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Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Invite Visitors to “Creatures of the Garden” Event at the Governor’s Residence

first_imgGovernor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Invite Visitors to “Creatures of the Garden” Event at the Governor’s Residence SHARE Email Facebook Twitter First Lady Frances Wolf,  Governor’s Residence,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today invited the public to visit the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg this Sunday, August 9 for the upcoming “Second Sunday” event, focused on Creatures of the Garden. Each second Sunday from June through September, visitors are invited to attend a series of free summer events at the Governor’s Residence and gardens from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Each event highlights a specific theme and features family-friendly activities.“We hope visitors from Central Pennsylvania and across the commonwealth will take advantage of this opportunity to explore the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence and gardens,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “Second Sunday events at the Residence, which take place throughout the summer, provide a unique opportunity for the public to visit this Pennsylvania landmark and also participate in fun summer activities for kids and the whole family.”The theme of this week’s event is Creatures of the Garden and will feature presentations by the Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary, ZooAmerica, the Backyard Beekeepers Association and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Residence docents, or tour guides, will also be available to provide information as visitors are invited to participate in self-guided tours of the Residence and gardens.Additionally, Second Sunday event visitors will be able to view the current art exhibition entitled, “Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania; Through the Lens of Paul W. Meyer,” which is on display in the State Rooms through August 31.Second Sunday events are free, and reservations are not required. No large bags, purses or totes are permitted, and security measures will be in place. For more information, visit www.residence.pa.gov.MEDIA CONTACT: Andrea Mead, 717-805-1779 August 05, 2015 # # #last_img read more

Salvation Army slams Street’s euthanasia bill

first_img3 News 27 March 2012The Salvation Army has spoken out against Labour MP Maryan Street’s intention to introduce a Private Member’s Bill legalising voluntary euthanasia. The Nelson Mail reported that Ms Street plans to introduce an ‘End of Life Choice’ Bill, which will give terminally ill people the right to physician-assisted death at a time of their choosing. Two previous attempts at passing legislation on legalised euthanasia – from Michael Laws in 1995, and Peter Brown in 2003 – failed to get through Parliament. Ms Street says the legislation would offer protection to family members and medical staff who had been asked by a terminally ill patient to help them end their life, but the Salvation Army says it could put pressure on the terminally ill to “choose an ‘early exit’”. The organisation, which believes euthanasia and assisted suicide are morally wrong regardless of illness or age, said in a statement that legalising voluntary euthanasia would “see New Zealand take steps towards non-voluntary euthanasia for those of limited mental capacity”.http://www.3news.co.nz/Salvation-Army-slams-Streets-euthanasia-bill/tabid/1607/articleID/248098/Default.aspx#ixzz1qFgEGws9Kiwis more open to euthanasia – MPTVNZ 27 March 2012A growing number of Kiwis support euthanasia and a fresh national discussion is needed on the subject, the MP at the heart of new debate around assisted suicide says. Labour list MP Maryan Street, who is working on a private member’s bill that would legalise some end-of-life options, told TV ONE’s Breakfast that the public attitude about euthanasia has changed. “I think more people now have seen loved ones in agonising situations at the end of their lives,” she said.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/kiwis-more-open-euthanasia-mp-4799304last_img read more

Son On Song In Colombia Win

first_imgTottenham Hotspur forward Heung-min Son was on song as he helped his South Korea side beat Colombia 2-1 in an international friendly played earlier on Friday.Son scored either side of halftime to give the Asian side a 2-0 before Cristian Zapata halved the deficit 13 minutes from time. South Korea thereafter held on for an impressive win over their South American opponents.South Korea will next face Serbia in an international friendly on Tuesday, November 14 while Colombia will play China later that day.Tuesday’s Fixtures:South Korea vs. SerbiaColombia vs. ChinaRelatedSon Heung-Min Pens Contract Extension At TottenhamJuly 20, 2018In “England”Asian Cup: Son Inspires South Korea to End China’s Dashing RunJanuary 16, 2019In “Events”Hernandez Hits 50th International Goal As Mexico Overcome South Korea To Move Clear In Group FJune 23, 2018In “FIFA”last_img read more

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Overtime: Pitt got whipped . . . with a big ole switch

first_imgPittsburgh running back James Conner (24) is stopped on a run by Akron linebacker C.J. Mizell (12) in the second quarter of the NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in Pittsburgh. Akron won 21-10. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic):10—Okay, about the Pitt football game…No. 1—Don’t be laughing at the Atlanta Braves crowd when only 10,000 of you show up to see Pitt play.No. 2—That was actually good news for the 30,000 that didn’t show up so you weren’t “Blinded by the Light.”No. 3—Apparently you have to have long hair to be on the Pitt dance team…I’m just sayin!The Pittsburgh cheerleaders take the field before the team for the NCAA football game between Pittsburgh and Akron on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)No. 4—Aaron Donald, you now see how important you were to this team.  You were here. You should have suited up and played.BILL NEALNo. 5—Oh yeah, Pitt got whipped . . . with a big ole switch:09—Alright, somebody help me here and I am not passing judgment (as you know I don’t do that), but what is it with wearing boots in summer or even now when it’s 80 degrees. Ladies, trust me. Men want to see your legs as long as possible. Oh shut up. You know you were thinking it too.  You just want me to take all the heat!  Well, I’ll take it.  I ain’t scared of your women or mine…oh my bad baby!  No, no, seriously I was just jokin’ . . . alright, I ain’t scared of your women!:08—Anyway, the problem with Pitt as “The Emperor” Chuck Knoll would say, we have problems and they are many!last_img read more

GUTIERREZ RETURNS FROM PIMLICO TO WIN GRADE II, $200,000 CALIFORNIAN BY ONE LENGTH ABOARD SECOND SUMMER; EURTON TRAINEE GETS 1 1/8 MILES IN 1:48.29

first_imgFLORIDA-BRED GELDING EYES GRADE I, $500,000 GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA ON JUNE 25 ARCADIA, Calif. (May 22, 2016)–Although disappointment reigned 24 hours ago, jockey Mario Gutierrez returned from his third place finish in yesterday’s Preakness Stakes with previously unbeaten Nyquist to guide longshot Second Summer to a solid one length win in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 Californian Stakes. Trained by Peter Eurton, Second Summer dispatched heavily favored Lieutenant Colonel turning for home en route to a final clocking of 1:48.29 for a mile and one eighth.A recent winner of two consecutive allowance races, Second Summer, who broke from post position two in a field of six 3-year-olds and up, sat a joint third into the Club House turn, hugged the rail around the far turn and angled just outside the favorite approaching the quarter pole as he marched to his first-ever stakes win in Santa Anita’s final major steppingstone to the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita going a mile and a quarter on June 25.“Every single race he has improved a lot and he showed it today,” said Gutierrez. “Today, he had a good race, he pulled it through and was very game every time I asked him. I’m very happy with him.”When asked about returning from the huge disappointment aboard Nyquist at Pimlico, Gutierrez responded, “That’s horse racing. After the race, everybody has their opinion on everything that happened. The horse came out of the race good and it looks like we’re going to run in the Belmont.”Owned by Sharon Alesia, Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Marc Ferrell and Slam Dunk Racing, Second Summer was off at 9-1 and paid $20.80, $8.80 and $4.20. A 4-year-old Florida-bred gelding by 2009 Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird, Second Summer got his fourth win from 13 overall starts and with the winner’s share of $120,000, he increased his bankroll to $270,610.“He has an affinity to quicken and his stamina is just amazing…When I saw him at the three eighths pole, he just looked like he was loaded. It looked like he was going to get boxed in for a second and when Mario made the move to go in-between the two of ’em (Lieutenant Colonel and Point Piper)…that was just such a great, money move.“I can’t say enough good things about this horse, he just keeps getting better…We’re so excited (about running in the Gold Cup on June 25). It could be a fun summer…I’ve never had a colt that was this good, going long on dirt. I didn’t realize that the Gold Cup was a Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In’ race.”With Lieutenant Colonel tiring at the rail late, 2015 Gold Cup winner Hard Aces charged late to grab second by a half length. Ridden by Abel Lezcano and trained by John Sadler, Hard Aces was off at 5-1 and paid $5.40 and $2.60.“He ran very well, no complaints at all,” said Larry Benavidez, assistant to Sadler. “The winner got a seamless trip. Right now, it’s on to the Gold Cup and we’ll be back to defend our title.”Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Lieutenant Colonel sped to the lead as expected, but was no match for the winner through the drive as he finished 2 ½ lengths clear of stablemate Point Piper. Off at 4-5, Lieutenant Colonel paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.09, 46.52, 1:10.59 and 1:35.59.Retired trainer Mel Stute, who won his first-ever hundred grander 55 years ago with First Balcony in the 1961 Californian at Hollywood Park, was on-hand to present the trophy.Racing resumes with a five-day week on Thursday at Santa Anita. First post time is at 2 p.m.last_img read more

Mammal diversity may increase carbon storage in rainforests

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

Sri Lanka, in bid for species protection, is stymied by lack of data (commentary)

first_imgSri Lanka was supposed to host the 18th Conference of the Parties to CITES in May 2019, but the event has been rescheduled for Geneva in August due to security concerns after the Easter Sunday bombings.Sri Lanka is involved in nine proposals concerning 43 species, the most for a single party at the upcoming CoP. Six of the proposals concern species of reptiles and spiders endemic to Sri Lanka or South Asia, and the other three concern species of saltwater fish.The CITES Secretariat has recommended rejecting four of Sri Lanka’s proposals and adopting five, highlighting how lack of data is hampering conservation efforts in the country.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. The 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP) to CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, should have started on May 23 in Colombo. It was supposed to showcase Sri Lanka’s rich biodiversity to an international audience, boost local conservation efforts, and vitalize the country’s ecotourism.However, the terrorist attacks in Colombo on Easter Sunday that killed 259 people created security concerns. After a U.N. security assessment and lobbying from different organizations, the CITES secretary-general announced on June 12 that the conference would be moved to the CITES headquarters in Geneva and take place in August.Ultimately, safety concerns and the need for a timely conduction of the conference outweighed other considerations. As a triannual conference with several thousand participants, CITES CoPs are planned long in advance, and finding another venue to keep the timelines intact was essential.However, the shift to Geneva does not mean that Sri Lanka has been left outside the door. It has submitted or co-submitted more proposals than any other single nation. Out of 57 total proposals, Sri Lanka is involved in almost 16 percent, many of which concern species endemic to the island. By virtue of that alone, it will play a large role during the conference and retain some of the spotlight.Sri Lanka’s proposalsSo, what is Sri Lanka proposing? Do its proposals have a reasonable chance of success?The goal of CITES is to protect wild flora and fauna from unsustainable exploitation and extinction caused by international trade. It maintains three lists of species with descending levels of protection: Appendix I, which prohibits any international trade of species threatened by extinction; Appendix II, which monitors and regulates the trade of species that might otherwise become threatened; and Appendix III, which provides international cooperation to help CITES parties protect certain species.Only parties to CITES can propose amendments to Appendices I and II, and only the CoP can decide on these proposals.The CoP strives for consensus decisions but can otherwise pass proposals with a two-thirds majority. Decisions on appendix amendments are informed by scientific data provided by the parties and outside organizations like the IUCN’s Species Survival Commission. They are mainly based on the criteria outlined in resolution Conf. 9.24 of CoP9 in 1994 (revised at COP17 in 2016).Sri Lanka wants to include several endemic reptiles into Appendix I, specifically two species of garden lizards, five species of horned lizards, two species of pygmy lizards, and one species of hump-nosed lizard. None of them are on any appendix so far, although their export from Sri Lanka is banned under the domestic Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance. Sri Lanka and India also want to move the Indian star tortoise from Appendix II to Appendix I to curb their flourishing illegal trade.Together with the EU and a host of other countries, Sri Lanka also proposes to include several marine species into Appendix II: two species of mako sharks, six species of giant guitarfish, and 10 species of wedgefish. Finally, Sri Lanka and the United States want to list 15 species of ornamental tarantulas in Appendix II as well.This brings Sri Lanka to nine proposals and 43 species, 25 of them terrestrial and 18 aquatic. However, when the CITES Secretariat presented its recommendations on May 1, it recommended four of Sri Lanka’s nine proposals for rejection and expressed some concerns over the other five.To be eligible for inclusion in Appendix I, species must be threatened by extinction because they either have a small and vulnerable population, a limited geographic range, or a marked decline in population size.The detailed assessment of Sri Lanka’s five Appendix I proposals highlights one of the main problems for Sri Lankan conservationism: scarcity of data. The assessment is littered with phrases such as “is unclear,” “indicates,” “is inferred,” “suggests,” “information is very limited,” “quotes anecdotal information,” “opportunistic observations,” or “little is known.”Despite this, the Secretariat has applied a precautionary approach and recommended the adoption of three lizard proposals. It recommended rejecting the hump-nosed lizard and the Indian star tortoise, the latter because of its large populations and the fact that most traded specimens come from captive breeding, which is not covered under CITES.The criteria for Appendix II are more lenient: the regulation of trade must be necessary to prevent species from becoming eligible for Appendix I. The Secretariat has recommended the inclusion of giant guitarfish and wedgefish but ruled for the rejection of the mako shark proposal after extensive feedback from the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Expert Panel stating that the shark populations are stable and not projected to decline significantly.Sri Lanka and the United States jointly submitted the last proposal, which had been rejected before at CoP11 in 2000. It concerns Poecilotheria, a genus of 15 species of completely arboreal tarantulas threatened by deforestation and habitat loss. Their range is limited to Sri Lanka and India, but the proposal lacks hard evidence of the impact of legal and illegal trade on their wild population. Therefore, the CITES Secretariat has again recommended the rejection of this proposal.This August in Geneva, Sri Lanka has the chance to make a difference and draw attention to its biodiversity, its range of endemic species, its potential for ecotourism, and its fight against wildlife trafficking. It remains to be seen which proposals will be adopted, but the Secretariat’s recommendations have highlighted problems that hinder conservation efforts in the country.The issues of lacking wildlife data and wildlife trafficking will need to be addressed to preserve biodiversity in Sri Lanka and around the globe.Hear an interview with the new Secretary General of CITES about the upcoming COP in August 2019 on Mongabay’s podcast, here.Dennis Mombauer is a freelance writer and researcher on climate change, conservation and special needs education based in Colombo. He focuses on ecosystem-based adaptation and sustainable urban development as well as on autism spectrum disorder. 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 Banner image of a lyre-headed lizard (Lyriocephalus scutatus), a species endemic to Sri Lanka, courtesy of Anslem de Silva. Biodiversity, Cites, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking Article published by dilrukshilast_img read more

British armed forces supplied by Brazilian meat firm linked to Amazon deforestation, corruption: Report

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 Agriculture, Beef, Conservation, Deforestation, Environment, Forests, Logging, Rainforest Deforestation, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests Article published by danielcenter_img The British military sourced beef for ration packs from Brazilian meatpacker JBS despite its history of corruption, poor environmental record and links to human rights abuses.Ration packs supplied to the UK armed forces between 2009 and 2016 were found to be manufactured by JBS and supplied by Vestey Foods.The sources of JBS beef imported by Vestey into the UK could not be confirmed and may not have come from illegally deforested lands or suspect supply chains.Cattle ranching is the largest single driver of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon and a significant contributor to tropical carbon emissions. A recent wave of forest fires in the region prompted a global outcry and calls for tougher action to curb environmental destruction. The British military has for years sourced beef for soldiers’ ration packs from scandal-plagued Brazilian meatpacker JBS despite its history of corruption, poor environmental record and links to human rights abuses, research by NGO Earthsight has found.Ration packs supplied to the UK armed forces between 2009 and 2016 were found to be manufactured by JBS. By analysing shipping records, Earthsight found that Vestey Foods, a major supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), used JBS beef in at least four official ration packs.While JBS was no longer named as the producer of the ration packs from 2016, shipping data showed the firm supplied hundreds of tons of Brazilian beef and chicken worth $4.2 million to Vestey Foods between 2014 and 2019. However, Earthsight notes, the sources of JBS beef imported by Vestey into the UK could not be confirmed.“[A]lthough the army ration packs that have previously contained JBS beef may not have come from illegally deforested lands or suspect supply chains, questions remain about the MoD’s possible continuing relationship with a firm that has such a chequered history,” Earthsight said.Cattle ranching is the largest single driver of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon and a significant contributor to tropical carbon emissions. A recent wave of forest fires in the region prompted a global outcry and calls for tougher action to curb environmental destruction.JBS is one of three Brazilian firms known to have supplied beef to the UK armed forces, along with Minerva and SulBeef, which supply beef to armed forces personnel stationed in Bahrain, according to Earthsight.Sam Lawson, Earthsight director, said JBS had “flouted environmental standards for years and for the UK government to have been bumping up their profits, even if indirectly, is a major environmental own goal.”The MoD, JBS and Vestey Foods did not respond to a request for comment, but the MoD told Earthsight it was “committed to upholding ethical procurement practices” and was “working with our suppliers to address any concerns surrounding the recent link between sourcing beef from Brazil and deforestation.”In an FOI response to Earthsight the MoD said that 107 products were “deemed available to be ordered” in 2017 and 2018 that contained beef or beef products and that “four contain beef sourced from Brazil using Brazilian meat,” but added that it could not confirm how many of those products were actually supplied.British army ration packs have used JBS meat since 2009. Photo by Earthsight.JBS is the world’s largest meat producer with revenues last year of more than $43 billion. Until 2016, the company sourced beef from notorious rancher Antônio José Junqueira Vilela Filho, who was arrested in 2016 following a two-year criminal investigation that found he led a sophisticated criminal network responsible for illegally clearing over 30,000 hectares of public forests in the Brazilian state of Para.The following year, JBS was fined £6.5 million ($8.1 million) for buying 50,000 cattle from deforested Amazon land. The company denied wrongdoing. Also in 2017, JBS was raided by federal agents after it was discovered to have bribed sanitation inspectors to allow rotten meat to be sold.JBS’ founders, brothers Joesley and Wesley Batista, admitted last year to making about $180 million in illegal campaign donations over a decade to more than 1,800 candidates in return for favorable policy-making as part of Operation Car Wash, one of the largest corruption scandals in Latin American history.“The fact that the Ministry of Defence allowed JBS beef to be used in contracts in the past, and possibly still does, is at best a procurement oversight,” Lawson said. “If the UK government is truly committed to protecting the Amazon and preventing deforestation, then ensuring that none of its departments are using beef from potentially suspect sources in Brazil would be a good place to start.”last_img read more

Berbice woman hacked to death by husband

first_imgA mother of one was on Saturday morning hacked to death by her husband.Dead is 20-year-old Omawattie Wazi called “Agile” of Lot 33 D Williamsburg, Rose Hall Town, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Reports are Wazi and the suspect, Gavin Gill, have been living at Port Mourant Village for the past year but she recently moved to her mother’s Williamsburg, Rose Hall Town, home after her husband of 14 months became abusive.Guyana Times was told that the young mother moved out with her seven-month-old baby from the matrimonial home about two weeks ago. She started working on Monday last as a sales clerk at a hardware store. However, at about 07:55h while on her way to work on Saturday that her husband struck her down with his car. She was riding a bicycle at the time. This publication understands that the man then exited the car with a knife and stabbed her several times before chopping her with a cutlass.According to one eyewitness, Subnauth Bickam, after hearing the impact, he rushed towards his gate and saw the woman moving from the bonnet of the vehicle and landing on his bridge.He said he rushed outside to assist the woman but saw the driver coming towards her. He said that the man took a knife and started stabbing the woman and despite his pleas to get him to stop, he did not. He said that the man then rushed back to the car and came running at him with a cutlass. The man reportedly held the woman by her hair and began chopping her at the neck. Meanwhile, a mobile police patrol was passing at the time and the ranks rushed to the woman’s aid and apprehended her husband. He was taken to the Albion Police Station.According to the dead woman’s sister, Samantha Wazi, the couple had been married for 14 months, after the suspect returned to Guyana from the United States 17 months ago.She said that prior to the marriage, one of the suspect’s relatives reached out to her family and advised her sister not to marry the man.According to the grieving woman, her sister did not pay heed and went ahead and married Gill.Samantha Wazi explained that one Saturday, the family suspected that the man was abusing her sister but she hid the abuse from her mother.“He don’t buy milk for the baby and drinking rum all the time. We hear he does beat she bad but she don’t tell mommy. It get overbearing and she come home back,” the grieving sister said. This newspaper was told that after Wazi moved from the home, her husband made several threats that he was going to kill her. This led to the woman applying for and received a restraining order which forbade Gill from being within 100 feet of Wazi, her sister and her mother.Guyana Times was told that Gill is currently before the court for a robbery under arms charge.In that case, the police are alleging that he was the driver of the car which transported several bandits to and from a robbery at Corentyne, Berbice. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more