MBNL extends Ericsson partnership to 2020

first_img 3 UKEEEricssonMBNL Ericsson secured an extension to a managed services deal with MBNL, a network sharing joint venture between operators 3 UK and EE, stretching the agreement by a further two years to May 2020.The Sweden-based vendor provided managed services to MBNL since its formation in 2009, in addition to helping to consolidate the joint venture’s mobile sites.A previous extension to the agreement in 2015 added three years to the deal (to June 2018) and the latest renewal will see Ericsson continue to be responsible for delivery of central operations, network performance and optimisation, field services and multi-vendor spare parts management.MBNL said in a statement its decision to extend the contract was based on KPIs covering network performance and “the perception of Three and EE subscribers”, which were both key factors.Securing the extension is no doubt a boost to Ericsson, given the company’s recent struggles.The vendor initiated a strategy to renew its focus on its traditional networks business in a bid to revive fortunes, following an ill-fated strategy to diversify its operations into a number of adjacent sectors. At its Capital Markets Day in November it highlighted managed services as one of four major areas of focus (see image, left, click to enlarge).And in October, during its Q3 results, CEO Borje Ekholm noted that work to “review underperforming [managed services] contracts continues.” He added: “To date we have either exited, renegotiated, or transformed 13 out of the 42 contracts, resulting in an annualised profit improvement of SEK0.4 billion.”Pat Coxen, managing director of MBNL, said it was the right time to extend its business relationship with Ericsson given a joint effort to achieve “record high levels of network performance to satisfy our shareholders”.Ericsson’s head of business area managed services Peter Laurin added the company would continue to invest in “automation to increase network quality further and shorten lead times, while also implementing analytics to measure and enhance the subscriber experience”. Home MBNL extends Ericsson partnership to 2020 Related MásMóvil amplía su contrato con Ericsson Kavit Majithia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 DEC 2017 Former Ericsson employees charged in bribery casecenter_img Ericsson, Leonardo team on 5G products Tags Español Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Author Previous ArticleEE VoLTE wins P3 voice testNext ArticleXiaomi loses MiPad branding fight with Apple last_img read more

First step for Mile Point project

first_imgThe project, which is being overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will ensure that larger ships can travel the channel more efficiently, saving shippers and businesses time and money, said Jaxport.USD43.5 million has been earmarked for the design and construction of the harbour improvement project, which is scheduled for completion in late 2016.www.jaxport.comlast_img

Rep. Don Young Issues Apology After Stating Fellow Lawmaker ‘Doesn’t Know A Damn Thing’

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享State Rep. Don Young (R-AK) has issued an apology after he lashed out at a freshman lawmaker from Washington during a House floor debate. Jayapal objected and asked that Young’s words be stricken from the record. Young later apologized. During consideration of a government spending package for 2018, Young was offering an amendment regarding wildlife management on national preserves in the state of Alaska, on Thursday night. Rep. Young (R-AK): “I rarely do this, but I am deeply disappointed in my good lady from Washington. Doesn’t know a damn thing what she’s talking about.” center_img Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington spoke in opposition, and Young accused her of parroting talking points from a special interest group. For the full story:last_img read more

Coach reveals Bielsa has followed player for years – Leeds current…

first_imgFor the past week, one of the rumours we’ve been seeing in the English press has been that Leeds United are chasing Tottenham Hotspur defender Juan Foyth. Following a season in which the defender has struggled to get minutes at the London side, he could meet his compatriot Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road.That’s the reason why the Argentine media has been following this story as well, and interesting claims come from Infocielo today.The outlet managed to interview physical coach Gabriel Macaya, who’s previously been part of Bielsa’s staff at French side Lille. And it turns out he’s revealed the manager was already interested in signing Foyth at the Ligue 1 club.Macaya has previously played for Foyth’s former club Estudiantes de La Plata, and had good contacts to give him reports about the player at the time.“Although I didn’t work with Foyth, I did have to correlate with the professionals who had him in Estudiantes,” Macaya told Infocielo.“I had to follow him when he played at Pincha, and he was very close to coming to France with us.”Embed from Getty ImagesMacaya said Foyth was part of Bielsa’s plan to make a young squad at Lille, and despite the manager’s departure, their signings turned out to be very profitable for the club.“It’s very important, when you put together a group, to see the age of the squad. Lille had an average squad age of 22 years, because they had a goal in three years to be able to fight PSG. They planned to bring young footballers.“In the fraction of work that corresponds to each one of us at that time, Foyth corresponded to me, as Pepe against Sarr. We selected Pepe, he came to Lille, he got there and they sold him for €90m to Arsenal.”by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndolast_img read more

Video shows Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz fighting students in 2016

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(PARKLAND, Fla.) — Nikolas Cruz, whose troubled past allegedly exploded in a murderous rampage Wednesday in a Parkland, Fla., school Wednesday, was captured on cell phone video fighting other students more than a year before the mass shooting. In the September 20, 2016, footage, obtained by ABC station WPLG, Cruz can be seen in the courtyard of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School wearing khakis, a white printed short-sleeved T-shirt and a dark bandana around his neck.The blurry video appears to show Cruz flailing his arms as other students charge him and cause him to slip.Cruz was suspended for two days following the fight. It’s one of five documented incidents that Marjory Stoneman Douglas officials claim led to Cruz being forced to transfer to another high school last February.On Wednesday, Cruz — who had raised numerous red flags for showing signs of violence — allegedly entered the high school with an AR-15 and fatally shot 17 students and teachers.Cruz faces 17 counts of premeditated murder in the massacre and, law enforcement officials said, confessed to the massacre.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Stop blaming Kolpak, SA were just plain poor in India, says Amla

first_imgHashim Amla might’ve been a serious performer for the Proteas, but his performances during media briefings were far more diplomatic.However, since retiring from international cricket after a failed World Cup campaign, the bearded batting legend is clearly becoming more outspoken in his own quiet way.In an interview with PakPassion.net, the 36-year-old admits to being “amused” by South African cricket’s sudden focus on blaming the Kolpak exodus for the Proteas’ recent struggles, the nadir being a 3-0 Test series whitewash in India.ALSO READ: Kolpak Kyle: I’d play for the Proteas again, but…“I find it very amusing whenever this whole subject of Kolpak and its effects on South Africa cricket are brought up,” Amla, currently playing in the Abu Dhabi T10, said.“Kolpak has been around for a long time, and so it’s surprising to me that it is been touted as the reason for all evils only because we lost the recent Test series to India.”South African cricket has indeed bled a lot of depth, with the notable recent departures of Kyle Abbott, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane Vilas, Rilee Rossouw, Marchant de Lange, Duanne Olivier, Hardus Viljoen and Colin Ingram being particularly damaging because all those players could be considered to be in the prime of their careers.Amla, however, also notes that he can’t be totally blameless as he’s also signed a Kolpak contract with Surrey, where he’ll join fellow former Protea Morne Morkel.But there is a difference.ALSO READ: Simon Harmer: Proteas have ‘lost’ the best off-spinner in the world … myself“Now, one may argue that I am saying this because I have signed to play for Surrey next year as a Kolpak player but my story is slightly different as I have a few years of international cricket under my belt. The fact remains that this whole issue has gained importance just due to recent bad performances,” said Amla.While the Proteas are in transition, the reasonable argument can also be made that simply played badly at times on the sub-continent, with the talented pace attack in particular adapting poorly.“Let’s be honest about it, India are a really good side and they will probably beat all teams at home and the fact is that we did not play that well during the tour,” said Amla.“Kolpak has been around for a long time, and so it’s surprising to me that it is been touted as the reason for all evils only because we lost the recent Test series to India.“I don’t want this idea to become a convenient excuse for what basically were bad performances against India. When I was playing domestic cricket, we had quite a number of Kolpak players in our domestic teams also but then there was no talk of this subject at that time.”Amla recently offered to be the Cape Town Blitz’ batting mentor in the MSL when he has free time.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

Smiles through the tears

first_imgBy Jade LawtonTEARS and laughter were two common themes at the Mackenzie Reid trivia night, held at the Garfield Hall…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Rebels Headrick sinks Leafs with overtime winner

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs know they can play with the best in the Murdoch Division.Now the players overcome the hurdle by registering a few wins.Nick Headrick scored a power play goal in overtime to spark the Rebels to a 2-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Saturday night in Castlegar.Headrick scored the marker with Nelson defenceman Aigne McGeady-Bruce in the penalty box for holding. The teams played through 40 minutes of scoreless time after Darren Medeiros and Levi Hulston exchanged first period goals.Castlegar held much of the territorial play out shooting Nelson 41-23.Patrick Ostermann, busy in the Nelson nets, took the loss for the visitors.Paul Broadbent registered the win in goal for the Rebels.Despite registering a single point, Nelson fell two points behind third place Grand Forks Border Bruins in Murdoch Division standings.Both Grand Forks and Nelson clinched a playoff berth after Spokane Braves suffered a 5-0 home ice loss to Fernie Friday. The loss was Spokane’s eighth straight setback.Nelson is idle until the Leafs host Castlegar Friday at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

Christian Eriksen blasts Wembley pitch and opens up on ‘chronic’ injury

first_imgCHRISTIAN ERIKSEN slammed the quality of Wembley’s pitch — claiming Tottenham’s training surfaces are better.The turf at the national stadium was badly damaged by three NFL games as well as an Anthony Joshua fight this autumn.7 Christian Eriksen has slammed the Wembley pitchCredit: ReutersAnd ahead of fourth-placed Spurs’ crunch showdown against third-placed Chelsea under the arch on Saturday, Danish ace Eriksen says the Wembley pitch has not been up to scratch in recent weeks.He said: “As a player, it’s not been up to normal standard. Let’s be honest and say that. I think you have seen that. They knew that.“We want to play on a better pitch than our training pitch, but sometimes the training pitch is better than the game pitch. It’s difficult.”Spurs continue to use Wembley as their home ground while their new 62,000-capacity stadium is being built amid delays.7 The Wembley pitch was badly damaged by NFL games and an Anthony Joshua fightCredit: Reuters7 NFL games left the Wembley pitch looking worse for wearCredit: AP:Associated Press7 Wembley played host to Anthony Joshua’s win over Alexander Povetkin in SeptemberCredit: Getty Images – GettyEriksen added: “We know the same as the people in the press. We don’t really know when it will be finished. Hopefully it will be soon.“People have seen pictures of the stadium and what it is going to look like — it’s going to be exceptional when we are finally in there.”As for this season, Eriksen, 26, believes Tottenham can take heart from grinding out the wins that have made them title contenders.The playmaker admits his team-mates have not been playing at the same eye-catching standard as previous campaigns.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upBut, he believes while all the focus has been on unbeaten trio City, Liverpool and Chelsea for the title, Spurs remain in the hunt.Mauricio Pochettino’s men — five points off the top of the table — are flying under the radar, but a crunch eight days lie ahead.After Chelsea there is a must-win Champions League tie with Inter Milan next Wednesday before a North London derby trip to Arsenal a week on Sunday.Asked if he felt Spurs are serious title contenders, Eriksen said: “We are up there so we will see where we are going to end up, but, yeah.“There is a lot of focus about the other clubs, but again we have almost similar points.“Maybe we haven’t played the best football we have showed for the last few years. But we have still got the points. Sometimes that is necessary.“That is how it goes. And at some point, if it clicks and we still get the points, then we will be different.”Spurs have already failed against the top two — City and Liverpool — at home this season.7 Tottenham have won six of their last seven Premier League gamesCredit: Reuters7 Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham are flying under the radarCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut since that 2-1 defeat by Jurgen Klopp’s Reds in September, Spurs have won six of their last seven Premier League games, grinding out three 1-0 wins against Cardiff, West Ham and Crystal Palace.That grit — the ability to keep clean sheets and collect points when the chips are down — does not tally with the traditional ‘Spursy’ label.So are the players finally putting that weak tag to bed? Eriksen, a Real Madrid target after contract talks stalled, added: “Yeah. People expect us to win every game now — even against the top six. That’s how it has turned around.“Looking at trophies, we haven’t won anything, but they way people view Spurs is completely different.”7 Christian Eriksen insists he feels fine when playing football despite his Denmark boss saying he had a ‘chronic’ abdominal problemCredit: EPAIt has been a chaotic season for the club from the delays over the new stadium to captain Hugo Lloris’ drink-driving arrest in August to a host of injuries post-World Cup.Key players Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose, Dele Alli, as well as Eriksen, have all spent time out.Eriksen’s own injury situation was highlighted by Denmark boss Age Hareide, who claimed his talisman had a ‘chronic’ abdominal problem.But Eriksen, who played twice for the Danes in the international break, added: “I feel good. I feel it the day after a game. But in the game I don’t feel anything.“Sometimes the body just needs to take a break and you need to listen. But we know the programme between now and January.“It will be games every three days, but we want to be competing on every front.”Real Madrid eye a daring £90million double raid for Marcus Rashford and ­Christian Eriksenlast_img read more

Studying human behavior to protect orangutans: Q&A with Liana Chua

first_imgConservation efforts have traditionally focused too much on wildlife and not enough on human communities, says social anthropologist Liana Chua.When it comes to orangutans, Chua says indigenous communities in Borneo are unlikely to share the concerns and priorities of international conservation organizations. Killing of orangutans by humans is a major threat to the apes’ survival.Devoting real attention to the issues that are important to local people is key to developing better conservation policies, Chua says.Chua leads a project billed as “a novel anthropology-conservation collaboration” that aims to improve human-orangutan coexistence in Borneo. Social anthropologist Liana Chua leads a project, POKOK, that aims to reduce the killing of orangutans in Indonesian Borneo through deeper engagement with local people.The project came about as a result of research by conservation scientist Erik Meijaard that indicated far more orangutans were killed by humans than previously assumed. His study, based on interviews with more than 5,000 villagers throughout Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo, estimated that some 30,000 orangutans had been killed either for food, opportunistically while hunting, or for traditional medicine during the course of these people’s lifetimes. Another 25,000 to 35,000 were also killed for so-called conflict reasons — encroaching onto palm oil plantations, for instance, or raiding food crops — in the same period.Chua’s research is still in its early stages, but she says fieldwork has already backs up her suspicion that while orangutans are an international conservation cause célèbre, indigenous communities in Borneo do not generally share this deep concern for the species’ welfare.In an interview with Mongabay, Chua says she hopes her team will be able to provide deeper insights into how these communities view both orangutans and orangutan conservation, and that these insights will lead to better-informed conservation policies with real benefits for both apes and people.Social anthropologist Liana Chua crossing a bamboo suspension bridge in Borneo. Image courtesy of Liana Chua.Mongabay: What first sparked your interest in orangutans?Liana Chua: I’ve done fieldwork with the Bidayuh, an indigenous group in Malaysian Borneo, since 2003, and I spent my postdoctoral research tracing the experiences of people from four villages who were displaced by a dam construction project. Through this, I became aware of the very many land disputes that were taking place across Borneo and the ways in which indigenous rights were coming into conflict with the priorities of the state. And in orangutan conservation, we see similar struggles of land and indigenous rights coming up against the priorities of conservationists and the state.So why did you want to get involved in conservation?Orangutan conservation is pushed by zoologists and biologists who don’t necessarily grasp the human dimension of what’s going on. In the initial stages of my research, I came into contact with Erik Meijaard, who told me about his evidence that the killing of orangutans, and not just deforestation, was a major driver of their declining populations, and he asked me if we could address this problem together, using social anthropological methods and perspectives.Why are orangutans being killed?There appear to be a number of reasons. One of them is directly linked to deforestation and palm oil cultivation: they are being squeezed into areas that humans are also using, resulting in conflict because they can damage crops and raid fruit trees. You get hunting, too, and this is more common in heavily forested areas and is an offshoot of traditional practices. People have always hunted various forms of game for food, and they don’t see why orangutans should be special. This is often opportunistic. Sometimes, they just see this shadowy thing moving about in the jungle and shoot it.Young orangutans at a care center in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. The attention lavished on orangutans baffles some of the people who live among them, Chua says. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Do these people know orangutans are a protected species?I think some, if not all, people are aware, but it doesn’t necessarily bother them. In Sarawak [in Malaysian Borneo], the government put out these posters with images of species that you are not allowed to hunt and eat. The running joke among anthropologists is that you take these posters to guys in a longhouse, and they go, ‘Right, that’s today’s menu.’ This is something they’ve been doing for a long time, and they don’t see why they should stop just because the state says so.Is there any other reason why orangutans are killed?Baby orangutans are sometimes bought by, or given to, rich and powerful individuals as pets or obtained by entertainment centers in Southeast Asia. To get hold of these, there’s always a dead mother. It might be rare, but it’s still a problem.So how do you begin to address the problem?The first thing we are not going to do is to talk about orangutans! People in remote areas are either completely indifferent to them or they are perfectly aware they are protected and they’re not going to tell you the truth about anything. My own friends in Sarawak, who live close to an area where wild orangutans are occasionally seen, are completely perplexed as to why white people keep throwing money, care and attention at this particular animal.A young orangutan in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. A 2018 study concluded that 100,000 Bornean orangutans had been lost in the past 16 years. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.So what do you do?We want to try to figure out what local people’s priorities really are. They might be much more concerned about how they make their living, or water pollution, or about their relationship with the government, for example, and the conservation of orangutans is wrapped up in all these broader issues.Is that where you’re at now?Yes. My Ph.D. student, Paul Thung, who is doing most of the fieldwork, was in Borneo over the summer trying to get a sense of what’s going on. Now, he couldn’t lie to local people, so he had to say, ‘Yes I’m very interested in orangutans, but I really want to understand your way of life and what matters to you. How do you feel about palm oil, how do you feel about rubber, how do you feel about development?’ That’s the way to start, you certainly don’t want orangutans to be the main focus to start with — that’s a research killer.Why is this so different to traditional conservation?The way a lot of conservation is carried out is based on this complete separation between humans and nature, and that separation doesn’t necessarily exist in other cultures. It’s a very hackneyed distinction, but it has tremendous power in the way it shapes conservation policies.Western scientists talk about Borneo in terms of its primary and secondary rainforests and selectively logged forests and so on, but these terms don’t necessarily make sense for people who live there. For the Bidayuh, there might be farming areas, deep forest and community-owned forest, and then there are taboo areas where you’re not allowed to do anything because there are spirits there or something bad happened in the past. These categories are both natural and cultural, you can’t pull them apart. They’re not always recognized by conservationists or the state, but they really influence how Bidayuhs relate to the forest and its wildlife.So how can your insights make a difference?Hopefully, we will be able to use our research to come up with approaches to orangutan conservation that are better tailored to their specific cultural and social contexts. You might find that in one area, religious beliefs play a huge role in determining how people relate to the forest and orangutans. In this case, we’d ask: how can we repackage conservation messages in specific religious idioms and logics? Are there religious leaders and networks that we could collaborate with? Also, there is a lot tied up in how people respond to state intervention. In order to understand how my friends in Sarawak view orangutan conservation, for example, I need to understand how they see development and the state, because they often come as part of the same package. Things are slightly different in Indonesian Borneo, but the question is similar: how are people’s responses to conservation shaped by national, regional, and local politics? Understanding these power dynamics can give us a better idea of why some conservation initiatives work or fail. And to do this, you need in-depth, ground-up insights, which anthropological fieldwork can provide.Do you think you’ll find resentment at Western concern for orangutans?People do wonder why animals get so much more cash and attention than the humans who live in the same areas. Many of them have access to television and social media, and see orangutans being taken care of in rescue centers, and they think: ‘What about us?’ Conservationists on the ground are very aware there is a real danger of resentment over double standards, but you don’t tend to hear those concerns when you look at the fundraising and publicity side of things.Forest in Borneo cleared for oil palm plantations. The island has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.What have you found out so far?On his first field trip, Paul found anecdotal evidence that people don’t care that much about orangutans, which backs up what I have heard before. He also brought back evidence that they don’t necessarily see a moral difference between working for an orangutan rescue center or an oil palm plantation. It’s often a question of which one gives them better working conditions, more money or is more convenient.So oil palm plantations offer real options for people?I don’t want to romanticize it: oil palm cultivation has caused a lot of problems, and in many ways, it’s a lot like conservation: it causes land disputes and can exacerbate existing power struggles and disagreements. And it’s not just oil palm — there’s rubber, small-scale mining and other opportunities, so it’s not very helpful to single out one particular crop and say it’s bad, you shouldn’t be cultivating it. It’s one of many possibilities for waged survival, and what we can’t do is deny people their aspirations — education for their children, access to health care and so on.Should conservationists be less precious about orangutans?Well, they would say that even a low level of killing is unsustainable because of orangutans’ very slow reproductive rate. But they might want to be more flexible about the sorts of messages they are putting out — they might want to acknowledge, for example, that conservation priorities may conflict with, or take a back seat to, local priorities. That would be a huge first step in showing people they are being taken seriously. I think it’s really dangerous to draw black-and-white distinctions.But ultimately, you want to reduce the level of killing?That’s the most immediate aim, yes, but the bigger goal is to make for a more constructive relationship between conservationists and local communities. This is a more critical long-term goal if there’s any chance of conservation taking place sustainably within them.Researcher Liana Chua (front right) says that conservation groups need to do a better job of taking into account the perspectives and concerns of local people. Image courtesy of Liana Chua.Have you seen orangutans in the wild?No, and very few of my Bornean friends have, which is really interesting, because it shows the contrast between the hyper-visibility of orangutans in the West and their invisibility in Indonesia. When I was in my field site last year, the villagers got this letter from a conservation organization which said they’d like to come and do a survey for orangutans in their area. The letter was written in Malay, and they just looked at it and said, ‘What’s an orangutan?’They didn’t know what an orangutan was?They didn’t understand the Malay word. They said, ‘Is it that the monkey with short red hair or the one with the long tail?’ We went through all these different descriptions, but eventually I showed them a postcard my daughter had bought in Kuching, and they went, ‘Oh a maias.‘ None of them had seen one. A few people in the village had in their hunting grounds, about eight hours’ walk away, quite close to the Indonesian border, but they weren’t keen for the conservationists to come, in case they found orangutans and the land became protected and they got turfed off it.So the survey didn’t take place?Actually, the conservationists did come, but they didn’t find any. When they first got the letter, they asked me if orangutans range, and I told them I thought so. And they said, ‘Good, we hope they go over the border into Indonesia so it’s not our problem.’ So even where orangutans are completely invisible and barely present, awareness of their presence can still have an impact on people’s lives.Have we in the West built the orangutan up into something it isn’t?Oh absolutely. They have this extreme visibility in Western culture, but are much less visible where they actually live. I worry about the effects of conservation on the lives of people I care quite strongly about. I know some have done quite well working for conservation groups, but there have been these negative effects, such as having their traditional land rights restricted. I think there has been much greater acknowledgment in recent years we need to get beyond the ‘parks versus people’ model, and for an anthropologist, it’s not that radical a proposition. There are conservationists working to overcome this divide in Borneo — I hope our project will bring greater local knowledge and new ideas to their efforts.Editor’s note: this interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.Banner image: Borneo orangutan, by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.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. Agriculture, Animals, Apes, Biodiversity, Borneo Orangutan, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Politics, Forests, Great Apes, Indigenous Peoples, Mammals, Orangutans, Palm Oil, Plantations, Poaching, Primates, Rainforest Animals, Rainforests, Wildlife 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 overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by Isabel Estermanlast_img read more