Rallies in Asia kick off International Women’s Day

Hundreds of female activists in pink and purple shirts protested against President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines on Thursday. (AP)
Updated 08 March 2018
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Rallies in Asia kick off International Women’s Day

Marches and demonstrations in Asia are kicking off rallies around the world to mark International Women's Day.
Hundreds of women activists in pink and purple shirts protested Thursday in the Philippines against President Rodrigo Duterte, who they said is among the worst violators of women's rights in Asia.
Protest leaders sang and danced in a boisterous rally in downtown Manila's Plaza Miranda. They handed red and white roses to mothers, sisters and widows of several drug suspects slain under Duterte's deadly crackdown on illegal drugs.
A rally for the rights of female workers was scheduled for later Thursday in central Seoul in South Korea, where a rapidly spreading #Metoo movement is galvanizing support for women's issues.
Other events are planned across Asia, the Mideast, Europe and the Americas.


Home break-ins by black bears surge in Connecticut suburbs

In this Aug. 2018 photo provided by Tom Bradley, a bear eats from a garbage can outside the Bradley family home, in Canton, Conn. (AP)
Updated 25 September 2018
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Home break-ins by black bears surge in Connecticut suburbs

  • A study released last year by the University of Connecticut showed the bears are actually choosing to make their homes near people

CANTON, Connecticut: Connecticut environmental officials say the state’s bears are getting bolder.
A wildlife biologist with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says there have been about two dozen reports this year of bears breaking into Connecticut homes and businesses, about four times the yearly average.
Paul Rego says many of the 800 or so black bears that now live in the state have very little fear of human interaction.
He suggests the state needs to allow a hunt, to keep the population under control and to help imprint on the bears that interacting with humans is a bad thing.
A study released last year by the University of Connecticut showed the bears are actually choosing to make their homes near people. They find perfect living conditions in what are known as ex-urban areas, where there are plenty of woods, but also homes every acre or two, providing access to those easy food sources such as those trash bags and bird feeders.