first_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 overSponsored Activism, Environment, Environmental Law, Environmental Policy, Forestry, Forests, Freedom of Information, Governance, Mapping, Palm Oil, Rainforests, Transparency, Tropical Forests Forest Watch Indonesia has been trying to force the Ministry of Land and Spatial Planning to release in full the maps of oil palm companies’ concessions, known as HGUs.The Supreme Court’s decision hands the NGO a victory in its freedom of information request, launched in 2015.Once it receives the hard copies of the documents, FWI will scan and upload them on its website. Indonesia’s highest court on Thursday ordered President Joko Widodo’s administration to hand over detailed maps of land on which oil palm companies have been licensed to operate, adding momentum to a civil society push for greater transparency over the management of the country’s vast natural resources.A year and a half ago in response to a freedom of information request filed by Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI), the country’s Central Information Commission ordered the Ministry of Land and Spatial Planning to release the documents, known as HGUs. The ministry’s appeals have proven unsuccessful.A plantation firm’s HGU includes the precise boundaries, coordinates and area of its concession, as well as the company’s name. The ministry had agreed that sharing the former presented no problem but argued that releasing the permit holder’s name violated its privacy.The NGO only requested the HGUs for Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo island.Pressure groups like FWI and Greenpeace, which is fighting a battle of its own over data held by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, want the HGUs in order better monitor an industry rife with illegality. Oil palm companies routinely clear outside of their licensed areas, destroying forests and community lands with little oversight from local officials.Companies have been loathe to share their maps, even though many promised to do in 2013 as part of their obligation as members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, the world’s largest association for ethical production of the commodity. Some planters have argued that publication will expose them to extortion by local saboteurs or advantage their competitors. Ultimately, growers in Indonesia and Malaysia, the source of most of the world’s palm oil, have claimed to want to release the maps but insisted that doing so would violate the law.FWI chief Christian Purba said that once the ministry hands over the hard copies, the NGO will scan and upload the data to its website.Banner image: Oil palm fruit in Indonesia’s Aceh province. Palm oil is used in everything from chocolate to lipstick and laundry detergent. Photo by Rhett A. Butler for Mongabaycenter_img Article published by mongabayauthorlast_img read more

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first_imgArticle published by Genevieve Belmaker Illegal mining for gold in Colombia’s Amazon region has destroyed swaths of forest and contaminated the soil and water with mercury.A military-led crackdown, however, has left locals in the underdeveloped region bereft of a key source of livelihood, driving many into coca cultivation.In the absence of economic alternatives, ex-guerrillas, organized crime groups and corrupt officials continue to sustain the illegal practice. PUERTO LEGUIZAMO, Colombia – Already infamous for coca production and conflict, Colombia’s southwest department of Putumayo borders Ecuador and Peru and is ripe for a variety of eco-crimes.  In 2016 there were 45 arrests in the region connected to wildlife smuggling, gold mining and the illegal timber trade.These crimes pose serious threats to local biodiversity in the Colombian Amazon and its native populations, especially given the fact that Putumayo is home to enormous expanses of jungle that are difficult to monitor.Colombia’s armed forces have made progress in the fight against illegal mining through a series of crackdowns. Part of that success is due to the fact that the Naval forces of southern Colombia have more time to combat environmental crimes now that the country’s largest guerrilla group, the FARC, was recently demobilized.But eco-crimes are not easily eliminated in the Amazon and illegal armed groups continue to traverse the jungles. Increased operations against illegal mining, in particular, have only diminished – but not eliminated – the problem. Illegal gold mining has gravely impacted Amazonian ecosystems given that immense territories under rebel command were difficult for Colombia’s armed forces to control. Times have changed, though, according to the Navy. Jungle areas have become easier for armed forces to monitor owing to the recent peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas.Enforcement and consequencesThe Navy’s destruction of illegal mining equipment in its operations has impacted the local economy in the town of Puerto Leguizamo, according to residents. Locals who live on the banks of the Putumayo River, which forms the border with Peru, say their livelihoods revolved around the mining of gold from nearby riverbeds.Many people involved can be characterized as subsistence miners whose livelihoods are threatened if development projects fail to bring alternatives to illicit jobs.A large tube is used to dredge the riverbeds for gold. Photo by Bram Ebus for Mongabay.According to Rodrigo, a former miner in his forties who asked that his full name not be used, the impact has already been felt.“Most of the miners have already left and there were many of them,” he said during a recent interview from his house built of wooden planks next to the Putumayo River where he lives with his extended family. Rodrigo says many residents have been forced into illegal activities such as unlicensed gold mining and the cultivation of coca, due to a lack of investment in education, infrastructure and jobs in the region.“The other ones went to sow coca, and some pick the leaves,” Rodrigo said. He used to cultivate a few hectares full of the forbidden plant before he turning to illegal gold mining when the price of the metal soared in the early 2000s.“There was nothing else to do here,” he said as he stared at the downpour of rain outside his house.Puerto Leguizamo is an isolated town surrounded by rivers and has a long wet season. The main access route is the Putumayo River. The closest city, Puerto Asís, 200 kilometers (124 miles) downriver toward the Ecuadorean border, is a nine-hour boat ride away.Flights out of the region with the Air Force-owned company Satena are too expensive for most of locals.Deforestation and contaminationStructural state abandonment and the wealth of minerals to exploit has had inevitable consequences in Colombia. Illegal mining is a driver of deforestation in the Colombian Amazon, which covers 42.3 percent of the country’s territory. Colombia has lost more than 5.9 million hectares of forest in the past 25 years, much of it stripped to make way for illegal mines.The country’s rivers, too, face devastation by the flotilla of dredging boats, called dragas or balsas , that churn up riverbeds for gold.Mercury is used in the process to extract the gold from the dredged sludge, and it ends up contaminating the soil and water. In 2014, researchers found that thirty percent of fish in the area had levels of mercury above the national standard, according to the Amazon Institute of Scientific Investigation (SINCHI), propelling the heavy metal up along the food chain. This especially impacts the indigenous communities living on the riverbanks, for whom locally caught fish is a dietary staple.With Colombia’s main guerrilla group (the FARC) demobilized, the Armed Forces have more time to go after environmental criminals. Photo by Bram Ebus for Mongabay.César Augusto, a local researcher from SINCHI who investigates aquatic ecosystems, says the average Colombian eats five kilograms (11 pounds) of fish a year, but the urban population of Puerto Leguizamo eats 45 kg (99 pounds) while the rural population eats fish on a daily basis, amounting to 126 kg (278 pounds) per person per year.SINCHI has called for deeper studies into this issue by health and environmental institutes as well as fishery organizations and the general public. For some it’s already too late, though.“I will not eat catfish anymore,” Augusto said.Peace in the Amazon?The many rivers that curl through the Colombian Amazon have high concentrations of gold in their riverbeds, drawing miners come from all over the region. The FARC guerrillas were also involved in the business, demanding hefty commissions from the miners. Escape routes along the rivers were abundant and profits were high.But environmental damage was never a top consideration for miners who dredged riverbeds and dumped mercury in the fragile ecosystems that surrounded them.The Naval Forces of Southern Colombia cruise one of the tributaries of the Putumayo River. Photo by Bram Ebus for Mongabay.Enforcement remains a problem. Although the FARC guerrillas have officially demobilized and the Navy feels more at ease cruising the many rivers of the Amazon to detect illegal activities, remnants of the armed group remain.The FARC arrived in the region during the 1970s and replaced Brazilian rubber tappers and miners as the authority in the area, according to Liduine Zumpolle, a Dutch human rights specialist with over three decades of experience in Colombia.“Today we find ourselves in the ‘post-conflict’ [period] which has significant benefits, also in Putumayo,” Zumpolle said. “This not only means a lot [fewer] dead bodies because of the confrontations between soldiers and guerrilla fighters used to have, it also implies new challenges for national environmental conservation.”Environmental protection is high on the list of the Naval Forces, according to Col. Ricardo Alberto Suárez Rátiva. Suárez is part of the Navy teams that patrol the river and surrounding area. Combating illegal mining is alternated with social work in nearby communities, including looking out for the local wildlife. Another naval officer, Alex Ramirez, boasted that 5,000 baby turtles were caught from an animal trafficker and set free by the Navy.Making use of satellite images, anonymous tips and reconnaissance flights, Colombia’s armed forces detect illegal activities – which in the case of illegal gold mining in Putumayo means the presence of dredging boats in the rivers. According to a source who works in intelligence for the Navy, a single draga boat can bring in more than $100,000 in revenue a month.“They are illegally exploiting the resources of the state,” Suárez said.One of the seized dragas next to a Naval base for the Colombian marines. Photo by Bram Ebus for Mongabay.A draga is normally equipped with six workers, including an administrator and cook. The most important job is that of the diver, who works a six- to eight-hour shift weighed down with lead ballast and breathing through a garden hose connected to a pump. The work is done at depths sometimes exceeding 30 meters (98 feet), in hazardous and pitch-dark surroundings.Another risk that the divers run: they can’t see the Navy coming.“One day we arrived at a draga by surprise,” said Maj. Edgar Hernándo Jaimes Súarez of the Colombian Navy. “Everybody who was working left when we were arriving by helicopter. They fled on a boat and when we entered the draga from above the diver was still underwater. Nobody warned him, they did not tell him anything and when he came out we said, ‘Come here, you come with us.’”According to the general prosecutor’s records, the racket generated 87.5 kilos (nearly 200 pounds) of gold every month, and dumped 140 kilos (about 309 pounds) of mercury in the rivers.Those arrested face charges including illicit exploitation of mining deposits, damaging natural resources, environmental contamination by illicit exploitation, and invasion of special ecological areas, among others.Transparency in the gold supply chain is already problematic on a legal level, which makes the illegal routes very difficult to identify.Profits from illegally mined goldDespite the big profits attributed to illegal mining, the miners say that the business isn’t as lucrative as it seems for them.“There is a black market where gold is commercialized, they dictate and manipulate the prices,” Col. Suárez said. He said the naval intelligence services were looking into “where they commercialize, sell and interchange.”The accusation that miners spill large amounts of mercury into the rivers also seems a bit exaggerated to illegal miner Rodrigo.“We won’t have enough gold to buy all this mercury,” he said. He claims the miners use a bottle-cap full of the chemical each time, and reuse it if possible. The FARC even forced the miners they extorted to bury any mercury-contaminated sediment 50 meters (55 yards) from the river after extracting the gold – a half-measure in the absence of any regulation.Maj. Edgar Hernándo Jaimes Súarez explains how gold is extracted from the river sediments on a draga. Photo by Bram Ebus for Mongabay.While the FARC extorted illegal miners and charged them for the use of each draga, other criminal groups were in charge of the transportation. In Colombia, gold is often used to launder drug money and sold on national and international markets. Corruption is involved to arrange legal permits for the commercialization of large quantities.As for Puerto Leguizamo, the mining heydays seems to be over.“Yesterday they came to sell me 30 grams [one ounce],” said a gold trader in Puerto Leguizamo who asked not to be named. “But it is very little they sell.” He said he used to have a dredging boat, but sold it in 2014 when operations against illegal mining were ramping up.Even though the armed forces are increasingly on the lookout for environmental crimes, Colombia’s enormous jungles are difficult to control and peppered with armed guerrillas, paramilitaries and organized criminals. As deforestation rates keep increasing, it becomes clear there is still a long way to go for environmental protection in the Colombian Amazon.Banner image: A member of the Naval Forces of Southern Colombia on patrol near the Putumayo River. Photo by Bram Ebus for Mongabay.Bram Ebus is a freelance journalist based in Colombia. You can find him on Twitter at @BramEbus.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. Amazon Mining, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Forests, Rivers, Tropical Forests, Tropical Rivers center_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

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first_imgNguyen Van Hoa is the second high-profile case in Vietnam in recent months of an independent reporter and blogger being jailed.Both bloggers were jailed over reporting and writing about the infamous Formosa chemical spill along Vietnam’s coast in 2016.The spill is regarded as one of Vietnam’s worst environmental disasters. HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam – A Vietnamese court has sentenced 22-year-old Nguyen Van Hoa, an independent journalist and blogger, to seven years in prison on November 27. His imprisonment will be followed by three years of house arrest for his coverage of a major environmental disaster last year.The sentence is the latest in an ongoing crackdown on alleged dissent following the notorious 2016 Formosa chemical spill, which devastated several of Vietnam’s north-central coastal provinces in the spring of that year. Formosa Plastics Group, a massive Taiwanese conglomerate, illegally discharged huge amounts of chemical waste into the sea from a multi-billion dollar steel plant it is building in Ha Tinh Province.The chemicals ravaged aquatic species in the region, wiping out the income of thousands of fishermen in what are some Vietnam’s poorest villages and leaving dozens of tons of dead fish on local beaches. The name Formosa is now synonymous with one of the worst environmental disasters in the county’s history.An undated photo of Nguyen Van Hoa, who was born in 1995.According to an account from Hoa’s sister, published in the Vietnamese version of BBC, police originally notified the family that he was arrested for “motorbike theft and drug trafficking.” Hoa and his family have denied any wrongdoing.Hoa, who was sentenced at a closed trial, was found guilty of “spreading propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam,” according to state-owned Tuoi Tre News. Hoa wrote posts about the disaster and shared videos and pictures of the aftermath on Facebook, which is widely used in Vietnam. During the brief trial, the government alleged that Hoa helped stage these videos and photos in order to spur anti-state protests, in addition to receiving funds from “extremists” and “reactionary individuals.”Vietnam’s leadership considers certain pro-democracy overseas Vietnamese groups to be terrorist organizations, and often claims they are involved in protests within the country.Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division, told the New York Times after news of Hoa’s punishment broke that “the sentencing of Nguyen Van Hoa shows how profoundly the government’s paranoid desire to maintain political control trumps notions of justice and human rights.”He went on: “How else can one explain that executives of an international firm that poisoned the ocean, ruining the coastal economy in four provinces, are free to go about their business while this idealistic young journalist is heading to prison for helping expose their misdeeds?”The weeks which followed the Formosa disaster saw some of Vietnam’s largest public demonstrations in several years. Crowds marched in the country’s two largest cities, Hanoi and here in Ho Chi Minh City. Their anger was initially directed at Formosa, but the government’s tone-deaf response to the chemical spill quickly attracted public ire, which is when security forces were deployed to prevent further protests.Hoa isn’t the first blogger to be punished for their coverage of the highly sensitive Formosa issue, though it should be noted that no public officials or anyone from Formosa’s leadership has received similar treatment.The most notable activist to be jailed since last April is Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who is known as Mother Mushroom. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison in August for her writings on Formosa, as well the environment as a whole and other issues such as police brutality.This harsh sentence, even by Vietnam’s repressive standards, shocked many and drew swift condemnation from around the world. Quynh had previously received the International Woman of Courage Award from First Lady Melania Trump. The blogger’s daughter sent a letter directly to the First Lady asking for her to intervene in the case ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Vietnam in early November, but no response has been made public.On November 30, Quynh’s sentence was upheld after a brief appeal hearing in the coastal city of Nha Trang. This came four days after one her lawyers was disbarred for his support of defendants whom the state deems to be dissidents.Banner image via Maisondelinspir.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.Michael Tatarski is a freelance journalist based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. You can find him on Twitter at @miketatarski. Article published by Genevieve Belmaker 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

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first_imgHaving a diverse mix of mammals may play a more pivotal role than expected in the carbon cycle of tropical forests, by feeding microbes that lock the carbon from food scraps in the soil.Hundreds of indigenous research technicians collected data for this study across an area roughly the size of Costa Rica.Conserving mammal species will become increasingly important in efforts to protect the health of rainforest ecosystems, researchers suggest. Amazonian rainforests bustle with activity: Monkeys snag fruit from branches in the canopy; peccaries root around in the topsoil for grubs, worms and plants; a jaguar feasts on the carcass of freshly hunted tapir. These animals have something new in common, a study now suggests: they form an important link in their ecosystem’s carbon cycle.Hungry mammals leave carbon-rich carcasses, food scraps and feces on the forest floor. These byproducts, along with plant material, contain nutrients that soak into the soil. Microbes that thrive in this nutrient-rich soil collect and store carbon instead of releasing it to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.Two squirrel monkeys meander across the Amazonian forest floor, looking for insects to eat. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.The study’s authors propose that the diversity of mammals in tropical rainforest ecosystems contributes to an unexpectedly large amount of carbon storage in soils. Previously, researchers had largely only documented how the number of mammals in a forest affects the carbon cycle.Ecologist and team leader José Fragoso, formerly of Stanford University and now with the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, recalled the moment he and his colleagues knew the project was important: “We realized, ‘Wow, this is really going to change things, and it has added something new to our understanding of ecosystems.’” The study was published recently in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.The analysis relied on 340 indigenous research technicians from the Makushi, Wapishana and Waiwai nations, who roamed the rainforests of Brazil and Guyana to gather more than a million data points. Working through sweltering heat and traversing rough terrain, the technicians documented the number of animal and plant species they saw along 215 separate, defined paths, each one 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) long. The technicians also recorded any animal activities they witnessed, and collected vials of soil along the trails.The scope was ambitious. Within three years, “we sampled an area the size of Costa Rica,” said Fragoso — about 48,000 square kilometers (18,500 square miles).A white-headed capuchin monkey in Colombia messily munches on a piece of fruit. The carbon-filled scraps from this meal will enrich the forest’s soil. Photo by Rhett A. ButlerAreas that were rich in mammal biodiversity had higher levels of carbon in the soils, according to the study. The researchers put forward this explanation: a greater variety of animals creates more opportunities for them to eat one another and leave behind carbon-rich fruit, seeds and animal scraps. When the team analyzed soil samples, they found that soils rich in carbon produced by this food waste had higher levels of microbe diversity. A diverse and healthy community of soil microbes to break down these scraps is an important part of trapping carbon in the soil instead of releasing it in the atmosphere.Bradley Cardinale, director of the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research at the University of Michigan, is critical of the claim. Because the analysis doesn’t factor in variables like soil temperature, moisture levels or the densities of microbes, he argues that it doesn’t accurately show a clear link between numbers of mammal species and levels of carbon in the soil.“I don’t think there is any doubt that mammal diversity is somehow correlated with carbon in the soil,” Cardinale told Mongabay. “But they can’t demonstrate if this is actually caused by the mammals.”Brazilian tapir. Photo by Rhett A. ButlerIn response, Fragoso said, “Each [research] group will have different perspectives of the importance and relevance” of different contributors to the carbon cycle. A team that studies plants, for instance, will focus on the role of trees in this cycle.Amy Dunham, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Rice University in Houston, Texas, commended the study’s geographic breadth and its novel focus on how mammals distribute carbon both above and below ground.The forest cycle is complex, and Fragoso said there’s more work to do. Next, the team hopes to study the impacts of birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish on the carbon cycle, as well as individual types of mammals. This work, Fragoso hopes, will help reinforce more holistic conservation efforts in areas of high biodiversity, including increased protections for species like jaguars, tapirs and other major Amazonian mammals.A herd of capybara, the world’s largest living rodents, go for a swim in Colombia. Photo by Rhett A. ButlerCITATIONSobral, M., Silvius, M.K., Overman, H., Oliviera, B.F.L., Raab, K.T., Fragoso, V.M.J. (2017) Mammal diversity influences the carbon cycle through trophic interactions in the Amazon. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1: 1670–1676. doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0334-0Jennifer Leman (@jlorileman) is a graduate student in the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Other Mongabay stories produced by UCSC students can be found here. Animals, Biodiversity, Carbon Sequestration, Citizen Science, Ecology, Ecosystem Services, Environmental Services, Forest Carbon, Forests, Rainforests, UCSC, Wildlife 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 Article published by Rhett Butlerlast_img read more

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first_imgA census of one of the two populations of mountain gorillas living in eastern Africa revealed an increase from 400 to at least 459 individuals, bringing the total count for the subspecies to 1,069 gorillas.Teams conducted the survey in the Bwindi-Sarambwe ecosystem straddling the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2018.An earlier survey of the other population living in the Virunga Mountains of DRC, Uganda and Rwanda showed that gorilla numbers there are also on the rise.That led to a change in the subspecies status on the IUCN Red List from critically endangered to endangered. The outlook for eastern Africa’s mountain gorillas is growing brighter, as a recent census released on Dec. 16 shows that the subspecies’ numbers have risen since 2011. Scientists believe there are now at least 1,063 mountain gorillas living in the wild.Tara Stoinski, the CEO and chief scientific officer of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, said the results  of the latest census were “incredible, given what’s happening to other wildlife populations, and given the high level of threats that they face.”“It’s a real testament to the level of conservation action that’s happening for these populations,” Stoinski told Mongabay.A team participates in a training for the census. Image by Winnie Eckardt/Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.In the 1980s, the known population of mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) in the Virunga Mountains had dwindled to just 240 individuals, as lost habitat, hunting, disease and other threats had exacted a costly toll. By late 2018, though, more than three decades of “extreme conservation” involving the day-to-day protection of gorilla families appeared to be having an impact: A 2016 survey of the gorillas living in the Virungas revealed an increase to 604 animals.At the time, scientists pegged the total number of individuals at more than 1,000, and the IUCN changed the ape’s status on the Red List from critically endangered to endangered.But a census of the other mountain gorilla population, found further north in the Bwindi-Sarambwe ecosystem, hadn’t taken place since 2011, when researchers figured it held 400 gorillas.A silverback mountain gorilla in Uganda. Image by Skyler Bishop/Gorilla Doctors.The 2018 census of the Bwindi-Sarambwe population, which straddles the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, found evidence of at least 459 individuals. The 2011 census covered only Uganda’s gorillas. In 2018, however, improved local security allowed teams to include DRC’s Sarambwe Nature Reserve as well.Mountain gorillas live in three different countries — Uganda, DRC and Rwanda. And the Virunga and Bwindi-Sarambwe populations aren’t connected to each other: Though just 50 kilometers (31 miles) separates the edges of the two ranges, the landscape between them no longer has forest that can support gorillas. The researchers and trackers involved in the census say that the disconnected populations and their transboundary ranges have made cooperation vital to both the protection of the animals and to monitoring efforts.An infant mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Image courtesy of Gorilla Doctors.The recent census was “a great example of collaboration between governments, conservation organizations like the Fossey Fund and local communities,” Felix Ndagijimana, who directs the Fossey Fund’s Rwanda programs and the Karisoke Research Center, said in a statement.In addition to the DRC and Uganda governmental wildlife agencies, the effort, under the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration, included support and funding from more than a dozen conservation NGOs and institutions as well as local communities.To carry out the census, survey teams walked “reconnaissance” trails, scouring the ground for fecal samples in a “two-sweep” method — one between March and May 2018, and then again between October and December 2018.Veterinarian Fred Nizeyimana performs an emergency snare removal from adult female mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Image courtesy of Gorilla Doctors.Tromping through the gorilla’s habitat is not easy work, Stoinksi said. “It’s called the Bwindi impenetrable forest for a reason.”“The census work is a tough job — physically demanding, with 12 hours each day of walking through the forest, crossing big ravines and climbing mountains,” Prosper Kaberabose, a Fossey Fund tracker, said in a statement. But by participating in the training before the survey, as well as the census itself, members of the team picked up valuable and marketable skills, Kaberabose said.The fecal samples — about 2,000 of them — were then sent to the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the University of California, Davis. Analyses conducted there identified 459 individual gorillas.“Given ongoing risks to mountain gorillas such as habitat encroachment, potential disease transmission, poaching and civil unrest, this increase should serve as both a celebration and a clarion call to all government, NGO and institutional partners to continue to collaborate in our work to ensure the survival of mountain gorillas,” Kirsten Gilardi, executive director of the Gorilla Doctors and a veterinarian at UC Davis, said in a statement.An infant mountain gorilla standing on its mother’s back in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Image courtesy of Gorilla Doctors.The teams also noted signs of other animals, including chimpanzees and elephants. Though these mammal populations weren’t the focus of the study, they appear to be holding steady, in contrast to declines elsewhere.It may be that the conservation efforts to protect gorillas are also helping to keep other species safe, Stoinski said.But despite the success of the “extreme conservation” that’s gone into bringing mountain gorillas back from the edge of extinction, Stoinski echoed Gilardi’s call for continued action. Mountain gorillas are still “conservation-dependent,” she said.“The really exciting news is that they’re increasing,” Stoinski said. “The other side of that is they still face a lot of challenges.”Banner image of a silverback mountain gorilla in Uganda by Skyler Bishop/Gorilla Doctors.John Cannon is a staff writer at Mongabay. Find him on Twitter: @johnccannonCitation:Hickey, J.R., Basabose, A., Gilardi, K.V., Greer, D., Nampindo, S., Robbins, M.M. & Stoinski, T.S. (2018). Gorilla beringeissp. beringei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T39999A17989719. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T39999A17989719.en. Downloaded on 17 December 2019.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by John Cannon Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Agriculture, Animals, Apes, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Chimpanzees, Community-based Conservation, Conflict, Conservation, Deforestation, Diseases, Elephants, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Forests, Gorillas, Great Apes, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Human-wildlife Conflict, Infectious Wildlife Disease, Mammals, Mountains, NGOs, Parks, Poaching, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Saving Species From Extinction, Snares, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade, Zoonotic Diseases last_img read more

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first_img“Got my gloves on my hands but tonight is for a different reason / I know the storm’s pouring down outside but it’s a different season / How many lives must we lose before we realize, start believing… / I might be calm outside but down inside I’m weeping / Ebola is real…”It is one of the most played Ebola songs on the airwaves, written and performed by Tan Tan B and Quincy B. Titled, ‘State of Emergency’, the chorus is pouring on every child’s lip around Monrovia today.Music like State of Emergency can be a very powerful tool in delivering a health message because it is catchy, emotional and entertaining.The song, with its slow beats and soulful lyrics, has a direct and authentic message warning people of the reality of Ebola and how many lives it has taken away. What catches many people’s attention for the first time when listening to the song is the manner in which Quincy B sings his heart out beautifully in the chorus, pouring out every emotion about how he truly feels about the virus that has taken the lives of so many people while Tan Tan B raps highlighting the deaths the disease is causing especially it starting from his very own home county, Lofa, where the virus first entered Liberia. Speaking to LIB Life, Tan Tan B says, “I feel so sad seeing a country that was once full of life, is now so lifeless with so many deaths all because of this deadly virus.  All we can do is educate our people about the reality about the virus through our music cuz after all this is a state of emergency and only God can save us”.All over Liberia, Ebola is now the hottest topic all over the airwaves. It’s not the just news about the disease but also awareness songs as well. The virus is taking away so many lives, causing many to wonder if God is angry with Liberia.This Ebola Virus has been the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever, for which there is no known cure, and has killed more than 3,000 people, most of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, since the start of the year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img“We have to go back to our roots, go back to our defense,” said Bruins point guard Darren Collison, an Etiwanda graduate. “We’ve been allowing teams (to shoot) a little over 45 percent from the field. That’s not our game. We like to hold teams under 35 percent. We have to bring back that mind set, and I think we have. This team is capable of doing that. We just can’t get away from that.” In winning 20 of its first 22 games, UCLA (26-5) held opponents to 41.9 percent from the field. In going 6-3 in its final nine games, opponents shot 46.9 percent from the floor, with three of teams bettering 50 percent. CONTACTS NOT NEEDED Once the NCAA Tournament seedings were announced Sunday, UCLA coach Ben Howland said he would not contact his former assistant and current Northern Arizona coach, Mike Adras, for a scouting report. Since Weber State and NAU both play in the Big Sky, Howland said he didn’t want to put Adras in a difficult position. The Bears shot 48 percent from the field in the overtime win, continuing a disturbing trend for a UCLA squad that is best known for its tenacious defense. As No. 2 seed UCLA heads into Thursday’s meeting with No. 15 seed Weber State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Sacramento’s Arco Arena, the Bruins need to tighten defensively. LOS ANGELES – When an opponent crossed halfcourt against UCLA last March, connecting on a pass was difficult, and finding an open shot near impossible. So as the Bruins went to regroup during a Saturday practice after the horrific loss to California in the first round of the Pacific-10 tournament, it made perfect sense that defense was the starting point. center_img Of course, Howland didn’t need to talk to Adras, since the two spoke about 11 p.m. Saturday. Adras said he was on a recruiting trip when he called Howland. “I thought for sure, and I think he felt it was going to be Weber,” Adras said. “They know what they’re doing. We’ll give them some calls, maybe some like that.” THROWING SOME IRON Bruins junior guard Arron Afflalo said he relieved a lot of his anger and frustration about his 3-point effort in the loss to Cal by setting a personal-best in the bench press by “working out” with 265 pounds. “It’s funny how it gives you that inspiration,” Afflalo said. “Our strength coach told me lifting weights gets rid of nervous energy, any type of anxiety, any type of frustration. It’s true. Afterward, I felt calmer, and that I did something positive for myself coming off such a negative game.” MORE AFFLALO HONORS Afflalo was named first-team all-America by the Sporting News, the fifth team he’s made. He was also a first-team selection by the basketball coaches (NABC), SI.com, ESPN.com and Dick Vitale. Also, sophomore point guard Darren Collison was named to the Sporting News’ second team. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgHe’s done it again!!!That man Rory Gallagher who still has us singing Jimmy’s Winning Matches after every game in Croke Park, has penned a brilliant poem that will have you pumped for the All-Ireland SFC final against Kerry in two weeks time. Simply click on the video above to enjoy listening to Rory’s latest poem, you won’t be disappointed. DDTV – COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: RORY PENS ANOTHER ODE TO JIMMY! was last modified: September 8th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DDTVFeaturesnewsSportlast_img read more

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first_img REPLY The report also suggests Eric Bailly could be sold by Jose Mourinho as he looks to freshen up his defence for the second transfer window running. Latest Football Stories no dice shining REVEALED MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Manchester United are willing to sell out-of-favour defender Marcos Rojo in January and Wolverhampton Wanderers could make a bid, according to reports.Wolves were keen on the player last summer but were unable to land him with the player apparently considering them a ‘minor club’. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions getty huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF Marcos Rojo in training with Manchester United Three months down the line, the promoted side are just four points behind the Red Devils in the Premier League table.And, according to the Birmingham Mail, with Man United ready to sell, Wolves are on alert once more and could attempt another move for the Argentina international, who hasn’t made a single appearance for his club this season. 1last_img read more

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first_imgFAI Chief Executive Officer John Delaney will be the Donegal Sports Star organisation’s special guest for the 38th official annual awards ceremony in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday, January 31st.FAI boss John DelaneyIt’s a huge coup for the committee to have secured the soccer chief just a few short months after he rubber-stamped the appointments of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane as the new Republic of Ireland management team.Sports Star Committee Chairperson Neil Martin who confirmed the news on Saturday evening said he was delighted that Delaney had accepted the invitation to present the awards. “John Delaney is known across all sports not just soccer over the past decade as CEO of the FAI. Coming to our awards so soon after one of the most talked managerial appointments in the history of Irish soccer will make it an extra special occasion when I’ve no doubt we’ll learn more about John’s involvement in getting Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane to manage our national team” Mr Martin said.Delaney is no stranger to Donegal having being special guest at previous soccer functions in the county including a Kilmacrennan Celtic celebration in the Lagoon four years ago. He also led the FAI delegation to Donegal in July 2012 for the week long ‘Festival of Football’ which culminated with the organisation’s AGM in the Mount Errigal Hotel.46-year-old John Delaney who is a native of Waterford became the youngest treasurer in FAI history in 2001. His father Joe was also previously treasurer of the Ireland’s governing soccer body.John rose to prominence in the wake of the 2002 Roy Keane Saipan saga, having emerged as the FAI’s public figurehead during the affair. He became acting chief executive of the organisation in December 2004, after Fran Rooney’s acrimonious departure. He took up the role full-time the following March 2005. Four years ago the FAI’s Board of Directors agreed to extend his contract for a second time again until 2015. When FIFA offered Ireland a Fair Play Award following the controversial Thierry Henry handball incident which gave France victory over the Republic of Ireland in a World cup play-off, Delaney declined and said FIFA President Sepp Blatter was “an embarrassment to himself and an embarrassment to FIFA”.Prior to securing the services of O’Neill and Keane, Delaney had overseen the appointments of Steve Staunton and Giovanni Trapattoni as Irish managers. FAI BOSS DELANEY TO BE SPECIAL GUEST AT SPORTS STAR AWARDS was last modified: January 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDSFAIJohn Delaneylast_img read more

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