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Scientists urge greater protection of Brazil’s secondary forests

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 Morgan Erickson-Davis New research indicates that even after 40 years of recovery, fast-growing tropical forests in Brazil house far fewer species and sequester less carbon than their primary counterparts.The study finds the most-recovered secondary forests surveyed had around 80 percent the biodiversity and carbon of nearby primary forests.To allow greater recovery of secondary forests and the wildlife and carbon they house, the researchers say policies should be put in place to better protect these forests and give them the time they need to mature properly.However, they caution that enacting policy is only one part of the solution, and urge more funding and attention be given to monitoring and enforcement of forest protection regulations. With around half the world’s forest cover cleared or otherwise degraded at some point in the recent past, the new forests that pop up to replace them – called secondary forests – are often seen by conservationists as the next best thing. But just how well secondary forests compare to primary forests in terms of biodiversity and carbon storage has been a bit of a mystery.Now, new research published in Global Change Biology sheds more light on the ecological value of secondary forests. It finds that even after 40 years of recovery, fast-growing tropical forests in Brazil house significantly fewer species and sequester less carbon than their primary counterparts. The study’s authors say that in order to meet their full ecological potential, established secondary forests need greater protection to allow them to recover more completely.The study was conducted by a team of scientists from institutions in Europe, Brazil and Australia. They measured carbon content and recorded 1,600 plant, bird and dung beetle species in 59 naturally regenerating secondary forests of varying ages and 30 undisturbed primary forests in the eastern Amazon region of Brazil.Secondary forest in the Santarém region in eastern Amazonia. Photo by Adam RonanAbandoned pasture in Paragominas quickly reverts to secondary forest. Photo by Alexander C. Lees/Manchester Metropolitan University)According to Gareth Lennox, a senior research associate at Lancaster University in the UK and lead author of the study, deforestation starting ramping up in this part of Brazil in the 1970s with the construction and expansion of the Cuiabá-Santarém Highway and Belém-Brasília Highway, along with policies that promoted cattle ranching in the region. Because of this, the oldest secondary forests there have been recovering for about 40 years.Lennox and his team found that the most-recovered secondary forests had around 80 percent the biodiversity and carbon of nearby primary forests. Those that had only recently started to recover were pretty much empty of both.“At one extreme, some of our secondary forests were located in recently abandoned agricultural areas. These forests had near-zero biomass, open canopies and very small complements of forest plants and animals,” said Gareth Lennox, a senior research associated at Lancaster University in the UK and lead author of the study. “At the other extreme, we also sampled secondary forests with biomass levels approaching regional undisturbed forest averages, fully closed canopies, and levels of species richness around 80% of that found in undisturbed forests.”The rufous-tailed Jacamar (Galbula ruficauda) is a beautiful Amazonian inhabitant of forest edges and secondary forests, especially near water. Photo by Alexander C. LeesThe tiny hawk (Accipiter superciliosus) is a rare inhabitant of the forest canopy and often preys upon hummingbirds. Photo by Alexander C. Lees/Manchester Metropolitan UniversityHowever, there’s a caveat to these high-performing recovering forests. The researchers explain that their study site represents a near-ideal situation for secondary forests, with areas of primary forest scattered throughout the region acting as reservoirs for wildlife. Animals and plants there can quickly move from these remnants back into cleared areas when the forest regenerates enough to provide habitat.Such is not the case in other parts of Brazil or the elsewhere in the world, Lennox warns.“Other forested regions of the tropics have suffered much higher levels of historic deforestation, resulting from much longer periods of human occupation,” he told Mongabay. “For example, large-scale disturbance of Brazil’s Atlantic forest can be traced back four centuries. As such, the land-use context of our study region likely provides a near best-case scenario for secondary forest recovery. In other contexts, recovery periods are likely to be far greater.”The pygmy antwren (Myrmotherula brachyura) is a small, normally canopy-dwelling species which is rarely found in secondary forests. Photo by Alexander C. Lees/Manchester Metropolitan UniversityLayard’s woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes layardi) is a canopy woodcreeper restricted to the southeastern Amazon and is rarely found in secondary forests. Photo by Alexander C. Lees/Manchester Metropolitan UniversityThe Guira tanager (Hemithraupis guira) is a colorful tanager that is frequently encountered in secondary forests where it often associates with mixed flocks of tanagers and honeycreepers. Photo by Alexander C. Lees/Manchester Metropolitan UniversityTo allow this recovery to happen, the researchers say policies should be put in place to better protect secondary forests and give them the time needed to mature properly. As an example, they point to the state of Pará, where a secondary forest protection mandate was enacted in 2014. Here, private landowners are required to apply for a license to log their forests. And if it turns out that their forests are older than 20 years or contain many large trees — criteria established by Lennox and his team — then they’re not allowed to log them at all.“Through the application of these regulations – which are the first of their kind – secondary forest management is based on sound science, is open and transparent, and can deliver environmental and social benefits that would not be achieved in their absence,” Lennox said.A young secondary forest being bulldozed in Paragominas. The team of researchers who authored this study were recently involved in creating legislation in Pará that defines the biomass limits at which clearing can be done legally in land left fallow. Photo by Alexander C. Lees/Manchester Metropolitan UniversityA single Brazil nut tree (Bertholletia excelsa) in a recently harvested corn/soy field. According to Brazilian law, it is illegal to cut down this species. Photo by Erika Berenguer/Oxford UniversityWhile Lennox and his colleagues see Pará’s policy as promising, they concede that it’s only been in place for a few years, which isn’t enough time to effectively assess its impact. They also say more must be done to make a difference on the larger scale.Study coauthor Joice Ferreira from The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation says developing policy is “only one part of the process.” She underlines the need for greater monitoring and enforcement of regulations aimed at protecting Brazil’s recovering forests.“Achieving this requires substantial increases to the funding of local environmental agencies,” Ferreira said. “Yet, in 2017 the Brazilian government cut funding to the Environment Ministry by 50%.“Under these circumstances, laws that seek to protect and enhance Brazil’s forest will fail to achieve their potential.” Agriculture, Animals, Beetles, Biodiversity, Birds, Cattle, Environment, Environmental Policy, Forests, Infrastructure, Insects, Logging, Primary Forests, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Research, Roads, Secondary Forests, Trees, Tropical Forests Banner image: The turquoise tanager (Tangara mexicana) is a very common inhabitant of secondary forests and forest edges(even venturing into cities). Photo by Alexander C. LeesCitation: Lennox, G. D., Gardner, T. A., Thomson, J. R., Ferreira, J., Berenguer, E., Lees, A. C., … & Moura, N. G. (2018). Second rate or a second chance? Assessing biomass and biodiversity recovery in regenerating Amazonian forests. Global change biology.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.last_img read more

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Tigresses lead BVR tournament Ilocos leg champs

first_imgChina reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ UST’s Cherry Rondina gets one over San Beda’s defense in Beach Volleyball Republic in Ilocos. Contributed Photo.Traditional UAAP powerhouse University of Santo Tomas turned back San Beda, 21-12,21-14, over the weekend to rule the Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour women’s university division in Playa Tropical Currimao, Ilocos Norte. Tigresses Cherry Rondina and Ma. Cecilia Bangad defeated the Red Lioness’ pair of Iza and Ella Viray for the title. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In the men’s university division, Malaysians Mohd Aizzat Zorki and Raja Nazmi Hussin turned back Far Easter University, 21-14, 21-18, to emerge champions in the event that has the Inquirer as media partner. “This leg had indeed the most competitive lineup of teams for the men’s division,” said BVR founder Charo Soriano. “We had teams from Malaysia and HongKong and they showcased their world-class athleticism in the shores of Currimao against our local talent.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“The great thing about the BVR on Tour is we have tournaments every month so teams don’t get too down when they lose,” said Bea Tan, also one of the BVR’s founders.Cebu’s Jade Becaldo and Rommel Pepito, meanwhile, gutted their way out of an opening set loss before turning back Hong Kong’s Giovanni Musillo and Brian Nordberg, 18-21, 21-14, 23-21, to top the men’s open class. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The winning pairs of each division received P50,000 with the runnersup getting P30,000 in the event sponsored by Nestea, Smart, NLEX/SCTEX, Rebisco, PSC, and the local government of Currimao, among others. Organizers of the BVR on Tour’s seventh leg of its summer series, led by Former Ateneo stalwarts Charo Soriano and Bea Tan, also held a volleyball clinic for young enthusiasts in Ilocos Norte as part of the group’s “Sandroots” advocacy. The program aims to promote volleyball at the grassroots level by holding clinics at every stop of the tournament.“We want to be able to give the kids a chance to learn from the best coaches that we have in beach volleyball,” said Soriano. “The kids who joined were super amazing.“What we really appreciated was the kids who joined the two-hour ‘sandroots’ workshop,” said Tan. “In the end, it’s really about teaching and sharing the passion we have one province at a timADVERTISEMENT Mourinho relishes United’s ‘victory of pragmatism’ View commentslast_img read more

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Players are to blame for Chelsea’s slump NOT Mourinho, talkSPORT told

first_imgFormer goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has told talkSPORT Chelsea’s players are more to blame for the Blues’ disastrous start to the season than under-fire boss Jose Mourinho.Chelsea have suffered the worst imaginable start to their Premier League title defence, with the reigning champions currently 15th in the table following six defeats from their opening 11 games.Mourinho has come under heavy scrutiny for his side’s rapid decline in form, with various reports suggesting the Portuguese coach is on the brink of the sack.The club and a host of his players have denied the rumours and backed the coach, however, while fans showed their support during Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Kiev.The Blues claimed their first victory in five games with a 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge, and Mourinho was grateful for supporters following the final whistle, after they spent most of the evening cheering the ‘Special One’s’ name.But Bosnich believes the manager isn’t the one to blame, and that the players should take their share of the flak for their lack of form.“For me, from an ex-pro’s point of view, it’s always more down to the players than it is the manager,” the former Chelsea, Manchester United and Australia glovesman told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Yes, the manager can set the tone, but he doesn’t go out onto the pitch and play.“The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter how good your side is, if you’ve got four of five of your best players playing below their best ability, you’re going to struggle.“Especially in a league like the Premier League, where the depth is second to none in the whole world in terms of the team that can beat you, it’s a battle every week.“But if anyone can turn it around…“As we saw last night he still has the massive support of the fans, and – because of his past and what he’s achieved in the game – if there’s anyone who deserves a bit of time, it is Jose Mourinho.“This is probably the first time he’s suffered a run this in his career, but it’s also the longest he’s ever been at one club, so I would give him time to make it right at Chelsea.” Chelsea stars Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas 1last_img read more

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Under-fire Newcastle boss in angry exchange with reporter

first_imgBeleaguered Newcastle boss Steve McClaren became embroiled in an angry row with a journalist as he conducted his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.McClaren launched an attack on the reporter at the club’s Darsley Park training headquarters after being questioned about the speculation over his future and the state of the club as he spoke to television reporters.He said: “I’ve heard there have been one or two articles – probably one main article – and as I say, I don’t read it. It doesn’t help me win football matches and my concentration and focus are purely on Bournemouth and winning that game tomorrow.“Someone told me about it and unfortunately it’s done, obviously, by a journalist who for the last 18 months has written nothing but negative things about Newcastle, a journalist who used to work at this football club and who four or five years ago, was released from this club.“Whatever that journalist writes, I’m afraid I don’t read it.”A story was published in a national newspaper on Friday morning suggesting senior players were surprised McClaren was still in his job after a poor season to date, and that they expect him to be sacked if they lose to Bournemouth on Saturday.Asked later if he planned to meet managing director Lee Charnley to discuss the situation, the former England boss added: “We don’t want anything to destabilise what we are trying to achieve.“That article that appeared is half-truths and half-lies and destabilises what we are trying to do in that dressing room. We have to ignore it and we have to know what we are doing, and we do.”The journalist who wrote the article confronted McClaren as he left the room to speak to radio reporters, denying that he had an agenda and attacking the 54-year-old’s record on Tyneside as he headed off down the corridor.He said: “Steve, don’t you dare accuse me of having an agenda. You are second bottom of the league. This is a new one, Steve. Is this your latest excuse, is it? It’s a new one, I’ll give you that.“I’m not the problem, Steve. You’re the problem, not me. You’re the problem, not me. Don’t you dare suggest I’ve got an agenda against you.“Walk away Steve, smile and grin again. [Turning towards colleagues] He has been out of his depth since the minute he walked in.”The pair later had lengthy face-to-face talks, during which it is understood apologies were offered and accepted, before McClaren returned to speak to the written press.It is not the first time a Newcastle manager has had a heated exchange with the press, with interim boss Joe Kinnear memorably launching a foul-mouthed rant during his first formal press conference in 2008. The former England boss launched an attack on the reporter at their training headquarters 1last_img read more

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Halloween Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system “Terror By Gaslight” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $11-$14 for adults and $9-$11 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Santa Clarita Improv will present a Halloween Spook-tacular in the form of “Who’s Line is it Anyway,” 8 p.m. Thursday at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $12 for adults and $10 for students. Call (661) 288-0000. Monster Mash Dance will feature music by Ed LaBois, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Cost: $5. Call (661) 259-9444. Fall Festival will feature games, magic shows and “Trick-a-Trunk,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Castaic Sports Complex, 31230 N. Castaic Road, Castaic. Proceeds will benefit Castaic Mission Church. Call (661) 257-4741. Haunted Jailhouse and Carnival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 29 at the SCV Sheriff’s Station, 23740 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 255-1121. Lombardi Ranch will offer thousands of pumpkins to choose from, wagon rides, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides and Scarecrow Alley, Saturdays and Sundays in October at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission is free, with a small fee for certain activities. Call (661) 296-8697. Fillmore & Western Railway will offer its popular Pumpkinliner excursions in a vintage train through the rural countryside of Ventura County to a pumpkin patch, 10 and 11 a.m., 12:10, 1:10 and 2:20 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October, departing from Central Park in Fillmore. Dinner trains during weekend evenings will have scarier themes. Call (800) 773-8724. Fright Fest will feature live entertainment, ghosts, goblins, mazes and plenty of spooky special effects, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October plus Oct. 30-31 at Six Flag California’s Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. General admission: $59.99. Parking: $15. Call (661) 255-4111. Molar Manor “House of the Living Dead” will provide scary entertainment, 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays in October plus Oct. 31 at 19415 Soldedad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Cost: $15 or $20 for a fast pass. Call (661) 252-7978. Halloween Celebration will feature stories, crafts, costumes, treats and a spooky cartoon, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Newhall Library, 22704 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750..160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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IDEM issues Air Quality Action Day tomorrow for three Indiana regions

first_imgAnyone sensitive to changes in air quality may be affected when ozone levels are high. Children, the elderly and anyone with heart or lung conditions should reduce or avoid exertion and heavy work outdoors. IDEM examines weather patterns and current ozone readings to make daily air quality forecasts. To learn more about ozone or sign up for air quality forecasts, visit www.SmogWatch.IN.gov or download our iPhone App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smogwatch/id882860480?mt=8 Ground-level ozone is formed when sunlight and hot weather bake vehicle exhaust, factory emissions and gasoline vapors. Ozone in the upper atmosphere blocks ultraviolet radiation, but ozone near the ground is a lung irritant that can cause coughing and breathing difficulties. IDEM encourages everyone to help reduce ozone by making simple changes to their daily habits. You can:Walk, bike, carpool or use public transportationAvoid using the drive-through and combine errands into one tripAvoid refueling your vehicle or using gasoline-powered lawn equipment until after 7 p.m.Turn off your engine when idling for more than 30 secondsConserve energy by turning off lights or setting the air conditioner to 75 degrees or above  The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has issued an Air Quality Action Day and is forecasting high ozone levels for Saturday, June 3, 2017 in the following areas: Southeast Indiana – Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Scott, and WashingtonSouthwest Indiana – Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick Central Indiana – Marion, Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Monroe, Morgan and Shelby last_img read more

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SA, Mozambique meet on rhino poaching

first_img8 February 2012 Top government officials from South Africa and Mozambique held an urgent meeting this week to find practical solutions to the scourge of rhino poaching, which saw the Kruger National Park losing 252 rhinos in 2011 alone. The meeting was attended by Mozambican Tourism Minister Fernando Sumbana Jnr and South African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.Mozambican assistance ‘urgently needed’ During the meeting, Molewa stressed that poaching in the Kruger had escalated to such unacceptable levels that South Africa urgently required the full support of Mozambique if rhino killings were to be significantly reduced. Recently, Molewa said she had considered various ways of reduce the attacks through the Mozambique border between the Massingir and the Komatipoort areas, including: Adding 150 field rangers to increase law enforcement officers in the Kruger National Park to 650.Requesting the South African government to increase its military presence in the park.Improving coordinated national efforts to increase intelligence gathering.Strengthening the border fence between Massingir and Komatipoort. Mozambique outlines measures Sumbana emphasized the commitment of Mozambique to conservation, noting that the Mozambican government had prioritised law enforcement efforts that went beyond the narrow focus of rhino poaching. “Mozambique is currently pondering legislation that will elevate the offence of wildlife poaching to a criminal offence carrying heavier sentencing rather than the current offence of damage to property,” Sumbana said, adding that Mozambique’s natural resources were being plundered by organised criminals. Further to the proposed legislation, a new elite highly trained National Anti-Poaching Unit had been formed and the first recruits would be graduating shortly and deployed in priority poaching areas. Sumbana added that the Mozambican government hasd passed a decree creating a flexible state-owned agency similar to that of South African National Parks (SANParks). “This will assist with management effectiveness and allow greater flexibility in sourcing funding than is currently the case.” The meeting also highlighted the success of collaborating with Mozambique on the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP) with reduced rhino poaching incidents, and the difficulties of erecting a fence between Massingir and Komatipoort.New transfrontier conservation area in the pipeline SANParks CEO David Mabunda recently visited the head of the transfrontier conservation areas unit in Mozambique’s Ministry of Tourism, Bartolomeu Soto, to discuss the idea of including the 220 000-hectare Greater Lebombo Conservancy to act as an effective buffer for the southern section of the Kruger National Park linking with Mozambique. The idea has since morphed into a Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) in line with the signed treaty that created the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Article 3(2) of the signed treaty envisioned the TFCA in Mozambique to include “the Massingir and Corumana areas, as well as the interlinking regions”, thus creating an immediate framework for bilateral cooperation between the two countries for the inclusion of the Greater Lebombo Conservancy. The two ministers agreed to cooperate bilaterally to ensure that the planned TFCA was realised and concluded speedily. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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The Future of Networked Warfare Begins with Apple

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Apple#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… lidija davis “The future of ‘networked warfare’ requires each soldier to be linked electronically to other troops as well as to weapons systems and intelligence sources,” says a new report in Newsweek, and the product of choice appears to be the iPod Touch.According to Newsweek, both the iPod Touch and to a lesser degree the iPhone are increasingly being used by the U.S. military because of their versatility, ease of use and comparative low cost.The report notes that the iPod fulfils the military’s need to give soldiers one device that can perform many different functions, and this device has the added advantage that it can often be controlled with one hand.Software developers and the U.S. Department of Defense are busy developing military software for iPods in an attempt to gives soldiers even more functionality. A new program called Vcommunicator produces spoken and written translations of Arabic, Kurdish and two Afghan languages.“Snipers in Iraq and Afghanistan now use a “ballistics calculator” called BulletFlight, made by the Florida firm Knight’s Armament for the iPod Touch and iPhone. Army researchers are developing applications to turn an iPod into a remote control for a bomb-disposal robot (tilting the iPod steers the robot). In Sudan, American military observers are using iPods to learn the appropriate etiquette for interacting with tribal leaders,” the report says.According to an Army official in Baghdad, the devices have yet to be successfully hacked and at $230 a pop, the iPod may fit right into President Obama’s 663.7 billion dollar defense budget.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Google Earth Shows Real-Time Weather

first_imgTags:#Google#news#web The added layer is available in the latest version of Google Earth, which was released in early June with enhanced functionality for both free and pro users. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts While we certainly don’t expect you’ll begin planning your days around the new feature, Google has added a new layer to Google Earth that makes it feel even more like you’re taking a live, real-time look at the earth from a satellite above – real-time weather.Just added to the latest version of Google Earth, the feature offers a live view of the weather, from radar to raindrops.Weather has been available in Google Earth since 2007, but now “the latest version projects images of rain and snow over the areas with those weather patterns as it’s actually happening”. On a macro level, the weather layers offer a way to get a bird’s eye view of weather events like hurricanes. When you zoom in, Google takes it one step further and offers an animated view of the rain or snow for that area. The precipitation data currently only covers some areas in North America and Europe Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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District of Columbia BID Tax Rate Increased

first_imgThe District of Columbia Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District (BID) tax is increased, on an emergency basis. The increase includes:17 cents (previously, 16 cents) per square foot for each net rentable square foot for specified commercial buildings17 cents per lot square foot or 9 cents per $100 of assessed value, whichever is less, for commercial buildings less than 8,000 square feet (previously, 9 cents per $100 of assessed value for commercial buildings less than 8,000 square feet)$100 per hotel room annually (previously, $95)$126 per unit for residential units annually (previously, $120)7 cents (previously, 16 cents) per square foot for land or buildings with existing active industrial, utility, or storage use38 cents (previously, 36 cents) per square foot for unimproved land that is up to 88,000 square feet; 75 cents (previously, 65 cents) per square foot for unimproved land that is 88,000 to 200,000 square feet, and 20 cents (previously, 18 cents) per square foot for unimproved land that is greater than 200,000 square feet.District of Columbia Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District (BID) TaxThe BID tax is an additional real property tax or a possessory interest tax. The tax is assessed and levied on:the owner of property; orthe holder of a possessory interest in the BID.Act 22-162 (D.C.B. 22-490 ), Laws 2017, effective October 23, 2017, for a 90-day period that expires January 20, 2018, and applicable to tax years beginning after September 30, 2017Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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