Sudan’s military council closes Al Jazeera’s Khartoum bureau

first_img News The National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) closed Al Jazeera’s bureau yesterday at the behest of the Council, which also ordered the immediate withdrawal of all work permits from the Qatari broadcaster’s journalists and other employees in Sudan without giving any reason for this sudden decision.RSF has learned that all of Al Jazeera’s equipment has also been seized, forcing it to suspend all activities in Khartoum. The broadcaster nonetheless insisted that it would continue to cover Sudan “despite this political interference by the Sudanese authorities.”“We unreservedly condemn this disgraceful decision by the Sudanese authorities, who are supposed to be assisting the country’s transition to democracy,” RSF said. “We call on them to reopen the bureau at once and to rehabilitate its journalists so that they can resume their work of informing the public.”The demonstrators camped outside the defence ministry, the main focus of the protests since Al-Bashir’s ouster, were meanwhile described as a threat to national security by Gen. Bahar Ahmed Bahar, speaking on behalf of the army. The Military Council’s increasingly tougher line at this crucial time has unfortunately been reflected in many restrictions on the media’s ability to cover political developments.The media regulatory agency, which is now controlled by the Military Council, sent a letter to all media outlets on 15 May prohibiting the publication of any information about corruption.During a protest by journalists and media workers outside the headquarters of Sudan’s national TV broadcaster last week, security agents arrested six of its journalists and employees. On 29 May, troops raided the Ramtam news agency’s Khartoum headquarters, arresting three journalists and seizing a great deal of equipment and documents.Sudan is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation RSF_en Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Sudan Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Transitional Military Council’s decision to close Al Jazeera’s Khartoum bureau amid continuing protests in Khartoum against the Council, which has repeatedly obstructed press freedom while governing Sudan since President Omar Al-Bashir’s removal on 11 April. May 31, 2019 Sudan’s military council closes Al Jazeera’s Khartoum bureau Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa April 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alertscenter_img to go further April 10, 2020 Find out more News Crédit : Sudanese wave flags and chant slogans as they gather during a demonstration outside the army headquarters in Khartoum on May 30, 2019. ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP News March 29, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent News SudanAfrica Condemning abusesMedia independence Freedom of expression SudanAfrica Condemning abusesMedia independence Freedom of expression last_img read more

Limerick’s ‘Finscéal’ strike the right note at Siansa Gael Linn 2019…

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Linkedin The young traditional music group Finscéal from County Limerick have realized their dream of becoming the Siansa Gael Linn 2019 winners.At the Grand Finale concert in the National Concert Hall on Sunday, April 7, they were selected from among eight finalists of a high standard for this prestigious award. Organized annually by Gael Linn, with support from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and Irish Music Magazine, Siansa Gael Linn is a musical highlight on the calendar of young musicians.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The capacity audience, comprising schoolmates, friends and relatives of the competitors, were treated to a feast of traditional music and song from the eight finalists.There was stiff competition  among the groups who hailed from all corners of Ireland-  ‘Lonrach’ from County Laois, ‘Aontacht’ from Sligo, ‘Tigh Tara’, from County Derry and ‘Léargas’ from County Tipperary, along with County Clare’s ‘Cuisle,  two groups from County Mayo -‘Siar’ and ‘Ildánach’, and of course,Finscéal’ from County Limerick – for the prizefund  of €4,500.It fell to renowned traditional musicians  Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Seán McElwain and Bernadette Nic Gabhann to decide the prizewinners. They praised all the groups for their programmes of carefully selected and thoughtfully arranged traditional  tunes and songs, but in the end, declared ‘Finscéal’ the winners.Group members Séamus Dundúrtaigh, Karl Ó Raifeartaigh, Emily Ní Condúin, Áine Ní Shíocháin, Eoin de Búrca, Breandán de Paor, Laoise Nic Ghiobúin and Mícheál Mac Giobúin  were thrilled to accept the top prize – €2,500 and the Siansa Gael Linn Trophy.  In second place were the  group ‘ Léargas’ from County Tipperary,  who received €1,250. Third place and a prize of €750  went to ‘ Siar’  from  County Mayo.A specially designed memento was also presented to each young musician who took part in the event.  The performances of each of the eight Siansa finalists on the National Concert Hall stage may be viewed on YouTube and on social media platforms over the coming days.Siansa uniquely showcases Irish music and Irish song by young musicians, all through the medium of Irish. Compered by popular broadcaster Áine Hensey, the concert was enjoyed, not only by the huge attendance in the National Concert Hall, but by thousands of listeners worldwide who tuned into the live broadcast on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, on radio and Facebook.   Gearóid Mac Donncha, Ceannaire ( Head of Service )  commented:  “RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta is delighted to be associated with Siansa. Without a doubt, it has become a major event on the traditional music calendar and one of our most important broadcast events on Raidió na Gaeltachta . We congratulate the musicians,  Gael Linn and everyone who has helped to make it the success it is!”Praising the groups and their mentors who brought the standard of musicianship and song in this year’s Siansa final to a new level, Gael Linn CEO, Antoine Ó Coileáin, said:  ‘Gael Linn, with the help of  Raidió na Gaeltachta who broadcast a special programme to mark the event, recently celebated another famous concert, ‘Ó Riada sa Gaiety’ which was organised by Gael Linn 50 years ago this month. Both the concert and the album recorded on that night are widely regarded as the launch pad for a huge resurgence in  the popularity of traditional Irish music at the time and which has prospered ever since. Tonight in the National Concert Hall, perhaps we have witnessed the beginnings of another famous group like Ceoltóirí Chualainn who provided the music on that memorable night in the Gaiety!’Previous participants in Siansa Gael Linn  include renowned musicians and singers,  Limerick’s Niamh Dunne ( Beoga ), Radie Peat (Lankum), The Bonnymen and Neil Ní Chróinín ( Danú ). NewsEducationLimerick’s ‘Finscéal’ strike the right note at Siansa Gael Linn 2019 finalBy Staff Reporter – April 9, 2019 1089 WhatsAppcenter_img Email Print Twitter Previous articleWATCH: Johann van Graan on his decision to extend his stay with MunsterNext articleWeekly Racing News: Double success for Chris Hayes and Aintree Round-Up Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

“Petitioner Falsely Claimed To Be Residing In USA In Anticipation Of Receiving Desired Attention”: Telangana HC Imposes Cost [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates”Petitioner Falsely Claimed To Be Residing In USA In Anticipation Of Receiving Desired Attention”: Telangana HC Imposes Cost [Read Order] Akshita Saxena19 July 2020 1:21 AMShare This – xThe Telangana High Court recently imposed costs of Rs. 5,000/- on a Petitioner for lodging ingenuine complaint against his ex-wife, with an intention to “bolster up” his fight in the matrimonial and pending civil disputes. “The entire endeavor of the petitioner appears, some how or the other, to have a case registered against his wife, to settle their inter se matrimonial /…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Telangana High Court recently imposed costs of Rs. 5,000/- on a Petitioner for lodging ingenuine complaint against his ex-wife, with an intention to “bolster up” his fight in the matrimonial and pending civil disputes. “The entire endeavor of the petitioner appears, some how or the other, to have a case registered against his wife, to settle their inter se matrimonial / civil disputes unconnected with the alleged incident. Further, as the petitioner has approached this court with unclean hands, concocted facts and by not making the true disclosure of events, is not entitled for relief under Article 226 of Constitution of India,” the bench of Justice T. Vinod Kumar said while directing the Petitioner to pay the sum to the Telangana State Legal Services Authority. The Petitioner, claiming to be residing in the USA, had lodged an email-complaint with the Telnagana Police, alleging that his ex-wife had kidnapped their son from his custody and forcibly brought the son to India. Further, she had been threatening to harm the child if the Petitioner did not withdraw the property cases filed against her. Finding the entire narration to be “cinematic,” the court deduced that the Petitioner had made such false claims, including the fact that he was a resident of the USA, in anticipation to receive the “desired attention”. The court noted the Petitioner had falsely claimed to be residing in the US at the time of lodging of complaint since: (i)there were major discrepancies in the USA address provided by him in his complaint and in the affidavit;(ii)he swore an affidavit at Hyderabad following the day on which the email complaint was lodged from the US;(iii)the email complaint was sent by altering time zone settings. “It is evident that the petitioner using USA time zone settings in his e-mail, has lodged a complaint with the 2nd respondent to show that such complaint is being made from USA, while the petitioner being in Hyderabad, may be anticipating that the complaints made from USA receive the desired attention,” the bench remarked. It further observed that the facts as stated by the petitioner do not lend any “credence” to his case for the fact that: “travel from USA to India, requires a person to possess a passport, VISA and is also required to go through immigration check for stamping of departure and arrival etc., apart from possessing a air-ticket to travel and it is not expected of a boy carrying his passport with an Indian VISA with him, while being in the house, during the alleged incident of kidnapping.” The court was therefore convinced that the Petitioner was “premeditated” to file the writ petition on some pretext. It further questioned the Petitioner why he had lodged a complaint with the Telangana Police when he had himself alleged that his ex-wife was residing with their child in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. “Though, the sequence of events as stated are no less cinematic, this court is at a loss to fathom the reason behind the petitioner lodging the complaint with the 2nd respondent when the alleged incident took place in USA and the 5th respondent along with the kidnapped boy are living at Hanuman Junction, Vijayawada, Krishna Dist, in the State of A.P., as per petitioner’s own assertion,” it said. Responding to this, the Petitioner contended that when the complaint was lodged by him expressing concern about the life and liberty of his son, the Respondent police ought to have registered a zero FIR and ought to have swung into action and transferred the case to the concerned police station having jurisdiction. Terming this a “last ditch effort,” the Court clarified that when the complaint was lodged, the system of zero FIR in the state was introduced only in respect of offences against women such as women missing cases and not in relation to other cases. “Thus, at the relevant point of time when the petitioner lodged a complaint, the “0” FIR concept was not in place and also that the same is not applicable to the cases of the present nature being complained off,” the court held. Case Details: Case Title: Allu Srinivasa Rao v. State of Telangana & Ors. Case No.: WP No. 12849/2019 Quorum: Justice T. Vinod Kumar Appearance: Advocates DV Rao (for Petitioner); Assistant Government Pleader A. Manoj Kumar (for State) Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Storylast_img read more

SC Extends Term Of Justice AIS Cheema As Judicial Member NCLAT By Three Months [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesSC Extends Term Of Justice AIS Cheema As Judicial Member NCLAT By Three Months [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK8 Sep 2020 1:34 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has extended the term of Judicial Member of National Company Law Appellate Tribunal Justice Ashok Iqbal Singh Cheema by three months.Justice Cheema was appointed as Judicial Member on 11.09.2017 in accordance with the 2017 Rules. A member is entitled to continue in service for five years or till he attains the age of 67 years.The 2017 Rules have been struck down…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has extended the term of Judicial Member of National Company Law Appellate Tribunal Justice  Ashok Iqbal Singh Cheema by three months.Justice Cheema was appointed as Judicial Member on 11.09.2017 in accordance with the 2017 Rules. A member is entitled to continue in service for five years or till he attains the age of 67 years.The 2017 Rules have been struck down by this court vide judgment in Rojer Mathew vs. South Indian Bank Ltd. & Ors. [2019 (15) SCALE 615]. The Court also noted that the Rules made in 2020 are under challenge as well. As the writ petitions which have been filed challenging the 2020 Rules are listed for hearing on 15.09.2020, we are of the considered view that the term of the applicant shall extended by three months from 10.09.2020.”, the bench comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Hemant Gupta said.Justice Cheema became the judge of High Court of Bombay on 13.05.2013 and had superannuated as Judge of High Court of Bombay on 21.09.2016. Later, he practiced as Advocate in Supreme Court of India before he was appointed as Judicial Member of NCLAT. In Rojer Mathew, the Supreme Court had upheld the constitutional validity of Section 184 of the Finance Act 2017, which empowers the Central Government to frame rules relating to appointment and service conditions of members of various tribunals. However, the Court down the Rules already framed by the Central Government under Section 184, and directed the formulation of new rules. Later the Centre framed the ‘Tribunal, Appellate Tribunal and other Authorities (Qualifications, Experience and other Conditions of Service of Members) Rules, 2020. This is challenged by the Madras Bar Association contending that the same are in “contravention of the principles of separation of powers, independence of the judiciary (both being part of the basic structure of our Constitution), and are against efficient and effective administration of justice”.Click here to Read/Download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Man due in Derry Court following Buncrana Road search

first_img Facebook Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic A 33 year old man is due to appear before Derry Magistrates’ Court this morning folllowing a search in the Buncrana Road area yesterday.He is facing a number of charges, including driving while disqualified, using a motor vehicle without insurance and taking a motor vehicle without authority.He is also charged with Possession of a Class B controlled drug, Being Concerned in the supply of a Class B controlled drug, and Dishonestly using Electricity. Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Twitter Homepage BannerNewscenter_img By News Highland – November 27, 2017 WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp Man due in Derry Court following Buncrana Road search Previous articleCarl McHugh gutted with League Cup Final defeatNext articleTierney vows arson attack will not deter him from his work News Highland Harps come back to win in Waterford News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 8/15/19

first_imgAugust 16, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 8/15/19 Written by Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock (NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLAMERICAN LEAGUESeattle 7, Detroit 2  Cleveland 19, NY Yankees 5Minnesota 13, Texas 6    LA Angels 8, Chi White Sox 7Oakland 7, Houston 6NATIONAL LEAGUEMiami 13, LA Dodgers 7Cincinnati 2, St. Louis 1Philadelphia 7, Chi Cubs 5NY Mets 10, Atlanta 8San Francisco 7, Arizona 0Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img

Purplebricks blames slow start to Spring market on weather, training and economy

first_imgPurplebricks has hit its first purple patch after it was revealed today that group revenues for the financial year are likely to be 5% lower than its target of £98 million.In a statement released this morning, the company says a difficult few weeks during late February and early March are to blame for the drop in performance, although Purplebricks says overall group cashflow is on track to be double that of last year’s, helped by good performances from its US and Australian operations.It blames the slowdown on “macro issues” within the economy – presumably the ongoing Brexit jitters – plus the ‘Beast from the East’ storm and the fact that 10% of its LPEs were withdrawn from the market for a training course during late February and early March.These factors drove down sales instructions by 17% during the first three weeks of this month year-on-year, Purplebricks reveals.New instructions“While Purplebricks has experienced strong growth in its UK division to date and it continues to build market share in both the total estate agency market and hybrid estate agency sector in the UK, it has experienced lower than expected levels of new instructions for the Company during the period,” its trading update says.“However, the Company is now beginning to see the expected spring market activity building even though the backdrop of relative market softness persists. “During the last 10 days Purplebricks has achieved record levels of instructions which translate to a monthly run rate of nearly 7,000 instructions.”The company also says it has increased its UK market share within the hybrid/online market, from 74% in December to 76.1% this month.Read more about Purplebricks.Purplebricks property market results March 26, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks blames slow start to Spring market on weather, training and economy previous nextHousing MarketPurplebricks blames slow start to Spring market on weather, training and economyHybrid agency says difficult few weeks recently will drag down its UK full-year revenue by 5%.Nigel Lewis26th March 20180925 Viewslast_img read more

GOP Rejects Senate Democrat Attempts To Steer Dollars To Teachers

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare GOP Rejects Senate Democrat Attempts To Steer Dollars To Teachers TheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS- Senate Democrats tried and failed Tuesday to fund teacher pay and other needs, as Republicans insisted such issues should wait until a new budget is crafted next year.The attempt is the latest by Democrats in the House and Senate to amend House Bill 1007, which allows six university construction projects to be paid in cash, rather than from borrowing money, using nearly $290 million of the state’s surplus.Tuesday, Senate Democrats took three swings at the bill, seeking amendments that would boost teacher pay, fund maternal and newborn health needs and increase reimbursements for county jails that are housing state inmates. All were defeated on 40-10 party-line votes.In the first of two amendments she offered, Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, sought to cut $100 million from a nearly $1 billion yearly payment towards a teacher pension fund and use it instead to increase teacher pay now, rather than waiting until next year as Gov. Eric Holcomb has proposed.Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, seeks to amend HB 1007 Tuesday in the Senate to boost teacher pay. Photo by Jesse Crebbe. TheStatehouseFile.com“Our point is this: we have a lot of options, we could start this year with this teacher pay increase, and get our teachers started back to where they should be,” Tallian said.She rebuffed Republican arguments that this would hurt pensions, saying it would only move back the date when the pre-1996 pension plan is fully funded by six years.Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, called Tallian’s proposal “the defining amendment of the session.”How teachers are treated in Indiana, he said, was the issue that brought 15,000 people in protest to the Statehouse on its November organizational day meeting. Teachers have complained of stagnant pay, and also having their evaluations and pay tied to student standardized test outcomes – an issue that is addressed in another bill, House Bill 1002 which is awaiting a hearing in the Senate.Sen. Ryan Mishler, the Bremen Republican who is the chief sponsor of HB 1007 in the Senate, argued that now is not the time to address issues that impact the budget.Sen. Ryan Mishler, R-Bremen, urges Senate to reject Democrat amendments to HB 1007., Photo by Jesse Crebbe. TheStatehouseFile.com“The six projects in this bill were actually in the (2019) budget bill and I think this proposal should be part of the budget discussion next year,” Mishler said of the teacher pay amendment.Sen. Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, proposed an amendment that would take $4 million from the state’s surplus in order to help communities provide prenatal and postpartum care.Breaux said 33 counties in Indiana offer no maternity services, forcing mothers to travel to other counties to receive maternal care.She noted Indiana has the seventh highest mortality rate for babies in the nation, and was the 48th worst state for maternal mortality rates.Breaux, one of only four black state senators, said she felt personally affected because African-American babies are twice as likely to die than white babies, and African-American mothers are 243% more likely to die than white mothers.Breaux said the amendment would also extend postpartum and prenatal care on Medicaid up to one year, instead of 60 days. This extension would ensure the health of babies and mothers.But again, Mishler argued that these issues should be address next year in the budget debate, not now.Tallian also sought an amendment aimed to raise county sheriff reimbursements for housing state inmates in county jails to $45 a day. Last year, Tallian’s proposal of the same reimbursement increase cleared the Senate, but was cut out of the final version of the budget.Mishler, however, said that budget caps reimbursements at $30 million and that “no matter what the per diem is, they only have $30 million to spend with no augmentation.”Victoria Ratliff is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.center_img By Victoria Ratlifflast_img read more

Indian retail deal for Au Bon Pain

first_imgAmerican bakery café chain Au Bon Pain has struck a deal with Indian-owned Spencer’s Retail, to open 100 stores across India. Au Bon Pain signed a master franchise agreement with Spencer’s Retail, part of RPG Enterprises, which plans to open the target number of stores within the next two years.”India provides exciting new expansion opportunities for American companies,” said Au Bon Pain president and chief executive officer Sue Morelli. “With their extensive experience, we know that Spencer’s will have great success introducing our brand to India.”The Indian menu will be tailored to local needs, including an expanded vegetarian selection. Spencer’s operates around 400 stores in 66 cities in India, from convenience stores to hypermarkets, and is part of the $3bn Indian conglomerate RPG Enterprises.Boston-based Au Bon Pain now has over 200 company-owned and franchised outlets in the USA, South Korea, Taiwan and Thai-land, selling artisan breads, pastries, sandwiches and salads.—-=== Reporting In ===== Matthew Goodman, Policy representative, Forum of Private Business (FPB) ==The summer doldrums are starting to creep into the public affairs arena. Schools are out and parliament is in recess from 28 July, with most folks off on holiday. But many small businesses cannot afford to put their feet up, so the FPB cannot stop either. We’re knuckling down with a couple of months of planning and preparation for a busy autumn and winter.At the end of June, I was in Brussels for a conference on the European Commission’s Small Business Act for Europe (SBAE). The SBAE is a package of recommendations and legislation to help provide opportunities and remove barriers. It includes improving access to public contracts, trying to find a solution to late payment and making it easier for businesses to trade throughout Europe.As part of the package, the Commission has invited Member States to raise the threshold for VAT registration to €100,000 – about £79,000.It has also lifted restrictions on where Member States can apply reduced VAT rates, which means the UK will have the option to apply a reduced rate to locally-sourced trade and services. These reduced rates are aimed at bringing customers into those local businesses, so bakeries, restaurants and coffee shops may see the benefit.It is too early to tell how any of the SBAE’s proposals will be implemented here at home. The UK already has more exemptions from VAT than any other Member State, but there is definitely an opportunity here to help promote local businesses. The government should make sure that British customers and businesses can take advantage.last_img read more

A sure sign of spring: Big Night nears

first_imgSpotted salamander- Ambystoma maculatum. (Photo by Nikolai Lane)FARMINGTON – The snow is melting, the sun is warm and soon the amphibious creatures who spent their winters in a deep sleep will be waking up and migrating in mass.Big night got its name from being the one night that almost all of the amphibious migration happen, though this night is usually just a window of specific conditions. A warm April rain will usually bring the frogs and salamanders out from forested woodlands to vernal pools to lay their eggs.“The salamanders are living down in the woods, under logs, under the leaves, and in the ground they come out to mate and they specifically are looking for vernal pools, where there are no fish,” said Lecturer of Marine Biology, Nancy Prentiss.Usually the perfect set of conditions occur somewhere in mid-April.“It has to be wet out, it has to be raining and it has to be warm enough. The ground has to be soft as well, they’re not going to come out if the ground is frozen,” said Prentiss.Leigh Ann Fish, a professor at the University of Farmington and Maine Master Naturalist has been organizing events and volunteer stations for big night in Farmington.“We would like to set up some public stations that are accessible and safe in terms of traffic. Where people can go if they just want to have this encounter with frogs and salamanders. We’ve identified Seamon Road out by Mt. Blue High School and we’re kind of adopting that as one location where we’ll have some trained volunteers,” said Fish.Big night attracts waves of volunteers each year who help by protecting these creatures as they cross roads and by documenting possible migration routes the frogs and salamanders may be taking as well as documenting the types of species being observed.“We’ll be doing some data collection out there, [such as] number of species identified, which species, how many and what time period. That kind of data is important for understanding what’s happening with the animals in Maine,” said Fish.People can participate in big night near their own homes. They should look for anywhere that there are wooded areas near a road that slopes down to where vernal pools could be formed. Many of these amphibians will be crossing roads to get to suitable locations.“We’re encouraging people to go out in their own backyards or other places that they know about. To help with that we have some kits available. We’re going to check them out to people on a first come first serve basis,” said fish. “They’ll have things like headlamps, reflective vests and species identification cards.”Dressing well is essential. The ideal conditions will be rain, potentially pouring rain.“People have to dress for it, you have to be prepared. It’s going to be raining, sometimes pouring rain. You need to dress in layers, a waterproof jacket…just come dressed to get wet and chilled,” said Prentiss.On March 25 Maine Master Naturalist, Bryce Hach will be delivering a virtual lecture on Maine amphibious wildlife. This is open to the public and can be registered for here.If anyone would like to reserve a kit, or attend a public crossing site they can do that here.COVID-19 social distancing and safety protocols will be followed at these sites.last_img read more