THE ROMA GIRL who was removed from her family in 2013 has reportedly dyed her hair brown so she won’t be taken from her family again. The seven-year-old girl was put in the care of foster parents for three days, while the HSE and gardaí tried to ascertain whether she was the daughter of a Roma man and woman living in Tallaght.The Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan said today: I was very concerned to hear Child T, a seven year old girl, say she has changed her hair colour to prevent her from being taken from her family again. Concerns were raised about the identity of the child and whether she was in fact their daughter.The little girl had blonde hair and blue eyes, quite different to her parents and siblings.A Facebook message sparked a series of events whereby the gardaí investigated the matter, resulting in the child being removed from the care of her family by the HSE until a DNA test could be done.The DNA test proved that she was in fact their child and was returned to their care.Timeline: Here’s what happened to the Roma Child T in Tallaght>Read: ‘A wake up call’: Where to now after the Logan Report?>Read: “Ethnic profiling” a factor in removal of Roma children, report finds>
The cost and benefits of territorial tenure, and factors affecting mating success in male Antarctic fur seals
The timing, location and duration of territorial tenure, and the mating success and return rates of male Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) were measured over four consecutive breeding seasons (1984–87) on Bird Island (54°00’S, 38°02’W), South Georgia. Tenure duration (days) followed a heavily skewed, Poisson-like distribution (median 13.08 days, maximum 75 days) and was positively related to the number of years of tenure (rs= 0.52, P 0.7) or to the level of mating success in the current year (P > 0.15). It was, however, positively related to the duration of tenure in the current year (P < 0.0001). The overall annual return rate was 43% which is not significantly different from the survival rate for the general male population and suggests that territorial tenure does not contribute to increased mortality in male Antarctic fur seals.