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Honduran Armed Forces Work with Civilians to Protect and Restore Forests

first_imgThe Ministries of Human Rights, Governance and Decentralization, and Employment as well as the Office of the Presidency also took part in the workshop. More than 2,000 Troops and 100 Officers of the Honduran Armed Forces are working with civilians throughout the country to prevent and control forest fires through a government program called “Chamba Comunitaria” (Community Work in Spanish). Additionally, the government has also formed alliances and agreements with the nation’s cellular mobile carriers, facilitating forest monitoring towers where Military personnel are posted to sound the alarm and organize a prompt response to fires. By Dialogo March 13, 2015 Foot patrols and technology “It is arduous work with machetes and hoes,” said Colonel Fredy Pineda, Commander of the Support Command to the Ecosystem and Environmental Management of the Armed Forces. “We are working on the north axis and in Danlí. Then, we will move to Olancho and the exit to the south. We have trained seven municipalities in the northern sector, including water boards, trusts, and cooperatives, among others.” “In the south, we have worked with the communities with the highest rate of forest fires, such as the five largest municipalities in the south of El Paraíso, including Yauyupe and Texiguat. The next training points are Siguatepeque, Guaimaca, and San Marcos de Colón.” Deforestation has increased as organized crime has risen The problem became so severe that in 2011 the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Honduras’ Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve – home to threatened and rare animal species such as giant anteaters, jaguars, ocelots, and macaws – as a “World Heritage in Danger” zone. The initiative, which will create about 45,000 jobs over the next three years, coordinates the work of civilians and Army personnel, and includes reforestation efforts. Chamba Comunitaria follows the efforts of at least 100 Soldiers in February, working with small businesses, to contain fires in the Department of El Paraíso and ensure the safety of main exits in affected cities. Chamba Comunitaria will particularly benefit the municipalities most vulnerable to forest fires during the summer months, as determined by Honduras’ National Institute of Protected Forest Areas and Wildlife Conservation and Development (ICF), which has determined risk zones and prioritized prevention activities. The initiative, which will create about 45,000 jobs over the next three years, coordinates the work of civilians and Army personnel, and includes reforestation efforts. Chamba Comunitaria follows the efforts of at least 100 Soldiers in February, working with small businesses, to contain fires in the Department of El Paraíso and ensure the safety of main exits in affected cities. The municipal contribution is essential in this joint challenge, according to Col. Pineda. The Forest Protection Plan categorizes risk levels by taking into account such variables as local weather, the amount of fire-prone vegetation in the region, the accessibility of the site, and its proximity to civilian populations. “In the south, we have worked with the communities with the highest rate of forest fires, such as the five largest municipalities in the south of El Paraíso, including Yauyupe and Texiguat. The next training points are Siguatepeque, Guaimaca, and San Marcos de Colón.” More than 2,000 Troops and 100 Officers of the Honduran Armed Forces are working with civilians throughout the country to prevent and control forest fires through a government program called “Chamba Comunitaria” (Community Work in Spanish). The municipal contribution is essential in this joint challenge, according to Col. Pineda. The Forest Protection Plan categorizes risk levels by taking into account such variables as local weather, the amount of fire-prone vegetation in the region, the accessibility of the site, and its proximity to civilian populations. The tasks conducted by Soldiers are physically challenging. Working with communities The problem became so severe that in 2011 the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Honduras’ Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve – home to threatened and rare animal species such as giant anteaters, jaguars, ocelots, and macaws – as a “World Heritage in Danger” zone. “It is arduous work with machetes and hoes,” said Colonel Fredy Pineda, Commander of the Support Command to the Ecosystem and Environmental Management of the Armed Forces. “We are working on the north axis and in Danlí. Then, we will move to Olancho and the exit to the south. We have trained seven municipalities in the northern sector, including water boards, trusts, and cooperatives, among others.” Meanwhile, the Secretary of National Defense, through the Armed Forces’ Support Command to the Ecosystem and Environmental Management, will assign staff to different municipalities to protect and conserve the forests, air quality, and water as well as to reduce the impact of climate change. For example, Military personnel in the Support Command to the Ecosystem and Environmental Management will focus their efforts on patrolling forest regions to check for discarded, lit cigarette butts, which are the primary cause of forest fires. Under the program, civilian residents are hired to protect forests from fires, while Military personnel fight blazes and maintain watersheds. The staffs of the Departments of Comayagua and El Paraíso have been fully trained, with a focus on educating the civilian population on how to prevent fires and maximize public safety. In another educational effort on February 24, the ICF conducted a forest fire prevention workshop on the Chamba Comunitaria program. At least 40 mayors presented plans for forest protection and control of plagues with ICF Executive Director Misael León Carvajal. Attendees learned about the forest projects and the administrative procedures of the program. On January 13, personnel from the Support Command to the Ecosystem and Environmental Management held a workshop on the prevention and control of forest fires in the municipality of Guaimaca, Francisco Morazán Department. Guaimaca is renowned for its natural resources and immense biodiversity, surrounded by two important natural reserves; but its forest areas are used by organized crime groups for illegal and indiscriminate logging, which harms the environment and increases the chances of forest fires. The tasks conducted by Soldiers are physically challenging. center_img Education is also an important component of the prevention effort. Working with communities Education is also an important component of the prevention effort. About 40 percent of forest cover, or 2.2 million hectares, are threatened every year by wildfires. The municipalities with the most forest fires are Central District, Puerto Lempira, Gualaco, Danli, Juticalpa, and Siguatepeque. As of June 2014, about 68 forest fires affected 81,506 hectares. Meanwhile deforestation rates in eastern Honduras had been on a slight decline until 2007. That year, organized crime groups in Mexico such as Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel significantly increased their operations in eastern Honduras, cutting down trees to build illegal landing strips for planes transporting drugs. Under the program, civilian residents are hired to protect forests from fires, while Military personnel fight blazes and maintain watersheds. The staffs of the Departments of Comayagua and El Paraíso have been fully trained, with a focus on educating the civilian population on how to prevent fires and maximize public safety. The forest protection initiative is designed to protect Honduras’ 5.4 million hectares of forest regions, which are home to an impressive amalgam of ecosystems, biodiversity, and scenic beauty. Foot patrols and technology As part of the prevention work, the Military forces are increasing reforestation in deforested and degraded areas through the production of 700,000 plants in nurseries. They also perform regular patrols of the areas and conduct fixed and mobile checkpoints aimed at curbing illegal logging and the timber trade, which could harm the environment and increase the chances of fires. The Ministries of Human Rights, Governance and Decentralization, and Employment as well as the Office of the Presidency also took part in the workshop. Meanwhile, the Secretary of National Defense, through the Armed Forces’ Support Command to the Ecosystem and Environmental Management, will assign staff to different municipalities to protect and conserve the forests, air quality, and water as well as to reduce the impact of climate change. For example, Military personnel in the Support Command to the Ecosystem and Environmental Management will focus their efforts on patrolling forest regions to check for discarded, lit cigarette butts, which are the primary cause of forest fires. In another educational effort on February 24, the ICF conducted a forest fire prevention workshop on the Chamba Comunitaria program. At least 40 mayors presented plans for forest protection and control of plagues with ICF Executive Director Misael León Carvajal. Attendees learned about the forest projects and the administrative procedures of the program. After that, the rate of forest loss in Honduras increased dramatically. Between 2007 and 2011, forest loss in environmentally sensitive areas in eastern Honduras increased nine-fold, from approximately 20 square kilometers in 2007 to approximately 180 square kilometers in 2011, according to the magazine Science. On January 13, personnel from the Support Command to the Ecosystem and Environmental Management held a workshop on the prevention and control of forest fires in the municipality of Guaimaca, Francisco Morazán Department. Guaimaca is renowned for its natural resources and immense biodiversity, surrounded by two important natural reserves; but its forest areas are used by organized crime groups for illegal and indiscriminate logging, which harms the environment and increases the chances of forest fires. Deforestation has increased as organized crime has risen Chamba Comunitaria will particularly benefit the municipalities most vulnerable to forest fires during the summer months, as determined by Honduras’ National Institute of Protected Forest Areas and Wildlife Conservation and Development (ICF), which has determined risk zones and prioritized prevention activities. Meanwhile deforestation rates in eastern Honduras had been on a slight decline until 2007. That year, organized crime groups in Mexico such as Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel significantly increased their operations in eastern Honduras, cutting down trees to build illegal landing strips for planes transporting drugs. Additionally, the government has also formed alliances and agreements with the nation’s cellular mobile carriers, facilitating forest monitoring towers where Military personnel are posted to sound the alarm and organize a prompt response to fires. About 40 percent of forest cover, or 2.2 million hectares, are threatened every year by wildfires. The municipalities with the most forest fires are Central District, Puerto Lempira, Gualaco, Danli, Juticalpa, and Siguatepeque. As of June 2014, about 68 forest fires affected 81,506 hectares. The armed forces are very clever After that, the rate of forest loss in Honduras increased dramatically. Between 2007 and 2011, forest loss in environmentally sensitive areas in eastern Honduras increased nine-fold, from approximately 20 square kilometers in 2007 to approximately 180 square kilometers in 2011, according to the magazine Science. As part of the prevention work, the Military forces are increasing reforestation in deforested and degraded areas through the production of 700,000 plants in nurseries. They also perform regular patrols of the areas and conduct fixed and mobile checkpoints aimed at curbing illegal logging and the timber trade, which could harm the environment and increase the chances of fires. The forest protection initiative is designed to protect Honduras’ 5.4 million hectares of forest regions, which are home to an impressive amalgam of ecosystems, biodiversity, and scenic beauty. last_img read more

The Latest: No new coronavirus positives at U of Virginia

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Virginia says no student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 since the last test results were announced a week ago, keeping the total at four since workouts resumed. The series also added a race in Europe. It will take place in November after the race in Valencia. The venue for the additional race is still to be announced.___Britain has reversed course and now says spectators will not be able to attend sporting events in England because the coronavirus infection rate is rising.Fans were due to attend horse racing, cricket and snooker in the coming days as part of pilot events but Prime Minister Boris Johnson says fans will no longer gather at sporting events until at least Aug. 15.They were initially approved to test procedures ahead of a planned wider re-opening of stadiums in October. The athletic department says it has conducted 480 tests, with 33 coming back positive. Anyone with a positive result must isolate themselves until further notice, and contact tracing measures are established. Anyone to be found in close contact with the person who tested positive also is quarantined until further notice.___Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Al Woods, who has played for five teams during his 10-year NFL career, is opting out of the 2020 season.The 33-year-old Woods signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal with Jacksonville in free agency. He played for Seattle in 2019. He also spent time with Indianapolis, Tennessee, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay since being drafted in the fourth round in 2010. He has 196 tackles and 5 ½ sacks.“The health and safety of my family has always been the most important thing in my life,” Woods said in a statement. “I love the game of football and will be rooting hard for my teammates this season, and I look forward to rejoining the Jaguars in 2021.” ___The Atlanta Falcons have placed defensive tackle Tyeler Davison and quarterback Danny Etling on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list. The team has put five players on the list since opening training camp. Previously, fullback Keith Smith, safety Jamal Carter and rookie safety Jaylinn Hawkins were placed on the list.Davison started in 12 of 16 games last season and set a career high with 55 tackles. Etling spent most of 2019 on the practice squad and is a candidate for the No. 3 spot behind Matt Ryan and Matt Schaub.___George Washington is discontinuing seven sports programs, three that compete at the NCAA level and four non-NCAA sports, as part of the university’s attempt to address an expected $200 million budget shortfall because of the coronavirus pandemic. The school says three of the positive tests results came in football, and none of the four positives has required hospitalization. In all, the school is testing 235 student-athletes in football, basketball, field hockey, soccer and volleyball.The individuals who have tested positive were required to self-isolate for at least 10 days, or until they are fever-free for three consecutive days, whichever is longer. Those known to have come into close contact with the individuals who tested positive have been asked to self-quarantine for at least 14 days.___North Carolina State reported two positive tests for the coronavirus among its latest wave of testing for athletes, coaches and staff.Athletics spokesman Fred Demarest tweeted the results Friday, noting the two positive results came from 280 tests administered since school’s last update from July 9. July 31, 2020 Perez says it is “one of the saddest days in my career” missing races “but it just shows how vulnerable we (are) to this virus.”The Mexican used a private jet to fly home and says he has no symptoms.The pandemic delayed the start of the season by more than three months.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports GW announced after this academic year it was cutting NCAA programs in men’s indoor track, men’s tennis and women’s water polo. The university also intends to eliminate men’s rowing, sailing, and men’s and women’s squash.George Washington competes in the Atlantic 10 in most sports. The schools said if the sports can be self-sustaining they would be supported at the club level.___The Pro Football Hall of Fame will be presenting “Road to the Super Bowl” in its theater, but with new protocols due to the coronavirus.The film recapping the Kansas City Chiefs’ first Super Bowl victory in a half-century is being shown on a 40-plus-foot screen with 15-channel surround sound and was specially created for the Hall’s Super Bowl Theater. The theater has a capacity of 44 viewers but will be limited to nine patrons per viewing. Masks are required throughout the hall per state of Ohio guidelines.center_img Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says he understands Woods’ decision.“We will fully support any of our players and coaches that choose to opt out this season,” Marrone said. “It is important for every individual to feel comfortable and to believe that they’re doing what’s right for themselves and their family. As an organization, we respect Al’s decision and are fully understanding.”___Three more MotoGP races have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.MotoGP says the races in Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia are off for this year. Associated Press That brings the Wolfpack to a total of seven positive results among 595 tests administered since the school began the process May 29, a positive rate of 1.2%.___Miami Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker has been placed on the NFL’s reserve-COVID-19 list.Defensive tackle Zach Sieler also went on the list. Cornerback Cordrea Tankersley and rookie long snapper Blake Ferguson were placed on the list earlier.Baker was a team captain last season, when he led Miami with 126 tackles. The Oval cricket stadium in London has been used as a test for fans returning in the last week.___Formula One driver Sergio Perez says he might have contracted the coronavirus during a trip to Mexico between races in Hungary and Britain.The Racing Point driver tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and will miss Sunday’s race at Silverstone and another the following week at the same track while in isolation.Perez says he was visiting his mother in Mexico after she was hospitalized following a “big accident.” Throughout the museum are 6-foot spacing markers, one-way flow signs, hand sanitizer stations, and styluses given to guests on entry so exhibits are “touchless” to guest hands. ___“This is one of the most anticipated updates to the Super Bowl Theater in many years,” Saleem Choudhry, vice president of museum exhibit/services says of the film. “The Chiefs Nation has been eagerly anticipating this new edition to the museum experience, and the final production does not disappoint.” ___Indiana University’s football team has resumed voluntary workouts after a two-week pause following six positive COVID-19 tests.The school’s medical advisory group approved the resumption of enhanced voluntary summer training. Players are now permitted to spend up to eight hours per week on strength training, six hours per week on meetings and film review, and six hours per week on walk-throughs. The Latest: No new coronavirus positives at U of Virginialast_img read more

eFootball.Pro award league media rights to Sportradar

first_imgeFootball.Pro and Sportradar have entered a partnership which will see Sportradar as “Official International Media Rights Distribution Partner”. eFootball.Pro will see a new esports competition launch together with KONAMI and is spearheaded by F.C. Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué. The multi-year deal between Sportradar and eFootball.Pro will see the former be the exclusive agency commercialising the live media rights for the new league’s matches, as well as distributing matchday previews and analysis, highlights, news, interviews, reports and other audiovisual content to provide the public with everything they need to know and understand about the new league. In addition, Sportradar will be in charge of production across all the content, including all the LAN matches. The details of the league and teams involved are yet to be announced but the release teases that offline matches will be played by “top-notch teams”. eFootball.Pro’s Managing Director Javier Alonso commented:  “We trust in the quality of the contents produced by Sportradar and its expertise to distribute them. We hope that we together will lay the foundations of the football esports’ future and bring the spectators a unique and exciting product”. Sportradar’s Director Media Rights Giuseppe Sampino added: “This league already has all the ingredients in place to ensure that it takes the world by storm. With the likes of Piqué involved as President and Founder, Sportradar are delighted to bring our pedigree in the international sports media space together with our existing esports credentials to the table. Fans as well as industry observers will be watching with keen interest as this league launches, flourishes and excites, and we cannot wait to be part of that evolution”. It’s the latest addition in a growing portfolio of esports deals for Sportradar, who add this to deals with PvPRO, Fortuna and ESL. The company will also be responsible for the distribution of “other esports events” that Esports Media Rights (“EMR”), the owner of eFootball.Pro organise. The release teases that EMR competitions will go beyond football esports, and details will be revealed soon.Esports Insider says: Big congratulations to our friends at Sportradar on another rights deal. This one with Gerard Piqué and co. Is it bad that we’re most intrigued by the tournaments “beyond football esports”? Exciting times ahead, undoubtedly.last_img read more