first_imgAmazon Conservation, Amazon Mining, Amazon Rainforest, Endangered Environmentalists, Forests, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Rights, Rainforest People, Rainforests, Tropical Forests Article published by Genevieve Belmaker 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 The Waorani indigenous community in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest filed a lawsuit against three government bodies earlier this year for conducting a faulty consultation process in 2012 that resulted in putting their territory up for an international oil auction.A regional court tribunal ruled in favor of the community, saying the 2012 consultation process violated the community’s rights.The ruling is historic, as it gives communities an extra legal tool to demand their right to self-determination and opens the door to reshape the country’s free, prior and informed consent laws. QUITO, Ecuador — The indigenous Waorani community in Ecuador won a historic lawsuit against the government late last month, when a three-judge panel ruled that a consultation process conducted with the community in 2012 was inadequate and violated the community’s rights.The ruling immediately suspends any possibility of selling the community’s territory for the sake of oil extraction. The lawsuit represents 16 Waorani communities who live deep in Ecuador’s southern Amazon rainforest, in an area that has long been part of the government’s oil development plans.“Today, we have protected our forest from oil drilling, we have protected our water from contamination, we have protected our children from sickness,” said Oswando Nenquimo, spokesperson for the Waorani of the province of Pastaza, in an April 26 press release.But April’s ruling is more than just a win for the Waorani. It also sets an important precedent for other indigenous communities in the Amazon fighting against extraction activities in their territory, and opens the door to reshape the country’s controversial free, prior and informed consent process.The trial against free, prior and informed consentIndigenous Waorani marching to the judicial office Friday April 26 to hear the ruling for their lawsuit against the government. Photo by Mitch Anderson/Amazon Frontlines.The Waorani community co-filed the lawsuit earlier this year with the Ecuadoran Human Rights Ombudsman against three government bodies — the Ministry of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources, the Secretary of Hydrocarbons, and the Ministry of Environment — for conducting a faulty consultation process with the communities in 2012.The state then proceeded to divide the southern Amazon into 13 blocks and put them up for sale in an international oil auction, called the Southeast Oil round. This includes Block 22, which overlaps almost entirely with Waorani territory. Last year, the government significantly reduced the auction down to two blocks and removed Block 22; but it emphasized that the region is not exempt from future drilling plans.According to both national and international law, governments must undergo a free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) process with communities before undergoing extraction activities on or near their territory.Waorani celebrate their win in the court room after the judge read a verdict for nearly 6 hours, and ruled in favor of the community. Photo by Mitch Anderson/Amazon Frontlines.During the three-day trial in April, the Waorani presented a wide range of evidence to show how the consultation process undertaken in 2012 was deceitful and not in accordance with legal standards in many ways. The evidence they presented included government documents, testimonies from experts as well as witnesses from the community.There were more than 50 testimonies by Waorani community members who said officials used the consultation process to promote the economic benefits of oil, but never explained the repercussions or environmental impacts of oil extraction in their territories. Others said they simply did not understand the consultation process or its implications, either from lack of translation into Waorani or a general lack of information.The ruling went on for almost six hours, as the judges went through each piece of evidence and explained how the consultation process in 2012 was inadequate, not conducted in good faith, and did not take into account the Waorani’s cultural differences and communication needs. It also said the consultation process violated the community’s right to self-determination.The regional court then ordered the state to undergo capacity training and apply internationally approved standards to all consultation processes, and redo the 2012 consultation process before trying to sell Waorani territory.“We are really satisfied with the court’s decision, especially because the court recognized that what happened in 2012, and what the state calls a ‘consultation’ never was,” said Lina Maria Espinosa, the community’s lawyer with the local nongovernmental organization Amazon Frontlines.She added that her side would immediately begin demanding that the state comply with the judges’ ruling before any extraction activities in Waorani territory can advance.Apart from the immediate victory for the Waorani community, this ruling effectively stops drilling plans in the territory of the seven other nationalities who were consulted during the 2012 process, before the Amazon was divided into oil blocks, says Espinosa. These communities live in the other 12 oil blocks.This temporarily saves almost 32,300 square kilometers (12,500 square miles) of Amazon rainforest and indigenous land from oil drilling in the southeast of the Ecuador. Experts say drilling in the rainforest could lead to contamination of the rainforest due to oil leaks, spills, and waste dumping. The creation of roads to access the remote area could also pave the way for other industries, such as agriculture, and lead to massive deforestation.Historic opportunityWaorani throw their spears in the air outside the judicial office, celebrating their legal victory against the government. Photo by Mitch Anderson/Amazon Frontlines.One of the more important outcomes was the tribunal’s decision that the 2012 consultation process also violated the community’s right to self-determination. Relating these two issues is “very important,” says Espinosa, as it could override a controversial decree in the Ecuadoran constitution.Under Decree 1247, officials do not have to reach a consensus with communities when they consult with them about extraction projects on their territory. This means the government is allowed to continue with these projects on indigenous land even if those communities say no, thus limiting their territorial autonomy.But April’s ruling reinstates the indigenous right to self-determination. They can now say no to extraction projects, and have stronger legal backing to exercise this autonomy.“Relating consultation with self-determination becomes a powerful lock, because now it has to be understood that the Waorani have a right to governance over their territory. And with that governance, this capacity to own and make decisions on their territory, the state capacity is removed,” says Espinosa.The ruling also presents an opportunity to reshape the free, prior and informed consent process in and of itself, which has long been problematic for communities across Ecuador.A powerful allyWaorani women, waiting for the ruling in their case against the government. Photo by Mitch Anderson/Amazon Frontlines.Last year, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, denounced Ecuador’s consultation process after visiting the country and speaking with various indigenous groups there. In her end-of-mission statement, she called for the consultation process to be “reviewed and amended or appealed.”“Communities here are not being consulted in any adequate way,” she told Mongabay in an interview in December. The consultation process often divides these communities, she added, “and in the end the government will do anything they want anyway … that’s one of the weaknesses of the constitution.”The regional court judiciary acknowledged in the ruling for the first time that the consultation process in 2012 was inadequate. By defending its actions, the court said the state had already shown it doesn’t know how that process should be done, says Espinosa.Waorani women pose for photo outside of the judicial office after their legal victory against the government. Photo by Mitch Anderson/Amazon Frontlines.“This is a historic opportunity,” Espinosa said. “Let’s sit down with the state, as well as indigenous peoples and nationalities and finally build that standard of prior, free and informed consultation for Ecuador, which will serve the Waoranis and any other people and nationality.”Espinosa emphasized the importance of taking into account the cultural differences between communities, and says it’s important to avoid creating a homogenous standard to apply to all nationalities.The Ministry of Energy and Non-renewable Natural Resources did not respond to Mongabay’s request for comment by the time of publication, but it announced via social media that it will file for appeal with the Pastaza provincial court.Oil has always been an important part of Ecuador‘s economy. According to the World Bank, it contributed to much of the country’s growth from 2006 to 2014, while the income derived from oil and invested in education, health care and social programs helped lower the poverty rate by 15 percent.But this economy has also come at a cost. Communities across the Amazon have protested against extraction activities in their territories, saying it causes contamination and community displacements.This is the second historic victory for Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest over the past year. Last year, the indigenous Kofan community from the north of Ecuador won a landmark case against the Ecuadoran government for allowing mining operations to continue in their territory that had not undergone a consultation process. Judges in both the regional court and the provincial court of Sucumbíos ruled in favor of the community, and 52 mining concessions along the Aguarico River were canceled.Banner image: Indigenous Waorani march through the streets of Puyo after their legal victory against the government, during a strong downpour. Photo by Mitch Anderson/Amazon Frontlines. About the reporter: Kimberley A. Brown is a Quito, Ecuador-based freelance multimedia journalist who regularly covers the intersection of indigenous land rights and effective conservation. You can find her on Twitter at @KimberleyJBrown. FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this article. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

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first_imgThe 61st Caribbean Table Tennis Championships will be held in Guyana next February and the hosts hope to put an end to the dominance of the Dominican Republic. That’s the sporting challenge issued by Christopher Franklin, who drove the Guyanese to a strong performance last week in Kingston, where the 60th staging of the championships was contested. Franklin promises that he and his teammates will be working hard to turn the tables. In Kingston, from September 23 to 29, Guyana was the team that pushed the dominant Dominican Republic squad the hardest. The effort produced Under-21 titles for Shemar Britton and Chelsea Edghill, team silver medals for both the Guyanese men and women, and a mixed-doubles runner-up finish for Trenace Lowe and Franklin. Franklin, who was the only non-Dominican Republic player to reach the men’s singles semi-final stage, said the champions can expect even more of a fight next year. “It’s always great to play in front of a home crowd and it’s something that we’re really looking forward to and we’re going to start preparing from now because we want to turn things around in the Caribbean region, where you see Dominican Republic really dominating the events,” he said last Saturday. “We’re not too far off,” said the player known at home as ‘Corelone’, “and we plan to put a stop to that when they come to our turf.” He explained why Guyana played so well in Kingston. “A lot of determination, self-sacrifice, you know, it’s something that we really wanted,” he revealed. “We really wanted to have an outstanding year this year because we’ve been working hard,” he continued. MENTAL PREPARATION FILLED GAP Noting that his female colleagues had targeted the team gold medal, he said: “Yes, they fell a step short, but we are all taking it as a positive because the preparation for us coming here wasn’t ideal.” He said mental preparation made up for sometimes limited practice. “Many of us had to work with mad schedules, some playing maybe once, twice a week, so it was all a lot of sacrifice,” Franklin revealed. “Mentally, we prepared ourselves mentally for this so you know, the outcome was good.” Barbados coach Trevor Farley was left to rue a playing-arm injury to his brother, 2003 singles champion Kevin. The Barbadians led Guyana 2-0 in the men’s team semi-final but without their wounded leader, couldn’t hold on. “We started with 2-0, then the third match with the guy who came in. He was fresh, and I know he had a little nerves, and that made the turnaround and I thought we would have still pulled it off, but Guyana really played well,” Farley said. The tide turned when Joel Alleyne beat untested Barbadian Marcus Smith to start the Guyanese comeback. It was Smith’s first match of the tournament. Coach Farley thinks his team did well, nevertheless, and expects training programmes at home to bear fruit by next February. “We’re seeing some good results coming out,” he reported, “and I think that in the future you should see better table tennis from the Barbados team.”last_img read more

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first_imgIn last week’s column, it was highlighted that the exchange rate against the United States dollar has depreciated by almost 5 percent from G$204 – US$1 in 2012 to G$214– US$1 at the end of the first quarter of 2018 by using the average market rates for the said period. Put differently, the cost of US$1dollar has increased by $10 Guyanese dollars in just over seven years. This means that in 2012, total imported goods for that year of US$1,996 million would have cost local importers G$407.18 billion, and that same amount of imported goods at today’s exchange rate would cost G$427.14 billion – effectively $20 billion more costly or expensive. In other words, it cost $20 billion more to import the same amount of goods that would have been imported just over seven years ago.On the export side of the equation, in 2012, exports were recorded at US$1,394 million or G$284.38 billion in foreign exchange earnings. Re-worked at today’s exchange rate for the same amount of export earnings give rise to G$298.3 billion, representing a variance of $14 billion. Normally, when the domestic currency depreciates, imports become more expensive, thus causing imported goods to decline, and exports become cheaper in the foreign markets – which naturally necessitates an increase in exports as demand increases. Applying this basic economic theory to the real numbers over this period, one can observe that this is exactly what happened: wherein, in 2012, imports stood at US$1,996 million, and fell to US$1,632.1 million, or by US$363.9 million, at the end of 2017; while exports, which stood at US$1,394 million in 2012, increased to US$1,424.7 million, or by US$30.7 million, at the end of 2017.It is therefore unfortunate, considering the acknowledged fact that with the massive restructuring of the sugar industry, inter alia, the closing down of a number of sugar estates, Guyana is thus poised to lose significant amounts of foreign exchange from the exportation of sugar, which was once one of the higher earners of foreign exchange in the export commodities basket – of more than US$70 million annually. This is in addition to other traditional sectors and export commodities underperforming; and also, in a previous column which dealt with the recent fish ban imposed by the United States on certain species of fish to that market, all of these developments combined have compounded the issue of declining international reserves held by the Central Bank — by 38.5 percent, or in monetary terms, US$318.4 million, over the last seven years.On the external debt front, at the end of the first quarter of 2018, the total stock of foreign currency-(US$)-denominated debt stood at US$1.265 billion. It would be prudent, for the sake of this article, to include the US$35 million World Bank loan and the US$900 million line of credit that was approved by the Islamic Development Bank (I stand corrected if I missed any).Though the Government is yet to access funds through this line of credit, it was nonetheless approved for specific projects to be accessed between now and 2020. It is therefore possible that total external debt could reach or surpass US$2 billion, which would significantly push up the debt-GDP ratio to more than 60%. It could also be deduced that this timing is strategic on the part of the Government, given that oil revenues are expected to start flowing in 2020.Notwithstanding, one has to consider what can go wrong from now until 2020, amidst all of these developments highlighted herein. Will the potential oil revenue come in time to correct a currency crisis, should such an event occur in two years’ time? What will it cost the economy, and how will it impact the livelihoods of its people? These developments are certainly cause for concern for policymakers as a matter of high importance and urgency, to guard against a potential currency crisis should this current economic scenario continue to worsen – that is, along this same trajectory.Taken together, these symptoms of a deteriorating foreign reserve, loss of foreign exchange vis-à-vis earnings from export commodities such as fish and shrimp, sugar among other traditional export commodities, a fall in remittances, lack of foreign direct investment, there has notably been no new foreign direct investment in the country over the last three years or so; and a rising stock of external debt necessitate an increase in demand for foreign exchange for debt servicing; companies with parent companies abroad will also buy up the already depleting stock of foreign exchange in the domestic market to repatriate profits to their home country or parent companies, then importers need foreign exchange to pay for imported goods. All of these together can ultimately lead to a shortage of foreign currency, which then translates into a depreciation of the domestic currency, which then eats away the value of savings of householders, investments for businesses and firms, and the list goes on. In fact, to conclude this article, these are definitely symptoms of a currency crisis; and a currency crisis can trigger a banking crisis, which can also trigger an economic crisis. On this concluding note, next week the author shall delve into these other dimensions in an in-depth manner in perhaps another series of forthcoming articles.last_img read more

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first_imgA man, who has been jailed for three years for trafficking in narcotics, had objected to the amount of cannabis sativa he was accused of having.Victor Kipping of Trafalgar Village, West Coast Berbice, told Magistrate Rhondell Weaver at the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court, that he was guilty of the offence but with an explanation when the trafficking in narcotics charge was read to him.On February 7 last, at Trafalgar Village he had in his possession 345 grams of cannabis sativa (marijuana) for the purpose of trafficking.When asked what his explanation was, Kipping told the Court that the marijuana was wet at the time it was weighed and so the weight he was being charged for was incorrect.The Magistrate then entered a plea of not guilty and ordered that the accused be tried.During the trial, Detective Constable Quincy Colder told the court that on the day in question, police officers acting on information went to the home of the accused at Trafalgar Village and on seeing the officers he scaled a fence and jumped into a trench with a black plastic bag in his hand. Colder said an officer also jumped in and arrested him.Constable Travis Griffith told the court that the trench was in front of the yard that Kipping came out of. He told the court that he arrested the suspect, who had a plastic bag, in the trench.According to the officer when the bag was opened it contained other plastic bags which were all sealed.The leaves, stems and seeds of marijuana were in the inner bags. Griffith that the marijuana was well protected from water and it was weighed while dry.Kipping was found guilty and sentenced to three years and fined $50,000. …tells Magistrate “de weed weight wrong”  last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000WASHINGTON, May 6- The Players Championship can’t come soon enough for Tiger Woods, coping this week with the bleak emotions surrounding the anniversary of his father’s death and his split with .“Obviously it does affect me,” Woods said Tuesday after a practice round at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. “It is tough. There’s no doubt. I’m not going to lie about that. It is tough. This three-day window is really hard,” added the 14-time major champion, whose father and mentor Earl Woods died on May 3, 2006.“I haven’t slept. These three days, May 3 and through the fifth, today, is just brutal on me, and then with obviously what happened on Sunday, it just adds to it.”On Sunday, Woods and ski star Vonn announced via Facebook that their relationship had ended, blaming hectic schedules that kept them apart too much.The two had been dating for three years.Woods hopes the start of the US PGA Tour’s $10 million flagship tournament on Thursday will be a chance to focus on golf.“I’ve always had to deal with stuff outside the ropes, and once you’re inside the ropes it’s time to tee it up and time to play,” Woods said.“You go out there, and for me I focus, I get into my little world, my little zone and do the best I possibly can for that.”The Players will be Woods’s first start since he tied for 17th at the Masters.His world ranking has fallen so low that he wasn’t eligible for last week’s WGC Match Play Championship.He’s not sure he’ll carry any momentum from his Masters performance into this week.“I’d like to say yes,” he said. “I’ve had some pretty good practice sessions. My short game still feels really good.”Woods ended a two-month self-imposed absence from competition at Augusta National, during which he got back to basics after a disastrous start to the season.He missed the cut in the Phoenix Open — shooting a career-worst 82 — and pulled out after 11 holes of the second round at Torrey Pines with a wore back.He arrived at Augusta National an unknown quantity, but displayed a sharper short game and was tied for fifth after the third round.“To go from where I was to being in contention like that, that was a big step,” Woods said.He hopes to build on that as he begins a stretch of four tournaments in seven weeks.“I’m able to start playing a regular schedule now and start getting after it,” he said.Woods won The Players the last time he entered, in 2013 — adding a second title in the tournament he also won in 2001.Woods missed last year’s edition as he recovered from back surgery.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000PARIS, February 27- Tottenham Hotspur are through to the last 16 of the Europa League after a dramatic recovery saw them get the better of ten-man Dnipro at White Hart Lane on Thursday.After losing 1-0 in the first leg of the round of 32 tie in Ukraine last week, Spurs looked to be heading out of the tournament when Roman Zozulya headed in a delivery from visiting captain Ruslan Rotan two minutes into the second half. That left the Premier League club needing to score three unanswered goals to go through, but a Christian Eriksen free-kick reduced the deficit on 55 minutes before Zozulya was shown a straight red card by the French referee following a headbutt on Jan Vertonghen.Spurs made the most of their man advantage as Emmanuel Adebayor struck twice in the space of four minutes to seal a 3-1 win on the night and go through 3-2 on aggregate.The Togolese forward later told ITV that he was never worried about his team’s situation, saying: “Not at all. I know we have quality up front.“We just kept our focus very well and scored that good free-kick that put us on our way. I managed to get two goals for the team and we’re very happy.”– Swansea knocked out –Tim Sherwood’s side will now face last season’s beaten finalists Benfica, who saw off PAOK of Greece, and they will do so as the only Premier League side left in the tournament after Swansea City went down 3-1 to Napoli in Italy.Following a goalless first leg, the Serie A side took the lead 17 minutes in at the San Paolo stadium when Lorenzo Insigne cutely lifted the ball over Michel Vorm in the away goal.Jonathan De Guzman hit back for Swansea and for a long time it looked as if they would progress on away goals.But Gonzalo Higuain took advantage of a lucky ricochet in the box to put the hosts back in front 12 minutes from time, and Gokhan Inler made sure of Napoli’s progress in stoppage time.Napoli will now take on 2011 Europa League winners Porto, after the Portuguese club won a remarkable tie against Eintracht Frankfurt.Following a 2-2 draw in last week’s first leg, Eintracht looked to be going through thanks to goals from Stefan Aigner and Alexander Meier either side of the interval.A double from Porto’s France international defender Eliaquim Mangala silenced the crowd of close to 50,000 in the Commerzbank Arena, only for Meier to put the hosts back in front.But Nabil Ghilas netted four minutes from time to make it 3-3 on the night and take Porto through on away goals, the result easing the pressure on coach Paulo Fonseca.– Juve to face Fiorentina –Elsewhere, there will be a mouth-watering all-Italian tie between Juventus and Fiorentina after they eased past Trabzonspor and Esbjerg respectively.And there will also be a Spanish derby clash between city rivals Sevilla and Real Betis in the round of 16.Sevilla, who are eighth in La Liga, beat Maribor of Slovenia 2-1 on the night to go through 4-3 on aggregate, while Betis, the Spanish top flight’s bottom club, were impressive 2-0 winners away to Rubin Kazan in Russia, advancing 3-1 overall.The 2009 UEFA Cup winners Shakhtar Donetsk were eliminated by Viktoria Pilsen of the Czech Republic, who go through to play French side Lyon.Ajax fell by the wayside too, going down 6-1 on aggregate to Salzburg, who will next face Basel of Switzerland, while Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad came from behind to knock out Lazio, setting up a tie against Valencia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_img1 Here is a selection of the top stories from Sunday’s papers…Louis van Gaal’s fate as Manchester United manager is set to be sealed on Monday, with the club’s American owners due to rubber-stamp his departure – two days after winning the FA Cup. Jose Mourinho is set to take charge at Old Trafford on a three-year deal. (Independent)Liverpool are keen to get their transfer business done quickly and Jurgen Klopp wants to land Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze in a £20million deal – which could be done as soon as this week. (The Sun)Arsenal have been told to fork out £7million for Bolton Wanderers defender Rob Holding. Arsene Wenger has already had a £750,000 bid rejected for the 20-year-old, who is currently away with in Toulon with the England’s Under-21s. (Sunday Express)Premier League champions Leicester are planning a summer raid for Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Claudio Ranieri wants stars with proven experience at the highest level – and the 22-year-old fits the bill. (Mirror)And Gunners boss Wenger is tempted to do a deal, in order to raise funds for a double swoop. The Frenchman is keen to sign N’Golo Kante from the Foxes, while he is also a big admirer of Southampton forward Sadio Mane – as he looks to add firepower in Danny Welbeck’s absence. (Mirror)Pires may put on an Arsenal shirt in the near future – that’s Theo Pires. Former Invincible Robert Pires’ son has signed for Arsenal’s youth team. (Daily Star)Liverpool are ready to open talks with Leicester over a deal for 19-year-old left-back Ben Chilwell this week, as Martin Skrtel heads for the Anfield exit. Negotiations are expected to start within the next few days, with the Reds keen to sign the England U21 international ahead of Premier League rivals Arsenal. (Telegraph)Liverpool are pressing ahead in their bid to sign midfielder £14million-rated Danny Drinkwater from champions Leicester. Kop boss Jurgen Klopp was hugely impressed with Drinkwater’s contribution to Leicester’s title triumph and had his analysis team compile stats on the 26-year-old. (Mirror)Hector Bellerin remains committed to Arsenal amid interest from former club Barcelona. Barcelona have reportedly identified their former youth prodigy as the long-term successor to Dani Alves but the Gunners are well-placed to hold on to the 21-year-old, whose contract expires in 2019. He said: “England is my home now. I’m very happy there so I don’t see myself anywhere other than Arsenal” (Evening Standard)Romelu Lukaku has refused to rule out a return to Chelsea this summer, according to reports in Belgium. The 23-year-old has been attracting interest from a host of European clubs and had strongly hinted he wanted to quit Everton for a team in the Champions League. A return to old club Chelsea, with Antonio Conte as manager, appears to be a distinct possibility with Lukaku leaving the door open. (Liverpool Echo)Frank Lampard faced the wrath of the New York City FC faithful as their team were thumped 7-0 by fierce rivals New York Red Bulls. It was the ex-Blues midfielder’s FIRST game of the season for Patrick Vieira’s side and many have dubbed the 37-year-old the worst player in the league’s history. (The Sun)Tony Xia, Aston Villa’s owner-in-waiting, hopes to make the Aston area home to a football theme park. (Daily Mail)Yaya Toure has been offered two £300,000-a-week deals in China. The Manchester City midfielder’s representatives have been talking to Shanghai SIPG – managed by Sven Goran Eriksson – and Jiangsu Suning. (The Sun)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Manchester United to appoint Jose Mourinho as manager in coming days – reportsWest Ham have £31m bid for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette rejected, club owner revealsArsenal transfer news: Granit Xhaka pictured in 2016/17 kit ahead of rumoured £30m moveRoy Hodgson urges England fans to ease pressure on his players ahead of Euro 2016Louis van Gaal defiant over Manchester United future despite Jose Mourinho reports Transfer rumours and paper review last_img read more

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. ENCINO – A masked gunman robbed a bank this afternoon and made off on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, authorities said. The man walked into First Bank & Trust, 17777 Ventura Blvd., around 2:15 p.m. and ordered all customers to get down on the ground, said Laura Eimiller, FBI spokeswoman. Eimiller said the man told bank employees, “I want the money.” The man wore all black and had a cloth mask. Nobody was injured.last_img read more

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first_img10.30PM latest: DONEGAL IS BEING pounded tonight with constant snow storms – the county’s worst snowfall for almost 30 years – and there is now a highly unusual ’emergency weather warning’.A spokesman for Met Eireann has confirmed the snowfalls of the last 24 hours have been the worst for decades – and it just keeps on coming with drifting in areas.And tonight roads are being closed as Gardai plead with people NOT to travel unless it is an emergency. Many of the main towns – usually the scene of Christmas party-goers – are empty. An ’emergency weather warning’ means people should not travel unless it is a realy emergency.A snow plough has broken down on the Mountain Road outside Carndonagh foricng the road to close.At least another 30 centimetres of snow if due to fall overnight with temperatures remaining at freezing giving little hope of a rapid thaw.Deputy Dinny McGinley says vast tracks of Donegal, especially in the south-west of the county from Ardara to Dunfanaghy, have been completed untreated. He slammed the NRA for not getting enough salt stocks into Donegal despite warnings as far back as a month ago.Meanwhile shops are facing a Christmas trading disaster and have blamed the Government for hanging them out to dry during the heavy snowfalls.As Arctic-like blizzards blow across the county today, businesses in Letterkenny, Donegal Town, Buncrana and Ballyshannon say trade is well down.Hopes that today would be the first busy shopping day of the last weekend before Chrissmas have been dashed as shoppers were stuck at home.And with the cold snap expected to last until well into next week, they say many shops could be forced to close their doors in the New Year. CEO of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, Toni Forrester, said she was furious how the National Roads Authority had turned its back on Donegal.“We do not blame the council because they do not have enough salt and have to prioritise the roads they treat.“Letterkenny is one of the main shopping hubs of the North West and the town’s Main Street is like a skating rink because of the lack of salt provided by the NRA.“The bottom line is that for everyone €1,000 a business makes, it gives €210 of that back to the Government in VAT. The Government has let Letterkenny businesses and all other businesses in the North West down. “There is a lot of anger among business owners and Christmas was their one last hope at what has been a tough trading year for many. But many feel they are now facing an uphill battle to make the end of the year a profitable one.“The Government and the NRA knew this snow was coming. It was forecast but they didn’t prepare themselves and now businesses are paying the consequences,” she said.Many parts of Donegal were covered in up to six inches of snow as gales created blizzard-like conditions in many places.But with the National Roads Authority limiting the supply of salt, many roads have simply not been treated.Donegal County Council, which has just 1,000 tonnes of salt left, has been forced to salt just 370 kms of its primary routes compared with the 1,200 kms it treated last week.Senior Roads engineer Vincent Lynn said they have had no option but to contain the amount of salt they are using.“We have about 1,000 tonnes left and we have had to divide the roads into priority routes. We simply have no choice.“We are told more salt will be arriving by the middle of next week. We have done our best to get as much as we can,” he said.Killybegs Independent Colr Thomas Pringle says although the NRA told Donegal County Council it bought 80,000 tonnes for the region last July, only half of that was ever delivered.He added that huge parts of the county will now be cut off in the coming days and that the NRA will have to review their policy as a matter of urgency.In Ballyshannon and Bundoran, the army have come to the assistance of some schools with up to a dozen soldiers from Finner assisting in the gritting around schools.Ends10.30PM FRIDAY UPDATE: EMERGENCY WEATHER WARNING ISSUED – WORST SNOWFALL FOR 30 YEARS & MORE ON WAY was last modified: December 17th, 2010 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img whoops Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? ✅ #AccessGRANTed#htafc (SE) pic.twitter.com/w436ixckew— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) January 30, 2019“Our recruitment team has put a lot of work into bringing Karlan here. Importantly, he is a natural goalscorer. He has that knack of knowing which movement to make and finishing chances.“He offers us something different to our current options in that he always tries to play on the shoulder of the final defender, looking to run in behind. He’s an athletic, pacey player and will really fit our playing style.“He’s only 21 and he will improve here, for sure; he’s an exciting English talent, for sure. He can play a big part in this club’s present and future.” gameday cracker latest Charlton’s promotion hopes have received a huge blow with Grant’s departure.The youngster came through the ranks at Charlton and struck up a deadly partnership with Lyle Taylor – the pair have scored a combined total of 29 goals this term.Grant is eligible for selection for Huddersfield’s Premier League game at Chelsea on Saturday. huge blow Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 1 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings revealed Charlton striker Karlan Grant has joined Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £2million.The 21-year-old, who has scored 14 goals this season, is the Terriers’ first signing of the January transfer window. RANKED The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY predicted Karlan Grant is a Huddersfield player Grant has put pen-to-paper on a three-and-a-half year deal and joins a struggling Huddersfield side.Jan Siewert’s men have lost nine of their last 10 league games and are 11 points from safety.Terries boss Siewert said: “As I do, this club believes in talented young players and Karlan certainly fits that description. He’s a player I’m delighted to have the chance to work with. REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest football news last_img read more

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