29 patients waiting on beds at Letterkenny General today
Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp By News Highland – February 3, 2015 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal There are 29 people waiting on beds at Letterkenny General Hospital this morning.While the figures are down on yesterdays record figure of 40, Letterkenny General still has the third highest amount of people waiting on beds in the country today.14 patients are on trollies, while 15 are on wards, all of them waiting on beds. Previous articleConcern at EU plans to publish details of farmers’ paymentsNext articleMc Crossan calls for significant house building programme in West Tyrone News Highland Twitter Google+ 29 patients waiting on beds at Letterkenny General today WhatsApp Facebook Homepage BannerNews 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
OC Scouts Take On Another Adventure
The hiking requirements for hiking merit badge are 4 10-mile hikes and one 20-mile hike. Yesterday morning 11 members and 4 leaders from Boy Scout Troop 32 set out from the 34th St. Acme for a little stroll down Ocean Drive.2 Scouts accomplished one of their 10-mile segments and 9 completed the full 20 Miles. They averaged 3 miles per hour. Some sore feet and a few blisters won’t keep them from a reward on the new Zip line and ropes course at the Cape May County Zoo today.If you’re wondering what it takes to walk 20 miles. Come on out to a Troop meeting any Tuesday night at 7:00 at the Presbyterian Church on the corner of 7th and Central to hear about our other fun and challenging adventures.
Vultures need our help
The Kransberg in Marakele National Park, whose rocky peaks are home to the world’s biggest colony of Cape vultures.(Image: SANParks) Just one of the many rehabilitated and released Cape vultures which owe their lives to the dedicated VulPro team.(Image: VulPro) A young lappet-faced vulture tagged and fitted with a GPS/GSM tracking device, at VulPro.(Image: VulPro) The Cape vulture is one of the largest Old World vultures, but is under threat from electrocution and poisoning.(Image: Wikipedia)MEDIA CONTACTS • Kerri WolterFounder, VulPro+27 82 808 5113• Nomonde MxhalisaCommunications and media, EWT+27 11 372 3600/1/2/3RELATED ARTICLES• Tusker research goes social• EWT making tracks in conservation• Wines to save wild dogs• New SANParks educational centre• A legacy for the African rhinoJanine ErasmusThe newly established Limpopo Vulture Project aims to cut down on the number of vulture deaths caused by electrocution, and help to halt the decline in the numbers of these majestic birds.“Limpopo is home to the two biggest colonies of Cape vultures in the world,” says Kerri Wolter, the founder of the Vulture Conservation Programme (VulPro).Wolter is wholly committed to the vulture cause and this dedication has been recognised in her nomination as one of five finalists in the running for this year’s Tusk Conservation Award. This is given to an up-and-coming conservationist who has already made an impact in his or her chosen field, and the winner and runners-up receive grants to help them continue with their work. Wolter is up against four other nominees, two from Kenya and two from Madagascar.She established VulPro near Hartbeespoort, about 35km west of Pretoria, in 2007 after managing the vulture unit at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre (formerly known as De Wildt), located in the same area, for two years. VulPro doesn’t just protect and rehabilitate vultures for eventual release back into the skies, but has a strong educational component as well. It hosts groups of schoolchildren and also visits schools with a live bird, to allow the children and their teachers to get up close with the vulture and learn more about the importance of protecting the species.VulPro conducts an annual census of breeding pairs in the area, titled the Magaliesberg Risk Assessment.Now Wolter is working with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the Limpopo operating unit of national power supplier Eskom on a vulture-tracking project, which will establish where they like to gather and will provide information that will make it easier to keep the birds and power lines apart, or make the lines safe.The Limpopo Vulture Project was conceived by EWT senior field officer Constant Hoogstad, who approached Eskom with the idea. He wanted to use the data thus gathered for his thesis. There are two EWT units involved, the Birds of Prey Programme and the Wildlife and Energy Programme, which explores the dangers posed to birds by communications and power infrastructure.Through GSM devices attached to the birds, the team will be able to track their movements and establish their territory range, and learn where the different species congregate. Eskom will use this information to plan the installation of new power lines, and also to investigate the link between vulture movements and line faults in the province.“The birds roost on power lines and they die when they collide with a structure in flight, or create a short on the line and get electrocuted,” Wolter explains. “It’s one of their biggest threats. The aim of this project is to identify the vulture hotspots and then take steps to mitigate the deaths.”Eskom can then be proactive and make Limpopo lines safe by fitting bird guards, says Wolter, which stops the birds coming into contact with critical areas on towers, without harming them, and will prevent electrocution. “Eskom will also consider using bird-friendly structures when planning new developments.”She emphasises that it’s completely up to the power utility to use the data constructively and to implement any vulture-saving measures. “They must be willing to follow up on the research, and ensure the mitigation is done.” However, since Eskom has already installed bird guards on power lines in KwaZulu-Natal, resulting in an improvement in service quality and a reduction in power outages, it is certain to do the same in Limpopo.Keeping an eye on the restaurantHoogstad says that one of South Africa’s most active vulture restaurants is located close to the provincial capital Polokwane, on Mockford Farm, a prominent pork producing facility. A vulture restaurant is a place where fresh, untainted food is provided regularly for the birds, and this particular vulture restaurant attracts a variety of species.The team will focus on two vulture restaurant sites for capture and tagging – they are Mockford, and the well-known Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre just outside Hoedspruit.Once the birds are fitted with the tracking devices, the team will monitor their behaviour in relation to the site of their restaurant – after a year, the restaurant will be moved to a distant location and the birds will be tracked to see if their movement changes accordingly. If it does, this data will help the team to establish how long it takes for vultures to adapt to the new situation, and whether moving a vulture restaurant is a practical answer to keeping the birds away from power lines and wind farms.Vultures need our helpContrary to popular myth, the vulture is not evil, dirty, diseased or clairvoyant. It plays an important role in the ecological cycle by disposing of carcasses, thus preventing the build-up of large numbers of flies around the remains, and minimising the spread of diseases such as anthrax. The vulture is an indicator of the overall health of the ecosystem, as it will suffer if something is out of balance.Vultures are also intelligent and sociable birds, and form lifelong breeding pairs that share parental responsibilities, with both partners incubating, feeding and caring for their chicks.South Africa is home to nine vulture species including the lappet-faced (Torgos tracheliotus), bearded (Gypaetus barbatus) and white-headed (Trigonoceps occipitalis) vultures – however, the only one endemic to the region is the Cape vulture (Gyps coprotheres), around 10kg in weight when mature, with a magnificent 2.5m wingspan. Like the other eight, this is one of the so-called Old World vultures, found in Africa, Asia and Europe, and belonging to a different family from the birds found in the Americas.It’s listed as vulnerable on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and, says the organisation, is likely to keep declining unless conservation efforts continue and are successful. The IUCN lists the population level about 8 000 to 10 000 individuals (2006 figures), but shrinking.“There are 800 breeding pairs in the Blouberg Nature Reserve and 550 to 600 on Kransberg in Marakele National Park,” says Wolter, referring to the world’s two largest colonies. “The province is a stronghold for vultures.”Other threats to their existence include deliberate or accidental poisoning, often because they eat carcasses poisoned by farmers to kill jackals and leopards, which prey on flocks and herds; urbanisation leading to habitat loss; killings for muthi, or traditional medicine; a decrease in the availability of food; and veterinary drugs such as the anti-inflammatory ketoprofen, which is lethal to vultures.The EWT’s Birds of Prey Programme and its partners celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day in early September every year. In addition, the Gauteng Department of Agriculture Conservation and Environment has made the Cape vulture one of its priority bird species, along with the blue crane, martial eagle, secretary bird and others.A group of vultures in flight is called a kettle, while a group that is feeding is called a wake. The collective nouns committee, volt, and venue refer to vultures resting in trees.
Marcelo refuses to rise to Klopp’s ‘can’t defend’ jibe
UEFA Champions League Madrid star Marcelo refuses to rise to Klopp’s ‘can’t defend’ comment Iain Strachan Last updated 1 year ago 02:06 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Getty UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool Marcelo Jürgen Klopp An attempt to provoke the Brazilian into hitting back at the Liverpool boss over comments taken out of context failed to rile the Blancos defender Real Madrid’s Marcelo says he is ignoring scrutiny over his defensive qualities after an unflattering remark was erroneously attributed to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.In an interview with former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler published by The Mirror, Klopp discussed the widely held perception of Marcelo as a full-back better suited to attacking than fulfilling his traditional duties as part of the back four.The German’s subtle analysis, which sought to explain the challenge of trying to take advantage of Madrid’s aggressive, fluid style of play, appears to have been somewhat lost in translation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now During a news conference ahead of the Champions League final in Kiev, a journalist told Marcelo that Klopp had claimed the Brazil international “can’t defend”. The 30-year-old Selecao star, though, carefully avoided becoming embroiled in a verbal sparring match on the eve of the decider at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium . “I haven’t seen the interview,” Marcelo said.”In a final like this a lot of people like to talk about things that aren’t really true.”That’s their opinion. I’m happy with my work and my team-mates and coach are happy with the way I’m playing. “I go to work with humility and I don’t give my opinion about the way other people work. I haven’t seen Klopp’s interview so I can’t really give an opinion.”Despite guiding the team to two consecutive Champions League triumphs and a third final in succession, Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has come under pressure following the team’s meek surrender of La Liga’s title to fierce rivals Barcelona.Marcelo, though, is adamant the former France international remains the best man for the job. “I wouldn’t change Zinedine Zidane,” he said.”One day you’re on top and the next day everyone is putting you down but for me Zidane is the best trainer in the world.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Gun owner groups sue over California age restrictions
Gun owner groups sue over California age restrictions SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gun owners’ rights groups are asking a federal judge to overturn a California law raising the age to purchase a rifle or shotgun from 18 to 21.The Calguns Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, and Second Amendment Foundation sued Monday in federal court in San Diego. They contend that those over 18 are legally adults and can’t be deprived of their Second Amendment right to bear arms.The higher age limit already applied to handguns, but supporters of last year’s legislation argued that some of the nation’s worst mass shootings have been committed by young adults using rifles.The law by Democratic Sen. Anthony Portantino of the Los Angeles area includes exemptions for young adults who have hunting licenses or are in the military or law enforcement. AP Posted: July 3, 2019 July 3, 2019 AP, Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter