Desperate race against fires in world’s biggest tropical wetlands

first_imgThe smell of burnt vegetation and the red glow of flames welcome visitors these days to the Pantanal, the world’s biggest tropical wetlands — a biodiverse paradise that is now partly reduced to ashes by record wildfires.The Pantanal, a region famous for its wildlife, is suffering its worst fires in more than 47 years, destroying vast areas of vegetation and causing death of animals caught in the fire or smokeIn the northern Pantanal, in central-western Brazil — a region that formerly had a thriving ecotourism industry — hotel employee Felipe Maia is hosing down a wooden bridge, hoping to stop the nearby flames from igniting it.There are scores of wooden bridges like this over the streams criss-crossing the wetlands along the dirt highway across the Pantanal, the 150-kilometer (95-mile) “Transpantaneira.”But amid the region’s worst drought in 47 years, many streams have run dry, and the fires often set this time of year on farms and ranches to clear land have spiralled out of control.“Every day we drive along the road, check which bridge is closest to catching fire and douse it in water,” Maia told AFP after soaking the bridge, just meters (yards) from the flames.The Pantanal sits at the southern edge of the Amazon rainforest, stretching from Brazil into Bolivia and Paraguay.In normal times, it draws tourists from around the world with its lush landscapes and wildlife, including jaguars, jabiru storks, giant otters, caimans, toucans, macaws and monkeys.But this year, around 23,500 square kilometers (9,000 square miles) of the wetlands have gone up in smoke — nearly 12 percent of the Pantanal.There have been a record-shattering 14,764 fires in the Brazilian Pantanal this year, according to satellite data from Brazil’s National Space Research Institute (INPE).In less than nine months, 2020 has already broken the annual record for the number of fires, according to INPE, with an increase of 214 percent from the same period last year.“It’s sad. Just when we thought tourism was about to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic, these fires have destroyed 10 to 15 percent of the Pantanal,” said tour guide Roberto Carvalho Macedo, part of an informal brigade of firefighters, local residents, officials and hotel owners who have banded together to patrol the area’s bridges day and night.– Animals in ‘critical condition’ –Fellow guide Eduarda Fernandes Amaral was traveling by boat up a river in Encontro das Aguas State Park, known as the home to the world’s biggest jaguar population.She and a team of veterinarians and biologists were looking amid the charred remains of trees and shrubs for a jaguar that had reportedly been wounded in a fire.“All the animals we’ve rescued so far have been in critical condition. Some of them have died, some are burnt all the way to the bone,” she said.She set out drinking water and baskets of fruit for animals that survived the fires. They now risk dying of dehydration or starvation.It is impossible to estimate yet how many animals have died, but she said she fears the losses are enormous.“I hope this makes people open their eyes and understand that the biodiversity here is unique. We have to preserve it,” she told AFP.– Causes and effect –The scenes in the Pantanal are reminiscent of the wildfires devastating the US West Coast.As with those fires, there is a complex web of factors driving the blazes.The main cause in the Pantanal is drought.From January to May, the usual rainy season, the region received just half the precipitation it normally does. As a result, many areas that are usually flooded this time of year are dry.Exacerbating the problem, ranchers are increasingly introducing non-native plants for pasture land, weakening the region’s natural resistance to fire, experts say.Ecologists also blame funding and staffing cuts at Brazil’s environmental protection agencies under far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who took office in January 2019.“There’s a widespread sense of impunity” among farmers and ranchers who set fires to clear land for crops and pasture, said forestry engineer Vinicius Silgueiro of the Life Center Institute (ICV).The crisis in the Pantanal has added to the criticism the Brazilian government faces over the Amazon.There have been 62,627 fires in the Brazilian Amazon so far this year, an increase of 10 percent from the same period last year. SIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UPlast_img read more

Haughton boys win Region I-5A track meet

first_imgRussell Hedgesrhedges@bossierpress.comThe Haughton Bucs ran away with the Region      I-5A boys track and field title Wednesday at Northwestern State.Haughton scored 76 points. Parish teams took the next two spots as Parkway finished second with 54 points and Airline third with 51.Ruston won the girls division with 85 points. Parkway was the top parish team with 36.The top three teams and individuals qualified for the LHSAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 10 at LSU.Airline’s Cameron Rice was the star of the boys meet, winning three events. He took the high jump with a leap of 6-6, the long jump with a 23-4.5 and the triple jump with a 46-8.Rice barely missed on his third attempt at a personal best 6-10 1/4. When he landed the bar was wobbling but still up. But it didn’t stay there.As usual, Haughton got a lot of its scoring in the sprints.Bucs senior Micah Larkins and freshman Josh Lister finished 1-2 in the 100 in 10.70 and 10.78 respectively.Antonio Woodfork won the 300 hurdles in 40.34.Woodfork and Lister finished 2-3 in the 100 hurdles in 15.23 and 15.26, respectively.Parkway’s Juwon Johnson won in 15.10 in what was one of the best races of the day.Larkins and Lister also ran on Haughton’s winning 4X100 relay team along with Javonte Woodard and D’Kovin Ware. Their time was 42.05.Parkway’s Cory Hamilton won the 400 for the second straight year with a time of 50.31.Hamilton was one of the top seeds in the 200, but he tweaked a muscle in his right leg near the finish line and finished sixth.Hamilton also ran on Parkway’s runner-up 4X200 relay team along with Dylan Whaley, Demetrius McAtee and William McKnight.Airline’s Jack Wilkes came from behind on the final lap to win the 800 in 1:56.26.Parkway’s Hayden Kingfisher won the 1,600 in 4:27.13, just ahead of Byrd’s Daniel Tanner.Tanner returned the favor in the 3,200, winning in 9:46.18 to Kingfisher’s 9:47.57.Haughton’s Jacorius Jeter qualified for state by finishing third in the long and triple jumps.The Bucs’ Cody Hinson finished third in the pole vault.Parkway senior Alison Ringle dominated the distance events in the girls division.She won the 1,600 in 5:09.30, beating runner-up Kellie Webb of Barbe by more than eight seconds.In the 3,200, Ringle lapped almost every runner in the field, winning in 11:19.72.Webb was a distant second in 11:49.47. Parkway’s Destiny McGaffey finished third to qualify for state.Airline’s Jasmyn Carswell was the only other parish athlete to win an event in the girls division.Carswell took the triple jump with a 37-5.5. She missed qualifying for state in the long jump by six inches.Parkway’s Sara Funderburk qualified in the 800 with a third-place finish.Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles meet in Tung Chung?Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

High school softball: Assistant Brittany Gregg named head coach at Airline

first_imgHer sister, Tiffany Wood, isthe head coach at Calvary Baptist. She guided the Lady Cavs to the Class 2Astate championship in 2016 and the Division III title in 2017. “So appreciative of what former AHS softball coaches, like coach (Tracy) Rambin and coach Digilormo, have done for our softball program and excited about what coach Gregg and staff are going to continue,” Airline athletic director Ronnie Coker said in a text message. Gregg comes from a prominentsoftball family. Gregg has a son, Kinsler, who just turned 1. Airline loses four seniorsthat played a major role in the team’s success. But Gregg is looking forward tokeeping the program at a high level. “My son is going to be raised at the ballpark as well,” she said. Her father, Greg Frazier, is an assistant at Calvary and a former head coach at Southwood. Gregg replaces ReginaDigilormo, who stepped down after the 2019 season to focus on her duties ashead volleyball coach. “Those four seniors meant a lot to me, but we have four more this year that mean just as much and that are going to do a great job,” she said. “They’re all very eager and ready to go.” Brittany Gregg (right) has been named head softball coach at Airline. Gregg has helped Airline win three straight District 1-5A championships. Last season, the Lady Vikings went 28-4 and reached the Class 5A semifinals for the first time since 2007. Gregg is a 2008 graduate ofSouthwood. After graduating from LSUS, she began her teaching and coachingcareer at Greenacres Middle School in 2013. “I’m very excited,” Greggsaid. “I’ve been with most of these girls since middle school and now throughhigh school. Those seniors, I’ve been with them since their sixth-grade year.” “It’s definitely part of the family tradition,” Gregg said. “My dad has been coaching at least 30 years now. My sister has been at Calvary for awhile. We were raised at the ballpark and just continue in that tradition.” Gregg and Airline will behosting a youth clinic softball camp Thursday and Friday at the school from 8a.m. to noon each day. Instruction will be provided by the Airline coachingstaff and players. Cost is $50.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Brittany Gregg, an assistant coach for four years, has been promoted to head softball coach at Airline. After two years of teachingand coaching basketball and softball at Greenacres, she moved to Airline as anassistant softball and head swimming coach.last_img read more

Former Ole Miss staffer will help Auburn this week

first_imgOXFORD — Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze gave Ryan Aplin his first job in football. Aplin hosted quarterback Bo Wallace on his official visit and the two remain close, talking as recently as last week.Those ties do not matter this week: Aplin is now an offensive grad assistant for No. 4 Auburn, and will be with the defensive coaching staff this week as it prepares for No. 7 Ole Miss on Saturday (6 p.m, ESPN).“Coach (Gus) Malzahn knows the offense very well, too, but when you play quarterback for a guy you have a really good insight,” Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said to AL.com. “He won’t be able to tell us a whole lot we don’t see on film, but I think he will be able to kind of tell us what he would like to do if we do this. What would he be trying to attack us if we try this and so forth.”Aplin was Freeze’s quarterback at Arkansas State from 2010-11, and then joined the Ole Miss staff as an administrative intern before the 2013 season. Aplin left for Auburn after spring practice because it was a job promotion for him (he also had worked with Malzahn at Arkansas State).Ole Miss responded by changing all of its play calls and terminologies before the start of the season. It went through this in 2013, when another former staffer (Tyler Siskey) went to Alabama and was spotted in the coaches’ booth during the game with a pair of binoculars.Freeze said Aplin’s role with Auburn this week is something to be worried about.“It’s still a concern because he was with me for so long and on staff here,” Freeze said. “We’ve taken every precaution we can but he can contribute something that is helpful to them. I don’t know that he can during course of game but preparing for it I would think he’d be helpful.”Said Wallace: “I’m really close with Aplin. I talked to him last week. He was the guy that hosted me on my visit to Arkansas State. … I’m sure their staff will try to get anything they can from him but I think the biggest thing is the terminology and the way we call plays is totally different from when he was here.”Ole Miss could have had Aplin do the same thing against Auburn before last year’s game, an Ole Miss loss, but Freeze said publicly that they did not want to do anything that would make Aplin uncomfortable and in a bad position.last_img read more

Johnnies Continue Streak with Win over Macalester

first_img About Connatix V56892 360p 1080p HD The St. John’s University basketball team tallied its ninth straight win in a strong showing against Macalester on Saturday.SJU played dominantly all day long. They outscored Macalester 42-23 in the first half of gameplay. In the second half, they showed no signs of slowing down. Again they outscored the Scots, this time 50-27 for a final score of 92-50.Jubie Alade led the team with 16 points. David Stokman and Zach Hanson each scored 13, and Lucas Walford added 11. With the win, the Johnnies improve to 10-1 and 6-0 MIAC. They return to action on Monday, Jan. 7th when they host Concordia College. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. 1/1center_img Auto (360p) About Connatix V56892 720p HD Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip last_img read more

Club chiefs never hide ‘obsession’ to sign Watford player, name ‘underlined…

first_imgThe forward spent six months on loan at the San Siro in 2017, when he was at Everton.In the winter market, the Serie A club were reportedly interested in re-signing the former Barcelona man, but the deal didn’t take shape and the Spaniard will be at Vicarage Road at least until the end of the season.A ‘confidential’ report from Thursday’s edition of Sport claims the Italian outfit ‘will go for’ the 24-year-old in the summer as the Rossoneri board of directors have never hidden their ‘obsession’ to bring the player back to the club.Deulofeu’s contract with Watford is until 2023 and his name is ‘underlined in red’ in the list of summer targets for Milan.After failing to land their target in January, Gennaro Gattuso’s side have contacted the Hornets to ask about Deulofeu’s price. It’s clear that Milan will make an approach for him in the summer, unless the fee demanded by Javi Gracia’s side is exorbitant.The Spaniard already indicated that he is open to the idea of joining Milan and if the fee quoted by Watford is convenient, then Deulofeu could return to the Serie A in the summer. It is also important to note that Sport does mention the attacker is happy with his current employer and shares a good relationship with Gracia.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameChallenge Your Brain With This Must-Play Strategy Game. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles meet in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndo Last month, during an interview with Mundo Deportivo, Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu admitted that he will not ‘close the door’ to return to AC Milan.last_img read more

Man City to open contract talks with youngster – Belief player…

first_imgThe centre-back made his Premier League debut in September and was then restricted to only EFL Cup matches, until Pep Guardiola started using him regularly since the start of last month.García played the full 90 minutes in the Champions League clash against Dinamo Zagreb and also in his side’s EFL Cup win over Oxford United. He went on to feature in City’s last three matches, which includes starts against Sheffield United and Everton.Sport claims despite being 18, he is considered to be part of the Premier League winners’ first team, instead of being considered as an academy player. For months, the Etihad club have been in contact with the Spaniard’s entourage to renew his contract. The conversation over a new deal is expected to begin in the coming weeks and there’s belief at City that García will commit his future to the English champions.The youngster last signed an extension at Manchester City in July 2018 and his current deal expires in 2022.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoDating.comFind out where single guys are hanging out in Tung ChungDating.comUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 60? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndo Manchester City signed Eric García from Barcelona in 2017 and he made his first team debut last season, when he was limited to only cup competitions.last_img read more

Nail gases at the US Open

first_imgTsvetana Pironkova participated in her first tournament after a break of 3 years, but played tennis as in the best times of her career.The 32-year-old from Plovdiv took 6: 4, 6: 1 Donna Vekic (Herv) and qualified for the 1/8 finals of the US Open. So she equaled her best achievement in this Grand Slam tournament. In 2012, in this phase, she lost to Anna Ivanovic (Sir).Pironkova’s opponent will be the 2017 finalist Madison Keys (USA) or Alise Cornet (France).last_img

Barry Trotz: Capitals will be judged on 2016

first_imgBarry Trotz joined Nestor to talk all things Washington Capitals one day after Alex Ovechkin scored his 500th career goal for the current #1 seed in the NHL.Coach Trotz made it clear that he’s been very impressed with Ovechkin since joining the organization in 2014…“I came from another team and you see Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals from afar,” Trotz said. “Now that you realize the magnitude of what Alex is able to do and how quickly he’s done some things in this game, you realize that you’re among greatness. He’s a Hall of Fame player. He’s worldwide in terms of fame. But what he’s been able to do for so long, when the game has gotten harder to score goals and all the expectations and pressure that’s been put on him from Day 1 to carry the Capitals…it’s good to see how he’s transforming himself from a young talent to one of the great players and great leaders in the National Hockey League.”Although Trotz says they’ve accomplished all that they set out to accomplish in 2015, now that the calendar has flipped, he knows they’ll be judged more on what they do in 2016 when the playoffs come around.“We talked about to our group last week…let’s just review 2015 as a whole, you know, the 365 days,” Trotz said. “We had the best record in the National Hockey League. We had like 119 points, we were first in goals, top in power plays…we accomplished a lot of things in 2015 that we set our sights on doing, but we’re really going to be judged on 2016.”“We feel we have a good team, a team that can win the Stanley Cup,” Trotz said. “We are one of the contenders.To hear more of Barry’s thoughts as he joined us for nearly 20 minutes, you can listen right here:Audio Playerhttp://c631904.r4.cf2.rackcdn.com/Barry%20Trotz%20Caps%20011315.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more