The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is urging the public to help in the conservation of the American Crocodile species in Jamaica.The American Crocodile, the largest native reptile in the country, has come under increasing population threat from habitat loss and poaching.To help stem the problem, NEPA has embarked on a ‘Croc-Wise’ educational outreach targeting communities and schools around crocodile habitats to develop an appreciation for the reptile in youth and community members.The last stop of the ‘Croc-Wise’ outreach was in Black River, St. Elizabeth, on December 6. The Black River Lower Morass is the largest wetland in the island and a well-known crocodile habitat that generates many reported cases of human-crocodile interactions.“As our population is growing, more and more communities are encroaching into wetland habitats, which is causing a disturbance, and it is resulting in conflict. A lot of people have a view that ‘we need to kill it before it kills us’, so when people run into crocodiles they do not have the most suitable reactions. Operators along the river and residents have expressed their concern about crocodile poaching in Black River and the surrounding areas,” said Fauna Environmental Officer in the Ecosystems Management Branch at NEPA, Treya Picking.Ms. Picking told JIS News that the American Crocodile “is one of the shiest species of crocodiles”.“They are more likely to flee at the sight of humans than attack, but like any wild animal, they will become defensive and aggressive when they feel threatened. The best approach you can take is to be extremely cautious in a crocodile habitat and just to respect their habitat or space,” she said.When a crocodile is sighted, the public is being encouraged to contact NEPA at 876-754-7540 or the nearest police, instead of taking matters into their own hands. Attracting a crowd, throwing rocks or trying to get the reptile to move will cause it to feel stressed and retaliate, which can be extremely dangerous. Do not dump in wetlands, gullies or other waterways as food waste will attract crocodiles. NEPA also advises the public not to feed crocodiles under any circumstance.The crocodile, which is featured in multiple ways in Jamaican culture, also plays an important role in the environment.“In terms of environmental importance, it’s our apex predator. They control the balance in the ecosystem, so if you remove the top predator it will have a very negative effect. It would affect the fish stock and the quality of the wetland habitat. People really do need to stop poaching, as it is having very negative effects on the population, and if trends continue it could lead to the extinction of the species in Jamaica, which we would not want at all,” Ms. Picking told JIS News.NEPA’s educational outreach recently received a boost through the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) video, ‘Lord of the Wetlands, Changing Seas’, which featured the crocodile conservation efforts of NEPA and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC).Crocodiles are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, which makes it an offence for anyone to kill or have in their possession the whole or any part of the crocodile. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is urging the public to help in the conservation of the American Crocodile species in Jamaica. Story Highlights To help stem the problem, NEPA has embarked on a ‘Croc-Wise’ educational outreach targeting communities and schools around crocodile habitats to develop an appreciation for the reptile in youth and community members. The American Crocodile, the largest native reptile in the country, has come under increasing population threat from habitat loss and poaching.
The only way to protect the plaintiff was to prevent the search results from being displayed where they do the most harm: on Google’s global search results.Last, the Supreme Court concluded that freedom of expression concerns raised by Google and its supportive interveners were at best theoretical. The speech contained on the sites did not engage any freedom of expression values, but rather violated multiple court orders. The Supreme Court found that “most countries will likely recognize… the selling of pirated products as a legal wrong” and that freedom of expression does not require Google to engage in “the facilitation of the unlawful sale of goods.”Music Canada, together with the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), has been actively involved in this case since it was first appealed to the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Both the Supreme Court and the British Columbia Court of Appeal referred to their assistance in rendering their decisions.“Today’s decision confirms that online service providers cannot turn a blind eye to illegal activity that they facilitate; on the contrary, they have an affirmative duty to take steps to prevent the Internet from becoming a black market,” said Graham Henderson, President and CEO of Music Canada. “This is welcome news for creators of all stripes who rely on the Internet as their primary market and for whom illegal online activity can instantly wipe out careers and destroy investment in new releases. Today’s decision provides a vital remedy to address illegal online activities and enforce the rights of creators.”About Music CanadaMusic Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major record companies in Canada: Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada. Music Canada also works with some of the leading independent record labels and distributors, recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters, managers and artists in the promotion and development of the music cluster. Importantly, today’s decision also ensured that the order applies worldwide and across all of Google’s search engines, a crucial development given that the Internet has largely dissolved boundaries between countries and allowed virtual wrongdoers to move from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in search of the weakest enforcement setting.In particular, the Supreme Court emphasized: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, June 28, 2017 – Music Canada welcomes today’s landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision in Equustek Solutions v. Google upholding a ruling that Google can no longer provide search results anywhere in the world that point to a website that unlawfully sells the intellectual property of another company. Music Canada joined several other creative industry associations as interveners supporting Equustek in the case.The case establishes principles that will guide the responsibilities of Internet intermediaries to reduce or eliminate harms amplified by their activities. In the case, Google admitted that it employs a team of more than 40 employees to remove search results to material that offend its company policies, but resisted a court order compelling it to do the same with respect to sites trafficking in goods created from stolen trade secrets.The Supreme Court ordered Google to stop directing people to the illegal sites. It rejected Google’s approach of only de-listing individual pages within sites, which a lower court described as promoting a “Whack-A-Mole” approach to online infringement. It also rejected Google’s claim that, as a non-party, it was “immune” to court orders. It concluded that Google was “the determinative player in allowing the harm to occur” and suggested it had a “duty to assist the person wronged”. “The problem in this case is occurring online and globally. The Internet has no borders – its natural habitat is global. The only way to ensure the interlocutory injunction [order] attained its objective was to have it apply where Google operates – globally.” Login/Register With: Twitter
Former All-Pro NFL linebacker Joey Porter returned to Colorado State last week to complete his bachelor’s degree and to answer a long-standing arrest warrant.Porter, who is currently an undergraduate student assistant coach with the Rams’ football team, turned himself in early Wednesday morning at the Larimer County Jail for a failure to appear on a warrant that dates back to his time as a student at Colorado State University in 1999.On May 3, 1999, Porter received a ticket for speeding and driving with a restricted license. He made it to two court dates, but failed to show up on his final court date. The Fort Collins Police issued a warrant for his arrest on Oct. 10, 1999.Court Records show that Porter was a repeat offender for driving illegally in Larimer County, while he was a student at Colorado State.Colorado State football coach Jim McElwain said that Porter can use this as a teaching moment for young players to understand why they should stay out of trouble.
Things That Caught My EyePrepare to feel old and super unaccomplishedRedmond “Red” Gerard won the first U.S. medal of Pyeongchang, taking a gold in the men’s slopestyle snowboarding competition. Gerard is the youngest — only 17 years old — male American to take a Winter Olympics gold medal since 1928. [NPR]Team Canada crushed OARThe Canadian women’s hockey team shut out the Olympic Athletes from Russia 5-0, thanks to Ann-Renee Desbiens making 18 saves over the course of the game. Canada is a juggernaut in women’s hockey, as this is its 21st straight win in Olympic competition. [CBC]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?He probably shouldn’t have said thatSemen Elistratov is one of the 169 athletes who are from Russia and competing under the Olympic banner rather than their country’s as part of Russia’s penalties incurred for operating a massive top-to-bottom doping operation. He’s also the first Olympic athlete from Russia to medal, taking a bronze in the 1500m short-track speed skating competition and used his time in the limelight to dedicate the medal to Russians banned from the game in “a hard and unfair way,” which normally would be standard nationalist jock talk but in this case spurred an investigation given the rules Olympic athletes have about making political statements. [BBC]Try out our brand new super fun quiz, Which Winter Olympic Sport Is Best For You? I got ski jumping! 1-2-3Congratulations to Norway, which led by Simen Hegstad Kruger took the gold, silver and bronze medal in the 15km + 15km cross country skiathlon event. Kruger was stuck in a collision early on and fell to last place out of 68 but mounted a comeback for the ages to finish first. [BBC]North and South play togetherNorth Korea and South Korea teamed up to play women’s hockey together, a fascinating diplomatic overture. The team fell to the Swiss 0-8 on Saturday, but the stunning display of unity is a potential opportunity for cross-border collaboration. The two countries have been technically at war since a 1953 armistice but proved no effort for the Bronze medalists of Sochi. [Reuters]Reverse sweep!In a decisive playoff series, the London Spitfire defeated the upstart Houston Outlaws and then the powerhouse New York Excelsior in a 3-2 reverse sweep to win the first Overwatch League round one playoff series and the $100,000 that comes with. [Kotaku]Leaks from Slack: micah:can I ask a non-sports fan dumb question: Is John McDaniels turning down that head coaching job basically proof that Belichick is gonna step aside soon?neil:If I had to bet, I would bet there is some kind of succession plan in place – not sure when, but McDaniels basically torpedoed his head coaching chances anywhere else by screwing the Colts at the last secondkyle:yeah doesn’t have to be soon, but that was heavily implied by the salary cap stuffPredictions NBA All newsletters Oh, and don’t forgetNice. We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe See more NBA predictions
Related Items:escape artist, Genmessome Presandieu, police, resisting arrest, Rolyn Cassema, two counts of assaulting a police officer, unlawful entry Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Police get wanted man; Magistrate Court back open Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children online Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Jul 2015 – Serious charges for a 20 year old resident, originally from Haiti who appears to be some sort of an escape artist. Police report that Genmessome Presandieu also known as Rolyn Cassema was charged for a battery of concerning offenses including: unlawful entry, two counts of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and more vexing having a gun while allegedly resisting arrest and having ammunition for that gun, the charge added is also endangering lives.No bail was granted for the ‘Houdini’ who appeared in court yesterday. There were some smaller arrests including a 57 year old, Five Cays man, who has to answer charges for allegedly stealing three bottles of Johnnie Walker whisky from IGA; a 29 year old Venetian Road resident who was charged for damage to property and using a weapon to cause fear and a 28 year old of Five Cays man, for fighting. Recommended for you
Arsenal’s forward Alex Iwobi has revealed that Sporting was lacking in composure in their Thursday night match, adding that the club deserves credit for being very compact and difficult to break.“We have to give credit to Sporting because they were very compact and they made it difficult for us, but maybe that composure was lacking a bit today,” Iwobi said via official club’s website.Discussing about the red card after Aubameyang found himself through on goal, he continued:Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s a bit sad, especially when you’re seeing Pierre running and he’s so fast that we knew he was going to get there, but I guess it was a smart challenge from Mathieu, but it was unfortunate for us and we were unable to get the goal.”While also talking about Wolves at the weekend and aiming to finish top of the group, Iwobi concluded:“We will go again and start analysing Wolves and that’s not going to be an easy game because they’ve been doing well this season, so onto the next one.”