“European Instrument for Democracy & Human Rights Israel”

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Similar Stories 2021 DRAPER HILLS SUMMER FELLOWS PROGRAM Tweet Share 0 January 26, 2017 Published by sanja Open Call: The new Democratic Wo/Men of the Western Balkans Fire Safety Engineering Erasmus+ Scholarship → LinkedIn 0center_img Reddit +1 Pocket “European Instrument for Democracy & Human Rights Israel” Deadline: 17 March 2017Open to: legal persons, civil society organisations, including non-governmental non-profit organisations and independent political foundations, community based organisations, universities and private sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organisations, and networksGrant: between EUR 150,000 and EUR 300,000DescriptionThe European Union (EU) is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for a programme entitled “European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Israel 2016-2017” in order to the promotion and protection of human rights in line with international and domestic standards and obligations and to the upholding of democratic principles.Objectives:Reinforcing respect and protection of fundamental freedoms;Advancing the rights of persons belonging to minorities and persons affected by discriminations within Israel;Reinforcing respect for international humanitarian law and human rights in the occupied Palestinian Territory.EligibilityLegal persons;Non-profit-making;Civil society organisations, including non-governmental non-profit organisations and independent political foundations, community based organisations, universities and private sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organisations, and networks thereof at local, national, regional and international level;Public sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organisations and networks at local, national, regional, and international level;Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary;No nationality restriction applies to applicants and, if any, to co-applicants and affiliated entities;Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations;The lead applicant must declare that the lead applicant himself, the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies) are not in any of these situations;The lead applicant may act individually or with co-applicant(s).GrantThe grant is between EUR 150,000 and EUR 300,000.How to apply?In order to apply please fill the application. Deadline for submitting the grant proposals is 17 March 2017.For more information visit the official page. ← [email protected] Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications for Commonwealth Youth to Lead on Human Rights and Democracylast_img read more

Belarusian Elections: The Eve and the Aftermath

first_imgSunday, August 9, was election day in Belarus. The official result: 80.8 percent for the incumbent, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, and 10.09 percent for his main challenger, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. Six percent of eligible Belarusians voted against all candidates (there is such an option), so the remaining three presidential hopefuls garnered only minuscule support. The turnout apparently exceeded 84 percent (Onliner.by, August 10). It may seem that Lukashenka, who ran for his sixth term, could paraphrase Mark Twain: “The reports of my defeat were greatly exaggerated.”Opposition-minded Belarusians do not believe the votes were fairly counted. In Minsk, clashes between the protesters and riot police lasted until 2 AM, on August 10; authorities used flash grenades, water cannons and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds. Quite a few rioters were injured. Unlike in 2010, angry demonstrations took place in other Belarusian cities, too. About 3,000 people were apprehended (Onliner.by, August 9). On August 9, the Belarusian segment of the internet was completely shut off. Curiously, Lukashenka stated that the internet troubles were caused not by the authorities but by external hacking attacks meant to stir up public discontent (Svaboda.org, August 10),Despite urgent and repeated requests by Tikhanovskaya for her supporters to refrain from early voting, which began on August 4, 41.7 percent of eligible voters apparently chose to cast their ballots prior to last Sunday (Sputnik.by, August 10). The opposition has long suspected that votes cast before election day would be most vulnerable to falsifications by members of local electoral commissions (for the most part secondary school teachers, a group loyal to the incumbent) charged with stuffing ballot boxes. Because of multiple appeals by the opposition not to vote early, it is likely that most of the early vote favors the incumbent. It is no less important that, out of 6.9 million eligible voters, 2.7 million are retirees and more than 1 million are dependent on wages from the state. Additionally, according to neoliberal economist Yaroslav Romanchuk, 15–25 percent of the entire electorate shuns what might be considered Western liberal-democratic values or retains deep nostalgia for the Soviet past (Theworldnews.net, August 5). In all those categories—collectively, at least half of the electorate—most were likely to vote for the incumbent.On Friday, August 7, Lukashenka received a phone call from his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin. Much of their conversation was devoted to the 33 Russian Wagner Group mercenaries arrested in Belarus on August 1. Both heads of state shared a commitment to “substantively and thoroughly study each available fact in order to establish the true causes of the current situation, find the perpetrators and bring them to justice” (Belta, August 7). This formulation implied that, at a minimum, Lukashenka’s version of the events had some credibility. According to the abundantly publicized alternative version, the apprehended Wagner group was the umpteenth such team to travel to a third country via Minsk, but Lukashenka frivolously arrested these transiting fighters in order to proactively justify his harsh treatment of the would-be post-election protests (Deutsche Welle—Russian service, August 7). On the eve of Putin and Lukashenka’s last call, Komsomolskaya Pravda, a Moscow daily, published a lengthy piece claiming that the entire recruitment of the 33 mercenaries and their transfer to Belarus was an operation by Ukrainian intelligence, aiming at undermining the relations between Russia and Belarus (Komsomolskaya Pravda, August 6).Yet, a day before Komsomolskaya Pravda’s publication, Lukashenka gave a 2.5-hour-long, interview to Ukrainian journalist Dmitry Gordon, in which Belarus’s president suggested that certain Russian government officials at the level of deputy ministers stood behind the entire affair (YouTube, August 6). He tellingly revealed that some of those allegedly involved had previously worked in Belarus—a hint that almost certainly points to Deputy Minister of Economic Development Mikhail Babich, the former Russian ambassador to Minsk, whose mission was terminated in 2019 because of Lukashenka’s ultimatum to Putin. In speaking with Gordon, Lukashenka referred to the apprehended mercenaries as “gangsters.”In light of all these purported revelations, two major explanations of the entire gambit have come into focus. According to one, a Russian-Belarusian compromise is in the works: “Russia recognizes the facts about the mercenaries revealed by the Belarusian investigators, whereas Belarus is turning a blind eye to the sponsors of the entire operation. After the election results are recognized by Moscow […] those arrested will be extradited back to Russia” (Facebook.com/piotra.piatrouski, August 8). According to the second explanation, “the version of the Ukrainian intelligence’s role presupposes a lack of professionalism on the part of its Belarusian counterpart,” which strains credulity and thus insinuates the Belarusians may have actually cooperated with the Ukrainians (Russiancouncil.ru, August 8).In his interview to Gordon, Lukashenka spoke with the utmost respect about Putin and even acknowledged mutual friendliness between him and the Belarusian president’s youngest son, Nikolay. Lukashenka also revealed he “takes pity” on Tikhanovskaya because the electoral staffs of three would-be candidates (Victor Babariko, Valery Tsepkalo and her husband, Sergei Tikhanovsky) “cornered her.”One day prior to the interview, in his state of the country address, Lukashenka reproached Russia for switching from genuinely brotherly to businesslike partner relations with Belarus. He accused his presidential rivals of the desire to return to the “dashing 1990s,” when criminals and industry privatizers reigned supreme. He acknowledged that his side lost the battle in the internet. But he declared that the country is safe as long as the power vertical remains consolidated, which it is. At the same time, he suggested that those wanting a different president should vote but not engage in disorderly conduct, because this would result in a crackdown. He specifically admonished parents to keep their children from behaving recklessly on election day and thereafter. He ended his speech on a high note: “Belarus is […] clean and beautiful, somewhat naïve and vulnerable, and, above all, beloved; and we cannot betray somebody we love so much” (YouTube, August 5). Three days later, in their video-recorded address to the citizens of Belarus, Tikhanovskaya, Veronica Tsepkalo (the wife of Valery Tsepkalo, who was denied registration as a presidential candidate) and Maria Kolesnikova (Babariko’s electoral director) responded, “The authorities say that Belarus is beloved, and they do not give away what they love. We tell them: you do not earn love by violence; if you love somebody, let go.” (Svaboda.org, August 7). On August 9, Veronica Tsepkalo left for Moscow (Svaboda.org, August 9).Time is certainly needed for the present emotions to settle. Currently, when talking about the events of August 9, both sides invoke their own mantras. On one side, these were “unfair elections,” “people in revolt,” “the birth of a nation,” “the departure of a dictator”; and on the other, “color revolutions,” “Maidan,” “George Soros,” and “conspiracy” (Facebook.com/sergey.markedonov, August 10). Depending on what is yet to come, August 9 could be remembered as a watershed date in Belarus’s modern history.last_img read more

Rick Hendrick: Earnhardt Jr. has ‘been an ambassador’

first_imgRELATED: Playoff standingsDETROIT — If Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final full NASCAR season ends without a playoff-clinching win, team owner Rick Hendrick says it won’t sour what has been an impressive body of work in stock-car racing.Hendrick’s remarks came Thursday at Chevrolet’s unveiling of the Camaro ZL1,which the automaker will field in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Earnhardt, 42, has driven for Hendrick Motorsports since 2008 and has 26 career wins, the most recent coming in November 2015; he announced in April that this season will be his last.Earnhardt sits 23rd in the series standings and in need of a victory in the remaining four regular-season races to secure a playoff berth. Hendrick said he would cherish a storybook send-off with one final trip to Victory Lane, but that Earnhardt’s legacy in the sport is secure regardless.RELATED: Dale Jr. photos through history | Playoff bubble watch“It won’t matter a bit,” Hendrick said. “To me, you’ll look at the championships that he won in XFINITY, you’ll look at his contribution, what he’s done to mentor young drivers, what he’s done to give people an opportunity, the way he’s conducted himself with the fans and the kids. I mean, his contribution … being a genuine, real person. If you’re a champion and you win a lot of races, that’s great, but I think you’ve got to look at what contribution did you make to the sport that wasn’t just for you, it was for a lot of other people.”The backdrop for Hendrick’s statements was Earnhardt taking selfies and chatting with General Motor employees attending Thursday afternoon’s Camaro reveal. It’s part of what has made Earnhardt the series’ most popular driver for 14 years running.“Of course, we’d love to see him win and get in the (playoffs) and how great it would be if he won the championship,” Hendrick said. “I think that would be great, but I think all the good things that he’s done, all the people he’s helped, and he has been a champion and he has won. When you see people like today just gravitating toward him, he’s been an ambassador.“He’s done a lot for a lot of people, me included. He told me he was going to make me popular,” Hendrick said through laughs, “so I appreciate that.”last_img read more

Crisis in Venezuela: Caparo Experimental Station invaded by 200 farmers

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored The Caparo Forest Reserve in Barinas state, Venezuela, created in 1961, covers almost 175,000 hectares (432,000 acres). The Caparo Experimental Station, located within the reserve, encompasses 7,000 hectares (17,300 acres) and has been under the administration of the Universidad de Los Andes (ULA) since 1982 for scientific research and education.The reserve has been heavily degraded in past decades, as farmers intruded and burned forest to make way for crops. But the Experimental Station’s forest has remained mostly intact. In January, 200 members of the 777 Christ Ambassadors Cooperative (Cooperativa Embajadores de Cristo 777) invaded the Experimental Station. Mongabay reports from the scene.The intruders claim to have a legitimate permit for the tract. But the courts have nullified that permit and ordered an eviction. The National Guard failed to remove the invaders, so in April on a visit to the site, the Ecosocialism minister promised the settlers new land elsewhere. At the start of May, the squatters remained in place in an apparent standoff.The ULA is concerned about the threat the invasion poses to one of the last major surviving tracts of Colombian-Venezuelan lowland forest. The ULA continues seeking the community’s eviction, with a series of protests by academics and NGOs scheduled for May in Caracas. The groups are asking that the Caparo Reserve and Experimental Station are given national park status. The Venezuelan National Guard meets with some of the illegal intruders during a court ordered inspection of the CEC 777 encampments. Image by José Rafael LozadaCAPARO, Venezuela: On January 5, 2018, around 200 people belonging to the 777 Christ Ambassadors Cooperative (Cooperativa Embajadores de Cristo 777, or CEC 777) invaded the Caparo Experimental Station within the Caparo Forest Reserve in the municipality of Ezequiel Zamora, Barinas state, close to the border with Colombia.The reserve is located on the south bank of the Caparo River, on the Interior Plain of Western Venezuela, at the base of the Andes. The Experimental Station protects one of the last major surviving tracts of Colombian-Venezuelan lowland forest. It is also home to the Critically Endangered variegated or brown spider monkey (Ateles hybridus), one of the 25 most threatened primates in the world.The invading cooperative immediately claimed ownership of a portion of the Experimental Station, land managed by the University of the Andes (Universidad de Los Andes, or ULA), and the most biologically intact portion of the degraded Caparo Reserve.A brown spider monkey seen close up. Researchers fear that invading farmers will destroy the critically endangered primate’s forest habitat within the station. Image by the photographer licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.A land claim asserted and deniedThe CEC 777 community justified their occupation by invoking the doctrine of “idle lands,” legislated in 2001 by the national government, which allows organized communities to seek title to disused cultivable farmlands for agricultural purposes, and to request state credits for food production there.The invaders say that their claim — which would push out ULA’s commission of professors and students, plus officials of the Venezuelan National Guard — was based on a December 2017 document requesting an occupation permit, which was allegedly signed by Venezuela’s National Land Institute (INTI).The CEC 777 community asserts that the permit allows them to enter the reserve, to build houses, and to plant coffee and cocoa crops, just so long as they do not impact the local environment, said José Rafael Lozada, a ULA ecology professor present at a visit by military and civil authorities to the occupation on February 22, and who was interviewed by Mongabay.On January 31, Barina’s First Criminal Court ordered the eviction of the CEC 777 community, an order made in response to a request by prosecutor César Mendoza Bencomo, who has national environmental jurisdiction. In the ruling, the Ministry of Ecosocialism, regional military commanders, and ULA dean Darío Garay Jérez were recognized as the legitimate controllers of the Caparo Experimental Station, and as having the right to prohibit permanent settlements there, while overseeing the conservation of flora and fauna.The biggest of the intruder encampments. Some of the invaders arrived on motorcycles. Image by José Rafael LozadaTrash, including waste motorcycle oil containers, dumped in a pit beside an invaders’ camp. Image by Diana Duque-Sandoval.Earlier, on January 8, Minister of Ecosocialism and Water Ramón Velásquez posted a confirmation on his Twitter account saying that the eviction had been accomplished. He even added photos of the alleged evacuation as carried out by the military. However, intruders remained on the land, even after the minister visited the community in late April. At that time, he promised the squatters other property if they would just vacate the Experimental Station.At present, according to officials, the squatters remain on the land and are a threat to the survival of the Experimental Station forest.Mongabay also was given access to a resolution by the INTI Regional Office, dated January 29, 2018, which denies the permit claims of the invaders. That document declares “inadmissible” the CEC 777 community’s request because the Caparo Forest has been an “Area Special Management Regime” (ABRAE in Spanish) since 1961. According to the INTI document, the community’s request was also superseded by a lease of reserve lands in 1982 to the Universidad de Los Andes for scientific research.The Caparo Experimental Station administration building. The site has been managed by the University of the Andes (ULA) since 1982. Now illegal squatters are trying to force the ULA out. Image by José Rafael LozadaA good deal of scientific research has been conducted by scientists affiliated with the Caparo Experimental Station. Here, a map showing carbon emissions from deforestation and degradation coming from the Caparo Forest Reserve between 1990 and 2015, and published in Forests 2017, 8, 291. Image by Diana Duque-Sandoval.Deforestation and degradation of the Caparo Reserve between 1990 and 2015. Today, only forest fragments remain, except within the Experimental Station overseen by the University of the Andes. Image by Diana Duque-Sandoval.A history of deforestation and degradationThe Caparo Forest Reserve was created in 1961, covering 184,100 hectares (455,000 acres) for the purpose of sustainable logging to be carried out via concessions granted by the government to private companies. However, this goal was never fulfilled.Over the years, farmers from surrounding communities invaded the reserve, and degraded it via agriculture, wildfires and the theft of wood products. A cartographic and satellite study published in 2011 by Hernán Maldonado of the Latin American Forestry Institute, along with Alexander Parra and Angnes Aldana of the Universidad de Los Andes, found that the original reserve lost 62.5 percent of its forest cover between 1987 and 2007, or an average of 4.798 hectares, or 3.2 percent, per year.The Caparo Experimental Station is located within the reserve, and encompasses 7,000 hectares (17,300 acres) of continuous forest, which has been under the administration of the ULA since 1982 for the purpose of scientific research, while also allowing some logging. It continues to be the most intact portion of the reserve.Officials meet with some of the CEC 777 community farmers who have squatted within the Caparo Reserve and Experimental Station. To date, the conflict remains unresolved, and most of the invaders continue occupying the land. Image by Diana Duque-Sandoval.A critically endangered brown spider monkey spotted in the canopy near one of the illegal encampments. Image by Diana Duque-Sandoval.Professor Wilfredo Franco, the coordinator of the Experimental Station in 2012, said that at that time, 90 percent of the Caparo Forest Reserve was covered in grasslands and shrub lands, while 14,000 hectares (34,600 acres) were still covered in native forest. Half of that occurred within the Caparo Experimental Station protected by the ULA, with the rest in a hundred small scattered forest fragments, most of which are expected to disappear in ensuing years.Researchers agree that the reserve has been seriously degraded due to numerous fires and bisection by a road, which offers access to poachers and intruders. “The fires occur mainly in the dry season, January-March. Almost all are caused by farmers to clear pastures. But it is common to lose control, which has sometimes impacted the [Experimental Station] forest areas under the care of the ULA,” explained Diana Duque-Sandoval, director of the Spider Monkey Project in Caparo, which since December 2017 has received funding from the Auckland Zoo, New Zealand, and the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, for a variety of research projects.Since that date, the Experimental Station has been patrolled by a park ranger with a motorcycle. It was he who gave the first warning of the CEC 777 invasion, when he spotted community members hunting a jaguar, cutting down trees as home sites, and clearing areas for conucos, small plots intended for cultivation.The invading farmers have clear cut trees and marked off conucos, small plots for growing crops. A temporary, indigenous-style shelter is seen in the background. Image by Diana Duque-Sandoval.The critically endangered variegated or brown spider monkey (Ateles hybridus), one of the 25 most threatened primates in the world and a resident of the Caparo Experimental Station. Image by the photographer licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.A threat to endangered speciesAs degraded as it may be, the Caparo Forest Reserve is ecologically important. The protected area, especially the Experimental Station, is home to at least 248 bird species, 30 amphibians, and 60 mammals, including the jaguar (Panthera onca), puma (Puma concolor), ocelot (leopardus pardalis), giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), and tapir (Tapirus terrestris). Three species of primate live here: the variegated or brown spider monkey (Ateles hybridus), white-fronted capuchin (Cebus albifrons), and red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus).The CEC 777 community invasion “is very worrying for the spider monkey (Ateles hybridus), registered as Critically Endangered on the IUCN´s Red List and on Venezuela’s Red List of endangered species,” explains Duque-Sandoval.Several groups of brown spider monkeys, representing an important population for the Llanos region, are found within the Caparo Experimental Station. They occupy an area sufficient in size to sustain a viable population in the long term, say the researchers. The rest of the reserve includes small forest fragments occupied by the spider monkeys as well, but areas too small for their long-term survival.An abandoned cabin illegally taken over by squatters within Venezuela’s Caparo Forest Reserve. Image by Diana Duque-Sandoval.One of the CEC 777 intruders caught on camera cutting down a tree with a machete. Image by José Rafael Lozada.A continuing conflictWaiting for a promised new place to settle from the government, CEC 777 community members continue occupying three improvised camps and a ruined environmental ministry cabin inside the Caparo Forest Reserve and Experimental Station, with 30 to 40 individuals encamped at each site, said Lozada, who has taught ecology and Environmental Impact Assessment since 1996.Mongabay interviewed Miguel Padilla, one of the CEC 777 intruders. He claims that the community has a right to the land as established under Venezuela’s Constitution. He admits that the community continues to occupy four points at the margins of the reserve. “We know this is a protected area, but only in theory.” He argues that the land occupied is no longer dominated by native vegetation. “We have found cocoa crops, abandoned logging operations and teca trees, which are not endemic,” Padilla said.This lack of undisturbed native vegetation is a typical critique lodged against the continued administration of the Experimental Station lands by ULA researchers. Lozada replies that Caparo is a well-known and ongoing sustainable timber experiment, utilizing fast growing non-native teca trees in hopes of ecological recovery. He points to proven successful cases of restoration at Uverito and Imataca, where he did his doctorate work. The Experimental Station is also important because it is used for the education of Venezuela’s forestry students.CEC 777 community member Padilla accuses the ULA, local ministry officials, civil authorities and regional military commanders of being corrupt and conspiring against the settlers. He requests that the National Constituency Assembly send in an inspection committee to listen to the squatters’ complaints, and to revoke ULA administration over the reserve.For several years, the University Council of the ULA has carried out agroforestry projects in cooperation with previous land invaders who received ministry approval to remain on reserve lands. However, on January 26, 2018, the ULA officially requested the eviction of the CEC 777 community in order to rescue the “biodiversity of the last forest tract” within Caparo.ULA Environmental Sciences faculty dean Garay told Mongabay that, in spite of the lack of a definitive government response so far, the university and researchers will continue lobbying for a more restrictive land use designation. ULA students, faculty, and environmental NGOs launched a series of protests in early May in Caracas asking for an upgrade of the reserve’s protection status, hopefully getting it designated a national park.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.Diana Duque-Sandoval of the Spider Monkey Project visits the squatters. Image by Diana Duque-Sandoval.Researcher Diana Duque-Sandoval in a field camp of the Spider Monkey Project. The ULA wants the Caparo Experimental Station to receive better protection from the Venezuelan government. Image courtesy of Diana Duque-Sandoval. Agriculture, Animals, Biodiversity Crisis, Conservation, Deforestation, Degraded Lands, Ecology, Ecosystems, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Farming, Forests, Green, Habitat, Habitat Degradation, Habitat Destruction, Habitat Loss, Human-wildlife Conflict, Land Conflict, Land Grabbing, Land Rights, Land Use Change, Mammals, Primates, Rainforest Conservation, Research, Subsistence Agriculture, Tropical Deforestation, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation center_img Article published by Glenn Schererlast_img read more

This Plush Donald Wants to Speak with a Manager

first_imgI’m not normally one of those mint-in-box-don’t-mar-the-packaging people, but wow, even this box is amazing.Is this Donald on your purchase list?Photos: Christina Harrison Share This!Check out this 85th anniversary Donald Duck plush we found at the Emporium in the Magic Kingdom. Priced at $50, it’s a limited edition replica Charlotte Clark design. I am absolutely in love with how salty Donald looks – like he is absolutely DONE with playing second fiddle.This is not loveable sidekick Donald; this is “Why are there no plastic straws, I need to speak with your manager, NOW,” Donald.last_img read more

Location-Based Social Networking to Generate $3.3 Billion by 2013?

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement According to a rather speculative report by research firm ABI Research, location-based social networks like Brightkite, GyPSii, Pelago and Loopt could reach revenues as high as $3.3 billion by 2013. The report, however, also warns that the business models might differ from what most analysts are expecting today. According to ABI research, most of these networks will make their money from licensing and revenue-sharing with network providers or handset manufacturers. Nokia, for example, acquired Plazes a month ago, while GyPSii has deals in place with Garmin and Samsung. Loopt, too, has partnered with virtually all the major US mobile carriers.Still LimitedWhile we have little doubt that mobile social networking will become a big market in the future, today’s reality is still rather bleak. Because of the limitations in the current hardware and software implementations, a lot of the location-based social networks like Loopt, WhosHere, Pelago’s Whrrl, and others feel limited and at times rather gimmicky. Also, most of these networks simply suffer from the fact that they don’t have many users and that the chances of finding any of your friends on them are relatively low for now.What About the Established Networks?In the near future, mobile social networking is only really going to grow once the big social networks like Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, LinkedIn, or MyYearBook start releasing location-aware applications for mobile devices.Overall, we don’t put too much stock into the ABI report. Thanks to highly targeted location-based advertising, there is a good chance that a mobile social network that manages to attract enough users (or any of the already establish social networks that releases a location aware application) will be able to be financially successful. For right now, however, with a market that is barely establish, trying to put a number on the potential success of these networks is almost silly. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts frederic lardinoiscenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#news#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Dani Alves: Barca loved playing Arsenal!

first_imgArsenal Dani Alves digs Arsenal: Barcelona loved playing against them! Goal Last updated 2 years ago 19:14 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Daniel Alves PSG Bayern UEFA Champions League 27092017 Gettyimages Arsenal Barcelona Premier League UEFA Champions League Primera División The 34-year-old Brazilian admits the Catalan giants had control over their north London opponents during Pep Guardiola’s time in charge Dani Alves says Barcelona enjoyed facing Arsenal in the Champions League during his time at Camp Nou because they “dominated” the Gunners.Barcelona eliminated the Premier League side from the knockout rounds of the competition twice in a row during Pep Guardiola’s spell in charge before a 5-1 aggregate win over them in the last-16 in 2015-16.Arsenal 6/1 to win Europa League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsene Wenger’s side did not pick up a win in any of those games as Barca dominated Europe and Spain and Alves admits they were a side they liked coming up against.”Well, we definitely liked to face Arsenal,” he told FourFourTwo when asked which English sides they relished being drawn with.“They had a similar football style to ours, and this sometimes helped to facilitate our way of playing.“We were drawn against them several times with a positive outcome. They were a team we dominated and had a control over. Every time we faced Arsenal, we’d have a good result or good performance.”Arsenal Barcelona 2016 Champions LeagueWith Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Dani Alves playing starring roles, Guardiola’s Barcelona team are hailed as one of the best the global game has ever seen, and the Brazilian admits they were incredible as a unit.“Talking to several football experts, they haven’t seen another team as incredible as that Barcelona,” the full-back, now at Paris Saint-Germain, explains. “These are people who’ve been following the game for a long time and they say they’ve never seen such a thing.”We represented the definition of a collective game. We ate, drank and breathed football, so moments like winning the Champions League were rewards for all our efforts.”Alves won six Spanish league titles and three Champions League crowns during his time at Barca before moving on to Juventus and PSG.The 34-year-old now plays with former Barcelona team-mate and current Brazil colleague Neymar at Parc des Princes, where the duo have enjoyed a great start to the season under Unai Emery.last_img read more

Pakistan urges international community to take note of Indias aggressive posturing to

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan has urged the international community to take note of India’s aggressive posturing about taking “physical jurisdiction” of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, warning that such “belligerent” statements have the potential to further escalate tensions and seriously jeopardise peace in the region. Pakistan’s statement came hours after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar asserted that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is India’s part and one day New Delhi expects to have “physical jurisdiction” over it. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He also asserted that there is no need to “worry” too much beyond a point about what people will say on Kashmir as it is an internal issue on which India’s position has “prevailed and will prevail.” Addressing his first press conference in New Delhi after assuming the office in the Modi 2.0 government in May, Jaishankar also hit out at Pakistan, saying India has a “unique challenge” from one neighbour and it would remain a challenge until that neighbour becomes a normal neighbour and acts against cross-border terrorism. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Asked about remarks by some Indian leaders that henceforth talks with Pakistan would be only about PoK and not on Kashmir, Jaishankar said, “our position has, is and will always be very clear on PoK, that it is part of India and we expect one day we will have physical jurisdiction over it.” Reacting sharply to Jaishankar’s statement, Pakistan on Tuesday said it calls on the international community to take “serious cognisance of India’s aggressive posturing” on PoK. Such “irresponsible and belligerent” statements from India have the potential to further escalate tensions and seriously jeopardise peace and security in the region,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement. “We strongly condemn and reject the inflammatory and irresponsible remarks” made by the Indian External Affairs Minister regarding Pakistan and PoK. “These remarks are an obvious manifestation of India’s utter frustration over the continued international censure of its egregious human rights violations in Kashmir,” the statement said. India cannot divert international attention from its crimes against the innocent people of Kashmir by blaming Pakistan, it said. Pakistan stands for peace, but would be ready to respond effectively to any act of aggression, the statement said. Instead of resorting to jingoistic rhetoric, India must rescind its illegal actions, stop forthwith grave human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, refrain from violating international law, and fully comply with UN Security Council resolutions for a final settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, the statement added. Tension between India and Pakistan escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5. Reacting to India’s move on Kashmir, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner. Pakistan has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue but India has asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 was its “internal matter”. New Delhi has also asked Islamabad to accept the reality and stop its anti-India rhetoric. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly session in New York on September 27. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also scheduled to speak on the same day. At his press conference when asked whether there could be a possibility of the leaders of India and Pakistan meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA, the external affairs minister commented, “just look at the climate of the relations right now, I think that itself should give you the answer that you are looking at.”last_img read more