New honeyeater species described from Indonesia’s Alor Island

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Birds, Conservation, Deforestation, Dry Forests, Environment, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Land Use Change, New Discovery, New Species, Species Discovery, Tropical Deforestation, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation 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 Scientists have described a new bird species found only on the island of Alor in eastern Indonesia.The Alor myzomela is easily distinguished from other known members of the Myzomela genus of honeyeater birds thanks to its unique call and paler upper wings.A growing human population on the island is already fragmenting the species’ only known habitat, prompting the researchers to recommend it be considered endangered on the IUCN Red List.The bird’s scientific name, Myzomela prawiradilagae, is a tribute to prominent ornithologist Dewi Malia Prawiradilaga from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). JAKARTA — Scientists have described a new bird species found only on the Indonesian island of Alor, where a growing human population is already encroaching on the bird’s volcanic habitat.The description of Myzomela prawiradilagae — named after prominent ornithologist Dewi Malia Prawiradilaga from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) — is a culmination of field observations by different research groups between 2002 and 2016, according to a paper published in the Journal of Ornithology on Oct. 5.“The presence of an endemic species of Myzomela honeyeater on Alor is of great biogeographic significance,” the authors write.Google Earth images of Indonesia and, inset, Alor Island.The habitat of the Alor myzomela. Image courtesy of Philippe Verbelen.The Alor myzomela is known to inhabit only eucalyptus woodland at elevations above 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) on the island, showing more pronounced differences in ecological preferences and lifestyle than other honeyeaters in the genus. It’s closely related to the crimson-hooded myzomela (M. kuehni) from the nearby island of Wetar, down to the red head, but differs in other physical characteristics and in its calls. These include dusky brown upper wings that are much paler than the black upperwings of other Myzomela species, and a call that researchers have transcribed as “tssip” or “vick.”“The whole team was excited to have scientifically described the new bird species from Alor,” Mohammad Irham, a scientist with LIPI and the lead author of the paper, told Mongabay in an email.He said the team spotted about 20 individuals of the new species during a single observation, but getting a full population estimate for the Alor myzomela will require further research.The field visits were important in collecting a specimen, getting sound recordings and photographs, and characterizing their habitat use, the authors write. They used DNA sequencing to confirm the species is new to science.The Alor myzomela (Myzomela prawiradilagae). Image courtesy of Philippe Verbelen.A population estimate will be critical to assessing any threats to the species. The researchers note that its habitat is undergoing fragmentation by a growing human population on the island, which has prompted them to recommend it be considered endangered on the IUCN Red List.Frank Rheindt, a scientist with the National University of Singapore’s Department of Biological Sciences and co-author of the paper, said most tribes on Alor built their villages on hilltops, from where it was easier to cultivate the surrounding slopes.“The population of these hilltop villages has been steadily increasing with high modern reproduction rates following increasing development,” Rheindt told Mongabay in an email.“Burgeoning human populations will exert ever more pressure on the remaining woodlots in this area,” he added.While the locals have long known of the species, Rheindt said it was a generally small, inconspicuous member of the local birdlife that the villagers didn’t pay much attention to.“Awareness about its existence was a necessary first step to ensure it does not silently go extinct,” he said.In Indonesia, all species in the genus Myzomela are protected under the country’s 1990 Conservation Law and a 1999 government regulation on wildlife.The researchers said the description of the Alor myzomela as the latest species endemic to the island of Alor should elevate the island to the status of an “endemic bird area.”“This status can be a reference for the local government to highlight Alor as an important island for wildlife, especially birds,” Irham said.“The reference hopefully can be a foundation for conservation management there, considering that [species endemic to] small islands have a much higher risk of extinction than big islands, and also for other potential [initiatives] that support the economy, such ecotourism.”The Alor myzomela (Myzomela prawiradilagae). Image courtesy of Philippe Verbelen.Irham, M., Ashari, H., Suparno, Trainor, C. R., Verbelen, P., Wu, M. Y., & Rheindt, F. E. (2019). A new Myzomela honeyeater (Meliphagidae) from the highlands of Alor Island, Indonesia. Journal of Ornithology. doi:10.1007/s10336-019-01722-2FEEDBACK: 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.center_img Article published by Basten Gokkonlast_img read more

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Lift-off for first African vulture safe zones

first_imgCoverdale, who works for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, a South African government conservation body, stressed the vital roles that vultures play in ecosystems. By swiftly stripping the flesh from dead animals, they reduce the spread of disease as well as the number of animals scavenging at rotting carcasses.“We really can’t afford to lose them. In nine minutes they can clean up an entire carcass,” Coverdale said.There are several reasons for the decline of African vultures, but deliberate or accidental poisoning is the biggest peril.Gareth Tate, the Birds of Prey Programme manager for the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), says poison accounts for about 60 percent of vulture deaths in the Southern Africa region.Some poisoned bait is laid by livestock owners to kill predators, like jackals. Vultures feeding off the carcasses subsequently die, often in significant numbers. Others are poisoned deliberately to harvest body parts for making muthi, traditional medicine potions.In one of the worst mass-poisoning cases on record, at least 540 vultures were killed near Botswana’s Chobe National Park earlier this year after feeding on elephant carcasses spiked with a potent poison by wildlife poachers, in an apparent effort to conceal illegal activities from rangers.In this case, the carcasses were not removed for two to three weeks, resulting in an extended cycle of death as more vultures and other scavengers arrived to feast.A dead vulture next to a dead elephant in southern Mozambique. The carcass had been laced with toxic farm poisons. Image courtesy Andre BothaVultures are also poisoned deliberately for the traditional medicine trade. The misconception that these carrion birds have psychic powers, or can ‘see into the future’ has led to a demand for vulture’s heads and other body parts.Andre Botha, EWT’s Vultures for Africa Programme manager, said that while it was hard to quantify the numbers of vultures killed for belief-based use, recent studies estimated that direct persecution of vultures either for muthi or food was about 29 percent of all vultures killed in Africa.While Botha was not at this year’s symposium, he said the  belief-based use of vultures was a significant and growing threat to  the continent’s vultures”. This, he said, needed to be openly discussed “with the same degree of vigour as is the misconceptions associated with the use of rhino horn” in Asia.“It is an inconvenient truth that must be addressed,” added Botha.Accidental drownings in farm water reservoirs have also been reported, and research has flagged lead bullet fragments in animal carcasses as an increasing concern.But BirdLife South Africa vulture project manager Linda van den Heever said many landowners and game ranch owners seemed resistant to halt the use of lead ammunition on their land, complaining that lead-free ammo is less effective and more expensive.At the symposium, several researchers outlined the results of recent partnerships to arrest the growing decline of vultures in Southern Africa.One initiative involves creating “vulture safe zones” — large areas where landowners commit to managing their land in ways that will provide safe havens for existing vulture populations.According to EWT, the emphasis of the vulture safe zones will be to encourage positive action, “focusing less on prohibition and negative messaging, and more on sound environmental practices that could provide landowners with reputational and economic benefits.”In support of the program, participating landowners have agreed to stop baiting carcasses with poison, and modify concrete water reservoirs to reduce the risk of accidental drowning. Africa’s vulture populations face the prospect of collapsing in much the same way as vulture species in Asia, experts warn, having already declined by an average 62 percent over the past three decades.Key threats include poisoning by ranchers and poachers and for belief-based use, as well as accidental drowning in farm water reservoirs and ingestion of lead ammunition.To address the threats, managers of conservation areas and private game reserves in South Africa have agreed to create “vulture safe zones” that will do away with these practices to provide safe havens for existing vulture populations.Conservationists say it’s also important for managers in South Africa to work with their counterparts in neighboring countries that are part of the vultures’ range, and to tackle the trade in vulture parts used in traditional medicine practices. Howick, SOUTH AFRICA – The first of at least five new “vulture safe zones” in Southern Africa are about to take off as private landowners and other partners join the battle to save Africa’s imperilled carrion clean-up birds.Africa’s vulture populations have declined by an average of 62 percent over the last three decades – with seven species crashing by 80 percent – mirroring the dramatic collapse of several Asian species.These were among findings of recent research presented by leading animal scientist Brent Coverdale at the Conservation Symposium, one of South Africa’s biggest annual gatherings of conservationists, environmental scientists and wildlife experts.“We need to think globally and act locally,” Coverdale told attendees at the event, held this year in the town of Howick from Nov. 4-8.“We all know of the Asian vulture crisis, where we had vulture declines of 90-95 percent in the early 1990s. It’s something that drives us. We do not want to be sitting in the same boat, where one day people will ask, so what were we doing when the crisis was happening?” Gyps genus at India’s Soheldev Wildlife Sanctuary. Image by Rajat Bhargava.Into the 1980s, there were large numbers of vultures across India and southern Asia. They played a particularly important role in the ecosystem, consuming the remains of the millions of cows in carcass dumps; India has 500 million cows raised for milk, but not eaten by the majority Hindu population. In the early 1990s, vultures started dropping dead. Hundreds of thousands died before scientists identified a culprit: diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory used by vets. Vultures feeding on carcasses containing the drug died swiftly of kidney failure. Conservation India says around 40 million vultures perished.last_img read more

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Illegal hunting a greater threat to wildlife than forest degradation

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 In a recent study, researchers used camera-trapping records to show that illegal hunting may be a bigger threat mammals and ground-dwelling birds than forest degradation in Southeast Asia.They chose Borneo and the Annamite Mountains on the Southeast Asian mainland, two rainforest study sites that have similar habitats.While widespread logging has degraded many forests in Borneo, the island has faced less hunting.By contrast, the Annamites have experienced exceedingly high illegal hunting, but its forests are structurally more intact. The world has long associated plummeting populations of Southeast Asian wildlife with news of forest degradation and poignant images of deforested lands. Recent studies, however, bring to light another human practice that’s been driving the decline of wildlife numbers in these ecosystems.Researchers from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) in Berlin, in cooperation with WWF-Vietnam, WWF-Laos and the forestry department of the state of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo, carried out a study showing that illegal hunting may be a bigger threat to mammals and ground-dwelling birds than forest degradation. The research, published Oct. 30 in the journal Communications Biology, compares camera-trapping records from logged forests in Malaysian Borneo with a protected eco-region in the Annamite Mountains of Vietnam and Laos where illegal hunting is rampant. The results show a more precipitous loss of species and wildlife populations in the Annamites than in Borneo.Researchers chose the two rainforest study sites as they have similar habitats. Their recent history, however, has a few noteworthy differences. While widespread logging has degraded many forests in Borneo, the island has faced less hunting. By contrast, the Annamites have experienced exceedingly high illegal hunting, but its forests are structurally more intact.A forest ranger removes a snare in central Vietnam. Hunters are increasingly using easy-to-construct snares to hunt mammals and ground-dwelling birds in the Annamite Mountains in Vietnam and Laos. Image by Andrew Tilker.Both forest degradation and hunting threaten wildlife, but the latter has reached extreme heights in recent years.“In one protected area complex, the Hue and Quang Nam Saola Nature Reserves, in central Vietnam, forest rangers collected more than 110,000 wire snares over the course of a few years,” Andrew Tilker, one of the lead authors of the study, a Ph.D. student at Leibniz-IZW and Asian species officer at the NGO Global Wildlife Conservation, said in an email.“[T]his didn’t lead to any noticeable reduction in the overall snaring pressure. It is possible to collect hundreds of snares in a single day’s walk through the forest. In one protected area that we worked in, people have hunted out almost all mammals larger than a rat or squirrel and now busy taking out the last small mammals. It is complete faunal collapse.”Snaring has pushed many species that live only in the Annamite Range, such as the antelope-like saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) and the Annamite striped rabbit (Nesolagus timminsi), to the brink of extinction.Snares are as rife as they are easy to construct, most commonly using cheaply available material like motorbike and bicycle brake cables. Hunters come from local communities, larger regional towns and the bigger cities alike to supply the thriving illegal wildlife trade in the region.“There is little, if any, subsistence hunting in the Annamites,” Tilker said.Hunters and wildlife traders may send a few high-value species, like pangolins, to major cities or export them to foreign markets. But most of the animals that are captured go to local wildlife markets or are sold directly to restaurants as bushmeat.“Bushmeat is something of a status symbol in Vietnam and Laos,” Tilker added. “Put simply, if you are a wealthy upper- or middle-class person in Vietnam, and you want to show off to your friends, you go to a bushmeat restaurant and order wild meat.”Researchers say that hundreds of snares can be collected in a single day’s walk through the Annamite forest. Through snaring alone, the Annamites are facing grave defaunation. By comparison, Borneo’s forest lands that come under logging concessions are safer for similar species. Image by Andrew Tilker.Confirming and adding to related studiesPrevious research in Southeast Asia has similarly warned that hunting is a more severe threat than deforestation and that the use of snares is driving species to extinction. The current study, in which the researchers quantified the severity of the threats, confirms these results.“Our camera-trapping effort, which scales across 1,000 square kilometers [386 square miles] in both [the Annamite Mountain and the Bornean] landscapes, is much larger than the spatial scale of earlier studies,” Andreas Wilting, a scientist at Leibniz-IZW and co-author of the study, said in an email. “[T]his really helped us to assess biodiversity across entire forest reserves and protected areas.”Data from such large areas allowed the researchers to estimate which species are either completely missing in a region or occur at such low numbers that they could be considered locally extinct. Wilting added that the study also shows that species that are more resistant to hunting have lower populations in the hunted landscapes than in the logged landscapes.“From an ecological perspective,” Wilting said, “both findings are equally important as they show that it is impossible for more resistant species to take over the ecological role of the ones which disappeared, as the resistant species are also negatively impacted by the hunting.”In addition, the study also shows that habitat-related elements that are observed for comparison, such as canopy cover, are not accurate predictors for species occurrences in hunted regions. That means that some species might occur even in habitats for which they’re only marginally suited — if they are protected from hunting, Wilting said.Forest degradation in Deramakot, Malaysian Borneo, one of the study sites. Researchers gathered data from large areas in both the Annamites and Borneo. Image by Andrew Tilker.“Conceptually and scientifically, this is an important finding,” he said, “as we often assess species distributions based on suitable habitat (that is, forest cover) and hunting related factors are ignored, partly because they are very difficult to capture and are region specific.”“These results show that logging concessions can be safe havens for mammal and bird communities, particularly if sustainable forest management protocols are applied, following principles of forest certification standards,” Mashor Mohamad Jaini, director of the Sabah Forestry Department, said in a statement.Equal attention to deforestation and huntingCo-author Benjamin Rawson, conservation director of WWF-Vietnam, advocates an immediate reduction of anthropogenic pressure on wildlife, especially snaring.“Clear policy directions and high-level political commitment in relation to wildlife crime, be it high-value wildlife products such as ivory and rhino horn for international trade, or bushmeat trade within the country, needs to be secured to ensure long-term persistence of these species,” Rawson said in an email.Tilker said the complex problem of snaring needs to be addressed from multiple angles. The crisis calls for a reduction in demand for wildlife products, strengthening enforcement in protected areas, and conducting education and outreach activities to raise awareness among the general public.Snaring has pushed many species endemic to the Annamite Range, such as the antelope-like saola and the Annamite striped rabbit, to the brink of extinction. It is common to find the heads of animals, like the Annamite muntjac (Muntiacus truongsonensis) pictured here, hanging in houses in villages around the region. Image by Andrew Tilker.“However, I believe that an argument could be made for a fundamental paradigm shift within the conservation community, in which combating poaching is treated with the same level of urgency as protecting tropical forest habitat,” he said. “For decades, the conservation community has emphasized protecting tropical rainforest habitat as a primary means of protecting biodiversity.“[O]bviously, this is important,” Tilker added. “But maintaining forest cover is, by itself, not enough. It is possible to have pristine but nonetheless empty tropical rainforest.”Wilting agrees. “We need to see a shift within the large-scale development aid and governmental funds from ‘forests/habitat protection’ to actual biodiversity protection,” he said.Banner image of forest degradation through selective logging by Andrew Tilker.  Nanditha Chandraprakash is a writer with a passion for wildlife, climate change and environmental conservation. Find her on Instagram: @ayellowmoon.Citation:Tilker, A., Abrams, J. F., Mohamed, A., Nguyen, A., Wong, S. T., Sollmann, R., … Wilting, A. (2019). Habitat degradation and indiscriminate hunting differentially impact faunal communities in the Southeast Asian tropical biodiversity hotspot. Communications Biology, 2(1), 396. doi:10.1038/s42003-019-0640-yFEEDBACK: 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. Article published by John Cannoncenter_img Animals, Biodiversity, Bushmeat, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Forest People, Forestry, Forests, Hunting, Illegal Logging, Illegal Trade, Logging, Over-hunting, Poaching, Rainforests, Saving Rainforests, Snares, Threats To Rainforests, Timber, Tropical Forests, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking last_img read more

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Mongabay editor has now been detained 6 weeks in Indonesia

first_imgMongabay editor Philip Jacobson was detained in Indonesia on December 17, 2019 over an alleged issue with his business visa.Jacobson was formally arrested on January 21 and was incarcerated in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan through January 24.Jacobson is currently under ‘city arrest’ without his passport and is prevented from leaving Palangkaraya.This is a press release from Mongabay about a developing situation and may be updated. Mongabay editor Philip Jacobson has now been detained for 42 days in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan over an alleged violation of his business visa.“Phil is still under ‘city arrest’ in Palangkaraya, six weeks after immigration authorities seized his passport,” said Mongabay Founder and CEO Rhett A. Butler. “We’re eager to see this issue resolved and Phil allowed to leave the city.”Jacobson, 30, was first detained on December 17, 2019 after attending a hearing between the Central Kalimantan parliament and the local chapter of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), Indonesia’s largest indigenous rights advocacy group.He had travelled to the city shortly after entering Indonesia on a business visa for a series of meetings. The day he was due to leave, immigration authorities seized his passport, interrogated him for four hours and ordered him to remain in the city pending their investigation.On January 21, more than a month later, Jacobson was formally arrested and taken into custody. He was informed that he faces charges of violating the 2011 immigration law and a prison sentence of up to five years. Jacobson was held at Palangkaraya Class II detention center in a cell with six inmates for four days before being transferred back to ‘city detention’, allowing him to leave prison. He’s been prevented from leaving Palanglaraya until further notice.Philip Jacobson.The transfer from prison to city detention came after U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan met with the Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs (Kemenko Polhukam) Mohammad Mahfud MD, and a delegation from the U.S. embassy did a welfare check on Jacobson. Minister Mahfud MD was subsequently quoted in Indonesian media as saying he would order Jacobson to be deported from Indonesia “immediately.”“We are grateful that authorities have made this accommodation,” said Butler. “We have seen the media reports and stand ready to move forward on the appropriate next steps.”“We’re amazed by the outpouring of support we received from the public on Phil’s case,” added Butler. “Beyond the thousands of messages via social media, people ranging from top business leaders in Singapore and Europe to Indonesian-American investors and entrepreneurs to members of U.S. Congress have reached out to express their concern.”Sampling of some of the protest art that has emerged on social media since Jacobson’s arrest.Chronology of Jacobson’s caseSummary: Philip Jacobson is an employee of Mongabay, a non-profit environmental science and conservation news organization. Jacobson is an editor for Mongabay and splits his time between Indonesia and his native U.S. This document outlines events culminating in Jacobson’s detention in the Indonesian city of Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan on the island of Borneo.December 14: Jacobson, traveling on a multiple-entry business visa, arrived in Palangkaraya, the capital city of Central Kalimantan province, to meet with the local chapter of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), an indigenous rights advocacy group.December 16: Jacobson attended a dialogue at the parliament building between the Central Kalimantan parliament and the local chapter of AMAN.December 17: Jacobson was scheduled on a flight out of Palangkaraya, but before he could leave for the airport, immigration officers went to his guesthouse and confiscated his passport. The officials ordered Jacobson to come in the next day for questioning. It later became clear that someone had photographed Jacobson at the parliament building and reported him to immigration.December 18: Jacobson was interrogated at the immigration office about his activities. Authorities took an official statement, known as a BAP, and ordered Jacobson to remain in Palangkaraya while they continued their investigation.December 24: Jacobson missed his international flight out of Indonesia.January 9: Jacobson was summoned to the immigration office, where he received a formal letter saying he was suspected of committing a visa violation and was being investigated. Authorities stated that as long as Jacobson remained cooperative, he would remain under city arrest, rather than detained in an immigration cell.January 21: Immigration officers appeared at Jacobson’s guesthouse room and instructed him to pack his belongings and come with them. Following another round of questioning, he was taken into custody and transferred to a detention center.January 22: Jacobson and his colleagues were honored with the Fetisov Journalism Award for their work on an investigative report, produced in collaboration with Indonesia’s Tempo magazine, Malaysiakini and The Gecko Project, about a plan to create the world’s largest oil palm plantation on the island of New Guinea. Jacobson had been expected to attend the awards ceremony in Switzerland before he was barred from leaving Palangkaraya.January 24: Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD told reporters in Jakarta that he would order Jacobson to be deported from Indonesia “immediately.” Later that day, Jacobson’s local lawyers negotiated his transfer from prison back to “city arrest,” and he was allowed to return to a guesthouse.January 26: Jacobson, still prevented from leaving Palangkaraya, turns 31.Statements from Journalism NGOsCommittee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) [January 22]:  “The longer journalist Philip Jacobson remains held in detention, the more damage Indonesia does to its reputation as a democracy with a free press,” said Shawn Crispin, CPJ’s senior Southeast Asia representative. “Indonesian authorities should release Jacobson immediately and cease pursuing a criminal case against him.”Reporters Without Borders (RSF) [January 22]: “Phillip Jacobson’s totally disproportionate arrest clearly amounts to intimidation,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The Central Kalimantan immigration officials have massively overstepped their powers. We call on the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, which oversees the Directorate General of Immigration, to ensure that this journalist is immediately released in accordance with the rule of law.”The International Press Institute (IPI) [January 22]: “Indonesia should immediately release Philip Jacobson and drop any travel restrictions against him”, IPI Director of Advocacy Ravi R. Prasad said. “The harassment of journalists is unacceptable in Indonesia, which claims to be a democracy that respects press freedom.”Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) [January 22]  “Employees of the news media should be free to work in Indonesia without fear of arbitrary detention,” SEJ President Meera Subramanian said. “Actions like those taken against Mr. Jacobson harm the health of Indonesian democracy and the country’s global reputation.”Komite Keselamatan Jurnalis [January 22]: Komite Keselamatan Jurnalis mengecam penahanan dan pemidanaan Philip Jacobson, editor Mongabay, atas masalah administrasi … Komite Keselamatan Jurnalis menilai penahanan dan penetapan status tersangka Philip Jacobson sangat berlebihan dan mencoreng demokrasi di Indonesia.Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) [January 23]: “The criminalisation of Jacobson is an excessive action . . . The immigration office had no authority to detain and treat him like a criminal offender following the allegation of violating an administrative matter.”International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) [January 23]: “The detention of Jacobson is unjust and excessive. This appears to be a retaliatory attempt to silence media reporting on sensitive topics. Journalism is not a crime and we strongly condemn attempts to criminalise journalists in Indonesia.”PEN America [January 25]: “While we are relieved that Philip has been temporarily released, we remain concerned that he is being targeted for his work in an attempt to send a warning signal to those journalists and news outlets who undertake investigative reporting on sensitive topics in Indonesia,” said Karin Karlekar, director of Free Expression at Risk Programs at PEN America. “Even if there is evidence of a visa-related violation, it should be handled as an administrative rather than a criminal matter and be resolved as quickly as possible, and we call on the authorities to allow both Indonesian and foreign journalists to work freely and without fear of retaliation.” Environment, Environmental Journalism, press release Article published by Rhett Butlercenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

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Takeaways: Hertl hurting, Burns slumping as huge homestand awaits Sharks

first_imgThey play five straight games at home … NASHVILLE — The Sharks flew back to San Jose on Wednesday morning in nearly the same predicament they were in six weeks ago when they got back home after a dismal road trip.In need of goals, a spark and plenty of wins.This time, though, going on a run figures to be a tougher task.After their 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, the Sharks are 15-16-2, five points out of a playoff spot and in sixth place in the Pacific Division.last_img

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Ben Klick, Sept. 25

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have some neighbors on the east side of the county and they started cutting last week. We have beans that will go but we are not ready yet. We just finished filling a silo yesterday and we have one more to do in a week or so. We are hoping to be rolling by the end of the week harvesting the beans. We have some cattle to move the next couple of days.We just finished up our last cutting of hay. Some of my dairy buddies are thinking about making one more cutting of alfalfa yet. It has been really dry. It has been over a month since we had a decent rain. The fields are rough. It is like concrete out there. There was some hay we left because it was a first year seeding and we were afraid to ruin it with its limited root system.A neighbor at Canal Fulton cut some beans over the weekend and had a variety in the low 50s and a second variety was in the high 50s and low 60s. The top pods are there but there is nothing in them. I am afraid my double-crops are not going to amount to much as dry as we’ve been.We have our wheat seed ordered and it should be coming in during the next few days. We are bumping our wheat acres back a little to plant 45 acres of barley. We are growing that to use for grain in the steer rations. Our nutritionist told us that feeding one-third of our ration of ground barley helps put a hard glazed top on the carcass and improves the grade a little. It saves us a little corn and lets us cut back on wheat and still get straw. The barley comes off a couple of weeks earlier than wheat and lets us get our double-crops in sooner. We’re going to try it and see if it works. I am hoping for some more heat units to dry this corn. We only have about 2.5 weeks worth of corn left to feed and then we are going to have to shell some.last_img read more

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New Photovoltaic Windows

first_imgRecent online news feeds have included a number of reminders that the drive to harness solar energy is alive and well. Thin-film specialist Ensol AS, based in Norway, is developing a photovoltaic cell technology that is at least 20% efficient. Another thin-film specialist, New Energy Technologies, based in Maryland, is designing an organic solar-cell coating, called SolarWindow, that can be applied to glass, convert artificial light to electric power, and outperform conventional rooftop photovoltaic systems of comparable size by 300%.And on June 23, General Electric announced the winners of the latest round in the GE ecomagination Challenge program, which recognizes innovation in clean technology. Among the five winners was Pythagoras Solar, which has developed a photovoltaic window the company says will provide almost four times more power density, at about 13 watts per sq. ft., than thin-film PV coatings while also providing both shading and high transparency.A high-profile test platformThe photovoltaic components of the windows – optical elements and PV cells sequentially mounted in evenly spaced horizontal rows – are sandwiched between glass panes, creating a miniblinds-like pattern across the entire assembly. The windows are “building-integrated photovoltaics” – in other words, the solar array is part of the building envelope. They are currently being designed for use in vertical curtain walls and skylights, although the technology also will be adapted to color roof tiles and to spandrels, according to the company.The company, which has operations in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and Israel, has been monitoring its pilot installation – a couple of south-facing windows on the 56th floor of Chicago’s Willis Tower – since November. New Energy Technologies’ SolarWindow thin film also is being tested on the same floor of Willis Tower, using the same solar orientation.No word yet on the test results, or on the prices of these products, although Pythagoras Solar’s CEO, Gonen Fink, told the San Francisco Chronicle that, by his estimate, the company’s windows would provide enough energy savings to pay for themselves in three to five years.last_img read more

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My govt. will minimise red tape to attract investment, says MP CM Kamal Nath

first_imgThe Madhya Pradesh government is committed to reducing red tape to foster an environment conducive for investment in the State, says Chief Minister Kamal Nath in a written response to questions submitted by The Hindu ahead of the Magnificent M.P. Investors’ Summit in Indore. Excerpts:Madhya Pradesh is going to be the first State to roll out a land pooling policy for industries. You claim owners will not be required to relinquish rights. How will you strike a balance between investors’ confidence and rights of landowners without upsetting either of the two?From the past experiences regarding land acquisitions, it is well known that it’s a lengthy and costly affair and many a time land acquisition projects are marred by litigation.For the first time in India we are coming up with a land pooling policy for an industrial purpose. We have done meticulous planning for this. In this model, participating landowners will not have to relinquish their ownership rights, instead they will become partners in the development process. They will be direct beneficiaries of all the future price appreciation of the land. Additionally, a 20% cash component of their land compensation will provide them immediate liquidity.The MPIDC [M.P. Industrial Development Corporation Limited] will issue land pooling certificates to participating landowners. The LPC will be a tradable instrument. Currently, the MPIDC is running a pilot project of land pooling at Pithampur Sector 5. Under phase 1, the pilot project aims to create a new industrial land pool of 400 hectares in the region.Earlier, it was observed that in many cases land was acquired from participating landowners at a lower cost and later sold at a higher price to the industry. This made the landowners feel cheated. Madhya Pradesh’s new model will stop such a practice.Investors’ confidence has been seriously hurt in the domestic market due to the lingering effects of demonetisation and the limiting impact of the Goods and Services Tax. In an unfavourable climate like this, what are your guiding principles of engagement with investors? How will you restore their confidence?There is a huge impact on the overall business sentiment due to the aforesaid measures. The State government has initiated a thorough review of the existing industrial promotion policy. We want to create a conducive environment for investment in the State. My government is focused on minimising red tape to ensure that the industry has a welcoming experience.We are the only State in India having a tax-delinked industrial promotion policy with additional incentives for export-oriented units and high employment generation units. We believe in the timely settlement of the incentive amount and are committed to transparent and unambiguous policies.In almost 10 months, my government has been successful in grounding industrial projects worth over ₹20,000 crore leading to direct employment of 30,000 and indirect employment of 75,000 persons.How do you plan to overcome the effects of demonetisation on the textile industry, a significant contributor to the State’s gross domestic product, as around half the organic cotton produced in the country is from the State?We are the largest producer of organic cotton in the country, accounting for 43% of India’s production by volume and 39% by acreage. In terms of textile-based industry, Madhya Pradesh is a traditional hub and has a well-established ecosystem.We are working towards establishing forward linkages in the textile sector. The State has come up with a special incentive package for the garment sector. We are very focused on the textile sector as it is a high employment-potential sector. Through the summit we will showcase various opportunities that the State offers to the textile sector.By setting up the National Automotive Test Tracks [NATRAX} and endorsing investment in the automobile cluster in Pithampur and the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, how do you plan to offset effects of a reduced demand in the automobile sector?We have a very vibrant ecosystem for the auto sector in and around Indore. Spread across 2,000 hectares, Pithampur Auto Cluster has over 500 units with a combined investment of $11.3 billion. The presence of NATRAX in the region makes it a preferred choice of investment for auto companies. Spread over an area of 1,669 hectares, it has 14 types of test tracks with a total length of 11.3 km. In addition to this, considering the proximity of the region with the corridor influence area, it gives a further boost to the sector by offering excellent connectivity to the rest of India.With the State promising investors a friendly atmosphere, what promise does it bring for locals? What are the steps taken by the State government to ensure employment of locals in industries and reskilling of those displaced by the projects?The government is focused on generating more employment through industrialisation and ensuring that the locals benefit from them. We understand that skilled manpower is the need of the hour. The government is going to provide skill-based training to the youth in the State. Courses are being designed based on industry feedback, so that skills meet industry requirements. In order to ensure that this will not be limited to the labour sector only, we are going to focus on better quality in higher education too. Internationally reputed institutes like IIM-Indore, IIT-Indore, AIIMS-Bhopal, MANIT-Bhopal and IISER-Bhopal are present in the State. Reputed private institutes like VIT have already opened a campus in Bhopal while Symbiosis is in Indore. The government is working towards attracting more such institutes in the State. Furthermore, the Global Skill Centre is being set up in Bhopal.last_img read more

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Rahul Dravid: A player of order, method and simmering fire

first_imgRahul DravidFinally found. Finally, finally, finally. What England couldn’t do for two months, 32 hours and 602 runs has been done. A chink-small but significant-has been found in Rahul Dravid’s cast iron and blindingly shiny suit of armour.His friends say they’ve never seen him do it, his coach doesn’t think,Rahul DravidFinally found. Finally, finally, finally. What England couldn’t do for two months, 32 hours and 602 runs has been done. A chink-small but significant-has been found in Rahul Dravid’s cast iron and blindingly shiny suit of armour.His friends say they’ve never seen him do it, his coach doesn’t think he’s the type, it’s not live on TV but it’s official: the Wall, the Rock, the answer to India’s unfunny top-order wobbliness and middle-class moms’ dreams, throws his bat.Gets angry, comes back to the dressing room, shouts out purple words and throws that bat. Not often, but has done so “many times”. Not quite the clean-cut, clean-living, book-reading, Pope with pads on, now, is he?Actually, never was. That’s the easy and lazy way to deal with Dravid and his cricket. Tag ’em and bag ’em. He is technically correct, politically correct, reliable, methodical, studious, sensitive even. So he cannot be attractive, competitive, hard, tough, mean, can he? He can. He is.Like muscles on a batsman’s arm beneath a long-sleeved shirt, there are parts to a cricketer that remain unseen and so unrecognised and underestimated. Dravid’s “inner steel”-to borrow coach John Wright’s words-is one of them. The 29-year-old says, Aggression is something within, you show it through your deeds.”As the first batsman to score 1,000 Test runs this year, the deeds were big and his mettle glinted through them. He is India’s MVP in 2002 not only because he made four hundreds, four fifties and averaged 67, but because he’s made the runs coming in when the scores on tour have read: 3-99,1-18,1-6,1-0,1-80,1-13,1-5,1-19,1-2,1-6, 1-0, 1-15, 1-18 (told you it wasn’t funny). As India reached for antidepressants , Dravid reached for his bat.advertisementRahul DravidHis method has revolved around a jaw-jutting refusal to surrender: his wicket, the advantage, whatever it is that must be defended. His mates, batsmen of thunder and lightning, are lustily hailed as they stride out onto the deck. Dravid attracts neither attention nor accolade as he ties himself to the mast and rides out the storm.To be the stoic among swashbucklers challenges skill, resolve and ego. He’s a better cricketer for it and a bigger man. Sanjay Manjrekar, a fellow of the same school of batsmanship, says, “Grit and determination are not appreciated in India. Our crowds can be very tough on batsmen like him. Maybe it’s what drives him on.” The Indian vice-captain thinks the idea is valid, but it’s not something he is conscious of.Typical. He has always known what to keep his eyes on-and how. Friends like former Karnataka opener Fazal Khaleel say when Dravid concentrates, whether on cricket or even an everyday activity like reading a newspaper, “it’s like the rest of the world blurs and he doesn’t see anything else. It’s spooky. If you want his attention, you have to actually shake him or call his name over and over.”Before his first Test in 1995 Dravid got ready, roommate Manjrekar remembers, like a student preparing for his medical exams. He still does. He was invited to dinner by Sunil Gavaskar during the Oval innings but he excused himself.It’s just his way. His devotion to fitness comes from the belief that the monotony of a gym routine is also another way to toughen the mind. Losing his temper “doesn’t make me play better” so he tries to work it out of his system. Which is how he can get run-out on 217 and leave the field without once shaking his head.In six years Dravid has batted from No. 1 to 7 for India, was told he should concentrate on off-spin to give himself an edge, and when he was dropped from the national side, sat at his home ground in Bangalore without reacting as a “fan” screamed out acritique of his batting.He has switched three batting slots this season, won back the No. 3, kept wickets to balance the one-day team and has still played the best cricket of his life. Surely at some stage he’s wanted to say stop.”You sometimes wonder if you have the capability to do something. Or if that something will make us a better team. You work on it. When results start going your way, your confidence grows, you know you can do enough to win.”Manjrekar said what had set the Indian far ahead of any other batsmen this year was hunger. ‘After two centuries, even the best players would have relaxed, backed off a little. But Rahul didn’t. He made a double hundred.”advertisementWhat Dravid does in the middle is as vital as what he does off-centre. He pushes and pulls pumped-up peers away from sledge-fests on the field, and is the side’s mediator and peace-broker when tempers flare on long tours.”You listen to him,” says a member of the England tour party, “because you can trust him to be sane.” When the Nat West series final was won and the team headed outside whooping, Dravid stopped a younger player from disrobing, Ganguly-style, saying they needed to celebrate with dignity.Thereby saving the world the unedifying sight of a largely topless Indian team running around Lord’s. There is much to be merciful for.He does lose his shirt, metaphorically at least. “What annoys me are people who don’t care, people who are laid-back about commitment.” He’s not referring to quick singles but basic business like keeping an appointment. He can drive like an angel, but clearly is driven like a man with a thirst.This soul of decorum can, as an English cricket magazine discovered, be wicked if he wants. Asked which character from history he would like to be, Dravid replied, “Any of the freedom fighters in the Indian Independence movement against the British.”Ravi Shastri predicts 25 Test centuries, Manjrekar says a shift in Indian expectation from individual brilliance to team success could give him his stage. The trumpets are blaring, praise is ringing across the land. But Rahul Dravid, creature of order and method and steadily simmering fire, has not just arrived. He’s always been there.last_img read more

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10 months agoCrystal Palace monitoring Chelsea loanee Abraham

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace monitoring Chelsea loanee Abrahamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are monitoring Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham ahead of a potential move in January. The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Aston Villa, but Chelsea do have an option to recall in January.However, the Blues could recall Abraham and loan him back out again to a Premier League club.The Daily Telegraphclaim Crystal Palace would be keen on signing the Englishman as they continue to struggle in front of goal this season.Abraham has netted 12 times for Villa this season and manager Dean Smith remains hopeful he can retain his services for the second half of the season. last_img read more

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