Article published by malavikavyawahare The Vohibola forest is one of the last remaining primary forests along Madagascar’s eastern coast, supporting a large variety of endemic species found nowhere else on Earth.Under a renewed contract finalized this week the responsibility for its management was delegated to Razan’ny Vohibola, an association of volunteers from four surrounding villages.The task of protecting the forest, which is rapidly disappearing because of illegal logging, pits the local protectors against not just the timber mafia but also officials whom the villagers allege are complicit.Members of Razan’ny Vohibola were arrested in April on charges of aiding the illegal logging allegedly at the behest of corrupt officials, but released after the central environment ministry intervened. Vohibola Forest is home to several species of microfauna: from tiny frogs that fit on a fingertip, to Lilliputian chameleons of all shades. It is also one of the last remaining primary forests along Madagascar’s eastern coast and it could disappear in a matter of years, conservationists fear. The forest has shrunk to less than half of its former size in 15 years. It now measures 1,000 hectares (2,470 acres), an area one-tenth the size of Disney World in Florida.“A long time ago I went to war in Algeria, fighting to protect a country that is not mine, so how can I not protect my own country?” Joël Talata, 84, said during an interaction with Madagascar’s environment minister that was captured on video. Talata is president of Razan’ny Vohibola, a local association formed by volunteers from four villages that surround the forest and charged with safeguarding the forest. “The time that I have left, I give it to God and protecting my forest,” the octogenarian said.This resolve will soon be put to the test. On May 9, Madagascar’s environment ministry renewed a contract with Razan’ny Vohibola for one year to assess the group’s ability to protect the forest, which is fast being depleted by illegal logging for precious wood and charcoal.Wedged between Madagascar’s eastern coast and the Pangalanes canal, a system of inter-connected waterways along the coast, Vohibola is a littoral forest. These types of forests are found close to the coastline in shallow sandy soils, with canopy height of 6 to 20 meters (20 to 66 feet) on average.“The littoral forests of Vohibola are amongst the last remnants of primary vegetation in some of the most disturbed and anthropogenically influenced areas of Madagascar,” said Philip-Sebastian Gehring, a herpetologist at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. “This forest type harbors microendemic flora and fauna, which is found nowhere else on this planet.”A frog from the genus Stumpffia. Frogs of this genus are endemic to Madagascar. Image Courtesy: Alexandre PoussinIn 2012, nine forested areas along Madagascar’s southern coast were identified by the U.S.-based Missouri Botanical Garden as biodiversity hotspots with high levels of endemism. Eight of these forests no longer stand today, said Alexandre Poussin, a French filmmaker and adventurer who co-founded Razan’ny Vohibola in 2016.According to local media reports, 1.8 million trees have been chopped from Vohibola to feed the illegal trade. Recent years have brought an increase in the rate of deforestation here, Rivonala Razafison, a journalist based in the capital, Antananarivo, who has covered the area for years, told Mongabay.Between 2003 and 2016, the protected area network in Madagascar expanded dramatically from 1.7 million hectares to 7.1 million hectares (4.2 million acres to 17.5 million acres). Despite this, since 2012 the rate of tree cover loss, an indicator of deforestation, has increased in Madagascar, peaking in 2017. In 2018, Madagascar lost the highest proportion of primary tropical forest in the world, according to data from the University of Maryland, accessed through the Global Forest Watch platform.Forests like Vohibola are especially vulnerable because they do not enjoy the status of a protected area, which translates into a lack of resources and funding. The government retains no direct responsibility for managing the forest, having delegated that job to Razan’ny Vohibola in 2016 when Vohibola was designated a community forest to be managed by local people.The renewed contract between the government and Razan’ny Vohibola could be the first step toward the forest gaining recognition as a protected area. Even so, whether community protection can work remains an open question. The handing over of the forest to the community hasn’t stemmed the rate of forest loss, and conservationists like Poussin fear that by the time Vohibola is declared a protected area there will be nothing left to protect.The endemic species will be lost with the forests, Gehring said.The recently released summary of a U.N. report on biodiversity said that about three-fourths of the terrestrial environment worldwide and a third of the marine environment have been “significantly altered by human actions.” The summary went on to highlight that ecosystems in areas managed by indigenous peoples and local communities fare much better.However, as the history of Vohibola shows, in the absence of strong support from the government and adequate resources, communities are faced with an almost impossible task. In Madagascar, the rule of law is weak and respect for community rights is tenuous and fraught. Village associations like Razan’ny Vohibola don’t have the resources or the trained manpower to tackle the menacing timber mafia that operates here, according to Jonah Ratsimbazafy, a primatologist at the University of Antananarivo.The journalist Razafison visited the forest in March this year along with locals from Razan’ny Vohibola and three foreign journalists. He said their party was threatened by a group of illegal loggers who were camped in the forest. “Those people are all volunteers, they are not paid. They have nothing,” Razafison said of the local forest protectors. “That was why they were not able to face the loggers who invaded the forest.”The situation is complicated by accusations of corruption against local officials. Members of Razan’ny Vohibola say they face not just the threats from illegal loggers but also harassment from officials complicit in the illicit trade. They say this includes the mayor of the commune of Ambinaninony where Vohibola is situated, Cécilien Ranaivo.Members of the association Rann’zhiby Vohibola when they were taken into custody on charges of wood trafficking. Image Courtesy: Alexandre Poussin“The mayor is part of the wood trafficking,” Poussin said, adding that Ranaivo and Christian Ratsimbazafy (no relation to the primatologist), who directs the environment ministry’s Atsinanana division, orchestrated the arrest of several members of Razan’ny Vohibola in April on charges of illegal logging. Talata was among those arrested. Timber that had been confiscated from illegal loggers was presented as proof of the members’ involvement in the trade, Poussin said.The mayor and regional director did not respond to Mongabay’s requests for a comment. Ranaivo told AFP that accusations of local officials facilitating the illegal trade through corruption were “politically motivated.”The villagers were released after two days in custody, after the environment ministry intervened. In a show of support, the environment minister, Alexandre Georget, visited Vohibola on April 27 and spoke to members of Razan’ny Vohibola. It was during this visit that the decision to renew the contract was first announced, and the contract was formalized this week.“They will not be alone,” Georget said in an interview during the visit. “Our doors will always be open to them … We will also continue to support them technically so they can be more effective. Technicians and forestry agents will also assist them in their work.”It remains to be seen if that will be enough to preserve Vohibola forest.Banner Image: Vohibola forest in February 2019. Image Courtesy: Alexandre PoussinMalavika Vyawahare is the Madagascar staff writer for Mongabay. Find her on Twitter: @MalavikaVyFEEDBACK: 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. Biodiversity, charcoal, Community Forests, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Forests, Governance, Illegal Logging, Protected Areas, Rainforests 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
zoomImage Courtesy: Youtube screenshot Samudera Shipping Line has finalized the sale of its 18-year-old Indonesia-flagged oil tanker, the Sinar Emas.Under an agreement with an undisclosed buyer, the unit was sold at a price of USD 6.9 million, as agreed on a willing buyer-willing seller basis.Samudera Shipping informed that the proceeds from the transaction would be used for working capital and business expansion of the group.Under the current Indonesian shipping law, the company is restricted from owning and registering new Indonesia-flagged vessels. Therefore, it will not be able to acquire new ships to rejuvenate the aging Indonesia-flagged fleet.The company opted to sell the unit as part of its strategic approach of gradually selling or scrapping Indonesia-flagged vessel. Once these vessels are disposed of, the group will cease to provide shipping services for domestic route within Indonesia.
2013725.310.97.024.4 AVERAGE PER GAME 2012528.610.27.425.9 The only run of performances that surpassed it came in the closing three games of the 2013 finals. That year, James averaged a 26.7 Game Score over games 4 through 6 of the series — remember the headband-losing moment in Game 6 that seemed to activate his powers? — before dropping the very best game of his career (after adjusting for the stakes) in Game 7: 37 points on 52 percent shooting, to go with 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. The magnitude of that game helped make it LeBron’s greatest, but he’s been even better (with an average game score of 35.5) in games 4 through 6 this year. And on Sunday, James will get a chance to set a new standard in another Game 7, with the championship on the line again. 2014528.27.84.025.3 2007422.07.06.812.4 LeBron James has been so great for so long that, sometimes, it’s easy to take him for granted. This season was relatively ordinary by his standards — ho-hum, another 25, 7 and 7 campaign. There were differences from James’s earlier incarnations, such as an out-of-whack shooting stroke, but nothing so substantial as to much separate this LeBron from any LeBron of seasons past.But during these NBA playoffs, and the finals in particular, James has been playing at a level so superhuman that even the most jaded LeBron watchers have to sit up and pay attention.James’s best per-minute playoff campaign came in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ ill-fated 2009 postseason, when they flamed out against the Orlando Magic in the conference finals. His per-game averages in that series were 38.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks. But apart from that one-man exhibition in a losing effort (something James knows well), these 2016 playoffs have seen the best statistical version of LeBron — and certainly the best version ever to appear in the NBA Finals.In fact, when it comes to production in the finals, James has also saved his best performance for 2016. According to Game Score, John Hollinger’s pet single-game productivity rating, LeBron is enjoying the highest (pace-adjusted) per-game average of his finals career right now, and it isn’t especially close: Game Score has been adjusted to a pace of 100 possessions per game.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 20116126.96.36.1995.6 20166188.8.131.528.2 YEARGAMES PLAYEDPOINTSREBOUNDSASSISTSGAME SCORE 2015635.813.38.825.6 LeBron’s 2016 stats for games played in the NBA Finals are his best In Thursday night’s Game 6, James produced the top Game Score of his finals career (44.1 after adjusting for pace), thanks to a jaw-dropping stat line: 41 points on 59 percent shooting, 11 assists, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. He even splashed home three of six threes, bringing his finals 3-point percentage to 40 percent, a massive difference from the 31 percent rate we were all so worried about during the regular season.In other words, James’s game has rounded into peak form at exactly the right time for the Cavs. And I really mean peak form: If we look at his Game Scores relative to what a league-average player would produce in the same number of minutes and then weight by the importance of each game in terms of championship odds, we’re currently witnessing the second-best three-game stretch of James’s entire career, culminating in his second-best game ever on Thursday night: VIDEO: History will be made in Game 7Check out our NBA Finals predictions.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, TCI, November 28, 2016 – Police investigating an accident that occurred on Saturday 26th November 2016 that killed a man on Grand Turk have arrested a 55 year-old male on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. At 10:04 pm Police and Emergency Medical Services responded to a report on Hospital Road where a complainant stated that a man who was crossing the road was knocked down by a silver truck. The man, 50 year-old Jacques Delzins of Haiti, was later pronounced dead by a doctor. The driver of the truck was later seen and arrested. Anyone who witnessed the incident, who has not yet spoken to the police by calling the Grand Turk Police Station 946-2299. Related Items:
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 4, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Jobs are coming for Bahamians, particularly those resident in Grand Bahama now that a progressive three year deal is struck between Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and the Bahamas Government. The Grand Celebration, which replaced the Bahamas Celebration will resume sailing from the Port of Palm Beach on December 24 and all new, and beginning in April is the Grand Classica which sets sail to Freeport in April.The contract was inked at the Manor House of the Grand Lucayan resort right after Thanksgiving between Prime Minister Hubert Minnis and CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Oneil Khosa. Minister for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson said the contract calls for three conditions including that Bahamian businesses and products be used by the Celebration, that Bahamians be employed there and that with the second service in April, Bahamians be trained for job opportunities. Get ready was advice from Thompson for Bahamians.The prime minister said the contract signing is an indication of BPCL’s confidence and commitment to Grand Bahama. “They are obviously showing great support in Grand Bahama, and in the economy going to the extent of launching another vessel in April – that shows great confidence in our Bahamas,” he said.Cruises on board the Grand Celebration are from $149 from Palm Beach and the nine passenger deck cruise liner has a passenger capacity of 1900 people.#MagneticMediaNews#CruiseshipsreturntoGrandBahama Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#CruiseshipsreturntoGrandBahama, #magneticmedianews
The Championship team will host the English Premier League club Eagles in the Carabao Cup this Wednesday night at Riverside StadiumMiddlesbrough F.C. is currently sitting third in the English Championship.And on Wednesday the North Yorkshire team will host Crystal Palace, who is in the 14th position in the Premier League.But for Middlesbrough coach Tony Pulis, things will be different trying to win in the Carabao Cup match.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The Palace game, I’ll make a lot of changes, I’ve got to do that,” he said to The Gazette Live.“The players have had so many games and people forget about the international break, some players have played for their countries in the heart of Europe.”“I’ll be looking at the team carefully although we want to do well and want to win the game,” he added.“I’ve obviously got a lot of affection for Stoke-on-Trent and the football club but we’ll be looking to put a performance in.”
Updated: 8:48 PM July 31, 2018 Ed Lenderman Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitter Posted: July 31, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCALIFORNIA (KUSI) – We haven’t even hit August yet and already 2018 is the most destructive wildfire season on record- and this comes on the heels of the previous record in 2017.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman has more details. The Ongoing Threats of California Wildfires. Ed Lenderman,
Happily, help is on the way, though at first glance, it has a decidedly menacing aspect. Like a hologram, it takes a little squinting to see it for what it is.The much-rumored whatchamacallit from Apple (iTablet, iPad, whatever) will be just the ancestor of a new world of digital devices whose capabilities are going to lift the greatest burden of publishing (the cost of paper, ink and distribution) bringing HD video, animation, eloquent info graphics and the engaging arts of video gaming to the task of journalism and most other purposes of non-fiction story-telling, including education.Just as transformative, the iWhatever and its descendants will liberate users from the lean-forward nature of the desktop experience by putting the screen in our hands. The Internet will still be the best way to find what you’re looking for fast, but it will be a great deal more than that, as well. Thanks to broadband penetration, print has lost its monopoly on ubiquity.When I was the editor of People, I used to say magazines were safe until fiber optics made it to the bathroom. That was a long time ago. What I could not imagine then was how much more robust story-telling could be when liberated from paper and ink, or how you could ever feel like curling up with a computer.Perhaps most importantly, multimedia story-telling will endow “print” journalism with the brand-enhancing asset that has kept advertisers investing in broadcast and cable: the engaging energy of light, sound and motion. Industry analysts have yet to make the leap from Web as a distribution channel to revolutionary medium.“The strategies that make media companies successful will require new capabilities,” according to one recent study, which enumerated them: “tracking and research to gain deeper insights into audience interests, informatics to manage and direct Web traffic, database management, custom content and applications development, and the ability to manage a network of partnerships.”Well, yes. But the way to enhance those relationships is not through database management, but by building trust and engagement—by telling great stories in a way that makes people want to read and experience them.The Next “Magazine”This will not be easy. ASME will need to get over itself and stop treating advertisers like enemy occupiers. ABC rules and circulation practices will need to change so that print brands can re-imagine themselves without losing credit for the loyal adherents who follow them there. Publishing giants will have to act like startups, inviting story-tellers from the worlds of film and gaming to join writers and designers with a serious claim on resources and the mandate to fail until they succeed in perfecting the crafts and arts of multimedia story-telling.When that happens, some enlightened American company—publisher, ASME, maybe even an advertiser!—knowing that its brand equity is intimately tied to the values it promotes, will put its name (and money) behind the next great American “magazine.” That could very well be a broadband multimedia experience whose mission is the same one that has always informed America’s publishing at its best—to share experience, in a spirit of generosity, to bear faithful witness, to bring coherence and light to the gravest problems and greatest purposes of American life. Or, as Henry Luce once put it: “To see life. To see the world. To eyewitness great events ….” Now that’s an app.Jim Gaines is the editor-in-chief of multimedia magazine FLYPmedia. Gaines formerly served as managing editor at People, Time and Life magazines and as the corporate editor of Time Inc. So far, publishers have demonstrated more fervor than conviction in their attempts to embrace digital innovation. With a few important exceptions—notably The Atlantic—general-interest magazine sites have given themselves over to opinion and aggregation, chasing the headless eyeball and revenue from desolate banner ads while leaving behind all trace of the narrative and design richness of the parent publications.There is a desperate, shotgun quality to print-digital marriages, as well—like Entertainment Weekly’s “video in print” ad for CBS in September, GQ’s iPhone app in October and Esquire’s experiment with “augmented reality” on the December cover. Popular Science got there first in July, by, as they say, holding up the magazine cover to a computer’s webcam so readers can see “a 3-D landscape dotted with wind turbines popping off the page; by blowing into your computer’s microphone, you can even make the turbines spin faster.”And as the song goes, you would cry too if it happened to you.Help is On the Way
It’s no secret that most lawmakers are adamantly opposed to additional base closures and even after the Obama administration in February made its fourth request since 2012 for permission to hold a new BRAC round, it’s not clear that the Pentagon has made any headway with Congress.In fact, it’s difficult to find any lawmaker who will stand up for BRAC. In a story about the growing imbalance between DOD’s infrastructure and its force structure, Federal News Radio contacted six lawmakers who previously had said they would consider the department’s request to consolidate its infrastructure. None, however, agreed to comment for the story.During Capitol Hill hearings last month, John Conger, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, acknowledged that Congress likely wouldn’t green light a new round unless the department updates the legislation authorizing a new round.“I think it goes without saying that there were a sufficient number of criticisms about the last BRAC round that Congress will want to have different authorizing legislation if they’re going to give us BRAC authority again,” Conger told the web site.What’s not clear is whether any members will take Conger up on his request for input on new legislation authorizing BRAC.DOD Comptroller Mike McCord told Federal News Radio that the department has been reluctant to recommend changes to the BRAC legislation over concerns that doing so would compromise the original spirit of the process.“When you start changing things, people assume you have a secret agenda and you’re trying to bias the process,” McCord said. “I think there’s some virtue in coming in with the same proposal every year and then trying to negotiate. Part of the problem is that we haven’t gotten an up-or-down vote on BRAC in many, many years. And failing to act on our proposal doesn’t give us any feedback on how to modify our proposal,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 0 More From Roadshow Share your voice Car Games and Apps Electric Cars Car Culture Auto Tech 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Incredibly cool Tesla Easter eggs 21 Photos Post a comment Tags Tesla Tesla owners love Easter eggs, and one of the more popular ones to come out featured the ability to play Atari games on your vehicle’s center screen. A car’s controls, even a touchscreen, aren’t necessarily ideal for gaming, so the folks from Tested figured out a way to rig up both an Xbox controller and an original Atari 2600 controller to a Model 3 in a video released on Monday.Norm and Jeremy from Tested were also curious how good Tesla’s Atari emulations were, so they fired up everything from Asteroids and Lunar Lander to Millipedes and Pole Position. What did they think?Well, they seemed impressed. Some of the integrations with the Tesla’s controls are better than others. For example, maneuvering and firing in Asteroids seemed more difficult with the steering wheel, while the steering wheel and brake pedal controls on Pole Position were a natural fit.The small device that Jeremy created to turn outputs from the Atari joystick into the Xcode that the Model 3 can understand worked well, and he posted his designs to Github, so you enterprising nerds can make your own adapter for the ancient controller of your choice. Tesla