Belize to protect critical wildlife corridor that’s home to jaguars and more

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Jaguars, Mammals, Protected Areas, Tapirs, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests, Turtles And Tortoises, Wildlife The government of Belize has approved a proposal to protect the Maya Forest Corridor, a key stretch of jungle linking some of the region’s largest wilderness areas.Once the corridor is secured, it will create the largest contiguous block of forest in Central America, experts say.The Maya Forest Corridor is home to iconic animals like the jaguar; the critically endangered Central American river turtle; the endangered Central American spider monkey or Geoffroy’s spider monkey; and the endangered Baird’s tapir.There is, however, a lot of work to be done before the Maya Forest Corridor gains official legal protection, including securing key privately owned patches of forest in the area. In a boost to jaguars and other iconic wildlife of Central America, the government of Belize has approved a proposal to protect the Maya Forest Corridor, a key stretch of jungle that could help create the largest contiguous block of forest in Central America.About 20 kilometers (12 miles) long and 7 kilometers (4 miles) wide, the Maya Forest Corridor connects two major protected areas: the Manatee Forest Reserve to the south and the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area to the north. These protected areas, in turn, are contiguous with the larger Maya Mountain Block in central Belize and the northern Maya lowland forests, shared by Belize, Guatemala and Mexico. The corridor also includes small protected areas, such as the Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and the Labouring Creek Jaguar Corridor, which the Belizean government had previously set aside to provide safe passage for jaguars (Panthera onca).“Together, all these forests comprise the largest contiguous block of forest remaining in Central America, and is the largest block of forest in the neotropics north of the Amazon,” Percival Cho, CEO of Belize’s forestry ministry, told Mongabay.Maya Forest Corridor. Image courtesy of WCS.In addition to jaguars, the Maya Forest Corridor is home to the critically endangered Central American river turtle (Dermatemys mawii), the endangered Central American spider monkey or Geoffroy’s spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi); and the endangered Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii).There is, however, a lot of work to be done before the Maya Forest Corridor gains official legal protection. Most of the area earmarked as the Maya Forest Corridor is privately owned, and it’s in these areas that deforestation is rampant because of agricultural development, Cho said.In fact, more than 65 percent of forest within the corridor has been lost to sugarcane and other agriculture expansion over the past decade, according to a press release by a coalition of organizations assisting the Belizean government in securing the corridor. The coalition includes NGOs such as Global Wildlife Conservation, Panthera, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and World Wildlife Fund, along with the Belize Zoo, Foundation for Wildlife Conservation, Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Field School, and the University of Belize and its Environmental Research Institute.The NGO partners will help with both technical support and with raising the funds needed to secure key privately owned forests, Jeremy Radachowsky, director of the Mesoamerica and Caribbean program at WCS, told Mongabay.“Fortunately, some of the private forest owners have decided to protect their forest,” Cho added.A Baird’s tapir. Image by Nick Hawkins.The local communities will not be moved for the official designation of the corridor. Rather, steps will be taken to ensure that “large-scale agriculture does not continue to expand into the remaining forests and that local communities benefit from forest-compatible livelihood opportunities,” Radachowsky said.Once the forests are secured, the coalition will help the government develop a corridor-wide management plan for development and opportunities for communities living in and around the corridor, Radachowsky said, including sustainable tourism, hunting, forestry and agriculture.“With its declaration of the Maya Forest Corridor as an ‘area of natural significance,’ the government of Belize has signaled that this area must be permanently protected for the good of the climate, wildlife, the people living in the corridor area, and the people of Belize generally,” Radachowsky said. “With global trends of biodiversity loss, deforestation, and forest fragmentation, the Belize government is stepping up for all of humanity by keeping this globally important forest intact.”A pair of jaguars in Belize. Image courtesy of Panthera. Article published by Shreya Dasguptacenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

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

[Handball] Euro-2022 : l’Estonie défait le Luxembourg

first_imgJeudi, le Luxembourg a beaucoup marqué, mais s’est montré plus perméable. Résultat, un revers assez lourd (33-38) qui hypothèque ses chances avant le match retour, dimanche.Une feuille de match ne comptant que 16 noms, Nikola Malesevic devait en écarter trois. Le sélectionneur choisit de se passer des services de Félix Werdel, Alen Zekan et Max Kohl. Si le premier paie la densité à l’aile, le deuxième est victime de l’arrivée de Dimitri Mitrea, absent le week-end dernier lors des qualifications du Mondial-2021, car retenu par son club de Rostock (3e Liga).Quant au dernier, son absence est la résultante de son week-end : auteur d’un but contre la Slovaquie (16-22), l’arrière gauche connut une entrée en jeu, samedi contre la Lituanie (22-32), assez unique : une perte de balle, un tir raté et… une blessure. Au moment de livrer la liste officielle hier matin à l’EHF, une incertitude régnait quant à la participation de Christian Bock. Touché à l’ischio-jambier gauche, séquelle d’une vieille blessure datant de 2019, le demi-centre était bien sur le banc, mais n’est pas entré en jeu. «Ce matin (hier), je me sentais bien, mais, à l’échauffement, je me suis rendu compte que je ne pouvais pas accélérer…»Malgré l’absence de son meneur de jeu attitré, et contrairement aux trois matches du week-end, Nikola Malesevic avait prévu une stratégie résolument offensive pour ce barrage aller : une défense 0-6 suffisamment agressive pour pousser l’adversaire à la faute et une remontée de balle rapide.Pour cela, la transition défense-attaque ne voit qu’un seul changement – contre deux le week-end dernier – s’opérer : le défenseur Julien Kohn laisse sa place à Jacques Tironzelli.D’entrée, le Luxembourg enflamme la rencontre et prend la commande des opérations (3-0). Le scénario rêvé pour une sélection dont le patron, avant même le coup d’envoi, avait bien conscience de la difficulté pour son équipe d’évoluer durablement sur un tel rythme : «L’idéal serait de le faire par intermittence afin de gérer…»Les bons débuts de MitreaAprès cinq minutes de jeu, les membres du M-Block font tomber les maillots et entonnent ce chant en l’honneur de Mika Herrmann, déjà auteur de belles arabesques dans sa cage : «Jo mir hunn eng Kaz am Gol! Jo mir hunn eng Kaz am Gol! Jo mir hunn eng Kaz am Gol! Den Herrmann.» Du félin, il a beau ne pas avoir la silhouette, il en possède les réflexes. Ses interventions lors des qualifications du Mondial-2021 le week-end dernier ont donc inspiré ce petit refrain aux membres du M-Block.Si ce début de rencontre donne des ailes aux Luxembourgeois, l’Estonie possède en son sein suffisamment d’éléments d’expérience (Dener Jaanimaa, l’ancien joueur de Kiel, et Mait Patrail, pensionnaire du TSV Hannover-Burgdorf, leader de Bundesliga) pour garder la tête froide. Et, profitant de l’une ou l’autre supériorité numérique, la formation balte fait la course en tête. Mais les Roud Léiwen restent à distance respectable et le gardent toujours dans le viseur même s’ils comptent un but de retard à la pause (17-18).Dans le jeu, les hommes de Malesevic affichent une belle combativité, mais voient leurs efforts gâchés par des pertes de balle, moins nombreuses certes qu’il y a quelques jours, mais tout aussi préjudiciables. À l’image de cette mésentente entre Meis et Biel…En début de seconde période, Dimitri Mitrea fait son apparition. Son premier ballon, le jeune homme de 19 ans l’envoie au fond des cages d’Ots (18-18, 31e) sous les yeux de son père, Catalin. Le scénario s’emballe, mais le Luxembourg reste au contact (32-32, 52e). Mais voilà, moins précis, les Luxembourgeois vont laisser filer en fin de rencontre des Estoniens qui finissent en roue libre. Résultat, une défaite de cinq buts avec 38 buts encaissés. C’est beaucoup avant le match retour, dimanche, à Polva. Julien Kohn ne dément pas : «Ça va être difficile là-bas, on le sait, mais il faut y croire…»Charles Michel Partagerlast_img read more

Guyanese should ensure AFC gets a proper funeral

first_imgDear Editor,The Alliance for Change recently announced that they would be going to the Local Government Elections 2018 alone, without A Partnership for National Unity, to prove that they are not dead. There is an old saying, “Post mortem can’t bring back the dead”, this is actually referring to the Alliance for Change trying aggressively to resurrect from an already dead political party.The Opposition Leader and General Secretary of the PPP, Cde Bharrat Jagdeo, has shared his experiences, where AFC members publicly confessed that their principles was sold by the leadership of the AFC for a few leaders to enjoy the “good life”.At a meeting in Fyrish, Corentyne, at which Cde Bharrat Jagdeo was present, a longstanding member of the AFC said he was offered a portion of the road shoulders contract in Region Six in return for him remaining in the AFC, but he refused to be part of the corrupt coalition Government. He also said all the membership of the AFC realise their mistakes and have recommitted their support for the PPP.Coalitions are traditionally very strained and unstable relationships. The most detrimental facts about coalitions is that they have to sell out the party’s principles to ensure leaders such as Nagamootoo, Ramjattan, Patterson, Trotman et al enjoy the good life; and as such, the main reasons why the AFC is dead or highly unpopular with voters and supporters is that they cannot take a stand against the coalition leader, President David Granger, because of the danger of being ditched.Many coalition governments have failed. Switzerland is the only exception in Europe, with a permanent coalition Government by means of its seven-member Federal Council elected for a fixed four-year term by Federal Assembly on a party proportional basis.Many European democracies can be measured by the average life span of governments. According to an estimated score, Germany has been 37 months, Italy 13 months, Belgium 22 months, and the Netherlands 27 months. Guyana also was part of a failed coalition Government, and now history is repeating itself.Politicians use the coalition name to safeguard their vested political interests, which means that the APNU/AFC coalition Government has failed to deliver on almost all its promises to the Guyanese people, but ensure that the leadership enjoys maximum benefits.AFC is dead. Guyanese should ensure that they have a proper funeral.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

Ida Not a Human Ancestor

first_imgIf Ida known then what I know now: the media-frenzied presentation of Ida (Darwinius masillae) as a distant relative of human beings last year has been debunked.  “Many lines of evidence indicate that Darwinius has nothing at all to do with human evolution,” said Chris Kirk (U of Texas) in an article on Science Daily.  Researchers publishing their analysis in the Journal of Human Evolution accused the presentation of ignoring decades of research and an enormous body of literature on the evolution of strepsirrhines, a primate group that includes lemurs and lorises.  Ida’s discoverer claimed it had characteristics suggesting a linkage to haplorhines “However, Kirk, Williams and their colleagues point out that short snouts and deep jaws are known to have evolved multiple times among primates, including several times within the lemur/loris lineage,” the article claimed.  “They further argue that Darwinius lacks most of the key anatomical features that could demonstrate a close evolutionary relationship with living haplorhines (apes, monkeys, humans, and tarsiers).”    The announcement about Ida included a book, a History Channel documentary, and an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled the specimen at a news conference in New York city.  The lead author of the new paper remarked, “Just because it’s a complete and well-preserved fossil doesn’t mean it’s going to overthrow all our ideas.”  For more on Ida, see the 05/19/2009 and 10/24/2009 entries.It’s nice when scientists criticize overblown claims of other scientists, but does it help to have one lie displace another?  Ida has nothing at all to do with human evolution, but it also has nothing at all to do with evolution.  A well-designed mammal lived, and it died.  Some variations existed between existing kinds of primates.  That’s all a strict empiricist should say about it.  Did you notice the fudging the new team had to make about convergent evolution?  They said certain traits are “known to have evolved multiple times among primates, including several times within the lemur/loris lineage.”  Known?  Would they swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?  The truth may not get you a book or History Channel documentary, but it has one major benefit over the alternative: it’s true.(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Declining Effectiveness of The e-Newsletter

first_imgI found this interesting analytical paper written by the Warillow Group on the declining effectiveness of e-newsletters and the inevitable rise of RSS as its replacement through Brent Leary’s post at .  Topics: Originally published Dec 20, 2006 5:23:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 businesstechnologyradio.com Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Email Newsletterslast_img read more

5 Lame Excuses From People Still Using HotMail For Email

first_img Topics: Email Inbox Tips Originally published Dec 17, 2007 12:55:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Call me judgemental, but whenever I get business email from someone using a HotMail.com address I can’t help but wonder why ? [What’s even worse: Folks that use what sounds like a family email address like michaelandjane@hotmail.com for their business correspondnece]If you’re one of those people still using HotMail.com and wondering right now “is it really that big a deal?”, let me be the first to tell you: YES. It’s an image issue. For the same reason you likely shouldn’t scribble your phone number on the back of your dry cleaning receipt when you meet someone at a business conference (that’s what business cards are for), you shouldn’t email from a HotMail.com address. For personal contacts, anything is just fine. For business purposes, It just doesn’t make the right impression.Note: This is a public service announcement. I do not sell email hosting services, domain registration services and have nothing against HotMail.In my opinion, businesses should have their own domain name (ex: mycompany.com) and an email address on that domain ( someaddress@mycompany.com ). This does two things: Gives you a professional image, and further solidifes your brand. Note: This does not mean you have to necessarily use paid emailing hosting services. Gmail works great and will let you pull in your email from just about any third-party service.I tried to think of the possible reasons (excuses) some people still use when trying to argue why they don’t have an email address like jdoe@mycompany.com 5 Lame Excuses For Still Using Hotmail.com For Business 1. I already know HotMail: Sure, but there were people that “already knew” how to use a fax machine a long time ago as well. Times change. Doesn’t hurt to learn new things. 2. I don’t need more features: How do you know until you try? I challenge you to setup a free Gmail account and use it exclusively for a week (more on this later). The features are simply stellar. Some of them are so good, you’ll wonder how you lived without them. 3. I don’t have my own domain: If you are a business person, you need your own domain. Period. If you can’t justify the $20/year to create some semblance of a professional image for yourself, I think you’re being short-sighted and not taking your business seriously. I don’t care if you are 12 years old and have a lemonade stand. Get your own domain name. 4. I don’t have the technical expertise: You must know at least one person that can spend 15 minutes with you to help you setup a domain with email. If not, you need to expand your pool of friends and colleagues. 5. Everyone already knows my Hotmail.com address: Sure. But you can still accept emails to your old address indefinitey. Just start using your new and people will slowly switch over. There’s no sense in furthering the problem any longer (i.e. it won’t get easier).Do you have any other lame excuses you’ve heard from friends that are still using HotMail for business? (I’m assuming if you’re reading this article that you’re not one of “those” people). If so, please leave them in the comments. If you are one of those people that has this problem, you can confess in the comments.  That’s the first step towards mending your errant ways. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Even My Cab Driver Uses Social Networks

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Aug 20, 2008 9:15:00 AM, updated October 01 2019 This weekend I took a flight out of town, and took a cab to the airport.  I have an odd hobby of chatting with cab drivers to get a feel for what is going on wherever I am and get a different perspective on the world than I usually get from the web2.0 and business crowd I usually hang out with.  But this conversation was not what I expected.  This cab driver was all over social networking and web2.0.  Let me share some pieces of our conversation. Web 2.0 Quotes from a Boston Cab DriverI got a new 3G iPhone because I am in my cab all day and it is like a laptop for my cab.I use Classmates.com a lot to catch up with people from school and find old friends.I forgot my phone today and I am going crazy without it.  Usually I am chatting on MSN with my friends all day.The new Apple store in Boston is beautiful, I love it.  I love everything Apple does.Have you heard of Hi5? I am from Cape Verde and all my friends are on it.  I have also met new people there.  It’s great.  Have you gone to AppleRumor.com?  I always check it out to find out what new stuff Apple might e doing.I can live without TV.  I cannot live without the Internet.  I am addicted to it.I am not totally sure what this means from a marketing perspective.  But, I think one thing that it means is that more of your target audience is online and using social networks than you think.  Many marketers might assume that if you are targeting cab drivers that you would not use social networks, blogs or search engines to target them.  I think my cab driver would disagree.Have you found any unexpected people using social networks?  Who are they?  Leave a comment below. last_img read more

Like Monster’s Jeff Taylor, Move Where Crowds Live

first_img guest, Jeff shared advice about the power of Web 2.0 and engaging crowds online in the video clips below. . Their involvement in writing, Jeff believes, “is perfect for 140 characters.” profiles and social networking sites like On Web 2.0 traffic alone is not equal to leads. Marketers need to provide value in order to get results. “There is a big difference between 1.0 and 2.0 in terms of how you grow your business,” Jeff said. He believes that there should be a combination between metrics and brand in order for businesses to be successful in marketing. LinkedIn Engage the Baby Boomers HubSpot TV , he moved where today’s crowds live: on social networking sites. A recent In 2005, when Jeff launched community site Download the free webinar and Jeff suggests using a combination of metrics and brand to be successful in online marketing. In the past, Jeff ran his brand marketing campaigns using traditional advertising and Web 1.0. “We didn’t actually have all this deep, trenchy measurement that we have today,” he said. Now, companies have access to tools and , his brand appeared where his audiences lived. Monster advertised during the Super Bowl, had a crop circle ad outside Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and flew promotional blimps. Conduct careful research about hiring companies to enhance your communication with potential employers. “Today you are one click away from a massive amount of information about a company,” Jeff said. And you need to be equipped with knowledge accordingly. “It is in the job seeker’s best interest to be an expert in the company that they are interviewing with,” he said. Eons.com In 1993, when Balance Brand and Metrics Originally published Jun 24, 2009 11:30:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 approach in marketing. Soon after its launch, Eons was growing by 100,000 leads per month. “Keep on going. It is working,” Jeff would have responded to this data in his old life. But today he considers other measurement factors that play a central role in his marketing. “The traffic, actually, is growing quickly but the engagement is going down at the same rate,” he observed. Webinar: Rethinking Marketing Companies, on the other hand, should be fully aware of who their job candidates are. Personal blogs, professional Find a way to reach out to the Baby Boomer generation as its representatives are increasingly spending their time online. “The reality is that baby boomers are hot on the Web right now,” Jeff said. According to his 2005 research, baby boomers up to the age of 65 are actively involved in online activities. In recent years, Jeff noted, his generation has experienced “a huge engagement” in what the Web has to offer. For instance, baby boomers have been finding and bringing value into the blogosphere and the social mediasphere. Jeff attributed this involvement in web journals and blogs to the good writing skills of his generation. It is not surprising then, that baby boomers also caught up on social networking sites like Mike Volpe Jeff Taylor Raise the Conversation Levels Want to learn more about how you can use inbound marketing to grow your business? Monster.com analytical Twitter founded job search site said, “more scientific.” analytics provide great opportunities to meet potential employees. “We need to know a lot more about each other and raise the level of the conversations,” Jeff said. to learn how to turn your website into an internet marketing machine. Twitter Jeff’s Eons.com clearly demonstrates this new trend for a more Facebook that make marketing, as Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

4 Reasons Your Website Sucks

first_img Photo courtesy of Topics: Enough well-optimized pages that people can find you . Ummmm… that’s nice, but if I’m a prospect, I don’t care about how cool you think you are–I care about how you’re going to solve my problems.  If your website only has navigation about who you are & what you do and a news feed, it sucks. Your website only displays the news about the cool stuff your company has done Taking these actions will go a very long way towards making sure your prospects stay on your site, interact with your company, and become customers! How you’re going to solve your prospects’ problems . It’s no secret that people have short attention spans when they surf the web, so making your page so “cool” that you’ve hidden all obvious navigation is a really good way to increase your bounce rate.  If you only have two buttons, they had better be the best two buttons and serve your prospects’ needs exactly, or they’re not going to engage.  Even better, though, would be to give your prospects enough options that you can address their varying needs, depending on where they are in the research or buying process. Your website isn’t findable If you want to “unsuckify” your website, make sure it has the following: . Some of the biggest companies in the world have websites that aren’t well optimized and they still get found.  Unfortunately for the rest of us, that isn’t an option. This is especially a problem for gorgeous sites that are all flash and only have one page for Google or Bing to index, but many new websites don’t optimize page titles or URLs–key places for telling search engines what your pages are about. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Maybe you have an auto-playing video or some funky background music, but it plays instantly. From a pet peeve perspective, this should really be #1, but it’s less of a marketing problem and more of an annoyance.  Your prospects probably don’t suddenly want a blasting presentation to come out of their computer speakers while they’re sitting in quiet cube farms.  They’ll quickly close the browser tab rather than becoming engaged, filling out lead forms, and eventually buying your product or service. Your website automatically plays sound. Here are four ways things can go horribly, terribly wrong: And for the love of everything, no automatically playing noise or video! Website Design Alicia Voorhies Your website is so slick and cool that people have no idea where to click Originally published Sep 16, 2010 8:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Clear navigation & calls-to-actionlast_img read more