Five-year-old Sumatran tiger Melati gave birth to the cub on September 22 after a six-minute labour. The pregnancy had lasted approximately 105 days. It was kept a secret by zookeepers who were nervous about the pregnancy and kept a close eye on the first-time mother via special cameras in a bid not to disturb her. The Sumatran tiger, a subspecies whose natural habitat is the jungles of Sumatra, Indonesia, is now classified as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. The current wild population is estimated at just 300, down from around 1,000 in the 1970s, and the remaining animals are threatened by poachers, habitat loss and human conflict. “We are simply over the moon about the birth of the tiger cub,” zookeeper Paul Kybett said. “It’s a momentous occasion for everyone at ZSL London Zoo and a real cause for celebration. “We were nervous about the pregnancy, as it was Melati’s first cub and we didn’t know how she’d react. When it came to her due date, we were all watching our monitors with bated breath. “The actual birth happened very quickly and Melati’s maternal instincts kicked in immediately as she started licking the cub all over and it soon began wriggling around — we couldn???t have asked for a smoother birth!” The newborn tiger is a direct descendant of the zoo’s last cub, Hari, who is the father of the mother Melati. The cub, whose sex has yet to be determined, will stay out of the public eye “for a few more weeks” in a special cubbing den before visitors are allowed to see it.
London Archeologists Discover Roman Skulls On Crossrail Site
But the former soldier, dubbed “king of mining” because of his weight in the resources sector, fell foul of the regulator and was fined 450,000 pounds ($730,000) last year. That was one of the highest penalties levied in Britain against an individual. He quit his job as chairman of capital markets at JP Morgan to clear his name and is seeking to restore his reputation with an appeal against the fine that began in July. Lawyers on both sides will present concluding arguments on Thursday before the judge-led Upper Tribunal retires to consider its decision, a process that could take months. Even if the tribunal backs the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the regulator which replaced Britain’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) earlier this year, the judges will still have to decide if a fine is warranted, and if so how much. Hannam was accused in 2012 by the then FSA of sending two emails in 2008 on behalf of a client, Heritage Oil, which included what the regulator considered “inside” or market-moving information. The emails, out of a batch of 20,000, were pored over after Hannam himself blew the whistle on an unrelated insider trade. No-one traded on the information in Hannam’s emails and the regulator did not remove his “fit and proper” status, required for working in London’s financial sector. But the regulator, which has sought to make an example of a banking heavyweight, has accused Hannam of having a “relaxed and improper attitude to confidentiality”. Hannam, who was disciplined by JP Morgan in 2009 around the time the FSA began its investigation, denies the statements in the emails constituted inside information and argues that the disclosures were made in the course of his work and for the benefit of the client. Partly due to Hannam’s candid admissions during questioning, that argument has fuelled debate over what should count as inside information and what is legitimate for a banker to do and say.
‘We love Mandela’ London exhibition pays homage to icon
high schools at jewelry shops in Vietnam. One of them, a 1970 Montgomery County High School ring, was returned to the school, but its original owner has yet to be found. Based on its age, positioning, copper bridle, and location in the sacred precinct of the ancient city of Tel Haror, the scientists speculated that the animal had been a ritually sacrificed. An artists’ rendering suggests what the High Arctic Camel may have looked like in its forest environment. The hat was said to have documents sewn into it that could help explain the origin of the Korean Hangeul alphabet. The remains were buried on a bed of woven reeds and tied in braided rattan. A Viennese archeologist claims to have discovered the remains of Arsinoe IV, sister to the infamous Cleopatra. She says the remains were found in Ephesus, where Arsinoe was said to have died, but others say there is no hard evidence to back up the claims. In 1990, World War II buff Rodney Brown discovered the statute and procured it from de Weldon, and in 2013 it was sold at auction. Critics cast doubt on the claim that a mummified skull found in a retired collecter’s attic belonged to French King Henri IV. The skull was used to create a 3D model of what Henri’s face looked like. The suitcase, which belonged to Margaret Maule, was filled with memorabilia such as a diary and photographs, and it remains a mystery how it the suitcase ended up at the University. If the date is confirmed, it would be among the oldest sites in the world.
First tiger cub born at London Zoo in 17 years
1 hour ago London (AFP) – A portrait of Nelson Mandela by British artist Richard Stone and a portrayal of him playing the role of Jesus at the Last Supper are some of the works on display in London’s “We Love Mandela” exhibition. Some 22 artists, all South African with the exception of Stone, are displaying around 50 works reflecting the “emotions of people”, their feelings and ideas about South Africa’s first black president, exhibition curator Natalie Knight told AFP. Many of the artists showcased were forced to work underground during the era of apartheid. Peace icon Mandela featured “at the top” of the list of personalities whom Stone, portraitist of Queen Elizabeth II and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, wanted to paint. “It was the most daunting experience I had ever had” and also “the greatest privilege”, the artist told AFP. “Here we have quite possibly the most famous man on the planet,” he said. “My goal was to capture something of the soul of this very great man.” Curateor Natalie Knight poses in front of an image entitled “Foresight and Hindsight” by South Afric Stone recalled how Mandela “allowed a little window to be open into his soul” during the six sittings which took place in his Johannesburg office in 2008. The painting, which features a dignified white-haired Mandela wearing one of his trademark colourful shirts, was sold at auction in 2008 for around 480,000 euros ($650,000) during a London concert celebrating his 90th birthday. The exhibition gives equal billing to numerous cartoons by South African animator Zapiro, one of which shows Mandela sat in a carriage next to the queen as they travel through the streets of London. A policeman turns to his colleague and says: “The next bloody tourist who asks who’s the little old lady with Mandela…!” For Knight, the drawing epitomises “the importance of Mandela in the world.” Another work explores the power of Mandela’s clenched fist, the symbol of his fight against apartheid, while another imagines Mandela as the central figure at the Last Supper, surrounded by “his” disciples, including Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. The exhibition was postponed on several occasions due to health concerns over 95-year-old Mandela, who was hospitalised in June and is now receiving intensive care at home. The exhibition is free to the public and will open on October 16 at the South African embassy in London. It will then travel to Paris, while Berlin and the United States have expressed interest in hosting the works.