School fields to be upgraded for FIFA U20 World Cup

first_imgThe upgraded playing fields will be used for team training sites for the 16 countries that will be attending the World Cup.One of the criteria in the hosting agreement and FIFA stadium guidelines for the tournament is to have 16 team training sites and a training site for referees.Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko said the playing fields will be upgraded to the highest standard and will be international accredited.Tkatchenko said this development will leave a lasting legacy where the schools will benefit from it in the future.The selected schools will be announced at a later date once FIFA gives the final approval at the end of this month  for PNG to host the tournament.PNG has met the criteria to host the tournament and has submitted the report for FIFA to give its final approval.last_img read more

Patriots beat Rams to win sixth Super Bowl title

first_imgThe victory, which moves the Patriots into a share of the all-time mark with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was also a record sixth Super Bowl triumph for Tom Brady, who at 41 became the oldest quarterback to win the championship game.Brady was joined in the record books by 66-year-old Bill Belichick who becomes the oldest coach to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy.Brady again orchestrated the victory finally cracking open a tight 3-3 defensive battle late in the fourth quarter when he hit Rob Gronkowski with a 29-yard pass to set up a two-yard touchdown run by Sony Michel.The Rams looked ready to hit right back when Jared Goff marched Los Angeles into New England territory only to be intercepted on the four-yard line with four minutes to play.Brady moved in for the kill with another drive to set up kicker Stephen Gostkowski who nailed a 41-yarder with 72 seconds remaining to clinch New England’s third Super Bowl since 2015.last_img read more

Salah shines again as Liverpool beat Roma 5-2

first_imgLiverpool took a big step towards the Champions League final with a 5-2 win over AS Roma in their semi-final, first leg at Anfield on Tuesday.Two late Roma goals, however, will give the Italians, who came back from 4-1 down to beat Barcelona in the previous round, some hope of an upset in the return game next Wednesday.Two superbly taken goals from Mohamed Salah gave Juergen Klopp’s side a 2-0 lead at halftime and Liverpool ripped Roma apart after the break.A Sadio Mane goal and then two Roberto Firmino goals put Liverpool 5-0 up and Klopp felt comfortable enough to take off Salah, who had been outstanding.Yet Edin Dzeko struck for the visitors in the 81st minute and four minutes later Diego Perotti converted a penalty to generate some tension for the return in Rome.Bayern Munich and Real Madrid meet in the other semi-final on Wednesday.last_img read more

George, the last known Hawaiian snail of his kind, dies at 14

first_imgArticle published by Shreya Dasgupta George, the last known member of the Hawaiian snail species Achatinella apexfulva, died on the first day of 2019.In 1997, researchers collected the last 10 known A. apexfulva specimens from the island of O‘ahu in a last-gasp bid to save the species through captive breeding. A few offspring did result from the program, but none survived, except George.George, who was 14 years old when he died, was emblematic of the plight of the Hawaiian land snails, which are threatened by habitat loss and the introduction of predatory species. On the first day of 2019, George, the last known member of the Hawaiian snail species Achatinella apexfulva, died. He was 14 years old.Named after Lonesome George, the last known Pinta Island tortoise (Chelonoidis abingdonii) from Galapagos, George was also a lonesome individual: he had spent most of his life in a terrarium at the University of Hawaii, all on his own.George’s life began in captivity. In 1997, researchers collected the last 10 known A. apexfulva specimens from the Poamoho trail on the island of O‘ahu in a final bid to provide a sliver of hope for the species. The captive-breeding program did produce a few offspring, but none survived, except George.While members of A. apexfulva are hermaphrodites, i.e. they have both male and female parts, the snails still need a partner to reproduce. But researchers, who refer to George as a “he”, failed to find him a mate despite several years of attempts.With no known individuals of A. apexfulva left either in the wild or in captivity, the species is now officially extinct. The only bit that remains is a 2-millimeter (0.08-inch) piece of George’s foot that was cut and sent to the Frozen Zoo at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, where it lies in deep freeze, waiting for future advances in technology that might allow cloning.“George’s passing is a significant loss to locals as he was featured in numerous articles and hundreds of school children have viewed him over the years,” Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) said in a statement confirming George’s death.George was also “an ambassador for the plight of the Hawaiian land snails,” said David Sischo, a wildlife biologist with the DLNR and coordinator of the Snail Extinction Prevention Program that has been working to prevent Hawaii’s at-risk snail species from going extinct.A. apexfulva was one of the first of more than 750 species of land snails to be described from the Hawaiian islands. But most of these snails are in trouble today, mainly because of habitat destruction from introduced animals like pigs, goats and deer. Predators introduced to the islands, such as rats and the rosy wolfsnail (Euglandina rosea) that feast on the native Hawaiian snails, have also contributed to the demise of many snail species. The rosy wolfsnail is, in fact, thought to be the main driver of A. apexfulva’s extinction.“Sadly, his passing is also a harbinger of what’s to come for our remaining Kāhuli (tree snails) if more is not done quickly to protect them from invasive species and climate change,” Sischo said. “Many of the island’s remaining land snails are facing imminent extinction.”George, the last known Achatinella apexfulva snail, has died. Image by David Sischo/Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Forests, Invasive Species, Invertebrates, Wildlife 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

Belgium show class to take third spot

first_imgST PETERSBURG, Russia (AP): For Belgium and England, the third-place match at the World Cup was more like a dress rehearsal for future finals. At least they hope. The Belgians earned their best World Cup finish by beating England 2-0 yesterday in a match both saw as the start of a push for the European Championship title in 2020 or the World Cup in 2022. “With this winning mentality you can win trophies,” said Eden Hazard, who scored Belgium’s second goal. “In two years, in four years, we will be better. We have young players. They are very good also in the team. They push all of us.” Thomas Meunier and Hazard both scored at St Petersburg Stadium in a match between the two semifinal losers. England matched their best World Cup result – fourth in 1990 – since winning the tournament for the only time in 1966. “Today shows there’s room for improvement. We’re not the finished article. We’re still learning. We’re still getting better,” England striker Harry Kane said. “We don’t want to wait another 20-odd years to get into another major semi-final.” Both Belgium and England were playing for the seventh time in 26 days, but the Belgians entered the match with an extra day of rest. Meunier’s goal matched a World Cup record for Belgium by having 10 different players score in a tournament, something only done before by France in 1982 and Italy in 2006. Meunier scored in the fourth minute, knocking a cross from Nacer Chadli past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Hazard added the other off a pass from Kevin De Bruyne in the 82nd. Belgium’s previous best finish at the World Cup was fourth, but the team outplayed England in the midfield to go one better this time.last_img read more

Falcao is best striker at United- Aguero

first_imgAguero, though, believes the striker’s natural talents make him the best forward United have to offer, coming in ahead of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, at least in the Argentine’s eyes.He said: “They have a number of very talented strikers. The one who in his career has been the most predatory is Falcao.“He isn’t having an easy time this season, but I really admire his commitment and his class and qualities are permanent.“He is probably one of the most naturally gifted strikers in football at the moment.:Looking ahead to this weekend’s Old Trafford encounter, Aguero added: “They are a team with a lot of great individual players, who can form an incredible unit when they work well together. But this season that has not always been the case.“Some matches they don’t seem to play at the maximum, with the attacking qualities that they have in the team. But then in other games, they have really shown that those qualities, so they are a bit unpredictable. We know we will have to be at our very best to beat them – there’s no doubt about that.”-Fellaini up for physical derby-Meanwhile, Marouane Fellaini has called for an aggressive approach when Manchester United take on local rivals Manchester City in Sunday’s derby.The Red Devils leapfrogged their ‘noisy neighbours’ following a 3-1 win over Aston Villa, while City remained in fourth after losing 2-1 to Crystal Palace.The momentum is with third-placed United coming into the game after a five-game winning run, which leaves them one point clear of the Citizens.And Fellaini is preparing himself for a very physical encounter as both teams are desperate for a win as they bid to outdo each other in the race for Champions League qualification.“In England every game is like a derby, because it’s physical. In the derby you have to be more aggressive and more tough if you want to win,” the Belgium international said“Everything has to be within the rules, but the physical side in England is why it’s such a competitive league.” 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MANCHESTER, April 9- Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero believes Radamel Falcao is the best striker at Manchester United, despite the Colombian’s severely limited game time this term.The forward joined the Red Devils on loan from Monaco at the beginning of the season but has found minutes on the field hard to come by under manager Louis van Gaal.last_img read more

Xhaka ‘should get fined two weeks’ wages’ for sending off – Arsenal reaction

first_img Granit Xhaka: Arsenal nearly surrendered a 3-2 lead after his red card Arsenal fans have blasted Granit Xhaka for nearly costing them victory v Swansea.The Swiss midfielder is renown for his hard work, but he also made a name for himself as a frequent recipent of red cards during his time in Germany.The summer signing from Borussia Monchengladbach had become popular with fans after scoring long-range stunners against Hull and Nottingham Forest earlier in the season.But he did not do himself any favours after being shown a straight red in talkSPORT2’s live commentary game.The 24-year-old hacked down Modou Barrow inside the Arsenal half with 20 minutes left on the clock and Jon Moss gave him his marching orders at the Emirates.Arsenal held on to still win 3-2 but it was not easy and Gunners fans were not pleased with their midfielder, who faces a suspension. See some of the best reaction from social media below… 1last_img read more

Patients play healing harp

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DUARTE A few times a month, Pasadena resident Lisa Lynne packs her van full of harps and drives to the City of Hope. There, a group of patients, their family and friends gather in the hospital lobby while she or another harpist plays. Then Lynne distributes her harps among the small crowd, teaching them simple, familiar melodies. “To see someone with an IV pole, all their medications, chemotherapy medication going on … to have them just engrossed in playing Farmer in the Dell,’ is a wonderful thing,” said Shirley Otis-Green, a nursing research specialist at City of Hope. “People would leave with a smile on their face.” Music is slowly finding a place in hospitals around the country and not necessarily simply to ease emotional strain. A growing body of research suggests it can help relieve patients’ physical suffering as well. “What we found is that in terms of their reporting of symptoms of things like nausea, pain and anxiety, that this was very much decreased after a session with the music therapist,” said Olle Sahler, an oncologist at the University of Rochester in New York who works with bone marrow transplant patients. Preliminary research with a small number of her patients even suggested that music therapy allowed them to accept their transplants an average of two days faster an important difference when every day is another chance to contract a life-threatening infection. Traditional music therapy differs from what patients experience at City of Hope it is an intense therapy session that uses music as an aid to expression. Therein lies one of the problems of this research field because music can be used in so many ways, it is difficult to compare its benefits. One recent review of the research tried to do just that, though, revisiting 53 studies to see if a conclusion could be drawn. Their finding music did indeed have the power to reduce pain, but not by much. On average, “The effect size was only comparable to taking a couple of ibuprofen,” said David Bradshaw, an anesthesiologist at the University of Utah who was not a part of the review. For some people, however, music is extremely effective at relieving pain. Bradshaw is studying how to improve music’s effectiveness for everyone. He administers shocks to volunteers while they focus on music, and monitors their reactions sweating, pupil dilation and the strength of the pain signal traveling to the brain. “If you’re anxious about the signal, if you’re concerned about it, it tends to exacerbate it. If you’re involved in listening to the music, then it is not possible to mount a defensive response,” Bradshaw said. “It’s the process of being engaged that actually defeats the pain response.” Toward that end, he is studying how to increase what he calls “music engagement” by varying how complicated or familiar it is, and is also looking into video imagery. “Presumably you’d be more engaged if you had the video channel as well,” he said. “Music has a lot of benefit besides what I’m talking about, the engagement portion of it. It also modulates your mood,” Bradshaw said. Indeed, when the harps come out at the City of Hope, “it’s such a feel-good love fest,” harpist Lynne, the hospital’s resident musician, said. As well as twice monthly night concerts, harpists also play in the hallways and at the nurses station at City of Hope a few times a week. “The harp is the perfect instrument, because it’s the perfect sound and perfect volume. We keep it simple on purpose so that it has the most calming effect,” she said. “People just lighten up and brighten up.” (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451last_img read more

Indiana state trooper killed by runaway van in charity event

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COVINGTON, Ind. – A van struck bicyclists riding to raise money for families of slain police officers, killing a state trooper and a retired police chief and injuring another cyclist, police said. The support van, which was marked “Caution Cyclists Ahead,” spun into the group after being hit by a box truck on Indiana 63 near the Indiana-Illinois state line, police said. Killed were state police Lt. Gary Dudley and retired Lake County sheriff’s Chief Gary Martin. The injured cyclist, retired Indianapolis police Officer Spencer Moore, was airlifted to an Illinois hospital, where he was listed in fair condition Tuesday night, state police Sgt. Joe Watts said.last_img read more

Board to discuss coaching

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“We want everyone involved in the hiring process to know what the expectations of coaches are from the district’s standpoint,” Beattie said. Earlier this month, about 35 parents and former and current Lancaster softball players attended an emotionally charged board meeting in support of longtime coach Dean Johnson. The board approved a recommendation by Lancaster administrators that the school replace Johnson with Krista Humphries. Humphries, a district employee, was given hiring preference over Johnson, a walk-on coach, based on legal precedence established by a 1997 San Bernardino Superior County Court case known in high school coaching circles as the Rialto case. Beattie said Monday’s workshop had been planned long before the Johnson controversy erupted, but he said the case typified the need for a public exchange of ideas. Other coaching controversies that have made headlines in recent years included the replacement of Lancaster boys’ basketball coach Jesse Parker and the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of Highland football coach Sam Vianna. Beattie said the board will be reviewing criteria for dismissing coaches. “Right now, we really don’t have specific guidelines,” Beattie said. “If I was a coach, I’d want to know.” Beattie said a common misconception is that high school coaching positions are permanent. Under terms of a union contract, all such positions are one-year deals that open when other candidates apply. Beattie said the district will likely change the language of coaching contracts, spelling out that coaches need to reapply for their positions each year. Beattie said he hopes the workshop can diffuse some of the emotion surrounding coaching decisions and help convey that the primary purpose of high school sports is developing character and leadership skills. “We want parents to understand that whether (coaches) do a good job on the field can’t be the driving factor (in the hiring process),” Beattie said. “You don’t replace coaches because they have a losing season either.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Few decisions generate more controversy and emotion than personnel moves involving high school athletic coaches. The Antelope Valley Union High School District Board, however, is hoping better public understanding of the process might take some of the edge off. Toward that end, the board is holding a coaching workshop at its Lancaster headquarters at 5p.m. Monday, where it likely will make recommendations that will form the basis of future policy. Board member Al Beattie said debate about replacing longtime walk-on coaches with district employees – and the termination of others – prompted the workshop. last_img read more