Predictions Made By ABC Radio Commentator Paul Harvey

first_imghttp://stg.do/9LDcFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare  On April 3, 1965 an amazing prediction was made by  ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey? …the attached video was produced to illustrate Mr. Harvey’s predictions he made almost 50 years ago?Many millions of Americans listened to his daily programs which were broadcast over 1,200 radio stations nationwide?When you listen to Mr. Harvey’s stunning predictions about how the “Prince Of Darkness” will take control of America it will amaze you? …Its important to remember this commentary was broadcast almost 50 years ago?Posted below is the link of this worth while video that is less than three minutes long and you will be amazed about the warning made by Paul Harvey concerning the future direction of America?Please click below to view this amazing video about how the “Prince of Darkness” is taking over American?last_img read more

Kristof to receive Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism

first_img Read Full Story Nicholas D. Kristof, columnist for The New York Times, will address an audience of students, faculty, journalists and members of the public on Tuesday, March 5, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The program begins at 6 p.m. in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, and is sponsored by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.“Nick Kristof is one of the most inspiring journalists of our time,” said Alex S. Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center. “His work’s great power is that it awakens passion and concern in others.”Nicholas D. Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times since 2001, writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week. Kristof won the Pulitzer Prize two times, in 1990 and 2006. In 2012, he was a Pulitzer finalist in Commentary for his 2011 columns that often focused on the disenfranchised in many parts of the world.Past recipients of the Goldsmith Career Award include Alan Rusbridger, Seymour Hersh, Christiane Amanpour, Peter Jennings, Gwen Ifill, David Fanning and Daniel Schorr. The Goldsmith Awards also include a major prize for investigative reporting and two book prizes.last_img read more

Hedge Recommendations

first_imgWould you like to enclose your back yard so that you can enjoy your coffee on the patio without your neighbor’s security camera spotting your pajamas? Maybe you want to screen out your view of the neighbor’s yard art collection? Is your house buffeted by wind that you want to block? A hedge may be in order.Hedges have been used for eons to define property lines. Traditionally used to keep animals in, they now are valued for their abilities to enclose a space, screen a view, and even lower utility costs by shading or providing a windbreak.When considering a hedge, keep your site conditions and space limitations in mind. Be realistic — if the side yard is only 10 feet wide, do not even consider plants that grow wider than that. Determine how much sun and shade you have. Finally, look for overhead and underground utilities before planting.Make great plant choices When planted with room for their mature size, plants make lovely hedges that won’t require heroic pruning.Consider planting a mixture of plants rather than just one type. This can give you multiple seasons of interest (like some plants that bloom in winter, while others bloom in the summer) and can provide a mixture of habitat and food sources for wildlife, such as birds and pollinators.Most importantly, be patient. Decisions made for short-term benefits may result in long-term pain. When privacy or an undesirable view needs to disappear, we want it today, not five years from now. We choose plants that grow quickly, then space them close together.Consider Leyland cypress, a plant that grows 3 to 4 feet per year and that can reach 50 feet in height and 30 feet in width. These trees need at least 15 feet from the center of one tree to the center of the next. Since this does not give the immediate infill and screening that we want, our tendency is to plant them 4 to 5 feet apart, in straight lines.Yes, we will quickly have a solid screen, but in a short period thereafter the plants will begin to thin and die back because the plants are shading each other or because disease issues are worsened due to close plant spacing.It is especially easy to make this mistake when starting with a small plant in a 3-gallon container from the store. Always choose the number of plants and their spacing based on mature growth expectations and patiently wait for that healthy hedge to establish.Planting and installationLocate your property line and honor it. Space your hedge at a distance from the property line that allows for the mature growth of the plants you choose. Avoid planting directly on the property line, as the mature plant will grow into your neighbor’s space.Arrange in groupings of three to five of one type next to three to five of another, alternating by type of plant. If one plant develops a problem, it is not likely that it will take out the entire hedge.Install your plants at the proper depth so that the root flare from the trunk is at the normal soil surface. Planting too deeply is a leading cause of plant death. Dig your planting hole at least twice as wide as the initial root ball.Take care to provide at least 1 inch of water each week for the first year. Apply water slowly and at a low rate, such as with a soaker hose or drip irrigation, allowing it to soak into the soil.Ready to plant a hedge and need some suggestions? Here are a few of our favorites:Glossy abelia (Abelia x grandiflora) has a 3- to 6-foot height and width and requires full sun to part shade. Given space and left alone rather than sheared, this rounded shrub will make a great hedge, reaching 8 feet. Its summer flowers are lovely.Camellia (Camellia sasanqua) has a 14-foot height, 8- to 12-foot width and requires full sun with afternoon shade. It’s slow growing but offers fantastic blooms in winter to early spring, depending on the cultivar. Protection from winter winds is recommended.Oak Leaf™ holly (Ilex x ‘Conaf’) has a 15- to 20-foot height, 8-foot width and requires full sun to part shade. Oak Leaf™ holly shows conical growth when young, but matures into a more upright, pyramidal form.Emily Bruner holly (Ilex x ‘Emily Bruner’) has a 15- to 20-foot height, 8-foot width and requires full sun to part shade. ‘James Swan’ is the male pollinator which will be required if the beautiful red berries are desired.Inkberry (Ilex glabra) has a 6- to 8-foot height and width and requires full sun to part shade. The nondescript flowers on this native are a favorite of bees and other pollinators and birds like the black fruits later in the year.American holly (Ilex opaca) has a 15- to 30-foot height, 10- to 20-foot width and requires full sun to part shade. Winter wind may cause a problem with these hollies. ‘Merry Christmas’ is a popular cultivar for fruit-set. You will need a male plant to have berries on the females.‘Grey Owl’ juniper (Juniperus virginiana) 5- to 6-foot height, 4- to 6-foot width and requires full sun. It’s a drought-resistant cultivar of the native Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar) that has silver to gray foliage.Fragrant tea olive (Osmanthus fragrans) 10- to 20-foot height, 10- to 14-foot width and requires full to part sun. A lovely, simple evergreen with an oval-type shape, it has a fantastic fragrance from tiny white flowers in spring and fall.Japanese cleyera (Ternstroemia gymnanthera), also sold as Cleyera japonica, has a 10- to 15-foot height, 8- to 10-foot width and requires full sun to part shade. It will overgrow the sidewalk when used as a foundation plant but makes a nice hedge. It tends to be a little lumpy in its overall appearance.Sweet viburnum (Viburnum odoratissimum) has up to a 20-foot height and width and requires full sun to part shade. It makes a great informal hedge, and the flowers will attract butterflies and other pollinators.Leatherleaf viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum) has a 10- to 15-foot height and width and requires full sun to partial shade. Its late-spring blooms attract butterflies, and berries will provide winter food to birds.For more information on which plants may be best suited to your site and needs, please check out University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Bulletin 625, “Landscape Plants for Georgia,” at extension.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

Want to serve on a Bar committee?

first_img December 1, 2003 Regular News Want to serve on a Bar committee? The annual committee preference form for Bar members seeking appointments for the presidential term of President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson are now available on The Florida Bar’s Web site.The forms are posted at www.flabar.org. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call (850) 561-5600, ext. 6802, and request a form be mailed or faxed to you.To apply to serve on a committee, members will have to fill out the committee preference form and submit it online, eliminating the need to mail or fax in the completed form. It will be presented in the same format as usual and should only take a minute or two to complete and submit.There are roughly 500 appointments to be made, and typically 5,000 Bar members apply. Johnson said since the number of requests for appointments always exceeds the number of positions available, she will work to appoint people who have not previously had an opportunity to serve on Bar committees and will consider several factors, including previous history of service to the Bar and voluntary bar organizations.If you are currently serving on a standing committee, check the September 2003 directory issue of The Florida Bar Journal at pages 640 – 656 to determine when your term expires. If your term expires in 2004, you must complete a new form to be considered for reappointment. If you are not currently on a standing committee and wish to be appointed, complete the form and return it prior to January 16, 2004. If you are serving on a substantive law committee and wish to continue to do so, you also must complete and return this form by January 16, 2004, to retain membership on that committee. Want to serve on a Bar committee?last_img read more

Keep the dialogue with NCUA moving forward

first_img 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Greg Michlig Greg Michlig joined the New Jersey Credit Union League as President/CEO in May of 2013. He has a strong background in the credit union, association and related financial services … Web: www.njcul.org Details Rules and regulations are important in everything from our social interactions with one another to the complex business guidelines and measures enforced by regulatory agencies across our country. Those agencies, including the National Credit Union Administration, play an important role in creating an environment in which expectations are set and monitored to keep bad actors from damaging the marketplace.While, in the wake of the recent financial downturn and the ensuing increased regulatory oversight, many express ire with the prudential regulator, most will also acknowledge that the NCUA has a difficult job to do in striking balance between supervision and market suppression through over-regulation. We recognize the importance of safety and soundness in the credit union system and the significance of NCUA’s function.However, regulatory burden is real and credit unions of all sizes are feeling the pinch. Managing compliance matters and participating in the examination process draws significant resources for credit unions at all levels of complexity. Those resources could be redeployed in areas dedicated to growth and consumer benefit.This is where increasing attention on the industry dialogue with NCUA is of utmost importance. It is difficult to fully understand and gain clarity from an agency when conflicting messages are delivered on issues and within levels of the organizational structure.For example, the recent 18-month exam issue was first struck down, almost immediately, by NCUA spokesman Ben Hardaway. Credit Union Journal quoted Hardaway as stating, “The current 12-month exam cycle has proven to be both more appropriate and more effective than an 18-month cycle,”. Credit Union Journal goes on to state that, according to Hardaway, credit union financial stability changes too quickly to allow for the risks that can occur when an institution goes longer than 12 months without an exam.This swift and seemingly definitive response was met with concern from credit unions, trade associations and even NCUA Board Member J. Mark McWatters. In a response, also posted to the Credit Union Journal, McWatters stated the following, “That NCUA would scuttle this request without debate among the board offices further evidences the lack of transparency and collegiality within the agency. As we all know, more than 70% of NCUA’s operating budget consists of examination and travel related costs, and any reasonable suggestion regarding how to better manage the inexorable increase in these costs merits thoughtful reflection. NCUA seems to have forgotten that it’s not 2008, but, instead, 2015 and that the credit union community — in NCUA’s own assessment — is strong and resilient. That the top-tier of credit unions require full-tilt examination every 12 months is worthy of challenge and rigorous debate.” Mr. McWatters goes on to state that he is not necessarily supporting the proposed move to the 18-month exam cycle, but acknowledges the need for additional conversation on the topic before moving forward.In an additional twist, Larry Fazio, director of the NCUA’s Office of Examination and Insurance, later cited a need for technological improvements to facilitate moving to an 18-month examination cycle. With implementation of a new system, which is currently being evaluated, on-site time at credit unions would be reduced.Understanding that there is now stated openness to discuss the matter further, I would offer that an earnest request for dialogue from the NCUA at the outset would have been much better received within the credit union community. It is my hope that this is a stepping stone to more robust interaction between the agency and credit unions along with their representative associations.For example, there are a number of New Jersey credit unions that offer Taxi Medallion Loans. As NCUA Chairman, Debbie Matz, stated in her Supervisory Letter—Taxi Medallion Lending in April of 2014, “Taxi medallion lending is a valuable member service provided by certain credit unions with expertise in this form of member business lending which entails some unique risks.” Understanding these risks and following guidance is to be expected for any credit union engaging in such loans. In addition, focus on the fact that this line of lending is a valuable member service, should hold an equitable share of the discussion. It is my hope that prior to NCUA action relative to this area, credit unions are engaged in a discussion around strategy and workable solutions to any concerns that may exist.It may be naïve to suggest that the regulator and the regulated can exist in an environment relatively free of tension. In fact, it is probable that such an environment wouldn’t be satisfactory for any parties involved. That said, through continually taking steps towards open and transparent discussion of key issues, better clarity around conflicting points of view can be gained by all those involved. With such understanding, I believe that together, we can advance the credit union movement to new heights in delivering value to our members and the many additional consumers who will look to credit unions as their best financial partners in the days, months and years ahead.last_img read more

Shop from Home program revives traditional markets affected by COVID-19

first_imgAs economic activities continue to get battered by the effects of COVID-19, 38-year-old vegetable trader Endah “Betty” Widiarti has found a way to survive despite having lost customers at her shop in Rumput Market in Setiabudi, South Jakarta.Although her shop is not pulling in the revenue it usually does on normal days, Betty has managed to maintain enough sales thanks to city-owned market operator PD Pasar Jaya’s recently launched Shop from Home program.The market operator provides a list of traders’ telephone numbers on its website and Instagram account, which allows customers to make purchases via telephone call or text. Read also: Jokowi relaxes loan settlements to help small businesses cope with COVID-19 effectsSales for most micro, small and medium businesses have been hit hard ever since the coronavirus broke out in Indonesia, as residents have opted to stay at home, as instructed by the central government and the Jakarta administration.A state of emergency was declared by the Jakarta administration through to April 19, with calls being made for residents to stay at home. Schools and offices have been temporarily closed and events and religious activities have been postponed or canceled.Jakarta, the national epicenter of the outbreak, has recorded at least 808 confirmed COVID-19 cases, nearly half of the country’s confirmed cases in total, and 85 fatalities.In normal times, Pasar Jaya, which manages 105,223 stalls at 153 markets across the capital, records around 2 million visitors per day at all of its markets, according to the firm’s website.The market operator’s president director, Arief Nasrudin, said during a press briefing at City Hall on Tuesday that he hoped the Shop from Home program could fulfill “Jakarta residents’ needs and keep the small traders’ economic situations in good shape.”Read also: Neighborhood authorities help curb COVID-19 spreadHesti Setyarini, a 30-year-old private employee currently working from home, recently used Shop from Home to buy vegetables and spices at a shop owned by a trader named Sapri at Rawamangun Market in Pulo Gadung district, East Jakarta.Unlike Betty’s service, Sapri rides his motorbike himself to deliver orders straight to his customers, including Hesti. He delivers goods a day after payments are made so that orders can build up, allowing him to maximize delivery efficiency.“I was satisfied with the service, but perhaps because at first I had low expectations,” Hesti told the Post in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “The seller was responsive and the vegetables were fresh. The prices were not so different than those of the vegetable seller near my house. This is a helpful alternative.”Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the program was aimed at encouraging residents to stay at home and avoid contracting the virus in public places.“We have to take this measure as we extended the state of emergency in the capital for the next two weeks, which means certain needs will be impossible to fulfill without reaching out to the markets,” Anies said on Tuesday.Topics : The program, which involves traders from at least 50 traditional markets across the capital, gives Betty’s customers the option to buy vegetables via WhatsApp.“My customer sends their grocery list. We will look into it. If we do not have the goods, we search for them at other shops,” Betty, whose shop was established by her mom in 1975, told The Jakarta Post in a telephone interview on Wednesday.“When everything’s ready, we make a confirmation. The customer then makes their payment via bank transfer and we will have the goods delivered to them.”Betty prefers using ride-hailing services Gojek and Grab as oppose to conventional forms of transportation to deliver orders because of the lower fares.last_img read more

Deane Porter Art Show Features Students’ Finest Creations

first_imgRUMSON –An appreciative crowd enjoyed original work by talented students in Kindergarten through third grade at the annual Deane Porter School Art Show on May 19.“The annual Art Show is a fantastic event that showcases the creative, imaginative, and beautiful work of the Deane Porter students,” said art teacher Robin Yaeger. “My students work hard in the art room week to week, and having the opportunity to show the community their masterpieces is a very rewarding experience for them and for me.”Along with sculptures, themed self-portraits, African and Egyptian masks, pottery and weavings, digital art was featured once again, as Deane Porter has received additional IPads for use by art students in all grades.“The Art Show is an inspirational annual exhibit that highlights the creative talents of the Deane Porter students,” said Principal Shari Feeney. “It is always a wonderful event that shares the students’ artwork with the school community.”“I am sure they were as impressed as I am with the quality of the art.”last_img read more

2018 Tyler Prize awarded to two US-based biological oceanographers

first_imgThe 2018 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement will go to two biological oceanographers based in the United States: Paul Falkowski, a professor of Geological and Marine Science at Rutgers University in the U.S. state of New Jersey; and James J. McCarthy, professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard University in the state of Massachusetts.Julia Marton-Lefèvre, chair of the Tyler Prize Committee, said that the two scientists were receiving the award in recognition of their pioneering work aimed at understanding and communicating the impacts of human activities on the global climate.“Climate change poses a great challenge to global communities. We are recognizing these two great scientists for their enormous contributions to fighting climate change through increasing our scientific understanding of how Earth’s climate works, as well as bringing together that knowledge for the purpose of policy change,” Marton-Lefèvre said in a statement. It was announced today that the 2018 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement will go to two biological oceanographers based in the United States: Paul Falkowski, a professor of Geological and Marine Science at Rutgers University in the U.S. state of New Jersey; and James J. McCarthy, professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard University in the state of Massachusetts.Julia Marton-Lefèvre, chair of the Tyler Prize Committee, said that the two scientists were receiving the award in recognition of their pioneering work aimed at understanding and communicating the impacts of human activities on the global climate.“Climate change poses a great challenge to global communities. We are recognizing these two great scientists for their enormous contributions to fighting climate change through increasing our scientific understanding of how Earth’s climate works, as well as bringing together that knowledge for the purpose of policy change,” Marton-Lefèvre said in a statement.“This is a great message for the world today; that U.S. scientists are leading some of the most promising research into Earth’s climate, and helping to turn that knowledge into policy change.”Falkowski has published a number of papers on the role played by microbes in shaping Earth’s global climate cycle. Drawing on the fields of biophysics, evolutionary biology, paleontology, molecular evolution, marine ecology, and biogeochemistry, Falkowski’s work has led to a better understanding of how the global climate has evolved over the history of our planet.Dr. Paul Falkowski of Rutgers University. Photo Credit: Katie Voss.“The main message of my work is that microbes really are the stewards of our planet,” Falkowski told Mongabay. “They made Earth habitable and, thankfully, are extremely robust; they will survive our destructive forces and ultimately help clean up our waste. They are not only intimately critical in greenhouse gas emissions, but also are the major actors in recycling elements across the globe.”Despite the importance of the planet’s smallest lifeforms in making Earth conducive to human survival, Falkowski added, “Humans pay very little attention to microbes, at their peril. The distribution of these organisms across the planet can be impacted by humans, but fortunately virtually all microbes can survive human activities. In the end, microbes will survive long beyond humans, and continue to make Earth habitable for the organisms that will follow.”McCarthy’s own work has focused on how marine nutrient cycles are impacted by human activities and how that, in turn, affects Earth’s climate. He also led the creation of the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme, which has made important contributions to the work of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific body at the United Nations that seeks to provide an objective analysis of the environmental, social, and economic impacts of global warming.Dr. James J. McCarthy of Harvard University. Photo Credit: Katie Voss.“Over the course of my career, my study of nutrient cycles has included studies in the Sargasso Sea, the Caribbean Sea, the Black Sea, the tropical Atlantic, and the Gulf Stream,” McCarthy told Mongabay. “For much of the 1980s and 1990s I was involved in a set of studies focused on the regions of the ocean that show strong seasonal cycles in production and are the locations of major fisheries — the Equatorial Pacific, the North Atlantic, and the Arabian Sea. Seasonal climate cycles are a major factor in supplying the nutrients that support this production.”As Earth’s climate continues to heat up, we need to know how fisheries production in the oceans might change, McCarthy argues. But “It is too early to say that we can answer these questions definitively,” he added, “in part because no one knows how seriously society will address measures to slow the rate of greenhouse gas emissions that are driving climate change.”McCarthy himself co-chaired the IPCC in 2001. He also served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from 2008 to 2009. His work as a science communicator was one of the reasons the Tyler Prize Committee chose to award McCarthy the 2018 prize.“In the case of climate change, scientists need to appreciate that what we find compelling won’t necessarily be so for a person who isn’t a scientist,” McCarthy said. “Scientists are better communicators when they don’t simply convey facts, but rather explain why they think something is important. This applies especially in the case of climate change. People who aren’t scientists need to realize why we think that this information is important, and for those who agree, it is helpful to see that there are many things that each of us can do to help steer society away from the most damaging of the potential future impacts of a relentless warming.”Both scientists say they are honored by the recognition of their work.“I never expected to be awarded the Tyler Prize,” Falkowski said. “It is an extraordinary honor, and truly humbling to be in the company of so many extraordinary environmental scientists. Obviously, I am extremely proud that my work has been so recognized.”“This is the first time that the Tyler Prize has been awarded to biological oceanographers and I am truly honored to be sharing it with Paul Falkowski,” McCarthy noted. “He and I have known each other for most of our professional careers.”Falkowski and McCarthy will be presented with the Tyler Prize in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on May 3. Neither has decided what they’ll do with their share of the $200,000 prize money they’ll be splitting equally, but they do have some ideas.“I probably will set up a small fund to help support deserving undergraduate and graduate students to attend scientific meetings,” Falkowski said.“I haven’t had time to think this through,” McCarthy said. “I will certainly use a portion of it to help support science organizations and educational institutions, and probably use some of it to reduce my own carbon footprint.”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. Article published by Mike Gaworecki Climate Change, Environment, Global Warming, Oceans, Oceans And Climate Change, Prizes 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

In eastern Indonesia, a forest tribe pushes back against miners and loggers

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 Deforestation, Environment, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Indonesia, Mining, Palm Oil, Plantations, Poaching, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Transmigration, Tropical Forests Banner image: Screenshot of community members featured in the video by Indonesia Nature Film Society/Youtube. The Forest Tobelo, an indigenous tribe in Indonesia’s North Maluku province, faces constant threat from illegal loggers and the expansion of mining leases.More than one third of the province’s total area has been allocated for mining leases.The community has chosen to fight back by drawing up its own maps of the land to which it has long laid claim, and by reporting illegal incursions into its forests. HALMAHERA, Indonesia — Deep in the lush rainforests of Halmahera Island, in the far-flung eastern reaches of Indonesia, lives an indigenous tribe whose way of life is so intricately tied to the environment that it calls itself simply O’Hangana Manyawa — the people who live in the forest.Known to outsiders as the Forest Tobelo people, the tribe believes the forests are home to its ancestors, and must therefore never be destroyed. This is reflected in their semi-nomadic lifestyle, in which they follow the seasons and the animals, hunting and gathering in one area before moving on.They live in an area that measures just 265 square kilometers (102 square miles), according to the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), the main advocacy group for Indonesia’s indigenous tribes, but that area is fast dwindling. In the 1980s, parts of their forest were earmarked for the government’s transmigration program, under which people from densely populated islands, particularly Java, were moved to less populous areas of the country, including North Maluku province, of which Halmahera is a part.“Our community forests are being cut down for the transmigration program,” says Madiki, the leader of the Forest Tobelo. “When the government wanted to launch the transmigration program here, they never consulted with us.”The Forest Tobelo were displaced from their areas, and with no legal recognition of their claims to the land, those who remained have had to face various threats, including illegal logging in their ancestral forest areas.In one particular area, outsiders enter the forest and cut down the trees there, selling them for at least 1 million rupiah per cubic meter, or about $2 per cubic foot.“If we estimate that there are 10 cubic meters, in three to four days around 10 million to 15 million rupiah [$727 to $1,090] is taken from the indigenous land,” Albert Ngingi, an activist from AMAN, said in 2015. “This has been going on for nearly one year. The timber trees that the community plants in their fields are logged.”A bigger threat comes from industrial expansion. At least two mining companies, PT Roda Nusantara and PT Indo Bumi Nikel, operate in the Forest Tobelo’s ancestral land, according to Munadi Kilkoda from the North Maluku chapter of AMAN. PT Roda Nusantara occupies 695 hectares (1,717 acres) of the Forest Tobelo’s area, while PT Indo Bumi Nikel’s concession overlaps with 11 hectares (27 acres) of the ancestral forest.“Maybe right now the destruction of forests and environmental degradation can’t be seen yet,” Munadi says. “But in the future, it’s a guarantee that the rivers that are still clean now and used by the Forest Tobelo people will be contaminated by mining activity.”The threat of industrial expansion extends beyond the Forest Tobelo’s territory. More than a third of North Maluku’s total area of nearly 32,000 square kilometers (12,350 square miles) has been allocated for mining leases. In Halmahera alone, there are 335 mining leases, as well as four oil palm leases and hundreds of timber concessions.“The threat is real,” Munadi says. “Many areas are degraded from the extractive activities of mining companies through government-issued licenses.”And deforestation is picking up in North Maluku. A recent report by environmental watchdog Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) shows that the province lost 520 square kilometers (200 square miles) of forests per year between 2013 and 2016, double the annual rate from 2009 to 2013.Previously neglected regions of eastern Indonesia, such as North Maluku with its relatively large tracts of intact rainforest, are increasingly prone to deforestation as developers look beyond the fast-depleting landscapes of Sumatra and Indonesian Borneo, according to FWI campaigner Agung Ady Setyawan.“This is a warning for us because intact rainforests in east Indonesia are under threat, seeing how there’s a significant increase in the deforestation rate and investment permits that are being issued in areas with large rainforests,” he said in a press statement.A member of the Forest Tobelo indigenous group in North Maluku, Indonesia. Photo by Muhammad Ector Prasetyo/Flickr.In a bid to stake its claim to the forest, the community is fighting back through participatory mapping, a process that acknowledges most indigenous groups’ lack of formal title to the land.When developers submit proposals for a piece of land, they come prepared with maps, something that local communities typically don’t have even if their presence there pre-dates the establishment of the Indonesian republic. To address this, groups like the Forest Tobelo are meticulously researching their history, carrying out surveys and sketching out, in a participatory process, what they believe to be the boundaries of their land. These maps are then submitted for collective approval by the community.AMAN has also developed a monitoring system through which the Forest Tobelo can send text messages to report any illegal activities that threaten them.“We hope that this reporting system will allow the community to directly pass on information about those involved in and supporting these activities, and the type of illegal activities occurring,” Albert said.Armed with the participatory maps and the monitoring system, the Forest Tobelo hope they can defend their right to live in the forests they have called their own for generations.“I will protect the trees and land, because these are our parents’ heritage,” says a member of the Forest Tobelo. “If the land and forest are gone, what else will I have? My children and grandchildren will suffer. I must protect them.”center_img Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong This article is a narrative recap from a video made by the “If Not Us then Who?” project.last_img read more

Hope for the rarest hornbill in the world (commentary)

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki There are three Critically Endangered hornbill species in the world. The rarest, the Sulu hornbill in the Philippines, is little studied, does not occur in any protected areas, and is in imminent danger of extinction.In January 2018, a team of conservationists from the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore visited the only known habitat of this bird to assess its status and make recommendations regarding its survival.Five individuals were located, as well as a potential nesting site. Work will continue this year to train local rangers in hornbill study techniques; the patches of forest where the Sulu hornbill clings on should be granted legal protection from logging, hunting, and human encroachment.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. Of the 32 hornbill species found in Asia, three are currently considered Critically Endangered with global extinction, according to IUCN criteria.One of those, the helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil), is currently the focus of a conservation project by a recently formed Helmeted Hornbill Working Group. Another, the rufous-headed hornbill (Rhabdotorrhinus waldeni), is being studied under a project supported by BirdLife International.Meanwhile, the Sulu hornbill (Anthracoceros montani) has the smallest population of any of the Critically Endangered hornbill species and must in fact be considered the rarest and most endangered hornbill in the world. Its distribution range has shrunk, its population has collapsed, and the species is in imminent danger of disappearing altogether — yet it has received no conservation attention.The Sulu hornbill — “tawsi” in the local language — is endemic to the Philippines, occurring only on islands in the Sulu Archipelago between Mindanao and Borneo. It is the sole member of the Bucerotidae family within its area and was described as widespread and abundant at the time of its discovery in 1880. Since then, the population has crashed.Today, the only viable breeding population of the Sulu hornbill known to exist is found on the small island of Tawi-Tawi, where a mere 100 square kilometers (close to 25,000 acres) of suitable forest remains, according to the IUCN. The total global population is estimated to be about 40 individuals.Parts of a hill where the Sulu hornbill has been found has been illegally logged by villagers who moved into the area in recent years. Photo by Bee Choo Strange.Complicating survey work, the Tawi-Tawi island and the Sulu area in general are not safe: there are active insurgents operating in this region. Two European birdwatchers were abducted on Tawi-Tawi in February 2012 while looking to photograph the hornbill. One of them escaped in 2014, but a Dutch national is still believed to be held captive, although he has most likely been moved to another island, possibly Jolo.To facilitate the study and conservation of the Sulu hornbill, Dr. Pilai Poonswad and I visited Tawi-Tawi in January 2018. Dr. Poonswad is Emeritus Professor of Faculty of Science at Mahidol University in Bangkok; she has studied hornbills in Thailand since 1978 and founded the Thailand Hornbill Project. She also founded the Hornbill Research Foundation in 1993 to branch out and share the team’s experience with governments and NGOs in the rest of Asia. Recently, she has agreed to be one of the advisers in the newly re-established Hornbill Specialist Group under the auspices of the IUCN Species Survival Commission.Before our site visit, biodiversity surveys on Tawi-Tawi were conducted by staff of the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation from September 30 to October 2, 2017. Some two or three Sulu hornbills were seen together in various patches of forest on the island, usually a pair together. The maximum sighting this century was 10 birds seen in one area in 2014 (Paguntalan et al. 2017), all mature individuals. No immature birds have been reported within the last 20 years. In May 2015, a local villager reported seeing the nesting cavity of a Sulu hornbill, with a chick inside, in a large fallen dipterocarp tree. Other than that, there are no nesting records for this species, and little is known about its habitat requirements, breeding habits, or ecology in general. It feeds on fruits and some animal prey such as insects and small lizards. It seems to depend on large forest trees for nesting, but will fly up to one kilometer into nearby plantations and agricultural land to feed.As mentioned, traveling in the Sulu archipelago is not safe. To visit the Sulu hornbill habitat on Panglima Sugala, Tawi-Tawi Province, we needed the co-operation of Mayor Rejie Sahali, Colonel Romulo “Bim” Quemado, and the marine soldiers of the Philippines Marine Corps. Our main target was the secondary forest at Upper Malum. Traveling was difficult and even our military escort vehicle got stuck in the mud several times while traveling the 12 kilometers to the site. We reached an elevation of some 250 meters, although the hill further inland goes to about 500 meters above sea level.During our visit, we managed to locate a total of five Sulu hornbills. Perhaps most importantly, coming back from the hill one of the rangers spotted a hornbill emerging from a hole in a tree. Pilai established that this was a hole produced by a large woodpecker, most likely a White-bellied Woodpecker (Dryocopus javensis). Although this doesn’t constitute a confirmed nesting record, we decided to watch the potential nesting tree the following day in the hope that the male or female would check out the nest hole again.A possible nest hole of a Sulu hornbill. Dr. Pilai Poonswad indicated that the hole is made by a large woodpecker, likely the white-bellied woodpecker. Photo by Bee Choo Strange.Most Asian hornbills start their breeding at the onset of the cool-dry season, when the forest trees flower and ripe fruits are abundant in time for chick rearing. Females of all hornbills in the Bucerotidae family will enter a nesting cavity in a large, living tree after copulation. She will then seal the nest hole with her feces, regurgitated food, and mud until it is an elongated vertical slit, large enough for the male to deliver food to the female and later the chick or chicks. She will stay there until her young fledge. Unfortunately, no hornbills returned to the hole we had observed, as there was disturbance by the locals — on-going logging at the site using chainsaws.The forest patch where the Sulu hornbill occurs now is only about 10 square kilometers in area (a little under 2,500 acres). It is currently not protected in any way; in fact, there are no nature reserves or national parks in the Tawi-Tawi Province at all. Of utmost priority is to gazette the remaining quality forest on the island as protected area, safe from logging operations, mining, hunting, and intrusion from settlers.Mayor Rejie and Colonel Bim are working with Philippines authorities to gazette the site as a wildlife sanctuary. The municipality has employed six Tawsi rangers from the village near the forest to survey and safeguard the local hornbill population. Pilai also recommended a survey to identify figs and other food and nest trees of the hornbills, as well as installation of artificial nest boxes at the site with the aim of providing nest holes, as there may not be sufficient trees for the birds to nest. There are plans for a program to be put in place to engage with the villagers to plant fig trees and other hornbill food trees and also trees that provide nest holes for the species.Once the security situation in the area is normalized, this beautiful terrain could ideally be opened up as an eco-tourism site for everyone to visit and enjoy. Apart from the hornbills, there are some six species and 23 subspecies of birds endemic to the Sulu region, i.e. found nowhere else in the world (Paguntalan et al. 2017).In the meantime, more studies are needed to improve our understanding of the Sulu hornbill’s requirements. Towards the end of our visit, it was decided to bring some of the rangers and other local conservationists for training with the Hornbill Research Foundation at their facilities in the Khao Yai National Park in Thailand. There they will learn plant phenology, tree climbing techniques, and other skills essential for hornbill studies.Locally in the Philippines, there is an increased awareness of the importance of biodiversity studies and conservation. It is encouraging that, with co-operation from national officials and decision makers, we are now starting an international support program that is bringing hope to the last remaining population of the Sulu hornbill.A pair of Sulu hornbills, male on the left and female on the right. Picture taken at site. Photo by Nicky Icarangal.CITATIONS• Paguntalan, L.J., Jakosalem, P.G., Quemado, R., Sahali-Generale, R., Fernandez, G., de la Cruz, M., & Sali, E.D. (2017). Tawi-Tawi Biodiversity Conservation Project: Philippines Hornbills Conservation Programme. Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc.• Poonswad, P., Kemp, A. & Strange, M. (2013). Hornbills of the World: A Photographic Guide. Draco Publishing and Hornbill Research Foundation.Bee Choo Strange is a Singaporean nature conservationist. She is the international coordinator of the Hornbill Research Foundation, based in Thailand. She was project director of Hornbills of the World (Poonswad et al., 2013). 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In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? 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I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more