Hot stepping Nkosi finally gets his chance, but at the expense of superstar Kolbe

first_imgThursday Oct 24, 2019 Hot stepping Nkosi finally gets his chance, but at the expense of superstar Kolbe Exciting Springbok winger Sbu Nkosi has been called into the Springbok starting lineup for Sunday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final against Wales at the Yokohama International Stadium. Many fans will feel his inclusion is long overdue, however, it’s another star that misses out.ADVERTISEMENTNkosi replaces Cheslin Kolbe, who has not recovered sufficiently from the ankle injury he suffered against Canada and aggravated in the quarter-final victory over Japan in Tokyo.The 23-year-old Nkosi – who has scored eight tries in his 10 Test appearances – slots into the right wing position as a direct replacement for Kolbe.“It’s disappointing not to have Cheslin available as he has been brilliant for us since we first called him up last year,” said Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby.“But we really rate Sbu and he will slot straight in. I am as excited to see what he can do as I would be if ‘Chessie’ were playing. Sbu has been very close to selection as it is.”Nkosi has made two appearances in the tournament, against Namibia and a try-scoring show against Canada – on the left wing – to follow up try-scoring appearances against Australia and Argentina (two tries) in the two South African home Tests in 2019.ADVERTISEMENTHis injury-enforced inclusion is the only change to the 23 that had been entrusted to ensure second place in the pool (against Italy) and to secure a semi-final place (against Japan).“We’ve been fortunate to have been able to be pretty consistent in selection and we’ve built some nice momentum,” said Erasmus. “But the challenge just got a lot tougher on Sunday.“Wales are the reigning Six Nations champions – as well as Grand Slam winners – and apart from three defeats in their Rugby World Cup warm-ups have put together a really good sequence of results. But we’ve also found some rhythm and we’ll be ready for the challenge.”The Springbok 23 includes 10 players who appeared in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final victory over Wales four years ago in England (23-19), and nine who are making a second semi-final appearance after losing to eventual champions, New Zealand, four years ago.ADVERTISEMENTThe nine are Tendai Mtawarira, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Francois Louw, Duane Vermeulen, Handré Pollard, Damian de Allende and Willie le Roux. Pieter-Steph du Toit was on the bench in the quarter-final at Twickenham in 2015.Rassie discusses his team selection for Semi-Final.🇿🇦🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿#StrongerTogether— Springboks (@Springboks) October 24, 2019“We have been working hard for 18 months to put ourselves in a position to win the Rugby World Cup and that opportunity is now just 80 minutes away,” said Erasmus.“These players have worked with unbelievable energy to get Springbok rugby back into this position and I know they will leave nothing out on the field on Sunday.“We can feel the excitement coming from back home in South Africa and how much success will mean to our country. We know we’re playing for South Africa; that this is bigger than an 80-minute game of rugby.”South Africa’s semi-final with Wales kicks off at 18:00 local time in Japan and 11h00 SA time.SPRINGBOK TEAM:15. Willie le Roux, 14. Sbu Nkosi, 13. Lukhanyo Am, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Makazole Mapimpi, 10. Handré Pollard, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Lood de Jager, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. Tendai MtawariraReplacements: 16. Malcolm Marx, 17. Steven Kitshoff, 18. Vincent Koch, 19. RG Snyman, 20. Franco Mostert, 21. Francois Louw, 22. Herschel Jantjies, 23. Frans Steyn🔄 Single change for the semifinal🏃‍♂️ S’bu Nkosi comes in for Cheslin Kolbe on the wing#StrongerTogether #RWC2019 #WALvRSA— Springboks (@Springboks) October 24, 2019HISTORYWales and South Africa have played 35 Test matches since 1906 of which 21 were played in Wales, 10 in South Africa and 4 on neutral ground. Of the 35 Tests South Africa have won 28, lost 6 with one Test drawn for a win percentage of 80%.MATCH OFFICIALSThe referee is Jérôme Garcès of France. This will be his 15th Test match as a referee with South Africa involved and his 57th Test match in his career.The Assistant referees are Wayne Barnes of England and Ben O’Keeffe of New Zealand while Ben Skeen, also from New Zealand, will be the TMO. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Rugby World Cup Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO If you can get your head around it, these… 47 WEEKS AGO You’ve never seen any Rugby World Cup drop… 49 WEEKS AGO TOP 10: Rugby World Cup 2015 was filled with… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! 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Tato House

first_imgArchDaily Projects Houses Japan photographs:  Satoshi ShigetaPhotographs:  Satoshi Shigeta Text description provided by the architects. We are convinced that architecture is a means to find to love the environment and have been in quest for creating architecture to make the environment be felt more attractive.Save this picture!© Satoshi ShigetaThis is my parentsf house uptown Kobe. The site appeared to be a cave-in with an apartment house on the south and another on the west, and on the north a path runs, two meters leveled up, along the side of the mountain behind. We studied to find architecture worthy of such particular site conditions as well as the overall environment of extending view of the downtown and the sea beyond and the nature of the mountain just behind.Save this picture!© Satoshi ShigetaThrough checking the limit of regulation setback from the path for the site of such peculiarity an idea of a structure with parallelogram cross section occurred to us. As growing up the parallelogram as it is beyond the level of the path, however, was anticipated to be overwhelming to the passers-by and to violate the environment, it was divided into two parts, namely east housing and west housing. The void in between the two was used for a stairwell.Save this picture!© Satoshi ShigetaThe south side of the two housings were made structurally connected, and the roof and balcony are extended to resemble hyperbolic paraboloidal shell construction, resulting in a comfortable space below like a little courtyard in association with the neighboring apartment houses.Save this picture!© Satoshi ShigetaThe approach to stairwell was intentionally sloped up as the paths nearby were all sloped. The slope was extended through the stairwell floor, which helped secure basements with sufficient height of ceiling while installing an elevator from the first floor to the third.Save this picture!© Satoshi ShigetaThe whole house is provided with nine rooms of features peculiar to each. Walking through them would change the scene dizzily. You might be in an alley, in a cave or on a rooftop. The stairwell is like an alley with housing on both sides. The floor of stairwell is inclined. The ground in the large picture on the wall is also inclined. An excessively large skylight is homogenizing the outside and the inside. Pieces of furniture are combined with stairs. Mirrors are introducing the sky or the green of the mountains. A washstand seems to be a dining table in the mirror. All these would cause the focus of your consciousness to be parried, and accordingly even the wall of the apartment house and the air conditioners thereon, etc. would seem to be somehow floating in the air, and thus would be felt kind of peaceful.Save this picture!© Satoshi ShigetaSurprisingly comfortable thermal condition of living has been experienced throughout the four seasons. The air in the living room on the third floor absorbed solar radiation through the skylight in winter, and in summer it made air conditioners useless to shade the skylight with the leaves of vine and to utilize ventilation by gravitation and breeze through windows.Save this picture!© Satoshi ShigetaA contributable factor will be the climate of Kobe where the mountains and the sea meet. This example may hint an idea for architecture in peculiar to Asian monsoon region.Save this picture!© Satoshi ShigetaProject gallerySee allShow lessProvincial Government Office / AllesWirdGutArticlesMini-Golf Course ExhibitionArticles Share Tato House Tato HouseSave this projectSaveTato House Architects: Tato Architects Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Save this picture!© Satoshi Shigeta+ 26 Share Area:  139 m² Area:  139 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 2008 Year:  CopyHouses•Kobe, Japan “COPY” 2008 Year:  CopyAbout this officeTato ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKobeHousesJapanPublished on July 16, 2012Cite: “Tato House” 16 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Ahead of crucial Kavanaugh vote, hundreds of protesters rally in front of Supreme Court

first_imgJane Roper / Instagram (WASHINGTON) — The debate over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination spilled into the streets of Washington, D.C., Thursday as hundreds of protesters rallied outside the Supreme Court.Vocal opponents to President Trump’s nominee for the nation’s high court chanted near the steps of the courthouse; some of Kavanaugh’s supporters demonstrated as well.Crowds of activists, many of whom wearing black — commonly associated with supporting sexual assault survivors — swarmed inside the Hart Senate Office Building Thursday afternoon.The controversy over Kavanaugh’s nomination is coming to a head now as the Senate prepares to vote on his nomination, likely in the next two days.Trump nominated Kavanaugh on July 10 but decades-old accusations of sexual assault created drama and logistical hurdles late in the confirmation process.Protesters have been coming to Washington in waves since last week, when both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of Kavanaugh’s accusers, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in hearings that seen around the world.Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting in the early 1980s when both were teenagers.Two other women also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the accusations, which became the focus of an FBI investigation. Senators are reviewing the results of the probe ahead of a cloture vote Friday.A vote on Saturday can come as early as Saturday afternoon.Against the backdrop of senators reviewing the results of the investigation and charges that the probe was limited in scope, some protesters appeared to be arrested, surveillance footage showed.Local police had not released arrest numbers by Thursday afternoon.Actress Amy Schumer was shown in line appearing to prepare to be arrested in the Senate building amid the protest.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who supports Kavanaugh’s nomination, addressed the stream of protesters from the Senate floor Wednesday, talking about how Republicans are coming into contact with protesters in their offices.“I want to make it clear to these people who are chasing my members around the hall here or harassing them at the airports or going to their homes. We’re not being intimidated by these people. There is no chance in the world they’re going to scare us out of doing our duty,” McConnell said.One memorable and arguably pivotal moment with a protester came when one woman, identifying herself as a sexual assault survivor, confronted Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator as he was on his way to vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the day after the Ford and Kavanaugh hearings.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Beaches beckon as England to end quarantine for more than 50 countries

first_imgTopics : “There will be a list of 50 plus countries and if you add in the overseas territories, 60 something or other that we will publish later today,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.”Today marks the next step in carefully reopening our great nation,” he said.As the spread of the novel coronavirus slows in Europe, countries are reopening travel after more than three months of lockdown.The full list of countries has not yet been published. New Zealand is included, as are the Vatican and Britain’s overseas territories such as the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar. The United States remains on the “red list”. “The U.S. from a very early stage banned flights from the UK and from Europe so there isn’t a reciprocal arrangement in place,” Shapps said.Britain’s foreign ministry will also set out exemptions from a global advisory against “all but essential” international travel, from July 4, a key to normal insurance being valid.The government said it expected countries included on the quarantine-free list to reciprocate by relaxing their own restrictions.The move to ditch the quarantine comes as England’s High Court is due to hear a legal challenge by British Airways , backed by low-cost rivals Ryanair and easyJet . They argue the quarantine had no scientific basis and was unworkable.Britain, with the highest COVID-19 death toll in Europe, is slowly reopening its economy. England and Northern Ireland will reopen pubs this weekend, and Scotland and Wales are expected to follow later in July.Johnson has warned people to maintain social distancing rules and is expected to repeat that caution at a news conference on Friday.”Anyone who flouts social distancing and COVID-secure rules is not only putting us all at risk but letting down those businesses and workers who have done so much to prepare for this new normal,” he will say.center_img Britain will end coronavirus quarantines for people arriving in England from more than 50 countries, including Germany, France, Spain and Italy – but not the United States – the British government said on Friday.The move, effective July 10, clears the way for millions of British tourists to take summer holidays without worrying about being quarantined when they return. Those arriving from higher risk countries will still have to self-quarantine for 14 days under a rule which has angered airlines and travel companies.Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government had debated for days how to ease the quarantine rules. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which set their own health policies within the United Kingdom, have not announced plans to lift the measures.last_img read more

Libertad houses LSIs in new quarantine facility

first_img“We are preparing to transfer to the St. Peter’s Seminary in Barangay San Pedro before the end of the month,” he added. SAN JOSE, Antique – Locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who arrived in Libertad are now under quarantine in the municipality’s covered court.Mayor Mary Jean Te said Friday they decided to relocate as early as July 1 although the Department of Education in the province has allowed the use of its schools as quarantine centers until the end of this month.“We have the municipal covered court converted as isolation facility,” she said. According to Te, LSIs and OFWs who are staying in the quarantine center are separated.“The new isolation facility is able to meet the Department of Health’s minimal standard,” she added. As of Friday, Te said that there were five LSIs and three OFWs undergoing quarantine in the isolation center which could accommodate at least 30 people. “The LSIs arrived last July 15 after the travel moratorium was lifted,” she said. The OFWs, meanwhile, retuned separately last July 6, 7, and 15.San Jose Mayor Elmer Untaran, for his part, said they are still using the Antique National School as their isolation facility.center_img According to Untaran, St. Peter’s Seminary has a 60-bed capacity.As of July 17, 37 LSIs and OFWs were undergoing quarantine at the ANS. (With a report from PNA/PN) “We have the municipal covered court converted as isolation facility,” says Mayor Mary Jean Te of Libertad, Antique. RARElast_img read more

Dajuan Coleman improving on poor scoring performance in the post

first_imgAll Jim Boeheim wanted to see from Dajuan Coleman was “something,” anything that resembled life from the fifth-year senior. Boeheim has reiterated that the five contributing newcomers still need to adapt to the way SU operates, but Coleman doesn’t have that excuse.After the Orange’s 64-50 loss to South Carolina last Saturday, a game in which Coleman scored four points and committed two fouls in 15 minutes, Boeheim was curt about one of his most senior players.“He gave up two easy jump shots right in the lane,” the SU head coach said. “It’s his responsibility. He knows that … nowhere to be found.”While Coleman and the rest of the Syracuse frontcourt have a ways to go on the defensive end, it was the 6-foot-9, 258-pounder who flashed some of the most promising offensive signs in Tuesday’s 77-60 loss to No. 17 Wisconsin, with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Aside from Tyler Lydon, who thrives more on the perimeter, SU lacks a presence down low. Heading into a 4 p.m. matchup on Saturday against North Florida (3-6), No. 22 Syracuse (4-2) has a chance to fix itself on the offensive end down low, just as Coleman has already started to do.“We got the ball to him more than we usually do,” sophomore point guard Frank Howard said. “He was productive with it, so we’re going to continue to feed him and get him going.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTwenty-five seconds into the game against the Badgers, Coleman received a bounce pass above the low block from Tyler Roberson. Coleman took one power dribble to his left, caught Ethan Happ with a pump fake and banked in the first two points of the game.Coleman set the foundation for his offensive resurrection Tuesday, and it earned him twice as much playing time three days after his offensive dud. In 30 minutes, Coleman took advantage of mismatches down low. He backed down Happ twice in the opening five minutes before scoring and even canned a mid-range jumper later to diversify his scoring arsenal.Over the past season-plus, Coleman has often put the ball on the floor more than necessary, especially when he’s among a swarm of defenders in the lane. That, and an excessive number of pump fakes, have restricted his ability to convert around the rim.Coleman was efficient in his moves to the hoop Tuesday, finally using his frame to muscle his way to the basket and finish.Boeheim still insists Lydon is more effective offensively at center even though he is more of a perimeter threat. But when Coleman and Paschal Chukwu struggle to produce offensively, Syracuse has no other choice than to slide the sophomore to the five spot. With Coleman’s double-digit scoring outing, SU may be able to keep Coleman at center with hopes of getting offensive production, especially against upcoming weaker opponents. “We understand that we could lose any game,” Coleman said last Saturday. “From here on out I think we’ll be better.”Coleman made the biggest jump from Saturday’s loss to Tuesday’s. Now the rest of the team has the opportunity to do the same against North Florida, ranked 244th in the country by Coleman’s struggles can no longer be attributed to his restructured knees. Nor can his inexperience, because he boasts the most experience for Syracuse. Now it’s about getting the ball in the bucket, which Coleman has to do if the Orange’s struggling frontcourt has any chance of keeping up.“We’re going to have games like this,” Coleman said Tuesday. “It’s how we bounce back though.” Comments Published on December 1, 2016 at 10:06 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

First ‘intrusions’ into unbroken forests drive pulses of biodiversity loss

first_imgThe study examined ‘initial intrusions’ into tropical forests and their effect on the threat status of species.The researchers found that deforestation at current rates in high-priority areas such as Borneo, the Congo Basin, and the Amazon could push 121 to 219 species closer to extinction in the next 30 years.While the authors point out that their conclusions are not a call to protect only intact landscapes, the data could help policymakers working with limited resources to decide where to place new protected areas. The first bursts of deforestation in tropical areas can push a lot of species – more so than previously though – closer to extinction due to the loss of habitat, as well as activities that often follow such as hunting, farming, and mining.That’s the conclusion of a study led by Matthew Betts, a landscape ecologist at Oregon State University. Betts and his team looked at how rates of forest loss impact the threat status of amphibians, birds, and mammals, and their conclusions point to the importance of safeguarding “intact landscapes.”“Our results show that some of the first places we should be trying to slow those rates are in landscapes that are quite contiguous,” Betts said in an interview. The team published their research in the July 27 issue of the journal Nature.The Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah together lost around 66,800 hectares (258 square miles) from their intact forest landscapes between 2000 and 2013. The results of this study identified the island of Borneo, along with the Congo Basin and the Amazon, as high-priority areas where the loss of biodiversity from continued deforestation could be substantial. Data from the University of Maryland visualized on Global Forest Watch.The findings run counter to what many biologists have figured about the way deforestation rates impact species.“A lot of the theory would indicate that, really, we should be most concerned about habitat loss when the total amount of forest or habitat drops below some critical threshold,” he said, often indicated as a percentage of forest loss. “Generally, it’s thought that that threshold is pretty low.”In other words, the focus is often on protecting areas that already bear the signs of human use. The thought is that many species can survive mild losses of habitat, so long as their homes don’t disappear altogether.But when Betts and his colleagues looked at how the species’ threat statuses had changed since 2000, they found that the “initial intrusion” into places with 90 percent or more forest cover was more destructive than anticipated. In those areas, the chance that a species would become more threatened as a result of the loss was much higher than in areas with middling amounts of forest.That discovery is evidence that the first pulses of destruction force many species through what scientists call an “extinction filter,” Betts said.“In hindsight, it makes sense,” he added, “in that the first species we lose are the ones that are the most specialized and the most sensitive to development.”A rhinoceros hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros), an IUCN-listed Near Threatened species in Malaysia. The researchers found that the initial forest loss from intact forests increases the chances that threat levels for birds, amphibians and mammals will rise. Photo by John C. Cannon.The team leveraged the data from satellite imagery on tree cover loss and gain compiled by ecologist Matt Hansen’s team at the University of Maryland, focusing on intact forest landscapes. IFLs, for short, are “unbroken” areas of forest at least 500 square kilometers (193 square miles) in size that are visibly devoid of signs of human use.To track wildlife populations, Betts and his colleagues looked at the ranges of nearly 19,500 animals, about 23 percent of which are listed as threatened, using IUCN’s Red List and databases compiled by Birdlife International and NatureServe.The analysis revealed several hotspots – notably the central Amazon, the Congo Basin and the island of Borneo – as places where 121 to 219 species could become threatened in the next 30 years if we continue to lose forests at current rates.For Malaysian Borneo in particular, satellite data from the University of Maryland show few IFLs were left as of 2000. And many of those that do remain were heavily degraded between 2000 and 2013.Betts said his presentation of the research on Monday at the International Congress for Conservation Biology in Cartagena, Colombia, “raised eyebrows” – which isn’t too far from his own initial reaction to the findings.“It was a little surprising to me to see that rapid rates of forest loss at the high end of forest amount were far more important,” he said.A Critically Endangered bonobo (Pan paniscus) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Early deforestation from high-forest cover areas puts pressure on biodiversity, the research shows. Photo by John C. Cannon.Still, Betts cautioned against drawing simple conclusions from these results.“It should not be, ‘Let’s just maintain intact forest landscapes and let the rest go to hell,’” he said.Wiping out all of the habitat in degraded areas would also predictably send species tumbling toward extinction, Betts said.This research could, however, provide additional information that might help conservationists and policymakers with the tough decisions they face about where to protect forested habitats.It also shows that opportunities exist for protection that could result in saving more species. The researchers report that less than 18 percent of the high-priority areas they identified in South America, Africa, and Asia are protected at all, and only about 9 percent qualify as having “strict protection” under IUCN guidelines.“The ideal would just be to do that across the world, everywhere,” Betts said. “But given limited resources and the need for forest products, we need to think about where we should be trying to slow those rates of forest loss.”CITATIONSBetts, M. G., Wolf, C., Ripple, W. J., Phalan, B., Millers, K. A., Duarte, A., … & Levi, T. (2017). Global forest loss disproportionately erodes biodiversity in intact landscapes. Nature.Greenpeace, University of Maryland, World Resources Institute and Transparent World. “Intact Forest Landscapes. 2000/2013” Accessed through Global Forest Watch on 27 July 2017. www.globalforestwatch.orgBanner image of Monkey frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor) in Peru by Rhett A. Butler.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 John Cannon 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 Adaptation, Amazon Biodiversity, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Rainforest, Amphibians, Animals, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Biodiversity Hotspots, Birds, Conservation, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Forest Loss, Forests, Gfrn, Global Forest Reporting Network, Global Forest Watch, Habitat Degradation, Habitat Destruction, Habitat Loss, Hunting, Iucn, Logging, Mammals, Mining, Old Growth Forests, Parks, Protected Areas, Rainforest Animals, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforests, Remote Sensing, Satellite Imagery, Threats To Rainforests, Threats To The Amazon, Trees, Tropical Forests, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation last_img read more

Indigenous communities, wildlife under threat as farms invade Nicaraguan reserve

first_imgNicaragua’s Bosawás Biosphere Reserve straddles the country’s border with Honduras and was declared a UNESCO site in 1997. It comprises one of the largest contiguous rainforest regions in Latin America north of the Amazon Basin and includes 21 ecosystems and six types of forest that are home to a multitude of species, several of which are threatened with extinction.According to a report by the Nicaraguan environmental agency MARENA, a little more than 15 percent of the Bosawás reserve had been cleared and converted for agricultural use in 2000. But today, that number stands at nearly 31 percent. Satellite data show deforestation reached the heart of the reserve’s core zone earlier this year.Deforestation in Bosawás stems mainly from migration, as people in other parts of the country move to the region looking for fertile land and space to raise cattle and grow crops.Indigenous communities are allowed to own land within Bosawás. But sources say land traffickers are selling plots of land to non-indigenous farmers and ranchers, creating conflicts that have caused death on both sides. Torrential rain creates a deafening roar as it strikes the metal roof of community leader Ubence Zelaya’s two-bedroom home on the southern border of the Mayagna indigenous territory. Zelaya lives in the community of Wisoh alongside the Bocay River within the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve in northern Nicaragua. Outside his open door, a mountainous green landscape disappears behind a solid wall of water.“I was born and created on this river,” Zelaya told Mongabay as the rains die down. “My mother, my father, my grandfather, my grandmother, here they were born and here they died. [The Mayagna] are the owners of everything you see here, of this we are created, and we are the owners.”Zelaya’s eyes fill with tears as he explained the dire situation facing his community and his people. “The Mayagna have a tradition of protecting the reserve, the forests and the animals. Today, the mestizos have come bringing different traditions. They negotiate the land, the reserve, and they cut down the forests to make pastures and raise cattle.”Mestizo is a Spanish term for people who form the ethnic majority population of Nicaragua and other Latin American countries, who speak Spanish, and do not ascribe to a particular Indigenous culture or tribe. In Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, the non-indigenous mestizo settlers are expanding into the Bosawás reserve’s core zone, settling ancestral lands that the Nicaraguan government has recognized as collective territory titled to the Mayagna and Miskito people.The rainforest in Bosawás Biosphere Reserve is particularly biodiverse. Photo by Taran Volckhausen for Mongabay.Nicaragua’s Bosawás Biosphere Reserve sits within the Mosquitia region that straddles the border of Honduras with Nicaragua, comprising one of the largest contiguous rainforest regions in Latin America north of the Amazon Basin. Bosawás, covering some 2.2 million hectares (4.4 million acres), is part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor that ensures the free movement of wildlife between Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Mexico.Nicaragua holds about one-quarter of Central America’s remaining forest cover. Since the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve covers around 14 percent of Nicaragua’s land area, it holds a large amount of valuable habitat for the region’s widlife. Comprising 21 ecosystems and six types of forest, the reserve is home to 370 plant, 215 bird, 85 mammal, 15 snake, 11 fish, and 200,000 insect species. Several of these species are already threatened with extinction, such as Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii) and Geoffroy’s spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi), which are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List.‘They’re coming after me next’The reserve, declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1997, is made up of two parts: a buffer and core zone. The buffer zone is intended to act as a containment area where regulated human activities could occur in an effort to limit impacts on the core zone, and for decades has been settled by small-scale farmers and cattle ranchers who have converted the forests to grow annual food staples such as corn, rice and beans, as well as raise livestock.According to a report by the Nicaraguan environmental agency MARENA, a little more than 15 percent of the Bosawás reserve had been cleared and converted for agricultural use in 2000. But today, that number stands at nearly 31 percent.Satellite data show incursions cut deep into the heart of the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve between June and September, 2019. The reserve’s core zone surrounds one of Nicaragua’s last remaining intact forest landscapes, which are areas of old growth forest that are undisturbed and connected enough to retain their original biodiversity levels. Source: GLAD/UMD, accessed through Global Forest WatchDeforestation in Bosawás stems mainly from migration, as people in other parts of the country move to the region looking for fertile land and space to raise cattle and grow crops. And this pressure is no longer relegated to the buffer zone. Zelaya told Mongabay that in 2018, colonists have started to extend roads and buy up land within the reserve’s core zone where the Mayagna indigenous people have lived for thousands of years. One of these new developments is an informal road that follows the Bocay River from the town of Ayapal into the reserve’s core.The forest isn’t the only victim of this expansion. Zelaya claims that 11 indigenous people have been murdered at the hands of the colonists since 2011. Last month, he said the colonists killed one of his townspeople, and that the colonists “are celebrating the month anniversary, saying that the killing was a triumph for them.”“The threats continue, I can no longer live here because I’ve been told that they’re coming after me next,” he said. “These people know the military has authority here. If they were to tell them to leave, they would go.”Zelaya said that the Mayagna have not been able to speak directly with the government about the problems that have arisen due to the colonists penetrating the reserve. “Why doesn’t [the government] talk to us? Is it because they don’t see us as human beings? I don’t know.”An informal road that residents say is promoting non-indigenous settlement. Photo by Taran Volckhausen for Mongabay.Jesus Demasio is on the governing board of the Bosawás Territorial Indigenous Government comprised of both Mayagna and Miskito ethnic groups. Even though the Mayagna’s collective lands cannot legally be sold by any single person, even a member of an indigenous group to whom the land is titled, Demasio explained that land traffickers still sold plots of land to non-indigenous farmers and ranchers, creating conflicts that have caused death on both sides.“The land conflicts have created personal conflicts with threats and killings of indigenous and non-indigenous people within the reserve,” Demasio said. “A man from the indigenous community began selling lands to the colonists, but now the colonists don’t want to leave unless their money is returned.”Demasio suggested that the government should determine how many colonists have illegally settled in Mayagna ancestral territory, and then persuade them to leave peacefully by offering compensation for the money they spent for the land.Vanishing resourcesMayagna community member Rioberto Delgado lives further north along the Bocay River in the Samaska community near the border with Honduras.“The communal living system of the indigenous communities is disappearing. The animals we used to hunt, the fish we used to take from the river, they’re all going away, they’re disappearing,” Delgado said. “With the colonists, another system is replacing ours and the indigenous are suffering. Our system requires lots of land, fish, animals, the ability to work calmly without [agricultural] chemicals.”The Mayagna people were officially recognized by Nicaragua’s state constitution in the late 1980s. Delgado said that even though the government officially granted land titles to indigenous communities in Bosawás, the laws protecting those titles have not been effectively implemented or enforced.Delgado said that municipal and regional governments are interfering with indigenous laws, and promoting road construction, colonization and development that is pushing the agricultural frontier further into the reserve. This, he said, is increasing deforestation and land conflicts between the indigenous communities and the colonists.Zelaya said the Mayagna lack access to the authorities, who have allegedly done little to stop the colonists from illegally settling on indigenous lands. “The government, who has the police, the army, the authorities behind them, needs to put a hand on their chests and make a concerted decision to stop the invasions.”With every passing year, deforestation within the core zone is increasing. Delgado said that a 2016 survey counted 21 non-indigenous families situated within the Mayagna territory, but that the problem has become more acute since then.“There could be 100 families or there could 500, I don’t know. Our reserve is in agony, we are not free, many lives are threatened,” Delgado said. “Some of the lands were taken over without anyone’s permission and others were sold, illegally.”last_img read more

What we learned in the Warriors’ second preseason loss to the Lakers

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe Warriors lost their preseason game against the Lakers 104-98 Monday. Don’t worry, they’ll get two more opportunities this week to exact revenge. Yes, the preseason schedule is ridiculous.In a game where Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell and pretty much anyone making more than the minimum for the Lakers did not play, here’s what we learned, other than LeBron James isn’t interested in losing any of that money he …last_img read more

FAD transmission risk is greater with garbage feeding

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Despite many advancements in the U.S. pork industry’s focus on disease risk mitigation, 28 states (along with Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) still allow some type of garbage feeding to swine. While deemed acceptable by the USDA’s Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS) when strict protocols are followed, the potential risk of foreign animal disease (FAD) transmission remains with this practice.According to Dave Pyburn, senior vice president of science and technology for the Pork Checkoff, the practice of garbage feeding to pigs in the United States is somewhat of a holdover from the past.“We used to feed many more hogs this way than we do now,” he said. “But the important thing is that if a producer does decide to do this type of feeding where it’s allowed, he or she must do so by strictly adhering to the APHIS guidelines.”The Swine Health Protection Act (SHPA) regulates food waste containing any meat products fed to swine. Compliance with this act ensures that all food waste fed to swine is properly treated to kill disease organisms. Raw meat may transmit numerous infectious or communicable diseases to swine, including FADs such as foot-and-mouth disease, African swine fever, and classical swine fever.Pyburn, who helped enforce the SHPA during his tenure at USDA, says there are three keys that reduce the risk of this practice if they are properly followed. These include making sure cooked and uncooked product is kept separate so there is no cross contamination; making sure equipment used for cooked product is not contaminated with uncooked product; and ensuring that all garbage is heated to a treatment level of 212 degrees Fahrenheit (boiling) for 30 minutes.“While we would like to see garbage feeding used sparingly, if at all from a disease risk standpoint, it’s critical that anyone who is using this feeding method do so with the utmost attention to the exact regulations,” Pyburn said. “It could be the difference between keeping the country free of foreign animal disease or not.”Beyond garbage feeding, swine health experts also agree that any garbage, especially containing meat products such as human food scraps, should always be kept away from areas of feral swine. European authorities suspect this is how the recent African swine fever outbreak in Belgium may have been transmitted to wild pigs in that country.last_img read more