The odor side of otters: Tech reveals species’ adaptations to human activity

first_imgAnimal Behavior, Animals, Camera Trapping, cameras, Carnivores, Conservation Solutions, Deforestation, Drones, Fish, Forests, Human-wildlife Conflict, Mammals, Mangroves, Mapping, Monitoring, Remote Sensing, satellite data, Sensors, Technology, Tropical Forests, Wildlife, Wildtech Recent studies of an elusive otter species living in the highly modified mangroves and reclaimed lands on the coast of Goa, India offer new insights into otter behavior that could inform future conservation efforts.Researchers have studied these adaptable otters with camera traps, ground GPS surveys, and satellite images; they’re now testing drone photogrammetry to improve the accuracy of their habitat mapping.Using data gathered over a period of time, the researchers aim to pinpoint changes in the landscape and, in combination with the behavioral data gathered by the camera traps, understand how otters are reacting to these changes. Human-dominated mangroves are far from what is considered an ideal environment for otters. And yet an estuarine island on India’s western coast is home to a thriving population of the threatened smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata). Recent studies of this elusive species living in the brackish waters of Chorao island—far from the freshwater sources that otters are typically believed to rely on—offer new insights into otter behavior that could inform future conservation efforts.A smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) pauses for a camera trap. These otters eat mostly fish but also birds, reptiles, and rodents found near water. Image courtesy of Wild Otters Research.“There’s not much written about smooth-coated otters in mangroves…especially in a human-dominated landscape,” said Katrina Fernandez, a member of the IUCN Otter Specialist Group and director of Wild Otters Research (WOR), a research and conservation organization. “The fact that the smooth-coated otter is so adaptable to change and to human-dominated landscapes, enabling it to coexist within this ecosystem, is fascinating,” she added.Although the smooth-coated otter has been documented across large parts of South and Southeast Asia, their presence on Chorao, in the state of Goa, has required them to adjust to a variety of vegetation types, most of which are subject to anthropogenic change.The most obvious of the adaptations that these otters have made is learning to live within the constraints of the khazans, a type of human-created landscape unique to Goa. According to Nandkumar Kamat, assistant professor at the Department of Botany at Goa University, “generally any low-lying land close to a mangrove-fringed estuary reclaimed by salinity control structures can be called as khazan land.” Also known as communidade lands, they are typically owned and maintained by local communities and used for agriculture and acquaculture.Setting a fishing net around the mangroves. Image by Atul Borker.Fernandez and her team have observed unique behavioral adaptations by otters living in this human-dominated khazan ecosystem. For example, the otters routinely make dens on the banks separating the khazans from the estuary and scale the retaining walls of these banks to defecate and to groom themselves. WOR’s researchers have also gathered extensive evidence of the threat stray dogs pose to Chorao’s otter population.Stray dogs on Chorao island can harass and pose a threat to otter families already facing challenges. Video courtesy of Wild Otter Research.These discoveries have so far combined ground-based surveys, which require researchers to manually walk the periphery of the island looking for signs of otter defecating and grooming sites, with camera-trapping, which involves positioning a still or video camera at these sites to study otter behavioral patterns. These cameras are triggered by heat or motion sensors and use an infrared light source to capture visuals at night, while ensuring the otters are barely aware that they’re being watched.Although these cameras are currently WOR’s primary source of data, they are also a source of frustration for the researchers, as they have sometimes proven to be unreliable in the mangrove environment. “We choose the middle ground in terms of price, because functionality is decent and you don’t feel too much of a pinch if they are stolen,” Fernandez said.However, extreme temperature changes in the monsoon and summer months led to numerous malfunctioning cameras.Theft and displacement by curious locals also threaten the cameras. “We’re always wary of putting cameras in new places and very public spaces,” Fernandez said. The researchers have to hide cameras under vegetation to make them inconspicuous, an onerous requirement in a wetland terrain which already offers limited opportunities to position a camera. The need to frequently change batteries and the lack of high-quality microphones on these cameras are also pain points for the researchers. “At some point, I want to look into just manufacturing our own,” she added.Otter researchers and volunteers set up a camera trap to capture otter behavior, which may help explain how this population has adapted to pressure from human activity. Image courtesy of Wild Otters Research.Even when they’re not fiddling with the cameras, nearby humans inform the way WOR designs its research and conservation efforts. Although direct human-animal conflict is low, the impact of humans on the otters through habitat destruction is immense. The reclaimed khazan lands in particular, which are under perennial threat of being overrun by the mangroves that originally owned them, are the subject of a constant tug of war. Local residents cut, burn, and/or remove what they see as invasive vegetation using earthmovers to maintain the economic viability of these lands.“Development, or human encroachment, is going to increase,” Kshitij Garg, WOR’s Communications Director, told Mongabay. “If you can know the extent to which this species can adapt and survive, then you can direct human activity in the right way. This is why most of our work is outside of protected areas. We aren’t only studying their behavior. Knowing which actions of the human community are affecting the animal and which are not is paramount to any realistic conservation efforts.”Surveying from above and belowTo improve their understanding of these effects, the Wild Otters researchers are incorporating new technologies to help them map the Chorao landscape and document its changing land-use patterns. Currently at a nascent stage, their efforts will combine satellite imagery and drone mapping with ground-based GPS surveys to target their actions to ensure the otters’ continued survival on the island.“If we decided to use a satellite image, it might be a bit out of date. Also, it’s quite hard to tell what the actual habitat is from the satellite image alone,” said Sophie Darnton, a research intern with WOR.The researchers conduct ground surveys to collect GPS waypoints to update satellite-based maps of the habitats frequented by otters and areas of human activity. They walk several survey routes on the island using GPS devices to manually record the extents of different vegetation types, areas frequented by otters, and other points of interest, including sluice gates, farms, and fishing areas.Smooth-coated otters rolling in the dirt. Otters roll in dirt or vegetation to communicate their presence and possibly their identification through scent marking. Video courtesy of Wild Otters Research. They hope that over time, these updated maps, combined with the behavioral data on otters gathered using camera traps, can provide clues about the effect of human activity on the otters.WOR also collaborated with Technology for Wildlife, a geospatial data company helping groups use technology to conserve wildlife and the environment, to carry out a drone mapping pilot study in Chorao in May and June of 2018. Photogrammetic mapping using drones generates 3D models of the landscape below, allowing researchers to pinpoint even minor changes to habitats in areas that are inaccessible to humans.“You get a much more holistic view of an area when you have both groundwork and drone-imagery and satellite imagery on top of that,” said Shashank Srinivasan, director of Technology for Wildlife. “A dense mangrove forest where it is not possible for a boat or a person on foot to go into because its swampy or wet… you can use a drone to fly over that. In that way, drone imagery is very complementary to ground-based work, and it really fills a gap in the entire process.”A camera trap captures a family of smooth-coated otters. The pups reach adult size after about a year. Video courtesy of Wild Otters Research.Srinivasan said the results of the pilot study suggested that drone mapping can replace many components of traditional fieldwork. “Technologically, there were a bunch of experiments and research we were doing with that imagery,” Srinivasan said. “When you create a 3D model, can you ascertain the height of a dyke, can you use a bunch of analysis techniques to distinguish between vegetation and open water and even different kinds of vegetation? And the testing validated that we can actually put a project together around this.”Srinivasan conducts drone mapping using relatively inexpensive quadcopter drones that carry standard RGB cameras. Depending on the level of detail required, they can cover between one and 20 hectares (2.5 to 49 acres) in less than 45 minutes using an automated flight plan. Processing the resulting data, however, can take up to a week and constitutes the core value addition that Srinivasan and his company provide. “It’s easy to fly a drone but much harder to create meaning from the data,” he told Mongabay.The images captured by the drones are processed using a battery of software tools, including Pix4D, VisualSFM, Blender, QGIS and ArcGIS. The techniques involved—photogrammetry, making measurements from a set of overlapping images for 3D models and orthomosaics, creating overlapped, geometrically corrected aerial images for 2D maps—essentially boil down to extracting meaning from the individual pixels in the images. “There are statistical operations you can use which will allow you to identify which pixels in a particular image are vegetation, which are open water, and so on,” Srinivasan said.Using data gathered over a period of time, the researchers aim to pinpoint changes in the landscape and, in combination with the behavioral data gathered by the camera traps, understand how otters are reacting to these changes.A smooth-coated otter guides its young through the mangroves. Image courtesy of Wild Otters Research.Despite the promise of their pilot study, the researchers have had to delay its roll-out on Chorao due to funding and regulatory issues. The organizations are now awaiting responses to their grant proposals and clarity on India’s new regulatory framework for drone activity, which has left the rules for flight permissions in a state of uncertainty.Srinivasan said he remained optimistic about the use of these new techniques in the region. “It is an exciting time for drones in general and specifically for conservation work,” he added, “because there’s so much potential to help save wildlife and the environment.”FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. 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 overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by Sue Palminterilast_img read more

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal threaten Novak Djokovic bid for historic Grand Slam

first_imgLATEST STORIES The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Louie Gonzales hopes to turn JRU into one of NCAA’s most hardworking team Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card At Roland Garros in 2018, he was shocked by Italian journeyman Marco Cecchinato in the quarter-finals, a defeat which was such a crushing body blow that he even contemplated skipping Wimbledon.Federer is returning to Roland Garros for the first time since 2015 having turned his back on clay court tennis to focus on Wimbledon.10th anniversaryThis year marks the 10th anniversary of his one and only Paris triumph and should the 37-year-old defy the odds and clinch the 2019 title he would become the oldest Grand Slam champion of all time.Age hasn’t dimmed his ability with Federer saving match points to beat Gael Monfils in Madrid and in Rome against Borna Coric as he found his feet again on European red clay.“It’s been interesting and fun, but not so challenging, to be honest,” said Federer despite his Rome campaign being cut short by a leg injury.Nadal, whose record at Roland Garros stands at a staggering 11 titles and a win-loss record of 86-2, claimed a ninth Italian Open title and a record 34th Masters on Sunday.His three-set win over Djokovic was timely as it was his first title of 2019 and had followed three successive semi-final losses at Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid.The last two of those were against Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas, both of whom play with a one-handed backhand, just like Federer.Thiem, the 2018 runner-up to Nadal at Roland Garros, has defeated the Spaniard four times on clay.center_img LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? It is such a rare feat that only Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) — all calendar Grand Slams — have pulled off the sweep in the sport’s history.Djokovic, who turned 32 on Wednesday, is playing down his potential date with destiny even if it would put him halfway to a 2019 calendar Slam of his own.After losing to Nadal in the Italian Open final last weekend, the Serb was in no doubt that it was the Spaniard who would likely be celebrating a 12th Roland Garros title in a little over two weeks’ time.“Nadal, number one favorite, without a doubt — then everyone else,” he said.Djokovic, who will be top seed in Thursday’s draw, could be forgiven his caution.ADVERTISEMENT “There is a new wave coming through with the one-handed backhand that can counter some of Rafa’s spins and lefty play,” said Federer, a four-time runner-up in Paris.Outside of Djokovic and Federer, world number four Thiem and sixth-ranked Tsitsipas are the most likely candidates to dethrone Nadal.The same cannot be said for Germany’s Alexander Zverev, for so long touted as the brightest star of the so-called ‘Next Gen’.The German’s run to the quarter-finals last year remains his best Slam performance while he has yet to get beyond the last eight at any of the European clay events in the run-up to Paris.“He has lost his self-confidence, he gets very angry, gets down and destroys himself,” said compatriot Tommy Haas, a former world number two.“What he urgently needs is a success.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rafael Nadal (R) of Spain poses with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after winning the ATP Masters tournament final tennis match at the Foro Italico in Rome on May 19, 2019. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)Novak Djokovic can become only the second man in history to have twice held all four Grand Slam titles at the same time with victory at the French Open.However, a returning Roger Federer and rejuvenated Rafael Nadal will once again stand in his way.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption World number one Djokovic completed his first private stranglehold of all four Slams with victory at Roland Garros in 2016.Having clinched the 2018 Wimbledon and US Open titles and then a seventh Australian Open crown in January this year, the Serb is tantalizingly close to another ‘Djoko Slam’.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFederer and Nadal, with 20 and 17 career Grand Slam titles each respectively, may be ahead of 15-time major winner Djokovic in total hauls and have also completed career Slams.However, not even Federer or Nadal have managed to hold all four of the sport’s greatest prizes at the same time. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Filoil: James Spencer delivers, undermanned UP edges CEU

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—James Spencer came up big in the clutch as shorthanded University of the Philippines clipped Centro Escolar University, 68-62, in the group stage of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Saturday in the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.The Fighting Maroons held a slim 63-62 lead with less than a minute remaining when Spencer decided to take it upon himself to give his team some breathing room with a three-pointer from the right wing for a 66-62 cushion with 25.1 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Spencer, who finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, then, iced the game from the free throw line with 12 ticks to go.“The usual guys are not here and it’s important for these players to acquire this experience,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol. “James has been playing well in the past few games and it’s important he keeps in mind his goal to be consistent all the time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s his sophomore year and I’m quite sure he’ll be a lot better with how he is right now with the kind of character he has.”The Fighting Maroons played without Juan Gomez De Liaño, who is suffering from back spasms while Ricci Rivero is in the Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup. Bea Tan-Dji Rodriguez duo advance to next round of beach volley world tour NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books View comments Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Jun Manzo led UP’s offense with 17 points, six assists, and three steals while UAAP Season 81 MVP Bright Akhuetie had 13 points and seven boards.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsThe Fighting Maroons improved to a 3-2 record in Group A while the Scorpions are at an even 2-2.Maodo Diouf had 28 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks for CEU.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Kenya Simbas bounce back to retain Elgon Cup

first_imgKenya was inspired by the returning of senior players with Kenya 7s winger Jacob Ojee producing a man of the match performance.The corresponding women’s Kenya side the Lionesses also retained the title after outshining Uganda Ladies in both legs winning 35-5 in the second leg.In the first 22 minutes, the match was scoreless despite Simbas having made four visits to the opponents red zone.However, it was Uganda who landed the first try in the match as Ronald Kanyanya went over the whitewash, Philip Wokorach missed the extras for a shortlived 5-0 lead.Four minutes after Kanyanya’s try, Billy Omondi leveled the scores at 5-5 as he attacked the wing in full flight for a corner post try, conversion sailed wide.Man of the Match was next on the scoreboard as he split the posts with two penalties, Simbas leading the Cranes 11-5.Uganda’s several attempts at scoring a try were unfruitful as they were unable to break past the strong defense put up by the visitors.In the last play, as Uganda was making way into the Simbas half, the ball carrier was tackled and held up, what Kenyans love to call “chokesha”, in the midst of all this, Michael Wanjala ripped the ball and passed it to Ojee who raced down the pitch and landed simbas second and winning try.The conversion sailed wide but the work had been done, the Simbas had successfully defended the Elgon Cup title with the 16-5 win.0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Simbas Silence Uganda Cranes To Lift The 2019 #ElgonCup Trophy. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 13 – The national 15s team bounced back to beat Uganda 5-16 in the return leg, winning 29-21 on aggregate to retain the Elgon Cup on Saturday in Kampala. This is after Kenya trailed 13-16 in the first leg hosted at the Mamboleo Showground in Kisumu.last_img read more

LAUSD-reform hearing coming

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesLinda Ross, president of the 31st District Parent Teacher Student Association, said she’s still getting phone calls and e-mails from Valley residents who want to learn more about the legislation. “I think the Valley sometimes feels a little disenfranchised as a part of LAUSD just because a great deal of the meetings are held over the hill,” Ross said. School board member Jon Lauritzen said he’s glad Richman and Runner took the initiative to hold the meeting when Goldberg’s was blocked. “Even though they don’t have quite the same force as the education committee chair in the Assembly, they at least can take the testimony back and let Sacramento know there is a concern in Los Angeles,” he said. Villaraigosa has come under fire for not generating a broad debate on his efforts. He canceled an appearance at a public meeting to discuss reform with the mayors of neighboring cities and refused to attend a public meeting with the entire San Fernando City Council. Informational hearings on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s legislation to reform Los Angeles schools will come this week to the San Fernando Valley, where residents complain they’ve been shut out of the discussion. The birthplace of the LAUSD breakup movement and an area long identified with education issues, the Valley will host two meetings about Assembly Bill 1381. The measure would give Villaraigosa a significant role in the district, delegate most of the school board’s authority to the superintendent, and give local educators greater control over budget, instruction and curriculum. Assemblyman Keith Richman will hold a meeting tonight, and Villaraigosa will host the third of his four town-hall meetings Thursday. Richman, a member of the Assembly Education Committee, decided last week to hold a meeting in the Valley, when chairwoman Jackie Goldberg’s efforts to hold an official committee hearing in the community were rejected by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu¤ez. Officials with the Mayor’s Office said the town halls will enable them to collect public comment about the bill. Written comments also can be submitted at www.excellenceinlaschools.com. “The goal of our meetings was to try to be in the four main parts of the city, so I think there is going to be a lot of opportunity to get involved and to not only hear about the plan but to provide input,” said Nathan James, a mayoral spokesman. Richman said he scrambled to schedule a Valley meeting when it became obvious a committee hearing would not happen. “They limited it to one as a means of limiting public input,” he said. In the past six weeks, Villaraigosa drafted the measure, which was introduced in the Assembly by Nu¤ez and is scheduled for Senate debate this month. Critics complain that the public has been pushed aside by the fast pace of the proposal. “It’s unfortunate that the Valley is not getting the opportunity to engage the decision-makers in dialogue until the last minute,” said Brendan Huffman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, an influential business organization that opposes the legislation. “Hearings are not necessarily dialogue. What we would have hoped would have taken place is a series of dialogues where people ask questions and suggest ways to legislators to amend the bill to make some improvements. We’re not exactly getting that opportunity in this case.” But the mayor is making an effort to gather the opinion of Valley residents, said Ana Cubas, deputy director of the Youth Policy Institute, which operates after-school programs and charter schools in the Northeast Valley. The group supports the legislation. “I think they’re very hungry to hear information and to get that firsthand at the meetings coming up,” Cubas said. “I’m just very glad it’s coming to the Valley and now there’s a place for people to get information.” naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgWomen Midlife Transition Support Group for women over age 40 is facilitated by a professional psychotherapist. Call (661) 947-0839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 13 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 724-1820. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.org or www.sava-na.org. SUNDAY Nicotine Anonymous will meet, 8-9 p.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 43824 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 946-7606. Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity) Seniors’ Social Hour, 4-7 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Meetings feature films, talks, singalongs, talent shows and dancing. Call (661) 723-7876 or (661) 726-5309. Costume Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with identification are admitted free. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30-10:30 p.m. every Sunday at Lancaster Elks Lodge, 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Call (661) 317-7021. Life Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with ID are admitted free. Teen Care and Support Group, for teens who have lost a family member or friend, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian School, 1011 E. Ave. I, Room 302, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 1 p.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Revealing Truth, a meditation and spiritual discussion, 4:45-6:15 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Antelope Valley Chess Club will meet, 1-5 p.m. at American Legion Post 771, 39463 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 726-1323. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 5-6 p.m. at 44960 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 789-5806. MONDAY Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults, ages 17 1/2 to 25, with mental health issues, will meet, noon-1 p.m. at Transitional Youth Services, 104 E. Ave. K-4, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Dance Groove will give ballroom and Latin dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. Dance Groove Studio, 43631 10th St. W., Lancaster. Cost: $5 per person. Call (661) 948-9101. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927. 12-Step Recovery Groups for alcohol and drug addiction, co-dependency, relationship addiction, overeating, fear and anxiety issues, will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale will host bingo, 5:30 p.m. The grill will be open. Call (661) 947-2027. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 722-0393. Co-Dependents Anonymous will host a 12-step recovery program, 7:30-9 p.m., at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927 or (661) 946-5846. Grief Recovery Outreach Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or visit www.frf.av.org. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. The Highs and Lows, a support group for those diagnosed with manic depression or related disorders, will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Al-Anon will have a discussion, 7 p.m. at 51st Street West and Avenue K, Lancaster. Child care provided. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 572 will meet, 9-11 a.m. at the Mayflower Gardens chapel, 6570 W. Ave. L-12, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 943-3089. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6 p.m. with regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-2027. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3255, Monday evenings: (661) 943-1017. Billiard Gang for seniors will meet, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Parent support group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. The facilitated group is for parents who need help coping with family issues. Call (661) 266-8700. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 273-1016. Expectant parents can tour the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department, 1600 W. Ave. J in Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. TUESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will meet for league bowling, 6-8 p.m. at the Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 267-2586. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call for information and location: Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Business Network International B2 Bombers chapter will meet, 12:15 p.m. at Eduardo’s restaurant, 819 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 609-1288 or e-mail audmill@qnet.com. The organization’s Web site is at www.bni-scav.com. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SATURDAY Leona Valley Sertoma Club meets, 8 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month at Jackie’s Restaurant, 40352 90th St. W., Leona Valley. Call (661) 270-0339. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Seniors Lunch-Bingo Hour, noon-5 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Sponsored by Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity). Call Emerita Ross at (661) 723-7876 or Marie Cabrera at (661) 726-5309. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsAl-Anon will have a Spanish-speaking discussion meeting, 9 a.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite C-3, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353. Facilitated Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 2:30-4 p.m.; teens, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults, 10:30-noon or 12:30-2 p.m. at the Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Beginning yoga, 9-10 a.m. at Unity Church of Antelope Valley, 39149 8th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 273-3341. Women and Self-esteem support group will meet in the Acton area. Call (661) 947-0839. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 9 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call Jane at (661) 945-4798. last_img read more

Everyone can be the `smart kid’

first_imgThe only difference between “smart kids” and the “other kids” is that they push themselves more and put more effort into school work. We all have the same intellectual capacity, but it is how we commit ourselves toward developing it that can one day make us that smart kid. Labels are also something all of us have been trying to flee from ever since we entered the school system. We are identified as just another school with the same usual problems: overpopulation and underachievement. But we, as students, have to find a way to free ourselves from such labels. There is no better way to do it than to work hard, always persevere, and most importantly, never give up in school. Once we enter the real world, the only thing we will have is education and absolutely no one can take that away from us. Our high school does fairly well on state exams but we should not be content with doing “fairly well.” We should all strive to become the top high school. There is no reason to believe this can only be a dream. If the student body tries its best and gives it their all, being the best and brightest school would not be such a farfetched idea. The thought that something is impossible – well, it’s exactly that, just a thought. We need to delete the meaning of the word “impossible” from our memory banks because nothing in life is impossible; it may just seem out of reach at the moment. As usual, a little diligence and hard labor can help you reach your goals, no matter how absurd they may seem. Everyone in this school is capable of graduating. It is just a matter of whether you want to work hard towards attaining that diploma or not. All of our actions have consequences; therefore, we should try to make decisions that we will always benefit from. So, make the correct choice by choosing to stay in school and receive an education. Education is always the best way to go. “Education is that which remains when one has forgotten everything learned in school.” – Albert Einstein Helen Martinez, 16, is a junior at Montebello High School. She is a member of the Interact Club and hopes to have a career in journalism. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! How many of us have ever complained about school? And how many of us are aware of the disconcerting differences between public schools and private schools? The fact is, many of us in public schools have agreed that “those” schools are better than ours. But the truth is they do not have to be; there is a way to close that gap. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Most people would be quick to agree that money is the issue when we talk about the quality of our school. “If we only had money to hire more staff, there would be only a few students in one classroom, enough books for everyone, and each person would receive a quality education.” Is it truly the lack of finances that causes students to fail – or is it the lack of self-motivation? Not everyone is enthusiastic about coming to school or even considering going to college, but we all should make our studies in high school our first priority. We might say the reason we are failing a certain subject is because we are not as intelligent as someone else, but that cannot be further from the truth! last_img read more

Sancho suffers injury scare after scoring and assisting in RB Leipzig draw

first_img statement Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 1 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future on target Jadon Sancho looked in pain Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship LIVE on talkSPORT latest Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Getty – Contributor England manager Gareth Southgate, who used Sancho prominently in 2019, will hope the injury is nothing serious.Unfortunately for Dortmund, Sancho’s strike was not the winning goal as Patrik Schick equalised 13 minutes from time. stalemate Borussia Dortmund suffered a huge injury scare with Jadon Sancho limping off in their 3-3 draw against RB Leipzig on Tuesday night.Dortmund led 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Julian Weigl and Julian Brandt, with the England winger assisting the latter. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son targets appointed But Timo Werner drew Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig level within eight minutes of the second-half with a quickfire double.Sancho, 19, restored Dortmund’s advantage by netting for the seventh successive game in the 55th minute.But his night ended prematurely when he hobbled off and was replaced by Lukasz Piszczek in the 71st minute. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… PEP TALK rookie error The result saw Lucien Favre’s side miss the chance to close the gap on RB Leipzig to just one point.Now, they could drop to fifth in the table if Schalke and Bayern Munich beat Wolfsburg and Freiburg, respectively, on Wednesday.Sancho’s potential absence will come as a blow for Dortmund – he has scored nine goals and registered eight assists in the Bundesliga so far this season. update LATEST Liverpool vs Monterrey (Wednesday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Leicester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester United vs Colchester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Stoke (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Arsenal (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTAston Villa vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Preston (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Leicester (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTSheffield Wednesday vs Bristol City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2last_img read more

Listen: Declan Bonner says Donegal U21s need ‘big shift’ in this evening’s Ulster semi-final

first_imgDeclan Bonner says his Donegal Under-21 side will need to deliver ‘another big shift’ in this evening’s Ulster Under-21 semi-final against Cavan at Brewster Park (throw-in 8pm).After seeing off Tyrone in a replay in Ballybofey last Wednesday, Donegal are up against another old foe at this grade.The Breffni safely jumped the hurdle of Fermanagh 2-19 to 0-4 in their opening fixture, on the same night Donegal were playing out a 0-14 apiece extra-time thriller with Tyrone. Michael Langan, who posted six points in the drawn game, scored seven in last week’s 0-18 to 1-9 win.“It will take another big shift and a disciplined performance,” Bonner said.“We got out of jail in the first game. Last week was really tough, but we finished strong.“Once that was over, it was full focus on Cavan. They’ll be a well-organised, well-drilled team. They’ll be a tough nut to crack.” Kieran Gillespie and Cian Mulligan are nearing full fitness again, but Bonner says that midfielder Jason McGee stands a ‘less than 50-50’ chance of being fit.Listen to the full interview below …Listen: Declan Bonner says Donegal U21s need ‘big shift’ in this evening’s Ulster semi-final was last modified: March 29th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CavanDeclan BonnerdonegalDonegal Under 21slast_img read more