A Malagasy community races the timber mafia to save its forest

first_imgArticle published by malavikavyawahare The Vohibola forest is one of the last remaining primary forests along Madagascar’s eastern coast, supporting a large variety of endemic species found nowhere else on Earth.Under a renewed contract finalized this week the responsibility for its management was delegated to Razan’ny Vohibola, an association of volunteers from four surrounding villages.The task of protecting the forest, which is rapidly disappearing because of illegal logging, pits the local protectors against not just the timber mafia but also officials whom the villagers allege are complicit.Members of Razan’ny Vohibola were arrested in April on charges of aiding the illegal logging allegedly at the behest of corrupt officials, but released after the central environment ministry intervened. Vohibola Forest is home to several species of microfauna: from tiny frogs that fit on a fingertip, to Lilliputian chameleons of all shades. It is also one of the last remaining primary forests along Madagascar’s eastern coast and it could disappear in a matter of years, conservationists fear. The forest has shrunk to less than half of its former size in 15 years. It now measures 1,000 hectares (2,470 acres), an area one-tenth the size of Disney World in Florida.“A long time ago I went to war in Algeria, fighting to protect a country that is not mine, so how can I not protect my own country?” Joël Talata, 84, said during an interaction with Madagascar’s environment minister that was captured on video. Talata is president of Razan’ny Vohibola, a local association formed by volunteers from four villages that surround the forest and charged with safeguarding the forest. “The time that I have left, I give it to God and protecting my forest,” the octogenarian said.This resolve will soon be put to the test. On May 9, Madagascar’s environment ministry renewed a contract with Razan’ny Vohibola for one year to assess the group’s ability to protect the forest, which is fast being depleted by illegal logging for precious wood and charcoal.Wedged between Madagascar’s eastern coast and the Pangalanes canal, a system of inter-connected waterways along the coast, Vohibola is a littoral forest. These types of forests are found close to the coastline in shallow sandy soils, with canopy height of 6 to 20 meters (20 to 66 feet) on average.“The littoral forests of  Vohibola are amongst the last remnants of primary vegetation in some of the most disturbed and anthropogenically influenced areas of Madagascar,” said Philip-Sebastian Gehring, a herpetologist at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. “This forest type harbors microendemic flora and fauna, which is found nowhere else on this planet.”A frog from the genus Stumpffia. Frogs of this genus are endemic to Madagascar. Image Courtesy: Alexandre PoussinIn 2012, nine forested areas along Madagascar’s southern coast were identified by the U.S.-based Missouri Botanical Garden as biodiversity hotspots with high levels of endemism. Eight of these forests no longer stand today, said Alexandre Poussin, a French filmmaker and adventurer who co-founded Razan’ny Vohibola in 2016.According to local media reports, 1.8 million trees have been chopped from Vohibola to feed the illegal trade. Recent years have brought an increase in the rate of deforestation here, Rivonala Razafison, a journalist based in the capital, Antananarivo, who has covered the area for years, told Mongabay.Between 2003 and 2016, the protected area network in Madagascar expanded dramatically from 1.7 million hectares to 7.1 million hectares (4.2 million acres to 17.5 million acres). Despite this, since 2012 the rate of tree cover loss, an indicator of deforestation, has increased in Madagascar, peaking in 2017. In 2018, Madagascar lost the highest proportion of primary tropical forest in the world, according to data from the University of Maryland, accessed through the Global Forest Watch platform.Forests like Vohibola are especially vulnerable because they do not enjoy the status of a protected area, which translates into a lack of resources and funding. The government retains no direct responsibility for managing the forest, having delegated that job to Razan’ny Vohibola in 2016 when Vohibola was designated a community forest to be managed by local people.The renewed contract between the government and Razan’ny Vohibola could be the first step toward the forest gaining recognition as a protected area. Even so, whether community protection can work remains an open question. The handing over of the forest to the community hasn’t stemmed the rate of forest loss, and conservationists like Poussin fear that by the time Vohibola is declared a protected area there will be nothing left to protect.The endemic species will be lost with the forests, Gehring said.The recently released summary of a U.N. report on biodiversity said that about three-fourths of the terrestrial environment worldwide and a third of the marine environment have been “significantly altered by human actions.” The summary went on to highlight that ecosystems in areas managed by indigenous peoples and local communities fare much better.However, as the history of Vohibola shows, in the absence of strong support from the government and adequate resources, communities are faced with an almost impossible task. In Madagascar, the rule of law is weak and respect for community rights is tenuous and fraught. Village associations like Razan’ny Vohibola don’t have the resources or the trained manpower to tackle the menacing timber mafia that operates here, according to Jonah Ratsimbazafy, a primatologist at the University of Antananarivo.The journalist Razafison visited the forest in March this year along with locals from Razan’ny Vohibola and three foreign journalists. He said their party was threatened by a group of illegal loggers who were camped in the forest. “Those people are all volunteers, they are not paid. They have nothing,” Razafison said of the local forest protectors. “That was why they were not able to face the loggers who invaded the forest.”The situation is complicated by accusations of corruption against local officials. Members of Razan’ny Vohibola say they face not just the threats from illegal loggers but also harassment from officials complicit in the illicit trade. They say this includes the mayor of the commune of Ambinaninony where Vohibola is situated, Cécilien Ranaivo.Members of the association Rann’zhiby Vohibola when they were taken into custody on charges of wood trafficking. Image Courtesy: Alexandre Poussin“The mayor is part of the wood trafficking,” Poussin said, adding that Ranaivo and Christian Ratsimbazafy (no relation to the primatologist), who directs the environment ministry’s Atsinanana division, orchestrated the arrest of several members of Razan’ny Vohibola in April on charges of illegal logging. Talata was among those arrested. Timber that had been confiscated from illegal loggers was presented as proof of the members’ involvement in the trade, Poussin said.The mayor and regional director did not respond to Mongabay’s requests for a comment.  Ranaivo told AFP that accusations of local officials facilitating the illegal trade through corruption were “politically motivated.”The villagers were released after two days in custody, after the environment ministry intervened. In a show of support, the environment minister, Alexandre Georget, visited Vohibola on April 27 and spoke to members of Razan’ny Vohibola. It was during this visit that the decision to renew the contract was first announced, and the contract was formalized this week.“They will not be alone,” Georget said in an interview during the visit. “Our doors will always be open to them … We will also continue to support them technically so they can be more effective. Technicians and forestry agents will also assist them in their work.”It remains to be seen if that will be enough to preserve Vohibola forest.Banner Image: Vohibola forest in February 2019. Image Courtesy: Alexandre PoussinMalavika Vyawahare is the Madagascar staff writer for Mongabay. Find her on Twitter: @MalavikaVyFEEDBACK: 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. Biodiversity, charcoal, Community Forests, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Forests, Governance, Illegal Logging, Protected Areas, Rainforests center_img 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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

Too much at stake for Guyana to be heading into a sea of political…

first_img– The increasing need to avert a political and economic crisisOn February 25, 2019, it was reported in sections of the media that the President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce (GCCI) indicated that its members have so far experienced a decline in business activity. In his report, it was noted that approximately 85 per cent of the businesses which registered a decline in business activity experienced a 25 per cent to 50 per cent decline in the level of commercial activity, while the remaining 15 per cent reported a decline of 75 per cent to 100 per cent decline in business. The GCCI further expressed its concern that this significant decline in commercial activity is worrying, and, with the continued state of political uncertainty, can result in further decline in business activity.At another forum recently, another association’s President; namely, the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA), also joined with the GCCI and expressed similar concerns. To this end, the Association’s President noted the need for “a stable political environment, and one which is conducive for doing business.”Readers of this column would recall that, even before these events were manifested, this author made such pronouncements weeks and months ago in previous columns. For ease of reference, in the most recent column on the issue, carried on February 9, 2019, this analyst contended that on the economic development side, both private and foreign investors are already worried and holding back from getting involved in terms of investing in Guyana – much less signing any contracts with the Government.The manifestation of these events would only hurt the Guyanese people, and especially the working class, at the expense of politicians fighting for power and clinging to power without any regard for a strong and prudently governed economy in the interest of all Guyana’s peoples. The economy is at risk of becoming standstill overall. Very little or no investment would occur during this period; unemployment would be on the rise, crime would be on the rise, and social and economic hardships would be imposed upon the working class especially. Other articles on these fronts were featured in January and sometime last year.Notwithstanding that, and politics aside, Guyana has too much at stake for having to treat with the risks and implications of what a political and economic crisis can do to Guyana; the negative impacts would be far reaching. Guyana cannot afford to have international sanctions imposed upon it at this time, as this would potentially affect international trade with the rest of the world. With an excess of 4.5 billion barrels of recoverable oil offshore Guyana and a sea of international companies coming to Guyana owing to the notion of massive oil wealth here, wherein production is projected to commence next year, these events would only weaken Guyana from an economic governance perspective.All this time that is wasted in the fight for political power should see us focused on working together to craft a long-term strategic development plan for Guyana. For example, what are the development projects that should be high on the agenda for the next five years? The fact remains that oil will not last forever, it will be exhausted. In fact, the traditional export commodities such as gold would outlive oil, and therefore how do we continue to incentivise and revamp these traditional sectors as part of a long-term development strategy for Guyana? These are but a few examples of where the attention needs to be focused by not only the political leaders, but also all other stakeholders involved.Finally, speaking of traditional sectors that will far outlive oil, it is unfortunate that Guyana has opted to get rid of the sugar industry, rather than focusing on how to reposition the sugar industry amidst the evolving global changes of where the sugar industry is heading. In this respect, empirical work has suggested that, with changing sugar markets in the U.S and around the world, innovation and environmental protection through value addition and diversification will be crucial for sustainability of the sugarcane industry. Commercial sucrose has very high purity (99%), making it the purest organic substance produced on an industrial scale. Several value added commodities are currently produced from sucrose by chemical or biotechnological derivatisation. Increasing use of biotechnological methods to derivatise the sucrose molecule is envisaged to add special functionalities to the sucrose products, which are becoming important in the emerging bio-economy (Eggleston et.al, 2016).In referencing Eggleston et.al. (2016), the sugarcane industry is currently faced with the reality that sugar, molasses, and bagasse can no longer be regarded as the final products for factory refinery. Instead, the sugar industry should be regarded as a biomass-based industry that is not only equipped to manufacture products for the food sector, but also value added biofuels, energy and chemicals for the non-food sector. Sugarcane fits well into the emerging concept of a renewable carbohydrate feedstock because of its availability, and it is among the plants giving the highest yields of carbohydrates per hectare.last_img read more

Over 500 online signatures gathered to save historical gallery

first_imgRelocation of Walter Roth MuseumGovernment seems to be clueless about where it will be relocating the Walter Roth Museum, and as the days progress, Guyanese from all walks of life are expressing their disappointment at such a move.People’s Progressive Party Chief Whip Gail Teixeira on Friday said the more than 500 online signatures to the petition to save the museum, has also seen widespread condemnation for the move by the Ministry of the Presidency to have the museum relocated:“The latest insult of Government to the Amerindian citizen is the move by the President to remove the Walter Roth Museum and the way it was done by having GDF soldiers moving in to inform staff that they had to move was even scarier.”The current location of the Walter Roth MuseumShe said the museum is a “living tribute to the Amerindian Peoples of Guyana from prehistoric times to now.” Ironically, she said, like the decision to relocate the Stabroek Market vendors or close the Wales Sugar Estate, “they have no clue where they are relocating this museum” as a mandate given by Junior Minister of Public Infrastructure Annette Ferguson has been unsuccessful.Last week, the Ministry of the Presidency said it was removing the Walter Roth Museum and its employees to the National Museum by the end of the year. This announcement came one day after Guyana Times broke the story about government’s plan to move the museum.The museum was founded with the collections of Guyanese Archaeologist, Dr Denis Williams and in 1980, the ethnographic collections of Dr Walter Roth, Mr JJ Quelch and Sir Everardim Thurn were transferred to the museum from the National Museum. The Walter Roth collections also include excavated artefacts from all 10 Administrative Regions.Former Culture, Youth and Sport Minister, Dr Frank Anthony, had stated that the museum is an institution and instead of dismantling it, “we have to be preserving it and growing it because it has a very important role to play in Guyana.”Dr Anthony said he does not think the President is aware of the space the National Museum has, since it has been overcrowded with its artefacts: “They cannot display their current holdings because there is a lack of space and to move an entire museum and somehow cram it into the space of the National Museum, I don’t think that is possible.”Dr Anthony added that if it is true the President wanted all the museums in one place then the Government would have to construct another building and he does not believe that they are rebuilding the current museum, and “if they are doing that, where are they getting the budget from because there was no budget voted in 2016 for it.”The Walter Roth Museum was established in 1974 but did not open to the public until 1982. It is located on Main Street, Georgetown and is famous for its journals in some of the leading universities of the world.last_img read more

BCUC in damage control after unredacted Deloitte Site C report released

first_imgFull Deloitte Site c Report by The Vancouver Sun on ScribdAdvertisement With files from The Province and The Vancouver Sun: Advertisement http://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/vaughn-palmer-b-c-hydros-site-c-promises-ring-hollowhttp://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/vaughn-palmer-public-unfairly-kept-in-dark-on-site-cs-gory-detailshttp://theprovince.com/news/local-news/site-c-read-here-deloittes-unredacted-bombshell-report-to-the-b-c-utilities-commission/wcm/4829d9ae-db10-4894-b55a-71bef528ca2d VANCOUVER, B.C. — The B.C. Utilities Commission is in damage control mode this morning after the unredacted version of the first report by Deloitte LLP covering the construction of the Site C dam was released by The Province newspaper.The BCUC unintentionally posted the unredacted version of Deloitte’s first report on September 8th, when the Commission published both of the accounting firm’s audits of the Site C project and its alternatives. The Commission subsequently removed the report and replaced it with a version that had a large number of passages that had been blacked out. The unredacted version was originally supposed to have been available only to parties that were approved by BC Hydro.Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer published two stories this week outlining some of the details of the redacted report. The unredacted Deloitte report shows that Site C’s main civil works contract has burned through 77 percent of its contingency funds, despite the fact that only 24 percent of the main civil works’ budget has been spent.- Advertisement -The report mentions that in addition to a 400-metre stress crack appeared in the north bank of the Peace River, a second crack 250 metres long opened up in the north bank in May. Another highlight of the newly-uncovered information is that on August 24th, Peace River Hydro Partners asked Hydro for an additional $327 million, saying that it was 435 days behind schedule. If true, that would mean that the diversion of the Peace River would miss its September 2019 deadline, which according to Deloitte would likely see the entire project go over budgetThe full copy of the unredacted Deloitte report that was published by The Province can be found below. In response to the publishing of the redacted report, the BCUC’s Site C Inquiry panel released a statement saying that the panel “considered the negotiating position of British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro) with its contractor(s) and was of the view that the inappropriate dissemination of certain confidential financial information could ultimately increase costs to ratepayers.”BCUC Chair and CEO David Morton also released a separate statement this morning outlining his concern about the unintended release of the Deloitte report. Morton stated that, “The unintended posting of the unredacted report and its subsequent removal was not due to an error on the part of the Commission, nor was it an attempt to suppress information.”Both statements can be found below.last_img read more

Rasshan could go back to QB

first_img“We think all (Olson’s) ligaments are intact, and in pretty good shape,” Dorrell said. “We need to make an evaluation at some point over the weekend.” Bethel-Thompson completed 12 of 28 for 139 yards, was intercepted four times, sacked four times and fumbled three times, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Home sweet home Notre Dame freshman quarterback Jimmy Clausen completed 17 of 27 passes for 84 yards in the first victory of his college career. Notre Dame continued to enforce a policy that freshman players can’t talk to the media, even though this was the former Oaks Christian star’s homecoming and Notre Dame’s first victory. “He was pretty fired up because this is his home turf,” Weis said. “He managed the team and did what we asked him to do. He’s a freshman, and this is the first time as a starting quarterback that he’s won. So, he’s as happy as anyone right now.” No Moline UCLA junior defensive tackle Chase Moline did not dress for the game because of migraine headaches. He practiced during the week. Who’s watching? When the deal was signed 14 years ago, it seemed like Notre Dame’s first trip to the Rose Bowl in 83 years would be a big deal. ABC picked up the game, but not many people saw it. The game was slated to go to only 18 percent of the nation. The rest of the country was to get Ohio State at Purdue. Odds and ends Senior left guard Shannon Tevaga, a four-year starter, played for the first time since injuring his knee Sept. 15 at Utah. … UCLA reserve linebackers Shawn Oatis and John Hale each missed the second half because of concussions. … Bruins receiver Dominique Johnson suffered a left ankle sprain.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Brian Dohn and Jill Painter STAFF WRITERS UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said the coaching staff will spend the next day or so deciding what to do with its quarterback situation, but Osaar Rasshan will be involved in it. Rasshan, who moved to receiver in the offseason, said he was told by Dorrell after UCLA’s 20-6 loss Saturday to Notre Dame he would return to quarterback during practice and could be the starter when the Bruins return from a bye and host California on Oct. 20. It became an issue after starter Ben Olson was knocked out in the first quarter, forcing red-shirt freshman walk-on McLeod Bethel-Thompson into action. “I talked to Coach Dorrell and he said he didn’t put me in the game because I didn’t get any (practice) snaps,” Rasshan said. “(Dorrell) said we’ll go in and get a blue print and see how everything is going. I think I have the most experience at quarterback, so I definitely think I can help the team there.” Dorrell said the availability of Olson, who has a left knee injury, and Patrick Cowan (knee) will be assessed. Using Bethel-Thompson, true freshman Chris Forcer and Rasshan are also options. “I don’t have all the answers today, so don’t ask me today,” Dorrell said. “But those are the things we’ll have to consider over this weekend and move forward.” The quarterback situation was dire after Olson was hurt while being sacked by the Irish, and may not improve in time for Cal. Olson, who was on crutches but declined comment after the game, will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of his injury. Cowan tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee two weeks ago against Washington, and has not practiced since. last_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgSpecial Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY Indy racing car and Formula 1 racing car will be on display, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at Big John’s Performance tire center and Valencia Car Wash, 24233 Creekside Road, Valencia. Call (661) 255-3448. Board Development Workshop for nonprofits, 9 a.m.-noon at the SCV Resource Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Cost: $20. Call (661) 250-3720 or e-mail info@scvrc.org. SCV Bar Association will meet, 6 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 287-3260. Santa Clarita Corvette Club will meet to socialize, 6:30 p.m. at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 298-1494. Parenting workshop for parents of teens, 7-9 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 255-4965. Karaoke night, 7:30 at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. FRIDAY Indy racing car and Formula 1 racing car will be on display, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at Big John’s Performance tire center and Valencia Car Wash, 24233 Creekside Road, Valencia. Call (661) 255-3448. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Bone marrow registry drive for Kendyl Biby, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 24443 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 259-9637 to schedule an appointment. Indy racing car and Formula 1 racing car will be on display, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at Big John’s Performance tire center and Valencia Car Wash, 24233 Creekside Road, Valencia. Call (661) 255-3448. Free Landscape Education class will cover pest diagnosis, 9 a.m.-noon at Castaic Lake Water Agency, 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Karen Denkinger at (661) 513-1230. Italian Catholic Federation will meet for dinner and socializing, 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Hall, 23233 W. Lyons Ave., Newhall. Dinner: $5. Call Lorraine at (661) 284-1923. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121 .160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Open house, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Tradeway, 27433 Tourney Road, Valencia. Call (661) 284-1263. Free health lecture, titled “Fall Prevention,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Canyon Country Advisory Committee will meet, 7-9 p.m. in the Banquet Room at the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Call Al Ferdman at (661) 713-9344. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesSanta Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Karaoke night, 7:30 at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. last_img read more

Boast about what?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Woodland Hills Debating last century Re “Lawmakers hit stack of state bills” (Aug. 8): Monday, while our Sacramento lawmakers debated a 90-year-old Armenian grudge, a 75-year-old Mexican-American grudge and a bill to protect people who enjoy poking foreign objects into their eyes, a Chevy Suburban, stuffed full of 22 alleged illegal immigrants, flipped over, killing nine people and injuring another 12. Is it going to take another hundred years for these idiots to address our current problems? We’re in the middle of an illegal invasion; people are dying. The Southwestern states are being trampled. Our laws, our services, our rights as citizens continue to erode daily, while our highly paid legislators debate the last century. They should join Gray Davis on the trash heap. Re “Garcettis take heat over plan” (Aug. 9): I as a taxpayer find it utterly deplorable that Eric Garcetti and his colleagues are even contemplating term limits when the work in their district is hardly done. This morning, I nearly tripped and cracked my head open on the sidewalk (corner of Wilshire and Western), which is not only utterly cracked but harbors a disgusting odor from a lack of cleaning. Transients sleep and urinate on the sidewalks by the Western Rapid 757 bus on a daily basis. Where is the city when we need it to repave and replace the sidewalks? Furthermore, the 757 bus ride down Western to Wilshire is bumpy and erratic. The entire street should be repaved. Then Garcetti can boast about his accomplishments the last six years as a councilman. – Brian J. Goldenfeld – Michael Guetzow Woodland Hills Voters turn her out To the constituents of Cynthia McKinney’s Georgia congressional district, I say bravo. I can’t tell you how much I will appreciate her fading into the obscurity she so richly deserves. She is arrogant, rude, drops the race card at the drop of a hat, has no talent, and was an embarrassment to Democrats, liberals and women in general. Thanks to the savvy voters of her district, we no longer have to hear her insane rants. Welcome to our world, Cynthia, where you will have to get a job, no one except your few friends will care about your opinion, the invitations to the black-tie events will dry up, and you will finally disappear into the obscurity of your own making. – Craig S. Hawley Reseda What happened? I was raised in the 1950s and I can remember all sorts of people making deals – everything from the corner store allowing customers to charge milk, bread and lunch meat until payday, to my dad lending a neighbor $500 to start a trucking company. It all started to fall apart when we had to legislate hate. We actually had to make rules outlawing hate. Now we are trying to legislate ethics. What a shame that we have to make rules in an attempt to make people honest. The greater shame is that those rules will be made with loopholes. It is only a matter of time until we draw up some rules governing our hygiene … how often we should wash, how many sheets of paper to use after No. 2 and, of course, that always annoying nose blowing. – Bill Merriman Tujunga Finally, answers Re “LAUSD arrogance” (Our Opinions, Aug. 7): LAUSD has ignored my requests for public information for over a decade. It has not even acknowledged official board complaints I filed last April. Thanks to the public meeting the Daily News sponsored Thursday night at Valley College, I got information I sought from Roy Romer two years ago. – Irena Szewiola North Hills Definitely related Re “The world is a stage” (Your Opinions, Aug. 8): Ross Yerkes’ last paragraph, “Jewish opposers helped make `The Passion of the Christ’ a box-office giant and it made themselves look bad in the eyes of the public.” Would any of the public who thought the Jewish people looked bad please step forward. Gibson and his “old father,” as Yerkes wrote, are definitely related. The old man doesn’t believe there was a Holocaust and, unfortunately, his son thinks he is G-d. – Nina Mintzer Reseda Seeing the truth I just hope the American people are seeing the truth about Israel and who the real terrorists are. For years, I have been saying that our double standards are causing frustration in the Middle East. Israel wants to be the superpower and will go to any lengths to achieve that goal, no matter how many innocent people die. Also, as far as kidnapping, the Mossad has been crossing borders for years doing just that. Lastly, just watch, the American people are going to end up picking up the tab for Israel’s devastation of Lebanon. It’s time to wake up. – Alex Bey Los Angeles What about Madonna? What do Mel Gibson and Madonna have in common? Nothing. Gibson, reputedly a moral and decent fellow, gets drunk, utters admittedly unacceptable anti-Semitic remarks, is clearly remorseful, yet gets crucified relentlessly by all the media. Madonna, the anti-virgin, once again blatantly, willfully and unapologetically desecrates the cross, our most sacred Christian symbol, yet the media scarcely mentions her vulgar affront. Where is the outrage? Is there an insidious agenda at play here? You do the math. – Vic LeBreton West Hills Politics of performing Re “Over-the-hill hippies” (Your Opinions, Aug. 7): I know how your reader feels. For some groups, mixing politics with performing is the only way for them to sell enough tickets. I see the Not-So-Dixie Chicks are in the news again for starting a concert by entering to the tune of “Hail to the Chief.” If not for their anti-Bush rhetoric, their music and careers would be in the trash heap where they belong. – John Kurt Reseda Willing to learn Re “Over-the-hill hippies” (Your Opinions, Aug. 7): In answer to Jeff Clarke, some of us may be over-the-hill, but not hippies. I was a hawk in those days. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young have always used their music and concerts to promote their agenda. They have continued to live with their beliefs and made no secret of their program on the Freedom Tour. Didn’t you read about the program in this paper a week before the show? If you are so offended by negative references to the president, this is not where you should have been. I thought they were right-on. I’m still not a hippie, just willing to learn. – Carol Smith Chatsworth Leave no voter behind Congress recently extended the Voting Rights Act that will ensure equal rights to all voters. Unfortunately, California voters will never have equal rights at the voting booth until there’s equality on the drive to the voting booth. So long as there’s a free-flowing diamond lane rewarding a few motorists while the vast majority are left behind in gridlock, equal voting rights will remain a fantasy. Gov. Schwarzenegger, open the diamond lane on Nov. 7 so that every registered voter has an equal opportunity on his or her drive to the polling stations. Then leave them open. – Robert L. Rosebrock Brentwood Russian revenge Twenty-five years ago, Ronald Reagan began his first presidential term. Scholars have historically credited him with ending the “Evil Empire.” Also 25 years ago, a cable network began – MTV. Could it be that while Reagan was viewing old Westerns, Gorbachev slipped this teenager brain-numbing MTV entertainment on us? – Bob Ginn Arcadia160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

‘Made of glass?’ Desperate fans beg for Maguire after latest Bailly injury

first_img LIVING THE DREAM moving on Eric Bailly leaves the field on a stretcher. The #MUFC defender is understandably upset pic.twitter.com/YHeLcpUeHH— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) July 25, 2019 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Bailly was visibly upset as he was carried off the pitch, having twisted his knee as he attempted to stop Son Heung-min’s tricky run.The 25-year-old was on the pitch for a matter of minutes, having only just come on as a half-time substitute. LATEST TRANSFER NEWS AND GOSSIP 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Harry Maguire has been a target of Man United all summer Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets It’s the latest setback for Bailly, whose persistent knee and ankle problems restricted him to just 12 Premier League appearances last season.And he has only just returned to action, having been ruled out of Ivory Coast’s Africa Cup of Nations squad with a knee injury suffered against Chelsea in April.It’s wretched timing, too, having impressed fans with his defensive performance in United’s recent 1-0 victory over Inter. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Manchester United defender Eric Bailly appeared to suffer another major injury blow as he was stretchered off in Thursday’s friendly victory over Tottenham in Shanghai.And supporters reacted by urging the club to replace the stricken centre-back with Leicester City’s Harry Maguire. Bailly singlehandedly getting us a new CB, club legend— Tяυsτ №¹-Maxime Pivot ™ (@dajjalnorm) July 25, 2019 REVEALED center_img TOP WORK three-way race getty Ed Woodward’s incompetence with the Maguire deal has come back to bite him with Eric Bailly’s injury.Good luck negotiating with Leicester now, the price has just gone up another £10m. #MUFC #MUTOUR— J.A.O 🔰 (@JuanAnderOnly) July 25, 2019 ⛔️ @EricBailly24 just loves defending. Simple as that.#MUFC #MUTOUR #ICC2019 pic.twitter.com/m4onOZdeCD— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 21, 2019And after this latest injury, supporters used social media to urge the club to get a deal for Maguire over the line.The England international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for most of the summer, but the clubs are yet to agree a fee.The 26-year-old is valued at £80m by the 2015/16 Premier League champions and the Foxes will not budge, insisting they are under no pressure to sell, so this could be a saga that continues to the very end of the window – which closes in two weeks.Fans are growing impatient, though, and Bailly’s injury was the final straw for many as they told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to make Maguire a Red Devil. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Is Eric Bailly made of Glass???— The Kingmaker🦉 (@SmithVinci) July 25, 2019 Feel for Bailly, I really do. But it’s clear he’s not going to be a part of United’s future with such a horrific injury record. Desperately need Maguire to sign now.— ‘Drawty’ (@DrawtyDevil) July 25, 2019 Here’s how Twitter reacted to the Bailly injury news… Eric Bailly has suffered another injury blow for Manchester United Getty targets Good performance overall and good to get another win. But the lack of chances in the second half after Pogba went off and Eric Bailly’s injury shows why the Maguire and Fernandes deals are so important. Get them done!#mufc #mufctour— Haitham (@haithamshatta) July 25, 2019 Come on @ManUtd , this doesn’t look good . Announce Maguire now ffs . Get well soon Bailly ❤️ pic.twitter.com/MEiEwf5jTQ— MAZI TOOCHUKWU POGBA 👑 (@sommy_mufc) July 25, 2019 LATEST Bailly faking injury to force Woodward to sign another defender. My CB— Ezu (@Utd_Ezu) July 25, 2019 2last_img read more

Scotland’s Erin Cuthbert dreams of perfect Hampden send-off

first_img“We’re not getting too ahead of ourselves. “We know we’ve got a very tough group at the World Cup but we’ve had some good results and we’re feeling good coming into it. “We’ve got a good group of players and we know what we can achieve so let’s hope we can do it.“I think it can generate a lot of publicity for sure, and it has come at a good time when we’re playing Jamaica at the national stadium next month.  Scotland’s Erin Cuthbert says it’ll be a dream come true to play at the national stadium as Shelley Kerr’s side get set for their final warm up game before the World Cup. The Chelsea forward is hoping she’ll get a taste of the famous Hampden roar when they take on Jamaica on May 25.With Scotland heading into the World Cup for the first time, and having just beaten Brazil in a friendly, Cuthbert believes the team’s form and profile could be quite a draw as they play at the national stadium for the first time sin seven years.“It’s been a crazy couple of months, if not year,” she told STV. “Hopefully that’s going to bring more people through the turnstiles and get as many people out as possible to come and support us for our send-off match.”The 20-year-old is crossing her fingers she’ll be included in the side, having spent plenty time in the stands cheering on sides in dark blue.“I’ve never had the opportunity to play at Hampden so I’m hoping I’m selected to get the opportunity to do that,” she said. “It would be once in a lifetime. “I’ve been to Hampden so many times. I was at the England game, the 2-2 game where Leigh Griffiths scored both free-kicks and the atmosphere was incredible. “Hopefully we can generate that next month.”Cuthbert was speaking at the draw for the Women’s Under-19s European Championship Finals. Hosts Scotland have been drawn to face Netherlands, Norway and France.last_img read more

County Councillor calls on Government to step in to aid Donegal man facing deportation

first_imgA Donegal County Councillor is calling for the Irish Government to seek an urgent meeting with American officials and intervene in the case of a Donegal man arrested in Boston and facing deportation back to Ireland.Glencolmcille native John Cunningham (38) was arrested on Friday over immigration offences.Cunningham moved to Boston in 1999 and hasn’t been back in Ireland in 16 years. Currently being held in the Suffolk House of Corrections, Cunningham is set to be deported to Ireland. Fianna Fáil Councillor Ciaran Brogan says Cunningham’s case has ‘sent shockwaves’ through the Irish community in America.“John is a personal friend of mine and the heart goes out to John, his family and the big Irish family in America,” Councillor Brogan said.“John is very much involved in the GAA in Boston. He is front and centre of all that is good about his community in Boston. It is terrible that he is just sitting in a prison now being treated like he is a criminal.Councillor Ciaran Brogan with John Cunningham in Boston.“These people are not criminals. They have always been very good to us when we’ve been out. Donegal County Council has sent deputations to Boston and John has actually been recognised by the Council for his contribution at the Golden Bridges conference. Cunningham has been living undocumented in America since 1999. The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance and his arrest has sparked fears among the undocumented Irish in America.Councillor Brogan said: “This is a huge blow for all the undocumented people in America.“The Irish Government, as a matter of urgency, need to seek meetings with the American administrators. John Cunningham has been heavily involved in so many good things in Boston. He went there, worked very hard and set up a business. He’s involved in everything and he is very high profile.“Everyone is on the edge of their seat now. I have spoken to people in Boston and your heart would go out to them.”County Councillor calls on Government to step in to aid Donegal man facing deportation was last modified: June 21st, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more