Palm oil executives arrested in bribery scandal in Indonesia

first_imgArticle published by mongabayauthor In a sting operation on Friday, Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency caught a representative of Indonesia’s Sinarmas conglomerate bribing a pair of provincial legislators from Central Kalimantan.The firm wanted the politicians to avoid an investigation into the pollution of Lake Sembuluh in Seruyan, a district in Central Kalimantan. Local residents and activists say the lake, which is ringed by plantations and mills, has been contaminated by palm oil processing waste and pesticides.The company also wanted the provincial legislators to tell the media that its operating permits were in order, according to the KPK. JAKARTA — Three executives from one of Indonesia’s biggest palm oil firms were arrested over the weekend by the nation’s anti-graft agency after an employee was caught bribing politicians to kill an inquiry into water pollution and plantation licenses in Borneo, the agency said on Sunday.The executives work for Sinarmas, a sprawling conglomerate owned by Indonesia’s billionaire Widjaja family. One of them, Edy Saputra Suradja, has been a vice president of PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology (SMART) since 2008. SMART is one of the Widjaja family’s main palm oil arms, presiding over dozens of plantations and mills across Indonesia. Edy tendered his resignation after the scandal broke.The two other executives, Willy Agung Adipradhana and Teguh Dudy Syamsury Zaldy, are the chief executive and legal director, respectively, of PT Binasawit Abadi Pratama, a smaller company operating near Lake Sembuluh in Seruyan district, in the Bornean province of Central Kalimantan. The lake is ringed by oil palm plantations and mills and has become severely polluted, with residents complaining of itchy skin after swimming in its waters and the collapse of fish stocks.Four members of the Central Kalimantan provincial legislature were also named as suspects in the case, Indonesia’s anti-graft agency, the KPK, announced in a press conference on Oct. 28. Legislators had been investigating reports from Seruyan residents that companies had contaminated Lake Sembuluh by dumping palm oil processing waste in its waters, the agency said.“The fish aren’t as abundant anymore,” James Watt, a farmer who lives a short walk from the lake, told Mongabay last year during an investigation into corruption in Seruyan. “The difference is the investors are here. The oil palm plantations are here.”James Watt at Lake Sembuluh. Image by Leo Plunkett for The Gecko Project.The case came to light when the KPK received a tip about a planned meeting in Jakarta between Binasawit representatives and provincial legislators, during which the bribery was supposed to take place.On Oct. 26, KPK investigators arrested Tira Anastasya, who works in Binasawit’s financial department, together with two members of the Central Kalimantan legislature, Edy Rosada and Arisavanah, at the food court of a shopping mall in Central Jakarta, shortly after the money was handed over, according to a KPK timeline of events.The KPK also secured 240 million rupiah ($16,000) in cash inside a black plastic bag.After that, the KPK moved to arrest four Sinarmas executives at the conglomerate’s headquarters in Jakarta: Edy, the SMART vice president; Willy, the Binasawit CEO; Feredy, a Binasawit director; and Jo Daud Darsono, the CEO of SMART. Of those, only Edy and Willy have been charged in the case. Teguh, the Binasawit legal director who has also been charged, turned himself in to the KPK.Four legislators — Borak Milton and Punding L.H. Bangkan, as well as Edy and Arisavanah — have been charged in the case. Several other legislators have been arrested by the KPK.Sinarmas said in a statement that it “deeply regrets” the emergence of the scandal.“We hope our business units and their subsidiaries operating in Indonesia operate in accordance with Indonesia’s laws and regulations,” the firm said.“We will fully cooperate with the investigation process and we hope the issue can be resolved quickly.”KPK deputy head Laode Syarif, right, addresses the press on Oct. 28 as two of his colleagues display the confiscated bribe money. Image by Indra Nugraha for Mongabay.Permits in focusThe KPK isn’t only looking at water pollution. After provincial legislators followed up on residents’ complaints about the quality of the lake, they discovered problems with Binasawit’s permits, according to the KPK.Sinarmas wanted to pay off the legislators not only to kill the inquiry into water pollution but also to tell the media that Binasawit’s permits were in order, the agency said.“Don’t forget, the one that issued the permits was the district government,” Laode Syarif, deputy head of the KPK, said at the press conference.“We have to look at when [Binasawit] started operating, so we can see who issued the permits,” Laode said.According to documents published on the website of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and a provincial government database, the permits underpinning Binasawit’s operations were issued by Darwan Ali, who was the head of Seruyan district from 2005 to 2015.Last year Mongabay in collaboration with the The Gecko Project published an investigation into Darwan’s licensing practices, showing he had issued licenses for 18 enormous oil palm plantations to as many shell companies formed by his relatives and cronies. Instead of developing the plantations, these individuals flipped the companies, with the licenses attached, to conglomerates owned by the billionaire Kuok and Rachmat families for millions of dollars.Today Seruyan, and especially the Lake Sembuluh area, is home to one of the largest expanses of oil palm in Indonesia.“The lake is dirty because people bathe in it and poop in it,” Darwan’s son Ahmad Ruswandi, who became head of the Seruyan district legislature after losing a 2013 bid to replace his father as district chief, told Mongabay and The Gecko Project last year. “If there weren’t any companies, the lake would still be dirty.”Land concessions for oil palm plantations encircle Lake Sembuluh and the villages on its shores, on the island of Borneo.Lake Sembuluh is surrounded by eight factories milling palm fruit into crude palm oil, according to Save Our Borneo (SOB), an NGO based in Central Kalimantan.SOB director Safruddin said the lake was contaminated not only with waste from the mills but also with pesticides from the plantations surrounding it.Laode, the KPK deputy head, said corruption in the forestry, plantation and environmental sector was “very harmful” to both the environment and people.“Especially if the corruption is aimed to cover up the dumping of waste in a lake which is a source of life and an ecosystem,” he added. It’s a place people depend on for their livelihoods.”That’s why the KPK is paying special attention to corruption in the natural resource sector, including the plantation sector, Laode said, adding that the government should use the bribery scandal as a jumping-off point to review permits that have been issued for plantations around Lake Sembuluh.In September, President Joko Widodo signed a three-year moratorium on new permits for oil palm plantations in Indonesia and ordered a review of existing permits.Dimas Hartono, head of the Central Kalimantan chapter of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), said the permit review should pay special attention to the province.“We appreciate the KPK’s work in the sting operation,” he said. “Hopefully this case can be followed up because this kind of bad practice has been going on for a long time.”Dimas Hartono in Palangkaraya, the capital of Central Kalimantan province. Image by Leo Plunkett for The Gecko Project.Banner: Lake Sembuluh. Image by Leo Plunkett for The Gecko Project.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. 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 Corruption, Crime, Environmental Crime, Governance, Palm Oil, Plantations, Pollution, Water Pollution last_img read more

Wildlife, ecotourism industry at stake in Madagascar’s election, says scientist

first_imgMadagascar’s election on Wednesday could have major implications for the future of the island’s environment and wildlife, says a prominent conservation scientist.In an op-ed published this week in Al Jazeera, William F. Laurance, a researcher at James Cook University in Australia, warns that if Madagascar chooses former president Andry Rajoelina, the country’s dwindling natural resources could face renewed assault.Under Rajoelina’s previous reign, which followed a 2009 coup, Madagascar’s forests, wildlife, and coastal waters were pillaged.Laurance contrasts Rajoelina with his opponent, Marc Ravalomanana, who was lauded by conservationists during his tenure for expanding protected areas, banning commercial logging, and taking steps to reduce deforestation. Madagascar’s election on Wednesday could have major implications for the future of the island’s environment and wildlife — and by extension, its rising ecotourism sector — says a prominent conservation scientist.In an op-ed published this week in Al Jazeera, William F. Laurance, a researcher at James Cook University in Australia, warns that if Madagascar elects former president Andry Rajoelina, the country’s dwindling natural resources could face renewed assault.Under Rajoelina’s previous reign, which followed a 2009 coup, Madagascar’s forests, wildlife, and coastal waters were pillaged. Rajoelina himself was linked to trafficking in rosewood timber: “Upon his removal, a stash of rosewood logs was found in the presidential palace,” writes Laurance.A critically endangered indri lemur (Indri indri), the largest lemur species. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.The environmental devastation under Rajoelina continued through his successor’s Hery Rajaonarimampianina’s rule, with a surge in deforestation and an auctioning off of community-managed fishing areas to foreign industrial fleets. With 95 percent of Madagascar’s lemurs classified as as either “endangered” or “critically endangered”, there is a real risk that a Rajoelina presidency could diminish some of the island’s biggest attractions for nature tourists.“We can see Rajoelina’s predatory attitude to the environment as demonstrated by his track record,” writes Laurance. “One must only look to the appalling state of the Malagasy rainforests to witness his rapaciousness.”“Appallingly, one of Rajoelina’s first acts was to legalize the felling of precious hardwoods by executive decree,” he continues. “The illicit trade flourished: after a year of Rajoelina’s presidency, illegal logging led to the Atsinanana, a region of eastern Madagascar containing the Betampona and Mangerivola nature reserves, being placed on the ‘List of World Heritage in Danger.’”Rainforests in Eastern Madagascar were ransacked during Rajoelina’s presidency for rosewood and other hardwoods.Laurance contrasts Rajoelina with his opponent, Marc Ravalomanana, who was lauded by conservationists during his tenure for expanding protected areas, banning commercial logging, and taking steps to reduce deforestation.“Rajoelina’s opponent, Marc Ravalomanana, is less than perfect on the environment, but next to Rajoelina he looks like a battle-hardened eco-activist,” Laurance writes. “From an environmental perspective, then, the rest of the world can only cheer for one candidate in Madagascar.” Article published by Rhett Butler Conservation, Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Politics, Forests, Illegal Logging, Lemurs, Logging, Rainforests, Rosewood, Wildlife center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Dam holding mining waste collapses in Brazil

first_imgArticle published by John Cannon The collapse of a dam in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil on Jan. 25 left at least 58 people dead and hundreds missing.The dam held the waste by-product of iron ore mining from a nearby mine run by a company called Vale.Vale was involved in another dam collapse in 2015 — called Brazil’s worst environmental disaster — that resulted in criminal charges for several of the company’s leaders and nearly $100 million in fines.Critics of mining practices say that the recent failure of the dam shows that authorities should step up the enforcement of regulations in Brazil. The collapse of a dam in southeastern Brazil has killed at least 58 people and left hundreds more missing as they were buried by a wave of toxic mud.The dam, which held the waste by-products, or tailings, from the extraction of iron ore at the Córrego do Feijão mine, was set to be decommissioned soon, according to news reports. But when it failed on the afternoon of Jan. 25, the resulting rush of muddy sludge caught workers off guard, many of whom are still reportedly missing. The cascade swallowed structures and roads, as well as a bus full of people, according to Al Jazeera, before skirting the town of Brumadinho and surging into the Paropeba River where there are early reports of severe environmental damage.It’s the second such disaster for Vale, the company that runs the Córrego do Feijão mine, in a little over three years. In November 2015, 19 people were killed when another tailings dam burst near the town of Mariana, also in the state of Minas Gerais. The resulting contamination of the Doce River from the release of potentially harmful heavy metals found in iron ore tailings had been called Brazil’s worst environmental disaster; 19 died.Now, critics of the company and mining industry practices say the recent breakdown near Brumadinho demonstrates that the industry has not corrected course, despite criminal charges brought against Vale’s leaders and $92.5 million in fines.The onrush of muddy water after the dam broke destroyed structures and swallowed roads and vehicles. Image by Jeso Carneiro via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).Avimar de Melo Barcelos, the mayor of Brumadinho, told the BBC that Vale was “careless and incompetent.”“This tragedy destroyed our city,” de Melo Barcelos said.Fabio Schvartsman, who has led Vale since 2017, apologized for the dam’s failure in a television interview, but he stopped short of accepting blame, the Guardian newspaper reported.“I don’t know who is responsible, but you can be sure we’ll do our part,” Schvartsman. Two days after the collapse, the company and rescuers said that 305 people were still missing.A car swallowed after the collapse of a dam near Mariana in 2015. Image by Senado Federal via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0).Schvartsman told a Brazilian television station that experts had signed off on the 43-year-old structure’s stability.“I’m not a mining technician,” he said on television, according to the BBC. “I followed the technicians’ advice and you see what happened. It didn’t work.”Greenpeace laid the blame for the incident on companies like Vale, as well as the Brazilian government. Nilo D’Ávila, campaigns director for Greenpeace Brazil, called the crumbling of the dam “a sad consequence of the lessons not learned.”Satellite imagery shows the contaminant plume flowing from the Doce River into the Atlantic Ocean after the collapse of a Vale-run dam in 2015. Image by Gunnar Ries via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0).“Unfortunately, economic groups with strong lobby among Brazilian Congress insist on loosening the rules of environmental licensing,” D’Ávila said in a statement. “Cases like this, therefore, are not accidents but environmental crimes that must be investigated [and] punished.”Paulo Sotero, who directs the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, told Al Jazeera that, while Brazil’s regulations can be onerous, he expected the country to respond to the disaster. Sotero said that enforcement remains an issue.“[T]he laws are pretty good,” he said, “but they are not enforced and we see once again a demonstration of this kind of irresponsibility.”Banner image of the mudslide near Brumadinho via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).CitationGleekia, A. M., & Sahu, H. B. IMPACTS OF IRON ORE MINING ON WATER QUALITY–A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF INDIA AND LIBERIA.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. 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 Conservation, Corporate Environmental Transgressors, Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporations, Dams, Disasters, Environment, Environmental Law, Infrastructure, Law, Law Enforcement, Mining, NGOs, Nutrient Pollution, Pollution, Regulations, Rivers, Satellite Imagery, Tropical Rivers, Waste, Water, Water Pollution last_img read more

NBA: Laker great Magic Johnson would love to mentor D’Angelo Russell

first_img15 Taal towns now under total lockdown 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 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 Blessed with excellent court vision and high basketball IQ, Russell has shown signs of brilliance and early glimpses of superstardom.In his second year, however, the former Ohio Buckeye’s leadership and maturity levels have been questioned at times.Russell has also been slowed down by a recent knee injury, but has shown progression in the past two games, marked by impressive outings against the Denver Nuggets and the Washington Wizards. He tallied 22 points and 10 rebounds, and 17 points and 11 assists, for these games, respectively.Although taking a cue from Magic may not necessarily guarantee Russell’s improvement, the youngster could certainly learn a thing or two from the five-time NBA champion, considering they play the same position. Khristian IbarrolaADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Graduating De Guzman vows to win NCAA title in for CSB Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Earvin “Magic” Johnson would love to work with current Lakers’ starting point guard, D’Angelo Russell. AP/Danny MoloshokNBA great Earvin “Magic” Johnson was appointed as an advisor for his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers, on Thursday (Friday in Manila), and it seems like he also wants to take a mentorship role to one of the team’s brightest young studs.The 57-year-old NBA Hall of Famer, who’s undoubtedly the best point guard to ever don the purple and gold, has expressed his desire to take sophomore point guard D’Angelo Russell under his wing.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In a recent interview with Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet, Johnson said he has high hopes for the 20-year-old floor general and was hoping to have a more hands-on approach towards his development.Magic said he’d even help out in Laker practice if Luke Walton wanted it, mentioning D’Angelo Russell as a player he’d like to mentor.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 return— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) February 3, 2017last_img read more

Former Knick Oakley ejected, arrested after MSG altercation

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who played with Oakley in New York, said the scene was “sad.”“That was tough for me to watch,” Rivers added. “Honest to God, if you could see, I took three steps. I swear I was going to run down there and then I thought, ‘What the hell am I going to do?’ But I didn’t like that. That’s my guy. So that was tough to watch from where I was standing.”Security was called to Oakley’s seat after he was shouting at Dolan, sitting not far ahead in his usual seat in the first row behind the baseline. Oakley shoved one security official in the face, though neither he nor any other arena staff threw any punches or pushed Oakley back, as players and tennis great John McEnroe looked on from his nearby seat.“I stopped and then there was an inbounds play on the side. I turned around just in time as he was handing it to him and then there was a foul. I walked back to catch the third, fourth and fifth rounds,” Clippers forward Blake Griffin said. “It was crazy, man.”Oakley was handcuffed near an arena exit as he waited for police to arrive.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 NBA: Warriors’ owner ‘hurt’ by finals trash talk from Michael Jordan Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos The 53-year-old Oakley played for the Knicks from 1988-98, helping them reach the NBA Finals, but has a poor relationship with the team because of his criticism of Dolan, the Madison Square Garden chairman.“Charles Oakley came to the game tonight and behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner,” the Knicks wrote in a statement on Twitter . “He has been ejected and is currently being arrested by the New York City Police Department. He was a great Knick and we hope he gets some help soon.”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 returnThe NYPD said Oakley was arrested on three counts of assault, all third degree. He was being processed for a desk appearance and will be issued a summons to report back to court.The altercation took place just a few rows behind the court during a stoppage in play as Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis was shooting free throws, and players from both teams turned to watch. Former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley exchanges words with a security guard during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the LA Clippers, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Former Knicks star Charles Oakley was forcefully removed from his seats at Madison Square Garden and arrested after an altercation near team owner James Dolan.Oakley shoved security guards before they pulled him away from his seat behind the baseline during the first quarter of the Knicks’ 119-115 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Fans chanted “Oakley! Oakley!” in support of the popular power forward.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown The 6-foot-8 Oakley was a rugged enforcer playing alongside Michael Jordan in Chicago and then Patrick Ewing on the Knicks teams of the 1990s. He has kept his tough-guy persona long after retirement, trading barbs with former rival Charles Barkley recently.“He’s the best teammate in the world. He really is,” Rivers said. “Honestly, the players could see, that was a tough thing to watch. I’ve been in the league a long time and I’ve never seen a thing like that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View commentslast_img read more

GlobalPort posts first win, sends NLEX to 0-6 start

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGlobalPort overcame the absence of Terrence Romeo down the stretch to beat NLEX, 85-82, for its first win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Malcolm White scored 23 points, including the go-ahead jumper, 82-80, with 23.8 seconds left, that went with 16 rebounds and six blocks as the Batang Pier finally barged into the win column after dropping their first four games.ADVERTISEMENT Banario to face Jartim instead of Lisita in ONE Manila card Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 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 “There is no perfect game but there is perfect effort,” said GlobalPort deputy Eric Gonzales, filling in for head coach Franz Pumaren, who was feeling under the weather. “I wanted to bring Terrence back in the game but he suffered from cramps. But, everybody stepped up in his place.”“We dedicate this game to coach Senen,” Gonzales said, referring to team assistant Senen Dueñas, who passed away Wednesday morning due to complications following chest surgery.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 returnStanley Pringle added 15 points, five rebounds and four assists while Romeo finished with 12 points on a bad 3-of-12 shooting night from the field with five assists and five turnovers.Romeo went to the bench with 6:15 remaining and headed into the dugout with under five minutes left. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES NLEX import Wayne Chism posted a game-high 29 points and 14 rebounds but he did not get enough support from the locals with Kevin Alas, Garvo Lanete and Carlo Lastimosa combining for just one point.Both Lanete and Lastimosa, who logged just three minutes and 14 seconds, were held scoreless.The Road Warriors, who suffered their sixth loss in as many games, rallied from 10 points down in the third quarter with Chism tying the game at 80 with a 3-pointer over White with 34.9 ticks to go.White answered back with a baseline turnaround jumper over Chism to put GlobalPort ahead for good.Juami Tiongson’s heave just passed halfcourt that would’ve forced overtime hit the front iron as time ran out.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Trump basks in Patriots’ White House visit

first_img“He persevered to become the 45th president of the United States,” Kraft said, and handed over a number 45 Patriots jersey to the Commander in Chief.Belichick indicated that this trip to the White House was even more special than his previous visits.“We’ve had the great privilege to be here several times. But this one, the way we were treated and the opportunities to be in the oval office and meet with the president, sitting inside of the white house, it’s been fabulous,” the famously taciturn coach said.The ceremony itself was a decorous affair after Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had injected a note of comedy with an impromptu visit to White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s daily briefing to journalists.“Need some help?” the irrepressible Gronkowski asked a surprised Spicer.“I think I’ve got this,” Spicer replied, “But thank you. Maybe. Thanks, man. I’ll see you in a minute.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town 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 Noting “pundits” had given the Patriots up for dead in February’s Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons, only to watch them clinch a last-minute victory, Trump quipped: “Good old pundits, boy, they are wrong a lot, aren’t they?”READ: NFL: Patriots beat Falcons in overtime to win Super BowFEATURED 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 returnHe called the Patriots’ 34-28 overtime triumph “the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time.”He credited Kraft and Belichick for fostering the team’s performance to have it snatch not only the most recent title but five National Football League championships since 2002. More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions LATEST STORIES Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out View comments President Donald Trump stands with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, left, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, and members of the New England Patriots during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, where he honored the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots for their Super Bowl LI victory. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)US President Donald Trump was among friends Wednesday as he welcomed the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots team to the White House, though the absence of star quarterback Tom Brady was glossed over.Trump made no mention of Brady — a friend and golfing buddy — during his remarks outside the White House, instead focusing on his warm relationships with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Brady was a late absentee from the visit. The high-profile player — who is married to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen — said he had “personal family matters” to attend to.READ: Falcons shake up defense after Super Bowl collapse A handful of other Patriots players had already opted out of the trip, some citing political differences with Trump.The visit happened hours after a former Patriots star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was found dead in prison after hanging himself with a bedsheet in his cell.Kraft said he was delighted to be honored by Trump for a remarkable comeback victory that he said echoed the president’s own longshot campaign “against 16 career politicians facing odds almost as long as we faced in the fourth quarter.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Grizzlies coach Fizdale fined $30,000 for refs rantlast_img read more

London 2017 | No USA 100m hurdles sweep – Russell-Love

first_imgGillian Russell-Love, the 1998 Commonwealth 100 metre hurdles champion, thinks Jamaica’s Danielle Williams will prevent a US sweep in her event at the World Championships in London. Russell-Love’s picks for the medals are world record holder Kendra Harrison, Williams and Australian star Sally Pearson. Now a TV pundit, the retired two-time Olympian reckons Williams has recovered from a difficult 2016 season. The US has a fine quartet of 100 metres hurdlers in London, but when asked if they can repeat the 1-2-3 finish seen in the Olympic Games last year, Russell replied, “No they don’t, they’re not sweeping Danielle.” Harrison has a history of disappointing runs in big meets, including a non-qualifying 6th place in last year’s US Olympic Trials. However, Russell thinks she will win in London. “Harrison gets it done,” she predicted, “but Danielle is right there behind her, and I think Pearson is third.” Harrison false started at the 2015 World Championships and made an early mistake in the 2016 World Indoor Championships won by teammate and Olympic runner-up Nia Ali. Williams is the reigning World Champion but missed the Olympics after a mid-race error at the 2016 National Senior Championships. “That was a difficult lesson for her, but I think it was necessary in her development,” said the 1997 World Indoor 60 metre hurdles silver medal winner, “so whereas now you saw the Trials where she was running with Megan (Simmonds), Rushelle (Burton) and all those young ladies, she hit hurdles again, but she didn’t panic.” Williams overcame technical problems to set a new personal best of 12.56 seconds to win this year’s Nationals and came close to that time at the Monaco Diamond League meet. “She sorted it out,” surmised Russell-Love in Kingston on August 5. “And now she has gone through to where you saw in Monaco, looking very good,” she concluded. Harrison won the Monaco race in 12.51 seconds, well off her season’s best of 12.28, with Williams third in 12.58 seconds. Williams, 2016 Olympic semi-finalist Simmonds, 2013 World Youth Champion Yanique Thompson and last year’s World Junior runner-up Rushelle Burton will contest the heats of the 100 metre hurdles when they begin on Friday. Now at the University of Texas, Burton has had a long season on the US college circuit. Russell, however, feels that won’t affect the former St Andrew High School and Camperdown High School standout. “She has been through this already, through Champs and then again for the summer,” Russell presented. Burton was in the 2013 World Youth final won by Thompson and extended her season last year to win the World Junior silver medal. With that in mind, Russell, the 1990 and 1992 World Junior Champion reasoned, “she’s always been through this sort of path that our athletes have to go through where they have to do it twice.”last_img read more

Reynolds charged with returning glory to Rusea’s

first_imgWestern Bureau: Rusea’s High School Principal Linvern Wright believes that building a long term programme around Coach Vassel Reynolds is the key to a return to daCosta Cup supremacy for the institution. Rusea’s is one of the most successful teams in the competition with 10 titles, however, they have not lifted the title since 2011. The institution was the undisputed king of the 1980s when they dominated with five titles between 1984 and 1990 and Wright wants to bring back the glory days a challenge he feels Reynolds is capable of matching. “My aim is to have a good programme, and what I see is a coach that believes in moulding the players, doing the things right from day one, and eventually, titles will come,” said Wright who is also the chairman of the daCosta Cup competition. Meanwhile, Reynolds acknowledged the importance of returning the daCosta Cup to Rusea’s and underlined that his aim is to ensure that the team remains competitive each season. “Year after year, we must always be a force to reckoned with as to if that grants us trophies so be it but we are focused on being challenging,” said Reynolds. When asked if he will display the same philosophy that brought him success at Wolmer’s Boys last year, Reynolds who is the reigning winning coach of the Flow Super Cup, shared that he wants to display that same brand and philosophy of football with his new team. “Most definitely, especially on understanding the game form a tactical point of view and what we need to do to win games,” Reynolds said. “I’m very positive that once we can get that done, we will get them to perform at their utmost best, and from there, the sky is the limit for now and years to come.” When quizzed on goals for the season Coach Reynolds said that though his team is prepared to take on the new season it is going to take it game by game and round by round and then assess its general possibilities going forward. “I think we have as good a chance as any to challenge for any trophy that is available, but we just want to focus on getting through the preliminary rounds,” Reynolds said. Challengeslast_img read more

Hubert Lawrence | Facing the future

first_imgWhen the recriminations over Jamaica’s four-medal performance at the 16th World Championships are complete, the only option will be to look ahead. Big targets loom in Doha, the host city of the 17th World Championships in 2019, in Tokyo when the Olympics return there in 2020 and in 2021, when our best take on the globe again at the World Championships. It’s a new era. The incomparable Usain Bolt is gone, but the empress of speed Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, is on her way back to partner Olympic 100 and 200-metre champion Elaine Thompson at the top of world sprinting. Beyond that, the best guess is that a newer group of Jamaicans will bear the black-green-and-gold standard on the big stage. As we now should all know, success isn’t guaranteed. Nasty weather in London confounded our mostly local-based sprint crew at the World Championships this year. Those who did their training in the 30-degree-Celsius warmth of Jamaica found themselves shivering in the rain and the 13-degree freeze of London. A look at typical Tokyo weather is instructive. The July and August temperatures are tolerable at about 25 degrees Celsius. There is rain every other day. Most often, Tokyo gets 20 days of rain in July and about 17 in August. The cold and rain did us in at the Worlds in a city that had been kind to Jamaican athletes at the 1948 and 2012 Olympics. When the weather turned against us in London this year, we weren’t ready. Sadly, Bolt and Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby pulled while at speed, and almost all others ran with restraint. By contrast, on one of the worst days of the Championships, Norway’s Karsten Warholm won the 400-metre hurdles over a star-studded field in the slowest winning time in the history of the meet. His cold-weather comfort made him feel right at home. The Japanese rainy season, which runs through the July 24 to August 9 Olympic period in 2020, could present some challenges. Thankfully, there is enough time for our track and field brains trust to research the circumstances the team will face in Tokyo. Some individual coaches, clubs and athletes will have some ideas already, but perhaps this is a job for the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education and Sport. Alternatively, there are now faculties of sport at both the University of the West Indies and at the University of Technology. Tokyo’s weather One of them could take on the task of researching the approach to preparing the locally based athletes to excel in Tokyo’s weather. Specific advice on warm-up time and technique, hydration and clothing could constitute the difference between winning four medals and twice or three times as much. It’s no accident that Jamaica’s only gold medal in London came from 110 metres hurdler Omar McLeod, who lives abroad and often runs in cold weather. Danniel Thomas-Dodd, who trains in chilly Ohio, said she was right at home as she made history by being the first Jamaican woman to reach at a World shot put final. For all I know, 400-metre hurdles bronze medallist Ristananna Tracey had some cold-weather tolerance built in from her high school days in Frankfield, home of Edwin Allen Comprehensive. When the recri-minations end, it will be time to face the future. Jamaica still has a robust high-school system, competent coaches, and a post-secondary club and college network to go with the traditional option of the US track scholarship. Research and more advance planning can only help. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more