‘Sparkplug’ Verano proves worth in Ateneo win over NU

first_imgBREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 View comments Verano came off the bench and provided the spark for the Blue Eagles, pouring 11 of his 20 points in the second quarter to allow his side to take a 34-16 halftime lead. He also got two rebounds and two steals to carry the Eagles to a 6-4 slate, good for solo third.Ateneo coach Sandy Arespacochaga said Verano’s great showing was a longtime coming for him, given the effort he has been putting so far this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“We’ve seen glimpses of Raffy in some of the other games,” he said. “He’s a sparkplug for us off the bench. He plays well defensively, but he also proved today that he can also score.”As easy as he made things look on Sunday, Verano’s transition to the Philippines wasn’t that simple. Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila PSL-F2 stint in FIVB WCWC an ‘eye-opener’ for PH, says Daquis Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter MOST READ Raffy Verano. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHere’s a name that should ring a bell from now on: Raffy Verano.The Fil-American rookie finally had his breakout game, lifting Ateneo past National University, 65-50 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway “It’s very different. Coming out here, the pace is faster. Usually, I play big here, but I play guard in the States,” the 18-year-old Verano said. “Coming down here, playing the three and the four, it’s starting to get more comfortable. It was a tough transition, but I’m getting used to it.”The victory over the Bulldogs, though, should be the start of greater things for Verano, as he hopes to contribute further to the Blue Eagles’ campaign this season.“It’s going great. I’m really enjoying it here especially in Ateneo with our coaches, team, and school in general. I’m getting more comfortable,” he said.“I just want to help in way possible. If it’s to do the dirty work, to rebound, or just the little things, I’m willing to do anything to help the team out.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICKlast_img read more

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Heavy favorite Pacquiao not taking Vargas fight lightly

first_imgWe are young MOST READ Turning 38 in less than two months, Pacquiao feels there are a few fights left in him.“I feel good. My speed and stamina are still there,” said Pacquiao.While he was shadow boxing with Beltran, however, Pacquiao was apparently struck by jet lag again.“I’m sleepy,” said Pacquiao to the handful of people allowed entry to the gym after the closed door sparring.Only Beltran’s jokes and questions about his new movements, put Pacquiao back on his toes.ADVERTISEMENT 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 EDITORS’ PICK In this photo taken on September 29, 2016, Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao trains at a gym in Manila, ahead of his November 6 bout with Mexican boxer Jessie Vargas. AFPHOLLYWOOD—Boxing pundits, oddsmakers and sportswriters can say all they want about how Manny Pacquiao is heavily favored to beat Jessie Vargas in their WBO welterweight showdown on Nov. 5.Pacquiao isn’t listening.ADVERTISEMENT Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Transformers roll past Coast Guard, make semiscenter_img BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter “I don’t want to underestimate Vargas. I don’t take him easy,” the eight-division champion said after Tuesday’s afternoon workout, which saw him spar for six rounds at Wild Card Gym here. “As always, I must be well prepared physically and spiritually.”Pacquiao, listed at -800 in latest searches, is training as hard as he did when he beat Tim Bradley in their third encounter last April 9. Vargas trails by a mile at +550. The figures simply mean that an $800 bet on Pacquiao will net $100, while a $100 wager on Vargas will earn $550.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThe Fighter of the Decade, however, (2000 to 2009) refused to predict a knockout.“I’ll just do my best and prove that I can still fight anybody,” said Pacquiao. According to Pacquiao, he can still fight anybody, including tormentors Juan Manuel Marquez, who is inactive, and Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is retired.Facing Canelo Alvarez, however, is out of Pacquiao’s radar for now.“I don’t know, 154 (pounds) is too big for me,” said Pacquiao, a bloated welterweight who has to eat a lot many times a day to gain weight.Pacquiao faces the same predicament against Vargas, but boxing people do not care either. They are still picking Pacquiao to prevail and reclaim the 147-pound title.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH View commentslast_img read more

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Latam Eco Review: Colombia’s last nomadic tribe faces extinction

first_imgArticle published by Maria Salazar Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Animals, Conservation, Environment, Forests, Indigenous Peoples, Palm Oil, Wildlife center_img Below are summaries of the most popular stories by our Spanish language service, Mongabay Latam, from the week of April 30 – May 6. Among the top articles: more than 20 families of the last nomadic indigenous peoples of Colombia face a serious food crisis. In other news, a new app allows fisherfolk and others in ports and markets to monitor fish in the Amazon river basin.The image above of an elephant weevil (Orthorhinus cylindrirostris) from the vast Mongabay archive was the most popular on Latam’s social networks.Colombia’s last nomadic tribe faces extinctionThe Nukak Makú often need to share a chicken among more than 70 people. Image by Alberto Castaño for Mongabay.The Nukak Makú, the last nomadic indigenous, contacted peoples of Colombia, are on the brink of disappearance. Deforestation, invasions into their ancestral territories, displacement, along with a cultural and environmental degradation from bureaucracy, are making it impossible for the Nukak to manage their lands – or feed themselves.Underwater spiders: the strange lives of intertidal spidersA male Bob Marley spider (Desis bobmarley) discovered in Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia. Image courtesy of Robert RavenA spider named for reggae legend Bob Marley is a new member of 15 species of intertidal spiders. At this point, scientists have registered intertidal spiders along the coasts of Australia, New Zealand, the south of Africa, the Pacific islands and India. The spider can stay under water for up to 24 hours due to a notable adaptation: small water repellent hairs, known as hydrophobic hairs, that trap air around it.App enables citizen scientists to monitor fish and water quality in Amazon basinA total of 21 species of migratory fish in the Amazon basin will be monitored by the Ictio app. Image by Yvette Sierra Praeli.An ambitious citizen science project that extends across Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador proposes to create a volunteer network to monitor fish and evaluate water quality through the simple download of a cellphone application. Low internet access in rainforest communities presents the main challenge.Nine thousand small turtles return home to the jungle in PeruBaby turtles repatriated to Peru, after Dutch authorities observed poor transport conditions. They were due to arrive in Asia but ended up at the Amazonian Rescue Center. Image by Yvette Sierra PraeliThe Amazonian Rescue Center in Iquitos, Peru is caring for 9,000 turtles until they are ready to be released ino their native habitat in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Their return is part of a repatriation process approved by the administrative authority of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna in Holland, where they were confiscated.Peru: Indigenous Andean communities save forests from narcotraffickersAll families cultivate yuca, banana, tannia tubers, peanuts, sugar cane, coffee, and cacao. Most of the production is for their consumption. Image by Jack Lo for Mongabay.Seven Machiguenga indigenous communities seek to protect more than 260,000 hectares of forest in southern Peru from narcotrafficking. This area has the highest concentration (69%) of land dedicated to illegal coca cultivation. They seek recognition of part of their territory as a Regional Conservation Area.Honduras: African palm hits the heart of Kawas ParkAfrican palm has eaten away 11% or 9140 hectares of the Kawas Park. In the last 20 years, more than 2254 hectares of forest, more than 4500 soccer fields, have been lost. Image by Jessica Guifarro.The majority of the 89 communities in the Jeanette Kawas National Park in northern Honduras are growing African palm, resulting in 11% deforestation of this protected area. Residues from fertilizers and chemicals used in the cultivation of African palm have also caused an accumulation of organic residues in Los Micos Lake. Read about these stories in Spanish here.last_img read more

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Deforestation and mining threaten a monarch butterfly reserve in Mexico

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Despite their declining number, the annual spectacle of the monarch butterfly migration continues to captivate tourists. Tens of thousands visit Michoacán and the State of Mexico every year to see the sight.Extreme weather, deforestation, and herbicides are all reducing the butterfly population in North America. Another challenge is local: Mexico’s biggest mining company hopes to re-open a mine within the Biosphere Reserve, jeopardizing ongoing efforts to preserve the butterfly habitat.These latent threats feel far away as we walk through the Sierra Chincua butterfly sanctuary, but the Federal Police pick-up trucks parked at the sanctuary’s entrance are a constant reminder of the powerful interests that could target the monarch’s forest habitat. ZITÁCUARO, Mexico – “As long as the butterflies keep coming, we’ll still have work here,” says Javier Ambrocio, looking out over the Sierra Chincua Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. A cold breeze blows across the steep hillside, over 8,000 feet above sea level.Ambrocio works as a tour guide in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, which straddles the mountains between Michoacán and the State of Mexico. The hibernation season, when millions of butterflies come to the reserve, began in mid-November and will continue until next March.The people of Ambrocio’s tiny hometown, Cerro Prieto, Michoacán, depend on the monarch butterfly for seasonal employment. But complex environmental factors have decreased the monarch butterfly population — and there is no assurance that Ambrocio and his neighbors can work among the butterflies for years to come.Extreme weather, deforestation, and herbicide use are all reducing the butterfly population in North America. Another challenge is local: Mexico’s biggest mining company hopes to re-open a mine within the Biosphere Reserve, jeopardizing ongoing efforts to preserve the butterfly habitat.Looking west from the Sierra Chincua butterfly sanctuary, the deep green forest cover yields to agricultural land and greenhouses. Since 2012, illegal deforestation in the nuclear zone of the reserve has been nearly eradicated. But deforestation continues in the buffer zone, and protecting the Biosphere Reserve is no small task in Michoacán, a state where cartels are often behind illegal logging.“It’s people from outside the community who come here to cut down trees,” says Ambrocio. “Here we respect the forest.”On a quiet Monday morning, Ambrocio leads me to the butterfly sanctuary in Sierra Chincua. Hand-written signs warn “Don’t make noise!” as you approach the clearing where the butterflies congregate. Hundreds of orange dots fly above us. Trees 20 meters away are tinged orange, their branches heavy with butterflies. A roped-off observation area keeps tourists at a safe distance from the monarch-draped trees.Despite their declining number, the annual spectacle of the monarch butterfly migration continues to captivate tourists. Tens of thousands visit Michoacán and the State of Mexico every year to see the sight. Monarch butterflies come to these brisk forests, populated by oyamel fir (Abies religiosa), pine (Pinus spp.), and pine-oak (Pinus and Quercus), in search of safe habitat during the winter months.Butterflies over-winter in eleven sanctuaries each year, according to World Wildlife Fund biologist Eduardo Rendón. He directs WWF’s monarch butterfly program, which is a partnership with the Mexican telecommunications company Telcel.Three significant threats are decreasing the butterfly population in North America: Deforestation and forest degradation in Mexico have significantly reduced the habitat range for the butterflies, while land use changes and the increased use of the herbicide glyphosate has decreased milkweed availability in the U.S. The Center for Biological Diversity found that the recently-approved dicamba herbicide will also harm the monarch population. Both herbicides are toxic for milkweed, the Monarch caterpillar’s only food source. The last major threat is extreme weather, either in Mexico or the northern habitats of the butterfly. Sudden cold snaps, heavy precipitation, and snow can all impact butterfly populations.The entrance to the El Rosario monarch sancutary in Michoacán. Photo by Martha Pskowski.According to a 2002 study by recently deceased monarch expert Lincoln Brower, 44 percent of the high-quality forest habitat in Mexico was degraded by illegal logging between 1971 and 1999. In recent years, WWF and Mexican environmental authorities have turned the tide on illegal logging in the nuclear zone of the reserve, but deforestation continues in the buffer zone.Mexico’s National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp) works alongside WWF-Telcel, in addition to the state governments of Michoacán and the State of Mexico, to protect the butterflies and their habitat. Rendón says that for these efforts to be successful, butterfly conservation and local development must go hand in hand. He adds that programs such as training communities to produce and market local mushroom varieties ensure that residents of the reserve don’t turn to deforestation out of economic desperation.“We’re trying to create an integral project, that doesn’t just focus on the conservation of the monarch on its own, but to conserve the whole ecosystem,” says Rendón.Yet conservationists did not always take a friendly approach to working with the local communities, who are descended from indigenous Otomí and Mazahua people. Not long ago, timber harvesting and mining were the economic engines of the mountainous region between the states of Mexico and Michoacán. As both industries dwindled, local communities chaffed against the restrictions of living within an ecological reserve.Unlike federally owned national parks in the U.S., most of the reserve’s land is in the hands of local communities known as “ejidos.” The ejido was the vehicle of implementing Mexico’s massive agrarian reform in the mid-twentieth century. Large landholdings were broken up, and people who once labored on haciendas were able to petition to receive ejido land.In the 1970s, researchers Fred Urquhart and Ken and Cathy Brugger were among the US and Canadians who sought to find where the monarch butterflies over-winter. In 1975, the Bruggers found the Cerro Pelon colony in Michoacán. While local communities had seen the butterflies, this was the first time it was proven that monarchs travel from the US and Canada to over-winter in the forests of Michoacán and the State of Mexico. Efforts to protect the area began after this discovery.The area was named a “Reserve and wild refuge zone” in 1980 and in 1986 became a federally protected natural area. The Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (RBMM) was founded in 2000 and spans 139,000 acres. Its nuclear zone was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008.The Biosphere Reserve is divided between 59 ejidos, 13 indigenous communities, and 21 private property owners. About 27,000 people live within its bounds.The region comprising the RBMM has high rates of poverty, like much of Michoacán. The municipality of Ocampo, where the sanctuaries of El Rosario and Sierra Chichua are located, has a population of 22,600, according to the 2010 census, and three out of four people there live in poverty.Isabel Ramírez, a geographer at the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s Morelia, Michoacán campus, writes that unlike other biosphere reserves in Mexico, the RBMM, “was created with a classic conservationist mindset that rejected any possibility of timber harvesting.”She adds that public, private, and non-profit interests involved in the creation of the reserve, “did not consider the natural resources or the socio-economic relations of the area, let alone any participation for its inhabitants.”Some ejidos within the RBMM, like El Rosario and Cierro Prieto (where Sierra Chincua is located), directly benefit from monarch tourism. But other communities do not have a monarch sanctuary and see no direct benefits from tourism.Monarchs gather around a stream in El Rosario. Locals are concerned that mining could deplete the water sources the butterflies depend on. Photo by Martha Pskowski.Even within the communities that benefit from tourism, stark divisions remain. Typically, only ejidatarios have the right to work in the sanctuaries and receive income from tourism. While many original ejidatarios have passed away or are elderly, their sons inherit the designation. Those who are not descended from ejidatarios see fewer benefits from tourism.In the case of El Rosario, an ejido that was founded in 1936, the 240 ejidatarios take turns participating in the butterfly sanctuary management. Each year, 80 ejidatarios work in the sanctuary. This means every three years, an ejidatario will directly benefit from the admission fees and tips from visitors who come to see the butterflies. One study found that they earned on average 20,000 pesos (1,000 USD) during each year they participate. The sanctuary receives about 150,000 visitors a year.WWF-Telcel has invested in improving the tourism services offered at El Rosario. Guides receive training on how to meet the needs of Mexican and foreign tourists. Since 2005, WWF has also helped community nurseries produce native pine species and reforest over 6,000 acres of forest.Javier Ambrocio’s hometown of Cerro Prieto received its land title in 1966, with 36 ejidatarios. Today, it is home to 850 people. The residential area of the ejido is separate from the forest where the sanctuary is located, eight miles away. Residents share rides to reach the sanctuary.Ambrocio’s father was a founding ejidatario, and therefore he is entitled to work at the sanctuary. However, he laments the limited economic options in Michoacán. When butterfly season ends, he heads to Mexico City to find temporary construction jobs. In the early 2000s, he lived for five years in Florida, working in construction, which he says allowed him to build a better house for his family and pay for his daughter’s college education.As economic problems persist, some residents think that mining could provide relief. In Angangueo, a picturesque town squeezed into a canyon near the State of Mexico border, the mayor has advocated for a long-closed mine to re-open.The first Spanish-owned mine opened in Angangueo in 1766. The town’s well-preserved architecture reflects both colonial influence and the British and American mining magnates who settled here. The American Smelting and Refining Company operated the Angangueo mine until 1953, when 25 miners died in an accident. The state then took over the mine. Production declined until it closed in 1991. To spur tourism, Angangueo was named a “Pueblo Mágico,” or Magic Town, in 2012, part of a national initiative. However, tourism remains low during the butterfly off-season.Grupo México, Mexico’s largest mining company, bought the stocks of the Angangueo mine in the 1990s. The company hopes to re-open the site to mine copper, silver, lead, and zinc. While Grupo México received an environmental permit in 2005 to re-open the mine, the company hasn’t cleared other bureaucratic hurdles. The Mexican Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) has yet to issue a permit to modify land use in a forested area that is essential for the mine’s operations.Angangueo’s mayor, Leonel Martínez Maya, is in favor of the mine, telling a local news outlet, “The only solution to reactivate Angangueo’s economy is the mine.”Possible impacts of the mine’s re-opening include deforestation, water contamination, increased vehicle traffic, and depletion of water sources for the monarch butterfly. Grupo México proposes various mitigation activities, from reforestation to installing mesh netting to prevent monarchs from entering the tailings pond.But Eduardo Rendón of WWF says that mining is a false solution for towns like Angangueo. “The mining companies say that they will bring riches to the town, but it’s proven that doesn’t happen,” he says. “The water that the mine uses would dry out the woods where the butterflies live. That wouldn’t be good business for anybody… …I have faith that mining is not going to happen in the reserve.”Grupo México has a checkered track record; a massive spill in Sonora, Mexico dumped 11 million gallons of copper sulfate solution into local waterways. Semarnat declined an interview request regarding the status of the Angangueo mine. Grupo México also declined an interview request from Mongabay.Monarchs fly between trees at El Rosario. Photo by Martha Pskowski.As previously reported in Mongabay, mining concessions are permitted in protected areas under the Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection, as long as an environmental impact assessment is carried out. A 2015 study by Mexican biologist Elisa Jeanneht Armendariz-Villegas found that 10 percent of the surface area of natural protected areas in Mexico has been granted in mining titles.Mexico’s new president, Andres Manuel López Obrador, inaugurated on December 1, has called for changes in mining regulations and re-evaluation of extractive projects that impact indigenous communities. In October, his political party, Morena, which also controls the Congress, presented a mining reform in the Senate.However, the Mexican Network of Mining-Impacted People (REMA) released a statement calling López Obrador’s proposed changes to the mining law “cosmetic,” claiming that they will “allow continued mining activity, which has caused multiple and irreversible damages.”Deforestation is an ongoing threat to the monarch butterfly. Conanp partners with the Federal Prosecutor of Environmental Protection (Profepa) to sanction illegal logging in the RBMM. The Federal Police’s Environmental Gendarmerie now patrols the RBMM to apprehend loggers. The enforcement strategy responds to the reality of deforestation in Michoacán: often it is heavily-armed criminal organizations carrying out logging, not local communities.Forest degradation in the nuclear zone of the RBMM has been all but eliminated. Between February 2017 and March 2018, WWF detected 16.5 acres of forest degradation in the nuclear zone. Most of the loss of tree cover was attributed to drought, and only 3.5 acres were linked to illegal logging. However, illegal logging continues in the buffer zone, though neither WWF nor Conanp keep data on buffer zone deforestation.“We don’t have a study on land use change in the buffer zone,” says Eduardo Rendón of WWF. “We’d like to be able to do that type of study, but it’s a question of funding.”Conanp declined an interview request from Mongabay.One indication of the scale of the problem is that, since the Environmental Gendarmerie began operating in the RBMM in 2016, they have seized 1,136 cubic meters of timber and closed 34 unauthorized sawmills.Avocado production is another driver of deforestation across the state. The exponential increase in demand for avocados worldwide has been a bonanza for Michoacán producers. Yet, according to Guillermo Vargas Uribe of Michoacán University, nearly 25,000 acres of forest are lost to avocado plantations every year in the state.Avocado production in Michoacán is concentrated to the east and south of the monarch reserve. But in February, the Federal Police detected 7.4 acres of avocado production in the pine forest of Zitácuaro, in the reserve’s buffer zone. A few miles outside the reserve in Valle de Bravo, State of Mexico, authorities found in 2017 that 91 acres of pine forest were cut down to plant avocado.A Monarch rests in on a leaf in the El Rosario sanctuary. On sunny days, the butterflies spread out across the reserve. Photo by Martha Pskowski.These latent threats feel far away as we walk through the Sierra Chincua butterfly sanctuary, but the Federal Police pick-up trucks parked at the sanctuary’s entrance are a constant reminder of the powerful interests that could target the monarch’s forest habitat.Javier Ambrocio looks out across the forest with pride. While the search for work has taken him to Mexico City and as far as Florida, he says the city life doesn’t suit him; he’s happiest in the forests of Cerro Prieto. Ambrocio is proud that his daughter chose to study environmental science at the university in Zitácuaro. But forces outside his control could change the landscape he cares for so much.“There are a lot of people who want to make money off this forest,” says Ambrocio. “But here in Cerro Prieto we have learned to care for it.”CITATIONS• Armendáriz-Villegas, E. J. & Ortega-Rubio, A. (2015). Concesiones mineras en Áreas Naturales Protegidas de México. LA JORNADA ECOLOGICA. numero especial. 11-13.• Brower, L. P., Castilleja, G., Peralta, A., Lopez‐Garcia, J., Bojorquez‐Tapia, L., Díaz, S., … & Missrie, M. (2002). Quantitative changes in forest quality in a principal overwintering area of the monarch butterfly in Mexico, 1971–1999. Conservation Biology, 16(2), 346-359. doi:10.1046/j.1523-1739.2002.00572.x • Vidal, O., López-García, J., & Rendón-Salinas, E. (2014). Trends in deforestation and forest degradation after a decade of monitoring in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico. Conservation Biology, 28(1), 177-186. doi:10.1111/cobi.12138 Agriculture, Butterflies, Deforestation, Ecotourism, Environment, Illegal Logging, Insects, Mining, Protected Areas, Wildlife center_img Article published by Mike Gaworeckilast_img read more

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Antetokounmpo buzzer-beater lifts Bucks over Knicks

first_imgSuper Bowl a tossup at legal sports books He posted his 16th double-double of the season with 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks, who improved to 18-16.His streak of 13 straight games with 20 or more points is the longest by a Milwaukee player since Michael Redd had 14 in a row in 2006.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 returnLance Thomas did all he could to defend the shot, but after dribbling through traffic and turning, Antetokounmpo managed to make some space and seal the win for a Bucks team that had battled back from a 16-point third-quarter deficit.“I work on that shot a lot,” Antetokounmpo said. “I was patient. I knew I could shoot the ball over the top of anybody at any time. I wanted to make sure I took the last shot.” Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 30 points and 11 rebounds, but the Knicks, who were without injured big man Kristaps Porzingis for a third straight game, lost their sixth straight.Rose and Mindaugas Kuzminskas added 15 points each for the Knicks, who have allowed at least 100 points in the six defeats.Greg Monroe, whose free throw with 33 seconds remaining pulled the Bucks within 104-103, contributed 18 points and nine rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and New York Knicks’ forward Lance Thomas, left, react to a referee’s call in the waning seconds of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. The Bucks defeated the Knicks 105-104. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Giannis Antetokounmpo drained a step-back jumper as time expired to lift the Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-104 NBA victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.Milwaukee’s standout Greek forward made the first game-winning shot of his 3 1/2-year NBA career.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Antetokounmpo’s teammates mobbed him in celebration, and Bucks coach Jason Kidd said the final moment was a team effort.“The guy who makes the shot gets all the credit, but passing the ball, getting the ball to Giannis is important,” Kidd said.“He (Antetokounmpo) is going to play thousands of games so he is going to have thousands of opportunities to hit game-winners. Tonight, I thought he got to his strength and he took his time. It wasn’t a rushed shot. It shows his growth.”Antetokounmpo scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter. He came up with a huge defensive play with eight seconds remaining, slapping Derrick Rose’s inbounds pass off the Knicks star’s leg to set up Milwaukee’s final possession.Officials initially called the ball out of bounds off the Bucks, but reversed that decision after a video review.ADVERTISEMENT 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round MOST READ Aggressive Hornets sting Westbrook’s Thunderlast_img read more

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Without Embiid, 76ers upset Griffin and Clippers

first_imgThe Sixers listed 17,591 at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday, another stout crowd for a franchise coming off one of the worst stretches of seasons in NBA history. Embiid’s growing popularity has forced the Sixers to at least consider playing him only the home game when they play on consecutive nights.“We are mindful that our fans want to see Joel play,” coach Brett Brown said. “It’s one of several layers that influence the decision on when to play Joel. But it’s certainly on our mind to do the right thing by our fans.”While fans are crushed when Embiid doesn’t play, Brown said other Sixers see his absence as their opportunity to develop and contribute.“I think those type of words come to my mind more than ‘woe is me’ stuff,” Brown said. “That’s not it. That’s not it at all. We wind our guys up and we play NBA basketball and here we go.”Jahlil Okafor missed his chance to start and was held out with right knee soreness. Noel made the most of his first start of the season, and Dario Saric and Holmes were clutch off the bench.The Clippers made 12 of 19 3-pointers in the first half and rolled to a 19-point lead until the Sixers got going in the third.DeAndre Jordan missed four straight free throws – the last one on an airball – that sent the crowd into a frenzy not heard in Philly in some time. Noel finished an alley-oop and Sergio Rodriguez’s fast-break layup gave the Sixers an 87-86 lead.The 76ers rallied from 19 down to win for the first time since Dec. 23, 2014, at Miami.“You get a 19-point lead, nothing’s guaranteed, but you’ve got to secure it,” Clippers assistant Mike Woodson said.TIP-INSClippers: Doc Rivers did not coach the Clippers because of an illness. Woodson ran the team. … Griffin had a shot blocked on a spin move in the paint by Holmes. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan (6) leaps for a rebound against Philadelphia 76ers’ Gerald Henderson (12), Richaun Holmes (22) and Robert Covington (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 121-110. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — M. Night Shyamalan could not have scripted a twist ending from his courtside seat as implausible as this one: The 76ers pulled off a stunner over the 30-win Clippers without injured center Joel Embiid.Nerlens Noel scored 19 points, Richaun Holmes had 18 and Philadelphia beat Los Angeles 121-110 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims LATEST STORIES Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ NBA: Aldridge spurs San Antonio past Raptors 76ers: Shyamalan wore a “Trust the Process” shirt and visited with Embiid. Shyamalan’s daughter sang the national anthem. Comedian Kevin Hart also watched from a courtside seat . … Brown has yet to #RaiseTheCat after a 76ers win. “The Australians would be proud of it,” Brown said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 respitecenter_img DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ The Sixers rallied from 19 points down and proved yet again they are now a team trying to win games instead of tank seasons.“We come here, put in the work every day and it’s starting to show for us on the floor,” Holmes said.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 returnEmbiid, out with a left knee contusion, waved his arms from the bench as the crowd shouted “Trust the Process” in the waning minutes.Noel had three blocked shots in Embiid’s spot and the Sixers hit 10 3-pointers to spur the second-half rally. Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal The Sixers are 3-10 without Embiid this season.Blake Griffin, a five-time All-Star, scored 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting in his first game since Dec. 18. He averaged 21.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists this season, and played in 26 of the Clippers’ first 28 games.Jamal Crawford hit six 3s and scored 27 points for the Clippers. J.J. Redick had 22.“This one’s more disheartening,” Crawford said. “You have to put those games away, by any means. This one’s on us.”Embiid continues to be hampered by the knee he hurt on Friday night. He’s scheduled to sit out Wednesday night’s game at Milwaukee because he does not play in one game of back-to-back sets.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Marañon powers Ceres-Negros past Kaya

first_imgKaya showed plenty of fight in front of close to 4,000 fans with Robert Lopez Mendy equalizing in the 55th minute.But Marañon slotted home a penalty after he was clipped by Ref Cuaresma inside the box and completed his hat trick with another fine strike late in the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“I’m so happy for the win and the three goals,” said Marañon, who was named Man of the Match. “This game was very hard after two losses, but we fought to win this game, and we deserved the result.”Kaya lost for a second straight match as it stayed in fourth while Ceres is fifth. Read Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meanwhile, Davao Aguilas secured a third straight stalemate after battling Ilocos United to a goalless draw on Sunday at Davao del Norte Sports Complex. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working KO victory to boost Pacquiao’s stock LATEST STORIES For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ceres Negros got its campaign back on track as Spanish midfielder Bienvenido Marañon delivered a hat trick to propel the Busmen past Kaya FC Makati, 3-1, on Saturday night in the Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.Marañon was on target in stoppage time in the first half before adding two more goals in the second half as the Busmen returned to their winning ways after a loss to JPV Marikina the previous weekend and an early exit in the Singapore Cup on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ A dream fulfilled for Christian 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela provincelast_img read more

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Simpson hoping for CAC boost

first_img “I have a good support system that made it easier for me to be a mom and train,” she said earlier this year. It is not the first time that the 2008 Olympic 100m silver medallist has been required to make a comeback. After extricating herself from an 18-month doping suspension via the Court of Arbitration for Sport in 2014, Simpson captured the Pan American Games title in the 100m a year later in fine style. That victory was a great confidence booster going into the Olympic Games in 2016, but Simpson put her dreams on hold for the coming of her daughter, LeAnna Hudson. “I remember when I won at the Pan American Games, and that was a very big deal, “she said. Simpson, who has a season-best time of 11.35 seconds, is hoping for similar results, but she will have to contend with her compatriot and rising star Jonielle Smith, who is coming off a good showing at the London Diamond League last weekend, where she ran a personal-best time of 11.07 seconds. akino.ming@gleanerjm.com Sherone Simpson knows that a victory in the 100m at the 23rd staging of the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, next week will inject some impetus into her career again. And with this understanding, she is approaching the games very seriously. “I am taking this games very serious. I have taken all the games that I have been to serious, but it would mean a lot to me to win at CAC this year,” Simpson told The Gleaner earlier this week before jetting off to the South American country. “The main aim is to win a medal at the World Championship next year, and I am well aware of what winning here could do towards that.” Before returning to the sport in January of this year, the Maurice Wilson-coached athlete took time off to give birth to her first child, and winning at the CAC Games would be a great ending to a relatively modest first season back. SUPPORT SYSTEMlast_img read more

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EBD Diwali motorcade set for October 22 at National Stadium

first_imgAs Guyanese prepare to celebrate the festival of lights, preparations are underway for the hosting of several motorcades in various parts of the country. For the past few years, the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) motorcade is held a week before celebrations in Georgetown.This year, the Guyana Divya Jyoti Association in collaboration with HUG, will host its motorcade on Saturday, October 22, at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, EBD. So far, nine Mandirs and businesses have indicated their interest in participating.The well illuminated floats will travel along the East Bank Highway and into the Guyana National Stadium for the grand display and final judging. It is expected the lone float from Timehri, EBD, will join the others at Soesdyke which will then proceed to Diamond where several floats will join the motorcade. After leaving Diamond, the entourage will make a stop at Farm Mandir where the final floats will join.However, at the Stadium, there will be a packed cultural extravaganza featuring skits, poems, songs, dances and most importantly, the distribution of prizes. Those set to entertain the audience will be the Ishara Dance Troupe, the Indian Cultural Centre Dance Troupe, Cummings Lodge Dance Troup and others.In addition, members of the Shakti Sting Orchestra will take the stage by storm. Several of its members will perform live, including Pooran Seeraj, Steven Ramphal and others.Apart from the cultural presentation, there will be sweetmeats in galore along with seven-curry and other Indian delicacies. Admission to the event cost $300.last_img read more

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10th Annual Car & Bike Show and After Party

first_imgLake Mainstay Resort will be hosting its 10th annual Car and Bike Show and After Party on Saturday, April 20 at the Resort’s beach in Mainstay/Whyaka Village on the Essequibo Coast.This year, the cars and bikes will compete in 18 categories. These include best car, best sound, best SUV/Bus, loudest sound, best bike, best classic vehicle, best super bike and the loudest sound SUV/ bus.Registration cost $4000 and forms can be uplifted at Lake Mainstay Resort offices in Georgetown and Essequibo; Gutty’s Variety Stall – Charity; G&P Jaigobin & Sons Supermarket – Henrietta; Cellular Plus Store – Anna Regina; Anil Cell Phone Store – Anna Regina Market; Derick Photocopy Shop – Anna Regina Post Office and Universal Pharmacy – Suddie.The forms can also be downloaded from the Resort’s Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/lakemainstayDeadline for registration is April 18, 2019. The event will see more than $1 million in cash prizes and trophies. However, as it gets dark, Pream’s Mega Sound will take charge of the After Party. The master of ceremony and commentator will be Ravi D.In addition, there will be several exciting games for the kids and more so, food courts and beverage bars.Admission to the event will cost $1000 for adults and $500 for children. The actual event will commence at 18:00h, but the gates will be opened at 15:00h. The 10th Annual Lake Mainstay Regatta is sponsored by Castrol Oil, Banks Beer and Stag Beer.For further information, please call telephone numbers: 592-226-2975, 592-771-4957/59/60.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Use pics of car and bikelast_img read more

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