Ronaldo fires Real to first title since 2012

first_imgReal Madrid ended a five-year wait to win La Liga on Sunday as Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema secured a 2-0 win at Malaga which clinched a 33rd league triumph.Barcelona fought back from two goals down to beat Eibar 4-2 but the result could not stop Real from lifting the trophy.Real finished the campaign on 93 points, three clear of last year’s champions Barca.‎Zinedine Zidane’s men only needed a draw to wrap up the title in their final game of the season and raced into the lead when Ronaldo latched onto a through ball from Isco to round Carlos Kameni. That goal ensured Real scored in every league game this season.Malaga had nothing to play for but made a fist of the game and it took a fine save from Keylor Navas to prevent former Barca player Sandro Ramirez levelling from a freekick later in the first half and the striker also came close from a header.Real also wasted chances to stretch their lead before Benzema bundled the ball in on the rebound in the 55th minute after Kameni had saved from Sergio Ramos following a corner.“Just as throughout the season we did it in the end with hard work and by fighting,” Zidane told reporters.“With the type of squad we have we only have to think about working, it’s been a very hard fought league win, difficult at some moments, but after 38 games there’s no better feeling than being at the top.”There was a brief moment of concern when Ronaldo needed treatment after falling awkwardly from a challenge but the Portuguese, who scored for the fifth time in three league games, was able to finish the game, easing Madrid’s anxieties before the Champions League final against Juventus on June 3.The result secured Real a sixth straight league win since going down 3-2 to Barca in April.Barca fell two goals behind in their final game of the season against Eibar as Japanese forward Takashi Inui scored either side of the break with two thumping finishes in off the crossbar although the Catalans fought back to win 4-2 with the help of a double from the league’s top scorer Lionel Messi.“The game was a demonstration of what the team has been like in the last few years. We never give up, although we couldn’t finish the year how we wanted to,” said Barca coach Luis Enrique.“We weren’t consistent enough throughout the season, especially in home games, and in the end we’ve paid for that.”The Catalans had missed a slew of chances before then and had a goal ruled out but they got a lucky break when Eibar defender David Junca inadvertently sent a loose ball into his own net after Neymar had hit the post.Luis Suarez knocked in the equaliser in the 73rd minute after Messi had missed a penalty although the Argentine compensated by converting a second spotkick in the 75th and then rounded off the scoring in injury time.Messi finished the season as top scorer in the league with 37 strikes, ahead of Suarez on 29 and Ronaldo on 25.Also on Sunday Atletico Madrid said farewell to their beloved Vicente Calderon stadium in the most fitting manner with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao thanks to a double by homegrown hero Fernando Torres on Sunday before they move to a new ground.Atletico finished third with 78 points while Athletic missed out on sixth and a qualifying round spot in next season’s Europa League to Basque rivals Real Sociedad, who snatched a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo with an added time leveller from striker Juanmi.Athletic are seventh but can still earn a place in the Europa League if Barcelona win the King’s Cup.last_img read more

Camera trap study reveals Amazon ocelot’s survival strategies

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Glenn Scherer Amazon Conservation, Amazon Rainforest, Animals, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Biodiversity Hotspots, Carnivores, Cats, Conservation, Deforestation, Ecology, Ecosystems, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Green, Habitat, Habitat Degradation, Habitat Destruction, Habitat Loss, Hunting, Mammals, Over-hunting, Rainforests, Research, Threats To The Amazon, Tropical Deforestation, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation center_img Ocelots suffered severe declines in the 1960s and 70s due to hunting, but populations have rebounded since the international fur trade was banned. Now, heavy deforestation and increasing human activity across their range threaten to put this elegant creature back on the endangered list.Researchers collected images from hundreds of camera traps set across the Amazon basin and analyzed the effect of different habitat characteristics on the presence of ocelots. Statistical modeling revealed the cat’s preference for dense forests and a dislike of roads and human settlements.Experts say ocelots may also be responding to human activity and forest degradation in ways that camera traps cannot easily detect, such as changing how and when they use a particular habitat. The study looked at ocelot behavior in protected and forested habitat, not in degraded landscapes.Ocelots are considered ambassador species for their forest ecosystem, and studies like this give support to maintaining protected areas, which are increasingly under threat from agricultural expansion and other human activities. An ocelot observed by a camera trap at the Amanã Sustainable Development Reserve in Amazonas, Brazil. Amazonas is one of the least deforested of Brazilian Amazon states, so likely provides much good habitat for ocelots. Image by Daniel G. Rocha.Ocelots living the Amazon basin prefer dense forest and avoid roads and human settlements, according to the largest ever camera trap study of this illusive wildcat, published in the journal Ecology and Evolution earlier this year.The ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) is a medium-sized spotted cat found across the southwestern United States, central and South America.The species suffered severe declines in the 1960s and 70s because of hunting for the fur trade, but has recovered since the trade was banned, and they are now listed as of “least concern” by the IUCN Redlist. However, heavy deforestation and increasing human activity across their range threaten to put this shy elegant creature back on the endangered list.To better understand how ocelots respond to changes in their habitat, Bingxin Wang and a team of researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford collaborated with Brazilian researchers to collect images from nearly 900 camera traps, along with environmental data such as tree cover, elevation, and the proximity to rivers, roads and human settlements at twelve sites across the Amazon basin in Brazil in the states of Amazonas, Rondônia, Mato Grosso, and Pará, as well as the state of Rio de Janeiro.The authors used statistical modelling to analyse and understand the creatures’ habitat choices, which revealed a preference for dense forests near rivers and a dislike of roads, settlements, and steep slopes“This project showcases how multiple conservation organizations can collaborate to reveal the habitat preference of an important yet previously neglected species,” said conservation researcher Cedric Tan, who supervised the work. The study represents the largest effort to monitor ocelot numbers and behavior using camera traps ever conducted, totalling more than 40,000 days of recording between 2010 and 2017. “Unlike larger, more charismatic felids, such as jaguar and puma, ocelot gain less attention from researchers and the public,” noted Wang.The researchers found that ocelots were more likely to occupy habitat with denser forest cover farther away from roads and human settlements — sites that are likely to have plenty of prey and relatively few humans. The results mirror those of studies on other small wild cats, such as clouded leopards (Neofelis nebulosa), which also prefer dense, unfragmented forests.Forest carnivores are expected to be highly sensitive to forest fragmentation and deforestation because of their restricted diet and the need for large home ranges. When apex predators such as jaguars (Panthera onca) are lost from a habitat, more adaptable mesopredators like ocelots, which form the next rung down on the food chain, may play an even more important role in stabilizing the ecosystem by keeping prey populations in check. For this reason, as well as their charisma and public appeal, they are considered “ambassador species” for their whole ecosystem.Ocelots, like many other medium-sized predators, are known for their adaptability, and at the twelve sites included in this study they were extremely common —cameras recorded more than 334 sightings across the 7-year study. The “ocelot is able to thrive wherever there are forests populated with suitable prey,” said Wang. However, she warns against complacency over conserving this ambassador species and it’s habitat — the study did not include deforested or heavily degraded habitats, where ocelots are likely to be more severely affected.“Even though ocelots are seen as a flexible and adaptable species, the results show that they are still responding to human pressure,” commented Guilherm Ferreira, an experienced camera-trapper studying large mammal populations in southeastern Brazil. “Although this negative effect is intuitive, it is important to show it empirically,” he said.The broad adaptability of the ocelot may explain why several of the characteristics that the team measured, such as habitat fragmentation and slope gradient, had only very weak effects on ocelot habitat use. The twelve sites included in the study were all located within protected areas or on private land, which the team acknowledges may have limited their ability to detect major impacts due to deforestation, forest fragmentation and human activity.“This study would have [detected] a greater impact if there was more variation in their sites by including secondary forest… fragmented habitats and potentially even sites that have been converted to agriculture,” said Emily Madsen, a conservation biologist and camera trap expert from University College London.But experts say there may be other ways in which ocelots are responding to these variables without leaving a habitat completely. “Adapting to human pressures can also often mean that [animals] change the way they use the available habitat,” said Madsen. This might involve sticking to thicker vegetation in areas of higher human presence, or becoming more strongly nocturnal to avoid daytime human activity, she said. “Important aspects of the species’ ecology and behaviour cannot be revealed using camera trap surveys,” agreed Ferreira.Weaker, more nuanced relationships between habitat characteristics and ocelot behavior might also be evident at different scales. The present study considered habitat characteristics with in a 500 meter (1640 feet) radius of each camera trap, but evidence from a variety of species shows that animals do not respond to all habitat characteristics at the same spatial scale. For instance, cheetah behavior is influenced by the presence of human activities more than a kilometer (0.62 miles) away, whereas they respond to environmental characteristics on a much smaller scale of up to 200 meters (656 feet).An ocelot caught on camera in Amazonas state, Brazil, as part of the largest ocelot study ever conducted. Image by Daniel G. Rocha.Accidentally caught on cameraCamera traps are indiscriminate about which species’ images they capture, so devices set up for one purpose can often yield useful data about other species. By pooling data from researchers across Brazil, this study was able to take advantage of camera traps that were set as part of previous research on other species; a low-cost and relatively quick way to gather data that can aid in conservation planning. However, recycling data in this way comes with some limitations — you can’t choose where or how to set up the camera traps, for example.Madsen suggested that this may have constrained the team’s analysis. For example, the authors used a statistical technique known as occupancy modeling to understand how habitat variables such as tree density and proximity to a road influence the presence of ocelots in a particular area. “Methods which allow us to calculate densities would probably be more informative,” and might have detected weaker effects of habitat characteristics that occupancy modelling missed, she suggested.“Density is more informative than occupancy and should be used as a metric whenever possible,” agreed Ferreira, “[T]he problem is that you need more data to estimate density.” To make such calculations, the authors would have needed to identify individual ocelots, which is possible, but only when utilizing the best quality photos — limiting the analysis capacity of this “accidental” camera trap data.“Perhaps, using density [data] the authors would obtain a more refined picture… [N]evertheless, using occupancy [data] as a metric the authors were still able to show, for example, that [decreased] distance from households negatively affects ocelot use of the landscape,” information that can be useful for designing conservation management recommendations for the species, Ferreira said.This, and other studies demonstrating the negative impact of human activity on biodiversity, emphasize the importance of protected areas, many of which are under threat of being downsized or eliminated due to political pressure from agribusiness lobbyists and the policies of the current Brazilian administration of Jair Bolsonaro. Ocelots’ aversion to humans may make them especially vulnerable to reductions in environmental protection — new roads that carve up the forest also bring more human activity to the fragments that remain.The camera traps may yet yield more information about ocelot behavior. Wang said that the team hopes to reanalyze the data they’ve gathered, looking at other predators and prey to understand the suitability of different types of habitat found with the whole ecological community.Citation:Wang, B., Rocha, D. G., Abrahams, M. I., Antunes, A. P., Costa, H. C., Gonçalves, A. L. S., … & Ramalho, E. (2019). Habitat use of the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) in Brazilian Amazon. Ecology and evolution, 9(9), 5049-5062. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5005Banner image: The ocelot is a solitary feline, active at twilight and after dark. It preys on small mammals, including armadillos, rabbits, rodents, small birds, fish, insects and reptiles. 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Horrible times and worst days are ahead

first_imgIt is most disturbing to observe the statements drip-fed out of the GANG of eight that controls the Alliance For Change (AFC).  Firstly, from Khemraj Ramjattan. Then, the immoral outpouring from AFC leadership cabal (the so-called GANG of eight generals who have no supporting soldiers). Then finally, the submission by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo with his weekly diatribe attempting to spinelessly spin untruths for his supper.Why am I disturbed? Because that party was destined to be the balance of power to “rebuild the moral fabric of our society for the sake of future generations” (see the 2011 AFC Action Plan). Rather, they have lost the ethical plot and are today on a mission to exclusively use public office to create a whole new economic platform for themselves and their families, while doing everything possible to neglect the masses. Isn’t this what Ramjattan, Nagamootoo, Cathy Hughes and the others accused the People’s Progressive Party of when they were in Opposition?  What do you call such kind?Unfortunately, those who have been bequeathed with the task of bringing rationality to the political thought set have now morphed into a cabal of hypocrites. Their sole mission is to play their role as loyal bag boys and girls for the People’s National Congress (PNC) with a clear mandate of explaining away, albeit poorly, the catastrophic decisions made in Congress Place. One thing the AFC is not able to hide these days is how crippled they have become mentally on the big issues. Their attempt at explaining away the transgressions of the PNC is become more and more unintelligent every day, to the point one ponders if they are literally “XM or El Dorado enhanced” when they make such idiotic statements.But let us focus on the statement made by Nagamootoo.  I would not insult what little is left of his intelligence by suggesting that he believe any of it.  Maybe his PNC masters wrote that statement for him since history has proven that he is nothing but a half-baked pretender at grasping the big issues and has always been a stooge of the groupthink. Using his name, his masters dabbled in everything in that debauched outpouring but the issue at hand.What is the issue at hand?The Constitution provides that “if the Leader of the Opposition fails to submit a list as provided for,” only then can the President proceed unilaterally to make an appointment of a Judge, former Judge or person qualified to be a Judge.”  Let us be clear about this – unilateralism is only given life constitutionally if the Leader of the Opposition fails to have a list of six names on the desk of the President. The facts will show that there were six names on the desk of the President but he chooses to violate the Constitution and walk the path of unilateralism.Unfortunately, this entire crisis has nothing to do with Jagdeo.  It was self-created by none other than David Granger and he and only he has to bear full responsibility for the outcome.  History and time will be very unkind to him for playing with the future of the Guyanese people.  There is no doubt that the period of “non-cooperation” will bite.  In a struggle, all will feel the pain but struggle we must unless we want to become slaves of Grangerism that is shown itself to be much worse than Burnhamism.As Mandela cautioned us “if you want the humans around you to cooperate, you must make them feel as important by being genuine and humble”.  Granger has lost a golden opportunity to leverage a period of cooperation by deliberately sewing seeds of mistrust in the society.  How reckless and irresponsible of him!Because of his tenure in office, many are today feeling bullied.  And this intimidating continued with deceptive swiftness when he “lick down” all the laws by swearing in an 84-year-old unfit person into such a high office.  And yes, Patterson is unfit on many fronts.First off, where is his experience at managing a big organisation like GECOM?  ZERO!Then there is the political hot potato of his age. The State runs the risk of the drama of constant medical emergencies. We have real evidence in the agriculture portfolio with Noel Holder whose disruptive medical tragedies have brought great harm to that sector. Should we not expect the same from an even more aged 84-year-old?The highest levels of the “Grangite” political establishment bear an uncomfortable resemblance to a gerontocracy. Unfortunately, in such a situation, economic, political and social progress shall be delayed.  Therefore frankness is key and it is the time that more people in and out of Guyana, who love our country speak the truth, unlike the AFC Gang of eight who have betrayed themselves and their now permanently lost supporters.last_img read more

UG, US students benefit from oil and gas capacity training

first_imgScience students from the University of Guyana (UG) and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, United States (US) were exposed to a unique opportunity to learn about enhancing capacities to support the oil and gas sector.The participating students outside of the University of Guyana’s compoundThis exercise was funded by a grant from the ExxonMobil through President Barrack Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Programme. In mid-July, UG students travelled to Lubbock to attend classes at the university and conduct experiments in state-of-the-art laboratories.The students gained a general understanding of the petroleum exploration process, introductory knowledge of the value chain associated with exploration and production of hydrocarbons. They also gained experience with Petrel software suite and utility in viewing seismic and petrophysical data.Outside of class, they visited the picturesque Caprock Canyons State Park to witness firsthand some of the sedimentary wonders that fascinate geologists today.Meanwhile, from July 24 to August 3, Texas Tech students travelled to Guyana where they were joined by their UG classmates to listen directly to the Natural Resources Minister on the steps Guyana is taking to ensure that the country is prepared for the production of petroleum that is set to begin in the next five years.ExxonMobil geologist, Richard McKenzie also spoke to the group and expressed the corporation’s delight in sponsoring such a worthwhile experience for the students. He encouraged students to continue their studies in the sciences and to be a part of making a positive difference in their countries – both in Guyana and the United States.Students travelled to Linden to see the bauxite mining areas and were briefed by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Chief Executive Officer on the history of bauxite in Guyana. Texas Tech students and faculty also went to Kaieteur Falls to experience the power and majesty of one of Guyana’s most impressive natural wonders.US Ambassador Perry Holloway expressed his strong support for the programme and confirmed to Texas Tech Professors Gad Perry and Dustin Sweet, as well as UG Professor Calvin Bernard, the willingness of the US Government to help Guyana transition into an oil-producing nation.The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas Programme – President Obama’s signature education initiative in the Western Hemisphere – is to increase the number of US students studying in the Western Hemisphere to 100,000 and the number of Western Hemisphere students studying in the United States to 100,000 by the year 2020. The initiative is aimed at enhancing hemispheric competitiveness, increasing prosperity, and preparing a more globally competent workforce.last_img read more

Captain Rooney vows to spark for England

first_imgHe has scored 29 times for England, but major tournaments have ended in disappointment far too often.In the 2006 World Cup he was sent off during a quarter-final defeat against Portugal and four years later he failed to score in South Africa as England crashed out in dismal fashion in the last 16.Rooney fared little better at this year’s European Championships and the 26-year-old acknowledges that, while Everton and now United have seen the best of him, the same can’t be said of his time with England.“Am I unfulfilled at international level? That is fair. I haven’t been at my best for England and that is something I’m desperate to put right,” he said on Thursday.“I think us as a team and as a country, we need to be more successful and better in tournament football.“At club level I’ve won nine trophies and the only thing missing is being successful and to win things with England.“That is what we are aiming to do. There are new coaching staff and a lot of young players have come into the squad and the future is bright for us.”Rooney admits it didn’t help that he struggled to cope with the pressures of life in the public eye after first becoming an England regular.But he has gradually got used to increased scrutiny that inevitably follows the country’s top players.“From my point of view, the first few years were the hardest to live up in terms of expectations,” he said.“The first few years are the most difficult part to adjust your life.“Now I’m not too concerned about it. I don’t go out, I go to a restaurant with my wife and family and keep myself to myself.”Although he is now a more mature figure, Rooney’s only previous experience of captaining England came in a friendly defeat against Brazil in Doha three years ago and he can’t wait to pull on the armband for the first time at Wembley.“It is a great honour. I’m really proud and excited. It will be a big night for me and my family,” he added.“It is a big challenge for myself. I don’t know what sort of captain I am and I already speak with all the players whether it is younger or older.“But I will try and get the best out of myself and the other players, and hopefully they can get the best out of me.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, October 11 – Wayne Rooney admits he is desperate to make amends for years of under-achievement with England after being named as captain for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino.Rooney will lead England out at Wembley in the absence of suspended regular skipper Steven Gerrard and injured vice-captain Frank Lampard, and the Manchester United striker would love to celebrate the occasion with a rare inspired display for his country.Since bursting onto the international scene with a series of dazzling performances at Euro 2004, Rooney has struggled to replicate his superb club form on England duty.last_img read more

Messi a class above all season says Enrique

first_img0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, January 19 – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique hailed Lionel Messi’s consistent brilliance this season after the Argentine took his tally to 28 goals in 27 games with a hat-trick in a 4-0 win away to Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday. Messi and Enrique’s relationship has reportedly been frosty since the four-time World Player of the Year had been left on the bench for his side’s 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad earlier this month.However, Enrique has repeatedly insisted Messi remains the best player in the world and refused suggestions he has taken his form to another level over the past week with another stellar performance after vanquishing La Liga champions Atletico Madrid last weekend with a goal and two assists.“Messi has been at an extraordinarily high level all season,” said Enrique, despite reports of a dressing room rift between the two in recent weeks.“He hasn’t dipped at any point. He has been world class.”Victory brought Barca back to within a point of league leaders Real Madrid and continued their positive response to an institutional crisis that enveloped the club following the Sociedad defeat.However, Enrique is still looking for further improvements if the Catalans are to continue their pursuit of honours on three fronts this season.“Winning is good for the players’ confidence but there are still many things to improve, both in attack and defence.“We still need to improve in both areas because that is the only way to challenge for all the titles.”One of the reported reasons for the dressing room discontent with Enrique has been his much criticised rotation policy.The 44-year-old named a different line-up for the 29th consecutive game, but maintained the same 11 that started against Atletico last weekend.However, he refused to admit he had bowed to pressure from his players for a more settled side.“I am not faithful to one single manner of doing things. I played the 11 I think will work best.“We will be stronger the more players we have contributing to the cause.”And Barca’s captain on the day Andres Iniesta backed his coach’s intention to keep all his players heavily involved throughout the campaign.“I don’t think the rotations are bad, that way we all feel useful and important,” said the Spanish international.“It also makes sure we are in a good situation to get to the end of all the competitions in better condition.“In the end what matters is what the coach says and we have to execute it in the best way possible.”Barca’s attention now turns to another meeting with Atletico in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final tie on Wednesday.“We have an exciting few weeks ahead of us, but it is a very intense and tough tie against a difficult opponent in Atletico. We need to be at our best without committing errors.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Reality Cech as Hammers stun Gunners

first_imgCech’s rash charge allowed Cheikhou Kouyate to head West Ham in front from debutant Dimitri Payet’s 43rd-minute free-kick and the Czech international’s slowness to get down saw him beaten at his near post from 25 yards by Mauro Zarate shortly before the hour.“We were not convincing offensively or defensively,” said Wenger, whose side beat champions Chelsea 1-0 in the Community Shield last weekend.“The players were maybe too nervous and put too much pressure on themselves. Today we have been hurt mentally and it is a good opportunity to respond.”West Ham’s win echoed Aston Villa’s 3-1 success at the Emirates on the first day of the 2013-14 campaign and enabled Slaven Bilic to crown his first league game as manager with a famous victory.“We are all very pleased and it is a great start for us — not only for the three points, but points against a team that are title contenders,” said the Croatian, who is a former West Ham defender.“If you add to that a London derby, it makes it an even bigger win. This is very special. I am very proud of the second-half performance.”– Wijnaldum scores –Bilic named 16-year-old Reece Oxford in midfield and saw the teenager turn in a commanding display as West Ham bounced back from their Europa League elimination at the hands of Romanians Astra Giurgiu last Thursday.Wenger sent on Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal sought to claw back their two-goal deficit, but the closest they came to scoring was a deflected first-half shot by Aaron Ramsey that hit the bar.Meanwhile, Dutch midfielder Giorginio Wijnaldum scored on his competitive Newcastle United debut as former England head coach Steve McClaren began his St James’ Park tenure with a 2-2 draw at home to Southampton.After Graziano Pelle had put the visitors in front, goals from Papiss Cisse and £14.5 million ($22.5 million, 20.5 million euros) new recruit Wijnaldum put Newcastle in front, but Southampton substitute Shane Long headed in a 79th-minute equaliser.Chelsea opened their title defence with a 2-2 draw at home to Swansea City on Saturday, with Manchester United edging Tottenham Hotspur 1-0.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Some said Petr Cech’s £10 mn arrival from Chelsea could tip the balance of power in the title race in Arsenal’s favour. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, August 9- Petr Cech made a Premier League debut to forget for Arsenal as his errors helped West Ham United to record a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.Cech’s arrival from Chelsea has been acclaimed as a signing that could turn Arsenal into title contenders, but he was found wanting as Arsene Wenger’s side opened their Premier League campaign with a home defeat for the second time in three years.last_img read more

`Love is the answer’

first_img• Photo Gallery: Long, Long Ago Oral History ProgramJunior high students crammed into a sweltering classroom at Laguna Nueva School in Commerce on Thursday and sat on the floor to hear from a student who once fought for his own right to learn. Dr. Terrence Roberts was one of the “Little Rock Nine” in 1957, a group of nine black high-schoolers who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. despite resistance from Gov. Orval Faubus, the Arkansas National Guard and even their own teachers and classmates. Roberts, who volunteered at age 16 to be among the first to integrate, said he felt it was his duty to push for civil rights. “I knew that thousands of people before me had died in this same cause,” Roberts said. “I couldn’t say no. It would be like spitting on their graves and saying, `What you did was worthless.”‘ This year is the 50th anniversary of the integration of Central High School in Little Rock. The Little Rock Nine Foundation is hosting several events throughout the year to commemorate the struggle of integration and the progress made in education since the end of segregation. In September, all nine former students will convene in Little Rock to host a symposium on the significance of civil rights and the future of education. Roberts spent only one year at Central High, because all high schools in the city were shut down the next year because of the integration crisis. He transferred to Los Angeles High School and has been a Southern California resident almost continuously since. Like the rest of the nine, Roberts eventually graduated from high school and college. He eventually obtained a doctorate and became a psychologist. Roberts now serves as chair of psychology at Antioch University in Los Angeles, has a private psychology practice and is CEO of the management-consulting firm Terrence J. Roberts and Associates. He also married and had two daughters. Now 66, he is the grandfather of two boys, and lives in Pasadena with his wife, Rita. Although he was not a full-time activist, Roberts said he remained involved in the civil rights movement throughout his life. “Anybody who is a black person in this country is involved, whether they realize it or not,” Roberts said. During his time as a student at Central High, Roberts met Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders. For Roberts, the message offered by King and the church community in which he grew up was that love was the only way to overcome the problems of racism and segregation. “We finally had to conclude that we loved our enemies,” Roberts said. “Love is the answer.” Angel Mungvia, 12, is a seventh-grader at Laguna Nueva. He said that Roberts’ presentation made history more interesting. He was impressed by Roberts’ nonviolent approach to segregation. “Even the people who screamed at him, he loved them,” Angel said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3015 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Video: Andreas Pereira’s highlights against San Jose Earthquakes

first_imgManchester United boss Louis van Gaal may have been miffed with Bastian Schweinsteiger’s performance against San Jose Earthquakes but he was impressed with youngster Andreas Pereira.The youngster put in another good showing and even grabbed a goal as he played in the No.10 role for the Red Devils in the second half.You can see Pereira’s highlights, including his header, from the 3-1 victory in America in the video above…last_img

Jonny Evans ruled out of Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Greece

first_img1 Jonny Evans Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans will miss Thursday’s crunch Euro 2016 qualifier against Greece, but could yet feature against Finland.The West Brom centre-half suffered a hamstring injury at the weekend and has not yet travelled to Belfast.He will make the journey ahead of the Greece clash, where victory will be enough to secure a place at Euro 2016, and should his country still need a result in Helsinki he will be assessed.“Jonny will join the squad tomorrow with a view to Sunday,” confirmed manager Michael O’Neill.“West Brom have been excellent in terms of co-operation on that. We always felt tomorrow night would be too soon but he hasn’t ruled out Sunday, neither have we and neither have the club.”last_img read more