Five wildlife conservationists held by Iran could face the death penalty

first_imgAnimals, Big Cats, Camera Trapping, Cats, Cheetahs, Conservation, Crime, Critically Endangered Species, Endangered Environmentalists, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Activism, Environmental Crime, Environmental Heroes, Law, Law Enforcement, Mammals, NGOs, Politics, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Khalatbari, L., Jowkar, H., Yusefi, G. H., Brito, J. C., and Ostrowski, S. (2017). The current status of Asiatic cheetah in Iran. Cat News, 66, 10-13. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by John Cannoncenter_img Four conservationists arrested for suspected espionage in Iran in January face charges of “sowing corruption on Earth.”The charges stem from the team’s use of camera traps to track the Asiatic cheetah, but Iran’s Revolutionary Guard contends that the accused were collecting information on the country’s missile program.If convicted, the conservationists could be sentenced to death. Up to five conservation researchers accused of spying by the Iranian government could face the death penalty if convicted, according to multiple media reports.Conservationists Niloufar Bayani, Taher Ghadirian, Houman Jowkar, Sepideh Kashani and Morad Tahbaz work with the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation on the conservation of different wildlife species in Iran, which includes monitoring animals such as Asiatic cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus) with camera traps. The country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which reports to the country’s supreme leader, alleges that the team used camera traps to collect information on Iran’s missile program, Science magazine reported Oct. 30.The eight environmentalists from the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation currently being held in Iran on charges related to espionage. Image © #anyhopefornature.The five are among a group of eight — which also includes Amir Hossein Khaleghi, Abdolreza Kouhpayeh and Sam Rajabi from the same organization — being held in custody, according to The Guardian newspaper and other media reports. A sociologist and manager of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, Kavous Seyed Emami, who was arrested in early 2018, died under suspicious circumstances in February while in custody, observers said according to a report in The New York Times.“This is a very bizarre charge to bring against environmental activists,” Tara Sepehri Far, a researcher with Human Rights Watch (HRW), told Science.After months of confinement, five of the eight conservationists were charged with the crime of “sowing corruption on Earth” in early October, The Guardian wrote. (Science reported that only four of them — Bayani, Ghadirian, Jowkar and Tahbaz — were charged with the capital offense.)“Nine months of pre-trial detention with no clear charges and no access to a lawyer is an unusually long time even by Iran’s dismal due process standards. It’s hard not to conclude that the authorities are struggling to gather enough evidence to charge them with any recognizable crime,” Sepehri Far wrote in a post for the Atlantic Council, a think tank, before the revelation of the charges.The Asiatic cheetah, likely numbering fewer than 50 individuals, is found only in Iran. Image by Tasnim News Agency via Wikimedia Commons (CC 4.0).She said an investigation at the behest of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani did not find that the accused environmentalists were spies, which put them at the center of a “domestic power struggle” with hard-liners in the judiciary and the Revolutionary Guard.If convicted, the environmentalists could face sentences ranging from six months up to the death penalty.“It is hard to fathom how working to preserve the Iranian flora and fauna can possibly be linked to conducting espionage against Iranian interests,” a group of experts calling on the Iranian government to have the charges dropped said in a statement from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.Jon Paul Rodríguez, a biologist at the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research and chair of IUCN Species Survival Commission, highlighted the value of the work that the researchers had been doing.“As far as I am aware, practically the only information we have on the Asiatic cheetah comes from camera traps,” he said.Asiatic cheetahs likely number fewer than 50 individuals, based on a 2017 study co-authored by Jowkar, one of the people charged in this case, and the IUCN has considered the subspecies critically endangered since 1996.Because cheetahs live at low densities, the traps represent a much more efficient and economical tool to get an accurate picture of their population. In Botswana in southern Africa, scientists have used camera traps to demonstrate to ranchers that a cheetah on their property isn’t as dangerous to their livestock as they might think.An Asiatic cheetah in Miandasht Wildlife Refuge in Iran. Image by Behnam Ghorbani via Wikimedia Commons (CC 4.0).The detentions and the charges leveled have rattled the international scientific community.“IUCN is deeply alarmed by the charges,” Rodríguez said.First reported by Science, hundreds of scientists have signed a letter asking Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, to ensure a fair and “transparent” trial for the eight researchers.Banner image of an Asiatic cheetah by Behnam Ghorbani via Wikimedia Commons (CC 4.0).CITATION 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.last_img read more

10 months agoSNAPPED: Rooney searched before seeing Man Utd defeat Huddersfield

first_imgSNAPPED: Rooney searched before seeing Man Utd defeat Huddersfieldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDC United striker Wayne Rooney took in Manchester United’s win over Huddersfield Town.The forward, who played for United between 2004 and 2017, was pictured at Old Trafford before fans were allowed in, and captioned his post with a love heart.Rooney, who attended the game with the family of his wife Colleen, was a pundit for BT Sport for new caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge at Cardiff.Wayne Rooney for Manchester United: Games – 559 Goals – 253United steward be like…“Better safe than sorry.” #mufc [433] pic.twitter.com/ETzFlDGDcp— United Xtra (@utdxtra) December 26, 2018 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

World C’ship gold not far away: Praneeth

first_imgEngelberg (Switzerland): Indian badminton star Sai Praneeth, who enjoyed his best career ranking (15th) in 2017, has praised the Badminton Association of India (BAI) for supporting players and doing a lot of positive things to promote the game at the grassroots level. “Indian badminton association is on the right path, it is doing good things to promote the game at the grassroots and is continuously supporting the players and taking care of all their needs. “As a badminton loving nation, we are heading towards becoming a real powerhouse and the efforts should be continued because there are a lot of young players coming forth with immense talent and they should be rightly protected. The day is not far when we would win Gold in World championships,” the 2010 BWF World Junior Championships bronze medallist said. Praneeth believes that nowadays youngsters are posing a real challenge to the senior players and due to their strong presence it’s really difficult for the seniors to win even the nationals. Praneeth and Parupalli Kashyap, along with several other Indian players, are here to participate in the Swiss open 2019. They also visited Mount Titlis to promote the upcoming BWF World Championships to be held in Switzerland in June for the second time after a gap of 20 years. They played an exhibition match at 10,000 feet. The match was organised by the Swiss badminton association and the Mount Titlis Cable Car Company based in Engelberg. After the match, they took part in the press briefing of the Swiss badminton association to talk about the preparations for the World Championships. Praneeth said nowadays young Indian players are posing challenges to the seniors and it’s really difficult to beat them because they are well prepared and focused and their fitness level is at par with some of the international players. “I think the national championships are really difficult to win these days because there are so many players including some juniors who are really doing well. Overall badminton in India has grown up and it’s good that the youngsters are coming and posing challenges to the seniors. It’s a good thing for Indian badminton,” the Andhra Pradesh player said. Asked about the match at Mount Titlis, Praneeth remarked: “It’s entirely an amazing experience. I never thought of playing a match at such a height. And Mount Titlis is amazing, completely out of world thing for me. I really enjoyed being here and I really want to thank the Swiss badminton association for bringing us at such a wonderful place. “I really wish the upcoming World Championship a grand success and wish to win a medal there in Basel.” Talking about his personal game Praneeth said that he is working hard to overcome his shortcomings and increase his fitness level. “This season has just begun and I played in All England Open. I lost there and I am not happy with my performance over there. I am working on my shortcomings which reflected during the tournament. “I am especially taking care of my fitness because last year, I really struggled with my body. This year is very important for us and that’s why I have certain plans to improve my game and I am working hard towards them,” he said.last_img read more

Germany receives Manuel Neuer as he plans for World Cup games

first_imgThe Bayern Munich star goalkeeper strives to overcome a fractured foot he suffered last September so he would be able to lead his nation to Russia in few weeks.Manuel Neuer stepped up his comeback from injury with Germany by playing an impressive 30 minutes in a test match after eight-month lay-off for Germany U20s.While Neuer was away, Joachim Low took Barcelona shot-stopper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, leaving him with a tough predicament. Although Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp are the other options in Die Mannschaft’s provisional squad, one of those two set will be cut on Monday on FIFA’s deadline for final squads.The 32-year-old was only beaten by Thomas Muller from the penalty spot and a strike from Julian Draxler in the test match.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).Germany’s assistant coach Thomas Schneider hailed Neuer’s impressive saves saying via The Sun:“He faced some shots on goal and made a few very good saves.“It is another step in the right direction.”last_img read more

Zidane thinks of Juventus amid Manchester United takeover talk

first_imgAccording to the French publication, Le Parisien, Zinedine Zidane prefers a potential Juventus comeback over Manchester United takeover.Over the past few weeks, the media all across Europe have been reporting about a probable switch at the Red Devils’ bench, which would see Jose Mourinho departing, with Zidane taking over his role.Even yesterday, it was published the former Real Madrid manager is already taking English lessons to prepare for a new challenge, but the French news outlet has a brand new idea.It seems the 46-year-old Frenchman don’t appreciate a chance of taking charge of the Premier League heavyweights at this point, especially considering the current relationships within the club’s ranks.Zinedine Zidane is in the running to become the new chief executive of Juventus, despite the rumours of him being one of the potential options to replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. (Source: Tuttosport) pic.twitter.com/ucsV8ohLpPMario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) October 2, 2018Zizou would rather opt for a return to Turin, where he would have the opportunity to work again with Cristiano Ronaldo after the duo wrapped up three Champions League titles over the last three years.However, the Bianconeri look unstoppable this season under Massimiliano Allegri, and it’s yet to be seen whether the board would even think about parting company with the former AC Milan manager.last_img read more

Sterling Man Arrested In Sexual Assault Case From 2001

center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A fugitive wanted for a sexual assault that occurred near Sterling 18 years ago is being extradited to Alaska after his DNA proved a match in an Alaska State Troopers Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) investigation. Perzechino is believed to have left the United States early last February after Troopers renewed their investigation into the 2001 sexual assault report. Troopers requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force in locating Perzechino.last_img read more