Smith, Gordon put Scorpions ahead

first_img(CMC) – Denis Smith’s career-best half-century, coupled with Nicholson Gordon’s two strikes, put Jamaica Scorpions in pole position heading into today’s final day of their fifth-round encounter against Leeward Islands Hurricanes.Grenadian Smith led a lower order rally with 84 as the hosts posted an impressive 385 in their first innings, to carve out a precious lead of 158 at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium here yesterday.Devon Thomas then top-scored with 54 as Hurricanes ended the day on 134 for four in their second innings, still behind by 24 runs.The right-handed Thomas faced 125 balls in just over 2-½ hours and struck four fours. He put on 29 for the third wicket with Amir Jangoo (17) and 48 for the fourth wicket with captain Jahmar Hamilton (12 not out) to pull the innings around from 36 for two.And he appeared to be taking his side safely towards the close when he became Gordon’s second wicket of the evening, gloving an aggressive short ball through to wicketkeeper Denis Smith.Gordon had earlier taken the first wicket of the innings when he had Montcin Hodge caught at gully for four, slapping a wide long hop with the score on 17.Terrance Warde, who scored an unbeaten half-century in the first innings, chose attack as the best form of defence, crunching three fours and a six to end the day on 20 from 26 balls.Earlier, Scorpions flourished after resuming from their overnight 260 for six, with Pete Salmon chipping in with 47 and Derval Green getting 33.Unbeaten on 36 at the start, Denis Smith progressed to his third first-class half-century while putting on 83 for the seventh wicket with Green and a further 75 for the eighth with Salmon – two partnerships which frustrated Hurricanes.Smith counted 10 fours off 189 balls in just under four hours at the crease.Green entertained with two fours and a six in a 67-ball knock while Salmon also impressed, belting four fours and a six in a 55-ball cameo to narrowly miss out on his maiden half-century.Test off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall finished with four for 130.last_img read more

Boy, 12, Arrested over Racist Messages Sent to Zaha

first_imgThe Premier League called the abuse of the 27-year-old Ivory Coast winger “completely unacceptable”.West Midlands Police tweeted Zaha to say they would look into the abuse and hours later confirmed an arrest.“We were alerted to a series of racist messages sent to a footballer today and after looking into them and conducting checks, we have arrested a boy,” read a WM Police tweet.“The 12-year-old from Solihull has been taken to custody. Thanks to everyone who raised it. Racism won’t be tolerated.”Speaking to Sky Sports before the arrest, Hodgson added: “It’s been highlighted at the moment anyway with the Black Lives Matter movement and everyone seems to be making such an effort to eradicate this behaviour.“It is very sad that, on the day of a game, a player wakes up to this cowardly and despicable abuse. It’s right Wilf has made people aware of it and I don’t think this is something you should keep quiet about.“He wants to put off one of our best players from playing well today, but to do it in the way he has chosen is totally inexcusable.”The Premier League said: “This behaviour is completely unacceptable and the Premier League stands alongside Wilfried Zaha in opposing this, and discrimination in any form.“We will continue to support players, managers, coaches and their family members who receive serious discriminatory online abuse.”Players in England’s top flight have been kneeling in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before every match since the season restarted in June.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A 12-year-old boy has been arrested by police investigating racist messages sent to Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha on social media.Zaha revealed he had received several abusive messages on social media before yesterday’s trip to Aston Villa, a game they lost 20-0.His manager Roy Hodgson called the abuse “cowardly and despicable”.last_img read more

Russian tennis star enjoying

first_imgOn the surface, Wisconsin women’s tennis player Katya Mirnova is just like any other freshman at UW. She likes hanging out at the union, spends a lot of her time balancing schoolwork with extracurricular activities and, like so many others, attended the annual Halloween festivities on State Street.Dig a little deeper, however, and Mirnova’s path to becoming a Badger is unique. Born and raised in Russia, she made the move of nearly 5,000 miles with her family to Madison four-and-a-half years ago and has since embraced life in America.”Definitely the cultures are different, but I like it,” Mirnova said. “I like Memorial Union; I like Starbucks, Jamba Juice, State Street … I like it all.”Perhaps her biggest passion, however, is tennis. Since the age of seven, Mirnova has thrived on the competition that tennis brings. “I love competing,” she said. “I’ve been doing it for such a long time, and [the matches are] always new to me.”In just her first year on the team, Mirnova has already earned high praise from her coach, Patti Henderson.”In many regards, she’s a sound player,” Henderson said. “She has a very good demeanor on the court. She does not give her opponent any indication of any negative energy that she’s experiencing. She’s gonna hustle for every single ball regardless of the situation and always believe that she’s going to be able to find a way.”Mirnova has competed this season in both women’s singles and doubles for the Badgers and has loved every minute of it.”I like them both,” Mirnova said. “I’ve always liked doubles a lot, but singles is fun too. I’m just happy to play both.”Not only has Mirnova had to adjust to life in America, but she has also had to make the jump from high school tennis to the collegiate game.”It’s a totally different experience for me,” she said. “It’s a lot of pressure, but it obviously gives you the opportunity to play your best. It’s very different from high school tennis.” Aside from adapting on the court, Henderson feels Mirnova fits right in with her teammates and the American culture.”She’s a pretty good hybrid blend of the background of where her family is from and where she grew [up], along with the Americanization that occurs with all high school kids,” Henderson said. “I think it’s a relatively smooth transition as a teammate. She’s fairly quiet, trying to take it all in and sort of learn by observing and witnessing.”Henderson believes, though, that one day Mirnova will be a vocal leader on the team.”She’s not super vocal at this point in time, but I think she will be because she has a lot of things to say,” Henderson said. “She’s very willing to talk.”Like all other student athletes, Mirnova works hard to balance her academic life with her athletic endeavors. “In the morning, it’s classes,” Mirnova said of her schedule. “Sometimes we have morning fitness at six in the morning. Then from two to five we have tennis, and then afterward, school. It’s really busy.”As if juggling an intense tennis schedule and classes weren’t enough, the trilingual Mirnova — she speaks Russian, English, and Turkish — also finds time for her other interests, which include downhill skiing and dancing.”She’s one of the few student athletes that I’ve coached that definitely makes the time for her for [other passions] that she has,” Henderson said.While Mirnova’s tournament results may not have been what she had hoped for so far this season, her coach sees it as just a matter of time before Mirnova reaches her full potential on the court.”I think right now the biggest thing we’re working on is the transition from practicing,” Henderson said. “When she comes out to practice, she’s one of the most focused players that we have and she loves to be out there to practice. She’s got a great work ethic, and she’s improving dramatically. That transfer hasn’t come as quickly as I think she would like to see it happen, but it will happen guaranteed because of what her work ethic is.”last_img read more

Confidence is behind Johnson’s success

first_imgThere are a lot of things wrong with the world.A lot of things.The list is just about endless. The country of Haiti is in dire straits after a devastating earthquake. The American economy is stuck in a prolonged rough patch. Unimaginable suffering continues in countries like Burma and Sudan. But, at the risk of trivializing those wrongs in the world, here’s one thing that’s right: Stafon Johnson coming back to play in Saturday’s Senior Bowl.Johnson, a former USC running back, ran the ball in his first appearance since a horrific accident in late September. He gained just three yards on four carries Saturday, but, honestly, it doesn’t matter.Because the fact that he managed to come back — the fact that he managed to play a game of football just 124 days after he nearly died and crushed his neck and larynx — is so ridiculously inspirational in itself.And the reason he came back so quickly?Well, he faced adversity and embraced it.He let it run its course and then he spun it on its head.Basically, he just believed — even when few did.“I knew I would come back,” Johnson told the Orlando Sentinel from Mobile, Ala., where he impressed NFL scouts all week in Senior Bowl practices. “I just didn’t know when it would be. Three years from now? Two years from now? I just knew I wasn’t going to give up.”Altogether, Johnson’s story would make for a pretty good Hollywood script.I can see it now: 21-year-old football player near the peak of his athletic prowess suffers a tragic injury and survives because he was “abnormally muscular.”Doctors forecast he likely won’t be able to talk again, and the idea of ever playing football is forgotten in the fight to survive.Life goes on, though, and people forget about him a little bit.Two months later, said football player gives a dramatic, emotional news conference and says his first public words since the accident. He quotes his late grandfather in a goosebump-inspiring raspy whisper.“God has a plan,” he says.And boy, someone sure has a plan — or a script, at least.Because nobody — save for Johnson himself, of course — could have thought he would come back this soon. Cliché, maybe. But his doctor said in November that it was a miracle caused by Johnson’s undyingly positive attitude.Nobody thought he would take little more than the rest of the season to recover.And nobody thought he would come back perhaps stronger than ever before.In Mobile, Johnson weighed in at a prototypical 214 pounds on his 5-foot-11 frame — heavier than he had ever weighed as a Trojan.He looked shifty. He looked tough. He looked, well — “he didn’t look tentative at all,” as an anonymous NFL coach told the Los Angeles Times this week.And he sure as hell looked excited.“It’s wonderful to come here and play against some of the great guys in the country,” Johnson said in an interview during the game. “It’s awesome. I was more anxious than nervous to be here. I’m a football player. I’ve been playing all my life. I’m just happy to be here.”And that’s Johnson for you. In a column that ran the Wednesday after his injury last September, I wrote: “He’s just a happy person.”He is.But he had one more quality that was more important than all of these.He might have been abnormally muscular. He might have been abnormally strong-willed. He might have been abnormally happy for no reason.But the most important thing — the reason he stands to be drafted in April and has a good shot at succeeding in the NFL — is he was confident.Confident in God when others would have doubted.Confident in doctors when there was every reason to be skeptical.Confident in himself when few others were.And that confidence can be applied to a lot of things in the world.It’s not going to solve the world’s problems, and it’s not the solution to everything by any means. But simple confidence in one’s future — with God or not — is an important factor to recovery.And one that’s often forgotten.“Looking Past the X’s & O’s” runs Mondays. To comment on this article, visit or e-mail Pedro at read more

Cornelia Fondren guides Syracuse to win down stretch against N.C. State

first_img Related Stories No. 17 Syracuse buries N.C. State with 12 3s in 80-61 win to advance to ACC tournament semifinalsTaylor Ford’s status uncertain heading into ACC tournament semifinal against No. 2 seed LouisvilleGallery: Syracuse advances to ACC tournament semifinals with win over N.C. State “We made fun of her a little bit,” SU guard Brittney Sykes said. “We said she did a Tony Parker floater. And it was an and-one. They fouled her, but she finished it.”Fondren didn’t just finish the shot. She finished the game.With less than five minutes left, she tipped Wolfpack forward Chelsea Nelson’s pass so Sykes could pick it up and convert on an easy layup. Less than a minute later, she stopped N.C. State guard Dominque Wilson at half court and deflected her pass to Sykes. The eventual lay in gave the Orange a 16-point lead.Her attempt at three makes in a row bounced off the back iron — her only miss of the quarter.“She knew what we needed,” Peterson said.” Time and score. And she made the plays happen when we needed them.”When SU needed to milk the clock near the end of the game, Fondren called for screens and dished out passes.She hit a layup as the shot clock expired. She found a wide-open Briana Day in the lane that resulted in an open shot that Day missed.“Alexis (Peterson) and Bri (Butler) were out, so I felt like I had to do more,” Fondren said.Fondren entered the game leading the team in fouls and turnovers, but finished the contest with just one tally in each category.As the final seconds of the game ticked off the clock, Fondren dribbled over half court and smacked hands with Hillsman while play was still going on. He trusted the game, SU’s conference tournament hopes and future seeding in the NCAA tournament in her hands.She didn’t disappoint.“What can you say about her?” Hillsman said. “She was amazing.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 5, 2016 at 12:36 am Contact Jon: | @jmettuscenter_img Evan Jenkins | Staff Photographer GREENSBORO, N.C. – Alexis Peterson jumped up and down on the bench waving her arms and yelling directions to her teammates, but there wasn’t much she could do to help Syracuse’s offense. The fourth quarter was underway and the team’s starting point guard — and the game’s second-leading scorer at the time — was confined to the sideline with four fouls.Instead, it was backup point guard Cornelia Fondren dribbling down the court. Despite Peterson’s attempts to control the Orange offense, it was Fondren who had the ball in her hands and was directing the show.“Remember to be a solid point guard,” she thought to herself. “Get my teammates the ball. Pass it to them.”And though Fondren wanted to just be solid, with the game on the line, she was much more than that.She scored 10 points, grabbed six boards and picked up one steal in the fourth quarter to cement No. 3 seed Syracuse’s (24-6, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) 80-61 win over No. 6 seed N.C. State (20-11, 10-6) in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament on Friday night. With the Orange’s two leading scorers on the bench for much of the final quarter, Fondren took over the game and sent Syracuse into the semifinals to face No. 2 seed Louisville on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Corn was just huge,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “She handled the ball. She pressured the ball the entire game. What can you say about her? She was just amazing.”Fondren ended the third quarter with a 3-pointer at the buzzer that hit the bottom of the backboard and left her shrugging her shoulders and throwing her hands in the air at Hillsman. But she started off the fourth on a much better note.She hopped in the lane on a drive in the first possession, creating enough space in front of N.C. State’s Miah Spencer to sink the left-handed layup.After a Brianna Day block, Fondren banked in a right-handed floater while fighting off a defender. It was fourth point in a span of a minute, despite having just two in the previous three quarters.last_img read more

ESL UK sign on for UK Esports Awards

first_imgESL UK has signed on to become the broadcast partner for the upcoming UK Esports Awards, a venture launched by domestic esports coverage websites Esports News UK and awards are set to cover 16 categories intended to recognise the best of UK esports talent, ranging from players, casters and streamers to the more backstage oriented folks like managers, admins and more. Judging panels and desk hosts for the awards are set to be released at a later date. The event itself is set to be hosted at ESL Studio One in Leicester, home of ESL UK, on June 30th. The small venue is set to hold “a limited space for partners, brands and personalities on the evening,” with further ticketing information coming at a later date. According to the deal, ESL UK will take no ownership of the UK Esports Awards and will remain “completely impartial in all aspects of the awards.”James Dean, Managing Director, ESL UK, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting these awards, which will no doubt be a true celebration of the fantastic UK esports community on a very grassroots level. We hope this will be a long lasting partnership and our support for the awards will only help them get bigger for the future.”Dom Sacco, co-founder of the UK Esports Awards, added: “The UK Esports Awards is not a typical awards ceremony with a black tie dress code or sit-down meal, but esports is not a typical industry. This is all about the community, recognising talent and helping to put UK esports on the map. We’ve chosen to hold the awards at ESL’s Studio 1 because of its state-of-the-art facilities, which we feel are perfect for streaming the inaugural UK Esports Awards.”Esports Insider says: A big deal for the UK Esports scene, as they look to focus on building up their grassroots credentials. With ESL UK on-board, a big name comes in to back up and lend further credibility to the organisation.last_img read more

Top ten book places in Grand Medal Final

first_img9 Apr 2015 Top ten book places in Grand Medal Final Ten women golfers – led by Dawn Hodge from the Isle of Wight – are heading to England Golf’s Grand Medal Final after they booked their places in qualifying yesterday.They are: Dawn Hodge of Shanklin & Sandown; Terri Linskey of Wrotham Heath, Kent; Deidre Ann Hope-Gates of Lindfield, Sussex; Melanie Newport of Sutton Green, Surrey, Judy Ames of Royal Winchester, Hampshire; Stephanie Marshall of Birchwood Park, Kent; Jo Elder of Wimbledon Common, Surrey; Junko Moriuchi of Hendon, Middlesex; Lynda Guppy of Cuddington, Surrey; Pat Whitty of Hever Castle, Kent.They’ll play off with qualifiers from five other events to find the country’s top handicap golfer at the Grand Medal Final at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire on Thursday, 13 August. It will be a feature of the new Golf Week festival, staged by England Golf to create a national grand finale for a host of handicap and team championships.The qualifiers were among more than 100 women club winners who took part in the South regional medal final at Royal Blackheath in Kent, which was the first England Golf championship event of the 2015 season. All the regional finalists had returned the best four scores at their club in the England Golf Medals during 2014.Dawn Hodge played under her 11-handicap for a net score of one-under 71 to win the event and claim her place in her first national final. “It will be brilliant, absolutely fantastic,” she said.“I’m not used to playing in big competitions and it’s been a brilliant experience. You don’t normally have tee markers and a giant scoreboard at club competitions and it makes you feel special!”Dawn, who has been playing golf for just over four years, made a good start to her qualifying round, but then had a triple bogey on a par three. “It put the pressure on my game and I thought it was slipping away, but I steadied myself and tried to play steadily and not go for anything heroic.“I had a really lovely day. The course suited me perfectly, the greens were excellent and my playing partners were lovely and very supportive.”Qualifying scoresPar 72 CSS 7371 Dawn Hodge (Shanklin & Sandown, hcp 11)72 Terri Linskey (Wrotham Heath, 11)73 Deidre Ann Hope-Gates (Lindfield, 10); Melanie Newport (Sutton Green, 6)74 Judy Ames (Royal Winchester, 14); Stephanie Marshall (Birchwood Park, 5); Jo Elder (Wimbledon Common, 15)75 Junko Moriuchi (Hendon, 6); Lynda Guppy (Cuddington, 19); Pat Whitty (Hever Castle, 14)The other five regional finals are:South West at Weston-Super-Mare on Wednesday 15 AprilEast at Bishops Stortford on Friday 24 AprilMidlands South at Wellingborough on Sunday 10 MayMidlands North at Rothley Park on Wednesday 20 MayNorth at Slaley Hall on Saturday 23 Maylast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Team Gerick Cycle

first_imgThe team includes Sandy Mitchell, Nelson, Jennifer Ellis, Vancouver, Ross McNamara, Nelson, David Johnson, Vancouver and Clark Weber, Fernie.A special mention also goes out to Nelson Doctor Jim Noiles, who raised $11,693. The West Kootenay Glacier Challenge is an extraordinary two-day tour that travels the roads of the West Kootenays with a goal of helping to take out MS (multiple sclerosis).Team Gerick Cycle did its best to help the West Kootenay Chapter crack the $100,000 mark (actually $101,305) by raising $10,680 and capturing The Nelson Daily prize for the Top Team Fundraiser.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to get in on the action by naming Gerick Cycle, Team of the Week.last_img

Valencia presents an ERTE

first_imgGiven the consequent forecast of a significant decrease in income, the predisposition of players and coaches of the first team and youth team, in addition to senior management, has been at all times, since the beginning of the talks and in an exercise of responsibility and trust mutual, to help ensure the economic sustainability of the club at a time of difficulty and uncertainty for the future for all.In addition, with the priority of ensuring its commitment to protect its most vulnerable workers against the uncertain evolution of the situation, Valencia CF will supplement its income with a very high percentage of its workers. The club is particularly grateful for the solidarity effort of the first team, by reducing their salaries, to help the entity protect all workers and their families in such difficult circumstances.As a centennial entity and the main civil institution of the Valencian Community, Valencia CF reaffirms itself, more than ever, in its desire to be a benchmark, an example of commitment and a source of help for a society hit by an unprecedented circumstance, especially in its most vulnerable sectors. This is how it is being through various initiatives and this is how it will continue to be done, in a special way as long as the effects of this crisis continue.Valencia CF also wishes to publicly express its solidarity with all those affected by the pandemic, show its deepest condolences to those who have lost a loved one, and share the full force of Valencianism with those who continue to fight to overcome the disease. In particular, the entity wants to express its greatest appreciation and gratitude to all those people, many of them from Valencia, who fight daily on the front line of battle in our land to help leave as soon as possible a situation that continues to shock all of our society”. Valencia has joined the list of League clubs to present a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE). The Mestalla club presented the documentation on the morning of April 20 and in the afternoon made it official through a statement.This economic measure is added to the agreement reached with the captains of the workforce for a salary reduction ranging from 18 to 9 percent depends on when and how the competition resumes. As revealed by AS, the presentation of an ERTE due to the Covid-19 crisis began to be seen by Valencia two weeks ago, despite the fact that at the start of the health crisis Anil Murthy had transmitted the contrary to employees by email. But the club uses this “legal instrument provided for situations of activity reduction due to force majeure” and does so to guarantee the jobs of its employees, who will receive in most cases full payment of their wages . Valencia, which will benefit from tax advantages once the government approves the ERTE, “will make an income supplement for a very high percentage of its workers.” Statement from Valencia in which the ERTE announces“In the current context of an exceptional health crisis worldwide due to the lethal coronavirus pandemic COVID19 and the forced indefinite cessation of its activity as a result of the State of Alarm decreed by the Government, Valencia CF wishes to show its satisfaction at having reached this Monday its objective of adapting to this situation, maintaining its commitment to protect the jobs of all its workers and the wages of its vast majority, through individual agreements and a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE), the legal instrument envisaged for situations of reduced activity due to force majeure.last_img read more

Damage to Raja Ampat 12 times higher than previously thought

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 Article published by alexa Raja Ampat is home to one of the most spectacular coral reefs in the world.The cruise ship that hit the reef on March 4 damaged 18,882 square meters of coral reef, the Indonesian government said this week.A preliminary estimate had identified only 1,600 square meters of damaged reef. JAKARTA — The extent of coral reef damage from the grounding of a Bahamian-flagged cruise ship at Raja Ampat earlier this month is about 3.5 times as big as an American football field — much greater than previously thought, the Indonesian government said this week.On March 4, the 90-meter-long Caledonian Sky, owned by tour operator Noble Caledonia, ran aground at low tide on a shoal in West Papua province and damaged 18,882 square meters of coral reef in the Dampier Strait, according to an official statement released on Tuesday.The ship had earlier that day taken 102 tourists on a bird-watching expedition, part of a 16-night journey from Papua New Guinea to the Philippines.The damaged area is almost 12 times larger than a preliminary estimate had identified. The latest assessment is the result of a joint investigation by the Indonesian government and the London P&I Club, Noble Caledonia’s insurer.“Both parties have agreed and signed off on the investigation result,” said Arif Havas, the deputy coordinating minister for maritime affairs.More than 13,000 square meters of reef were totaled by the 4,290-tonne cruise ship, he said.The boat further inflicted “medium damage” on 5,612 square meters of reef from sand whipping and coral debris caused by the ship’s movement. In an attempt to refloat it, a tugboat was requested to help it break free from the shallow area, which harmed the reef even worse.“Coral with medium damage only have a survival rate of 50 percent,” Arif said, adding that the government would update its compensation assessment if the reef failed to recover.The Caledonian Sky after it ran aground at Raja Ampat. Photo courtesy of Stay Raja AmpatPresident Joko Widodo’s administration has appointed a team led by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to calculate the financial losses of the damaged coral reef.Ricardo Tapilatu, who led the preliminary evaluation team, said in an interview immediately after the disaster that the standard compensation rate was $200-$400 per square meter.But due to Raja Ampat’s special biodiversity and its status as one of the world’s most popular dive sites, as well as the fact that the damage occurred in a national park, he added, the rate would be higher than normal.Tapilatu’s initial survey also showed the destruction of the ecosystem’s structural habitat and the reduction or loss of diversity of eight coral genera. Conservation International, an NGO, reported in 2002 that Raja Ampat — which means “Four Kings” in Indonesian — was home to nearly 1,400 varieties of fish and 603 species of coral.The area could take 100 years to recover, Tapilatu said.Noble Caledonia, which is headquartered in London and was founded by a Swede, has apologized for the “unfortunate” incident and said it would cooperate with the Indonesian government “towards a fair and realistic settlement.”Coordinating maritime minister Luhut Pandjaitan said his office would involve several foreign governments in the case, including those of the UK, Sweden and the Bahamas. On Mar. 17, he summoned British ambassador Moazzam Malik to his office in Jakarta to discuss the matter.“I’m disappointed to learn about the damage to this coral reef in West Papua, as we are with any environmental incident that occurs in Indonesia or anywhere else in the world,” Malik said as quoted by news agency AFP.“We hope the matter can be resolved quickly between the Indonesian authorities and the company that is responsible for this accident and was managing the ship.”Raja Ampat, home to some of Indonesia’s best dive sites. Photo by Jonathan Chase/Wikimedia CommonsIn the meantime, the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs is seeking for approval to upgrade Raja Ampat’s status to a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area, a designation of UN agency the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).The status will earn Raja Ampat “special protection through action by IMO because of its significance for recognized ecological or socioeconomic or scientific reasons and which may be vulnerable to damage by international maritime activities.”“We can learn from the underwater tourism in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, where cruise ships can still enter sensitive sea areas,” said Oegroseno, the deputy minister. “However, there are clear boundaries to prevent such activities from damaging the marine ecosystem.”The coordinating maritime ministry has also said Indonesia is mulling the revision of how many foreign cruise ships should be allowed to enter the archipelago country’s waters, as well as the size and type to be permitted.“We want our marine potential to provide us a lot of benefits, both economically and ecologically,” Oegroseno said. “ We must be very clever at making the related policies.”Banner image: Yellow fish and coral at Raja Ampat. Photo by Sterling Zumbrunn for Conservation International*A previous version of this article described Noble Caledonia as a Swedish company. It is headquartered in London and was founded by a Swedish national.center_img Coastal Ecosystems, Coral Reefs, Corporate Environmental Transgressors, Ecotourism, Environment, Environmental Crime, Environmental Policy, Law Enforcement, Marine Protected Areas, National Parks, Oceans, Protected Areas last_img read more