Star-studded EDFL squad named

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT The Ellinbank and District Football League’s 2015 preliminary interleague squad has been announced. Every club in the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Stoke beat Man United to pile misery on Van Gaal

first_imgLouis van Gaal’s position in the Old Trafford hot seat looked even more precarious as Stoke City swept Manchester United aside in a comfortable 2-0 victory to kickstart a busy day of Premier League holiday action on Saturday.Goals from Stoke forwards Bojan Krkic and Marko Arnautovic punished United for a dreadful start at a blustery Britannia Stadium and although the visitors improved in the second half they could not repair the damage.Dutchman Van Gaal has overseen a seven-match winless run in which United have been eliminated from the Champions League and fallen out of the Premier League’s top four.Having stormed angrily out of his pre-match news conference on Wednesday, Van Gaal will now face further questions about his future in charge of England’s record 20-times league champions.United, who slipped down to sixth in the table, face Chelsea at home on Monday.Stoke’s opener after 19 minutes was an embarrassing moment for Dutch winger Memphis Depay, one of numerous expensive signings made by Van Gaal.Attempting to knock the ball back to his goalkeeper David de Gea with a diving header, Memphis only succeeded in gifting the ball to Glen Johnson who crossed for Bojan to stab home.United were stunned six minutes later when Bojan’s free kick was blocked and Arnautovic thundered a shot past De Gea.England striker Wayne Rooney, left on the bench by Van Gaal in the first half, spiced up United’s attack after the break but Marouane Fellaini wasted their best chance when he shot straight at Stoke keeper Jack Butland from close range.last_img read more

On an island in the sun, coal power is king over abundant solar

first_imgBanner image: Balinese fishermen from Celukan Bawang village stage a protest against the coal plant for pollution and job loss. Image courtesy of Greenpeace. Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong Activism, Air Pollution, Animals, Carbon Emissions, Clean Energy, Coal, Conflict, Dolphins, Energy, Environment, Environmental Activism, Fossil Fuels, Health, Land Conflict, Marine Animals, Marine Mammals, Mercury, Pollution, Public Health, Renewable Energy, Social Conflict, Solar Power, Waste, Water Pollution 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 Locals and environmentalists have opposed a plan to expand a coal-fired power plan in northern Bali, Indonesia.They are worried that the expansion will exacerbate the existing impact of the plant on the environment and locals’ health and livelihoods.A particular concern focuses on the survival of dolphins and endemic species living in close proximity to the plant, with Greenpeace saying the dolphins have particularly been affected since the plant came on line in 2015.Another major worry is air pollution, with many locals complaining of respiratory ailments as a result of the fumes and coal dust emitted from the plant. JAKARTA — Dolphins haven’t had it easy in Bali, a resort island in Indonesia that’s massively popular with tourists.They’re often held captive in chlorinated pools for traveling circuses; a report alleges that dolphins at one such outfit had their teeth filed down or removed altogether to prevent bite injuries to swimmers.But the biggest challenge they face is one that threatens their habitat and that could potentially drive them away from the island’s waters. That challenge comes in the form of a massive coal-fired power plant in the sleepy fishing village of Celukan Bawang, on Bali’s north coast. The plant lies west of the popular Lovina Beach, a prime spot for dolphin-watching boat tours.But the tour operators could soon be out of business, if the grim scenario painted by a Greenpeace report plays out. Since the plant began operating in 2015, the environmental watchdog says, it has dumped coal waste residue on the land and in the sea, wreaking havoc on the local ecosystem. The steady traffic of coal barges supplying the plant have also damaged coral reefs and driven away fish.The impact has been far-reaching, the report says, with local fishermen forced to sail further out to sea because of declining catches in their traditional fishing areas closer to shore.Dolphins putting on a bit of a show for tourists (in exchange for a bucket of fish) off the island of Bali, Indonesia. Image by Dominic Alves/Flickr.In hot waterDidit Haryo, a climate and energy campaigner at Greenpeace Indonesia, says dolphins are among the animals most affected by the power plant.The plant is just 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Lovina Beach, and as such lies easily within the typical dolphin roaming range of around 40 kilometers.“In the past, locals in Celukan Bawang said there were still many dolphins passing by,” Didit told Mongabay. “But they say they rarely see dolphins nowadays.”There are several ways in which the plant is potentially impacting the local dolphin population, says Putu Liza Kusuma Mustika, a marine mammal expert at the University of Queensland in Australia.For starters, there’s the pollution from the heavy metals disposed of into the sea, as well as rising water temperatures due to the pumping of hot water from the plant’s cooling system. Then there’s the high volume of coal-barge traffic, raising the risk of dolphins getting hit. Finally there’s the noise pollution from the ships’ sonar, which can disorient the dolphins, who rely on their own sonar to communicate and navigate.“But the biggest threats are the heavy metal pollution and hot water,” Liza told Mongabay.Liza, who studied the dolphins of northern Bali in 2010, said she found they ranged from 10 kilometers (6 miles) east of Celukan Bawang, to 40 kilometers west of the village, in West Bali National Park. That puts the power plant right in the dolphins’ known habitat.Didit said he suspected the decrease in reported dolphin sightings off Celukan Bawang was liked directly to the warming of the seawater there, which is pumped into the plant to cool it before being pumped back out at a higher temperature.“It’s still an assumption, but it must’ve been caused by the power plant, which needs a lot of water to cool down its machines,” he said.Liza said that while there had been no research done on the direct impact to dolphins of warmer waters around power plants, climate research had shown that a water temperature increase of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) was devastating for whales. Dolphins and whales in tropical waters can only tolerate temperatures up to 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).“Anything more than 30 degrees Celsius will likely cause them to flee,” Liza said. “But unfortunately, this fact is used by the proponents of the power plant to argue that it’s actually a good thing for the dolphins to flee from the plant.”The environmental agency in Buleleng district, the administrative region that includes Lovina, Celukan Bawang and the West Bali National Park, said that its own tests showed water and air quality near the power plant were at acceptable levels. According to the agency, six samples of seawater from the area showed an average temperature of 30.9 degrees Celsius (87.6 degrees Fahrenheit) — lower than the officially sanctioned limit of 35 degrees Celsius (85 degrees Fahrenheit), but higher than the tolerable limit for cetaceans.These include beaked whales, whose migration route passes through the area, according to Liza. She said four of the whales got stranded on the shore between Celukan Bawang and Lovina in August 2015, the same month the power plant went into operation.Lovina Beach, one of the most famous beach resorts in North Bali, Indonesia. The beach resort is threatened by the expansion of a coal power plant nearby. Image by marthelelièvre/flickr.Impact on the communityIt’s not just the marine life that’s feeling the literal and figurative heat from the Celukan Bawang plant. Locals have complained about pollution, waste, loss of livelihoods, and unresolved land compensation deals, with a third of the plant’s site still in dispute.The impact on the local community was documented in a Greenpeace report released in April this year, which quoted residents and local officials. Many of them complained of health problems, particularly respiratory ailments caused by the dust and fumes from the burning coal.One of them is Karimun, 63, who lives just 50 meters (164 feet) from where the plant’s smoke stacks stand today, with nine other family members. This is despite a 1997 law on environmental impact assessments, which stipulates a minimum distance of 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) between a power plant and the nearest residential area.“I’m worried about my health,” Karimun said as quoted in the report. “I’ve gotten sick, so have my grandchildren, usually from respiratory issues and fevers.”Before the plant was built, Karimun said, none of them had been this sick. But now, she said, they visited the doctor at least four times a month.Emissions from coal-fired power plants can expose people living within the vicinity to dangerous levels of tiny carcinogenic particles known as PM2.5. These particles are small enough to enter the bloodstream, and long-term exposure to them can cause acute respiratory infections and cardiovascular disease. Other noxious emissions produced by coal-fired power plants include nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide, and heavy metals like mercury.Since the government doesn’t provide air quality data in the area, Greenpeace decided to monitor the air quality in Celukan Bawang and the main tourism hub of Denpasar, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of the plant.According to Greenpeace’s real-time monitoring, uploaded to the global air quality monitoring platform IQAIR Air Visual, the level of PM2.5 in Celukan Bawang usually hit more than 50 micrograms per cubic meter in the mornings. This is double the WHO’s guideline level of 25 micrograms per cubic meter in a 24-hour period. On July 3, the PM2.5 level in Celukan Bawang spiked to 100.4 micrograms per cubic meter.Greenpeace’s Didit said PM2.5 particles could travel as far as Denpasar on the wind. The watchdog’s air quality data showed two days during the monitoring period — July 19 and 24 — when the PM2.5 level in the city exceeded the WHO guideline level, hitting 29.8 and 29.6 micrograms per cubic meter, respectively.PT General Energy Bali, which operates the power plant, has refuted Greenpeace’s claims. It said that since the plant began operating three years ago, it had not caused any damage to the environment. The company’s general affairs manager, Putu Singyen, said the operator had adhered to every government regulation, including those related to the environment.“I’m also a Buleleng resident and I don’t want the environment to be damaged,” he told The Jakarta Post. “Everything is fine.”This image from Google Earth shows Celukan Bawang village and the coal plant on its coast.Doubling downThe operator is now looking to more than double the plant’s output to meet growing demand for electricity across Bali. The Celukan Bawang plant currently has a generating capacity of 426 megawatts; the second phase of the project would bring an additional 660 megawatts on line.Environmental activists say they’re concerned that this will result in increases in pollution, pumping of hot water into the sea, and barge traffic.Mercury and ash produced from burning the coal could wash as far as Lovina Beach, destroying the dolphins’ habitat, said Greenpeace senior coal campaigner and air pollution researcher Lauri Myllyvirta. The group calculates that the amount of mercury produced annually by the power plant should the expansion go ahead would more than double from the current 30 kilograms to 80 kilograms (66 pounds to 176 pounds).Liza said this could spell greater trouble for the dolphins.“The pollutants will accumulate in their bodies,” she said. And because they’re mammals, they could potentially pass it on to their offspring through their milk, she said.The expansion of the plant could also exacerbate the air pollution, eventually enveloping the entire island and threatening the tourism industry, the backbone of Bali’s economy, Myllyvirta said.An infographic showing the potential impact of the expansion of the Celukan Bawang Power Plant in North Bali, Indonesia. Image by Greenpeace.According to Greenpeace’s modeling, the air pollution could also affect West Bali National Park, home to several endemic species, including the critically endangered Bali myna (Leucopsar rothschildi).“Why is the impact of the expanded power plant expected to be much greater than the existing impact?” Didit said. “It’s simply because the planned capacity of the plant … It means more coal and more pollution.”Greenpeace says the current level of air pollution from the plant is responsible for causing 190 premature deaths each year, and says the figure could total to 7,000 after 30 years in operation at its current capacity.If the plant is expanded, the projected number of deaths over that same period could top 19,000, Greenpeace says.The Celukan Bawang coal-fired power plant has been blamed by advocacy group Greenpeace for damaging the environment, public health and the local economy. Image by Alit Kertaraharja/Mongabay-Indonesia.‘Hothouse Earth’Those same emissions will also have significant climate impacts. The expanded plant is projected to burn nearly 3 million tonnes of coal per year, according to the environmental impact assessment for the project. After 30 years, it would have released more than 200 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of the exhaust emissions of 38.8 million motor vehicles over the course of a year.That would exacerbate the threat that climate change already poses to the hundreds of thousands of people living along Bali’s northern coast, according to Sarah Burt, a staff attorney at the U.S.-based nonprofit Earthjustice.“Although this region is already imperiled by warming seas, sea level rise and storm surges, the government ignored climate change when approving the project,” she said in a blog post.It will also jeopardize Indonesia’s international commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent by 2030. And the stakes have never been this high for Indonesia, and other countries, to meet, if not exceed, their climate targets, with researchers warning that the planet could soon cross a threshold leading to extreme weather events and rising sea levels.Even if countries succeed in meeting their emission reduction targets, the world could still lurch toward this “irreversible pathway” into a future scenario dubbed “hothouse Earth,” according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“What we are saying is that when we reach 2 degrees of warming, we may be at a point where we hand over the control mechanism to Planet Earth herself,” Johan Rockström of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, a co-author of the study, told BBC News.Under this scenario, some of the Earth’s natural sinks of carbon dioxide, such as forests, oceans and soil, will become net emitters, leading to a cycle of uncontrollable warming.“We are the ones in control right now, but once we go past 2 degrees, we see that the Earth system tips over from being a friend to a foe,” Rockström said. “We totally hand over our fate to an Earth system that starts rolling out of equilibrium.”The first trial of the lawsuit filed by locals of the Celukan Bawang village in North Bali, Indonesia, against the Bali provincial administration for issuing the permit for the expansion of the Celukan Bawang Power Plant, on March 6, 2018. Image by Anton Muhajir/Mongabay Indonesia.‘Null and void’In a bid to stop the expansion of the plant, community leaders in Celukan Bawang, supported by Greenpeace and lawyers from the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), have filed a lawsuit against the Bali provincial administration. They argue that the permit for the plant’s expansion was issued by the governor of Bali in April 2017 without the prior and involved consent of the affected communities.In his court, Muhamad Anshari, a resident, said the meeting to inform locals about the plant expansion project in August 2016 was only attended by 23 people from two neighborhood units — less than 1 percent of Celukan Bawang’s population of 5,461 people from 23 neighborhood units.The residents also note that the permit fails to include detailed assessments on the impact of the expansion on the environment, the health of residents, and their livelihoods. The permit, for instance, omits projections on the plant expansion’s impact on air quality, as well as data on the existing impact of the plant on air quality.“I’ve experienced firsthand the impact of the existing plant,” said Ketut Mangku Wiana, one of the plaintiffs. “There’s a stench coming from the plant. My throat became very dry.”Liza, the marine biologist who testified as an expert witness in the trial, said the environmental impact assessment for the plant expansion was riddled with omissions, including simple points such as the date that water samples were collected.“I read the document and I couldn’t find the date,” she said. “I’m not an expert in environmental impact assessments, but if the document was a thesis, I wouldn’t give it a passing grade because, scientifically speaking, it has a lot of holes.”She also countered skepticism raised about her expertise, saying that while her study on dolphins near Celukan Bawang was conducted in 2010, long before the plant was built, it was still more than the plant operators had done.“Did they even bother to study [the impact of the plant on dolphins] at all?” she said. “They have to prove [that the plant doesn’t affect the dolphins] through modeling, but there’s no research at all.”In support of the lawsuit, Earthjustice, along with the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL) and other green NGOS from around the world have submitted an amicus brief to aid the court in its decision. The groups say the expansion plan for the Celukan Bawang plant doesn’t include a comprehensive analysis of the climate change impacts.Margaretha Quina, the head of environmental pollution at ICEL, said that reason alone should be enough for the court “to declare the Celukan Bawang power plant’s environmental permit null and void.”The brief also says the project is vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including sea level rise and warming waters.“Sea level rise as high as 1.32 meters [4.33 feet] would increase the risk of coastal flooding and storm surges, which would affect operation of the plant, including threats to coal ash containment structures,” the groups said.A coal pit at the Celukan Bawang power plant in northern Bali. Image by Alit Kertaraharja/Mongabay Indonesia.King coalThe expansion of the Celukan Bawang plant is representative of the Indonesian government’s heavy reliance on coal to meet the country’s growing energy needs.More than 60 percent of the electricity produced in Indonesia comes from coal-fired plants, and that capacity is expected to nearly double by 2027 to meet rising demand, according to the government’s electricity procurement business plan.Bali, in particular, is experiencing a tourism boom, with new hotels and restaurants popping up regularly. That demand will have to be met by building new power-generating capacity on the island, either through coal or gas, Jisman Hutajulu, a senior electricity official at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, told Reuters.However, Jisman said the decision on whether to opt for more fossil fuel capacity or renewable energy was ultimately up to local governments to make, with energy security, the environment and the cost all factored in.Critics of the Celukan Bawang plant say the additional power demand can easily be met with renewable energy, given sunny Bali’s untapped potential for solar generation.A worker walking by rows of solar panels at the Kayubihi Power Plant in Bangli district, Bali. The Kayubihi Power Plant is the only solar-powered plant operating in Bali out of a total of three plants. Image by Anton Muhajir/Mongabay Indonesia.Island in the sunIf Bali’s renewable energy potential was fully exploited, it could generate as much as 115,372 gigawatt-hours per year of electricity, 98 percent of it from solar — far above its projected requirement of just 4,992.7 GWh per year by 2019 — according to a 2017 report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).Even if just 5 percent of that renewable potential was developed, the island could easily meet its projected energy requirement.The districts of Buleleng in the north, home to Celukan Bawang, and Klungkung in the southeast offer the greatest technical potential for solar development, according to the ADB report. Combined, these two regions, where thousands of people still lack reliable access to electricity, could generate 59,000 gigawatt-hours per year of power from solar alone, the ADB researchers estimated.In Denpasar, the provincial capital, there’s “huge potential” to install solar panels on rooftops, the report said, pointing to warehouses, factories, schools, public buildings and other structures with concrete roofs.Annual solar irradiance, or the total power per unit received from the sun, ranges from 1,490 to 1,776 kilowatt-hours per square meter in Bali, compared to 900 kilowatt-hours per square meter in parts of Europe, where that figure is considered sufficient for solar power generation.“[This] is a clear indication that Bali has the potential for commercially viable solar energy projects,” the ADB report said. “However, without proper policy and market intervention, it would be difficult to harness this potential.”The researchers also said that large energy storage systems would be needed if all the power demand in Bali was to be met by solar energy.Another hurdle to renewables in Indonesia is legislation stipulating that new renewable energy projects must provide electricity at a price about 15 percent cheaper than existing power plants in a given province. As a result, renewables often cannot compete with dirt-cheap coal.Despite all the challenges, Greenpeace’s Didit said the ADB report clearly showed it was up to the government to tap into the renewables potential with appropriate policies and market intervention.Bali already has three solar power plants. But only one of them, in Bangli district, is operating and selling power to state-owned electricity company PLN, after the local administration established a local company to sign an agreement with PLN. The two other plants are largely abandoned, with decaying facilities and no one to operate them.“Because the local governments have no willingness [to support them],” Didit said. “So the problem only lies in the willingness of the government. If they want [to develop renewables], they certainly can, because the price of solar panels in the past 10 years has declined by more than 60 percent.”Businesses also prefer renewables over coal to meet energy demand on the island, saying that the pollution from coal-fired plants could jeopardize the resort island’s tourism industry.“Clean energy and sustainability are among requirements for quality tourism,” Bagus Sudibya, vice president of the Association of Indonesia Tours and Travel (ASITA), told The Jakarta Post. “Coal, one of the non-renewable energy sources, has been avoided by developed countries. Why are we still using it?”Bali’s current power supply is already more than sufficient to meet demand, rendering the planned expansion of the Celukan Bawang plant redundant, critics say. Bali’s energy demand peaked in October 2016, reaching 860 megawatts, according to PLN’s electricity procurement business plan. Supply, meanwhile, is at 1,200 megawatts, about a third of which comes from neighboring Java Island, through undersea cables, Didit said.“So based on data from recent years, Bali won’t need that much energy as the existing energy supply is enough,” he said. “So this is the perfect time for Bali to shift from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy.”last_img read more

Pacquiao, Horn make weight for fight

first_imgRacela: We’ll find better ways to defend San Miguel Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Read Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BRISBANE, Australia— The last of the formalities is over, and Manny Pacquiao is ready for his WBO welterweight world title defense against Australian Jeff Horn.Both boxers easily made the weight on Saturday morning at Suncorp Stadium, with Pacquiao tipping the scales at 66.1 kilograms (146 pounds) and Horn weighing in at 66.3 kilograms (147 pounds).ADVERTISEMENT LSU title parade draws massive crowds MOST READ Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos BACKSTORY: Jeff Horn starving, still overweightManny Pacquiao, left, and Jeff Horn pose for a photo after weighing in, Tuesday, July 1, 2017, in Brisbane, Australia. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO welterweight world title on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn. APPacquiao, an 11-time world champion across eight divisions, is a hot favorite to win his 60th fight when he lines up against Horn, the 29-year-old former school teacher who is unbeaten in his 17 fights since turning pro in 2013.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The fight will be held on Sunday afternoon local time and broadcast live on ESPN into the U.S. on Saturday night.READ: Pacquiao vs Horn: Chance for a masterpiece Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc View commentslast_img read more

The “mother of crimes” is poverty, Sir

first_imgAnnaCorreiaLast week, someone asked me if I thought that “Ramjattan has any idea what he’s about”. The truth is, I think that Ramjattan was neither given a fair chance to act in his full capacity as Public Security Minister, nor cared to assume full responsibility for the Government’s inefficiency to tackle crime. When it comes to criticizing Ramjattan these days, one has to bear in mind that he is without full control over the public security policies produced by the coalition, and that he’s being overshadowed by the Ministry of the Presidency. It appears as though the President himself is micro-managing and dictating the direction policy-making must take in addressing crime.In a recent headline, President Granger expounded that narcotics is “the mother of crimes”, laying the basis for how crime will be tackled in Guyana as of now. This is perhaps the most inaccurate statement the President has made to the public so far.Crime has woven itself into the social fabric of this country, not because those at the bottom prefer to sell drugs instead of making an honest earning, but rather because those at the bottom have for so long been unable to make that honest living which would immunize them from the grips of drug dealers. Notorious narco-traffickers, such as Pablo Escobar, drew their power from the poverty stricken societies in which they thrived. In Guyana, poverty is also what dictates more than any other factor, the high crime rates which for so long defined our society. Therefore, the government has to tackle the problem at its source, proposing healthy alternatives for those most vulnerable to the drug trade.Fighting crime requires durable transformational policies designed to enhance the quality of our human capital, therefore attacking poverty at its core. It requires a Government committed to the socioeconomic well-being of its people in a society built on equalitarian principles, geared at successful policy making. Yet, the coalition has repeatedly taken the opposite direction. Social policies aimed at supporting parents and pensioners were removed, taxes across social and professional categories were increased by hundreds of percentages, State guarantees were ripped from the agriculture sector and factories were closed. As if that weren’t enough, 1972 Amerindian CSOs and an undisclosed number of public servants of Indian descent were fired due to political and ethnic discrimination in the Public Service.If the President was really committed to fighting crime, then he would focus more on materialising those promises he made to Guyanese during his presidential campaign, rather than reneging on them, while suggesting that Guyanese become criminals because of their love for the narco-trade. He would ensure his government worked toward building avenues for a reliable job market, creating employment and training skilled labour. He would provide guarantees to young professionals instead of killing the economy and forcing them to flee to Brazil, North America and anywhere else that offered better opportunities.He would also constrain the Indigenous Affairs Ministry to re-hire as promised, the 1972 Amerindians who were fired under the YEAP. Instead, the HEYS programme which was intended to replace the YEAP, forfeited its responsibility to provide jobs for these individuals. Additionally, months of stipends are outstanding for participants who in the end are not guaranteed employment at the issue of the programme. As a result, HEYS is another failed investment unfit to combat poverty in Amerindian communities.Au finale the President’s charade wouldn’t get us far in fighting crime perpetrated mostly by those at the lower levels of society. Pardoning hundreds of criminals without implementing solid rehabilitating structures to prevent recidivism, raiding night spots to confiscate a few grammes of marijuana, apprehending prostitutes before releasing them back into business, have so far proven to be farcical.In addition to sustainable policy-making, the President must put aside his penchant for self-righteous, radical, military-style leadership and intervention, and advocate for the rule of law in every layer of society, including in Government, where corruption currently reigns.If President Granger refuses to muzzle the corruption of his own members of Government and continues to protect the political tyrants of his party, especially those in Region 9, then he is unqualified to sermon this nation on the rule of law.Guyanese people do need change from the unnerving sense of insecurity which hovers over every child, woman and man daily. They need change from the whimsical and capricious policies devised by an untrustworthy Government. It is time.last_img read more

All Blacks recall big guns for S. Africa clash

first_imgSharesNew Zealand All Blacks’ players perform the Haka before the start of their Rugby Championship match against Argentina’s Los Pumas, at the Jose Amalfitani stadium in Buenos Aires, on September 30, 2017 © AFP/File / Juan MABROMATACAPE TOWN, South Africa, Oct 5 – Normal service has been restored to the All Blacks who will put their strongest available side on the park for Saturday’s Rugby Championship dead rubber against South Africa.While Brodie Retallick has remained at home following a family tragedy, five other senior players were recalled after being rested when New Zealand played Argentina last week. New Zealand already have the championship wrapped up, but coach Steve Hansen said they were taking no chances against their arch enemy.Sam Whitelock returns to the second row, Liam Square and Sam Cane are back as the flankers, backline organiser Ryan Crotty will play at centre with Nehe Milner-Skudder on the right wing.The five were sidelined for last week’s match in Buenos Aires to keep them fresh for the Springboks encounter at the end of a fortnight of arduous travel from New Zealand to Argentina and then to South Africa.Despite Springbok coach Allister Coetzee publicly writing off his side’s chances, Hansen believes that behind the scenes they will be seething over their 57-0 humiliation when they played the All Blacks in New Zealand last month.“We know we’ll be playing a proud Springbok side which will be determined to rectify what happened (in Auckland),” he said when naming his side on Thursday.“Our skill execution, our physicality and our ability to play our ‘triple threat’ game will be critical,” he added, referring to the All Blacks plan to keep the opposition guessing whether they will run, pass or kick.Hansen is also concerned about the impact the travel over the past fortnight will have on their target of going through the Southern Hemisphere championship unbeaten.“Our preparation has been different because of the need to recover well from all the travel,” he said.“This has meant that there’s been less time on the park and an even greater emphasis than normal on the mental side of our preparation.“While it’s necessary for us to try and anticipate what they’re going to bring to the match, it’s more important for us to focus on what we’re going to bring to the encounter.”While the run on side is as expected, Hansen has sprung two surprises on the bench where Tawera Kerr-Barlow is the scrum-half replacement and David Havili, who made his Test debut against Argentina, provides utility cover.New Zealand (15-1):Damian McKenzie; Nehe Milner-Skudder, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read (capt), Sam Cane, Liam Squire; Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock; Nepo Laulala, Dane Coles, Kane Hames.Replacements: Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Matt Todd, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Lima Sopoaga, David Havili.Shares(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bartra tributes as rattled Dortmund bounce back

first_img0Shares0000Dortmund’s forward Marco Reus holds the jersey of teammate Marc Bartra, who was injured during an attack on the team’s bus, after their match against Eintracht Frankfurt in Dortmund, western Germany, on April 15, 2017 © DPA/AFP / Ina FassbenderBERLIN, Germany, Apr 15 – Borussia Dortmund players paid tribute to injured defender Marc Bartra as they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 on Saturday in their first Bundesliga match since the bomb attack on their team bus.Germany winger Marco Reus scored on his return after six weeks out on an emotional afternoon for the club. Sokratis Papastathopoulos and leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were also on target in a home victory which let Thomas Tuchel’s side to all but wrap up a top-four finish and boost morale at the end of a traumatic week.“The players showed incredible character and deserve the best possible compliment,” said Tuchel.Three bombs containing pieces of metal rocked the Dortmund bus on the way to Tuesday’s Champions League home quarter-final match against Monaco and left Spanish international Bartra hospitalised.The first leg was eventually played on Wednesday but Dortmund lost 3-2, their players later admitting they were still shell-shocked by the attack.Dortmund’s forward Marco Reus celebrates scoring during their match against Eintracht Frankfurt in Dortmund, western Germany, on April 15, 2017 © AFP / Sascha SchuermannThe team was buoyed before kick-off on Saturday as Bartra was released from hospital following surgery on a broken wrist.The Dortmund squad held his number five shirt aloft as they celebrated in front of their home fans after the final whistle.“During the 90 minutes it was easier than on Wednesday,” said captain Marcel Schmelzer.“We had a goosebump moment in front of our South Stand. We’re trying to talk a lot about it (the attack) in order to process it and I hope it will get better quickly.”Reus, back from a hamstring injury, needed just three minutes to open the scoring in front of a sell-out crowd of 81,360 and a heavy police presence at Signal Iduna Park.Frankfurt drew level on 29 minutes when Marco Fabian’s speculative shot hit the top-right corner, but Sokratis restored the hosts’ advantage before the break with a thunderous effort that barely deviated as it flew past Frankfurt goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky.Aubameyang netted his 26th league goal this season late on to secure the points and make him the division’s joint top scorer alongside Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.Leipzig players celebrate after their match against SC Freiburg in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on April 15, 2017 © AFP / John MACDOUGALL– Bayern held –Runaway league leaders Bayern later endured a frustrating goalless draw at ten-man Bayer Leverkusen as they desperately missed top-scorer Robert Lewandowski, who was suspended.Leverkusen had Tin Jedvaj sent off for the last 30 minutes, but Bayern could not break down the hosts’ defence despite 19 shots on goal — including having double saves off the line on two separate occasions.Defenders Jedvaj and Omer Toprak cleared shots by David Alaba and Javi Martinez in rapid succession on 32 minutes.Leipzig’s Diego Demme (R) scores the fourth goal during the German First division Bundesliga football match between RB Leipzig and SC Freiburg in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on April 15, 2017 © AFP / John MACDOUGALLThen Thomas Mueller and Arturo Vidal both had shots cleared on 52 minutes just before Jedjav’s dismissal for a second yellow.With five minutes to go, Philipp Lahm rolled the ball just wide of the post to sum up Bayern’s fortunes.Hoffenheim’s Kerem Demirbay (L) celebrates scoring against Borussia Moenchengladbach in Sinsheim, southern Germany, on April 15, 2017 © AFP / Amelie QUERFURTHLewandowski will hopefully recover from a bruised shoulder for Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final return at Real Madrid.The Poland hot-shot missed last Wednesday’s 2-1 first-leg defeat with injury.Second-placed RB Leipzig are now eight points behind Bayern after their 4-0 home thrashing of Freiburg.Yussuf Poulsen gave RB an early lead before putting Timo Werner in behind the Freiburg defence to net his 16th league goal this season just before the break.Hoffenheim’s Steven Zuber (L) and Moenchengladbach’s Lars Stindl vie for the ball during their match in Sinsheim, southern Germany, on April 15, 2017 © AFP / Amelie QUERFURTHGuinea midfielder Naby Keita scored with a superb shot on 51 minutes before Diego Demme hit their fourth.Leipzig, in their first top-flight campaign, are now guaranteed a top-four finish and a crack at the Champions League next season.Third-placed Hoffenheim also moved a step closer to Champions League qualification after their thrilling 5-3 win at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach.Hungary striker Adam Szalai and midfielder Kerem Demirbay both scored twice in the eight-goal thriller.Relegation-threatened Mainz broke their five-match losing streak with a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin thanks to Danny Latza’s winner to leave them 15th.Augsburg are one place below them, but level on points, after they beat Cologne 2-1 despite finishing with nine men as Koo Ja-Cheol and Alfred Finnbogason were sent off as Paul Verhaegh sealed the hosts’ win.An own-goal by Markus Suttner and strikes from Yunus Malli and Mario Gomez gave Wolfsburg a 3-0 win home to Ingolstadt.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Relentless heat spurs blackouts

first_imgSouthern California’s ongoing heat wave prompted another day of record demand Monday, as officials called for a power emergency and residents suffered through more triple-digit temperatures and higher than normal humidity. About 177,000 Southern California Edison customers reported outages, ranging from momentary lulls to days-long blackouts, officials said. A Stage 2 Emergency was declared by the California Independent System Operator at 1 p.m. Such emergencies allow for “voluntary” interruptions for businesses and residents that agree to be subject to blackouts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2According to Cal-ISO – which controls the flow of most of the state’s electricity – statewide power reserves were about 5 percent. However, by 5 p.m., Cal-ISO declared the threat of a Stage 3 alert, which would mean rolling blackouts, had passed. Southern California Edison set a peak-demand record, reaching 22,816 megawatts. That broke the previous record – set Friday – of 22,622 megawatts, according to SCE spokesman Tom Boyd. While temperatures Monday ranged from 98 to 108 degrees, they are expected to be between 93 and 104 degrees today, said Bonnie Bartling, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “Really, the weekend, that was the hump,” Bartling said. “We’re kind of over the hump now.” For the rest of the week, meteorologists anticipate temperatures to drop to the upper-80s and low-90s. The weather service is also monitoring thunderstorms in the mountains and deserts, and does not expect the humidity to drop too much. On Monday, the humidity level in downtown Los Angeles was at about 45 percent, said meteorologist Todd Morris. That number is expected to fall in the next week to about 40 percent. “It will still feel hot,” Morris said. Edison spokesman Paul Klein advised residents to keep thermostats at 82 degrees and use fans, block direct sunlight and close doors and vents to rooms that are not being used. Correspondent Lynn Uwanawich and City News Service contributed to this story. christina.esparza@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Andy Lonergan could become oldest Englishman to make PL debut in 21st century

first_img Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers BIG PRESENTS UP TOP deals Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Andy Lonergan will become the oldest Englishman to make his Premier League debut in the 21st century if he features for Liverpool on Saturday.The veteran goalkeeper could make his debut just days after signing a contract with the Reds. No.1 goalkeeper Alisson Becker suffered a calf injury in their opening day Premier League victory against Norwich.Back-up Adrian was the hero in Liverpool’s hero in the UEFA Super Cup when he saved Tammy Abraham’s penalty in the shoot-out.In the celebrations, a fan ran on the pitch and slipped into him causing damage to his ankle. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Arsenal vs Burnley (Saturday, 12.30pm) – talkSPORTSunderland vs Portsmouth (Saturday, 12.30pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich City vs Newcastle United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 5.30pm) – talkSPORTReading vs Cardiff City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 Adrian is hopeful of playing against Southampton but it is likely a late call will have to be made.Lonergan was released by Middlesbrough at the end of last season but could now find himself starting at the St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.If he does play, he will be the oldest Englishman to make his Premier League debut in the 21st century at the age of 35 years and 302 days. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ OFF Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update LATEST talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up this week… latest center_img FAREWELL on target LIVE on talkSPORT 1 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman New job Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 35y 302d – Should he debut for Liverpool tomorrow, Andy Lonergan will be the oldest Englishman to make his Premier League debut in the 21st century, aged 35 years and 302 days. Evergreen. pic.twitter.com/lZRTnaR2BT— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 16, 2019The goalkeeper has had a journeyman career with spells at Preston, Leeds, Bolton, Fulham, Wolves and Middlesbrough as well as loan moves to Darlington, Wycombe, Swindon and Rochdale.The last Englishman older than Lonergan to make his Premier League debut was John Dreyer at 36 years and 57 days when he played for Bradford against Middlesbrough in 1999. Andy Lonergan could make his Premier League debut at 35 Getty Images – Getty Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Andy Goram was the last goalkeeper to make his Premier League debut at 35 or older doing so for Manchester United against Coventry in 2001 at 37 years and one day.He conceded twice before being substituted off in the 67th minute.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action.We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever.last_img read more

Docherty and McGinn can fill Brown’s shoes, says Canning

first_imgCanning said: “It’s an opportunity for Greg again, I’m sure they’ll be people looking at Scott Brown’s retirement and thinking that’s an opportunity for them and rightly so. “If you are Greg or John McGinn you wouldn’t be filled with the correct ambition if you weren’t looking at that and thinking I can make that slot my own.“Good luck to Greg, who’s moved on from here, McGinn or whoever takes that spot because they’ve got big shoes to fill as Scott Brown was definitely a Scotland legend.”Antonio Rojano earned Accies a point the last time the two sides met, despite Hibs dominating large periods of play. The result led Neil Lennon to slam Canning’s “caveman” style of play.His counterpart shrugged off the comments though, insisting it’s just frustration on Lennon’s part at two points dropped.Canning said: “That was just frustration after the game from Neil, they were obviously very good that day and didn’t manage to win the game.“For us, I’d expect the same again. If we are not at our best, I’d expect us to compete and make it as hard for the opposition as possible. We done that on that day, fortunately for us the chance we had we took.“I don’t think there was anything wrong with our tactics, we weren’t overly aggressive, we just competed.”Freezing conditions caused by the “beast from the east” have put SPFL fixtures under threat.Canning, for one, hopes Accies game is on as injury concerns mount up with Alex Gogic set to be out for the rest of the season.He added: “We don’t want to backlog any more. It’s easy to look at the table and say we’ve got two games to in hand but when they come thick and fast you pick up niggles and knocks so can’t be at full strength.“Gogo (Alex Gogic) is out for rest of season, he’s hurt his knee. Georgios Sarris will be back in a fortnight but Sean Want is back for the weekend match with St Johnstone.” Hamilton boss Martin Canning says Accies could be coming up against Scott Brown’s heir apparent in John McGinn, although he believes Greg Docherty will also fancy his chances of claiming the vacant Scotland jersey.Accies travel to take on Hibs on Wednesday looking to build on their dramatic weekend win over fellow relegation battlers Partick Thistle.Canning says that in Easter Road playmaker McGinn his side face a player with international credentials.He also believes his former star Docherty should hold Scotland ambitions following Brown’s retirement from international duty.last_img read more