Lancers hold off Caseys after honoring fallen hero

first_img FARRAH MAFFAI St. John Vianney senior Cheri Wittlieb shoots over RBC’s Danielle Storz during the Lancers’ 45-42 home win on Friday night in Holmdel. What better way to pay tribute to the late, great Audrey Gomez than to beat Red Bank Catholic in a battle of the Shore’s two most prolific girls’ basketball programs? That was the task at hand for the St. John Vianney girls basketball team on Friday night as it played host to the Caseys, following an emotional tribute to the Shore Conference’s greatest girls basketball player. At 6 p.m. on Friday, the Lancers’ gymnasium in Holmdel was filled to capacity with high school basketball fans gathered to pay homage to a legend. When footage of Gomez, who was murdered in August, was shown on a big screen, it provided a somber reminder of what she accomplished while at St. John Vianney. She was the cornerstone of what has become the state’s elite girls basketball program. As more and more friends, teammates and fans have come forward in the last few months to share their memories of Gomez, it has become clear that her accomplishments on the court were never as breathtaking as her influence off it. She has been called the Shore’s Michael Jordan of girls basketball, a player whose talents were simply limitless and whose impact on the local hoops scene is still being felt nearly a decade since she left New Jersey to play at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and later at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. But it was the 28-year-old Audrey Gomez the person who was memorialized on Friday, and for everyone in attendance, the respectful ceremony should help to cement the many memories she provided over the course of both her brilliant career at SJV, and her brilliant life as a loving daughter, sister, teammate, friend and, for many of the current players, idol. When the ceremony had ended, it was up to the current Vianney players and their RBC counterparts to do their part to preserve what Gomez had helped create, namely one of the state’s greatest basketball rivalries. The Caseys came out firing, scoring the game’s first five points on baskets from Erin Cusmano and Alisa Kresge. RBC (7-2), who entered the game with a rare five-game winning streak over Vianney, showed early that it was there to win. Vianney answered back, and at the end of the first quarter the Lancers had jumped out to a 16-10 lead. By halftime that lead had jumped to 26-18, although Vianney was not playing with the crispness that head coach Nick Russo has seen from his team so far this year. In the third quarter, RBC closed the gap a bit with its aggressive play, although it didn’t reflect in the score, with Vianney outscoring RBC 13-12 to put the game at 39-30 entering the final quarter. The fourth quarter marked a return to the type of game we’ve come to expect from these teams. Some untimely problems at the free-throw stripe for Vianney allowed RBC to stick around, and when Kresge and Heather Westrol hit a pair of three-pointers in the game’s closing minutes, RBC found itself within striking distance, and was poised to steal the game from the 6-1 Lancers. On a night when Vianney’s scoring leader, Cheri Wittlieb, was struggling with her shot, a freshman point guard introduced herself to this storied rivalry with style, consistently making her way to the foul line where her four successful free throws helped ice the game. Shantel Brown’s flashy all-around play seemed fitting on this night, when the greatest of all St. John Vianney players had been memorialized. When it was over, the Lancers held on for a 45-42 win, and gave the home team fans something to cheer about. A night that began with tears in Holmdel ended in celebration. And St. John Vianney proved once again that it is among the state’s best teams — which is exactly where it’s been since the very first day Audrey Gomez stepped on the court in a Lancer uniform. By doug mckenzie Staff Writer last_img read more

Local fishers oppose $2.7 billion deal opening Madagascar to Chinese fishing

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Two months ago, a little-known private Malagasy association signed a 10-year, $2.7 billion fishing deal — the largest in the country’s history — with a group of Chinese companies that plans to send 330 fishing vessels to Madagascar.Critics of the deal include the country’s fisheries minister, who said he learned about it in the newspaper; environmental and government watchdog groups; and local fishers, who are already struggling with foreign competition for Madagascar’s dwindling marine stocks.Critics say no draft of the deal has been made public and the association that signed it did not conduct an environmental impact assessment or any public consultation.The issue has drawn media attention in the run-up to the presidential election on Wednesday. The incumbent and a leading candidate, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, was present at the fisheries deal’s signing, although he later claimed not to be familiar with it. Life on the coast of Madagascar is increasingly precarious. In recent decades, the overexploitation of marine life has made it difficult for hundreds of thousands of small-scale fishers to make a living. So it’s no surprise that they are vocally opposing a new agreement to bring hundreds of additional Chinese vessels into their waters.Two months ago, a little-known and ostensibly private Malagasy association signed a 10-year, $2.7 billion fishing deal — the largest in the country’s history — with a group of Chinese companies that plans to send 330 fishing vessels to Madagascar. Madagascar’s president at the time, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, was in the room when the deal was signed in Beijing on Sept. 5, although he later claimed not to be familiar with it. No draft of the deal has been made public, and its opacity has drawn media attention in the run-up to the presidential election on Wednesday. Rajaonarimampianina stepped down as president on Sept. 7, two days after the deal was signed, to comply with Malagasy law that requires a sitting president to leave office 60 days before an election in which he is running. He is a leading candidate in the election.On the Madagascar side, the Agence Malagasy de Développement économique et de Promotion d’entreprises (AMDP) made the deal, which the group says was designed to promote the country’s “blue economy.” It did so without consulting the fisheries ministry, the national environment office, or civil society groups, many of which are now calling for the deal to be scrapped. These critics say the AMDP failed to set up an open bidding process and did not conduct an environmental impact assessment or any public consultation. They also note that there’s limited information on fishing efforts and catches in Madagascar’s waters, so any new projects should be taken on with extreme caution.“I can’t help but wonder how 330 vessels in our coastal zone would contribute to a blue economy. Not everything that happens in the ocean is ‘blue,’” Nanie Ratsifandrihamanana, country director for the international NGO World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), wrote in an op-ed in one of Madagascar’s leading newspapers.Activists have started an online petition to revoke the agreement, and some members of the government are equally concerned. Augustin Andriamananoro, the minister of fisheries, went on national television to voice his opposition to the deal, which he said he first read about in a newspaper.“This could bring about discord and, if we are not careful, it will cause our ocean to be overexploited,” he told TV Plus Madagascar on Oct. 5. “Madagascar’s natural resources are in danger, especially the fish. The fishers are shocked and concerned.”A cartoon that ran on the Malagasy news site 2424.mg. The caption reads “Blue Economy = 10-year fishing deal with China.” Image courtesy of 2424.mg.A deal without detailsThe AMDP signed what it describes as a “framework agreement” with a consortium of seven unidentified Chinese companies known as Taihe Century (Beijing) Investment Development Co., Ltd. The AMDP has said in public statements that the agreement will be a boon to the local economy, and said in a press release from Beijing when the deal was signed that it would create 10,000 jobs over the next three years.“As a civil society actor, we heard the needs of traditional fishers,” Hugues Ratsiferana, the AMDP’s CEO, wrote in an email to Mongabay. He said that Malagasy people would operate 300 of the fishing vessels, and that these would all be new, 14-meter (46-foot) vessels with 1,200-kilogram-capacity (2,646-pound) iceboxes. The new equipment will allow Malagasy fishers to modernize and professionalize their fishing practices, he said. The remaining 30 vessels will be 28 meters (92 feet) in length and used for surveillance, rescue and collection of catch.Though there has been a slow trickle of information regarding the deal, the lack of transparency has concerned observers. “The scale of this investment is unprecedented in the island’s history,” reads an Oct. 12 statement on the website of Mihari, a network of locally managed marine associations in Madagascar. “It is a great source of concern for our Network members and the entire fishing industry, especially as we have little information about the content of the agreement or the manner in which it will be implemented.”Last week, AMDP representatives met with civil society groups and explained a bit more about the agreement. The first phase of the project, worth $700 million over three years, will include investments in fishing, aquaculture, shipyards and technical training, according to slides from the AMDP’s presentation. The second phase, worth $2 billion, will include more fishing, an aquaculture “base” and unspecified logistical services.The AMDP representatives did not specify where the vessels would be based, the fishing would be done, or the projects would take place — not even for a planned pilot project. Nor did they present a complete breakdown of how the $2.7 billion would be spent.In an apparent attempt to mollify critics, AMDP representatives said at the meeting that Malagasy people would have first access to the catch and only the surplus would be shipped to China. (It is unclear how Taihe would make money by selling the fish in Madagascar, a low-income country, and Ratsiferana did not reply to a question from Mongabay on this subject.) They also said that each individual project within the framework agreement would be subject to an environmental impact assessment.However, civil society groups are still not satisfied that the deal was made in a fair and transparent manner. “The AMDP failed to answer our most important questions,” Frédéric Lesné, head of advocacy at Transparency International (TI) – Madagascar Initiative, told Mongabay after attending the meeting.On Friday, TI and other civil society groups announced their ongoing opposition to the deal, saying the AMDP had no experience in the fisheries sector, had refused to disclose information about Taihe, and had not made any social or environmental impact studies public.The AMDP’s Ratsiferana told Mongabay that critical civil society groups had shown “great naïveté” and that opposition to the deal was politically motivated. “During the electoral period in Madagascar, the [online petition] signatories, and first and foremost Transparency International (TI), were manipulated by interests and political issues that go beyond them,” Ratsiferana told Mongabay, referring to the upcoming presidential elections. (TI declined to respond to this claim, saying it had no basis in fact.)Fishermen in southwestern Madagascar carry a pirogue to the sea. Image by Rowan Moore Gerety for Mongabay.What is the AMDP?Critics of the deal have also expressed concern about the AMDP’s unusual structure and unclear relationship to the Madagascar government and to then-president and current candidate Rajaonarimampianina.As president, Rajaonarimampianina officially launched the AMDP at the headquarters of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie in Paris in September 2016. Soon after, Madagascar hosted an international francophone summit, where the AMDP acted on behalf of the government to facilitate economic partnerships with other French-speaking countries. The group’s name, which identifies it as an “agency,” also implies that it is a government body.In the AMDP’s press release from Beijing in September, Rajaonarimampianina voiced his support for the fisheries deal — “the new silk roads run through Madagascar!” he said — and was one of a handful of people in the room when the deal was signed. The AMDP attached a photograph of the hand-shaking scene to the release, and Rajaonarimampianina can be seen at the back, in the middle.When questioned about the deal by Radio France Internationale (RFI), Rajaonarimampianina claimed not to know about it.Rajaonarimampianina has another tie to the AMDP: His son, Lovatiana Mickaël Rakotoarimanana, was on the AMDP’s board of directors when it was founded in 2016. (In an email to Mongabay, the AMDP’s Ratsiferana said Rakotoarimanana was no longer on the board.)Despite the AMDP’s work on behalf of the government and connections to the presidency, Ratsiferana said it was a “private association” and thus had no legal obligation to release a copy of the fisheries deal to the public.“[N]ot being a state-to-state agreement, but a protocol between private sectors and companies, we are bound to an obligation of confidentiality and private business secrecy,” Ratsiferana told Mongabay. “Have you ever seen in the press a publication of the agreement between Exxon and Aramco in the oil sector?” (Aramco, a state-owned oil company in Saudi Arabia, is notorious for its opacity.)But without a governmental mandate, it’s unclear how a private association like the AMDP could sign a deal of this scope, which will require, at the very least, a series of permits from the national environment office and licenses from the fisheries ministry. In response to a question regarding the AMDP’s authority to make such a sweeping international deal, Ratsiferana said, “The reality on the ground confirms a socio-economic backwardness in Madagascar and the need of the Malagasy population is clear: a better life. The AMDP is responding to this need.”The deal has drawn a lot of attention in local media and on social-media platforms, with many observers assuming corruption was a factor, or that the AMDP sold access to the president’s office. However, there is no direct evidence for either of these claims, and the AMDP has vigorously denied them. “I have not touched a single dollar,” Ratsiferana told RFI. “Neither me, nor the AMDP, nor Hery Rajaonarimampianina. I give you my word.”The president’s office, occupied in the interim by Rivo Rakotovao, a Rajaonarimampianina ally, declined to comment for this article. The AMDP declined to provide contact information for Taihe, and Mongabay was unable to reach the Beijing-based company, which has no online presence.Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who is running for reelection in this week’s presidential elections in Madagascar, spoke in London in 2015. Image courtesy of Chatham House via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).Foreign pressure on local fisheriesGlobally, China has the world’s largest fishing fleet. Chinese fishing companies, heavily subsidized by the government, have developed a reputation for overexploiting stocks and signing deals that lack transparency, or just not signing them at all. The vast majority of fishing by Chinese vessels goes unreported, amounting to about 2.5 million tons of catch per year around Africa alone, according to a 2012 European Union report.The Chinese fishing industry already had a presence in Madagascar prior to the signing of the agreement with the AMDP. Six Chinese vessels have been trawling for demersal and pelagic fish off southwest Madagascar since October 2017, according to the fisheries ministry. Small-scale fishers in the area say they feel the impact of the trawling on their catches, even from this relatively small fleet.“We mustn’t forget that with the arrival of just six industrial fishing boats in the Toliara region this year, some communities are already struggling to make ends meet,” Hermany Emoantra, a small-scale fisher in southwest Madagascar and Mihari’s president, said in the group’s statement. “So, imagine what could happen with 330 boats — how will these people live, where will they go?”Officially, these six are the only Chinese vessels working Madagascar’s waters, but the real number is believed to be much higher. Reports in the news and from local observers indicate that a large number of Chinese ships are working there illegally, sometimes using highly destructive fishing methods and strong-arm tactics to muscle local fishers off the water.But Madagascar’s small-scale fishers also face competition beyond the Chinese, for example from domestic and foreign industrial shrimp trawling and long-line tuna fishing by vessels from South Korea, Seychelles and Europe.Indeed, civil society groups are closely scrutinizing renegotiations of an EU fishing deal with Madagascar, which is due to expire at the end of the year. Fisheries experts have criticized past deals for prioritizing the profits of private EU companies over the interests of Malagasy people, and for lacking transparency. Late last month, Mihari and TI sent an open letter to both the Madagascar fisheries ministry and the EU asking for greater transparency and more cooperation with civil society groups during this round of negotiations.The fisheries deals with both the Europeans and the Chinese will be subject to at least an implicit approval by an incoming administration, which could quash them by denying foreign companies the necessary permits or licenses. So for Malagasy fishers, as for other sectors of society, much will depend on the results of the presidential election.A fishing boat in the town of Beheloke in southwestern Madagascar. Image by Rowan Moore Gerety for Mongabay.Banner image: A fishing boat in the town of Beheloke in southwestern Madagascar. Image by Rowan Moore Gerety for Mongabay.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. 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Asiatic black bear cubs rescued from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

first_imgAnimal Rescue, Animal Welfare, Animals, Bears, Crime, Environment, Illegal Trade, Mammals, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Crime, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Wildlife Rescues, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking Vietnamese authorities confiscated the two female bear cubs from wildlife smugglers in Hai Phong province on January 9, according to Vienna, Austria-based animal welfare NGO Four Paws.After spending a night in a hotel, the cubs were taken to a Four Paws bear sanctuary in Ninh Binh on January 10, where they are receiving intensive medical care.Authorities do not know who was meant to buy the bear cubs or where their ultimate destination was. It’s likely that the bears were imported from Laos, though they could also have come from a bear farm in Vietnam. Two Asiatic black bear cubs have been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam.Vietnamese authorities confiscated the two female bear cubs from wildlife smugglers in Hai Phong province on January 9, according to Vienna, Austria-based animal welfare NGO Four Paws. The rescue operation was a collaborative effort between Vietnamese police, Four Paws, local NGO ENV (Education for Nature-Vietnam), and Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand. The cubs’ origin has not been determined, and their mother has not been found.After spending a night in a hotel, the cubs were taken to a Four Paws bear sanctuary in the city of Ninh Binh in northern Vietnam on January 10, where they are receiving intensive medical care. Four Paws’ Vietnam Animal Manager, Emily Lloyd, said in a statement that both bear cubs weighed just 900 grams and were dehydrated when they arrived, so the group’s team of veterinarians is providing the cubs with milk fortified with vitamins and probiotics.“The bears are still very young, and the situation is critical, but we will do everything we can for their survival,” Lloyd said.Two bear cubs have been rescued from wildlife smugglers in Hai Phong province, Vietnam. Photo Credit: © FOUR PAWS.Authorities do not know who was meant to buy the bear cubs or where their ultimate destination was. It’s likely that the bears were imported from Laos, though they could also have come from a bear farm in Vietnam, Four Paws said.Though bear bile extraction has been outlawed in Vietnam since 2005, it’s believed there are still as many as 1,000 bears being held in captivity on bile farms in the country. Four Paws said that research has shown that many bears are still used for bile extraction and that the illegal trade of bear bile is still ongoing in Vietnam.Bear bile is used by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine to treat a range of ailments, from hangovers to liver conditions and cancer. A decline in the demand for farmed bile that began in 2010 has led to fears of a mass die-off of Vietnam’s captive bears as bile farmers are no longer able to afford to keep the animals.The Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus) is listed as Vulnerable to extinction on the IUCN Red List. “Habitat loss due to logging, expansion of agriculture and plantations, roadway networks and dams, combined with hunting for skins, paws and especially gall bladders are the main threats to this species,” the IUCN reports.Two rescued Asiatic black bear cubs are cared for by FOUR PAWS staff in Hai Phong province, Vietnam. Photo Credit: © Hoang Le | FOUR PAWS.CITATION• Garshelis, D. & Steinmetz, R. 2016. Ursus thibetanus (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22824A114252336. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22824A45034242.en. Downloaded on 15 January 2019. 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 Article published by Mike Gaworeckilast_img read more

Groundings in literature, Part two

first_img(Extract of an interview with Eric Huntley and Michelle Asantewa, Georgetown, Guyana, 2019. Eric Huntley cofounded with his now deceased wife, Jessica, the Bogle-L’ouverture Press, of which its first publication was ‘Groundings with my brothers’ by Walter Rodney. Asantewa’s first novel is ‘Something buried in the Yard’ and she founded a Way Wive Wordz Publisher.)EH I suppose every body’s journey is a different journey. I remember my parents whenever they found us playing outside they would tell us to get a book and read. But they were hardly any books around at that time in the 1930s and 40s; you had the slate in fact and not a book.It so happens one of the first things I did in that area [reading/writing/publishing] is to import books from the States…PP Wow, that’s great.EH …working in New Amsterdam as a messenger to the …. Messenger, I began to import pocket books from the States for twenty-five cents each. Then I graduated to publishing a newspaper for the post office workers union when I was working in Buxton. I spent my month’s salary to buy a Gestetner machine from Bookers which was seized by the police and army when they arrived in 1956/57….But to fast forward the story of books and publishing, it took Jessica and myself until 1969 when Walter Rodney was banned from returning to Jamaica …we took his speeches which we published as ‘Groundings with my brothers’ so that was the beginning… so from importing books, to publishing a journal for the post office workers to printing and publishing ‘Thunder’ – the PPP weekly newspaper to ‘Groundings with my brothers’ was a tremendous leap……and organizing a new publishing house – Bogle-L’ouverture Publishing….PP The name?EH One member of our group, I think it was Richard Small, suggested ‘Bogle’ and Bogle as we know was one of the main fighters for independence of Jamaica and L’ouverture was the leader of the Haitian Revolution and we combined the two to form Bogle L’ouverture. We linked the two names to commemorate their contribution to West Indian independence and emancipation.We were among the first in Black publishing – New Beacon, Alison and Busby and Bogle L’ouverture were the first three Black publishers in the UK.MA Just to add, Uncle Eric also writes.EH Well yes, been engaged in publishing for several years, you have to edit, you have to comment, you have to advise authors, and I supposed that encouraged me to write.I did in fact author a biography of Paul Robeson, and I went on to do one on Cheddi Jagan who was my mentor – we worked together from 1950 to 54. And I did one on Florence Nightingale, and Mary Segal and Marcus Garvey. And of course, I continue to write since then and to publish.PP Lots of interesting things about you [Uncle Eric] – ‘Doing Nothing is not an Option’ [indicating the book].EH I think the title is very apt in that it speaks a thousand words really. Many people asked us how did it, how we managed to become publisher in the 1950s and 60s of very important titles like ‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa’, one of them. In those days, there was no precedent, so to speak, no internet to search on how to publish and what to publish, no new fangled technology like today; you had a manuscript and you just publish it …somebody had to do it. We are the best people to tell our own story, so we just went ahead and tell it.That’s simplifying a complex industry.PP Michelle, the name of your publishing house,MA It is ‘Way with words’ spelt in a curious way: ‘way wive wordz’. It initially started with me writing blogs, then I wasn’t thinking about publishing so I use to use it as a platform to write on any subject…and when I decided to publish, I kept that title….PP In this book, ‘Caribbean Publishing in Britain’, there are two pages of acknowledgments with lots of names, perhaps running into the hundreds. To produce a book is a complex undertaking – different and varied skills – and I am wondering if a book should carry the credits we see at the end of a film because it is important to acknowledge every step of that production: the writing, copyediting, cover design, marketing and distribution, everything…I am wondering, should we give credit to everyone; a book is not only the author’s work, a whole lot goes into it….EH …it is interesting that when we started to publish, many, many people did not realize or understand what a publisher does; the closest they get to a publisher is to confuse it with a printer, a printer had the physical equipment of the machinery. But what does a publisher do.When you come to think of it, many of the manuscripts are handwritten or even typed sheets of paper which you have to turn into a work that is accessible to the reader. I can think of many manuscripts that you have to rewrite to make it presentable. And then there are the various skills involved before you get to the final product.One remarkable thing about small publishers is that you have to provide everything – all the skill areas – in-house, while the big publishing companies will have specialists in various area, so most of the work you have to do yourself and present to the printer something to roll out.This is something to note: our archives are lodged at the London Metropolitan Archives and one of the items is that we have over 200 manuscripts which we did not publish for one reason or another…so you can see the amount of manuscripts a publisher receives and many never see the light of day…PP ‘Come Lehwe Reason’, your [Huntley] new book….Responses to this author please telephone 226-0065 of email: oraltradition2002@yahoo.comlast_img read more

Is this a non-violent coup d’etat?

first_imgDear Editor,Are we expecting a coup d’état? Since the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration took power in May 2015, there have been a number of questionable decisions made which could have been justified as coincidence and maybe, incompetence but now, a sinister plan is clear by the unilateral appointment of this Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman by President David Granger.Further, the construction of the high fence around the compound of the Ministry of the Presidency has made me realise that something sinister is afoot. The dismissals and displacement of professional civil servants, forced retirement of elder statesmen (former Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Cecil Kennard who was asked to step down as Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority, Prem Persaud who was asked to resign from the Public Utilities Commission and the Judicial Service Commission due to their ages et al), the harassment of Public Sector employees and the instalment of elder, retired military officers have shown a ‘modus operandi’ of changing this civilian Government into a military government camouflaged and protected under the Constitution of Guyana.Unfortunately, monies owed by this Government to persons like the undersigned is not being paid even though judgements have been made in court. At one point, the President had communicated to me that the Finance Minister would make contact to deal with a particular matter expeditiously and despite several months of patiently waiting, no response has been forthcoming. I am of the opinion that certain actions have been taken to target me and my company. However, this may very well be a good thing, as it is opening up my heart to serve my country in another dimension as an independent person. Currently if we examine the CEOs/REOs/Chairmans/Permanent Secretaries who were/are appointed, we will find an excessive lump of retired military and paramilitary men (with allegiance to a political party) being pushed into these bastions.This is evident because of the manner in which these persons have been ushered into powerful positions across the length and breadth of this country. Is this a coup d’état? A particular gentleman who was next in line to be the Chief-of-Staff of the Army was transferred very carefully into another department to overlook “special events” of the Government. Another dubious move which should be critically examined to my opinion.Personally, I have no problem with who governs this country. I am not a political maverick or a political maniac. I just love Guyana, and I wish to remain a professional.As a Guyanese, I feel very hurt that the President unilaterally appointed this ‘retired, very very tired gentleman’. Judging from our past elections and the anticipated election in 2020, the GECOM Chairman requires and will require a powerful personality, an administrator who can function with decisiveness, fairness and precision. It is known that Justice Patterson would have had previous political loyalties and he serves as an advisor to the Attorney General Basil Williams who works directly for the President. There has been no mention of his resignation from this position at this juncture. This has caused many to consider the future of free and fair elections in our fragile democracy.From this appointment, it is clear that Justice Patterson will not be able to effectively do the job. In my view, he is expected to be a figurehead. Strangely, every detail surrounding GECOM and its business has been methodically controlled; from security services to staff and employees. It is as though we have managerial control freaks in our country’s system. It appears as though GECOM will be run by a very strong man that people fear at the Ministry of the Presidency… a kind of war lord. It is unbelievable and unimaginable that a man who shed bitter tears as he received news of his election victory would now cause the nation to shed tears for giving him the mandate to serve.I have personally travelled from one end of the country to the other in recent months on the coastal plain. I have met business syndicates/representatives and had discussions, I’ve reached out to ordinary citizens, cane cutters, peasant rice farmers, fishermen, taxi and minibus drivers, contractors and builders and the message is always one of gloom, pain and degradation. They are seemingly calling for a new entity without political ambition and self-seeking adventures to sacrifice themselves for a mere seat or two in Parliament to become the watchdog/controller for the people… the People’s Avenger. Any Government who should behave with excessive greed, corruption, deceit and disrespect can be brought to their knees and voted out of power in conjunction with the Opposition of the day. The people are tired of political henchmen, political cuss birds, political self-seekers, political profiteers and power-loving ‘Tasmanian devils’. Eating and destroying everything for self-gain. From all the points highlighted above and so much more that space will not allow, I hereby submit to the nation that we have had a non-violent coup d’état.Yours sincerely,Hajji Roshan Khan Snrlast_img read more

Register sex offenders and enact a ‘3 strikes’ law

first_imgDear Editor,For more than two decades, I have written letters to the media and spoken on national television about the urgent need to register sex offenders and post signs outside the homes of criminals released after serving jail time for sex crimes against adults and minors.During that time, I have also advocated tirelessly for the enactment of a ‘three strikes’ law to impose automatic sentences of life imprisonment on the third conviction for serious crimes by persistent offenders.The issue of a registry of sex offenders is a hot issue again because a poll conducted in June and July by The Caribbean Voice found that Guyanese overwhelmingly support the establishment of such a registry. I am not at all surprised because it makes good sense.I commend The Caribbean Voice for conducting the poll and also for initiating a petition for the Government of Guyana to do whatever is necessary to establish a national sex offender’s registry. I hope this petition will get so much support that Government will be forced to respond quickly and positively.There is no doubt in my mind that this should also be a regional movement. That is why I support the move by The Caribbean Committee Against Sex Crimes (CCASC) to start a petition in St Lucia as a pilot project to press for a sex offender registry for the entire Caribbean.In fact, I strongly advise President David Granger to follow the example of Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell who announced last December that his Government will enact legislation to register convicted sex offenders and establish a special victims unit.Many developed countries, including Canada, the USA and New Zealand register sex offenders, so why not us? America even has Megan’s Law, which forces convicted sex offenders against children to notify local Police of any change of address or employment after release from custody.Registered convicted pedophiles in the USA also have notices identifying them as Child Sex Offenders posted outside their homes, and their passports are stamped with a special marker to alert people when they travel.I believe Guyana should set the standard in the Caribbean for dealing with sex criminals.The names, photographs and personal data of sex offenders should be published in all media and on all community bulletin boards as a social service. The Police also need to use social media to oust sex criminals by creating a website or Facebook page identifying wanted or convicted offenders.I believe that Guyana should also follow the lead of the USA’s Megan’s Law and enact laws to put a special stamp on each page of the passport of every convicted sex criminal so that wherever they travel in the world, people will be warned.I know ‘bleeding hearts’ will squirm at my suggestions, but powerful action is absolutely necessary.The bleeding-heart brigade might say these perverts are all sick. If they are sick, then put them away for a long time. In many cases, little can be done for them other than castration. This is why the holy books have spoken about castration or death sentences for sexual offences.We also have to be careful not to allow foreign sex criminals to slip into Guyana secretly to do their dirty deeds. I know that Interpol sends out ‘green notices’ about registered sex offenders and the US Department of Justice will partner with any nation to share sex offender data, provided there are laws in place to allow this. Guyana has to take full advantage of such opportunities.I want to point out that while announcing plans to establish a sex offender’s registry in Grenada, Prime Minister Mitchell said: “We have also heard the overwhelming cries of our people and we are, therefore, pushing to enact the necessary legislative changes…”This statement tells me that patriots like me who are fighting for a lawful, peaceful and united Guyana have to raise our voices and create a massive outcry to get the necessary changes to cut crime in Guyana. Only the ‘overwhelming cries of the people’ will spur our leaders into action.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snrlast_img read more

Referee apologises for red card confusion

first_img Referee Neil Swarbrick mistakenly sends off West Brom defender Gareth McAuley Referee Neil Swarbrick has apologised for his blunder which saw West Brom defender Gareth McAuley mistakenly sent off in the Baggies’ 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.The Northern Ireland defender was sent off with just two minutes into the game after Wilfried Bony was impeded when advancing towards goal, however, video replays showed it was actually team-mate Craig Dawson who committed the foul on the Ivory Coast striker.Baggies manager Tony Pulis was fuming with the decision following the match, saying: “The inconsistency [from referees] is concerning. How in God’s name he sends off the wrong person is just beyond me.“It really killed the game and I was just thinking about the 30,000 people who have spent good money to come and watch a spectacle, only for it to be all over within two minutes.”And Swarbrick has now admitted to his error in a statement from Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, the organisation responsible for refereeing appointments.The statement read: “In the second minute of Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion, referee Neil Swarbrick made a decision to send off Gareth McAuley for a ‘denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity’ offence.“The referee has confirmed the offence was caused by a different player, which should be addressed now as a case of mistaken identity. The referee has apologised for his error.” 1last_img read more

WATCH: James Tavernier nets another SENSATIONAL free-kick for Rangers

first_img1 James Tavernier is something of a set-piece specialist James Tavernier has built a reputation as something of a set-piece specialist since signing for Rangers last summer, netting some incredible free-kicks during his time at Ibrox.And the full-back was at it again on Friday night, beating Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald from long-range with a sensational strike.It was the equalising goal for Rangers, as they fought back to secure a draw against Killie to extend their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.It was truly a goal which would deserve a place in any game, and you can watch it and enjoy it below…last_img read more

MCGINLEY TIPPED TO BE NEXT CEANN COMHAIRLE IN NEW GOVERNMENT

first_imgVETERAN Gaoth Dobhair politician Dinny McGinley is being tipped to be the next Ceann Comhairle in the Dail – if Fine Gael get into power.The well known former schoolteacher, 65, has been a TD for almost 30 years since he first entered Leinster House in 1982.Although he has never held a Ministerial post, McGinley has served on a number of front bench positions for Fine Gael. A source close to the Fine Gael party last night revealed how McGinley was now favourite to get the role when the new Dail begins in March.He is currently the party’s spokesman on Community, Rural and Gaelthact Affairs.He did announce his retirement from polticis in June 2006 but changed his mind and stayed on and won a seat again in February 2007.“There’s no question that Dinny is top of the list. He has been a loyal TD to Fine Gael over the years and has served the people of Donegal very well during that time. “At 65 he has the experience and the knowledge of Dail Eireann to handle the Ceann Comhairle position,” said the source.EndsMCGINLEY TIPPED TO BE NEXT CEANN COMHAIRLE IN NEW GOVERNMENT was last modified: February 5th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Donegal business programme targets high-growth start ups in USA and Ireland

first_imgA new business programme is urging high growth start-up technology businesses in Ireland and in the greater Philadelphia area of the USA to get involved in order to establish international links. The exciting new Delta Accelerator Programme will be brought to Philadelphia this month in partnership with the Donegal County Enterprise Fund and Donegal’s Local Enterprise Office, who are driving the trans-Atlantic project.According to Michael Tunney, secretary of the Donegal County Enterprise Fund and Head of Enterprise in the county, they are seeking globally ambitious businesses, who have already secured some seed investment, to join a cohort of international participants on the programme geared towards helping them navigate the journey to success and growth in the fastest time. He hopes the programme will draw candidates from the University of Delaware, Temple University, Drexel University and Villanova University in the Philadelphia area as well as applicants from Universities all across Ireland.He said: “We are going to Philadelphia in November and are really keen to find young high-growth companies hungry to make a mark on a worldwide scale.“We’d love them to grow their high-growth tech businesses in Donegal where they can build from a lower cost base, access a highly educated workforce and experience an amazing quality of life,” Tunney added.“In order to attract globally ambitious businesses we wanted to make sure that there are real investment opportunities for them by being part of the programme.” “By giving the participants access to Venture Capital investors with international reach, powerful networks and hands-on experienced involvement, we are certain that participants will benefit immensely from the support, guidance and investment opportunities the Delta programme will provide.”Companies interested in taking part will be first asked to take part in a one-day selection process where the expert panel will be on the lookout for people with passion and a positive attitude towards developing a business idea.Those selected for the Delta Programme will then take part in an innovative 9-day series of workshops, delivered over three months (January, February and March 2019) on location in County Donegal.Donegal business programme targets high-growth start ups in USA and Ireland was last modified: November 4th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Delta Accelerator Programmedonegal businessDonegal County Enterprise FundUSAlast_img read more