Report highlights importance of regional airports to tourism

first_imgNews Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Google+ The BMW Regional Assembly says a plan to put regional airports at the centre of tourism development is necessary.The assembly has recently completed a detailed study on the economic impact of the regional airports in Donegal, Galway, Knock and Sligo.It finds they contribute to the regional economy in a number of ways, including promoting business investment and provisding access to tourism markets.According to the report,  the regional airports were responsible for the creation of 378 jobs across the region in 2008, while inbound visitors spent over 90 million euro.The Assembly’s Assistant Director Ciaran Moylan says the airports are an important resource.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/01ciarn830.mp3[/podcast] Google+ Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook Twitter By News Highland – March 23, 2010 Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Previous articleTelephone problems at Letterkenny Garda StationNext articleIFA President calls on farmers to lobby TD’s on REPS scheme News Highland Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report WhatsApp Report highlights importance of regional airports to tourismlast_img read more

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Lollapalooza 2014: Chromeo – Interview with Dave 1 and P-Thugg

first_imgI’ve got to find a way to escape the horrible ravages of youth. Suddenly, Going to the bathroom like clockwork, every three hours. And those jerks at Social Security stopped sending me checks. Who am I making this out to?They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle.You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. Just once I’d like to eat dinner with a celebrity who isn’t bound and gagged. I guess if you want children beaten, you have to do it yourself. Interesting. No, wait, the other thing: tedious.I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. Quite possible. We live long and are celebrated science. And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to. Everyone in this world is somehow connected.Ah, computer dating. It’s like pimping, but you rarely have to use the phrase “upside your head.” Who am I making this out to?You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Throw her in the brig. Michelle, I don’t regret this, but I both rue.Daylight and everything. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. So I really am important? How I feel when I’m drunk is correct?Good man. Nixon’s pro-war and pro-family. And then the battle’s not so bad? And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, for the love of God, don’t not do it! Shut up and get to the point! Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? I’m sure those windmills will keep them cool.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I love you, buddy! Please, Don-Bot… look into your hard drive, and open your mercy file! You guys aren’t Santa! You’re not even robots. How dare you lie in front of Jesus? Hey, whatcha watching? That’s right, baby. I ain’t your loverboy Flexo, the guy you love so much. You even love anyone pretending to be him!Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.Kids have names? That could be beautiful soul sitting naked on a couch. If I could just learn to play this stupid thing. No! I want to live! There are still too many things I don’t own! Yeah, I do that with my stupidness. You can see how I lived before I met you. Do a flip!Hello Morbo, how’s the family? I’ve been there. My folks were always on me to groom myself and wear underpants. What am I, the pope? I love this planet! I’ve got wealth, fame, and access to the depths of sleaze that those things bring. We’ll need to have a look inside you with this camera. And when we woke up, we had these bodies. They’re like, except I’m having them! Oh, I think we should just stay friends. You’ll have all the Slurm you can drink when you’re partying with Slurms McKenzie Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry?Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. Quite possible.It is nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.You guys go on without me! I’m going to go… look for more stuff to steal! You guys realize you live in a sewer, right? Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? If rubbin’ frozen dirt in your crotch is wrong, hey I don’t wanna be right.Fetal stemcells, aren’t those controversial? You don’t know how to do any of those. What’s with you kids? Every other day it’s food, food, food. Alright, I’ll get you some stupid food. You won’t have time for sleeping. Maybe you don’t like your job, maybe you didn’t get enough sleep.Oh yeah, good luck with that. Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. A Bicyclops Built For TwoI love you, buddy! Yep, I remember. They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars.For the last time, I don’t like lilacs! Your first wife was the one.But the flesh is spongy and spanac bruised?center_img Oh, all right, I am. But if anything happens to me, tell them I died robbing some old man. When will that be? Well, take care of yourself, Han. I guess that’s what you’re best at, ain’t it? I don’t know what you’re talking about. Progress is a nice word.Daylight and everything. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle. I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars. Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. Who am I making this out to?It’s nice to just embrace the natural beauty within you. Who am I making this out to? Shut up and get to the point!And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, you mean while for the love of God, don’t not do it!Doomsday device? Ah, now the ball’s in Farnsworth’s court! You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Shut up and get to the point!last_img read more

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EHS grad looking to shine at national woodsman competition

first_imgBlake Wilder, an Ellsworth High School graduate and former resident of Lamoine, is competing in a national woodsman event this weekend in New York City.PHOTO BY MEGAN MIVILLELAMOINE — Blake Wilder doesn’t look anything like the big, bearded, burly Paul Bunyan of lumberjack folklore, but he is every bit as talented.Currently ranked the best male woodsman competitor in the Northeast, Wilder will compete nationally June 20 at the Stihl Timbersports Series National Championship in Central Park in New York City.“The smaller you are, the more technique you have to have,” said Wilder, who is a lean 6 feet and 160 pounds.The former Lamoine resident and recent graduate of Unity College qualified for the event after winning the Northeast Regional Stihl Challenge at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWilder never knew anything about the woodsman competitions until he enrolled at Unity.“I just picked up an ax and found out I was good at it,” he said. “It’s a tradition that not many people get to experience. It gives one the experience of what lumberjacks had to go through.”At their peak in 1906, there were 500,000 lumberjacks using hand tools — the ax and cross cut saw — to fell trees. Over time, mechanized equipment replaced traditional lumberjack skills.PHOTO BY MEGAN MIVILLEBut the perennial competitions in the old lumber camps to see who was the best have evolved into today’s lumberjack competitions.“That’s where it really all started,” said Wilder, who worked two summers for Tina Scheer at her Timber Tina’s Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton.A 2011 graduate of Ellsworth High School, Wilder was captain of the football team, ran cross-country and wrestled.He graduated from Unity this year and is currently working full time with the Fairfield Police Department.In New York this weekend, Wilder will face five competitors from across the country.Their collegiate event will be held in the same place and on the same day as the professional level event.There are four contests: the Underhand Chop, where competitors stand on a piece of wood and chop it beneath their feet; the Standing Block, which replicates chopping down a tree; the Single Buck Saw, which is a 6-foot-long saw operated by one man, and the Stock Saw.“The Stock Saw is literally a saw pulled off a shelf and given to us,” Wilder said. “We have 4 inches within which we have to make two cuts.”Competitors wear chain mail socks over their socks and in their sneakers, which Wilder said makes it more likely to break a foot rather than cut it.Wilder said there are strategies involved in each event, such as certain patterns and chopping one side first and then the other.Competitors bring their own ax and single buck saw. Other equipment is provided by the organizers of the competition.The high carbon steel ax Wilder uses is made by Tuatahi of Australia and New Zealand.“No one else seems to know the proper mixture of metals,” Wilder said.To demonstrate the ax’s quality, Wilder shaved the hair off one arm with his ax.He plans to attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in August. His ultimate goal is to become involved in conservation law. Latest Posts Jacqueline WeaverReporter at The Ellsworth AmericanJacqueline’s beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine [email protected] Blurred lines – September 4, 2019 Latest posts by Jacqueline Weaver (see all)center_img Bio Quimby makes plans to revive Ocean Wood Campground – September 6, 2019 In fashion – October 9, 2019last_img read more

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The second iteration of Esports BAR Cannes goes off with a bang

first_imgThis year’s Cannes edition of the Esports BAR was a serious step up from 2017.This is not to say that 2017 was a poor event, far from it in fact; it was a strong start to REED Midem’s entrance into esports business conferences. Last week’s edition though, which took place at the Palais des Festivals between 12th and 14th February, was a 5* few days. As a content partner, Esports Insider put together two of the numerous panels. One of these looked at ‘Why football clubs are entering esports?’, and other focused on the esports and betting space.The football clubs panel saw Esports Insider in the moderator’s chair, with Sergio Benet, GM of Valencia CF, North CEO Christian Sorensen, and Pedro Honório da Silva, Co-Founder and CEO of Qwatti eSports Agency on the panel. The verdict here was that football clubs have been in the game for some time, and so esports organisations stand to learn a lot from them when it comes to being professional and well-organised entities. Likewise, football clubs stand to learn something too; when it comes to the creation of content many esports orgs do this very well indeed. Over at the betting panel on Valentine’s days no less, Betway’s Head of Esports Adam Savinson took to the stage alongside Sportradar Head of Esports James Watson and Suraj Gosai, Founder of BlinkPool. ESIC Commissioner Ian Smith, who lost out by the skin of his teeth to Disney at the Game Shakers Dinner the previous night, was in the moderator’s chair. With three days of content, panels, workshops and meetings it was a busy 72 hours for all Esports BAR attendees. One major reveal at the show saw Team Vitality announce a partnership with Renault Sports. Renault will start with a Rocket League team, to be known as Renault Sport Team Vitality, but have plans for far more; and Vitality will be right there alongside them making sure it all goes to plan. Renault Sport are in discussions with Formula One who have sizable esports plans. Players across Team Vitality’s other rosters will also gain access to, and benefit from, Renault Sports management and facilities. In another cool addition to the agreement, the Team Vitality logo will appear on Renault’s Formula One cars.The rather magnificent backdrop of the Cannes harbour was mirrored by the delivery of the event by Reed MIDEM. Following the second day, the inaugural Game Shakers Dinner took place nearby at the Intercontinental Cannes. Here, an array of companies and personalities were rewarded for their hard work and what they have brought, are bringing or are expected to bring to the esports industry.The likes of Disney won Shaker to Watch, whilst Nate Nanzer won Shaker of the Year, Twitch and Valve won Media Shaker, the IOC won Sport Shaker and BMW and Riot won Brand Shaker. You can read more about this Esports BAR partner event right here. Next up for the team behind the Esports BAR is the second coming of the event in Miami. This is taking place in September 24-26th. Disclaimer: Esports Insider is an official content partner of the Esports BARlast_img read more

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July 2019 was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth

first_imgUN secretary general António Guterres announced that July 2019 was the hottest month on record in a press conference yesterday.In his remarks to the press, Guterres noted that the record-breaking July temperatures follow the hottest June ever recorded, adding: “This is even more significant because the previous hottest month, July 2016, occurred during one of the strongest El Niño’s ever. That is not the case this year. All of this means we are on track for the period from 2015 to 2019 to be the five hottest years on record.”The impacts of global climate change are being felt around the globe, perhaps nowhere more dramatically than in the Arctic, where high temperatures have caused sea ice levels to collapse. June 2019 saw near-record lows in Arctic sea ice extent. In a press conference yesterday, UN secretary general António Guterres announced that July 2019 was the hottest month on record.Data for the month is still being collected, but July 2019 temperatures already appear to have been as high as if not slightly higher than the previous record for the hottest month in history, set in July 2016. According to preliminary data from the World Meteorological Organization, average global temperatures in July 2019 were at least 2.16 degrees Fahrenheit or 1.2 degrees Celsius higher than the pre-industrial average.“We have always lived through hot summers. But this is not the summer of our youth. This is not your grandfather’s summer,” Guterres said.Jean-Noël Thépaut, head of Europe’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, which produced the temperature data cited by Guterres, sounded a similar theme: “As a citizen I am as concerned as anyone else with what is happening,” Thépaut told Rolling Stone magazine. “My children are experiencing extreme weather situations which did not exist when I was their age.” He called the climatic trends on display in July 2019 “very disturbing.”In his remarks to the press, Guterres noted that the record-breaking July temperatures follow the hottest June ever recorded, adding: “This is even more significant because the previous hottest month, July 2016, occurred during one of the strongest El Niño’s ever. That is not the case this year. All of this means we are on track for the period from 2015 to 2019 to be the five hottest years on record.”The impacts of global climate change are being felt around the globe, perhaps nowhere more dramatically than in the Arctic, where high temperatures have caused sea ice levels to collapse. June 2019 saw near-record lows in Arctic sea ice extent.Citing data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the climate impact tracking platform Climate Signals pointed out that there were 132 all-time-high temperatures recorded around the globe in July 2019, versus just two all-time-lows. “In a stable climate, record high and low temps are about even,” Climate Signals noted. “Human-caused warming is driving this imbalance.”In adopting the Paris Climate Agreement, world leaders pledged to limit global warming to no more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 2 degrees Celsius, while an additional, aspirational goal included in the agreement would limit warming to just 1.5 degrees Celsius. Climate scientists have repeatedly warned that anything more than 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming could threaten the stability of life on Earth as we know it. But an analysis by the group Climate Action Tracker shows that, under current climate policies, the world is on track for 3.3 degrees Celsius of warming or more by 2100.“This year alone we have seen temperature records shatter from New Delhi to Anchorage — from Paris to Santiago — from Adelaide to the Arctic Circle,” Guterres said. “If we do not take action on climate change now, these extreme weather events are just the tip of the iceberg. And that iceberg is also rapidly melting.”Arctic sea ice is in retreat as the climate crisis deepens. Photo via Pixabay.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 Mike Gaworecki Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Big Data, Climate Change, data collection, Environment, Global Warming, Impact Of Climate Change, Sea Ice, Temperatures last_img read more

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Wild orchid trade in China is huge, overlooked and ‘devastating,’ study finds

first_imgIn just one year of survey, researchers recorded more than 400 species of wild-caught orchids, involving 1.2 million individual plants worth potentially more than $14.6 million, being traded at markets in southern China.At least some of the trade is illegal and in breach of CITES regulations, the study found.Traders frequently sell non-native species of orchids. Moreover, native species that either have very small populations or have probably gone extinct in China also appear in the markets, suggesting they are likely being sourced from neighboring countries. If you’re looking to buy orchids from plant markets in southern China, chances are you’ll find plenty of orchids that have been collected from the wild, sometimes illegally. And these vibrant wild orchids are usually priced much cheaper than those grown in nurseries, according to a new study.Researchers have found trade in more than 400 species of orchids collected from the wild, involving more than 1.2 million individuals, potentially worth more than $14.6 million — all in just one year of survey.“The results of this study are devastating,” Jacob Phelps, a lecturer at Lancaster University and co-chair of the IUCN SSC Orchid Specialist Group – Global Trade Programme, who was not involved in the study, told Mongabay. “We already knew that there was illegal trade of wild orchids in China, but this is our first real insight into the huge scale and richness of that trade.”Orchids, popular as ornamental plants and used in traditional medicine and food, are traded widely across the world. They also represent the single largest group of flora or fauna for which international trade is regulated: all 29,000-odd species of known orchids have been listed on Appendix I or Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).According to official data reported to the CITES, nearly all global commercial orchid trade involves artificially propagated plants. However, a number of studies have revealed that the trade in wild-sourced orchids, mostly undeclared and undocumented, may in fact be much greater than currently estimated.Stephan W. Gale, an orchid specialist at the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden in Hong Kong, frequently came across orchids on sale in markets in China that he was sure had been collected from the wild.“Often, the plants that I can no longer find in the wild, I can see in the markets, so there is a huge imbalance,” Gale, the lead author of the study, told Mongabay. “There was also very little attention on this, either from policymakers or from scientists.”Southern China’s plant markets sell wild-sourced slipper orchids like Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum. Image by Orchi via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).So Gale and his colleagues decided to look into the scale of the wild orchid trade in China for the first time ever. They focused on southern China, a region that’s especially rich in orchids.Through field visits and by talking to experts, the researchers zeroed in on the major markets selling orchids in the provinces of Yunnan, Guangxi and Guangdong, as well as the special administrative region of Hong Kong. Then, over the course of one year from June 2015 to May 2016, they regularly surveyed stalls in five big markets that sold wild orchids, identifying species that were on sale, noting the prices they were being sold for, and estimating the weight and number of individuals of the species on display.The team could differentiate the wild orchids from the artificially grown ones from several subtle telltale signs.“Products coming from nurseries are usually very uniform in size, appearance, they’re all packaged in the same way, they’re potted in the same way, they’ve got a very standard medium in the pot. So they’re much more uniform,” Gale said. “Whereas plants coming from the wild are usually damaged because they’ve been pulled off trees, or they’ve been pulled out of the ground or rocks. They have damaged roots, they’ve often been subject to herbivory, so the leaves could be pockmarked, there will be lichens growing on the leaves, moss on the roots. To be honest, the average person would never even think [about] looking at these small telltale signs, and this is a problem because they don’t know what they’re buying.”In just one year, the researchers recorded nearly 140 stalls selling up to 440 species of wild orchids.Wild orchids in a market in southern China. Image courtesy of Stephan Gale.The study also uncovered some surprising trends.In the wild, the diversity of native orchid species in southern China declines from west to east, with Yunnan having the richest mix of species, followed by Guangxi, Guangdong and Hong Kong. Yet the team found that the diversity of orchids in the markets increased eastward, suggesting that traders were transporting orchids over large distances to sell. This, Gale said, could be because the markets in Yunnan may have a lower customer base with fewer people wanting to buy orchids.“I think the vendors know there’s more money to be made in the big cities, with the larger markets where there’s more money to be made there and people are willing to pay more money for more unusual things,” Gale said.The mean price of orchids per stem also increased eastward, the study found. But wild orchids in general were priced considerably lower than those coming from nurseries.This finding is alarming, Phelps said.“Many policy-makers, including within China, hope that the legal production of greenhouse-grown plants will provide a sustainable alternative to the illegal trade of wild plants,” he said in an email. “This study shows that this is unlikely to happen for most orchid species: many consumers are concerned with price, and wild plants are cheaper than the farmed ones. Unless farmed plants become dramatically cheaper, or enforcement against the trade in wild plants increases, this study anticipate a status quo for orchid exploitation.”Cheap pricing of wild orchids is not entirely surprising though, Gale said. Nurseries can have huge overheads in terms of business setup and infrastructure, which translates into higher sticker prices.While sourcing orchids from the wild would also require paying people to go into forests and collecting the plants, many of the orchids seem to be coming from countries like Laos and Myanmar, where labor is cheap, Gale said. “Traders go there, and they’ll pay villagers to climb up into the mountains, paying them extremely low labor costs for kilograms or tons of orchids. So the value of the wild orchids is still far too low, and doesn’t price in the ecological damage that’s being done,” he added.In fact, the researchers found that some 100 species of orchids being sold in the southern China markets were not native. There were also no declared imports in the CITES trade database for the majority of the species, which meant that the trade was in breach of CITES regulations.“Things are definitely coming from across the borders, and not being properly regulated,” Gale said. “Although we don’t have direct evidence, my co-authors and I are very confident that the numbers that we put in the paper are a vast underestimate, because it’s illegal trade and difficult to prove. But the kinds of species and amounts that we’re seeing suggest that a far greater proportion are coming from across the borders.”Even native species that appear in the markets could be coming from neighboring countries, Gale said, especially species that either have very small populations or have probably gone extinct in China, such as several species of Dendrobium and Paphiopedilum.Despite being traded widely, orchids aren’t protected by law in mainland China. And despite orchids making up more than 70 percent of all CITES-listed species, the trade of these plants rarely makes it onto the agenda of discussions on illegal trade, Gale said. This includes the ongoing 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP18) in Geneva.“Parties and the [CITES] Secretariat should be responding to research that documents such widespread, blatant non-compliance with the Convention,” Phelps said. “I am not suggesting that this is an easy challenge, particularly along porous international borders. But we cannot afford to simply ignore the problem.”Dendrobium aphyllum is a commonly sold orchid in southern China’s plant markets. Image by lienyuan lee via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0)Citation:Gale, S. W., Kumar, P., Hinsley, A., Cheuk, M. L., Gao, J., Liu, H., … & Williams, S. J. (2019). Quantifying the trade in wild-collected ornamental orchids in South China: Diversity, volume and value gradients underscore the primacy of supply. Biological Conservation, 238, 108204. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108204 Biodiversity, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Green, Illegal Trade, Orchids, Plants, Research, Trade, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Article published by Shreya Dasguptacenter_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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FSC complaint filed against pulpwood firms tied to Indonesia’s richest man

first_imgFEEDBACK: 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. Banner image: An Acacia plantation in Indonesia. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. Conservation, Deforestation, Environment, Forestry, Forests, Logging, Plantations, Pulp And Paper, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests Article published by Hans Nicholas Jongcenter_img An NGO that linked two pulpwood companies to Indonesia’s wealthiest man has alleged continued deforestation by the companies, in violation of sustainability commitments.The companies are owned indirectly by cigarette and banking tycoon Robert Budi Hartono, and supply, among others, paper and pulp giants APP and APRIL.APP has denied responsibility for the wood sourced from one of the companies, even though it acknowledges having “significant influence” over the mill that bought it.APRIL says the supplier hasn’t violated its own sustainability commitment — but part of the reason is that that commitment isn’t retroactively applicable to existing suppliers. JAKARTA — An Indonesian NGO has filed a complaint with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), alleging deforestation carried out by pulpwood firms linked to Indonesia’s wealthiest individual and supplying two of the world’s biggest paper and pulp companies.In its letter dated Dec. 4, the environmental group Auriga Nusantara says pulpwood plantation companies PT Fajar Surya Swadaya and PT Silva Rimba Lestari cleared 320 square kilometers (123 square miles) of forests in East Kalimantan province between 2013 and 2017.Official records show both companies are owned indirectly by Robert Budi Hartono, a cigarette and banking tycoon who first made his fortune with the Djarum tobacco company and is now the richest person in Indonesia. Other members of the Hartono family are also indirect shareholders of the two companies.Robert also directly and indirectly controls a 51 percent stake in PT Bukit Muria Jaya, a paper and packaging processor. While not implicated in the alleged deforestation, PT Bukit Muria Jaya is certified by the FSC — which, under the council’s rules, means its majority shareholder can be deemed “indirectly involved” in the “unacceptable activities” of other companies in which they hold shares or sit on the board, according to Auriga.Syahrul Fitra, a researcher with Auriga, said that despite his organization and other NGOs having documented the deforestation in a report published in August 2018, with a follow-up report in October 2019, the FSC had failed to act on the findings. That’s what prompted Auriga to lodge the complaint with the FSC, he said.“We don’t want any further clearing of natural forests, whether it’s inside the concessions or outside,” Syahrul said. “Enough is enough. FSC doesn’t allow the clearing of natural forests to make plantations.”Land-cover maps from the government show substantial areas of natural forest still standing in five pulpwood concessions held by PT Fajar Surya Swadaya, PT Silva Rimba Lestari and other companies linked to the Djarum group, according to Auriga.Data from Global Forest Watch indicates that forest clearing has already occurred in several of these concessions. Publicly available records of timber royalty payments indicate the companies have harvested significant volumes of natural forest wood, including protected species like ironwood.Auriga called on the Djarum group to immediately adopt a policy of “no deforestation, no peatland and no exploitation of local communities,” known in the industry as NDPE.“We push Djarum to comply [with NDPE policy] because they don’t have a sustainability policy,” Syahrul said.Deforestation in the concessions of PT Fajar Surya Swadaya, from 2001-2012 (in purple) and from 2013-2017 (in red). Sources: Forest cover from Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry land cover maps from 2000 and 2015, tree cover loss from Hansen et al. 2013 with updates for 2017 from Global Forest Change.APP: No ownership or controlThis isn’t the first time the two Djarum-linked companies have come under scrutiny. In its 2018 report as part of an “anti-forest-mafia coalition,” Auriga identified PT Fajar Surya Swadaya, PT Silva Rimba Lestari as supplying wood to paper giants Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited (APRIL).The report alleged those purchases would have violated APP and APRIL’s respective zero-deforestation commitments. Both companies denied the allegations, with APRIL saying at the time that the wood was sourced from areas outside high conservation value (HCV) forest, and APP saying it received the wood after an administrative lapse and had since quarantined the shipment.But a follow-up report published this past October alleges APP and APRIL continued to buy wood from PT Fajar Surya Swadaya in 2018, with APRIL doubling its purchase volume from 2017. Specifically, the report identified shipments of wood from PT Fajar Surya Swadaya going to PT Sarana Bina Semesta Alam, an APP-affiliated chip mill, in both 2017 and 2018.In response to the earlier report, APP denied responsibility for the wood purchased by PT Sarana Bina Semesta Alam, saying it APP didn’t own or control the company and had “no legal or financial connections or influence” over it.However, in a recent independent assessment by APP to clarify its links with pulpwood suppliers in Indonesia, APP categorized PT Sarana Bina Semesta Alam as a “partner.” It defines its partners as “plantation companies where APP companies have significant influence.”The NGO coalition has also identified PT Sarana Bina Semesta Alam’s ultimate controlling shareholders and sole commissioner as being current or former employees of APP or parent company Sinar Mas Forestry. Three of the holding companies for PT Sarana Bina Semesta Alam use the address of APP’s Jakarta headquarters, according to corporate profiles submitted to the Ministry of Law and Human Rights.“It means they indeed control PT Sarana Bina Semesta Alam,” Syahrul said. “Besides being described to have significant influence, PT Sarana Bina Semesta Alam also supplies APP’S pulp mill in China.”That would be Hainan Jinhai Pulp & Paper, to which PT Sarana Bina Semesta Alam exported more than $20 million worth of wood chip in 2017 alone, according to trade records.In response to the follow-up report, APP said all the allegations had been clearly addressed by the company in its reply to the coalition’s previous report.A pulpwood plantation in Indonesia’s Riau province. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/MongabayAPRIL: No sustainability violationsSeparately, APRIL has confirmed that PT Fajar Surya Swadaya has been one of its suppliers since June 2017. Throughout 2018, including the period after the NGO coalition raised the deforestation allegations, APRIL actually doubled the amount of wood it sourced from PT Fajar Surya Swadaya, buying about 10,000 truckloads’ worth for its mill in Sumatra.APRIL denied that the supplier had violated its own sustainability policy, saying it had commissioned the Netherlands-based Tropenbos International to conduct an assessment and found that the wood was sourced from outside HCV areas.APRIL also denied that the development of PT Fajar Surya Swadaya’s plantations violated community rights, saying it found that appropriate procedures for resolving land conflicts had been put in place.But those findings haven’t been fully disclosed, according to the NGO coalition. Following demands from the coalition, in May 2019 APRIL uploaded a black-and-white photocopy of an executive summary of the HCV assessment to its updated supplier list. The coalition noted that the copy of the map included in the summary was blurry and not in color, making it impossible to denote specific HCV areas.“We can’t analyze the map,” Syahrul said. “We’ve asked APRIL for the colored version, but they haven’t responded yet.”APRIL said it would update the black-and-white copy of the map with a higher-quality reproduction in time.The coalition is also pushing for APRIL to show that the areas from where the wood was sourced are not high carbon stock (HCS) areas. APRIL’s sustainability policy commits the company to not sourcing wood from suppliers who cultivate in HCV or HCS areas.But APRIL says that HCS prohibition applies only to new suppliers and is not retroactively applicable to existing suppliers, including PT Fajar Surya Swadaya.“There is an ongoing debate about the need to carry out retrospective HCS assessments, and we continue to be part of that discussion,” APRIL said. “In terms of our policy, HCS applies to new development and this is existing plantation supply so it does not apply.”The company added it had no plans to cease sourcing wood from PT Fajar Surya Swadaya.“Suspension and/or cessation of supply arrangements is considered as a last recourse and only if there clear unwillingness to address a confirmed non compliance with our policy,” APRIL said. 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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Cahill glad to get through ‘horrible’ game

first_imgChelsea defender Gary Cahill described his side’s 2-2 draw with Brentford in the FA Cup as a “horrible” experience.The Bees were 2-1 ahead against the European Champions until the 83rd minute after Harry Forrester’s penalty added to Marcello Trotta’s first-half goal.Chelsea were made to squirm by the League One side despite Fernando Torres’ late equaliser – and now face a replay at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea were pushed all the way.Cahill said: “It was a horrible day and a horrible game. It wasn’t enjoyable.“Everyone knew how important this game was but we were sloppy and off the pace and we had to grind out a result in the end.“Credit to them – Brentford made it really difficult for us, put us under real pressure and made it difficult for us to play our passing game.“We can’t always play amazing every game and we showed character. We had to dig in to force the replay back at Stamford Bridge.”Cahill added: “The replay will be difficult because it will be like another cup final for them.“But at home I hope we’ll have too much for them and can finish this tie off.”YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Games that rivaled 49ers loss as worst in Raiders regular-season history

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — Having already made the argument that the Raiders’ 34-3 loss to the 49ers Thursday night was the worst in franchise history, here are some other notable defeats worth considering.A few criteria worth noting. The worse the Raiders team, the more weight it carried. That’s why you won’t see any losses from the first Oakland era nor in Los Angeles. The caliber of opposition was considered, as well as if the defeat …last_img read more

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10 months agoNewcastle boss Rafa Benitez hopes for busy transfer market

first_imgNewcastle boss Rafa Benitez hopes for busy transfer marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez hopes to be busy during the January market.But he doesn’t expect a bumper transfer budget from owner Mike Ashley.”I am used to wheeling and dealing all my life,” he said. “I don’t think I was breaking the record in transfer windows, never, ever, with any of my teams. “We had to sell players to buy players. I don’t have any problem with that if you do things in time and find the right players. The main thing is to find the right players.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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