Ayo experiments with La Salle 5 in rout of UST

first_imgBrad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town “We’ve been thinking about it for a while, but for coach Aldin to put us all in there shows the versatility our coach gives us. No limits,” said Tratter.“Coach likes to try out new things,” said Mbala, who anchored the five on the floor that flaunted La Salle’s depth in a 99-56 whipping of the Growling Tigers Sunday. “I think that was just a way for him to check if the five of us could jell and run the plays.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThe result of the five-man unit hardly mattered, with the game already decided as early as the first half.Showing grit like the champions they aspire themselves to be, the Green Archers picked themselves up from the Growling Tigers’ 10-5 start and proceeded to manhandle their foes, establishing a 45-23 halftime lead and extending the advantage to as high as 46, 93-47, late in the game. EDITORS’ PICK BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise The 43-point blowout, the most lopsided win this season, is also a perfect example of the Archers’ dominance this year, that even with its opponents’ best punches, it will still find a way to rise through adversity.Mbala topped the Green Archers 21 points, 15 rebounds, and five blocks, while Jeron Teng got 16 markers, four boards, and three assists.La Salle secured a twice-to-beat advantage and is poised to sweep its remaining games in the elimination round with University of the East, Ateneo, and Far Eastern University left in its UAAP Season 79 schedule.But more scary for the field is the untapped potential Ayo hasn’t discovered in his deep roster. Ayo and his coaching staff are still looking for other weapons on its already loaded arsenal.“Gusto naming ipakita yung pwede pang gawin ng team na ito. Yung unpredictability na gusto ni coach, dapat palaging nandyan,” said assistant coach Louie Gonzales, as Ayo refused to face the media after the rout.ADVERTISEMENT We are young For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Finally! A Cubs team that ain’t afraid of no ghosts Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoaching the deepest team in the league in La Salle, head coach Aldin Ayo has a lot of options in terms of who he wants to play on the floor.During the Green Archers’ rout of University of Santo Tomas, Ayo fielded in a towering five of Ben Mbala, Abu Tratter, Jason Perkins, Mark Dyke, and Julian Sargent for the first time this season.ADVERTISEMENT Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 View commentslast_img read more

‘Let us trade’: Debate over ivory sales rages ahead of CITES summit

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe want to sell off their ivory stocks to raise money for conservation.Growing human and elephant populations in these southern African countries have provoked increased human-wildlife conflict, and the governments see legal ivory sales as a way to generate revenue for conservation and development funding.Other countries, most notably Kenya, oppose the proposal, on the grounds that previous legal sales stimulated demand for ivory and coincided with a sharp increase in poaching. VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe — A decade ago, what was supposed to be a one-off sale of 102 tonnes of ivory from southern African states raised $15 million for conservation and community development. But that sale coincided with a massive increase in levels of poaching across Africa. Now, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe — which host 60 percent of Africa’s remaining elephants between them — have tabled a proposal for a further sale of ivory stocks and a resumption in the trade of elephant hunting trophies.Speaking to media on June 27 at the Wildlife Economy Summit held in Victoria Falls, President Emerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe laid out the basic argument: he said the sale of ivory would raise $600 million, Zimbabwe’s share of which would go toward strengthening management of the country’s 11 national parks and conservancies.Zimbabwe is battling a severe economic crisis, and Mnangagwa told journalists the money would mean improved surveillance for the country’s protected areas.“What is wrong if we use that ivory or those horns to collect revenue and improve the maintenance of national parks [and the] lives of the communities around them?” Mnangagwa said.But another group of countries, prominently including Kenya, has submitted a counter-proposal to tighten restrictions on trade in elephant parts.“Kenya has chosen not to benefit from its own natural resources given by God,” Mnangagwa said, “but we are saying we would want to benefit. Whether you like it or not an elephant someday will die and [its] tusks will fall off and when you see them, you burn them. We are saying let us trade.”April 2016: Tusks ready for destruction in Kenya. Photo: Roz Reeve Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Elephants, Environment, Environmental Crime, Ivory, Ivory Trade, Mammals, Poaching, Wildlife, Wildlife Crime, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking Article published by terna gyuse Rewarding conservation success or reawakening demand?African elephants were placed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1990, meaning commercial trade in wild-caught specimens is illegal. Despite clear evidence of the threat posed to the species by poaching, this classification was hotly contested. Having later satisfied CITES authorities that their elephant populations were sufficiently healthy, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe’s pachyderms were downlisted to Appendix II in 1997, which permits carefully regulated trade. The same was done for South Africa in 2000, and Zambia is also currently seeking to downlist its elephants.The African elephant (Loxodonta africana) is listed as vulnerable to extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is estimated there were 1.2 million elephants in Africa in 1980. In less than 40 years, that number had fallen to around 415,000, according to the IUCN’s “2016 African Elephant Status Report,” with more than 70 percent of those found in southern Africa.According to government records, Zimbabwe’s elephant population has grown steadily, from 46,000 in 1980, to more than 58,000 in 1989. Today, the country has an estimated 85,000 elephants — 30,000 more than its carrying capacity, says the government.Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia defend their argument to be allowed to trade ivory on the basis that legal sales will eliminate illegal markets and that the money raised will fund wildlife protection. Max Graham, CEO of Space for Giants, an international conservation organization based in Kenya, says other governments disagree.“Something close to 20 other African nations, led by Kenya, believe a legal trade helps drive demand for ivory to the point where it overwhelms frameworks and institutions put in place to manage that legal trade,” Graham told Mongabay. “That fuels a destructive illegal trade that is controlled by dangerous criminal syndicates, corrupts national institutions, puts wildlife rangers and conservationists in the line of fire, and will ultimately lead to the extinction of elephants in the wild.”Graham added that discussions about the ivory trade, or the broader utilization of wildlife, are, at their core, discussions about funding, or the lack of it.Researchers from the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research have argued that the 2008 legalization of ivory sales was linked to an increase in black market trafficking in ivory. In a 2016 paper, Solomon Hsiang and Nitin Sekar track a steep 66 percent increase in illegal ivory production following the announcement of the legal sale.“An estimated ~71% increase in ivory smuggling out of Africa corroborates this finding, while corresponding patterns are absent from natural elephant mortality, Chinese purchases of other precious materials, poaching of other species, and alternative explanatory variables,” they wrote. “These data suggest the widely documented recent increase in elephant poaching likely originated with the legal sale.”A recent survey by Elephants without Borders, a nonprofit based in South Africa, found that elephant poaching was on the rise in Botswana, which in May this year lifted a five-year self-imposed ban on elephant hunting. The survey indicated that 156 elephants were poached in the country in 2018.The Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) project, an initiative by CITES that tracks poaching levels, shows that there was an increase in levels of illegal killing of elephants starting in 2006. The killings peaked in 2011 and declined thereafter. MIKE recorded more than 17,780 carcasses between 2003 and 2017 at monitoring sites across the continent.Patricia Awori, of the Pan African Conservation Network, said she’s doubtful that selling ivory will solve questions of funding for conservation. “We are not keen on reopening the ivory trade, even if it is one-off sales, because it reopens markets that are closed and awakens a voracious appetite for ivory that cannot be quenched by existing ivory. Demand for ivory results in the needless slaughter of elephants around the continent.”African elephants in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Photo: Rhett A. Butler.Broader perspective neededIn an interview at the wildlife summit, Ivonne Higuero, secretary-general of CITES, told Mongabay that the various proposals will be put on the table for discussion at the next conference of parties to the convention, scheduled for Geneva in August.“This is sort of a tense moment on the continent in that there is a difference between what the requests are from the various African countries that have populations of African elephants,” she told Mongabay.Higuero acknowledged that countries with African elephant populations are bearing enormous conservation costs that they need to offset, and that the ivory trade is one of the alternatives open to them.“Conservation is absolutely important for the present and future generations. We depend on nature, wild species of flora and fauna and ecosystem services for our food, health, water, livelihoods and economies,” she said. “However, the benefits accrue for the entire world while the costs are borne by the custodians. We need more recognition of these costs of conservation and the alternative costs associated with not using resources to ensure sustainability and replenishment of stocks (with fisheries for example).”The CITES chief said that while there’s a focus on the question of hunting elephants and trading ivory, there’s a legal international trade in many other animal and plant species that are very profitable for the southern Africa region and Africa more widely.“We need a much broader and wiser vision of what a wildlife economy means,” she said, “and that should not only focus on animals, but it is plants and animals and that there are many areas of legal trade that we should pay attention to, and develop those that could bring in much more money and improve economies in many African countries.”Higuero called for clear systems of payment for natural environment benefits that could support conservation efforts in habitat countries.“In this way, also, the custodians put value on those resources and will have incentives to take care of the resources and use them sustainably,” she said.As the CITES summit approaches, Zimbabwe and others are talking tough.“Up to now we have not agreed with CITES and we are keeping our ivory,” Mnangagwa told the press. “We will only dispose of our stock when we have agreed. If we do not agree, we will keep our stocks. We will not burn our stocks.”Banner image: Desert elephants in Namibia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.Related articlesNew research measures impacts of China’s elephant ivory trade ban(October 2018) Research released by WWF and TRAFFIC, the wildlife monitoring network, found that there has been a substantial decline in the number of Chinese consumers buying ivory since the ivory trade ban went into effect on December 31, 2017. But there is still work to be done to diminish both the supply and demand for elephant ivory in China.CITES proposals by African countries aim to end the ivory trade(June 2016) Five proposals were submitted to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in late April by African Elephant Coalition countries in response to the poaching crisis facing African elephants over the last decade. The proposals are designed to end the ivory trade once and for all. As many as 100,000 elephants are believed to have been killed for their ivory between 2010 and 2012, during the height of the crisis, many in AEC countries.Countries at IUCN Congress vote to ban domestic ivory markets(September 2016) At the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in Hawaii last week, delegates passed a motion to ban all domestic ivory markets. The ban is not legally binding, but urges governments with legal domestic markets for elephant ivory to close them down. Countries like Namibia, Japan and South Africa opposed the motion arguing that domestic markets should be regulated but kept open.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

Brazilian beef industry plays outsized role in tropical carbon emissions: report

first_imgArticle published by Glenn Scherer Agriculture, Amazon Agriculture, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Destruction, Cattle, Cattle Pasture, Cattle Ranching, Controversial, Corruption, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Crime, Environmental Politics, Forests, Green, Industrial Agriculture, Land Conflict, Land Grabbing, Land Use Change, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Saving The Amazon, Threats To The Amazon, Tropical Deforestation Roughly 2.6 gigatons of carbon dioxide were released annually between 2010 and 2014 due to growth in tropical agriculture and tree plantations, say researchers; 40 percent of those deforestation-related emissions stem from Brazil and Indonesia, with oilseeds — especially palm oil and soy — accounting for most emissions in Indonesia.The research shows that cattle ranching in Brazil is the leading driver of deforestation emissions across Latin America. Brazilian meatpacking giant JBS presents the highest deforestation risk of the nation’s leading companies, followed by other major firms including Minerva and Marfrig. Most beef raised in Brazil is consumed domestically.The deforestation problem arises because monitoring linked to ranches is only done with the final slaughterhouse supplier, while most forest loss is taking place at the ranch where the animals originate, or at other ranches to which animals are sold, before being “laundered” at a last ranch.The solution: barcode tag animals from birth, so livestock can be traced from source, through multiple sales, to the slaughterhouse, tracking deforestation along the way. But political will has been lacking, say analysts, under past administration and especially under President Jair Bolsonaro. Daily life on a cattle ranch in the Brazilian Amazon. Image © Erik Lopes courtesy of The Nature Conservancy.Cattle ranching in Brazil is the leading driver of deforestation-related carbon emissions across Latin America, according to research published in Global Environmental Change. Deforestation-risk data associated with Brazilian cattle ranching is documented on Trase, a deforestation and commodities monitoring Internet platform created by the Stockholm Environment Institute and Global Canopy (an NGO).The Global Environmental Change study found that 40 percent of carbon emissions in the tropics stem from Brazil and Indonesia, with cattle production driving most deforestation-related emissions in Brazil; and oilseeds, including palm oil and soy, accounting for significant emissions in Indonesia.Palm oil, according to the study, accounts for roughly half of Indonesia’s deforestation-related carbon dioxide emissions. Trase’s new data tracks beef, offal and live cattle exports from Brazil, finding that, between 2015 and 2017, Brazil’s cattle exports were associated with between 65,000 and 75,000 hectares of deforestation per year; 51 percent of this deforestation risk was linked to sourcing of cattle from the Amazon biome, and 47 percent from the neighboring Cerrado savanna biome, according to the report.Tree loss rose dramatically between 2017 and 2018, with Brazil losing roughly 3,000 square miles in the Amazon. Data from Brazil’s space agency, INPE, shows how deforestation in the legal Amazon has spiked further this year after Jair Bolsonaro took office in January.The Brazilian data, say experts, coming in the midst of major deforestation-linked fires raging across the Amazon rainforest, is unsettling.Toby Gardner, Trase’s Director, told Mongabay that “deforestation associated with fresh meat imports from Brazil to the US spiked massively between June 2016 and July 2017 when the ban on fresh meat imports was lifted temporarily.”* This, he says, clearly links Brazil’s beef industry with forest loss. In 2016, livestock farming accounted for more than seven percent of Brazil’s Gross Domestic Product, according to Chain Reaction Research. The same source reports that as of 2018, Brazil had the world’s second largest cattle herd.Traditionally, Gardner says, concerns about food safety have blocked fresh Brazilian meat from entering the United States. But during that brief window when it was permitted, Gardner told Mongabay the US-Brazil beef trade doubled. “Slaughter businesses from all over Brazil filled this new demand – including meatpackers in the Amazon, notably the state of Mato Grosso,” he said. During that time, Trase data indicates that the deforestation risk associated with beef imports to the US from Brazil more than trebled.What shut down fresh beef imports to the US in 2017 was a meat-quality scandal. Brazilian Federal Police made arrests related to a bribery scheme in which 30 meat refrigeration facilities offered payoffs for illegally altered quality control certificates. Some of Brazil’s largest food and meat producers, including JBS and BRF, were charged.Trase data shows that JBS — a company frequently charged with deforestation in the past related to livestock production — presents the highest deforestation risk of Brazil’s leading beef companies. It is followed by other major firms including Minerva and Marfrig.JBS responded to questions from Mongabay about its supply chain monitoring, saying that it “assesses more than 50,000 potential cattle suppliers every day.” The firm noted that it has blocked more than 7,000 potential suppliers because of noncompliance issues and that a third party, DNV GL, a Norwegian auditing firm, monitors JBS’s system.Holly Gibbs, a supply-chain researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, told Mongabay that “The Amazon is [roughly] six times the size of Texas, and we know that 60-80 percent of the land that’s cleared is used for cattle ranching. So that’s a really large area.” Gibbs spotlighted a critical, well-documented, loophole in the current monitoring system for detecting cattle-related deforestation: only direct slaughterhouse suppliers are monitored. An animal’s ranch of origin — typically where illegal deforestation takes place — is rarely monitored for forest loss.“We know from our analysis of the cattle transport data that cattle supply chains are really fluid,” Gibbs told Mongabay. “We know that 80 percent of the direct suppliers that sell to slaughterhouses bought from other ranchers before they sold. In fact, on average, they bought from 15 other properties before they sold.” Gibbs estimates that up to 80 percent of cattle-related deforestation is missed by Brazil’s current monitoring system.She likens the chronic problem, unaddressed by government policy, to “turning on your air conditioning to cool your house during a heatwave and then leaving all your doors and windows open.” The problem could be solved by barcode tagging animals from birth, so livestock could be traced from source, through multiple sales, to the slaughterhouse. Yet analysts say political will is lacking.Both Gardner and Gibbs point to another problem: current cattle industry deforestation agreements only cover the Amazon and not Brazil’s Cerrado savanna region, which has become a deforestation hotspot over recent decades.Researchers like Gibbs and Trase have used government-mandated animal transport certificates to track the livestock supply chain. Trase uses municipal-level deforestation data to identify deforestation risk associated with livestock shipments. However, the Bolsonaro administration, since taking power in January, has blocked access to these certificates. Asked about this, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Supply, told Mongabay that the data was never publicly available and that the tracking system was changed to protect producers’ privacy, along with market data.Now, in 2019, Gardner says, “we can expect another peak in associated deforestation.” A recent study has in fact linked deforestation under Bolsonaro directly to this year’s Amazon fires. Apparently, in the first seven months of this year valuable trees were logged, with the remaining “slash” allowed to dry slowly on the ground. Burning this material is a traditional method used in the region to prepare land for planting. The burning generates ash which serves as fertilizer. For ranchers, it fosters the growth of grass which beef cattle can graze.In March, Brazilian President Bolsonaro and US President Donald Trump negotiated an agreement to increase beef exports from Brazil to the US, where companies like JBS have many subsidiaries. In June, meat inspectors from the US toured 12 slaughterhouses in Brazil. Observers expect permission for new imports to come through.Trase’s new report says that the deforestation risk associated with fresh meat imports to the US has increased dramatically in recent years. The Global Environmental Change study notes that most beef raised in Brazil is currently consumed domestically.To date, Brazil hasn’t implemented strategies to monitor cattle over their lifespan as related to deforestation. Experts say this lapse reflects the power of wealthy rural landowners.Banner image caption: Cattle at a Brazilian stockyard. Image © Henrique Manreza courtesy of The Nature Conservancy.Correction: Mongabay originally reported that Brazilian deforestation associated with fresh meat imports from Brazil to the US spiked massively under the Trump administration. That spike actually occurred during the previous administration.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Basket : Etzella sacré champion en battant le T71 (102-100)

first_img Partager En s’imposant 102-100 contre le T71 samedi soir, Etzella a remporté le titre de champion. Son premier titre depuis 13 ans…Le T71 était dos au mur et devait absolument vaincre lors de cette 4e manche de finale du championnat pour empêcher Etzella d’être sacré… Au final, les Dudelangeois s’inclinent 100-102 au terme d’un match assez fou. Avec cette victoire, Etzella s’arrache donc le titre au championnat. Après avoir remporté la Coupe mi-mars, les Nordistes réalisent donc le doublé.Le T71 a tout donné, mais n’a pas réussi à s’imposer lors de cette 4e manche. (Photo : Editpress/Jeff Lahr) LQ LA FINALEcenter_img 1re mancheEtzella-T71 : 97-772e mancheT71-Etzella : 89-803e mancheEtzella-T71 : 105-954e mancheT71-Etzella : 100-102 tweetlast_img read more

Crucial component

first_imgIt is well known that tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s top health challenges with nine million new cases and nearly 1.5 million deaths each year. Over 95 per cent of TB deaths occur in low and middle-income countries, poor communities and vulnerable groups.According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), while there has been significant progress in the fight against TB, with more than 43 million lives saved since 2000, the battle is only half-won as over 4000 people lose their lives each day to this leading infectious disease.At a recent international forum, which was organised to help complement the functioning of, and assist in capacity building among, national TB laboratories, Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings boasted that Guyana was currently winning the war against TB. She said that in spite of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) causing a spike in the number of TB cases dealt with last year, the National Tuberculosis Control Programme (NTP) and the National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS) were working round the clock to heighten the Isoniazid Preventative Therapy in citizens living with the deadly disease.Even though Guyana still has a far way to go, this country can boast of tremendous progress made in its fight against TB; and all efforts must be made to ensure these gains are not reversed. It could be recalled that the actual number of new TB cases diagnosed by the National TB Programme (NTBP) rose steadily throughout the 90s. However, with some key interventions by the previous Administration, such as the implementation of the Directly Observed Treatment Short (DOTS) programme (2002-2007), annual cases declined from 2008 and stabilised for four years thereafter due to further DOTS expansion.Based on official statistics, the case notification rate over the past five years decreased from 92 per 100,000 in 2012 to 70 per 100,000 in 2017. This is quite an achievement and kudos must be given to all the stakeholders that are working to further reduce TB cases in Guyana.Some years ago, the DOTS system was successfully implemented in all the regions of the country and has been essential to ensuring case detection, standardised treatment, with supervision and patient support. That said, the national rate is still below the target for the WHO’s END TB Strategy 2025 of 90 per cent.According to recent analysis by the WHO of the TB epidemic, “momentum is growing at country and community levels – including in the 30 countries with the highest TB burden (over 85 per cent of the global burden). A number of countries are strengthening the strategic agendas of their TB programmes, by adopting newer tools, extending access to care and linking with other parts of Government to reduce the financial costs borne by patients. Other countries are partnering with researchers to speed development of diagnostic tests, drugs and vaccines, and to improve delivery”.However, despite these advances, formidable challenges remain including fragile health systems, human resource and financial constraints, and the serious co-epidemics with HIV, diabetes, and tobacco use.Ending TB will only be achieved with greater collaboration within and across governments and with partners from civil society, communities, researchers, the Private Sector and development agencies. This means taking a whole-of-society and multidisciplinary approach, in the context of universal health coverage.Funding also remains a crucial component. All partners can help take forward innovative approaches to ensure that everyone suffering from the disease has access to TB diagnosis, treatment and cure. Governments and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) may have the best ideas to tackle TB, but it makes very little sense if there are inadequate financial resources to ensure their effective implementation.The authorities here must continue to build on the gains made over the years regarding efforts to reduce TB cases in keeping with the WHO targets.last_img read more

Key areas discussed during agriculture meeting in Mexico

first_imgAgriculture Minister Noel Holder has returned from Merida, Mexico where he attended a series of high-level meetings on agriculture in Mexico and Caribbean countries.Among the areas on which emphasis was placed were animal and plant health, safety and quality challenges and joint venture recognition within the Caribbean, productivity enhancement and agriculture, livestock and fisheries sustainability, strengthening South-South Cooperation within Caribbean Regions and geospatial information for early warning and decision making, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder (3rd from right in front row) and other regional representatives during the first day of the meetingAdditionally, participants were given the opportunity to discuss ways in which these nations can promote closer collaborations with other countries in the Caribbean in order to facilitate trade of agricultural produce.Discussions on initiatives and coordination of intra and inter-sectoral actions at the regional, sub-regional and national levels by adopting and exchanging information on policies developed by participating countries were given top priority as Ministers and Secretaries saw the need to improve in this regard.During the course of the week, efforts were made to formulate an integrated comprehensive approach to three outlined sustainable development dimensions. These included economic, social and environmental approaches.Minister Holder, in an invited comment, said that meetings of this nature provide opportunities to facilitate an exchange of experiences and best practices in phytosanitary regulations, spatial data for decision making and the improvement of productivity and sustainability of agriculture in the Region.“The Government’s agricultural trajectory outlines the nexus between food security and nutrition security in its eco-system and emphasises the need for good governance among all sectors and actors involved by implementing policies, which will, in turn, further develop Guyana’s food and nutrition security,” Minister Holder said.The meetings served as a means to further advance and facilitate the sharing of expertise among Caribbean countries in strategic food industry areas, setting the ground work for two regional technical cooperation projects, which will be implemented in the short term, gathering the inputs of key players in the agricultural industry.last_img read more

Guyana to attend Tourism, CTO in The Bahamas

first_imgCabinet has approved Guyana’s representation at a meeting of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Council of Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism in Nassau, The Bahamas on January 31.At a post-Cabinet press briefing held on Friday at the Ministry of the Presidency, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said that this meeting will be attended by Donald Sinclair, Director General of Tourism, and who will represent the Business and Tourism Minister, Dominic Gaskin.Director General of Tourism Donald SinclairMinister Trotman said the meeting will provide the opportunity for Guyana to present adventure tourism, such as safaris, and jungle and river trips as an alternative to the most traditional sun and sand-based Caribbean vacations.The opportunity will also be taken to put CTO countries on notice that Guyana will be hosting the prestigious 24th Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High Level Authorities of Tourism in November 2017.The Council of Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism is the highest policy-making body in the CTO. This forum will serve as a platform for the promotion of sustainable development of tourism through the sharing of experiences, technical cooperation, and bilateral engagement.The CTO was established in 1989 to promote the Caribbean as the most desirable year round warm weather tourist destination.last_img read more

CAF EXCO gives Kenya thumbs up on CHAN

first_img“Significant progress has been made on the ground and there is a strong government commitment to host the competition and make it a success. This comes after the inspection mission to Kenya from February 20 to 24, led by CAF First Vice President, Suketu Patel. The inspection team visited the various sites, including Nairobi, with two stadia, Eldoret, Meru and Machakos,” CAF said in its statement.There had been growing fears that the country will not be ready for the biennial championship for homegrown players over the readiness of various stadia proposed to host the matches.However, a visit by the CAF bosses in February cleared these fears with Patel being categorical the continental football body was not thinking of another host.“CAF is not thinking of another host. We are confident that Kenya will be able to host a good Championship,” Patel said then after a meeting with Football Kenya Federation and government officials.At the same time, CAF has already sent back a document detailing what exactly needs to be done in the remaining 10 months before the competition.“As promised, the document has been sent but we have to discuss it first as the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) before we can disclose it to the public. But the thing is we are working hard to ensure the facilities are ready for the championship,” LOC deputy Chief Executive Officer Herbart Mwachiro told Capital Sport.CAF first vice president Patel Suketu addressing the press on Friday, February 24.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“We are encouraged with what the Executive Committee had to say after their meeting. We had no doubts of course but it is always good to know that we are on the right path,” Mwachiro added.Currently, the Nyayo and Kasarani Stadia are closed for renovation while contractors are on the ground in Meru and Kipchoge Keino in Eldoret to step up efforts to ensure the facilities and playing surface is ready.Meanwhile, the Executive Committee unanimously recommended the CAF Disciplinary Board to proceed with the case of COSAFA President Philip Chiyangwa.Chiyangwa, also the Zimbabwean FA president has been accused of attacking the honor of CAF, its president and members of the executive committee with his actions and recent statements.Ahead of the CAF elections on March 16, the continent has been split between incumbent Issa Hayatou and newcomer Ahmad Ahmed, the Madagascar FA president who is seeking to unseat Hayatou.Chiyangwa irked CAF last month when COSAFA unanimously declared their support for Hamad while also convening a meeting of FA president from across the continent as they sought more support for Ahmad.The 70-year old Hayatou has been at the helm of the continental football body since 1988 and a section of the continents FAs want a change at the helm.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FKF President Nick Mwendwa address with other Officials.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 15 – The Confederation of African Football Executive Committee says it is impressed with Kenya’s preparations for next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) after the latest visit by top CAF officials led by Vice President Suketu Patel.Kenya’s level of preparedness was discussed and analyzed by CAF during the Executive Committee meeting held in Addis, Ababa Ethiopia on Tuesday evening ahead of the 39th CAF General Assembly.last_img read more

Lane, prolific character actor, dies at 102

first_imgAlthough the roles provided a good living, Lane objected to being typecast. “You did something that was pretty good, and the picture was pretty good. That pedigreed you in that type of part, which I thought was stupid, and unfair, too,” he told The Associated Press in a 100th birthday interview in 2005. “It didn’t give me a chance, but it made casting easier for the studio.” He turned to the stage for variety, appearing in a wide range of roles in more than 100 plays, most of them at the storied Pasadena Playhouse. Lane was working in the insurance business and dabbling in theater productions at night when actor Irving Pichell advised him to study at Pasadena. He was eventually spotted by a Warner Bros. scout and cast in his first movie, an Edward G. Robinson-James Cagney melodrama, “Smart Money,” in 1931. Lane remained at Warner Bros., sometimes working in three or four pictures a day. He would be rushed from one set to another and handed his few lines. “I was being paid $35 a day,” he recalled in 2005. “When the Screen Actors Guild was being organized, I was one of the first to join.” In 1934, Frank Capra, on his rise to prominence, cast Lane in a horse-racing film, “Broadway Bill.” Capra liked the actor’s work so much he included him in nine more movies, including “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and “You Can’t Take It With You.” In Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” he was a rent collector who shocks his boss, the evil Lionel Barrymore character, by telling him that hero James Stewart’s character is a good businessman. One of Lane’s most cherished possessions was a letter from the fabled director declaring, “Well, Charlie, you’ve been my No. 1 crutch.” Lane became good friends with Lucille Ball when she was a chorus girl and he was cast in RKO musicals, and she went on to cast him regularly in her 1950s TV show, often as an impatient bureaucrat at odds with the bumbling Lucy. He was especially fond of his role in the “I Love Lucy” episode in which Lucy Ricardo gave birth to her son, Little Ricky. Papa Ricky (Ball’s real-life husband, Desi Arnaz) was all nerves while Lane, as a fellow expectant father, was the picture of calm. “This old guy was expecting his 10th child or something, and this nervous young man was expecting his first,” Lane recalled in 2005. “It was a marvelous scene, and Desi was a fine actor.” The 1953 show attracted the biggest TV audience up to that time, no doubt aided by the news that Ball and Arnaz had their own son that same night. Lane continued to act into his 90s, and when he accepted an award from cable television’s TV Land channel in honor of his 100th birthday, he made a point of saying he was still available for work. A widower with a son and daughter, Lane had no formula for his longevity, although he noted his mother lived to be nearly 100. The weekend before he died, Lane was working on a celebration of his life, a project with former child star Jane Withers. The two had appeared in three movies together. When it came to alcohol, he was a lifelong teetotaler. But his son noted that his father smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 70 years, quitting only when he became short of breath. “I know that smoking kills people, and I must be the exception,” Lane said then. Tom Lane said there would be no funeral. Survivors also include a daughter, Alice Deane, and granddaughter, Lucy Graves. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA MONICA – Charles Lane, the prolific character actor whose name was little known but whose crotchety persona and roles in hundreds of films made him recognizable to generations of moviegoers, has died. He was 102. His son, Tom Lane, said he was talking with his father at 9 p.m. Monday. “He was lying in bed with his eyes real wide open,” his son said. “Then he closed his eyes and stopped breathing.” Lane, whose career spanned more than 60 years, appeared in such film classics as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town” and “Twentieth Century.” He also had a recurring role as the scheming railroad man Homer Bedloe on the 1960s TV sitcom “Petticoat Junction” and appeared often on “I Love Lucy.” His crisp, stage-trained voice and no-nonsense appearance made him a natural for playing authority figures. He was a judge in “God Is my Partner,” a prosecutor in “Call Northside 777,” a priest in “Date With an Angel” and a member of Clark Gable’s newspaper editorial board in “Teacher’s Pet.” last_img read more

Princess Cruises office evacuated

first_imgPrincess Cruises employees made their way over to the mall, after they were told it would take until 11 a.m. to clear the scene. John Knight and some co-workers stayed in the parking lot. “We’re told 11 o’clock back in, but that’s two hours of wasted time, so it’s frustrating,” he said. The caller who phoned Princess Cruises Friday said there was a bomb in the second-floor lunchroom, Naccarato said. The company also received a letter a month ago warning that the Valencia Town Center, which is where Princess Cruises is located, would blow up on a Friday, Naccarato said. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – A bomb threat forced authorities Friday to evacuate Princess Cruises’ employees from their Valencia offices. The emergency response was prompted by the discovery in a second-floor lunchroom of what appeared to be an explosive device in an aerosol can, coupled with a threatening phone call and a threat the company received in a letter last month, said sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Naccarato. The Sheriff’s Department was notified at 8:50 a.m. and Princess Cruises employees were evacuated, but they were allowed back into the building at 11 a.m., after the aerosol can was found to be nonexplosive, authorities said. “The company is thinking it’s a disgruntled former employee,” Naccarato said. last_img read more