‘No 3rd Term’

first_imgThe political leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), Dr. J. Mills Jones, has urged Liberians to resist the re-election of any person from the ruling establishment, referring to the ruling Unity Party (UP), saying there should be “No 3rd Term.”Dr. Jones, who spoke in Gbarnga, Bong County, during the weekend at the induction ceremony of the Cuttington Student Council Union, wants Liberians to use the recent American election as an example to discourage a third term leadership.He cautioned Liberians not to vote on tribal or ethnic lines but rather on the basis that would ensure economic improvement.“If Liberians can vote wisely and not on tribal lines, this country will surely move forward. We need to put the interest of the country first,” Dr. Jones said.“It is clear that tribal politics plays a significant role in the country’s recent political activities with inhabitants of some counties giving their support to their kinsmen, but debate against a third term bid remains a major concern among Liberians,” he added.According to him, any attempt to vote the ruling establishment for a third term would not be healthy for the country. He cited the unprecedented win by Donald Trump as U.S. President-elect, calling it a clear manifestation of ending a third term leadership in America which, according to him, Liberia should follow.“If Liberians do away with tribalism and ethnicity and follow Trump’s legacy, it will break the barrier of continuation in Liberia,” Jones said.The Movement for Economic Empowerment, Dr. Jones said, is a new agent of change, with a new vision for a new Liberia, and is committed to changing the development model from dependency to self-reliance. “We cannot beg our way out of poverty. We must work our way out of poverty, taking ownership of our development agenda. We believe our partners will be more willing to help us when we adopt this posture as the way forward,” he said.He further said there is no question that there have been some positive developments, including the international community’s embrace of this administration and providing substantial support, including debt waiver.There have also been several years of growth in Liberia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, the growth of the economy has been erratic, and the benefits have not trickled down to the grassroots, to be translated into measures that ensure the development and social improvements in the lives of the majority of Liberians, said Dr. Jones.He said: “This is not a criticism, but a fact. And if we are to change, we must recognize facts for what they are. Too many Liberians go to bed without adequate food. Malnutrition is the single most common cause of death of Liberian children.” According to him, “too many of us have less than US$1 a day to spend on basic needs. Too few Liberians are in the position to meaningfully participate in the economic life of the nation.”He said the “free market seems to offer more and better opportunities to non-Liberians living within our borders, but not ourselves.” Neo-liberal economic orthodoxy would have Liberians believe that the market knows best, and that government’s intervention is an intrusion, he added.“Prof. Robert Reich makes a contrary, but highly relevant point: that government doesn’t ‘intrude’ on the ‘free market,’ it creates the market by creating the rules of the market.“He goes on to argue that those rules reflect who in society have the most power or influence to make them,” he said.This suggests that, “we need people in power who will ensure that the economic system works for all of us. This also applies to the issue of access to financial capital, which has not been readily available to Liberians. When we tried to do something about this problem by promoting financial inclusion, some politicians turned our actions into a political football, even while some of them were benefiting by getting low cost loans through commercial banks to do farming.”He told the gathering that the time has come for new thinking, to act appropriately and lead Liberia more effectively.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cosmetologist remanded for narco-trafficking

first_imgAirport drug bustShareefa TappinThe West Ruimveldt, Georgetown woman who was on Saturday last intercepted at the Eugene Correia International Airport, Ogle with cocaine stashed in her suitcase was on Tuesday remanded to prison.Twenty-two-year-old Shareefa Tappin denied the offence when she appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.It is alleged that the cosmetologist on June 6, 2018 at Ogle, East Coast Demerara (ECD), had in her possession 6.99 kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.The prosecution’s case stated that the defendant was an outgoing passenger on a Liat flight when her luggage was searched by Customs officers and the drug was found.Tappin was remanded to prison, and was expected to return June 19, 2018 at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

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Ruling violates spirit of Constitution – PPP

first_imgGECOM chair challenge…President has discretion to unilaterally appoint – Chief JusticeActing Chief Justice Roxane George on Friday ruled that the Constitution of Guyana allows for the President to unilaterally appoint someone to fill the position of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).Justice George’s ruling came after the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) filed an injunction on October 23, 2017, to have the court rescind the unilateral appointment of Reverend Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Elections Commission. Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall on behalf of the Party’s Executive Secretary and Member of Parliament, Zulfikar Mustapha, filed the motion just days after President David Granger made the announcement.Apart from rescinding the appointment of Patterson, the PPP also argued that he is unqualified for the post while asking the court to order the President to choose a person from the 18 names submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.“I hold that there is nothing before this court to permit a finding that the President acted unlawfully or irrationally in resorting to the proviso to Art 161(2), or to rebut the presumption that Justice Patterson is qualified to be appointed to the post of Chairman of GECOM,” the CJ said.The CJ also said that the Opposition could produce no evidence that Patterson was unqualified for the position, while adding that even if she had agreed with the contention that the appointment was unlawful, then it would not have been “permissible for this court to usurp the function of the President by directing him to choose a nominee from the third or any list.”Additionally, Justice George also ordered the Opposition to pay the sum of $250,000 as court costs to the State.A legal team headed by Attorney Anil Nandlall represented Mustapha, while Attorney General Basil Williams, Solicitor General Kim Kyte and Barbadian Queens Counsels, Ralph Thorne and Hal Gollop represented the interest of the State.Following the decision of the court, Williams spoke to media operatives where he labelled the decision as “well-reasoned”, adding that it confirms the belief of the Government that the authority to appoint the GECOM chair lies with the President and the President alone.AppealHowever, the PPP is still contending that Patterson was a religious leader, which is a clear violation of criteria set out by President Granger to Jagdeo. It maintains that Patterson is unfit and improper for the job since he was a pall bearer at People’s National Congress leader, Desmond Hoyte’s funeral and the fact that he lied on his CV when he said he was the Chief Justice of Grenada.It was later revealed that Patterson merely acted in that capacity and when questioned about it, he told media operatives that it was just a slip of pen.During an interview with <<<<>>>>, Nandlall said his party intends to appeal the matter.“While we respect that ruling, and while we must abide by that ruling, we do not agree with it and we will exercise our undoubted right to appeal that ruling to the Court of Appeal and if necessary to the Caribbean Court of Justice,” he said.Nandlall said his party feels the Chief Justice’s ruling has rendered the constitutional formula – which requires a Chairman of GECOM to be appointed by a joint exercise, and a process that involves the joint input of the President and the Opposition – redundant.“We believe that ruling therefore is contrary to the intent of the framers of the Constitution [which] intended that the Chairman must be appointed by a process which requires the input of the Leader of the Opposition and the President. That only in the rare and exceptional circumstance where there is no list provided that the President has a unilateral power of appointment,” he explained.DisappointedMeanwhile, the PPP in a statement on Friday afternoon expressed its disappointment in the decision of the Chief Justice.“This decision strikes at the heart of our constitutional and electoral democracy. It has destroyed that delicate balance, which a Chairman is intended to bring to the Guyana Elections Commission. The framers of the Constitution intended this Chairman to be appointed through a mechanism, which involves an input from both the President and the Leader of the Opposition, to ultimately produce a person who enjoys the confidence of both. This is the reason why this Chairman is endowed with the power of a casting vote to break deadlocks at a bi-partisan Commission,” the PPP stated.It added that “unfortunately, this ruling, in violation of the letter and spirit of the Constitution, seeks to legitimise a unilateral appointment of a GECOM Chairman and has crushed that crucial balance in the makeup of the Commission. A unilateral appointment is contemplated by the Constitution only in the rare and exceptional circumstance, where the Leader of the Opposition fails to provide a list of nominees to the President.”The Party also stated that it has noted with deep regret, the great focus which the ruling placed on “inconsequential issues and the glossing over of the more fundamental questions.”“Although the Chief Justice recognised in her ruling the mandatory obligation of the President to give reasons for the rejection of a list and found that a failure to give such reasons can cause a decision of the President arising there from to be set aside by a court.”According to the Party, It would be remiss if they do not recognise that this ruling may, or has, paved the way for more executive unilateral appointments in situations where the Constitution require agreement between the President and Leader of the Opposition.Patterson was appointed after President Granger rejected three lists of 18 names submitted by Jagdeo for the post of GECOM Chairman.last_img read more

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Premier League club’s vice-chairman on moving to ‘one of the greatest arenas in world football’

first_img1 West Ham’s vice-chairman Karren Brady has claimed the Olympic Stadium will be “one of the greatest arenas in world football” and admits it is “an absolute necessity” that the club stays in the Premier League.The Hammers are moving to the Olympic Stadium for the start of next season and Brady said in West Ham’s annual report that the new venue will open up “enormous” commercial opportunities – which should see the Hammers close the financial gap on their rivals.West Ham’s annual report revealed a profit after tax of just under £3million for the 2014/15 season. The annual accounts show West Ham’s turnover was £120.7million last season, up from £114.8million, while the wage bill rose £8.8million to £72.7million, 60 per cent of turnover.Brady said there had been a “phenomenal demand” for corporate seats with only 200 of the 3,700 corporate seats in the 54,000-capacity stadium remaining unsold up until last monthIn the annual report written on October 9, Brady said: “Retention of our [Premier League] status in the 2015/16 season is an absolute necessity for the future well-being of the club, as we will be moving to our new home in the 2016/17 season and a new improved broadcast deal will be in place.“The Olympic Stadium offers enormous commercial and brand opportunities and we have a strategy in place to deliver sell-out crowds and enter the stadium with a team that are befitting of such an amazing iconic venue.“As plans take shape it becomes even more apparent that our new home will be one of the greatest arenas in world football and a platform to transform the future of our great club.”Brady said the new roof, retractable seating and turnstiles had all been completed and the dressing rooms nearly finished.The value of the Olympic Stadium move is underlined by the fact that West Ham’s match day revenue was only £20million last season – Manchester United and Arsenal both generate more than £100million while Tottenham, who are also moving stadium, still take around £40million at White Hart Lane.The club’s overall gross debt is £89.1million with £49.2million owed to its shareholders David Sullivan and David Gold. The accounts say interest of 6-7 per cent will not be paid or added to the loans until the loans are repaid – the interest currently stands at £9.3million.The Hammers appear in little danger of failing to be in the top flight next season – they are currently sixth in the Premier League under new manager Slaven Bilic. The Hammers are making good progress ahead of the move next summer, but Brady admits the club cannot afford to be relegated last_img read more

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SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO PLAYWRIGHT BRIAN FRIEL AT MacGILL SUMMER SCHOOL

first_imgThe late Brian Friel.Legendary playwright Brian Friel will be commemorated at this year’s 2016 MacGill Summer School in Glenties.To celebrate the playwright’s legacy, two additional days are being added to the MacGill programme to commemorate some of Friel’s best work, and there will be daily readings of his short stories.The tribute, supported by the Arts Council, will involve the staging of a series of readings, documentaries, talks and performances over the weekend. They will include readings of Friel’s work by actor Stephen Rea during a visit to the home of the McLoone sisters on Sunday, the inspiration and setting for Dancing at Lughnasa.Mr Friel died on October 2nd last, aged 86, and was later buried in the town of Glenties which he described as his spiritual home and was the home of his late mother Mary McLoone who worked in the local post office.The celebration of Friel’s work will also mean a poignant trip down memory lane when three cast members of the original Dancing at Lughnasa production, which went on to wow audiences in Broadway, will do a run-through of memorable scenes from the play.They are Rosaleen Linehan, Brid Ní Neachtain and Brid Brennan, who won a Tony Award for her role as Agnes. Mr Friel’s remains are carried put to his final resting place at Glenties graveyard. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Director of the Arts Council, Orlaith McBride said Brian Friel was, quite simply, a giant, not only of Irish, but of world theatre.“Since his international breakthrough with Philadelphia, Here I Come! in 1964, Friel earned himself a deserved place at the top table of world playwrights. Glenties was his spiritual home, the Ballybeg of his plays and imagination.“He chose Glenties as his final resting place. His mother came from the town and each year he attended the MacGill Summer School. This is the first summer school since his death.“Brian was an inspiration to Irish playwrights, actors, directors and theatre makers. That is why the Arts Council is supporting this element of the summer school – so that people can engage with his wonderful work in Glenties, a place that inspired so much of his work – his extraordinary words through the short stories and his extraordinary characters through his plays.“We all still remember that special evening in 1991 when the Abbey Theatres Dancing at Lughnasa was performed in Glenties – the home of the McLoone sisters whom the Mundy sisters were based on. A special evening and for three of those superb actors to come back to Glenties and to remember and recount that event will be a truly special experience.” The week-long MacGill Summer School, which starts on Saturday will include the annual John Hume Lecture which will be given this year by Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin TD.The official opening of the 36th Annual MacGill Summer School will take place on Sunday evening by H.E. Jean-Pierre Thébault, Ambassador of France.SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO PLAYWRIGHT BRIAN FRIEL AT MacGILL SUMMER SCHOOL was last modified: July 14th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian FrielDancing at LughnasaMACGILL SUMMER SCHOOLlast_img read more

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Massive blow for Harps as last season’s Player of the Year departs

first_imgFOOTBALL: Finn Harps have been dealt a blow with the news that Raymond Foy has left Finn Park by mutual consent. Foy, was the club’s Player of the Year last term as Harps gained promotion to the Premier Division after a sensational play-off victory over Limerick. The former Derry City midfielder has been in an out of the side all season, and has suffered a number of minor injury setbacks throughout the season.However, his departure has come as a bolt out of the blue, and with Gareth Harkin already side-lined, it limits Ollie Horgan’s options in midfield considerably.The club also announced the departures of Matthew Crossan, who has signed for Fanad United, and Michael Rafter who left eh club a number of weeks ago.Harps fans will be bemused at Foy’s departure, and it will be interesting to see he goes now, a move to the Irish League is the most likely option for Foy. Massive blow for Harps as last season’s Player of the Year departs was last modified: August 19th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BlowDepartureexitfinn harpsnewsRaymond FoySportSurpriselast_img read more

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Track & Field’s Finest Shine Friday At The Blue Oval

first_imgRobinson, the reigning U.S. indoor and outdoor champion, won a jump off with Canadian Djano Lovett to win the men’s Tokyo Countdown high jump after both cleared 7-5 1/4 (2.27m). Both came in with big victories, Lovett winning at the Mt. SAC Relays last Sunday with the No. 2 jump in the world and Robinson claiming the title at the Texas Relays. Southeast Polk set a Relays record in the high school girls 4×800 with a time of 9:10.38, while Waukee set a meet record of 3:17.41 in the preliminaries of the boys 4×400 relay. Waterloo East’s Kerris Roberts tied her own meet record in winning the girls 100 in 21.82. She ran 12.74 in the prelims, but the favoring wind was over the allowable limit. Friday Results (TXT) Pole vaulter Sandi Morris looked nothing like someone coming off ankle surgery. Tipton’s Jamie Kofron and Council Bluffs Lincoln’s Darby Thomas both pulled off impressive doubles. Kofron became just the second thrower to sweep the girls shot put and discus in consecutive seasons, while Thomas became only the second athlete to win the girls 100 hurdles and long jump in the same Relays. Friday Notes Friday Morning Photos Sprinter Kenny Bednarek, long jumper Kendell Williams and high jumper Jeron Robinson won other elite events and Oklahoma State won two women’s relays, including a national collegiate best in the 4×800. Iowa State posted the No. 2 collegiate time in the men’s 4×800. Friday Night Photos It was her first competition since undergoing surgery on her left ankle Sept. 8. She used the winter and early spring to rehabilitate and it would appear that she’ll be as good as ever. Story Links Friday Results (HTML) After winning event, Morris missed one attempt at 16-1/2 (4.89m) and then called it a night. That would have broken her event record of 16-0, which she set last year, and tied Suhr’s stadium record.center_img Former Northern Iowa star Brandon Carnes, a 16-time Missouri Valley Conference champion, was second in 20.62. Johnston’s Joe Schaefer had a big day, winning the boys 800 and giving the Dragons a come-from-behind victory in the 4×800. Saturday Heat Sheets Bednarek, a freshman at Indian Hills Community College, faced down a talented, much more experienced field in the men’s invitational 200 and won the event in 20.29 seconds. That’s the second-fastest time this year by a collegian at any level and ties him for No. 8 in the world. Williams, who ranks eighth on the world list this year, beat a strong field to win the women’s Tokyo Challenge long jump with a leap of 21-8 3/4 (6.62m). Kylie Price jumped 21-5 1/2 (6.54) to finish second and Chanice Porter, seventh in the world this year, took third at 21-4 1/4 (6.51). Morris soared 15-7 1/4 (4.76m) to win the women’s invitational pole vault for the fourth straight year and highlight the Friday night session of the 110th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. Oklahoma State won the women’s 4×1600 and 4×800 relays, speeding to a 8:25.41 clocking in the 4×8, the fastest collegiate time in the country this year by a margin of 5 seconds. Oklahoma State also won the men’s 4×1600, giving OSU a sweep of those events for the third time in five years. Morris won a duel with world leader Jenn Suhr, the Drake Stadium record holder, in the World Showdown event. Suhr, who has cleared 16-1 1/4 (4.91) this year, had a clearance of 15-3 1/2 (4.66m) to finish second and Emily Grove was third at 15-1 1/2 (4.61m). Friday Afternoon Photos Friday Results (PDF)  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Penza: What have we learned in the first half of the high school football season?

first_imgEntering the 2017 high school football season, we knew these three things to be true.Eureka had a lot to replace and, subsequently, would be leaning on more than just a few of young and inexperienced players.Fortuna returned just about everybody from and uncharacteristic sub-.500 season.St. Bernard’s had a new starting quarterback, but weren’t expecting any kind of drop off from a 2016 campaign where it played for a North Coast Section title. As we sit at the midway point of the …last_img read more

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New engineering safety devices for all-terrain vehicles

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dee JepsenAll-terrain vehicles (ATVs) continue to grow in popularity for rural and agricultural use. Originally designed for sports and recreation, the ATV is now common on many farms and ranches in the U.S. With this increased use comes increases in injuries and fatalities. And the costs for emergency room visits associated with ATVs grow each year. The 3E Model for injury preventionThe 3E Model is used by occupational injury specialists to help reduce injuries and fatalities. Simply stated, the 3Es of the model are: Engineering, Education, and Enforcement. The use of a combination of these components can be effective in reducing injuries. EnforcementIn agriculture, there is little enforcement when it comes to ATV usage. The most common U.S. violation is the use of ATVs, and their Utility Vehicle (UTV) counterparts, on paved roads. By design, ATV’s and UTV’s are designed for off-road use, which is much different from cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Their low-pressure tires are designed to grab dirt, grass, sand, and rocks. Smooth pavement offers little traction and limited control. Tipping and rollovers are the most common ATV roadway cause for injury. Restricting ATV use on paved roads would be a plausible solution for safety. Allowing ATV’s and UTV’s to operate along the grass or gravel berm is a viable solution, as is operating them on dirt or gravel roads. EducationFor years, the ATV industry has relied upon education as a means of injury reduction. However, education and behavior-related safety trainings have failed to make a dent in the number of injuries associated with ATV operation ear year. Statistics show many fatalities and injuries occur in the first-year of ownership, indicating training may not be given to new riders. Annual training is recommended for all riders. EngineeringThe area that has received little attention for ATV safety is engineering. To put it simply, the vehicle’s design is still susceptible for tipping and rollovers, which are the most common cause for fatal and non-fatal injuries.A new device is available for after-market installation to prevent crushing of the ATV operator in the event of a vehicle rollover. Different from the RollOver Protection Structures (ROPS) on tractors, the Crush Protection Device (CPDs) acts as an anti-roll bar stopping a continuous roll in a side overturn, and usually diverts the vehicle away from the operator in a rear rollover. CPDs do not require seatbelts, which allow the riders to eject the machine, and prevent being pinned. How it worksThe Quadbar is an Australian-made CPD, designed specifically for agricultural use ATVs. The low-profile, hairpin hoop mounts to the drawbar and rear rack area of the machine, and does not impede with suspension or functionality.According to the product manufacturer, tests have been performed to show the Quadbar is an effective device to protect the operator in a side roll. On a 20 degree or 36% slope, vehicles without the CPD rolled two full rolls. With the Quadbar in place, the vehicle still rolled, but the device kept the ATV to a quarter roll. When speed was applied to increase the momentum of the roll, tests showed the Quadbar was an effective device to protect the driver from being pinned under the vehicle at half, three-quarter and full rolls. In a typical rollover crash, the vehicle lands on the operator, pinning the person under the machine. By design, Crush Protection Devices keeps a space between the vehicle and the ground.During the same tests on a 20-degree or 36% slope, the Quadbar takes the brunt of the force on a rearward roll backflip. In these crashes, the ATV will rise up on the crush bar, then fall to the side. Riders are not pinned under the weight of the machine. ATV pinning injuriesSerious injuries of ATV crashes are often caused by the vehicle rolling on the operator. Death can also occur from asphyxiation when the ATV lands on the rider, pinning him or her for minutes to hours under the 500-pound (or more) vehicle weight. Drowning can also occur if the ATV lands on the victim, even in shallow water.While ATV injuries continue to be in Consumer Product Safety Commission reports, deaths can be prevented with the use of aftermarket Crush Protection Devices. These after-market engineered bars are saving lives in side and rear rollover situations.Additional information about the product described in this article can be found at the North America based website Quadbarsafety.com. The product designer, David Robertson from Queensland Australia, was recently acknowledged by the International Society of Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) organization for his Quadbar design and injury prevention efforts. Beyond this engineering control, Australia is considering legislation for mandating installation of CPDs on ATVs used on the farm and other occupational worksites. Robertson’s comprehensive efforts to reduce agricultural ATV injuries in Australia are now becoming known in other parts of the world.While this article does not provide product endorsement, there is considerable value for installing Crush Protection Devices on All-Terrain Vehicles. This engineered product is designed to prevent serious injury and protect lives while performing agricultural tasks. CPDs, along with rider training courses, and helmet usage have potential to curb the rising injury statistics for ATVs in the United States, similar to what is being done for Australian farmers. Dee Jepsen, Associate Professor, can be reached at 292-6008 or jepsen.4@osu.edu. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

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Kailadevi tiger births a pointer to space crunch

first_imgThe birth of two tiger cubs in the Kailadevi wildlife sanctuary of Rajasthan’s Karauli district recently has gladdened wildlife enthusiasts across the country, but it also points to a space crunch in the wildlife habitats which has forced the big cats to move out of the main area of Ranthambore National Park on their own.Tigress T-92 was spotted with two cubs, both about three and a half months old, at Ninder Ki Khoh near Mandrayal last week. The tiger cubs have been born in Kailadevi after nearly three decades. The four-and-a-half-year-old T-92 and male T-72, also known as Sultan, with whom it mated, are among the four tigers that have moved from Ranthambhore to Kailadevi.Territorial disputesForest authorities say overpopulation of tigers in Ranthambore National Park had led to territorial disputes, because of which the big cats were making frequent movements to the adjacent Kailadevi wildlife reserve, which had a size of 676 sq. km. T-72 migrated from Sultanpur area of Ranthambore to Mandrayal, when it was threatened by another tiger.The area of new births comprises scrub forest having isolated water sources and is surrounded by villagers and livestock settled in isolated pockets. Located in the Vindhya hill zone, the wildlife reserve has a rocky terrain with slopes, ravines and cave-like depressions, all clad with scanty shrubs and bushes. The banyan and peepal trees offer shade and shelter to tigers.A Ranthambore tigress has given litter outside the main national park area for the first time. Kailadevi’s area has been officially included in about 400 sq. km area of Sawai Madhopur district’s Ranthambore to develop it as a national park with more than 1,000 sq. km area.Lacking support systemTourism and Wildlife Society of India honorary secretary Harsh Vardhan said here on Tuesday that the migration of tigers was a “clear indication” that Ranthambore lacked the basic support system for being administered as a designated tiger reserve. The national park had insufficient forest staff, he said.However, the birth of tiger cubs in Kailadevi had proved that tigers could live along with the villagers and their livestock in a habitat which did not offer much of the natural prey base of sambar, spotted deer, wild boar, etc., said Mr. Vardhan. “As Ranthambore’s main area is unable to accommodate newborn cubs, tigers are exploring new places for their families,” he said.Earlier this month, Ranthambore’s male tiger T-91 was relocated to the protected Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve in Kota district. The tiger had been exploring new territories and living in the peripheral forests near Bundi for the last few months.last_img read more

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