Protests flare as pressure mounts on dam project in orangutan habitat

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Critically Endangered Species, Dams, Deforestation, Endangered, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Hydroelectric Power, Hydropower, Orangutans, Rainforest Animals, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Tropical Forests Activists in Jakarta and cities around the world staged protests outside Bank of China branches and Chinese diplomatic missions on March 1.They called on state-owned BOC to end its funding for a hydroelectric project in Sumatra that threatens the only known habitat of the Tapanuli orangutan, the world’s rarest great ape.A lawsuit is pending in an Indonesian court, and a verdict due on March 4 could see the developer’s environmental permit rescinded, essentially halting the project.The protests come amid a revelation, first reported by Mongabay, that the signature of a scientist involved in the environmental impact analysis was forged to obtain the permit. JAKARTA — Activists in Indonesia and abroad staged a coordinated protest on March 1 to draw attention to a controversial hydroelectric project in Sumatra funded by China that threatens the world’s rarest great ape, the Tapanuli orangutan.The activists protested out Chinese diplomatic missions and branches of state-owned Bank of China, which is funding the planned dam through loans, in cities including Jakarta, New York, Hong Kong, Manila and Johannesburg.Ghana activists delivered an open letter to the Chinese Embassy in Ghana to protest against the Batang Toru hydropower project. Image by Walhi.In Indonesia, where the $1.6 billion project is the subject of an ongoing lawsuit, activists from the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) and other NGOs called on BOC to rescind its loans, saying that allowing the project to proceed would devastate the Batang Toru ecosystem, the only known habitat of the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis).Dwi Sawung, the chief campaigner for energy issues at Walhi, said BOC had acknowledged last May receiving an open letter from Walhi, which called on it to withdraw from the project, and said it would investigate on the matter.“But there hasn’t been any news from them since then,” Dwi told Mongabay at the demonstration in Jakarta.He said that prompted Walhi to stage the latest series of protests and send another open letter to BOC branches and Chinese embassies and consulates.“Despite many attempts to convey our concerns since May 2018, we still have not received a meaningful response from Bank of China,” the new letter says. “If built, the dam will likely doom the newly discovered Tapanuli orangutan species to extinction. Less than 800 of them are left.”Walhi also launched an online petition at Change.org to call BOC to stop funding the project.Activists from Walhi staged a protest outside the Bank of China office in Jakarta, Indonesia. Image by Hans Nicholas Jong/Mongabay.Forest fragmentationThe project to build the 510-megawatt hydropower plant has been controversial from the outset because of concerns about its environmental impact. Key among them is the fate of the Tapanuli orangutan, a species only described in 2017, yet already declared critically endangered and the world’s rarest great ape.Gabriella Fredriksson, a wildlife biologist with the Sumatran Orangutan Conversation Programme (SOCP), said there were so few Tapanuli orangutans that “this species can’t afford even an offtake of a few individuals.”But the project developer, PT North Sumatra Hydro Energy (NSHE), says the impact on the ape and its habitat will be minimal. It says building the reservoir for the power plant will flood just 90 hectares (220 acres) of its total 6,500-hectare (16,000-acre) concession in the Batang Toru ecosystem. The total area taken up by the project, once complete, will be 122 hectares (300 acres), says NHSE spokesman Firman Taufick.William F. Laurance, a professor at James Cook University in Australia who led a major study of the Tapanuli orangutan, said while the area occupied by the dam might not seem all that large, its supporting infrastructure, especially service roads, would still threaten the survival of the orangutans by splitting the already disjointed orangutan populations into smaller and smaller pieces.That would increase the chances of problems like inbreeding, accelerating the species’ slide toward extinction. The roads will also create openings into previously inaccessible parts of the forest that will be prone to exploitation by farmers and poachers.“Using NSHE’s logic, someone could cut off your head and there would be only minor damage, because far less than 1 percent of your tissue would be destroyed,” Laurance said. (Editor’s note: Laurance is a member of Mongabay’s advisory board.)Agus Djoko Ismanto, NSHE’s senior environmental adviser, said the company planned to minimize the fragmentation problem by building its service roads along riverbanks in Batang Toru. “So these roads won’t splice up the forest,” he said at a media briefing in Jakarta the day before the protests.An adult female Tapanuli orangutan. Image by Tim Laman/Wikimedia Commons.Questionable study, permitThe developer has also called into question the presence of orangutans in its project area, citing a study by a local government agency. The study says orangutans had largely left that part of the forest before construction of the project began because of the spread of farms and settlements in the area.Laurance has rebutted the study, saying that “field research by my colleagues in Sumatra has shown their findings to be woefully inaccurate.”Fredriksson of the SOCP said her team had carried out an extensive biodiversity study of the hydropower project area in 2015, under contracted by a consultancy, ERM.“The nest surveys showed that the lowland area along the Batang Toru River has the highest density of orangutans compared to any of the other locations in the Batang Toru Ecosystem that we have surveyed since 2003,” she told Mongabay.Laurance and Fredriksson have also questioned the credibility of Aek Nauli, the government agency that issued the study.Laurance said it was “notorious for producing unreliable research to aid industry,” while Fredriksson said “they have gone commercial on various fronts and are indeed hired by NSHE to counter any data from other sources on the importance of the area for orangutans or other wildlife.”NSHE’s Firman has rebutted the accusation, saying the company didn’t fund the study done by Aek Nauli.Even major development funders such as the World Bank have steered clear of the project because of the environmental concerns. Fredriksson said it might have been her team’s findings that spooked them. She said the findings were used by ERM for an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), a standard widely applied internationally to identify and mitigate impacts of major projects on biodiversity.“This report probably scared the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation [IFC] and the Asian Development Bank [ADB] away,” Fredriksson said.NSHE, though, said it had never approached the IFC or the ADB to seek funding for the project.WALHI’s Sawung said it was critically important, for a project in such a biodiverse area, to undergo a strict environmental impact assessment before construction. But that doesn’t appear to be the case for the locally conducted assessment, known as an Amdal, for which NHSE received its environmental permit to start building.Map of the Batang Toru ecosystem, home to the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis) in Sumatra.Lawsuit verdict dueOne of the independent scientists employed to catalog the biodiversity of the ecosystem told Mongabay recently that his findings were omitted from the Amdal submitted to regulators, and that his signature on the document was forged.Onrizal Onrizal, a forestry researcher at North Sumatra University, said he worked on the Amdal in 2013, but that the final version was issued in 2016. He said he wasn’t even aware that the 2016 version existed until late last year.The revelation casts doubt on the integrity of the licensing process for a project already mired in controversy. Sawung said he hoped it would be the determining factor in Walhi’s lawsuit seeking to revoke the environmental permit for NSHE, which was issued by the North Sumatra provincial government based on the Amdal.Sawung said the only rational outcome would be for the court to rule in Walhi’s favor, given that a forged signature would render the Amdal, and by extension the environmental permit, invalid.The court is scheduled to deliver its verdict March 4.Besides the alleged forgery of Onrizal’s signature, environmentalists have also questioned the Amdal’s omission of eight endangered species from the list of wildlife found in the Batang Toru forest.The previous version compiled by Onrizal listed 23 species, while the final one has 15. Those missing include the Tapanuli orangutan, Sumatran tiger, sun bear, and Sumatran lar gibbon.NSHE’s Agus said the list was changed because the location of the project’s quarry was also changed in the revised Amdal. As a result, the new document only listed species found in the location of the new quarry. Agus said the company would ensure that no species, whether named on the list or not, would be harmed in the process of building the hydropower plant.Sawung rejected this explanation, saying all species from throughout the project site, and not just the quarry, should have been listed.“The whole project entails other infrastructure, not only the quarry,” he said. “Maybe they limited the scope to just the quarry, but we’re talking about a whole ecosystem here.” Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong Banner image: Indonesian activists staged a protest outside the Bank of China office in Jakarta, Indonesia. Image by Hans Nicholas Jong/Mongabay. 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

Fort St. John hoping to beat Victoria in first annual ‘flower’ count

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is hoping to beat the provincial capital’s famous annual flower count, though not in the way you might expect.Fort St. John’s Communications Coordinator Julie Rogers says that the city is running a contest for residents to create flowers in snow, since the city’s climate precludes flowers from growing at this time of year. Rogers says that she got the idea to run the contest after seeing the snow flowers on Pinterest, and brought the idea to the most recent meeting of the Winter City Strategy Team. The team features members of city staff and the local business community, and aims to improve the quality of life in the city during the cold winter months.According to Rogers, all residents are eligible to create flowers in snow using water tinted with food colouring. Residents can either submit their photos to the city’s Facebook page, or can tweet their submission in via Twitter. All entries will be entered into a draw for a $50 gift certificate to Lilies and Lavender Boutique. The city has also tweeted the contest to the city of Victoria, which is doing their annual flower count next week.- Advertisement -For more details, visit the City’s website.last_img read more

Rangers board reject Sarver’s £18million takeover bid

first_imgThe Rangers board has rejected Robert Sarver’s £18million takeover bid after claiming it does not “adequately value a controlling interest in the Company”.It emerged on Sunday night that the owner of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns wanted to buy a controlling stake in the crisis-hit Ibrox outfit.But the recent purchases of significant shareholdings by Dave King and the Three Bears group – wealthy fans Douglas Park, George Letham and George Taylor – soon made any such move highly unlikely.And now the club’s directors – who are still looking for emergency cash, despite announcing a £500,000 loan from football board chairman Sandy Easdale on Monday – have confirmed they have knocked back Sarver’s offer.However, they have encouraged him to work with other supporters to help find a solution to Rangers’ financial problems,In a 7am statement to the London Stock exchange, the board announced: “The proposal by Mr Sarver comprises a placing of 100 million shares at 18p (“Placing”) which, if approved by shareholders at a general meeting, would be immediately followed by an unconditional offer at 18p pursuant to Rule 9 of the Code. The Placing would give Mr Sarver control of Rangers.“While the Directors welcome Mr Sarver’s approach, they believe that, notwithstanding the current financial difficulties, the proposal does not adequately value a controlling interest in the Company and accordingly the resolution to approve the placing is unlikely to achieve the 75% majority required. The Directors do not intend to hold the General Meeting which would be necessary to implement the proposal.“The Company is managing its cash resources carefully and will require further funding before the end of January. The Directors are in discussions with Rangers’ significant stakeholders with a view to arranging finance for the Club. This is likely to comprise loans in the short term and possibly equity in the medium term. The board has invited Mr Sarver to consider participating in a similar discussion alongside other supportive shareholders.”Sarver made his offer just after Christmas after being encouraged to take a look at the ailing Glasgow giants by former Ibrox defender David Robertson – now a successful youth football director in Phoenix, Arizona.However, his chances of success were soon reduced as King and the Three Bears bought up almost 34 per cent of the club in two surprise transactions.The board voted down its own resolution nine at last month’s AGM to allow shares to be handed to new investors without first being offered to existing shareholders. That meant Sarver’s bid would require the support of 75 per cent of the club’s stakeholders.But while the club have rejected Sarver’s initial bid they will need someone to offer them help if they are to avoid a second administration event in three years.Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley remains the key figure.While his 8.92 per cent stake is not as sizeable as the likes of King’s, the £3million crisis loan he handed out late last year, combined with the retail deal he controls, puts him in a position of considerable strength.He has already placed Derek Llambias – his former Newcastle manager director – on the board as chief executive and made another move on Monday as he handed the financial director’s job to associate Barry Leach.That could yet put him in trouble with the Scottish Football Association – which has already charged him with breaching “duel ownership” rules and barred him from extending his shareholding to just under 30 per cent.Sarver, though, insists he only ever had the best of intentions for the club.In a separate Stock Exchange notice, the CEO of New York Stock Exchange-listed Western Alliance Bancorporation outlined his hopes for Rangers, saying: “My three sons all play soccer for Davie’s club.“Initially, I’d had some of my advisors examining potential investments in teams in the English Premier League and in Spain, but Davie encouraged me to take a close look at Rangers.“Like all Rangers fans, he’s really upset about how far the club has fallen in recent years and the more we spoke, the more interested I became.“I’d be the first to admit that I’m not a lifelong Rangers supporter, but anyone who knows me is aware that I’m a genuine sports fanatic and owning two major basketball franchises for the past decade has been an enormous privilege.“I’ve spent the vast majority of my career in public companies and I’m used to working in very highly regulated environments. I understand the crucial importance of business integrity and transparency.“Rangers fans have every right to be wary about someone showing an interest in the club they love, especially given some of the events of recent years.“First and foremost I believe what the club needs today is a very quick, major injection of capital to stabilise things and I can give the Rangers supporters a categorical assurance that I have the resources and ability to get this club back to its elite level.“I’m looking forward to building a consensus amongst supporters and prominent Rangers-minded figures who have the long-term success of the club at heart.“I’ve had detailed research carried out on Rangers and I’m convinced that we could take it back to the top of the Scottish game on a stable and sustainable basis.”Robertson added: “I’ve known Robert for several years. He has been very supportive of our local club and has a very good reputation in the US.“When he said he was looking to invest in football in Europe, I told him right away that Rangers could really be doing with someone with his track record. I explained how far the club has fallen, but that there was huge potential to rebuild it.“Even though I’m now based over here, I always watch really closely how things are going at Ibrox and it’s tragic to see how a club which was once a force in Europe has been brought so low.“I can tell every Rangers fan in Scotland and abroad, if Robert Sarver is successful in becoming part of the club, he’ll not rest until they are back on top again.” 1 Rangers’ Ibrox Stadium last_img read more

Youth baseball clinic stresses athletic, academic skills

first_imgWHITTIER – Jesse Carmona recalls his disappointment last summer after hearing news that former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips was in trouble. Phillips, 31, a star at Baldwin Park High School as a teenager, had been arrested Aug. 21, 2005, for allegedly stealing a vehicle and days later driving into three teenagers who had gotten into an argument with him after a pickup football game. It was not the first time Carmona had heard of athletes’ troubles. “If Lawrence could have gone to college \, he would have been better. I’m getting tired of seeing too many kids not making it in life,” the 47-year-old Whittier resident said. Now, Carmona is on a mission to make sure young athletes understand that sports and academics go hand-in-hand. Talent won’t get anyone far if he or she lacks discipline and maturity, he said. Seven-year-old Garrett Bowe of Whittier has attended the local clinics every week since July 10. “You learn mechanics and how to improve your game. You stay focused and you have to pay attention, so it helps me learn on the field and in class,” Bowe said. Lyle Dodd of Whittier enrolled his two sons, Jacob, 12, and Noah, 10, in the clinics to help keep them active during the summer and to enhance their athletic skills. Dodd, a teacher, also has teamed with Carmona to serve as an academic resource for students. He said he’s often sat with students in the dugout during youth baseball games and helped them with their schoolwork. Carmona hopes Whittier Baseball Club motivates students to hone their athletic and academic skills for larger goals. His Web site also will connect athletes with information about pursuing a higher education, including getting financial aid and scholarships. “I see too many good athletes not accomplish their goals,” Carmona said. “Eighty-five percent of these kids don’t go on to college because … They don’t know what they need to do to get there.” “This opens kids up to all the opportunities life has to offer,” Dodd said. “They start to see school and sports as a vehicle to get somewhere, to do something with their life.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2He’s teamed up with youth baseball organizations, coaches and parent volunteers to launch the Whittier Baseball Club, an organization to help children with good athletic skills while having an emphasis on education. Whittier Baseball Club is also an online network resource for other baseball players and coaches. The club’s Web site – www.whittierbaseballklub.cjb.net – helps young athletes access information about baseball clinics and other sporting opportunities in their area, Carmona said. The nonprofit group is hosting a baseball clinic for all ages. Baseball players who join Carmona’s workshops at Joe Miller Field, 7630 Washington Ave. in Whittier, pay $15 per day to be part of the Monday and Tuesday clinics, which end Aug. 8. Attendees participate in drills with athletic specialists, incorporating everything from rapid footwork and reflexes to strength-building exercises and discipline. But the focus always returns to students’ performance in the classroom. “If you could achieve these things on the field, why not in the classroom?” said Carmona. last_img read more

Alonso urges Bayern Munich target Hudson-Odoi to stay at Chelsea

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Callum Hudson-Odoi has been urged to stay at Chelsea by team-mate Marcos Alonso amid interest from Bayern Munich.The exciting teenager is being linked with a £35million move to the Bundesliga giants after struggling for game time at Stamford Bridge – though he has started the last two cup games, including the Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg defeat at Tottenham. “Bayern Munich? We are Chelsea, another great team, the Premier League is the most competitive league in the world, I don’t know why someone would go to Bayern Munich.”Hudson-Odoi reportedly sees his future at Bayern, however he will be encouraged by Maurizio Sarri’s recent comments about his ability.On his performance against Spurs, Sarri said: “He is improving, in the last match he played very well and also today I think a very good match. IN DEMAND targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Hudson-Odoi has been linked with a big-money move to Bayern “He played like a player of 25 or 26 years, I think – very good match of application, very good in the defensive phase, very, very good.“He was completely normal in this period. I don’t know, maybe he doesn’t read anything.” Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST Latest Transfer News The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Although Bayern are regarded as one of the heavyweights of European football, Alonso feels Chelsea can match them if they Hudson-Odoi is prepared to be patient and wait for his chance.“He is a good player, but he is very young,” he said. “He needs to have patience and to be hungry and fight for a place in this team.“That is all he needs to do, he has all the conditions to be a great player, now it is up to him to fight for a place here or try to find more minutes somewhere else. LIVING THE DREAM Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on targets 2 REVEALED Sarri has been full of praise for Hudson-Odoi RANKED last_img read more

Ten Indiana Red Cross volunteers responding to Flint water crisis

first_imgThe American Red Cross is supporting coordinated state and local water distribution efforts. Red Cross volunteers are distributing bottled water, water filters, replacement cartridges, home water testing kits and educational materials at Water Resource Sites (fire stations, health department, city hall, Michigan HHS office, county community action resource department offices) and now, door to door, with the help of the recently activated Michigan National Guard. The Governor of Michigan declared a state of emergency in Flint on January 5 at the request of city and county officials.About the American Red CrossThe American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross. INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Thursday, January 13, 2016 – Six more volunteers were added to the team responding to the water emergency in Flint, Michigan, bringing the total number of Indiana Red Cross disaster workers to 10.Volunteers include:Sharon Lane and Yanna Saunders, both of Indianapolis – Lane and Saunders are scheduled to be at the Red Cross Indiana Region HQ, 1510 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis tomorrow at 10. Karen Lankton Schmidt of Zionsville – Schmidt is providing Virtual Disaster Assessment support.Volunteers already assisting in Flint are Jessica Beck of Indianapolis, and Peter Kos and Clayton Martin of Bryan, Ohio. Sam Glick of Elkhart and Bob Harkness of Winona Lake – Glick and Harkness also are driving an ERV to help with water distribution. Donald and Virginia Gorrell of Mecca – The Gorrells drove an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) to Flint this afternoon from Terre Haute.last_img read more

Open house for new animal shelter on Saturday

first_imgPet and Wildlife Rescue is holding an open house Saturday at its new home on Park Avenue East in Chatham.It’s an opportunity for the community to come out and look at the new facility that was planned and designed by the Friends of the New Animal Shelter group that also raised funds.The animal rescue – responsible for animal by-law enforcement in all wards in Chatham-Kent – began moving to its new location May 27, re-opening for business May 29.Operations have returned to normal, with normal hours resuming for animal surrenders, adoptions, and dog tag purchases.Saturday afternoon’s open house from noon to 4 p.m will feature face painting, photos, balloon animals, a barbecue, popcorn and cotton candy. The new facility is directly behind the former shelter at 405 Park Ave. E. in Chatham.last_img read more

Galaxy’s Edge Store Preview: Jewels of Bith

first_imgShare This!We’re counting down the days until the official opening of Walt Disney World’s Galaxy’s Edge with a look at some of the sights that you’ll see in this new land. Shopping is a major part of this new land, and the best place to visit is the Market, which has several merchants. Next up, we’re showing you some of the merchandise you can find at Jewels of Bith.To be honest, when I visited Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland, I couldn’t figure out where Jewels of Bith was, because I was expecting a collection of jewelry. Galaxy’s Edge does have jewelry for sale, both in Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities and, unusually enough, in Droid Depot. Why some of that doesn’t appear in a store called Jewels of Bith is beyond me. What you will find in Jewels of Bith is the equivalent of the airport souvenir shop, with fridge magnets, luggage tags, post cards, t-shirts, and more. By far, it is my least favorite shop in the Market, and yet I do admit I bought items there on my first visit in California. (Much of the merchandise in Florida appeared to be the same or similar, and there’s only so many fridge magnets of Black Spire Outpost one needs!)Here’s what you can expect in this shop. What are your thoughts about Jewels of Bith? Did you spy anything that you’d like to buy on your trip to Batuu? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Marshfield boys basketball wins at Baraboo

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterBARABOO – The Marshfield boys basketball team won its second-straight game, defeating Baraboo 54-47 in a nonconference game Saturday afternoon at Baraboo High School.The Tigers improve to 2-2, while Baraboo remains winless at 0-3.This story will be updated when statistics are made available.Marshfield’s next game is Tuesday at home against La Crosse Central. The game begins at 7:30 p.m(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher ofMarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Anderson wins SA Tennis Open

first_img7 February 2011A rain delay in the final of the SA Tennis Open at Montecasino in Johannesburg proved to be no obstacle to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in his pursuit of the cup and the US$442 500 (nearly R3.2-million) pay cheque.Anderson faced India’s Somdev Devvarman, who refused to give up without a fight. Anderson came back from a disappointing first set loss to dominate the rest of the match, making the most of his hometown advantage to finish off Devvarman 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.The win has catapulted Anderson to an all-time career high in the world rankings, moving him up 16 places from 56 to 40. Devvarman’s impressive performance throughout the tournament also earned him a jump up the charts, landing him at 80.Devvarman was responsible for ousting the remaining South African players, wild cards Rik de Voest and Izak van der Merwe, in the quarter- and semifinals respectively. He defeated De Voest 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-1 and swept through Van der Merwe’s defence 6-2, 6-4.Anderson took on Slovakian Karol Beck in Friday’s quarterfinals and made easy work of the game, finishing 6-3, 6-1. In Saturday’s semifinals, he tussled with Adrian Mannarino from France, coming back from a tie-break loss in the first set to overwhelm the Frenchman 6-7(3), 6-0, 6-4.In the doubles segment of the tournament, James Cerretani from the USA and Adil Shamasdin from Canada stood firm to take the trophy. They defeated the American duo of Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more