This is in preparation for next month’s Netball World Cup 2019 Regional Qualifier- Oceania in New Zealand.”Training has been going really well for the last four weeks,” said In-Country coach, Richanda Kassman.”Towards the end of March, it will be cut down to the final 12 players.”The Pepes will be up against other Pacific island countries including Samoa, Fij, Cook Islands and Tonga.”It’s an exciting time for our girls. This tournament will be a challenging one but our girls will be ready.”She said the Pepes will play lead up matches against Queensland State League teams one week out from the Qualifier.Kassman finished by appealing to business houses and individuals to support the Pepes.”We need all the help we can get. If we win this, we go to Liverpool next year.”We’ve got a great bunch of girls who have been training really hard for this.”I’m asking all potential sponsors to get behind our national team.”
Philippe Coutinho was booed off by his own fans after failing to shine against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday but Barcelona’s record signing may get another chance to win them over this week with Ousmane Dembele set to miss their Champions League tie with Olympique Lyonnais.Incisive winger Dembele helped Barca to a 3-1 win after coming off the bench with the team struggling to break down the La Liga minnows, with Coutinho failing to provide any spark or combine with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.Fans showed their dissatisfaction with the Brazilian when he was replaced in the 80th minute by Ivan Rakitic, who promptly set up a goal for Suarez and helped secure a win that kept Barcelona seven points clear and bidding for a first treble since 2015.A goalless draw in the first leg in Lyon means Barca have to win the second leg on Wednesday to ensure progress in the Champions League, but they will likely have to make do without the pace and unpredictability of Dembele, who ended the Rayo game with a hamstring strain.Coutinho, who arrived from Liverpool for a club record 165 million euros ($185.18 million) in January 2018, has so far shown little to suggest he will be able to compensate for the Frenchman’s absence against Lyon.He has six goals and five assists in La Liga and Europe, while he has not scored outside of the Copa del Rey since October.Defender Gerard Pique gave Coutinho his backing after he faced the wrath of the Nou Camp but also challenged him to raise his game.“Philippe is having a good season, but obviously his price tag was very big and this means there are bigger expectations about his performances,” Pique said.“You have to accept the reaction of the supporters because they are our fans, but inside the dressing room the players give him all the support in the world.”Coach Ernesto Valverde also had words of support for Coutinho, even though he has tended to leave the player out of his starting line-up for the biggest games this season.“We are at a club where there is a huge expectation to win, so we should not give too much importance to the fact he was booed,” he said.“He keeps fighting to score, and we always expect him to pull a rabbit out of the hat. But his work is plain to see, the secret is in persevering.”
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 Article published by dilrukshi Banner image of Cnemaspis godagedarai, a newly described species of day gecko endemic to Sri Lanka, by Chen Lee. Close-ups of a male Cnemaspis godagedarai day gecko. Images by Suranjan Karunarathna.Conservation needsThese unique habitats that have given rise to high biodiversity are threatened by human disturbances, such as encroachment for tea plantations and other crops, as well as human settlements, the paper says. Besides day geckos, a rich variety of other reptiles also occur only in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, says Karunarathna.These include the Ceylon black-band whistling lizard (Calotes desilvai), named after renowned and prolific herpetologist Anslem de Silva, a co-author of the new paper; Erdelen’s horned lizard (Ceratophora erdeleni); Karu’s horned lizard (Ceratophora karu); Rakwana day gecko (Cnemaspis pulchra); Sinharaja bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus subsolanus); Eranga Viraj’s shieldtail (Rhinophis erangaviraji); and the Morningside tree frog (Taruga fastigo) — all of them endemic and critically endangered.The researchers have called for extensive faunal surveys, along with detailed examination of physical features and genetic analyses to discover the actual status of Cnemaspis diversity in Sri Lanka.“Such studies should focus on isolated hills, smaller forests rock outcrops, and granite caves including underground tunnel systems,” the paper says.Citation: De Silva, A., Bauer, A. M., Botejue, M., & Karunarathna, S. (2019). A new species of endemic day gecko (Reptilia: Gekkonidae: Cnemaspis) from a wet zone forest in the second peneplain of Southern Sri Lanka. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, 13(1), e177, 198-208. Biodiversity, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Lizards, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests A new species of day gecko, Cnemaspis godagedarai, has been described in Sri Lanka, bringing the island’s number of endemic geckos in the genus Cnemaspis to 25.The new gecko, named after a national hero in the fight against British colonial rule, shares its microhabitat with seven other species of endemic reptiles, making the conservation of their habitat critical to their survival.With more than 80 percent of Sri Lanka’s species being endemic to the island, and a majority of them restricted to the wet zone, the country needs special species conservation mechanisms, researchers say. From the eastern fringe of Sri Lanka’s only rainforest, Sinharaja, scientists have described a new species of day gecko, the latest to join an ever-expanding list of remarkable reptiles found only on this Indian Ocean island.The Godagedara’s day gecko (Cnemaspis godagedarai) is described in a paper published in the June edition of the journal Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, which places it in the unique microhabitat of Ensalwatte, in the southern district of Matara.“The gecko was discovered in a mountainous area that lies between 700 and 800 meters [2,300 and 2,600 feet] above sea level and isolated from the rest of the forest canopy by streams,” herpetofaunal ecologist and lead author Suranjan Karunarathna told Mongabay. “This type of isolation is very special and the endemic species like this day gecko will be ‘point endemic,’” or restricted to a very small area.“The highly restricted habitat shows that the species is susceptible to both localized and widespread threats. It is critically endangered due to having a very small geo-referenced location of about 500 miles [800 kilometers] radius,” Karunarathna said. The study says the species should be considered critically endangered under the IUCN Red List criteria.The researchers named the new gecko after Godagedara Rate Adikaram, a national hero who fought in the uprising against the British colonial government from 1817 to 1818.C. godagedarai becomes the 25th distinct species of Cnemaspis day gecko found only in Sri Lanka. According to the researchers,it closely resembles C. gemunu, C. phillipsi and C. scalpensis, though their localities are distinct within the Peak Wilderness area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The general habitat of Cnemaspis godagedarai in the Ensalwatte forest in Sri Lanka’s Matara district. Image by Suranjan Karunarathna.The addition of this new endemic gecko species to the Sri Lankan reptile list, so soon after the description earlier this year of yet another day gecko, further highlights the island’s status as a key center of reptilian diversity, the researchers say.Importantly, the study shows that Sri Lanka’s Cnemaspis diversity is limited to the southwestern lowlands and the central massif, highlighting these regions as key targets for conservation.“As a first step to prevent extinction of the critically endangered species, the preservation of the species’ microhabitat should be treated as a top priority,” Karunarathna said.“Ensalwatte area needs specific ecosystem management,” he added of the area where C. godagedarai occurs. “Local communities encroach [into the] forest land for cultivation and for fuelwood. There is illicit gem [mining] as well. Well-managed, sustainable ecotourism initiatives can ensure better livelihoods and make people aware of the need to protect the environment that sustains them.”Equally important is the demarcation of boundaries, Karunarathna said. He called for the privately owned forest patches in the area to be acquired and managed by the Department of Forests, and for the establishment of a forest department office in the Ensalwatte region.The study also indicates that the geographically isolated mountain habitats where much of the genus are found, among granite caves and rock outcrops, and favorable environmental conditions make it likely that there could be more than 50 distinct Cnemaspis gecko species on the island.Species in Sri Lanka exhibit high endemism, with more than 80 percent of them found nowhere else on Earth, and the majority in the island’s wet zone alone. All 25 known Cnemaspis species in Sri Lanka are endemic.
About seventy local and foreign employees of NICOM Distillery will be out of work for the next few months following the closure of the company by the Commercial Court due to the company’s inability to settle US$500,000 in damages for faking the CALAO product originally owned by Manufacturer Ivoirienne de Boissons (BIM), based in La Cote d’ Ivoire.At NICOM’s Lynch Street compound yesterday, the area was completely sealed with a closure order posted by court officers at the entrance of the building housing the company.The document said NICOM is under the court’s jurisdiction.Despite the court action, only private security guards hired by NICOM to provide protection to its premises were seen at the entrance of the compound although they did not allow people to enter the premises.One of the guards who spoke on condition of confidentiality told the Daily Observer that the compound was shut down on yesterday, at the time the company was producing CALAO products, which are at the center of the lawsuit against the company.The Sherman and Sherman Law Firm filed the lawsuit against NICOM on behalf of the Ivoirian Company, which has no branch in the country but operates on a registered Liberian trademark number #LR/M/2016/000. It asked the court to attach NICOM properties to the suit which the court did by shutting down NICOM on Tuesday.The Law Firm alleged that their client obtained the trademark from the Liberia Intellectual Property Office (LIPO) to be the sole producer and distributor of CALAO drinks on the local market, but, NICOM without any legal right, obtained another trademark with number #LR/M/2015/00239 from LIPO to produce and distribute the same CALAO products on the market, an action for which they are claiming US$500,000 in damages.The Ivoirian company also prayed the court to compel NICOM Distillery to recall from the market all fake CALAO products, which the company claimed NICOM had produced and distributed on the Liberian market.But LIPO claimed that NICOM provided a Power-of-Attorney, a legal document that authorizes an individual or company to use the property of another, adding that it was based on the document that they awarded the same trademark to NICOM to be the only producer and distributor of CALAO products on the local market.However, the Ivoirian company also argued that they hold an international registered trademark certificate which gives them the right to be the only company to produce and distribute CALAO products in Africa and some parts of the world, since 1997.“We have been renewing our certificate for CALAO products in accordance with the Africa Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) protocol and requirements,” BIM claimed in their suit.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
ACMW/Canadian Govt launch “Our House” booklet with funding from the Canada funds for local initiatives, the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACMW), in collaboration with the Parliament of Guyana, on Friday launched a publication titled “Our House, an introduction to Parliament”.Speaker of the House, Dr Barton Scotland; Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Pierre Giroux; and President of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACMW) Wesley Gibbings display copies of “Our House, an introduction to Parliament” on FridayThe objective of the publication is to promote greater awareness of the contribution of the parliamentary system to transparent and accountable governance and genuine representation of the people of Guyana.President of the Caribbean Media Workers Association, Wesley Gibbings, said the Parliament remains the heart of democracy and governance. He said democracy is also intertwined with press freedom, as they both extend the service of those who offer themselves to office.Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Pierre Giroux, said the project will help foster much stronger communities and encourage participation of citizens.He said the Government of Canada views the promotion of inclusive governance and matter which deal with diversity and human rights as key to successful and sustainable democratic societies.“This is reflected in our foreign policy and international assistance, including our work through invaluable programmes such as the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives,” Giroux said in his statement.Speaking also at the launching ceremony was Speaker of the House, Dr Barton Scotland, who was very supportive of the project. He said the project provides an opportunity to tell Guyanese more about the country.He said the Parliament in recent years has recognised the need to encourage Guyanese to have an active interest in the affairs of Parliament. As part of this effort, he said, the office has embarked on several initiatives, including outreach programmes to schools, which include visits by himself, Members of Parliament, and other officers to schools across Guyana, the Parliament’s weekly newspaper column, “the Parliament Corner”, and a robust social media campaign.“It is through programmes like these that the National Assembly will be able to reconnect with, and help to direct, the minds of the young and all citizens towards the work of Parliament,” Dr Scotland detailed.He said the publication would aid the Parliament Office in its objective of bringing Parliament to life for Guyanese.“It will enable the public to better appreciate the role of the Parliament, and to make informed decisions and express opinions on debates taking place in the National Assembly,” the House Speaker said.“Our House” is a two part publication – one for Children and the other for adults. Its contents are divided into three parts and includes Parliament and Government, Rules of the Game, and Parliamentary Sign posts.
“The goal is basically to bond with your animal, with your dog,” Emery said. “We call it the jump- start relationship with your dog.” Emery said she hoped pet owners would see competing dogs and take what they saw home to practice with their own pets. Deborah Ward, performed with her Sheltie, Fergus, in the freestyle dance competition. Ward is training Fergus to become a therapy dog and competes in other more serious forms of competition. However, she said the lighthearted dance competition is a great way for young dogs to get started in obedience and training contests. “It’s a lot more fun,” Ward said. “It’s the social sport of the dog world.” Rene Fregoso and his son, Sean, 10, brought their boxer, Bailey, to the event. Both said they enjoyed the day and the opportunity to talk with other boxer owners about the breed. Sean enjoyed watching the dog demonstrations. “My favorite part today is watching the dogs catch the Frisbee,” Sean said, adding that he hoped to train Bailey to catch a Frisbee as well. Many pet owners took advantage of the vaccination program and microchipping at the event. Gisela Cano, along with her three children, brought four dogs to the event to be vaccinated. Cano appreciated the free admission and many events for families and their dogs. “I’m glad it’s free,” Cano said. “We’re just here to experience all the different activities.” Emery said she hopes to make the “Dog Days of Summer” an annual event for La Habra Heights and that it can show people the potential in their pets. “A dog can give a gift that a lot of people don’t tap into,” Emery said. “They love you unconditionally and they give when most people would walk away.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s been such a success,” event coordinator Krystal Emery said. “I would be very surprised if we have less than 600 people attend.” Emery and her husband, Phil, organized the event, which was sponsored by La Habra Heights Parks and Recreation. The couple own a business called Gittalong Little Doggie, which manufactures the Poopadooper, a dog-waste bag dispenser. Emery also trains dogs and owns two Australian shepherds. Her dogs work in therapy for hospital patients and in agility training and competition. One of Emery’s goals in demonstrating the work she has done with her dogs at the Dog Days of Summer event was to inspire others to spend more time with their pets. According to Emery, many dog owners do not devote enough time to the furred member of their families, and many pets of well-intentioned owners find themselves relegated to the back yard with little attention. Photo Gallery: Dog Days of SummerLA HABRA HEIGHTS – Man’s best friend was let out of the back yard Saturday in an event that brought dogs and their owners together for a day of fun and pet services. The “Dog Days of Summer” in La Habra Heights featured contests for dogs and humans as well as low-cost vaccinations, an “Ask a Vet” booth, obedience and agility demonstrations. Animal rescue groups also brought dogs available for adoption. In addition, many pet-related product vendors set up booths at the event and a concession stand provided cool drinks, hot dogs and other snacks. Admission was free.
Alex Telles [right] Real Madrid are keeping close tabs on Chelsea target Alex Telles.Jose Mourinho identified the Galatasaray left-back as a potential replacement for Filipe Luis, who returned to Atletico Madrid this summer.But now he may have to compete with his former employers at the Bernabeu, according to AS.Real Madrid already boast Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao but the report states that they are tracking Brazilian Telles, 22.It goes on to suggest, however, that they may wait until the next transfer window to make their move which could allow Chelsea to pounce.It remains to be seen whether the Blues will follow up their interest having landed Baba Abdul-Rahman. 1
1 Emre Can has been called up to the senior German squad for the first time for the forthcoming European Championship qualifying matches against Poland and Scotland.The Liverpool midfielder, who has played at Under-21 level for his country, is the only new face in a 23-man squad after impressing Germany coach Joachim Loew with his performances in a Reds shirt.“Emre has developed well for Liverpool and his versatility, his on-field presence and his dynamism have impressed us,” said Loew.“Now we want to get to know him better in the coming days.”Can could make his senior debut in Frankfurt on Friday, September 4. Liverpool midfielder Emre Can
Daniel O’Donnell has thrown his weight behind tragic cancer teenager Donal Walsh’s foundation.The Donegal singer has urged his thousands of fans to download the late Kerry teenager’s song in a bid to battle cancer.This is his message to fans: “Don’t leave behind a broken heart” is a song that has been dedicated to the late Donal Walsh an amazing young man from Co Kerry who sadly lost his battle to cancer in May 2013.For more of the wonderful legacy that he has left behind check out the website donalwalshlivelife.org/To download this song and to support the charity Live Life please go to https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/dont-leave-behind-broken-heart/id784761908 DANIEL PLEADS WITH FANS TO BACK TRAGIC DONAL’S CANCER CAMPAIGN was last modified: January 3rd, 2014 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) Tags:appealcancerdaniel o’donnellDonal Walsh
Pep Guardiola conceded Manchester City’s title challenge is over and they are now in a battle to finish in the top four in the Premier League.Guardiola’s team are now winless in four league games after their 2-1 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Eden Hazard’s double either side of Sergio Aguero’s first-half strike was enough for Antonio Conte’s men to maintain their seven-point lead at the top of the table.It leaves the Citizens just four points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand.READ MORE: Premier League results: Chelsea beat Manchester City, Tottenham hit THREE late on at Swansea while Liverpool concede late equaliser“The Premier League is gone and of course it will now be a battle to qualify for the Champions League,” the City manager told BT Sport.“We created chances to win.“I’m a lucky man, to be manager of this club. Hopefully they keep in charge with me and I would like next season to move the team a step forward.“I’m happy with the way we played here at Stamford Bridge with such personality.”The Spaniard later told talkSPORT how his side were the better side in Wednesday’s clash and how they deserved more.“The manager of Chelsea will say they deserve, I say the opposite. I am so proud to manage these guys for the way we played.“I am so happy [with how we played], it is not easy to come here with the personality and rhythm we did. We were much, much better than Chelsea, by far.”Listen to Pep Guardiola’s post-match interview with talkSPORT in full, above…