Wanang Conservation of Madang receives UN award

first_imgThe Equator Prize is organised by the Equator Initiatives within the United Nations Development Program and is awarded biennially to recognise outstanding community effort to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.UNDP Resident Representative Roy Trivedy who officially presented the award to Wanang Conservation community in Divine Word University this week praised the work of Wanang Conservation in promoting and conserving the environment. Present also to witness the ceremony was Conservation Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) Manager for Terrestrial Ecosystems James Sabi, Madang provincial Administrator Daniel Aloi, Member for Usino-Bundi Anton Yagama and representative from WWF and Binatang Research Centre.“This Equator prize award is partly being supported by the government of Norway and Equator Initiatives and the reason is to provide the global platform to recognise the outstanding work that is happening in community level to protect biodiversity, forest and  natural environment,”“The Wanang society is joining the very unique group, because there are 1,461 application for this award for more than 126 countries and it is not an award that is given lightly it is an outstanding award that is given to incredible work you are doing to protect and conserve your forest to help the local community and also the world,” Trivedy said.He said the award was presented to the Wanang Conservation representative during in UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris last year which the PNG Government is part of the agreement.Trivedy said the Wanang Conservation has put Madang and PNG in the spot light in environment and conservation work thus adding more emphasis on the Government and the local people to take more actions to protect the forest and environment.“Your are setting an example to the whole world, you develop your world in response to commercial logging,”“The Wanang Conservation area is an alliance, it brings together 10 indigenous forest dwelling clans that together 10,000 hectares of forest,” he said.He said Wanang was unique because the Wanang maintains the forest dynamic s cloth where you have planted 280,000 native species of plants to study the responses to changing in climatic conditions.Trivedy added that other unique thing is that Wanang combine Research and action which not many projects do that- the link between people conservation, community level work and the link with Binatang Research.He said the beauty of the work of Wanang is they managed to combine the appliance of science to protect, conserve and help people which have become an initiative for the community driven conservation and development in our country and in the world.last_img read more

Bradley’s goal against Swiss gives U.S. rare win in Europe

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The coach’s son knocked in a loose ball from close range after Clint Dempsey deflected a cross into the air from Danny Szetela, who entered two minutes earlier in his national team debut. “That’s soccer sometimes,” said Bradley, who made his 13th international appearance. “It’s not always beautiful. It’s not always that you can play pretty all over the field.” Following a 10-0-1 start under Bob Bradley, the United States had lost to Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia, Sweden and Brazil, its first five-game skid since 1994. The Americans are just 3-14-3 in Europe since a victory at Austria in April 1998, beating Poland twice and now Switzerland. U.S. women cruise to victory Kristine Lilly scored at the end of the first half and the U.S. women’s team went on to beat Mexico, 4-0, in a chilly and damp exhibition game in Portland, Ore. Abby Wambach, honored before the game for her 100th cap, added a goal in the 76th minute off an assist from Lindsay Tarpley. Not long after, Natasha Kai added a goal, and Carli Lloyd scored in the final minutes. Nicole Barnhart was in goal for the United States, which was upset as the favorite in the World Cup amid a goalkeeper controversy. It was her first start this year. International results England wasted a second-half lead in a 2-1 loss at Russia, jeopardizing its chances of making next year’s European Championship. Defending champion Greece, the Czech Republic and Romania clinched berths with victories, while Scotland’s bid was damaged with a 2-0 loss at Georgia. Germany secured a spot last weekend, becoming the first nation to join co-hosts Austria and Switzerland. Thierry Henry scored twice to break Michel Platini’s French national team scoring record in a 2-0 qualifying victory over Lithuania. Wayne Rooney put England ahead in the 29th minute off a pass from Michael Owen on the artificial turf of Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. Roman Pavlyuchenko tied the score with a disputed penalty kick in the 69th after Rooney brought down Konstantin Zyryanov; England claimed the foul was outside the penalty area. Pavlyuchenko scored the go-ahead goal 4 minutes later. Croatia (8-0-2) leads Group E with 26 points and England (7-2-2) is second with 23. Russia (6-1-3) is third with 21 but has two games left to one for the English. Russia would advance if it wins at Israel on Nov. 17 and at Andorra on Nov. 21. The top two teams in each group advance, and Croatia also has two games remaining. In World Cup qualifying, host Brazil beat Ecuador, 5-0, in its first home game in two years. Kaka scored twice, and Vagner Love, Ronaldinho and Elano added goals for Brazil.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Michael Bradley stopped the United States’ longest losing streak in 13 years and gave the Americans a rare victory in Europe. Bradley scored his first international goal in the 86th minute and the United States beat Switzerland, 1-0, on Wednesday in a sloppy game played in the rain at Basel. “We need these kind of games,” said his father, U.S. coach Bob Bradley. “The credit goes to the team for sticking together, being organized and not giving too much away and finding a way to win the game.” last_img read more

DONEGAL FAN PUTS €121,000 ON JIM’S BOYS TO LIFT SAM

first_imgA DONEGAL fan has put a huge bet on Donegal beating Kerry in this Sunday’s All-Ireland final at Croke Park.Boylesports says the punter certainly has faith in Jim McGuinness’ squad as he has placed €121,000 on Donegal at 8/11 to win the match in 70 minutes.“The punter is set to net €209,000 if his bet manages to click on Sunday,” said Boylesports.com spokesman Liam Glynn. Kerry are priced at 13/8 to win in 70 minutes with a draw priced at 15/2. Donegal are 8/13 to lift the Sam Maguire whilst Kerry can be backed at 13/10 to lift the trophy for a record 37th time.The Handicap Betting suggests that Sunday’s match will be a close call with Donegal -1 priced at Evens whilst Kerry +1 is also available at Evens. In the First Goalscorer market, Kerry’s James O Donoghue heads the market at 9/2 with Donegal’s Michael Murphy next in the betting at 7/1. No Goal to be scored in Sunday’s match is priced at 7/1.Mr Glynn said the Donegal bet is “our biggest bet on Sunday’s match so far.”He added “Apart from the large bet on Donegal we are seeing a lot of interest in Sunday’s match to end in a draw which has now hardened into 15/2 from 8/1.” Donegal v Kerry – Match Betting – 70 MinutesDonegal 8/11Kerry 13/8Draw 15/2Donegal v Kerry – Handicap Betting Donegal (-1) EvensKerry (+1) EvensDraw (-1) 17/2Donegal v Kerry – First Goalscorer O’Donoghue, James 9/2Murphy, Michael 7/1No Goalscorer 7/1O’Leary, Kieran 8/1McFadden, Colm 8/1Geaney, Paul 9/1Donaghy, Kieran 10/1McHugh, Ryan 14/1MacNiallais, Odhran 16/1McLoone, Leo 16/1McBrearty, Patrick 16/120/1 BarDonegal v Kerry – To Lift the TrophyDonegal 8/13Kerry 13/10DONEGAL FAN PUTS €121,000 ON JIM’S BOYS TO LIFT SAM was last modified: September 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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)Tags:Boylesports.comdonegalKerryoddslast_img read more

Alaska teens ask state to stop delaying action on climate change

first_imgSeb Kurland sits right of DEC Commissioner, Larry Hartig. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Center)The last serious effort to create a statewide climate change policy for Alaska happened under former Governor Sarah Palin. Now, a group of teenagers are trying to push the issue.Listen nowThey hand delivered a petition to the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation recently — asking for reduced carbon emissions and a strategy moving forward.17-year-old Seb Kurland is home schooled in Juneau and grew up in the capital city. But Seb said the landscape around town looked different not that long ago.The Mendenhall Glacier continues to shrink. Every year there seems to be less and less snow. And as Seb has gotten older, this teen’s concern about the changing environment has grown, too.“You know, one of the hard things especially about being a teenager with these concerns is that you don’t feel like you can do anything about it,” Kurland said. “And I found Alaska Youth for Environmental Action.”Alaska Youth for Environmental Action is part of the Alaska Center, an environmental nonprofit.The program engages teens across the state to voice their opinions on issues like climate change.In late August, Seb flew to Anchorage to deliver a petition to Larry Hartig, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.Seb was joined by 18 other teens asking the state to fulfill an obligation to protect Alaska’s natural resources.“Basically what we’re saying with this petition is, ‘Hey you’re not doing that!’” Kurland said.The petition asks the state to reduce CO2 emissions, monitor what greenhouse gasses it does emit and come up with a climate change strategy for the long haul.The carefully-crafted legal document didn’t just come out of nowhere. Back in 2011, a group of Alaska teens filed a lawsuit that made it all the way to the state Supreme Court. The Justices ruled that it was a matter for the executive or legislative branch.“Now, kind our reply or our response is that’s the reason we were in court in the first place,” Brad DeNoble, a lawyer from Eagle River, said. He helped craft both the lawsuit and the current petition.DeNoble said the state may be obligated to do more to address climate change, under a common law with ancient roots called the public trust doctrine.“Certain resources are essentially so important to society that they have to be protected,” DeNoble said. “They’re incapable of private ownership.”DeNoble said the atmosphere in Alaska is the resource that needs to be protected from harmful emissions like CO2. It’s a concept, he says, that’s even embedded in the state constitution.But Rep. Chris Birch, a Republican and freshman member of the House Resource Committee, doubts regulating industry further would do much good. Birch thinks climate change is cyclical — not just caused by people.While Birch applauds the youth’s civic engagement, he said there’s more than one way to look out for Alaska’s future.“You know, certainly the oil and gas industry in Alaska has led to tremendous benefits for each and every one of our citizens and residents,” Birch said. “And I think to compromise that or to try to put a lid on that or to burden that development is not reasonable.”Seb Kurland doesn’t see it that way. Kurland said climate change is jeopardizing the state’s other economic drivers, like tourism and fishing, and it’s something the Alaska legislature needs to address now.“It can’t be delayed any further. Like, this is an issue that gets worse,” Kurland said.The Department of Environmental Conservation has until Sep. 29 to respond to the petition. At which point, it can reject it or call a public hearing.last_img read more