Sumatran birds closer to extinction due to habitat loss, hunting

first_imgDozens of bird species endemic to Sumatra Island are closer to extinction because of habitat loss from land use change as well as illegal hunting.According to bird conservation NGO Burung Indonesia, 42 bird species have been listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list. Meanwhile, nine species are listed as critically endangered.“Most of the species in the critically endangered category are losing their habitat [and are] illegally hunted,” Burung Indonesia spokesman Achmad Ridha Junaid said on Tuesday. For example, cucak rawa (straw-headed bulbuls) were often hunted to be sold as pets, despite their limited number remaining in the wild, Achmad went on to say. The IUCN red list in August 2018 estimated the number of cucak rawa in the wild at 600 to 1,700.Some experts believe the species is extinct by now.Similarly, the rangkong gading (helmeted hornbill) is often hunted for its bright red and yellow solid casque. The species has been included in the critically endangered category.Read also: Man nabbed in Riau for allegedly slaughtering, cooking hornbill Achmad said the rangkong gading had been considered vulnerable until 2015, but its status had been increased to critically endangered ever since, because of rampant hunting.“Such a case, in which a bird species jumps by two [categories on the endangered species] lists in a very short time is very rare,” he said. “It is regrettable that we have little to no information on the exact helmeted hornbill population in Sumatra, as that would require a large-scale field study.”Changes in forest cover across Sumatra have contributed to the vulnerability of these bird species. According to environmental group Warsi Indonesian Conservation Community (KKI Warsi), the total forest cover on the island was around 11 million hectares in 2015 – down vastly from 20 million ha in 1990.“Meanwhile, the areas of plantations as well as industrial forest have increased by 141 and 381 percent, respectively,” KKI Warsi director Rudi Syaf said.He added that Sumatra was predicted to lose another 9 million ha of forest cover within 25 years if no action was taken to preserve the forest. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Jiwasraya defendant Benny Tjokrosaputro named money laundering suspect

first_imgThe National Police have named Benny Tjokrosaputro, the president director of publicly listed property firm PT Hanson International, a prime suspect in a money laundering case involving a shell bank.Brig. Gen. Helmy Santika, who helms the financial crimes unit of the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim), accused Benny of having collected illicit funds through his position at the company.“[Benny] is the main perpetrator who collected illegal funds through the legal body PT Hanson International and the cooperative Hanson Mitra Mandiri,” Helmy said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com. However, he said the police needed to question Benny further. The businessman is on trial for his alleged involvement in a widely publicized graft case involving state insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya.“Benny’s detainment will need to wait until after the examination at the [Jakarta] Corruption Court,” Helmy added.Benny was among the suspects named by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) in the high-profile Jiwasraya graft case earlier this year.Indonesian Anti-Corruption Community (MAKI) coordinator Boyamin Saiman previously reported Hanson International to Bareskrim, alleging that the company had committed a financial crime.Boyamin claimed the company had collected public funds in violation of the country’s Banking Law.“The Banking Law stipulates that [individuals] carrying out banking practices, such as accepting investments, savings or deposits, without authorization may face up to 10 years [in prison],” Boyamin said.He added that Hanson International had allegedly collected Rp 2.4 trillion (US$ 162.1 million) since 2016 to purchase land in Lebak regency, Banten and Bogor regency, West Java. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Heritage-listed Cliffside apartment building with city and river views is set to go to auction

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoGREAT VIEWS: 76 Lower River Tce, Kangaroo Point is on the market.The five-storey masonry English Revival or Tudor Revival style building has eight apartments as well as a caretaker’s quarters and features Australian hardwood floors and joinery.Cliffside was considered the height of modernity when it was opened in June 1937. It was equipped with all modern conveniences including built-in furniture, dining nooks and serveries, electric refrigerators, electric hot water, water softening and incinerator and laundry chutes. The building was in the same ownership up until the 1960s when it was sold. It was renovated in the late 1980s, and used as a hotel during World Expo 88. Afterwards it was converted back to permanent tenancies.The property last changed hands in 2012 when it was sold for $4.3 million.Earlier this year a luxury house next door at 1 Leopard St sold for $18.48 million.Mr Wicks said Cliffside will be auctioned on May 18“It’s a rare building because of its history but also with its unobstructed views, which cannot be built out,” he said.“It overlooks the Brisbane River, Botanic Gardens and along the river to South Bank.” HERITAGE: Cliffside apartment building at Kangaroo Point will be auctioned next month.ONE of Brisbane’s oldest surviving apartment blocks with some of the best views of the city will go under the hammer next month.The Heritage-listed Cliffside apartment building was constructed in 1936-37 and is perched on a high profile spot at 76 Lower River Tce, Kangaroo Point.Chesterton International’s Jim Wicks, who is marketing the property with Jeff Dolan, said the building, designed by renown Brisbane architect Ronald Martin Wilson, should attract strong interest.“It’s an unusual listing,” he said.“Depending on what is or not allowed because of his Heritage listing, it could be bought by a developer who will refurbish it or maybe strata title the apartments, or by a private wealthy individual who wants create a family home, live there and take in the views,”last_img read more

Registration open for Little Bulldog Academy

first_imgBatesville, In. — Registration for Little Bulldog Academy at Batesville Primary School is now open. Parents that are interested in the Little Bulldog Academy can visit the website for more information.From the link parents can download and complete registration forms. Please include registration fees when submitting the application.Parents and guardians are welcome to attend an information session at the Batesville Primary School Cafeteria on Monday, February 26 at 6:30. Registration forms and fees are due by Friday, April 6, 2018.Parents or guardians with immediate questions can visit the frequently asked question page for help.last_img

Ronaldo on fire ahead Coppa Italia semi-final clash

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Winner in today’s encounter will face either Napoli or Inter Milan in the final. Napoli have an advantage with a lone goal victory over Inter in the first leg. According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Ronaldo’s Juventus team-mates have ‘never seen him this motivated’ for a game. The 5-time Ballon d’ Or winner is eager for Juve who are top of Seria A and still in the Champions League, to win the treble this season. Milan will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and pressure will be on Rebic to repeat his impressive performance in the first leg. Read AlsoRonaldo always wanted to be the best – Costinha AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli was appointed as Milan Manager in October last year and has won nine of his 22 games in charge so far with some analysts insinuating that a defeat might cost him his job. They are however unanimous that it will be a handful keeping ‘magical formular’ of Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala in check. Everything points to an imminent war in Allianz Stadium tonight as Juventus take on AC Milan in the second leg of their Coppa Italia semifinal tonight. Despite the lockout of fans from sports venues as fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, tonight’s match remained a talking point among fans in Italy which incidentally was one of the epicenters of ravaging Covid-19. The hype of the all-important match has hit the roof tops with Juve players wowed by the level of motivation shown by Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo who is hoping to find the net once more after scoring the equaliser for Juve in the first leg that ended 1-1 back in February. The sides drew 1-1 in the first leg in February as Ante Rebic put Milan ahead before Cristiano Ronaldo equalised for Juventus late on with a penalty which was awarded by VAR. Cristiano Ronaldo highly motivated ahead of tonight’s Coppa Italia clash against AC MilanAdvertisement Loading… Promoted ContentA Museum To Rihanna’s Glory Could Soon Be OpenedWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World9 Heroes Of Popular Memes Then And NowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

Ighalo: Manchester United, Watford, NFF, and CAF celebrate Nigerian star

first_img The forward, who was born on June 16, 1989, in Lagos, was raised in Edo State and started his professional football career with Prime of Osogbo. He also played for Julius Berger before leaving Nigeria to continue his development in Europe, joining Norwegian side Lyn Oslo in 2007. Loading… Manchester United striker and former Nigeria international, Odion Ighalo, has been celebrated on his 31st birthday. Ighalo claimed Rashford has fully recovered from injury setback The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Confederation of African Football (Caf), Premier League sides Watford and the Red Devils have sent heartfelt messages to the forward. The Hornets and the Old Trafford outfit recollected the on-loan Shanghai Shenhua striker’s contribution with videos.center_img Ighalo then moved to Italy to team up with Udinese where he spent six years, including loan spells with Granada and Cesena. The striker signed for Watford, initially on loan before the deal was made permanent in 2014, and made a significant contribution during his time with the club. Ighalo scored 36 league goals in 90 appearances for the Vicarage Road Stadium outfit and in December 2015, he was named Premier League Player of the Month following his impressive performances in front of goal. The forward left the Hornets in 2017 for Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai and delivered fine displays during his one-year stay, scoring 10 goals in 17 league matches. He left for rivals Shanghai Shenhua after turning down a chance to join Spanish giants Barcelona and in January he sealed a shock loan switch to Manchester United on transfer deadline day. read also:Odion Ighalo opens up on Manchester United future Since his arrival at the Old Trafford, the former Nigeria international has become the toast of the fans following his eye-catching showings. The forward has scored four goals and provided one assist in only eight games across all competitions before the coronavirus outbreak which led to the suspension of the Premier League. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Munster set up Glasgow final clash

first_img Josh Matavesi’s effort left the Thomond Park faithful stunned, but television match official Gareth Simmonds determined it should be ruled out after a knock-on by Rhys Webb in the build-up. Munster should have killed off the young Welsh side by then, twice opening up a 13-point lead early in the second half. Simon Zebo’s seventh try in eight PRO12 games put them 11-3 ahead at the interval and Denis Hurley and Paddy Butler both crossed in the third quarter. The Munster fly-half missed both conversions and Webb, so often the source of inspiration for the Ospreys this season, responded almost immediately, picking off Stander’s pass from the back of a scrum to sting the hosts. Biggar was unable to convert and Stander initiated Munster’s response, countering from a kick and Kilcoyne again bulldozed through before Duncan Williams’ flat pass put Butler over from close range. Keatley’s conversion attempt came back off the left post and once more the Ospreys quickly answered back. The lively Hassler turned a loose Zebo kick into a terrific solo try as he burst clear from halfway and carried the Munster winger with him over the whitewash. Biggar’s conversion cut the gap to 21-15. The Ospreys threatened through Hassler and Matavesi as Munster were guilty of some more loose kicking, needing some crucial interventions from Butler and Williams in their 22. Biggar punished a ruck infringement with his second successful penalty, setting up a grandstand finish with 14 minutes left. Munster controlled possession for the most part, but the points eluded them as Keatley and Hanrahan had penalty misses and the Ospreys did well to keep out a lineout maul. There was late drama when Ospreys replacement Marc Thomas burst through a hole in the Munster defence and numbers on the right saw Matavesi slip through for what he thought was the clincher. However, an uncharacteristic mistake from Webb floored the Ospreys and put Munster on the road to Belfast next week. The Ospreys had a last-minute try disallowed as nervy Munster held on to clinch a 21-18 win and a place in next Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 final against Glasgow Warriors. However Ian Keatley had an awful day with the boot, missing out on 12 points and being successful with just two of seven attempts. Tries from Rhys Webb and Jeff Hassler kept the Ospreys in the hunt and a Dan Biggar penalty had the margin down to just three points. Keatley missed his final penalty attempt and his replacement JJ Hanrahan was wide with a central shot two minutes later, but the Irish province did just enough to squeeze through to their first PRO12 decider since 2011. The Ospreys burst out of the traps in Limerick with Hassler and Dan Evans exploiting space on the right wing and Biggar, who missed an early drop goal, almost releasing Scott Baldwin for a try. Paul O’Connell, in what could prove to be his final Thomond Park appearance for Munster, came to their rescue, snaffling turnover ball after Eli Walker was hauled down just short. The home side then went close as Dave Kilcoyne made good yardage and fellow prop Stephen Archer was smothered out in the left corner. Keatley cancelled out Biggar’s opening penalty on the quarter hour and although Munster lost Conor Murray to a knee injury, a second penalty from Keatley had them in front for the first time. There was little between the sides during a scrappy second quarter, Munster pressing from a stolen lineout before a crucial Baldwin poach. The Ospreys had a let-off for a block by Webb when Keatley put the resulting penalty wide. But Munster were deadly accurate on the stroke of half-time when, from a scrum on halfway, Keatley dummied past Webb and drew in two tacklers before strong running from CJ Stander and Butler gave Zebo a simple finish near the left corner. The Ospreys fell further behind just two minutes into the second period, with Stander carrying three times as the Munster pack roared forward and Keatley then released big centre Hurley for a smart finish past Walker at the corner flag. Press Associationlast_img read more

Rodgers: Win puts 6-1 defeat to bed

first_img Coutinho found the net with a brilliant long-range strike in the 86th minute as the Merseysiders snatched a 1-0 win on the Barclays Premier League’s opening weekend. It was a moment of quality barely in keeping with the rest of the game, and earned Liverpool three points they hardly deserved, but for Rodgers the manner of victory mattered little. Stoke boss Mark Hughes felt his side had been worthy of at least a point. Hughes said: “We are not disappointed with the performance, I thought we were very much in the game. I thought we were the better team in the first half, had good chances and should have had a penalty when (Ibrahim) Afellay had a goalbound shot and Clyne basically saved it with both his hands. “There are a lot of positives for a first outing. With 10-15 minutes to go, I thought both teams were happy to let the game peter out but the lad produced a moment of brilliance.” Hughes was surprised by a decision only to book Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren after an apparent elbow on Mame Biram Diouf. He said: “I don’t know, I haven’t seen it again, but if the referee felt it was worthy of a yellow card for an elbow he was fortunate not to get a red under those circumstances.” Rodgers defended his player, who otherwise had a solid game, saying: “As the ball is in flight, Dejan is looking like he is trying to get his ground. Arms are coming up and unfortunately he has hit him in the face. It was certainly not intentional. He is not that type of player.” Hughes also confirmed Stoke were back in the chase for Xherdan Shaqiri after the Inter Milan midfielder was pictured at the ground. Stoke were linked with the Swiss international earlier in the summer but a deal collapsed and Everton were more recently reported to be interested. Hughes said: “We are hopeful we can do something but until we see players standing in front of the training ground with a shirt in their arms then you never know.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers felt his side had exorcised the horrors of last season’s Stoke drubbing after Philippe Coutinho’s stunning campaign-opening winner at the Britannia Stadium. His side were hammered 6-1 at the same venue just 77 days previously, a result that brought a disappointing season to a humiliating end and prompted a summer of soul-searching at Anfield. Rodgers said: “To get a win and perform from where we were 11 weeks ago – I thought it was an outstanding collective performance. It certainly feels better than 11 weeks ago. “You can never guarantee you are going to win or lose a game but for me it was about ensuring the personality came out in the team. “Eleven weeks ago we were nowhere near that – it was embarrassing on the day. It was a one-off game, a unique game, but it still happened. I think that puts it to bed. “Today you have seen a team with the determination, will, and quality. I am happy to get the points but we have still got work to do.” Coutinho’s moment of brilliance actually came as Rodgers was considering substituting the Brazilian. He said: “I’m glad I kept him on but I can’t profess to be any sort of genius. It was fortunate he got the goal and he stayed on. “It was a great turn and he got away from the midfield player and then a wonderful strike. It was a great strike to win the game.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Kemi Adekoya Gets Four-Year Ban for Dope

first_imgNigerian-born Bahraini athlete, Kemi Adekoya, will be stripped of the two Asian Games gold medals she claimed in Jakarta last year after she was given a four-year doping ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).Adekoya, who previously competed for Nigeria before switching allegiance to Bahrain before the 2014 Asian Games, will lose her 400 metres hurdles title from Jakarta Palembang 2018.Bahrain are also set to be removed as mixed 4x400m relay gold medallists from the Games in Indonesia because of Adekoya’s failed test. The AIU said the 2016 world indoor champion over 400m tested positive for banned steroid stanozolol.She was provisionally suspended in January and her four-year ban, which rules her out of competing at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, has been backdated to November.The 26-year-old will also miss this year’s International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Doha and the 2021 edition of the event in Eugene.Adekoya becomes the latest naturalised Bahraini athlete to fail a drugs test.Kenyan-born Olympic marathon silver medallist Eunice Kirwa was last month banned for four years after testing positive for erythropoietin, while Violah Jepchumba, who was also born in Kenya before switching to Bahrain, was slapped with a four-year suspension in 2018.Adekoya’s 400m hurdles title from last year’s Asian Games will go to Vietnam’s Quách Thị Lan, while Bahrain’s Aminat Yusuf Jamal will be promoted to silver and India’s Anu Raghavan to bronze.India are in line to receive the mixed 4x400m gold medal stripped from Bahrain following Adekoya’s failed test.Kazakhstan are set to claim silver and China will be upgraded from fourth to third.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

BOXING: Mayweather-Pacquiao Update

first_imgRegarding a report by the London Telegraph that the superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao was a done deal, which was picked up and reported by many major media outlets, Showtime Sports boxing exec Stephen Espinoza took to Twitter to issue a flat-out denial. TMZ also famously jumped the gun a few weeks ago with a premature report.REPORTThe two have been locked in years of negotiations, but a deal for a showdown on May 2 has reportedly finally been agreed by both parties.Reports suggest that Manny Pacquiao has completed his contractual agreements for the Las Vegas megafight with Floyd Mayweather, and the pound-for-pound king is set to do the same in the coming days.The American could even confirm the fight at the NBA All-Star Game, which will take place in the early hours of this morning.The scrap is pencilled in to take place on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and will be worth an astronomical £162million – making it the richest fight in history. The Sunday Telegraph quote a source close to the Filipino as saying: “Manny has 100 per cent signed his side of the deal. It is now over to Mayweather to close the deal and announce the fight.”Talks had stalled between the two before they met at an NBA game in Miami last month, where they exchanged phone numbers and met for an hour at a hotel in the city.It is understood that Mayweather’s adviser, Al Haymon, has secured a 60 percent cut of the revenue for his fighter, with Pacquiao, 36, having agreed to a 40 percent cut.last_img read more