PNG to create 7,500 square kilometers of new marine protected areas in Bismarck Sea

first_imgPapua New Guinea has announced its commitment to creating 7,500 square kilometers of marine protected areas in the Bismarck Sea by 2021.The new MPA network will encompass 2,500 square kilometers of coastal areas around Tikana and Lavongai islands including key coral reef systems in the Bismarck Sea, as well as 5,000 square kilometers of offshore areas identified as high priorities for marine conservation in New Ireland Province.The PNG government has pledged to triple the coverage of its current MPA network, and this new 7,500-square-kilometer (nearly 2,900-square-mile) commitment will achieve that goal. According to WCS president and CEO Cristián Samper, the new MPAs will also help the country meet its Aichi Target goal of protecting 10 percent of its territorial waters and coastline by the year 2025. Papua New Guinea has announced its commitment to creating 7,500 square kilometers of marine protected areas in the Bismarck Sea by 2021.The government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) made the announcement at the 5th annual Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia with the support of two conservation NGOs: the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Marine Protected Areas Fund and Oceans 5.The PNG government has pledged to triple the coverage of its current marine protected area (MPA) network, and this new 7,500-square-kilometer (nearly 2,900-square-mile) commitment will achieve that goal. According to WCS president and CEO Cristián Samper, the new MPAs will also help the country meet its Aichi Target goal of protecting 10 percent of its territorial waters and coastline by the year 2025.Lavongai islands. Photo Credit: © Elodie Van Lierde.The new MPA network will encompass 2,500 square kilometres of coastal areas around Tikana and Lavongai islands, including key coral reef systems, in the Bismarck Sea, as well as 5,000 square kilometres of offshore areas identified as high priorities for marine conservation in New Ireland Province.“We applaud the Government of Papua New Guinea for its recently announced commitment to protect an enormous expanse of one of the world’s natural wonders: the Bismarck Sea,” Samper said in a statement. “Papua New Guinea is already well known as a land of great cultural diversity and home to the famous birds of paradise; what is less known is that the country’s marine riches are just as spectacular, and the Bismarck Sea supports more than three-quarters of the world’s known hard coral species and is part of the Coral Triangle, the center of marine biodiversity.”Tikana islands. Photo Credit: © Elodie Van Lierde.The Bismarck Sea is considered one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth. Samper said that the marine ecosystems the new MPAs are designed to protect provide critical habitat for a number of species, including nearly 2,000 species of fish and more than 130 species of sharks and rays.“Coastal areas lined with biologically diverse and pristine mangrove forests will also benefit from MPA expansions under the new commitment,” he said. But, Samper noted, “The biggest beneficiaries of additional MPAs in the Bismarck Sea will be people, whose livelihoods and food security depends on the health of the marine habitats of Papua New Guinea.”PNG was just one of the numerous participants in the 2018 Our Ocean Conference that made pledges totaling more than $10 billion to protect some 14 million square kilometers (5.4 million square miles) of the world’s oceans.Spinner dolphins in the Bismarck Sea. Photo Credit: © Elodie Van Lierde. Article published by Mike Gaworecki Conservation, Coral Reefs, Environment, Fish, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Marine Protected Areas, Oceans, Protected Areas, Sharks, Sharks And Rays center_img 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 overSponsoredlast_img read more


Economic impact will rise through rebuilding phase

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. an economic tragedy,” said Stephen Levy, senior economist at the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy. “It’s asset losses, it’s property damage, probably a lot less than what people have lost through fore- closures.” About 1,500 homes and more than 410,000 acres have been scorched across seven Southern California counties plagued by the wind-driven fires. • For full fire coverage vist the Special Section. LOS ANGELES – Losses from the devastating Southern California wildfires are pegged at $1 billion in San Diego County alone, and the tally will only go higher as other areas add up the costs to rebuild. Still, while the impact is huge, experts say the region’s strong economy should make for a fairly quick rebound. “It’s a human tragedy, it’s not Ron Lane, director of emergency services in San Diego County, the hardest hit area, said damage in that region alone has reached $1 billion. At least 1,200 homes had been destroyed in the county. Losses linked to the fires could climb even higher throughout Southern California if winter rainstorms send mud cascading down fire-ravaged hillsides into neighborhoods, said Kevin Klowden, managing economist for the Milken Institute. “Vegetation is going to have been basically wiped out on a number of hillsides,” he said. A big slice of the repair bill will go toward rebuilding downed power lines and roads, including a stretch of Interstate 15, the main highway from Southern California to Las Vegas. In addition, agricultural areas in San Diego have also been damaged, hurting avocado, citrus and grape crops. Economists are also eyeing disruptions to businesses and productivity, as nearly 500,000 people were evacuated and businesses were forced to close their doors temporarily. Popular tourist destinations, such as SeaWorld in San Diego and the Wild Animal Park in nearby Escondido were forced to shut down. Along with those temporary disruptions, the impact of nationally televised images and media accounts of Southern California ablaze will likely dampen tourism for some time, economists said. “Incidents like this will drive away a certain number of people,” Klowden said. Still, rebuilding homes and businesses with an influx of insurance and government aid should stimulate the lagging construction industry, which has lost 28,600 jobs in the past year amid the housing slump. The pace of that rebuilding could be slow compared to the region’s recovery after the 2003 firestorms that destroyed more then 3,600 homes and caused insured losses surpassing $2 billion. “Back then, the homebuilding market was quite strong,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. “This time around, home building is slumping.” Jerry Nickelsburg, an economist and co-author of the quarterly University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson Forecast, said that calculating the losses will be an ongoing process. “We are going to enter into a period of rebuilding in all of these areas that have been destroyed, and I don’t think we really know what kind of value to put on that,” Nickelsburg said. But the economic pain might be short-lived, he said. “All in all, the fires occurred in more remote, residential areas,” Nickelsburg said. “It will have very little effect on the medium and long-term economic growth and economic health of the region.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Homeless program gets new director Search goes on for Wednesday shelter

first_img“She has big shoes to fill from John Purvis, but she’s doing a great job,” Nelson said. The lack of a shelter site on Wednesday nights makes it hard on the homeless who need a place to stay, Nelson said. The church that provided Wednesday night shelter in the past could not participate in the program this year because of scheduling conflicts with a Bible study class and a youth group. “We’ve been talking to several other churches who might be able to help,” she said. “We’re working on it right now and hoping by next Wednesday we will have a place for people to sleep.” [email protected] (805) 583-7602 Shelters The Simi Valley homeless shelters are open from 7:45 p.m. to 6 a.m. Here are their locations: Sunday’s shelter is in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1255 E. Patricia Ave. Monday, Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1636 Sinaloa Road. Tuesday, Trinity Lutheran Church, 2929 Alamo St. Thursday, Simi Valley Community Church, 2000 Royal Ave. Friday, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 4191 Cochran St. Saturday, United Methodist Church, 2394 Erringer Road, in partnership with St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. After the shelters close at 6 a.m., homeless adults in Simi Valley can go to the Samaritan Center, 280 Royal Ave., from 7 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday for breakfast, showers, clean clothes and help getting public services. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – The winter shelter program for the homeless in Simi Valley has a new director but still no place for the valley’s homeless residents to stay on Wednesday nights. Kittie Fidermutz, 42, who has been coordinating the bell-ringer program for the Salvation Army in eastern Ventura County for 11 years, volunteered as supervisor for the shelter program after longtime director John Purvis stepped down this year. Purvis worked for the past decade as director of the Public Action to Deliver Shelter program seven nights a week, but he decided to move on to other work this year. The PADS program runs from Nov. 1 to the end of March. “In the beginning, because the weather was so warm, we didn’t have many clients, but now that it’s cold, we’ve had more and more,” said Fidermutz, who is helped at the shelters by her 24-year-old son, Steven. “We’re expecting up to 40 a night when it rains. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“The clients are people like all of us. They are nice and willing to help. I care about them.” “Some of them are working so hard to find a permanent home. They get up and go to work every day,” she said. “I’ve had a couple of families, including a single mom with five children. The youngest one was 11 months old.” Fidermutz said she has hired homeless people in the past for the bell-ringer program, and they made excellent employees. “You just have to give them a chance,” she said. Virginia Nelson, director of Simi Valley’s Samaritan Center, which sponsors the PADS shelter program with the help of local churches and the Knights of Columbus, said Fidermutz was “a godsend” after Purvis left. last_img read more


Ipswich’s relegation confirmed and Dwight Gayle scores hat-trick in West Brom win

first_img shining ADVICE no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 4 Harrison was Leeds’ match winner Aston Villa 2-1 Bristol CityAston Villa’s perfectly-timed run of form continued as they beat Bristol City 2-1, Tammy Abraham scoring from the spot against his old side and Conor Hourihane adding a second before Famara Diedhiou pulled one back.Derby County 4-0 Bolton WanderersMason Mount scored a hat-trick against strugglers Bolton to give them a convincing win. Paul Lambert’s Ipswich Town were relegated Danny Graham scored in Blackburn Rover’s 2-1 win Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Queens Park Rangers 4-0 Swansea CityQPR gave their fans something to cheer by beating Swansea 4-0 in a shock result.Darnell Furlong and Tomer Hemed had them two goals up inside five minutes, with Hemed again and Mass Luongo adding further efforts.Reading 2-1 BrentfordA brace from Yakou Meite helped Reading ease their drop fears as they beat Brentford 2-1, Neal Maupay netting for the Bees.Sheffield United 1-1 MillwallGary Madine’s goal set the Blades on their way and fortune seemed to be on the their when Ben Marshall hit the bar with a late penalty, given for John Egan’s handball which earned him a red card.However, there was still time for Jake Cooper to score a leveller in a 1-1 draw for the Lions, meaning United lead Leeds by goal difference only and with a game less to play. BEST OF huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Mason Mount scored a hat-trick for Derby Stoke City 2-2 Rotherham UnitedRotherham remain in the bottom three, but they closed the gap on Wigan, who host leaders Norwich on Sunday, to a point thanks to a 2-2 draw at Stoke.Sam Vokes and Sam Clucas scored inside three first-half minutes for Stoke before Will Vaulks and Matt Crooks replied for the Millers.West Bromwich Albion 4-1 Preston North EndWest Brom remain on the fringes of the top three, despite their recent inconsistencies, beating Preston 4-0 thanks to a Dwight Gayle treble and a strike from Jay Rodriquez.Leeds United 1-0 Sheffield UnitedJack Harrison hit the winner as Leeds beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 to open up a three-point cushion on Sheffield United in the race for the Premier League.Harrison produced a deadly finish in the 65th minute to finally break the deadlock after Wednesday had frustrated their Yorkshire rivals. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ center_img Ipswich Town’s relegation to League One was officially confirmed on Saturday with their 1-1 draw with Birmingham.There were 10 games taking place in the Champoinship‘s 3pm kick-offs and here is how they got on. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS- Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The Whites had been denied by two wonder saves from visiting goalkeeper Keiren Westwood during a dominant first half.United were also left counting the cost of some wayward finishing, with Patrick Bamford in particular having an off-day.But the relentless pressure finally paid off when Harrison fired home. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REPLY GETTY REVEALED 4 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ipswich Town 1-1 Birmingham CityIpswich’s long-expected relegation was confirmed with a 1-1 draw at home to Birmingham.Lukas Jutkiewicz scored six minutes in for Blues and, although Gwion Edwards equalised for Town, they could not get the goal they needed to keep their season, and their run of 17 straight seasons in the second tier, alive.Middlesbrough 1-0 Hull CityBritt Assombalonga scored the only goal of the game to move within a point of the play-off places.Nottingham Forest 1-2 Blackburn RoversMartin O’Neill continues to find life at Nottingham Forest hard as they lost 2-1 at home to Blackburn.Joe Rothwell (29) and Danny Graham (49) put Rovers comfortably ahead, before Elliott Bennett’s own goal give Forest a lifeline they were unable to take. 4 REVEALED 4last_img read more


BCCI General Manager RP Shah resigns

first_imgRP Shah, one of the three General Managers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has resigned from his post citing his age as the “reason”.Shah was serving as the General Manager (Commercial). While some in the BCCI circles perceive that Shah’s decision has come in the wake of the Committee of Administrators (COA) looking into each and every aspect of the board’s functioning, Shah said that it was purely a personal decision taken four months back.”Yes, I have resigned from my post. The reason is that I am 61-year-old. I had taken the decision back in October. I live in Pune and was finding it really hectic to regularly travel to Mumbai. There was no pressure or query from the COA. I shared a good rapport with CEO Rahul Johri and the CFO (Santosh Ragnekar). Rahul wanted me to continue but I requested him to relieve me,” Shah said.Shah’s name had cropped up last year when the then ombudsman of BCCI Justice (Retd) AP Shah had received ‘Conflict of Interest’ complaints against him.The allegations were that he was the director of the construction company BG Shirke Constructions, whose top boss was former BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke. BG Shirke Constructions shared a professional relationship with Mumbai Cricket Association.Meanwhile, the two remaining General Managers of the BCCI were MV Sridhar, Cricket Operations and Game Development wing in-charge Ratnakar Shetty.last_img read more


LinManuel Miranda To Be Honored With Latin Recording Academy Presidents Merit Award

first_imgPerformances by current Latin GRAMMY nominees Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga, Bronco, CNCO, Lila Downs, Nicky Jam, Carlos Vives, and Sebastián Yatra, along with a special appearance from Mexican duo Ha*Ash, have been added to the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.The Biggest Night in Latin Music will air live on the Univision Network Nov. 16 from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Additionally, award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda will be honored with The Latin Recording Academy President’s Merit Award for his outstanding and numerous contributions to the Latin community.The President’s Merit Award is an exceptional honor that has been presented to only a very exclusive and limited group of individuals.“We are honored to present Mr. Lin-Manuel Miranda with the prestigious President’s Merit Award at this year’s 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards in recognition of his artistry, vision and the masterful ways he uses his craft to empower and highlight Latin-related issues in the United States,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. “Lin-Manuel’s urban and social poetry have provided strength and encouragement to every Latino motivated to get ahead. He has brought pride to our community by reminding us of the resilience and fortitude we demonstrate on a daily basis.”Mr. Miranda recently unveiled the bilingual single “Almost Like Praying”. In a little over a week the single jolted to #1 on the digital songs chart and debuted at #20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with over 111k downloads. All proceeds and streams of the charity single have gone towards The Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund in an effort to aid in Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts.The 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards is supported by Univision’s multiple platforms, which include digital, social and radio, and feature video interviews and photos, an extensive archive of past shows, a live blog, behind-the-scenes footage and dedicated forums for fans to share their excitement leading up to the live broadcast on and Univision Radio is the official Spanish-language radio network of the Latin GRAMMY Awards.Additionally, the telecast will be distributed internationally to more than 80 countries.last_img read more





Leicester City new chairmans heartfelt message to his dad

first_imgAfter the accident that claimed the life of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha on Saturday, his son Aiyawatt vowed to keep his legacy alive at Leicester City.This week has been incredibly challenging for all the Leicester City family after the sudden death of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha last Saturday, his son Aiyawatt will be the one who had the choice to continue with the work that his father did and he confirmed it through his social media account on Instagram.In a post he made after the massive wake in his father’s honor, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha penned a heartfelt remembrance of his father’s huge impact in all the Leicester City family and in society as well.There was a lot of speculation about what Aiyawatt would take after this horrible tragedy, some people believed that he wouldn’t have the strength to continue as the club’s chairman now that his father is gone.But Aiyawatt, clarified all doubts about this and confirmed that he will attempt to continue his father’s legacy with the Foxes and even try to improve in many of the areas where he thinks there is room for improvement.💙— Leicester City (@LCFC) October 29, 2018Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha wrote the following statement: “Today, he has left me with a legacy to continue and I will do everything I can to carry on his big visions and dreams,” he wrote.“From him, I have received a very big mission and legacy to pass on and I intend to do just that. I know that I will receive the support I need to make this happen and I am so grateful for all your messages and kind words.”“I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for this overwhelming support. What happened made me realize how important my dad was to many people all over the world and I’m touched by how many people kept him close to their hearts.”“I’m extremely proud to have such an extraordinary father. My family and I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your sincere kindness and good intentions during the most difficult time for us.”“I miss you dad, with all of my heart.””I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for this overwhelming support.”— Leicester City (@LCFC) October 31, 2018Leicester City had a Carabao Cup match against Southampton at King Power Stadium last Tuesday but it was postponed for obvious reasons.However, the club has announced that the upcoming Premier League match at Cardiff is going to be played and the show must go on for the Foxes.The whole rest of the season has transformed into a real objective for Leicester City, as all the players have vowed to complete a fantastic season in memory of the former chairman who passed away last Saturday, as well as the other four passengers of the helicopter that crashed outside of King Power Stadium.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Reading the words of Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha makes you get a little perspective of life as it is, sometimes you have all your loved ones with you and the next day they are gone without even expecting it.Leicester City will continue to play in this competition for as long as they can keep getting the positive results, but we hope that Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha can find the willpower to keep improving the club and not let his father’s incredible legacy die.Jamie Vardy and wife Rebekah have been at King Power Stadium today to pay tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.— Leicester City (@LCFC) October 30, 2018During the wake outside of King Power Stadium, all the Leicester City players attended the ceremony in which a large part of the community wanted to accompany the Srivaddhanaprabha family in their sorrow.Out of all the players who were present during the wake, Kasper Schmeichel and Jamie Vardy were especially hurt during the whole ceremony and both of them couldn’t stop crying.When Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha approached both of them to give them a hug, it was evident that both players were really hurt by the passing of his father and wanted to let him know how much they feel for the chairman’s unexpected loss.The players are going to have to make the same effort that Aiyawatt will, in order to at least fight to keep Leicester City in top-flight football for many years to come, that’s what Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha would’ve wanted.Se enchina la piel:Aficionados del Leicester City se reunieron afuera del estadio en honor al presidente del club, quien murió en un accidente de helicóptero.“Champions of England, you made us sing that!””¡Campeones de Inglaterra, tú nos hiciste cantar eso!”⚽😭— Ale Padín (@ale_padin) October 31, 2018How do you think the loss of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha will affect Leicester City’s performance in the Premier League? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more


29 arrests made during Operation Reclaim and Rebuild sex trafficking sting

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 29 arrests made during ‘Operation Reclaim and Rebuild’ sex trafficking sting KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 30, 2018 Updated: 4:26 PM Partner agencies who participated in Operation Reclaim and Rebuild under the umbrella of the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force include:FBINaval Criminal Investigative ServiceU.S. Attorney’s OfficeU.S. Marshalls ServiceICE Homeland Security Investigations in San DiegoCalifornia Department of JusticeCalifornia Department of CorrectionsCalifornia Highway PatrolSan Diego County District Attorney’s OfficeSan Diego Police DepartmentSan Diego Sheriff’s DepartmentSan Diego Probation DepartmentSan Diego City Attorney’s OfficeNational City Police DepartmentEscondido Police DepartmentChula Vista Police DepartmentOceanside Police DepartmentCarlsbad Police Department SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan joined the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force Tuesday to announce the results of a second annual multi-agency operation across California to stop the sexual exploitation of young women and girls.Operation Reclaim and Rebuild took place over a three-day period last week and focused on the demand side of human trafficking.In San Diego County, 29 sex buyers were arrested and charged with agreeing to engage in an act of prostitution.Related Link: San Diego People: Human Trafficking Awareness Month“This operation is a wakeup call for men who buy sex, about the damage they are doing to our young women and children, and the cycle of abuse they are promoting,” District Attorney Summer Stephan said. “The men who were arrested are from all ages and backgrounds, demonstrating the need to raise awareness that when people pay for sex, the person on the other end of the transaction is often a victim who was forced into sex trafficking as a child.” Operation Reclaim and Rebuild had three goals: disrupting the demand for vulnerable victims by targeting their buyers; identifying, arresting and prosecuting their captors; and identifying and recovering victims of sexual slavery and human trafficking to provide them with services.Although this was the fourth annual Operation Reclaim and Rebuild, this is the second operation that incorporated law enforcement from throughout the state. The operation was a collaborative effort between the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force and the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force.Law enforcement across Southern California joined together to send a clear message: men who buy sex are exploiting victims and contributing to a cycle of abuse. More than 70 percent of sex trafficking happens online, so that’s where law enforcement went to strike during this operation.Fake ads for sex were posted online offering sex for money. When the men — some of them active duty military, others with wedding bands on — showed up at a hotel expecting to buy a person for their own sexual gratification, they were instead surprised by being handcuffed.Their cars were towed and their phones were taken as evidence. One man had a dog waiting in his car, another arrived on a bicycle dressed in cycling gear with a backpack full of sexual props, and another was a sex abuse counselor at a local hospital, who showed up wearing scrubs.“Buyers convince themselves they are involved in a hobby where there are no victims,” DA Stephan said. “The anonymity of the Internet emboldens Johns to ask for and expect the most extreme acts. They are often more violent than the pimps and traffickers themselves. Johns treat sex trafficking victims as less than human and they believe that there will be no one to hold them accountable for their actions.”A university study showed the underground sex industry in San Diego is about an $810 million business each year. A District Attorney community outreach campaign, The Ugly Truth, highlighted the myths about sex trafficking, including the prevalence of men who pay for sex.  During the three months the campaign was running, demand for sex decreased, according to the CEASE Network. KUSI Newsroom, January 30, 2018last_img read more


Cheltenham Preview Nights 2019

first_imgSTAR SPONSORED CHELTENHAM PREVIEW NIGHTS: Check out the full list of the Star Sports sponsored Cheltenham Preview Nights where all attendees receive a FREE MATCH BET of up to £25 plus various on the night price boosts. Listen out for special VIP codes on the night! Search:DATEEVENTLOCATIONPANELINFODATEEVENTLOCATIONPANELINFO Sun 10 MarNorthern GamblersUpper RoomHole in The WallDarlington14-15 Horse MarketDarlingtonDL1 5PTTom Wilson James Dunkley Nigel Tinkler Grant Tuer Carl Hellier Doors 6:30pmStarts at 7:00pmTickets £10 includes Hot Buffet.For ticketsE.mail: [email protected]: 07939 343544 (Tom Wilson) Mon 11 MarWheatsheaf InnNorthleachThe Wheatsheaf InnWest EndNorthleachGL54 3EZSteve JonesSpecial GuestsLofty (Star)Book a table from 6pmwith top tips from 6.30pmCall 01451 860244 Sat 9 MarBishops CleeveBishop’s Cleeve FCKayte LaneBishops CleeveCheltenhamGloucsGL52 3PDHayley Moore (host)Fergal O’BrienMatt NicholsMelissa Jones Luke Tarr (Star)7.30pm£10 including supperFor bookings please call Marc 07812 753014 or [email protected] Sun 10 MarRockcliffe HallDarlingtonHurworth-on-TeesDarlingtonDL2 2DUNiall HannityBrian EllisonMick FitzgeraldBrian HughesSean QuinlanTrevor Harris (Star)From 6.30pmTickets from £50 per person inc two-course mealIn aid of the InjuredJockeys the team on 01325 729999or email [email protected] Weds 6 Mar6th Annual Gingearmy PreviewPunch Tarmeys31 Grafton StreetLiverpool L8 5SDJohn Neild (compere)Willy Twiston-DaviesBobby BeeversRyan HatchJack ChannonSam Twiston Davies (via phone)Tom BellamyJamie BargaryLuke Tarr (Star)6.30pm£10 tickets incbuffet supper. Contact Peter 07811 268337 [email protected] aid of: Stamp out Suicide Weds 6 MarChester RacecourseChester CH1 2LYStephen Wundke (MC)Oliver GreenallStewart MachinHenry Daly (tbc)Lofty (Star) 7pmTickets are £20 to includea hotpot supperBOOK HEREAny proceeds will be splitbetween the MacmillanCharity Riders for the YorkRace Weds 6 MarFromeFrome Town Football Club48 Berkley RdFromeBA11 2EH Martin Pipe CBEHarry CobdenJoe TizzardGary WiltshirePaul Starr (host)Tommy Flynn (Star)7.30pm (doors 6.30pm)Standard tickets £15VIP tickets £30Call Paul 07917 442054 Weds 6 MarNewry, Northern IrelandCobbles BarNewryJason Galbraith (Chair)Sean FlanaganColin McBratneyRoger LoughranMark O’HareJames LambeSarah Kinsella (Star)7.30pm Admission is £8 Thurs 7 MarGosforth Empire ClubGosforth Empire ClubGosforthNewcastle Upon TyneNE3 1DXGordon Brown (host)Paul Carberry Fergal O’Brien James GriffinMat NichollsIan RobinsonTrevor Harris (Star) Thurs 7 MarGanley’s MordenGanley’s Irish Bar43-47 London RoadMordenSurreySM4 5HPLuke HarveyPaul KealyRichard JohnsonNoel FehilyTommy Flynn (Star)7pm Fri 8 MarBrighton MarinaMalmaison Hotel11 Mermaid WalkBrightonBN2 5WAGuest speakerMick FitzgeraldLuke Tarr (Star)12pm£750 for table of 10Includes lunch and drinks receptionE.mail: [email protected] Tickets £15 Phone 07831 636210E.mail: [email protected] Weds 27 FebHerrison HallDorchesterHerrison HallCharlton DownDorchesterDT2 9UAAlice Plunkett (host)Richard HoilesHarry FryHarry DerhamLofty (Star)Doors 6.30pm forsupper/previewat 7.30pmContact Emma Worsleyon 07721 023916 or EMAIL£30 including supper Thurs 28 FebWhelan’s Croydon13-15 Selsdon RoadSouth CroydonCR2 6PWDaryl JacobLuke HarveyTemplegate of The SunBill Esdaile (City AM)Luke Tarr (Star)7pm (live band 9pm). For bookings please call 0203 971 8304 Mon 4 MarOld Railway Club, AintreeOld Railway ClubMelling RoadAintreeCharlie LongsdonBen PaulingAndy HoldingJohn ParrottJohn MorrisLuke Tarr (Star)7.45 (Doors 6.30)entry £10 pay on the doorCharity Raffle: Prizes include RacecourseHospitality and tickets to future meetingsat Aintree, Bangor, Chester, Cheltenham and other venues.Plus Charity Bets given on the night.Updated details concerning this event Mon 4 MarHaydock ParkHaydock Park RacecourseNewton-le-WillowsMerseysideWA12 0HQGareth Leonard (host)Carl LlewellynGary WiltshireAndy GibsonLofty (Star)7.30pm£10 IJF RaffleCash bar and food [email protected] Tues 5 MarRacing BreaksLondonM Restaurant60 Threadneedle St London EC2R 8HPRichard Johnson OBEMick FitzgeraldBill Esdaile (City AM)Luke Tarr (Star)Seated tickets £39includes Steak, Chipsand a beer6:30pm – 10:00pmPlease contact Olivia on020 7157 1576 or email: [email protected] Phone interviews:Gordon Elliot Paddy BrennanSam Twiston-DaviesHarry Fry7.15pm to 11-30pm(Doors open 6.45pm) Fri 8 MarEast GarstonEast Garston Village HallBack StEast GarstonHungerfordRG17 7EXEd James (host)Noel FehilyWarren GreatrexPat MurphyStan MooreJamie SnowdonColin BrownTommy Flynn (Star)Bar opens 7pmStarts 7.30pmTickets £1001488 649770E.mail: [email protected] Fri 8 MarTaunton RacecourseTauntonTA3 7BLTom MalonePhilip HobbsHarry DerhamDavid PipeTom ScudamoreLofty (Star)7pm doors open 6pm£10 in Advance and£12.50 on the door.BOOK HERE Fri 8 MarClub 100MotherwellClub 10013 Edward StreetMotherwellML1 2PPGordon Brown (host) Paul Carberry Mark Howard James Griffin Ian Robinson Trevor Harris (Star)Phone interviews:Gordon Elliot Paddy BrennanSam Twiston-DaviesKim Bailey7pm to 11.30pm (Doors open 6.30) Tickets £10 Phone 07831 636210E.mail: [email protected] Thurs 7 MarLondon Racing ClubHOLIDAY INN97 Cromwell RdSW7 4DN(2 mins Glos Rd Tube)Lee Mottershead (chair)Matt TombsPhil SmithMaddy PlayleLofty (Star)7-10pm£8 Members; £15 Non-Members: On the DoorEnquiries:LRC Secretary: 07711 260973 Thurs 7 MarAmpton RacecourseNewmarketThe Green RoomTattersallsNewmarketCB8 9BTAnthony Bromley Steve MellishAmy MurphyLuke Tarr (Star) £35 per head to include welcome drink & a lightsupper The money raised to gotowards East Anglian Air Ambulance and repairs &improvements toAmpton RacecourseFor tickets please contact Suzanne Webb – [email protected] or 01953 498198 Mon 11 MarHollow BottomThe Hollow BottomGuiting PowerCheltenhamGloucestershireCotswoldsGL54 5UXAlex Steedman (Host)Sam Twiston-DaviesGary WiltshireCarl LlewellynRyan HatchLuke Tarr (Star)£20.00 per person. Call 01451 850392Showing 1 to 22 of 22 entries(Event organisers: if you would like to add/update the information above please email [email protected])PREVIEW NIGHT MATCH BETSTERMS AND CONDITIONSBets between 7pm and 12am on night of preview attended count towards the matching £25 bet. Singles only.New and existing clients entitled to the offer.This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one matching bet can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed. Only one account will only benefit from this offer once, no matter how many previews you go to.First bet struck that evening, on a Cheltenham race, counts towards a matching £25 total stake (£12.50 ew will be matched as such. £50 ew will be matched with £12.50 ew).Matching free bets will be struck at the same price as original bet including price boosts.If selection becomes a NR, the free bet will be placed on your next available Cheltenham selection. If no other Cheltenham Bets struck, or available, you will receive a bet to the same amount, up to your original stake to use on Cheltenham Festival 2019 races.last_img read more