Fair propels Orange offense, pushes team past Florida State in 2nd half

first_imgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. — One by one, C.J. Fair’s shots fell through the net to start the second half.Fair hit five consecutive shots to help the Orange pull away from Florida State. He nailed jumpers from a multitude of angles as SU’s lead swelled.He finished with a game-high 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting, also snagging seven rebounds and four steals. On a night where Syracuse shot the ball extremely well from the field, Fair was the most reliable option, as he has been most of the season. His second-half rampage propelled the No. 7 Orange (27-4, 14-4 Atlantic Coast) to a 74-58 win over Florida State (18-12, 9-9) on Sunday.“We saw right away he got it going,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He had the hot hand. I thought this was his best offensive game since Duke.”Fair said Boeheim ran many plays to get him the ball. With a defender right in his chops, Fair jab-stepped to create space. He rose up and unleashed a jumper, watching as the ball soared through the net.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe nailed three more jump shots and added a bucket inside, scoring 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting in the first six minutes of the second frame.“C.J.’s just one of those players that we look to in the second half to pull us away,” SU forward Jerami Grant said. “I feel like he did that today.”Michael Gbinije said that when Fair’s cooking from the field, it opens up the entire paint. Fair’s man can’t help, which creates driving lines, Gbinije added.When Fair’s playing at such a high level, Syracuse becomes that much tougher to guard.He’s been SU’s most consistent option all season and was recently named one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Player of the Year award given to the country’s best player. Fair has been dominant for most of the year, but Sunday was the first time since Duke came to the Carrier Dome that that’s been the case.Defenders tried to drape him. They knew what was coming. Some crafty footwork. A hesitation move. A quick release. But they couldn’t stop it.“I think we found C.J. in C.J.’s spots,” guard Trevor Cooney said, “where he’s comfortable and can get it and go and not have to force a lot of things, which is great.”With the game out of reach and Syracuse up by 13 with less than a minute to go, Fair gave Florida State a final glimpse of the dominance it had been subjected to all afternoon.He caught a pass from Rakeem Christmas in the corner, stopped and drained a 3, holding his follow-through for a few seconds before jogging downcourt.“To see the ball go in,” Fair said with a smile, “you get a little rhythm from there.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 9, 2014 at 8:56 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

Onion editors address role of satire in media

first_imgWriters for The Onion, a popular satirical news organization, spoke on Thursday at Dice It up with the Writers of The Onion, an event hosted by USC Spectrum at Bovard Auditorium.Laugh · At the beginning of the show, Onion head writer Seth Reiss and features editor Joe Garden demonstrate what the audience should do if one of them collapses onstage at a program Thursday sponsored by USC Spectrum. – Matthew Wunderlich | Daily TrojanThe Onion, which was first published in 1988 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, features online and printed articles, radio broadcasts and video news segments that cover fictional and non-fictional local, national and international events.The event, featured Onion’s head writer, Seth Reiss, and its features editor, Joe Garden, and highlighted many of the newspaper’s humorous stories throughout its publication, including “Congress Takes Group Of Schoolchildren Hostage” and “Michael Phelps Returns To His Tank At Sea World.”Reiss and Garden also mocked headlines from newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times.Reiss said one of the main reasons The Onion has continued to stay popular while other newspapers are facing financial hardship is because the organization’s use of the Internet and social networking.“The Onion went online in 1996, and a large amount, around 90 percent, of our readers come from the Internet,” Reiss said. “The fact that we have a fully functioning website and a fully functioning social media network really helps [us achieve] our success.”Reiss  also said one of the ways the print version of The Onion has thrived is through its franchising deals with nearly 20 cities.“For our print paper, we’ve been doing these franchising deals, where these cities will bring us to their city, and we provide all the content, while they do all the advertising and circulation,” Reiss said.Garden and Reiss are keeping another projects, a compilation of past and current content from The Onion, under wraps.“We’re currently working on a book that’s going to be released in October that we’ll be working on for the next few months,” Garden said. “We can’t really talk about it right now, but it’s going to be pretty insane.”As for the future of The Onion, Garden said Readers should have big expectations for future publications.“We’re probably going to the stars, or at least another dimension,” Garden said. “We’re actually very focused on our book right now, but after that’s blown over, you can expect us to be more embracing of social media, focusing more on Twitter and doing more video segments online as well.”Many of the students at the event were entertained by the content The Onion has published during its history, including Taylor Barnhill, a freshman majoring in chemical engineering.“All the stuff The Onion posts is so outrageous and hilarious, it’s hard to believe that people actually get offended by it,” Barnhill said.last_img read more

Students seek gym upgrades

first_imgSince being posted Tuesday, a USG petition that asks the university to allocate more resources toward the Lyon Center and Recreational Sports has received 1,400 student signatures as of Thursday at 6 p.m.A USG survey conducted in the fall showed that undergraduate students care more about improving the Lyon Center than any other issue. The Lyon Center, built in 1988, had its second floor renovated in 2008 as well as the basketball courts and locker rooms renovated in 2011.Vice President of Student Affairs Michael Jackson said the university will build a new fitness center in The Village.“The reality is that the Lyon Center has nearly 300,000 student, faculty and staff visits per semester,” Jackson said. “This is why the university has plans to construct an additional new fitness center in the University Village when it is revitalized in the next several years.”USG President Mikey Geragos said the petition will be used as USG lobbies for improvements to Lyon Center equipment and for a large fitness center in the Village.“We definitely need more athletic space and the most viable location for that is the new University Village,” Geragos said. “Until then, we will advocate for a comparably-sized gym in the UV and advocate for the equipment to be fixed and be in top-notch quality. We’re not going to ask to expand the Lyon Center when a new gym’s coming.”Though plans for the Village, which will replace the UV, have yet to be released by the university, sources familiar with the project have said demolition alone is not likely to occur for at least one or two years.Senior Director of Recreational Sports Justine Gilman attributes the lack of recreational sports space to the growing number of residential students, which in turn increases the pool of students eligible to participate in RecSports.“The club sport program has grown in the last couple years, probably even 20 percent,” Gilman said. “There is a limited amount of space and resources.”The petition received many signatures when it was first posted on Tuesday, with about three people signing it per minute during the first few hours.“In one day we got a little over 1,000 responses,” USG Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Arkfeld said. “The fact that we were able to get that many responses in such a short amount of time just proves the importance of the issue at hand.” Though the university plans to build an additional fitness center in The Village at USC, the Undergraduate Student Government is working to levy support for improvements to Lyon Center and Recreational Sports.Spacing issue · Recreational sports teams practice at the Lyon Center from 6 p.m. to midnight. More than 3,000 students participate. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Dubs win 2017 All Ireland Football Final

first_imgThe Dubs started the better in the second half, but there was drama on the 50 minute mark when both teams were reduced to 14 men.John Small was shown a second yellow card for a challenge on Colm Boyle, and then Donal Vaughan was handed a straight red for his part in an altercation after the foul.Then, just moments later, Lee Keegan buried the ball into the back of the net for Mayo’s first goal and to regain the lead.The sides were level 11 times heading into injury time, and the a 74th minute free by Dean Rock sealed the win for the Dubs.It means even more heartache for Mayo, who have now failed to win their last 11 All-Ireland final appearances.Their last three defeats have also come at the hands of Dublin by just a point.In the minor final, Kerry’s David Clifford produced one of the all-time great underage performances as the Kingdom clinched their 4th straight minor title.They hammered Derry by 6-17 to 1-8, with Clifford contributing an incredible 4-4. Dublin are All-Ireland senior football champions for a third year in a row.They defeated Mayo by the slimmest of margins, 1-17 to 1-16, in a hugely dramatic All-Ireland final full of talking points.Mayo led by 9 points to 1-5 at the break, having responded well to a Con O’Callaghan goal after just 90 seconds.last_img read more

Duke Udi Sacked from Sunshine Stars

first_imgSunshine has only earned 13 points from the 12-week old topflight and is scheduled to play Yobe Deserts on Sunday in Akure.A former coach of the team, Henry Abiodun, was asked to step into the saddle as Udi’s replacement.Ondo State’s Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye who announced Udi’s sack yesterday said his ministry took the decision following letters received from the Ondo State Football Agency over the act of insubordination and gross misconduct of the Delta born coach.“Following a letter received from the management board of Ondo State Football Agency on misconduct and insubordination of the Head Coach of the Sunshine Stars, Duke Udi had been asked to step aside.“The management, board and the Ministry of Youth and Sports management at a joint meeting yesterday agreed that coach Duke Udi should step aside with effect from today March 13 and the Technical Director of the team, Coach Henry Abiodun with a CAF ‘A’ Licence should lead the team,” the statement from the commissioner’s office announced.While reacting to his sack, Udi told journalists on telephone that he had not be contacted on the matter stressing that he just left the team’s training for his residence.“If it is so, that is no problem. I have a one-year contract with the team and if anybody is asking me to leave, they must respect my contract and pay me my money.“Leaving is not a problem. I just left training and nobody told me anything like that but if stepping aside is the next thing, they have to pay me because I have a one- year contract running,” the coach told THISDAY later yesterday evening.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram James Sowole in AkureBarely 24 hours after Kwara United eased out influential John Obuh from the dug out of the Ilorin club for poor performance, Ondo State-owned Sunshine Stars have also dumped ex-international Duke Udi.Instead of blaming Sunshine Stars’ 17th position on the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) log on Udi, the management of the Akure Gunners insisted his sack is due to his alleged misconduct and insubordination.last_img read more

Pets of the Week

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich –Today’s Pets of the Week features Razzles, Chunky, Ma Barker and Frida.Razzle is described as a calico and is three-months old.Ma Barker has big beautiful green eyes and is two-years old.Frida who was posing for pics today and got a little sleepy in the process is loads of fun and full of love.  Frida is three-years old.Lastly, there is Chunky who has a disability but doesn’t let that stop him from his places to go, people to see, and things to do.If you’re interested in adopting. you can visit huronhumanesocietyinc.org.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Relief is available for Michigan farms and agricultural processorsNext Senator Gary Peters introduces legislation to streamline national manufacturing programslast_img read more

West dominates East in All-Star celebrity game

first_imgCELEBS HOOP–Common, second from right, looks for a shot between, from left, Ryen Russillo, Josh Hutcherson and Ne-Yo (3) during the second half of the NBA All-Star celebrity basketball game Feb. 15, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) by Kristie RiekenAP Sports WriterHOUSTON (AP) — Usain Bolt joined the East team in the All-Star celebrity game to have a little fun.He had no idea the West team would take the game so seriously.Five-foot-2 comedian Kevin Hart took most valuable player honors in leading the West to a 58-38 victory over the Bolt and the East on Friday night.Afterward the Jamaican sprinter said he was surprised by the intensity of the West team coached by Houston All-Star James Harden“We got beat bad, but their team was much more serious,” Bolt said.Bolt did show his athleticism a few times, most notably on a two-handed dunk in the first half.Hart challenged Bolt to a race during a timeout where the pair each had to dribble and make two layups, and shocked the crowd by winning.“Kevin Hart is a pleasure,” said Bolt, who used a limited edition Gatorade squeeze bottle during the game. “I watch all of his standup comedy shows, so for me it was a great honor to get to do that with him.”He acknowledged before the game that he could dunk well, but that his other basketball skills were lacking. He said he’d like to play a different sport when his track career is done.“I’m more of a better soccer player than a basketball player, so I definitely want to try soccer,” he said.Bolt said he was most impressed with Hart, who stole the show with his antics and won MVP for the second straight year, despite being the smallest player on either team.Hart, the star of BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood, talked a ton of trash before the game, and continued running his mouth and mocking the opposition throughout the game. He even took a shot at East coach and Oklahoma City All-Star Russell Westbrook’s camouflage pants.“I could have went the NBA route, let’s just get that out of the way,” Hart joked before the game. “I chose to do comedy just because it’s fun. I didn’t want to play basketball. But if I want to I can easily do the same thing these guys do on a daily basis. It’s not that serious.”The game also featured a number of former NBA stars including Dikembe Mutombo, Clyde Drexler, Bruce Bowen and Sean Elliot. Drexler and Elliot got tangled up going for a rebound and Elliot crashed to the ground, causing someone to yell: “calm down guys, this isn’t 1982.”Mutombo blocked a shot and did the finger wave he made famous during his illustrious career. The entire West bench, led by Harden, jumped up cheering and waving their fingers after the play.Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who played professional basketball in Australia, was a strong player for the West, crashing the boards and grabbing rebounds over the former NBA players.Josh Hutcherson, the star of “The Hunger Games” who is almost as short as Hart, wowed the crowd by hitting a 3-pointer early in the game.last_img read more

Terry Walgren Tournament kicks off play Friday

first_imgThe Lakeside Pitches will be filled with excitement as the Nelson Youth Soccer hosts the annual Terry Walgren Tournament beginning Friday. Teams from Creston, Fernie, Invermere, Cranbrook, Salmon Arm and Kelowna join the host Nelson Selects for three days of action.The tournament kicks off Friday with play in the U16 and U18 divisions.Saturday is a full slate of games before the tourney concludes Sunday with divisional finals.All action is set for the Lakeside playing fields.last_img

Perea, the outstanding patch in the weak point of Cádiz

first_imgFrom the first day there was a fixed position. In the first four days he scored three goals that made him take gallons. Without a doubt he is in his best football season. At this point, he has five goals, his best record in Second. These goals have allowed to add six more points to the yellows. He has also intervened directly in two more goals, with two assists; and it is the third most shooting in Cádiz, with 41 shots; only behind Choco Lozano, with 49; and Álex, 43. For much of the season, Álvaro Cervera has demanded the need to sign a left winger. The coach, a lover of counterattack soccer and fast sideline players, has made it clear in more than one intervention that Cádiz would greatly improve with the addition of a left-handed winger, since the team does not have any player in this area; and if two right-handed (Salvi and Alejo). Despite the fact that this signing did not take place, Cervera placed Perea in this position, where it has had more than optimal performance. But if anything Perea is standing out this season, it is in the dribbles. In Cádiz no one overflows more than him. In the global, He is the fourth player in Second that dribbles the most (128) and fifth in successful dribbles (65). Both classifications are commanded by Enzo Lombardo, from Racing. To this we must add that He is the third player from Cádiz, who receives the most fouls, 47; surpassed only by Álex (66) and Alejo (50). As for the passes completed, it has a high success rate (81.6%). He has given 449 good out of 550 attempted.The ’10’ of Cádiz has been in the yellow team for three seasons. Last year he was transferred to Extremadura in the winter market, where he was a permanent and helped the Catalans achieve permanence. Perea, whenever he has had the opportunity, has declared his love for Cádiz. Two weeks ago he had a digital meeting with the yellow fans, in which he made his intention clear: “I hope I retire in Cádiz, but in the First Division.”last_img read more

Peru: the man who overcomes fear to defend the forest

first_imgAmazon Logging, Conservation, Deforestation, Timber Article published by Romina Castagnino The vice president of the Tambopata National Reserve management committee has reported invasions and threats on several occasions.Demetrio Pacheco says that he has found burned and fallen trees inside his concession. MADRE DE DIOS, Peru – It is 6:28 in the evening and everything is already dark in the middle of the rainforest of Madre de Dios, in the south of Peru. I’m about to go to sleep after having talked all day with Demetrio Pacheco. He told me about his love for the forest, about his life, the death threats he has been receiving in recent months, and the bullet he found on the table.“You are not afraid?” I asked.“Yes, of course,” he answered.(Long silence)“How can you sleep here?” I tell him.“Since the last time they threatened me with death, this is the first time I’ve stayed here,” he said.I look at the clock. It’s 6:32. Only four minutes have passed. Ten more hours until sunrise.When the sun hides in the jungle, the darkness becomes more intense and the mood turns serious. Crickets, bats, frogs, birds and hundreds of insects seem to gossip all night, like an endless murmur. An echo that can lull you to sleep, but also bring you closer to your deepest fears. But sleeping with fear is like not sleeping at all. Any sound can wake you up. The rain slowly and mysteriously approaches. The wind is mistaken for a jaguar’s roar or a group of tapir or white-lipped peccary searching for food. Everything can disturb you when you live with fear. Even worse, when you want to see, everything around you is pitch dark.People are entering and invading the concession from several directions, says Pacheco. Photo by Jack Lo for MongabayA peasant who fightsDemetrio Pacheco is the lieutenant governor of the Association of Agricultural Producers San Juan, vice president of the management committee of the Tambopata National Reserve and president of the Association of Forestry Concessions of Reforestation of Madre de Dios. He is a father of four children and has been married for more than 30 years. His hands, rough like sandpaper and hard like a shovel, are representative of his life working the land. Currently, Pacheco has a Forestry Concession for Reforestation of a little more than 800 hectares (1,976.84 acres), at kilometer 70 of the Interoceanic Highway. There, just one hour from Puerto Maldonado, life is becoming a game of Russian roulette.Demetrio Pacheco in his concession. In this area, they burned everything and then planted banana. A crop that grows fast, so invaders use it to file charges against the concessionaires for alleged land use change. Photo by Jack Lo for MongabayEven past his 60, Pacheco keeps walking at a steady pace and appears to be analyzing you at all times. His time in the Army working on intelligence issues made him more curious, daring and outspoken but also distrustful and very analytical.He remembers everything. He writes everything down. He takes pictures of everything.Pacheco has had a varied life. Born in the heights of the Moquegua region, in Carumas, a Peruvian district located more than 3,000 meters above sea level with a little more than 5,000 inhabitants, according to population projection and geographical location studies by the National Institute of Statistics and Information (also known by its acronym in Spanish, INEI).The people of Carumas are farmers or ranchers who live among green hills, deep canyons and crystal-clear waters. As a boy, Pacheco helped his parents farm mainly potatoes, barley and corn. He also became an expert farmer looking after the sheep, goats, cows, donkeys and horses they had at home.When he turned 18, he joined the Army. When he finished his compulsory military service he moved to Arequipa to study business management at a local institute. It was there, at only 20 years old where he realized that if he wanted to progress and make the most of his life he had to do everything he could.He got a job reading the newspaper to a terminally ill patient; he took on the challenge without thinking twice. Then he was a gardener at a colonial house in one of the most affluent districts of the city. His knowledge of farming meant that he had no problems looking after some grass and flowers. When he felt he needed more money to continue studying, he also mended shoes and made leather key chains at night. Everything changed for Pacheco one Sunday when he reunited with a fellow student that had suddenly stopped attending classes. It was a defining moment that changed the direction of his life.A trip to the jungleIn Madre de Dios there are several land defenders who are unwilling to surrender their fight. Víctor Zambrano, president of the Management Committee of the Tambopata National Reserve, is someone who fights for life in the southern Amazon region of Peru. When I asked about fear, he answers firmly.“I’m also a regular visitor of San Pedro,” Zambrano said. They look for me to threaten me, but at this point in my life, what can I do? I can’t go back. We already have our lives planned. We are never going to give up. We are a group of people who fight.”Zambrano was recognized in 2016 by the National Geographic Society as an anonymous leader in conservation and has also received recognition in Peruvian Congress for his commitment to the country, childhood and conservation.“Fear stays in the background,” he said. “What we defend is more important. The environment. Natural resources. We defend life, the generations that are to come and that we need to benefit. We can’t be afraid. That feeling is not part of our lives. And I’ve known Demetrio for decades since we started working for Madre de Dios. He is someone who will never give up.”Demetrio shows the bullet they found on the table of his camp. Image courtesy of Demetrio PachecoAt the end of November 2015, about 25 kilometers (about 15.5 miles) from Demetrio’s forestry concession, forestry concessionaire and environmental activist Alfredo Ernesto Vracko Neuenschwander, who confronted illegal miners, was murdered. The miners invaded his land at kilometer 93 of the Interoceanic Highway.Pacheco says that his son Carlos had a shotgun pointed at his chest in March of this year, something that was noted in a formal complaint. Days later, he adds, they found a bullet on their dining table and asked for protection.Demetrio Pacheco came by chance to Madre de Dios. Which brings us to Pacheco’s reunion with his friend in Arequipa. The friend explained his absence and showed Pacheco a small rock and several sheets of gold. In that moment, Pacheco knew that if he finds gold he would be able to pay for his studies.Pacheco thought he would never return to the classroom. It was the end of the 70s and Puerto Maldonado was a small town full of free land that was populated by people from Cusco, Arequipa, Puno and Moquegua in search of a place where “there was nobody.” It took him more than a week to arrive and walk in the jungle for the first time. He started working with his friend’s partners. According to Pacheco, in those times the artisanal miners were more conscious about the environment.They did not cut down the forest; they only worked on the beaches that were formed next to the Madre de Dios River, in a calm, peaceful way and without harming the environment.After a while, in 1982, he convinced his parents to move to the rainforest. Later, they asked the government for a Reforestation Concession — which is the one he currently manages — and left mining.“Seeing the trees grow and working the land attracted me more,” Demetrio says as he walks through his 835-hectare concession and begins to show me banana plantations, 30-meter-burned trees and the remains of camps which people — invaders according to Demetrio — have left behind.With his eyes overflowing with tears, he points out fallen and burned chestnut trees. He desperately searches for the fruits. “Look what they have done,” he tells me angrily.Who maintains order?Since 2012, Demetrio Pacheco has reported seven invasions into his concession and threats for illegal logging, burning of primary forest, cutting down chestnut trees — which are considered a flagship product of Madre de Dios — for depredation of secondary forest, destruction of forest regeneration and for usurpation of rights.“I have all my papers in order, but it seems that the authorities support those who commit crimes,” he said. “They ignore the complaints. This mafia continues to threaten, invade and destroy all concessions.”Pacheco says that those who invade his land also go to the Agency for the Supervision of Forest Resources and Wildlife (also known by its acronym in Spanish, Osinfor) to file charges against him for alleged land use change. Osinfor visits and verifies a change of land use, and penalizes the concessionaires with massive fines. No investigation is opened. He said the agrarian institute then validates these false associations, and that he’s even had his work tools destroyed.Burned Brazil nuts. Pacheco holds them with sadness. Photo by Jack Lo for MongabayIn the office of the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (also known by its Spanish acronym, SPDA) in Puerto Maldonado, Eddy Peña says more order is needed.“Audits are not done in the best way,” he said. Peña is an agronomist who specializes in the native communities’ conservation, and is part of the technical team of the SPDA in Madre de Dios. “Osinfor, what do they do? They arrive at the site, inspect the concession and, without any contemplation, impose extremely disproportionate fines. It is normal for people to feel discouraged and helpless.”A burned Brazil nut tree. Photo by Jack Lo for MongabayAt the Osinfor headquarters located in Lima, they also say they are very worried about this situation.“There is inaction by the prosecutor’s office and the regional government,” said Ildefonzo Riquelme, director of the Forestry and Wildlife Supervision Division of Osinfor. “Even though we identify the invaders, we can’t sanction them.” In effect, Riquelme says responsibility for sanctions lies with the prosecutor’s office and the regional government. He also says claims against Pacheco were cleared.“He was reported twice,” Riquelme said. “We traveled in 2013 and 2016 to verify. We quickly realized that he was not breaking his contract, but that others were damaging his forest. That is why, in his case, we didn’t fine him.”Riquelme points out that fines for concessionaires who do not comply with forest protection laws can amount up to over $1,200 and adds that the lack of budget in the regional governments is the main excuse for not being effective.“As they don’t have money, they fall into shady acts that prevent things from improving,” Riquelme said. “The issue is people and their will. Everything is justified by money. The police themselves tell us that there are police officials who have also been contaminated with all of this. We are aware of everything that happens and that fines can be disproportionate in many cases, but we are working to make sanctions more and more just and fair.”However, Carlos Alberto Salazar, responsible for the area of ​​planning and budget of the Regional Directorate of Forestry and Wildlife of the Regional Government of Madre de Dios tells Mongabay that there is just no money for the work.“When the functions of forestry control were transferred to the regional government it unfortunately didn’t come with a budget,” Salazar said. “We don’t have resources and our work is scarce. However, we try to make alliances with other organizations. We try to work well, but imagine, a few days ago they also invaded the livestock center of the regional government. Nobody is safe. It is very difficult for us to police everyone.”In Demetrio Pacheco’s concession, there are a variety of trees: achiguas (Huberodendron swietenoides), fine-leaf wadara (Couratari guianensis), moenas (Qualea paraensis), pashacos (Macrolobium acaciaefolium), tornillos ( and tall Brazil nut trees (Bertholletia excels), but unfortunately, they have been burned and knocked down before 2012. There have been years of constant struggle, and the forest has been weakened.Inside the concession he still has a primary forest from which he continues to take resources and reforest afterward. It is a completely different panorama. Photo by Jack Lo for MongabayThe office of the National Forestry and Wildlife Agency (also known by its acronym in Spanish, Serfor) in Lima is the government agency responsible for combating deforestation and illegal trafficking of forest resources.“We understand the importance of the matter and share the concern to these complaints which must be managed through the Public Prosecutor’s Office with the appropriate support of the police force and the regional authority,” a Serfor spokesperson wrote in an email. “Even more so now that there is an initiated process in the aforementioned prosecutor’s office, they claim for the sentence.”In addition, they add that “for this reason, the Regional Government of Madre de Dios was also informed of the opened process in the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and through an official enquiry they requested that in view of the transferred forest competences, they report on the actions implemented in this case —given that the verification proceedings were carried out— and although precautionary measures have been issued, they have not been implemented and the eviction of the occupied areas have not been carried out.”“They even have the nerve to build,” says Demetrio. Photo by Jack Lo for MongabayMongabay contacted Americo Bautista, the environmental prosecutor of Puerto Maldonado, to consult him about Pacheco’s and other concessionaires’ complaints in this part of the Interoceanic highway, but an interview could not be arranged. At Osinfor, Riquelme says that all regional governments have an agreement to share information with one another.Private citizens describe the situation is out of control.“The rule of law is upside down, and it does not help the citizen,” says Víctor Zambrano, who owns the first Private Conservation Area (ACP) of Madre de Dios which he christened with his daughter’s name K’erenda. “When the illegals file charges against the concessionaires, the authorities immediately run to verify the alleged crime. When the concessionaires make a denunciation, it stays on paper. We feel frustrated by the things that are happening, but we don’t have where else to go. The fight continues.” He has planted more than 20,000 trees in his concession, converting what was once pasture into a healthy forest.Zambrano’s statements and the situation in this region of Peru call the attention of the authorities in the Regional Government of Madre de Dios.Salazar says it’s a matter of policy control. “There is an inoperability of the authorities, not only here, but also from the central level. Everybody knows it, but what are they really doing? Maybe the regional authority in charge has other priorities, but there is a national forestry policy that is not met.”According to Pacheco, Peña and Zambrano, 43 concessionaires in the vicinity of the Interoceanic Highway between kilometers 65 and 80 have been impacted. According to Demetrio Pacheco, he has made several complaints.“The people living in the area where Pacheco lives are very vulnerable,” Eddy Peña said. “They are near La Pampa (mining center) and are close to the area allowed for mining. The biggest problem is that they are systematically invaded by a mafia of land dealers that are constituted in pseudo-associations of farmers which they register to obtain legal status.”Peña says concessions are illegally entered, areas are delimited for produce farms for mainly fast-growing banana, and after land-grabbers take possession they request the areas from the agrarian directorates. The weak response of the government and the complaints of the concessionaires form a vicious circle.“Some are already tired of fighting and have abandoned their concessions or have begun building relations with the mafias because they have no other choice,” he said.Salazar, from the Regional Forestry and Wildlife Directorate of the Regional Government of Madre de Dios, says there is a plan for a solution.“To avoid these overlays that are a consequence of the disorder that exists, we are going to launch 14 units of timber harvesting —these are the smallest administrative units used for planning and reporting the harvest of timber— to give greater security to the concessionaires,” Salazar said. “We are talking with Osinfor so that they can make their inspections faster.”La Pampa is the name of a mining center 30 kilometers (over 18 miles) from Demetrio’s concession. A cradle of illegality and chaos, it is located along the Interoceanic Highway, it is a social and environmental disaster. It’s a place where few can enter and where the mafias do what they want. There’s garbage everywhere, prostitution, fuel barrels and horrifying views of a desert that, until recently, was a forest.Cover photo by Jack Lo LauThis story was reported by Mongabay’s Latin America (Latam) team and was first published in Spanish on our Latam site on July 7, 2017.center_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 overSponsoredlast_img read more