Pangolins top the charts while climate stories lag: Insights on our 2019 reporting (insider)

first_imgArticle published by Rhett Butler 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 Environment, Insider center_img Mongabay’s traffic hit a new record in 2019, with pageviews increasing 34% to 102 million and monthly active users climbing 50% to 4.3 million. But the high level numbers don’t reveal much, so here are some more interesting insights on how various topics performed and how our articles fared across geographies.Given Mongabay’s bureaus in Indonesia and India, it’s not surprising that those countries represent two of our three biggest markets. The Philippines, where we hired a staff writer in 2019, ranks fourth. Mongabay has especially high readership on a per capita basis in certain Latin American and Asian countries, led by Bolivia, Indonesia, and Paraguay.Wildlife-related stories attracted the most readers in 2019, while climate science stories were the least read.This post is insider content, which is available to paying subscribers. Mongabay’s traffic hit a new record in 2019, with pageviews increasing 34% to 102 million and monthly active users climbing 50% to 4.3 million. But the high level numbers don’t reveal much, so here are some more interesting insights on how various topics performed and how our articles fared across geographies. In summary: wildlife stories… This content is for Monthly, Annual and Lifetime members only.Membership offers a way for readers to directly support Mongabay’s non-profit conservation news reporting, while getting a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce these stories. Every few weeks, we’ll publish a new member article that tells the story behind the reporting: the trials and tribulations of field reporting, personal travel accounts, photo essays, and more.You can sign up for membership Here If you’re already a member: Log InMembers getExclusive, behind-the-scenes articles.Access to our members-only newsletter.Access to periodic conversations with Mongabay journalists.last_img read more

Tennis : Mandy Minella se qualifie pour sa première finale de la saison

first_imgAlors qu’à l’issue de cette semaine, il ne lui restera plus que deux semaines de compétition, Mandy Minella brille sous le soleil du Texas. Elle s’est qualifiée ce samedi pour sa première finale de 2019.Les jours et les résultats se suivent pour une Mandy Minella qui s’est qualifiée ce samedi soir pour la finale du Tournoi ITF 80 000 dollars qu’elle dispute cette semaine à Tyler au Texas.Après avoir remporté deux matches vendredi, l’Eschoise classée 169e mondiale a battu en demi-finale l’Américaine Danielle Lao (28 ans, WTA 190) en deux sets, 6-1 et 7-5. Partager En favorite pour la finaleCe dimanche, Minella s’avancera en favorite pour ce qui est sa première finale de la saison. Elle fera face à l’Américaine Alexa Glatch, 30 ans et seulement 423e mondiale. Mais attention, cette ancienne finaliste de l’US Open juniors (en 2005)  dont la carrière est faite de pas mal de bas mais aussi de quelques moments (très) hauts ne serait plus à un exploit près, elle qui a sorti la tête de série n°1 cette semaine, l’Australienne Astra Sharma (WTA 102) ou l’ancienne 48e mondiale, Shelby Rogers.Julien Carettelast_img read more

Dalliwala farmers plead for support

first_img– Region 10 Chairman says farmers abandoning farmlands The riverine community of Dalliwala, situated in Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice), is a little farming community with just more than 20 farmers, who have depended on farming and selling their produce for a livelihood over the years.It is accessible by boat, with farmers utilising these very boats to dock at various points along the Demerara River, and in Linden, to sell their produce.Crops at DalliwalaFarmer Yogeshwar Rhambarrat, who hails from this community, has said more persons can become empowered through farming, but the community has, over the years, not received the much-needed help from the authorities in order to boost farming.According to Rhambarrat, these farmers contribute significantly to the food market in nearby Linden, and had even supplied food to areas outside of Linden during the 2005 floods. He explained that more can be done if assistance is given.“Let’s say (that) if Linden is producing 30 percent of the food for itself, Dalliwala alone (is) producing about 15 (percent). You can come out in the mornings and see the little engine boats providing greens, even wholesale… Imagine (what can happen if) if we get assistance; we ain’t only sending (produce) to Georgetown, we can send to the Caribbean, we can send to the interior. But we need some help; you gotta help the man who’s producing and who’s making (farming) a livelihood”, he pointed out.Region 10 Chairman, Renis Morian, during a recent statutory meeting of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), signalled interest in providing assistance and re-developing farming in the area, noting that the community’s farmers are abandoning their farmlands.Morian said the Council is awaiting support from the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority. “…they would have asked for a supplementary budget, so they could buy another machine that we could put at Dalliwala…we’re pushing the farmlands at Dalliwala. (They have) been abandoned for more than 15 years. The farmers have left the farms…,” the Chairman told the Region 10 Councillors.Rhambarrat has denied that the farmlands have been abandoned, but he says farming has been scaled down because of the lack of intervention, improper drainage, inability of farmers to access farmlands, and lack of a proper market facility, among other issues.“Dalliwala is not abandoned…farming is being done at Dalliwala on a reasonable scale,” Rhambarrat has said.Rhambarrat, who spoke very passionately about issues affecting farmers, has stressed that whenever assistance comes, it is mainly directed to farmers at West Watooka, Linden. He pointed mainly to the lack of land and market facilities specifically for farmers as the main requirements for farming.“All the Governments they have, previous and now, they’re very tight-handed in releasing the lands; and land is the foundation of farming. How are we going to farm (if) we don’t have land? We don’t have leases… A lease empowers the farmers to access finance, and if you don’t have a lease, you can’t access nothing”, Rhambarrat said.Stressing that a lease can be used to secure farming materials on hire purchase, Rhambarrat added that because there is no farmers’ market, some farmers are forced to ride and sell their produce.“This is probably the only town in Guyana that doesn’t have a farmers’ market,” he opined.DrainageRhambarrat said the previous administration had promised the community 2 canals in addition to roads; however, to date, this promise has not been fulfilled.He opined that leaders appear to just be “talking” agriculture, but not “doing” enough for agriculture and small farmers in Dalliwala.He also stressed that farmlands become inundated during heavy rainfall, cutting off the supply of oxygen to the plants.“That is why we want the intervention of the Government, to get some greenhouses so we can sustain a little pakchoi and ochro and bora”, he said.The farmer pointed out that it is discouraging to see trucks with produce to sell heading into the Linden community from other places when the region’s needs can be supplied by its farmers.last_img read more

COPS HOPE PHONE RECORDS WILL HELP PINPOINT MADELEINE’S ABDUCTOR

first_imgDetectives could solve Madeleine McCann’s disappearance by using phone data in the biggest hunt for witnesses so far.Madeleine in Donegal, pictured second from left in April 2007. She disappeared in Portugal two weeks later.A new probe by Scotland Yard has thrown up the names of 41 potential suspects – three more than they knew about before.Fifteen of those suspects are believed to be from Britain. Anyone present in the Algarve town on or around May 3, 2007, could receive a call from the Met, either because their phone was active, or they were with someone who had their phone switched on.They are painstakingly tracing thousands of mobile numbers belonging to people from 31 countries in Praia da Luz, on the night the three-year-old vanished.Cops are sifting through tens of thousands of numbers being used in the area at the time to pinpoint potential suspects.The news comes as detectives revealed they have a new theory about what happened to Madeleine and will reveal it on a BBC Crimewatch show this month. Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, said: “It’s not just a bland appeal, there is some different material and a different understanding to be presented.”Parents Kate and Gerry McCann will appear in the studio during the special episode which will feature a reconstruction and pre-recorded interviews with them.Similar programmes are due to be shown in Holland, Germany and Ireland.COPS HOPE PHONE RECORDS WILL HELP PINPOINT MADELEINE’S ABDUCTOR was last modified: October 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:disappearedhuntMaddie McCannphone recordslast_img read more

Interview: Tips for Blending Documentary and Narrative in “The Drug Runner”

first_imgFilmmaker Charlotte Regan shares some insights into blending documentary and narrative in her Vimeo staff-picked short film.The difference between documentary and narrative filmmaking has long been a blurred line. It’s true that narrative films borrow strongly from real life, while documentaries are often guilty of scripting themselves to fit a story — whether directly or indirectly. However, for the filmmakers who choose to actively blend both, an entirely new filmmaking world opens up.In Charlotte Regan’s “The Drug Runner” we get a glimpse into the real-life story of a youth on a wrong path. The docu-drama blends actual interview soundbites with voiceovers and narrative filmmaking. We chatted with the film’s director about how she combined the two styles.Find an Interesting SubjectIt was just something that came kinda naturally over time I suppose. The person it’s based on is a friend and I always just felt like it was a story that was never told, the reasons behind people getting involved in things like drug dealing without making the character a villain, because he was just a normal everyday kid.When diving into a documentary-narrative hybrid project, finding an interesting subject is your first concern. For Regan, it was something personal, but for others it might take a deeper search. However, sometimes the best stories are the ones right in front of you.Do Preliminary InterviewsI interviewed him about three times, and those interviews were more like general chats that went on for about an hour or two each time. Just recording them on my phone. He knew the intention was never to use his voice so he was happy to chat openly. From that I had to then make a decision on what sections to use, so whilst it is a ‘doc’ it’s of course like all things heavily edited but unfortunately didn’t quite have the budget for a 6+ hour film haha!Once Regan had her subject, she had to begin developing the story. These preliminary interviews would be the closest to a “pure” documentary approach for her project. It’s also a good example of why it’s helpful to record preliminary interviews for all types of documentary and film projects, as these early iterations are where your narrative really begins to form.Bring in Professional TalentThe VO actor Alfie and the visual actor Mitchell were both sent the transcribed script/interview responses beforehand and they are both incredibly natural actors who put their own spin on things. They were both perfect for this as they know how to be subtle yet impactful, they never over do it. For “The Drug Runner,” Regan and her team decided to bring in professional talent for the voiceover rendition of the subject’s interview, as well as an actor for the screen. This was an interesting choice; it was necessary to protect the subject’s identity. It also gave each actor a chance — when working with the director — to define a narrative character based on the documentary interview material they received.Set Your Light and ColorThe intention was always to make it a very colourful piece, especially initially when he’s falling into that world and loving it all. The guy it was based on always spoke about his housing estate as if it was a big community, and that is something I wanted to replicate. I think it’s something lots of people who come from and grow up in those backgrounds feel. We always see the desaturated gloomy council estates when the truth is if you have lived in one from young they are filled with fun and your mates and people you know. Now this is where “The Drug Runner” really stands out — and how turning a documentary into a narrative can really make your project shine. The team shot on an ARRI Alexa Mini (with a Blackmagic for pickups) to get some truly outstanding light and color. The cinematography is very strategic and beautiful. It’s much more refined than you’d usually get to see on a run-and-gun doc.Storyboard Your EditAs we are being guided by his words and I had always wanted this to blend doc and fiction with like a literal visual essay style. I wanted it to start off quite matter of fact, giving people clear insight into his position. After that it was just about knowing when to let things breathe and when to cut quickly, which just comes with many re-edits and a great team giving you honest feedback.Finally, one of the biggest challenges in any documentary film production is managing the post-production workflow. Documentaries are notorious for their long edit times because there’s so much footage to process, review, organize, and ultimately either use or toss. However, when combining styles, shooting documentary-esque footage but for a normal narrative storyboarded workflow is a tremendous time-saver.It also opens the door for a tighter edit and more effort for color and effects.Cover image via The Drug Runner.For more information on Regan and “The Drug Runner” you can check out the film at the Bold Content Video production website.For more documentary and narrative filmmaking tips and advice, check out some of these articles.Interview Tips Every Documentary Filmmaker Should Know7 Reasons You Should Consider Adding Voice Narration to Your FilmRoundup: Genre Filmmaking Tips and Tricks from the Filmmakers of Fantastic FestDocumentary Editing Tips for Working with Lots of Footage7 Run-and-Gun Production Tips for Documentary Filmmakerslast_img read more