Indians Postoponed for Third Time in 2016

first_img Matt Loede Related TopicsIndiansMetsWhite Sox Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.center_img Indians fans who have been chomping at the bit to get a real look at their team won’t have that chance again today, as for the third time in the first six days of the season the team has been rained out.Today they were set to wrap up a three-game set vs the White Sox, but rain and cold will stop the two teams from going at it. The two teams will play a double header on May 23rd at US Cellular Field.The Indians were rained out opening day at home against Boston, and also were postponed on Thursday. The team will travel for three against the Tampa Bay Rays starting on Tuesday, before coming home to host the NL Champion New York Mets on Friday.The good news – the forecast for Northeast Ohio next weekend is calling for sun and 60’s all weekend. last_img read more

Neymar wants Barcelona to sign Paulinho

first_imgBarcelona forward Neymar Jr. has advised the club to sign his national teammate Paulinho.Neymar said the midfielder would be a great addition to the Catalan club.28-year-old Paulinho is currently playing for Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande.Neymar told reporters on Saturday, “Paulinho is a friend of mine in football.“I want him to sign for Barca because with a player like him, who’s also a mate of mine, we’ll get so much.”Paulihno’s current club has reportedly turned down an offer in the region of €20m for the Brazilian.last_img read more

Civale Shuts Down the Tigers in Debut, Indians Top Detroit 2-0 to Move to 41-35

first_img Matt Loede Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. While the Indians starting rotation has been taking a beating in terms of injuries the season, the team has found a way with some young starters to make ends meet.It happened again on Saturday, as the team used a pitcher who starter the season in AA Akron, Aaron Civale, and he did over and above what many likely felt he would, helping the team to a 2-0 shutout over the Detroit Tigers.Civale struck out the side begin the game never looked back, as he went six innings of shutout ball to earn his first Major League win.The offense did enough, scoring a pair of runs, and the pen allowed a couple tense moments in the final three innings, but closed the door to move the Tribe to 41-35.The Indians will look for their second straight sweep of the Tigers Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field with another young starter, that being Zach Plesac, who has also been impressive in his outings in the Majors thus far.Here’s a couple takeaways from the Tribe’s latest win as they continue to keep pace in the AL Wild Card race.1. A Dazzling DebutWhat more can you say about Aaron Civale? He allowed just two infield hits over six innings, striking out six, walking three and working out of a sixth-inning jam to seal the win.Yes this likely for now will be his only Major League start as he’ll be sent back to AAA Columbus to continue to develop, but now the team knows that they can turn to him in a pinch if need be.Civale threw 87 pitches, 46 for strikes, and another impressive aspect of his game was the fact he never allowed a Tigers batter to reach base to start an inning.You can never have enough quality pitching, and part of the reason the team is in the wild card race is what the young pitching has done thus far in 2019. 2. The ‘O’ Does EnoughWhile the Indians offense had been feasting as of late against Tigers pitching, Saturday was more of a struggle as they managed just a pair of runs on six hits.The team scored single runs in the second and third to build the two-run edge, with Oscar Mercado singling to center, scoring Mike Freeman making it 1-0 in the second.In the third it was Jose Ramírez hitting a triple to deep right, bringing around Jason Kipnis for the 2-0 lead.That’s all the offense would get on the day, but with the pitching doing its job it was enough. Mercado put up a pair of hits and is hitting .311, and Freeman getting a rare start at third base went 2-for-3 and is hitting .267. 3. Another Shutdown Day for the PenFour relievers did their job in the win for the Tribe, and while there was some nervous moments even in the 9th when closer Brad Hand was on, in the end they got the job done.Nick Wittgren earned his 8th hold, Oliver Perez and Adam Cimber each also earned holds, and Hand came on for his 22nd save of the season.Hand needed 19 pitches to get out of the 9th, but got a pair of K’s to end the Tigers threat with two on with one out. The pen continues to be a strong point for this team, and it’s no surprise they are right near the top of all of baseball with Hand now leading the AL in saves again with 22. center_img Related TopicsAaron CivalefeaturedIndiansTigerslast_img read more

Football training set to resume in Spain

first_imgMADRID (AP): FOOTBALLERS IN Spain will be allowed to resume individual training next week, putting the Spanish league on track to restart sometime in June.The Spanish government yesterday revealed a four-phase plan to get the country back to “a new normal” following the coronavirus outbreak, allowing all professional athletes to return to individual training on Monday, several weeks after sports events were halted in the hard-hit southern European nation.The announcement came on the same day the French government banned all major sporting events until September, ending the country’s football season.In an address to the nation, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said “basic” training for professional athletes will be permitted beginning Monday, at the start of the first phase of the plan aimed at easing the lockdown measures that have been in place since March 14.Sanchez did not say when sports competitions are expected to resume, but La Liga had been contemplating a period of training of about a month before it could restart. Detailed Protocol The league has already sent clubs a detailed protocol with safety guidelines on how to return to practice. The protocol also has four stages, including a preparation phase that would be followed by individual practices, smaller group sessions, and, finally, full squad sessions.In the initial phase, players are expected to use the teams’ training facilities but won’t be allowed to interact with teammates. Group training sessions are expected a few weeks later, during the second phase of the government plan.Games are expected to take place in empty stadiums when the league finally restarts. Local authorities are expecting sports events to remain without fans until after the summer.last_img read more

Three takeaways from No. 6 Oklahoma’s win over No. 11 Texas in Red River Showdown

first_img Bryce Hall injury update: Virginia cornerback (ankle) carted off field against Miami His performance against Texas only improved his position as the former Alabama standout tallied 366 yards of offense and four total touchdowns. Hurts has now been responsible for at least four touchdowns in four straight games and five of the Sooners’ last six overall. 🎩 @JalenHurts just is not fair.The @OU_Football QB pulled a magic act in the pocket to escape this pressure 😱 pic.twitter.com/yWpAUKT77m— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 12, 2019After an early fumble and interception in the first quarter, Hurts settled down and torched the Texas defense, hitting his favorite target Lamb 10 times for 171 yards and three touchdowns. If Hurts keeps this stellar play up, Oklahoma might just have its third Heisman Trophy winner in as many seasons. Kedon Slovis injury update: USC QB (concussion) cleared to start at No. 9 Notre Dame Oklahoma used a solid defensive performance and three touchdowns by wide receiver CeeDee Lamb to top Texas 34-27 on Saturday in Dallas.The Sooners remained undefeated and can gain ground in the polls thanks to Georgia’s loss to South Carolina. center_img Three takeaways from No. 6 Oklahoma’s win over No. 11 Texas in Red River ShowdownLamb was unstoppableThe junior wide receiver torched the Longhorns defense all day setting a career high in catches and tying a career high in touchdowns. INCREDIBLE.We’ll be seeing CeeDee Lamb on Sundays eventually. pic.twitter.com/cU502mGw8h— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) October 12, 2019Lamb caught 10 passes for 171 yards and three touchdowns to help Oklahoma beat Texas for the third time in the last five seasons. Hurts continuously found Lamb for big plays all day as Texas couldn’t stop the dynamic duo.The Sooners’ defense came up bigWhile much of the talk surrounding this Oklahoma team has been about its high-octane offense — and rightfully so — it was Alex Grinch’s defense that shined Saturday.After two early turnovers by Hurts, the defense managed to stop the Longhorns offense and forced punts to keep them scoreless in the first quarter. The Sooners defense also held Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger to just 210 yards and no touchdowns.Texas also didn’t hit the 100-yard rushing mark as a team until late in the fourth quarter.In years past, the Achilles’ heel of the Sooners has been their defense, but this year, things are looking very different.Hurts continues to shineAfter the first month of the college football season, it was evident that Hurts was one of the early front-runners for the Heisman Trophy. After a couple of early turnovers, quarterback Jalen Hurts looked sharp throwing for 235 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 131 yards and one score.Oklahoma returns home to host West Virginia while Texas plays host to Kansas next week. Related Newslast_img read more

Irish Swimmers Seek Olympic Games and European Championship Qualification Times

first_imgIreland’s senior swimmers will be seeking qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August and for the European (LC) Championships taking place in May in London. Thus far, Limerick’s Fiona Doyle has obtained the FINA (International Swimming Federation) ‘A’ standard and has recently been joined by Oliver Dingley who secured a diving place for Rio. Senior swimmers Shane Ryan, Brendan Hyland and Dan Sweeney will be in action and have all made qualifications times for the European Championship. They will now focus their attentions on obtaining the FINA ‘A’ times in their respective events. A strong Scottish team which includes Commonwealth Gold medalist Ross Murdoch will provide some fantastic races across the weekend.Ireland’s junior swimmers will be looking to qualify for the European Junior Championships in Hungary, while Paralympic athletes, including 2015 World Championship medalist Ellen Keane, will continue their preparations for the 2016 Paralympic Games. They will have competition from members of the British and Scottish Paralympic teams over the weekend including multiple Paralympic Games medalists Ellie Simmonds and Oliver Hynd.Speaking before the event Swim Ireland National Performance Director Peter Banks commented “This is an important meet for our swimmers just three months from the closing of the window for qualification for the Olympic Games on May 31st.We have a lot of junior swimmers already qualified for the European Junior Championships and we are hoping to add to that team over the weekend”. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Irish swimmers will take to the pool this weekend (Friday to Sunday) for the first National competition of 2016.  The Dave McCullagh Memorial Meet, which will incorporate the Swim Ulster International Meet, takes place at the Bangor Aurora Leisure Complex in County Down. Over 370 swimmers from 63 clubs, including 9 foreign clubs, will compete in 32 individual and 6 team events across three days of competition.last_img read more

Roscommon and District League Fixtures For The Weekend

first_imgFixtures Friday 30th March Herald Premier Division Boyle Celtic V  Skyvalley Rovers               8pm         R. Stokes, D. Jordan, G. CarmodyCloonfad United V Ballaghaderreen FC  8pm         K. Reynolds, P. Harkins, G. KellyMoore United V Ballymoe FC                   8pm         G. CampbellSt. Peter’s FC V Ballinasloe Town            8pm         E. Deering, M. Hatchett, C. O’ReillyKilleen Sportsgrounds Division TwoCastlerea Celtic B V Rahara Rovers         8pm         B. QuigleyShiven Rovers B V Moylough ‘79             8pm         D. Kiernan Fixtures Monday 2nd April Herald Premier DivisionBallymoe FC V Skyvalley Rovers          12pm       K. Reynolds, E. Deering, J. Deering,Cloonfad United V Boyle Celtic            12pm       D. Jordan, R. Stokes, B. QuigleySt. John’s Athletic V Moore United     12pm       G. Kelly, G. Campbell, D. Kiernanprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Fixtures Sunday 1st AprilHerald Premier DivisionBallaghaderreen FC V  Shiven Rovers 11am       E. Deering, J. Deering, G. KellySt. Peter’s FC V Dysart FC                                     Playing Wednesday 4th at 7:45pmNorio’s Takeaway Division OneDunmore Town V Kilkerrin United    2pm         M. HatchettLough Harps  V Hodson Bay Athletic 11am       R. StokesKilleen Sportsgrounds Division TwoCastlerea Celtic B V Cam Celtic              2pm         M. DevlinCloonfad United B V Rahara Rovers     2pm         T. CormicanMoylough ‘79 V  Roscommon United   2pm         P. Harkins Fixtures Saturday 31st MarchKilleen Sportsgrounds Division TwoBoyle Celtic B V Glen Celtic            7:30pm    B. Quigleylast_img read more

Big cat trade driven by demand for traditional Asian medicine, according to report

first_imgAnimal Cruelty, Animal Welfare, Animals, Big Cats, Captive Breeding, Cats, Environment, Illegal Trade, Lions, Mammals, Research, Tigers, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Medicine, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trafficking Article published by Mike Gaworecki Bones, blood, and other body parts of big cats are made into products such as balms, capsules, gels, and wines that practitioners of traditional Asian medicine believe to be able to cure ailments ranging from arthritis to meningitis, though in fact they’ve been found to have no provable health benefits.Even before farmed big cats are killed to feed the demand for traditional Asian medicine, however, they’re treated more like products than living, breathing creatures, according to a report released last month by the London-based NGO World Animal Protection.China and South Africa are the world’s biggest breeders of captive cats. China alone is estimated to have between 5,000 and 6,000 tigers in captive breeding facilities, while South African facilities are holding between 6,000 and 8,000 lions and another 300 tigers. Traditional Asian medicine is driving the growing international trade in big cat products and leading to the mistreatment of thousands of animals, according to a recent report.Bones, blood, and other body parts of big cats are made into products such as balms, capsules, gels, and wines that practitioners of traditional Asian medicine believe to be able to cure ailments ranging from arthritis to meningitis, though in fact they’ve been found to have no provable health benefits. Even before the cats are killed, however, they’re treated more like products than living, breathing creatures, according to the report, released last month by the London-based NGO World Animal Protection.In the report, the group says that its researchers discovered “an expanding, lucrative and largely hidden industry responsible for the appalling treatment of some of the world’s most iconic wild animals.” The report goes on to state: “Thousands of big cats, mostly lions and tigers, are being farmed in intensely cruel conditions and then traded both legally and illegally to fuel the highly lucrative global market for traditional Asian medicine products.”Severely cross-eyed male lion held captive in South Africa. The disability is suffered by this lion and his brothers due to intense inbreeding. Photo Credit: Anonymous, Blood Lions.In China, for instance, World Animal Protection’s researchers observed “industrial-style” cat farms that feature rows of 13-by-23-foot cells housing lions and tigers who are fed the bare minimum food and water necessary to keep them alive. In the wild, these animals would range across territories that extend for miles.“Many were clearly emaciated with their ribs and back bones highly visible,” per the report. “The cruel, restrictive conditions caused the animals such distress that many were pacing backwards and forwards along in their shockingly small enclosures for hours. Pacing and self-harming (usually the biting of limbs and tails) in big cats are abnormal behaviours. They are reactions to confinement and stress that do not happen in the wild.”China and South Africa are the world’s biggest breeders of captive cats. China alone is estimated to have between 5,000 and 6,000 tigers in captive breeding facilities, while South African facilities are holding between 6,000 and 8,000 lions and another 280 tigers. Due to inbreeding at these facilities, many lion and tiger cubs are still-born or born with missing limbs, the researchers found.Lions kept in substandard and barren facilities, so different from their natural, wild homes, are vulnerable to mange and other diseases that cause them great discomfort and suffering. Photo Credit: Anonymous, Blood Lions.South Africa’s big cat farms are sometimes stocked with animals taken from the wild, but mostly they house cats birthed at “speed breeding facilities,” where females are forced to produce four or five more litters than they would in the wild. The resulting cubs often spend their early years on petting farms, and when they’re juveniles they’re frequently made to participate in “walking with lions” experiences popular with tourists. Later in life, they’ll be sent to game farms offering canned hunts to customers willing to pay as much as $15,000 per kill. The cats’ skins and heads are taken as trophies by the hunters, while the bones are legally exported as part of South Africa’s unique “skeleton quota.”Other countries involved in the big cat trade at a smaller scale include Thailand, which is estimated to hold around 1,500 tigers. Laos and Vietnam have facilities that keep smaller numbers of lions and tigers, as well, while Laos is also an important receiving and processing hub for lion bones from South Africa, World Animal Protection’s researchers determined.Lion cubs born with deformed paws through captive in-breeding at unscrupulous facilities. In-breeding can also result in other body deformities and sight and hearing problems. Photo Credit: Anonymous, Blood Lions.All big cat species other than lions are listed on CITES Appendix I, meaning they are threatened with extinction in the wild and thus all international commercial trade of those species or their body parts is prohibited. As the only big cat listed on Appendix II of CITES, African lions and their parts can be legally traded as long as the proper export permits are secured and the exports do not threaten the health of the wild lion population. While South Africa’s lion exports are therefore purportedly legal, the researchers say there is reason to suspect that the country’s permitting system has been corrupted.“Between 2007 and 2016, South Africa was the biggest exporter of lion products — at least 70 metric tonnes of bone products were shipped between 2008-2016,” they write in the report. “The government operates a quota system where the trade and export of lion bones is legal; the annual quota relates to the number of lion skeletons that can be exported. However, a 2018 study highlighted discrepancies between the weight of exported lion carcasses and the declared number of skeletons. It indicated that two to three times as many lions as allowed per the legal quota are being exported through false declaration of how many skeletons a shipment contains.”World Animal Protection’s researchers also found some troubling trends at the other end of the supply chain. A survey of consumer attitudes found that more than 40 percent of Chinese consumers have used medicines or products containing big cat ingredients, and that more than 55 percent of those consumers prefer big cat products sourced from the wild — 72 percent said they believed that wild products are more potent than farmed varieties. Similar numbers were found in Vietnam, where one in four consumers surveyed said they use wildlife products like “big cat plasters” and “tiger bone wine,” and more than 80 percent said they believe these products have medical benefits despite the lack of scientific evidence for those benefits. Some 84 percent of Vietnamese consumers said they prefer big cat products from animals caught in the wild.These lion cubs range in age from three months to a year. In the wild, lion cubs stay with their mothers until they are around two years old. At facilities in South Africa, cubs are often taken from their mothers at only a few weeks old, and used to provide tourists with holding, stroking, bottle feeding, and walking experiences until they get too big. They may then be killed for the traditional Asian medicine trade. Photo Credit: Anonymous, Blood Lions.There were also some results from the consumer attitude research that could help point to solutions. Between 60 and 70 percent of Vietnamese and Chinese respondents said they would not buy big cat products that are illegal or that were detrimental to the animals’ conservation status. And some 68 percent of big cat consumers in both countries said they would be willing to try herbal alternatives if they were cheaper. 54 percent of Vietnamese consumers said the best way to reduce trafficking of big cats is to raise awareness of the cruelty involved in how they’re raised and killed. More than 30 percent of Chinese consumers said there should be stricter laws and more than 20 percent favor raising awareness of substitutes.“These big cats are exploited for greed and money — and for what? For medicine that’s never been proven to have any curative properties whatsoever,” Dr. Jan Schmidt-Burbach, Global Wildlife Advisor at World Animal Protection, said in a statement. “For that reason alone, it’s unacceptable. But given that at each stage of their lives they suffer immensely — this makes it an absolute outrage. Many of these animals will only ever see the world through metal bars, they will only ever feel hard concrete beneath their paws, and they will never get to experience their most basic predatory instinct — a hunt.”Schmidt-Burbach added: “These animals are majestic apex predators — they are not playthings — nor are they medicine. Big cats are wild animals and they deserve a life worth living.”Larger, but still inadequate, enclosures are available for public viewing. Photo courtesy of World Animal Protection.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

Indonesia’s ex-fisheries minister Susi Pudjiastuti leaves big shoes to fill

first_imgCoastal Ecosystems, Conservation, Environment, Environmental Politics, Fisheries, Fishing, Governance, Illegal Fishing, Marine, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Oceans, Overfishing, Politics Article published by Basten Gokkon Susi Pudjiastuti, Indonesia’s popular and highly regarded fisheries minister, has been replaced in the new cabinet unveiled by President Joko Widodo for his second and final term in office.Maritime and fisheries observers have criticized the move to drop Susi, who has a proven track record in the sector, in favor of a transparently political appointee with only tangential exposure to fisheries.The move signals a loosening of protections for coastal and marine ecosystems and fishing communities as the president seeks to ramp up investments and development projects, the observers warn.Susi has called on her successor, Edhy Prabowo, to maintain the pace of reforms already achieved and to ensure the protection of the environment and coastal communities from extractive industries. JAKARTA — Maritime experts have slammed the decision by Indonesia’s president to replace his experienced and internationally praised fisheries minister with a political appointee.Susi Pudjiastuti, the country’s fisheries minister for the past five years, was one of the high-profile omissions from the new cabinet announced on Oct. 23 by President Joko Widodo as he starts his second and final term. Widodo instead named as the new minister Edhy Prabowo, the longtime right-hand man to Prabowo Subianto — Widodo’s rival in the last two elections.That prompted a popular backlash on social media and spawned the trending hashtag #WeWantSusi. Ahmad Marthin Hadiwinata, the head of the legal department at the Indonesian Traditional Fishermen’s Union, said Edhy’s appointment was nothing less than a political transaction by Widodo.“It proves that he no longer considers fisheries a top priority [for reform],” Marthin said.Indonesia’s fisheries minister, Susi Pudjiastuti, on board the Viking fishing vessel prior to its destruction. Image by Gary Stokes/Sea Shepherd Global.Widodo’s supporters have defended the president’s decision as part of efforts to create a unity government after a particularly divisive election campaign earlier this year. By embracing Prabowo, whom he also named to his cabinet as the new defense minister, Widodo is seen to be consolidating support in parliament for his agenda of massive deregulation and increased investment.But critics say this single-minded focus on growth at all costs threatens to unravel already tenuous protections for the environment and for small-scale fishers, who contribute 80 percent of Indonesia’s fisheries output.“It puts capital interests at top of the agenda, above the welfare of maritime communities,” Susan Herawati, the secretary-general of the NGO People’s Coalition for Justice in Fisheries, said in a statement.Susan added that the government’s plan to establish several strategic economic and tourism zones would force the relocation of many coastal communities. “The government of Joko Widodo only sees the ocean, coasts and small islands as objects for investment — as objects for exploitation, even,” she said.There have also been suggestions that Susi was not retained because of her frequent clashes with the coordinating minister for maritime affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan. Luhut, Widodo’s closest aide in government and longtime business partner, was one of the highest-profile critics of Susi’s policy of sinking seized illegal foreign fishing boats, saying she should focus instead on increasing fish exports and redistributing the captured vessels to small-scale fishers.Most recently, the pair fell out over the fate of Bali’s Benoa Bay, where the local government and residents have for years protested against a planned reclamation project that would raze the mangrove-rich ecosystem for a tourism development. Susi earlier this month issued a decree designating the bay as a maritime conservation zone, effectively nixing the development plan. But Luhut insisted soon after that the project could still continue despite the decree.Luhut’s expanded role in the new cabinet overseeing investment flows into the country, including for projects with potentially damaging impacts on marine ecosystems and/or coastal communities, may have also been a factor in Widodo’s decision not to retain Susi, observers said.Susi Pudjiastuti leads an Indonesian Coast Guard-assisted capture of an illegal fishing boat in the Natuna waters. Image courtesy of Indonesia’s Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.Susi was arguably the most popular minister during Widodo’s first term in office. Within a month of her inauguration in 2014, she ordered the detonation of dozens of seized foreign fishing vessels. She said at the time that she wanted to send a clear message to the poachers who had for years been plundering Indonesia’s waters. Many foreign observers, particularly in other Southeast Asian countries from where many of the vessels originated, saw this “seize and sink” policy as “wrong” and “disturbing.” But domestically there was overwhelming support for Susi who insisted that it was about ensuring a sustainable fishery. By the end of 2018, her ministry, with help from the navy, had scuttled nearly 500 illegal fishing vessels.Besides the show of force, Susi also issued two pieces of regulation in 2014: one imposed a moratorium on the issuance of fishing licenses for foreign vessels, while the other banned the mid-ocean transfer of fish catches between boats, known as transshipment.In 2015, Susi banned the use of trawl and seine nets in a bid to protect coastal areas where many species of indigenous fish spawn. But this particular regulation drew fierce criticism from many fishers, particularly along the northern coast of Java who largely depended on these types of nets, known locally as cantrang. Three years later, Susi relented and gave the fishers of that region a grace period, and financial aid, to gradually switch to more sustainable fishing gear.Susi’s policies to protect the ocean also included targeting the establishment of 200,000 square kilometers (77,200 square miles) of marine protected areas (MPAs) across the archipelago by 2020 (the ministry claimed to have achieved this by 2018). In 2017, Susi led Indonesia to become the first country to publish its proprietary Vessel Monitoring System data, which track the location and activities of commercial fishing boats, in a bid to improve transparency in the country’s fisheries sector.She went even further and called for a global pushback against the practice of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, which is estimated to cost countries $10 billion to $23.5 billion annually. Susi also planned to go after the owners of illegal fishing vessels under a new bill, which remains in parliament.Susi’s tough, no-nonsense approach to tackle IUU fishing paid off, according to a study, with foreign fishing activity in Indonesia declining by more than 90 percent since 2014, while fish stocks reportedly surged to 12.5 million tons in 2017 from 7.3 million tons in 2013.The minister was also keen to tackle Indonesia’s marine pollution problem; the country is the number two contributor to the plastic waste crisis in the oceans, after China. Susi campaigned for Indonesians to stop buying goods packaged in single-use plastics and also led beach cleanup events.Susi Pudjiastuti and her successor, Edhy Prabowo, at a handover ceremony on Oct. 23 in Jakarta. Image courtesy of the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.The new fisheries minister, Edhy Prabowo, appears to have only tangential exposure to the industry. He was kicked out of the military for disciplinary reasons and taken under Prabowo’s wing. He went on to serve on the board of one of Prabowo’s paper companies, and from 2014 to 2019 sat in parliament as a member of the ex-general’s Gerindra party. There, he chaired the committee overseeing agriculture and fisheries affairs.Observers have also called on him to use his new post to improve the welfare of fishers through programs such as access to life and health insurance for all fishers, establishing more marine protected areas, and tackling the marine plastic pollution problem in Indonesia.In response, Edhy said he would continue to fight for traditional fishers and businesses in the marine and fisheries sector. He said the president had also tasked him with improving aquaculture fisheries.Hours after the announcement of the new cabinet on Oct. 23, the fisheries ministry held an official handover ceremony from Susi to Edhy. The outgoing minister called on her successor to continue ensuring that Indonesia’s fisheries and maritime sector benefited Indonesians, including by maintaining the ban on foreign fishing vessels and foreign investment in the fisheries industry. Susi also asked Edhy to continue the phase-out of unsustainable fishing gear and techniques, to allow fish stocks to recover to sustainable levels.Lastly, she asked Edhy to protect marine and coastal ecosystems from the extractive industries.“Mining and the likes require huge capital, and not every Indonesian can afford that,” Susi said. “Fisheries are the source of our protein [and] a source of livelihood that’s still accessible for many people. That’s what I hope you will maintain.”Susi Pudjiastuti aboard the U.S. Navy’s amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans. Image by Brandon Cyr/U.S. Navy via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).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