Super tusker elephant: Photographer captures final images of Kenya's "Elephant Queen" – CBS News

Super tusker elephant: Photographer captures final images of Kenya’s “Elephant Queen” – CBS News

By Christopher Brito
March 13, 2019 / 9:30 PM / CBS News
A British wildlife photographer published touching photos of a “tusker” elephant over the age of 60 before it died of natural causes — a rarity since many become casualties of poaching. Will Burrard-Lucas , who took stunning images of a black Kenyan leopard , told CBS News on Wednesday that he felt “privileged” to capture the last known shots of Kenya’s “Elephant Queen.”
Burrard-Lucas wrote in blog post about partnering up with the Kenyan Wildlife Service and Tsavo Trust, a conservancy organization focused on protecting elephants of Tsavo, in August 2017 to start up a photography book featuring tusker elephants. Tusker elephants are in high demand by poachers because of their long ivory tusks and whose world population is believed to be around 20.
With researchers from Tsavo Trust, they set out to find the elephant known by the code “F_MU1.” After several days, while driving in an old Land Rover through a remote area about the “size of Switzerland,” Burrard-Lucas finally came across the sexagenarian creature. He wrote in his blog that he was “speechless” when he came across the extraordinary elephant.
Will Burrard-Lucas shot the final images of Kenya’s “Elephant Queen.” Will Burrard-Lucas Photography “F_MU1 was skinny and old but she strode forward with stately grace,” he wrote. “She was like a relic from a bygone era.”
Using a BeetleCam , he took ground-level shots of the elephant drinking from a waterhole. In one photograph, she stood over majestically with her trunk and tusks lifted in the air.
“That photo is one of my favorites,” he told CBS News. “Basically, came out from the corner, [I] saw her drinking and she was lifting. But it was kinda of a race against time before she finished drinking and moved off. She just reminded me of a mammoth.”
Burrard-Lucas captured this photo of the “Elephant Queen” majestically lifting her long tusks. Will Burrard-Lucas Photography An ongoing drought made life difficult for elephants — both old and young. According to Burrard-Lucas, there was little to eat except branches of thorny acacia trees.
His last encounter with F_MU1 was at another waterhole after a “memorable” morning that featured elephants and a herd of buffalo who fought over water. She died weeks later in October 2017.
This photo was among the last photographs of the Elephant Queen. She died in October 2017. Will Burrard-Lucas Photography “I felt lucky to spend time with her in final moments,” he told CBS News. “She died naturally — rather than other tuskers who died by poachers. It’s definitely a victory that she lived a full and natural life.”
These recently released photos and others of tusker elephants are part of Burrard-Lucas’ book, ” Land of Giants .” He wants to show people “these elephants are still out there and can continue to live forever if they are kept safe.”
“Hopefully, this can inspire people to keep them safe for generations to come,” Burrard-Lucas said.
Burrard-Lucas told CBS News he felt “lucky” to spend time with the “Elephant Queen.” Will Burrard-Lucas Photography

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Report: Democratic star Beto O’Rourke confirms he’s running for president | US news

The Democratic rising star Beto O’Rourke is jumping into the race for president, he told a Texas TV station in a text message on Wednesday.
The Democrat, who has publicly mulled a run for months, confirmed his plans in a text to KTSM of El Paso, where he served as a US representative.
O’Rourke said he was proud of “what El Paso represents”, calling it “a big part of why I’m running. This city is the best example of this country at its best.”
The former congressman gained a national following with his run for Senate last year against the Republican Ted Cruz. Though he lost, the close result was considered impressive for a Texas Democrat.
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He plans to formally announce his campaign for the presidential nomination on Thursday, according to KTSM. A source told Reuters the announcement would come via social media.
O’Rourke planned to follow his official announcement with a trip to Iowa, the state that will hold the first Democratic nominating contest in February 2020.
The former congressman inched closer to a run in a Vanity Fair cover story released earlier on Wednesday. “You can probably tell that I want to run,” he said. “I do. I think I’d be good at it.
“Man, I’m just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment,” O’Rourke said.
He plans to head to Iowa for a three-day trip starting on Thursday, the Dallas Morning News reported , and his supporters were receiving emails asking for help sending out text messages on Thursday morning.

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12 bonkers details in the case against Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. | Someecards News

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Operation Varsity Blues is the new Fyre Festival: a tale of vast wealth, fraud, and desperate measures (we’re looking at you, Blow Job Guy ). Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman—Aunt Becky and a Desperate Housewife, respectively—we’re caught in a massive bust of rich people bribing, cheating, and scheming their kids into elite colleges…and USC.
The affidavit in support of the criminal complaint d etails just how stupid Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman thought think their kids are. The Justice Department’s indictment is a riveting read, but here are the best parts: 1. Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer/Target icon Mossimo Giannulli, thought their older daughter only had a shot at Arizona State.
In an email “on or about April 22, 2016,” Giannulli emailed college coach/criminal mastermind William Singer, who’s identified in the affidavit as “Cooperating Witness 1”:
We just met with [our older daughter’s] college counselor this am. I’d like to maybe sit with you after your session with the girls as I have some concerns and want to fully understand the game plan and make sure we have a roadmap for success as it relates to [our daughter] and getting her into a school other than ASU! 2. Loughlin and Giannulli conspired to have both their daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team, even though they don’t row.
In an e-mail on or about July 24, 2016, [Cooperating Witness-1] advised GIANNULLI that his older daughter’s academic qualifications were at or just below the “low end” of USC’s admission standards. Thereafter, the GIANNULLIS agreed with CW-1 to use bribes to facilitate her admission to USC as a recruited crew coxswain, even though she did not row competitively or otherwise participate in crew. Advertising 3. The family staged photoshoots on rowing machines to help the cause.
That’s the one photoshoot that didn’t end up on Olivia Jade’s Instagram.

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Paul Scholes leaves Oldham with immediate effect | Football News | Sky Sports

Paul Scholes leaves Oldham with immediate effect Last Updated: 14/03/19 5:57pm Paul Scholes was in charge for just 31 days at Boundary Park Paul Scholes has left Oldham Athletic with immediate effect, after just seven games in charge of the League Two club.
The former Manchester United and England midfielder took over as Oldham boss on February 11, and leaves the club after just 31 days in charge at Boundary Park.
Scholes won his first match at the helm of his hometown club, but subsequently drew three and lost three games during his brief spell in charge.
The 44-year-old issued a statement, that read: ‘It is with great regret that I have decided to leave the club with immediate effect. Scholes took charge of just seven games
“I hoped to at the very least, see out my initial term of 18 months as the manager of a club I’ve supported all my life. The fans, players, my friends and family all knew how proud and excited I was to take this role.
“In the short period since I took on the role it unfortunately became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role. 2:02 Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two clash between Lincoln and Oldham Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two clash between Lincoln and Oldham
“I wish the fans, the players and the staff – who have been tremendous – all the best for the rest of the season and will continue to watch and support the club as a fan.”
Oldham issued a statement thanking Scholes, and saying a permanent replacement would be made as soon as possible.
The statement read: “Oldham Athletic Football Club can confirm that Paul Scholes has resigned from his position as first team manager with immediate effect.
“We would like to place on record our thanks to Paul for his efforts during his spell in charge of the club and would like to wish him well for the future.
“An update on the permanent replacement will be made as soon as possible.”
Scholes resigned as a club director at Salford, while retaining his 10 per cent stake, before taking the job with the Latics, who are 14th in the League Two table.

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Emperor begins court rituals for abdication – News – NHK WORLD – English

Emperor begins court rituals for abdication
Japan’s Emperor Akihito has begun a series of rituals leading to his abdication on April 30.
The first ceremonies were held at the three Imperial sanctuaries on the palace grounds in Tokyo on Tuesday.
The Emperor, dressed in an ancient court costume, first visited the main sanctuary, called Kashikodokoro.
The Emperor bowed and read out an ancient-worded script to report his abdication and its date to Amaterasu-omikami, the sun goddess, who is enshrined there.
He later staged similar rites at the two other sanctuaries, Koreiden and Shinden, which are dedicated to the souls of Imperial ancestors and various Japanese deities.
The Imperial Household Agency says it plans to stage the series of abdication rituals in a solemn and quiet manner.
Unlike the rites for enthronement, the prime minister and the heads of the legislative and judicial branches did not attend Tuesday’s rituals.
Emperor Akihito is due to report his abdication at the Mausoleum of Emperor Jinmu in Nara Prefecture, who is Japan’s first emperor, according to legend.
He will also visit the Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture and the Mausoleum of his father, the late Emperor Showa, in suburban Tokyo.
Rituals by the outgoing Emperor at the three sanctuaries in the Imperial Palace are due to take place again on the day of his abdication on April 30.

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