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Newly-created community radio threatened with closure

first_img Receive email alerts Reports Community radio station La Voz de Zacate Grande was meanwhile subjected to intimidation yesterday by local police officers and security guards employed by businessman Miguel Facussé Barjum because it has been defending the cause of the Zacate Grande Peninsula Development Association, which is embroiled in a land dispute with Facussé.According to the Committee for Free Expression (C-Libre), a Honduran NGO, shots were fired at local TV station Canal 40 in the Atlantic-coast town of Tocoa on 9 April. Journalist and presenter Emilio Oviedo Reyes believes the shots were fired by two individuals who have been targeting him since the coup.It was Oviedo who alerted the police when fellow TV journalist Nahúm Palacios was gunned down in Tocoa on 14 March. It seems probable that Palacios was killed in connection with his work.Finally, a criminal court in Tegucigalpa acquitted four officials with the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel), including its former chairman, Miguel Ángel Rodas, on 12 April on charges of abuse of authority for ordering the closure of Radio Globo and Cholusat TV (Canal 36) – the two media that had voiced the most criticism of the coup – and seizing equipment from them. This took place last September, when the de facto government declared a state of siege after ousted President Manuel Zelaya secretly reentered the country.The court’s president judge, Martha Murillo, ruled that freedom of expression “was not obstructed in a situation of state of exception.” Article 73 of the Honduran constitution nonetheless takes the position that freedom of expression is paramount and forbids any confiscation of equipment from a news media or any interruption of its work. This constitutional guarantee cannot be suspended by a state of siege, C-Libre points out. Photo : http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/a… Help by sharing this information News RSF_en RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America La Voz de Zacate Grande, a new community radio station based in southern Honduras, faces possible closure tomorrow on charges of “usurping land” and “deceiving the public administration” when a court is to hear allegations by local businessman Miguel Facussé Barjum that it is broadcasting on an illegal frequency from land he claims to own.Every since it started broadcasting on 14 April, the small station and the Zacate Grande community have been subject to systematic intimidation by local police officers and security guards employed by Facussé because the station has been defending the cause of the Zacate Grande Peninsula Development Association, which is embroiled in a land dispute with Facussé (see 21 April release).The closure threat comes at a disastrous time for press freedom in Honduras, which has suddenly become the western hemisphere’s most dangerous country for the media with a total of seven journalists killed since early March.The Honduran media have been exposed to constant harassment since the 28 June 2009 coup d’état. The death threats have recently increased in intensity against Ismael Moreno, the head of Radio Progreso, a radio station based in northern Honduras, and one of his reporters, Gerardo Chévez. Reporters Without Borders holds the authorities responsible for their safety.————————————-21.04.2010 – Seventh journalist shot dead in increasingly alarming climateGeorgino Orellana is the seventh Honduran journalist to be murdered in the past six weeks. A programme producer and presenter for Televisión de Honduras, Orellana was slain by a single shot to the head fired by an unidentified person who was waiting outside when he left the station’s studios in San Pedro Sula last night.Honduras has been the world’s deadliest country for the media since the start of this year. Three journalists have fled abroad to escape the wave of violence.Orellana’s killer left the scene immediately after last night’s shooting and the motive is not yet known. A university teacher as well as a journalist, Orellana used to work for the privately-owned broadcasting group Televicentro. Reporters Without Borders offers its condolences to his family and colleagues. San Pedro Sula police chief Héctor Iván Mejía insisted that his murder “will not go unpunished.” But, despite recent government promises, justice has not been rendered in any of the attacks on the press since the June 2009 coup d’état, whether they were linked to the coup or not. Already bad because of the high level of criminal violence, the plight of journalists has got much worse since the coup.One of example of this is the threats against the staff of Radio Progreso, which was occupied by the army in the hours following the coup to prevent it broadcasting any information about the president’s ouster. When contacted by Reporters Without Borders, Radio Progreso’s management preferred, for safety reasons, not to name the journalists and contributors who have received threats. News May 4, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newly-created community radio threatened with closure HondurasAmericas center_img December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News April 27, 2021 Find out more HondurasAmericas Follow the news on Honduras May 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation to go furtherlast_img read more

Teenage pair jailed after carjacking letting agent

first_imgTwo teenage car jackers have been jailed for a total of four-and-a-half years between them after subjecting a female letting agent in Bradford to a terrifying ordeal that has left her unable to conduct property viewings.The attack took place as the woman arrived at a property in the Low Moore area of the city to meet a tenant.When three youths approached her car to ask a question she then wound down the window and one of the teenagers – who was only 16 years old at the time – grabbed her car keys.After a tussle the woman was ordered to get out of the car and asked if it had a tracker by the youths, two of whom were wearing balaclavas.Although the Audi was never recovered, two of the teenagers were arrested the next day.Social media braggingVideo clips were found on their mobile phones of the pair driving the car, footage of which had been uploaded to a social media site. The clips included the duo boasting about their criminal exploits.During the subsequent trial, Bradford Crown Court was told how the clips were subsequently used to connect the accused with the stolen car.The letting agent told the court during her impact statement that she was now both too scared to buy another car or show prospective tenants around properties.Local media reported that one of the teenagers had been released on bail after being arrested and then gone on to commit a string of other crimes including house burglaries, handling a stolen vehicle and fraud.carjacking audi Bradford November 25, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Teenage pair jailed after carjacking letting agent previous nextAgencies & PeopleTeenage pair jailed after carjacking letting agentCriminal pair who were aged 16 at time of attack have been given combined sentences of four-and-a-years after bragging on social media about their criminal exploits.Nigel Lewis25th November 20190880 Viewslast_img read more

It’ll take a long time for Ghanaian referees to officiate on the big stage – Alex Kotey

first_imgReferees manager for the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Alex Kotey says it will take the country a long time to get Ghanaian referees to officiate on the big stage.This comes after no Ghanaian was included in FIFA’s pre-selection list for Africa to officiate in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.FIFA’s pre-selection list for the continent includes referees from Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, Egypt, Congo and Ethiopia.And Kotey believes a lot of work needs to be done to erase the effects Anas’ number 12 exposé has had on the country.“Whilst you are working towards achieving that purpose, don’t forget that other countries are also doing same,” Kotey said in an interview with Citi Sports.“So if from Africa they are picking only five, you should not expect for now, looking at the challenges that we have been through, a Ghanaian referee to be selected, because we haven’t gotten there yet.“And so we need to prepare our referees, we need to work on them, we need to put a lot of things in place and this will not even take two years, it can take us three to four years to actually get there, he concluded.Only one Ghanaian referee in the person of the late Benjamin Dwomoh has officiated at the World Cup in 1982 in Spain in the match between Kuwait and Czechoslovakia.last_img read more

Smouha call on FIFA over Affum exit

first_imgEgyptian league minnows Smouha are set to launch a FIFA complaint against Swiss club Young Boys over the transfer of hitman Samuel Affum.Affum, Smouha’s top marksman, rescinded his contract with the Alexandria side to join Young Boys on a free transfer a few days ago.The Ghanaian cited the ‘suspension of football activity’ as an excuse behind his unilateral decision as Smouha argue that his deal expires in June 2014.“We will complain Young Boys to FIFA. Affum has no right to terminate his contract for several reasons,” Smouha vice-chairman Ismail Fayed told FilGoal.com.“First, as far as FIFA is concerned, Egyptian football is not suspended as the season should kickoff in a month.“According to FIFA rules, a player is only allowed to terminate his contract if his participation in competitive games is less than 10%, while Affum has featured in most of our games last term. “Moreover, Affum has been paid regularly until his last day with the club.”Affum, 22, has also been linked with African champions Ahli before making his sudden move to Europe.last_img read more

Nunn Jr. among inaugural Black College Football Hall of Fame inductees

first_imgEstablished in 2009 by pioneer quarterbacks Pro Bowl MVP James “Shack” Harris and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams, the Hall of Fame is based in Atlanta, Georgia. The enshrinement ceremony will be held Feb. 20, in conjunction with Black History Month at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta. Bill Nunn Jr. The members of the inaugural class are:•Bill Nunn, Jr. (Pittsburgh Courier Journalist and NFL Scout)•Alonzo Gaither (Head Coach, Florida A&M University, 1945-1969)•Eddie Robinson (Head Coach, Grambling State University, 1941-1997)•Buck Buchanan (DE, Grambling State University, 1959-1963)•Willie Galimore (RB, Florida A&M University, 1953-1956)•David Jones (DE, S.C. State & Mississippi Valley State, 1958-1960)•Willie Lanier (LB, Morgan State University, 1963-1967)•Walter Payton (RB, Jackson State University, 1971-1974)•Jerry Rice (WR, Mississippi Valley State University, 1981-1984)•Ben Stevenson (RB, Tuskegee University, 1923-1930)•Paul Younger (RB/DB, Grambling State University, 1945-1948)A selection committee comprised of prominent journalists and football executives chose 35 finalists, from a field of more than 260 nominees, before naming the 11 inaugural inductees.About Contributor Inductee Bill NunnLegendary journalist and NFL scout Bill Nunn, Jr. entered the newspaper business as a sports writer for the Pittsburgh Courier, where he later rose to sports editor and managing editor. After elevating the Courier’s Black College All-American team to new heights, Nunn joined the Pittsburgh Steelers’ scouting staff part time in 1967 and then full time in 1969. A true innovator, he constructed a bridge between the Steelers and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Five Super Bowl rings later, Nunn is among the most legendary NFL scouts of all time.About the Coach InducteesCoach Alonzo “Jake” Gaither spent 24 years at Florida A&M University, from 1945 to 1969, amassing an overall record of 203-36-4. His teams won 18 conference championships and were Black College national champions six times. From 1953 to 1962, his teams went 87-7-1. Gaither’s “split line T” offense was adopted by several major college programs. He retired in 1969 with a .844 winning percentage, the best ever among all NCAA coaches. Gaither was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975.Coach Eddie G. Robinson spent 56 years at Grambling State University, from 1941- 1997. He put together an overall record of 408-165-15 and sent more than 80 players to the NFL and AFL. Robinson led the Tigers to a streak of 27 consecutive winning seasons from 1960 to 1986, as well as 17 SWAC Championships and nine Black College National Championships, more than any other HBCU. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997 and received more awards than any other coach in history.About the Player InducteesJunious “Buck” Buchanan, as a defensive end for Grambling State University from 1959 to 1963, was an NAIA All-American and a three-time Black College All-America. Buchanan could bat down passes with either hand, play the run and rush the passer. The first of the prototypical defensive lineman, combing size, speed, and strength, he was the first Black college player taken as the No. 1 overall pick in an NFL Draft, when the Kansas City Chiefs selected him in 1963. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990 and the College Football Hall of in 1996.Willie “Gallopin’ Gal” Galimore, as a running back at Florida A&M University from 1953 to 1956, was all-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference choice four times and was named a Black College All-America by the Pittsburgh Courier three times. The Rattlers won four conference championships while Galimore was at FAMU and one Black College National Championship. He played for the Chicago Bears from 1957 to 1963, before passing away tragically at the age of 29 in an auto accident in Rensselaer, Indiana, on July 27, 1964. As FAMU’s all-time leading rusher, Galimore averaged 94 yards per game and was the Rattler’s first 1,000-yard runner (1,203 yards in 1954).David “Deacon” Jones played defensive end for South Carolina State University and Mississippi Valley State University from 1958 to 1960. Blessed with speed, agility, and quickness, the “Deacon” became one of the finest pass rushers in the business. Yet had it not been for the chance observation of two Rams scouts viewing films of an opponent, he might never have had a chance to play pro football. When the scouts noted that the 6-4, 272-pound tackle was outrunning the backs they were scouting, they recommended Jones as a sleeper pick. He went on to unanimous all-league honors six straight years from 1965 through 1970 and was selected to eight Pro Bowls. Jones was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.Willie “Honey Bear” Lanier played linebacker and offensive guard at Morgan State University from 1963 to 1967. He earned first team All-America honors his junior year and led the Bears to bowl games in 1965 and 1966, winning both and holding opponents to 0 total yards offense in the 1965 game. His teams won three conference championships and at one point had a 32-game winning streak. Lanier went on to play in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs, winning a Super Bowl and five times being named as an All-Pro middle linebacker. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.Walter “Sweetness” Payton, a running back at Jackson State University from 1971 to 1974, made every All-American team picked for college division or division 1-AA teams. In both years Payton was voted Black College Player of the Year. A tough back, who ran harder than his size (5’10, 200), Payton was a complete football player—one who could run the ball, block, tackle, pass, catch passes, and kick. It was in college that Payton picked up his nickname “Sweetness” because of the smooth way he ran. He moved on to a legendary career with the Chicago Bears, which included a Super Bowl Ring in 1985, nine Pro Bowls and two NFL Player of the Year Awards. Payton was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996.Jerry Rice, a wide receiver for Mississippi Valley State University from 1981 to 1984, is widely regarded as one of the greatest receivers in history. He was named first-team Division I-AA All-America and finished ninth in the 1984 Heisman voting. His 27 touchdown receptions that season set the NCAA mark for all divisions. Rice was named the 1984 SWAC Player of the Year. In addition to being named first-team Division I-AA All-American, the NEA and Football Writers’ Association of America both named Rice to their first-team Division I-A All-America squads. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the 16th overall selection in the 1985 NFL Draft and became arguably the greatest player in NFL history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and is a 2010 finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Ben “Big Ben” Stevenson spent his first years at Tuskegee University as a prep-schooler, which allowed him to play eight seasons for the Golden Tigers, from 1923 to 1930. During that span, the team amazingly suffered only two defeats. Stevenson combined speed (9.8 100-yard dash), strength and durability. Scoring on a combination of long runs and drop kicks, he also played defensive back, earning a reputation as one of the top pass thieves in the conference. Stevenson was named to seven consecutive Black College All-America teams, numerous Negro all-time All-America teams and was voted the game’s greatest all-around player.Paul “Tank” Younger had a record-setting career at running back and linebacker at Grambling State University from 1945 to 1948. He was named to the 1948 Pittsburgh Courier All-America team and was the Tigers’ leader on offense and defense. Younger totaled 60 touchdowns during his career at Grambling, which at the time was a collegiate record. After his senior season, he was named Black college football’s Player of the Year. Younger went on to a very successful NFL career with the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers, earning Pro Bowl status five times. He became the first Black player to play in an NFL All-Star game, and after his playing days, went on to become the league’s first Black assistant general manager in 1975.(The Black College Football Hall of Fame is sponsored by The Shack Harris & Doug Williams Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization. For more information visit www.BlackCollegeFootballHOF.org.)center_img (Atlanta, Ga.)—Legendary Pittsburgh Courier journalist and NFL scout Bill Nunn Jr., former NFL greats Walter Payton, Jerry Rice and Deacon Jones and coaching legend Eddie Robinson are among the inaugural induction class of the Black College Football Hall of Fame.last_img read more

Future looks bright for Mount Sentinel volleyball

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe future’s so bright the Mount Sentinel Wildcats has better get out the shades.Despite finishing 11th in the 16-team B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Tournament, the youthful Cats are ready to make a push for next season.“We competed (and) we played well beyond “being happy to be there”,’ said head coach Joe Moreira.Mount Sentinel, entering the tournament as the second seed out of the Kootenay zone, defeated Kootenay rival Elkford 2-0 in consolation play in the final game of the tournament.The Cats, seeded ninth, opened the tourney matched in the very competitive pool against fourth-ranked Cedar and fifth-ranked Houston Christian.Mount Sentinel defeated a scrappy Ebenezer team to place third in the pool.The result put the Cats against Duncan Christian in playoff action.“I think were a bit unlucky to end up on the losing end of the five-set match,” Moreira explained. “We were up 10-7 in the 5th but couldn’t find a way to finish the set, losing 15-12 to Duncan Christian.”Mount Sentinel then defeated Chetwynd in consolation action before losing to Keremeos 16-14 in the third set.Kelowna Christian defeated Highroad Academy of Chilliwack to capture the provincial title.Immaculata of Kelowna got past Richmond Christian to claim the bronze medal.However, next year watch out for the Cats.“We have no Grade 12’s on the roster so we anticipate to be a stronger team next year,” said [email protected]last_img read more

Saints begin march to second banner in October

first_imgAnd on Saturday, November 16th, Simon Fraser University returns to the West Kootenays for the first time since they were swept in the 2012/13 BCIHL Finals. Selkirk then wraps up their fall semester schedule on Friday, November 29th against Eastern Washington. Following a long winter break for college exams and holidays, the Saints return to the ice on January 24th when they once again face EWU. February is a busy month for home action, as Selkirk hosts UVic on Saturday, February 8th, TWU on Friday, February 14th, and SFU on Saturday, February 22nd.The team then closes out the regular season at home to Trinity Western on Saturday, March 1st. The first round of the BCIHL playoffs commence the weekend of March 7th, with the winners advancing to the 2014 BCIHL Finals beginning Friday, March 14th. All Selkirk College hockey games – home and away – can be viewed live online at www.FastHockey.com. The Saints open training camp on Sunday, August 25th at the Castlegar Rec Complex and begin their 8-game exhibition schedule two nights later when they visit the Trail Smoke Eaters (7 p.m. faceoff at Cominco Arena). The Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program will raise the banner for their 2012/13 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League championship at the team’s regular season opener on Friday, October 4.Eastern Washington University will visit the Castlegar Recreation Complex for a match-up that marks the first of 12 Saints home games during the 24-game league schedule. All Selkirk home games will begin at 7:30 PM. To view the entire 2013/13 Selkirk College Men’s Hockey schedule, visit www.gosaints.ca.Ticketing details will be released in the near future. Selkirk plays a trio of additional home game games in October, beginning with a visit from the three-time league champion University of Victoria Vikes on Friday, October 11th. Then comes the Saints’ lone home doubleheader weekend when they host Thompson Rivers University on Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th. Trinity Western University, who hold the distinction of being the only team to defeat the Saints on home ice during the 2012/13 season, make their first visit to Castlegar on Saturday, November 2nd.last_img read more

The frog and the university: Meet the niche new species from Sri Lanka

first_imgBanner image of Lankanectes pera, named after Sri Lanka’s oldest university, courtesy of Pradeep Samarawickrama. The recent discovery of a new frog species in a niche habitat in Sri Lanka’s cloud forest has highlighted the need for conserving the Indian Ocean island’s dwindling montane habitats.The frog, Lankanectes pera, is named after the University of Peradeniya, the country’s oldest, and dwells only in pristine streams flowing through canopy-covered montane forests in the highest reaches of the Knuckles Mountain Range.Researchers are calling for extensive studies to inform conservation actions for the species, which they’ve recommended be classified as critically endangered, given its small range and population. A four-year study of streams in the cloud forests of Sri Lanka’s picturesque Knuckles Mountain Range has turned up an unexpected discovery: a new frog species found nowhere else on Earth.Lankanectes pera, a glistening, chocolate-hued frog, is only the second known species in the genus; the other, L. corrugatus, is also endemic to Sri Lanka. The researchers named it in honor of their alma mater and the oldest university in the country, the University of Peradeniya, affectionately referred to as Pera.In their paper published in the journal Zootaxa, the researchers identify the new species as being highly restricted to a habitat of about 360 square kilometers (139 square miles) — an area nearly 40 times smaller than the range inhabited by the more widely distributed L. corrugatus.While there are some subtle physical differences between the two species, it’s in their habitat selection where they differ the most.L.corrugatus mostly occurs in muddy substrates, including marshes and rice paddies, where they can easily burrow into soft mud and leaf litter. L. pera, however, needs pristine conditions and significant canopy cover.It dwells in streams flowing through the montane forests in the highest peaks of the Knuckles Mountain Range, at elevations of more than 1,100 meters (3,600 feet) above sea level. It’s found only in the Dothalugala, Bambarella and Riverston regions of Sri Lanka’s central highlands.And the frog doesn’t simply opt for pristine streams flowing through closed-canopy montane forests, but more specifically slow-flowing, clear and shallow streams, with enough rocks and sandy depths to offer hiding spots.The males, generally found under rocks and crevices, give a hint of their presence when they make halting calls during the day, or chorus at night, especially after soft rain that tends to perk them up. Figure shows two clearly defined clades including L. corrugatus and L. pera, with the latter being different by more than 16 mutational steps from the populations of the former. There is a clear separation between the males with a slight overlap of the females, indicated in filled circles in red (L. corrugatus) and blue (L. pera). Image © Senevirathne et al., 2018. 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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? 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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 Citation: Senevirathne, G., Samarawickrama, V., Wijayathilaka, N., Manamendra-Arachchi, K., Bowatte, G., Samarawickrama, D., & Meegaskumbura, M. (2018). A new frog species from rapidly dwindling cloud forest streams of Sri Lanka—Lankanectes pera (Anura, Nyctibatrachidae). Zootaxa, 4461(4), 519-538. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4461.4.4center_img Shrinking forestsBased on L. pera’s small area of occupancy, extent of occurrence, and the small population observed during the study, the scientists have suggested a conservation status of critically endangered. In contrast, L. corrugatus occupies a much larger area and has a much bigger population size, making it a species of least concern on the IUCN Red List.The researchers warn that rapid deterioration of this niche habitat can pose a significant threat to L. pera’s survival.“Montane forests are shrinking in the face of factors that we cannot directly control, such as global warming, and factors we can control, like encroachment and habitat degradation,” co-author and evolutionary biologist Madhava Meegaskumbura told Mongabay. “The answers need to be local. We need to prioritize this species in conservation efforts by evaluating its status by applying the IUCN red-listing standards.”“Cloud forest cover is critical for the survival of the species,” said Gayani Senevirathne, the paper’s lead author and a graduate student at the University of Chicago. “Diminishing forest cover will definitely make the habitat unsuitable for this highly specialized forest-stream species.”enevirathne said the Knuckles range is already renowned as an important refuge for as many as eight micro-endemic species that are largely considered to be critically endangered or endangered.The paper says the habitat requirements of L. pera are different from those of the highly threatened micro-endemics highlighted so far, and that a future conservation strategy for the amphibians of the Knuckles Mountain Range should consider this new knowledge.L. pera lives in clear water streams under rock-strewn montane forest canopy cover in the Knuckles Mountain Range. Image courtesy of Pradeep Samarawickrama.Further researchMeegaskumbura said the new species needs “urgent conservation efforts,” as well as further studies into its biology and behavior.“Beyond the conservation efforts, it will prove interesting to delve into the life history of Lankanectes pera, including its breeding seasons, mating behavior, ability to produce more offspring, development and species ecology,” he said. “This would help in planning its conservation.”That’s also where the naming of L. pera comes in, aside from being a sentimental tribute to the university, said Senevirathne.“We also wanted to place this knowledge before the university which has some of the best minds in the fields of sciences and humanities,” he said. “Peradeniya University is best equipped to lead the conservation efforts of the new species. It is also closely located to the Knuckles region, the frog’s habitat.”Meegaskumbura seconded the notion, adding he hoped that “the university after which the frog has been named would treat the conservation needs of this frog as a priority and play the lead role.”And the story of Lankanectes might still have a few more surprises in store, Meegaskumbura hinted.“The habitat of [L. pera] is surrounded by L. corrugatus, the common lowland species,” he said. “This creates a clear genetic barrier for the spread of the species to the other mountain ranges.“There however could be relict populations that are genetically close to L. pera, especially on the adjacent Central Highlands,” he added. “I would still expect those populations to be somewhat genetically distinct from L. pera.” Amphibians, Biodiversity, Cloud Forests, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests Article published by dilrukshilast_img read more

Palm oil processors top plantations in destroying proboscis monkey habitat

first_imgBanner image: Proboscis monkeys in Borneo have lost habitat to oil palm plantations and shrimp farms. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. Animals, Apes, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Mangroves, Monkeys, Oil Palm, Palm Oil, Plantations, Rainforests, Tropical Forests, Wildlife 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. The oil palm processing industry has overtaken palm plantations as the biggest cause of the loss of habitat for the endangered proboscis monkey in Indonesia’s Balikpapan Bay.A new study pinpoints the shift to 2007, when suitable land for palm oil plantations ran out and there was a boom in building the industry and infrastructure to process and ship out the commodity.Plantations continue to be a key factor in the loss of habitat, with RSPO-certified companies clearing proboscis monkey habitat despite such activity being prohibited under the terms of the sustainability scheme.The area continues to face further threats with plans for greater industrial expansion and the development of a new capital city nearby. JAKARTA — The oil palm processing industry has become the biggest threat to the iconic and endangered proboscis monkeys of Indonesian Borneo, a new study has found.The study, published in the journal Global Ecology and Conservation, analyzed the loss of habitat of the proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) in Balikpapan Bay, home to one of the largest populations of the species, using data from 2000 to 2017.It found that during that period, the monkey’s habitat shrank by a nearly an eighth of its size, from 231.7 to 203 square kilometers (89.5 to 78.4 square miles).The main cause for that loss up until 2007 was land conversion for palm oil plantations, affecting primarily non-mangroves areas. After 2007, the rate of habitat loss due to plantation development slowed down substantially because of a scarcity of suitable land. What followed instead was a boom in the palm oil processing industry, represented by a slate of bulking stations, refineries and biodiesel plants that are already operating or under construction.“Once most of the suitable land was converted to plantations, the subsequent industrial expansion became the most considerable threat to proboscis monkeys in Balikpapan Bay,” the report says.The industry flourished in Balikpapan, one of the largest cities in Indonesian Borneo and home to a bustling port that can accommodate palm oil bulk carriers.Deforestation for oil palm in East Kalimantan, Indonesia in 2016. Photo courtesy of Linus.Different kind of habitat lossThe nature of habitat loss brought about by the palm oil processing industry is vastly different from that associated with oil palm plantations.For one, industrial expansion leads to loss of both mangrove and non-mangrove forests. And it tends to cause widely scattered deforestation because of the need to build expanded infrastructure, such as ports, power lines and, in particular, roads.That translates into not just loss of habitat for the proboscis monkey, but also fragmentation of its remaining populations and the attendant impacts, including loss of access to food resources.The study cites the case of the Somber River, located right next to the city of Balikpapan. The river is a non-mangrove area where the proboscis monkey lives. But it has been highly degraded, with many of the native Sonneratia alba mangrove trees dead.The report describes the situation along the Somber River as “rather alarming,” given that the mangrove trees represent the single main food resource for the monkeys living in the highly fragmented habitat.“Instead of the total habitat, the availability and access to key food resources may determine the future development of the population,” the study says.Proboscis monkeys grooming. Image by Sue Palminteri/Mongabay.RSPO-certified habitat clearingEven as it’s been overtaken by industrial expansion as the main cause of the loss of proboscis monkey habitat, clearing of land for oil palm plantations continues to be a major problem, the study says.And third-party “sustainability” certification isn’t a check on the problem: most of the companies responsible for the loss of monkey habitat in Balikpapan Bay are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). In fact, all of the concessions managed by RSPO members continued clearing land after 2005, according to the study.The study cites the case of RSPO member Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd., whose local joint venture, PT AIEK-Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd., reportedly cleared 8.96 km2 (3.46 mi2) of non-mangrove proboscis monkey habitat for plantations. The study authors described the company as “the most prominent single stakeholder responsible for proboscis monkey habitat loss in Balikpapan Bay.”Findings like these call into question the effectiveness of the RSPO as a check on the environmental destruction associated with the palm oil industry, given that habitat clearance constitutes a violation of the RSPO Principles and Criteria. Under those rules, all proboscis monkey habitats are classified as a high conservation value (HCV) forest because of the presence of rare, threatened or endangered species.“It does not seem that the membership in RSPO plays a major role in halting the forest loss in either plantation or industrial concessions,” the study says.But it also says that the destroyed habitat can still be rehabilitated, including the land cleared by PT AIEK-Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd.“If the corporation decides, either voluntarily or under pressure by RSPO, to restore this habitat, they would instantly turn from a major destroyer to a pioneer in proboscis monkey conservation in Balikpapan Bay,” the study says.In response to the findings, the RSPO confirmed that Goodhope was one of its members and that its local venture partner, PT AIEK, was not certified.“Additionally, we found that no formal complaints have been lodged through RSPO’s Complaints and Appeals system against PT AIEK, nor its parent company,” the RSPO told Mongabay.But even without a complaint being lodged, the RSPO said all its members were expected to abide by its rules, regardless of whether or not they were certified.Proboscis monkey. Image by Rhett Butler/MongabayFurther threatsRealistically, though, the rate of habitat loss looks to increase in the coming years, with the government planning major projects to turn the area into an industrial powerhouse. These include plans like an extension of the Kariangau industrial park, which would involve large-scale clearing of coastal forests.Under Balikpapan’s latest municipal zoning plans, non-mangrove forests within the industrial park have been allocated for industry, with the mangrove forests untouched. Activists have criticized the expansion plan, saying it could lead to further loss of habitat for numerous species, including the proboscis monkey.The government also plans to develop another industrial estate in the neighboring district of North Penajam Paser, which will overlap with a large area of existing proboscis monkey habitat.Another part of North Penajam Paser will also be home to Indonesia’s new capital city, which President Joko Widodo announced last year would be relocated from the chronically congested and fast-sinking Jakarta. Environmental activists have voiced concerns that the relocation and attendant construction boom will spell doom for several endemic species, including the proboscis monkey. The new study also raises this point, saying that the move “is likely to result in the next dramatic change in the rate and causation of the proboscis monkey habitat loss in Balikpapan Bay.”President Widodo claims the new capital will be designed in such a way to minimize disruptions to the proboscis monkey, while the minister of public works, Basuki Hadi Moeljono, has promised to review the infrastructure development plan to protect the species.The initial plan was to build transportation infrastructure in Balikpapan Bay to channel construction supplies inland to the new capital. But after learning that Balikpapan Bay is a natural habitat of the proboscis monkey, Basuki said he changed the plan.“[The habitat] can’t be touched,” he told local media. “[We] have to build the connectivity first.”Citation:Toulec, T., Lhota, S., Soumarová, H., Putera, A. K. S., & Kustiawan, W. (2020). Shrimp farms, fire or palm oil? 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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

DD Fitness: Five reasons why you are not seeing progress in your training

first_imgOne question that tends to re-occur time and time again is: “Why am I not seeing any progress?”If you have previously been having results in your training and it has stalled, there can be a few reasons for this to happen.I always try and get our Rushe Fitness members to make small changes in their training and diets so they can keep making progress. Find out more about joining us hereCLICK HEREEach person will have different reasons why this can happen, but one or more of the five points below tend to be the cause for lack of progress.YOU HAVE MAXED OUT YOUR ‘NEWBIE GAINS’If you are new to training, everything you do is a new stimulus to your body.This means your body will react to this new stimulus and will try to adapt as quickly as possible to everything that is placed upon it.For someone who is a beginner to training, they can find that they get noticeable results really quickly for the 1st 6-12 month of training without having to look at their nutrition at all.After that, those results will tend to slow down and can plateau altogether, unless you have changed anything in your training, like lifting more weight, or looking at your diet and changing it to be more in line with your goals.YOU AREN’T EATING ENOUGH!A common mistake that people make, is they don’t eat enough to fuel their training goals.Trying to survive on very low calories when you are doing daily training sessions won’t get you faster results.It will actually hinder your progressYour energy throughout the day will be lower than normal as your body tries to conserve energy, so your ability to lift more or do more work or get a good training session in will go down, so your ability to gain progress will go down along with it. Extremely low-calorie diets don’t work for long term results!YOU HAVEN’T CHANGED YOUR WEIGHTS SINCE TIME BEGAN!If you are still lifting the same weights, one or two years later, you won’t see any progress.Not lifting heavier because of getting ‘too big’ or ending up ‘too bulky’ is the wrong way to think about it.You will NEVER end up too big, unless you eat in a calorie surplus and have a structured training program.It just won’t happen. But, if you want to see progress, you need to give the body a new stimulus to kick start things again, it can be as simple as lifting heavier weights, doing more reps, or doing more sets.It’s not a difficult as many make it out to be and you don’t have to go from an 8kg kettlebell to a 50kg one, but you can go from an 8kg to a 10kg which will add progress to your training. YOU ARE TRAINING TOO MUCH!Once progress starts to slow or stop, adding in even more training can be counterproductive.This is especially true if you aren’t eating enough to fuel the extra sessions.Think of it like this. Advertisement You have a car that is almost out of fuel and in order to get to your destination, you decide to speed up, drive in low gears only and take a few detours along the way.If you are training and your diet is on point, you may need to look at what you are doing and how you can get more progress from that, rather than adding in more training in the hopes that it will get you more progress.More often than not, adding more won’t give you more progress.YOU ARE UNDER-RECOVERING!For most, you aren’t ‘over-training’, you are simply under recovering.This sums up the previous 2 points that I made.Your recovery is more important for your goals than your training.It is where you adapt, recover, regenerate and grow. Advertisement If you aren’t eating enough, sleeping enough, hydrating and taking proper de-loads (day’s off or days of less work), you aren’t going to see progress as you will be running on empty.Instead of trying to do more, you may need to reduce your training for a week in order to give your body a break and allow it to recover so you can push harder in your next training phase.If you aren’t seeing results with your training in or out of the gym, try adding in one or more of the points above.Small changes can make a huge difference to your progress, so give it a go.#leanin2019Our Lean in 2019 program gives you a structured training and nutrition plan so you can keep making progress in and out of the gym. You can get in on the program by joining our Letterkenny Gym Community. Find out all details through the link below.JOIN HERE NOW!DD Fitness: Five reasons why you are not seeing progress in your training was last modified: September 29th, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fitnesshealthhealthy appetiteshealthy choiceshealthy eatinglast_img read more