“Ebola Exposes Liberia’s Vulnerable Health System”

first_imgA Liberian Physician and Epidemiologist, who contracted and survived the Ebola virus attack, has admitted that the disease came to expose to the world Liberia’s weak and vulnerable health system.Dr. Philip Z. Ireland, a panelist during a one-day Liberia Civil Society Organizations Ebola Response Task Force Policy Dialogue in Monrovia yesterday, stressed that the healthcare delivery system of Liberia is one of the most vulnerable and most deplorable in the world.Dr. Ireland, who contracted the disease from a patient he was treating, said Liberians are thinkers who can make positive changes in the health system and other sectors, but they are poorly treated.He said the Liberian Government prefers to purchase vehicles costing about US$20,000 or more each, but fails to improve the health and education sectors that will benefit its citizens.Sharing what he experienced during his illness, he described the ELWA nurses at the Ebola Treatment Unit as among the best nurses in Liberia who, for the sake of humanity, attend to patients in line with medical and nursing ethics.He told the civil society organizations that nurses are seriously humiliated by their managers who go at lengths to discourage development partners from giving them more attractive salaries.Because of the humiliation doctors and other professionals face in their line of work, many are defecting from their professions, seeking political positions, especially in the Senate and the House of Representatives, since political positions offer better salaries and other emoluments, declared Dr. Ireland.The Liberian physician observed that such behavior on the part of Liberians in authority clearly shows that the society welcomes people who commit evil and treats good people with disdain.Alluding to recent comments by one of Liberia’s top medical doctors, Vuyu K. Golakai, Dr. Ireland reiterated that the health system is centuries backward and will require infusing more resources into it and other sectors as well before any improvement can be realized.Most people that died from Ebola met their demise because medical institutions took too long to attend to them in the absence of the emergency response team, Dr. Ireland charged.He commended ordinary Liberians for taking the necessary precautions and adhering to health messages to prevent the disease.He further emphasized the major roles the media and   international partners played in the fight against Ebola and expressed optimism that the disease was on its way out of the country.The Liberia Civil Society Organizations Ebola Response Task Force is a group that monitors key stakeholders in the fight against Ebola.It monitors media coverage on Ebola, how funds given by government and partners are expended.In his presentation on stakeholders’ performances in the Ebola fight in the month of November, the Director of the Liberia Media Center, Att. Lamii Kpargoi, said they observed in counties monitored that most health facilities did not have personal protective equipment (PPEs) while about 60% of the health workers were not on salaries but given minimal incentives.Atty. Kpargoi also acknowledged that in the 44 health facilities visited, there were limited beds for pregnant women and anti-malaria drugs were lacking.He added that the government of Liberia allotted US$931,150 from the county development funds to be used in several counties including Gparpolu, Grand Gedeh and Montserrado, but those counties where the funds were used have not given any account.Atty. Kpargoi also disclosed that US$283 million was reportedly disbursed by the international community towards the fight against Ebola, but civil society groups were still seeking to know how these funds were used.Among media houses monitored for coverage of the Ebola Virus, the Liberia Media Center Director said the Daily Observer alone published about 78 stories followed by Front Page Africa and New Democrat.For radio, he disclosed that Lux FM broadcast more than the rest of the stations monitored, giving 130 minutes of air time for Ebola messages.Search for Common Ground Director, Oscar Bloh, in his welcome statement, said the dialogue is the first for the Civil Society Task Force and they are determined to monitor closely the Ebola fight to ensure transparency in spending and community approaches towards survivors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Age of watch winding down as high-tech devices on uptick

first_imgCHICAGO – Allison Elliott occasionally wears the delicate gold windup watch that belonged to her grandmother. But it’s really just for show. Elliott, who’s 27, is much more likely to get the time from the clock in her car, the one on her cable TV box or cell phone or from the bottom right-hand of her computer at the University of Kentucky, where she works. Paul Dryden is much the same. “To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I wore a watch – I’m guessing early in high school,” says the 21-year-old senior at Connecticut College. The busy student’s cell phone often doubles as an alarm clock because “it goes everywhere I go.” In other words, the way we track time is changing with the times. Market researchers say more people are carrying electronic devices that also tell time, whether a phone, an iPod or a BlackBerry. They’re also finding that young people, in particular, are more interested in spending their money on other kinds of accessories, such as shoes and handbags. In a survey last fall, investment bank Piper Jaffray & Co. found that nearly two-thirds of teens never wear a watch – and only about one in 10 wears one every day. Experian Simmons Research also discovered that, while Americans spent more than $5.9 billion on watches in 2006, that figure was down 17 percent when compared with five years earlier. In response, some watchmakers have begun to add more functions to their time pieces, with models that have everything from heart-rate monitors to GPS trackers. Luxury watches, such as Rolex, remain popular. But even then, the watch is often more about fashion than function, says Max Kilger of Experian Simmons. “It really is an anchor point – and that’s the end of it,” says Kilger, the research firm’s chief behavioral scientist. “A cell phone is one step up from that; it begins to help you manage your time. And a BlackBerry is one level up from that.” Some have found the trend convenient, if a little stressful. “I don’t check my watch anymore. My watch checks me,” says Sean MacPhedran, a 27-year-old from Ottawa, Ontario, who works in advertising. He’s referring to the beeps and vibrations his BlackBerry makes to remind him of his obligations. “On the one hand, I’ve become a slave to its beeps,” he says. “But on the other hand, it automates a lot of things that I would have to do manually otherwise, like try to remember when I’m supposed to go learn how to cha-cha or call a client.” MacPhedran does wear a watch when he wants to look “put together.” But it’s become so much more an accessory than a necessity that he’s developed a habit of taking it off unconsciously and leaving it places. “When I was little, I took off my socks because they were constraining,” he says. “I think I take my watch off for the same reason.” Before she joined the ranks of telecommuters and stopped wearing a watch, 35-year-old working mom Jeannine Fallon Anckaitis also thought of her watch as “a handcuff” that she’d immediately remove when returning home. “Even if I went out to dinner straight from work, I’d dump the watch into my purse to free my wrist,” says Anckaitis, who lives in Swarthmore, Pa., and now works from home for an online auto site. “Taking off the watch symbolized being done with the pressure-filled commitments of the day, and settling into a pace where the time matters far less.” Indeed, the watch is a symbol of stress for many people. But it’s not really time itself that’s the problem, says historian James Hoopes. “It’s that we live in an increasingly synchronized world,” says Hoopes, a professor in the division of history and society at Babson College in Massachusetts. “You don’t really relieve all the stress unless you get out of the world where time synchronization is so important.” He notes that, historically, the obsession with synchronization took hold in the railroad era, when watches were often kept in a pocket. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FOURTEEN SCHOOLS TO COMPETE IN INAUGURAL DONEGAL CREAMERIES CUP

first_imgA total of 14 National Schools from across the county will compete in the inaugural Donegal Creameries Cup. The participating Schools will all benefit from visits by FAI approved coaches organised by Finn Harps Football in the Community Programme.  The School team will also be managed by members of the current Finn Harps first team squad. Harps football in the Community Officer John Campbell said the competition will become an important sporting outlet for National School pupils in the coming Years.  ”We are looking forward to working with the participating National Schools in the County over the coming weeks and I think everyone involved will find the Project to be a rewarding experience. I would like to thank Donegal Creameries, our designated Coaches and Finn Harps Players for their generous support. “We are also considering adding a second Phase to coaching activities this year so Pupils from as wide an area as possible can benefit.  We feel this initiative has great potential and next year we hope to increase the size of the competition to include as many National Schools in the County as we possibly can.” The finals of the competition will be played on 15th and 16th June at Finn Park.  The Participating Schools are Bruckless NS; St Eunans, Raphoe; Convoy Joint NS; St Baithins, St Johnstone; Ballyraine NS;  Schoil Mhuire, Milford; Carndonagh Girls; St Crones, Dungloe; Dromore NS; Schoil Mhuire, Derrybeg; Brackey, Ardara; Fintra NS; Glencovitt NS.FOURTEEN SCHOOLS TO COMPETE IN INAUGURAL DONEGAL CREAMERIES CUP was last modified: March 23rd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONEGAL GAA REFEREES COULD STRIKE OVER ‘PALTRY’ MATCH PAYMENTS

first_imgSOME Co Donegal GAA referees may go on strike over ‘crazy’ payments for officiating at games.The Revenue Commissioners are insisting that new rules are implemented on payments – and Croke Park has agreed.Referees in several other counties including Longford and Wexford have threatened strike action and one in this county told donegaldaily.com: “That might just happen here too. The new system is a disaster. The reimbursement proposals are paltry.” In a document shown to donegaldaily.com on how the new Croke Park system, approved by the Revenue, will work says referees can claim 50 cent per mile plus a subsistence allowance of €13.71, up to a maximum of €40 (including mileage and subsistence).It followed meetings between the GAA and the Revenue as a result of which referees expenses were subject to reductions throughout the country.Meanwhile the Revenue has launched several investigations into payments going back several years. However Co Donegal does not feature in those.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW © 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily  DONEGAL GAA REFEREES COULD STRIKE OVER ‘PALTRY’ MATCH PAYMENTS was last modified: March 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL GAA REFEREES COULD STRIKE OVER ‘PALTRY’ MATCH PAYMENTSlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH CONAILL U-14S CELEBRATE

first_imgCongratulations to our U14 team and their management who were crowned U14 County champions last Wednesday after they defeated St Eunans in the final. Naomh Conaill 5-08 2-13 St Eunans. This was the first team in the clubs history to capture the U14 title so well done to everyone involved.There was no winner of last weeks lotto. The numbers drawn were 1,9,24 and 25. Two prizes of €50 went to Ann Craig Ard Patrick and Mary Gavigan Glen Road. Next weeks jackpot is €3,000.Well done to our U12 team who had another great victory over Aodh Ruadh on Monday night to stay top of the league. The U16’s are home to Ardara on Monday 22nd July at 7.30pm.Tickets for the Ulster final will be given out in the clubhouse on Thursday evening between 7 and 8pm. It is very important that all tickets ordered be collected on the night.The club would like to wish the Donegal team especially the Naomh Conaill lads Jim, Anthony, Leo, Marty, Dermot, Joe Charles and Dr Charlieand of course Kevin the bus driver, the best of luck in the Ulster final this Sunday in Clones when they take on Monaghan  GAA NEWS: NAOMH CONAILL U-14S CELEBRATE was last modified: July 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: GAOTH DOBHAIR V KILLYBEGS

first_imgNeil McGee will be back in club action this weekend when his Gaoth Dobhair side travel to Killybegs in the Donegal SFC.Last year’s beaten finalists Killybegs face Gaoth Dobhair this weekend in the Donegal SFC. Killybegs were the surprise package of last year’s championship, they didn’t pick up a single point in their league campaign last season, but proved everybody wrong to reach the final of the Donegal SFC.They were eventually comfortably beaten by Glenswilly in the decider, but it was a fantastic achievement by Killybegs to reach the final. They’ve been decimated by mass emigration and this year they’ve struggled badly in Division Two.Gaoth Dobhair on the other hand have looked extremely impressive under the stewardship of player-manager Kevin Cassidy.Cassidy also has former Derry star Paddy Bradley as part of his management set-up and his presence has given them fresh impetus.Gaoth Dobhair have been excellent all season in the league and they’re being tipped by many to go all the way in this year’s championship. With Donegal stars Odhran MacNiallais, Eamon McGee and Neil McGee back in their ranks they look a formidable outfit.Gaoth Dobhair also had six players on the Donegal minor side and a number of them will play key roles in the forthcoming championship.While Killybegs always save their best for championship, they face a stiff test on Saturday evening.Killybegs have home advantage but Gaoth Dobhair have quality and real strength and depth in their squad.VERDICT – GAOTH DOBHAIR DONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: GAOTH DOBHAIR V KILLYBEGS was last modified: September 25th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal SFCGaoth DobhairKillybegsnewsSportlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: URRIS GAA CLUB AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS CULTURAL AWARD

first_imgURRIS GAA NEWS:UNDER-AGE PRESENTATIONS: Our under age presentations take place on Friday night in the Strand Hotel at 6pm. On what was a very successful year at under age can all coaches let their players know and get an idea of numbers attending on the night to David Hession by cob on Wednesday night.CLUB IORRAS: winners for November:€50-Paul Friel. Boston.€30-Frank & Ann Marie Fogarty, Tornabratley.€20-Gerard Friel, Dunaff.The Club thank wish to Thank all who support us in this monthly draw.MATCH”N” WIN: November 26th: No jackpot winner. Numbers drawn: 11, 16, 17 & 24. €15 winners:Eddie Gill, 3 Colmcille Village, Cleagh.Geraldine Devlin, Tullagh.Maureen Grant, Tornabratley.Caroline Diver, 25 Gaddyduff.Kathleen Devlin, Boharna.Jackpot next week €2,260. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support us in this weekly draw.CULTURAL AWARD: The club has won the “Gradam Culturtha taobh amuigh den Gaeltachta” (Outside Gaeltachta club Award) for 2015.Well Done to Shaun Mc Daid and to all from the club who take part in Scor Na nOg and Scor Sinsear and for the great effort being put in to Scor competitions. UNDER AGE TRAINING: U6, U8 & U10 Training: Training for U6 & U8 (2016 season) every Friday, in Clonmany Community Centre. Astro for U8 and inside for U6 at 5.30 to 6.30pm. €2 per child please contact Nichola Donaghey for more details on 0866030736.U10 Boys & Girls: Also, training for both every Saturday, at 11 am to 12 noon in the Clonmany Community Centre on astro. €2 per week. Please contact Siobhan Devlin and Danny Kelly for more details. More help is required as our numbers are very big so if anyone can spare a free hour please let any of the coaches know.CHILD PROTECTION COURSE: The club is running a Child Protection Course on Friday December 11th in the clubhouse at 7.00pm. This course is very useful for all coaches, parents helping out with under age teams next year and going forward. Please contact John Friel on 0860523550 to book a place.AGM: Our AGM is on Sunday night in the clubhouse at 7.00pm. Hope to see all members there and new faces most welcome.BINGO: Bingo every Thursday night in St. Mary’s Hall, Clonmany at 9pm. Please bring a family friend along. Side Prizes from now to Christmas. Bingo vouchers now available for those looking for Christmas gift ideas.DATE FOR THE DIARY: Our Annual Great Duck Race takes place on St Stephen’s day, ducks on sale very soon.GAA NEWS: URRIS GAA CLUB AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS CULTURAL AWARD was last modified: November 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAASportlast_img read more

Kilmacrennan boy is crowned Ulster Spelling Bee C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N!

first_imgKilmacrennan NS pupil Jack Mc Bride has been crowned as the Ulster Spelling Bee champion of 2018. The 12-year-old 6th class pupil won the county title and progressed to Belfast to participate in the challenging Ulster Spelling Bee on Thursday the 24th of May.It was an incredibly challenging competition which culminated in an intense head to head round. Jack was victorious against his opponents and was eventually crowned the champion speller. Jack McBride with his proud classmates at Kilmacrennan NSJack now goes forward to the All-Ireland final on June the 14th in the Helix in Dublin. There, he will meet and take on the three other winners representing Munster, Leinster and Connacht.All of Donegal and Ulster wish Jack the very best of luck in the final!Jack with his proud teacher AnnMarie FerryKilmacrennan boy is crowned Ulster Spelling Bee C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N! was last modified: May 30th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Jack Mc BrideKILMACRENNAN NSspelling bee championlast_img read more

6 Tips for Filming Outdoors

first_imgWant more content on film techniques? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat.7 Iconic Cinematography TechniquesProper Green Screen Tips and TechniquesFilmmaking Tip – Shooting Night Exteriors on a BudgetDid these tips help you at all? Will you use any of them when you go into your next outdoor shoot? Have any other tips to add? Let us know in the comments below. 2. Use the sun as a backlight.You can utilize the sun to backlight your character and give them that highly sought after edge light. Just wait for the sun to lower toward the horizon and hit record. This type of shot is really popular in wedding videos, but can also be seen quite a bit in Hollywood films.In fact, there is a great shot in the feature film The Tree of Life where cinematographer Emmanuel Lubeski utilizes the setting sun to backlight the characters in order to get that nice edge light. The video is courtesy of MovieClips. 4. Invest in filters.Before you head outside to film anything, you’ll want to make sure that you purchase neutral density filters for your lenses. An ND Filter can make a huge difference in getting a shot and not getting a shot in the brightness of day. If you’re not sure what a ND Filter does, fret not. We can explain that for you.Image from Luke PamerWhen filming outside, the brightness of the sun can completely overpower your shot. By applying an ND Filter to your lens you can adjust your ISO, f/stop, and shutter speed to near normal levels in order to get the shot you want. It will also help you to be able to capture that shallow depth of field you often see in feature films and television.If you want to see the effects of a ND Filter first hand, and the difference it can make to depth of field, then check out this great video from Jared Polin from FroKnowsPhoto. Filming outdoors can be frustrating! Use these tips to set yourself up for success next time you’re working outside.Top image from Joshua EarleYou’d think that filming outdoors would be a pretty simple thing to pull off. However, all of the same concerns you have on a controlled set will pop up when you’re working outdoors, and chief among those concerns is lighting. And, as we should all know by now — visual storytelling is all about lighting.So, if there’s enough light around without needing to rig any of your own lights, it should be pretty simple, just pick camera up and start filming right?!…Wrong! – Chris WeaverA good filmmaker knows exactly how to use light to enhance their image and elicit a mood. But you just can’t move the light around outdoors like you can on a soundstage. No, you have to get creative with your shots and really pay attention to the sun and its placement in the sky and use it effectively. Here are some tips that I try to keep in mind when filming outdoors.1. Make use of the sun during the middle of the day.Now, I’m not saying avoid the middle of the day all together, but rather that you pick your spots. The sun during the middle of the day casts down some really unspectacular shadows for subjects, but there are other ways to utilize it. In fact, I’ve shot during the middle of an overcast day much like the image below and it’s great, because the cloud cover acts as a filter for the sunlight and diffuses the harsh light. I’ve also utilized the midday sun to capture great b-roll for a film that needed light leaks through the branches of a tree.Image from Mikael Kritenson.You can also get really fantastic silhouette shots during the middle of the day if you set things up correctly. The image below is from photographer Peter West Carey who uses the cover of a walkway to frame and provide contrast for the monk who walks just in the distance. For film you could take it a step further and have your subject stand just on the threshold of the walkway, under the shadows, and make their silhouette pop.Image from Peter West CareyThe middle of the day can also be used to great extent in timelapse video. For instance, you can see several shots from this short film by Rustad Media where the middle of the day sun helps to create some really great imagery. 5. Make use of flags and reflectors.When filming outdoors, your subjects or actors may not get a nice balance of light across their face. If the sun is angled to one side and the character has a sharp off camera key, you might find a heavy dark shadow on the other side. You can balance this out by using a collapsible reflector.Image Courtesy of Margot PandoneOr perhaps you’re filming and the sun light is causing you to have unwanted flares or light leaks. If this happens, you can utilize a matte box or sunshade. But then again, you may want to have those flares or leaks. If thats the case, use flags and camera angles to get the desired effect.6. Lenses matter. Pick the right ones!When filming outside, the surrounding environment is much more wide open than when shooting inside. Be sure to take advantage of focal length. You can do this easily by using prime lenses, particularly wide-angle lenses such as a 21mm or 28mm. Theses are my favorites when needing to get an establishing shot, as they really can convey a sense of immense space.Then, if you need to get close to an actor or subject, you can switch from a wide to a shorter focal length with a 50mm or 85mm and really play around with the depth of field — which always makes your footage look more cinematic.An example of this can be seen in the music video by Kommak for Boerd’s song, Wavelength. FOR REFERENCEFilming Without Lights – Film Camera CourseThree Tips For Shooting Video Outdoors – Izzy VideoTake it Outside 6 Tips for Outdoor Filming – Sprout VideoSunrise and Sunset – Live Science 3. Know when sunrise and sunset happen.In order to get shots like the one above you’ll want to know exactly when sunrise and sunset will occur. Luckily there is an app that can help you find out when “Magic Hour” is going to take place at your current location. Developed by Elfinda Apps, Magic Hour gives you a breakdown of the time and duration of the golden hour. I have personally used this app and can say that it works quite well. It’s been incredibly beneficial to me on several occasions, and its golden hour alert feature is great.Here’s a great Golden Hour video from filmmaker Matt Triplow entitled Golden Hour Surf from Above.last_img read more

Avni killing: Mungantiwar seeks Maneka’s resignation over ‘malnutrition deaths’

first_imgThe ongoing feud between Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and Maneka Gandhi over the killing of tigress Avni escalated on Tuesday, with the State BJP leader seeking the resignation of the Union minister on “moral grounds” over the death of children due to malnutrition.Ms. Gandhi, the Women and Child Development Minister, had slammed Mr. Mungantiwar over last week’s killing of the “man-eater” tigress Avni in Yavatmal district, which she termed as a “ghastly murder and a straight case of crime”.“The Union Minister for Women and Child Development has called for my resignation though I had nothing to do with the killing of the man-eater tigress,” Mr. Mungantiwar told PTI here on Tuesday.“If I am to take the moral responsibility for something I have nothing to do with, our Central leader should set an example for me and resign taking moral responsibility for the death of children in the country due to malnutrition during her tenure,” he added.“We can tender our resignations together on moral grounds,” he said further.The tigress, officially known as T1, was believed to be responsible for the death of 13 people in the last two years.She was killed on November 2 by Asgar Ali, son of famous sharp-shooter Nawab Shafat Ali, at compartment no 149 of Borati forest in the east Maharashtra district as part of an operation.The big cat is survived by two cubs who are ten-months old.Fadnavis respondsEarlier in the day, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said there was no need for the forest minister to resign over the issue.“I will personally speak with the union minister and clarify the whole matter. The government respects her sentiments towards wild life and animals,” he told reporters in Osmanabad.The Chief Minister had on Monday said that preliminary reports showed that the forest department team shot the tigress in “self-defence” while trying to tranquilise it.He had also said that procedural lapse, if any, will be probed.Ms. Gandhi, in a series of tweets on Sunday, lashed out at the Maharashtra government for giving the orders to kill the tigress despite opposition from several stakeholders.Ms. Gandhi had also slammed Mr. Mungantiwar for hiring private marksmen Shafat Ali Khan and Asgar Ali for carrying out hunting operations in the State, including the killing of the tigress.“I am deeply saddened by the way tigress Avni has been brutally murdered in Yavatmal. It is nothing but a straight case of crime. Despite several requests from many stakeholders, (Sudhir) Mungantiwar, Minister for Forests, Maharashtra, gave orders for the killing,” she had said in a tweet.Mr. Mungantiwar, who also holds the finance portfolio, had said that Ms. Gandhi “lacked information” on the issue, and was free to order any high-level probe.The minister had also claimed that Shafat Ali Khan, who Ms. Gandhi had termed a “criminal”, was tasked with shooting a tiger in her Pilibhit Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh in 2009 (Gandhi’s son Varun Gandhi was representing the constituency in 2009).last_img read more