Medlock, Blurton sprint to URSS wins at Byers

first_imgBYERS, Colo. (June 25) – Justin Medlock and Zach Blurton were feature winners when the United Rebel Sprint Series rolled back through the pit gates at Colorado Motor Sports Park Satur­day night.Medlock scored the first victory of his career in the feature rained out and made up from May 28 at Byers. Blurton then paced the scheduled event.Medlock led every lap of the rescheduled contest after starting outside the front row. Austin Mclean took the runner-up position back from Bob Schaeffer on lap 15; Scott Cochran and Tod Plemons completed the top five.Blurton wired the field in the scheduled 20-lapper that followed, becoming the fourth different win­ner in as many URSS events at Byers this season.Lap 12 saw second running Coby Pearce go off track, giving the runner-up spot to Mclean.As the laps dwindled away it was Blurton holding a comfortable lead and taking his first Colorado Region win of 2016. Mclean made it two runner-up finishes in a row with Cochran, Brian Hardman and Schaeffer rounding out the top five.ResultsMake-up feature – 
1. Justin Medlock; 
2. Austin McLean; 
3. Bob Schaeffer; 
4. Scott Cochran; 
5. Todd Plemons
; 6. Zach Blurton; 
7. Clint Schubert
; 8. Coby Pearce
; 9. Howard Van Dyke; 
10. Brad Wasson; 
11. Tara Jo Christie; 
12. Luke Lucero; 
13. Brian Hardman; 14. Scott Rhoades; 15. Nick Sutton; 16. Ian Christie.Scheduled feature – 
1. Blurton; 
2 McLean; 
3. Cochran; 
4. Hardman; 
5. Schaeffer
; 6. Lucero
; 7. Plemons
; 8. Rhoades; 9. Medlock; 
10. Sutton; 
11. Shubert; 
12. Wasson
; 13. Van Dyke
; 14. Tara Jo Christie
; 15. Pearce; 16. Ian Christie.last_img read more

Isaac-Henry Invitational an avenue for lifting STATHS

first_imgHomegrown talent Ayesha Champaigne, who stood out at the inaugural SW Isaac-Henry Track and Field Invitational last year and went on to win a heptathlon gold medal at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships, is St Andrew Technical High School’s (STATHS) reference point for attaining track and field excellence at both events this year.Champaigne has moved on to scholarship overseas, but STATHS’ current female team captain, Ophelia Hales, believes her charges will do well at their meet, while eyeing herself as a “girls long jump finalist and at least two boys medallists at Champs”.The SW Isaac-Henry Invitational, named after former STATHS Principal Stafford Wycliffe Isaac-Henry, has been approved as an ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships qualifier.It will get under way on Saturday February 20 inside the National Stadium and will cost spectators $300 to enter.The event was launched at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston yesterday where Ed Barnes was the chairman and STATHS’ current principal, Phillip Wilson, and other members of the school’s committee and sponsors spoke.PRESERVING A LEGACY”Our journey commences with the primary objective being the innovation and preservation of the legacy of our beloved SW Isaac-Henry,” said chairman of the SW Isaac-Henry Track and Field Invitational, Barrington Johnson.He added: “Our secondary objectives include enhanced visibility and prestige of STATHS… energising the track team and our track and field programme and definitely a platform to galvanise our alumni base.”Johnson stressed: “One special to me is to unearth the newest standout track personalities. Last year, our own Ayesha Champaigne was one such standout at our meet and she went on to become Champs’ top girl, so for this year we are on a similar mission.”New events added this year, in collaboration with the JAAA, include pole vault, in an attempt to enhance non-traditional events, plus the 200m for girls and boys in classes three and four.The event will have professional timing courtesy of Old Boy Leroy Cooke, who is employed to Western Union, one of the meet’s sponsors.Participants can register at swisaachentrytrackmeet.com and click on ENTRY FORM. The costs are Co-ed $11,000 (boys team), $7,000 (girls team) and $500 for unattached individuals.At the event, STATHS will honour former Olympian Michael Davis, who represented the country in Moscow in 1984.last_img read more

Last of the belugas from Russia’s ‘whale jail’ released

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Marine, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Mammals, Oceans, Whales Article published by Shreya Dasgupta Late last year, drone footage revealed 87 belugas and 11 orcas packed in cramped, icy pens at Srednyaya Bay in Russia’s Far East.Following international outrage, Russian authorities began an investigation and started releasing the whales to the Sea of Okhotsk, the place the mammals had been originally captured from.On Nov. 10, Russian authorities announced that the last of the 50 beluga whales had been released to Uspeniya Bay, in the Primorsky Region, about 62 miles away from the holding facility. But it’s not the whales’ native habitat, conservationists say.Activists and conservationists have criticized the lack of transparency in the release effort and the manner in which the whales have been moved to the sea without a proper rehabilitation process in place. The last of the nearly 100 whales held captive in what’s been termed a “whale jail” in Russia’s Far East have finally been freed back into the ocean — although the releases have been far from ideal, conservationists say.Late last year, drone footage revealed 87 beluga whales and 11 orcas packed in cramped, icy pens in Srednyaya Bay. The whales had reportedly been caught by four companies during the summer of 2018, and were allegedly due to be sold to marine parks and aquariums in China.Following international outrage, Russian President Vladimir Putin intervened and authorities launched an investigation into the capture of the whales. Russian officials also signed a joint agreement with U.S-based nonprofits Ocean Futures Society and The Whale Sanctuary Project in April announcing that all the captive belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) and orcas (Orcinus orca) would be released back into their natural environment.‘Whale prison’ discovered by drone in Far East Russia pic.twitter.com/gkZBVmYwVp— RT (@RT_com) November 8, 2018In June, a court ruled that the whale captures were illegal. Later that month, the first wave of the whale release began. Two orcas and six belugas were moved 1,770 kilometers (1,100 miles) by truck, then transported by boat to the Sea of Okhotsk, from where the mammals had originally been captured. Activists and conservationists, however, at the time criticized the lack of transparency in the release effort and the manner in which the whales were “dumped” into the sea, without a proper rehabilitation process in place. The remaining belugas and orcas continued to be released in batches over the following months.On Nov. 10, Russian authorities announced that the last of the 50 beluga whales had been released in Uspeniya Bay, in the Primorsky region, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) away from the holding facility. This is not the whales’ native habitat, Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of the Ocean Futures Society, and Charles Vinick, executive director of The Whale Sanctuary Project, said in a joint statement.“This outcome is not ideal for the belugas, since this is not their normal habitat or the area where they were captured,” the statement said. “Nonetheless, we trust the intention of Russian government authorities to release the belugas, despite limitations due to the availability of ships, inadequate finances, and weather conditions.”Cousteau and Vinick added that North Korean fishing vessels frequent the area where the belugas have been released, and the whales could be at risk of poaching. They called on the government to monitor the 50 belugas over the short term and the long term.“We hope that the location will make it possible to carry out regular visual monitoring of the belugas for a full 30 days after release and actively over the first six months after release,” they said in the statement. “We also hope that visual monitoring will help reduce concerns about threats from North Korean fishing vessels that we understand are poaching in the area and that the Russian government will do what is necessary to protect the belugas from repeat capture.”Russia’s Research Institute for Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO) told TASS, a Russian news agency, that it has been monitoring the whales. Some of the belugas are still in Uspeniya Bay, it said, while others have moved away from the points of their release. Some have even migrated up to 40 kilometers (25 miles) away.“Now, we can say that the animals were set free in good physical condition and are vigorously adapting to the wild, using the opportunities for food available in Uspeniya Bay and along the Primorsky Region coastline,” VNIRO told TASS.The “Whale Jail” Is No More.The last belugas were released in the Bay of Uspeniya Lazovsky. The notorious “whale jail” that held 10 orcas & 87 belugas captured for marine parks in China is empty.The rescue is the largest in history & a remarkable achievement. @Whale_Sanctuary pic.twitter.com/rpgbmouVwA— The Orca Project (@TheOrcaProject) November 10, 2019Banner image of orcas by Robert Pittman/NOAA via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain).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

Safer at sea: The unexpected benefit of traceability for small-scale fishers

first_imgConsumers are demanding to know where the seafood they buy comes from to ensure catches are legal, sustainable and free from labor abuse.The technology to deliver that information, once out of reach for small-scale fishers, is becoming more accessible in places like the Philippines.Its adoption is not only increasing seafood traceability but also improving the safety of fishers while they’re out on the water.Fishers and their families, among the most vulnerable in the seafood supply chain, say they welcome the security and peace of mind the technology brings. GENERAL SANTOS, Philippines — The first time Maylene Bibat saw the green dot on her tablet marking the location of her husband’s boat, she was thrilled. “I instantly felt less worried,” said the mother of three. “It was like knowing that he was safe.”For years, Maylene had to wait anxiously in silence in her small village in the southern Philippines while her husband, Harry, was at sea catching the tuna the family depends on. Hundreds of miles offshore, there was no way for him to communicate with her, often for days at a stretch. Until now.With fish stocks depleted due to overfishing and after a number of scandals around the use of forced labor on fishing vessels, consumers and companies are increasingly demanding to know the origin of the fish they buy. For instance, in 2017 some of the biggest industry players in the sector launched the Global Tuna Alliance to deter illegally caught tuna from getting to market and to promote “improvements in the environmental sustainability and human rights in tuna fisheries.” Not only big fishing vessels, but also smaller boats, are now installing systems to track where they catch fish and register the data for others in the supply chain to see. These systems are changing the lives of small-scale fishermen like Harry Bibat in an unexpected way: by enabling them to stay in touch with their families.“Now the life of a fisherman is more challenging than it used to be when I was helping my father [as a kid],” said Harry, who owns a handline boat that only fits two people.Last year, Harry made room in his boat for a small transponder that registers the position of the craft and sends it through radio frequencies to the cloud. He placed it on top of one of his two masts. Data from the transponder is available to seafood companies, as well as on Maylene’s tablet through an application that displays the location and speed of his boat . “It is a big help for my family to be able to monitor my location while I’m fishing,” Harry said.The emotional relief is today more needed than ever. Harry’s trips have become increasingly risky as he has to spend longer at sea because the fish around the city of General Santos, the so-called tuna capital of the Philippines just a few miles west of Harry’s village, have vanished.last_img read more

Fury sets up Wilder fight after winning 2nd comeback bout

first_imgAfter being awarded the win, Fury paraded in the ring with Wilder’s WBC belt.“I think it was a calculated boxing performance,” Fury said. “We came here to get the rounds in with a tough man, quite durable. We were happy with the performance. I thought that was a step-up and a better boxing display. It’s no secret that I need the rounds.”Wilder, who is 40-0 with 39 knockouts, has been in Northern Ireland for the last few days and on a charm offensive with fans and the British media.His team had been negotiating to fight WBA, WBO and IBF champion Anthony Joshua but talks fell through.“I can’t wait to fight you because I am going to knock you out,” Wilder said to Fury. “You are going to feel the experience of being knocked out by the Bronze Bomber.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fury, the former world heavyweight champion, cleared the way for a fight with Wilder, the current WBC titleholder, by winning the second bout of his comeback on Saturday.Wilder was ringside at Windsor Park in Belfast to see Fury taken the full 10 rounds by Italian journeyman Francesco Pianeta before being awarded the victory on points, 100-90.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Wilder then entered the ring and said: “We are ready now. This fight will happen. It is on. This fight is official. It’s on. It’s the best fighting the best.”Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, who was standing near the two fighters in the ring, said an announcement will be made next week. Djokovic into Cincinnati final, Federer in his way again Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Tyson Fury, left, and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder face each other saturday, after Tyson Fury beat Francesco Pianeta during their Heavyweight fight, at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday Aug. 18, 2018. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Tyson Fury says he has signed the contract. Deontay Wilder said the fight is “official.”All it needs now is a time and a place.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “They called, I answered. I said send me a contract, they sent me a contract. I said yes and now he gets a chance to fight the lineal champion of the world,” said Fury, who now has a 27-0 record. “One thing I promise in Las Vegas is that I am knocking you out.”After shocking the boxing world by beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to become WBA, IBF and WBO champion, Fury was out of the ring for 2 1/2 years because of mental health and drug problems. He regained his boxing license in January after accepting a backdated two-year doping ban the previous month for elevated levels of nandrolone in urine samples.The first fight of his return was an almost comical bout against Albanian cruiserweight Sefer Seferi in June, which ended after the fourth round when Fury’s opponent quit.Pianeta offered better but still limited opposition and didn’t have the power to worry Fury, who was light on his feet and showed good movement and reflexes. Fury took this fight more seriously but still showboated at times, like in the first round when he held onto the rope with one hand and aimed punches with the other.His ringwalk was to the song “Sweet Home Alabama.” Wilder was born in Alabama.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View commentslast_img read more