Latam Eco Review: Industrial fishing in the Galapagos, fracking Colombian cloud forests, whale sharks in Peru

first_imgRead all these stories in full at Mongabay-Latam in Spanish here. Amazon Rainforest, Biodiversity, Cloud Forests, Conservation, Environment, Fishing, Forests, Fracking, Indigenous Peoples, Mercury, Mining, Pollution, Rainforests, Satellite Imagery, Wildlife The most popular stories from our Spanish-language service, Mongabay-Latam, this past week followed high-volume fishing in the Galapagos, oil drilling in Colombian cloud forests, mercury levels in the Peruvian Amazon, whale sharks in Peru, and tiny catfish in Bolivia.A year after Ecuador captured Chinese shark cargo, high-volume fishing continuesA year ago, an illegal fishing boat was seized with 6,200 sharks of all sizes and weighing 300 tons in the ship’s hull. Most were highly migratory species protected under international law, such as hammerhead (Sphyrnidae), whale (Rhincodon typus), Galapagos (Carcharhinus galapagensis), blacktip reef (Carcharhinus melanopterus) and silky (Carcharhinus falciformis) sharks. A year later, though, high-volume fishing continues in the Galapagos, said Walter Bustos, former executive director of Galapagos National Park, in a recent interview.Juvenile sharks found in the hull of the Fu Yuan Yu Leng ship. Image courtesy of Galapagos National Park.Colombian cloud forest communities brace for frackingThe end of Colombia’s rebel conflict has renewed oil interest in the Galilea cloud forest, a strategic headwater for the center of the country, and where an environmental group is scrambling to establish a 330-square-kilometer (127-square-mile) conservation area by August 2019. While conventional exploration has resumed, fracking is also a possibility, and local communities fear that this relatively pristine area is now in the hands of companies with licenses operating without their consent.Always under cloud cover, the Galilea forest is one of the few remaining cloud forests in Colombia. Image by Cortolima.Tons of mercury dumped into Peru’s AmazonThe Madre de Dios region of Peru’s Amazon is inundated with 180 tons of mercury each year, according to the Canadian NGO Artisanal Gold Council. A local doctor is demanding that a lab be established to detect the metal and serve his patients. Despite the election year, experts say calls to solve the problem are ignored.Mercury used in illegal mining. Image by Manuel Sadarriaga.The fragile lives of the world’s biggest fishLittle is known about the whale shark (Rhincodon typus). In the last 20 years, fewer than 7,000 have been registered, but more have started to appear along the coasts of Peru and Ecuador. While they can live up to 100 years, the species is at increasing risk from plastic pollution, unregulated fishing, along with mangrove and coral degradation. Two years ago, the IUCN listed them as endangered.Whale sharks move slowly and don’t seem bothered by people. They swim at an average speed of 5 kilometers an hour (3 miles an hour). Image courtesy of Jonathan Green/Galapagos Whale Shark Project.Satellite images show copper mine’s first devastation of Ecuadoran AmazonEven before the El Mirador mine has started exploration for copper in southeastern Ecuador, it has already cleared 13 square kilometers (5 square miles) of forest. Satellite images from the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) show the extent of the deforestation between 2009 and 2017. Rural communities are worried about water pollution and the eviction of those who refused to sell their lands to the company. Almost a third of two Amazon provinces were granted in the concession. In Morona Santiago, 90 percent of the concession is in indigenous territory.Construction work by the Chinese company Ecuacorriente (ECSA). Image courtesy of the Amazon Social Action Community of the Condor Mirador Mountain Range (Cascomi).The big adventures of Bolivia’s tiny catfishNamed chipi chipis by the Tacana indigenous communities along Bolivia’s Beni River, these tiny catfish migrate 370 kilometers (230 miles) in 32 days. The Tacana helped researchers chart the massive annual migration of the 4-centimeter (1.6-inch) catfish (Trichomycterus barbouri) up the Amazon. “That the Tacana gave them a name shows how important they are, since they don’t name small fish. Their Tacana name shows they are an ancestral food and part of the culture,” said a researcher.Chipi chipis, the name given to this species of tiny catfish by the Tacana people of Bolivia, means “the smallest.” Image by Mileniusz Spanowicz / Wildlife Conservation Society. Article published by Maria Salazar 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


Mountain bike world champ seriously hurt in car crash

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Big seeds tumble out of Qatar Open PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Photo from Caroline Buchanan’s Facebook account.Two-time Olympian and world champion cyclist Caroline Buchanan has been seriously injured in a car crash, with the Australian detailing her horrific injuries in a social media post Wednesday.Buchanan, a five-time mountain bike world champion who has also won the BMX world title three times, said her lungs had collapsed and she had broken her sternum and nose.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte “I wouldn’t say 2017 ended quite as planned,” she said on Facebook, alongside pictures of herself in a hospital bed in a neck brace and with a bloodied nose.“It’s been a rough couple of days in ICU after a vehicle roll. I just moved to a private room and everything is moving in a positive recovery direction.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Injuries are… Broken sternum, broken nose, collapsed lungs. I’ll will keep you guys up to date as we go.”The 27-year-old Canberra-born rider, who competed at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, did not say how the crash happened, but local reports said it was a single car accident. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais View commentslast_img read more


10 months agoHudson-Odoi brushes off Bayern Munich talk: I’m fully focused on Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Hudson-Odoi brushes off Bayern Munich talk: I’m fully focused on Chelseaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi has said he is “fully focused” on Chelsea despite Bayern Munich’s continued interest in his services.The 18-year-old has been the subject of a fourth bid from the Bundesliga giants, which Chelsea are believed to be considering.He started in last night’s loss to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg, and speaking after the game, played down suggestions he was distracted by the off-field drama.The winger told Sky Sports: “Yeah, 100 per cent, I’m fully focused on the game and just gotta see how the result goes.”I think we’re all ready and all determined to work our hardest out there, so I’m fully focused on the game.” last_img read more


Scout Releases 1st Edition Of 2018 ‘300,’ Featuring 38 Committed Recruits

first_img2018 top football recruits.Scout.comMost of the recruiting attention is currently being paid to the class of 2017, but teams always try to get ahead on the next cycle as well. Scout just dropped its first edition of the ‘Scout 300‘ for the class of 2018, and 38 of the 300 players listed are already committed to schools.The first full Scout 300 for 2018 on @scoutrecruiting is out— Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman) July 1, 2016LSU leads the way with five of the top 300, while Florida State and Miami each land four players. Here are all of the players who are already committed.Alabama:RB Dameon Pierce (No. 52) TE Malcolm Epps (No. 143)Auburn:QB Joey Gatewood (No. 50)Clemson:S Mike Jones Jr. (No. 241)Florida State:CB Isaiah Bolden (No. 39) RB Justin Watkins (No. 81) DT Robert Cooper (No. 86) RB James Cook (No. 91)Georgia:OT Max Wray (No. 64)LSU:CB Kelvin Joseph (No. 29) QB Zadock Dinkelmann (No. 99) CB Corione Harris (No. 140) S Nadab Joseph (No. 201) WR Devonta Jason (No. 230)Miami:S Joshua Jobe (No. 22) CB Gilbert Frierson (No. 118) WR Daquris Wiggins (No. 183) CB Jalen Patterson (No. 278)Michigan:S Otis Reese (No. 229)Mississippi State:WR Malik Heath (No. 157)Nebraska:ATH Cameron Jurgens (No. 147) DT Masry Mapieu (No. 283)Notre Dame: QB Phil Jurkovec (No. 46) RB Markese Stepp (No. 193) DE Jayson Ademilola (No. 211)Oklahoma:OT Brey Walker (No. 10)Oregon:QB Colson Yankoff (No. 151) WR Devin Culp (No. 245)Oregon State:RB Camron Davis (No. 219)Penn State:DE Micah Parsons (No. 2)Tennessee:OT Cade Mays (No. 16) ATH Alontae Taylor (No. 285)Texas A&M:WR Montel Parker (No. 176) OG Luke Matthews (No. 181)USC:QB Matt Corral (No. 4) OLB Bo Calvert (No. 20) OLB Raymond Scott (No. 43)Washington:QB Jacob Sirmon (No. 40)[Scout]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more


Vancouver artists cartoon of Florida school shooting resonates

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement A Vancouver illustrator said she’s overwhelmed by the social media response to her cartoon depicting a victim of the recent school shooting in Florida.Pia Guerra’s “Hero’s Welcome” shows a young girl leading the school’s football coach Aaron Feis by the hand to meet a crowd of other people killed in school shootings.Feis was one of 17 victims who died when a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday. Twitter Advertisementcenter_img The assistant football coach and school security specialist was trying to shield students from bullets when he was fatally shot.“It gave me a little lump in my throat when the idea (for the cartoon) first kind of popped up,” Guerra said.Aaron Feis was a football coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (MS Douglas Football/Twitter)“I thought, I think that might be strong enough. But I had no idea it was going to hit people this hard. Everyone’s telling me that it broke them or they’re devastated or they got all punched in the gut with it or they’re in tears. And that was surprising.”“Hero’s Welcome” had been liked on Twitter more than 32,000 times by Saturday morning.Growing attentionGuerra launched her career illustrating graphic novels, including DC/Vertigo’s Y — The Last Man with writer Brian K. Vaughan.But her editorial cartoons are gaining attention too. Last year, her cartoon of a child-like U.S. president Donald Trump sitting on former White House strategist Steve Bannon’s lap and saying, “I’m a big boy,” also went viral.“I’d just started getting into doing (editorial cartoons) out of a sense of needing to do something after the election,” Guerra said.Former student Nikolas Cruz has been charged with 17 murders in the Florida shooting.From the time he entered the building until the time he left, only six minutes passed, authorities said. During that brief time, he shot more than two dozen people.Feis, 37, graduated from the school in 1999 and worked mainly with the junior varsity football team, the school’s website said. It said he lived in nearby Coral Springs with his wife and daughter.‘Everyone loved him’Feis spent his entire coaching career at Marjory Stoneman after playing there as a student.The Sun Sentinel reported that Feis, acting as a school security guard, responded to the original call on a school walkie-talkie. Someone on the radio asked if loud sounds they heard were firecrackers, said football coach Willis May, who also carries a radio.“I heard Aaron say, ‘No, that is not firecrackers.’ That’s the last I heard of him,” May said.Feis’s grandfather, Raymond Feis of New York, said his grandson “was wonderful.”“Everyone loved him and he was a jolly person,” Raymond Feis said.“What takes away some of the pain is that he was a hero.”A tweet from the school football program ended: “He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories.”THE CANADIAN PRESSWith files from the Associated Press Login/Register With: Advertisement Vancouver illustrator Pia Guerra says she’s overwhelmed by the social media response to her cartoon depicting the victim of the recent school shooting in Florida. (Pia Guerra / The Canadian Press)last_img read more


Torreira unaware of fans tracking

first_imgLucas Torreira is unaware of Arsenal fans flight-tracking antics.Torreira who signed for the Gunners today has spoken of his eagerness to play in front of the Home fans after they sent him a barrage of messages on social media.The midfielder spoke of his surprise as to how his new club’s fan base were able to track his flight to London to complete the deal to join Arsenal.Fans of the club have tracked developments and details regarding the Uruguayan’s transfer to the club all summer.When asked about the flight-tracking supporters, the midfielder responded by saying as quoted by FourFourTwo :“No, I didn’t know about it, I’m here now and I get wait to meet the fans.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I’ve been receiving social media messages all summer as regards to this move. Even before the World Cup, there has been talk about it from the fans.”“It’s a positive thing that people want to welcome you. I feel very calm and comfortable already. I’m used to coping with this kind of situation.”The combative midfielder featured in all five games for Uruguay at the WorldCup and was glad to have represented his country on the biggest footballing stage.“I wasn’t part of the national setup during the World Cup qualifiers but I made it to the World Cup. I was very glad to be there and I did my best to enjoy every moment.”last_img read more


Zico says Messi could never match Maradona or Pele

first_imgAccording to the Brazilian legend, the Argentinean superstar is having a great season and is close to the level Diego Maradona had.The question is always there: Is Lionel Messi a better player than Argentina’s Diego Armando Maradona or Brazil’s Pele?And for former Brazilian legend Zico, Messi is close to Maradona, but would never equal Pele.“Messi is close to Maradona,” Zico was quoted by Four Four Two.“That means, in my opinion, he can’t be compared to Pele. I still consider Maradona in front of Messi. With Pele, no.”FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“Pele has all the qualities and characteristic that a football player has to have,” he explained.“When God created him [Pele], he put every quality a footballer needs; speed, strength, impulse, technique, kicking ability, heading, dribbling – all of it, everything that a player might have.”“Few people could jump like him for a header. He is 170 centimeters tall. His foundations are perfect, [he had] mastery of the ball, [and mastery of] headers,” he added.“[Messi has] almost everything, but he doesn’t have the World Cup titles that Pele has. This [means] a lot.”last_img read more


Former Nikiski Man Sentenced For Illegally Possessing 29 Firearms

first_imgAs part of the plea agreement, Bush surrendered his law enforcement memorabilia, holsters, andammunition boxes. The Court also ordered forfeiture of firearms and ammunition that Bush owned. Bush had falsely represented himself as a member of law enforcement and possessed a fake Alaska StateTroopers badge, along with a t-shirt indicating the wearer was an agent of the U.S. Department ofHomeland Security. Bush has a previous felony conviction in Virginia for embezzlement. As someone convicted of afelony, Bush was prohibited from possessing firearms. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A former Nikiski man was sentenced in U.S. District Court yesterday to serve 45 months in prison for  illegally possessing firearms as a convicted felon. A search of Bush’s shared residence in Kenai revealed that he was in possession of 28 firearms, including a fully automatic Sten MKII machinegun. Bush also possessed another firearm in one of his former residences in Danville, Virginia. According to court documents, on February 8, 2017, the Soldotna Police Department received a call from a resident of the Kenai Peninsula who claimed Bush was carrying a firearm while demanding payment for construction work. Steven Andrew Bush, 56, a former Nikiski resident, was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess.last_img read more