Frank Lampard’s young Chelsea side face a major test of their progress when they face Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday.Last week’s impressive 5-2 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers showed Chelsea’s potential with striker Tammy Abraham grabbing a hat-trick and two other academy products in Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori also on target.But it has been a mixed start to the season for Lampard’s side and they have been particularly patchy at home – giving up a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with promoted Sheffield United and losing 1-0 in the Champions League to Spanish club Valencia.Liverpool also tasted defeat in Europe with a 2-0 loss to Napoli in Italy but Juergen Klopp’s men lead the Premier League with five wins from five.The match is Chelsea’s biggest test since their opening day 4-0 loss at Manchester United and Abraham believes they will be fired up.“Sunday is a test of character. We can take our anger out against Liverpool after the European disappointment,” he said.“It’s a massive game and both teams will be going to win. We’ll look forward to putting (the Valencia loss) right,” Abraham added.“We are going to have a lot of ups and downs in a season. We’ve got to move on and not dwell on it.”Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, who made a rare error for Napoli’s second goal, brushed off the notion that the loss was a wake-up call for the European champions.“It shouldn’t be a wake-up call – we have been performing outstanding since the start of the season and so there is no reason to panic,” he said.Liverpool were held to a draw at Stamford Bridge last season, needing a late equaliser from Daniel Sturridge to take a point. The previous season Chelsea won 1-0 with a goal from Olivier Giroud.Champions Manchester City, beaten at promoted Norwich City last weekend will expect to get back to winning ways when they host Watford at the Etihad on Saturday.Pep Guardiola is without his two first-choice central defenders after John Stones joined Aymeric Laporte on the injury list.Brazilian Fernandinho partnered Nicolas Otamendi in the 3-0 Champions League win at Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine on Wednesday but 18-year-old Spanish defender Eric Garcia could be in contention for a start against the Hornets.Fourth-placed Manchester United travel to West Ham United on Sunday while Tottenham Hotspur, who are third, face a tricky trip to Leicester City.
Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis Agriculture, Deforestation, Environment, Farming, Forest Loss, Forests, Habitat Destruction, Habitat Loss, Population, Primary Forests, Rainforests, Research, Tropical Forests 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 Satellite data indicate the Congo Basin lost an area of forest larger than Bangladesh between 2000 and 2014.Researchers found that small-scale farming was the biggest driver, contributing to around 84 percent of deforestation.This kind of farming is primarily done for subsistence by families that have no other livelihood options.The study finds that at current trends, all primary rainforest in the Congo Basin could be cleared by the end of the century. Africa’s Congo Basin is home to the second-largest rainforest on the planet. But according to a new study, this may soon not be the case. It finds that at current rates of deforestation, all primary forest will be gone by the end of the century.The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) in the U.S. who analyzed satellite data collected between 2000 and 2014. Their results were published today in Science Advances. It reveals that the Congo Basin lost around 165,000 square kilometers of forest during their study period.In other words, one of the world’s largest rainforests lost an area of forest bigger than Bangladesh in the span of 15 years.The Congo Basin rainforest is home to many species, such as this okapi (Okapia johnstoni), which is listed as Endangered by the IUCN and is found only in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.But why? Is it due to industrial pressure like in South America and Southeast Asia where the majority of deforestation has been done for soy, palm oil, and other commodity crops? Or commercial logging, which is razing forests on the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea?Not so much, according to this newest study. It reveals that the dominant force behind rising Congo deforestation, driving more than 80 percent of the region’s total forest loss, is actually small-scale clearing for subsistence agriculture. The researchers write that most of it is done by hand with simple axes.According to the authors, the preponderance of small-scale deforestation of Congo rainforest is due largely to poverty stemming from political instability and conflict in the region. The Congo Basin rainforest is shared by six countries: Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Equatorial Guinea, the Republic of the Congo (RoC) and Gabon. Of these, the DRC holds the largest share of Congo forest – 60 percent – and is home to more people than the other five combined. The DRC, along with CAR, has a human development index in the bottom 10 percent, meaning that lifespans, education levels and per capita GDP there are among the lowest in the world.Three-year moving average of annual forest loss area for the major disturbance categories in all countries. Image from Tyukavina et al., Sci. Adv. 2018;4: eaat2993With few livelihood options, most people survive by carving farmland out of the forest. These plots are farmed until the soil runs dry of nutrients, whereupon a new plot is cleared and planted.Before now, it wasn’t exactly understood how much this type of smallholder farming called “shifting cultivation” and other forms of small-scale agriculture were contributing to overall Congo deforestation. So UMD researchers looked for patterns signalling different types of deforestation in regional tree cover loss data captured by satellites.According to study coauthor Alexandra Tyukavina, “it was important for us to explicitly quantify proportions of different drivers, to demonstrate just how dominant the small-scale clearing of forests for shifting cultivation is within the region, and to show that it’s not only re-clearing of secondary forests, but also expansion into primary forests.” Tyukavina is a post-doctoral associate at UMD’s Department of Geographical Sciences.Tyukavina and her colleagues found that small-scale forest clearing for agriculture contributed to around 84 percent of Congo Basin deforestation between 2000 and 2014. When zooming in on the portions contained only in the DRC and CAR, that number goes up to more than 90 percent. The only country where small-scale agriculture isn’t the driving force of deforestation is Gabon, where industrial selective logging is the biggest single cause of forest loss.The study also reveals that the majority – 60 percent – of Congo deforestation between 2000 and 2014 happened in primary forests and woodlands, and in mature secondary forests.Pre-disturbance forest type. (A) Reference pre-disturbance type for sampled pixels identified as forest loss. (B) National estimates of 2000-2014 forest loss area by re-disturbance forest type. Area estimates expressed in ha along with SEs are presented table S2A. Image fro Tyukavina et al., Sci. Adv. 2018;4: eaat2993The United Nations projects that there will be a fivefold increase in human population in the Congo Basin by the end of the century. The researchers found that if current trends hold, this means that there will be no primary Congo rainforest left by 2100.In their study, the researchers also warn of “a new wave” of large-scale clearing for industrial agriculture. While contributing a comparatively scant 1 percent of Congo deforestation during the study period, it appears to be trending upward, particularly in coastal countries.“Land use planning that minimizes the conversion of natural forest cover for agro-industry will serve to mitigate this nascent and growing threat to primary forests,” the researchers write. Citation: Tyukavina, A., et al., (2018) Congo Basin forest loss dominated by increasing smallholder clearing. Science advances 4(11), eaat2993. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat2993Feedback: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.
…2-year-old sexually assaulted by great-grandmother’s spouseYet another case of child sexual assault has surfaced mere weeks following the recent rape-murder tragedy involving Sisters Village, West Coast Berbice teen Leonard Archibald.Reports are that the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) and Guyana Police Force (GPF) are presently investigating two separate cases of sexual abuse involving two underage victims – a 12-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy – who were allegedly sodomised by relatives.According to media reports, victims were injured to the extent that they both had to undergo medical treatment; in fact, the two-year-old remains in hospital care.Investigators were told that the 12-year-old’s stepfather, along with another close male family member, has been sodomising the child for in excess of one year since her 11th birthday, with due consent of her mother.The two alleged abusers and the mother of the child were taken into custody on Friday and were expected to be charged and appear before the courts of law today.Reports allege that the mother was herself repeatedly sodomised by her partner and she supposedly proposed that the man turn his attention to her daughter.Meanwhile, the second victim (the two-year-old boy) was subjected to sexual assault by his great-grandmother’s reputed husband, and the perpetrator has gone into hiding since the matter was reported by the child’s mother. These incidents follow the case of Archibald, who was reportedly raped and dumped in the Berbice River.
He has won nine major honours, is England’s all-time leading scorer and looks set to become United’s, and while on the international stage he has never recaptured the heights of his breakthrough tournament at Euro 2004, few English footballers have dominated the sporting landscape for so long.“History has already judged him, because when you pick up the record books, there will be the name of Wayne Rooney,” David Moyes, Rooney’s former manager at Everton and United, told the Daily Mirror recently.“He’s already surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton as England’s leading goal-scorer and I’m sure he will go on to do the same at United.“For Wayne to be breaking records at his age is remarkable — and he’s not finished yet.”A recent BBC documentary about Rooney has helped to soften attitudes towards him in Britain.Renowned for his aggressive on-pitch demeanour, all angry scowls and expletive-strewn outbursts, the Rooney in the film came across as a shy and softly spoken family man.Viewers saw him chatting with former neighbours on the housing estate in the tough Croxteth district of Liverpool where he grew up and were treated to the surprising admission that the young footballer wooed his future wife Coleen with poetry.According to former England striker Gary Lineker, whose production company made the film, the public reaction on social media was “overwhelmingly positive”.– Seriousness and sensitivity –While attitudes towards Rooney the man appear to be evolving, so too are perceptions of Rooney the footballer.His emergence with Everton as a raw, preternaturally gifted 16-year-old in 2002 sent England’s football media into paroxysms of excitement, while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger described him as “a complete footballer”.Rooney, it was felt, was the most talented player England had produced since Paul Gascoigne and his performances at Euro 2004 in Portugal, where he scored four goals, made the world sit up and take notice.Since joining United later that year, he has won five Premier League titles, two League Cups, the Champions League and the World Club Cup, scored some of the modern era’s great goals, won countless awards, surpassed Charlton as England’s leading scorer with 50 goals and needs 14 more to break the former midfielder’s United record of 249.Viewed objectively, it is a staggering list of achievements and with his thirties beckoning, those achievements are perhaps belatedly being given their dues.Though no longer possessed of the explosive power he once had, Rooney is now a wilier footballer and a sharper finisher, while he has taken to captaincy for club and country with a seriousness and sensitivity that has surprised even his managers.Despite twice coming close to leaving United, in 2010 and 2013, Rooney has become imbued with the relentlessly forward-thinking mindset that characterised the club’s success under Alex Ferguson.It is why, despite his impending milestone, he is still setting his sights on the goals ahead, notably Charlton’s United scoring record and a first major trophy with England at next year’s European Championship in France.A retreat into midfield, meanwhile, may yet offer him further longevity.“I physically feel good and obviously your 30th is a big birthday in anyone’s life, but I still feel I am young enough, that I have a lot of years ahead of me,” he said this week.“I have had no major muscle injuries. As players now, we have all the support of the sports science and all the guys to help us in terms of preparation, training and games, so I think it’s still a fairly young age.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring Arsenal in their 2-1 win at The Emirates. The United captain has been ruled out of the return clash.MANCHESTER, October 23- Ahead of his 30th birthday on Saturday, the view of Wayne Rooney as a player whose career, though hugely successful, has not quite fulfilled its early promise is being quietly reappraised.The Manchester United and England captain may no longer be the force of nature of his teens, but the dawn of his fourth decade brings the achievements of his 13-year professional career into sharp focus.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.For several years, neighbors had complained of fetid odors wafting from the small stucco house in the 18700 block of Napa Street. The Department of Animal Services had worked with the homeowner to winnow his number of cats, to no avail. This week, several cats from his fenced-in yard tested positive for panieukopenia – feline distemper – a contagious cat virus that could spread through the entire neighborhood. Armed with a search warrant, the task force arrested Ron Mason before 6 a.m. Thursday as he walked out to feed the cats. If convicted of felony animal neglect, he could serve up to three years in state prison. As part of his probation, he could be banned from owning pets. NORTHRIDGE – Los Angeles police Officer Jenny Potts crawled under a house Thursday through the refuse of 70 sick cats. During a pre-dawn raid, her Animal Cruelty Task Force had arrested an ex-Marine cat collector suspected of felony animal neglect. Now came the filthy task of catching dozens of potentially diseased felines. Cats under the house. Kittens cowering in mounds of debris. Felines skittering through the yard. “Here’s one. Here’s two right here. One’s going over the fence,” said Potts, one of a dozen task-force cops and animal control officers in hot pursuit. “Heeere kitty.” Mason, an affable tile setter with a silver goatee and mohawk, expressed indignation and relief. After his two Doberman pinschers died, he said he started feeding a neighborhood cat. Before long, it had multiplied to 70 – and a fortune in veterinary bills. They’d destroyed his antique Model A Ford, he said, and filled his cluttered yard with kittens. “Ron, you can’t save the world,” Mason, 59, who has lived at his home since 1977, said his vet told him. “This is what happens when you rescue one kitten and they start breeding and no one else takes any responsibility. They come to my house and I’m taken away to jail.” Animal hoarders who it once took years to either help or prosecute are now being addressed by the task force as health threats to themselves and neighbors. This year, the task force treated four animal hoarders, including a woman in her 80s overwhelmed by 100 pet rats, a Canoga Park woman with 60 cats and a Reseda woman with more than 104 exotic animals and one very large goose. “This, unfortunately, is extremely common, good intentions gone awry,” said Animal Services Lt. Troy Boswell. “Cats, they just can’t stop feeding them. It just balloons overnight. “It just gets out of control.” Armed with gloves, nooses and nets, police and animal control officers scrambled in and outside the house to rescue Mason’s cats. Before the day was done, officers reported rounding up 50 cats for medical care and quarantine at the East and West Valley animal shelters, where they will be released for future foster care adoption. Police Detective Linda Ortega helped free an angry orange tabby caught in some debris. “Poor thing: It’s just a real sick-sounding kitty. If you don’t laugh, you’re gonna cry.” email@example.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Donegal County Council has received further roads funding allocations totalling €1.98m under the Community Involvement Scheme and the Restoration Improvement Programme.County House in LiffordThe council received €1.25million as a grant towards assisting communities to repair and improve roads under the Community Involvement Scheme with an additional sum of €732,550 for the Restoration Improvement Programme.The announcement of the allocation of €732,550 brings the Council’s total funding allocation in 2014 under the Restoration Improvement Grant to €10,199,550. This will enable the Council to prioritise further roads in poor condition for remedial works in 2014.The Community Involvement Scheme, which was successfully piloted in 2013, promotes a joint approach between Donegal County Council and local communities and is aimed at improving the quality of local roads and giving locals the chance to repair roads that they feel need to be addressed.Donegal County Council was this week allocated a further €1.25m for another 42 projects in 2014.A full list of road works planned for the county in 2014 is available on www.donegalcoco.ie. DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL SECURES FURTHER €1.98M IN ROADS FUNDING was last modified: May 23rd, 2014 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) Tags:Donegal County CouncilfundingROADS
1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic cannot wait to taste the Manchester derby for the first time when old adversary Pep Guardiola brings his side to Old Trafford.Saturday’s eagerly-anticipated clash between Manchester United and Manchester City will see hostilities renewed between Jose Mourinho and Guardiola, as well as the striker and his former boss.Ibrahimovic endured an unhappy time under the City manager during their time at Barcelona and the resentment remains, saying in November that the Spaniard was great coach but “not a man”.It is one of several fascinating sub-plots on an occasion that the self-assured Ibrahimovic approaches understandably confident.“For me, the big games are the ones that trigger you,” the well-travelled Swede told MUTV. “They’re the games everyone speaks about.“I have played in many derby games, I’ve played in El Clasico, the Inter-Milan derby, Ajax and Feyenoord, which was the big one there, and PSG-Marseille.“I have played in all of them, the only one I missed was this one.“This is coming on Saturday and I am very well prepared, confident and focused, and there is a lot of hard work behind that.“We are prepared and we are ready. We just wait for the game now.”Ibrahimovic is one of a handful of United players not to have jetted off on international duty the past fortnight, having played his last match for Sweden at Euro 2016.During that break he stoked the derby fires with a tongue-in-cheek warning to Claudio Bravo, sending the new City goalkeeper some training gear saying “you’re going to need it”.It increased the talk around an already huge match that Ibrahimovic insists United will approach like any other.“People are talking about it and build it up and the media are discussing the situations from the red side and the light-blue side and all the investments and transfers and the new coaches,” he said. “It’s a normal build-up.“For me, I’ve been through it and I know how it is. We are ready. Everyone came back from the national team break and we are back in action. The team is focused.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Gareth Southgate takes his England side to Dortmund on Wednesday night hoping a host of new members to the squad can impress against the world champions.CLICK HERE TO STREAM GERMANY V ENGLAND LIVE COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT, KICK-OFF 19:45GMT.The Three Lions boss takes charge of his first game since being appointed on a permanent basis in November, and is expected to field an experimental line-up for the occasion.Michael Keane has been given his first senior cap and will play alongside Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling in a new look back-three. Inexperienced internationals Jake Livermore and Ryan Bertrand are also named in the team which appears to imitate Antonio Conte’s Chelsea line-up which has taken the Premier League by storm this season.Joachim Low will be without the services of Manuel Neuer – who has been ruled out through a calf injury – while Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler and Mario Gomez are also absent.So, just who has been selected for the match, as England look to impress against the world champions?The confirmed teams are available, in full, below…Confirmed line ups:Germany XI: Hector, Hummels, Kroos, Podolski, Weigl, Rudiger, Kimmich, Sane, Brandt, WernerSubstitutes: Trapp, Mustafi, Howedes, Schurrle, Muller, Can, Sule, Rudy, LenoEngland XI: Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Keane, Cahill, Smalling, Livermore, Dier, Vardy, Alli, LallanaSubstitutes: Clyne, Forster, Shaw, Stones, Barkley, Ward-Prowse, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lingard, Redmond, Rashford, Defoe, Heaton, Sterling Gareth Southgate has selected an experimental line-up for the clash 1
THE felony manslaughter conviction last week of 89-year-old George Russell Weller appears to have been a difficult decision for the jury to make. But certainly it was the right one. Ten people died and more than 60 were injured when Weller drove two blocks through a Santa Monica farmers market in July 2003. Whether a mistake or malice – we may never know which – someone had to take responsibility.Now comes the hard part: The sentencing. There are some who feel that no one should escape punishment just because of their age. Others see no point; Weller’s not likely to hurt anyone else. But what is clear is that state authorities must start grappling with how to better regulate aging drivers as the baby boomer generation creeps toward old age. Otherwise, there are sure to be many more tragedies like this one. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Despite having praised his side’s performance he has set targets and wants them to rack up points regardless of the opposition.“We have made huge strides in a short period of time but we can’t rest on our laurels and get patronising pats on the back either,” he said.“We want to at least finish in the top four and that means winning games and performing against all the teams, not just against the top two or three. “We have had a tough week in terms of the way the fixtures have panned out – this is our third game in six days against the top three – but we’re very much looking forward to the game against what looks like a rejuvenated Aberdeen team.” “It’s a very impressive result to go there and win 3-0,” he said. “St Johnstone is not an easy place to go so they look to have their form and their mojo back and I think that’s down to the manager. “They have had a huge lift from Derek staying.”Lennon is hoping to get his side back on track after they lost to Rangers on Wednesday. Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon believes his players are going to face a “rejuvenated” Aberdeen side at Pittodrie this weekend.The Dons have won two games since Derek McInnes turned down Rangers’ approach about their managerial vacancy.Lennon says that has been a shot in the arm for players after a spell of bumpy form. He pointed to their midweek victory at McDiarmid Park as proof the side is back to their best.