Arsenal’s defensive woes worsen as Chambers option grades out

first_imgAdvertisement 61NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9wd6Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E885a6e( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6yrnq70Would you ever consider trying this?😱uu9nrxCan your students do this? 🌚bpRoller skating! Powered by Firework Arsenal’s problems in the defense have been heavily hit by long term, crucial injuries, and Unai Emery’s options in the back keep on running out. However, the situation has taken a turn for the worse as the option to recall on-loan Fulham defender Calum Chambers is not an option anymore. Advertisement Chambers signed for fellow Premier League side Fulham from Arsenal in August last year as part of a loan deal running for the whole of this season. The Gunners, being marred by injuries in all departments have looked much weaker all throughout the term. But having picked up some crucial ones in the back, with Hector Bellerin out for a long time and the recent ones of Sokratis Papastathpoulos and Laurent Koscielny against Manchester United in the FA Cup two days earlier, puts them in a tight spot.The option of recalling Chambers from Fulham was one prospect of saving some time until players return to full training. But that path appears to have been blocked as well.Advertisement Due to the clause of recalling Chambers back to the Emirates Stadium missing from his loan agreement with Fulham, Arsenal will be unable to retrieve the England national, and thereby taking a massive blow in the defense.Head coach Unai Emery will be relying on youngster Dinos Mavropanos for his talents in the back after his absence on the pitch since been injured back in pre-season last year.Advertisement Read also:-Arsenal target Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Audero in the January transfer window Advertisementlast_img read more

Rising stars of the game

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first_imgBy next Sunday evening, the Allianz Football League will have moved past the half-way point, at which stage some key trends will be clear in all four divisions. The biggest attraction of the weekend will be in Elverys MacHale Park on Saturday night when Mayo and Dublin meet in a repeat of the All-Ireland final for the past two years. ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 2Round 1: Clare 1-12 Cavan 2-9; Tipperary 3-16 Cork 1-16; Down 1-14 Louth 0-11; Roscommon 2-12 Meath 2-12.Round 2: Cavan 3-17 Louth 0-14; Cork 1-13 Down 0-10; Meath 0-21 Clare 0-7; Roscommon 1-17 Tipperary 3-9.Round 3: Clare 0-11 Tipperary 0-11; Cork 2-11 Louth 0-10; Down 0-12 Roscommon 0-7; Cavan 2-14 Meath 1-12.Round 4: Feb 24: Tipperary v Meath; Feb 25: Cork v Cavan; Down v Clare; Louth v Roscommon.Round 5: Mar 3: Cavan v Down; Mar 4: Clare v Roscommon; Meath v Cork; Tipperary v Louth.Round 6: Mar 17: Cork v Clare; Mar 18: Down v Tipperary; Louth v Meath; Roscommon v Cavan.Round 7: Mar 25: Cavan v Tipperary; Clare v Louth; Meath v Down; Roscommon v Cork.Final: Apr 1 ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 1: LATEST INSTALMENT IN FASCINATING DUBLIN-MAYO SAGA ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 3Round 1: Armagh 2-17 Sligo 0-9; Westmeath 2-17 Derry 2-14; Fermanagh 3-7 Wexford 2-5; Longford 3-18 Offaly 1-13.Round 2: Fermanagh 2-11 Offaly 1-6; Longford 1-13 Derry 1-6; Sligo 1-16 Wexford 1-13; Armagh 2-17 Westmeath 1-11.Round 3: Armagh 1-11 Longford 1-10; Westmeath 0-16 Wexford 1-10; Derry 1-15 Offaly 0-13; Fermanagh 0-13 Sligo 0-8.Round 4: Feb 24: Fermanagh v Derry; Feb 25: Longford v Wexford; Offaly v Armagh; Westmeath v Sligo.Round 5: Mar 3: Armagh v Derry; Mar 4: Sligo v Longford; Westmeath v Fermanagh; Wexford v Offaly.Round 6: Mar 11: Derry v Wexford; Mar 18: Fermanagh v Armagh: Longford v Westmeath; Offaly v Sligo.Round 7: Mar 25: Longford v Fermanagh; Sligo v Derry; Westmeath v Offaly; Wexford v Armagh.Final: Mar 31ALLIANZ FOOTBAL LEAGUE DIVISION 4Round 1: Carlow 2-14 London 2-9; Laois 2-12 Limerick 0-9; Antrim 0-15 Leitrim 0-5; Wicklow 0-12 Waterford 0-12.Round 2: Laois 3-16 Leitrim 3-10; Carlow 2-11 Limerick 0-14; London 1-16 Wicklow 0-10; Antrim 2-12 Waterford 0-10.Round 3: Laois 0-18 Waterford 1-11; Carlow 2-11 Leitrim 0-5; Antrim 0-12 Wicklow 0-12; London 2-8 Limerick 2-8.Round 4: Feb 24: Waterford v Carlow; Feb 25: Leitrim v Limerick; Wicklow v Laois; London v Antrim.Round 5: Mar 3: Carlow v Wicklow; London v Leitrim; Mar 4: Laois v Antrim; Limerick v Waterford.Round 6: Mar 11: London v Laois; Mar 18: Antrim v Carlow; Waterford v Antrim; Wicklow v Limerick.Round 7: Mar 25: Carlow v Laois; Leitrim v Wicklow; Limerick v Antrim; London v Waterford.Final: March 31print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2018: RESULTS AND FIXTURESALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 1Round 1: Dublin 2-17 Kildare 2-10; Galway 1-9 Tyrone 0-8; Kerry 2-18 Donegal 3-14; Mayo 0-13 Monaghan 0-12.Round 2: Kerry 1-15 Mayo 2-9; Dublin 2-13 Tyrone 1-11; Monaghan 1-10 Kildare 0-12; Galway 1-12 Donegal 0-14.Round 3: Dublin 0-20 Donegal 0-15; Galway 1-13 Mayo 0-11 Tyrone 1-16 Kildare 0-18; Monaghan 1-13 Kerry 0-14.Round 4: Feb 24: Mayo v Dublin; Monaghan v Tyrone; Feb 25: Donegal v Kildare; Kerry v Galway.Round 5: Mar 3: Dublin v Kerry; Tyrone v Donegal; Mar 4: Galway v Monaghan; Kildare v Mayo.Round 6: Mar 17:  Kerry v Kildare; Mar 18: Galway v Dublin; Mayo v Tyrone; Monaghan v Donegal.Round 7: Mar 25: Donegal v Mayo; Dublin v Monaghan; Kildare v Galway; Tyrone v Kerry.Final: Apr 1 ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 4: CARLOW AND LAOIS HEAD THE PROMOTION PUSHSaturday (16:00): Waterford v Carlow, Carriganore.Sunday (14:00): Leitrim v Limerick, Carrick-on-Shannon; Wicklow v Laois, Joule Park, Aughrim.Sunday 14:30: London v Antrim, McGovern Park, Ruislip.Played 3 Won 3. That’s the encouraging position that Carlow and Laois take into Round 4, while Antrim are only a point behind them after two draws and a win. None of the leading trio have played each other yet; nor do they meet next weekend. Carlow (+20 points), who lead the way on scoring difference from Laois (+19 points), travel to Dungarvan on Saturday to take on Waterford who are second from bottom after picking up one of six points so far. Carlow beat Waterford by nine points in last year’s Allianz Football League.Laois, the Division’s top scorers on 5-46 (61 points), head for Aughrim to take on Wicklow, who have yet to score a goal (0-34). The most recent clash between the counties was in last year’s All-Ireland Round 1 qualifiers when Laois won by 2-16 to 3-10 in Aughrim.Antrim, who have the best defensive record in the group (0-27) head for Ruislip to take on London who have picked up three of a possible six points so far. The sides did not meet in last year’s Allianz Football League as Antrim were in Division 3 but in 2016 (Division 4) they beat London by three points in Ruislip.Limerick (a draw and two defeats) and Leitrim (three defeats) have made bad starts to the Allianz Football League so both will be hoping for their first win when they meet in Carrick-on-Shannon.They have the worst defensive records in Division 4, with Leitrim having conceded 5-42 (57 points) and Limerick 6-31 (49 points) in three games. Limerick beat Leitrim by a point in last year’s Allianz Football League. Saturday (19:00): Mayo v Dublin, Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar; Monaghan v Tyrone, CastleblayneySunday (14:00): Donegal v Kildare, BallyshannonSunday (14:30) Kerry v Galway, TraleeThe Dublin-Mayo rivalry has been one of football’s big highlights for several years and it’s all set for another fascinating instalment when the sides meet in Castlebar on Saturday night. Mayo’s last win over Dublin in Allianz Football League or Championship was in the 2012 All-Ireland semi-final (0-19 to 0-16). The sides have met twelve times since then, with Dublin winning nine while there were three draws. Their last clash was in the 2017 All-Ireland final which Dublin won by a point (1-17 to 1-16), having also won the Allianz Football League tie in March (1-16 to 0-7).Dublin have won their first three games in this year’s Allianz Football League while Mayo have won one of three.Galway have marked their return to Allianz Football League Division 1 with three wins but face a massive test against Kerry, whom they haven’t beaten since 2003. Kerry have won all nine games since then, the most recent coming in last year’s All-Ireland quarter-final when they won by 1-18 to 0-13. This is the first time the counties have met in the Allianz Football League since 2011 when Kerry won by 0-16 to 0-8.Kerry suffered their first defeat of this year’s campaign when losing to Monaghan last Sunday, dropping them to fourth place behind Dublin, Galway and Monaghan on the table.Donegal v Kildare is a basement battle between the only two sides in the division who are yet to pick up a point. It will be the first time they have met in the Allianz Football League since 2013. Both sides are chasing their first win in six Allianz Football League games. Donegal drew and lost their last two games in last year’s campaign before losing their opening three to Kerry, Galway and Dublin in this year’s campaign.Kildare lost their last two games to Galway (Round 7 and final) in Allianz Football League Division 2 last year before losing to Dublin, Monaghan and Tyrone in the top flight this year.Tyrone (two points) and Monaghan (four points) will face each other in the Allianz Football League for the second time in 11 months. Tyrone won by four points in Omagh last year. ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 2: TOP TWO CLASH IN PAIRC UI CHAOIMHSaturday (19:00): Tipperary v Meath, Semple Stadium.Sunday (13:00): Cork v Cavan, Pairc Ui Chaoimh.Sunday (14:00): Down v Clare, Newry; Louth v Roscommon, Drogheda.Cavan’s five-point win over Meath on Sunday took them to the top of the table on five points, one ahead of Cork and Down. Cork are in second place on scoring difference as they prepare for the visit of the Breffni men next Sunday. It will be the first Allianz Football League clash between the counties for ten years (Cavan won in 2008) while the last championship meeting was in 2010 when Cork won a qualifier tie easily en route to All-Ireland glory.Down (four points) have a chance to move into the top two when they host Clare (two points) in Newry. Clare, who have drawn two of their opening three games, won the corresponding tie by six points last year.Louth and Roscommon meet in the Allianz Football League for the first time since 2010 when Roscommon won by a point. Roscommon have taken three points so far while Louth have yet to pick up a point, leaving them in relegation trouble as the only side in the group without a point.Tipperary and Meath are both on three points ahead of their meeting in Semple Stadium on Saturday night in what will be their first Allianz Football League encounter since 2010 when the Premier county men won by two points in Thurles. ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 3: ULSTER PAIR SETTING THE PACESaturday (19:00): Fermanagh v Derry, Enniskillen.Sunday (14:00): Westmeath v Sligo, TEG Cusack Park.Sunday (14:30): Longford v Wexford, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park; Offaly v Armagh, Bord na Mona, O’Connor Park.Armagh and Fermanagh have both won their first three games, leaving them two points ahead of Longford and Westmeath. Armagh travel to Tullamore to take on Offaly, who are bottom of the table on zero points and a scoring difference of -24. Armagh beat Offaly by 6-22 to 0-10 in last year’s Allianz Football League.Fermanagh (6pts) host Derry (2 pts) on Saturday, hoping for better luck than last year when they lost by a point to the Oak Leaf men in the last round of Allianz Football League Division 2 games. Despite that win, Derry were relegated with Fermanagh.Longford (4 pts) will be hoping to stay in promotion contention when they take on Wexford, who have lost all three games after being promoted from Allianz Football League Division 4. Westmeath (4pts) host Sligo (2pts), having last met in the Allianz Football League two years ago when the Connacht men won by a point.last_img read more

Two iconic birds make a striking comeback, but much work remains

first_imgBirdLife International has revised the information for the conservation status of more than 2,300 bird species this year.Overall, 31 species of birds were moved to lower threat categories, while 58 species were uplisted to higher threat categories.The pink pigeon, which has been downlisted to vulnerable from endangered, and the northern bald ibis, which has been downlisted to endangered from critically endangered, have shown some of the most dramatic improvements. The pink pigeon, found only on the island of Mauritius, was once nearly declared extinct. Another bird, the northern bald ibis, underwent catastrophic declines across much of its habitat in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.But now, both species are on the path to recovery, according to the latest assessment of the world’s birds by BirdLife International, a global partnership of conservation organizations.In 2018, BirdLife, which serves as the official Red List Authority for birds for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, revised information on more than 2,300 bird species, based on information gathered by professional and citizen scientists, NGO staff, and birdwatchers from around the world. The assessed birds represent about 22 percent of all the world’s bird species.“These updates have varied from minor amendments to the text or map for certain species, to comprehensive revisions of the factsheets for species where new information has become available, especially in cases where the species’ threat status has changed so much that they have now been reclassified to a different Red List category,” Ian Burfield, global science coordinator at BirdLife International, told Mongabay.Overall, in this year’s assessment, BirdLife International moved 31 species of birds to less dire threat categories. (The categories range, in ascending order of threat, from “vulnerable” to “endangered” to “critically endangered.”) Of these, the pink pigeon and the northern bald ibis showed some of the most dramatic improvements.Red-headed woodpecker. Image by Andy Reago and Chrissy McClarren.Pink pigeonThe pink pigeon (Nesoenas mayeri) could have met the same fate as another Mauritian pigeon, the dodo, now extinct. But targeted conservation actions over the past 40 years have brought the species back from the brink of extinction.In the 1970s, there were only about 12 to 20 pink pigeons left on Mauritius. The bird faced a range of threats: rapid loss of forest cover; the introduction to their island of non-native predators like rats, cats, mongoose and crab-eating monkeys; and the introduction of non-native birds, which brought new pathogens and diseases into the pink pigeon population. By the 1990s, the pink pigeon was down to just nine or 10 individuals.Today, there are around 400 wild individuals, thanks to efforts like captive breeding and intensive management of the bird’s reintroduced populations and habitats. This number has remained relatively stable over the last 10 years, and the species, which was downlisted from critically endangered to endangered in 2000, has been downlisted once again, to vulnerable.“We are thrilled that this has happened,” said Vikash Tatayah, conservation director of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF), an NGO that works closely with the country’s National Parks and Conservation Service and several international partners to protect the pink pigeon. “It took 43 years of work to get to this point, so it’s not happened overnight. This just goes to show that getting species to recover, especially in places where the ecosystem has been badly damaged, will take many, many years.”A pair of pink pigeons. Image by Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.The downlisting shows that conservation actions must continue, Tatayah said. And MWF has already set lofty goals: it wants to bring the pink pigeon population up to at least 600 individuals over the next decade. To achieve this, the MWF team has been reintroducing birds into privately held sites, in addition to other conservation efforts. Most of the previously reintroduced populations are inside government-designated protected areas.“In Mauritius there are more forests in private hands than in government hands, so we need to find ways to work with the private sector as an equal partner in restoring species,” Tatayah said.The genetic diversity of the wild birds is also currently “regrettably low,” he added. Researchers are working to resolve this issue by tapping into the captive population of pink pigeons in zoos and wildlife parks across Europe that are known to harbor greater genetic variation than the Mauritian wild population.Northern bald ibisThe northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita), too, was driven to the brink, teetering at just 59 pairs in the 1990s due to habitat loss, pesticides and hunting. Today, the species, once revered as a holy bird in ancient Egypt, has disappeared from most of its known range. The only ibis population that’s shown evidence of improvement is in Morocco.In fact, northern bald ibis numbers in Morocco have risen to 147 breeding pairs, a modern-day record, with the discovery of new breeding sites, according to BirdLife International. In the latest assessment, the northern bald ibis has been downlisted from critically endangered to endangered on the IUCN Red List.“Since my first involvement working on this extraordinary species in the early 1990s, when the trends were a series of local extinctions and overall decline, it’s an immense source of pride that the sustained but gradual increase in Morocco means that downlisting is needed,” Chris Bowden, coordinator of the AEWA Northern Bald Ibis International Working Group, said in an email. “This has been the result of the sustained efforts of the Souss-Massa National Park, the locally trained wardens, fishermen recruited from nearby villages, and the BirdLife Partners involved (GREPOM, SEO and RSPB).”A northern bald ibis. Image by D. Faulder.But it hasn’t been all good news for the bird. A tiny population of northern bald ibis in Syria has declined from three pairs in 2002 and is likely extinct now, researchers say. In fact, Morocco might be the last home to the species in the wild. The bird’s overall numbers are also still low, which means conservation efforts need to be sustained.“There is still a lot to do, including resisting development pressures in the two main Moroccan sites and maintaining all the ongoing efforts highlighted in the recently updated International Single Species Action Plan,” Bowden said. “It’s crucial that the downlisting doesn’t reduce the priority in achieving all of this, but we should congratulate in particular the Moroccan Government, and specifically the Ministry of Water and Forests [in their fight against] desertification, on this downlisting, which is a momentous endorsement of their success.”Hope for birdsOf the 31 species downlisted this year, some have moved out of the threatened or near-threatened categories altogether and are now classified as being of “least concern” — that is, they are no longer at immediate risk of extinction. These include the red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) and Henslow’s sparrow (Passerculus henslowii), both native to North America and previously listed as “near threatened” (more dire than “least concern” but not yet in the threatened category of “vulnerable”). Henslow’s sparrow, for instance, declined due to loss of its grassland habitat over the decades. But the bird gained from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program, which pays farmers to “remove environmentally sensitive land from cultivation and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality.”“Such examples are currently rarer, because the species involved are not necessarily as rare, localised or iconic, and because reversing their declines often requires changes to be made over much larger areas and to land or water or sea uses controlled by powerful policy mechanisms,” Burfield said.A Henslow’s sparrow. Image by Andy Reago and Chrissy McClarren.Other highly threatened species remain listed as critically endangered or endangered. But this isn’t necessarily bad news because it could mean that conservation actions have successfully kept them from going extinct.Overall, the downlisting of species to a lower threat category sends a hopeful message that conservation actions can work, even though they might take several decades to bear fruit. But does downlisting affect funding if the species are no longer seen as threatened as before?“There is always a risk that when you downlist a species you lose funders because funders might say that this species is now vulnerable so let’s go and protect another species that is critically endangered,” Tatayah said. “But funders should be looking to be associated with success. Downlisting is a sign of success.”Many battles remainSuccesses have been few and far between. Many of the world’s birds face a growing risk of extinction: the latest assessment moves 58 species to a higher threat categories than before. Seven hornbill species, for instance, including the great hornbill (Buceros bicornis) and rhinoceros hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros), which have both been moved from near threatened to vulnerable, are under severe threat of extinction.The straw-headed bulbul (Pycnonotus zeylanicus), uplisted from endangered to critically endangered, is being pushed to extinction by the songbird trade in Indonesia, as is the Java sparrow (Lonchura oryzivora), a popular cagebird in Southeast Asia that’s now been uplisted from vulnerable to endangered.“We, the conservation community, know very well what needs to be done to save threatened birds, and can demonstrate that with numerous examples,” Burfield said. “What we need now is a massive upscaling in resources and capacity to match the scale of the biodiversity crisis and allow us to save even more species.“And that requires political will and money.”A great hornbill. Image by Angadachappa. Article published by Shreya Dasgupta Animals, Biodiversity, Birds, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Protected Areas, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade center_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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton aiming for win at typhoon-threatened Japanese GP

first_imgLATEST STORIES Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain uses a scooter to leave after a fan meeting at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, central Japan, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, ahead of the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix. (AP Photo/Toru Hanai)SUZUKA, Japan — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton knows a win at this weekend’s typhoon-threatened Japanese Grand Prix will go a long way in sealing a sixth Formula One championship.Hamilton has a commanding 73-point lead over teammate Valtteri Bottas with five races left. Given Hamilton’s success at the 5.807-kilometer (3.608-mile) Suzuka circuit, the odds are clearly in his favor.ADVERTISEMENT Current forecasts suggest Hagibis will reach Japan’s shores on Saturday, when final practice and qualifying are due to take place.The Japanese GP will also see the next chapter in the ongoing drama at Ferrari. Team strategy in the last two races in Singapore and Russia has resulted in some awkwardness between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.In Russia, the Italian team threw away a possible one-two finish after Vettel broke down and Leclerc dropped from first to third after a pre-race agreement went awry.In Singapore, Vettel won ahead of Leclerc after an early pit-stop allowed the German driver to pass Leclerc, who started on pole and was seeking his third straight win.While the two drivers have been diplomatic in their public statements, comments over the team radio suggest otherwise.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Leclerc played down any notion of a rift on Thursday.“Obviously there was some misunderstanding from the car, but I think we’ve had a discussion and everything is clear now,” Leclerc said. “Obviously it felt like it was a huge deal from the outside, which it definitely wasn’t, but now everything is fine.”Japanese fans have always enthusiastically supported the race and will get an added bonus this year.For the first time since 2014, a Japanese driver will drive an F1 car at Suzuka. Naoki Yamamoto will make his Formula 1 debut driving for Toro Rosso in the Friday’s first practice session.Yamamoto will replace Pierre Gasly in FP1, fulfilling Honda’s desire for a local driver to take part in the event the company supports financially.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown PSL: Foton drills Sta. Lucia to fan semis hopes No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’center_img LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Hamilton has won here in four of the last five races.“The races are counting down but we are just trying to take things one race at a time, put one foot in front of the other and not stumble,” said Hamilton, who is coming off a win in Russia. “When you have a battle like this, you’re working flat out, turning over every stone and questioning every little thing you can do better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4If Hamilton is able to win this weekend, he will equal Michael Schumacher’s record for the highest number of wins at the Japanese GP with six. Hamilton won with McLaren in 2007 and with Mercedes in 2014, 2015, 2017 and last year.Meanwhile, Japan’s weather agency has warned that Typhoon Hagibis is expected to make landfall on Japan’s main island over the weekend with Suzuka potentially taking a direct hit. MOST READ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption View commentslast_img read more

Mimicking masters

first_imgEach student had at least two pieces of artwork on display, said teacher Ray Mendez – and that’s an important part of the school’s art program. “Whether they aspire to be an artist or not when they’re older, they’re able to experience this,” said Mendez, a local artist who is in his first year as an art teacher. “See how happy they are?” Mendez asked as children proudly pointed out their creations to parents and teachers. “They’re proud of their work. And this also shows the community how important art is. They can actually see how important it is for the students’ self-esteem, education, learning and creativity.” The school’s art program, which involves weekly art lessons for every grade level, is funded in part by the Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation, which aims to bring art back into the schools. The foundation gave Phelan $1,700 for the art program, but also helps fund art, music and drama programs for the Rio Hondo Symphony, Whittier High School and Mill Elementary School. • Photo Gallery: 6/01: Art drawings WEST WHITTIER – From Georges Seurat to Georgia O’Keeffe, a room at Phelan Elementary School was filled Friday with the works of the most famed artists in history – as seen through the eyes of its young students. It was all a part of the fifth annual Phelan Art Festival, a student showcase of artwork that transformed the school’s multipurpose room into an art gallery, featuring likenesses of works from Diego Rivera and Vincent Van Gogh and others. “I got so excited when I found out we were going to do this,” said second-grader Maria Garibay, 8. “It was so much fun to draw. For some girls it was difficult, but not for me, and I learned a lot, too.” “I think these are gorgeous,” said Gwen Woirhaye, the foundation’s vice president of philanthropy, as she surveyed the artwork at Phelan. “I love the way they’re displayed, and I think it was a wonderful experience for the children.” Parent Monica Piedra, of West Whittier, agreed, saying she now plans to enroll her son in a summer art class at Cerritos College. “As far as I know, I don’t know of any schools that do this,” said Piedra, whose son Daniel is in first grade. “And it makes such a difference because it brings out all of the kids’ creativity.” (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want 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

Bristol City 2-1 Manchester United: Red Devils stars rated and slated

first_img Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 6 – Was remarkably off the pace and struggled to get into the action. He was easily marshalled by Bristol City’s defence, and even when he tried the simple things they did not work out. Still, he scored a free-kick to equalise after Bristol City had taken the lead (though it did require a deflection to beat the keeper). 14 Marcos Rojo – 5 – Was caught off the pace when Bryan opened the scoring, failing to track his run then standing off him when he shot. Paul Pogba – 8 – Struggled at times with Bristol City’s pressing, but when given time and space on the ball he was a joy to watch. Pogba’s passing was intricate yet creative, and he pushed off opponents with ease when making driving runs forward. Victor Lindelof – 7 – The most assured of Manchester United’s defenders, Lindelof dealt well with numerous Bristol City attacks. He dominated in the air, but also kept City’s forwards at bay on the ground. 14 14 14 Matteo Darmian – 5 – Made neither a positive nor negative impact upon the match. Darmian is expected to leave in January, and this performance has done little to abate such rumours. Scott McTominay – 5 – A rather peripheral figure, McTominay showed some nice touches in midfield but did little to impact the match. Too many times he was caught in possession and was at fault for the turnover in play. Luke Shaw – 6 – Was not afforded the opportunity to get high up the pitch and attack, so put in quite a reserved performance. Neither good nor poor, an average showing. 14 14 14 Marcus Rashford – 6 – Made some typically threatening runs, but was lacking with his final ball. 14 Sergio Romero – 7 – click the right arrow to see the rest of the Man United player ratings – Extremely composed in his area, dealing well with numerous crosses, corners and long throws. Could do nothing to keep Bryan’s perfectly placed strike out the back of his net, while the winning goal was also not his fault. 14 Anthony Martial – 5 – Subdued in the final third and did not put in a particularly impressive performance. His general ball control was well below his normal level. Manchester United have been knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Bristol City, after a thrilling match on Wednesday evening.Korey Smith scored an injury time winner at Ashton Gate to send the Robins through to the semi-finals, beating their FOURTH Premier League team of the season.Zlatan Ibrahimovic had earlier cancelled out Joe Bryan’s opening goal, but Smith’s winner was deserved for a side who were far better than the Red Devils.But how did Jose Mourinho’s men perform at Ashton Gate? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s Man United player ratings… 14 Substitute: Henrik Mkhitaryan – 4 – Made almost no impact upon the game when introduced. Daley Blind – 5 – Displayed why he is so rarely selected in midfield. A woeful performance during which he gave the ball away, struggled with his passing, and was constantly swamped by Bristol City’s high press. 14 Substitute: Romelu Lukaku – 6 – So much livelier than Ibrahimovic when introduced, Manchester United were much more threatening with Lukaku leading the line. Only denied an excellent goal by an even better save by Steele. 14 14 14 Substitute: Chris Smalling – NAlast_img read more

Arnold wows L.A. Fair crowd

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger opened the 84th annual L.A. County Fair at Fairplex in Pomona Friday ostensibly to promote the fair as “huge for our economy” and to urge people to attend, but the crowd that surrounded him was visibly more excited by his appearance than his message. After leading a red ribbon-cutting ceremony with fair officials and local politicians, Schwarzenegger left the stage and began a slow walk to the America’s Kids exhibition hall, the crowd’s cameras and cell phones documenting his every move. He shook hands and made small talk along his route. At one point, he picked up a young boy with a buzz haircut and told him, “You’ve got a `Terminator’ haircut.” Once he arrived at the exhibition hall, Schwarzenegger visited briefly with playpen-bound children too young to know who he was, then moved on to Old Mother Hubbard’s Kitchen, where he enthralled dozens of receptive, rapt grade-schoolers seated before him with a simple message to keep learning. He lingered a few minutes more, looking at artwork in the exhibition hall, before being whisked away by dark-suited security personnel into a waiting black SUV. He did not say, “I’ll be back.” Erin Muldoon, (909) 483-9316last_img

Halloween Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Terror By Gaslight” will be presented, 1 p.m. today at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $11-$14 for adults and $9-$11 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Molar Manor “House of the Living Dead” will provide scary entertainment, 6 p.m. today and Tuesday at 19415 Soldedad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Cost: $15 or $20 for a fast pass. Call (661) 252-7978. Halloween Celebration will feature stories, crafts, costumes, treats and a spooky cartoon, 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Newhall Library, 22704 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Trick-or-Treating, 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at Granary Square, located on the corner of McBean Parkway and Arroyo Park Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 296-3408. Haunted House will feature spooky decorations in the three-car garage, front yard and porch of a private home, 5-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at 14210 Everglades Court, Canyon Country. Admission is free, but a donation to the SCV Food Pantry is requested. Call (661) 313-4128. Fright Fest will feature live entertainment, ghosts, goblins, mazes and plenty of spooky special effects, today through Tuesday at Six Flag California’s Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. General admission: $59.99. Parking: $15. Call (661) 255-4111. Lombardi Ranch will offer thousands of pumpkins to choose from, wagon rides, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides and Scarecrow Alley, today at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission is free, with a small fee for certain activities. Call (661) 296-8697. Fillmore & Western Railway will offer its popular Pumpkinliner excursions in a vintage train through the rural countryside of Ventura County to a pumpkin patch, 10 and 11 a.m., 12:10, 1:10 and 2:20 p.m. today departing from Central Park in Fillmore. Call (800) 773-8724 to make a reservation. Haunted Jailhouse and Carnival will feature game booths, food, clowns, bounce house, costume contests and Sheriff’s Department displays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today at the SCV Sheriff’s Station, 23740 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 255-1121. Harvest Party will feature games, door prizes, food, entertainment and lots of candy, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Newlife Assembly of God Church, 27053 Honby Ave., Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2770. Fall Family Carnival, “Heroes Unmasked,” will provide a safe and wholesome alternative to Halloween, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Oak Hills School, 26730 Old Rock Road, Valencia. Call (661) 257-8432. Trick-or-Treating for preschool and elementary children, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. To submit an event to the Halloween Calendar, call Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, by fax at (661) 257-5262, by e-mail at or write her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia 91355.160Want 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

Chelsea v Slavia Prague stream: Watch without paying extra, TV channel, teams

first_imgIf Maurizio Sarri’s men can complete the job this evening, they’ll face either Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt in the final four.Chelsea are favourites for glory in the Europa League and here’s how you can find out if they can reach the semis. Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea host Slavia Prague tonight 2 2 Chelsea vs Slavia Prague: What time is kick-off?The second-leg of the quarter final tie is set for Thursday, April 18 with kick-off at Stamford Bridge at 8pm.Slavia Prague have never played at the famous west London stadium.The Blues hold a one goal advantage in this tie following Marcos Alonso’s late goal in Prague last week.Chelsea vs Slavia Prague: Which TV channel can I watch it on?You can watch this game live on BT Sport 3.Coverage begins at 7:30pm, with the option to stream available to all BT Sport customers by downloading the official app on your mobile, tablet or PC.For EE phone users, you can catch the action for free by signing up to a three-month trial – simply just text SPORT to 150 and follow the instructions. on target Chelsea beat Slavia Prague 1-0 in the first-leg last week LATEST EUROPA LEAGUE NEWS Chelsea will be looking to reach the Europa League semi-finals when they host Slavia Prague tonight.The Blues are a goal to the good in the quarter-final tie after their win in the Czech Republic last week. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Chelsea vs Slavia Prague: Line-upsChelsea: Kepa, Emerson, Luiz, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Kante, Barkley, Hazard, Pedro, GiroudSubs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Cahill, Jorginho, Higuain, Hudson-Odoi, WillianSlavia Prague: Kolar, Kudela, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Deli, Boril, Kral, Soucek, Sevcik, Traore, Zmrhal, Masopust.Subs: Kovar, Olayinka, Zeleny, van Buren, Stoch, Skoda, Frydrych.last_img read more