The last elephants of Cambodia’s Virachey National Park

first_imgVirachey is Cambodia’s largest national park, with 3,325 square kilometers of mountainous jungle, upland savannas, and deep river gorges spanning across Stung Treng and Ratanakiri provinces in the extreme northeast of the country.Economic Land Concessions, some of which have now been revoked, chipped away at the area of the park that borders Vietnam, while selective illegal logging takes place throughout Virachey (and every “protected area” in Cambodia) and poaching is rife.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. It was getting late in the day and we were searching for our favorite swimming hole and camp site, a place called D’dar Poom Chop (which translates roughly from the ethnic Brao language into something like “Broken Pineapple Rock Waterfall”) in Cambodia’s Virachey National Park.In fact, we didn’t intend to set up camp there, as it’s not directly on the old Brao path we needed to take in order to reach the Lao border — a path that was used in times past to evade paying taxes, escape forced labor for the French, and flee the Khmer Rouge. That same path became a main artery of the Ho Chih Minh Trail used by the Viet Cong, and then during the Vietnamese occupation period trucks and elephants used the trail to haul out valuable timber and rattan. Today it is used mainly by poachers, loggers, and a ragged conservation team consisting of myself, Virachey Park staff, and Brao porters. We were on our way to retrieve footage from our camera traps in the park, and were hoping to take a quick swim en route.Virachey is Cambodia’s largest national park, with 3,325 square kilometers (close to 1,300 square miles) of mountainous jungle, upland savannas, and deep river gorges spanning across Stung Treng and Ratanakiri provinces in the extreme northeast of the country. Economic Land Concessions, some of which have now been revoked, chipped away at the area of the park that borders Vietnam, while selective illegal logging takes place throughout Virachey (and every “protected area” in Cambodia) and poaching is rife. However, there have been whispers of much more sinister plans: a “border belt” road that would hug the Lao border inside Virachey in the area that is currently the most inaccessible and lush of the whole park — the very area where our twelve camera traps were currently in operation. The effects that such a road would have on wildlife and the forest are unthinkable: farmers, squatters, more poachers, more loggers, industrial-scale plantations, and much more would probably follow.Gregory McCann’s old Brao friend Kamla takes a dip in Ddar Poom Chop. Photo by Gregory McCann.Heavy storms in 2016 leveled entire stands of bamboo, causing us to lose the way several times. With hordes of leeches on my legs and daylight fading fast, I voted to set up camp next to a stream that seemed to be flowing in the wrong direction. The next morning I was sure that the stream was the O Gan Yu River, which has its source in Phnom Haling-Halang (Phnom means hill or mountain in Khmer), the Cambodia-Lao border mountain where we had a dozen camera traps set up. I figured it would help us get our bearings if we could confirm that D’dar Poom Chop was just 20 minutes upriver, which was my guess. I asked our two lead guides, Virachey Ranger Leam Sou and “muscle man” Peen, to take a few minutes to investigate before we set off on another machete-whacking slog. We were now four days deep into the trek and we couldn’t afford to waste any more time with unnecessary detours.The expedition was beginning to feel like a long walk in the Dagobah System from The Empire Strikes Back, with my old, shriveled and hunched-over Brao friend Kamla wandering off into the forest on mysterious quests while we waited for Sou and Peen. As I was beginning to note the leeches again, Sou and Peen came back shouting. “Greg! Elephant shit! We find elephant shit close to D’dar Poom Chop, and it’s only 200 meters away!” I was stunned by this news.We got GPS handsets and cameras out and set off in pursuit of steaming piles of elephant dung. We found about a dozen, most of which appeared about three months old by our guides’ estimate. In 2015 we found some very old lumps of elephant dung near the Lao border mountains, and some ethnic Kavet guides insisted that only a small group of elephants remain, which occasionally cross over the border from Laos. We stood now a good distance from those border mountains. These could be genuine Virachey elephants, remnants of once-vast herds that were ruthlessly slaughtered in the 1980s. Who knows, maybe they had come all the way down to bathe in that paradisiacal swimming hole that I love so much.The Cambodia-Lao borderland still contains vast amounts of primary forest cover. Photo by Gregory McCann.Camera trap photo of juvenile elephant in Virachey National Park. Courtesy of Gregory McCann.It was time to get moving again and reach Haling-Halang base camp. We stopped to pick up two camera traps en route, with swarms of ants racing frantically in and out of the protective metal casings and biting us as we fiddled with jammed and rusted locks.We almost made it to the Lao border in a day — which would have been a feat to impress even the super-fit Brao tribal people — but we got lost once again, this time spending two hours over the international border in Laos’ contiguous Nam Ghong Provincial Protected Area, which still retains beautiful forest cover to this day. But I had a feeling there would be a reward in this. Since we wouldn’t be able to make base camp, we might be able to throw up our hammocks on the side of a large, open basaltic clearing that affords a majestic close-up view of Haling-Halang. And from there, with a rocky clearing up above a triple-canopy forest, we might be treated to a chorus of gibbon calls like none other. I was not mistaken.Haling-Halang up close, where the gibbon chorus rang out. Photo by Gregory McCann.At about 7am the next morning I heard, from my frigid hammock, several dozen families of endangered Yellow-cheeked gibbons (Nomascus gabriellae) begin calling from every direction, their eerily beautiful voices traveling fast over the canopy and giving life to these tropical hills. It seemed like the maniacal cries would never end. They whooped and called until their voices trailed off into falsettos of ecstasy, finally ready to begin searching for food in one of Mainland Southeast Asia’s last primeval forests.When they had stopped singing I got out of my hammock, took some coffee in a bamboo cup, and checked over some of the camera trap memory cards that we had collected the day before: a golden cat with cub, a family of gaur, a huge serow, a lone dhole, a sexy hog badger, a sun bear with a missing paw. Virachey National Park, despite years of conservation neglect, was still brimming with wildlife.After a breakfast of instant noodles — something my Irish trekking partner equated to consuming a sheet of paper in terms of nutrition — we set off for Haling-Halang base camp. The late naturalist Ivan T. Sanderson, in his Book of Great Jungles (1965), wrote that the difference between a degraded forest and a primordial or climax forest was so extreme that “you pass from one world to another.” This was where the gibbons were, and where Great hornbills swooshed overhead and growled their way onto their aeries. Huge, gnarled trees, some already killed by strangler figs and fallen over, only to be caught by others dying the same deaths; massive column-like trunks with chipping bark that we’d need botanists to come in and identify; sparse undergrowth — old growth forest at last! The land of gibbons and hornbills and otters, and, as we’d soon find out, elephants!A rare view into Laos’ Nam Ghong Provincial Protected Area directly to the north of Virachey. Photo by Gregory McCann.We had time to collect two camera traps before dark, and the first one produced gold: Asian black bear, sun bear, Asian small-clawed otter, gaur, leopard cat, binturong… and a family of about a dozen Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). I shouted with joy, and the locals were happy as well. In fact, they were afraid that elephants and most other large mammals had long been poached out of the Park. Our camera traps proved that this was not the case.The next day we summitted Haling-Halang, getting lost once again and scaling nearly inverted cliffs, but up there our camera traps revealed spotted linsang (a rare record for Cambodia), clouded leopard, marbled cat, golden cat, large Indian civet, and many other species — including poachers.It was dark by the time we reached camp and a frog hunt commenced to supplement our dwindling food stores. I declined to take part because I just had to flip through all those memory cards again. On the last day in the Haling-Halang base camp area we headed east in the direction of Vietnam where two more cameras needed to be collected. More elephants on one, as well as black bear, golden cat, and the now near-locally extinct Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica). And, unfortunately, a group of Vietnamese poachers, one staring menacingly into our camera with his rifle in hand. We had missed them by just four days.Adult elephant taking a sip from a stream in Virachey National Park. Courtesy of Gregory McCann.Spotted Linsang, a species that is not often camera-trapped in Cambodia. Courtesy of Gregory McCann.Two men, one carrying a rifle, inspect a camera trap in Virachey National Park. Courtesy of Gregory McCann.Two men, one carrying a rifle, in Virachey National Park. Courtesy of Gregory McCann.With all twelve camera traps collected, we began the long trek back to the Brao village beside the Sesan River, which is one of the main tributaries to the Mekong River in Cambodia and which is also being controversially dammed downstream in Stung Treng province. We made it back in record time and homemade rice wine awaited us. Our three-year wildlife survey was now complete, but that did not set my mind at ease.Virachey has been left to its fate: Roads, dams, poachers, loggers, miners — the Age of the Anthropocene. But if there was one place in the region worth fighting for, this is it, and the elephants prove it. However, many conservation NGOs, even the big ones, face financial difficulties today, and Virachey has somewhat of a bad reputation. Help, it seems, won’t be coming anytime soon.Can I end this on a positive note? First, Virachey still has lots of wildlife. Second, many of the armed criminals photographed on our camera traps are actually looking for kumla wood from which they can make drugs and other valuable substances, although they will opportunistically shoot gibbons and douc langurs out of the trees to supplement their diets (kind of like how we caught the frogs, although our amphibians are not threatened with extinction). But no doubt, if they came across the elephants, they might go for them.A Sunda pangolin. One of the the last of its kind in Cambodia. It took Gregory McCann and his team three years to camera trap this species. Courtesy of Gregory McCann.A binturong in the midst of an evening hunt. Binturongs have become more rare in Cambodia in the last decade. Courtesy of Gregory McCann.A man carrying a rifle in Virachey National Park, captured in camera trap footage. Courtesy of Gregory McCann.Third, I doubt they’ll ever finish the “master plan” for the border-hugging road as they now envision it. Fourth, although a wretched Chinese dam might go up inside Virachey, dams are not always bad. In 2014 we visited Thailand’s Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary — an area flooded long ago by the Ratchaprapha Dam — and conducted a six-month camera trap survey that turned up Malayan tapir, Asian elephant, banded linsang, clouded leopard, golden cat, and many other species that seemed to have no problem with the reservoir. So long as there is no access road and boat access is strictly for revenue-generating ecotourists, then that section of the park may not be utterly doomed.And lastly, several other “protected” areas abut Virachey, including Nam Ghong PPA in Laos to the north, the brand new Veun Sai-Siem Pang National Park to the south, and Chu Mom Ray National Park in Vietnam to the east. The actual forested area, including Virachey, is probably close to 500,000 hectares. That’s not something you give up on, especially when elephants are still pounding around, dholes are still yelping, and clouded leopards continue to stalk gibbons, langurs, and macaques. Virachey is as important as any other protected area in Southeast Asia.If we lose Virachey we lose the last great piece of the Annamite Mountains. According to researchers I have spoken with, vast expanses of the Annamite Cordillera in Vietnam have been defaunated, with the majority of ground-dwelling mammals wiped out by indiscriminate snaring. The situation is not much better on the Lao side of the Annamites, as William deBuys’ exquisite book The Last Unicorn (2015) shows us. This is not the case in Virachey — yet.A marbled cat stalks the Haling-Halang ridge. Courtesy of Gregory McCann.A marbled cat hunts on a natural ridge line path near the Lao border. Courtesy of Gregory McCann.Three men, one carrying a rifle, caught on a camera trap in Virachey National Park. Courtesy of Gregory MCcann.Virachey’s fate is largely beyond the public’s control. Visit it as soon as you can, because you never know: maybe you’ll have to wait for a baby elephant to leave the D’dar Poom Chop swimming hole before you can plunge in, and there will be gibbons and hornbills galore, for sure, for now. I often feel that we live in a “see it before it’s gone” time regarding the last wild places of Southeast Asia. And maybe that’s the truth. Will confirming the existence of Asian elephants in Virachey make any difference? It hasn’t yet, and poachers appear in the same cameras that the elephants do. If I’ve seen those piles of elephant dung, then the poachers have too. Virachey has already lost its tigers and common leopards (Panthera pardus), and just how many elephants remain is uncertain. What did three years of camera-trapping — sponsored by Habitat ID and generous individual donors — accomplish? It’s probably too soon to tell.But some things stick in my mind. We were told that in the 1980s, poachers were killing up to a dozen elephants a week in what is now Virachey National Park. By 1990 that number dropped to about two per week, and some felt it wasn’t worth the effort anymore. The area was declared a national park in 1993. A longtime expat conservationist in Cambodia who corroborated that information also told me another sad tale from nearby Preah Vihear province: A local hunter told him that in the early 1990s a herd of elephants had come down out of the mountains and a local man who happened to have an AK-47 slung on his shoulder whipped it around and opened fired on the herd. One of the elephants went down, and moments later two from the herd went back and, using their bodies, lifted it back up and helped it back into forest cover. The herd had disappeared into the forest by the time the shooter could reload.I think of this last elephant herd in Virachey. Will they die in silence, poached out by the men you see in this article, or can a couple of patrols catch these criminals and put them behind bars?In the end, as far as the amazing biodiversity in deep Virachey goes, it seems, so far as our camera traps can show us, that wildlife remains, but one or two bands of horrid poachers/loggers operate in our study area, and with impunity. It wouldn’t cost that much to fund a patrol to go in and catch them and bring them to court.I already mentioned that we have wrapped up our project and the survey has come to a close. And I’ve told many people that this was my last trip to Cambodia. But I’ve said that before. The elephants sort of change things.Camera trap photo of juvenile elephant with adult behind. Courtesy of Gregory McCann.Gregory McCann is the Project Coordinator for Habitat ID and the author of the book Called Away by a Mountain Spirit. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Mike Gaworeckicenter_img Animals, Big Cats, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Camera Trapping, Commentary, Conservation, Editorials, Elephants, Environment, Illegal Trade, Mammals, National Parks, Poachers, Protected Areas, Researcher Perspectives Series, Wildlife last_img read more

Ashley faces tough title defence

first_imgJamaica’s Alicia ‘Slick’ Ashley, the World Boxing Council (WBC) Female Super Bantamweight champion, faces a stiff challenge from Kenyan Fatuma ‘African Queen’. Zarika tonight, as she seeks to successfully defend her title in Flint, Michigan. This will be the main bout on a six-fight card promoted by Don Elbaum, which has been dubbed, as a Fight for Flint boxing card. All proceeds will go to the city. Flint has been having serious water problems over the past four years, and this has attracted world-wide attention. Boxing has decided to play its part, and with the co-operation of the WBC, has decided to use this card to raise money for, and increase awareness of the problems being faced by the people of Flint. As its contribution to the cause, the WBC has donated all its services and waived all its fees for tonight’s fight card. Ashley told The Gleaner yesterday that she is fit and ready for the challenge from an opponent for whom she says she has the greatest respect. “She has been in boxing a long time and has a good record. I know that I will have to bring my ‘A’ game to the ring tonight, and that is what I intend to do. It should be a very competitive fight, and I am ready for the challenge” she stated. Ashley goes in with a 23-10-1 record, while Zarika’s is 27-12-2. Both women are classy boxers, and the expectation is that it will be a 10-round boxing fest.last_img read more

Satanic Grips on Liberia

first_imgThe Holy Bible presents very details explanation about Satan being the by-product and counterfeit of the original creations of God. This personal turn-around requires submissive prove beyond doubt for God to pardon Satan. In the process for Satan making his wrong right, he became demoralized and wayward with one third of the angelic hosts of heaven that followed him into rebellion, excommunication from heaven and started pressuring mankind on earth to collaborate with them against God (Ezekiel 28:12+; Luke 10:18; Job 1:6+,12; Ephesians 6:12 NKJV). Satan has been working this way since then.The Holy Bible is crystal clear about the inspirational penmanship, inerrancy and authoritativeness of all Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16). Jesus Christ assures that “the Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35) so when the Word of God is released, it will not return without accomplishment (Isaiah 55:11).This very strong confirmation uncovers a lot about the divine orchestration of Liberia biblical prophecies well written far in advance for fulfillment by this 21st century generation of Liberians. As the children of Israel were delivered from Egyptian slavery so it was with the citizens of Liberia from Satanic bondage. As the Israelites underwent 40 years of wandering and test in the wilderness and dispatched spies to the Promised Land so Liberians have also spent 40 years, from 1972 and sent spies in 2012 to survey their promised “Sweet Land …a home of glorious liberty by God’s command.”Exactly as reported the Promised Land is good but Liberians must fight to possess it.Let me quickly point out that this battle is not against the natural human beings as flesh and blood rather against the evil influences imposed by the demonic powers from Satan (Ephesians 6:10+). This is the battle waging between the spirits that actually manifested physically when the 700,000 signatures petitioned the Legislators for return of Christianity to Liberia in March 2012.  The Ebola outbreak in Liberia during March 2014 echoes the battle cry from the high affliction upon the satanic forces. Because of the insensitivity of Liberians to comply with the heavenly mandate and backup the spiritual rules of engagement, the people on earth must therefore suffer the physical wrath for tempting God and limiting the sovereignty of the Holy One (Psalm 78:41) fully capable of making peace, and creating evil (Isaiah 45:7) with this extraordinary disease (Deuteronomy 28:59) introduced to the Liberian people from the north (Jeremiah 4:6). Liberians must rethink their divine purpose in Africa (Genesis 11:8; 12:3; Deuteronomy 26:18+; Ezekiel 11:19; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:9).Ebola is again another added curse upon Liberians (Leviticus 26:14+; Deuteronomy 27:15; 28:1-6; Joshua 23:15+; Jeremiah 31:31+; Isaiah 56:3; Matthew 5:17; Luke 22:20).If Ebola outbreaks were likened to the return of Jesus Christ to this earth, would you be ready for such end time event? Absolutely no! The mere fact that the potential spread and deadly nature could not be detected from the onset pinpoints the unprepared reception of the disease across the nations it has attacked in West Africa.Liberia has an extraordinary “Ebola” pandemic: speedy, quick, fast and rapid in every way that drew the public concern about spiritual attack. Christian and Muslim leaders claiming similar God, declared days of fasting and praying for national forgiveness of the wickedness committed. The severity of the disease coupled with its methods of cure convinced many people that indeed Liberia is experiencing yet another curse. The Liberian government imposed a State of Emergency and curfew in order to control the lawlessness and denial while health and social workers cater to the sick or dead ones and public awareness. The Bible verse at 2 Chronicles 7:14 was selected as the national reference theme.If Ebola ceases on this day, can you reason out the cessation? If the Ebola Virus persists henceforth, can you reason out the persistence? Anyhow your reasonable response, in this narrative intended to explain the conclusion reached after thoroughly considering and investigating the questions, it remains historically proven and biblically authentic that “…God cannot be mocked…” (Galatians 6:7).By this fact, God has given me the battle plan to defeat Satan with his demonic forces and evil-minded agents so simple as the eradication of the infectious, contiguous, incurable and deadly disease – Ebola. Therefore, when Liberians will understand to obey and act accordingly (1 Samuel 15:22), Satan would have no more place in Liberia.There is no greater miracle than God revealing His secrets only to save the people who are called by His name (Genesis 18:17; Deuteronomy 29:29; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Amos 3:7).In the next paper, I will provide you with three major underlying reasons for this legal conflict instigated by Satan and the final victory of God over the deceitful influence of Satan in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President Sirleaf Makes Additional Appointments in Government Subject to Senate Confirmation Where Applicable

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has made a number of appointments in Government affecting the Ministries of Transport, Commerce and Industry, Information, Culture and Tourism; the Liberia Airport Authority and the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company.These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate where applicable.Those appointed are:Ministry of TransportMs. Jaunita Traub-Bropleh – Deputy Minister for Lands and RailMinistry of Commerce and IndustryMs. Ellen O. Pratt – Deputy Minister for Industry and Inspector GeneralLiberia Airport AuthorityMr. W. Bako Freeman – Managing DirectorLiberia Petroleum Refining CompanyMr. Willard Russell – Member of the Board of Directors(replacing Mr. Emmanuel Bowier)Ms. Clarice Jah – Member of the Board of Directors(replacing Ms. Nohn Kidau)Ministry of Information, Culture and TourismLynne George Cassell – Assistant Minister, AdministrationJacqueline Capehart – Assistant Minister, TourismWellington Geevon Smith – Assistant Minister, Information ServicesAlbert Jaja – Minister Counselor, Press and Public Affairs,Liberia Embassy, London, EnglandMeanwhile the following positions, created by the President, were dissolved:Deputy Minister Technical ServicesDeputy Minister Culture and TourismDeputy Ministers Robert Kpadeh and Elizabeth E. Hoff are being considered for possible reassignments and roles consistent with their expertise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bulletin issued for alleged

first_imgCorentyne carpenter’s murderA wanted bulletin was on Wednesday issued for the alleged mastermind, Marcus Brian Bisram in the murder of Corentyne carpenter Fayez Narinedat that occurred on November 1, at Number 70 Village, Corentyne, Berbice.Wanted alleged mastermind: Marcus BisramThe wanted bulletin was issued one day after four men were slapped with a murder charge and taken before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for beating the carpenter to death.The bulletin stated that “Bisram is wanted by Police for questioning for Narinedat’s death”. The Police are asking anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Bisram to contact the nearest Police Station.On Tuesday, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum had said that the Guyana Police Force (GPF) was seeking help from United States law enforcement in its bid to question the alleged mastermind in the killing of Narinedat.According to Crime Chief Blanhum, the Police Force has already made contact with its overseas counterparts.The US-based Guyanese has been implicated in the murder of Narinedat, by the four suspects.The men charged for the carpenter’s murder are excavator operator Radesh Motie, 39; labourer Harripaul Parsram, 49; hire car driver Nirone Yacoob, 37 and Diodat Datt, 18. They were not allowed to enter a plea for the murder of 27-year-old Narinedat since the matter is indictable. According to the prosecution’s case, the four men, along with others, murdered Narinedat between October 31 and November 1, 2016 at No 70 Village, Corentyne.The matter was transferred to the Springlands Magistrate’s Court where the four men were scheduled to make their next court appearance on December 8.Meanwhile, the two women who are said to be the wanted man’s mother and sister and allegedly attempted to pervert the course of justice by way of bribing a Police Officer at the Major Crimes Unit (MCU) with $4 million to free the four defendants were remanded.Shermella Indarally, 45, of Lot 121, Section A, No 71 Village, Corentyne Coast, Berbice and Marriam Lionel, 25, a bank teller of Corentyne Coast, Berbice, pleaded not guilty to the charge, which stated that on November 19, 2016 at Eve Leary, Police Headquarters they offered a criminal investigative rank $4 million cash to forgo charges against the four murder accused who were at the time in custody pending investigation into the murder of Narinedatt and the involvement of Bisram who is still on the run.The women were ordered to return to court on September 28.The body of Narinedat was discovered about 03:45h on November 1 along the Corentyne Highway at Number 70 Village at a scene which appeared to be that of a hit- and-run accident.Police had initially treated the incident as a hit-and-run, but reopened the investigations after relatives of the dead man kept calling for the Police to further investigate the circumstances surrounding the man’s death. Relatives in a bid to get the Police’s attention produced and distributed flyers, which detailed the events leading up to Narinedat’s death, and the subsequent staging of the accident scene.last_img read more

District making progress on leader

first_imgThe district will replace former Superintendent Jack Gyves, who retired nearly a year ago. Roger Gallizzi, an assistant superintendent, has been serving as the interim administrator and was not a candidate. The district had extended the deadline once to allow more people to apply. About 15 people applied by the first deadline, Oct. 20, but board members were told several people who missed the deadline were interested. The application period was extended until March, and 13 more candidates came forward. Of the original 15, nine were no longer in the running because they did not submit complete applications, decided to stay at their current jobs or found employment elsewhere, officials with the district search consulting firm said. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Palmdale School District trustees have tentatively agreed on a candidate for superintendent of schools, but more work needs doing before an offer can be made. “We made a selection,” board President Bo Bynum said. “We think we got an outstanding candidate that’s going to fill the bill of superintendent.” District officials did not release the individual’s name. Two trustees plan to visit the applicant’s workplace to talk to co-workers and do reference checks, but the date for that action has not yet been set. Two weekends ago, the field was down to three candidates. last_img read more

Man City deny claims of Messi bid

first_imgCity chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak was quoted in Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo as saying he once made a lucrative offer for Messi, which would reportedly have paid him more than £1 million ($1.3 million) per week.“We asked Guardiola to talk to him, we offered him triple the salary he has at Barcelona, but he never accepted,” Mubarak was quoted as saying.But City responded by insisting there was no truth to the report.“We deny the veracity of these quotes,” a City spokesman said.Argentina forward Messi played under Guardiola for four seasons at Barca, during which time they won 14 titles.The 31-year-old signed a new contract with Barca in November 2017.Guardiola won the Premier League and League Cup with City last season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City have denied reports of a bid for Lionel Messi © AFP / JOSE JORDANLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 13 – Manchester City have rubbished claims they made a failed bid to sign Barcelona legend Lionel Messi.Messi has been linked with City several times since former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola was appointed manager of the Premier League club in 2016.last_img read more

Starlets kick off AWCON preps in Nairobi

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Starlets head coach David Ouma issues instructions during a training session at teh Utalii Grounds on October 29, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 29 – National women football team Harambee Starlets kicked off training in Nairobi on Monday afternoon ahead of next month’s African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Ghana.Head coach David Ouma had a squad of 15 players in training with most of the other players yet to arrive in camp after the weekend Premier League matches. However, all should be in by Tuesday morning before the team starts intense training. “We have just started some light training as we assess the players to know who is fit and who is not. We are expecting the rest by tonight so from tomorrow, we will step up the training as we prepare for Ghana,” Ouma said as the team went through their paces at the Utalii Sports Club.United States of America based striker Marjolene Nekesa will however be unavailable for selection as her club has declined to release her, saying they have their Conference finals coming up and need the striker with them.Harambee Starlets striker Mwanahalima Adam goes up against teammate Jentrix Shikangwa during a training session at teh Utalii Grounds on October 29, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMeanwhile, fellow forward Esse Akida should be joining the team by next week with the Football Kenya Federation having already sent a request letter to her Israeli club Ramat Hasharon.Meanwhile, skipper Wendy Achieng believes that despite the short period of training the team has, they will still be able to prepare well and be ready for AWCON.Starlets were informed of their participation in the Cup of Nations 13 days ago after FKF’s appeal over Equatorial Guinea’s use of ineligible players went through.“It’s a short period yes, but we are ready. We have been training with our clubs and our fitness levels are okay. It’s just about firming up small tactical issues and we will be okay. We will be ready to perform better than we did in 2016,” Achieng noted.Starlets are scheduled to play against a Women’s Premier League select team in a friendly match on Wednesday at Utalii while a date is yet to be confirmed for the game against Uganda.The team will leave early for Ghana where they will play a friendly against the hosts before they start their campaign on November 18.Starlets are pooled in Group B alongside defending champions Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia against whom they will start their campaign.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Neville calls for social media boycott in wake of Pogba racist abuse

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Paul Pogba was the victim of online racist abuse after seeing a penalty saved against Wolves on Monday © AFP / Paul ELLISLondon, United Kingdom, Aug 20 – England women’s manager Phil Neville believes football players should boycott social media in the wake of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba becoming the latest high-profile figure to suffer racist abuse online. Pogba was targeted after his penalty was saved in United’s 1-1 draw at Wolves on Monday just days after Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham suffered similar abuse. “I think we probably have to take drastic measures now as a football community – I’ve had it with my players on social media, the Premier League stars and the Championship have had it,” said Neville on Tuesday.“I just wonder whether as a football community we come off social media. Because Twitter won’t do anything about it, Instagram won’t do anything about it – they send you an email reply saying they’ll investigate but nothing happens.“I’ve lost total faith in whoever runs these social media departments, so let’s send a powerful message: come off social media (for) six months. Let’s see the effect it has on these social media companies.”Manchester United defender Harry Maguire also called on social media giants Twitter and Instagram to be more pro-active to stop “pathetic trolls”.“Disgusting. Social media need to do something about it,” Maguire, the world’s most expensive defender after an £80 million ($97 million) move from Leicester earlier this month, posted on Twitter.“Every account that is opened should be verified by a passport/driving licence. Stop these pathetic trolls making numerous accounts to abuse people. @Twitter @instagram.”Some of the tweets aimed at Pogba were later deleted while several accounts appeared to have been taken down.Twitter’s terms and conditions say it “takes action against behaviour that targets individuals with hateful conduct”.– ‘Disgusted’ –United said they were “disgusted” by the abuse.“The individuals who expressed these views do not represent the values of our great club and it is encouraging to see the vast majority of our fans condemn this on social media also,” the club said in a statement.“Manchester United has zero tolerance of any form of racism or discrimination and a long-standing commitment to campaigning against it through our #AllRedAllEqual initiative.Chelsea’s English striker Tammy Abraham also got abuse after failing his penalty during the shoot-out at the UEFA Super Cup © AFP / OZAN KOSE“We will work to identify the few involved in these incidents and take the strongest course of action available to us. We also encourage social media companies to take action in these cases.”Many commentators argued that Pogba should have let Marcus Rashford take the vital penalty at Molineux after the England international scored from the spot against Chelsea on the opening weekend of the season.However, Rashford also showed his public support for Pogba.“Manchester United is a family. @paulpogba is a huge part of that family. You attack him you attack us all…” said Rashford.As well as Abraham, Championship side Reading’s Yakou Meite have suffered similar abuse in the past week.Anti-discrimination charity “Kick It Out” published a report in July that stated incidents of racist abuse increased by 43 percent last season.“The number of posts such as these since the start of the season further highlights how discriminatory abuse online is out of control,” the body said on Tuesday.“Without immediate and the strongest possible action these cowardly acts will continue to grow.”Abraham missed the final penalty in a shootout as Chelsea lost to Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup last Wednesday. The posts aimed at him were described as “abhorrent” by Chelsea and manager Frank Lampard said he was “disgusted”.Lampard also called for social media sites to do more to prevent players being abused while Abraham has said he wants to “silence the haters” with his performances on the pitch.Chelsea banned a supporter for life in July for racially abusing Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling last season.0Shares0000(Visited 67 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Juventus given permission by Schalke to speak with Arsenal target

first_img1 Juventus have been given permission by Schalke to speak with Arsenal target Julian Draxler.As talkSPORT told you, the Germany World Cup winner is rumoured to be on the move this summer and clubs across Europe have shown an interest.Arsenal were after the 21-year-old back in January, while Juventus scouted him throughout last season.And now the Italian champions have been given permission to speak with the German’s representatives as they work on a deal for his signature.“Juventus sent us a written request asking to be authorised to speak with Draxler’s agent,” Schalke director of sport Horst Heldt told Bild.“We allowed it, even though at the moment we haven’t received a precise offer from the Turin club.” Arsenal target Julian Draxler last_img