Real Madrid’s interest in David de Gea and Ramos’ situation with Los Blancos has played into United’s hands, with this saga, along with the Paul Pogba transfer, set to become one of the summer’s biggest dramas. However, Rafa Benitez hopes that is not the case. He would like everything sorted before July 11, when Madrid begin their pre-season tour in Australia and China. Upd. at 20:28 Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United want to sign Sergio Ramos at any cost. It seems that Ramos is clear on wanting to leave Madrid; time will tell if that is the case. CEST Sport EN In the United Kingdom, there are reports that Madrid rejected Man United’s first offer, which was around 40 million euros. The Premier League side will now test Madrid with a second bid. As reported yesterday, Manchester City are also interested in Ramos following a season which brought zero titles. They would also be prepared to invest a serious amount of cash in the defender. 29/06/2015
Advertisement 4teNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Edej( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 26zfWould you ever consider trying this?😱36Can your students do this? 🌚g06o38Roller skating! Powered by Firework Liverpool and Arsenal are eyeing to make a move for the star Belgian midfielder Thorgan Hazard in the next summer transfer window. Thorgan Hazard is also linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund in the next season. So, it is certainly going to be interesting to check whether the Belgian midfielder is going to England or he is preferring to stay in Germany.Advertisement It has been seeming that the transfer market will be hot with the transfer of the elder of the Hazard brothers. However, the younger one is not behind too. Thorgan Hazard is improving himself day by day and now he is an important member of Belgian National side too. Thorgan Hazard is currently playing for the German side Borussia Monchengladbach.Advertisement The club management of his present club want to sell him to another German side Borussia Dortmund with a transfer fee around £35 million. However, now it is not seeming to be a confirmed deal. Two top English sides, Arsenal and Liverpool are trying to take the advantage of the situation. The manager of the Gunners, Unai Emery really likes the way how the Belgian midfielder operates the gameplay. So, he will be wishing to add Thorgan Hazard in his squad in the next season.Arsenal eyeing to make a move for Ryan FraserAdvertisement Advertisement
The Trail Smoke Eaters used just 12 seconds of overtime with Owen Ozar playing the hero to give the visitors a 5-4 victory and a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-seven Interior Division Semi Final against the Vernon Vipers on Saturday night. The Smoke Eaters were first on the scoreboard for the fifth time in the postseason as Braeden Tuck finished off a nice play and scored in his fourth straight game to give Trail a lead midway through the opening period. Carter Jones made a nice pass from the right boards to a streaking Tuck who tapped it in on his backhand for his 4th goal of the playoffs and a 1-0 Smoke Eaters lead at the 10:09 mark of the period. The period started to take a run of special teams play and it was the Vipers who took advantage of that with a pair of power play goals beginning at 16:01 with Teddy Wooding tipping in a shot. Wooding got a pass from the left-wing side from defender Carver Watson and deflected in the puck on the glove side of Smoke Eaters goaltender Donovan Buskey to tie the game at 1-1. Vernon added a late goal in the opening period to get their first lead of the game coming with just 18 seconds remaining in the period and came courtesy of another power play. Jack Judson took a right point shot that was deflected by Matt Kowalski in the right face-off circle and past the glove side of Buskey for a 2-1 Vipers lead heading into the dressing room. The Smoke Eaters fought back and scored three unanswered goals, beginning with a tying goal at the 14:48 mark of the middle stanza. Owen Ozar collected a loose puck after a scramble on the right side and had his shot slide through the glove side of Vipers goaltender Aidan Porter and hit the post before Trevor Zins banged in the puck for his 2nd goal of the playoffs and a 2-2 tie heading into the final regulation period. Trail continued to apply pressure in the 3rd period and earned their second lead of the game on a strong defensive play by Tuck that turned into a goal. The Smoke Eaters captain stripped a Viper of the puck inside of the offensive zone and set up Carter Jones with a pass on the glove side for his 3rd goal of the playoffs and a 3-2 lead coming at 6:24 mark of the 3rd frame. The depth of scoring continued for the Smoke Eaters as they took a two-goal lead midway through the 3rd period from an unlikely source of offence. Trail won a face-off in the offensive zone as Luke Gallagher passed to the left point for Kyle Budvarson who beat Porter with a shot through traffic for his 1st career BCHL playoff goal at the 9:29 mark for a 4-2 lead. The Vipers roared back late in regulation and scored twice in a span of 31 seconds to tie the game, beginning with a Connor Marritt deflection at the 18:54 mark to get Vernon within a goal. Marritt deflected a Michael Young point shot from the right side over the blocker side shoulder of Buskey to cut the deficit to 4-3 with just over a minute remaining. Vernon got Porter to bench again and found a way to get the puck through to even the score at 4-4 at the 19:25 mark of the period. Young got a pass from Judson at the top of the left circle and hit a one-time shot through the blocker side of Buskey to even the score and force overtime in Game #2. The overtime frame did not take long to decide a winner as just 12 seconds into the extra period, the Smoke Eaters earned a 2-0 series lead. Owen Ozar wound his way through center ice, cutting inside the blue line and let a shot go from just outside of the slot to beat Porter on the glove side for his 2nd goal of the playoffs and propel Trail to a 5-4 overtime win. Donovan Buskey stopped 26 of the 30 shots he faced in his 6th win of the playoffs while Aidan Porter turned aside 16 of the 21 shots thrown his way in his 3rd loss of the postseason. FINAL SCORE: 5-4 Smoke Eaters (OT)SHOTS ON GOAL: 30-21 VipersSMOKE EATERS PP: 0/6SMOKE EATERS PK: 3/53 STARS:1) Owen Ozar (1-1-2)2) Braeden Tuck (1-3-4)3) Michael Young (1-2-3)Fortis Energy Player of the Game: Connor Marritt (1-0-1)ATTENDANCE: 2,063 The Smoke Eaters head back home with a 2-0 series lead and look to continue their success on home ice in Game #3 of the Interior Division Semi Final against the Vernon Vipers. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 PM from the Trail Memorial Centre with tickets available for purchase at the Smoke Eaters Main Office as well as at the door ahead of the opening face-off.
Discount tickets for the Washington State University at Rutgers University football game can be donated to current military personnel, veterans and their families. The game will be played Sept. 12 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, and the price is $35.For tickets and other information, contact the Rutgers Ticket Office at 866-445-4678, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. eastern time, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.The United States Tennis Association (USTA), the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. that owns and operates the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, announced that it is hosting the fifth annual U.S. Open Job Fair.It will be held July 8 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Sheraton LaGuardia East, 135-20 39th Ave., Flushing, New York.All job-seekers are urged to arrive early, as doors will close promptly at the ending time. Job-seekers will have an opportunity to speak with U.S. Open staff and its vendors about the various open positions, such as guest services, facility operations, cooks, concessions, drivers, maintenance, security, cashiers and customer service representatives.For those unable to attend the job fair, applications for available positions at the U.S. Open will be accepted through August. Additional information about available USTA positions can be found online at www.usopen.org. The Central Jersey Baseball Academy and ProDreams Camps are excited to be back in Upper Freehold for the fourth consecutive year of their instructional baseball camp supporting Redbird Baseball.Camp runs July 6-9 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.ProDreams Baseball Camps are now under the direction of Mavericks Baseball and are open to any player in the appropriate age range looking to improve his baseball skills.
data, Elephants, GPS tracking, Mammals, Migration, Monitoring, Research, Savannas, Tagging, Technology, Tracking, Water Scarcity, Wildlife, Wildtech Elephants in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park wearing GPS tracking tags shared a general dry-season home range but followed three different wet-season migration strategies: residency, short-distance migration, and long-distance migration.Despite similar dry-season conditions that kept all the tagged elephants near provisioned waterholes, the migrating elephants began their seasonal movements at the onset of the first rains.Scientists urge collaboration among stakeholders and countries to maintain the long-distance, cross-border migrations some animals need to survive. African elephants use areas of grassland, bushland, and woodland, but how do they move through these different vegetation types in different seasons, especially where water becomes a seasonally scarce resource?Elephants drink roughly 200 liters (50 gallons) of water each day. In Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, they come together at waterholes such as this one during the region’s dry season (August through October). Image by Sue Palminteri/Mongabay.Researchers in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe have been monitoring the movements of 32 female elephants over the last several years to find out. Some, but not all, of the elephants migrated seasonally, up to 250 kilometers (155 miles) from their tagging site. Using GPS/VHF radio tracking tags, the researchers are studying the variability in and potential drivers of the elephants’ movements over time, including these seasonal migrations.Arnold Tshipa, the Zambezi region environmental officer for Wilderness Safaris, leads the field work. Tshipa is also writing his master’s thesis at Zimbabwe’s National University of Science and Technology on the migration of Hwange’s elephants with technical guidance from France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and support from both institutions.Arnold Tshipa fitting a tracking tag and collar on one of the 32 female elephants spending dry seasons in northeastern Hwange National Park. Image courtesy of Arnold Tshipa.Tshipa and his fellow researchers tagged the elephants in the northeastern section of Hwange to better understand how female elephant move around and use different habitats in and around the park, as well as their population dynamics, given Hwange’s high density of elephants. Census data suggest that 45,000 elephants live inside Hwange National Park, more than half of the more than 82,000 elephants estimated for Zimbabwe as a whole, leading to an estimated density of three elephants per square kilometer (5 per square mile).Tshipa and colleagues suggest in their 2017 publication that the Hwange elephants are part of the world’s largest elephant metapopulation, which stretches across five southern African countries in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA). The researchers used daily location readings from the tracking tags to chart the seasonal movements that separate the subpopulations geographically and reconnect them during the wet season.The Hwange elephant movement project team fitting a sedated elephant with a tracking tag and collar. Jobs include monitoring the sedation, fitting the collar, checking the tag, measuring the elephant’s size, assessing its health, age, and sex, and documenting through notes and photographs. Image courtesy of Arnold Tshipa.Previous research has confirmed wide-ranging, cross-boundary movements of elephants across areas of natural vegetation in the KAZA region, highlighting the need for cross-border movement corridors and coordinated planning and policies. The movement data gained from wildlife tracking tags can improve the effectiveness of broad-scale conservation efforts by assessing current reserve boundaries, designing linkages between reserves, identifying stakeholders whose management influences tagged animals, and helping various stakeholders coordinate management efforts across the animals’ areas of movement.A partial migrationTshipa and his colleagues have focused their analyses on the elephants’ use of space during two key periods: the late wet season in February and March, and the late dry season in September and October. They have categorized elephant movement behavior according to the distance between each animal’s respective wet- and dry-season ranges. Longer-distance migrations are those with greater distance and less overlap between the wet- and dry-season ranges.Dry-season and wet-season ranges of elephants tagged in Hwange National Park. Each individual’s movements are represented by a different color. The area in grey is within the boundary of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area. Limits of Hwange (in Zimbabwe) and Chobe, Nxai and Makgadikgadi Pans National Parks (in Botswana) are shown. Image from Tshipa et al (2018). “Partial migration links local surface-water management to large-scale elephant conservation in the world’s largest transfrontier conservation area.” Biological Conservation.Tshipa said the team classified 10 of the 32 tagged elephants as “resident” elephants. For these elephants, the center points of the dry-season and wet-season ranges were less than 50 kilometers (31 miles) apart, and there was more than 50 percent overlap between the two range areas.For the rest of the tagged elephants, deemed “migratory,” there was less than 50 percent overlap between their dry- and wet-season ranges. The distance between the center points of these two seasonal range areas distinguished the short-distance migrants from the longer-distance migrants. Range centers of the 12 short-distance migrants were less than 50 kilometers apart, while those of the remaining 10 long-distance migrants were farther apart, up to 160 kilometers (99 miles).Eight elephants migrated into Botswana, as far as the Nxai Pan, some 260 kilometers (161 miles) from their tagging area. This normally dry salt pan becomes grassy in the wet season, attracting elephants and thousands of other large herbivores, including zebra and wildebeest.Baobab trees at Nxai Pan National Park, the destination of Hwange’s farthest-moving tagged elephants. Image by Ana Isabel Alia, Wikimedia Commons, CC 4.0.Rainfall decreases as one travels west from Zimbabwe to Botswana, so the elephants that migrate do so at the onset of the wet season. “It starts as soon as we have the first few rains,” Tshipa said. “Once they see those first few rains, they start moving.”Nevertheless, Tshipa added, “there’s a lot of variability in distance and time spent. Some spend a long time in Botswana, while others go just for two days. We still don’t know how much of the population actually does this; 22 percent of the tagged elephants do, but how much of the population do we have?”The eight tagged Hwange elephants that migrated to Botswana stayed longer in private wildlife management areas than in formal protected areas, confirming the importance of the private sector in elephant conservation. Their movements also support the establishment of region-wide elephant management policies to address, for example, how institutions should respond to any changes in water supply in Hwange National Park, through human action or more severe droughts, that could dramatically affect elephants’ distribution in this region.What drives elephants to move?The Hwange researchers are particularly interested in the transboundary movements the elephants repeated over several years and what might be driving them.A map comparing the three types of movement patterns of the 32 GPS-tagged elephants in Hwange NP. All used similar dry-season resources, yet some (“residents”) remained in their tagging area all year while others migrated southwest, up to 260 km (155 miles) from the tagging area, into Botswana. They stayed for some or all of the wet season and returned to Hwange the following dry season. Image by Arnold Tshipa.Humans have altered much of the arid region’s landscape, including provisioning water for wildlife within national parks and game reserves during the dry season, which Tshipa says is driving migrations. Unlike their wide ranging during wet season, both resident and migratory tagged elephants returned to and were faithful to their smaller dry-season ranges.In the dry season, the researchers state in their paper, elephant breeding herds forage within 15 kilometers (9 miles) of water. The dry-season ranges of the tagged elephants all include permanent waterholes. Hwange National Park lacks a permanent river, and during the dry season water is available primarily at the waterholes.A natural migration may have occurred before the provisioning of water, Tshipa said, comprised of elephants migrating further north to the Gway River. “That might have been a migration route,” he said, “but now because there’s water holes dotted all over the place, there’s no need for [them] to proceed to the river.”Spending quality time at the local watering hole is a daily necessity for elephants. This herd is drinking at one of Hwange National Park’s human-provisioned waterholes. Image by Sue Palminteri/Mongabay.Moreover, hunting occurs at the river but not at the protected waterholes, making them more attractive areas for elephants. “Most of the collared elephants are not crossing into that hunting area, and if they do, it’s a very quick cross into and back out,” Tshipa said.The ranges of the elephants during the wet season, when food and water are more widely accessible, are all larger than their respective dry-season ranges. Having determined that water supplies drive migration patterns, the Hwange researchers are studying whether other factors, such as habitat structure, demography, or competition, play a key role.“It’s always difficult to separate water from vegetation,” Tshipa said, “because one is linked to the other. So we’re asking how do distance to water and habitat structure influence the migration route.”Availability of both water and vegetation drive broad-scale movements of elephants and other partially migratory species, such as zebras. Image by Sue Palminteri/Mongabay.The researchers have categorized the cross-border study zone into open grasslands, bushlands, and woodlands. They are analyzing how the animals’ movement patterns within each of these habitats relates to their distance to a water source, or, for example, whether the distance to water affects how elephants move while in woodlands versus when they are in open grasslands.Tshipa and colleagues are also beginning a study of the role that the quality and quantity of elephants’ food plays in their migration. All the study elephants used the same general area in the dry season, so the quality of food in their dry-season ranges is unlikely to drive some to migrate and others to remain in the area. Given the substantial energy expended in long-distance migration, the researchers will examine the amount of suitable wet-season food along transects as well as the dung of the tagged elephants, to determine what they are eating (e.g. higher-quality grasses versus bark).CitationTshipa, A., Valls-Fox, H., Fritz, H., Collins, K., Sebele, L., Mundy, P., & Chamaillé-Jammes, S. (2017). Partial migration links local surface-water management to large-scale elephant conservation in the world’s largest transfrontier conservation area. Biological Conservation, 215, 46-50.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. Article published by Sue Palminteri 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
FILE – In this Nov. 13, 2018 file photo Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler speaks with members of the media during a news conference at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility in Camden, N.J. There is no more doubt about Butler’s future. The Miami Heat completed agreements on what will become a four-team trade Monday, July 1, 2019 to land Butler from the 76ers, with the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers also involved. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, file)LAS VEGAS — Toronto said farewell to Kawhi Leonard. Miami said hello to Jimmy Butler. The Lakers finally have Anthony Davis.Free agency became real Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Also at summer league were a trio of young Atlanta stars — Kevin Huerter, John Collins and Trae Young.“I’m super excited,” Young said when asked about the moves across the league. “Some of the trades and where people are landing at is just kind of different. It’s kind of a surprise a little bit, but it’s good cause now the league is even more wide open.”Butler left Philadelphia via sign-and-trade for Miami, with Josh Richardson leaving the Heat for Philadelphia. Hassan Whiteside left the Heat for Portland as part of that deal, while Moe Harkless left the Blazers for the Clippers in another part of the same massive trade.“Jimmy’s leadership, tenacity, professionalism, defensive disposition and his ability to create his own shot will improve our roster immediately,” Heat President Pat Riley said. “Any time you can add a four-time All-Star to your roster, you make that move.”Butler said Wade told him for years that Miami was the right fit for him.“And we were able to make it happen,” Butler said.Among the other deals that got done Saturday:— Brooklyn completed the signing of center DeAndre Jordan. “As a veteran center with All-NBA and All-Defensive Team honors on his resume, DeAndre will provide us with the type of defensive mindset, toughness and leadership that are needed to compete at the highest levels of the NBA,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said.— The Lakers added DeMarcus Cousins and Quinn Cook, plus kept Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and JaVale McGee.— Orlando completed the signings of its top two free agents, Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks The Clippers and Thunder couldn’t talk about their deal until it was finalized.The Raptors didn’t have to adhere to such rules.“On behalf of the Raptors, I say a very heartfelt thank you to Kawhi and to Danny, and we send them and their families nothing but good wishes,” Raptors President Masai Ujiri said. “As an organization, the Raptors will focus on the future and continue our pursuit of a second championship.”Davis wasn’t a free agent, but the Lakers’ move to get him surely played a role in plenty of other moves during free agency.The Lakers’ trade for Davis got done Saturday night, and it cost L.A. a ransom. Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, the draft rights to De’Andre Hunter, two first-round picks, a first-round pick swap and cash went to the Pelicans — and then the Lakers had to send Isaac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones, Moritz Wagner and a future second-rounder to Washington. The Wizards sent cash to the Pelicans.“Anthony Davis is arguably the most dominant all-around young player in today’s NBA,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said. “Anthony represents everything we stand for, with his unwavering commitment to excellence both as a person and an athlete. This is a historic moment for the Lakers franchise, and we couldn’t be more proud to have him.”The sign-and-trade that will have Kevin Durant leaving Golden State for Brooklyn as well as Kyrie Irving’s signing with the Nets were both still pending Saturday night. Golden State’s deal to keep Klay Thompson around at nearly $190 million for five years also wasn’t immediately announced, though there would seem to be little rush there.Boston completed a sign-and-trade with Charlotte, a deal to send All-Star Kemba Walker (4 years, $141 million) to the Celtics and Terry Rozier (3 years, $58 million) to the Hornets.“Kemba has excelled in this league for many years while consistently playing at a level among the NBA’s elite,” Celtics President Danny Ainge said.Davis was back for the second straight night at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, alongside James and Lakers guard Kyle Kuzma. James chatted for a couple minutes with Clippers consultant and NBA legend Jerry West — before the Lakers and Clippers met in a summer matchup. NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:37Calm 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 Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Mitch Kupchak doesn’t regret keeping Kemba Walker last year Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay “I think it’s going to be a really exciting season,” said Portland’s Damian Lillard, who wasn’t a free agent and won’t be for a long time after signing a $196 million, four-year extension that could keep him with the Trail Blazers until 2025. “Obviously, it’s exciting to see players change teams. You know people love that.”Not all people.Not always, anyway.Toronto awoke to the news Saturday that two starters from this past season’s NBA champion Raptors — Leonard and Danny Green — were moving on. Leonard picked the Clippers and will sign a $142 million, four-year deal and George will be joining him in a massive trade that will send Danilo Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and five draft picks to Oklahoma City in a blockbuster deal that shook up both conferences. Green is joining the Lakers on a two-year deal.“Teams are making moves to win now and that’s obvious,” said Heat forward Meyers Leonard, who left Portland and is part of the four-team Butler deal. “The Clippers, for example, they’re in ‘win-now’ mode. They played well last year in the playoffs. They go and get Kawhi and PG and all these other players. OKC has to be thinking, ‘OK, we just got a ton of draft picks.’ So people are positioning themselves in different ways.”ADVERTISEMENT Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The four-team trade that sent Butler to the Heat — with a new $142 million, four-year contract — was one of the first big moves to get done once the league’s offseason moratorium ended. But many of the other massive moves, such as Leonard’s signing with the Los Angeles Clippers and the trade to have Paul George join him, remained in the paperwork stage.Butler acknowledged that his longtime friend, fellow former Marquette star and now-retired Heat guard Dwyane Wade “may have had a little bit of something to do with” his move to Miami.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I don’t think anybody can take over the role that Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. had for this organization and for the game of basketball here,” Butler said when asked about taking over as a leader in Miami. “I’m just fortunate and blessed enough to be able to call him a friend, mentor, role model. He’s done so much for me.”There was no real worry about the pending transactions around the league: Some deals, including a few that got agreed upon very quickly when the negotiating window opened June 30, simply needed to be slotted in a certain order to make the NBA’s money rules work. Others could get done as soon as the NBA said at 12:01 p.m. Eastern on Saturday that the new league year was officially underway. Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing MOST READ — Indiana’s sign-and-trade acquisition of Malcolm Brogdon from Milwaukee was completed. “Having started on the team with the best record in the NBA last year, we value the leadership he’ll bring to our team, as well as his great ability to play multiple positions,” Pacers President Kevin Pritchard said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Several years ago the Daily Observer carried a memorable Candid Camera photo of Episcopal Bishop Bravid W. Harris watching a bulldozer clear the wilderness of the Suacoco District in what is now Bong County. The bulldozer was clearing the bush to bring education and enlightenment to the Liberian hinterland and to the entire country. The bishop, who in 1945 was elected by the American Episcopal Church to head the Episcopal Diocese of Liberia, quickly upon arrival met and befriended President William V. S. Tubman. Bishop Harris told President Tubman that the time had come to reopen Cuttington College and Divinity School, which had been established in Cape Palmas, Maryland County in 1889 during the episcopacy of Bishop Samuel David Ferguson, the church’s first Liberian bishop. Bishop Harris also convinced President Tubman to relocate the college to Suacoco in the Central Province, where there was enough land for the college to introduce another vital subject in the curriculum, AGRICULTURE, in addition to Divinity and Liberal Arts. Tubman was elated. He agreed to have the college transferred from his own beloved Maryland County to Suacoco. The college had not operated since its closure in 1929, due partly to the Great Depression. Henrique Tokpa wasn’t yet born. But his father, Mahwen (in Kpelle: ‘a man who loves strangers’) Tokpa was around, a very young fellow from Sinyea, a Kpelle village just beyond the Cuttington campus. The unlettered Mr. Tokpa the elder was later employed as a grass-cutter at Cuttington. It was in Sinyea that Henrique got his beginnings — elementary school. After completing high school, where else could he go but to Cuttington, in whose backyard he was born? The brilliant, serious-minded and ambitious young Sinyea boy went on to earn the PhD degree and returned to serve his beloved alma mater. Under President Dr. Melvin Justinian Mason, Henrique served as Vice President of Cuttington. Upon Dr. Mason’s retirement in 2000, the Board of Trustees elected Henrique Tokpa President of Cuttington, which by then had been elevated to a University College. By that time, Cuttington, known throughout the world for its high academic standards and discipline, had produced scores of outstanding graduates, many of whom had made their marks in Liberia, Africa and on the broader world stage. Beginning the 1970s, three Cuttington-trained theologians became bishops — George D. Browne (Class of 1958) of the Episcopal Diocese of Liberia; Bennie D. Warner (Class of 1960) of the United Methodist Church; and Ronald J. Diggs, of the Lutheran Church in Liberia. Another member of the Class of 1958, Canon Burgess Carr, became general secretary of Africa’s leading pan-African church body, the All Africa Conference of Churches. By the early 2000s, too, when Henrique Tokpa acceded to the Cuttington presidency, the school had produced many other scholars who were making their mark on the African and the world stages. These included agriculturists, economists, educators, engineers, lawyers, mathematicians, medical doctors and medical specialists, including pathology, radiology, pediatrics and heart and general surgery; international civil servants and statesmen. Two Cuttington graduates have served as Vice Presidents of Liberia — Bennie D. Warner and Ronald J. Diggs. Another, Wilton Sankawulo (Class of 1963) served as Transitional President of Liberia. Several Cuttington graduates by the 2000s had served as leading statesmen in Tanzania, Kenya and Liberia. These included Paul Rupia, Ghisla Mapunda and K. Gombale (all of Tanzania), Ochieng Adala (Class of 1963, Kenya) and Martha Sendolo Belleh (Class of 1968) of Liberia. All of these Cuttingtonians and many more, and most certainly Dr. Henrique Tokpa, are crowning fulfillments of Bishop Bravid W. Harris’ dream of bringing enlightenment to the Liberian hinterland, Liberia and to Africa and far beyond. When he retired two Saturdays ago as President of Cuttington University, Dr. Tokpa left several marks of distinction. Paramount among them is that it was under his presidency that Cuttington achieved the status of a full fledged university. He also developed three important and critical programs that go beyond mere academics. The first is the Peace and Conflict Program. Headed by the eminent Liberian historian, Dr. Joseph Saye Guannu, this Program teaches about the roots of conflicts and how they may be mitigated. From the certificate level, this program now offers degrees in Peace and Conflict Resolution. The second is the Community Service Program, which prepares Cuttington students to go into the communities, within the university environs and beyond, to render service to needy communities and people. The third program introduced by President Tokpa is the Entrepreneurial Training Program, in which students are trained to become entrepreneurs or business creators and owners. Instead of graduating to go and seek for jobs, successful participants in this Program go out and start their own businesses. The program is supported by The Netherlands. It followed a major address which alumnus Kenneth Y. Best (Class of 1963) made to the Cuttington Alumni Association on the Cuttington main campus a few years ago. In that address, Mr. Best called on the university administration to start a program in which Cuttington students would be trained to become entrepreneurs. He suggested that each student, upon entering, should present a business development plan that can be improved upon until graduation. By that time, the student would be ready with a comprehensive plan to enter business. The highly innovative program impressed this year’s Cuttington Commencement Speaker, Sierra Leonean Vice President Victor B. Foh. So moved by the programs, he appealed to President Tokpa to assist in introducing some of them at the University of Njala in northern Sierra Leone. But Dr. Tokpa’s first major challenge upon assuming the presidency was to rebuild the university. It had been devastated during the 2003 war by the rebel movement LURD, which destroyed Cuttington’s infrastructure and looted the campus. With the help of the Episcopal Church of the USA and Trinity Episcopal Church on Wall Street, New York, Dr. Tokpa was able to raise the financial resources to reopen the university. By the time he got there in 2003, the university was a bush. He had to relocate classes to Monrovia for a year. But the old Sinyea boy used his local connections to engage the Paramount and Clan Chiefs of his native Suacoco to clear the bush in no time. Now that he has retired after over 12 years as Cuttington University President, Dr. Tokpa can look back with great pride at his enviable accomplishments. May God give Cuttington a new President who will work even harder than Dr. Tokpa and carry Cuttington University to new heights of academic excellence, social and civic innovation and the preparation of leaders in every field of human endeavor for Liberia, Africa and the world. Cuttington’s next two challenges are first, to develop a dynamic Alumni Association which, working closely with the university administration and student body, will raise serious money for the university. The second challenge is to develop at Cuttington a Think Tank that will formulate home-grown strategies for national and continental development. These strategies will prevent us from adopting foreign-imposed ideas that do not respond to our national, regional and continental realities. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…40 additional doctors trainedBy Lakhram BhagiratAlthough just a little over one year old, the Public Health Ministry’s Mental Health Unit has been making great strides in the delivery of adequate mental health services throughout the country. However, it has not been without its challenges.The Unit is equipped with six trained psychiatrists, four psychologists, and six social workers. However, in a population of over 750,000, it means that one psychiatrist would have to service at least 100,000 persons. In a country known for its high suicide rate, that is just not enough to combat the range of mental issues among Guyanese.Director of the Mental Health Unit, Dr Util ThomasTo address this, Director of the Mental Health Unit, Dr Util Thomas says that the department in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) developed a training manual to train doctors in the general principles of mental health care.“We have trained 40 doctors from Regions Two, Three, Four, Five and Six. The training programme is four days, because they are licensed doctors; [it] is just to train them in the (mhGAP Intervention Guide) manual,” she said.She added that the doctors were being trained about the general principles of mental health and effective communication.“But the real hardcore mental health stuff is the depression, psychosis, epilepsy, child and adolescent mental and behavioural disorders, dementia, substance use, self-harm/suicide and this is a manual prepared by the World Health Organisation specifically to train non-specialist doctors to treat these conditions,” she added.Mental Health Action PlanThe National Mental Health Action Plan 2015-2020 seeks to decentralise mental health care delivery and bring it to the grass-roots level. As a requirement, the Unit is mandated to train 80 per cent of the doctors in the mhGAP programme by the year 2020. However, Dr Thomas said that they were going one step further and would be training all registered doctors to provide mental health care.“This is going to be an ongoing training. We are being provided with all the materials by the WHO; they are strongly backing us. Every health centre will have doctors trained to deliver mental health services. If it is a case which that doctor can’t handle it, then they will refer to a specialist, but if they are handling it, then they keep and treat,” Dr Thomas said.“We want anybody who has a mental health condition to be able to walk off the road into the Health Centre and get their mental health condition treated and that is why we are taking it to a community level and working very hard to ensure this works,” she added.The Mental Health Action Plan seeks to reduce the role of the National Psychiatric Hospital (NPH), in Berbice, reducing the number of beds after deinstitutionalising psychiatric care and to transform the NPH into a rehabilitation centre. The NPH rehab centre would specialise in psychosocial and drug abuse rehabilitative care.The estimated cost to implement the plan is some $2.34 billion over the five-year period.ChallengesSourcing human resources is one of the major challenges of the Unit, but steps are being taken to remedy that, according to Dr Thomas.“We don’t have enough specialists, so what we have to do is train people to deliver the service in the community. In July 12-21, we have a training for non-specialists in psychology. It is another WHO training for persons who are not psychologists to offer low-level interventions. When we receive that training, we will train persons to have counselling facilities; we will make sure that there are counselling facilities in every health centre offering low-level counselling services,” she revealed.Dr Thomas said the training programme would focus specifically on nurses so that they can be placed at various health centres to deliver counselling services to persons suffering from depression and other mental illnesses.“The Unit is a young unit and we are going about as fast as we can to educate people about mental illness that is not necessarily a mad man eating out the bin, but it can be somebody you see well-dressed who was having and going to work and everything, and he is having some difficulty,” Dr Thomas informed.Persons desirous of accessing mental health services can visit the various satellite clinics throughout the country.
Glenn Murray 1 A late Glenn Murray strike saw Reading claim a share of the spoils in a 3-3 thriller with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Madejski Stadium.Kenny Jackett’s Wolves have had an excellent start to the season and were looking for a winner which could have taken them into second position, ahead of Nottingham Forest but behind table toppers Norwich on goal difference.Instead they found themselves behind after 19 minutes as Royals centre-back Michael Hector headed home Oliver Norwood’s cross after a short corner routine.Whatever Jackett said to his troops at half-time did the trick in Berkshire as with ten minutes the games had been turned on its head.Former Reading star James Henry fired home their leveller just six minutes into the second period and moments later Lee Evans applied the finishing touch after a mistake from Jordan Obita.One minute after Wanderers had claimed the lead, Reading hit an equaliser with Jake Taylor slotting home from Simon Cox’s pass.And it looked like Wolves were to have the final word when David Edwards flicked the ball over the goalline – just.But, with just seconds left of normal time, Murray was on hand to fire the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the area to seal a share of the spoils.
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