A Florida man stole a million-dollar yacht, then abandoned it after accidentally crashing it into some pilings, police say.Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies say Donnovan Russell Jester stole the 46-foot 2019 Jeanneau Leader with a value of $899,179 back in March.According to an arrest report, he cruised off, but slammed into four channel-marker pilings and quickly abandoned the boat, leaving it to drift into an oyster bed.Investigators found a left thumbprint on the cabin door that was matched to Jester.He was arrested and charged with grand theft of a vessel on Thursday.
Member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including some of the biggest producers of the plastic waste in the oceans, have declared their commitment to addressing the trash crisis.Together with China, the ASEAN members Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand account for half of the 8 million tons of plastic waste that ends up in the oceans each year.Any meaningful action to tackle the problem should focus on reducing the production of plastic to begin with, rather than dealing with the waste after the fact, an environmental activist says.A growing refusal by Southeast Asian countries to take in plastic waste from developed countries for processing could provide the impetus for action by the global community to cut back on plastic production. Some of the countries most responsible for the plastic waste that ends up in the oceans have pledged to tackle the problem together, but activists say they’re focusing on the wrong end of the production chain.The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) adopted a declaration at the close of its twice-yearly summit on June 24 to “prevent and significantly reduce marine debris, particularly from land-based activities.” The commitment, the first of its kind in the region, is expected to complement policies and actions already being taken by individual member states to manage their plastic waste.More than half of the 8 million tons of plastic waste that ends up in the oceans every year comes from five Asian countries. Four of them are ASEAN members — Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand — according to a 2017 report by the nonprofit NGO Ocean Conservancy. China, not an ASEAN member, tops the list as the largest polluter.At the regional summit in Bangkok over the weekend, ASEAN also published a framework of actions to address the problem, including policy planning, conducting research, raising public awareness and engaging the private sector.“Marine debris is a transboundary issue which requires integrated regional cooperation,” the bloc said in a statement. “Without immediate action, marine debris pollution may negatively impact marine biodiversity, environment, health, society and economy.”Leaders of ASEAN member states gathered in Bangkok for the bloc’s biannual meeting to address a range of issues affecting the region. Image courtesy of ASEAN.But environmental activists in Southeast Asia say the declaration and accompanying framework of actions fall short of addressing the plastic crisis. They say the suggested efforts have a misplaced focus on managing waste, when they should instead go further up the production chain and focus on reducing the production of plastics, particularly single-use packaging.“Plastics is a pollution problem, not a litter problem, and must be addressed throughout its life cycle, from production to end of life,” Tara Buakamsri, the country director for Greenpeace Thailand, said in a statement.“The issue is not how to manage plastic waste so they don’t end up as marine debris, but how all nations must focus upstream, and drastically reduce plastic production,” he added.Buakamsari also noted that ASEAN had failed to set any target or timeline for the actions, or to address the problem of waste imports.In the past two years, imports of plastic waste into Southeast Asia from developed countries, including Canada and the U.S., increased by 171 percent. This has far outpaced the countries’ capacity to handle the waste, much of which has wound up in unlicensed dumps and incinerators in places like Malaysia, resulting in environmental problems and a growing public outcry.The ongoing crisis is largely due to a 2018 ban on waste imports by China, which had previously taken in the most foreign waste. While many Southeast Asian countries also imported waste prior to the ban, they did so at a much smaller scale. With the trickle of waste turning into a torrent, the affected countries have begun to restrict imports, culminating in May and June this year with announcements by the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia that they would start sending waste shipments back where they came from.“The framework doesn’t mention [a] ban on single-use plastic simply because it is up to circumstances (and political will) of each member state,” Buakamsri told Mongabay in an email. “It doesn’t include plastic waste imports because of [the] issue around trade.”Single-use consumer product packaging comprised the bulk of the waste collected during a garbage audit at Freedom Island in Metro Manila last year. Image courtesy of Greenpeace.Though ASEAN’s framework to deal with plastic waste is well-intentioned, Buakamsri said, a harder-line approach that builds on the growing refusal to take in other countries’ waste may be the more effective path.“In fact, by stopping waste imports and implementing strong plastic reduction policies, the ASEAN region is in an ideal position to help spur a transformation of the global economy, forcing the West to rethink their waste generation and end all waste exports,” Buakamsri.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 Basten Gokkon Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Conservation, Environment, Environmental Policy, Government, Marine Conservation, Ocean Crisis, Oceans, Plastic, Pollution, Sustainability, Waste, Water Pollution
There are 22 donkeys at the sanctuary, ranging in age from two up to 40 years. School visits are planned to fit in with the curriculum, and include educational activities with the animals. Donkeys need champions too, says Eseltjiesrus founder Johan van Zijl.The team also attends to donkeys on properties elsewhere, and offers advice and guidance to concerned owners.(Images: Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Johan van Zijl Founder, Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary +27 23 625 1593 or + 27 86 614 7777 RELATED ARTICLES • Not just a fluffy face • Team SA completes Mongol Rally • A paradise for rescued birds • Sharing his love of horses • Local solutions for animal healthLucille DavieThere’ll be a whole lot more hee-hawing from the donkeys in the sleepy Western Cape village of McGregor – they are to get a new sanctuary, to be opened in January 2014.Neglected and elderly donkeys make their way to McGregor from far and wide, to enjoy a pampered retirement after years of unflinching toil for their often abusive owners. Donkeys are often thought to be the most hardworking domestic creatures around, uncomplainingly serving their masters until their last days.Or until they find Eseltjiesrus. Some 11 years ago Dr Johan van Zijl and his wife Annemarie, a horse lover, received a request from the SPCA to provide shelter for two badly neglected donkeys which had been working at the McGregor brickworks, where for years they’d been blindfolded and forced to walk in a circle, in the process of brickmaking.“They were severely depressed,” says Van Zijl, a retired psychologist. They took in the two donkeys, naming them Vaal and Japie – in Afrikaans, a vaaljapie is a young, everyday wine.It wasn’t long before they realised that there was a huge need for a permanent sanctuary for “abused, discarded and elderly” donkeys. With increased demand for space, the Van Zijls leased land from Thornvilla Wine Farm, just outside McGregor, and in 2007 established the Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary, a charitable organisation, with renowned musician and playwright David Kramer as its patron.“We need to raise the status of donkeys – they have no champions,” says Van Zijl.Donkeys from as far afield as Somerset West, Cape Town, Wellington and Atlantis were brought to Eseltjiesrus, which means a “haven of rest for donkeys” in Afrikaans.But as the demand for taking care of more donkeys increased, it was clear a bigger sanctuary had to be found. Now, the nine-hectare Helpmekaar Farm, just one kilometre from the current location, has been purchased and is being prepared for the upcoming relocation.“Our dream of owning our own land has been realised with the purchase of this property,” says Van Zijl. “We now face the exciting challenge of raising funds to customise and build our new permanent home for the donkeys to the best standards.”The new location will boast a visitors’ centre, education facilities, and a donkey shop, and will take about a year to set up. Learning more about donkeysThe sanctuary is open from Thursday to Sunday, and over the weekends the Van Zijls offer educational tours for people curious about donkeys, and eager to learn more about them.“Donkeys are very clever animals. Whereas horses will flee when there’s danger, donkeys will stand still and decide on their options,” explains Van Zijl.“They can also be extremely cheerful and full of fun, keeping everyone on their toes. They are much smarter than horses.”They are inquisitive and sociable creatures, and when happy, they’ll stand with their heads and ears upright. And don’t be deceived by their often downcast look, he adds. They are probably just catching a quick power nap while standing, the way donkeys and horses sleep. Twenty-two donkeysEseltjiesrus now has 22 donkeys, ranging in age from two to 40 years. The animals live to around 40 years, and Van Zijl calls in a vet to put down two to three donkeys each year. He stresses that this only happens when it’s absolutely clear the animals have reached the end – they become listless, stop eating and are less mobile.“It is a sad moment but we don’t allow them to suffer.”There’s a colourful collection of donkeys at the sanctuary – Thabo, with a white teardrop below his right eye, “a teenager and always scruffy”; and a white donkey called Spokie, rescued in Swellendam in a very bad state, who is “very sociable, with a resounding voice”. There’s Eeyore, a shaggy, long-haired brown gelding, with blonde highlights, and the “elder statesman of the herd, well over 30 years old.” Then there’s the elderly mare Dinky, who has dark edges on her ears and affects an “anxious posture”.The sanctuary offers advice to donkey owners across the country. “Part of our mission is to promote the welfare of all donkeys, and we enjoy researching solutions to questions – we continue to learn in the process!” states the website.Recently the sanctuary received a request from owners who took over a badly neglected donkey. The animal, Oscar, had overgrown hooves, and the owners approached Eseltjiesrus for advice. Trimming the hooves would require sedation, and that required Oscar to be comfortable with human contact. Staff visited him regularly over several months to allow him to become habituated, until he was finally sedated. Oscar’s hooves were trimmed by two vets, while the procedure was an opportunity to train local farriers.“His tendons will take a while to adjust to the new angles in his legs, but he is assured of a long, pain-free and mobile future, thanks to the patience and team effort of Donkey Sanctuary staff, vets, farriers and the concern of his new owners,” says Van Zijl. Around the worldThere are donkey sanctuaries around the world, from Australia and Europe to India and Zanzibar. Eseltjiesrus is the only one in South Africa, and is an accredited member of the governing body of the veterinary profession in the country, the South African Veterinary Council.The sanctuary was nominated for the Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayoral Tourism award in 2012, in the category of adventure, outdoor and/or ecotourism business of the year. It got through to the finals.Eseltjiesrus is run by volunteers, part-time and permanent staff, in all 20 people. It relies largely on donations but also on people adopting donkeys, and giving money for their upkeep. Their major fundraiser is an annual three-day book sale, with up to 10 000 books for sale, 60% of which are new, donated by Exclusive Books and various publishers.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. red meat exports posted solid results in July, with volumes for both U.S. beef and pork trending higher than a year ago, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef export value was down from last July, but pork export value increased significantly.July beef export volume increased 8% from a year ago to 99,341 metric tons (mt) — the second-largest monthly total this year – while export value was $526.7 million, down 5%. For January through July, export volume was up 4% to 640,888 mt, while value fell 10% to $3.44 billion.Exports accounted for 14% of total beef production in July and 11% for muscle cuts only – each up about a percentage point from a year ago. For January through July, these ratios were 13% and 10%, respectively, steady with last year. Export value per head of fed slaughter was $263.89 in July, down 5% from a year ago, and $251.82 for January through July, down 13%.Pork exports reached 180,547 mt in July, up 8% from a year ago, while export value increased 11% to $491.9 million. For January through July, pork export volume increased 3% to 1.29 million mt, while value was $3.27 billion — still 2% below last year’s pace.Exports accounted for 27.5% of total pork production in July and 23% for muscle cuts only — an impressive jump from a year ago when these ratios were 23.5% and 21%, respectively. For the first seven months of the year, exports accounted for 25.5% of total pork production and 21.5% for muscle cuts — each up slightly from a year ago. Export value per head slaughtered was $56.14 in July — up 19% from a year ago. For January through July, per-head value averaged $49.37, down 2%. Beef exports shine in Japan, Korea; Taiwan remains steadyJapan and South Korea continued to be top performers for U.S. beef in July, driven by strong demand for chilled beef. Exports to Japan climbed 10% to 23,042 mt, while value was steady with last July at $129 million. Through July, beef exports to Japan were up 12% from a year ago in volume (145,358 mt) and 4% in value ($836.2 million). Chilled beef exports to Japan were up 40% to 59,783 mt.In Korea, July beef exports soared 37% to 16,459 mt, valued at $94.5 million (up 27%). For January through July, exports to Korea climbed 23% in volume (90,401 mt) and 7% in value ($531 million). Chilled beef exports to Korea were up 42% to 12,249 mt.Chilled U.S. beef is also in high demand in Taiwan, where July exports held relatively steady year-over-year. Through July, exports to Taiwan totaled 20,907 mt (up 3%) valued at $173.2 million (down 6%). Chilled exports were up 13% to 8,320 mt and the United States holds more than 65% of the chilled beef market in Taiwan — the highest share of any Asian market.Highlighting the need for more destinations for beef variety meat, exports to Egypt continued to slump in July — dropping 26% from a year ago in volume (6,753 mt) and 50% in value ($6.4 million). While Egypt remains a leading destination for beef variety meat, January-July exports to Egypt were down 3% from a year ago in volume (52,136 mt) and 31% in value ($57.3 million).On a positive note, total U.S. beef variety meat exports increased in July, pushing January-July exports up 6% from a year ago to 185,722 mt, valued at $491 million (down 1%). Growth has been led by Japan (27,779 mt, up 29%), Korea (7,442 mt, up 47%), and a slight uptick in Mexico (63,760 mt, up 2%), but also the ability to ship to South Africa, where exports reached 2,386 mt. Variety meat exports also trended higher to Chile and Colombia, and to the Caribbean and ASEAN regions.“We are pleased to see demand for U.S. beef variety meats increasing in other markets, and helping to offset the slowdown to Egypt,” said Philip Seng, USMEF president and CEO. “It is a top priority for USMEF and our beef industry partners to expand the reach of beef variety meat exports and build demand in alternative destinations, and those efforts are paying off.” China/Hong Kong continues to drive pork exports; chilled pork strong in JapanJuly pork exports to China/Hong Kong were the smallest since February, but volume was still up 73% year-over-year to 47,701 mt, while value climbed 60% to $94 million. For January through July, exports to the region were up 79% in volume (332,601 mt) and 63% in value ($634.5 million).Pork export volume to Mexico dipped in July (54,805 mt, down 6%), but value climbed 15% to $113 million. This was the highest monthly value total of 2016, with unit values up 22%, reflecting a notable improvement in ham prices. For January through July, exports to Mexico were down 8% year-over-year in volume (379,550 mt) and 5% in value ($679.1 million)U.S. exports of chilled pork to Japan remain on a record pace at 126,394 mt, up 12% through July. So although Europe is dominating Japan’s frozen pork imports for further processing into ham and bacon, U.S. exports of high-quality chilled pork have fully rebounded from the West Coast port issues of 2015 and are reaching new heights. Total U.S. exports to Japan slowed again in July to 30,479 mt (down 6%), putting the year-to-date total at 223,341 mt, down 12%. Export value to Japan was $879.5 million through July, down 10%.Led by strong demand in Honduras and Guatemala, exports to Central America continue to shine in 2016. Through July, exports to the region increased 16% from a year ago in volume (36,536 mt) and climbed 8% in value ($85.7 million). Exports to the Dominican Republic were also strong in July, pushing January-July volume up 3% from a year ago to 15,008 mt, while value was down 3% to $32.1 million.July was also a strong month for pork exports to Canada, pushing January-July totals ahead of last year’s pace in both volume (113,694 mt, up 2%) and value ($454.3 million, up 1%). Exports to Australia also remained above year-ago levels in July, pushing the year-to-date total to 39,010 mt (up 9%) valued at $106.5 million (down 3%).“While it is encouraging to see the strong results in China/Hong Kong continue, the reality is that China’s domestic pork prices have fallen and import demand has slowed,” Seng explained. “That’s why it is so vitally important that we defend U.S. pork’s market share and further expand demand in markets around the world. The competitiveness of U.S. pork is also improving, and this should boost exports through the end of the year.” July lamb exports show improvementWhile still down from a year ago, July lamb exports were the largest since March at 682 mt. July export value was $1.5 million, up 3% year-over-year. July was a strong month for exports to Hong Kong and the Philippines, while Bermuda continued to trend sharply higher than a year ago. For the first seven months of 2016, lamb exports were down 9% in volume (5,012 mt) and 11% in value ($10.2 million).
Police are investigating the death of a one-year-old boy who was discovered with several bite marks on him in the northern Quebec village of Kangiqsujuaq last Saturday.Police say the infant’s body was found on June 29 surrounded by dogs on a lot near his home in Nunavik, in Quebec’s far north.Sgt. Nancy Fournier says provincial police investigators went to the scene to clarify certain circumstances about the apparent mauling.The body of the youngster was transported to Montreal for an autopsy.Fournier could not say what happened to the dogs near where the child was found.No charges have been laid in the case.Kangiqsujuaq is an Inuit village near the shores of Hudson Strait, about 1,800 kilometres northeast of Montreal.The Canadian Press
Tianjin Quanjian forward Alexandre Pato believes Milan pulled off a masterstroke by having Leonardo return.He also admitted he is ‘waiting’ for a call from his fellow Brazilian. Leonardo managed Pato at Milan between 2009-10 campaign and ever since then has returned to San Siro as the club’s general manager, prompting hype from the striker.“Leonardo has the vision, competence and authority to give the club a new approach,” the 28-year-old told Tuttosport and quoted in Football Italia.“I’m not only talking in a technical sense. I imagine that at the club, there’s been some loss: many people have left in just a year and a half, so Leonardo can give security to the whole club.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“He’s the right person at the right place at the right time: he’ll do a great job. In the meantime, I’ll be waiting for his call… after that we’ll see!Pato also shared his thoughts about Elliott Management’s takeover of the Rossoneri.“It seems to me that in a few weeks, the new owners have moved decisively with regards to the club’s organisation,” he added.“That’s good for Milan and their future. The club deserve to return to the top.”
Juventus have reportedly joined the race for the battle of Isco’s signature due to his uncertain Real Madrid futureUnder new coach Santiago Solari, Isco is yet to start in any of the Argentine’s seven games in charge of Real.The last time Isco started a game for Real was in their disastrous 5-1 defeat to Barcelona on October 28, which saw manager Julen Lopetegui lose his job afterwards.In a press conference on Wednesday, Solari defended his stance on Isco by stating that there are no undisputed starters in his team.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Now Calcio Mercato claims that Juventus have been alerted to the possibility of Isco’s availability and are plotting their move.Manager Massimiliano Allegri is understood to have been an admirer of the Spanish midfielder for quite some time.However, the Old Lady are not the only ones interested in Isco with several other European giants eyeing a move for the 26-year-old.Isco has made 10 appearances in La Liga this season with half of those coming from the bench.
BALURGHAT: A 19-year-old homemaker was allegedly molested by some youths here on Wednesday night. The incident took place in Balurghat’s Bhatpara Colony area.According to a source, it was decided that the matter will be resolved in kangaroo court in presence of accused youths and the woman’s family members. It has been alleged that the victim’s family members were rampantly thrashed by the youths there while the hearing was going on. Two persons suffered serious injuries and were admitted to Balurghat hospital. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPolice have received two separate complaints but no one has been arrested so far. A police source said the victim recently went to her maternal uncle’s house. On Wednesday evening, while she along with her husband and cousin was going to a local fair, the youths allegedly molested her. While protesting the incident, the victim’s husband and cousin received threats from the accused. They had attacked the woman’s family members in kangaroo court. The victim’s maternal uncle and a neighbour were admitted to hospital and three motorbikes vandalised. Deputy Superintendent of Police (Headquarter), Dhiman Mitra, said: “If anyone is found guilty, he will be punished.”
It made no sense to pay an additional 70% to retain English Premier League rights in the UK, given that telco BT viewed holding the sports rights as a way to defend its broadband business rather than as a profit centre in their own right, Murray Barnett, vice-president, media distribution, ESPN, told CTAM Europe EuroSummit attendees this morning.ESPN lost out on English Premier League rights in the most recent bidding round as BT entered the market to acquire a package of rights for its BT Vision service. The UK telco beat competition from ESPN to secure two packages of rights for the 2013/14 to 2015/16 seasons, while pay TV operator BSkyB retained the rights to its five packages.Speaking on a panel session on TV Everywhere at the EuroSummit, Barnett said that ESPN would focus on building an additional experience around sport and cited the example of the BBC’s coverage of the Olympics as an exemplary model. “It’s about a non-linear environment and offering enhanced services around that,” he said.Most sports content was controlled by aggregators, while in the US sports rights-holders additionally exploited rights on their own online players, said Barnett. The opportunity for ESPN was to try different initiatives and to invest in different types of content such as documentary films about sports.