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Corinthians RFC and Shop Street Hosts Sleep Out For Simon

first_imgThis year, Simon are aiming to raise €30,000 to fund health and well-being costs for up to 300 clients supported by our prevention, housing and support services.Providing homeless services is much more than just putting a roof over someone’s head. The investment in health-related supports is a vital contributor in helping people turn their lives round.Galway Simon’s Health & Well-Being Team are dedicated to providing each of our clients with specialist support in areas including physical and mental health, addiction, relapse prevention, life skills and access to training, education and employment.100% of funds raised through this year’s event will be used towards the shortfall in funding for these services specifically covering essential counselling, chiropody and dental treatments, as well as the development of a garden allotment project to promote mental health and meaningful use of time.Amy Lavelle from Simon Galway joined John Mulligan on Over The Line to speak about the SleepoutAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Corinthians RFC and Shop Street will host a Sleep Out for Simon tonight starting at 6pm in Corinthians and 7pm at Shop Street Galway. Listen to what some of last year’s participants had to say about the experience of sleeping out. #sleepout4simonprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Those involved will experience for one night what many people in Ireland face every day while helping to raise awareness and funds to tackle homelessness.last_img read more

‘Landscape of fearlessness’: bushbuck emboldened following top-predator decline in Mozambique

first_imgBushbuck in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park have become increasingly fearless in their foraging habits, changing from foraging exclusively in woodland areas to braving open floodplains.Following years of civil war, populations of large herbivores and carnivores in Gorongosa declined by over 90 percent, with some top predators completely extirpated.Researchers from Princeton University conducted experiments using state-of-the-art equipment to establish whether the bushbucks’ use of floodplains for foraging was due to the decline in predation threat.Following experimentally simulated predation events, bushbuck significantly increased their use of tree cover, indicating that the reintroduction of top predators would restore a ‘landscape of fear’. The ‘landscape of fear’ is not a new term among biologists. From the now-iconic study of how elk and bison gradually adjusted their vigilance levels after wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park, to the evaluation of grasshopper foraging habits in the presence of predatory spiders, the concept that prey species move and forage, in part, to avoid predators has been modeled, remodeled, and modeled again. However, seldom has there been an opportunity to observe the contrary, a ‘landscape of fearlessness’, following a dramatic decline in predator populations.In May 1977, civil war broke out in Mozambique, prompting a 15-year conflict which ended in October 1992. Gorongosa National Park, known for its sprawling plains and diversity of wildlife, became one of the key battlefields in this conflict, with Mount Gorongosa itself being used as the base for Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) fighters. While the park’s vegetation and soil emerged from the war relatively unscathed, it was a different story for its megafauna, populations of which had previously been lauded as the densest in Africa.Mount Gorongosa rising above the plains of Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. Renamo resistance fighters used the mountain as their base during the Mozambican Civil War. Image by Judy Gallagher via Wikimedia Commons, CC 2.0.“Large carnivore populations suffered severe declines,” said Justine Atkins, a researcher from Princeton University studying animal movement behavior, “likely from a combination of by-catch in snares set for herbivores, loss of prey species/starvation, and human activity causing them to leave the area and seek refuge elsewhere.”Populations of all monitored large carnivore and herbivore species of in Gorongosa had fallen by over 90 percent. The war left leopard, spotted hyena and African wild dog functionally extirpated, and the lion population at 65 individuals.A survey in 2016 confirmed that large herbivore populations had been successfully restored to 80 percent of what were they were pre-war, and the lion population now boasts around 250 individuals. Other carnivores have not recovered similarly; the only sighting of a leopard since the end of the war occurred in March 2018. The extent to which their disappearance has affected the ecosystem is still unknown, but it was a group of brave bushbuck that gave researchers from Princeton University their first glimpse of the domino effect caused by Gorongosa’s carnivore extirpation.The ‘landscape of fearlessness’In 2015, during fieldwork for a project examining the behavior of antelope in Gorongosa, Atkins and her collaborators noticed that some of the animals were behaving unusually and straying from their typical habitat.Between 1968 and 1972, Ken Tinley carried out a landmark survey of the fauna in Gorongosa National Park and documented bushbuck (Tragelaphus sylvaticus), a common antelope species, as “forest/thicket” foragers. However, Atkins and colleagues saw bushbuck foraging on open floodplains, outside the dense, sheltered woodland they were known to inhabit.A male bushbuck (Tragelaphus sylvaticus) with a GPS collar running across an open floodplain in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. Prior to the Mozambican Civil War, bushbuck exclusively foraged in dense woodland, which offers protection from predators. Image by Matthew C. Hutchinson.“Bushbuck had never been documented using this open habitat prior to the Mozambican civil war,” Atkins told Mongabay, “and we hypothesized that perhaps the absence of large carnivores in the park had allowed bushbuck to become more ‘fearless’ and occupy a habitat they would typically avoid in the presence of intact predator populations.”Detailed in a recently released paper, Atkins and colleagues examined why bushbuck made the risky decision of straying onto open floodplains, whether the steep decline in carnivore presence was to blame, and what effect this change in herbivore ecology was having on the rest of the ecosystem.Before the researchers could attempt any experimental manipulations, they fitted bushbuck from both woodland and floodplain habitats with collars carrying GPS satellite tags that provided the animals’ locations every 15 minutes, a necessity in the mostly roadless Gorongosa landscape.“For the work that I do, technology is absolutely vital,” Atkins said. “Using recent advances in animal tracking technology and remote sensing of environmental data, we can now get more and better information on animal movement than ever before. Specifically, we can track animals at very fine scales and understand how they’re responding to their habitat at these small scales as well. This means that we can address questions that have previously been very difficult to assess with older tracking technology.”Researchers from Princeton University fitting a female bushbuck with a GPS tracking tag. The movements of the tagged individuals were monitored to analyze how their behavior changed when presented with simulated predator cues. Image by Robert M. Pringle.Using the remote sensing data, the researchers identified two distinct patterns of habitat use among the tagged bushbuck; one group exclusively foraged within dense, wooded areas, another in treeless and sparsely wooded floodplains.Atkins and her colleagues conducted predator vocalization playbacks and distributed artificial predator scat/urine in both the woodland and floodplain habitats “to create hotspots of simulated predation risk”, which they compared to playbacks of white noise as a control treatment.When presented with predator cues, bushbuck that exclusively used open habitat retreated to the relative safety of the dense woodland. Furthermore, they didn’t change their behavior when presented with the white noise, proving that it was not the novelty of the sounds that had caused the move, but rather their fear-inducing qualities. Predators have not been present in Gorongosa for over two decades, yet the smell of artificial lion scat was enough to encourage bushbuck to abandon their usual foraging habitat and almost immediately take cover.The grass is always greenerWhile fear of predation drives herbivores to forage in dense woodland, when the war eliminated that threat, what drove bushbuck to venture out into unchartered territory? Carnivore extirpation may well have increased bushbuck density, yet Atkins and colleagues ruled out the theory that increased competition inside woodland habitats prompted the novel behavior.A female bushbuck grazing in an open floodplain, an area which is now frequently populated by bushbuck due to the steep decline in top carnivores, such as leopards and wild dogs, in Gorongosa National Park. Image by Matthew C. Hutchinson.“Prey species have to balance the benefits of foraging in different habitats with the risk of being eaten in these habitats,” said Atkins. “Prey may avoid some habitats altogether if the risk is too high, regardless of the nutritional benefits to be potentially gained there.”Using portal ultrasound and DNA metabarcoding technology, the researchers measured the body condition of the woodland and floodplain bushbuck by measuring fat on their rumps, and characterized each individual’s diet using fecal samples. They found that the floodplain bushbuck were in significantly better shape than their woodland counterparts, primarily because they were eating the leguminous shrub, Mimosa pigra. This previously overlooked resource dominated the diets of floodplain bushbuck, and for good reason. The plant provided bushbuck with more calories and significantly more protein than other food plants; the grass truly was greener.A trophic cascadeThe loss of carnivores in Gorongosa National Park triggered herbivores to explore territory that was once considered too risky and exploit resources that hadn’t been used when the landscape of fear presided. The researchers investigated whether the herbivore’s expansion into a high-risk, high-reward habitat had altered the flora which occurred there.Bergia mossambicensis is the second-most abundant plant in the diets of floodplain bushbuck, and it seems they are keeping it all to themselves, as it makes up an insignificant portion of the diets of other large floodplain herbivores. This exclusivity made Bergia the perfect candidate to test the researchers’ hypothesis. They found that when excluded from herbivores, Bergia plants were larger and had significantly more flowers than those that were browsed, signs that the appearance of bushbuck on the floodplains suppressed the plants’ reproduction and growth.Although researchers now know how carnivore extirpation has affected some of the flora in Gorongosa’s floodplains, this may be only the tip of the iceberg in terms of its long-term effects.A male bushbuck on the edges of a floodplain in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. As top predators are reintroduced to Gorongosa, researchers expect that bushbuck will retreat to the woodland habitat they inhabited pre-civil war. Image by Matthew C. Hutchinson.The research has brought hope that carefully curated reintroduction programs could help restore equilibrium in this war-torn park.“We found that the decline of large carnivore populations in Gorongosa disrupted the normal ecosystem ‘rules’,” Atkins said, “but our predator simulation experiments lend support to the idea that restoration of apex predators to their natural ecosystems (or ‘rewilding’) can reestablish these indirect species interactions.”In April 2018, scientists reintroduced a pack of African wild dogs into the park, the first wild dog reintroduction of its kind in Mozambique. As well as the planned reintroductions of wild dog, leopard, and spotted hyena, the park initiated a massive anti-poaching effort to give the newcomers a better chance to survive. The dedicated efforts of Gorongosa’s 230 rangers helped bring about a 60 percent decline in poaching pressure between 2016 and 2018.Following the reintroduction of top predators, it seems that the floodplains of Gorongosa will return to their natural rhythm, with less browsing and more prowling. Atkins believes that her team’s unique documentation of a ‘landscape of fearlessness’, and their ongoing observations of the reinstatement of a ‘landscape of fear’, will help researchers studying similar systems,“It’s a really exciting time to be a scientist in Gorongosa right now as we document the changes to the ecosystem that occur as large carnivores are re-introduced… Not only is [Gorongosa] a beautiful ecosystem, [but] it is also a really important experiment in large-scale restoration.”Bushbuck accustomed to the presence of people, such as this female near a research camp, are also willing to feed in more open areas. Image by Sue Palminteri/Mongabay.CitationAtkins, J. L., Long, R. A., Pansu, J., Daskin, J. H., Potter, A. B., Stalmans, M. E., … & Pringle, R. M. (2019). Cascading impacts of large-carnivore extirpation in an African ecosystem. Science, eaau3561. DOI: 10.1126/science.aau3561 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 Sue Palminteri 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. Animals, Carnivores, Ecological Restoration, GPS tracking, Habitat, Hunting, Interns, Monitoring, Over-hunting, Poaching, Remote Sensing, Research, satellite data, surveys, Tagging, Technology, Tracking, War, Wildlife, Wildtech last_img read more

Some are more equal than others on the animal farm

first_imgFormer Permanent Secretary of the Agriculture Ministry, George Jervis, was sent on leave since January 2017, to facilitate police probe into a corruption case implicating several individuals. During his leave, he continued to receive the salaries and benefits associated with his position. Now we find out that, although investigations are still ongoing, Jervis was appointed to head the Agriculture Sector Development Unit (ASDU). ASDU is responsible for the implementation of projects funded by international organisations in several key areas aimed at enhancing the agriculture sector, including infrastructure.Based on media reports, his appointment resulted from a mere recommendation by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder. The position was not advertised, and all that was needed for Jervis to secure the position was the President’s approval. Of course President Granger approved Jervis’s appointment without much ado.Incidentally, former Deputy PS of the Agriculture Ministry, Prema Roopnarine, was charged with fraud allegedly committed while acting in her capacity as a former member of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB). But unlike Jervis, she was neither sent on administrative leave nor was she given the opportunity to reintegrate into the Agriculture Ministry pending the investigations. She was fired. She was fired despite that, to date, there has been no concluding evidence to substantiate the charges levelled against her.This is another local example of how pawns are assigned by Government to strategic positions requiring the management of millions of dollars in foreign funds, regardless of their lack of professional integrity. It explains in part why young professionals are being sidelined in Guyana and deprived of opportunities to add value to the country’s development – a contributing factor in the loss of trained professionals, who turn to other countries for employment.It is also a very explicit display of political partisanship, which contradicts the APNU/AFC’s campaign promises of inclusive governance and national unity.The modus operandi of the Coalition seems to suggest that power and wealth must remain a family affair at the detriment of taxpayers and the electorate of our multi-party State.The unequal treatment meted out to Roopnarine, as opposed to Jervis, is also symbolic of the Government’s discriminatory approach towards the Opposition and its electorate. It explains why, unlike Roopnarine, Jervis, who is also investigated for corruption, is not subject to probe by SOCU.The management of any organisation depends on the interdependence and cooperation of its leadership, and implicates the responsibility of each member. It is therefore absurd that, of sixteen (16) GRDB members who spearheaded the entity, the six (6) under investigation by SOCU are all Opposition members, and that no proof inculpating them for fraud has since been discovered. This simply reinforces the belief that the Coalition has converted the use of national institutions for the purpose of political witch-hunting.The affair surrounding Jervis highlights the Government’s incompetence and lack of political will on several fronts, including failure to provide jobs because of preferential treatment, as well as failure to advertise Public Service vacancies. There seems to be a relative absence of commitment to principles of transparency and accountability, as well as deliberate disregard for established procedures and protocols required in the management of national institutions – all contributing factors to corruption.What is interesting in this particular case is that organisations such as the World Bank also fund some of the projects undertaken by ASDU and the Agriculture Ministry. As a result, it is curious that international organisations, which in principle are very strict on respecting financial guidelines and procedures, seem to turn a blind eye to the Agriculture Ministry’s opacity in managing their funds, a matter overtly condoned by President Granger himself.We’re half way into the Government’s mandate, and by now it’s clear that there will be no progress in terms of good, transparent, and inclusive governance. On the contrary, corruption seems to go hand in hand with the Coalition’s autocratic leadership style, where the only “unity” encouraged is the unity among its own agents.But the international organisations that have taken up a watchdog role for democracy and good governance are also responsible for keeping the Government in check, by ensuring that their sums of money do not serve to fatten the pockets of the old guards of the PNC – the party that once trapped Guyana in a 28-year dictatorship.Note: The Coalition pursued a mass firing campaign immediately after assuming office in 2015, leaving hundreds of public workers jobless overnight, including contracted workers employed on UN partnered projects. Yet the UN remained silent, and by its silence condoned the actions of the Government. This laxity must not be imitated by international organisations in the future.last_img read more

Chelsea avenge United loss in League Cup goalfest

first_img“It was a very exciting game — a typical cup game,” said Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo, whose side face Leeds United in the last eight.“We could have finished off the game earlier, but we showed what fantastic character we have to come back from behind three times.”There were shocks in the night’s other ties, meanwhile, as Swansea City won 3-1 at Liverpool to knock former coach Brendan Rodgers out of the competition and Norwich City came from behind to eliminate Tottenham Hotspur.United’s controversial 3-2 win in the Premier League on Sunday ended with claims that referee Mark Clattenburg had abused Chelsea’s John Mikel Obi, but Wednesday’s game was a gripping contest more in line with Arsenal’s astonishing 7-5 win at Reading the night before.© AFP United made 10 changes to the side that won on Sunday© AFP Glyn KirkUnited made 10 changes to the side that won on Sunday, but they went ahead in the 22nd minute when Anderson robbed the dallying Oriol Romeu on the edge of the box and Ryan Giggs coolly shaped a shot past Petr Cech.The lead last only 11 minutes, David Luiz equalising from the penalty spot, but more defensive sloppiness from the home side allowed the visitors to restore their lead just before half-time.Luiz lost the ball after one of his trademark romps up the pitch and when Anderson fed Javier Hernandez, the Mexican held his nerve to beat Cech and claim his sixth goal in nine games against Chelsea.Gary Cahill replied with a 52nd-minute header, but United soon moved ahead again, as Nani exchanged passes with Anderson, skipped past Luiz and then delicately lofted the ball over Cech.Chelsea were aggrieved that referee Lee Mason declined to award a penalty after an apparent handball by Michael Keane, but redemption arrived with the last kick of normal time.Keane’s centre-back partner, Scott Wootton, was penalised for blundering into the back of Ramires, and Hazard belied the pressure of the situation to roll a cocksure penalty down the centre of the goal.Wootton, 21, was also at fault for Chelsea’s fourth goal, miscuing an attempted back header and then watching on in horror as Sturridge rounded Anders Lindegaard before tucking the ball home.© AFP Swansea reached the last eight for the first time© AFP Paul EllisRamires made the game safe four minutes from the end, collecting Hazard’s pass, rounding Lindegaard, and slipping the ball into the net, before Giggs scored from the spot to take the incredible goal tally to nine. “If you’re winning 3-2 in the final seconds, you really should see it out,” said United coach Alex Ferguson. “We only have ourselves to blame.”Liverpool’s season encountered fresh disappointment at Anfield as they were outplayed by Swansea, who reached the last eight for the first time.Chico, Nathan Dyer and Jonathan de Guzman found the net for the Swans, with Luis Suarez on target for Rodgers’ side.Meanwhile, a quick-fire pair of goals in the last six minutes saw Norwich come from behind to win 2-1 against Tottenham at Carrow Road.Gareth Bale fired home from outside the box to give Spurs the lead in the 66th minute but Jan Vertonghen’s 84th-minute own goal levelled the scores.Simeon Jackson put Norwich in front three minutes later, slamming home after Hugo Lloris saved from Grant Holt, and Spurs’ misery was complete moments later when Clint Dempsey’s penalty was saved by Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON England November 1 – Chelsea claimed partial revenge for their stormy loss to Manchester United at the weekend by prevailing 5-4 when the teams resumed hostilities in an end-to-end fourth-round League Cup tie.United led three times at Stamford Bridge, but each time Chelsea responded, with Eden Hazard’s 94th-minute penalty taking the game to extra time before goals from Daniel Sturridge and Ramires put the hosts in the quarter-finals.last_img read more

Manchester City set to offload midfield flop to Russia

first_imgJavi Garcia is poised to leave Manchester City to join Zenit Saint Petersburg, according to reports in his native Spain.The 27-year-old is unlikely to figure regularly under Manuel Pellegrini this season, with Yaya Toure, Fernandinho and new recruit Fernando all ahead of him in the midfield pecking order and is available for transfer.TMW, a leading Spanish sports website, claim Garcia’s departure from the Etihad could take place this week, with the former Real Madrid youngster expected to travel to Russia imminently to finalise his transfer.Garcia joined City in a £15.8m transfer from Benfica in August 2012 and made17 league starts in his first season as the Etihad side surrendered their Premier League crown.He featured even less last season, making only 14 Premier League starts as Pellegrini secured the Premier League title in his first year in England. 1 Javi Garcia [right] in action for Manchester City last_img read more

Ozil is in, but who else makes this Arsenal five-a-side team?

first_img Mesut Ozil – Because who else is going to supply the goals? Laurent Koscielny – Koscielny is quick and a great tackler so there would be no need to play a midfielder at the back for Arsenal. 5 5 Petr Cech – Click the arrow, right, to see the rest of Arsenal’s five-a-side team – Cech is one of the top ‘keepers in the world and would probably be able to play without his trademark headguard. 5 5 5 Arsenal may have faltered recently in their quest for the Premier League this season, but how would they fare in a five-a-side league?As all amateur footballers will testify to, the five-man game is a completely different animal to it’s 11-a-side big brother.Long balls become useless, the big man who is good in the air is redundant (sorry, Olivier Giroud) and the strong-tackling hard man is pinged every time he risks his knees sliding on the astro-turf (so no Francis Coquelin then).So who would make your team’s five-a-side from the current crop of players? talkSPORT look at who would be the likely line-ups.Click the arrow above, right, to see the Arsenal five a-side team.Disagree? Let us know your selection in the comments section below!TOTTENHAM’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMLIVERPOOL’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMMAN CITY’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMMAN UNITED’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMCHELSEA’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAM Alexis Sanchez – Sanchez is quick, powerful and a strong finisher and would be a demon to play against. Jack Wilshere – Assuming he is fit enough for a 40-minute kick around, Wilshere would be a great five-a-side player with his short passing and clever link-up play. last_img read more

Country music signs off in L.A.

first_imgMaki said KZLA, located close to the ACM offices, ranked 20th among the 80 radio stations in Los Angeles and attracted about 550,000 listeners a week. The new station will target women between 25 and 54, a demographic in which KZLA ranked 19th in the market, she said. Emmis has hired legendary Los Angeles disc jockey Rick Dees to run the morning show and he will begin after Labor Day, Maki said. “This could very well be a market leader,” she said of Movin’ 93.9. “It looks really good, and based on our early feedback, it sounds good.” L.A. residents can still listen to country on KZLA’s streaming Internet or on HD Radio. Some fans who live on the fringes of Los Angeles County may be able to pick up two other country stations, KFRG-FM or KHAY-FM, from their bases in neighboring counties at least 60 miles away.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“Country is certainly well represented in product sales there and it gets good concert stops,” said Victor Sansone, chairman of the board of the Nashville-based Country Music Association. “That station’s been country for a barrel of years. When you have that kind of equity, you don’t think they’re going to flip it. I don’t get it.” The transition by Emmis Communications was swift and shocking for listeners, who heard George Strait and Keith Urban in the morning and Pink and the Black Eyed Peas by lunchtime. Even the station’s veteran morning crew, including Peter Tilden, didn’t know of the format change until just minutes before it happened. The host of the midmorning show, Shawn Parr, said he was told just after he started his shift that the station would be changing styles. He queued up Keith Urban’s “Tonight I Wanna Cry” at 10:18 a.m., which segued into the Black Eyed Peas’ “Let’s Get It Started” seven minutes later. Then he left the air. “It’s a bitter pill to swallow. The thing I have a hard time with is the listeners. They deserve more than that,” said Parr, who has long been the voice of television’s Academy of Country Music Awards. “I went to my e-mail 3 hours later and I had 2,100 e-mails. My phone has not stopped ringing for 24 hours.” Val Maki, vice president of Emmis Communications’ radio division, said the format change was a “better-business decision despite what a wonderful station KZLA was.” LOS ANGELES – There’s a tear in the beer of country music fans here. After more than 20 years on the air, the city’s only country music station, KZLA-FM, abruptly left the air Thursday and was seamlessly replaced with the rhythmic pop of “Movin’ 93.9,” which plays artists such as Beyonc Janet Jackson and Jennifer Lopez. KZLA’s sudden and unannounced demise leaves America’s two most populous cities, Los Angeles and New York, without country music stations. In Los Angeles, longtime country fans and station employees wondered at the logic of ending country radio in their city, which ranks in the top two for album sales and where concerts for big-name country artists repeatedly sell out. The station’s last day coincided with opening night of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “Soul II Soul” concert. All three nights of their tour stop in L.A. were sold out. last_img read more

Park use fee stays

first_imgU.S. Forest Service officials decided not to repeal Southern California’s Adventure Pass program in the wake of a federal court ruling about forest fees. “The judge’s order does not apply to other High Impact Recreation Areas on the Coronado \, or to any other HIRAs in the National Forest system,” Matt Mathes, USFS spokesman said. The Sept. 5 court decision dismissed two $30 tickets against hiker Chris Wallace, who had not paid the $5 daily use fees required to use the Mount Lemmon area of Arizona’s Coronado National Forest. In his ruling, Judge Charles Pyle decreed that the 2005 Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act prohibited the Forest Service from charging visitors to Mount Lemmon who did not use forest facilities or services. The U.S. attorney is appealing the ruling, Mathes said. “In 2004, the Angeles National Forest took in almost three-quarters of a million dollars from sales. We have been using the money to do the things that people have been specifically telling us they have been unhappy about,” he said. “There is a noticeable difference in the way that our trails and campsites are being maintained in California.” (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleMany parts of the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres and San Bernardino National forests in Southern California require forest users to pay a fee similar to Mount Lemmon’s, called the Adventure Pass, regardless of whether they use Forest Service facilities. The areas requiring fees, known as High Impact Recreation Areas, are designated by the Forest Service as having heavy recreational use and amenities like paved parking lots, restrooms or interpretive signs. Broad stretches of the San Gabriel Mountains require an Adventure Pass – which is displayed on vehicle windshields – for use. “There needs to be some sort of facility there, some sort of recreational enhancement – and that can be a permanent garbage container,” Mathes said. “Somewhere within that area, those facilities exist.” The Adventure Pass program represents a significant revenue source for the Southern California forests, Mathes said. last_img read more

Tir Chonaill Gaels: TGC members represent London Ladies as they overcame Carlow

first_imgWell done to the London Ladies who overcame Carlow on Saturday afternoon in McGovern Park in Ruislip.TCG was proudly represented by seven of our ladies with Fiona Morrissey adding 2-2 to the scoreline to secure their place in the All-Ireland semi-final.Best of luck to all the team and management on the exciting journey ahead. Upcoming Fixtures:Saturday 24th August – Intermediate Championship Round 2 – TCG vs Thomas McCurtains at 4pm in RuislipSaturday 7th September – Intermediate Championship Round 3 – TCG vs Cuchullainns at 2pm in GreenfordSaturday 7th September – Senior Championship Round 1 – TCG vs NLS at 5pm in Ruislip Sunday 15th September – Senior Championship Round 2 – TCG vs Neasden Gaels at 2pm in RuislipSunday 22nd September – Senior Championship Round 3 – TCG vs Parnells at 1pm in GreenfordLotto:No jackpot winner. Numbers drawn: 3, 7, 21, 26. Jackpot winners: Matt Moynihan, Aidan McGarvey and Phil Hogan.Please keep playing online @ Tir Chonaill Gaels: TGC members represent London Ladies as they overcame Carlow was last modified: August 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Ajax ultras light fireworks outside Spurs hotel at 5am before CL clash

first_img Donny van der Beek scored a vital away goal as Ajax beat Spurs in last week’s first leg Ajax vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTValencia vs Arsenal (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNewport vs Mansfield (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Tranmere vs Forest Green Rovers (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Aston Villa vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Derby vs Leeds United (Saturday, 5:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Sunderland vs Portsmouth (Saturday, 7:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Doncaster vs Charlton (Sunday, 12:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Mansfield vs Newport (Sunday, 6pm) – talkSPORT 2 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ no dice Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… gameday cracker Ajax supporters set off fireworks outside Tottenham’s team hotel in the early hours of Wednesday morning in a bid to disrupt Spurs’ preparations for their Champions League semi-final second leg clash.Spurs are staying at the Van der Valk Hotel in Amsterdam Zuid, having arrived yesterday for this evening’s tie against Ajax, which you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT!The north Londoners lost the first leg 1-0, so must come from behind if they are to reach their first ever Champions League final. Ajax ultras have twice before performed the same trick in the Champions League this season, first when Real Madrid visited Amsterdam in February and again when Juventus stayed at the Van der Valk on the eve of their quarter-final last month.Liverpool await the victors of tonight’s semi-final, having beaten Barcelona 4-0 on Tuesday evening to complete a remarkable 4-3 aggregate defeat of the LaLiga side. huge blow LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LATEST shining ADVICE But their pre-match sleep was disrupted as Ajax ultras lit fireworks outside their hotel to wake Mauricio Pochettino’s players up! REPLY tense REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ A video shared on social media shows a huge light show outside the Van der Valk which is understood to have taken place around 5am. MATCHDAY!!!Tottenham welcome to Amsterdam ❌❌❌#ajax #fside #amsterdam #fside76 #fsideisnietmakkelijk— F-SIDE (@FSideNL) May 8, 2019According to NLTimes, the Tottenham players were woken up by the fireworks, which is hardly a positive as they need rest before perhaps the biggest game of their season. LIVE ON talkSPORT Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury deals 1last_img read more