first_imgPorsha Roberts put her name atop the record books on Saturday with two blocks in the first half. With those two rejections, Roberts is now tied for the career lead in SFA history with 175. Henderson finished the night with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Branch added 10 points. Boise State got 28 points from Deanna Weaver and 10 points from Miquelle Askew and Brooke Pahukoa. The Broncos were in foul trouble for much of the night with five players registering at least three fouls. SFA will now head to Charleston, S.C., for a semifinal match at College of Charleston to be played Wednesday or Thursday. Roberts led the Ladyjacks with 27 points, and it was the 12th time this season she reached the 20-point mark. Roberts was 8-of-14 from the field and hit 11-of-12 free throws. She also pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the team and post her 10th double-double of the season. SFA trailed 34-31 at halftime but started to get hot near the end going on a 9-3 run to close the gap at the break. The Ladyjacks came out in the second half and continued to apply pressure and hit a string of 3-pointers from Tierany Henderson and Brentney Branch to reclaim the lead. The victory marks only the second time in school history SFA has had two postseason wins in an elimination style postseason tournament. The only other occasion was the 1996 NCAA Tournament when the Ladyjacks reached the Sweet 16. The Ladyjacks have never had three wins in a postseason tournament. The Ladyjacks crashed the glass to out-rebound the Broncos 54-29 and had 21 offensive rebounds lead to 24-second chance points. Stephen F. Austin Recap Stephen F. Austin 80, Boise State 59NACOGDOCHES, Texas – With a commanding second half the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks posted an 80-59 victory over Boise State in the quarterfinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational on Saturday night. The Ladyjacks hit eight 3-pointers in the second half to pull away and keep their season alive.last_img read more

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first_imgSports Shorts A new travel baseball (13, 14U) team is forming for the spring season in Monmouth County. The team is looking for all positions. Winter indoor training December to March. Please e-mail Basesloaded03@aol.com The St. Mary’s Athletic Association will be holding registration for its winter basketball program on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 at the Harmony soccer fields in Middletown from 9 a.m. to noon. The program is open to children in grades 2-6. For more information, call (732) 671-7179. The St. Mary’s Athletic Association will hold registration for its spring soccer program on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 at the Harmony soccer fields in Middletown from 9 a.m. to noon. The program is open to children in grades 2-6. For more information, call (732) 671-7179.last_img read more

first_imgArticle published by Glenn Scherer The Brazilian elections are just weeks away, scheduled for 7 October. The five leading candidates are Jair Bolsonaro, Marina Silva, Ciro Gomes, Geraldo Alckmin, and Fernando Haddad, though none appears to have sufficient voter backing to win on election-day. A runoff with the top two will occur on 28 October.This story offers an overview of the environmental stance of the top five. Jair Bolsonaro, leader in the polls, would pull Brazil out of the Paris Climate Agreement, abolish the Ministry of the Environment, and open the Amazon and indigenous lands for economic exploitation.Marina Silva, a former environmental minister, established policies that reduced Amazon deforestation. She would keep Brazil in the Paris Agreement and use it as a means of shifting the nation’s agribusiness sector to be more sustainable, competitive and equitable. Ciro Gomes supports hydroelectric dams and the Paris Agreement.Geraldo Alckmin supports agribusiness over environmental. Little is known of Fernando Haddad’s environmental positions, though he’s a strong proponent of bicycling to reduce car use. As important for the environment: the bancada ruralista agribusiness lobby looks poised to grow stronger in congress in the coming election. Candidate for the Presidency Geraldo Alckmin during commerce sector event in Brasília, August 2018. Image courtesy Valter Campanato / Agência Brasil.Almost every Brazilian (91 percent) wants to get closer to nature, while 27 percent see deforestation, and 26 percent see water pollution, as the greatest threats to their nation’s environment, according to a WWF-Brazil survey conducted in June.However, most of the leading presidential candidates seem to be out of step with those views ahead of the 7 October election. A look at the record, political platforms and stump speeches of Jair Bolsonaro, Marina Silva, Ciro Gomes, Geraldo Alckmin, and Fernando Haddad shows that, with the exception of Silva, the rest display little deep knowledge of, interest in, or are negatively inclined toward, the environment, and especially toward reducing deforestation and enforcing indigenous land rights.In a country that can lay claim to the largest remaining intact rainforest in the world, only one of the top contenders, Marina Silva, is making significant room for environmental issues in the national debate. Jair Bolsonaro, first place in the polls and survivor of an assassination attempt this month, not only doesn’t mention deforestation in his platform but has declared that, if elected, he’ll follow Donald Trump’s lead in the U.S., and withdraw Brazil from the Paris Climate Agreement.Of the five leading vice presidential candidates, Gomes’ running mate (Kátia Abreu), and Alckmin’s running mate (Ana Amélia), belong to the bancada ruralista, Brazil’s agribusiness lobby which takes strongly anti-environmental positions.Sonia Guajajara, coordinator of the Articulation of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples (APIB), speaks at the Ministries Esplanade in Brasília. She is Brazil’s first ever indigenous vice presidential candidate. April 2015. Image courtesy of Waldemir Barreto / Agência Senado.While not polling with the top five presidential candidates, Guilherme Boulos and running mate Sonia Guajajara, have a detailed environmental platform. Guajajara was born in the Araribóia Indigenous Preserve in Maranhão state, and is the first indigenous woman to run for the vice presidency. Boulos and Guajajara advocate zero deforestation, restoration of native forest, and the elimination of transgenic seeds and chemical pesticides in food production. Although polls show just 1 percent of voters standing with them, Guajajara’s role is significant, as she has given a political voice to the 305 indigenous peoples in the country. But it’s a milestone little noticed by many Brazilians.As important as the presidential election is, the vote for congressional deputies is very important too, with the bancada ruralista agribusiness lobby likely to strengthen its position in the October election.What follows is an evaluation of the environmental positions of the leading five presidential candidates, as gleaned from their records, past statements, platforms and political speeches. Voter polling statistics beside each candidate’s name and party come from a Datafolha survey published by the Folha de São Paulo newspaper Friday, 14 September.House representative Jair Bolsonaro, November 2016. Image courtesy Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom / Agência Brasil.Jair Bolsonaro, PSL Party (26 percent)Wherever he goes, Jair Bolsonaro is known for creating turbulence and for rash judgments. In a 1983 Brazilian Army document the then lieutenant was described unfavorably as to the “aggressive treatment given to his comrades,” and “as to the lack of logic and balance in presenting his arguments.” An example: during a conflict over military salaries Captain Bolsonaro was arrested, then, speaking off the record, said he planned to bomb the Vila Militar bathrooms, in Rio de Janeiro. He was charged, found guilty, then acquitted.In 1988, he entered politics and is currently in his seventh term as a House deputy. In his first speech as a 2018 presidential candidate, Bolsonaro said that if elected, he would withdraw Brazil from the Paris Climate Agreement (he has labeled global warming as “greenhouse fables”). He would also extinguish the Ministry of the Environment (transferring its responsibilities to the Ministry of Agriculture), and open the Amazon and indigenous lands for economic exploitation.Bolsonaro, an active Twitter user,  says that indigenous reserves should be opened for mining, and that indigenous people should be rewarded with royalties for the ore extracted from their reserves. “Here, our Indian has to live hidden on a piece of land, as if he were a thing of nature, as part of a zoo, as many [social and environmental] NGOs want this to be.” According to Bolsonaro, human rights groups in Brazil only defend bandits.Jair Bolsonaro launches his candidacy for president, July 2018. Image courtesy Fernando Frazão / Agência Brasil.In almost 30 years in Congress he has only seen two of his bills passed, though he has managed to offend women, gays and blacks. Last year, after visiting a quilombo (a community made up of the descendants of runaway slaves) in Eldorado, in São Paulo state, Bolsonaro said that “the lightest Afro-descendant [living] there weighed seven arrobas [a unit used to weigh cattle and swine]. They don’t do anything! I do not think that [they] even procreate anymore.” The candidate has been denounced in the Federal Supreme Court for racism.Bolsonaro has been quite isolated in the House of Representatives throughout his time there, and has never been close to the bancada ruralista, although he generally votes for their policies. He, for example, voted with the ruralistas for the reduction and dismemberment of Jamanxim National Forest in the Amazon.The ruralists, for their part, have found Bolsonaro’s words incendiary, and have at times distanced themselves from the candidate. He, for example, promised to distribute rifles to farmers with which they could defend themselves against occupations by the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST). House deputy and ruralist Domingos Sávio responded: “We do not want a person [as president] who brings more insecurity.”Ciro Gomes, candidate for Presidency of the Republic, August 2018. Image courtesy José Cruz / Agência Brasil.Ciro Gomes PDT Party (13 percent)From the beginning of his political career as a state deputy in 1983, Ciro Gomes drew attention for his eloquent speeches on national issues, democracy and social reforms. As mayor of Fortaleza, the capital of Ceará, and as governor of that state, he obtained high approval ratings (75 percent excellent/good on average) for investing heavily in health, education and sanitation services, combating tax evasion and replacing politicians with young technicians in government posts.As Minister for National Integration (2003-2006) in the Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva government (known to Brazilians simply as “Lula”), one of Gomes main tasks was to advance the São Francisco River irrigation project, which consisted in the diversion of its waters to irrigate crops and for human consumption in the increasingly drought-stricken Northeast region.A staunch advocate of hydroelectric power, the candidate describes it as the cleanest and cheapest energy source on the planet. “It is no use having a technologically extraordinary energy [source], friendly to nature, [such as] solar, but that is inaccessible to the poor,” he said in a debate with Brazilian scientists last July.Gomes said then that, in his view, there are two opposing camps: an “energy defender group” in favor of large-scale hydropower, and an environmental defender group that is against it, but who are “not held responsible for saying where the clean and affordable energy will come from. We need to have a national [energy] development project that converges these two values,” Gomes asserted.Ciro Gomes officially launches his presidential candidacy, July 2018. Image courtesy Marcelo Camargo / Agência Brasil.During the July talk, a scientist referred to the Belo Monte mega-dam on the Xingu River in the Amazon as an environmental catastrophe. Gomes agreed that “It is clear that [the dam] has changed [local] people’s lives… but to say that something has been harmed” is untrue.He added, “The Balbina [hydroelectric dam] was a criminal environmental disaster, but not Belo Monte. I am not saying it is a good alternative, but it is the only one. We have to discuss other options [however, since] big hydroelectric dams are over in Brazil.”A presidential candidate for the third time, Gomes has stated his commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. However, he has chosen Kátia Abreu, former leader of the bancada ruralista agribusiness lobby in the Senate, as his running mate.Presidential candidate Geraldo Alckmin, August 2018. Image courtesy José Cruz / Agência Brasil .Geraldo Alckmin PSDB Party (9 percent)Geraldo Alckmin’s environmental record is scant, except in regards to water management, or according to his critics, the mismanagement of its supply.With nineteen years as vice governor (1995-2001), and governor (2001-2006, and 2011-April 2018) of São Paulo state, Alckmin should have had great familiarity with his region’s water needs, and with the urgent need to address deficiencies in its water systems – problems which became increasingly clear as population and water demand increased.In 2003, the state’s Cantareira supply system, then responsible for providing more than 14 million people with water, was only operating at 3 percent capacity. In 2009, the Secretariat of the Environment issued a dire report that forecast the risk of a complete water system collapse in the state by 2015.By 2014, São Paulo, the state’s capital, along with other urban areas, were confronting their biggest water crisis in history.While the severity of droughts took much of the population by surprise, Alckmin’s government wasn’t caught totally unawares. In 2012, it had warned New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) investors about the expected negative economic consequences that extreme drought was likely to soon have on the finances of the São Paulo State Basic Sanitation Company (Sabesp). The main shareholder of Sabesp is the São Paulo government, but Sabesp shares have also been traded on the NYSE, New York Stock Exchange, since 2002.Governor Geraldo Alckmin, January 2018. Image courtesy Rovena Rosa / Agência Brasil.With water reserves at Cantareira at zero by February 2014, Alckmin took drastic action. He determined that Sabesp should extract the so-called “dead volume” of the system for public use — pumps would be employed to collect the remaining sediment-thick water in the system, lying below the normal collecting network. This required costlier treatment at public expense.In the middle of the supply crisis, the State and Federal Public Ministries filed a civil action against Sabesp to prevent the use of the second half of the dead volume. District attorney Rodrigo Sanches Garcia strongly criticized the São Paulo government, which had denied any need to ration water during the drought and instead had allowed Sabesp to capture unauthorized dead water volume to avoid decreasing share value.“Sabesp, in a joint decision with the management bodies, took high and inadmissible risks in the operation of the water-producing systems, extrapolating the dimensions of business management and exploiting the Cantareira System to the point of risk of exhaustion,” reads the public action.2012 and 2013 were the golden years of Sabesp, with the highest net profits and dividend distribution of its history. Between 2004 and 2014, the profit reverted to shareholders was about R$ 4.3 billion (US$ 1.4 billion).Rain returned to the region in 2016. But last July the Cantareira reservoir returned to a state of alert, with the water supply at 39.9 percent, and it continues to fall. Earlier this month it was at 36.4 percent.Now in the presidential race, Alckmin selected Ana Amélia as running mate, a ruralista senator who strongly supports agribusiness. Alckmin is similarly aligned: he has proposed abolishing the Ministry of the Environment and defends PL 6.299/2002, dubbed the “Poison Bill,” which analysts say would lead to the deregulation of Brazil’s pesticide approval process, removing oversight by ANVISA (the regulatory body currently in charge of such approvals), and IBAMA, the federal environmental agency, from the pesticides registration process.Last August, Alckmin stated: “It is not a Poison Bill, it is a Remedy Bill. Like animals get sick, plants also do, so one needs defensive agents to protect them. We need more modern defensives that have a better effect. [Passage of the bill will result in] less health and environmental problems and [the] protection of agriculture.”Marina Silva in an interview for Empresa Brasil de Comunicação (EBC) as a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic, August 2018. Image courtesy Marcello Casal jr. / Agência Brasil.Marina Silva REDE Party (8 percent)Marina Silva is the only major presidential candidate with an extensive environmental record. When she took over Brazil’s Ministry of the Environment (a position she held under President Lula from 2003 to 2008), she went to work immediately to reduce Amazon deforestation. First off, she had to figure out how to do so cost effectively. Her plan to curb forest destruction, was estimated to cost R$ 400 million (about US$ 138 million), two thirds of the ministry’s total budget. Short on cash, she proposed integrating her agency’s deforestation reduction plan with other government departments.In the end, “we only needed R$ 30 million of our budget (US$ 10.3 million), the rest came from 13 other ministries, including [the Ministry of] Agriculture,” explained the candidate at an August 2018 event at the Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil (CNA). “The real-time satellite [forest] monitoring system [for instance] was already [in place] in the Ministry of Science and Technology; we only needed to use the same satellite base … and the logistics were provided by the Ministry of the Army.”During her tenure, Amazon deforestation fell from 27,000 square kilometers (10,424 square miles) in 2004, to 18,000 square kilometers (6,949 square miles) in 2005, and then fell again to 14,000 square kilometers (5,405 square miles) in 2006, according to INPE.Silva, a former rubber tapper, had humble beginnings. Born in 1958, she only became literate at age 16 when she moved to Rio Branco, capital of Acre state (rubber plantation owners didn’t allow schools until the 1970s). Later she majored in history and became an activist for the Amazon forest and for the rights of rubber tappers serving under renowned social movement leader Chico Mendes.She was elected a councilwoman in 1988 and became a senator for Acre at age 35. While running the environmental ministry, she instituted a requirement for environmental licensing for hydroelectric projects and for oil block biddings. She also oversaw the creation of 62 Conservation Units, 31 of them in the Amazon.However, businessmen and some in government, complained over the delays involved in granting permits for new infrastructure. Even President Lula publicly criticized Silva when a lack of licenses postponed the auction process for the Madeira River mega-dams.Marina Silva campaigns in Nova Iguaçu during her 2010 presidential campaign. Image courtesy of Marina Silva – Flickr, CC BY.In 2007, INPE detected an increase in deforestation, but Environmental Minister Silva blamed the prolonged drought and the spread of soybean and livestock production that came along with a rise in commodity prices. Reinhold Stephanes, then Minister of Agriculture, and Blairo Maggi, then governor of Mato Grosso and a prominent ruralist, disputed the deforestation numbers of the governmental institute, as well as President Lula.Blaming diminishing government support for her environmental agenda, Silva resigned in May 2008. Now she is running for president for the third time. Her platform calls for “the alignment of public policies, especially [the] industrial, energy, agricultural, livestock , forestry… and infrastructure to the goals of the Paris [Climate] Agreement.”She contends that, “the forest economy is the sector that can produce the most rapid and intense [climate change] mitigation results. The objective is to achieve zero deforestation in Brazil in the shortest possible time, with a limit date of 2030.”At this year’s CNA event, Marina stated: “We managed to reduce deforestation by 80 percent for ten years [as] the economy grew. It is now difficult to explain how, [in] a shrinking economy, deforestation increases by more than 30 percent, especially on public lands.”Faced with a less-than-friendly CNA audience of big ruralist agribusiness producers, the candidate expressed a desire for dialogue and compromise: “The gravity of the [economic] crisis is not greater, thanks [in due] to the contribution you have made to our economy.…  I reaffirm my conviction that Brazilian producers are ready to make a definitive transition from an extensive and low productive agriculture, to a competitive and sustainable one. ”She also highlighted economic disparities between large landholders and small-scale farmers: “There is an enormous inequality [in rural land ownership], and access to technology is not available to all. The IBGE 2017 agricultural census shows that of the slightly more than five million [agricultural] producers [in Brazil], almost three million live in poverty, or in extreme poverty. To provide them support is an ethical imperative. ”If Silva wins, she promises to disallow Brazilian presidents from running for a second term. She says, “I want to build a country in which politicians do not have that much power. Be suspicious when they do. It’s not the politicians, but the Constitution that holds the power.”Fernando Haddad when Minister of Education. Image courtesy Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom / ABr.Fernando Haddad PT Party (13 percent)Former President Lula has held the highest of all presidential poll ratings throughout 2018. However, he is ineligible as a candidate because of corruption and money laundering convictions, and has been in prison for five months on charges that many Brazilians see as trumped up by the right wing. This month the courts again rejected his plea to be allowed to run.On 11 September, Lula selected Fernando Haddad, his running mate, to replace him in the election, and asked his millions of supporters to vote for Haddad for president. As a result, Haddad saw a sudden surge in his polling last week, but how this request will shake out on 7 October is anyone’s guess.Haddad, although he served as Minister of Education in the Lula and Dilma Rousseff governments, is not well known nationally. Graduated in law, with a master’s degree in economics, and a doctorate in philosophy, he was elected São Paulo mayor in 2013.Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (right) with then mayor of São Paulo, Fernando Haddad, greeting people after a press conference at Novotel Jaraguá (SP). September 2016. Image courtesy Rovena Rosa / Agência Brasil.At the time, the city had 12 million vehicles, and was known for its traffic congestion and air pollution. Haddad launched an initiative to increase bike lanes and to promote the use of bicycles by commuters. The policy was controversial and displeased citizens accustomed to using their cars. But by the end of Haddad’s term in 2016, a 400 kilometer (248 mile) bike lane network was built and in use by a growing legion of cyclists. Today the network has grown to 498 kilometers (309 miles).With Haddad only stepping into Lula’s shoes this month, it is unknown where he stands on major issues, including the environment, deforestation and indigenous land rights.The presidential election slated for Sunday, 7 October is likely to have no clear-cut majority winner with 50 percent of the vote, resulting in a 28 October runoff between the two leading candidates. Virtually no one is ready to predict the ultimate winner, but whoever it is, the future of the Amazon, and of Brazil, will be in her or his hands.Brazilian National Congress. Image by Eurico Zimbres licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.Election likely to strengthen ruralistasWhile the presidential election is important, so too is the congressional vote, with most analysts agreeing that the bancada ruralista is likely to gain greater dominance and power this October.Ruralômetro, a legislative scorecard created and maintained by Reporter Brasil, shows that 248 congressional deputies who are running for re-election this year have introduced laws or voted for measures that have a negative impact on the socio-environmental sector. Of those 248 candidates, 138 (55 percent) officially count themselves as part of the bancada ruralista.Repórter Brasil reported last week that: “At least two-thirds, or 66.5 percent, of the federal House deputies who are candidates for re-election this year voted for, or introduced, bills that harm the environment, indigenous peoples, and rural workers.”Presidential platforms (in Portuguese):The Jair Bolsonaro political platform can be found here:http://divulgacandcontas.tse.jus.br/candidaturas/oficial/2018/BR/BR/2022802018/280000614517/proposta_1534284632231.pdfThe Ciro Gomes political platform can be found here:http://divulgacandcontas.tse.jus.br/candidaturas/oficial/2018/BR/BR/2022802018/280000605589//proposta_1533938913830.pdf.The Geraldo Alckmin political platform can be found here:Plano de GovernoThe Fernando Haddad political platform can be found here:http://www.pt.org.br/The Marina Silva political platform can be found here:http://divulgacandcontas.tse.jus.br/candidaturas/oficial/2018/BR/BR/2022802018/280000622171//proposta_1534349620464.pdfThe Guilherme Boulos and Sonia Guajajara’s political platform can be found here:http://divulgacandcontas.tse.jus.br/candidaturas/oficial/2018/BR/BR/2022802018/280000601016//proposta_1533565462424.pdfFEEDBACK: 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. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Agriculture, Agrochemicals, Amazon Agriculture, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Dams, Amazon Destruction, Amazon Mining, Amazon People, Amazon Soy, Controversial, Corruption, Dams, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Energy, Energy Politics, Environment, Environmental Politics, Featured, Forests, Green, Hydroelectric Power, Hydropower, Indigenous Cultures, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Industrial Agriculture, Infrastructure, Land Rights, Land Use Change, Mining, Pesticides, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforest Mining, Rainforests, Saving The Amazon, Social Justice, Soy, Threats To The Amazon, Tropical Deforestation last_img read more

first_imgUndeclared presidential candidate Fred Thompson will be in Burbank today to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, second in the Democratic field, will visit a Brentwood gas station late this morning to call for national low-carbon fuel standards. Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain will be in Newport Beach for a pair of fund-raisers this evening, one with tickets going for $1,000 and the other for $2,300, the maximum individual donation allowed during the primary season. Thompson, a former Tennessee senator who played Manhattan District Attorney Arthur Branch on NBC’s “Law & Order” the past five seasons, was second in the Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll released yesterday, with 21 percent. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani led with 27 percent. McCain fell one spot to third with 12 percent, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was in fourth with 10 percent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img Peter Crouch has started just six Stoke games over the last two seasons Hughes admits he is well aware of the striker’s predicament but insists the former Liverpool and Tottenham frontman has a role to play for Stoke this season. 1 At least I’m getting a game somewhere 👍🏻 https://t.co/QabJ6HW3Ia— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) October 22, 2016center_img The Welsh coach said: “Pete’s quite sharp on Twitter so I always keep a look out once people tell me he’s been on there. Usually it’s quite amusing.“It’s probably true, he’s a little bit frustrated but it is what it is. He’s showing good signs in training. When it’s the right time to introduce him again then we’ll do that.“But he’s just got to be patient like a number of other people at the moment because we’re winning games and playing well so it’s difficult to break in.”It is becoming a familiar story for 35-year-old Crouch, who only started four Premier League games last season.“Everyone gets to a point where they’re frustrated when they feel they’re not getting opportunities they would like,” said Potters boss Hughes.“He’s not the most forceful in that regard but certainly he’s knocked on my door and had a word in the past, as I would expect. He’s a seasoned player, he’s got a lot of experience that we value.“At the moment we’re in a position where we want a little bit of continuity, which we’ve lacked prior to this run.”Crouch has consistently been linked with a move away from Stoke but Hughes still sees the target man as a valuable asset and would not be willing to see him leave.He said: “I’m not thinking in those terms. It’s about having a balance in the squad. Pete clearly gives us a different type of threat.“The key is to have different types of players to give the opposition different types of problems. All our strikers offer different things and Pete is very much a player we value and one we’ll use as we see fit.“He’s going to play a part this year, he knows that, and he’ll get the right amount of games I feel.” Stoke City manager Mark Hughes accepts Peter Crouch is frustrated at his lack of game time, but says he is not prepared to sell the striker in January.The former England forward has started just two games for Stoke this season and none since August.Well-loved for his humour, Crouch teased his frustration at his bit-part Potters role with a recent post on Twitter, quipping in response to a fan:last_img read more

first_imgA teen talent no more, Kylian Mbappe’s birthday has come along and it means he’s now in his 20s – they grow up so fast, don’t they?The Paris Saint-Germain star has had an incredible start to his career and looks set to go down in history after just three full seasons of football behind him. BEST OF shining Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ He’s already achieved more than most in his fledgling career having won the World Cup with France last summer.So, here at talkSPORT we’re taking a look back at his career, so far, in numbers as we appreciate his incredible talents. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Mbappe celebrates scoring his first senior goal against Troyes Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Mbappe poses with the World Cup last summer RANKED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 8 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 16 years 347 daysThe age Kylian Mbappe made his debut for Monaco against Caen on December 2, 2015.He replaced Fabio Coentrao in a 1-1 draw at the Stade Louis II wearing the No. 33 shirt but was unable to make an impact in his two minutes on the pitch. Mbappe leaves with the match ball after destroying Lyon Latest Football Stories 8 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 136The number of dribbles Mbappe attempted in his first season with Paris Saint-Germain as his direct running decimated Ligue 1 defences, 79 were successful.TwoThe amount of Ligue 1 titles Mbappe has already won in his three full season in French football. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move getty Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card GETTY 12The number of goals Mbappe has already scored in Ligue 1 this season and he’s achieved it in just 11 games, too.He’s just four strikes from a record league haul with his previous best being 15 in the 2016/17 season and is currently registering 3.9 shots per game, his highest ever average.13 minutesHow long it took Mbappe to score four goals against Lyon in Ligue 1 earlier this campaign. £128millionThe fee Paris Saint-Germain reportedly paid Monaco as part of his loan-turned-permanent transfer in 2017. 8 BEST OF 347The amount of points Mbappe achieved in the 2018 Ballon d’Or voting where he was named the fourth best player in world football one place ahead of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi but below Antoine Griezmann, Cristiano Ronaldo, and winner Luka Modric. REPLY no dice ADVICE center_img REVEALED Mbappe on the day he signed for Paris Saint-Germain 8 8 Mbappe celebrates winning the Ligue 1 title last season with team-mate Neymar TwoThe number of World Cup final goals Mbappe scored in France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in Russia.He became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final with the only other player being Pele in 1958. 24The amount of goals Mbappe scored in his first full season (2016/17) as a senior Monaco player, this included two hat-tricks and three braces.EightThe number of assists Mbappe laid on for his team-mates in the same Ligue 1 campaign.18 years, three months and five daysHow old Mbappe was when he made his international debut for France.He made his bow as a substitute against Luxembourg in 2017, replacing Dimitri Payet after 78 minutes in a 3-1 win. REVEALED 8 8 huge blow 8 REPLY ADVICE MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED Mbappe in action against Bordeaux in his debut campaign shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade SevenThe amount of appearances it took for Mbappe to get his first goal for Monaco.Having drawn blanks against Caen, Tottenham Hotspur, Saint Etienne, Bordeaux, and Toulouse, he finally netted against Troyes in February 2016. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Mbappe on his France debut against Luxembourg Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Paris Saint-Germain ace Kylian Mbappe Latest Football Stories Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars last_img read more

first_img“Last year I wasn’t involved but watching that game, building up to this game, watching a lot of the clips on things we did well and things we can do better,” Strauss said. “Physically we did match them as a team last year but also in 2017 in that game we fronted up very well physically and we’ve got to take another step this week. “We’ve seen what England have done so if you match that you probably get something out of it.“You can only do as much as you can. You try take the best things from our performances and build on that. “Like last weekend in the last ten minutes we slipped up, we need to nip that in the bud and get better.“It might sound cliché but we just focus on the week and on yourself. I think a lot of teams are trying to get away from if you are home or away, that comes later in the week when you start talking about a few mental things. “Earlier in the week it’s more preparation wise, new plays, new calls, and then later on in the week the mental side starts to come in and you talk about ‘this is home, we don’t lose at home’. It’s sold out. “It’s a great feeling singing the national anthem with a full stadium. It does boost us knowing it’s going to be there. Sometimes you go with your club and you know it won’t be full, it’s not like that. You get there and you know it’s going to be full and the people will be behind you and it’s a great feeling.”Strauss said that defeat to England would only make Ireland more dangerous, with the players determined to make amends.“They have got great leaders in the team,” he said. “They have some of the best players in the world and have been one of the best teams in the world over the past few seasons.“That will be their chat this week, showing that character, after coming off a bad loss, maybe something they didn’t expect from England. This is the marker they’ve got to set now. Get better, win this game and then take it from there.“We’ll have a big challenge on our hands, they will come as a wounded animal. It’s away from home, they know how big it is playing at Murrayfield. We know what’s coming. They’ll know what’s coming. We want to improve on things like the last ten minutes (Italy game).”Despite the wobbly ending, victory over Italy kept Scottish hopes of a successful tournament high. A win at Murrayfield would send expectation higher but also put Ireland in a difficult spot.“This will be their marker to put down,” Strauss said. “If [Ireland] lose this one, probably that makes it very tough for them to get anywhere close to winning the competition. It’s a tough dynamic because you want to focus on every week as it comes.“I don’t think them as a team want to look at the end of the competition. They want to look at this week, how they will beat us and we’re doing the same thing. I think it will be a good test.“They’ll be really up for it and we have to match them.” Josh Strauss has said that Scotland will have to step up a level against Ireland this weekend but can earn a positive result if they take a leaf out of England’s book.Eddie Jones’ side were 32-20 winners in Dublin on the opening weekend and Strauss believes matching that performance can be key to success.Scotland lost 28-8 to Ireland at the Aviva last year and the flanker said that the team would look to learn from that defeat. While he felt home advantage could help, and was eagerly anticipating the Murrayfield backing, he said that feeling wouldn’t kick in until Saturday and until then preparation was his main focus.last_img read more

first_imgTags:#mobile#NYT#Product Reviews#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… frederic lardinois Related Posts center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Just in time for SXSW, Dennis Crowley, one of the original developers of Dodgeball, has released a new location-aware social app (iTunes link) for the iPhone: Foursquare. At its core, Foursquare is a location-based social network, but at the same time, it is also a nightlife game where users get extra points for being the first to visit a new place, going out every night of the week, and for adding new information about clubs and restaurants.FeaturesFrom within the app, you can update your location, send shouts to your friends, track your ‘achievements,’ and keep a to-do list that is shared with your friends. You can also add additional information about your favorite food or beer to your favorite hangouts. Foursquare draws from a list of known restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. The iPhone app also integrates reviews from Yelp and Google Maps. The app currently features a database for 12 of the larger metropolitan areas in the U.S., including Boston, New York, San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, and Austin. We expect that Foursquare will add data for more cities in the next few months. If a certain restaurant or bar is not in Foursquare’s database, you can also add your own.CompetitionThe competitive elements are clearly stressed in this app, as you don’t just get points for everything you do on the service (and which are tracked on a leaderboard), but you can also receive badges for special achievements. Some of those, like being the ‘mayor’ of a certain place (the player who has checked in from this location more often than anybody else), are only given to one user at a time, and we can see how this might spur some fierce local competitions.VerdictFoursquare is a very cool application, and unlike other location-aware apps, it adds a competitive element to the interaction, as it rewards you for checking in whenever you arrive at a new location. This solves a major problem that has held back a lot of similar apps like Loopt or Brightkite in the past: users simply didn’t have enough of an incentive to open up the app and check in every time they arrived somewhere new. With Foursquare, checking in, however, becomes the thing to do.Overall, we can see how this app could become quite addictive and we wouldn’t be surprised if it took Austin by storm this weekend.last_img read more

first_imgSome call it the “biological Chernobyl.” On 2 April 1979, a plume of anthrax spores was accidentally released from a secret bioweapons facility in the Soviet city of Sverdlovsk. Propelled by a slow wind, the cloud drifted southeast, producing a 50-kilometer trail of disease and death among humans and animals alike. At least 66 people lost their lives, making it the deadliest human outbreak of inhalation anthrax ever.Now, 37 years later, scientists have managed to isolate the pathogen’s DNA from the bodies of two human victims and piece together its entire genome. The study, under review at the journal mBio and released today on the preprint server bioRxiv , answers one of the many remaining questions about the Soviet Union’s clandestine biowarfare program by showing that scientists hadn’t tinkered with the anthrax strain to make it more resistant to antibiotics or vaccines. If they had, the Soviet bioweapons would have become even more lethal. This is a perfectly ordinary strain. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t nasty. It was extracted from people who were killed by it.Matthew Meselson, Harvard UniversityThe study may also prove useful if bioterrorists ever get their hands on anthrax. “It provides us with a molecular fingerprint,” says Roland Grunow, an expert on anthrax at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin who was not involved in the study. “If this strain ever surfaces again we will be able to tell that it is the strain that was produced in huge amounts in Sverdlovsk.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Anthrax, caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, kills few people naturally, but is exquisitely suitable for use in bioweapons. That’s because the bacterium produces spores: tiny, dry survival capsules that can lie dormant in the soil for many decades. Spores can be weaponized and delivered by the trillions as an invisible, odorless aerosol. After nestling inside the human lung, they can cause a severe infection that, if not treated with antibiotics, kills 90% of those it infects.When released over, say, a packed sports stadium or a city center, tens of thousands could be exposed, and many would get sick before officials even realized what happened. One study, published in 2006, estimated that releasing just 1 kilogram of anthrax spores in Washington, D.C., would be enough to infect between 4000 and 50,000 people. If too few antibiotics were available within days, or if the microbes were resistant, thousands might die.Anthrax is a favorite weapon for bioterrorists as well. In June 1993, members of the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo sprayed the bacterium from a building in Tokyo; luckily, they made a mistake and used a strain that was innocuous to humans. Shortly after the 11 September 2001 attacks in New York City, anthrax powder was mailed to several politicians and journalists on the U.S. East Coast; 22 people were infected and five died.During the Cold War, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union all had biowarfare programs. The Biological Weapons Convention, which took effect in 1975, was supposed to end that, but in the Soviet Union, a massive clandestine program continued to produce anthrax spores and several other bioagents.Questions about the outbreak in Sverdlovsk—which today is called Yekaterinburg and part of Russia—still linger. The Soviet Union at first blamed contaminated meat from an animal outbreak. In 1992, when Boris Yeltsin was president, a team led by Harvard University molecular biologist Matthew Meselson was allowed to visit the area to investigate the incident. In a paper published in Science in 1994, they concluded that the geographic pattern of the outbreak clearly showed that it was caused by an aerosol that had escaped from a facility known as Military Compound 19. “Bad meat does not go in straight lines 50 kilometers long, but wind can do that,” says Meselson, whose wife and fellow team member Jeanne Guillemin wrote a book about the investigation. Many other issues, such as exactly how the cloud was released, remain mysterious.To fill in a few more pieces of the puzzle, anthrax scientist Paul Keim of Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, and colleagues attempted to sequence the B. anthracis genome from two samples taken from victims. Russian pathologists who investigated the outbreak as it was occurring had collected the samples and later shared them with Meselson during his trip to the Soviet Union. The tissue had been fixed in formalin and embedded in paraffin, and the DNA was badly degraded, Keim says. Still, the researchers managed to piece together the entire sequence and compare it with hundreds of other anthrax isolates.The team didn’t see any evidence that Soviet engineers had tried to grow a strain that was resistant to drugs or vaccines, or that they had genetically engineered the bacteria in any way. “It is very closely related to other domesticated strains that have been used by the Soviets and Chinese as vaccine strains,” Keim says.”This is a perfectly ordinary strain,” Meselson agrees. The paper suggests that the Sverdlovsk strain “was one found in the environment which the Russians picked up and used for whatever they were doing there,” he says. “But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t nasty. It was extracted from people who were killed by it.”It was not unreasonable to suspect that the Soviets would have tried to create a superstrain, Meselson says. “They certainly could have made it resistant to penicillin,” he says—such resistant strains even exist in nature. And since 1979, others have engineered B. anthracis to be resistant to antibiotics as well as certain vaccines.What is most surprising is how few changes there are in the genome, Keim says. Only 13 base pairs differ between the Sverdlovsk strain and its likely common ancestor with the vaccine strains. B. anthracis evolves very slowly; during the many years it spends buried as a spore, its evolution is essentially on hold. But evolution speeds up as generation after generation is grown in the laboratory. Apparently, scientists in Sverdlovsk prevented this from happening, Keim says: “I think that the Soviets were meticulous in maintaining master spore stocks and avoiding extensive lab growth.”Russia officially agreed (again) to end its bioweapons program in 1992. But there are lingering doubts about whether the country has completely followed through, and security analysts have raised the prospect that Soviet bioweapons could have fallen into the wrong hands. Keim’s study should allow scientists to tell whether any future anthrax outbreak came from a leftover Soviet weapon or some other source, Grunow says. “If this strain appears again anywhere in the world, we would be able to identify it unequivocally.”last_img read more