Racela shrugs off FEU loss to Adamson

first_imgChinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Pacquiao fight gets lukewarm response from fans EDITORS’ PICK Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It is what it is. On our part, we just have to prepare for every game,” he said.READ: Adamson bolsters Final Four bid, snaps FEU streakFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThough the Tamaraws are still in solo second with an 8-3 slate, they saw their seven-game winning run snapped after the Falcons drew significant contributions from Sean Manganti and Jonathan Espeleta.It also didn’t help that they turned the ball over 27 times, compared to just 13 for Adamson. But Racela doesn’t want to pin the blame for FEU’s lackluster showing on the 15-day break his team took.“I don’t believe in that kasi I always tell our team to use everything to your advantage.”“If you’re given a long layoff, then pwede ka magpahinga and you can work on a lot of different things para pag nag-resume, you get better.”At this stage of the tournament, all Racela wants to see is for the Tamaraws to continue improving as they prepare for the Final Four.“My main worry is mag-regress kami,” he said. “Ang importante, especially going sa crucial stretch, is mag-improve lang ng mag-improve. Pag di kami nagi-improve, it means hindi kami ok. Even if we’re losing, if we’re improving, that’s a positive thing for us.”ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus FILE PHOTO – FEU coach Nash Racela.Far Eastern University coach Nash Racela is taking his team’s 61-59 defeat to Adamson on Sunday in stride, focusing on his remaining schedule rather than dwelling on the defeat.“Everything comes to an end, just like yesterday,” said Racela.ADVERTISEMENT View comments FEU takes on Ateneo on Wednesday as it tries to fortify its stronghold of the two-seed. Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 MOST READlast_img read more

UEFA not happy about FIFA’s proposals on expanded World Cup

first_imgGinebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin gestures prior to the UEFA Executive Committee at the UEFA Headquarters, in Nyon, Switzerland, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. (Photo by SALVATORE DI NOLFI/Keystone via AP)NYON, Switzerland — UEFA is not happy about the way FIFA is pushing through plans to expand the 2026 World Cup.Amid FIFA floating different scenarios in the media, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin aimed a barb at soccer’s governing body on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ UEFA will store all anti-doping samples it takes from players for 10 years to be available for retesting.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Russian doping involved over 1,000 athletes PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK Senators to proceed with review of VFA “When FIFA presents us some serious thing and not just articles and interviews then we can, of course, answer concretely,” said Ceferin, who did not commit UEFA to supporting an increase from the 32-team format used since 1998.UEFA’s unease about the process suggests FIFA’s target of a decision on Jan. 10 might be missed. The next option would likely by early May in Manama, Bahrain.Progress could be made next week when the confederations’ general secretaries meet in Tokyo on the sidelines of the Club World Cup.In other UEFA business on Friday:Champions League changesFans will be able to watch two games back-to-back on Champions League nights from 2018.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHcenter_img UEFA agreed to new kickoff slots at 7 p.m and 9 p.m. Central European time. Currently, nearly all games start at 8:45 p.m. CET, except some games start earlier in Russia, Turkey, and other eastern European countries, especially in December and February.UEFA also completed changes to the entry list, how clubs are ranked and seeded, plus distribution of prize money for the 2018-21 seasons in the Champions League and Europa League.The headline changes were made in August when the four top-ranked leagues — currently Spain, Germany, England and Italy — were guaranteed four direct entries to the 32-team group stage.From 2018, only two teams will advance to the Champions League groups from the qualifying rounds involving non-champions.UEFA also detailed how clubs will be ranked to weigh how much prize money they will earn. It covers 10 years of results, plus points for European titles earned before 1992.This is seen to favor storied clubs which recently failed to qualify for the Champions League, including Manchester United, AC Milan and Inter Milan.National champions who lose early in Champions League qualifying rounds will get a second chance by transferring directly to Europa League qualifying rounds.An extra €50 million ($52.7 million) per season will also be diverted from Champions League prize money to the Europa League.2024 biddingUEFA set a September 2018 target to decide where the 2024 European Championship will be played.The first deadline in the process is March 3 for member federations to confirm their interest in bidding. “I read different ideas every day, so it is hard to say which one is the real one, if any,” Ceferin, a FIFA vice president, said at a news conference after a UEFA executive committee meeting.FIFA President Gianni Infantino was elected in February on a campaign promise to add eight nations for a 40-team World Cup. He then suggested 48 teams with an opening playoff round that would send 16 teams home after one game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThis week, FIFA suggested a preferred 48-team format of groups of three teams in a letter to FIFA Council members ahead of their Jan. 9-10 meeting in Zurich.Asked how many of the 48 entries Europe wanted, Ceferin said the lack of clarity in how FIFA proposed to allocate slots to its six confederations was one of the problems. Germany set its sights on hosting Euro 2024 alone when it made a deal with England, which will host the Euro 2020 final and semifinals.A Scandinavian project of up to four hosts has also been suggested.However, UEFA says while two co-hosts would get automatic entry to the tournament, it will give no guarantees to countries bidding as a group of three or four hosts.Club finals venuesUEFA picked the Stadium of Light in Lyon, France, as host of the Europa League final on May 16, 2018. The Champions League final that season was already allocated to the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.Ceferin also insisted on reviving a bidding process for European club competition finals.One factor in picking Kiev was to give Ukraine a showpiece match just before the World Cup kicks off in neighboring Russia.“There will not be any more political favors in decisions concerning who will host the final,” Ceferin said.Other decisionsItaly was picked to host the Under-21 European Championship in 2019UEFA increased total prize money for the women’s European Championship from 2.2 million euros ($2.3 million) in 2013 to 8 million euros ($8.4 million) next year.Long-time director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti of Italy was promoted to deputy general secretary. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are young Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

$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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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