In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, January 11, 2019

first_imgArticle published by John Cannon Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments.Mongabay does not vet the news sources below, nor does the inclusion of a story on this list imply an endorsement of its content. Tropical forestsScientists set up a mirror for wildlife in the rainforest, with comical results (Sputnik News).Researchers in Ecuador discover a new species of frog with a thumb-claw (Newsweek).In late 2018, an eastern bongo, a critically endangered antelope from East Africa, was born at a Florida zoo (First Coast News, News 4 Jacksonville).Researchers argue that dams built in lowland rainforests are too costly to biodiversity to be justified (Phys.Org/University of Stirling).As Colombia’s forests fall, organized crime profits rise (Insight Crime).California’s plan for carbon trading could infringe upon communities’ rights, leaders say (Devdiscourse).Forest clearing for oil palm plantations in Borneo is affecting the group size of proboscis monkeys (Phys.Org/Cardiff University).Tanzania began a six-month push to root out illegal logging in the country (Khmer Times, Xinhua).Haiti could lose half of its species to deforestation-related habitat loss by 2035 (WHYY Philadelphia).Tree plantations in Southeast Asia are becoming a popular investment in China (South China Morning Post).Illegal logging led to landslides in Indonesia (The Jakarta Post).A female bongo died after complications from a cesarean section birth in Virginia (WAVY).Other newsRanchers across the western United States struggle to cope with increasing numbers of wolves (Pacific Standard).Warmer water is causing problems for Guadalupe fur seals (Hakai Magazine).Climate change is throwing off Australia’s “thermostat,” the Great Barrier Reef (Hakai Magazine).Proponents of a dam project in Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve say its construction is necessary for the country’s economic development (IPP Media).The U.S. government shutdown is hampering wildlife conservation work (WBUR Boston).Wild animals are beginning to use a highway overpass in the state of Washington (Smithsonian Magazine).A bustling economy kept U.S. carbon emissions high in 2018, despite the closure of coal-fired power plants (The New York Times, The Washington Post).Banner image of an eastern bongo in Kenya by Chuckupd via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain).FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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Street dwellers to be relocated, receive counselling – NTFC

first_imgThe National Task Force Commission (NTFC) is hoping to work with the relevant stakeholders to have street dwellers documented and assessed by professionals with the aim of relocating them.The NTFC is also seeking to provide street dwellers with counselling and therapy, and begin a process of rehabilitation. This exercise will commence by the last quarter of this year.Vagrants occupying the pavement at the Parliament.NTFC Chairman, retired Major General Joseph Singh, has said the National Committee has already begun work, and has been evaluating persons living on the streets to determine whether they are placed into shelters or drug rehabilitation centres.“To the extent of persons living on the streets, whether they are street dwellers or mentally challenged… The National Committee did some pilot work with trained therapists and psychiatrists from the Ministry of (Public) Health, to determine what type of therapy and welfare management would be appropriate for the categories,” Singh told journalists on Friday.According to Singh, it is a norm for persons to be taken off the streets, but they manage to find themselves back there in a matter of hours.“Persons, in the past, have been removed from the pavement, taken to the night shelters, cleaned up, and given all that they need; but the next day they are back on the very pavements. If you visit some of those persons, you will see that that is there home,” he said.He said there are some homeless persons who are intelligent, while there are others who prefer to be homeless even though they have families.He said that now that the Hugo Chavez Centre in Berbice is up and running, the NTFC would be working closely with the Social Protection Ministry to see how many persons could be relocated there, along with the Phoenix House which deals particularly with drug rehabilitation.Singh opined that homelessness is caused by many factors. “It has to do with the migration of a significant number of persons and people left here in the care of others. So the whole structure of the society needs to be retooled — restore that caring for the neighbour,” he said.He said many relatives are willing to take their family members back into the home, but it was found that those persons refuse to stay in the home.Meanwhile, regarding the project, Singh said the task force is currently getting together the relevant professionals to get the work started. He said a lot of pre- planning has to be done.The project will be based in Georgetown, and it is hoped that the experiences of this pilot project would inform future projects elsewhere.The issue of street dwellers has long plagued Guyana, and has received attention from many organisations over time. Earlier this year, the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) announced that it was collaborating with the Anglican Diocese of Guyana to provide assistance to street dwellers and vagrants. It is unclear what has become of that plan.Vagrancy comes under the responsibility of the Ministry of Social Protection, though there is scope for collaboration with other agencies.Back in 2015, then Minister of Social Protection (MSP), Volda Lawrence, had announced that the MSP would be working with a welfare committee to evaluate and possibly reintegrate the homeless into society.The committee comprised persons from the Ministry of Social Protection, Public Health, Public Security, Agriculture, and the Mayor and City Council.When speaking on the issue in 2015, Minister Lawrence had stated that there must be an evaluation, because you have various persons out there. You have the addicted, the mentally challenged, the homeless, and persons who see it as an economic means.She had also acknowledged that there are those who use begging as a means to earn an income, even sending their children to beg. Saying that a programme has to be put in place to educate those individuals, Lawrence had pledged the Government’s support in tackling vagrancy. It is not clear what fruit this collaboration has borne, since begging and destitution, including among juveniles, remain fairly prevalent in the city.last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: September 11, 2018

first_imgShoplifting suspect accused of running over deputy’s foot; hitting carsWhat was first a shoplifting run for Indiana authorities, landed a Henderson woman in trouble for a lot more, including woman including battery on law enforcement. Evansville police responded to a 9-1-1 call at Eastland Mall reporting Marilyn Crosby was shoplifting. A sheriff’s deputy was on the clock nearby. He says he found Cosby’s car driving away from the mall, and pulled her over into a parkling lot. During that interaction, the deputy leaned into her window to take her keys out of the ignition. That’s when the deputy says Cosby put her car into reverse, dragged the deputy several feet, and ran over his foot. Investigators say Cosby also hit two cars, including the deputy’s cruiser.   [Source: 14 News]Grocery store employee facing felony theft charges for eating $9,200 of deli hamAn Ohio grocery store employee is facing the possibility of felony theft charges for her daily snacking habit. The unnamed employee worked in Bolivar at the grocery chain Giant Eagle for eight years – during that time authorities say she helped herself to three to five slices of ham every day, totaling $9,200 in lost revenue. Authorities say she would also sometimes eat salami.The Associated Press reports that the store’s loss prevention manager received a tip that the employee had been eating the meat slices for years. The woman is facing potential felony theft charges, however, Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Facebook that “felony charges are unlikely.” “While our office did take a report of the issue as requested by the store, no determination of charges has been made.- Sponsor – The procedure is to send the report to the Prosecutor’s Office and they are the ones to decide. “While my office does not have the authority to make the final decision in this case, I do feel confident that once all of the facts are relayed to the Prosecutor, Felony charges are unlikely,” the statement read before adding that no arrests and “no formal filing of charges” had happened.   [Source: Fox News]Bon-Ton plots comeback after tech company buys IPA technology and brand holding company has plans to reboot Bon-Ton following the discount department store chain’s liquidation in bankruptcy this year. A subsidiary of CSC Generation, which owns the online home goods seller DirectBuy and apparel e-tailer Killion, was the winning bidder in a July 31 auction for Bon-Ton’s intellectual property assets, according to court documents. The sale currently awaits court approval. Bon-Ton’s website currently carries banner messages telling visitors, “Bon-Ton is coming back!” Some of the retailer’s subsidiary brands, including Younkers, have similar messages.USA Today reported Thursday that CSC Generation plans to emphasize online shopping experience and that it is in “advanced discussions” with landlords around reopening stores in Colorado, Indiana, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. In stores, the retailer plans to add styling services and extended hours, according to USA Today. Jordan Voloshin, co-president of CSC Generation, told the newspaper, “The new Bon-Ton is a department store tailored to the expectations of the modern customer.” CSC Generation did not immediately respond to Retail Dive’s request for comment.   [Source: RetailDIVE][text_ad use_post=’128086′]Robbery suspect in custody after allegedly threatening employee with axeA robbery suspect in Alaska allegedly swung a hatchet at employees Wednesday afternoon as he attempted to exit a store in the Nugget Mall. According to a Juneau Police Department release, a Sportsman’s Warehouse employee approached Pavel Bogatko, 28, outside the store as he attempted to leave the area with a basket of merchandise without paying. When they asked him to return the items, Bogatko allegedly took a hatchet out of the basket and swung it at an employee. No one was hurt, but police say Bogatko then dropped the basket and took off on foot, still carrying the hatchet.Employees called police who responded and pursued the suspect to Ka-See-Ann Drive where a witness said they saw a man jump a fence. Police say Bogatko did not have the hatchet when they found him. Officers later found it in the woods nearby. Sportsman’s Warehouse employees and surveillance footage later confirmed Bogatko’s identity as the suspect, according to JPD. The stolen items totaling $930 were recovered and police placed Bogatko under arrested and charged him with robbery and theft.  Online arrest records list him as currently in custody.  [Source: KTOO Public Media]Dad admits opening credit cards in daughter’s name, stealing thousands from herA Montana man admitted defrauding friends and family out of tens of thousands of dollars in Yellowstone County District Court on Thursday. Separate charges accusing him of stealing from Stillwater County are still pending. Robert Charles Love, 53, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and five felonies: theft, two counts of deceptive practices and two counts of identity theft. Love used credit cards belonging to his daughter and opened two additional credit cards in her name, charging roughly $13,000 to the new cards,  according to prosecutors.Love spent the money on a cruise to Mexico for himself and his girlfriend, tanning bed sessions and court costs related to Love’s DUI case among other purchases, charges state. Love’s daughter learned of the fraud while applying for a college loan. She told police she was denied based on a low credit score but had previously had a high credit score. Love also took $8,810 from the bank account of an acquaintance during the man’s three-month hospital stay and paid it to one of the fraudulent credit cards, according to court filings. Love later used that card to make payments to the same man for a truck Love was buying from him, according to charges. Under a plea deal, prosecutors have agreed to recommend a six-year deferred sentence, restitution and an apology letter to the victims. Sentencing is set for Oct. 18.   [Source: Billings Gazette]Hurricane Florence path toward the East Coast triggers states’ price-gouging lawsHurricane Florence is gaining speed in the Atlantic Ocean and expected to become a major hurricane soon. As Hurricane Florence was gaining speed to become a category 4 storm, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency on Saturday, he also called anti-price-gouging laws into effect. In South Carolina, selling or renting goods or lodging “at an unconscionable price” is subject to civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation (or up to $15,000 per violation if an injunction has been issued) and may be charged as a misdemeanor, with a fine of up to $1,000 and/or 30 days in jail.“With the possibility that Florence could make landfall in South Carolina, our people have already started making preparations,” Attorney General Alan Wilson said. “We can expect normal price increases, but we may see businesses and individuals looking to unfairly take advantage of the situation through price gouging of food, gasoline, lodging, and other commodities as defined by the statute. By our law, that’s a criminal violation and an unfair trade practice.”Virginia and North Carolina have also declared states of emergency, which allows them to call in the National Guard. Virginia’s price gouging law allows for a civil penalty of up to $2,500 per violation (or up to $5,000 if in violation of an injunction), and North Carolina allows for a civil penalty of up to $5,000 per violation. Price gouging amid natural disasters and other emergencies should be reported to state attorneys general. A total of 34 states and the District of Columbia have anti-price-gouging laws on the books. The northern coast of South Carolina and the Outer Banks of North Carolina are likely to be the areas most impacted by the storm, which could cause $15.3 billion in damage, said Chuck Watson, a disaster researcher at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia.   [Source: Fortune] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Big Data: Businesses Still Uncertain how to Use the Technology

first_imgBusinesses say they just don’t know how to apply and what to expect from Big Data technology.  A survey from SnapLogic and TechValidate that focused on how businesses are using Big Data and Hadoop technologies found that 52 percent said that the technology is too new to really know how to best implement and use it.  78 percent said that they weren’t sure when they would implement the technology.  Despite the uncertainty though, topping the budget for this year for many organizations will be purchases of technology for big data analytics.Here are two of the results from the survey.What are the goals of today’s Big Data Projects?Customer analytics (52 percent)Operational analytics (40 percent)Internet of Things and Data-Driven products (38 percent)What are the barriers to achieving Big Data ROI?Lack of technical skills (42 percent)Compliance and Security (41 percent)Data Fragmentation (34 percent)last_img read more

Data Storage: Big Numbers Challenge Storage Managers

first_imgFrom Enterprise Storage Forum Today, a terabyte of data is no big deal. 80 percent of organizations expect their data storage to grow by more than one terabyte in 2019 and more than 20 percent are currently managing data volumes that are larger than one petabyte in size, according to a survey by Enterprise Storage Forum. Businesses are relying more on the cloud for data storage. On-premise, HDD and Flash/SSD storage media are the most popular. The biggest storage challenge that businesses say that they face is aging storage hardware, another reason why cloud storage seems so appealing — once data is in the cloud, this worry becomes a non-issue. Other storage challenges include insufficient space and and contending with high operation costs. “You know, we often take big numbers for granted in the business of exploring space: light years of distance, terabytes of data, millions of pounds of thrust,” said Gaylon McSmith, Mars Odyssey Science Office Manager, after the launch of Mars Odyssey in 2004. Fifteen years ago a terabyte of data seemed enormous and something that few businesses, let alone projects, would ever be able collect.last_img read more

Say hello to the Internet of Robotic Things

first_imgDonal Power Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Tags:#Internet of Things#IoRT#IoT#robotics#smart edge Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puckcenter_img The latest Internet of Things (IoT) sub-segment to emerge is the Internet of Robotic Things, where intelligent robots operate with relative autonomy.As reported by ZDNet, ABI Research is championing the emergence of IoT-powered robots.In essence the Internet of Robotic Things (IoRT) describes devices that are able to combine data from various sources, monitor events, determine a best course of action and manipulate objects in the real world.And though the IoRT concept has been kicking around for a few years, ABI’s practice director of robotics Dan Kara says the technology is still in the early stages.However, he says new innovations are starting to appear in this space, like iRobot which uses Amazon Web Services to connect consumer robotic devices to the cloud.He says that increasing investment in IoT initiatives and cloud-based technology will accelerate innovations in the robotics sector.“Both commercial and consumer robotics systems can benefit from these capabilities,” he said. “Low-cost, miniature cameras and accelerometers developed for mobile phones and tablets provide just one example. Similarly, the robotics sector benefited from the technical ‘tailwinds’ resulting from massive amounts of spending and research for defense robotics systems in the early 2000s.”Robots in the cloud?IoT architectures, standards and technologies can give future robots capabilities powered by cloud-based computing, communication with other robotic systems and sensor input from their environment.“Smart edge devices can share embedded, local data with robotic systems, describing themselves and providing other information,” said Kara. “Combined with additional data captured using the robot’s onboard sensors, this enriched set of information can be used by robotic systems to make decisions locally and then act accordingly. Alternatively, this information can be augmented with distributed data and processing in the cloud and subsequently acted upon.”This follows a recent report that in the near future, we are going to see farming robots that are not only much cheaper than human labor, but capable of executing tasks with much more efficiency and accuracy. Such robots could lead to higher crop yields for farmers and a workforce that doesn’t need to rest every few hours. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts last_img read more

Council approves road project at Providence and Broadway

first_imgYou will see a lot of construction on the southeast corner of the Broadway and Providence intersection next spring.The Columbia City Council approved some downtown changes on Monday night. The city will extend the right turn lane from Providence to Broadway, and make sidewalk improvements.Dave Nichols with Public Works says it will have more space for people to make that turn.“It allows, as the car is approaching if it’s in that dedicated lane, to be able to then get into the intersection and have a better visibility of the crosswalk area,” Nichols says. “Helps traffic flow considerably through this intersection.”The $130,000 project is part of the planned Flat Branch Park expansion. That is in the area where CVS Pharmacy tried to build several times, but was rejected.“This is also forward-looking,” Mayor Brian Treece says. “We don’t want to make big improvements to that city-owned property there, only to extend that lane in the future.”last_img read more

Santon adds to Roma injury crisis?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Davide Santon could have added to Roma’s injury crisis after the defender trained apart from the squad with the flu. Roma already have seven players out, but that risks becoming eight if Santon does not recover by the time they release their squad list for tomorrow’s Europa League match with Borussia Monchengladbach. Elsewhere, Cengiz Under and Henrikh Mkhitaryan continued to work away from the first team and Corriere dello Sport also considers them doubtful to face Milan this weekend. Every precaution is still being taken with Edin Dzeko, who trained on Wednesday with a protective mask.last_img read more

Merry Christmas From Touch Football Australia

first_imgOn behalf of the Touch Football Australia (TFA) Board of Management and staff, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their contribution to our sport over the 2012 year. As an organisation, we are extremely proud of everything that has been achieved and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead in 2013. In particular, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff for their ongoing enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication to the goals we have set for Touch Football. The TFA office will be closed from Friday, 21 December 2012 until Wednesday, 2 January 2013. Please be aware only limited staff will return at this time and this may result in a delay to your enquiries. We wish all of those involved in our game a safe and enjoyable Christmas period and a well-deserved break. See you for what promises to be an amazing 2013.Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Colm MaguireChief Executive Officer – Touch Football AustraliaRelated LinksMerry Xmas From TFAlast_img read more

10 months agoYoung blasts claims Man Utd players celebrated Mourinho sack

first_imgYoung blasts claims Man Utd players celebrated Mourinho sackby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United captain Ashley Young denies the players were celebrating the sacking of Jose Mourinho last week.United responded to the appointment of caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 5-1 win at Cardiff City.Several reports indicated that United’s stars were happy with the decision, with some citing that they had even celebrated the news. However, Young firmly shut those claims down.”No celebration at all. Absolute lies,” the full-back said.”Obviously it was disappointing for the manager to get sacked. In his two-and-a-half years, he won trophies.”We have to take some responsibility for that [his sacking] as we are on the pitch.”Like I said. we have to move on from that. Ole [Gunnar Solksjaer] has come in and we were preparing in the right way for a game even though it’s been a crazy week, but as professional players we have to get on with the job in hand and that is what we did today.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more