Fires tear through East Java park, threatening leopard habitat

first_imgAuthorities in East Java, Indonesia, are trying to stop a wildfire from spreading into core zone of the Coban Wisula forest, home to Javan leopards.The fire is burning within Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, a major tourist attraction. An iconic landscape in the park, known as Teletubbies Hill, has already gone up in flames.A local NGO is monitoring the situation to make sure none of the leopards are flushed out of their habitat and into contact with humans, which could turn violent. MALANG, Indonesia — Wildfires are sweeping across a savanna and protected rainforest in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in Java, home to one of the world’s rarest leopard subspecies and other threatened wildlife.Thirty hectares (74 acres) have burned since Sept. 1. Most of the burned land is savanna, while the rest is cypress and acacia forest.“Initially, we observed eight [fire] hotspots,” said Jhon Kennedie, the head of the park management. “Then it increased to 274.”Authorities are doing what they can to control the blaze. Patrol cars were being used to transport water to the site, before a fire truck arrived on site.Firefighters are trying to prevent the blaze from spreading into the heart of the Coban Trisula rainforest, home to the Javan leopard (Panthera pardus melas), a critically endangered species, as well as the endangered Javan hawk-eagle (Nisaetus bartelsi), the national bird of Indonesia.“Leopards and eagles breed in there,” Jhon said of Coban Trisula. “We’ve seen them on camera traps.”A Javan leopard. Image by Cloudtail the Snow Leopard/Flickr.Jhon said he suspected the fires stemmed from a campfire set by local people. The location where it started is typically frequented by locals to collect firewood, look for medicinal plants and hunt birds. “The location is not a tourist attraction, the perpetrators are not tourists,” Jhon said.He said the perpetrators may have come at night and made a fire to stay warm. The fire then likely spread out of control and into the nearby savanna.The park authority has issued a directive warning residents not to start campfires. There are a number of signs to this effect as well.Starting a campfire in the national park is a crime, Jhon said, and the perpetrators face jail time. The park authority is collaborating with the district police to hunt down the perpetrators. “So that it doesn’t happen again,” Jhon said.The fires have even extended to the so-called Teletubbies Hill, an iconic spot in the national park that resembles the setting of the popular children’s TV show. The hilly area typically stays green throughout the year.A wall of fire in the park savanna this week. Image courtesy of the park authority.Rosek Nursahid, the head of protection at Forest & Fauna (ProFauna), an NGO, said he was concerned about the ecological impact of the fires. Rising temperatures and smoke would affect wildlife. The area is also home to Javan langurs (Trachypithecus auratus), a type of Old World monkey, and a deer species known as the red muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak). Bird migratory routes will also be disturbed, he said.The Javan leopard, Rosek said, is very sensitive. If the fire is not resolved immediately, the animal might be forced out of its forest habitat and into contact with humans. This hasn’t happened yet, he said. Moreover, their habitat is already narrowing because of the tourism development.“So far there haven’t been any serious incidents,” Rosek said. “We’re keeping an eye on the situation.”Authorities are struggling to extinguish the fires on steep terrain.“The fire is spreading, it’s hard to put out,” said Yhogi Hadi Setiawan, deputy chief of the local police. “The wind is strong.”Mount Bromo, the centerpiece of the national park, is still open to visitors; only one of the four gateways to the mountain is closed.This story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Sept. 4, 2018.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. 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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? 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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 Article published by mongabayauthorcenter_img Animals, Biodiversity, Disasters, Endangered, Environment, Environmental Crime, Fires, Forest Fires, Forestry, Forests, Law Enforcement, Leopards, Mammals, Mountains, National Parks, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Savannas, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests, Wildlife last_img read more

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Ivorian president to double bonuses

first_img0Shares0000ABIDJAN, June 23- Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara has told his country’s footballers he will double their World Cup win bonuses if they beat Greece, the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) said Monday.The Elephants can guarantee their place in the knock-out stages with a victory over the 2004 European champions in Fortaleza on Tuesday. The incentive was communicated to the players by Guillaume Soro, president of the National Assembly, who visited the team at their World Cup base in Sao Paulo.Currently they are due 16 million CFA francs ($24,400, 17,900 euros) per player for a victory but that will double to 32 million CFA francs in case of success against Greece, FIF said on its website.FIF added that the initiative was aimed at “giving the Elephants extra motivation” to reach the knock-out rounds for the first time in their history.“Show determination and you’ll make it,” Soro is said to have told the players.They are currently second in Group C on three points after a 2-1 victory over Japan was followed by a defeat to Colombia by the same score.A draw would definitely be enough for them to progress as long as Japan don’t beat Colombia in their final game. A defeat would see Ivory Coast eliminated.While such a sum may not make much difference to the likes of Manchester City’s Yaya Toure or Galatasaray’s Didier Drogba, both of whom earn considerably more than that every week at their clubs, it would certainly be welcomed by reserve goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo, the only member of Ivory Coast’s squad still plying his trade in his homeland.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Columbus Dons open season at Cranberry Classic

first_imgBy Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – After finishing second in the state in Division 5 last season, the Columbus Dons boys basketball team has opened another season. The Dons went 1-1 Nov. 29-30 at the 35th annual Cranberry Classic at Assumption High School in Wisconsin Rapids.After winning the tournament last year, and three out of the last four, Columbus opened up the 2019-20 season with a 70-68 loss to the Port Edwards Blackhawks on Nov. 29.The Dons led by as many as 10 in the first half, and had a six-point lead at halftime. But Port Edwards stayed close, and used a 39-31 second half to come from behind and win the game.Tom Nystrom, known now for his clutch five three-pointers in last season’s sectional final to beat Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran, and his buzzer-beating three-pointer in a last-second win over Bangor in the Division 5 state semifinal at the Kohl Center a week later, opened up this season with a three-point basket to give the Dons the early lead. He finished the game with seven–two shy of the single-game record of nine set by Jason Hertel in the 1991-92 season.Nystrom ended the game with 23 points. Wyatt Drexler added 18 points on six three-pointers, including five in the first half.The Dons were just 17-for-32 from the free throw line, including 8-of-19 in the second half.Columbus came back the following night and knocked off Assumption 58-41. Drexler scored 28 points in the win, and hit another five three-pointers. The Dons held the Royals to just 12 second-half points.Columbus Head Coach Joe Konieczny says he likes playing at the Classic, “We love coming to this tournament. I’ve been really pleased with our experience. It’s a great way to get two quality non-conference games before we enter conference play.”After opening conference play Dec. 3 against Colby, the Dons play at Spencer on Dec. 6. Columbus plays another non-conference game with Auburndale on Dec. 9 at Columbus High School.last_img read more

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Doctors Without Borders asks if you can make the #ToughDecisions

first_imgDr  Mohammed Dalwai  treats a patient at a field hospital in Libya. (Image credit: MSF)Sulaiman PhilipWhen a bomb detonates, the blast wave – pressurised compressed air – causes major internal injuries as victims closest to the explosion are knocked down. With the explosion comes the blast wind and a vacuum is created, making it impossible to breathe. The shockwave follows closely behind, further damaging organs in a remarkably fragile body. Victims are peppered with flying splinters, hot steel or junk metal, included in the bomb’s design to cause the maximum number of injuries. Now, imagine that you are the doctor faced with victims of that blast streaming into your impermanent, understaffed and under-equipped hospital in a bleak tribal region of Pakistan. Who do you treat first? The child covered in blood or the woman stumbling around, clutching her chest with no visible wounds to treat.South Africans working with Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)) make these life-altering decisions every day. The aid group’s latest awareness campaign to publicise its life-saving work will put Twitter users in their shoes and asks if they could make those #ToughDecisions.South African citizens returning from placements with MSF find it difficult to share the intensity of their experiences, but it is these experiences that inform the new campaign. According to Borrie la Grange, head of communications of MSF South Africa, the campaign wants to turn the flippant Twitter hashtag #ToughDecisions on its head. “We all make decisions every day, about wardrobe choices or meals. We wanted to take that offhand action and show the power of making and how the same process changes lives in life and death situations. We wanted to clue South Africans in to the  work that is being done by their neighbours and friends.“Not everyone can do the work these men and women do but while sitting safely on your couch watching TV you can do something small to help them. For a price of one cup of coffee a month you can help save the life of a pregnant woman in South Sudan or treat a TB patient in South Africa.” South African medics on the frontlinesIn 2012 as bombs fell around the hospital in a cave in Syria, Dr Mohammed Dalwai had to decide: was it safe enough to stay as the fighting crept closer to their makeshift facility? “We knew there was no other medical care available. If anyone had been injured who would have treated them? In the end we stayed, but we reduced the team, keeping just the most vital medical staff in the field.”South Africa-trained medics – like Dr Vanessa Naidoo – have an enviable reputation internationally as trauma and emergency specialists. When working in a converted chicken farm in the middle of a warzone with non-existent medical infrastructure, it is the skill of the medics that saves lives.“As a doctor why do I ‘go to war’?” Naidoo asks unflinchingly. She explains that to her, and her colleagues, disregarding the sick or wounded, the newborn and the frail would be an unbearable humiliation to bear. Despite the trying circumstances she always goes back. “We don’t have much to work with in the field, but we do the best we can with what we have and what we know.  What keeps us going back is seeing the innocent and the wounded and understanding that we are all the same, and we have a responsibility to try to use our skills to ease the suffering and speak out against injustice where we can.”Naidoo is not a bleeding heart needing to save the world. She admits to a feeling of powerlessness when she looks at all the need in the world, “but I know how to help an old diabetic who has not had treatment for months. I may be able to help a child who tripped and fell while running behind a truck full of soldiers cheering them on. I could deliver a baby and save a woman in labour the unavoidable three-hour hike for medical care across an unsafe border. All of these things I can do.”Doctors like Dalwai and Naidoo, or Stefan Kruger and midwife Zani Prinsloo, do not see themselves as heroes says La Grange. The work they do is heroic but they are simply answering a call and fulfilling a need in themselves to provide medical care where it’s needed, much like MSF colleagues from around the world.George Mapiya, an MSF nurse, draws inspiration from a Somali colleague. In 2013 MSF was faced with one of its toughest decisions. After 21 years the safety of MSF staff became an issue after several attacks and the deaths of staff. Guarantees of safety were no longer in place so MSF decided to shut down its clinic in Marere, in war ravaged Somalia. A day after MSF closed operations armed men came to take over the remote Marere clinic intent on evicting staff and patients. “The assistant project coordinator was running operations and negotiating with the Al Shabab. If you see him you won’t believe it. He’s a simple, small-bodied man. The gunmen were so tough – they don’t have time to reason. But he succeeded in getting them to back off so that his team could provide five months of medication supply to the last of the TB patients in the ward. He stood up to a group of armed men for the sake of our patients. He was my hero,” Mapiya says.About Doctors Without BordersDoctors Without Borders is present in 67 countries and treats nine million of the worlds most in-need patients. Its budget is 90% funded by individual donations and allows the group to be independent, neutral and impartial. Its staff were on the ground within days of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, have run programmes in inner city slums in Johannesburg and on the battlefields of Syria. Established in 1971 the organisation also runs programmes bringing medical care to people who have been excluded from healthcare or those suffering from epidemics or neglected diseases.last_img read more

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‘Empire’ actor turns self in to face false police report charge

first_img(AP) – Chicago police say “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has turned himself in to face a charge of making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck.Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tells The Associated Press that Smollett turned himself in early Thursday at central booking. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson plans to hold a morning news conference and Smollett is expected to appear in court later in the day.The 36-year-old actor was charged Wednesday.The charge could bring up to three years in prison. It could also force the actor, who’s black and gay, to pay for the cost of the investigation into his report of a Jan. 29 beating.last_img read more

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A New Solution for a True Hybrid Cloud

first_imgEnterprises continue to invest in hybrid cloud solutions, harvesting the benefits of rapidly-deployable application containers, and a uniform software stack between their private and public cloud infrastructures. Today, at Red Hat Summit* in San Francisco, Red Hat* and Intel announced a new robust, high-performance solution for customers that want to accelerate their path to enterprise containers and hybrid cloud—the Intel® Select Solution for Red Hat OpenShift* Containers.Red Hat OpenShift is a container application platform that brings Docker* and Kubernetes* to the enterprise. OpenShift lets you easily and quickly build, develop, and deploy applications in nearly any infrastructure, public or private. Containers give you the ability to leverage cloud architecture with your existing enterprise applications, as well as new cloud-native software. Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform architecture makes use of Docker to run containerized applications, and Kubernetes to orchestrate and manage containerized applications. It also uses Red Hat Ansible Automation for installation and management of the container platform, and other software components along with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host as operating systems across different nodes.Intel® Select Solutions are hardware and software “recipes” designed and tested by Intel to deliver high-performance and accelerate and simplify the IT evaluation and deployment process. Sold by a variety of system manufacturers and integrators, Intel® Select Solutions provide robust, ready-to-deploy solutions for many of today’s foundational data center workloads. With Intel® Select Solutions, we reduce uncertainty about the capabilities and level of performance you can expect, shortening the solution qualification time and allowing IT to focus on higher-level aspects of their qualification and test process. The goal is to get you up and running as quickly as possible by applying the workload optimization and validation expertise of Intel and the software providers.Today’s announcement at Red Hat Summit showcases a platform-as-a-service solution that is optimized for performance, security and agility using a verified hardware configuration, and built using the Red Hat OpenShift architecture. The solution will be made available by leading systems manufacturers and integrators in the coming months—including Lenovo*, the first partner working to bring this solution to market.View the Intel keynote by Doug Fisher here. And be sure to check out the Lenovo keynote, which highlights our partner’s plans to offer this Intel Select Solution. You can learn more about the full suite of Intel Select Solutions here.last_img read more

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Real Estate Industry Hailed for Contribution to Economy

first_img Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, said the industry is moving in the right direction. Discussions are also being held with private-sector companies that offer financing products, to ease the burden of the upfront costs of land titling, to make it easier for those with untitled lands to be brought into the registry. The real estate industry is being hailed for its significant contribution to the national economy.Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, said the industry is moving in the right direction.“A vibrant real estate market is an indication of the health of the economy, [and] the data suggests that the industry is doing very well. In 2015, there was $62 billion in the value of transactions and in 2016, $64 billion. We know that inflation is in the single digits, so when we look at these increases, we know that it is not just price; it is the number of transactions that are rising as well,” she noted.The State Minister was delivering the keynote address at the annual general meeting of the Realtors Association of Jamaica today (June 21) at Mona Visitors’ Lodge in Kingston.Mrs. Williams said that from January to February this year, $9.6 billion was earned, an increase of 14 per cent when compared with the $8.4 billion earned in the similar period in 2016. There were 1,384 transactions from January to February this year, an 18 per cent increase over last year’s 1,171 transactions.The State Minister said that the goal is for every Jamaican to have ownership of real estate.To this end, she noted that the Government is examining the factors that influence real estate ownership.“We are examining how to accelerate land titling and transfers. Additionally, the merger of the Land Administration and Management Programme with National Land Agency is another step. This brings together the core land information functions of Government under one roof,” she said.She added that the Government is also placing importance on reducing the cost of real estate ownership and getting to a fiscal position to be able to reduce property transaction taxes.Discussions are also being held with private-sector companies that offer financing products, to ease the burden of the upfront costs of land titling, to make it easier for those with untitled lands to be brought into the registry.In the meantime, the State Minister is calling for the banking sector and companies that finance real estate to offer more creative products for the market. The real estate industry is being hailed for its significant contribution to the national economy. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Fort St John Huskies raise 716 for FSJ SPCA

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies recently hosted a fundraising game for the Fort St. John SPCA, raising a total of $716.The night included pin-the-tail on the Husky, the selling of homemade dog treats, and a 50/50 raffle with 25 percent going towards the SPCA.Sabrina Trobak, Huskies Chair, feels the Huskies did pretty good with raising funds for the one night fundraiser. “I think we did pretty good. We raised $716 for the SPCA. I talked with Candice from the SPCA and she was really appreciative and grateful and then we had some leftover homemade dog treats as well, so we dropped them off for them.”Trobak says this was one of three fundraising games the Huskies participated in this season.“It’s the last of our fundraising for the hockey season. So we’ve done one for women’s cancer, one for men’s health, and this is our third one for the SPCA.”Trobak adds that this year was about making the community aware that the Huskies are part of the community.“We’re really just this year trying to make people aware that we are doing some things for the community, so hopefully it just continues to draw more and more crowds and the more crowds we have, the more people are willing to donate.”For more information and updates on the Huskies, you can visit their Facebook page.last_img read more

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WorleyParsons awarded contract for Pipestone Processing Facility by Encana

first_imgCALGARY, AB – The contract for engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction (EPC) for the Pipestone Processing Facility in Alberta was awarded by Encana to WorleyParsons.WorleyParsonsCord will provide EPC services for the Pipestone Processing Facility, a 200 MMcf/day sour, shallow-cut gas plant with acid gas injection and 24,000 bbls/day of raw condensate processing capability.This contract award follows the completion of several recent projects by WorleyParsonsCord for Encana, including fabrication and construction of the Tower Gas Plant, the Saturn Gas Plant and the North Central Liquids Hub. “We are pleased to be awarded this contract by Encana and look forward to continuing our relationship and delivering this important project,” said Andrew Wood, Chief Executive Officer of WorleyParsons.Keyera Partnership, a subsidiary of Keyera Corp, will own the Pipestone Processing Facility and provide processing services to Encana once the facility is complete.last_img read more

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