first_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 overSponsored Article published by John Cannon Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Fishing, Government, Mammals, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Mammals, Oceans, Whales, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation center_img The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recorded 76 whale entanglements in U.S. waters in 2017.Floating fishing gear and other trash in the sea can impede a whale’s ability to feed and swim.Humpback were most often seen entangled; historically, the species usually accounts for about two-thirds of reports in a given year.Despite North Atlantic right whales only having been involved in two known entanglements in 2017, scientists say that any run-in with gear or trash threatens the recovery of the species, which now numbers around 450 animals. The number of whales ensnared in fishing nets and other debris in U.S. waters didn’t change much between 2016 and 2017, according to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released in early December.Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) were the species that most often turned up entangled, NOAA experts said in a teleconference on Dec. 6, probably because they swim close to shore where struggling whales can be most easily spotted.A team works to remove fishing gear from a whale. Image by Michael Dawes via Flickr.The report, published annually, lays out the numbers of entangled whales in 2017, as well as their species, where they were spotted and what snagged them. The authors also tried to determine the fisheries and parts of the country that were the sources of the gear that ended up entangling whales. More than two-thirds of the 76 documented cases of entanglement in 2017 involved nets, traps and other gear used by commercial or recreational fishermen.The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, the West Coast and Alaska saw decreases in entanglements compared to 2016, while reports increased in Hawaii and remained steady in the South Atlantic region.Scientists figure that when a whale gets tied up in ropes, lines and floating trash, it’s likely to die unless it gets help, said Sarah Wilkin, who coordinates NOAA’s response to strandings and entanglements. Tangling with fishing nets and lines can impede a whale’s ability to move in the water, thwarting its ability to find the tons of food necessary to maintain its bulk.A humpback whale entangled in a net. Image by Michael Dawes via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).That’s especially concerning for the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis), an IUCN-listed endangered species. There were only two cases of entanglement for the species in U.S. waters in 2017. But mid-year, NOAA announced a still-active marine mammal “unusual mortality event” for the species, and 17 would die over the course of the year. In Canadian waters, researchers suspect that five died as a result of their injuries from fishing gear in 2017, according to the report.“Given the endangered status of North Atlantic right whales — recent population estimates indicate only about 450 individuals remain —and declining trend of the species, any entanglement is a major threat to their recovery,” the authors wrote.The population of right whales off the East Coast of the U.S. appears to have plateaued in recent years, after the species came back from a low point of 270 animals in 1990. The animal’s stagnating recovery, even amid the surge in efforts to rescue entangled whales and avoid their contact with gear in the first place, has perplexed scientists.A disentanglement training exercise in Hawaii. Image courtesy of Coast Guard News via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).Recent research suggests that towing around gear could be hampering female right whales’ ability to maintain their weight and carry a fetus to term. More than 80 percent of right whales come in contact with fishing gear at some point in their lives.The North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium, a group of researchers, conservationists, and representatives of government agencies and industry, reports that there have been no recorded births in 2018 and that the number of right whales could be as few as 411.Eleven entangled gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) were spotted in 2017, “much higher” than the average of just over six per year, according to the report.“The increase in entangled gray whales may suggest the animals overlapped with West Coast fishing efforts more than usual in 2017 during their annual migrations,” the authors write.Two other species, the minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and the humpback, have also been stranding and dying at alarming rates lately.A  North Atlantic right whale towing a fishing rope. Image courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA research permit #15488 via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).While it’s difficult to say whether entanglement causes stranding, “There is some overlap in that we get whales that are stranded and entangled,” Wilkin said. But in general, more whales strand than are confirmed to have been entangled in a given year, she added.NOAA’s Large Whale Entanglement Response Network addressed 50 of the entanglements in 2017, freeing — at least partially — 25 of the whales they went after.The network comprises a highly trained crew, and while NOAA says it depends on boaters to report sightings of distressed whales, the agency cautions members of the public against trying to help the whales.“Large whales are the largest animals on Earth, and disentangling them is inherently dangerous,” the report writers said. “Only trained and permitted responders should attempt to disentangle or closely approach an entangled large whale.”NOAA warns the public not to try to disentangle whales. The agency has regional hotlines to report sightings. Image courtesy of NOAA.Banner image of a humpback whale by Michael Dawes via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0). Clarification: This article was amended on Dec. 20 to reflect the ongoing nature of the unusual mortality event that NOAA announced in 2017 for the North Atlantic right whale. The article also misstated the span of time during which 17 right whales died. That period was 2017, not late 2016 through 2017.CitationCooke, J.G. (2018). Eubalaena glacialis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T41712A50380891. Downloaded on 18 December 2018.FEEDBACK: 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.last_img read more

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first_imgThe real effects of debtEmpirical evidence suggests that high levels of debt are bad for growth and economic activity in industrial economies. To this end, when sovereign debt reaches 85 per cent of GDP, further increases in debt may begin to have significant impacts on growth. Countries with too much public debt may be potentially trapped in a debt overhang situation, which could lead to a default condition.The highlighted key debt indicators presented above reveal that the current level of the total public debt is deemed manageable, healthy and sustainable, with adequate leverage for additional borrowings, if need be, provided that all other variables remain constant, or relatively unchanged within the current macroeconomic framework. Notwithstanding this, the central Government needs to manage its expenditure more responsibly. There is sufficient evidence in the public domain with respect to Government’s spending to corroborate this position — that Government has incurred, in some cases, unnecessary and exorbitant expenditure.In concluding today’s piece, this assertion is supported by the fact that the one indicator that should lead to a more proactive approach in the management of the economy is the state of the country’s international reserves and net foreign assets held by the banking system. This outcome cannot be ignored, as it could have severe adverse implications not only for the economy overall, but also for the public debt management framework. It means that, with the steady depletion of international reserves and net foreign assets, the country would inevitably default on its external debt servicing obligation, especially as adequate foreign exchange may not be available to do so and to accommodate international trade. Imported goods would therefore become more expensive and/or the country may not have the capacity to import certain goods and services due to shortage of foreign exchange. Inflation would increase, and the currency is likely to depreciate further.These are just a few of the consequences that could occur. Therefore, the risks highlighted herein and the situation with the nation’s international reserves need to be arrested now, to avert the risk of a depressed economy. Today’s article focuses on analysing Guyana’s Sovereign Debt Sustainability position. In the Bank of Guyana’s Annual Report for 2018, it was reported that the total stock of Government’s debt increased by 1.5 per cent, representing 43.9 per cent of GDP. Table 1 below shows the breakdown and computation of how this level of Debt-to-GDP ratio was derived. That is, total domestic debt plus total external debt gives rise to 353.5 billion dollars (using an exchange rate of 208.5 for the external debt). Using the total debt figure of 353.5 billion dollars as the numerator and GDP in nominal terms of $805B as the denominator, this will give rise to 43.9 per cent.However, this analysis shall focus on two important elements which this computation did not consider. Firstly, Government’s total debt of $353.5 billion did not consider the $30 billion bond which is a contingent liability for the Government, and also did not consider the $55.2 billion overdraft balance, which is also a form of borrowing, at the Central Bank. As can be seen from table 2, therefore, when adjusted to include these two other forms of debt, Government’s total debt in real terms is in fact $438.7 billion, rather than 353.5 billion as reported in the official reports. This effectively means that the total sovereign debt is understated in real terms by $85.2 billion.The second factor that is critically important when analysing Guyana’s Sovereign Debt, in particular, is that it is typically measured as a percentage of GDP in nominal terms, rather than real terms. To this end, nominal GDP for 2018 was reported at $805 billion, while real GDP is about $689 billion.Using the adjusted total public debt of $439 billion, the adjusted debt-to-GDP ratio is 54.53 per cent, instead of 43.9 per cent in nominal terms. It is more prudent, when contextualising these numbers, to use real figures, as opposed to nominal figures; as, given the unique nature of Guyana’s economy and its structure, these are important considerations one must not ignore as macro-financial analysts.last_img read more

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first_img“I feel I am capable. For sure, certain rules need to change,” not least the constant “horse-trading” necessitated by the need to gather the support of at least five federations.“That need to have five federations behind you, I think that is where the corruption starts” as favours are offered, asked for or called in, Zico said.“Much needs to change and much is going to happen”He pointed out he had come to the conclusion he ought to make a formal bid to stand after talking with former Portugal star Figo, who briefly expressed his own desire to stand for the post before pulling out last month.“I was asked if I had talked with Figo about his being a candidate for FIFA. I said I had and that set me thinking.”Blatter has already announced he will stand down from the job after the organisation he has headed since 1998 was engulfed in a series of corruption allegations.Zico, who has experience of the game at managerial level having notably coached Japan, said he believed the game had to undergo wide-ranging reforms.But he added he believed it was right that Blatter be allowed to stay in place prior to a vote on a successor due to be elected between December and March.“This will allow him to make an orderly handover,” Zico told reporters in Rio.Zico, nicknamed the “White Pele” during a playing career which never yielded a World Cup triumph, joked that controversial Argentine legend Diego Maradona might be a potential vice-president.Maradona, a World Cup winner in 1986, was banned for doping eight years later and a previous drugs ban while playing in Italy would suggest he has little chance of joining the game’s establishment.But he is a football name — and he has every right therefore to “put his name forward” if he wished to do so, Zico said.He stressed that his own — albeit brief — experience two decades ago of serving as Brazilian minister of sport was an extra string to his bow.“I bring to the table experience and knowledge,” he insisted.While underlining his interest in standing for a revamped FIFA, Zico said he would first insist on a simplified voting system which is less open to “horsetrading and exchanging of favours.”And he added he would also call for a system of “one re-election at most,” noting that Blatter and predecessor, Brazilian Joao Havelange, had held the post between them for the past four decades — his own entire career as player and coach.He also said current UEFA president Michel Platini would make a good leader of the game’s world body.Zico added that the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) also needed a total overhaul with former president Jose Maria Marin one of seven top FIFA officials arrested in Zurich late last month as part of an FBI probe into corruption in the sport.“But that is even more difficult” than reforming FIFA, Zico suggested, in wearily acknowledging that Brazilian football politics has long been a murky business.He added he did not have close links with the CBF top brass.On Thursday the organization will hold a general assembly at its Rio headquarters where Marco Polo del Nero, who replaced Marin in March, will have to address the fallout from the FIFA corruption scandal after his predecessor was ensnared by the probe.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Brazilian footballer Arthur Antunes Coimbra “Zico”, speaks during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 10, 2015.RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, June 11 – Former Brazil star Zico on Wednesday confirmed he will stand in the election to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA, although he admitted he may struggle to find enough support.“I would like to confirm the decision to be a candidate,” the 62-year-old told a news conference.last_img read more

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first_img1 Chelsea striker Diego Costa took his goal tally for Spain to three on Monday, at home to Liechtenstein.The 27-year-old opened the scoring in the World Cup qualifier at the Estadio Reino de Leon with a well-taken header – his first international goal since October 2014 (against Luxembourg).Like London buses, another one soon followed in the second half, making it Spain’s fifth of the evening, with a drilled finish inside the box, as Julen Lopetegui’s side were 8-0 winners.It was his 12th appearance for La Roja and it took him less than ten minutes to find the back of the net.The former Atletico Madrid striker started the season well for Antonio Conte’s men in the Premier League, netting two in three matches. He scored 16 goals in total for the west Londoners last season.Watch Costa’s latest strikes for Spain, below… Diego Costa: The striker made his 12th Spain appearance against Liechtenstein last_img read more

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first_img“We’re complying with that informal investigation,” Rollins said. “That’s about all we know. We don’t think there are going to be any issues that are material that we’re going to have to worry about.” Chief Financial Officer Jim Schneider added that “this has gone on for about a year without anything being alleged. The facts that we’re looking at right now in our opinion would not have a material effect on our financial statement.” The week began with Dell and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announcing the agency’s largest-ever electronics recall for lithium-ion batteries on notebooks sold between April 1, 2004, and July 18 of this year. The problem, which has resulted in smoke and fires but no injuries, appears to be with the battery cell maker Sony Corp. and hasn’t affected others companies like main Dell rival HP. In sharp contrast to Dell, HP on Wednesday posted third-quarter profit that beat expectations while raising its guidance for the upcoming period. Dell didn’t provide an estimate for the recall’s cost but said it won’t materially affect the company’s financial results, suggesting that Sony will bear the brunt of the cost.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe company had originally forecast earnings of 32 cents per share on sales of $14.2 billion for the latest period. The results met the lowered expectations of analysts polled by Thomson Financial. In the same period a year ago, Dell had earnings of 38 cents per a share on sales of $13.4 billion. Chief Executive Kevin Rollins cited overly aggressive pricing, a slowing marketplace and component prices that weren’t dropping as expected as primary reasons for the shortfall. In its earning report Thursday, Dell also disclosed an ongoing Securities and Exchange Commission probe for the first time. But company executives shrugged it off as an informal investigation and something that happens to hundreds of other companies. Rollins said Dell received a letter from the SEC in August of 2005 “asking us about a fairly broad level of questions on some revenue recognition.” DALLAS – Dell Inc. shares tumbled 2.8 percent Friday, capping off a week of bad news that included a record-setting recall of notebook batteries, the disclosure of a federal accounting probe and a 51 percent decline in second-quarter profit. Shares of the world’s largest computer maker fell 64 cents to close at $22.16 in Friday trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Over the past year, its shares have ranged from $18.95 to $37.05. The Round Rock-based company’s problems have been festering for several months as the PC market has slowed and its chief rival in PCs, Hewlett-Packard Co., has grown more competitive in technology, pricing and execution. Dell, which slashed its second-quarter outlook last month, reported earnings Thursday of $502 million, or 22 cents per share, on sales of $14.1 billion. In same period last year, it earned $1.02 billion, or 41 per share, on revenue of $13.4 billion. last_img read more

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first_imgRonald Isley has been sentenced to three years and one month in prison for tax evasion. The 65-year-old R&B singer was also ordered to pay $3.1 million in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Conte. Isley was convicted last year of five counts of tax evasion and one count of willful failure to file a tax return. During Friday’s hearing, defense attorney Anthony Alexander argued that Isley should receive probation instead of prison time because of complications from a stroke and a recent bout with kidney cancer. He was discharged from bankruptcy four years later, but then did not file tax returns for the years 1997 to 2001 and in 2002 did not sign his return and failed to pay all taxes due. Alexander argued during the trial that “unfortunate circumstances” such as the deaths of two of Isley’s accountants made him unable to get records together and pay taxes during the years that led to the criminal charges. Isley’s recent albums include a 2003 collaboration with Burt Bacharach titled, “Here I Am,” and The Isley Brothers album “Body Kiss.” He was expected to be sent to a Bureau of Prisons hospital facility.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Alexander also pleaded for leniency because Isley had been attempting to pay down his IRS debt. “He’s been liquidating assets, he’s been doing the things that he can,” Alexander said. But U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson declined to sentence Isley to less time than called for under federal guidelines. “The term serial tax avoider has been used. I think that’s appropriate,” Pregerson said. During the trial, prosecutors said Isley, lead singer of The Isley Brothers, avoided paying taxes numerous times in the past three decades and declared bankruptcy after the IRS seized his yacht, cars and other property in 1997.last_img read more

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first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has re-signed for Manchester United, agreeing a one-year contract and being handed the number 10 shirt.He’s currently recovering from a serious knee injury sustained in April, but once he returns to fitness, he’ll be vying for a place in the starting line-up.The arrival of Romelu Lukaku has somewhat complicated his place in the team, though, so talkSPORT.com has taken a look at how the pair could both slot into Jose Mourinho’s XI.Read on to see three possible formations featuring Lukaku and Ibrahimovic up top.In a 3-5-2 formation:Mourinho toyed with a back three towards the end of last season, before re-establishing a back four over pre-season and at the start of the new campaign. If the Portuguese manager wants to pack his midfield to accomodate Lukaku and Ibrahimovic, however, a three-man defence could be his strongest option.Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial would be the players on the bench battling to get into the attack and illustrate the notable strength in depth Mourinho has to his squad this term.In a 4-3-1-2 formation:Ander Herrera, despite an excellent last season, has fallen behind Nemanja Matic in the pecking order so might relish the introduction of a three-man midfield, playing alongside the club’s summer signing and Paul Pogba.Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who already has a tally of four assists from the opening two games, could again start in the number 10 role, given the duty of creating for Lukaku and Ibrahimovic.In a 4-4-2 formation:It would be a surprise if Mourinho fielded this formation, with managers long having moved on from the tradition of 4-4-2, but it shouldn’t be ruled out now that there are two strikers of the highest quality wanting to start.Pogba and Matic are the favoured pair in midfield, so it’s in the wide positions that could prove most difficult to fill for the United manager. 4 Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a Manchester United player again last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Jaregui, 33, is only one of many developmentally disabled people who utilize the wide variety of resources available at the Whittier Area Parents Association for the Developmentally Handicapped. According executive director Steve Boyer, the organization, which was founded in 1969, currently serves as a resource center for about 180 disabled individuals, providing or assisting them with a broad spectrum of education and housing services. To help clients who have disorders that interfere with speech communication, Boyer said WAPADH has adopted a strategy known as faciliated communication. “These are people that have not been invited into the communication world for years,” Boyer said. Now that they are able to express themselves, “it really forces us to re-think how we view their abilities,” he said. WHITTIER – Nathan Jaregui squints with concentration at the keyboard and screen in front of him. Slowly, he hunts out letters and forms them into complete sentences. Brady Miller-Wakeham, a communication facilitator, sits at his elbow, supporting his arm. Occasionally, when Jaregui gets distracted, she reminds him to focus on writing. With Miller-Wakeham at his side and using the keyboard, Jaregui is now able to do something he was never able to do as a child – communicate. Jaregui is autistic. Like others with the disorder, he has difficulty with oral communication and motor skills. “What this allows them to do is really be a greater part of our community and have a unique voice.” Boyer said many people have the misperception that people with physical disabilities are retarded. “It’s a cultural perception, and that’s what we’re constantly fighting,” he said. Patrick Leibert, 49, has autism and has been doing facilitated communication for about 10 years. Both he and Jaregui went through childhood before facilitated communication was common practice in the United States. They had virtually no method of expression. Growing up autistic was “very frustrating, because people though I couldn’t understand anything,” Jaregui typed out. “But really I couldn’t get my body to do what I want it to. It’s very hard to have my thoughts stuck inside.” Jaregui added that people often considered him nice, but also assumed that he was “unable to be intelligent.” Leibert agreed. “I think the most common misperception is that people think we have a disability that keeps us from having a normal life like anyone else,” he typed with the help of facilitator Daniel Gomez. “It was very frustrating because I wouldn’t have anybody to listen to what I had to say for many years, and I have things to say. Nobody could hear me.” Boyer said that Leibert has spent a lot of time explaining what he went through as a child to his family. Leibert’s mother, Virgia, is a volunteer board member at WAPADH. She said Patrick has been at the center for about 26 years. Since he has been able to communicate, other aspects of his behavior have improved. “He used to get frustrated, and you don’t see that very often now,” she said. “He can get out what he wants to say.” The facility also has a volunteer board and a crew of paid staff members who work with the clients directly, running the center’s programs. “The programs are to help them move along and learn. They express what they want to do, and WAPADH helps them,” she said. The center has always been enormously helpful to the family, she added. “Whenever he needs something, he can always get it there.” Lately, Patrick and many others have had a need that has been long neglected. “We have a greater demand for academic kinds of activities,” Boyer said. Facilitated communication “has opened up a whole new world for people. These guys have these labels, and because of that their intellectual needs were not addressed.” Patrick and Sue Rubin, who is a student at Whittier college, are both history buffs. “My favorite subject is history, and I’m interested in learning more of it,” Leibert said. Rubin majors in ancient history at Whittier. Her passion is advocating for people with autism and facilitated communication. She and Stewart Se, who has Down’s syndrome, were lucky enough to have benefited from the method at young ages. “I was able to take regular classes and graduate with a regular diploma,” Se typed out with Miller-Wakeham’s support. “I had a happy experience once I began typing because I was able to show how smart I was.” Aaron Aguilar expressed another need that often isn’t met. A diehard Angel’s fan who loves to cook, he left the room with a smile and a message: “Thanks for getting to know me.” Bethania Palma (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want 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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first_imgThe museum has clashed with Italian and Greek officials over allegations that former antiquities curator Marion True knowingly received dozens of archaeological treasures between 1986 and the late 1990s that were stolen from private collections or dug up illicitly. True and American art dealer Robert Hecht are on trial in Rome.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Italy may break cultural ties with the J. Paul Getty Museum unless progress resumes in talks over what the country claims are looted antiquities, it was reported Saturday. The trust that operates the Los Angeles museum has returned three artworks but the fate of 21 other pieces, including a prized statue of Aphrodite, remain unresolved. Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli said last month that six months of negotiations over the return of the items had stalled. “I’m afraid the process of conciliation will end and a serious conflict will begin,” he told the Los Angeles Times in a statement on Friday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“The negotiations haven’t made a single step forward,” Giuseppe Proietti, a senior cultural official, told the Times in a recent interview. “We will not accept partial solutions. I will suggest the Italian government take cultural sanctions against the Getty, suspending all cultural cooperation.” That could include working with Italian institutions on research, cultural studies, excavations, exhibits or artwork loans. Getty officials said they still hoped for an agreement. “My sense is that wisdom and reason will reign here, and the two sides, Italy and the Getty, will find a way to get past whatever problems exist in the short term,” Getty spokesman Ron Hartwig said. last_img read more

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first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining West Ham United wonderkid Declan Rice. Declan Rice is absolutely class. Has had Aubameyang in his back pocket so far. #WHUARS— kav (@ninety_vi) January 12, 2019 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won How is Declan Rice only 19, plays with such a mature head— Sam Hynam (@SamHynam) January 12, 2019 A new contract has been signed but there will still be question marks about his future given the length of time it took the club to get the deal, which should have been a formality given his quality, done.Meanwhile, it’s easy to see why England are so keen to make him a member of the Three Lions squad and snatch him from the Republic of Ireland.Against Arsenal, as well as scoring the opener for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, he showed just how imperious he can be on the ball, while also displaying his tenacity in defensive phases.And fans from Premier League clubs such as the Gunners, Chelsea, and Manchester City, were all enthralled by his brilliant performance, as you can see below… West Ham United wonderkid Declan Rice showed the Premier League, once again, he’s one of the most talented young players in the division.It’s no wonder a number of top clubs are looking at signing the 19-year-old in recent months and why the Hammers were desperate to keep him at the London Stadium. More than a touch of the Rio Ferdinands about Declan Rice. Always seems to put himself in the right position for interceptions and mops up with great composure. #WHUARS— Neil Roarty (@neilroarty) January 12, 2019 REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED 1 Declan Rice is going to be a star, honestly.— Akash (@Akash_LFC) January 12, 2019 Brilliant performance so far from Declan Rice. Dominated in midfield, calm on the ball, and a couple of important interceptions. #WHUARS— Ben Haines (@benhainess) January 12, 2019 MONEY Declan rice is 19 years of age and he looks like hes been playing football longer than most players, unbelievable talent— 👑 (@HayzNBK) January 12, 2019 Won’t be too long till Declan Rice is at a top club.— Colin McNulty (@ColinMc87) January 12, 2019 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Declan Rice is one hell of a talent. Too intelligent and his reading of the game is right up there. Hard to believe he isn’t even 20 yet. Hope he keeps progressing steadily.— Ediye (@iamOkon) January 12, 2019 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE REVEALED Declan Rice is a baller— •Chelsea Chat•©️ (@ChatsOnFooty) January 12, 2019 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Declan Rice running the midfield atm…— Luke McMahon (@Lukesagooner) January 12, 2019 Latest Football Stories Decent first half, been the better side but just need the goal. Think I’m in love with Declan Rice too.— Andy Cook (@AndyCook42) January 12, 2019 BEST OF huge blow Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Looks ready to step up a level already this Declan Rice— Dean McMackin (@DeanMcMackin) January 12, 2019 Declan Rice is one of the best ball winning midfielders in the Premier League. He’s 19-years-old. Hand him a debut for the national team. He’s already much better than Henderson. Magnificent talent.— Real Talk Manchester City ⚽️ (@RealTalkMCFC) January 12, 2019 Declan Rice won’t be at West Ham for long. Looks a player #WHUARS— Alex Davies (@adavies147) January 12, 2019 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REPLY no dice Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade We should get Declan Rice tbh. Would offer £50m for him and have either him or Ampadu play as the DM.— Frank (@PrimeRuben__) January 12, 2019last_img read more

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