McQueen set for history-making debut

first_imgThis is before confirming his representative allegiance to England, hitting back at those who have questioned his right to make his Test debut against Samoa next weekend.McQueen was on Monday night included in a 20-man England squad by coach Wayne Bennett to take part in next weekend’s representative round, with his inclusion – along with that of Sharks forward Chris Heighington – receiving short shrift back in England from commentators who believe other Super League-based players were more worthy.Although players from developing rugby league nations such as Samoa, Tonga and Fiji may now represent the country of their heritage without jeopardising any future Origin opportunities, as England is classified as a tier one nation McQueen will no longer be eligible for either Queensland or Australia.The six-time Maroons representative admitted that letting go of that goal was the most difficult part of the decision-making process but that being overlooked for last year’s series convinced him that his Origin days were over, opening the door to create history as the first Origin representative to also play for England.”When those boys that got suspended from the Origin system and the injuries they had I was hopeful of getting a call-up into that Queensland team for last year and it didn’t happen, which is fine, but that was the thing that made me realise that that ship has probably sailed and it was time to move on,” said McQueen.”For me it wasn’t about turning my back on Origin because I still absolutely love the Queensland organisation and I still am a Queenslander but for me it was about taking the opportunities that are in front of me.”It’s still something I’ve been thinking about over the last couple of days, that I’d never get that opportunity to pull that Maroon jersey on ever again but I’ve done that and I absolutely loved it but the opportunity to play some international footy was something I couldn’t pass up.”Overlooked by Bennett for England’s 2016 Four Nations campaign in England, McQueen said he wasn’t sure what had changed but reconfirmed his commitment to playing for England when Bennett enquired as to his availability last Friday.When he confirmed he was still keen to represent the country of his father Kevin’s birth he sealed his future representative fate, a decision Bennett praised as being a strong one.”Once they play for England they can’t play for anyone else,” Bennett said.”He’s made a pretty strong decision. If you play for a country like Samoa you can still play for Australia, New Zealand and England still. But once you make a decision to play for England that’s pretty much it.”There has been plenty of criticism on social media and back in England of Bennett’s decision to choose McQueen but the 29-year-old – who will bring up his 150th NRL appearance in Round 10 – said the England jersey will be worn with just as much pride as his six Queensland jerseys.”The thing that people don’t realise is that my dad was born and bred in England, he’s a very proud Englishman and I grew up listening to stories of his childhood and growing up in England,” adding that his England player number (either 730, 731 or 732 depending on the final line-up) will be added to his many tattoos in the off-season.”To the people over there who don’t know me and don’t know my story and don’t know my background, to them they just see an Australian-born player playing in their English team.”I’ve grown up with an English father and it’s not like I’m reaching back to grandparents or anything like that. It’s my father, he was born there, he grew up there and I feel a strong connection to England.”It’s as if people don’t understand that you can be proud of two heritages. I have two parents, I have two backgrounds and I’m equally as proud of both of them.”This feels exactly the same as when I pulled on that Queensland jersey, now pulling on an England jersey.”last_img read more

Indonesia’s clean coal dreams

first_imgClimate Change, Climate Change Politics, Coal, Corporate Responsibility, Energy, Environment, Fossil Fuels, Infrastructure 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 Article published by Isabel Estermancenter_img Indonesia’s government has touted clean coal technology as the saving grace for its reliance on this carbon-heavy fuel, but this technology is in its infancy and may not grow quickly enough.The term “clean coal” is used to refer to a wide range of technologies that decrease environmental impacts; only the least effective of these technologies are within Indonesia’s reach.If developed countries foster these technologies to the point of commercial viability, Indonesia will have a better chance of using them. The Indonesian government is relying on so-called “clean coal” technology to help reconcile its climate goals with plans to rapidly expand coal-fired energy.But even in countries with far greater resources than Indonesia, clean coal is often called a pipe dream or an oxymoron.The most advanced technologies can, in theory, remove some 90 percent of carbon and harmful particulates from coal exhaust. But they drive up the cost of building a coal-fired power plant by about 70 percent, said Ed Rubin, an engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon University, in an interview with Mongabay.Only two full-scale projects using this carbon capture and storage technology are in operation: Boundary Dam coal-fired power plant in Canada began operation in 2014 (and has consistently fallen short of the 90 percent carbon removal goal) and Petra Nova began operation in the United States this year.Otherwise, only a smattering of pilot projects and small-scale operations has used the technologies that are the focus of clean-coal hopes. Cost overruns and technical difficulties have characterized these projects, and many have been terminated.Coal barges on the Mahakam river in Samarinda, East Kalimantan. Photo by Kemal Jufri/Greenpeace.The more modest technologies that fall under the broad umbrella of “clean coal” — those that focus on improving efficiency and thus reducing carbon emissions by some 20 percent — are used in more than 500 plants worldwide. These may be within Indonesia’s reach.They will not be enough on their own to secure Indonesia’s climate goals. They may help, however, if Indonesia secures the funding to implement them and succeeds in fostering its renewable energy resources at the same time, as planned.Even if Indonesia sequesters some carbon this way, many environmental advocates remain opposed to Indonesia’s coal expansion, as numerous other concerns about the health and environmental impacts of the coal industry remain.Technology Indonesia plans to usePlants built with the modest clean coal technologies referred to above are called “supercritical” or “ultra-supercritical,” as opposed to the traditional “subcritical.” The difference is in the steam pressure.Though there are various methods of processing coal to produce energy, coal is usually pulverized then burned to heat water in the boiler, which becomes steam that pushes turbines into motion.Supercritical and ultra-supercritical boilers are built to withstand higher temperatures and greater pressure. Under these conditions, less energy is needed to turn the water into steam, making the boilers more efficient and thus decreasing the amount of emissions per megawatt hour.Supercritical power plants can emit close to 20 percent less CO2 than subcritical for the same amount of energy produced, and ultra-supercritical plants can emit some 30 percent less than subcritical, according to the International Energy Agency.Greenpeace Indonesia activists unfurl a banner saying ‘Quit Coal’ from cranes at the Cirebon Coal Power Plant in Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia. Photo by Afriadi Hikmal/Greenpeace.While supercritical technology has taken hold in Europe, Japan, and some other countries, it’s far from the norm worldwide, and particularly in Indonesia. Indonesia’s first supercritical coal-fired power plant, Cirebon, began operation in 2012. It is being expanded with two ultra-supercritical units still in the testing phase.Indonesia currently has about 50 coal-fired power plants. It plans to build 117 new plants by 2019. Of the plants under construction or planned, 21 percent will still be subcritical; 43 percent will be supercritical; 16 percent will be ultra-supercritical; and 20 percent are undefined.With only a portion of new coal power using this technology — which will allow only some plants to decrease carbon emissions by 20 percent or so — clean coal technology will be a modest contributor to Indonesia’s commitment of cutting carbon emissions by 29 percent overall from projected 2030 levels.Retrofitting has not proven to be economically viable, according to IEA, so there is little hope for existing subcritical plants to shape up.Children in Cirbon, Indonesia, play with a coal plant visible in the background. Photo by Henri Ismail/Greenpeace.Technology Indonesia hopes to useOther, more cutting edge methods of “cleaning” coal may become available to Indonesia if they thrive in other countries. That’s a big “if.”The carbon capture and storage used in Canada’s Boundary Dam and the United States’ Petra Nova plants could become viable. Although these projects cost some $1 billion, Rubin noted that further research and development could bring down the costs significantly.He used a historical example: in the 1970s talk of “clean coal” centered on the removal of sulfur dioxide from plant emissions. The technology to do this was far from economical and technically flawed at the time, but the price dropped by half over the course of a couple of decades and it is now commonly used.Various methods are used to capture carbon, but the most common is to have a liquid solvent bind with and absorb CO2 from the power plant’s exhaust. The solvent is then heated to release the CO2 into storage containers. This CO2 is then often used to help extract oil. It’s pumped into the ground to push oil up, and remains sequestered deep underground.The successes or failures of Petra Nova could help determine the future of this technology. U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed support for clean coal technology, which may help it grow in the United States and eventually the rest of the world.Another high-profile clean coal attempt in the United States uses a technology called gasification, which is now being tested in Indonesia. A Japanese company, IHI Corporation, has invested in a prototype plant in Indonesia’s PT Pupuk Kujang Industrial Estate Area that is expected to finish testing this year, according to the Jakarta Globe.With gasification, instead of burning the coal, the coal is turned into a gas using steam and pressurized air that force carbon molecules apart. The impurities are more easily separated from the resulting gas which is then burned to produce energy.The U.S. gasification plant, Kemper County Energy Facility in Mississippi, has run $4 billion over budget and was supposed to open in 2014 but remains inoperative.A coal mining operation near the Bukit Tigapuluh National National Conservation area in Riau, Indonesia. Photo by Kemal Jufri/GreenpeaceRemaining concernsAside from CO2, substances such as nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides that are harmful to human health and the environment enter the air from coal plants.Rajender Gupta, a chemical engineer at Canada’s University of Alberta, told Mongabay carbon capture technologies also remove these substances. In supercritical plants, these pollutants are decreased the same as carbon, by way of efficiency. But individual technologies to most effectively filter out these harmful substances are still not widely used, Gupta said.Other environmental impacts of coal use include the clearing rainforest habitat for coal mining operations and the use of water — Greenpeace reported that “A typical coal plant withdraws enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool every three and a half minutes.”A 2016 report on the coal industry by a coalition of NGOs, including the Sierra Club, criticized all attempts to green coal: “Replacing less efficient plants with new high-efficiency plants, while it can lead to a short-term reduction in carbon emissions, can lead in the long term to increased carbon emissions by delaying the ultimate replacement of coal power with clean power solutions such as wind and solar power.”Rubin is among those, on the other hand, who think coal still has an important transitional role and that clean coal technologies could make that role less damaging. “The cost of some renewables has come down significantly … but renewables still cannot do the job that coal has been doing, which is providing electricity 24 hours per day.”He added: “When we talk about the cost of renewables coming down, what tends to be excluded from those numbers is the cost that it would take to provide electricity when the wind isn’t blowing, when the sun isn’t shining.”Geothermal is a type of renewable energy that doesn’t have the fluctuation problems of wind and solar. Indonesia has the greatest geothermal energy potential in the world, with about 40 percent of total global geothermal resources, according to the World Bank. High capital costs and some regulatory issues in Indonesia are among the obstacles for developing geothermal.A 2015 report by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, found that adding 3,000 megawatts of geothermal capacity would require $4 billion in equity and $9.5 billion in debt finance. Indonesia has an estimated 27,000 megawatts in untapped geothermal capacity.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

Howler monkeys booming in Belize sanctuary 25 years after translocation

first_imgDisease, hurricanes and hunting wiped out the native howler monkeys living in the Cockscomb Basin by the 1970s.Between 1992 and 1994, 62 black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra) were relocated from a nearby reserve.After surveying the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in March and April, scientists figure there are at least 170 howler monkeys – and perhaps many more – living all over the 51,800-hectare (128,000-acre) preserve. The calls of howler monkeys, once wiped out in a Central American forest known as the Cockscomb Basin, now ring out in the canopy, and the scientists responsible couldn’t be happier.“As conservationists, we’re constantly trying to stop things from disappearing. We’re always playing for a tie,” said Scott Silver, a tropical biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).Silver was part of a team that reintroduced black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra) to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary two and a half decades ago. Then, in March and April 2017, he and his colleagues from WCS and the Belize Audubon Society returned and surveyed the area in collaboration with the sanctuary’s wardens. They confirmed that the howler monkey population has grown and spread throughout the 51,800-hectare (128,000-acre) wildlife sanctuary in, to his knowledge, the most successful translocation of a primate population yet.“It’s nice to gain yardage as opposed to trying to just hold on,” Silver said by telephone from his office in New York City, where he directs the Queens Zoo.Data from Greenpeace and the University of Maryland visualized on Global Forest Watch indicates that most of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (pink overlay), where the howler monkeys were translocated in the 1990s, has remained intact forest (dark green underlay). Further analysis of University of Maryland tree cover data on Global Forest Watch shows that nearly all of the sanctuary was covered by tree cover with 75 percent canopy density in 2000.The black howler monkey is currently listed as Endangered by the IUCN, with the most significant threats coming from habitat loss and hunting, either for meat or the pet trade. Between 1992 and 1994, a team of scientists, including Silver, released 14 troops of 62 animals in the Cockscomb Basin.“That in itself was a pretty unique project,” Silver said. In preparation, they had followed the monkeys for 4 months at the Community Baboon Sanctuary about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of the basin to pick out the family groups that would make the trip.“We released intact family units because we thought that that would enable them to adjust better and have some social support at the same time,” Silver said.Members of the team then kept tabs on the families for a year after that. Silver took the opportunity to follow some of the groups and look at their feeding habits. His wife, fellow tropical biologist Linde Ostro, studied the changes to their social structures and the impact the Cockscomb habitat had on their home ranges.A survey of howler monkeys in the Cockscomb Basin found that their numbers have increased and they have colonized parts of the sanctuary 20 kilometers from the site of their release in the 1990s. Photo courtesy of Rachel Gibbons/WCSThe idea, conceived by WCS scientist Fred Koontz and Community Conservation Consultants founder Rob Horwich, was to bring howler monkeys back to one of their former stomping grounds. Just a few decades prior, they’d been swinging from the trees in the Cockscomb Basin, serving as critical cogs in the coastal rainforest ecosystem there.But in 1961 Hurricane Hattie swept through the western Caribbean, causing $60 million (about $489 million in today’s dollars) in damages. The winds, gusting to 322 kilometers per hour (200 miles per hour), took out around 75 percent of the capital city of British Honduras, as Belize was then known, according to a report in the journal Monthly Weather Review.The country’s forests didn’t fare well either. 1961’s most powerful hurricane flattened about 90 percent of the trees in the Cockscomb Basin, which lies south of Belize City. Once-plentiful howler monkeys, already reeling from a yellow fever outbreak in the 1950s and overhunting, were decimated, and by the 1970s, the Cockscomb fell silent – at least to the roars and grunts that make these monkeys famous.Slowly, however, the forest came back. In the early 1980s, biologist Alan Rabinowitz discovered that the Cockscomb held a large population of jaguars (Felis onca coati). That led to the basin’s designation as a forest reserve in 1984, and later as a sanctuary and jaguar reserve where, it was hoped, visitors could come to see wildlife.But, Silver said, “It’s very hard to see jaguars.” So the team, led by Koontz and Horwich, thought that bringing howler monkeys back might be a good move.“We wanted to enhance the experience of people who come to visit,” Silver said.Biologist Scott Silver reported seeing 72 individual monkeys and findings signs of at least 100 more. Photo courtesy of Margaret Snyder/WCSOn this recent trip to check on the monkeys after 25 years, he said he was heartened to see tourists training binoculars on the canopy to spot howler monkeys.“It reminded me of Yellowstone or what you’d see on African safaris.” The sanctuary is also home to tapirs, deer and other cats.In their latest visit, Silver and Ostro spent a month between them in the basin, searching for and counting monkeys, listening for their calls, and keeping their noses open for the scent of the monkeys’ “very distinctive” urine.In all, they spotted 15 groups and laid eyes on 72 individual monkeys. They also figure that they found signs of at least another 100 animals, representing perhaps another 21 groups, Silver said. Their investigations also revealed that the howler monkey population has spread at least 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from the release site.“Just about any place that I searched or I inquired about, people were hearing monkeys,” he said. “I was surprised by the extent of their dispersal.”Though there might be lessons from this success story that translate to other species, Silver points out that the story of howler monkeys is a unique case. They weren’t moving into other animals’ territory, which limited the competition the first pioneer howlers had to contend with. And there was a good chance that the monkeys would continue to have the area all to themselves. Most of the Cockscomb Basin is lowland, broadleaf rainforest, but it’s surrounded by mountains that stretch to 1,160 meters (3,806 feet) high, which howler monkeys from outside won’t cross.A howler monkey in a Cecropia sp. tree. Howler monkeys eat the leaves of Cecropia and other trees, as well as fruits, nuts and flowers. Photo courtesy of Scott Silver/WCSThey are also well-suited to the strain of translocation, Silver said.“Howler monkeys lend themselves well to translocation in the sense that they’re energy minimizers,” he said. “Under stress, they slow down instead of speed up.”Thrown back into their native environment, they’re now thriving, and that’s beginning to have an impact on the forest itself. Howler monkeys eat leaves, fruit, flowers and nuts, and, as important seed dispersers, they play a critical role in shaping the tree species makeup of the forest.“I love the idea that for the last 25 years the forest is being affected in a positive way,” Silver said, “back to the way it was for hundreds if not thousands of years before the howler monkeys disappeared.”And all signs indicate that it will stay that way.“Nothing’s for sure, but I think in this case, we could say that we’ve done the best anybody could expect,” Silver said. He mused that perhaps he’ll return to the Cockscomb Basin in the future, just to make sure the coming generations of howler monkeys are doing OK.“We joke that maybe we’ll come back when it’s the 50-year anniversary, and these guys can wheel me around.A male howler monkey. Photo courtesy of Margaret Snyder/WCSFEEDBACK: 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.CITATIONSDunn, G. E., & Miller, B. I. (1962). The hurricane season of 1961. Monthly Weather Review, 90(3), 107-119.Greenpeace, University of Maryland, World Resources Institute and Transparent World. “Intact Forest Landscapes. 2000/2013” Accessed through Global Forest Watch on 10 May 2017. www.globalforestwatch.orgHansen, M. C., P. V. Potapov, R. Moore, M. Hancher, S. A. Turubanova, A. Tyukavina, D. Thau, S. V. Stehman, S. J. Goetz, T. R. Loveland, A. Kommareddy, A. Egorov, L. Chini, C. O. Justice, and J. R. G. Townshend. 2013. “High-Resolution Global Maps of 21st-Century Forest Cover Change.” Science 342 (15 November): 850–53. Data available on-line from:http://earthenginepartners.appspot.com/science-2013-global-forest. Accessed through Global Forest Watch on 10 May 2017. www.globalforestwatch.orgIUCN and UNEP-WCMC (2017), The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) [On-line], April, 2017, Cambridge, UK: UNEP-WCMC. Available at: www.protectedplanet.net. Accessed through Global Forest Watch in May 2017. www.globalforestwatch.orgOstro, L. E., Silver, S. C., Koontz, F. W., Horwich, R. H., & Brockett, R. (2001). Shifts in social structure of black howler (Alouatta pigra) groups associated with natural and experimental variation in population density. International Journal of Primatology, 22(5), 733-748.Ostro, L. E., Silver, S. C., Koontz, F. W., Young, T. P., & Horwich, R. H. (1999). Ranging behavior of translocated and established groups of black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra) in Belize, Central America. Biological Conservation, 87(2), 181-190.Rabinowitz, A. R., & Jr, B. G. (1986). Ecology and behaviour of the jaguar (Panthers onca) in Belize, Central America. Journal of Zoology, 210(1), 149-159.Silver, S. C., Ostro, L. E. T., Yeager, C. P., & Horwich, R. (1998). Feeding ecology of the black howler monkey (Alouatta pigra) in northern Belize. American Journal of Primatology, 45(3), 263-279. 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 Animal Behavior, animal tracking, Animals, Big Cats, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Hotspots, Bushmeat, Coastal Ecosystems, Conservation, Defaunation, Ecology, Ecotourism, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Global Forest Watch, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Hunting, Mammals, Monkeys, Pet Trade, Primates, Protected Areas, Rainforest Biodiversity, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforests, Restoration, Wildlife, Zoos center_img Article published by John Cannonlast_img read more

Magic: I’ll step down if I don’t land free agents for Lakers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Johnson is the second straight basketball decision-maker for the Lakers to create a self-imposed deadline for success.In 2014, co-owner Jim Buss told the Los Angeles Times that the Lakers had to be a contender within three to four years, or “I will step down, because that means I have failed.”The Lakers badly missed that deadline, and Buss’ sister fired him and general manager Mitch Kupchak in February 2017.Johnson and Pelinka are spending this week honing and fine-tuning their free-agent pitches. They’ll show their plans to Jeanie Buss later in the week, along with numerous contingency plans for the short-term and long-term future.“If we can sign somebody this summer, we’ll do that,” Johnson said. “If it doesn’t happen, we’ve got to turn to next summer.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Next summer, if nobody comes and I’m still sitting here like this, then it’s a failure,” Johnson said after a news conference to introduce draft picks Moe Wagner and Svi Mykhailiuk.Johnson was put in charge of the Lakers’ front office by owner Jeanie Buss in February 2017, and the former superstar point guard immediately announced his plans to revive the struggling franchise by enticing the game’s best players to join as free agents.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWith Paul George and potentially LeBron James headlining the market this summer, Johnson is leading the Lakers’ efforts to land both players this weekend. If they sign elsewhere, Johnson and the Lakers will pursue the large crop of 2019 free agents.And if he strikes out with every big name, Johnson said he will quit. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 “Like I told you when I took the job, it’s going to be a two-summer thing for the Lakers,” Johnson said. “This summer, and next summer, and that’s it. And if I can’t deliver, I’m going to step down myself. She won’t have to fire me. I’ll step away from it. Because then, I can’t do this job. But so far, so good.”Although the Lakers are mired in the worst five-year stretch in franchise history and haven’t made the playoffs since 2013, Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka have been successful in achieving their initial goals since they took over 16 months ago.They have solidified a decent core of talented young players — Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart — to provide their potential free-agent signees with support. They have made several slick trades and personnel moves to clear enough salary cap room to offer two mammoth free-agent contracts this summer.Now comes the tough part: Persuading George or James or other big names to move to Hollywood. Johnson said he has no idea whether the Lakers’ pitch will be well-received, but he also feels confident in his task.“I’m Magic Johnson,” he said with his ubiquitous smile. “You know how many finals I’ve been in? So you think I’m worried about this? I played against Larry Bird in the Finals. I played in nine Finals.”ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Sharapova back at Wimbledon and at crossroads Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, center, poses with Moritz Wagner, left, and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk during a press conference to introduce the Lakers draft picks, in El Segundo, Calif., Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Magic Johnson is betting his job on his free-agent recruiting skills for the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson says he will step down as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations if he can’t persuade an elite free agent to sign with his club within the next two summers. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Magic Johnson is betting his job on his free-agent recruiting skills for the Los Angeles Lakers.Johnson declared Monday that he will step down as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations if he can’t persuade an elite free agent to sign with the 16-time NBA champions within the next two summers.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial View commentslast_img read more

3 being questioned by Police

first_imgMc Doom gas station robberyThe Shell Service Station at Mc DoomThree persons have been arrested and are being grilled in connection with the early morning robbery committed on a Shell Service Station at Mc Doom, Greater Georgetown.This was according to Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum who stated that the Police are questioning the men in an attempt to get additional information about the planning the execution of the robbery. He noted that investigators have several clues that they are working on to solve the crime.However, owners of the service station have boosted security at the gas station to avoid a reoccurrence. They are also of the view that the 911 emergency systems should be reexamined since the cashier on duty on the morning of the robbery called the number several times but the calls went unanswered. The Police however, have received the surveillance footage of the robbery and are continuing their investigations.According to information received, at about 02:30h on Friday, three armed men went to the gas station and held up three employees, relieving one of them of $51,000 and a mobile phone before engaging Police in a high-speed chase and exchange of gunfire. One of the gunmen was shot during the exchange and was apprehended by the PoliceHowever, the men managed to escape into the village after the exchange of gunfire. The Police, however, went in search of the men and based on information received, the ranks went to a house where they found an unlicensed 9mm Glock Pistol and 35 matching rounds and twenty-six .32 rounds of ammunition.The occupants of the house has since denied that the police retrieved the gun and ammunition in the yard and are of the belief that the police might have planted the weapon since they arrived at the house with a bag similar to the one that the contained the gun and ammunition.However, the Police are continuing their investigations into the robbery.last_img read more

2nd juvenile escapee recaptured

first_imgThe second of three juvenile escapees who fled the Sophia Juvenile Holding Centre over the weekend has been recaptured while the other is still on the run.On Sunday, Acting Commander of ‘A’ Division, Marlon Chapman told Guyana Times that escapee number two was found in Berbice, Region 6 (East Berbice/Corentyne) just one day after the other accomplice had been nabbed in Rose Hall, Corentyne .While security at the facility is said to be “quite secure”, an insider suggested that more measures need to be employed in light of the breakout. Meanwhile, this newspaper understands that the police are “close” to capturing the final escapee.The hole in the wall via which the three young men made their brazen escape on SaturdayThe three teens were taken to the facility on Friday after they had been transported from Essequibo and Berbice. Two of the lads were reportedly charged with break and enter offences and one was arraigned for robbery.Guyana Times reported in its Sunday edition that the three young men had opened a hole in the wall of the lower flat of the holding centre and made their escape through it by scaling the security fence.Police on Saturday confirmed that the first recaptured juvenile was a resident of Adventure, Essequibo Coast, who was on remand for robbery under arms. When Guyana Times visited the scene on Saturday, the managers were unavailable to give an official comment. However, at that time, several children were seen in the compound of the correctional institution.Additionally, there were also several Police officers were stationed at the centre monitoring the events that unfolded.When contacted acting Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine explained that the Police were making “every effort” to recapture the escapees. Police in all districts are still on alert to recapture the third young man.The juvenile facility houses children who would have committed criminal offences, instead of placing them with adults at state penitentiaries.The Juvenile Offenders Amendment Act, passed two years ago, makes provisions for Holding Centres for Juveniles. Section 20 (a) of the Act says that the Public Security Ministry may establish and maintain as many centres as may be necessary as the Holding Centres for Juveniles for the reception, care and custody of children and young persons under the orders of the court or for any other appropriate reasons as the Minister may determine.last_img read more

‘Old-age School Enrollment Hampers Learning’

first_imgMr. Sheldon Yett, Country Representative of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has attributed Liberia’s low level of education to the enrollment of overage students in pre-primary classes.According to him, there is clear and ample evidence that those are years that determine the rest of the children’s lives, “because those are years that they develop values and behavior that will stay with them throughout their entire lives.”Mr. Yett said he believes that if children receive the best start in their earliest years of life, they are more likely to develop their capacity to learn to the fullest potential, develop the behavioral attributes necessary for success, complete school, and lead a productive, rewarding life.He noted that out of 446,000 pre-primary age children, only 105,000 are accessing Early Childhood Development (ECD) services in Liberia’s schools.“Of this number of children, more than 88 percent are older than the appropriate age for their level, thereby hampering effective instruction and efficient learning,” Mr. Yett disclosed. He said it is clear the foundation for a sustainable increase in access to quality ECD opportunities is in place, but much more is needed.“What happens—or doesn’t happen—to children in the first five years of their lives has a profound impact on their immediate well-being and on their longer term future,” Mr. Yett observed.The UNICEF Country Rep made the disclosure on Wednesday, April 23, when he presented a paper at a one-day National Symposium on Higher Education and ECD.The day-long symposium was hosted by the Ministry of Education (MOE) on the theme, “Higher Education and Early Childhood Development—the Awakening.” Mr. Yett’s paper was called: “National Week of the Young Child.”According to him, the first five years in the life of a child is a period of great opportunity, but, “if neglected, it can be a period of vulnerability.”“It is about education, but is also about nutrition and health, about social environments and parental care, generating the best conditions to ensure balanced physical, and emotional and cognitive development for each child,” he explained.“As such,” Mr. Yett said, “it is time to use evidence-backed research to put a national program into action. This should be done with a budget sufficient to empower effective trainers and caregivers, who can prepare Liberia’s next generation of informed, engaged, and responsible citizens.”By his tally, there are nearly 450,000 children of pre-primary age demanding appropriate basic services and effective parenting skills.Mr. Yett, therefore, called the government’s attention to the need for further investment in improving access to quality early childhood development programs across the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lakers to play exhibition in Anaheim tonight

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Lakers have played at least one exhibition game at the Honda Center every year since 1999, posting a 4-5 record. Last year, the Lakers played twice at Honda Center, defeating the Seattle Supersonics, 104-101, Oct. 12 and losing to the Denver Nuggets, 126-108, Oct. 26. ANAHEIM – The Los Angeles Lakers will play their annual exhibition game at the Honda Center tonight, facing the Utah Jazz, but the possibility of Anaheim having an NBA team of its own is not in the immediate future. The NBA has no plans to expand, according to Tim Frank, the league’s vice president for basketball communications. The Seattle SuperSonics, the league’s only team considering moving, are looking to Oklahoma City and Kansas City, Mo. to be their new home. Honda Center officials have been actively interested in trying to lure an NBA team for several years. The then-Vancouver Grizzlies were one possibility, but the team moved to Memphis in 2001. Anaheim was an alternative as the temporary home for the New Orleans Hornets after Hurricane Katrina forced their temporary move in 2005, but they chose Oklahoma City instead. “We continue to explore opportunities as they arise and are eager to speak with the NBA and team owners anytime regarding all that Honda Honda Center and Anaheim have to offer,” said Tim Ryan, the Honda Center’s president and chief executive officer. “We believe our first-class facility would make a great NBA home and know that Orange County is ready and willing to embrace a franchise.” 160Want 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

Young newsies tackle big topics

first_imgKID NATION NEWS: Global Broadcast 4 Kids (www.globalbroadcast4kids.com) features grade-school contributors talking about topics ranging from greenhouse gases to recent health studies. GBK’s mini-journalists explain today’s headlines and give condensed lessons on cool subjects such as volcanoes, balloons and carousels. And because most of the anchors live in Southern California and the site is supported by Los Angeles Unified School District teachers, the subjects often have a local spin. RESPONSIBLE DRINKING: Worried about side effects of the three-martini play date? There’s now a two-minute test that detects the alcohol content in breast milk. Created by two lactating working mothers, www.milkscreen.com gives details about the little strip that you dip into breast milk. Like a pregnancy test, it changes color when alcohol is present. Three test strips cost about $10. THAT’S HOSPITALITY: My sister recently gave birth in one of the toniest hospitals in Washington, D.C. She and her husband had decided ahead of time to pay the additional $400 for two nights in a private room – a benefit not covered by their insurance. After the baby was born, her husband noticed a cockroach crawling on a curtain in the delivery room. He summoned a nurse, who killed the roach, then told them, unprompted, she’d see about getting them “compensation” for the incident. She came back and informed them that the hospital would comp the private room, giving my sister license to buy an expensive glider she’d had her eye on. SPEARS TEEN PREGNANCY: Nickelodeon might broadcast a special about teen sex and love after news that 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears – the star of its “Zoey 101” and Britney’s sister – is pregnant. Mentioned as a potential host is newswoman Linda Ellerbee, who said she’d want to use the show to spark a dialogue between parents and their kids. She’s mulling a broad discussion about value systems, how people know they’re in love and the right time to have sex. Have you had that conversation yet with your kids? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonMONEY TO ADOPT: A unit of JPMorgan Chase bank announced last month a new home equity loan program to pay for expenses related to adoption. The New Additions program is designed to help cover adoption agency fees, legal fees, and medical and travel expenses, which can add up to tens of thousands for adoptive families. Apply online at www.chase.com/NewAdditions. O.C. BANS BAD HOODIES: If your high-schooler can’t leave the house without his or her hooded sweat shirts, you might want to read on. The Capistrano Unified School District in south Orange County has banned certain sweat shirts from campus because they zip all the way through the hood, creating a mask that could allow a student to conceal his or her identity. For more on work, family and parenting in L.A., go to www.insidesocal.com/momspace/ barbara.correa@dailynews.com 160Want 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

Foreign port control common

first_imgAn Arab company’s potential takeover of some marine terminals at six major ports on the East Coast has raised questions about foreign operations at seaport facilities. Such arrangements have been commonplace at West Coast ports for years. Most of the cargo that enters the country comes through huge ports in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland and the Seattle-Tacoma area of Washington. Each has marine terminals operated by foreign shipping lines – many from Europe and Asia. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “On the West Coast, almost all the ports have their terminals operated by foreign companies,” said Ivan Eland, senior fellow at The Independent Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization based in Oakland. About half of the port terminals on the East Coast are managed by companies based overseas, he added. A political firestorm erupted this week after it was learned the Bush administration approved a deal by United Arab Emirates-based Dubai Ports World to acquire London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. Many lawmakers voiced concern over whether the transaction could lead to possible security risks at docks where Dubai Ports would operate terminals. At the time, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., praised West Coast ports for being run by the government and said all U.S. ports should follow the same model. Feinstein said she was familiar with port operations because of her nine years as mayor of San Francisco. “On the West Coast, most of the ports that I know of are all governmentally operated, and I actually believe that’s the way it should be,” she said. “I don’t know how it got started on the East Coast that private entities operate ports.” Nearly all ports around the country are owned by governments, which lease terminals to private companies that must adhere to security and labor rules as part of the deals, said Marc Hershman, a professor at the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs. “The distinction of West and East Coast, I don’t think, holds water, really,” he said. Asked Friday to clarify Feinstein’s comments, her spokesman Howard Gantman said, “What I would say is Sen. Feinstein has learned more about the proposal to allow Dubai Ports World to operate six major U.S. ports. She’s become increasingly concerned that there was not an adequate review of the national security implications of the deal.” For decades, scores of firms ran cargo operations at U.S. ports. But many have been swallowed up by larger, foreign-owned companies. “There has been a huge consolidation within the terminal operating world,” Hershman said. The bid by Dubai Ports to operate terminals at U.S. ports is not the first such move to spark opposition. In the late 1990s, federal lawmakers cited national security concerns while killing a plan by China Ocean Shipping Co. to lease space at the former Long Beach Naval Station. The company now leases a terminal at the Port of Long Beach and operates it jointly with a U.S. firm. Other foreign firms have encountered fewer roadblocks. In 1997, Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines acquired U.S.-based American President Lines, a major shipping company with operations along the West Coast, including Seattle-Tacoma. “There was a lease (at the port) with them and the lease was just assumed by the new parent company,” Hershman said. “The only moaning that went on is that we lost another U.S.-flagged carrier to foreign competition.” 160Want 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