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Forest protection helps highlands communes escape poverty

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 11:17 am

Thanks to payment received for environmental services (PES), residents of two communes in the highlands province of Lam Dong have escaped poverty.

Households in Lam Dong Province (Photo: Vietnam Government Web Portal)

After two years of conducting a pilot project of PES in two communes, one of several mechanisms for generating sustainable financing for biodiversity conservation, deforestation has reduced along the Da Nhim River in Lac Duong District where people had chopped down many pine trees to grow coffee.

The program rewards local communities involved in conservation activities by allowing them to manage land and resources, and then providing payment for the economically important goods and services that result from their ecological stewardship.

Da Sar commune People’s Committee chairman Ya Tiong said almost all local farmers have been assigned to protect nearly 15,000 hectares of jungle in the commune; they feel proud to be guardians of the jungle, which intensifies their awareness of environmental protection.

Meanwhile, 260 households in Da Nhim Commune agreed to guard over 7.500 hectares of jungle. Da Nhim Hydro Power Plant paid VND290,000 per hectare to each household in 2009.

Lac Duong District People’s Committee said deforestation violations in communes Da Sar and Da Nhim have reduced by half since the program was implemented.

Moreover, each household nets VND8 million by protecting 30 wood hectares annually; they spent the sum on high yielding breeds of coffee, planting vegetables or raising cattle and poultry.

Households stand to earn VND45 million per year through farming.  The rate of impoverished families in Da Sar commune has dropped from 30.35 per cent in 2008 to 14.5 per cent in 2009; meanwhile the poverty rate has reduced from 34.33 per cent to 27.54 per cent in Da Nhim Commune.

The government issued a decision to pay for environmental services in 2008 for the highlands province of Lam Dong, the northern provinces of Son La and Hoa Binh, the central province of Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan, the southern province of Dong Nai and Ho Chi Minh City.

Hydro power plants, water suppliers and tourist companies in the areas with jungles must pay for the services, according to the decision.

Source: SGGP

Police say 31 prisoners escape Philippine jail

In World on December 14, 2009 at 4:44 am

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AFP) – Thirty-one people, including Muslim guerrillas linked to beheadings, escaped in a jailbreak that left two people dead in the strife-torn southern Philippines on Sunday, officials said.

One guard and an outsider assisting in the escape were killed in a brief gunbattle at the provincial jail on the island of Basilan before dawn, said regional police deputy director Senior Superintendent Rolando Purruganan.

Members of the southern Philippine rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, man a checkpoint in the town of Sultan Kudarat in Maguindanao province in September (AFP file)

Deputy provincial governor Al Rasheed Sakalahul said that Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) guerillas were likely behind the incident, as one of those freed was a MILF commander linked to the beheadings.

A MILF spokesman could not be contacted for comment on the accusation. If confirmed, this would amount to a violation of a ceasefire between the MILF and the government.

Over 100 outsiders took part in the jailbreak with some climbing ladders to shoot at jail guards while others broke into the jail and forced the cell doors open said Sakalahul.

They broke through a hole in the rear wall of the prison through which they fled into nearby forests, Purruganan added.

Two members of the separatist MILF who beheaded 10 of 14 Philippine Marines in an ambush in Basilan in July 2007 were amongst the escapees, the police official said.

Sakalahul also said that members of the Abu Sayyaf, a Muslim extremist group that is active in Basilan, were among those who escaped although he could not give details.

The Abu Sayyaf has been blamed for the worst terror attacks in Philippine history and intelligence agencies have linked it to the al-Qaeda network.

It still operates in the forests of Basilan — last week the group beheaded one of three hostages and then abducted a school official on the island.

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Bayern in great Champions League escape act at Juve

In Vietnam Sports on December 9, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Bayern Munich’s Daniel van Buyten (right) jumps for the ball with Juventus’ Alessandro Del Piero during their UEFA Champion’s League Group A match in Turin’s Olympic Stadium, on December 8(AFP photo)

PARIS (AFP) – Bayern Munich pulled off a memorable 4-1 win at Juventus on Tuesday to ensure their place in the next round of the Champions League at the expense of the Italian giants.

Bayern were joined in the knockout stages by CSKA Moscow, 2-1 winners at Besiktas, AC Milan, and nine-time champions Real Madrid.

Milan, who drew 1-1 at FC Zurich, took the Group C runner-up spot behind Real, who came away from their trip to Marseille with a convincing 3-1 victory.

Manchester United sealed top spot in Group B coasting to a 3-1 win at Wolfsburg, all the goals coming from Michael Owen.

At Stamford Bridge Chelsea, already crowned Group D winners, were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw by APOEL Nicosia.

Elsewehere Tuesday Atletico Madrid slumped to a 3-0 defeat to FC Porto at home, yet still have European ambitions as they join the likes of Juventus and Liverpool, in action on Wednesday, in the Europa League as the third placed team in Group D.

And Bordeaux, already through as Group A winners, rounded off their impressive first round campaign with a 1-0 win at Maccabi Haifa.

There was no mistaking the game of the night however with Bayern’s get out of jail act in Turin.

In a winner takes all clash to take second spot Bayern went for the jugular and deservedly earned their place in the last 16.

The four time champions got the result they craved with goals from keeper Hans-Jorg Butt from the penalty spot, Ivica Olic, Mario Gomez. Anatoliy Tymoschuk sealed the result they craved in injury time.

David Trezeguet had put the hosts into an early lead.

Bayern coach Louis van Gaal said: “There are some pleased faces in the changing room and everybody is very, very happy.

“You could say that Juventus played terribly but you could also say that we played brilliantly.”

Despite the result van Gaal’s thoughts were already turning to domestic matters with Bayern lying fourth in the German league, the coach commenting: “Now we have to get back to the Bundesliga and Bochum will be a very, very hard team to beat this weekend.”

Juve, who only needed a draw to progress, were a shadow of the team that beat Inter Milan on Saturday.

Playmaker Diego claimed the Italians lacked the right character to win and said he understood fans who jeered at the final whistle.

“The jeers were justified given that we didn’t do well, the fans should react like this,” he said.

“Our attitude wasn’t right, things were different against Inter. Bayern understood what they had to do on the pitch.”

At the Velodrome stadium the French south coast Cristiano Ronaldo turned on the style for Real Madrid, the Portuguese star netting a double, including a superbly taken freekick, with Raul Albiol sealing the victory over Marseille.

Marseille had their chances with midfielder Lucho pulling one back but he missed a golden opportunity in the second half when sending a penalty over the bar.

Marseille coach Didier Deschamps shrugged: “There is a difference between Marseille and Real Madrid. I knew it before and I know it even better now.

“They are better technically, there’s no doubt about it. We could only hope and admit it’s a pity we missed out on chances.”

In Germany Owen’s sparkling hat-trick gave England coach Fabio Capello food for thought ahead of next year’s World Cup.

It was Owen’s first Champions League hat-trick since joining Manchester United last summer.

“Michael Owen is one of the best strikers in the last third of the field in terms of his movement, his positional play and also in terms of his finishing,” insisted United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

United’s Premier League rivals Chelsea were made to pay for some costly mistakes in their draw with APOEL Nicosia.

John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho were exposed by Marcin Zewlakow’s early opener for APOEL and, although Michael Essien and Didier Drogba put Chelsea ahead before half-time, the hosts had to settle for a draw when John Obi Mikel’s blunder presented Nenad Mirosavljevic with a late equaliser.

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti said: “I am unhappy. We went a goal down and did a good reaction, scored two goals and played with intensity. But the second half was totally different.”

Wednesday’s programme includes holders Barcelona and Inter Milan, who are out to seal their qualification into the knock out stages.

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We will pull off great escape, insists defiant Benitez

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2009 at 6:51 am

LYON, France, Nov 5, 2009 (AFP) – Liverpool will overcome seemingly impossible odds and qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League insisted their increasingly embattled manager Rafael Benitez.

The Spaniard – who has overseen Liverpool’s worst run in over 50 years of just one win in their last eight matches – was speaking after seeing seven-time French champions Lyon steal a 1-1 draw in the last minute of their match.

Liverpool’s Spanish coach Rafael Benitez gestures during the UEFA Champion’s League football match Lyon vs. Liverpool, on November 4, 2009 at the Gerland stadium in Lyon, eastern France. AFP PHOTO

The draw sent Lyon through to the last 16 – deservedly so given their three wins from the three previous matches – but left Liverpool in a decidedly parlous position on four points, five behind Italian side Fiorentina with two matches remaining.

However, Benitez, who was not helped by a lengthy injury list including talismanic captain Steven Gerrard and who played a clearly not 100percent fit Fernando Torres, was adamant that it would be Liverpool and not Fiorentina who reached the knockout round.

“”Will we perform a great escape? Yeah we will,” said the former Valencia coach, who may well come to rue the selling of Xabi Alonso in the summer.

“I certainly don’t think that it is over as far as we are concerned. Of course it depends on Fiorentina (they next host Lyon and then travel to Liverpool in the final match).

“We have to win and score goals,” added the 49-year-old, who has brought the 2005 Champions League trophy and the 2006 FA Cup to Anfield during his tenure.

Benitez, who guided Valencia to two league titles and the UEFA Cup, said he had been proud of his team and the manner in which they had played.

“We deserved to win and to concede a goal in the last minute is really really unlucky.

“However, the players showed character and there were a lot of positives to take out of this performance.

“The players realise we have problems but they were great. We were much better this evening (Wednesday). These things (the injuries and the run) can happen in football.”

Benitez was also happy to see young Dutch striker Ryan Babel get on the score sheet – with a stunning long range strike after coming on as a substitute – after rarely performing to his potential while at Anfield and which has seen him look for a move to Ajax.

“Ryan has the ability to change a game,” said Benitez.

“He is a good player for us. But I want to see the best of him more often.”

His Lyon counterpart Claude Puel was delighted and relieved to have reached the knockout stages with two games to spare.

“We have mastered the art of writing particular screenplays throughout the season,” said the former Monaco and Lille handler.

“We were very courageous till the end in order to equalise and to qualify this evening.”

Puel, who himself had injury worries and had to replace two of his starting XI in the first-half, said that Benitez and Liverpool should not worry that Lyon will take the trip to Fiorentina lightly now that they had qualified.

“No-one should be concerned that we will take our feet off the pedal,” said Puel, who won the league title with Monaco before making Lille into unlikely title contenders.

“We will play as we should play, to finish top of the group and that is by getting the best possible result.

“We remember what happened last season (Lyon ended up drawing Barcelona in the knockout stages) and that means that Liverpool can still play for a realistic place in the last 16.”

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