Loss of forest elephant may make Earth ‘less inhabitable for humans’

first_imgA new review paper finds that the loss of Africa’s forest elephants has broad impacts on their ecosystems, including hitting several tall tree species, which play a key role in sequestering carbon dioxide.Forest elephants disperse large seeds, keep the forest canopy open, and spread rare nutrients across the forest, benefiting numerous species across the African tropics.While the IUCN currently defines African elephants as a single species, scientists believe it long past time to split them into two distinct species, savanna and forest, to bolster protection for both from the ivory trade. Children in every corner of the globe can identify an elephant in a wildlife lineup. They are as recognizable as any basic shape and as endearing as any household pet. Yet the same cannot be said for the hundreds of tropical flora and fauna that are liable to disappear should forest elephant populations continue to crash.“[Elephants] have a disproportionately large impact on their ecosystem and the organisms living in it,” says John R. Poulsen, assistant professor of tropical ecology at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. “If people are aware of the potential result of losing elephants […] perhaps they can transfer that understanding to less well known species.”Poulsen and his colleagues recently published a study in Conservation Biology examining how the loss of forest elephants would impact the rest of their natural habitat. After diligently reviewing dozens of papers on Afrotropical flora and fauna, they predict that the loss of forest elephants will reshape the ecological processes at work in their environment. Species composition will change, in addition to the size and abundance of large tree species — and, by extension, the ability of these ecosystems to store carbon dioxide.“[The] killing of elephants for their ivory is not only depriving the world of one of its most charismatic species, but might also be making the Earth less inhabitable for humans,” Poulsen says.A Tale of Two SpeciesAlthough many people are familiar with elephant conservation, few know that the African elephant is not one, but two distinct species: forest (Loxodonta cyclotis) and savanna (Loxodonta Africana). The two are different in their anatomy, reproduction, even their social structures.When most people think of Africa’s elephants they are actually picturing savanna elephants: those that live out in the open, in places like the Serengeti, and are therefore easier to study. Forest elephants are comparatively smaller and weave their way through vibrant Afrotropical forests, such as in the Congo, forging elephant-wide paths as they do so. Scientists looking at genetic markers estimate the two species split between 2 million and 6.5 million years ago; humans and chimpanzees, by comparison, diverged between 5 million and 7 million years ago.Despite such differences, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) does not currently recognize forest and savanna elephants as distinct species. Both fall under the title of African elephant.“The two-species question is pretty much accepted by the taxonomists but has yet to be officialized by IUCN,” says Fiona Maisels, surveys and monitoring adviser at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in Gabon.Scientists generally define species as a group of organisms that can successfully mate and produce fertile offspring. The primary holdup in the case of the African elephant is that forest and savanna elephants can interbreed and produce fertile offspring, and occasionally have. However, this is also the case with wolves and coyotes, which are universally considered distinct species. And many bacteria and plants reproduce without mating at all, which provides further confusion.But, according to Poulsen, treating the two African elephant species as one has had dire implications for their respective conservation. When forest and savanna elephants are bundled together as “African elephants,” it inflates the true population of each species.“With a larger population, the conservation status of the ‘African elephant’ can be listed as ‘Vulnerable,’” Poulsen says, “which allows some [southern] African countries the possibility of trading ivory.”If the IUCN recognized forest and savanna elephants as distinct, both species would be considered “endangered,” likely necessitating stricter rules for trading ivory.According to Poulsen, the current unified conservation assessment is a barrier to the protection of forest elephants in particular. In Central Africa, 62 percent of forest elephants were lost between 2002 and 2011, primarily due to poaching. However, as they are considered the same species as the savanna elephant, the IUCN recorded a smaller overall loss in the “African elephant” population. A study in 2013 by Maisels found that current forest elephant populations are only at 10 percent of their potential size.We are losing these elephants without knowing much of what their extinction might mean for Afrotropical forests, for Central Africa, and even for global climate.“The problem is that elephant populations are doing poorly in most places and allowing the sale of ivory has traditionally grown the demand, rather than saturating it, leading to killing across the entire range of both species,” Poulsen says.Big Feet, Big FootprintForest elephants are ecosystem engineers, meaning their various behaviors heavily alter their habitat.Their size matters. Although smaller than their savanna counterparts, forest elephants are still just that: elephants. Simply by walking around, they can shape their environment. By moving in herds, their impact is multiplied. By stomping saplings, peeling bark, breaking limbs, clipping branches and trampling vegetation, forest elephants generate trail systems that can stretch tens of kilometers.All of that elephant activity shapes the forest canopy. Poulsen and his colleagues say that, although destructive, the elephants clear the understory of the forest, allowing large trees to spread their roots and grow to their greatest heights. Without this service, greater competition for light and soil could slow tree growth and reduce trees’ potential size.Physical damage from elephant trampling and digging in the forest of Ivindo National Park, Gabon. Image by Cooper Rosin.Elephants are also the largest fruit-eating animals on the planet, and they aren’t picky about their food. They consume more than 500 plant species in Central Africa. Plants that produce fruit often rely on animals to disperse their seeds far and wide. Since elephants are so large, they can eat and carry seeds that are too big, hard or fibrous for other, smaller animals. Forest elephants, and forest elephants alone, disperse the seeds of at least 43 plant species in Central Africa.By doing so, they also boost the odds that the seeds will take root. The digestive tract of elephants improves the germination time and growth rates of seedlings that pass through it.Additionally, the wide swaths of forest floor that elephants open up provide ample space for new seedlings to settle.Navel fruit trees in the genus Omphalocarpum. The fruit is cauliflorous (meaning it grows on the trunk), very large and hard, with a thick husk, so only elephants can consume and disperse the seeds. Plant species like this could decline with the loss of elephants. Image by John Poulsen.Dung is another important contribution from forest elephants. Although poop may seem an unlikely gift, it is a critical ingredient for lush forests. Besides light and water, the most important thing for forest health is nutrients. As elephants chew, swallow, digest and excrete, they unlock and redistribute nutrients like sodium and nitrogen that would otherwise stay put. And when they excavate termite mounds and salt licks, they unearth rare nutrients like potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium, which would have been previously inaccessible to the rest of the forest. Elephants in the forest unlock and redistribute the building blocks of life, broadly dispersing ingredients both rare and critical throughout the forest.“I have walked through forests with healthy elephant populations and forests that have been elephant-free for decades. There is a stark difference,” Poulsen says. “Elephant-free forests can have a thick understory and middle story with lots of herbaceous vegetation and thorny vines, visibility is limited and it is difficult to walk through. Forests with elephants can look like a park with good visibility and well-worn trails to walk along.”Dense, elephant-free forest in Gabon, Central Africa, with distinct dense under- and mid-stories. Image by John Poulsen.Park-like forest in Gabon with a relatively large, active forest elephant population. The under- and id-stories are absent, visibility is good, and traversing the forest would be easy. Image by John Poulsen.Making Molehills of MountainsThe great footprint of the forest elephant doesn’t tread on just Central African forests. Tropical forests are an integral component of global carbon storage. The larger the tree, the more carbon it sequesters over its lifetime.“While there is a big focus on stopping deforestation, we speculate that the loss of elephants might also affect the ability of forests to store carbon,” Poulsen says.Because forest elephants are key to the growth and survival of large trees, the loss of elephants means less carbon sequestration by Africa’s forests — and a warmer planet, according to the paper.To conserve both African elephant species — and every plant, animal and fungus that relies on the ecosystem services they provide — the demand for ivory must end. Poulsen is adamant that the two species must be listed as distinct in order to have the proper restrictions in place for the ivory trade.Poulsen says the U.S. public can help by expressing concern for elephant conservation to their congresspersons. Although Central Africa may seem distant, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), as well as other federal agencies, delegate a portion of funding to international conservation in the African tropics. Poulsen also encourages speaking out against allowing tusks and elephant body parts to be imported into the United States and elsewhere.This spring, the Trump Administration allowed elephant parts to be imported via the USFWS on a case-by-case basis.“The only way to stop the ivory trade and the killing of elephants,” Poulsen says, “is to shut down all trade of ivory, everywhere.”Banner image: Forest elephant in Gabon. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. CitationsPoulsen J.R., Rosin C, Meier A, Mills E, Nuñez C. L., et al. (2018) Ecological consequences of forest elephant declines for Afrotropical forests. Conservation Biology 32 (3). DOI: 10.1111/cobi.13035Maisels F, Strindberg S, Blake S, Wittemyer G, Hart J, et al. (2013) Devastating Decline of Forest Elephants in Central Africa. PLOS ONE 8(3): e59469. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0059469https://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/0_0_0/evo_41https://news.mongabay.com/2013/03/62-of-all-africas-forest-elephants-killed-in-10-years-warning-graphic-images/ Article published by Maria Salazar Animals, Carbon Dioxide, Conservation, Ecosystems, Elephants, Environment, Extinction, Forests, Habitat, Interns, Research, Wildlife 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

Jagdeo to support all aid efforts for Haiti

first_imgHaiti is in crisis after Hurricane Matthew and the international community, over the last few days, is beginning to understand the extent of that crisis. The tally of deaths reported by local civil protection officials stands at 877, according to the latest reports.The Political Opposition, the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C), expresses its sincerest condolences to all Haitians, as well as families of all who have lost lives, were injured and those grappling with the devastation of Hurricane Matthew. The political Opposition will fully support the expressed intention of the Guyana Government to offer support to Haiti, which will aid humanitarian relief efforts, as well as longer-term relief and recovery operations.The party said in a statement on Saturday that it stands in support of the Haitian people and Government.Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti on Tuesday (October 4). Hurricane Matthew’s 235km per hour (kph) winds smashed concrete walls, flattened palm trees and tore roofs off homes, forcing thousands of Haitians to flee.last_img read more

Barca master BATE

first_img0Shares0000MINSK, Belarus, September 29 – Barcelona kick-started the defence of their Champions League crown by roundly thumping BATE Borisov here as Lionel Messi scored twice in a 5-0 win to further cement his place in the history of the Catalan club.Messi scored either side of half-time on a rainy evening to take his overall tally for the club to 194 goals and move level with Hungary legend Ladislao Kubala in second place in Barca’s all-time list of leading scorers. Only Cesar Rodriguez — who scored 235 goals in the post-Civil War era — is still ahead of Messi, but the little Argentine seems certain to eclipse even him in the not-too-distant future.Neither Messi nor his teammates needed to be at their very best here, though, as Pep Guardiola’s side utterly outclassed the Belarus league leaders at the Dinamo Stadium to record their first win in Group H following their frustrating draw with Milan a fortnight ago.Barca had warmed up for this match by scoring 15 goals in their last three league games, but BATE did not help themselves in the first-half as their calamitous defending gifted the visitors the advantage.The Spanish champions took the lead on 19 minutes when a Dani Alves cross from the right was not dealt with by Egor Filipenko and Alyaksandr Volodko turned the ball into his own net at the back post under pressure from Messi.Three minutes later and it was 2-0 when Pedro stole a march on a rather static Maksim Bordachev to head home a left-wing David Villa cross.BATE had set their stall out to defend in numbers, with every man back behind the ball except lone striker Mateja Kezman.Serbian international Kezman’s task was a thankless one, and the former PSV Eindhoven, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain player cut an isolated figure up front as his teammates tried unsuccessfully to soak up the pressure and hit on the break.BATE are 11 points clear at the top of their domestic league and on course to retain their title, but the gulf in class between the best in Belarus and the best in Europe was all too stark.Villa saw two efforts well saved by Alyaksandr Gutor before the BATE goalkeeper gifted a third goal to Messi.Pedro’s cross from the right should have been a routine catch, but he contrived to drop the ball right on to the head of Messi, who will probably never score an easier goal in the Champions League.It was only Messi’s second headed goal in the Champions League, with his first coming against Manchester United in the 2009 final in Rome.The pattern of the game remained much the same after the restart, and Messi got the goal that brought him level with Kubala on 55 minutes, exchanging passes with Alves before beating Gutor with an unstoppable shot from just inside the area.It was his 14th goal of this season alone, and that looked to be that until Villa added his name to the scoresheet, making it 5-0 in the last minute.The former Valencia man had been penalised for offside, but BATE made a complete mess of the resulting free-kick, gifting possession straight back to Villa, who finished past a drenched and thoroughly depressed Gutor.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Palestinian gunmen fail to abduct Israeli

first_imgGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Palestinian gunmen broke through Israel’s heavily fortified Gaza border and battled troops inside Israel for about two hours Saturday in a failed attempt to abduct an Israeli soldier. One of the raiders was killed. It was the first cross-border incursion since militants killed two soldiers and abducted a third a year ago. The Israel military said troops shot dead one of the raiders. Palestinians said another three militants escaped back to Gaza unharmed. The Islamic Jihad group said it carried out Saturday’s attack, near the Kissufim crossing between Gaza and Israel, along with the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, a violent offshoot of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement. “The aim of the operation was to withdraw with the soldier in captivity,” said Abu Ahmed, a spokesman for Islamic Jihad. “But the participation of Israeli helicopters prevented that.” Hamas has shrugged off international demands that it renounce violence and recognize Israel’s right to exist, but a senior official Saturday took what appeared to be a softer line, saying only that Palestinians seek a state in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Israeli Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant said the quick reaction of the soldiers “prevented an attack, apparently a kidnap.” On June 25 last year Palestinian militants killed two soldiers and snatched one near the Kerem Shalom frontier post, about 15 miles south of the site of Saturday’s shootout. The abducted soldier, Cpl. Gilad Shalit, is still missing. A five-month truce between the Gaza militants and Israel collapsed in May when a string of Palestinian rocket attacks into southern Israel triggered Israeli air strikes in response. Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had been scheduled to meet in the West Bank this week to discuss the latest round of violence, but the Palestinians called it off, accusing Israel of rejecting all their proposals in preparatory talks. Israel will only talk to Abbas, shunning the Palestinian government headed by Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, the Islamic group behind the deaths of scores of Israelis in suicide bomb attacks, which is pledged to Palestinian rule over all of historical Palestine, including present-day Israel. last_img read more

USC NOTEBOOK Frustrating times for prep buddies

first_img“We were on the sideline watching that one,” Tyler said. Quarterback update John David Booty enjoyed another better-than-expected day passing the ball in practice and will rest today and Friday to see how his broken finger responds. Mark Sanchez remains the likely starter unless Booty feels much better by Saturday. “What could change is John just feels great,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “There’s no question he can play. We’re staying the course we’ve been on. Mark’s had a great week.” Sanchez fumbled a snap during practice, but also took more snaps than usual because Booty is hurt. “I’m trying to get as close as I can to the receivers so that we’re ready to rip,” Sanchez said. Sanchez said he did not know if he would start. Booty said his only problem Wednesday was on long passes. “I really feel good with the intermediate throws,” he said. “Some of the longer throws can be painful, which is a given. I feel if I had to, I could go.” Booty said doctors could increase his pain medication if he plays Saturday to reduce discomfort from his broken finger. Other painful problems Tailback Stafon Johnson did not practice as much the past two days as expected and said he remains day-to-day with a sprained foot. “He’s going to have to show us he can play,” Carroll said. Defensive tackle Fili Moala is bothered by a bone bruise in his foot but will play. Chilo Rachal (sprained knee) is bothered by a sore calf but said he will play. However, Alatini Malu (Torrance High) will start at offensive guard in place of Rachal. Linebacker Brian Cushing (sprained ankle) will play and might start. Linebacker Rey Maualuga (hip pointer) said he felt much better and did not rule out playing despite the fact he did not practice. “Now I’m seeing myself playing,” Maualuga said. “I can’t run full speed yet. There’s some pain there. I’m not counting myself out of the game.” But Carroll said Maualuga appeared unlikely to play. Offensive tackle Sam Baker (hamstring) said he would try to practice today in order to be able to play in the game. “A shoulder I could play through it, but a hamstring you have to respect,” Baker said. “That’s the hard thing.” Green practices Freshman tailback Broderick Green, who missed the first six games with a stress fracture in his foot, practiced Tuesday. He is not expected to play this week. scott.wolf@dailynews.com160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Tyler and Clausen never lost a game in three years of varsity football at Oaks Christian High in Westlake Village, but they might just be spectators Saturday. Tyler is redshirting, but will travel with the Trojans to South Bend. But he is disappointed Clausen is unlikely to play after Irish coach Charlie Weis named Evan Sharpley the starter. “It’s not special because we’re not playing,” Tyler said. “I think it’s different for me because I had to redshirt. He’s not used to losing and being sacked. That’s frustrating for him. He never lost at Oaks Christian.” Two years ago, Tyler and Clausen flew to Notre Dame and attended the USC game, taking a late-night flight after playing for Oaks Christian. By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER One reason Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen lost his starting job for this week’s game against USC is because of a sore hip, according to his close friend, Trojans tailback Marc Tyler. “I wish he were starting,” Tyler said. “He said his hip bothered him.” last_img read more

Historic homes group in Whittier gears up for tours Saturday

first_imgWHITTIER Maureen Dickson had no thoughts about moving from her Arcadia home when she fell hard for a run-down house for sale in Whittier s historic district. It was love at first sight. She immediately jumped at the opportunity, and $560,000 later, Dickson was the proud owner of a Crafstman-style antique home built in 1914. That was in 2002. Now, after four years of restorations totaling more than $250,000, the 92-year-old house at 6303 Painter Ave. is worth over $1 million. Dickson s home and four other restored dwellings in the historic district will be on display for the Whittier Historic Neighborhood Association s sixth annual Home Tour, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips For more on the story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Six receive Arabian service awards

first_imgWOODLAND HILLS – Six political and civic leaders were honored Thursday by retired California Supreme Court Justice Armand Arabian during his seventh annual luncheon recognizing public service. Arabian, a longtime San Fernando Valley resident who was among the nation’s best-known and most-influential jurists, recognized the recipients during a luncheon at the Hilton Woodland Hills. “We like to honor people who go above and beyond the call of duty, who make a difference in the community,” said Rickey M. Gelb, co-founder of the prestigious Justice Armand Arabian Leaders In Public Service Award. David Fleming, a lawyer and longtime San Fernando Valley civic leader, was honored for his work with former Mayor Richard Riordan – who dubbed Fleming “Mr. San Fernando Valley” – in launching a City Charter reform effort that was approved by voters in 1999. Two $1,000 scholarships also were awarded. One scholarship went to Vassiliki Iliadis, a political science major at University of Southern California and former Louisville High School student body president. The other award went to Shivam Shodhan, a Virginia Commonwealth University student preparing for medical school, who also headed an honors math society while at Faith Baptist High School. Since 2000, the annual luncheon has honored 35 Valley-area people and others from the region and state who have made significant contributions to the community.160Want 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 MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleCity Councilwoman Wendy Greuel was honored for her efforts fighting for the Valley’s “fair share” of city services and her work to ease traffic gridlock as chairwoman of the council’s Transportation Committee. George Moss, chairman of the Encino-based commercial real estate firm Moss Group, was singled out for his many years of service including helping to establish the city’s department of Environmental Quality under former Mayor Sam Yorty and his current work as a transportation commissioner. Thomas Oliver, Pierce College’s vice president of college development, was recognized for his work with the college’s foundation and its enterprise operation – focusing on economic development, agricultural programs and community outreach – and for contributing to the school’s growing enrollment and budget. Former state Attorney General John Van de Kamp was honored for his distinguished career in public service, including as Los Angeles County district attorney from 1975 until 1983. In that role, he was responsible for new initiatives including a victims’ assistance program and special teams to deal with child abuse. Judge Joseph Wapner was honored for more than three decades of judicial work, including his most recognizable role on the “People’s Court” TV show that ran from 1981 to 1993. last_img read more

Football Talk: Declan John in demand, Windass the thief

first_imgAs a midweek Premiership card comes to an end we return to the early transfer speculation. Not before Josh Windass joked about Rangers stealing all three points at Easter Road, though. The attacker tweeted an image of a robber after his side scraped a 2-1 win over Hibs on Wednesday night.Left back Declan John may have played his part in the fourth consecutive win for Graeme Murty’s team but he could be leaving the club prematurely. He’s on a loan deal until the end of the season but English Championship sides Reading and Leeds are said to both be keen in the Welshman.last_img read more

Macon County Fugitives Captured in Virginia

first_imgIn a coordinated effort with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, United States Marshal Service and multiple local law enforcement agencies in Virigina, wanted Macon County fugitives Natasha Dehart and Gerald Shope were arrested in the morning hours of March 13th at a residence in Wytheville Virginia. Utilizing information obtained by Detectives with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Marshals were able to develop a location on Dehart and Shope. After Dehart and Shope refused to come to the door of the residence, a search warrant was obtained and forcible entry into the residence was initiated. Both Dehart and Shope were arrested in a bedroom within the residence and have now been taken into custody.Dehart and Shope are currently detained at the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center pending extradition proceedings.last_img read more