Car traveling 36-MPH on I-75 is pulled over

first_imgJELLICO, TN (WLAF) – Several reports of a small gray car all over the road on I-75 north ended in an arrest.Last Friday, several motorists reported the car was around the 141 northbound mile marker. The last call said the car was at the 156 northbound mile marker and other vehicles could not get around it because the vehicle was all over the roadway traveling approximately 36 mph, according to a report from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.Deputy Courtney Charles found the car at the 160 northbound mile marker (Jellico Exit) traveling in the middle of the road. Courtney saw three transfer trucks, two cars, one SUV, and one pick-up truck behind the vehicle. While traveling in the left hand lane, Courtney saw the vehicle allgedly cross the center line two times, cross the fog line three times and then cross the center line. At this point, Charles turned on her emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop, during this time the vehicle crossed the center line two more times and crossed the fog line after being followed for approximately one quarter of a mile. She then turned on her siren and the vehicle continued approximately another half mile, while crossing the center line and fog line several times.When Charles was finally able to stop the vehicle and make contact with the driver, she could smell alcoholic beverage coming from the car. When the driver, who was later identified as Joanna Lee Nelson, was asked if she had anything to drink, she said she had not. During this time Jellico Police Officer Tyler Minton arrived and asked Nelson if she had any alcoholic beverages and she said allegedly said she had not. A search of the vehicle revealed six open alcoholic beverage containers under the front passenger seat. Minton asked her again if she had anything to drink and she said allegedly said that she had three or four alcoholic beverages.Nelson was asked to do a field sobriety test and agreed to the tests.  However, when asked to do the walk and turn test and the one leg test, she said she was unable to do them because of a back problem. A check of her license revealed Nelson’s driver’s license was suspended, and she had an open warrant. At this time, Nelson was arrested and transported to the Jellico Police Department for a breath test. While waiting to do the test, Nelson asked if she could make a phone call before the test but was told she could make her phone call when she was booked into the jail. She then said an “ It doesn’t matter anyway, I’m not doing it”.While being transported to the jail, Nelson allegedly urinated on herself in the back of the patrol car and never told Charles she had to use the bathroom. When asked if she had urinated in the car she allegedly said, “I don’t know, I may have, or maybe not, don’t really know.”Nelson, 42, 223 Janeva Road, Knoxville is charged with driving under influence (DUI), violation implied consent law, failure to maintain lane, driving while suspended, violation of open container law, impeding the flow of traffic, vandalism and capias/bench warrant. She remains housed in the Campbell County Jail this morning on a $12,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, July 23.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/19/2019-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

UG brush aside Third Class to claim consecutive weekend wins

first_imgThe University of Guyana (UG) yesterday registered their second win of the weekend after completing a 137-run  defeat of Third Class in the day’s lone Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA), New Building Society (NBS) forty-overs, second-division fixture.  The win was set up by left-arm spinner Oswald Benn who grabbed a five-wicket haul on debut. UG, batting first, was dismissed for 205 in the 30th over. Major contributions came from the bats of openers Keon Roberts (45) who missed out on a half-century and Melroy Stephenson (36). Sunil Tulsidas The pair’s opening stand contributed 94 runs. However, the students endured a middle-order collapse, engineered by seamer Sunil Tulsidas who sniffed out 5-38.  UG got precious runs at the bottom from Anthony Fredericks who contributed 36 to push the score beyond the 200-run mark.  Third Class in response were bundled out for 68 in 22 overs with Benn claiming 5-15 on his first outing with the students. He got support from the lively Yekini Favourite (3-13) and off-spinner Kampta Persaud (2-9).last_img read more

Mayers unbeaten hundred pulls Pride out of trouble

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Kyle Mayers closed in on 500 runs for the season with his second hundred of the campaign to lift leaders Barbados Pride out of trouble and help them dominate yesterday’s day one of their sixth round match against Windward Islands Volcanoes. Sent in at Kensington Oval, the hosts were tottering on 132 for five after lunch before recovering to reach 357 for seven at the close, with the left-handed Mayers unbeaten on a splendid 121.He faced 135 balls in 3-¼ hours and struck 16 fours and three sixes. Ironically, his first hundred of the season – the maiden one of his first class career – also came against Volcanoes at Arnos Vale last month.Mayers, in his first season for his native Barbados after spending several season with Volcanoes, received support from all-rounder Kevin Stoute who made a breezy 46 and tail-ender Kemar Roach who struck a cavalier 41. Justin Greaves chimed in with 38 while opener Shayne Moseley got 36 and Test batsman Shamarh Brooks, 33.The day, however, belonged to Mayers, who carried his tally for the season to an impressive 498 runs.He featured in two key partnerships, putting on 96 for the sixth wicket with Stoute and adding a further 92 for the seventh wicket with Roach. Stoute faced 68 balls and struck five fours and a six while Roach belted half-dozen fours and a six off just 52 deliveries.Arriving at the crease with Pride fighting back on 128 for four, Mayers was unbeaten on 14 at tea to help the hosts move to 153 for five, and brought up his half-century off 77 balls with an all-run four off speedster Josh Thomas.Mayers eventually raised three figures off 124 deliveries with a gentle drive for a single to cover off leg-spinner Keron Cottoy with the close beckoning. He found an ally in Jomel Warrican (10 not out) late in the day to post 37 in an unbroken eighth wicket partnership.Pride had earlier made a stuttering start even though Moseley put on 40 for the first wicket with struggling Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite who managed just five.Thomas, who finished with two for 57, removed both in the space of five overs. Brathwaite perished for his fifth single digit score this season, caught at second slip defending while the left-handed Moseley played around a good length ball and had his off stump hit. Stumbling on 47 for two, Greaves stabilised the innings in a 50-run, third wicket partnership with Brooks before putting on a further 31 for the fourth wicket with Shane Dowrich (12).Pride were beginning to take control of the game when Both Greaves and Dowrich fell in successive overs with just four runs added, to leave Mayers and the lower order with the task of reviving the innings.last_img read more

NFL Week 10 Blitz Read: Titans stun Patriots; Browns upset Falcons

first_imgIn Nashville, Marcus Mariota passed for 228 yards and two touchdowns and running back Derrick Henry rushed for 58 yards and two scores as the Titans thumped the Patriots, 34-10. The Titans’ defense sacked Tom Brady three times and held the high-scoring Pats offense to 284 total yards. The Patriots fell to 7-3, while the Titans are 5-4.In Cleveland, Browns rookie running back Nick Chubb rushed for 176 yards, added 33 more through the air and scored twice as the Browns upset Atlanta, 28-16. He also provided the highlight of the day with a 92-yard TD run, the longest in franchise history. Related News Drew Brees passes Brett Favre for second-most passing TDs Giants at 49ers, 8:15 p.m. ET 92.Yards.To.The.House.#ATLvsCLE pic.twitter.com/O4hCSxzwiV— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 11, 2018Elsewhere, the two Los Angeles teams faced challenges but prevailed. In Oakland, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers didn’t have a completion until the second quarter, but once he and running back Melvin Gordon got rolling, LA won 20-6 to improve to 7-2.The Rams, who had never lost back-to-back games in the Sean McVay era, were close to doing so Sunday when they hosted the Seahawks. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson tried to engineer one of his famous fourth-quarter comebacks but fell short, going four-and-out on the final drive. Los Angeles (9-1) claimed a 36-31 victory to solidify its spot atop the NFC West.Another game also came down to the final series as the Eagles were hoping to get within reach of the Cowboys. The hosting Philadelphia squad marched down the field trailing Dallas by one touchdown, but couldn’t catch up to an Ezekiel Elliott powered offense. The Cowboys won 27-20 in Week 10’s “Sunday Night Football” matchup.Injury reportPatriots receiver Julian Edelman injured his ankle in the team’s loss to the Titans. He exited the game early and never returned. Other New England players that were injured in the contest were offensive tackle Trent Brown (back) and tight end Dwayne Allen (knee).New Orleans left tackle Terron Armstead left the Saints’ matchup versus the Bengals after sustaining a shoulder injury during the first half. He was then ruled out of the game.Raiders wide receiver Martavis Bryant was ruled out with a knee injury. A later report stated Bryant suffered a possible PCL tear, and will have an MRI to determine the severity of the injury.A number of Packers were injured as Green Bay hosted the Dolphins. Safety Kentrell Brice left the game with an ankle injury, linebacker Nick Perry suffered a new injury, and guard Lucas Patrick was evaluated for a concussion.Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was unable to finish the game against the Saints after suffering a concussion.Miami cornerback Bobby McCain was ruled out of the game with a head injury. Teammate and receiver Jakeem Grant was carted off to the locker room with a leg injury. Fellow receiver DeVante Parker suffered a shoulder injury.Rams wideout Cooper Kupp suffered another knee injury against the Seahawks and did not return.By the numbersPatrick Mahomes threw for his 31st touchdown against the Cardinals, setting the franchise record for most touchdown passes in a single season, breaking a mark set by Len Dawson in 1964.Patrick Mahomes breaks the Chiefs’ franchise single-season record with his 31st Pass TD for the Chiefs.That record was set in 1964. pic.twitter.com/IV6eFQUDdZ— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 11, 2018Falcons receiver Julio Jones became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 receiving yards. He reached the milestone in his 104th game..@JulioJones_11 becomes the fastest player in NFL history to reach 10k receiving yards… It took him 104 games!👏👏👏📺: FOX #InBrotherhood pic.twitter.com/yE7NVEYkub— NFL (@NFL) November 11, 2018Drew Brees passed Brett Favre for second-most passing touchdowns in NFL history, breaking the Hall of Famer’s mark of 508 with three first-half touchdown passes against the Bengals.HighlightsSaints running back Mark Ingram dedicated his impressive touchdown run to Dez Bryant, who suffered a torn Achilles in practice Friday just two days after signing a one-year deal with New Orleans.#ThrowUpTheX!@MarkIngram22’s got nothing but love for @DezBryant!📺: FOX #GoSaints pic.twitter.com/UZUzjC6dy1— NFL (@NFL) November 11, 2018Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette finally got his first score of the season..@_fournette scores his FIRST TD of the year!📺: CBS #DUUUVAL pic.twitter.com/Vwby5m8fQg— NFL (@NFL) November 11, 2018Tyreek Hill can likely expect a fine this week.Tyreek Hill went and found the camera after scoring a TD.Worth the 15-yard penalty. pic.twitter.com/hJVVdXFceT— Nick Bromberg (@NickBromberg) November 11, 2018Some trickery worked for the Dolphins. Miami faked the punt and receiver Leonte Carroo carried the ball for 14 yards and a first down..@MiamiDolphins FAKE PUNT!📺: CBS #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/4OzFYqgXYI— NFL (@NFL) November 11, 2018Excuse me, Aaron Jones? The Packers rusher recorded 67 yards on this carry to put Green Bay in the red zone.67 yards!🙌 @Showtyme_33📺: CBS #GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/IhcU2oullN— NFL (@NFL) November 11, 2018No one is stopping Melvin Gordon — literally.YOU WILL NOT STOP @Melvingordon25!📺: FOX #FightForEachOther pic.twitter.com/294W0CgszE— NFL (@NFL) November 11, 2018Rookie running back Rashaad Penny carried the rock all the way to the house for his first NFL touchdown..@pennyhendrixx finds the end zone for the @seahawks!📺: CBS #Seahawks pic.twitter.com/0Wf6tzplp5— NFL (@NFL) November 11, 2018Who else would be responsible for the Cowboys’ go-ahead touchdown than running back Ezekiel Elliott?.@EzekielElliott TD!!📺: @snfonnbc #DallasCowboys pic.twitter.com/aBM44pzEut— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 2018QuotablesThe Redskins suffered a big loss to the Falcons last week. This time around, Washington wasn’t going to be on the losing end. Linebacker Ryan Anderson attributed the win to a sense of urgency: “We got our (expletives) kicked last week, so everybody had a sense of urgency. That’s what playing good defense is about. We let them make some plays, they hit us on some stuff. So, we had to just come out and respond. Bend, but don’t break.”The Bills whopped the Jets, 41-10, leaving New York receiver Jermaine Kearse and company frustrated: “Everybody’s frustrated. I understand the fans are frustrated. We’re frustrated. It’s understandable. We’re going to stick together. We’re going to stick with Todd (Bowles, head coach). We’re going to have his back. We’re going to take this bye week, regroup and try to figure this s— out.”Week 10 NFL scoresThursday’s gameSteelers 52, Panthers 21Sunday’s gamesRedskins 16, Buccaneers 3Chiefs 26, Cardinals 14Bills 41, Jets 10Colts 29, Jaguars 26Bears 34, Lions 22Saints 51, Bengals 14Titans 34, Patriots 10Chargers 20, Raiders 6Rams 36, Seahawks 31 Packers 31, Dolphins 12Cowboys 27, Eagles 20Monday’s game The Patriots and Falcons opened Sunday favored by roughly a touchdown in their games against the Titans and Browns, respectively.The two teams ended the day searching for answers after losing big in upsets on the road.last_img read more

VaLeta Mae Brown, 81, Wellington: August 2, 1936 – August 23, 2017

first_imgVaLeta Mae Brown, age 81, long time resident of Wellington died at her home Wednesday evening, August 23, 2017.VaLeta Mae (McMillen) Brown was born August 2, 1936 in Osborne, KS to Robert Lee McMillen and Alice Belle (Minor) McMillen.She married Edwin G. Brown on July 25, 1954 in Osborne, KS.  He preceded her in death in 1998.She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edwin; and son, Eddie.Survivors include her children, Jacob Brown and his wife Vicki, Steven Brown and his wife Linda, Rachel Barnes and her husband Merlin, and Martha Larsen all of Wellington; brother, Richard Mcillen; 19 grandchildren; and 26 great grandchildren.Private family services will be held at a later date.There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place.The family has requested that memorials be give to the donor’s choice.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

First off the magazine mark

first_imgTony Delaney has signed up for a free copy of Business South East. PAKENHAM businessman Tony Delaney was the first…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Hunt for gun raiders

first_imgPOLICE are still searching for eight guns which were stolen from a Berwick house last month. It is believed a…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Swift Current Broncos pick Nelson’s Curt Doyle in Bantam Draft

first_imgNelson’s Curt Doyle spent the past season tending goal for the Kamloops Jardine Blazers.The move appears to have paid instant dividends as the Heritage City product caught the eye of the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos, who drafted the 15-year-old goalie in the ninth round (188th overall) in last week’s Bantam Draft.“This is a real exciting time,” Doyle said from his parent’s home in Nelson. “I’m really excited . . . this is just a real good feeling but I’m also pretty surprised to be honest.”Like many other 15-year-old hockey products, Doyle was watching the draft play out when his name came up during the Broncos ninth round selection.About an hour later the chief scout for Swift Current called Doyle to welcome him to the WHL club via telephone. Doyle began playing the sport in Nelson Minor Hockey at the age of five, moving into the goal full time during his second year of Atom.He played two seasons each with the Peewee and Bantam Rep teams before moving this past year to Kamloops to play with the Jardine Blazers.The 5’11”, 155-pound, Doyle finished the season with a 24-4 record and six shutouts.The Jardine Blazers won the Okanagan League with a 12-0-1 record.Doyle plans to move back to Nelson to compete for a spot on the Kootenay Ice Major Midget Hockey Club this coming season with an eye on the Broncos in the future.”The BC Major Midget Hockey League is a very good program for developing players,” Doyle said.But first the Heritage City product is expecting a package from the WHL club to arrive soon that will hopefully include an invitation to rookie camp.“I’ve always had an interest in college and Tier I hockey, but I’m leaning toward the WHL which has always been a goal of mine to make it there,” Doyle said.last_img read more

Eagles, Nitros edge Leafs in KIJHL weekend action

first_imgLeafs fans are going to need to wait at least one more game before they can celebrate a win for the Green and White.A second period goal by Trysten Brookman proved to be the winner as the Sicamous Eagles skated to a 4-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.The loss was the second during the weekend for the Leafs. Friday, Nelson played well enough to win, but lost 4-3 in overtime to the Kimberley Dynamiters in the Bavarian City.Kimberley, undefeated in four games, is tied for first in the Eddie Mountain Division with Creston while Sicamous is tied for first in the Doug Birks Division with Revelstoke and 100 Mile House.Sunday, despite out shooting the Eagles 11-9, it was the Leafs concluding the opening frame trailing by a 2-1 margin.Goals six minutes apart by Brayden Haskell and Brandon Pelletier staked the visitors to a 2-0 lead before Reid Wilson scored on the power play for Nelson.Frazier Mohlar and Bookman increased the Sicamous lead to 4-1 midway through the second frame.However, Jackson Vyse and Wilson, with his second of the game, pulled Nelson to within a goal of the Eagles after 40 minutes.In the third period Nelson tried frantically to find the equalizer. But Sicamous goalie Koltin Dodge was equal to the task, securing the win for the Eagles.Nelson finished the game out shooting Sicamous 38-28, including a margin of 18-8 in the second period. Josh Bond started the game in goal for the Leafs before giving way to backup Curt Doyle. Nitros steal points from Leafs in OTFriday, in Kimberley, once again the Leafs needed to battle back to earn its second point of the season.Trailing 3-1 after two periods, Nelson scored twice to pull even with the high-flying Nitros.Lane Goodwin, on the power play, and Bryden Pow in the final two minutes of the game, evened the score at 3-3 after regulation time.However, Tyler Cheetham scored three minutes into overtime to give Kimberley the 4-3 victory.Jackson Bauml and Beau Larson also scored for Kimberley. Reid Wilson scored the other goal for Nelson.Curt Doyle face 42 shots in goal for Nelson while Brad Nyen made 28 saves to register the win for Kimberley.Wilson tops Leafs ScoringForward Reid Wilson has points in three of the four games for Nelson to lead the team in scoring with six point.Forward Lane Goodwin is tied with defenceman Logan MacDonald for second, each with three points.Nelson, struggling out the gates this season, currently sits last in Murdoch Standings with two points. Beaver Valley and Spokane are tied for first, each with six points.Castlegar and Grand Forks are both tied for third at four points.Nelson, 0-2-0-0-2, takes to the road for a trip to the Okanagan to face Kelowna Chiefs Friday and North Okanagan Knights Saturday in Armstrong.Next home game is Saturday, October 5 against Murdoch rival Grand Forks Border Bruins.last_img read more

Peru’s first autonomous indigenous gov’t strikes back against deforestation

first_imgMarcio Pimenta is a freelance photographer and journalist based in southern Brazil. This story was supported by the Rainforest Journalist Fund, in association with the Pulitzer Center, and was first published in Portuguese by National Geographic Brasil on Feb. 27, 2019. Banner image: John Milton, farmer and hunter of the Wampi ethnic group. Amazonas, Peru. Photo by Marcio Pimenta.Feedback: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. The Wampis is an indigenous group comprised of thousands of members whose ancestors have lived in the Amazon rainforest of northern Peru for centuries.Mounting incursions by loggers, miners and oil prospectors, as well as governance changes that favored industrial exploitation, left the Wampis increasingly worried about the future of their home. Representatives said they realized that only by developing a strong, legal organizational structure would they have a voice to defend their people and the survival of their forest.After numerous meetings among their leaders, representatives of 27 Wampis communities, with a combined population of 15,000 people, came together in 2015. They invoked international recognition of the rights of indigenous people and on Nov. 29 declared the creation of an autonomous territorial government called the Wampis Nation to defend its territory and resources from the growing pressures of extractive industries.Wampis Nation territory covers an area of rainforest one-third the size of the Netherlands along northern Peru’s border with Ecuador. Leaders say their newfound autonomy and authority has allowed them to directly expel illegal deforestation activities from their land. PUERTO GALILEA, Peru — In 2009, special decrees signed by then-president Alan García opened up vast swaths of Peruvian indigenous territory to resource exploitation. Indigenous groups in the northern portion of the country responded by banding together and forming their own autonomous government in 2015 – the first of its kind in Peru – called the Wampis Nation. With its newfound authority, the Wampis Nation has been able to respond to and eject illegal deforestation in its territory, and is continuing to organize and strengthen its voice about land use issues in Peru and abroad.When, Spanish explorer Francisco de Orellana set off in search of spices and the mythological golden empire El Dorado in 1541, he could not have known that his voyage would take him to the curves of the largest river in the world. Among the dangers faced by expedition members was a confrontation with the Icamiabas, a legendary female-led warrior tribe that dominated the river at the time. Orellana compared the Icamiabas to the Amazons of Greek mythology, and gave the river the name most know it by today.In the intervening centuries, innumerable explorers and industries have plied its waters and forests in the pursuit of knowledge, adventure, and profit. The Wampis know a lot about these visitors. This indigenous group has lived in the Amazon rainforest for centuries, dispersed through more than 13,000 square kilometers (around 5,000 square miles) in the northern Peruvian departments of Amazonas and Loreto. But members say they’re tired of watching invaders cutting down their forests and polluting their water with mercury used to extract gold from the earth.Illegal logging is visible right off the road outside Wampis territory. Photo by Marcio Pimenta.Gold traded clandestinely in Puerto Galilea. Miners often use mercury to separate gold from the surrounding soil. Mercury is also a neurotoxin, posing serious dangers to people exposed to it, and it often escapes into the environment when it’s used in mining. Research has shown high blood levels of mercury in members of some communities living downstream from gold mining operations. Photo by Marcio Pimenta.More recently, the oil industry has moved in. Conflict for land rights intensified in 2009 when then-president Alan Garcia signed decrees permitting foreign companies to access indigenous territories for oil extraction, mining, and logging. As a result, leases for oil and natural gas concessions covered more than 40 percent of the Peruvian Amazon in 2010 – up from 7 percent in 2003.The decrees were announced with the apparent objective of facilitating the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between Peru and the United States. However, critics say their implementation violated international human rights standards, such as Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization (ILO), which requires indigenous consultation and participation in the use, management and conservation of their territories.In reaction to these decrees, 3,000 members of indigenous groups representing six different regions of the Peruvian Amazon gathered together and blocked a road near the town of Bagua that connects the department of Amazonas with those of Loreto, Cajamarca and San Martin. The protest, called “Devil’s Curve,” lasted 57 days until the government reacted. The subsequent conflict, which would become known as “El Baguazo,” left 33 dead (10 indigenous members and 23 police officers) and more than 200 injured, and led to widespread looting and destruction throughout the region. Recently, the Peruvian government erected a monument in Puerto Galilea to commemorate the massacre and honor indigenous people and other residents.Wampis representatives said they realized that only by developing a strong, legal organizational structure would they have a voice to defend their people and the future of their forest. After numerous meetings among their leaders, representatives of 27 Wampis communities with a combined population of 15,000 people came together in 2015. They invoked international recognition of the rights of indigenous people and on Nov. 29 declared the creation of an autonomous territorial government called the Wampis Nation – the first of its kind in Peru – to defend its territory and resources from the growing pressures of extractive industries. Their territory covers an area of rainforest one-third the size of the Netherlands along northern Peru’s border with Ecuador.The formation of the Wampis Nation means any and all economic activity in their territory requires their consent. But while it is autonomous, the Wampis Nation still considers itself part of Peru: “we are still Peruvians and so we want to remain,” said Shámpion Noningo, technical director of the Territorial Government of the Wampis Nation (GTANW). “We do not want independence, but to manage our territory, and we have the partnership of the government of Peru.”A Wampis child plays in the Ayambis community. Photo by Marcio Pimenta.A Wampis child. Photo by Marcio Pimenta.Getting to the Wampis Nation is not easy. When the road ends, one must navigate by boat the remainder of the way. Elmer Tuesta is a driver and owner of one of the boats that makes the trip along the Marañón River from Santa Maria de Nieva to Puerto Galilea, the city that marks the edge of Wampis territory. He says he cannot depart until he has a minimum number of passengers. Tuesta calls out to people who circulate on the quay in an attempt to convince them to travel. It does not take long and the efforts of Tuesta are soon rewarded. His boat full, Tuesta steers it languidly through the haze that blankets the trees of the rainforest like a diaphanous white dress.The trip lasts three hours. Along the way, small boats transporting gold mining equipment are seen anchored offshore. Fearing a reaction from miners, Tuesta does not dare approach, but says that most mining in the territory is on a hiatus until the rainy season ends.A boat loaded with equipment for illegal gold mining waits in the Marañón River, Amazonas, Peru. Photo by Marcio Pimenta.Among the passengers are many young Wampis who live in big cities. They wear shirts emblazoned with the names of Spanish clubs and the number of popular Peruvian footballer Paolo Guerrero.“It is the Urban Wampis,” Noningo says, without hiding his disappointment that the young people are abandoning traditions of old. “This is the most difficult part of the process of autonomy….the seduction of the accumulation of goods.”To confront this issue, the Wampis Nation teaches their native traditions in schools, as well as encourages young people to attend meetings of territorial government working groups and to work in agriculture. This is the case of John Milton, who after living in the city, fell in love and married a Wampis woman and decided to stay. He is still trying to find his space and switches his activities between farming and hunting, but confesses to missing his former urban life. Different is the case of Henery Cuja, who also decided to return after completing a nursing technician course and now provides healthcare in the Ayambis community. He is worried as the heat increases every year and with it the proliferation of mosquitoes that transmit dangerous diseases like malaria, dengue, yellow fever, zika and chikungunya.This billboard is part of a government campaign to raise the awareness of the risks of mosquito-borne illnesses in the department of Amazonas. Photo by Marcio Pimenta.Wampis children play. Photo by Marcio Pimenta.Those working on the ground in the Peruvian Amazon say deforestation is only making things worse when it comes to threats like malaria, with research indicating logging can increase rates of malaria infection since it creates optimal mosquito breeding habitats: ponds at the edges of forests. According to Cuja, 76 of the 250 residents of the Ayambis community have been infected with malaria, several contracting Plasmodium falciparum – the deadliest malaria species.The Wampis Nation is working to reduce illegal deforestation in their territory. According to Noningo, they have directly expelled illegal miners from their territory. On other occasions, they notified national authorities, who ousted the invaders.An illegally operating gold mine stopped by Wampis intervention. Photo by Marcio Pimenta.Addressing logging has been a little more difficult. Unlike other parts of the Amazon rainforest (notably in Brazil), there are no roads in the Wampis region. This makes it more difficult for loggers to clear large areas, but also for authorities to detect illegal deforestation. But Wampis Nation president Wrays Perez says that selective illegal logging is ongoing in the region, with timber smugglers targeting capirona trees (Calycophyllum spruceanum). Also known as bayabochi or mulateiro, the wood from these trees is valuable for use in construction.According to Perez, loggers access these trees from the river at night, with one person acting as a sentry. Once the tree is felled and trimmed, the loggers load it up on their boat in the morning and carry it down the river to sell it.An illegally felled capirona tree. Photo by Marcio Pimenta.Illegally harvested timber awaiting pick-up by a boat that will transport it to market. Photo by Marcio Pimenta.Since the founding of the Wampis Nation, the relationship between the Wampis and the Peruvian government has been relatively quiet. Lieutenant Colonel Herberts Cavero Medina, head of the Information Section of the 6th Jungle Brigade, attributes this tranquility to the excellent relationship between the Wampis Nation and the Armed Forces of Peru, which has a strong presence in the territory due its location along the border with Ecuador. After a 1995 conflict between Peru and Ecuador known as Cenepa’s War, the army has worked to locate and remove active landmines from many areas in indigenous territory.Medina says that young Wampis serve in several battalions in the region and indirectly receive information on illegal logging and mining operations. The army then informs the country’s authorities to remove the invaders – if the Wampis have not already done so.A soldier in the Peruvian army in camouflage and prepared to watch over the country’s borders. Photo by Marcio Pimenta.The colors of the flag of Peru painted on the face of a Peruvian army soldier. Some soldiers are Wampis members. Photo by Marcio Pimenta.Wampis members are allowed to hunt and cultivate up to 5 hectares anywhere they’d like in the territory. And agriculture is profitable. For example, merchants say cocoa can be sold to outside buyers for 3.2 soles per kilo, with a hectare producing on average 1.5 tons per month. Noningo said they’re also considering ways to mine gold “manually, without machines, which is not to attack the forest and to value gold.”The Wampis’ biggest concern is the oil industry, according to Perez. He specifically calls out the Oleoducto Norperuano oil pipeline, part of which runs through Wampis territory. In total pipeline extends 1,106 kilometers from the Amazon rainforest to the Pacific Ocean to supply the Peru’s refineries. The pipeline has a long history of spills and leaks, with at least 23 occurring between 2001 and 2016. In 2016, the pipeline was shut down temporarily after it experienced three spills in five months.A section of the Oleoducto Norperuano pipeline, which runs 1,106 kilometers from the rainforest to the Pacific Ocean. Photo by Marcio Pimenta.Perez is also attentive to the outside world, especially to Brazil, the largest economy in South America. The recent election of far-right Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil’s new president is particularly worrisome to him, and he laments the new government’s move to lump the Ministry of Environment under the Ministry of Agriculture and open up indigenous territories to resource exploitation.“This will greatly affect the Amazon rainforest of Brazil and the rights of the people who live there for thousands of years and have always preserved the forest,” Perez said.Wray Perez, president of the Wampís indigenous community. Photo by Marcio Pimenta.In a world where actions to preserve forests and fight climate change find resistance in the old ideas of new governments, the Wampis are hoping their new identity as a free territory will help change the conversation. For now, though, their focus is on building their capacity and protecting their home.“The Spaniards did not conquer us directly, we were not slaves, we were absorbed when the states were formed, so we need a lot of time to finally organize ourselves with one voice,” Noningo said. Climate Change, Community-based Conservation, Diseases, Environment, Forests, Fossil Fuels, Governance, Government, Green, Illegal Logging, Illegal Mining, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Culture, Indigenous Cultures, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Reserves, Indigenous Rights, Infectious Wildlife Disease, Logging, Malaria, Mining, Oil Drilling, Primary Forests, Rainforests, Tropical Forests center_img Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis 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 overSponsoredlast_img read more