Watch Denzel Washington & Viola Davis in the Trailer for Fences

first_imgDenzel Washington & Viola Davis in ‘Fence'(Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures) If the teaser trailer for Denzel Washington’s film adaptation of Fences is any indication, this will be one to keep an eye on as Oscar season approaches. It’s hardly a surprise, though: the August Wilson play won the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award in 1987, and the 2010 revival won Tonys for Washington and Viola Davis. The two reprise their intense performances as Troy and Rose, respectively, for the big screen; joining them is Jovan Adepo as their son, Cory. Check out the first look below, then catch Fences in movie theaters beginning Christmas Day. View Commentslast_img read more

Irish publishing group to pay €70m to settle pension dispute

first_imgAn Irish publishing company has agreed to pay €70m into two defined benefit (DB) schemes to end a long-running dispute over their future funding.Independent News & Media (INM) struck the agreement with the schemes’ trustees last week, according to a joint statement from both parties.The company and trustees said INM would pay the deficit reduction contributions agreed in the schemes’ 2013 valuation, as well as supplementary payments “to ensure pension pots… are no lower than as at 2013”. The company has also made “special provision” for members aged 62 or over who are yet to retire.The Independent Newspapers (Ireland) Limited Contributory Pension Plan and Independent Newspapers Management Services pension scheme are both to be wound up as part of the agreement. INM operates defined contribution (DC) schemes, and in total said it was projected to “invest” roughly €115m into all its schemes – including the new €70m arrangement – by 2023.The case grabbed headlines in Ireland, not least through coverage from the Irish Independent newspaper, owned by INM. Initially, the company had planned to wind up the schemes without closing their deficits, transferring members to DC schemes. The Independent reported that this would have led to future retirees losing up to 30% of their expected benefits.In Ireland, there are currently no laws requiring companies to fully fund their schemes when winding them up. The INM case received political attention and led to the introduction by politicians of a range of proposals for the protection of DB schemes and members. These are due to be debated by parliament’s Joint Committee on Social Protection later this year.In the joint statement, INM and the trustees said: “These pension changes are not unique to INM. Many companies, including other media organisations providing DB pension schemes, have changed from a DB to a DC model.”last_img read more

Noble Corp. CEO transitions to executive chairman role

first_imgEifler said, “I would like to thank Julie for her leadership and contributions to the company in her role as CEO, as well as her guidance during the leadership transition process. Our industry and our company are not alone in facing significant challenges in the current environment”. It is also worth reminding that in March 2020 Noble named a replacement for its departing chief financial officer (CFO). Robert W. Eifler has been named President and Chief Executive Officer and has been elected as a member of the board of directors. Noble Corporation said on Thursday that it had executed the leadership transition plan announced in February 2020. Additionally, Kevin S. Corbett has been elected to the board of directors to replace a board member who did not stand for re-election. “Robert possesses the company’s values, deep industry knowledge, and a strategic mindset that makes him the ideal choice to lead Noble into the future”. Effective Thursday, Julie J. Robertson has assumed the newly created role of executive chairman of the company’s board of directors. “Over the course of my career at Noble I have been extremely fortunate to work with what I consider to be the best group of people in the world and I am looking forward to continuing to work with the Noble team in my new role”, said Robertson. CEO of Noble Corporation has transitioned to the role of executive chairman of the board while a new CEO has been named. last_img read more

Holder: ‘We wantto win Tri-series’

first_imgDUBLIN, Ireland (CMC) – West Indies skipper Jason Holder has made it clear that they will be going all out to win the Tri-Nation series against Ireland and Bangladesh which bowls off today.Although only eight of the 15-man squad named for the ICC World Cup are available for today’s opening game against Ireland, Holder said he still expects the regional unit to give a strong showing.Bangladesh are ranked eighth, one place higher than the ninth-ranked Windies, while Ireland are ranked 12th out of the 15 ODI sides.“Ireland and Bangladesh are two very good sides. We’ve been to Bangladesh in the recent past where we didn’t get the overall results we were looking for, but definitely conditions have changed and the dynamics of the team have also changed, so we’re looking to start this tournament really well,” Holder said.“I think once we hit our three departments in terms of batting, bowling and fielding, we’ll definitely be in good stead at the end of it. We see this as an opportunity to get into some match practice and start our preparations into the World Cup.”With the likes of Andre Russell, Chris Gayle, Oshane Thomas, Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer still participating in the IPL, several players not named in the World Cup squad will get an opportunity to prove their worth.Holder said he expects those players to grab the opportunity with both hands.“Guys must see it as an opportunity to showcase what they can do at the international level. I guess many of them have not played ODI cricket and it’s just a case where it is another opportunity for them to be seen on this circuit. When given the opportunity I expect everyone to give of his best,” he said.The Windies captain also comes in the tournament in a rich vein of form.He spent a month playing county cricket with Northamptonshire in the Royal London Cup and County Championships.In the Cup he scored 284 runs in five matches at an average of 71.He said the time spent in England served as good preparation for the series.“It was a solid month for me in terms of having some match practice. I got a few overs under my belt and I also spent some time in the middle, so it was a well spent month and I’m in a really good frame of mind coming into this tournament here,” Holder said.last_img read more

Mutai best bet to break marathon jinx

first_img1982 Brisbane030318 Tweets about #GC2018 uganda 2014 Glasgow104518 MedalNameGamesSportEvent  Abraham Kiplimo (UGA)2:12:23 1998 Kuala Lumpur001132  SilverVictor Byarugaba1982 BrisbaneBoxingLight Middleweight  SilverAli Rojo1974 ChristchurchBoxingBantamweight GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotalRank  SilverJames Odwori1974 ChristchurchBoxingLight Flyweight 1958 Cardiff010117  SilverPatrick Etolu1954 VancouverAthleticsHigh Jump 1966 Kingston001119  GoldBoniface Kiprop2006 MelbourneAthletics10,000 metres 1974 Christchurch243910  SilverThomas Kawere1958 CardiffBoxingWelterweight 1990 Auckland202411 2010 Delhi200218  GoldJames Odwori1970 EdinburghBoxingLight Flyweight  SilverRuth Kyalisima1982 BrisbaneAthletics400m Hurdles  GoldBenson Masanda1970 EdinburghBoxingHeavyweight 1994 Victoria002224  GoldMohamed Muruli1974 ChristchurchBoxingWelterweight  Michael Shelley (AUS)2:11:15PB  GoldMohamed Muruli1970 EdinburghBoxingLight Welterweight  SilverShadrack Odhiambo1974 ChristchurchBoxingFeatherweight 4 Munyo Solomon Mutai (UGA)2:12:26 Uganda’s history at Commonwealth games 1970 Edinburgh33179center_img  SilverJoseph Lubega2002 ManchesterBoxingLight Heavyweight 2002 Manchester020230  GoldGodfrey Nyakana1990 AucklandBoxingLightweight (– 60 kg)  GoldGeorge Oywello1962 PerthBoxingHeavyweight  GoldJustin Juuko1990 AucklandBoxingLight Flyweight (– 48 kg)  SilverMohamed Kayongo2002 ManchesterBoxingLight Welterweight  GoldDorcus Inzikuru2006 MelbourneAthletics3000m Steeplechase RankAthleteTimeNotes  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2010 DelhiAthletics5,000 metres  SilverDeogratias Musoke1970 EdinburghBoxingFeatherweight Total1315214918  GoldAyub Kalule1974 ChristchurchBoxingLightweight  SilverPeter Rwamuhanda1982 BrisbaneAthletics400m Hurdles  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2010 DelhiAthletics10,000 metres  SilverLeo Rwabwogo1970 EdinburghBoxingFlyweight  SilverKesi Odongo1962 PerthBoxingLightweight The three marathon runners Uganda has fielded in Gold Coast, are the same team that competed at the last World Championships in London last year.  Uganda’s Solomon Mutai finished 11th in 2:13:29, and Robert Chemonges 43rd in in  2:21:24. Cheskit fell out.Meanwhile, it has been a day of mixed results for Uganda Saturday, the penultimate day of the competition.Uganda Rugby Cranes were shot down early, falling 31-5 to Wales, 54-0 by Fiji and 33-10 to Sri Lanka. Share on: WhatsApp 2006 Melbourne201315 The track and field women’s relay team came 8th in the 400m relay  final while Julite Chekwel came 4th in 15:30.17. Mercyline Chelangat came 11th in 15:50.01.Uganda has so far won three gold and two bronze medals. They are 16th on the standings table.The curtain will draw on the XXI Commonwealth Games later in the day but not before one final celebration in true Gold Coast style.Eleven days after a spectacular opening, the Closing Ceremony will deliver a fitting tribute to the remarkable athletic feats, extraordinary teamwork and marvellous community participation on show throughout the Games.Carrara Stadium will host the Closing Ceremony with an emotional, fun and dazzling finale.Uganda medals Commonwealth games 1962 Perth114611  Stephen Kwelio Chemlany (KEN)2:11:58  SilverWilliam Koskei1970 EdinburghAthletics400 metres hurdles 1954 Vancouver010114 FILE PHOTO: Mutai (left) will lead Team Uganda in the absence of  former World Champion Kiprotich and long distance ace Kipsiro.  PHOTO IAAFSunday 1.15am: Uganda ??marathon team   Robert Chemonges, Alex Chesakit, Solomon MutaiSunday 1pm: CLOSING CEREMONYGold Coast, Australia | THE INDEPENDENT | In the absence of former Olympic and World champion Stephen Kiprotich, Team Uganda will be led by Solomon Mutai as the Commonwealth games conclude with the marathon on Sunday.In a few hours time, Mutai will lead an experienced Ugandan marathon team out still seeking a first ever Commonwealth Games gold.  Gold success has come in other track events, especially the 10,000m, but the luck of the Commonwealth marathon is still lacking.The marathon has provided Uganda most medals at the World Championships –  two out of the country’s five so far. Add the gold from the 2012 Olympics, and the 42.19 km event remains one of Uganda’s main medal hopes.Going by his personal best time of 2:09:59, Mutai, World championship 2015 bronze medalist, will be one of the athletes to watch as the Commonwealth Games ends for Uganda with the marathon.He will aim to improve on his 4th place in the last Commonwealth games in Glasgow, one of the best performances in the marathon for Uganda. Abraham Kiplimo got the first marathon medal. A year earlier, Mutai had finished 8th at the Rio Olympics.Uganda’s marathon team would have been the strongest ever if the athletics governing body UAF had agreed to a request by triple-gold medalist Moses Kipsiro to feature in the marathon, and not the 10,000m race in which he had been placed. He was dropped from the team altogether.  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2014 GlasgowAthletics10,000 metres  SilverSilver Ayoo1974 ChristchurchAthletics400 metreslast_img read more

Serena beats Ivanovic in WTA Finals opener

first_imgSerena Williams of the U.S. returns a shot against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during their singles tennis match at the WTA Finals in Singapore, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/ Joseph Nair)SINGAPORE (AP) — A new venue, an injury-hit preparation and insults from a top sports official — none of it could stop Serena Williams’ winning streak at the WTA Finals.The three-time defending champion made it 16-straight wins at the season-ending championships by beating Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-4 in Monday’s tournament opener, shaking off the injuries that forced her out of her previous two tournaments and the off-court distraction of disparaging comments about her from Russian tennis official Shamil Tarpischev.Williams is now five wins behind Martina Navratilova’s all-time record of 21 in a row at the tournament, although she won’t have enough matches to catch up this year.“I just found out last time that I was 15 matches and I was like, ‘Oh boy, not another streak,’” Williams said. “So now I’m 16 and, gosh, here we go again.”Williams looked right at home in Singapore’s brand new indoor stadium, with the tournament having moved from Istanbul this year, despite having pulled out of her previous two tournaments in China through illness and a knee injury. She also showed no signs of having been preoccupied with an off-court issue involving comments by top Russian sports official Shamil Tarpischev.He has been heavily fined and suspended by the WTA for referring to Serena and elder sister Venus as “the Williams brothers.” He claimed the line was out of context and meant as a joke, but Williams said it was sexist and racist.In the other Red Group match, Simona Halep beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-3 in a meeting between the only two newcomers in the eight-player field.On Tuesday in the White Group, Maria Sharapova will take on Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova will face Agnieszka Radwanska.The top-ranked Williams was shaky in her opening service game, having to save two break points, but soon settled and took a 4-1 lead. Ivanovic got back on serve at 4-4 and had a crucial break opportunity to go up 5-4 but missed a volley.“That was a huge point but it was actually quite a hard volley, the ball was dropping fast and I didn’t come in fast enough,” Ivanovic said. “I kind of got down a little bit on myself, then I rushed a little bit that (next) service game, so that was a little bit disappointing.”In the final game of the opening set, Ivanovic fell behind 0-40 and eventually dropped serve on a double-fault — one of seven she made during the match.Ivanovic came from a set down to beat Williams at the Australian Open, and looked capable of a similar comeback when she broke in the opening game of the second set, but the American immediately broke back.Williams served 12 aces and improved her record against Ivanovic to 8-1 despite her injury-interrupted preparation.“I felt the knee a little bit, but compared to what it was in Beijing, it just feels so much better,” Williams said. “I was up 4-1 in the first set and cruising and she does what she does best. I felt my energy level got a little low and then I just tried to do everything I can to bring my energy level up to just to fight.”Williams will next face Halep on Wednesday.In the second match, Bouchard managed to win only four points against Halep’s first serve and committed 30 unforced errors against only 11 by her opponent.“Going for it is always my game style but today there was definitely a lack of consistency,” Bouchard said. “I didn’t feel match sharp, but I feel like I can build on this and I still have another match, which is a bit of a positive.”Not a lot was expected of Halep at this tournament, but she already has one win ahead of the match against Williams.“Maybe I can believe,” Halep said. “I have the chance to win this tournament, but I don’t want to think about this.”last_img read more

Kaylee Shukin brings back gold from BC Summer Games

first_imgBy Dusty Yurkin, BC Summer Games The first time she tried vaulting, Nelson’s Kaylee Shukin (Kootenays – Zone 1) fell in love. Now, it’s brought her gold in the equestrian event at the BC Summer Games on Saturday. Shukin said she shares her passion for horses with her mother. The 13-year-old has never looked back since neighbours allowed her to try vaulting during a visit to a farm. She has been vaulting for three years and now competes often in Canadian vaulting competitions, as well as many in Washington. She also stated that she does gymnastics in the winter to help keep her flexibility and help with her overall balance. Shukin’s favourite part about vauliting is “the horses, for sure.” Alongside Shukin on the podium, were New Westminster’s Carley Harder (Fraser River-Delta – Zone 4) who received the silver medal and Janelle Roed of Abbotsford (Fraser Valley – Zone 3) who received the bronze medal.last_img read more

CITES 2019: What’s Conservation Got To Do With It? (commentary)

first_imgAnimals, Cites, Commentary, Conservation, Editorials, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Law, Green, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking 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 Article published by Rhett Butlercenter_img From August 17-28, the global community convenes in Geneva for the meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).Species whose very future on this planet will be debated include the African elephant, Southern white rhino, giraffe, tiger, jaguar, cheetah, and mako shark.Susan Lieberman, Vice President for International Policy at WCS, argues governments must not let their decisions be swayed by the pressures of those more interested in trade than conservation.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. From August 17-28, the global community convenes in Geneva for the meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The meeting was originally planned to take place last May in Sri Lanka, but due to the horrific terrorist bombings, the meeting was moved to Geneva, the headquarters of the CITES Secretariat.This is the 18th meeting of the CITES CoP in the history of the Convention, which entered into force in 1975. There are now 183 governments as “Parties” (members) to the convention, comprising the only intergovernmental forum that addresses the threat of international trade to wild species of plants and animals—both legal and illegal trade.I have had the privilege of attending all of the last 11 CoPs, as both a government and non-governmental representative. Governments attending will make decisions on whether to regulate international trade in certain species to prevent them from becoming threatened by trade, or to prohibit trade altogether for threatened or endangered species.Jaguar. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.Species whose very future on this planet will be debated include the African elephant, Southern white rhino, giraffe, tiger, jaguar, cheetah, and mako shark. Several lesser known species will also be considered—among them the saiga antelope, helmeted hornbill, glass frogs, Indian star tortoise, and so many others.Many of these species are subject to significant poaching and trafficking—either for use of their body parts or for the pet trade. This illegal trade threatens species while undermining the rule of law, facilitating corruption, and harming the livelihoods and sustainable development of local communities.It is easy to imagine that in light of the well-documented biodiversity crisis—from threats such as climate change, habitat loss, trade, and the depletion of wildlife that are over-hunted and over-fished—species across the globe would receive the necessary protection. But that is not always the case. Too often, commercial interests work to block increased protection or regulation of species.There is one key conservation issue at play. If a species is found in multiple countries, and is declining or endangered in some and more secure in others, sound conservation practice and the precautionary principle dictate that international measures should focus on the populations needing the most help. Two examples highlight this point.Mongolia and the U.S. have proposed conferring upon the saiga antelope (a critically endangered species found in the open steppes of Central Asia) the highest level of protection. Formerly widespread and numbering well over 1 million individuals as recently as the 1970s, the species repeatedly experienced drastic declines in the late 20th century, reaching an all-time low of about 50,000 animals in the early 2000s.There has been some rebounding of populations, but the species is still threatened by poaching and illegal trade; the males’ horn is used in traditional medicine in China and Southeast Asia. In addition, disease outbreaks recently killed at least 200,000 saiga in the course of only three weeks.Wild male saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica) visiting a waterhole at the Stepnoi Sanctuary, Astrakhan Oblast, Russia. Photo credit: Andrey Giljov [CC BY-SA 4.0]The saiga must go to CITES Appendix I (which prohibits international commercial trade in threatened species) at the Geneva meeting. However, some governments and trade interests have focused more on the less-endangered populations in Kazakhstan and elsewhere than the critically endangered Mongolian saiga population. If the species is to persist in healthy herds, governments should ensure that all saiga receive the highest level of protection.Another example is the giraffe, found in 19 countries in Africa. Giraffe populations are declining due to habitat loss, illegal killing and illegal trade, and climate change. Six African countries with giraffes have proposed CITES list the giraffe on Appendix II—which allows trade as long as it is sustainable and legal. Since there is evidence of some commercial and illegal trade, it is prudent to accept this proposal to ensure the giraffe trade is sustainable and does not further threaten the species.Yet several interests are pushing to block this protection for giraffes, claiming that the species is in good shape in southern Africa. It is correct that giraffes are much better off in South Africa, Botswana, and their neighbors, than elsewhere in Africa, but prudent conservation says that the species must be looked at in its entirety. We cannot let giraffes disappear in Central, East, and West Africa because it might be inconvenient for others to require permits and regulation.There are 57 species proposals and more than 100 other issues to be discussed in Geneva. When governments join a treaty such as CITES, they have agreed to act for the global good, and not only act or decide based on their own national or trade interests. Governments must not let their decisions be swayed by the pressures of those more interested in trade than conservation. I look forward to strong, precautionary, conservation decisions in Geneva—for the well-known giraffe, the strange saiga antelope, and so many other species in need of global collaboration and action.Glass frog in Costa Rica. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.Susan Lieberman is Vice President for International Policy at WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).last_img read more

Finding hope in ‘extreme conservation’ (Insider)

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 Animals, Biodiversity, Conflict, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Forest People, Forestry, Forests, Human-wildlife Conflict, Illegal Logging, Insider, Iucn, Logging, Poaching, Rainforests, Saving Rainforests, Social Conflict, Threats To Rainforests, Timber, Tropical Forests, Wcs, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Rangers, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking Article published by John Cannoncenter_img A Mongabay staff writer shares an account of his trek to see mountain gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo.From a low of 250 individuals in the 1980s, the mountain gorilla subspecies now numbers more than 1,000, making it the only great ape whose population is growing.Those gains have come thanks to the “extreme conservation” practiced by a dedicated group of people who have worked to ensure the survival of one of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom.This post is insider content, which is available to paying subscribers. VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, Democratic Republic of Congo — Seven meters. It’s one of the first instructions you get from the guides at Virunga National Park, nestled against the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Keep that distance, 23 feet, between you and the gorillas when we reach the family group so they don’t… This content is for Monthly, Annual and Lifetime members only.Membership offers a way for readers to directly support Mongabay’s non-profit conservation news reporting, while getting a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce these stories. Every few weeks, we’ll publish a new member article that tells the story behind the reporting: the trials and tribulations of field reporting, personal travel accounts, photo essays, and more.You can sign up for membership Here If you’re already a member: Log InMembers getExclusive, behind-the-scenes articles.Access to our members-only newsletter.Access to periodic conversations with Mongabay journalists.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