Double gamble on alpacas

first_imgBy Peter SweeneyLEZLEY and Steve Golding were “introduced” to alpacas at a Home Living Show at ‘Jeff’s Shed’ in the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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China’s Suning buying majority stake in Inter Milan

first_imgChinese electronics retailer Suning Commerce Group Co Ltd is buying nearly 70 percent of Italian soccer club Inter Milan for 270 million euros ($307 million), in the highest-profile takeover so far of a European team by a Chinese firm.Suning, part owned by e-commerce firm Alibaba, confirmed the deal on Monday at a joint news conference in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing with Inter Milan executives, including current majority owner and president Erick Thohir.With Chinese President Xi Jinping an avid supporter of football, Suning’s deal to take control of Inter Milan is the latest step in a broad plan to create a global sports empire stretching from soccer clubs to online broadcasting.Suning, a household name in China, already owns domestic club Jiangsu Suning, currently third in the Chinese Super League, but this is its first major overseas purchase.“The acquisition of Inter Milan is part of Suning’s strategy in the development of the sports industry,” said Zhang Jingdong, chairman of Suning Holdings Group, which plans to subscribe to new Inter Milan shares and buy existing shares.“This will… help Suning to grow internationally.”A person familiar with the matter told Reuters earlier that Suning would take a 68.55 percent stake in the Italian club.The soccer club said Thohir would stay on as president and become the sole minority shareholder in Inter Milan, while former president Massimo Moratti will sell off his entire stake of just under 30 percent in the club.Suning said in a separate statement that Thohir would reduce his stake to about 30 percent.Inter Milan Chief Executive Michael Bolingbroke told Reuters that apart from the equity stake, Suning would also take on a large portion of the loss-making club’s debt. He gave no specifics.“The popularity of the game, particularly in Asia and China, is going through a period of massive growth,” Thohir said.“This agreement with Suning Holdings Group will allow us to get much closer to our huge fan base in China and the Asia Pacific region.”Inter – which has had a lacklustre season at home, finishing fourth in the Italian league – last won the European Champions League in 2010.SPORTING ECOSYSTEMMonday’s deal tallies with President Xi’s goals for Chinese sport, which include ambitious plans to create a domestic sports industry worth $850 billion by 2025. Xi is a keen soccer fan and wants China to one day host, and win, the World Cup.Chinese investors already have minority stakes in England’s Manchester City, Spain’s Atletico Madrid and New York City FC, while smaller Spanish club Espanyol and England’s Aston Villa are Chinese-owned. Inter’s city rival AC Milan is also in talks to sell a majority stake to a group of Chinese investors.Suning is also amongst the frontrunners to buy UK-based Stellar Group, one of the world’s leading football agencies.The company has said it wants to create a global sporting “ecosystem”, including club ownership, sports media rights, player agencies, training institutions, broadcast platforms, content production and sports-related e-commerce.Suning, which has annual revenues topping $20 billion, already has some blocks in place. Its local club has splashed millions of dollars on players such as Brazil’s Alex Teixeira and former Chelsea midfielder Ramires.last_img read more

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Adapt to a changing Amazon now, or pay far higher price later, experts say

first_imgAmazon Conservation, Amazon Destruction, Climate Change, Climate Change And Forests, Climate Modeling, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Forests, Green, Infrastructure, Land Use Change, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Rivers, Saving The Amazon, Threats To The Amazon, Tropical Deforestation Article published by hayat 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 A new study estimates the costs of delaying adaptation to a hotter, dryer Amazon would be orders of magnitude higher than acting now, despite uncertainties.The study is the first comprehensive impact analysis of the Amazon Forest Dieback hypothesis, which posits that there exists a definitive climate-driven deforestation tipping point beyond which large swaths of the rainforest would be rapidly replaced with savanna.The study’s authors estimate the costs of such a catastrophic loss of forest could be as high as $3.6 trillion over a 30-year period.They also estimate that the cost of a series of adaptation measures taken now would be $122 billion, a fraction of the economic losses estimated if no actions were taken. The costs of acting now to adapt to a predicted, dramatic loss of Amazon rainforest would be at least one order of magnitude lower than the economic fallout if we waited and did nothing, a new study says.It’s the first comprehensive impact analysis of a contentious prediction: that there exists a definitive climate-driven deforestation tipping point beyond which large swaths of the Amazon rainforest would be rapidly replaced with savanna.In their study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, David Lapola from the University of Campinas in São Paulo, Brazil, and colleagues estimated the costs of such a catastrophic loss of forest would be between $957 billion and $3.6 trillion over a 30-year period. The cost of adapting now, on the other hand, could be as little as $122 billion.Born out of modeling studies in the late 1990s, the Amazon Forest Dieback (AFD) hypothesis suggests that with severe increases in temperature and reductions in rainfall projected under some climate models, the Amazon biome would experience sudden and catastrophic loss of biomass, transforming lush rainforest into a more drought-tolerant savanna.Savanna in Serra da Canastra National Park in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Image by Klaus Balzano on VisualHunt.com (CC BY-NC).The Amazon generates up to 50 percent of its own rainfall by recycling water through plants in a process known as transpiration, though climate change is resulting in deepening drought. Rapid and large-scale deforestation, reducing the number of trees transpiring, could push the biome closer to the tipping point for massive forest dieback. That tipping point was initially estimated at 40 percent deforestation, but was more recently revised down to the 20-25 percent range. The Amazon is presently estimated to be roughly 17-19 percent deforested.In their study, the team estimated the economic costs to different sectors based on the costs reported for past droughts or from published estimates generated by computer models. They found that reduced crop yields, fishing stocks and hydroelectric output, as well as disrupted transport networks and large-scale climate-driven migration caused by even moderate levels of AFD, would cost $44 billion over a period of 30 years – an annual cost of 1.9 percent of the total GDP of the Brazilian Amazon in 2015. AFD could also lead to negative social impacts, such as reduced food security and increased risk of mosquito-borne diseases like malaria.The researchers also considered other ecosystem services that are not valued based on current economic indicators, such as carbon stocks, pollination, provision of clean water resources, local climate regulation, and cultural and recreational benefits. They estimated that the true total bill could be many times higher: between $1 trillion and $3.6 trillion over 30 years, or an annual cost of between 42 percent and 107 percent of the Amazon’s GDP in 2015.Delphine Clara Zemp, an ecologist and biogeographer at the University of Göttingen in Germany, who was not involved in the present study, said the findings represented “a great step forward to show policymakers that AFD should be considered seriously despite the large uncertainties.”A single tree stands in a soy field next to rainforest, south of Santarem and along the BR 163 highway. Roads like this one, which cuts through the Brazilian Amazon for 1,700 kilometers (1,056 miles), allow access to the rainforest, and are a major cause of new deforestation. Image by Daniel Beltrà/Greenpeace.Even small climate-driven changes in forest composition, such as an increase in drought-tolerant tree species that transpire less, could have far-reaching socioeconomic impacts. “A reduction in the transference of humidity from the [Amazon] forest to the atmosphere would have serious implications for the volume of rain falling in that region and in the Plata basin farther south,” Lapola said. Recently published data from a 30-year study of plots across the Amazon basin shows this pattern already starting to emerge, with more drought-tolerant species replacing aging rainforest trees.“The finding that avoidance is one or more orders of magnitude cheaper than accepting damages is quite robust across many types of ecosystem stress,” said Bob Scholes, systems ecologist at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, who was not involved in the study. However, he noted that the high proportion of the final tab contributed by these ecosystem services made the study sensitive to large uncertainties when estimating both their socioeconomic value and the impact of different degrees of AFD on the provision of those services.Many questions remain about how forests will respond to changes in atmospheric carbon, temperature and rainfall patterns, making it difficult to evaluate the chances of a catastrophic AFD event. For example, higher atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are predicted to increase forest productivity by providing a key ingredient for photosynthesis. If true, this “CO2 fertilization” effect could counteract the effects of increasing drought, averting forest dieback. But experts disagree on the strength of such an effect, and there is evidence that it might be limited by other factors, including a lack of micronutrients to support rapid growth.In 2014, the Fourth Assessment Report of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, co-authored by Scholes, ascribed low confidence to the hypothesis of an Amazon tipping point. “I think it is an ‘even chance,’” Scholes told Mongabay, adding that it was “about as likely as not.”In contrast, earlier this year, noted Amazon scientists Thomas Lovejoy and Carlos Nobre, the latter a co-author of the present study, expressed concern that exceeding 25 percent deforestation in the Amazon region could be enough to send the ecosystem into a cascade of degradation that leaves a new habitat in its wake. Some estimates suggest we have already passed 20 percent deforestation in the biome. “The tipping point is very close at hand,” Lovejoy said.A jaguar lounges by an Amazon river. The Amazon’s rich biodiversity is threatened by large-scale deforestation that could turn vast swaths of the lush rainforest into savanna. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.The likelihood that AFD will ever occur continues to be debated. But in light of such enormous projected losses, the present study recommends that governments start investing in a response to it now. “We should not await the impacts of climate change to realize how dependent we — even urban dwellers — are on the Amazon forest,” Lapola said.There are two obvious ways to try to avoid hitting the tipping point in the Amazon: reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, and/or curb Amazon deforestation. While Lapola says the prospect of a significant reduction of emissions in the coming years seems unlikely, the researchers estimated that restoring a large fraction of deforested area and preventing further deforestation would cost about $64 billion.“Reforestation … and minimiz[ing] further deforestation is central to maintaining the integrity of the [water] cycle,” Lovejoy said. However, Lapola said he favored strategies to adapt to AFD rather than prevent it, because the success of the latter was uncertain, whereas adaptive approaches would be beneficial no matter what happened.For example, decentralizing energy generation and providing local electricity-generating capacity to more remote regions could offer greater availability and reliability of electricity across the Amazon. New technology, like in-stream turbines, which allow small-scale energy generation with minimal ecological impact, could be an important part of such a decentralized energy portfolio.Other proposed measures include changes in agricultural practices in favor of more drought-tolerant crops, discouraging the deliberate lighting of fires, and diversifying agroforestry to make farms more resilient to climatic extremes. “Strategies to prevent fire … and restore biodiversity in degraded forest” are needed, said Zemp, citing their utility in helping maintain Amazon rainfall while also preserving vital ecosystem services.The study estimated that the cost of 20 such “no-regrets” adaptation measures would be $122 billion, a fraction of the economic losses estimated if no actions were taken.The study’s “calculation of [the] economic costs makes AFD more tangible for policymakers,” Zemp said, and means that uncertainties about the processes powering AFD are no longer an excuse for politicians’ inaction.Citation:Lapola, D. M., Pinho, P., Quesada, C. A., Strassburg, B. B., Rammig, A., Kruijt, B., … & Vergara, W. (2018). Limiting the high impacts of Amazon forest dieback with no-regrets science and policy action. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(46), 11671-11679.last_img read more

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Defending…

first_img…the indefensible Govt recordWith the spectre of the PPP’s no-confidence motion looming in front of the PNC-led Government, their desperation is ballooning into gargantuan proportions. One can just listen to the tone of the defences they’ve thrown up to the PPP’s charge that they’ve lost the confidence of the Guyanese people: they’re downright panic-stricken!! The first damp squib was tossed out by PM Nagamootoo, as described by your Eyewitness yesterday, when he exploited President Granger’s lymphoma in his Chronic Column as a sob story to deflect from the Government’s failures.He claims the PPP’s motion is heartless since their motion would “negatively affect” the President’s health!! Nagamootoo might just win the Nobel Prize for medicine since no one else has shown a connect between lymphoma and disappointment!! The PNC – of which Nagamootoo has to be now a card-carrying member since he still has his Chronic Govt job! – has to be scraping the barrel. They pulled out ERC Councillor and ACDA Executive, Barrington Braithwaite, to repeat the logical fallacy in yesterday’s Chronic!!But let’s look a gander at the “accomplishments” the PNC trotted out in full page advertisements, to get a measure of their desperation. Right off the bat they boasted about CLOSING FOUR SUGAR ESTATES and firing 7000 workers – without providing any alternate means of earning a livelihood!! Note that they did this AGAINST the recommendations of their own CoI. But conceding that they felt the closure made “economic sense” – even though it’s a social disaster – why didn’t they do what the PPP did when the bauxite industry was downsized?The PPP initiated talks with the EU and negotiated a 12 million Euro grant – equivalent to $2 billion – in 2002, which was plunked into a Linden Economic Advancement Programme (LEAP) to spur entrepreneurship in the bauxite town.  LEAP was augmented by LEAF which was continued by the PNC as LEN with $155 million. This year, another $160 million was plunked in! Now, nobody begrudges Linden from getting all these funds to stimulate business creation – on top of $3 billion annual subsidies for electricity. But for the PNC to list the closure of sugar estates as an “accomplishment”, shouldn’t they at least show some compassion like the PPP did?The PNC also asserted that they’ve restored Georgetown to being the “Garden City” – “cleaner, more beautiful and not cluttered with garbage”!!! It’s obvious when the PM and the other PNC Ministers tool around the city in their heavily tinted black SUVs with flashing lights, outriders and sirens, they can’t actually see the growing mountains of garbage at strategic locales!!The PNC shot themselves so many times in the foot, we might as well stop here.Christmas goodwill and all that!!…more Venezuelans into GuyanaA week ago, when the Russians flew four long-range bombers into Venezuela, there was panic in some camps ,who ran out of their homes crying, “The Venezuelans are coming!! The Venezuelans are coming!!”. That was a false alarm…but not necessarily a false statement! The Venezuelans are in fact coming – but at this time as refugees and not soldiers.As of a month ago, there were some 2800+ OFFICIALLY acknowledged Venezuelans in Region One. But conservatively speaking, for every one of those you can bet there’s a corresponding Venezuelan not counted, but here. Have you sauntered around Georgetown lately?? The UN just informed us that we can expect the influx to continue – and who knows, even intensify. They’re talking about some funding to assist in the expenses to house and feed these hapless souls.But we have to look ahead to the future. If the demographic becomes significant – say, 10,000 which at least two seats worth – then we may have another set of swing votes!!See? The political logjam is solved!!…professional T20Hats off to young Hetmeyer, Rutherford and Paul for signing with IPL teams. No matter how much hand wringing the WICB engages in, professional T20 is here to stay and they’d better embrace it.Can they match those figures to keep the youngsters home?last_img read more

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Funny video: Girls react to footballer haircuts

first_imgFootballers earn enough to afford any haircut of their choice, so what exactly was the thinking behind these impressive styles? We chose four of the most outrageous footballer haircuts to see which looks impressed the fairer sex, and which might need a re-think.We took to the streets of London to find out! For more ‘Girls React’ videos, check out our YouTube channel here!last_img

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Driven to distraction

first_img“I do all the calling – the doctor, the credit card companies,” Chalian said. “I write bills. Because it makes you feel good that you are not so stupid being stuck in traffic for so long.” And, of course, she does her makeup, sometimes in the rearview mirror of her 2006 BMW 325. “I wake up five minutes later because I can put makeup on in my car,” she said. “I am just sitting there idle. I would go crazy if I didn’t do something. It saves me from insanity.” Between the 134, 101 and 405 freeways, Officer Leland Tang, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, has seen it all – couples kissing while driving, men shaving and women flat-ironing their hair. “The whole multitasking while driving is a recipe for disaster,” Tang said. “Rear-end collisions are the No. 1 type of collision encountered in the Valley. A high number of them are from speeding and most of them may have an element of distraction, but (drivers) are not going to admit it at the time.” But for all the finger-wagging at commuters, even Tang was impressed by Montgomery’s commuter love connection. With no air conditioning and the radio on the fritz, the personnel clerk was just beginning to settle in to her daily, 45-minute commute from downtown to the San Gabriel Valley. Then, her soon-to-be-fianc called out, “Hey, pretty lady! Hey, pretty lady!” “I just kept saying to myself, `Don’t turn around, don’t look. You know how people get shot on the freeway.”‘ But after eight calls, she did. She gave Edward Bielucke her cell-phone number, and three dates later, she started to fall in love. Montgomery, a widow, said her deceased husband is the angel that must have sent Bielucke. Most Angelenos aren’t that blessed. Though Poole points out that even dating patterns are determined by the couple’s proximity to one another, most use the time for more mundane activities, like singing or learning a language on tape. But for some, the car doubles as a boardroom or a rolling office. Garen Vartanyan, a 47-year-old gas station owner and Glendale real estate broker, stores his files in his trunk, where he can always grab them before the next meeting. “My car is a second office. I have everything I need here. I have my files, my suit, my appointment book,” he said, pointing to the trunk of his 2002 BMW X-5. There are also routines developed around time in the car – from choosing the right traffic report to buying a single cup of coffee before kicking off the Prada stilettos to ensure they aren’t scratched by the gas pedal. Identities form or are reflected by one’s vehicle. Vartanyan, who can sometimes spend up to four hours a day in his car, wears his identity on his license plate – HIBROKR. “Hi” means “Armenian” in Armenian. Radio is formatted for car listeners, and doctors even have special names for a condition caused by anger behind the wheel – road rage. Traffic patterns and shortcuts become the topic of water-cooler conversations and cocktail party chats. But Poole said if Angelenos are going to live their lives outside their SUVs, convertibles and clunkers, transportation officials need to dedicate more money to freeway infrastructure – double-decker freeways and toll roads that would allow motorists to travel farther faster, rather than investing in short-range public transit. Local and state officials say developing a balanced approach – making highway and public-transit improvements as well as building transit-friendly development – is the best way to reduce congestion. For now, many of the freeways remain a parking lot. The latest figures show that during the most congested time during the evening rush hour, the 405 near the 101 interchange slows to an average 16.7 mph. The 101 near the 405 interchange grinds to an average 13.2 mph. By 2030, with no infrastructure changes, the Southern California Association of Governments predicts that average rush-hour speeds along the same stretch of the 405 will slow to 4.1 mph and the 101 to 6.2 mph. Steve Ries says he’s already become accustomed to the idling. He commutes for more than two hours round-trip – sometimes three – from his home in Valencia to his job as an elevator serviceman in Warner Center. To pass the time and distract him from the stresses of traffic, he catches up with his colleague via phone. “He’s my driving buddy. We talk on the walkie-talkie while sitting. We talk about family, complain about work, a little bit about everything,” he said. “So I don’t get overly stressed.” Ries, who can wind up driving for four or five hours in a day, said it keeps his temper cool and him from becoming too focused on the road. “Everyone is in a hurry,” he said. “People are constantly cutting each other off. They don’t use turn signals. Then you will see the person that gets cut off cut somebody else off to get to the car that cut them off. Then you see arms flailing and you think they are cursing. It’s just terrible.” Jeffrey Spring, a spokesman for the Automobile Club of Southern California, said to de-stress, people should allow enough time to get to their destination. “Listen to your favorite music,” he said. “It sounds simplistic, but those are key things.” Caroline Miceli, a college fundraising specialist for Scripps College, has her own solution – books on tape. “I am going through a self-help topic right now. It’s amazing how many books I have gone through,” said the 27-year-old, who commutes for about an hour and 15 minutes from Hermosa Beach to Claremont in her Toyota Prius. “I only wish I could exercise in my car.” rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Felicia Montgomery used to hate traffic. But gridlock now occupies a special place in the heart of the 40-year-old personnel clerk. If not for a chance encounter during a bumper-to-bumper trip home last year, she would not have found the man of her dreams. “Some people complain about road rage. Well, I fell in love on the freeway,” said a giddy Montgomery, who met her fiance while stuck in traffic on the San Bernardino Freeway. For L.A. commuters, who spend more than 93 hours a year in rush-hour traffic – more than those in any other city in the U.S. – the precious moments sitting behind the wheel are often spent doing things authorities say they shouldn’t. And a new study finds they’ll be looking for even more diversions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation predicts that by 2030, driving during rush hour will take twice as long as it would take during off-peak hours. Already, average speeds can slow to 13 mph during rush hour on the Ventura Freeway through the San Fernando Valley. “L.A. has now set the mold that is being followed by Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, (Washington) D.C. and Chicago,” said Robert Poole, director of transportation studies for the Libertarian think tank. “This (behavior) really frightens me. There are accidents because of this. But it’s completely understandable. People are desperate to figure out something to do.” So Angelenos – who spend an average of 23.4 minutes commuting one way to work – are going to continue coping with the traffic in their own way. Stella Chalian, 31, blushes as she talks about her grinding, two-hour, round-trip commute on the 134 and 101 freeways. last_img
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Neville ‘fears’ for Solskjaer and explains what Man United must buy in January

first_imgThere has been plenty of speculation surrounding Solskjaer’s future ahead of both games, with reports claiming back-to-back defeats could see him sacked as manager.And the United legend admits he is not hopeful of a result in either match, starting against an in-form Spurs who have recorded three straight wins under new boss Mourinho.“I do fear for them tonight to be honest,” Neville told talkSPORT hosts Jim White and Natalie Sawyer. “I fear for them against Tottenham and I fear for them against Manchester City on Saturday.“That’s not just me being negative; I’ve watched every United game over this last month and if you watch Man United you know it’s going to be a massive struggle for them to beat quality teams.“I do fear for Ole.”Despite the speculation over his apparently dwindling future, Solskjaer has this week insisted ‘there are absolutely no problems’ over his role at the club. Getty Images – Getty 3 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:43Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream Type LIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen “I would say he needs a couple of midfield players and he needs a striker – that’s essential.“A minimum of a midfield player and striker in January.“He needs to line up two or three experienced players, because their current players are struggling on the pitch without guidance. They really are struggling, they need support out there.“You look at James, Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Marcus Rashford, they all need experience alongside them.“There’s no doubt they’re giving their all, but without some guidance it’s just really difficult.”Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Gary Neville IN FULL above Man United’s young side will be tested this week, and Gary Neville is not hopeful Jason Cundy says Man United are “sleepwalking into mid table mediocrity under Ole Gunnar SolskjaerAnd while both Mauricio Pochettino and Unai Emery have lost their jobs at Tottenham and Arsenal respectively over recent weeks, there is a sense Old Trafford legend Solskjear will be given more time to turn things around.But Neville insists he cannot continue with such an inexperienced squad and MUST spend in the January transfer window.United currently sit ninth in the table, a huge 22 points adrift of leaders Liverpool and just six clear of the bottom three.Solskjaer has guided the team to only seven wins from 33 Premier League games since getting the permanent job – a win record of just 21 per cent. And Neville says the manager needs to sign ‘at least’ one experienced midfielder and a top class striker to help out their ‘struggling’ youthful squad.“Ole needs to spend the owners’ money in January,” added Neville. “He is doing what I call a ‘pure job’.“He is essentially clearing out Van Gaal and Mourinho’s players and tried to bring in players who were young and British in the summer, with Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.“But these players are not mature enough, they haven’t got enough experience or quality in the squad and they’re suffering badly.“They’re well short in terms of investment and quality. Ole doesn’t want to just be clearing the decks for other people to come in and benefit, he needs to make sure he benefits from it.“And so he needs to spent the money and be ruthless with the board.“It takes a lot for me to say these things publicly because I’m so connected to the club, but he needs to spend their money and he needs to spend it well. 3center_img 3 Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty Man United have suffered an alarming slump since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as permanent boss Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including the Manchester derby from the Etihad Stadium at 5:30pm Neville has urged Solskjaer to be bold with the Man United board and demand more signings in January Gary Neville has admitted to talkSPORT he ‘fears’ for former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Manchester United side ahead of a tough Premier League double-header this week.And he has suggested where the club need to strengthen in January if his old friend has any chance of saving his job.The Red Devils host Tottenham – and former manager Jose Mourinho – at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, before taking on rivals Man City in Saturday’s Manchester derby.last_img read more

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Coleman suffers serious injury as Ireland draw with Wales

first_imgGareth Bale of Wales in action against Stephen Ward of Republic of Ireland during FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/SportsfileIrish captain Seamus Coleman suffered a serious leg injury in the 69th minute of the Ireland’s scoreless draw with Wales in the World Cup Qualifier at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night.The Killybegs man was stretchered off after a reckless challenge from Wales Neil Taylor, which earned him a straight red card.Ireland boss Martin O’Neill says it is a massive blow…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Martin-ONeill.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Derry’s James McClean was named man of the match and wore number five in memory of late Derry City captain Ryan McBride.He spoke about the injury to the former Sligo Rovers defender…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/James-McClean.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Ireland had the best chances of the game with McClean’s goal-bound effort deflected wide and Shane Long’s late header blocked in the six-yard area as Ireland ended the night second in Group D, behind Serbia.Martin O’Neill was dealt a blow before the game had started when James McCarthy, who was named in the starting XI, pulled up in the warm-up meaning Hull City midfielder David Meyler came into the side to replace him.It was a tentative start from both sides in a cauldron of an atmosphere at the Aviva Stadium. It took 25 minutes for the first chance to arrive as an Aaron Ramsey corner to the back-post found James Chester, who leaped highest, but he directed his header wide under pressure from John O’Shea.O’Shea almost had the desired impact at the other end as with Ireland’s first corner of the game McClean’s low-swinging cross found O’Shea who flicked on for Shane Long but he failed to make contact with the ball under pressure in the 34th minute.The second-half started in the same vein with Ireland happy to let the away side have the ball. In the 63rd minute, Gareth Bale found a low cross from the right towards substitute Sam Vokes but his shot was well blocked.Five minutes later, Wales were reduced to ten men due to a reckless challenge by Neil Taylor on Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman. The Welsh defender was high and out of control as he slid on Coleman to be shown a red card and the Irish skipper was stretchered off immediately.Martin O’Neill’s side rallied immediately as they looked to take advantage of the sending off. McClean almost put the Irish ahead as David Meyler’s cushioned header found the West Bromwich Albion man but his shot was deflected wide by Chris Gunter in the 73rd minute.Martin O’Neill added attacking impetus to his side with the introduction of Aiden McGeady, who has been in fine form for Preston North End with 11 minutes remaining as Ireland poured forward in search of the winner.It almost proved their undoing as Real Madrid star Bale won the ball on the half-way line and drove towards the Irish defence, turned inside and unleashed a fierce effort which skimmed the top of the cross-bar with six minutes remaining.In the final minutes of the game, Ireland almost grabbed a winner as McGeady clipped the ball to the back-post to find Shane Long but his header was blocked in the six-yard area as the game ended with the points shared.TeamsRepublic of Ireland: Randolph (GK), Coleman (C) (Christie 72), Keogh, O’Shea, McClean, Whelan, Meyler (McGeady 79), Hendrick, Walters, Long.Subs: Westwood (GK), C. Doyle (GK), K. Doyle, Horgan, Christie, Egan, Hourihane, Hayes, O’Dowda, Pearce.Wales: Hennessey (GK), Gunter, Taylor, Davies, Chester, Williams (C), Allen, Robson-Kanu (Vokes 46), Ramsey, Bale, Ledley (Richards 72).Subs: Fon Williams (GK), King, MacDonald, Edwards, Wilson, Collins, Walsh, Ward, Bradshaw, Woodburn.Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)Yellow card: David Meylor, Gareth Bale, Aidan McGeady.Red Card: Neil Taylorlast_img read more

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Augustyn tackles top SA MTB race

first_img15 October 2013South African John-Lee Augustyn, who took a break from professional bicycle racing to recover fully from hip surgery, has begun his comeback in his home country and will line up for the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race on Sunday.The former Barloworld and Sky rider has teamed up with multiple South African women’s road champion and Athens Olympian, Anriette Schoeman, in the mixed category to tackle the tough seven-day 550-kilometre race. The pair will race as Team TREAD/32GI.Augustyn has started all three of road cycling’s Grand Tours – the Tour of Italy, Tour de France and Tour of Spain – during his career. At the age of 21, racing for Team Barloworld, he finished 45th in the 2008 Tour de France, showing moments of brilliance on some of the race’s biggest climbs and signalling the promise of a great career.SurgeryHe then raced for Team Sky in 2010 and 2011, but a crash he had suffered in the 2007 Tour of Portugal, which saw Augustyn break the very top of his femur, where it joins the hip, began to hinder him, eventually reaching a point where he required hip resurfacing surgery in 2011. He tried to return to racing in 2012, but realised he needed a longer recovery period and took an indefinite break.Augustyn and his Italian wife Greta Tonoli have been living in Adro, near Milan, where Greta is a fashion designer. Since June, he has been training in Italy in an effort to regain his best form and secure a professional road team contract for 2014.“I’ve been training consistently for the past four months and am happy to report that I have had no injury or health problems. The longer recovery period worked out well, but now I’m itching to get back into the racing scene,” Augustyn said in a statement on Monday.Recent formOn the weekend, he finished fourth at the MTN Crater Cruise on Saturday, a 103km mountain bike marathon in the Free State. He was the main protagonist in the race, which attracted South Africa’s top marathon racers, and he also claimed the King of the Mountains’ prize.“It felt good to go hard again. I didn’t have any team support and misjudged the hot, dry conditions so ran short on fluids and suffered in the last 10 kays, but I’m definitely feeling like the old me again and just need some race-conditioning now,” Augustyn smiled after the race.“Riding the Cape Pioneer Trek in a mixed team will allow me to get into a racing mind-set, but with little pressure.“Anriette has had a great road racing career, but she’s very new to mountain bike racing. She is more a sprinter and I’m more a climber. She is short and I am tall, so we’re going to just enjoy every stage of one of South Africa’s best mountain bike events and see how it goes. Maybe we’ll get a stage podium or two.”‘Crazy’“It’s crazy that one of the most talented bicycle racers ever to come out of South Africa is toiling away on the roads and trails of Italy far from any kind of spotlight, especially when he’s ready to begin racing at the top level again,” said Sean Badenhorst, editor of TREAD Magazine, who arranged for Augustyn’s return to South Africa.“Sure, he won’t be winning the Cape Pioneer Trek, but he’ll be gaining all important confidence and exposure.“John-Lee and the late Burry Stander raced head-to-head as youngsters on both road and mountain bikes, raising the overall standard of South African racing as they grew up. We’ve lost Burry, but we must appreciate and support John-Lee, who many believe still has his best racing years ahead of him,” added Badenhorst.Potential podium contendersOther potential podium contenders on the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek mixed category start list are the 2012 winners, Jennie Stenerhag, a former Swedish national road champion, and Craig Gerber (Asrin Cycling 2); Nizaam Esa and 2011 women’s Cape Pioneer Trek champion, Catherine Williamson (Asrin Cycling 3); and Gerhard Ebersohn and Christine Janse van Rensburg (Peptosport).Also lining up in the mixed division is former South African marathon champion, Cherise Stander, the widow of Burry Stander, and her father, Andre Taylor, in the iride4burry team.The Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek starts on Sunday, 20 October with a 14.8km prologue time trial at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, near Oudtshoorn.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Weekly Writers Round-Up: Social Media Censorship, Driverless Cars for the Disabled, and the War in Afghanistan

first_imgEach week, we’ll be featuring the work of the alumni and current participants of AFF’s Writing Fellows Program. A few highlights from the past week are below. For more information on how the program can help launch your career in writing, see here.Official Pages on Private Social Media Platforms Are Not a Pass for Censorship by Erin Dunne (Fall 2018) in The Washington ExaminerSome politicians think that the Internet gives them a right to censor. Across the country, public officials — from the president to county supervisors — create and maintain public profiles, such as Facebook pages, that are separate from their private accounts. These public pages act as official mouthpieces of policy, emergency updates — and a forum for community interaction…There is No Military Victory in Afghanistan by Gil Barndollar (Summer 2018) in The National InterestDonald Trump wants to get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. In July he decided to begin negotiations with the Taliban and he is now considering plans to withdraw seven thousand troops, half of the U.S. force in the country. The president is right to seek an end to this lost war, but we should be under no illusions about the potential outcomes of an American withdrawal…Uber’s Self-Driving Tech Is Back — Here’s What It Means for the Disabled by Chloe Anagnos (Summer 2017) in AIERUber is not just helping common people by expanding their earning possibilities, it’s also giving folks with disabilities a shot at being more productive and independent, especially now that it’s back at testing its self-driving car technology…last_img read more

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