Tony Martin, a conservation biologist at the University of Dundee in the United Kingdom, is on the verge of calling South Georgia Island, a 100,000-hectare U.K. territory rat-free as well. Working for the South Georgia Heritage Trust, he led a team that used helicopters to drop 300 tons of poisoned rat bait onto the island over 5 years to make the island safe for the many seabirds and other bird species that nest there. Completed in 2015, the program produced little evidence that other wildlife were poisoned and Martin believes the island will be declared rat-free in 2 years. It helped, Martin says, that the rats could live only in small pockets of land isolated from each other by glaciers, enabling targeted drops of the bait. “Our South Georgia campaign demonstrated that it pays to be ambitious and to think big.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Still, New Zealand could be a tougher challenge, Martin notes. Effective rat control over the country’s many contrasting topographies and habitats will be hard enough, but New Zealand’s human population of millions complicates the process even more. “Finding a way to eliminate every single bad guy (rat, stoat, or possum) while leaving all the good guys untouched is going to be the greatest challenge,” he wrote in an email.Also, once eliminated, rats will likely keep coming back in, Merrill notes. “They can do it if they can prevent the rats from jumping off the boats,” he predicts. Russell says that’s doable. “We are currently close to a 100% success rate in intercepting new mammal arrivals on the islands.” New Zealand’s track record on its smaller islands bodes well, Martin says. “This challenge is of mind-blowing proportions, but if anyone can do it, the New Zealanders can.” An isolated archipelago, New Zealand once hosted almost 200 bird species, many of them, like the iconic kiwi, having become flightless over generations because of a lack of natural predators. But several recently introduced species, such as rats, possums, and weasellike carnivores called stoats, now kill about 25 million of these native birds every year. Yesterday, the country’s prime minister, John Key, announced a $20 million commitment of seed money to set up Predator Free New Zealand Ltd., a company that would lead the charge in ridding the nation of the three mammals and five other foreign predators by 2050. Until now, similar eradication efforts by the country have focused on small islands; those efforts boast a 90% success rate in eliminating rodents, says James Russell, a conservation biologist at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. The new goal, Russell says, is “the modern equivalent to landing someone on Mars” and will ultimately require new technologies and billions of dollars to succeed. But he is optimistic because local communities and organizations, which could foot a large portion of the total bill, are on board.Other areas of the world have become or stayed rat-free or close to it, says Phil Merrill, a conservation biologist with the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry ministry in Lethbridge, Canada. In the 1950s, this western province organized a rat surveillance program that has prevented rodents from neighboring provinces and the United States from settling in, allowing it to boast of a rat-free status. Rats invaded the neighboring Saskatchewan in the 1930s, and for the past 50 years, that province has been trying to get rid of them, recently with increasing success, Merrill says. Farmers in this northern, colder region have a higher standard of living than in the past, enabling them to keep their livestock indoors and build barns, silos, and other structures out of steel and cement instead of wood. As a result, there’s much less ideal rat habitat, he notes, and Saskatchewan “is finally winning” against these invaders.
<p><img src="http://b56.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2056/IMG1983.jpg" alt="first_img" />DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “My worry is what kind of team we will be after the loss, and today, we came out flat.”Not helping was Rain or Shine’s offensive struggles as it shot a paltry 31 percent from the field. “We lacked in following coach Caloy’s system. Maybe, we’re still frustrated from our loss to San Miguel. We badly wanted to bounce back and it didn’t happen,” guard Jericho Cruz said.Cruz scored nine point on 4-of-16 shooting from the field.Cruz said Rain or Shine can’t dwell on the loss if it wants to move on and focus on the task ahead.ADVERTISEMENT Belo, dela Cruz vow to give their all for playoff-seeking Elite With a second straight defeat, the Painters will now have to sweep their next two games to make a case for a top two finish.“Coach told us that there’s nothing we can do about it. We just have to move on,” Cruz said. “We just got to be confident with everything we do, offense and defense. We’re facing strong teams in GlobalPort and Alaska so we just have to adjust and put more time in the gym, try to bounce back.”Garcia also expects his wards to not look too far ahead.“As much as possible, we want to be in the top six. If we have a chance for the top two, why not? But now, we’re just looking forward on winning another game first,” he said.Rain or Shine takes a nine-day break before facing GlobalPort on January 29 at Cuneta Astrodome.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments Falling behind by as much as 15 early, the Elasto Painters had a tough time catching up against the in-rhythm Bolts.With Meralco’s confidence on a high, it just had every answer for every punch Rain or Shine threw at it, as Garcia desperately tried to settle down his boys.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“They got off to a good start, and every time we tried to mount a comeback, we’re turning the ball over. I told the players, ‘Why are we rushing when we’re already back in the game?’,” he said.It was just the worst case scenario Garcia talked about after the E-Painters’ 107-101 collapse to San Miguel last Friday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia expressed his displeasure over the Elasto Painters’ 82-72 loss to the Meralco Bolts on Friday.“We played a terrible game, offensively and defensively. The players on the court weren’t playing well together,” Garcia said.ADVERTISEMENT Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’<img src="http://a40.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2040/IMG14544.jpg" alt="last_img" /></p>
<p><img src="http://c65.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2065/IMG18430.jpg" alt="first_img" />Kemahl ‘Hitman’ Russell, one of Jamaica’s brightest prospects for another world title in boxing, made another step up the ladder on Friday, when he was elevated to No. 28 in the middleweight rankings, by the World Boxing Council (WBC), one of the major controlling bodies in the sport. Russell, who is the Junior North American Boxing Federation (NABF) middleweight champion, last fought on March 16 here in Jamaica at the National Arena. That night, he successfully defended his title with a second round technical knockout victory over Mexican Michi Munoz. It was an impressive performance that took his record to 13 wins and one loss. It undoubtedly was a factor in his breakthrough into the WBC top-30 rankings. Russell said that he was elated to have broken into the top 30 in his division worldwide, but regarded this as only a stepping stone. “This, to me, is just the first step, and there is still a long way to go. My next goal is to break into the top 15, then the top-10, and, of course, I hope that before too long, I will be a world champion,” Russell told The Gleaner. “It only gets more difficult from now on,” he continued. ” As you set higher goals, you have to work harder to achieve them, and that is what I intend to do. I hope to fight again within the next two months as I have to keep busy, and unfortunately, I will have to shift my training to New York in the next few weeks. “This is so because I cannot get the level and quality of sparring that I need here in Jamaica. I can run and do exercises, and the climate is beautiful for that, but good sparring partners at my weight are not easy to find here, so I have to travel.” Russell said that he has to get back into his schedule soon, with his chief trainer, Stephen Frank, in New York. “A lot of hard work is ahead, but I am ready for it. Becoming a world champion does not come easily, but I am prepared to put in the work” he added.<img src="http://a31.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG10519.jpg" alt="last_img" /></p>
<p><img src="http://a28.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2028/IMG12264.jpg" alt="first_img" /> Jamaica’s female team is made of talented schoolgirls Solesha Young, Dadrian Lewis, Brittany Murray and Kelsey Davidson. Last year, Murray helped Jamaica to the bronze medal with Young getting some experience in the individual singles. With Lewis a survivor of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Jamaica may have a chance to repeat the third- place finish of a year ago. Puerto Rico took team gold in the CAC Games but comes to Kingston without its ace, Ariana Diaz, the world number 33. In those circumstances, the republic could upgrade the silver medal won in Cuba last time around. Still, the highest world-ranked women’s player is Diaz’s sister, Melanie, at 138, some distance ahead of Rachel Ortiz of the Republic who is world number 193. When Jamaica lost in the 2017 semis, it was at the hands of the Dominican Republic with a score of 0-3. The other semi-finalists were Guyana, who are also among the 10 countries who will do battle at the National Arena. None of the Jamaican girls are world ranked. Play starts at 9 a.m. on each day of the tournament, with a break on Thursday, with a resumption on Friday, September 28. SOME EXPERIENCE When the 60th Caribbean Table Tennis Championships begins today at the National Arena, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico will start as favourites over eight other countries in the team competition. Fresh from podium finishes at this summer’s Central American and Caribbean Games, and aided by the absence of last year’s hosts Cuba, those two countries assemble teams with quality and depth. Jamaica, with Simon Tomlinson and Kane Watson in form, fellow three-time national champion Chris Marsh aiming at a grand farewell before retirement, and tricky veteran Alphanso Morris, are stronger than last year when Watson went down with a leg injury early in the proceedings in Cuba. They face the Dominican Republic, second last year to the Cubans, and Puerto Rico, third last year. The latter team pushed Jamaica out in the quarterfinals, with a hapless Watson watching from the sidelines. The Puerto Ricans are led by Brian Afanador, who is world-ranked at 130 by the International Table Tennis Federation, and they arrive with the CAC Games men’s team silver medal. The Dominican Republic’s attack is led by reigning Caribbean singles champion Samuel Galvez, 242, and beaten semi-finalist Emil Santos, 179. By comparison, Tomlinson and Watson share the honour of being Jamaica’s highest-ranked male player at 1,034. However, the Jamaican pair has prepared for the Championships in the USA and have both achieved their highest US rankings ever.<img src="http://c65.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2065/IMG2333.jpg" alt="last_img" /></p>
<p><img src="http://b50.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2050/IMG882.jpg" alt="first_img" />Two teenage boys were granted bail when they appeared before Magistrate Annette Singh, charged with larceny.Ishmael Austin, 17, of Lot 1980 Nutmeg Street, Festival City, Georgetown, and Kelwin Ferley, 19, of Lot 2094 Nutmeg Street, both appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where they pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them.It is alleged that on July 30, 2016, at Georgetown, they stole one black handbag valued $8000, one Movado watch valued $240,000 and $7000 in cash, property of Shelly Benny.The Prosecution objected to bail since the items were not recovered.Both defendants also had matters of a similar nature brought before them previously, as such the Police Prosecutor asked that the magistrate take that into consideration and deny bail.However, the Prosecution’s objection was overruled and the teens were released on $100,000 bail each. As a condition to their bail, the duo is to report to the East La Penitence Police Station once per week.The case will continue on August 19.<img src="http://c64.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2064/IMG35.jpg" alt="last_img" /></p>