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first_imgThe Hazlet Youth Athletic League will be sponsoring a three-game, round-robin summer softball tournament starting July 20 for ages 8, 10, 12 and 14. The tournament fee is $375 ($350 for leagues sending three teams) and no AAU teams are allowed. Please call (732) 264-3060, ext. 6, for more information, or visit the Web site www.hyal.org. The Raritan High School Hall of Fame is accepting nominations. Nominations are for outstanding accomplishments in athletics at Raritan from 1962 to 1985, or post high school honors. Nominees must have demonstrated recognition such as All-County, All-Shore, All-District, All-State either in high school or similar recognition for participation in college or professional sports. Nominations are also requested for coaches and service awards. For consideration, nominees must not be actively coaches for at least five years. The HOF committee selections will be based on a standardized criteria. Final selections will be announced prior to the induction ceremony. Nominations will be accepted up until June 30. For more information, contact the school at (732) 264-8411. The Atlantic Bicycle Club of Monmouth County held its annual Tour of Colts Neck races on May 1. A total of 315 racers participated in the various events. The feature race, a 30-mile road race with 87 licensed Category 3 participants, was won by Christian Mambelli, of Matawan. Mambelli is a member of the Colavita Racing Team. Hazlet Recreation is sponsoring a Raritan Rocket Development Softball Camp July 11-14 for ages 10-15 at a cost of $95. The camp will be held at Raritan High School from 8:45 a.m. to noon. Bat, glove and proof of physical are required. Helmets and catcher’s equipment to be brought if possible. The camp will be directed by Janet Citro. Registrations may be done by mail or in person at the James J. Cullen Center, 1776 Union Ave., Hazlet, through July 8. There is a $15 charge for late registrations. Payments only by check or money order will be accepted. The following are the current standings for the Monmouth Women’s Softball League: Chubby’s Bar3-0 Grist Mill/ Conrad Smith Nursery2-0 Walt St. Pub2-1 Brannigan’s Bar2-1 Huddy’s Inn/White Rose2-1 TOL Fragrances1-1 The Globe Sports Bar1-2 Murphy’s Bar-Rumson1-2 Dublin House/ Little Silver Pharmacy1-2 Charlie Brown’s-Lincroft1-2 Arena Builder’s-Holmdel 1-2 MPPI Ins./VEI Limo0-3 The Aberdeen/Matawan girls fall softball league will be holding registration for it 2005 season. The league is open to residents and nonresidents grades 4-12 as of September. For more information, go to www.leaguelineup.com/amyaa, call Jim at (732) 290-9576, or e-mail amyaa2005@optonline.net. Hazlet Recreation will be sponsoring a basketball camp for boys and girls ages 9-15 on July 18-21. The cost is $100. The camp will be held at the Hazlet Middle School from 9 a.m. to noon A physical is required. The camp will be directed by Sean Devaney. Payment may be made by mail or in person at the James J. Cullen Center, 1776 Union Ave., Hazlet. There is a $15 charge for late registrations. Payments only by check or money order will be accepted. Middletown Youth Athletic Association Little League presents Practice Makes Perfect Baseball/Softball Camp for the 2005 summer at Bodman Park. There will be five four-day sessions, beginning June 27, July 5, July 11, July 18 and July 25. All sessions are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ages 8-16. Prices are $225 for one session, $425 for two, $625 for three and $800 for four sessions. There is also a 10 percent discount for multichild registrations. Included in the fee are a camp T-shirt, a written player evaluation, Practice Makes Perfect awards lunch and numerous individual player awards. For a brochure or more details, call (732) 671-1238 or e-mail PMPbaseball camps@aol.com. Currently, a swim team for the 2005/2006 winter season is being formed for Raritan High School. This team will be 100 percent self-funded by donations and fund raising. The team needs to raise $28,000, and all donations are greatly appreciated. On Saturday, June 11, the team will be holding a Flea Market at Middle Road School from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. They’re asking for any vendors and those residents who would like to clean out their garages to participate. Spaces available: $25 for vendors (new items), two or more spaces $45, plus a donation of a $15-plus product to be placed in an auction basket; $10 for garage sales (used items), two or more spaces $15. Please bring your own tables. There will also be food and activities for the whole family. If you’d like to donate an item to be auctioned, please do so by June 8. Set-up time is 7:15 a.m. and the rain date is June 12. Call Marge McDonald to register or with questions (732) 888-1573 or e-mail raritanswimming@aol.com. Heather Anzivino, a sophomore forward at Kean University, received the MVP Award as a member of the women’s soccer team. She was chosen MVP despite suffering a season-ending injury and missing the final six games of the season. The Hazlet Bombers U13 boys are looking for players for the upcoming season. The Bombers play in MOSA division and will be in National 2 this fall. Anyone born between Aug. 1, 1992, and July 31, 1993, and is interested in playing, please contact Ed Young at (732) 739-0429. The St. John Vianney High School Football Camp for boys grades five to eight will be held July 11-14 at the Holmdel school. Cost is $85 and includes T-shirt, football notes and a video. Call (732) 449-3953 or check out the Web site at camp.sjvfootball.org. The Battle of Monmouth Fire girls U14 (fall 2005) Monmouth-Ocean Soccer Association team is holding tryouts on Wednesdays, June 8 and 15, 6-7 p.m. at Wemrock Road Soccer Fields in Freehold. Girls must be born after July 31, 1991. Call Gregg Silva at (732) 866-9692 for more information. No residency requirements.last_img read more

Solid Hornets team faces important week

first_imgBY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer The Holmdel High School baseball team faces an important week as it continues its quest to qualify for the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II Tournament. Coach Ed Reckage’s Hornets were 4-3 heading into Tuesday’s home game against Raritan. This afternoon Holmdel will visit Monmouth Regional for first-round game in the Monmouth County Tournament. Tomorrow the Hornets visit Central Regional and travel to Rumson-Fair Haven on Friday before returning home on Saturday for a rematch with RFH. “This is a big week for our team,” the coach said. “Our team can compete with anyone and now we have to bear down and get some wins.” To qualify for the state tournament, teams must have a .500 or better record at the end of play on May 10. Reckage said his team has played well defensively – Holmdel averages under an error-per-game, and the pitching has been good. He noted that his team has hit when needed, but that base running miscues have been costly. Thus far the Hornets have picked up victories over University Academy of Jersey City, RBC, and Red Bank Regional (twice). The losses have come against Jackson, Manasquan (on a suicide squeeze play), and St. John Vianney, which rallied in the final inning. Holmdel has been playing without power-hitting shortstop Mickey Zudonyi, who is out for the season with a shoulder injury. Zudonyi flirted with a .500 average last season and is excellent with the glove. Third baseman Anthony Ferraioli has been the Hornets’ top hitter and Reckage said the lefty hitter “may be the toughest out in the Shore.” Ferraioli is batting .571, with a homer, six RBIs and an on-base percentage over the .600 mark. First baseman Anthony Paganucci has been stinging the ball as well. He has a homer to his credit and has been hovering around the .400 mark throughout the campaign. Catcher Nick Renna has blasted a pair of home runs, while providing a solid presence behind the plate. Reckage also noted that Brian O’Neill has moved from third to short and has been doing a good job defensively and batting out the number-two spot in the order. On the mound both Joe Brescia and sophomore Ian Wladika have a pair of wins. Brescia, who has a deep repertoire of pitches including a split-finger fastball, is 2-1 with two complete games to his credit. The hard-throwing Wladika, who mixes things up with a knuckleball, is 2-0. Tim Baisley, Tim Butler, who is just returning from a shoulder injury, and sophomore Jean-Luc Orlando round out the pitching staff. The Hornets have a speedy outfield with Kyle O’Gorman in right field, and juniors Glenn Grainger in center field and Chris Monfassani, the lead-off hitter, in left field. Other members of the team include DH Mike Renna, hard-working reserve catcher Mike Bock, junior second baseman Ryan Garber and versatile junior Brian Amabile. “Our guys have been battling and as a team, they’re doing a lot of things right,” Reckage said. “If we can cut down our mistakes on the bases, we can play with anyone. I really like our pitching and defense and I think our hitting is coming around.”last_img read more

Smith shines as Australia down India to reach World Cup final

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneySteve Smith’s sublime century laid the groundwork and Australia’s pace bowlers finished the job to send the co-hosts storming into a seventh World Cup final with a 95-run victory over champions India on Thursday.Australia move on to the Melbourne Cricket Ground and a shot at a fifth title against New Zealand on Sunday, while India head home after four months Down Under having come up short in their bid to retain the title they won four years ago.Smith’s 105 helped Australia to a total of 328 for seven, the highest in a World Cup semi-final, and although skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit a defiant 65, India were dismissed for 233 in the 47th over.“We thought 330 was around par but we knew we had to bowl and field well and the boys did a terrific job tonight,” said Smith.“Just happy we got over the line in the end. I’m just looking forward to Melbourne. It’s going to be a hell of a day.”India might have fancied their chances of chasing the target down after a solid start on a good pitch in perfect weather conditions and backed by the majority of a crowd of 42,330 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood had other ideas, however, and they tore the heart out of India’s top order by sending Shikhar Dhawan (45), Virat Kohli (1) and Rohit Sharma (34) back inside six overs.When James Faulkner, who had been hammered for 23 runs by Dhawan in his first two overs, got into the act by dismissing Suresh Raina (7), India had lost four of their most coveted wickets for the addition of just 32 runs to fall to 108-4.Johnson’s bowling was as potent as it has been all tournament and the delivery that clean bowled Rohit a ball after the opener had the temerity to hit him for six sent one bail flying 20 feet behind the stumps.Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane (44) set about rebuilding the innings with a partnership of 70 but when the captain was run out ambling down the wicket by a direct hit from Glenn Maxwell, the die was cast.“We came back quite well but we could have bowled better,” said Dhoni, who said he would not be retiring.“A lot of people did not think we’d come so far in the tournament.”Faulkner added a flourish by bowling Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohit Sharma in successive deliveries to finish with 3-59 but Umesh Yadav blocked the hat-trick ball.Smith had earlier reprised his role as India’s tormentor-in-chief, rarely looking troubled in his 122-minute, 93-ball knock and sharing a second-wicket partnership of 182 with opener Aaron Finch (81).The 25-year-old hit 11 fours and two sixes to give India a rude reminder of his prolific form in the Test series around New Year, when he scored a century in all four matches.He secured his fourth straight half century at the World Cup in 53 balls and was soon surging towards his fourth ODI century, which he secured from 89 balls with a six and a four off successive deliveries.With Yadav (4-72) to the fore, however, India struck back to remove Smith and then the power-hitters in Australia’s middle order.A late Johnson cameo of 27 not out off nine balls helped bolster Australia’s tally and India will rue their failure to dismiss their opponents for the first time in eight matches at the World Cup.last_img read more

In Vietnam, small farmers and timber magnates forge uneasy alliance

first_imgCertification, Forests, Logging, Rainforests, Tropical Forests Vietnam plans to certify as sustainable some 5,000 square kilometers (1,930 square miles) of production forests in the country and boost timber export value to $8 billion by 2020.Nearly a quarter of the country’s forests are managed by smallholders, whose subsistence lifestyle often compels them to harvest their timber too young to be used for furniture or as quality wood products.An initiative by WWF looks set to change this by training smallholders in sustainable farming methods under FSC standards, which is hoped to also boost their income over the long term.Local wood processors and exporters are also pushing for higher domestic supply as they look for a more viable alternative to costly imported timber. HO CHI MINH CITY – In a bid to address the history of poor management that has ravaged its forests and the quality of its timber, Vietnam is embracing a more sustainable approach to its smallholder-driven forestry sector.The Vietnamese government has set targeted goals to certify 5,000 square kilometers (1,930 square miles) of the country’s 67,000 square kilometers (25,870 square miles) of plantation forest and to raise its timber export value to at least $8 billion by 2020, according to Vietnam News.Since the majority of the country’s plantation land is divided into small family plots, focusing on improving smallholders’ ability to produce quality timber could be paramount to meeting these goals.As a key player in the global timber trade, Vietnam exports manufactured wood products to over 120 countries worldwide. But quality remains low: only 20 percent of the country’s domestic output is of high enough quality to be used for furniture exports, according to the NGO Forest Trends.Earlier this year, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) told Voice of Vietnam that it expects timber exports to reach $7.5 billion by the end of 2017. There is a growing emphasis on sustainability across all state departments, with steady progression in the National Action Program on REDD+ and the recent conclusion of Vietnam’s VPA negotiations for involvement in Europe’s FLEGT trade program. (FLEGT, or Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade, is an EU action plan established in 2003 as a way of promoting trade in legally produced timber and banning illegal wood from entering the EU market.)This drive for higher-quality timber and better forestry practices is mirrored in Vietnam’s private sector. As international demand for FSC-certified timber grows, the country’s wood processors and exporters are pushing for higher domestic supply, the key to which could lie with Vietnam’s smallholders.A member of a local FSC-trained harvesting team at work in Phu Loc district, in Vietnam’s Thua Thien-Hue province. Photo by James Morgan/WWF with permission.Nearly a quarter of Vietnam’s forests are currently managed by smallholders, producing 20 million cubic meters of low-value timber each year, according to Forest Trends. Since most are living hand to mouth and dependent on short harvests, up to 85 percent of their timber is harvested young and is too small in diameter to be used for furniture or quality wood products, according to a Forest Trends report for FLEGT.Each smallholder plot is typically managed by a family and is about 3 to 4 hectares (7.4 to 9.9 acres) in size.“Most smallholders have only a few hectares of land,” said Huynh Van Hanh, the vice chairman of the Handicrafts and Wood Association. “At around the five-year mark they cut [their trees] because they have to get money to keep their family alive.”Small farmers trained for export supply chainSmallholders currently lack the capacity to farm high-quality wood, but a WWF initiative to train them in FSC-standard timber production could change their situation.WWF’s Sustainable Bamboo-Acacia-Rattan Project functions as part of its National Strategy on Sustainable Production, addressing targets for conservation and biodiversity protection in Vietnam’s Central Annamites region.“We … support the smallholders here to get more income [and manage] sustainable acacia plantations to reduce the pressure on the natural forest,” said Nguyen Vu, project manager for the initiative.First implemented in the central province of Quang Tri and later in Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Nam, the initiative is tailored to each region and developed in close collaboration with local government bodies.“We work with them to [establish] any parallels between the targets of our project and the objectives of the province,” Vu said. “We base [our targets] on their strategic plan … to ensure sustainability after the project finishes.”The program begins with a seminar on its economic, environmental and social implications. According to Vu, only a certain proportion of the province’s farmers will opt to register for training at this point, while others prefer to watch their neighbors’ experiences first. Future members are then certified through the smallholders, rather than through WWF.“The [smallholder] association will provide an application form, guide them through it and do a quick assessment of their land,” Vu said.Auditors review a smallholder plantation at the preliminary stages of certification during a 2016 FSC audit in Phong Son district, Thua Thien-Hue province. Photo by Loc Vu Trung/WWF with permission.As per FSC standards, training is based on forest management and chain of custody assessments for each smallholder. “We also run a training needs assessment to get a better understanding of what their training and capacity building needs [are],” said Le Thien Duc, forest program coordinator for WWF. “Then we will see a gap, develop a plan and conduct the training.”Once the smallholders are ready, they undergo an FSC audit for certification, which lasts for five years. Within this period, they will be audited every year to ensure continued compliance with FSC standards.A work in progressIn parallel to this, WWF sets up management structures for the smallholders to coordinate. Each province is organized into a clear hierarchy with an executive board at the provincial level, sub-associations at a village level, and individual members. They function as a legally recognized entity and all representatives are elected through a vote among the smallholders, held every five years.But a key flaw in this system is that local authorities are still heavily involved.“At this stage our key partner is the Forestry Protection Department,” WWF’s Vu said. “They staff the executive board at the provincial level and farmers run the sub-associations.”This prevents smallholders from being totally independent and is a short-term solution since the government board members have their own tasks within their department and cannot commit to the project indefinitely.“We want the smallholders to be more independent,” Vu said. “But at this stage they don’t have the capacity and skill to manage the whole certification group.”WWF plans to address this once the smallholders have more experience in working as part of the plantation association model.According to Phuc Xuan To, a policy analyst for Forest Trends, there is also a need for clearer legal guidelines around the model.An acacia plantation belonging to TTH-FOSDA members in Ben Van village, Phu Loc district, Thua Thien-Hue province. Photo by Loc Vu Trung/WWF with permission.“Most upland households, they have no idea what [an economic contract] is! They may for example cut down the tree, sell to someone else instead of selling to the company,” he said. “Or the company may run away from the contract if the [market] price of timber drops. Legal framework for regulating that kind of economic transaction is not strong enough yet.”Contending with short-term income demandsDespite the clear long-term financial benefit of the program, short-term needs are a pressing issue for smallholders who are used to harvesting every few years. (*Editor’s note: Mongabay was unable to speak with any smallholders for this article because of the complex bureaucracy around arranging interviews and the Vietnamese government’s policy to send an official escort with a journalist for potential in-person interviews).According to WWF, all training costs are covered by WWF sources, but cost of living is still the farmers’ responsibility. Many plantation owners sustain themselves with simple labor, animal husbandry or farming agricultural crops.Others reserve a small part of their plantation for shorter-term, non-FSC harvests.“Many households have several forest areas, for example 4 hectares but divided into three different areas,” WWF’s Vu said. “Joining our program is voluntary. We tell them they don’t need to join all of their forest; they can save 1 or 2 hectares for wood chips to cover their short-term income.”In some instances, farmers may also be able to receive assistance from the smallholder association they belong to.“We set up a kind of member fee,” said Thien Duc, the forest program coordinator. “Then they use that money for association initiatives and to support members if they come into financial difficulty.”These membership fees are renegotiated every year. According Vu, there are three main fees that the Quang Tri smallholders are required to pay: an annual fee, a land fee per hectare of plantation, and a harvest fee of 7 percent of the overall difference in price that farmers receive for their FSC-certified wood versus that for non-certified wood.Since there is such a high level of risk involved in investing in a long-term acacia harvest, particularly in central Vietnam where storms and natural disasters such as landslides and floods are common, most banks do not want to offer loans to small-scale farmers.“The plantation requires quite a long-term investment [and high risk],” said Forest Trends’ Phuc Quan. “No commercial bank is prepared to provide that kind of loan.”Instead, WWF tries to encourage the companies that contract smallholders to offer them credit or an advance for their timber. Both Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue’s smallholder associations have contracts with Scansia Pacific, a supplier to Swedish furniture giant IKEA. One Forest Trends report found that this company provides loans of up to about $176 per hectare per year for household plantations with at least six years growth, which are repaid when the wood is ready to be bought.Model set to evolveThe conditions for these loans and smallholder-company collaborations depend completely on negotiations between the two parties.Acacia is processed into parts for garden furniture at Minh An Co., a factory that processes 100 percent FSC timber and works exclusively with Scansia Pacific, a supplier to IKEA. Photo by James Morgan/WWF with permission.“We build up the cooperation and relationship between the buyer and the seller,” Vu said. “This way, we shorten the value chain and remove any unneeded middle men. They negotiate without us; we just bring people together.”Because of the high demand for domestic FSC-certified timber among Vietnam’s processors, smallholders are able to negotiate 15 to 20 percent more for their FSC timber than they can for non-certified wood, according to WWF. Without smallholder arrangements, many manufacturers have to rely on expensive imports, and although the transacted costs of working with small plantations are also high, it is still more viable to buy from smallholders than to rely on imports, according to FSC Vietnam.One such Vietnamese timber processor, Thanh Hoa Corporation, used to rely on imports before working with small farmers.“There is more and more competition to buy FSC-certified wood here,” said company chairman Thien. “Before, we imported acacia from Malaysia and the Solomon Islands, but now there is not enough to feed our demand.”For him, the future of Vietnam’s FSC-standard timber industry lies in merging its now scattered plantation land together.“Smallholders cannot easily use plantation techniques; with small land you cannot do anything,” he said. “You must have big land and invest the money, the technology, the time, to get more product.”Although certified smallholders do work as one body, their land remains scattered into household plots. This could change, however, as WWF’s model develops. According to Vu, the project is improved on each time it is reapplied to a new province.“In Quang Tri we took two-and-a-half to three years to prepare the smallholders for FSC auditing because they were the first in Southeast Asia,” he said. “But last year we applied the program to [Thua Thien-]Hue … and it took one to one-and-a-half [years].”With this consistent approach to development, the smallholder model seems set to change and grow as it is applied further in Vietnam. The concept of linking small farmers with manufacturers is itself a clear asset to Vietnam’s efforts for sustainability; the question just remains how it will be used.Banner image: Smallholder Ho Da The at work in his FSC-certified acacia plantation in Phu Loc district, Thua Thien Hue. Photo by James Morgan/WWF with permission.Zoe Osborne is a freelance journalist based in Vietnam. You can find her at www.zoeosborne.com.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 Genevieve Belmakercenter_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

Coaching post open as San Beda recovers from Jarin departure

first_imgShanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Senators to proceed with review of VFA Muay Thai nat’l c’ship winners get crack at national team pool As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise San Beda Red Lions. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda starts its rebuild following the departure of coach Jamike Jarin.The school has now begun its search for a replacement and three names arise from the field.ADVERTISEMENT Jarin amassed a 32-12 record in his two year stint with the Red Lions, with the last ending in a championship this NCAA Season 92.READ: Jarin silences critics, San Beda finds redemption in 20th NCAA titleOf the three, Fernandez is emerging as the favorite to snag the position being a former mentor who steered the Red Lions to back-to-back titles in NCAA Season 89 and 90 to complete the school’s five-peat in 2014.He left to coach NLEX in the PBA before being replaced by coach Yeng Guiao this offseason.Whoever gets a nod will coach a team that will be bannered by Mythical Team member Donald Tankoua, Javee Mocon, Davon Potts, and AC Soberano for NCAA Season 93.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter EDITORS’ PICKcenter_img We are young MOST READ Boyet Fernandez, Alaska deputy Louie Alas, and Meralco assistant coach Jimmy Alapag are the top names considered to inherit the post Jarin left following his imminent transfer to National University on Tuesday.READ: Jarin set to take over NU coaching reinsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSan Beda has confirmed the departure of the multi-titled coach. Jose Mari Lacson, the school’s representative to the NCAA Management Committee, said Jarin has already talked to the Red Lions.“I just learned today he already said his goodbyes to the players, but I’m still waiting for official word from Father Rector,” referring to Fr. Aloysius Ma. Maranan, OSB. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to virus View commentslast_img read more

Woman charged for Rohee robbery

first_imgThe woman who was arrested in connection with the robbery committed at the home of former Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, was on Thursday arraigned with two counts of armed robbery.Corlette Parks, 49, of Lot 4692 Postal Housing Scheme, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Lambert at the Providence Magistrate’s Court and pleaded not guilty to both charges.She was remanded to prison and will return to court on January 11.On November 9, three gunmen executed a daring robbery on the Eccles, East Bank Demerara, house owned by the former Minister and current General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party.The robbery reportedly occurred just about 12:00h, after the gunmen gained entry via an open door on the lower flat and tied up the two maids.The men ransacked the house and carted off an undisclosed sum of cash and a quantity of jewellery in a waiting car.The maids subsequently managed to untie themselves and raised an alarm.Speaking with the media following the incident, Rohee explained that he was not at home at the time of the robbery but his two domestic helpers were, and left the backdoor ajar through which the men gained entry. They were carrying guns and a knife.After confronting the two women, the bandits held them at gunpoint and ordered them into the upper flat of the building, where they were gagged and bound with duct tape.The men, Rohee had stated, ransacked the home and found a quantity of jewellery belonging to himself and his wife and an undisclosed sum of money, before escaping in a waiting car.Hours after the robbery, that vehicle was found abandoned. Further investigations by police led to Parks, who is the owner. She reportedly rented the car to the three men who committed the robbery.Meanwhile, police are still looking for the bandits.last_img read more

Niger sip history as Ghana end penalty blues

first_imgNiger and DR Congo must win to survive the first-round cull while draws will suffice for Ghana and Mali, the beaten semi-finalists at the 2012 tournament in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea.Ghana have known only heartbreak when it came to penalties in recent years as Asamoah Gyan rattled the crossbar with a last-minute spot kick that allowed Uruguay to go on and win a 2010 World Cup quarter-final in Johannesburg.Gyan flopped again last year at a Cup of Nations semi-final in Equatoguinean city Bata with Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene blocking his kick and the Black Stars lost to a late goal.A torrent of public and media criticism after the Africa Cup defeat led Gyan to temporarily quit international football and the United Arab Emirates-based striker was honoured with the captaincy when he returned late last year.Wakaso, who was not born when Ghana last conquered Africa 31 years ago in Libya, showed no nerves after Adama Tamboura felled Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and steered a powerful kick over goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa.Agyemang-Badu came close to breaking the deadlock six minutes earlier by nodding a Wakaso free-kick wide of Samassa, but the ball rebounded to safety off the far post.The result left Mali furious that the Ivorian referee did not red-card Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda in the sixth minute for handling outside the box with Seydou Keita poised to score.Dauda escaped with a caution, skipper Keita was just off target from the free-kick, and that was as close as the Eagles came to scoring with the Ghana defence comfortably containing a blunt strike force.“We were much more tactically disciplined in this game than against DR Congo, but I know we can do a lot better than we did today,” admitted Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah.Mali coach Patrice Carteron said: “The referee did not help us because he ought to have sent off the Ghana goalkeeper rather than just booking him for handling the ball outside his area.”But there was some relief for France-born Carteron when DR Congo, fancied to defeat Niger in the later match after coming from two goals behind last weekend to hold Ghana, failed to spark in a tedious stalemate.It was the first point for the Nigeriens in the competition after losses to Gabon, Tunisia and Morocco in the 2012 tournament and to Mali last Sunday in a Group B opener.The Menas (Gazelles) squandered the best chance of the match after only four minutes when club-less Modibo Sidibe curled a shot against the post with only goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba to beat.Niger goalkeeper Daouda Kassaly, whose aerial shakiness was partly to blame for the late Mali winner four days ago, performed much better and used his arm to foil Dieumerci Mbokani just before half-time.Veteran DR Congo coach Claude Le Roy said: “We played badly tonight with many technical and tactical mistakes. It will be wonderful to play Mali although we must win to survive.”Niger coach Gernot Rohr was happier: “We made history by collecting our first Cup of Nations point. We have made some progress after losing all three matches in Gabon last year.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, January 24 – Ghana put a series of penalty heartaches behind them, Mali seethed over a controversial decision, Niger collected their first point and DR Congo disappointed Thursday in the Africa Cup of Nations.Mubarak Wakaso from Spanish Liga outfit Espanyol converted a 38th-minute spot kick to give Ghana a 1-0 victory over Mali and DR Congo and Niger drew 0-0 in a Port Elizabeth double-header that offered little excitement.As in Group A, there is all to play for in the final matches next Monday when leaders Ghana face bottom team Niger at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium while second-place Mali and DR Congo travel east to square off in Durban.last_img read more

Follows Camp residents to get moving expenses

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – Fifteen remaining residents of Follows Camp settled an eviction dispute with the camp’s owner Thursday. According to the agreement with property owner Flochal Inc., residents will receive $500 each for moving expenses and must leave the camp within 60 days. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Duggan spoke of the uniqueness of the case after the settlement. “I’ve never had a case like this where a whole community is … decommissioned,” Duggan said. “You have a nice community, and it’s had a good run, and it’s over,” he told the residents. By settling, the residents do not give up their right to sue the landowner individually, said Fred Nakamura, attorney with Neighborhood Legal Services, who represented them. Follows Camp, located in the Angeles National Forest 17 miles north of Azusa, had been operating for almost 15 years without proper county permits to operate as a mobile home or recreational vehicle park. Open since 1896, it was once home to about 200 residents. But in November, residents were given notices to leave the camp within 60 days. The sale of the camp is in escrow, said another letter to residents. Residents said they were never told of the camp’s illegal status when they signed contracts with the landlord. Some said they recently spent thousands of dollars on additions to their homes. Nakamura argued the eviction notices were defective because they did not state a reason for termination, as required by mobile home and recreational vehicle laws, and failed to give enough time’s notice. Flochal’s attorney argued that the notice requirements were not needed and since the camp was operating illegally, contracts between the landlord and tenants were void. Terri Eagon of Flochal Inc., declined to comment. The camp was a tight-knit community and was home to a restaurant, church and fire station, residents said. shirley.hsu@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306last_img read more

‘Unbalanced’ Man City will not match Arsenal’s Invincibles, says ex-England boss

first_imgGlenn Hoddle insists Manchester City will NOT emulate Arsenal’s Invincibles.City have made a stunning start to the Premier League season, dropping only two points from 17 games, and have surged 11 points clear at the top of the table.Hoddle fully expects Pep Guardiola’s side to go on and win the title, declaring the football they are playing right now as ‘scintillating’.But the ex-England boss believes City are too ‘unbalanced’ to match the feat of Arsenal’s 2003/04 side – the only Premier League team to go an entire season unbeaten. “If you are going to ask me who is going to win it, it would be City,” said Hoddle, speaking on the Weekend Sports Breakfast.“I thought they would win it at the start of the season but I didn’t think they would be as strong as they are now. But someone can upset them“Defensively, they are taking less risks. The ‘keeper has really strengthened them up. He is good with his feet, but he knows when to not take a risk and that has put them 40 per cent up the ladder defensively. But I think someone will nip them in the bud, I really do.“Arsenal had some real strength in the midfield. They were really solid and it was a real balanced team.“Fortunately for all the neutrals, this [Man City side] is an unbalanced team. It is all attacking players and it is wonderful to see.”City will bid to make it 16 consecutive wins against Hoddle’s former club Tottenham on Saturday evening – a match you can listen to live on talkSPORT.Hoddle says Spurs will be hampered by the loss of defensive duo Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez, but believes they are capable of ending City’s unbeaten run.“You are not going to out-play them, you are not going to out-possession them, but Tottenham could hit them on the counter and that is where they have been exciting this year,” he said.“You have got Otamendi and Mangala playing today – they are not at their strongest defensively Man City – so you have got to try and get at them.”talkSPORT has live and exclusive national radio commentary of Manchester City v Tottenham on Saturday, kick-off 17:30last_img read more

Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: January 11, 2018

first_imgThis Thursday morning on Sportsday we bring you your essential round-up of the morning’s top sports stories.last_img