The life of the animals, face down of New York

Coyotes and seals in the Bronx, red foxes in Queens, owls in Brooklyn, raccoons, hawks and squirrels in Manhattan: an abundant and often unsuspected wildlife lives in New York under the shadow of skyscrapers. [19659002] But the cohabitation between 8.5 million human beings and millions of wild animals from more than 600 species is not always easy in the first American metropolis: the New Yorkers, tired of concrete and traffic jams, will gladly enjoy this fauna … until they see a coyote devouring a cat or a pet rabbit, a deer feeding on organic tomato plants or a raccoon rummaging through the garbage.

These 30 In recent years, the wild animal population in New York has steadily increased, with new green spaces – in a city with a total of over 11,000 hectares – where hunting is prohibited. and natural predators absent, explains Jason Munshi-South.

After studying primates in Borneo and the impact of oil production on elephants in Gabon, this biology professor from Fordham University became an expert on New York animal life.

According to him, there are thousands of raccoons in New York today – about a hundred in Central Park – a few thousand deer and about fifty coyotes, mostly in the Bronx. Not to mention marine animals: seals have re-emerged on the rocks of Pelham Bay, in the north-east of the Bronx, and whales are sometimes seen in Queens waters.

The town is also working on the protection of the Piping Plover on Rockaway Beach, close to JFK Airport, where this bird comes to nest in the spring. It is still considered an endangered species by US authorities, although the Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is more optimistic since its population is increasing again, thanks to an active preservation policy. 19659002] – "A coyote has seen you!" –

 The curious come to admire the fauna or participate in workshops in New York to better know the wild animals that live in the American metropolis, March 10, 2018 (AFP - Don EMMERT)

The curious come to admire the fauna or participate in workshops in New York to learn more about the wild animals that live in the American metropolis, March 10, 2018 (AFP – Don EMMERT)

"You have not seen a coyote, but a coyote has seen you!" says Kayla Mackey, Van Cortlandt park ranger, in the Bronx, to residents who have come on a Sunday to attend a workshop called "Living with Urban Coyotes."

25-year-old Ms. Mackey explains to them that they do not have nothing to fear from coyotes, even if the latter, which move especially at night, are difficult to see. The best is to stay at a distance and not feed them, she says. In case one of them approaches, she advises to waving her arms.

After a little topo, the group of adults and children sets off in search of coyotes, or at least their footprints or droppings. "Coyotes do not eat men," says Mackey, twins in the neck "

" We need to give people the means to better coexist with wildlife. "If we do not know that there are 2,000 deer to Staten Island and we drive too fast, we can overthrow one, "said AFP Richard Simon, director of wildlife for the City Hall of New York.

 A raccoon in the hollow of a tree in New York, March 16, 2018 (AFP - Don EMMERT)

A raccoon in the hollow of a tree in New York, March 16, 2018 (AFP – Don EMMERT)

The city has created a unit dedicated to the end of 2016 and has already sterilized about 95% of the Staten Island male deer population, some 1,100 animals, according to Mr. Simon estimates.

"When there are problems, in general it is the people, not animals, "says Jason Munshi-South, the biology teacher. "The best is to leave them alone."

– All New Yorkers –

"The city is big enough for everyone," says Richard Simon. Sometimes people call to ask for animals to be brought back (elsewhere) to the wild, he says. "But there's nowhere to take them in. They live here now."

If someone gets scared at the sight of a coyote and calls for emergencies, the police have an obligation to intervene. The police then try to capture him and sometimes kill him.

The cohabitation with wildlife is regularly the subject of campaigns in the subway and on bus shelters: one recently showed pictures of animals – deer , coyotes, plovers – with the slogan "The inhabitants of the city take various forms." Another simply reminded them not to feed these animals.

"There is no reason to give a squirrel hot dog or pretzel", the first bite makers in New York, says Mr. Simon.

 seal on rocks in New York Bay, March 15, 2018 (AFP - Don EMMERT)

A seal on rocks in New York Bay, March 15, 2018 (AFP – Don EMMERT)

they are fed, animals lose their instinctive fear of the human being; they can also start to bite; and Central Park raccoons sometimes go after strollers to try to open their bag, says Munshi-South.

Despite these problems of cohabitation, authorities and experts argue the benefits of living in a city where wild animals live in freedom

"Some are surprised and say they thought there were only rats in New York," says Jason Munshi-South. "But sometimes, when you work in the parks in summer, it's hot and there are mosquitoes", it's almost like being in an exotic country, he says.

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Thousands of Palestinians from Gaza Face Rafah Crossing, What's Up?





Gaza City
 Thousands of Palestinians meet the Rafah border crossing that separates Gaza from Egypt. They hope to leave Gaza after Egyptian authorities open while the border crossing is usually closed.

As reported by Reuters Thursday (8/2/2018), most Palestinians who want to cross the Rafah boundary intend to seek treatment. One of them is Awni An-Najar (74) who is sitting in a wheelchair, who hopes to undergo treatment for her broken hip in Egypt.

"Patients should be allowed to travel freely, I want to be able to walk again," said An-Najar who was accompanied by his wife and daughter.

Egyptian authorities usually open the Rafah border crossing for a while, several times a year. But sometimes the opening of border crossings was announced suddenly with minimal explanation.

For this time, Rafah border crossing was opened since Wednesday (7/2) local time without any announcement at all.

"Thanking President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi for his concern for reducing the suffering of the Palestinian people," the statement of the Palestinian Embassy in Cairo referred to the opening of the Rafah border crossing.

There has been no response from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on this matter.

The opening of the Rafah border crossing this week is the second in a decade, with Palestinian Authority security forces guarding the Gaza border. Previously only the military wing of Hamas usually guarding the Gaza-Egypt border.

The reconciliation agreement reached between Hamas and its rival Fatah in October led to the surrender of power over the Rafah crossing to the Palestinian Authority. This is the first since Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007. Egypt opened the Rafah crossing for a short time in December 2017.

Palestinians in Gaza hope it could spark a step forward for the opening of the Rafah crossing permanently. The permanent opening of Rafah will end the blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt for security reasons. So far, Egyptian authorities have said the permanent opening is dependent on security in its border region, given recent times of rampant local militant attacks.

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Trump Ready to Face Closing Government Operations

US, Russia face deadline for Nuclear Arsenal Reduction

The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as the New START, came into effect on February 5, 2011, after being signed by the then American president, Barack Obama, and then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, in Prague on April 8, 2010. [19659002] This 5th of February also marks a deadline for both parties to comply with the restrictions in the treaty on strategic weapons, including nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles held.

State Department spokesman Heather Nauert stated there was news both of this

"The United States has fulfilled the principal limits of the New START treaty in August 2017. We estimate that now Russia has also made progress towards meeting those boundaries. We have no reason to believe that the Russian government will not meet those restrictions, "Nauert said.

Under the bilateral agreement, the parties will exchange information twice a year regarding the number of warheads and their launch vehicle, and will be allowed to conduct field inspections to verify the compliance of others.

In the evening release of the evening (9/9/2) night, the US State Department said both sides will exchange data on their own nuclear arsenal within a month, as has been done in these seven years according to the agreement.

Under the agreement, America and Russia may not have more than 1,550 nuclear warheads. Other restrictions also apply to the possession of both intercontinental and intercontinental ballistic missiles, bombers and ballistic missiles launched from submarines.

Experts say the ability to send active military members to the field to carry out such inspections helps build mutual feelings believe

"This limits the incentive to try to cheat, and it also gives each party a chance to meet each other and to actually build relationships based on verification of compliance with agreements agreed upon by all parties," said Olga Oliker, study of the Center for Strategic International Studies in Washington DC

In his recent state address, President Donald Trump exposed his approach to nuclear weapons.

"We must modernize and rebuild our nuclear arsenal, hopefully we never use it, but make it so strong ak an prevents any act of aggression. Maybe one day in the future there will be a magical moment where the countries of the world will get together to get rid of their nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, we have not gotten there yet, "said Trump President.

Experts say despite the good relationship between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the two sides differed on a number of issues.

" I think the United States and Russia are different opinions on many great things and have some totally different interests. This means we increasingly have to work to ensure that this difference of opinion does not increase and that if the difference worsens, we do not do anything that destroys the world, "Olga Oliker said.

Oliker said the New START agreement is vital to global security because America and Russia has about 95 percent of the world's nuclear weapons. [uh/ab]

Supporters of "Home Schooling" Ready to Face Stronger New Rules

A week after police in the state of California found 13 brothers who were malnourished and chained to their homes, home school system supporters (homeschooling) said they were preparing for a tougher new regulation about the system of education.

Supporters of the home school system, shocked by the allegation that the boy's 13th child had chained their children in a dirty house in the town of Ferris, in California.

People parents who prefer to educate their children at home rather than at school, agree on rules requiring periodic visits by health officials, and academic examination of home-schooled children.

But other parents say government interference in education children at home because of abuse cases can lead to the exclusion of many harmful rules and interventions n parents.

"Today, the greatest threat is when members of Parliament make decisions or rules based on emotion for a moment," said Scott Woodruff, senior adviser at the School Home System Defenders Association, in the state of Virginia.

Disputes over home school regulations have been ongoing for a long time and the number of children taught by parents at home rose from 15,000 in the 1970s to two million children this year.

A California lawmaker filed a proposal requiring officials states or districts conduct direct checks on student homes to see how the children live and learn.

The association says the right to self-educate the children "we can not prevent the existence of evil people but take the right of parents to organize their children's education is not something worth doing. "

The habit of giving home education was ai some parents for religious reasons, because public schools do not teach religious lessons. The system is gaining popularity as many parents are dissatisfied with the public school teaching system, while strengthening family ties.

California treats home schooling as a private school and requires parents to register their activities with local officials.

The Coalition for Home Education who is responsible for encouraging medical and academic visits by relevant officials to assess the progress of home-study children, to ensure that children are not subjected to torture or harassment.

The horrendous case in California, when the police rescue 13 children of David and Louise Turpin couple, aged from two to 29, shocked many people, because from the outside they looked clean and tidy. But police found the children chained to their beds and their physical growth was disrupted by malnutrition. [ii]