Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonAzi is a one year old, male Egyptian Pharaoh Hound/Australian Cattle Dog mix. He knows his basic commands such as sit and lay down.  The volunteers have been teaching him to walk nicely on a leash and he loves to go out on the roads and trails to hike or jog.  Since he is a young and very energetic boy, he will do best in a home with adults and older children.Azi gets along great with some dogs, but can be picky about who he wants to play with in the exercise yards.  He is untested with cats.  This high energy youngster will need a patient owner willing to continue his training, as well as keep him busy and active.  Besides being regally handsome, he is extremely smart so agility or nose work would be fun and challenging for him.We have many great dogs and always need volunteers.  To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org , our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. Contact us at thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or (360) 432-3091.last_img read more

OlyFed Announces Staff Leadership Promotions

first_img James Ortmann, was named Assistant Vice President (AVP) Operation Manager. Photo courtesy: Olympia Federal Savings Amanda Coic, was promoted to Assistant Vice President (AVP) Loan Origination Manager and is now an officer of the bank. Photo courtesy: Olympia Federal Savings Jennifer Arnold, is now Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Banking Officer (CBO). Photo courtesy: Olympia Federal Savings Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Federal SavingsOlympia Federal Savings (OlyFed) is pleased to announce the promotions of three team members.Jennifer Arnold, is now Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Banking Officer (CBO). Arnold joined OlyFed in 2007 as a Customer Service Representative and has been promoted several times serving as an Assistant Branch Manager, Branch Manager, Assistant Vice President (AVP)/Residential Loan Manager and Vice President.Amanda Coic, was promoted to Assistant Vice President (AVP) Loan Origination Manager and is now an officer of the bank. Coic joined OlyFed in 2008 as a Customer Service Representative and has an IRA Specialist, Assistant Branch Manager, Loan Officer and Loan Underwriter.James Ortmann, was named Assistant Vice President (AVP) Operation Manager and is now an officer of the bank. Ortmann joined OlyFed in 2008 as a Customer Service Representative and has served as an Operations Assistant and Assistant Operations Manager. “We are so fortunate to have so many high-quality people as employees here at OlyFed,” Lori Drummond, President and CEO of Olympia Federal Savings said. “Jennifer, Amanda and James are incredibly caring and gifted professionals who are passionate about making a meaningful difference in the lives of our customers and community. I am honored to call them colleagues and I am excited to see them flourish in their careers.”last_img read more

Justice Named SHSU Women’s Basketball Head Coach

first_imgJustice earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from USAO in 2004 and received her master’s degree in liberal arts from Houston Baptist in 2009. The Huskies also made two trips to the NAIA Division I tournament during Justice’s tenure with the team, including a trip to the quarterfinals in 2007. During her own collegiate playing career, Justice attended Nicholls for one year before transferring to Clarendon College. As a Lady Bulldog, she was named a junior college All-American in addition to receiving Western Junior College Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors.Following her time at Clarendon, Justice played one season at Washington State before finishing her college career at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha.As a senior at USAO, Justice averaged 19.3 points per game and captured All-Sooner Athletic Conference honors. She tallied the third-most points (521) in a single season in school history during the 2003-04 campaign, while setting school records in free throws (133) and free-throw attempts (214). “I’m really excited about the opportunity to coach at a prestigious university as Sam Houston State,” Justice said upon her hiring. “Being from Texas, I love recruiting Texas kids and being at Sam gives a great opportunity to do that, and to take a Texas team somewhere like I’ve had the opportunity to do at Prairie View.” “Prairie View is a great university with a great community and support, and in my two years there I’ve learned that if you do things the right way you can be successful,” Justice said. “I’m loyal to trusting the process of doing things the right way. You have to be patient with that process, one that also involves learning how to wake up and win every single day itself.” “We are very excited that Coach Justice is going to lead our program,” Director of Athletics Bobby Williams said. “Going through this process, the overwhelming support and positive comments about her as a person and a coach were extremely high-level. We look forward to her elevating women’s basketball program to the level that we all know it can reach.”Prior to coaching at PV, Justice was an assistant coach at the University of Houston. In Justice’s first year at Houston in 2010-11, the Cougars enjoyed one of their finest seasons in program history, posting a 26-6 overall record and returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2004-05 season.With Justice’s guidance, Houston point guard Porsche Landry earned Conference USA first team honors and became only the fourth player in Cougars’ women’s basketball histo­ry to tally more than 1,000 points and 300 assists during her career. HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Sam Houston State has named Ravon Justice as its 10th women’s basketball head coach in the 48-year history of the program. Justice joins the Bearkats after two successful seasons as the head coach at Prairie View A&M, her first two years as a head coach.center_img Justice also made an immediate impact on the recruiting trail after taking over those duties following the 2010-11 sea­son, as various recruiting services such as Dan Olson’s Collegiate Girls Basketball Report (No. 22) and ESPN HoopGurlz (No. 39) ranked the early six-player class that signed in November of 2011 among the nation’s top-40 recruiting hauls. As a head coach at Prairie View A&M, she helped resurrect and refocus the once prominent women’s basketball program. In her first year, she had a school record five non-conference wins against teams from Conference USA, the Southland and the MEAC. Justice was able to lead the Panthers to an 11-2 home record in her first season along with coaching a second team all-SWAC selection and second team Box-To-Row All American selection in Alexus Parker. Justice joined the University of Houston staff after five sea­sons as an assistant at Houston Baptist. Before helping the Huskies’ team transition from the NAIA to the NCAA’s Division I classification, Justice was a part of the 2005-06 team that completed an undefeated run to the Red River Athletic Confer­ence’s regular season and tournament championships. HBU repeated as tournament champions the following season. This past season, the Panthers posted a 12-6 SWAC record, a five-game improvement from the season before, and missed earning a share of the league title by one game. She led the team to the SWAC semifinals for the first time in three seasons.last_img read more

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO STAKES QUOTES-SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESMARTIN GARCIA, ACCLIMATE, WINNER: “I have to give thanks to Phil for allowing me to ride and to the beautiful horse and the owners as well. It was all in the easy instruction Phil gave me. He said, ‘Just break, take the lead and don’t look back, he has natural speed and he is going to handle (the distance) no problem,’ and that’s what I did. I didn’t expect that he would go that fast. He just did it so easily, then at the three-eighths when I asked him, he just responded and they never caught me.”FLAVIEN PRAT, OSCAR DOMINGUEZ, SECOND:  “My horse ran good, but the winner never stopped.”TRAINER QUOTESPHIL D’AMATO, ACCLIMATE, WINNER, RED KING, THIRD, AND YA GOTTA WANNA, FOURTH: Mentioned that the fractions were fast: “Yeah, but when this horse gets comfortable, he keeps clipping those steady fractions. Even though he was going fast, he was kind of doing it the right way. He didn’t look like he was all out.“I knew when they were coming to him at the half-mile pole and Martin kind of turned him loose and he opened up again, we had a shot. Hat’s off to Martin. He rode a brilliant race. This is very special. Growing up, this was my favorite race. I used to find a way to get out of school, my mom would take me, and I would go sit there past the wire, so to win this is a pretty cool feeling.“I have to give credit to the owners who let me run all three of my horses here, because it wasn’t my idea to run them . . . I always knew he wanted to go longer, but never knew he wanted to go this far. We are very fortunate to watch these beautiful animals run and enjoy themselves. We take exceptional care of our horses and it shows.NOTES: The winning owners are The Ellwood Johnston Trust and Timmy Time Racing.last_img read more

To help stop illegal fishing, ban practice of transshipment on high seas, researchers say

first_imgEnvironment, Environmental Law, Fisheries, Fishing, Illegal Fishing, Law Enforcement, Overexploitation, Overfishing, Research Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Mike Gaworeckicenter_img As detailed in a report released last month, Oceana found that close to 40 percent of suspected instances of transshipping occur on the high seas — areas outside of any national jurisdiction, which make up about two-thirds of Earth’s oceans.In a paper published in the journal Marine Policy last month, a team of researchers make the case that a global ban on the practice of transshipment on the high seas is necessary in order to curb illegal fishing and human rights abuses in the global fishing industry.Coastal waters are becoming increasingly overexploited, the researchers note in the paper, causing fishing vessels to travel further from shore in search of fish. Traveling to distant waters on the high seas is more expensive, of course, driving the fishing industry to seek government-sponsored subsidies, especially fuel subsidies, as well as cost-cutting measures like the use of forced labor and transshipments, which the industry defends on economic grounds. New research concludes that a total ban on the practice of transshipment on the high seas is necessary to help stop illegal fishing and reduce the human trafficking and labor rights abuses that often accompany unlawful fishing activities.“Transshipping enables fishing vessels to remain at sea for extended periods of time,” Washington D.C.-based oceans conservancy NGO Oceana explains. “Fishing vessels and refrigerated cargo vessels rendezvous at sea in order to transfer seafood, fuel or supplies. While this transshipping practice can be legal in many cases, it also can facilitate the laundering of illegally caught fish, especially on the high seas and in waters surrounding developing and small island nations with insufficient resources to police their waters.”As detailed in a report released last month, Oceana found that close to 40 percent of suspected instances of transshipping occur on the high seas — areas outside of any national jurisdiction, which make up about two-thirds of Earth’s oceans. Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk, the high-seas regions of the Barents Sea, the national waters of Guinea-Bissau, and just outside the national waters of Argentina and Peru are reportedly the world’s chief transshipping hotspots.Oceana’s report was based on an analysis of data collected by West Virginia-based environmental monitoring NGO SkyTruth and Global Fishing Watch, a partnership between Google, Oceana, and SkyTruth, which documented more than 5,000 “likely” cases of illegal transshipment and over 86,000 “potential” cases between 2012 and 2016.In a paper published in the journal Marine Policy last month, a team of researchers make the case that a global ban on the practice of transshipment on the high seas is necessary in order to curb illegal fishing and human rights abuses in the global fishing industry.“This practice often occurs on the high seas and beyond the reach of any nation’s jurisdiction, allowing ships fishing illegally to evade most monitoring and enforcement measures, offload their cargo, and resume fishing without returning to port,” Jennifer Jacquet, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University (NYU) and a co-author of the paper, said in a statement.Chris Ewell, the paper’s lead author, added: “More significantly, transshipment at-sea can facilitate trafficking and exploitation of workers who are trapped and abused on fishing vessels because there is simply no authority present to protect those being exploited.” Ewell was an undergraduate student at NYU at the time of the study.Coastal waters are becoming increasingly overexploited, the researchers note in the paper, causing fishing vessels to travel further from shore in search of fish. Traveling to distant waters on the high seas is more expensive, of course, driving the fishing industry to seek government-sponsored subsidies, especially fuel subsidies, as well as cost-cutting measures like the use of forced labor and transshipments, which the industry defends on economic grounds, arguing that it improves efficiency by allowing a single cargo vessel to bring the catches of several fishing vessels to port and leads to better fuel efficiency.Ewell and team looked at transshipment regulations adopted by 17 Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), the international bodies responsible for governing fisheries on the high seas, in order to determine how strictly regulated the practice is around the globe.They found that while the majority of RFMOs have increasingly strengthened transshipment-at-sea regulations since the late 1990s, just five had mandated even a partial ban as of 2015, the year of study. Only one RFMO, the South East Atlantic Fisheries Organization, has adopted a total ban on transshipment.Yet, according to Ewell and co-authors, banning the practice altogether is crucial if we’re to rein in illegal fishing, estimated to cause somewhere between $10 billion and $23.5 billion in annual global losses, and ensure the future sustainability of fisheries.A global ban would also help cut down on the human trafficking, forced labor, and other human rights abuses that have become “unsettlingly common within the fishing industry,” Ewell and co-authors write. Transshipment helps make these human rights abuses possible because it allows fishing vessels to stay out to sea and thereby avoid shore-based regulatory and law enforcement agents.“Workers are largely recruited by manning agencies in developing countries, where they are made false promises of compensation, asked to pay ‘agency fees’ later used as justification for indentured servitude, robbed of their documents, and sold into conditions that constitute slavery,” the researchers write. “These fishermen are drastically underpaid or unpaid, and often held captive at sea for several years as fishing vessels receive supplies of food and fuel via transshipments at-sea. Transshipments at-sea have also been linked to other forms of organized crime such as drug, weapon, and other wildlife trafficking.”Ewel and his co-authors argue that “A total ban on transshipment at-sea on the high seas would support the ability of oversight and enforcement agencies to detect and prevent illegal fishing and also likely reduce human trafficking and forced labor on the high seas.”Members of the Ghanaian Navy and U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Detachment board a fishing vessel during combined joint boarding operations Feb. 04, 2016. Photo Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Army M. Ressler.CITATIONEwell, C., Cullis-Suzuki, S., Ediger, M., Hocevar, J., Miller, D., & Jacquet, J. (2017). Potential ecological and social benefits of a moratorium on transshipment on the high seas. Marine Policy, 81, 293-300. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2017.04.004Follow Mike Gaworecki on Twitter: @mikeg2001FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

New carbon map will help protect the DRC’s rainforests

first_imgThe DRC is home to 60 percent of the Congo rainforest, the second-largest contiguous tract of tropical forests in the world.According to WWF, which partnered with the the Ministry of Environment of the DRC and researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to map the aboveground biomass in the Central African country, the new carbon map will prove invaluable to the implementation of REDD+ initiatives in the DRC, and can also help guide land-use planning and development decisions.Researchers were able to map the aboveground biomass in the DRC down to the one-hectare level using high-resolution airborne Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR, in combination with satellite imagery and machine learning geospatial algorithms. Researchers have compiled the first-ever carbon map of rainforests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).The DRC is home to 60 percent of the Congo rainforest, the second-largest contiguous tract of tropical forests in the world. These forests not only store an immense amount of carbon but also harbor more than 15,000 plant and animal species, making the Congo rainforest one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots. But the DRC’s forests are facing significant threats from firewood collection, logging, mining, and slash and burn agriculture, as well as the impacts of poaching.According to WWF, which partnered with the the Ministry of Environment of the DRC and researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to map the aboveground biomass in the Central African country, “the success of the international initiative known as REDD+ (Reducing of Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) is essential to supporting efforts to reduce global climate change” — and the new carbon map will prove invaluable to the implementation of REDD+ initiatives in the DRC.The UN’s REDD+ program was included in the Paris Climate Agreement as a standalone article, signaling the importance of forest conservation and rehabilitation within broader efforts to rein in global carbon emissions and mitigate climate change. An estimated 10 percent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions are due to deforestation.“This national map effectively estimates the carbon stock stored in every hectare of DRC’s forests, supporting national efforts to monitor forest cover and facilitate the assessment of carbon emissions from deforestation, in order to receive eventual payments from REDD+,” WWF said in a statement accompanying the release of the map and an associated report.Researchers were able to map the aboveground biomass in the DRC down to the one-hectare level using high-resolution airborne Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR, in combination with satellite imagery and machine learning geospatial algorithms, a method developed by Dr. Sassan Saatchi, an expert on tropical forests and the global carbon cycle at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Employing LiDAR data not only allowed for highly precise estimates of aboveground forest structure, the researchers note in the report on their findings, but also represents a cost-effective means of collecting the necessary data even in remote and inaccessible regions.They concluded that, overall, there are roughly 22.9 gigatons of carbon stored in the humid tropical forests of the DRC. Armed with that information, the DRC government can better plan its future conservation efforts — and how they might be funded.Carbon Map of the DRC via UCLA Institute of Environment & Sustainability report.REDD+ works by placing a monetary value, on a per-hectare basis, on the carbon stored in forests that is prevented from being released into the atmosphere by conservation initiatives, Saatchi notes in a statement. Prices typically range from $20 to $50 per hectare.“It becomes a huge asset for countries that have millions and millions of hectares of forest,” Saatchi said. “Each hectare has almost 100 to 200 tons of carbon. If you multiply the numbers, it becomes billions of dollars. It has developed a completely new economy in the world.”Saatchi and team also looked at how carbon distribution correlates to rainfall patterns, soil types, and the topography of the DRC. “It gives us a picture of how the land looks, the structure of the landscape, vegetation types and how it all changes over time,” he said.“We have detailed measurements that can tell us if a single tree falls or a little shack is built in the middle of the forest,” Saatchi added. “We captured that around the whole country.”In order to present the clearest possible picture of the carbon conservation opportunities in the DRC, Saatchi and team looked at forest cover and carbon storage not only at the national level but also in all 26 of the DRC’s provinces, thus providing baseline estimates that forest management and protection initiatives in the country can use in designing their conservation targets. What’s more, these estimates can be updated in the future in order to track the impacts of deforestation and economic development projects going forward, as well as the success of reforestation efforts.“Tropical forests provide valuable ecosystem services, notably by storing vast amounts of biomass, serving an important role for climate change mitigation,” the researchers write in the report. “In a national REDD+ policy framework, historical reference emission levels (potentially modified by one or several adjustment factors) will need to be set, and future emissions must be evaluated against the reference level as part of a monitoring (or measuring), reporting and verification (MRV) system to determine whether a country has or has not made significant emission reductions.”The researchers found that four provinces — Ituri, Sankuru, Tshopo, and Tshuapa — have the highest levels of aboveground biomass, at more than 300 megagrams per hectare (Mg/ha). Ten other provinces were estimated to have around 200 Mg/ha. Combined, those 14 provinces account for as much as 75 percent of the total carbon stored in the DRC’s rainforests, suggesting where forest carbon conservation initiatives might best be targeted.Bruno Perodeau, Conservation Director of WWF-DRC, expects the new biomass map to be a significant boon to forest conservation efforts in the DRC. “It will fill important knowledge gaps on the second largest tropical forest in the world, including its potential role in mitigating global climate change,” he said. “The results of this project will hopefully enable robust scientific monitoring, reporting and verification systems for performance payments for populations involved in REDD+.”The map will not only be used to inform REDD+ projects, however — it can also be used to help guide land-use planning and development decisions so that the most important forests, from a carbon storage standpoint, can be kept relatively intact.And the lessons learned through this research aren’t only applicable in the DRC. The researchers note in the report: “Our results indicate that the methodology can be applied to other tropical countries to provide cost-effective and efficient assessment of forest carbon storage and changes over large areas.”Congo Basin rainforest. Photo by Corinne Staley, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.Follow Mike Gaworecki on Twitter: @mikeg2001FEEDBACK: 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 Mike Gaworecki Carbon Sequestration, Climate Change, Climate Change And Biodiversity, Climate Change And Conservation, Climate Change And Forests, Climate Change Policy, Conservation, Environment, Forest Carbon, Forests, Rainforest Conservation, Saving Rainforests, Tropical Forests 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

Dried lizard penis being sold online as rare ‘magical’ plant root

first_imgThe fake Hatha Jodi are not only being sold in stores in India, but also through major online retailers like Amazon, eBay, Alibaba, Snapdeal and Etsy to customers around the world.Laboratory tests have confirmed that the Hatha Jodi being sold online as plant roots are in fact dried penises of the Bengal monitor lizard and the Yellow monitor lizard, as well as their plastic replicas.The Bengal and Yellow monitor lizards are listed under Appendix I of CITES, which bans their global trade. Dealers in India are trying to sell dried penises of illegally caught monitor lizards to unwitting customers looking to buy a rare Indian plant root called “Hatha Jodi”, a wildlife investigation has uncovered.The root, thought to resemble two human hands, is being marketed as a “magical” good luck charm that can bring good health, happiness, and ward away evil spirits, the joint Indian and British team of scientists and investigators announced in a press release.The team found that fake Hatha Jodi are being sold in spiritual stores in cities like Delhi, grocery stores in rural parts of the country, and along pilgrimage sites. These are also being sold through major online retailers like Amazon, eBay, Alibaba, Snapdeal and Etsy to customers around the world.“I first became fully aware of this as a potential illegal trade issue of animal welfare and conservation concern in December 2016. That’s when I first saw evidence that ‘Hatha Jodi’ were being sold at spiritual stores in urban centre of Delhi,” lead scientist Dr Neil D’Cruze of World Animal Protection said in an email. “Soon after we sought — and established — that these items were also available for purchase in rural areas across India. Also online research, revealed after a few clicks, that they were also up for sale on all the major online retailers that spring to mind. The scope and scale was a real shock to the system.”Monitor lizard hemipenis being sold as Hatha Jodi on Amazon. Image courtesy of Neil D’Cruze.Investigators have seized large numbers of illegally sourced Hatha Jodi during raids conducted across the states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan in India. A recent bust, for example, uncovered 210 Hatha Jodi in a house in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha.Dealers claim that Hatha Jodi comes from a rare plant that grows in a few sacred sites in Lumbini valley in Nepal and Amarkantak hills in central India. But laboratory tests carried out by India’s Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK have confirmed that the Hatha Jodi being sold online and in stores are in fact dried penises of the Bengal monitor lizard (Varanus bengalensis), the Yellow monitor lizard (Varanus flavescens), or their plastic replicas.“If a real plant does exist at these extremely remote locations, then the four Indian species of Monitor lizard, given their wide distribution, would be easier and cheaper to source,” D’Cruze said. “If the plant does not exist then it is just a deceitful piece of marketing used to dupe customers.”Dealers most commonly target Bengal monitor lizard (top) and Yellow monitor lizard (bottom). Photo by Neil D’Cruze.“I suspect that there are a few customers that do know that Hatha Jodi is actually monitor lizard hemipenis — as some online retails specifically state ‘this item is real Hatha Jodi – not fake’ but do not explain what real and or fake means,” D’Cruze added. “But I suspect that the majority simple buy the Hatha Jodi thinking that it is in fact a holy root. As I say more research focused on consumers is need to truly get to the bottom of this bizarre situation — including when this trend started.”All four species of monitor lizards found in India — Bengal, Yellow, Water and Desert monitor lizards — are listed under Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, making the trade in these animals or their body parts illegal in India. The Bengal and Yellow monitor lizards are also listed under Appendix I of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES), which bans their global trade.“This international illegal trade is of major concern for the continued survival of the lizard species involved,” lead investigator Aniruddha Mookerjee said in a statement. “Both Bengal and Yellow Monitor lizards are protected under Indian and international law. But even a quick search reveals hundreds of items on sale, sometimes at prices over £200 GBP apiece. If left unchecked, this demand could grow to the extent that it pushes some wild populations over the edge. The product is freely available online and in shops across every major Hindu pilgrimage site in India.”A store in Delhi, India, selling Hatha Jodi. Photo by Neil D’Cruze.Some Hatha Jodi are priced at over £200 GBP and estimate a street value of more than £50,000. Photo by Neil D’Cruze. 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As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Shreya Dasguptacenter_img Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Herps, Lizards, Reptiles, Trade, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking last_img read more

Classy 59 for Taylor

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Highly ranked Jamaica and West Indies batsman Stafanie Taylor wasted little time in stamping her presence on the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League, reeling off an unbeaten half-century to help lift Sydney Thunder to a nine-wicket victory over city rivals Sydney Sixers here Sunday.Chasing 102, Thunder cruised to their target off 13.2 overs, with the right-handed Taylor leading the way with a polished 59 not out off 38 deliveries to earn Player-of-the-Match honours.The 24-year-old struck nine fours and a six and anchored an unbroken second-wicket stand of 89 with captain Alex Blackwell, who gathered an unbeaten 29 off 33 balls, with three boundaries.keep momentum”I started a bit shaky, but I caught up in the end,” Taylor said afterwards. “I was in that groove. You just want to keep the momentum going.”Thunder had earlier restricted Sixers to 101 for nine off their 20 overs after they opted to bat first at Howell Oval.Seventeen-year-old left-arm seamer Lauren Cheatle destroyed the innings with four for 20, leaving Sixers struggling to find momentum.Taylor is one of four West Indies players campaigning in the Women’s Big Bash. Deandra Dottin will feature for Perth Scorchers, 17-year-old opener Hayley Matthews has signed with Hobart Hurricanes while all-rounder Stacy-Ann King has joined Adelaide Strikers.last_img read more

Man arrested in fatal attack on Chihuahua

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – A Newhall man was arrested Wednesday, accused of a fatal attack on a neighbor’s barking Chihuahua. Jay Meierstein, 49, was booked on suspicion of felony animal cruelty and was being held on $20,000 bail, sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Cambra said. The tiny dog had to be destroyed after it was attacked in the patio area of its owner’s Vista del Canon condominium on Via Princessa, a friend said. Neighbors rushed the Chihuahua to a veterinarian, where it was treated, but later put down, Cambra said. Witnesses told sheriff’s deputies that about 11:30 p.m. Monday they heard Meierstein pounding on the door of Deborah Marshall’s home in hopes of quieting the dog. Marshall was not home at the time and the witness saw Meierstein scale the fence to her patio and heard him running about as the dog yelped, Cambra said. The intruder then threw an injured dog over the fence and onto the pavement, Cambra said. The dog, suffering cuts and a possible broken pelvis, limped to a grassy area where two neighbors tried to help, she said. pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251 last_img read more

Autopsy is done on Nash

first_imgAllen, whose contract expires this week, has 27 sacks in three years with the Chiefs. But he earned a base salary of $425,000 in the final year of his contract – well below the salaries of most other starting defensive ends. Feeley gets 3-year extension from Eagles: Quarterback A.J. Feeley and the Philadelphia Eagles agreed on a three-year contract extension, nearly eliminating the chance that Jeff Garcia will return to Philadelphia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dr. Gregory Ewald, a cardiologist, treated 25-year-old Darris Nash, Damien’s brother, and said he had a weakened heart muscle condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy. The ailment can be caused by a viral infection, inflammation or other causes. Ewald said some cardiomyopathy conditions run in families. He said he never met Damien Nash, but “the fact that Damien was doing high-level athletics may indicate that was not the problem.” Chiefs’ Allen wants trade:Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen formally requested a trade out of Kansas City after contract negotiations broke down over the weekend in Indianapolis, Allen’s agent, Ken Harris, said in a phone interview Sunday. The Kansas City Star reported that the team rejected the request, and Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson told the newspaper that the club plans to tender Allen on March 1, the deadline for teams to submit qualifying offers to restricted free agents. Chiefs spokesman Bob Moore could not immediately confirm the report Sunday. He said he was waiting on lab results to check for drugs or alcohol, and a look at tissue sections. He’s also asked a forensic pathologist who specializes in hearts to look at Nash’s heart. Nash died Saturday after coming home from a charity basketball game he’d organized in his brother’s honor to benefit heart transplant research. center_img The St. Louis County medical examiner’s office said results of an autopsy on Denver Broncos running back Damien Nash may not be known for days. “I didn’t see anything to point to a cause of death,” said Dr. Kamal Sabharwal, the medical examiner. last_img read more