The end of the road: The future of the Pan Borneo Highway

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 The construction of more than 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) of road for the Pan Borneo Highway across Malaysian Borneo holds the promise of spurring local economies for its proponents.But from the outset, conservationists and scientists voiced concerns that the road would displace people, harm sensitive environments, and threaten Borneo’s splendid diversity of wildlife.As construction moves forward, these groups are working with planners to find a way for the highway’s construction to avoid the worst environmental damage. This is the sixth article in our six-part series “Traveling the Pan Borneo Highway.” Read Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four and Part Five.KOTA BELUD, Malaysia — Road building is a messy process. In late July, a friend drove me to see the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway along the narrow road strip of tarmac that currently snakes its way along what’s being billed as the “Gold Coast” of northwestern Borneo. We passed once-forested hillsides that abut the azure waters of the South China Sea, now being vertically scrapped away truckload by truckload to build up the foundation of the highway. Down below, bulldozers packed the tan earth into wide platforms where the road will eventually sit, filling in spots where mangroves once stood. Around one corner, dust rose from the beach below where, apparently, the highway will soon pass within meters of the water’s edge.Driving north of the Malaysian state of Sabah’s capital, Kota Kinabalu, was the culmination of the nearly three weeks I spent traveling along the highway’s path. The project will stretch across more than 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) in Sabah and the state of Sarawak. In the villages and towns I visited along the way, local officials and many residents eagerly awaited the completion of the roadway to ease travel, speed the flow of goods to and from markets, and bring in tourists, all of which they hoped would invigorate local economies.A section of the Pan Borneo Highway along the northwestern coast of Sabah. Image by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.But from the outset, conservationists and scientists voiced concerns that the road would force people from their homes, harm sensitive environments, and threaten Borneo’s splendid diversity of wildlife. From what I saw in my travels, those concerns weren’t unfounded.Researchers from the Sabah-based NGO Forever Sabah figure that the construction — whether widening existing roadways, “realigning” them on similar but separate paths, or cutting entirely new stretches through the island’s mangroves and rainforests — will displace at least 12,000 households in the state. Spray-painted numbers tag the buildings earmarked for eventual demolition next to the route.Along that span north of Kota Kinabalu, crushed mangrove trees sat piled in the pooling water on either side of the new highway. Narrow culverts run under the highway, but conservation groups worry that they won’t facilitate enough water flow to replace the heaving of the tide that brings a vital influx of nutrients. Scientists also worry that clearing the path for the highway would further carve up the habitat of proboscis monkeys (Nasalis larvatus), which are a major tourist draw.Mangroves cleared for construction of the highway in northwestern Sabah. Image by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.But I also questioned whether it was fair of me to judge such a massive project at this nascent stage, literally before the dust has settled. After all, the society I come from in the United States has benefited wildly, economically and otherwise, from the connectivity that an intricate road network can provide, and that’s no doubt come with huge costs to the environment.It’s difficult to fault a country for pursuing a path toward development or making it easier for people to get from point to point. The 19-hour-long bus ride I took that connects Sarawak’s two largest cities, Kuching and Miri, is exhausting, and my fellow passengers were eager for construction on the Pan Borneo Highway there to be finished, likely slashing the travel time by half. I noticed the stark contrast — especially in my own comfort — between the ruddy, under-construction road currently serving as Sarawak’s major artery, and the smooth-surfaced, recently completed stretch from outside Kuching to Tanjung Datu National Park at Borneo’s westernmost point.But there’s also research demonstrating that the economic potential of infrastructure development often remains unrealized, or at least unequally distributed. Studies have shown that the benefits of roads are often concentrated in the hands of big companies, whether focused on timber, minerals or agriculture, leaving the average citizen behind and sometimes leading to unrest and conflict.An oriental pied hornbill takes flight over the Kinabatangan River. Image by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.With new roads, poachers too face fewer obstacles to reach their quarry (though one conservation-focused local leader I met in Sarawak also suggested that the roads would help wildlife rangers in policing a primate-rich wildlife sanctuary and national park). Borneo has its own species of critically endangered orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and a variant of the endangered Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), considered by some scientists to be a distinct subspecies. The elephants’ tusks have become a target for poachers, and wildlife traffickers go after the babies of orangutans and other primates for the exotic, high-value pet trade.What’s more, ecologists like William Laurance from James Cook University in Australia have cataloged the proliferation of deforestation for human settlement, agriculture and industry that follows road construction. That can mean a cascade of the same problems, including increased hunting and a loss of habitat, that ripple through nearby forest ecosystems.Despite these potential drawbacks, some of the highway’s most prominent backers insist it’s possible to build a road that will fulfill its promises for development while minimizing environmental damage. Seated in his Kuala Lumpur office, Baru Bian, Malaysia’s minister of works, seemed to see no contradiction in his desire for both development and environmental protection. Baru describes himself as an environmentalist, and before he became a politician worked as a lawyer fighting for the rights of his own people, the Lun Bawang, and others facing the prospect of losing control of their land to outside interests. Now, his earnestness is focused on creating a booming economy for the people of Sabah and Sarawak, and he sees the Pan Borneo Highway as the way to do it.A hillside cleared of trees next to the Pan Borneo Highway. Image by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.Baru might be overlooking the hazards that come with such a massive infrastructure project — at a cost of around $6.4 billion with a completion date in the mid-2020s — while focusing just on the potential benefits. But he has also shown a willingness to listen. In the days before our interview, he met with scientists to learn more about the threats to the environment that the highway’s construction could pose. And other leaders are following a similar path, if their public comments are any indication: In March, the chief minister of Sabah called for as little destruction as possible during the construction.Alongside these leaders’ apparent openness to outside input, a movement among conservation-focused NGOs and research organizations led by Coalition 3H (Humans, Habitats, Highways) in Sabah has arisen to work with, instead of in opposition to, highway planners. Nearly all I spoke with who were concerned about the impacts of the road insisted that they weren’t “anti-development,” and this collaborative spirit could be seen as a reflection of that sentiment. In that convergence could be what one policy analyst called “win-wins” that would avoid the worst environmental destruction while bringing the benefits that roads can offer.Like the unfinished highway, the fruits of this cooperation remain uncertain. Still, federal budget constraints mean that the second and third phases of the highway, which include controversial sections through central Sabah, likely won’t be budgeted for until 2021 or later under what’s known as the 12th Malaysia plan. That means that groups like Coalition 3H still have time to weigh in on still-unconstructed sections of the road, Baru said.Houses slated for destruction along the path of the highway have been marked with spray-painted numbers. Image by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.In some cases, petitioning the government has gained traction. In early 2019, the coalition discovered that the contractor working on the road heading up Sabah’s Gold Coast was doing so without having its environmental impact assessment approved. In April, the state’s Environmental Protection Department stopped work on part of the road, though it resumed a few weeks later once the department said the issue was corrected. It’s evidence, members of the coalition say, that change is possible — but also shows how difficult it can be to change the course of these projects once they’re underway.The tide of infrastructure development currently rolling across Southeast Asia right now could be terribly destructive, Laurance said during a recent talk at the International Conference of Conservation Biologists. But he also offered a rare, if small, dose of optimism about projects like the Pan Borneo Highway, suggesting that it’s possible to change the outcomes.“I don’t see this as a helpless situation,” Laurance said. “I see this as a dire situation absolutely, but I don’t see it as one in which we can’t have an impact. I absolutely think that we can.”Banner image of a buffalo on a stretch of the highway under construction near Kota Kinabalu by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.John Cannon is a staff writer at Mongabay. Find him on Twitter: @johnccannonEditor’s note: William Laurance is a member of Mongabay’s advisory board.Citations:Ancrenaz, M., Gumal, M., Marshall, A.J., Meijaard, E., Wich , S.A. & Husson, S. (2016). Pongo pygmaeus (errata version published in 2018). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T17975A123809220. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T17975A17966347.enChoudhury, A., Lahiri Choudhury, D.K., Desai, A., Duckworth, J.W., Easa, P.S., Johnsingh, A.J.T., Fernando, P., Hedges, S., Gunawardena, M., Kurt, F., Karanth, U., Lister, A., Menon, V., Riddle, H., Rübel, A. & Wikramanayake, E. (IUCN SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group) (2008). Elephas maximus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T7140A12828813. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T7140A12828813.enFEEDBACK: 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, Community Development, Conservation, Conservation And Poverty, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forest People, Forestry, Forests, Green, Illegal Logging, Infrastructure, Logging, Poaching, Poverty, Poverty Alleviation, Rainforests, Roads, Saving Rainforests, Sustainable Development, Threats To Rainforests, Timber, Tropical Forests, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking last_img read more

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Indonesian official at center of licensing scandal charged in new case

first_imgCorruption, Crime, Development, Environment, Environmental Crime, Forests, Governance, Infrastructure, Law, Law Enforcement, Palm Oil, Plantations Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency has charged a former district head from Borneo in connection with a port development project.Darwan Ali, who was the head of Seruyan district in Central Kalimantan province from 2003 to 2013, is accused of conspiring to inflate the budget to build the Segintung seaport, allegedly causing losses to the state of $1.48 million.Investigators also allege that Darwan steered the contract for the project to a developer in exchange for the company’s support for his election campaign.Environmental activists say they hope the investigation will lead the way to probing other, more serious allegations against Darwan, who was the subject of a 2017 investigative report by Mongabay and The Gecko Project into a massive scheme to flip permits for oil palm plantations to multinational firms. JAKARTA — Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency has charged a former politician from Borneo in connection with a port development project, in a move that could shed light on an earlier scandal involving permits for oil palm plantations.Darwan Ali, who was the head of Seruyan district in Central Kalimantan province from 2003 to 2013, is accused of conspiring to inflate the budget for a seaport in Segintung Bay between 2007 and 2012. Investigators at the country’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said the scheme incurred 20.84 billion rupiah ($1.48 million) in losses to the state during that period.Indonesia’s Seruyan district on the island of Borneo.The KPK also alleges that Darwan steered the contract for the project to developer PT Swa Karya Jaya, in exchange for the company backing his 2003 election bid. “It’s believed that the director at PT SKJ is a close friend of [Darwan’s],” Febri Diansyah, a spokesman for the KPK, told reporters in Jakarta on Oct. 14.Febri said the decision to charge Darwan was made after investigators questioned 32 witnesses and raided his home in Jakarta. The KPK has also applied for a travel ban to prevent Darwan leaving the country.Environmental activists have called on the agency to expand its investigation and root out other individuals involved in the project. “The KPK must also go after those that benefited from this project,” said Zenzi Suhadi, the head of advocacy at the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi).Zenzi added that this case could also be a stepping stone to probe other, more serious corruption allegations against Darwan.The politician was the subject of an extensive investigative report by Mongabay and the Gecko Project in 2017. Part of the award-winning “Indonesia for Sale” series, the report uncovered how Darwan, while head of Seruyan district, presided over an elaborate scheme to use shell companies as vehicles for selling oil palm plantation permits to firms owned by the billionaire Kuok and Rachmat families for millions of dollars.The scheme threatened to turn the southern reaches of Seruyan into a sea of oil palm. Local activists reported Darwan to the KPK in this case, and the agency investigated him but never pressed charges.Darwan Ali provided licenses to 18 companies owned by his family and cronies. Almost all of them were sold to Triputra Agro Persada and to the Kuok Group’s oil palm arm, PPB Oil Palms, which was later merged with Wilmar International. Source: Bursa Malaysia, Ditjen AHU, Nordin Abah, Marianto Sumarto and others.Below is a promotional video from the Segintung seaport agency in Seruyan district.Correction 10/18/19: A previous version of this story said Darwan took office in 2005, rather than in 2003.This story was first reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and published here on our Indonesian site on Oct. 15, 2019.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Basten Gokkoncenter_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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‘Chelsea didn’t deserve to go through’ – Mourinho in scathing assessment of Champions League exit

first_img1 A glum Jose Mourinho admitted his side did not deserve to progress in the Champions League as the unconvincing Blues were dumped out of Europe by Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.PSG seemed to suffer an early blow when star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was harshly sent off just 30 minutes into their last-16 second-leg at Stamford Bridge.But the Premier League side twice allowed the ten-man French champions to come from behind to draw 2-2, with the plucky visitors winning the ill-tempered tie on away goals.Both David Luiz and Thiago Silva’s headed goals were a result of Chelsea’s lacklustre marking from set-pieces, and Mourinho was scathing in his assessment of his side’s below-par performance.“We didn’t deserve to go through,” the Blues boss said.“When a team cannot defend two corners and concedes two goals, a team doesn’t deserve to win.“The individual performances were not good enough and when you concede two goals from two corners it’s about lack of concentration, lack of responsibility to cope with the markers and the space you have to control.“When a team cannot cope with the pressure of being one player more and playing at home… we couldn’t cope with that pressure.“We deserved to be punished with this draw, defeat.”Mourinho explained he will wait for the result to sink in before analysing the details with his squad, but insisted they must respond with a strong finish to their Premier League campaign as Chelsea continue their quest for a first top flight title in five years.“I want to know,” he added.“I told the players after the game that it’s not the moment to speak with them about it. [On Thursday] we will try to analyse that.“For me it was a surprise. So I’m disappointed, but I try always to be pragmatic and when the opponent was better than us the first feeling is we deserved to lose. Analyse the situation is the next step.“We need to react. We have the Premier League to win. We lost a competition where even if we had won today you have other important steps in front of you and other big teams to beat.“We have the Premier League to win and we are in a good situation. There’s no time to cry.“If we win the Premier League and Capital One Cup, this season is still a fantastic season for us.”The Blues are five points clear of second-placed Manchester City with a game in hand, and face Southampton at Stamford Bridge in their next league outing. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho last_img read more

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Activists mobilize as South Dakota enacts abortion ban

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The Legislature passed the bill last month after supporters argued that the recent appointment of conservative justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito have made the U.S. Supreme Court more likely to overturn Roe v. Wade. Rounds said he believes it would be better to chip away at abortion one step at a time rather than directly confront Roe v. Wade. But he said many abortion opponents want the direct challenge. “Personally I think this court will be more interested in looking at different aspects of Roe v. Wade rather than the direct frontal assault, but we’ll never know unless someone tries,” Rounds said. Under the new law, doctors could get up to five years in prison for performing an illegal abortion. Abortion opponents already are offering money to help the state pay legal bills for the anticipated court challenge, Rounds has said. Lawmakers said an anonymous donor has pledged $1 million to defend the ban, and the Legislature set up a special account to accept donations for legal fees. Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said her organization will urge people across the nation to fight for their reproductive freedom. Some other states are considering similar bans on abortion, and the South Dakota legislation will have an impact in other states, she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds signed legislation Monday that would ban most abortions in South Dakota, a law he acknowledged would be tied up in court for years while the state challenges the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. The bill would make it a crime for doctors to perform an abortion unless the procedure was necessary to save the woman’s life. It would make no exception for cases of rape or incest. Planned Parenthood, which operates the state’s only abortion clinic, in Sioux Falls, immediately pledged to challenge the measure. The challenge could either be in court or by petition signatures to refer the measure to a statewide ballot in which voters would be asked to repeal the abortion ban. “We fully intend to challenge this law,” said Kate Looby, state director of Planned Parenthood. “It’s just a question of how.” last_img read more

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Have you seen Gianluigi Buffon’s message to Philipp Lahm? It was a nice touch

first_img1 Gianluigi Buffon posted a video tribute to Philipp Lahm following his retirement A number of people have been queuing up to congratulate Philipp Lahm on an excellent career, including Juventus and Italy no.1 Gianluigi Buffon.A message from the goalkeeper was shared by Bayern Munich, which you can see here where he reveals his delight in competing against him during their respective careers.Lahm came through the academy in Munich and went on to captain the club in title victories, Champions League successes and World Cup victory with Germany. The defender, who became a midfielder, played 517 times for Bayern and scored 16 goals. Wenn Legenden über Legenden sprechen…Große Worte von @gianluigibuffon an @philipplahm! 👏 #DankePhilipp pic.twitter.com/hZhRA3TqyR— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) May 20, 2017//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js GREAT PLAYERS AND THE TROPHIES MISSING FROM THEIR GLITTERING CVSlast_img read more

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Will this be West Ham’s team next season featuring Wilshere and Payet?

first_img 5 5 Goalkeeper: Lukasz Fabianski 5 5 West Ham need a safe pair of hands between the sticks after Joe Hart’s rather disastrous season-long loan at the club.And it seems like they’ve got a reliable keeper in Fabianski, who they signed for £7million from relegated Swansea. West Ham conceded 68 league goals in the league last season – an unwanted record they had to share with Stoke, – so changes are clearly needed at the back.Again, West Ham look like they have taken the necessary action with the acquisition of Fredericks from Fulham and Diop from Ligue 1 side Toulouse.West Ham fans will be hoping these players will tighten the defence up significantly next season. West Ham are on the verge of a massive coup in the transfer market as it has emerged Jack Wilshere is seemingly close to completing a move to the club. The midfielder has been looking for a new team since being told he was surplus to requirements at Arsenal by new boss Unai Emery. Defence: Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Winston Reid, Aaron Creswell center_img Forwards: Marko Arnautovic and Andy Carroll Midfield (diamond): Cheikhou Kouyate, Mark Noble, Dimitri Payet, Jack Wilshere Wilshere has left the club he has been at since he was a boy If the Wilshere and Payet transfers go through, this could be a formidable midfield. Joao Mario doesn’t make this squad as a second loan spell in east London seems unlikely.Kouyate has become a fan favourite since signing in 2014, while Mark Noble is a permanent fixture in the starting XI. Arnautovic was the Hammers’ best player last season so is an automatic shoe-in for this team.He formed a good partnership with Manuel Lanzini, however, the Argentine sustained a long-term injury in the summer which means he could miss a great deal of the season.And while Javier Hernandez has had some good moments, he hasn’t made the impact that Hammers fans would have liked, so Carroll makes this XI. The Hammers have already wrapped up deals for Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks and Issa Diop in the summer but it seems they are not willing to stop there.Rumours of a shock return for former player Dimitri Payet made the rounds earlier this week, an issue which has divided many Hammers fans.Whatever your stance on Payet’s relationship with the club there is no denying that West Ham have the potential to be a very formidable outfit if they can re-sign the Frenchman.So how might Manuel Pellegrini’s men line-up next season? Scroll down to find out… 5last_img read more

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School board hopeful advances

first_img Challengers Art Escobedo and Grisel Vasquez now have 1,289 and 1,046 votes, respectively. Villalba called the news exciting. “It’s been a roller-coaster ride,” she said. “I’m not going to be able to sleep at night. I’m up. I’m down. I’m up.” Duran said she is pessimistic about her chances. “I don’t feel that confident because this group of challengers did a real extensive absentee ballot campaign,” she said. “I’m just hanging in there.” In a third tight race in the area, El Rancho Unified School District board incumbent Rita Jo Ramirez’s 15-vote lead for a third seat on the board over challenger James Roybal grew by 18 votes. Ramirez now has 3,719 to Roybal’s 3,701 votes. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – Incumbent Ken Henderson vaulted into the lead in the contest for a third seat on the Whittier City School District school board after additional ballots were counted Friday. Henderson, who had been been 11 votes behind challenger Linda Small on Tuesday, now has 5,006 votes to Small’s 4,990 in the updated tally released by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office. Incumbent Javier Gonzalez remains in the top vote-getter, with 6,004, and challenger Efrain Aceves has 5,525 votes, each securing one of the three open seats on the board. County election workers counted 86,010 ballots – 72,015 were absentee ballots – throughout the county Friday. An estimated 92,000 ballots still remain uncounted. Numbers were not available for individual races. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The final vote count and results will be completed and announced Nov. 28. Henderson said he is surprised by his new lead Friday because he had expected Small’s lead to grow. “I was certainly willing to concede that Linda had won and would make a tremendous member of the board,” he said. “Now, I will just have to wait and see. The nice thing about it is I’m perfectly comfortable with the outcome regardless of what happens.” Meanwhile, in the Los Nietos School District, incumbent Gloria Duran’s seven-vote lead over challenger Diana Villalba for a third seat on the board shrunk to two just votes ahead. Duran now has 840 votes to Violably’s 838. last_img read more

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Men’s Soccer Upsets MVC Leader and No. 32 Missouri State, 2-1

first_img Live Stats Evansville 10/21/2017 – 3 PM Full Schedule Roster Merideth scored the game’s first goal in the 34th minute (34:07). He took a pass from graduate transfer Jake Taylor (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) and buried his shot from five yards out to put the Bulldogs up 1-0. Sanchez scored his goal from 10 yards out from the middle of the field. Conor Ingram scored for the Bears in the 68th minute (68:28). Next Game: “This was an excellent performance and away win against the No. 32 ranked team in the country,” said head coach Gareth Smith. “Missouri State has been on a great run so to come here and take the three points is impressive and a credit to our guys. We very well organized defensively and dominated our 1v1 battles throughout the game on both sides of the ball. We displayed an exceptional work rate and showed good progress in our communication on restarts. I am pleased for Ryan and Antonio to get on the score sheet as they invested a lot into the game. Delighted with an excellent conference win on the road and a great three points heading into the fall break.” Drake redshirt freshman goalkeeper Caden McCullough (Evansville, Ind.) recorded four saves. Freshman Leroy Enzugusi (Marion, Iowa) finished with two shots on goal. Preview Sanchez scored the game winner in the 83rd minute (83:10) for Drake (4-9-1, 1-3-1 MVC), which earned its first MVC win of the season. Missouri State (8-2-1, 4-1-0 MVC) had a seven-match winning streak snapped and dropped its first league match. The two teams will play again to close out the regular season on Nov. 4 at the Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines, Iowa. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Junior Ryan Merideth (East Moline, Ill.) and sophomore Antonio Sanchez (Coralville, Iowa) scored goals for the Drake University men’s soccer team in a 2-1 upset win at Missouri Valley Conference leader No. 32 Missouri State on Saturday night. Drake will return to the Cownie Soccer Complex to host Evansville on Oct. 21. First kick with the Purple Aces is set for 3 p.m. Prior the match, the Bulldogs will host their annual Senior Day.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Milford to get new fire appliance

first_imgDonegal is to get a brand new fire engine with the arrival of the appliance set for Milford fire station shorlty.The news has been welcomed by Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher.This is the first new fire alliance purchased by Donegal since 2013, when Stranorlar was then delivered an appliance. Deputy Gallagher said the purchase of a brand new appliance is welcome news, as in the interim period from 2013, a practice of purchasing second-hand equipment had been adopted by the Department and Local Authorities, a practice he is most critical of.Pat the Cope added that this is very welcome news for the Milford Fire Station catchment area and the personnel who service in that district.The new piece of fire equipment, a 2017 Scania fire tender, is to be delivered today Friday and will be operational within a number of weeks.“This new equipment will ensure that the station is equipped to the highest possible standards in the years ahead. I am a firm advocate of investing heavily in the fire service, having previously served as a Minister with responsibility for fire services nationally.” Pat the Cope stated the fact, that this is the first appliance purchased as new since 2013 is worrying, we must continue always to ensure our fire service equipment is up to the highest possible standard – and that can only be guaranteed by investing in new and state of the art equipment at all times.“The fire services role is critical as front-line responders in times of fires, accidents and even flooding – there is an onus of responsibility on the Government of the day, to ring-fence and guarantee funding is provided and to further guarantee equipment is of the highest standard.“I will be raising the matter directly again with Department officials to ensure that the fire services remain a top priority moving forward concluded Pat the Cope.Milford to get new fire appliance was last modified: October 6th, 2017 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) Tags:fire tenderMilfordPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

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Habitat’s Passivhaus Focus in Vermont

first_imgAmong the most important benefits of homes that merge affordability with ambitious energy efficiency standards are, of course, satisfied homeowners and their reduced carbon footprint. But another, far-reaching potential upside is that such projects can illuminate potent strategies and techniques for future projects.That is where things seem to be headed in northwest Vermont, where Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity is collaborating with a number of businesses and agencies on plans for a three-home development on a three-acre parcel in Charlotte, where the first home will incorporate standards set by the Passive House Institute US.A template for the future?Green Mountain Habitat’s executive director, David Mullin, recently told the Burlington Free Press that, for the first home, the affiliate is drawing on technical support from institutions such as the nonprofit Vermont Energy Investment Corporation; Civil Engineering Associates, in South Burlington; Charlotte-based Passive House consultant Peter Schneider; and Passive House specialists J. B. Clancy of Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, in Boston. Construction on the house is expected to begin this summer.The second home, the story points out, will be designed by Vermont architect Eric Morrow, while the configuration of the third will be determined after the first two houses are completed.Mullin said the building envelopes will be designed to create a “village look” rather than row-house regimentation. No doubt the homes will be sources of considerable pride and comfort for the families who help build and eventually own and occupy them. But the development of these homes to unusually high performance standards could be even more significant for future projects, whether they’re managed by Green Mountain Habitat, other Habitat affiliates, or, perhaps, many other affordable-housing builders.“Green Mountain Habitat will gain a great deal of experience during the design and construction of the first two homes, which will act as a powerful teaching tool,” Schneider noted. “The lessons learned will guide the design for the third home and possibly many future Habitat for Humanity homes.”last_img read more

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