first_imgArticle published by Sue Palminteri Scientists tested the capacity of small drones equipped with thermal cameras to survey European nightjar nests in areas where construction or logging is planned.Nightjars use camouflage and cryptic behavior to avoid predation, which makes them difficult to observe on the ground and avoid disturbing, as required by U.K. law. Finding a faster, more cost-effective survey method to detect their presence could help forestry and construction managers comply with regulations more efficiently.The scientists say that the drone-thermal camera combination would be suitable for surveying other open-country wildlife, and could be aided by automated analysis of the thermal signatures of target species. Forestry and construction companies in the U.K. are required to ensure their work doesn’t endanger protected species, including the nesting sites of protected bird species. In the case of the European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus), however, the bird’s highly effective camouflage makes it difficult to detect inside a patch of vegetation.So researchers from Cardiff University in Wales have turned to thermal-sensing cameras to locate nightjar nests as part of a recent pilot study.A European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) showing its impressive camouflage, which enables it to evade predators by sitting still. Its large eyes and long whiskers help it detect insect prey in low-light conditions. Image by Dûrzan cîrano via Wikimedia Commons (CC 3.0).“Nightjars are camouflaged to look just like a fallen log or dead wood,” lead author Mike Shewring, a Cardiff University Ph.D. student, said in a statement. “They nest on the ground and ‘sit tight’ when approached to avoid detection, which makes it nearly impossible to spot them during the day when they are inactive.”Nightjars, as their name implies, are nocturnal, and the birds remain still if a person walks by, using their camouflage to avoid detection. Ecologists surveying planned logging or construction sites can easily miss seeing birds hiding within the vegetation. Moreover, walking among fallen trees while conducting ground nest surveys is costly, time-consuming, and potentially hazardous.Shewring and colleagues recently tested the suitability of thermal cameras mounted on drones to detect nightjar nest sites as an alternative survey method. A drone-mounted camera can survey an area faster than a team of ground observers, potentially without disturbing the birds or their nests. Thermal-sensing cameras can find birds and other warm-bodied animals hidden within vegetation, even in the dark.A thermal image of a logged forest taken from a drone-mounted thermal-sensing camera. A warm-blooded nightjar in the center shows up as a small red dot and the nest as yellow against the colder vegetation. Downed trees are even colder and appear as darker blue in the image. Image by Skeye Ltd and Natural Resources Wales.Shewring presented the preliminary findings of their pilot tests last month at the British Ecological Society’s annual conference.The scientists took a series of thermal images by flying the drones over a tree plantation in Wales in areas where nightjar nests had been previously identified by radio tracking and direct observation.They took the images at 10, 20, and 50 meters (33, 66, and 164 feet) above the ground at dawn, noon and dusk during the nightjar breeding season (between May and August).The researchers were able to detect nightjars in their nests in the thermal images. Nightjars’ body temperatures run around 40 degrees Celsius (105 degrees Fahrenheit), which show up in the thermal images against the colder background of vegetation or soil. Not surprisingly, the birds’ outlines were more easily seen in images taken at cooler times of the day, when the temperature contrast was greatest.The scientists found that images taken at 10 meters above the ground produced more useful images than those taken from higher up. Surveying with aerial images from known altitudes also allowed them to estimate the body size of the birds below to confirm the species, without getting too close.Nightjar chicks awaiting their parents’ return. Nightjars build open nests on the ground that are as difficult to spot as the birds. Image by Mike Shewring/Cardiff University.To prevent workers from destroying nests, forest managers currently avoid areas around known nests or avoid forestry work altogether during the breeding season. The new findings suggest that drones could make the task of surveying nightjars faster, easier, more accurate and more cost-effective.Shewring told Mongabay that surveying with drone-mounted thermal cameras could similarly be a cost-effective way to survey other ground-nesting bird species. He added that the method would work best in grasslands and other open-country habitats, rather than forests.“We were conducting surveys in grassland up to one meter [3.3 feet] in height, and it worked well in this scenario,” Shewring said. “I would think the denser the vegetation and the more water it holds, the more this would mask the thermal signature, i.e. looking [for] nests at ground level through dense woodland canopy would unlikely be successful.”“Our preliminary findings demonstrate the potential of drones for surveying nightjars during their breeding season, allowing forestry managers to locate nests more accurately and plan their works adequately,” project supervisor Robert Thomas said in the statement. “This methodology could also have wider applications, since it could technically be adapted to detect any warm-blooded species.”The nightjars stayed put in their nests during the drone flights, a characteristic behavior these cryptic birds employ to avoid being detected by predators.A group of nightjars looking like logs on the woodland floor. Image by Paddy Jenks.“We don’t know whether the nightjars perceived the drones as a predator,” Shewring said. “This would be interesting to explore in future studies to ensure that the sight and sound of drones don’t have any negative impacts on the birds’ stress levels or metabolism.”In the meantime, Shewring said, the group will be further developing their software and analyses this year, to characterize in better detail the thermal signature of nightjar nests through additional drone flights and testing of automated analysis approaches. He added that they hope the forest managers, who funded the pilot study, will be able to begin using drones with thermal cameras in 2020 to inform how and when they program their activities.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. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Birds, cameras, Drones, Forests, Research, Sensors, surveys, Technology, Thermal Imagery, Wildtech last_img read more

first_imgIn the late match, Stefanos Tsitsipas beat defending champion Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-2 for his second straight win, a result that guarantees him a place in the semifinals.The other three players all still have a chance of advancing.Tsitsipas, who is making his debut at the tournament for the world’s top eight players after a breakthrough season, broke Zverev for a 5-3 lead in the first set and then twice more to go 5-1 up in the second.With dozens of Greek flags being waved around the O2 Arena, Tsitsipas then served out the match with an ace.“Once again, it was not just me out there, but a whole bunch of excited people that came to support me,” said Tsitsipas, the first Greek player to qualify for the event. “It was a crew situation.”ADVERTISEMENT Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Nadal’s win also strengthens his grip on the year-end No. 1 ranking, as it means Novak Djokovic has to win the tournament to have any chance of overtaking him. Djokovic first has to beat Roger Federer on Thursday just to advance to the semifinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning match point against Daniil Medvedev of Russia during their ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match at the O2 Arena in London, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON— Facing match point at 5-1 down in the third set, Rafael Nadal gave himself about a one-in-a-thousand chance of turning things around against Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Finals.Those odds turned out to be more than good enough for the top-ranked Spaniard.ADVERTISEMENT Porzingis returns as Knicks show signs of chaos he escaped Nadal saved that match point with a perfect drop shot and then rallied to beat Medvedev 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (4) Wednesday, keeping alive his chances of advancing from the group stage.“Today is one of those days that one out of 1,000 you win and it happened today,” Nadal said. ”In that moment (facing match point), what you think is probably in five minutes you are in the locker room, because that’s the more normal thing. In that moment, you play with not much pressure because you are almost lost.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Nadal looked headed for a second straight loss at the season-ending tournament but won five games in a row to go 6-5 up in the deciding set. In the tiebreaker, Medvedev missed a routine forehand to hand Nadal a match point and then sent a backhand just wide. That shot was initially called in but was overturned by Hawk-Eye after Nadal challenged the decision.The win gives Nadal a 1-1 record after two round-robin matches, while Medvedev fell to 0-2. LATEST STORIES Zverev could still advance with a win over Medvedev on Friday, and he also lost his second round-robin match last year on his way to the title.“Things are still in my hands, and I’m looking forward to it, because I can still decide whether I’m here on Saturday or not,” the German said. “There is nothing I can do about today now. He played a fantastic match, I thought. I played really bad.”Tsitsipas said he was playing with a pain-killing injection in his foot because of an injury but pledged to treat his match with Nadal as a must-win situation even though he’s already through to the semifinals.“I’m going to try to give my soul, and I think it’s also a very good challenge for me in order to prepare for more difficult matches in the semifinals and the final potentially, so this match is going to give me a lot,” he said. “It’s going to educate me, and I’m going to try to get and absorb as much as I can from that.”In a rematch of this year’s U.S. Open final, Nadal came out looking much sharper than in his opening loss to Zverev and broke Medvedev twice in the second set.But the Russian raced out to a 4-0 lead in the third set and had two more break points in the next game. However, Nadal held and then saved a match point at 30-40 in his next service game with a backhand drop shot at the net.Medvedev then started making more mistakes while Nadal played like a man with nothing to lose, going for winners all over the court.“Rafa fought his best, because he could just say ‘OK, it’s over at 5-1 and just give me the point,’ but we all know Rafa is not about this,” Medvedev said. “I just need to close out such matches.”Nadal’s preparations for the ATP Finals were hampered by an abdominal injury that forced him to pull out of the Paris Masters semifinals this month. But he insisted he feels fine physically, and is gradually finding his best game after an error-filled performance against Zverev.”I have been playing a better level of tennis than the first day in general terms,” Nadal said. ”Then to win this match is a combination of a lot of things: luck, some mistakes of Daniil, some good moments by myself at the end.” 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down ‘People evacuated on their own’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,In a Guyana Times report on parliamentary affairs (May 12) , and in the Stabroek News (May 20) as well as in the Chronicle, Prime Minister (PM) Moses Nagamootoo denied that the coalition Government ever promised rice farmers 00 per bag of paddy.Then it is incumbent upon the PM to explain how and why farmers all over the country mentioned a promise of K for daan (paddy) as a reason for voting for the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition. SN did not carry this response.Prior to the May 2015 elections, many Indian rice farmers and their families told me they were voting APNU/AFC  because of a commitment from the coalition leadership of 00 a bag for “daan” (paddy). I travelled around the rice belt throughout the country just prior to general elections querying about how voters intended to vote for the NACTA poll. The message to the rice farmers was the same everywhere – 00 a bag for paddy.In all fairness to the PM, I personally did not hear Prime Ministerial Candidate Nagamootoo or Presidential Candidate David Granger specifically say (on a campaign platform) they were guaranteeing 00 a bag for paddy. But the leadership and their campaign workers made the rice farmers feel they were cheated by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) regime on rice prices (as per the Venezuela-Guyana rice agreement). I interacted with AFC campaign workers in Essequibo Coast, West Berbice and on the Corentyne and they mentioned the rice farmers were entitled to 00 a bag for paddy based on the agreement with Venezuela. That was an astounding sum that was simply not practical based on my calculation of price per unit under the Venezuela agreement and the amount of daan needed for a bag of “chaaor” (rice); before leaving for study abroad, I assisted my siblings on rice operations (on the field, in the mills, and in the market) and as such am familiar with practical pricing. The campaign workers (with instruction from the leadership perhaps) must have told the farmers they would get 00 a bag, and farmers must have fallen for the propaganda. Nine thousand dollars a bag for daan was simply not practical and I even told some farmers and AFC about my view on that number.Everywhere I travelled , there were talks among farmers on the Essequibo Coast, the islands, West Coast, East Coast, West Berbice, Corentyne, etc, that they would get 00 a bag for daan. How was it that all the farmers (all over the country) had “00 per bag” stuck in their head? Someone would have had to instruct the activists and ground campaign workers to spread that message. Where did it come from? Did all the activists and campaign workers come up with that number on their own? Did all of them come up with the same evaluation of the Venezuela agreement that that the farmers were being cheated by the PPP regime? Wouldn’t someone have had to instruct the activists to spread that propaganda to win votes? That was one of the reasons so many farmers and their families (equivalent of about six seats) voted for the coalition giving it the Government. The farmers also told me that the coalition spokesperson guaranteed them a market for rice. Subsequently, in Government, both Nagamootoo and Granger said finding market for rice and farm products is not Government business.As we now learn (hindsight 20/20), without the promise of the 00 a bag and a guaranteed market, the rice farmers may very well have stuck it out with the PPP because they were getting an average of 00 a bag as opposed to now when they are getting below 00 – operating at a loss. Venezuela was a guaranteed market for the rice. In more recent travels to the same areas around the country, rice farmers, and others as well, now say they are disappointed that the coalition broke promises made to them.Instead of only denials, the coalition leadership should tender some kind of regret to the rice farmers for the low paddy price and make a genuine effort to offer a subsidy per bag to rice farmers so they can reduce losses. The farmers claim they have suffered huge losses since the change in Government in May 2015. Shouldn’t the Government try to assist the farmers instead of only issuing denials that they did not guarantee 00?Yours truly,Dr Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Granit Xhaka’s shirt is clearly ripped during Switzerland’s match with France PHOTO/Getty.PARIS, France, June 20 – Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri said he hoped sportswear maker Puma “doesn’t make condoms” after several Swiss players ended their Euro 2016 match with France with shredded jerseys.The German company blamed a material flaw after four Swiss players — Admir Mehmedi, Breel Embolo, Blerim Dzemaili and Granit Xhaka — had to change their shirts in the first half of the goalless draw in Lille on Sunday. Recent Arsenal recruit Xhaka had to change his shirt again in the second half.“I hope Puma doesn’t make condoms,” Shaqiri told Switzerland’s SRF broadcaster.Former England striker Gary Lineker took the opportunity to poke fun on Twitter, writing: “Swiss team’s Puma shirts tearing like paper. Adidas ball bursting. You can never rely on German efficiency!”During the same match, the Adidas ball used burst in a tackle by Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami.In a statement, Puma said that “our five Puma teams have played 10 games at Euro 2016 before this without experiencing this problem”.It later followed up to say that, in all, seven jerseys were ripped Sunday in “grabbing and tugging by French opponents” in the European Championship match.It said its investigation had found that “there was a faulty batch of material in which the yarn was damaged during production”.It blamed incorrect application of heat and pressure in the manufacturing process in a workshop in Turkey and promised that “there will not be a repetition” of the flaw.Puma is also the supplier for the teams of Austria, Czech Republic, Italy and Slovakia.All of them had “confirmed that they had no problems of this kind and are very satisfied with the quality, functionality and design of the shirts,” said the company.“Puma regrets the incident and apologises to the Swiss Football Association and its players,” it added.The Swiss shirts will be needed for at least one more match as the team has qualified for the second round.Puma’s German rival Adidas said Monday it had agreed a four-year deal to remain kit supplier to Germany until 2022 worth more than 50 million euros ($56.5 million) a year.The agreement with the world champions came in the face of competition from US giant Nike for the prestigious contract.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – A sheriff’s deputy was shot and wounded Wednesday evening while serving a search warrant in connection with an assault, authorities said on Thursday. Deputies from the Pico Rivera Station gang unit were looking for suspects who used a gun and went to a residence in the 900 block of Orcutt Drive in Montebello, authorities said. As a SWAT team approached at about 6:30 p.m., a suspect began shooting from inside and one of the deputies was shot. Police did not name the deputy. The officer was treated and released from a local hospital, said Deputy Johnnie Jones. The suspect tried to flee but was arrested for attempted murder of a peace officer. A second man was also detained and detectives are determining if he was involved in the shoooting. Police have not yet released the names of the suspects. last_img read more

first_imgWell, except in the Olympic qualifier. Two berths to the 2008 Olympics are available in the FIBA Americas Tournament, and the Americans getting one of them might be the closest there is to a sure thing in Vegas. Unbeaten and practically untested in three previous appearances, the Americans play their tournament opener tonight against Venezuela. “I know our confidence is sky high right now,” Anthony said. “We feel that we can’t be beat, but we just have to go out there and prove it.” The Americans are no longer automatic in the Olympics, where they lost three times in 2004. And they never really have been in the world championships, where they haven’t won the title since 1994. BASKETBALL: Kobe, LeBron and company favored to win the FIBA Americas Tournament. By Brian Mahoney THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LAS VEGAS – LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have two bronze medals as reminders that the United States no longer wins every game it plays. But while the rest of the world may have caught up to the United States, the rest of the Americas hasn’t. The Americans are 26-0 in this event, with only one game being decided by single digits. Jason Kidd built most of his perfect international record as a pro while playing for the 1999 and 2003 teams that both went 10-0. But having already lost four times in a USA jersey, James certainly won’t be caught looking past anybody. “You can’t be too confident,” the Cleveland star said. “I think every team is good and basketball’s a worldwide game now. We understand that, so we’re going to start from the bottom of the world all the way to the top just like everybody else.” The United States has been beaten by teams from its own region in other events. Argentina knocked off the Americans in both the 2002 world championships and 2004 Olympics, and Puerto Rico stunned the U.S. in the opener in Athens. Argentina is the only team to even scare the United States in the Olympic qualifier, losing, 94-86, in a 2003 game in Puerto Rico. The teams met again for the tournament championship, with the Americans crushing the eventual Olympic gold medalists, 106-73. The Argentineans would normally be the biggest threat to the Americans, but came to Las Vegas without many of the players who made the country an international power. Manu Ginobili and Fabricio Oberto, starters for the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, are sitting out the tournament along with Chicago’s Andres Nocioni and Walter Herrmann from Charlotte. That might leave Brazil as the toughest test here. The Brazilians nearly beat the Americans in an exhibition game last year before the world championships, and have good NBA talent in the Phoenix Suns’ Leandro Barbosa and Denver forward Nene. But they’re without James’ Cavaliers teammate, Anderson Varejao, who doesn’t have an NBA contract and couldn’t risk playing. The United States and Brazil are in Pool B along with Canada, Venezuela and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Argentina heads Group A, joined by Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama and Uruguay. After round-robin play, the top four teams in each pool advance to the second round and play the teams from the other side. The semifinals are Sept. 1 and the championship game is the next day. The United States doesn’t have to win the title to qualify for Beijing. Both teams reaching the final automatically advance, and the teams finishing third, fourth and fifth earn spots in a separate qualifying tournament next summer. “I don’t think anybody’s particularly thinking about our history, what we’ve done in the past,” Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said. “You’re only as good as your last game and we’ve got to come out there and really put it on and try to re-establish our dominance.” 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

first_imgAfter the next presidential election, where will more of our children find work, with Blackwater or Kaiser? I know. They could work for Toys “R” Us in China (creating health care jobs here for the treatment of lead poisoning in low-income, uninsured children). Do our failing schools still teach foreign languages? – George Shaw Lake View Terrace What DWP stands for Re “DWP: L.A.’s best jobs” (Sept. 30): Maybe they should rename it the Department of Waste and Pay Raise. – Mike Hoblinski Burbank DWP apples Re “DWP: L.A.’s best jobs” (Sept. 30) I am a Los Angeles city worker, but not for the Department of Water and Power. The most appropriate way to truly compare the salaries of the DWP workers is to compare them to other utilities in the area. I am sure if you compare the salaries of DWP workers, they will most likely be below or right in line with adjacent cities like Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, etc. Just as you think the police officers and other city workers are overpaid, if you look at it from a rational perspective, you will find that we are either below or in line with other Los Angeles County cities. Start comparing apples to apples. Those of us who pay Edison rates would love the much cheaper utility rates in the city of Los Angeles. Do a true salary comparison and you will see the truth. – Chad Costello Santa Clarita Counting trees Re “A million? Not quite” (Oct. 1): Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office claims that 110,000 new trees have been planted, but it doesn’t know where they are. The city wants $400,000 in taxpayer dollars from the state for software to count and keep track of the trees. If they can’t count and keep track of these trees, where did they come up with the number 110,000, and where are the work orders? The database software I use costs $229. It will easily keep count and track 1 million trees, but if the city used it, some politician’s money person won’t get a lucrative and unneeded contract for the unnecessary software. The city drops the ball again and, as usual, the taxpayers get to pay for picking it up. – John R. Schlank Granada Hills Repeating Vietnam Re “Back a generation” (Your Opinions, Sept. 30): Chuck Heinold states the war in Iraq will set the U.S. back a generation in its war against al-Qaida. That statement is typical liberal anti-war convoluted logic and belies the fact that we are killing tens of thousands of al-Qaida terrorists in Iraq. We picked that battlefield, and they are coming to us where we can kill them. The Iraq battle is at a turning point, just as Vietnam was after the 1968 Tet offensive, when the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong suffered a humiliating defeat. In their own words, they were ready to give up until they watched CBS and read The New York Times. After the Tet offensive, the Hanoi Jane peaceniks pushed us to defeat. The anti-war liberals are doing the same in Iraq. – Bob Budworth Woodland Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! – Candido Marez Northridge Outsourcing more Re Mike Keefe cartoon (Oct. 1): The only thing missing in Mike Keefe’s comic with Bush and the truck dumping taxpayer cash was stockholders from Halliburton, Bechtel and Lockheed (and maybe some U.S. senators and congressmen) standing by with their pockets open to catch most of that money. Re “Lost `war”‘ (Viewpoint, Sept. 29): As a parent who has felt the pain and devastation that gangs and drugs can do to a family, I hope that I never see the day when we legalize illegal drugs. This is not the answer. Even though millions of dollars have been spent combating gangs and drugs, we can never give up the fight to save our children. We must find programs that are effective, such as LA’s BEST and LAPD’s Jeopardy program. Can we beat gangs? Hopefully. Can we end the usage of drugs? Maybe. But the one thing we must never do is give up the hope that we can someday save all children from gangs and drugs. last_img

first_imgHitting the water aboard the RIB in Donegal Town. Donegal Bay Waterbus has sailings today. Call 074 97 23666 to bookIT’S hot out there – and it’s going to get much hotter.Met Eireann says it will be 26C in Donegal on Tuesday. Enjoy it while it lasts.So send us your Donegal Summer Sun pictures to  Adam Rory Porter’s stunning shot over InishowenThis is a view from Arranmore lookin out towards Inishscaorach with Maghery and Portnoo beachs in the background – Pic Maureen FerryEva dunnion in The sun The McFaddens from Ramelton enjoying the weather at Rathmullan today The circus is in Buncrana – and this camel was enjoying the heat and the sand. Pic By Chris McClaffertyCarrigart by Marcella Crossan  Sunset over Lough Swilly ByMary Lafferty’s stunning pic of Lough Swilly Magheroarty Beach By Kathy McFadden Sunset on Rossnowlagh on Monday night. Pic by Andrea Whelan Ducks at Inch Lake: Pic by Martin McGuinness (the north’s joint first minister!)  HERE COMES THE SUMMER! SEND US YOUR SIZZLING DONEGAL PICTURES was last modified: July 9th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal in picturessummersunweatherlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“You need to be flat, long and stretched out,” said trainer Julia Clukey, a current women’s singles record holder who set a new record just last Friday in Lake Placid, N.Y. To test the eager young athletes’ memories, a red-shirted USA Luge coach pointed at the group and asked, “The most important thing is?” “Stopping,” a tall, blond girl answered, breaking the tension and releasing a flood of nervous giggles from her adolescent competitors. Robin Tyner’s 14-year-old daughter, Khoe, plays ballet, soccer and tennis but saw the luge training as a great opportunity to expand her sports horizons. “She’s a little nervous,” Robin explained. “She’s a great snowboarder, though.” Carol Mazie was there with her son, Josh, 14, who has skied since he was 5 before switching to snowboarding. The tall, slender teen, a freshman at Valencia High School, also plays basketball. “It’s something we’re not exposed to here with our warm weather,” she said. “He’s at the top end of the age group, but when he heard about it from my younger son’s principal, he wanted to try it.” “It was fun,” Josh said as he pulled the wheeled sled back up the hill. “I’ve gone down this hill on my scooter before, but never on my back.” The principal, John Baker, from North Park Elementary School, spent the day near the line of hay bales at the bottom of the course, watching luge riders and offering encouragement, even if they made their own courses veering around speed dots on the pavement. “I was in the 1988 Olympic trials in the doubles competition,” he said, watching a rider carefully. “That was the year of the Calgary Games. It looked so cool and fun. “Bonnie Warner from Mount Baldy was on the team that year, and I thought it was interesting that someone from Southern California could be in the luge.” The first international luge race was held in 1883 in Switzerland; the sport was included in the Olympics in 1964. According to USA Luge, 10 is the perfect age to be introduced to the luge because it takes approximately 8-10 years to develop the skills necessary to be competitive at the international level. Clukey said that the tryout team visits several cities throughout the summer; it was in Seattle last week and from Saugus will travel to Phoenix, Dallas and end up in Connecticut. “We have four levels of teams these kids could qualify for: the developmental team, the candidate team, the junior nationals and the senior nationals. Some of the levels depend on age, but then you get placed on the higher teams depending on your skills.” The junior development team meets two or three times during the summer for training camps and four to nine weeks in the winter for on-ice training; junior candidate teams, which usually have a race season behind them and show long-term promise, also receive priority on track time, equipment and housing at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Those reaching the junior national team level will travel through Europe and North America during the winter season from the end of October to the end of February. The team represents the U.S. in Junior World Club and Junior World Championship Competitions. (661) 257-5252 IF YOU GO Verizon-USA Luge Slider Search for ages 11-14 will hold clinics 9 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m. today, Centre Pointe Parkway, near Ferry Court. Openings are available in the afternoon session. The cost is $15 and includes a T-shirt. For more information, see local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAUGUS – “We need a helmet-cam,” one parent yelled, watching as a hopeful athlete lying on a narrow sled zoomed past him on Center Pointe Parkway. The young person headed downhill toward a barricade of hay bales was one of more than 40 local children between the ages of 11 and 14 being coached by members of Verizon-USA Luge Slider Search Team during tryouts Saturday. An additional flight of 30 have reserved spots for today’s clinic. The Slider Search is the primary means of recruitment for a program that, for some, has led to the Olympics. Promising athletes from the Santa Clarita area clinic will be invited to train at facilities in Lake Placid, N.Y., or Park City, Utah, as well as be considered for the 2007-2008 USA Luge development team. Before their first group of students were “launched,” several experienced luge athletes gave them a quick rundown of what to wear, how to sit, where to position themselves on the sled and how important aerodynamics are to their success – and survival. last_img read more

first_imgIn fact, at Liverpool Rodgers’ crowning moment came wasn’t much of a crowning moment at all. He took the Reds to within two points of the Premier League title, with Luis Suarez leading one of the most exhilarating title charges in recent times. They came up just short, but Rodgers attracted much credit for the way he masterminded such a surge.From then on, however, things fell apart for the Northern Irishman at Anfield. Suarez was sold to Barcelona with Liverpool missing out on Champions League qualification. Doubts started to surface over Rodgers’ style of play and signings (admittedly made by Liverpool’s transfer committee), as over £110 million was recklessly splashed to compensate for the loss of their Uruguayan frontman. Brendan Rodgers was a popular figure at Liverpool. Press AssociationLiverpool owners Fenway Sports Group decided to keep Rodgers for the 2015/16 season following discussions over the summer, but he was dismissed following a poor start to the campaign and a derby defeat to Everton. In came Jurgen Klopp with Rodgers discarded.Since his sacking from Liverpool last October Rodgers has spent time visiting clubs around the continent – particularly in Spain – studying the methods and practices of his contemporaries. The Northern Irishman has spent his entire career on these shores, but is viewed as a continental coach of sorts. That is part of his appeal. Rather ironically, however, Rodgers’ record in Europe is a blot on his copybook. With Liverpool he made the Champions League but failed to progress past the group stage, not faring much better in the Europa League. Celtic managers are currently defined by their success and failure on the continent, so improvement will be needed in that regard.Brendan Rodgers worked under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. Press AssociationRodgers’ pedigree in the game is well established, though. He became a coach at Reading after his playing career was ended by a genetic knee condition at the age of just 20, leaving his role as Academy Director at the club to join Jose Mourinho as a youth coach at Chelsea following a recommendation by Steve Clarke. He became reserve team manager at Stamford Bridge before leaving to become boss at Watford in November 2008. After guiding the Hornets to safety in the Championship Rodgers returned to Reading as manager, but departed the club after a disappointing six months in charge, with the Royals just one place above the relegation zone.Brendan Rodgers’ spell at Reading was short lived. Press AssociationThe Northern Irishman’s career took a dramatic upturn with his appointment at Swansea in July 2010, though, leading the Welsh club to the Premier League for the first time in their history. He turned down a role as part of Roberto Mancini’s at Manchester City to take the job and it was with the Swans that Rodgers truly underlined his ideology as a football coach, establishing the Welsh side as one of the most attractive teams in the Football League.It was this philosophy that attracted Liverpool to Rodgers, who was hired as Kenny Dalglish’s successor in the summer of 2012. As is so often the case with modern managers, he is so sought after for what he represents over what he actually achieves. After a turgid season and questions of philosophy that is likely why Celtic have turned to the Northern Irishman.Brendan Rodgers led Swansea to the Premier League. Press AssociationSuarez calls Rodgers one of the best coaches he has ever worked with in the game. So does Steven Gerrard, who believes he would have won much more over the course of his career had the Northern Irishman arrived at Liverpool earlier. On the basis of endorsements, Rodgers has more than a presidential election candidate.Signed to a 12-month rolling contract at Celtic Rodgers looks to be keeping his long-term options open. That is perhaps an indication of how fleeting his stay in Scottish football could be. Succeed at Celtic and his reputation will be boosted further, attracting the attention of Premier League clubs. For the moment, though, Rodgers is charged with delivering success as well as style at Celtic. Achieve both of things and the Northern Irishman will live up to his rather hefty billing. When Brendan Rodgers takes charge of his first match as Celtic manager there will be something familiar about his new surroundings. The Northern Irishman is well accustomed to having the sound of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ ringing in his ears.The former Liverpool boss was introduced to the Scottish media today following his hiring as Ronny Deila’s successor on Friday. Rodgers is considered one of the best British coaches in the game right now and so his appointment is quite the coup for the Scottish champions.Celtic supporters were left somewhat underwhelmed by the appointment of Ronny Deila, an unknown from Norwegian football, two years ago. With Rodgers’ hiring, however, there was no chance of that happening again, with the Hoops supporters bristling at his arrival. Rather bizarrely for a manager of his reputation, Rodgers is still to get his hands on a major piece of silverware as a coach. He led Swansea City to the Premier League through the play-offs, but that remains the only trophy he has ever lifted. That could go some way to explain why he was so keen to take over at Celtic.Brendan Rodgers was appointed at Liverpool in 2012. Press Associationlast_img read more