UP Maroons, FEU Lady Tams looking to raise their game with PSL stint

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Along with Perpetual’s rise, Prince Eze works his way from support role to top gun Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lady Maroons head coach Godfrey Okumu said he wants his team to have more exposure to different competitors as they try to become the UAAP’s elite once the tournament begins in early 2019.“My team is composed of very young rookies and some veteran members so this tournament will help us get the exposure we need,” said Okumu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissUP placed sixth in Season 80 with a 6-8 record but has since started to show signs of improvement after its title run in another offseason collegiate league.“I believe that my team will learn again how to deal with losses and wins every game, so to me, this tournament can help us grow especially our young players,” said Okumu. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe start of the women’s volleyball tournament in UAAP Season 81 is still a few months away but teams aren’t going stay idle and wait for the games to begin.University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University are already gearing up for some stiff competition with the two teams looking at the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam to fine tune their respective rosters.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college As for the Lady Tamaraws, coach Rey Diaz said the Collegiate Grand Slam is a perfect opportunity for his team to grow.“We treat this as a blessing,” said Diaz. “We’re expecting the players to gain a lot of exposure and raise their level of competition here in the PSL.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

Yacoub El Hillo of Sudan Appointed New UNMIL DSRSG

first_imgThe new DSRSG brings to the position a wealth of experience in the field and at the  United Nations Headquarters. Since August 2013, he has served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Damascus, Syria.   United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Yacoub El Hillo of Sudan as the new Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General (DSRSG) of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).The Secretary General made the appointment on June 27th.According to the UN Secretary General, Yacoub will also serve as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) while carrying out his duties. He also served in a number of other assignments since joining the United Nations in 1989, in his native Sudan (1989-1991), Kenya (1991-1993), Somalia (1993-1994), Tanzania (1994-1996), Liberia (1996-1999), and Geneva (1999-2002) and at the United Nations Headquarters in New York (2002-2003).  Yacoub graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) from the University of Khartoum, Sudan, in 1986. He was born in 1963 and is married with five children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) He succeeds Antonio Vigilante of Italy, who concluded his assignment last month. Prior to his assignment in Syria, he served at the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as Director for the Middle East and North Africa in Geneva, since November 2010, a press release said.  Yacoub was the UNHCR Regional Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2009-2010); UNHCR Representative in Tanzania (2006-2009); Deputy Reconstruction and Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in Baghdad (2005-2006); UNHCR Chief of Mission in Iraq (2003-2005); and he was the Chef de Cabinet of the High Commissioner’s Office at UNHCR Headquarters (2001-2002).  last_img read more

Nand Persaud Karibee Rice Golf Open tees off Saturday

first_imgGolf action continues this weekend with another inaugural invitational open, this time sponsored by Guyana’s premier rice manufacturer Nand Persaud’s Karibee Rice.Golfers will assemble this Saturday for another big OpenTee-off time is set for 12:30h this Saturday at the Lusignan Course, where scores of top golfers are expected to compete as they prepare for a packed season of tournament golf to finish off the year.It is no surprise that the executives of the company, whose products are known for great taste and quality, have decided to become members of the Lusignan Golf Club and sponsor a stand-alone tournament as their entry to the game.Both Devesh and Ragindra Persaud have long been admirers of the sport and with the initiatives ongoing to expand the game to include newcomers, women and children, Karibee Rice, always a market leader in many aspects, decided to join forces with Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) President Aleem Hussain and the new Executive team to help realise their goals.“Nand Persaud and Karibee Rice are proud to be associated with the LGC, and hope to be a major part of its development in the coming years,” said Devesh Persaud, as he committed to sponsoring the tournament.Golfers will compete for prizes and honour in the Lusignan Open draw scheduled for August 4-5. Also, the company will be hosting its big horse racing meet on August 12 at the same location where Karibee Rice is manufactured: the Nand Persaud mills in Number 36 Village, Berbice, as SkyPlus hosts the $4 million sixth running of the only straight-line drag racing for horses.Karibee Rice was launched back in 1999, and the brand has remained one of the loyal sponsors of sports in Guyana.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgfor Valentine rush NORWALK – Los Angeles County gets more requests for marriage licenses on Valentine’s Day than any other day – and the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office, 12400 Imperial Highway, is gearing up for the onslaught. “It’s always been our busiest day of the year to perform ceremonies,” Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Conny McCormack said. “On Feb. 14, 2006, we issued 269 marriages licenses and performed 189 civil marriage ceremonies.” On an average day, the County Clerk’s Office hands out 214 licenses and performs 42 ceremonies, officials said. Couples should call ahead for an appointment for a marriage ceremony. The marriage license fee is $70, plus a $25 fee for the civil ceremony. For more information, (562) 462-2189. Expert to offer pruning workshop SOUTH EL MONTE – A free fruit tree and ornamental pruning workshop at the Earthworks Urban Farm, 1210 Lerma Road, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. UC Master Gardner Ned Boyer leads the workshop covering winter pruning techniques to help you grow healthy and productive fruit trees. Baseball exhibit seeks donations WHITTIER – The Whittier Historical Society Museum’s next exhibit will celebrate the all-American game of baseball. If you have vintage baseball items and are willing to loan them to the museum for the exhibit, contact museum officials at (562) 945-3871. Loaned items must be accompanied by a special loan form, available at the museum, 6755 Newlin Ave. “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” exhibit opens March 11 and will run through May 27. Fashion show set for March 3 WHITTIER – Make reservations now for a fun evening, and donate to a worthy cause at the same time. Bridge of Faith holds its annual fashion show, featuring fashion, food, fun and shopping, on March 3 at the Whittier Radisson Hotel, 7320 Greenleaf Ave. Tickets are $35. Sponsor tables are available. For more information, call (562) 789-8009, or (562) 907-0783. Art competition opening in March WHITTIER – A reception will be held for “The Creative Hand,” a juried art exhibition that will run from March 7 to April 1 at the Whittier Art Gallery, 8035 Painter Ave. The reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. March 10. The judge for the exhibition will be Ada Pullini Brown, who teaches painting an drawing full time at Rio Hondo College. For more information, call (562) 698-8710. – From Staff Reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city’s Sister City Committee will hold a “Sweetheart Dance” from 7 p.m. to midnight today at Town Center Hall, 11740 Telegraph Road. Tickets are $10 per person. City officials will honor couples who have been married for 50 years or more during the event. For more information, call (562) 868-2130. County prepares WHITTIER – St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 13925 Telegraph Road, will hold a silent auction to raise funds for charity from 5 p.m. to midnight today. The cost is $30 per person, which includes dinner. For more information, call Angela Hernandez, (562)889-0944. `Sweetheart Dance’ to be held tonight last_img

Terry hints at Chelsea stay, Man United make move for Zlatan and MORE GOSSIP

first_img Transfer rumours and paper review Here are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…John Terry has hinted he may stay at Chelsea, by cancelling plans to hold a farewell party on the Stamford Bridge pitch. The club have offered the centre-back a new one-year extension but the captain is yet to accept the deal. (Daily Mail) Manchester United have tabled a formal contract offer to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Red Devils have offered the 34-year-old Swede a one-year deal, with the option of an extra season. (RMC)United managerial target Jose Mourinho is in talks with Paris Saint-Germain and could move to the French champions unless the Premier League club act quickly. (Daily Mail)Bournemouth have rejected a £25million double bid from West Ham for Cherries star duo Callum Wilson and Matt Ritchie. (Sky Sports)The Hammers will also make a move for Newcastle duo Andros Townsend and Georginio Wijnaldum after the Magpies were relegated. (Daily Star) Man United goalkeeper David de Gea could look to leave Old Trafford if Louis van Gaal stays as manager. (Daily Telegraph)United scouts have been in Portugal to watch Sporting Lisbon duo William Carvalho and Joao Mario (Daily Mirror), but the Red Devils are set to miss out on another target, Andre Gomes, with the 22-year-old Portugal midfielder reportedly ready to leave Valencia for Juventus. (The Sun)Leicester striker target Gianluca Lapadula, 26, says he is ready to form an “explosive” partnership with Jamie Vardy and would love to work under “legendary” Claudio Ranieri. (The Sun)Arsenal are considering a £10million swoop for 18-year-old Celtic and Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney. (Daily Record)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…??Quique Sanchez Flores exit as Watford manager is ‘crazy’, says club captain Troy DeeneyManchester United transfer report – Red Devils plotting summer swoop for Sporting Lisbon starlet Joao MarioSwansea transfer news: Eder’s agent reveals £5m flop in line for permanent Lille moveNapoli move to tie down record-breaking striker Gonzalo Higuain as Arsenal and Chelsea plot summer movesAtletico Madrid and Liverpool both chasing £10m Monaco starlet Thomas LemarArsenal and Manchester United face losing out to Juventus in chase for ‘new Neymar’Arsenal target Granit Xhaka: Decision over future will ‘definitely be made before Euro 2016’Liverpool ready to spend £8m on Mainz goalkeeper Loris KariusLuciano Spalletti claims Liverpool and Chelsea target Miralem Pjanic ‘wants to STAY’ at Roma 1last_img read more


first_imgFRIDAY Planet Expo, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St. Cost $10. Call (310) 455-0804. 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. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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

Addict claimed cocaine was ‘false teeth’ after high-speed pursuits

first_imgA Letterkenny man, who led Gardaí on two high-speed chases on the one night was found in possession of seven-and-a-half grams of cocaine when apprehended.Damian Collier, of 75 Glenwood Park, was before Letterkenny District Court on charge of being in possession of a controlled drug for unlawful sale or supply. After being arrested and restrained by Gardaí following two separate pursuits, Detective Garda Derek Connaughton believed Collier to have something in his mouth, which the defendant said was false teeth.Collier subsequently spat out the golf-ball-sized item from his mouth, identified as being seven-and-a-half grams of cocaine, with a street value of €525.Garda Connaughton told the Court that he was on patrol on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at 8.55pm when he observed a black Ford Mondeo approaching him at Corravady.The driver he knew as Mr Collier, who he was aware did not have a driving licence.Garda Connaughton activated the blue lights and sirens and followed Collier for 20 minutes before stopping ‘due to the recklessness’ of the defendant.Gardai went to Collier’s home and waited for three-quarters of an hour before leaving.At Ballyraine, Garda Connaughton noted a Volkswagen Golf, being driven by someone he believed to be ‘an associate’ of Collier and followed that vehicle to a car park near the Silver Tassie Hotel.There, they found the Mondeo, with Damian Collier and his half-brother Darren.After spotting Gardaí, Damian Collier took off at speed.Garda Connaughton gave evidence of a high-speed chase through various townlands on ‘minor back roads’ at speeds of up to 130km/h.Garda Traffic Corps personnel deployed a stinger at Kilmacrennan, but Collier drove on, hitting 80km/h. He was followed by several patrol cars for 45 minutes through Gortnavern, Templedouglas, Churchill and Glendowan.“At not one junction did he stop,” Garda Connaughton said, adding that other motorists were forced into evasive action.As Collier went onto the main Glenties road near Meenaroy, he ‘mounted a ditch, hit road signs, removing them from their concrete base’.The occupants of the Mondeo left the vehicle and was abandoned in the townland of Meenatinney, Churchill. A search of the area took place, but they two men were not located.Some hours later, at 3.25am on April 4, 2018, uniformed Gardaí at Breenagh stopped a car in which Collier was a passenger.“Damian was soaked from head-to-toe,” Garda Connaughton said. “It was minus-one on the night. He had gone through the river where the car had stopped.”Garda Connaughton said it was his suspicion that he had attempted to evade Gardaí as a ‘transaction’ had been intercepted.“It was my suspicion that he took chase as he was in possession of drugs,” he said. “When he was detected, cocaine estimated to be worth €500 was found. That is too much for personal use.”Solicitor for Collier, Mr Frank Dorrian, said the sum, believed to be around 35 lines of cocaine was ‘not an outrageous amount for someone chronically addicted to cocaine’.He said: “If he is taking five lines a day, this cache would be exhausted within a week. It is not an extravagant amount.”Mr Dorrian said there was no evidence that Collier intended to supply the cocaine seized to the lady he had met in the car par.“That would put every person in possession guilty of intent to supply,” Mr Dorrian said.Judge Paul Kelly said that Collier had a case to answer, ‘albeit on a small scale’ and described the amount as ‘significant’.Addressing the Court, Collier said he had paid €250 for the drugs and believed that he was buying three-and-a-half grams. He was ‘surprised’ to learn the amount that had been seized.Collier said he used ‘a couple of grams a day’ and in relation to the quantity seized from him on the night in question said he could ‘take it all in one go’.Inspector Michael Harrison put it to Collier that he had €250 to spend as he sold drugs.Collier, who told the Court that he was now ‘clean for the last five months’, said he worked on cars and saved some money.He said he ‘panicked’ on the night and drove away from the Gardaí.Collier is facing other charges, including those arising out of a chase on April 10, 2017. Garda McLoone observed a Honda Acccord traveling at 110km/h in an 80km/h area. Garda McLoone said the car increased speed on ‘greasy and slippery roads’ before colliding with a barrier.Damien Collier was apprehended and, following a blood sample, cocaine was found in his system.Collier, who faces other charges from 2016, was remanded and the case adjourned to the March 25 sitting of the court.Addict claimed cocaine was ‘false teeth’ after high-speed pursuits was last modified: February 22nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cocaineDamian CollierDetective Garda Derek ConnaughtonJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Dail Deputy Thomas Pringle said he will go to prison rather than pay the €100 Government household charge.The Killybegs based Independent TD said the tax is a step too far and he will not be paying the latest austerity measure.And although it does not apply to them, Deputy Pringle said he would not pay the proposed septic tank charge either. “I will not be paying the household charge and that is the stand I will take. I think it is unjustified and I am prepared to go to jail if that is what it takes,” he said.Deputy Pringle made hi opinions known during heated exchanges in the Dail today.Those who do not pay the fine will be charged €2,500 or face jail.The household charge will come in from January and will raise an estimated €160 million for the Government. Donegal Senator Jimmy Harte said he did not want to pay additional taxes but said people have to abide by the law.“Not paying the charge is a matter for Deputy Pringle but we have to abide by the law.“I do not want to pay this charge but it is only anarchy if people do not live by the laws of the land,” he said. Ends PRINGLE SAYS HE WILL GO TO JAIL RATHER THAN PAY €100 HOUSEHOLD CHARGE was last modified: December 14th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Thomas PringleHOUSEHOLD CHARGESenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more

Week 2 NFL betting guide: Picks against the spread for every game, best totals, and more

first_img#Week 1, as it usually is, was a hot mess.But there was still money to be found — especially if you went in on the Bills trifecta.This week, we have a bit more clarity in the market, but overreactions to Week 1 can provide serious value to the bettor, especially when it comes to totals.Here are my Week 2 picks: Cardinals (+13) at RavensCardinals fell behind 24-6 against Detroit and only cleaned up against a prevent defense. I do think that Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury worked …last_img read more

People Portrayed as Predator Plague on Planet

first_imgThe authors fall short of preaching about what humans “should” do about this mess. That was wise, because a clever respondent could brag about humans’ exploits as a great illustration of survival of the fittest. It shows that we humans have been the most successful predators ever to evolve! What would Darwin say about that?If the response is that the situation has become unsustainable, our clever respondent could point to numerous examples in the evolutionary timeline of mass extinctions before humans arrived. Predator and prey populations naturally adjust, after all; if humans exceed their prey supply, they will just die off till the balance is restored. Why worry? In fact, even if humans eventually collapse the biosphere, and everything dies (except maybe the cockroaches)—well, those things happen on planets from time to time. Isn’t that why no aliens have contacted us yet?Like a quiet but perceptible hum, there’s a subtext in these articles that humans are bad. We must change the way we treat other animals. They scientists and reporters don’t come out and say it, but they want to motivate change. They want to go from “is” to “ought.” We ought to stop killing off the big animals and harvest what we need in a more sustainable manner. We ought to return the world to a Serengeti. Notice how Boris Worm starts with an evolutionary “is” in the end of his analysis of the paper in the same issue of Science Magazine:Modern humans evolved as cooperative hunter-gatherers whose cultural and technological evolution enabled them to slay prey much larger than themselves, across many species groups. One might think that those hunting skills have faded since the advent of agriculture and animal husbandry almost 10,000 years ago. Yet, as Darimont et al. show in a global analysis on page 858 of this issue, we are still the unique superpredator that we evolved to be.But by the end of his article, Worm subtly transitions to an “ought” —What does this general body of work tell us then, about our own species? There are three key insights. First, the hunting of large prey is deeply embedded in our identity and remains a powerful ecological and evolutionary force. Second, the ability to target mostly adult individuals across marine and terrestrial prey groups makes us unique among all other predators. And third, we have the unusual ability to analyze and consciously adjust our behavior to minimize deleterious consequences. This final point, I believe, will prove critical for our continued coexistence with viable wildlife population on land and in the sea.His first two points merely state what is. His third point is half “is” and half “ought.” We have “the unusual ability to analyze and consciously adjust our behavior,” he says, as if this is a bizarre evolutionary trait like a peacock tail or stinging tentacle. Nothing about that “unusual ability” embeds any moral imperative about what we “ought” to do with that ability. But then, he says we can use it “to minimize deleterious consequences.” The word deleterious means harmful; injurious. In what sense? It’s a matter of perspective; killing any animal to eat it is deleterious to the animal, but rewarding to the eater. Dr. Worm thinks that “our continued coexistence” with wildlife requires us to “analyze and consciously adjust our behavior” to minimize the injury. But why? The individual who eats is happy. If the biosphere collapses later on, well—tough luck. That’s no different from an asteroid hitting the planet and causing the Permian mass extinction. Different agent; same result.When man becomes the prey: Officials in Yellowstone are in a quandary about how to respond to the latest death of a hiker killed by a grizzly. National Geographic asks, “What to do with a bear that kills a person?” On the one hand, they don’t want problem bears to become accustomed to human flesh as food. On the other hand, the a female grizzly with cubs cannot be held morally responsible for doing something that comes naturally. Superintendent Dan Wenk was bombarded with phone calls pleading with him to save the bear. Public responses were at opposite extremes.Fanned by social media, the outpouring of concern over Wenk’s decision echoed the uproar earlier this summer over the illegal killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by an American trophy hunter.Among the thousands who weighed in, many argued that hikers in Yellowstone trek at their own risk in a park known to be the domain of grizzlies, and if they die from a run-in, no harm should come to the bear. Others rallied to the defense of the victim, who even in death came under withering criticism for his lack of caution, and demanded that the bear be put down.Wenk, a strong advocate of wildlife, decided to put the bear down, based on past experience with bears that “never forget” that humans can be prey. He faced enormous criticism for that decision, but decided to err on the side of caution.Grizzlies used to inhabit the Sierra Nevada. The last one was shot less than a century ago (L.A. Times). Some were shot for sports prowess, others because they were pests, but now they are gone. Since park officials decided to put wolves back in Yellowstone, why not grizzlies in Yosemite? Who would be liable for death and injury? Would Europeans endure free-roaming lions and elephants in their countries? “Should” humans let the world become like Serengeti? These are hard questions. Without a common moral compass, humans are unlikely to find defensible answers. What is likely is more imposed control from governmental and international decision makers, who equate “sustainability” with U.N.-directed global governance.Only Bible believers have the grounds for putting the “ought” in “continued coexistence” with other animals. It’s true; many human have engaged in unwise actions against their fellow creatures. The slaughter of American bison for sport is an example. (Note: contrary to common opinion, native Americans were not guiltless in this regard; they stampeded buffalo off cliffs sometimes.) A species of hummingbird was driven extinct because of a fad of using them in women’s corsages. Beaver were slaughtered to make hats for European men. A giant sequoia was cut down to make a dance floor.Short-sighted exploitation of other animals and plants goes way back. The Romans gathered lions and other wild animals to do battle in their arenas for entertainment (or to kill Christians), starving them to make them more vicious. The Tyrians harvested Cedars of Lebanon to unsustainable levels. And in the unrecorded past, migrants to the Americas undoubtedly drove the giant moa birds and the large mammals extinct.It continues today. Environmentalists are right to point out that gill nets, trophy hunting and poaching elephants for their ivory are wicked practices that will drive endangered species extinct. Humans should be wiser in their food harvesting so as to sustain levels for future generations. That makes perfect sense if wisdom is not just an evolutionary strategy, but a virtue. The very Genesis text that environmentalists detest (the dominion mandate, Genesis 1:26) actually is the solution to the problem. Ruling over the fish and animals, in God’s economy, means stewardship. That implies care, maintenance, and recognition that the authority over creation is not “Lord man” as John Muir used to disparage his own species, but the Lord God who created them all. The 10th commandment “Thou shalt not covet”, as Dennis Prager explains, is a recognition of private property rights as well as a solution to sustainable society. See also the Stossel video on Tragedy of the Commons. A return to Genesis and the Ten Commandments is the solution to environmental stewardship, since it turns humans’ natural tendency toward greed (due to sin) into constructive action for the common good—including the good of our fellow creatures.Discussion questions: Does the Tragedy of the Commons explain the exploitation of natural resources by humans and extinction of the megafauna? Which could better administer wildlife reserves: governments or private property owners?(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Humans are exceptional, all right; they kill everything else. What would Darwin do?The human capacity for self-incrimination seems to match its capacity for violence. “Are humans unsustainable ‘super predators’?”, Science Daily asks. “Want to see what science now calls the world’s ‘super predator’? Look in the mirror.” The statement does not suggest our reflection should show pride. Like the other news media, reporters are engaging in self-righteous flagellation of their fellow species mates in response to Chris Darimont’s paper in Science Magazine, “The Unique Ecology of Human Predators.”Maybe you don’t picture yourself like a lion on the prowl in the supermarket, but your eating habits—and those of global humans—are paid for in blood of other inhabitants of earth at unsustainable levels, Darimont et al. claim. Jonathan Amos at the BBC News summarizes the bullet points, if you’ll pardon the expression:Humans’ status as a unique super-predator is laid bare in a new study published in Science magazine.The analysis of global data details the ruthlessness of our hunting practices and the impacts we have on prey.It shows how humans typically take out adult fish populations at 14 times the rate that marine animals do themselves.And on land, we kill top carnivores, such as bears, wolves and lions, at nine times their own self-predation rate.But perhaps the most striking observation, say authors Chris Darimont and colleagues, is the way human beings focus so heavily on taking down adult prey.This is quite different from the rest of the animal kingdom, for which the juveniles of a species tend to be the most exploited.Indeed, without humans, “the whole world could look like Serengeti,” another Science Daily article claims. Feeling guilty enough yet?But wait, you say. I haven’t shot any bears lately. I only eat fish once or twice a month. Sorry; this guilt trip is for you. You are a member of Homo sapiens. We’re all in this together. It’s been going on for a long, long time.In a world without humans, most of northern Europe would probably now be home to not only wolves, Eurasian elk (moose) and bears, but also animals such as elephants and rhinoceroses.This is demonstrated in a new study conducted by researchers from Aarhus University, Denmark. In a previous analysis, they have shown that the mass extinction of large mammals during the Last Ice Age and in subsequent millennia (the late-Quaternary megafauna extinction) is largely explainable from the expansion of modern man (Homo sapiens) across the world. In this follow-up study, they investigate what the natural worldwide diversity patterns of mammals would be like in the absence of past and present human impacts, based on estimates of the natural distribution of each species according to its ecology, biogeography and the current natural environmental template. They provide the first estimate of how the mammal diversity world map would have appeared without the impact of modern man.“Northern Europe is far from the only place in which humans have reduced the diversity of mammals — it’s a worldwide phenomenon. And, in most places, there’s a very large deficit in mammal diversity relative to what it would naturally have been,” says Professor Jens-Christian Svenning, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, who is one of the researchers behind the study.Feeling guilty enough yet? Don’t worry, you have a defense. There are some questions you can ask.The quote above just differentiated between “what it would naturally have been” — implying that something unnatural has intruded into the biosphere. But wait: aren’t humans natural? Didn’t they evolve by the same Darwinian mechanisms that produced the bears, the wolves and the other apex predators? The authors of the paper sure think so:Whereas sociopolitical factors can explain why humans repeatedly overexploit, cultural and technological dimensions can explain how. Human predatory behavior evolved much faster than competing predators and the defensive adaptations of prey. Indeed, division of labor, global trade systems, and dedicated recreational pursuit have equipped highly specialized individuals with advanced killing technology and fossil fuel subsidy that essentially obviate energetically expensive and formerly dangerous search, pursuit, and capture. Moreover, agri- and aquaculture, as well as an ever-increasing taxonomic and geographic niche, leave an enormous and rapidly growing human population demographically decoupled from dwindling prey. In fact, low prey abundance can drive aggressive exploitation, because of the increased economic value of rare resources.last_img read more