Editor’s Letter: River Right

first_imgLate last year, for the first time in U.S. history, a watershed filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit to defend its right to exist. Not a riverkeeper, nor a river advocacy organization—an actual watershed: the Little Mahoning in Pennsylvania.The Little Mahoning’s “rights to exist and flourish” was enacted into law by Pennsylvania’s Grant Township to protect the watershed and the community from fracking. It’s being challenged in court by Pennsylvania General Energy Company, who wants to frack in the Little Mahoning watershed.Does a river have rights? Over 200 communities across the country—including the city of Pittsburgh— think so. They have passed laws that recognize rights of rivers, forests, and ecosystems to exist.Most often, these rights of nature are enacted to protect a community from an environmental threat: factory farms, water privatization, sewage sludging of farmland, and especially lately, fracking. Pittsburgh’s ordinance explicitly elevates the rights of nature over corporate rights and bans fracking within its watersheds.The rights of nature movement is spreading beyond our borders. Ecuador ratified the world’s first constitutional rights of nature in 2008. India is considering enacting rights for the sacred Ganges River.In the past century, we have widened our circle of inclusion to encompass women’s rights, civil rights, gay rights, and even the rights of endangered species. Can we expand the circle to include all of nature? Or is that overreaching?Corporations claim that neither a town nor a river can overrule state or federal laws, which give them the right to frack, mine, inject, pipe, dam, and drill across most of the country. And who decides what a river wants anyway? Who actually speaks for the trees, and do we want them all to have a voice?This is about recognizing the rights of ecosystems to exist and thrive so that human actions do not threaten the long-term survival of the system upon which we depend, says Mari Margil, associate director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which has spearheaded the rights of nature movement. “A river has the right to flow. Fish and other species in a river have the right to exist and evolve. And the plants and animals that depend on a river have the right to thrive.”Margil says that existing environmental laws and regulatory agencies are failing colossally to safeguard our health. The broken system mostly perpetuates the rights of corporations to frack, mine, and drill. By legally enshrining basic rights of nature, communities are revolutionizing the fight to protect the environment and themselves.“When state and federal laws prevent towns from protecting themselves, communities are deciding to make their own laws and take a stand for the health of their human and natural communities,” says Margil.The Little Mahoning is a small creek, but it’s already making a big splash. If the courts uphold its right to exist, it will ironically give people more power. Our health has always depended on the health of our ecosystems. We’re not going to be able to protect one without the other.last_img read more

English champion Ellis so close to title double

first_img2 Apr 2013 English champion Ellis so close to title double Harry Ellis came close to adding the French International Boys Championship to his English crown but was beaten 3 and 2 by Germany’s Dominic Foos in the 36-hole final at Le Touquet. In a match of two halves, Ellis generally held the upper hand in the morning round, getting to 3-up after 13 holes before going into lunch with a one-hole advantage. But it was a different story in the afternoon. Foos levelled at the first hole then made the decisive move by winning three holes-in-a-row from the seventh and adding another at the 11th to be 4-up. Although Ellis won the 13th, it was too steep a hill to climb and the end came at the 16th where Foos closed out his success. Overall it was a successful sortie for the English youngsters, four filling the top seven spots in the qualifying but that meant they were all in the same half of the match play draw. Jack Singh Brar, Ellis’s Hampshire colleague, departed in the first round against Jeppe Andersen by 2 holes but the Dane lost in the quarter finals to Ashton Turner, who had claimed a 2 and 1 win over Vitek Novak of the Czech Republic in round one and a 1-hole success against Sweden’s Fredrik Nilehn in the second. Derbyshire’s Bradley Moore overcame Jonas Liebich of Germany 4 and 3 then French international Kenny Subregis 4 and 2 before bowing out to Ellis 3 and 1 in the quarter finals. Ellis reached the last eight with wins over Alan de Bondt of Belgium and Frenchman Pierre Mazier. In another all-English clash in the semi-finals, Ellis came out on top by 1-hole against Turner to set up the final with Foos. The Nations Cup, decided over the two stroke play qualifying rounds, saw England1, made up of Ellis, Singh Brar and Turner, take top spot on 284, six strokes better than Norway1 with England2, comprising Robert Burlison, Bobby Keeble and Bradley Moore, and Sweden1 third on 290.  Match Play results: 1st Rd: A Turner (Eng) bt V Novak (Czk Rep) 2&1; J Andersen (Den) bt J Singh Brar (Eng) 2 holes; B Moore (Eng) bt J Liebich (Ger) 4&3; H Ellis (Eng) bt A de Bondt (Bel) 3&2. 2nd Rd: Turner bt F Nilehn (Swe) 1 hole; Moore bt K Subregis (Fra) 4&2; Ellis bt P Mazier (Fra) 4&3 Quarter Finals: Turner bt Andersen 5&4; Ellis bt Moore 3&1. Semi-Finals: Foos (Ger) bt P Melching (Fra) 3&2; Ellis bt Turner 1 hole. Final (36 holes): Foos bt Ellis 3&2last_img read more

World Cup qualifiers: Illarramendi’s maiden goal gives Spain narrow win in Israel

first_imgReal Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi scored a thumping first international goal to give Spain a 1-0 win away to Israel in Group G on Monday, which rounded off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a ninth victory in 10 games.Illarramendi appeared on the edge of the area after a Spain corner had been cleared and drove the ball high into the net with the outside of his boot, breaking the deadlock in the 76th minute.Spain had already sealed their place in Russia as group winners and their only motivation was to keep up their slim chances of being seeded in December’s World Cup draw, with the 2010 champions 11th in last month’s world rankings.Israel had long been out of contention for a playoff place, finishing fourth on 12 points, one behind Albania in third. Italy ended their campaign second on 23 points.Coach Julen Lopetegui made nine changes from the Spain team that eased to a 3-0 win over Albania on Friday, with only Sergio Busquets, who made his 100th appearance for Spain, and captain Sergio Ramos keeping their places.”We knew this was a difficult game for different reasons but we wanted to win and take another step towards recovering our winning mentality which could help us go on and win the World Cup,” Spain goalkeeper Pepe Reina told reporters.”If you had asked us before the campaign started, we would all have taken the results we got. Italy were the team to beat but every side posed their own difficulties and we’ve been very consistent, confident in ourselves and we’ve played in the style we wanted to wherever we’ve been.”advertisementSpain lacked the spark with which they had played their previous qualifiers, but still had the better of the chances and it took four impressive saves from Israel goalkeeper Ariel Harush to prevent the visitors leading before the interval.Veteran forward Aritz Aduriz, youngster Marco Asensio and Ramos each saw long range efforts blocked, while the best chance of the half fell to Chelsea forward Pedro, who found himself clean through against Harush but scuffed his shot straight at the goalkeeper.Athletic Bilbao striker Aduriz, 36, missed an even clearer chance early in the second half when he failed to connect with a rolling pass from close range, despite being unmarked.It took another Basque player in Illarramendi to finally put Spain in front, while Asensio had a late strike ruled out for offside.last_img read more

Fingers crossed for more KXIP victories than hat-tricks: Sam Curran

first_imgSam Curran is the toast of Kings XI Punjab after his hat-trick in a thrilling win over Delhi Capitals but he has remained humble in the wake of the adulation and is eager to see his team win more matches in the 2019 Indian Premier League.Kings XI Punjab have been in superb form this season having won 3 out of their 4 matches. On April 1, KXIP secured one of finesh come-from-behind wins to stun Delhi Capitals in Mohali. Sam Curran had replaced the mighty Chris Gayle for that game and he stood up with a sensational display of pace bowling in the death overs.The slide started for Delhi Capitals when Mohammed Shami dismissed dangerman Rishabh Pant and Curran felt that changed the momentum in the game. Curran was also impressed with R Ashwin’s direct throw which caught Chris Morris short of his ground.The cricketing world has been in awe of 20-year-old Sam Curran who became the youngest player to take an IPL hat-trick. But Curran has instead chosen to focus on how good his entire team has been this season.”Fingers crossed for more victories than hat-tricks, hopefully the boys can. We got some nice momentum. We have got a nice bunch of boys in the team and we really enjoy winning games for each other and so far so good,” Sam Curran told AajTak.Curran said he had no idea he had taken a hat-trick but he recalled how Shami got KXIP back into the game.”I think Delhi needed about 30 runs off 28 balls, when Shami got Rishabh Pant. That changed the game and then Chris Morris got run out on the first ball by our captain, which was pretty cool.advertisement”I think we saw a few people leaving when they needed 23 off 21, I am sure that the people who left… It was an amazing win and the boys showed some great fight to get back into that position and luck that we got two points,” Sam Curran said.Also Read | Chris Gayle brings good vibes and pranks to Kings XI Punjab dressing room: KL RahulAlso Watch | KXIP bench strength very strong in IPL 2019: KL Rahullast_img read more