Spanish football began the path back towards normality on Monday as organisers said clubs would resume training this week for the first time since activity was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic and targeted resuming the season in June.Organising body La Liga said clubs in the top two divisions would return to individual training following a protocol it had agreed with Spain’s sports and health authorities and which guaranteed the safety of players and staff.The protocol obliges players to undergo testing for the novel coronavirus before they can return to training facilities.“These measures cover a period of approximately four weeks with different phases that, in any case, will be subject to the de-escalation process established by the government,” said the statement.“Thus, together with the medical tests carried out by clubs, a staggered return to training has been implemented that will start with players training alone and with group activities prior to the return to competition, scheduled for June.”La Liga president Javier Tebas said the season would bring back a sense of normality to Spain, which has lost over 25,000 lives to the virus and seen its economy paralysed.“This crisis has had a profound impact on all of us. The return of football is a sign that society is progressing towards the new normal. It will also bring back an element of life that people in Spain and around the world know and love,” he said.“People’s health is paramount so we have a comprehensive protocol to safeguard the health of everyone involved as we work to restart La Liga. Circumstances are unprecedented but we hope to start playing again in June and finish our season this summer.”While France’s Ligue 1 was declared finished last week and the Dutch top-flight was also ended, the major stakeholders in Spain have remained determined to complete the season in order to avoid potential losses of around one billion euros.Tebas has been particularly bullish about restarting the campaign and criticised the cancellation of the French season, which was the first of Europe’s five major leagues to fall victim to the crisis.Spanish football federation chief Luis Rubiales, who has had some high-profile clashes with Tebas in the past, has also remained committed to getting the season back on the road, as has Spain’s minister for sport Irene Lozano.
Animals, Biodiversity, Birds, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Forests, Green, Research, Wildlife Article published by Shreya Dasgupta A new study has found that eight species of birds are likely to have completely disappeared in the past couple of decades.Researchers recommend that three species currently listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List be reclassified as extinct, while one be treated as extinct in the wild.Four more bird species are dangerously close to extinction, if not already there, and should be re-classified as critically endangered (possibly extinct), researchers say. Eight species of birds may have completely disappeared over the past couple of decades, a new study has found. Among these is the Spix’s macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii), a bird that inspired the character of Blu in the 2011 animated film Rio. Found only in Brazil, the bird has not seen in the wild since 2000.Like the Spix’s macaw, several other bird species are believed to have become extinct in recent years. To pinpoint the ones that may already be gone, researchers from BirdLife International, a global partnership of conservation organizations focusing on bird conservation, looked at 51 species of birds with a “reasonable possibility of being extinct.” These are species that have either not been seen in the wild for more than 10 years despite exhaustive surveys, or species that have been seen within the last 10 years, but whose tiny population has suffered well-documented decline.Stuart Butchart, BirdLife’s chief scientist, and his colleagues used a new statistical approach to arrive at the probability of extinction for the 51 species by combining information on the intensity of threats to the bird species, timing and reliability of records for the species, as well as timing and quality of efforts made to survey the species.Based on their results, the researchers recommend that three species currently listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List be reclassified as extinct. These include the cryptic treehunter (Cichlocolaptes mazarbarnetti), last seen in the wild in 2007; the Alagoas foliage-gleaner (Philydor novaesi), not seen in the wild since 2011; and the poʻo-uli (Melamprosops phaeosoma), not seen since 2004. The Spix’s macaw, which has some individuals surviving in captivity, should be reclassified as extinct in the wild, the researchers say in the study published in Biological Conservation.A poʻo-uli, or black-faced honeycreeper. Image © ciro_albano.Four more bird species are dangerously close to extinction, if not already there, the team found. These species — the New Caledonian lorikeet (Charmosyna diadema), the Javan lapwing (Vanellus macropterus), the Pernambuco pygmy owl (Glaucidium mooreorum) and the glaucous macaw (Anodorhynchus glaucus) — should be treated as critically endangered (possibly extinct), the researchers say. The “possibly extinct” tag applies to a subset of critically endangered species that are, based on available evidence, likely to be extinct. However, there could be local reports of the species that need verification, or there could be a small chance that future surveys might confirm the species’ presence.While most bird extinctions have previously occurred on islands, the rate of extinctions on continents is now increasing, the study found, driven mainly by deforestation and habitat loss, invasive species, and hunting and trapping. Five of the eight confirmed or suspected extinctions took place in South America. Of these, four occurred in Brazil, demonstrating how rampant deforestation is driving species extinctions, the researchers say.“Ninety per cent of bird extinctions in recent centuries have been of species on islands,” Butchart said in a statement. “However, our results confirm that there is a growing wave of extinctions sweeping across the continents, driven mainly by habitat loss and degradation from unsustainable agriculture and logging.”A Spix’s Macaw. Image © Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation.Citation:Butchart, S. H., Lowe, S., Martin, R. W., Symes, A., Westrip, J. R., & Wheatley, H. (2018). Which bird species have gone extinct? A novel quantitative classification approach. Biological Conservation, 227, 9-18.*Correction (09/09/2018): The photograph of poʻo-uli in the story originally mis-identified the bird as an Alagoas foliage-gleaner. We have corrected the caption. We thank our readers for pointing out the error. 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
US beat Senegal 1-0 at U20 World Cup INCHEON, South Korea – Josh Sargent scored his third goal of the tournament in the 34th minute, and the United States beat Senegal 1-0 yesterday at Incheon, South Korea, to move into good position to reach the knockout stage of the Under-20 World Cup. Sargent scored after Aaron Herrera passed to Tyler Adams along a flank, and Adams played a back-heel pass to Luca de la Torre, who was bursting into the penalty area. De La Torre bent the ball back to Sargent. The 17-year-old from O’Fallon, Missouri, who is the youngest player on the American roster, took a touch with his left foot about 16 yards out, spun and beat goalkeeper Mouhamed Mbaye with a left-footed shot. The U.S., which opened with a 3-3 against Ecuador last weekend, lead Group F with four points, followed by Senegal and Saudi Arabia with three apiece, and Ecuador with one. Silva leaves Hull HULL, England (AP) – Marco Silva has left his position as Hull manager following the team’s relegation from the Premier League. Hull announced Silva’s departure yesterday, a day after the Portuguese coach met with the club’s owners. The 39-year-old Silva signed a short-term deal in January but failed to stave off Hull’s immediate return to the second-tier League Championship. Man City quartet to leave when contracts expire MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City have announced that full backs Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna, winger Jesus Navas and goalkeeper Willy Caballero will leave the club when their contracts expire next month. City made the announcements yesterday. Yaya Toure, whose deal is due to expire, is waiting to hear if they will be retained. Clichy joined from Arsenal in 2011, Navas moved from Sevilla in 2013, and Caballero joined from Malaga in 2014. Sagna, a former Arsenal defender, signed as a free agent in 2014.
FILE – In this July 7, 2018, file photo, Daniel Cormier celebrates after defeating Stipe Miocic in a heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 226 in Las Vegas. Cormier always told his wife he wouldn’t fight past 40, even when the UFC heavyweight champion knew he could still beat everybody. Cormier extended his self-imposed deadline a bit for a rematch with Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, but he still isn’t sure how he’ll replace the thrill of competition after he finally walks away. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)EL SEGUNDO, California— Daniel Cormier has always seemed to have the endgame all figured out.The UFC heavyweight champion has everything in place for a satisfying, fulfilling life after mixed martial arts.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted “Make no mistake about it: There is worry about when you don’t get to run through the curtain anymore,” Cormier said. “There is worry about not having those moments in the back (of the arena) where you’re like, ‘Aaaaaaah!’ … Even those nerves, those scared nerves, are things that I look forward to. I look forward to that pit in my stomach. That little bit of uncertainty before the competition. It’s the greatest feeling in the world. We worry about guys and drugs? That’s mine. That’s always been my drug: competition. It’s like, what am I going to do without it?”Cormier turned 40 on March 20. He had always planned to get his last fight in right before that fateful birthday, but two factors conspired against it: Brock Lesnar’s indecision on an MMA comeback for the most lucrative matchup Cormier could possibly get, followed by Cormier’s decision to have back surgery in December.His recovery took him past the birthday he had been awaiting for years. His body’s initial response served as a reminder of the wisdom of his plan to get out — but he eventually realized 40 isn’t anything like he feared.“Through three or four weeks, I was like, ‘This is rough,’” Cormier said. “‘I’m way too heavy. I’m not moving well. I’m getting hit more than I need to.’ And then I started to shed some weight and get in shape, and once I did that, it was smooth sailing. I feel like I’m as good as I’ve ever been right now. My back feels good. My cardio feels phenomenal. I feel like I’m still developing.”When he got his body ready for the big finish, he accepted a rematch with Miocic, the long-reigning heavyweight champ who couldn’t last one full round last summer. Miocic’s strong wrestling and boxing were no match for Cormier, who has never lost to anyone except Jones.“What I did to him last year was a fairy tale for me, taking him out within one round,” Cormier said. “I don’t think that happens again. I’m preparing for a longer, harder fight.”But while Cormier is respectful of Miocic, he has one eye on the future, whether it’s retirement or one more shot at Jones.As befitting a talented broadcaster, Cormier pays attention to the optics of his career. As an avid social media user, he isn’t interested in becoming a meme again, either.“I have some bad visuals with the crying, but I’ve only got a couple of (bad) visuals,” Cormier said, referring to the tears he shed after losing to Jones. “I don’t want it to become five, six, seven times, because those reactions will stay the same every time I lose, because I know who I am. So I’m going to have to walk away from this thing before I know I can’t compete anymore.”Cormier knows what he has to do, and he knows how to do it. But even he isn’t exactly sure how he’ll fare against every fighter’s last opponent. View comments LATEST STORIES A loving family. A burgeoning career in broadcasting. Varied business interests, including a couple of Los Angeles barbershops and a poke restaurant in Miami.Even more impressively, Cormier actually understands how important it is to get out of fighting with his health and finances intact, and he has planned this exit for years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe fight game is littered with champions who stayed too long and devolved into clichéd palookas. Cormier is determined to avoid the decline, even when all evidence except the calendar suggests he is still at his peak.“I do know that when I leave this game, it’s going to be tough, because I’ll still be able to compete,” Cormier said. “I’m going to leave this game because I want to value what I leave behind, and I want it to last forever.” Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian “Maybe I’ll just compete on the TV side,” Cormier said. “Maybe compete on the golf course. I don’t know. But I think I’ll be OK.”And then, with a smile: “Video games.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Nike track shoes used in 1972 Olympic trials sell for $50K Cormier realizes he went slightly past his long-set deadline of his 40th birthday so he could fight at UFC 241 this weekend. The former two-belt champion insists he won’t stick around much longer, if at all.“I had the greatest year of my career at 39, so it’s like, ‘Man, am I going to leave now?’” Cormier asked. “Maybe after this one. I don’t know. But I feel good. I’ve trained hard. I’ve prepared.”Although a third shot at Jon Jones might keep him around for a few months longer, Cormier (22-1, 1 no-contest) easily could be stepping into a cage for the final time Saturday night in Anaheim for his rematch with Stipe Miocic (18-3).If he walks away, Cormier could serve as a model for future stars navigating the perilous twilights of their careers. He insists he wants to be the guy who did it the right way.Yet in a relaxing moment this week over a typically healthy lunch of grilled chicken and rice, Cormier doesn’t mind acknowledging this long goodbye is absolutely not as easy as it looks.ADVERTISEMENT
Mike Graham and Mike Parry deliver more madness and mayhem on Saturday’s Warm Up show.They talk to Spurs hero Graham Roberts, Jaap Stam’s return to Manchester United and MG has time for his One Minute Moan.
Dimitri Payet 1 Ian Wright is convinced Dimitri Payet has a new club already lined up – and has urged West Ham to get rid of him straight away.The Frenchman has asked to leave the London Stadium and is refusing to play for them in Saturday’s Premier League match against Crystal Palace.And Wright believes that should signal an immediate end to the ex-Marseille star’s time in east London.He said: “Get him out now. Get as much as you can for him. The agents have got something to do with it. He’s already got a deal in place, without a shadow of a doubt.“I’ve been saying for a while something’s wrong. You look at him and ask how can you have a player of this quality, of this calibre and yet no one touches him [for so long]? West Ham touched him and now after what, 18 months, how many contracts has he signed with West Ham? He’s held them to ransom. These are the reasons, I suppose, why he’s blossomed so late and everyone is saying how can he have been missed? He’s obviously got a massive, massive attitude problem.“He’s shown no loyalty to the club that’s given him the platform to do the things he’s done.“Get him out now. His team-mates now know he wants out, he doesn’t want to be in the fight with them.“It can only be about money. He doesn’t like the plight West Ham find themselves in. His body language has been terrible since the start of the season. He’s not helped at all. Get rid of him!”And Wright feels his departure could actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise.“It could galvanise the team,” he added. “You don’t want someone like him around the players now, it’s going to be even more negative. They could use this as a catalyst now to come together and go one from here and save themselves [from possible relegation.”Listen to much more on ‘The Sun Football Podcast, sponsored by Sun Bets, with Ian Wright and Shaun Custis’ – available to download on iTunes now
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Tags:#Apple#mobile#news#Product Reviews#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Just this morning, our own Sarah Perez wondered if Apple wasn’t ready for push notifications yet, as only a few push enabled apps had made it into the App Store so far, but as is so often the case in our business, only a few hours later Apple first allows the AIM instant messenger (iTunes link) into the store, and now BeejiveIM (iTunes link), a multi-network IM app that was extensively demoed at Apple’s developer conference two weeks ago, has also arrived in the App Store as well. We are still waiting for a number of other apps with support for push to be allowed into the store, but it clearly looks like Apple has now opened the floodgates and more apps will probably follow soon.Works as AdvertisedWe got a chance to test both apps and both work just as advertised. For the AIM app, for example, the delay between sending a message and a notification popping up on our phone was usually under five seconds and sometimes almost instantaneous. Push, by the way, is enabled both for the free AIM app, which features ads, and the $2.99 paid version which is ad-free. One problem we noticed, though (and the same goes for the Associated Press news app with push), was that clicking on ‘view’ in a pop-up notification only open the app, but didn’t take us to the actual message. We almost wonder if this is something Apple’s API doesn’t support, as this seems to be common among the push apps we have seen so far. BeejiveIM is a bit pricey at $9.99, and the price might go up to $15.99 later, so if you really want this app, which supports, Windows Live, AOL, Yahoo, Google Talk, Facebook, MySpace, ICQ, and the Jabber protocol, not is probably the time to buy it. The one IM protocol this app misses support for Skype chats, though we are hoping for IM+ with support for push notifications (iTunes link to the free version) to be allowed into the store in the next few days. Finally!We are very excited to see the first new batch of push notifications in the App Store, though we would still like Apple to make a few changes to the way the iPhone handles these messages (including the ability to set a ‘quiet time’ during which notification are ignored). However, as long as Apple doesn’t allow applications to run in the background, push notifications are the best alternatives and we are looking forward to seeing what developers will do with this new feature. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts frederic lardinois
Short term there are big incentives for health care providers to implement electronic health records. But after the initial burst of stimulus money is gone, will these new systems really be sustainable and at least as cost effective as existing systems? The answer seems obvious since the advantages and efficiencies of electronic data management are typically superior to equivalent paper-based systems.A problem is that in order to maximize any stimulus payouts, EHR systems must be in place before the July 2011 deadline. The worry is that many health organizations may be rushing ahead too quickly, looking only at the stimulus dollars and not being careful enough in their planning.Beacon Partners, a health-care consultancy, survey 200 hospitals to find how they are approaching electronic health records and IT management.Currently most health organizations spend less than 5 percent of their capital budgets on IT. Clinical equipment and facilities is where most of the spending dollars go.70 percent worry most about the quality of application reporting in order to qualify for “Meaningful Use”, the criteria for receiving stimulus funding80 percent say if they achieve “Meaningful Use” that they will maintain or increase their IT investments60 percent said that they are working on implementing health information exchanges (HIE), 15 percent already have an HIE, and 25 percent are in the planning stages.More than three-quarter of hospitals prefer single-vendor solutions for inpatient applications rather than best of breed solutions.40 percent plan to enhance their patient and physician web portals
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology mike melanson Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#Browsers#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Skyfire, the mobile browser that brought Flash video to the iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices, is unveiling version 3.0 for Android today. This latest version of Skyfire, dubbed the “Facebook edition”, offers a seriously slick social media integration that, quite honestly, we would like to see on our desktop. The key to the new version of Skyfire lies in the “Skyfire bar”, a bar of icons that rests at the bottom of the browser. From this bar, users can easily “Like” any page they visit and share it via Facebook, Twitter or email. That’s simple enough, though, right?Two features we really dig, however, are “Fireplace Feed Reader” and “Popular Content”. The first one provides a list of links, images and videos posted by your Facebook friends, meaning all the random status updates and musings are left for later – this is just the meat of your Facebook feed. “Popular Content”, on the other hand, looks at whatever page you’re on and cross references it with Facebook to see what other pages on that site are popular with Facebook’s 500+ million users. Pages shared by your friends float to the top, with the rest of the suggestions listed by overall popularity. Skyfire’s “OneTouch Search” also looks pretty slick, as you can search from the mobile browser and choose to focus that search on Google, Facebook, VideoSurf, Digg, Twitter or Amazon, all from a simple navigation bar. Now, when we say we wish we had a browser like this for the desktop, you might retort “What about RockMelt?” RockMelt, however, simply added standard Facebook functionality onto the edges of your browser. Skyfire’s new functionality sets it apart. There is no quick and apparent way on the Facebook website to just see all the content – the links, videos and images – posted by your friends. There’s also no way to navigate to NYTimes.com and see what the most popular stories are, according to your Facebook friends. But now there is – for Android users, at least.Take a look at the video overview and go get yourself a free copy before time runs out – Skyfire 3.0 is available free for a limited time in the Android Marketplace.