Cousins, Davis help Pelicans beat Clippers

first_imgPelicans: Guard/forward Tony Allen did not play, leaving the Pelicans without the services of six players. Gentry said Allen was pulled for rest. … Though he leads the league in charges taken with five, Cousins had two offensive fouls in the first quarter. … Forward Cheick Diallo, who has shuffled between the Pelicans and the G-League since being drafted last season, looked sharp off the bench with nine points and six rebounds. And impressive they were. Cousins had 35 points and 15 rebounds and Davis added 25 points and 10 rebounds to help the Pelicans beat the Clippers 111-103 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Jrue Holiday had eight assists for New Orleans, half of the total assists generated by the entire Clippers team. The Pelicans also overcame 23 turnovers. Cousins lost the ball eight times — two on offensive fouls — and Holiday had seven turnovers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBlake Griffin led the Clippers with 27 points, but it came on 9-of-27 shooting. DeAndre Jordan has 12 points and 14 rebounds. The Clippers were held to 41 percent from the floor, while the Pelicans shot 54 percent.“We tried to keep DeAndre off the board and keep Blake Griffin off the paint,” Davis. By and large, the Pelicans succeeded.The game would likely have been a blowout were it not for the Pelicans turnovers, which kept the Clippers within striking distance until the final minutes.“What’s that stuff? Stickum,” said Cousins when asked what he wanted to do to curb his turnovers. “”I am the main culprit of the turnovers right now. I had eight of them. I have to do a better job of taking care of the ball, make better decisions. Luckily the turnovers didn’t affect us tonight because we got the win. It shows what kind of team we can be if we would take care of the ball”Cousins and Davis were too much for the Clippers, particularly an artful fadeaway jumper by Cousins from 15 feet with 8 minutes left that put the Pelicans up by 10. Almost 2 minutes later, Cousins ripped down a rebound and launched a coast-to-coast pass to Davis for a dunk.“We the amigos,” cracked Cousins after the game.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) tries to get past New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23). APNEW ORLEANS — Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers summed up DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis before the New Orleans big men overpowered his Clippers.“Their versatility, their size, their skill level. Two bigs that are that skilled, who can handle the ball, shoot the ball, pass the ball, dribble the ball, you know, block shots,” Rivers before the game. “Other than that, there’s not much that’s impressive.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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We didn’t execute down the stretch,” Doc Rivers said. “We came out of a timeout and had horrible execution.”RONDO’S RETURNPoint guard Rajon Rondo, the Pelicans’ major offseason free-agent acquisition, is a week to 10 days from making his regular season debut.“He’s close to doing it and everything seems to be going along fine,” coach Alvin Gentry said. “We’re not trying to push the issue at all.”DOC’S DIAGNOSISClippers coach Doc Rivers said his view that too many fouls are being called this year is, in essence, a structural issue with the league.“This day and time, they look at each other wrong, it’s a foul. I don’t know how they even play against each other anymore. It’s so difficult,” he said. “I don’t even blame the officials. There’s so much to call.”TIP-INSClippers: Griffin had his 2,000th career assist with a pass to Sindarious Thrornwell early in the first quarter. … Guard Patrick Beverley missed his second game in a row due to a sore right knee. … Rivers and assistant coach Sam Cassell were hit with technical fouls in the fourth. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Aldridge’s 21 leads short-handed Spurs by Bulls LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Afridi urges teammates to give their best in World Cup

first_imgPakistan captain Shahid Afridi has urged his players to stand up and perform in the World Cup after a disappointing defeat against England in their warm-up match.”This is not the first time we are saying sorry for our performance. All of us as a team now have to perform and give our best in the World Cup,” Afridi told Geo News channel in Mirpur, Dhaka.Afridi, who did not play in the Pakistan-England warm-up tie on Friday, said it was imperative for the senior players to perform so that the youngsters could also seek inspiration from them.”The senior players including myself have a very important role to play in this World Cup. We must show the way to the youngsters who are playing in the tournament for the first time,” he said.”What is clear is that everyone has to now perform and play responsibly if the team is to do well in this World Cup.There is no time now to experiment.”Afridi informed that the team management had more or less decided upon their first playing combination for the World Cup.”The combination is set and now we are just paying a lot of attention to the fitness levels of the players. Which is going to play a crucial role in this World Cup because of the weather conditions and the pitches.”Stating that the players were completely focussed, the experienced allrounder said that the team was ready for all the challenges.”It is a good sign that the players are concentrating hard on the tournament and everyone wants to do well. It is important for us to make an early impact in this competition and get the momentum going.”advertisementMeanwhile, Pakistan cricket team manager Intikhab Alam played down the fines imposed on pacers — Wahab Riaz and Shoaib Akhtar — for returning late from a private dinner.”There is good discipline in the team and we have made ourselves clear to the players. Discipline is a must. I am happy that the players themselves realise this,” he said.Intikhab also played down the selection of Pakistani players for dope tests, insisting this was the prerogative of the ICC anti-doping committee.”It is a routine matter and not too much should be read into it. The ICC can pick any player randomly from any team for the dope tests,” he said.last_img read more

Chris Tiu walks away from basketball to fulfill commitment with family, business

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Tiu also said skipping his last game crossed his mind, but he ended up making the right decision in suiting up.Tiu delivered a career performance with 30 points in what turned out to be his swan song and led Rain or Shine to victory for one last time.READ: Chris Tiu delivers career game in possible swan song“I will always cherish the memory of my last game in the PBA. After a less than stellar performance of our team this season, I honestly thought of just sitting out the last game, being able to already hit my career-high score twice in the last 3 games. At least I could take some pride in that, and not end my basketball career on a low note,” he wrote. “That was the plan. But I guess God sometimes has other plans for us – most of the time, even better than the plans we have for ourselves.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Denden Lazaro adds depth to already-stacked Petron roster Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Tiu, a one-time PBA champion, feels he still has some gas left in the tank to squeeze out “one to two more productive PBA seasons,” but adds he has more important matters to attend to beginning with his family and helping communities.READ: Chris Tiu, wife expecting first babyTo be honest, I think I have at least 1 or 2 more productive PBA seasons left in me. But at the same time, I want to channel my current energy and enthusiasm into other projects that are sustainable and have positive impact to the community, some new and some which we have started years ago,” he said.“I believe it’s about time I start a career as a full-fledged businessman and live up to my commitment to the family. At the same time, we have an infant and a toddler who are growing incredibly fast. I want to cherish every moment with them and give them my full attention while I can, which is very challenging to do with basketball where I am overly particular with my training and resting routine.”A genuine class act on and off the court, Tiu never forgot to express his gratitude to the people who helped him in his journey.One of Tiu’s last stints was a return to the national team for the 2018 Asian Games where the Philippine team placed fifth, its best finish since 2002.Tiu felt wearing the country’s colors after six years brought his path full circle.“And just like in my last PBA game on November 3, 2018 vs NLEX, I poured out everything, and God really did the rest. What transpired that day, and at every step of the way in my career for that matter, was certainly a result of His divine plan. He surprised even me, and gave me more than I hoped for in a final appearance. To top it all off, I was honored with the chance to represent the National Team once more in the recent Asian Games after 6 long years away from the Pilipinas jersey. This has always been my dream. If that isn’t full circle, I don’t know what is. So truly, I could not have asked for a more beautiful journey and ending.” The 33-year-old Tiu said he had planned to announce his retirement after the Elasto Painters’ final game of last season but decided to hold it off until his meeting with Rain or Shine team owners.READ: Time to move on: Chris Tiu retires from basketball FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I had intended to announce my retirement immediately after the game, through my friends from the press. But I thought it was better to postpone it until I had spoken to our team owners, as boss Raymond Yu and Terry Que politely asked me to stay on,” Tiu wrote in a heartfelt blog post entitled, “My Final Ride.”“In all honesty, I took to heart their words and seriously reconsidered playing another season or at least just one conference.” MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChris Tiu said he “seriously reconsidered” postponing his retirement from basketball for one more conference in the PBA at the very least.Tiu officially called it quits after six seasons in the PBA all with Rain or Shine, which drafted him seventh overall in 2012.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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AIFF, NADA Partner to Introduce Anti-doping Workshops in Indian Football

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: The All India Football Federation (AIFF), in collaboration with the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), is set to conduct anti-doping awareness workshops for all footballers, along with the support staff of all clubs taking part in the Indian Super League and the I-League.The Mass Athlete Awareness Program Against Doping, which is a NADA educational program, is set to be a regular fixture from 2019-20 onwards. The NADA-designed program will be introduced to Indian football for the first time, and will be held in Bellary and on Sunday in Bengaluru. The workshops will get underway this month. The program has been created in order to spread anti-doping awareness among sportspersons and support staff, including all the stakeholders in the Indian football community, with the aim of decreasing the incidences of doping amongst the Indian athletes and promote fair play. aiffanti-dopingfootballNADA First Published: November 23, 2019, 3:15 PM ISTlast_img read more

Indian naval ships in Lanka for spring overseas deployment

first_imgColombo, Apr 17 (PTI) Three Indian naval ships are currently on a three-day visit to Sri Lanka as part of their spring overseas deployment, imparting sea training to Lankan naval and coast guard trainees.The three ships Tir and Sujata and Indian Coast Guard ship Varuna that are part of the First Training Squadron will stay here till April 19, the Indian High Commission said.The ships will figure in a series of professional, training, cultural and sports interactions that will take place between the ships crewand Sri Lanka Navy personnel.Ships from the First Training Squadron have been visiting Sri Lanka regularly. Their last visit was in March last year, during which valuable training opportunities were provided to the Sri Lanka Navy.The First Training Squadron forms part of Southern Naval Command (SNC) and comprises sixindigenously built warships namely Tir, Shardul, Sujata, ICGS Varuna and two Sail Training ships Sudarshini as well as Tarangini.The primary aim of the Squadron is to impart sea training to Naval and Coast Guard trainees over a period of 24 weeks while exposing them to the rigours of life at sea.The Training Squadron is headed by Captain S R Ayyar, Senior Officer First Training Squadron and Commanding Officer INSTir.As one of the finest destinations for training, Indian Navy has trained more than 13,000 international trainees from over 40 countries in the last four decades. PTI CORR MRJlast_img read more

IPL: Suresh Raina edges past Virat Kohli in battle for all-time leading run scorer

first_imgSuresh Raina played a captain’s innings as Gujarat Lions beat Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets in Kolkata to register their second win in this year’s Indian Premier League.Raina, who hammered 84 off 46 balls as the Lions roared in the Knight’s den, also became the all-time highest run-scorer in the IPL.He once again went past Virat Kohli (4,264 runs) to become the leading run-scorer with 4,341 runs. He is currently 77 runs ahead of the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, who will next take the field on Sunday when RCB take on KKR in Kolkata.Raina started off the day on a good note after picking up Sunil Narine, who was looking dangerous on 42 off just 17 balls as Kolkata were racing along in the opening few overs. He ended with figures of 1/11 from two overs.The Gujarat captain continued the good work with the bat as he came out to bat after Aaron Finch fell scoring a breezy 31 in chase of 188. Raina looked in sublime touch right from the word go. He was not only timing the ball beautifully but also hitting some massive sixes.What was really impressive about Raina’s innings was the way he handled the situation and took responsibility even though wickets were falling around him. He brought up his fifty off just 32 balls and built a crucial partnership of 58 runs with Ravindra Jadeja for the sixth wicket before finally falling on 84, with Gujarat just eight runs away from victory.The stylish left-hander hit nine fours and four sixes in his innings of 84.advertisementGujarat will next play fifth-placed Kings XI Punjab on Sunday in Rajkot.last_img read more

England vs Ireland live streaming: When and where to watch Lord’s Test match Day 2

first_imgOn Day 1 of the four-day Test match between England and Ireland, the hosts suffered a batting collapse against a side that were playing only their third Test match.Ireland enjoyed a fairytale opening day in their first ever test match against England as they bowled out the hosts for 85 before building a healthy lead at sweltering Lord’s on Wednesday.Ireland, playing only their third test match, passed England’s total before tea thanks to a free-flowing partnership between Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie.A flurry of wickets threatened to undo their good work as Ireland slumped from 132-2 to 149-7.Yet Kevin O’Brien hung around for 28 not out and Murtagh (16) clobbered some useful late runs as Ireland were all out for 207, a 122-run innings lead.On Day 1, England captain Joe Root decided to bat against Ireland in a one-off Test at Lord’s on Wednesday, an inspired bowling performance led by Ireland’s veteran fast bowler Tim Murtagh (5/13) consigned new World Champions England to the embarrassment of being bowled out for a mere 85 runs.England’s poor show with bat came just 10 days after the hosts lifted the World Cup at the same ground as they suffered their shortest ever Test innings at home. It was also the first time England have been bowled out before lunch at Lord’s.Where will the England vs Ireland Test be played?The England vs Ireland four-day Test match will be played at Lord’s from (24-27 July 2019).What time does the England vs Ireland Test Day 2 start?advertisementThe England vs Ireland Test starts from 3.30 PM (IST) and 11:00 AM Local Time (England/Ireland).When can you watch England vs Ireland Test Day 2 live?Sky Sports is the official broadcasting partner for England vs Ireland Test match.How can you watch online live streaming of England vs Ireland Test?The online live streaming of England vs Ireland Test Day 2 will be available on SonyLiv.England vs Ireland: Playing 11sEngland: Jason Roy, Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Olly Stone, Jack LeachIreland: William Porterfield (c), James McCollum, Andrew Balbirnie, Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Gary Wilson (wkt), Stuart Thompson, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Boyd RankinAlso Read | England blown away for their shortest Test innings by newcomers IrelandAlso Read | England collapse against Ireland ’embarrassing’, says Michael VaughanAlso Seelast_img read more

‘World-class Kane up there with Ronaldo & Suarez’

first_imgGoal 50 World-class Kane up there with Ronaldo and Suarez, says Vialli Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 23:00 11/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane Tottenham 30092017 Getty Goal 50 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Harry Kane Opinion The Chelsea legend has broken across club rival lines to praise the in-form Tottenham and England striker Gianluca Vialli has hailed Harry Kane as “one of the best strikers in the world”, claiming the Tottenham hotshot is on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.The former Chelsea striker and manager has been hugely impressed with the way in which the England international has developed over the past year, with the 24-year-old having scored 29 times in just 30 games as Spurs finished second in the Premier League last season, as well as helping his country qualify for the World Cup.Kane 16/5 FGS in NLD  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Kane’s sensational goalscoring form saw him finish a career-high 17th place in this year’s Goal 50 and Vialli believes that there is even better to come from a player now being linked with Real Madrid.”Harry Kane is becoming one of the best strikers in the world,” the legendary No.9 told Goal. “It is unbelievable, he is strong, he is technical, he is a goalscorer and he is scoring in the Premier League, Champions League and at international level with England.”I don’t know whether if Harry Kane gets injured that it would be over for England but it might be a big problem because at the moment he is the centre-forward. He is the guy that everyone knows in the team can come out with the end product and the goals you need in order to win things.Harry Kane GFX“He is also someone who works hard for the side. It would be difficult to find someone capable of replacing him. I think Harry Kane at the moment is a world-class player, probably together with Robert Lewandowski, Suarez, Cristiano, Higuain, and perhaps Icardi.”He is definitely one of the top five centre-forwards in the world at the moment and I think soon he will be in the top three.”Vialli was a striker for Sampdoria, Juventus, Chelsea and Italy and he now works as a pundit for Sky Sport Italia, as well as being involved in the world of football finance with Tifosy in London.last_img read more

10 months agoBrian Stock joins Bournemouth academy coaching staff

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brian Stock joins Bournemouth academy coaching staffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bournemouth midfielder Brian Stock has joined the club’s academy coaching staff.Bournemouth have appointed Stock as the under-14s lead coach.The former midfielder made over 150 appearances for the Cherries between 2000 and 2006. He said, “Calling time on my footballing career was a very tough decision, however with this opportunity at the club where I started my journey and a club so close to my heart made it an easy one! “I’m looking forward to working with all the academy staff and players at AFC Bournemouth and am excited at starting a new chapter in my career.” last_img read more

Canadians dont care as much about the family car anymore

first_imgNothing used to say middle-class like a shiny new car—one that the whole family can jump in and take a road trip to the beach or to the grand parents’ place for Sunday dinner. But with successive generations, that value is on the decline, according to a poll by the Canada Project at Maclean’s.Families still tend to own vehicles but the value they represent is much lower with Gen-Xers and millennials than it was with their parent’s generations. In general, the so-called “silent generation” (those ages 75 and older) assigned a higher social value —and actual price—to family cars than later generations. Asked what they consider a fair price for a family vehicle, 27% of silents agreed to $30,000 or more a fair price, whereas only 17% of boomers and only 18% of Gen-Xers did. Why the difference?One reason may be that the older generation saw the car as a luxury item, whereas Gen-Xers and millennials see is as a more utilitarian buy. They may also simply not be as reliant on a car to get around, compared to earlier generations.“In the mid 1960s, there was really only one family car and the father was still master of the household,” says George Iny, executive director of the Automobile Protection Association in Toronto. “That generation saw the car as an asset, not an expense like today’s younger generation which tends to lease rather than buy.” Or not even have a vehicle, in many cases.Part of the past allure may have been the fact that a lot of older generation Canadians lived in the suburbs and they needed a car to get just about anywhere. It was also seen as a status symbol and something the family took pride in owning and maintaining. But millennials are different.“They’re into the environment and like biking and walking,” says Ayana Forward, a certified financial planner with Ryan Lamontagne in Ottawa. “Cars for the old generation was a connection to people. Now the younger generation has electronics to do that so it’s not as highly valued.”Iny largely agrees but notes that there lots of exceptions. In fact, he says, studies show that when Gen-Xers get their first steady job, they’re actually leasing luxury cars such as Mercedes, Lexus and BMWs. “The market for luxury cars and SUVs is steadily increasing with just a small number of sales being environmental small cars,” says Iny. How Canadians see our country at 150 THE CANADA PROJECT “So Gen-Xers say they’re green but they’re actually leasing larger luxury cars, trucks and SUVs. They’re just more comfortable and you can throw stuff in the back so they’re handy too. It’s a bit of a conundrum and shows the dissonance between what people think and what they’re actually doing.”For the Gen-X generation, it’s all about cash flow management. “If you can afford $500 a month for a car lease, then luxury vehicles for the family are very attainable,” says Iny. “As long as published leasing rates are low, people will buy. In fact, outside of cities, buyers are purchasing larger vehicles and taking longer periods for their financing—up to 84 months.” You might also be interested in…We asked 1,500 Canadians what they love about their country — and what they’d like to change This is very much contrary to what the previous generation did. “Those 75 years of age or older see possessions as assets and there’s more permanence to the things they owned,” says Iny.The lesson? Expectations have changed and with such easy financing, the younger generations are bound to keep the concept of the family car going—albeit, only if they can lease it.last_img read more

Vancouver records ghastly death count from suspected overdoses mayor

first_imgVANCOUVER – The suspected overdose deaths of 11 people last week in Vancouver has set what the mayor calls a “ghastly” death-count record for 2018.The city says the week of July 23 was the worst on record this year for suspected overdose deaths based on statistics from the police department.So far in 2018, 206 people have died in Vancouver from suspected overdoses.The latest overdose statistics for the province show there was a dip in the number of suspected illicit drug deaths in June compared with the same month a year earlier.There were 105 illicit drug overdose deaths across B.C. in June, a drop from 123 in the same month last year.Mayor Gregor Robertson called last week’s death count for the city “simply ghastly” in a news release.“We don’t see signs that we’ve turned a corner on this public health disaster in Vancouver,” he said. “A poisoned supply of street drugs continues to kill our loved ones and devastate families across our city. Lives are on the line — people need access to safe prescription drugs rather than being forced to turn to the deadly drugs from organized crime on our streets.”The number of deaths due to overdoses last week must still be confirmed by the BC Coroners Service.The fire department says it responded to 147 overdose calls last week, a 47 per cent increase from the previous week, and 24 per cent higher than the weekly average for 2017.The city says frontline workers suspect the increase in overdoses and related deaths are due to high toxicity in street drugs.In Vancouver last year, 366 people died from suspected overdoses.Across B.C., fentanyl has been detected in 81 per cent of the drug overdose deaths in the first six months of 2018, the coroner’s service said this week. The powerful painkiller appears to account for the spike in illicit drug overdose deaths since 2012, as the number of deaths excluding fentanyl has remained relatively stable since 2011, it said.Illicit drug overdose deaths climbed to more than 1,400 in 2017 from about 300 in 2012, surpassing suicide and car accidents to become the leading cause of unnatural deaths in British Columbia.last_img read more

Security Council UN rights experts urge restoration of constitutional law in Fiji

20 April 2009The Security Council and two human rights experts today joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other United Nations figures in voicing deep concern over the abrogation of Fiji’s constitution, the sacking of its judiciary and the imposition of press restrictions. The South Pacific archipelago’s unelected executive fired the judges, set a longer time frame for parliamentary election and declared a public emergency on 10 April, following a court ruling that declared the interim leadership unconstitutional.“It is a step backwards and needs restoration of the democracy process that Fiji has been undertaking, in cooperation with regional and international partners as well as the United Nations,” Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico, which holds the April presidency of the Security Council, told the press this afternoon. Supporting Mr. Ban’s approach to the matter, members of the Council expressed hope that Fiji will resume “steadfast” progress towards democracy and that fair elections will be held at the soonest possible time. The island chain has suffered prolonged internal tensions between its indigenous Fijian and Indo-Fijian communities, and had four coups since 1987. Commodore Josaia V. Bainimarama, who serves as Prime Minister, came to power in a coup in December 2006, sparking criticism from the UN at the time.Also today, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Leandro Despouy, and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, strongly condemned the suspension of rights in Fiji.They urged Fiji’s authorities to restore the rule of law by immediately reinstating the judiciary and ending the restrictions placed on the rights to freedom of expression and assembly.“The respect of the independence of the judiciary and freedom of expression are fundamental pillars of the rule of law and democracy,” said the joint statement of the two experts, who report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in an independent and unpaid capacity.“Judges play a fundamental role in protecting human rights during states of emergency. It is crucial that the judiciary is immediately re-established,” said Mr. Despouy, maintaining that such states of emergency must be strictly limited. He added that there have been deportations of foreign journalists and arbitrary arrests of others, with yet others summoned by the Ministry of information and warned to restrict the content of their reporting. “Special Procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council as well as other neutral international observers should be allowed to visit the country in order to ensure the respect of the human rights of the population.”He has requested on several occasions that the Interim Government of Fiji allow him to undertake an official visit to the country, with no response as yet. read more

Côte dIvoire Annan appeals for calm as Security Council threatens sanctions

“I think it is unfortunate that the population would be incited to take to the streets to criticize the forces that are there to help the situation, the forces that are there to encourage them to make peace,” he told journalists outside the Security Council where its 15 members were discussing their next steps in closed session.As a basis for discussion, the Council had the Secretary-General’s latest report on Côte d’Ivoire, which calls for an expansion of the UN force in the country. While this notion had not previously received support, Mr. Annan said developments on the ground had made the case for a larger UN mission.In addition to UN-authorized French forces, the UN mission, known by its French acronym ONUCI, now numbers 6,891 soldiers and 697 international police. Mr Annan has asked for an additional 3,400 soldiers and 475 police officers.On the diplomatic front, Mr. Annan said he was in touch with President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, the chairman of the African Union (AU), who went to Abidjan yesterday to talk to Ivorian leaders, and with President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, who has been the AU-designated mediator.The demonstrations outside the ONUCI headquarters started on Monday, opposing a non-binding recommendation by the UN-authorized International Working Group that would have effectively disbanded the National Assembly, whose mandate had ended.The move would have reduced the powers of President Laurent Gbagbo and given wide-ranging powers to newly appointed Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny and his national-unity cabinet, which includes leaders of the armed and unarmed opposition.Mr. Annan warned that in time, those responsible “the time will come when they may have to account for their acts and the disruption they are causing to their own society.”He appealed to all Ivorian citizens “to work together with the Government and for the Prime Minister and the President to work together to implement the road map, to work together to bring peace in the interest of the people and in the interest of the nation.“It is their responsibility and their duty and the international community is there to assist them. We are not the protagonists and they should work with us to implement the road map,” he added.Meanwhile, the Security Council today adopted a presidential statement endorsing the IWG’s final communiqué containing the controversial recommendation and strongly condemning the violent attacks on ONUCI and international NGO facilities “by street militias and other groups associated with the ‘Young Patriots,’ as well as their instigators.”The Council’s current President, Ambassador Augustine P. Mahiga of Tanzania, citing previous resolutions, warned that targeted measures will be imposed against persons “who among other things, block the implementation of the peace process, including by attacking or obstructing the action of UNOCI, of the French Forces, of the High Representative for the elections or of the International Working Group, or who incite publicly hatred and violence.”The Council called on all Ivorians to refrain from any hostile action and demanded that all hate messages in the media cease and that effective control by the board and General Director over Radio Télévision Ivoirienne be re-established at once.From Abidjan, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Abdoulaye Mar Dieye expressed his regret for the loss of civilian life and his grave concern over the destruction of the offices of several relief groups. He called “for an immediate end to the incitements for protesters to target humanitarian personnel.”In New York, the head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Under-Secretary-General Jean-Marie Guéhenno, told reporters there would be no progress in the absence of a functioning government accepted by all and voiced hope that Mr. Gbagbo and Mr. Banny together would restore order.Although the situation in some cities and towns had improved today, “the Young Patriots have been harassing international personnel,” he said.He noted that the question of Ivorian identity was a sensitive one with regard to elections. The process of disarmament, also sensitive, had to be carried out in the rebel-controlled north at the same time as in the Government-ruled south, he noted, adding that this would require a strengthened UN mission.In answer to a question, Mr. Guéhenno pointed out such significant UN achievements last year as the completion of the peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone, the elections in Burundi and Afghanistan and the constitutional referendum in DRC. “But they are always achieved with a very limited amount of resources, so they are always fragile.”The Council, by putting so many tasks on the shoulders of the UN, has recognized the importance of peacekeeping as a fundamental tool to prevent conflicts from escalating and civil wars from resuming. “If that instrument is to be preserved, it has to be properly resourced,” he said. read more

CAE gets 215M worth of contracts for civil military simulators training

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 3, 2013 1:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CAE gets $215M worth of contracts for civil, military simulators, training MONTREAL – CAE Inc. announced the sale of five flight simulators on Wednesday as part of several new military and commercial contracts worth a total of $215 million.The military contracts, valued at $130 million, include construction of a training facility for the Kuwait air force as well as training simulators for the Australian navy and U.S. air force.Meanwhile, the company also sold five full-flight simulators and other training equipment for airlines and aircraft manufacturers in Asia, Australasia, North America and Europe worth a total of $85 million.The sale raises the number of full-flight simulators sold in its 2013 financial year to 35, in line with its guidance.CAE said 60 per cent of simulator sales this year have come from customers in Asia and Australasia, 23 per cent in North America and 17 per cent in Europe.The company didn’t identify the airlines or provide a breakdown of the individual civil contracts.The military contracts include an MH-60 Sikorsky helicopter maintenance and weapons trainer that will be delivered in 2015 to the Australian navy.Lockheed Martin has also exercised a contract option for CAE to design and manufacture an additional C-130J weapon systems trainer for the United States air force to be delivered in 2016.The United States air force also awarded CAE a contract to perform operations and maintenance support for the KC-135 boom operator training for eight years for a total of $55 million.“Our position on key platforms such as the C-130J and MH-60 helicopters continues to provide a range of opportunities globally, including foreign military sale contracts through the United States government,” stated Gene Colabatistto, president of the military group.Analyst Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial said CAE’s simulator orders in fiscal 2013 met expectations despite being two fewer than the prior year.He added the outlook is positive for next year, driven by deliveries and up to 634 new aircraft orders announced by Airbus and Boeing. One simulator is typically required for every 20 to 30 new planes.“We therefore expect a similarly strong level of full-flight simulator orders for CAE in fiscal 2014,” he wrote in a report.CAE is expected to provide its guidance for orders next year when it releases its fourth-quarter results on May 16.Although uncertainty remains in the military segment, especially for U.S. military contracts, Doerksen said only 41 per cent of CAE’s total revenues is military and only a third of that is related to the U.S.Doerksen downgraded CAE’s stock following its third-quarter results over military market uncertainty and expected soft civil training margins.But he said the subsequent drop in its share price below $10 represents a buying opportunity for longer-term investors.“Our long-term view remains positive on CAE as demand for full flight simulators should remain strong and a growing pilot shortage will position CAE for growth in pilot training.” read more

ADDIS historic agreement reached on financing for new UN sustainable development agenda

“This agreement is a critical step forward in building a sustainable future for all. It provides a global framework for financing sustainable development,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said after negotiators reached the deal at the Conference, which has been running in the Ethiopian capital since Monday, 13 July, and officially wraps up its work tomorrow.“It gives us the foundation of a revitalized global partnership for sustainable development that will leave no one behind,” said of the groundbreaking agreement, which will be known as the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.The agreement provides a foundation for implementing the global sustainable development agenda that world leaders are expected to adopt in New York this September and for reaching a binding agreement at UN climate negotiations in Paris in December to reduce global carbon emissions.It marks a milestone in forging an enhanced global partnership that aims to foster universal, inclusive economic prosperity and improve people’s well-being while protecting the environment.Financing is considered the linchpin for the success of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, which will be driven by the implementation of 17 goals. In support of implementation of these goals, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda contains more than 100 concrete measures, addressing all sources of finance, and covering cooperation on a range of issues including technology, science, innovation, trade and capacity building.“This historic agreement marks a turning point in international cooperation that will result in the necessary investments for the new and transformative sustainable development agenda that will improve the lives of people everywhere,” said Wu Hongbo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the Conference. Domestic resource mobilization is central to the agenda and countries agreed to an array of measures aimed at widening the revenue base, improving tax collection, and combatting tax evasion and illicit financial flows. They also reaffirmed their commitment to official development assistance, particularly for the least developed countries, and pledged to increase South-South cooperation.The outcome document also underscores the importance of aligning private investment with sustainable development, along with public policies and regulatory frameworks to set the right incentives. A new mechanism that will facilitate financing for new technologies for developing countries was also agreed upon.The Action Agenda includes important policy commitments and key deliverables in critical areas for sustainable development, including infrastructure, social protection and technology.Agreements were reached on international cooperation for financing of specific areas where significant investments are needed, such as in infrastructure for energy, transport, water and sanitation, and other areas to help realize the proposed sustainable development goals.Countries also stressed the importance of nationally owned sustainable development strategies, supported by integrated national financing frameworks. read more

Security Council requests UN panel to propose global framework on countering terrorist

Through a Presidential Statement adopted during an open debate on countering the narratives and ideologies of terrorism, the 15-nation Council asked its Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) to undertake the work and recommend guidelines and good practices to effectively counter the ways the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals and groups use their narratives to encourage and recruit others to commit terrorist acts.The CTC would work closely with the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) and other relevant bodies, as well as interested Member States.The Council noted with concern that the ISIL, Al-Qaida, and associated groups “craft distorted narratives that are based on the misinterpretation and misrepresentation of religion to justify violence,” which are utilized to recruit supporters and foreign terrorist fighters, mobilize resources, and garner support from sympathizers, in particular by exploiting information and communications technologies, including through the Internet and social media.Also in the statement, the Council emphasized that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality or civilization, underscoring the importance of promoting tolerance and inter religious dialogue. It also stressed that terrorism can only be defeated by a sustained and comprehensive approach involving the active participation and collaboration of all States, international and regional organizations and civil society.In his opening remarks, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson emphasized that terrorist groups are exploiting religious beliefs in order to incite hatred and violence and to cause division and polarization in our societies.“Terrorists and violent extremists blatantly challenge the values enshrined in the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as our shared pursuit of peace, justice and human dignity,” he said. The Academy worked to combat terrorist ideologies by providing education through scholarships. It hosted 40,000 students from 130 countries, and placed an emphasis on the pluralism of religion. It was also working with communities in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, besides partnering globally with member organizations to spread international peace.No ‘silver bullet’ to stop terrorists using InternetSteve Crown, Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel of Microsoft Corporation, said that, for the Internet industry, the scale of the terrorist challenge is “daunting.” Indeed, as one was terrorist propaganda site was taken down, another seemed to spring up in its place.There had been 7,500 tweets within 15 minutes of the Paris attacks, and within two weeks, there had been 1 million Internet views, many praising the attacks, he recalled. In fact, another company in the technology sector had noted that its 1.6 billion users submitted one million reports of objectionable postings every day across all content categories. “If there were an elegant solution, industry would have adopted it,” he said, adding that there was no “silver bullet” to stop terrorists using the Internet.He went on to emphasize that terrorist use of Internet platforms was a complicated topic. Like fire, gunpowder and the printing press, any technology could be used for either good or evil. Since the Internet industry was built on the idea that communications could unleash human potential, Microsoft’s mission was to empower every person on the planet.Other companies in the sector, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, differed from each other and competed fiercely at times, but they came together when Internet platforms were abused, he said. Perhaps the best example was the unity displayed in combating child sex abuse materials, he said. Similarly, the industry was united in working to address terrorist abuse of technology services.Describing public-private partnerships as the appropriate response, he stressed the need for the international community to work together in a coordinated and transparent way. However, there was no universally accepted definition of terrorism or extremism at the international or regional level, he pointed out. While definitional lines were hard to draw, the international community could agree broadly on harmful actors, he said, emphasizing that dialogue and learning was the path to success.The rule of law and the promotion of human rights were critical for Microsoft, he stressed, pointing out that it published a global human rights statement in order to ensure the right approach to doing business.As actors worked together across sectors, it was essential that they have an open discussion and explore new and improved means of addressing misuse of information and technology platforms. “We need to admit what we do not know,” he said, underscoring the need to focus on taking action and learning from experience. A wide view of the Security Council open debate on “Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts: Countering the narratives and ideologies of terrorism.” UN Photo/Evan Schneider Terrorist bombs not only devastate human lives but also target common values, he said, noting that the global community has a responsibility to shield people from harm and protect universal values from erosion.“Faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, and the primacy of global solidarity represent the greatest force in our hands to counter terrorist narratives and ideologies,” Mr. Eliasson said.With young people falling prey to terrorist narratives and ideologies, he called on Council Members and all Member States to translate into practice its historic resolution 2250 of December 2015 that recognized the value and role of young people and young peacebuilders.“We must do more than repeat general statements about youth being the ‘leaders of the future,’” he said.With superior communications skills, extensive social media networks and often more influential voices than their elders, the current generation of youth can amplify messages of common humanity.Incitement and recruitment of terrorists as well as conditions conducive to terrorism have been addressed in several Security Council resolutions, the General Assembly’s Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism.It is necessary to counter and refute false and nefarious narratives. Such narratives must also be replaced with compelling alternative visions, backed by tangible opportunities for meaningful and constructive engagement, he said.Stressing that security and military responses are not enough, he said that the Secretary-General’s action plan strongly focuses on preventive approaches and cautioned against the ‘us against them’ mentality prevalent across the world today.“In a deeper sense, the best narrative to counter violent extremism may perhaps not be a narrative,” he said. “This whole discussion is not about a story. It is about action to build peace, development and human rights.”Mohi El-Din Afifi, Secretary-General of Al Azhar Islamic Research Academy, said the grim realities in the Middle East had surpassed all limits of religion and morals, with crimes being perpetrated in the name of Islam. The media had distorted that notion, he emphasized, adding that, in reality, such crimes had no relation to religious or human traditions. A view of the observers’ gallery in the Security Council Chamber, as as it held an open debate on “Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts: Countering the narratives and ideologies of terrorism.” UN Photo/Rick Bajornas read more

PODCAST Innovation Matters on Good Morning Goodman

This is the latest in the Good Morning Goodman series which updates the Goodman School of Business community weekly on important news and events. Good Morning Goodman continues this week with co-hosts Susan LeBlanc and Najlaa Rauf announcing that tickets will be on sale soon for Innovation Matters and Monster Pitch events. Innovation Matters is a panel discussion on innovation and entrepreneurship featuring some familiar names – Jim Treliving, Bruce Croxon, Deborah Rosati and Jason Sparaga. Both events are set to take place on March 22 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.LeBlanc and Rauf also announce the upcoming 5 Days for the Homeless campaign organized by the Goodman Business Students’ Association. The campaign, which takes place March 7-11, aims to raise awareness about youth homelessness in Niagara while accepting monetary and non-perishable food donations on behalf of Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold.This week’s congratulatory messages are to our graduates who successfully passed the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Ontario’s Common Final Examination (CFE) and to Chris Pace, Josh Ratz, Melissa Trapani and Sameer Verma, who placed third out of 24 teams at the Supply Chain Management Association Competition.Other upcoming events are Brock Finance and Investment Group’s Stock Pitch Challenge, Brock Marketing Association’s So You Think You Can Sell competition and Brock’s Spring Open House. PwC will be on campus next week (March 10) for an information and networking session. More information about all student events are on CareerZone. read more

Pryors future uncertain

As the U.S. economy continues on its rocky path, the job market remains unstable. It’s especially shaky for a third-year athlete facing a five-game suspension and questions about whether he can succeed as quarterback at the professional level. Terrelle Pryor, center of the Buckeye universe since he committed to Ohio State on March 19, 2008, must confront an intricate situation containing the key to unlocking his future. The Jeannette, Pa., native confirmed to the media Saturday that he will return for his senior season, even though he will first serve a five-game suspension for receiving improper benefits. “When bad things happen to you, that’s when you want your family around you,” Pryor said. “Going through all of this, that’s when you realize that Ohio State football is your family.” The NCAA suspended Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, tackle Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas for five games after learning the players had violated NCAA rules by selling gear, apparel and memorabilia to the owner of a Columbus tattoo parlor in 2009. Freshman linebacker Jordan Whiting must sit out one game. NCAA rules prohibit athletes from receiving benefits or discounts based on their persona. The suspensions, however, won’t take effect until next season, allowing the athletes to play in Tuesday’s Sugar Bowl. The NCAA concluded that the rules education provided by the OSU compliance department did not meet NCAA standards at the time the players sold the merchandise. Pryor came to OSU because he felt coach Jim Tressel’s system would better prepare him for the NFL than if he chose to run rampant in Michigan’s spread offense. Now, despite a 30-3 career mark as a starter in scarlet and gray, his legacy rests on thin ice. Fans have voiced displeasure toward the quarterback who, although proud of the Block ‘O’ tattoo on his right forearm, didn’t value the sentiment of his Big Ten championship ring or gold pants trinket as highly as Buckeye Nation preferred. “You shouldn’t worry about what other people say, but you do take a lot of what other people say into your mind,” Pryor said. “They’re saying it for some reason. That’s the hardest thing, is hearing people say some cruel things about you. You know what you did and you take the responsibility, but guys are still out there nailing you and talking about you.” Pryor said he tossed around the idea of turning pro after the Sugar Bowl to evade the lengthy suspension and lessen the hit on his draft stock. But then Tressel required all five players to pledge to return for their senior seasons before granting them permission to travel with the team to New Orleans. Although the promises are nonbinding, Pryor vowed to hold up his end of the bargain. “I think some guys pledged and some guys — we were just basically saying sorry,” he said. “I don’t want to say that if (someone) would choose to leave, that they’re breaking a pledge. I think some guys have different situations. (But) once you pledge something, I think you’ve got to keep your word for it.” Should the NCAA uphold its ruling — which OSU is appealing — Pryor wouldn’t be eligible until the Buckeyes’ contest at Nebraska on Oct. 8. That would leave him with seven games, plus a possible conference championship game and bowl game, to script the final chapter of his college career. But would he regain his starting job that easily? Tressel has had a penchant for rewarding veteran players. Quarterback Joe Bauserman, who has served as Pryor’s primary backup for two years, will be a redshirt senior next year. Ken Guiton, who has also seen action this year, will be a redshirt sophomore. Then there’s Braxton Miller, widely considered one of the top recruits in all of college football. The Huber Heights, Ohio, native enrolled early at OSU so he could take part in spring practices. Tressel said he expects a testy quarterback competition in the spring. “I’m sure in the spring and so forth … in the spring that would heat up,” Tressel said. Regardless of how he fits into next year’s plans, Pryor knows a memorable Sugar Bowl performance will go a long way for his legacy and NFL stock. For the quarterback who always seems to have the ball in his hands, he’ll have to learn to bide his time until it’s his turn. “I’ve never sat out a game in my life,” Pryor said. “I don’t know how it’s going to affect me next year.” Pryor acknowledged that he has work left to do at the college level, work that somehow must be completed in the minimal time he has remaining in Columbus if he’s to improve his job prospects. “We’ve just got to win,” he said. “I’ve got to come up with some type of plan with (Tressel) for next year, because that five-game suspension could really mess up things I really want to accomplish. As of right now, (I’ll) keep winning as much as possible and keep leading the team as best I can. “I guess I’ll need to leave the rest to everyone else.” read more

Astronomers get a preview of the Earths destruction 5 billion years early

first_imgA group of astronomers that were studying an enormous red giant star named BD+48 740 have made a startling discovery this week. Looking through the Hobby-Eberly Telescope in hopes of finding planets orbiting the aging star, what the international team discovered instead was the world’s first evidence of a planet being devoured by its own star. A nightmare scenario, the team got a glimpse of the possible fate of Earth some five billion years in the future when our sun turns into a red giant and swells into our orbital path. While, of course, the team didn’t directly witness the event they found two peculiar pieces of evidence that lead them to believe that the planetary event occurred.The first clue that the team found was the high amounts of lithium present in the makeup of BD+48 740. Surprising because of the ease in which it’s consumed inside of stars, the presence of high amounts of the rare element raised eyebrows because theorists have deduced that there are only a very few specific scenarios in which lithium can be present in stars. Usually present in stars that are much younger than BD+48 740, lithium was thought to have been created by the big bang and then consumed by the infant stars as a source of energy. To find this high of an amount of lithium in a star that is nearing the end of its life cycle is a good indication that the element was produced as a result of the destruction of a large planetary body as it dove into the fiery mass headfirst.The second and more peculiar indication that an object the size of a planet was destroyed is the second planet that the team discovered orbiting the red giant. While its existence isn’t unusual, its orbit is. Circling BD+48 740 in a strangely elliptical orbit is a planet 1.6 times the size of Jupiter. At the narrowest point of its travels around its sun, the huge planet is roughly the same distance as Mars is from our sun, however at the edge of its ellipse it’s much farther away than anything that researchers have ever seen. The fact of the odd distances aside, an elliptical orbit is something that is rare in the universe and is usually caused by an outside catalyst. The team is theorizing that this phenomenon was caused by the energy being released from its sister planet being destroyed which knocked it into such an odd orbit.While it’s a bit macabre, the discovery may shed some light on what our planet may experience in the distant future. Being some five billion years away, we of course will be long gone before that event happens, but perhaps the information gleaned can help future generations.Read more at the Penn State science page.last_img read more

Zoo deaths In the wild gorillas dont eat their own vomit and

first_img Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 6:30 AM https://jrnl.ie/3285228 Short URL ZOOS BEGAN AS menageries where the rich could see the living exotic “spoils” of wars in foreign lands. Now they’re simply animal prisons.The justification many zoos give for their existence in the 21st century is that they protect animals and conserve endangered species.But the recent reports that more than 100 animals have died at Dublin Zoo in a two-year period should serve as an urgent wake-up call and prompt us to re-evaluate the role these institutions play in today’s society.Among the 109 animals to die at the zoo during the 24-month period were three scimitar-horned oryxes, three Humboldt penguins, a pair of red-tipped mangabeys, two Rothschild’s giraffes, two wild African hunting dogs, an African spurred tortoise, a southern white rhinoceros, and a red panda, all of whom were from endangered or vulnerable species.Captive-bred animals are rarely released into wildIf ever there were truth to the adage that “zoos put the con in conservation” by trying to hoodwink the public into believing that the salvation of endangered species lies in warehousing these sensitive animals, then surely this is it.There’s a commonly held misconception that zoos are reintroducing animals into their native habitats. In reality, most zoos have no involvement of any kind with any reintroduction programmes.This means that captive-bred species that do face extinction – including elephants, polar bears, gorillas, tigers, chimpanzees, and pandas – are rarely, if ever, released back into their natural environments to bolster dwindling populations.And while zoos spend millions on keeping animals confined, natural habitats are destroyed and animals are killed, as there’s insufficient funding for their protection.Cages won’t stop extinction 2,922 Views Five million pounds for three gorillas when national parks are seeing that number killed every day for want of some Land Rovers and trained men and anti-poaching patrols.The simple fact is that the same amount of money a zoo spends on buying or breeding and housing “exotic” animals could benefit so many more in the wild.And if Dublin Zoo were serious about helping endangered species, it would ask the public to donate to schemes that target the root causes of extinction and endangerment of animals all over the world – habitat destruction and poaching – because all the cages in the world won’t save animals from becoming extinct.Diminished existence depresses zoo animalsCaptivity takes its toll, and animals in zoos often go insane from the frustration of their diminished existence – while visitors leave without having learned anything meaningful about animals’ natural behaviour, intelligence, or beauty.There’s nothing dignified or inspiring about seeing depressed, despondent animals.In the wild, gorillas don’t eat their own vomit and pull out their hair in frustration. Free polar bears don’t pace back and forth constantly on concrete.Captive animals’ typical forms of neurotic behaviour – such as bar-biting, self-mutilation, pacing, and rocking – are unheard of among their wild relatives. Just as we wouldn’t go to a prison to learn about typical human society, it makes no sense to observe imprisoned animals in order to learn about them.Wildlife documentaries mean we don’t need to incarcerate animalsToday, we have entire television channels dedicated to showing wildlife documentaries. We no longer have any excuse for keeping intelligent, social animals incarcerated and denying them everything that’s natural and important to them.Because, at the end of the day, the paying public can go home, but these animals are stuck as living exhibits and crowd-pulling attractions until the day they die in captivity, a world away from where they truly belong.Elisa Allen is Director of PETA UK.Opinion: ‘Tax isn’t just an expense, it’s a societal good and an investment in all our futures’>‘I want to show that someone who can’t speak thinks many thoughts, understands everything’> Source: Niall CarsonWhen ZSL London Zoo spent £5.3 million on a new gorilla enclosure, the chief consultant to the UN Great Apes Survival Partnership said that he was uneasy at the discrepancy between lavish spending at zoos and the scarcity of resources available for conserving threatened species in the wild: PETA 42 Comments Mar 14th 2017, 6:30 AM Share Tweet Email8 By Elisa Allen Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Elisa Allen Zoo deaths: ‘In the wild, gorillas don’t eat their own vomit and pull out their hair in frustration’ Even in the best circumstances, it’s impossible for zoos to meet all the unique needs of the various species they hold captive, writes Elisa Allen.last_img read more