Photo: 3-Star Miami WR Commit Isaiah Johnson Visits Florida, Says He “Felt At Home”

first_imgIsaiah Johnson in locker room at Florida.Cover your eyes, Miami fans. It appears the Hurricanes’ football team could be on the verge of losing a recruit. Isaiah Johnson, a three-star wide receiver in the 2016 class, has been committed to Miami since mid-February. The 6-foot-3, 198-pound prospect recently received a scholarship offer from Florida, though, and he seems to like the Gators very much. The Palm Beach Gardens native visited Florida’s Gainesville campus today. He says he “felt at home.” Felt at home today— Bigplayzay2⃣1⃣ (@ZayLive21) March 14, 2015That’s, obviously, not a great look for Miami. Johnson is rated the No. 164 wide receiver in the country by 247 Sports.last_img read more

Alabama, Florida State Named 2016 National Signing Day Recruiting Champions

first_imgGraphic shows the best recruiting classes in the country.Entering yesterday’s National Signing Day, Alabama sat behind schools like Florida State, LSU, Michigan, and Ohio State in the national recruiting rankings. After a huge day, highlighted by the commitments of five-star linebackers Ben Davis and Mack Wilson, the Crimson Tide class was ranked No. 1 by three of the four major recruiting services: 247Sports, Rivals, and Scout. Here are how the rankings for those sites shook out after the dust settled on National Signing Day.247Sports:247sports 2-4Rivals:rivals 2-4Scout:scout 2-4The one ranking site that spurned Alabama? According to ESPN, the Crimson Tide were edged out by the Florida State Seminoles.espn 2-4As you’d expect with those results, 247Sports’ composite ranking, which utilizes all four of the major services, also has Alabama No. 1.247 composite 2-4Alabama has four national championships on the field under Nick Saban, and amazingly, they are even more dominant in the recruiting game. The Tide have signed a top recruiting class for six straight years now, and there is no sign that Saban and his staff are slowing down.last_img read more

Clipper Bulk Cuts 40 Jobs as Part of Its Reorganization

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Wikimedia – under the CC0 1.0 Universal license; Image by: AlfvanBeem Dry bulk shipping firm Clipper Bulk has unveiled a number of initiatives to strengthen its business platform amid continued weak markets.The global operator of Handysize and Supramax vessels informed that the initiatives include agreements to strengthen the company’s financial position, downsizing of organization and office network, other cost savings, changes to Senior Management as well as a more focused market approach.To further simplify its operational and administrative set-up, Clipper Bulk would cut 40 out of 140 jobs ashore and close its Tokyo office. Additional initiatives will be launched to tightly manage costs and prioritize resources, the company added.As part of the reorganization, additional working capital is put at Clipper Bulk’s disposal.“We have been challenged by the steep, unexpected market downturn. Today, we are taking the steps required to run a viable, profitable dry bulk operation, even in depressed markets. We are establishing a platform, which will allow us to fully benefit from Clipper’s positions of strengths in various trades and geographies,” Peter Norborg, Clipper CEO, said.In continuation of the changes, Clipper Bulk has set up a new Senior Management Team, that will put great emphasis on making Clipper a more focused and specialized dry bulk operator.Clipper will continue to develop its niche businesses, such as Clipper Steel, Compass Rose, China Parcel, Brazil Steel, etc.Clipper Bulk currently operates around 80 vessels, including tonnage operated by 2 Clipper Bulk-managed pools, The Clipper Handy Pool and The Clipper Ultra Pool.last_img read more

This April Bravo Stacks Nationwide Freeview with MustSee Programming including Debuts of

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO (April 4, 2017) – Beginning April 11, Bravo is unlocking a nation-wide freeview showcasing its lineup of must-see exclusive dramas.As recently announced, THE HANDMAID’S TALE starring Elisabeth Moss is one of multiple exclusive tent-pole dramas to air in Canada on Bravo. The 10-episode series kicks off with a special, two-hour premiere event on Sunday, April 30 from 9 – 11 p.m. ET (10 p.m. – midnight PT) and continues Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning May 7. Click here for a sneak peek.In THE KENNEDYS: AFTER CAMELOT Katie Holmes reprises her role as Jackie Kennedy Onassis from the critically acclaimed 2011 miniseries THE KENNEDYS, and is joined by Canadian star Matthew Perry as Ted Kennedy. The two-part, four-hour miniseries debuts exclusively on Bravo on Sunday, April 16 and April 23 at 9 p.m. ET. Click here for sneak peek. Login/Register With: About BravoBravo delivers compelling stories through clever and immersive programming to viewers across Canada. From high-profile dramas to blockbuster feature films, Bravo is home to award-winning entertainment. Bravo is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about Bravo is available at Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Based on the novel by Kem Nunn, provocative and psychological thriller CHANCE premieres Sunday, May 7 at 10 p.m. ET. The 10-epiosde, hour-long drama stars Hugh Laurie (HOUSE) as Eldon Chance, a forensic neuropsychiatrist.Premiering Tuesday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET, cult-favourite PRETTY LITTLE LIARS returns with its final 10 episodes to unearth answers to the last remaining secrets.Joining the dramatic Tuesday night roster is the all new Hollywood drama FAMOUS IN LOVE, premiering on Tuesday, April 18 at 9 p.m. ET. The 10-episode hour-long series stars Bella Thorne (The Duff) as Paige, an ordinary college student who gets her big break when she lands the leading role in the next Hollywood blockbuster. Niki Koss stars alongside Thorne as confident and entitled Alexis, who is up for the same role as Paige.Sunday night movies begin Sunday, April 30 at 7 p.m. ET, beginning with the smash-hit MURDER SHE BAKED movie series starring Alison Sweeney (DAYS OF OUR LIVES) with the all new movie, MURDER SHE BAKED: JUST DESSERTS. A fan-favourite, the inaugural instalment MURDER, SHE BAKED: A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MYSTERY drew in an average of 400,000 viewers when it aired in August 2015.Also premiering is a brand new murder mystery series starring singer-songwriter Jewel and Canadian Colin Ferguson. FRAMED FOR MURDER: A FIXER UPPER MYSTERY premieres exclusively on Bravo on Sunday, May 7 at 7 p.m. ET.Fan-favourite UNDERGROUND returns Monday, April 24 at 9 p.m. ET. The Season 2  premiere finds John Hawks (Marc Blucas) working to keep Noah (Aldis Hodge, Hidden Figures) from being hanged for murder.See below for premiere dates and descriptions for new and returning series. All dates are subject to change. Visit to confirm local broadcast times.Bravo Freeview Programming Includes:THE KENNEDYS: AFTER CAMELOT (Sunday, April 16 at 9 p.m. ET – Two-Hour Mini-Series Premiere)The mini-series follows the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, as Jackie (Holmes) defies public opinion and marries Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis (Alexander Siddig, GAME OF THRONES). Ted Kennedy (Perry) is pressured to replace his fallen brother and continue the legacy of “Camelot” by running for the White House himself. The Kennedy family is shaken to its core when Ted’s car accident at Chappaquiddick results in the death of his female companion. Jackie returns from Greece – over the objections of Onassis – to help the Kennedys, only to find herself drawn into their attempt to save Ted’s career by evading justice.PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (Tuesday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET – Season 7B Premiere)The liars return to pick up the pieces in the final ten episodes of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. After years of being stalked and bullied by the mysterious “A” – first, the original “A”; then later by big “A”; and now by their newest tormentor “A.D.” – Aria (Lucy Hale), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Hanna (Ashley Benson), Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Alison (Sasha Pieterse) are ready to end the games and finish this for good.FAMOUS IN LOVE (Tuesday, April 18 at 9 p.m. ET – Series Premiere)Paige (Bella Thorne) is an ordinary college student, before she gets her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. Paige must now navigate her new star-studded life and undeniable chemistry with her two co-leads while discovering the highs and lows that come with being the new It Girl in town.UNDERGROUND (Monday, April 24 at 9 p.m. ET – Season 2 Premiere)The second season of the Underground Railroad thriller continues the characters’ unremitting struggle for freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war, each side vying to enact their own justice.MURDER SHE BAKED: JUST DESSERTS (Sunday, April 30 at 7 p.m. ET – Movie Premiere)Hannah Swensen (Sweeney) is thrilled when she is chosen as a guest for the first Eden Lake Dessert Bake-Off, but when fellow judge, Coach Boyd Watson is found murdered; Hannah once again takes it upon herself to find the killer.THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Sunday, April 30 at 9 p.m. ET – Two-Hour Series Premiere)The series follows life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead –  with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.FRAMED FOR MURDER: A FIXER UPPER MYSTERY (Sunday, May 7 at 7 p.m. ET – Movie Premiere)In the small resort town of Lighthouse Cove, everyone knows that the best man for the job is a woman. And that woman is Shannon Hughes (Jewel), owner of a construction company and an expert in Victorian home restoration and renovation. Through her renovations she will find clues to uncover the house’s secret past and in turn become an unlikely sleuth to help crack these unsolved mysteries.CHANCE (Sunday, May 7 at 10 p.m. ET – Series Premiere)A provocative, psychological thriller, CHANCE focuses on Hugh Laurie as Eldon Chance, a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. After an ill-advised decision regarding an alluring patient who may or may not be struggling with a multiple personality disorder, Chance finds himself in the crosshairs of her abusive spouse, who also happens to be a ruthless police detective. In over his head, Chance’s descent into the city’s shadowy underbelly, all while navigating the waters of a contentious divorce and the tribulations of his teenage daughter, soon spirals into an ever-deepening exploration of one of mankind’s final frontiers — the shadowy, undiscovered country of the human mind. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Turk Telecom has renewed a contract with interacti

first_imgTurk Telecom has renewed a contract with interactive TV specialist SeaChange for its Pulse Remote Managed Services and On Site Managed Services for monitoring the telco’s back office and multiscreen video services.Turk Telekom’s service management director Naci Ishakbeyoglu said, “We are fortunate to have SeaChange manage the day-to-day monitoring and reporting of our video services. The SeaChange team has been extremely easy to work with, defining the operational processes they would then manage and following through with expert monitoring and reporting around the clock every day of the year.  It gives us great peace of mind to know we have video experts managing our overall system, which is critical to the success of our IPTV service.”last_img read more

Over a third of new Movistar subscribers have sig

first_imgOver a third of new Movistar+ subscribers have signed up for a package that includes access to Netflix since Telefónica included the subscription video-on-demand leader in its TV offering on December 11.Telefónica CEO José María Álvarez-Pallete and Netflix chief Reed Hastings launching the integrated offeringAccording to the Spanish telco, 35% of Movistar customers with access to packages that enable them to view Netflix have taken up this offer.Telefónica said that the integration of Netflix in the Movistar+ interface had brought a new experience to its users, enabling them to access the platform via different sections of the UI as well as via its search engine.Existing Netflix subscribers can migrate their account to one of the access methods offered by Telefónica’s Movistar Fusión packages while maintaining their Netflix profiles.The telco said that two thirds of customers that had taken up a Movistar Fusión package with Netflix had opted for the Total or Total Plus offerings.“These numbers demonstrate that the partnership between Movistar and Netflix has been a success. Customers are attracted by an option that allows them to enjoy the two leading platforms in the creation of original and exclusive content, which makes this combination an unbeatable proposition for lovers of drama,” said María Jesús Almazor, CEO of Telefónica España.“The results we are seeing endorse the wisdom of a strategy based on the development of original and exclusive content, like Arde Madrid, El Embarcadero, La Peste and Vergüenza, which are among the most viewed on our platform and which add to our offer the best content creators in the market.”María Ferreras, VP of Netflix EMEA, said: “The results are a clear reflection of our solid commitment to these strategic alliances and the value of giving consumers the freedom to choose the options that best meet their needs, with the result that they are able to enjoy the Netflix experience in the best possible way.”Telefónica has been offering direct access to Netflix in HD and UHD quality and single-provider billing via three packages – Total Plus, Total and Selection.While current Movistar+ customers have been eligible for three months’ free access, new customers that take the Fusión Total Plus X2 package have been able to get football, sports, series, films and Netflix, for an introductory price of €85 per-month for the first three months.last_img read more

The company might be over a year away from launchi

first_imgThe company might be over a year away from launching its streaming platform, but NBCUniversal has already started wooing advertisers.Speaking at a star-studded NBCUniversal Upfront at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NBC’s chairman of sales and client partnerships Linda Yaccarino described the platform as “the largest initiative in our company’s history”, and that it would be fully embracing advertisers. As reported by Variety, Yaccarino said: “While other companies are pushing advertisers out, we’re bringing them in. It will have a slate of originals and a gigantic library of all favorites. The shows that people love the most and stream the most are coming home at a price that every person can afford: free.”This stands in stark contrast to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and the upcoming Disney+ which all operate with a subscription and ad-free. Netflix and Amazon instead generate advertising income through product placement in their own original productions, and Disney will presumably operate in a similar manner.However, SVOD platform holders are increasingly looking towards incorporating advertising into their service. Viacom is reportedly keen on running advertisements on the recently acquired Pluto, while CBS’ fast-growing CBS All Access platform offers ad-supported options. Hulu (which Disney is going to take full control of in 2024) also offers an ad-supported tier, and is considering further ways to introduce advertising to the platform.last_img read more

An epidemic of vaping amongst US teens

first_imgImage Credit: Aliaksandr Barouski / Shutterstock By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDFeb 12 2019The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this week that in 2018 there are around 4.9 million American teenagers who are using tobacco in the form of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars and hookahs. This is around 1.5 million more than the previous year they add in the report. Smoking cigarettes has declined but there is an “epidemic” of vaping and use of e-cigarettes says the CDC. Related StoriesSan Francisco set to ban sales of e-cigarettesSmoke-free generation ‘in sight’ as numbers of smokers drop dramaticallyStudy explores adolescent vaping and its association with delinquencyAs a response to this alarming rise in vaping among youngsters, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have proposed a tightening of the regulations regarding vaping products. According to health officials, e-cigarettes surpass all other forms of tobacco use in its meteoric rise in popularity among high school and middle school students in America.FDA commissioner, Dr Scott Gottlieb in a statement said, “These data are a sobering reminder of the rampant rise of youth e-cigarette use. I fear this trend will continue in 2019, forcing us to make some tough decisions about the regulatory status of e-cigarettes.” “No child should be using any tobacco or nicotine-containing product and we’re committed to reversing this epidemic,” Gottlieb said.FDA’s inaction till now has been criticised by many health advocates and a group of health campaigners have sued the FDA for delaying regulations that can control e-cigarette use. They state that these regulations were due since the new President came into office. After release of the CDC report, the campaigners have urged the FDA to take “critical actions” and stop the sale of all forms of flavoured tobacco. Last week 11 free market think tanks which have accepted tobacco industry donations applied to the FDA to stop regulation of e-cigarettes. They have said that these regulations are a result of “panic” over adolescent e-cigarette use. They claim that these regulations would cost jobs in the American.Dr Robert Redfield, director of the CDC said in a statement, “The skyrocketing growth of young people’s e-cigarette use over the past year threatens to erase progress made in reducing youth tobacco use. It’s putting a new generation at risk for nicotine addiction.”US maker of Marlboro cigarettes called Altria has bought 35 percent stake in e-cigarette maker Juul investing $12.8bn. According to health advocates Juul is more widely blamed for this “epidemic” than others. The sleek appearance of the e-cigarette helps camouflage it as a USB stick say experts.last_img read more

New groundbreaking research could transform lives of many people with mobility issues

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 14 2019The lives of thousands of people with mobility issues could be transformed thanks to ground-breaking research by scientists at the University of Bristol.The FREEHAB project will develop soft, wearable rehabilitative devices with a view to helping elderly and disabled people walk and move from sitting to a standing position in comfort and safety.Led by University of Bristol Professor of Robotics Jonathan Rossiter, FREEHAB builds on discoveries from his previous Right Trousers project, which saw his team develop new soft materials that could be used like artificial muscles. Related StoriesComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchMany healthcare workers often care for patients while sick, study findsScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchRehabilitation is vital for patients, but according to Professor Rossiter, outcomes are hampered by a lack of easy-to-use dynamic tools to help therapists accurately analyze mobility performance and devise effective programs; and as rehabilitation increasingly takes place in patients’ homes in the absence of a therapist, better ways to support in-home mobility and training are needed.The materials from which the artificial muscles are made include 3D-printable electroactive gel materials, and soft but strong pneumatic chains that change shape when inflated and can exert considerable force.Professor Rossiter said: “Together with integrated sensing technology, we will make devices that physiotherapists can use to accurately pinpoint limitations in their patients’ movements, thus enabling them to plan personalized training programs.”We will also make simpler devices that the patient can use to enhance their mobility activities and exercise with confidence when a therapist is not with them.”To develop the project, the researchers will work with physiotherapists in the NHS and private practice, and with people who have undergone physiotherapy for their mobility problems.Following research and development, the aim is to conduct clinical trials and then bring the devices into the supply chain once the project is over.The three-year FREEHAB project, due to start in September, has received £1,162,224 funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).Philippa Hemmings, head of Healthcare Technologies at EPSRC: said: “The work supported within the FREEHAB project will increase the ability of physiotherapists to support people with mobility impairments. It shows the power of engineers and physical scientists working in collaboration with partners, something our Healthcare Impact Partnership awards were set up to support.”Source:Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council There are over 10.8 million disabled people living in the UK today. Nearly 6.5 million have mobility impairments. These numbers are growing as the median population age increases and age-related mobility issues due to conditions such as arthritis and stroke become more prevalent.”Professor Jonathan Rossiter, University of Bristollast_img read more

Cambridge Analytica scandal—Facebooks user engagement and trust decline

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. While space baron Elon Musk may have made the social network’s boss Mark Zuckerberg wince with his laconic “what’s Facebook?” tweet as he removed his SpaceX and Tesla brands from the site, reports of Facebook’s death are premature.It’s popular to say that “Facebook is just for the oldies now”. And Zuckerberg’s purchase of Instagram and WhatsApp and his failed attempt to buy Snapchat for US$3 billion demonstrates how Facebook has – for years – been pursuing more engagement from younger people.But the real picture is more complicated than a simple ageing market.Evidence suggests that plenty of young people are still using Facebook – which claims to have 1.4 billion active daily users. According to Pew Research, 88% of Americans aged between 18 and 29 have a Facebook account, far more than Instagram’s 59% or Twitter’s 36%. It also beats Snapchat and Wickr, which between them are used by 56% of young people in the US. And 18 to 29-year-olds don’t just have Facebook accounts: 49% of them check the site or app when they wake up. It remains, by a long distance, the most popular social network overall: 79% of online adult Americans hold accounts, and three quarters of these users check it in every day.But as the numbers also show, Facebook is no longer the only player. Young people in particular have little loyalty, typically holding accounts on at least two other networks. And now other services are available, the way they use Facebook has changed. Read more: Psychographics: the behavioural analysis that helped Cambridge Analytica know voters’ minds Facebook used to be the place for in-jokes, flirtations, hot gossip, pokes. It was developed by Zuckerberg and three co-founders on a campus at Harvard, and it felt like it. I was working at a British university when Facebook first rolled out beyond the US. I once horrified an entire lecture theatre by Googling a couple of student names on the big screen in 2008, to prove what they were doing was more public than they thought. But there’s no need for shock tactics now. Young people know their future employers, parents and grandparents are present online, and so they behave accordingly. And it’s not only older people that affect behaviour. My research shows young people dislike the way Facebook ties them into a fixed self. Facebook insists on real names and links different areas of a person’s life, carrying over from school to university to work. This arguably restricts the freedom to explore new identities – one of the key benefits of the web. The desire for escapable transience over damning permanence has driven Snapchat’s success, precisely because it’s a messaging app that allows users to capture videos and pictures that are quickly removed from the service. Meanwhile, Facebook’s user engagement has fallen through the floor. After a conservative decline, it dropped significantly by almost a third between 2015 and 2016, research shows. This matters because user posts drive about six times more engagement than public posts made by companies on Facebook. In that same period comments, “likes” and shares on the network also fell by a third. Other researchers have found a similar trend. The drop in user engagement – even before the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which it was alleged that the British company had harvested the data of 50m Facebook profiles to try to manipulate election campaigns – is clearly bad news for the multi-billion dollar business. In the past few years, Facebook has routinely played around with its algorithm to improve engagement by prioritising video, or people over pages and more recently it began testing “trusted sources”. Read more: Cambridge Analytica scandal: legitimate researchers using Facebook data could be collateral damage Zuckerberg has said that it was better for users to connect with friends and family than to passively consume content. But the tweaks are also an effort to make Facebook matter on a personal level again, by rewarding people who drive engagement.However, it’s worth noting that trust in Facebook has waned – so improving user engagement could continue to be problematic. According to a recent Reuters/Ipso online poll, carried out after the Cambridge Analytica scandal struck, only 41% of Americans trust Facebook to abide by privacy laws.Mingling in social networksMeanwhile, different social networks continue to pop up. The latest is Vero, which claims not to use algorithms to promote content, instead serving up a simple timeline. It has copied Facebook’s divisions of friends into varying degrees of intimacy, but appears to have made selective sharing of content much easier than Facebook’s notoriously complex privacy settings. It makes money from affiliate sales on the site and it’s highly likely that Vero will bring in a subscription charge. It has no adverts and promises never to sell a user’s data. There’s also an outright ban on content that is racist, invasive, physically or mentally harmful, “threatening, profane, obscene or otherwise objectionable”.But Facebook isn’t over yet – it’s ubiquity means we can find almost everyone there, which makes it a handy replacement for the phone book, trade directories and large chunks of the postal service. Facebook groups also create a real sense of community and build relationships. And Facebook is also a huge content referral agency, in which advertisers are its customers.So despite a decline in engagement and Musk and others switching off in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, its huge userbase means there’s plenty to keep Facebook going for a long time because it’s very successful in its true business as a data broker. Provided by The Conversation Citation: Cambridge Analytica scandal—Facebook’s user engagement and trust decline (2018, March 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Facebook has been hit with the biggest trauma in the company’s 14-year history in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but it’s far from dead – as a public utility it is as relevant as ever. 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Govt to invest Rs 33 crore to save 130 great Indian bustards

first_img Next Govt to invest Rs 33 crore to save 130 great Indian bustards left in the countryWith just 130 great Indian bustards left in the country, the Centre has initiated a project worth Rs 33.85 crore for their conservation and protection, the Environment Ministry told Lok Sabha Friday.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:56 IST Babul Supriyo said the ministry has also initiated a project, titled ‘Habitat Improvement and Conservation Breeding of Great Indian Bustard-An Integrated Approach’. (File photo)With just 130 great Indian bustards left in the country, the Centre has initiated a project worth Rs 33.85 crore for their conservation and protection, the Environment Ministry told Lok Sabha Friday.Responding to a query on measures being taken to protect the Indian bustard, one of the heaviest birds listed under critically endangered species, Union Minister of State for Environment Babul Supriyo said the ministry was providing funds to states and Union Territories for conservation and protection of 21 critically endangered species, including the great Indian bustard.”The ministry, through its Centrally Sponsored Scheme-Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats (CSS-IDWH), provides funds to states or Union Territories under the component ‘Species Recovery Programme’ for conservation and protection of 21 critically endangered species, including the great Indian bustard,”p Babul Suriyo said in a written response.Babul Suriyo said the ministry has also initiated a project, titled ‘Habitat Improvement and Conservation Breeding of Great Indian Bustard-An Integrated Approach’, with a financial support of Rs 33.85 crore for five years from the ad hoc Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) for conservation, breeding of the Indian bustard with technical support from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII).”The important objective of this programme is to build up captive population of great Indian bustard and to release the chicks in the wild for increasing the population. Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra are the important range states involved in this programme,” the minister said.In the last four years, the government has released over Rs 7.9 crore to Maharashtra and Rajasthan for conservation of great Indian bustard under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme-Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats (CSS-IDWH), the ministry said.According to government figures, Maharshtra got Rs 4.79 crore between 2015 and 2019, while Rajasthan received Rs 3.12 crore.However, on a question on the role of noise pollution in endangering the Indian bustard, the ministry said the government does not recognise such a cause.Speaking to PTI, a senior official of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), an organisation working on the Indian bustard breeding project, said power lines are killing these birds and in order to increase their population, their breeding has started.”We are starting a breeding programme to repopulate the great Indian bustard. We collect their eggs, incubate them and hatch them. The second and third generation born out of the breeding will be then released into the wild when the environment is suitable for them. But it will take at least 15 years for them to be released into the wild,” said Y V Jhala, scientist, Wildlife Institute of India (WII).Currently, there are two centres for breeding and hatching — one in Jaisalmer and the other in Kota, both in Rajasthan, Y V Jhala said.ALSO READ | Royal hunting party fromSaudi Arabia in search of the Great Indian BustardALSO READ | The Great Indian Bustard could have become India’s national bird but for that spelling!ALSO WATCH | Karnataka: Animal lovers set-up shelter, save animals from floods For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShahrukh Tags :Follow Bustard speciesFollow Environment MinistryFollow Wildlife Institute of IndiaFollow Lok Sabhalast_img read more