Stacy Davis is the new Sumner County Economic Development Director

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – The work of economic development can seem mysterious, and it is hard to measure what they do at times. But new Sumner County Economic Development director Stacy Davis is excited to take on the new challenge. She has been director since about August, and was the interim director after Janis Hellard left the position earlier this year.Davis began as an administrative assistant in 2014.She has been in administration, and was a hair dresser for more than 20 years.Davis and her family have lived off and on in Wellington since 1989, and moved back the last time in 2004. It is where she calls home now.“It has been wonderful,” she said of the job.  “It is a beast of its own, it is exciting and rewarding.”She is involved in all phases of economic development, and primarily with recruiting and retention of businesses in the area.Quality of life is a major concern too. Quality of life is a recruiting tool for business, and you have to have businesses to improve quality of life.The point is to create a more broad tax base – i.e. more taxpayers – so the burden of keeping quality services is spread out. It also makes it easier to address quality of life issues when you have new businesses.Often she cannot talk about ongoing negotiations that might make a business expand, or might bring in a new one, so it is hard for the public to see what she does.But she could talk about a recent development involving Cowley College, which is based in Arkansas City. The county’s economic development group has been in discussions with Cowley College to “increase its footprint in Sumner County.”  This means the college may offer some classes to help train people to work in local industries.She said they are just in the preliminary stages, but she is happy about what has developed so far.This is just one part of what could result in growth in Sumner County. In recent years there has a been a decrease in population, and she hopes to help reverse that trend.There needs to be more quality housing and there needs to be more businesses. It is hard to get new businesses to come in when there is not adequate housing for employees, she said.“I would like to see all the communities in the county start to grow again,” she said.Davis said she has also been pleased that she has been able to work well with the city of Wellington. The city recently rejoined the group and will be more active in this area.Davis is married and has five children, and one grandchild.So far she said her job has been a positive experience.“I like that we are all able to see how everything affects the entire county,” she said.She is also involved in the campaign to try to get Mrs. Salter, the Argonia Mayor who was the first female mayor in the nation, to put on the new $10 bill. There is a website where you can vote and suggest the idea. She said she does that every day.She is also excited about the activities that will be happening in 2017 with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.That is a three-state celebration that has already started, and Wellington will be a part of that as the Chisholm Trail went through Sumner County and close to Wellington.While people may complain about how the area is fading economically, and with population, Davis hopes to turn that tide into a positive and restore growth to the area.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? 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Rangers prospect K’Andre Miller faced racial slurs on video chat with fans

first_imgUSA Hockey and Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba voiced their support for Miller on Twitter.We support K’Andre Miller, an incredible leader, teammate, friend & person.Racial & derogatory slurs have absolutely no place in the game or society.— USA Hockey (@usahockey) April 4, 2020What happened today was inexcusable and cowardly. Racism has no place in the hockey community or the world. @kandre_miller we are excited to have you as a part of the @NYRangers and I look forward to having you as a teammate.— Jacob Trouba (@JacobTrouba) April 4, 2020Zoom has gained popularity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as a way for people to communicate, but “Zoom bombing” has also been on the rise with many hackers invading chats.Miller, a defenseman, signed with the Rangers after tallying 18 points in 36 games for the University of Wisconsin last season and was a member of the U.S. team at the World Junior Championship teams in 2019 and 2020. In a statement, the team said: “We held an online video chat with fans and New York Rangers prospect K’Andre Miller, during which a vile individual hijacked the chat to post racial slurs, which we disabled as soon as possible. We were incredibly appalled by this behavior, which has no place online, on the ice, or anywhere, and we are investigating the matter.”The NHL also released a statement saying: “The National Hockey League is appalled that a video call arranged today by the New York Rangers to introduce their fans to one of the league’s incoming stars, K’Andre Miller, was hacked with racist, cowardly taunts. The person who committed this despicable act is in no way an NHL fan and is not welcome in the community.”No one deserves to be subjected to such ugly treatment and it will not be tolerated in our league. We join the Rangers in condemning this disgusting behavior.” New York Rangers prospect K’Andre Miller was repeatedly called a racial slur during a Zoom chat with fans Friday.The team had set up a Q&A with its 2018 first-round pick, who signed an entry-level contract last month. As the Zoom chat was proceeding, someone pasted the slurs on the screen multiple times in succession. (WARNING: The slurs are visible in the linked content.)last_img read more

Brazil’s new deforestation numbers confirm the “Bolsonaro Effect” despite denials (commentary)

first_imgArticle published by Rhett Butler 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 Amazon Destruction, Amazon Rainforest, Commentary, Conservation, Deforestation, Editorials, Environment, Forest Destruction, Forests, Green, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Remote Sensing, Satellite Imagery, Threats To Rainforests, Threats To The Amazon, Tropical Deforestation, Tropical Forests center_img Just released preliminary figures for “2019” Brazilian Amazon deforestation (covering the August 2018-July 2019 period) show a 29.5 percent increase over the previous year, with 9,762 square kilometers (3,769 square miles) cleared, more than double the rate when Brazil’s famous deforestation decline ended in 2012.Despite this deforestation surge, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro government claims the increase is not unusual and equivalent to high deforestation rates seen several times since 2012. However, critics point to the administration’s rhetoric and environmental deregulation as part of the “Bolsonaro Effect,” leading to rampant deforestation.The government’s assertion of innocence fails to note that the new data only covers through July. In August 2019 the deforestation rate was 222 percent above the 2018 value; in September it ran 96 percent higher. The full “Bolsonaro effect” on deforestation won’t be on view until the complete “2020” numbers are released next November.To date, the administration has done nothing to change its inflammatory rhetoric or its anti-environmental polices, so there is every reason to expect that Brazilian deforestation levels will continue to soar. This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. INPE data showing deforestation within an August 1-July 31 timeframe. 2019 thus reflects the 12 months ending July 31 and doesn’t include deforestation from August through October. Image by Mongabay using INPE data.On November 18th the Brazilian government released a preliminary figure for “2019” Amazon deforestation — the August 2018-July 2019 period — showing a 29.5 percent increase over the previous year. A total of 9,762 square kilometers (3,769 square miles) was cleared in this period, more than double the rate when Brazil’s famous deforestation decline ended in 2012.The announcement was made jointly by the Brazilian ministers of science and technology and of environment, with the latter claiming that the numbers indicate that the Jair Bolsonaro presidential administration that came into office in January 2019 has not resulted in an increase in clearing rates. His argument was that this year’s increase is just part of the upward trend that has held since the low point in 2012.Unfortunately, the 2019 deforestation surge can definitely be blamed on the Bolsonaro administration, despite the changes in deforestation rate since 2012 having approached the percentage increase seen this year twice (in 2013 and 2016).Although this year’s percentage increase is only slightly higher than those in the two years with similar percentages, it should be remembered that the PRODES data released on November 18, 2019 only cover the year through July 31st. However, the deforestation rate in the succeeding months has exploded to levels far above those for the same months in the previous year: in August 2019 the deforestation rate was 222 percent above the 2018 value, and the September value was 96 percent higher. As a result, this part of the “Bolsonaro effect” will only be reflected in the data from the PRODES program of the National Institute of Space Research (INPE) when the “2020” numbers are released a year from now.Deforestation for the August 1-October 31 period in 2019 is pacing well ahead of the historic norm for the period. Image by Mongabay using INPE data.Deforestation for the January 1-October 31 period in 2019 is pacing well ahead of the historic norm for the period. Bolsonaro took office in January 2019. Image by Mongabay using INPE data.The surge of deforestation and burning is the result both of the constant anti-environmental rhetoric and of concrete actions in dismantling the country’s environmental agencies and effectively halting fines for illegal clearing. The rhetoric and institutional setbacks have been documented in detail in a paper published in Environmental Conservation.The discourse of the president and his minister of environment repeatedly suggest that environmental laws can be violated with impunity. A clear message was sent that there will be no consequences for such violations when the ministers of environment and agriculture visited an illegal soy plantation in an indigenous area in Mato Grosso, where they posed for photographs with the machinery and praised the operation.People at the deforestation frontier do not follow the publication of decrees and laws in the government’s official gazette or read the details of legal changes reported in major newspapers. Instead, their information comes from social media that rapidly spreads the news of each inflamed tirade by the president and his ministers against the government’s environmental agencies and against environmentalists and environmental NGOs. It is the climate generated by this discourse that influences behavior. This year, many people caught red-handed violating environmental laws responded immediately that the president has “liberated” everything.Deforestation has risen since 2012 due to the continual increase in forces driving forest loss, such as new and improved roads giving access to the forest, more population and more investment. The indirect effect of soy expansion has undoubtedly played an important role, with soy planters purchasing many cattle ranches in Mato Grosso state, including ranches in the Cerrado savanna in addition to those in former Amazon forest. These ranchers use the money from the land sales to then buy much cheaper land in Amazon forest farther north, especially in the state of Pará, where they clear forest on a large scale to establish new ranches. Pará has been the biggest contributor to deforestation since 2006, when it surpassed Mato Grosso as the champion deforester.Accumulated deforestation from August 1, 2013 through July 31, 2019 for the Brazilian Amazon. Image by Mongabay using INPE data.Prospects for 2020 are grim. The PRODES data for the nominal year “2020” will include the deforestation that has already occurred from August 2019 onward, which now totals 3,929 square kilometers (1,517 square miles) based on the DETER monitoring system. (The official total to be produced by the PRODES system will be even higher, since the DETER system misses some of the clearing.)The rainy season has now begun, but when the dry season comes again in 2020 one can expect another surge in deforestation. Nothing has changed in the presidential administration’s discourse, and the dismantling of the country’s environmental institutions continues. Various planned roads, dams and other projects in Amazonia imply more deforestation.Banner image: The Amazon rainforest on fire in August 2019. Most Amazon fires are intentionally set, often to clear new lands for cattle and crops. Image courtesy of Greenpeace.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

Tuna supply chains under scrutiny as Bumble Bee brand changes hands

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 Last month, Taiwan-based Fong Chun Formosa Fishery Company (FCF), one of the top three global tuna traders, bought U.S. canned-tuna brand Bumble Bee Foods for $928 million.The acquisition will significantly boost FCF’s economic clout and give it a public face through the sale of Bumble Bee products.FCF president Max Chou emphasized the companies’ mutual “commitment to sustainability and global fisheries conservation.”But differing definitions of what constitutes sustainability in the complex tuna industry, as well as concerns over workers’ rights, suggest there’s work to do to build confidence in the environmental and ethical pedigree of the cutely cartooned tuna cans on supermarket shelves. On Jan. 31, Taiwan-based Fong Chun Formosa Fishery Company (FCF), one of the top three global tuna traders, bought U.S. canned-tuna brand Bumble Bee Foods for $928 million.Bumble Bee, a 120-year-old business that holds a 22% share of the U.S.’s shelf-stable seafood market, declared bankruptcy late last year after pleading guilty to price-fixing alongside two other canned-tuna giants, StarKist and Chicken of the Sea.FCF has supplied Bumble Bee with tuna for the past three decades. The acquisition will significantly boost the company’s economic clout, and will also give it a public face through the sale of Bumble Bee products.In a statement following the sale, FCF president Max Chou emphasized the companies’ mutual “commitment to sustainability and global fisheries conservation.” But differing definitions of what constitutes sustainability in the complex tuna industry, as well as concerns over workers’ rights on distant-water fishing vessels, suggest there’s work to do to build confidence in the environmental and ethical pedigree of the cutely cartooned tuna cans on supermarket shelves.What does responsibility look like?Global tuna supply chains can be difficult to unravel: there are “a lot of layers of complexity” to the industry, Chris Anderson, a fisheries economist at the University of Washington, told Mongabay. Tuna are highly migratory, deep-ocean fish, “so there’s no one country that can possibly be in charge of ensuring [their] sustainability, because the individual animals swim throughout large regions of the ocean, and enter into the EEZ [exclusive economic zone] of many countries, and spend a lot of time where in fact nobody’s in charge,” he said. “So that makes it difficult on the regulatory side. It can also make them difficult to count.”In recent years, governments and industry and civil society groups have made concerted efforts to improve how they manage the world’s tuna stocks. Many canned-tuna brands now offer nods to sustainability on their packaging, though their claims often require scrutiny: “wild-caught,” for instance, means little in an industry in which very few fish are actually farmed.At face value, Bumble Bee’s sustainability credentials look robust. There’s a “Trace My Catch” page on its website, where customers can track the origin of every can of tuna, including the species, region, vessel and fishing technique used. The company is also a founding member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), a global partnership between scientists, tuna processors and the international conservation NGO WWF.Even so, the NGO Greenpeace’s 2017 Tuna Shopping Guide gave Bumble Bee a failing grade for its sustainability and ethics, ranking the company 17th out of 20 well-known brands in the U.S. market. While it lauded Bumble Bee for its transparency via its catch-tracing website and its creation of a separate sustainable brand called Wild Selections, it criticized the company’s failure to provide any “responsibly caught” options under its flagship brand. Greenpeace defines “responsibly caught” as using methods that target mature tuna and limit bycatch, such as pole-and-line and trolling.Phillipine purse seine fishing. Image courtesy of Greenpeace.Bumble Bee gets its skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) from purse seiners, which enclose all the fish in an area in a large net that’s drawn tight at the top and bottom. When used in conjunction with fish-aggregating devices (FADs), the nets catch large numbers of juvenile fish and considerable bycatch of other species. The company’s albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga) comes from longliners, which also yield a lot of bycatch, including seabirds, sharks, turtles and dolphins. In fact, U.S. consumers last year brought lawsuits against Bumble Bee, StarKist and Chicken of the Sea for falsely labeling their products as “Dolphin Safe” despite using the above techniques, which are known to harm and kill dolphins.Greenpeace has also critiqued the validity of the ISSF as an industry front designed to protect companies from criticism on environmental and employment issues. However, Anderson said the ISSF has “done a pretty good job of … providing some industry pressure to do good science-based management of the stocks that they depend on. These people have plants that cost tens of millions of dollars to build, and they’ve got boats that are worth tens of millions of dollars — they want to be able to use these to make money catching and selling fish for the long term.”Anderson also said the skipjack and albacore stocks that Bumble Bee sources its fish from “are in good shape.”. He added that while FADs accumulate a higher proportion of bycatch than other methods, they make fishing trips very efficient. “The tradeoff presented by FADs is that you catch some other stuff, because there’s no single-species fish-attracting device,” he said, “but it saves a lot of fuel.”Anderson also said that the environmental impacts of tuna harvest are relatively low compared with many other protein sources. “If somebody is concerned about sustainability, and they’re looking at a can of tuna or a hamburger, there’s a very clear environmental choice, right?” he said. “The way that most of the tuna is caught, the fish stocks are sustainable and the carbon footprints are pretty low; it’s really among the more environmentally sustainable choices you can make.”Doubts over dataLisa Tsai, the East Asia lead for Greenpeace’s ocean campaign, told Mongabay the general lack of transparency in the industry calls into question the idea that tuna — and bycatch — is actually being taken out of the ocean at sustainable levels. She said Greenpeace has been pushing FCF and other tuna traders to make their catch and bycatch data public, “so that not only the authorities but also the academics will be able to do more studies to assess this situation.”Tsai also said that longliners benefit from monitoring loopholes. While all purse seiners in the Pacific are required to carry observers who check compliance with sustainability requirements, only 5% of longliners are required to do so. Longliners are also allowed to offload their catch to other vessels at sea, a practice known as transshipment, rather than returning to port to do so. “So it’s really hard to monitor what’s happening,” she said. “We should either increase observer coverage efficiently, or limit the time of these fishing vessels at sea, or ban transhipment at sea.”Greenpeace is not the only organization concerned about the lack of monitoring. In a June 2019 statement, 13 environmental NGOs, including Greenpeace and the ISSF, called for the world’s regional fisheries management organizations, international bodies that manage fish stocks in particular areas, to require observer coverage on all industrial tuna-fishing vessels.Bumble Bee and FCF are currently involved in a fishery improvement project (FIP) — a multi-stakeholder effort to improve the sustainability of a fishery — for longliners in the western and central Pacific Ocean. The project aims to increase observer coverage to 100% in five years’ time. FCF offers two FAD-free tuna programs, one of which is also certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The company also has a sustainability policy that emphasizes traceability and meeting international standards, though it’s somewhat light on specifics.Frozen albacore tuna (Thunnus alalonga) on fishing boat in Pacific Ocean. Image courtesy of Greenpeace.Human rights on the high seasTsai said she’s concerned that the FIP is too slow-moving, and that while observers will be tasked with monitoring fishing data and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, they won’t track labor conditions. In December 2019, a Greenpeace report exposed inhumane conditions for migrant workers on distant-water fishing vessels operating out of Taiwan — including some that supply FCF.Taiwan has different labor regulations for inshore and distant-water vessels. Many workers on distant-water vessels are migrants, and the regulation to protect them “is relatively weak,” Tsai said. The report authors found that agents who recruit workers often took large cuts of the wages they’d promised, and sometimes the money disappeared entirely. Once at sea, many workers reported being subjected to abuse, neglect, overwork, and denial of access to urgent medical care, which has resulted in a number of deaths.An FCF spokesperson declined to comment on questions from Mongabay. In a statement responding to an earlier (2018) Greenpeace report on the issue, FCF president Chou said that the human rights abuses referred to had already been addressed and that the company requires its fleet to meet social responsibility requirements and is committed to “ensuring respect for all fishing laborers.” However, he also acknowledged “considerable challenges related to our supply chains and eclectic providers.”Given FCF’s long-standing supplier relationship with Bumble Bee, and the monitoring challenges she outlined, Tsai said there’s a good chance that Bumble Bee consumers have already unwittingly consumed tuna that’s been caught using forced labor — thus contravening U.S. import laws. “These seafood giants like FCF and Thai Union need to have clear policies to deter these practices,” she said. “And that should apply to their whole supply chain.”Shoaling skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis). Image by Tomas Kotouc.Monica Evans is a freelance writer based in Aotearoa, New Zealand, who specializes in environmental and community development issues. She has a master’s degree in development studies from Victoria University of Wellington. Find her at monicaevans.org.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Rebecca Kesslercenter_img Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporations, Environment, Environmental Policy, Fish, Fisheries, Fishing, Forced labor, Human Rights, Marine, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Oceans, Overfishing, Saltwater Fish, Sustainability, Tuna last_img read more

Upset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)

first_imgSatellites reveal the true story of the 2019 Brazilian Amazon fires, and how to avoid a repeat in 2020.The common media narrative, and resulting public perception, is that large uncontrolled fires were raging through the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, causing vast destruction and deforestation. Subsequent analysis of extensive satellite imagery archives, however, has quietly revealed the opposite scenario: many of the fires were actually burning the remains of areas that were recently deforested.That is, the recent deforestation surge fueled the 2019 Brazilian Amazon fires. The fires were in fact a lagging indicator of recent deforestation. Such information provides a much more focused target for the world’s outcry and related policy actions than just focusing on the fires alone.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. The recent fires in Australia bring flashbacks of last August in the Brazilian Amazon, when news of massive blazes also captured the world’s attention (and for many, provoked intense concern and rage). Although the Amazon fires are currently out of the headlines, now is actually a critical time to understand what happened in order to avoid a repeat of the crisis in 2020.A key piece to the drama is that several months after the fires, Brazil was in the news again with the release of new data showing escalating deforestation in the Amazon. Critically, however, few have made the key connection between the fire and deforestation stories.The common media narrative, and resulting public perception, is that large uncontrolled fires were raging through the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, causing vast destruction and deforestation. Subsequent analysis of extensive satellite imagery archives, however, has quietly revealed the opposite scenario: many of the fires were actually burning the remains of areas that were recently deforested.Specifically, extensive analysis of a large archive of high-resolution satellite images spanning the last three years (obtained from Planet, the company with the largest active fleet of Earth-imaging satellites) unequivocally showed that fires burned over 1.1 million acres that were recently deforested since 2017. Moreover, two-thirds of this burned area was very recently deforested in just the five months preceding August 2019.Base Map. Brazilian Amazon 2019. Click for larger size. Data: UMD/GLAD, NASA (MODIS), DETER, Hansen/UMD/Google/USGS/NASA. Credit: MAAP.This surprising and novel result flips the script on the common “raging fires” narrative and instead shows a deeper link between the fire and deforestation stories. That is, the recent deforestation surge fueled the 2019 Brazilian Amazon fires. The fires were in fact a lagging indicator of recent deforestation.Mongabay covered the story last September and November, but unfortunately this critical finding has not gone mainstream. This is unfortunate because of the significant policy implications: local, national, and international focus needs to be on minimizing new deforestation in order to prevent fires, in addition to continuing to strengthen fire prevention efforts across the Amazon.Recent news reports indicate that the leading deforestation driver in the Brazilian Amazon area affected by the fires is cattle ranching. Indeed, one of the most shocking things about the widespread nature of the fires is how the greatest rainforest on Earth has been transformed to a massive agricultural complex.Such information provides a much more focused target for the world’s outcry and related policy actions than just focusing on the fires alone.As we start the new year, let’s take this opportunity to learn from what the satellites have revealed about last year. Most importantly, let’s focus on how to minimize deforestation now to avoid a repeat of an Amazon fire crisis in August 2020.A common scenario of the August 2019 Brazilian Amazon fires: burning recently deforested areas. Data: Planet. Credit: MAAP.Dr. Matt Finer is Senior Research Specialist and Director of the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) at Amazon Conservation.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Mike Gaworecki 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 notSponsoredSponsoredCoke 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 overSponsoredcenter_img Agriculture, Amazon, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Destruction, Amazon Rainforest, Cattle Ranching, Commentary, Deforestation, Editorials, Environment, Forest Fires, Megafires, Rainforest Agriculture, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Researcher Perspective Series, Saving Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Threats To The Amazon, wildfires last_img read more

[Roud Léiwen] Sinani retrouvera de bons souvenirs au stade de Nicosie

first_img Partager Les Roud Léiwen affronteront la sélection chypriote en match amical le jeudi 26 mars au GSP Stadium de Nicosie, a informé la FLF mardi.Le stade en question, c’est là où le F91 Dudelange avait battu l’Apoel Nicosie lors du premier match de la phase de groupes de l’Europa League (3-4), en septembre dernier, avec un Danel Sinani en feu et qui retrouvera sûrement l’endroit avec plaisir.L’enceinte est par ailleurs la plus grande de Chypre, avec une capacité de près de 23 000 spectateurs. L’heure du coup d’envoi de cette rencontre amicale sera définie à une date ultérieure, précise la FLF.LQlast_img read more

Ellen Promises Sustained Decentralization

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the over-centralization of decision making is a major cause for the slow pace of development in the country.She said the government will exert every effort to ensure that total decentralization of government’s decisions is achieved.Liberia News Agency (LINA) Margibi County Correspondent said President Sirleaf made the statement over the weekend in Kakata, Margibi County, when she dedicated the Margibi County Service Center (MCSC).She also observed that having realized the over-centralization of government’s functions, her administration has now embarked on the decentralization process by opening more county service centers.“Government’s decentralization program started when the Governance Commission Chairman, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, initiated the process, which has today come to fruition.”Dr. Amos Sawyer and his colleagues have been the major driving force behind the decentralization program and therefore the government must recognize them “for their tireless efforts,” said the President.She said the program consists of economic, political and administrative components and other essential elements that will ensure that government is brought to the doorsteps of the people.President Sirleaf also mentioned that the program started with the County Development Fund (CDF) and the Social Development Fund (SDF), which enable each county to receive direct budgetary support to their County Development Agenda (CDA) as well as the social development drives.She said in furtherance of the exercise, a draft of the Local Government Act has been submitted to the National Legislature for enactment into law, which will make way for the decentralization of government activities.Further, President Sirleaf said due to the significant nature of the Decentralization Program, it is only implementing the de-concentration component of the program pending the enactment into law of the Local Government Act before the National Legislature.She called on Margibians to take advantage of the Service Center and utilize it for their own good, adding, “You must take ownership of the center and avoid those vices that have the tendency to spoil it.”She also seized the opportunity to commend the European Union (EU) and the Kingdom of Sweden for their total commitment and support, which is making the Decentralization Program a reality.Making remarks, the Swedish State Secretary for International Development Cooperation, Ms. Ulrika Modeer, described decentralization as a very good form of governance.Madam Modeer said that the Swedish Government has approved 158 million euros for Liberia for the next five years.She said of the amount, a significant portion will go towards supporting government’s decentralization programs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

REF’S DECISION ROBS ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE IN MacRORY CUP BATTLE

first_imgSt Patrick’s Cavan 1-12 St Eunan’s Letterkenny 1-9 A GOAL in the 40th minute sorted out the first points of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup league in Drumragh, but it was a referee decision which swung this tie in favour of St Patrick’s.The goal came from a good move from Cavan with substitute Shane Fortune playing a super ball in for Brian Sheanon to shoot to the net from close range. After it however, Cavan seemed to lose their way a little and St Eunan’s came back to within a point with two minutes remaining.The Donegal lads then had an opportunity to score an equaliser from a free but, according to the referee took too long over it.He then threw the ball in, Cavan broke and Paul Leddy found the range. With Pearse Smyth adding another point in injury time, the Donegal boys were left disappointed.The star of the show from a Cavan point of view was Thomas Edward Donohue with three excellent first half points and another after the break. Those first half efforts came in response to a goal from Caolan McDaid in the 14th minute and helped Cavan edge ahead 0-6 to 1-2 at the break.David Tyrell tied the scores with a free on the resumption, only for Sheanon’s goal to split them again. Despite Tyrell’s accuracy from frees – he bagged six over the hour – it was to be a turnover from one apparently not taken quickly enough that ultimately denied his team a share of the spoils.St Patrick’s Cavan : Brian Sheanon 1-1, Thomas Edward Donohue 0-4, Ben Conaty 0-2, Thomas Galligan 0-1, Barry McKernan 0-1 free, Dara Kennedy 0-1, Paul Leddy 0-1, Pearse Smyth 0-1.St Eunan’s : Caolan McDaid 1-1, David Tyrell 0-6 frees, Michael Millan 0-1, Rory Carr 0-1. REF’S DECISION ROBS ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE IN MacRORY CUP BATTLE was last modified: October 9th, 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:MacRory CupSt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

10 incredible animal species discovered in 2017

first_imgScience has identified some 2 million species of plants, animals and microbes on Earth; however, there are millions more left to discover. New species are constantly discovered and described, some of them weirder than the last.Read below for a list of 10 new species that have been discovered in 2017:1. NyctibatrachusSeven new frog species were discovered in the Western Ghats of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.The new frog species belong to the genus Nyctibatrachus, commonly known as Night Frogs. Out of the seven newly discovered frog species, four are miniature-sized species, which can comfortably sit on a coin or a thumb-nail and are among the smallest known frogs in the world, Prof S D Biju, who led the new study team said in a release, according to PTI.  Read:  Thumb-nail sized frogs along with 6 other species discovered in Western Ghats2. Neopalpa donaldtrumpiA new moth species was found in parts of California and Baja, Mexico.Donald Trump was gearing up for the inauguration ceremony for taking the oath to be sworn in as the President of the United States, when the species was discovered. The moth was named Neopalpa donaldtrumpi because of his yellowish crown. Dr Vazrick Nazari, the evolutionary biologist who discovered the moth, said he chose the name to bring awareness to conservation challenges of the species of moths.Read: New moth species named after Donald Trump3. Arcella gandalfiFound in Brazil, a new species of amoeba has funnel shaped shells that have a striking resemblance to a wizard’s hat.advertisementIt has been given the name Arcella gandalfi, after the wizard Gandalf from The Lord of Rings, a series of novel by JRR Tolkien. “New amoeba species are very rarely discovered because they’re so tiny and not widely studied,” said Daniel J G Lahr, professor at University of Sao Paulo, according to PTI. The researchers say that the camoebians are among the 30-45 lineages of amoebae, which are known to exist worldwide. During their evolution, they developed the ability to produce differently shaped outer carapace or shell to protect themselves.Read: Newly discovered Amoeba species named after wizard’s hat 4. Nettorhamphos radula A new clingfish species was found in a specimen jar from the 1970s in the collection of the Western Australian Museum in Welshpool, Australia.Nettorhamphos radula is a tiny translucent fish, just a few inches long but holds between 1,800 and 2,300 teeth in its duckbill-like mouth. No one has ever seen N. radula in the wild. What the team found, and reported April 14 in the journal Copeia, was not an average clingfish. It has about 10 times as many teeth as other clingfish, all of which are cone-shaped and point inward, toward the fish’s throat. This may suggest that the teeth are used for gripping.The fish also has a wide upper jaw. All these features call for a new genus, and not just a species, since this fauna is pretty-well studied but this species has many unique characteristics.5. Synalpheus pinkfloydi  A new species of pistol shrimp- small, burrowing crustaceans with one oversize claw was discovered in waters off the Pacific coast of Panama. The researchers who described the shrimp proposed a name for the new species that is inspired by the English rock band Pink Floyd, who just happened to be the scientists’ favourite band. Therefore, the species was named Synalpheus pinkfloydi. The crustacean sports a large snapping claw colored a brilliant pink, which provoked the researchers’ name choice. 6. Hydrolagus erithacus  A new ghost shark species with bucktooth was discovered in the region between South Africa and Antarctica in the southeastern Atlantic and southwestern Indian Oceans. This is the 50th ghost shark species known to science and is the second largest species of ghost sharks ever discovered!This previously unknown ghost shark has rabbit-like teeth and a bulky head, and is nearly three feet in length. 7. Avicularia avicularia  Three new species of massive, furry “bird-eater” spiders have been discovered, named Avicularia avicularia. The genus was first described in 1818, and they narrowed the number of species from 50 to 12, including these three species that hadn’t been discovered before. The three species were quite different from each other, but didn’t fit in any other genus. Therefore, the researchers named them also in the Avicularia genus.One, A. caei, is found only in Brazil. Another, A. lynnae, can be found in Ecuador and Peru. A. merianae, found only in Peru, was given its name in honor of Maria Sibylla Merian, a naturalist born in 1647 who famously painted an illustration of an Avicularia spider eating a bird.advertisement 8. Phanuromyia odo, Phanuromyia pauper, Phanuromyiaprinceps, corys, cranos, cudo, galeata and hjalmr Image source: phys.org A group of wasps with a horrific lifestyle has gained 15 new members. These newborns make a habit of laying their eggs in developing insects. Once a wasp baby emerges, it consumes its slushy host from the inside out.All of these species, which are mostly inhabitants of the neotropical region, which includes the tropical regions of North America, Central America and South America, have been named to match their strange lifestyle and appearances.One of the species is now called Phanuromyia odo after the character Odo, a shape-shifting changeling in the sci-fi television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Though this species does not change its shape, but it does sport a range of variable features– so much so that the scientists thought that they were dealing with two different species.The name of another wasp, Phanuromyia pauper, was inspired by Mark Twain’s ‘The Prince and the Pauper’, indicating that the wasp lacks so-called longitudinal costae, or sculpturing in the surface of the insect’s outer skeleton, at the base of the largest part of its abdomen.Scientists have also found a “prince” for this pauper wasp. Phanuromyiaprinceps, whose species name was inspired by Twain’s prince character, looks similar to P. pauper, except this species shows sculpturing — tiny punctures that form a curved chevron shape on its abdomen.Five of the new wasps were given species names — corys, cranos, cudo, galeata and hjalmr – that mean “helmet” in other languages (two from Greek words, two Latin and one Old Norse), referring to the insects’ big heads. 9. Harryplax severus  Named after Harry Potter wizards, this newfound crab was unearthed while digging along the shores of Guam, a US territory located in the western Pacific Ocean by late Harry Conley, an ex-Marine turned researcher.Researchers have identified it as a new genus twenty years after the discovery. Coincidentally, the scientists, one of them a self-proclaimed “Potterhead” seized the opportunity to name the undescribed critter Harryplax severus, after Harry Conley and JK Rowling’s character, Harry Potter.The crab is tiny, just 0.3 by 0.2 inches, and was found about 6.5 feet (2 meters) below the water’s surface during a low tide in 1998.Researchers state that they named it after Harry Potter because the wizard’s magical abilities aren’t too different from Conley’s talent for finding rare or new species, and that Conley’s work has “substantially advanced the cause of marine science,” they wrote in the study.Harryplax severus lives at deep depths, but has adapted to its environment by evolving to have small eyes, well-developed antennae and long, slender legs, the researchers said. 10. Hoolock gibbon  A new gibbon species was discovered in southwest Asia, and scientists have named it for the famous Star Wars character, Hoolock gibbon. This new name is connected both to the high tree-top home and the ideas around the primate in the Chinese history.The primate joins two other species in the genus of hoolock gibbons: the western (Hoolock hoolock) and eastern hoolock (H. leuconedys) gibbons, which are geographically divided by the Chindwin River.advertisementIn studying the genetic characteristics of wild gibbons and museum specimens, the researchers defined apparent differences between the Skywalker hoolock and H. leuconedys. For instance, the Skywalker gibbons’ eyebrows are thinner and farther apart, and the shape of their skulls and teeth differentiate them from the other hoolock gibbons. Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Daily Mullets (December 4)

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The sun came up. OSU will find out its bowl today.Not going deepJohn Helsley on Mike & Mike not taking more shots.There was a reference to OU’s defensive approach, with safeties playing deep, although such looks didn’t discourage all the other teams the Sooners faced from firing away. “It’s not up to me,” said Rudolph, who admitted that the wet ball, which was wetter when the Cowboys opted for a fast tempo, was an issue. “I tried to execute the plays that were called. “Do I wish that we could have gone deep more? Yeah, I probably do. But there were plenty of plays I could have executed to put us in better positions.” [NewsOK]I thought about this last night, and I was probably a little harsh on Rudolph yesterday in my 10 Thoughts. Not that he doesn’t deserve blame (because he does), but just that the OSU staff should have called more deep shots. That is unforgivable, especially against that secondary. Especially when it was working!This one was different for OUThis one ended with Steven Parker diving across soaked Owen Field like he’d just scored a goal in the Premier League. With Baker Mayfield running a victory lap. With Jarvis Baxter turning back flips. With coaches’ wives dancing with their husbands, and Joe Mixon dancing with kids who had spilled out of the student section.The Sooners got to celebrate their 38-20 victory over Oklahoma State and their latest league title not at Arrowhead Stadium or the Alamodome or Jerry World, but right here at home. It was the “what” that made this different than the rest. [Tulsa World]Don’t they all just sort of run together at some point?More on Gundy’s conservative effortsBill Haisten goes in on Gundy as well.This had been a fully loaded, streaking and seemingly confident Oklahoma State football team, coached by a man presumably starving for success against his archrival, so I expected to see maximum effort from the Cowboys and a Bedlam shootout. Instead, during Saturday’s rain-soaked first half, Mike Gundy and the Cowboys were conservative when they could have been aggressive. [Tulsa World]It’s difficult to reach any other conclusion than the one Berry and Bill reached.In Defense (?) of GundyThis will stun you, but Robert Allen defends Gundy’s pre-halftime decision.At the end of the half, Gundy let the clock run out instead of using his final time-out after Sanders had the kickoff return to the 50. I have no problem, it was a long shot at best and without a time-out it would have been hard to get even a field goal out of it. I wouldn’t have trusted Rudolph on a throw to the end zone at that point. However, at the end of the day, you’d probably like to have it back. I just think it was a long shot.  [Go Pokes]The point is not whether you would have gotten it. It was a 1 in a 100 chance. The point is what not even trying said to your team.Gundy goes softWhooo boy, Berry Tramel agrees with what I wrote on Saturday that Gundy’s big miss was the pre-halftime shot he didn’t take.OU won the Big 12 title with a 38-20 victory Saturday that was decided in the few minutes before and after intermission, when the man with the bold hair coached with the flair of a 1954 crewcut. Gundy, quite often a comparative daredevil, tensed up against the Sooners, which long has been the claims of OSU loyalists. I don’t know if that’s fair. It was more than fair Saturday. It was bedrock truth. [NewsOK]Check.Mayfield won BedlamThis is true. OU won because they had the best player on the field on Saturday (and it wasn’t Joe Mixon).With the Big 12 title on the line, Oklahoma lost one Heisman contender to an injury. Fortunately for the Sooners, they had another. By toppling the Cowboys, the Sooners became the first Big 12 team in seven years to run the table in conference play. [ESPN]The lone bright spotJustice Hill and Chris Carson rocked.One of the reasons for optimism going into this game for Oklahoma State was the suddenly surging rushing attack. While they didn’t get the victory, it was not for lack of a successful run game. Justice Hill had a big day, gaining 99 yards on 16 carries, while forcing four missed tackles. Chris Carson was just as good, gaining 91 yards on 12 carries while scoring a touchdown and forcing a missed tackle. Overall the Cowboys averaged 6.4 yards per rush and if they had gotten a little more out of their passing game this might have been a completely different game. [PFF]It’s weird to think that it was OSU’s passing game and not its running game that was the Bedlam downfall this year. Can you imagine telling yourself that in September?Riley says Mayfield played best game everOf course it came in Bedlam with the Big 12 title on the line.In a high-stakes game on a bad-weather day, he was stupendous. He was 13 of 19 for 288 yards and three touchdowns, and two of his biggest throws, a 67-yarder to Dimitri Flowers and a 42-yarder to Jeffery Mead, didn’t even result in touchdowns.”It’s the best I’ve seen him play,” Sooner offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said. “Easily.” [NewsOK]Still my personal hell. Also, murder me..@TheOklahoman Bedlam sports cover – Baker Mayfield propels Oklahoma to its 10th conference title in the Stoops era. #Sooners #Cowboys pic.twitter.com/oRSSeJjlwi— James Poling (@James_Poling) December 4, 2016Was Rudolph really that bad?I say yes, and others agreed.Saturday was arguably the worst start of Rudolph’s career. He completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes for the first time. His 11 completions were a career low, while his 186 yards were the second fewest, ahead of only his 179 in last year’s Sugar Bowl. It was his first loss to a Big 12 team other than Baylor. Part of his struggles could be blamed on the damp weather, but Rudolph said the Cowboys prepared all week. Plus, his OU counterpart, Baker Mayfield, seemingly had few qualms with the weather, throwing for 288 yards and three touchdowns. [O’Colly]I’m not sure how No. 2’s performance was defensible.More NewsSome great photos of the game here … A guide to Selection Sunday …This is true.If OU had played Washington’s non-conference schedule, Sooners would be 12-0 and probably ranked No. 2 in the country… https://t.co/uZBiF5elus— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) December 4, 2016More PFBFive thoughts on Maryland’s 71-70 win … Basketball notebook: Jeffrey Carroll is playing great … Here’s the Sterns on Dede hit (it’s pretty bad) … Postgame show (I called Carson to chat) … Best Bedlam tweets … 10 Thoughts on OU’s Bedlam win … Big plays doom Pokes … This on Gundy’s conservative coaching by Kyle Cox is terrific … We did almost set a Bedlam rushing record which is weird.last_img read more