Alleged killer of wife and son slapped with murder charge

first_imgCrane double murderThe man, who allegedly earlier this month hacked his wife and two-year-old son to death was on Monday charged with murder and taken to the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrates’ Court.Suresh Ganesh called Tarzan, 28, was not required to plead to the indictable charge, when it was read to him by Magistrate Christel Lambert.It is alleged that on 1 July, 2016 at Lot 57 Back Street, Best/Crane Village, West Coast Demerara, he murdered his wife Vanessa Sookram, 32, and their son Samuel Ganesh.Also on the same day, the man attempted to kill his mother by chopping her to the hand.The Prosecution is contending that on the day in question, at about 04:30h, Ganesh called to his mother requesting a cup of tea and bread. The woman took the bread and tea to her son after which she was attacked.Reports are the woman was heard screaming and upon inspection neighbours reportedly saw Ganesh chopping her.It was shortly afterwards that relatives and neighbours stumbled upon the bodies of Sookram and son.After the charges were read to him, Ganesh was remanded to prison.The case will continue on 9 August, 2016.last_img read more

Van Persie declares himself fit for derby

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, April 9- Manchester United received a boost ahead of this weekend’s Premier League derby with Manchester City when striker Robin van Persie returned to full training on Wednesday.“Back to training with the group today,” Van Persie wrote on his official Twitter account. “Was a great session. Happy to be fit and able to play again. Looking forward to my next game!”The 31-year-old Dutch international, scorer of 10 goals this season, has not played for United since injuring his right ankle during a 2-1 defeat at Swansea City on February 21.During that time, United have won five consecutive league games, meaning they will go into Sunday’s home game with City a point above their local rivals in third place.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Burbank sewer line’s environmental impacts not studied, lawyer says

first_img“If you’re going to be going through urbanized city streets of Burbank, I’d like some analysis,” Dillon said. The tunnel route also would go below part of Riverside Drive and the oldest Bob’s Big Boy restaurant in the United States. “We’ve got a historical building, the Bob’s Big Boy, that was the first ever,” Dillon said. Dillon told Chalfant that Los Angeles rejected Burbank’s three proposed alternative routes, including one that would route the sewer line under the Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank. Los Angeles officials said they wanted to keep key parts of the IRP, including the Glendale-Burbank Interceptor Sewer, in the public right-of-way to avoid impacts to private property like the golf course, Dillon said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles sewer system is used within the city and by nearly 30 outside communities and sanitation districts, including Burbank. As part of a long-range plan for dealing with sewage, water recycling and stormwater capacity, Los Angeles developed an Integrated Resources Plan. The IRP includes the planned construction of the Glendale-Burbank Interceptor Sewer to relieve flow from aging sewers. It would connect with existing sewer lines and entails tunneling down to 120 feet underground along a 5.75-mile stretch that includes a half-mile under Burbank along Pass Avenue. Los Angeles officials say the Pass Avenue route was chosen because it meets the project’s objectives while having the least impact. Public hearings were held on the project before a route was chosen. But Burbank attorney Mark J. Dillon told Chalfant the Pass Avenue route would involve tunneling under 150 homes, along with churches and schools, and that the Los Angeles environmental-impact report does not adequately address both contemporary and historical concerns of Burbank. One such concern is traffic on Pass Avenue, which would be affected by construction of the tunneling, Dillon said. A proposal by the city of Los Angeles to construct a sewer line beneath homes, businesses and streets in Burbank was not properly analyzed for its environmental impacts or for alternative routes, an attorney for Burbank told a judge today. However, Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Siegmund Shyu said a petition filed by Burbank challenging the project is filled with “a lot of mischaracterizations.” The lawyers gave their assessments as a non-jury trial of Burbank’s petition began before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant. The petition, filed last Dec. 13, asks for a court order preventing Los Angeles from going forward with the $150 million sewer project until Burbank’s environmental concerns are more adequately addressed. last_img read more

Man found shot to death in store

first_imgPALMDALE – Sheriff’s homicide detectives were investigating the slaying of a man found shot at the downtown clothing shop where he worked. Detectives do not know whether Annton Berry’s slaying occurred during a robbery at Cager’s Clothing and Tees, which is on the 800 block of East Avenue Q-6. “We really don’t know at this time,” Lt. Gil Carrillo said Tuesday. Sheriff’s officials said Berry was a 34-year-old resident of Lancaster. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Carillo said he did not know why Berry was at the shop, which has a sign in its front window saying that it is normally closed Mondays. His body was found just before 5p.m. Monday. Carillo said he didn’t know how long the man had been dead. Sheriff’s officials said Berry was shot more than once. An autopsy is scheduled for today. Homicide detectives asked for anyone with information about the shooting to call them at (323) 890-5500.160Want 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

Sligo-Leitrim U14s finish runners-up at Gaynor Cup in Limerick

first_imgResults from Day Three of the Fota Island Resort Gaynor TournamentU16 Group FixturesMidlands Schoolboys/girls League 3-1 Carlow and District LeagueDonegal 1-1 Galway & District LeagueInishowen League 6-0 KerryLimerick Desmond Schoolboys/girls League 3-0 Waterford Women’s LeagueMetropolitan Girls League 4-0 Mid-Western Girls LeagueKilkenny and District League 0-0 Limerick County Underage LeagueCork Women’s & Schoolgirls Soccer League 4-0 North Tipperary Schoolboys/Girls LeagueWexford and District Women’s League 1-1 Mayo Schoolboys/girls and Youths LeagueU16 Bowl – Semi-FinalsSligo Leitrim and District League 0-3 Kilkenny and District LeagueClare Schoolboys/Girls League 1-0 Wexford and District Womens LeagueU16 Trophy – Semi-FinalsMid-Western Girls League 1-0 Carlow and District LeagueNorth Tipperary Schoolboys/girls League 2-0 Kerry Schoolboys Girls LeagueU16 Shield – Semi-Finals Donegal Women’s League 1-2 Longford and District LeagueInishowen League 4-1 Tipperary Schoolboys/Girls Southern & District LeagueU16 Plate – Semi-Finals Limerick County Schoolboys League 0-2 Mayo Schoolboys/Girls and Youths LeagueWaterford Women’s League 2-3 Midlands Schoolboys/Girls LeagueU16 Cup – Semi-FinalsLimerick Desmond Schoolboy/girls League 0-2 Metropolitan Girls LeagueCork Women’s & Schoolgirls Soccer League 0-1 Galway and District LeagueU14 2nd Group Stage – Series 1U14 Cup – Tipperary Schoolboys/Girls Southern & District League 2-1 Limerick County Underage LeagueU14 Plate – North Tipperary Schoolboys/Girls League 2-1 Waterford Women’s LeagueU14 Shield – Mayo Schoolboys/Girls and Youths League 3-2 Kerry Schoolboys Girls LeagueU14 Cup – Semi-FinalsGalway and District League 1-0 Metropolitan Girls League (Saoirse Healey)Sligo Leitrim and District League 3-0 Inishowen League (Ciara Henry, Muireann Devaney 2)U14 Plate – Semi-FinalsWexford and District Women’s League 0-1 Cork Women’s & Schoolgirls Soccer League (Sarah Carroll)Longford District League 0-3 North Eastern Counties (Lucy Jayne Grant, Zoe Kirwan, Abbey Hewitt)U14 Shield – Semi-FinalsMid-Western Girls League 1-0 Donegal Women’s League (Mellisa O’Kane)Kildare and District League 0-0 Limerick Desmond Ladies League (4-3 pens)U12 Semi-FinalsMetropolitan Girls League 0-0 Tipperary Schoolboys/Girls Southern & District LeagueGalway and District League 3-2 Sligo Leitrim and District LeagueU12 3rd/4th Play-offSligo Leitrim and District League 0-0 Tipperary Schoolboys/Girls Southern & District League (4-2 pens)U12 Final Galway and District League 1-1 Metropolitan Girls League (3-4 pens) The Sligo-Leitrim League U14s finished as runners-up at the annual Gaynor Cup in Limerick over the weekend.The team coached by Catherine Hyndman, Alan Henry and Hugh Cunningham won all their games in the competition, before losing out to a late Galway League goal in the final.In an enthralling final between two unbeaten sides, Orlaith Conlon scored the winning goal after great work by Anna Fahey.Galway were presented with the trophy by FAI CEO John Delaney as Galway reached the final in all three age-groups (U12, U14, U16).The finals wrapped up the four-day tournament which has seen over 45 teams compete and over 1,000 girls participate in the Fota Island Resort Gaynor Tournament at the University of Limerick.Results from the final day of the Fota Island Resort Gaynor Tournament:-U16 Cup FinalMetropolitan Girls League 1-0 Galway and District League (Alannah McEvoy)U16 Cup – 3rd/4th Place Play-offCork WSSL 0-1 Limerick Desmond LeagueU14 Cup Final Sligo Leitrim and District League 0-1 Galway and District League (Orlaith Conlon)U14 Cup – 3rd/4th Place play-offMetropolitan Girls League 1-0 Inishowen LeagueU14 Cup – 2nd Group Stage Series 2Limerick County Underage League 0-0 Kilkenny and District LeagueU14 Cup – 2nd Group Stage Series 3Kilkenny and District League 1-3 Tipperary SSDLU16 Trophy Final Mid-Western Girls League 0-0 North Tipperary Schoolboys/girls League (3-5 pens)U16 Trophy – 3rd/4th Play-offCarlow and District League 6-0 Kerry and District LeagueU14 Plate FinalNorth Eastern Counties Schoolboys/girls League 1-1 Cork WSSL (2-4 pens)U14 Plate  – 3rd/4th Play-offLongford and District League 0-2 Wexford and District LeagueU14 Plate – 2nd Group Stage Series 2Waterford Womens League 0-4 Carlow and District LeagueU14 Plate – 2nd Group Stage Series 3Carlow and District League 1-0 North Tipperary Schoolboys/Girls LeagueU16 Bowl FinalClare Schoolboys/Girls League 1-1 Kilkenny and District League (4-3 pens)U16 Bowl – 3rd/4th Place PlayoffWexford and District  Womens League 0-0 Sligo Leitrim Schoolboys Girls LeagueU16 Plate FinalMidlands Schoolboy/girls League 0-3 Mayo Schoolboys/Girls and LeagueU16 Shield FinalInishowen League 2-0 Longford and District LeagueU16 Shield – 2nd Group Stage Series 3Tipperary SSDL 0-1 Donegal Schoolboys/girls LeagueU14 Shield FinalKildare and District Underage League 3-0 Mid-Western Girls LeagueU14 Shield  – 3rd/4th Play-off Limerick Desmond 0-1 Donegal Women’s LeagueU14 Shield – 2nd Group Stage Series 2Kerry Schoolboys Girls League 2-5 Midlands Schoolboys Girls LeagueU14 Shield – 2nd Group Stage Series 3Midlands Schoolboy/girls League 4-1 Mayo Schoolboys/Girls and Youths League Results from the 2017 Fota Island Resort Gaynor Tournament Days One and Two:-U16 Group StagesGroup One22/06Midlands Schoolboys/girls League 0-1 Galway & District LeagueClare Schoolboys/girls Soccer League 1-0 Carlow and District LeagueGalway & District League 1-0 Clare Schoolboys/Girls Soccer LeagueDonegal Women’s League 1-0 Midlands Schoolboy/Girls League23/06Galway & District 3-0 Carlow and District LeagueDonegal Women’s League 1-0 Clare Schoolboys/Girls Soccer LeagueClare Schoolboys/girls Soccer League 0-0 Midlands Schoolboy/girls LeagueCarlow and District League 0-1 Donegal Women’s LeagueGroup Two22/06Inishowen League 1-0 Waterford Women’s LeagueSligo Leitrim and District League 1-0 Kerry Schoolboys Girls LeagueWaterford Women’s League 4-3 Sligo Leitrim & District LeagueLimerick Desmond Schoolboys/Girls League 2-1 Inishowen League23/06Waterford Women’s 2-0 Kerry Schoolboys Girls LeagueLimerick Desmond Schoolboys/Girls League 1-0 Sligo Leitrim & District LeagueSligo Leitrim and District League 0-4 Inishowen LeagueKerry Schoolboys Girls League 1-3 Limerick Desmond Schoolboys/Girls LeagueGroup Three22/06Metropolitan Girls League 3-0 Limerick County Underage LeagueTipperary Schoolboys/Girls Southern & District League 0-0 Mid-Western Girls LeagueKilkenny and District League 0-4 Metropolitan Girls LeagueLimerick County 1-1 Tipperary Schoolboys/Girls Southern & District League23/06Limerick County Underage League 2-0 Mid-Western Girls LeagueKilkenny and District League 3-0 Tipperary Schoolboys/Girls Southern & District LeagueMetropolitan Girls League 4-0 Tipperary Schoolboys/Girls Southern & District LeagueMid-Western Girls League 0-1 Kilkenny and District LeagueGroup Four22/06Cork Women’s & Schoolgirls Soccer League 3-2 Mayo Schoolboys/Girls and Youths LeagueLongford & District Schoolboy/Girl League 1-0 North Tipperary Schoolboys/Girls LeagueWexford and District Womens League 0-0 Cork Women’s & Schoolgirls Soccer League23/06Mayo Schoolboys/Girls and Youths League 3-1 North Tipperary Schoolboys/Girls LeagueWexford and District Womens League 1-4 Longford & District Schoolboy/Girl LeagueLongford & District Schoolboy/girl League 1-1 Cork Women’s & Schoolgirls Soccer LeagueNorth Tipperary Schoolboys/Girls League 0-0 Wexford and District Womens LeagueU14 Group StagesGroup One22/06Metropolitan Girls League 0-0 Mid-Western Girls LeagueMid-Western Girl League 2-0 Longford & District Schoolboy/girl League23/06Longford & District Schoolboy/girl League 0-6 Metropolitan Girls LeagueGroup Two22/06Mayo Schoolboys/Girls and Youths League 5-0 Waterford Women’s LeagueWaterford Women’s League 1-5 Limerick County Underage League23/06Limerick County Underage League 4-1 Mayo Schoolboys/Girls and Youth LeagueGroup Three22/06Limerick Desmond Schoolboys/Girls League 0-0 Tipperary Schoolboys/Girls Southern & District LeagueTipperary Schoolboys/girls Southern & District League 1-0 Carlow and District League23/06Carlow and District League 0-0 Limerick Desmond Ladies LeagueGroup Four 22/06Inishowen League 2-0 North Tipperary Schoolboys/Girls LeagueNorth Tipperary Schoolboys/girls League 1-2 Kerry Schoolboys Girls League23/06Kerry Schoolboys Girls League 1-3 Inishowen LeagueGroup Five22/06Donegal Women’s League 2-1 North Eastern Counties Schoolboys/Girls LeagueNorth Eastern Counties Schoolboys/Girls League 1-4 Kilkenny and District League23/06Kilkenny and District League 0-0 Donegal Women’s LeagueGroup Six22/06Galway & District League 3-0 Wexford and District Womens LeagueWexford and District Womens League 0-0 Kildare and District Underage League23/06Kildare and District Underage League 1-1 Galway & District LeagueGroup Seven22/06Cork Women’s & Schoolgirls Soccer League 0-4 Sligo Leitrim & District LeagueSligo Leitrim & District League 1-1 Midlands Schoolboy/girls League23/06Midlands Schoolboy/girls League 4-1 Cork Women’s & Schoolgirls Soccer LeagueU14 Plate Quarter-FinalsNorth Tipperary Schoolboys/Girls League 0-0 Cork Women’s & Schoolgirls Soccer League (4-5 pens)Wexford and District Womens League 0-0 Waterford Women’s League (3-2 pens)North Eastern Counties Schoolboys/Girls League 2-0 Carlow and District LeagueU14 Shield Quarter-FinalsMayo Schoolboys/Girls and Youths League 0-3 Kildare and District Underage LeagueMidlands Schoolboy/girls League 1-2 Donegal Women’s LeagueMid-Western Girls League 2-0 Kerry Schoolboys Girls LeagueU14 Cup Quarter-FinalsTipperary Schoolboys/Girls Southern & District League 0-0 Metropolitan Girls League (3-4 pens)Limerick County Underage League 0-3 Inishowen LeagueSligo Leitrim & District League 2-0 Kilkenny and District Leaguelast_img read more

Spencer/Columbus football loses playoff game to Little Chute in overtime

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterLITTLE CHUTE – Spencer/Columbus Catholic couldn’t hold on to a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter and fell to Little Chute in overtime 20-14 on Saturday in a WIAA Division 4 Level 3 matchup at Little Chute High School.Noah Zastrow scored on a 19-yard touchdown for the Rockets with 43 seconds left in the first half following Little Chute’s third lost fumble of the half.Two plays later, Tim Bauer intercepted a Sam Merryfield pass and returned it to the 3. On the final play of the half, Spencer/Columbus quarterback Calvin Lenz ran in from the 3 to put the Rockets on top 14-0.Spencer/Columbus’ defense continued to play tough until the Mustangs finally got things going in the fourth quarter.Dakota Farnsworth caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Merryfield with 6:10 remaining, and after forcing a Rockets’ punt, the Mustangs tied the game on a 7-yard touchdown run by Shane Schwaller with 2:44 left.Spencer/Columbus got the ball first in overtime, but could not score. Little Chute then went 25 yards in four plays, with Schwaller running in from the 3 to end the Rockets’ season.Spencer/Columbus finishes with an 8-4 record after reaching Level 3 of the WIAA playoffs for the first time in the co-op’s 13-year history.Little Chute (10-2) will play Lodi (11-1) in a Division 4 semifinal next weekend.This story will be updated when complete statistics are available.Mustangs 20, Rockets 14 (OT)Spencer/Columbus 0 14 0 0 0 – 14Little Chute 0 0 0 14 6 – 20Second QuarterSC – Noah Zastrow 19 run (run failed), 0:43.SC – Calvin Lenz 3 run (Mitch Susa run), 0:00.Fourth QuarterLC – Dakota Farnsworth 6 pass from Sam Merryfield (Eric Hietpas kick), 6:10.LC – Shane Schwaller 7 run (E. Hietpas kick), 2:44.OvertimeLC – Schwaller 3 run.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of read more

Bing Adds Open Street Map

first_imgThe announcement of the partnership with Bing comes less than a month after AOL announced a $1 million investment in Open Street Map to fund open source mapping in the U.S. Companies like AOL and Microsoft have an interest in supporting Open Street Map in order to combat Google’s dominance in mapping. Tags:#Microsoft#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The map created by Open Street Map, a project building a free, open-source, editable map of the world, is now available as a layer in Bing Maps.Users who download the OpenStreetMap app (and Microsoft Silverlight) can switch between the traditional layers, which include bird’s eye, aerial and standard street map views, and Mapnik, a colorful map that includes businesses and landmarks labeled by users and devices through Open Street Map.Open Street Map crowdsources location data by making it possible for users to add to its database. It’s been described as “what would result if Wikipedia and Google Maps made a baby.” The project started in the U.K. and grew out of the need for a free location dataset that programmers – and anyone – could use without being limited by, for example, Google’s API or Terms of Service. Open Street Map has been praised for being more detailed than maps compiled by big companies like Google and Microsoft, and its creators hope that with thousands of editors, it will be more accurate. It has more than 250,000 registered contributors and has been steadily growing. Related Posts The Bing Maps layer is more detailed in some neighborhoods than others, but you can assume it will only become more informative as users across the world add to it. It’s searchable and navigable, just like the other layers. You can’t edit or add to the map with the app for Bing Maps – you have to register at Open Street Map.A map in the standard Bing Maps view:Same map viewed with the Open Street Map layer:center_img adrianne jeffries 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Dynamic Perspective Puts You In Control Of Your Phone

first_imgThis post is sponsored by AT&T. As a promotional post, it reflects the views of the sponsor, not ReadWrite’s editors.Don’t you wish some days that you were a multitasking mutant with four arms? Picture it: You’re walking your dog with a leash in one hand, smartphone in the other, and you want to type something in. Good luck.Sending a text message or searching for the nearest restaurant via mobile app is hard enough to achieve with two hands. And while voice commands are becoming more popular, they are not 100% reliable—which leaves you sounding like a crazy person as you argue with your digital assistant.Amazon’s first smartphone, the Fire, has an answer for scenarios that leave you feeling like you’re all thumbs. It’s called Dynamic Perspective. The phone’s four front-facing cameras enable it to respond to how you hold, view, and move your phone. Additional sensors in the phone allow you to use designated actions—Tilt, Auto-Scroll, Swivel, and Peek—to navigate menus and access shortcuts in apps and on the home screen—only one hand required.One-Handed Short CutsA “Tilt” of the wrist to the left from the home screen lets you navigate to menus. Tilt to the right and you can access useful information and shortcuts. You can also attach photos to a text message, view song lyrics, and more by using the Tilt feature. With “Auto-Scroll,” you can scan long Web pages without ever having to touch the screen. The “Swivel” move from side to side lets you access important notifications and quick actions like Flashlight, Settings or Amazon’s “Mayday” customer-assistance app. The “Peek” feature is especially novel. It takes advantage of the Dynamic Perspective to allow me to see different angles in an image or even uncover secret information—information that app makers aren’t making available on other smartphones. For example, if you’re ordering tickets online, you’ll want to make sure you have good seats. A Fire-ready app will let you see the whole stadium—and tilt the Fire to see 90 degrees to the left and right of your seat, as if you were actually there. Games are another category where developers can make use of these views.Is There An App For That?Amazon has worked to make sure the Fire phone has all of the most popular apps and games on the Amazon Appstore, and that app makers are taking advantage of Dynamic Perspective. If you don’t immediately see your favorite app, don’t despair. The Dynamic Perspective software-development kit is now available. More apps are expected to join top-tier publishers with their own Dynamic Perspective titles for the Fire phone.Where To Get Dynamic PerspectiveAmazon Fire with Dynamic Perspective is exclusively on AT&T with 32GB or 64GB of storage. To celebrate its release, AT&T is also offering the Fire for no money down, with no upgrade fee, activation fee, or annual contract.Photos by Taylor Hatmaker for ReadWrite Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement ReadWrite Sponsors Tags:#Amazon#Amazon Perspective#smartphones#sponsored posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Some of NIH’s chimpanzees will not retire to a sanctuary as planned

first_img By David GrimmOct. 24, 2019 , 5:55 PM Biomedical research on chimpanzees effectively ended in 2015, when NIH announced it would no longer fund such studies. The agency also pledged to retire all of the approximately 300 chimps it owned or supported to Chimp Haven. Experts expected that the 340 or so other chimpanzees privately owned for research would follow suit. But retirement proceeded slowly. In the 2 years after NIH’s decision, only 51 government-owned or -supported chimps and 22 privately owned chimps had entered sanctuaries.In 2017, NIH announced a formal retirement plan, with Anderson predicting most of its animals would enter a sanctuary within 10 years. And by the following year, retirement had picked up, with more chimps in sanctuaries than in biomedical facilities for the first time. Today, only 178 government-owned or -supported chimpanzees live in biomedical primate facilities: the Alamogordo Primate Facility in New Mexico; the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Bastrop, Texas; and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio. About 190 chimpanzees remain at two private facilities: the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana, and Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta.Many of these remaining chimps have lived at their facilities for decades, which means they’re nearing the end of their lives, and have diabetes, heart conditions, and other infirmities. Some in the biomedical community have argued that these animals are too sick and frail to survive the stresses of a long trip and a new living facility, with new humans and chimps to get used to. They point to nine older chimps that died within 2 years of being transferred from the MD Anderson Cancer Center to Chimp Haven about 5 years ago.In 2018, NIH created a working group to help the agency figure out which chimpanzees were fit to move to a sanctuary. A panel of NIH veterinarians not involved with the agency’s Chimpanzee Management Program reviewed the health records of chimps at the Alamogordo facility and consulted the vets there. In a report completed in September, the vets recommended that all 44 remaining chimpanzees at Alamogordo remain there for the rest of their lives. “Many of the animals had varying degrees of cardiovascular disease, [and] these conditions could cause the animals to die in transport,” according to the report. Some of NIH’s chimpanzees will not retire to a sanctuary as planned “The NIH’s decision is in the best interest of these elderly and frail animals,” writes Matthew Bailey, president of the Washington, D.C.–based National Association for Biomedical Research, in a statement released today. “The chimpanzees will live out their days in Alamogordo, where … they have forged close bonds with their social groups and their caretakers.”But the Washington, D.C.–based Humane Society of the United States says NIH’s evaluation process was flawed. “The NIH panel didn’t include vets with sanctuary experience, and it just rubber stamped what the labs wanted,” says Kathleen Conlee, the organization’s vice president of animal research issues. She contends that the Alamogordo facility wants to keep the animals because they get NIH funding to care for them. (A spokesperson for the company that manages the facility directed all press queries to NIH.) “We are extremely disappointed that NIH has broken its promise to these chimpanzees,” Conlee says.Ross says NIH shouldn’t just look at the potential drawbacks of moving the animals, but also at the upside. “There are tremendous benefits of getting them in the large, dynamic social groups we have at Chimp Haven,” he says, in which chimps “meet new friends and in most cases keep old friends, too.” He also says many (though not all) of the animals at Chimp Haven are free to climb trees and roam large, open-topped, grassy enclosures—something they can’t do at Alamogordo. “The benefits of sending these animals to a sanctuary far outweigh the risks.”Anderson says NIH’s vets had the best interests of the animals in mind. And he contends that the chimps that will remain at Alamogordo will still live good lives, in their existing social groups and with access to the outdoors (see video above).NIH will next turn its attention to the chimps at the MD Anderson Center. Fifty-nine animals of the animals there have already gone to Chimp Haven this year, Anderson says, but he’s not sure how many of the remaining 63 will make it. “It’s possible some will retire where they are.”*Correction, 25 October, 3:20 p.m.: This story originally misstated the number of chimpanzees owned or supported by the government. Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images A chimpanzee munches on a watermelon at Chimp Haven. The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) will not be retiring all of its chimpanzees to a sanctuary, as it originally pledged to do, agency head Francis Collins announced today. Nearly four dozen chimps at a biomedical primate facility in New Mexico will remain there because they are too old and sick to move, he said, although scientific studies of them have ended. Some federally owned or supported chimpanzees at other biomedical primate facilities may also not be retired to sanctuaries.“Some of these animals are quite old and very frail. It was just going to be too unsafe to move all of them,” says NIH Deputy Director James Anderson, whose division oversees the NIH Chimpanzee Management Program. “We’re not going to take the risk.”Chimp Haven in Keithville, Louisiana, the national chimpanzee sanctuary where the animals were supposed to be retired, laments the decision. “We’re disappointed,” says Stephen Ross, the sanctuary’s board chair. “We believe that every chimpanzee should have the opportunity to live out the rest of their life in a sanctuary, and we’re concerned this decision will set a precedent for other chimps still waiting to be retired.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more