first_imgSummaries from the World Cup Qualifying European matches on MondayMonday, September 5 Serbia           2 Filip Kostic 62, Dusan Tadic 69penIreland          2 Jeff Hendrick 3, Daryl Murphy 80– – –Wales            4 Sam Vokes 38, Joe Allen 44, Gareth Bale 50,90+5penMoldova          0– – –Israel           1 Tal Ben-Haim 35Italy            3 Graziano Pelle 14, Antonio Candreva 31pen, Ciro Immobile 83Red Card: Giorgio Chiellini 55– – –Spain            8 Diego Costa 10,66, Sergi Roberto 55, David Silva 59,90+1, Vitolo 60, Alvaro Morata 82,83Liechtenstein    0– – –Ukraine          1 Andriy Yarmolenko 41Missed penalty: Yevhen Konoplyanka 83Iceland          1 Alfred Finnbogason 5– – –Croatia          1 Ivan Rakitic 44penTurkey           1 Hakan Calhanoglu 45+3– – –Finland          1 Paulus Arajuuri 18Kosovo           1 Valon Berisha 60pen– – –Georgia          1 Jano Ananidze 78Austria          2 Martin Hinteregger 16, Marc Janko 42– – –Sunday, September 4Czech Republic   0Northern Ireland 0– – –Norway           0Germany          3 Thomas Mueller 15,60, Joshua Kimmich 45– – –Romania          1 Adrian Popa 85Missed penalty: Nicolae Stanciu 90+7Montenegro       1 Stevan Jovetic 87– – –Malta            1 Alfred Effiong 14Red Card: Jonathan Caruana 59, Luke Gambin 90+1Scotland         5 Robert Snodgrass 9,61pen,84, Chris Martin 53, Steven Fletcher 78– – –San Marino       0Red Card: Christian Brolli 53Azerbaijan       1 Ruslan Gurbanov 45– – –Kazakhstan       2 Sergey Khizhnichenko 51,58Poland           2 Bartosz Kapustka 9, Robert Lewandowski 35pen– – –Denmark          1 Christian Eriksen 17Missed penalty: Christian Eriksen 72Armenia          0– – –Slovakia         0Red Card: Martin Skrtel 57England          1 Adam Lallana 90+5– – –Lithuania        2 Fiodor Cernych 32, Vykintas Slivka 34Slovenia         2 Rene Krhin 77, Bostjan Cesar 90+3last_img read more

first_imgCommunity Development, Community-based Conservation, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Ecotourism, Environment, Forestry, Forests, Rainforests, Tourism, Tropical Forests The Mangunan Pine Forest, near the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, has become a major draw for visitors to the region. Local farmers, switching to ecotourism, are cashing in.More than 2 million people visited the site in 2017, generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue, according to a local cooperative that stewards the area.“For those who pioneered this, who struggled the most, their income has quadrupled,” says the head of the cooperative. MANGUNAN, Indonesia — Not long ago, people would come to Mangunan only to tap the giant trunks of reddish pine for sap, used as everything from antiseptic to glue. But in only a few years these columns of giant Sumatran pines have become a well-known tourism attraction in selfie-snapping Indonesia.”From around 2014 it was already getting crowded,” Handoyo, a parking attendant, said outside the entrance to the Mangunan Pine Forest on the island of Java. “Many people started coming here to take photos, there was even a pre-wedding [photoshoot].”On long weekends the road up to Mangunan, around 25 kilometers (16 miles) from the regional capital of Yogyakarta, roughly in the center of Java, gets jammed with cars and motorcycles. People arrive from morning to night, drawn to photogenic clouds of spooky mist floating between the pines. Indonesian President Joko Widodo came here in 2018 to open a small festival. Barack Obama even strolled through the nearby forest at Puncak Becici a year earlier.Indonesia lost around 15 percent of its tree cover to deforestation from 2001 to 2017, according to data from the World Resources Institute. The country began devolving power to local governments in 2001, enabling more than 500 of these new regional administrations to issue permits for land-use changes — from oil palm plantations to tin mining. But what has happened in this small pine forest is a different sort of land-use change. A lowland pine forest, protected by law, has become a tourism asset managed by a cooperative of local stewards with a direct economic interest in preserving the land. Widodo is trying to incentivize others in the archipelago to follow suit by promoting ecotourism.“If we want to look after, nurture and preserve the forest for the welfare of the community, the way ahead is through tourism development,” said Purwo Harsono, chairman of Kooperasi Notowono, an organization set up by original farmers. Nine homestays have sprung up in the village outside the forest, all run under the cooperative. Koperasi Notowono was established in January 2015, and last year earned 6 billion rupiah ($430,000) in revenue.Aji Sukmono, head of the Yogyakarta provincial forest management unit, told Mongabay that up to 10 percent of a protected forest area can be used for this kind of tourism.The area of forest in the Mangunan conservation area, one of 25 such protected zones in the province, spans 574 hectares (1,420 acres). Almost 30 hectares (74 acres) of this is approved for ecotourism projects. For the farmers who switched from semi-skilled agriculture to a higher-value service business, ecotourism, their income has increased dramatically.“In 2017 [visitor numbers] reached 2,289,559 people,” Purwo says. “In July [last year] we deposited 1.5 billion rupiah in provincial income.”Some 25 percent goes to the provincial budget, according to a decree issued by the governor, while the remaining 75 percent of the revenue goes straight to the managers in the community. The Notowono cooperative then uses part of this toward reseeding the land, planting a new generation of sappan, banyan figs and alstonia. “We provide nurseries to every operator,” Purwo says.What started with only a few dozen farmers now counts 295 full members. And the cooperative provides work for 544 people in total. They have drawn up a constitution to put rules in the public domain, detailing, for example, the fixed prices that food vendors may charge visitors.“For those who pioneered this, who struggled the most, their income has quadrupled,” Purwo says.Visitors can ride in jeeps through the pine forest. Image by Nuswantoro for Mongabay.He says there is much still to do to push things further in Mangunan, such as showcasing cultural markers of the old Mataram dynasty that governed much of Java before it split under the weight of infighting as Dutch colonizers consolidated control in the 18th century. A tomb of Mataram royals, in Imogiri, is not too far from Mangunan.The sun hangs low in the sky as a group of cyclists pedal past the government office. The car park teems with motorcycles and buses. At a ticket kiosk I pay only 2,500 rupiah (20 U.S. cents) and walk up to the familiar sight of hammocks hung from trees and wooden blocks arranged into an amphitheater — a ubiquitous setting for millions of social media snaps. As Indonesia’s tourism industry catches up with those of neighboring Malaysia and Thailand, proper scrutiny will have to be applied to projects to ensure the ecotourism label is not misappropriated by operators keen to cash in.https://www.instagram.com/p/Brz5C77howx/But in Mangunan, local stakeholders appear to have found a formula that gels with the times. Tapping pine trees for sap might earn a farmer 1 million rupiah ($70) per month, but tapping them for selfies can bring in two to three times as much.***Banner: The Mangunan Pine Forest. Image by Nuswantoro for Monagbay.This story was reported in part by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Sept. 30, 2018.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. Article published by mongabayauthor 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

first_imgFilipinos 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 But now, all three will have their chance to shine donning the national team colors as Ferrer, Cruz, and Tolomia were named to the Gilas Pilipinas squad seeing action in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.READ: Kobe Paras future of Gilas, says Reyes FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend SPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It’s an honor to be a part of this team and represent our country. We promise that we’ll give our best wherever we play,” said Ferrer.The lanky UST forward said that his faith never waned, believing when one door closes, another one opens. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I didn’t lose hope. Coach Chot talked to us and said that he has plans for us. So when there’s an opportunity to play, we’ll play,” said the Ginebra rookie.READ: More woes hound Gilas PH Same is the case with the FEU duo of Tolomia and Cruz, as they look at this break as their chance to show what they have been doing in the Gilas practices.“It’s time for us to prove that we’re worthy of our spot in that lineup,” said the cat-quick Tolomia.The bruiser Cruz added: “It means a lot. After all the hard work I put, making this roster makes me more motivated to give my best for the team.”ADVERTISEMENT LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs READ: Myers to beef up Gilas in Jones CupCompeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 19 to 30, Ferrer, together with Ray Parks, are shooting for their third gold medal, which will allow them to tie Rommel Adducul for the second-most haul in men’s basketball.Tolomia, meanwhile, is playing on his first SEA Games after previously helping the Philippines claim gold in the 2016 SEABA Cup, while Cruz will be making his national team debut in an international competition.The three acknowledge the obvious disadvantage of trotting out a youthful squad, but the squad will be fighting for pride to extend the Philippines’ dominance in the regional tilt.READ: Seeing growth of hoops in the region, Parks knows Gilas has to be ready“There’s a pressure because we’re champions here. We can’t lose,” said Ferrer. “But although we have a young squad, we’re familiar with each other so adjustment won’t be an issue. We know how to play off one another and we all know how to win.”Tolomia added: “It’s going to be a tough competition for us because the other countries will be bringing in their best players. Though we know we could learn a lot from them, we also know that we’ll give nothing less but our best.”“It’s going to be coach Chot’s system which will help us get the wins,” said Cruz. “It doesn’t matter if we’re undersized and they’re bigger, it’s the system where we’ll lean on and we’ll do everything just to fight for our country.” Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinoscenter_img Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Weighing game: Horn still over 7 pounds overweight for battle End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks LSU title parade draws massive crowds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen coach Chot Reyes announced his 12-man lineup for the 2017 Seaba Championship, he pointed out three names whom he felt were the toughest cuts .“If I had to choose 15, Kevin Ferrer, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Mike Tolomia would definitely be there,” he said then.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet View commentslast_img read more

first_imgIn an editorial a few months ago, the question of whether fighting crime was a fake campaign promise by the then APNU/AFC Opposition was asked.The question was natural given what was seen as a continual increase in criminal attacks. From then to now, nothing seemed to have changed and for many, it appears to be worse. This has gone seemingly unchecked over the years as mindsets are inundated with fear and the question of “who is next” seems involuntary.The stories that emanate daily are horrific to say the least; some with brutal sexual assaults. Not only are families scared, humiliated, deprived of valuables, communities ravished and left even more vulnerable, but life is brutally snuffed out in some instances. Unfortunately, crime has not only become a fixture in daily news, but a prominent one.There seems no respite despite the much-publicised increase in resources and new recruits. While realistically, crime will not be erased, taxpayers expect sustained quick responses and robust approaches in combating such. This is not taking away from the brave men and women of law enforcement who risk their lives.The issue, of what can only be described as current failed policy in combating crime, has to be put into a particular context. The previous Administration was constantly berated by the then Opposition, which is now the Government, for being weak and incapable of fighting crime.This was used as a major campaign theme to rile sentiments against the PPP Government’s perceived lack of vision and expertise in the security sector. At the same time, the then Opposition spared no effort to boast of its prowess in security.The voting populace probably needed no convincing over security personnel who were part of the APNU/AFC Opposition coalition. The fairly extensive list of former senior Police and Army officials who joined the slate might have instilled a sense of belief in relief from crime even in non-supporters.That seeming prolific gathering of security specialists probably caused crime itself to shudder. None can dispute the esteemed offices which they served. That might have tilted the balance of the crime-fighting scale in favour of the coalition, since probably there was little or no reason to doubt the capabilities showcased. Regardless of where the ballot was cast, expectation of a vast reduction in crime was real and immediate.Therein lies the profound disappointment. The expectation afterwards was for the promised new approach to effectively combat crime through more robust interventions. Sadly, it did not happen and remains elusive. Families are now reeling in despair and mindsets preoccupied with trying to stay safe whether indoors or outdoors.People are still being trailed from financial institutions and regularly robbed. The unsuspecting on their way home are relieved of possessions at gunpoint. Schoolchildren are not spared while overseas-based Guyanese returning for holidays are trailed and robbed with some killed in the process. Innocent women are raped in some instances of home invasions. When the belief that not every detail of a robbery is reported for fear of further humiliation is taken into consideration, a more frightening scenario is revealed.The question is, what has the coalition done since in Government to effectively combat crime? Given the boasts, the expectation would not be farfetched for close to a crime-free society by now.The reality is that fear has taken a stranglehold on the nation depriving people of their freedom from that mindset so as to be able to focus on making a living. This brings into the fray the nexus of the current harsh economic policies and a derivative of crime.While there will always be some who will engage in criminal activities regardless of the economic situation, forcing people into poverty will have a frightening effect. Analysts will postulate the nexus of youth in crime as a result of unemployment.Clearly, many jobs have been lost under this Administration and this is not an attempt to state that all those who were fired have resorted to crime, for many are forced into humiliation in finding a legal livelihood. After three years and the upward spiral of crime, one may rightfully question policies and interventions, if any, and their effects.With the current circumstances, one can again question the genuineness of this particular influential campaign promise. Many are still trying to accept the pardoning of prisoners in the context of current mindsets. While the intention might have been noble as envisaged, the reported subsequent involvement in crime by a few who benefited would have further damaged psyches making it virtually impossible for acceptance.In such circumstances, people can conclude that their welfare becomes secondary. Also, there seems to be a dearth of information on the process regarding deportees with criminal records and their reintegration into society. These add to an already wary psyche, sapping the motivation and confidence of the citizenry.Other than fear, natural derivatives are: less investment, lower production, forced migration and unemployment; a seemingly continuous cycle into the future if not curbed.last_img read more

first_imgPolice investigators have arrested one suspect whom they believe is connected to Monday’s shooting incident which left a Laing Avenue man dead.Dead: Orin “Malik” DavidThirty-two-year-old Orin David, called “Malik”, of Lot 89 Laing Avenue, West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was shot and killed on Monday around 15:55h in the vicinity of his home by four armed, identifiable men.The Police have since reported that one person has been taken into custody and is assisting with investigations. Police sources confirmed that the suspect in custody is the owner of the car that was used to transport the suspects to and from the scene.Meanwhile, Guyana Times was told that the gunmen fingered in the shooting are known characters to the Police. This newspaper understands that the perpetrators are from Agricola, Greater Georgetown.Moreover, the Police had disclosed that crime scene investigators have recovered one empty 12 gauge shotgun cartridge and a .32 spent shell from the scene.According to Police reports, “Investigations revealed that Orin David had an argument with one of the suspects earlier over bail money and the suspect left and returned with the other suspects. As the victim was approaching a vehicle in which the suspects were in, several shots were fired at the victim.”The injured man was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.This publication understands that David had paid $150,000 to bail someone out of prison and when he saw the person on Monday, he confronted him about the money. However, the suspect left and subsequently returned in the company of three others. Three of the four men were armed with handguns.According to a teenage nephew of the deceased, (who preferred not to be named), David was called by two men who had returned in a black Toyota Raum.They were heard telling him that they did not want trouble but just wanted to talk.“When Malik went over to the car, the fat man came out of the car with a big gun and pointed it in his face. Malik lashed away the gun from his face and the man slap him and chucked him. Before Malik could realise what was happening, the other man that was in the car came out and shot him in his thigh,” the teen explained.David was further shot in his shoulder by the other perpetrator. According to information, he started to run but fell a short distance away, and was shot again.The men then hurriedly drove away.David was previously charged for murder but was acquitted.last_img read more

first_imgAgriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says pending the bill’s likely passage in the Senate before Christmas, Western Canadian farmers will be able to freely market their wheat and barley as they choose. Opponents say the move is fraught with economic disaster.However, in advance of yesterday’s anticipated third reading in the Commons of Bill C-18, The Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act, the Agriculture Ministers of the three most western provinces issued a statement of support for the legislation.B.C.’s Don McRae says the Harper government should be “commended for fulfilling a commitment, that provides fairness, equity and opportunity for Western Canadian farmers.” He adds, “This change provides farmers with an incentive to be more innovative in response to new and changing markets… and as a result, farm families and rural communities will have more control of their economic future.”- Advertisement -Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River and Member of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food is happy as well. He adds, “For far too long, these farmers have had no choice when it comes to marketing their product. With the passage of this legislation in the House of Commons, we are one step closer to making marketing freedom a reality.”The legislation will now go to Senate for final approval. If it becomes law, farmers and grain companies will be able to enter into contracts for purchase or sale after August 1, 2012.Advertisement Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia together produce more than 80 per cent of the wheat, and 90 per cent of the barley, grown in Western Canada.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The first-ever count of Fort St. John’s homeless population will be conducted this April, and is being done in coordination with the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society.The Society will be conducting the survey alongside Homelessness Services Association of BC. Fort St. John is one of twelve communities across B.C. that will participate in the province-wide count. Williams Lake, Prince Rupert, and Smithers are the three other Northern B.C. communities conducting a homeless count, which occurs between March 1st and April 30th. The provincial government’s role in the count is to ensure that the point-in-time methodology is being used consistently in the communities undergoing the count.The homeless count will occur over a span of 24 hours, beginning the night before April 18th and will include counts in shelters, RCMP holding cells, hospitals, and other known places where at-risk individuals stay overnight. During the day, the same procedure will occur; with mechanisms in place to avoid duplicating persons who have been counted already.- Advertisement -Each person that is counted will be asked to complete a survey about their living situation to highlight needs for at-risk individuals, which can give feedback on potential future funding to help combat homelessness. The survey’s full results should be publicly available several months after the count is completed.The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society is currently searching for volunteers to help with this year’s homeless count. Each volunteer must be available the day of the count, and for a training session that is taking place the evening of Tuesday, April 10th. A survey has been created to best identify the commitments of each volunteer, and can be found at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FSJ2018.For more information about the homeless count or how to volunteer, contact coordinator Phallon Stoutenburg at 250-787-1121 or by email at: outreach@fsjwrs.ca.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img1 Legia Warsaw’s Miroslav Radovic celebrates scoring against Celtic Legia Warsaw have submitted a last-gasp appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after losing their Champions League place to Celtic. It had earlier appeared the Bhoys were safely guaranteed their spot in the play-offs, but the Polish side left it until almost closing time before filing their appeal against UEFA’s decision that expunged them from the elite club competition.Legia thrashed the Scottish champions 6-1 on aggregate in the third qualifying round, but a second-leg 2-0 victory in Edinburgh was revised to a 3-0 win for Celtic, after it emerged the Poles had fielded an ineligible player, Bartosz Bereszynski, as a late substitute.That allowed Celtic to take the tie on away goals and step up preparations to face Maribor in Slovenia next Wednesday in the play-offs, while Legia were set for a Europa League clash at Aktobe in Kazakhstan on Thursday.UEFA’s appeals body on Thursday upheld the decision by its disciplinary body to award Celtic the 3-0 second-leg win.However Friday evening’s twist means the saga is not yet over.CAS said in a statement: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport registered today at 17:30 a statement of appeal filed by the Polish club Legia Warszawa against the decision of the UEFA appeals body confirming the result 3-0 (forfeit) in favour of Celtic FC against Legia in the second leg of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. The UEFA considered that Legia had fielded an ineligible player (Bartosz Bereszynski) during the match.“Legia requests urgent provisional measures from CAS allowing the Polish club to participate in the play-offs of the Champions League (20 & 26 August 2014). More generally, the club requests that the UEFA decision be set aside and that all sanctions against the club and the player Bereszynski be annulled.“The CAS has immediately initiated an arbitration procedure and the respondents UEFA and Celtic FC have been invited to file written observations. A decision on request for provisional measures is likely to be issued on Monday 18 August around 18:00 (Swiss time).”Legia failed to register Bereszynski in their squad list for the second qualifying round against St Patrick’s.That meant his three-match suspension had not officially been served when he came on as an 86th-minute substitute as Legia beat Celtic at Murrayfield.Legia player Henrik Ojamaa declared the punishment excessive as he was unveiled at Motherwell following his loan move.Ojamaa, who was on the bench for both games, said: “At the end of the day everybody understands that rules are rules but everybody feels the punishment was very excessive.“It’s a UEFA decision and the responsibility lies with them. The club realise that they made a mistake but the point was the punishment shouldn’t be as severe because the team have done very well to get through convincingly and to get that taken away from them is obviously a big disappointment.”last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Southland may be in the midst of a prolonged seismic lull, but once it ends metropolitan Los Angeles will suffer bigger, more frequent temblors, up to 15 times larger than the 1994 Northridge earthquake, according to research published today. Geologists reached some of their conclusions by examining the size and frequency of quakes going back 12,000 years, finding patterns of heavy and lighter seismic activity every 1,000 to 1,500 years. In a paper to be published today in the journal Geology, the scientists from the Southern California Earthquake Center argue that when the lull ends, metropolitan Los Angeles will experience significantly bigger and more frequent temblors – up to 15 times larger than the destructive Northridge earthquake of 1994. That could be soon – or 500 years from now. “We’ve been having fewer earthquakes than our long-term average,” said James Dolan, a USC geologist and the lead author on the paper. The paper was co-written with geologists David Bowman of Cal State Fullerton and Charles Sammis of USC. Even more dramatic is the geologists’ explanation – welcomed by some scientists and questioned by others – of why the lull is occurring. The three theorize that two of the region’s most active fault zones are essentially taking turns producing earthquakes, with faults in the Mojave Desert producing bigger and more frequent quakes, while faults under Los Angeles take a break, and vice versa. last_img read more

first_img Edwin van der Sar in action for VV Noordwijk Manchester United legend Edwin van der Sar saved a penalty on his return to football with Dutch amateur side VV Noordwijk.The 45-year-old agreed to come out of retirement and play for his former team after they suffered an injury crisis.Former Fulham, Juventus and Ajax man Van der Sar managed to pull off a save from a spot-kick but couldn’t keep opponents Jodan Boys at bay all game as Mo Bellachen put the ball past him.VV Noordwijk weren’t to be denied though and managed to nab an equaliser in injury time to make the score 1-1 in the Dutchman’s one-off appearance.You can see Edwin van der Sar’s penalty save below…15 FUNNY PHOTOS OF VAN DER SAR LOOKING TERRIFIED OF FOOTBALLS 1center_img De Champions League-finale herbeleefd bij @vvnoordwijk: Van der Sar stopt een strafschop tegen @jodanboys #noojod pic.twitter.com/9GCXf0Rkyz— Haniff Harharah (@haniff1986) March 12, 2016last_img read more