MONTREAL – More anti-migrant banners have popped up in Quebec, this time in Montreal where many asylum seekers are being temporarily housed.The banners were posted at various sites either late Sunday or early Monday, including at the Olympic Stadium, where several hundred people who filtered across the border illegally are staying in a makeshift shelter.Far-right group Atalante Quebec claimed responsibility on Facebook, posting photos of masked members in front of about 10 banners they say were displayed early Monday.Similar banners carrying the word #REMIGRATION appeared earlier this month in Quebec City, including one on an overpass on a busy thoroughfare.Olympic Stadium spokesman Cedric Essiminy said today that security guards snapped some photos of a banner before taking it down early Monday.Montreal police Const. Manuel Couture says the hate-crimes unit will investigate to see if a crime was committed.Couture says police will also check with their Quebec City counterparts.Thousands of people seeking asylum have entered Quebec through illegal crossing points over the past several weeks, fuelling heated political debate in the province.According to the RCMP, at least 3,800 crossed in such fashion in the first two weeks of August alone.On Sunday, a right-wing group called La Meute held a demonstration to denounce the immigration policies of the federal and Quebec governments.Before the march, Quebec City police clashed with a contingent of counter-protesters who were there to demonstrate against La Meute.
Casablanca – Prince Moulay Hicham has seemingly lured the eyes of curious citizens into his life. A French citizen originally from the Maghreb was recently arrested in Paris for stalking him.A French citizen, Merzak Stephan, was recently arrested at Paris-Orly Airport for stalking Prince Moulay Hicham, according to the news website Alfapost. During a police interrogation, the suspect admitted that he worked for two Moroccans who had asked him to watch over the Prince.The Prince was checking in at the Royal Air Maroc’s office in Paris-Orly Airport when some employees noticed that three people were stalking the Prince, according to Alfapost. The French police arrested only one of the three stalkers, while the other two managed to flee. The arrested suspect subsequently admitted to working for two Moroccans who had assigned him the mission of stalking the Prince in Paris.According to the same source, the suspect told the police that he did not know the person he was stalking was a Moroccan prince until he was arrested.The police found pictures of Prince Moulay Hicham in the suspect’s phone and discovered that the suspect had criminal records. After checking surveillance cameras in shops nearby the hotel where the Prince was staying, the police discovered that the three suspects were stalking the Prince and taking pictures of his every move. The police are still unsure why the three suspects were stalking Prince Moulay Hicham. The identities of the Moroccans who sent these stalkers remain unknown.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
The price of Diesel has been increased by Rs. 4 per litre and Super Diesel by Rs. 8 per litre.Lanka Indian Oil (LIOC) said that it was also increasing the price of fuel. (Colombo Gazette) Fuel prices have been increased with effect from midnight tonight (Monday), the Ministry of Finance said.Accordingly the price of Petrol Octane 92 has been increased by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation by Rs. 6 per litre and Petrol Octane 95 by Rs. 5 per litre.
WASHINGTON — The Congressional Budget Office is upping its projections for this year’s federal deficit by $63 billion and increasing its forecast for deficits over the next decade by $809 billion.The nonpartisan office projects the deficit will exceed $1 trillion beginning next year.The office says its projections on both fronts stem mostly from recently enacted legislation that lifted the nation’s debt limit and reversed scheduled 10% cuts to defence and nondefense programs.The Associated Press
“Adversaries of the peace process have not renounced the use of violence as an instrument to destabilize the Government and prevent the consolidation of peace,” the Secretary-General notes in a report released today at UN Headquarters in New York. “They are actively trying to take advantage of popular frustration with the pace of reconstruction, continued insecurity, and abuses by the local commanders which have re-emerged in the wake of the fall of the Taliban.” The report documents the activities of local militias which prevent civilian administrators from fulfilling their tasks, extort tribute from farmers and businessmen and engage in factional fighting which displaces the local population and creates an environment where human rights are easily abused. Noting that the creation of national security forces and the strengthening of the justice system are key to the restoration of law and order, Mr. Annan stresses that the success of these endeavours “depends first and foremost on the commitment of the major factions that have established a military presence extending over various parts of the country.” At the same time, he points out that “the restoration of security also depends on international assistance,” and urges donors to make contributions towards that end. Hailing the success of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which operates in and around Kabul, the Secretary-General reiterates his call for ISAF’s expansion beyond the Afghan capital as a relatively simply and cost-effective means of promoting stability. The report also points to other ways to counter instability, including rehabilitation of the war-ravaged country. “The reconstruction of the physical, economic and social infrastructure of Afghanistan is critical to the viability of the peace process,” Mr. Annan says. “The creation of jobs and new economic opportunities is needed to restore hope and confidence within the population at large.” While the Government has achieved much progress since its establishment earlier this year, it remains “very much under-resourced,” the Secretary-General reports, arguing that the total needs of a country recovering from over two decades of conflict, destruction and drought outstrip even the $1.8 billion generously pledged at a donor conference held in January.
If assistance did not come in fast enough, no good governance reforms would take place beyond the recently completed elections, UN Resident Coordinator Stan Nkwain told the daily news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York. Strikes and mutinies would continue, he said, as would insecurity, vulnerability and human suffering.The landlocked country, which shares borders with Cameroon, Chad, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the conflict-torn Darfur region of west Sudan, had lost on average six months of life expectancy every year since 1988 and 1.5 per cent of its per capita gross domestic product (GDP) every year since 1995, while 70 per cent of its population lived on less than a dollar a day.State revenues this year were, for the first time, less than the total needed to pay civil service salaries and the Government was 41 months in arrears with these, so had no personnel available to distribute food, medicines and school materials, improve the broken down health and education infrastructure, or deploy the forces of law and order.On the other hand, the central Government had completed a return to constitutional rule through transparent elections and had started to show its resolve to fight endemic corruption and to strengthen respect for human rights.Through the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) the UN was supporting these processes and the Government deserved a chance from partners and the international community in the form of emergency financial assistance to keep the State open for business and to start reversing the economic chaos it had inherited from a military coup in March 2003.
The National Trust has been criticised by a former charities minister for handing its staff an inflation busting-pay rise – weeks after justifying a large hike in membership fees for millions of members by saying the extra money will be spent on conservation.National Trust workers voted to accept a 4.5 per cent pay offer, described by Prospect, their union, as a “ground-breaking” deal.Prospect said it had also agreed to hold further talks about creating a comprehensive “well-being strategy” for the Trust’s staff. Some 8,270 Trust staff will get a pay rise of up 4.5 per cent.The news came just weeks after the National Trust announced that it would increase fees for its six million members from March 1 by as much as 6.5 per cent, more than twice inflation of 2.5 per cent.Members over the age of 26 now pay £4.20 a year more, as individual membership rose to £69, while family membership went up £5.40 to £120 a year from March 1. At the time of the announcement in January, the Trust issued a long statement justifying the increase by saying it would help to fund its biggest ever programme of conservation repairs, maintenance and improvements. No mention was made of the pay talks.Rob Wilson, a former Tory MP who was Charities minister from 2014 to 2017, said the Trust should have been upfront about the salary talks so members could decide whether to renew.He told The Daily Telegraph: “The reputation of charities is going through a pretty torrid time at the moment, so it is essential they are as transparent as possible to maintain the trust of the public. “When making increases in membership fees, it would be sensible for the sake of openness for the National Trust to declare all significant new costs that are relevant to the rise. “Having received all the information members can then decide whether to renew or not.”Justifying the rise in January, Sharon Pickford, the trust’s membership director, said the money would go “directly into caring for the 300 historic properties, 778 miles of coastline and 250,000 hectares of countryside across England, Wales and Northern Ireland” – and making no mention of the possible pay rise.She added: “We are a charity, we don’t receive any direct Government funding and our conservation costs are increasing. We need help from our members to look after these amazing places. Last year, we spent the equivalent of more than £2 million a week on conservation work.“This included helping to fund big projects such as finishing the 30 year restoration and conservation of Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, the continuing restoration of Knole in Kent and repairing the roof at the Vyne in Hampshire; plus restoring the famous gardens at Stowe in Buckinghamshire and Standen in West Sussex.“But it’s not just the big projects we need to fund; money raised through membership also helps fund improvements to facilities – such as car parks, cafes and delivering a programme of events for visitors.”The National Trust said the total pay reward, costing the charity £7.8million, was “entirely covered through productivity gains as well as commercial operations and retail”.A spokesman said the £12million raised by the March 1 membership fee increase would be “directed towards conservation and visitor experience, in which we will be spending an additional £22m this year”.The 4.5 per cent pay rise for staff was divided into a 2.5 per cent performance relates pay award and a 2 per cent statutory increase.Tina Lewis, Director of People and Legal Services at the National Trust, said that a “bigger proportion” of the pay rise will go on lower paid staff.She added: “To ensure we retain, recruit and reward great employees, we need to pay our people a competitive salary which reflects the current market rates.”
handball peopleNorwayNorwegian handball ← Previous Story Zlatko Horvat stays C.O Zagreb captain until 2015 Next Story → Velux EHF CL 1/4 Final: Berlin in Leon – Kiel wants to win in Zagreb! Norwegian Handball Federation announced significant rise in number of members. More than 2.500 people more play Handball in 2012 than a year before. From 2.1 million of Norwegians in all sports federations, about 108.000 playing Handball. In that number womens consist about 66%, while in all sports, number of girls is about 40%. In Norway exist about 700 teams.
Source: ImgurH/T /r/tilscienceRead: 8 amazing facts that will blow your mind>Read: 9 facts that will definitely cheer you up> THINK YOU KNOW it all?Think again, pal. We promise that today will be the first day you learn these amazing facts.1. House cats and ferocious tigers share 95.6 per cent of DNASequencing the genomes of tigers, snow leopards and lions revealed that they share the majority of their DNA with your household moggie. So be nice to your cat. Rawr, grrr Source: Catmoji2. Bamboo is crazyBamboo isn’t actually a wood. It’s grass. It’s also extremely hardy, and can grow anywhere – meaning it’s found in China, Japan, India, Europe, Africa, Canada and South America. The only place it can’t grow is the Arctic.Another thing? Bamboo has reported growth rates of 250cm (98in) in 24 hours. Source: ImgurOne last bamboo fact: Some bamboo species can be as strong as steel after heat treatment. Bamboo is cray. Source: Imgur3. The colour pink might not actually existThink about the rainbow. There’s no pink light. It’s combined from the two opposite ends of the rainbow – making it really “minus green”. The colour pink could be said to just be wishful thinking on behalf of our eyes and brain. Source: minutephysics4. We have as much hair on our bodies as any furry primateYep. We’re just like the monkeys. Except our hair is short and light. It’s called “vellus hair”. Basically we’re just damn filthy apes.Except apes wouldn’t do this silly stuff to THEIR hair. Source: Imgur5. Mirages can reflect objects from beyond the horizon into the skyThis guy explaining light makes us feel VERY dim. (Geddit?) Source: Sixty Symbols6. The oldest cats on record lived to be 38 and 34Coupled with the fact about them basically being mini tigers, this is slightly worrying for the apathetic cat owners amongst us. Source: The Meta Picture7. The record for fastest temperature change is…Spearfish is a city in the American state of South Dakota. On January 22 in 1943, at about 7.30am, the temperature in Spearfish was around -20 degrees Celsius. The Chinook wind picked up rapidly and two minutes later, the temperature was 7 degrees Celsius (yes, above zero).That’s a change of 27 degrees in two minutes. Yowza.
KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Christmas on Knob Hill displays over 80,000 Christmas lights Posted: December 10, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With over 80,000 lights…”Christmas on Knob Hill” is one of the largest Christmas light displays in San Diego County.Bill Gilfillen starts decorating his house the first week of September and it takes him three months to finish, turning on the magical lights Thanksgiving night.Bill served in the Navy for 23 years and retired as senior chief, then making his way into the uniform supply business for nine years. Bill then became project manager a for cable installation company for the casinos.More than 15,000 people visit Knob Hill every Christmas season and KUSI’S Dave Scott was there with a peak at this year’s display!Located at 1639 Knob Hill Rd., San Marcos, CA 92069 December 10, 2018 Updated: 11:29 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
2 Earlier this month, the company said it’ll prompt European users of its Android operating system to choose their own search engine from 2020, after the European Commission’s determination last year that Google could be hampering consumer choice by demanding that its own apps and services must be the preinstalled, default options on Android phones. This saw Google getting slapped with a record 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) antitrust fine, which it’s appealing.In the US, the Department of Justice last month said it’s opening an antitrust probe into tech giants, including Google parent company Alphabet, to examine their market power.First published at 4:11 a.m. PT.Updated at 6:45 a.m. PT: Adds EC confirmation about the letter. 1:49 Share your voice Google wants to make your job search easier Internet Services Google noted in its own emailed statement that it’s “worked with jobs providers” to improve its search function.”Any provider — from individual employers to job listing platforms — can use this feature in search, and many of them have seen a significant increase in the number of job applications they receive. Since launch, we’ve made a number of changes to address feedback in Europe,” a Google spokesperson wrote.”These changes include testing a new choice carousel at the top of the unit, which links directly to job sites, and linking directly to job offers when they only exist on a single site. Job seekers can decide which result or experience is most relevant for them.” Google’s 2-year-old job search service drew an antitrust complaint in the EU. Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Google faces another antitrust allegation in the European Union — this time focused on its job search service. A group of 23 job search websites sent a letter to EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager saying the search giant abused its dominant position at their expense, according to Reuters.The company launched the service in 2017, and later amped it up by adding information on salary and the ability to search for jobs by location.The rival companies alleged that Google’s putting a large widget for its service at the top of people’s job searches is unfair because it doesn’t have to spend any money marketing the service, while traditional job search companies do. They asked Vestager to temporarily order Google to stop doing this while she looks into its practices, Reuters reported.”We confirm we have received the letter and we will assess it,” a European Commission spokesperson wrote an emailed statement. Comments Now playing: Watch this: The wildest things Google owns (pictures) Tags 33 Photos Antitrust Google
153 million dollars is the huge new settlement for back contract support costs due the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium from the Indian Health Service. The settlement clears up a 15-year backlog of underpayments and was announced on Friday.Download AudioAttorney Lloyd Miller says it’s similar to the recent settlement with Southcentral foundation with one big difference.“What distinguishes it, is that it is the largest settlement in history ever achieved between a tribe or tribal organization and the United States,” he said.The settlement is for a 15 year period, 1999 to 2014. Miller says because the health service contracts to run ANTHC are large, there have also been large liabilities that have accumulated because of the shortage in contract funding.“Because the federal agency, the Indian Health Service has not been paying the full contract amount that was due to operate the hospital and as a result, cuts have been made in some years, new service lines have not been opened as rapidly as they could have been,” Miller said. Revenues from Medicare and Medicaid have suffered because services have not been provided and these are all of the elements that went into the settlement with the Indian Health Service.”Miller has been fighting for tribal contract payments based on U.S. Supreme court decisions in 2005 and 2012. Miller says President Obama has asked Congress for full contract support for tribal contracts going forward. There have been between 300 million and 400 million in IHS tribal settlements in Alaska and nearly 600 million nationally.There are still numerous back claims left to settle both in Alaska and across the nation.ANTHC President Andy Teuber could not be reached for comment.
India will bid to organise the under-20 World Cup in future to go with its hosting of the U-17 World Cup in two years’ time, All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) general secretary Kushal Das said here.“Going forward we will be bidding for the under-20 World Cup, that is a natural progression,” Das said during the Soccerex convention, adding that staging the mega-event in 2017 would lead to an increase in football’s popularity in the country and boost infrastructure. Also Read – A league of his own!The U-20 tournament is held every two years and South Korea will host the 2017 edition. Das again stressed
Also read: Overgrown grass causes dangerous situationThere has also been water leaking through the road for the past month or so.Even though Alfred Duma Local Municipality has been notified about these issues, nothing has come of the complaints. At this time, the municipality is unable to comment on the situation.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite It seems to be a growing trend for our town to be neglected, and Princess Margaret Street is no exception. The result of years of neglect can easily be spotted, say residents.Many residents have complained about the state of the street, yet nothing has been done. This is just one of many areas in Ladysmith falling into a state of disrepair.“It is upsetting to see a lovely place fall into such a state. Not only that, but we have issues commuting and are worried that if it gets any worse, our vehicles may get damaged,” one resident commented.There are potholes, dug-up areas of the road filled with gravel, and cracks in the road with grass and other vegetation growing through the cracks.Also read: Massive potholes create havoc for Ladysmith residents
How do cataracts affect your vision? “If it were up to me I would come down from this stage and would walk again, as I used to before, the streets of San Fernando de Apure,” Chavez told a crowd in the cattle-ranching city located in “Los Llanos,” the sparsely populated plains that spread through most of central Venezuela from the Orinoco River to the Andes.But Henrique Capriles says Chavez should stop weeping for his lack of free time. Instead, he should shed tears for all the Venezuelan mothers who have lost children to violent crime.“Who cries for the mothers who mourn their children killed by the criminal underworld? Or for the families that can’t get food and medicine? Or for those who suffer violence in prison?” Capriles said in a campaign speech in Petare, one of Latin America’s biggest and most dangerous slums.The Justice Ministry says more than 14,000 people were slain last year in Venezuela. The homicide rate is 50 homicides per 100,000 people, one of the highest in the world.Human rights groups say the number of killings inside Venezuela’s prisons spiked this year even as Chavez faces increased pressure to curb the violence in the last month of his campaign for re-election to another six-year term. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Comments Share Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Capriles has pledged to combat crime, which according to polls is a top concern for Venezuelans. He has also vowed to provide people with more jobs and better electricity and water services after years of decaying infrastructure.Many poor families have benefited from Chavez’s social programs funded by the country’s rich oil industry. But Venezuelans still suffer from insecurity, scarcity of some medicines and food products and one of the world’s highest inflation rates.Although Chavez is up in most recent polls, one survey last month put the two candidates roughly even ahead of the Oct. 7 vote.___Luis Andres Henao on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LuisAndresHenao Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Quick workouts for men Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Associated PressCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuela’s opposition candidate in next month’s presidential election criticized President Hugo Chavez on Sunday for crying during a speech and saying he missed having the freedom to roam the country in anonymity.Chavez choked up on Saturday in an emotional speech, where he said he has endured personal sacrifices during the more than 13 years of his political project. He remembered bucolic days before he was president of this nation of 29 million people, when he roamed free through Venezuela’s countryside.
D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments Share Top Stories “A guy like Cam Newton is going to set your organization back minimum three years, and if he ends up being what I think he is it could be five,” he said. “You do not have a team that can carry Cam Newton and that is what will require of him. “He has a limited skill-set from a quarterback position; he has an outstanding skill-set as an athlete.”Hoge is also not a fan of Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert, who is likely to be around when the Cardinals pick. “[Blaine] Gabbert is a second, third round guy at best,” Hoge said, adding that the QB has bad pocket awareness and is too busy looking at the rush instead of downfield at receivers. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The Cardinals may need a quarterback, but neither Merril Hoge nor John Clayton feel the Arizona Cardinals will find one in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.Guests on Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf Thursday, the ESPN analysts agreed on the idea that the Cardinals should look in a different direction with their first round pick.Cam Newton, likely the first QB off the board, is not expected to be around when the Cardinals are on the clock. That’s a good thing, according to Hoge. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Robert Caro reflects on his career in upcoming book AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Dec 12, 2018 5:10 am PDT NEW YORK — Robert Caro’s next book isn’t his fifth and final volume on Lyndon Johnson or like anything he has done before.“Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing,” to be published by Alfred A. Knopf in April, combines personal reflections and professional guidance as Caro looks back on his singular history as a writer and reporter. The book includes previous lectures and interviews, but also new material. In the introduction, the 83-year-old Caro writes that the 240-page “Working” is not a “full-length memoir,” which he still hopes to write, but a more informal gathering of “thoughts” and “experiences” behind such prize-winning books as his Johnson biography “Master of the Senate” and his classic book on municipal builder Robert Moses, “The Power Broker.”“Here we have … some scattered, almost random glimpses of a few encounters I’ve had while doing the research on the Moses and Johnson books, encounters both with documents and with witnesses,” he writes. “It includes also a few things I’ve learned or discovered, or think I’ve learned or discovered, about the writing of biography and indeed nonfiction in general which I’d like to share or pass along.”Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards said this week that Caro had been thinking about the book for a long time and that it “opens a window” into his career.Caro does have disappointing news for those waiting for the next Johnson book: The author remains “several years” from completion. The fourth Johnson biography, “The Passage of Power,” came out in 2012, and ended in the initial months of Johnson’s presidency, after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The fifth book is expected to cover the rest of his time in the White House, which he left in 1969, and continue to his death four years later.Caro began writing about Johnson in the mid-1970s and over the decades has built a large and obsessive following, somehow keeping readers in suspense as if he were writing installments for a novel. His Johnson biographies, which also include “Means of Ascent” and “The Path to Power,” each run several hundred pages or more and have contained extensive sections on everything from rural electrification to the passing of a Senate bill. The books have brought Caro the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle prize and made him among the world’s most famous and influential historians.In his introduction to “Working,” Caro raises an obvious question.“Why am I publishing these random recollections toward a memoir while I’m still working on the last volume of the Johnson biography, when I haven’t finished it, while I’m still — at the age of 83 — several years from finishing it?” he writes. “The answer is, I’m afraid, quite obvious, and if I forget it for a few days, I am frequently reminded of it, by journalists who, in writing about me and my hopes of finishing, often express their doubts of that happening in a sarcastic phrase: ‘Do the math.’“Well, I can do that math. I am quite aware that I may never get to write the memoir, although I have so many thoughts about writing, so many anecdotes about research, that I would like to preserve for anyone interested enough to read them. I decided that, just in case, I’d put some of them down on paper now.”Hillel Italie, The Associated Press
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Jr. of the US Fish and Wildlife Service sat down with me over coffee to create "The Cooperative Sagebrush Initiative” We beat the doors down at energy companies utilities mining companies state and federal agencies and environmental groups and succeeded to create the largest voluntary cooperative conservation program in history Companies like Encana USA and British Petroleum and the Bradley Fund for the Environment put up 2 million dollars as a match for the largest "Conservation Innovation Grant" with the Dept of Agriculture of that particular year Our initial work was so successful that the governor of Wyoming and the Bureau of Land Management took it over after initially working to suppress it We established new conservation tools Instead of lawsuits we developed the "Ecosystem Services Model" Suppose that ranchers are essentially grassland ecologists whose job is to grow grass Cattle eat the grass and landowners make money off the herd which they plow back into the health of the prairie Why not get paid to grow sagebrush instead of grass More sagebrush more Sage Grouse We had to convince businesspeople to make this investment So we flew them down to the Hill Country of central Texas to visit the successful Leon River Project This endeavor was located around Fort Hood where the military faced a serious environmental problem Live artillery shells were being shot into hillsides that were also the habitats of two endangered birds the Golden Cheeked Warbler and the Black Capped Vireo The alternatives were to ignore the Endangered Species Act shut down Fort Hood in the middle of a war or do something revolutionary Instead of running for cover the military joined together with environmental groups the US Fish and Wildlife Service Texas A&M biologists and private landowners who lived on degraded bird habitat They established a system of competitive sealed bids where ranchers offered to restore the prairie and improve the birds habitat by cutting down an invasive juniper replanting perennial grasses and developing proscribed burn districts to promote healthy fire ecology on the land The ranchers had to put up some of the money and a time period of stewardship The first bids were for ten percent of the proposed cash payment to be paid by the landowner with in-kind improvements over ten years Within just three years the landowner bids were averaging 20 per cent cash and in-kind with 20 years duration The US Fish and Wildlife biologists were allowed to go on the private lands as part of the agreement They started counting birds Within five years they discovered that there were no less than ten times as many nesting pairs of these endangered birds than their original surveys had estimated The crowning success came when we discovered that this recovery plan had an unintended positive consequence The invasive juniper (called red cedar) had prevented rainfall from re-entering the limestone aquifers The springs had dried up a hundred years ago Within five years the springs started flowing where the juniper had been removed and the prairie grasses were re-established The Sand County Foundation (of which I am a Director) established a program where the water district of Dallas-Ft Worth would pay ranchers to expand the removal of red cedar and the restoration of prairie More and cleaner water would flow into the Trinity River to the cities providing another unexpected ecosystem service payment to landowners We took this experience back north to Wyoming and other states and today private ranchers are working with the State Game and Fish Departments along with private organizations like the Sand County Foundation the Nature Conservancy and the Environmental Defense Fund to support and steward greater Sage Grouse habitat So much conservation has been done on private land including isolated populations in northeastern California that Sage Grouse populations are rebounding All this has been accomplished without any restrictions imposed under the Endangered Species Act When the Secretary of Interior announced that the Greater Sage Grouse would never be listed due to the great work done on private lands in public-private partnerships the bird populations were well on the way to recovery Instead of buying more private land to protect wildlife habitat lets fund Ecosystem Services Payments As climate changes and ecology shifts from south to north we will have the tools to steward the land in a geographic and ecologic way Ecosystem services payments will cost less than land acquisition and be more flexible to boot In the southeast the Red Cockaded Woodpeckers of the southeast Loblolly pine forests are being given economic value; Payments to improve riparian areas along streams are giving the Greenback Cutthroat Trout of the Rockies another chance; and Black Tail Prairie Dogs of NE Wyoming are being protected by ranchers as are lesser Prairie Chickens and Mountain Plovers in SE Colorado – all recovered on private lands Across our nation people from diverse walks of life are coming together to save wildlife and their habitats by valuing them in a real economic way Dr Edward M Warner is the author of Running with Rhinos: Stories from a Radical Conservationist coming in March He is Honorary Professor at Colorado State University a Director of the Sand County Foundation and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and a Trustee of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Contact us at editors@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editorsA college student who was killed in Saudi Arabia on Friday after halting a suicide bomber who had attempted to enter a packed mosque is being remembered as a hero Abduljaleel Alarbash an undergraduate who was studying electrical engineering at Wichita State University and his cousin were working security at the mosque in the port city of Dammam roles for which they volunteered after a recent mosque attack The Wichita Eagle reports Alarbash became alarmed when someone dressed in all black attempted to go insidewomen had been told to remain at home due to safety The bomber was reported to have blown himself up in an attack claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) after Alarbash tried to turn him in "They saved a lot of lives" Yagoob "Jacob" Alsarouj a close friend of Alarbash and recent graduate of WSU said "What he did was a selfless act . 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