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March 2, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgReturning for its 10th straight year, Backwoods Pondfest will once again let loose with some music-filled festivities in Peru, NY. From August 5-6, Pondfest will feature some of the best and brightest, and this year’s first round lineup announcement certainly has us excited!The festival will see a special tribute to David Bowie, as performed by Pink Talking Fish, as well as performances from The Nth Power, Blind Owl Band (x2), Thunder Body, Tweed, Lynguistic Civilians, Bella’s Bartok, Capital Zen, Funknut and Goose!Considering that’s only round one, there’s plenty more great music in store for the fans. Pondfest is a family-friendly, all-ages event, and the beautiful campgrounds and top notch performers should make for quite the weekend of festivities. The second round lineup is expected to be posted within the next month.You can see the full Backwoods Pondfest announcement below, and head to their official website for details. At only $75 for a two-day pass, there’s no reason to miss out!last_img read more

December 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img These efforts, plus another 1,000 Federal Police officers deployed in recent days, will focus on the southeastern area of the state, known as ‘Tierra Caliente,’ where governors, businessmen, and villagers live under the threat of extortion, kidnapping, and murder by criminal groups, mainly the cartel ‘Los Caballeros Templarios.’ By Dialogo May 22, 2013 Michoacán’s security “has been reinforced with an increased presence of the Navy Department and the Mexican Army,” Secretary of State Government Fernando Cano Ochoa, who preferred not to disclose the number of officers deployed in the area. Meanwhile, dozens of citizens from Coalcomán protested to demand the restoration of food supplies, after several companies decided to suspend the distribution of their products in the area due to threats from organized crime. A group of 5,000 Soldiers and Federal Police members arrived in the troubled state of Michoacán, an area in western Mexico, on May 20, in order to deter violence generated by drug trafficking cartels and armed groups, which present themselves as self-defense groups, official sources said. Last February, armed men arrived in the municipalities of Buenavista and Tepalcatepec, introducing themselves as self-defense groups, and blocking roads in the area in recent days. However, sources linked to the Secretary of National Defense and of the Federal Police, confirmed to AFP that 5,000 officers arrived to Michoacán, one of the poorest states in Mexico and a traditional route for drug smuggling, on May 20. Of the 5,000 deployed, 1,000 were Police, 2,000 were Soldiers, and 2,000 were Navy members. last_img read more

September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse men’s lacrosse’s season ends with 13-7 loss to Maryland in NCAA quarterfinalsSyracuse men’s lacrosse’s defense crumbles in 13-7 quarterfinal loss to MarylandSergio Salcido doesn’t fit the mold of a Syracuse lacrosse star, but he’s emerging as oneHow Syracuse men’s lacrosse adopted the faceoff cultureNick Mariano honors late childhood friend by wearing No. 23 Syracuse’s (12-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) season ended on Saturday with a 13-7 loss to Maryland in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. For the second year in a row SU fell one win short of a Final Four berth and the Orange missed the final weekend of the season for the third straight year. Syracuse hasn’t won a national title since 2009, its longest championship drought since 1983.With the season in the books, beat writers Connor Grossman, Jon Mettus and Paul Schwedelson reflect on the year and look ahead.1. How successful (or unsuccessful) was this season based on what expectations were for Syracuse coming into the season?Connor Grossman: From the beginning of the season I believed Syracuse was replacing too much a talent to make a run into Memorial Day weekend. So in a sense that ended up being true, but SU still experienced an averagely successful year given the breakouts of Sergio Salcido, Nick Mariano and Evan Molloy. Mariano transferred from Massachusetts, and along with Salcido helped fill the scoring void left by five offensive starters graduating. Molloy sured up a defense that was lost against top-tier teams in the middle of the season, and even patched up the Orange’s clearing game with his athleticism that Warren Hill lacked. So given that Syracuse filled holes it was wondering how it would fill, it was an averagely successful year. Expectations should be higher for next year though, even with the departure of offensive anchor Dylan Donahue.Jon Mettus: Syracuse was ranked No. 5 in the preseason poll, but expectations for the team were tempered coming into the season. Replacing five of the top six scorers and the goalie from the year before and adding a freshman on defense were big challenges to overcome. There were disappointing games (Notre Dame and Cornell) and surprising ones, too (North Carolina by six goals and the Atlantic Coast Conference championship). In the context of the last seven years, this season is a disappointment because the Orange again didn’t make it to the Final Four. But ultimately, based on the expectations at the beginning, it was relatively successful. Syracuse was able to win the ACC title and unfortunately had to face No. 1 seed Maryland in the quarterfinals. As head coach John Desko said: “These guys had a great year. We had a lot of graduation the previous year. We fought back.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPaul Schwedelson: I thought Syracuse would lose in the quarterfinals at the beginning of the year and it did. To the Syracuse community however, anything less than a championship is a disappointment. This used to be the preeminent program in college lacrosse. Only one Final Four berth since 2009 shows that the college lacrosse world of today is different from the one your father, or even just your older sibling, got used to. There’s more talent across the board and players are realizing they don’t have to go to Syracuse to be successful. An ACC championship and a quarterfinals loss to the top-seeded team isn’t a disappointment but legacies are built during deep postseason runs and SU only won one game.Riley Bunch | Staff Photographer2. How can players that stepped up, like Mariano and Salcido, keep up their production from this season?C.G.: It wouldn’t be a shock to see those two fall victim to experience, with more film available to opponents than ever before from their breakout seasons this year. But Mariano showed this year he’s a talented enough shooter to beat almost any defense, purely because he can shoot from the perimeter. Desko frequently referred to him as SU’s “3-point specialist” with his outside shooting prowess, and Salcido has his own unique skill set. He can outrun almost any defender. But if Salcido’s going to repeat the success he had in 2016 though, he’ll likely have to work a little more on shooting on the run, a position he often finds himself in.J.M.: It’s hard to predict how exactly guys will figure into the scoring load from year-to-year. With lineups and positions unknown, everything is up in the air. If Salcido and Mariano stay on the same midfield line, they should have the favorable matchups to keep up their production. With Tim Barber and Donahue gone next season though, some of what Salcido and Mariano are able to do will depend on the replacements at attack’s ability to find them and draw attention away. Those are two guys I can see continuing to step up when next season comes around.P.S.:  Heading into next season the biggest question on the offensive end is who will replace Donahue and Barber on attack. Mariano, being an attack nearly his entire career before this year, may be in the conversation to bump up. That would shake things up. But if Mariano and Salcido stay on the same midfield line, there’s no reason they can’t repeat their dominant play, if not play even better. Teams often had to decide which midfielder to put the long pole on (Maryland exposed SU by putting a pole on both and a short stick on Jordan Evans) and the duo should be able to replicate the same matchup problems by staying on the same midfield line.Liam Sheehan | Staff Photographer3. It’s really early, but what do you see ahead for Syracuse next season? What expectations do you have of that team?C.G.: The expectation, as it is almost every year for Syracuse, is that a few young players will successfully transition into the starting lineup after valuable time as a reserve or redshirt learning from some of the best talent in the country. There’s going to be new faces on offense, but don’t forget starting defenders Brandon Mullins and Jay McDermott are on their way out as well. There’s going to be less transition than there was this season, but Syracuse is still going to have to learn a bit on the fly if it wants a third straight ACC championship, and more importantly, a deeper run in the NCAA tournament.J.M.: As with every year, you expect Syracuse to contend for a conference title and vie for a spot in the Final Four. Ben Williams, Salcido, Mariano and Nick Mellen are primed for good seasons. I think freshman Nate Solomon, who had two goals in the ACC semifinal and two against Maryland, will be a big part of the offense. He wants to be the quarterback and that spot is open. A big factor in how successful Syracuse will be is Jordan Evans. It’ll be his last shot to live up to the expectations that he had as the No. 1 recruit. He was fifth on the team in goals this season and led SU in turnovers. Free of injury, this was supposed to be his year and it wasn’t at all. If he can become a go-to scorer it’ll make Salcido and Mariano even more dangerous.Hannah Wagner | Staff PhotographerP.S.:  There are a lot of players to count on having another big season (Mariano, Salcido, Molloy, Williams, Mellen) but the Orange will need to replace stalwarts like Donahue, Barber and Mullins. The offensive load seems as though it will fall on Mariano and Salcido’s shoulders. But other than those two, there’s a lot up in the air. Just as we said at the beginning of this year, a go-to ice-water-in-their-veins type of player needs to emerge. Perhaps that player is Williams, who single-handedly kept SU in the game against Maryland, but when Syracuse needs a goal, I’m not sure who is going to score it. And when you look at the teams in the Final Four this upcoming weekend, every team has that kind of player (See: Dylan Molloy, Matt Rambo, Steve Pontrello, Pat Spencer). If SU doesn’t have one, I’m not sure how deep it can go. 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August 19, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgPhoto Gallery He is specifically interested in how this information might be useful for areas like Turrialba, where agricultural plots could be reborn as tropical forest by birds simply  going about their business.The CATIE campus – one of the foremost research centers in the world for tropical botany – is an ideal spot for Jones to conduct his study. Two breeds of toucan, the keel-billed toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) and collared aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus) are abundant, and they make frequent rounds from the treetops to coffee, sugar and cacao plantations. Jones chose toucans for the study because they eat fruits and vegetables whole, and are therefore an ideal conduit for distributing seeds intact. Also, he likes them.“I think toucans are amazing birds,” he says.Birdwatching at Saddam’s PalaceIn 2003, Jones had just begun to study ornithology when he found out he’d be going to Iraq. While deployed, he mostly worked a facility that processed documents written in Arabic, but he also traveled widely. He lived in Qatar for eight months and Iraq for three, and he spent time in Germany, Morocco and Kuwait. Jones brought his bird books everywhere, which initially mystified some of his fellow soldiers. “They pretty much thought I was crazy,” he remembers. “But after a while, it became sort of a game. They’d point out birds to me,” he said.Jones recalled one morning in Tikrit, when a bizarre-looking bird called a Hoopoe repeatedly banged itself against the window of Saddam Hussein’s palace, fighting its own reflection. “It looks like a zebra woodpecker thing with a super-long bill,” Jones says. “I was inches from it.”On a trip to Benin in West Africa, Jones saw a sunbird, which is a bit like a hummingbird except it doesn’t hover, he explained. As it turned out, no sunbird had ever been seen in Benin before, and Jones published a paper about it.The Army had its advantages, Jones says, but there were also things that weren’t ideal, namely: being under someone else’s command. He didn’t like being told what to do, and he “had no inkling” about the bigger picture or how decisions were made.  So, he decided to “write his own ticket.” When Jones returned to the U.S. in 2004, he focused on publishing academic papers and becoming a professor. He has especially enjoyed the freedom to design his own research. “I came up with most of this project on my own, and I was able to get it funded on my own,” he says.These days, Jones also commands a small army of his own.The toucan warrior“Mickey, pull it up four feet!” Jones yells at the forest. Mickey Pardo – hidden in the thicket – shakes a net that is suspended slightly below a small cavity in a tree.Pardo, who is from New York and preparing to start a doctorate involving elephant behavior at Columbia University, is one of nine volunteers living in a house on the CATIE campus, helping Jones complete his research. Other volunteers are from the U.S. states of Minnesota, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; previous help has flown in from as far as Australia and Holland.Rachael DiSciollo, originally from the U.S. city of Philadelphia, has been around for about six months. She’s collaborating with Jones on a side project that will measure the timing of the birds’ regurgitations at the Toucan Rescue Ranch in San Isidro de Heredia, north of San José.More typically, volunteers work three of four shifts around CATIE each day, and each shift lasts about three hours. Much of the time is spent tracking birds that Jones tagged prior with transmitters, but the really exciting part, everyone says, is when a bird is netted.“When people first get here, I want them to see a bird as soon as possible,” Jones says. “Plenty of things go wrong, so you have to enjoy what goes right.”The volunteers spent the better part of this morning positioning a net in front of a tree cavity, which also happens to be the sleeping place of six or seven toucans. The group returns to the hole between 5 and 6 p.m. each night, and if the net is in good position, they’ll all fly directly into it.Jones hopes to catch at least one of two birds in this group that is already wearing a transmitter, so that he can remove it. For each group, he only needs data on one bird, but weeks ago, he mistakenly tagged two of this bunch. “Doing ecological research is a mess,” he says, smiling.Shortly after 5 p.m., several collared aracaris have started gathering in the trees surrounding the one they aim to sleep in. After hours of setup and discussions about which is the best way to capture the birds, the volunteers gaze expectantly at their work. Time seems to slow down, and finally, one small toucan leaves its perch. The bird soars toward the cavity and flies beak-first into the trap.Gleeful shouts and high fives are exchanged among the volunteers. “This is the essence of being a toucan warrior,” Jones explains. The group already knows that this juvenile won’t be helpful for the study, which only involves adult birds. But catching even the wrong toucan is undeniably satisfying.The small toucan struggles to free itself from the net, and becomes even more tangled. It flails and rests, flails and rests, and its buddies all line up on nearby branches. One by one, the birds attempt to enter their hole, and one by one, they too land in the net.Something’s wrong, though. After a second or two of struggle, the birds are able to free themselves. In some cases, they just bounce off. After multiple attempts to enter the cavity, the birds give up, and follow their enormous beaks out of the trees and over the CATIE housing. “Turn around. Turn around. Don’t do that!” Jones tells the birds.It’s useless, though. The toucans are gone.With a pulley system, the volunteers bring down the one still-ensnared juvenile toucan. Jones places his hand gingerly on the underside of the bird, and DiSciollo sticks the finger of a yellow gardening glove in its beak to prevent it from biting the volunteers.Jones works the net methodically, and soon the bird’s wings and feet are disentangled. Jones lifts the net over the bird’s head like a parent removing a T-shirt from a toddler.The jarred bird flies erratically out of Jones’s arms and lands on DiSciollo’s pants. Then the ground. Finally it makes it back into a nearby tree. Jones and the volunteers aren’t thrilled about tormenting a bird so small and helpless. But as in war, there are often unpleasant things that must be done to serve the greater mission.Wild callingPlenty of research exists on seed dispersal, but Jones’ study is the first to look at its use in fragmented habitats, or forestlands that have been partially cleared for agriculture use. Wildlife biologists are becoming increasingly interested in the potential for wildlife preservation within these mixed habitats, according to Fabrice De Clerck, a program leader with Biodiversity International in Rome.“In the past, most conservation biologists focused on protected areas, such as national parks,” he said. “Now some are also trying to understand how we can incorporate natural, forested corridors to promote both the conversation of wildlife and sustainable farming.”De Clerck has served as a mentor to Jones in his research at CATIE, and he’s optimistic about the potential for the toucan study, which he described as “sophisticated.” Not only will the study track and record the behavior of toucans in the wild, but it will also gather data on how frequently they regurgitate seeds in captivity. Jones will then return to Louisiana to create a computer model that will display the toucan’s contribution to reforestation.“[Jones’] work will provide a better picture of how the behavior of the seed dispersers influences the establishment of different plants across a landscape,” says Paul Leberg, a conservation biologist and professor at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. “Understanding this process could assist in the reforestation of disturbed habitats.”For the time being, though, Jones remains humble about his own project and realistic about the challenges of studying animals in the wild. He feels lucky to be doing his work in another place with so many interesting birds.Overhead, vultures circle and white cattle egrets dart past sprawling treetops. Parrots and parakeets chatter from clusters of branches, and Jones points at one in particular. “Crimson-fronted parakeet,” he says. On days like this, when he’s at work with his volunteers in nature, attempting to catch wild toucans, he marvels at how well things have worked out.“I’m doing exactly what I want to do,” he says. “And I live in Costa Rica.” Facebook Comments From the print editionTURRIALBA, Cartago – “Listen. This might not work,” Landon Jones disclaims even before he has introduced himself.Jones is standing in an overgrown backyard in Turrialba’s Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), east of San José, holding a net attached to a string he recently shot over a nearby tree with a crossbow. The 33-year-old Iraq War veteran – who also happens to be a Mormon and a father of four – is dressed in a college T-shirt that says “Ragin’ Cajuns.”He’s trying to catch a wild toucan. Since January, Jones has been netting the birds, equipping them with radio transmitters and tracking them in their natural habitat. It’s part of research he’s conducting as a Fulbright scholar and doctorate student at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, in the United States.By monitoring the toucans, Jones hopes to better understand the role these birds play in reforestation, specifically in areas that have been cleared for agricultural purposes. Focusing primarily on their herbivorous eating patterns and mobility, Jones seeks to map the likely locations of bird droppings and regurgitations that contain viable seeds. – See pictures by Tico Times photographer Gabe Dinsmoor No related posts.last_img read more