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first_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 overSponsored Animals, Archive, Birds, Birds Of Prey, Environment, Green, Owls, Photos, Wildlife 12345678910111213141516171819 read more

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Heart of Ecuador’s Yasuni, home to uncontacted tribes, opens for oil drilling

first_imgEcuador’s environment ministry has approved the environmental assessment plans to drill for oil in Ishpingo, the last field of the controversial ITT (Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini) project in Yasuni National Park.Saving Yasuni from oil extraction has long been a priority for conservationists, since former president Rafael Correa launched the ITT initiative in 2007, asking for international donations in return for keeping oil in the ground. The initiative failed in 2013.Ishpingo is the most controversial of the three ITT fields as it overlaps with the Intangible Zone, home to two uncontacted indigenous communities, the Tagaeri and Taromenane; the government claims it will not expand into this area.The Ecuadoran government also signed a new decree that now allows oil platforms to be constructed within the Intangible Zone’s buffer area, which was previously forbidden. QUITO, Ecuador — Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park sits in a unique position on the equator, between the Andes mountain range and the Amazon rainforest, which has allowed a rich and distinct biodiversity to flourish. The region is surrounded by towering ceibo and mahogany trees, emblematic of the area, as well as hundreds of endemic birds, mammals and amphibians. Traveling down the Yasuni River at the far east of the park, it’s hard to really fathom this diversity that surrounds you, as lush green jungle extends for miles on either side.Yet conservationists are worried. Earlier this year, the Ecuadoran government approved two new controversial plans to drill for oil farther into Yasuni National Park, which will also encroach on the Intangible Zone (known by its Spanish acronym ZITT), a special area within the park created to protect the two uncontacted indigenous nations that live there, the Tagaeri and Taromenane.In April, the Ministry of Environment approved plans to open two platforms of the Ishpingo oil field, the third phase of the controversial Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) project. Ishpingo is the most contentious field in the ITT project as it is the largest and overlaps with the ZITT and its buffer zone, an area 10 kilometers (6 miles) wide that surrounds the ZITT.Then in May, President Lenín Moreno signed a new decree that allows oil platforms to be constructed within the Intangible Zone’s buffer area, which was previously forbidden.Yasuni National Park has long been controversial for being an area rich in biodiversity that also has some of Ecuador’s largest oil reserves, in a country that is highly dependent on oil revenue. Activists say these recent decisions will have major environmental repercussions in a region that was once a beacon of hope for global conservation, and on the two indigenous nations that live in voluntary isolation there.last_img read more

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[Cyclisme] Ça sent bon les Mondiaux pour Jungels !

first_imgQuant à Bob Jungels, il a le profil idéal pour viser le classement général. Les vainqueurs potentiels ne sont pas légion dans ce peloton où seulement cinq formations du World Tour se retrouvent sur la ligne de départ, même si les épreuves de catégorie 2.1 ne sont pas forcément les plus faciles à contrôler.«C’est une très bonne course en vue des championnats du monde et nous y allons dans le but de récolter des succès d’étapes avec Elia (Viviani). Il est motivé, à l’instar de tous les autres coureurs. La plupart d’entre eux se rendront ensuite directement dans le Yorkshire et auront ainsi l’occasion en Slovaquie de tester leurs jambes et de s’affiner»», a déclaré le directeur sportif Geert Van Bondt.Denis Bastien Partager [Tour de Slovaquie) Bob Jungels qui sera leader de la sélection nationale pour les Mondiaux, peaufine sa préparation.Cette fois, les Mondiaux approchent pour de bon. C’est ce que doit se dire Bob Jungels, appelé à endosser le rôle de leader, à la fin du mois dans le Yorkshire, sur un circuit où les qualités du champion national, devraient lui être favorables. Il s’agira donc de la dernière course par étapes disputée cette saison par l’équipe Deceuninck-Quick Step.En Slovaquie, la formation belge aura bien belle allure avec le sprinteur italien Elia Viviani qui sera lancé par le Belge Iljo Keisse, le Danois Michael Morkov et le Français Florian Sénéchal, le puncheur tchèque Petr Vakoc et le rouleur belge Yves Lampaert. Le compteur de Viviani devrait gonfler encore un peu.last_img read more

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Vous voulez aller voir le F91 en coupe d’Europe ?

first_img Partager Pour profiter de ces offres, il convient de se rendre sur le site internet du club, section «Europa League voyage supporters» et de remplir le formulaire en ligne. Le nombre de places est limité puisque les intéressés voyageront en vol charter avec l’équipe.À noter que le club dudelangeois poursuit ses préventes pour les abonnements des matches à domicile (ainsi que quelques rares places restant en tribune couverte pour le match au Barthel contre Qarabag). Elles auront lieu le lundi 30 septembre entre 16 h et 19 h et le mardi 1er octobre entre 9 h et 12 h au bureau du club, place de l’Hôtel- de-ville.Julien Mollereau Pour tous les passionnés de football qui ont fini la semaine dernière frustrés de ne pas avoir vu de leurs yeux l’incroyable rencontre APOEL Nicosie – F91 (3-4) de jeudi dernier à Chypre, le club dudelangeois vient de finaliser ses packages pour aller suivre les deux dernières rencontres de la phase de groupes, en Espagne et Azerbaïdjan.Pour deux nuits (du 23 au 25 octobre, hôtel Novotel Marques de Nervion) à Séville et trois nuits à Bakou (du 10 au 13 décembre, hôtel Emerald Suite), il en coûtera à chaque fois 1 200 euros (en chambre individuelle, 1 000 en chambre double) pour le transport, le logement, le billet d’entrée au match. Avec tarif préférentiel pour les accros qui souhaiteraient faire les deux déplacements puisqu’il est possible d’acheter ces voyages en package.Achat en lignelast_img read more

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[Volley] Rychlicki, champion du monde!

first_imgLe Luxembourgeois a remporté, ce dimanche, le Mondial des Clubs avec Civitanova aux dépens des Brésiliens de Sada Cruzeiro (3-1/25-22, 19-25, 31-29, 25-21).Pour un premier titre sous le maillot de Lube Civitanova, Kamil Rychlicki a frappé fort! En effet, l’international luxembourgeois a remporté le Mondial des Clubs. Cette compétition, qui mettait aux prises les Italiens de Lube Civitanova, les Qataris d’Al-Rayyan, les Russes du Zenit Kazan et les Brésiliens de Sada Cruzeiro, a donc vu la victoire finale du champion d’Europe en titre. Partagerlast_img read more

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Blatter loses appeal at CAS

first_img Still, his legal problems are far from over. Blatter faces a separate FIFA ethics investigation into suspected bribery linked to multi-million-dollar bonuses in top executives’ contracts. Swiss prosecutors also opened criminal proceedings against Blatter for the Platini payment, and a sale of World Cup television rights. He is also a stated target of American federal prosecutors in their sprawling investigation of corruption linked to international football officials, and an expected witness in a separate Swiss probe of German organisers of the 2006 World Cup. Blatter denies any wrongdoing. The three-member CAS panel was judging whether Blatter was guilty of unethically offering a cash gift and conflict of interest with Platini, who was a FIFA vice president in 2011. Blatter and Platini both said the US$2 million was uncontracted salary based on a verbal agreement more than a decade earlier. From 1999 to 2002, the former France great was the newly elected Blatter’s presidential adviser. “The payment amounted to an undue gift, as it had no contractual basis,” CAS said in a statement. Blatter said yesterday’s ruling was “incomprehensible” that his version was not accepted “in spite of my testimony to the contrary and the testimony given by other witnesses”. However, that explanation of a salary deal has now been doubted by three sets of judges at FIFA and CAS. The FIFA ethics committee investigated after the payment emerged in September 2015 during the wider Swiss federal probe of FIFA. GENEVA (AP): Sepp Blatter lost his appeal against a six-year ban by FIFA yesterday, and now has more serious legal cases lined up against him. Blatter said in a statement it was “difficult” to accept the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) verdict, but that “the way the case progressed, no other verdict could be expected”. The former FIFA president, who was banned for approving a US$2 million payment to Michel Platini in 2011, said he will accept the decision. He could have pursued a further appeal at Switzerland’s supreme court. “I have experienced much in my 41 years in FIFA. I mostly learned that you can win in sport, but you can also lose,” Blatter said. “Nevertheless I look back with gratitude to all the years, in which I was able to realise my ideals for football and serve FIFA.” The verdict ends Blatter’s hopes of becoming honorary president of the football body he left in disgrace in February. He must also pay FIFA a fine of 50,000 Swiss francs (US$49,500). SEPARATE PROBElast_img read more

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Colin Kaepernick named GQ magazine’s citizen of the year

first_imgMOST READ Kaepernick says on Twitter he’s “honored” by the recognition.The magazine ‘s story includes comments from several of Kaepernick’s supporters and confidants. Rapper J. Cole says Kaepernick “sacrificed his dream” to stand for something. Ninety-year-old singer and activist Harry Belafonte says seeing people like Kaepernick taking action is “the greatest reward” he could ask for.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson FILE – In this Dec. 24, 2016, file photo San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talks during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams. The free agent quarterback was named GQ magazine’s “Citizen of the Year” for his activism on Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)NEW YORK — Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been named GQ’s magazine’s “Citizen of the Year” for his activism.Kaepernick began kneeling instead of standing during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality and police brutality. The demonstration sparked a wave of NFL protests by players during the anthem that repeatedly have been denounced by President Donald Trump. Kaepernick parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers in March and hasn’t been signed by another team.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Beltran retires at 40 after winning 1st World Series title Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

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Frustrated Ibrahimovic coy on Galaxy future

first_img0Shares0000Zlatan Ibrahimovic is uncertain about his Los Angeles Galaxy future despite a successful start © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Katharine LotzeLOS ANGELES, United States, Sep 23 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic plans to discuss his future with Los Angeles Galaxy chiefs after a frustrating first season in Major League Soccer.Swedish star Ibrahimovic has made a prolific start to his MLS career, scoring 17 goals in 22 games since joining the Galaxy from Manchester United in March. However the 36-year-old striker’s efforts have not been enough to transform the Galaxy’s fortunes, with the club languishing in the bottom half of the Western Conference and struggling to make the playoffs.Ibrahimovic, who has a contract through the 2019 season, was reluctant to confirm his plans for next year, according to comments in the Los Angeles Times.“I don’t know. This I have to discuss,” Ibrahimovic said when asked about 2019.“This is not the moment to talk about that. It’s something I’ll discuss with the club. What they want, what I want. So let’s see.”Ibrahimovic said while he was pleased with his fitness, he was less happy with the Galaxy’s results.“I’m happy, I’m physically strong, I feel good. I’m producing, so I just need to (be) winning games, and then everything is perfect,” he said.“It’s easy to talk, but we need to do it.”Ibrahimovic cited the Galaxy’s failure to staunch their defence this year as being behind the club’s struggles.So far the club has shipped 59 goals in 29 games, the second worst goals conceded tally in the league.“Conceding so many goals, you don’t win,” Ibrahimovic said.“You cannot win the competition like that. It’s difficult, and that comes from everybody, not only the defense.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Weak employment figures raise new fears of possible recession

first_imgThe job market took a serious and unexpected turn for the worse last month, raising the risk of a recession and putting added pressure on the Federal Reserve to move more aggressively to keep the ailing housing industry from infecting the rest of the economy. The Labor Department reported Friday that 4,000 jobs were lost from July to August, and the deepest cuts were in industries connected to the housing market, such as construction and manufacturing. It was the first employment decline since 2003, when the job market was still struggling to emerge from the slump after the 2001 recession. The jobs report all but guarantees that the Fed will cut its benchmark short-term interest rate when its policy-making committee next meets, Sept. 18. A quarter-point reduction, to 5 percent, remains the most likely move, although a half-point cut should not ruled out, economists said. The unexpected weakness in employment changed the terms of the debate over the health of the economy. Before the report, most economists were saying the economy had added about 100,000 jobs and that growth had slowed but continued. But now, the odds of a recession in the next year have risen, to 25 percent to 50 percent, economists interviewed Friday said. A recession is typically defined as a period of at least six months in which the economy shrinks, leading to a rise in unemployment and a drop in consumer spending and business investment. “People need to start thinking about the housing market not just as some ring-fence problem which is off on its own,” said Nigel Gault, chief U.S. economist at Global Insight, an economic research firm in Lexington, Mass. “They need to start worrying about the health of the broader economy.” Stocks fell broadly and sharply, as investors digested the idea that the economy had been weakening significantly even before the mortgage crisis hit financial markets last month. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index was down more than 1.5 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped almost 250 points. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.6 percent in August, but economists said that was at least in part a fluke of the survey as more people stopped looking for work and were therefore not counted by the government as unemployed. The Bush administration tried to defuse concerns that the weak jobs numbers hinted at a wider economic slowdown. In an interview Friday with Bloomberg Television, Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. said the report was “not totally surprising.” “There will be news that is not always good news,” he said. “But I feel quite strongly that we have a resilient economy.” For months, Fed officials and Wall Street forecasters have been predicting that the housing slump would slow the economy and that other factors, such as corporate earnings, growth in other countries and strong wage advances, would keep the slowdown from being severe. That could still happen; in the economic expansions of both the 1980s and the 1990s, employment fell at least once before quickly reversing course. One of the most worrisome signs in the jobs report released Friday was the government’s revision to its employment data for June and July. The new numbers show just under 70,000 jobs being created in each of the two months. Initial estimates had been an average of almost 110,000 a month. In 2005 and 2006, the average monthly job growth was slightly above 200,000. The sharp slowdown this year suggests that some employers have already begun to see a downturn in their business and that others think one is on the way. With house prices falling in most of the country and oil prices having risen, consumer spending has slowed modestly in recent months.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Simi Valley church billed $40,000 for protest

first_imgBut the city was unhappy with footing the bill for the overtime and associated costs and decided someone had to pay. The church got left holding the check. “They were responsible for provoking the protest,” Mayor Paul Miller, the city’s former police chief, said during a City Hall press conference Wednesday. “They are responsible for bearing the cost. This is $40,000 that we could have spent somewhere else. We counseled the church not to do this. … They went ahead anyway.” But the church didn’t call the cops, said Hilda Delgado, a spokeswoman for the New Sanctuary Movement, the organization that helped Liliana hole up in the church. Nor did its members cause any more of a scene than the 100 people marching around outside the church’s grounds. She dismissed the bill as a political scare tactic and said it wouldn’t shake the church’s resolve. SIMI VALLEY – In an unusual twist on the national immigration debate, the city of Simi Valley sent a $40,000 bill Wednesday to a church harboring an undocumented immigrant after a protest there over the weekend prompted a police presence. The United Church of Christ has played host for several months to a Ventura woman named Liliana, a Mexican citizen seeking sanctuary from immigration laws. On Sunday, the anti-illegal immigration group Save Our State sent a contingent of 100 protesters to Royal Avenue outside UCC, hollering slogans into bullhorns, toting signs and waving American flags. The church’s advocates dispatched more than two dozen counter-protestors who chanted in opposition. Four Simi Valley Police Department officers arrived to keep an eye on things, swelling to 15 cops as the crowd grew. Aside from a minor scuffle between two protestors, all sides agreed the standoff was peaceful and orderly. Police arrested no one. “We did not organize this protest,” she said. “We did not call the police. We did not ask them to send their officers. This is ridiculous.” Simi Valley Police Chief Mike Lewis said it was rare for his agency to charge for showing up at an event, but that it might ask organizers of parades and rallies to pick up the overtime costs associated with a police presence. He noted that both sides were within their rights to be there but that since they’d clashed in the past, he’d assigned officers to ensure nothing got out of hand. The Rev. June Goudey of UCC said she had not received the bill but was talking to her lawyers. She characterized the church’s relationship with the city as cordial and cooperative. Miller and Councilman Glen Becerra weren’t so enthusiastic. Becerra said the church was free to exercise its First Amendment rights but that it had brought unwanted, unacceptable publicity into the city. “We don’t want to become a sanctuary city,” he said. “That’s not acceptable in this community. We went down there and told them that. And if you’re going to do that, you have to be responsible for your actions.” Save Our State heartily agreed, praising Miller for taking a stand in the hotly charged immigration debate. Its media and events director, Chelene Nightingale, was less enthusiastic, however, about a reverse scenario. If pro-immigrant rights groups protest her group, she doesn’t think Save Our State should pay the cost. “Well, no, absolutely not,” she said. “But I understand the statement the mayor’s trying to make: `I’m not going to pay for your criminal actions. Let someone else foot the bill.”‘ But that someone shouldn’t be the church, said Professor Jonathan Varat of the UCLA School of Law. While the city has been clear that it’s not attempting to limit the church’s right to free speech, charging for unrequested police services has the same effect. “This just seems like a backhanded way to pressure the church. The protesters decided to do this on their own,” he said. “If I were the church, I’d say, `I’m not going to pay this.”‘ brent.hopkins@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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