68 percent of the indigenous lands and protected natural areas in the nine nations encompassing the Amazon region are under pressure from roads, mining, dams, oil drilling, forest fires and deforestation, according to a new report by RAISG, the Amazonian Geo-referenced Socio-Environmental Information Network.Of the 6,345 indigenous territories located within the nine Amazonian countries surveyed, 2,042 (32 percent) are threatened or pressured by two types of infrastructure activities, while 2,584 (41 percent) are threatened or pressured by at least one. Only 8 percent of the total are not threatened or pressured at all.In the case of the 692 protected natural areas in the Amazon region, 193 (28 percent) suffer three kinds of threat or pressure, and 188 (27 percent) suffer threats or pressure from two activities.“These are alarming numbers: 43 percent of the protected natural areas and 19 percent of the indigenous lands are under three or more types of pressure or threat,” said Júlia Jacomini, a researcher with the ISA, Instituto Socioambiental, an NGO and RAISG partner. Already completed and proposed infrastructure projects, along with infrastructure investment plans, either directly threaten or put pressure on 68 percent of the indigenous lands and protected natural areas in the Amazon region, according to a newly published report prepared by the Amazonian Geo-referenced Socio-Environmental Information Network (RAISG), a group of specialists from NGOs and other organizations within six Amazon region countries.The data sets are presented in the form of six maps, each corresponding to an infrastructure-related activity or practice present in the Amazon, including transport (ie. roads), energy (ie. hydroelectric dams), mining, oil, deforestation and fires. The 2019 edition takes account of development in the headwaters of Amazonian rivers, information not included in past reports. The nine nations evaluated are Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Guiana, Suriname and French Guiana.RAISG reveals that, of the 6,345 indigenous territories located within the nine Amazonian countries surveyed, that 2,042 (32 percent) are threatened or pressured by two types of infrastructure activities, while 2,584 (41 percent) are threatened or pressured by at least one. Only 8 percent of the total are not threatened or pressured at all.In the case of the 692 protected natural areas in the region, 193 (28 percent) suffer three kinds of threat or pressure, and 188 (27 percent) suffer threats or pressure from two activities.“These are alarming numbers: 43 percent of the protected natural areas and 19 percent of the indigenous lands are under three or more types of pressure or threat. The data demonstrate that the implementation of infrastructure works in the region clash with the way of life of the people in those areas, as well as [with] the preservation of both,” said Júlia Jacomini, a researcher with the ISA, Instituto Socioambiental, an NGO and RAISG partner.
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 Article published by Shreya Dasgupta The latest IUCN Red List update, which includes assessments of 105,732 species, lists more than 28,000 species as threatened with extinction.The declines of many of these species can be attributed to human overexploitation, according to the IUCN. The red-capped mangabey (Cercocebus torquatus), for example, has moved from vulnerable to endangered in 2019, largely because of threats from illegal hunting for bushmeat and conversion of much of the monkey’s Atlantic coast forest habitat in West Africa to agriculture.More than 5,000 trees from 180 countries, and 500 deep-sea bony fish species like the bioluminescent lanternfishes, were also added to the Red List this year.No species was assessed as having genuinely improved in status enough to earn it a place in a lower threat category, according to the IUCN. From rays to deep-sea snails, primates to rosewood trees, the latest IUCN Red List update paints a gloomy picture for our world’s species.The update, which includes assessments of 105,732 animal and plant species to date, lists more than 28,000 species as threatened with extinction, attributing much of the declines to human overexploitation.The red-capped mangabey (Cercocebus torquatus), for instance, a monkey previously listed as vulnerable, has now been moved to endangered, largely because of declining numbers driven by illegal hunting for bushmeat and conversion of much of its Atlantic coast forest habitat in West Africa to agriculture.In East Africa, the pancake tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri) is fighting a losing battle against the global pet trade. Thanks to overexploitation for this trade, along with destruction of its preferred rock habitats, the reptile has moved from being listed as vulnerable to critically endangered.More than 90 percent of all the rosewood and palissander (Dalbergia) tree species assessed on the Red List, too, are now threatened, mostly because of illegal trafficking and habitat loss. Freshwater fish seem to be struggling as well, with the loss of free-flowing rivers and increasing pollution driving more than half of Japan’s endemic freshwater fish and over a third of freshwater fish in Mexico toward extinction, according to a press release from the IUCN.No species was assessed as having “genuinely improved in status enough” to earn them a place in a lower threat category for this update, the IUCN said.“With more than 100,000 species now assessed for the IUCN Red List, this update clearly shows how much humans around the world are overexploiting wildlife,” Grethel Aguilar, acting director general of the IUCN, said in the statement. “States, businesses and civil society must urgently act to halt the overexploitation of nature, and must respect and support local communities and Indigenous Peoples in strengthening sustainable livelihoods.”Pancake tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri). Image by Dick Culbert via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).According to the latest update, 873 species are now extinct, while 73 species are extinct in the wild. Some 6,127 species are at the edge of extinction, assessed as critically endangered. These include species of wedgefishes and giant guitarfishes, also referred to as rhino rays because of their elongated snouts, which are now among the most threatened marine fish families in the world. Fifteen of the 16 species assessed are critically endangered. Two species in particular, the clown wedgefish (Rhynchobatus cooki) of the Indo-Malay archipelago and the false shark ray (Rhynchorhina mauritaniensis) of Mauritania, are likely very close to extinction. Living in shallow ocean waters, these rays are caught frequently as bycatch, and overexploited by fisheries, with their meat sold locally and fins traded for shark-fin soup.“The alarm bell has been sounding again and again concerning the unravelling crisis in freshwater and marine wildlife around the world and it’s time we pay attention,” said Andrew Terry, director of conservation and policy at the Zoological Society of London.The latest Red List update lists 9,754 species as endangered, 12,457 as vulnerable and 6,435 species as near threatened. More than 15,000 species are listed as data deficient, which means there’s insufficient information to assess their conservation status.Giant guitarfish (Rhynchobatus djiddensis). Image by Peter Giger via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0).There are thousands of new entries in the IUCN Red List this year. These include a West African evergreen tree, Allophylus samoritourei, that grows up to 18 meters (59 feet) tall. It’s listed as endangered, with fewer than 250 mature individuals estimated throughout its range, including 180 mature trees in Guinea. The species is on the decline because of habitat loss from mining, agriculture and urban expansion.The Lake Oku puddle frog (Phrynobatrachus njiomock), a species known only from the Kilum-Ijim Forest in Cameroon, debuts on the list as critically endangered (possibly extinct). Once the most abundant frog at Lake Oku, it hasn’t been seen since 2010. Researchers say the frog population has likely declined or disappeared mainly because of chytridiomycosis, a deadly fungal disease caused by the chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) that has devastated amphibian populations across the world.More than 5,000 trees from 180 countries have also been added to the Red List this year. The American elm (Ulmus americana), once found across Canada and the United States, for example, enters the Red List as endangered, its populations declining over decades due to Dutch elm disease, an invasive fungal pathogen.“The implications for people are that we lose valuable resources such as rosewoods and elms, and we also lose ecosystem resilience, undermining the essential ecosystem services that forests provide,” Paul Smith, secretary general of Botanic Gardens Conservation International, said in the statement.In addition to trees, several deep-sea species also make their appearance on the updated list, including 500 deep-sea bony fish species like the bioluminescent lanternfishes. A deep-sea hydrothermal vent mollusc, the scaly-foot snail (Chrysomallon squamiferum), debuts as endangered as well. The snail is known from only three locations on hydrothermal vents at depths of down to 2,900 meters (9,500 feet) in the Indian Ocean. With the prospect of future development of deep-sea mining in two of these areas, the snail’s habitat could be destroyed, the press release says. Some 20 percent of all the deep-sea assessments are, however, data-deficient, raising the need for studies on these species.“As many of the world’s deep sea species are being assessed for the first time, we are just starting to understand the impact of threats to this mostly unexplored and unmanaged frontier,” Beth Polidoro, a marine toxicologist at Arizona State University and co-chair of the Marine Fishes Red List Authority, said in the statement. “As such, the importance of the IUCN Red List process for deep sea species is increasingly evident, as it is one of the only indicators on the status of deep sea biodiversity across the globe.”The scaly-foot snail is known from just three locations in the deep sea. Image by Chong Chen.Banner image of red-capped mangabey by BeKay via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0). 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Gardai are investigating ANOTHER burglary of a business premises in Letterkenny in broad daylight.A substantial sum of cash was taken when a thief removed a cash box from behind the counter of a shop at Upper Port Road at lunchtime (just before 2pm) on Wednesday last.A staff member heard a noise and suddenly realised that the cash box had been taken with a substantial sum of money inside. It follows a similar incident at a hairdressing salon also in Letterkenny less than a month ago.Again a similar theft took place in broad daylight when a person walked in off the street and gained access to an employees locker and stole a large sum of cash.Gardai in Letterkenny are investigating both incidents but have not said if they think they are connected.If anyone observed anyone whom they feel may have been connected to these incidents then please contact Gardaí at Letterkenny on 074-9167100. Daytime burglar puts Letterkenny business owners on edge was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:burglariesdaytimedonegalletterkennyTHEFTS
Donegal County Council has been urged to help end the ‘biggest crisis in a generation’ by tackling climate change across the county. The call comes as hundreds of schoolchildren and students from across Donegal stage a climate strike as part of a global day of climate action today (Fri).The rally, which started at 10am and will conclude at 1pm, is taking place in Market Square, Letterkenny.Inishowen Councillor, Jack Murray said more can be done by Donegal County Council to implement new ideas surrounding the reduction of the carbon footprint for generations to come.He told Donegal Daily: “It is inspiring to see young people coming together in what is the biggest crisis in a generation. “At the end of the day, we only have one planet and all the science shows climate change is accelerating and we have seen the effects of that accelerations globally, nationally and even locally.“In Inishowen, we have seen more flooding in recent years than ever before, especially the devastating flooding of 2017.“If the environment continues to deteriorate then these occurrences are going to become more frequent and more severe.“And at a local level, there is much that we can do,” he added. “We should be encouraging people to use public transport and we as a council should be investing in greenways. “The list goes on,” he said.“Implementing carbon taxes is all well and good but it is hitting people in the pocket without any positive effects.“We need more positives measures put in place.”Donegal County Council urged to seize climate change opportunity was last modified: September 20th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
The filter is the same size as, and looksexactly like, a normal tea bag. Each bag can filter about one litre of polluted water, or about 10 litres of normal tap water. (Images: Jacques Botha) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Eugene CloeteDean, SU Faculty of Science+27 21 808 3071• Engela DuvenageMedia liaison officer, Faculty of Science+27 21 808 2684 RELATED ARTICLES • Courts to protect SA’s water• Investing in a clean future • SA hosts world science meet • Technology on a tiny scale • SA, Germany to improve waterWilma den HartighScientists from Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape have developed and patented an inexpensive and effective filtering device that could provide safe drinking water to millions of people. This innovation can considerably reduce the prevalence of water-borne illnesses such as cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases.Prof Eugene Cloete, Dean of the Faculty of Science and chairperson of the Stellenbosch University Water Institute, says the filtering sachet combines years of research on water purification, nanotechnology and food microbiology into a practical filtration solution.The sachet will provide easy access to clean drinking water for communities living near polluted water sources and therefore vulnerable to water-borne disease.Cloete was inspired to develop the water filtering device when he saw technology developed by Dr Eugene Smit of the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science. The technique, known as electro-spinning, applies high-voltage electrical fields to polymer solutions to weave ultra-thin fibres on a nanoscale. This causes the formation of fibres a thousand times thinner than a hair.“Right away, my mind started churning through the possibilities of how it could be used to clean polluted water,” Cloete says.Stellenbosch University polymer scientists and researchers from the Department of Microbiology jointly developed the disposable filtering device. The sachet, which is identical to a tea bag in shape and size, is made of the same biodegradable material as an off-the-shelf rooibos tea bag.How it worksWhat makes this product distinctive is that the inside of the tea bag material is coated with a thin film of biocides encapsulated within tiny nanofibres (defined as fibres with diameters up to 100 nanometres).A biocide is a chemical substance that kills all disease-causing microbes. Biocides are often used in medicine, agriculture, forestry and industry to prevent the fouling of water and oil pipelines.The water is poured onto the sachet, which is filled with active carbon granules that remove all harmful chemical pollutants. The nanofibres create a pore size small enough to filter bacteria out of the water.“The combination of nanofibres and activated carbon is a new combination that hasn’t been tried before,” says Cloete.Water safety and testingOnce used, the bag is discarded and a new one is inserted into the neck of the bottle. Each bag can clean one litre of water from a river containing contaminated water or water of an unknown quality, making it 100% safe to drink.There are also plans to commercialise the filter bag into a product that can be used by travellers or hikers, or even people who want to improve their water quality at home. Cloete says people living in cities can also filter their water using the sachet, but as the water would generally be cleaner, one bag could filter approximately 10 litres of water.Dr Michéle de Kwaadsteniet, a postdoctoral fellow who is working on the project with Cloete and Prof Leon Dicks of the Department of Microbiology, says that they tested the filter with water taken from a river in the Stellenbosch area. The samples were highly polluted, but after filtering with the sachet, the water was completely clean.The bag filter is also currently undergoing testing at the South African Bureau of Standards.A solution to the continent’s water woes Water quality is a universal problem and Cloete says that the world will increasingly come to rely on technologies such as these. In many countries on the continent and abroad, water infrastructure is lacking, faulty or aging.“For many, piped water is a luxury and it is simply impossible to build purification infrastructure at every polluted stream,” he says.South Africa is facing major challenges in meeting the rising demand for safe drinking water. The lack of adequate, safe and affordable water impacts on vulnerable groups such as the poor, the elderly, HIV/Aids patients and children.“More than 90% of all cholera cases are reported in Africa, and 300-million people on our continent do not have access to safe drinking water,” says Cloete. “Clearly, something has to be done about this.”The tea bag-like filter also is 100% biodegradable and has no ecological footprint. It is a “point-of-use” technology that, because it is used on the spot, can meet the needs of people who live in remote areas, or people whose regular water supply is not treated to potable standards.In a statement, Prof Russel Botman, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the university, said it is important that science should serve the needs of society. “By aligning the expertise of our scientists with the national and international development agenda, we want to become more relevant to society.”The invention is one of the first major projects of the newly established Stellenbosch University Water Institute, a transdisciplinary initiative established to step up the search for solutions to the country and continent’s water problems.The institute and the water filter invention form part of the Stellenbosch University HOPE project, a set of development goals aimed at improving the lives of South Africans and people in the rest of the continent.Commercialising the productOnce all testing is complete, the team hopes that the filters can be made available to various communities. Cloete says one of the reasons they chose the tea bag design is that the same technology used to pack tea bags can also be used in production of the filtering sachets. This is an economical and practical way to more easily get the product out into the market.He says that they never expected so much interest in the product and since it has started receiving more exposure, they have been inundated with enquiries. Companies, aid organisations and philanthropists have also shown interest in the filter, and some are looking to purchase the sachets to distribute as part of their corporate social responsibility programmes.The commercial pricing of the filter hasn’t been finalised, but it will be relatively inexpensive in comparison with similar purification technologies on the market. Distribution is expected to start in January 2011.“This product can change the lives of ordinary people because it is so simple and efficient. It has captured the imagination of people and it is going to have an amazing impact,” says Cloete.
The second is to improve the quality of instruction by ensuring that teachers throughout the country, both rural and urban, have access to the highest quality teaching resources. Several local and international ICT companies have teamed up with the Department of Basic Education to launch the Vodacom Mobile Education Programme, which enables teachers across South Africa to use mobile technology to access resources to improve their teaching. “Through this initiative, teachers will now be able to use cloud computing to access vital content, teacher-aids and resources to help deliver quality education.” “This launch is perhaps one of the most important initiatives that we have introduced,” said Uys. “It involves a significant investment in our youth, who are the future of our country, and is a critical component of our commitment to using mobiles for good. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The programme has two objectives: one is to use mobile technology to help the Department of Basic Education meet its objective of ensuring that a significant number of learners have exposure to information and communications technology. Provincial ICT resource centres Training will focus on ICT literacy, as well as the effective use and integration of digital content in the classroom. To support this training, educators are provided with the necessary ICT infrastructure and tools. Cisco is providing computer technician certification and entrepreneurship training through its Cisco Networking Academy programme, and Mindset Learn has made the South African educational curriculum content available throughout the programme. “We are absolutely committed to helping Government improve on the quality of education in our schools,” Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys said at the launch of the programme last week. “The Vodacom Mobile Education Programme is our most ambitious project, but it is also the most important. The programme, which is being rolled out by Vodacom in partnership with companies such as Microsoft, Cisco and Mindset Learn, focuses especially on mathematics and physical science, two of the most challenging subjects for learners in South Africa. ICT literacy training “It not only levels the playing field for rural schools that often don’t have access to the same quality of teaching material that urban schools have, but it also ensures that schools, teachers, learners and communities have access to ICT and the internet.” The ICT Resource Centres themselves are connected through a virtual private network (VPN) to Vodacom’s head office in Midrand, Johannesburg. This connection serves as a pipeline of information, connecting the centres, participating schools and teachers to the Internet and to valuable teacher training resources. Microsoft will be supplying its Partners in Learning teacher professional development curriculum software and Microsoft certification for teachers and the public. 24 October 2011 As part of the launch, the partners have created an ICT Resource Centre in each province, each serving up to 200 schools. The centres serve as the district teacher-training hub and are outfitted with computer classrooms with 50 terminals and an internet cafe. “This initiative is the first of its kind in the ICT environment,” said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. “It has the support of my department and the nine provincial education departments and I am sure it will go a long way in addressing the ICT challenges we have in education.”
AT NAB 2019, the video review and feedback platform Wipster has announced the introduction of dynamic audio waveform review.This audio upgrade enables video creators, podcasters, audio engineers, and musicians to dynamically share and receive feedback in real-time — eliminating the time-consuming email review process. This will be compatible with .WAV, .MP3, and .M4A files, welcoming a wide range of different creatives to the platform.Robyn Hough, the VP of Product at Wipster, had the following to say:We kept hearing how difficult it was for audio producers and video creators alike to share audio for feedback. Instead of simply storing a static audio file and calling it done, we wanted to create an engaging review experience that solves the real problem of getting fast, actionable, and organized feedback.Wipster has also had this to say about audio review:Wipster’s new audio review is the first to enable collaboration directly on the waveform, creating an experience that is intuitive, efficient, and enjoyable for teams and reviewers alike. Audio editors simply drag and drop audio into Wipster, and the platform encodes and generates a playable waveform from which reviewers can listen, comment on, and download if needed. The waveform is what makes Wipster’s audio review unique and understandable to collaborators.Video Playerhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/pbblogassets/uploads/2019/04/10112034/04-Commenting-Audio-v1.mp400:0000:0000:04Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.These new audio features include the following:Waveform visualization for accurate feedbackTime-code accurate commenting tools that are simple and intuitive for reviewers.MP3, .WAV and .M4A file compatibilityVersion stacking to ensure teams work off of the most up-to-date file versionDownloadable uncompressed file option for final file delivery approvalRelease: April 16, 2019Images via Wipster.Looking for more coverage of NAB 2019? Check out these articles.NAB 2019: CineMatch Plugin Matches Cameras in SecondsNAB 2019: Teradek Introduces an Inexpensive Wireless System NAB 2019: Aputure’s Secret Party and What They AnnouncedNAB 2019: Atlas Reveals Anamorphic 25mm Lens and LF ExtenderNAB 2019: Polar Pro’s New Peter McKinnon Variable ND Filter
Kiran Challagundla, the man behind the success of the Indian shuttlers, rarely comes into the limelight. The Hyderabadi — physio of the Indian badminton players — is solely responsible for improving their overall fitness, but it was not until Saina Nehwal and Jwala Gutta mentioned his name for special praise after winning the gold at the Commonwealth Games that people took note of him.In fact, since joining the Indian team in 2008, he has ensured that none of the shuttlers have had to sit out due to injury. “The best thing that has happened after Kiran joined us is that none of us have had to sit out due to an injury. Sitting out with injuries can be really frustrating,” said Saina Nehwal.Her views were echoed by Jwala Gutta. “He (Kiran) has increased our levels of fitness. Our improved level of fitness is in turn bringing us better results,” she said.The strapping Kiran is a workaholic who works non-stop for seven hours a day, six days a week with the shuttlers at their training base in Hyderabad.Speaking to Mail Today from Hyderabad, Kiran said that in modern day badminton it was crucial to stay injury-free. “The sport (badminton) has become fasters over time and takes a toll on the body. This in turn has drastically increased the chances of players getting injured. So the key is to ensure that the shuttlers aren’t unnecessarily overworked,” he said.One of the first things Kiran did after he took charge was to devise a different set of exercises for each and every player in the national camp.advertisement”Every player has a different style of play. For instance, somebody like a Kashyap has an attacking style — relying more on smashes. For him the exercises should benefit him in generating more power,” said Kiran.Similarly, Kiran says that a rally player like Aditi Mutatkar relies more on endurance than power. “For Aditi to thrive in her game, the focus has to be on improving her endurance,” he said.Kiran, who worked as the physio of the Indian Premier League side Deccan Chargers in 2008, feels that all the Indian shuttlers are diligent and he has had no problems working with them.”I can assure you that no matter what exercises I assign the shuttlers, they follow my instructions meticulously. I enjoy working out with them as they are eager to learn and bring out the best in me,” he said. Commenting on his role with the Deccan Chargers, Kiran said, “I was the physio of the Chargers in 2008. It was an interesting as well as challenging role. But a season with them left me disinterested.” With Gopi Chand approaching me for the badminton team in November 2008, I accepted it on the spot — a decision I haven’t regretted.” Before joining the Chargers, Kiran was with the Dolphin Football Club in Adelaide. “I was studying in Australia, when they approached me. I was with them for three years and it was an experience that will stand me in good stead,” said Kiran.Kiran, whose two-year contract comes to an end after the Asian Games, said extending the contract was neither in his hand nor on his mind. “I am not the right person to comment on the extension,” he said.