FIFA imposes life bans on two ex-African officials

first_imgThe bans handed down by world football’s governing body relate to a number of international friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010.In addition, Kirsten Nematandani, the former president of the South African Football Association (SAFA), was given a five-year ban.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliA statement on Thursday from the world governing body’s adjudicatory chamber, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, said: “Mr. Nematandani was found guilty of having violated art. 13 (General rules of conduct), art. 15 (Loyalty) and art. 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting) of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE) and was sanctioned with a ban from taking part in any football-related activities for five years.“Furthermore, the adjudicatory chamber decided that Mr. Musavengana and Mr. Tchanile had both infringed art. 13 and art. 21 (Bribery and corruption) of the FCE and imposed a life ban on the two former officials.” We are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH MOST READ Four former SAFA officials were suspended in October 2015 and March 2016 in the same affair.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Big Ben’s journey Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Paris, France — Former Zimbabwe Football Association official Jonathan Musavengana and ex-Togo coach Banna Tchanile have been barred from all football-related activity for life by FIFA’s ethics committee on Thursday for corruption.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Senators to proceed with review of VFA EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View commentslast_img read more

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Trump Admin moves closer to authorizing oil and gas exploration off the Atlantic coast

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki The Trump Administration announced today that it will issue five Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHAs) for airgun blasting off the Atlantic coast. Seismic airgun blasting is used to search for oil and gas deposits deep beneath the floor of the ocean.Seismic surveying involves ships towing airgun arrays that continually blast intense bursts of compressed air into the water every 10 to 12 seconds as a means of determining what resources might lie beneath the ocean floor. These seismic airguns are so loud that the noise can travel as many as 2,500 miles underwater.Environmentalists were quick to decry the Administration’s decision to issue the IHAs on the grounds that marine mammals will face severe threats as a result of seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean. The Trump Administration announced today that it will issue five Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHAs) for airgun blasting off the Atlantic coast.The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) stated: “In accordance with the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) as amended, notification is hereby given that NOAA Fisheries has issued incidental harassment authorizations (IHA) to five separate applicants to incidentally harass marine mammals during geophysical survey activities in the Atlantic Ocean.”Seismic airgun blasting is used to search for oil and gas deposits deep beneath the floor of the ocean. Offshore oil and gas exploration has not been permitted in the US’ Atlantic waters since the US Congress effectively banned drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and off the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines in the early 1980s, though that Congressional ban has since expired.There is fierce opposition to the opening of publicly held offshore waters to exploitation by oil and gas companies up and down the US Atlantic coast. Numerous businesses, municipalities, local and state elected officials, and federal legislators have spoken out against the Trump Administration’s moves to allow drilling off the Atlantic coast.Environmentalists were quick to decry the Administration’s decision to issue the IHAs on the grounds that marine mammals will face severe threats as a result of seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean. Michael Jasny, director of the Marine Mammal Protection Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), also pointed out the irony of the Trump Administration green-lighting offshore drilling within days of NOAA issuing its latest National Climate Assessment, which noted that global warming is already threatening “Americans’ physical, social, and economic wellbeing.”“Just one week after issuing dire warnings on the catastrophic fallout of climate change to come, the Trump Administration is opening our coastlines to for-profit companies to prospect for oil and gas — and is willing to sacrifice marine life, our coastal communities and fisheries in the process,” Jasny said in a statement. “This is the first step towards drilling and scientists warn that seismic activity alone could drive the endangered North American right whale to extinction. We’ll stand with citizens, coastal businesses, scientists, lawmakers, and commercial and recreational fishermen who oppose seismic blasting, and we will fight this illegal action.”The move to open vast areas of US waters to drilling has been expected from the Trump Administration for some time. In April 2017, Trump issued an executive order regarding his “America-First Offshore Energy Strategy” that proposed all US waters be considered for offshore drilling. The executive order directed federal agencies to “streamline” the permitting process for “seismic research and data collection” and “expedite all stages of consideration of Incidental Take Authorization requests, including Incidental Harassment Authorizations and Letters of Authorization, and Seismic Survey permit applications,” which are required under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.Subsequent to Trump’s executive order, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued a secretarial order that enjoined NOAA’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to reverse a previous decision, made in the final days of the Obama Administration, that denied permits for seismic surveying activities off the Atlantic Coast on the grounds that it was too risky.Graphic by Oceanea.Before seismic airgun blasting can begin in the Atlantic, BOEM must issue final permits, which are expected in the near future. The proposed area for seismic airgun blasting stretches from Cape May, New Jersey to Cape Canaveral, Florida.Seismic surveying involves ships towing airgun arrays that continually blast intense bursts of compressed air into the water every 10 to 12 seconds as a means of determining what resources might lie beneath the ocean floor. These seismic airguns are so loud that the noise can travel as many as 2,500 miles underwater. According to the NRDC, the seismic survey process can disrupt foraging and other crucial behaviors in endangered whales, displace fish, injure and kill invertebrates like zooplankton and scallops, and harm commercial fisheries. The group has posted an audio sample of seismic blasting here.BOEM’s own research has found that seismic airgun blasting off the Atlantic coast could injure as many as 138,000 marine mammals, including the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, and disrupt the lives of millions more marine animals. That’s why companies seeking to prospect for oil and gas under the Atlantic Ocean must first procure an IHA from the National Marine Fisheries Service (also known as NOAA Fisheries).The authorizations issued to five companies today require a variety of measures to reduce the impacts of seismic survey activities on marine mammals, including observers onboard survey vessels to notify operators when a protected species is within a certain distance of the airgun arrays and operational restrictions intended to address impacts to sensitive species in their preferred habitats.In response to the announcement of the IHAs being issued, the NGO Oceana launched an interactive map to track seismic survey vessels using the Global Fishing Watch platform’s technology.“If these companies are allowed to begin seismic airgun blasting, our map gives the public near real-time access to the precise locations of vessels so that they know when, where and if these activities begin off our coast,” Diane Hoskins, campaign director at Oceana, said in a statement. “This interactive map is a powerful tool in the fight to protect Atlantic communities from offshore drilling.”Once seismic surveys have found potential oil and gas deposits, the next step would be for companies to confirm the presence of those hydrocarbon resources via exploratory drilling — which is what BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig was doing when it exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, causing one of the worst oil spills and environmental disasters in U.S. history.“This action flies in the face of massive opposition to offshore drilling and exploration from over 90 percent of coastal municipalities in the proposed blast zone,” Hoskins said. “These permits were already denied because of the known harm that seismic airgun blasting causes. President Trump is essentially giving these companies permission to harass, harm and possibly even kill marine life, including the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale — all in the pursuit of dirty and dangerous offshore oil. This is the first step toward offshore drilling in the Atlantic and we’re going to make sure coastal communities know what’s happening and fight this.”North Atlantic right whale mother and calf. North Atlantic right whales, listed as critically endangered under the US Endangered Species Act, are a species of particular concern if seismic airgun blasting is allowed to occur off the Atlantic coast. Their only known calving ground is off the coast of the southeast US, including the area where seismic surveying has been proposed. Photo via Wikimedia Commons. 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 Climate Change, Critically Endangered Species, Endangered Species, Environment, Fish, Global Warming, Marine Animals, Marine Crisis, Marine Ecosystems, Marine Mammals, Oceans, Oceans And Climate Change, Offshore Drilling, Oil, Oil Drilling, Whales last_img read more

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Camera traps find rich community of carnivores on Apostle Islands

first_imgSome 160 camera traps deployed across the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior in Wisconsin, U.S., have revealed a diverse community of carnivores, including the American marten, black bear, bobcat, coyote, and gray wolf.The camera trap survey provided the first photographic evidence of the American marten in the islands in over 50 years. The marten is listed as endangered in Wisconsin.The study also found that islands that were larger or closer to the mainland, or both, held a greater number of carnivore species than islands that were small or more distant — patterns consistent with the concept of island biogeography.The movement of the carnivores, either through swimming or via ice bridges formed when parts of the lake freeze, could be under threat from climate change, the researchers warn. The Apostle Islands, dotting Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin, U.S., are home to at least 12 species of carnivores, a new study has found. These include the American marten (Martes americana), a species that was completely wiped out of Wisconsin in the 1920s due to widespread habitat loss and trapping of the animals.The carnivore community on the Apostle archipelago has not been studied before, the study’s lead author Maximilian L. Allen, a carnivore ecologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, told Mongabay. This is because the islands are remote, and the surrounding waters can be rough during summers and partially frozen during winters, Allen said.So, between 2014 and 2017, Allen and his colleagues took on the first-ever study of carnivores on the Apostle Islands by deploying 160 camera traps across 19 Apostle islands. These islands are all part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, a protected area that includes 21 islands and a 19-kilometer (12-mile) stretch of Wisconsin mainland. “We were interested in trying to document if carnivores inhabited the islands, which had not been studied before, and we were interested in determining how the island environment affected the carnivore community,” Allen said.By the end of their survey, the researchers had collected more than 200,000 photographs revealing a diverse community of carnivores. The cameras detected 10 land carnivores, including the American marten, black bear (Ursus americanus), bobcat (Lynx rufus), coyote (Canis latrans), fisher (Pekania pennant), gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), gray wolf (Canis lupus), raccoon (Procyon lotor), red fox (Vulpes vulpes), and long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata). The photos also captured two semi-aquatic carnivores: mink (Neovison vison) and river otter (Lontra canadensis), the team reports in the study published in Community Ecology. Coyote. Camera trap images courtesy of Maximilian L Allen. Black bears. Camera trap images courtesy of Maximilian L Allen. Fisher. Camera trap images courtesy of Maximilian L Allen. Bobcat. Camera trap images courtesy of Maximilian L Allen. 1234567 read more

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Report: Turkish carrier is ‘poacher’s airline of choice’ for parrot trade

first_imgArticle published by Shreya Dasgupta In a recent report, the U.K.-based charity World Animal Protection (WAP) identified Turkish Airlines as one of the main airlines enabling the illegal trade in African grey parrots.Calling the carrier the “poacher’s airline of choice,” the report published Feb. 4 noted that smugglers were using Turkish Airlines to illegally move a large number of African grey parrots on flights from the Democratic Republic of Congo to countries in the Middle East and western and southern Asia.WAP also started an online campaign, “Wildlife. Not pets.”, demanding that Turkish Airlines stop transporting all birds “until it’s sure African grey parrots and other protected species aren’t being flown on its planes.”In response, Turkish Airlines on Feb. 13 issued a global embargo on the transportation of African grey parrots on any of its planes, according to a press release from WAP. Wildlife traffickers rely heavily on airlines to smuggle endangered species. Now, in a recent report, the U.K.-based charity World Animal Protection (WAP) has named Turkish Airlines as one of the main airlines enabling the illegal trade in African grey parrots, one of the most trafficked birds in the world.WAP also started an online campaign, “Wildlife. Not pets.”, demanding that Turkish Airlines stop transporting all birds “until it’s sure African grey parrots and other protected species aren’t being flown on its planes.” In response, Turkish Airlines on Feb. 13 issued a global embargo on the transportation of African grey parrots on any of its planes, according to a press release by WAP.“Though there is a long way to go, the embargo on African grey parrots is a promising first step,” the press release said. “We’re pleased the company responded quickly to our concerns and look forward to working together to improve welfare for wildlife.”African grey parrots, which include two endangered species, the grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus) and Timneh parrot (P. timneh), are extremely popular in the international pet trade. Famed for their mimicry, the parrots are one of the world’s most illegally trafficked birds, and their capture from the wild has led to catastrophic population declines across their range. In 2016, the grey parrots were included in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which means that all international commercial trade in wild-caught African grey parrots is prohibited.Calling Turkish Airlines the “poacher’s airline of choice,” the WAP report published Feb. 4 (pdf) noted that smugglers were using the airlines to illegally move a large number of African grey parrots on flights from the Democratic Republic of Congo to countries in the Middle East and western and southern Asia. Turkish Airlines is a signatory to the Buckingham Palace Declaration, an agreement that commits to take steps to shut down the routes exploited by illegal wildlife traders. But the airlines hadn’t taken any real action to curb the trafficking in grey parrots, the report said. Turkish Airlines did not respond to emailed questions from Mongabay.“We are focusing on Turkish Airlines as they fly to more international destinations and countries than any other airline,” Gajender K. Sharma, India country director for WAP, told Mongabay. “They have publicly shown a commitment to be better and we need them to act on those commitments for African grey parrots. We believe that the air transport sector has a responsibility to take action for wildlife and we will continue to advocate for improvements for animals.”The international pet trade is slashing African grey parrot populations in the wild. Image by L. Miguel Bugallo Sánchez via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).While Turkish Airlines is a major carrier of birds between Africa and Asia, a number of other airlines have been involved too. A study published last year, for example, found that while most shipments of African grey parrots the researchers investigated were moved via Turkish Airlines, some had been transported using Ethiopian Airlines and one by Emirates. The study, which investigated the trade in wild-sourced grey parrots on social media, also found that most posts that offered the parrots for sale were “likely in breach of national laws or CITES regulations and basic welfare conditions were frequently not met.”Sharma said Turkish Airlines was just one of “a number of airlines” mentioned by sources during WAP’s investigation.To smuggle African grey parrots on flights, traffickers prefer direct flights from the source country, like the DRC, to the destination, Sharma said. This is “often provided by larger rather than regional airlines,” which are preferred “as they involve fewer transit stops, and [have] less chance of being discovered by customs,” he said. Grey parrots are also mixed in with other legally traded green birds in crates, Sharma added, with a green mesh placed over the crates so that the birds are hard to identify for customs officials.Many grey parrots don’t make it to the end of the journey. Stuffed in crates, unable to move or breathe, they are known to frequently starve or succumb to stress or disease.“Shockingly, as recently as August 18, 2018, African grey parrots were transported by Turkish Airlines between Kinshasa and Kuwait via Istanbul, with more than 60 found dead on arrival,” Ben Williamson, of WAP’s U.S. office, said in a press release. “Turkish Airlines and Cargo flies to 120 countries, more than any other airline, which is why we are calling on them to cease the transportation of all bird species until we have mutual confidence that African grey parrots and other endangered bird species are not being flown on their planes.”African grey parrots during transportation. Image by anonymous. 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 Animals, Biodiversity, Birds, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Green, Illegal Trade, Parrots, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking last_img read more

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