Investors warn soy giants of backlash over deforestation in South America

first_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 overSponsored agribusiness, Agriculture, Amazon Agriculture, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Destruction, Amazon Rainforest, Amazon Soy, Conservation Finance, Controversial, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Politics, Finance, Forests, Green, Industrial Agriculture, Land Use Change, Rainforest Agriculture, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Saving The Amazon, Soy, Supply Chain, Threats To The Amazon, Tropical Deforestation, Tropical Forests, Zero Deforestation Commitments Article published by Genevieve Belmakercenter_img Investors have called on the world’s biggest soy companies to make firm commitments to end deforestation in wildlife-rich areas of South America such as the Cerrado and Gran Chaco.Those that fail to do so risk being exposed by environmental activists to consumer boycotts, legal action and falling profits, experts warn.Investors are leading the way as companies fail to appreciate the scale of the crisis, campaigners say. The world’s leading companies involved in the soy trade are being challenged to come clean about their impact on the environment and to completely eliminate deforestation from their operations.The production of soybeans is one of the leading drivers of forest loss in South America, with Brazil’s savanna-like Cerrado region, which covers 20 percent of the country, especially vulnerable.But institutional fund managers believe those companies that contribute to deforestation, and the associated rise in greenhouse gas emissions, from their involvement in the soy industry are taking risks with both their financial performance and their reputations.For example, there is a real danger of consumer boycotts or legal action as a result of being involved in illegal deforestation or human rights abuses.“If you’re a company that’s operating in a deforestation hotspot such as the Brazilian Cerrado, there is a lot of pressure at the moment from outside stakeholders to reduce that,” said Julie Nash, director of food and capital markets for Ceres, a nonprofit organization advising on issues ranging from climate change and pollution to human rights abuses.Aerial view of new Cerrado forest clearing. Roughly half the deforestation occurring in the Cerrado is legal, say analysts, highlighting the need for legislation to protect this biome – important for its biodiversity, aquifers and carbon storage. Image by Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay“That could lead to material market or reputational risk for some of these publicly facing companies dealing with environmental activism,” Nash said. “If they find deforestation within their supply chain, they have the potential to be attacked by environmental advocacy groups.”Nash said companies such as Unilever and Nestlé have committed to zero deforestation and total traceability of their supply chain. “There are leaders,” she said.Cerrado deforestationSince a moratorium on deforesting the Amazon to create new soy plantations was agreed to in 2006, the focus has largely shifted to the Cerrado. An area of savanna and woodlands that once covered 2 million square kilometers (772,000 square miles) — greater than the state of Alaska — the Cerrado has since lost more than half of its natural vegetation to make way for agricultural production in the shape of cattle ranching and soy. More than 100,000 square kilometers (38,600 square miles) has been converted in the past decade.An estimated 43 percent of its plant species are endemic to the region, and more than 300 species of fauna and flora are threatened with extinction. The Cerrado is renowned for being the stronghold for charismatic species such as the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) and giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla).Also at risk is the Gran Chaco, a unique area of dry thorn forests and seasonally flooded wetlands covering some 1 million square kilometers (386,000 square miles) across Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay, which lost an average of nearly 3,000 square kilometers (1,160 square miles) a year in Bolivia alone to soy plantations between 2011 and 2015.The cattle which the Cerrado supports help feed the developed world’s hunger for beef. Researchers recommend that rather than converting native Cerrado vegetation to croplands, degraded pastures should be utilized to grow crops such as soy, cotton and corn, while areas of native vegetation should be prioritized for conservation. Image by Rhett A. Butler/MongabayDivesting and politicsIn total, 57 institutional investors with assets totaling $6.3 trillion have supported the release of a statement calling on all companies in the soy supply chain to “demonstrate commitment to eliminating deforestation” by publicly disclosing their policies on the issue, saying where their soy comes from, and describing how they will deal with suppliers that fail to comply with no-deforestation standards.The investors, which include Aviva, Legal & General and BNP Paribas Asset Management, will engage with more than “25 of the largest, publicly traded companies in the soy trading, processing, manufacturing and retail sectors,” Nash said. That category includes companies such as Bunge, a multinational operating across the globe in a wide range of commodities, but not another of the soy heavyweights, Cargill, which is privately owned.Adam Kanzer, head of stewardship-Americas for BNP Paribas Asset Management, described the statement as a “very clear blueprint” of what they would like to see companies do to show their commitment to reducing their impact on the environment.“The politics in Brazil is not particularly good for addressing deforestation right now,” Kanzer said, in reference to the recent election of the right-wing populist Jair Bolsonaro as president, “so there is a real onus on the private sector to take meaningful steps to address this now. The clock is ticking.”Kanzer said he accepted that institutional investors could ultimately show their hand by divesting themselves of those companies that did not meet their requirements on zero deforestation. “Yes, we can sell our shares, and they care or they don’t care,” he said. “But [alternatively] you can be persistent, you can request public disclosure and public policies, in certain countries you can file shareholder proposals, you can vote against the board, you can vote against their pay package and you can let them know what you are going to do.”The U.S.-based NGO Mighty Earth has campaigned on the issue of soy impacts on the Cerrado and other forested regions of Latin America over many years, and campaign director Anahita Yousefi told Mongabay the group supported this initiative.Corporate responsibilityYousefi warns that while investors appeared to be taking the issue seriously, the companies themselves had largely failed to do so, citing the case of Bunge, one of the largest companies involved in the soy market, which she said had made public commitments on eliminating deforestation but failed to follow these up.Soy field and cerrado / chaco / Amazon transition forest. Photo by Rhett A. Butler for Mongabay.“We felt there was some substance to their engagement on this issue, and we were so disappointed by seeing Bunge not taking it seriously,” Yousefi said.Yousefi also warned that companies investing millions in plantations in the “frontier” regions of the Cerrado and the Gran Chaco are risking the future of their businesses because the loss of natural vegetation could impact rainfall.“We don’t know the tipping point of these ecosystems,” she said. “There have been severe droughts in the Cerrado in the past three or four years, and if you continue this over 10 years, they will become agriculturally stranded assets.”Bunge was among five trading houses fined a total $29 million last year for purchasing soy grown in areas that had been put off-limits by Brazil’s environmental protection agency, Ibama, to allow native vegetation to regrow.In a written statement, Bunge told Mongabay it was working with both the Soft Commodities Forum and the Cerrado Working Group to address deforestation in the region. “We have board oversight, a supply chain specific commitment, and a timebound goal for achieving deforestation-free supply, and we publish data on our traceability and monitoring activities,” said Steward Lindsay, vice president for sustainability and government affairs.Forest in the transition zone between chaco and cerrado biomes being cleared for soybeans. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.The initiative was also welcomed by Washington, D.C.-based consultancy Climate Advisers, which recommended this sort of action to investors in a report published at the end of last year, not just because of increased carbon emissions resulting from deforestation but also because of the impact on companies’ profits.“These risks are not limited to soy,” warned senior analyst Matt Piotrowski. “They extend to all commodities linked to deforestation, such as palm oil, cattle, timber, rubber and cacao, and we need to see more investors setting clear expectations for these industries as well.”Banner image: The Brazilian government’s revamped Terra Legal program could open the way for cattlemen and soy growers to make major land gains across the Amazon and Cerrado. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.About the reporter: James Fair is a wildlife conservation and environmental journalist based in England. You can find him on Twitter at @Jamesfairwild. FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this article. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article identified BNP Paribas Asset Management as a bank called BNP Paribas. Mongabay regrets the error. last_img read more

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BLUES FALL TO BADGERS

first_img“One bright spot we can take away from the game was the play of Kaden Jackson on the draws.  Brock has one of the top draw men in the league and Kaden did a great job against him.” said Nizich. Story Links HOW IT HAPPENED: The Badgers opened the scoring early and took advantage of too many Toronto turnovers to score the first nine goals of the game.  While the Toronto defence played well, they wore down from the sustained Brock pressure and extended time playing in the Blues defensive end of the field.  The score after the first quarter was 4-0 for Brock, which they extended to 9-0 at the half.   “Brock is perennially one of the top three teams in the league and we were eager to see how we would stack up against them.” said Varsity Blues head coach Joe Nizich.  After winning the season opener against Laurentian, the Varsity Blues took on the Brock Badgers at Varsity Stadium on Saturday, September 14.  Toronto finally got on the board in the third quarter on a goal by middie Aidan Guld, assisted by David Berta.  The Badgers scored twice in the frame to lead 11-1 after three quarters.   Brock showed again that they are one of the top teams as they came away with a 16-4 victory.   The Blues offence finally came to life in the fourth quarter as they took advantage of a number of Brock penalties.  Middie Alex Emerson (assist Jason Barnable), attack Darren Elliott (assist AJ Masson) and Barnable, unassisted, scored Toronto’s goals.  Brock scored another five times to round out the win. UP NEXT: The Blues next game is against Western University in London on Friday night, September 20.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Bent bends United, Spurs fifth

first_imgThere was one final twist in the tale, however, as deep into stoppage time David de Gea could only push a Kieran Richardson shot into the air and Bent nodded in the rebound to earn Fulham a vital point.The draw left United nine points adrift of Liverpool, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League place, while Fulham inched to within four points of safety at the foot of the table.Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen, a former United coach, had seen his side eliminated by third-tier Sheffield United in the FA Cup in mid-week, but after weathering early pressure, his side took a shock lead.As Fulham attacked down the left, Sidwell drifted into the box undetected and when Lewis Holtby picked him out with a lofted pass, the former Chelsea midfielder slid in to tuck a side-foot volley past De Gea.United were not slow to react, Van Persie, Ashley Young and Carrick going close, but Richardson should have doubled Fulham’s lead in the 37th minute when he shot over with only De Gea to beat.United resumed control, with Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg saving from Carrick and Nemanja Vidic before producing a stunning reflex stop to thwart Wayne Rooney early in the second half.United manager David Moyes introduced Adnan Januzaj, Antonio Valencia and Javier Hernandez as United laid siege to the visitors’ goal and the pressure finally told in the 78th minute when Van Persie tucked in a volleyed cross from Juan Mata.Less than two minutes later the turnaround was complete as Carrick beat Stekelenburg with a deflected shot from the edge of the box.Moyes celebrated with scarcely disguised relief, but in the penultimate minute of stoppage time Bent scored to complete another day of despair for the champions.United now find themselves six points behind fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur, who stole a march on Everton with a 1-0 victory over their Champions League qualification rivals at White Hart Lane.Emmanuel Adebayor settled the game in the 65th minute, chesting down a quick free-kick from Kyle Walker and resisting the attentions of Seamus Coleman before drilling a low shot past Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.“Our game plan was to put pressure on high up the field and we didn’t do that in the first half, but second half we adjusted and had the ascendency and they didn’t open us up once,” said Spurs manager Tim Sherwood.“Emmanuel Adebayor took his goal well. We are delighted with the result. Yes, the performance can be better, but it’s about character and grinding it out.”Sherwood’s side now trail fourth-place Liverpool by three points, with Everton two points back in sixth place.“In football, you want to be perfect,” said Everton manager Roberto Martinez.“We switched off on a free kick half-way inside our half and that should never end up in the back of the net.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, February 9-Darren Bent scored a dramatic 94th-minute equaliser as the Premier League’s bottom club Fulham undermined Manchester United’s Champions League hopes in a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.Fulham had taken a shock lead through Steve Sidwell in the 19th minute, but quick-fire goals from Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick in the final 12 minutes appeared to have set United on course for victory.last_img read more

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Councilman opts out of re-election

first_imgLA HABRA HEIGHTS – City Councilman Bruce Douglas has decided not to run for a second four-year term, setting the stage for a four-man council election for two seats on March 6. Fred Klein, who is seeking a third term, will be the only incumbent in the race. Layne Baroldi, an attorney/planning commissioner, Vincent P. Gomez, an electrician, and Howard Vipperman, a businessman, also are expected to be on the ballot. Filing closed Wednesday, but their signatures have yet to be verified. Douglas didn’t return several phone calls made during the past week, seeking comment on why he chose not to run. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’But Councilwoman Tela Millsap called Douglas an asset to the council. “He’s probably been the hardest working council member I can remember in a long time,” Millsap said. “He put four or more years into the Planning Commission and had a four-year term \,” she said. “He has other things he wants to do in life. He has a business and a son who is 11 years old.” Two of the issues in the race could be over where to build a new fire station and a new zoning ordinance that some said would limit “mansionization” and others claimed went too far. The ordinance limits one-story homes on one-acre lots to 7,500 square feet, but two-story homes are limited to 4,000 square feet on the first floor and up to 3,500 square feet on the second floor. Baroldi, who is Millsap’s appointee on the Planning Commission, is citing his experience. “In light of working on the Planning Commission the last two years, I want to make sure the implementation and any other future decisions are done properly,” he said. Baroldi said he also opposes building a new fire station at The Park, the city’s only park. Klein said he thinks there will be several issues, including the new fire station, repairing Hacienda Road, and dealing with state requirements for low-and moderate-income housing. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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SPFL refuse to postpone ICT game after 14-hour journey

first_imgInverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Robertson has hit out at the SPFL for not postponing their clash with Queen of the South after their journey to Dumfries took 14 hours.The squad were held up in traffic following an accident on the A9. A woman is fighting for her life after a three-car crash at Killiecrankie near Blair Atholl in Perthshire.Inverness’ team bus left their stadium at 1pm on Friday but did not arrive in Dumfries until 3am on Saturday morning, 12 hours before their Scottish Championship fixture.The club asked for their game to be postponed due to the players’ fatigue and stress but Robertson said SPFL would not entertain their request. Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland, Roberston said: “We were told by Iain Blair by text that he wanted the game to go ahead regardless of our situation. It’s a very poor decision.“If we don’t play, we get fined £10-15,000. That’s the ludicrous part. This is the people that allows Rangers and Celtic to cancel games to play glamour friendlies. “Just because it’s little old Inverness, it can’t be allowed to happen.“If he is ever sat on the A9 in a similar situation he might have some understanding. “We were quite prepared that had the bus been in traffic at 12, we were going to turn back at Pitlochry and head back up the road.”last_img read more

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DDTV: Lost Max gets amazing five star Christmas treatment at the Tassie!

first_imgMax the dog is lost and is about to be taken in and given an amazing Christmas by the staff of the Silver Tassie in Letterkenny.Click on this amazing video to see how well Max was looked after! DDTV: Lost Max gets amazing five star Christmas treatment at the Tassie! was last modified: December 2nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Three NCBI Charity shops newly opened in Donegal

first_imgThe National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) have opened three charity shops in Donegal, in Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Letterkenny – which was officially opened today.All shops offer quality second hand clothes, books and other items to raise funds for the support and services provided by NCBI to 2,000 people with sight loss in Donegal.NCBI said they must raise €4 out of every €10 it spends on services. NCBI’s charity shops around the country make a vital contribution to its fundraising efforts. All three Donegal shops are seeking donations of clothing, books and other items. The shops also bring volunteering opportunities. Letterkenny NCBI shop interiorThe Letterkenny shop (pictured above) which just opened today on the Main Street is managed by Jackie Coyle. Jackie said she is delighted to be managing the shop and looking forward to welcoming the people of Letterkenny into the new shop.Jackie Coyle, Manager of the Letterkenny NCBI ShopThe Donegal Town charity shop in the Diamond Carpark opened in December last year and is managed by Sinead Gallagher. Staff are very pleased with the amount of customers buying from the shop this month, and hope people will continue to support the shop throughout 2017.Sinead explains “Not all items are previously-owned either, there are lots of new shoes and jewellery that is bought in at reduced rates, allowing the shop to sell them on at very low prices.”The Ballyshannon shop off Main Street across from Dorrian’s Imperial Hotel is managed by Naomi Brady. According to Naomi, “The locals are fantastic; there has been a huge response to the opening of the shop. I want to create a place where customers can come in and have a chat and an overall good experience in the shop”. She adds, “We have new stock coming in constantly at bargain prices, we have something for everyone.” NCBI BallyshannonNCBI’s services include emotional support and counselling, low vision solutions like magnifiers, assistive technology advice and training, rehabilitation training (including independent living skills and using a long cane), a large print, audio and Braille library. The organisation also has an online shop with lots of practical solutions.If you would like to get involved and join a team of volunteers in Donegal, contact Sinead for the Donegal Town shop on 087 0931957, Naomi for the Ballyshannon shop on 087 0905543, Jackie for the Letterkenny shop on 087 0961510.Three NCBI Charity shops newly opened in Donegal was last modified: January 18th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallyshannoncharityDonegal Townletterkennyncbilast_img read more

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Varsity sports calendar

first_imgThe following are game schedules of area sports teams for Friday, Feb. 13 – Thursday, Feb. 19.Friday, Feb. 13Boys BasketballNorthland Lutheran at Auburndale, 7:30 p.m.Marathon at Stratford, 7:30 p.m. (Radio: WOSQ-FM 92.3 and wdlbwosq.com)Marshfield at D.C. Everest, 7:30 p.m.Girls BasketballColby at Marshfield Columbus Catholic, 7:30 p.m.D.C. Everest at Marshfield, 7:30 p.m. (Radio: WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com)Spencer at Neillsville, 7:30 p.m.Girls HockeyLakeland at Marshfield, 7 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 14Boys SwimmingMarshfield at WIAA Division 1 sectional at Hudson, 1 p.m.Girls BasketballAuburndale at Iola-Scandinavia, 1 p.m.Junior College Women’s BasketballWisconsin Collegiate Conference playoffs, Round 1: UW-Fond du Lac at UW-Marshfield, 1 p.m.WrestlingWIAA Division 1 regional at Marshfield, 10:30 a.m.Spencer, Stratford at WIAA Division 3 regional at Auburndale, 10:30 a.m.Monday, Feb. 16Boys BasketballSpencer at Athens, 7:30 p.m.Girls BasketballMarshfield Columbus Catholic at Gilman, 7:30 p.m. (Radio: WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com)Greenwood at Spencer, 7:30 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 17Boys BasketballAmherst at Stratford, 7:30 p.m.Spencer at Gilman, 7:30 p.m. (Radio: WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com)Greenwood at Marshfield Columbus Catholic, 7:30 p.m. (Radio: WOSQ-FM 92.3 and wdlbwosq.com)Auburndale at Nekoosa, 7:30 p.m.Boys HockeyWIAA semifinal, Altoona at Marshfield, 7 p.m.Girls BasketballAthens at Auburndale, 7:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 18Junior College Men’s BasketballWisconsin Collegiate Conference playoffs, Round 1: UW-Marshfield at UW-Rock County, 7 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 19Boys BasketballWausau Newman Catholic at Auburndale, 7:30 p.m. (Radio: WOSQ-FM 92.3 and wdlbwosq.com)Northland Lutheran at Stratford, 7:30 p.m.Boys HockeyWIAA regional final: Marshfield-Altoona winner at Eau Claire Memorial, TBAGirls BasketballMarshfield at Wausau East, 7:30 p.m. (Radio: WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com)Girls BasketballCloverbelt Conference CrossoversTBD at Spencer, 7:30 p.m.TBD at Marshfield Columbus Catholic, 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Stratford baseball doubles up Marathon

first_imgEhrike homers in Tigers’ road winBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARATHON — Dylan Schoenherr had three hits, and Kade Erike belted a home run to help the Stratford baseball team to a 10-5 win over Marathon in a Marawood Conference South Division game Tuesday at Marathon High School.Stratford scored three runs in the fifth inning and added three more in the seventh to bust open a tight game that was tied at 4-4 after four innings.Cole Hoffman earned the victory for Stratford, allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings. Lucas Heidmann got the save.Mark Handrick and Lance Heidmann added two RBIs each for the Tigers (6-3, 2-2 Marawood South).Stratford plays at Auburndale on Thursday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 10, Raiders 5Stratford 101 230 3 – 10 11 6Marathon 101 200 1 – 5 7 4WP: Cole Hoffman. LP: Hunter Seubert. SV: Lucas Heidmann.SO: Hoffman (5 1/3 inn.) 4, Lu. Heidmann (1 2/3 inn.) 0; Seubert (4 inn.) 3, Miles Williamson (3 inn.) 1. BB: Hoffman 4, Lu. Heidmann 0; Seubert 2, Williamson 1.Top hitters: S, Kade Ehrike 2×3, 2B, HR, 2 runs; Mark Handrick 2 RBIs; Hoffman 2×3, 2B; Dylan Schoenherr 3×4, 2 runs; Dakota Singer 2B; Lance Heidmann 1×3, 2 RBIs, 2 runs. M, Anderson 3 runs; Seubert 2×4, 2 RBIs.Records: Stratford 6-3, 2-2 Marawood Conference South Division; Marathon 5-5, 2-3 Marawood South.last_img read more

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Texts show reactions to Trump demands on Ukraine

first_img(AP) Three House committees have released dozens of texts between U.S. diplomats in Ukraine discussing how to handle a response to President Donald Trump’s demands that the country launch an investigation into Joe Biden’s family.The release follows an almost 10-hour interview with former Ukrainian envoy Kurt Volker. Volker provided the text messages to the committees.In the texts, Volker and two other diplomats discuss how to navigate Trump’s requests for the probe into his political rival.In one exchange, Volker and Ambassador Gordon Sondland discussed a draft statement in which the Ukraine government would announce an investigation into the 2016 U.S. presidential election and into a company whose board Biden’s son served on.Trump’s pressure on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is the subject of the House Democrats’ impeachment investigation.last_img read more

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