Outside a modest beige church near dry mountains in Tulare County on Monday, around 100 people pleaded to God in Spanish with arms raised to the sky. Each prayer was a little different, but the catalyst was the same.
It is, for some well-heeled foreign visitors, the ultimate African experience: the thrill of hunting a lion, one of the "Big Five" animals whose habitats are under increasing pressure from human encroachment. Now an American dentist's killing of a celebrity lion in Zimbabwe has triggered global revulsion, highlighting what critics say is an industry of trophy hunting that threatens vulnerable species across sub-Saharan Africa.
A big-game hunter from Minnesota acknowledged Tuesday that he killed a beloved lion in Zimbabwe with a bow and arrow, but said he regrets what he did and believed that his guides were leading him on a legal hunt.
Local residents raise their hands in the air as they pray for rain during the Tour of Prayer at Primera Iglesia Bautista del Orosi in Orosi. The Tour of Prayer travels every two weeks to a different Valley town especially hard-hit by the drought to pray for rain and other issues. The prayer circle started in Porterville and plans to end the tour there in October. Video by SILVIA FLORES firstname.lastname@example.org
If you love garden fragrance and non-stop bee and butterfly activity, then the sweet almond verbena or tree verbena is a must for your landscape. Those traits, coupled with drought tolerance and ease of growing, were just some of the reasons it was chosen as the Florida Plant of the Year in 2008.
Many homeowners have experienced the irritation of dealing with low water pressure in the house at least once. Low water pressure makes simple daily activities, such as showering or washing your dishes, frustrating and time consuming, but finding the cause can be the most irksome aspect of this common plumbing problem.