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Belga and Almazan stay with RoS, seal maximum pay deals

first_imgTeam ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Caloy Garcia will now be calling the shots for the Painters, who won two championships in six seasons with the firebrand Guiao.Rain or Shine appeared in nine straight Final Fours, the streak snapped only during the recent Governors’ Cup.Lee was shipped to Star for former two-time MVP James Yap, with Hotshots management sure to give Lee whatever he wants.

ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHcenter_img BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Beau Belga also signed the same deal just a few days back, with Gabe Norwood, an Elasto Painter all throughout his career, also close to sealing a new pact, sources said.Quiñahan, traded to GlobalPort for Jay Washington after he and Rain or Shine couldn’t come to terms on an extension, also wanted a multi-year pact and a package that would pay him close to the maximum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentSources said Quiñahan could well be on the way to rejoining Guiao at NLEX after his camp’s initial negotiations with Batang Pier management hit a snag.Belga and Almazan signed three-year deals worth P420,000 a month, while Cruz, the former Adamson star who blossomed as a backcourt force under Guiao, will also be with Rain or Shine until the end of the 2019 season for just a little less in pay. Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine is keeping the rest of the nucleus that made the Elasto Painters the most consistent team in the PBA in the last three years.After letting go of JR Quiñahan and superstar point guard Paul Lee days after coach Yeng Guiao left the team three weeks ago, Rain or Shine management has put its foot down and apparently wants to keep its winning tradition, signing Raymund Almazan and Jericho Cruz to lucrative, multi-year extensions.ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Pocari gains last 4last_img read more

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New maps show where humans are pushing species closer to extinction

first_imgAgriculture, Amazon Agriculture, Amazon Biodiversity, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Dams, Amazon Logging, Amazon Rainforest, Amazon River, Amazon Soy, Amphibians, Animal Behavior, Animals, Apes, Avoided Deforestation, Big Cats, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Biodiversity Hotspots, Birds, Cats, Cattle Ranching, Certification, Climate Change, Climate Change And Forests, Conservation, Dams, Deforestation, Earth Science, Ecology, Ecosystems, Elephants, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Fires, Forest Fires, Forests, Fragmentation, Frogs, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Herps, Hunting, Illegal Logging, Impact Of Climate Change, In-situ Conservation, Invasive Species, Invertebrates, Iucn, Logging, Mammals, Mining, Natural Capital, Palm Oil, Parks, Peatlands, Poaching, Primary Forests, Primates, Protected Areas, Rainforest Agriculture, Rainforest Animals, Rainforest Biodiversity, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforest Ecological Services, Rainforest Logging, Rainforest Mining, Rainforests, Reptiles, Research, Rivers, Roads, Saving Rainforests, Saving Species From Extinction, Saving The Amazon, Threats To Rainforests, Threats To The Amazon, Timber, Trees, Tropical Forests, Tropical Rivers, Wcs, Wetlands, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking 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 A new study maps out how disruptive human changes to the environment affect the individual ranges of more than 5,400 mammal, bird and amphibian species around the world.Almost a quarter of the species are threatened by human impacts in more than 90 percent of their range, and at least one human impact occurred in an average of 38 percent of the range of a given species.The study also identified “cool” spots, where concentrations of species aren’t negatively impacted by humans.The researchers say these “refugia” are good targets for conservation efforts. Animals around the globe are losing ground to farming and ranching, and their numbers are dwindling at the hands of human hunters. But the question of where to direct precious resources to protect that biodiversity remains vexing.This week, a team of researchers published a new study with the potential to aid that calculus, for the first time mapping out how disruptive human changes to the environment affect the individual ranges of more than 5,400 mammal, bird and amphibian species around the world.“We’ve provided a framework that conservationists can now use to work out what specific actions they need to be doing in each place,” James Allan, the study’s lead author and a conservation scientist at the University of Queensland in Australia, said in an interview.Clearing for agriculture in Niassa Reserve in Mozambique. Image by James Allan/University of Queensland.Allan and his colleagues began with related research that mapped the “human footprint” around the globe that used a set of eight of “the most harmful pressures humans exert on nature,” they write. These pressures encompassed human population density, ranches and farmland, and roads and railways.The team then plotted out these threats in places where they’re known to diminish the ability of a species to survive in 30-by-30-kilometer (18.6-by-18.6-mile) grids. In all, the scientists looked at 5,457 animal species classified as near threatened, vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered by the IUCN.The analysis, published March 12 in the journal PLoS Biology, reveals that 84 percent of the land on Earth has at least one of these threats. For 23 percent of species — more than 1,200 types of animals — these threats occur in more than 90 percent of their range. And for 7 percent of the species, deleterious human impacts are present throughout the entire area they inhabit. If we don’t move to protect these species, the authors caution, they’re likely to disappear completely.Cumulative human impacts on threatened and near-threatened terrestrial vertebrates. Image courtesy of Allan et al., 2019.The study flags key “hotspots” where conditions for many resident species are dire, as well as “cool spots” where lots of species live unencumbered by human impact.Nearly two decades ago, research published in Nature first identified “biodiversity hotspots” in places where wide ranges of species were losing substantial chunks of their habitat. Building on that “incredibly important piece of work,” this new study allows scientists and conservationists to probe more deeply into a broader range of threats, such as “the insidious hunting that occurs below the canopy,” Allan said.The results showed at least one human impact occurred in an average of 38 percent of the range of a given species. In general, the most threatened animals — those tagged as critically endangered by the IUCN — faced threats across higher proportions of their ranges.Giraffes walking near an oil rig. Image by Paul Mulondo/The Wildlife Conservation Society.Piero Visconti, an ecologist at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna, who was not part of the study team, said it was “remarkable” that the current paper matched the 2000 Nature study in identifying critical hotspots where lots of species face threats, including the rainforests of Southeast Asia and parts of the Brazilian Amazon.“It means that all the conservation interventions that have been going on — it was well-invested money,” Visconti told Mongabay. “But clearly there is need for more because if they’re still ‘hot,’ it means that we haven’t done the job.”He called the new analysis by Allan and his colleagues that identified these hotspots “valuable” and “insightful,” and added, “In terms of informing conservation interventions, this is probably a first step to identify which places just have a lot of species that are impacted.”Roads and railways were among the threats included in the analysis. Image by Richard Moller.The researchers also found that the ranges of more than one-third of the species in the study were not impacted by the eight threats, though the scientists caution that that they may still be affected by other human activities. In certain “cool” spots, high concentrations of these unaffected species turned up.Several of these cool locations made sense: the temperate forests of North America, for example, or the Arctic tundra. But much of the island of Borneo, as well as other parts of Indonesia and peninsular Malaysia — areas that are also home to many species that are impacted by humans — show up somewhat perplexingly as cool.The authors explain that these places are packed with high numbers of species in general, and threats affect different species differently. A fence might be “catastrophic” for a small mammal or an amphibian, Allan said, but that alone wouldn’t likely affect a migrating bird.Slash-and-burn agriculture in Mozambique. Image by James Allan/University of Queensland.Visconti voiced concerns — shared by other scientists, if Twitter is any indication — about how cool locations might be interpreted by decision-makers working out where to direct conservation efforts or looking to place new infrastructure developments. Would they make the assumption that the cool locations are also places with intact habitat? That might be the case in some spots, but not in others.“It’s not clear to me exactly what you do, especially in places that are both at the same time a cold spot and a hot spot,” Visconti said.To Allan, the cool spots are a reason for “optimism.” They act as refuges from human impacts (at least for some species), making them promising targets to proactively protect from human impacts, he said.“That’s the simplest, most effective way to do conservation,” Allan said. “We know it works.”Wildlife killed on a road in India’s Western Ghats. Image courtesy of Conservation India.The places where hot and cool overlap, he added, are prime places for both reactive and proactive conservation to simultaneously address the threats already having an impact on species as well as staving off the incursion of new threats.The analysis also revealed that none of the threats is a “game breaker,” Allan said, a sentiment echoed by co-author and University of Queensland ecologist James Watson.“All the threats we mapped can be stopped by conservation action,” Watson, also director of science and research for the Wildlife Conservation Society, said in a statement. “[W]e just need the political will and funding to do it.”A bulldozer in a forest in Indonesia. Image by Bill Laurance.Conservationists also need to focus on improving the available data on threats and species, said Lucas Joppa, a computational ecologist and chief environmental officer at Microsoft, who was not involved in the research.“Overall, this study represents an important step forward in understanding threats to species,” Joppa said in an email, adding that it brought “more clarity to this issue.”“There’s still so much work to be done, though, because we have such limited data on both species and threats,” he added. “[E]ven the best global datasets on threats represent only a small fraction of known threats.”Allan said that, as new research becomes available detailing the problems that species face, the team’s research can be updated and applied in new ways.“We’re really open to talking to anyone about it,” he said, “so hopefully others take it in weird directions I can’t even imagine.”Banner image of an African bush elephant in Rwanda by John C. Cannon. John Cannon is a Mongabay staff writer based in the Middle East. Find him on Twitter: @johnccannonCitationsAllan, J. R., Watson, J. E. M., Di Marco, M., O’Bryan, C. J., Possingham, H. P., Atkinson, S. C., & Venter, O. (2019). Hotspots of human impact on threatened terrestrial vertebrates. PLoS Biology, 17(3), e3000158. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000158Myers, N., Mittermeier, R. A., Mittermeier, C. G., Da Fonseca, G. A., & Kent, J. (2000). Biodiversity hotspots for conservation priorities. Nature, 403(6772), 853.Venter, O., Sanderson, E. W., Magrach, A., Allan, J. R., Beher, J., Jones, K. R., … & Levy, M. A. (2016). Sixteen years of change in the global terrestrial human footprint and implications for biodiversity conservation. Nature Communications, 7, 12558.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.center_img Article published by John Cannonlast_img read more

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Crab season to be cut short in California to protect whales and turtles

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 A settlement between the Center for Biological Diversity and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will close California’s Dungeness crab fishery three months early in 2019 to reduce the chances that whales and other sea life will become entangled in fishing gear.The crabbing season in 2020 and 2021 will also be shuttered early in places where high concentrations of whales come to feed in the spring, such as Monterey Bay.Conservationists applauded the changes, saying that they will save animals’ lives.The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations was also involved in hammering out the settlement, and its representative said that the new rules, while “challenging,” would help the industry move toward a “resilient, prosperous, and protective fishery.” Whales and sea turtles off the coast of California will have less time to contend with possible entanglements in crab fishing gear in 2019, after a one-and-a-half-year lawsuit settlement shortened the Dungeness crab season by three months in late March.The Tucson, Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity sued the California Department of Fish and Game in 2017. The center argued that the agency’s authorization of the commercial fishery for Dungeness crab wasn’t in line with the United States’ Endangered Species Act because the equipment used in the fishery had led to a rise in the “illegal take” of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) and leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea). Humpbacks are considered endangered under the federal law in parts of their range; blue whales and leatherbacks are listed as endangered throughout their entire ranges.A blue whale mother and calf. Image by Andreas Tille via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).Twenty-two whales became entangled in crabbing gear in 2016 off the West Coast of the U.S., compared with 11 in 2015, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.The Center for Biological Diversity negotiated the settlement with the state’s wildlife department, as well as the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, which intervened in the lawsuit.“This is great news for whales and sea turtles fighting extinction off California’s coast,” Kristen Monsell, a Center for Biological Diversity attorney, said in a statement. “The settlement will reduce serious threats from crab gear to these beautiful and highly endangered animals. This agreement is a turning point that gets us closer to zero entanglements and a healthy ocean.”Dungeness crabs in San Francisco. Image by Jon Sullivan via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain).The lines that run between surface buoys and crab pots on the seafloor can ensnare whales and other sea life, causing infections, preventing them from feeding and, in the most serious cases, leading to drowning.In addition to the closure of the crab fishery on April 15, 2019, the 2020 and 2021 seasons will end on April 1 in each of those years in places where lots of whales feed in the spring, like Monterey Bay. If observers spot high concentrations of whales elsewhere, the agreement allows them to close the season earlier.Boats using “rope-less” gear won’t be held to those closure dates, though Noah Oppenheim, executive director of Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, told the San Francisco Chronicle that this new technology is “extraordinarily expensive.”Under the terms of the settlement — which still must be approved by the courts — the fish and wildlife department also must put regulations in place that require crab fishers to pull their lines and pots from the water instead of abandoning them to become floating hazards for marine life.A breaching humpback whale. Image courtesy of NOAA (Public domain).Oppenheim said the restrictions will make a difficult way of life even tougher.“The past several years have been extraordinarily challenging for fishing families, and the actions we’re taking here are no exception,” he said in the statement. “But in the end, we’re going to emerge together with a resilient, prosperous, and protective fishery that will continue to feed California and the nation.”“This settlement represents the path back to normality for California’s crab fishery with built-in protections for whales and crab fishing operations under the Endangered Species Act,” Oppenheim added.“As I’ve said many times, no one wants whale entanglements to happen,” Charlton H. Bonham, director of California Fish and Wildlife, said in the statement. “This agreement represents hours of intense negotiation to help ensure [entanglements] don’t happen and [to] support the resiliency of the crab fishery in the long-run.”Banner image of a humpback whale mother and calf courtesy of NOAA (Public domain).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.d Article published by John Cannoncenter_img Activism, Animal Behavior, Animals, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Conservation, Ecosystems, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Activism, Environmental Law, Environmental Politics, Extinction, Fish, Fisheries, Fishing, Green, Law, Law Enforcement, Mammals, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Marine Protected Areas, Oceans, Saving Species From Extinction, Technology, Water, Whales, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation last_img read more

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The world lost a Belgium-size area of old growth rainforest in 2018

first_imgBig Data, Climate Change, Deforestation, Environment, Featured, Forest Loss, Forests, Global Warming, Global Warming Mitigation, Green, Habitat Loss, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Reserves, Primary Forests, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Research, Tropical Forests, Wildlife 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 Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis Newly released data indicate the tropics lost around 120,000 square kilometers (around 46,300 square miles) of tree cover last year – or an area of forest the size of Nicaragua.The data indicate 36,400 square kilometers of this loss – an area the size of Belgium – occurred in primary forest. This number is an increase over the annual average, and the third-highest amount since data collection began.Indonesia primary forest loss dropped to the lowest level recorded since 2002. Brazil’s numbers are also down compared to the last two years, but still higher than the 18-year average.Meanwhile, primary rainforest deforestation appears to be on the rise elsewhere. Colombia recorded the highest level since measurement began at the beginning of the century. Madagascar had the highest proportion of its tropical forest lost in 2018; Ghana experienced the biggest proportional change over 2017. At first glance, the news seems good: global tropical deforestation declined for the second year in a row, according to new satellite data. But digging in a little deeper reveals a more complicated, grimmer reality.The data, released today by World Resources Institute (WRI)  on its forest monitoring platform Global Forest Watch (GFW), show how much tree cover was lost in 2018, and where this loss happened. These data come from satellite images that are collated and analyzed by the University of Maryland in the U.S. and can pinpoint areas of canopy loss as small as 30 meters.Overall, the data indicate the tropics lost around 120,000 square kilometers (around 46,300 square miles) of tree cover last year – or an area of forest the size of Nicaragua. This number is down from the previous two years, when around 170,000 and 160,000 square kilometers were respectively lost in 2016 and 2017. But 2018’s total is still well above the 18-year average since data collection began in 2001.“It’s tempting to celebrate a second year of decline since peak tree cover loss in 2016,” said Frances Seymour, Distinguished Senior Fellow at WRI. “But if you look back over the last 18 years, it’s clear that the overall trend is still upward. We are nowhere near winning this battle.”The world’s rainforests are home to multitudes of animals and plants, such as this dusky titi monkey (Callicebus spp), which lives in the forests of Peru.In an analysis released with the data today, GFW zooms in on primary forest; that is, forest that hasn’t been logged or degraded in recent history. Overall, it finds that around 36,400 square kilometers of primary forest was deforested in the humid tropics in 2018, which is a jump from the annual average and the third-highest level since 2002.Brazil and Indonesia, long the global heavy-hitters when it comes to tropical deforestation, together account for 46 percent of all primary rainforest loss in 2018. While this is a big chunk, it represents a significant decline over the 71 percent they contributed in 2002.Indonesia in particular saw a big drop in primary forest loss last year, with 3,400 square kilometers deforested. This is the smallest level of loss recorded since 2002 and a significant drop from the high mark in 2016, which saw more than 9,000 square kilometers lost, due largely to catastrophic forest fires that raged out of control for months. A drying El Nino event coupled with the draining of peatland for agriculture has been blamed for catalyzing the blaze, and its smoke may have contributed to the premature deaths of as many as 100,000 people.Researchers credit Indonesia’s deforestation reduction to forest protection policies. The logging of primary forest was banned in 2011, and more recently the government instituted a ban on the draining and development of peatland forest following the 2015/2016 wildfire crisis. However, with another El Nino expected to affect the region later this year, forest authorities are still concerned Indonesia may be in for yet another bad fire season.As with Indonesia, Brazil experienced unprecedented primary forest loss in 2016, also due largely to fires. While 2018 loss was markedly lower, levels are still higher than the 2002-2015 average. Drivers behind last year’s deforestation include fire as well as clear-cutting in the Amazon. The data show several illegal deforestation hotspots in protected indigenous territories – including in Ituna Itata reserve, which is inhabited by uncontacted peoples.As Brazil and Indonesia have made strides in reducing their overall deforestation rates since the early part of the century, in other countries they’ve been ramping up. One of the most dramatic cases is Colombia, which in 2018 recorded its highest level of tree cover loss since measurement began. Last year, nearly 1,800 square kilometers of primary rainforest was deforested in the country, marking a 9 percent increase over 2017 and a jump of more than 500 percent over the lowest level recorded in 2003.Colombia’s deforestation appears to be driven in large part by the vacuum created when FARC dissidents left their forest strongholds following the 2016 peace agreement between the country’s guerrilla group and the government. Once off-limits due to the threat of violence, vast tracts of old growth rainforest were suddenly open for business, and land speculators moved in to clear the land for cattle ranching and plantations.Industrial agriculture is also the main driver of deforestation to the south in Bolivia, which saw 1,545 square kilometers of primary rainforest lost in 2018. This number is a reduction from 2017’s 15-year high, but is still more than the annual average for the country.Over in Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) recorded one of its highest deforestation rates, losing more than 4,800 square kilometers of primary rainforest. That number is around twice the country’s yearly average since 2002 and second only to 2016 for the most forest lost since the beginning of the century.Drivers here include small-scale farming and fuelwood collection, which GFW analysts say caused around 75 percent of the loss. However, medium-sized agriculture and conflict appear to be playing growing roles.Madagascar gained the notorious title of losing the largest percentage of its primary rainforest in 2018, with 2 percent gone in the space of a year. Shifting agriculture (commonly referred to as “slash-and-burn”) was likely responsible for much of this. Mining – illegal for sapphires, legal for nickel – is also taking a huge toll on the island’s unique forests.Madagascar’s famous for its towering baobab trees.New deforestation frontiers emerged in several countries. Most notable is Ghana, which had the largest increase in primary forest loss of any country between 2017 and 2018. The West African nation lost 60 percent more old growth rainforest than it did in 2017, owing largely to illegal mining and cocoa farming. These are also problems for the forests of Côte d’Ivoire, which had the second-highest deforestation increase between 2017 and 2018. Protected areas have not been immune to deforestation, with GFW numbers showing 70 percent of 2018 loss occurred in forests granted some form of official protection.The world’s primary rainforests are not only home to a diverse array of species, they also form the backbone of plans to slow global warming. One of the most ambitious is REDD+, a scheme through which wealthier countries provide financial incentives to tropical developing countries to help them keep their forests in the ground.While REDD+ has attracted criticism, many in the conservation community believe it has the power to change the game when it comes to reducing deforestation. Seymour is one of these optimists, saying that she believes REDD+ has a “bright future ahead despite the somewhat troubled history.”“We have to give countries incentives–including results-based finance and access to markets for deforestation-free goods–to make the tough choices and forward-looking investments necessary for success” Seymour said.She believes that by investing in tropical forest countries, we can affect change – change that is sorely, increasingly, alarmingly needed.“Behind these charts and statistics are heartbreaking losses of biological diversity and existential threats to indigenous peoples, not to mention diminishment of efforts to stabilize the global climate,” Seymour said. “The moral imperative to act on these numbers is unquestionably urgent.”center_img Editor’s note: Mongabay has a funding partnership with the World Resources Institute (WRI). However, WRI has no editorial input on Mongabay content.Feedback: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Conversation(1)Sort byBestLog InFormattingAdd PhotoAdd animated GIFPost GreyPalmtree28 AprOld growth forests, by logic are further and remote, still far away from rural urbanizations, (so this news signifies, that there is more and more penetration to deep forests by way of trails that grow out of main roads) but these organizations that afford huge sums to manage them, (meaning, development by NGO’s, and nowadays an new and emerging strategy of running global forest-deforestation projects for new infrastructure that needed worldwide), are driven by socio-political embryos’, and who by the way claim that they and only they determine the future of the world’s resources in what are forests. It seems as though now the trend is that political leaders are all-knowing in every field! They, while doing this, are running over ethnic rights of tribal peoples from times much older than the european invasion of the americas, and as we all know, committing huge mistakes, involving in corruption, delays in finishing projecvts, and overpricing. New and emerging world leaders today should all have a Masters Degree in Ecology nowadays, and none have it !!! We all know that an education is an extreme effort and sacrifice during our lifetimes, why not make the best of it, and besides economists, statisticians, orators, educators, why not ecologists as political leaders , and world leaders. If not? We will be screwed!ReplyShare TermsPrivacyAdd Spot.IMAdd Spot.IM to your sitelast_img read more

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FEU, UST trip foes

first_imgPrince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident UST middle blockers Chloe Cortez and Ria Meneses lorded it over the net to shield against NU’s attacksBicar, subbing for Alexine Cabanos, finished with nine points and 30 excellent sets for UST.Bernadeth Pons turned in another impressive performance for FEU, hammering 24 points and making 16 digs, while team captain Remy Palma and Toni Basas added 11 markers each.FEU also got a little help after UP’s fiery spiker Nicole Tiamzon sprained her right ankle in the heat of the second set.ADVERTISEMENT China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Lady Tamaraws. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University notched its third straight win with a 25-17, 24-26, 25-23, 25-19 victory in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.In dealing the Lady Maroons a second straight defeat, the Lady Tamaraws kept their foes from forcing a three-way logjam on top. Instead, FEU collared UP—who took the league by storm with a 4-0 start—at 4-2.“We are really pushing ourselves in practice, and all these hard work is now paying off,” said FEU coach Shaq DelosSantos.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments In the other game, second-string setter Alina Bicar held University of Santo Tomas together in a 21-25, 25-14, 25-14, 25-12 upset of title favorite National University.The bedimpled, 5-foot-6 Bicar, a Palarong Pambansa discovery from Eastern Visayas, opened up scoring lanes for UST top gunners EJ Laure and Cherry Rondina while also dumping crucial aces for the Tigresses’ second straight triumph.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnMore than anything, it was a statement victory for UST, which dealt NU’s third straight defeat and unmasked critical problems for the talent-heavy Lady Bulldogs.The Tigresses unloaded 11 aces—including Mary Pacres’ game-clincher—as the Lady Bulldogs struggled in receives and created problem in setting for Jaja Santiago and Jorelle Singh. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Foton sets PSL goals for this season, Sta. Lucia eyeing trophy right away Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosionslast_img read more

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2017 PBA All-Star rosters set

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Young guns take the lead for the Mindanao All-Stars as it will be bannered by Mac Belo, Jio Jalalon, and Scottie Thompson.They will be joined by Mark Barroca, RR Garcia, Carlo Lastimosa, Baser Amer, Glenn Khobuntin, and veterans Peter June Simon, Cyrus Baguio, and Rafi Reavis. Also beefing up the Mindanao All-Stars are Cebuano Sonny Thoss and Cagayan Valley native Troy Rosario.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnPBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial explained that the PBA and Gilas coach Chot Reyes agreed to loan Thoss and Rosario to the Mindanao squad due to the team’s lack of big men.Star coach Chito Victolero will call the shots for the team. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Completing the national team will be Tolomia, Wright, Ferrer, Cruz, Guinto, Almond Vosotros, Ed Daquioag, Jonathan Grey, Norbert Torres, and Arnold Van Opstal.Lastly, two-time Grand Slam-winning coach Tim Cone of Ginebra will steer the ship for the Visayas All-Stars to cap the week-long festivities.He will have Fajardo, Romeo, and two-time PBA Most Valuable Player James Yap at his disposal, while also enjoying the services of Joe Devance, Jeff Chan, Chris Ross, Chris Ellis, Aldrech Ramos, Dondon Hontiveros, Ronald Tubid, Jericho Cruz, and Asi Taulava, who will be making his 15th All-Star appearance.Castro, Abueva, and Aguilar will lead the Gilas squad playing on April 30, Sunday, at Hoops Dome, where they will be teaming up with fellow pool members Belo, Rosario, Jalalon, Almazan, Pogoy, Maliksi, Revilla, Von Pessumal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO–The rosters are now set as the PBA gears up for the 2017 PBA All-Star.Members of the Gilas Pilipinas pool will join forces with the other PBA superstars as they face off in a three-leg festivities to be held in Cagayan de Oro, Lucena, and Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READ NU now in ‘must-win’ after loss to UP Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot June Mar Fajardo and Terrence Romeo, meanwhile, banner the cadet-laden Gilas squad playing at Xavier University Gym on April 26, Wednesday.They will be joined by LA Revilla, Mike Tolomia, Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Kevin Ferrer, Carl Bryan Cruz, Fonzo Gotladera, Bradwyn Guinto, and Norbert Torres.Shifting to Lucena two days after, the Luzon All-Stars will grab hold of the spotlight against the national team, with two-time PBA Coach of the Year and Sariaya native Leo Austria of San Miguel manning the sidelines.Kapampangan stalwarts Calvin Abueva, Jayson Castro, Japeth Aguilar, and Arwind Santos will lead the crew, where they will also be joined by Marc Pingris, Paul Lee, Mark Caguioa, Alex Cabagnot, LA Tenorio, Marcio Lassiter, Ranidel de Ocampo, and Stanley Pringle.Their Gilas counterparts, on the other hand, will be anchored by new addition Allein Maliksi and Raymond Almazan at Quezon Convention Center on April 28, Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View commentslast_img read more

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Despite blowout loss, American coach sees bright future for Vietnam

first_imgVietnam coach Donte Hill. PBA IMAGESVietnam’s American head coach Donte Hill is charging his team’s blowout loss at the hands of Thailand to experience.It was Vietnam’s debut in the 2017 Seaba Championship and the outcome wasn’t the kind of result Hill had imagined.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ LATEST STORIES “I have seen growth since the VBA’s inaugural season and I am sure the next season, I’ll see a lot more growth and these players will all grow because of the experiences as well. I see some bright spots, I see something we can really work on throughout the course of the year. The future is bright.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprilcenter_img Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Alyssa Valdez skips Clash of Heroes “I’m not looking that far ahead. I’m taking it one game at a time,” said Hill, who only had three practices with the team prior to the tournament. “We’re in a development. We don’t have the luxury to look past on where we are. I’m excited just to be here, grow this team, and look forward to the challenge ahead.”“We started really slow. We didn’t really come up with the aggressiveness that we needed. We picked it up in the second quarter, but we got to play four quarters of basketball,” he said after his team’s 76-51 setback. “If we do that, that’s the key. A lot of these guys are still learning my style of just consistently focusing mentally and being prepared to make plays.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundHill isn’t dwelling on what’s already done as he looks ahead to Vietnam’s coming games. He also sees early struggles as building blocks that would help his team in the long run.“That’s my focus, the future of Vietnam basketball. The fact that the Vietnamese Basketball Association (VBA) took place and watch these guys play multiple times throughout the course of the season, that means they really mean business,” he said. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Dolphins aren’t as bad as they seem – Cutler

first_imgDAVIE, Florida (AP): Jay Cutler wore the beginning of a beard on Wednesday, perhaps because there’s no time to shave when you’re trying to figure out how to score a few points. The whiskers framed a rueful smile when someone suggested to Cutler that the Miami offence has struggled this year. “That,” he said, “is an understatement.” In the wake of a 20-0 loss to New Orleans, the Dolphins (1-2) rank last in the NFL in points and yards per game, yards per play and third-down conversions. They’ve scored two touchdowns in three games and hope to break out Sunday against the Tennessee Titans (2-2). While Cutler doesn’t sugar-coat the situation, he said it’s not as awful as it seems. “On the outside, it looks like all the walls are falling and we’re really bad, and there’s no hope and no prayer for us,” he said. “But we’re close. We’re right there. If we clean up a few things here, we can be a competitive team offensively.” Cutler acknowledges he has been part of the problem. He appears unsettled in the pocket and has often responded to pressure with awkward footwork, which has led to erratic or weak throws. As a result, he ranks 29th in yards per attempt and 25th in quarterback rating. In short, he lined up as a flanker and didn’t twitch a muscle when the ball was snapped. “That’s what they told me to do sit there, don’t get hit, don’t touch anybody, don’t move,” he said, breaking into another smile. “I feel like I executed that one.”last_img read more

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Happy Feet Dance Studio – a studio for all…

first_imgHappy Feet Dance Studio, located in the Camptown Centre, First Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, was founded on February 25, 2015. It is owned and run by Tiana Codrington.The idea of the Studio came out of the need to engage the youths from Campbellville and adjoining communities in artful and meaningful activities as well as to give the founder an opportunity to share her love of dance and impart the knowledge she possesses to others.The Studio offers different genres of dance, with specific focus on modern, African and contemporary routines, along with Zumba classes. It caters to students from as young as age four.The Studio’s creed is: “Talent is God Given, Be Humble. Fame Is Man Given, Be Grateful For Humility Is The True Key To Success.”Although the main focus is on youth development, there are a number of adult members. At present, there are 75 students enrolled at the Studio. The beginners’ class has 35 students between the ages of 4 and 12, teens and young adults class has 30 students between the ages 13 and 24, and the adult class has 10 members.In just two years, the Studio has steadily built a reputation. The students have done a number of guest performances at functions, with the most notable being those hosted by entities such as Courts (Guyana) Ltd and Sterling Products Ltd.They have also participated in the International Dance Day Concert and workshops held by the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport within the Education Ministry.These performances, however, only allow for a small group of the most accomplished dancers to showcase their talents beyond the walls of the Studio.To allow all students the exposure and excitement that come from entertaining an audience, the Studio held its first major dance production, “Unveil”, on May 28, 2017 at the Theatre Guild.The students of all age groups were given the opportunity to perform the many routines learnt for their parents, families, friends, neighbours and classmates. The production was a huge success.However, Director Codrington is no stranger to competitive dance. She began dancing competitively at the age of seven. In her teenage years, she enrolled in the Dance Fanatics Theatre, where she was educated on the technical aspects of dance.This was followed by a short stint with the Classique Dance School. In 2015, she successfully wrote Theatre Arts Dance at the CSEC level, as her first step towards a professional qualification.At Happy Feet Dance Studio, Codrington is ably assisted by two dance enthusiasts like herself – Donnette and Yonnette Holder.Together they provide a quality programme, which ensures that students learn dance in an environment that is stimulating and exciting, as well as safe and welcoming. The aim is to have fun through movement while striving for excellence and achieving each student’s potential.last_img read more

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The “threat”…

first_img…to national securityYou careful readers out there will notice your Eyewitness used “scare quotes” over “threat” in his caption. That doesn’t mean he’s necessarily doubting Prezzie and the authorities who assured that there was, in fact, such a “threat” – causing them to yank our men in green from their barracks to join our men in blue (khaki?) in the streets. He’s merely signalling that the word “threat” was the one actually used by the authorities.Now cynics immediately snickered at what they considered to be a rather transparent ploy to distract the citizens huddled in fear at the unfolding crime wave. The government, after all, to a large extent owes its incumbency to their assurance that if it’s one thing they knew, it was “security”. Their word. They pointed to the presence of all those be-medalled military advisers and ministers and heads of CoI’s as proof positive of their “security” bona fides. But yet, here crime is washing over the country like a tsunami, while the best the government could do is to issue a tsunami of statistics! That didn’t do much for their image… not to mention the confidence of the huddled masses.Even though they mightn’t actually be followers of Lenin, your Eyewitness can just see Prezzie hunkering down with his security brain trust (at Camp Ayanganna after a Cabinet meeting?) trying to answer Lenin’s seminal question, “What is to be done?” Ahhh… what would your Eyewitness give to’ve been a fly on THAT wall!! If the “threat” was the Venezuelans, he can just imagine the army brass raring to put into practice all that military might they displayed in Operation Greenheart! Your Eyewitness got tingles when he remembered the “lizard crawl” he learnt as a kid in school back in the eighties to take on the Venezuelan when they were rattling their sabres then. Not one spring cuirass!!If the threat was armed gangs like during the “troubles” – which, Prezzie explained to Parliament, exploded full blown with no connection to politics, much less the PNC – then he can just hear ex-COP Felix promising to “head them off” as he did during the Agricola Massacre. But alas, it was most likely just the threat of another Prison Riot and burning of mattresses in the offing, since all that came out of the “red level” threat announcement was the joint forces raiding the jails and seizing cell phones and some “shivs”. That’s “jail-made knives” not the cricketer!Remember Security Minister Ramjattan’s last visit to the Camp Street Jail? After he caved in to all their demands, they promised they’d be “good boys”!!!…at the bordersThe Security Minister was also in the news on the porous border issue which he claimed to have “solved” a couple of weeks ago at the Caribbean Basin Security meet with the US. At that time, he assured the nation that after his proposal, the US was going to deploy some “unmanned aircraft” – read “drones” – in Guyana, complete with their base, which would be a hundred miles from the border.After your Eyewitness pointed out some obstacles in his pie-in-the-sky proposal – even the US can’t support such a programme on its Mexican border because of costs, Ramjattan seemed to’ve backed off.Asked about guns shipped across our borders, he now mentioned some “Police outposts” along the borders. Now he knows we can’t even fill our quota of Policemen for our coastal needs… how’s he “gonna” (his favourite Americanism!!) get them into the jungle. Since he obviously reads your Eyewitness, why’s he avoiding the proposal to deploy our soldiers to do the job they’re mandated and trained to do?Like protecting our borders?…to electoral stabilityNow that Steve Surujbally’s signalled that the politicians won’t have him to kick around every five years, there’ll be weeping and waiting and gnashing of teeth!Let’s see them agree on his replacement!!last_img read more