Mike Phillips left out of Ospreys 23

first_img Phillips left out of Ospreys side against DragonsNikki Walker makes his 100th Ospreys appearance as they entertain Welsh rivals the Newport Gwent Dragons as the they leave want-away scrum-half Mike Phillips out of the 23 altogether for the match.Director of Coaching, Scott Johnson commented: “It’s a big period for us now, we’ve got three games left to secure a place in the top four and there’s everything to play for. We know what we need to do. “It’s always a very difficult place to go, but we realise that what we need to do is focus on our own preparation, be diligent and thorough about the way we go about things, and ensure that we are clinical on the night. If the players know their jobs and do their homework on the opposition then we are confident that we can put in the level of performance required.“We’re playing a team that enjoy playing at home and have a great record there, including beating Munster earlier this season. They are dangerous because they can get continuity into their game over a season, they aren’t as affected by international calls as others so they have the same group of players involved all season long, and continuity is the obvious benefit of having less players absent. “It’s going to be a bumpy ride, they’ll try to make life difficult for us, but we’ve got to be professional and rise above that. We have to concentrate on our own job and not be sidetracked by anything else.” The following players were not considered because of injury:Jonathan Spratt – ACLGareth Owen –KneeMorgan Allen – AnkleTom Prydie – ACLJamie Nutbrown – ShoulderCraig Cross – HamstringBen John – WristShane Williams – KneeCraig Mitchell – ShoulderBen Thomas – KneeRichard Kelly – Lower legJonathan Thomas – Hamstring LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The Ospreys team to play Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade on Friday 15th April 2011, kick off at 7.05pm, will be as follows: 15 Lee Byrne 14 Tommy Bowe 13 Andrew Bishop 12 James Hook 11 Nikki Walker 10 Dan Biggar 9 Rhys Webb 1 Paul James 2 Huw Bennett 3 Adam Jones 4 Ryan Jones 5 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt) 6 Tom Smith 7 Marty Holah 8 Jerry Collins Replacements 16 Richard Hibbard 17 Ryan Bevington 18 Cai Griffiths 19 Ian Gough 20 Justin Tipuric 21 Tom Isaacs 22 Sonny Parker 23 Richard Fussell Cai Griffiths will make his 100th Ospreys appearance if he comes off the bench CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM – FEBRUARY 23: Wales scrum half Mike Phillips in action during Wales training today at the Indoor training centre at the Vale Hotel on February 23, 2009 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) last_img read more

Altadena Senior Center Announces Upcoming Free Trips to LA Philharmonic and County Fair

first_imgCommunity News Altadena Senior Center Announces Upcoming Free Trips to LA Philharmonic and County Fair From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, July 17, 2015 | 12:20 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Liliana Garcia, Community Center Director II – Altadena Senior Center has announced free trips to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Concert and the Los Angeles County Fair. All trips are first come, first serve.Los Angeles Philharmonic – From Bach to BluegrassHollywood Bowl – Thursday, August 27th @ 8:00pmBoard bus at 5:30Return to center 11:00pmThis is a free tripSign up date August 3rd at 10:00amLos Angeles County FairFriday, September 11thBoard bus at 4:30pmReturn to center 11:00pm$10.00 for entrance to fairSign up date August 24th at 10:00amIf anyone requires additional information, please call the center at (626) 798-0505. Altadena Senior Center will also be having an open house, and grand reopening of the fitness center, end of summer picnic and Sock Hop with dates to be announced soon.Altadena Senior Center is located at 560 E. Mariposa St., in Altadena.center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRub This All Over Your Body And He’s Guaranteed To Swoon Over YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

Stephen Curry reveals why he turned down ‘Space Jam 2’

first_imgOne possibility for the trio’s absences are their sneaker contracts — ‘Space Jam 2′ is working with Nike shoes. Curry is with Under Armor, while Harden is with Adidas. Durant does work with Nike, but has other creative projects and endorsements he wants to pursue.However, James reportedly has been able to recruit Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, and Klay Thompson to appear in the movie, as well as WNBA players Diana Taurasi and Nneka Ogwumike.’Space Jam 2’ likely will follow part of the blueprint from the first movie, with James taking over the starring role from Michael Jordan. The original boasted appearances from NBA legends such as Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Muggsy Bogues, Larry Bird, Larry Johnson and others. Stephen Curry said he would have loved to have been part of the cast, but scheduling conflicts made it impossible for him to film.“I know LeBron and (producer) Ryan Coogler are going to be doing amazing things. It’s going to be awesome,” Curry said, via Complex. “Part of it was in terms of things that I had going on. It was just the timing, to be honest. Not being able to commit. And I know Ryan really well. We had a lot of conversations about it.”Curry said he’s especially disappointed he won’t be able to work with Coogler, who is a fixture in the Oakland area and is a huge Warriors fan.“He’s at every playoff game,” Curry said. “Obviously, that’s hard to turn down. The guy does amazing work.”According to a previous report from The Hollywood Reporter, NBA stars Kevin Durant and James Harden won’t appear in the sequel, as well. It’s been known that LeBron James has been working on “Space Jam 2” and wanted an all-star cast of the NBA’s top players to join him.However, one of the league’s most recognizable faces won’t be making a cameo.last_img read more

In rural Indonesia, a village learns to embrace its forest through sustainability

first_imgAgroforestry, Community Development, Community Forestry, Community Forests, Community-based Conservation, Conservation, Environment, Environmental Activism, Forests, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Land Reform, Land Rights, Land Use Change, Protected Areas Article published by Basten Gokkon 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 In August, the village of Taba Padang in southwest Sumatra was recognized by the Indonesian government for practicing the best community-based forestry management this year.Less than a decade ago, however, many of its residents were being arrested for planting in a nearby forest, deemed off-limits because of its protected status.In 2010, newly elected village chief Yoyon embarked on a years-long process to obtain state approval to allow the farmers to manage nearly 10 square kilometers of land in the forest.In exchange, the farmers are prohibited from creating plantations, must agree to protect the animals that live there, and must guard the land against fire. TABA PADANG, Indonesia — Yoyon remembers being elected head of his village back in 2010, here on the southwestern coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, following a spate of arrests of his fellow villagers.Those arrested were accused of farming in Bukit Daun, a protected forest. The last arrests that Yoyon, who goes by one name, can recall came two years before his election, when six villagers were held.“I’ve lost count of how many locals have been detained,” he said in an interview.Yoyon, head of the Taba Padang village, strived for years to obtain state approval allowing his people to farm within a nearby protected forest. Photo by Dedek Hendry/Mongabay-Indonesia.The village of Taba Padang is one of many scattered across Indonesia, where impoverished communities have for generations lived within or nearby forests. Their efforts to make a living from the natural riches around them have often run up against the interests of those with more power, such as the government or private companies.“I became so concerned by the problem and wanted it to end,” Yoyon said. Eventually he was introduced to the government’s “village forest” scheme, known locally as hutan desa.Under the program, each household receives the rights to manage a 1.5-hectare (3.7-acre) plot in the protected forest. They are prohibited from clearing the land for a plantation, but may grow fruit or trees or coffee in the forest’s understory. In exchange, they must agree to protect the animals that live there and guard against fires.The program also provides farming guidance and seed supplies for new farmers. To ensure compliance, officials conduct regular inspections every five years.It took almost four years for Yoyon to obtain the necessary permits granting the village control over 9.95 square kilometers (3.84 square miles) of the protected forest.“We almost gave up,” he said. “Now, the people no longer feel worried about getting arrested when they are working on their farms.”Yoyon said the area was currently managed by 470 households, who grow coffee, pepper, durian, rattan and other produce. He also noted that water supplies now flowed through the forest farms to the people’s houses without any disruption.A farmer in Taba Padang village shows his plot of durian trees. Photo by Dedek Hendry/Mongabay-Indonesia.Fauzi, one of the farmers, said his income had increased significantly since the program was fully implemented.“I can now use a motorbike to carry my harvests and save up money,” he said.Yoyon said the area also had tourism potential, with its four waterfalls, a hot spring, and host of exotic flowering plants such as Hornstedtia rubra, Amorphophallus gigas and Armophophallus titanum.“We’ve stopped cutting down trees, and instead plant new ones,” Yoyon said. “We can now prove that forest conservation equals social welfare.”In August, the village’s success in managing its hutan desa drew praise from the Indonesian government. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry named it the best village forestry management in the country this year.“Hopefully we can continue to increase the people’s welfare and protect the forest,” Yoyon said.Banner image: A farmer from Taba Padang village in Sumatra’s Bengkulu province harvests a torch ginger (Etlingera elatior) plant in the village forest. Photo by Dedek Hendry/Mongabay-Indonesia.This story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published here and here on our Indonesian site on Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, 2017.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.last_img read more

All set to strike: Students, youths and activists clamor for climate justice

first_imgClimate Activism, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Climate Politics, Protests, Social Justice, United Nations Article published by Willie Shubert 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 Millions of young people around the world are expected to go on strike to demand immediate and meaningful action by governments and corporations to tackle the climate crisis.Youth activists have gathered in New York ahead of the U.N. climate summit there, where they took part in a people’s summit supported by more than 200 environmental and human rights groups.A key aspect of the climate injustice being highlighted is the fact that people in poorer countries will be hit hardest by the impacts of a changing climate.In the Philippines, one of the countries at greatest risk from those impacts, the government has backed the youth-led climate strike and called on developed countries to step up their climate actions. NEW YORK — Today marks the start of protests across the planet as millions witness the youth-led climate strike demanding governments take urgent and transformative action on climate change.Young climate activists from more than 150 countries are now calling on everyone to join them in the fight for a just, resilient and sustainable future. They draw their inspiration from Swedish student Greta Thunberg, whose refusal to go to school to protest climate inaction has fueled a global movement.“We believe that all struggles are worthwhile. We will continue to push for climate action to protect our nature, our people and our future,” said Bertha Zúñiga Cáceres, an environmental and indigenous rights activist from Honduras.Zúñiga, the daughter of the late environmental defender Berta Cáceres, who was killed for opposing a dam project in 2016, joins Thunberg in the call and dialogue with international leaders for climate action at the United Nations Climate Summit taking place in New York this week.“We have no choice but to fight for our rights. Our proposal is for governments to set high ambitions and how are we going to make radical change. And this is an opportunity for us to clamor [for] climate justice,” said Zúñiga, who, along with more than 200 environmental and human rights groups, took part in a people’s summit that was held ahead of the global climate strike.New era of climate movementThe summit adopted a declaration calling on governments and corporations to urgently tackle the climate emergency and ramp up climate commitments.“This is the moment of urgency. This is the new era of climate movement. And it is time to fight for human rights-centered climate action,” said Kumi Naidoo, secretary-general of Amnesty International. “We need to seize the opportunity to hold governments and corporations alike to be accountable. Nature does not negotiate and we cannot change the science. We need political will because it is our responsibility to rise up for the benefit of the generations to come.”Naidoo said that apart from joining the strike, these organizations plan to pursue more concerted climate litigation efforts, target the financial sector’s funding of fossil fuels, make more effective use of human rights accountability mechanisms, and coordinate more mass mobilization campaigns at national and regional levels.Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International, said the declaration marks a new era of climate activism by putting people and human rights at the core of its solutions.“We will all take action and confront those responsibilities. Weak governments and toxic corporate power will have nowhere to hide as we put people at the center of our demands, and seek climate justice for the communities least responsible but most vulnerable to this climate emergency,” Morgan said.Pointing to the case of people in poorer countries being hit hardest by the impacts of climate change, Greenpeace Southeast Asia executive director Naderev “Yeb” Saño said the global climate strike led by the young has not only created awareness but put pressure on climate policymakers to help people cope with these impacts.In 2013, Yeb Sano was the lead negotiator for the Philippines at COP19 in Warsaw. Image by Push Europe via Flickr (CC BT-NC 2.0).“There is a massive clamor from all sectors at this time of climate emergency. The Philippines, for instance, is a stark example of the gross injustice brought on by climate impacts which infringe on people’s most fundamental rights such as the right to life, shelter, food and livelihood,” Saño said.Saño, who is in New York participating in the global summit on human rights and climate change ahead of the U.N. Climate Summit called by U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, said the Philippines is currently undertaking a landmark investigation into corporate responsibility for climate action.“If successful, the inquiry could result in the first legal finding of corporate responsibility for human rights violations in the age of climate crisis. This can be a vindication for all climate-impacted communities everywhere,” Saño said.Skipping school for the planetLike many countries, the Philippine government has given the green light to more than 23 million public school students to skip classes on Sept. 20 and join the climate protests calling for immediate action to fight climate change.“Moved by the climate realities faced by the Philippines and inspired by the global youth action, young Filipinos nationwide will take part in the global climate strike,” the Department of Education announced on Sept. 18. “With this the department enjoins school heads and teachers to excuse students who will be joining the localized climate strike provided that parental consent/legal guardian consent is given.”The department has also encouraged schools and offices to conduct climate education and action activities within school grounds, including noise barrage, school or community clean-ups, and educational discussions.Over 500 students and other youth advocates across the Philippines joined today’s global youth climate strike in Manila, Philippines. Image by Leo M. Sabagan courtesy of 350.org“We need to sound the alarm for climate emergency,” said Rodne Galicha, lead convener of the Catholic climate movement Living Laudato Si’ Philippines. “We are one with Pope Francis’ call for urgent action. In solidarity with the young people of the world demanding change and the most vulnerable demanding climate justice, it is our moral duty to be responsible stewards.“We are glad that the Department of Education enjoins students and teachers to participate in the global climate strike. This is indeed intergenerational action,” Galicha said.Thousands of Filipino youths are expected to stage protests in 28 locations demanding the government declare a climate emergency.“Calling for enhanced climate action is not enough anymore,” said Jefferson Estela, convener of the Youth Strike for Climate Philippines. “This is a climate emergency and the government needs to send a clear policy signal about the urgency of this crisis.”Among their demands, the youth activists want an immediate phase-out of coal and other fossil fuels, in keeping with President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration for the country to fast-track the development of renewable energy sources. They also want the state to safeguard the rights of indigenous peoples and environmental defenders amid the climate crisis, and strengthen climate adaptation and mitigation and disaster risk reduction management policies.“The Filipino youth is ready to break the silence and demand the kind of action necessary to save our future from the climate crisis,” said youth climate activist John Leo Algo, program manager of the Climate Action for Sustainability Initiative. “We join the millions of voices worldwide as we scream in the present and fight for our common future.”Algo emphasized the need for industrialized countries to take more drastic climate action and for developing countries to show stronger political will to properly address climate impacts. He added that there is a need to increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of not only human communities, but also natural ecosystems to adapt to this crisis and achieve true sustainable development.“It is clear that we are already in a climate emergency situation,” said Gerry Arances, executive director of the Center for Energy, Ecology and Development. “It is either we act now or forever perish. For us Filipinos, despite all that we have to endure, we will fight back and fight for our children and the generations to come. And we will start by forcing our government to shift away from coal and fossil fuels as soon as possible.”Arances pointed out that the latest scientific report from the United Nations warned that without urgent action, the world would face worsening flooding, fiercer typhoons, food shortages and other catastrophic effects as a result of climate change as early as 2040.Powerful agents for changeAs young people push for more concrete action from their governments, the Philippine government says it supports the active participation of Filipino youth in the global mobilization for climate action.“As agents of change and progress, the youth is in a unique position to raise awareness on the climate emergency and to inspire tangible actions from the ground up,” said Emmanuel de Guzman, secretary of the Philippine government’s Climate Change Commission. “Climate justice delayed is climate justice denied. To rein global warming to below 1.5C [2.7 degrees Fahrenheit] is a moral imperative. Hence, we reiterate our call to the developed world to step up their climate actions and to deliver on their commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change.”De Guzman said the commission also supported the call by President Duterte to fast-track the development of renewable energy sources and to reduce dependence on traditional energy sources such as coal. This pronouncement, he said, comes at a crucial time when the country is finalizing its first nationally determined contribution, its climate action commitment under the Paris Agreement.Climate activist Greta Thunberg. Image by stephane_p on Visual Hunt – CC BY-NC-NDBanner image caption:Canberra Climate Strike. September 20, 2019. Image by Stephen Smith via Flickr CC BY 2.0This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 300 news outlets worldwide to strengthen coverage of the climate story.last_img read more

Indonesia’s fires burned mostly abandoned and degraded land, not forests

first_imgFEEDBACK: 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. Carbon Emissions, Climate, Climate Change, Deforestation, Environment, Fires, Forest Fires, Forestry, Forests, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Palm Oil, Peatlands, Plantations, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests, wildfires More than three-quarters of the area burned during this year’s fire season in Indonesia were idle or abandoned lands, and not rainforest, a new analysis shows.Only 3 to 3.6 percent of the total burned area constituted forested landscapes, according to the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).The findings highlight the importance of protecting these areas and restoring them to prevent future recurrences of fires, CIFOR says.Much of these areas used to be peatlands, which according to a new report by Greenpeace continue to be burned by oil palm and pulpwood companies supplying some of the biggest household brands in the world. JAKARTA — It was large swaths of degraded and idle land, and not forested land, that accounted for much of the burned area during this year’s fire season in Indonesia, according to new findings.The preliminary analysis by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) contradicts the prevailing narrative that rainforests accounted for the landscape hardest hit by the fires in Indonesia.“There was no hard evidence to support that notion,” said CIFOR landscape ecologist David Gaveau.Instead, the fires took the biggest toll on abandoned lands, highlighting the importance of immediate protection for these areas to prevent a recurrence of intense and wide-scale burning in the future.Using high-resolution satellite images from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31 over seven provinces, CIFOR found that 76 percent of the burning occurred on idle lands, and only 3 to 3.6 percent in forested landscapes. That chimes with earlier statements by the governors of the Sumatran provinces of Riau and South Sumatra, the two regions that were among the most affected by this year’s fires. They said that abandoned lands, including areas for which concessions had been granted but which had been neglected by the concession holders, accounted for much of the fires in those jurisdictions.“There are still lands whose status is unclear and they’re not managed, making them prone to fires,” South Sumatra Governor Herman Deru said recently in Jakarta. “Most of the fires burn these abandoned lands. So there aren’t many fires in [plantation] companies’ [active] concessions. They’re mostly on abandoned lands.”Gaveau said these were areas that used to be forests several years ago, but had been cleared and experienced cycles of burning and recovery, turning them into scrublands peppered with low trees and bushes.“Though locally present for centuries, forest fires have become a large-scale cause of forest loss since the El Niño drought of 1983,” Gaveau told Mongabay. “Once the forest has burned, the increased risk of subsequent fires leads many forests to cycles of repeated burns.”And once these closed-canopy evergreen forests turn into scrublands, they become much more prone to fires.“Such cycles have replaced millions of hectares of forest with invasive species of easily flammable scrubs, ferns and grasses, the source of today’s fires,” Gaveau said. “Villagers living on peatlands will tell you that abandoned land is prone to fires.”As a result, fires that start from industrial plantations, including oil palm and pulpwood, can easily spread beyond the intended area of burning because of the large surrounding areas of flammable idle and degraded lands.CIFOR’s analysis shows only 3 percent of the total burned lands were inside oil palm plantations, and 0.4 percent in acacia or rubber plantations or rice paddy fields.The Ministry of Environment and Forestry has disputed the figure for total burned area derived in CIFOR’s analysis, but not the proportion of affected forest versus abandoned/idle land. CIFOR has acknowledged the need for further peer review on the matter of the total burned area, which its initial analysis put at 16,000 square kilometers (6,200 square miles) across seven provinces — almost triple the official figure released by the ministry of just under 6,500 km2 (2,500 mi2).On Dec. 6 CIFOR took down a blog post on its website, citing the need for peer review.Fires in peat land in South Sumatra’s Ogan Komering Ilir district. Image by Nopri Isim/Mongabay-Indonesia.Peat restorationThe findings present a strong case for mass restoration of degraded idle peatlands back into fire-resistant ecosystems, according to CIFOR.In 2016, President Joko Widodo launched an ambitious program to restore 26,700 square kilometers (10,300 square miles) of degraded peatlands across the country to prevent a recurrence of the particularly devastating fires in 2015. Ideally, this would mean phasing out large swaths of existing oil palm and acacia plantations on drained deep peatlands.However, the industry has pushed back against this notion, arguing that what’s important is to maintain the water table in peatlands by blocking off drainage canals — something that can be done without changing the current dominant land use of oil palm and acacia cultivation.At the same time, the government and some companies have explored “peat-friendly” cultivation alternatives that don’t require intensive draining, including sago and pineapple, as well as agroforestry. But these have been largely written off as far less profitable than palm oil or pulpwood.CIFOR said there’s a need to create an “economy of restoration” to jump-start efforts to restore degraded peatlands.“We need a paradigm shift,” the organization said. “Massive investments in restoration, massive investments from banks to create an economy of restoration. Only by considering nature as part of a vital green infrastructure that must be rebuilt and maintained with adequate investment in tandem with other infrastructures, can we begin to see significant changes.”Anggalia Putri Permatasari, a researcher at the NGO Madani Foundation for Sustainability, said one solution to restoring idle degraded peatlands while also developing the local economy is through the government’s social forestry program, which aims to give local communities greater control over lands.The Ministry of Environment and Forestry recently issued a regulation that allows local communities to cultivate peatlands through the social forestry program. There are 2,590 km2 (1,000 mi2) of peat areas that can be distributed to local communities under this scheme.“The social forestry program can be a way to solve the problem of open access to land,” Anggalia said. “Because even if the lands are clearly concessions that are the responsibility of companies, the problem of open access remains. There are even concessions that are in conflict with local people.”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.Emissions from burningThe fires in Indonesia this year pumped out at least 708 million tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, according to data from the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) — nearly double the 366 million tons generated from the burning in the Brazilian Amazon.A major factor is the burning of carbon-rich peatlands, and in particular the burning of peatlands within the concessions of oil palm and pulpwood companies.A new report by Greenpeace shows that Indonesia’s plantation industries — principally palm oil and pulpwood — were responsible for 41.5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of peatlands in the country from 2015 to 2018.Their share of emissions amounted to 427 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent during this four-year period — the same as the average annual emissions from 110 coal-fired power plants or 91 million cars, and more than half the annual emissions of the whole of Germany.And these plantations supply palm oil and paper products to some of the world’s best-known brands, including Unilever, Nestlé, Mondelēz and Procter & Gamble, according to the report.For instance, between 2015 and 2018, Unilever’s suppliers were responsible for accumulated greenhouse gas emissions as a result of peatland fires on their Indonesian concessions that amounted to a quarter of the total emissions produced by the Netherlands in a year, the report says.Similarly, Nestlé’s suppliers during this period were responsible for more emissions than Switzerland produces in a year; for Mondelēz, it was an amount greater than the annual emissions of New Zealand; and for P&G it was double the emissions produced by Norway.Greenpeace Indonesia senior forest campaigner Annisa Rahmawati said the findings were a reminder of the toll that many of the consumer products people use daily can take on the climate.“On Forest Day at the Madrid Climate talks, people around the world will be horrified to learn of the damage the makers of Kit-Kats, Oreos, Head & Shoulders shampoo, Dove soap and Paseo tissue are doing to our climate,” she said.Annisa called on the brands mentioned in the report to stop sourcing from plantations linked to fires.“Companies parading as ‘climate champions,’ such as Unilever, are linked to massive greenhouse gas emissions from peatland fires,” she said. “These brands need to cut ties with all traders and supplier groups whose fires continue to trade our future for cheap commodities like palm oil.” Article published by Hans Nicholas Jongcenter_img Banner image: Fires raze Jambi’s protected peat forest Londerang. Image by Elviza Diana/Mongabay Indonesia. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Back to Routine: Don’t miss the Pinehill Studios Registration Day!

first_imgThe award-winning Pinehill Studios in Letterkenny will host their annual registration day on September 7th 2019.As children return to school and families get back into a routine, this day is a chance to secure a place on some of the most popular activity classes in town.There are more than 60 children, teenage and adult classes on the Timetable at Pinehill Studios – meaning there is something for everyone. But with limited class sizes, you have to book early to secure your spot.On Saturday 7th September, from 12noon to 2pm, you can visit Pinehill Studios Mountain Top to register for classes or meet with instructors/facilitators who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.Children’s Classes – Hip Hop, Irish Dancing, Ballet, Contemporary, Disco Freestyle, Lyrical, Piano, Musical theatre, Strength & Performance Training for Dancers, Rinka, Children & Teen Yoga, Arts & Crafts. Adult Classes – Piloxing, The MIX, Adult Hip Hop, Yoga, Salsa, Knockout, Men only yoga, Pregnancy yoga.What class is best?Here is a guide from Pinehill Studios when choosing an activity for your child and maybe even for yourself.What are your goals for your child going to an activity?What you want for your child will depend on his/her age and previous training, if any. This is a good time to ask your child what they’d like to get out of this. Try to take into account everyone’s dreams – dreams make everything happen! Is your child serious about being a great Hip Hop dancer? Would they love to be a popstar? Do they love to compete?  Or do they just like to play, sing, dance or be with their friends?And what about your goals for your child? Confidence, wellness, opportunities fitness, involvement in a challenging activity, social inclusion, or to gain independence. Aren’t all after school activities pretty much the same? What does it matter where I send my child?Physical activities deal with your child’s body during critical years of growth and development, artistic activities deal with their emotional development as well as social development. Poor training of physical activities can cause lasting physical damage, while with age-appropriate training; your child can grow to be strong and graceful. A facility’s emotional atmosphere can also affect your child’s self-esteem and happiness. At Pinehill Studios we want to emphasize the importance of the right Arts Educational Facility and make sure the parents receive above and beyond the value for their money. What Pinehill Studios has to offerAt Pinehill Studios we believe that children should be participants and not observers.We believe that the best way to encourage a love of movement and sport is to provide instruction that enables the successful accomplishment of small steps so that an expectation of success and enjoyment is fostered.Our mission is to train and educate students both at recreational and pre-professional levels and to provide an accessible resource for students, teachers and the wider community.  Pinehill Studios together with its instructors and facilitators offers carefully structured non-competitive programmes, providing the students with a foundation education in many Art forms which will equip students for the potential to pursue third level training.We believe that every child has talents and abilities and that it is our mission to help our students develop those talents. And we believe that Dance, Fitness & Performing Arts is the best possible way to build basic physical skills; lay a foundation for future success in athletics, academics, and the performing arts; develop self-esteem, courage, grace; and foster a belief in one’s ability to encounter and overcome adversity. Our programmes are designed to encourage an appreciation of the aesthetic and artistic qualities of movement.These beliefs have served us well for over 7 years and these same beliefs have encouraged hundreds of our current and former students to expect the best in themselves and to reach their full potential.Won’t you please join us and learn where your talents can take you!Remember the Pinehill Studios motto – Creating Opportunities, making dreams come true.Children’s classes include:Hip HopLyricalIrish DancingDisco FreestyleMusical TheatrePianoArts & CraftsBalletContemporaryRinkaChildren & Teen YogaStrength & performance training for DancersADULT Classes include:Hip HopThe Mix by PiloxingPiloxing SSPPiloxing KnockoutYoga for MEN/Pregnancy/beginners/intermediate/advancedSalsa for beginners/intermediate/advancedJiving – Country – beginners/intermediateAnd if you can find any time left, you could even hold your child’s next birthday party at Pinehill Studios with a full size bouncy castle, dance party, entertainment party, create a bear party and catering options all available in our safe and secure venue.If you would like any further details on the activities held at Pinehill Studios, you can go to www.pinehillstudios.ie to see all the class timetables, and further contact details for all the facilitators at the studio.Don’t forget to visit our ANNUAL REGISTRATION DAY on September 7th from 12-2pm at Pinehill Studios, Mountain Top Letterkenny. Visit the event page on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1266085076887678/Back to Routine: Don’t miss the Pinehill Studios Registration Day! was last modified: August 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:activitiesClassesfitnessPinehill Studioslast_img read more

Make Your Beliefs Your Own

first_imgDo you have the same religious beliefs as your parents? How about your political beliefs? Do you share most of your beliefs with your closest friends and co-workers? It’s likely that you do.That’s because most of your beliefs aren’t your own. You inherited them, you picked them up from the people around you, and you were even infected with some of them without even knowing it.Don’t worry. This post isn’t about your political or religious beliefs. But it is about that fact than many of your beliefs aren’t your own. More importantly, you don’t have to accept other people’s beliefs as your own. And you especially don’t have to adopt them when they don’t serve you.I Hate Cold CallingDo you really hate cold calling? Or is that a belief that you picked up from the salespeople around you? The conventional wisdom holds that you are supposed to hate cold calling. Could it be that you only hate cold calling because you were exposed to that belief early on? Maybe by people who never gave it a good go to begin with?What if you believed that you loved cold calling? What if you believed you were great at it? What could you choose to believe about prospecting that might serve you better?Selling Is Manipulative, Sleazy, Etc.Do you have a title that states that you are a salesperson, while deep inside holding a belief that being a salesperson means that you are manipulative, sleazy, or some other horrible thing? Is that really your belief about your role? Or did you pick up that belief from watching old movies and listening to old stereotypes?What if you believed that selling is meaningful work? What could you believe about what your role in sales really means?This Place Sucks, The Boss is An 4$$h013, I Hate it HereDo you believe that your company is on the wrong side of every issue? Do you believe your sales manager is on the wrong side of every dispute? Do you hate your job? If you are honest, you’ll acknowledge that at some level, these beliefs aren’t really yours.You’re surrounded by cynics, critics, slackers, naysayers, has-beens, never-will-be’s, and burnouts. Every day, you are exposed to negative beliefs from people with a negative outlook on life. You can easily be infected by their negativity.What if you chose your own beliefs about your company, your boss, and how you feel about your job? It’s my hallucination that, were you to do so, you’d find that the worst part of your job is being surrounded by those that have voluntarily disempowered themselves and have instead chosen to blame everyone else for their lot in life.Disabuse yourself of the unhealthy beliefs of others.You don’t have to inherit, adopt, or be infected by other people’s beliefs. Decide for yourself what your truth looks like, and make your beliefs you own.QuestionThink about your strongly held beliefs? Are those yours, or did you inherit them?How many of your beliefs came from your parents, grandparents, and great grandparents? Which beliefs came from your peer groups?What are your beliefs about your work? Are those your own? What have you been infected with?What are your beliefs about selling? Where did you get those beliefs?Which of your beliefs are solely yours? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

NBA legend Julius Erving defends LeBron James’ NBA Finals record

first_img“Dr. J” Julius Erving (left) with fellow NBA legends Oscar Robinson and Bill Russell  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Despite taking part in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) last six Finals—with eight total appearances overall—LeBron James has drawn flak for his subpar 3-wins-and-5-losses championship record.Although his individual greatness on the court cannot be questioned, the NBA’s premier superstar remains hounded by pundits questioning his presumed lack of success on the league’s grandest stage.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “So, 3-5 doesn’t mean anything. I’m more impressed with eight Finals than I am with the record in the Finals,” he said.“If he was 0-for-8 in Finals, that would still be an amazing achievement. That’s like going to eight Super Bowls.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCAA: Letran scrapes past EAC for first win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’00:50Trending Articles01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Having won titles in both the NBA and ABA (American Basketball Association), Julius Erving put in his two cents on James’ record and what it means for his legacy.The retired legend, best known as “Dr. J,” who experienced several Finals setbacks of his own as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, said that LeBron’s past shortcomings do not entirely fall on his shoulders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The game is a team sport, so individuals don’t win championships. Teams win championships,” he told FS1’s Undisputed. “You’re only as good as the team can take you. You can only go as far as the team can take you.”Knowing first-hand how hard it is to contend for a championship on a consistent basis, the NBA Hall of Famer also lauded James’ efforts throughout his storied career.last_img read more