Bandung zoo keepers share challenges of breeding green peafowls

first_imgEight of the eggs failed to come out of the shells, while the remaining four are still being incubated.“The incubator temperature must be maintained at 37 degrees Celsius, and the humidity has to be around 60 percent,” Gilang said on Sunday. “Hopefully the remaining four will hatch too.”Bandung Zoological Garden bird curator Panji Ahmad Fauzan said breeding the endangered species was challenging because even adult peafowls could suddenly die for no apparent reason. The rate may reach 50 percent, he said, adding that the zoo management had conducted regular evaluations to ensure the birds’ wellbeing. The green peafowl is a species native to the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. The last strongholds for the species are located in Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia’s island of Java, with the remaining population estimated to range between 5,000 and 10,000. Male peafowls, or peacocks, are known for their beautiful tail feathers that form a big round shape when raised, symbolizing their authority over a particular territory. (vny)Topics : Animal keepers at Bandung Zoological Garden in West Java revealed that breeding green peafowls, a species listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, was not an easy matter due to their fragile nature.Gilang Ihsan, who has been working at the park for a year to take care of the birds said only a small portion of peafowl eggs produced in the zoo would hatch into chicks, despite being monitored carefully during incubation.Just recently, only two out of the total 14 eggs incubated since August that have managed to hatch out—bringing the zoo’s collection of peafowls up to 23.last_img read more

Dale DeFrance Memorial is May 10 at Marshalltown

first_imgMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – The inaugural Dale DeFrance Memorial will be Thursday, May 10, with IMCA Late Models racing for $1,500 to win and a top prize of $1,000 at stake for IMCA Modifieds.The 44-lap Late Model feature pays $200 to start while the 25-lap Modified main event pays $140 to start, $100 tow and is a qualifier for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features both pay $500 to win and $100 to start while IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks run for $300 to win and $100 to start.Total purse for the night is $20,000 with another $3,000-plus in contingencies to be given.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Iowa State and track points will be awarded at the draw/redraw show. There will be no racing at Marshalltown on Friday, May 11.Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for kids ages 10 and under. Pit passes are $25.last_img read more

Wellington Golf Association Stroke Play results from Aug. 17-18.

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments The following is the Wellington Golf Association Stroke Play results from Aug. 17-18. Gross Division1st  $175                    67-68=135 – Myles Miller2nd $150                   68-71=139 – Derek Harrison3rd $135                   69-73=142 – Scott Templeton4th $125                    70-76=146 – Josh Troutman5th $100                   76-73=149 – Duane FreeNet Division1st  $175                    65-68=133 – Harry Ricke2nd $150                   67-69=136 – Buddy Robertson3rd $135                   70-67=137 – Drew Hodson4th Tie $105            70-69=139 – Scott Saunders4th Tie $105            72-67=139 – Brad Stocking4th Tie $105            66-73=139 – Richard Orton7th Tie $75  69-71=140 – Richard Lara7th Tie $75  66-74=140 – Mark Erickson9th Tie $50  73-68=141 – Dave Klein9th Tie $50  72-69=141 – Doug Norris9th Tie $50  70-71=141 – Jason Blasi12th Tie $5   74-68=142 – Chaney Stallbaumer12th Tie $5   73-69=142 – Bill Butts12th Tie $5   69-73=142 – Jeff McGovern12th Tie $5   70-72=142 – Kerry Schnecklast_img read more

Expert makes 2-hour presentation (Zzzzz) to council on how electric rates are established

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wellington City Council members heard in great detail how electric rates are set at the state and regional level, as well as the mechanics of the power charge adjustment, during a presentation at the council chambers Monday. Larry Holloway, assistant general manager of operations, spent nearly two hours going over the intricacies of how rates are set. Mayor Shelley Hansel called the presentation informative, and other council members also said he helped them understand how rates are set. The city had invited them down to explain rates recently. There was little discussion, only a few questions, and they are not planning to take any action as a result.The council spent more than a year talking about raising its rates, and did pass a substantial rate increase this year. That increase – on the amount used – will take effect the first of the year. The power charge is set by the Kansas Power Pool and that is passed through by the city. That charge has been lower in recent months mostly because of the cost of things like coal and natural gas, and if it stays that way it could offset some of the increase in rates. To get the energy cost adjustment, KPP officials go through a complicated process of forecasting usage and costs. They put together an annual budget based on these numbers, but that number changes each month based on actual sales and usage. Holloway said there is a service they use that can predict usage down to the hour. He said a lot of the costs involved are fixed costs and do not change, but usage does change a lot, and that is where projections come in. It could be the estimates could be high and it would not cost as much as they anticipated. When that happens the city gets a credit back to its account and that is passed on as savings to the customer in future bills. Some controversy was created last year when that was called a refund. Holloway also explained that during months of lower usage, like April and October, the rate customers are charged is actually lower but the charge per unit may be higher. The opposite is the cases in high usage months during the summer.Wellington was one of the first members of the Kansas Power Pool, and is in its second year of a 20-year contract. Not all cities are members, and there has been discussion of selling power to those cities and allowing for a shorter term agreement. Holloway was also asked if there was a danger to the national electrical grid if there were a terrorist attack. He said the systems across the United States are connected and flexible. Even if a certain area of the country were shut down, the system could work around that and still provide power. ••••• In another matter, City Manager Roy Eckert said the street survey is done, and they would like to give a presentation to the council next week. Thursday, Dec.3 is being considered. This report will give detailed analysis of many of the streets in the city.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Sue · 246 weeks ago What credit/refund?? This must only be for the city and who cares if the citizens of Wellington get a cedit/refund. It would be nice to get a credit/refund to our bills instead of them always going up. Report Reply 0 replies · active 246 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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This was Robinson’s last interview at AS: “I should pay to play for Liverpool”

first_imgMichael Robinson has passed away this Tuesday, April 28, at the age of 61. AS wants to remember the last interview he gave the newspaper, just before the 2019 Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.Have the two best teams reached the final?I would say not. In recent years it is rare that the team that wins the European Cup is the best. In the last one Liverpool won in Istanbul, we came from being runners-up in the city: Everton was fourth and we fifth. Last year, without going any further, Madrid was more than 15 points behind the leader and Liverpool was fourth. Of course, this season Liverpool has been a worthy competitor in the Premier League, losing a single match and adding 97 points … And with that it was second!Do you have any scientific explanation that the four finalists were English?Football science is uncertain. For many years the Premier has had more money than any other league. The difference is that before, great footballers from all continents were signed but ended up playing a kind of English football with their Victorian canons. Now, the money from English football is no longer even English, and they do not look so much at footballers as at the architects of football.Coaches?It is the ideologues of football that have brought about the change. Sarri and Emery are two diametrically opposed coaches. Pocchetino and Klopp are very different. And Guardiola is different from the previous four. But they all do different football than what was played before in the Islands. If you don’t want to go to the market and you have a great technician, you can make up for it. This is the case of Tottenham with Pocchetino.How is the historical relationship between Liverpool and Tottenham?It is in the 60s when Liverpool begins to stand out. And then, Tottenham was way over the top. He had won a double, it was a clamorous team with a great striker, Jimmy Greaves. They had Dany Blanchflower, Dave Mackay, Cliff Jones, a winger who said he was as fast as Gento … And when they came to Anfield, they hardly ever beat us, but we all said, “Hey, these are coming …”.And later?The reign of Liverpool and Tottenham began, without going into a decline, it ended up being a team that was in the top ten but not above all. Then came Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa. And they had a great midfielder, Glenn Hoddle … And they had become a rather cupbearer team and without regularity. It was always an attractive set, yes.And the idiosyncrasy of each of the clubs?Tottenham they say is the team of the Jews. And in fact Levy is the president of the club. They have a terrible rivalry with Arsenal, which was more of the aristocracy …And Liverpool?We were the poor and we even had to rent Anfield, because the owner was Everton. We ended up being the club of the working class. We call Everton the Toffees, the caramelitos. I still remember, when I was a child, that there were two ladies who had big baskets and threw candy to the public. And while that was happening, in Liverpool they were singing the songs of the Beatles, “I love you ye-ye-ye …”. More than a sporty environment, there was an irreverent one.Does Liverpool still smell like that?The owners are Americans, but I think so. It is waterproof in that sense. It would be even to a sheik, and it is because he will always have the same type of follower charged with romance. You see Anfield empty and it might seem, I don’t know, La Romareda. But once full it becomes La Scala in Milan.Liverpool have two finals in a row. Is it the start of a network cycle?Last year, against Madrid, there was no adult team. This one now is. They are a very good team. Alisson, Van Dijk, Fabinho have arrived … And I don’t see fatigue, but an evolving team. Let’s get more, there is Liverpool for a while.How much blame is Klopp?All He has an irresistible charisma. It’s hard not to love him, especially in bad times. He has a lyrical speech that he likes there.And Pochettino?He has made a very author team. And he has done it without signing. His seems to me more artisanal. I see him as more flexible, he is chameleonic, he has several styles, and I put a seven on all of them. Klopp only has one, but I give that one an eight or a nine.Let’s talk about his Liverpool … What did Robinson have to be the highest paid man in Liverpool?(Laughs) It was so because he came from Brighton, who had a lot of money and I was his scorer. They signed me 10 years! When Liverpool wanted to sign me they did not want to offer me less. But I didn’t ask for it.How was your signing?It was a summer of many rumors. Seville, United, Everton. Liverpool was the only one who hadn’t left. When my coach told me, I was surprised. He said: “You have to introduce yourself to Sir Johns, the manager of Liverpool, who is in Amsterdam with his team.”And there he went.And Sir Johns said to me, “How much money do you want?” My answer was clear: “I should pay to play here …”. And they ended up giving me something more than what I was charging, which was already a lot.And his companions?Well, I ended up being a really popular guy in the locker room, because because of me they ended up raising everyone’s salary (laughs).Do you remember the first time you entered that locker room? I joined La Línea in a summer tournament with Dinamo de Bucharest, Cádiz and Atlético. They were having dinner and I was nervous. I didn’t know whether to say hello or ask for an autograph …And what happened?There was a very large table and there was a hole next to Souness, I didn’t know what was for me. I admired them all so much! I had light belly. And look, it just so happened that he always scored goals against Liverpool. The thing is, Souness started talking: “I say on behalf of all the defenders and Grobbelaar that we are delighted that you are here.” And everyone started laughing. And he did something that was stupid to me, he introduced me to everyone saying their names … As if I didn’t know them!Was there a good spirit in that Liverpool?There was an inverted snobbery. I remember that we had one of those new coaches that came out, with TV … But they put one that didn’t work and they never changed it! After the matches, all the teams stopped for dinner in a restaurant. We used to do it anywhere to eat fish and chips in greasy papers. And we were clearly the best team in the world! Robbie Fowler was forced to sell a yellow Ferrari …Was ostentation an insult to that humble hobby?The day after my first workout with them I saw that my socks were hard, dirty. I looked at the second coach thinking it was a hazing. And the next day the same, and the next … And there were those who said to me: “I was surprised when I saw you make an entrance in the mud, staining yourself that way …” And they explained it to me: “There is a washing machine, but when we started being serial winners, in ’58, there was not. Mrs. Johns was the one who washed it next door once a week.”Didn’t they wash clothes because it was like that in ’58 when they started winning?It was an entity loaded with superstitions. Liverpool had its chef, something unthinkable at the time. We always traveled by plane with the same pilot, Burny, and with the same crew. There were hostesses who had already retired and were still coming. And never in Liverpool hotels were they allowed the typical chocolates that put you on the pillow …Why?Because in ’74 he inexplicably lost against Ajax. We got four. And Shankly found only one explanation: that they had been drugged with something in the chocolate. And since then he has not eaten anything in a hotel that was not made by our chef.Do you remember what coach Fagan said to them before the final against Roma in ’84?Yes, almost everything. He spoke at the hotel, we had stayed in some kind of low-end Holliday Inn. After lunch he asked Ruben, the scout, for the report from Roma. Ruben took out a piece of paper …Was the scout Spanish?No, no … Ruben was a Scotsman with bottle-butt glasses … And he was the scout! (laughs)Wow …It was a phenomenon. I remember how he took out that very wrinkled paper and ironed it with his hand. It was written in pen.It was another time.Fagan pulled out his glasses, which were missing a pin. It was all very funny. And he could not read what he put there … “The doorman is Tan … Tancredi”. At the third name he got tired and threw the paper away.AND?And he began his speech: “They will play with eleven. I don’t think they want to start at a disadvantage. There will be another 70,000 in the stadium, but they don’t play. And know one thing, I think you are the best soccer players in the world and they don’t They know how happy they make me as their coach. But also know that this will not be enough for them to win. To do so, they will have to behave well, do what they should. It is in their hands.Very credible …And then he put the icing on the cake: “As it is most likely that they win, I give them permission to redistribute themselves in the rooms now, because then we will come back drunk and I do not want to be confused. Come on up, do that and rest for a couple of hours.”Do not tell me.And there was a funny one who asked: “Can we take advantage of this time to be with our women?” And he replied: “Sex before a game does not bother a player. What bothers him is looking for him until four in the morning the day before a game.”How did you live that famous penalty shootout?It is very numbered, the truth … Fagan turned around with his cigarette and said: “Fix yourselves.” What I do not forget is the feeling of fear that I had as the penalties advanced and I saw that there was a possibility that I would have to shoot mine, which had the sixth. I was already thinking about the townhouse that would buy me in Mongolia to erase me from the map. It was a nightmare.Until Allan Kennedy marked his.With the ankle!Did you recognize it?He could not do the opposite, because we all saw him. The Olympian was speechless. Margareth Thatcher, due to violence problems and that, had not allowed our hobby to travel. We played against 70,000 Romans. And I think Souness was the only captain of a European Cup winning team that was not awarded the trophy. He directly ripped it from where it was located and showed it to 80,000 asses. People left fast. We took a lap of honor … Only in front of the Press! We felt like a command that had entered the enemy lines to take that Cup.last_img read more