zuari Agrochemicals. Ms. Vernekar said, “This partnership model is part of the multi-sectoral approach and helps integrating HIV counselling and testing within existing health infrastructure and adds to the participation of the employer in well-being of the workers.”last_img read more

I-League: Churchill Brothers thrash Mohun Bagan, Real Kashmir win 1st home match

first_imgChurchill Brothers embarrassed Mohun Bagan 3-0 after former Trinidad and Tobago international Willis Plaza made a stunning return to the city, heading in a brace in the I-League on Sunday.Forced to leave the Maidan after parting ways with East Bengal earlier this year, Plaza looked in ominous form and struck in a space of four minutes (51st and 55th) to become the leading scorer with five goals to his name.He had scored a hat-trick in their 4-2 win over Shillong Lajong in the previous match.Captain Dawda Ceesay drew the first blood in the 21st minute with an easy tap-in long before the Goans jumped to second spot with nine points from five matches. Mohun Bagan (8) slipped to fourth in the table.Mohun Bagan were bolstered by the inclusion of their star Haitian forward Sony Norde who had a fine attempt in the 16th minute but his grounded shot from the edge of the box hit the woodwork.Five minutes later the Goans went up when Lamgoulen Hangshing’s cross for Willis Plaza was cleared by Dalraj Singh, but an unmarked Dawda Ceesay made no mistake to stun the noisy home crowd.The Mariners found a golden chance to equalise in the 42nd minute but Yuta Kinowaki was unable to react quickly after Vicky Baskaran’s half-hearted punch fell kindly for the Japanese.Plaza took the match out of Mohun Bagan’s equation in the second half with his back-to-back headers.Israil Gurung’s cross into the box was pin point for Plaza and he beat Dalraj Singh to head it home.advertisementCeesay set up Plaza’s brace from the left flank and the Trinidadian found himself completely unmarked before sealing the issue with ease.In the 90th minute, Ceesay could have also got his second but his long-ranger touched the wrong side of the crossbar before going out of play, saving Mohun Bagan further humiliation.Churchill Brothers next face Gokulam Kerala in another away fixture on November 30 while Mohun Bagan will host league leaders Chennai City on December 1. Real Kashmir secure 2-0 win over Indian ArrowsA super strike from Surchandra Singh and a well-judged header from Bazie Armand saw Real Kashmir pull off a superb 2-0 win over Indian Arrows for their maiden victory at home on Sunday.Armand was rightfully adjudged the Hero of the Match for scoring a goal and playing a noticeable game in the midfield for the hosts.With this win, Real Kashmir have now jumped up five spots to be placed at the 4th position with 7 points from 5 games.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Harbhajan Singh on MS Dhoni run out in IPL 2019 final: It was a tough decision to make

first_imgHarbhajan Singh on MS Dhoni run out in IPL 2019 final: It was a tough decision to makeSpeaking exclusively to India Today, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh came up with his thoughts on the MS Dhoni run out in the IPL 2019 final between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians that left the social media divided.advertisement India Today Web Desk HyderabadMay 13, 2019UPDATED: May 13, 2019 21:54 IST MS Dhoni was run out in the 13th over when Chennai Super Kings were cruising in their run chase of 150 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni was run out for 2 as CSK lost the IPL 2019 final by 1 runSocial media was divided over Dhoni run out as certain replay angles were inconclusiveShane Watson hit 80 but it wasn’t enough as Chennai faltered in their 150-run chaseChennai Super Kings off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Monday said MS Dhoni’s run out was one of the key points where the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 final drifted away from them in their 150-run chase against Mumbai Indians on Sunday.Revealing the 1-run defeat was heartbreaking for CSK players, Harbhajan Singh added the 3-time champions wanted the MS Dhoni decision to go their way in the tense final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.Chennai Super Kings were dealt a huge blow during their chase of 150 when MS Dhoni was adjudged run out after the skipper and their season’s top-scorer tried to steal a second single.Speaking to India Today, Harbhajan Singh said: “Well, we would have liked MS Dhoni’s decision to go in our way. If you see, the angles… from one end it looked out, from one end he looked to have made it.”It was a tough decision to make. A lot of times it’s been said that the decision should be given in batsman’s favour. In Dhoni’s case, it wasn’t given. I think it’s one of the key points where the game drifted away from us. Apart from that, I didn’t think we built enough partnerships. Watson almost pulled a miracle for us. But it wasn’t enough in the end.”Mumbai Indians’ Ishan Kishan appealed after a direct hit at the non-striker’s end after which the third umpire was called in for the final decision.Third umpire Nigel Llong took a long time as replays were arguably inconclusive. As Harbhajan Singh pointed, from one angle it looked no part of Dhoni’s bat was beyond the crease when the ball hit the stumps while another angle hinted Dhoni had made it on time.advertisementHowever, the decision went against MS Dhoni and the CSK skipper had to depart for 2. The third umpire’s call left the social media divided and CSK’s 1-run defeat highlighted the importance of the decision.I ask all people msdhoni was run out yes or noI say not out kiyoki muskil dissison bestman ke paksh me jana chaiye pic.twitter.com/u5Z8iV28osNitish MsDhoni fens 99%floow back (@NMurlipur) May 12, 2019Shane Watson came with a single-handed effort as he smashed 80 from just 59 but Mumbai Indians’ Lasith Malinga successfully defended 8 runs and picked up a wicket in the final ball to seal their 4th IPL title.Mumbai Indians’ icon Sachin Tendulkar opined that MS Dhoni’s run out was a huge moment in the fourth final meeting between the two arch-rivals.”The key moment was Dhoni’s run-out. But also in patches when Bumrah bowled those critical to even out Malinga’s one poor over was also crucial. And the last over, thought Malinga finished the game out beautifully,” Tendulkar had said.Meanwhile, Harbhajan Singh heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah, saying the Mumbai Indians pacer is key to India’s chances of winning the 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.”Jasprit Bumrah showed why he is No. 1 because he is not just performing in the shorter formats. Even we went to Australia, he performed well. In fact, he was one of the main reasons why we did well there,” Harbhajan said.He added: “To be honest, he was the only bowler Mumbai could rely on. Apart from him, we let Mumbai’s spinner (Rahul Chahar) get away with very few runs. I think we made lot of mistakes in the end as a team. But I think Jasprit Bumrah has been a special talent for Mumbai Indians.”If we’re going to win the World Cup, his form and fitness need to be right up there as it was for Mumbai Indians.”Also Read | IPL 2019 final was paisa vasool for fans but CSK players heartbroken: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Mumbai Indians’ victory parade brings city to a halt as fans celebrate IPL 2019 winAlso Read | MS Dhoni was really heartbroken, never seen him like that, says Sanjay ManjrekarAlso Read | Watch: Rohit Sharma raps with Yuvraj Singh as Mumbai Indians party hard after IPL 2019 winFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow MS Dhoni run outFollow Harbhajan Singh Dhoni run outFollow MI vs CSK IPL finallast_img read more