10,000 Watch the Tournament of Roses’ Premiere Rosebud Parade

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Pulse PollVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 147 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Community News Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Non-Profits News 10,000 Watch the Tournament of Roses’ Premiere Rosebud Parade STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 4:05 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses (Click on image to enlarge)Today, the Tournament of Roses hosted the first-ever virtual Rosebud Parade, featuring homemade floats.The motivation? In a statement, the Tournament explained that “while our staff and volunteer members are diligently working on the 2021 Rose Parade® presented by Honda, we thought we’d have a little fun along the way.”“When we first imagined this Rosebud Parade, we hoped we could inspire creativity, as well as bring joy during this time at home,” the Tournament said.“We anticipated we would get around 50 submissions … but we were blown away by the response! We are pleased to announce that the Rosebud Parade featured over 200 submissions from Southern California, across the country and around the globe. These homemade entries weren’t just creative and fun; they are beautiful powerful and heartfelt symbols of what the Rose Parade is meant to be.”The virtual Rosebud Parade was viewed by nearly 10,000 during its live Facebook broadcast. The full broadcast will be available to view at the Tournament of Roses YouTube page HERE.The Tournament of Roses was proud to partner with Kidspace Children’s Museum and the Kidspace-At-Home initiative on the Rosebud Parade. Community News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business Newslast_img read more

Four Vermont projects to receive grants to reduce energy consumption

first_imgFour Vermont projects will receive grants or loans from the USDA to help reduce energy consumption. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the department is making available $13.04 million in loans and grants for 233 renewable energy projects in 38 states under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Under President Obama s leadership, USDA is working to increase the availability of renewable energy, which not only will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but also strengthen our economy nationwide, Vilsack said. The funding announced today will help expand America s renewable energy industry, which is a key part of the nation s long-term strategy for continued economic prosperity and energy independence.The loan guarantees and grants can be used for renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, feasibility studies and energy audits. These funds are not part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For more information on the REAP program, which is authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill, please visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/farmbill/index.html(link is external). This is the second round of selections of the nationally competitive applications submitted for funding this fiscal year, offered Rhonda Shippee, Acting State Director for USDA Rural Development VT/NH. We expect additional announcements over the next few weeks as we come to our fiscal year close onSeptember 30. Applications for fiscal year 2010 REAP funding can be submitted after October 1, 2009.The projects selected vary from applicant to applicant. REAP funds can be used to fund projects like those selected in this round and described as follows:In Alexandria, NH, Lanciano Wind Energy, LLC will use their $50,000 grant to test the feasibility of a large wind power project in the towns of Danbury and Alexandria, NH. Should the project be determined feasible, NH energy consumers will have the likely option of at least 10-20 megawatts as an alternative energy source. said Luke Lanciano. Such a project will support the State of New Hampshire s resolution which seeks to have 25% renewable energy by 2025 and a renewable portfolio standard that obligates public utilities to work towards 20% renewable power in the electricity pool.Gale C. Howland Revocable Trust, owners of Roberts Laundromat and Carwash in Belmont, NH, will use their $5,985 energy efficiency improvements grant to install an energy efficient hot water system for their operation. They expect to realize a cost savings of over $3,600 annually.Vermont maple producers in Orange, Chittenden, and Franklin counties will use their REAP grants to install reverse osmosis equipment for their maple production operations. These businesses combined reduced energy consumption of 66 cords of wood and over 350 gallons of oil will result in an estimated $17,600 savings. The recipients are:RecipientTownAmountWayne FifieldThetford Center, VT$4,710Rodney and Glenda ParadeeSwanton, VT$3,316David Steinhour and Norman Fecteau & Steinhour SugaringRichford, VT$7,928Joseph JordanEssex Junction, VT$3,459Funding of each recipient is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant or loan agreement.USDA Rural Development s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting www.rurdev.usda.gov/vt(link is external) or calling (802)828-6034.last_img read more

Leagues, credit unions take breach-effect message local

first_imgWith last week’s news that yet another national retailer experienced a data breach, credit unions continued to hammer home the message that retailers must share the responsibility of costs incurred as a result of losses experienced in such instances.Women’s retailer Bebe Stores Inc., with 200 stores nationwide, confirmed a data breach hit its payments system between Nov. 8 and 26 ( Fortune Dec. 5).The attack may have included illegal access to cardholder data, including account numbers, expiration dates and verification codes.The attack comes a little more than a year after the Target breach, the which was the beginning of a spate of attacks on retailers–and placed a new level of awareness on the need for new data breach standards for merchants.“2014 was definitely a turning point,” Jody Dabrowski, assistant vice president of risk management at $531 million-asset Community Choice CU in Farmington Hills, Mich., told Click on Detroit (Dec. 4.) continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Endwell community garden looks to give back

first_imgThe only issue is the potential for hazardous soil in the garden. The soil is currently being tested, and if all comes back positive, the project will be given the green light. One of the garden’s helpers, Rich Purtell said there is still unused space in the garden. Organizers are looking to start growing vegetables to give back to families in the community. ENDWELL (WBNG) — After the floods in 2006, Jason Shaw had a vision to create a community garden. That garden is currently built on the land that was previously occupied by Christ the King school. Purtell said they fully expect the soil to come back positive. “It would be great — this would be some supplemental food to help with our Monday night dinners so people could come and take out what they need for an immediate evening, but also get some produce to take out and help their family for the next week so they could come back the following Monday,” said Rich Purtell.last_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgPwC – Andrew Drake and Selina Hall have joined the consultancy as partner and senior manager, respectively. Drake, a former managing director at River and Mercantile, will lead the regional pensions investment consultancy. Hall, meanwhile, re-joins PwC after a short period at Ensign Pensions, and will advise trustees on pension management.bfinance – Frithjof van Zyp has been named director of the consultancy’s Australian business. Van Zyp joins after a decade at eVestement, for which he established a Hong Kong office and where he was most recently senior vice-president and head of data services. Lægernes Pensionskasse, PKA, Millennium Management, Credit Suisse Asset Management, Aon Hewitt, Willis Towers Watson, PwC, River and Mercantile, Ensign Pensions, bfinance, eVestementLægernes Pensionskasse — Merete Lykke Rasmussen has been appointed chief actuary and head of the actuarial department at the Danish Doctors’ fund, effective from 1 June. She comes to the pension fund from PKA, where she also held the role of chief actuary. Before that, she worked at Industriens Pension and KPMG, among other employers. Lykke Rasmussen is taking over at Lægernes Pensionskasse from Gyrithe Juel Grindsted, who wanted to take a step back after more than 25 years in the role. Juel Grindsted will continue working at the doctors’ fund as a senior actuary.Millennium Management – Robert Jain has joined the manager as co-CIO. The move will see Jain leave Credit Suisse after two decades, where he was most recently global head of Credit Suisse Asset Management.Aon Hewitt – Chris Inman has joined the consultancy’s DC team as principal investment consultant in charge of its DC investment advisory service. Inman, who previously worked at Willis Towers Watson and Russell Investments, will also join Aon’s DC investment committee.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Firefighters

first_imgThe Nelson Professional Firefighters team is ready to get back onto the pitch and Mallard’s Source for Sports is ready to help with Team of the Week honours. Now that the smoke has cleared, Nelson Youth Soccer can get back to kicking the ball around down at the Lakeside Pitch.The local association has less than a month remaining in the outdoor season.last_img

XPRESSBET’S PREAKNESS STAKES HANDICAPPING HEADQUARTERS’ NOW OPEN

first_imgIn last year’s Guide, five of the six experts correctly identified California Chrome as the ‘horse to beat’ in Baltimore, with Jon White ($109.20) and Steve Byk ($114) each turning a profit on their recommended wagers.  Don’t forget to check back on Thursday, May 14 to access Xpressbet’s updated Preakness Stakes Wager Guide, complete with post-draw thoughts and analysis from the team. May 8, 2015 (Washington, PA) – Leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, is pleased to announce its 2015 Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes Handicapping Headquarters is now open and stocked with the information you need to Bet the Preakness Like a Pro.  Visit www.xpressbet.com/Bet-the-Preakness to download Xpressbet’s free Preakness Stakes Wager Guide, watch Xpressbet’s exclusive Video Handicapping Series and more. About XpressbetXpressbet provides legal and secure online wagering services to horseplayers in the United States.  It is the industry’s most comprehensive and user-friendly wagering site, allowing customers to wager on more than 300 of the world’s best racetracks from their computer, phone or mobile device.  Xpressbet operates XB SELECT, the industry’s premier destination for high-volume wagering, and XB Net, which connects bet shops and wagering sites from around the world to North American racing.  Xpressbet is a Stronach Group company, which also owns and operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness Stakes.  The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, the award-winning Adena Springs operation, AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and Monarch Content Management, horse racing’s leading simulcast purchase and sales agent. Download a Free Wager Guide, Watch Exclusive Videos and More! “As the title sponsor of the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes, we’re doing everything we can to ensure horseplayers have the information they need before betting the Preakness,” said Kerry Carlson, Xpressbet’s Senior Vice President of Marketing.  “We’re excited to once again offer free access to our Wager Guide and Video Handicapping Series.  We hope readers and viewers find these resources valuable when playing the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes.”center_img Plus, be sure to check out Xpressbet’s new Video Handicapping Series, in which expert handicappers, Jeff Siegel and Aaron Vercruysse, handicap the weekend’s races, analyze the Xpressbet.com Preakness contenders and interview the biggest names in horse racing. For the last decade, Xpressbet’s Preakness Stakes Wager Guide has brought the opinions and wagering savvy of expert handicappers to readers in this free tool.  This year’s team includes Bob Neumeier, Mike Battaglia, Jeff Siegel, Jon White, Dick Jerardi and Steve Byk.  Plus, Xpressbet’s own, John ‘Johnny D.’ DeSantis, and Horse Player NOW’s Jeremy Plonk return to contribute contender profiles and stats and trends to help you identify horses ready to run big at Pimlico. While you’re at Xpressbet.com, open an online wagering account and earn a $125 Welcome Bonus.  It takes just minutes to open and deposit money into your account.  Xpressbet customers can wager on more than 300 of the world’s top racetracks, including Pimlico, the home of the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes.  Use promo code TC2015 at Sign Up to claim your $125 Welcome Bonus.last_img read more

IN FINAL DRILL FOR $12 PEGASUS WORLD CUP INVITATIONAL, BAFFERT’S ARROGATE GOES SIX FURLONGS IN 1:12.13; BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC CHAMP HANDLES ‘WET-FAST’ SURFACE WITH APLOMB, WILL FLY TO FLORIDA TUESDAY

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2017)–In his final work in preparation for next Saturday’s $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park and an epic rematch with legendary California Chrome, Bob Baffert’s Santa Anita-based Arrogate went an easy six furlongs in 1:12.13 prior to today’s first race at about 11:45 a.m. Santa Anita Timer Dane Nelson had Arrogate through splits of 24.82 (while well off the rail), 48.87 and 1:01.02. Nelson had the grey or roan colt by Unbridled’s Song galloping out seven furlongs in 1:24.37 and a mile in 1:38.32–on a main track that was listed by Track Superintendent Dennis Moore as “wet-fast.”As he has done the past two weekends, Arrogate, idle since defeating California Chrome by a half length in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic here on Nov. 5, entered Santa Anita’s main track via the quarter mile chute and galloped straight off through the stretch under jockey Martin Garcia.With Baffert, wife Jill and longtime friend George Jacobs, who is the owner of workmate Uninvited, watching the drill from a private suite atop the track’s box seat area, Arrogate was set down for business coming to the three quarter pole, about 10 links behind Uninvited. He then closed the gap to about four lengths at the quarter pole, prevailing by a measured neck at the wire as Garcia stayed down into the Club House turn.“What a relief that was,” said Baffert. “I’ve been on pins and needles watching this severe weather pattern. If I’d known we were going to get this much rain, I might’ve gone to Florida for his last work. I love the way he’s training…Last time (Jan. 15), he went a little too quick (early). Today, Martin went off slow with him and he just kept him underneath him.“He’s fit but we have to wait another week and we’ll need some racing luck. Dennis Moore’s done a great job with this track and I couldn’t be happier. He’ll leave early Tuesday.”According to Baffert, Arrogate is scheduled to be flown early Tuesday morning to south Florida, where he’ll then be vanned to Gulfstream.Owned by Juddmonte Farms, Arrogate, who was also a record setting winner of the prestigious Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga two starts back on Aug. 27, has five wins from six starts and has earnings of $4,084,600. He’ll be ridden for the third consecutive time next Saturday by Mike Smith.For more information on next Saturday’s $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational and to make Pegasus seating and dining reservations at Santa Anita, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. STAGE SET FOR EPIC REMATCH WITH LEGENDARY CALIFORNIA CHROME AT GULFSTREAM PARKlast_img read more

Indonesia seeks to slap money-laundering label on illegal fishing

first_imgArticle published by Basten Gokkon Indonesia wants to include illegal fishing in a U.N. convention on transnational crime, in order to bring anti-money-laundering tools to bear on the problem.The government is intent on ending poaching and unsustainable fishing, and has already made waves for its public policy of seizing and scuttling illegal foreign fishing boats operating in its waters.Indonesian waters represent one of the world’s largest capture fisheries. JAKARTA — Indonesia is lobbying the United Nations to allow governments worldwide to pursue money-laundering charges against illegal fishing operators, in a bid to crack down on the practice more forcefully.The Indonesian government on Monday proposed that illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing be included in the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC). Indonesia ratified the convention in 2008.The UNTOC, also known as the Palermo Convention, deliberately omits the classification of transnational crimes to allow room for the inclusion of new types of transnational crimes. In theory, this could include IUU fishing, which, if successfully designated a transnational crime, could be tackled through anti-money-laundering processes.Susi Pudjiastuti, the Indonesian fisheries minister, “has in many global forums proclaimed that illegal fishing should be designated [in the UNTOC] as a transnational organized fishery crime,” said Mas Achmad Santosa, an investigator from the ministry’s illegal fishing prevention task force, as quoted by local news portal Tempo.The proposal comes in response to what the ministry sees as obstacles to investigating the funders of foreign vessels that fish in the country’s rich oceans. In November 2014, a month after his inauguration, President Joko Widodo slapped a moratorium on foreign fishing vessels from operating in Indonesian waters, home to one of the world’s largest capture fisheries. The policy has since been followed by the seizure and scuttling of such vessels, which has drawn mixed responses worldwide.In October 2015, the ministry joined forces with Indonesia’s anti-money laundering agency, known as the PPATK, to look into the financial backers behind the illegal fishing operations.“The issue is quite complicated when the case involves foreign vessels, because the owner is outside Indonesia,” Achmad said as quoted by Tempo.Another hurdle is the fact that the fisheries ministry lacks the authority to carry out a criminal investigation into money laundering, said senior ministry official Muhammad Yusuf. Under Indonesian law, only the police, the Attorney General’s Office, the customs department and the national anti-corruption commission, known as the KPK, may pursue such investigations.“But we keep communicating [about the issue] with the KPK and PPATK,” Yusuf said.Banner image: Yu Feng, a Taiwanese-flagged fishing vessel suspected of illegal fishing activity, off the coast of Sierra Leone prior to being boarded by U.S. Coast Guard officers in August 2009. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Public Affairs Specialist 2nd Class Shawn Eggert/Released)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. Conservation, Environment, Environmental Crime, Environmental Law, Environmental Policy, Environmental Politics, Fish, Fisheries, Fishing, Illegal Fishing, Organized Crime 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

How a hunger for teeth is driving a bat toward extinction

first_imgBat teeth are more valuable than paper money on the island of Makira, in the eastern Solomon Islands.The use of bat teeth as a currency means that bats on the island are commonly hunted. One species, the Makira flying fox, is found only on the island and is being threatened with extinction due to human pressures.In addition to direct hunting, human population growth and logging are also threatening the bats.To save the species, researchers recommend developing quotas for sustainable harvesting, as well as an outreach campaign connecting the survival of this key piece of Makiran culture with the need to conserve the bats. On the island of Makira, in the eastern Solomon Islands, bat teeth are more valuable than paper money. But their use as a currency has contributed to widespread hunting of flying foxes and is driving one species toward extinction. Now, conservationists are trying to use this local tradition to save the bats and build local support for their conservation.Known to some as the “forgotten island,” Makira attracts few tourists. Those that make the trek do so primarily to see its rare and endemic birds, such as the rare yellow-legged pigeon (Columba pallidiceps), white-headed fruit dove (Ptilinopus eugeniae) and endangered chestnut-bellied imperial pigeon (Ducula brenchleyi). The island’s mammals, reptiles and amphibians are poorly understood by comparison.Researchers Tyrone Lavery and John Fasi, who was born in Makira, surveyed 197 Makirans to learn why they hunt the bats. While the bats are mainly hunted for food, their teeth are more valuable to the Makirans than the paper money of the Solomon Islands, according to the results of the study, published in Oryx on Oct. 16. The teeth are strung into necklaces or bracelets and exchanged during significant cultural events such as weddings, or to apologize and settle disputes.Two species of flying fox live on Makira; one, the Makira flying fox (Pteropus cognatus), is only found on this island and is considered Vulnerable by the IUCN. Flying foxes are large, fruit-eating bats with dog-like faces. Globally, 31 of the 65 species of flying fox are dangerously close to extinction. Twenty-eight of these threatened species are found only on islands, where they play vital ecological roles.A Makira flying fox (Pteropus cognatus) hangs from a branch. Photo by Tyrone LaveryA Makiran girl shows off a bat-tooth necklace. Photo by Tyrone LaveryFlying foxes are considered ecosystem engineers. As consumers of nectar and fruit they pollinate and spread the seeds of the plants they feed on. Hurricanes can level entire forests on Pacific islands like Makira, but the fruit- and nectar-eating bats help forests regenerate by dispersing seeds and pollinating flowers.Makira’s population is growing by 2 percent annually as of 2016, which has increased hunting pressures on the flying foxes that many Makirans rely on as a source of protein. The communal roosting habits of the flying foxes make them vulnerable to mass killing by Makirans searching for food both for themselves and to sell in markets.Hunting represents the most imminent threat to the flying foxes of the island, Lavery said. But habitat loss is also affecting them as foreign logging companies continue to tighten their grip on the island’s extensive but finite forest resources. Lavery told Mongabay that eight logging companies, mostly from Asia, currently operate approximately 14 camps on the island. Logging companies routinely violate environmental regulations on the island — for example, felling trees too close to rivers, failing to construct proper roadways, and logging at altitudes above 400 meters (1,300 feet), which is prohibited by law. The reliance of many Makirans on the forest for food and water means the negative effects of logging — polluted rivers, loss of forest-dwelling wildlife, and increased flooding — force Makirans off lands that have provided for them for generations.Satellite data from the University of Maryland show logging roads penetrating into Makira’s forests. Data source: Hansen/UMD/Google/USGS/NASA, accessed through Global Forest WatchSatellite imagery of expansion of logging roads between early 2016 and late 2017 in southern Makira. Images from Planet LabsA logging road cuts through forest on Makira. Photo by Tyrone LaveryA sign tries to discourage logging of a Makiran forest. Photo by Tyrone LaveryA tree felled along a logging road in the Solomon Islands. Photo by Tyrone LaveryThe most obvious way to save the bats is to ban hunting, but researchers say that the cultural significance of the bat teeth combined with the bats’ value as a food source means this approach is unlikely to be successful. In 2010, an international conservation group paid locals on another of the Solomon Islands to stop hunting dolphins for their teeth, which are also used as currency. But by 2013, hunting had resumed and the price per tooth had risen dramatically, motivating additional hunting.Any effort to conserve flying foxes on Makira will require ongoing local support to succeed. Instead of a ban on hunting, the researchers recommend developing quotas for sustainable harvesting of the flying foxes, as well as an outreach campaign connecting the survival of this key piece of Makiran culture with the need to conserve the bats.“You have to convince people in a different way,” Fasi said. “You can’t just use figures and facts. Appeal to something that makes sense and is important to them.” He added that the pitch to Makirans should be simple: “If you hunt the bats into extinction, a part of your culture will go extinct too.”“The great thing about Tyrone’s work is that it looks at Western models of capitalism and conservation and recognizes that they’re not always the right things to appeal to,” said Nathan Whitmore, a biologist working in Papua New Guinea with the Wildlife Conservation Society, who was not involved in the study.A plume of sediment washes from a Makiran river into the ocean. Deforestation often increases erosion, which can sully water sources. Photo by Tyrone LaveryThe next step in developing a long-term conservation plan for flying foxes on Makira is to conduct population surveys to establish baselines for sustainable harvesting. By virtue of its status as the “forgotten island,” Makira may have enough time to curb the negative effects of population growth and logging with strategic interventions.But Lavery is somber when asked what the future may hold for wildlife on Makira.“So far the only extinctions we’ve documented have been due to introduced species like feral cats,” he said. “But that will probably change fairly quickly in the coming decades with the increasing population and logging.” Citation:Tyrone H. Lavery, John Fasi. Buying through your teeth: traditional currency and conservation of flying foxes Pteropus spp. in Solomon Islands. Oryx, 2017; 1FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Agriculture, Animals, Bats, Deforestation, Environment, forest degradation, Forest Loss, Habitat Loss, Hunting, Islands, Logging, Mammals, Rivers, Sustainability, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davislast_img read more