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Panthera: At least 500 jaguars lost their lives or habitat in Amazon fires

first_imgThe fires in the Amazon forest in Brazil and Bolivia this year have burned key habitats of at least 500 adult, resident jaguars as of September 17, experts at Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization, estimate. The numbers will continue to increase until the rains come, researchers say.In Bolivia in particular, the fires have so far destroyed over 2 million hectares of forest in one of South America’s key “catscape”, a region that Panthera has identified as having the highest predicted density of cat species on the continent.Panthera researchers also predict that many more jaguars will also likely starve or turn to killing livestock in neighboring ranches as a consequence of the fires, likely increasing conflict with the ranchers. The fires ravaging the Amazon forest in Brazil and Bolivia this year have burned key habitats of at least 500 adult, resident jaguars as of Sept. 17, rendering them dead or homeless, say experts at Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization.“The number of homeless or dead jaguars has undoubtedly increased since Panthera’s estimate was released, and will continue to increase until the rains come,” Esteban Payan, Panthera’s South America regional director, told Mongabay in an email.To estimate the number of affected jaguars (Panthera onca), Panthera researchers used the total area of jaguar habitat burned, taken from burned areas reported by the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and the Environmental Secretariat of the Governor’s office of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. They combined this with a jaguar density estimate of 2.5 jaguars per 100 square kilometers (39 square miles) derived from a 2018 study authored by jaguar experts.“Density from jaguar populations in central Amazonia, the work from my Ph.D., was more around 3 animals in 100 square kilometers. So again, this is ‘at least’ that number [500] of jaguars impacted,” Payan said.In Bolivia in particular, the fires have so far destroyed more than 2 million hectares (4.9 million acres) of forest in one of South America’s key “catscapes,” a region that Panthera has identified as having the highest predicted density of cat species on the continent. Some parts of Bolivia’s catscape are home to eight cat species, including the jaguar, puma (Puma concolor), ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), margay (Leopardus wiedii), oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus), jaguarundi (Herpailurus yagouaroundi), Geoffrey’s cat (Leopardus geoffroyi) and Pampas cat (Leopardus colocola).Map showing burned areas in Bolivia and wild cat presence. Image courtesy of Panthera.Some researchers estimate that millions of animals have likely been lost to the Amazon fires this year. But given the widespread and destructive nature of the fires this year, the exact number of jaguars killed is difficult to calculate. Panthera researchers, however, predict that hundreds of jaguars will starve or turn to killing livestock in neighboring ranches as a consequence of the fires, “where they will be hunted down,” Payan said.Increased interactions between jaguars and livestock will likely only intensify conflict between the animals and ranchers and farmers. This would throw a spanner in the efforts of conservationists who’ve been working to resolve this conflict for decades.“Jaguars with GPS collars from our partner Oncafari in the Brazilian Pantanal have already been captured and moved from the fires in an attempt to protect the cats,” Payan said.In addition to jaguars, Panthera has obtained reports and captured images of pumas and ocelots fleeing the fires, as well as of animals that burned to death, both small, slow-moving ones like turtles, tortoises and caimans, and fast-moving ones like marsh deer and peccaries. “Fires don’t burn in a straight line so many animals get trapped in circles of fire and many others die of thirst and heat even before fire touches them,” Payan said.Burned habitat in the Brazilian Pantana. Image by Oncafari.Fires not only destroy critical habitats, they also fragment forests, reducing connectivity between habitats that animals need to live and thrive. Moreover, repeated burning of the Amazon forest every year — almost entirely lit by humans to clear land for ranches, pastures or agriculture land — has compromised the forest’s ability to recover when some of the burned areas are eventually abandoned and allowed to regenerate, researchers have found.“The shock waves of these exceptionally large and, for the most part, human-lit fires are being felt not only by the wildlife and people of Brazil and Bolivia, but also those in Peru and Paraguay,” Howard Quigley, Panthera’s jaguar program and conservation science executive director, said in a statement. “These fires stand to directly impact the continent, and in the end, the health of the planet as they hurt one of the cradles of biodiversity and greatest counter forces against global warming.”Overall, the fires will affect Panthera’s efforts to create one of the world’s largest, contiguous jaguar corridors across South America’s Pantanal region. But Payan said that the team is hoping to address this by scaling up its cooperation with communities, first responders, local NGOs, and protected-area managers; better equipping rangers to manage fires in protected areas; reducing cattle losses to jaguars and increasing productivity on existing ranches to limit further deforestation; and working with landowners, businesses and governments to plan and manage lands responsibly.“Fire is now an intensified threat to jaguars and their associated biodiversity because of its intensity, speed and scale,” he said. “The intensity of destruction is nearly absolute, the speed of propagation implies that in minutes it can become nearly impossible to control, and as it will cover vast areas the scale of damage to the natural world is immense.”Marsh deer in Bolivia, one of the jaguar’s prey. Image by Juan Carlos Urgel.Banner image of a jaguar by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. 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 Amazon, Amazon Biodiversity, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Destruction, Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Deforestation, Fires, Forest Fires, Forests, Green, Jaguars, Mammals, Rainforests, Tropical Forests, wildfires, Wildlife center_img Article published by Shreya Dasguptalast_img read more

The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)

first_imgArticle published by Rhett Butler Animals, China wildlife trade, China’s Demand For Resources, Conservation, Diseases, Environment, Infectious Wildlife Disease, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking, Zoonotic Diseases Princeton University professor of ecology, evolutionary biology, and public affairs David S. Wilcove argues that the coronavirus outbreak in China shows that the wildlife trade imperils more than animals: It puts people at risk of zoonotic diseases.What do the coronavirus, HIV, and the impending extinction of the world’s rhinoceroses have in common? The answer is that they are all a result of the wildlife trade, a rapidly growing, multi-billion-dollar enterprise that is driving species to extinction, damaging ecosystems, and—increasingly—threatening human health.What is most urgently needed is a change in cultural norms in cities around the world, especially in Asia and Africa: a recognition that keeping wild animals as pets or selling them for products (apart from sustainably caught seafood) is both a threat to the environment and to human health.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. What do the coronavirus, HIV, and the impending extinction of the world’s rhinoceroses have in common? The answer is that they are all a result of the wildlife trade, a rapidly growing, multi-billion-dollar enterprise that is driving species to extinction, damaging ecosystems, and—increasingly—threatening human health.The coronavirus originated in a “seafood” market in Wuhan that sold much more than fish; Chinese authorities found everything from hedgehogs to wild boars to crocodiles for sale there, providing ideal conditions for viruses to jump to new hosts and, ultimately, to people. HIV can be traced to people killing and butchering chimpanzees for sale in the “bushmeat” trade. And all five of the world’s surviving rhinos face extinction as people hunt them for their horns, which are carved into status trinkets or ground up for their fictitious medicinal value.Market in China. Photo by Rhett A. Butler for MongabayA study published last fall in Science estimated that one in every four bird or mammal species on earth is caught up in the wildlife trade. Add the reptiles, amphibians, and tropical fish, and we are talking about thousands of species that are being taken from the wild and sold as food, pets, or products in legal and illegal markets around the world. The illegal component alone may be comparable in value to the trafficking of weapons or drugs.Scientists increasingly talk about an “empty forest” syndrome – seemingly intact tropical forests where the large mammals and birds have been hunted to extinction, and the desirable songbirds have been trapped for sale as pets. Unless this trade in wildlife is curbed, we face a future of accelerating animal extinctions, forests devoid of their important species, and, most alarmingly, disease epidemics. So, what can be done?Caged birds in Jakarta’s bird market. Photo by David Wilcove.There is an international treaty, the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), designed to prevent international commerce in endangered species. However, in a study we published last year, University of Chicago economist Eyal Frank and I showed that over a quarter of imperiled species caught up in the international wildlife trade have yet to be protected under CITES. The process for identifying and protecting such species must be expedited, and funding for enforcement of CITES must be increased.CITES can help to prevent the extinction of species traded between nations, but it is powerless to stop the domestic wildlife trade within nations. Yet a disease that originates in a market in Wuhan or in any city in any country can quickly become a global threat when an infected person boards a plane or train. The bottom line is that any country’s wildlife trade poses a threat to all countries.Wealthy countries like the United States can play a useful role without being seen as meddling in the affairs of other nations. Through foreign aid and technical assistance, we can help developing nations increase their food security, thereby reducing the need to consume wild animals. And we can help them to strengthen enforcement of their wildlife protection laws, while boosting our own customs inspections.Individual states can help, too. In December, Governor Cuomo signed into law the “Save Our Species Bill” that gives New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation the authority to ban trade in the state of any species (or parts thereof) it considers to be in danger of extinction.Southern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum simum) in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Rhinos are threatened by demand for their horn for use in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.But what is most urgently needed is a change in cultural norms in cities around the world, especially in Asia and Africa: a recognition that keeping wild animals as pets or selling them for products (apart from sustainably caught seafood) is both a threat to the environment and a threat to human health. This change has to come from within; it cannot be imposed by other countries.This will be an enormous challenge, but there are at least a few hopeful signs. In China, for example, the popularity of shark-fin soup, a delicacy that requires the killing of millions of sharks every year, has plummeted as younger people reject this destructive tradition. A well-crafted public relations campaign led by celebrities played an important role in changing attitudes.It will take countless more efforts like this to suppress the global wildlife trade. In the meantime, we are all at risk.David S. Wilcove is a professor of ecology, evolutionary biology, and public affairs at Princeton University.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.Conservationists 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

Chris Froome en soins intensifs pour deux jours

first_img“Chris Froome, qui a un moral de gagnant, s’est très rapidement remis, demandant tout de suite quand il pourra remonter sur un vélo. Il devrait pouvoir reprendre la compétition d’ici six mois”, pronostique le Pr Philippot. “À une vitesse estimée à 50 km/heure, avec des protections très limitées, il a subi un choc à haute énergie. Mais ses blessures ne concernent que l’appareil locomoteur. La tête n’a pas tapé et il n’a aucune lésion neurologique”, a précisé le Pr Philippot. Il a confié avoir discuté avec Chris Froome, triple vainqueur du Dauphiné, pendant une heure jeudi matin, “pour préparer sa sortie dans un centre de rééducation rapide adaptée à l’accueil des sportifs de haut niveau”. “L’opération a été longue, près de quatre heures, mais elle s’est très bien déroulée”, a déclaré le Pr Rémi Philippot, qui l’a pris en charge mercredi soir. “Il va rester pendant 48 heures en soins intensifs avec une surveillance rapprochée, avant d’être transféré dans une unité de soins classiques”, a expliqué ce chef de service hospitalier, spécialiste de la traumatologie du sport. Rémi Philippot a réalisé l’intervention “la plus critique, qui portait sur une fracture complexe ouverte du fémur droit”. Pour l’opération du coude droit, le relais a été pris par son collègue Giorgio Gresta, un médecin orthopédiste spécialiste des membres supérieurs, ancien international italien de hockey sur gazon. Partager Après quelques jours à Saint-Étienne, le quadruple vainqueur du Tour de France (34 ans) pourrait prolonger son séjour de soins “en France, car nous avons d’excellents centres”, a indiqué le représentant de “l’école stéphanoise de chirurgie du sport, dont la réputation a mis en confiance Chris Froome qui nous a choisi pour l’intervention”, a-t-il souligné. “Un moral de gagnant” Le coureur britannique Chris Froome, gravement blessé mercredi après une chute à l’entraînement dans le Dauphiné, restera 48 heures en soins intensifs au CHU de Saint-Étienne, a-t-on appris jeudi de sources médicales. LQ/AFPlast_img read more

[Tennis] Medvedev, plus fort que Djokovic, Nadal et Federer

first_imgCela lui vaut peut-être un déficit de charisme par rapport à ses congénères irascibles, mais concernant les résultats, il n’y a plus match : le Russe de 23 ans les domine. Résident monégasque qui s’entraîne à Cannes, le grand échalas de 1,98 m est désormais 5e mondial avec, en 2019, 44 victoires ATP, dont 31 sur dur, et 2 titres (Sofia et Cincinnati). Du seul point de vue de ces statistiques, il est même le meilleur de l’année devant Djokovic, Nadal et Federer. Mais il lui manque un titre en Grand Chelem quand les trois “vieux” n’en finissent pas de les collectionner.Sérieux outsider de l’US OpenAvec sa technique peu académique, faite de préparations ultra amples qui n’empêchent pas son revers à deux mains d’être particulièrement dévastateur, Medvedev a peu brillé lors des trois premiers majeurs 2019 : éliminations en 8es de finale à l’Open d’Australie, au 1er tour à Roland-Garros et au 3e à Wimbledon. Mais il a surpris à Cincinnati, notamment Djokovic en demies et Goffin en finale, avec un service létal y compris en secondes balles.A l’US Open, il jouera sur sa surface favorite et pourra s’appuyer psychologiquement sur un sacré tableau de chasse. Depuis le début de l’année, il a battu Djokovic deux fois (Monte-Carlo et Cincinnati), Thiem (Montréal), Nishikori (Barcelone), Tsitsipas (Monte-Carlo), Khachanov (Montréal), tous membres de l’actuel top 10. Dans le haut du panier, seuls Federer et Nadal lui ont résisté en 2019 : le Suisse l’a battu en 8es à Miami et l’Espagnol, absent à Cincinnati, l’a écrasé en finale du Masters 1000 de Montréal. Il n’a pas encore affronté Zverev ni Bautista Agut.Malgré son beau parcours à Monte-Carlo en ouverture de la saison sur terre battue, où il avait atteint pour la première fois les demi-finales d’un Masters 1000, il avait souligné se sentir “quand même plus heureux de jouer sur dur” que sur l’ocre. “C’est même pas les résultats, mais juste que je sens mieux la tactique. Je m’amuse bien”, avait-il expliqué. Encore hors du top 60 mondial en août 2018, il était dans le top 20 deux mois plus tard après ses titres à Winston-Salem et Tokyo. Un an après, il est l’un des plus sérieux outsiders de l’US Open.LQ/AFP Trois tournois pour deux finales, à Washington et Montréal, et un titre, dimanche au Masters 1000 de Cincinnati : après une telle préparation sur dur, Daniil Medvedev sera-t-il LE joueur de la jeune génération qui privera Djokovic, Nadal ou Federer du prochain tournoi du Grand Chelem ?Le Russe aborde en tout cas l’US Open (26 août-8 septembre) en ayant gagné plus de matchs cette saison que chaque membre du trio infernal. Sur le court, il rappelle, notamment par cette façon d’attendre le service adverse quasiment droit, les épaules et la raquette très légèrement en avant, son compatriote Andreï Chesnokov, pionnier du tennis russe qui avait remporté le tournoi de Monte-Carlo en 1990, à l’époque sous la bannière soviétique.Mais la nonchalance du jeune est bien moins profonde que celle de l’ancien. Comme Kyrgios, Paire ou Fognini, Medvedev est en effet enclin au décrochement mental et à l’extériorisation de sa frustration avec destruction minutieuse de ses raquettes. “J’étais fou !”, reconnaît-il. Mais il se soigne : depuis des mois il a recours à une psychologue. Et le travail paie puisqu’il cède de moins en moins à la tentation colérique sur les courts. “Je savais, même quand j’étais junior, que ça ne me faisait pas du bien. Mais je ne pouvais pas le contrôler. J’ai donc travaillé beaucoup là-dessus et là j’arrive mieux à contrôler”, raconte-t-il en français. Partagerlast_img read more

Le foot chinois naturalise à tout-va, en vue du prochain Mondial

first_imgJouer dans la cour des grandes nationsCelui qui vient tout juste d’être nommé à la tête du foot chinois a ajouté que davantage de joueurs naturalisés représenteraient le pays lors des qualifications pour la Coupe du monde. “Mais ce ne sera jamais une politique à long terme de la Fédération et le nombre (de joueurs concernés) sera très limité”, a-t-il dit, selon des propos rapportés par l’agence Chine nouvelle.Plusieurs attaquants brésiliens jouant en première division chinoise feraient partie des footballeurs en phase de naturalisation, de même que le Britannique Tyias Browning. Mais les supporteurs de l’équipe nationale sont divisés. Certains comprennent qu’il faut tout faire pour aider l’entraîneur italien de l’équipe nationale Marcello Lippi à accéder à la phase finale du tournoi. Mais d’autres s’étonnent qu’un pays de 1,4 milliard d’habitants ne parvienne pas à aligner suffisamment de bons joueurs.La Chine ne s’est sélectionnée qu’une seule fois pour la Coupe du monde, en 2002, mais sans pouvoir inscrire le moindre but. Le président chinois Xi Jinping rêve de faire du pays une nation qui compte dans le football mondial, mais pour l’instant il traîne à la 71e place du classement Fifa.LQ/AFP Partager La Chine pourrait bientôt aligner une équipe nationale presque entièrement composée de footballeurs nés à l’étranger, pas moins de neuf joueurs étrangers étant en phase de naturalisation, selon les autorités.Mercredi, l’attaquant Elkeson, né au Brésil et naturalisé chinois, est devenu le premier joueur sans origines chinoises à être retenu dans l’équipe nationale, au moment où le géant asiatique cherche à se qualifier pour la Coupe du monde. Le buteur de 30 ans devrait faire ses débuts en septembre face aux Maldives lors des qualifications pour le Mondial 2022 au Qatar. Il jouerait ainsi aux côtés de Nico Yennaris, un Britannique naturalisé lui aussi mais dont la mère est chinoise.“Nous voulons aller au Qatar”, a déclaré dans la presse nationale le président de la Fédération chinoise de football, Chen Xuyuan. “Les joueurs naturalisés peuvent apporter leur aide pour réaliser cet objectif à court terme de l’équipe nationale”. “Jusqu’à présent, les clubs ont inscrit à la Fédération neuf joueurs naturalisés, avec ou sans origines chinoises, dont certains sont toujours en procédure d’acquisition de la nationalité”, a-t-il précisé.last_img read more

Espagne : une ancienne skieuse, médaillée olympique, retrouvée morte

first_imgL’ancienne skieuse Blanca Fernández Ochoa, première femme médaillée olympique d’Espagne aux Jeux d’hiver, a été retrouvée morte mercredi après des jours de recherches dans la montagne près de Madrid, ont annoncé les autorités.“La solidarité et la chaleur humaine se sont fait sentir ces jours-ci dans la sierra de Cercedilla. Les forces de l’ordre, les services d’urgence et de nombreux volontaires se sont lancés à la recherche de Blanca Fernández Ochoa. Mais rien n’a pu être fait. Mon affection à toute sa famille”, a déclaré le chef du gouvernement Pedro Sanchez sur son compte Twitter. “C’est un jour très triste pour le sport espagnol”, a réagi la secrétaire d’État aux Sports María José Rienda, dans un communiqué annonçant la mort de l’ancienne sportive de haut niveau, âgée de 56 ans.Les recherches dans la montagne, au nord-ouest de la capitale espagnole, mobilisaient depuis des jours des centaines de policiers, gardes civils, pompiers, gardes forestiers ou simples volontaires. Un hélicoptère et des drones munis de caméras thermiques avaient été utilisés pour explorer les zones les plus escarpées. Des plongeurs avaient aussi sondé les étendues d’eau. Partager Très populaireBlanca Fernández Ochoa avait été la première Espagnole à décrocher une médaille olympique aux Jeux d’hiver en remportant le bronze en slalom en 1992 à Albertville.Son frère, Francisco Fernández Ochoa, avait été le premier champion olympique espagnol de ski aux JO de Sapporo (Japon) en 1972 en slalom spécial. Il est décédé en 2006 d’un cancer à 56 ans.Blanca Fernandez Ochoa était très populaire en Espagne, où elle avait notamment participé à des programmes de télé-réalité. L’ancienne skieuse n’avait pas été vue depuis le 23 août par ses proches, qui avaient signalé sa disparition aux autorités le 29 août. La police avait lancé un appel à témoins le 31 août et diffusé sa photo sur les réseaux sociaux, ce qui avait permis de localiser sa voiture près de Cercedilla, village dont elle était originaire, sur le parking d’un chemin de randonnée.LQ/AFPlast_img read more

Serena, Venus quarter-finals showdown at US Open

first_img Standing in the way at the moment is Venus. This will be the 27th all-Williams match over their long and successful careers, and Serena leads 15-11, including 8-5 at majors. Each has beaten the other twice at the US Open, with Venus winning the 2001 final and Serena the 2002 final. “It’s about, of course, forgetting that she’s playing Venus,” said Serena’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. Venus, at 35, the oldest woman in the tournament, was on court even less time than her sibling yesterday, overwhelming 19-year-old qualifier Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-2, 6-1 in 50 minutes. Venus, of course, knows full well the challenge that awaits tomorrow. “What else can you do, except try to win the point and hope she doesn’t hit an ace?” said Venus, who lost in the third round or earlier at each of the past four US Opens. The sisters’ mother, Oracene Price, said she wouldn’t attend the quarter-final. As for whether Venus will be in a tough spot – hoping to win, yet also well aware of what her sibling is pursuing – Price said: “I know it’s going to be hard, because I know (Venus) wants (Serena) to get it.” Serena acknowledged having a bout with the jitters before her second-round match, when she double-faulted 10 times and made another two dozen unforced errors against a qualifier ranked 110th. Afterward, she took pointers from Mouratoglou and went to the practice court right away. In the third round, against someone ranked 101st, Serena dropped the first set and was two games from defeat in the second before turning things around. Again, she put in more work to fix things. “I was like, ‘Serena, it’s now or never. You’ve got to get that serve together,'” she said after winning 22 of 28 first-serve points and never facing a break point against Keys. And what about heading back out for a training session with Mouratoglou? “No, not today,” Serena said. “I’m going to take the rest of the day off and relax, and just enjoy it.” 27TH ALL-WILLIAMS MATCH BOUCHARD’S WITHDRAWAL NEW YORK (AP): No need for any extra practice after this performance by Serena Williams. Plus, it’s not as if she needs to study too hard to figure out how to deal with her next opponent. Playing the best she has in the US Open as she chases a calendar-year Grand Slam, Williams set up a quarter-final against older sister Venus by making only six unforced errors in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over 19th-seeded Madison Keys yesterday. Looking ahead, No. 1 Serena described No. 23 Venus this way: “It’s like playing a mirror.” Serena took only 68 minutes to dismiss Keys, a 20-year-old American with formidable serves and forehands, who simply was outplayed. Already a winner of the past four major tournaments, including last year’s US Open, Serena is trying to become the first tennis player to win all four in the same season since Steffi Graf in 1988. Asked why it’s been so long since anyone else pulled off a true Grand Slam, Serena paused for effect, smiled and answered: “I don’t know why it took me so long.” Another women’s fourth-round match scheduled for Sunday was scratched when 25th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard withdrew with a concussion, two days after slipping and falling in the locker room. That allowed Roberta Vinci of Italy to advance to the quarter-finals against the winner of last night’s match between No. 13 Ekaterina Makarova and Kristina Mladenovic. In men’s action, 32nd-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy – who stunned Rafael Nadal in the third round – had his back and neck adjusted by a trainer and also tried using an inhaler during a 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-1 loss to 18th-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain. Lopez now meets No. 1 Novak Djokovic or No. 23 Roberto Bautista Agut, who were scheduled to play last night. Defending champion Marin Cilic overcame a tweaked right ankle thanks in large part to 23 aces, returning to the quarter-finals by eliminating 27th-ranked Jeremy Chardy of France 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1. Cilic now faces 19th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. In the pivotal third-set tiebreaker, Cilic hit four serves: 120 mph ace, 131 mph ace, 123 mph ace, 112 mph ace.last_img read more

Health: Girls Alliance Wants FGM Abolished

first_imgA local non-governmental organization (NGO), the Girls Alliance for Future Leadership, which focuses on the protection and advancement of teenage girls, has called on the Legislature, Executive and the Judiciary branches of government to abolishing the age-old practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the country.Addressing students attending the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion University on Benson Street, the entity’s secretary-general, Faith Saar, said it was about time the government of Liberia secures the future of girls in all parts of the country, “because they are the next leaders.”Ms. Saar, a teenager herself, said harmful traditional practices are destroying the educational pursuits of girls, thereby leading them to early marriage that have resulted to many of them becoming mothers at an early age.Saar said due to the harmful practice, there is a high rate of out of school women and girls who are roaming the streets. She suggested that every Liberian girl  write President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf asking her to seek their interest through which they will acquire quality education.She also called on President Sirleaf not to sign into law the domestic Violence Bill without the provision to end the practice of FGM, calling on her to consider the future of the girls who are the victims.“We are calling on every average Liberian to take their pen and paper and write a letter to President Sirleaf informing her that FGM is an evil practice that the government needs to put an end to so as to secure the future of girls and women,” Saar said.Maima Robinson, executive director of Women Against FGM, who served as the keynote speaker, recalled how she became the offspring of an unwanted pregnancy and suffered a lot during childhood because she grew up in a broken home that exposed her to her uncle who reportedly raped her.Madam Robinson explains her life story to dozens of girls: “The only way the practice of the FGM can stop is for all women and girls to stand strong against harmful traditional practices.”“Because I could not find a space in my mother’s or daddy’s home, my education was delayed. I suffered many ugly things that a young girl should not have gone through,” Madam Robinson told her audience.She explained further that her marriage ended because she was “not mutilated” causing her children to grow up in a broken home as she had experienced.Madam Robinson challenged the Girls Alliance for Future Leadership to be strong and stand up for what they want, adding that the only thing the girls should maintain at all times is their integrity.She said FGM is a violation of the rights of girls the government needs to bring to an immediate end if the future of girls must be protected.She called on the lawmakers to put aside their political differences and pass a bill that will protect young girls.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Moose Management Summit draws gathering of Treaty 8 Elders, B.C. officials

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Members of regional First Nations, along with B.C. leaders, have just finished up a two-day long summit to discuss the Peace Liard Moose Management Plan.Main objectives of the summit were to improve communications and understanding around moose management, discuss both traditional knowledge transfer and interrelationships between moose and other species, and build upon existing First Nations and provincial efforts to leverage opportunities and mitigate challenges.Caleb Behn, a Dene activist with family history in the Fort Nelson and West Moberly First Nations, attended the summit and said he had never seen so many Elders in one place since 1991.- Advertisement -“It’s a testament to the unifying power of moose in our culture,” he told Energetic City.Behn explained that the connection between moose in Treaty 8 territory and the transfer of traditional knowledge between generations. He recalled caribou being lost to the construction of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, due to changes in migration routes and climate. Since then, Behn says the Aboriginal communities affected by those changes have seen a steady erosion of the ability to transfer traditional knowledge.“It’s not just about the resource … it’s about the idea that these beings actually function as a component as our knowledge system,” he said. “Government comes from an empirical model, a western science-based way of knowledge.”Advertisement A concept that he says many haven’t acknowledged is that moose pass their own traditional knowledge on to further generations.“Moose, like human culture, have hierarchies. There are Elder moose and king moose who teach their offspring to be good moose in this region,” Behn said.“So when the Western hunters go after the biggest bulls, what they’re doing is they’re killing the grandfathers who hold all the moose knowledge. Try telling that to a provincial bureaucrat, who’s saying, ‘The moose populations are stable! There’s more moose than ever!’”Representatives from regional First Nations such as Doig River, Blueberry River, West Moberly, Horse Lake, Dene Tha’, and countless others were invited to the Summit.Advertisementlast_img read more

Community mailboxes vandalised north of Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A number of community mailboxes were vandalised and broken into north of Fort St. John last week.The mailboxes were broken into between Tuesday, June 21st and Wednesday, June 22nd in the morning. According to Cst. Nancy Saggar with the Fort St. John RCMP, the mailboxes in question are located on 271 Road just off the Alaska Highway. Saggar says that the break-ins were brought to the RCMP’s attention by a member of the public. According to a note left on the mailboxes by Canada Post Supervisor Karen Morton, mail delivery to the boxes has been suspended, and that delivered mail can be obtained at the Fort St. John post office, along with any intact locks.Canada Post has not responded to questions regarding the incident.- Advertisement -Saggar says that police do not have any witnesses in the case, but are asking any with information to call the Fort St. John RCMP at (250) 787-8100, or call Crimestoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.A photo of the note left on the community mailboxes on 271 Road. Facebook photo.A photo of the note left on the community mailboxes on 271 Road. Facebook photo.last_img read more