Small Park Coming To Jackson Street Bridge

first_imgAdd to My List In My List Share For Whom The Bell Rings Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Earlier this month, the Department of City Planning announced that the Jackson Street Bridge is gaining a little green space.The plans released show trees, plants, benches and extra space on the sidewalk for pedestrians. In order to make way for the extra sidewalk space, the center turn lane will be eliminated.Side street parking spots will also line the space.This new plan is part of a grant-funded initiative by the Department of City Planning.Jackson Street is already used as a gathering place for Atlanta tourists and locals alike.Meme Kebede, a local Atlantan, enjoys taking photos at the spot. She said she thinks the proposed changes could help with safety.“You kind of have to back up and sometimes get into the street … you kind of have to get into that to get the perfect picture,” Kebede said. “So I think if they expand it, it could be a big safety thing.”The project is part of a new program, which aims to “transform under-utilized streets and public property into active, vibrant and safer public places,” according to a press release from the city.The Jackson Street plan was chosen out of 30 proposals.Also chosen was a project on the White Street corridor which aims to improve bike and pedestrian access. The proposal includes roadway murals and “reduction of excess vehicular right-of-way.”The design process for both projects will begin this August. The Department of City Planning said they will seek community input.The Atlanta Department of City Planning announced new plans for the Jackson Street Bridge on June 6. (Courtesy of City Planning)last_img read more

Schlitterbahn water park, ex-employee charged in 10-year-old’s 2016 death on ride

first_imgJohn Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The former operations director for Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, and the water park itself have been charged with manslaughter in the 2016 death of a 10-year-old boy on a water slide.Tyler Austin Miles, 29, was booked into the Wyandotte County Detention Center Friday morning after he turned himself in, jail records show. His bail was set at $50,000.A lengthy indictment obtained by ABC News names Miles and Schlitterbahn Waterpark of Kansas City, Kansas, as co-defendants. In addition to the manslaughter charges in the death of Caleb Schwab, both Miles and Schlitterbahn were indicted on multiple counts of aggravated battery and aggravated endangering a child.Schlitterbahn was indicted on one count of interference with law enforcement, concealing evidence, while Miles was indicted on that charge and an additional charge of interference with law enforcement, obstructing official duty.Schlitterbahn said in a statement Friday that it that was “deeply disappointed to learn any individual is being personally charged for the terrible accident on Verruckt” and added “our review of the facts and circumstances of the accident has never shown any evidence of criminal conduct on the part of anyone.”Caleb, 10, was killed on Aug. 7, 2016, after something went wrong when the child rode on the park’s 168-foot-tall Verruckt (German for “insane”) water slide. Verruckt was billed as the largest of its kind in the world at the time. It was closed indefinitely following Caleb’s death.The indictment alleges that Verruckt suffered from a “persistent airborne problem” and underwent a massive redesign in 2014 after testing showed the ride’s rafts had a tendency to fly into the air.Miles and other Schlitterbahn officials — including John Schooley, lead designer of Verruckt, and Jeff Henry, co-owner of Schlitterbahn — allegedly had direct knowledge that “the redesign failed to eliminate the airborne raft problem” but moved ahead with the ride’s opening nonetheless, according to the indictment.Henry allegedly came up with the idea for the water slide, rushing the ride to construction despite “a long list of dangerous design flaws,” according to the indictment. He was allegedly motivated by a desire to brag to rival water park owners, the indictment states.Experts who examined the ride after Caleb’s death found that “Verruckt’s design violated nearly all aspects of the longstanding industry safety standard,” the indictment states, adding that evidence shows Verruckt’s designers and operators knew that the ride “posed a substantial and unjustifiable risk of death or severe bodily harm.”Documentation cited in the indictment shows that riders suffered a range of injuries before Caleb’s death, including multiple broken bones and concussions.Following Caleb’s death, Miles allegedly attempted to cover up reports of complaints of injuries on the ride, the indictment states, even allegedly coaching a lifeguard at the park to lie.Thanks to Miles’ alleged withholding of information and efforts at a cover-up, the investigation was “delayed by nearly six months,” the indictment states.Esteban Castaneda told ABC News in 2016 he first heard a “boom” on Schlitterbahn Waterpark’s Verruckt water slide, which is promoted as the world’s tallest.He then saw a raft come through, and “immediately after the raft … you see a body,” he said.He said there were two women sitting in the back of the raft with blood on them.Investigators said Caleb was somehow decapitated on the ride.Caleb’s parents spoke to ABC News last year. His father, Scott Schwab, said that in the months after the tragedy, the family members, especially the three surviving brothers, soothe themselves by watching videos of Caleb.“There’s times when it’s like, I can’t look at that right now, and there’s other times when you can’t sleep and you want to look at it,” Schwab said.Last year, the Schwab family reached a settlement of an undisclosed amount with the park’s owners and the ride’s manufacturer that will go to Caleb’s brothers, attorneys for the family, Mike Rader and Todd Scharnhorst, told ABC News.Miles was released on bail Friday afternoon.The statement from the company goes on to say: “The safety of our guests and employees has been at the forefront of our culture throughout our 40 years of operations. Our families enjoy our waterparks and its rides and attractions. We have set the highest bar for safety in our industry.“Our staff, since we opened Schlitterbahn Kansas City, has demonstrated the highest dedication to safety, from the training of our lifeguards and ride operators, to ensuring all rides have operated in accordance with our strict protocols. Our team has been conscientious and committed to providing visitors to the waterpark a safe and enjoyable experience. We are shocked by any allegations of impropriety or negligence on the part of anyone associated with Verruckt.“Throughout his employment with us, our operations director, Tyler, demonstrated the highest dedication to safety, from the training of our lifeguards and ride operators, to ensuring all rides have operated in accordance with our strict protocols. He was conscientious and committed to providing visitors to the waterpark a safe and enjoyable experience. Tyler left us in September to accept great opportunity; we were sorry to see him go and wished him well. We stand by him and are shocked by these allegations.”In a later statement regarding the corporate indictment, Schlitterbahn said: “We’ve reviewed the indictment against Schlitterbahn Kansas City and Tyler Miles and we plan on contesting the allegations. Since the date of the incident we have worked closely with law enforcement; at no time have we withheld evidence; at no time have we altered evidence. The indictment uses quoted statements from a reality TV show that was scripted for dramatic effect that in no way reflects the design and construction of the ride.“The safety of our Schlitterbahn guests and employees has been at the forefront of our culture throughout our 40 years of operations. Many of us rode Verruckt regularly, as did our children and grandchildren. We have faith in the justice system and are confident that when we finally have an opportunity to defend ourselves, it will be clear that this was an accident. We stand by our team and will fight these charges.”ABC News could not immediately reach Schooley and Henry.The Schwab family has not yet commented on Friday’s news.It’s unclear if any pleas have been entered in the case.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Fullerton birdies 18 to capture first Zone One West Kootenay Junior tour title Sunday in Nakusp

first_imgRyan Fullerton took advantage of a small field to capture his first ever Zone One West Kootenay Junior Golf tour title Sunday at the Nakusp course. “Ryan played solid golf all day and sealed the victory sticking his approach on 18 to five feet and then making the birdie putt,” said zone coordinator Rob McKay.”Ryan has played the circuit for three years and he was well deserving of the win.”Brenan Moroney of Rossland/Trail won the 17-18 division while in the 15-16 category Brett Mengler of the host Nakusp course took first ahead of Amber Arnold from Castlegar.The 14 and under division went to a playoff with Braden McKay from RTCC beating Carson Arcuri from Granite Point on the second playoff hole. On the first playoff hole Carson made a fantastic par save from the bunker, but on the second hole of the playoff his approach ran through the green and he was not able to get up and down. In the Net division the McInnes brothers from Nakusp took honors.  Nathyn McInnes took the 15 – 18 year old division with a net 67 and Dugan the 14 and under with a net 63. In the skill prizes Brenan Moroney and Braden McKay both dominated.  Both kids won the KP and LD in their age divisions.last_img read more

Lamar Men and Women Highlight NCAA South Central Regional

first_imgStephen F. Austin sophomore and Southland Male Newcomer of the Year Charles Mathenge finished the course in a time of 29:58 – roughly a 4:50 mile pace – to break his second school record of the season and capture a seventh-place finish. The Ol Kalou, Kenya, native also owns the school record in the 8K (23:42) after his runner-up performance at the Conference Championships on Nov. 3. Mathenge also earns a spot in the upcoming NCAA National Championship race and is a NCAA All-Region honoree. The NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship selection show will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. CT, and will stream live on NCAA.com. Lamar freshman runner Minttu Hukka was the top Southland women’s finisher as she placed 14th in the 6K race with a time of 20:43.6 and took home NCAA All-Region honors. Hukka was named Southland Freshman and Athlete of the Year after winning the Conference Championship race on Nov. 3. Hukka was followed by teammate and first team all-conference selection Leigh Lattimore, who finished 17th in 20:52. Lamar’s Verity Ockenden, a first team all-conference selection, also finished in the top 25 with a time of 21:02.6. Lattimore and Ockenden each were NCAA All-Region honorees. FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Lamar men’s cross country team finished third at the NCAA South Central Regional hosted by Arkansas Friday afternoon, while the Lamar women came in fourth. Lamar’s Sam Stabler and Stephen F. Austin’s Charles Mathenge each punched a ticket into the NCAA National Championships with their top-10 individual finishes at the regional race. Three Southland women’s runners placed in the top 25 and claimed NCAA All-Region honors, while Lamar had a fourth-place team finish. Southland runner-up Stephen F. Austin came in ninth, McNeese State 13th, Sam Houston State 15th, Houston Baptist 18th and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 19th. A total of ten Southland men’s and women’s runners earned NCAA All-Region honors after finishing in the top 25 of the NCAA Regional race. Lamar senior runner Sam Stabler, who was Southland Conference Male Athlete of the Year and league champion, ran the Agri Park 10K course in 29:35.9. Stabler ran a personal career best 10,000-meter time and claimed NCAA All-Region honors. The Leicester, England (Ratcliffe College), native finished third out of 152 total runners and 23 teams to earn a spot in the NCAA National Championships Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind. Men’s ResultsWomen’s Results Lamar’s Jan Lukas Becker and Southland Male Freshman of the Year finished the race course 12th in a time of 30:09.6 and earned NCAA All-Region honors. Central Arkansas’ Jonathan Burgess came in 16th, Stephen F. Austin’s Cody Brown 19th, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Philipp Baar 20th and Lamar’s Alex Dunbar 24th, each claiming a spot on the NCAA All-Region list. Seven Southland men’s runners finished in the top 25 and earned NCAA All-Region honors as Lamar and Stephen F. Austin had top-five team finishes. Lamar’s third-place finish was followed by Stephen F. Austin in fifth place. McNeese State men and Central Arkansas men finished ninth and 10th, while Texas A&M-Corpus Christi came in 13th, Sam Houston State 17th, and Houston Baptist 21st. A total of 31 teams compete as a team at the NCAA Division I Championships with 18 automatic bids from the top two teams at each regional, 13 bids are at-large. After teams have been determined, 38 additional individuals per gender are selected. After teams have been determined, 38 additional individuals per gender are selected to compete. From those teams not selected in the above process, the top four finishers at each regional are automatically selected but must have finished within the top 25 of the region. Two additional athletes will be selected from the remainder of the national pool as at-large individuals but must have finished in the regional top 25.last_img read more

PNG farmers use agroforestry to fight crop diseases and reduce labor

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 Agriculture, Agroforestry, Archive, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Community Development, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Development, food security, Forests, Poverty Alleviation, Sustainable Development Papua New Guinea’s predominantly agricultural society practices agroforestry — the cropping of useful fruit and nut trees with understory vines, shrubs and vegetables in a forest-mimicking system — widely.The practice produces a wide array of products for farmers, from areca nuts to coconuts and cacao, and is seen as a tool to address the country’s issues of rapid population growth and shrinking land resources.Farmers in the eastern province of Morobe are experimenting with different combinations of cash crops and trees to deal with disease challenges and to reduce labor.Agroforestry also sequesters carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and provides homes and forage for wild creatures here, ranging from boars to bandicoots. LAE, Papua New Guinea — Across the more than 600 islands that make up Papua New Guinea, the majority of the country’s culturally diverse population relies on agriculture for both food and income.But issues ranging from global market competition for cash crops such as coffee, to a shortage of manual labor, to waves of diseases that have heavily impacted important crops, have left many communities striving to diversify and improve what they grow.To do this, farmers in both the country’s rural highlands and lowlands, where 85 percent of the population live, are leaning on a traditional subsistence practice to improve their livelihoods: agroforestry.Bokson Kilau surveys his cacao crop, planted next to a series of gliricidia shade trees and the odd banana palm. Image by Camilo Mejia Giraldo for Mongabay.A sustainable systemAlready used by many communities around the world, agroforestry is seen as an increasingly important method of farming as it combines food crops and trees in a single area of land. By allowing for the production of food as well as things like timber, agroforestry can have a number of positive economic and environmental impacts. The practice supports biodiversity by mimicking natural forests, improves soil quality and diversifies the use of its nutrients, and sequesters far more carbon dioxide than monoculture crops.PNG’s traditional agroforestry is applied differently across the country and is shaped by a number of factors. These include geography, weather, tribal groups, types of crops grown, and, of course, amount of land available. Historically, more than 95 percent of the land in PNG has been under the control of traditional clans — a number that international organizations say has dropped to 85 percent as the government continues to grant special agricultural and business leases, or SABLs, to international companies.Despite these ongoing challenges, clans continue to distribute traditionally owned land through culturally diverse systems to members for their subsistence needs.These rich agricultural systems can generally be seen as intensely intercropped kai kai, or food, gardens, growing sustenance crops from yams to corn, taro, pineapples, bananas and peanuts, as well as income-generating cash crops species like coconut trees (Cocos nucifera) planted alongside cacao (Theobroma cacao), vanilla, and areca palms (Areca catechu), among many others.While traditional crops and staple foods remain, many have diversified these densely intercropped systems to increase their socioeconomic standing and deal with both external and internal pressures.In the mountains of the Eastern Highlands province, for example, farmers who previously relied on growing mostly coffee for a living are now cultivating citrus trees and strawberries next to casuarina trees; the latter provide important shade for seedlings in the short term and can be cut for construction material and firewood in the long term.In the northern Madang province, clans are increasingly looking to their established agroforestry systems to help alleviate growing population pressure on their food security and land, and to conserve their local environment.Cacao being dried in the Markham Valley. Image by Camilo Mejia Giraldo for Mongabay.But beyond easing the impact of social and dynamic market pressures, agroforestry has also helped communities in certain parts of the country deal with the impacts from nature.Disease strikes profitable cropsIn the vast savanna of Markham Valley, in PNG’s Morobe province, a disease that began sweeping the region in the early 2000s saw many communities lose their most profitable cash crop, the areca nut.“Back in 2007, insects just came and wiped them out,” says Jim Kelly, a farmer from the small village of Bampu.From his mother’s home garden, known in Bampu as a gom gain, Kelly points to a struggling areca palm growing next to a banana tree, a papaya tree, and over a series of cucumbers, pumpkins, and leafy greens known as aibika (Abelmoschus manihot).“We planted [the areca palm] to see how it would go, but I can already see that the nuts at the top of the palm are small. They still get sick,” he says.Commonly known in PNG as buai, the areca nut is a widely used traditional stimulant that can stave off hunger, increase focus, and impart a mild sense of euphoria. Apart from being linked to the rapid rise of mouth cancers throughout the country by the World Health Organization, the plant’s drupe, which is chewed in combination with a daka “mustard stick” dipped in crushed seashells, is arguably one of PNG’s most lucrative cash crops.Since the demise of the areca nut in Markham, Bampu and other communities in the area have turned their efforts toward harvesting coconuts, which sell at local markets for around 1 kina (about 30 U.S. cents) each, and cacao for chocolate, sold as either wet beans ($90 per bag) or as the more expensive fermented dry beans to local exporters for the equivalent of $180 a bag.In Bampu, both of these income-generating species can be found growing either alongside or within dense food crop systems that can include banana and mango trees, taro, corn, tomatoes, pumpkins and watermelons, as well as a fast-growing tree called gliricidia (Gliricidia sepium).Pineapples grow next to taro, pumpkins and banana trees in a Markham Valley agroforestry system. Image by Camilo Mejia Giraldo for Mongabay.According to Kelly, this agroforestry system has a number of tangible advantages that help the community maintain their incomes and ensure food security.The shade provided by gliricidia, he says, is vital for the development of young cacao seedlings. Once a cacao tree has matured, the gliricidia is cut down and used for firewood. Because of the time and energy required to manage the cash crops and the shade trees, the understory of pumpkins and watermelons also helps farmers keep down problematic weeds.The numerous home gardens and cash crop blocks also reflect the few forested areas that remain on the community’s land. The ones located further from the village tend to attract wild pigs, bandicoots and large birds of prey commonly found in the mountains that flank the valley floor.More importantly, Kelly says, planting different types of crops together ensures a good level of food security throughout the year, even during the intense dry seasons experienced in the 160-kilometer-long (100-mile) valley.“We like to plant everything in one block. When there is drought one crop dies but others survive,” he says.A cacao drying oven (“fermentary”). Image by Camilo Mejia Giraldo for Mongabay.Limits for small-scale farmersPNG exports its cacao largely to countries like Malaysia, the United States and Singapore, but it also supplies important chocolate-producing markets like Belgium. Although still far behind large producers in Africa, PNG has steadily increased its output of cacao to the world market over the past three years, fueled mostly by small-scale farmers across the country.“There has been an increase in cacao farming [in the Markham] area, both because of the price as well as the availability of buyers in the valley,” says Nathan Wampe, a forest environment researcher at Ramu Agri-Industries Ltd (RAIL). “There are about three new mayor buyers and previously there was only one.”Although Bampu and other communities across the Markham Valley have managed to maintain a relatively stable level of income by effectively bringing cacao into their agroforestry mix, their ability to further increase profits is limited as farming is still a largely manual task carried out by the family unit.According to Wampe, farmers in areas like Markham and the nearby Ramu Valley who are increasingly reliant on their cacao yields can be hindered by the gliricidia shade trees they use.“Gliricidia provides a good canopy of shade, but one of the issues with [this species] here is the labor. It grows really fast and you have to constantly prune it,” says Wampe, who is undertaking a community forestry project alongside the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the University of Sunshine Coast in the Ramu and Marhkham valleys.“If you are just one person looking after this area [of cacao], during the rainy season [gliricidia] just grows out of proportion. You have to trim it continuously,” he says, adding that one of the aims of the ACIAR project — in partnership with RAIL —  will be to promote the use of eucalyptus trees (Eucalyptus pellita) in combination with cacao crops.An Atzunas community member scrapes away bark from the gliricidia, which dries out the tree and helps farmers manage the fast-growing species. Image by Camilo Mejia Giraldo for Mongabay.This, he says, can ease the pressure on the communities in a number of ways.“If you look at [eucalyptus], you multiply the benefits of it. You have shade, materials for housing construction, and it’s a good fuel for firewood,” he says.Both the Ramu and Markham valleys have been heavily impacted by community and large-scale agriculture, including sugarcane, palm oil, and coconut plantations. With forested areas in the valleys and the surrounding mountains on the decline, communities are having to venture further into their remaining forest to gather materials traditionally used for housing.Buksong Kilau, a community leader from the village of  Atzunas in the Markham Valley, is hopeful that projects like the ACIAR one can help his and other villages in the region develop their agroforestry systems and, in turn, improve their livelihoods.“Most of our income is from cacao, and [combining] with these new species of trees can help our future,” he says. He adds that members of his community have to walk for an entire day to get strong posts for their houses, while still needing to constantly tend to their food gardens and cash crops.For Wampe, one of the main challenges of agroforestry projects comes down to understanding the complex dynamics between communities and forestry, in order for adequate systems to be promoted that will provide both short- and long-term benefits.Jim Kelly in his mother’s diverse food garden. Image by Camilo Mejia Giraldo for Mongabay.“There are two issues: the communities would like income and they want posts [for construction]. The options are there, but the turnover time is quite long [for some tree species], it may take up to 10 years,” he says.“That’s one of the reasons we are trying out pellita [eucalyptus] with cacao. In a way, that does address both issues.”This article is part of Mongabay’s ongoing series on agroforestry worldwide.Banner image: Jim Kelly in the community of Bampu stands next to a young cacao tree within his mother’s food garden. Image by Camilo Mejia Giraldo for Mongabay.Editor’s note: While both the Ramu and Markham valleys have been heavily impacted by large-scale cultivation of sugarcane, palm oil, and coconut, the initial deforestation occurred due to a large population increase and subsequent heavy use of trees for firewood and construction materials.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post.center_img Article published by Erik Hoffnerlast_img read more

Everton star completes medical ahead of Italy switch

first_img1 Everton striker Samuel Eto’o Everton striker Samuel Eto’o is poised to complete a move to Sampdoria following a successful medical with the Italian club.Former Champions League winner Eto’o arrived at Goodison Park just five months ago on a free transfer after being released by Chelsea.But the Cameroon hero has seen first-team opportunities limited with the struggling Toffees this season, who are just four point above the bottom-three, making just eight Premier League starts and scoring three goals.With doubts arising over his future on Merseyside, manager Roberto Martinez insisted earlier in January that none of the side’s key players will be leaving the club in the transfer window.However, reports last week suggested Eto’o had already accepted a 40 per cent pay cut to agree a 18-month contract with Samdoria.The deal appeared to have stalled with the Italians complaining about a lack of clarity in their dealings with Everton, but those issues now appear to have been resolved with Eto’o in Italy to wrap up his move.Pictured in a club polo shirt with the club doctor, he confirmed on Twitter: “Successful medical. Ready for a new challenge!!!”The Serie A outfit had earlier published the first picture of the Cameroon striker in their colours, along with the caption: “The first Blucerchiato smile for Eto’o at the end of his visit and waiting for his official introduction to Sampdoria.”The four-time African Footballer of the Year spent two seasons at Inter Milan and was a member of the 2010 treble-winning side that won the Serie A title, Coppa Italia and Champions League under Jose Mourinho.Sampdoria are looking to strengthen their forward line after selling top scorer Manolo Gabbiadini to Napoli earlier this month.The Genoa outfit, coached by Sinisa Mihajlovic, are fourth in Serie A, level on 33 points with third-placed Napoli at the halfway stage of the season.last_img read more

Connecticut ~ Sales and Use Tax: Back-to-School Holiday Will Be Held August 21-27

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Connecticut Department of Revenue Services advises that the 2016 back-to-school sales tax holiday will be held from August 21 to August 27, 2016. During the holiday, many items of clothing and footwear sold for less than $100 are exempt from Connecticut sales and use tax. For items that cost $100 or more, sales tax is calculated on the full purchase price.Media Release, Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, August 5, 2016last_img

Rugani set for first Juve start?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Juventus defender Daniele Rugani appears in line to make his first start of the season this evening against Genoa. Merih Demiral had been tipped to replace Matthijs de Ligt in Juve’s back four, but Calciomercato.com reports Rugani is winning the ballot. That is because, as per the website, the Italian was tried out by Maurizio Sarri in their final training session on Wednesday. The former Empoli stopper seemed to be on his way out of Turin over the summer, the signings of De Ligt and Demiral demoting him to fifth choice. Nonetheless, he could have a rare – but no less important – opportunity to stake his claim in the Bianconeri’s XI tonight.last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez again blanked questions about transfers

first_imgNewcastle boss Benitez again blanked questions about transfersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has blanked questions about transfers after defeat to Manchester United.He has again indicated that “big money” players are the difference for Newcastle United in their battle against the top six in the Premier League.Benitez stated for the fourth Press conference running that he would not talk about transfers – sending out a worrying message to Newcastle fans.When asked if he knew how much he had to spend, Benitez said: “I will not talk about transfers.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

LSU Releases Jersey Numbers For Freshman Signees

first_imgAn overhead shot of Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 11: The LSU Tigers play the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)We’re a little more than two months away from the start of the 2016 season. LSU opens up against Wisconsin in Green Bay.If you’re a Tiger fan and you want to know what jersey numbers the freshmen will be wearing this fall, the program released them all today. Initial jersey numbers for the 2016 #LSU Signing Class. View the preseason roster: https://t.co/TcpUJD370t pic.twitter.com/HSX6RoJT0P— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) June 20, 2016LSU fans, which freshman are you most looking forward to seeing?last_img read more