South African racist murderer sentenced

This video from South Africa is called Skielik Murderer Johan Nel in Court.

From the BBC:

SA racist killer gets life term

A judge has sentenced a 19-year-old white South African to four life terms in jail for killing four black people in a shooting spree in January.

Those shot dead by Johan Nel included a three-month-old baby and a boy of 10. Witnesses told the court he shouted racist abuse while shooting.

The killings led to angry protests by thousands of people.

Correspondents say Nel showed no emotion as he was sentenced. The judge said racism could not be tolerated.

Police spokesman Lesego Metsi said Judge Ronald Hendricks and the prosecuting lawyer were under police protection after receiving 50 death threats on their mobile phones, the South Africa Press Association reports.

Superintendent Metsi told South Africa’s Times newspaper that all the callers were white, who said Judge Hendricks would be killed if he handed down a life sentence. …

Nel was also sentenced to 68 years on 11 counts of attempted murder, five years for holding a firearm and three years for possession of ammunition.

Our reporter says Nel was told he would have to wait 25 years to negotiate parole.

His lawyers say they will appeal against the sentence.


Giant anteater baby in Amsterdam zoo

This is a giant anteater video.

This and this are two videos from NOS TV in the Netherlands, about a giant anteater baby, born in Amsterdam zoo. The first time ever this species was born in a Dutch zoo.

Kenyan BirdLife volunteers win prize

This video is called Birdwatching trip report Kenya October 2007.

From BirdLife:

BirdLife volunteers receive prestigious prize


A group working to conserve the Kikuyu Escarpment forest Important Bird Area (IBA) in Kenya has won the prestigious Equator Prize for 2008. The Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO) were chosen from 310 nominations and received the award at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, in Barcelona, Spain. …

They were selected to celebrate outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation of biodiversity. KENVO, which works with NatureKenya (BirdLife in Kenya), has shown remarkable success in addressing conservation issues at Kikuyu Escarpment forest, where human pressure has been increasing. This IBA is rich in bird species and is home to regionally threatened species such as African Olive Ibis Bostrychia olivacea and Crowned Hawk-eagle Stephanoaetus coronatus.

Nairobi National Park drought bringing storks into the dams: here.

Kenyan birds: here.

Boost for elephant and Grevy’s zebra numbers in Northern Kenya: here.

US conservatives and Obama’s election

Conservatives on Obama, cartoon by Mikhaela

This, about conservatives on Obama, is a cartoon by Mikhaela from the USA.

A Response to the Extreme Anti-Gay Comments by My Brother, Newt Gingrich; by Candace Gingrich, Human Rights Campaign: here.

George Galloway on Obama: here.

Obama and the environment: here.