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Mexico fans try new chant with eye on avoiding more fines

By on January 18, 2020

first_imgMexico’s players smiles during Mexico’s official training on the eve of the group F match between South Korea and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — Mexico fans are trying out a new chant so the country’s federation avoids another FIFA fine.Only time will tell, though, whether some of them won’t go back to the old one that got them into trouble in the first place.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s the way we are. When you tell Mexicans not to do something, they keep on doing it,” he said, but added that the Mexicans were keen to repay the kindness of their Russian hosts.“People have been really, really nice to us, they have welcomed us everywhere. The Russians have been chanting for us — chanting ‘Mexico, Mexico’ — and it makes us feel like this is a second home.”Mexico takes on South Korea in its second Group F match after a shock 1-0 win over Germany. The Koreans lost their opener 1-0 to Sweden.Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said he intended to continue his attacking style, would stick with core players who beat Germany, and would not get carried away with the opening win.“We hope it doesn’t happen, but there would be no shame in losing to South Korea,” the Colombian said. “We all have respect for them … No matter how prepared you are, the unthinkable can always happen in every game.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Captain Andres Guardado echoed the sentiment, adding that the team had been hardened by frequent disappointments on the road to Russia — as the Mexicans vie for a quarterfinal spot, having been stopped at the last 16 in the six previous World Cups.“Beating Germany was good for us. It strengthened our (winning) mindset. But we know how dangerous praise can be. But we’ve had so much criticism in the past … And in those very difficult moments we built this team … Thanks to those failures, we will stick to our dream and maybe, this time, it will be within reach.”South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong said he was worried that expected high temperatures would favor the Mexicans. The forecast is for 34 C (93 F) on Saturday.“The change in the weather will have a negative impact on us,” he said. “I haven’t seen much of the city, only what I could see on the bus coming into the city. But I noticed that it’s hot and it has large fields.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dirk to Doncic: Mavs tap brakes on inevitable comparisons MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Standing next to a golden-domed cathedral, Mexican fans visited the sites of Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia on Friday and practiced a new chant — “eeeeeeee-ROO-si-ya,” the last part meaning Russia in Spanish — that they hope will keep the tournament hosts and organizers happy.The modified version was introduced after national federation was fined 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,000) for over a chant by supporters considered to be homophobic during the opening game against Germany.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMexico fans use the chant to intimidate opposing goalkeepers. FIFA considers it a slur, but many supporters argue it has no discriminatory intent.Carlos Quezada, from San Luis Potosi in central Mexico, joined revelers at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, and said he wasn’t certain fans would comply with the ban. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View commentslast_img read more

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Sor Rungvisai thrills home crowd, keeps WBC super fly belt in ONE main event

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first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Thailand’s Stamp Fairtex claimed the ONE kickboxing atomweight crown after dethroning Kai Ting Chuang via unanimous decision while Muay Thai legend Nong-O Gaiyanghadao also won on points at the expense of ISKA and WBC champion Mehdi Zatout of France in the ONE super Series Muay Thai showdown.Meanwhile, Japanese legend Shinya Aoki made quick work of Ev Ting in a title eliminator for the lightweight crown.Aoki submitted Ting with an arm triangle choke just 57 seconds into their fight.Filipinos settled for a split after flyweight Ramon Gonzales won and Robin Catalan lost in separate fights.Gonzales beat Dodi Mardian by submission in the first round while Catalan couldn’t escape the rear-naked choke applied by Hayato Suzuki in the second round.ADVERTISEMENT Silva says UE was ‘complacent, overconfident’ in loss to UST Photo from ONE ChampionshipThai champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai dominated Mexican challenger Iran Diaz to retain his WBC super flyweight title in the main event of ONE: Kingdom of Heroes early Sunday morning at Impact Arena in Thailand.Sor Rungvisai thrilled the hometown crowd and earned a unanimous decision victory after the three judges gave him, 119-109 twice and 120-108.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown READ: Sor Rungvisai not taking unheralded Diaz lightlyThe 31-year-old Sor Rungvisai went to the body from the opening bell and it took its toll on Diaz in the latter stages of the bout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut the unheralded Diaz was game and unafraid of the heavy handed Sor Rungvisai and somehow managed to last the distance.Sor Rungvisai’s win wasn’t the only thing worth celebrating for the Thais. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

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Alternative school students said to need better tracking

By on January 11, 2020

first_imgSACRAMENTO – The state doesn’t do enough to keep track of what happens to the more than one in 10 high school students who attend alternative schools in California, according to a report issued Wednesday by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office. Information that is available suggests many of them are not making progress. Between 10 and 15 percent of all high school students in California attend some kind of alternative school, from community schools to independent study. The schools are supposed to be a safety net for students at risk of dropping out or who have behavioral or other problems. Instead, the state’s accountability system “allows schools and districts to use referrals to alternative schools as a way to avoid responsibility for the progress of low-performing students,” the report said. State education officials recognize the need for accountability and are trying to reflect that in changes to the state’s academic performance review system, said Hilary McLean, a spokeswoman for state schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell. 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

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Roma feat among Champions League’s craziest comebacks

By on January 6, 2020

first_imgRoma’s achievement is just the latest in a long list of comebacks in the competition:– The most recent: Roma-Barcelona (1-4, 3-0)Brazilian forward Neymar inspired Barcelona’s remarkable Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in March 2017 © AFP/File / PAU BARRENARetired Roma great Francesco Totti conceded “it could have gone better” when he personally pulled Barcelona out of the hat to meet Roma at the draw for the last 16. “We’ll be up against one of the biggest sides in Europe,” said Totti, now a sporting director at the club he served for over two decades before retiring at the end of last season.Totti’s fears seemed justified when Barcelona beat the Italians 4-1 at the Camp Nou in the first leg. But Roma’s away goal left a hint of hope, and Roma — led by Bosnian centre-forward Edin Dzeko — stunned a static Barca side with three goals on Tuesday to send the Stadio Olimpico, and indeed the Italian capital, into a frenzy.– The most unlikely: Barcelona-PSG (0-4, 6-1)“Unthinkable,” headlined L’Equipe after Paris Saint Germain’s stunning second-leg loss to Barcelona on March 7, 2017.With their heads held high after an impressive 4-0 win over Barca in Paris, Unai Emery’s stylish Parisians lost their swagger during a 6-1 mauling by Barca at the Camp Nou. They were guilty of complacency and lacking focus, notably late on when they conceded three times in the final seven minutes as Neymar took control for Barcelona.Those errors dumped PSG out of the competition, and left the French giants with the unenviable record of becoming the first and only club to exit the competition after winning the first leg by a four-goal margin.– Chelsea crushed: Barcelona-Chelsea (1-3, 5-1 a.e.t), in 2000Barcelona’s penchant for changing their own Champions League fortunes at the last minute is nothing new. After a humbling 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, a Barca team led by Brazilian great Rivaldo and Portuguese star Luis Figo extinguished the Blues’ hopes at the Camp Nou in the return leg.Boosted by Tor Andre Flo’s precious away goal for Chelsea on the hour, the visiting Chelsea fans were given plenty of reason to dream. But an 83rd minute goal by Dani Garcia pushed the match into extra-time, and Chelsea — who saw Celestine Babayaro sent off in the 98th minute — collapsed when Rivaldo, from the spot, then Patrick Kluivert, scored Barca’s fourth and fifth goals.– The most unexpected: Monaco-Real Madrid (2-4, 3-1), in 2004Looking at a team sheet featuring names like Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Raul and Roberto Carlos, Monaco fans would have been forgiven for writing off the French side’s Champions League hopes in 2004.Monaco lost the first leg of the quarter-final 4-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu. But the Principality side, led by fledgling coach Didier Deschamps, produced one of the shocks of the competition with a 3-1 defeat of the Galacticos that, thanks to their two away goals, fired them into the semi-finals, and then a final which they lost to Jose Mourinho’s FC Porto.– Ronaldo’s night: Real Madrid-Wolfsburg (0-2, 3-0), in 2016Tradition dictates that the top players always shine in the most critical moments. And Cristiano Ronaldo is no exception.Amid an otherwise underwhelming season under coach Rafael Benitez, the Spanish giants looked on their way to an early exit after a 2-0 loss to Wolfsburg in the quarter-final first leg.Ronaldo was just one of several of Benitez’s stars to face heavy criticism. A week later, ‘CR7’ silenced his detractors with a well-taken hat-trick in a 3-0 away win that sent Real on their way to the first of two consecutive triumphs.– The quickest: Liverpool-AC Milan (3-3, 3-2 on penalties), in 2005What is still billed as the craziest comeback in the history of the Champions League occurred over the space of 90 minutes, plus extra time and penalties, in 2005.Liverpool were facing a humiliating loss to AC Milan after the Italians struck three times in the opening half thanks to a first-minute effort from Paolo Maldini and a Hernan Crespo double.It is said Liverpool’s players could hear AC Milan celebrating what they thought was an impending victory at half-time. In a legendary second half, a much-changed Reds’ side hit back.Captain Steven Gerrard sparked the revolt when he scored on 54 minutes. When Vladimir Smicer then Xabi Alonso brought the scores level, AC Milan were stunned. After a scoreless period of extra-time, Liverpool prevailed 3-2 on penalties.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Greek defender Kostas Manolas scored the decisive goal that earned Roma one of the most unlikely Champions League comebacks in history © AFP / LLUIS GENEPARIS, France, Apr 11 – “The fall of Rome” was how one Catalan daily described Barcelona’s shock 3-0 defeat to Serie A side Roma on Tuesday which ended the Spanish league giants’ bid for a place in the semi-finals.As Roma look forward to their first semi-final since 1984, Barcelona are licking their wounds having failed to reach the Champions League last four for the second consecutive season.last_img read more

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Chelsea v Watford line-ups: Blues duo fit, change in defence, youngster on bench, Watford man starts

By on December 21, 2019

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook David Luiz and Tiémoué Bakayoko have both been passed fit to start for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.Luiz and Bakayoko picked up minor injuries during the midweek game against Roma but are fit enough to play for the Blues, who are without the injured N’Golo Kante and Victor Moses.Defender Antonio Rudiger also starts, with Andreas Christsensen dropping to the bench. There is a starting place for Pedro as well, with Willian among the substitutes.Teenage midfielder Ethan Amapdu is also on the Chelsea bench.Meanwhile, Troy Deeney starts up front for Watford instead of former Brentford man Andre Gray.Chelsea (3-4-3:) Courtois; Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Bakayko, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Hazard, Morata.Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Ampadu, Zappacosta, Musonda, Willian, Batshuayi.Watford: Gomes, Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos, Femenia, Doucoure, Cleverley, Holebas, Pereyra, Deeney, Richarlison.Subs: Karnezis, Wague, Janmaat, Watson, Capou, Carrillo, Gray.last_img read more

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CERCLA notification requirement delayed

By on December 17, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The EPA announced that farms with continuous hazardous substance releases as defined by Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) do not have to submit their initial continuous release notification until the DC Circuit Court of Appeals issues its order, or mandate, enforcing the Court’s opinion from April 11, 2017. While it appears the reports will be required some time, producers may wait to file after the Court has entered its order, at which time we can expect EPA to provide a filing “deadline.” We also expect that the EPA will  utilize this additional time to bring more clarity to the emissions data and calculations producers should rely upon for determining whether they are subject to CERCLA air emissions reporting.The law requires entities to report releases of hazardous substances above a certain threshold that occur within a 24-hour period. Farms have historically been exempt from most reporting under CERCLA, but in the spring of 2017 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down the rule that allowed reporting exemptions for farms. Farmers and operators, especially of sizeable animal operations that are likely to have larger air emissions, need to understand the reporting responsibilities. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published interim guidance to assist farms with the new compliance obligations. The following summarizes the agency’s guidance.What substances to reportThe EPA specifically names ammonia and hydrogen sulfide as two hazardous substances commonly associated with animal wastes that will require emissions reporting. Each substance has a reportable quantity of 100 pounds. If a farm releases 100 pounds or more of either substance to the air within a 24-hour period, the owner or operator must notify the National Response Center. A complete list of hazardous substances and their corresponding reportable quantities is here.Note that farmers do not have to report emissions from the application of manure, and fertilizers to crops or the handling, storage and application of pesticides registered under federal law. However, a farmer must report any spills or accidents involving these substances when they exceed the reportable quantity.How to reportUnder CERCLA, farm owners and operators have two compliance options — to report each release or to follow the continuous release reporting process:• For an individual release that meets or exceeds the reportable quantity for the hazardous substance, an owner or operator must immediately notify the National Response Center (NRC) by phone at 1-800-424-8802. • Continuous release reporting allows the owner or operator to file an “initial continuous release notification” to the NRC and the EPA Regional Office for releases that will be continuous and stable in quantity and rate. Essentially, this puts the authorities “continuously” on notice that there will be emissions from the operation within a certain estimated range. If the farm has a statistically significant increase such as a change in the number of animals on the farm or a significant change in the release information, the farm must notify the NRC immediately. Otherwise, the farm must file a one year anniversary report with the EPA Regional Office to verify and update the emissions information and must annually review emissions from the farm.  No reporting required under EPCRAThe litigation that led to CERCLA reporting also challenged the farm exemption from reporting for the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). EPRCRA section 304 requires facilities at which a hazardous chemical is produced, used or stored to report releases of reportable quantities from the chemicals. However, EPA explains in a statement issued on October 25, 2017 that the statute excludes substances used in “routine agricultural operations” from the definition of hazardous chemicals. EPCRA doesn’t define “routine agricultural operations,” so EPA states that it interprets the term to include regular and routine operations at farms, animal feeding operations, nurseries, other horticultural operations and aquaculture and a few examples of substances used in routine operations include animal waste stored on a farm and used as fertilizer, paint used for maintaining farm equipment, fuel used to operate machine or heat buildings and chemicals used for growing and breeding fish and plans for aquaculture. As a result of this EPA interpretation, most farms and operations do not have to report emissions under EPCRA. More information on EPA’s interpretation of EPCRA reporting for farms is here.Note that the EPA is seeking comments and suggestions on the resources the agency is providing or should provide to assist farm owners and operators with meeting the new reporting obligations. Those who wish to comment should do so by November 24, 2017 by sending an e-mail to CERCLA103.guidance@epa.gov.For more information regarding the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) section 103, visit EPA release: CERCLA and EPCRA Reporting Requirements for Air Releases of Hazardous Substances from Animal Waste at Farmslast_img read more

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India Launches Online System to Issue Conference Visa to Foreigners

By on December 2, 2019

first_imgThe Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has launched an online Event Clearance System for granting security clearance to foreigners who want to attend conferences, seminars or workshops organized in the countr.This system will enable the Indian missions abroad to issue Conference Visa to foreign nationals or delegates intending to attend such events organized by a ministry or department of the Government of India, state governments or union territory administrations, public sector undertakings, central educational institutions, public funded universities or private institutions or NGOs, the ministry said in a statement in New Delhi on May 2.The whole process has become paperless and standardized, Indian Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, who launched the online module, said. This will result in effective monitoring and timely disposal of applications. Various officials involved in the process can access the online application and documents, and take a proper decision to extend support to the organizers and participants of such conferences, the statement added.Prior to the introduction of online module, obtaining clearances for organizing a conference, seminar or workshop for issue of conference visa to foreign delegates was an offline procedure. The organizers were required to apply for the clearances on a physical form along with documents. The processing of event clearance was also an offline procedure and the clearances were being issued by the ministry on a physical format.If a conference visa is approved, a three-month single-entry business visa is granted to the foreign national. The validity of a conference visa is for a period of six months with single entry permission.Indian missions are authorized to issue conference visas to delegates on production of an invitation to these conferences, seminars or workshops being organized in India. However, in some cases, prior reference is required to be made to the home ministry before conference visas is granted to foreigners participating in such events in India. These cases include participants who are nationals of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Sudan, or foreigners of Pakistani origin or stateless persons. Also, if the participants are required to visit “restricted” or “Protected” areas in India, or areas affected by terrorism, militancy and extremism, such as Jammu and Kashmir and the North-eastern states (other than Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland).The officials of the Foreigners Division have recently brought out several successful initiatives relating to Overseas Citizenship of India, and foreigners’ registration, Gauba said, adding that these initiatives have made the processes faster, transparent and paperless.Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the e-FRRO scheme on April 13, according to which foreigners visiting India will no longer be required to visit the Foreigners Registration Office (FRO) for services associated with visa. These services will now be offered to them online via the web-based application e-FRRO (e-Foreigners Regional Registration Office) platform. Related Itemsindian visalast_img read more

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Skipper Mika Reyes warns volleyball team against complacency

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgView comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion “It was a good result. We are thankful that we won,” said Reyes. “But we know that we were a bit slow. We had a slow start.”Reyes was referring to the first set when the Filipinos threw away five points through service errors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Maybe it’s first-game jitters but we need to work hard on it,” she added.Reyes said that the game against Vietnam on Friday would be different. LATEST STORIES MOST READ “We are confident against Vietnam. Our mindset is positive that we can beat them because we already did (in the Asian Championships),” said Reyes.That win, according to her, would be the big motivation for the team.“But we can’t be over-confident. We can’t be complacent. We need this win against Vietnam so we will work very hard for it.” ADVERTISEMENT FILE/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR—For team captain Mika Reyes, the important thing is not to get complacent.The Philippines blew past Malaysia in straight sets, which the 6-foot middle blocker said will boost the confidence of the star-studded team.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Heroes rise as athletics fuels Philippine gold drive Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

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Rare white-rumped vulture gets new lease of life atop Mumbai building

By on November 17, 2019

first_imgBy Quaid NajmiMumbai, Oct 7 (IANS) A rare and highly-endangered gigantic white-rumped vulture, figuring on the IUCN Red List and found in a near-dead condition, has been saved by a Mumbai family and is now ready to take wings.After eight months of love and care, the strong and highly-aggressive bird — sporting a deadly beak, standing nearly three feet tall with a wing-span of around nine feet — will soar high in the sky from October 10.”On Tuesday, (October 9), we shall take this beautiful bird to the St. John Church in Ballard Estate for a special blessing ceremony by the priest, Fr Joe D’Souza. The next day, we shall release it in the thick forests of Nashik,” its rescuer, Pradeep D’Souza, told IANS.After the church ceremony, a team of Forest Department officials and a vet will examine the bird, issue a medical fitness certificate and then allow it to be released back to nature, he said, adding it figures on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of critically-endangered species.Known as “Mumbai’s Birdman’ in nature circles, D’Souza, 42, and his family toiled virtually day and night to ensure the vulture was up on its wings and fit to answer the call of the wild.”It was late on February 21 that we brought it here from a slum in Reay Road (south Mumbai). It was lying beside the main road, badly injured, bleeding, a lump in its long neck, with insects troubling it, but nobody daring to touch it for several hours,” D’Souza told IANS.In fact, many NGOs and animal care groups failed to heed D’Souza’s SOS calls, saying “it’s impossible to find such a rare and highly endangered vulture in a concrete jungle like Mumbai”.Finally, he rushed to the spot, barely six kilometres from his home, picked it up and brought it to his own make-shift “nursing home” for treatment, along with a large number of other feathered patients on the terrace of the 100-year old Queens Mansion building, in the heart of the Fort area.Besides the white-rumped vulture, the free “nursing home” has other patients — around 150 kites and eagles, 100 pigeons, two dozen owls, several cattle egrets and more — all flapping harmoniously under one roof. Many are “discharged” after treatment and many more “admitted”.They are lovingly tended by his 72-year-old mother, Rita D’Souza, elder brother Donald and his wife Joanita, both 50, and their 18-year old daughter Vanessa, a hotel management trainee with Hotel President Vivanta in Colaba. Pradeep D’Souza is a bachelor, “wedded to the birds”, as many say.”That evening (February 21), this vulture could barely keep his head steady. It had toxicity and infections, severe weakness due to hunger and blood loss and was virtually dead,” D’Souza recalled the ordeal, as the grim family started its treatment with medicines and prayers.They administered the vulture some injections, a lot of fresh coconut water to remove the toxicity, regular antibiotic doses with water and fed tiny pieces of red meat for the bird to gain strength.”Almost miraculously, it was fully cured of the injuries in 48 hours, but still remained very weak and unable to hunt on its own. In a month or so, it recovered full strength, and then barely tolerated even my presence,” D’Souza laughed.Then, it suffered an attack by ticks for which he used a herbal spray treatment and, in the monsoon, it started to naturally shed lot of wing feathers, which regrew by September.Now, it is completely hale and hearty, a happy D’Souza explained as his mother, brother, sister-in-law and niece smiled with joy.In the past few months, the massive vulture has been consuming up to 750 gms of red meat daily and drinks a lot of water, signalling his complete recovery after a near-death experience.Following the brief church blessing rituals and Forest Department formalities, the white-rumped vulture, for whom an NGO, Sparsh, specially created a 4x4x4 foot wooden cage, will be transported in a van to Nashik’s famed “Vulture Restaurant” in Harsul forests, around 300 km north of Mumbai.While Donald D’Souza finances the food-medicines portion of his brother’s passion, Sparsh’s activist-couple Maharishi Dave and his wife Rutu Dave foot all other costs like transportation, maintenance of the caring areas, cages, et al.”I had approached several other NGOs, trusts, temples and other organisations which claim concern for wildlife, but nobody helped with one rupee. Some even said they would help if I treated only “vegetarian birds”, which was shocking,” D’Souza said.The Nashik site was selected as the region has over a 100 vultures of different species in the wild and the Forest Department has set up a “Vulture Restaurant” where carcasses of various creatures are dumped for these magnificent birds to feast onFor 25 years now, D’Souza has completely dedicated himself to the thankless cause of saving all types of injured birds and is happy that his family supports him without any questions, and without expecting any recognition or rewards.(Quaid Najmi can be contacted at q.najmi@ians.in)–IANSqn/vm/sacadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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