Big 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.” 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 site
In Columbus, Ohio, Burrow joined an already loaded quarterback room with J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller. Burrow redshirted as a freshman and played a little in 2016.In 2017, he was competing with Dwayne Haskins to be Barrett’s backup and broke his hand in preseason practice. That opened the door for Haskins to position himself as the quarterback of the future for Ohio State.After spring practice in 2018, having already graduated from Ohio State, Burrow decided to transfer. LSU wasn’t his first choice, but Orgeron recruited the quarterback hard.“He gave me an opportunity when not a lot of people thought I was going to do anything,” Burrow said. “He trusted me with his program.”Burrow was interested in Nebraska, but that interest wasn’t reciprocated. Cincinnati seemed like a possibility, playing for former Ohio State assistant coach Luke Fickell.A visit to LSU, with its 100,000-seat stadium, history of winning, southern hospitality and SEC competition, won over Burrow. Orgeron has called Burrow his most important recruit and maybe the most important recruit in the history of LSU football.That might have sounded like hyperbole a few months ago.Not anymore.“It’s been a long and winding (journey),” Burrow said, “and there’s still more chapters to be written.” Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’ PLAY LIST 01:56Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Tiger Woods caps comeback year by leading emotional team win The Tigers will face No. 4 Oklahoma and Hurts on Dec. 28 at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta.“I’m ready to get back to Baton Rouge and start practice on Monday,” Burrow said.Burrow, a senior, blended perfectly with first-year LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady and produced the most prolific offense in school history. Playing in a version of the offense Drew Brees runs for the New Orleans Saints, Burrow has shown accuracy and quick decision-making similar to his childhood idol. With at least one game left, Burrow has passed for 4,715 yards and is completing 77.9% of his passes, on pace to set an NCAA record.The kid who grew up thinking he might play college basketball has blossomed into the possible first overall pick in April’s NFL draft, and LSU’s second Heisman winner.Halfback Billy Cannon won the Heisman for LSU in 1959. The 60-year gap between Heisman victories for LSU is the largest for any school with multiple winners.Burrow is the 17th quarterback to win the Heisman since 2000, and the third straight QB to win the award after transferring, joining Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (2017) and Kyler Murray (2018).Burrow’s dad, Jimmy Burrow, was a longtime college football coach who played at Nebraska. He spent the last 14 years of his career as defensive coordinator at Ohio University in Athens before retiring to spend his weekends watching his son play.“It’s been a dream season for him as well,” Burrow said.Joe Burrow grew up in The Plains, Ohio. His older brothers both played at Nebraska.His father’s old boss, Ohio coach Frank Solich, hoped the youngest Burrow boy would play for the Bobcats, but Joe took off in high school. Burrow was Mr. Football in Ohio in 2014 and signed with Ohio State the next year. Burrow’s victory was a foregone conclusion, but after he was announced as the winner it still overwhelmed him.“That’s the most I’ve cried in 23 years of living,” Burrow said later.After hugging his parents and coaches, Burrow made his way to the stage inside the PlayStation Theater in Times Square. He started his acceptance speech, stopped and took 23 seconds to compose himself before rattling off the names of LSU’s other offensive players.“All my teammates have supported me, welcomed me with open arms. Kid from Ohio, come down to the Bayou, and welcomed me as brothers,” Burrow said, with about two dozen former Heisman winners standing behind him on stage.“What a special moment,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “I thought Joe handled everything first class. It’s the first time I’ve seen him get that emotional.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCAA college football player, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow poses for a photo after winning the Heisman Trophy, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason Szenes)NEW YORK — Born into a family of Cornhuskers and raised in the Buckeye state, Joe Burrow left his roots behind and became a Heisman Trophy winner at LSU.The quarterback won the Heisman on Saturday night in a record-breaking landslide, becoming the first LSU player to bring college football’s most prestigious award back to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 60 years.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Burrow received 2,608 points and 841 first-place votes, a record 90.7% of all the first-place votes available. Burrow also set a record for percentage of points available received with 93.8, breaking the mark of 91.6% set by Troy Smith of Ohio State in 2006. Burrow was named on 95.5% of all ballots, breaking the record of 95.2% set by Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in 2014.Burrow’s margin of victory of 1,846 points broke the record of 1,750 set by O.J. Simpson of Southern California in 1968.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts was second with 762 points. Quarterback Justin Fields of Ohio State was third and defensive end Chase Young of Ohio State was fourth.Burrow transferred last year to LSU from Ohio State, where he was a sparingly used reserve. After finishing strong for the Tigers in 2018, he broke out this season, setting a Southeastern Conference record with 48 touchdown passes and leading top-ranked LSU (13-0) to its first College Football Playoff appearance. 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FILE – UP Fighting Maroons in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines — University of the Philippines’ big guns will be back for another year in hopes to finish what they started.Bright Akhuetie, Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero on Sunday confirmed their return with the Fighting Maroons for the 83rd Season of the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT Coming back wasn’t really a hard decision to make for the three stars.“After our last game, we talked about it and Kobe and Ricci said if I’m game for another season, they would be game, too,” said Akhuetie, who bagged the UAAP MVP award in just his first season with UP in Season 81.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“So me, no question, I want to come back for another year and have another opportunity to win the championship for UP. Like they say, there’s nowhere to go but UP,” he added.The UP community and the management’s efforts to establish a “winning culture” convinced Paras to give it another go. ‘People evacuated on their own’ View comments Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday “I said it before and I’ll say it again, every game felt like a home game because of the UP crowd. Didn’t matter where we played, they were there in full force and it was amazing,” said the young Paras, whose father Benjie is set to join the team as an assistant coach.“it’s also clear to us that Coach Bo and management want to build a winning culture here in UP, and we want to continue to be a part of that.”Rivero, meanwhile, felt getting the band back together for another run is also a way for them to give back to the school and its supporters.“We just want to do this for the community and for all those who believe in the team. So many people have gone all in to support the team and we feel the same way—we’re all in.”With Akhuetie, Paras and Rivero back, UP hopes to finally get over the hump in Season 83 after coming off a Final Four exit last season and a finals loss the year before.ADVERTISEMENT Spanish football game suspended after ‘Nazi’ chants Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Aside from PBA legend Benjie Paras, also joining head coach Bo Perasol’s staff are Ronnie Magsanoc, Joey Guanio, and Xavier Nunag. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee LATEST STORIES
0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, February 3 – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti believes Welsh winger Gareth Bale is having a “fantastic season” and called on his critics to relax. Bale has been questioned in the Spanish press in recent weeks for being too selfish in missing glorious opportunities against Valencia, Espanyol and Real Sociedad with teammates waiting for a pass to apply the finishing touch.However, Ancelotti pointed to Bale’s record in scoring in three finals in 2014, as well as the 27 assists he has provided in little over 18 months at the club to dismiss criticism of the 25-year-old.“Bale is doing everything to help the team. He did very well last year, scoring in all the finals we played,” said the Italian on Tuesday.“He is having a fantastic season and we are at ease because he is playing well for the team.“I don’t think I heard whistles (from the crowd) in the game against Real Sociedad. He had some great moves which the crowd appreciated.”Bale played on the left side of Madrid’s attack in the 4-1 win over Sociedad on Saturday as Cristiano Ronaldo served the first of a two-game ban.However, Ancelotti insisted that Ronaldo and Bale would return to their normal position for this weekend’s Madrid derby away to champions Atletico.“Bale likes to play more on the right because he has more opportunities to shoot at goal than on the left wing.“If he Cristiano Ronaldo and (Karim) Benzema are fit they will always play. Of that there is no doubt.”Madrid could practically end Atletico’s title defence should they beat Sevilla at home on Wednesday and then down Diego Simeone’s men for the first time in six tries this season.Two victories would put Real 10 points clear of their city rivals and seven clear of Barcelona for at least 24 hours as they travel to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.However, having thrown away a lead in the title race last spring, Ancelotti insists the championship will go down to the wire.“The game against Sevilla is risky if we don’t give our best. The most important match is tomorrow, not the derby,” he added.“We can increase the gap on our rivals, so we will play our strongest team.“The league will be resolved at the end of the season, just like last season. It is important to have an advantage at the moment, but nothing is decided yet.”Ronaldo will complete his suspension against Sevilla, whilst Fabio Coentrao, Pepe and Luka Modric miss out through injury.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Manchester United have won the race to sign Irish teen sensation Lee O’Connor.The defender, still just 15, is the captain of the Republic Ireland’s Under-16 team and has already represented them at Under-17 level.And now Villa FC in Waterford have confirmed that O’Connor has agreed a deal to sign with United, where he will train in Nicky Butt’s academy set-up.It is understood the attacking full-back will arrive in July. Nicky Butt has denied assaulting his wife of 11 years and damaging her iPhone getty images 1
Joe Hart should return to the Premier League this summer, according to legendary former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton.Hart, ostracised by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola in the summer, is coming to the end of a season-long loan spell at Torino.The Serie A side are eager to keep the 29-year-old for another year but Shilton believes his long-term international prospects could be harmed if he doesn’t return home.Shilton, England’s most-capped player, told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “He would be better off playing in the Premier League, there is no doubt about that.“It is the place to be, he is from this country and he is in the shop window every week.“Football in Italy is a terrific standard – it has not affected him. [Gareth] Southgate is still picking him. He made him captain in the last game, so his international carer hasn’t suffered, but I think he would be better off playing in the Premier League.”
BREAKING NEWS: Santa has arrived in Donegal a little earlier than usual after hearing reports that Donegal is the coolest place to visit in 2017.According to sources at the North Pole, Santa wanted to see what all the fuss was about and why National Geographic raved about our county.So far there have been sightings of his sleigh in the skyline above Fanad (he wanted to see the lighthouse) as well as Sliabh Liag, Glenveagh and Malin Head after he heard his old pal Luke Skywalker told him about it. Local Dunfanaghy tour guide Chris Massey has said there have been reports that Santa has visited the area in recent weeks disguised as an American tourist.“We heard he was in the area because he had heard Donegal is the coolest place to visit in 2017.“He knew he wouldn’t have time at Christmas because he had to visit boys and girls around the world on Christmas eve.“He stayed in the Shandon Hotel because he heard about the spa and he was spotted in Kelly’s Centra at Mountaintop because he was short on a few supplies. “We also heard he slipped into Voodoo in Letterkenny but only had a couple of Football Specials because he never hasn’t anything strong a few weeks before Christmas because of the long journey.“The last thing he wants is to be stopped by Garda Eunan Walsh at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Letterkenny on Christmas eve,” said Chris.Chris added that the mystery American visiter did say that he knew of a young boy and girl in New York who didn’t go to bed early on Christmas eve and didn’t wake until 3pm on Christmas Day.“Imagine missing half of the best day of the year,” the man with the white beard and strange black boots told Chris during his visit.Santa arrives early after National Geographic’s claim that Donegal is coolest place for 2017 was last modified: December 24th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol reports that Jonathan Creek Volunteer Department Captain Claud G. Messer died while en route to the scene of a crash Friday Morning. Messer was driving his marked truck down Jonathan Creek Road, heading to a separate crash Friday morning at 6 a.m. Ahead of him, a logging truck attempted a left hand turn. Messer rammed into the back of that truck. Logs crashed through the firetruck’s windshield, killing Messer. He was the only person in the vehicle. State troopers continue to investigate the events leading up to this fatal crash. No charges have been filed at this time.
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterGYMNASTICSMarshfield wins Tomah InviteMarshfield gymnastics team broke a school record, set last season, and took first place at the Peppermint Twist Invitational on Dec. 16 at Tomah High School.Marshfield tallied a school-record 133.75 points, to outdistance Menomonie by 2.6 points.Macey Smith took third in the balance beam (8.65) and ended up second in the all-around, with a score 33.625 for the Tigers.Emma Haugen took third in the vault (8.525) and fifth in the floor exercise (8.95), Brooke McGrath was fourth in the floor exercise (9.325), and Melanie Haffenbredl finished fourth in the uneven bars (8.3) for Marshfield’s other top-five finishes.Marshfield also won the Arcadia Quadrangular on Dec. 12, finishing with 132.375 points.Haugen won the vault (8.75), uneven bars (7.9), and the floor exercise (9.175) to win the all-around with a score of 33.975, outdistancing Smith by 1.3 points.Smith was second in the vault (8.5) and the uneven bars (7.775), Jensen was second in the balance beam (8.75) and third in the uneven bars (7.7), and McGrath took second in the floor exercise (8.925) for Marshfield.BOYS SWIMMINGMarshfield eighth at Eau ClaireMarshfield had eight top-10 finishes, and ended up eighth in the team standings, at the 11-team Santa Claus Invitational on Dec. 16 at Eau Claire Memorial High School.Eau Claire Memorial/North won the team title with 310 points, well ahead of second-place D.C. Everest with 177 points. Marshfield was eighth with 79 points.Myles Jensen and Jacob Dick each had a pair top-10 finishes for the Tigers. Jensen was third in the 500-yard freestyle (5:32.25) and seventh in the 200 freestyle (2:03.28), while Dick took sixth in the 200 IM (2:23.96) and seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.78).Ethan Dagit had Marshfield’s only other individual top-10 finish, as he was 10th in the 50 freestyle, swimming in 24.61 seconds.Marshfield’s three relay teams all finished in the top nine.The Tigers lost a Wisconsin Valley Conference dual at home to D.C. Everest 99-71 on Dec. 12.Marshfield’s lone win came in the 500-yard freestyle as Jensen won the race in 5:33.57, although the Tigers had a number of second-place finishes, including two each from Jeffery Berres and Dick.WRESTLINGAuburndale is third in home tournamentHunter Godard and Keller Wolfe won titles for the Auburndale wrestling team, at its home Auburndale Invitational on Dec. 16.Godard took the 120-pound title, with teammate Brent Lau finishing third, and Keller Wolfe won the 170-pound championship with a pin in the final match. Wolfe is now 12-0 this season.Kimberly won the team title with 220 points, with Abbotsford/Colby second with 196 and Auburndale third with 188.5.Dylan Baird (126) and Isaiah Hasenohrl (132) both finished second for Auburndale, losing in their respective championship matches.The Apaches lost a home Marawood Conference dual to Edgar 42-30 on Dec. 14.Earning pins for Auburndale were Godard (126 pounds), Baird (132), Isaiah Hasenohrl (138), Wolfe (170), and Samuel Hasenohrl (285).SC wins conference double-dualSpencer/Columbus Catholic pulled out two Cloverbelt Conference dual meet victories on Dec. 14, beating Thorp 58-4 and Eau Claire Regis 52-15, at Regis High School.Spencer/Columbus (4-0 Cloverbelt Conference) won seven of the 14 matches against Thorp by forfeit.Danny Richmond, Colten Schillinger, and Caden Schillinger each won by pin, and Carson Hildebrandt added a major decision for SC in the victory over Thorp.Against Regis, the Rockets won four matches by forfeit and Caden Schillinger, Hunter Luepke, and Logan Zschernitz won by pin. Colten Schillinger added a major decision.Marshfield wins Valley openerMarshfield opened defense of its Wisconsin Valley Conference championship from a year ago, with a resounding 50-18 victory over Stevens Point in its conference dual opener Dec. 14 at Marshfield High School.The Tigers won all but three matches, including five by pin.Simon Baity (120 pounds), Caden Pearce (145), Nolan Hertel (145), Bentley Schwanebeck-Ostermann (170), and Sam Mitchell (195) each won by pin for Marshfield, with Pearce, Schwanebeck-Ostermann, and Mitchell pinning their opponents in the first period.Tanner Kanable (132) and Conner Berry (285) both won by major decision; Spencer Wirthilin (138) and Payton Young (160) won by decision; and Alex Brost (220) won by forfeit for the Tigers.
Expatriates living in South Africa have decided that the country is one of the best expat locations in the world.(Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Betony TaylorPR manager HSBC Bank International+44 1534 606004RELATED ARTICLES • Joburg cheapest city for expats • Voluntourism: see SA, do good • SA shines at world travel show • Africa catches investors’ eyes• British tourists turn to SAJanine ErasmusSouth Africa is the sixth best country in the world to live in, according to expatriates based here. This was revealed in a massive global survey commissioned by global finance house HSBC Bank International. The study was conducted by UK-based research company FreshMinds. Results were released in late November 2009.Over 3 100 expats, from more than 30 industries and living in 50 countries on four continents, took part in the study earlier in the year.Titled Expat Experience, it sought to determine the challenges people encountered when living and working away from home, and also aimed to differentiate between the expat experience in various countries and on various continents, in comparison with home.In the end 26 countries made the rankings. South Africa came in behind the top five of Canada, Australia, Thailand, Singapore and Bahrain.As an expat favourite it eclipsed highly developed nations such as the US, France, Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the UK, as well as other emerging nations including Brazil, Mexico, China and India. Quality of lifeThe survey is one of three reports released under HSBC’s annual Expat Explorer series of studies. The other two studies are the Expat Economics and Offshore Offspring reports.South Africa was the only African country surveyed for the economics report, where it came 13th out of 26. The results of the Offshore Offspring report, which reveals the best place to raise a family away from home, are due out in early 2010.The latest survey focused on the expat experience of mingling with local culture and society, and the increase or decrease in quality of life compared to the home country.Expats rated their current locations according to 23 day-to-day criteria, including food, accommodation, entertainment, transport, banking, utilities, healthcare, working hours, family and social life, hobbies, and more.They were also asked to rate the ease with which they were able to perform a variety of tasks, including finding accommodation for their families and schools for their children, learning the local language, making friends among local and expat communities, and arranging their finances, vehicles, utilities, and other essentials.Friendly countryIn addition to making the top 10 overall, South Africa scored highly in the categories of making local friends (2), organising schools (3), finding somewhere to live (3), social life (3), quality of life (3), and accommodation (4).South Africa was the top-ranked country for hobbyists, as well as the top country for settling down, beating Thailand and Canada which took 2nd and 3rd place respectively. More than half of those questioned – 55% – have lived in South Africa for more than five years.South Africa was rated among the top nations in terms of the ease with which expats integrated into local society, which covered factors such as setting up their bank accounts, learning the language, and arranging healthcare.According to the report, in most countries new arrivals gravitate towards the expat community when seeking new friends. Notable exceptions are Brazil, where 94% of people easily made local friends; followed by South Africa and Canada (both 91%); and India and Russia (both 90%).South Africa’s worst score was 22 out of 26, in the transport category.Most affordableA global survey earlier in the year named Johannesburg as the most affordable city in the world for foreigners.Results of the Cost of Living survey, regarded as the world’s most comprehensive study of this type, were released in March 2009.Out of 143 cities on six continents, Johannesburg was found to be the cheapest, almost three times cheaper than the most expensive city, Tokyo.The weakening of South Africa’s currency, the rand, against the dollar is said to be responsible for Johannesburg replacing Asunción in Paraguay as the least expensive location in 2009.