Division of Corps. warns of annual report solicitations

first_img Division of Corps. warns of annual report solicitations Division of Corps. warns of annual report solicitations The Florida Division of Corporations is warning those entities that are now filing their annual reports to maintain their active status about two solicitations they may receive seeking fees for actions that are free or not required. One is from Arvitas LLC, a private company sending e-mails to businesses in Florida offering to file annual reports.“Arvitas is not an agent or representative for the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations,” according to a department alert. “Arvitas is acting on its own to solicit business for its own company. It is offering to file annual reports for business entities in Florida at an inflated fee.”The department said Arvitas does not offer any additional service than what is available to the public on sunbiz.org and the Attorney General’s Office is currently pursuing legal action against Arvitas.The alert also warns that Compliance Services (not to be confused with the Florida Corporation, Compliance Services, Inc.) is mailing notices to business entities requesting that “annual minutes” and a fee of $125 be sent to them for filing.“These notices are not from the Department of State, Division of Corporations,” according to the alert. “‘Annual minutes’ are not required to be filed with any agency. They are to be kept by the business entity itself. Do not confuse these notices with the messages sent by the Division of Corporations reminding each business entity to file its 2011 Annual Report.”Annual reports are due by May 1.center_img April 1, 2011 Regular Newslast_img read more

Roethlisberger latest in long line of gritty QBs

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes as Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger (99) pressures in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 30-9. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The only thing missing was the music. You know, that little whistle thing from “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly,” the riff that might as well be for “get your popcorn ready, it’s about to go down.”When Ben Roethlisberger started warming up on the sideline on Sunday against Cleveland, his sprained left foot protected by a modified cleat and his swagger unmistakable, it hardly mattered that the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback started the week in a walking boot or had barely broken a sweat in practice while backup Landry Jones prepared for his second career start.The moment Jones came limping to the sideline after getting his left ankle stepped on, Roethlisberger took off his baseball cap, discarded the towel around his neck and adrenaline took over.“Ben is Ben,” Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant said. “So once he got in the game, he does what No. 7 do.”Namely, light up the Browns. Stepping up into the pocket with confidence and picking apart Cleveland’s depleted secondary like a modified seven-on-seven drill, Roethlisberger passed for 379 yards _ the most ever in a regular season game by a player who didn’t start _ and three touchdowns in a 30-9 win. Not bad for a guy who left the same stadium a week before on a cart with his left foot throbbing and his immediate future seemingly in doubt.Roethlisberger jokingly attributed his seemingly miraculous recovery on guzzling milk. The truth is actually a combination of a little luck _ Roethlisberger’s initial injury could have been a lot worse _ aggressive treatment by Pittsburgh’s training staff and Roethlisberger’s apparent enjoyment on playing with pain.“I got stepped on once which hurt but other than that, I felt pretty good,” Roethlisberger said.He looked pretty good too while playing with the kind of grit that has become his trademark, though Roethlisberger is hardly the first quarterback to give it a go while playing at less than 100 percentSure, it’s arguably the most glamorous position in sports, but the job description also requires you to stand still in the midst of chaos and absorb blindside hits from 300-pound guys with bad intentions.Here’s a look at how some of Roethlisberger’s brethren have tried _ and occasionally failed _ to grit their teeth and give it a go:MAGNIFICENT MCNABB: Trainers initially diagnosed Philadelphia’s Donovan McNabb with merely a sprained ankle when he twisted it on the third play of the game against Arizona on Nov. 11, 2002. Unable to scramble _ during a portion of his career when that was his thing _ McNabb still threw for 255 yard and four touchdowns in a 38-14 romp. Only afterward did X-Rays reveal McNabb’s ankle was actually broken. He missed the final six weeks of the regular season but returned for the postseason, where the Eagles fell to eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay in the NFC title game.GETTING HIS PHIL: The euphoria of the biggest win of Philip Rivers’ young career was dimmed by the news he’d torn the ACL in his right knee during San Diego’s 28-24 upset over Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. He put off major surgery, instead opting for an arthroscopic procedure while holding out faint hope he could play in the AFC championship game against the unbeaten Patriots. Playing with a brace that would have required a building permit in some cities, Rivers threw for 211 yards and two picks in a 21-12 loss.BODY BLOW: Chris Simms spent his childhood watching dad Phil lead the New York Giants to a title while also enduring an injury-pockmarked career. That didn’t stop Chris from going into the family business, though his NFL stay was relatively brief thanks in large part to a brutal afternoon against Carolina in Week 3 of the 2006 season. Simms left the game with what the team called cramping in the third quarter only to return and lead a late field goal drive, finishing with 139 yards passing and a touchdown. Hours later Simms was in the hospital having his spleen removed after doctors discovered it had ruptured during the game. He missed the rest of the season and only threw 19 more passes in his career before retiring in 2009.TOUGH TITTLE: Long before Manning and Tom Brady made it trendy, Y.A. Tittle was thriving in his late-30s while playing for the New York Giants. The Hall of Famer won the MVP Award at age 37 in 1963 after leading league in touchdown passes (36), completion percentage and passer rating. The Giants cruised to the NFL title game against the Chicago Bears. Things started off well enough, with Tittle hitting Frank Gifford for a score to give New York an early lead. Momentum changed, however, when Tittle was drilled in the knee early in the second quarter. Playing on one leg, he wasn’t the same, throwing five interceptions, the last on a pick in the end zone by Chicago’s Richie Petibone with 10 seconds left. It was Tittle’s last hurrah. He retired after a miserable 1964 season in which New York went 1-8-2.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Pep Guardiola: City didn’t win the derby because of the referee

first_img RELATED STORIES “I wore it because in Spain people who defended a normal thing like voting are in prison,” he said. “If the Premier League or UEFA wants to suspend me for wearing it, then fine. But people who all they have done is vote, especially the Jordis, are in prison still.” City beat Man United 2-1 on Sunday and Guardiola spoke after the game. “Today as well. Yesterday he spoke about the referee. YELLOW RIBBON Guardiola: “Es posible jugar como el Barça en Inglaterra” “We are an honest team. We had 75 per cent ball possession, which means we wanted to play. We came here and did that.” Guardiola: I’m a manager to play these kinds of games on the biggest stages Pep wore a yellow ribbon to show support for the political prisoners due to the Catalonia situation in Spain.center_img CET Pep Guardiola: We did not make an offer for Lionel Messi Pol Ballús 11/12/2017 at 10:48 “Last season it was the same – we won here and it was the referee,” Guardiola told Sky Sports. IN SPORT.ES Pep Guardiola says Man City did not win the Manchester derby at Old Trafford because of the referee.last_img read more

Playground pleas: stay away

first_imgRepeated pleas from government agencies – and the deadly threat of coronavirus – doesn’t appear to be enough to deter…[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. By Mitchell Clarke last_img

Bombers rally to claim Tier 2 Bronze Field Hockey Medal

first_img“As the umpire looked on as the Bomber defense protested he said, “she player barely touched the ball,” Walgren said.Pressing for the equalizer, LVR’s Hanna Quinn was tripped going for a rebound in the penalty area by the keeper with no call.“A tough loss and hard to accept after seeing two missed calls,” said Walgren.LVR opened the tournament losing 3-0 to Windsor of North Vancouver and 3-0 to the tournament’s top ranked team, Crofton House of Vancouver.”Sure it was a loss but for the Lady Bombers it was a huge victory keeping the score low and respectable,” Walgren said about the Crofton House contest.The Bombers bounced back in the third game of the round robin to rout North Delta 5-0 on goals by Hanna Quinn and Michalchuck with two each and a single from Paige Meisner. LVR the blasted Southridge of Surrey 6-0.Quinn scored a hat-trick while Michalchuck added a pair and Zoe Baxter score a single.Senior keeper Rylee Zondervan recorded both shutouts.The 2-2 record put LVR into the Tier 2 Division Playoffs.The tournament was the final games for six graduating LVR Bomber seniors as Julia Burkart, Heather Potkins, Hanna Quinn, Shianne Michalchuck, Ashley Hall and Paige Meisner said good bye to the sport of Field Hockey. The L.V. Rogers Bombers capped off a successful campaign on the pitch by capturing the Bronze Medal in the Tier 2 Division at the BC High School AA Field Hockey Championships this past week in Surrey.The Bombers defeated South Okanagan of Oliver 3-0 to claim the Bronze Medal.Grade 8 Skyla Short and midfielder Shianne Michalchuck, with a pair, scored for LVR in the medal match.Keepers Rylee Zondervan and Johanna Brochhagen shared the duties in goal to earn the shutout. “I am very proud of the ladies this year,” said coach Bruce Walgren.“Everyone played very hard and bounced back after the disappointment in the semi-final.”LVR lost 2-1 in the semi-final to St. Thomas Aquinas of North Vancouver.Walgren said the winning goal should not have been allowed as the Bombers claim the St. Thomas Aquinas player used the back of stick to score the marker, which is clearly not allowed in Field Hockey.last_img read more

Connacht GAA Club Championship Fixtures

first_imgAIB Connacht Club Intermediate Football Championship 2016:Quarter final: Monivea Abbey 1-16 Kilmore (Roscommon) 0-9Semi Final 1: Ballinamore (Leitrim) v St Molaise Gaels (Sligo); Sunday, Nov 6th 2.30pm Carrick on ShannonSemi Final 2: Monivea Abbey v Kiltimagh/Westport/Shrule Glencorrib (Mayo); Sunday, Nov 6th 2.30pm MacHale Park, Castlebar 2.30pmFinal: Sunday, Nov 20th Connacht GAA AIB Club Junior Football Championship 2016:Semi Final 1: Creggs (Roscommon) v St Michaels (Sligo); Sunday, Nov 6th 2.30pm Markiewicz ParkSemi Final 2: Oranmore Maree v Louisburgh (Mayo); Sunday, Nov 6th 2.30pm Tuam StadiumFinal: Sunday, Nov 19th Quarter final: Tourlestrane v Castlebar Mitchells or Knockmore; Saturday, Nov 5th 2.30pm Markiewicz ParkSemi Final 1: Corofin v Tourlestrane/Castlebar or Knockmore; Sunday, Nov 13th 2.30pm MacHale Park, Castlebar (or Galway venue if Tourlestrane win)Semi Final 2: St Brigids (Roscommon) v Aughawillan (Leitrim); Sunday, Nov 13th 2.30pm Venue TBCFinal: Sunday, Nov 27th AIB Connacht Club Senior Football Championship 2016: With the Galway county finals now completed in hurling and football, 5 clubs will now look forward to participating in the upcoming Connacht Club Championships, while senior hurling champions St Thomas’ go straight into the All Ireland semi finals in February. Senior football champions Corofin, Intermediate football champions Monivea Abbey and Junior football winners Oranmore Maree are joined by Intermediate Hurling champions Ahascragh Fohenagh and Junior Hurling winners Micheal Breathnachs in provincial action over the next few weeks, all hoping to make it all the way to Croke Park in early 2017! Connacht GAA AIB Club Junior Hurling Championship 2016:Semi Final: Calry St Josephs (Sligo) v Cluainín (Leitrim); Monday, Oct 31st 2.30pm Leitrim VenueFinal: Micheal Breathnach v Calry St Josephs or Cluainín; Sat Nov 5th Connacht GAA CentreAll Ireland Quarter Final: Connacht Winners v Britain; Nov 19th/20thprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Connacht GAA AIB Club Intermediate Hurling Championship 2016:Semi Final: Tooreen or Ballyhaunis (Mayo) v Oran or Four Roads (Roscommon); Monday, Oct 31st 2.30pm AthleagueFinal: Ahascragh Fohenagh v Tooreen/Ballyhaunis or Oran/Four Roads; Sunday, Nov 6th Athleaguelast_img read more

Northwestern State Upsets No. 15 Missouri

first_img“Mackenzie Neely had a tremendous performance throughout the match and there was no doubt who was getting the ball on match point,” Hernesman said. “She took a tough, high, aggressive swing in a situation where you can’t afford to be tentative and it obviously paid off.” “This has been a long time coming for this program,” fifth-year head coach Hugh Hernesman said. “We’ve got a saying around our program that good volleyball knows no levels and this is a direct testament to that. We’ve got tremendous respect for the Kreklow’s and what they’ve built at Mizzou, so to be able to come out on top over such a great program makes us extremely proud.” Neely led the Lady Demons with 14 kills followed by Davis with eight and Glynna Johnson with six. Senior Keelie Arneson added 13 digs while senior Emily Johnson grabbed 21 assists. After falling behind early in the second set, NSU battled back to take a 10-9 lead on a kill from junior Amanda Kunz. The Lady Demons would tally three consecutive points, taking a 14-11 lead and forcing Mizzou to take a timeout. Northwestern State 3, No. 15 Missouri 0DENTON, Texas – The Northwestern State volleyball program made history on Saturday, ending the nation’s longest regular season win-streak at 35 in a clean sweep of No. 15 Missouri (25-19, 25-19, 25-22) at the North Texas Invitational on Saturday afternoon. NSU came out firing in the first set, stringing together six consecutive points early to claim a 10-6 lead. NSU led by five points twice at 12-7 and again at 15-10 on a kill from freshman Aubrey Davis. Mizzou would bring the game as close as 19-18 before NSU went on a tear, scoring six of the game’s last seven points to take set number one. A senior Stacey DiFrancesco kill put the NSU lead at 20-16 before Mizzou tallied three consecutive points of its own. Following an NSU timeout, Neely’s kill and a Tigers error pushed the lead to 23-19. After some anxious moments during a Mizzou run, NSU closed the set and match out on a Neely kill at 25-22. “Despite the fact that we won in three, it was a back and forth match with lots of momentum swings,” Hernesman said. “I thought we did a great job of handling the tough situations and sticking with our training that we work so hard on every day. Now our task is to move our focus to Mississippi Valley and finish the weekend the right way. ” NSU followed up the monumental win an hour later, capturing another sweep, this time over Mississippi Valley State (25-8, 25-6, 25-9). With the Tigers needing a win in set three, NSU kept the pressure on, claiming a three-point lead at 13-10 and 14-11 thanks to kills by senior Mackenzie Neely and Johnson respectively. The NSU lead reached four at 16-12 behind a Davis kill and 17-13 thanks to another Johnson kill. Two clutch kills from Davis and another from sophomore Lauren Agan helped NSU extend its lead to 19-16 and they would not look back. NSU took the final six points of the match highlighted by consecutive kills from junior Glynna Johnson to win set two 25-19.last_img read more

In Indonesia’s provinces, ditching coal for renewables would cut carbon and costs: study

first_imgClimate Change, Coal, Conservation, Energy, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Renewable Energy Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong Contrary to often-used arguments that fossil fuels are cheaper than renewable energy in Indonesia, a recent analysis found that shifting to renewables could actually cut both emissions and costs.The analysis, part of a joint Indonesian-Danish energy program, was conducted in four Indonesian provinces. It found that if those provinces fully developed their potential renewable energy sources, they could save up to 11.5 million tons of CO2 by 2030 and nearly 40 trillion rupiah (US$2.8 billion) each year.Each of the four provinces — North Sulawesi, Gorontalo, South Kalimantan and Riau — has significant potential for renewable energy generation, but local governments currently plan to rely on fossil fuels like coal to meet long-term energy demand. In Indonesia, a major producer and consumer of coal, politicians often argue that continued reliance on the highly polluting fossil fuel remains an economic necessity.Challenging this conventional wisdom, a recent analysis of four Indonesian provinces concluded that shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy would not only reduce carbon emissions, but also prove more cost-effective than current government plans.The study, part of a joint Danish-Indonesian program aimed at increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in Indonesia, focused on four provinces: North Sulawesi, Gorontalo, South Kalimantan and Riau. Analysts found that if these provinces fully developed their renewable energy resources, they could reduce emissions by up to 11.5 million tons CO2 by 2030 while saving nearly 40 trillion rupiah (US$2.8 billion) each year.Each of the four provinces studied was found to have significant, but largely untapped, potential for renewable energy.South Kalimantan, for instance, expects energy demand to double in the next 10 years. Plans currently call for that demand to be met largely through coal and natural gas, with renewable energy accounting for only 14% of the energy mix by 2025.By 2050, the share of renewables in South Kalimantan’s power mix is expected to decline to just 9%.With South Kalimantan sitting on top of one of Indonesia’s largest coal reserves, it’s likely that the fuel will continue to dominate the province’s energy mix, says Alberto Dalla Riva, an energy analyst at the Danish Energy Agency.A coal mining operation near the Bukit Tigapuluh National National Conservation area in Riau, Indonesia. Photo by Kemal Jufri/GreenpeaceHowever, the analysis concluded that by developing large-scale solar and wind power, renewable energy could meet 24% of the province’s energy demand by 2050. The study also recommended switching from coal to natural gas to meet the balance of the province’s power needs.By making this transition, South Kalimantan could save 3.3 trillion rupiah ($237 million) per year, while reducing carbon emissions by 60% in 2050. The amount of money saved was found to be even greater, up to 5.7 trillion rupiah ($409 million), if health care and other costs related to pollution were taken into account.South Kalimantan wasn’t the only province projected to benefit from switching to renewables. Riau province, on Sumatra island, could also gain by tapping into the province’s potential for solar, biomass and biogas energy.By increasing the share of renewable energy from the planned 47% to 60% in 2050, the province could save 18 trillion rupiah ($1.3 billion), the study found.Meanwhile, North Sulawesi has significant potential for solar, hydro and geothermal energy. Gorontalo, also on Sulawesi island, holds promise for solar energy.“North Sulawesi and Gorontalo can use the opportunity created by the decline in solar energy costs,” Dalla Riva said.Dalla Riva said that by 2030, solar energy could provide up to 11% and 21% of electricity in North Sulawesi and Gorontalo, respectively.Overall, renewable energy could generate 85% of electricity in both provinces by 2030, and doing so would save 12.6 trillion rupiah ($903 million) compared to business as usual. If pollution-related health costs are taken into account, the amount of money saved would reach 17.4 trillion rupiah ($1.2 billion).A worker walking by rows of solar panels at the Kayubihi Power Plant in Bangli, Bali, Indonesia. The Kayubihi Power Plant is the only solar-powered plant operating in Bali out of a total of three plants. Image by Anton Muhajir/Mongabay Indonesia.Not so easyResponding to the study, local officials in the four provinces said that developing renewable energy sources remains dependent on investment flowing into the sector.Rudi, a representative of the Riau office of the state-owned electricity firm, PLN, said developing solar energy in the province is expensive. However, he said PLN is aware of the need to develop alternate energy sources and might review the province’s energy plan to increase the share of renewables.“If there are investments, we are open to it [developing solar power],” Rudi said.In addition to the lack of investment, other issues have also hindered the development of renewable energy sources.In North Sumatra, the Lahendong geothermal power plant has faced protests from area residents who demand the project developer recruit only local people for employment. In North Sulawesi’s Bolaang Mongondow district, there are at least eight spots that have geothermal potential, but they overlap with protected forest areas and mining concessions.Despite these obstacles, Sugeng Mujiyanto, the head of the energy policy facilitation department at the National Energy Council, said provinces could still work to develop renewables to their full potential even if they have already submitted their energy plans to the central government.“What’s important is to be optimistic in implementing [the plans],” he said.This story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Dec. 2, 2019.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.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

Brazil knows how to fight Amazon deforestation: Monitoring and law enforcement must be strengthened (commentary)

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 Article published by Mike Gaworecki Brazil holds unique expertise in using policy to fight deforestation, largely due to the implementation of a policy action plan in the early 2000s. The plan proposed novel policy measures that helped reduce deforestation rates by more than 80% over the course of a decade.One of the action plan’s most salient innovations was the adoption of a novel monitoring and law enforcement strategy, which introduced satellite-based forest monitoring to target enforcement action. Data analysis indicates that this strategy avoided the clearing of an average of 27,000 km2 of Amazon forest per year from 2007 through 2016.The effectiveness of the monitoring and law enforcement strategy in combating deforestation did not impose a high cost burden: forest protection did not jeopardize local agricultural production, and its expected benefits outweighed the associated policy costs. Brazil must draw on what it has learned from the past to strengthen Amazon conservation today.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the authors, not necessarily Mongabay. As the COP25 climate conference in Madrid, Spain came to a close with little progress earlier this month, the future of the Brazilian Amazon remained dangerously unclear. The Amazon is a vital environmental asset for Brazil and the world. At roughly half the size of continental Europe, it serves as a major carbon sink and thus plays a central role in the global effort to fight climate change. A healthy Amazon is also key to ensuring livelihoods, conserving biodiversity and protecting water resources.These natural resources, in turn, maintain the biophysical conditions needed to sustain Brazil’s thriving agricultural industry. Moreover, given Brazil’s unique capacity to balance environmental conservation and agricultural production, protecting the Amazon also serves as a strategy for moving the country towards a position of leadership in international commodity markets.Yet, the Brazilian Amazon is currently under threat. Data from 2019 suggest forest clearing has accelerated sharply over the past few months. Recent news coverage showing alarming images of fires raging across vast forest areas may have led many to think Brazil lacks sufficient policy tools to control Amazon deforestation — but this conclusion is a mistake.The country holds unique expertise in using policy to fight tropical clearings, primarily due to the implementation of an action plan in the early 2000s. The action plan proposed novel policy measures that helped reduce deforestation rates by more than 80% over the course of a decade.Despite its initial success, fifteen years after the plan’s inauguration, Brazil finds itself at a crossroads: the Brazilian federal government currently plans to cut back on resources that support environmental enforcement. These cuts will likely lead to escalating deforestation. The 50% reduction in the budget for environmental monitoring and law enforcement originally proposed for 2020 could increase Amazon deforestation by an estimated 45%.Brazil must act quickly and decisively to prevent this from happening. Drawing on what Brazil has learned from the past would allow the government to strengthen Amazon conservation today. This commentary offers evidence-based policy recommendations that can move Brazil in this direction.Monitoring and law enforcement work to cost-effectively slow deforestationStarting in 2004, through a combination of technological development and policy innovation, Brazil set up an innovative satellite-based monitoring system for targeting law enforcement action to fight Amazon forest clearing (see Figure 1, below).An analysis we conducted as researchers at Climate Policy Initiative/ PUC-Rio (CPI/PUC-Rio) indicates that this system works. We found that these monitoring and law enforcement efforts avoided the clearing of an average of 27,000 square kilometers (or 10,400 square miles) — nearly 4 million soccer fields — of Amazon forest per year from 2007 through 2016.This translates into avoided emissions of nearly 1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (tCO2) per year (based on the 2011 Brazilian Ministry of the Environment Amazon-specific conversion factor of 36,700 tCO2 per square kilometer). This is equivalent to about half of Brazil’s total emissions in 2017, but it is certainly an underestimate of the benefits of protecting the forest, as it only focuses on emissions (see Figure 2, below).Infographic courtesy of CPI.In addition, we compared the estimated costs and benefits of the monitoring and law enforcement strategy and concluded the strategy did not impose a high cost burden. About half of emissions now covered by carbon pricing initiatives worldwide are priced at over $10/tCO2e, which is well above the break-even price calculated for avoided Amazon emissions. Moreover, results indicate that combating Amazon deforestation did not jeopardize local agricultural outcomes. Therefore, the benefits of protecting the forest more than compensate for the costs of implementing the Amazon monitoring and enforcement strategy.RecommendationsBrazil’s use of satellite technology to monitor Amazon forest loss and target law enforcement efforts has been instrumental in reducing deforestation and protecting tropical forests. Although technological development is an essential part of this strategy, none of it is possible without governmental buy-in and support.The Brazilian federal government plays a central role in directing and supporting monitoring and law enforcement efforts. To achieve continued progress in the reduction of Amazon deforestation, Brazil must:• Resume and strengthen the federal government’s institutional and financial support for monitoring and law enforcement action;• Increase law enforcement’s capacity to impose binding sanctions on environmental offenders by enhancing its ability to catch deforesters red-handed and respond quickly;• Promote frequent reassessment and improvement of existing monitoring systems;• Build strategic partnerships that bolster monitoring and law enforcement capacities.With countries failing to make significant progress at COP25, Brazil has a remarkable opportunity to resume the lead in the global effort to fight climate change. Committing to strengthening its environmental monitoring and law enforcement strategy is a necessary first step. The benefits of doing so — for Brazil and the world — far outweigh the costs.Brazilian Amazon cleared for soy. Photo by Rhett Butler.Juliano Assunção is Executive Director for Climate Policy Initiative’s Brazil Policy Center and Professor of Economics at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Clarissa Gandour is Head of Policy Evaluation, Conservation, at Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) in Brazil. 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.center_img Amazon, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Destruction, Amazon Rainforest, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Climate Change And Forests, Commentary, Deforestation, Editorials, Environment, Global Warming, Law Enforcement, Monitoring, Researcher Perspective Series, Tropical Deforestation, Tropical Forests last_img read more

‘Just like terrorists’: Indonesia boosts vigilance for blast fishers

first_imgArticle published by Basten Gokkon 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 Environment, Environmental Crime, Environmental Law, Fish, Fishing, Human Rights, Illegal Fishing, Law Enforcement, Marine, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Oceans, Overfishing center_img Arrests of fishermen in eastern Indonesia at the end of last year have highlighted the persistent use of explosives for fishing, a destructive practice that’s illegal under the country’s laws.Local officials say blast fishing tends to spike during public holidays, when the fishermen sense there’s less vigilance on the part of marine patrols and fellow fishermen who could report them to the authorities.The government is working to end the practice through a combination of law enforcement and financial incentives to help fishermen switch to using less destructive equipment.Authorities have called for expanded law enforcement efforts targeting not just the fishermen, but also the suppliers of the materials used to make the explosives, and others, including corrupt local officials, who continue to enable the practice. KUTA, Indonesia — In the weeks before last Christmas, marine authorities in eastern Indonesia reported separate arrests of locals using explosives to catch fish. The arrests highlighted what observers say is a routine increase in blast fishing across the archipelago ahead of long public holidays.Officers in East Nusa Tenggara province arrested eight fishermen in two separate cases on Nov. 30 and Dec. 6. They were caught using explosives to catch fish in what are some of Indonesia’s most biodiverse marine areas.Blast fishing is illegal under Indonesian law, and violators face up to five years in prison and 2 billion rupiah ($147,000) in fines if convicted. While fishermen use the method to target commercially valuable fish, marine animals such as dolphins and turtles — both protected species in Indonesia — and the fishermen themselves have often fallen victim to the dangerous practice. It typically takes place so close to shore that it also damages coral reefs.Indonesian authorities transport fishermen caught using explosives to catch fish in East Nusa Tenggara province. Image courtesy of the East Flores district administration.Indonesian authorities have worked for years to end the activity through incentives and deterrents. The combination of financial support to buy more sustainable fishing gear and the threat of arrest has seen many fishing communities abandon the practice.Local governments say they continue to urge fishermen to end blast fishing altogether, while supporting marine patrols by the coast guard, navy, and officials from the fisheries ministry and local authorities. They have also recruited fishermen to report on blast fishing in their areas.“We group some fishermen for monitoring efforts. They’re like our spies,” Ganef Wurgiyanto, the head of provincial fisheries agency in East Nusa Tenggara, told Mongabay. He said each district in the province had at least two such groups of fishermen keeping an eye out for blast fishing.But the prospect of an easy catch close to shore, without having to spend money on fuel to go farther out to sea, means blast fishing remains an attractive prospect for many fishermen. And authorities say their activities end to spike during public holidays, when they sense monitoring by the authorities and by fellow fishermen is more lax.The recently arrested fishermen “must have thought that the patrolling teams had paused their monitoring activities because it was almost the Christmas and New Year holiday,” said Apolinardus Y.L. Demoor, head of the fisheries resources monitoring department in East Flores district, East Nusa Tenggara. “So they started blast fishing again.”It’s a trend that shows up in other regions of Indonesia. Buyung Radjilun, head of the fisheries agency in North Maluku province, some 1,050 kilometers (650 miles) north of East Flores, said blast fishers in that region typically operate on Sundays and religious holidays, when much of the population goes to church.“They’re sneaky, from their silent operations to where they store their catch,” he told Mongabay. “They’re extraordinary — just like terrorists.”Buyung said blast fishing remained rampant because law enforcement had failed to create much of a deterrent effect, because it tended to be focused on just the fishermen and not the suppliers of the explosives and buyers of their catch. Buyung added that investigations into some reported cases of blast fishing indicated that corrupt local officials were involved. “They enable the blast fishers. It’s an open secret,” he said.Indonesian authorities seize explosives from a Malaysian-flagged boat. The bombs were set to be used by Indonesian fishermen for blast fishing. Image courtesy of Indonesia’s Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.Ganef, the East Nusa Tenggara fisheries head, said he would continue campaigning against blast fishing, including by discouraging consumers from buying fish caught this way and expanding programs to provide local fishermen with sustainable fishing gear.But given that such community outreach only takes place once a year, campaigning by the authorities won’t be enough to end blast fishing, Buyung said. Instead, he called for an expanded law enforcement approach to apprehend all parties involved in supporting blast fishing. That includes choking off the supply of materials needed to make the explosive devices, which former fisheries minister Susi Pudjiastuti said in 2018 came mostly from Malaysia.“If we’re truly committed to eradicating blast fishing and other forms of destructive fishing, we shouldn’t just stop at arresting the fishermen,” Buyung said. “Otherwise, we won’t be able to end this problem.”Image banner of a bucket of fish at a market in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia by Rhett A. Butler for Mongabay.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.last_img read more