$29 million deforestation fines: game changer for Brazilian soy trade?

first_imgArticle published by Glenn Scherer Agriculture, Amazon Agriculture, Controversial, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Crime, Environmental Politics, Forests, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Industrial Agriculture, Land Use Change, Soy, Tropical Deforestation Operation Soy Sauce was launched by IBAMA, the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, and resulted in 105.7 million Brazilian reais (US $29 million) in fines to transnational soy commodities traders and farmers for illegal deforestation in the Cerrado, Brazil’s savannah grasslands east of the Amazon.Five transnational commodities companies – Cargill Inc, Bunge Ltd, ABC Indústria e Comércio SA, JJ Samar Agronegócios Eireli, and Uniggel Proteção de Plantas Ltda – were fined more than 24.6 million Brazilian reais (US $6.5 million) for buying soy grown on lands without deforestation licenses.The rest of the fines were against individual farmers. Non-compliance with environmental policies was found on 77 Cerrado properties, using geospatial data gathered via satellite monitoring.The fines came at an inopportune time for IBAMA, with commodities traders and the pubic distracted by a Brazilian trucking strike. But some analysts say the fines are a wakeup call, and maybe even a game changer for the industry. Others say deforestation is built into the soy production model and that the fines will have little long-term impact. Soy makes up more than 12 percent of Brazil’s exports, worth US $25.7 billion in 2017. This makes it an important engine for the Brazilian economy. The high profit margin also tempts farmers to break deforestation regulations, and for commodities companies to potentially look the other way regarding their soybean sourcing. Photo by Flávia Milhorance.Operation Soy Sauce has sent a strong warning signal to Brazil’s soy industry. At the end of May, five transnational grain trading companies, along with dozens of their supplying farmers, were issued fines totaling 105.7 million Brazilian reais (US $29 million) by IBAMA, the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources. The agency hopes the penalties will draw attention to illegal deforestation throughout the country, and make the soy sector more accountable for its failure to embargo crops from off-limit areas.The investigation, carried out jointly by IBAMA and the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office (MPF), scrutinized the soy trade in the states of Maranhão, Tocantins, Piauí and Bahia, a region collectively known as Matopiba – the county’s latest agricultural frontier, and part of the Brazilian savannah biome known as the Cerrado. Currently, 11 percent of Brazil soybean production occurs in Matopiba, and more than half of its 337 municipalities have produced soy in the last decade.The Cerrado is rich in biodiversity, but its northern portion is rapidly being converted from native vegetation to agriculture, and the soy industry is expected to develop even further here in coming years. Cerrado deforestation is currently advancing quicker in the Matopiba states than any other part of the biome. “If there is no state action to inhibit this practice and prevent the arrival of these [embargoed] goods to the market, deforestation increases,” said Renê Luiz de Oliveira, head of environmental enforcement at IBAMA, in a statement.When the agency first noticed breaches of the embargo, it started its investigation into how the soy moved along the links in the productive chain. as well as learning the modus operandi for the illegal activities, he added. The new fines come amidst increasing tensions between conservationists and the agribusiness sector.At the forefront of the expansion of the soy sector stands the Matopiba region, where 11 percent of Brazil’s total soy production takes place. Matopiba is in the northern section of the Cerrado biome. This is the region where IBAMA focused its investigation. Photo by Flávia Milhorance.“No way they didn’t know”The five transnational commodities companies – Cargill Inc, Bunge Ltd, ABC Indústria e Comércio SA, JJ Samar Agronegócios Eireli, and Uniggel Proteção de Plantas Ltda – were fined more than 24.6 million Brazilian reais (US $6.5 million) for acquiring roughly 49,000 bags, 60 kilograms (132 pounds) each, of soybeans produced in fields embargoed by IBAMA.Those IBAMA embargoed plots were areas in which farmers had cleared native brushland, while lacking licences to deforest, and where vegetation was supposed to be allowed to regenerate. “But sometimes farmers think they are not going to be checked, and continue farming there again,” explains Tiago Reis, a PhD researcher at Université Catholique de Louvain who studies agricultural supply chains. Non-compliance with environmental policies was found on 77 properties, using geospatial data.IBAMA’s investigation found that the trading companies had closed purchase deals with the farmers in anticipation of harvests, a common practice in commodities futures trading. “That means they [the traders] surely carried out financial risk assessments. No way they didn’t know that the soy was coming from embargoed areas – that’s even publicly available information,” Reis told Mongabay.“Or if they didn’t know, they didn’t pay attention,” says Mairon G. Bastos Lima, researcher at Chalmers University of Technology who works with TRASE, a platform that monitors global supply chains.The rapid expansion of the soy industry in the Matopiba region comes at the expense of the natural vegetation of the Cerrado, a vast and extremely biodiverse savannah. Photo by Alicia Prager.Increased Attention to Brazil’s “Wild West”Even though fines of US $6.5 million, split amongst five transnational commodities trading firms, will hardly make a difference in their company budgets, the penalties send a strong message to the sector: “It shows that the agencies are aware. Currently the actors on the ground act as if there was no one watching,” Reis explains.The amount of money fined is the least important aspect in this case, he adds. What counts is that these companies’ reputations are at stake.The IBAMA operation itself happened within the context of increased federal attention towards the Matopiba region, the “Wild West” of Brazil, as Bastos Lima calls it. “Fines need to be enforced in order for the whole system to work,” he says.The investigation took the Brazilian Agriculture and Livestock Confederation (CNA), representing farmers, by surprise. The CNA noted that satellite pictures are produced monthly, so violations should have been noticed immediately, and penalties ongoing, not delivered all in one batch this May. The CNA also argues that conservation should be the burden of society as a whole, and not laid on the shoulders of individual farmers.“It’s an imbalance, Everybody believes that preservation is important, but society has to assume a role there, not only farmers,” says Rodrigo Justus, environmental consultant at CNA.Conservationists, however, point out that large percentages of Brazil’s native vegetation, outside of the Amazon, is located on private property, which makes preservation and regulation challenging.“So it’s necessary that agribusiness players contribute to ecosystem conservation, at least to the level mandated by law,” says Bastos Lima. Key to ensuring this happens is the further development of sustainable supply chains in order to conserve the Cerrado. All participants in the chain of production, marketing and trading have to strictly be held accountable, agree environmentalists. For IBAMA that means correct market controls, says Luiz de Oliveira, head of environmental enforcement at the institute.On May 23, IBAMA issued fines worth US $29 million to five big commodities trading houses, as well as to dozens of farmers, who failed to follow the embargoes that were put on illegally deforested areas. Photo by Alicia Prager.Unprecedented penaltiesUnfortunately for IBAMA, the issuance of the fines came at a bad moment, as a national strike by truck drivers paralyzes the country, an event that concerns the commodities companies and attracts the Brazilian public’s attention far more than the soy fines.“The fines don’t receive as much attention as they might have otherwise,” says Reis. At the same time, he adds, the soy industry has been largely responsible and careful not to violate environmental laws, as compared to other agricultural sectors. While IBAMA’s penalties against soy producers are a novelty, fines occur regularly with the beef sector, for example.In total, all phases of Operation Soy Sauce resulted in the seizure of 84,024 bags of soy –5,041 tons in all, IBAMA stated. In addition to the fines, the MPF has announced that it will propose a public civil action targeting the addressed offenders and requiring that they repair all environmental damages caused by the illegal activity.Asked for a statement, Bunge replied that it disputes the allegations and has filed a response to IBAMA contesting the findings. “We intend to pursue all available channels to clarify this matter,” the statement reads. The same goes for Algar Agro (the new name for ABC Indústria e Comércio SA). The firm says it has already presented its defense, and has proven that it follows best practices in the purchase of grains. Cargill answered inquiries by reaffirming that the company has internal processes and controls to avoid purchases from embargoed areas. The firm said that facts related to the notice are under review, and appropriate measures will be taken to address the matter.Concerned about the implications for its reputation, Uniggel Sementes, responded that the company Uniggel Proteção de Plantas Ltda – fined more than 13 million Brazilian reais (US $3.5 million) for the purchase of 26,510 bags of soybeans in Tocantins – is not associated with the Uniggel brand, despite it carrying the Uniggel name.While some analysts see the fines as a valuable conservation tool, they note that ongoing agricultural expansion in Brazil has far-reaching implications for the surrounding landscape. “Companies keep talking about responsible soy production, but the very model of industrial agriculture is built on a foundation of deforestation and land conflicts,” Devlin Kuyek from GRAIN, an NGO, says. Expansion of soy production inevitably brings with it many problems for neighboring communities, including deforestation and a decrease in water resources. “It is a very unsustainable model, part of a big global supply chain,” he says.“The Matopiba region is nicknamed the ‘Wild West’ of Brazil,” says Mairon G. Bastos Lima. Here, up until now, everything seemed to happen far from the eyes of the state. Operation Soy Sauce made clear that Brazil’s regulatory agencies are watching. Photo by Alicia Prager/Business as usual versus conservation?Agribusiness constitutes a vital part for the Brazilian economy, comprising 23.5 percent of the country’s GDP in 2017 and 36 percent of its exports. Soy specifically, makes up nearly 12 percent of the nation’s exports, accounting for an estimated US $25.7 billion in 2017, up from US $19.3 billion the year before. This year Brazil is expected to outperform the United States, becoming the world’s largest soybean producer. In 2017, Brazil exported 68.1 million metric tons – a volume that has been increasing steadily over the last decade.This makes soy one of Brazil’s most valuable export commodities. The lion’s share of Brazilian soy flows to China, but also Spain and Germany, as tracked by TRASE.However, this explosion in Brazilian production, especially in the Cerrado, could be managed in a more sustainable way, says Bastos Lima. He points to the many zero-deforestation commitments that big commodities trading houses have signed themselves up to in the past, such as the largely successful Amazon Soy Moratorium.The companies “always say they know best how to regulate themselves, but they apparently violate their own pledges,” he says. Observers expect that IBAMA’s latest fines could cause the firms to be more careful regarding deforestation. Especially because consumer trust is at stake. “I think it was a powerful wakeup call,” says Bastos Lima. “Maybe a game changer.”FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.Soy silos stand as a gateway into the agricultural boomtown of Luis Eduardo Magalhães, Bahia state. In the Matopiba region, infrastructure is primarily developed to support agriculture, with the soy industry held in high esteem, and seen as both a cash cow and a sacred cow, rarely subject to punishment for infractions of environmental law. 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I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Celebrating the Little Milestones

first_imgThousands of Liberians thronged the streets of Monrovia to give their team, the Lone Star, a fitting welcome after their first away win in a decade. Liberia had played 1-1 with Guinea Bissau in Monrovia on October 8, 2015. After that match, tempers flared as the Liberian fans spewed insults and pelted their team. Fresh on the heel of defeating Tunisia and cognizant of their team’s anemic away performance, the fans expected an emphatic win in Monrovia against a third world, lowly rated side – Guinea Bissau. This was not to happen – as the boys from Bissau held their own on Liberian turf and were worthy of sharing the spoils of the match. Fast forward to the return leg on October 13, 2015, the excitement that filled the air post the Tunisia match has ebbed. The decade long poor away-game showings have beleaguered the Lone Star and stifled spectators’ confidence. Liberia needed a win or double goal draw to qualify, and many Liberians believed that was a “big ask,” even monumental, of their team given the home advantage that Guinea Bissau now held. Post the 1-1 draw against Guinea Bissau, James Debbah, the oracle trusted with transforming Liberia’s fortune, found his mojo under the spotlight. Many commentators sniped at the coach’s long ball tactics. They employed the ‘Lone Star strikers don’t have the pedestal to compete on such terms,’ hence they were detached from the game.On the eve of the match in Bissau, Liberia FA President Musa Bility – who is seeking the FIFA presidency – drummed up his team spirit- inducing monetary vow if the Lone Star come away with the Holy Grail.Thanks to civil crises, which arrested developments in both countries, the match was not beamed on television. Those of us who got to the Internet – on live score – twenty (20) minutes late were pleasantly surprised and swamped with elation that the Lone Star was leading 2-0, courtesy of Williams Jebor. Jebor would go on to net his third in the dying minutes – salvaging a historic 3-1 win for Liberia and arguably going down as the first Liberian to ever net a hat trick in an international match. That has placed him among the enviable legends of Liberian football, with the likes of Wannibo Toe, George Weah and his current Coach James Debbah. Excuse my amplification. In Liberia we exaggeratedly celebrate the little milestones. That is theLiberian way, as Dr. Robtel Pailey put it: “Liberians are generous people. They rejoice and celebrate the small milestones in life – the birth of a child, a marriage, a graduation” and certainly a sweet Lone Star victory. On November 13, 2013, our next World Cup qualifier is against Ivory Coast – our Mano River neighbor. There is traffic between the two countries – ethnic groups straddle our borders, but unlike as with our other neighbors, Sierra Leone and Guinea – Ivoirians and Liberians celebrate their similarities and keep their suspicions of each other beneath the surface. However, this time will be different. Liberians are finding their voices. There is excitement in the air; a flicker of hope, and so much to play for: to put an end to Ivorian hegemony over Liberia in football, a world cup slot and the joy of beating a star studded Ivorian team. Bring It On! We’ve got Jebor, the new kid who carries the hopes and aspirations of a nation on his shoulder.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_img Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Next Match: at Queen’s University 1/26/2019 | 1:00 p.m. Matchup History TORONTO STATS: The Ottawa native had a game-high 17 kills and added one ace and one assisted bock, as well as 15 digs in the loss.Fifth-year veteran Anna Feore notched a career-high 20 points off of 15 kills, three blocks and two aces and also had 15 digs on the day. Second-year standout Jenna Woock added 12.5 points off of eight kills, three aces and 1.5 blocks, while third-year outside hitter Brianna Patrick had 11 points and 11 digs.Rookie setter Hayley Goodwin tallied 45 assists and 10 digs, while third-year libero Sophia Currier had 14 digs.UP NEXT: The Blues return to action next Saturday, January 26 as they travel to Kingston, Ont., to take on the Queen’s Gaels. Opening serve is scheduled for 1 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnaptChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.*OUA women’s volleyball switched from a side-out scoring system to a rally scoring system in 1999-00. This change dramatically altered the length of matches and created a need to distinguish statistical category leaders between the two eras. This record is from 1999-00 onwards. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Preview Fourth-year right side hitter Alina Dormann became the University of Toronto women’s volleyball team’s all-time point leader but the No. 8 nationally ranked Varsity Blues dropped a 3-2 (25-15, 15-25, 25-22, 21-25, 6-15) decision to the No. 4 Ryerson Rams  on Sunday (Jan. 20) at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.RECORD WATCH: With her 18.5 points today, Dormann passed 2016 Olympian Heather Bansley (1,014) and two-time all-Canadian Charlotte Sider (1077.5) as U of T’s all-time career point leader*with 1,085 points.With her 18.5 points today, Alina Dormann became the Varsity Blues women’s volleyball all-time career point leader. Congratulations Alina!WE ALL #BLEEDBLUE #WeAreTO pic.twitter.com/F5yZMiXAkR— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) January 20, 2019last_img read more

Legally impossible to steal from oneself – Nandlall

first_imgLaw books vendetta…calls for SOCU to do honourable thing and withdraw chargesFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlall has issued a call for the charges of larceny by bailee instituted against him to be withdrawn. This comes after the publishers of the law books he is accused of stealing affirmed that the law books were indeed being delivered to him in a personal and not official capacity.After checks of its database, Lexis Nexis, the United Kingdom-based publisher of the law reports, stated that the account was and always has been under Nandlall’s name for more than 10 years. In fact, the publisher stated there was noFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlall engaged in discussion with his successor, Basil Williamsarrangement with the Government of Guyana as the owner of the reports.“During the year 2012, we were instructed to directly deliver the said law reports and correspondence to him (at the Attorney General Chambers). We are unable to find any subscriptions for Law Reports of the Commonwealth for the Government of Guyana or the Attorney General’s Chambers from 2012 to 2015 and even up to present,” the publisher made known in its correspondence.The fact that Nandlall was receiving the books on his personal behalf and not the Government of Guyana’s contradicts the charges brought against him by members of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).The charges detail that between May 15 and May 29, 2015, while being a bailee (custodian), Nandlall fraudulently converted to his own use and benefit 14 Commonwealth Law Reports, valued $2.3 million, which SOCU alleges he unlawfully retained after demitting office in 2015.Commenting on the new development, Nandlall stated that it was legally impossible for someone to steal his own property and thus, the charges could only be an expression of malice and incompetence. He noted that the honourable thing for any professional to do would be to withdraw the charges, as they are “bad in law”.“The correspondence is self-explanatory. It corroborates every material detail I disclosed about this transaction over a year ago. However, I wish to highlight the company’s assertion that they never sold and delivered these books to the Government of Guyana, nor the Attorney General Chambers, nor the Ministry of Legal Affairs between the period 2012-2015, or even to date,” Nandlall stated in response to the correspondence.He noted that the publisher attested to “at all times (having) these books sold and delivered to me and that it was I, who directed their delivery to the Ministry, during my tenure as a Minister. This correspondence should finally put to rest the issue of ownership of those books.”“It is not legally possible for a person to steal his own property. The charge instituted against me, therefore, is not only bad in law, but it is an expression of malice and incompetence by those who instituted it and by those who inspired its institution.”He reminded that from the time he was brought before the court, he had stated that the charge had nothing to do with law, but more to do with political witch-hunting and a political vendetta.“I am being vindicated with each passing day. A professional worth his salt would do the honourable thing and withdraw the charge,” he said. “But I doubt this will happen in this instance.”Back in November 2015, Legal Affairs Ministry Permanent Secretary Indira Ananjit was sent on 52 days’ leave after the law books were found missing. This caused an audit to be launched by the Auditor General’s Office to locate the books. Nandlall has repeatedly said that the books were part of his conditions of service, an assertion backed up by former President Donald Ramotar.He had explained on previous occasions that when he was appointed Attorney General, he requested as part of his contract, of service for the Government of Guyana to stand the expense for his subscriptions for the Commonwealth law books.“I was subscribing to this particular law report over a decade before my appointment as Attorney General. When I was offered the position, one of the conditions I asked for is for the Government of Guyana to continue to pay the subscription of these books, because I did not want to break the subscription,” Nandlall had pointed out.Insisting that nothing was abnormal about the practice, the former AG had argued that such was done by other Government Ministries such as Finance and Health.He had expressed awareness that for decades prior, the Government had paid for professional and technical publications, journals, periodicals, and magazines. This, he said, had been done for Ministers as well as professional and technical personnel.last_img read more

Local teacher chosen for regional study

first_img“We’re talking original documents here, the kind where you have to put gloves on first. Are you kidding me?” This is the third National Endowment of the Humanities program that Moore, a 39-year teaching veteran, has been chosen to participate in since the mid-1990s. The institute, which begins June 24, has three main objectives: to provide teachers a chance to study, see and experience the diverse American South; to demonstrate how geography is related to and draws from other humanities and social sciences; and to show teachers how they can use geographical methods to analyze and interpret data and access resources by using computers. “The Whittier City School District is pleased Mr. Moore has been chosen to participate in this very prestigious program,” said Superintendent Carmella Franco. “He is a dedicated teacher \ enhances the lives of our students.” As part of the program, Moore said, participants will come up with at least five lesson plans on what they’ve studied to bring back to their schools. “Maybe 75 percent of the institute is content-oriented. They have all kinds of interesting facts that kids can really get into,” Moore said. The institute is led by experts who teach at the University of Tennessee. “These institutes provide exposure to some of the best minds in the country on the subject being studied,” Moore said. “One of them is a guy who wrote a book on how to build a log cabin – a log cabin! How cool is that?” Once the institute is over, Moore said he will stay in the area for a while, visiting the state archives in Nashville and other local attractions. “I’m definitely looking forward to it,” he added. “I know that the information I gain from the institute will play a large role not only in my classroom, but in my own scholarship.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – When Dexter Middle School history teacher Paul Moore learned he had been chosen by the National Endowment for the Humanities to attend a four-week institute this summer on the South, it was like winning a lottery jackpot, he said. Moore has held a fanatic interest in the South for years. He has even considered writing a book on Appalachian migration after he retires from teaching. So the endowment’s “American South: Geography and Culture” institute in Knoxville, Tenn., seemed tailor-made to Moore, 59, who was one of about two dozen teachers nationwide who received the $3,000 endowment grant to attend the institute. “It’s even going to cover map-making,” an excited Moore said outside his classroom on Friday. “We’re going to have access to the University of Tennessee’s library of maps of the South. last_img read more

Boy struck by car, killed near home

first_imgALHAMBRA – An 8-year- old boy was struck by a car and killed while running after his older brother through a residential neighborhood near their home early Tuesday, police said. The boy’s name was withheld at the request of his family. Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said the child was running after his eighth-grade brother, who was on his way to school, when he was hit by a car at 7:12 a.m. in the intersection of Grand Avenue and Second Street. The boys were about 50 yards from home at the time of the accident, Johnson said. Their mother and father rushed to the scene. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88The boy was transported in critical condition to San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, where he died. The driver of the vehicle was taking her children to school at the time of the accident. It appears that the boy ran in front of the car, and the driver was not cited, Johnson said. – Marshall Allenlast_img read more


first_imgTHURSDAY Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council will meet, 6 p.m., Granada Hills Public Library, 10640 Petit Ave. Call (818) 321-6259. Armenian/Greek Folk Dance, 7-10:30 p.m., Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Road. Call (562) 941-0845 or (818) 548-2147. Reseda Neighborhood Watch will meet, 7 p.m., West Valley Police Station Community Room, 19020 Vanowen St. Call (818) 374-7635 or (818) 374-7634. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild will meet, 7 p.m., Santa Clarita Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road. Call (661) 298-1385. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills. CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.last_img read more

Rafters walk-off in game two

first_imgFor the City TimesWISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (15-9) shutout the Green Bay Booyah (12-12) 7-0 in game one and walked-off for a 2-1 win in the nightcap of a June 20 doubleheader.Two runs scored on a ball put in play by Anthony Galason in the first inning to put Wisconsin Rapids on the board first in game one.  The Rafters added three more runs in the fourth inning on RBIs by Roman Trujillo, Luke Bowman, and Jaylen Guy.Peter Matt drove in an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth and scored later in the inning to give the Rafters a 7-0 lead. Gareth Stroh closed out a complete-game shutout to secure the Rafters win.Wisconsin Rapids had a quick turnaround for game two against Green Bay. The Booyah scored first on an error in the second inning and Anthony Galason tied the game with an RBI double in the bottom half of the inning.The divisional rivals took a 1-1 tie to the bottom of the seventh inning. Leading off the inning, Edarian Williams took a 1-0 pitch deep to left field for a walk-off homer. Neil Abbatiello had a stellar outing as the Rafters’ starter, going 6.2 innings and striking out seven. Brayden Bonner gets the win by securing the final out in the top of the seventh.The Rafters move into a 2.5-game lead over the Wisconsin Woodchucks for second place and sit two games behind the division-leading Madison Mallards in the standings.The Rafters hit the road for one game against the Booyah in Green Bay.last_img read more

Chimp Sequencing Wins Commitments

first_imgTOKYO–An international team of researchers is cobbling together an effort to sequence the chimpanzee genome. So far, the big global genome players aren’t joining the party. But scientists from smaller genome centers are making commitments to the project, ScienceNOW has learned from participants in a conference here.Yoshiyuki Sakaki, director of the Human Genome Research Group at RIKEN’s Genomic Sciences Center in Yokohama, Japan, said last week that sequencing the chimp genome should help to answer basic questions about evolution. Only a chimp-human comparison “will show what makes humans human,” he says. Others predict the chimp genome will be useful for research on human diseases.Rumors were rife at the meeting that Celera Genomics of Rockville, Maryland, one of two teams that sequenced the human genome, might turn its large bank of sequencing machines over to the chimp genome. But Celera’s president, J. Craig Venter, says his company has no plans to do so. “[The chimp sequence] is too close to [humans] to be really useful at this stage,” Venter told ScienceNOW.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)That lack of interest has left a niche for groups with smaller sequencing operations. Rather than join U.S. efforts to sequence the mouse, Sakaki says, “We wanted to do something where we could play a bigger role.” The sentiment was echoed by representatives of sequencing centers in Germany, China, Taiwan, and Korea. Park Hong-Seog, a molecular biologist at the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology in Taejon, says his colleagues feel they largely missed out on the human genome sequencing effort. “Participating in the ape genome sequencing effort would be an attractive way for us to contribute,” he says.Sakaki expects to divide up the work according to areas of interest, following a formal cooperative agreement to be struck “within a few months.”last_img read more

G1 Visa Will Prove US Keenness to End Row

first_imgThe State Department spokesperson did not give a time-frame on when Devyani’s G-1 visa and identity card documents, which will formally give her full immunity, will be okayed – but said it was “under review”. Related Itemslast_img