Can jaguar tourism save Bolivia’s fast dwindling forests?

first_imgFew countries in the tropics have seen trees chopped down as quickly as Bolivia did between 2001 and 2017.Within Bolivia, nearly two-thirds of that loss occurred in just a single state—Santa Cruz—as agribusiness activity, namely cattle ranching and soy farming, ramped up.This loss has greatly reduced the extent of habitat for some of Bolivia’s best known species, including the largest land predator in the Americas, the jaguar. On top of habitat loss, jaguars in Santa Cruz are both persecuted by landowners who see them as a danger to livestock, and targeted in a lucrative new trade in their parts, including teeth and bones.Duston Larsen, the owner of San Miguelito Ranch, is working to reverse that trend by upending the perception that jaguars necessarily need be the enemy of ranchers. ÑUFLO DE CHÁVEZ, Bolivia — Few countries in the tropics have seen their trees chopped down as quickly as Bolivia did between 2001 and 2017. According to data from the University of Maryland and World Resources Institute’s Global Forest Watch, Bolivia lost 45,000 square kilometers (17,400 square miles) of tree cover, or 7 percent of its total forest cover, since the turn of the century. That represents an area larger than the state of Ohio.Within Bolivia, nearly two-thirds of that loss occurred in just a single state — Santa Cruz — as agribusiness activity, namely cattle ranching and soy farming, ramped up. As is the case in neighboring Brazil, soy and cattle are now big business in Bolivia. And in fact, Brazilians, as well as people of European and North American descent, are big players in Bolivia’s soy and cattle industries.Tree cover loss in Eastern Bolivia near San Miguelito Ranch, Santa Cruz between 2001 and 2017. Santa Cruz lost 2.92M ha of tree cover between 2001 and 2017 according to data from the University of Maryland and Global Forest Watch.This loss has greatly reduced the extent of habitat for some of Bolivia’s best-known species, including the largest land predator in the Americas, the jaguar (Panthera onca). On top of habitat loss, jaguars in Santa Cruz are both persecuted by landowners who see them as a danger to livestock, and targeted in a lucrative new trade in their parts, including teeth and bones. While trafficking in jaguar parts is illegal in Bolivia, laws are rarely enforced.Jaguars are thus increasingly under pressure in Santa Cruz and other parts of Bolivia where natural forests are giving way to agricultural landscapes.But one landowner is working to reverse that trend by upending the perception that jaguars are the de facto enemy of ranchers.Duston Larsen runs San Miguelito, a ranch that conservationists say serves as a model for a different approach to navigating the rancher-jaguar conflict in Bolivia and beyond.last_img read more

Is world’s oldest person from SA?

first_img1 December 2005The oldest living person in the world may well be South African, and her greatest wish is to meet Nelson Mandela.The Star reports that Noninji Elizabeth Bete, a 119-year-old great-grandmother from Tantyi township near Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, is older than the current official Guinness Book record holder, 115-year-old Elizabeth Bolden of the US.Bete was born on 21 May 1886. A mother of seven, grandmother of 15 and great-grandmother of 27, she can still get around with a walking stick.“I was very strong during my time and I am still strong,” Bete told the Star, shaking her fists as proof.According to Guinness World Records, the oldest person to have ever lived was 122-year-old Jean Louise Calment, born in France on 21 February 1875. She died in 1997.Bete turns 120 in May next year and could well surpass that record, given her health and strength.Maryna Daniels, a senior official at the local Department of Home Affairs, confirmed to the Star that Bete was the oldest living South African.“I was phoned by a social worker this afternoon to confirm that the ID number was indeed correct,” she told the newspaper. “I then checked in the population register and saw she was the only person still alive who was born in the 1880s.”Bete can’t remember much about her past. She says she worked as a nanny for a white family at a nearby farm. “When the family’s children grew up, I then worked as a domestic worker,” she told the Star.Her family moved from a farm to Grahamstown, where they settled in Tantyi township.“We had no cars in our days and we used horse-drawn carriages,” she says.She recalls that there were no traffic lights in those days. “There used to be someone giving directions by waving his hands in the middle of the road.”She has attributed her long life to her parents, who taught her to respect other people. She told the Star that abstaining from alcohol also helped.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Second chance for 2010 tickets

first_imgAn artist’s impression of Durban Stadium. (Image: City of Durban. For more free photos, visit the image library.)The second phase of ticket sales for the 2010 Fifa World Cup kicked off on Monday 4 May, with some 100 000 tickets up for grabs. These exclude tickets for the tournament’s two semifinals and the final – matches 61, 62 and 64.From this phase onwards tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications can be made at First National Bank (FNB) branches or via the Fifa website.South Africans applying for tickets at FNB branches will have to present a valid form of identification, and foreigners their passport. Those applying on behalf of friends or family will have to provide the details of these persons, including their identity numbers, names, dates of birth and nationality.Individual ticket applications are limited to up to four tickets per match, and up to seven matches in total, with prices starting at US$20 (R140). Applicants will be informed within 10 working days whether or not their application has been fully or partly successful.Tickets will be ready for collection at the Fifa venue ticketing centres from April 2010 onwards.For more information e-mail enquiries@2010FWCTC.com or fax +41 43222 6800.Confederations Cup 2009Meanwhile, some 320 000 tickets are still available for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, which runs from 14 to 28 June.To help boost ticket sales in South Africa, four ticketing centres have been set up in the tournament’s host cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg. They are open from 9am to 6pm, seven days a week, and can be found at:Johannesburg: Sandton Isle, corner of Rivonia Road and Linden Street, SandownPretoria: Brooklyn Mall, corner of Middel and Fehrsen Streets, New MuckleneukBloemfontein: Lochlogan Waterfront Mall, corner of Charles Street and First AvenueRustenburg: Waterfall Mall, 1 Augrabies AvenueFrom 11 May, South Africans will also be able to buy Confederations Cup tickets by calling the Fifa ticketing call centre on 083 2010 010.Also from 11 May, four ticket collection points, two each in Johannesburg and Pretoria, will be provided in the following FNB branches:Johannesburg: Eastgate Shopping Centre, GardenviewJohannesburg: Maponya Mall, Old Potchefstroom Road, Klipspruit, KliptownPretoria: Sunny Park, corner of Esselen and Trevenna Road, SunnysidePretoria: Hatfield, Hillcrest Boulevard Shopping Centre, Lynwood RoadThese collection points will be open during normal FNB trading hours.At all locations customers need to bring their:Credit card (if they used the card to buy tickets via www.Fifa.com)Ticket purchase card from their hard ticket application form (if they used the paper application form to purchase tickets)Proof of identity to confirm they are the person who ordered the ticketsDo you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at mary@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesNo swine flu threat to Confed CupNo power cuts in 2010Ticketing centres for Confed CupFrom Finland to SA’s Fifa CupWorld Cup ticket frenzy Useful linksFifaFirst National BankSouth Africa 2010SouthAfrica.info – 2010last_img read more

Technology: On the Edge of Breakthrough in 2019

first_imgRobot Dexterity – Industrial robots are getting better at picking up, grasping and manipulating arbitrary objects. New-Generation Nuclear – Advances in fusion and fission reactors are leading to realizing safer and cheaper nuclear energy Predicting Premature Babies – Tests of genetic material from blood samples will help predict women at risk to giving premature birth. Swallowable Body Probes – Noninvasive probes to detect diseases, like EED, in the digestion system.Custom Cancer Vaccines – Personalized vaccines that can trigger the immune system to prevent and destroy cancer tumors. Lab-grown Meat at Scale – Meat raised in the lab in an environmentally friendly way. Carbon Dioxide Vacuum – Techniques to suck and clean carbon-dioxide greenhouse emissions from the air. ECG Monitoriing Wristwatches – More advanced fitness trackers will be able to better monitor vital signs Sewerless Toilets – Toilets that dispose of and treat waste without dumping wastes into sewers. More Conversant AI Assistants – Natural Language Processing Advances will make digital assistants smarter and easier to communicate with. Bill Gates recently presented the top 10 technologies for MIT Technology Review that have been simmering for some time and are edging toward major breakthroughs in the very near term.last_img read more

Elite overthrow Kings

first_imgBlackwater just took down one of the teams to beat in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday night, and coach Leo Isaac will go into the locker room for the post-game talk with his Elite to ask them to forget about the whole thing after a couple of hours.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais “We (coaching staff) would need to condition their minds to not rest on what they have accomplished,” Isaac said, referring to an impressive 94-77 ripping of Barangay Ginebra which could go for naught if the Elite don’t follow it up the right way in five days’ time.“I will tell them that we would have to start from scratch,” he said after the win, carved out in front of a disappointed pro-Ginebra crowd at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay where Blackwater got a combined 61 points from JP Erram, Mac Belo and Allein Maliksi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I hope we can sustain this win,” Isaac said as he bared that the key to the victory was actually the upset the Elite posted against Rain or Shine last week, which gave the team “the confidence that they can beat anyone.”Blackwater led for majority of the contest and showed immense poise in the stretch when the Gin Kings tried coming up with their trademark rally. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusivescenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Erram finished with 22 points like Belo, and together with Maliksi, they scored 20 of the 30 Blackwater points in the fourth, most of them coming when the game hung in the balance.“It’s something special handing Ginebra its first loss,” Isaac said.Greg Slaughter scored 20 points but laid a big fat egg in the fourth, with LA Tenorio shooting 16 and Japeth Aguilar 14 for the Kings, who slipped out of the lead and fell into a tie with their conquerors.Stanley Pringle fired 29 points and helped GlobalPort lead practically the entire night as the Batang Pier bounced back from a horrendous fold up the last time up to rise to 1-2 with a 78-70 victory over Rain or Shine in the first game.“We finished stronger this time,” a smiling GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio said. “Unlike in the last game where we played well for 45 minutes. ”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The PSA scores big, too ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertelast_img read more

Kentucky vs. Stony Brook – Game Time, TV Channel, Announcers, Betting Line, Predictions

first_imgCoach Cal talking to Jamal Murray.LEXINGTON, KY – JANUARY 23: John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to Jamal Murray #23 in the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Rupp Arena on January 23, 2016 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Tyler UlisTyler UlisThe 2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket was just revealed on CBS. The Kentucky Wildcats out of the SEC earned the No. 4 seed in the East region, where they will face the 13th-seeded Stony Brook Seawolves out of the America East Conference. Each team won its respective conference tournament. The winner of this match-up is rewarded with a meeting against the winner of fifth-seeded Indiana and No. 12 seed Chattanooga.Date: Thursday, March 17Time: 9:30 p.m. E.T. TV Channel: CBSLocation: Des MoinesAnnouncers: Nantz/Hill/Raftery//WolfsonOpening Betting Line: TBAkentucky logoPrediction: The Wildcats didn’t look like themselves for a while during the regular season, but boy did they finish on a tear. Guards Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray are studs, and freshman big man Skal Labissiere has gone from phenom to bust to bona fide contributor.If anything, this UK team is under-seeded. That might hurt them in round two against Indiana, but it shouldn’t deter them from winning this game.last_img read more

KISS Performs At StarStudded Race To Erase MS Gala

first_imgOn Friday, April 15th, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) advocate and Center Without Walls founder, Nancy Davis, welcomed guests to the Beverly Hilton for the 23rd Annual Race To Erase MS Gala.KISS Perform at 23rd Annual Race To Erase MS GalaThe event raised over $1.6 million to benefit the Race to Erase MS and its Center Without Walls program, a collaboration of top MS research centers working together as a team on ground-breaking research with the goal of treating and, ultimately, finding a cure for MS.Celebrity guests at this year’s event included host Nancy Davis, honoree Carolyn Rafaelian, musical performers KISS, Jordan Smith, and Eric Benét, musical director David Foster, presenters Randy Jackson, LL Cool J, Jaime Pressly, and Ashley Tisdale, along with guests Loni Anderson, Garcelle Beauvais, Paget Brewster, Wendy Burch, Dove Cameron, Francesca Capaldi, Artem Chigvintsev, Tommy Chong, Lisa Daftari, Christine Devine, Carmen Electra, Emblem3, David Faustino, Frances Fisher, Doug Flutie, Clementine Ford, Teri Garr, Kat Graham, Marg Helgenberger, Annie Ilonzeh, BC Jean, Larry King, Justin Kirk, Camilla Luddington, Ross Matthews, Katherine McNamara, AJ Michalka, Aly Michalka, Megan Nicole, Naya Rivera, Shaun Robinson, Jillian Rose Reed, Olivia Sanabia, Rhea Seehorn, Cybill Shepherd, Jojo Siwa, Edyta Śliwińska, Anna Trebunskaya, Louis Van Amstel, Kirsten Vangness, Clay Walker, Diane Warren, Dave Winfield, and many more.LL Cool J opened the night with touching remarks, introducing host and organization founder Nancy Davis. Nancy Davis welcomed guests to the legendary gala, and presented the 2016 Medal of Hope Award to ALEX AND ANI‘s Carolyn Rafaelian, noting Carolyn’s remarkable commitment to giving back, not just to Race to Erase MS but to so many.The 23rd Annual Race to Erase MS Gala included a live auction, which was introduced by Jaime Pressly. Lucky bidders walked away with items including a Hawaiian vacation for two, tea at the Peninsula Hotel with Sharon and Kelly Osbourne, and an 8-day African SkySafari. The big item of the night was a private yacht tour of the Bahamas, which went for an incredible $30,000.Following the auction, musical director David Foster brought Eric Benét onstage for a moving tribute to a longtime supporter and friend of the cause, the late Natalie Cole, with a rendition of “Unforgettable.” He turned the stage back over to Nancy Davis so that she could recognize the doctors from the Center Without Walls in person, bringing them onstage to introduce them to the crowd. Next, Ashley Tisdale introduced Jordan Smith, who gave an incredible performance that included his original song “Stand in the Light.” Randy Jackson then introduced iconic band KISS, who performed hit songs including “Deuce,” “Calling Dr. Love,” “Cold Gin,” and fan-favorite “Rock And Roll All Nite.”In what has become a Race to Erase MS tradition over the past 23 years, an uplifting rendition of “Lean On Me,” was performed as the finale of the evening, led by Emblem3, who were joined on stage by Nancy Davis, David Foster, BC Jean, David Foster, and more.Each guest received a coveted Race to Erase MS gift bag, bursting at the seams with an amazing selection of items including gifts from MAC Cosmetics, ALEX AND ANI, and Peter Thomas Roth, to name a few.The evening was generously sponsored by The Beverly Hilton, Associated Television International, and ALEX AND ANI Charity by Design.Race to Erase MS is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure for MS. Funding research is the core focus of the foundation and significant strides have been made to find the cause and cure of this debilitating disease. At the event’s inception 23 years ago, the absence of medications and therapies encouraged its involvement; the Race has been instrumental in funding many pilot studies that have contributed to drugs now on the market and other very important therapies that are improving the lives of people suffering from MS.All funds raised support the Center Without Walls program, a unique collaboration of the world’s leading MS research scientists currently representing Harvard, Yale, Cedars Sinai, University of Southern California, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins. This nationwide collaboration of physicians, scientists and clinicians are on the cutting-edge of innovative research and therapeutic approaches to treat MS. It is the hope of the Race to Erase MS that in addition to combating MS through research in a clinical environment, awareness will be created by educating the public about this mysterious disease.last_img read more

CP Rail says it moved record shipments of grain and biofuels in

first_imgCALGARY – Canadian Pacific Railway says it delivered record shipments of grain and biofuels in October.The Calgary-based railway says it moved 2.64 million tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in the month, breaking the previous high set in September 2017.CP Rail says it has shipped more than 7.5 million tonnes of grain and grain products through 14 weeks of the 2018-19 crop year.Canadian National Railway says October was its second-best month for grain after October 2016.The country’s largest railway says it has moved 3.2 million tonnes of grain since the new crop year on Aug. 1 and that it set a shipping record in Saskatchewan in the first three months of the season.Since the harvest began in September, CP Rail has sent an average of more than 5,500 empty railcars weekly to country elevators.The railroad says it has overcome challenging conditions across the Prairies, including early winter weather that caused harvest delays and congestion.Canadian Pacific is investing to address challenges that slowed last winter’s train car movements and says 500 new high-efficiency hopper cars are slated to be delivered by the end of the year that will carry more grain that can be loaded and unloaded faster and require less maintenance.Companies in this story: (TSX:CP, TSX:CNR).last_img read more

Ministry broadens hiring credentials for new frontline workers

first_imgWhile this change allows hiring managers to draw from a larger pool of applicants, the Ministry says potential employees are still required to meet the same core competencies as before and must demonstrate equivalent skills and experience before they can be hired.Once hired, employees must take additional training not covered by degree programs. On-the-job training is under the direct supervision of a senior social worker and a supervisor. Employees must complete a six-month probation period that tests classroom teaching in the real world.Implementation of Grand Chief Ed John’s report is a priority in the minister’s mandate letter. This is the first change to frontline worker entry-level qualifications in 20 years.The move is expected to help address ongoing challenges in recruiting and retaining frontline staff.It is intended to give the Ministry more flexibility to identify community-specific needs, particularly for Indigenous and remote communities, and hire appropriately by considering an applicant’s combination of education and experience in relevant fields beyond social work.The revised criteria align with hiring practices in most jurisdictions in Canada. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Ministry of Children and Family Development has expanded the educational and experiential requirements for new frontline workers, in line with recommendations from Grand Chief Ed John’s report on Indigenous child welfare, to better respond to the evolving needs of vulnerable children and families.According to MCFD, preference will continue to be given to applicants with a degree in social work or child and youth care. With this expansion, however, hiring managers are now also able to consider the combination of a related degree, post-graduate diploma or post-graduate certificate in a human services field, along with a minimum two years of post-degree work experience.The Ministry says this will enable more diversity in the workforce and a greater number of skilled applicants for positions in hard-to-recruit areas of the province.last_img read more

Im a peoples man Arvinder Singh Lovely

first_imgWhile BJP and AAP have strategised their campaign in a way to bring out the big guns in the last days of campaigning in Delhi, Congress’ East Delhi candidate Arvinder Singh Lovely has decided to stick with his formula of engaging with locals on the ground in more intimate settings. In an exclusive interview with Abhay Singh and Abhinay Lakshman of the Millennium Post, Lovely said he is a man of the people and will forever work towards making himself accountable to his electorate. Excerpts: What is your campaign strategy like? See, my strategy is simple. My campaign focuses on locals on the ground. I am not relying on Twitter and social media platforms for reaching out to voters in my constituency. I have been to every part of East Delhi and nobody can say that a single part of the constituency is untouched by me. I am a people’s man and I want to be with the people and work for them. I am an insider who knows this constituency inside and out, including all of its problems. Coming to problems, what are some issues in East Delhi you are focusing on? Public transport systems in East Delhi have collapsed. The phase-III of Delhi Metro that I sanctioned during my tenure as Transport Minister has been held up. It was supposed to be completed by 2015, but not even 20 per cent of work has been finished there. Moreover, I will also focus on environmental issues. Every time, data on pollution is released, Anand Vihar terminal comes at the top of most polluted areas. There is also the issue of over-dumping at the Ghazipur landfill site. These are the real issues people here have to deal with. One of your opponents has had more time to campaign and the other is a well-known face. What do you think of your competition? Look, I say that my opponents have come here for political tourism. They contest half of their elections on social media as they failed to hit the ground. Despite having a longer time to campaign, they do not seem to be engaging locals on the ground to campaign with them, for them. Wherever I go, I campaign with the locals and I go on three to four rounds every day, meeting voters. My opponents have been campaigning for this one election, I am not here for that. I am here campaigning for the people of East Delhi. What are some of your poll promises for this year? Firstly, I want to focus on strengthening the public transport system in East Delhi along with working on environmental issues. There is a monorail project in East Delhi, that I sanctioned in 2012. That plan was scrapped after the new government in Delhi came in. I want to see that getting started up again. Secondly, there is an iron bridge in the trans-Yamuna area that needs a lot of work, maybe even replacing. The bridge is completely depleted and that requires urgent attention. Thirdly, there’s the Ghazipur landfill site, where garbage dumping has continued despite orders for it to be stopped. The landfill site has been filled way beyond its capacity and that is a problem I have been trying to address for a while now. Now that I have brought it to notice, AAP has added it to their manifesto. What is the first thing you want to work on if elected? See, the number one priority for me would be availability. There are so many politicians who disappear after they win and I believe my opponents will turn out to be part of that group. I am here for the people of East Delhi. I believe in being accountable to the people who elect me. If I am not available for them, my electorate will not have a chance to hold me accountable to whatever poll promises I make. How do you plan to tackle increasing petty crimes in East Delhi? There are already laws in place. These kinds of crimes have gone somewhat unchecked because of MPs not taking their duties seriously. The Member of Parliament chairs the police committee in their respective districts. It is important that MPs take an active interest in the workings of these committees. We need to focus on women’s security and policing. So, I believe controlling such crimes is about having a hands-on approach when it comes to day-to-day monitoring. Policies are already there. Laws are already there. Only thing is to see that policing is done at the right level when it comes to the complaints received. This can be done only by a person with experience in governance. Here again, my experience will come in handy. Why should people be voting for you this time around? See, what I am getting at is why people should not vote for me. I am on the ground meeting locals, listening to what they have to say, and actively interacting with them. There are at least two-three families in every street that I know on a personal level. Further, I bring a 20-year experience in governance with me. In contrast, my opponents do not have any background and show a lack of experience. I ask, why should people vote for someone who does not know East Delhi or its people?last_img read more