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European clubs call on Fifa not to expand 32-team World Cup

first_imgThe 220-member ECA’s research said European clubs employed 76 percent of players at the 2014 World Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes FILE- In this Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 file photo, FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during a news briefing ahead of the draw for the soccer Confederations Cup 2017, in Kazan, Russia. APNYON, Switzerland—Europe’s top clubs are calling on FIFA President Gianni Infantino not to expand the World Cup from its 32-team format.European Club Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the number of games played each season “has already reached an unacceptable level.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Senators to proceed with review of VFA PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise EDITORS’ PICK Rummenigge says he wrote to Infantino on Friday, ahead of a possible Jan. 10 expansion decision by the FIFA Council.Infantino wants 48 teams at the 2026 World Cup, adding 368 players committed to national-team duty for at least one month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliA bigger and more lucrative World Cup would help fulfill Infantino’s election promises to FIFA’s 211 member federations.Rummenigge says “politics and commerce should not be the exclusive priority in football.” Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ Leonard scores 26, leads Spurs to 108-101 win over Celtics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are younglast_img read more

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PNG to create 7,500 square kilometers of new marine protected areas in Bismarck Sea

first_imgPapua New Guinea has announced its commitment to creating 7,500 square kilometers of marine protected areas in the Bismarck Sea by 2021.The new MPA network will encompass 2,500 square kilometers of coastal areas around Tikana and Lavongai islands including key coral reef systems in the Bismarck Sea, as well as 5,000 square kilometers of offshore areas identified as high priorities for marine conservation in New Ireland Province.The PNG government has pledged to triple the coverage of its current MPA network, and this new 7,500-square-kilometer (nearly 2,900-square-mile) commitment will achieve that goal. According to WCS president and CEO Cristián Samper, the new MPAs will also help the country meet its Aichi Target goal of protecting 10 percent of its territorial waters and coastline by the year 2025. Papua New Guinea has announced its commitment to creating 7,500 square kilometers of marine protected areas in the Bismarck Sea by 2021.The government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) made the announcement at the 5th annual Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia with the support of two conservation NGOs: the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Marine Protected Areas Fund and Oceans 5.The PNG government has pledged to triple the coverage of its current marine protected area (MPA) network, and this new 7,500-square-kilometer (nearly 2,900-square-mile) commitment will achieve that goal. According to WCS president and CEO Cristián Samper, the new MPAs will also help the country meet its Aichi Target goal of protecting 10 percent of its territorial waters and coastline by the year 2025.Lavongai islands. Photo Credit: © Elodie Van Lierde.The new MPA network will encompass 2,500 square kilometres of coastal areas around Tikana and Lavongai islands, including key coral reef systems, in the Bismarck Sea, as well as 5,000 square kilometres of offshore areas identified as high priorities for marine conservation in New Ireland Province.“We applaud the Government of Papua New Guinea for its recently announced commitment to protect an enormous expanse of one of the world’s natural wonders: the Bismarck Sea,” Samper said in a statement. “Papua New Guinea is already well known as a land of great cultural diversity and home to the famous birds of paradise; what is less known is that the country’s marine riches are just as spectacular, and the Bismarck Sea supports more than three-quarters of the world’s known hard coral species and is part of the Coral Triangle, the center of marine biodiversity.”Tikana islands. Photo Credit: © Elodie Van Lierde.The Bismarck Sea is considered one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth. Samper said that the marine ecosystems the new MPAs are designed to protect provide critical habitat for a number of species, including nearly 2,000 species of fish and more than 130 species of sharks and rays.“Coastal areas lined with biologically diverse and pristine mangrove forests will also benefit from MPA expansions under the new commitment,” he said. But, Samper noted, “The biggest beneficiaries of additional MPAs in the Bismarck Sea will be people, whose livelihoods and food security depends on the health of the marine habitats of Papua New Guinea.”PNG was just one of the numerous participants in the 2018 Our Ocean Conference that made pledges totaling more than $10 billion to protect some 14 million square kilometers (5.4 million square miles) of the world’s oceans.Spinner dolphins in the Bismarck Sea. Photo Credit: © Elodie Van Lierde. Article published by Mike Gaworecki Conservation, Coral Reefs, Environment, Fish, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Marine Protected Areas, Oceans, Protected Areas, Sharks, Sharks And Rays center_img 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