Imperiled treasure: A coral reef called Varadero (commentary)

first_imgAccidentally discovered in 2013, the mysterious Varadero coral reef is entirely hidden beneath a thick layer of brown and murky sediment from Colombia’s Magdalena River.A few feet below the surface, the sediment fades to reveal a vast underwater seascape of giant Caribbean corals called Orbicella. After the collapse of the staghorn and elkhorn corals in the 1980s, these boulder star corals have become the major ecosystem architects here, creating homes for snappers, parrotfish, groupers, and sea urchins.Taken together, our group has visited some of the world’s best reefs, but we’ve never seen one like Varadero.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. “We are going to a place where the reef shouldn’t be there,” Dr. Valeria Pizarro enticed us.The mysterious coral reef, Varadero, lies tucked away in the entrance to the Cartagena harbor. Accidentally discovered in 2013, it is entirely hidden beneath a thick layer of brown and murky sediment from Colombia’s Magdalena River. Our boat was carrying a small group of scientists and conservationists, and we would soon be among only a handful of people ever to observe the reef firsthand.Pizarro smiled as she pulled on her wetsuit: “You’re going to be amazed. It’s the best reef I’ve ever seen in the Caribbean.”As scientists attending the world’s largest conference on conservation biology that same week in Cartagena last July, we desperately wanted things to be hopeful about. Unprecedented coral death from superheated oceans combined with degradation from growing human coastal populations has made it a depressing time to be a conservation biologist.We entered the water with our masks, fins, and air tanks. A few feet below the surface, the sediment fades to reveal a vast underwater seascape of giant Caribbean corals called Orbicella. After the collapse of the staghorn and elkhorn corals in the 1980s, these boulder star corals have become the major ecosystem architects here, creating homes for snappers, parrotfish, groupers, and sea urchins.Varadero is home to the elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata), one of the most important reef-builders in the Caribbean, which has been decimated by disease since the late 1970s. Currently listed on the US Endangered Species List, scientists race to understand why this sensitive population occurs in the sedimented and hot waters of the Cartagena harbor. Photo Credit: V. Pizarro.We swam between mountain ridges of corals, diving between healthy corals growing towards the dappled sunlight streaming from the surface, our arms outstretched in amazement and eyes filled with tears of joy.Taken together, our group has visited some of the world’s best reefs, but we’ve never seen one like Varadero. As we dove from one mountain of coral to another, we could only look at each other in silent wide-eyed amazement. To all of us, this place was astounding.In the context of the Caribbean, Varadero is an oddity. Since the 1970s, Caribbean corals have declined by 80 percent, killed off by a relentless combination of disease, overfishing, pollution, climate change, and — most recently — the arrival of invasive lionfish, an insatiable predator from the Indo-Pacific.The harsh conditions that Varadero’s corals have survived for hundreds of years create even more mystery to their story. Pizarro’s temperature records show the reef can heat up to 35°C (or 100°F), several degrees higher than the survival limit for most corals.Freshwater, sediment, and sewage pollution from the nearby Magdalena River are usually toxic to coral. Industrial shipping lanes and rapid coastal development, like that surrounding Varadero, usually crush corals into sand-smothered ruins. But somehow, these reefs are still here.Varadero’s resilient reefs can provide important clues about how corals might survive climate change and pollution. Scientists want to understand the genetics, evolution, and ecology of these corals (and the myriad creatures associated with them) in order to discover how they have persisted and even thrived when so many other corals have perished.Transplanting Varadero’s corals to other Caribbean reefs could provide genetic material enabling them to adapt to climate change. But it’s not just scientists who are interested in this remarkable place: For decades, these reefs have been well known to local fishermen who harvest the valuable snappers and groupers that hide among the healthy giant corals.Scientists attending the International Congress for Conservation Biology are among the first divers to explore the remarkable coral reef Varadero, located in the Cartagena harbor. Threatened by a proposed shipping lane expansion in 2018, a group of Colombia coral reef scientists and concerned citizens are hoping the Colombian government will provide protection for the newly discovered Varadero reef. Photo Credit: E. Darling.The Varadero coral reef also presents an opportunity to boost Colombia’s growing ecotourism industry. In Cartagena alone, tourism accounts for 38 percent of the economy, with more than two million visitors annually. Tourists pack into speedboats heading out to the less healthy reefs of the Rosario Islands, unaware of Varadero’s giant, ancient corals just 10 minutes away from Cartagena Harbour.Colombian scientists and conservationists have petitioned their country’s government and national parks officials to expand the Rosario Islands National Natural Park to include the newly discovered Varadero reef. At the closing ceremony of our conservation meetings, Julia Miranda Londoño, the Director of the National Natural Parks Unit, said the agency would consider the evidence and consult with all stakeholders on a path forward.For Varadero’s corals, the clock is ticking. One of the stakeholders to be consulted is Colombia’s powerful shipping industry, which plans to dredge the Varadero reef tract and expand access to the Cartagena Harbour early next year. Experts like Dr. Pizarro say that modernizing Cartagena Harbour by adding a second shipping lane would destroy more than 50 percent of this reef.Local fishing communities affected by the dredging would be provided compensation by the government, but their way of life would be changed forever. That is why pressure is gathering among key stakeholders who seek a more balanced solution that preserves ecotourism and local fishing livelihoods. Faced with this reality, Pizarro says the situation is stark: “We have to fight to protect the reef. That’s it.”To learn more about the Varadero Reef, Dr. Valeria Pizarro, and the Colombian coral reef scientists fighting to understand and protect one of the Caribbean’s last coral jewels, follow #SalvemosVaradero and #SaveVeradero on social media. You can also watch a short film on the ‘Heroic Reef’ and sign the petition to “Save Veradero” here.A healthy Caribbean coral reef with large, old colonies of star corals (Orbicella spp.) and brain corals (Diploria spp.) create underwater architecture for diverse reef communities. Varadero’s coral reef has remarkably high amounts of living coral and low levels of coral disease, which typically plague other Caribbean reef environments. Photo Credit: V. Pizarro.CITATIONSGardner, T. A., Côté, I. M., Gill, J. A., Grant, A., & Watkinson, A. R. (2003). Long-term region-wide declines in Caribbean corals. Science, 301(5635), 958-960. doi:10.1126/science.1086050López-Victoria, M., Rodríguez-Moreno, M., & Zapata, F. A. (2015). A paradoxical reef from Varadero, Cartagena Bay, Colombia. Coral Reefs, 34(1), 231-231. doi:10.1007/s0033Dr. Emily Darling is a Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Toronto and an Associate Conservation Scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society. Dr. Kim Terrell is the Director of Research and Conservation at the Memphis Zoo. Dr. Elisa Bayraktarov is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. They visited the Varadero coral reef in July 2017 during the International Congress for Conservation Biology — the world’s largest gathering of conservation biologists hosted by the Society for Conservation Biology. Climate Change And Coral Reefs, Coral Reefs, Environment, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Researcher Perspective Series 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 overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by Mike Gaworeckilast_img read more

Scientists uncover what makes deep soil either a carbon sink or source

first_imgResearchers say they have discovered the conditions that determine whether deep soil acts as a source of carbon emissions, releasing heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, or as a sink, sequestering the carbon and keeping it from contributing to global climate change.It’s estimated that as much as 2,400 gigatons of carbon is stored in soil and that two-thirds of that carbon lies at a depth greater than 20 centimeters — meaning that there is enough deep soil carbon in the world to double the amount of carbon dioxide currently in Earth’s atmosphere.Soil organic carbon results from the decomposition of plant matter and can stay locked up in soil for thousands of years. But if below-ground decomposition rates increase due to climate change, the carbon stored in deep soil could be released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Researchers say they have discovered the conditions that determine whether deep soil acts as a source of carbon emissions, releasing heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, or as a sink, sequestering the carbon and keeping it from contributing to global climate change.According to Caitlin Hicks Pries, an assistant professor of biology at Dartmouth College in the United States and the lead author of a study to be published in next month’s issue of the journal Soil Biology and Biochemistry, understanding how deep soil carbon will behave in a warmer world is of vital importance to projecting future impacts of global warming.It’s estimated that as much as 2,400 gigatons of carbon is stored in soil and that two-thirds of that carbon lies at a depth greater than 20 centimeters — meaning that there is enough deep soil carbon in the world to double the amount of carbon dioxide currently in Earth’s atmosphere.Soil organic carbon results from the decomposition of plant matter and can stay locked up in soil for thousands of years. But if below-ground decomposition rates increase due to impacts of climate change, the carbon stored in deep soil could be released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.Lead researcher Caitlin Hicks Pries works at the study site. Photo Credit: J. Bryan Curtis.“Deep soil carbon is a really big deal for understanding the future of climate change,” Hicks Pries said in a statement. “Understanding the forces that cause that much carbon and all of its greenhouse gas potential to be stored underground helps us predict what our future climate will look like.”In order to examine the decomposition rates of root litter at different distances below-ground, Hicks Pries and team incubated roots at depths between 15 and 95 centimeters in the soil of an experimental site in an 80-year-old stand of conifer trees located in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. The researchers found that the loss of root litter carbon was roughly the same at all depths for the first six months, but that after 30 months carbon loss slowed significantly deeper below the ground.The team said that less energy is available to microbes in the form of dissolved carbon at the greater depths, and theorized that this could be the reason for the slower decomposition rates, which allow carbon to be stored long-term. “Live fine roots feed the soil with substrates that are like candy for microbes,” Hicks Pries said. “The lack of this energy source at depth denies microbes the energy they need to efficiently decompose dead roots.”To arrive at this finding, the researchers relied on the Carbon Organisms Rhizosphere and Protection in the Soil Environment (CORPSE) model, which was developed by scientists at Princeton University and the University of California, Merced. “CORPSE allows us to focus on the role of living things in the decomposition process when studying soil carbon, rather than just looking at the material that’s being decomposed,” Benjamin Sulman of the University of California, Merced and a study co-author said in a statement.The University of California, Berkeley Center for Forestry Blodgett Forest Research Station, where the study was conducted. Photo Credit: J. Bryan CurtisThe CORPSE model allowed the researchers to determine that decomposition occurs more rapidly when food energy is available to microbes, and that microbes deeper down lose the ability to decompose roots precisely because they have no external source of energy. “This study shows why it’s important to include those biological processes in the computer models we use to make predictions about how ecosystems and climate will change in the future,” Sulman added.The researchers found that moisture level, temperature, and microbe abundance did not directly impact decomposition rates within deep soil, and that lower nitrogen levels could play a role, though they said further testing would be needed to test that assumption. And while the findings cannot be used to predict how much carbon will be released from deep soil in any particular timeframe, they do show how a change in climatic conditions could affect deep soil carbon.Increased rainfall could cause more dissolved organic carbon to penetrate deeper into the soil, for instance, providing the energy microbes need for energy and leading to more carbon being released into the atmosphere. Or if plant species with deep-growing, fine roots come to dominate a particular landscape, that could also cause more carbon to be emitted, while more plants with coarse roots would lead to the opposite affect.“We should be concerned because as temperatures warm, this deep soil organic carbon has the potential to be released as carbon dioxide forcing a positive feedback to climate change,” said Hicks Pries.Measuring soil depths at the study site. Photo Credit: J. Bryan Curtis.CITATION• Pries, C. E. H., Sulman, B. N., West, C., O’Neill, C., Poppleton, E., Porras, R. C., … & Torn, M. S. (2018). Root litter decomposition slows with soil depth. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 125, 103-114. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.07.002 Carbon Conservation, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Sequestration, Climate Change, Climate Change And Conservation, Environment, Global Warming, Global Warming Mitigation, Impact Of Climate Change, Research, Soil Carbon 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 overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by Mike Gaworeckilast_img read more

Arsenal beat Chelsea, win Community Shield

first_img Made amends LONDON (AP): Arsenal will start the English Premier League (EPL) season on a high note after mastering the experimental ABBA penalty shootout pattern to beat Chelsea to the Community Shield. Wembley Stadium provided the biggest stage yet for global trials with the format that mixes up the order of penalties rather than spotkicks alternating between teams A and B. The long-standing system was deemed by football’s lawmaking body to be handing an unfair advantage to the team going first. And going second in the rejigged shootout, Arsenal overwhelmed Chelsea 4-1 to win the traditional curtain raiser to the English season after the match was locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes. “We showed great composure to come back to the game,” Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech said, “then it is penalties and who keeps their cool better.” Only six penalties were required between Premier League champion Chelsea and FA Cup holder Arsenal. Gary Cahill got Chelsea off to a perfect start before Theo Walcott and Nacho Monreal responded by finding the target for Arsenal. But Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois blazed his kick over the crossbar followed by striker Alvaro Morata also missing. Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud then converted their kicks in succession to ensure the north London club started the new season just as it finished the last one by beating Chelsea at Wembley. Just like in the FA Cup final, Chelsea was reduced to 10 men. Victor Moses, who was sent off in the May showpiece, made amends this time by putting Chelsea in front a minute into the second half by getting on the end of Cahill’s header. “Even though we were 1-0 down we didn’t panic and kept control of our game and came back,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. Arsenal gained a man advantage with 10 minutes to go when Pedro Rodriguez, wearing a mask after being injured on Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Asia, was dismissed for a studs-up sliding challenge on Mohamed Elneny. It proved even costlier when the resulting free kick by Granit Xhaka was headed in by new defensive signing Sead Kolasinac, sending the game into the shootout. “Physically he is naturally very strong,” Wenger said of Kolasinac, who was a free recruit after being out of contract at Schalke. “We have players pumped up in the gym and players who were born strong. And he was the second part.”last_img read more

Long knives…

first_img…at Foreign AffairsA decade ago, who would have thought that Guyana would be getting top billing in the media of every developed country in the world? The massive oil finds by Exxon did the job, and while we rightfully scrutinise Raphael Trotman’s role in the giving away of the store on the “negotiations”, we have to admit we’re getting some really good publicity as the world now beats a path to our door.But just as we’re becoming known in the world for something other than Jonestown and its 900+ suicides, the caretaker PNC government has decided to shake up the entire edifice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Now, why would they want to go down this road, when the interests of our country in the international arena demand heightened protection?? Didn’t Trotman himself give the excuse of the Venezuelan border controversy as the reason he didn’t look at the fine print?? And isn’t the World Court going to decide in March as to whether they have the jurisdiction to hear the very case??The PNC’s reason for sacking the Director General is that they’ve decided to do away with the position and replace it with a Permanent Secretary!! This excuse is even lamer than the one given by Trotman for his blunder on the oil contract!! Why couldn’t the incumbent Director General be given the new designation?? Why had they at first denied that her contract wasn’t being renewed?? Then there’s the decision to recall and replace 5 ambassadors to top drawer countries like Canada and China etc.Knowing the beast we’re dealing with, we can be sure there’s more in the mortar than the pestle – and the PNC’s pestle has always been nothing to sneeze at!! So what is it since right off the bat, the PNC Government is breaking all the conventions of what a caretaker Government is supposed to do – which is just to mind the store. Not fire all the staff to rehire God knows who. But this is par for the PNC, which is willing to flout the LETTER of the Constitution, much less its spirit!!The reason for the shakeup in the Foreign Service is that, knowing they’ll be booted out come next March, they’re gonna promote some stalwarts into the now vacant positions, then cry “racism” or “witch-hunting” when the PPP has to revamp the staffing to deal with the demands of our heightened new role in the foreign arena. Remember the brouhaha when the PPP had to retool the same Ministry after the 1992 elections?? Multiply that by 1000 because of their chagrin at not getting their grubby little hands on the oil funds.The move’s a land mine for the PPP!!…in the coalitionIf you’re getting the feeling that a lot of folks in the coalition are lying low since they aren’t popping up in the dailies as you’d expect them to do with elections in the air, well, take a bow!! But why the low profile?? And the answer is that the long knives we see being wielded in Foreign Affairs are also busy at work weeding out some old faces who the PNC feels haven’t been pulling their weight.Right off the bat we know if the AFC has to throw some bodies under the bus after their renegotiated (imposed?) Accord, then imagine what folks like JFAP, NDF, NFA and WPA have to do!! Does anyone really think Jaipal Sharma’s gonna be back when it was bandied about he was about to do a Charrandas? Think about why he offered to do a Hara-Kiri! Or what about Keith Scott and his foot-in-mouth tendency?? Does anyone even KNOW what the NDA is??And we’re only talking about the fringe elements!!…against WPAJust when you thought the age of magic was long gone with Harry Potter and Hogwarts, we had the Rodney sign magically reappear at the National Archives!!Or, with Christmas in the air, is it a miracle? By a “big stick”??last_img read more

Busmen target AFC finals slot against Vietnamese

first_img11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing CDM Ramirez going about his tasks smoothly PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s great to be back here in Hanoi,” said Silva. “They have an amazing culture and I have so many friends here especially at the club (Hanoi FC). But tomorrow when we play I will have no friends on the other side and will only do everything I can to help my team win.”The semifinal tie between the Filipino and Vietnamese champions is delicately poised at 1-1 after the first leg last week at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHanoi has a slim edge due to the away goals rule and aside from a victory, Ceres’ hopes of advancing to the final will be a scoring draw beyond two goals.“Everything is still open,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay View comments “Obviously the talent in the Hanoi squad is very strong because they have 10 national team players plus their foreigners. They are the strongest team we have played this year.”The Busmen felt aggrieved by some controversial decisions in the first leg particularly the handball and offside infractions that were not called in the leadup to the Hanoi goal in Bacolod.But the Busmen have the lethal combination of Bienve Marañon, who already has a tournament-leading 10 goals in the tournament, and Stephan Schrock to lead the attack. Nigerian Ganiyu Oseni, who has nine goals, has been ruled out for Hanoi in the second leg due to an injury.“We will see a big fight from our team tomorrow,” vowed Vidakovic.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks HANOI—Returning to this Vietnamese capital city brought back wonderful memories for Ceres-Negros defender Alvaro Silva, who was based here three years ago.Silva played one season for Hanoi FC, but he comes back to this football-mad city with a mission to lead the Busmen to a third consecutive AFC Cup Asean zone final appearance at the expense of the Vietnamese champions on Tuesday night at Hang Day Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Nagamootoo is power hungry

first_imgDear Editor,The Opposition’s chief whip the Honourable Gail Teixieira filed a motion in the house asking that the acting President of the Republic of Guyana, Mr Moses Nagamootoo vacate his place in The National Assembly as Head of Government. It is a legally binding motion as stipulated in Article 178 (4) of the constitution which states; once a member (who must be an elected member of The National Assembly) of the cabinet is appointed to perform the functions of the office of President, then that Minister’s seat in The National Assembly shall be regarded as vacant. In this regard he is considered an illegal person in The House.Now Nagamootoo, who is supposed to be a lawyer ought to know that his continued presence in Parliament constitutes an illegality and that everything done by him is equally illegal. Presently, he is a squatter as asserted by the Opposition Leader, but Nagamootoo persists because that is the nature of this power-hungry despot. In fact, it is his rabid obsession with power that caused him to leave the PPP and later join ranks with the PNC so that he could one day become “President” of Guyana, a right he loosely says, was denied him by Jagdeo.I would advise that he takes his cue from Volda Lawrence or others of the powerhouse in the PNC. So, my advice to this gentleman is to tread softly, very softly on the issue of leadership. Because if he thinks that he could so easily hold power in a PNC Government then he needs to think again, that is not going to happen. That headship thinking of his is a definite impossibility.So all this talk about the Speaker having to make a decision on the issue is hogwash! There is nothing in that article where it says a speaker has to make a ruling, it is not left to the whims and fancies of a speaker to decide on the issue. That matter is already spelt out in the Constitution in crystal clear language. It all goes to show that this coalition of parties in Government is not going to adhere to the rule of law, which is a very disgraceful precedent set since coming to Office. It has become an all too familiar sight with this Administration where illegal acts of governance are concerned, and I call for this nonsense to stop now!What Mr Nagamootoo can do, and the constitution makes provision for this, is to appoint someone to sit in his place in Parliament while he goes on to function as President – a very simple and clear position. But like I said earlier this man is so obsessed with power that he is prepared to do the double role and to do so illegally, quite to the detriment of democracy and good governance in this country.Finally, I use a line from the Merrymen’s song “enjoy yourself it’s later than you think.” The people of Guyana are watching and are taking keen notes of your shenanigans, soon and very soon you and your Government will be taken apart by the people you so willfully and spitefully rule. They have shown it in that 63 per cent drubbing you got in the last Local Government Elections (LGE). So come 2020 the final chapter will be written.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Mission impossible as Mourinho gives up title race

first_img“The league is now impossible,” said Mourinho. “It is the first time that I have been in a situation like this where my team are a long way off their objectives.“Thirteen points is too big a gap to overcome but what we have to do is go out and play each game. We shouldn’t be thinking about who is first, second or third.“We have to be stronger. I don’t want to make a drama out of it, I will treat it as another stage of my life.“I have never dropped so many points before but we will try and finish the season as well as possible and fight for the titles which are available.”On Sunday, Cristiano Ronaldo equalised for defending champions Madrid on the stroke of half-time after Sergio Garcia had put joint-bottom Espanyol ahead on the half hour mark.Two minutes after the restart, Fabio Coentrao put Real in front but it was not enough as Juan Albin slotted home from close range two minutes from the end. “Cristiano played well but his teammates didn’t,” said Mourinho, whose side still have a chance of lifting the Champions League.“The attitude has been good and what we need is a bit of calm and luck. For the effort of the players we deserved to win but we wasted clear-cut chances.“Each of us has to pick ourselves up. It is what you have to do as professionals to keep going even though you aren’t happy, you aren’t enjoying it and you aren’t chasing the objectives that you set out to achieve.”The pressure is firmly on Mourinho and it has been reported in the Spanish press that his criticism of players has created a rift in the dressing room.“There is always talk like this but it doesn’t influence in anyway. The team is fine, although we don’t show the same happiness if we aren’t winning. On another day we would have had three or four goals (against Espanyol).”At Camp Nou, meanwhile, Barcelona saw off closest challengers Atletico who remain in second spot, but are now nine points off the lead.Colombian striker Radamel Falcao put Atletico ahead after 31 minutes with his 17th league goal of the season, but Barca responded with goals from Adriano and Sergio Busquets before half-time.After the break, Lionel Messi scored his 24th and 25th league goals of the campaign, and now has 90 in the calendar year, as Tito Vilanova’s side extended their record start to 15 wins from 16 games. Despite their huge advantage, Vilanova insisted the title race is not over, pointing out that Barcelona, under Pep Guardiola, overcame a 12-point deficit to overhaul Real Madrid and claim the 2008-2009 La Liga title.“We’ve won a lot of points, but it hasn’t been easy. We’ve had to battle back to win games and perhaps we won’t be able to do that in the future,” said Vilanova.“In my first year (as Guardiola’s assistant in 2008/09) we were 12 points back and we had to go to the Bernabeu and play for the title. Now, there’s a team that’s only nine points behind us.“I don’t think that this title is ours to lose. If there is a team that has the capacity to win a lot of points, and they overtake us, then they deserve the title. It happened in 2009 and it could happen again.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain December 17 – With Real Madrid trailing La Liga leaders Barcelona by 13 points, Jose Mourinho admits that the title race is over.While Barcelona kept up their prolific form with their 15th win in 16 games by beating second-place Atletico Madrid 4-1, Mourinho’s stuttering Real could only draw 2-2 against lowly Espanyol.last_img read more

EVOLVE WIN PRESTIGIOUS WEDDING MENSWEAR AWARD

first_imgEVOLVE MENSWEAR have won yet another prestigious award, this time for being the best wedding menswear provider in Ireland.Evolve Wedding & Formal Hire were awarded the prestigious ‘Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Wedding Award. Leading Irish wedding website Mrs2Be.ie announced Evolve Wedding and Formal Hire as the Best Menswear Wedding Provider in Ireland in their Brides’ Choice Awards2015 is the second year of the Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Awards and they’ve been very well received by the Irish wedding industry.The awards are open to all venues and registered businesses who offer a wedding-related service to Irish-based couples regardless of whether or not they are customers of Mrs2Be.Judged by both real brides and grooms and independent judges with industry knowledge, the awards recognise excellence within the wedding industry. Owners JP and Mark McCloskey stated how much this award means to them all.“This award means a great deal to us, knowing that couples are happy with the service provided by Evolve.“We believe that quality and professionalism is why we received the award again this year.“We do not want to be doing something unless it’s with 100% commitment.“Wedding Hire Manager Louise McPhilemy along with Shaun McHugh share this vision.“They make it all happen in our Wedding Department. “Our customers are important to us and we are so very grateful to them all for continuing to support us.“In particular for this award, we thank the couples for letting us dress them and for recommending Evolve.Managing Director of Mrs2Be, Keith Malone, commented, “Winning a Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Award is a huge achievement for any wedding business.“When creating the awards, we deliberately steered clear of the ‘popularity contest’ and ‘paid for’ models. “We endeavoured to create a system that was unbiased and based upon real reviews from real previous couples. I believe we were successful in achieving this goal.”Mr. Malone added “The judges were very impressed with the overall standard of finalists. Each finalist deserves recognition for their professionalism and quality of their product or service.“We sincerely congratulate all of the award winners and wish them the very best for the future.”EVOLVE WIN PRESTIGIOUS WEDDING MENSWEAR AWARD was last modified: May 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Businessevolve menswearFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Public safety is more important than cops’ privacy rights

first_imgIn an ideal world, this kind of disclosure wouldn’t be necessary. But this isn’t an ideal world, and the LAPD hasn’t always been a model of the ideal police department. Honest cops – and there’s no doubt all but a few are honest – should have nothing to fear. It’s true dirty cops would probably lie on the disclosure forms, but lies have a way of catching up with people. The Police Commission will make the decision to do what it thinks is best for the city and for the department. Hopefully, the dedicated officers of the LAPD will honor that decision – as much as they may hate it – and continue to protect and serve the people of L.A. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The way the Los Angeles Police Protective League tells it, if the Police Commission adopts tough financial disclosure rules for gang and narcotics officers today, then about 500 officers will either quit or ask for transfers to other units. That would truly be a blow for the Los Angeles Police Department, though it’s hard to believe 500 cops would jeopardize public safety if they have nothing to hide. Truly, it’s disappointing that people sworn to protect the public safety – and compensated handsomely for it – would so cavalierly threaten to undermine it as a political ploy. The PPL and its members hate this proposed requirement, one of the last changes needed to comply with the consent decree put in place after the Rampart scandal. No one should need to be reminded that the scandal involved rogue cops in a gang unit who acted like hoodlums and went unreported because of the code of silence among fellow officers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe police union says financial disclosure is an invasion of privacy because it requires officers who are working in gang and narcotics units to provide details of their own and their family’s finances. The claim is that such disclosures would open officers up to identity theft since information about their debts, income, property and stocks would be on file at the LAPD. This is intrusive, certainly, but not quite the invasion that the PPL makes it out to be. People who have such important jobs must be as above suspicion as possible. That’s why people entrusted with national defense endure lengthy and somewhat humiliating scrutiny of their public and private lives. Indeed, every top city official has to disclose some financial details as a matter of course. Those records are public, while officers’ files would not be. What’s ironic, of course, is the elaborate records of everyone’s financial activities on file with banks, credit agencies and other institutions that afford the average citizen far less privacy protection than police officers would have with records kept by the LAPD. last_img read more

Narrow defeat for for Raphoe ABC in Hull

first_imgA RAPHOE ABC select lost out by seven bouts to five at the KC Stadium in Hull on Saturday night.The Raphoe team travelled under the guidance of Raphoe’s head coach Gary McCullagh.The special guest on the night was Hull’s favourite boxing son: former Olympic champion and current pro fighter Luke Campbell who beat John Joe Nevin in the London 2012 final. Raphoe’s Liam McMonagle overcame Ryan Dickens. McMonagle, the Ulster 9 County champion, had too much for the durable Dickens.Declan McNamee (St John’s) and Ethan McCaul (St Joseph’s) also had their hands raised in victory.Aaron McDaid of Raphoe defeated Joey Young, while Daire Feeney overcame Jibrain Khan. Tom Doherty lost out to Kyle Durnain and Dennis Lafferty, now with Lifford ABC, lost out to Naseem Stowell.The jovial Jude Gallagher lost out to Blaine Lambert, while there was no joy for Two Alin, Cealan Doherty, Ben Cooke or Fergal Redmond, who was a late replacement for Kieran Molloy.A crowd of around 300 attended the dinner show in the Kingston Suite of the KC Stadium, the home of Hull City.Narrow defeat for for Raphoe ABC in Hull was last modified: October 15th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aaron McDaidDennis LaffertyGary McCullaghJude GallagherLiam McMonagleRaphoeRaphoe ABClast_img read more