The world lost an area of tropical forest the size of Bangladesh in 2017

first_imgAgriculture, carbon, charcoal, Climate Change, Climate Change Policy, Deforestation, Environment, Featured, Forest Fires, Forests, Global Warming, Global Warming Mitigation, greenhouse gases, Indigenous Communities, Plantations, 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 According to new data, tropical countries lost 158,000 square kilometers (39 million acres) of tree cover in 2017 – an area the size of Bangladesh. The 2017 number is the second highest since the dataset began in 2001, and only a bit lower than the record high in 2016.Brazil came out on top for the most tree cover lost of any tropical country, a reversal from the country’s deforestation reductions over the past 14 years. Tree cover loss also rose dramatically in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Colombia. However, Indonesia’s numbers dropped by nearly half between 2016 and 2017.Experts attribute the upward trend in tree cover loss primarily to continued land clearing for agricultural purposes.The new dataset was discussed at the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum, which is taking place this week in Norway. OSLO, Norway — It has been a decade since the United Nations launched REDD+, an ambitious program to incentivize forest restoration and conservation in developing countries, as a part of a global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The program has been heralded as an integral part of the solution to climate change as tropical forests and wetlands can deliver 23 percent of the total mitigation needed between now and 2030.As a result, billions of dollars have been poured into this scheme, and countless projects have been initiated to enable tropical countries to receive money in exchange of them reducing their deforestation rates.Norway, for instance, has invested about $2.8 billion into the program in the past decade, more than any other wealthy nation.On the other side of the equation, Brazil in particular has been lauded as a champion in REDD+ as it managed to slow down its deforestation rate nearly 80 percent in 10 years between 2004 and 2014.This week, representatives from these countries are gathering to celebrate the 10th anniversary of REDD+ at the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum in Norway.But instead of being celebrated for their achievement, these countries are in the hot seat as the conference came on the heel of new data from the University of Maryland (UMD) showing how tropical tree cover loss in many countries has been ramping up in recent years, including in Brazil.Brazil’s Atlantic Forest is one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems – and one of its most threatenedAccording to the data, tropical countries lost 158,000 square kilometers (39 million acres) of tree cover in 2017 – an area about the size of Bangladesh. The 2017 number is the second highest since UMD stared collecting data in 2001, and only a bit lower than the record high in 2016.Frances Seymour, a senior fellow at the U.S.-based think-tank World Resources Institute (WRI), who also serves as the program committee chair for the Forum, said that the conference provides a moment for reflection on what’s going wrong with REDD+ in these countries.“It’s a really good opportunity to celebrate all of the many real achievements that have taken place, as well as take stock of where we are, and see the road ahead,” she said during the opening of the forum in Oslo on Wednesday. “But it’s also important that we pause and reflect for what we haven’t achieved.”Seymour then proceeded to cite the new set of data, published on Global Forest Watch, a forest monitoring site run by WRI.“The 2017 tree cover loss numbers, which were released today by my colleagues at Global Forest Watch are not encouraging. 2017 is only slightly better than 2016, and that was a record bad year,” she said. “So you have to pause for a minute and think are we doing something wrong? I think we need to open to that possibility over the next two days.”Commenting on the recent deforestation trend in the tropics, Norway minister of climate and environment Ola Elvestuen said during the opening of the Forum it is “a crisis of existential proportions,” and reminded participants that “We either deal with it or we leave future generations and planet in ecological collapse.”Norway’s Minister of Climate and Environment Ola Elvestuen at the opening of the 2018 Oslo Tropical Forest Forum. Photo by Mats BakkenSeymour and Elvestuen’s opening speeches set the tone for the rest of the forum, where government officials, activists, researchers and indigenous communities will discuss why REDD+ doesn’t seem to be working as well as hoped after 10 years despite initial progress made in countries like Brazil.What went wrong?Seymour said just because tree cover loss rate is on the rise, it doesn’t mean that there’s no effort to save intact forests.“In fact, we implement a number of strategies to address this problem, including offering climate finance, to the Paris Agreement to reward reduced forest emissions,” she said. “We’re getting companies to stop buying products grown on recently deforested lands. We’re cracking down on illegal logging and securing indigenous rights.”But she said these efforts pale in comparison to pressure from the agriculture sector, which is often supported by mainstream policies and financing and which is considered the leading single cause of deforestation worldwide.A breakdown of the new UMD data shows Brazil experienced by far the most tree cover loss in 2017. Indonesia, while currently in the top three, nearly halved its tree cover loss between 2016 and 2017.According to Seymour, the amount of climate financing committed for forest conservation has averaged about a billion dollar a year over the last decade, while the amount of funding being poured into agriculture and other investments is 100 times greater.“As long as mainstream policies and finance continue to support deforestation as usual, we’re trying to put out a house fire with a teaspoon, even while more gas are being poured on the flames,” she said.Seymour attributed the upward trend in tree cover loss primarily to continued land clearing for agricultural purposes.“There’s really no mystery to the main reason why we’re seeing tropical forests disappear,” she said. “Vast areas continued to be cleared for soy, beef, palm oil and other globally traded commodities.  Much of this clearing is illegal and linked to corruption.”Seymour also cited lack of protection for environmental activists and indigenous communities as one of the reasons why forest conservation seemed to be failing.“Forest defenders continued to be murdered when they work to protect forests,” she said. “Most indigenous people still don’t have secured land rights, even though their territories have the lowest rate of deforestation.”Lastly, she said that other factors such as natural disasters like fires are also playing an increasing role in tree cover loss as climate change makes such events more frequent and severe. Adding to this is political and economic instability that could shift government focus away from conservation, like what’s happening in Brazil.The case of BrazilIn the early 2000s, Brazil’s deforestation rates started to decline. However, its tree cover loss began to spike upward in recent years, and in 2017 Brazil experienced its second-highest rate of tree cover loss, losing 45,000 square kilometers of tree cover.According to Mikaela Weisse, a research analyst at WRI, much of Brazil’s tree cover loss can be attributed to a strong fire season in the Amazon, with the region having more fires in 2017 than any year since recording began in 1999.The UMD data indicate fires caused 31 percent of the South American country’s tree cover loss. The university was able to come up with the figure as it recently added a new function that enables researchers to distinguish tree cover loss due to fires.Weisse said that the fires in the Amazon are mostly caused by humans who clear land using fires as they take advantage of the lack of enforcement on prohibitions of fires and deforestation, political and economic uncertainty, and the current administration’s roll-back of environmental protections.“As climate change and human land use interact to make forests more vulnerable to fire, many are concerned that extensive fires will become the new normal in the Brazilian Amazon,” Weisse said during a teleconference last week.She also pointed out that the blazes are likely to cancel out the climate impact of reduced deforestation in Brazil.Therefore, analysts believe that tackling forest fires not only in the Amazon, but also in other parts of the world, is crucial.Carlos Nobre, Brazil’s leading climatologist, said during the forum that if no action is taken to address this issue, then Brazil is at risk of going over the tipping point where so many of its forests have been burned and turned into savannas.And since savannas are much more tolerant to fire, he worries they will remain in that state indefinitely and forests will not return, even if deforestation is reduced to zero.“If the system tips into this other side of equilibrium, we will have savanna there, with much less biodiversity and carbon,” Nobre said during the opening of the forum.To avoid that from happening, Nobre recommends Brazil’s deforested area not exceed 25 percent of the country’s total land mass. Currently, Brazil has lost 18 percent of its total area.“We are very close to the limit because global warming is still operating and deforestation is still going on and forest fires are becoming more serious,” Nobre said. “So basically, urgent action is needed to stop Amazon deforestation completely.”Deforestation in Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler for Mongabay.New deforestation hotspots and a few bright spotsBesides Brazil, which has historically suffered from high rate of tree cover loss, the data set also shows Colombia and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as emerging hotspots of tree cover loss.Colombia faced one of the most dramatic increases in tree cover loss of any country, with nearly 4,250 square kilometers (around 1.1 million acres) of tree cover loss in 2017. That number represents a 46 percent jump above to 2016, and more than double the average rate of loss between 2001 and 2015.Almost half of the increase happened in just three regions on the border of the Amazon biome (Meta, Guaviare and Caquetá), with new hotspots of loss advancing into previously untouched areas.This sudden spike in tree cover loss coincided with the peace process that happened in the country last year, when the government signed a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s largest rebel group.FARC used to keep tight control over land use and allowed little commercial use of resources. But with the peace deal, FARC was pushed out of large amounts of remote forest they previously controlled.“The increase seems to be related to the peace process,” Weisse said. “The demobilization of the FARC left behind a power vacuum, which has led to illegal clearing for pasture and cocoa, mining and logging by other armed groups, as well as rampant land speculation.”The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) also had record high tree cover loss in 2017, with the UMD data indicating 14,680 square kilometers (more than 3.6 million acres) lost, surpassing Indonesia for the first time.“DRC has had an increasing trend over the past 17 years, which is a cause for concern,” Weisse said.According to Weisse, the main drivers of tree cover loss in DRC include shifting agriculture, artisanal logging that is often illegal, and charcoal production.“Given the trend in 2017, it’s critical that DRC improves land use planning and critical law enforcement moving forward,” Weisse said.The DRC’s rainforests are home to many species such as the okapi (Okapii johnstoni), which is listed as Endangered by the IUCN and found nowhere else in the world.A bright spot in the new set of data is Indonesia, which managed to reduce its tree cover loss by a considerable amount, including a 60 percent decline in primary forest loss, bucking the trend in other tropical countries. The University of Maryland registered 13,000 square kilometers of tree cover loss in 2017 compared to more than 24,000 square kilometers of loss in 2016. (It should be noted that the UMD dataset lumps in tree plantations with natural forest cover, so some of this loss may be attributed to plantation clearing.)While some provinces in Sumatra still saw increased primary forest loss—including 7,500 hectares (18,500 acres) in Kerinci Sebat National Park— provinces in Kalimantan and Papua experienced a reduction.Weisse said the fact that there was no El Nino in Indonesia last year helped the Southeast Asian country significantly in reducing its tree cover loss rate.“The decrease can also be related to a national peat drainage moratorium, which has been in effect since 2016,” she said. “This year’s data shows an 88 percent decrease in tree cover loss on protected peatland, which suggests that the policy may be working.”The Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry said the declining rate of tree cover loss in Indonesia is a proof that the government’s set of policies is working.The ministry’s acting director-general for climate change, Ida Bagus Putera Parthama, said that the UMD data is in-line with the deforestation data published by the government, which reported a second straight annual decline in the country’s deforestation rate.The ministry recorded 4,790 square kilometers (1,850 square miles) of deforestation in 2017. That’s down 24 percent from the 2016 figure, which in turn represented a 42 percent reduction from 2015.“It’s not surprising because we have data indicating the same figure,” Ida said. “It means our efforts are successful. We will maintain the effort and this positive trend, including moratorium of the peat licensing and virgin forest licensing, improvement in peat management and more effective law enforcement and REDD+ implementation.”center_img Article published by Hans Nicholas Jonglast_img read more

2 in Jail over Minister Sandolo’s ‘Assassination Plot’

first_imgTwo of the five persons arrested in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate Mr. Patrick Sandolo, Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy (LME) at his Todee farm are yet to appear in court. The two are currently in detention at the Monrovia Central Prison, nearly three months after they were charged by the Liberia National Police (LNP).Police charged the defendants based on a complaint from one Alvin Nelson, who is believed to be the caretaker of the Minister’s farm, a court document in the possession of the Daily Observer said.Though Minister Sandolo was not at the farm when the incident took place on July 24, the defendants are being charged with multiple crimes, including criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, theft of property, burglary, criminal mischief and criminal attempt to commit murder, which under the law is a non bailable offence.Defendants Anthony Mulbah along with Arthur Gono, Alex Gbato, Kpannah Tosh and Abraham Kollie were arrested by police due to a writ of arrest issued by Francis K. Fayiah, stipendiary magistrate of the Careysburg Magisterial Court, in Montserrado County, where the alleged offenses were committed.Alex Gbato and Abraham Kollie are the two persons currently detained at the Monrovia Central Prison awaiting trial, while the other three have been released.Mr. Dominic Kollie, the father of one of the defendants, Abraham Kollie, who spoke with journalists at the Temple of Justice, tearfully explained, “My son has been in jail since July 26 on multiple crimes and he still has not had a court date set. I have talked to the Magisterial Court and still have not had a court date set.“Is there any length of time that he can be held without a court date?“I am afraid that he is lost in the system. I tried calling Minister Sandolo, (but he) referred me to the court. I am getting nowhere fast. And they are still behind bars at the Central Prison.”He also used the occasion to appeal for government’s intervention to have them go to court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgToronto’s 1-0 lead would hold until the final five minutes of the game when Guelph’s Mackenzie Janzen scored the equalizer. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Version Print Friendly Version Hilary Ziraldo scored in the final minute to lift the University of Toronto Varsity Blues field hockey team 2-1 over Guelph Gryphons on Sunday (Oct. 21) at Back Campus Fields.HOW IT HAPPENED: Sophomore Anna Costanzo opened the scoring with twelve minutes left in the first half. In the final minute, third-year Hilary Ziraldo broke the tie and Toronto ended the regular season with a win, amassing an impressive 10-1-1 (W-L-T) record good for a second place standing in the OUA. UP NEXT: The Blues head to Waterloo for the OUA Championship tournament from Oct. 26-28. Story Linkslast_img read more

No accountability, democracy shown by Govt – Hinds

first_imgD’Urban Park fiascoPolitical commentator Professor David Hinds has stated that after careful study of the statements of the President and other Government officials the establishment of the controversial Homestretch Development Incorporated suggests that the Government did not show accountability and democracy.Dr David HindsPresident David GrangerQuestioning why this company was not made public at the time when it was established, Hinds commented that it took the People’s Progress Party (PPP) to draw this information out of the Government.Last week, President David Granger said the company was created solely to help completion of the D’Urban Park Development Project in time for Guyana’s 50th Independence anniversary celebration in the absence of budgetary allocations, following the May 2015 elections.The Opposition had claimed that Government had not been open with information regarding the D’Urban Park Development Project, the creation and registration of HDI, which collected funds for the Project, or Minister of Education, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine’s role as a director of the company.Hinds suggested that Government should have disclosed this information on its own and “let the country judge whether it was prudent for the administration to create a company to oversee the project.”Underscoring that there was not widespread support for the project in the first place, Hinds stated that it was prudent for the Government to ensure that there was instant disclosure.“If there is nothing to hide—and I believe there was nothing sinister—then why not make the information public? Like many of the problems this government has created for itself, this one speaks to a culture that privileges secrecy when openness is the wiser and politically sensible way to go,” he said, adding that Government must have respect for the citizens and be guided by political morality.“Mistakes would be made but a responsible Government should not put itself in a position whereby its motives are constantly questioned and projected as sinister.”  Although the President has explained Roopnaraine’s role in the company, Hinds posited that it is pertinent that Roopnaraine should give a public explanation on his own.“The revelation that WPA co-leader, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, was a director of the company cannot pass without comment. I have not had an opportunity to speak to him personally on this matter, but as a public commentator, who is Dr Roopnaraine’s comrade, I have to assert that I hold him to the same standards of political morality as I do other public officials…But I feel very strongly that given his own political tradition and culture, Dr Roopnaraine should speak for himself by explaining to the public his role in the company and why he was party to keeping that information secret,” he suggested.Hinds added that Roopnaraine owes his party—the WPA— and the country an explanation.The President had indicated that Roopnaraine’s role on the board only represents the Government’s interest, “because the celebrations, which we had aimed at, at the time of the establishment of the company, concerned largely the 50th anniversary celebrations.”However, the political commentator stated that he is worried that the Government continues to get itself tangled into situations that suggest it has something to hide.“These accumulated mistakes help to provide space for the PPP to project itself as the defender of political virtue. But equally important, it saps the energy of its supporters which in the long-run could dampen their enthusiasm for the government,” Hinds purported.Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson in a debate in the National Assembly at its last sitting on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, said the D’Urban Park project has its genesis in the efforts of private citizens, who took a decision to support efforts aimed at converting an area that was in actual fact ‘a jungle’ into a public space.last_img read more

Mourinho: Fight with Costa? Not me!

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s Diego Costa (R) passes manager Jose Mourinho during the English Premier League football match against Tottenham Hotspur, at White Hart Lane in London, on November 29, 2015. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, November 30- Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho denied any rift with Diego Costa despite the striker’s unhappy reaction to being dropped to the bench for the scoreless draw at Tottenham Hotspur.Mourinho admitted the pair had argued at half-time during the mid-week Champions League victory away to Maccabi Tel Aviv and Costa’s mood at White Hart Lane on Sunday suggested he had taken his demotion badly. The Spain international failed to warm up until told to late in the game, generally looked disgruntled and at one point appeared to toss his training bib in the direction of the manager.But Mourinho said he had no complaints about Costa’s behaviour, saying: “When I asked him to warm up, he did. I put him with Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) and Kennedy, warming up.“Diego is very privileged because he was the last one to be on the bench. Everyone else has been: the captain (John Terry), (Branislav) Ivanovic, (Gary) Cahill, the vice-captain of England, (Cesc) Fabregas, Pedro, (Eden) Hazard, player of the season, Oscar; everyone was on the bench.“Diego was privileged because I kept him in the team for all these matches. Today (Sunday) we thought the best strategy was this one.”Costa struggled with hamstring problems last season, but Mourinho said there were no issues with his condition.“Physically, he is fine,” said the Portuguese. “No problems. He is working well every day. His mood is positive. He’s always a positive guy in the team.“I was not expecting to have a player on the bench jumping and singing because he is not playing, unless you’re a kid who has a chance to go on the bench –- Ruben, Kenedy, (who) feel that is one more step. But for a top player, they’re not happy.“His behaviour was normal. He was ready to play when he went to warm up. When I decided not to play him, he went. And probably he is eating while waiting for us in the bus.”The Chelsea manager joked: “If he wants to hurt me, it’s not with a bib. I have a good relationship with him, no problem.”– Chelsea ‘a small team’ –Mourinho described his side’s display as their best performance of the season and believes the club can now start looking up the table after a dismal start.“If we’d scored a goal, we’d have won,” said Mourinho, whose team have now gone three games without defeat. “We still have a result and a performance and the feeling of ‘the team’.“After these three results in a row, we can look to December –- when we have three matches at Stamford Bridge and two matches away at Manchester United and Leicester, two of the top teams –- with enthusiasm.“I’m convinced that, by the end of December, we’ll be in a different position to now and we’ll have shortened the difference to the top teams. At the end of the season our feeling will be a different feeling.”Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was left disappointed despite his side extending their unbeaten run to 13 league games, the club’s best run since 1985.“This is a good thing (that we are disappointed),” said the Argentine, whose side remain fifth in the table.“We play the champions. It’s good. You got the feeling that Chelsea were a small team, and Tottenham can win every game we play.“It’s very difficult, though. Not easy. We’re the youngest team in the Premier League and the maturity we showed today we have shown in different games.“We have to feel happy. It’s a good thing that, maybe, we are a bigger club than Chelsea or that we deserve more.“We showed good performances in the last few games, and I’m happy, but we have to keep working hard. We’ve only had 14 games in the Premier League and it’s too early to think about the end (of the season).”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kipruto claims hat-trick as Ayana misses record by seconds

first_imgIn the men’s 1500m, Elijah Manangoi, a world silver medallist in Beijing, won his first race of the season in a final sprint with 3:33.06 holding off 2013 World Youth champion Robert Biwott.However, it was Ethiopia’s reigning world champion Almaz Ayana, who grabbed the headlines with a hugely impressive 14:12.59, to miss out on the women’s world 5000m record by just 1.44 seconds.The men’s 3000m, produced the expected rivalry between the two young Kenyans who have dominated the Diamond Race in their event in the last three seasons, Kipruto and 2015 Diamond League winner Jairus Birech, but with an unexpected and bruising twist.It was a two-man race from just after the first kilometre, but as the pair negotiated the second hurdle on the final lap, it became a one-man race as Birech fell.Kipruto, at whose shoulder he had been running, went on unencumbered to victory in 8:01.41, the last of four 2016 world-leading marks set on the night.There was some rueful shaking of heads at the end as Birech, who had quickly picked himself up from the infield and resumed running, came home second in 8:11.39.“Despite the win, I am very, very disappointed,” said Kipruto. “I wanted to run under 7.57. I tried to push it too hard and it did not work.”-Ayana sets fastest time-Almaz Ayana in the women’s 5000m at the 2016 IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome (Gladys Chai) © CopyrightEthiopian star Ayana missed out on the women’s world 5000m record by just over five seconds at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat two weeks ago and came, agonisingly, even closer in Rome as she stopped the clock at 14:12.59, just 1.44 off the mark set by her Ethiopian compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba eight years ago.It was an IAAF Diamond League record. It was a meeting record at the Italian one-day showpiece. It was the fastest time run this year. It was the second fastest time ever run.But, despite her dazed smile in the aftermath of achieving all those accolades, it wasn’t what Ayana wanted.As the last pacemaker dropped away with seven laps remaining, Ayana was in a race of her own, more than half-a-lap clear. She was running easily, no strain showing on her face, and passed 3000m in 8:30.43.The laps clicked down, and it seemed the world champion was on the brink of reaching the prize she has sought all season.With three laps left, she clocked 10:48.8. With two left, the time was 11.58.00.An increase in speed on the penultimate lap saw her clock 13:06.5 at the bell. She needed a final lap of under 65 seconds, but couldn’t quite make it.It was a measure of Ayana’s outstanding effort that Kenya’s 2013 world silver medallist Mercy Cherono should register a personal best of 14:33.95 and still be adrift by almost the length of the home straight. Cherono’s compatriot Viola Kibiwot was third with 14:34.39.-Semenya unstoppable-Caster Semeya in the 800m at the 2016 IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome (Gladys Chai) © CopyrightCaster Semenya looks an unstoppable force as she moves closer and closer to Rio 2016 Olympic Games.The South African equalled her 2016 world-lead of 1:56.64 set in Rabat in registering her third win in as many IAAF Diamond League outings.After coasting along in the middle of the pack, the 2009 world champion moved up on the outside on the back straight, and as she entered the final bend she was on the shoulder of the leader, Burundi’s 2016 world indoor champion Francine Niyonsaba, moving past her as they entered the final straight before establishing a 15-metre lead by the line.Behind her, Niyonsaba clocked 1:58.20 ahead of Great Britain’s Lynsey Sharp, who recorded a season’s best of 1:59.03.“Now I need to be consistent, to maintain this shape until the Olympics,” said Semenya. “My dream, my main goal is of course Olympic gold. I am very pleased with the time.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Conseslus Kipruto at the 2016 IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome (Gladys Chai)Conseslus Kipruto at the 2016 IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome (Gladys Chai)NAIROBI, Kenya, June 3 – World silver medallist Conceslus Kipruto continued his perfect start of the season after highlighting the Rome IAAF Diamond League by setting a world lead in the men’s 3000m steeplechase at the 36th edition of the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea held Thursday night.Kipruto, who clocked his seasonal best of 8:01.41, claimed a hat-trick of victories after winning in Doha and Rabat.last_img read more

How the Premier League table could change this weekend – where will your club end up?

first_img targets AFP or licensors 6 It could be a great weekend for Newcastle and their manager, Steve Bruce The shuffle for places is set to intensify this weekend and we could see some dramatic changes by the end of matchday 17.Newcastle, for example, could climb from 11th to fifth if results go their way, leapfrogging Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal – all of whom can slide into the bottom half!One thing’s for certain, however. No matter what, Liverpool will be top of the pile come December 25, with a nine-point lead over Leicester heading into this weekend.They host rock-bottom Watford having beaten the Hornets by five goals on each of their past three meetings at Anfield.It doesn’t bode well for the visitors, and you can discover their fate on Merseyside by tuning into talkSPORT’s exclusive LIVE commentary of the match at 12:30pm! 6 6 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ statement stalemate Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Man United will look to close the gap on the top four 4. ChelseaHighest possible position: 3rdLowest possible position: 4th3. Manchester CityHighest possible position: 3rdLowest possible position: 4th2. LeicesterHighest possible position: 2ndLowest possible position: 2nd1. LiverpoolHighest possible position: 1stLowest possible position: 1stSaturday is GameDay on talkSPORT. We’ll bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network this Saturday, including Liverpool vs Watford (12:30) Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son latest 20. WatfordHighest possible position: 19thLowest possible position: 20th19. NorwichHighest possible position: 19thLowest possible position: 20th18. SouthamptonHighest possible position: 13thLowest possible position: 18th17. Aston VillaHighest possible position: 13thLowest possible position: 18th However, being top at Christmas doesn’t necessarily bode well for Liverpool.The last three occasions of a team failing to win the title having been top at Christmas have been the Reds (2008/09, 2013/14 and 2018/19).With all that in mind, takes a look at where every club could end up by the end of this round of fixtures, using data from rookie error LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty Brighton could find themselves in either half of the table when the weekend is over Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 12. BrightonHighest possible position: 8thLowest possible position: 16th11. NewcastleHighest possible position: 5thLowest possible position: 12th10. Crystal PalaceHighest possible position: 5thLowest possible position: 12th9. ArsenalHighest possible position: 5thLowest possible position: 12th 6 on target Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future The Premier League is about it to hit the most frenetic time of the year with endless action for football fans to enjoy.Festive fixtures come thick and fast, meaning the table could have a completely different look when you tuck into your Christmas dinner in two weeks’ time. Getty Images – Getty 8. Sheffield UnitedHighest possible position: 5thLowest possible position: 12th7. TottenhamHighest possible position: 5thLowest possible position: 11th6. WolvesHighest possible position: 5thLowest possible position: 11th5. Manchester UnitedHighest possible position: 5thLowest possible position: 11th Arsenal recently got their first win under interim coach Freddie Ljungberg update Liverpool are a force to be reckoned with under Jurgen Klopp – you can listen to their match vs Watford on talkSPORT! West Ham could drop into the relegation zone this weekend Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff appointed 6 16. West HamHighest possible position: 12thLowest possible position: 18th15. BournemouthHighest possible position: 12thLowest possible position: 18th14. EvertonHighest possible position: 12thLowest possible position: 17th13. BurnleyHighest possible position: 12thLowest possible position: 17th Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 6last_img read more

League One wrap: Alloa beat Peterhead, Livingston thump Stranraer

first_imgA brace from Jordan Kirkpatrick on his league debut helped Alloa’s bid for promotion to the Scottish Championship get off to a great start as they recorded a 4-0 win over hapless Peterhead.The hosts started well and took the lead when Kirkpatrick’s shot went into the top left corner of the net from the edge of the box nine minutes in.Rather than sitting back, the hosts chased another straight away and on 14 minutes it was 2-0 thanks to Kevin Cawley, before a stunning free-kick from a central position by Kirkpatrick added another as half-time approached.Substitute Isaac Layne supplied the finishing touch almost as soon as he replaced Kirkpatrick on 69 minutes, finishing well past the goalkeeper with his right foot. A debut goal from striker Alan Trouten set Brechin on their way to a 2-1 win over Stenhousemuir on the opening day of the Scottish League One season.The hosts looked dangerous in attack from the off, but had to wait until the 35-minute mark to take the lead when Trouten linked up with fellow frontman Andrew Jackson and scored from close range.Stenhousemuir pushed on and ended the half strongly, before equalising midway through the second half, when defender Fraser Kerr prodded home inside the six-yard box.But their joy was short-lived and Brechin sealed victory on 79 minutes, substitute Ross Caldwell combining with Jackson to score with almost his first touch after replacing Alistair Love. Nothing could separate East Fife and Albion as they opened their Scottish League One campaign with a 2-2 draw at Bayview Stadium.The hosts took the lead in the fourth minute through midfielder Kevin Smith when he slotted in the bottom right corner.Albion hit back 11 minutes later when Calum Ferguson popped up with a left-footed finish but found themselves behind at the break through Ross Dunlop’s own goal in first-half stoppage time.However, the Wee Rovers managed to salvage a draw when midfielder Ryan Wallace scored in the 64th minute.Liam Buchanan and Scott Pitman bagged braces as Livingston opened the Scottish League One season with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Stranraer at Almondvale.Pitman gave the home side a dream start, firing high into the net past Cameron Belford after being teed up by Shaun Byrne in the fifth minute, before Danny Mullen produced an excellent curling strike into the top right corner to double the Lions’ advantage 19 minutes later.Craig Malcolm’s low right-footed finish halved the deficit 10 minutes into the second half but substitute Buchanan put the result beyond doubt with a 72nd-minute penalty into the bottom left corner after he was fouled by Steven Bell.Buchanan slammed the ball low past Belford to claim his second three minutes from time before Pitman fired home at the death after Liam Watt’s header came back off the crossbar.Airdrie midfielder Marc Fitzpatrick scored at both ends as his side won 3-1 at Queen’s Park in Scottish League One.After Spiders striker Aiden Malone hit the crossbar inside a minute, the visitors edged in front with 29 minutes played. Iain Russell was fouled inside the 18-yard box by goalkeeper Andrew Murphy and he picked himself up to to smash the resultant penalty into the bottom left corner.Fitzpatrick extended the lead with a close-range header six minutes into the second half before inadvertently diverting the ball into the bottom right corner of his own goal to give the hosts hope with eight minutes remaining.Adam Brown sealed victory for the Diamonds in the final minute when he fired a right-footed effort into the bottom left corner.last_img read more

Multi-million euro Donegal road projects get underway

first_imgNew road projects across Donegal’s road network have been launched as part of a multi-million euro Government project.Minister Joe McHugh and Cathaoirleach Cllr Terence Slowey made the official opening today, May 8th. Fine Gael TD McHugh said that the works are proof of the hard work which was done by former Donegal TD Dinny McGinley and show that the Government is working for Donegal.The Blackburn Bridge re-alignment project between Ballybofey and Donegal Town cost €6.3M. The west Donegal N56 works are part of an overall €70M project which includes cycle lanes along the route. Phase 3 from Kilkenny to Letterlilly is out to tender with work due to being before the end of the year at a cost of an estimated €12M.Last week the Government committed another €15M towards removing the Blue Banks bends from the N56 between Coolboy and Kilmacrennan.The project had not been previously included in capital spend plans until the intervention of McHugh who proposed the new road should go ahead-alongside work on a new Lough Salt to Letterkenny water main.Speaking before the official road openings this afternoon, Minister McHugh said: “The completion of roadworks in Leitirmacaward and outside Ballybofey is proof this Government is working for Donegal. “The latest completion of work on the N56 is a testament to the fruitful work of former Minister Dinny McGinley who worked hard to ensure this work got underway in 2015.“The removal of the Meenacarn Bends and now the Gweebarra Bends is an enormous legacy for Dinny and for those of us in Government who are working hard to get Donegal ahead again.“The Mulantiboyle Bridge and the Cockhill Bridge are two more infrastructure projects delivered and being delivered.“Minister Pascal O Donohue has been extremely supportive of Donegal. All these projects, those due to start and those underway or completed are all providing work for numerous local sub-contractors and their employees.”The Government has also released more than €1.8M to Donegal County Council for investment in its housing stock. The Donegal TD received confirmation of the funding from Housing, Planning and Local Government Minister Simon Coveney.The €1,875,000 allocation to Donegal is the biggest single grant to any local authority outside Dublin.The money will be used to help return void and vacant social housing units to productive use.Minister McHugh said the allocation reflected the need for social housing in the county as well as the work of Donegal County Council. “Minister of State Damian English met with senior executives on the council last month to discuss their plans and he was extremely impressed with the leadership being shown at council level on a whole range of issues including housing and urban and rural renewal projects,” said McHugh.“This follows the release of €5M for social housing projects in Stranorlar and Carrigart.”Minister McHugh said a range of recent funding announcements for Donegal were as a result of making the case to colleagues that the county has been left behind in the past and is still playing catch-up.“There have been projects which were put on the long finger in the past; there is no doubt about that,” said McHugh.“As the nation’s finances improve and more people get back to work, I have been making the argument for proper resources for Donegal.“It is important to recognise the incredible work being undertaken by Donegal County Council on a range of fronts. Minister English remarked during his visit that if every local authority had the same vision as Donegal, it would make his job a lot easier.“New town and village renewal grants have also just been announced which will help enhance heritage and support new businesses across Donegal.“The National Broadband roll-out will see broadband delivered right across Donegal – including rural areas – with most homes connected by the middle of 2018, many of those to 1Gig speeds, speeds people in Dublin only dream about.“So there is a lot of good work going on. The economy is improving all the time and it’s my job to continue to lobby for funding including for the Lifford to Letterkenny road and the Bonagee link. Funding for engineering works was released just a couple of months ago for these projects to get them up to speed.“More than €20M is being spent across our community hospitals and more than €7M for Killybegs harbour with funding also released to secure the future of the tourism campus of LYIT in Killybegs. I am continuing to lobby for €10M in funding for Greencastle Harbour.”Minister McHugh said Donegal needs to be ready for the challenges of Brexit, saying a Government-led conference is being planned before the end of May here in the county.“A huge amount of work has taken place already,” said McHugh.“Ireland needs the best possible outcome from the negotiations and that includes freedom of movement for our citizens across the border with Derry, Tyrone and Fermanagh.”He added: “I do have a voice inside Fine Gael nationally and inside Government. That voice is being heard. And Donegal benefits.”Multi-million euro Donegal road projects get underway was last modified: May 8th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County CouncilMinister Joe McHughROADSlast_img read more

Marshfield baseball swept at Middleton

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMIDDLETON – The Marshfield baseball team was swept in a nonconference doubleheader Saturday at Middleton, losing 8-7 and 4-2.Marshfield led 4-2 after a four-run second inning in Game 1 but could not hang on as Middleton scored four runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to pull ahead.The Tigers scored twice in the seventh but were unable to get the tying run across.Braden Bohman and Jake Brueggen each drove in two runs, and Paul Maguire and Jared Klein both had two hits for Marshfield in the loss.In Game 2, Middleton scored three unearned runs against Brueggen in the second inning.Trevor Schwecke had two hits and Maguire drove in a pair of runs for the Tigers (4-6).Marshfield hosts Stevens Point on Tuesday at Hackman Field.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 1Cardinals 8, Tigers 7Marshfield 040 010 2 – 7 10 1Middleton 200 042 x – 8 7 2WP: Brennan Schmitt. LP: Logan Jakobi. SV: Hunter Bindl.SO: Jakobi (4 1/3 inn.) 0, Connor Jasurda (1 inn.) 1, Hunter Korger (2/3 inn.) 1; Schmitt (5 inn.) 4, Bindl (2 inn.) 3. BB: Jakobi 3, Jasurda 2, Korger 2; Schmitt 2, Bindl 3.Top hitters: MAR, Braden Bohman 2B, 2 RBIs; Tyson Slade 2B; Paul Maguire 2×3; Jared Klein 2×4; Scott Berg 2 runs; Jake Brueggen 2 RBIs. MID, Brennan Schmitt 2B, 3 RBIs; Alan Roben 2×3, 3B, 2 RBIs; Ivan Monreal 2 runs.—Game 2Cardinals 4, Tigers 2Marshfield 101 000 0 – 2 6 1Middleton 030 010 x – 4 6 2WP: Drew Finley-Haag. LP: Brueggen. SV: Bindl.SO: Brueggen (5 inn.) 3, Connor Jasurda (1 inn.) 2; Finley-Haag (6 inn.) 3, Bindl (1 inn.) 1. BB:Brueggen 3, Jasurda 0; Finley-Haag 3, Bindl 0.Top hitters: MAR, Trevor Schwecke 2×3; Braden Bohman 2B; Paul Maguire 2 RBIs. MID, Logan Ziegler 2×3, 2B.Records: Marshfield 4-6; Middleton 8-1.last_img read more