Animals, Biodiversity, Camera Trapping, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, GPS tracking, Mammals, Monitoring, Technology, Wildtech Laura, an Andean spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus), is the first bear to wear a GPS collar in Peru’s Batán Grande Archaeological Complex, an ecosystem offers greater visibility than cloud forests, where the bears typically live.Laura and about 50 other bears have been monitored for ten years by the Spectacled Bear Conservation Peru (SBC) after they were discovered in the unique Peruvian dry forest ecosystem.Over an area of 15,000 hectares (over 37,000 acres), the SBC program uses camera traps, GPS collars and direct field observation to study the bears. Laura is now part of the history of Peru. She is an Andean spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus) and the face of the first coin of one sol (equivalent to $0.31) from the Peruvian Endangered Wildlife collection launched in July 2017. Laura is shown laying on a tree in her habitat in the dry forests of Peru – in the Batán Grande Archaeological Complex, Lambayeque region.It is not just her appearance in the coin collection that makes Laura famous. She is the first bear to wear a GPS collar in this part of Peru, an ecosystem that offers greater visibility than cloud forests.Laura and about 50 other bears are part of the population that has been monitored for ten years by the Spectacled Bear Conservation Peru (SBC).The project began when the Canadian researcher Robyn Appleton arrived in Peru in 2006 in search of the Andean bear. Appleton, along with Peruvian Javier Vallejos, who was her guide, found this population of spectacled bears in the dry forests of Batán Grande, an unusual habitat for this species.“Andean bears inhabit from Venezuela to southern Bolivia, in the humid forest, they live mainly in the fog. But ten years ago we found this small population in a unique ecosystem in the dry forest of Peru,” Appleton said during a Wildlife Conservation Network conference.A different habitat for the spectacled bearRenzo Piana, director of science and conservation of SBC Peru, explains that this species lives mainly in areas near the Andes Mountain Range.“Here in Peru, we have a population that is unique because it inhabits the western slope of the Andes, at lower altitudes than usual, in a dry forest ecosystem that ranges from 150 meters to 1,000 meters above sea level in the basin of the La Leche River. Something which does not happen in any other part of the distribution of the Andean bear.”Andean bears climb the hills of dry forests in northern Peru. Photo courtesy of SBC PeruOver an area of 15,000 hectares (over 37,000 acres), the SBC’s spectacled bear conservation program uses camera traps, GPS collars and direct observation in the field to study this population of bears.During the study, they discovered that the bears that live in Batán Grande always return to a few water sources in the area. Camera traps were placed at these sites, explains Piana. “Even though the water sources can be two or three meters, or even smaller, the bears have them mapped and often visit them to drink water, mark their territory and check the state of fertility of the females.”The researcher explains that, since the beginning of the program, one of the main tasks was to locate these water bodies to place camera traps. It has been almost eight years since they started the monitoring program with data collection taking place every six weeks.The marks that bears have on their face —each individual has a unique marking— are used to identify them in the photographs taken by the camera traps and track their movement patterns.“Now we know if there is variation in the spatial occupancy of their territory between males, females and younger individuals,” Piana said. “When monitoring for long periods, as in this program, it is possible to assess population dynamics: how many individuals there are, how it varies over time, how it changes according to seasonality or when the El Niño phenomenon occurs.”The researcher believes that the population of bears in this area shows the importance of the dry forest of northwestern Peru for the conservation of the species. “There is a marked seasonality in the use of space by animals. During the winter they are found in high altitude areas in the mountains, whereas in the summer they move to lower areas to feed mainly of sapote.”In this context, the protection of the sapote tree (Colicodendrum scabrida) is also important for the survival of the species, says Piana, since bears feed mainly on the fruit. “The sapote grows in low altitude areas, places very exposed to fragmentation and land trafficking, which is the illegal appropriation and commerce of lands. This high pressure for a land use change puts the availability of this fruit for the bears at risk.”The spectacled bear feeds mainly on sapote fruit. Photo courtesy of SBC PeruOn May 26, 2016, the Municipality of Pítipo issued an ordinance for the creation of the Batán Grande Archaeological Complex, a measure that has allowed the conservation of the spectacled bear habitat, considering that most of the territory through which this population moves is inside this protected area.Encounter with the Andean bearJosé Vallejos, biological researcher and project coordinator at SBC, says that he joined the project in 2008. His first outing to the field was on August 8 of that year, and he was lucky to see, for the first time, a wild bear. That same year, the first camera traps were installed, 12 in total. “My father Javier and I were walking through the field, looking for bear tracks and exploring the pools of water.”The following year, in 2009, 40 more camera traps were deployed, both in the water sources and along the trails these animals use. There are currently 60 camera traps installed to monitor the bears.In 2008, they began using GPS collars. Laura was the first one to try this equipment, and until now there have been seven animals that have worn a collar for satellite tracking.“Once, we discovered that one of the bears walked 150 kilometers in three days and moved from Batán Grande to Cajamarca,” Vallejos said.Vallejos also says that this project has involved several members of his family. His younger brother began going out to the field at age 11 to help with the monitoring and the logistic side of deploying the camera traps. That experience captivated him, and now he is a biologist.Appleton, director of SBC, refers to the Andean bear as a charismatic and funny animal that likes to play and relax. She also said that they spend a lot of time resting during the day due to the high temperatures of the area, which border 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit). For that reason, it is easy to see them frolicking in the small lagoons which they frequent.Two Andean bears, mother and son, in their habitat in Batán Grande, Lambayeque. Photo courtesy of SBC PeruHowever, she is concerned about the declining number of bears in Peru and South America in general. It is estimated that there are 20,000 individuals throughout the region and 5,000 in Peru. The species is categorized as Vulnerable according to the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).The director of SBC says that the species and its habitat are threatened by land trafficking, hunting, events such as forest fires that have destroyed several camera traps, and the El Niño phenomenon, which in 2017 affected all this territory.Appleton also points out that in recent years, the organization has been working with the local population conducting school awareness programs on the conservation of the species and the protection of its habitat, as well as conducting projects to generate resources for women in the villages of the region surrounding the conservation area.Cover photo courtesy of SBC PeruThis story was reported by Mongabay’s Latin America (Latam) team and was first published in Spanish on our Latam site on July 6, 2018. Article published by Romina Castagnino Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored
…thrown for a loop?Or just plain loopy? Your Eyewitness is trying to digest the emanations from the erstwhile Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder, on GuySuCo and the GuySuCo $30 billion bond. He’s not sure why the Minister’s getting his bukta in a knot about the bond – when he couldn’t be bothered to even to talk to sugar workers when the Government was shutting down four estates. So now that money’s floating around, he wants to “be in the loop”??Whatever in the world for?? Certainly not for anything agriculturally related, since it has become clear over the past three years that he wouldn’t know an agriculture-related issue if it snuck up behind him and bit him “right there”!! For instance, how come he still hasn’t said anything about the rice rejected and returned by Panama?Holder’s miffed that the bond money hasn’t been turned over to GuySuCo by the SPU that floated it. But why? Doesn’t the fact that the $2 billion advanced was blown away in “operational expenses” – which included salaries and interest payments on previous loans! – give him a clue why the SPU might be skittish? After all, the SPU was very clear why it needed the money: to fund two co-generation facilities, upgrade the existing sugar factories to produce white sugar, restructure debt, and employee training.As matter stands, Republic Bank has already placed a halt on any further disbursements since the terms of the bond forbid SERVICING of debt – especially to other banks!! That companies usually sell bonds to the public rather than take loans from banks, because they’re not then tied down by such restrictions is grist for another mill!! Clearly, the SPU wants to use the $30 billion for STRATEGIC investments in sugar – and don’t intend to have GuySuCo execute the identified projects.But if Holder knew even the slightest thing about sugar, he’s know that none of those projects can be successful, unless SUGAR is first produced!! And he’d have said that rather than engage in his ridiculous pouting and stamping of his feet! The constraint on sugar production has been obsolete factories and poor agricultural practices in the cane fields – and both of these need capital to overcome.This is what the sugar CoI had recommended in the first place. And if Holder had argued in Cabinet for this and against the President’s unilateral decision to shut down those four estates and fire 7000 workers, he wouldn’t have to throwing hissy fits now. But Holder’s tantrum highlights what any objective observer would conclude: this Government is determined to destroy the Opposition’s strongest bloc of supporters before the 2020 elections.It’s all about politics and loopy Holder is on the way out!!…on GRDB also?As your Eyewitness asked above, why didn’t Agriculture Minister Holder comment on the return of 20 containers of rice by Panama – the only export market paying a decent price? Your Eyewitness will tell you why – because he doesn’t have a clue about the sector he’s responsibility for. So, it’s a case of ‘do wha’ yuh wan’ fuh do!” across his entire portfolio.The Panamanians said the rice shipped wasn’t up to standard. So who’s supposed to ensure rice of the proper standard is shipped? Well the GRDB! They get US$6 for every tonne of rice exported – so when we exported 500,000 tonnes last year, they received US$3 million or GY$600 million! Now you’d think with all this money, the GRDB would have quality control checks, wouldn’t you? And it does! So what’s going on?Well, with Holder as Minister and absolutely no scrutiny from above, the GRDB head honcho Hussain – who’s been in more hot water than parboiled rice! – just does his thing!…on targeted crimeIf anyone can legitimately complain about being “kept out of the loop” it’s Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan. President Granger keeps control while Ramjattan’s reduced to making distinctions without differences about whether Chinese businesses are targeted or not!!
“We don’t know how many players will be contracted since we are yet to get the go ahead from the Union. If title sponsors renew their partnership then we will decide on the number,” head coach, Benjamin Ayimba told Capital Sport.Former skipper and veteran, Humphrey Kayange said they will only negotiate on the contract when they get hold of it but for now they are concentrating on qualifying for the Summer Games in Rio-de-Janeiro, Brazil.“We can only discus about contract once it’s on the table. Everyone is really edgy about that but no has seen them. Everyone is talking about things that are in the contract or are not but for now the most important thing is the qualifiers.“The contracts will take effect when the series starts in December. We have the qualifier which requires no contracts so we have to go out there and perform,” Kayange, the elder brother of record try scorer, Collins Injera, asserted.Contracts has been a major issue since last season after former chairman, Mwangi Muthee replaced existing central contracts with performance based deals that led to protests from senior players who downed their tools on several occasions.It’s yet to be seen if KRU chairman, Richard Omwela who was re-elected in March will make changes after all players’ contract lapsed in July.Kayange, who alongside Sri Lanka based winger, Oscar Ouma and Impala RFC full back, Sammy Oliech are latest inclusions in the team, is fighting against time to get back to fitness after having a shallow outing last season.“Missing out on gaining automatic qualifiers means we have to go and grind out in the African qualifiers and with less than a month to go, all preparations are geared to make sure the boys advance to Olympics.“I’m getting to that point where I’m taking a year at a time but five years from now. I’m looking to give it back to the young players. Coaching is one area that I will consider because I want to pass down the knowledge,” the 33-year-old Mwamba RFC centre, declared.The return of Ouma, better known by his nickname “Big Wheels” to the national squad for the first time since last year when he featured at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, is a major boost to the team as he is capable of punishing defences with his fleet feet and deceptiveness in offence.For Oliech, it will be a breakthrough if he makes it to the team after being overlooked by past coaches despite impressive performances at his club.The trio were initially overlooked for the Safari Sevens and opted to feature for invitational side, Samurai who lifted the Africa premier tournament under the tutelage of former Kenya 7s head coach, Mike Friday.“They are top quality players and as much as they did not play for any of the Kenyan teams, they proved their worth at the Safari Sevens and that’s why they are in the team. The players are bonding well and they are showing what it takes to win matches.“I assure Kenyan rugby fans that we will qualify for Olympics. We just need to work on a few mistakes we learnt from Safari Sevens and we will be good to go,” Ayimba, explained.The team had a two week bonding session at Nandi Hills after Safari Sevens before relocating to Nairobi. 0Shares0000Benjamin Ayimba during Friday’s coaching session after speaking to Capital in the Morning. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, October 21 – The national sevens team will return to Nandi Hills for a high altitude training camp a week before they depart for the November 14 and 15 2016 Africa Olympics qualifiers in Johannesburg, South Africa.However, the squad to be contracted by Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) for the 2015-16 Rugby Sevens World Series season will be named after the qualifiers since title sponsor, Kenya Airways are yet to confirm their commitment to the team. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“Arbitrary and capricious”? Sounds more like a description of the network broadcasters who, after the 2004 Janet Jackson Super Bowl, apologized left and right for the “accidental” nudity, but then sued, saying it wasn’t indecent. That case is still pending. Wait until these out-of-touch federal judges get hold of that one. So now at any given time of night, and even throughout the day, the public must have ear plugs close by for the kids and a finger hovering over the mute button. Meanwhile, society cedes yet more territory to the classless who, if the networks are to be believed, can’t possibly be expected to come up with language that could be printed in this paper. We need to stand up now or accept a future where Marge Simpson is the only voice of reason left. Amy Johnson is Los Angeles chapter director of the Parents Television Council (www.parentstv.org). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “You know, Fox turned into a hard-core sex channel so gradually, I didn’t even notice. Yeesh!” – Marge Simpson commenting in a 1995 “The Simpsons” episode set in 2010. HAVE you found yourself in Marge’s shoes? Have you been amazed at what they broadcast on TV? Apparently, for some New York judges, the answer would be no on both counts. They just ruled that profanity on TV is OK at any time. Their decision will ensure many more “can they do that on TV?” moments in your living room. Imagine it’s a Sunday night at 7 o’clock. You sit down with your two kids – one 6, the other 10 – and flip on the television hoping to find a program suitable for the whole group. As you scan the channels, your 6-year-old girl catches a glance of her favorite pop-princess star Britney Spears dancing around the stage, and begs you to return to the program, which happens to be a music-awards show. You’re skeptical at first, but then think to yourself, “What harm could an awards show filled with singing, dancing and acceptance speeches really do?” Just as you are pondering this and decide to allow your daughter to sing along with her idol, you distinctly hear one of the awards announcers utter a word that you would expect to hear on an episode of “The Sopranos.” It’s the four-letter f-word, and it’s on Fox. Not HBO. Not Showtime. But on a broadcast network airing early in the evening. You quickly change the channel as your two kids stare at you, waiting for an explanation of why you have told them many times that this was an inappropriate word, yet famous people were saying it in your living room. While you figure out what to say, you think and stare in disbelief because you trusted the public airwaves to provide fun, family-friendly viewing, not obscenities and inappropriateness. Is this how it really should be? Are people, especially families, expected to be OK with being constantly exposed to unfiltered content on television without warning? Well, that’s the implication of what the federal court in New York did, ruling that broadcasters can’t be penalized for expletives that are considered impromptu. This decision came after much buzz surrounding the multiple occurrences of curse words spoken by celebrities on air that reached millions of viewers during the 2002 and then again on the 2003 Billboard Music Awards shows. Cher and Nicole Richie took it upon themselves to insert certain expletives into their speeches. Note that they didn’t have coffee spilled on them, eliciting an unplanned expletive; these were easily preventable smacks in the face to families everywhere. We thought that in March 2006 justice was served. The FCC ruled that so-called “fleeting” uses of expletives are indecent. Fox sued, along with NBC and CBS, for the right to curse on TV. And that brings us to June 2007, when New York Circuit Court judges overturned the FCC’s decision. The judges claimed that the FCC’s efforts on broadcast indecency were “arbitrary and capricious.”
Ousmane Dembele in action for Rennes Barcelona have opened the bidding for Arsenal, Leicester and Manchester United target Ousmane Dembele – but their £27m offer was snubbed by Rennes.According to France Football, Barca made their move with a solid offer but the French club knocked it back with other big clubs in Europe now set for a summer auction.The trio of English clubs hold an interest in Dembele while Bayern Munich are also big fans of the teenage midfielder.The report also states that Manchester City are keeping tabs on the situation and could make a move for him too.However, it is Barcelona who firmed up their interest first after sporting director Robert Fernandez watched him in person earlier this month when the 18-year-old scored a hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Nantes.It is unclear how much Rennes want to pocket for the sale of Dembele but they hold a strong hand in the negotiations given the youngster only signed his first professional deal – which lasts for three years – in October. 1
Should Jermain Defoe have been heading to France next week? The Sunderland striker ended the Premier League season in red-hot form, but he was snubbed by Roy Hodgson when he named the England squad for Euro 2016, instead choosing Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford. The 33-year-old has 55 senior Three Lions caps and many fans were calling for his inclusion for the Euros, which starts on Friday. He netted 18 goals in all competitions for Sunderland in 2015/16 and the ex Tottenham, West Ham and Portsmouth front man Defoe played in Sunday’s Soccer Aid charity match at Old Trafford, scoring twice against a Rest of the World team made up of ex pros and celebrities. His brief cameo – sent on by club manager Sam Allardyce, who was managing the England side – showed his sharpness and deft touch and England fans believe he should be with Hodgson’s squad heading across the English channel next week. See some of the best social media reaction, and both goals below: 1 .@IAmJermainDefoe makes it 3-2 for England! That mazy run from Dyer, though 🙌 #SoccerAid https://t.co/xwh7gjXqyz— Soccer Aid ⚽️ (@socceraid) June 5, 2016 .@IAmJermainDefoe continues his rich vein of goalscoring form to level the score for England! 🔥 https://t.co/s3gtBX5gfI— Soccer Aid ⚽️ (@socceraid) June 5, 2016 Jermain Defoe netted twice for England in the Soccer Aid charity match
Ryan StewartWork is underway to find the peninsula’s most successful businesses for the Buncrana Chamber of Commerce Awards 2016.The organising committee is putting the finishing touches to this year’s event and hopes to build on the tremendous success of the inaugural awards ceremony in 2015.Hundreds of local business people, employers and community groups attended last year’s event, which saw SuperValu, Buncrana earn the award for Buncrana Chamber Business of the Year and Inishowen Engineering win the Inishowen Business of the Year award. Nominations will be opening soon for this year’s event and entrants are being sought from past applicants as well as newcomers to celebrate local businesses and their achievements at the awards ceremony on Saturday, November 12 in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana.President of Buncrana Chamber of Commerce, Ryan Stewart said: “We were overwhelmed by the success of last year’s awards and we aim to build on that. The level of participation and the enthusiasm shown by all of the local businesses last year was fantastic. We’re sure the standard of the nominees will be as impressive this time around and give the adjudicators another very tough task in choosing the winners.”“We will be adding a few additional categories this year to reflect the diversity of the types of businesses we have on our doorstep. Our launch event will be happening very shortly to get the nomination process underway. Following the launch, we would encourage our local businesses not to wait to be nominated – to put themselves forward and take the opportunity to showcase what their businesses have achieved.”You can keep up to date with all of the latest information on the awards at the Chamber of Commerce website: www.buncranachamber.com SEARCH ON FOR INISHOWEN’S BEST BUSINESS was last modified: May 23rd, 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:buncranachamber of commercedonegal
Bournemouth v Arsenal live stream and confirmed line-ups 1 CLICK HERE TO STEAM BOURNEMOUTH V ARSENAL LIVE ON TALKSPORT.COM, KICK-OFF 13:30Bournemouth host Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, and you can listen to full national radio commentary of the match live on talkSPORT.The Cherries have never won a game against Arsenal (D1 L5), and have let in at least two goals in every match played against Arsene Wenger’s side.Furthermore, Bournemouth have conceded in each of their last nine Premier League matches – the second-worst ongoing run in the division – and have only ever won one of their 13 Premier League games played on a Sunday.All the signs are pointing towards a victory for Arsenal, but Alexis Sanchez has not travelled with the Gunners as he pushes through a transfer to Manchester United, and this could upset the north Londoners’ preparations.So, who has been selected for the match? The confirmed teams can be seen, in full, below…Confirmed line-upsBournemouth XI: Begovic, Francis, Steve Cook, Ake, Adam Smith, Lewis Cook, Gosling, Daniels, Ibe, Fraser, Callum WilsonSubstitutes: Boruc, Surman, Pugh, Arter, Afobe, Mousset, SimpsonArsenal XI: Cech, Chambers, Mustafi, Holding, Bellerin, Xhaka, Wilshere, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Welbeck, LacazetteSubstitutes: Mertesacker, Ramsey, Ospina, Walcott, Kolasinac, Elneny, Nketiah
INDUSTRY – A city-supported power plant that will be the first of its kind in the San Gabriel Valley is slated to open July 2008 in Industry, energy officials said. Mayor Dave Perez told about 40 people at a Southern California Air Quality Management District public hearing Tuesday that the city began six years ago looking into developing additional power supplies. Edison Mission Energy is now seeking the state’s approval to build the Walnut Creek Energy Project, a $250million plant that will generate more than 50 megawatts of energy. Each megawatt produces enough energy for 700 homes. “This is not a new idea,” he said. “In 2000, the council decided to go forward with this after the energy crisis.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’City and state representatives expressed their support of the project at the public hearing, although Hacienda Heights resident Tom Chang said he has reservations of a power plant being located within miles of his home. “After your workers leave, I come back to the area,” Chang said, adding he is concerned about the air quality and the plant’s proximity to schools. The estimated health risk from toxic emissions is one in a million, air quality officials said. Sam Atwood, spokesman for the air quality management district in Diamond Bar, said the plant will emit two pollutants that form smog. “That is not a concern really for the neighbors of the plants, but for the folks downwind,” Atwood said. The plant, located in a commercial area in Industry, could run 24 hours a day, although that is not likely, officials said. The plant will be a “peaker” facility and is used during energy shortages, officials said. The facility, which will be east of Azusa Avenue, is designed to run between 20 percent to 40 percent of the time, said Susanne Garfield, spokeswoman for the California Energy Commission. In California, there are peaker plants and “baseload” facilities, which run more than 75 percent of time and are the “work horses” of the electricity system. “The electricity system relies on both. The baseloads provide the bulk, and the additional demand is met by the peakers,” Garfield said. The plants have played a significant role in the state since the blackouts in 2000. In 2001, then-Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation that allowed for a streamlined permit process to help meet additional energy needs. There are 31 operating or in the planning stages in California, and more than 2,500 power plants in the state, according to the California Energy Commission. The public hearing is among several hosted by different agencies. If permits are approved, organizers expect the construction to begin in early 2007, they said. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
But they’re still optimistic, especially as Macy’s shoppers – new and old – gravitate to the store’s private label clothing lines, such as Alfani and I.N.C. “Change is hard for many people, but also change is exciting, so that’s how we feel,” said Susan Kronick, vice chair of the nation’s biggest department store retailer. “I think we’ll have lots of people experiencing the magic of Macy’s.” The transition has gone smoothly in some communities. But no where has the task of luring shoppers proven more vexing than in Chicago, where fiercely brand-loyal protesters still pass out anti-Macy’s fliers and thousands have signed petitions asking Federated to keep the 154-year-old Field’s moniker. A survey released Nov. 14 by consulting firm Deloitte & Touche USA showed a quarter of Chicago-area shoppers said they would shop less at Macy’s this year than they did at Marshall Field’s. Nationwide, only 9 percent of customers said they’d shop less at the new Macy’s stores than they would when the sites were operated under a May name. Complicating the problem in Chicago is a perceived change in the quality of merchandise available at Macy’s compared to the once-upscale Field’s. Macy’s bruised even more Chicago egos when it posted in-store signs at the State Street site that incorrectly named three of the four surrounding streets. (The signs mistakenly referred to streets as avenues and avenues as streets.) “There are people who won’t even go in the stores at all,” said Jim McKay, a 43-year-old architecture professor who runs the Web site www.FieldsFansChicago.org. “A lot of them feel like their Chicago traditions have been taken over by a New York name and that it can’t be Christmas under that name.” In Pittsburgh, where Macy’s replaced the 120-year-old Kaufmann’s chain, the city’s flagship store has been painted, remodeled and covered with new carpeting. To honor tradition, Macy’s is using Kaufmann’s arched plastic pine boughs and Christmas trees and is keeping the store’s traditional Thanksgiving parade. Shirley DiIanni, a retired bank employee and piano teacher from Kennedy Township, Pa., said she thinks the store looks “fresher,” even if she misses some of the Kaufmann’s clothing and shoes that have since been replaced by Macy’s own labels. In Boston, a Macy’s store in the city’s downtown retail district is carrying on the Filene’s traditional tree-lighting ceremony the day after Thanksgiving. This year, the 50-foot spruce tree that will serve as the ceremony’s centerpiece has been erected on the marquee roof of Macy’s, a store across the street from the original Filene’s location, which is being sold and redeveloped.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO – The bronze signs on the department store’s exterior walls still read Marshall Field’s, but to Rick Roche, the transformed 10-story Macy’s on Chicago’s State Street is an unwelcome invader. “They’re not going to get any of my business,” huffed Roche, 52, a reference librarian from Downers Grove. He unceremoniously cut up a Macy’s credit card after the retailer acquired Field’s and other regional department stores as part of $11 billion buy-out of May Department Stores Co. in August 2005. In September, Federated Department Stores Inc. took its Macy’s brand nationwide, when longtime retailers with regional appeal such as Filene’s, Kaufmann’s, Robinson-May, Strawbridge’s and Foley’s were transformed into Macy’s locations. With Christmas and its voluminous sales around the corner, the most New York of department stores – with its “Miracle on 34th Street” fame and nationally televised Thanksgiving Day parade – needs to prove to shoppers in the rest of the country that it has improved the shopping experience at the local department stores. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’To woo customers, Federated executives are launching an all-out offensive of holiday cheer, blanketing stores coast-to-coast with lavish displays and emphasizing over-the-top Christmas traditions of its predecessor stores. “This is really the year that Macy’s will have that one shot to show the markets that they’ve replaced the traditional retailers with a new and improved Macy’s,” said Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst for the market research firm NPD Group. Already, the task is proving difficult. During Cincinnati-based Federated’s third-quarter earnings this month, executives acknowledged sales in the former St. Louis-based May stores were weaker than expected, especially among home goods. The category, which includes items from furniture to linens, accounts for 15 percent of Macy’s sales. Executives said home goods sales are lagging nationally, but have been particularly tough in former May stores where employees are still learning about the new products.