Legislators urge state to ‘double down’ on funding for water infrastructure improvements

first_img Your government news is made possible with support from: Kelsey O’Connor Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connorcenter_img As the resolution passed Tuesday and grant applications for the WIIA illustrate, water infrastructure improvements for municipalities are “exceptionally expensive.” Though Cayuga Heights was awarded a sizeable grant, the total project is estimated to cost $11.2 million.“The WIIA is a proven success. Here in Tompkins County alone, the program has helped villages like Trumansburg and Cayuga Heights as well as the town of Ulysses improve their water infrastructure. These upgrades simply wouldn’t happen without state grants. With billions needed statewide, it’s imperative that Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature secure a multi-year, multi-billion commitment in this year’s budget to help communities like ours address our water infrastructure needs,” Legislator Anna Kelles said in a statement.The resolution comes on the heels of a major water main break in Downtown Ithaca last week that will take months to fix. When an 89-year-old pipe broke under part of Cayuga Street, the city said, it washed out support materials for the water and gas lines. As a result, the 200 block of North Cayuga Street will be closed until at least May. The city has 90 miles of underground pipes, and a third of them are more than 100 years old. Water main breaks have been an increasingly common occurrence, city data shows.The resolution states that inadequate sewer infrastructure has resulted in limitations on sewer hookups in some areas of Tompkins County, which as a result inhibit economic growth and the development of housing.Read the resolution below. Note that this is the draft version included with the agenda and may have small changes.Draft Resolution: Urging New York State to Increase Funding for Clean Water Infastructure by Kelsey O’Connor on Scribd ITHACA, N.Y. — With a resolution passed Tuesday, Tompkins County legislators are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state leaders to “double down” on water infrastructure funding through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, which has successfully helped towns locally and across the state make needed, expensive improvements.The state’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act created in 2015 provides grants to local governments to fund drinking water and wastewater improvement projects. With the WIIA, the state has awarded more than $500 million to local governments. The proposed budget for 2019-20 keeps the award amount stable by including $2.5 billion in funding over the next five years.The resolution unanimously passed by Tompkins County Legislature urges the New York State Assembly, Senate and Gov. Cuomo to increase state funding to a level that meets the needs of municipalities across the state.A state comptroller report in 2017 estimated the 20-year cost of needed drinking water investments to be about $61 billion. The comptroller report said local governments have the primary responsibility of rebuilding and updating their water infrastructure “even as their resources are already stretched thin and there is little appetite for increasing taxes, assessments and fees.”Tompkins County has received some big grants as part of the WIIA. In November, Gov. Cuomo announced nearly $23 million in water infrastructure improvements for the Southern Tier. In Tompkins County, the Town of Ulysses received $300,000 for drinking water improvement and Cayuga Heights received $2.8 million for wastewater treatment plant improvements. Tagged: infrastructure, tompkins county legislature, water main last_img read more

Airbnb cancels all DC-area bookings for inauguration week

first_imgEmail Address* Airbnb Brain Chesky and President-elect Joe Biden (Getty) Airbnb is taking the unprecedented step of canceling all reservations in the Washington, D.C., area during the week of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, the company said Wednesday.Airbnb said the policy is a response to “various local, state and federal officials asking people not to travel to Washington, D.C.” In addition to canceling reservations, Airbnb said it would block new bookings.“Guests whose reservations are canceled will be refunded in full,” Airbnb said on its website. “We also will reimburse hosts, at Airbnb’s expense, the money they would have earned from these cancelled reservations.”Read moreReal estate players denounce insurrection @properties agent fired after storming U.S. Capitol Airbnb to ban rioters ahead of inauguration Tags2020 ElectionAirbnbDonald TrumpJoe BidenPolitics Previously, Airbnb said it would ban users from its platform if they were identified as being part of the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.Given the number of people involved in the riot, however, it was shaping up to be a daunting task of ensuring the platform was free of everyone involved.Airbnb said the decision to cancel all reservations was informed by local officials, including Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. Along with the governors of Maryland and Virginia, she has urged visitors not to travel to the metro area for the inauguration.“Additionally, we are aware of reports emerging yesterday afternoon regarding armed militias and known hate groups that are attempting to travel and disrupt the Inauguration,” the company said in its statement announcing the move.Airbnb’s stock was up on news of the announcement. As of midday, it was trading around $171.68 per share, up 6.7 percent from its opening price.While lawmakers push for President Donald Trump to be removed from office for his role in inciting the insurrection at the Capitol Building, he and his family are facing corporate backlash.The Trump Organization’s banks, business partners and political allies have been distancing themselves from the president and his family in recent days.JLL dropped its involvement to sell Trump’s hotel in Washington, D.C., and Cushman & Wakefield said it would no longer work on the firm’s commercial properties. Signature Bank said it would close Trump’s personal accounts, and Deutsche Bank said it won’t do business with the family business going forward. PGA of America has pulled the 2022 PGA Championship from Trump’s National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.Contact E.B. Solomont Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Message* Full Name* Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Panamanian forces destroy FARC camps in border region

first_img BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Panamanian security forces destroyed two camps belonging to the 57th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in a border region with Colombia, Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón and his Panamanian counterpart, José Raúl Mulino, confirmed at a joint news conference March 28. Colombian authorities provided intelligence support for the operation, Mulino said. The camps, located in the Panamanian side of the border, could accommodate up to 32 guerrillas. Mulino was in Bogotá to sign an agreement that will allow Colombian authorities to provide intelligence to support air interdictions in Panamanian airspace. The ministers also agreed to reinforce their joint strategy against drug trafficking. At their meeting, the ministers agreed “to strengthen bilateral coordination in intelligence exchange by connecting the two nations’ databases to improve the fight against criminal organizations [on] both sides of the border.” “We have to incorporate, in all of our strategies, those marginal towns on the border to insert them in the productive life of our nations, thus neutralizing any impulse to collaborate with terrorist groups and drug traffickers,” Mulino said. [AFP, 28/03/2012; Mindefensa.gov.co (Colombia), 28/03/2012] By Dialogo March 29, 2012last_img read more

Boomer Sooner: Tide QB Jalen Hurts transferring to Oklahoma

first_imgBy yesterday Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley could not help but admire Jalen Hurts from a distance. Thirteen months ago, Hurts was a two-year starter who led Alabama to a pair of national championship games and was Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year as a freshman. In the 2018 national title game, with Alabama down big at halftime against Georgia, Tagovailoa replaced him and led the Crimson Tide to victory. Tagovailoa then beat out Hurts for the starting job heading into this past season and finished second in the Heisman voting. Hurts finished the season with 765 yards passing and 167 yards rushing. In this Jan. 5, 2019, file photo, Alabama’s Jalen Hurts answers questions during media day for the NCAA college football playoff championship game, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) “Could not be more impressed with Jalen Hurts, how he handled that,” Riley said as Oklahoma prepared to face Alabama in the playoff last month. “Big fan of that kid and how that entire situation was managed.”center_img Riley will get to know Hurts a lot better soon: The quarterback announced Wednesday in a story in the Players’ Tribune that he will transfer to Oklahoma. He will be available immediately as a graduate transfer.“So to my about-to-be family in Norman, I truly appreciate you for bringing me on board. Y’all don’t know me yet… but just for now, to introduce myself: I’m a motivated coach’s son from the Eastside of Houston, and I love to play ball,” Hurts wrote.Hurts leaves Alabama with 5,626 yards and 48 touchdowns passing and 1,976 yards and 23 touchdowns rushing. If he starts for the Sooners in their wide-open offense, more huge numbers are possible. If so, he will follow in the footsteps of Kyler Murray, another dual threat maestro who is currently deciding whether to play in the NFL or Major League Baseball. Murray waited his turn behind future No. 1 NFL draft pick Baker Mayfield, then delivered the second-most efficient passing season in FBS history while rushing for 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.Riley’s short history with transfers is spectacular.Murray transferred from Texas A&M before winning the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma this past season. Mayfield transferred from Texas Tech before winning the Heisman at Oklahoma in 2017. Neither was very efficient in their stops before playing for Riley.Hurts could be next in line to make a dramatic leap.“I’m very fortunate to have this opportunity, and I’m excited for the journey ahead,” he said. He respected how the Alabama quarterback who lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa put the team above his pride. Hurts could have transferred right after Alabama went another direction, as so many quarterbacks do these days. Instead, he stuck it out and delivered a moment for the ages. After Tagovailoa went down with an injured ankle during the SEC title game against Georgia, Hurts rallied the Crimson Tide to victory. Hurts should help Oklahoma smooth its transition from Murray at quarterback. Last year’s backup, Austin Kendall, is expected to transfer. Tanner Mordecai, a freshman last season, is the only quarterback currently on scholarship for the Sooners. Five-star recruit Spencer Rattler, the consensus No. 1 quarterback in the Class of 2019, is committed to the Sooners.Hurts has a special place in Alabama history. When he graduated with a degree in public relations, he got a standing ovation as he walked across the stage.“And to my Bama family, once again, THANK YOU — for everything. It’s been a great three years. I’ll love you until the end of time!” he said.___Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CliffBruntAP___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

CARMA to Benefit from Equine Sports Therapy Promotion

first_imgACARDIA, Calif., Jan. 4, 2017 – Much like human athletes, performance horses of all equestrian disciplines need sports therapy to recover from various aches and pains from strenuous physical activity. Leading the rehabilitation industry with cutting edge technology and services is Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center (Eclipse) who helps heal some of California’s finest horses.As a tribute to the magnificent Thoroughbreds they care for, Eclipse has created a special promotion to benefit the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), a nonprofit dedicated to funding aftercare for California-raced horses.“After a successful 2016 working with several top trainers and their horses, Eclipse would like to give back to the industry.  Our commitment to the well-being of Thoroughbreds is unwavering, whether they are beginning their racing career or retiring. ,” said Angie Hager-Scully, owner of Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center.Starting January 1, 2017, for each new Thoroughbred racehorse that receives a minimum 30 days treatment from the state-of-the-art therapy center, Eclipse will donate $200 to CARMA. With this promotion Eclipse hopes to raise funds and awareness about importance of aftercare.“Our goal is to be able to provide rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement for as many former racehorses as we can. Getting support from the local equestrian community and businesses is vital to our success,” said CARMA Executive Director Lucinda Mandella.Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center is located in Paso Robles, California. The promotion ends on March 31. For more information please visit www.eclipse-equine.com. About California Retirement Management Account –CARMA (California Retirement Management Account) is a charitable 501 (c)(3) organization formed to assist Thoroughbred rehabilitation and retirement organizations that facilitate the care and retraining of horses who raced in California and whose racing careers have ended. CARMA ensures the racehorses have retirement options by managing and disbursing funds to qualified retirement facilities caring for such horses.last_img read more

New flowerpecker species discovered in imperiled lowland forests of Borneo

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Animals, Birds, Environment, Forests, Fragmentation, Habitat Degradation, Habitat Destruction, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Peoples, Islands, New Species, Palm Oil, Research, Species Discovery, Tropical Forests, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation The Spectacled Flowerpecker wasn’t entirely unknown up until now. Scientists and birdwatchers have spotted the small, gray bird in the lowland tropical forests of Borneo in the past, with the first sighting appearing to have occurred in Sabah, Malaysia’s Danum Valley in 2009.A team led by scientists at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. collected a specimen and studied the species for the first time earlier this year. The researchers formally described the Spectacled Flowerpecker to science in a study published in the journal Zootaxa yesterday.The researchers say that it’s likely the bird’s current distribution has “become increasingly fragmented and diminished” thanks to human impacts on Borneo’s forests. They hope that by formally describing the new species of flowerpecker, they can help call attention to the importance of Borneo’s lowland forests. There’s a new species of fruit-eating bird in Borneo that is now known as the Spectacled Flowerpecker.The species wasn’t entirely unknown up until now. Scientists and birdwatchers have spotted the small, gray bird in the lowland tropical forests of Borneo in the past, with the first sighting appearing to have occurred in Sabah, Malaysia’s Danum Valley in 2009. But a team led by scientists at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.  collected a specimen and studied the species for the first time. The researchers formally described the Spectacled Flowerpecker to science in a study published in the journal Zootaxa yesterday.There are close to 50 species in the flowerpecker family spread throughout tropical southern Asia, Australia, and neighboring islands. Borneo is home to 13 of the currently known and accepted flowerpecker species; only the island of Sumatra and the Philippines harbor more flowerpeckers, with 16 species and 15 species, respectively.Despite living in close proximity to so many of its cousins, molecular analysis shows that the Spectacled Flowerpecker isn’t closely related to any other known flowerpecker species, according to Christopher Milensky, the collections manager for the National Museum of Natural History’s Division of Birds who led the survey during which the discovery of the new species occurred.“This bird is totally unique,” Milensky said in a statement. “It’s unlike anything else, and it is the latest example of the rich biodiversity that can be found in this region.”A scientific illustration of the Spectacled Woodpecker eating mistletoe. Illustration by John Anderton.When it was first photographed by a group of birders in 2009, the new bird’s stout body shape and short bill immediately suggested it was a flowerpecker, but the white markings above and below its eyes, which give the bird its distinctive “spectacled” look, didn’t match up with any known flowerpecker species.The bird was sporadically observed in the wild over the next decade. No scientists got their hands on a specimen to study until earlier this year, when Milensky and Jacob Saucier, a specialist at the Smithsonian museum and the lead author of the study describing the new species, discovered the bird in the Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary, a wildlife preserve in southwestern Borneo several miles from any previously reported sighting of the species.Milensky and Saucier took their unexpected discovery back to the museum in order to analyze its external features and DNA. The genetic analysis revealed yet another surprising find: the bird that was immediately tagged as a flowerpecker isn’t terribly similar to its closest relatives. “It isn’t related to any of the other flowerpeckers all that closely,” Saucier said. “It’s a whole new species that distinctly stands out.”The Spectacled Flowerpecker had been seen eating mistletoe, a parasitic plant that grows high in the forest canopy and is a staple of many flowerpecker diets. Saucier and the research team used DNA analysis and inspected seeds found in the bird’s digestive tract to determine exactly which type of mistletoe the bird prefers, affording new insight into the bird’s ecological needs and habitat preferences as well as, hopefully, making it easier for people to spot the new species even though it typically sticks to the treetops, Saucier said.He added that, because assistance from local communities was vital in granting the research team access to the wildlife preserve and animals for study, they gave the Spectacled Flowerpecker the scientific name Dicaeum dayakorum in honor of the Dayak native people of Borneo. “Their immense knowledge of the flora and fauna of their homeland forests is irreplaceable and crucial to future conservation efforts of Borneo’s endemic ecosystems,” Saucier and his co-authors write in the study.The expedition team preparing to set out on boats with local Iban guides who helped the Smithsonian team of researchers explore Borneo’s forest. Photo Credit: Holt Thrasher.Based on the many locations across the island of Borneo where the species has been observed, the researchers believe the new flowerpecker could be widespread. “We think that wherever primary forest and mistletoe occur, there’s a good chance this bird could be there,” Saucier said.But given how little we know about the distribution of the species, habitat fragmentation and disturbance “should not be underestimated” as threats to the birds, Saucier and team write. The researchers also note, however, that the fact that the species was discovered in Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary “is a reason to be hopeful… We see no reason why D. dayakorum would not occur throughout the sanctuary’s pristine forests, or the contiguous Batang Ai National Park to the south.”Still, the researchers say that it’s likely the bird’s current distribution has “become increasingly fragmented and diminished” thanks to human impacts on Borneo’s forests. Saucier and team hope that by formally describing the new species of flowerpecker, they can help call attention to the importance of Borneo’s lowland forests.“Lowland forests such as this are the heart of Borneo’s ecosystems,” they write in the study. “Sadly, these sanctuaries are under increasing threat with the encroachment of intensive selective logging and unsustainable agricultural practices, including widespread conversion of lowland forest to oil palm. It should also be noted that the indigenous Iban Dayak inhabitants of the region are the primary facilitators of conservation upkeep and protection. The imperilment and continued diminishment of these traditional longhouse communities is an underappreciated threat to the protection of these vital areas.”A photo of the Spectacled Flowerpecker taken in the Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary. While scientists and birdwatchers have previously glimpsed the small, gray bird in lowland forests around the island, a Smithsonian team of scientists surveying the birdlife of Borneo is the first to capture and study it, resulting in its formal scientific description as a new species. Photo Credit: C. M. Milensky.CITATION• Saucier, J.R., Milensky, C.M., Caraballo-Ortiz, M.A., Ragai, R., Dahlan, F.N., & Edwards, D.P. (2019). A distinctive new species of flowerpecker (Passeriformes: Dicaeidae) from Borneo. Zootaxa. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4686.4.1center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

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

first_imgDeforestation, Dry Forests, Environment, Environmental Crime, Fires, forest degradation, Forest Destruction, Forest Fires, Forests, Law, Law Enforcement, Oil Palm, Palm Oil, Peatlands, Plantations, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Banner image: Fires raze Jambi’s protected peat forest Londerang. Image by Elviza Diana/Mongabay Indonesia. Indonesia’s environment ministry has won a long-awaited court judgment and $1.8 million fine from a palm oil company that experienced fires on its concession in 2015.The company, PT Kaswari Unggul, had challenged the initial administrative sanctions issued in the wake of the burning, and continued to stonewall against the ministry’s efforts to hold it responsible for the burning.Ironically, the company’s resistance to the sanctions, which would have compelled it to introduce fire-prevention measures on its land, may have contributed to fires flaring up on the same concession again this year.The ministry has welcomed the recent judgment, but has yet to collect on any of the combined $224 million it’s been awarded in similar cases, thanks to legal stonewalling and a Byzantine court bureaucracy. JAKARTA — An Indonesian court has fined an palm oil company $1.8 million for fires that occurred on its concession in 2015, capping a four-year ordeal by the government to bring the firm to justice.The South Jakarta District Court ruled on Dec. 10 that PT Kaswari Unggul, a subsidiary of Jakarta-listed Bakrie Sumatera Plantations, was responsible for the fires that burned 129 hectares (319 acres) of its land in Sumatra’s Jambi province in 2015, and ordered it to pay a fine of 25.5 billion rupiah.“We see the verdict as evidence that land and forest fires constitute an extraordinary crime,” said Rasio Ridho Sani, the head of law enforcement at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, which brought the case against the company.The ruling and fine mark the latest chapter in a long-running battle between the ministry and Kaswari. Shortly after the 2015 fires, the ministry imposed administrative sanctions on the company and several others. But Kaswari challenged the sanctions by reporting the ministry to various government agencies, including the national ombudsman and the office of the president, according to Jasmin Ragil Utomo, the ministry’s director of civil litigation.“Kaswari is a company that’s naughty,” Jasmin said. “Instead of carrying out the administrative sanction, they reported [us] everywhere.”The company’s resistance culminated with a complaint filed at the State Administrative Court in May 2017, seeking to nullify the administrative sanctions. Kaswari argued that it was the victim of the 2015 fires, which it said had started in an unlicensed forest area more than a mile from its plantation and had spread out of control.“There’s no reason whatsoever for PT Kaswari Unggul to burn its oil palm plantation that’s still very productive,” the company said in a statement in 2016. “In fact, PT Kaswari Unggul suffered a lot because of the fires that destroyed oil palm trees that were still very productive. There’s no economic benefit at all, such as insurance claim, because [the plantation] wasn’t insured.”The administrative court rejected the company’s complaint in October 2017.For flouting the administrative sanctions, the environment ministry proceeded to bring a civil lawsuit against the company, as well as a criminal complaint. The criminal case is currently being heard at court.“If they had just complied with the administrative sanctions [in 2015], they wouldn’t be facing these heavier [fines],” Jasmin said.Burning in Jambi’s protected peat forest Lorendang where restoration efforts by WWF-Indonesia and the Peat Restoration Agency take place. Image by Elviza Diana/Mongabay Indonesia.Burning againThose initial sanctions, which called for, among other things, rehabilitation of the burned area and introduction of fire-prevention measures, could also have prevented a repeat of the disaster.Instead, the same concession experienced fires across 11.6 ha (29 acres) this year, prompting the environment ministry to seal off parts of the concession and put Kaswari on a list of repeat offenders.As it did with the earlier fires, Kaswari blamed this year’s burning on fires that spread from outside its concession. Sugeng Rahayu, the company’s head of agronomy, said the fires originated from the nearby Londerang protected peat forest, where WWF and the government’s Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) have been working to restore degraded peat areas.The Londerang peat forest is surrounded by five oil palm plantations and two logging concessions.Rasio said all concession holders in Indonesia, including Kaswari, are liable for fires in their concessions, regardless of where the burning started. That same concept was adopted by the Jakarta court in its recent ruling against Kaswari.Rasio said the environment ministry would continue going after companies with fires on their land, regardless of how long ago the burning occurred.“We can trace trails and evidence of previous fires with the support of experts and technology,” he said. “Land and forest fires are a serious crime because they directly affect the public health, economy, ecosystem degradation over a long period of time.”The ministry has to date taken 17 companies to court over fires, winning judgments against nine of them with combined fines of 3.15 trillion rupiah ($224 million), Jasmin said. He added more lawsuits were planned in 2020 over this year’s fires, which were the worst since 2015.However, the government has yet to collect any of the fines, thanks to a combination of legal stonewalling by the companies and a Byzantine court bureaucracy that renders rulings practically unenforceable.last_img read more

NBA roundup: McGrady stays hot vs. Cavs

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Houston 90, at Cleveland 81 center_img Tracy McGrady scored 34 points, Juwan Howard made two late jumpers and the Rockets won despite 32 points, nine rebounds and five assists by LeBron James. McGrady surpassed 30 points for the fourth consecutive game. Indiana 99, at Golden State 89 Stephen Jackson had 27 points to spark the Pacers, who had a 20-point lead after the first quarter. Pacers center Jermaine O’Neal arrived in the second quarter but didn’t play for the third game in a row because of pneumonia and a sore back. last_img read more

How Chromosomes Pack Without Exploding

first_imgWhen preparing to divide, a cell has to copy all its DNA accurately and pack it into chromosomes.  A professor at U Chicago told Science Daily this is “like compacting your entire wardrobe into a shoebox.”  The cell has another difficulty in this compaction process, though: DNA, being negatively charged, resists packing.    Eukaryotes overcome the resistance by neutralizing the negative charge with histones.  DNA wraps around the histones, forming nucleosomes, which then coil and supercoil into the familiar chromosomes.  One class of marine algae, the dinoflagellates, uses a different method: it neutralizes the negatively-charged DNA with positively-charged ions of calcium and magnesium.    The U Chicago team was puzzled at this exception to the rule.  They wondered if “this may have been the first and very efficient step toward the goal of neutralizing DNA, long before histones came into play.”  The statement was only a suggestion, however.  It also does not explain why dinoflagellates have much more nuclear DNA than human beings.    One observation, though, was dynamic.  When the scientists removed the positively-charged ions from the dinoflagellate DNA, the chromosomes exploded.Did they find a sequence from positive-ion neutralization to histone neutralization?  No; their evolutionary belief dictates that they use imagination and speculation to invent stories to link different organisms with common ancestry.  There are puzzles to solve here, for sure.  Why would a marine alga have so much more DNA than a human?  Why would it use a different method of neutralizing the DNA?  Don’t let these puzzles overshadow the major question: how genetic information arose that could be systematically and accurately copied, then condensed by orders of magnitude into a tiny space.  If you ever figure out how to compact your wardrobe into a shoebox, one thing is certain: you will not have done it by an evolutionary process.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more