With a feast of grubs, a tribe makes its case for forest stewardship

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 The indigenous Kombai tribe of Indonesia’s Papua region are seeking recognition of their right to manage their ancestral lands, in a bid to thwart the encroachment of oil palm plantations in the last great expanse of unspoiled wilderness in the country.They face legal hurdles to their bid, including a lack of clarity over the status of previously defunct logging concessions on their land, and onerous requirements to prove to the authorities their ties to the land.The administration of President Joko Widodo has pledged to issue customary forest titles to indigenous communities nationwide, but none of the tribes in Papua has received such recognition.Activists say empowering indigenous communities to manage their own forests is a key step to fighting climate change, because these communities tend to be better stewards of the forest than their own governments. BOVEN DIGOEL, Indonesia — It’s a hot and humid morning, and birds and insects are chirping deep in a lush rainforest in the eastern Indonesian province of Papua.All of a sudden, the sounds are drowned out by tribal chanting and the thunder of dozens of people marching, echoing through the forest like a mild earthquake. Brandishing bows and arrows, they sing and dance their way toward the village of Uni in Boven Digoel district.These men are guests from nearby villages, heading to a feast hosted by the indigenous Kombai tribe here in the southern swamplands of Papua. The centerpiece of the feast is Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, a beetle better known as the sago palm weevil, whose larval grub is considered a delicacy here.The party lasts all night, the grubs served up with sago starch and wrapped in sago palm leaves, and the revelers dance and sing, talk and exchange goods with one another.“If there’s any animosity [between clans], we’ll throw the sago grub festival to bring back peace,” Yambumo Kwanimba, the head of the festival, tells Mongabay. “If we’re dancing, that means we’ve already made peace. No more killing and no more animosity.”The sago grub feast is the most important festival for the Kombai, for whom sago is a dietary staple and the putative source of life. It’s a festival that redresses imbalances in life, such as natural disasters and conflicts, and brings peace and harmony back to the community.This year’s sago grub festival, however, holds special meaning for the Kombai people. The forests where they cultivate their sago palms are under threat of being parceled out by the local government to agribusiness giants looking to plant a different type of palm: oil palm, whose rapid spread across Sumatra and Borneo has already devastated vast swaths of forest there.“I throw this sago grub festival to protect our ancestral forests so that they don’t get taken away by companies,” Yambumo says. “If we lose our forests, then we also lose our tradition.”A woman from the Kombai tribe holds sago grubs during the feast in Boven Digoel, Papua. Image by EcoNusa Foundation.‘No forest, no Kombai’As a hunter-gatherer community, the Kombai rely heavily on their forest.“If there’s no forest, then there’s no Kombai people,” says Daniel Kombanggey, 23, a Kombai teacher.Daniel is particularly concerned about the future of his 150 students at a school in neighboring Wanggemalo village, tucked deep in the forest. Their families rely on the forest for their food, and the children usually spend their days hunting and gathering with their parents.“If the forests are gone because they’re sold by their parents to some companies, then my students will lose their ancestral home,” Daniel says.It’s a view echoed by Daniel Mitop, 35, who helped organize the sago grub festival. He says the festival is important to ensure the future of his eight children, the youngest just 8 months old.“If a company takes away our forests, then we will struggle in life,” he tells Mongabay. “My children still rely on nature. They still eat sago and nibung,” another type of palm.While the Kombai forest remains intact, the fate of the neighboring Auyu tribe serves as a grim reminder of what’s at stake. The Auyu have in recent years lost much of their forest, home to rare species such as iconic birds of paradise, to oil palm and pulpwood plantations run by large companies.“The Kombai are concerned that they’re going to end up like the Auyu, because they’re neighbors,” says Christian Ari, director of Perkumpulan Silva Papua Lestari (PSPL), an NGO working with the Kombai.Much of the concern about deforestation in Boven Digoel district centers on an immense block of primary forest spanning 2,800 square kilometers (1,100 square miles), an area nearly the size of Yosemite National Park. Earmarked for oil palm plantations, it would be the single largest bloc of oil palms in Indonesia, the world’s top producer of palm oil.The area is divided up into seven concessions, which have been owned by a series of large firms, including the Indonesia-based Menara Group. Development has begun on some of the concessions, including those operated by plantation companies PT Megakarya Jaya Raya and PT Kartika Cipta Pratama, which have been linked to Pacific Inter-Link, a holding of the Yemeni-owned Hayal Saeed Anam conglomerate.A swath of land half the area of Paris, around 45 square kilometers (17 square miles), was cleared in Megakarya’s concession between May 2015 and April 2017, according to a new report by Greenpeace. The affected area included primary forest. Recent land clearance was also evident in the neighboring concession of Kartika, the report says.Given that this represents less than 2 percent of the total area gazetted for concessions, activists and indigenous communities fear impending deforestation on a far greater scale.“The palm oil industry has already arrived here,” Christian says. “And the Kombai people are worried that the palm oil expansion will reach their territory.”Yambumo Kwanimba, the head of the sago grub festival, explains the meaning of forests for the Kombai people. Image by Hans Nicholas Jong/Mongabay.Old concessions revived?Adding to the Kombai tribe’s concerns is the fact that their area used to overlap with selective-logging concessions.Christian says the government granted these concessions inside Kombai territory in the 1980s and 1990s to three companies: PT Rimba Megah Lestari, PT Digul Dayasakti Unit 1, and PT Damai Setiatama. Some of the concessions were in operation into the 1990s, but all have since been abandoned, leaving the Kombai uncertain about whether the permits remain valid or not.However, recent visits by representatives from these companies have added to concerns that new plantations will be developed on the sites of the abandoned concessions.“In 2008, Damai Setiatama came for a survey and they set up boards along the riverbank, even though they had disappeared for a long time,” Christian says. “As for Digul Dayasakti, they are owned by Korindo” — a South Korean-Indonesian joint venture with major logging and palm oil interests — “and I heard from the locals that they had asked for a new area.”To date, though, there’s been no new activity in the abandoned concessions. Christian says the Ministry of Environment and Forestry had told him the logging permits had been revoked due to prolonged inactivity. Crucially, though, the ministry hasn’t provided anything written to that effect, Christian says.And as long as the Kombai tribe’s customary rights aren’t recognized, these abandoned logging concessions remain at risk of being converted into other types of plantations.“They’re currently classified as production forest. That means they can easily be converted into industrial plantations or areas for other purposes, like oil palm plantations,” Christian says. “The companies have already mapped them. That’s why it’d be so easy for the government to just issue new permits” to replace the previous ones.Women from the Kombai tribe prepare sago grub for guests during the festival in Boven Digoel, Papua. Image by Hans Nicholas Jong/Mongabay.Customary forest titleKey to the Kombai tribe’s struggle to protect their forest is the need to have their ancestral rights to the land recognized by the government.It’s a long process that begins with convincing the district council of Boven Digoel to pass a local bylaw that would serve as the basis for their application to the national government for customary forest title.“There is already a draft of the regulation that hopefully will be approved [by the council] in near future,” says Geir Erichsrud, program coordinator with the Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN), who works with the Kombai people. “And that will be the basis for applying for customary forest [status] at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.”Christian says the council promised to start deliberations on the draft bylaw in October. But Ayub Santi, the district council speaker, says he needs to study the necessity of passing such a bylaw before even considering moving forward with the deliberation.“If having the bylaw truly benefits the local people, then we will push for it as fast as possible,” he tells Mongabay on the eve of the grub festival, where he is later fêted among the guests.Ayub says he understands the urgency of recognizing the Kombai tribe’s rights over its customary forest, given the companies circling above. He says an oil palm plantation will soon be developed in the Boven Digoel subdistrict of Fofi, a relatively short 90-minute boat ride from the Kombai village of Uni in Bomakia subdistrict.The proximity of this soon-to-be developed plantation to where the Kombai people live, Ayub says, makes it very likely that companies will soon be targeting the Kombai forest.“I hear there’s going to be forest clearing for a new oil palm plantation soon there,” Ayub says. “So we’ll be very responsive if there’s a need for a customary forest permit so that the forest can be protected.”The Boven Digoel district head, Benediktus Tambonop, also among the invited guests at the sago grub feast, says he supports the Kombai fight for recognition of their ancestral land rights. He adds he hopes that Ayub’s presence at the feast can help spur the local council into issuing the bylaw, “so that the management of the customary forest can have a clear legal basis.”Men from the Kombai tribe attend the sago grub festival in Boven Digoel, Papua. Image by EcoNusa Foundation.Legal requirementsThe Kombai appeared to get a boost in September when President Joko Widodo issued a long-awaited moratorium on oil palm licenses, which includes a review of existing permits in force around the country.But the moratorium doesn’t guarantee that indigenous groups like the Kombai won’t eventually lose their forests to palm oil companies, Christian says, because it only lasts for three years.“The moratorium is only good for now,” he says. “There’s a time limit and it’s not long.”Should they succeed in petitioning first the local council and then the forestry ministry for recognition of their customary rights, they will become the first indigenous group in Indonesia’s easternmost region, comprising the provinces of Papua and West Papua, to do so.Indonesia is home to hundreds of indigenous groups, but for decades their land rights were trumped by state control over all land in the country. In 2013, a historic Constitutional Court ruling removed customary forests from under state control. Since then, President Widodo has vowed to grant customary forest ownership titles to indigenous groups. As of September this year, the government has issued just 33 such titles, accounting for a combined 251 square kilometers (97 square miles) of land. The latest titles were distributed in September to 16 indigenous groups: 10 in Sumatra’s Jambi province, three in the Bornean province of West Kalimantan, two in South Sulawesi, and one in West Java.The Papua region, covering the western half of the island of New Guinea, is home to the greatest number of indigenous groups in Indonesia, but none have been granted titles to their ancestral forests. In Papua province alone, an estimated 6,400 square kilometers (2,500 square miles) of forest, spanning five districts and 54 villages, qualify as customary land, according to Christian.This dwarfs the total area already granted customary title, but is reasonable, Christian says, because of the sheer size of the region, a large proportion of which is still pristine forest, and low population density.“It’s different from Java” — one of the most densely populated places on Earth — “where people usually only have a small plot of land,” Christian says. “In Papua, a clan can manage thousands of hectares of land.”These sprawling rainforests are both a blessing and a challenge, not least because it makes it difficult to map their extent — a prerequisite for petitioning for recognition of customary rights.Yuli Prasetyo Nugroho, the forestry ministry official in charge of sanctioning customary forests, says the mapping problem lies at the core of why no indigenous groups in Papua have had their ancestral land rights formally recognized yet.“Mapping [customary forests] in Papua is indeed complicated. That’s why there’s a lack of progress in issuing local bylaws there for recognition of indigenous forest rights,” he says.While it may seem a daunting task to comprehensively map 6,400 square kilometers of mostly untouched forest, an area the size of the state of Delaware, Christian says the solution lies in the system of participatory mapping. It’s a method whereby the indigenous groups themselves map out their own areas and collectively determine the spatial planning of their own territories.“We’ve trained indigenous communities in villages on how to map their own customary forests,” he says. “It will take quite a while and indeed it won’t be easy, but some of them have started, including here” in Boven Digoel.The mapping aside, Christian says the biggest hurdle to Papua’s indigenous groups attaining legal title to their ancestral land is the lack of the necessary bylaws recognizing their rights. In 2016, authorities in Jayapura, the provincial capital, issued a bylaw on customary villages, which the NGO Indigenous Peoples Empowerment and Research Association (PPMA) then used to apply for customary land title from the forestry ministry.But the bylaw has fallen short on a technicality: “It doesn’t specifically acknowledge the indigenous groups in Papua,” Christian says. “It only recognizes customary villages. That’s why PPMA is having difficulty [getting the customary forest title], because the bylaw is a little different from what the ministry requires.”Yuli confirms that PPMA’s application comes up short in that regard.“So far we’ve only analyzed the application submitted by PPMA, but it’s still lacking in the legal aspect,” he says. “So far that’s the only application [we’ve received] from the Papua and Maluku regions.”He says that for groups like the Kombai, an interim solution is to apply for another type of permit, called a village forest license. Both the village forest scheme and the customary forest scheme are parts of President Jokowi’s wider land reform plan, which calls for the distribution of access rights to 127,000 square kilometers (49,000 square miles) to local communities, villagers and indigenous peoples.The government defines a village forest as a state forest not encumbered by previous rights and managed by a village to improve its welfare. Last year, two villages in South Sorong district, in West Papua province, became the first to receive village forest titles from the forestry ministry.“There are already village forests in Papua, so that can be an option” for the Kombai tribe, Yuli says. “What’s important is that with a village forest title, businesses can’t take over the forest and turn them into concessions. And the village forest scheme can be a bridge for a village to eventually obtain customary forest title.”Antoni Ungirwalu, from the University of Papua in Manokwari, has researched social forestry in the region and says that while the village forest scheme might work in places like Java, it won’t in Papua.“In Java, people might be OK with the village forest scheme because it’s basically a state forest whose management is ceded to a village for a given period of time, up to 35 years,” he says. “But in Papua, all of the forests are basically customary forests owned by indigenous peoples. How can you impose a deadline on them for managing their own forests?”Kombai women and men dance during the sago grub festival in Boven Digoel, Papua. Image by Hans Nicholas Jong/Mongabay.Indigenous role in climate fightProtecting forests can help meet up to a third of global carbon emissions reduction goals by 2030. And a wealth of research shows that indigenous and local communities, whose lands comprise nearly a sixth of global forest cover, are far better stewards of the forests than their countries’ governments.Indigenous communities often work to keep forests intact, which, in turn, keeps carbon locked in trees, vegetation, roots and soil, instead of being released into the atmosphere through deforestation and soil disturbance for ranching, mining or logging.Indigenous communities worldwide manage nearly 300 billion metric tons of carbon stored above and below ground on their lands, according to a new study led by Rights and Resources International (RRI). That sequestered carbon, the study says, is equal to 33 years’ worth of worldwide emissions, given a 2017 baseline.“We’ve been working for almost 30 years with RFN and we know that rainforest is best protected by indigenous peoples and those people who live in the forest,” says Øyvind Eggen, director of the Rainforest Foundation Norway. “We’ve seen so many forests where if the people who live there are granted rights, they will be managed better.”And Papua, with its mostly intact forest cover, plays a vital role as a carbon sink against global emissions, Eggen says.“Papua is the only region in Indonesia with all areas still intact with rainforest. So we see this area and the rainforest area is of value, not only to Papua and Indonesia, but also to the world,” he says.But as forest is cleared in Papua, the region’s capacity to soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere diminishes — a repeat of what happened with the Amazon. Over the past two decades, trees in the Amazon have been dying at an increasing rate, rendering the lungs of the world increasingly weaker as a carbon sink.Worldwide, tropical forests have switched from being carbon sinks to sources of emissions due to worsening deforestation, releasing an estimated 425 million tons of CO2 each year — more than the annual emissions from U.S. cars and trucks combined, according to a study led by Woods Hole Research Center and Boston University.All this makes it increasingly important to preserve Papua’s rainforests, Eggen says.“We are at an important crossroad where the past and the future of the forest area [in Papua] is determined now,” he says.The region lost 3,705 square kilometers (1,430 square miles) of forest between 2001 and 2016, according to a recent study by the World Resources Institute (WRI). This leaves Papua with 82 percent of its forest, or about 260,000 square kilometers (100,400 square miles) — an area the size of Colorado — still intact or degraded to some degree, according to the study.That number, as large as it may seem, isn’t expected to last. Under a 2014 presidential regulation, the provinces of Papua and West Papua must keep a collective 70 percent of their forests intact, which means up to 38,000 square kilometers (14,700 square miles) can still be deforested — an area nearly the size of Switzerland.If the deforestation continues down to the 70 percent threshold, it will release 2.24 gigatons of CO2 into the atmosphere, says Arief Wijaya, climate and forests senior manager at WRI Indonesia. And given that Indonesia has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by 846 megatons of CO2 by 2029 under the Paris Agreement, clearing Papua’s forests is a surefire way to miss that target, he says.“But before that happens, there are a lot of what-if scenarios,” Arief says. “So there’s still a chance to save Papua’s forests.”For one thing, he questions the need for the palm oil industry to move into Papua.“Do we really need to expand oil palm plantations? And if we do, does it have to be in Papua? Can’t it be done in other regions, where the forests have already been degraded?” he says.The Kombai people welcome guests during the sago grub festival in Boven Digoel, Papua. Image by Hans Nicholas Jong/Mongabay.Sago villageBenediktus, the Boven Digoel district head, says there’s no point in having indigenous communities like the Kombai protect their forests if they don’t stand to benefit economically, as promised by the REDD+ scheme.REDD+, short for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, is a global initiative that aims to generate financial flows for forest-related carbon emissions reduction and removal schemes. This can take the form of payments from net emitters to indigenous peoples and other forest communities to offset the same amount of emissions through conservation of their forests.But Benediktus says he hasn’t seen any benefits to indigenous communities from REDD+.“These indigenous peoples want their children to be doctors as well,” he said. “How can they pay for their children’s education if they’re only told to protect their forests?”He says he worries that the offer of quick cash for their land will tempt indigenous communities to give up their forests.“The main problem for Papuans is that they don’t have a reliable source of income to provide for their families,” he says. “That’s why some of them give up their lands so that they can get easy money to send their children to school. That’s what needs to be changed.”Erichsrud of the RFN says indigenous communities like the Kombai can actually earn money by protecting their ancestral forests, with local NGOs like PSPL working to establish various sources of income for them, such as planting pepper and rubber trees.“Because source of income is really important [for them],” he says. “Even though tribes like the Kombai still live in the forest, they’re still connected to the market. That’s why they need cash.”Those working with the Kombai are also exploring the idea of developing the village of Uni and its sago grub festival as a tourist attraction. Separately, the Papua provincial forestry agency is developing its own tourist village in a sago forest in the Sentani area of Jayapura.John Herman Mampioper, from Ottow Geissler University in Jayapura, says the idea is to turn the village in Sentani into a ecotourism spot much like the better-known mangrove village in the Indonesia tourist hub of Bali.“This has never been done before in Indonesia,” he says of the sago village. “Tourists will be able to explore sago forests and know what they’re like. They can also learn how Papuans use sago traditionally.”John, a sago researcher who also works for the provincial forestry agency, says sago forests like those of the Kombai are a source of more than just food and livelihood.Sago used to be the staple food for the people of Papua, before being replaced by rice, the mainstay of the rest of Indonesia. Yet sago continues to play an important role in Papuan society, including as a ritual food, as in the Kombai sago grub feast.“Sago is a part of their culture. Can you imagine what will happen if they lose their sago forests? Their culture will disappear along with that,” John says.For Kombai tribesmen like Daniel Mitop, the forests are simply a place to call home, not a tool to fight climate change or a tourist attraction. The tribe’s name derives from the indigenous word hombai, which translates roughly into “there are people on this land.”“If we lose our forests,” he says before rejoining the sago grub feast, “then our tribe can no longer be called Kombai.” Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong Banner image: Kombai men march toward the village of Uni in Boven Digoel district, Papua, for the sago grub feast. Image by EcoNusa Foundation. 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Surprising Alaves to take on Barcelona in Copa del Rey final

first_imgLATEST STORIES Real Madrid president Florentino Perez hinted on Thursday that the club’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium likely won’t be available because renovation work will be underway during the final.Last season, officials wanted Barcelona and Sevilla to play the decider at the Bernabeu, but a Bruce Springsteen concert was scheduled for the venue and Madrid avoided having its biggest rival celebrating a title on its grounds. The final was eventually played at Atletico’s Vicente Calderon Stadium. –Tales AzzoniSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Barcelona, meanwhile, has been in the Copa del Rey final in seven of the last nine seasons, including the last four. It has won it a record 28 times, including the last two.But despite the lopsided matchup, there’s reason to believe in an historic result in the final.Alaves stunned Barcelona 2-1 at Camp Nou in the Spanish league this season, handing the Catalan club its only home loss with goals by Deyverson and Ibai Gomez.The teams meet again in the league on Saturday in Basque Country. Barcelona is second in the league with 18 more points than 12th-place Alaves.Before the league loss, Barcelona had won five straight games between the two sides, including four in the Copa del Rey. It won both games in the last 16 in 2007, and cruised to a 6-1 aggregate win in the early rounds in 2012.Barcelona has yet to lose a Copa del Rey home-and-away series since coach Luis Enrique took over in 2014, a run of 12 straight triumphs.It made it to this year’s final by eliminating Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad, and Atletico Madrid, the latter in the semifinals.Alaves got past Deportivo La Coruna, second-division club Alcorcon, and Celta, which eliminated Real Madrid in the quarterfinals.Barcelona is already certain to be without defender Sergi Roberto and striker Luis Suarez, who were sent off on Tuesday in the 1-1 draw against Atletico at Camp Nou. Suarez was handed a two-game suspension on Thursday for refusing to immediately leave the field after being shown the red card.The venue for the final has yet to be determined, although it will likely be in Madrid. View comments Alaves’s Edgar Mendez (center left) celebrates his goal after scoring against Celta during the Spanish Copa del Rey semifinal, second leg soccer match between Alaves and Celta, at Mendizorroza stadium, in Vitoria, northern Spain, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Alaves won the match 1-0 and will play the Copa del Rey final against FC Barcelona. (Photo by ALVARO BARRIENTOS/AP)MADRID — There could hardly be more contrasting teams in the Copa del Rey final.Alaves, the recently promoted club from Basque Country, will be playing in the final of a major tournament only for the second time in its 96-year history.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Barcelona, on the other hand, will be making its 39th appearance in the Copa final.Barcelona has won virtually every possible title in the competitions it has played.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAlaves’ only winner’s trophy is for Spain’s second division.In the final on May 27, Barcelona will field the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, and Neymar.center_img Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Alaves’ top forward is Deyverson, a Brazilian barely known even in his native country.“This was unthinkable in the beginning of the season,” Alaves coach Mauricio Pellegrino said after their clinching 1-0 home win over Celta Vigo on Wednesday in the semifinals. “We’ll be mobilized for this final.”The only other time Alaves enjoyed this kind of success was 16 years ago when it reached the final of the UEFA Cup. It lost to Liverpool 5-4 in extra time in a thriller in Dortmund.It has mostly struggled since then, spending several years out of Spain’s top division. The club, founded in 1921, was promoted to La Liga this season after 10 years in the lower divisions, including four in the third tier.“After 96 years, to reach the Copa final for the first time, there will be a ’before’ and an ’after’ this achievement,” Alaves president Alfonso Fernandez de Troconiz said. “It’s been an amazing season.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Having coach’s trust boosts Salado’s confidence MOST READ Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILGlast_img read more

Rodney rejected Burnham’s clean-up

first_imgMany Guyanese have wondered about the utility of the WPA in the PNC’s formation of APNU when, objectively, the WPA had dwindled to a handful of elderly armchair warriors by 2011.The answer lies in the WPA’s role in rehabilitation of the PNC in the aftermath of the PNC’s sordid history, by deploying the moral capital Dr Walter Rodney had earned in Guyana as a member of the WPA between his return in 1974 and his assassination by Burnham in June 1980.In the continued effort to prove their relevancy in the upcoming elections, and to ensure that the WPA continue to occupy a possible Cabinet seat, WPA Executive Dr David Hinds recently went even further, by seeking to rehabilitate the founder leader of the PNC, Forbes Burnham, as summarised in the caption of his column: “Our Guyana, Our Caribbean and Our Forbes Burnham,” (KN 5-45-19).“Our Burnham”He begins his restorative project by setting up a false dichotomy in asserting he “realize(d) that there is no line between our critique of leaders and our demonization of them.” Why does “critique” have to be contraposed with “demonization” if the critique is factually based? Hinds’s denunciation of “demonisation” of Burnham would be morally offensive to the hundreds of thousands of Guyanese whose lives were ruined by Burnham’s policies. The rice farmers, for instance, who were immiserated by being forced to sell their rice and paddy for a song to the PNC Government, which made windfall profits on the world market. Or sugar workers who saw their hard-won profit-sharing snatched away with the levy Burnham imposed.Hinds’s epiphany on Burnham evidently arose because he has “become aware that Mr. Burnham meant a great deal to the earlier generations of African Guyanese.” But this is an epistemologically untenable position. That Burnham was a hero to a great many Guyanese does not confer on his positions any greater truth or validity. Hitler was a hero to the vast majority of Germans, but that does not excuse his horrible excesses.As Walter Rodney said in his “People’s Power: No Dictator”: “We cannot say that Guyana today has reached the same stage as Germany under Hitler’s rule, because that would be to lose a sense of proportion. Burnham as a dictator is petty because ours is a nation of less than a million people.”Situating Burnham in a “complex Guyana”, Hinds postulated, “There are three narratives about Burnham, each of which is valid. First, there is the narrative of Burnham the visionary who used government to empower Guyanese, especially the poor, and who lifted the image of Guyana globally through a most progressive foreign policy.” But we know that Burnham did not seek to “empower Guyanese”, just those who had PNC “party cards”; as recently reiterated by PNC Chair, Volda Lawrence.As for Burnham’s “progressive foreign policy”, Rodney had this to say: “On the international scene, Burnham could never be a powerful force.” Rodney, of course, experienced the opportunism of Burnham with his pretentions on “progressiveness”, and this was expressed decades later when African progressives opposed the latter receiving an honour from South Africa.According to Hinds, “The second narrative about Burnham is that of the dictator”, which he concedes but excuses: “to think that that was all that defined him is to be equally dishonest. And many in our midst, especially our Indian Guyanese brethren and sistren, are of that mindset.”But did not Rodney describe why Indian Guyanese might hold that view? “We should refer to the pamphlet by Jessie Burnham, entitled Beware My Brother Forbes, in which she describes his racist attitude to Indians, his absolute selfishness, and his limitless ambition to hold others in domination.”The third narrative, according to Hinds, is his self-described “critical” one adopted by himself.Rodney, however, had a different position. He demanded Guyanese call a spade a spade: “Our language must express not only ridicule but anger and disgust….Guyana has seen the “Burnham Touch” — anything he touches turns to shit!”last_img read more

Kevin De Bruyne latest! Man City table £47million bid for Wolfsburg star

first_img Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City have made a fresh bid to bring Kevin De Bruyne to the Etihad.Manuel Pellegrini has been tracking the talented former Chelsea playmaker all summer and according to L’Equipe, City are testing Wolfsburg’s resolve to keep hold of the Belgian with a bid close to 47m. talkSPORT told you this week that Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking was reluctant to sell his star asset, however the mega-rich Premier League club’s latest approach could prove too good an offer to turn down.City want to bolster their options on both flanks and see De Bruyne, who spent two disappointing seasons at Chelsea between 2012 and 2014, as a player who could bring much-needed balance to their midfield.The 24-year-old is reportedly keen to prove himself in the Premier League and is expected to make his intentions clear over his next move by the end of the week. 1last_img read more

FIGHT! Liverpool ready to beat Tottenham to highly-rated transfer chief

first_imgLiverpool are now favourites to employ Juventus’ Fabio Paratici as their new sporting director.talkSPORT told you on Wednesday that Tottenham have had several approaches for Paratici rejected by Juve as they search for Franco Baldini’s replacement.And now, according to Sky Sports Italia, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has identified Paratici as the ideal candidate to work alongside him at Anfield.However, Juve are reluctant to let the 43-year-old leave Turin, having enjoyed domestic and European success since he joined them from Sampdoria in 2010.But the lure of a new era under Klopp at Liverpool may turn Paratici’s head, who is understood to be keen on working in the Premier League. Fabio Paratici [centre] 1last_img read more

Man shot dead in Lawndale

first_imgA man was fatally shot Saturday at a Lawndale apartment complex, a sheriff’s deputy said. The shooting was reported in the 4200 block of West Rosecrans Avenue at 1:45 p.m., Deputy Maribel Rizo said. After reports of a shooting, deputies were directed to an underground parking structure, where they found the body. The victim’s name was withheld pending notification of family. – From staff and news services AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mel Gibson: I am not a bigot

first_imgMel Gibson said Tuesday he is not a bigot and he apologized to “everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words” he used when he was arrested for investigation of drunken driving. “Hatred of any kind goes against my faith,” he said in a statement released through publicist Alan Nierob. “I’m not just asking for forgiveness,” Gibson said. “I would like to take it one step further, and meet with leaders in the Jewish community, with whom I can have a one-on-one discussion to discern the appropriate path for healing.” It was the second apology the 50-year-old Oscar winner has issued through Nierob since his Friday arrest. Gibson said he’s “in the process of understanding where those vicious words came from during that drunken display” and hopes members of the Jewish community, “whom I have personally offended,” will help him in his recovery efforts. “There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-Semitic remark,” Gibson said. “But please know from my heart that I am not an anti-Semite. I am not a bigot. Hatred of any kind goes against my faith.” “We are glad that Mel Gibson has finally owned up to the fact that he made anti-Semitic remarks, and his apology sounds sincere. We welcome his efforts to repair the damage he has caused,” Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement. “Once he completes his rehabilitation for alcohol abuse, we will be ready and willing to help him with his second rehabilitation to combat this disease of prejudice.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles “I welcome his words. And I hope and pray that they are sincere and heartfelt,” but Gibson needs to show “tangible actions” of repentance, said Rabbi Mark S. Diamond of the 280-member Board of Rabbis of Southern California. “I don’t want to minimize for a moment the hurt and anger, the anguish, his words have created in our community,” he said. Gibson acknowledged “there will be many in that community who will want nothing to do with me, and that would be understandable. But I pray that that door is not forever closed.” Gibson was pulled over for speeding early Friday in Malibu and arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was released several hours later after posting $5,000 bail. On Monday the Sheriff’s Department sent its case to prosecutors, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. According to the official, the report states that a tequila bottle was found in Gibson’s car when he was pulled over on Pacific Coast Highway. The department’s initial account of the arrest did not mention Gibson’s remarks. However, the law enforcement official quoted Gibson as saying, “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,” and asking the arresting officer, “Are you a Jew?” The sheriff’s deputy who arrested Gibson said Monday he feels badly that the star’s reputation has been damaged but he hopes Gibson will think twice before drinking and driving again. “I don’t take pride in hurting Mr. Gibson,” Deputy James Mee told The Associated Press during an interview outside his home. Mee, who is Jewish, said he didn’t take Gibson’s remarks seriously. “That stuff is booze talking,” the deputy said. However, Gibson’s latest statement said he must take responsibility for making anti-Semitic remarks because as a public person, “when I say something, either articulated and thought out, or blurted out in a moment of insanity, my words carry weight in the public arena.” Gibson noted that his apology and efforts to repair relations with the Jewish community “is not about a film.” ABC announced late Monday that it had scrapped plans for Gibson to produce a miniseries on the Holocaust. “This is about real life and recognizing the consequences hurtful words can have,” Gibson said. To some people, however, it is about movies. “I don’t think I want to see any more Mel Gibson movies,” Barbara Walters said Monday on the ABC talk show “The View.” ABC is owned by Disney, which was in the early stages of planning the marketing for Gibson’s next film “Apocalypto.” This is not the first time Gibson has faced accusations of anti-Semitism. Gibson produced, directed and financed the 2004 blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ,” which some Jewish leaders said cast Jews as the killers of Jesus. Days before “Passion” was released, Gibson’s father, Hutton Gibson, was quoted as saying the Holocaust was mostly “fiction.” Gibson won a best-director Oscar for 1995’s “Braveheart” and starred in the “Lethal Weapon” and “Mad Max” films, among others. In recent years, he has turned his attention to producing films and TV shows through his Icon Productions. The hundreds of millions of dollars he made from “The Passion” has given the star the ability to finance his own films, giving him a measure of independence from the major studios. His last major starring role was in the 2002 film “Signs.” He played a supporting part in the 2003 film, “The Singing Detective,” which he also produced. Associated Press Writers Solvej Schou, Jeremiah Marquez and Andrew Glazer contributed to this report.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Judge dropping remaining Brockovich Medicare suits

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Brockovich sued earlier this year, alleging hospitals and nursing homes billed Medicare for millions of dollars to pay for follow-up treatment of patients who were the victims of neglect or medical mistakes. However, the lawsuits listed no actual cases of abuse. Her lawyers said they were hoping to find evidence of wrongdoing when attorneys began investigating before trial in the process known as discovery. The same judge dismissed five other suits last month. A federal judge tentatively dismissed 24 lawsuits brought by celebrated legal crusader Erin Brockovich against hospital and nursing home owners in California on claims of Medicare overbilling. A final ruling was expected within a week or two, said Nick Hanna, an attorney for one of the defendants. The judge indicated Tuesday that he intended to dismiss the cases with prejudice, meaning Brockovich could not refile them in a federal court, Hanna said. “With all due respect to the court, I believe that their interpretation … is wrong and will appeal the order,” Brockovich said in a statement Wednesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Heroin, Meth Land Two Bedford Men in Jail

first_imgDuring the afternoon hours of March 8th, Indiana State Police Sergeants Greg Day and Rusty Garrison conducted a traffic stop in rural Lawrence County on a Ford Edge passenger car after Sgt. Day recognized the driver as Darin S. Rollman, 44 of Bedford.Sgt. Day knew Rollman was wanted on an active felony arrest warrant through Lawrence County and then found Juston D. Sears, 41 of Bedford to be a passenger in the vehicle.During the course of the stop, hypodermic syringes and drug paraphernalia was discovered in plain view. Rollman was found to have approximately 1 gram of heroin and 2 morphine pills on his person. He also possessed hypodermic syringes and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle.Sears was found to have syringes and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle as well. He also had approximately 2 grams of heroin, 1 gram of methamphetamine, and 4 morphine pills on his person.The heroin was packaged in a manner consistent with dealing the drug. Other evidence discovered during the stop led officers to establish probable cause that Sears was dealing the heroin.The Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section assisted with the investigation.Sgt. Day arrested both Rollman and Sears for multiple drug related offenses. Both were incarcerated at the Lawrence County Jail.Rollman was arrested for the following:Warrant – Petition to Revoke Suspended SentencePossession of Narcotic Drug (Heroin) with a Prior Conviction, Level 5 FelonyPossession of Narcotic Drug (Morphine), Level 6 FelonyPossession of Hypodermic Syringe, Level 6 FelonyHabitual Criminal Offender EnhancementSears was arrested for the following:Dealing Narcotic Drug between 1-5 Grams, Level 4 FelonyPossession Narcotic Drug (Heroin), Level 6 FelonyPossession of Narcotic Drug (Morphine), Level 6 FelonyPossession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 FelonyPossession of Hypodermic Syringe, Level 6 FelonyUnder the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.Darin S. Rollman, 44 of BedfordJuston D. Sears, 41 of Bedfordlast_img read more