Keep your head, and your past clients

first_imgIt’s difficult to write a positive article when solicitors’ firms are facing the reality of Professor Stephen Mayson’s prediction from a couple of years ago, when he told the profession that thousands of firms faced extinction.Mayson’s prediction is coming true even without the pressure of the Legal Services Act – profitable, well-established and valuable firms are now being forced out of business by rising insurance premiums. Marketing cannot offer any immediate relief, but a few thoughts occur to me for firms either closing or those continuing with the increased insurance burden. For those giving up the struggle, it’s worth remembering the value in your past clients. Your database is the valuable element in your firm that you or someone else can use – don’t let it slip away. For those continuing, aspects of marketing management will become more important. Business management suggests immediately reducing costs to increase profits, which means redundancy of staff and fee-earners. Another side to that profit question is: where does your firm make its best profits? In straightened times it’s difficult to say ‘no’ to all work offered, however it can be the right idea. If you know what types of work bring you the best profits then saying ‘no’ to lower-margin work allows the firm’s resources to be available for high-value work. If those resources (that is, people) don’t have a full caseload, then set them to work on the most valuable bit of any firm: past-satisfied clients and referral contacts. Write, call, email or meet all the people you can. Remind them of the services you offer and the benefits of good legal advice and preparedness. No one entered the legal profession to become a salesman, and many feel uncomfortable selling their work. You can call it ‘business development’ through ‘excellence of service to clients’ by ‘understanding their future legal needs’, but it is selling. To be harsh, those not capable or willing to do it, however brilliant a lawyer they may be, may well be the first to go. Be careful of those external suppliers offering ‘loads of new clients’ or ‘masses of new business’. There are few able to deliver the right number and suitable quality of enquiries. Dealing with and paying for new enquiry sources can distract you from the main issue – profitable legal advice – and mean you end up answering the phone at all hours for no fees. There are no easy or quick fixes to the market conditions, which are not going to change in the near future. Hard work generating business from your past clients is the best way to go. Keep the high-margin work and pass the rest to someone else. Follow a plan to increase profit margins in all areas by whatever suitable means necessary and you’ll be ready to compete.last_img read more

West Demerara stun G/Town with 44-run win

first_imgWest Demerara earned their second win of the SBF Petroleum/Cricket Guy Incorporated Jaguars 50-over Franchise League after defeating Georgetown by 44 runs yesterday at Tuschen Ground. After losing the toss, West Demerara were sent into bat and made 162-5 from their allotted overs. West Demerara then contained an imposing Georgetown batting line up to 118 all out in 34.2 overs.West Demerara’s batting once again centered around their captain, Tagenarine Chanderpaul who scored a patient 51.The left-hander stroked just two boundaries in his innings of over two hours. After losing his opening partner, Ronaldo Renee for two, the batsman guiding a simple catch to Joshua Persaud off of Paul Wintz, Chanderpaul forged an 89-run stand with Tevin Imlach. The pair put the Georgetown bowlers to the sword for 30 overs as Imlach shifted gear to a slower rate after hitting Steven Jacobs for two sixes in one over. He was then happy to take the singles and rotate the strike with only one more six and a four being hit before he was bowled by leg-spinner, Steven Sankar for 47.Jacobs returned to remove national Under-17 player, Andre Seepersaud for four while Ashmead Nedd accounted for the wicket of Malcolm Hubbard cheaply to bring the city side back in the contest.Chanderpaul, in an effort to up the scoring rate, was bowled by Wintz who finished with 2-22 in the 48th over but it was Mahendra Dhanpaul’s unbeaten 18-run cameo that spurred West Demerara over 150. In the chase Leon Johnson top scored with 39 and was  supported by Joshua Persaud who made 29. Seamer, Javon Hector returned 3-18 while Keshram Seyhodan took 3-20.last_img read more

Market enjoys boost

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St James win Feile football title

first_imgSt James won the Feile football title for the first time in Pearse Stadium yesterday after an entertaining 1-6 to 0-4 win over Claregalway in the final. The Feile Shield title went to St Gabriels and Killererin won the Feile Shield B crown. The full list of Feile results from the weekend are:U14 Feile Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Monivea, (Semi Final), Claregalway 4-6 Athenry 0-4Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Westside, (Semi Final), St. James 2-6 Salthill-Knocknacarra 2-1Sun, 24 Apr, Venue: Pearse Stadium, (Final), St. James 1-6 Claregalway 0-4 U14 Feile – Roinn BSat, 23 Apr, Venue: Oranmore, (Round 1), St. James 3-8 Oranmore-Maree 1-3Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Oranmore, (Round 1), Barna 0-2 Loughrea 0-2Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Oranmore, (Round 2), St. James 4-5 Barna 0-5Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Oranmore, (Round 2), Loughrea 1-3 Oranmore-Maree 0-2Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Oranmore, (Round 3), St. James 3-4 Loughrea 2-6U14 Feile – Roinn CSat, 23 Apr, Venue: Monivea, (Round 1), Monivea-Abbey 3-8 Caherlistrane 1-8Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Monivea, (Round 2), Claregalway 3-9 Monivea-Abbey 0-3Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Monivea, (Round 3), Claregalway 6-6 Caherlistrane 2-2U14 Feile – Roinn DSat, 23 Apr, Venue: Dunmore, (Round 1), Dunmore MacHales 2-5 Tuam Stars 1-4Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Dunmore, (Round 1), Athenry 1-2 Corofin 1-1Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Dunmore, (Round 2), Tuam Stars 8-7 Corofin 0-1Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Dunmore, (Round 2), Athenry 2-7 Dunmore MacHales 1-3Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Dunmore, (Round 3), Tuam Stars 2-4 Athenry 0-7Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Dunmore, (Round 3), Dunmore MacHales 5-1 Corofin 2-2U14 Football Feile ShieldSat, 23 Apr, Venue: Oughterard, (Semi Final ), Micheal Breathnach 4-5 Clifden 1-4Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Mountbellew, (Semi Final ), St Gabriels 2-2 St. Clarenbridge 1-1Sun, 24 Apr, Venue: Pearse Stadium, (Final), St Gabriel’s 6-11 Micheal Breathnach 1-1U14 Football Feile Shield – Roinn ASat, 23 Apr, Venue: Mountbellew, (Round 1), St Gabriel’s 4-8 Mountbellew/Moylough 2-3Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Mountbellew, (Round 1), Glenamaddy/Glinsk 3-9 Caltra 4-1Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Mountbellew, (Round 2), St Gabriel’s 2-6 Glenamaddy/Glinsk 1-7Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Mountbellew, (Round 2), Caltra 4-6 Mountbellew/Moylough 2-1Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Mountbellew, (Round 3), St Gabriel’s 5-8 Caltra 2-1Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Mountbellew, (Round 3), Glenamaddy/Glinsk 1-9 Mountbellew/Moylough 1-0U14 Football Feile Shield – Roinn BSat, 23 Apr, Venue: Headford, (Round 1), Clarinbridge 3-11 Headford 0-0Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Headford, (Round 1), Kilconly 2-5 Craughwell 1-0Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Headford, (Round 2), Craughwell 1-3 Headford 0-3Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Headford, (Round 2), Clarinbridge 1-5 Kilconly 0-3Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Headford, (Round 3), Clarinbridge 0-6 Craughwell 0-1Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Headford, (Round 3), Kilconly 3-9 Headford 1-1U14 Football Feile Shield – Roinn CSat, 23 Apr, Venue: Oughterard, (Round 1), Oughterard 4-8 An Spideal 0-4Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Oughterard, (Round 1), Clifden 10-4 Killanin 0-3Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Oughterard, (Round 2), Clifden 6-7 An Spideal 0-3Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Oughterard, (Round 3), An Spideal 6-5 Killanin 3-4Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Oughterard, (Round 3), Clifden 3-1 Oughterard 2-3U14 Football Feile Shield – Roinn D Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Carna, (Round 1), Naomh Anna, Leitir Mor 2-5 Carna-Caiseal/Na Piarsaigh 1-7Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Carna, (Round 1), Micheal Breathnach 2-8 An Cheathr Rua 0-4Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Carna, (Round 2), Micheal Breathnach 2-12 Carna-Caiseal/Na Piarsaigh 1-2Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Carna, (Round 3), Micheal Breathnach 3-6 Naomh Anna, Leitir Mor 3-2U14 Football Feile Shield B – Roinn A Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Ballygar, (Round 1), Kilkerrin-Clonberne 5-2 St Brendan’s 1-4Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Ballygar, (Round 1), Killererin 1-4 Milltown 1-2Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Ballygar, (Round 2), Killererin 3-6 St Brendan’s 0-6Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Ballygar, (Round 2), Kilkerrin-Clonberne 4-6 Menlough 1-0Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Ballygar, (Round 3), St Brendan’s 2-4 Milltown 0-6Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Ballygar, (Round 4), Killererin 4-2 Kilkerrin-Clonberne 1-1Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Ballygar, (Round 5), St Brendan’s 0-12 Menlough 0-3U14 Football Feile Shield B – Roinn BSat, 23 Apr, Venue: Annaghdown, (Round 1), Cortoon Shamrocks 3-1 Salthill-Knocknacarra 0-1Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Annaghdown, (Round 2), Cortoon Shamrocks 4-4 Annaghdown 0-3Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Annaghdown, (Round 2), An Fhairche – Clonbur 2-4 Kinvara 0-5Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Annaghdown, (Round 3), An Fhairche – Clonbur 3-4 Salthill-Knocknacarra 1-5Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Annaghdown, (Round 3), Cortoon Shamrocks 3-3 St Michael’s 0-1Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Annaghdown, (Round 4), Annaghdown 1-5 St Michael’s 1-2Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Annaghdown, (Round 4), Kinvara 0-4 Salthill-Knocknacarra 0-0Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Annaghdown, (Round 5), Cortoon Shamrocks 1-3 Kinvara 1-2Sun, 24 Apr, Venue: Cregg, (Play Off), An Fhairche – Clonbur 0-4 Cortoon Shamrocks 0-2U14 Football Feile Shield B FinalSun, 24 Apr, Venue: Pearse Stadium, (Final), Killererin 2-5 An Fhairche – Clonbur 0-4print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email U14 Feile – Roinn ASat, 23 Apr, Venue: Westside, (Round 1), St Michael’s 3-8 Moycullen 0-2Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Westside, (Round 1), Salthill-Knocknacarra 1-8 Annaghdown 0-2Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Westside, (Round 2), St Michael’s 1-12 Annaghdown 2-3Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Westside, (Round 2), Salthill-Knocknacarra 5-7 Moycullen 0-1Sat, 23 Apr, Venue: Westside, (Round 3), Salthill-Knocknacarra 4-8 St Michael’s 4-3last_img read more

Martin Mulkerrins on his National One Wall Title Win

first_imgMartin Mulkerrins became National Senior One Wall Handball Champion last weekend with a 2-1 win over defending champion Conor McElduff of Tyrone in Breaffy. Martin Mulkerrins on his National One Wall Title Win Currently Playing Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 更多 Back 15 seconds Martin Mulkerrins on his National One Wall Title Win Forward 60 seconds Galway Bay FM Sport On Sunday, he spoke to John Mulligan on Sunday Sport Forward 60 seconds Galway Bay FM Sport Martin Mulkerrins on his National One Wall Title Win Back 15 seconds Galway Bay FM Sport print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

Allegation of forged signature casts shadow over China-backed dam in Sumatra

first_imgArticle published by Hans Nicholas Jong Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Endangered, Endangered Species, Energy, Environment, Environmental Law, Extinction, Forestry, Forests, Hydroelectric Power, Hydropower, Infrastructure, Law, New Species, Orangutans, Rainforest Animals, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Renewable Energy, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests, Wildlife A researcher has claimed that his signature was forged in a document used to obtain a permit for a Chinese-backed $1.6 billion hydropower project in Indonesia.If his claim is proven true, the project’s environmental permit would presumably be rendered invalid, raising questions about the project’s future.Environmentalists say the cancellation of the project is crucial for the future survival of the Tapanuli orangutan, a newly described great ape that is already at risk of extinction due to habitat fragmentation. JAKARTA —  An Indonesian scientist says his signature was forged to obtain a key permit underlying a $1.6 billion hydropower project in an orangutan habitat on the island of Sumatra.The revelation casts doubt on the integrity of the licensing process for a project already mired in controversy. The planned power plant is located in the Batang Toru forest in North Sumatra, the only known habitat of the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis), a species that was only described last year but is already teetering on the brink of extinction.One of the prerequisites for construction of the plant to begin was an environmental impact analysis, known locally as an Amdal. But one of the environmental experts whose assessment formed a key part of the Amdal says the document submitted to regulators is different from the one that he worked on — and that his signature on the approved Amdal document was forged.Onrizal Onrizal, a forestry researcher at North Sumatra University, was asked in 2013 to help draft the Amdal by PT Global Inter Sistem (GIS), a company hired by project developer PT North Sumatra Hydro Energy (NSHE) to conduct the environmental impact assessment.His task was to assess the biodiversity of the forest. “It was clear that the orangutan wasn’t the only critically endangered species threatened [by the project],” he told Mongabay. “There were also Sumatran tigers there.”Last September, he was asked why the Amdal document didn’t mention anything about the orangutans or the tigers. He was confused, he said, because the Amdal document that he knew listed both species.“The new Amdal document doesn’t list either orangutans or tigers,” he said. “There are also other protected species that are omitted [from the new document].”An adult female Tapanuli orangutan. Image by Tim Laman/Wikimedia Commons.As Onrizal dug through the new document, which was the version submitted to the authorities and subsequently approved to allow the project to proceed, he realized something else: His name was still listed in the revised Amdal as one of the experts involved in the making of the document, even though he was only helped draft the previous version.He also saw his signature on the new document, complete with a copy of his diploma and his biography.“My diploma was also used [in the document] without my permission,” Onrizal said.He then tried to get confirmation from GIS.“They admitted they were negligent,” Onrizal said. “They claimed they didn’t do it on purpose. But that’s not possible. How can my signature end up there ‘not on purpose’?’”Mongabay contacted GIS for confirmation, but the company didn’t respond as of the time this article was published. NSHE said the case was a matter for GIS as its outside consultant.“Any dispute related to the name and the signature in the Amdal document is an internal matter of the consultancy company,” Firman Taufick, an NSHE spokesman, told Mongabay.The Batang Toru River, the proposed power source for a Chinese-funded hydroelectric dam. Image by Ayat S. Karokaro/Mongabay-Indonesia.‘Smoking gun’The project is the subject of an ongoing lawsuit filed by the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), the country’s biggest green NGO. The lawsuit seeks to revoke the environmental permit for NSHE, issued by the North Sumatra provincial government based on the Amdal.The lawsuit’s underlying arguments are that the project carries a high environmental risk, and that NHSE made a series of administrative errors when acquiring the permit, such as overlooking the risk of earthquakes in the area.The new claim that Onrizal’s findings were omitted and his signature forged could be key to determining whether the project is stopped, or at least suspended, according to William F. Laurance, a professor at James Cook University in Australia who led a major study of the Tapanuli orangutan. Laurance is also the director of the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers (ALERT), which last year called on the Indonesian government to stop the project. (Editor’s note: Laurance is a member of Mongabay’s advisory board.)“To me this looks close to a smoking gun, and Onrizal is a very solid guy,” Laurance told Mongabay.If Onrizal didn’t sign off on the final Amdal, that would render the document invalid. And since that document was used by the provincial government as the basis to grant the environmental permit, then the permit itself would also be invalid, according to Golfrid Siregar, the counsel for Walhi’s North Sumatra chapter.“The forgery should be a very strong [piece of] evidence for the judges to decide [the case on],” he said.If the permit is found to be invalid, he said, the project should be stopped. Any activity undertaken on the project before the issuance of another environmental permit would be illegal, Golfrid said.“If we’re talking about the law, if the procedure [to obtain the environmental permit] is flawed, then the permit should be revoked,” he said. “Even if the company still has other permits, if there’s no environmental permit, then no operation is allowed, based on the law. If the project still continues without an environmental permit, it’s clearly a crime.”Various orangutan species: 1. Bornean, 2. Sumatran, 3. Tapanuli. Image by Eric Kilby, Aiwok and Tim Laman/Wikimedia Commons.Golfrid said GIS should also be held accountable as the party that drew up the Amdal document.“They forged [the signature] and that’s a crime,” he said. “An Amdal document is a public document. It means they’ve forged a public document.”Onrizal and Walhi have filed reports with the North Sumatra police three times over the allegation of the signature forgery, but the police have dismissed the claims each time.The first time they were rejected, they said, it was because the police needed a letter of authority to process the report. The second time, the police said Onrizal needed to file the report in person, as the aggrieved party in the complaint. He was in Penang, Malaysia, at that time.The third time, Onrizal duly filed the report in person, but the police said they needed the actual Amdal document and not a copy of it, as well as evidence that the forged signature had been used to obtain the environmental permit.“That’s not possible because it wasn’t me who made the new Amdal document,” Onrizal said. “It’s the police’s job to search for evidence. Instead, we’re told to look for the evidence and the original document ourselves.”Golfrid said Walhi had asked for the Amdal document from the North Sumatra environmental agency, but the agency only held a copy. The original document is in GIS’s possession, and thus will be difficult to obtain, he said.Golfrid said Walhi might report the case to the national police if the provincial police keep rejecting them.In the meantime, Onrizal has testified in the lawsuit, telling the court that he wasn’t involved in the revision of the Amdal and thus had no idea how his signature end up in the final document.Golfrid said Walhi planned to submit this testimony to police as evidence. Ronald M. Siahaan, Walhi’s chief legal counsel, said Onrizal’s testimony itself was the strongest evidence that could tip the scales in their favor. The court is scheduled to rule on the lawsuit on March 4.“All of our arguments are backed by strong evidence, which the defendant couldn’t rebuke during the court proceedings,” he told Mongabay. “We could prove that while the Amdal process might be correct administratively, the content of the document is filled with lies and deceit.”Besides the alleged forgery of Onrizal’s signature, environmentalists have also questioned the Amdal document’s omission of eight endangered species from the list of wildlife found in the Batang Toru forest.The previous version listed 23 species, while the final one has 15. Those missing include the Tapanuli orangutan, Sumatran tiger, sun bear, and Sumatran lar gibbon.“The new Amdal document is a revision of the old one, so it’s supposed to be thicker than the old document. But this one is thinner,” Golfrid said. “The aspects that were supposed to be revised were only a change in the location of the quarry as well as the increase in the plant’s capacity from 500 megawatts to 510 megawatts. So why was the list of threatened species changed?”The list of mammal species found in the Batang Toru ecosystem according to the old version of the Amdal document of the Batang Toru hydropower project. Image by WALHI North Sumatra.The list of mammal species found in the Batang Toru ecosystem according to the new version of the Amdal document of the Batang Toru hydropower project. Image by Hans Nicholas Jong/Mongabay.The hydropower plant was announced in 2012 and would be the largest on Sumatra if completed as planned by 2022. The Indonesian government considers it a priority project under President Joko Widodo’s wider infrastructure-building push.Environmentalists, including 25 members of ALERT, have pleaded to the government to stop the project. They say they fear the dam would damage the most critical areas of the habitat of the Tapanuli orangutan, the rarest great ape species in the world.Over the course of three generations, the population of Tapanuli orangutans has plummeted by 83 percent, leaving fewer than 800 individuals surviving in a tiny tract of forest less than one-fifth the size of the metropolitan area that comprises Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta.Even before the hydropower dam goes into operation, the apes have already started fleeing from their habitat and encroaching on nearby plantations, reportedly due to the presence of heavy equipment in the area. Banner image: Frontal view of a Tapanuli orangutan in Batang Toru forest complex, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Image by Tim Laman/Wikimedia Commons. 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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

SATURDAY SIX: Looking at ways Disney can introduce MARVEL characters into the theme parks

first_imgShare This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX looks at Ways Disney Can Introduce MARVEL Characters into the Theme Parks. Yes, April Fool’s Day was yesterday, but believe it or not the this-can’t-possibly-be-real news stories started earlier last week when word started getting out that Disney was considering a Guardians of the Galaxy overlay to the Hollywood Tower of Terror attractions in Disneyland and Walt Disney World. You may be thinking, “No way! That’s insane!” but on the latest episode of the Disney Dish podcast, Jim Hill and Len Testa lay out exactly why Bob Chapek (chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts) at least wanted to explore this very idea.Guardians of the Galaxy Hotel. (photo by Mike Sperduto)Bellhop Groot. (photo by Matt Cleary and Mike Sperduto)–Public reaction to the Guardians of the Galaxy overlay was – to put it politely – overwhelmingly negative. In fact, because of the virulent reaction there is almost no chance this overlay makes it to Florida, but never say never when it comes to the Tower of Terror in Disney’s California Adventure. We here at the SATURDAY SIX headquarters were at first taken aback by this idea, in part because the Tower of Terror took first place in our poll on The Greatest Attractions at Walt Disney World. But then we got to thinking. What if Disney did try to think “outside the box” when it came to introducing Marvel characters in the theme parks? More importantly, how could they do it in the cheapest way possible? We think we have some ideas. As luck would have it, six ideas. So sit back, put down your copy of the Spider-Man Clone Saga, and let’s begin our countdown starting with…# 6 – Howard the Duck takes over Stitch’s Great EscapeRemember how we mentioned that Tower of Terror came in first in our expert’s list of Best WDW Attractions? Well, guess which attraction took first place in our poll on Worst WDW Attractions? You guessed it: Stitch’s Great Escape. What do you get to overlay one of the all time worst reviewed theme park attractions? Why one of the all time worst reviewed comic book movies. Please welcome Howard the Duck. To put into scale how poorly received Howard the Duck’s movie was, consider that the recent Batman V Superman film took a beating by the critics, scoring a miserable 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Howard the Duck sits at 14% fresh.We have to hurry on this one though. Howard the Duck had a cameo in the recent Guardians of the Galaxy movie. When the Guardians team up with the Avengers in the Infinity War (which is expected in either part 1 in May 2018 or part 2 in May 2019), he may be considered part of the Avengers extended family. If that happens, he could become off limits to the Orlando parks thanks to Universal’s contract with Marvel. # 5 – Replace Harold in The Matterhorn with THE INCREDIBLE HULKUnlike its Florida counterpart, the Disney parks in California can use any character they want in their rides. So we’re going big with this one, literally. Let’s have the green goliath himself placed in Disney’s Matterhorn attraction. There’s even a deleted scene from The Hulk movie which Imagineers can incorporate into the ride’s queue. Take it from us, this addition is going to be so popular Disney is gonna have to fast track putting a gift shop into the Matterhorn’s exit just to keep up with the demand for Hulk merchandise!The Hulk in Disneyland’s Matterhorn, just as Walt originally envisioned. (photo by Matt Cleary)Matterhorn Macaroons now themed to The Hulk as well. Renamed “Hulk Biscuits” paying homage to the Animal Kingdom poop snacks. (photo by Brandon Glover and Michael Sheehy)–# 4 – Ant-Man takes over A Bug’s LandFor this one we’re going to use the old “Sea Monkeys” gimmick and just sell people an idea that doesn’t really exist. Guests don’t actually have to “see” Ant-Man, right? He’s small! Let their imagination do the work! Guests young and old will be “seeing” Ant-Man all over the park. In fact, get Disney Consumer Products on the line, we’re smelling a line of Ant-Man branded magnifying glasses ($24.95 plus tax!)Ant-Man Land, where only the profits are BIG. (photo by Matt Cleary)–# 3 – SPIDER-MAN of the CaribbeanIt takes a lot to break the internet, but it happened just a few weeks ago when Iron Man shouted “Underoos!” in the latest Civil War trailer. Spider-Man was finally entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so  now it’s time we get him into an attraction! Unfortunately, thanks to Shanghai Disneyland, money is a little tight to give old Web Head his own attraction. So we’re going to do the next best thing: shoehorn Spidey into an existing ride. Hey, it worked with Star Wars and Hyperspace Mountain!In this incredible new overlay, Spider-Man follows guests as they traverse the classic Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, making several appearances that make no-sense story wise. Wait, that’s the Johnny Depp character. Spider-Man adds excitement! Spider-Man adds edge! Spider-Man adds attitude! Is he proactive? Oh, God, yes. We’re talking about a totally outrageous paradigm.It’s Spider-Man. It’s Disneyland. PRINT THE MONEY!Webbed Menace Terrorizes Tortuga – Headline from The Daily Caribbean Bugle. (photo by Mike Sperduto)“I would have done the exact same thing.” Imagineer Xavier “X” Attencio (at least we think he would have said that.. photo by Mike Sperduto and Tom Bricker)TWO gratuitous cameos in one classic ride. (photo by Mike Sperduto and Tom Bricker) test–# 2 – Enchanted Tales with DEADPOOLIt never fails. The Magic Kingdom opens and immediately there is a long wait to get into Enchanted Tales with Belle. How can you fix that? That’s easy, make it R-rated. No one is better at dropping (appropriately placed) F-bombs than the star of this year’s surprise movie smash hit, Deadpool. The “merc with a mouth” will surprise guests by saying he doesn’t need their help in telling the story of how he met Beast. Deadpool will then go on to describe – in graphic detail – of how he shoved Gaston’s head up his own butt. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll probably get a “cup check” as well on your way out.Enchanted Tales with Deadpool. (photo by Mike Sperduto)Stroller Parking has been replaced with a brand new exapanded smoking section! (photo by Mike Sperduto)–# 1 – Stan Lee added to EVERYTHINGIt wouldn’t be a Marvel film without a Stan Lee cameo, and we need to continue that tradition in the parks. As the main architect of the Marvel Universe (along with other comic legends including Jack Kirby, John Romita, and Steve Ditko), Stan Lee will become the new “Hidden Mickey” of the Disney parks!Hatbox Ghost Stan. (photo by Matt Cleary)Stan laying down a track on Rock n Roller Coaster (photo by Matt Cleary)With Stan in the Carousel of Progress, it truly is A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow. (photo by Matt Cleary)Pirates of the Caribbean (photo by Matt Cleary)So there you have it: Ways Disney Can Introduce MARVEL Characters Into the Theme Parks. See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan)Soarin’ around the EXCELSIOR! (photo by Matt Cleary)If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:Six Most Unique Dining Experiences at Walt Disney WorldSecond Annual Theme Park Turkeys of the YearSix Things Disney Can Take to the Dump with the Sorcerer’s HatSix Events That Will Not Be On ANY Theme Park CalendarSpecial Thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, master photo manipulator Matt Cleary, photo wunderkind Mike Sperduto, #blocked and reported for spam Michael Sheehy, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and Brian Carey.SPECIAL (NEXT LEVEL BANANAS) MARVEL AFTER CREDITS SURPRISE!Tim Grassey of was inspired by the idea of Marvel being introduced into the Disney parks in the craziest way possible. Together he worked with noted theme park rabble rouser Josh Fenton to create an idea so strange that we demanded that both take an immediate drug test.William Dafoe as Marilyn Monroe on Hollywood Blvd. (photo by Josh Fenton) –Here we have William Dafoe in his character of Green Goblin in the film Spider-Man. No, not the new Spider-man, and not the last Spider-man, the one before that. Dafoe is also inhabiting the character of Marilyn Monroe, something we saw in a Snickers commercial that debuted on the Superbowl. What makes this gag even weirder than it already is to begin with is the simple fact that the Marilyn Monroe walk around character is at Universal Studios Florida, not DHS.  Grassey and Your Humble Author have had heated debates for hours over the merits of this joke, but we leave it to you – Dear Reader – on whether or not it should have bumped something out of the Top Six choices above. Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments below.An you wonder why we here at the SATURDAY SIX headquarters have doubled our orders of Xanax in just the past few months. (photo by Josh Fenton)last_img read more


first_imgThe fields have been freshly mowed and marked, the sun is shining and the managers have been briefed. Everything is set to go for the 2006 National Touch League!Touch Football Australia tournament officials are anticipating the start of competition, with games expected to be some of the closest and tightly fought in NTL history.Team players and officials will be even more eager to make a final with Finals Day on Monday being filmed for showing on Fox Sports in April. (For dates and times see the TFA website.) The atmosphere will be even more electric than usual, with special grandstands being built at either end of the main field, allowing spectators to watch the finals from on the field, for the first time ever. The tournament will officially open tomorrow at 11am, with the Opening Ceremony including an official welcome to the players, officials and spectators by Coffs Harbour Councillor Bill Palmer.Another highlight of the ceremony will be a special presentation to the Australian Open team Captains, after their recent victory at the All Nations Championships in New Zealand. Stay tuned to the TFA website for all the news and results from the 2006 NTL.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard: Abraham can learn from Drogba

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: Abraham can learn from Drogbaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has thrown down the gauntlet to Tammy Abraham.Lampard says the young striker knows how he’ll be judged.”It’s normal that the top strikers are judged on goals, and the next level of that is: do you score goals against the big teams,” said Lampard. “I understand that because against someone like [Virgil] Van Dijk, a defence like Liverpool, a team like Liverpool, maybe it’s harder to create chances.”So it’s what can you do individually to try and create them, and how clinical can you be after that. He’s shown great signs this season but it will be another test on the way and it’s not the be all and end all day and we make our judgements after this. But for the top strikers like Didier, we all remember the amount of times he scored in finals and semi-finals and really important games and I think, quite rightly, players are judged on that”The thing I love about Tammy is his enthusiasm. He takes every day like it’s a challenge and a happy challenge. He wants to come in with a smile on his face and wants to score goals in training and be the best he can be. I think if you’ve got that attitude, you’ve got a great chance, because we know he has the talent.” last_img read more

Study predicts Trans Mountain pipeline buy will add to federal deficit

first_imgThe federal government agreed to buy the existing pipeline, expansion project and terminals from Kinder Morgan Canada for $4.5 billion after the company threatened to walk away from the Trans Mountain expansion project.The government has said it doesn’t plan to be a long-term owner and is looking for buyers, including Indigenous communities, pension funds and the Alberta government.The Trans Mountain expansion project has faced significant opposition over concerns of oil spills, tanker traffic and increased oilsands production.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – A study by a sustainable energy research group predicts the federal government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline will add significantly to the deficit next year.The study by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis says the buying the Kinder Morgan Canada assets, plus planning and construction costs, will put $6.5 billion in unplanned spending on the books for the 2018-19 fiscal year.Study authors Tom Sanzillo and Kathy Hipple say that until the Ottawa clarifies how it plans to account for the spending, there’s a risk the purchase could add 36 per cent to the projected $18.1-billion deficit.last_img read more