18 Oct

Thomas Tuchel reacts to Arsenal’s transfer move for PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa

first_imgThomas Tuchel reacts to Arsenal’s transfer move for PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Jan 2020 1:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal are trying to sign Layvin Kurzawa from PSG (Picture: Getty)Thomas Tuchel has responded to Arsenal’s transfer move for Layvin Kurzawa, seemingly delivering a blow to the Gunners by saying PSG ‘need’ the defender.Mikel Arteta has expressed interest in signing Kurzawa, who has made exactly 100 appearances for French champions PSG since signing from Monaco in 2015.With Kurzawa’s current contract set to expire at the end of the season, Arsenal could sign the 27-year-old for free in the summer.But Tuchel insists he has not discussed a move with Kurzawa and says PSG ‘need’ the defender who will be featuring against Lorient on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT‘I haven’t spoken with Layvin or anyone else about his departure this winter,’ Tuchel said on Saturday.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Layvin is number two behind [Juan] Bernat in the left-back position. We need him and Layvin will play tomorrow against Lorient.‘He has played well recently.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeaking ahead of Arsenal’s home match against Sheffield United on Saturday, former Manchester City assistant Arteta admitted he was keen to bolster his defensive options.‘We are playing with full-backs that are not full-backs,’ he said.‘They are wingers or central midfielders and could we afford to lose full-backs? No, but we don’t have any full-backs.’MORE: Nicolas Pepe makes admission about his Arsenal career and reveals advice from ArtetaMORE: Mikel Arteta reveals the moment he knew Reiss Nelson would be an Arsenal starcenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

20 Sep

Quins boosted for Leinster clash

first_imgHarlequins and Leinster will renew their European rivalry on Sunday – five years after the ‘Bloodgate’ scandal that rocked rugby. On that occasion – a gripping quarter-final won 6-5 by Leinster – Quins faked a blood injury to wing Tom Williams in an attempt to get goalkicker Nick Evans back on the pitch, despite Evans carrying an injury. But the fall-out for Quins was significant as then rugby director Dean Richards subsequently landed a three-year worldwide coaching ban and the club received a £260,000 fine, plus the prospect of rebuilding a battered reputation. That damaging episode is now firmly in the past, though, and victory for Quins at the Twickenham Stoop this weekend would see them lead Pool Two heading into next weekend’s return fixture against Leinster in Dublin. Quins are boosted by returning England men Chris Robshaw, Joe Marler, Mike Brown and Marland Yarde, and rugby director Conor O’Shea said: “It has been a tough month for those guys, but there are some games that not even I could rest them for. “If I told them to sit this one out, they might shoot me. “It’s exciting. This is the first time since we played Wasps in the Champions Cup in October that we’ve had our full squad, so we have to hit the ground running quickly.” Wasps, courtesy of successive defeats in October against Leinster and Quins, will see their hopes effectively extinguished if they come unstuck against Castres at Stade Pierre Antoine on Sunday. England forwards James Haskell and Matt Mullan both return from international duty, with Haskell captaining a team that also sees starts for the likes of Bradley Davies, Ashley Johnson and Nathan Hughes. “This is a huge game for us,” Wasps rugby director Dai Young said. “An away win would put us right back on track in Europe with everything still to play for, so there is no shortage of motivation in the squad to put in a winning performance.” Leicester’s hopes of progressing from Pool Three will nosedive if they fail to beat reigning European champions Toulon at Welford Road on Sunday. After losing to the Scarlets last time out in Europe, Tigers must make home advantage count against a side minus international stars Leigh Halfpenny and Matt Giteau, but one that still includes the likes of former Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni, wing Bryan Habana, lock Bakkies Botha and flanker Steffon Armitage. Toulon are chasing a 10th successive victory in European competition – a feat only previously accomplished by Leicester, Leinster, Toulouse and Munster – which merely underlines the magnitude of Tigers’ task. Glasgow, the current Pool Four leaders, can take a giant stride towards securing quarter-final status if they topple four-time European champions Toulouse on Sunday. It represents a tall order at Stade Ernest Wallon, and the visitors’ defence is certain to be tested, but Glasgow claimed a famous 33-26 victory on Toulouse soil five years ago, while they began the current campaign with impressive wins against Bath and Montpellier. “Every game has its own story, and it will be fascinating to see how this encounter will unfold,” Glasgow boss Gregor Townsend said. “Any successful defensive performance is as much about the collective attitude and desire of the players to make tackle after tackle than it is about the necessary technical or tactical requirements. “Our players enjoy this part of the game, and we expect to see them deliver a Test match-level defensive performance on Sunday.” Press Associationlast_img read more

12 Jan

Linden to clamp down on heavy-duty trucks using bridges, roadways

first_imgThe administration of the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Democratic Council (RDC) has again decided to clamp down on defaulting timber and lumber trucks utilizing the Mackenzie-Wismar Bridge and internal roads in the Linden community.The administration is particularly concerned about trucks which are not operating under standard regulation when using the roads and bridges, an issue recently highlighted by several members of the Council. With Linden being a major link to interior locations, scores of these trucks pass through the community on a daily basis.Councillor Douglas Gittens has registered particular concerns about overweight timber trucks utilising the bridge.“Some of these guys have not been weighing or saying to us how much lumber they’re carrying. There’re big trees that are just tied with small chains that come across that bridge… Some of these trucks do not have a Road Service licence. How are they fit to travel on the highways?” Gittens stressed.Regional Chairman Renis Morian said these trucks should not be driving through populated areas of the community, but instead should utilise designated roads. He stressed that a system has never been given to the RDC as it relates to the rules concerning these trucks and the use of roads. The Regional Chairman said he has sent letters to the Guyana Forestry Commission and the Natural Resources Ministry seeking information on the regulations for these trucks, and is presently awaiting a response.In the meantime, he said, the administration will be putting its own system in place at the bridge, in collaboration with Police and security personnel.“If next week comes and we don’t get a response, we’re going to go with the rules we know would save lives,” Morian declared. “This is what I’m saying on behalf of the residents of Region 10,” Morian declared.Normally, during peak hours in the morning, the trucks would be allowed to pass, but residents have been asking that they be made to park just where the scale is until the peak hours (end), and then they’ll be allowed to pass.This system mandating that the trucks must not be on the road within certain hours commenced, and was also changed, under the previous administration, Morian said. He added that he wants this to be a standard procedure while the administration awaits a response.He also shared his concern that some trucks do not carry cones which are utilized in the case of a breakdown, despite this being a legal requirement. Morian noted that the administration will seek to enforce this in collaboration with the Police.“If within three weeks these matters aren’t solved, I’m going to move with Council, we will go on the road and we will stop the trucks…and divert them where they’re supposed to go,” the Regional Chairman said.Councillor Gordon Callender also pointed out that some truck drivers are not tying red cloth on their lumber as a signal to warn oncoming traffic, while Councillor Charles Sampson pointed out that, in some cases, overweight trucks are allowed to cross the bridge. He said the section of the bridge on the Wismar side appears to be sinking as a result.“One of these days, if we don’t control the weight on that bridge, the whole bridge will collapse, or it will go further down,” Sampson said, as he stressed that the diversion road needs to be properly surfaced at Block 22. In this regard, the Regional Chairman said letters were sent to relevant authorities for works to be done. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more

20 Dec

49ers report card: What else went wrong beside some calls?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceBALTIMORE — Here is how the 49ers (10-2) graded in their 20-17 loss to the host Baltimore Ravens (10-2) on Sunday:PASS OFFENSE: B An efficient outing amid the rain came to a spectacularly dismal end, when Jimmy Garoppolo’s fourth-and-1 pass out of the shotgun formation got batted down and gave the ball to the Ravens for their winning drive. Garoppolo opened with a spectacular, fourth-down …last_img

18 Dec

Children roar to save white lions

first_imgThere are just 12 white lions remaining in the wild. This is the reason the Global White Lion Protection Trust is enlisting the help of children to be the voice of the big cats and ensure their survival. (Images: Varuna Jina) If you want to know what it’s like to be a lion in today’s world, don’t conjure feelings of predatory awesomeness or regal might. Instead, picture yourself being held captive or hunted for sport. Imagine being forced to breed and have your babies taken away from you, never to be seen again.These are the concerns driving the The Global White Lion Protection Trust’s StarLion Programme, which educates the Shangaan community in the Timbavati region about protecting the famed white lions found in the area.The trust, which is situated about 20 kilometres from Hoedspruit in Limpopo, also launched the One United Roar campaign that is getting youth and adults from the commnity to be the voice for the lions, especially when speaking to policymakers.The white lions of the Timbavati are of great significance to the Shangaan. They believe the kings and queens of the past were reborn as the felines.One United Roar is set against the backdrop of the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES CoP17) that will be held in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October. South Africa is looking to change the status of the African lion from endangered to a species not under threat.Africa lions, Panthera leo, are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Animals classified as vulnerable means they are considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild and are likely to become endangered unless the circumstances threatening their survival and reproduction improve.They are split listed on the CITES appendices, at Appendix I and II, which means some populations of a species are on one appendix, while some are on another. Appendix I means the species is threatened with extinction and may be affected by trade; trade in wild-caught species is illegal. Appendix II means the species is not necessarily threatened with extinction, but may become so unless trade in them is restricted. An export permit is required for trade in these species.There are just 12 white lions remaining in the wild, while hundreds are in captivity. They would be deemed critically endangered if they were classified as a subspecies of lion. But CITES groups them among the tawny African lion population.Children from the StartLion Programme tell the audience why they feel lions should be protected.Linda Tucker, the founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, said the campaign recognised that all the policies governing wildlife did not represent the animals’ perspective. “We thought ‘how do we get lions as the silent stakeholders in human policies, to have a voice and a vote?’ We thought the only way to do that was for people to go into the position of the lion. And the best way to do that was through kids because they were much less indoctrinated than we were and they could feel from a lion’s perspective what it was like.”The campaign is aimed at children from as young as five years old to young adults aged 21. It asks them to speak from the position of the lion and to tell policymakers what they need to hear. “It’s a heart activation,” said Tucker. “It’s not intended to rationalise and get into the detail of the policy. It’s intentionally emotive so that people get emotional about their heritage.”One United Roar is inspired by indigenous knowledge systems as well as the ecological crisis of our day, explained Tucker. “In an indigenous environment, if there’s a council or a policymaker sitting to decide an aspect of nature, you’ll always have an empty chair because… who will speak for the wolf or who will speak for the lion? You actually invite nature into the discussion. So we’re saying to the policymakers, ‘Shut up and listen for the first time. What are the lions saying about your decisions?’”Girls from the StarLion Programme prepare for a traditional Shangaan ceremony that honours the white lions.MESSAGES THROUGH VIDEOPart of the campaign was to get children from the community to create a video that could be uploaded on to the trust’s website, said Berry Gargan, one of the facilitators of One United Roar.Audiences around the world would then be able to review and like the videos.Out of these, 24 videos with the most likes would be assessed by an international panel of judges who would then choose six winners that most embodied what the lions wanted to say. “We will bring them from wherever they are to the white lion territory and give them the opportunity to really make a difference and have the policymakers hear them,” said Gargan.TACKLING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES FROM THE HEARTOver the 14 years that Tucker has been running the trust, she has had to influence policy, which she said could make one battle weary.She has presented her case on behalf of lions in South Africa’s Parliament and even at Westminster Abbey. But with One United Roar, she wants to take the cause out of politics. “We want to step out of that whole forum and just hear nature calling to us and the best way we can do that is [through] kids representing nature from the heart.“The most dangerous thing about the times we live in is that people are totally detached from the issues. Hearts are shut down. They’re working overtime here (points to her head) but their hearts not really connected to nature any longer.”Children from the StarLion Programme told the story of the white lion through song and dance. White lions are sacred to the Shangaan in Timbavati. The lions played a big part in determining the health of the ecosystem, said Daréll Lourens, a filmmaker involved in marketing the campaign. “If the lions are flourishing, everything else below them falls into place. By focusing on lions it tells us that that we are screwing up nature by not giving it the place it deserves.”Changing the lions’ status to species not under threat means that the captive breeding industry can be regulated. But for Tucker, the risk will be higher as it would make it acceptable to industrialise lions, or in other words, captive breed them purely for hunting. “Once that happens from a legislation point of view, it’s really the end of everything, the end of ecosystems.”last_img read more

24 Oct

Vector Control Operations Resume Following Hurricane

first_imgThe  Ministry of Health has resumed its vector control operations, which had been suspended, due to the passage of Hurricane Sandy on October 24. This was disclosed by Director of Emergency Disaster Management and Special Services in the Ministry,Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse,during an  interview with JIS News at the Bustamante Children’s Hospital in Kingston, on October  26. She informed that teams have also been deployed to assist in destroying breeding sites, “and of course the adulticidal activities will resume, that is the spraying and the fogging.” “In some parishes, teams are out actually working with the communities to remove some of the areas where there can be mosquito breeding. So, we are asking the communities for their usual assistance in reducing sites where there can be breeding,” she said. The Director  pointed out that for next week, all parishes will resume vector control activities, informing that fogging will be conducted regularly and schedules will be provided. She is encouraging citizens to play their part in ensuring that they protect themselves and their families from the disease. Dengue fever is a severe flu-like viral disease transmitted by the aedes aegypti mosquito.  It is endemic to Jamaica and from time to time there is a seasonal increase in the number of reported cases in the country. Common symptoms of dengue include sudden onset of high fever with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle pain, bone or joint pain, and vomiting or feeling nauseous. Dr. Ducasse is reminding Jamaicans to remove all the possible areas that allow for the breeding of mosquitoes. In the meantime, the Ministry of Health is monitoring the island’s food establishments to ensure that consumers  are protected, especially in areas where  there is no electricity. The Ministry is also  monitoring butchers to ensure that only  fresh meat is distributed to the trade.last_img read more

17 Sep

SANDAG proposed four airport transportation projects for the near future

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:07 PM Posted: May 22, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Imagine travelers from all points of San Diego County and beyond arriving at a Grand Central Station, and transferring to the airport in a tunnel or an elevated high speed people mover.Not as big as Grand Central Station in New York, but more expansive than Union Station in Los Angeles.KUSI’s Steve Bosh reports, the Port and SANDAG are planning transportation projects for the future. Wednesday, we heard four concepts that will be evaluated by SANDAG’s subcommittee on airport connectivity.Bosh says the Spawar site seems to be the lead over the four sites under consideration, including the Santa Fe Depot, and Old Town.Spawar sits on 70 acres of prime real estate, just off I-5, near the airport. The Navy has no budget to replace the existing complex, and would give up the land to get a new facility for free or reduced cost in exchange for a long-term lease. SANDAG proposed four airport transportation projects for the near futurecenter_img KUSI Newsroom May 22, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more