The 10 most intriguing forest stories of 2018

first_imgForest issues are probably Mongabay’s most regular kind of news coverage.Here’s what our forests editors chose as the most intriguing stories of the past year, from Bangladesh to Brazil.Leave your own top forests stories of the past year in the comments section. Throughout 2018, forests continued to be threatened and destroyed. From the Amazon, to the Congo Basin, to the Mekong Delta and scores of places in between – journalists reporting for Mongabay filed hundreds of stories about the world’s forests.Although the significance of any one story is difficult to gauge in the short-term, several Mongabay reports from 2018 stood out. These pieces dealt with illegal timber trafficking, advances in technology-based environmental protections, and human rights protections for the people doing environment-defense work – formal and informal.The last trees of the AmazonLogged trucks in the Amazon. Photo by Mongabay.A team of journalists from five Latin American countries investigated how groups of timber traffickers manage to steal and process timber from the Amazon. Illegally-sourced timber from Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Colombia are incorporated into the international market with falsified official documents that are almost never verified. Timber traffickers are now pursuing new species of trees, but the countries’ governments do very little to protect the species. Reported by Nelly Luna Amancio of Ojopublico and translated by Sarah Engel for Mongabay Latam.Environmental reporting in Vietnam often a comedy of errorsThe main chamber of Hang En, the third-largest cave in the world, located in Phong Nha-Ka Bang National Park. Photo by Michael Tatarski/Mongabay.Vietnam’s global press freedom ranking is one of the lowest in the world. Reporters Without Borders ranks Vietnam 175 of 180 in its 2017 annual press freedom index. Environmental journalists in Vietnam, including citizen journalists and bloggers covering forests or pollution issues, routinely face roadblocks and sometimes jail time. Reported by Michael Tatarski in Vietnam.Land restoration in Ethiopia makes progressStudents of the church live in small huts around the church’s land. Photo by Maheder Haileselassie Tadese for Mongabay.In Meket – a district in Ethiopia’s Amhara National Regional State (ANRS) – efforts are underway to restore what experts say is one of the more severely deforested and degraded regions in the country. Of the land in ANRS, less than 2 percent forested land remains, and efforts are underway to restore degraded and deforested areas. In 2016, Ethiopia turned to forestry sector development projects in the form of short rotation planting and rehabilitation of degraded lands in ANRS and other districts. Reported and photographed by Maheder Haileselassie Tadese in Ethiopia.How land is stolen in ColombiaMany areas have been used to grow large crops. Photo courtesy of the Solidarity Development Corporation (CDS).Mongabay learned that the Superintendent of Notary and Registry has a record of empty lands being used illegally in seven Colombian departments. The illegally-used land is in the departments of Norte de Santander, Antioquia, Meta, Caquetá, Casanare, Cesar, and Vichada. The land makes up a total of 762,807 hectares (almost 1,885,000 acres). Reported by Maria Fernanda Lizcano and translated by Sarah Engel.Bangladeshi forests stripped bare as Rohingya refugees battle to surviveA Rohingya boy chopping wood from tree stump he freed from soil near Kutupalong-Balukhali refugee camp on Bangladesh. Photo by Khaamil Ahmed/Mongabay.Their panicked dash from burning villages involved stumbling through forests or battling monsoon-charged waters in search of safety. Along the way and in makeshift shelters and eventually camps, refugees needed a massive supply of firewood and shelter for survival. The rapid decimation of the forest is also possibly contaminating groundwater supplies. Reported and photographed by Kaamil Ahmed on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.In Brazil, an island laboratory for Atlantic Forest restorationA rufous-collared sparrow in Anchieta. Photo by Ignacio Amigo/Mongabay.Anchieta Island, just off the coast of Brazil near São Paulo, has seen the worst side of humans. Now, scientists and local authorities are laboring to restore its biodiversity. The island is located 800 meters (about 874 yards) from the municipality of Ubatuba, in one of the few regions of Brazil where the Atlantic Forest still thrives. Most of the island’s original forest was devastated over a long period of human habitation, and more recent attempts to introduce foreign mammal species have also had a significant ecological impact. Scientists are now studying the complex interactions at play during environmental restoration, including removing some invasive species, as they embark on an intensive reforestation program. Reported and photographed by Ignacio Amigo in Brazil.Trase.earth tracks commodities, links supply chains to deforestation riskCerrado soy feeds a booming global soy protein market. The Trase 2018 Yearbook tracks the Brazilian soy supply chain in detail, from producers to export. Image by Flávia MilhoranceLaunched in 2016, Trase is an innovative Internet tool, available to anyone, which tracks commodities supply chains in detail from source to market, and can also connect those chains to environmental harm, including deforestation. Until the advent of Trase, knowledge of supply chains was sketchy and difficult to obtain. The Trase Yearbook 2018 is the first in an annual series of reports on countries and companies trading in such commodities as soy, sugarcane and maize, which also assesses the deforestation risk associated with those crops, making it a vital tool for environmentalists, governments, investors and other interested parties. The Yearbook shows that in 2016 the Brazilian soy supply chain was dominated by just six key players – Bunge, Cargill, ADM, COFCO, Louis Dreyfus and Amaggi – accounting for 57 percent of soy exported. In the past ten years, these six firms were also associated with more than 65 percent of the total deforestation in Brazil. Trase shows that zero-deforestation commitments (ZDCs) have so far not resulted in greatly reduced deforestation risk for the commodities companies and countries making them. Between 2006 and 2016, soy traders with ZDCs, as compared to non-committed firms, were associated with similar levels of deforestation risk. Written by Claire Asher.Fire, more than logging, drives Amazon forest degradation, study findsThe Amazon arc of deforestation stretches across the southern and eastern edges of the forest and is rapidly expanding into the forest’s core. Data in Global Forest Watch from Hansen et al (2013) and Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research (INPE) PRODES project.Forest degradation has historically been overlooked in accounting and monitoring carbon stocks. A recent study combined ground-based inventory, satellite and LiDAR data to record the loss of carbon due to forest degradation in areas exposed to logging, fire damage, or both, in the arc of deforestation of the southeastern Amazon. The study revealed that fire damage causes greater losses than logging, and fire-damaged forests recovered more slowly than logged forests. Accurate depictions of both deforestation and degradation are necessary to establish emissions baselines used to inform programs to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). Written by David Klinges.Seeing REDD: A database of forest carbon emission reduction projectsA woman in Senegal farms short-cycle cowpeas instead of millet due to poor seasonal rains, which are expected to become more frequent as climate changes. REDD+ aims to reduce emissions from forest loss. Image by Thierry Brévault, copyright CIRAD.A searchable database of 467 forest carbon emissions reduction (REDD+) initiatives in 57 countries is now available through the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). The ID-RECCO database gathers in one free online tool over 100 different categories of information – including project partners, activities, and funding sources – on these subnational projects aimed at conserving forests, promoting local economies, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and degradation. The tool makes these data and their sources accessible to anyone, with minimal interpretation: while it does not summarize project results, it provides goals, activities, and links to project websites for the reader to learn more. Written by Sue Palminteri.India’s new forest policy draft draws criticism for emphasis on industrial timberThe new draft forest policy may not be beneficial for members of forest-dependent communities, such as this Malayali tribesman from Kolli Hills in Tamil Nadu. Photo by S. Gopikrishna Warrier / Mongabay.India’s Draft National Forest Policy 2018 is now open for public comment, and will replace the older 1988 policy once it comes into force. Critics are apprehensive about how the draft policy deals with community participation and industrial forestry. The current draft is bereft of knowledge-driven solutions, some experts say. Written by S. Gopikrishna Warrier. Conservation, Forests, Rainforests Article published by Genevieve Belmakercenter_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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

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Tolomia gets turn, gives ROS big lift with career-game

first_img“My confidence remains the same. I told myself that if I play, I’ll be aggressive. I won’t change my game at all.”Tolomia said the Painters’ biggest motivation against the Beermen is they lost to them in overtime during the elimination round last month.“Our loss to them is definitely a motivation for us. We were only a one possession to secure for us to win. I think, that will be valuable for us for that game on Sunday.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ PBA IMAGESMike Tolomia waited for his turn and his patience paid off on Friday.After playing sparingly in Rain or Shine’s last four games, the rookie stepped out of the veterans’ shadows and unleashed a career-best 14 points, all of which came in the second half, to help the Elasto Painters blast the Blackwater Elite in a playoff for the last quarterfinals slot.ADVERTISEMENT “Coach always reminds me to be ready. He tells me in practice to do extra shooting because he don’t know when he will pull me from the bench. Now, he gave me a chance to play and I believe I was ready,” Tolomia said.Tolomia averaged 6.7 points in 13 minutes in Rain or Shine’s first seven games before Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia decided to use him sparingly in the team’s next four games, all of which ended in losses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHe scored nine points in only 13 minutes through that stretch, and didn’t even hit the court in the E-Painters’ losses to Meralco and Alaska.But despite his lack of playing time, Tolomia never felt discouraged. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte LATEST STORIES 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Miami Heat extend winning streak to 10 games Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoslast_img read more

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TRO bid will not affect SEA Games, Cayetano assures

first_imgDSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees The firm questioned the validity of the public bidding held last August for the SEA Games Information Systems (SEAGIS) project, the event’s technical services, claiming that it has already been awarded to Atos last January.Cayetano, who is the chairman of the PHISGOC, however, expressed confidence that this would not affect the SEA Games itself as the court has not yet issued a TRO.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“Hindi naman nag-issue ng TRO ang korte so confident naman kami dahil ang Department of Budget and Management ang nagprocure nitong lahat (The court hasn’t issued a TRO and we are confident because it is the DBM that procured it),” Cayetano said in an interview at the House of Representatives.“That won’t affect the games. Kasi nga may nanalong supplier and they will be the one to provide (Because there is already a supplier that won and they will be the one to provide),” he added. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust MANILA, Philippines — The filing of a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC)  will not affect the conduct of this year’s Southeast Asian Games (SEA) Games, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano assured Thursday.Information technology company Atos reportedly filed for a temporary restraining order against PHISGOC, PSC, and POC over a controversial bidding on the Games’ information system management.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jazz outlast 76ers behind Donovan Mitchell’s 24 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers fleecenter_img Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study He also assured that the SEA Games would not be delayed despite reported issues in IT services.The SEAGIS project was only awarded to a Filipino-Malaysian joint venture on Oct. 11 but the SEA Games is set to start on Nov. 30.“We don’t expect any delays and ‘yun lang talaga yung running 56 sports and 530 events all at the same time is a big challenge, biggest sa SEA games yan (Running 56 sports and 530 events all at the same time is the biggest challenge in the SEA Games),” he said.The SEA Games will open on Nov. 30 and end on Dec. 11.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘People evacuated on their own’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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MACNEILL NAMED ASSISTANT COACH OF ONTARIO BLUES U20

first_imgMacNeill holds a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise with a major of sports management and coaching from Massey University in New Zealand.  University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s rugby head coach Campbell MacNeill was named an assistant coach of the Ontario Blues Under-20 women’s coaching staff for the 2018 championship season as announced by Rugby Ontario on Tuesday. In his first season as head coach, MacNeill led the Blues to a 1-3 regular season record and their second straight OUA playoff berth. He joined the Blues after two seasons as the Toronto Nomads women’s head coach. He has also served as the Nomads junior technical director, as well as an assistant coach with the St. Michael’s College senior rugby team. In 2016, MacNeill was a resource coach for the York Lions women’s rugby team, the Ontario women’s under-18 team and the North Toronto College women’s team. Story Links The Under-20 team is set to travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for the Canadian Rugby Championship on July 17-22, 2018.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.center_img What is more impressive is MacNeill’s international resume. He was the Easter Island Matamu A Rugby 7’s head coach in Chile, while also serving as a head coach of the Freyberg High School team and the Kia Toa Colts, and a resource coach with the Varsity Vixens in New Zealand. He is a Level 2 qualified rugby coach within the New Zealand Rugby Union and has completed World Rugby modules in the rugby ready program, key factor analysis, function role analysis, first aid in rugby, concussion management, the laws of the game and his pre level 1 and 2 strength and conditioning modules.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Qatari paid millions for World Cup

first_imgIt alleged that Bin Hammam, who is also the ex-Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president, used slush funds to pay out the cash to top football officials to win a “groundswell” of support for Qatar’s World Cup bid.Bin Hammam, who launched an abortive challenge against incumbent FIFA president Sepp Blatter, resigned from his FIFA and AFC posts in 2012, shortly before he was banned for life from football administration by the global governing body’s ethics committee.The newspaper said Bin Hammam had made payments of up to $200,000 into accounts controlled by the presidents of 30 African football associations, and hosted hospitality events in Africa at which he handed out further funds, to get backing for Qatar’s bid.Bin Hammam also paid $1.6 million into bank accounts controlled by Jack Warner, the former vice-president of FIFA, $450,000 of which was before the vote for the World Cup, the Sunday Times said.Warner was one of the 22 people who in 2010 decided to award Russia the 2018 World Cup and Qatar the 2022 tournament. He stood down in 2011.The latest allegations come two months after Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper alleged that a company owned by Hammam had paid money to Warner.Bin Hammam did not respond to questions from the Sunday Times and his son declined to comment on his behalf, the newspaper said.It quoted the Qatari committee behind the World Cup bid as denying that Bin Hammam played any secret role in their campaign, or had any knowledge of the alleged payments.The decision to give the World Cup to Qatar, a country with little football history, provoked widespread condemnation particularly over health concerns for leading players forced to play in the desert nation’s stifling summer heat.Blatter said in May that it was a mistake to choose Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup because of the country’s sweltering summertime climate.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, June 1 – A British newspaper alleged on Sunday that a former top Qatari football official paid $5 million to get support for the emirate’s campaign to host the 2022 World Cup.The Sunday Times said it had obtained millions of emails and other documents relating to alleged payments made by Mohamed Bin Hammam, the then FIFA executive member for Qatar.last_img read more

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Reports – Barcelona defender set for Premier League switch?

first_img1 Dani Alves in action for Barcelona Reports in Spain suggest Barcelona defender Dani Alves will move to the Premier League this summer.The Brazilian has been an integral part of the Barcelona side since moving to the Nou Camp from Seville in the summer of 2008, but he is expected to leave the club at the end of the current season.And Mundo Deportivo claim Alves told a reporter from O Globo newspaper in Brazil that ‘next season I will be playing in England’.“This is my last season at Barca. I want to play at the home of football,” he is reported to have added.It is unclear whether Alves has any offers from English sides, but he is unlikely to be short of interest after a stellar career in Spain.last_img read more

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Taking safety message to schools

first_imgPASADENA – Fire Department Public Education Officer Robert Sepulveda stood in front of a crowd of children at Hamilton Elementary School on Wednesday morning, knowing before he left he would have to reinforce in them the concepts of fire safety. His presence at the school was just one of many demonstrations taking place across the nation this week as fire departments promote national Fire Prevention Week – a yearly dedication to fire safety awareness. “It’s a refresher for them on things you don’t practice all the time,” Sepulveda said. “This year we are focusing on practicing their fire escape plan.” For the week, the National Fire Protection Association is emphasizing that families not only have a fire-escape plan, but have gone over it well enough to remember it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“We come up with a common theme each year, and this year it’s to practice your escape plan,” said Pasadena fire Marshal Mark Fasick. “Anywhere you might be, you always want to look and be prepared and get yourself clear of harm’s way.” And firefighters reinforced that idea with Wednesday’s presentation. The program began with a practice of the school’s own fire-escape plan, in which all students responded to a fire drill and made their way onto the playground. There, Sepulveda was waiting with an entourage of three emergency vehicles. During his presentation, Sepulveda encouraged the students to go over their home fire-escape plans with their families so that they are prepared. In the event that they have to evacuate their homes in a fire, he warned them never to hide from the fire in a closet or underneath the bed, and to have a designated place where the family will meet up. “It’s very important that we do not go back into a house once we have gotten out,” he said. Students also saw a firefighter raised high into the air with a crane perched atop an engine, and watched another firefighter dress up in full gear with an oxygen mask. Sepulveda reminded students not to be afraid of firefighters if they ever see them dressed up like that. Hamilton was just one of many local schools that the department will visit this week, officials said. “It’s very important that the children know what to do in case of an emergency, and this is also an opportunity for the Fire Department to see and evaluate our procedures for evacuation here,” Hamilton Principal Sarah Rudchenko said. robert.hong@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Police Commission investigating allegations on Chief Bratton

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Police Commission launched an investigation Friday into five City Council members’ complaint that Chief William Bratton acted unprofessionally when he said two of them didn’t know what they were talking about when they criticized his department’s policy of sometimes hiring people who once used drugs. Council members who signed the letter included Bernard Parks and Dennis Zine, who had criticized the hiring policy. Parks was Bratton’s predecessor as chief and Zine is a former Los Angeles police officer. In a TV interview last week, Bratton defended his department’s policy as the toughest in the nation. All applicants must pass a screening to determine if they have used illicit drugs within the past six months. However, some applicants who admit to having once experimented with drugs years ago can be hired. “With all due respect to the two city councilmen who are raising this issue, they don’t know what the hell they’re talking about,” Bratton said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 “Chances are, they might not have been able to be hired under the new standards that we have, which are much tougher than the standards 35 or 40 years ago when they came on the LAPD,” he said. In a letter to the Police Commission, Zine, Parks and three other City Council members called Bratton’s comments “unprofessional and unnecessary.” The panel began the probe after receiving the letter, said Commission President John Mack. Bratton said he will cooperate with the investigation. “It’s obvious that we’ve agreed to disagree on the issue,” the chief said. The commission functions as a civilian board of directors for the Police Department.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Winter is Coming – Road users urged to beware dark evenings

first_imgWinter time begins this Sunday 28th October when the clocks go back – but the time change also means darker evenings on our roads.The Donegal Road Safety Working Group (DRSWG) is appealing to all road users to exercise extreme caution and for motorists to be aware of vulnerable road users on dark nights and mornings. Summertime officially ends on Sunday morning, as the time observed by Ireland goes back by 1 hour. As we head into the winter the DRSWG is advising pedestrians, runners, walkers and cyclists to be safe and be seen by:Wearing high visibility materialCarrying a torchCyclists need to ensure that their bicycle lights are working and wear a helmet.Is your vehicle or bike winter ready?The DRSWG are also reminding motorists to check that their vehicle is fit for winter. Tyres must be in good condition and meet the legal requirement. All lights must be clean, working and correctly adjusted. Always use dipped headlights when driving in poor weather conditions.Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer wants to appeal to all road users to keep safety in mind this winter. He said: “using the roads is the most dangerous thing that we do every day and yet very few of us appreciate that. You are only ever one slip of concentration away from disaster which can change lives forever.”As winter time begins Be Safe Be Seen & Be Safe. Road Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Let us all do the right thing – keep yourself & everyone else safe on our roads. Stay Bright. @donegalcouncil @DonegalMaps @DonegalETB @donegalgaa @FinnHarpsFC @highlandradio @DonegalDaily pic.twitter.com/KSrUoAJjyI— Donegal Road Safety (@dccroadsafety) October 25, 2018 Mr O’Donnell added: “We would especially call on cyclists to be weather aware and to get proper lights. A large number of people drive and cycle and therefore are fully aware that a cyclist without lights or high viz clothing on a dark, wet evening is virtually impossible to see. “It is true that the driver bears the greater responsibility as they can do the most damage, but cyclists also need to be sensible. For starters, that means ensuring that there are lights on your bicycle and for all our sake wear high viz clothing.”Be safe, be seenMr O’Donnell said: “Our message is very simple but important. Always wear a hi-viz jacket to be seen if you are walking, running, cycling or riding a motorbike. Slow down if you are a driver, especially when sharing the road with vulnerable road users. “Every driver and passenger has to wear a seat belt, front and rear on every trip and ensure children are properly restrained. Do not drive while being distracted by a mobile phone, never drive while impaired, whether through drink, drugs or driver fatigue and pay attention to what is happening when you are using the road. Cyclists must use front and rear lights and reflectors and we also stress the importance of them wearing a helmet”.To date in 2018, 120 people have lost their lives on our roads, a decrease of 4 on the same period in 2017 and 9 people have died in Donegal and many more have been seriously injured in road traffic collisions.Road users are being asked to take note all these important road safety messages this weekend and throughout winter. Winter is Coming – Road users urged to beware dark evenings was last modified: October 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Area football teams undefeated after three

first_imgBy Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD — Two area football teams remain undefeated after three weeks of high school football.Rockets roll past CricketsWeek three of the high school football season kicked off on Aug. 30 with Spencer/Columbus picking up right where they left off the previous week. The Dons defeated Fall Creek 49-16 in Cloverbelt Conference action.Spencer/Columbus scored four times in the first quarter and two more times in the second, to grab a 42-0 halftime lead. The Rockets scored once more in the third to grab a 49-0 lead, before the Crickets scored 16 fourth-quarter points. S/C got back-to-back one-yard touchdown runs from Carson Hildebrandt in the first quarter, followed by two touchdown passes from quarterback Jarred Mandel to Austin Bacon and Jacob Dick. In the second quarter, Mandel hit Ethan Meece on a 34-yard touchdown pass, and Hildebrandt scored on another one-yard run. Hayden Bauman added S/C’s final score in the third quarter, on a 25-yard run.Fall Creek scored on a safety when the Crickets tackled Max McGiveron in the end zone. The Crickets also added a pair of rushing touchdowns. But, the night belonged to the Rockets, who improved to 3-0 on the season. S/C was led by Hayden Bauman, who carried the ball 11 times for 148 yards and a score. Hildebrandt had eight rushes for 40 yards and three touchdowns. Bacon had seven carries for 57 yards, and Eden Jacobson rushed four times for 30 yards. Mandel was 7-for-12 for 157 yards and three touchdown passes. Bauman also led the Rockets with six tackles on defense. Mandel was 7-for-7 on extra point attempts.Spencer/Columbus will host Stanley-Boyd Sept. 7 at Ted Fritsch Field in Spencer.Tigers trounce Polar BearsThe Marshfield Tigers had their rushing attack on full display Aug. 31 in Hortonville, as the Tigers grabbed their third straight win, in a 41-20 victory over the Bears.The Tigers racked up 401 yards of rushing, in a game they trailed in the second quarter. Marshfield started piling up the yards early, as quarterback Ryan Krueger rushed for a 73-yard touchdown in the first quarter to give the Tigers the lead. But, the Bears put up two straight scores of their own, to grab a 13-7 lead.Marshfield then got Brant Bohman and Caden Pearce going. Each had eight-yard touchdown runs in the second quarter, to give the Tigers a 21-13 halftime lead. But Bohman was just getting started. Brant rushed for three more touchdowns in the second half, as the Tigers steamrolled their opponents for the win, to start the season 3-0. Bohman ran the ball 16 times for 162 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 10 yards a carry and a touchdown every four rushes. Krueger added nine carries for 140 yards, and Pearce had 11 rushes for 54 yards. Isaiah Baierl carried the ball seven times for 31 yards. Marshfield ran 48 rush plays, averaging 8.5 yards per carry.Marshfield is now 2-0 in the Valley Football Association’s West Division. The Tigers play at Kaukauna Sept. 7.last_img read more

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