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Public education could curb bushmeat demand in Laos, study finds

Posted in rrfyekym on February 10th, 2020

first_imgA recent survey of markets in Laos found that the demand for bushmeat in urban areas was likely more than wildlife populations could bear.The enforcement of Laos’s laws controlling the wildlife trade appeared to do little to keep vendors from selling bushmeat, but fines did appear to potentially keep consumers from buying bushmeat.The researchers also found that consumers could be turned off of buying bushmeat when they learned of specific links between species and diseases. Fines and the threat of disease could dissuade consumers from buying bushmeat, according to recent surveys of markets where wildlife species are sold for food in the Southeast Asian country of Laos.A complex mix of issues, ranging from cultural preferences to nutritional needs, along with concerns about conservation and the possibility of disease transmission, combine to influence the sale of wild animals as bushmeat. To better understand these dynamics, a team of scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and other institutions set out to put some numbers to the risks and rewards of bushmeat consumption. They published their work April 22 in the journal Science of the Total Environment. A monitor lizard. Image by Charles J Sharp via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).In 2016 and 2017, the researchers surveyed vendors and individual customers and observed how they interacted with the animals and bushmeat for sale at “semi-urban” markets across the country.From their calculations, the team suggests that the amount of bushmeat sold in Laos is probably more than the wild populations from which the animals come can sustainably bear. The research showed that vendors sell more than 71 metric tons (78 tons) of bushmeat per year at the average Laotian market, worth about $500,000, although the authors point to the need for seasonal surveys to see if this pattern holds throughout the year.From questionnaires administered to both seller and buyers, the team found that most consumers bought bushmeat not because they needed the protein, but because they preferred the taste of it to livestock or they saw it as a healthier choice. The demand from these urban markets, where bushmeat is a luxury rather than a necessity, might be depriving rural communities that depend on subsistence hunting for protein where fewer alternatives, like livestock, are available. A schematic shows the various trade-offs involved in the bushmeat trade. Image courtesy of Pruvot et al., 2019 (CC BY 4.0).“Here again, a good understanding of wildlife consumer demography, economic status, and motivations is essential to the design of effective policy with limited un-intended consequences on more vulnerable communities,” the authors write.The study found that, in general, the threat of punishment for breaking Laos’s laws controlling the trade in wild animals appeared to do little to dissuade vendors. In fact, government workers were some of the most frequent consumers. When law enforcement did step in, around half of vendors would continue peddling bushmeat, and about half of those who did stop selling started up again within three days of a run-in with authorities. The researchers said they suspect that vendors see fines as part of the cost of doing business.However, most of the consumers themselves said a fine would probably get them to stop buying bushmeat. And the risk of disease appeared to have the potential to get some people to stop buying bushmeat. The survey data suggested that would most likely be the case when buyers knew of a specific link between a disease and a species found in a bushmeat market — civets and their connection with the SARS virus, for example, or the parasite risk associated with monitor lizard meat. A palm civet, pictured here in Cambodia. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.These findings suggest the potential for public information campaigns to lower the demand for bushmeat, perhaps lowering the risk of disease transmission while also protecting populations of animals hunted for bushmeat and securing a critical source of food for subsistence hunters in the countryside.Banner image of weapons and bushmeat courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society. CitationPruvot, M., Khammavong, K., Milavong, P., Philavong, C., Reinharz, D., Mayxay, M., … & Theppangna, W. (2019). Toward a quantification of risks at the nexus of conservation and health: The case of bushmeat markets in Lao PDR. Science of The Total Environment. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.04.266FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by John Cannon Animals, Apes, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Biodiversity Hotspots, Bushmeat, Cats, Conservation, Diseases, Ecology, Ecosystems, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Law, Extinction, Forests, Herps, Indigenous Peoples, Infectious Wildlife Disease, Law, Law Enforcement, Mammals, Natural Capital, Poaching, Primates, Rainforests, Reptiles, Research, Saving Species From Extinction, Tropical Forests, Wcs, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking, Zoonotic Diseases center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Mabaruma, Port Kaituma to benefit from all-weather roads for 1st time

Posted in rrfyekym on January 13th, 2020

first_imgSeveral communities in Mabaruma and Port Kaituma in Region One (Barima-Waini) are slated to get all-weather roads for the first time. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Thursday revealed that Cabinet has granted its approval for the award of contracts for the rehabilitation of six lots of all-weather roads in Mabaruma and Port Kaituma.During a post-Cabinet briefing at the Ministry of the Presidency, Minister Harmon explained that the road works were important and urgent. He noted that during several ministerial visits to sub-region one and two in Region One, the residents had voiced their concerns about the poor quality of roads in Mabaruma and Port Kaituma.The Minister of State indicated that Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson has undertaken to visit and observe the works to be undertaken. “We expect that once infrastructure is put into a community, the community should help in protecting it because they are the ones who are inconvenienced when they are damaged or improperly used,” Minister Harmon stated.The Central Kaituma Wharf Road to Old Road junction will be rehabilitated under Lot One to the tune of million. Under Lot Two, Phase Two, the Port Kaituma to Matthews Ridge section will be repaired to the tune of 4 million.  Lot Three will cater for Central Kaituma Catwalk Road to Oronoque, at a cost of million, while under Lot Four, the Port Kaituma Road from Airstrip to Fitzburg Housing Scheme will be completed at a cost of 3 million.The Kumaka junction to the waterfront by the market road area in Mabaruma will be rehabilitated under Lot Five for the sum of million, while the Mabaruma main township road to airstrip road will be rehabilitated under Lot Six for million.According to a Government Information Agency (GINA) report, Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson had said during a recent interview that those roads were expected to be completed by the end of 2017.The scope of works will see full rehabilitation of the roads using laterite, construction of culverts and auxiliary road works. “Majority of those roads are laterite roads so we would be using the laterite material along with a stabilised material so those are the materials that would be used to construct or repair the roads in those areas,” the Minister had explained.Funding for these works is catered for in the 2017 Budget under hinterland expenditure. A total of .302 billion was allocated for the continuation of road rehabilitation and construction in the hinterland.last_img read more

Keita-Last flight of an Eagle at war

Posted in rrfyekym on January 12th, 2020

first_img0Shares0000DURBAN, South Africa, February 5- In Africa one does not greet and walk away. Greetings come with its compliments of best wishes,prayers and even praise. Like greetings African football holds its own charm and behind or beyond the game there is an abiding attachment which keeps drawing many to its fold. One contact with the game especially at tournament level,one hardly walks away sometimes gripped by an inexplicable fever of varied emotions. Little wonder the first of the African Nations Cup to be played at an odd-numbered year has been aptly tagged “the beat at the African feet ” But for Mali,a nation dripping with celebrated music talents ,the beat is not only in their players feet but also in their cry and tears. Ever since the now retreated Islamic insurgents usurped control in the historic Saharan city of Timbuktu the people and government of Mali have not known peace,seeking and rallying support from all corners to chase away the ugly invaders. With military support from West Africa states inspired and spearheaded by Frances military and logistical might the people of Timbuktu found their home again and joy tinged no doubt with the sad,terrible destruction of one of the world’s priceless libraries loaded with manuscripts defying age. Somehow the Malians are picking up the pieces and at the weekend which they rolled out the drums to thank and appreciate the inimitable padding received from France and her visiting president Monsieur Hollande.Football , yes football found a way to lift a nation and show its power to heal the wounds of yesterday and stir up a fresh sense of unity and purpose. And fittingly so the home of Nelson Mandela has provided the impetus of this new face of Mali-one free from war and ready to expose her many gifts. The symbol of this redeeming drive is a player who came close to winning the African Player of the year in 2011 and has been decorated as World and European club champion with his erstwhile club Barcelona FC. Blessed with a sweet left foot and a rare vision of the game that stands him out as a winner.Seydou Keita is a true Eagle who has settle his score with fame and wealth and is poised to carry the burden of leading a nation out of the woods of under-achievers. Strikingly Seydou shares the same surname with one of Africa’s soccer legends Salif Keita celebrated and treasured for his exploits in Europe but also leading Mali to their first-ever final in the 1972 Nations Cup which they lost 1-0 to Congo Brazzaville inside the Ahmadu Ahidjo staduim in Yaounde Cameroon. Salif ,a fearsome goal getter in his playing days,was also Mali’s top scorer in that edition of the Nation Cup just in the same manner Seydou is doing now,providing the goals that matter. South Africa has not forgotten his equaliser which took the quarter final crunch to extra time and saw the host out in the shoot-out. Seydou is always alive to his role in the team as captain did not take any of the spot kicks,obviously conscious of the performance of stars in such dramatic moments. No doubt Seydou has seen Mali struggle to make an enduring impact in the Nations Cup. He was part of the team that failed to reach the final in 2002 when Mali hosted. He knows the pain of coming close and not winning the trophy. Having glittered in Europe will he still find the shine in Africa in his twilight years? Is this the last battle cry for a player who has voiced his willingness to deep hands in his pocket and support the demands of the team. Seydou is an acclaimed warrior,not loud with words but decisive in action. In I999 still under-20 he showed the array of skills that helped Mali knock out host Nigeria out of the World Youth championship. That was in Calabar ,the same city in which the Super Eagles confirmed their qualification ticket for the on-going Nations Cup. On Wednesday inside Mabhida staduim in Durban, Keita will lead his Eagles to a semi final war against the Super Eagles of Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses, rising stars waiting to shine. How will these Eagles all of west african descent end their fight for glory….Surely Seydou will not love to greet the crowd and walk away. This is Africa waiting for his last hurray!– AIPS Website0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Tammy Shock

Posted in rrfyekym on January 11th, 2020

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Broncos women can’t complete comeback

Posted in rrfyekym on January 11th, 2020

first_img The Cal State San Bernardino women got off to a slow start and never recovered in losing to Sonoma State 49-40 in Rohnert Park. The Coyotes (11-6, 7-5) led 12-11 but were outscored the rest of the half 15-2 and trailed 27-14 at the intermission. They went 13:47 without a field goal, that drought ending on a bucket by Vanessa Wilt with 13 seconds left in the half. The Coyotes, ranked eighth in the West Region, shot just 27 percent (14-for-52) for the game, including a 3-for-13 from long distance. The Seawolves shot 33 percent (16-of-48) and had a slim edge in rebounding 40-36. Wilt led all scorers with 23. She also had eight rebounds, four blocks and two steals but no other Coyote player had more than five points. Denise Snyder hauled down 14 rebounds, 11 of those on the defensive end. The Broncos could not get closer than eight points after that. Porsche’ Kirksey added eight points and eight rebounds for Cal Poly, which made only four of 19 3-point attempts. Katie Wilder had 20 points and six assists and Jennifer Enos added 17 points for the Lumberjacks. (5-12, 4-8) CAL STATE WOMEN The top player for Sonoma (8-9, 7-6) was junior guard Danae Wellander who had 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Next up for the Coyotes is a 5:30 p.m. game at Humboldt State Saturday. LA VERNE- POMONA-PITZER WOMEN Emily Carrillo scored 15 points and Lindsey Shiomi added 14 points and Trenecca Jones had 12 points and six rebounds to lead La Verne (14-4, 7-0) to a 63-48 win over Pomona-Pitzer (4-13, 1-6). Deirdre Chew and Raquel Viramontes scored 12 points apiece to lead the Sagehens. REDLANDS WOMEN Laura Murphy made 7-of-12 3-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points in the Bulldogs’ 90-30 rout of Caltech. Redlands (10-7, 3-4) had five players in double figures, including Ali Bueno’s 11 points. Andrea Jones had a team-high 10 rebounds. Caltech (2-16, 1-6) scored seven points in the second half on 2-of-26 shooting. SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY SOFTBALL Krystal Majorovas went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and Amanda Arenas was 2-for-3 with four RBI as the host Wolverines (1-1) routed Santa Monica in a nonconference game 15-2. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Ally Smith and Ashley Moody scored 16 points apiece but the Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team couldn’t get any closer than four points in the second half in a 73-60 loss Thursday at Humboldt State (14-4, 9-4). Cal Poly trailed 20-6 early, but trailed only 36-30 at halftime. After cutting the deficit to 40-36 early in the second half, the Lumberjacks immediately went on a 12-1 run lead to open up a 15-point lead. last_img read more

United trip test for Arsenal – Ray Parlour

Posted in rrfyekym on January 11th, 2020

first_img0Shares0000Shkodran Mustafi lifts Theo Walcott after the Arsenal forward’s goal against Swansea last month. PHOTO/SKY.LONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 15 – Arsenal ‘Invincible’ Ray Parlour says Saturday’s trip to Manchester United will be a real examination of his old club’s title credentials.Old Trafford provided the backdrop for some of Parlour’s biggest highs and lows as an Arsenal player, a 1-0 win in May 2002 securing a Premier League and FA Cup Double barely a year on from a humiliating 6-1 defeat. In September 2003, the midfielder was £10,000 out of pocket for his part in the scenes that followed Ruud van Nistelrooy’s last-minute penalty miss in a 0-0 draw  an escape that helped mould the Gunners’ unbeaten Premier League season.That 2004 title was their third and most recent under Arsene Wenger, but they travel north for Saturday lunchtime’s Sky Live clash unbeaten since August and within two points of top spot, having brought in the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka in the summer.Parlour told Sky Sports News HQ: “I look at Arsenal now and think they’re a lot stronger.“People were always waiting for that big centre forward, but the key signings for me were Mustafi and Xhaka. Those two down the spine have been very strong, especially Mustafi who’s come in next to Koscielny at the back.“No disrespect to Per Mertesacker, who’s getting that little bit older, but sometimes Arsenal have to sit off with him in the team. With Mustafi, you can push up that little bit higher and condense the space in midfield.“It’s worked so far, but it’s such a competitive league and this will be a big test. If they’re going to win the title, they have to go to places like Old Trafford and try to get a result.”Meetings with United were “absolutely” the biggest for Parlour, who recalls the 6-1 loss in February 2001 as “an awful game to play in” and says “adrenalin” took them to the title in 2002, despite going to Manchester without Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Robert Pires.As for his memories of the Van Nistelrooy incident, when Martin Keown led a group of Arsenal players in taunting the Dutchman after a series of run-ins, Parlour said: “We were out of order, really. There’s loads of things you do in football you regret, but we all got fined by the FA.“I remember the letters coming in a couple of weeks later and we said to Martin Keown ‘open yours up first, because you started it’. He got fined £20,000, I got done £10,000, Lauren £5,000 and Ashley Cole £5,000 – bit of a nightmare, really.”By Sky Sports0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool team v Leicester: Surprises in attack and a return for key midfielder?

Posted in rrfyekym on January 6th, 2020

first_img 2 Liverpool will be confident of extending their Premier League winning streak to three-in-a-row when rock bottom Leicester City visit Anfield on New Year’s Day.The Reds were 3-1 victors in the reverse fixture on December 2 and know a victory on Merseyside will enhance their top four credentials.Brendan Rodgers is expected to shuffle his pack again, following Monday’s victory against Swansea, but is likely to keep faith with the 3-4-2-1 system that has seen an upturn in form.Dare RodgersHere’s how Liverpool could line up against Leicester… 2 Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling DefenceMartin Skrtel is suspended for the clash against Leicester and Kolo Toure is expected to replace the Slovakian. Emre Can, who impressed at centre-back against Swansea, will remain at the back, due to Dejan Louvren’s groin injury. The former Southampton defender is back in training but is more likely to feature in next Monday’s FA Cup clash with AFC Wimbledon.MidfieldSteven Gerrard will return from a well-earned break against Swansea and is expected to be joined by Jordan Henderson in the middle of the park. Lucas is the man expected to make way for the return for the Reds captain. Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno should remain as wing-backs, after positive showings against the Swans.AttackDespite his excellent form, Adam Lallana could be rested after starting five consecutive games, with a view to upcoming matches and the possibility of bringing him on as a sub if need be. That would leave room for the in-form Lazar Markovic, while Philippe Coutinho is expected to retain his position just behind the front man. Rodgers will be reluctant to drop Raheem Sterling, who has scored three goals in his last four matches, and the young England star should remain as the focal point of a ‘striker-less’ attack.How would you like to see Liverpool line up against Leicester on New Year’s Day? Comment below…last_img read more

Bonds fails to break Hank Aaron’s home run record, this time

Posted in rrfyekym on January 6th, 2020

first_imgBarry Bonds couldn’t match Hank Aaron’s career home run record before the hostile fans at Dodger Stadium. In the finale of the three-game series, Bonds had one hit and two walks in four plate appearances last night in the San Francisco Giants’ 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, remaining one home run away from tying Aaron’s record of 755. Amid the customary boos from the capacity crowd of 56,000, many of whom brought cameras in hopes of capturing a piece of baseball history, Bonds walked and scored in the first inning, singled to right in the second — ending an 0- for-19 stretch against the Dodgers — popped out in the fifth and was intentionally walked in the seventh and lifted in favor of pinch-runner Fred Lewis. Bonds will resume his quest to tie and break Aaron’s record tomorrow night in San Diego. Bonds has hit 86 home runs against the Padres, more than any other team. Bonds, who turned 43 July 24, is two-for-14 since hitting his most recent home run Friday against Florida. Bonds, has struggled against the Dodgers this season, with just one home run and five hits in 36 at bats for a .138 average. The Dodgers will now likely be spared of the distinction of twice surrendering the home run giving baseball a new career record holder. Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s career home run record against the Dodgers on April 8, 1974, in Atlanta. The Dodgers and Giants don’t meet again until Sept. 7, when Bonds presumably will be the new record holder. Earlier today at Dodger Stadium, more than 100 players between the ages of 12-15 from Little Leagues and the Reviving Baseball in the Inner City program participated in a steroid awareness clinic, hosted by the Dodgers, the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society and the Taylor Hooton Foundation. The players received instruction in nutrition, proper strength training, and the medical and legal implications of using steroids. Dodger batting coach Bill Mueller, strength and conditioning coach Doug Jarrow and former Dodger outfielder “Sweet” Lou Johnson served as instructors, along with Don Hooton, the executive director of the Taylor Hooton Foundation. The foundation is named for a 17-year-old high school athlete from Plano, Texas, who committed suicide July 15, 2003, as a result of the abuse of anabolic steroids. Hooton was a nephew of former Dodger pitcher Burt Hooton. A Dodger official said it was coincidence that the steroid awareness clinic was being held the same day as a game involving Bonds, who has long been suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs but has never tested positive. Baseball began testing for performance-enhancing drugs in 2002. The clinic was originally scheduled for June 29, when the Dodgers were playing San Diego, but postponed at the request of the Taylor Hooton Foundation. “This has nothing to do with who we’re playing,” Josh Rawitch, the Dodgers’ director of public relations and broadcasting, said before the clinic. “It’s the date that was the best fit for us and the Hooton Foundation.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Celebration of animals set for Sunday

Posted in rrfyekym on January 3rd, 2020

first_imgThe feast of St. Francis of Assisi is Oct. 4. St. Francis of Assisi was the founder of the Franciscan Order and died in 1226. Diana Berrones, a longtime member at St. Mark’s and an advocate of pet therapy, is credited with the original suggestion and years of organizing this service at the Van Nuys congregation. “Holding this service reminds us of all of God’s creation. Animals are part of that creation. They are an important part of people’s lives,” said the Rev. Norman Hull from St. Mark’s. “Pets are an incredible source of comfort to people. They play a healing role to many. It is right that we recognize and celebrate them.” The outdoor service uses the regular Sunday worship format but includes prayers and songs with an animal focus. Each animal will be blessed by name. Holy Eucharist will follow the blessing. VAN NUYS – He’s the size of a cougar and he bays at any emergency vehicle siren, but when Mary Brintnall looks into his big eyes her heart melts and her mood is uplifted. Sherman, Brintnall’s 7-year old golden retriever, will be among the many pet friends receiving a blessing on Sunday at the 10th annual Blessing of the Animals service at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. “The pets we have bless our lives every day. They help people heal. They are companions. For all the things they bless us with, I think they need a little blessing in return. They deserve it,” said Brintnall, who will usher at the service. The program has become a tradition on the Sunday closest to the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, ecology and peace. Hull said that supporting this service from the beginning was easy because, even though there isn’t a huge emphasis on saints in the Episcopal Church, St. Francis of Assisi is revered for his empathy with nature. One prayer attributed to the saint who tradition says preached to birds, calls for animals to be seen as gifts from God and therefore should be treated with respect. This prayer also asks for prayers for animals who are suffering from neglect. “The world was given to us by God but we must be good stewards. There is a huge amount of animal abuse and neglect as we all hear,” said Hull, whose family loves Meghan, a golden retriever, and Maddie, a Welsh corgi. “This service is a chance to show that we value animals and also to celebrate our connection to the world of animals.” Water bowls are placed around the courtyard where the service will be held. A variety of household and farm animals have been blessed at St. Mark’s in past years. The congregation doesn’t know ahead of time what will show up but they wouldn’t be surprised to see a chicken, turtle or a snake. A photo of a pet will be blessed for animals who can’t attend. A representative from Pet Orphans in Van Nuys will answer questions about pet adoptions following the service. Donations of toys for a dog or cat and clean towels will be collected. “We live in a chaotic and crazy world. It’s nice to come home to relax and find a dog who’s happy to see you and looks at you with those eyes of love,” said Brintnall, who also cares for two Maine Coon cats, O’Mally and Amy. “People love this simple service. It always seems a little excitable but it runs pretty smoothly. People who don’t normally come to church come to this service. It’s a fun tradition.” Blessing of the Animals service, 10 a.m. Sunday, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 14646 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. Call (818) 785-4251. Pet Orphans (818) 901-0190. (818) 713-3708160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

EFL Championship: Aston Villa v Hull City live stream and confirmed lineups

Posted in rrfyekym on December 27th, 2019

first_img1 Listen to talkSPORT’s exclusive coverage at Villa Park CLICK HERE TO STREAM ASTON VILLA V HULL CITY LIVE COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT, KICK-OFF 17:30BST.John Terry will lead his new Aston Villa side against Hull at Villa Park as the former Chelsea captain prepares for life in the Championship.The hosts will be hoping to get off to a positive start against Leonid Slutsky’s men, who return to English football’s second-tier, following their relegation from the Premier League.talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 have EXCLUSIVE radio rights to the EFL Championship, League One and League Two for the next three seasonsThe talkSPORT network will be the only place to hear 110 regular season EFL matches as well as the play-off semi-finals and finals.CLICK HERE to find out how to listen to this, and every other talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 commentary thoughout the 2017/18 campaign!Confirmed line-ups:Aston Villa XI: Johnstone, Hutton, Terry, Chester, Taylor, Whelan, Lansbury, Elmohamady, Bacuna, Agbonlahor, HoganSubstitutes: Steer, Samba, Hourihane, Bree, Onomah, Green, BjarnasonHull City XI: McGregor, Aina, Clark, Dawson, Hector, Henriksen, Clucas, Bowen, Grosicki, Campbell, HernandezSubstitutes: Mannion, Lenihan, Mazuch, Meyler, Weir, Batty, Diomandelast_img read more