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September 8, 2017 at 4:55 pm 500 miles southeast of Miami; hurricane warnings issued in FloridaFrom the Weather ChannelStory HighlightsHurricane Irma is now hammering parts of the Bahamas and Cuba as a Category 4 hurricane.Hurricane watches and warnings have been issued for parts of Florida.Hurricane warnings have also been issued for portions of the Bahamas and Cuba.Irma will likely make a direct hit on South Florida this weekend as at least a Category 4 hurricane.Parts of Georgia and the Carolinas could then be struck by Irma early next week. Mama Mia Please enter your name here Reply It will be here in 48 hours according to Danny Treanor, the weatherman…….. September 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm Projected PathThe red-shaded area denotes the potential path of the center of the tropical cyclone. Note that impacts (particularly heavy rain, high surf, coastal flooding) with any tropical cyclone may spread beyond its forecast path. 12 COMMENTS September 8, 2017 at 4:02 pm September 8, 2017 at 4:28 pm Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Bummer, I should be eating bar-b-q and enjoying a movie at NW Rec Way, but instead I am worrying about EVERYTHING! September 8, 2017 at 4:44 pm TAGSHurricane IrmaThe Weather Channel Previous articleLakeland out-duels Blue Darters 42-35Next articleCity facilities closing at 2 PM today Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mama Mia You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia Rainfall ForecastLocalized higher amounts are possible. Watches and WarningsA watch means hurricane or tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours. A warning means those conditions are expected within 36 hours. September 8, 2017 at 2:51 pm Reply (MORE: Irma’s Notable Extremes)Hurricane warnings have been issued for Florida’s Jupiter Inlet southward around the peninsula to Bonita Beach, the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus and Villa Clara.A hurricane watch is also in effect for portions of Florida, from north of the Jupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet, as well as north of Bonita Beach to Anna Maria Island, along with the Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas and Matanzas.A storm surge warning has also been issued from the Jupiter Inlet to Bonita Beach and the Florida Keys. A storm surge watch is in effect from north of the Jupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet and from north of Bonita Beach to Venice. Mama Mia Mama Mia Current Storm StatusThe highest cloud tops, corresponding to the most vigorous convection, are shown in the brightest red colors. Clustering, deep convection around the center is a sign of a healthy tropical cyclone. I have been watching The Florida Channel WUCFO with Adam Putnam, the Ag Commissoner of Fl…..he says we don’t have any shortages of fuel, bottled water, Cheetos, etc., that maybe there is a distribution problem, but no real shortages, and that we are a well supplied country. Thank God, I am so darn happy to hear Mr. Putnam say there is no shortage of Cheetos…..hip hip hooray!!! There is a ray of sunshine in this dark cloud to come! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Hurricane Irma, a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane, is now hammering parts of the Bahamas and Cuba, and will turn its fury on Florida in what is likely to be the state’s strongest hurricane strike since Charley 13 years ago.(MORE: Hurricane Central | Impacts In Caribbean)Below is everything we know about Irma right now, including its latest status, along with potential forecast impacts in the U.S. and the Caribbean Islands.Irma’s Latest Status, TimingThe center of Irma is located about 55 miles northwest of Great Inagua Island, or just under 500 miles southeast of Miami, and is moving west-northwestward at about 16 mph.Irma’s maximum sustained winds have dipped a tad to 155 mph, still a formidably strong Category 4 hurricane, based on data from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicating the hurricane is currently in an eyewall replacement cycle, during which a new outer eyewall replaces the old inner eyewall. Reply Reply TMZ’s Harry Levin was talking about Richard Branson and of his surviving Hurricane Irma on his private island oasis in the Caribbean. He was talking about Branson, and I think it was him he was talking about, that Branson had a huge flock of beautiful pink flamingos there on his island, and Levin just shook his head like the fate of the flamingos were unknown after the hurricane, because there was no where to herd the birds into a barn, or anywhere to put them in a safe place. This makes me wonder if they flew off. I don’t know if flamingos can fly or not? This also makes me wonder where our sand cranes will go. I suppose they can fly way away. I know the rare whooping cranes can fly long distances way up there in the sky, so I guess the sand cranes and flamingos can too??? Shocking news!……Troy Gentry of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry has died in a helicopter crash. This was reported around 1:00 pm today. There were two people on board the helicopter. The pilot died also. This crash happened before a scheduled concert at the Flying W Airport and Resort in NJ. He was 50 years old. I was still mad at him for shooting an old tame bear in an enclosed fenced area, but I did not want this to happen to him! They came and performed at the Zellwood Corn Festival one year and they autographed my chair I had at the festival. RIP….you never know……I always liked their music, especially “Hillbilly Shoes”……saw this on USA Today. FAA investigating the cause……. Reply Please enter your comment! Reply Depending on the exact track of Irma, locations in the hurricane warning in southern Florida could see devastating to catastrophic impacts, including structural damage and widespread power and communication outages from high winds. The National Weather Service said that areas in the hurricane warning could be uninhabitable for weeks or months.After that, Irma’s center is increasingly expected to track up the Florida peninsula Sunday into Monday, then into Georgia Monday night into Tuesday.Irma’s wind field is large. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles.Therefore, dangerous surf and coastal flooding will likely exist throughout the southeastern U.S. coastline even well away from Irma’s center this weekend into early next week. The magnitude of any storm-surge inundation along the rest of the Southeast coast will depend on the exact track of Irma.Significant inland wind damage and rainfall flooding could occur in parts of central and north Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, as well.All residents in the Florida Peninsula, Georgia and the Carolinas should monitor the progress of Irma closely.For more detailed information on possible impacts in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, click here.Forecast: Hispañiola, Turks and Caicos, Cuba, BahamasIrma’s center will likely track between the Bahamas and Cuba through Saturday, likely maintaining at least Category 4 intensity. This thing is coming right in at us, here in Apopka…..OMG! Buddy Dyer said it is coming in just a little west of Orlando. This is not good Apopka! We are going to be soooo screwed! This is going to be a nightmare and I fear for the worst! But we are here, and I guess here is where we will stay, throughout this ordeal. It looks so huge on the map, OMG. It is going to hit no matter where you are in Florida, says the weatherman on channel 6, and he said don’t concentrate just on the eye of the storm. My big tree scares me, and I pray it doesn’t fall on our home, because that is one big tree and so heavy. God help us all when this thing gets here and starts blowing its forces! It is going to be really frightening during the nighttime, more so than daylight hours. The Anatomy of Fear It is so sad that a big Bengal Tiger that was being evacuated to another animal facility due to the hurricane from Florida, and that was being transported to another animal sanctuary along with other big animals, somehow got loose from the truck it was being transported in, and ran along the highway, and got into a lady’s yard and attacked her little dog and she called the police, and they came and shot the big Bengal Tiger dead. It had been in Ringling Brothers Circus and then at a animal sanctuary. A big beautiful female tiger. Someone dropped the ball on this tragic event!!! September 8, 2017 at 4:35 pm Reply Hurricane-Force Wind ProbabilitiesThe shaded colors represent the probability of any one location experiencing hurricane-force winds from Irma in the next five days. Mama Mia September 8, 2017 at 7:17 pm Mama Mia Mama Mia Mama Mia September 8, 2017 at 8:04 pm Yeah, and Crazy Kim Jong Un might send another missile up Saturday. That is all we need. I see the COA has taken the 9-11 Memorial metal sheet down from the front lawn of City Hall. I get it, I understand completely, they didn’t want the metal sheet to get all bent to hell in the hurricane….LOL (pssssss, shhhhh……they could of just left it, as no one would have ever known if it got bent up in the high winds) quiet now……our little secret! Forecast Storm-Surge Flooding U.S. Forecast: Destructive Impacts Possible in Florida, Georgia and the CarolinasAccording to the latest National Hurricane Center’s forecast, the center of Irma will be very close to South Florida by early Sunday morning, with conditions going downhill already during the day on Saturday.(LATEST NEWS: 650,000 Ordered to Flee Miami-Dade in County’s Largest Evacuation Ever)The following life-threatening water-level rises (storm surge) are possible in South Florida Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center, if they occur at high tide:Jupiter Inlet to Bonita Beach, including the Florida Keys: 5 to 10 feetJupiter Inlet to Sebastian Inlet: 3 to 6 feetBonita Beach to Venice: 3 to 5 feetIf you are told to evacuate a coastal location, please do so as instructed. September 8, 2017 at 3:15 pm $2.92 a case for bottled water at Home Depot, and that is the price freeze price that Ms. Pam Bondi, the AG of Florida, has announced on tv on WUCFO (if they have it) American Airlines has capped all flights from 5 Florida airports at $99 dollars a ticket one way, and waivered pet flight fees…..Delta has capped flights from Florida, Ga. and SC to other parts of the country for $399 dollars and waivered pet fees. If they try to charge more, report it to Ms. Bondi’s hot line, as she said she works directly with those airlines. Honestly, if I didn’t have pets, I would have left and gone somewhere. Mama Mia Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply Reply Reiterating the timing of the closest approach of the center we mentioned earlier:Turks and Caicos: Conditions slowly improving FridayBahamas: Friday-this weekend arriving from east to west; hurricane-force winds should spread into the northwest Bahamas by Saturday; slow improvement in the southeast Bahamas by SaturdayCuba: Now through Saturday; conditions improving SundayMost at risk of the worst impacts near the center are the north coast of Cuba and the southeastern Bahamas.Life-threatening storm surge has arrived in the southeast Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, with some areas in this archipelago possibly receiving an inundation of 15 to 20 feet above normal tide levels. This surge will be accompanied by destructive waves. Up to 20 inches of rain is possible in parts of the Bahamas, Cuba and Florida. Here are the latest rainfall forecasts from the National Hurricane Center and Weather Prediction Center:Southern Bahamas, northern Cuba, upper Florida Keys, southeast Florida: 10 to 15 inches, locally up to 20 inchesEastern Florida into coastal Georgia: 8 to 12 inches, locally up to 16 inchesSouthern Cuba: 4 to 8 inches, locally up to 12 inchesTurks and Caicos: additional 3 to 6 inches possibleWestern Florida Peninsula into much of Georgia, South Carolina, and western North Carolina: 3 to 6 inchesLower Florida Keys: 3 to 5 inchesNorthern Dominican Republic and northern Haiti: additional 2 to 4 inchesSouthern Dominican Republic and southern Haiti: additional 1 to 2 inches(MORE: Beware ‘I’ Hurricanes)Check back with weather.com for updates on Irma through the weekend for the very latest. We will be updating our coverage of Irma frequently based on the latest forecast guidance for its future track and intensity.Recap: Leeward Islands BatteredThe Leeward Islands were pounded by Irma late Tuesday into Wednesday.Irma’s 185-mph winds made it the strongest hurricane to strike the Leeward Islands region, according to Dr. Phil Klotzbach, a tropical scientist at Colorado State University. That beat out the Okeechobee Hurricane (1928) and David (1979), which both had 160-mph winds at their peak in the Leeward Islands.Irma first passed over Barbuda, an island of 1,600 residents, with gusts of at least 155 mph overnight into Wednesday morning. A storm surge of about eight feet was also recorded.Early Wednesday morning, the eye of Irma then moved over St. Martin, St. Barthelemy and near Anguilla, where sustained winds of 117 mph were measured.(LATEST NEWS: Irma Slams Northeastern Caribbean)Hurricane-force winds and heavy rain were reported in the Virgin Islands. A wind gust of 131 mph was reported at Buck Island, and a gust of 87 mph was measured on St. Thomas Wednesday, Sept. 6.In addition, a 111-mph gust was reported on Culebra. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply I got to go fix us some supper and use up some meat that may not keep once the power goes out. Trying to use up the perishables, and keep the canned stuff for the storm. Reply Reply Mama Mia Low wind shear, increased mid-level moisture and increasing oceanic heat content favor that Irma will remain a powerful hurricane (Category 4 or stronger) for the next several days, though some intensity fluctuations are likely at times. At this intensity, small deviations in wind speed will not significantly change impacts. A direct hit will be devastating.For the next couple of days, Irma will move west-northwest on the south side of a ridge of high pressure called the Bermuda high, centered in the central Atlantic.(INTERACTIVE MAP: Track Irma)This weekend, Irma will begin to turn north in the direction of a departing southward dip in the jet stream that has set up in the eastern United States. The location of that northward turn will dictate where the most severe impacts from Irma occur in Florida and the southeastern United States.It is now likely South Florida will see severe hurricane conditions starting this weekend. Major impacts could then spread through the rest of the Florida Peninsula, Georgia and the Carolinas.Here’s a general overview of the timing for impacts from Irma into next week.Potential Impact TimingTurks and Caicos: Conditions slowly improving FridayBahamas: Friday-this weekend arriving from east to west; hurricane-force winds should spread into the northwest Bahamas by Saturday; slow improvement in the southeast Bahamas by SaturdayCuba: Now through Saturday; conditions improving SundayFlorida: Saturday-Sunday, lingering into early Monday in north Florida; hurricane-force winds may arrive in South Florida and the Florida Keys by Saturday nightGeorgia-Carolinas: Late Sunday-Monday September 8, 2017 at 7:46 pm Mama Mia September 8, 2017 at 3:01 pm Trying to decide which way to park our truck in the drive….will the big tree in the back hit the house and carport area or will the tall palm in the front yard fall and hit the truck in the driveway. Do we back it in under the carport or pull it straight in? Decisions, decisions…..one year our neighbors had a telephone pole fall across the back bed of their pickup truck sitting in their driveway. They couldn’t move their truck until the power company came and moved the telephone pole. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The event takes place from 14.30 on 6 September 2007 at NCVO in London. It will be followed by the group’s AGM and a buffet and drinks. The fee is £8 for members or £10 for non-members. Howard Lake | 21 August 2007 | News Technology group presents event on integrating databases with the Web 60 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Institute of Fundraising’s Technology Group, formerly the IT Special Interest Group, is to hold an afternoon event on ‘integrating your database with the Web’ on 6 September in London.The group is holding the afternoon event because it believes that one of the biggest challenges facing organisations currently is how to marry up existing database platforms with new or existing websites. Confirmed speakers include Said Dajani from The Alzheimers Society and David Filler from Cubik. Advertisement Tagged with: Technology
June 8, 2021 Find out more Related documents 120615_blogueur_dans_la_ligne_de_mire_ar-2.pdfPDF – 345.97 KB Organisation Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information News Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders strongly deplores the two-year jail sentence that a Marrakech court imposed yesterday on well-known blogger Mohamed Sokrate on trumped-up charges of drug possession and trafficking. He was also fined 5,000 dirhams (450 euros).Arrested on 29 May as he was leaving an Internet café, Sokrate was tried and convicted with unusual speed. The trial began on 7 June but was adjourned until yesterday at the defence’s request. “The trumped-up charges brought against Sokrate seem to mark a new stage in the Moroccan government’s campaign against freedom of expression, in which several bloggers have already been arrested and convicted,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We are very disturbed to see criminal charges being brought against bloggers again.”Aged 31, Sokrate is well known for his defence of secularism and civil liberties as well as his criticism of the government. He was a member of the 20 February Youth Movement in 2011 and was one of the young people to be invited to participate in the Institutional Reform Committee.His lawyers and family dismissed the charges as fabricated. In a video posted online, his mother insisted that he had absolutely no links with drug circles and attributed his arrest to his political activities.One of his lawyers, Taher Abouzaid, said the proceedings against him were marked by many procedural errors. He also criticized the court’s refusal to hear testimony from those who witnessed the arrest of his father and brother. Several sources said they were arrested just to get Sokrate to sign a police statement.A solidarity campaign is being waged online and many Moroccan fellow-bloggers have expressed their support for Sokrate.Abouzaid filed an appeal this morning. At least 20 days must elapse before an initial hearing can be held before an appeal court.Follow the solidarity campaign:on Twitter: #Freesokrateon Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/groups/m.sokratSokrate’s Twitter account: https://twitter.com/#!/mohammedsokratSokrate’s blog: http://mc-sokrat.maktoobblog.com/(photo : febrayer.com) June 15, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger gets two-year jail sentence on trumped-up drug charges Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara April 15, 2021 Find out more
The journalist Saber Darwish was arrested and held for nine days. After his release, he said he was given electric shocks and was stretched on curved rack called the “German chair.” Organisation RSF_en News March 15, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Saber Darwich arrested and tortured Help by sharing this information
May 18, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Murder of Elmar Huseynov : The investigation should not stop at finding the killers April 9, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Azerbaijan “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Reporters Without Borders released an investigation report showing that the murder of Elmar Huseynov, editor of the independent weekly Monitor was a contract killing ordered because of his work as a journalistThe organisation, which was in the capital Baku from 6-9 April, met head of state, Ilham Aliyev, interior minister, Ramil Usubov, deputy prosecutor-general Ramiz Rzayev, as well as the wife, colleagues and lawyer of the murdered journalist. It also spoke to editors of the main independent and opposition newspapers, the Norwegian and French ambassadors and the representative of the Council of Europe.The only two leads now being followed by the authorities are that the 2 March 2005 murder was linked to Huseynov’s work and that it was instigated from abroad, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. June 8, 2021 Find out more Reports Help by sharing this information June 4, 2021 Find out more “The official investigation, aided by the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Turkish police, is procedurally satisfactory. The head of state expressed his desire for light to be shed on this atrocious crime as rapidly as possible”, said Robert Ménard, Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders.”We expect the authorities to punish all the guilty parties, that is to say the killers but also the instigators of this murder”, he said. An Azeri citizen of Georgian origin, Turgai Bairamov, aged 29, was charged in connection with the murder on 22 April. He had been living in Baku since 1990. Security services said on 4 May that the “number one suspect” was a Georgian citizen, Tahir Khubanov, whom they were now looking for.The solving of the Huseynov case, the first murder of its type for many years, represents a test for the Azeri president in the run-up to key legislative elections in November. Since President Aliyev came to power, on 31 October 2003, journalists have experienced a persistent and disturbing decline in the state of press freedom in the country. No fewer than eight journalists have been arrested since January 2004 and six have been briefly detained and threatened.Among its recommendations, Reporters Without Borders calls on the head of state to provide protection for journalists who ask for it, so that such a tragedy will not happen again. RSF_en Related documents Download the english versionPDF – 774.11 KBDownload the russian versionPDF – 1.07 MB RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News News Receive email alerts AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Reporters Without Borders today released its investigation report showingthat the editor of the weekly Monitor, shot seven times in a cold-bloodedkilling on 2 March 2005, was indeed murdered because of his work as ajournalist.
Advertisement NewsLocal NewsShannon Dev best for cost of new jobsBy admin – September 22, 2011 515 THE cost to the taxpayer of each job created by Shannon Development is almost half that of each job created by the IDA or Enterprise Ireland.New figures show that for every job which Shannon Development creates, the exchequer hands over €7,552. That’s in comparison with a cost of €14,287 for each job created by IDA Ireland and €12,254 for any job created by Enterprise Ireland.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The official figures were supplied to the Dáil Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education on foot of a request by Deputy Willie O’Dea, who is a member of the committee.Concerned that a section in the current Programme for Government states its intention to examine whether there is a role for the development body in the future, Mr O’Dea said:“This just goes to prove that Shannon Development is a very efficient body.“It would be foolish in the extreme to consider abolishing a job creation agency which is getting people into employment at such a low cost – the figures speak for themselves.“You can’t argue with the facts. It’s creating jobs at half the cost to the taxpayer when compared with the bigger agencies. It would be ludicrous to abolish this small agency which does a fantastic job.”The cost per job is a figure calculated by Forfás and is arrived at after taking into account the job-creating agency’s spend. The figure is calculated over a seven year period.Responding to the deputy’s comments, Enterprise Ireland said that while that figure is correct for the period 2004 – 20010, their cost per job for the seven years to 2008 was “€7,794, which is comparable to other agencies during that period.” Factors affecting the rise in cost were the extra supports provided by Enterprise Ireland to help companies withstand the worst recession in decades and the fact that Enterprise Ireland administers schemes such as dairy beef and sheep funds for third parties.The lower number of jobs sustained in that period by the agency was also due to the recession and particularly affected by the fact that Enterprise Ireland works with one of the worst hit industries, construction.There was no comment available from IDA Ireland at time of going to press. Linkedin Facebook WhatsApp Email Print Twitter Previous articleGilmore criticised for ‘U turn’ on Shannon investigationsNext articleNurses warn of further action admin
News UpdatesWill You Appoint Expert Agency To Study Habitat Of Great Indian Bustard?Karnataka High Court To State Mustafa Plumber8 Jan 2021 5:01 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Thursday directed the State Government to make a statement on January 21, on whether it was willing to appoint an expert agency like the Bombay Natural History or Wildlife Institute of India to study the natural habitat of the surviving bird species of the Great Indian Bustard, in the state. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Sachin…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka High Court on Thursday directed the State Government to make a statement on January 21, on whether it was willing to appoint an expert agency like the Bombay Natural History or Wildlife Institute of India to study the natural habitat of the surviving bird species of the Great Indian Bustard, in the state. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum said “It will be appropriate if the state government appoints an expert agency, including the two expert agencies suggested by the petitioner.” The petitioner Edward Santosh Martin took strong objection to the affidavit filed by the state government to his petition. In his reply he stated “The person consulted by the Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF) Bellary to prepare an observation report, is a primatologist and not a GIB expert or ornithologist. Therefore consulting a person who has no expertise in the study of GIB in order to prepare an observation report is a major flaw on the part of the state. GIB experts who have studied GIB at length are in Bombay Natural History Society and Wildlife Institute of India, should have been consulted instead.” Advocate REVATHI SHIVAKUMAR appearing for the petitioner submitted that repeated appeals to PCCF Wildlife, Karnataka by Experts like Dr.Asad A Rahmani, ex-director of BNHS, who studied GIBs for four decades and Dr.Ranjitsinh, who drafted Wildlife Protection Act,1972 and carved Tiger Reserves in India regarding the major hindrance caused to the birds due to the construction activities have fallen on deaf ear. She even suggested their names for the carrying out the study of the habitat of GIB. To which the bench said “It has to be an institutional exercise.” The court added “The state can consider appointing one of the two agencies in advisory capacity to verify whether steps taken by it are correct and also the objections raised by the petitioner. The impact on habitat due to construction of watch towers etc can be gone into by the experts so that the entire issue can be resolved.” The court had on the previous hearing said “The Wildlife Protection Act has been enacted to provide for protection of wild animals, birds and plants. The definition of animal includes birds and the definition of wildlife includes animals which include birds. Thus, it is the obligation of the state to protect the wildlife.” It added that “Under Article 48A of the Constitution state will have to protect, improve and safeguard forest and wildlife.” The petition states the illegal actions of respondents, undertaking civil works such as construction of watch towers and anti-poaching camps, within the area of habitat of the species has pushed the species to the brink of extinction which is a blatant violation of Part III, Schedule I of the Wild Life(Protection) Act, 1972. It is stated that GIB is a bird with an average age of about 12-15 years. Studies have shown that it lays about one egg every one to two years. In case of a drought, the bird may lay no eggs at all. Under ideal circumstances, the bustard chicks hatched have a survival rate of 60-70%. In 2006, after years of exploring, a team of wild life enthusiasts including the Petitioner No 1, discovered about ‘nine bustards’ in a remote corner of Ballari district, Siruguppain Karnataka. They had documented a few young ones as well, indicating that Karnataka had a breeding population. Since then, the NGO, along with local volunteers and Karnataka Forest Department (KFD), have been monitoring sightings of this species. The petition says that recently, as part of CAMPA, JSW Limited had purchased 250 acres of land in Ballari where the GIB was seen, and had handed it over to the KFD towards protection of the bustard. In 2016, a rapid assessment survey by the NGO found 12 GIBs here. Further, the plea says in May 2020, the KFD began digging hundreds of pits to plant saplings of tall trees in the very same area the GIBs were found. Converting grassland to a tree plantation is not conducive for the GIB. “The GIB is an open-country bird that avoids areas with dense and tall plants. In addition to this, anti-poaching camps and five watchtowers are being constructed in great haste. These buildings and tall trees will cause hindrance to the birds and cause them to fly away in search of favorable habitats,” the plea says. It is added “The presence of tall structures (such as the ones built now by the Karnataka Forest Department) will adversely impact these low flying birds which have poor frontal vision. GIBs prefer open grasslands without structures and tall trees. Many GIB deaths have been reported in India when these birds hit power lines, tall structures or tall wind power generators because of poor frontal vision. Great Indian Bustards stopped breeding in Karnataka’s only GIB Sanctuary, Ranebennur because the Forest Department built tall structures.” The petitioners highlight that the existing constructions will be removed by this winter at the latest so that the GIBs may perhaps breed again in the spring. If they miss the breeding season for the second year at a stretch, their extinction from Karnataka is definite as there are not more than 8 surviving species of GIB in Karnataka. The petition prayed for directions to the respondents to take immediate measures by preparing and implementing a plan for the protection and preservation of the GIB. Ban all civil works within the habitat of the GIB and removal of existing structures in the habitats of the GIB. Further to ban the encroachment of grasslands in and around the habitats of the GIB and adopt a grassland conservation policy on an immediate basis.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Facebook Google+ Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision in Tirhomin this morning.Shortly after 10am a car and articulated lorry collided at Tirhomin on the main Milford to Kerrykeel Road.It is believed the occupants of the car, a man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s have been taken to hospital with serious injuries.John McAteer, Editor with the Tirconaill Tribune, gave this update:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/johnmcateer-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleRugby – Season Preview with Alec McDonaldNext articleDonegal GAA Results – Sunday 20th August News Highland By News Highland – August 20, 2017 Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Gardai appeal for witnesses following serious road traffic collision at Tirhomin Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp