The return of birds during the COVID-19 lockdown is a boon to Nepali wildlife photographers
A pair of red vented bulbuls. Photo by Mira Dhakal. Used with permission.Despite its relatively small size, Nepal boasts nearly 9% of the total bird species found worldwide. According to Bird Conservation Nepal, 886 species of birds have been recorded in the country.While Nepal's bird numbers have been declining due to habitat loss and the impact of climate change among other factors, COVID-19 restrictions have caused a reduction in pollution and created a favourable environment for birds. According to studies, the lockdown has coincided with the main mating season for many urban birds, and ph...
Commentary: Trump's rejection of WHO and other global pacts leaves America on its own
President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that he would terminate U.S. membership in the World Health Organization is but the latest in a long list of decisions he has made to walk away from international institutions and agreements.From his first days in office, Trump has maintained that putting America first meant dumping trade accords, terminating arms control treaties and ending membership in a range of United Nations agencies. He often promised to deliver better agreements with more favorable terms, but he’s generally failed to do so. Far from serving core American interests, his wi...
Environment for learning
Children take part in an environmental protection game at the affiliated kindergarten of Rugao Foreign Language School in Rugao, East China's Jiangsu Province, on Thursday to celebrate World Environment Day, which falls on Friday. Photo: ICCopyright Global Times. All rights reserved.Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc.
Philippine conglomerate Ayala bids for $536 mil. takeover of Australian renewable energy firm
NNA, MANILA – A group backed by Philippine conglomerate Ayala Corp. is bidding to acquire Australian renewable energy firm Infigen Energy Ltd. for A$777 million ($536 million) as part of its broader regional growth.UAC Energy Holdings Pty. Ltd., which is owned mainly by Ayala’s AC Energy Inc., announced Wednesday it intends to make an all cash takeover bid of A$0.80 per share of Infigen.The offer is “particularly attractive” amid electricity price falls and Infigen’s “relatively high” debt servicing costs, UAC said in a statement Wednesday. Infigen has also suspended investment in some project...
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Jon Stravers serves as eyes and ears of the Driftless Area
His granddaughter calls him “Hawk Daddy” and he moonlights as a folk musician. He recognizes bird calls so precisely that he knows — by nickname — who is making them.Meet Driftless Area bird researcher Jon Stravers, a free-spirited zealot who spends countless days on the Mississippi River and its backwaters immersing himself in observation and thought.He has been tracking red-shouldered hawks for more than 30 years and his data on cerulean warblers in the region helped certify Iowa’s first globally important bird area.Stravers’ research home is the woodsy, watery region where Minnesota’s south...
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Indonesian court jails indigenous farmer in conflict with paper giant APP
JAKARTA — Activists have condemned the conviction and jailing of an indigenous farmer in Sumatra whose community is embroiled in a long-standing land dispute with paper giant Asia Pulp & Paper (APP).On May 18, a court in Bengkalis district, Riau province, sentenced 58-year-old Bongku, from the Sakai indigenous tribe, to one year in prison and ordered him to pay 200 million rupiah ($13,800) in fines for cutting down acacia and eucalyptus trees planted by PT Arara Abadi (AA), a subsidiary of APP.While the company holds the concession to the land, the Sakai settled it decades earlier. AA’s conces...
Japan civil work material maker Maedakosen allies with Germany’s Huesker for sales in Asia
SINGAPORE, NNA – Japanese manufacturer of materials for civil engineering works Maedakosen Co. has teamed up with Germany’s Huesker Synthetic GmbH for the sales of each other’s products in Asia looking to cooperate in manufacturing in the region.Maedakosen, headquartered in Sakai in the western Japan prefecture of Fukui, said it had concluded a sales alliance with Huesker and its Singapore-based affiliate Huesker Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.Maedakosen said in a statement that it and Huesker are aiming to utilize its sales network mutually and pursue cooperation in manufacturing to complement each ot...
NNA Business News
India’s M&M shifts focus to electric three-wheelers for more growth: report
NEW DELHI, NNA – Major Indian vehicle maker Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) Ltd. has revised its strategy to shift its focus to developing and selling electric three-wheelers in the coming years as lack of infrastructure and high prices have weighed on its electric car business.M&M, which runs its electric car business through wholly-owned subsidiary Mahindra Electric Mobility Ltd., has already set a target of selling 10,000 electric three-wheelers a month, according to a livemint report on Sunday, citing two people aware of the company’s plans.The group has been talking to multiple state governme...
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Japan’s Sinanen to join South Korean 90,000-kw onshore wind power project
SEOUL, NNA - Sinanen Holdings Co., a Japanese energy company, will participate in an onshore wind power project in South Korea as it seeks growth outside Japan.Sinanen Holdings has already acquired a 65.3 percent stake through its subsidiary Shinanen Co. in South Korea’s Bellsion Power Co., the company said in a press release last Friday.Construction of its first large-scale onshore wind power project is expected to start within this year in Jeollanam-do to have about 90,000-kilowatt output capacity. The total cost of the project is 260 billion won ($212 million).Commercial operations are sche...
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Family travel five: Where the horses roam free
If wide open spaces are on your radar, when the time is right, consider these destinations where horses run wild and free.Here are five ideas that may appeal to your family.———1. Wind River Horse Sanctuary, Lander, Wyo.Located on the Oldham family’s 900-acre Double D Ranch, the sanctuary is one of three BLM eco-sanctuaries that has historically been open for public tours (children under 12 are free) and the only one on a Native American reservation. The family cares for approximately 130 wild horses or mustangs in Wind River country east of Yellowstone National Park. Stop in to the free Visito...