Mascherano injured his knee as well as suffering concussion

first_img However, he returned to start the cup final at right-back, only to suffer more bad luck with the game barely underway.  Upd. at 10:55 Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano injured his knee as well as his head against Alaves in the Copa del Rey final.  Mascherano had previously missed the final two games of the season with a thigh muscle problem.  Supporters of the Catalan club will hope it’s not the last they see of him and that he’s back in action again after the summer. IN SPORT.ES CESTcenter_img Barça have since confirmed: “Mascherano has suffered a cut to his head which needed stitches, concussion and an injury to his right knee which will require further tests.” 28/05/2017 Mascherano sufre también una lesión en la rodilla derecha SPORT.ES The Argentine was taken off on a stretcher after an 11th minute clash of heads with Marcos Llorente. last_img read more

Neymar scores on PSG debut

first_imgThe Brazil star stunned the footballing world when he completed a world-record €222million move from Barcelona earlier this month.His transfer was not completed in time to feature in PSG’s 2017-18 Ligue 1 opener against Amiens last weekend – where he was presented to the Parc des Princes crowd – but he made up for lost time in style at Stade de Roudourou.With Unai Emery’s side already leading 1-0 thanks to Jordan Ikoko’s bizarre own goal, Neymar assisted Edinson Cavani with a wonderful pass before the roles were reversed eight minutes from time for the Brazilian to tap home.And Neymar’s fledgling Ligue 1 career already compares favourably to his spells in his homeland and with Barca, where it took him seven and six games respectively to net his first league goal.He is also the first Brazilian to score on his Ligue 1 debut for PSG since Nene against Saint-Etienne seven years ago.3 – Games needed to see @neymarjr’s first goal in…Brazilian Serie A: 7Liga: 6Ligue 1: ?Première. pic.twitter.com/z4lz9ETDXD— OptaJean (@OptaJean) August 13, 20172010 – Neymar is the 1st Brazilian player to score in Ligue 1 for his debut with Paris since Nenê v St Etienne on 7 August 2010. Samba. pic.twitter.com/6TJ6nZFsiP— OptaJean (@OptaJean) August 13, 2017 Photo: Twitter (@PSG_inside). Caption: Neymar in action on his PSG debutlast_img read more

Record-setting Australia dominate opening night at velodrome

first_imgAustralia’s formidable track cyclists captured a world record and three gold medals at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, dominating the opening night at a roaring Anna Meares Velodrome.Riding a wave of frenetic home support, Leigh Howard, Sam Welsford, Kelland O’Brien and Alex Porter set a new benchmark in the men’s 4km team pursuit as they routed rivals England in the gold medal decider.The classy quartet blazed around the Brisbane circuit in three minutes 49.804 seconds, smashing the mark of 3:50.265 seconds set by Great Britain at the Rio Olympics.“We’re in our home country. That is what dreams are made of. This is what we strive for every day,” said an ecstatic Welsford.“When I looked at the board, I had to have a second glance – 3.49 – then it was pure happiness. I just screamed and let out all the emotion.“I never knew how fast we were going. But we knew we were on a good one. The first under 3.50. Unreal.”The Australians crossed nearly six seconds ahead of the Englishmen, striking an emphatic early blow in the track cycling battle that local media have dubbed the “the Ashes on wheels”, a reference to the nations’ fierce cricket rivalry.The triumph came soon after their female compatriots set a Commonwealth record (4:15.214) in the same event, humbling silver medallists New Zealand for the gold.Alexandra Manly, Annette Edmondson, Ashlee Ankudinoff and Amy Cure were raging favourites for the title and they delivered in style, running the New Zealanders down before the finish.For Edmondson, Ankudinoff and Cure, the gold was some consolation after a tough Rio Olympics, where they finished outside the medals after suffering a horror crash during training.“After the setbacks in Rio … that is sport, and it has its ups and downs,” said Edmondson, a twice world champion.“Our thoughts were on this race, and to get on with it and get the job done.”Kaarle McCulloch and Stephanie Morton capped a joyous night for home fans by claiming gold in the women’s team sprint, setting another Games record in defeating New Zealand’s Natasha Hansen and Emma Cumming.Australia were primed to sweep all four golds in the able-bodied events but failed to make the final in the men’s team sprint after a technical error during their qualifying race.That left New Zealand’s trio of Sam Webster, Edward Dawkins and Ethan Mitchell to win the title, denying cycling powerhouse England a first track gold at the Games.last_img read more

Teenager Saka helps Arsenal into FA Cup fifth round

first_imgArsenal teenager Bukayo Saka scored one goal and set up another as the Londoners sealed a place in the FA Cup fifth round with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Monday.Left-back Saka and striker Eddie Nketiah netted inside 26 minutes as Arsenal’s much-changed lineup made a dominant start and fought off a late Bournemouth rally to secure a tie against third-tier Portsmouth back on the south coast.Saka, 18, blasted the ball into the roof of the net from a tight angle before his low cross provided a tap-in for Nketiah, who was recalled this month from a loan spell at Leeds United.Sam Surridge scored in the fourth minute of added time to set up a nervous finale for the visitors but Bournemouth could not find an equaliser and are left to focus on the battle for Premier League survival.last_img read more

Renewable energy to power 139 countries? Scientists say it’s possible

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored The research looked at the impacts of a 100-percent switch to renewable energy in 139 countries by 2050 on the climate, as well as air pollution and the economy.They calculated that the transition to wind, solar and hydropower will generate around 24 million net jobs.Switching to renewable sources of energy that don’t emit carbon into the atmosphere will also save trillions of dollars in the costs we would otherwise incur due to air pollution and the changing climate. Clean, renewable energy holds immense potential to help us tackle a rapidly warming climate. But until a major shift away from fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, it remains just that — potential.Now, a new study in the journal Joule plots out a global path for complete conversion to renewable energy sources in 139 countries that, in addition to slowing or halting climate change, could diminish air pollution, bolster job growth and be more economical.“Policymakers don’t usually want to commit to doing something unless there is some reasonable science that can show it is possible, and that is what we are trying to do,” said lead author Mark Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, in a statement.A solar farm fuels a Purina factory. Photo by Purina employee (Provided by an employee at Purina) CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia CommonsJacobson headed a squadron of researchers in a quest to understand how solar, wind and hydropower could help to quench our ever-growing thirst for the energy that powers the transportation, electricity and agriculture on which we rely.They calculated the possible impacts that a 100-percent shift by the year 2050 to these clean energy sources in 139 countries, selected because collectively they’re responsible for nearly all of the Earth’s carbon dioxide emissions. The team also looked at each country’s potential for these energy sources, as well as where infrastructure developments such as wind turbines and solar farms could be situated.The researchers assumed that the capacity for hydropower, a sometimes-controversial way of harnessing the energy of flowing water, will be the same it was in 2015.Whereas most studies in this line of research have been focused on transitioning to energy sources that don’t emit carbon in order to throttle down climate change, this research took a broader view of what that change might mean.“Aside from eliminating emissions and avoiding 1.5 degrees Celsius global warming and beginning the process of letting carbon dioxide drain from the Earth’s atmosphere,” Jacobson said, “transitioning eliminates 4-7 million air pollution deaths each year and creates over 24 million long-term, full-time jobs by these plans.”The authors predict that the cost savings from renewable energy will far outweigh the price tag necessary to install the infrastructure. Photo by Dirk Ingo Franke (Own work) CC BY-SA 2.0 de, via Wikimedia CommonsJacobson and his colleagues predict that employment in these burgeoning sectors will more than compensate for the jobs lost in the switch to renewables. They also calculated that the costs of having dirty air from the continued burning of fossil fuels could total $22.8 trillion per year by mid-century. The impacts to the climate could cost another $28.5 trillion in their estimation.“Our findings suggest that the benefits are so great that we should accelerate the transition to wind, water, and solar, as fast as possible, by retiring fossil-fuel systems early wherever we can,” said Mark Delucchi, a research engineer at the University of California, Berkeley, and one of the study’s authors.“It appears we can achieve the enormous social benefits of a zero-emission energy system at essentially no extra cost,” he added in the statement.Putting renewable energy solutions in place won’t be uniformly straightforward. The authors figure that less densely populated countries, such as the United States and China, will have more room to devote to renewable energy generation. Other countries with less land to spare may have to be more creative.Critics of this type of plan have argued that the switch to 100 percent renewable energy sources would require too great an outlay in cash to get going. But the authors counter that some of the funding could be shunted from the inherent costs necessary to maintain and replace conventional forms of energy. And Jacobson said that this proposal is only a starting point.“There are other scenarios,” he said. “We are not saying that there is only one way we can do this, but having a scenario gives people direction.”Mark Dyson of the Rocky Mountain Institute in Boulder, Colorado, who was not involved in the research, writes in the same issue of Joule, “This paper helps push forward a conversation within and between the scientific, policy, and business communities about how to envision and plan for a decarbonized economy.“The scientific community’s growing body of work on global low-carbon energy transition pathways provides robust evidence that such a transition can be accomplished, and a growing understanding of the specific levers that need to be pulled to do so,” Dyson added.CITATIONJacobson, M. Z., Delucchi, M. A., Bazouin, G., Bauer, Z. A., Heavey, C. C., Fisher, E., … & Yeskoo, T. W. (2015). 100% clean and renewable wind, water, and sunlight (WWS) all-sector energy roadmaps for the 50 United States. Energy & Environmental Science, 8(7), 2093-2117.Video courtesy of Cell Press. Banner image of a wind farm by Stan Shebs, GFDL, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Agriculture, Alternative Energy, Analysis, Bioenergy, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Footprint, China And Energy, Clean Energy, Cleantech, Climate Change, Climate Change Politics, Climate Science, Coal, Dams, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Politics, Environment, Fishing, Geothermal Energy, Green, Green Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hydroelectric Power, Infrastructure, Renewable Energy, Research, Social Conflict, Solar Power, Sustainability, Technology, Water, Wind, Wind Power center_img Article published by John Cannonlast_img read more

Tropical deforestation is getting bigger, study finds

first_imgAn analysis of satellite data reveals the proportion of tropical deforestation comprised of medium, large and very large clearings increased between 2001 and 2012.These larger clearing sizes are generally attributed to industrial agriculture like palm oil production.South America and Southeast Asia had the biggest increases, with the exception of Brazil where large-scale clearing took a downturn during the study period.The researchers say this downturn was the result of successful deforestation reduction policies, which may offer potential solutions to other countries with high rates of large-scale clearing. As nations race to keep forests standing and the world from warming, scientists are trying to figure out what human activities are causing deforestation and how best to stop them. A study published last week in Environmental Research Letters lends some new insights, finding the majority of forest loss in the tropics is due to medium- and large-scale clearing – hallmarks of industrial agriculture. The researchers who authored the study say policy changes are needed to reduce deforestation for commodity crops like palm oil.For their study, researchers at Duke University in the U.S. analyzed tree cover loss data detected by satellites between 2001 and 2012 and compiled by the University of Maryland. They restricted their analysis to tropical areas as defined by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).They then analyzed tree cover loss trends in respect to four deforestation class sizes: less than 10 hectares, 10 to 100 hectares, 100 to 1,000 hectares and more than 1,000 hectares. According to the FAO, household and other small-scale farms in tropical, developing nations tend to clear less than 10 hectares, so the authors used this number to define smallholder operations.The data indicate that in the tropics overall, deforestation increased 53 percent between 2001 and 2012, from an average of around 69,000 square kilometers (6.9 million hectares or 26,600 square miles) per year during the first half of their study period to 79,000 square kilometers per year during the last half.When they looked at the scale of discrete deforestation events, the researchers found more than half were larger than 10 hectares.This trend, they write, was most apparent in South America and Southeast Asia, where 79 percent of tropical deforestation occurred. In South America, the researchers found that small clearings contributed 42 percent to South America’s overall deforestation and 67 percent to Southeast Asia. In comparison, small clearing events accounted for more than 80 percent of overall deforestation in other regions.Overall, the researchers found the proportion of deforestation comprised of medium, large and very large clearings increased from 2001 to 2012. In Southeast Asia, that number went up 16 percent.Example of forest clearings from 2001 to 2012 in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Image from Austin et al., 2017Changes in tropical deforestation by country from 2001 to 2012: (a) change in deforestation rate and (b) change in the proportion by area of small forest clearings (less than 10 hectares). Image from Austin et al., 2017Changes in average annual deforestation (in thousands of hectares) between first and second halves of the study period (2001–2012), for the countries with more than 10,000 hectares of annual deforestation in (a) South America and (c) Southeast Asia, broken down by clearing size. The negative value for Brazil indicates a decrease in average annual deforestation. Proportion of the change in deforestation rate between the two halves of the study period attributable to changes in each clearing size in (b) South America and (d) Southeast Asia. Image from Austin et al., 2017They write that their findings suggest a continuing shift from small- to large-scale industrial deforestation. Indeed, the two countries with the highest proportions of large-scale clearing – Indonesia and Malaysia – produce the lion’s share of the global palm oil supply. As the palm oil industry expands to new frontiers like Central Africa and South America, conservationists worry about potential impacts to forests and the wildlife they contain. (However, palm oil expansion hasn’t necessarily led to more deforestation in places where it can be grown on previously degraded land.)One potentially bright spot the study uncovered is Brazil. The researchers found deforestation took a nosedive in the country between 2001 and 2012, mostly due to a reduction in large-scale clearing. While data from 2016 and 2017 indicate forest loss may again be on the rise, the Duke researchers say Brazil’s deforestation reduction policies have largely been successful and offer promise and models for other tropical forest countries.“Similar policy levers may be effective at reducing large-scale clearings in other regions and countries, including for example emerging voluntary sustainability commitments, which aim to eliminate deforestation from the supply chains of major globally-traded commodities such as palm oil,” the authors write.Clearing for an oil palm plantation in Aceh, Indonesia.While their study brings light to the impacts and trends of large-scale, industrial deforestation, the researchers say it is also important to address small-scale clearing.“There are many regions where small clearings continue to dominate the deforestation profile, including most of Central America and Africa,” they write. “Because small-scale conversion is often dispersed across multiple communities with diverse motivations and governing principles, the policy levers for addressing this type of conversion are more varied, and must be tailored to locally-specific contexts.”The researchers acknowledge that their study focused on solely analyzing the sizes of deforestation events and urge their specific causes be studied more thoroughly. It’s also important to note that the dataset they used does not differentiate between natural deforestation and the harvesting of tree plantations, which means deforestation could be lower than their data indicate – particularly in plantation-heavy countries like Indonesia. However, the authors write that they crosschecked this dataset with another for Indonesia, which didn’t reveal any major discrepancies.The authors ultimately hope the findings of their study will help inform policymakers and pave the way for greater understanding of tropical deforestation and its harmful effects such as habitat loss for wildlife like orangutans.“Deforestation is increasing across the tropics, resulting in well-documented negative impacts on ecosystem functions and services,” they write. “In order to effectively address this deforestation, interventions must be underpinned by improved understanding of the drivers of forest loss that they target.” Citation:Austin, K. G., González-Roglich, M., Schaffer-Smith, D., Schwantes, A. M., & Swenson, J. J. (2017). Trends in size of tropical deforestation events signal increasing dominance of industrial-scale drivers. Environmental Research Letters, 12(5), 054009.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis Agriculture, Deforestation, Environment, Forest Loss, Forests, Habitat Loss, Industrial Agriculture, Oil Palm, Orangutans, Palm Oil, Plantations, Rainforests, Research, Trees, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

UAAP: La Salle begins baseball title defense with rout of UP

first_imgView comments Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study MOST READ In other baseball results, last season’s runner-up Ateneo carved out an abbreviated 12-2 victory over University of Santo Tomas while NU bested Adamson, 7-5. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES UP, meanwhile, took the early lead in softball as it blanked University of the East, 11-5, and edged Ateneo, 6-5, in succession.MJ Abanes delivered a solo homer in the first inning as the Lady Maroons overcame a late fightback by the vastly-improved Lady Eagles to book their second win yesterday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnReigning six-time champion Adamson University rallied past National University, 6-5, in extra innings to begin its bid on a positive note, while University of the East overcame a late De La Salle uprising to score a 5-4 victoryThe Lady Bulldogs fell at 1-1 in a tie with the Lady Warriors, while the Lady Archers and the Lady Eagles suffered their second straight loss.  98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 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 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Compton: Aces should avoid ‘long bad stretches’ in do-or-die vs Kings Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Tuwi Park fired a three-run homer as De La Salle opened its title defense with a 19-1 rout of University of the PhilippinesSunday in the UAAP baseball tournament.The Green Batters displayed a tremendous batting clinic to finish off the Fighting Maroons in only seven innings at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

New Education Plan Receives Legislative Backing

first_imgThe lack of support for education in the country is an age-old dilemma that has contributed immensely to the downward trend the sector has taken over the years. Now, there are strong indications that lawmakers are ready to dialogue with the Executive Branch of the government to commit the needed resources to fix the system.Sinoe County Senator, J. Milton Teahjay, a member of the Senate Committee on Education, has suggested that the government do away with what he calls “lip-service” and give more support to education through the budget process.Senator Teahjay said even though education is tied to the security of the state, very little attention, only lip-service, has been given to the sector from the government, insisting that such neglect must be corrected.The Sinoe Senator made the observation recently when the newly appointed Minister of Education, George K. Werner, along with his corps of officials took office.Describing Werner’s team as “very lucky” administrators that have come to the Ministry of Education (MOE), under the watchful eyes of Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, Senator Teahjay said “we the members of the Senate Committee on Education are determined to ensure that education will have the kind of support that it needs to go beyond the lip-service it has been getting over the years.”Teahjay went on to say that the greatest threat to the security of the state is illiteracy. “If our children are not educated, they will become vulnerable. Anybody can push a few thousands of dollars around and there will be noise here” Teahjay indicated.According to him, education, health and security will be the three most important priorities of the legislature and he and his legislative colleagues are determined to ensure that the national budget reflects those major priorities.Senator Jewel Taylor had earlier challenged the government to be real to education by committing the resources needed to change what has been described as “a mess” to “the best.”Senator Taylor said it was unacceptable for the MOE to be getting just 50 percent of what it actually needs in the national budget saying, “The government must remodel the budget for MOE to address the many challenges in the sector, which is associated with the future of our young people.”Senator Teahjay meanwhile said Liberians through the Legislature have signed up to the “good and strategic plan for education” designed by Minister Werner and his team. As such, it was important that the Werner team be given more time and support to perfect the country’s education system, he declared. “What we saw as a plan from Minister Werner is a plan that we all have signed up to and whoever becomes President in 2017, should be ready to continue with this team. Minister Werner has a very good vision and we don’t want people shaking up the education authorities of this country. We want them to stay here and achieve that vision” the tough talking Sinoe County Lawmaker said.For his part, Minister Werner named the lack of continuity in the leadership at the MOE as one of the major problems facing the education system of Liberia.Under the Ellen led administration, the MOE has had four Ministers starting with Dr. Joseph D. Z. Korto, and the age-old Othello Gongar before being replaced by the departing Etmonia David Tarpeh.Each of those ministers came with his and her own plans and sometimes refused to work with what they met in operation. But Minister Werner has vowed to build on the efforts of Etmonia Tarpeh to reform the system. “Much of the mess the President spoke of is in Transition and lack of continuity and my team and I will build on the successes of the team that has just left,” Werner assured.He said the schools are under attack in the areas of poverty, theft or corruption, conflicts (including arms conflict) and most recently the Ebola crisis.On theft or corruption, Minister Werner said “When text books intended for students are diverted for different use; when teachers are exchanging grades for sex; when young girls are dropping out of schools after being impregnated by their teachers, these are tantamount to stealing from the future of the country.”Much to the appreciation of the audience, Minister Werner took up time to talk about the quality of teachers in the Liberian school system and the need for better pay to make the sector more professional.“We cannot allow a high school graduate to teach a high school student” Mr. Werner said, in reference to a situation that is very prevalent in the system.It was time for the government to invest in Education and demand results, he stressed. According to him, the Ministry will work with the Legislature to ensure that those reforms take root. “George Werner might just be relatively unknown, but he has some very good and interesting ideas and he looks determined to make the education system work well,” a keen observer at the program told the Daily Observer.In the words of Senator Taylor, the government must now show “deeds not words” in its professed support to education, which will be crucial to any success that will be realized by the new team of Education bureaucrats.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SEA Games: PH karate picks up more medals

first_imgNFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Eric Cray redeems self, leads PH to 4×100 mixed relay gold Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations ‘People evacuated on their own’ Philippines’ Mae Soriano celebrates after winning the bronze against Indonesia’s Sanistyarani Cok Istri Agung during the Kumite Female -55 kg Bronze Medal match at the 30th South East Asian Games 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonThe Philippines tabbed medals across the kumite and kata events in the continuation of the Southeast Asian Games karatedo competition Sunday at World Trade Center in Pasay.Nicole Dantes, Rebecca Torres, and Ronaldene Flores salvaged a bronze medal in female team kata, which was topped by Vietnam and Malaysia, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Highly-touted Filipino-American Joane Orbon also settled for a bronze in the -61kg female kumite.Jayson Macaalay and Mae Soriano also added to the tally, tossing in bronzes from the -60kg male and -55kg female kumite.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Nationals’ lone gold thus far is from Junna Tsukii, who reigned supreme in the female -50kg kumite on Saturday. Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)last_img read more

Katrina damage cost placed at $100 billion

first_imgA recent report from the Government Accountability Office noted the difficulty in assessing damages from the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes, saying the exact costs may never be known but that overall they would likely surpass those of the three other costliest disasters in recent memory – the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks; Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and California’s Northridge Earthquake in 1994. Since the 2005 hurricanes, the federal government has committed more than $110 billion in grants, loans and other aid toward Gulf Coast recovery. Much of that has been for short-term or emergency projects. Louisiana’s share was about $60 billion but only $26 billion of that was for permanent, long-term rebuilding, Kopplin said. Louisiana’s most pressing needs include federal help filling a projected $5 billion shortfall in the state-run Road Home program, which is designed to help victims rebuild or relocate, and full funding of levee work in the New Orleans area, Kopplin said. NEW ORLEANS – Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were a roughly $100 billion blow to Louisiana buildings and infrastructure, and federal rebuilding aid and insurance payments fall about $34 billion short of making up for the losses, a state agency says. The $100 billion estimate, in a Louisiana Recovery Authority report set to be released today, includes levees, public buildings and infrastructure, businesses, houses and personal property lost or damaged in the 2005 hurricanes. Of that, insurance has covered $40 billion and federal aid $26 billion, the report says. The damage estimate was compiled using property loss estimates from various sectors, LRA spokeswoman Melissa Landry said. Andy Kopplin, executive director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, said he isn’t suggesting that the federal government or insurers write a $34 billion check. But he said people shouldn’t be surprised if Louisiana continues to ask Congress for help rebuilding, something he expects to happen over the next decade. 160Want 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