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A picture taken on August 7, 2017 shows a snow leopard at the NABU center in Kyrgyzstan These are external links and will open in a new window Image caption Scientists are emphasising that the big cats' new status does not mean they are safe from extinction Has the chilling threat of extinction worn off at last for the long-endangered snow leopard? Not exactly - but the iconic big cats' conservation status has been improved from "endangered" to "vulnerable". The decision was announced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - the global standard for assessing extinction risk. Experts have warned that the species still faces serious threats from poaching and habitat destruction. The elegant yet elusive creatures, which live in the mountains of central Asia, were first listed as endangered by the IUCN in 1972. The status change followed a three-year assessment process by five international experts. Dr Tom McCarthy, who runs the Snow Leopard Programme at big cat charity Panthera, was one of them. "To be considered 'endangered,' there must be fewer than 2,500 mature snow leopards and they must be experiencing a high rate of decline," he explained. "Both are now considered extremely unlikely, which is the good news, but it does not mean that snow leopards are 'safe' or that now is a time to celebrate.

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PH swimmer James Deiparine bags silver in 2017 SEA Games

PH swimmer James Deiparine bags silver in 2017 SEA Games PH swimmer James Deiparine bags silver in 2017 SEA Games PH swimmer James Deiparine bags silver in 2017 SEA Games By ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 26, 2017 03:43 PM KUALA LUMPUR – James Deiparine came tantalizingly close in giving the country its first swimming gold medal in the 29thSoutheast Asian Games late Friday, losing a close battle in the men’s 100-meter backstroke finals at the National Aquatic Center pool here. Under the radar after qualifying eight and last in the heats earlier in the day, Deiparine stormed out of lane 8 and took the lead, much to the surprise of the rest of the field, inspired likely no end by the presence of parents, who watched their son perform from the stands. The 23-year-old Washington State native seemed headed for the gold medal until Gagarin made one last-ditch effort in the final five meters in ruling the event in one minute and 01.76 seconds, relegating the Filipino swimmer to the silver medal in 1:02.11. Still, it was กระเป๋าสตางค์ราคาถูก the best performance thus far for the small PH swimming squad, which has been settling for bronze medals courtesy of Jasmine Aklhaldi and Roxanne Yu. Misfortune continued to hound two-time Olympian -- yet out-of-shape -- Jessie King Lacuna, who finished fourth in the men’s 400 individual medley finals in 4:27.06 A graduate of the California Polytechnic State University, Deiparine might just end PH swimming’s gold-medal drought in the last day of the swimming meet on Saturday after topping the men’s 50-meter backstroke heats in 28.53 seconds, slightly off his national mark of 28.22 seconds. Also booking their places in the finals starting at 7 p.m. tonight were Jasmine Alkhaldi and Nicole Marie Oliva. Making most of the time she has left in her swimming career, the 24-year old Alkhaldi qualified in the women’s 100-meter butterfly (1:02.38), 200-meter freestyle (2:05.62) and 50-meter freestyle (26.04). Filipino-American Oliva placed second in the women’s 200-meter freestyle heats in 2:04.12 and could figure in the tight race with Indonesia’s Raisa Dewi, which ruled the heats in 2:04.13. 

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