Indigenous Woman Wins Goldman Environmental Prize for Protecting 500,000 Acres of Amazon Rainforest

first_imgRELATED: Oil Company Surrenders 15 Land Leases on Sacred Native American LandUltimately, she served as the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the government and in April 2019, Ecuador’s courts ruled in the Waorani’s favor—a ruling which was upheld in the court of appeals.She deftly bridged the worlds of indigenous people and Western society, bringing together elders and youth, and uniting distinct indigenous tribes that were once divided—and continues to fight for the rights of indigenous communities today.The Goldman Prize, founded in 1989, goes to six environmental heroes each year, awarded annually to activists from each of the world’s six inhabited continental regions.John Goldman, President of the Goldman Environmental Foundation, praised the honorees for “taking a stand, risking their lives and livelihoods, and inspiring us with real, lasting environmental progress.”RELATED: Amazon Tribes Are Excited to Use Drones to Detect Illegal Deforestation in Brazilian Rainforest“These six environmental champions reflect the powerful impact that one person can have on many.”SHARE the Victory With Earth Lovers on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The Waorani people, numbering around 5,000 today, are traditional hunter-gatherers in this pristine rainforest that overlaps with Yasuni National Park, which, according to the Smithsonian, “may have more species of life than anywhere else in the world.”Since the 1960s, oil exploration, logging, and road building have already had a serious impact on Ecuador’s rainforests and her indigenous people and their culture. Oil companies have dumped waste into local rivers and contaminated land, leading to public health spikes in disease and miscarriage.ALSO: Island on California Coast is Returned to Indigenous Tribe in Unprecedented Restoration of Land RightsIn 2018, Ecuador’s Minister of Hydrocarbons announced an auction of 16 new oil contracts located on the titled lands of indigenous nations—in direct violation of their rights.The 33-year-old Nenquimo co-founded the Ceibo Alliance in order to fight back against the planned oil concessions. The mother of a 4-year-old daughter, she organized Waorani communities, held regionwide assemblies, and launched a digital campaign targeting potential investors with the slogan “Our Rainforest is Not for Sale.”At the same time, Nenquimo proactively helped communities maintain their independence from oil company bribes by installing rainwater harvesting systems and solar panels, supported a woman-led organic cacao and chocolate production business, and secured training for Waorani youth to be filmmakers and document the activists, publishing powerful images for the campaign, including aerial drone footage of the Waorani rainforests. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIndigenous Amazon leader Nemonte Nenquimo just won the world’s foremost award for grassroots environmental activism for her organizing work to save Ecuador’s rainforests.Nemonte Nenquimo by Jeronimo Zuñiga, Amazon Frontlines – courtesy Goldman Environmental PrizeHer leadership earned her a prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize—known as the ‘Green Nobel’.Nenquimo led an indigenous campaign and legal action that resulted in a court ruling protecting 500,000 acres of Waorani territory in the Amazon rainforest from oil companies. Nenquimo’s leadership and the lawsuit set a legal precedent for indigenous rights in Ecuador, and other tribes are following in her footsteps to protect additional tracts of rainforest from oil extraction.last_img read more

Texans lineman Christian Covington recounts memorable spring vacation in Japan

first_img Texans defensive lineman Christian Covington took time out of his schedule to visit Japan this spring. | KAZ NAGATSUKA KEYWORDS Tokyo, NFL, Osaka, Kyoto, vacations, Houston Texans, Christian Covington, Rice University Japan treated Christian Covington as well as he could have hoped.The Houston Texans defensive lineman took a private trip here along with a few friends, including former Rice University teammates, earlier this month. RELATED PHOTOS Christian Covington (left) poses for a photo with friends during his trip to Japan. | CHRISTIAN COVINGTON All of them agreed they had a blast during their stay in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.One night before they traveled back to the United States, they shared one last Japanese meal, chanko-nabe (one-pot dish), commonly eaten by sumo wrestlers, near the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo venue in Tokyo.Speaking to The Japan Times, Covington said coming to Japan had been “a dream of ours” since he and his friends met during their freshman football season at Rice.“It’s been a country that we’ve always had an interest in,” said Covington, a Vancouver native who was selected by the Texans in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. “It’s a country I’ve always admired with just the significant culture and history, art forms . . . the many different art forms are something that’s always really appealed to me.”During their trip, the 24-year-old and his friends had many unforgettable experiences, visiting some of the historical attractions in the three cities.In Tokyo, they were awed by the size of Nakamise-dori, a long, store-lined street from the Kaminarimon gate all the way to Sensoji Temple in the Asakusa district.In Osaka, they had their breath taken away by Osaka Castle, which solemnly and majestically sits in the middle of the western capital of Japan. They were also able to “catch the tail end” of the cherry blossoms, which came a little earlier this year because of warmer temperatures.“That was gorgeous, especially at Osaka Castle,” Covington said. “That was tremendous to be able to see the beauty and it’s such a delicate flower.”But what wound up being Covington’s favorite of the three cities was Kyoto. He said he was thrilled to see some of its historic and one-of-a-kind sites, such as the Thousand Gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Bamboo Forest Street.“That is the city that really spoke to me,” Covington said of Kyoto, where he would like to spend more time next time he visits Japan. “I just really felt a connection with it.”Actually, Covington already has a genetic connection to Asia and Japan. He said that he had recently taken a DNA test and found out he is partially Japanese.“So I know I’m part Asian on my mother’s side,” said Covington, whose father Grover Covington was a star defensive end for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and is the all-time sack leader in the Canadian Football League. “My great-grandmother was born in Hong Kong. I’m assuming that the Japanese may have come from her side of the family. The DNA test showed me to be 5 percent Japanese and the remaining 21 percent of my Asian DNA to be comprised of Chinese and Vietnamese.”Covington was also excited to set foot in urban areas, including the Shibuya scramble crossing in Tokyo. He got to know that now globally famous place through the action film “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.”He said visiting the crossing is like “when you go to New York, you take a picture in front of Times Square.”Covington, who is preparing for his fourth NFL season, cherished the opportunity to get away from the stress he is under in the extremely competitive NFL.“This is actually the first personal vacation I’ve been able to take for myself in, I want to say about 10 years,” said Covington, who missed the latter half of last season due to a torn right biceps. “I never really took vacation in college, and this is my first vacation I’ve taken for myself since I’ve been a pro. So this has been such relaxing experience, such a relaxing vacation. A chance to unplug (and) get away from the United States to be able to venture out, be abroad, travel abroad, witness a new culture. . . . It’s truly a way to unwind, relax and just get away from anything that can distract you from simple things.”But of course, once he gets back on the field, Covington will try to make something big happen for the Texans over the upcoming season.Covington said that he is “loving” the Texans’ chances for the 2018 campaign. He’s hopeful the team can rebound from an injury-plagued 2017 season during which both starting quarterback DeShaun Watson and star defensive end J.J. Watt suffered season-ending injuries.“I know a lot of us are hungry, really all of us are hungry,” said Covington, who has made seven starts and racked up four sacks in his pro career.Covington called the Texans “a special team” for which “the sky is the limit.” He suggested that Houston is a Super Bowl-caliber club.“I know every single person on this roster is going to try to fight for it,” he said. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

LSU early defectors light up the NFL as rookies

first_imgMonday, Les Miles reveled in what LSU “juniors” and “seniors” did over the weekend. The emphasis being on would-be.“It’s kind of nice to look back at those guys,” Miles said Monday, speaking about former Tigers like Jeremy Hill, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry and Alfred Blue.There is no doubt, although Miles spoke like a proud papa, part of him wished the stars were still in the fold. Instead, the former LSU Tigers entered this year’s draft despite being eligible for at least one more season in Baton Rouge.Hill, who left after his sophomore season, leads the Cincinnati Bengals in rushing (634 yards) and touchdowns (six).Beckham Jr. (would be a senior) leads the New York Giants in receiving (609 yards). He also leads Giants wide receivers with five touchdowns.Landry (would be a senior) leads the Miami Dolphins in receptions (49) and is second in receiving touchdowns (five).Blue (would have had a fifth year of eligibility at LSU) has started the past two games for the Houston Texans. He has 156 yards rushing just 10 days ago.Not only is this quartet ripping it up as rookies in the NFL, (Beckham and Hill could be in the mix for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year), the foursome could still be playing in Baton Rouge.It doesn’t take a Mensa candidate to unearth a reason why the Tigers’ offense has struggled this year.LSU ranks 86th in the nation with 374 of offense per game and 112th in passing offense (169.1 yards per game). Miles’ detractors rarely take time to consider what might have been if some or all such players were still in purple and gold.Beckham cemented the Giants’ decision to select him as the 12th overall pick with one of the greatest catches of all-time during Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.“It something that I have always done,” Beckham said recently. “Catching the ball with one hand is something you just have to practice. The opportunity sometimes presents itself and you know you want to be prepared. That is one of those things that I have been doing for a long time. Jarvis Landry and I would always do that every day in practice. We wouldn’t compete but we would see who could make the most ridiculous catch. He has some of the best hands I have been around, hands down.”Said Miles: “They finally caught one on camera I guess, and it’s something that we would’ve expected.”In addition to the skill players, the Tigers’ offense could probably use guard Trai Turner, a third-round pick this year for the Carolina Panthers following his sophomore season at LSU.Five of the six former LSU players with eligibility remaining picked in the 2014 draft came from the offensive side of the ball. No other school in the country lost more than two.“I’m still trying to figure out how we lost any games last year in college,” Hill tweeted Tuesday.Alabama (four) is the only other school to have more than three underclassmen drafted this year.For the second straight year, LSU lost nine overall players in draft.“Everyone’s fascinated by it, but I’ve been trying to tell everybody about LSU guys,” Hill told the media Monday. “I guess I’m going to have to keep preaching about it until people start believing me.”There is no need to convince the folks in Baton Rouge. They probably just wish the recent crop of former Tigers could have waited another year to prove its point.Twitter: @RoyLangIIIJeremy Hill, RBLeft LSU: As sophomore2014 Draft: Cincinnati (2nd round, 55th overall)Note: Leads Bengals in rushing yards (634), TDs (6)Odell Beckham Jr., WRLeft LSU: As juniorDraft: New York Giants (1st round, 12)Note: Leads Giants in receiving yards (609).Jarvis Landry, WRLeft LSU: JuniorDraft: Miami Dolphins (2nd round,63)Note: Leads the Dolphins in receptions (49).Alfred Blue, RBLeft LSU: Senior (had 5th year of eligibility)Draft: Houston Texans (6th round, 181)Note: Had 156 yards rushing two weeks ago.last_img read more

Additional competitions for young horses aiming for 2020 World Breeding Championships for Young Horses

first_img 6 August 2020, 10:20 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final 2020 in Barcelona cancelled Eligibility for the classes at these shows:All WBFSH breeds, are eligible to compete.5-Year-Olds:At each three events the classes will be run under Article 274/8.1.The height bands of 1m20 will apply for the qualifier classes and 1m25 for the final classes6-Year-Olds:At each 3 qualifying events, the classes will be run under Article 274/8.1.The height bands of 1m25 will apply to the qualifier classes and 1m30 for the final class7-Year-Olds:At each 3 qualifying events, the class will be run under Article 274/8.1.The height bands of 1m35 will apply to the qualifier classes and 1m40 for the final class 25 December 2015, 23:01 FEI Secretary General voices support for Officials at London Olympia Tags: FEI, Horse Sport Ireland, Lanken, showjumping, WBFSH 29 April 2020, 12:20 FEI Board approves resolutions based on Calendar Task Forces proposals Related news stories Additional competitions for young horses aiming for 2020 World Breeding Championships for Young Horses 24 July 2020, 12:59 Home  »  Featured News  »  Additional competitions for young horses aiming for 2020 World Breeding Championships for Young Horses 14 February 2020, 09:30 Official FEI Pony Measuring Session 4 September 2020, 15:54 FEI Tribunal alerts community to avoidable contamination risk Horse Sport Ireland is pleased to announce that three additional competitions have been scheduled for young horses aiming for the 2020 FEI-WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Lanaken in Belgium.Horse Sport Ireland is grateful to the venues below who have included additional opportunities to all young horses registered in a WBFSH registered studbook to develop their competition record during their shows this year. In this particularly challenging year, there have been less competition opportunities due to Covid-19  to develop good jumping records for young horses and opportunities to familiarise the horses with jump off classes. By running these extra classes for 5, 6 and 7-year-old young horses, these venues are assisting the owners and riders of these horses to develop the competition record of their horses prior to the FEI WBFSH Young horse championships in Belgium this year.It should be noted that IRL has yet to receive an allocation within the FEI Quota and places may not be allocated as same are based on other Nations not utilising their full quota allocations. Historically, the FEI quota horse (defined below) required a strong competition record to secure a place at the championships. These extra competition opportunities are open to all World Breeding Federation for Sport Horse breeds of horse and will significantly assist in the selection of the FEI quota and Irish Studbook quota horses alike.For the FEI WBFSH Young horse championships, the FEI quota horses are defined as:Horses ridden by Irish FN licenced rider’s but not included in the “WBFSH Quota system”.  These are horses that have a studbook passport, which is a WBFSH breed, other than Irish Sport Horse or Warmblood studbook of Ireland. However, it should be noted by owners that these competitions will be open to all WBFSH breeds of horse.Selection Criteria – preparation for a results-based selection process the following venues have kindly agreed to host these additional classes and support the prize fund, as part of their shows, between the end of July and mid-August, this year.30th July            Summer Classic Series9th August         Tipperary Equestrian Centre12th August       Cuffesgrange show 27 November 2019, 12:38 FEI General Assembly Report – Pony Measuringlast_img read more