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

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

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

PSG aims to avoid early elimination in Champions League

first_imgAdamson suspends Wednesday classes for do-or-die UAAP Final 4 game vs UP Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The good news for Tuchel is that Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who had been sidelined because of injuries, are expected to be available for the home match against Liverpool.A look at the four Champions League groups on Wednesday:GROUP AAtletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund lead the group and have a chance to secure places in the knockout round in advance.Dortmund needs a draw at Club Brugge, while Atletico needs a home win against Monaco. Atletico can also advance if Club Brugge loses points against Dortmund, which is coming off a blistering start to the season under new coach Lucien Favre.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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Victories by Liverpool and Napoli would lock up the group which has proven to be the tightest of the Champions League.Napoli, the group’s only unbeaten team with three draws and one win, hosts a Red Star team which still has chances of advancing in its return to the tournament’s group stage after 26 years.The Serbian club has four points, one fewer than Paris Saint-Germain and two fewer than Napoli and Liverpool.Red Star held Napoli to a 0-0 draw at home in the first round, but then conceded 10 goals in losses against PSG (6-1) and Liverpool (4-0).Liverpool, which beat PSG at home, lost 2-0 to Red Star in its previous Champions League match, but it is coming off two straight wins in the Premier League.PSG, cruising in the French league, beat Liverpool 3-0 the only other time the teams met in Paris, nearly two decades ago.GROUP DGroup leader Porto hosts second-place Schalke in a match in which a draw could be enough for both clubs to advance.They would clinch a spot in the knockout stage with a draw if Galatasaray fails to win its match at already eliminated Lokomotiv Moscow.A victory would secure first place for Porto, which has won eight straight entering the match at its Estadio do Dragao. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title It would be the first time PSG failed to reach the tournament’s knockout round since 2011-12, after Qatar Sports Investments took over the club with the goal of turning it into a top contender. PSG was eliminated in the round of 16 last season, after reaching the quarterfinals four straight years before that.Failure this time would hurt PSG in its second season since signing Brazil star Neymar for 222 million euros from Barcelona in an attempt to increase its chances of succeeding in Europe.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPSG enters the crucial match at Parc des Princes with five points in Group C, one behind leaders Liverpool and Napoli. A victory would put the French club back in position to advance depending on its own results.“It’s a decisive match in a very, very complicated group,” PSG coach Thomas Tuchel told French broadcaster TF1. Paris Saint-Germain’s Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani celebrates his goal during the French Ligue 1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Toulouse (TFC) at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, on November 24, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)MADRID — Paris Saint-Germain’s hopes of breaking through in European soccer could end earlier than usual this season.A loss against Liverpool on Wednesday in Paris, coupled with a home win by Napoli over Red Star, would keep PSG from making it out of the group stage in the Champions League. And that would be a significant setback for the big-spending French team desperately trying to assert itself as a world-class club.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The only setback for Favre so far was the 2-0 loss at Atletico in the team’s previous Champions League appearance.Paco Alcacer, signed on a permanent basis from Barcelona on Friday, scored again on Saturday in a win over Mainz, taking his league tally to nine goals in seven appearances.GROUP BHarry Kane kept Tottenham’s Champions League hopes alive with a late double to sink PSV Eindhoven in the last round of games.Now the striker has some back-up as his team tries to complete an unlikely recovery to qualify from Group B.Tottenham has struggled for attacking fluency this season, mainly because attacking midfielders Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli have been missing at times because of injury.They appear to be fully fit now and were superb in Tottenham’s win over Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday, a 3-1 win that might have been its best display of the season.Spurs need to beat Inter Milan at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday to keep alive ambitions of a top-two finish. That would leave the teams tied on seven points. Tottenham would still likely require a win at already-qualified Barcelona to advance, given that Inter closes group play at home to last-place PSV.Barcelona, without Rafinha, Luis Suarez and Arthur because of injuries, has a three-point advantage at the top and will clinch first place in the group with a win over PSV, or a draw if Inter does not beat Tottenham.GROUP C Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Porto is trying to make it to the round of 16 for the third straight season. The Portuguese champion has 10 points, two more than Schalke and six more than Galatasaray. Porto and Schalke are the only unbeaten teams in the group.Schalke hasn’t made it to the knockout stage since 2014-15.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Fassell FC for Test Matches Outside Liberia Ahead of CAF Cup

first_imgThe Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of the newly promoted 1st division Fassell FC, Cassell A. Kuoh Sr., has said his side might play test matches outside Liberia ahead of their participation in the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup.Mr. Kuoh did not say where in particular his team might go, but he said the test matches would prepare the team for better representation in the Confederation Cup.BYC and Red Lions ended their CAF campaigns last week. BYC ended their journey in the 1/16th stage as well as Red Lions. Lions did not kick a ball in their first game but lost their second game both at home and abroad against Algerian side Club Sportif Constantinois.Fassell FC became the FA champions when last Wednesday, a 6th minute 39 seconds goal by Amos Kollie, dubbed PJ against NPA Anchors at the crowded Antoinette Tubman Stadium.It is Fassell FC’s first experience since its establishment in 2009. On the road to the final, the Soccer Missionaries (Fassell FC) eliminated the Sime Darby, Red Lions and LPRC Oilers.In the female division, Blanco FC pinned Earth Angels 3-2 to get the female knockout championship.Love Kofa, Agatha Niemene and Joy Kollie got the goals for Blanco, while Angeline Kieh netted the brace.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ebola Outbreak, not Punishment from God

first_imgSince the outbreak of the virus was announced by government, there have statements issued by clerics that God had lost favor with Liberia for the country’s sins, and the punishment, according to them was sending Ebola to the nation.However, the Lutheran Church thinks differently and believes that God is not scared or weak as many think.At a press conference yesterday in Monrovia, LCL Bishop D. Jensen Seyenkulo disagreed with those who have characterized God in ways that run contrary to biblical revelation.“The God we know and serve, as Luther pointed to us through scripture, is not a God who kills because of sin. The incarnation is a clear manifestation of the gracious character of God.“Sickness and death have been part of the normal course of life since the fall of humankind through Adam and Eve,” Bishop Seyenkulo declared.LCL argued that assertions by some Liberians relative to said claims have no biblical foundation.Bishop Seyenkulo: “There is no scriptural basis for saying people who fear and love God do not suffer. While it is true that God hates sin, it is equally true that God loves the sinner. This is the Gospel message that we believe and that is what we preach.“To suggest that God is punishing this poor nation because of her sins is to say that God is too scared or weak to take on the more powerful nations that are just as sinful. The God we know and serve is neither timid nor weak.”The church reaffirms its commitment and support to the people and government of Liberia in the wake of the national health crisis, adding; “LCL is concerned about the Ebola crisis and stands with the government, religious and international communities in the fight.”LCL had been part of an effort by the Action of Churches Together (ACT Alliance) reaching out to hospitals and healthcare centers around the country with Ebola preventives and other medical supplies.The Church recounted the numerous assistances it has received and delivered through many different channels involving Global Health Ministers, Operation Blessing International, the Episcopal Relief and Development Organization and other outlets of the Church in the fight against Ebola.“We have, through the LCL-ZOE and Malaria Programs, provided Ebola preventive materials to 240 households of orphans and vulnerable children in Kakata, Margibi County. We declared Sunday, September 7 “Stand Against Ebola” day in the Lutheran Church in Liberia. On this day, all congregations of LCL gathered Ebola prevention materials and food items that will be distributed in Ebola endemic areas. We have begun to organize a task force that will handle all Ebola issues in the Church. We are ready to deliver a truck load of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other medical supplies to Gbapolu County this week.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Emerge BPO admits to dismissing hundreds of employees

first_imgGuyanese Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) company Emerge BPO on Thursday admitted that it was indeed reducing its staff in Guyana.Emerge BPO building on Camp Street, GeorgetownGuyana Times first reported on Thursday that hundreds of employees would soon be without jobs as the company on Tuesday served employees with termination letters stating that it was downsizing its operations in Guyana.According to one of the letters seen by this publication, the company stated that one of its largest clients recently pulled its contract which would see the company losing millions. As such, Emerge stated that it would be unable to pay employees and planned to downsize its operations in July.In a statement issued to the media on Thursday, Emerge BPO said it would maintain its operation in Guyana but would be downsizing.“Business decisions such as these that directly impact the lives of employees are extraordinarily difficult; as such, the company has already consulted with the Ministry of Social Protection, Department of Labour and remains compliant throughout the process,” the statement said.According to the company, it is working overtime to ensure that the transition of the affected staff is smooth, and it is committed to providing full separation remunerations, and other benefits for those staff.“The company shall continue to do all in its power to minimise these jobs displacements,” it added.Emerge BPO, Middle Street, Georgetown, is a nearshore leader in customer management, back office and transaction processing services that opened in Guyana in July of 2008.Just recently, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Emerge, Heidi Solomon-Orlick and the company’s Vice President of Operations, Dalgleish Joseph, announced an expansion with investment in a new campus located at Camp Street, Georgetown.Expected to be completed at the end of 2019, the expansion was targeting some 1500 to 2000 employees with 3000 more to be added within the next five to 10 years.After revealing that Guyana is 30 to 35 per cent cheaper than any other nearshore destination for outsourcing, Solomon-Orlick had said that Emerge was in talks with several prospective clients about business.last_img read more

Soccer Goalkeepers clinic this weekend

first_imgThe Fort St. John Soccer Club will be having a goalie clinic this weekend (May 8th to 10th). The camp will be $80 for the weekend and will include a pizza dinner at Pizza Hut Saturday night 6:30 to 8:30 to watch and review soccer videos. Facilitating the clinic will be Shel Brodsgaard, the former Canadian Soccer Association National Teams Goalkeeper Coach, and founder of Island Keeper Clinics (est. 1993).  – Advertisement -Goalkeeper Development Programs Coaches Seminar is for all community level coaches interested in learning more about the position of goalkeeper and aims to educate how to motivate their respective goalkeepers in both training and game situations.   The seminar will include a lecture format analyzing video clips with discussion as well as a practical component in which all participants will be expected to perform light training exercises.Youth Goalkeeper Development is for all goalkeepers U8 to U10 and will introduce the basic skills and techniques required for playing the position: footwork, ball handling, distribution & receiving the ball. Intermediate Goalkeepers Development is for all goalkeepers U12 to U14 and will introduce the basic skills and techniques required for playing the position: footwork, ball handling, distribution & receiving the ball.  Advertisement All participants will need indoor shoes, goalkeeper gloves, elbow pads, knee pads, shin pads, and a water bottle. Sunday, May 10th Advanced GK Training 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm All training will be located at Bert Bowes Secondary. Each of the participants in the goalkeeper training programs will receive a Speed and Agility Training DVD produced by Shel Brodsgaard ($29.99 suggested retail value) as well as a free Pizza Dinner on Saturday evening starting at 6:30 pm at Pizza Hut. Please contact Wayde by phone at 250-787-6882 or norweld@pris.ca or program registration. For further information about Shel Brodsgaard’s Island Keeper Clinics locate: www.islandkeeperclinic.com or www.guardingthegoal.com Advertisement Saturday, May 9th Intermediate GK Training 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Saturday, May 9th Advanced GK Training 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm Saturday, May 9th Pizza Party & Video Review 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Sunday, May 10th Youth GK Training 10:30 am to 12:00 pm Sunday, May 10th Intermediate GK Training 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Advertisement Advanced Goalkeepers Development is for all goalkeepers U16 to U18 and will introduce the basic skills and techniques required for playing the position: footwork, ball handling, distribution & receiving the ball.  Schedule of Events:Friday, May 8th Coaches Seminar Saturday, May 9th Youth GK Training 10:30 am to 12:00 pm Advertisementlast_img read more

We will face hostile crowd in Tunis- Shakava

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava defending well against Esperance defender. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 15- Having been part of the team that lost 5-0 against Esperance in 2014, Gor Mahia captain Harun Shakava has warned his team-mates to be prepared for a hostile crowd at the Stade Olympique de Radès when they face the Tunisians on Sunday.Shakava, who was just in his second year at Gor Mahia then, scored one of the two goals at home in the 3-2 loss, but partnering David Owino (now with Zesco in Zambia) in defence for the return tie, they endured a torrid evening. “It was very tough and what I have told the players is that we have to be mentally prepared for a tough game on and off the pitch,” Shakava noted.He added; “The have very hostile fans who light up flares the entire game and support the team with so much noise from the first to last minute. It is a huge stadium and can sometimes fill up to its 70,000 capacity,” the defender said.Gor Mahia captain Shakava screams in celebration after scoring Gor’s only goal in their 1-0 Super Cup win over AFC Leopards at Afraha Stadium on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I have told the players that we should calm our nerves because most of us are not used to playing in front of such a crowd. It is a big game and we should rise to the occasion as big players.”Though he knows it will not be a walk in the park, Shakava however, does not expect a big thrashing like they had four years back and in fact says they have the ability to match the Tunisians and can pull off a surprising result in Rades.“Football changes a lot and I believe we have a stronger squad with experienced players compared to 2014. As players we have matured, we know what is needed in such a big game anbd we are going there to battle. It will be 11 versus 11 on the pitch,” the defender noted.“We have to ensure we keep a clean sheet. We played very well in the first leg and only got unlucky with chances to score. We expect them to come very strong in the first 15 minutes but if we can be able to contain them, that will be good for us,” adds the skipper.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DDTV VIDEO: HOW ONE DONEGAL DANCE DUO DID ‘STRICTLY’

first_imgFORGET Robbie Savage and Holly Vallance – Donegal does ‘Strictly’ just as well…well kind of!We’ve been getting lots of emails this past week from donegaldaily.com readers begging us to show off the dance skills of the county. So without further ado…here’s Ciaran Rooskey and Amy Mc Carron performing their brilliant cha cha in the Mount Errigal at Donegal’s Strictly of all Strictlys.Click to play! (and more emails in the STRICTest confidence welcome to info@donegaldaily.com).DDTV VIDEO: HOW ONE DONEGAL DANCE DUO DID ‘STRICTLY’ was last modified: November 18th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ciaran Rooskey and Amy Mc CarronletterkennyMount Errigal HotelStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more