As the Amazon burns, Colombia’s forests decimated for cattle and coca

first_imgThe environmental corridor that connects the Amazon, the Orinoquía and the Andes mountain range is in danger as a result of the ongoing deforestation.Tinigua National Natural Park lost 16,000 hectares (39,500 acres) between 2017 and July 2019, almost all of it primary forest, while the other parks also lost significant amounts of forest.The analysis identifies the main cause of the deforestation as the conversion of forests to pastures for land grabbing and livestock ranching, by invaders taking advantage of the scant government presence in the region. The last few weeks have been critical for the Amazon in Brazil and Bolivia. Fires in August razed thousands of hectares of forest and drew the attention of the international community.Neighboring Colombia hasn’t been spared either. Although the fire season here usually occurs in January and February, there has been a surge in deforestation, especially in the country’s northwestern Amazon region. Protected areas of vital importance to indigenous communities and the Andes-Amazon-Orinoquía ecological corridor have also been affected.Deforestation has strongly impacted national parks such as Sierra de la Macarena, Tinigua, Chiribiquete and Nukak, according to the latest report from the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP), an initiative of the Amazon Conservation Association (ACCA) in collaboration with the Foundation for Conservation and Sustainable Development (FCDS) in Colombia.Colombia lost nearly 200,000 hectares (almost 500,000 acres) of forest in 2018, according to the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (known by its Spanish acronym IDEAM). And while that figure is down 10 percent from 2017, national parks are still in danger. The municipality of La Macarena, for example, registered the greatest surge in deforestation in the whole country (an increase of 26 percent), with almost half “occurring inside Tinigua park,” says Rodrigo Botero, director of the FCDS.A map showing deforestation inside protected areas, based on data from UMD/GLAD, Hansen/UMD/Google/USGS/NASA, RUNAP, RAISG.Loss of primary forestThe drop in deforestation in 2018 doesn’t mask the fact that 478,000 hectares (1.18 million acres) of forest were lost in the Colombian Amazon in the three years between 2016 and 2018. Nearly three-quarters of this was primary forest.According to GLAD alerts from satellite data collated by the University of Maryland, another 60,600 hectares [150,000 acres] were lost during the first seven months of 2019. Of that, 75 percent was primary forest. The MAAP report shows that this year’s loss of forest has occurred mainly inside four protected areas in the northwest of the Colombian Amazon: Tinigua, Serranía de Chiribiquete and Sierra de la Macarena national parks, and Nukak National Natural Reserve.Burned areas and roads in the middle of the Amazon. Image courtesy of the Foundation for Conservation and Sustainable Development (FCDS).Among the highlights of the study: 29,000 hectares (71,700 acres) deforested in the four protected areas from 2016 to 2018; 4,300 hectares (10,600 acres) cleared by the end of July 2019Tinigua National Park was the hardest hit: 16,000 hectares (39,500 acres) were lost between 2017 and July 2019, with a peak in 2018. Chiribiquete lost 2,600 hectares (6,400 acres) since its expansion in July 2018, 96 percent of it primary forest.A large proportion of deforestation occurs in pristine forests where the flora and fauna are usually poorly studied. According to experts, these areas can take centuries to recover, if at all.“Primary forest, in this case, is described as a mature natural tropical rainforest that has not been completely cleared or has been regenerated in recent history (30-50 years). In reality, and most cases, they are probably forests that have never been cleared. So, we are talking about super-intact forests with all its biodiversity which if lost, may never be replaced,” says Matt Finer, director of the MAAP.The question now is why this is happening in protected areas of great biological and ecological importance. After the signing of a peace agreement between guerrillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the government in 2016, he guerrilla groups left the Amazon. Their departure and the lack of government presence in these areas facilitated land grabbing by large landowners and other illegal armed groups.“The highest rates of deforestation in Amazonian national parks are found in ones with no presence of park officials. They have either been displaced from the area or evacuated due to threats against them,” says Botero from the FCDS.The environmental sector has weak governance, he says, which limits park monitoring by officials and their work with communities. These factors “enable deforestation in these areas,” Botero says. One of the most worrisome things for experts is seeing illegal land transactions within indigenous areas, national parks, forest reserves and community reserves.A map of deforestation hotspots in the Colombian Amazon, based on data from UMD/GLAD, RUNAP, RAISG.Andes-Amazon-Orinoquía corridor in dangerThe MAAP analysis identifies three critical deforestation areas in the northwestern Colombian Amazon: the convergence zone between Tinigua, La Macarena and Chiribiquete national parks; the western sector of the Chiribiquete park expansion zone; and the northwestern segment of Nukak National Natural Reserve.In all cases, there is a common deforestation driver. “The main cause in the region is the conversion to pastures for land grabbing and livestock,” Finer says.Colombian Amazon landscape after cleared areas have been set on fire. Image courtesy of the Foundation for Conservation and Sustainable Development (FCDS).A map showing deforestation in the Tinigua, Serranía de Chiribiquete and Sierra de la Macarena national parks as of July 25, based on data from UMD/GLAD, Hansen/UMD/Google/USGS/NASA, RUNAP, RAISG.According to the FCDS, the southern area of Tinigua National Natural Park has been persistently encroached on during the past three years. The best preserved area is located north of the Guayabero River. However, this small fragment of forest owes part of its conservation to the presence of armed groups — the FARC previously, and dissidents today. That’s why this area has not yet been colonized or destroyed.Loss of primary forest in Tinigua jumped by nearly 400 percent between 2017 and 2018, to almost 12,000 hectares (30,000 acres), according to a graph in the MAAP report. There’s been a consistent increase in forest loss in Sierra de la Macarena since 2016, and the trend seems to have caught on in Tinigua, leading to the fragmentation of the Andes-Amazon-Orinoquía corridor.“In La Macarena, the deforestation axis has [been] heavily concentrated along the cattle trail. This generates disconnection between the Amazonian plain — between the Guayabero and Cafre rivers — and the mountain range,” Botero says. For him, the negative impacts are getting bigger, not only because they obstruct species migration but also because they damage environmental services, affecting rainfall and water regulation capacity. “We are already seeing droughts and a decrease in surface runoff in the area.”A map showing deforestation in Serranía de Chiribiquete National Natural Park’s western sector, as of July 25, based on data from UMD/GLAD, Hansen/UMD/Google/USGS/NASA, RUNAP, RAISG.A map showing deforestation in Nukak National Natural Reserve as of July 25, based on data from UMD/GLAD, Hansen/UMD/Google/USGS/NASA, RUNAP, RAISG.Overflights and satellite data have been essential in evaluating the speed at which the expansion of the agricultural frontier in Tinigua and La Macarena is occurring, especially areas targeted for medium and large-scale livestock ranching. Coca crops are also present in some sectors of La Macarena; the illicit crops have also been found in the Nukak reserve, surrounding the Inírida River. The environmental damage in this area is not only due to deforestation but also to water contamination by chemical waste dumping into the river.For Botero, Colombia is not in the clear even though deforestation in the Amazon decreased by nearly 6,000 hectares (14,800 acres) between 2017 and 2018, according to IDEAM data. The decrease, however, is still very small compared to the 138,176 hectares (341,440 acres) that were lost last year. “Because every year we have less forest, the impact of deforestation is increasing,” he says. “The question is: has the forest been recovering?”Deforestation trends since 2015 in the four protected areas, based on data from Hansen/UMD/Google/USGS/NASA, RUNAP. Cattle, Cattle Pasture, Cattle Ranching, coca plantations, Deforestation, Featured, Forests, Illegal Logging, National Parks, Parks, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Saving Rainforests, Saving The Amazon, Tropical Forests A deforested landscape the northern Amazon of Colombia. Image courtesy of the Foundation for Conservation and Sustainable Development (FCDS).Deforestation in Colombia, coupled with the fires in the Bolivian and Brazilian Amazon, poses new challenges for all countries that share the biome. In Colombia, experts believe that fighting deforestation is a governance issue that cannot be solved solely through the military-led enforcement approach of Operation Artemisa. The critical issue, they say, is access to land.“If you do not recover the lands from the people who grabbed more than half a million hectares of the Amazon in recent years, then impunity becomes a stimulus for crime, and therefore, thousands of hectares will continue to enter the illegal land market in Colombia,” Botero says.Banner image of burned land in the Colombian Amazon, where the fire season usually occurs between January and February. Image courtesy of the Foundation for Conservation and Sustainable Development (FCDS).This is a translated version of a story that was first published in Spanish on Aug. 26, 2019. Article published by Genevieve Belmaker 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

Companies’ solutions to global plastic crisis miss the mark: Report

first_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 overSponsored Article published by John Cannon A new report from Greenpeace contends that multinational consumer goods companies are addressing the global plastics crisis with “false solutions.”Some of those solutions, the group says, harm the environment, such as the replacement of plastic straws with paper ones.Others, such as bioplastics, amount to little more than greenwashing, the report’s author writes, as they don’t provide the purported benefits compared to conventional plastics.Greenpeace argues for the phaseout of single-use packaging and investments in developing reusable containers that would substantially cut down on plastic waste. A new report from the environmental organization Greenpeace warns that large companies are only deepening the world’s plastic crisis, even as they voice support for supposed solutions.“Due to public concern about the plastic pollution crisis worldwide, we are witnessing a parade of corporations scrambling to look greener by putting forward false solutions to justify their addiction to single-use packaging,” Graham Forbes, a global project leader with Greenpeace USA, said in a statement.Our plastic trash is swamping ecosystems around the world. Oceans, in particular, are bearing the brunt of our habit of tossing away the plastic wrappers, boxes and sleeves that hold our food and other goods. The World Economic Forum figures that, in the two minutes it’s taken to read the first paragraphs of this story, two truckloads of plastic have found their way into the world’s oceans. Once there, it snags unsuspecting marine life, releases harmful chemicals into the water, and splinters into tiny pieces that end up in our food and water sources.Gannets trapped in a nest of plastic. Image by Engelberger via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0).In response, the global companies that, according to Greenpeace, produce much of the waste that turns up on beaches and floats in the open ocean have looked for alternatives to the typical plastic that’s manufactured from fossil fuels. But the replacements fall short of the goal of cutting plastic waste, Greenpeace says, as trends show growing, not shrinking, demand for disposable packaging.“Despite the increasing scientific understanding of the irreversible damage plastic can cause to our environment and communities, plastic production is projected to dramatically increase in the coming years,” Ivy Schlegel, a senior research specialist with Greenpeace USA and the author of the Oct. 1 report, said in the statement.Some companies have moved to replace plastic cups and straws with paper versions. But to Schlegel, that’s just swapping out one unacceptable material for another.“Multinational consumer goods companies continue to promote so-called sustainable alternatives that would put unacceptable pressures on natural resources such as forests and agricultural land, which have already been overexploited,” she said.Country-by-country waste generation in kilograms per day. Image by Kaza et al., 2018, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0 igo).Bioplastics are another touted replacement for traditional plastics, but so far, there’s no agreed-upon standard for what bioplastics are, Schlegel writes. It could mean that the base material is derived from plant material like corn or sugarcane instead of fossil fuels, but that’s not always the case. Manufacturers of other plastics in these categories claim they’re biodegradable or compostable, without specifying the sometimes unusual conditions — including high temperature and specific humidity levels — necessary to break them down.Products labeled as recycled or recyclable might hide similarly involved processes necessary to convert them something usable. And China’s decision in 2018 to stop recycling plastic has meant that the U.S. and other Western countries now must grapple with what to do with all of the trash they produce, raising fears that much of it will end up in landfills or worse. According to Greenpeace, less than 10 percent of all of the plastic that’s ever been manufactured has been recycled.Other solutions, like using chemicals to break down plastic trash or burning it to produce energy, come with their own suite of problems, the report says.“Moving to bioplastic, paper, 100% ‘recyclable’ packaging, incineration and chemical recycling all but guarantee this environmental crisis will get worse,” Forbes said.Microfiber plastics found in the ocean. Image by M.Danny25 via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).Cleaning up the world’s plastic problem will require a more fundamental shift by these companies, Greenpeace contends.“To solve the plastic pollution crisis, companies need to rethink how products are delivered to consumers and invest significantly in reusable and refillable delivery systems,” Schlegel said.That strategy may mean using other materials that hold up better over time or don’t come with the issues that plastic or current replacements like paper present.“We will only see real change when companies like Nestlé, Unilever, Coca-Cola, and PepsiCo, which profit from single-use models, end their expanding plastic use and invest heavily in systems that prioritize reuse,” Forbes said.Banner image of plastic trash on a beach in Ghana by Muntaka Chasant via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Conservation, Corporate Environmental Transgressors, Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Role In Conservation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporations, Environment, Green, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Microplastics, Oceans, Plastic, Pollution, Recycling, Water, Water Pollution last_img read more

Artificial Intelligence: The Replacement to Moore’s Law is Data

first_imgGordon Moore noted in a 1965 paper that the density of integrated circuits doubled about every two years.  The rest is history.  Moore’s law proved to be remarkably accurate to even this day.  The current pace is closer to every three years now, but many expect that it is near an end.  Computers and technological innovation are not coming to an end, but Moore’s law likely will.What will replace it?  Some are saying “AI’s Law“.  Ginni Rometty, CEO at IBM,  has put a brand on the new law, calling it “Watson’s Law.”Rometty said that “if you think back in history over the last 60 years, there have only been two times when technology has allowed businesses to improve on an exponential curve, instead of just linear. It was once something called Moore’s Law – that chips and processing would double every 18 months. That led to the automation of everything as we know it. Then there was something called Metcalfe’s law. Technically, it says the value of a network is equal to the square of the nodes on the network. That is what gave rise to the platform companies, be it Facebook or Google. I think everyone would say those two moments in time have profoundly changed life as we know it. But I would tell you that we stand one more time at another exponential moment. Here’s the formula: think of all the data in the world, add tools like AI, and what companies and people will be able to do is have exponential learning, and if you have exponential learning it is the ultimate competitive advantage: you will outlearn other people. The corollary to that law is that contrary to conventional wisdom out there, many can win. Not just a few companies and if you ask why, the answer is the data.”last_img read more

IPL 2018: CSK’s Deepak Chahar out of action for 2 weeks with hamstring injury

first_imgChennai Super Kings were dealt with a major blow on Saturday as pacer Deepak Chahar was ruled out for at least 2 weeks with a hamstring injury.Chahar suffered the injury in the game against Mumbai Indians at the MCA stadium in Pune which CSK lost by 8 wickets.Chahar had pulled up after bowling the first ball of his third over. He left the field after that delivery and did not return for rest of the match.IPL 2018, CSK v MI: Rohit Sharma 56* trumps Raina 75* in MI’s 2nd victory”He has had hamstring injuries in the past, he has a pretty good idea when he is in trouble so it’s probably a couple of weeks which is a bit of a blow,” Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming confirmed during the post-match press conference.On Saturday, Rohit Sharma led from front as Mumbai chased down a tricky target against Chennai in at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.Mumbai who were lying at the eighth place in the eight-team points table before the match against CSK won by eight wickets to keep their campaign alive in the T20 league.Chasing a target of 169, Suryakumar Yadav gave the visitors the perfect start with a quickfire 44 off 34 balls while Lewis struggled to get going. Harbhajan Singh broke the partnership in the 10th over when Ravindra Jadeja took a brilliant catch in the deep to remove Suryakumar and break the opening partnership at 69/1.The dismissal, however, played the role of the perfect catalyst as Lewis soon found his lost touch. The West Indian then clobbered the opposition bowlers around the ground as he made 47 off 43 deliveries before getting out to Dwayne Bravo.advertisementSkipper Rohit then took the responsibility to help his team cross the line. The right-handed batsman struck an unbeaten 56 from 33 deliveries.Hardik Pandya played the role of the perfect foil with the cameo of 8-ball 13.Earlier, Suresh Raina smashed his way to an unbeaten 75 as CSK posted 169-5.Raina (75 off 47 balls), who had missed a couple of matches due to a calf injury, hit the fences six times and blasted four sixes in his unconquered innings after Ambati Rayudu (46 off 35 balls) continued his impressive run and set the foundation for Chennai.Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni also chipped in with 26 off 21 balls which was studded three boundaries and a six but Mumbai Indians bowled well in the death overs to restrict them within 170 in the end.Mitchell McClenaghan (2/26) and Krunal Pandya (2/32) were the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai, while Hardik Pandya (1/39) also scalped one wicket.last_img read more

WORD FROM THE WEST – TOUCH WEST AUTUMN NEWSLETTER

first_imgTouch West have released their “Word from the West” newsletter for Autumn 2007. All the news, views, and important information from Western Australia and the rest of the Touch Football world are highlighted in this excellent edition.Feature pieces in the second edition of  the “Word from the West” broach a wide range of pertinent topics.   The “Word from the West” newsletter includes:The view from Touch West State Manager Matt Bamford’s desk, a wrap of the Barbarians 2007 National Touch League campaign, and the “Be Active State Championships”, as well as the “Be Active Member’s Equity Super League Finals Series”. Beach Touch in the West is also featured. Western Australia’s World Cup contingent is honoured in the newsletter, as well as the West’s NTL refereeing representatives, and a catalogue of events is listed to keep constituents up to date with all the upcoming events  from the West.Please click onto the below attachment to read.Related Fileswa_newsletter_vol_2_autumn_2007-pdflast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp hints Lovren prime Van Dijk partner

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp hints Lovren prime Van Dijk partnerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hinted he sees Dejan Lovren as Virgil van Dijk’s prime defensive partner.Lovren has worked his way back into the starting line-up after an injury plagued start to the season.Klopp said, “I thought 2018 was one of the best years Dejan ever had.“Not only with us in the CL final but with Croatia in the WC final. After the WC he came back injured which was not cool. Since then he has been outstanding for us.“It is not a surprise [his partnership with Virgil van Dijk]. Last season we qualified for the CL final with this pair.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

19 days agoEngland coach Southgate insists he’s not tempted by Premier League return

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say England coach Southgate insists he’s not tempted by Premier League returnby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland coach Gareth Southgate insists he’s not tempted by a return to the Premier League.A newspaper report recently claimed Tottenham were lining him up to replace Mauricio Pochettino.But he says: “You go to bed Saturday night and you wake up Sunday morning and the agenda’s set.”Look, I’ve said in the summer, I’m not somebody that needs to hedge my bets and needs to play cleverly and say, ‘I’ll keep this door open, that door open’.”I’m the England manager and it’s a massive privilege to do the job. There’s a lot of work to do here with the team.”We think the team can continue to improve, and until I’m told otherwise, 2022 is my contract, and that’s it.” last_img read more

NBA Power Ratings And Playoff Odds The Thunder And Suns Are In

Welcome to another edition of FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings. Teams are ranked according to a projection of their strength over the coming week using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For a more detailed explanation of the process behind these numbers, see our first rankings post.Some stray thoughts on the rankings:The Oklahoma City Thunder are in a bit of a precarious position. After losing two of their three games over the past week, they occupy the 10th slot in the Western Conference standings. And despite the talent on hand, our simulations give them just a 53.5 percent probability of making the playoffs, down 19.1 percentage points from a week ago. It’s no coincidence that over the same span, the Phoenix Suns won two of three to move four games clear of Oklahoma City. The Suns’ playoff chances rose by 10.5 points to 50.1 percent.Sandwiched between Phoenix and Oklahoma City in the West standings is New Orleans, but the Pelicans check in with just an 18.1 percent probability of making the playoffs. Why? They have neither the Suns’ advantage in the standings nor the talent edge of the Thunder. That said, New Orleans is improving on both counts, winning two of three over the past week. The Pelicans’ projected rating is 1.1 points per 100 possessions higher in this week’s power ratings, thanks to progress on offense.Why did the San Antonio Spurs drop a two slots and lose a league-high 1.9 points per 100 possessions from their rating? Blame Tony Parker (mostly). Parker is struggling to find his form after a hamstring injury earlier in the season, and he has one of the league’s worst RPM ratings this season (which only got worse after a rough performance in the Spurs’ 20-point home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday). The playing-time projections for our ratings see Parker logging more minutes this week, so the numbers view him as personally responsible for nearly half of the Spurs’ projected decline.The biggest raw gainers are the Minnesota Timberwolves, who upped their expected rating for the week to -7.0 from -10.6 a week ago, an improvement of 3.6 points per 100 possessions. A little of that is the remarkably rapid development of our buddy Andrew Wiggins, but it’s much more due to the return of Ricky Rubio. Plus-minus style statistics have always thought more highly of Rubio than the public at large, and here he carries the 26th-highest individual per-possession rating of any player in our data set. It’s doubly beneficial for Minnesota because Rubio’s return cuts into the minutes of Zach LaVine, who has been arguably the worst player in the NBA this season. (I’m at least allowed to say that, right?)As bad as my hometown Philadelphia 76ers have been this season, something jumps out about their coterie of ratings at the bottom of the table: Their defense is above average! The decidedly poor offensive RPM numbers of Nerlens Noel (-5.0), Luc Mbah a Moute (-3.6), Henry Sims (-3.5), K.J. McDaniels (-3.4) and even Michael Carter-Williams (-2.5) hides a collection of pretty decent defenders. For instance, Noel’s defensive RPM (+2.2) is roughly equivalent to that of DeAndre Jordan, who finished third in last year’s voting for defensive player of the year. Of course, the Sixers are still awful, and that means their offense must be especially bad to offset an above-average defense. Sure enough, they’re tracking for the worst offense (in terms of offensive rating relative to league average) in the history of major professional basketball. read more

Prahalis shines in season debut as Buckeyes roll

Ohio State point guard Samantha Prahalis didn’t disappoint in her season debut. The flashy guard from Commack, N.Y., scored 18 points and recorded eight assists as the No. 7 OSU women’s basketball team (4-0) defeated East Tennessee State (2-2) 80-47 Monday night. Prahalis made her first appearance of the season after an NCAA-imposed three-game suspension stemming from a secondary violation committed in the offseason. She recorded her first assist of the season on the Buckeyes’ second offensive possession, finding center Jantel Lavender underneath the hoop for a basket. OSU jumped out to an 11-2 advantage to start the game. OSU coach Jim Foster said he knew his point guard was eager to make her return to action. “If you know Sammy, sitting at home for three games, I’m sure that there’s some marks on her wallpaper from crawling up the walls,” Foster said. ETSU battled back, taking a 20-19 lead off of a Shawn Randall 3-point shot with less than seven minutes remaining in the first half. Lavender regained the lead for the Buckeyes on the next possession with a jumper, which started a 17-0 run to close the half for OSU. The Buckeyes never looked back. “We acted like a veteran team,” Foster said. “You’ve got to adjust. You figure out what works for you, and what hurts them.” Lavender finished the game with 18 points and 11 rebounds and Tayler Hill scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and had five assists for the Buckeyes. Prahalis displayed her signature flash, using the no-look passes and scooping lay-ups that have made her one of the most exciting players in the nation. However, she also showed signs of rust, committing nine turnovers. “I was a little bit anxious,” Prahalis said. “I said to a couple of girls in the locker room that I felt like I was a freshman. I was a little bit nervous.” Prahalis left the game with more than nine minutes remaining after a cramp had her limping following a steal and subsequent fast break lay-up. She returned to the game five minutes later. The Buckeyes next play on Sunday, when they host UNC-Wilmington. read more

Balotelli Nobody tells me what to do

first_imgMario Balotelli insists that it was his decision alone to remain at Nice for this season, even though he had FIVE offersThe Italian striker had been strongly linked with both a return to the Serie A and a surprise switch to Marseille.But, despite the Ligue 1 transfer window remaining open until August 31, Nice announced that Balotelli will be remaining at the Allianz Riviera for the final year of his contract.And the 28-year-old revealed that he could have “very easily” left this summer.“To be honest, at the end of last season I wanted to leave. The president and the club knew it,” said Balotelli, according to FourFourTwo.Mario BalotelliCorini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.“[I stayed] because the atmosphere is great with my team-mates, the club and everything. I also had one year left on my contract, so I decided to stay.“It’s my decision and nobody tells me what to do. I do whatever I want, with all due respect. The final decision regarding my career is always up to me.“I had five very concrete proposals and I waited. But in the end, I decided to stay. But I could have left very easily.”Balotelli has scored 43 goals in 66 outings with Nice.last_img read more