New Zealand folksters Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement delighted longtime fans by announcing their first US performances since 2013. The duo plan to share music both new and old, making for quite the intriguing concert series. We can’t wait.Since the demand for their shows is so high, the band has added a handful of additional tour dates to appease their fanbase. The shows mainly include additional performances in cities where they were previously scheduled to perform, like Portland, OR, Mountain View, CA, Austin, TX, Queens, NY, and Los Angeles, CA.Check out the full schedule below, with new dates in bold. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 1st, at 10 AM local time.Flight of the Conchords 2016 Tour Dates:06/11 – Cleveland, OH @ State Theatre 06/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for Performing Arts 06/13 – Washington, DC @ Wolf Trap Filene Center 06/14 – Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre 06/16 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre 06/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum 06/18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre 06/19 – Chicago, IL @ Pritzker Pavilion 06/22 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park 06/23 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum 06/24 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium06/25 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium 06/27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic06/28 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater 07/01 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl 07/02 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre 07/03 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre 07/05 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre 07/07 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre 07/09 – Austin, TX @ Bass Hall07/10 – Austin, TX @ Bass Hall 07/11 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre 07/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre 07/14 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater 07/16 – Boca Raton, FL @ Mizner Park Amphitheatre 07/17 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre 07/18 – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre07/20 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium 07/22 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival 07/23 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 07/24 – New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage07/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre07/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
But other Sumatran tigers were not as lucky. A female Sumatran tiger was found dead on February 19 in a wire trap in a forest in Seluma, Bengkulu, in yet another incident that has drawn attention to the already critically endangered species.In Aceh, local authorities are investigating the death of an endangered Sumatran elephant found at an oil palm plantation in Ranto Peureulak on April 15.The elephant was found just one day after a Sumatran elephant was brutally killed in Kelayang in Indragiri Hulu, Riau. The elephant’s face was severely mutilated, though its tusks were still intact. Environment authorities suspected that the elephant had been considered a pest by locals as it had been separated from its herd, which lives in the Southeast Tesso elephant area of Riau’s Tesso Nilo National Park.Read also: Elephant found dead, mutilated in RiauIllegal trade and human-animal conflict have largely caused people to hunt endangered species, raising calls to end wildlife trade and improve investigation into illegal trade.”We need to be more introspective and vigilant in maintaining the balance of the ecosystem during the COVID-19 situation. Wildlife has an important role to play in the environment and therefore we need to preserve nature and its contents,” Indra said.Far from the jungle, zookeepers in Bali continue taking care of five Komodo dragons and nearly 1,200 birds in Bali Bird Park despite having no visitors as a result of social distancing efforts and flagging tourism.The zoo has been temporarily closed to the public since March 23 and will remain closed until further announcement, Bali Bird Park general manager Pande Suastika said recently. Pande said the zoo had to put a portion of its expenses on “pending” to sustain the business, maintain its employees and take care of its wildlife.The zoo now employs 10 out of 35 caretakers daily in alternating shifts to take care of and feed the animals. He said the zoo had implemented safety protocols, such as disinfecting the area two to three times a week, since avian influenza first broke out years ago and it will continue to do so during the current COVID-19 outbreak.“Because we are a conservation institution, we have to protect the nation’s assets because wildlife is the country’s asset, not ours,” he said.Meanwhile, in Jakarta’s Ragunan Zoo, staff are taking care of at least 2,100 animals despite the zoo having been closed to the public since March 14 in light of the pandemic. Ragunan business promotion and development manager Ketut Widarsana said on Thursday that the zoo would remain closed until further notice.Caretakers, who now work in alternating shifts, are also wearing masks while feeding the animals or cleaning zoo cages and surrounding areas with disinfectant and carbolic acid. Zookeepers have also been spraying disinfectant once a week, more often than only once a month under normal conditions, Ketut added.Read also: Covid, Quarantine among names suggested for newborn animals in Colombian zooResponding to the news on a tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo in the United States that tested positive for COVID-19, Ketut ensured that veterinarians had checked the zoo animals and reported that all of them were in a healthy condition as of Thursday.In a broader context, the pandemic has reignited calls to stop wildlife trade that has been a hotbed for zoonotic disease transmission, including in Indonesia. The Bronx Zoo case has also raised concerns about whether humans can transmit the virus to animals.Various studies showed that human encroachment on natural habitats had allowed infectious zoonotic diseases to transmit between wild animals and humans, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) microbiology researcher Sugiyono Saputra said.Yet at least 60 percent of infectious diseases were derived from animals, and more than two-thirds of them came from wildlife, he said on Tuesday.”What is clear is that, when these [human activities triggering zoonotic diseases] are still very common, the risk of new diseases emerging will still be present,” Sugiyono said.In Indonesia, a 1990 law on natural resources conservation stipulates that anyone involved in “trading, keeping, distributing or killing protected species” is liable to five years’ imprisonment with a fine of Rp 100 million (US$6,410). But environmentalists have criticized the provision for being too lenient as most offenders received less than a year of prison time.The government and the House of Representatives agreed to revise the 1990 law in 2016 to place heavier sanctions on hunters and traders. But the government later backtracked its effort as it told the House to omit the bill in the priority list of the 2020-2024 National Legislation Program (Prolegnas).Topics : Five-year-old Sumatran tiger Corina had one of her legs stuck in a wire trap for at least three days at a forest in Teluk Meranti, Pelalawan, Riau before she was found by a rescue team on March 29.The wires had slit her leg close to the bone, completely tearing her leg muscles. Doctors say animals like her often get their legs amputated because it is extremely difficult to recover from such severe wounds.“But she is lucky that her tendons are still in good condition, so there is a chance she will recover, provided the recovery process goes smoothly and there are not any secondary infections,” the Environment and Forestry Ministry’s biodiversity conservation director Indra Exploitasia said in a recent statement. A Flourish chart Corina is among around 600 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, Population Viability Analysis data by the ministry showed. While under intensive care, Corina can now be seen sleeping, eating, licking her wounds and bathing in a small pool at a local rehabilitation center in Dharmasraya, West Sumatra, according to authorities.Corina’s story reflects one of many attempts to preserve Indonesia’s diverse biodiversity despite mobility restrictions implemented as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, with Indonesia having the sixth-highest number of “threatened” species globally with 1,654 species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list.
New Delhi: Manu Bhaker, India’s 16-year-old teen shooting sensation, was involved in a war of words with Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij over a promise of giving her a cash reward of Rs 2 crore for winning the 2018 Youth Olympics which was held in Buenos Aires. However, in an exclusive chat with News Nation, Manu’s father, Ram Kishan Bhaker, who works as a chief engineer in the Merchant Navy, offered some clarification in the ongoing controversy. “I had a chat with Anil Vij. He said the notification came afterwards and you don’t have to worry about that. This is a previous policy. The new notification is for future events,” he said.When asked as to whether this was another case of bureaucracy hampering a sportsperson’s growth and motivation, Ram Kishan smiled and said, “The country knows what is right and what is wrong.” The controversy involving Manu and the Haryana Sports Minister took place on Friday when Vij, on his Twitter handle, had tweeted on October 10 that the 16-year-old was promised a cash price of Rs 2 crore for winning the Youth Olympic gold medal in Argentina. After waiting a couple of months, Manu, who had apparently not got the money, lashed out at the government in her tweets on Friday by stating someone in the Haryana government has been playing games over the money promised to Youth Olympic winners.Read More | Every event, every medal memorable: Manu BhakerTo compound matters further, Manu retweeted Yogeshwar Dutt’s old tweet on a recent circular issued by the Haryana government in which it stated that one-third of the income earned by Haryana athletes from professional sports or commercial endorsements will be deposited to the Haryana State Sports Council. In the tweet, Yogeshwar had criticised Ashok Khemka, the principal secretary to the Government of Haryana. Immediately after that, Manu replied to Vij’s tweet which said, “Sir, please confirm if this is correct… or a jumla”. This resulted in a heated exchange between the Haryana government and the teenager. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. War of words intensifiesThe Haryana Sports Ministry jumped into action by stating that she should have first spoken to the sports department rather than airing her issue in public domain. “The language she used in her tweet is aimed at tarnishing the image of the state and it is in bad taste. The government has given all pending prize money to sportsmen in August 2018…for those who are left out a plan is under way and they too will be given the prize money,” Vij said. The Sports Minister sought an apology from Bhaker, saying as per the policy of the government, the prize money of this year’s award winner is given the next year.Read More | Asian Games and CWG glory high points for Indian sports in 2018Even Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar criticised the decision of Manu to air her grievances on Twitter. The chief minister stated, “Manu Bhaker will get award money as per the rules of the department, tweeting over it is not good. I think nobody should have a problem with the rules.”
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after being involved in a crash at a busy intersection in Hollywood.7Skyforce HD hovered above the scene of the two-car crash at the corner of Stirling Road and State Road 7, Tuesday afternoon.Cameras showed the deputy’s cruiser with front-end damage.Officials said the deputy suffered some bruises and was transported to a nearby hospital. The driver sustained minor injuries but refused medical treatment.Authorities temporarily shut down several lanes while they investigated. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.