first_imgSmart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH MOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise THIBODEAU’S INFLUENCEFirst-year Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau paid the Warriors a couple of visits last season in his year out of NBA coaching, a chance to observe Kerr’s practices and catch up with old pal Ron Adams, Golden State’s assistant and defensive guru.“It was fun to pick his brain and share knowledge and insight,” Kerr said.Thibodeau called the Warriors “something we aspire to be.”“Golden State was a good model for us,” he said of focusing on improvement. “They went step by step.”UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host the Utah Jazz on Monday for a quick two-game visit home.Warriors: Host Atlanta on Monday in the second game of a five-game homestand and look to beat the Hawks at home for the fifth time in a row. 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We are young Stephen Curry had 34 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Golden State overcame Green’s absence to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 115-102 on Saturday night for their 11th straight victory.“It wasn’t as loud, obviously,” Klay Thompson said of missing Green. “Collectively we had to raise our voices to make up for it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliCurry shot 13 for 19 with four 3-pointers, while Kevin Durant added 28 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and a career-high six blocked shots — the Warriors’ first time ever having someone finish with at least 25 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five blocks. Thompson scored 23 points with four 3s.Durant figured he had to do more. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports “Especially tonight. We missed Draymond,” Durant said. “We were a little stagnant early.”Green sat out a day after bruising his left ankle at Los Angeles in a collision with teammate Ian Clark, who also missed the game after being hit in the throat on the play.“Without Ian and Draymond our bench was thinned out,” coach Steve Kerr said.Zach LaVine scored 31 points with five 3s, while Karl-Anthony Towns had 12 of his 18 points in the first quarter on 6-for-10 shooting. He then quieted down and missed five of his next six attempts before a three-point play with 4:03 remaining to make it a 10-point game.Without Green, Golden State lacked offensive flow and an interior defensive presence against Towns until finding some rhythm late in the first half and early in the second.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) celebrates his 3-point basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 in Oakland, Calif. APOAKLAND, Calif. — Do-everything Draymond Green is fiery, vocal and brings energy on both ends of the court.On a night the Golden State Warriors were without their emotional leader, it took them a while to find a flow.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Warriors went off for a franchise-record 47 assists in their previous home game three nights earlier against the Lakers, but managed only 25 Saturday.Golden State didn’t get its first field goal of the second quarter until 7:41 remaining on Durant’s three-point play.“It’s good to see that we can step up in a guy like Draymond’s absence and still have contributions from other guys on the floor,” Curry said.Kevon Looney made his first career start in place of Green and had six points, three rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes.Curry’s 17 third-quarter points were his second-most in a quarter this season.Minnesota handed Golden State one of only two home defeats last regular season, 124-117 in overtime on April 5 — just the Timberwolves’ second win in the last 17 meetings, including Saturday.The Warriors won their sixth straight home game since a 129-100 season-opening loss to San Antonio, and ninth in 11 meetings with Minnesota dating to 2013.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Former Warriors G Brandon Rush was welcomed back on the video board during a first-quarter timeout, and he smiled and waved. … A night after getting 15 steals — five by Ricky Rubio — and forcing 26 turnovers, Minnesota managed only nine steals among the 18 turnovers by Golden State. … The Wolves will host the Warriors on Dec. 11, and Golden State has a nine-game winning streak at Minnesota.Warriors: Curry had his sixth 30-point performance of the season, while he, Durant and Thompson each went over 20 points in the same game for the seventh time. … Golden State’s streak of 10 straight games with 30 or more assists was snapped. … The Warriors are 36-7 in the second game playing on consecutive nights dating to 2014-15, including 3-1 this season. … They shot above 50 percent for the third straight game. … Golden State wore its slate alternate jerseys for the first time at home, improving to 24-2 all-time in that uniform. 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first_imgArticle published by Sue Palminteri Scientists tested the capacity of small drones equipped with thermal cameras to survey European nightjar nests in areas where construction or logging is planned.Nightjars use camouflage and cryptic behavior to avoid predation, which makes them difficult to observe on the ground and avoid disturbing, as required by U.K. law. Finding a faster, more cost-effective survey method to detect their presence could help forestry and construction managers comply with regulations more efficiently.The scientists say that the drone-thermal camera combination would be suitable for surveying other open-country wildlife, and could be aided by automated analysis of the thermal signatures of target species. Forestry and construction companies in the U.K. are required to ensure their work doesn’t endanger protected species, including the nesting sites of protected bird species. In the case of the European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus), however, the bird’s highly effective camouflage makes it difficult to detect inside a patch of vegetation.So researchers from Cardiff University in Wales have turned to thermal-sensing cameras to locate nightjar nests as part of a recent pilot study.A European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) showing its impressive camouflage, which enables it to evade predators by sitting still. Its large eyes and long whiskers help it detect insect prey in low-light conditions. Image by Dûrzan cîrano via Wikimedia Commons (CC 3.0).“Nightjars are camouflaged to look just like a fallen log or dead wood,” lead author Mike Shewring, a Cardiff University Ph.D. student, said in a statement. “They nest on the ground and ‘sit tight’ when approached to avoid detection, which makes it nearly impossible to spot them during the day when they are inactive.”Nightjars, as their name implies, are nocturnal, and the birds remain still if a person walks by, using their camouflage to avoid detection. Ecologists surveying planned logging or construction sites can easily miss seeing birds hiding within the vegetation. Moreover, walking among fallen trees while conducting ground nest surveys is costly, time-consuming, and potentially hazardous.Shewring and colleagues recently tested the suitability of thermal cameras mounted on drones to detect nightjar nest sites as an alternative survey method. A drone-mounted camera can survey an area faster than a team of ground observers, potentially without disturbing the birds or their nests. Thermal-sensing cameras can find birds and other warm-bodied animals hidden within vegetation, even in the dark.A thermal image of a logged forest taken from a drone-mounted thermal-sensing camera. A warm-blooded nightjar in the center shows up as a small red dot and the nest as yellow against the colder vegetation. Downed trees are even colder and appear as darker blue in the image. Image by Skeye Ltd and Natural Resources Wales.Shewring presented the preliminary findings of their pilot tests last month at the British Ecological Society’s annual conference.The scientists took a series of thermal images by flying the drones over a tree plantation in Wales in areas where nightjar nests had been previously identified by radio tracking and direct observation.They took the images at 10, 20, and 50 meters (33, 66, and 164 feet) above the ground at dawn, noon and dusk during the nightjar breeding season (between May and August).The researchers were able to detect nightjars in their nests in the thermal images. Nightjars’ body temperatures run around 40 degrees Celsius (105 degrees Fahrenheit), which show up in the thermal images against the colder background of vegetation or soil. Not surprisingly, the birds’ outlines were more easily seen in images taken at cooler times of the day, when the temperature contrast was greatest.The scientists found that images taken at 10 meters above the ground produced more useful images than those taken from higher up. Surveying with aerial images from known altitudes also allowed them to estimate the body size of the birds below to confirm the species, without getting too close.Nightjar chicks awaiting their parents’ return. Nightjars build open nests on the ground that are as difficult to spot as the birds. Image by Mike Shewring/Cardiff University.To prevent workers from destroying nests, forest managers currently avoid areas around known nests or avoid forestry work altogether during the breeding season. The new findings suggest that drones could make the task of surveying nightjars faster, easier, more accurate and more cost-effective.Shewring told Mongabay that surveying with drone-mounted thermal cameras could similarly be a cost-effective way to survey other ground-nesting bird species. He added that the method would work best in grasslands and other open-country habitats, rather than forests.“We were conducting surveys in grassland up to one meter [3.3 feet] in height, and it worked well in this scenario,” Shewring said. “I would think the denser the vegetation and the more water it holds, the more this would mask the thermal signature, i.e. looking [for] nests at ground level through dense woodland canopy would unlikely be successful.”“Our preliminary findings demonstrate the potential of drones for surveying nightjars during their breeding season, allowing forestry managers to locate nests more accurately and plan their works adequately,” project supervisor Robert Thomas said in the statement. “This methodology could also have wider applications, since it could technically be adapted to detect any warm-blooded species.”The nightjars stayed put in their nests during the drone flights, a characteristic behavior these cryptic birds employ to avoid being detected by predators.A group of nightjars looking like logs on the woodland floor. Image by Paddy Jenks.“We don’t know whether the nightjars perceived the drones as a predator,” Shewring said. “This would be interesting to explore in future studies to ensure that the sight and sound of drones don’t have any negative impacts on the birds’ stress levels or metabolism.”In the meantime, Shewring said, the group will be further developing their software and analyses this year, to characterize in better detail the thermal signature of nightjar nests through additional drone flights and testing of automated analysis approaches. He added that they hope the forest managers, who funded the pilot study, will be able to begin using drones with thermal cameras in 2020 to inform how and when they program their activities.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. 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 Birds, cameras, Drones, Forests, Research, Sensors, surveys, Technology, Thermal Imagery, Wildtech last_img read more

first_imgCommunity Development, Community-based Conservation, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Ecotourism, Environment, Forestry, Forests, Rainforests, Tourism, Tropical Forests The Mangunan Pine Forest, near the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, has become a major draw for visitors to the region. Local farmers, switching to ecotourism, are cashing in.More than 2 million people visited the site in 2017, generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue, according to a local cooperative that stewards the area.“For those who pioneered this, who struggled the most, their income has quadrupled,” says the head of the cooperative. MANGUNAN, Indonesia — Not long ago, people would come to Mangunan only to tap the giant trunks of reddish pine for sap, used as everything from antiseptic to glue. But in only a few years these columns of giant Sumatran pines have become a well-known tourism attraction in selfie-snapping Indonesia.”From around 2014 it was already getting crowded,” Handoyo, a parking attendant, said outside the entrance to the Mangunan Pine Forest on the island of Java. “Many people started coming here to take photos, there was even a pre-wedding [photoshoot].”On long weekends the road up to Mangunan, around 25 kilometers (16 miles) from the regional capital of Yogyakarta, roughly in the center of Java, gets jammed with cars and motorcycles. People arrive from morning to night, drawn to photogenic clouds of spooky mist floating between the pines. Indonesian President Joko Widodo came here in 2018 to open a small festival. Barack Obama even strolled through the nearby forest at Puncak Becici a year earlier.Indonesia lost around 15 percent of its tree cover to deforestation from 2001 to 2017, according to data from the World Resources Institute. The country began devolving power to local governments in 2001, enabling more than 500 of these new regional administrations to issue permits for land-use changes — from oil palm plantations to tin mining. But what has happened in this small pine forest is a different sort of land-use change. A lowland pine forest, protected by law, has become a tourism asset managed by a cooperative of local stewards with a direct economic interest in preserving the land. Widodo is trying to incentivize others in the archipelago to follow suit by promoting ecotourism.“If we want to look after, nurture and preserve the forest for the welfare of the community, the way ahead is through tourism development,” said Purwo Harsono, chairman of Kooperasi Notowono, an organization set up by original farmers. Nine homestays have sprung up in the village outside the forest, all run under the cooperative. Koperasi Notowono was established in January 2015, and last year earned 6 billion rupiah ($430,000) in revenue.Aji Sukmono, head of the Yogyakarta provincial forest management unit, told Mongabay that up to 10 percent of a protected forest area can be used for this kind of tourism.The area of forest in the Mangunan conservation area, one of 25 such protected zones in the province, spans 574 hectares (1,420 acres). Almost 30 hectares (74 acres) of this is approved for ecotourism projects. For the farmers who switched from semi-skilled agriculture to a higher-value service business, ecotourism, their income has increased dramatically.“In 2017 [visitor numbers] reached 2,289,559 people,” Purwo says. “In July [last year] we deposited 1.5 billion rupiah in provincial income.”Some 25 percent goes to the provincial budget, according to a decree issued by the governor, while the remaining 75 percent of the revenue goes straight to the managers in the community. The Notowono cooperative then uses part of this toward reseeding the land, planting a new generation of sappan, banyan figs and alstonia. “We provide nurseries to every operator,” Purwo says.What started with only a few dozen farmers now counts 295 full members. And the cooperative provides work for 544 people in total. They have drawn up a constitution to put rules in the public domain, detailing, for example, the fixed prices that food vendors may charge visitors.“For those who pioneered this, who struggled the most, their income has quadrupled,” Purwo says.Visitors can ride in jeeps through the pine forest. Image by Nuswantoro for Mongabay.He says there is much still to do to push things further in Mangunan, such as showcasing cultural markers of the old Mataram dynasty that governed much of Java before it split under the weight of infighting as Dutch colonizers consolidated control in the 18th century. A tomb of Mataram royals, in Imogiri, is not too far from Mangunan.The sun hangs low in the sky as a group of cyclists pedal past the government office. The car park teems with motorcycles and buses. At a ticket kiosk I pay only 2,500 rupiah (20 U.S. cents) and walk up to the familiar sight of hammocks hung from trees and wooden blocks arranged into an amphitheater — a ubiquitous setting for millions of social media snaps. As Indonesia’s tourism industry catches up with those of neighboring Malaysia and Thailand, proper scrutiny will have to be applied to projects to ensure the ecotourism label is not misappropriated by operators keen to cash in.https://www.instagram.com/p/Brz5C77howx/But in Mangunan, local stakeholders appear to have found a formula that gels with the times. Tapping pine trees for sap might earn a farmer 1 million rupiah ($70) per month, but tapping them for selfies can bring in two to three times as much.***Banner: The Mangunan Pine Forest. Image by Nuswantoro for Monagbay.This story was reported in part by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Sept. 30, 2018.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 mongabayauthor 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

first_imgAgriculture, Cocoa, Deforestation, Divestment, Environment, Forests, Green, Industrial Agriculture, Oil Palm, Palm Oil, Plantations, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Rubber, Tropical Forests Editor’s note (March 7, 2019): A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Sipef operates in the Solomon Islands. The story was updated to remove this error, as well as include a statement from Sipef released after the story’s publication.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. Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis This week, Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global – the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund – released its 2018 holdings.Thirty companies were divested from on the basis that they “impose substantial costs on other companies and society as a whole and so are not long-term sustainable.” These “risk-based divestments” appear to include four plantation companies: Olam International, Halcyon Agri Corp, Sime Darby Plantation and Sipef.These companies are involved in the production of commodity crops in tropical areas in Southeast Asia, West Africa, and Oceania and have been criticized for destructive land use practices like deforestation. This week, Norway released the 2018 investment holdings of its massive government pension fund. Notably absent were four plantation companies previously listed in the portfolio: Olam International, Halcyon Agri Corp, Sime Darby Plantation and Sipef.Olam International and Halcyon Agri Corp are both Singapore-based agribusiness companies, with Olam linked to deforestation for oil palm plantations in Gabon and cocoa in Ghana and the Ivory Coast, and Halcyon Agri’s subsidiary Sudcam razing rainforest for a vast rubber plantation near a UNESCO site in Cameroon. Belgium-based Sipef runs oil palm, rubber, banana and tea plantations in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, while Sime Darby Plantations produces palm oil in several countries in Southeast Asia, West Africa and Oceania.An industrial rubber plantation in Colombia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.With around $1 trillion in assets, Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) is the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. Norway established the fund in 1990 to invest surplus profits from its petroleum sector, which it does so in hundreds of companies worldwide.However, it doesn’t invest in just any company – certain ethical guidelines must be met. Coal mining, human rights violations, production of nuclear weapons, and “severe environmental damage” are a few criteria that prohibit the fund from investing in a company.“The Ministry of Finance has established ethically motivated guidelines for observation and exclusion of companies from the fund,” said Marthe Skaar of Norges Bank Investment Management, which manages the fund. “The guidelines contain criteria for exclusion based either on the companies’ products or on their conduct.“In addition, the fund itself may divest from companies that impose substantial costs on other companies and society as a whole and so are not long-term sustainable.”While Olam, Sime Darby Plantations, Halcyon Agri, and Sipef aren’t included by name in the GPFG 2018 Responsible Investment report (“We do not disclose the names of our risk-based divestments,” Skaar told Mongabay), the report states 30 companies were divested from following “assessments of governance and sustainability risks.” These four companies are also no longer included in the GPFG 2018 holdings report while they were included in it in 2017.Mongabay reached out to Halcyon Agri, Sime Darby Plantation, Sipef and Olam International, but had not received responses from the latter three companies by press time. A representative from Halcyon Agri declined to comment. On March 6, Sipef released a letter directed at the Norges Bank Investment Management that laments the divestment.“We deeply regret this decision, and the lack of consultation that has preceded it.” (Read Sipef’s full letter here.)Palm oil is produced from the fruit of the African oil palm tree (Elaeis guineensis). Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Conservation organizations like Rainforest Foundation Norway are lauding the move.“The divestments announced [this week] should be seen as a warning shot to those investors and companies still involved in deforestation,” said Vemund Olsen, senior adviser at Rainforest Foundation Norway. “Their business model is outdated.”In total, the GPFG has divested from more than 60 companies since deforestation became an ethical criterion in 2012. Of these, 33 were involved in palm oil production.“It’s great to see that the GPFG is taking action against deforestation,” Olsen said in a statement. “It’s increasingly clear that companies involved in deforestation, directly or through their supply chains, are a major liability to investors.” 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

first_img‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 “I think he’s ready and I hope he gets drafted,” the coach said. ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Aces tap new import days before first game as Ellis flies home Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Aris Dionisio. PBA IMAGESLost in the shuffle of Victoria Sports-MLQU’s maiden foray in the PBA D-League was the stellar performance of big man Aris Dionisio.The little-known 6-foot-5 center has made a good account of himself this past 2017 Aspirants’ Cup, averaging a double-double of 14.6 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoscenter_img Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu His coach Jinino Manansala has not doubt that Dionisio is capable of keeping up with the big boys.“Ever since he played for me in St. Clare College, he’s been doing the same. He does it all and he’s a hardworking person. I think he’s ready for the big time,” the mentor said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnOne thing the 21-year-old want to prove is that he can perform at the same level as his peers from other famed schools in the Metro.“All I’m thinking is I have to compete with them. I was adjusting at the start, but in the next games, I did all I could to help our team,” he said. Dionisio has been a solid contributor for Victoria, providing the muscle down low to perfectly complement lead scorer Robbie Herndon. His performance through eight games was enough to land him in the top two of the league leaders in rebounding and blocks, just behind Cafe France center Rod Ebondo.But the numbers are far from Dionisio’s concern, saying, “I just go hard down low every game.”Dionisio would rather focus on the present as he hopes to continue honing his skills during his time in the amateurs.“After this, I’ll focus on St. Clare. Maybe after that, I’ll try out for the other teams for the next D-League conference,” Dionisio said.Still, Manansala believes that the numbers should be enough proof to the PBA scouts that Dionisio is indeed a diamond in the rough, pegging his big man as the next best under-the-radar prospect for this year’s Draft.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot View commentslast_img read more

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Gomez de Liaño bros still undecided on UP return Will Voigt to help Mighty, not fill Gilas’ coaching spot World’s shortest man dies in Nepal at 27 ‘Maman Dion,’ mother of singer Celine, dies at 92 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Bank robber turns out to have forgotten to put eyeholes on pillowcase mask Stepheson was pedestrian at best for Meralco as he turned the ball over six times, the last one happening before his sixth personal foul at the 6:15 mark of the fourth quarter.Ratliffe said it was his constant pestering of Stepheson that caused the former University of Southern California Trojan to go awry on defense.“When you get fatigued, it’s kind of hard to play defense so I guess my strategy worked,” said Ratliffe. “He’s still a big presence inside but the game plan worked and coach [Chito Victolero] prepared us very well.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. School to fine parents for picking up their children late LATEST STORIES MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ravena gets Paras on board for 3×3 “I just tried to wear him down a little, I ran the floor and just tried to make him tired,” said Ratliffe who finished with a game-high 32 points to go along 13 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.Ratliffe’s ploy worked perfectly as he helped Star to a 108-90 shellacking of Meralco as hhe limited Stepheson to a subpar line of nine points, on 4-of-7 shooting, and nine rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Stepheson, who stands two inches taller than the 6-foot-8 Ratliffe, has been averaging 18.88 points, 24 rebounds, and 15 shot attempts per game before he ran into Star’s defense.“He’s big, well I’m big too, but he’s huge so I know I can beat him up and down the floor and get him tired and I figured once he’s tired he’ll start to foul a bit,” said Ratliffe who forced Stepheson to six personal fouls. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESsStar import Ricardo Ratliffe employed one simple tactic in stopping Meralco’s hulking import Alexander Stepheson in their matchup in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 LATEST STORIES “Even if he was in foul trouble, he had the patience to take the shot,” said coach Pablo Lucas of Ambulodto, who finished with four points and five rebounds.Robbie Herndon captained the Couriers with 27 markers on a 3-of-5 shooting from threes, to go with five boards and two assists, while Michael Juico added 22 points, four dimes, and three rebounds.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 groundWangs squandered a nine-point lead, 70-61, early in the fourth quarter and stumbled to a 79-76 deficit thanks to a Leo Avenido-led 12-1 run for the Coffee Lovers.But the Couriers regained their footing late, with Herndon drilling a huge three from the top of the arc with 1:08 to play while capitalizing on Gamboa’s four straight misses from the charity stripe to survive the thrilling affair. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJohn Ambulodto sank the game-winning basket at the buzzer to lift Wangs Basketball to a gutsy 88-86 victory over Gamboa Coffee Mix Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The St. Clare big man received a pass from the driving Tim Habelito and had no second thoughts on hoisting the shot with the clock dwindling down as the Couriers snapped their two-game losing slump and improved to an even 2-2 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Durant to stay with Warriors but West joins Clippers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April 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 “Breaks of the game,” said  Lucas. “Good thing that our players did not give up and showed their never say die attitude. Leading or not, they were just focused on the game.”The loss spoiled Avenido’s 38-point, 9-rebound outing as Gamboa suffered its third straight defeat to fall to 1-3.Ken Acibar chimed in 15 markers and eight boards, while Mike Parala got 11 points and six rebounds in the loss.The Scores:WANGS BASKETBALL 88 – Herndon 27. Juico 22, Arambulo 10, Habelito 5, Tayongtong 5, Ambulodto 4, Riley 4, Sorela 4, De Chavez 3, Asuncion 2, Montemayor 2, Bitoon 0, King 0.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 86 – Avenido 38, Acibar 15, Parala 11, Acuña 8, Dadjilul 4, Jumao-as 4, Padilla 3, Riva 2, Knuttel 1, Arellano 0, Montuano 0, Vidal 0.Quarters: 26-19, 44-40, 63-59, 88-86.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSan Beda guard Robert Bolick. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick’s basketball career will certainly have a chapter dedicated to De La Salle University.He was a Green Archer first and a Red Lion second.ADVERTISEMENT Bolick, San Beda edge La Salle for Filoil title “When I watched the Kyrie [Irving] shot, I thought ‘wow that’s amazing’ and I wished that the same thing would happen to me,” said Bolick, who was referring to Kyrie Irving’s clutch triple in the Cavaliers’ title run in 2016.“I saw the defensive switch, and I thought for a second if I should drive or if I shoot, thank God it went in.” Swing Out Sister back to PH this April 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet And on Sunday, he added another entry into that chapter when he punctured La Sallians’ hearts with a dagger of a triple to lead San Beda to a 75-72 win in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Finals.READ: Bolick, San Beda edge La Salle for Filoil titleFEATURED 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 groundIn a game that got rowdy, noisy, and sure as hell crazy, Bolick remembered to thank La Salle despite crushing its preseason dreams.“The game was competitive and that’s what makes a game great, and I’d like to thank them because they gave us a good fight,” said Bolick after finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. View comments Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’  “Both teams can win the title, and I really like Ben [Mabala] because he’s been talking trash to me the whole game but after the game we’re still friends.”This is basketball, however, and only one team wins and it was Bolick, who made sure that happened.And he had some early morning inspiration before he thrashed the Green Archers in clutch time.Bolick said he watched the replay of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.And one play remained in his mind up until the final minute of his own championship game.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ A dream fulfilled for Christian LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgFilipinos 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 But now, all three will have their chance to shine donning the national team colors as Ferrer, Cruz, and Tolomia were named to the Gilas Pilipinas squad seeing action in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.READ: Kobe Paras future of Gilas, says Reyes FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend SPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It’s an honor to be a part of this team and represent our country. We promise that we’ll give our best wherever we play,” said Ferrer.The lanky UST forward said that his faith never waned, believing when one door closes, another one opens. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I didn’t lose hope. Coach Chot talked to us and said that he has plans for us. So when there’s an opportunity to play, we’ll play,” said the Ginebra rookie.READ: More woes hound Gilas PH Same is the case with the FEU duo of Tolomia and Cruz, as they look at this break as their chance to show what they have been doing in the Gilas practices.“It’s time for us to prove that we’re worthy of our spot in that lineup,” said the cat-quick Tolomia.The bruiser Cruz added: “It means a lot. After all the hard work I put, making this roster makes me more motivated to give my best for the team.”ADVERTISEMENT LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs READ: Myers to beef up Gilas in Jones CupCompeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 19 to 30, Ferrer, together with Ray Parks, are shooting for their third gold medal, which will allow them to tie Rommel Adducul for the second-most haul in men’s basketball.Tolomia, meanwhile, is playing on his first SEA Games after previously helping the Philippines claim gold in the 2016 SEABA Cup, while Cruz will be making his national team debut in an international competition.The three acknowledge the obvious disadvantage of trotting out a youthful squad, but the squad will be fighting for pride to extend the Philippines’ dominance in the regional tilt.READ: Seeing growth of hoops in the region, Parks knows Gilas has to be ready“There’s a pressure because we’re champions here. We can’t lose,” said Ferrer. “But although we have a young squad, we’re familiar with each other so adjustment won’t be an issue. We know how to play off one another and we all know how to win.”Tolomia added: “It’s going to be a tough competition for us because the other countries will be bringing in their best players. Though we know we could learn a lot from them, we also know that we’ll give nothing less but our best.”“It’s going to be coach Chot’s system which will help us get the wins,” said Cruz. “It doesn’t matter if we’re undersized and they’re bigger, it’s the system where we’ll lean on and we’ll do everything just to fight for our country.” Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinoscenter_img Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Weighing game: Horn still over 7 pounds overweight for battle End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks LSU title parade draws massive crowds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen coach Chot Reyes announced his 12-man lineup for the 2017 Seaba Championship, he pointed out three names whom he felt were the toughest cuts .“If I had to choose 15, Kevin Ferrer, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Mike Tolomia would definitely be there,” he said then.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet View commentslast_img read more

first_img MCMASTER LEADING Defending champion Shaun Barnes, with a score of 85, led all shooters in the Jamaica Skeet Club’s National Sporting Clays Championship at the end of the first day of competition at the True Juice Estate in Bog Walk, St Catherine, yesterday. Barnes started with a perfect six out of six birds on station eight of the fifteen-station course that is set in the lush ‘green’ citrus fields of the True Juice Estate. Joe Chin was just one bird behind after picking off 84 birds. The top-five shooters in the A Class is rounded out by Richard Azan Jr, 81, while Chad Ziadie is on 80 along with Ian Banks. Class B is lead by Jordan Thwaites, 81, with Zachary Chen, 75, is in second position, while president Evan Thwaites is in third position, having knocked off 71 birds. Craig Davis, 75, Danzell Knight, 73, and Matthew Josephs, also on 73, are the top-three shooters in the C Class. Young Brandon King, who ended the day on 65, just three birds ahead of second-placed JP Dipchard with 62 and Cameron Pang Sang was in third spot with 60. John Chin shot a surprising 80 birds to lead the E Class with Mark Benjamin, eleven birds back on 69, and Nathan Chin a further nine birds back on 60. Wendy McMaster shot 59 to take the lead in the ladies category. Perennial tournament winner Marguerite Harris had a rough day to end in second position after successfully shooting 53 birds. Renee Rickhi, former secretary of the Jamaica Skeet Club, 49, holds the third spot. Last year’s female champion Jolie Chin is just one bird back on 48. Danzell Knight, 73, Zach Lazarus, 64, and JP Dipchard, 62, are the top-three shooters in the Junior section. The Sub Juniors category is dominated by John Chin, who shot 80. Johan Subaharan, 65, and Nathan Chin, 60, follows in second and third positions. The Hunters or Beginners section is topped by Wendy McMaster, 59. Next to McMaster is Damien Sayers, 48, and JJ Ralston, 47. They return today at 10:30 a.m. to complete the two-day championship.last_img read more