Injured Ronaldo in race to get fit for Man City clash

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo faces a race against time to get fit for Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final first leg at Manchester City on Tuesday after he picked up a thigh muscle injury.“Ronaldo has been diagnosed with a muscle strain in his right thigh. His recovery will continue to be assessed,” Real said in a statement on Friday.Spanish newspaper Marca reported that the prolific striker has been ruled out of Madrid’s La Liga game at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.The Portuguese, who is the top scorer in La Liga with 31 goals, was seen limping off clutching his thigh at the end of Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Villarreal on Wednesday.last_img read more

For Indonesia’s Kendari Bay, silting is a death sentence

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 Researchers say the Kendari Bay, on the island of Sulawesi, is rapidly disappearing.The main culprit is land clearing for development projects around the bay and the rivers the feed it. The land clearing releases sediment into the water that eventually settles on the bottom of the bay.The bay may be decades from filling up completely, but studies suggest hope of saving its plant and animal life may already be lost. KENDARI, Indonesia — Next year will mark the completion of a nearly mile-long bridge being built over this booming industrial city’s iconic bay, say government officials here.But researchers studying the bay’s declining health warn that in another 10 years, there could be no bay left.The Kendari Bay Bridge is the largest in a series of infrastructure projects to accompany the rapid growth of Kendari, which sits back on an inlet of the Banda Sea on the eastern Indonesian island of Sulawesi. But land clearing for human settlements has released large volumes of silt into the rivers that feed the bay. The sediment finds its way into the bay itself, now only half as deep as it once was, studies indicate.Researchers say the bridge, with its girthy legs planted at the bay’s bottleneck, could be the last nail in the coffin for the body of water that has helped make this city a hub for the region’s natural resource industries. Government plans to stifle the soil buildup are slow and limited by funding, officials say. But La Ode Alwi, a hydrology professor at the city’s Halu Oleo University, says efforts are lacking.“It wasn’t clear how the city would be planned at the beginning,” said Alwi, whose Ph.D. dissertation examined the bay’s shrinking. “Zoning regulations were simple — build a house, then build a road, all close to rivers.” Eventually, he said, the rivers “became a garbage dump.”Home to nearly 400,000 people, Kendari is the capital of Indonesia’s Southeast Sulawesi province. Its dusty streets, low traffic and green spaces contribute to a small-city feel that belies its rapid growth, mirroring that of Southeast Sulawesi’s nickel mines and oil palm plantations.Kendari is shown in red. Image by Ewesewes/Wikimedia Commons.In the early 2010s, GDP growth in Southeast Sulawesi surpassed 10 percent, good for second-fastest in the country, before dropping closer to 6 percent in recent years, according to government figures. At the same time, Kendari’s population grew at an annual rate of 3.8 percent, nearly three times the national average.In 2012, Alwi wrote in his dissertation that more than a million cubic meters (35 million cubic feet) of soil was deposited into the bay each year, shaving an annual 7 to 15 hectares (17 to 37 acres) off the surface area. A report by researchers from Hasanuddin University in nearby South Sulawesi province and government agencies in Konawe district to the north said Kendari’s “out of control” development had put pressure on the forests and fish stocks in the surrounding region. Locals complain of trash, especially plastic waste, found clogging drainage canals and rivers. Research done by a group of Halu Oleo students in 2017 suggested mercury in the bay was approaching dangerous levels.“Construction of roads and housing has been done without any order,” Alwi said. “There are zoning codes but they’re barely enforced.”The legs of the Kendari Bay bridge, now under construction. Image by Ian Morse for Mongabay.The bridge isn’t the only project experts say is jeopardizing the health of the bay. Elsewhere along the coast, a colossal mosque built on a reclaimed land has also drawn criticism for releasing sediment into the water. Construction on the mosque only halted last year after the mayor who authorized its construction in 2015, Adriatma Dwi Putra, was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for corruption involving a road-building project.Longtime residents of Kendari and researchers examining the causes of sedimentation point to rapid land clearing in the Wanggu River watershed southwest of Kendari. There, around Haluoleo Airport, large housing complexes and farmland for cattle and rice have been opened up to accommodate the 25 percent jump in population in less than 10 years. The watershed, however, spans farther than the city’s borders, so the exact population increase may be greater.The bay may be decades from filling up completely, but studies suggest hope of saving its plant and animal life may already be lost. A recent study by Bogor Institute of Agriculture researcher Zulfathri Randhi reported that fishing inside the 1,400-hectare (3,460-acre) bay could no longer support families on the coast.Kahar Bugis, now 27, migrated to Kendari from a more rural part of the province in 2012, after finishing high school. He managed to earn a living and start a family with income from selling mangrove crabs from the bay. But last year, he switched to selling crabs imported from his hometown, even though the price had tripled.“I can’t find enough crabs in the bay anymore. I think it’s because of the waste, plastic and mud in the mangroves now,” said Kahar, a father of two. Despite the higher prices, he can still sell crabs because other sellers on his street have also switched to imported crabs.Kahar Bugis in his stall in the market in Kendari. Image by Ian Morse for Monagbay.For nearly two decades, Emiyarti, a fisheries lecturer at Halu Oleo University, has been studying the bay’s benthos, the aquatic life found at the very bottom of a body of water. The benthos in the bay, she said, were already showing signs of decline by the time she started her research in 2003, an indication of the bay’s dwindling health more broadly. Today, when her students study the benthos for their own research, they have trouble finding any specimens at all.“When I was young, I remember there were so many sea urchins around the bay. But now I can say they have all disappeared,” Emiyarti said. “This means that some things just can’t live in the bay anymore.”Subhan, a marine biologist at Halu Oleo, combined his work as a researcher with his diving hobby to study the coral in the bay. In a paper published in 2017, he found the rate of sedimentation prevented coral recruitment, the process by which new coral grows and forms.“When you dive in the bay, you can’t even see your own hand because it’s so dirty,” Subhan said.The province’s fisheries office says it relies on universities to carry out studies, but there has been little research on the health of the bay and upstream watershed since 2015, when Subhan recorded data for his work.Government officials acknowledge that the bay is at risk of disappearing, but there’s little consensus as to how long it will take.In May, the head of the province’s legislative council pressed the governor to act to slow the silting, noting that it was reaching a “critical point.” In 2011, the head of the city’s development office made a similar call, predicting the bay would be gone by 2031. The 2012 dissertation by Alwi, the hydrology professor, predicted Kendari Bay would be gone by this year, but others are now saying it will be another 10 or 20 years.Fifty years until the bay disappears: that’s the number offered by Anung Wijaya, the head of conservation at the province’s fisheries office. But rehabilitation work is slow because there are so many actors involved. The city has deployed an excavator to dredge soil out of the bay, but Anung says it only dumps the dirt on the coast, creating new land and reducing the bay’s area.“I’ve seen that the dirt at the bottom is very dense, and there’s 5 to 7 meters [16 to 23 feet] of it,” Anung said. “We have to have everyone who is affected involved to solve it.”Anung counted roughly 10 government offices that are involved in planning for the bay’s conservation, but the list doesn’t include NGOs and private groups involved. Because work is slow, he said, conservation relies on citizens taking action, such as student projects to plant mangroves.“With public awareness, we have to think about how to change residents’ behavior,” Anung said. “It’s not new. Government offices have been holding programs for a while. But that’s the thing: there’s been no change. Maybe it’s the ways they are working, or the bay is really actually very complex.”The Kendari Bay at sundown. Image by Bastian Zaini/Flickr.Alwi is critical of the government’s efforts to mitigate the damage done by downstream flow of sediment and other materials. What’s really needed, he said, is strong enforcement of zoning laws to manage the expansion of the city. A reservoir that can mimic the region’s once widespread swamps will help catch rainwater and prevent flooding, Subhan said. He recommends creating an additional channel by the legs of the bridge to allow for water and sediment to escape.Alwi and his daughter, Astriwana, built De Greenity, a green park space in the city 250 meters (820 feet) from the bay, where Alwi says the coastline used to be. Monday through Saturday, parents can pay for their children to learn English and natural sciences through hands-on practice in a garden and fish pond that stand out among cracked roads and stale housing.“I remember I could fish when I rode boats to school in Kendari. I would just drop the line in and immediately catch one,” Alwi said.“At the time, ferries run by PELNI [the state ferry operator] used to come into the bay. Now, it’s too shallow. No ferry is brave enough.”Follow Ian Morse on Twitter: @ianjmorseBanner: A motorbike plies a road next to Kendari Bay. Image by Leah Mahan/Flickr. 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. Cities, Environment, Environmental Policy, Featured, Fish, Fishing, Governance, Infrastructure, Land Use Change, Mining, Plantations, Population, Sedimentation, Sustainable Development, Urban Planning, Urbanization, Water, Water Crisis, Water Scarcity center_img Article published by mongabayauthorlast_img read more

Global trafficking threat catches up to Sri Lanka’s endangered pangolins

first_imgHunting for domestic meat consumption has long been the main threat to the Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) in Sri Lanka, but a new study identifies a growing threat from hunting for scales to feed demand from China.The researchers note an “established smuggling pathway” to India via fishing boat, which they say could explain why Sri Lanka isn’t highlighted as a trading or source country, as these stockpiles technically reach the global market through India.The new study also identifies an emerging trend of increasing pangolin rescues, but links this to the growing human presence in pangolin habitats.But the researchers also recorded pangolin sightings in areas and elevations they were previously not known to frequent, suggesting their ability to adapt to human and climate threats. COLOMBO — The same demand for pangolin scales and flesh that’s driving the animal’s decline across Africa and Southeast Asia is also taking a toll in Sri Lanka, one of the least-studied pangolin ranges.A new study into Sri Lanka’s population of Indian pangolins (Manis crassicaudata), one of eight species of the scaly anteater and the only one found on the island, identifies hunting for the domestic bushmeat trade as the main factor in its decline. But it also identifies a growing threat from the illegal international trade in pangolin scales.Lead author Priyan Perera, a senior lecturer with the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and a member of the IUCN SSP Pangolin Specialist Group, has since 2013 led a research effort to understand the evolving threats to this elusive and most trafficked of all animals.The last study looking at the distribution of the Indian pangolin in Sri Lanka dates back to 1981, he notes. A 2017 study led by Perera reviewed the existing knowledge, threats and research priorities, and a follow-up study looked at pangolins’ habitat preference in southern Sri Lanka.This latest study offers many new insights, including on the growing prominence of the international trafficking of pangolin scales.“The findings of the study revealed that wildlife crimes related to the Indian pangolins are rising,” the authors write. “Hunting for subsistence, live capture to sell as meat, hunting for scales, and traps intended for other agricultural pests are the main threats to M. crassicaudata in Sri Lanka.”The most trafficked animal in the world, all eight species of pangolins are globally targeted both for their scales and meat. Image courtesy of Priyan Perera.From local consumption to international traffickingThey analyzed 96 “reliable records” of wildlife crimes related to the Indian pangolin from 2000 to 2018, and found that subsistence hunting of the animals accounted for 47 percent of those incidents. This was followed by hunting for the bushmeat trade (nearly 28 percent), incidental capture in traps intended for other animals (11 percent), hunting for scales (6 percent), and trading of live animals for meat (6 percent).But while local consumption was the main reason for pangolin killings, more seizures of both pangolin meat and live animals have been recorded in recent years, also from Chinese restaurants in Colombo.“It is gradually moving from being a local delicacy to commercial meat trade,” Perera told Mongabay.Similar crimes documented by the customs office and the wildlife department found 78 percent were related to the possession of meat or killed animals, while one-third of the total crimes were reported within protected areas.In 2017, local authorities seized their largest stockpile to date of 130 kilograms (287 pounds) of pangolin scales, in Kalpitiya, northwestern Sri Lanka, believed to have been extracted from 150 killed pangolins. The scales were to be smuggled to India by fishing boat. But what gets seized is just the tip of the iceberg, Perera said.“Majority of crimes are likely to go undetected,” he said. “There appears to be an established smuggling pathway to South India, using fishing boats. This is also the likely reason why Sri Lanka does not get highlighted as a trading or source country, as these stockpiles technically reach the global market through India.”Wildlife trade watchdog TRAFFIC has previously identified India as a source of pangolin scales destined for China, where they are considered a prized ingredient in traditional medicine.Multiple feeding burrows of these shy ant-eaters at the same site leading to a single termite colony. Image courtesy of Priyan Perera.New habitatsThe new study also identifies an emerging trend of increasing pangolin rescues, with most rescue events recorded in rural settings, forested areas, cultivations and even semi-urban settings. Wildlife data showed that two-thirds of rescued pangolins have been carefully released back into their original habitats in healthy condition. And the true figures could be even higher, Perera said. “Just like the crimes, the recue events are also underreported,” he said.But while this may appear to be good news on the surface, it also points to the rate at which humans are invading pangolin habitats, the study says.Schoolchildren gather at a study site to learn about habitat conservation. Image courtesy of Priyan Perera.“Most pangolin rescues have been recorded from agricultural lands or rural home gardens where pangolins have been attacked by domestic dogs or entangled in traps intended for other animals,” it says. “The rising number of rescue events from such habitats may further indicate the depletion of preferred foraging habitats of Indian pangolins, and them seeking foraging opportunities in human-modified habitats.”The researchers also recorded pangolin sightings in areas and elevations they were previously not known to frequent, suggesting their ability to adapt to human and climate threats.Forty-five percent of the total sightings were recorded in the dry zone, the species’ typical habitat, while 27 percent each were made in the wet zone and in the intermediate zone. Earlier records included sightings at an elevation of 1,100 meters (3,600 feet) as the highest point, but the new study recorded pangolins at a much higher elevation: at 1,850 meters (6,070 feet) above sea level.“The highest elevations recorded, though less abundant, shows that pangolins are not exclusively a dry zone species and points to the interesting possibility of species adaptation,” Perera said.A pangolin, meaning the “one who rolls up” in Malay, balls up in its characteristic defensive posture. Image courtesy of Priyan Perera.Conservation challengesPerera emphasized the need for further studies to help formulate an effective conservation plan for the Indian pangolin in Sri Lanka, including statistics on wildlife crimes.“It is not about [population] distribution alone,” he said. “Crime data and trends are necessary for a better understanding of contemporary threats.  More research is needed, especially in the former conflict zones, inaccessible during three decades of war.”He added that a long-term data set, which Sri Lanka lacks, is critical to declaring the species endangered under international law. “In 2012, pangolin was listed as vulnerable, but the current issues highlight the need for elevation of their threat status,” Perera said.The IUCN lists the Indian pangolin as endangered, while CITES lists all eight pangolin species under Appendix I, thus prohibiting the trade in wild-caught specimens.Habitat conservation is also key to the survival of the Indian pangolin in Sri Lanka, Perera said. “Conserving forest patches is a critical need to protect pangolins, hunted both for scales and exotic meat,” he said.He and his team have set up study plots in a public forest reserve and in two private areas bordering national parks, where they hope to generate useful data about pangolin conservation. They also carry out behavioral studies on captive pangolins at a zoo to supplement their research efforts.But taking this knowledge back to the community is key, said Perera, who also conducts awareness programs for villagers and schoolchildren on how to conserve these elusive and fast-disappearing anteaters.Researcher Priyan Perera calls for extensive research to develop a conservation plan amid growing global threats to the survival of all eight pangolin species. Image by Dilrukshi Handunnetti. Banner image of a pangolin in a forested area in northwestern Sri Lanka, courtesy of Priyan Perera. Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Pangolins, Wildlife Trafficking Article published by dilrukshicenter_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 Citations:Perera, P., & Karawita, H. (2020). An update of distribution, habitats and conservation status of the Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) in Sri Lanka. Global Ecology and Conservation, 21. doi:10.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00799Phillips, W. W. A. (1980). Manual of the mammals of Sri Lanka (Vol. 1). Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka.Perera, P., Karawita, K., & Pabasara, M. (2017). Pangolins (Manis crassicaudata) in Sri Lanka: A review of current knowledge, threats and research priorities. Journal of Tropical Forestry and Environment, 7(1). doi:10.31357/jtfe.v7i1.3018Karawita, H., Perera, P., Gunawardane, P., & Dayawansa, N. (2018). Habitat preference and den characterization of Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) in a tropical lowland forested landscape of southwest Sri Lanka. PLOS ONE, 13(11). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0206082last_img read more

Leadership that failed to bring common sense to market conditions

first_imgDear Editor,The major factor contributing to the loss in the sugar industry remains leadership that failed to bring common sense to the changing global market conditions. All this loose talk of workers and weather is just that, idle talk. Jock Campbell and the Bookers Boys in the 1960’s and 1970’s also had major weather and workers’ challenges but yet their production was generally over 300,000 tonnes of sugar.GuySuCo’s senior leadership failed to handle two fundamental issues over the last decade – the aftermath of the 2005 floods that brought havoc to the fields and fix that albatross around the neck of the industry – the Skeldon Sugar Factory. If stability was brought to these two issues very early during the Raj Singh ear, GuySuCo would have had much more time and resources to climb up the value chain into the sugar derivatives market, which is where it ought to be (ethanol, refined sugar, alcohol, sugar tourism, agro-energy and so on).Let me be absolutely clear – raw unrefined cane sugar production is dead in Guyana. But yet since 2016, all team Hanoman has done at GuySuCo is complain; continued producing raw, unrefined cane sugar; failed to complete the reposition of the sugar industry up the value chain; and is now wasting billions on a doomed agriculture adventure – producing rice on sugar cane lands. Utter insanity! In the normal world, people like Hanoman would have been shipped off to the farthest island away from civilization with no fuel on the boat for the return journey.This Granger administration, which has access to more enlighten strategies, refuses to move away from this doomed strategy, which is taking the sugar belt to the point of self-implosion. Do not take my word for it, look at the productivity and production in the industry in 2016 compared to all the years since 1990; the lowest and the worst in 26 years (see graph below).If one looks at the graph above, one can find that the record under the PNC government has been pathetic and it is for a clear reason, they failed to engage the workers union in all major decisions. A house divided will never succeed and today Guyana is on the road to total and absolute failure if this pig-headedness continues under an aloft and arrogant Noel Holder who remains clueless strategically on what needs to be done to the sugar industry.But I must commend the Granger administration for one green shoot of success on the sugar belt, what happened at the end of 2016. Under the instructions of President Granger, Minister Ramjattan was asked to lead a delegation to engage stakeholders on the solutions for the sugar belt; 500 days too late, but better late than never. I celebrate this initiative and want to commend the Granger administration for taking this vital step into bringing common sense decision to bear on the challenges in the industry.Under Errol Hanoman, GuySuCo continues to suffer from a defective transformational leadership that has failed catastrophically on many levels from getting a grip of the systemic challenges in the field to bring stability at Skeldon Sugar Factory to moving the industry up the value chain. Divestment is a fool’s strategy; it will just end up as ghost towns on the sugar belt which is no good for Guyana socially and economically.I am again calling on President Granger to engage competent talent in the industry and seek skilful analysis of critical performance data to drive a stabilization strategy in the industry. Since the intellectually bankrupt Raj Singh has left the industry, the condition of the industry has gotten even worst, which mean that the current leadership at GuySuCo is even more intellectually bankrupt at stabilising the sugar industry.When will they bring real talent into the industry and stop playing politics with the lives of 15,000 families in rural Guyana?Sincerely,Sase Singhlast_img read more

Warnock to let Crystal Palace stars leave in Championship loan window

first_img Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock 1 Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock will use the Championship loan window to keep a number of his squad players happy.The new manager at Selhurst Park has some players at the training ground that were not named in his 25-man Premier League squad and he admits pros like Paddy McCarthy and Peter Ramage will be sent out to get match fitness.“I’ve had a couple of agents ringing me saying ‘he isn’t going to get in the team’ and ‘can he go on loan’ and managers asking for players already,” Warnock revealed.“I am in the players’ corner if they are not getting a look in or they want more games. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to go out on loan and get five or six games in the Championship, thank God they don’t have the same window we have in the Premier League.”last_img read more

Couple ordered to pay in fraud case

first_imgROSAMOND – A Rosamond couple accused of milking the state workers’ compensation system for more than $1 million in direct payments, medical care and the services of a chauffeur and a housekeeper were each placed on three years’ probation Friday. Robert and Rosemary Bunch were ordered to pay a total of $114,440 in restitution and fines and each sentenced to 31 days in jail, for which they received credit for time already served. “I think they got a fair sentence. They were lucky in that they admitted wrongdoing in an early stage of the proceedings,” Kern County Deputy District Attorney David Wolf said. “Neither one has any criminal record. I think it’s fair. I think they have been punished and learned their lesson.” Rosemary Bunch, a Methodist Church employee until 1995, was declared permanently and totally disabled by carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia, and her husband Robert Bunch is on total temporary disability for a 1999 elbow injury at a cement plant, officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe defendants, both 56, pleaded no contest to felony conspiracy to commit insurance fraud on June 9, three days before the start of their trial. Robert Bunch was ordered to pay $58,000 in restitution, and his wife $48,000. Restitution has already been paid from $230,000 in proceeds seized by authorities from the sale of their home. They were also both fined $4,220. “Once the court has taken all the fines, fees, and restitution out, they get what’s left over,” Wolf said. Both were out of custody on bail. A third defendant was Peter Babroudi, 27, of Glendale, a limousine driver who was hired to chauffeur Rosemary Bunch around at insurance company expense. Prosecutors said Babroudi lied that Rosemary Bunch had to be carried to his vehicle and had to use a wheelchair or special crutch. He pleaded no contest June 8 to misdemeanor conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, was placed on three years’ probation, and ordered to testify against the Bunches. A workers’ compensation appeals board judge awarded Rosemary Bunch the services of a limousine, prosecutors said. A judge also assigned her the services of a caregiver – initially for 32 hours a week, later for 40 hours a week – to do laundry, housecleaning and other tasks, prosecutors said. A videotape shot surreptitiously before an earlier court appearance shows Rosemary Bunch walking from her door to the limousine while the driver carries her crutch, officials said. In the video, the driver hands her the crutch at the courthouse, and she straps it on before going inside. Another videotape shows Robert Bunch working on top of a tall metal storage building at the couple’s home and climbing up a ladder, officials said. Robert Bunch built most of the building while he was labeled totally disabled, officials said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Profile: Man City, Arsenal, and Chelsea target striker compared to Van Basten

first_imgWith the FIFA Under-17 World Cup taking place in India right now, a number of the best starlets on the planet are coming under the microscope.England wonderkid Jadon Sancho has impressed for the Young Lions at the tournament, along with the likes of Barcelona teen Abel Ruiz.The 17-year-old striker has already come to the attention of several top clubs but is now fully on the radar of Manchester City, Arsenal, and Chelsea, according to the latest rumours.But what’s the background on the Barcelona forward? Find out with our profile below…Full Name: Abel Ruiz OrtegaDate of birth: 28/01/2000 (17 years old)Birthplace: Almussafes, SpainPosition: Centre forwardWhat’s his background?Having starred for Spain’s Under-17s over the last two summers, Ruiz has now made the step up and is playing for Barcelona B in the Segunda Division, scoring once in four appearances so far. Now he’s captaining his national team at the Under-17 World Cup in India and has scored twice in three games.What’s being speculated?According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Chelsea are all scouting the striker, who has some fears over his route to the Barcelona first-team. His currently deal at the Nou Camp expires in 2019 and has a £3million buy-out clause. In Spain, AS claim his agents have already received numerous offers and they are only increasing as his performances in India continue.What type of player is he?In an interview with Spanish newspaper Sport, Ruiz himself explains he’s been told he plays like legendary Dutch striker Marco van Basten. He, though, idolises Robert Lewandowski and seeks to emulate his style as the complete centre forward. He told the outlet: “I’m a player with good finishing, quite direct, I bear the ball well with my back to goal.” The starlet, though, believes he needs to be more ruthless and also improve his heading, which has diminished now other players in senior football are taller than him.Video evidenceGoal for Spain v Niger (Under-17 World Cup) Spanish striker Abel Ruiz 1last_img read more

Gardaí need to update their Major Incident Plans – Former Sergeant Galligan

first_imgRetired Garda Sergeant Christy Galligan has expressed concern that many Major Incident Plans in the Gardaí are not being kept up to date. Continuing from a statement on establishing an Independent Irish Intelligence Service,  Galligan  has said that the lack of updating is unacceptable.Incident Plans. “These major incident plans have a defined role for all stakeholders involved and those named individually where a major incident happens…. There is no point in taking down the plans and dusting it off if its not updated and we know each stakeholders response capabilities.”“The truth of the matter is that most Major Incident Plans are not updated and some of these individuals named on these plans are either retired or deceased and phone numbers change.”Training and Response time.Galligan has also criticised the lack of training Gardaí receive for major incidents saying: “Response times and training are very important as well as communications between the different stakeholders” “Having it on paper is one thing, training and preparedness is something else.”Gardaí need to update their Major Incident Plans – Former Sergeant Galligan was last modified: June 8th, 2017 by Callum LaveryShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Christy GalliganGardaiMajor Incident Planslast_img read more

The Best Dining Values at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

first_imgShare This!Dining is a huge part of any Walt Disney World vacation, but it can also be one of the most expensive and overwhelming! The goal of today’s article is not to list the cheapest restaurants at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but rather the restaurants and quick service locations offering the most for your money.Note: The prices listed in the article are accurate to the date the article was written. Also, Disney changes their menus quite often so certain menu items mentioned in this article may not be available when you visit.Sunset BoulevardCatalina Eddie’s, Rosie’s All-American Café, and Fairfaxe Fare are all located on Sunset Boulevard near Tower of Terror.Rosie’s All-American Cafe – Quick ServiceThis walk-up window offers your typical burgers and hot dogs with a few inspired choices. It’s not memorable, but it does the job for kids, picky eaters, or those looking for something filling and hearty at a budget-friendly price. Rosie’s All-American Cafe is also home to seasonal or promotional treats and an extensive allergy-friendly menu.Fairfax Fare – Quick ServiceLooking for something different than the typical theme park eats for lunch or dinner? Fairfax Fare’s Southwest, Tex-Mex style menu may be just what you’re looking for! Items range from a variety of 7-layer rice bowls, empanadas, and tamales, to specialty salads.Hollywood BoulevardThe Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge – LoungeI love a Disney lounge. Here I can enjoy signature restaurant dishes without breaking the bank. Plus, despite having a bar, many lounges are family-friendly and offer specialty non-alcoholic drinks for teetotalers.The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge is located just outside of the main restaurant within a gated space and under umbrellas. I frequent this lounge more than others on property simply for the restaurant’s famous Cobb Salad and customizable dessert trio with the option for the Hollywood Brown Derby’s signature grapefruit cake! I can also recommend the Wagyu sliders or banana-toffee cake.Echo Lake50’s Prime Time Cafe – Table ServiceAfter a week of rich cuisine or one too many pretzels or hot dogs, you’re probably craving a home-cooked meal. You will get it at 50’s Prime Time Cafe and probably more than you bargained for too! This restaurant specializes in dishes like pork chops, fried chicken, pot roast, meatloaf, and chicken pot pie. The story is you’re a member of the family dining in Mom’s 1950s kitchen with laminate tabletops and black-and-white TVs showing clips of television shows from that decade. Your waiters and waitresses are part of your family, and they act like it too! Be sure to bring your sense of humor and be sure to clean your plate and keep your elbows off the table. I consider 50’s Prime Time Cafe an excellent value because it offers a delicious menu coupled with a memorable, and often hilarious, experience.The restaurant’s Tune-In Lounge is popular, particularly for those craving the famous Peanut Butter & Jelly Milk Shake. It’s also unique in that guests can order off the full 50’s Prime Time Cafe menu. However, I don’t consider the lounge a good value as guests are still paying full price for their entrees without the complete restaurant experience. Also, the lounge serves as the waiting area for the restaurant so its often crowded rather than relaxed and intimate.Commissary LaneSci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant – Table ServiceMuch like 50’s Prime Time Cafe, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater also offers an experience along with a meal. Here guests dine in old fashioned cars in a dining room that truly looks like an outdoor, old-fashioned drive-in! As guests dine, they enjoy clips from cheesy, retro sci-fi clicks and those classic concession stand commercials.Now some say the menu is a little pricey for what you get. Personally, I think it depends on what you order. To guarantee you get your money’s worth, drop in for at least an appetizer and dessert. The inventive dessert menu ranges from a warm glazed donut with ice cream and extras to a house-made sci-fi candy bar! Overall, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater offers more than just a meal for your money and is a guaranteed delight for every age and member of your family.Toy Story LandWoody’s Lunch Box – Quick ServiceWoody’s Lunch Box takes childhood, comfort foods and re-imagines them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Menu items consist of gourmet pop tarts, a S’more french toast sandwich, a grilled three-cheese sandwich, a BBQ brisket melt, tomato-basil soup, and more. Many consider Woody’s Lunch Box one of the best quick service values at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. As the lines are often long for Woody’s Lunch Box, be sure to take advantage of Mobile Order option. Also don’t forget to pay attention to the building itself! It’s literally an open lunchbox propped up by a thermos where guests pick up their orders at windows resembling Tupperware containers surrounded by cookies and carrot sticks.Those are some of our picks for the best dining values at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. What restaurants, meals, or treats do you consider to be a great value at Hollywood Studios? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Why Python Makes A Great First Programming Language

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Python is now the most popular introductory language at American colleges, a recent Association for Computing Machinery study reports. In an analysis of the top 39 computer science departments as ranked by U.S. News in 2014, the general-purpose programming language has replaced Java as the budding computer scientist’s first exposure to writing code. Eight of the top 10 CS departments (80%), and 27 of the top 39 (69%), teach Python in their introductory courses. Invented 23 years ago, Python’s discovery as a great tool for first-timers has been more recent. The beginner-oriented Raspberry Pi has certainly influenced Python’s new role as a teaching tool, but also its increasing adoption at organizations like Google, Yahoo and NASA that make it valuable to know even after a programmer is no longer a beginner. In modern times, it has routinely been ranked as one of the eight most popular programming languages since 2008. Perhaps not so coincidentally, Python is my first programming language, too. I’m halfway through Zed Shaw’s Learn Python The Hard Way on my road to mastery. And in this liberal arts student’s studies, I’ve noted a few key characteristics that make Python easy to grasp.Here are some of the reasons Python makes a great first programming language. Very Minimal SetupTo show you just how easy it is to get started with Python, let’s literally get started with Python.On a Mac, find your Terminal program and open it. On a PC, find the PowerShell program and open that. It’ll be a blank box where you can write in text prompts.Do that now. Write in the word “python” and hit Enter. You should see something like this:If you don’t see that and instead see the words “python is not recognized” or something similar, you need to download Python, Python 2 to be exact, and try again. Either way, it only takes a single word to get your computer to run Python. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. It’s Written In Plain EnglishPython is so easy that we’re going to write our first Python program right now. If you’re still running Python from the last section, type CTRL-Z on a Mac or “quit” on a PC to exit. Now create a new blank Python file using Nano, a basic command line text editor. All you have to do is give it any name and end it with the suffix “.py” so your computer understands it is a program intended to be read by Python. The “nano” prompt simply opens it in Nano. This is the most basic Python program you can write, a command that simply prints the words “Hello world” on your computer screen. Compare it to Java and C’s “Hello World” programs, which are each several lines long. There’s no weird syntax, no cryptic variables. Anybody can look at this one line and figure out what it does. Save, and then run the file with the “python” command. It’ll print your program:Errors Appear On RuntimeWhen you’re learning something for the first time, you’re inevitably going to make mistakes. Python makes it easy to identify and fix these mistakes immediately. That’s because Python displays errors at run time, instead of simply failing to compile the program. Open up example.py, the program we just wrote before and intentionally make an error. Here, I’ve omitted a necessary quotation mark.When I try to run the program, Python tries to point out where I went wrong:Instead of displaying a blank screen where your program should have been, Python will run your buggy program and try to help you troubleshoot it.Shallow Learning CurveI began coding Python last week with the program above. A few days later, I’ve programmed my own basic text editor and calculator using Python. Because Python has so little overhead and excess code, it becomes easy to grasp continually more difficult concepts since they mimic English sentence structure we’ve seen before. We just built the most basic program possible. But even just knowing what you know about Python now, I bet you can take a guess as to what the following program does:I’ll run this program using the Python command.Sure enough, it lists how many students and teachers there are, and does a basic division problem for us. Did you guess correctly? For the reasons above and many more that more experienced Python programmers can explain better than I, Python makes a great first programming language, especially if you don’t really consider yourself the math and science type. It’s really no surprise that American universities have come to the same conclusion. Logo via the Python Foundation Tags:#learn to code#programming#Python Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts lauren orsinilast_img read more