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Soldier trampled to death by wild elephant in South Sumatra

first_imgThe head of the South Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), Geinman Hasibuan, confirmed that the elephant that entered Belanti hamlet was a wild one. He added that the hamlet was within the elephant’s natural habitat and at least 120 elephants regularly roamed the area.According to the BKSDA, there were at least 37 conflicts between humans and elephants between 2013 and 2019. The number is higher than the conflicts involving other animals, such as tigers (26 cases), sun bears (20) and crocodiles (14).The Sumatran elephant was declared an endangered species by both the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which called the species “critically endangered” on its red list, and the government, which included the species on the list of a 2018 environment and forestry ministerial regulation on protected flora and fauna.According to the Indonesia Elephant Conservation Forum, the population of elephants was from 2,800 to 4,800 in 1980. However, it said only 1,720 remained in the wild by 2014.Read also: Innovation needed to end human-elephant conflict in Sumatra, says WWF IndonesiaDuring a discussion on human-wildlife conflict in Palembang in February, Way Kambas Landscape coordinator Sugiyo said the authorities should implement a participative approach involving villagers for managing conflicts with elephants.Conflict between humans and elephants has been considered a factor contributing to the decrease of the Sumatran elephant population. “It is a territorial conflict. Their forest area has been reduced significantly because it has been turned into plantations. Poaching, hunting and the wildlife trade had also worsened the conflict,” Sugiyo said. (dpk) “The incident occurred near the Padang Sugihan wildlife sanctuary,” South Sumatra governor Herman Deru said during a visit to the hamlet on Thursday.The TNI promoted Iskandar posthumously to chief sergeant. He was buried during a ceremonial military funeral at the Bawah Kabung Public Cemetery in Banyuasin regency on Thursday.Read also: Elephant in the village: Jambi villagers struggle to keep giant animals awayIskandar had been advising villagers to protect the elephant, which is considered an endangered species, as well as prevent similar human-wildlife conflicts in the future. A soldier was trampled to death by a wild elephant that wandered into Belanti hamlet in Ogan Komering Ilir regency, South Sumatra.The soldier, identified as First Sgt. Iskandar Zulkarnain, 49, was a member of the Indonesian Military’s (TNI) village supervisory noncommissioned officers (Babinsa) assigned to the hamlet. He died while trying to protect villagers from the elephant.When Iskandar and some villagers tried to scare the animal back into the forest, the elephant attacked them instead. Iskandar failed to escape from the animal, which trampled him to death. Villagers retrieved his body after finally succeeding in driving off the elephant.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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BLOG: Pennsylvania’s Agreement with Airbnb is a Win for All

first_imgBLOG: Pennsylvania’s Agreement with Airbnb is a Win for All SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary Economy,  The Blog The major online home-sharing company, Airbnb, recently agreed to begin collecting and remitting the state’s 6 percent hotel occupancy tax on behalf of hosts in Pennsylvania.This will streamline processes and reduce a burden on hosts who wish to list their homes on Airbnb.Since Airbnb is an industry leader in home-sharing, this will hopefully motivate other sites to do the same.Home-sharing, like ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, improves consumer options and convenience, as well as creating competition that ultimately benefits consumers.As Governor Wolf said, this is a win-win for hosts and the commonwealth.The agreement with Airbnb places Pennsylvania at the forefront of states responding to the sharing economy and will help to level the playing field across the lodging industry.Pennsylvania is the first state in the mid-Atlantic region to establish a statewide agreement with Airbnb to allow the company to voluntarily collect and remit hotel taxes.We now join a growing number of states — including Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, South Carolina, Oregon and more than 150 municipalities globally — where Airbnb is voluntarily collecting and remitting taxes on behalf of hosts and guests.This agreement is expected to generate nearly $1 million in new revenue for the commonwealth to help fund vital state services.center_img June 17, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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Indian Premier League IPL 2019: Chris Lynn fifty, Sunil Narine flatten Rajasthan Royals

first_imgChris Lynn smashed his seventh fifty in the Indian Premier League.Harry Gurney picked up two wickets on his debut.Kolkata Knight Riders have gone to the top of the table in IPL 2019. New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals scored 28 runs in the powerplay. Kolkata Knight Riders blasted 65 in the first six overs thanks to Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine. The contrast in the powerplays, highlighted by Rajasthan Royals’ insipid display against spin contrasting with Kolkata Knight Riders’ aggressive intent, made the difference. Steve Smith smashed 73* but Lynn’s blazing 7th fifty off 32 balls and 91-run opening stand with Narine helped Dinesh Karthik’s side register a facile eight-wicket win over Ajinkya Rahane’s Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur on Sunday. With this win, Kolkata Knight Riders went to the top of the table but Rajasthan Royals’ display in their home turf will already worry the franchise as they are second from bottom.On a pitch that assisted the spinners, Rajasthan Royals never got going against the likes of Narine, Piyush Chawla and surprisingly, Harry Gurney, who was included in the Kolkata Knight Riders side in place of Lockie Ferguson. Karthik won the toss and chose to bowl and he was immediately rewarded when Prasidh Krishna struck with his first ball and removed Rahane for 4. Jos Buttler got going with three boundaries but Kolkata Knight Riders dried the boundaries up in the next four overs, with Narine and Chawla not giving away easy runs. highlights Buttler and Smith tried to find the boundary but at the half-way stage, the run-rate was below six. The introduction of left-arm pacer Gurney increased Rajasthan Royals’ woes with the England pacer expertly cutting down on the pace and getting the ball to grip on this wicket. Buttler launched a six off Gurney but the in the next ball, he miscued the lofted shot and was out for 37.Smith held firm and notched up his fifty with a couple of boundaries off Krishna but when Gurney sent back Rahul Tripathi (6), Rajasthan Royals lost momentum. Ben Stokes swung and miss and failed to back-up Smith, who tried to attack by hammering Narine over deep midwicket for a six. Stokes struggled for 14 balls and managed just seven runs as Rajasthan Royals managed just 36 runs in the last five overs to reach 139/3.In response, Narine and Lynn capitalised on the powerplay. The left-hander pummeled Krishnappa Gowtham for four boundaries and a six in one over and the 22-run overlaid the platform for Kolkata Knight Riders to dictate terms to the opposition. They were also aided by some good fortune in the fourth over bowled by Dhawal Kulkarni. Narine was deceived by a slower ball from Kulkarni and he chipped it to the leg side only for Tripathi to drop the catch. Next ball, Kulkarni got a ball to jag back in and Lynn was beaten. The ball hit the stump, the bail lit up but was not dislodged. With luck not going Rajasthan Royals’ way, Kolkata Knight Riders took the attack to the bowlers.Narine and Lynn regularly found the boundaries and did not allow the run-rate to dip below 10. The West Indies all-rounder looked set for another aggressive fifty but he edged a googly from Shreyas Gopal to be out caught for 47.Lynn reached his fifty but on the next ball, he was out caught at deep backward square leg by Gopal. It made no difference to the ultimate result as Robin Uthappa slammed two sixes and the end came via a wide from Stokes. It was an anti-climatic end to a dominant performance, a performance that has enabled the side to go on top. Kolkata Knight Riders managed to win this without Andre Russell’s contribution and that will boost their confidence even higher. For Rajasthan Royals, their performance in their ‘fortress’ has raised a lot of uncomfortable questions. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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76ers still sound unsure how to expand Ben Simmons’ game

first_imgSimmons has been criticized by those within and outside the Philadelphia organization for not evolving his game to include long-range shooting, which continues to be his singular but glaring weakness.He played well against the Thunder following Brown’s public message, scoring 17 points, grabbing 15 boards and dishing eight assists. The effort kept him on an All-Star trajectory.But Simmons did not attempt a 3-pointer in Monday night’s game. Before the contest, Brown shouldered blame for the lack of jumpers by Simmons but did not provide a plan to correct course.”Evidently I have failed, and it’s something that we’re all mindful of, and this is one of these things that is never gonna go away,” Brown told reporters. “The attention this has received is remarkable. But I guess I helped fuel it, and I own it. I’ve got to help him find this, and most importantly, he has to help himself.”#Sixers coach Brett Brown responds to Ben Simmons not shooting a three-pointer per game after Brown suggested in a post-game press conference last month that he do so: pic.twitter.com/1tI2uExTRI— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) January 6, 2020MORE: Bleakest NBA franchises Brett Brown has said on multiple occasions he wants Ben Simmons to shoot regularly from behind the arc. Simmons has attempted five 3-pointers this season.The apparent disconnect between the 76ers coach and skilled ball handler looms over an otherwise successful team. Philadelphia improved to 24-14 with its 120-113 win over the Thunder on Monday night.last_img read more