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England strike after Vijay, Pujara hit tons

first_imgENGLAND 1st innings 537 (B. Stokes 128, J. Root 124, M. Ali 117)INDIA 1st innings (Overnight: 63-4)M. Vijay c Hameed b Rashid 126G. Gambhir lbw b Broad 29C. Pujara c Cook b Stokes 124V. Kohli not out 26A. Mishra c Hameed b Ansari 0Extras: (b-12, lb-1, w-1) 14Total: (for 4 wickets, 108.3 overs) 319Fall of wickets: 1-68 G. Gambhir,2-277 C. Pujara,3-318 M. Vijay,4-319 A. MishraTo bat: R. Ashwin, W. Saha, R. Jadeja, M. Shami, U. Yadav, A. RahaneBowling: S. Broad 20 – 7 – 54 – 1, C. Woakes 23 – 5 – 39 – 0(w-1),M. Ali 22 – 6 – 70 – 0, Z. Ansari 17.3 – 1 – 57 – 1,A. Rashid 16 – 1 – 47 – 1, B. Stokes 10 – 1 – 39 – 1. By Sudipto Ganguly | RAJKOT, India(Reuters)-Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara hit centuries and shared a stand of 209 to lead India to 319-4 in their first innings on the third day of the opening Test yesterday, trailing England by 218 runs.Local boy Pujara struck his ninth Test hundred before he was out for 124 while Vijay fell in the penultimate over of the day for 126 after his seventh century.India captain Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 26 after nightwatchman Amit Mishra fell without scoring in the last over bowled by left-arm spinner Zafar Ansari.It was a tough day for England’s attack. They toiled through a wicketless second session but picked up three after tea.The touring side, who posted a huge 537 in the first innings of the five-match series, made an early breakthrough after India had resumed on 63-0 when paceman Stuart Broad trapped Gautam Gambhir leg before with his first delivery of the morning.The left-hander missed a straight delivery from Broad, who is playing in his 100th Test, and was out for 29.Pujara joined Vijay at the crease and soon found his rhythm with some crisply driven boundaries.The 28-year-old Pujara, considered a specialist Test batsman, thrived against England’s spin bowlers but needed all of his defensive guile to negotiate a hostile spell from Chris Woakes when the fast bowler hit him three times on the helmet.Pujara scampered for a single off Woakes to get to three figures and the sparse crowd applauded.He was finally dismissed when he guided Ben Stokes to England captain Alastair Cook at slip.Vijay, who hit nine fours and four sixes, reached his century with two boundaries off Broad and put on 41 with Kohli for the third wicket.Broad should have had Vijay’s wicket when the batsman was dropped on 66 by 19-year-old debutant Haseeb Hameed as he dived to his left in the covers.Pujara was given out leg before off Ansari on 86 but overturned the umpire’s verdict through the Decision Review System (DRS) that is making its debut in a bilateral series in India. Reviews showed the ball was going over the stumps.Leg-spinner Adil Rashid got Vijay’s wicket when he was caught at short leg by Hameed.last_img read more

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Poyet sacked by Sunderland

first_imgThe Black Cats manager has paid the price for a disastrous run of form that has seen his side win just once in their last 12 top flight games.Last Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light has left the club just one point clear of the relegation zone.Later tonight, Liverpool will be looking to close the gap on the top four in the Premier League. The Reds will travel to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea.Liverpool are five points behind fourth-placed Manchester United ahead of tonight’s game in hand, which gets underway at 8pm.Also tonight, Reading will play host to Bradford in their FA Cup quarter-final replay.A Wembley semi-final date against Arsenal is on offer to the winners of tonight’s match-up in Reading.last_img

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First Timer, Israeli Khazaniuk, Wins Lagos Gov’s Cup TennisÂ

first_imgDebutant, Deniz Khazaniuk from Israel, yesterday marked her first appearance on Nigerian soil in a remarkable way by winning the women’s singles trophy of Futures 4 of the 17th Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan. The Israeli player who was cheered all the way by the Jewish community in Lagos who stormed the venue in their numbers in the final against Swiss Conny Perrin, was glad winning the first leg ended  4-6 6-1 6-3.It was an upset as Khazaniuk was the tournament Number 4 seed who defeated the Number 1 seed. For  Khazaniuk, winning the first leg was a great boost for her ambition of playing in the Australian Open next January, as this would boost her ranking to secure qualification for the Grand Slam. She was so much grateful to the Jewish community in Lagos and Nigerians who supported her in the final. The Men’s Single was won by Serbian Pedja Krstin who defeated Stephan Fransen in straight set of 6-2,6-3.In the Doubles Finals, Croatian brothers, Ivan and Matej Sabanov beat Tom Jomby and Johan Sebastien Tatlot, while the pair of Ayla Aksu from Turkey and Ana Veselinovic from Montenegro defeated the duo of Conny Perrin of Switzerland and Valeriya Strakhova  of Ukraine. Meanwhile, the second leg (Futures 5) has started with the qualifying matches decided at the weekend to pave way for real action in the Main Draws which serve off today. The grand finale will hold on Saturday where the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwumi Ambode will be guest of honour.    Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Malaysian GP: Verstappen Takes Victory; Hamilton Extends Championship Lead Despite Second-Placed Finish

first_imgSpeaking after his win, Max Verstappen said: “I think in the beginning, the car felt good and I saw Lewis was struggling a bit more with traction, so I used my battery a bit more. He has more to lose than me in terms of the championship. From then on, I could race my own race. It’s a very tough race and it was incredible to win.” Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was third while Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas took fifth position after a poor race. Max Verstappen of Red Bull produced a dominant display to win the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday for his second career victory to mark his 20th birthday. Lewis Hamilton, who finished second also had his say. He said: “Big congratulations to Max. Happy birthday, he did a fantastic job today. The race was a tough one. They had the upper hand on us today. I feel good, but we have some work to do with the car. We didn’t have the pace this weekend. We have to keep pushing.” Hamilton’s title rival Sebastian Vettel recovered from the back of the grid to finish fourth and he now trails with 34 points with five races to go and a maximum of 125 points still available. Verstappen finished well ahead of Championship leader Lewis Hamilton but the British driver was able to extend his championship lead despite a second-placed finish. RelatedLewis Hamilton Secures Sixth F1 Title At US Grand PrixNovember 3, 2019In “Formula 1″The 2017 Formula 1 Grosser Preis von Osterreich ReviewJuly 10, 2017In “Sports”Hamilton Wins Again To Egde Closer to Fourth TitleOctober 8, 2017In “Formula One”last_img read more

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Sumner County Sheriff Weekly report: Jan. 5 – Jan. 12, 2015

first_imgBeltz, Jesse D.18Belle Plaine,KsSumner Co Jail Wellington KsSUCOServe Sentence  48 Hours1/16/15 Collins, Matthew Q.22Wichita, Ks.Lyons County JailSUCOProbation Violation1/12/15 Blanchard, Ryan27Wichita, Ks.South I-35 MP 41 Wichita KSSUCOProbation Violation1/18/15 Aboki, Deus O.27Wichita, Ks.500 N. Washington, Wellington Ks.SUCOF.T.A.1/16/15 Alexander, Kenneth S21Derby, Ks624 Russell street Mulvane KsMPDDomestic Battery1/17/15 Mares Jr, Roberto23Wichita, Ks.1200 S oliver South Haven KSSUCODUI, DWS1/18/15 Porter, Tammy45Wichita, Ks.610 E. Hillside, Wellington, Ks.SUCOServe Sentence1/12/15 Cox, Victoria25WellingtonHillside and HWY81SUSODriving while suspended1/14/15 Trione,Amanda D.28HaysvilleSedgwick County JailMPDProbation Violation X51/13/15 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Shivers,Bryce R.29Wellington800 N. B St. Wellington, KsWPDProbation Violation1/14/15 Harris, Charles, A.42Wichita, Ks.Sedgwick County JailSUCOInterference with L.E.O., Falsely report a crime.1/16/15 Greeno, Chancie L.34Peck, Ks119th And South Broadway  Mulvane KsMPDFail to Appear1/16/15 Sanders, Jenny L.33Wichita, Ks.Sedgwick County JailSUCOCriminal Use of a Financial Card, Forgery X21/16/15 Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Department report for Jan. 5 to Jan. 12, 2015 weekly jail bookings are as follows: center_img         Hiten, Josha T.33Oxford, ks.202 S. Illinois, Oxford, Ks.SUCOProbation Violation X21/13/15 Follow us on Twitter. Holloway, Steven T.22Atlanta, KsSedgwick County JailSUCOForgery X2 and Criminal use of a Financial Card X51/13/15 Crooks, Victoria R.41Topeka, KsJackson Co Jail  Holton KsSUCOProbation Violation1/16/15 Finney, Greg A.39Wellington, Ks.500 N. Washington, Wellington Ks.SUCOProbation Violation1/16/15 NameAgeHome TownArrest locationAgencyChargesArrest dates Silerio-Nunez, Jorge45Durango, MX777 Kansas Star Dr, Mulvane KSMPDTheft1/17/15 McClure,Joshua Q.38Wellington513 N. Garder St. Wellington, KsWPDCriminal damage to property1/13/15 Prilliman, Grarrett L.20Mulvane, Ks.610 E. Hillside, Wellington, Ks.SUCOServing Sentence1/17/15 Melton, Shane E.43Fischer, Ok.500 W. U.S. 160SUCOD.W.S.1/17/15 Elston, Jordan C.22Arkansas ,KsSouth I-35 MM #16  Bellie Plaine KsKHPDisorderly Conduct,Transp open Container Alcohol, D U I, Drive in Vocation of D L Restriction-Ignition interlock, Required None1/16/15 Monday 0600  to  Monday 0600  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 1/5/2015 thru 1/12/2015 last_img read more

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College football updated polls: AP Top 25, Coaches Poll rankings after Week 13

first_imgMORE: SN Week 14 college football rankingsLSU, Georgia and Alabama all took care of business out of the SEC to set up an interesting final two weeks where all three remain in contention for the Playoff. In the Pac-12, Utah demolished Arizona to keep its conference and Playoff hopes alive, as did Minnesota and Baylor in the Big Ten and Big 12, respectively. Rivalry Week is here, and with it comes the greatest opportunity for some late-season chaos to shake up the final set of College Football Playoff rankings.We got a taste of that on Saturday, however, with Oregon’s loss to Arizona State and Oklahoma’s flirtation with disaster against TCU. Ohio State’s 28-17 win over Penn State knocked the Nittany Lions out of the top 10 as well, setting the Buckeyes up as the Big Ten’s best remaining shot to make the Playoff. With that, the latest AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll rankings after the Week 13 slate of games:College football polls updated after Week 13Coaches PollRankTeamNo. 1 votesW-L1LSU5211-02Ohio State711-03Clemson411-04Georgia010-15Alabama010-16Utah010-17Oklahoma010-18Florida09-29Minnesota010-110Baylor010-111Michigan09-212Penn State09-213Oregon09-214Wisconsin09-215Notre Dame09-216Auburn08-317Cincinnati010-118Memphis010-119Boise State010-120Iowa08-321Oklahoma State08-322Appalachian State010-123Virginia Tech08-324Navy08-225USC08-4Moved in: No. 23 Virginia Tech; No. 24 Navy; No. 24 USCOthers receiving votes: Air Force 74; Iowa State 55; Virginia 32; Texas A&M 26; UL Lafayette 18; Southern Methodist 18; Wake Forest 5; San Diego State 4; Indiana 2; Hawaii 2; Temple 1AP Top 25RankTeamPointsW-L1LSU1,53711-02Ohio State1,48611-03Clemson1,44011-04Georgia1,34710-15Alabama1,28310-16Utah1,23110-17Oklahoma1,18910-18Florida1,0589-29Minnesota99610-110Michigan9139-211Baylor91010-112Penn State9039-213Wisconsin7919-214Oregon7849-215Notre Dame7019-216Auburn6358-317Memphis53510-118Cincinnati51810-119Iowa5108-320Boise State41010-121Oklahoma State2668-322Appalachian State20610-123Virginia Tech1448-324Navy998-225USC798-4Moved in: No. 23 Virginia Tech; No. 24 Navy; No. 24 USCOthers receiving votes: Iowa State 74; Virginia 38; Texas A&M 27; Air Force 22; SMU 9; Arizona State 4; Louisiana-Lafayette 1last_img read more

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West Olympia Farmers’ Market Opening Day is May 12

first_imgFacebook485Tweet0Pin0Submitted by West Olympia Farmers’ MarketWest Olympia Farmers’ Market is pleased to announce the opening of its fifth season on Tuesday, May 12th at 4:00 pm. The market has brand new location this season at 1919 Harrison Ave. NW in the West Central Park. Hours are Tuesday evening from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, mid-May – mid-October 2015. Keep an eye out for the signs on Harrison Ave and Black Lake Blvd.In addition to a great selection of local food vendors, this season will feature a monthly Crafter’s Market showcasing handmade goods from local artisans. Also, to make shopping even more convenient and accessible, West Olympia Farmers’ Market accepts EBT and debit transactions. Drop by the Market Information booth for more information on all of this year’s happenings or check the West Olympia Farmers’ Market website and facebook page.West Olympia Farmers’ Market (WOFM) is your neighborhood market. WOFM strives to help build a vibrant local food economy by supporting small-scale and beginning vendors. All of WOFM’s farmers, artisans and producers are based in Thurston, Lewis, Mason, or Grays Harbor county, with the majority based in Olympia. Products at this years market include fresh produce, baked goods, pastured poultry and meats, flowers, veggie starts, crafts, and much more.  Everything is locally grown and produced, so come on out and support your local producers.For more information, please contact Jennifer Dres at wolyfarmersmarket@gmail.com and find us on facebook.last_img read more

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The Philippines, a nation rich in precious metals, encounters powerful opposition to mining

first_imgActivism, Endangered Environmentalists, Environment, Environmental Law, Featured, Gold Mining, Human Rights, Mining, Social Conflict 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. Article published by Isabel Esterman 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 Facing conflicting demands from the mining industry and from communities adversely affected by mining, the Philippines has never settled on a stable mining policy.Opposition to mining centers around the ecological disruption caused by mines, human rights abuses connected to the industry, and disputes over how profits should be shared.The Philippines is believed to hold around $1 trillion worth of mineral resources, but an anticipated mineral boom has so far failed to emerge.Recent legal changes cast even more doubt on the mining industry’s future. DIDIPIO, Philippines – Before OceanaGold began to systematically remove any trace that Dinkidi Mountain ever existed in northern Luzon’s Sierra Madre range, 100 farmers raised rice and citrus crops on farmland they had cleared in the mountain’s shadow. Didipio was a village of 700 residents, many of whom settled on Dinkidi’s east side in the 1960s and 1970s after walking, with their children in tow, for two days on steep forest trails.In many ways Didipio was a rare place of hard work and solitude, a village difficult to reach by vehicle or on foot, and distant from the mainstream of Philippine life.Many of those settlers — a minority in a village that today has 3,000 residents — blame Australian-Canadian mining company OceanaGold for ending Didipio’s era of agrarian calm.Starting with construction in 2011, it took just two years for the company to replace Dinkidi with an open-pit gold and copper mine nearly a kilometer in diameter and nearly 300 meters (~1,000 feet) deep. Millions of tons of mine waste forms a perimeter of terraced rock around half of the mine. Above that is a green lagoon filled with liquid tailings, spreading over more than 100 hectares (~250 acres) where rice was once cultivated.The tailings pond at the OceanaGold mine in Dipidio. Photo by Keith Schneider.A portion of the public opposition to the mine also is due to financial fairness. The company earned $275 million in copper and gold sales last year, according to the Philippine Mines and Geosciences Bureau. The company says it employs 1,800 people on 12-hour, 14-day-on, 7-day-off shifts. It houses and feeds its staff in a 566-bed compound within the mine’s fenced boundary. OceanaGold says that 40 percent of its workforce comes from Nueva Vizcaya, the local province.The village of Didipio, in the meantime, looks to have benefited from virtually none of that wealth. A number of residents work at the mine, earning about $1 an hour. But there are no restaurants, no hotels, and just a handful of front porch stores in a collection of shabby wooden homes. “It hasn’t made life here better,” Lorenzo Pulido, a Didipio resident and board member of Desama, a mine opposition group here, said through an interpreter. “Farming is gone. A lot of trees were cut. When the mine closes what will we have here?”OceanaGold disputes Pulido’s assessment. In a message to Mongabay, the company said mine workers are paid 50 percent above the prevailing regional wage, and since the mine’s opening “there has been a significant increase in large-scale vegetable farming. What used to be idle mountainside contours are converted.” The company also noted that it had spent an average of $3.4 million annually “for the development of host and neighboring communities.”Since the first engineers explored for minerals near Dinkidi Mountain in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Didipio and other communities of northern Luzon Island have been at a rolling boil over mining.  A 2012 investigation by Esther Roxanne Bans-Veridiano, the executive director of Kaduami, a regional development group, found numerous clashes between indigenous people and mining companies seeking mineral claims. From 2006 to 2010, the national government deployed military units to put down opposition campaigns. Bans-Veridiano counted eight opposition leaders murdered between 2005 and 2007. In 2010, Gensun Agustin, a 30-year-old leader of an anti-mining group, was assassinated by two men on a motorcycle.OceanaGold’s open pit gold and copper mine in Didipio. Photo by Keith Schneider.The Philippines’ largely untapped mining potentialNot all of the distaste for mining that opponents express about the Didipio mine can be laid at the feet of OceanaGold. Hard rock mineral mining in the Philippines, as it is almost everywhere else in the world, is not only a threat to the environment and a hardship for residents — it is also an ordeal for mining companies, investors, financiers, contractors and customers.Developers probe and produce where minerals lie. The islands that rise from the Pacific to form the Philippines are the product of molten magma, which boiled up near the beginning of planetary time, collided in great tectonic shifting, and cooled in trenches and thick zones of sediment. The volcanic flows and colliding plates contained deposits of gold and copper and nickel that eons later Filipino citizens and modern day geologists discovered in alluring abundance.  The Philippine Bureau of Mines and Geosciences values that mineral treasure trove at nearly $1 trillion.But tapping into the rich veins of copper, gold, nickel and other metals, a powerful lure during Spanish colonization of the Philippines, has proved to be one of the seminal cultural and economic struggles since an independent democracy was established in 1946. The world’s big and small mining companies arrived at the invitation of the Philippines government to stake out gold and copper claims in northern Luzon. Reserves of nickel and copper lay on Mindanao and smaller outlying islands.The mineral feast that the Philippines anticipated, though, has not materialized. Like the fires that strip gold and copper and nickel ores of impurities, the reasons behind the fractious Philippines mining struggle are heated in a crucible of conflicting forces. Two are especially significant.The country and the mining industry are devoted to expensive design principles that focus on building big open-pit mines to take advantage of economies of scale. But operating such mines in a wet, muddy, tropical environment yields ecologically ruinous practices that cause rampant erosion, ocean pollution, and in 1996 produced one of the world’s worst toxic mining disasters.The toxic tailings pond at the Marcopper mine on Marinduque Island, east of Manila, ruptured. Millions of gallons of poisonous muck poured down the river and into the sea, displacing 20,000 people and wrecking a vital river and near-shore fisheries.Abandoned equipment and toxic mine sludge occupy the abandoned Marcopper mine on Marinduque. A breach in the mine’s tailing pond poured millions of tons of mine waste into the Boac River. Photo by Keith Schneider.Influenced by conflicting demands from the mining industry to make it easier to invest, and by thousands of people affected by ecological disruption, the country has never settled on a stable mining policy. In 1995, it approved a national statute to encourage investment through tax abatements, allowing 100 percent foreign ownership, and generous land grants. The Marcopper disaster the following year called into question the wisdom of the open door policy.  In January 2004, the Philippine Supreme Court ruled the 1995 policy was unconstitutional. Eleven months later, following intense pressure from mining companies and their allies in Congress, the court rescinded its decision.As the government sought to open more of the Philippines to new mines, people fought back. In a nation of 103 million residents that is growing by 1.5 million people a year, there are more people in more places who are better prepared than ever to blockade mine entrances, lobby Congress, file legal cases, and halt another Marcopper disaster.Many died in clashes with security forces and opposition leaders were murdered. The activism provoked the government.  In 2012, President Benigno S. Aquino III signed an executive order that halted mining licenses until a new mining law was developed by Congress. Aquino’s order also put sensitive lands off limits to new mines. In 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte was elected, in part on an anti-mining platform, and hired activist Regina Lopez to be Secretary of the Environment to enforce water and land protection laws in the mining industry.Local resistanceThough the Philippine national government controls and regulates all natural resources, more than a dozen provinces and municipalities have approved local mining bans. OceanaGold’s Didipio operation is one of two mines in Nueva Vizcaya Province, which three years ago approved a mining ban aimed at blocking the development of 51 new mines proposed for the region. The province is primarily concerned with the threat mining poses to its rivers and watersheds.“It’s a threat to our economy,” Carlos Padilla, the governor of Nueva Vizcaya, said in an interview. “We are basically an agricultural province. These companies are adversely affecting our rivers. Our farmers rely on the rivers for irrigation. About 40 percent of our people are in farming.  Our province is one of the top seven rice producers in the Philippines, one of the top four corn producers. We would be better without mining.”Nueva Vizcaya Governor Carlos Padilla. Photo by Keith Schneider.Such resistance, coupled with erratic metal prices, changing markets, and rising costs make investing in big Philippine metal mines exceptionally risky.  Two years ago Glencore, one of the world’s largest mining companies, pulled out of the development of the projected $5.9 billion Tampakan copper and gold mine on Mindanao island, viewed by the industry as one of the richest precious metal prospects on earth. The mine has been the focus of fierce local conflict for a decade.The essential goal of mining opponents in the Philippines is to cause disruption, which commodity markets hate. The opposition campaigns, including the one waged over the last year by the Duterte administration, have been especially successful, particularly in the Philippine nickel sector, the world’s largest nickel ore exporter.In February, Environment Secretary Lopez recommended that licenses for 26 big metal mines be canceled or suspended for environmental violations, most of them nickel mines.Markets reacted. Global nickel prices soared.Buyers, especially China, the largest importer of Philippine nickel ore, also reacted to the aggressive oversight. 
By January 2017, Philippine nickel ore imports to China fell to 779,000 metric tons, according to industry data, a 20 percent drop from January 2016. The Philippines share of the global nickel trade, once nearly 10 percent, has diminished to less than 8 percent.Lopez lost her job in early May after the Philippine Legislature decided her 10-month campaign to enforce environmental laws in the mining sector was too aggressive. But the orders are still in effect.Gold has not encountered the same turbulence in the market, but gold mines have been drawn into the country’s stiffer regulatory goals. In February, Lopez recommended that the Didipio mining license be suspended until the company resolved “potential adverse impact to the agricultural areas,” and other objections raised by Nueva Vizcaya. OceanaGold’s executives were appalled. The company, which has been awarded numerous international honors for stewardship and workplace safety at its Didipio mine, appealed the decision. The mine is operating while the case is decided.“We pride ourselves, and have been recognized on numerous occasions for being a responsible mining company with a long history of operating to the highest industry standards on health, safety, environment, community and sustainability,” Mick Wilkes, OceanaGold’s president and chief executive, said in a prepared statement.Despite area’s vast mineral wealth, Dipidio is a town of ramshackle homes. Photo by Keith Schneider.Members of Desama, the opposition group, are not impressed. In October 2009, as the company demolished homes to make way for construction, residents engaged in pitched battles with armed security guards and police officers. In 2011, OceanaGold was cited by the Philippine Commission on Human Rights for various violations for the rough way they treated residents and managed armed security forces in a way that menaced people.“The situation in Didipio constitutes a continuing threat to the security of persons of the people in Didipio because it exposes them to constant uncertainty,” said Christopher Louie Ocampo, an executive assistant to the Commission’s chairperson, in a letter to local activists. Ocampo called it “an incessant fear that something untoward might happen to them, their family or their properties. Rightly so, the local government units in the area expressed grave concerns that the situation would lead to breakdown of peace and order in the province.”The commission urged the government to revoke OceanaGold’s mining license. Until Secretary Lopez took command of the DENR the government ignored the recommendation.OceanaGold says it is likely to mine in Didipio until 2030. Its closure plan calls for allowing the pit to fill and become a lake. Pulido and his Desama colleagues roll their eyes. No one is counting on Didipio becoming a lakefront resort.last_img read more

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Unveiled: The unraveling of Nicaragua’s Indio Maíz Biological Reserve (commentary)

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki There is evidence of disturbing trends in illegal colonization and deforestation inside the IMBR. Satellite images, interviews with locals, and ground-truthing at key locations unveil proof that the Indio Maíz may be destined to unravel.Deforestation within the boundaries of the IMBR claimed about 2,434 hectares (about 6,015 acres) between 2001-2014. A satellite image analysis shows that deforestation extends approximately 10.3 kilometers (6.1 miles) from the western boundary of the reserve inward.Nicaragua’s current government has been in power over ten years and has shown increasing disregard for its own environmental laws and the agencies tasked with their enforcement. This is evident in the case of the IMBR.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. Indigenous territories and nature reserves in Nicaragua have undergone precipitous declines in forest cover since 2001. The remote Indio Maíz Biological Reserve (IMBR) has, fortunately, escaped most of the onslaught – until recently.Now, there is evidence of disturbing trends in illegal colonization and deforestation inside the IMBR. Satellite images, interviews with locals, and ground-truthing at key locations unveil proof that the Indio Maíz may be destined to unravel.Deforestation within the boundaries of the IMBR claimed about 2,434 hectares (about 6,015 acres) between 2001-2014. A satellite image analysis shows that deforestation extends approximately 10.3 kilometers (6.1 miles) from the western boundary of the reserve inward (see Fig. 1, more here). The images reveal that large patches of clearings, and smaller intervening fragments of forest, have replaced the closed-canopy landscape of earlier years. In forays into the IMBR interior, we documented recent clearings, showing that the deforestation continues unabated (see photo 1).Fig. 1. Forest cover loss (2000-2015) within the in Indio Maíz Biological Reserve, Nicaragua. Map courtesy of Hector Castaneda.Photo 1: Deforestation in the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve, Nicaragua. Photo by Trevor Ritland.Local informants describe a situation that belies the IMBR’s reputation as an area of unbroken wilderness. We interviewed 11 individuals with firsthand knowledge of the current situation, or who have family members or acquaintances living inside or near the border of the IMBR. They report that there are upwards of seven settlements, comprised of small concentrations of homes plus a number of homesteads sparsely distributed around the surrounding area. Informants estimate that there may be 200 families, with about nine members each, for a total of about 1,800 individuals.Drivers of deforestation in the IMBR include rapidly expanding agro-industries in Nicaragua and the associated migration of smallholder agriculturalists from the IMBR buffer zone and other nearby areas. Informants explained that the corporations Palcasa and Maderas Cultivadas de Centroamerica have actively purchased farms to expand their holdings in the El Castillo Region. Oil palm plantations currently occupy about 5,500 hectares (close to 13,600 acres; see this article and photo 2), and may increase under the current favorable market conditions. Gmelina plantations, according to informants, are expanding even faster than oil palm in the region. This is purportedly related to satisfying a growing demand for crates used in banana and pineapple shipping in Costa Rica (see photo 3).Photo 2: Oil palm plantations consume over 5,000 hectares of the buffer zone of the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve, Nicaragua. Photo by Trevor Ritland.Oil palm and gmelina plantations are not the only forces behind the march of deforestation in the IMBR. Indeed, according to local informants, the most common livelihood by settlers is cattle ranching. While some ranches are small (between seven and 35 hectares, or 17 and 87 acres), there are accounts of opportunistic ranchers clearing ranches up to 280 hectares (about 692 acres) in extension, serving herd sizes that range from five to 200 head of cattle. Informants describe a landscape that is almost entirely denuded, with sparse forest patches interrupting vast expanses of pasture.Cattle are reportedly herded out along trails to Las Maravillas, a gateway to the IMBR interior, then sold into domestic and export markets. Likewise, farmers trade cash crops such as rice, beans, corn, and other vegetables, plus small quantities of swine and poultry, in Las Maravillas. Market days are bustling, and there is no effort to conceal the activities carried out in the protected area (see photo 4). According to accounts, the land grabs and forest clearing simply go unpunished.Photo 3: Workers load Gmelina lumber for shipment to Costa Rica in the buffer zone of the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve, Nicaragua. Photo by Trevor Ritland.What is driving the migration of cattle ranchers into the IMBR? The answer may lie in the geographical origin of the majority of the settlers. Informants report that most of the colonizers come from Nueva Guinea, an area with a history of frontier expansion and cattle ranching. This area is slated for the creation of a large reservoir associated with the controversial proposal to build an inter-oceanic canal across Nicaragua. This may be sparking farmers to relocate (see this interactive map). Peasants, uncertain about whether or not their lands will be expropriated for the canal project, stake their claim to lands inside the Reserve. After five years of occupancy, squatter laws should grant settlers title to the property. In short, farmers may be looking for ways to preserve their livelihood and lifestyles under a very uncertain future.Nicaragua’s current government has been in power over ten years and has shown increasing disregard for its own environmental laws and the agencies tasked with their enforcement. This is evident in the case of the IMBR. For instance, until recently, Las Maravillas was the location of active outposts for the Nicaraguan military and MARENA (the ministry of the environment), both charged with protecting the IMBR. However, the military outpost closed in 2010 and the MARENA outpost is, according to reports, rarely staffed. Another MARENA outpost, located within the IMBR boundaries, was altogether abandoned in about 2010 (see photo 5). Since that time, efforts by residents to call attention to incursions have been met with silence by the authorities.Photo 4: Colonists haul goods back to the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve, Nicaragua, in full view of ministry of the environment’s outpost. Photo by Paola Muñoz.The Ortega administration has gradually tightened its grip on the press, non-governmental organizations, and U.S. government officials working in the country (read more here and here). This has impeded dissemination of information both inside and outside Nicaragua. Online resources such as Global Forest Watch, as well as free online mapping software, provide tools for both the media and concerned parties to circumvent obstacles that they may face. This may be the best hope for unveiling — and thwarting — the unraveling of the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve.Photo 5: Abandoned outpost of Nicaragua’s ministry of the environment, located inside the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve. Photo by Trevor Ritland.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. Agriculture, Cattle, Cattle Ranching, Commentary, Deforestation, Editorials, Environment, Environmental Law, Forests, Law Enforcement, Palm Oil, Protected Areas, Researcher Perspective Series 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

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UST’s Rondina teams up with new partner in BVR Manila Open

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil With Ronaldo gone, only Griezmann can hope to stop Messi Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CONTRIBUTED PHOTOCherry Rondina is set to represent University of Santo Tomas once more in the Beach Volleyball Republic, but this time, she will have a new partner in the sand courts.UST’s explosive Golden Tigress will team up with Babylove Barbon in the Manila Open that will start on Friday at Sands SM By the Bay.ADVERTISEMENT Rondina won a BVR leg in 2017 with former partner Jinggay Bangad in Currimao, Ilocos Norte while Barbon was named as the BVR Queen of the Sands in July.Also in the three-day tournament is the partnership of Dzi Gervacio and Bea Tan for Perlas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’This will also be a reunion of sorts for Gervacio and Rondina who paired up with each other during the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 1-Star Manila Open in May where the two reached the quarterfinals.Apart from Rondina and Barbon, UST will also have a second team in Gen Eslapor and MJ Ebro. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Far Eastern University will also have two teams in Ivana Agudo and Marianne Calinawan as FEU1 and FEU2’s Sheena Gallentes and Jamaica Pascua.Antonette Landicho and Klymince Orillenada will represent National University, while Princess Deana Estanislao and Janine Padue will banner University of Perpetual Help.University of the Philippines will have Jessma Ramos and Justine Dorog as the first team and the pair of Abi Goc and Mikee Osorio will be the second team, while Felicia Cui and Kaila Mendoza will represent College of St. Benilde.Macie Candido and Jona Mae De Lima will suit up for Rizal Technological University, Adamson University will have Hannah Nicole Infante and Gracelchen Ave, and Ateneo has Jules Samonte and Ponggay Gaston.University of the East, the last collegiate team, has yet to name its team while Air Force will have Anna Abanto and Jennifer Manzano, and Kempal will have Roma Doromal and Jasmine Nabor.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more