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LAS CIENEGAS STAKES QUOTES-SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESMIKE SMITH, JOLIE OLIMPICA, WINNER: “I just listened to what Mr. Mandella told me this morning. He said, ‘She trains like she’s really quick, maybe a little too quick, so be still leaving there. If she puts you (up on the pace) fine, if not give her a chance to settle and she should finish. She should want to go a little further than this as well.’“I was happy to be on a Drosselmeyer, I was blessed enough to win the Belmont (2010) and the Breeders’ Cup Classic (2011) on him and this is his first offspring I’ve gotten a chance to ride.“Richard told me, ‘she might get a little light on her front end but it’s fine, just show her that everything is okay and she should be all right.’“The best part of the race was running underneath the wire to be honest with you. She galloped out well within herself, she wasn’t winded at all. She should get a mile for sure any day.”TRAINER QUOTESGARY MANDELLA, SON OF RICHARD MANDELLA, JOLIE OLIMPICA, WINNER: “She adapted quicker than most South American imports. A couple of the really good horses dad’s had over the years took a while to adjust. She was quicker than they were.“We didn’t necessarily expect her to break that fast, because if you watch her replays in South America, she didn’t always just leave there super-quick. He wasn’t sure if she’d get outrun a little the first part or if she’d do what she did. You don’t know until you put them out there.“She had a perfect trip. Mike did a great job with her. She was a little upset in the paddock, but Mike got her calmed down in the post parade. He had her in the right frame of mind to break well. Give all the credit to Mike on that. The track record? We’ll take it.”NOTES: The time of 1:01 established a track record, eclipsing the old mark of 1:01.49 held by Torosay set on Nov. 3, 2019.The winning owner is Rick Porter, who races as Fox Hills Farms, Inc.last_img read more

Rafa Mir arrives at Huesca with purchase option

first_imgRafa Mir is the battering ram that Míchel was sighing and Huesca has done his services after making an important economic effort. The forward has cut his assignment in the Nottingham Forest and arrives borrowed until 2021 by the Wolverhampton With a purchase option. The Catalans manage to win one of the most requested nine in the national market and bet strongly on the return to the First Division with the forward formed in Valencia. The Huesca He was interested in the Murcian of 22 years since last season and after courting him and his surroundings for a long time they have closed their hiring. Míchel yearned for the figure of an offensive reference that can be combined with both Okazaki, Christ and even Escriche. The entity from Spain is now looking for a central defense and a defensive midfielder in the market who have finished putting together the powerful Barça squad who wants to confirm his candidacy for everything in this second round.last_img read more

Kemal Malcolm happy with Reggae Boyz call-up

first_imgArnett Gardens FC’s top marksman, Kemal ‘Tull’ Malcolm, is delighted about his first call-up to the national senior men’s squad, saying that hard work is paying off.Malcolm is having a very good Red Stripe Premier League season with 12 goals so far, his latest coming in his team’s 6-0 swamping of FC Reno on Sunday evening at the Anthony Spaulding Complex in Trench Town.”It was a great experience being in the senior team training camp last week. The training was intense, high class,” said Malcolm, who was among 22 local players, after a three-day camp broke last Thursday.He is fully aware that it won’t be easy to get into the team.”It will not be easy, but I intend to put in the hard work and see where it takes me,” the 26-year-old speedy striker told The Gleaner.Malcolm represented the country at the under-20 and under-23 levels. The former Lannaman’s Prep and St George’s College Manning Cup star had refused contracts with clubs in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Trinidad and Tobago in order to help his home club win back-to-back national league titles.”Things are in the works. I got offers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and T&T but decided to stay at Arnett after having a poor season when Arnett won the title last year,” Malcolm disclosed.”My main focus is to help the team, and I’m having a good time in front of goal with assistance from my teammates,” the diminutive player added.TOP-SCORER AMBITIONSHe is also eyeing the top scorer’s award in the RSPL this season. Dino Williams (14 goals) and Cory Burke (12) are both away on overseas deals.”Of course I want to win that award, so I will continue putting in the work in training and continue scoring goals for Arnett,” he said.Arnett’s coach, Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite, had high praises for the player.”Hard work, consistency, and understanding his role has helped him. After scoring two goals last season and coming off the bench, he has improved, and with the absence of AndrÈ Clennon, was elevated to a starting role,” Waite said.”He is always creating chances, so any team would want such a player. Sometimes the playing surfaces have not helped.”Tull is a player who dominated prep school and Manning Cup football by scoring lots of goals. He is now doing better in the Premier League,” observed the veteran schoolboy and club coach.last_img read more

Logging road construction has surged in the Congo Basin since 2003

first_imgLogging road networks have expanded widely in the Congo Basin since 2003, according to a new study.The authors calculated that the length of logging roads doubled within concessions and rose by 40 percent outside of concessions in that time period, growing by 87,000 kilometers (54,000 miles).Combined with rising deforestation in the region since 2000, the increase in roads is concerning because road building is often followed by a pulse of settlement leading to deforestation, hunting and mining in forest ecosystems. The length of roads in Congo Basin logging concessions has doubled since 2003, according to new research, raising concerns about the impacts of these incursions into the world’s second-largest bank of tropical forest.The authors of the study, published June 24 in the journal Nature Sustainability, note that roads allow people to enter new frontiers, often leading to a contagion of deforestation for agriculture and increased hunting of the animals found there.“That obviously bodes alarmingly for everything from forest elephants to gorillas and chimpanzees and lots of other wildlife that are subject to hunting,” William Laurance, a tropical ecologist and professor at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, said in an interview.William Laurance, one of the study’s authors, examines the skull of a forest elephant illegally killed for its tusks inside a national park in the Republic of Congo. Image by Mahmoud Mahmoud.Deforestation rates around the oldest roads in the Congo Basin are about four times what they were at the beginning of the 21st century, and numbers of key species have dropped off considerably. There are only about a third as many forest elephants alive today compared to 10 years ago, for example.Following a journey across several Congo Basin countries several years ago, Laurance and Fritz Kleinschroth, the paper’s lead author, decided to use existing satellite data to understand how the region’s road network has evolved since 2003. The team also calculated the deforestation in the immediate area around logging roads, and they compared the persistence of roads inside and outside designated logging concessions.They found that the length of roads increased by 87,000 kilometers (54,000 miles) to 231,000 kilometers (143,500 miles) in the Congo Basin between 2003 and 2018. The rate of expansion outside concessions was somewhat less than inside, at around 40 percent. But the rate of forest loss was higher along roads beyond concession boundaries.The construction of a logging road in Cameroon. Image by Fritz Kleinschroth.The analysis also showed that roads inside these logging areas are about four times as likely to be abandoned. Shuttering access to roads not only allows forest to regenerate along the road’s path, but it also potentially reduces the deforestation that often follows the human settlement of an area.The logging companies with licenses to harvest trees abandoned 44 percent of logging roads over the period examined in the study. In contrast, only 12 percent of roads were abandoned beyond the borders of these concessions.“It can make a big difference,” Laurance said. “That’s where [selectively logged] timber concessions start to look like a more sustainable alternative rather than facilitating deforestation, which clearly they do in some cases.”A bushmeat hunter with monkeys killed in the forest. Image by William Laurance.In the Democratic Republic of Congo, where fewer logging concessions exist due to a sporadically enforced moratorium on new licenses in place since 2002, deforestation typically occurs at higher rates around roads than in neighboring countries. Previous research shows that up to about 90 percent of logging takes place informally, and often illegally, in DRC.Roads also facilitate the establishment of small-scale agriculture, which studies in recent years have shown is the most significant driver of deforestation in the country. The authors also note that even more deforestation could occur at the hands of loggers as DRC’s leaders issued concession permits covering 6,500 square kilometers (2,500 square miles) to Chinese companies in 2018.Shutting roads off to further use once companies have cut the allowed amount of timber in a given area could minimize the hunting, mining and deforestation that occurs in the wake of road construction, Laurance said, particularly with measures that have proved effective, such as the destruction of bridges. But, he added, it should happen more often.A logging truck plies a road in the Republic of Congo. Image by William Laurance.“It’s not like 80 percent of the roads are being closed,” Laurance said.Kleinschroth, a tropical ecologist at ETH Zurich, agreed.“Companies could do more in actively closing and actively making sure who is using which roads,” he said.Still, Kleinschroth said he understands the desire to build out road networks in these countries, which are among the poorest in the world. Roads are often seen as a first step toward economic development. Though future road maintenance costs, particularly in the rain-soaked tropics, are often woefully underestimated, officials sometimes strike deals with logging companies to keep roads open or even pave them as a way of encouraging commerce within the country and throughout the Congo Basin.A gold mine in the middle of a forest in the Republic of Congo. Image by Fritz Kleinschroth.“In this region, there are some countries that do not have permanent road connections with neighboring countries,” Kleinschroth said. “That’s extremely rare that two neighboring countries are not even reachable by road, so I understand their reasoning from a perspective of economic development.“We shouldn’t be too quick to criticize building a road,” he added.Banner image of road paving in the Republic of Congo by Fritz Kleinschroth.John Cannon is a Mongabay staff writer based in the Middle East. Find him on Twitter: @johnccannonEditor’s note: William Laurance is a member of Mongabay’s advisory board.CitationKleinschroth, F., Laporte, N., Laurance, W. F., Goetz, S. J., & Ghazoul, J. (2019). Road expansion and persistence in forests of the Congo Basin. Nature Sustainability. doi:10.1038/s41893-019-0310-6FEEDBACK: 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 Agriculture, Animals, Apes, Avoided Deforestation, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Biodiversity Hotspots, Bushmeat, Climate Change, Climate Change And Forests, Conservation, Deforestation, Ecology, Ecosystems, Elephants, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Forestry, Forests, Fragmentation, Global Warming Mitigation, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hunting, Illegal Logging, Infrastructure, Iucn, Logging, logging roads, Mammals, Mining, Natural Capital, Parks, Poaching, Primary Forests, Primates, Protected Areas, Rainforest Agriculture, Rainforest Animals, Rainforest Biodiversity, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforest Ecological Services, Rainforest Logging, Rainforest Mining, Rainforest People, Rainforests, Remote Sensing, Research, Roads, Satellite Imagery, Saving Rainforests, Saving Species From Extinction, Threats To Rainforests, Timber, Trees, Tropical Forests, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade 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

Discovery of a metallic-blue tarantula bolsters case for trade protection

first_imgBiodiversity, Cites, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Pet Trade, Wildlife Trafficking Citation: Nanayakkara, R. P., Sumanapala, A. P., & Kirk, P. (2019). Another from Sri Lanka, after 126 years; Chilobrachys jonitriantisvansicklei Sp. nov. (Araneae: Theraphosidae) from a fragmented forest patch in the wet zone of Sri Lanka. British Tarantula Society Journal, 34(2), 25-36. 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 Chilobrachys jonitriantisvansicklei, a shiny metallic-blue tarantula from a fragmented wet zone forest patch in western Sri Lanka, courtesy of Amila Prasanna Sumanapala.center_img Article published by dilrukshi A shiny, metallic-blue tarantula is Sri Lanka’s latest addition to the Indian Ocean island’s list of spiders, a new study reveals.The discovery comes as a global summit on wildlife trade takes place in Geneva, where Sri Lanka is calling for enhanced protection of tarantulas from the exotic pet trade.Researchers identify habitat loss and the pet trade as the biggest threats to tarantulas in the wild, and call for strict enforcement of laws against smuggling of species. Researchers in Sri Lanka have described an eye-catching new species of tarantula, in a discovery they hope will underscore ongoing efforts to better regulate the global trade of rare and exotic spiders.Chilobrachys jonitriantisvansicklei was described from a patch of forest spanning just 347 hectares (857 acres), an area about the size of New York City’s Central Park, in the western district of Kalutara. The researchers found it by chance while conducting a more general study on spiders, they write in a paper published in the British Tarantula Society Journal. They named the new species after Joni Triantis Van Sickle, the co-founder of the Colorado-based conservation NGO Idea Wild.The new species is only the second from the genus Chilobrachys known from Sri Lanka, and comes 126 years after the discovery of the type species, C. nitelinus. It’s also distinct from the 26 other known Chilobrachys tarantulas, found across South and East Asia and which tend to be brown, black or gray, lacking vibrant colors or sheens on their dorsal surface, the researchers say.“The collected specimen on the other hand has a metallic turquoise-blue sheen on all four legs and also an iridescent sheen on the carapace and abdomen,” they write in the paper.Yet it’s that exotic appearance that conservationists identify as possibly the biggest threat to its survival. A dearth of research into Sri Lanka’s endemic spiders has allowed their collection from the wild and into the global pet trade to go largely unchecked, according to Samantha Gunasekera, a former deputy director of the biodiversity unit at the country’s customs department.Various tarantula species from around the island are smuggled out to be sold for between $50 and $400 to pet collectors, a practice identified by both customs and police departments as a “persistent problem.”Sumanapala, from the University of Colombo, surveys Sri Lanka’s endemic species. Image courtesy of Dilani Rachitra.According to Amila Prasanna Sumanapala, a researcher at the University of Colombo and co-author of the new study, Sri Lanka has sufficient legislation to ensure species conservation; what’s lacking, however, is enforcement to crack down on the persistent trafficking of protected species into the illicit pet trade.The discovery of C. jonitriantisvansicklei therefore comes at the right time to highlight the need for improved protection for tarantulas from the global wildlife trade, as the summit of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) takes place in Geneva.“The international summit has created platform for discussion on spider conservation,” Sumanapala told Mongabay. “Tarantulas like the newly discovered species need more conservation efforts, as they are traded for their charisma. Same with trading of [venomous] snakes. There is the thrill of keeping as domestic pets species otherwise considered dangerous.”Sri Lanka and the U.S. are currently proposing more stringent trade regulations for all tarantula species in the genus Poecilotheria, also known as tiger spiders, at the 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18) to CITES, which runs from Aug. 17 to 28. Prop 46, as it’s known, seeks to have all 15 Poecilotheria species, five of which are found only in Sri Lanka, listed in CITES Appendix II, as they’re considered vulnerable due to extensive collection from the wild to be traded as pets. While inclusion in Appendix II wouldn’t prohibit their trade, it would make it more tightly regulated, including requiring export permits as well as studies to show that the trade would not be detrimental to the species’ continued survival in the wild.Sumanapala said it was also important to protect the habitats in which these spiders are found, many of which are vulnerable to human incursion and deforestation.“To conserve these species, what we need is rainforest conservation,” he said.The tarantula emerges from its burrow in a wet zone forest patch. Image courtesy of Amila Prasanna Sumanapala.He also called for more sweeping measures that would protect not just tiger spiders but all tarantulas (family Theraphosidae), including the newly described C. jonitriantisvansicklei, and thousands of other species under the infraorder Mygalomorphae.“The inclusion of mygalomorph spiders in the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance of Sri Lanka, and the subsequent listing in CITES … will help ensure protection to the new species and other mygalomorph spiders in Sri Lanka,” the researchers conclude in their paper.last_img read more

Misinformation and blame spread concerning sources of Amazon fires

first_imgWith the global spotlight on Brazil’s Amazon fires, those in and out of government are playing a blame game, pointing fingers and often using unsubstantiated claims to target those they say set the blazes.Pres. Jair Bolsonaro, without evidence, has blamed NGOs disgruntled at losing international Amazon funding. He also accused state governors for not fighting the fires. One ruralist even blamed ICMBio (Brazil’s national park service) for setting the blazes, though she has since been charged with setting fires in a protected area.Conservationists put the blame squarely on Bolsonaro and his deregulation and defunding of government institutions, including IBAMA, Brazil’s environmental enforcement agency, which used to regularly fight fires and arrest perpetrators.IBAMA claims that, though warned days in advance of “A Day of Fire” in Pará state, it received no law enforcement backup from federal or state authorities. This allowed ruralists (radical agricultural advocates) in Altamira and Novo Progresso to set hundreds of fires on August 10-11, with little fear of fines or prosecution. Brazilian Environment Minister Ricardo Salles (left), with President Jair Bolsonaro (right). Image by Marcos Corrêa/PR.The extent to which President Jair Bolsonaro will change his much criticized environmental policies after this year’s Amazon fires became global news is still unknown. But his accusation, unbacked by evidence, last Wednesday accusing environmental NGOs of lighting the blazes seems to align with the unproven accusations of at least one cattle rancher Nair Brizola, from Cachoeira da Seca district, in Altamira, Pará state, published this Sunday by the magazine Globo Rural. Such wild claims are indicative of the rumors and innuendo now sweeping the country regarding the causes of the fires.The rancher claims that officials from ICMBio (Brazil’s national park service) set fire to the forest in her region. “There was a black motorbike setting everything on fire here. And they were on my property with that motorbike strapped over their truck,” the Globo Rural account said.She went on: “The trucks, they are doing all this terror with ICMbio. President Bolsonaro is right when he says that those NGOs are setting fire…. The fire set by the road is not from farmers.” Brizola claimed the trucks in question were imprinted with the ICMBio logo.Brizola is a ruralist (a radical agribusiness advocate), and a former candidate for councilor in Guarantã do Norte municipality, in Mato Grosso state. According to the news website O Eco, Brizola was fined in mid-August for “destroying 70.9 hectares [175 acres] of forest in the Amazon biome with the use of fire within the Serra do Cachimbo Biological Reserve, one of the most deforested conservation units in Pará.” She received a fine of R$ 1 million (US$ 240,000) for acts of deforestation, illegal burning and seizure of protected land.To fully understand the claims against ICMBio, one needs some back story. Last April, ICMBio president Adalberto Eberhard resigned and three directors also left their posts. A fourth director learned of his dismissal by Environment Minister Ricardo Salles through social media. Eberhard was against Bolsonaro’s planned merger of ICMBio with IBAMA, Brazil’s federal environmental agency, which has yet to take place.Salles since then has replaced all of the ICMbio directors with military police officers who worked with him during his time as São Paulo state secretary of the environment (2016-2017) and as private secretary of then São Paulo governor Geraldo Alckmin. So, one could possibly infer, if ICMbio agents were truly burning forest, they were either doing so on Bolsonaro’s new directors’ orders, or they were renegade officials setting fires.The photo used by the Folho do Progresso newspaper to report on the “Day of Fire,” an August 10 event that the ruralist supported newspaper itself promoted five days before the fires were intentionally set. Image by Folha do Progresso.It’s the fault of others!A few days earlier, Bolsonaro raised unfounded suspicions against NGOs as possible arsonists in the Amazon burning: “There may be criminal actions by those ‘ongeiros‘ in order to draw attention against me, against the government of Brazil…. In my view, there is interest from those NGOs [to promote burnings], which represent interests from outside Brazil.” Bolsonaro claims the NGOs set the blazes after being angered over the freezing of international Amazon funds due to the government’s anti-environmental policies.The President also blamed Amazon state governments: “There are governors, whom I don’t want to name, that are tolerant with what is going on and put the fault on the federal government. There are states in the northern region whose governors aren’t doing a thing to help fight the fires, and are enjoying [what is happening].”He offered no evidence for his claim.Amid Bolsonaro’s and ruralists’ innuendos, others are faulting the failure of both federal and state agencies. For example, it has been reported that the independent litigators of the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) warned IBAMA, Brazil’s environmental agency, three days ahead of the so-called “Day of Fire” in Pará state, as a large group of farmers planned a massive series of burnings in the municipalities of Altamira and Novo Progresso.The “Day of Fire” had been no secret. Plans for the event were published in the local newspaper Folha do Progresso, controlled by ruralists, on August 5. The MPF in turn requested IBAMA prepare a contingency plan to curb the plot, and arrest and fine wrongdoers. But IBAMA didn’t act and hundreds of blazes were lit, some legal, others illegal, on the weekend of August 10.Two days after this criminal action, IBAMA reported the reason for its failure: it had requested law enforcement support from the National Public Security Force, controlled by Sergio Moro — he was appointed justice minister by Bolsonaro, possibly, say critics, as a reward for convicting and keeping former president Lula in jail and out of the 2018 election. Lula had been favored in the polls to win if freed and allowed to run. IBAMA also reports asking the Pará state military police for assistance, without success.Prosecutor Paulo de Tarso Moreira Oliveira, who is leading the investigation into the “Day of Fire,” stated that the ability to enforce environmental infractions has been weakened by a lack of support from Pará state. “IBAMA’s base in Novo Progresso has been withdrawn, [and its] operations scheduled for the second half of this year, corresponding to the dry period, were entirely canceled.” IBAMA typically sets up a base in Pará every year during the fire season, but with threats of violence high against the agency, it chose not to establish a post in 2019 without federal or state police protection.Joenia Wapichana, the first elected indigenous federal House deputy woman in the country, said that “land invasions and the increasing activity of miners and loggers [and other illegal groups] are the real cause of the Amazon fires, fueled by backwardness, omission, and the irresponsibility of the federal government’s environmental policies for the region.”The Amazon rainforest burns within the municipality of Colniza, Mato Grosso state. Image by Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace.In related news, the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) has given ten days, starting from August 23, for both the Ministries of Environment and of Science and Technology to prove that rising 2019 deforestation data provided by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) is unreliable, as alleged by the Bolsonaro government.The MPF gave the same deadline to the Ministries of Agriculture and of Mines and Energy, ordering them to provide information on what they are doing to comply with the National Climate Change Policy Act of 2009, as well as with the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015, ratified by the federal executive branch in 2017. Bolsonaro is a climate change denier who threatened to pull out of the Paris Agreement during his election campaign, a pledge from which he later backpedaled. There are strong signs the administration is doing little to keep its Paris carbon reduction pledge.Rage over the Amazon fires, and strongly worded accusations over their source are blooming from all sides of the political spectrum in Brazil: Elio Gaspari, a columnist from Folha de S.Paulo newspaper, suggested: “Just put in prison half a dozen of the agro-troglodytes [elite agribusiness ruralists] that took advantage of the change of government to set fire to the forest. Those who know the Amazon are aware that there is no point in arresting pawns. Agro-troglodytes are in beautiful townhouses and spend big holidays in Miami.”Banner image caption: Aerial view of a large burned area in the city of Candeiras do Jamari in the state of Rondônia. Image by Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace.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 Glenn Scherer 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, Amazon Agriculture, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Destruction, Climate Change, Controversial, Corruption, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Crime, Environmental Politics, Forests, Green, Industrial Agriculture, Land Conflict, Land Grabbing, Land Rights, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Saving The Amazon, Threats To The Amazon, Tropical Deforestation last_img read more

Disaster strikes in Bolivia as fires lay waste to unique forests

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 This story is a translated and adapted version of a story first published by Mongabay Latam on Aug. 22, 2019.Banner image: Fire rages outside the community of Taperas. Image courtesy of Germain Caballer.Editor’s note: This story was powered by Places to Watch, a Global Forest Watch (GFW) initiative designed to quickly identify concerning forest loss around the world and catalyze further investigation of these areas. Places to Watch draws on a combination of near-real-time satellite data, automated algorithms and field intelligence to identify new areas on a monthly basis. In partnership with Mongabay, GFW is supporting data-driven journalism by providing data and maps generated by Places to Watch. Mongabay maintains complete editorial independence over the stories reported using this data.Feedback: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Agriculture, Animals, Deforestation, Dry Forests, Environment, Fires, Forest Fires, Forests, Green, Habitat Destruction, Habitat Loss, Industrial Agriculture, Old Growth Forests, Primary Forests, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Soy, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Fires are raging in Bolivia, hitting particularly hard the Chiquitano dry forests of the country’s southern Santa Cruz region.Officials say the fires are largely the result of intentional burning to convert forest to farmland. Sources say this practice has recently intensified after Bolivian president Evo Morales signed a decree in July expanding land demarcated for livestock production and the agribusiness sector to include Permanent Forest Production Lands in the regions of Beni and Santa Cruz.Satellite data indicate 2019 may be a banner year for forest loss, with tree cover loss alerts spiking in late August to levels more than double the average of previous years. Most of these alerts are occurring in areas with high fire activity, with data from NASA showing August fire activity in Santa Cruz was around three times higher than in years past.Human communities are suffering due to the fires, with reports of smoke-caused illnesses and drinking water shortages. Meanwhile, biologists are worried about the plants and animals of the Chiquitano dry forests, many of which are unique, isolated and found nowhere else in the world. This story is a journalistic collaboration between Mongabay’s Latin America (Latam) team and the Bolivian newspaper Página Siete“Fire is a monster and is threatening us. Everything is ashes and fear,” says Iván Quezada, the mayor of Roboré, a town in eastern Bolivia. Last week, fires consumed more than 450,000 hectares (1.11 million acres) of forest; if added to the amount of forest destroyed since the fires in Bolivia began this year, that figure would border on a million hectares (2.5 million acres), according to official sources.Every year at this time, the chaqueos, burning events to prepare the land for planting crops or raising cattle, are carried out in the Chiquitania region of eastern Bolivia, often generating fires that burn out of control. However, this year is worse. Boosted by a controversial governmental decree that promotes the expansion of the agricultural frontier and allows “controlled burning” in forests, the chaqueos have triggered a crisis for the area’s unique dry forests and savannas.Firefighters combat the fire that spread due to high winds throughout the small region of Santa Cruz. Image courtesy of APG.On July 9, President Evo Morales approved the amendment of Supreme Decree 26075 to expand land demarcated for livestock production and the agribusiness sector to include Permanent Forest Production Lands in the regions of Beni and Santa Cruz. The decree authorizes the clearing of forest for agricultural activities in private- and community-held areas under a system of sustainable management. According to current regulations, this system allows controlled burning.“We have the duty and mission to boost Bolivia’s economic growth, not only based on non-renewable natural resources but also based on agriculture,” Morales said. He added via Twitter that the government is planning on expanding agricultural production and infrastructure to boost beef exports to China.Evo Morales, president of Bolivia. Image by Valter Campanato/Agência Brasil via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0 BR).A crisis in Santa CruzBolivia’s Santa Cruz region is rich in forest cover. But the lack of rain in the last three months has turned the dry forest into combustible fuel, with eight nearby communities directly affected by fires so far.One of these is the town of Roboré, where the air is thick with smoke. The situation is more somber in surrounding communities, however. Families depend on water transported from the mountains via hoses. But these hoses these have been burned, cutting off community access to drinking water. Moreover, residents report that any water that reaches them is full of ashes, which causes digestive and respiratory problems, infections and conjunctivitis. Community activities, including school, have been suspended. Local authorities have requested the declaration of a state of emergency, but the government says it is not necessary.A fire burns in dry forest near Roboré. Image courtesy of Jerson Bravo, a volunteer firefighter.Firefighters sent by the Santa Cruz police department to battle the blazes face difficulties on the ground. For one, there are no trails to access the fire areas. Also, because water delivery systems can’t cross roads in the region, firefighters are forced to carry water in backpacks. Ultimately, this means firefighting is slower than the rate at which the fires are spreading; as fires are being put out on one side of the road, more are ignited on the other.Firefighters strategize outside San José de Chiquitos. Image courtesy of Germain Caballero, mayor of San José de Chiquitos.Along with the regulation changes and seasonal burning practices, windy conditions are contributing to the inferno, helping spread the fires over an ever-greater area. With strong winds forecast in the near future, many are worried things are just going to get worse.Skyrocketing deforestationBolivia is no stranger to fire and deforestation. According to numbers from the University of Maryland (UMD), which has been collating satellite data on the world’s forests since the beginning of the century, the country lost 7.5 percent of its tree cover between 2001 and 2018. The record-holding year during this period was 2016, when around 471,000 hectares (1.16 million acres) of tree cover were lost.But preliminary data for 2019 indicate this year could dramatically unseat 2016. According to the Forest and Land Audit and Social Control Authority (ABT), fires have consumed more than 953,000 hectares (2.35 million acres) of Bolivian forest so far. If these data hold true, this means that deforestation in 2019 will be more than double that of 2016 — and more than three times the 300,000 hectares (741,000 acres) lost in 2018.The lion’s share of Bolivia’s deforestation is happening in the Santa Cruz region, which comprises vast tracts of both the rainforest of the Amazon and the dry forests of the Gran Chaco. Satellite data show that Santa Cruz lost a full 10 percent of its tree cover in less than two decades. Here, too, preliminary numbers from UMD indicate 2019 may be a banner year for forest loss, with tree cover loss alerts spiking in late August to levels more than double the average of previous years. Most of these alerts are occurring in areas with high fire activity, according to data from NASA that show Santa Cruz fire activity in August was around three times higher than in years past.“If we take 2012 as the base year, when 128,043 hectares [316,401 acres] were deforested [in Santa Cruz], this year’s deforestation would be more than seven times greater; and if we take only the deforestation of Chiquitania, it would be three times greater,” said Pablo Solón, former Bolivian ambassador to the U.N.Satellite data show fire activity is still heavy around Roboré, but is intensifying in the northern and western portions of the Santa Cruz region. Source: NASA FIRMS. “VIIRS Active Fires.” Accessed through Global Forest Watch on Aug. 6, 2019.Fire burns through forest near Roboré. Image courtesy of Jerson Bravo.Santa Cruz’s forests are being carved away to free up more land for soy plantations, cattle ranches, illicit coca-growing operations, and biofuel crops, as well as for the expansion of towns and smallholder farms. According to officials, the region most affected by the recent fires is a major soybean and livestock production area.“What is happening is not an accident. Five years ago, the vice president challenged agribusinesses to expand the agricultural frontier by one million hectares per year,” Solon said. “Now it has reached that figure, not of productive agricultural land but of land devastated by the flames.”Political motivationActivists say this year’s mass deforestation by fires is not only driven by economic motives, but also by political interests. In its early years, the Movement for Socialism–Political Instrument for the Sovereignty of the Peoples (MAS in Spanish) opposed biofuels. However, the group, led by Morales, later changed its platform in favor of ethanol and biodiesel, arguing that resources could be saved if Bolivia reduced its fossil fuel imports. In alliance with the country’s agroindustrial sectors, it promoted biofuel feedstock such as sugarcane as “green” energy sources.“There are direct culprits for this environmental disaster and the first one to blame is the government which has consistently passed in recent years laws of ‘forgiveness’ and promotion of the expansion of the agricultural frontier. They have also made an agricultural summit where the government, the agricultural sector of the east and communities allied to the MAS have joined,” said environmentalist Cecilia Requena. “In that summit they have decided to approve the harvest of genetically modified organisms, agrofuels, the expansion of the agricultural frontier, the export of beef to China and finally the approval of the July 9 decree that allows deforestation for agricultural purposes.”Alcides Vadillo is the regional director of the Tierra Foundation, an NGO dedicated to research into the access, use and governance of Bolivia’s land and natural resources. He says the government has been handing out areas previously classified as “permanent forest” to colonizers. “There is a lot of money at stake,” Vadillo told Mongabay.According to Requena, the government has pro-development goals that don’t mesh with 21st-century values.An ABT member assesses the impact of a fire. Image courtesy of Jerson Bravo.“This damage is irreversible and immeasurable,” Requena said. “We have no idea of ​​the dimension of the consequences, but we can say that we hope this will serve, like other disasters, to stop this suicidal drift. We need a development vision that values ​​ standing forests, not only for being vital for water but because it opens the window to an economy towards post-extractivism.”The aftermathThe Chiquitano dry forest is home to hundreds of animal and plant species, many found nowhere else in the world. In Tucavaca Valley Municipal Reserve alone, biologists have recorded 554 different animal species, of which 35 are endemic; 55 endemic plants have also been found there. Habitat loss is a big concern for many, as well as the outright deaths of animals and plants unable to escape the fires.“We don’t understand very well what we have lost, but we know it’s huge,” Requena said, lamenting the fires’ impacts on the region’s “enormous” biodiversity.Deforestation alerts cluster around areas previously ravaged by fire around Tucavaca Valley Municipal Reserve as more recent and ongoing fires encroach further into the reserve and the surrounding area. Sources: GLAD UMD and NASA FIRMS. “VIIRS Active Fires.” Accessed through Global Forest Watch on Aug. 6, 2019.Volunteer firefighters battle a fire that expanded rapidly through the dry forest near Roboré. Image courtesy of Jerson Bravo.One species affected by the fires is the plant Frailea chiquitana, a cactus endemic to Santa Cruz.“The environmental damage has been elevated to a maximum power,” said biologist Kathrin Barboza. “Of the species affected, some reproduce slowly and if they die in large quantities it can take many years to recover.” She said habitat loss that happens in isolated, unique habitats like the Chiquitano dry forest could drive species to extinction.The charred remains of animals have been found in areas affected by fire. Image courtesy of Germain Caballero.Barboza said an environmental damage assessment will be needed once the fires cease.“We have to see how many hectares of forest have been damaged and see if there are species that can be rescued,” she said, adding that the forest should be monitored and studied to determine how long it may take to recover.The region’s biodiversity isn’t the only thing affected by the fires.“Among the consequences to consider [are] impacts to soil, air (increase of greenhouse gases) and water (pollution), in addition to the loss of the landscape,” said Cecilia Tapia, an environmental engineer.The fires may be over in the near future, but their consequences will be felt for much longer. Ever Durán, the president of the College of Forest Engineers of Santa Cruz (CIF-SC), estimates that it will take around 200 years for the Chiquitano to recover.Durán added that it is imperative that the government activate the national disaster declaration protocol for fires and call for international aid, not only to extinguish the fires burning now but also to assist with mitigation of future fires and restoration of previously burned forests.A grassland area near Roboré consumed by fire. Image courtesy of Jerson Bravo.Hugo Salmón, the president of the Regional Assembly of Santa Cruz, requested that the National Institute of Agrarian Reform (INRA) abolish the provision of land and the granting of settlement permits in protected areas and areas that are not already used for agricultural purposes.In response to the fires, representatives of several Santa Cruz professional associations recently issued a statement imploring the Bolivian government to stop the expansion of the agricultural frontier, and repeal laws legalizing burning in the Santa Cruz, Beni and Pando regions.“We demand and urge the government to consider that natural resources are not economic resources for a few, but [resources that support the] quality of life for all Bolivians and this will only be achieved if a sustainable framework of these resources [is maintained],” the statement reads.A plane normally used for crop-dusting is repurposed to aid firefighting near San José de Chiquitos. Image courtesy of Germain Caballero. Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davislast_img read more

Deville : «Celui qui joue en pointe a toujours des problèmes»

first_imgMaurice Deville a été préféré à Turpel, Da Mota, Gerson ou Joachim pour mener l’attaque luxembourgeoise, jeudi à Belfast. Il en ressort avec plein de sensations et d’analyses très intéressantes.Maurice Deville n’avait plus été titularisé dans un match international depuis le 7 octobre 2016 contre la Suède (0-1). À l’époque, il avait joué… à droite, là même où Mannheim l’a mis sur orbite alors que Luc Holtz lui voit désormais un avenir en pointe. Deville a-t-il seulement renoué durablement le fil ténu qui le lie à la sélection depuis ses débuts, en 2011 ?Comment vous êtes-vous senti sur la pelouse de Windsor Park ?Maurice Deville : Bien, mais il aurait fallu que les derniers ballons arrivent devant le but. On n’est jamais vraiment parvenus à jouer ensemble, Gerson (Rodrigues) et moi. Comme sur ce ballon que je veux lui mettre, quand il va au premier poteau et que moi je lui mets au second. C’est lié à la communication ce genre de choses. Mais personnellement, j’ai manqué de chance sur deux ou trois actions. Une tête en première période sur laquelle le ballon est un peu haut. Une belle passe faite à Danel (Sinani) sur laquelle, s’il fait un contrôle correct, il peut partir seul au but. J’ai aussi fait cette remise sur Olivier (Thill) quand il frappe juste au-dessus. Voilà, je n’ai pas reçu beaucoup de ballons, mais le peu que j’ai reçus, je pense les avoir bonifiés. Votre dernière apparition remontait déjà au mois d’octobre 2018 contre Saint-Marin. C’est dur de s’y remettre ?Et encore, à l’époque, c’était juste cinq minutes. Cela fait finalement assez longtemps que je n’ai pas joué avec tous ces gars. Tout ce qu’on a eu pour renouer le lien, ce sont deux séances ensemble. C’est peu pour trouver des lignes de passes. Mais ça va venir.Luc Holtz avait indiqué qu’il continuait de vous voir, malgré votre poste dans un couloir à Mannheim, comme un joueur d’axe. Cette position de n° 9 ne vous a donc pas surpris ?Oui, on en avait parlé avant que je ne vienne. Moi, je fais ce qu’il veut, et savais ce qu’il voulait donc je ne suis pas déçu. Ce n’est pas le souci, ce poste…Vous avez quand même dézoné quelquefois vers le couloir…C’était prévu, ce n’était pas une initiative personnelle. C’était pour permettre à Gerson de rentrer parfois vers l’axe.Il faut jouer le ballon plus viteQu’a-t-il manqué, à vos yeux, pour se créer plus d’occasions de but contre l’Irlande du Nord ?De la vitesse. Il faut seulement jouer plus vite. Au moment où l’on récupère le premier ballon, il faut le jouer plus vite. On a parfois fait trop de passes, trop cherché à dribbler alors qu’en une ou deux touches… Pendant ce temps, les Irlandais reculaient et on se retrouvait avec onze joueurs derrière le ballon. Pourtant, au milieu, on a de très bons techniciens, alors qu’ils fassent les mètres plus vite, qu’ils utilisent leur technique. On devrait peut-être aussi plus jouer sur les débordements, les dédoublements, que jeudi soir.Est-ce toujours évident d’évoluer en pointe quand, sur les côtés, sont installés deux garçons sur leurs mauvais pieds et qui rentrent souvent sur leur bon pied dans l’espoir de provoquer voire de frapper ? Cela ne réduit-il pas souvent le n° 9 à un rôle de remiseur ?Ce n’est pas facile effectivement. Et c’est aussi pour ça, à mon avis, après avoir regardé les derniers matches que celui qui joue en pointe a toujours des problèmes. En tout cas, j’ai eu cette impression. C’est un poste où il y a beaucoup de changements. Si les ailiers entrent avec l’envie de frapper, tu ne peux pas faire grand-chose. Mais bon, c’est aussi notre jeu, le jeu du Luxembourg. Et si les ailiers sont bons, précis, qu’ils marquent, pourquoi changer ?Du coup, cela pose la question de savoir qui peut bien occuper ce poste durablement, à commencer par mardi au stade Josy-Barthel contre la Serbie…Moi, je ne pense pas qu’il faille énormément changer. Effectivement, on n’a pas eu d’occasion franche à 100 % devant le but, mais on a quand même bien joué, notre bloc défensif était solide… On a juste besoin d’une animation offensive plus rapide, y compris spécifiquement dans les 20 derniers mètres, le reste de la prestation de l’équipe était très satisfaisant.Entretien avec Julien Mollereau Partagerlast_img read more

Luxembourg Open : «Non, ce n’est pas facile d’avoir Maria Sharapova»

first_imgC’est facile d’attirer une Maria Sharapova dans son tournoi ?Non! C’est une fille que tous les tournois du monde rêvent d’avoir. Mais ici, la demande est venue de chez elle. Cela facilite grandement les choses. C’est son manager qui nous a sollicités pour voir s’il restait une place pour elle. D’après ce qu’il m’a dit, il y avait un “souci” par rapport au tournoi de Moscou (NDLR : qui se dispute aux mêmes dates que le Luxembourg Open mais est plus richement doté) mais Maria souhaitait jouer sur le continent européen en cette fin de saison. Je vous avoue que j’ai été surprise par leur démarche envers nous. Et puis, en réfléchissant un peu, j’ai constaté qu’elle n’était pas en Asie comme les autres joueuses à cette période. Mais bien en Europe et notamment à la Fashion Week de Paris. Et comme elle a communiqué sur ses réseaux sociaux qu’elle souhaitait terminer sur une bonne note cette saison afin de pouvoir prendre de la confiance en vue de la suite, elle s’est tournée vers Linz et nous.Je ne pense pas qu’elle joue pour l’argentLors de l’annonce de sa venue, vous aviez évoqué un cachet moindre que ce qu’elle touche habituellement. Vous avez eu droit à une belle réduction ?Oui, une très belle réduction. On les avait prévenus que nous n’avions pas les 300 000 dollars qui sont habituellement demandés pour attirer Maria. Ce tarif de 300 000 dollars est d’ailleurs supérieur à ce que l’on met généralement chez nous pour l’ensemble des joueuses présentes (NDLR : on évoque généralement une enveloppe de 250 000 dollars). Mais ici, je ne pense pas que Maria Sharapova joue pour l’argent. Mais plutôt pour reprendre de la confiance comme je le disais. C’était donc une très belle opportunité à saisir pour nous. On a donc essayé de trouver un partenaire qui serait capable de couvrir deux tiers du prix demandé. Et nous l’avons trouvé avec le partenariat de la société Socom, chez qui nous avons organisé lundi la conférence de presse d’annonce.On évoque souvent le grand nombre de forfaits de joueuses importantes lors des jours qui précèdent le début de votre tournoi. Cela ne vous fait pas peur que cela recommence pour cette édition ?Lors d’une réunion de la WTA, nous avons vu les stats et nous sommes dans la moyenne à ce niveau-là. Il faut savoir, par exemple, qu’un tournoi comme Moscou a vu, voici quelques années, six joueuses du top 10 déclarer forfait dans la dernière ligne droite ! C’est une réalité, on ne peut rien y faire. Il y a cinq ou six ans, il m’arrivait de ne pas dormir les nuits précédant l’évènement à cause de ça. Mais aujourd’hui, je me montre plus fataliste. Si une joueuse est bien là, tant mieux. Si elle est absente, on fait avec. Le 18 septembre dernier, lorsque nous avons annoncé le plateau des joueuses présentes pour cette édition, on n’avait aucune idée que Maria Sharapova pouvait s’ajouter à celui-ci. Or on le trouvait déjà très beau avec les Kerber, Görges, Mertens… Donc…Et puis, si des forfaits devaient quand même tomber, nous avons beaucoup de demandes provenant de joueuses importantes qui souhaitent obtenir une wild card chez nous. Certaines jeunes filles qui sont d’ailleurs toujours en course pour prendre part au Masters de Shenzhen.Après, on est d’accord que ce serait mieux d’annoncer le plateau présent une semaine avant le tournoi, cela éviterait de devoir annoncer ces forfaits. Mais ce n’est pas possible. La WTA publie la liste quatre à six semaines avant le début de la compétition. Et puis, on a aussi besoin de noms pour faire de la publicité, même si je dis toujours qu’on vend avant tout un tournoi et pas des joueuses.Avec Serena Williams, elles restent au-dessus de la mêléeEt vous avez donc déjà des solutions de rechange en cas de forfait la semaine prochaine ?On a des idées, oui. Comme je le disais, on a des demandes de joueuses du top pour les deux wild cards qui sont réservées à des top 20 mondiales. Une fille comme Sloane Stephens a ainsi effectué la démarche envers nous mais réglementairement, nous n’avons pas le droit de l’accueillir (NDLR : car le tournoi n’a le droit qu’à une seule joueuse qui faisait partie du top 10 à la WTA fin 2018 et qu’Angelique Kerber est déjà prévue pour cette édition)…Mais je considère qu’aucune remplaçante n’aurait un impact aussi fort qu’une Sharapova. Avec Serena Williams, elles restent, en termes d’image, au-dessus de la mêlée. Il suffit de constater les 110 000 clics que l’annonce de sa venue a provoqué sur notre page Facebook voici quelques jours. Pour nous, c’était du jamais vu ! Après, en termes de ticketing, je ne suis pas sûr que sa venue va changer beaucoup de choses. À ce niveau-là, c’est surtout la présence des joueuses allemandes comme Kerber, Görges ou Petkovic qui font bien tourner la machine. De plus en plus, on voit que les critères de popularité prennent de plus en plus d’importance. Et, là, on constate que l’annonce de la présence de la jeune prodige américaine “Coco” Gauff (15 ans) a provoqué 105 000 clics. Malgré son âge, elle est fort médiatisée et c’est forcément un plaisir de l’avoir. Même si elle ne joue que les qualifs.Justement, cela peut paraître un peu surprenant qu’elle n’ait pas une wild card pour le tableau final…Tout simplement parce que, réglementairement, elle n’a plus le droit d’en recevoir. Donc, on souhaite ardemment qu’elle réussisse à passer ces qualifs.La “hype” autour de Gauff est assez énormeOn se souvient que lorsque le monde entier a découvert “Coco” Gauff à Wimbledon, en juillet, lors de sa victoire face à Venus Williams, on vous avait vu discuter après ce match avec Tony Godsick, son manager (qui est aussi celui de Roger Federer). Mais vous pensiez alors que ce serait impossible de l’avoir à Luxembourg dès cette saison…Vu son âge, elle ne peut prendre part qu’à un nombre limité de tournois sur le circuit et je pensais que ce ne serait pas possible de l’avoir chez nous. Qu’elle irait plutôt en Asie à la rentrée plutôt qu’en Europe. Mais on a gardé le contact. Et elle et ses conseillers ont décidé qu’il serait bon pour son développement de jouer des tournois “moins importants” qui se disputent hors des États-Unis. Car là-bas, la “hype” autour d’elle est assez énorme. C’est une démarche que je trouve très intéressante et qui me fait penser, sincèrement, que son management bosse vraiment bien avec elle. Du coup, ils nous ont contactés début septembre et Gauff sera Linz et puis à notre tournoi. Avec elle mais aussi Eugénie Bouchard, le retour sur le circuit de la Française Tatiana Golovin ou deux anciennes lauréates du tournoi (la Roumaine Monica Niculescu et la Japonaise Misaki Doi), on aura vraiment des qualifs super intéressantes. Un vrai tournoi avant le tournoi.En qualifications, on retrouvera aussi une certaine Eléonora Molinaro qui effectuera lundi son entrée dans le top 300 à la WTA. On sait que vous avez pour habitude de donner une wild card pour le tableau final à la joueuse luxembourgeoise la mieux classée. Elle est revenue cette année à Mandy Minella. Mais ce ne serait pas possible d’en avoir deux ? Histoire de même avoir une session du soir en début de tournoi avec les premiers tours des deux joueuses nationales ?Non, ce n’est pas possible. Pour la simple raison que sur les quatre wild cards que nous possédons pour le tableau final, deux sont réglementairement réservées à des top 20 mondiales. Il en reste donc deux : une pour nous (que nous accordons donc à la meilleure Luxembourgeoise) et l’autre pour Octagon, la société de management qui possède en réalité la licence de notre tournoi. Et qui nous le cède en leasing.Après, honnêtement, je ne pense pas qu’avoir deux Luxembourgeoises dans le “main draw” changerait quelque chose en termes de vente de tickets. Le public luxembourgeois n’est pas comme l’allemand. Ce dernier se déplace pour voir ses joueuses. C’est moins le cas chez nous. Regardez l’an passé, lorsque Mandy Minella a joué la finale du double. Je m’étais dit que cela allait attirer un peu plus de monde et il n’en a rien été… Donc, malheureusement, on ne voit pas trop de différence. C’est dommage.Mais cela ne nous empêche de continuer à encourager nos joueuses en leur octroyant des wild cards. Prenez Eléonora Molinaro. Cette dernière avait refusé, dans un premier temps, la WC pour les qualifications que nous lui avions octroyée. Avant de revenir sur cette décision une semaine après notre conférence de presse d’annonce. Cela nous a obligé à trouver un arrangement avec notre partenaire Octagon. Je vous avoue que ça n’a pas été simple, mais on l’a fait afin de pousser un peu un jeune talent luxembourgeois.Entretien avec Julien Carette A une semaine de l’ouverture du tournoi (12-20 octobre), Danielle Maas, sa directrice, dévoile un coin du voile sur la venue (toujours annoncée) de la «Tsarine» ou de la prodige Cori «Coco» Gauff.Danielle Maas. (archives Julien Garroy)Quelles sont les nouvelles concernant la présence de Maria Sharapova à Kockelscheuer ?Il n’y en a pas vraiment. À la suite de son forfait à Linz la semaine prochaine, nous avons contacté son agent qui nous a confirmé que Luxembourg était toujours à son agenda et qu’elle avait l’intention de jouer chez nous. Tout est d’ailleurs déjà organisé pour sa venue, son hôtel étant, par exemple, déjà booké depuis le milieu de cette semaine. Son épaule n’est, apparemment, pas à 100% pour le moment. C’est la blessure qui l’avait déjà diminuée au moment de l’US Open voici un mois. Mais tout est organisé pour sa venue. Son hôtel est booké, … Partagerlast_img read more

[Volley] Rychlicki : «Beaucoup d’attentes autour de moi»

first_img Partager Titulaire contre Piacenza (3-0) dimanche, Kamil Rychlicki a déjà pris ses marques dans les rangs de Lube Civitanova. Sur le terrain comme en dehors.SA VIE À CIVITANOVA«Les Italiens aiment parler et gesticuler»«J’habite au centre-ville, à cinq minutes à pied de la mer. Il y a de très belles plages dans le coin. Civitanova est une petite ville (NDLR : 40 000 habitants), plus petite que Ravenne, mais quand vient l’été, elle est très prisée des touristes. Je commence à y avoir mes petites habitudes et j’apprécie la “vie à l’italienne”, plus tranquille où l’on va au restaurant pour manger, bien sûr, mais où l’on y reste pour discuter.Chaque pays véhicule ses stéréotypes et ses clichés. Si l’on ne peut pas toujours s’y fier, ils recèlent sans doute une part de vérité. Et je constate que les Italiens aiment parler et gesticuler… Est-ce que je me suis “italianisé”? Peut-être oui. Comme je ne maîtrise pas encore parfaitement la langue, je dois bien m’aider de mes mains (il rit)…» LE CLUB«On a tout ce dont on a besoin, même plus…»Diletta Leotta Photo : twitter/lube civitanova«À sa création, en 1990, Lube jouait à Macerata. Depuis 2015, il évolue au PalaCivitanova, une salle située dans une zone artisanale, à dix minutes en voiture de chez moi. Cette salle d’une capacité de 4 000 places nous est uniquement destinée, on n’est pas obligé de la partager avec l’équipe de basket ou de handball comme c’était le cas à Ravenne par exemple. Si le club possède de telles installations, c’est grâce en partie au sponsor principal, Cucine Lube, un fabricant de cuisines dont l’un des membres n’est autre que Simona Sileoni, la présidente du club (NDLR : depuis 2005).Lors de la présentation du club pour cette saison, le club avait organisé une grande soirée devant pas moins de 4 000 spectateurs. Elle était animée par deux journalistes de la Rai très connus et populaires (NDLR : Marco Mazzocchi et Diletta Leotta). Pour en revenir au club proprement dit, il est très bien structuré. On a tout ce dont on a besoin, même plus…»LES SUPPORTERS«Je crois avoir entendu une chanson avec mon nom»«Dimanche, pour notre premier match de championnat, il y avait 3 000 spectateurs, c’est bien mais quand on va affronter une équipe du top 5, la salle sera pleine. Par contre, partout où on ira jouer, les salles seront pleines. C’est normal, Lube est champion d’Italie et champion d’Europe. Le club possède un groupe de supporters qui doit compter une centaine de membres. Ils chauffent la salle, mettent l’ambiance, ils ne sont pas juste là pour taper de temps en temps dans leurs mains. Ils ont des chants sur certains joueurs. Dimanche, je crois avoir entendu une chanson avec mon nom mais je n’ai pas compris ce qu’elle disait. Je serai plus attentif la prochaine fois…»SON STATUT«Autour de moi, il y a des attentes»«Je suis jeune, j’arrive à la place d’un bon joueur (NDLR : Sokolov) qui vient de partir et, autour de moi, il y a donc des attentes. Mais dans ce groupe, il y a d’autres grands joueurs. Des gars qui ont eu des médailles olympiques, qui ont gagné la Ligue des champions… Forcément, il y a des ego et c’est normal. Je ne peux pas dire que c’est difficile, l’ambiance est bonne dans le vestiaire mais et je ne peux pas donner d’exemple concret, cela relève davantage d’une observation. C’est dans l’air, ça se sent. Dimanche, contre Piacenza (3-0), c’était mon premier match de championnat avec Civitanova. J’ai débuté la rencontre, j’ai joué les trois sets, malheureusement ce n’était pas le match de mes rêves dans le sens où j’espérais faire mieux (NDLR : 5 points). Mais bon, on a gagné et, à la fin, c’est l’essentiel.»SES ÉQUIPIERS«Ceux qui ne connaissent pas Simon, qu’ils aillent sur YouTube»«Le plus charismatique est Bruno Rezende, notre passeur. Lui, il est toujours à 100 %, toujours positif. Quant au plus fort, Robertlandy Simon, le central cubain, c’est un monstre! Physiquement, il est impressionnant, il saute à une hauteur et a une de ses mains! Ceux qui ne connaissent pas Simon, qu’ils aillent sur YouTube. Sinon, le plus drôle, c’est Andrea Marchisio, le libéro. C’est le genre de mecs qui ne fait que des conneries. Quand il te dit quelque chose, tu ne sais jamais s’il est sérieux ou non…»L’ENTRAÎNEUR«Le gars qui n’est pas à 100 %, il va vite, très vite le repérer!»«Ferdinando De Giorgi est un grand nom du volley mondial (NDLR : triple champion du monde avec l’Italie). Il connaît très bien le haut niveau et a une vraie philosophie de jeu. S’il est accessible, il reste très strict. Il y a des choses avec lesquelles il ne rigole pas. Notamment le respect et l’implication lors des entraînements. Le gars qui n’est pas à 100 %, il va vite, très vite le repérer! Comme je suis nouveau, il me regarde peut-être un peu plus que les autres. Il me parle peut-être davantage qu’à d’autres, mais c’est parce qu’il me dit dans quels domaines je dois progresser et ce que je dois faire pour y parvenir. Par exemple, je dois m’améliorer au bloc et au service. Cela passe par des séances spécifiques mais aussi un travail d’analyse vidéo.»LES OBJECTIFS«La Ligue des champions ne me déplairait pas»«À Civitanova, la question des ambitions ne se pose pas, la réponse est simple : tout gagner. Après, est-ce réaliste, ça c’est une autre question mais, en début de saison, on part avec cet objectif. Disons que gagner deux titres, ce serait bien. Et la Ligue des champions ne me déplairait pas…»Charles Michellast_img read more