Rampaging Bulls

first_imgSmart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise “I just think we didn’t have that normal pop or that explosiveness or the normal hunger that we normally have on the defensive end, actually just in general,” Lin said.Clippers, Hawks also unbeatenThe Los Angeles Clippers and Atlanta Hawks also improved to 3-0.Chris Paul scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half as the Clippers routed the winless Phoenix Suns, 116-98, in LA.Paul also had eight assists and five rebounds. Blake Griffin added 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Clippers.Clippers center DeAndre Jordan didn’t seem to show any ill effects from a sprained right thumb suffered in Sunday’s win over the Utah Jazz, finishing with 19 point and 11 boards.“The thumb? It would be hurting if we lost, but we won so it feels a lot better,” he said.Jamal Crawford added 14 points and J.J. Redick scored 13.The Suns were without guard Devin Booker, who sat out with a sore right big toe. Booker apparently aggravated the injury in Sunday’s 106-100 loss to Golden State.Brandon Knight started in Booker’s place and led the Suns with 18. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Clippers broke the game open in the third quarter. Two free throws by Knight allowed the Suns to close within 56-55 with 7:12 left in the period.But the Clippers put together a 22-9 scoring run for a 78-63 lead and the Suns couldn’t respond.The Hawks also improved to 3-0 with a 106-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings in Atlanta.Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard both posted double-doubles for the Hawks, who led by double digits but needed a fourth-quarter surge to win after letting the Kings back into it.Millsap finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds and Howard had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the bruising contest in which the teams combined for 54 fouls. —AFPSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next EDITORS’ PICK Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 They led by double digits most of the night.Wade scored 12 points in his first road game with the Bulls. That included a slick crossover move on the Nets’ Bojan Bogdanovic in the fourth quarter that drew some appreciative gasps from the crowd.“I always get great support when I come here,” Wade said. “The fans are amazing. It feels like home. I don’t know if they cheer like that for me at home when I got the ball. So it was great to be out there.”Nikola Mirotic collected 16 points and 10 rebounds, Isaiah Cannan added 15 as the reserve duo combined to hit seven of Chicago’s 11 three-pointers. Taj Gibson added 14 and 11 rebounds, Doug McDermott contributed 12 while Rajon Rondo had 10.Bogdanovic led the Nets with 15 points while Jeremy Lin added 14 and Brook Lopez had 13 in 22 minutes after resting Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND It’s Chicago’s first 3-0 start since the 1996-97 season, and it comes despite fears that off-season changes including the departure of Derrick Rose and arrival of Dwyane Wade might see the Bulls take some time to click.The Bulls connected on 50.6 percent of their shots from the field, including 40.7 from three-point range.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentSeven Bulls players scored in double figures, led by Jimmy Butler’s 22 points.“Our intensity out of the gate has been really good,” said coach Fred Hoiberg, whose Bulls scored 38 points in the opening quarter and never trailed after the opening three minutes. Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway World standing by for severe stoppage We are young View comments NEW YORK—The Chicago Bulls ran roughshod over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, producing an explosive offensive effort in a 118-88 victory that has them off to a3-0 start in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to viruslast_img read more

Army’s Gonzaga says pressure is on top seed Foton in semis

first_imgView comments We are young Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Senators to proceed with review of VFA Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 And even with a lackluster 4-6 record in the Grand Prix, the Lady Troopers will look into their storied history come their semifinals matchup against top-seeded Foton Tornadoes.“Nandyan pa ring yung Army of before, ilalabas namin ang inner side na palaban sa kahit ano pa mang mangyari na attitude (This is still the Army of yesteryears, we will channel that inner attitude that we will fight no matter what happens),” said Jovelyn Gonzaga. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“Nasa record na kasi namin na nasa finals lagi, siguro ganun yung drive na di maaari mawala dun and each and every one of us nandoon yung ganung pride (It’s been in our record that we are always in the finals and I think the drive to never let go of that record, and the each and every one of us has that pride).”Gonzaga added they are not intimidated with the Tornadoes, who finished with a league-best 9-1 record, come their semifinals matchup. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND MOST READ “Ang pressure nasa Foton kasi sila ang nasa taas and kami behind (The pressure’s on Foton since they’re at the top and we’re at the bottom),” said Gonzaga. “Last na pagharap namin ang ganda ng pinakita namin, and kunpleto din naman sila that time and siguro way din yun na hindi mababa ang tingin namin sa sarili namin and ang taas nila (The last time we faced, we had a decent showing against them and they were a complete team that time, and I think that would help us not to think lowly of ourselves and look at them all mighty against us).”RC Cola Army’s last outing against Foton was on Nov. 19 where the Tornadoes managed to elude the Lady Troopers in five sets, 25-20, 20-25, 29-27, 21-25, 15-7.ADVERTISEMENT F2 blurs Cignal for last PSL semis berth EDITORS’ PICK As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise RC Cola Army Lady Troopers. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf there’s ever a volleyball team that has a championship tradition, it has to be the Philippine Army.The Lady Troopers, now playing as RC Cola Army, are four-time champions in the Philippine Superliga and won the league’s first three.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHlast_img read more

Sermona repeats over Gonzales

first_imgWhere did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Power-punching Ryan Sermona dominated Roberto Gonzales to wrest the Philippine lightweight title Saturday night at the Agoncillo covered court in Agoncillo, Batangas.The 29-year-old Sermona, who also defeated Gonzales during their first bout four years ago in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, scored repeatedly with combinations to the body to score a 5th round TKO. ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Sermona upped his record to 20-8-0, 13 KOs, while Gonzales dropped to 27-3-0,17 KOs. —Dennis U. EroaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Senators to proceed with review of VFA We are young Quirino sparks gold chase EDITORS’ PICKlast_img read more

Struggling Yap credits Simon’s defense in first game vs Star

first_imgSmart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND But now, he embarks to the newest chapter of his career with the Elasto Painters, saying, “I’m sure marami namang nasiyahan sa game. Ito rin naman ‘yung game na hinihintay ng lahat. Kaya sa lahat ng fans, sa Star, sa Rain or Shine, I hope na nag-enjoy sila. Ganoon talaga ang laro.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Senators to proceed with review of VFA MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Aces win 3rd straight, rout Gin Kingscenter_img We are young Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Unfortunately for Yap, the Elasto Painters ended up on the losing end as the Hotshots escaped with a 99-91 win.“Excited ako for this game kaso talo kami. Pero ganoon talaga ang laro, may mananalo, may matatalo. Bawi na lang next game,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThough never failing to show his desire to get the win, Yap struggled on the field, missing point blank attempts as he went 3-of-10 from the field to finish with nine points, five rebounds, and two assists.Not helping was Peter June Simon shadowing him on defense, as his longtime teammate got the better of him. Yap lauds Simon for the tremendous job he did on defense, saying, “PJ is PJ. Magaling talaga sya. Nagdo-double team sila for me kaya yung mga tinira ko, kaunti lang. Naka-focus rin yung defense nila sa akin. Once na nakaposte ako, dino-double nila ako kaya pinapasa ko yung bola ko sa mga big men namin. In short, gusto nilang alisin yung bola sa akin. Maganda yung gameplan nila.”Yap also was man enough to say that his former team was the better squad on Sunday, with the Star shooters making life difficult for Rain or Shine.“Maganda lang yung laro nila talaga. Kumbaga, they moved the ball very well kaya nahirapan din kami depensahan. Marami rin silang shooters at yun ang nag-dictate dun sa laro.”With the game already over and done with, Yap could only smile as the Star fans cheered him with “Thank You, James” chants.“Thank you rin sa kanila. Naging mabait naman tayo sa kanila. Wala naman silang masasabi sa akin. Very accommodating naman ako sa kanila, from picture taking to fan signs kaya siguro hanggang ngayon mahal nila ako,” he said, as he didn’t fail to express his gratitude for all the years he has spent with the Purefoods franchise.ADVERTISEMENT Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJames Yap admitted he felt awkward playing against his former team Star for the first time on Sunday.“Nakakapanibago, pero ganoon talaga,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Kings of the season

first_imgBOCAUE, Bulacan—Tim Cone got the “great game to win” in the bag for Barangay Ginebra last night, and it is something he and his Gin Kings could use as they prepare for their toughest battle yet in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Senators to proceed with review of VFA The 6-foot-9 Aguilar came up with a magnificent performance, hitting 5-of-5 attempts from beyond the arc and going 67 percent from the field.This year’s Christmas Day version of Ginebra vs Star was different from last year, when LA Tenorio knocked down a triple at the buzzer for a 92-89 overtime victory.But Cone, who was on the losing end of that game last year, was just glad to be a part of this one.“This is a great game to win and a bad one to lose [for Star],” he said. “What is Ginebra now in Christmas Day games, 10-1? I’ve been on the other side of several of those wins and I am just glad to have been able to be part of that legacy now.”SCORESMAHINDRA 97 – BLACKWATER 93MAHINDRA 97—Mallari 23, Arana 19, Salva 14, Eriobu 9, Revilla 9, Yee 8, Elorde 6, Nimes 4, DiGregorio 3, Escoto 2, Ballesteros 0, Celda 0, Deutchman 0, Paniamogan 0, Webb 0.BLACKWATER 93—Dela Cruz 18, Pinto 15, Belo 14, Sumang 12, Sena 10, Pascual 9, Buenafe 6, Aguilar 3, Banal 2, Cervantes 2, Gamalinda 2, Ababou 0, Forrester 0, Miranda 0.Quarters: 18-18, 41-41, 59-66, 83-83, 97-93GINEBRA 86 – STAR 79GINEBRA 86—Aguilar 32, Devance 17, Tenorio 7, Mariano 7, Thompson 5, Taha 5, Caguioa 4, Marcelo 4, Ellis 3, Mercado 2, Ferrer 0, Helterbrand 0, Cruz 0.STAR 79—Lee 20, Pingris 14, Maliksi 13, Ramos 7, Dela Rosa 6, Barroca 6, Melton 5, Reavis 4, Simon 4, Sangalang 0, Brondial 0.Quarters: 25-16, 45-35, 62-61, 86-79Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes MOST READ We are young No crowd record this time Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to viruscenter_img Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK It was just the first win in six games for Mahindra and it didn’t do much in changing its position in the 12-team standings, but the win more or less put some measure of respect back for the Floodbusters after they took out one of the most improved teams in the conference.Alex Mallari scored 23 points to tie his career-high, tossing nine of them in the fourth quarter where the Floodbusters overhauled a 79-64 deficit halfway through the period before pulling out the win in extra time.“I just told them (Floodbusters) to keep believing, and they kept believing,” coach Chris Gavina said after the holiday upset.With the victory over Star, Cone can now focus on his next problem.“There’s not a tougher conundrum in June Mar Fajardo,” Cone said after his Kings assured themselves of ending the year with a .500 record by tying Star at 3-3. “He perplexes all of us coaches. San Miguel, because of June Mar, is the hardest team to prepare for.”ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With Japeth Aguilar exploding for a career-high 32 points, the Kings tripped Star, 86-79, in the most hyped-up match of the young season and it was a victory Cone sees as the prelude to being put from “the frying pan and into the fire.”“They’re the leaders,” Cone said after also getting 17 points from Joe Devance at Philippine Arena here, where the league attendance record stood way safe after just over an estimated 21,000 fans showed up at the 55,000-seat facility.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“This game was a chance for us to build momentum,” Cone added of the next Ginebra match, which will be against powerhouse defending champion and league leader San Miguel Beer, on Jan. 8.Keeping the faith despite a forgettable start to the season, Mahindra finally got the best gift on Christmas Day when it tripped Blackwater, 97-93, in overtime in the first game. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View commentslast_img read more

Peru park’s biodiversity at risk from illegal mining, drug production

first_imgArticle published by Genevieve Belmaker Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Forests, Governance, Illegal Mining, Mining, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Rivers, Saving Rainforests, Saving The Amazon, Technology And Conservation, Tropical Forests center_img Illegal logging and cocaine production and trafficking have for years blighted Bahuaja-Sonene National Park in the Peruvian Amazon.An area nearly one and a half times the size of Central Park has been deforested inside the protected area as a result of coca cultivation and trafficking. The park also has the world’s highest amount of illegally cultivated coca within a protected area.Illegal mining has also taken a toll, with at least 5 square kilometers (1.9 square miles) of indigenous land cleared along a river that’s home to the endangered giant otter.Officials blame the prevalence of illegal mining on a crackdown in other areas that has pushed the miners into the vicinity of the park. If the locations of illegal activities were marked on a map, the magnitude of the illegal mining and drug-trafficking problems in Peru’s Bahuaja-Sonene National Park would be obvious.The natural protected area covers 10,900 square kilometers (4,200 square miles) and mainly includes the rainforests of the Puno region in southern Peru, as well as the southern part of the Madre de Dios region. The park protects “the only display of the tropical savanna climate in Peru and its characteristic wildlife,” according to the National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP).But this protected area is in danger. Illegal mining and drug trafficking are taking place in the park’s buffer zone and, in some cases, have even crossed into the park. According to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Bahuaja-Sonene National Park has the world’s highest amount of illegally cultivated coca within a protected area: 118 hectares (290 acres) are growing within the park. Local authorities say that due to drug trafficking, about 473 hectares (1,170 acres) have been deforested within the park, an area nearly one and a half times the size of New York City’s Central Park.Pedro Gamboa, the director of SERNANP, says the issue has become a threat to park rangers’ lives, forcing one of the directors of the national park to resign. An unauthorized airstrip has even been identified within the protected area, according to a 2015 report by SERNANP.Since 2012, illegal coca crops have taken over certain areas that once produced one of the world’s best coffee beans. Image by Vanessa Romo.Illegal mining, meanwhile, continues to take place in the northern and southern parts of the park. Alto Inambari is a district in Puno region at the southern end of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. In late 2017, the provincial attorney specializing in environmental matters in Puno identified 18 points of illegal mining adjacent to the park’s buffer zone in Alto Inambari. The high number of gas stations installed in the area is also evidence of fuel trafficking.David Araníbar, director of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, confirmed that illegal mining was present along the entire Inambari River, the natural border along the national park’s buffer zone.In 2015, park rangers from Bahuaja-Sonene National Park identified an unauthorized airstrip inside the park. Photos courtesy of DigitalGlobe’s WorldView. Image A: Reference map. Courtesy of DigitalGlobe’s WorldView (NextView).In the northwestern part of the protected area, because of illegal mining, at least 5 square kilometers (1.9 square miles) of traditional Kotsimba land have been deforested in and along the shores of the Malinowski River. This has greatly impacted the area’s population of giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis).The illegal operations at the head of the Malinowski River have impacted the migration patterns of this endangered species. “The otters have become isolated in the Heath River, the only part of the park that does not have the threat of mining” Araníbar said.Authorities, residents and experts say the expansion of these crimes in and around Bahuaja-Sonene National Park is a consequence of the “balloon effect.” This refers to the idea that audits and sanctions carried out in one place often result in the illegal activities appearing somewhere else.Illegal coca crops in Putina Punco district, which lies in the mountainous rainforest of the Puno region, have increased from 16.6 to 28.8 square kilometers (from 6.4 to 11.1 square miles). According to authorities from the National Commission for Development and Life Without Drugs (DEVIDA), this increase coincides with an increase in the elimination of coca crops in the valley of the Apurímac and Ene rivers. It also coincides with the massive influx of migrants from the Ayacucho and Apurímac regions into Sandia province in the Puno region.Authorities from DEVIDA say they have even detected patterns similar to those observed in the valley of the Apurímac and Ene rivers. Large families have taken control of various sectors of the district, including laboratories for cocaine and cocaine paste located just a few meters from the coca plantations. Many coffee growers around the park, who have refused to grow coca, live in fear.Giant river otters in the Heath River, inside Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. Image by Daniel Resengren for the Peru Program of Frankfurt Zoological Society.In addition to the “balloon effect,” there is another issue in Sandia province: a fungus called coffee leaf rust that attacks coffee plants until they dry up. In 2012, there were 84 square kilometers (32 square miles) of coffee being grown in the area; in 2017, only 23 square kilometers (9 square miles) remained. The coffee farmers in the buffer zone of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park depended on their ability to grow coffee, but after this crisis, many chose to pursue another source of income. Many found an easy way out by switching to the cultivation of coca.The illegal mining in Alto Inambari has a similar explanation. Authorities say one of the triggers was the series of sanctions against illegal mining between 2009 and 2012 in Madre de Dios. This provoked the displacement of the mining population toward areas such as Quincemil, in the Cusco region, and San Gabán and Alto Inambari, in Puno. It was also discovered that sanctions in Ananea district, in the highlands of Puno, also provoked the migration of miners from there to Alto Inambari.On the border between Bahuaja-Sonene National Park and its buffer zone, illegal miners have removed land and diverted the natural course of the Malinowski River. The remaining trees are part of the park. Photo by Vanessa Romo.The story in Kotsimba is unique, but neither the authorities nor the residents can ignore the environmental disaster caused predominantly by almost 10 years of illegal mining. Although mining operations with their backhoes and front loaders have become part of the landscape of the community, there is also an interest among residents to abandon illegal mining within a year and to dedicate the community to ecotourism activities.This story was first published on July 19, 2018, by Mongabay-Latam.last_img read more

Indigenous-made film explores traditional textile making in the Ecuadorian Amazon

first_imgArticle published by Genevieve Belmaker Arts, Climate Activism, Documentary, Film, Traditional Knowledge Yanda Montahuano, a filmmaker from the Sápara indigenous people in Ecuador’s Amazon region, has just released a short documentary film to share how his culture makes clothes from a tree-based fabric.The Sápara people are fighting to keep oil drilling out of their territory.With the film, Manthanhuano hopes to preserve and return millenary cultural knowledge for the younger generations and demonstrate to the world that the Sápara indigenous people remain alive in the Amazon rainforest. Before clothes from the outside world arrived, the Sápara people of the Ecuadoran Amazon made their own clothes from tree bark harvested in the rainforest. Today, the Sápara are in danger of losing this millenary cultural knowledge as commercial clothing and extractive oil projects threaten their traditional way of life.Enter filmmaker Lenin “Yanda” Montahuano, 28, who produced a short documentary, Sápara Clothing: A Tradition in Danger, in an attempt to restore Sápara cultural knowledge for younger generations and show the world that the Sápara indigenous people’s culture remains alive in the Amazon rainforest.“We wanted to produce this because very few people know about this,” Montahuano said. “As a young Sápara, I wanted to nourish myself from the knowledge of my elders, my grandparents. We don’t want these traditions to be lost.”The film was produced with fellow filmmaker Samantha Castro, who lives in Quito, Ecuador, and was commissioned by If Not Us Then Who?, a U.S.-based nonprofit that aims to highlight the roles that indigenous and local peoples play as stewards of the environment.*In the film, Montahuano’s uncle Arturo Santi shares the story of how the Sápara people learned to produce clothing from the bark of the llanchama tree that “grows in the heart of the forest.”“There used to be no clothing, so long ago our grandparents taught this to us,” Santo says in the film. “During this time thousands of years ago, [the ancestors] learned how to make dresses, bedding, shirts, and chalinas used to carry the babies from the bark of the llanchama.”Stripped and beaten to soften the fibers, the llanchama bark can be transformed into a resistant textile fabric. The process can take up to a week for a person working alone, but with seven people collaborating, as shown in the film, it lasts three to four days. The first day consists of traveling into the forest to find the tree, cut it down and strip off a sheet of bark, Montahuano said. The sheet is then steeped in a stream overnight, and the next day it’s beaten with wooden mallets while it soaks until it softens into a wearable fabric. Finally, the newly created fabric is left in the sun to dry. Once dry, the fabric can be cut as needed for clothing or other needs.A Sápara man in the Ecuadorian Amazon pounds the fibers of the llanchama into a textile. Photo by Yanda MontahuanoMontahuano said there were two kinds of trees used for producing textiles: one red and one white. The red llanchama is the more commonly used tree that is shown in the film because it can be cut at any time. The white llanchama is used for more special occasions because it can only be cut during the full moon cycle.“Most of the time, the white llanchama is too hard to cut and produces a sap that irritates the skin,” Montahuano said. “But in connection with the cycles of the moon, the tree becomes softer and easier to cut.”On these occasions, the white llanchama tree is cut on the day of the full moon. Montahuano described the fabric produced from the white tree as “thinner, softer [with] a desirable color.”As part of their fight for cultural survival, the Sápara people are struggling to keep government-backed oil drilling out of their territory. In 2017, Montahuano participated in a march to the country’s capital, Quito, to demand government respect for indigenous autonomy and to protest the expansion of oil drilling in their territory.“We are under constant threat from the oil companies. They have divided us, even caused us death,” he said. “It has broken our intimate connection with nature, generating a great deal [of] sadness.”A very wet Colombian red howler (Alouatta seniculus) enjoys a banana near the Jandiayaku community. Photo by Yanda MontahuanoMontahuano showed the film at a Sápara assembly, and said he would like to produce a film that tells the entire history of the Sápara, filmed in each of the 25 communities that comprise the indigenous nation, and that protects its threatened language.“Next, we would like to produce a film from the perspective of the territory that tells the struggle, the dream and the existence of the Sápara people,” Montahuano said.In 2001, UNESCO recognized the oral and cultural traditions of the Sápara people as “Intangible Heritage of Humanity.” It noted that the Sápara had developed in what is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world and had cultivated a culture rich in its understanding of the natural environment.“The autonomous Sápara, by actively preserving their culture, as a way of life, are a glimmer of hope, not only for their continuation as a people, but also that they will continue protecting their part of the rainforest,” UNESCO said in a report.Banner image caption: Sápara people in the Ecuadorian Amazon prepare the llanchama tree to be made into fabric for clothing. Photo by Yanda Montahuano .center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? 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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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

For artisanal fishers, fish fences are an easy, but problematic, option

first_imgThe widespread use of fish fences by fishing communities in tropical countries leads to extensive economic, social and environmental damage, a new study finds.The technique involves stringing a net along stakes typically set in an intertidal flat, where it traps fish as the tide goes out. But the practice results in the indiscriminate catch of juvenile fish, threatening the sustainability of fish stocks.In the area studied, in eastern Indonesia, the fences are also a source of social tension, where they’re the exclusive domain of the island-based ethnic group and denied to the seafaring Bajo community.The researchers have called for restrictions on the use of fish fences, but acknowledge that getting fishermen to start going out to sea to fish will be difficult, given the low risk and high convenience that fish fences afford. JAKARTA — The widespread use of wooden fences to trap fish by coastal fishermen in tropical countries is causing extensive economic, social, and environmental damage, according to a new study.Used across the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans, artisanal fish fences are found to significantly disrupt the sustainability of coastal marine ecosystems and create socioeconomic conflicts among fishing communities, according to the study published May 21 in the journal Nature Communications.This fish fence in Indonesia stretches more than 80 meters (260 feet) across an intertidal flat, where it traps fish as the tide recedes. The combined length of such fencing around some islands runs longer than the entire local coastline. Image courtesy of Dan Exton for Operation Wallacea.The researchers presented a study case of the use of artisanal fish fences around Kaledupa, one of the islands that form the Wakatobi archipelagic district in Indonesia’s Southeast Sulawesi province.“Fish fences might differ slightly between locations, but in general they follow a similar design and function,” Dan Exton, the head of research at UK-based NGO Operation Wallacea and the lead author of the report, told Mongabay in an email.“This means that most, if not all, of our findings around Kaledupa should translate to fish fence use more widely, both within Indonesia and also throughout the tropics,” he added.These semi-permanent fish fences are set up to follow the natural movements of fish. They form a barrier from which fish are unable to escape as the water recedes during low tide, which is when the fishermen come to collect the catch. They are typically built using wooden poles harvested in local mangrove forests, with a fine-meshed net strung in between to trap the fish. Fishermen usually move each fence around four times a year to exploit new fishing grounds.In Indonesia, these fish fences, locally known as sero, are only allowed to be installed within 2 miles from shore.Fish fence users in Indonesia will often clear the seabed, sometimes using poison, in the belief that their catches will be boosted. A halo of dead coral is visible here surrounding the fence structure. Image by Benjamin Jones for Project Seahorse.While such equipment is often championed by fishermen as having a smaller environmental footprint than more industrialized or modern fishing techniques, the fences are highly non-selective in trapping fish for as long as they stand. In January, a whale shark was found trapped in one of these fences in Southeast Sulawesi. The 7-meter (23-foot) fish was eventually freed by fishermen and conservation officials.“The fishermen collect just about everything, including rabbitfish, butterflyfish, stingrays, and pufferfish,” Exton said. “Fishermen usually sell the high value fish in the market, and will often keep the fish with less value for their consumption.”Nothing is spared, he added. “[P]retty much everything caught will be eaten or sold, especially considering fences are positioned on intertidal flats and any fish that are trapped are unlikely to survive and be able to be released,” Exton said.Given the lack of any technical barriers, access to fishing grounds, and required expertise, the report concludes that “fishing pressure is maintained in the face of diminishing returns and habitat damage.”From their research on Kaledupa, the researchers found a drastic increase in the practice over a 15-year period, from just 37 fences in use in 2002 to more than 160 in 2016. The practice peaked in 2009, when 210 fences were recorded. The island’s fishermen appeared to have changed their preferred fishing technique, moving from widespread use of low-intensity methods such as lines and spears, to a greater reliance on net fishing and fish fences, the researchers said.The area covered by these fences was also found to have expanded over the studied period. In 2005, the fences stretched a total of 10.6 kilometers (6.6 miles) in 2005; by 2015, they ran a combined 27.9 kilometers (17.3 miles).The fences are typically laid out in an arrow shape, consisting of a central spine and multiple wings. If the wings are taken into consideration of the fence length, then the total span of physical barriers in place around Kaledupa in 2015 was 69.7 kilometers (43.3 miles) — greater than the island’s coastline, which runs 60 kilometers (37.3 miles).Fish fences act as a barrier to normal ecosystem function. These photos show both sides of the same fence, with the healthy reef community coming to an abrupt end at the seaward side, right, and a barren expanse on the landward side. Image by Benjamin Jones for Project Seahorse.While the total installed fish fencing has increased, the catches have dwindled. Average daily fish catches per fence were 713 in 2005. By 2007, they had dropped by 75 percent to just 172, and by 2012 to 36 fish per net per day. The researchers also discovered that fish population densities almost halved between 2002 and 2012, driven by a loss in the most pristine reef areas.Delving further into the catches, the researchers found a high rate of juveniles being caught from 575 different fish species. Keeping juvenile catches at a minimum is a core principle of sustainable fishing, to prevent the depletion of fish stocks.“In our experience there is little or no separation of adults and juveniles,” Exton said. “Over the course of our study, we found smaller and smaller mesh sizes being used in the fences, as a response to declining catches, and this has led to increasing numbers of juveniles being caught.“Caught juveniles are eaten or sold, with little or none being wasted,” he added.The fences also contribute direct damage to seagrass ecosystems, with cascading impacts on connected coral reefs and mangroves. Natural connectivity enhances fish abundance and protects ecological processes, as well as preserving resilience, and so any activity that acts to disrupt this connectivity is counterproductive to conservation efforts, the paper said.In addition, the researchers found that the use of artisanal fish fences has created social conflict by assuming unofficial and unregulated property rights.In the case of Kaledupa, they noted a perceived social hierarchy between Pulo (islander) and Bajo (sea nomad) communities. Informal restrictions mean only Pulo fishers are socially permitted to own fences, therefore excluding not only based on economic status but also on ethnicity.The fishermen will typically invest about $400 of capital to construct a new fence, and typically no further financial outlay is required for at least one year, after which there will be small costs associated with maintenance and repair.“There are a lot of social complexities — often wealthier fishers have the capital to buy the materials for fishing gear,” Gabby Ahmadia, director of marine conservation science at WWF and a co-author of the report, said in an email to Mongabay.“This is also a region where there are many Bajo communities which have historically been marginalized. There are sensitivities between cultural groups over access to fishing grounds,” she said.Taken in Belize, this photo shows a local variation on fish fence design, where chicken wire is used instead of netting. Image by Gabby Ahmadia.The researchers suggested a restriction on the use of fish fences, saying it would result in direct and immediate benefits to the health and extent of three distinct ecosystems: coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests.Banning these fences would also remove a significant sink for large numbers of juvenile fish across many hundreds of species, and would benefit the wider fishing community by removing an important source of social conflict while also reopening large areas of currently inaccessible fishing grounds and restoring natural fish movement or migrations.Ahmadia suggested more sustainable fishing practices, including pole and line, and even nets.“Many of the local fishing gear such as hook and line, or even net fishing — when they are not dragging it over coral reefs — can be more sustainable, particularly if smaller fish are released,” she said.But making such a switch may prove difficult for fishing communities long accustomed to low risk and high convenience of using fish fences, Ahmadia said.“These fishers know the ocean better than anyone,” Ahmadia said. “They understand the impacts and have seen the decline in fish catch following the increase of fish fences. But once a fisherman has the capital for the materials to build the fish fence, it take relatively little time to maintain and check the fish fence at low tide — compared to more active fishing methods. They don’t have to spend long hours on the water, which is desirable. When faced with the option of spending all day at sea, or just a couple of hours to go check on your fish fence, there is an obvious choice.”One of the challenges might be scaling up the more sustainable approaches and providing communities with the tools, skills and resources required to manage their resources.“Through long-standing relationships and trust building with communities, local people are often open to alternatives,” Ahmadia said. “They often have the will, but at the end of the day, they need to feed their families, and we must provide opportunities that can help ensure they have stable incomes.“Thinking into the future is challenging when you have mouths to feed that day,” she said.Fish fences are typically positioned on tropical seagrass meadows, which are important ecosystems for fish communities and the health of neighboring habitats. Image by Benjamin Jones for Project Seahorse.Citation:Exton, D. A., Ahmadia, G. N., Cullen-Unsworth, L. C., Jompa, J., May, D., Rice, J., . . . Smith, D. J. (2019). Artisanal fish fences pose broad and unexpected threats to the tropical coastal seascape. Nature Communications, 10(1). doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10051-0FEEDBACK: 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 overSponsored Coastal Ecosystems, Coral Reefs, Environment, Environmental Policy, Fish, Fisheries, Fishing, Mangroves, Marine, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Oceans, Overfishing, Saltwater Fish, Seagrass, Social Conflict, Sustainability center_img Article published by Basten Gokkonlast_img read more