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 Villagers in Indonesia have killed a critically endangered Sumatran tiger, after labeling it a menace to the village.Conservation authorities, though, have found strong indications that the animal may have been killed for its body parts, which are highly prized in the illegal wildlife trade.Habitat loss and poaching have already driven two other species of tiger in Indonesia to extinction, and conservationists warn the Sumatran tiger is being pushed along the same same path.Warning: The article contains some disturbing images. JAKARTA — Conservation authorities in Indonesia are investigating suspicions that the illegal trade in tiger parts drove the killing of one of the rare big cats earlier this month.The male Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) was killed on March 4 by residents of Hatupangan village in Mandailing Natal district, North Sumatra province, who had labeled it a nuisance and a menace to the village. The residents then strung up the tiger’s body in the village hall for display.But an autopsy carried out soon after found that several body parts had been cut from the tiger’s corpse, likely destined for the illegal trade in wildlife parts.Hotmauli Sianturi, head of the North Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), goes over the autopsy results on the Sumatran tiger that was killed earlier this month. Photo courtesy of North Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency.The tiger had been spotted roaming near the village since February, and villagers believed it was a supernatural creature. On Feb. 16, the big cat attacked a hunting party that had embarked into the forest to track the animal. Two people were reported injured in the incident, in which the tiger managed to escape.A team from the provincial conservation agency, the BKSDA, arrived the following day to caution the villagers against trying to capture or hurt the tiger, which is a protected species under Indonesian law. The officers did not manage to find the animal, and so decided to remain in the village.A few days later, the villagers reported another tiger sighting and asked the conservation officers to kill the animal. The BKSDA said the villagers forced the team to give written approval that the villagers could kill the tiger to prevent it from hurting another human. The villagers also told the team to immediately leave and to never return.“The team received verbal abuse and one of our vehicles was damaged by the people,” the agency said later in a statement.The BKSDA team subsequently sought help from the district police. Local authorities and the villagers agreed on March 2 to set a trap to capture the tiger.On the morning of March 4, the villagers found the tiger sleeping under a resident’s stilt house. They stabbed the animal multiple times with a spear, killing it. It was also reported that local police officers shot the tiger with a stun gun.“We told the villagers that the tiger is a protected animal, but they didn’t like our way of handling the situation,” said Hotmauli Sianturi, head of the North Sumatra BKSDA.After managing to retrieve the tiger’s body from the village hall where it had been strung up, the BKSDA carried out an autopsy that showed several body parts missing. These included a fang, claws, and patches of skin from the head and tail.Hotmauli said her agency was looking into the possibility that the tiger had been killed upon request from traders of wildlife parts. Tiger claws and fangs are highly prized in this illegal trade as symbols of potency and power. Hotmauli said her agency was working on the case with the provincial police.The killing took place a day after global celebrations for the United Nations’ World Wildlife Day, whose theme this year was “Big cats: Predators under threat.” It was aimed at bringing attention to the alarming decline in the population of iconic species such as tigers, lions and leopards around the world.Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry said on March 5 that it would improve efforts to educate residents living near tiger habitats to protect the critically endangered species.“The main point is to have everyone agree to protecting wildlife habitat areas,” Bambang Hendroyono, the ministry’s secretary-general, told reporters in Jakarta. “It’s become an important task for us to maintain the animals’ survival.”The Sumatran tiger is a key conservation focus for the Indonesian government and wildlife activists; two other tiger subspecies native to Indonesia, the Javan tiger (Panthera tigris sondaica) and the Bali tiger (Panthera tigris balica), were officially declared extinct in 2003 due to poaching and habitat loss — the same threats stalking the Sumatran tiger today.Habitat reduction has also resulted in more frequent cases of human-tiger conflict, and the problem is only set to worsen through the continued clearance of forests for plantations and roads. A series of road development projects currently planned by the government are expected to cut through Mount Leuser, Kerinci Seblat and Bukit Barisan Selatan national parks — all of which are home to Sumatran tigers.Under Indonesia’s 1990 Conservation Act, the killing of protected species such as Sumatran tigers, or the trade or distribution of the animal or its body parts, carries a prison sentence of up to five years and fines of up to 100 million rupiah ($7,000). However, the illegal wildlife trade continues to flourish, as law enforcement against poaching is widely perceived as ineffective; perpetrators are rarely prosecuted, and when they are, they receive token sentences that are far lower than the maximum prescribed punishment. Conservationists have also pointed out the seeming impunity in the case of influential figures and officials involved in the illegal wildlife trade.The latest incident marks the third reported wildlife killing by humans in the country this year, following the deaths of two orangutans in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo.A veterinarian performs an autopsy on the Sumatran tiger that was killed by villagers in northern Sumatra. The autopsy found several body parts, typically prized in the illegal wildlife trade, were missing. Photo by Ayat S. Karokaro/Mongabay Indonesia.Banner image: A Sumatran tiger at Dublin Zoo in Ireland. Photo courtesy of Neil Turner/Flickr.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. 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Clem Daniels, an Oakland Raiders stalwart during the team’s formative years in the early 1960s, has died at 83. His passing was announced by a statement from the team.“The Raider Family mourns the loss of Clem Daniels, an integral part of the Raider organization for six decades,” the statement read. “Clem was the premier all-purpose running back in the American Football League, setting the league’s all-time rushing record, and was one of the original stars of the Silver and Black.”Daniels, a …
22 November 2013 South African President Jacob Zuma and Botswana President Ian Khama, during their meeting in Pretoria on Thursday, stressed the importance of speeding up infrastructure projects to facilitate the movement of goods and people between the two countries. Zuma met with his Botswana counterpart ahead of the inaugural meeting of the South Africa-Botswana Bi-National Commission, which the two presidents co-hosted. Speaking to journalists after the commission meeting, Zuma said discussions were under way to look at how resources could be streamlined to boost trade between the two countries. “It is a question of how … we streamline trade. In this regard, we have taken a decision that our ministers will meet twice a year to evaluate how far the agreements we have signed have been implemented.” Since the establishment of official relations nearly 20 years ago, South African and Botswana have signed a total of 34 agreements covering various areas such as immigration, defence and security, energy, trade, transport and environmental affairs. Zuma said the bi-national commission would play a key role in broadening and streamlining cooperation between the two countries. The establishment of the commission was “a very important development because our relations with Botswana are historical and for us to take them forward is very important. We were able to get a clear report from the ministers of what we need to do going forward.” Strong economic ties already exist between the two countries, and South Africa remains Botswana’s major trading partner. South African companies have a huge presence in Botswana and are involved in various sectors, including mining, housing, food and beverages, construction, retail, hotels and leisure, banking and medical services. Zuma said his meeting with Khama had not only focused on the mutual needs and priorities of both countries, but also brought into sharp focus the importance of regional integration. The two presidents discussed developments in the region and on the continent, including the situation in Madagascar, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique. According to a joint communique issued after the talks, the two leaders commended Madagascar for holding peaceful and credible presidential elections last month, urging the people of Madagascar to maintain the same commitment to democratic processes in the second round of elections scheduled for 20 December. Khama and Zuma expressed concern over the unfolding security situation in Mozambique, and hoped that the situation would soon be resolved. In recent weeks, there have been sporadic clashes between former rebel movement Renamo and the Frelimo government, with the former accusing the latter of not honouring the Rome peace agreement they signed in 1992. Source: SAnews.gov.za
13 May 2014 After steering the Springbok Sevens team to a credible second place finish in the HSBC Sevens World Series in his first season in charge, Blitzbokke coach Neil Powell admitted on Monday that he needs to improve the depth of his squad to make them more competitive next season. When he took over the reigns as head coach at the start of the 2013/14 season in October last year, Powell’s immediate aim was to install a good level of consistency, and to reach the semi-finals of each of the nine World Series tournaments. The Blitzbokke were on course to achieve their two main goals mid-way through the season, with the team playing in no less than five consecutive Cup Finals and winning tournaments in Port Elizabeth and Las Vegas.A heavy toll Prior to the Tokyo Sevens, the Blitzbokke had pushed New Zealand all the way at the top of the leaderboard and even moved to the top of the standings. However, the trip to the Far East eventually took a heavy toll on the team, after several regulars, such as Kyle Brown and Cecil Afrika, were ruled out of action because of injury. Stephan Dippenaar also joined the casualty list in Glasgow, with the result that Powell had to call on rookie Shaun Adendorff and the relatively inexperienced WJ Strydom to plug the gaps. Mark Richards was also thrown into the fray, having last played for the Springbok Sevens at the Gold Coast tournament last October. Losses in the quarterfinals of the last three tournaments allowed New Zealand to finally pull away from the South Africans to land a fourth consecutive World Series title.Influential figures missed Powell, reflecting on the past season and his first in charge, said the team missed especially the influential figures of regular captain Brown and experienced playmaker Afrika. “Look we definitely missed Kyle and Cecil in Glasgow, while we had Stephan (Dippenaar) injured in Glasgow and unavailable for London. On top of that, we also lost Werner Kok with an ankle injury on Sunday in London,” Powell explained in a statement. “However, I am making no excuses for our below par performances in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Scotland. In London, we always knew it was going to be tough to play a full strength New Zealand team [in the quarterfinals] and they deserved their win. “However, I think the guys did extremely well and displayed huge courage to come from behind to beat Samoa and also to overcome Kenya in the Plate Final.” Increasing depth The Springbok Sevens coach said his next aim is to increase the depth of his squad: “The injuries to our regulars was unfortunate and part of the game. On the plus side, it did gave us chance to give players such as Shaun Adendorff, WJ Strydom and Mark Richards more playing time. I am sure they benefitted a lot from playing in Glasgow and London. “However, we will have to increase the strength and depth of our squad because next season will be an important one as we look to qualify for 2016 Olympics,” Powell said.Senatla’s impact He also praised the impact of speedster Seabelo Senatla, after the dangerous wing was crowned top scorer in Las Vegas and London, following a long injury lay-off. Senatla was close to his best at Twickenham and was the top points’ and try scorer after dotting 13 tries. “Seabelo made a huge impact after his return to action and he was really hungry to play after missing the first part of the season because of a back injury. Justin Geduld also deserves credit for his consistency throughout the season,” Powell remarked.Dream Team selection Geduld was included in the World Series Dream Team after a string of impressive performances for the Springbok Sevens at London and in several other events. While the HSBC Sevens World Series has come to a conclusion, the Blitzbokke still have a huge assignment ahead of them at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on 26 and 27 July. SAinfo reporter
The security forces gunned down two alleged members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh on Saturday.The encounter took place in Burkapal area of Sukma when the District Reserve Guard (Chhattisgarh police’s special anti-Maoist unit) and the Special Task Force were conducting an anti-Maoist operation in the area.The security forces also recovered 11 country-made weapons from the spot of the encounter suggesting some more Maoists may have been injured or killed.In a separate development, Maharashtra police found one more body of a Maoist in Gadchiroli district.“A decomposed body was found in the forest near Indravati river in Tadgoan forest area of Gadchiroli where an encounter had taken place on last Sunday. One AK-47 rifle was also recovered during a search operation in the area today. Today’s recovery has taken the total number Maoists killed in Kasansur encounter to 34,” Gadchiroli police said in a statement.Mr.Abhinav Deshmukh, the district Superintendent of Police, Gadchiroli, informed that 19 bodies have been identified so far and 14 bodies have been handed over to the relatives of the deceased.