Outdoor Updates: North Carolina Zoo’s Beloved Grizzly Bear Yepani Passes Away

first_imgLasher continued, “I count myself privileged to have been part of his life, and I of his, for the last 25 years.” “Millions of Zoo guests over the years were able to connect with Yepani,” said Animal Management Supervisor Chris Lasher, who started working at the Zoo the same year Yepani came. “He participated in his own care and was usually the first to learn new tasks the keepers asked of him. Over the years he allowed keepers to brush his teeth, listen to his heart, give him vaccines and take his blood because of the strong relationships with his keepers.”  Yepani arrived at the Zoo in November 1994 from the Woodland Park Zoo in Oregon. He originally was a “nuisance bear” from Yellowstone National Park. Another bear from Yellowstone named Tommo also came to live at the Zoo because of similar circumstances a few months later. Yepani started stealing coolers and backpacks from campsites in Yellowstone to get food. With a keen sense of smell, bears will damage property in search of food or become aggressive toward people. Nuisance bears have lost their fear of humans because they start to associate people as suppliers of food. This happens when people don’t properly secure their food while out in the bear territories in the wilderness (camping, RVing, hiking). As a result, bears start to pose a threat to human safety in outdoor recreation areas. He was the first grizzly bear to call the North Carolina Zoo home. The name Yepani means “Autumn” in the Native American Shoshone dialect because of the time of year he arrived at the Zoo. Unfortunately, bears like Yepani usually end up being euthanized because of this human-bear conflict. In Yepani’s case, the Zoo was able to provide a good home to allow him to live a long and healthy life.  To learn how to curb creating nuisance bears, please visit www.bearwise.org ASHEBORO, N.C. – Sept. 19, 2019 –  Yepani, a grizzly bear who has lived at the North Carolina Zoo for 25 years and was known for his gentle and patient personality, died Wednesday, Sept. 18. “Yepani started experiencing clinical symptoms of intervertebral disk disease (IVDD) late last week,” said Director of Animal Health Dr. Jb Minter.  “Intervertebral disk disease, often referred to as a herniated, slipped or ruptured disk is commonly seen in some of our domestic pets. The rapid progression of this disease severely diminished his quality of life, and the difficult decision to humanely euthanize Yepani was made Wednesday morning.  A necropsy (animal autopsy) was performed this afternoon confirming the suspicion of IVDD.“ Alexis Rowe, one of his zookeepers, has fond memories of him. “Yepani was smaller than Tommo but was definitely mightier. Because of his smaller size, the staff gave him nicknames including ‘Little Bear,’ ‘Teacup Bear’ and ‘Rollie Pollie.’ He loved to roll in fresh mulch and other natural materials laid out in his habitat.”  Male grizzlies in the wild live about 10-11 years and can weigh 400-700 pounds (Yepani weighed 400 pounds). They can also reach speeds of 30 mph for short distances. The fact that Yepani lived for an estimated 28 years is a testament to the great care he received through the years. Photo credit Valerie Abbott/North Carolina Zoo. Image free to use in print, broadcast and online. Once prevalent throughout western North America, there are currently about 55,000 wild grizzly bears in North America, most of which live in Alaska. Approximately 1,500 Grizzlies inhabit the lower 48 states of the U.S. “Grizzly bears are such an iconic North American species,” said Pat Simmons, director of the Zoo. “Yepani was a wonderful, and important, ambassador for the plight of bears in the wild and will not be forgotten.” The Zoo’s other grizzly bear Tommo is estimated to be 29 years old and weighs around 650 pounds. Zoo guests can continue to see him on habitat at the Zoo. Tommo means “Winter” in Native American Paiute for the season he arrived.last_img read more

Hit and run driver kills two Police Machine female players, NFF mourns

first_imgRelatedPosts Akwa Ibom indigene sends SOS to DG DSS Businessman drags EFCC to court, demands N20m damages for rights violation Electoral malpractice: Three varsity dons indicted, three INEC officials sacked The Nigeria Football Federation says it is deeply saddened by the death on Tuesday night of two players of Nigeria Women Professional League club, Police Machine Female FC, who were killed by a hit-and-run Jeep driver that ran into about five persons in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.The NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, stated the football houses’s position in a statement on Wednesday.Sanusi said: “It is with deep shock and sense of immense loss that we received the tragic news of the death of the players. It is a very, very sad situation for such young ladies to be cut down in their prime in such manner.“This is a tragedy of immense proportions. We are much grieved. Our hearts go out to the families of the players, Police Machine FC, the Nigeria Women Football League and the entire Nigerian Football family. We pray that Almighty God will grant the departed players eternal rest and also comfort those they have left behind.”Reports said the ladies, Aniebet Ekong and Glory Saturday, were crushed by the vehicle as they left their team’s evening training session, with the team due to travel to Lokoja to participate in the Nigeria Women Premier League play-off competition.Another player who was hit by the trailer driver is said to be receiving treatment at a hospital in the Akwa Ibom State capital.Tags: Akwa Ibom StateNFFPolice Machinelast_img read more

‘Are you scared of losing sponsors or followers?’ – Kevin-Prince Boateng slams sports stars’ silence on racism

first_imgGhanaian footballer, Kevin-Prince Boateng has accused the world’s leading athletes of failing to contribute enough to the fight against racism in sports.Boateng, a victim of racist abuse himself while playing in Italy, believes that players of colour who are subjected to racist chants get nowhere near the support needed from their colleagues to create a significant shift.Speaking of his appreciation for the global outrage to the killing of an African-American, George Floyd, after an officer kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes, Boateng called for similar outspokenness from stars on issues of racism in football and other sports.“I’m happy to see everyone posting Black screens in support of the black community over the latest events of racial injustice. But why are we so scared to speak out when racism has been going on for many years and is the very cancer that is eating our sports world?” Boateng said in a statement posted on Twitter. He questioned whether “white sports stars” with massive social media presence and platforms refused to speak out strongly and publicly against racism because they were afraid of losing sponsorships or followers.“Over the years we’ve seen people of colour in the sports world, myself included, being abused by fans but white players are unable to come out publicly to support people who suffer this abuse. Are people just scared to lose endorsements or followers?” Boateng quizzed.Kevin-Prince Boateng noted the worldwide fervour that had accompanied the stay-at-home social media trends and challenges, that various players engaged in during the COVID-19 lockdown and joked that maybe more footballers would speak out if a “Speak Up challenge” was created.Kevin-Prince Boateng walks off during a match for AC Milan after racist abuse“During the past weeks of worldwide quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic, everyone was comfortable with doing social media challenges and live videos. It was beautiful to see how we were all one big happy family of the human race… Maybe we should start a #SpeakupChallenge,” Boateng saidHe urged all sports stars to join the fight against racism, as only a collective effort would make a difference.Boateng has been a long-time anti-racism campaigner but has often expressed his frustration with the lack of effort being put into ensuring it’s dealt with.Last November, after Mario Balotelli suffered racist abuse from Verona fans, Boateng tweeted a video of the infamous incident in 2013 when he grabbed the ball, kicked it into the stands and walked off the pitch after he was abused while playing for AC Milan, in a friendly match against lower league side, Pro Patria.“6 years later NOTHING has changed but we don’t give up! Let’s keep fighting ALL TOGETHER against racism!,” he tweeted.The incident came under a global spotlight with criticism levelled at Italian football authorities for failing to curb rampant racism in the Serie A and the country’s lower divisions.In a bid to address the matter, FIFA, which has itself come up for a lot of flak for not putting stricter measures in place to deal with racism set up a taskforce.However seven years down the line, racism remains a major issue across Europe and particularly in Italian football.6 years later NOTHING has changed but we don’t give up! Let’s keep fighting ALL TOGHETER against racism! #NOTORACISM #prince10 #handmade pic.twitter.com/fXil7X2U3f— Kevin-Prince Boateng (@KPBofficial) November 4, 2019last_img read more

Watch: PSG fans abusing unprofessional Neymar in their opening Ligue 1 match

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/AFPAdvertisement zNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9cweWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eggak( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6qowoWould you ever consider trying this?😱v1Can your students do this? 🌚ne54Roller skating! Powered by Firework Neymar Jr, the Paris Saint Germain wantaway who’s several attempts to secure an exit from France have went futile this window. Now, the fans have started chanting slangs against the Brazilian, along with banners, asking the player to get out.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/AFPWhile the forward has been desperate to move away from France, the Parisians supporters had grown a serious distaste for their club starman, which expressed during PSG’s season opening match at Parc des Princes today.Even though Neymar did not start the match, the stands were rallying with slogans such as “Neymar, hijo da puta” which means in English: “Neymar, you son of a b***h”.Advertisement Football HQ uploaded a footage on their Twitter. Check it out below-PSG fans are chanting: “Neymar, hijo da puta” which translates to “Neymar, you son of a bitch” in their first game of the season tonight.pic.twitter.com/DABnvEPBV9Advertisement — Football HQ (@FootbaII_HQ) August 11, 2019Hoardings were also seen in the stands, which read: “Neymar, buzz off!”The 27 year old has tried all sorts of methods to get a transfer to Spain, from WhatsApp texts such as “Take me back to Barça” and “Don’t worry, I am coming” to his father and former Barça teammates, to a direct approach to PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi regarding his dislike for the Ligue 1 atmosphere.According to reports from Sunday Times suggested that Neymar recently asked Lionel Messi to persuade the Catalan club to attempt a move for him. However, the forward is yet to receive an offer.The match was won smoothly by PSG, as Edinson Cavani opened up the scoresheet from the spot in the first half, and Kylian Mbappé and Ángel Di María netted two goals in the second half. The final score was 3-0. Advertisementlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week —Nelson Innkeepers

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the celebration by selecting the Innkeepers Team of the Week.The Innkeepers team includes, Chris Parenteau, Mike Parenteau, Mike Balance, coach/manager Kerry Dyck, Danny Santano, Blair Day, Ryan Lewis, Kevin Lewis, Cole Thompson,Kelvin Opiyo, Oriano Di Ruscio, Paul Anderson and keeper Mike Precious. The Nelson Innkeepers made back to the top of the Leo’s Men’s Open Soccer League by stopping city rival Kootenay Co-op 4-0 recently on Championship Weekend of City Soccer at Lakeside Pitch.The score — 1-0 at halftime — was a surprise to many as the Innkeepers and Kootenay Co-op played very close games throughout the roundball campaign, with the Innkeepers claiming the regular season title on the final day of the season.last_img read more

Friesen sparks Wranglers past Nitros in KIJHL Championship opener

first_imgThe hosts outshot the Wranglers 11-3 in the frame.Kimberley maintain the lead until Friesen set up Kolby Page with the game-tying marker in the third period.100 Mile House kept up the pressure, out shooting the Nitros 10-6 in the period, until Friesen beat Tyson Brouwer for the winnner.100 Mile House, defeating Summerland Steam to advance to the KIJHL final,  held a 27-23 shots advantage in the game.The series shifts to 100 Mile House for Games three and four of the series Tuesday and Wednesday. The road back to the top of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League hit a pothole for defending champion Kimberley Dynamiters Saturday in the Bavarian City.Ryan Friesen scored the game-winner with six minutes remaining in the game to spark the 100 Mile House Wranglers to a 2-1 win over the Dynamiters in Game one of the League Championship series.The Wranglers now secured home-ice advantage as the team prepare for Game two of the best-of-seven series Sunday in Kimberley.Kimberley opened the scoring in the game as Jordan Busch scored a power play marker with assists by Sawyer Hunt and Jared Marchi seven minutes into the first period.last_img read more

PH’s Carlo Biado falls to German foe in World 9-Ball final

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Biado, Chua hurdle foes in 9-ball doubles opener PLAY LIST 00:42SEA Games: PH’s Biado, Chua hurdle foes in 9-ball doubles opener03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 View comments LOOK: Go USTe! Former Tigresses, ex-coach in one photo No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Carlo Biado during the WPA World 9-Ball competition. Photo from @WPAPoolFilipino bet Carlo Biado failed to defend his crown after bowing to Germany’s Joshua Filler, 13-10, in final of the 2018 World 9-Ball Championship in Doha, Qatar late Thursday.The La Union native ran out of steam as the 21-year-old Filler scored six straight racks to take over the lead for good, 11-7, in the championship match at Al Arabi Sports Club.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Biado managed to get within one, 11-10, but a scratch in the ensuing rack doomed his bid for a back-to-back crown.He settled for a runner-up prize of $20,000 while Filler savored his first World 9-ball crown and $40,000.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 ChrissBiado, though, was still satisfied with his performance in the tournament, especially being the final for the second year in a row.“I played well but the table was a bit bouncy and I was getting frustrated,” Biado told wpa-pool.com. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I was thinking too much about the table and it kind of affected me. But overall I’m ok with how I played. I only made two or three mistakes and my play was very good.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

LiHCON Wants 40% of Health Budget Directed to RMNCAH+N

first_imgLiHCON wants 40 percent of national health budget directed to the Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH+N) casesMrs. Joyce K. Jarwolo, Executive Director of the Liberia Health Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Network (LiHCON), has called on the government to allocate more budgetary support to the health sector, ensuring that at least 40 percent of said fund be directed to the Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH+N) cases.Mrs. Jarwolo, who spoke at a news conference in Monrovia on April 10, 2019, said the comparative advantage of Global Financing Facility (GFF) lies in its investment case for RMNCAH+N, which goes beyond specific interventions, and disease-specific approaches to help countries build resilient primary healthcare services and systems.She said the aim of the spotlight is to actively engage in the GFF process, and monitor its performance, while at the same time advocating for increased budgetary allotment for better health service with focus on RMNCAH+N.The GFF is a country-driven partnership that aims to prevent RMNCAH+N deaths and improve the health and quality of women, adolescents and children’s lives.She informed reporters that the GFF process will help the government and partners to focus on results that would tackle whatever the bottlenecks to achieve impact critical to Universal Health Coverage (UHC).LiHCON has the membership of 20 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are promoting accountability and transparency in the implementation of RMNCAH+N with support from the Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN) based in Abuja, Nigeria.LiHCON works to enhance civil society engagement on the G FF for RMNCAH+N.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

OGC implements Noise Control Guidelines

first_imgThe Oil and Gas Commission has implemented Noise Control Guidelines. The guidelines suggest noise control measures and limits for all operations, production facilities and gas processing plants under the Commission’s jurisdiction. Steve Simon leader of the Corporate Affairs Division at the OGC says the noise levels shouldn’t be any louder than a normal living room. [asset|aid=1117|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=972d53a89590522356e4f3a93ba30959-Steve – 1_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -The BC Noise Control Best Practices Guideline is the first edition in BC and provides interim requirements until formal regulation is in place. The OGC will target production facilities and gas processing plants, and, more specifically, compressor, process cooler, pump and electrical generator installations. Steve says that the OGC will require each facility to follow these rules. [asset|aid=1118|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=972d53a89590522356e4f3a93ba30959-Steve -2_1_Pub.mp3] The OGC also states that Operators should communicate existing noise levels to any landowners, residents or developers proposing dwellings near a facility.last_img read more


first_imgIN an historic week for the State, Donegal may have struggled to shout loudest about a special county event today – but thousands attended Donegal Live in Dublin.More than 20,000 in fact are thought to have been at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin for the festival which is aimed at promoting the county.Earlier this month a similar event in  Glasgow attracted 20,000 people. Up to 20 tourism sectors were represented at the Donegal Live event today which ended at teatime and included dancing, concerts, singing, poetry readings – and even a falconry display!The tourism promotional event is created and funded by a number of organisations including the Donegal Association in Dublin, Donegal Tourism Ltd., Failte Ireland North West, and Donegal County Council.Martina Bromley from Failte Ireland North West, hailed the event another success – following on from last year’s first Donegal Live in the capital.Events included concerts and exhibitions – all showing off our best hotels and culture. THOUSANDS ATTEND DONEGAL LIVE IN DUBLIN was last modified: May 23rd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal live in Dublindonegaldaily.comIveagh Gardenslast_img read more