Bali sea turtles set free after poacher arrests

first_imgTopics : “Hopefully these 25 turtles will survive so that they can lay their eggs again,” said Bali conservation agency chief Agus Budi Santosa, adding that 11 others rescued at the time would be freed later.The turtles, which can grow to more than a meter (three feet) in length and weigh upwards of 300 kilograms (700 pounds), are under threat due to poaching and habitat destruction.Their eggs are considered a delicacy and they are also slaughtered for their meat, skin and shells. Around two dozen green turtles were released back to the wild in Bali on Wednesday after the endangered creatures were rescued from poachers on the Indonesian holiday island.Marine officials carefully guided the giant reptiles as they thrashed their flippers in the sand to propel themselves toward the water. The turtles were among 36 seized after a raid last month that saw the arrest of several suspected traffickers — who could face five years behind bars if convicted under Indonesia’s wildlife protection laws.last_img read more

BLOG: Three Major Challenges Facing Older Cities and How We Can Help

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 10, 2016 BLOG: Three Major Challenges Facing Older Cities and How We Can Help Infrastructure,  Innovation,  The Blog Helping older cities address their challenges isn’t just a city challenge; it’s a commonwealth challenge. That’s because the challenges older cities face are challenges for all Pennsylvanians. All of us need our cities to succeed and flourish.Let me start with a little background. Up until a few years ago when I entered a career in politics, I was a business owner in York, PA. As a business owner in York, I had a big interest in seeing York succeed. I was involved in a number of York-centered civic organization. Most prominent among them was Better York, a CEO organization devoted to the revitalization of the city of York. The members represented different sectors of the economy, but we were united in the belief that our region could not survive a declining and decaying city at its heart. And that’s exactly what York was doing – declining.Like every other third class city in Pennsylvania, York was struggling. Its struggles looked a lot like the struggles other Pennsylvania cities were facing. But why was York struggling?The problems with urban areas stem from failures in the broader society in which those cities operate. First, cities are constantly assaulted by policies that hamstring them. Second, cities suffer from social imperfections. And finally, our older cities suffer from a lack of imagination.First of all, the public policy environment in a place like Pennsylvania is not at all kind to cities.One strong example of this is our public education system in Pennsylvania. It is an unfortunate truth that Pennsylvania’s public education system relies on local funding for its existence.This means that for the most part, education funding is most generous to America’s most prosperous communities and of course least generous to its least prosperous citizens. The greater your school’s challenges, the less funding we give you.The commonwealth ranks 45th in the nation in terms of the state’s share (%) of funding for basic education. This, combined with the small sizes of Pennsylvania’s school districts leads to very large fiscal disparities between school districts. Poorer school districts get far less than we need them to get. As a result, children in these poorer school districts get less of an education than we need them to get and as a result, the areas of concentrated poverty have schools with fewer resources and higher taxes.We could do a lot to level the tax playing field by making the funding of public education fairer. And we could accomplish this simply by having the commonwealth pick up a bigger share of the funding burden from the local levels. All local municipalities would benefit from this change. Cities would benefit the most.Second, social pathologies have harmed cities.There is a clear pattern of racial segregation in the sprawling pattern of metropolitan growth. For example, in 1990, the African American population of the York metro region was 2.9% of the total population and almost 82% of them live in the city of York.By almost any statistical measure, this made York one of the most segregated metro areas in the nation. As a consequence, to be poor and a person of color was very different than being poor and white in the York metro region. That’s because white poverty is evenly distributed throughout the region. Six out of seven poor white families send their kids to middle-class schools. By contrast two out of three African American and Hispanic children go to schools where the poverty rate is above 60%. This pattern does not appear to be random. Race does still play a role in shaping living and migration patterns in America. And it has led to patterns of metropolitan growth that has had a negative effect on the economies of cities.Finally, urban areas face a challenge of imagination.Too many Americans have come to feel that cities are a bad bet, a throwback to a different era. The goal of the typical American is to inhabit the suburban space. So pervasive is this idea that it has come to be regarded as fact. The form of the city remains relevant today.My wife and I rent an apartment in Philadelphia and it’s liberating that we can walk – not drive – out of our apartment and find a restaurant, supermarket, retail store, museum, theater, or a nice park within a short walk. No suburb offers that kind of convenience. Nor do most suburbs offer the diversity of population, experiences, or opportunity that most cities can offer.So what do we do to improve the lot of cities given these challenges?Here are my suggestions of policies we should consider:Regional land use planningZoning ordinances and planning codes that allow mixed use, high density communitiesUrban growth boundaries like Portland, OregonInclusive zoning like Montgomery County, MarylandChange public infrastructure investment strategy to promote redevelopment of old settlementsStrike a better balance between highway and mass transit fundingConsolidate and restore old industrial sites for redevelopmentReform local tax policies starting with the state taking a bigger share of funding for public educationIn the end, the struggle for our cities will depend on the outcome of the competition between suburbs and cities. The outcome will largely be determined by the extent to which that competition is a fair one.center_img By: Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Albert Pujols homers twice to tie Ken Griffey Jr., David Fletcher gets his first as Angels clobber Mariners

first_imgPreviousA fan wearing traditional Japanese kimono walks through the seats before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Angels’ David Fletcher rounds the bases after hitting his first career home run during the first inning of Thursday’s game against the Mariners at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Angels’ David Fletcher, center, is congratulated by teammates after hitting his first career home run during the first inning of Thursday’s game against the Mariners. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsAngels manager Mike Scioscia and teammates Ian Kinsler (3) and Albert Pujols (5) congratulate David Fletcher as he returns to the dugout after hitting his first career home run during the first nning of Thursday’s game against the Mariners at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager connects with an RBI single during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon, right, slides into home to score on a single by Kyle Seager as Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado waits for the throw during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon scores on a single by Kyle Seager during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 12: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a two-run homerun during the first inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a two-run home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 12: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim watches his two-run homerun during the first inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols watches the flight of his two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 12: James Paxton #65 of the Seattle Mariners looks on after allowing a two-run homerun to Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the first inning of a game at Angel Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates his two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners catcher David Freitas, right, adjusts his mask as Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, center, celebrates his two-run home run with Mike Trout during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton, left, and a trainer walk off the field after he was removed during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz heads back to the dugout after striking out during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)A single hit by Seattle Mariners’ Ryon Healy flies past Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Fletcher during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)A single hit by Seattle Mariners’ Ryon Healy flies past Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Fletcher during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners’ Denard Span takes off his helmet after he grounded out during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 12: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches during the first inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, bottom, steals second base as Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon catches the throw during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton comes around after hitting a three-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, center, celebrates his three-run home run with Mike Trout as Seattle Mariners catcher David Freitas stands near the plate during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols rounds the bases past Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager after hitting a home run, his second homer of the night, during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 12: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after hitting a single during the fifth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 12: Kole Calhoun #56 and Mike Trout #27 congratulate Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at the dugout after his solo homerun during the sixth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, left, celebrates his second home run of the night with Mike Trout during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, left, celebrates his second home run of the game with Mike Trout during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager reacts after striking out during the eighth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, of Japan, and Mike Trout celebrate the team’s 11-2 win against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)A fan wearing traditional Japanese kimono walks through the seats before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Angels’ David Fletcher rounds the bases after hitting his first career home run during the first inning of Thursday’s game against the Mariners at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 33The Angels’ David Fletcher rounds the bases after hitting his first career home run during the first inning of Thursday’s game against the Mariners at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandANAHEIM — The first home run ball of David Fletcher’s career was sealed in a clear plastic bag in his locker Thursday night. If he had any immediate plans for where the ball would go, Fletcher was not willing to share them with the media.Fletcher, a shy 24-year-old rookie from Cypress High, grinned sheepishly when it was suggested that he needed only 629 more homers to catch his most prolific teammate. Across the Angels’ clubhouse, Albert Pujols waxed about the friendship he formed with Ken Griffey Jr., whose 630 home runs are now tied for sixth place on baseball’s all-time list.Time and again, the Angels’ 2018 season has celebrated the old and the young, with surprisingly little assurance of team success in between. Their 11-2 thumping of the Seattle Mariners was the latest example.Pujols hit two home runs and collected three hits, tying him for 25th all-time with Rickey Henderson – another former opponent now in the Hall of Fame – with 3,055 for his career. Justin Upton hit a three-run home run, his 18th of the season. Tyler Skaggs continued the best streak of pitching in his career, allowing one run over six innings. Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Their reward: a small step closer to the Mariners (58-36), whose lead in the American League wild-card standings is now 10 games over the Angels (48-46).On the same day Garrett Richards was lost for the remainder of the season, two quick home runs by Pujols and Fletcher roughed up Mariners starter James Paxton before a bad back knocked Paxton out for good.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Listed at 5-foot-10, Fletcher had never hit more than three home runs in three professional seasons prior to 2018. But he had six homers at Triple-A Salt Lake before earning his first major league call-up in June.“I’m not a home run hitter but every now and then I’ll run into one,” Fletcher said. “I think I made a big jump this year with some swing adjustments.”Paxton (8-4) lost a start at Angel Stadium for the first time since April 2015. The Mariners left-hander owned a 2.07 earned-run average in 11 prior starts against the Angels. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 But he lasted just five batters before a trainer escorted him off the mound with what the Mariners described as “low back tightness.” Paxton was charged with three runs in two-thirds of an inning.Just like that, the remaining eight innings were bushwhacked into an unobstructed path to victory.Pujols finished 3 for 3 with a walk, the first time this season he’s reached base four times. The last of his three hits: a no-doubt, 419-foot home run to left field in the sixth inning against Nick Rumbelow.Ian Kinsler also had three hits for the Angels. Fletcher and Upton each had two of the Angels’ 15 hits against Paxton and six relievers. Former Angels infielder Andrew Romine mopped up the final inning, his fifth career pitching appearance, and allowed two runs.Skaggs (7-5) rebounded nicely from an early error. Dee Gordon began the game with a chopper toward first base, went to second base when Skaggs scooped an underhand throw to no one in particular and scored on an RBI single by Kyle Seager.Skaggs threw 26 pitches in the extended first inning but limited the damage to one run. Over the next five innings, the left-hander faced two batters above the minimum before turning the game over to the bullpen. He walked one batter while striking out five and scattering five hits, all singles.Skaggs was 3-4 with a 3.60 earned-run average on May 28. In six starts since, he hasn’t allowed a home run, going 4-1 with a 0.95 ERA.“This is the best I’ve ever thrown the ball in my whole career,” he said.Right-hander Noe Ramirez pitched a scoreless seventh inning. The last batter he faced, Gordon, hit a laser ground ball back to the mound that left a bulbous bruise on Ramirez’s right calf. Ramirez said Manager Mike Scioscia planned to remove him at that point anyway, but he was limping after the game. His next outing might have to wait at least a day.Right-hander Oliver Drake allowed one run over the final two innings for the Angels, who visit the Dodgers for a three-game interleague series beginning Friday night.With an announced crowd of 44,027 for a Shohei Ohtani bobblehead giveaway, Ohtani did not appear in the game. Scioscia preferred Jefry Marte at first base, and Pujols as his designated hitter, with the left-handed Paxton starting the game. Despite Paxton’s quick exit, Ohtani remained on the bench.Even without their rookie sensation, the Angels had plenty to celebrate. Pujols and Griffey were opponents for seven and a half seasons in the National League Central, when Pujols played for the St. Louis Cardinals and Griffey was with the Cincinnati Reds.Related Articles “Griffey was everybody’s hero growing up,” he said. “As a little boy, even though I was a right-hander, everybody wanted to have that sweet swing.”Pujols could only smile as he spoke about Fletcher’s home run, a 393-foot shot against a genuine ace. Pujols’ first victim was Armando Reynoso, whose greatest claim to fame might be his role as Pujols’ first victim.“Since we called him up, he’s been really our spark in our lineup. He’s really done a great job,” Pujols said of Fletcher. “Not just any pitcher. Paxton’s really tough against anybody in the league. That’s really special. I’m really happy for him.”When Ohtani hit his first career home run in April, the Angels gave him the “silent treatment” – an oft-repeated tradition of ignoring a player in the dugout after his first career home run. By contrast, Fletcher was greeted warmly.“We don’t know how many more Fletch is going to hit,” Scioscia said. “He’s a little guy. We knew Shohei’s going to hit a lot. We don’t know where Fletch’s next one is going to be, so we better celebrate it.“That’s Ian Kinsler, not me, talking.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more