Sarawak makes 80% forest preservation commitment, but some have doubts

first_imgAgriculture, Deforestation, Environment, Forests, Illegal Logging, Industrial Agriculture, Logging, Monkeys, Montane Forests, Oil Palm, Orangutans, Palm Oil, Plantations, Primary Forests, Primates, Rainforests, Secondary Forests, Timber, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Banner photo of cleared forest in Sarawak by John Cannon.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. The Malaysian state of Sarawak is committing to the preservation of 80 percent of its land area as primary and secondary forest, according to an announcement by Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.According to data, concession boundaries for oil palm and other kinds of tree plantations covered 32.7 percent of Sarawak’s land area as of 2010/11, suggesting that if Sarawak is to fulfill its commitment to preserve 80 percent of its land as primary and secondary forest, then it may need to cancel some of these concessions.The director of environmental and human rights watchdog organization Earthsight expressed doubts that Sarawak will follow through on the commitment, and recommends the state increase transparency and crack down on illegal logging. The Malaysian state of Sarawak is committing to the preservation of 80 percent of its land area as primary and secondary forest, according to an announcement by Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg made February 26 in the city of Kuching. But some in the conservation community are expressing doubt that these promises will come to fruition.Occupying the northern coast of Borneo, Sarawak’s rainforests are home to unique, disappearing species like endangered proboscis monkeys (Nasalis larvatus) and critically endangered Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus). But plantation agriculture, timber harvesting and other development pressures have supplanted many areas of Sarawak forest, with data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) finding natural forest covered just under 65 percent of the state in 2010. Other research indicates the amount of 2010 forest coverage may be closer to 57 percent – much of that heavily degraded by logging, according a 2013 assessment.Sarawak’s remaining forests are home to threatened species like proboscis monkeys (Nasalis larvatus).Research indicates much of Sarawak’s rainforest has been degraded by logging and other human activities. Photo by John Cannon.But in a speech presented to attendees of a business networking event called The Sarawak Dialogue, Chief Minister Abang Johari indicated the state will be working to preserve and restore the state’s rainforests.“Sarawak is a small state but it has its obligation in its role to preserve the environment,” Abang Johari said, as reported by regional media outlets. “We make sure that 80 percent of our land mass must be covered by primary and secondary forests.”According to news reports of the event, Abang Johari went on to say that Sarawak’s forests provide important environmental services for the world, like generating oxygen.“We do not even claim the credit for this,” Abang Johari reportedly said. “The rest of the world is enjoying when we are providing free of charge.”But some aren’t buying it. Sam Lawson, director of the UK-based environmental and human rights watchdog organization Earthsight, told Mongabay that he is “really suspicious” of Sarawak’s new commitment, and that he has “no reason to believe anything.”“I welcome any serious commitment by the Sarawak government to protect what forest remains,” Lawson said, “but given that the administration has a long history of broken promises and disinformation in this regard, I would treat any such promises with a great deal of skepticism.”Lawson says the state needs to increase transparency and crack down on illegal logging if its conservation commitments are to be believed.“If Sarawak wants its promises to be taken seriously, the first thing it needs to do is release information about all of the areas of forest licensed for conversion to palm oil and timber plantations,” he said. “It also needs to immediately halt the destructive and commonly illegal commercial logging still taking place in some of the last vestiges of intact forest in the state.”According to data from Earthsight and other organization analyzed by Global Forest Watch, concession boundaries for oil palm and other kinds of tree plantations covered 32.7 percent of Sarawak’s land area as of 2010/11. Lawson said he doesn’t believe those boundaries have changed significantly since then, suggesting that if Sarawak is to fulfill its commitment to preserve 80 percent of its land as primary and secondary forest, then it may need to cancel some of these concessions.According to analysis by Global Forest Watch, plantation concessions cover nearly 33 percent of Sarawak’s land area. Data sources: SADIA, Aidenvironment, Global Witness and Earthsight InvestigationsA truck transports recently harvested oil palm fruit, which will be pressed to make palm oil. Photo by John Cannon.A truck transports logged timber. Photo by John Cannon.Mongabay reached out to the office of Sarawak’s Chief Minister, but received no response by presstime.Chief Minister Abang Johari is relatively new to the position, having succeeded Adenan Satem following his death in January 2017. Lawson said that if Abang Johari is really the environmental proponent that he’s claiming to be, “then they need to open the books.”According to reports of Abang Johari’s announcement, he stated Sarawak is doing its best to preserve the environment.“We want to share our resources with the world,” Abang Johari reportedly said. “We hope that Sarawak can become a bridge to the world so as to lead to a new beginning.” Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis 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? 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I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Letterkenny man charged with having syphon pipes to steal fuel

first_imgA Letterkenny man has been remanded in custody on a number of charges including possession of syphon pipes with the intention of using them in the theft of motor fuel, handling stolen property, and criminal damage.William Reilly, with an address at 8 Railway Avenue, Killygordon, appeared by video link from Castlerea Prison at Letterkenny District Court. The 25-year-old faces charges of possession of a small syphon pipe with the intention of using it in the theft of motor fuel at Canal Road, Letterkenny, on July 25th last.A separate charge of possession of a large syphon pipe was also brought before the court.He is also charged with handling stolen property at Pearse Road, Letterkenny, on July 29th including eleven bottles of Vodka, three bottles of Hennessy, seventy packets of cigarettes, fifty Bic lighters, and a Lenova tablet.The accused was further charged with criminal damage at Canal Road, Letterkenny March 31st last, and with production of an article likely to intimidate or cause serious injury.Judge Paul Kelly remanded him in custody to appear by video link at Letterkenny Court on August 15th.Letterkenny man charged with having syphon pipes to steal fuel was last modified: August 13th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtletterkennysyphontheftWilliam Reillylast_img read more

Travolta unveils Qantas retro jet

first_imgSuperstar and Qantas Ambassador John Travolta has unveiled the airline’s first retro colour scheme to celebrate its 94th year. The design is also a flying tribute to 70 years of the iconic flying kangaroo logo – possibly the most widely recognized and respected brands in aviation. Mr Travolta said the retro livery brought back many memories. “It’s great to see a piece of Qantas history flying in the sky today,” said Mr Travolta. “I have enjoyed many wonderful experiences with Qantas over the years, from getting my 747 wings to having my own 707 painted in the original 1960s Qantas livery. This is a great celebration of the brand’s heritage and incredible reputation over the years. “I feel a great sense of pride just looking at this aircraft here today. Australia is lucky to have an airline like Qantas as its national carrier,” he said.Group Executive for Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Olivia Wirth said having the retro livery on a new aircraft is a celebration not only of the famous logo and the airline’s proud heritage but a reminder of the pioneering role that Qantas has held in the global aviation market. “For 70 years our logo has been a symbol of aviation innovation, but also a reminder that home is never far away,” said Ms Wirth. “Qantas holds a special place in the Australian psyche, and we know for many of our customers this livery will inspire a fond trip down memory lane“It’s a bit of a time warp having a 1970s livery on one of our brand new B737 aircraft but it’s the perfect way to highlight the years of experience behind the contemporary airline Qantas is today. Qantas the world’s oldest continuously operating airline and is the world’s most experienced being at the forefront of virtually all major technical innovations over the past 60 years.The signature element of the 1971-1984 livery design was the ochre band around the window line of the aircraft. Ochre reflected the colours of the outback where Qantas was established in 1920. The winged kangaroo logo is used on the tail and was adapted from the original 1947 version designed by Gert Sellheim.last_img read more

S&P launches new South African index suite

first_img18 February 2014 S&P Dow Jones, the world’s largest provider of securities indexes, has launched nine new indices covering the South African equity market, the company announced in a statement last week. The S&P South Africa Composite is an index that measures the performance of companies actively traded and listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). It has 149 stocks, compared to the FTSE/JSE Africa All-Share Index’s 165 members, according to a report by Bloomberg News. The new index includes both foreign- and locally-based companies listed on the JSE with market values of $100-million or more and annual trade of at least $50 million. The biggest constituents of the composite are BHP Billiton, Financiere Richemont SA, and SABMiller Plc. This new series of indices would bring greater index based measurement and transparency to the South African market and its investors, said Vinit Srivastava, senior director at S&P Dow Jones Indices. The company also launched the S&P Low Volatility Index, which measures the performance of the 40 least volatile stocks from the newly created S&P South Africa Composite. Included here are British American Tobacco, Omnia Holdings, Capital & Counties Properties and Hosken Consolidated Investments. The newly created S&P South Africa Dividend Aristocrats Index is designed to “measure the performance of constituents within the S&P South Africa Domestic index that have followed a policy of increasing or maintaining stable dividends for five consecutive years”, the company said. Included here are Sanlam, Discovery, Spar Group, Naspers, Foschini Group, BAT and Mr Price Group. Source: S&P Dow Jones Indiceslast_img read more

Pioneer Field Report: Continue to stay the course and watch wheat

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Ag Net this week visits with Troy Putnam to talk the elephant in the room – the delayed planting season and concerns therein. Recommendations for wheat growers are also being noted at this time. Tune in!last_img

A Strategy for Cost-Effective Efficiency in Tucson

first_imgLike a lot of building-industry professionals who run their businesses solo, Tucson-based Michael Ginsburg has become a utility player in his market. La Mirada Homes, which he launched in 1976, offers design, construction, remodeling, and general contracting services. And now, Ginsburg is bringing his experience to bear on the design and construction of a near-net-zero-energy, modest-size house that, he says, could be offered for a comparably modest price.Ginsburg calls it the S.E.E.D. Home (for its “super energy efficient design”) and will celebrate its inception with a ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday. The 1,935-sq.-ft. four-bedroom home’s performance is pegged tightly to the energy efficiency of the structural-insulated panels that will comprise its exterior walls and roof, Ginsburg told GBA. He said he chose SIPs filled with polyurethane foam over alternatives that feature polystyrene because the former offers better thermal resistance for a negligible difference in price.The wall panels are rated R-24, which, with R-5 foam board under the exterior stucco and 2 inches of interior-side dead space for electrical wiring, would bring the composite R-value of the exterior wall to 34. The roof panels, supported by structural gluelam beams (no 2x wood), will provide R-41 insulation.A slow-curing floorThe walls and roof will go up before the slab foundation is poured to shade and prevent cracking in the concrete, which will later be colored and polished. The slab will be insulated to R-8 underneath and at the edges, Ginsburg said.The house is not, however, designed to take advantage of direct solar gain, a prospect the builder “completely rejected as a passive heating strategy because of the inherent overheating and management problems” it would have presented in a single-story house of this size and layout. Rather, the building will be equipped with a SEER 16 dual-stage heat pump, hydronic radiant floor heating, radiant floor cooling, and a whole-house fresh-air exchange.In an e-mail to GBA, Ginsburg also pointed out that “there are no interior (weight-)bearing walls to interrupt the thermal integrity of the floor of the shell. Therefore, the concrete floor is, in effect, a thermal mass element for the entire square footage of the home. With no direct solar gain, I can now use, control, and manage the floor for heating and cooling. In essence, I’ve created a ‘living cave.’ Achieving and maintaining a constant interior temperature will be easy and cost-effective.”The home’s renewable-energy equipment will include solar hot water collectors and a photovoltaic system capable of feeding electricity back into Tucson Electric Power’s grid.The project design has received HERS ratings of 18 and 20 from two independent, accredited HERS raters, Ginsburg said, although he noted that getting financing was a bit more difficult. After several rejections from other lenders, the builder explained, the president of Bank of Tucson “gave me a hearing regarding the concept and nature of the project first, before even considering our financials,” and then proceeded with an appraisal, financial review, and loan approval.We’ll post cost details, more specs, updates, and images as they become available.last_img read more

‘India, Pak. can help resolve Afghan conflict’

first_imgIndia should cooperate with Pakistan to ensure regional stability and to end the Afghan war, said the Ambassador of Russia on Monday. Speaking at a public event here, Nikolay Kudashev said that India-Pakistan collaboration will help in resolving the decades-old conflict in Afghanistan.“The problems of Afghanistan are impossible to resolve without taking on board every neighbouring country. Excessive pressure on certain states would just antagonise them and make numerous problems even more complicated… this logic also guides us to further develop ties with Pakistan and it is in the interest of regional stability to help Pakistanis as well as Indians effectively adjust themselves to the new forms of cooperation offered by SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) and enhance their anti-terrorism cooperation,” said Mr. Kudashev elaborating on Russia’s engagement of Pakistan.In a set of frank observations at an event organised by the Anant Aspen Centre, the envoy urged India to cooperate with Pakistan in the platforms that various multilateral bodies are providing.New-found bonhomieMoscow and Pakistan dealt with a difficult phase during the 1980s when Pakistan supported the Mujahideen fighters to counter Soviet occupation forces. However the cooperation took off in the last few years with joint counter-terror drills between two sides that India has observed with concern. The envoy clarified that Moscow does not prioritise bilateral disputes in South Asia while framing policies.“We don’t look at the region from the point of view of bilateral disputes that we are not in a position to interfere or take sides. There should be realistic and comprehensive approach to the issues of common interest,” said the envoy highlighting the need for peace between India and Pakistan.“No doubt that existing disagreements between India and Pakistan should be resolved politically and diplomatically according to the provisions of the Simla Agreement of 1972 and the 1999 Lahore Declaration,” Mr. Kudashev said.He said that Russia is open to a relationship with all sides for the sake of regional stability and the crisis in Afghanistan requires the “Afghan-led” solution.last_img read more

Ashish scripts history in gymnastics

first_imgAshish Kumar gifted himself an early birthday present by winning a historic gymnastics bronze medal in the men’s floor exercises on Tuesday. The youngster from Allahabad was competing in a tough field which included the big boys from China, Korea and Japan.Yet, the Allahabadi, who turns 20 on November 26, showed rare mental strength and character to win the medal in the Asian Games gymnastics hall, where the crowds had turned up in good numbers.As someone who had attracted attention during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi by winning silver in vaulting and bronze in floor exercises, Ashish had become very popular. And when he made it to the final in Guangzhou on Saturday, it was under intense pressure. His coach Vladimir Chertkov had walked away from the Games after a ‘fiasco’ at the opening ceremony. Yet, Ashish took it in his stride.In his moment of glory on Tuesday, Ashish wanted to talk of the positives and how he was actually hoping to win a better medal. But for someone who was soaking in the adulation after the highs of the CWG, he didn’t get as much time to prepare. “If I had more time after the CWG, I would have prepared better. All the same, this was a worldclass field and I am very happy that the entire Indian team and so many officials and people from the Indian media came to see me perform,” said Ashish.Back home, Ashish has a tough schedule to follow. He lives in a joint family and wakes up at 4am everyday to train, disturbing the schedules of the rest. But he does realise only such commitment can take him to stardom in a sport which does not have a rich tradition in India.advertisementAs for Tuesday’s performance, Ashish went ahead with his routine elements in a manner only a boy with a devil-may-care attitude can do. Ashish did precisely thatwith with an excellent triple-twist dismount which ultimately fetched the bronze-winning point (6.300+8.625) for a total of 14.925. China’s Chengiong (15.400) and South Korean Soo Myun Kim (15.400) were way ahead for gold and silver, respectively. The Chinese won after scoring 9.000 in the final to Korean’s 8.8. Ashish was happy for another reason as well. He admitted that he had ironed out the flaw in his execution of the Salto-powered dismount, but felt he could have done still better. “I felt good after the dismount because my first line of 900 to forward back was unique,” he said.Ashish is keen to compete in more World Cups next year to prepare himself for the Asian championships and the 2012 Olympics. “I had competed only in a couple of World Cups this year. But from now on I am going to participate in more to help improve my world ranking (now 32),”he said. Late at night, Ashish was busy with more press conferences and interviews. He was obliging and thanking all the people. “I am going to land in New Delhi on 18th and then go to Allahabad. My celebrations have to be there,” said Ashish.Coach served noticeWhile Ashish Kumar made history by winning India’s first medal in the sport at the Asian Games, the Gymnastics Federation of India has slapped a notice on his guiding force, Vladimir Chertkov, after the foreign expert consultant walked out of Guangzhou.The American of Russian origin has been asked to explain why he returned before the start of the gymnastics competition alleging discrimination and humiliation on the part of the team manager and other contingent officials. “We have issued a notice to Chertkov asking him to give in writing the reasons and circumstances for his behaviour,” secretary general Kan Singh Rathore told Mail Today. “We have asked him to send his reply within three or four days. Team manager Satpal Kaur’s report is also expected by then.”Chertkov said he had not received any communication yet. “I have not got any notice from them,” he told MAIL TODAY. Chertkov’s contract in India expires on November 30 and he has no idea about whether he will stay on after that. “I have had five offers for coaching in other countries but nothing has been finalised yet. They are impressed with my work here,” Chertkov said.- By Tushar Bhaduri in New Delhilast_img read more

CTCRI notifies recruitment for 18 Skilled Support Staff posts

first_imgThe Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI) has invited applications for various posts. The interested and eligible candidates can apply latest by August 4.Post details:Total posts: 18 Post name: Skilled Support StaffEligibility criteria:Age limit:The candidates applying for this post should age between 18 and 25 years as on August 4, 2014. In case, the candidates belong to SC/ ST category, five years relaxation in the upper age limit is applicable. And for those belonging to OBC category, three years relaxation is applicable.Educational qualification:The candidates applying for this post should have passed ITI or should have passed their matriculation exam.Pay Scale:Rs 5,200-20,200 with Grade Pay Rs 1,800 per month.Selection process:The candidates will be selected on the basis of their performances in the written test and the interview.How to apply:Candidates should send their duly-filled applications to “the Director, CTCRI, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram-695 017, Kerala”. The candidates are required to send a latest passport size photograph, DD, attested copies of certificates in proof of age, educational qualification, mark sheets, experience, caste status along.CTCRI:Established in the year 1963, it is a constituent institute under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).last_img read more

$573 Million Allocated for Basic Needs Trust Fund

first_imgThe Government has significantly increased its allocation to the Basic Needs Trust Fund to $573 million in the 2019/20 fiscal year, from $163 million in 2018/19.This was disclosed by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, as he opened the Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Thursday (March 7).Financed by grant resources from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Fund seeks to improve access to quality education and human resource development in low-income and vulnerable communities.“This includes upgrades to rural primary schools and support to micro community enterprises,” Dr. Clarke said.He noted that 14 projects will be undertaken throughout the next financial year in select communities across Jamaica.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport was allocated $126 million to facilitate the establishment of two new centres for women, who are victims of domestic violence, which will become available by the end of 2019/20 fiscal year.“We will then have one centre to serve parishes in each of the three counties – Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey,” Dr. Clarke said.last_img read more