Outdoor Updates: Governments consider adding extinct wooly mammoth to endangered species list to slow ivory smuggling

first_imgGovernments consider adding extinct wooly mammoth to endangered species list to slow ivory smuggling For the first time ever, governments are considering adding an extinct animal to the endangered species listing. The wooly mammoth has been dead for thousands of years but government conservationists are proposing to register the animal under Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES). Most involved agree the action is technically allowed under the rules of the convention. The unorthodox move is being made in an attempt to protect elephants. Wildlife authorities report that smugglers try to pass African elephant ivory off as wooly mammoth ivory in an attempt to trick authorities. That won’t be so easy if the wooly mammoth ivory trade is regulated. The proposal will likely be considered at the next CITES gathering, which has not yet been scheduled. If you want to truly return to the earth after your death, Washington State is the place to kick the bucket. The state just became the first to legalize human composting. The law, which goes into effect in 2020, recognizes “natural organic reduction,” sometimes also called liquid cremation, as a legal means of disposing of human bodies. The process, called Recompose, involves using wood chips, straw, and other materials to turn the body into rich, odorless soil that passes all state and federal guidelines. More pollution by toxic substances found at Duke coal ash sitescenter_img It’s now legal to compost a human body in Washington State According to disclosures required by federal law, Duke Energy has shared for the first time that more toxic chemicals are polluting the water at Duke coal ash sites in North Carolina. Duke has disclosed that it is exceeding federal groundwater protection standards for the following toxic substances at these coal ash lagoons: mercury at Belews Creek in Stokes County; barium at Marshall on Lake Norman; and lithium, radium 226, and radium 228 at Roxboro in Person County. The disclosure means that the toxins released from Duke’s coal ash sites are even worse than first reported. Despite the toxic mix of chemicals leaking into North Carolina’s water, Duke Energy wants to leave coal ash in unlined pits at six sites.last_img read more

Azkals begin quest for World Cup berth in Bangkok

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Japan ace tows Southwoods to first-round interclub lead Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Raring to continue its improvement, the Philippines will expand its talent pool as it prepares for the next cycle of World Cup qualifying beginning in September.After losing all three matches against higher-ranked opponents in their first AFC Asian Cup appearance in January in the United Arab Emirates, the Azkals are now setting their sights on making a strong push for qualification to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Azkals manager Dan Palami said the road to Qatar begins with a weeklong training camp in Bangkok starting March 18.Palami said there will be 42 players in the pool with the majority of them newcomers to the Azkals pool.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“The camp gives us an opportunity to really take a closer look at new players who can represent not just the senior team, but also the Under-22 team for the Southeast Asian Games,” said Palami. View commentslast_img read more

FIFA World Cup: Germany’s extra-time goals send Algeria packing

first_imgMesut Ozil celebrates after scoring his goal for Germany Substitute Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil scored in extra time Monday to lead Germany over an aggressive Algeria 2-1 and into the World Cup quarterfinals.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos Thomas Mueller provided a cross from the left flank that was slightly behind Schuerrle. The Germany forward dragged his left leg and backheeled the ball into the far corner in the 92nd minute, leaving goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi with no chance.Ozil added the second in the 120th, and substitute Abdelmoumene Djabou pulled one back in injury time for Algeria.Three-time champion Germany, which has now advanced past the second round at nine consecutive World Cups, will next face 1998 winner France on Friday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.With the temperature a chilly 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit) and a light rain falling at times, the pace was high at the Estadio Beira-Rio but the goals didn’t come until the end.Ozil thought he had put the result out of reach when he pounded in a rebound after a shot from Schuerrle was cleared off the line by defender Esseid Belkalem, but Djabou volleyed in a minute later to make the last seconds count.Perhaps inspired by the “Disgrace of Gijon” at the 1982 World Cup, when Germany and Austria supposedly conspired to oust Algeria in the group stage, the northern African nation outmatched Germany’s intensity for long stretches in an entertaining match.Algeria was playing in the second round of the World Cup for the first time and dominated early on. A goal from Islam Slimani was waved off for offside in the 17th, one of many opportunities for the Algeria striker.advertisementAt the start of the second half, Germany put Schurrle on for Mario Goetze in an attacking midfield and came out better organized.In the 55th, Germany captain Philipp Lahm unleashed a hard shot that an outstretched Rais did well to push wide with his fingertips.Still, Algeria continued to produce dangerous counterattacks. In the 72nd, Neuer had to come out of his area to head away the danger with Slimani chasing.In the 88th, Germany’s inability to find the target turned theatrical for a moment when Mueller appeared to fall during a free kick.Team Line-ups(from):Germany: Manuel Neuer; Shkodran Mustafi (Sami Khedira, 70th), Per Mertesacker, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Howedes; Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger (Christoph Kramer, 109th), Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos; Mario Gotze (Andre Schurrle, 46th), Thomas Muller.Algeria: Rais M’Bolhi; Aissa Mandi, Esseid Belkalem, Rafik Halliche (Madjid Bouguerra, 97th), Faouzi Ghoulam; Mehdi Mostefa, Mehdi Lacen, Saphir Taider (Yacine Brahimi, 78th); Sofiane Feghouli, El Arabi Soudani (Abdelmoumene Djabou, 100th), Islam Slimanilast_img read more

Frank Lampard haunts Chelsea, steals 1-1 draw for Manchester City

first_imgFrank Lampard scored the equalizer for Manchester City against his former club ChelseaFrank Lampard scored a late equalizer against his former club Chelsea to earn 10-man Manchester City a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Sunday and end the leaders’ winning start to the season.Lampard, who was released by Chelsea this summer after scoring a club-record 211 goals in 13 years, held his arm out and refused to celebrate after his side-footed shot deflected in off John Terry in the 85th minute.City right back Pablo Zabaleta was sent off in the 66th after picking up a second booking, and Chelsea capitalized by opening the scoring five minutes later when substitute Andre Schuerrle tapped in Eden Hazard’s low cross.Chelsea dropped points for the first time in five games but still holds a three-point lead over Southampton and is five clear of City – arguably its biggest rival for the title.It was a typical late surge into the box by Lampard, who had only come on as a substitute seven minutes earlier as City fought back after going a man and a goal down. He looked emotional as he walked off, head down, after the ball hit the net and didn’t want to celebrate with his joyous teammates.”I’m a bit lost for words – I didn’t expect to score like that,” Lampard said. “I’m a bit stuck in the middle.”Chelsea fans had been singing Lampard’s name throughout the match, hailing one of the club’s greatest servants who was allowed to join New York City in the summer. Lampard is spending the first half of the season on loan at City, the parent club of New York City.advertisementAndre Schurrle scores the opening goal for Chelsea against Man CityCity is now winless in four games in all competitions but came back well after losing Zabaleta, who lunged at Diego Costa near the halfway line and became entangled with the Spain striker.Chelsea did the double over City last season, with its win at Etihad Stadium in February widely hailed as a tactical clinic from Jose Mourinho. And the Portuguese coach was happy to ditch the flamboyance that had helped his team claim four straight win for what will probably be its toughest match of the campaign.It made for a tense, edgy and physical battle that was dominated by defenses, with Eliaquim Mangala enjoying a strong starting debut for City after his big-money summer move from Porto.Neither goalkeeper was seriously tested in the first half and Costa, who had scored seven goals so far and at least one in every match, was a peripheral figure.City started the second half well, with Sergio Aguero forcing a save out of Thibaut Courtois and Edin Dzeko denied on the rebound by a lunging tackle from Ramires.But the game turned on Zabaleta’s sending off and within five minutes Costa led a counterattack by Chelsea and Hazard crossed for Schuerrle to tap in at the far post.Lampard had the last say, though.last_img read more

Gareth Bale injured as Real and Atlético play out Madrid derby stalemate

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn La Liga Share on Pinterest match reports The Observer European club football Real Madrid Atlético Madrid Share on Facebook Share via Email Topics That was to prove the first of two decisive saves, as Atlético sped up, the ball moved swiftly – although Real too had their moments. Saúl bent a shot just wide; then Koke’s cross hit Casemiro on the arm, Atlético appealing for a penalty; next Diego Costa got away, Griezmann sending him running through ahead of Raphaël Varane and towards the six-yard box. He travelled a similar path to Griezmann and with the same outcome. Courtois slid out, his body wide, and saved with his left hand.Two superb saves from the former Atlético loanee kept Real in it and then an error from the man who replaced him almost gifted the hosts the opening goal. With Marco Asensio chasing down, Oblak tried to play the ball beyond the Madrid winger, only for the pass to hit him. There were echoes of Loris Karius but rather than rebound into the net, the ball looped back up into the goalkeeper’s arms.Bale’s removal at half-time was driven by injury, but it also meant Real shifting from 4-3-3 to match Atlético’s 4-4-2, and Real felt the benefit. Immediately, Casemiro shot over, then Asensio’s effort was stopped at the near post by Oblak. And with Dani Ceballos nominally on the left but drifting across to up Real’s numbers inside, the balance had certainly shifted; the ball was Real’s now, even if chances were few.The best came when Real opened Atlético up on the left, Toni Kroos slipping the ball across for Asensio running into the area. He was clean through with the game’s best opportunity, but Oblak was out fast to deny him with an excellent save.Diego Simeone sought protection, sending on Thomas Partey to replace Diego Costa, but it was not so simple. Diego Godín gave the ball away to Asensio on the halfway line and the entire pitch was suddenly before him, fans standing and roaring at him to run. He did, but José Giménez ran too, Atlético’s other Uruguayan centre-back sprinting across to clear. In the next two attacks, neither Asensio nor Nacho could find the right pass, but Atlético were ever deeper and ever more concerned.Not that Real’s chances were plentiful. And as the substitutions came, there were moments when the visitors broke. When Luka Modric found Dani Carvajal, his shot was beaten away by Oblak, and the noise and the expectation rose, yet it was rarely met. For Atlético, the aim had become to resist, something at which they are experts. The 18-year-old Brazilian Vinícius Júnior was sent on for his debut, Lopetegui admitting his need for speed, and in the last minute he was brought down, giving Real a free-kick. A familiar face headed up for the dead ball, just as he had against Atlético in the Champions League final in Lisbon four years ago. “And Sergio Ramos scores a goal!” the fans chanted. This time, though, he didn’t. Nor did anyone else. Before this game began, Real Madrid’s players were handed the trophies they had collected at The Best gala last Monday, and there were two World Cup winners on the other side, but for all the talent on the pitch it was the men wearing gloves who decided the derby. For the sixth successive year, Atlético Madrid left the Santiago Bernabéu unbeaten in the league. Above all, Jan Oblak and Thibaut Courtois departed undefeated: in a game of few chances there were three one-on-ones, but the goalkeepers stood tall. And so a game Atlético edged in the first half and Real dominated in the second finished goalless.This was the second successive game in which Real have failed to score – the first time that had happened in seven years – and a third may be more likely now after Gareth Bale was withdrawn at half-time. He may yet be ruled out of Real’s trip to Russia in the Champions League with tests due on Sunday, before the team travels east. “He had discomfort in his abductor muscle [in the groin] and it made sense to take him off as a precaution,” Real’s coach Julen Lopetegui said. “We will do tests tomorrow and then we’ll see what he really has.”In Bale’s absence, Real took a step up after a first half in which they might have found themselves behind and which had been difficult from the start, Saúl Ñíguez bringing a save from Courtois after just two minutes and Antoine Griezmann’s overhead kick slicing wide three minutes later. Griezmann probably should have put Atlético ahead on 18 minutes. Released by Koke, dashing behind the Madrid defence, he ran into the area, where Courtois came to meet him. With the outside of his left foot, Griezmann tried to flick the ball beyond the Belgian but it came back off his head. Share on Messenger Read more Crowd trouble and collapsed gate mars Montpellier’s derby win over Nîmes Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Ohio State Football Players Call Out Ignorant Fans For Telling Them To Just Worry About Football

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)A couple of Ohio State’s best players, Cardale Jones and Michael Thomas, took to Twitter this morning to voice their opinions on a social matter. The Buckeyes’ quarterback and wide receiver each published a series of tweets regarding the #BlackLivesMatter movement. While college football players (and most of the population) would probably be better off not ever going on Twitter, it was nice to see two of the sport’s premier players speak their minds. This apparently upset some of Ohio State’s fan base, as Jones and Thomas were both told by Twitter users to stop talking and just worry about the 2015 season. Jones, Thomas and Buckeye quarterback Stephen Collier then used Twitter to call out these fans. Cool it.. We can’t afford the NCAA suspending you https://t.co/bP2TJ9EqtJ— Smash Williams (@matteojustquit) July 23, 2015This my Twitter my voice so mind yah business buddy.. Thank you https://t.co/yon6DFmOK2— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) July 23, [email protected] Sorry Mr master, I aints allow to tweet nothing but foolsball stuff I donts want you think I more than a foots ball playa sir— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) July 23, 2015Ignorant. https://t.co/HtVjQSG1SH— Stephen Collier (@S13Collier) July 23, 2015One thing about your own opinion, ITS YOURS!— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) July 23, 2015Every college football fan base has its share of psychos, so this is not an indictment on the type of people who root for Ohio State. Keep speaking your mind, Cardale and Michael.last_img read more

HEART Assists Persons with Mild Intellectual Disabilities

first_imgStory Highlights The goal of the programme is to improve the personal, professional and social capacity of persons with mild intellectual disabilities, through profiling participants’ skills, developing their potential, supporting them with a job coach, and guiding their progression into employment. Some 152 young persons with mild intellectual disabilities are being assisted with personal and professional development skills, through the Empowerment Programme of the Youth Services Division of the HEART Trust/NTA. Since 2014, over 300 persons have benefitted from the programme. Persons who are interested in being a part of the programme in 2018 can contact the Youth Services Division of the HEART Trust/NTA at 754-9816-8. Some 152 young persons with mild intellectual disabilities are being assisted with personal and professional development skills, through the Empowerment Programme of the Youth Services Division of the HEART Trust/NTA.The programme which started in 2014, is a seven-month initiative consisting of a three week non-residential camp, followed by six months of supported work experience.The goal of the programme is to improve the personal, professional and social capacity of persons with mild intellectual disabilities, through profiling participants’ skills, developing their potential, supporting them with a job coach, and guiding their progression into employment.Director of Communications and Marketing at the Youth Services Division of the HEART Trust/NTA, Julia Smiley Green, tells JIS News that the target group is between 17 and 35 years of age.She points out that the programme arose out of a need to cater more specifically to persons in the community who are living with disabilities.“We believe that all young people should be empowered regardless of their status. Once they fall within the age cohort that we cater to, then we believe that we should be generating programmes that can meet their needs in a targeted way,” Mrs. Smiley Green says.She notes that many in society do not readily accept persons with disabilities, particularly in the world of work.“So, the idea behind the programme is to get members of the general public as well as our employers specifically, to understand that even though these persons might have a disability, they too have a contribution to make productively to our society,” the Director says.Mrs. Smiley Green tells JIS News that the Division encourages persons to have an open mind, and not to come to the programme with a perception that persons with disabilities are not able to contribute.“Yes, they may need a little more guidance and attention than the average person, but what we find is that in working with them, we realise that they too have their meaningful contribution to make. They may not contribute in the same way as other persons, but once they are exposed, once they are given the opportunity and of course with the training and support we provide, they are able to effectively contribute in the organisations,” she argues.Mrs. Smiley Green notes that the programme has received positive reviews from employers who have engaged the participants.“They would admit that initially, they would have been hesitant but they are very impressed with the performance of our participants so far. Because they have come in, they have performed well and they have not shied away from any duty. If they need assistance they are always willing to ask for it, and they adapt well to the task they are given to complete,” she says.“Even so, we find that some of the employers are even considering whether at the end of the six-month placement period they could engage them, maybe not on a fulltime basis, based on the scope of the organisation. But consideration is being given to engage some of them on a part-time basis, because that is how valuable their contribution has been,” Mrs Smiley Green adds.Even though there is an application process for the programme, consultations are also held with schools and organisations that target persons with disabilities, to assist in identifying some of these persons.When applying to take part in the programme, persons are required to bring along one passport size photo, copy of their Tax Registration Number (TRN), copy of their birth certificate, a Valid ID and a copy of their NIS number.During the training phase of the programme, areas such as employability skills, employee rights and interpersonal skills are explored.Participants are also given a stipend of $5,600 per week during the work experience component of programme, which is paid fortnightly.Meanwhile, Mrs. Smiley Green tells JIS News that the programme has been receiving support from both the private and public sectors.“We find that in terms of placement, more private sector companies are offering to take our participants. But generally speaking, we find that once the participants go into these companies, they are usually very impressive in what they do and that has aided our partners in realising how important it is to partner with us for that programme,” she says.She adds that the programme is always looking for additional partners to “come on board to assist us with not only engaging these persons, but to have them making worthwhile contributions to their organisations.”Since 2014, over 300 persons have benefitted from the programme. Persons who are interested in being a part of the programme in 2018 can contact the Youth Services Division of the HEART Trust/NTA at 754-9816-8.last_img read more

150 artists receive up to 10K to continue their work

first_imgJohn Murray APTN National NewsMore than 100 artists and dignitaries gathered at the Manitoba legislature on Victoria Day for the Reveal Indigenous Arts Awards.This one time award was established to provide support to both emerging and established [email protected]last_img

Salah wins PFA award

first_imgLiverpool’s Mohamed Salah has won the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year award for 2017-18 seasonThe Egypt international beat fellow candidates Kevin de Bruyne, Harry Kane, Leroy Sane, David Silva and David de Gea for the award in being voted the Player of the Year by his fellow players in the Premier League.“It’s an honour and especially as it’s voted by the players. I am happy and proud,” said Salah, according to the BBC.“I didn’t have my chance at Chelsea. It was clear I would return and show everyone my football. I think I left and came back a different person, man and player. I am happy and proud.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Jurgen Klopp was happy for the star and jokingly warned him: “It’s been a fantastic ride but we still have games to go,”“But please grab the trophy and come home. We play on Tuesday!”Salah scored for Liverpool in their 2-2 draw against West Brom on Saturday to increase his goal tally to 41 goals this season.last_img read more

Hughes – We cant wait for Fulham game

first_imgSouthampton manager Mark Hughes believes his side should have defeated Watford and now they can’t wait to face Fulham after the international break.Southampton were one goal ahead against Watford on Saturday when Charlie Austin’s goal was wrongly ruled out for offside and the visitors equalized late on in the 82nd minute.Hughes feels his side were denied three points, and that feeling will only serve to motivate them after the international break.“We’ll have about ten guys left behind and it’s a good opportunity to get some good work into them,” Hughes told Southampton website.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“Hopefully, everybody who is away will come back fit and well.“I sense that we can’t wait for the Fulham game because it’s a game that we’ve always targeted because it’s a good opportunity for us to get maximum points and that doesn’t change.“Given the events of Saturday, I think we’ll be even more determined.”last_img read more