New Zealand comeback ensures Tri Nations clean sweep

first_imgSaturday Sep 11, 2010 New Zealand comeback ensures Tri Nations clean sweep The All Blacks showed what a quality side they are as they achieved a Tri Nations clean sweep by coming from behind to beat the Wallabies 23-22 in the final test in Sydney. New Zealand have now beaten Australia for the tenth time in succession, and have a 15 Test unbeaten run.The hosts got things off to a good start as they seemed in control with the score at 22-9 following a try from James OConnor after eighthman Ben McCalman broke off the back of the scrum.Matt Giteau had a poor night with the boot, kicking only three from seven attempts, but extended their lead before Adam Ashley-Cooper went over early in the second half.New Zealand stayed composed though and gradually fought their way back into the game, first through a Richie McCaw try then later through Kieran Read. Piri Weepu converted, giving them the lead and taking his record on the night to five from five.Australia had under ten minutes to attempt to recreate another late win as they tried to get within penalty range, but came up short and were resigned to the narrow loss.“We were on the back foot for a fair bit of the match but we stuck to the gameplan, kept pushing, and to come out on top was very satisfying,” said McCaw.“It’s easy when you get behind like that to try and throw miracle passes but we kept faith in the game plan. We stuck to the game and we got there in the end.”McCaw has now surpassed Sean Fitzpatrick as New Zealands most capped skipper, with his record now sitting at an incredible 46 wins from 52 Tests as captain.The two sides will meet next in Hong Kong on the 30th October. 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Brook Food appoints new field sales manager

first_imgBrook Food has expanded its sales division with the appointment of Simon Lawton Hayes as field sales manager.The Taunton-based bakery equipment supplier said Lawton Hayes, having worked in the supermarket bakery market for 28 years, would bring a new approach and focus to its sales team, with a strong understanding of retail and developing end products for large-volume production.Lawton Hayes joins from CSM, where Brook said he demonstrated key skills in developing and supporting the opening of in-store supermarket bakeries, and in the role of bespoke technical training for bakery managers from the introduction of functional ingredients, dough making, baking, merchandising and display.last_img read more

Reclusive spider

first_imgBy April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaMany Georgia doctors have likely diagnosed a patient’s suspect wound as a brown recluse spider bite. There’s just one problem with this: The spider really doesn’t call the Deep South home, says a University of Georgia spider expert. Over the past six years, only 19 brown recluse spiders have been identified in a study conducted in Georgia for the spider. And most were found in the northwest corner of the state, said Nancy Hinkle, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Brown recluse spiders have only been collected 58 times in Georgia.“Hundreds of entomologists, extension agents from across the state, thousands of pest control inspectors and millions of citizens have been able to find brown recluse spiders in only 31 Georgia counties,” she said. From 2002 to May of 2008, Hinkle tracked verified brown recluse reports in Georgia. The findings were published in the January issue of the Journal of Medical Entomology. The spider is brown but has a darker, violin-shaped design where its legs attach. With its legs extended, it’s about the size of a quarter. If the brown recluse spiders in the state caused all the reported wounds, she said, they’d be very busy spiders. Hinkle received thousands of samples from across the state. Rick Vetter from the University of California at Riverside identified the samples. He is the world’s expert on the brown recluse spider. Brown recluse spider bites are very rare in Georgia. Hinkle said there is only one confirmed account of anyone being bitten by one in Georgia. However, 963 reports of bites in 103 counties have been filed at Georgia poison centers in the last five years. Over-diagnosis is a problem nationwide. Hinkle said South Carolina physicians diagnosed 738 bites in 2004, but only 44 brown recluse spiders have been found in the state’s recorded history. Similarly, Floridians claimed 95 brown recluse bites in 2000, but Florida has recorded brown recluse spiders at only 11 places in more than 100 years. The study was prompted by Hinkle’s arrival from California.”When I first came to Georgia, I heard several people say they knew someone who’d seen or been seriously wounded by a recluse,” she said. “I found that odd since the recluse is a Midwesterner, not a Southerner.”The spider’s native range does include North Georgia, but its distribution is limited there.Hinkle hopes the study will educate Georgia’s medical community and reduce the number of erroneous recluse bite cases. A mark on the skin that looks like a spider bite could be something more serious.She believes many assumed brown recluse bites could be methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.MRSA is a type of staph infection resistant to antibiotics like penicillin, amoxicillin and oxacillin. MRSA causes mild skin infections that result in pimples or boils, but it can also cause more serious skin lesions or infect surgical wounds.Incorrectly diagnosing MRSA as a spider bite, and vice versa, can result in a patient getting the wrong therapy, Hinkle said.“MRSA infections require a specific set of antibiotics,” she said. “Brown recluse spider bites, on the other hand, cause tissue damage by salivary secretions in their venom and antibiotics have no effect on salivary secretions.” Other misdiagnosed wounds could be infections, insect bites, diabetes, bed sores, Lyme disease, anthrax or necrotizing bacteria, some of which can be fatal if not treated fast, she said. Almost all brown recluse bites heal without medical intervention, Hinkle said. And in spite of all the horror stories, only 1 percent requires medical attention.(April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw begins playing catch ahead of schedule

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> A mere four days after he was forbidden from picking up a baseball, Clayton Kershaw played catch at Dodger Stadium.When will Kershaw pitch in a game again? Only a handful of state secrets are more carefully guarded. The pitcher and Dodger officials have been hesitant to provide a timetable for recovery ever since Kershaw strained a muscle in his lower back Sunday.Now that Kershaw is throwing again, Manager Dave Roberts acknowledged the left-hander will “probably” need less than the 4 to 6 weeks originally reported, absent any setbacks.“It’s day-to-day,” Roberts said. “It’s been such a short time so (Kershaw’s) arm strength is obviously still there. Just kind of see how it progresses as he stretches it out, keeps his arm in shape. If his back responds well, he can continue to move forward.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Farmer arrivesKyle Farmer’s first major league promotion came at an interesting time. Bill Haselman, the manager at Triple-A Oklahoma City, called Farmer with the news Thursday morning. Farmer relayed the good news to his father, Bryan, then his fiancee, Courtney, who was in Atlanta to close on the couple’s first house.As luck would have it, the Dodgers begin a three-game trip in Atlanta on Tuesday. Farmer hopes the trip includes more baseball than housework.“I’m really pushing to stay in the hotel,” he said.Farmer, 26, was the Dodgers’ eighth-round pick in 2013 out of the University of Georgia, where he was teammates with Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood. An infielder in college, Farmer was drafted as a catcher and projected to make the big leagues as a potential utility player/backup catcher.For a time, the plan stalled. In his first exposure at Double-A last year, Farmer’s on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) dipped to .718, the lowest of his professional career. A chat with Dodgers roving hitting instructor Tim Hyers after the season encouraged Farmer to shift his focus: less on hitting home runs, more on the solid contact that leads to singles and doubles.“The past couple years they tried to make me do something I wasn’t capable of doing,” Farmer said. “I got away from myself. I was very humbled last year.”When he was summoned to Los Angeles, Farmer had a .316/.363/.503 slash line at Triple-A (a .866 OPS). Roberts said Farmer can expect to see time at catcher, third base and first base. Farmer recently played shortstop at Triple-A, as well.Dayton on DLTo make room for Farmer on the active roster, the Dodgers placed left-handed reliever Grant Dayton on the 10-day disabled list.Dayton was told to stop sleeping on his stomach after he was sent to the disabled list with neck stiffness on July 4. He was activated July 20 – the Dodgers went 11-0 in his absence – but the pitcher was still struggling to adjust to sleeping on his back. Dayton said his neck felt better at the time, but he wasn’t sleeping as well.This week, the neck stiffness “flared up on him,” Roberts said. “He can play catch but when he gets full extension and kind of lets it rip, something in that cervical/neck region is maybe impeding his arm stroke.”The Dodgers still have two left-handed pitchers in their bullpen, Luis Avilan and Edward Paredes. According to sources, the Dodgers have expressed interest in acquiring left-handed relief pitching before Monday’s trade deadline.AlsoFarmer is the 40th player to appear in a Dodgers uniform since the season began. … Paired with Kings forward Tyler Toffoli, pitcher Ross Stripling was the highest-placing Dodger in Thursday’s Ping Pong 4 Purpose tournament. Stripling and Toffoli reached the semifinals of the charity event, which benefits Kershaw’s Challenge. … Adrian Gonzalez will take part in a simulated game Sunday at Dodger Stadium before he begins a minor league rehabilitation assignment, Roberts said.center_img Kershaw was originally prescribed pain medication after meeting with a back specialist on Monday. He was instructed not to throw until he was symptom-free. The next day he was back in the Dodgers’ dugout, lightly tossing a baseball against a wall.“I guess he’s asymptomatic,” Roberts said Friday. “For him to get the go-ahead to start playing catch again, that’s ahead of what we all anticipated.”The tepid assertion begged an important follow-up: Does the manager trust Kershaw to report his symptoms truthfully?“I’d like to say I trust all my players,” Roberts said. “He is an elite baseball player and players intrinsically have that in them, where they feel they can overcome adversity – they’re in a better spot physically or mentally than they might be. With Clayton’s eagerness to get back, we take it with a mild grain of salt.”Kershaw got through two scoreless innings against the Braves before the injury forced him from the game. He said the first sign of pain came while throwing his final warm-up pitch of the second inning. The Dodgers believe the injury is less serious than the herniated disk that cost Kershaw more than two months last season.last_img read more

School Security guard accidentally shoots coworker

first_imgThe Broward County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating after an armed private school security guard accidentally shot a maintenance worker in the face.The incident was reported Thursday at The Sagemont School in Weston.Officials say the security guard and the maintenance worker were in the parking lot when the gun accidentally went off and struck the maintenance worker in the eye.The security guard then drove the worker to an area hospital before notifying the police about the situation.Not much is known about the incident at this time including the condition of the maintenance worker.Authorities did, however, report that no charges have been pressed against the guard at this time despite the guard also not being authorized to have a gun on school property.Legislatures passed a law requiring all public schools to have an armed police officer, guard or another employee on campus at all times after the Stoneman Douglas shooting that left 17 people dead and 17 injured, however, the ruling does not reportedly cover private schools.Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident.last_img read more

Pre-’93 NFL pension benefits group receives $100K donation

first_imgIn this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Hall of Fame football player Jim Brown meets with other participants of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — Two leading advocates for retired NFL players have teamed up in pushing for increased pension benefits for pre-1993 retirees.The Pro Football Retired Players Association, a nonprofit chaired by Hall of Famer Jim Brown, donated $100,000 to Fairness for Athletes in Retirement, a nonprofit advocating for pension parity in the upcoming negotiations over the league’s next collective bargaining agreement.The donation follows a pledge of NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith to prioritize retiree benefits in the next labor accord in 2021.Brown called pension disparity “the most pressing issue facing retirees,” and FAIR said it will use the money to continue raising awareness about the plight of some 4,000 pre-1993 retirees.“Despite paving the way for the NFL to become what it is today, players of Jim Brown’s era have been left behind with the lowest pension package among all other major U.S. sports leagues,” FAIR president Lisa Marie Riggins said. “These players have never had league health insurance and retirement income is often consumed by medical expenses. With everything they have contributed to the league and the game, they deserve the security of a pension they can survive on.”Addressing the disparity “would be a paradigm shift of historic proportions for a generation of beloved players,” Riggins said.The league and its union instituted “legacy benefits” in its last accord in 2011 that supplemented pre-93 retirees’ pensions by between $108 and $124 monthly per credited season.Their pensions continue to lag behind those of other sports, however. A 10-year NFL veteran who retired before 1993 receives between $24,000 and $43,560 a year before tax at age 55, according to FAIR.In contrast, FAIR said a Major League Baseball player who retired after 1980 following a 10-year career receives about $200,000 yearly at age 62 and a 10-year NBA veteran who retired after 1965 receives about $215,000 a year at age 62.___For more information: www.pensionparity.com and www.pfrpa.com___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

UPDATED: Injuries hamper Bombers against North Van’s Bodwell

first_imgIn the end, a short bench proved to be the undoing for the L.V. Rogers Bombers at the BC High School AAA Boy’s Basketball Championships in Langley.Already without power forward Vinnie Watson, the Bombers lost top scorer Josh Matosevic in the third quarter of Saturday’s consolation round game against Bodwell Bruins of North Vancouver.The injuries made it easy for the Lower Mainland squad to blast the Bombers 74-54 on Day four of the Provincial High School Basketball Tournament.The result left the Bombers in 14th spot in the 16-team tournament.Bodwell took a 18-10 lead into the second quarter, increasing the margin to 33-22 at halftime.Bombers remained close, but after Matosevic was taken out attempting a jump shot, the Kootenay reps had very little offence left to overtake Bodwell.Matosevic led all Bombers scorers with 22 points while Robby Dixon added 16 and Eamon Studer nine.Bodwell dominated the boards at both ends of the courts, finishing the game with a 40-8 points in the paint advantage.Bodwell also held the advantage shooting, shooting 53 percent to LVR’s 29 percent.LVR finished the tournament with a 1-3 record, losing to eventual champion Southridge of Surrey and Duchess Park of Prince George. The lone win came against Charles Hayes of Prince Rupert.Bombers knock off No. 4 Charles Hayes at Triple-A Basketball TournamentThe senior class led by example, combining for 78 points to spark the L.V. Rogers Bombers to an 81-74 upset victory over fourth-ranked Charles Hayes of Prince Rupert Friday in consolation round action at the BC High School AAA Boy’s Basketball Championships in Langley.Robby Dixon led the 16th ranked Bombers in scoring with 30 points while Josh Matosevic had 28 and Jake Anderson 20.LVR opened the game with a solid first quarter, building a 23-17 advantage.Charles Hayes closed the gap to 40-36 at the half before LVR increased the margin to 61-56 after three periods.LVR forward Kai Shave played most of the game in foul trouble and and Vinnie Watson injured a knee to limit the Bombers attack.”Vinnie is probably out of the tournament now,” said LVR coach Jeremy Phelan.The Bombers shot 45 percent from the field during the game and hit 89 percent at the foul line.LVR lost Thursday to Duchess Park of Prince George 80-57.”We brought it to within 10 but they pulled away on free throws and fast break at the end when we had to gamble and pressure then full court,” Phelan explained.The Bombers now meet Bodwell of North Vancouver in consolation action Saturday at 1:15 p.m.last_img read more

Camera traps capture elusive ocelots in Peru’s Madre de Dios

first_imgThe ocelot is a particularly important part of the Amazonian ecosystem because it’s a dominant species in the food chain, especially at the mesopredator level.Between 1960 and 1970, Peru’s population of ocelots went through a crisis known as a population bottleneck. Even today, they are sometimes kept as pets or killed for their fur.In addition to the hunting of ocelots, the study highlights the vulnerability of Peru’s Las Piedras District. Although it has some of the most remote forests in Peru, the district is at risk of deforestation and degradation due to the human pressures like logging. MADRE DE DIOS, Peru — It’s opportunistic, it usually doesn’t let itself be seen, and it’s not easy prey for those who hunt it. It is famous for its appearance, and it plays an important role in Amazon ecology. It is the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), also known as the “painted leopard.” Because of its aloof behavior, it is a little-known feline within Peru. However, geographer Romina Castagnino has been able to identify the ecosystems it prefers, its diet, its role in nature, and its ecological value for tourism.Castagnino, who is also part of Mongabay’s Latam team, was able to collect this information thanks to the use of multiple camera traps. Her study was published in the journal Espacio y Desarrollo.The scientific study using camera traps took place between August 2012 and February 2013 in an 11,000-hectare area within the conservation and ecotourism area of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC). The center is located in the Las Piedras District in northern Tambopata Province, in Peru’s Madre de Dios region.Las Piedras District lies in within the Madre de Dios region of southern Peru. Photo courtesy of Castagnino, 2017. The ARCC refuge sits on the shores of Lake Soledad in Las Piedras, Madre de Dios. Photo by Romina Castagnino.The investigation was able to confirm the presence of 70 ocelots per 100 square kilometers in the area of investigation. This means that the Las Piedras District has the third-highest density of ocelots registered with camera traps in the entire world. “The first place is Barro Colorado Island, a reserve in Panama with 100 ocelots per 100 square kilometers. The second is Manú National Park in Peru, with 80 ocelots per 100 square kilometers. However, we have to remember that the refuge where we did our study isn’t a protected area like Barro Colorado or Manú, so this really brings to the global stage the importance of its conservation,” Castagnino explained.The ocelot is the size of a large dog, with short, soft fur that’s yellow, gold, and gray. Every ocelot has a unique and unrepeated pattern of spots. Ocelots can live in savannahs, swamps, marshes, coniferous forests, and areas with thorny shrubs, Castagnino said. The geographer added that the ocelot’s distribution spans from North America (Texas) through part of Central America, and extends all the way to northern Argentina.A photo of an ocelot, taken at night by a camera trap used in the study.The attitude of a kingCastagnino, along with University of Wisconsin-Madison ecologist Scott Lutz, used 73 Bushnell Trophy Cam camera traps to identify eight individual ocelots. They were able to determine that, although the ocelot does not occupy a specific habitat, a primary requirement for its survival is that it finds an elevation lower than 1,000 meters above sea level. Such areas include tropical and humid forests, which make up part of the area of investigation.The investigation found that most of the ocelots in the Las Piedras refuge are mobilized by the tourist routes in the area, using trails made by humans to facilitate their travel. They also prefer alluvial plains close to riverbanks and lagoons, but they avoid marshes.Castagnino explained that the ocelot is a particularly important part of the Amazonian ecosystem because it’s a dominant species in the food chain, especially at the meso—or “middle”—predator level. “The ocelot feeds on everything: rodents, birds, snakes, lizards, and even small mammals like monkeys. Its presence helps balance the populations of these species. On the other hand, the ocelot is prey to pumas, jaguars, harpy eagles, and anacondas — but these species don’t catch the ocelot very often because it’s a very stealthy animal. That’s why it’s so abundant in the jungle,” Castagnino explained.The researchers placed the camera traps like this at each monitoring site. Photo by Cristina Hara.Locations of camera traps in the study area. Photo courtesy of Casatagnino, 2017.Because of the ocelot’s abundance, added Castagnino, it sometimes affects other mesopredators’ feeding habits, such as those of the jaguarundi (also called the “eyra cat”) and the margay, which both feed on rodents and small mammals.“The ocelot is very opportunistic; it will eat whatever is easiest. If it finds lots of rodents, it will eat them, although there are also other animals that eat them. This negative effect on the feeding habits of other species even has a name in honor of the ocelot: ‘the pardalis effect’,” Castagnino said. A species under threatEven if the ocelot is abundant in the Las Piedras District in Madre de Dios, on a global level it’s listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Its current conservation status is listed as Least Concern.According to the study, between 1960 and 1970, Peru’s population of ocelots went through a crisis known as a population bottleneck.“It’s called that because the population drastically reduced due to the ocelot fur trade. Even nowadays, people sell their fur and they’re kept as pets. Sometimes they’re even killed because they attack livestock, without a doubt because [some] ranchers raise small mammals, which are what the ocelot eats,” Castagnino said.In addition to the hunting of the ocelot, the study highlights the vulnerability of the Las Piedras District. Although it has one of the most remote forests in Peru, the district is at risk of deforestation and degradation due to the pressure that human activity puts on its ecosystems — such as logging. The researchers found that the biggest threat to the Las Piedras ocelots currently is the destruction of their habitat. An ocelot eats a snake on a path. Photo by Leo Plunkett for Fauna Forever.Another photo of an ocelot taken with a camera trap. Photo courtesy Castagnino, 2017.This study highlights a key aspect of the ocelot’s protection: if its behavior and travel patterns are known, it’s easier to implement better conservation programs.“One of those programs could be animal-watching. These cats are really remarkable. It’s an incredible opportunity. It generates profit for the refuge and helps conserve the ecosystem — everyone wins,” Castagnino said.Camera traps and their role in the studyIn order to conduct the study, Castagnino collaborated with Chris Kirby, Executive Director of Fauna Forever, a non-profit organization that works with the ARCC refuge in Las Piedras.A camera trap used for the study. Photo by Romina Castagnino.“For eight months, we worked on putting the camera traps throughout the area. We had six workers, at best, because the rest were volunteers. There were times, especially when there were untraveled routes or when it rained, when only my teammate Lucy Dablin and I went out to install the camera traps, because then it was harder to explore. It was such an adventure,” Castagnino said.As part of the process, before setting up the camera traps, Castagnino also developed a survey for the visitors of the ARCC refuge to learn which species most interested the tourists.“Those who were able to see an ocelot on their trips were astonished; those who weren’t said they wish they had seen one. I really like wild cats because they’re magnificent — they make their presence known, just like the ocelot. As they say, it’s the king of the jungle,” Castagnino said.Camera traps are ideal for studying wild cats, the study explains, because they’re equipped with an infrared sensor that is activated when an animal passes it. In that instant, the camera trap takes a photo.The researchers set up two camera traps at each sampling point, at a distance of 20 centimeters from the ground. The cameras were placed in a converging position so they could take photos and record video over as much area as possible. In the duration of the study, the researchers made nine rounds to set up the camera traps. They set up an average of eight cameras each time.“During our time in the field, we installed the eight cameras and left them for eight to nine days. Later, we would go collect them, transfer the information to laptops, and recharge the batteries. After that, we would go back out to the field for the next round,” Castagnino said. “What’s great is that the cameras can take photos and videos during the day and at night. The ocelot is most active during the day, but it goes out at night to hunt because it’s much easier then — the nighttime turns the ocelot into a covert hunter.”Lucy Dablin installs a camera trap. Photo by Romina Castagnino.Researchers Romina Castagnino (in turquoise jacket) and Lucy Dablin (dark green jacket), crossing a lake to install camera traps. Photo by Cristina Hara.Citation:Castagnino Vera, R. (2017). ESTUDIO ECOLÓGICO DEL OCELOTE (LEOPARDUS PARDALIS) UTILIZANDO EL MÉTODO DE CÁMARAS TRAMPA EN EL DISTRITO DE LAS PIEDRAS, MADRE DE DIOS, PERÚ. Espacio y Desarrollo, (29).Disclaimer: Study author Romina Castagnino is a Mongabay staff member. This story was reported by Mongabay’s Latin America (Latam) team and was first published in Spanish on our Latam site on June 1, 2017.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis 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, Camera Trapping, Cats, Ecotourism, Environment, Forests, Habitat Destruction, Habitat Loss, Hunting, Logging, Mammals, Predators, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Research, Timber, Tourism, Tropical Forests, Wildlife last_img read more

Indonesian palm oil firm hit with $1.8m fine for 2015 fires

first_imgDeforestation, Dry Forests, Environment, Environmental Crime, Fires, forest degradation, Forest Destruction, Forest Fires, Forests, Law, Law Enforcement, Oil Palm, Palm Oil, Peatlands, Plantations, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests 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 Hans Nicholas Jong 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 overSponsoredcenter_img Banner image: Fires raze Jambi’s protected peat forest Londerang. Image by Elviza Diana/Mongabay Indonesia. Indonesia’s environment ministry has won a long-awaited court judgment and $1.8 million fine from a palm oil company that experienced fires on its concession in 2015.The company, PT Kaswari Unggul, had challenged the initial administrative sanctions issued in the wake of the burning, and continued to stonewall against the ministry’s efforts to hold it responsible for the burning.Ironically, the company’s resistance to the sanctions, which would have compelled it to introduce fire-prevention measures on its land, may have contributed to fires flaring up on the same concession again this year.The ministry has welcomed the recent judgment, but has yet to collect on any of the combined $224 million it’s been awarded in similar cases, thanks to legal stonewalling and a Byzantine court bureaucracy. JAKARTA — An Indonesian court has fined an palm oil company $1.8 million for fires that occurred on its concession in 2015, capping a four-year ordeal by the government to bring the firm to justice.The South Jakarta District Court ruled on Dec. 10 that PT Kaswari Unggul, a subsidiary of Jakarta-listed Bakrie Sumatera Plantations, was responsible for the fires that burned 129 hectares (319 acres) of its land in Sumatra’s Jambi province in 2015, and ordered it to pay a fine of 25.5 billion rupiah.“We see the verdict as evidence that land and forest fires constitute an extraordinary crime,” said Rasio Ridho Sani, the head of law enforcement at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, which brought the case against the company.The ruling and fine mark the latest chapter in a long-running battle between the ministry and Kaswari. Shortly after the 2015 fires, the ministry imposed administrative sanctions on the company and several others. But Kaswari challenged the sanctions by reporting the ministry to various government agencies, including the national ombudsman and the office of the president, according to Jasmin Ragil Utomo, the ministry’s director of civil litigation.“Kaswari is a company that’s naughty,” Jasmin said. “Instead of carrying out the administrative sanction, they reported [us] everywhere.”The company’s resistance culminated with a complaint filed at the State Administrative Court in May 2017, seeking to nullify the administrative sanctions. Kaswari argued that it was the victim of the 2015 fires, which it said had started in an unlicensed forest area more than a mile from its plantation and had spread out of control.“There’s no reason whatsoever for PT Kaswari Unggul to burn its oil palm plantation that’s still very productive,” the company said in a statement in 2016. “In fact, PT Kaswari Unggul suffered a lot because of the fires that destroyed oil palm trees that were still very productive. There’s no economic benefit at all, such as insurance claim, because [the plantation] wasn’t insured.”The administrative court rejected the company’s complaint in October 2017.For flouting the administrative sanctions, the environment ministry proceeded to bring a civil lawsuit against the company, as well as a criminal complaint. The criminal case is currently being heard at court.“If they had just complied with the administrative sanctions [in 2015], they wouldn’t be facing these heavier [fines],” Jasmin said.Burning in Jambi’s protected peat forest Lorendang where restoration efforts by WWF-Indonesia and the Peat Restoration Agency take place. Image by Elviza Diana/Mongabay Indonesia.Burning againThose initial sanctions, which called for, among other things, rehabilitation of the burned area and introduction of fire-prevention measures, could also have prevented a repeat of the disaster.Instead, the same concession experienced fires across 11.6 ha (29 acres) this year, prompting the environment ministry to seal off parts of the concession and put Kaswari on a list of repeat offenders.As it did with the earlier fires, Kaswari blamed this year’s burning on fires that spread from outside its concession. Sugeng Rahayu, the company’s head of agronomy, said the fires originated from the nearby Londerang protected peat forest, where WWF and the government’s Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) have been working to restore degraded peat areas.The Londerang peat forest is surrounded by five oil palm plantations and two logging concessions.Rasio said all concession holders in Indonesia, including Kaswari, are liable for fires in their concessions, regardless of where the burning started. That same concept was adopted by the Jakarta court in its recent ruling against Kaswari.Rasio said the environment ministry would continue going after companies with fires on their land, regardless of how long ago the burning occurred.“We can trace trails and evidence of previous fires with the support of experts and technology,” he said. “Land and forest fires are a serious crime because they directly affect the public health, economy, ecosystem degradation over a long period of time.”The ministry has to date taken 17 companies to court over fires, winning judgments against nine of them with combined fines of 3.15 trillion rupiah ($224 million), Jasmin said. He added more lawsuits were planned in 2020 over this year’s fires, which were the worst since 2015.However, the government has yet to collect any of the fines, thanks to a combination of legal stonewalling by the companies and a Byzantine court bureaucracy that renders rulings practically unenforceable.last_img read more

New hospital for Mitchell’s Plain

first_imgMitchell’s Plain residents currently use a local community health centre, which sees only walk-in cases. Emergency cases are stabilised and sent to hospitals like Groote Schuur and GF Jooste Hospital. Western Cape health minister Thuns Botha said the government had decided to speed up construction of the hospital, which is expected to cater for more than 430 000 people from a mix of different communities and socio-economic circumstances. SAinfo reporter and BuaNews The hospital will have a total of 230 beds, and the design will allow for future expansion to 300 beds. In-patient services will include 60 medical adult beds, 60 surgical adult beds, 60 obstetrics beds, 30 paediatrics beds, 20 overnight beds, an accident and emergency unit, and a general out-patients facility. 25 September 2009 The monthly attendance at the emergency centre ranges from 3 000 people in summer to 4 500 people in winter, and approximately 1 200 of these patients are admitted on a monthly basis. GF Jooste Hospital also carryies a disproportionately large burden of HIV, TB and trauma cases. “[This] is a demonstration that this Cabinet recognises the community’s dire need for a hospital in Mitchell’s Plain and the need to lighten the load on GF Jooste Hospital,” Botha said. Construction of a R540-million district hospital in Mitchell’s Plain in Cape Town is expected to start in January 2010 and be completed by December 2012. The hospital will cater for residents living in the Mitchell’s Plain, Philippi and Mandalay areas. “We inherited a legacy which I refer to as ‘apartheid’s vacuum’, a space that left the whole of the Cape Flats without infrastructure. Now it’s our opportunity, and our responsibility, to fill that vacuum.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more