Expansion Plan for Fiesta Hotel Will Generate 3000 New Jobs

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Expansion of the tourism facilities in the town of Lucea will see the creation of some three thousand new jobs. A new Dolphin Cove tourist attraction will be opened on, March 31, and the Fiesta Hotel is to undergo significant expansion. Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett made the disclosure on the Prime Minister’s monthly radio programme, Jamaica House Live last night March 30. The Minister said the expansion of the hotel will establish 900 new suites, golf courses and convention centres. “This is another transformational event that is going to make the entire town of Lucea come alive and provide economic hope for thousands of Jamaicans.” Minister Bartlett said what the Government has done in terms of policy for the sector is to drive the demand side of tourism by bringing people to the island. “We have done that by marketing in the various areas, in the United States, in Canada in Europe and now we are going to move into new markets. We are going to Brazil in May and in June we are going into Russia because these are the so-called ‘BRICK’ countries, the economies of the world that are showing growth” the Tourism Minister explained. Minister Bartlett added that Jamaica is an island state so a relationship has to be developed with airlines because this is how new gateways and new markets are opened. RelatedExpansion Plan for Fiesta Hotel Will Generate 3000 New Jobs RelatedExpansion Plan for Fiesta Hotel Will Generate 3000 New Jobs Expansion Plan for Fiesta Hotel Will Generate 3000 New Jobs Office of the Prime MinisterApril 1, 2011 RelatedExpansion Plan for Fiesta Hotel Will Generate 3000 New Jobs Issued by: The Office of the Prime Minister Advertisementslast_img read more

High school basketball: Bossier, Benton boys open District 1-4A play Friday night

first_imgThe Bossier Bearkats begin defense of their District 1-4A boys basketball title Friday night at home against the Huntington Raiders.Bossier (20-4) is coming off a 48-35 victory over defending Class 5A state champion Natchitoches Central at home. Huntington (14-8) hasn’t played since falling to Ruston 76-59 in the third-place game of the Bossier Invitational.In another 1-4A boys opener, the Benton Tigers (6-8) host the Minden Crimson Tide (9-10). Benton defeated Green Oaks 64-44 a week ago in a consolation game of the Bossier Invitational. Minden fell to Gibsland-Coleman 85-80 on Tuesday. The Tide have lost four of their last five.In District 1-5A boys, Haughton (3-14, 0-2) hosts Southwood (10-12, 1-1) and Parkway (10-5, 2-1) visits Byrd (12-6, 1-2). District 1-5A leader Airline (14-5, 3-0) visits West Monroe (10-10) in a non-district game. The Vikings have won eight of their last nine.In District 1-1A boys, Plain Dealing (5-7, 3-2) vists D’Arbonne Woods. (5 -12, 0-4). In District 1-4A girls, defending champ Benton and Bossier will try to improve to 2-0 in district play.Benton (12-10) hosts Minden (18-2, 1-0) and Bossier (10-10) hosts Huntington (11-5, 1-0). Minden was No. 5 in the latest LHSAA Class 4A power rankings.In District 1-5A, Haughton (10-10, 1-3) hosts Southwood (16-5, 3-1) and Parkway (2-15, 0-5) is at Byrd (5-13, 1-3).In District 1-1A, Plain Dealing (7-9, 3-2) visits D’Arbonne Woods (5-14, 1-4).— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoBig Data Courses | Search AdBig Data Online Courses Might Actually Surprise YouBig Data Courses | Search Ad|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoFood World MagazineMagnesium Deficiency Causes Heart Attacks! Eat These 15 FoodsFood World Magazine|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Paddy takes the plaudits at Navy

first_imgThe near pins were taken by Paddy Devereux, Martin Hayes, Stan Rees and Jonathan Pratt.Thursday, June 8, Khao Kheow – StablefordWe took a trip out to Khao Keow on Thursday, playing the A and C courses which were not in the usual top shape although the greens were in good condition.  Again we had a day with sun, clouds and wind.Neil Harvey took the honours with 32 points and Dave Smith came second with 31.Near pins were claimed by Neil and Dave who both won two. Paddy Devereux (from left) with Dave Smith, Martin Hayes and Neil Harvey.Golf from Siam Country Resort PattayaTuesday, June 6, Plutaluang – StablefordOn Tuesday we went to the Navy course at Plutaluang where we played the East and South nines.  The course and the greens were in very good condition and after the morning rain we had a dry start with sun, clouds and wind.  During our game the sky became black and we expected the rain and thunder any moment, but we were lucky and came home dry.The threatening circumstances had their influence on the results.  The winner today was Paddy Devereux with 31 stableford points, beating Neil Harvey on the back nine.  Third went to Martin Hayes with 30 points.last_img read more

Argentina edge past Chile to grab the third place in Copa America in a…

first_imgAdvertisement cpesxNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsb332yWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eck( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3e7Would you ever consider trying this?😱3k7Can your students do this? 🌚9tczRoller skating! Powered by Firework Argentina edged past Chile to grab the third position in the Copa America. It was a dramatic encounter where both the captains were sent off following a violent conduct. Argentina took a lead of two goals after the end of the first half. Chile tried to make a come back with a penalty successfully converted by Arturo Vidal. However, they failed to get another goal in the remaining minutes of the match.Advertisement Sergio Aguero scored the first goal of the match at the 12th minute of the match. Lionel Messi passed the ball towards Sergio Aguero and the star centre forward of centre forward Manchester City scored the first goal of the match for Argentina. Paulo Dybala scored the second goal at the 22nd minute of the match. However the first half got fired up with the headbutt of Gary Medel and Lionel Messi. Both the players were shown red cards by the referree. Argentina took the lead of 2 goals after the end of the first half.Advertisement Arturo Vidal scored from the spot at the 59th minute of the match. However they failed to score one more to take the match into the tiebreaker. Argentina finished at the third position in the tournament with this result.Liverpool ease past Porto to storm into the semisAdvertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Return to remote learning

first_imgMost students across Cardinia Shire will return to flexible and remote learning for the start of Term 3, limiting the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

‘Everyone seems to be flying’ – Galway star McDonagh

first_imgby Conor McKenna  Galway are aiming for a third successive crown – anda seventh in eight seasons – against their arch-rivals. “Thankfully we’ve no injury worries. Everyone’sactually back. We’ve had a couple of girls come back from injury so everyoneseems to be flying it now which is a real positive,” said McDonagh. “Trainings are getting very intense and everyone’strying to get their foot into that starting 15 so it’s encouraging getting allthe girls back,” added McDonagh, speaking in Dublin as the Ladies GaelicFootball Association’s new Insurance partner AIG announced exclusive discountson car and home insurance for LGFA members and their families. McDonagh is hoping that her side can deliver abetter performance than their male counterparts did last week – and she’sexcited ahead of Sunday’s clash with Mayo at Elvery’s MacHale Park, which willbe shown LIVE on the LGFA’s Facebook Page (4pm). “I’m looking forward to it and I’m excited for thegame. The last game we played was the League final. Bit of a disappointmentafter that game so we’re looking forward to getting going again and facing Mayoon Sunday.“Hopefully we can put on a bit of a betterperformance than the Galway men’s footballers did,” she said.McDonagh was happy with her sides Lidl National Leaguecampaign, as Galway finished top of the table but suffered defeat against Corkin the showpiece Division 1 decider at Parnell Park. “I thought it was quite an encouraging campaign.We’ve a lot of positives to take out of it. We did reach the final, we hadquite a respectable couple of games. We finished top of the table so there wasdefinitely plenty of positives to take from it,” said McDonagh. Stephen Glennon left his position as Galway manager atthe end of the 2018 campaign, with Tim Rabbitt replacing him, although McDonaghconfirmed that Glennon was the only member of the management team to vacatetheir position. “Stephen was the only one that stepped down. TimRabbitt was a selector on the panel and he stepped up and the rest of themanagement have stayed the same. I think the management in place now areabsolutely brilliant and anything that we ask for they give it to us.“Everyone is on the same page and has been now forthe past three years so it’s definitely positive. Everyone has the one focusand we all know how we’re going to get there. Everyone’s on board and everyoneis of the same similar mindset,” she said.McDonagh is pleased with the new championshipformat, as it replaces the long gap after the provincial final which she wasnot a fan of.“For the likes of us that only have one game in theprovincials it gives us those extra couple of games that you have instead ofjumping straight into a quarter final.“I think in 2017 we had something like an eight-week layover which in my opinion is way too long to keep the girls focused and motivated so I definitely think those couple of games are really of benefit to us,” she added.LGFA players from left, Niamh Carr of Donegal, Áine McDonagh of Galway, Ciara Trant of Dublin and Eimear Scally of Cork were at today’s announcement of AIG’s exclusive insurance offers to LGFA members. As Official Insurance Partner of the LGFA, AIG revealed exclusive 15% off car insurance & 25% off home insurance for all LGFA members and their families. All adult Intercounty LGFA players receive 25% off car insurance. Find out more about these exclusive LGFA insurance deals on www.aig.ie/lgfa Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway footballer Aine McDonagh has revealed thatthe Tribeswomen will be at full strength for next Sunday’s TG4 Connacht SeniorFinal against Mayo. last_img read more

Gravely injured orangutan rescued near site of controversial hydropower project

first_imgA severely injured and malnourished Tapanuli orangutan has been rescued from a plantation near the site of a controversial hydropower project in Sumatra.The animal was found to have deep, infected gashes on its head and under its arm, which rescuers say were likely inflicted by humans.The orangutan may have been fleeing forest-clearing activity near the project site, which is located in the Batang Toru forest, the only known habitat of the critically endangered Tapanuli orangutan.This is not the first instance of orangutans apparently being driven out of their habitat by the project, which environmental activists and scientists say must be put on hold to protect the rarest great ape species in the world. JAKARTA — A severely injured and malnourished orangutan has been rescued from a plantation near a Sumatra forest where a hydropower project threatens the only known habitat of this particular species of great ape.Locals spotted the male Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis), believed to be about 30 years old, inside a plantation in Aek Batang Paya village, South Tapanuli district, on the edge of the Batang Toru forest. They reported it to the local conservation department, known as the BKSDA, which then enlisted the Orangutan Information Center (OIC), a conservation NGO, to help confirm the finding.Officials from the BKSDA and OIC traveled to the site on the night of Sept. 18 and found the badly injured orangutan in the plantation the next morning.“Our medical team found injuries that are very critical because there is a gash on his head,” OIC head Panut Hadisiswoyo told Mongabay. “There is also a big stab wound under his left armpit.“Our team suspects that the wounds were caused by sharp weapons. If the injuries were a result of the orangutan fighting with other animals, then there should be scratch wounds, not stab wounds,” he said, emphasizing that the orangutan had most likely been attacked by humans.The attack appears to have occurred several days earlier, given the condition of the wounds, Panut said.“His wounds were already infested with maggots,” he said.The BKSDA and OIC officials immediately evacuated the orangutan to a quarantine center managed by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) for medical treatment.It’s not immediately clear who could have attacked the orangutan, although it’s common for the animals to be shot at and hacked by farmers who consider them a pest.A deep gash is clearly visible above the left eye of the male Tapanuli orangutan found in a plantation in northern Sumatra, Indonesia.Wake-up callThis isn’t the first time a Tapanuli orangutan has been found outside the Batang Toru ecosystem, the only known habitat of the critically endangered species but also the site of a controversial hydroelectric power plant project.A year ago, Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry reported that preconstruction activity for the dam and power plant had driven a group of Tapanuli orangutans out of their habitat and into nearby plantations.“So it’s already proven that the project has already dealt an impact,” Wiratno, the ministry’s director general for conservation, told Mongabay at the time. “While there’s no casualty yet, it’s an indication that the project must have had an impact [on the orangutans].”Panut said this latest discovery — in a plantation just 2.5 kilometers (1.55 miles) from the hydropower project site — should serve as a wake-up call for the government to protect the ape’s habitat by designating the Batang Toru ecosystem a protected forest. The Tapanuli orangutan, described in 2017 and already teetering on the brink of extinction, lives in pockets of the 1,338-square-kilometer (516-square-mile) Batang Toru ecosystem. The habitat has been fragmented by infrastructure projects such as roads, causing the population of the orangutans to plummet by 83 percent over the course of three generations.Fewer than 800 individuals are believed to survive in a tiny tract of forest less than one-fifth the size of the metropolitan area that comprises Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta.Some of the orangutans live in areas zoned for conversion, also known as APL. These areas cover 100 to 150 square kilometers (39 to 58 square miles), or 15 percent of the Tapanuli orangutans’ habitats. They also have the highest biodiversity of the entire Batang Toru ecosystem and also the highest densities of Tapanuli orangutans, with more than 10 percent of the population residing in these APL areas.Due to this APL designation, these areas aren’t protected and thus are at risk of encroachment or being cleared for industrial purposes, including the $1.6 billion hydroelectric plant and dam. The 510-megawatt plant was announced in 2012 and will be the largest in Sumatra if completed as planned by 2022.The Indonesian government considers it a priority project under President Joko Widodo’s wider infrastructure-building push. The government argues that the plant is needed to provide electricity from renewable sources in the region and to mitigate climate change. The project’s developer, PT North Sumatera Hydro Energy (NSHE) says the plant will prevent the release of up to 1.6 million tons of CO2 every year from Indonesia’s coal-reliant grid.Panut said it was possible that the injured ape had been fleeing from forest-clearing activity around the project site.“Maybe there’s a connection with forest clearing, whether it’s because of agriculture or because of the hydropower plant,” he said.That gives added urgency to designate the area as protected, he added.“Even though the area has an APL designation, it’s still the habitat of the orangutan,” Panut said. “More and more forests are being cleared in the area because of the APL designation, when it should be a protected forest area.”In response to the discovery of the injured orangutan, PT NSHE spokesman Firman Taufick said it wasn’t unusual for the apes to wander into nearby plantations in search of foods. He added that such behavior was known even before construction of the dam began.“Based on observations by locals since decades ago, when it is fruit season, like the current durian season, orangutans always come to locals’ plantations,” he told Mongabay. “So it’s not only this time an orangutan enters a local’s plantation.”Firman added that the company condemned the injuries to the animal and would continue its conservation program to protect the orangutans.“We see that the locals of South Tapanuli have local wisdoms in protecting the environment and wildlife,” he said. “In this case, we have empowered the locals with a conservation program, including wildlife, by conducting training and by forming conservation groups based on local wisdoms. The efforts to protect wildlife in the Batang Toru ecosystem are the responsibility of all parties, not only the government and the private sector.”Rescuers check the extent of the orangutan’s injuries in preparation to evacuate the animal for medical treatment. Image courtesy of the Orangutan Information Center (OIC).Call for moratoriumEarlier this year, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) called for a halt to all projects that threaten the Tapanuli orangutan.“IUCN is deeply concerned about ongoing and new threats to the Critically Endangered Tapanuli orangutan in Sumatra, Indonesia,” the organization said on its website.While the IUCN didn’t specifically mention the hydropower project in its statement, it recommended that all projects affecting the apes should be halted to allow time to formulate a plan to save the Tapanuli orangutan. Such a plan, the IUCN added, should be based on an independent and objective population- and habitat-viability assessment.Primatologist Serge Wich of Liverpool John Moores University, who discussed the dam project with the IUCN before the latter issued its statement, urged PT NSHE to follow the IUCN’s recommendation.“But the company never agreed to that,” Wich, who is also the co-vice chair of the section on great apes of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group, told Mongabay. “For me, the fact that the company doesn’t want that is a clear indication that they’re not interested in mitigation. They just want to go ahead with the project and secure financing.”NSHE’s Firman said the company had fulfilled all the requirements to proceed with the project. He added the company had not engaged with the IUCN but was open to communicating with it.Clarification 9/23/2019: This article originally ran with the headline ‘Orangutan found injured in apparent escape from site of hydropower project’. It has been changed to reflect that injury during escape from the hydropower project site is just one possible explanation for the ape’s injuries.Banner image of an injured Tapanuli orangutan being rescued from a plantation in northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Image courtesy of the Orangutan Information Center (OIC).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 Hans Nicholas Jong Animal Cruelty, Animals, Apes, Biodiversity, Critically Endangered Species, Dams, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Endangered Species, Energy, Environment, Forest Destruction, Forests, Great Apes, Hydroelectric Power, Hydropower, Infrastructure, New Species, Orangutans, Primates, Rainforest Animals, Rainforests, Renewable Energy, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests 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

Scientists emphasize disease control in booming aquaculture sector

first_imgThe World Organisation for Animal Health held a conference in Santiago, Chile, focused on aquatic animalsCompared with land animals, little is known about diseases of aquatic animals.Yet experts are looking to aquaculture to support human food security in the coming years. SANTIAGO, Chile — At its last global conference, held in April in Santiago, Chile, the World Organisation for Animal Health (known as OIE) focused on aquatic animals. The reason? Experts estimate that if the planet’s human population continues to increase as projected, the world will need to double its food production by 2050. The oceans, and aquaculture in particular, are seen as a main source for meeting this need.“For the past decade, fishing of native animals has stabilized while aquaculture has increased enormously,” Monique Eloit, the OIE’s director-general, told Mongabay Latam. However, information about the health of aquatic animals is poor compared with that of land animals. According to Eloit, this gap must be addressed to secure the food supply for the coming decades.Insufficient dataAround 60 percent of human pathogens and three-quarters of first-emerging infectious diseases are of animal origin. Among these are bird flu strain H5N1, rabies, tuberculosis, the Ebola virus, and foot-and-mouth disease.Since aquaculture is the fastest-growing food source, “it is likely that we will face greater health risks and challenges,” Eloit said. She recommended taking steps to improve disease management, biosecurity and the responsible use of antimicrobials.OIE conference in Santiago, Chile, in April. Image courtesy of OIE.To achieve these objectives, the OIE has been making efforts to gather information on aquatic-animal diseases and the measures being taken to prevent them. One such initiative involves the creation of a database on the use of antimicrobial agents in animals, mainly antibiotics. However, the aquatic-animal production sector has contributed considerably less data than the land-animal production sector, Eloit said.She said this is in part because businesses lack of transparency when reporting their use of antibiotics. “The industry must really understand that it can no longer avoid that question. It can no longer be ignored,” Eloit said.Giant clams grow in floating ocean cages in the Solomon Islands, circa 2001. Image by Mike McCoy/WorldFish Center.But more importantly, many countries have not institutionalized data collection, she said, and they are the entities that will need to generate more and better information, with the OIE serving as an adviser. “We cannot do it alone because we have limited powers,” Eloit said, adding that the countries “must organize themselves and ask for our support if they need it.”At this point, however, the evaluation is still deficient. The OIE has a global program called Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) that supports and advises countries to strengthen their national veterinary services and improve animal health. Although 140 countries have joined the program to improve their land-animal production sectors, only 13 have done so to strengthen their aquaculture and fisheries sectors.The disadvantages of aquacultureWhile the OIE conference was taking place in Chile’s capital, residents in the south of the country demonstrated in favor of expanding the country’s largest aquaculture industry: salmon.Chile is the world’s second-largest salmon producer (Norway is the biggest). However, a growing chorus of civil society actors, including fishermen, scientists and conservation professionals, have criticized this leadership because of the environmental impacts of various salmon cultivation operations. Among these is the generation of low-oxygen “dead zones” in the sea.Giant clam husbandry in the Solomon Islands, circa 2001. Image by Mike McCoy/WorldFish Center.Alicia Gallardo, director of the National Fisheries Service (Sernapesca), the Chilean government agency responsible for ensuring the protection of hydrobiological resources and their environment, said her office has applied “a very strict rule.”In 2007, an outbreak of infectious salmon anemia (ISA) occurred, which Gallardo described as “the worst health crisis in the history of the national salmon industry and that left more than 15,000 people unemployed.” At the time, she said, “there was no animal health area established within Sernapesca. So we have been taking foreign regulations and applying them at the highest level.”Yet 12 years after the ISA crisis, health problems persist in the salmon aquaculture industry. In 2016, 9,000 tons of dead salmon were dumped into the Chiloé Sea, intensifying a red tide outbreak that caused unprecedented fish mortality and a deep social and economic crisis. In 2018, almost 700,000 salmon escaped from breeding cages. The consequences remain unknown, but according to scientific predictions the escape could put populations of native species at risk.The OIE says it recognizes that biological stress caused by bad environmental or farming practices contributes negatively to the health status of an animal population. “Advances in breeding practices will be important to improve the health of aquatic animals,” Eloit said.Gallardo pointed out that Sernapesca is augmenting control measures out of an awareness that, as a leading country in Latin America, Chile has the responsibility to promote “adequate biosecurity and sustainability practices.” One such practice is surveillance through technology that allows difficult-to-access salmon production centers to be controlled. “While we cannot have an army of inspectors, we are incorporating remote inspection, which is probably the way to approach production centers that are far away,” Gallardo said.Salmon cages in Chile. Image by Daniel Casado.She said her agency is also promoting small-scale aquaculture.For Liesbeth van der Meer, director of the marine conservation NGO Oceana in Chile, that’s the only kind of aquaculture that should operate. “Native species like oysters and mussels, which can be cultivated, are adapted to our ecosystem and do not harm the environment,” she said. “The aquaculture that we believe can feed the world is the one that is concerned with maintaining ecosystem balance and that is developed on a small scale by the coastal communities themselves.”When it comes to food security, “salmon only feeds a small elite class that eats the orange fish,” van der Meer said. “What is going to have the greatest impact on feeding the world is the recovery of fish populations.”But small-scale aquaculture is not free of health problems, and influencing this is one of the OIE’s greatest challenges.Challenges and investing in science Aquaculture is a diverse sector in which large companies and small producers converge, the latter representing an important labor force. This is why one of the biggest challenges is not only addressing the private sector, which has large farming centers, but also, and above all, the small centers, Eloit said. Larger centers tend to be very well informed, and have tools and laboratories, while small centers “are not necessarily concerned with complying with international health standards” because they do not export products but feed a local or regional market, Eliot said.The second challenge is for countries that want to start a more industrial production to consider all the sanitary measures from the beginning. “This is a problem because we often imagine that it is enough to have the fish in the water and we have little awareness of safety measures and environmental protection,” Eloit said. In fact, in much of the world, biosecurity measures are not applied in aquaculture, so the OIE emphasizes the need to find a way to communicate its advantages.Small-scale purse seine fishers target squid and cuttlefish in Vietnam circa 2009. Image by David Mills/WorldFish Center.Even so, Eloit said she feels confident in a bright future for aquatic animal health “because we have seen presentations from countries that invest enormously, even though they are not developed countries.”Raul Avendaño, principal investigator of Chile’s Interdisciplinary Center for Aquaculture Research (INCAR) and director of the Aquatic Organisms Pathology and Aquaculture Biotechnology Laboratory at Andrés Bello University in Santiago, said that “at present, science is an impressive engine of new proposals and solutions to health problems,” which is why “the aquaculture industry and regulatory bodies should seek support from researchers.”As an example Avendaño pointed to new vaccines that have proven very effective in controlling pathogens in aquatic animals. However, in Chile he noted that “the investment in science and technology is low and does not exceed 0.4 percent of the GDP, while in OECD [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development] countries they have an average contribution of 2.4 percent.” For that reason, good projects tend to run out of funding, he said, forcing “professionals who carry out research in diseases to compete for the allocation of resources, rather than collaborating.”Recently, the Chilean government’s Strategic Investment Fund contributed $16.7 million and the salmon industry’s Salmon Technological Institute another $697,000 to generate knowledge associated with the main pathogen that threatens the salmon industry.Although this is an important sum, Avendaño said, “it remains to be seen whether this investment is sufficient, since the studies were carried out in a period of no more than 16 months and science requires more time to generate knowledge in an area that was not considered a priority in 30 years.”This story was first published in Spanish on Mongabay Latam on April 22, 2019.FEEDBACK: 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. Aquaculture, Environment, Fish, Fish Farming, Fisheries, Food Industry, food security, Marine, Marine Animals, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Oceans, Saltwater Fish 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 overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by Rebecca Kesslerlast_img read more

Fergie wary Utd will pay after Roon penalty miss

first_imgBut the England striker wasted a chance to put the result beyond doubt when he blazed over a penalty 12 minutes from time.That was Rooney’s second penalty miss of the season, with Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Nani also proving fallible from 12 yards out this term.Ferguson wants to see United, who nevertheless are seven points clear at the top of the table from Premier League champions Manchester City, enjoy better penalty returns.“It’s not ‘one of those things’. We have to improve,” said United manager Ferguson. “There’s talk of the boy (Rickie) Lambert at Southampton, he’s scored 33 out of 33. That’s what penalty-kick taking is all about.“There’s been several great penalty takers over the years, (Matt) le Tissier (the retired Southampton star) got 47 out of 48. There’s a player in Scotland who played for Rangers who got 57 in a row.“Your penalty kicks are to take advantage of whether it’s a handball or a foul and score a goal.”Despite the miss, United still came through unscathed as Rooney, in his first appearance since injuring his knee in training on Christmas Day, scored in the ninth minute after a superb ball from Anderson sent Hernandez clear down the left-hand side.The Mexican forward then unselfishly crossed for Rooney who slid in to tap the ball into an empty net for his 10th goal of the season.United defender Rafael could have given away a penalty in the opening moments of the second half when appeared to us his arm to control the ball but referee Phil Dowd was unmoved.Dowd did point to the spot when United great Ryan Giggs’s cross was blocked by Jordan Spence’s hand in the box, but Rooney scuffed the penalty over the bar, looking at the turf as Ferguson turned away in disgust.However, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was even more frustrated with the referee as he gave voice to the widely-held belief within English football that officials favour Ferguson’s men when United are at home at Old Trafford.“I’m very disappointed we are not given a penalty for Rafael’s handball which is blatant and clear for the referee to see,” Allardyce insisted.“He couldn’t find the courage to give it, they go down the other end and the same happens to Jordan Spence. The lack of consistency is a real frustration.“The referee needs to make the right decision. We got an opportunity to get to 1-1 which we deserved.“There was no doubt whatsoever about the difference between Rafael’s handball and Jordan Spence’s.“Jordan Spence plays for West Ham away against Manchester United and Rafael plays at home at Old Trafford. It’s got to be that simple when you see it.“You have got to have courage to play here, you have got to have courage to referee here. Phil Dowd is a hugely experienced referee but he did get it wrong,” added Allardyce in remarks that risked FA disciplinary action.United will now face Fulham in the fourth round at Old Trafford as they look to win the FA Cup for the first time since 2004.Meanwhile Ferguson praised Giggs’s impact on Wednesday’s match and backed the 39-year-old to play for another season, despite the midfielder claiming he will not make a decision until the end of the current campaign.“He’ll play for another year, his quality is still there,” Ferguson said of Giggs. “He has the appetite for it, he’s just a fantastic human being.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, January 17 – Alex Ferguson called on his Manchester United side to improve their penalty-taking after Wayne Rooney missed their fifth spot-kick of the season on Wednesday.United, the 11-times record-winners, did advance in this term’s FA Cup with a 1-0 third round replay against Premier League rivals West Ham at Old Trafford thanks to Rooney’s early first-half goal.last_img read more

Pope Francis donates Skoda to Foyle Search and Rescue

first_imgOne of the blue Skoda cars used by Pope Francis during his Irish visit has been donated to Foyle Search and Rescue.The head of the life-saving Derry charity was speechless to hear the good news that the pontiff’s bespoke Skoda ‘Rapid’ would be making its way to the city. Many memorable scenes from the Pope’s visit to Ireland last weekend featured the blue Rapid cars, as Skoda was the official car partner to the World Meeting of Families 2018.  On Pope Francis’ return to the Vatican, it was announced that both cars would be donated to charity.One of these Skoda cars has been given by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, to Crosscare, the social care agency of the Archdiocese of Dublin, for use by staff in their Mater Dei homeless hub.  Following a recommendation of Archbishop Eamon Martin, the other car used by Pope Francis has been offered to the Derry-based volunteer charity, Foyle Search and Rescue.Skoda was the official car partner to the World Meeting of Families 2018.The chairman of Foyle Search and Rescue, Mr Stephen Twells, said, “I was speechless when I heard the good news!  Foyle Search volunteers are very honoured and most appreciative to be the recipients of this very kind gift. “Pope Francis’ car will provide a morale boost to our volunteers at this time, during what has been a very tough year for all of us in the city.  I also aware that this gift will be a great comfort to many families here in Derry knowing that we have been recognised by the Holy Father, and by Archbishop Martin, for the work that we do.” Foyle Search and Rescue was set up in 1993 by local people in Derry in response to the high number of drownings in the River Foyle.  The service now includes suicide prevention and supporting families in the city.On welcoming the donation to Foyle Search and Rescue Archbishop Eamon Martin said, “I am most appreciative to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for this generosity regarding this gift of a car used by Pope Francis during his wonderful visit to our country.  This Skoda ‘Rapid’ will be of great practical help to the volunteers of Foyle Search and Rescue as they undertake their brave and vital life-saving work.”Archbishop Eamon continued, “From my time as a priest ministering in Derry, I know well at first-hand how the local Foyle Search and Rescue volunteers work selflessly, and of their own free time, each week to help those who are vulnerable and in need.  The volunteers patrol the river at peak times on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, from 9.30pm to 3.00am, and engage with people in distress, maintain lifebelts and, critically, the volunteers save human lives.”It is envisaged that the blue Skoda ‘Rapid’ will be used by Foyle Search and Rescue volunteers as they undertake their work in patrolling the shores of the River Foyle.  The car will be donated shortly, but will not possess its current number plate ‘SCV 1’ which represents the designation Stato della Citta del Vaticano, or ‘Vatican City’.Pope Francis donates Skoda to Foyle Search and Rescue was last modified: August 28th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more