Satellites and citizen science pinpoint migratory bird refueling stops

first_imgCitationReiter, M. E., Elliott, N. K., Jongsomjit, D., Golet, G. H., & Reynolds, M. D. (2018). Impact of extreme drought and incentive programs on flooded agriculture and wetlands in California’s Central Valley. PeerJ, 6, e5147. Agriculture, Birds, Citizen Science, Freshwater Animals, Migration, Remote Sensing, satellite data, Satellite Imagery, Technology, Wildtech 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 Researchers used satellite images to assess the effectiveness of financial incentive programs for farmers in creating habitat for waterbirds, including ducks, geese, and shorebirds, in California’s Central Valley, where nearly all natural wetlands have been converted to agriculture.Observations of 25 waterbird species by hundreds of citizen scientists helped to identify the target zones for water management and to verify the birds’ use of managed areas.The satellite data indicated that a severe drought substantially reduced the birds’ open-water habitat and that the incentive programs created more than 60 percent of available habitat on specific days during the migrations.The researchers state that remotely sensed data can be used effectively to track water availability and regularly update water and wetland managers on how much habitat is available and where, so they can coordinate water management activities. The millions of waterbirds that migrate each spring from South America to as far as the Arctic can’t do it in one trip. They stop to rest and refuel several times along the way to survive the grueling journey.But widespread land-use change has shrunk the area of stopover habitat available to ducks, geese, shorebirds, and other migratory species. In central California, concerned citizens, scientists, and conservation groups have joined forces to protect what remains.A flock of dowitchers glide above the water. Image by T Grey.Scientists from Point Blue Conservation Science and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) combined satellite imagery and statistical models with farmer incentive programs and the efforts of hundreds of volunteers contributing data through a citizen science app to pinpoint the areas of central California with the greatest potential for providing migratory bird habitat. They recently published their analysis of the success of these incentive programs in maintaining bird habitat during an extreme drought sustained between 2013 and 2015 across the western United States.“Before this research was completed, we had a sense that these programs were succeeding in offsetting the impacts of the drought on wildlife, but now we know exactly how critical they are in providing bird habitat in the Central Valley,” lead author Matt Reiter, principal scientist and quantitative ecologist at Point Blue, said in a statement.Retaining habitat in a transformed landscapeShorebirds, including sandpipers and stilts, dunlins and dowitchers, feed on aquatic invertebrates that live in mud or wet sand, so they seek wetlands during their stopovers.California’s Central Valley, once home to a vast system of about 16,200 square kilometers (6,250 square miles) of wetlands, is one such key stopover region for migratory shorebirds and waterfowl  along the Pacific migratory flyway.A gathering of marbled godwits, dowitchers, willets, and other shorebirds at Arrowhead Marsh, Oakland, California. Image by Ingrid Taylar, CC 2.0.The valley extends more than 400 kilometers (250 miles) north to south and up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) east to west. Massive agricultural development has eliminated more than 90 percent of the naturally occurring wetlands, leaving the birds dependent on flooded agricultural fields for food during their stopovers.California’s water is highly managed, so anthropogenic factors play a large role in determining when and where the impacts of drought appear on the landscape. A pair of financial assistance programs provided farmers in the birds’ flight paths with incentive payments to flood their fields at key times during the 2013-2015 drought to create habitat for migrating waterbirds.The area’s rice growers flood their fields each fall with 5 to 10 centimeters (2 to 4 inches) of water in preparation for the next year’s harvest. The flooding converts the paddies into ideal migratory shorebird habitat, so TNC’s BirdReturns and the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Waterbird Habitat Enhancement Program (WHEP) offer farmers financial incentives to flood their fields for one to two additional months, to coincide with the bird migration.Avid birdwatchers across the Central Valley helped the partners to identify the areas to target for habitat management and confirm these areas’ use by target species. Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird online platform encouraged birdwatchers in the region to submit their bird observations to its database, before and after the incentive programs began.Spotted sandpipers are another shorebird species found in the study region. Image by J. Gehling, CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0.eBird statisticians compiled the observations from hundreds of birders to build models that predicted where 25 species of shorebirds would likely be present across the Central Valley during their spring and fall migrations. The models generated maps that showed when and where the target species were expected to gather. Overlaying maps of bird concentrations with the distribution of surface water indicated mismatches — areas where management action, in the form of flooding, was most needed.Seeing water from spaceTo assess the success of these programs, the researchers used satellite imagery to examine the impact of the drought on the timing and extent of surface water in the Central Valley.“By using satellites to track habitats regularly,” Reiter told Mongabay, “we can look for hotspots of change and use that information to help prioritize conservation actions.”They analyzed Landsat images from 2013 to 2015 to identify areas of open water (more than 30 percent vegetated) across the Central Valley and to measure the distribution of open water habitat in managed wetlands and fields of rice, corn and other crops between July and May.Using data from ground and aerial surveys, they developed predictive models to identify open water, separate from saturated soil underneath thick vegetation. “We will probably not get moist soil without some ponded water with our model,” Reiter said. “That said, because we track water year round, we can identify those places that maintain some open water across months.”A longbilled dowitcher foraging. Standing water is considered critical habitat for these and other shorebirds, as well as waterfowl such as ducks and geese. Image by T. Grey.The models quantified the influence of drought, precipitation, season, region, and protected status on the proportion of open water in each land cover type between July and May of the following year.The scientists then calculated the relative contribution to available habitat during that period of the two farmer incentive programs. They used the image data to estimate the daily proportion of flooded habitat in each type of field (e.g. rice, corn, etc.) that was provided by these programs. They multiplied that proportion by the total amount of the crop planted in each year (2,161 square kilometers, or 834 square miles, in 2013 and, 1,696 square kilometers, or 655 square miles, in 2014) to get the area of open water habitat made available by the programs each day. Footage courtesy of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Joy Ng.“We [then] combined predicted shorebird abundance values with predicted wetland extent to identify times and locations where temporary wetlands could deliver potentially high-value shorebird habitat,” said co-author Mark Reynolds, lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy’s California Migratory Bird Program.The analysis showed that the drought substantially reduced the availability of open water habitats across the Central Valley’s fields and wetlands, both spatially and temporally. During the drought, the amount of open water habitat decreased by 40 to 80 percent, compared to non-drought years, and the decline varied by land cover type, time of year, and region. For example, corn and wetlands in the San Joaquin Basin dried out more than rice and wetlands in the Sacramento Valley. Protected wetlands retained more water than unprotected, privately owned wetlands.Wetlands in central California’s otherwise dry environment. Image by R. Digaudio.It also revealed that the incentive programs provided a large portion of the open water in rice fields during the fall and spring waterbird migrations in the drought years.“BirdReturns provided 39 percent of the post-harvest flooded rice during the fall, when flooded habitat is at its lowest and waterbirds are in high abundance,” Reiter said in a publication summary. “And WHEP created 64 percent of the habitat during the winter. Overall, incentive programs provided 35 percent of the habitat on the landscape October through March.”Possibly more important for hungry migratory birds during a drought, the BirdReturns program provided up to 61 percent of all available flooded rice habitat on certain fall days and WHEP created up to 100 percent of available habitat on some days during the winter.Do birds use the managed wetlands?The crowd-sourced eBird observations collected after the incentive programs began helped to verify the use by the birds of different types of managed areas. The data showed that crop fields participating in BirdReturns pilot program, for example, hosted far more target migratory waterbirds than control fields (with no additional flooding).“This new approach to rent habitat on demand promises to engage more farmers to provide habitat in a flexible manner that can be tailored to ever-changing weather patterns and farming practices,” Reynolds said.A long-billed curlew moves between fields in central California. Image by TJ Gehling, CC BY NC 2.0.The birdwatchers recorded more than 220,000 birds representing 57 species in the BirdReturns fields, with February-March shorebird densities 20 times higher than on non-participating fields. These totals included more than 20,000 dunlins, representing roughly 20 percent of the entire overwintering dunlin population in the Central Valley.“The study highlights the role incentive programs can play in species conservation,” Reiter said. “Program managers should place a high priority on maintaining incentive programs in the face of more frequent severe droughts in order to sustain waterbirds in the Central Valley and the Pacific Flyway.”The survival of millions of migratory birds in increasingly modified landscapes now depends on human intervention, so assessing the success of specific actions can help managers apply them elsewhere.“Open water and wetlands are critical habitat resources across the world and have seen some of the greatest losses to human development,” Reiter said. “Our models could be used in other landscapes where water and wetlands play a key role in supporting wildlife habitat to prioritize those places and times when we need to make sure to sustain those water dependent ecosystems and habitats on the landscape.”This video offers more detailed information about the project. 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Poll: Why is there no advertising with YouTube videos?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Polls#web In yesterday’spost about Google, a follow-up to this week’s interview with Matt Cutts, we wrote that Google isstill searching for a way to measure relevancy for video – and by extension away to automatically insert contextual advertising around its YouTube videos. We think that the lack of anadequate “VideoRank” is the main reason that Google is not putting advertisingaround YouTube videos.However Mark Cuban left a comment onto the latter R/WW post, saying that he thinksrelevancy has nothing to do with it. He wrote:“The lack of ads has nothing to do with relevancy. It has to do withcopyright laws. If Google doesnt have a license from the video owner, theycant show ads.If you do a viewsource, you will see the ad tags which define a user id, alongwith category and demographic info. If the user id reflects an uploader thatYoutube has a deal with, you will see ads. If not, not.”And, as is Mark Cuban’s custom thesedays, he finished with a none-to-subtle dig atGoogle: “In terms of video search. There needs to be a differentiation betweeninternet video search, and website video search. Google only does indexing ofvideo on their owned sites.Maybe they think they can host all the worlds videos ?”We think Google is indeed scared of the copyright laws, but thatthe real underlying problem is that Google hasn’t found an adequate technical solutionto inserting contextual advertising next to YouTube videos.So who do you think is right, the billionaire or a bunch of uppity techbloggers? 😉 Here is a poll to find out…center_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more


Australian astronomy one of few winners in new budget

first_img Field notes that there will be “small decreases” in years to come for the publicly funded science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), which in recent years has been hit with massive cuts that resulted in extensive job losses. “I’m profoundly disappointed at the missed opportunities” to restore support, says Kim Carr, the opposition Australian Labor Party’s shadow minister for innovation, industry, science, and research.And the government is making it difficult for the private sector to pick up the slack. The budget cuts an R&D tax incentive by $810 million over the next 3 years, Carr notes. The incentive is one of the government’s biggest programs to stimulate business investment in research and development. But the budget also includes an outlay of $74 million to promote innovation in Australia’s manufacturing sector, something Field welcomes.Higher education is also suffering, says Belinda Robinson, chief executive of Universities Australia, an advocacy group based in Canberra. She was referring to $2 billion in cuts to higher education announced separately from the federal budget last Monday. Large numbers of overseas students make higher education the nation’s third-largest export sector. “Universities contribute more than they receive,” she says. And although the government plans to invest heavily in air, road, and rail transport infrastructure, it has cut a program designed to support big national research facilities at universities.Astronomy, meanwhile, was a real “policy win,” Field says. The budget includes $19 million to support an Australian partnership with the European Southern Observatory, meaning “Australian astronomers will be involved in the major astronomy initiatives around the world.” The commitment also includes ongoing funding of $9 million a year over the next decade. CSIRO (CC BY-NC 3.0) Australian astronomy one of few winners in new budget Australia’s CSIRO faces fresh cuts in new spending plan.center_img By Cheryl JonesMay. 10, 2017 , 1:00 PM In terms of the impact on science, the Australian budget, released 9 May, is “very bland,” says Les Field, science policy secretary at the Australian Academy of Science in Canberra, the nation’s leading scientific association. “There are no big spending initiatives but no major cuts,” he adds.It’s a “business-as-usual budget for science and technology,” agrees Kylie Walker, CEO of Science and Technology Australia in Canberra, which represents scientists.Overall spending on science for the fiscal year beginning 1 July and in later years, called the forward estimates, is not yet clear because support is spread across several ministries. 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Expert Advice: How Long Should A Resume Be?

first_imgBolstering the Reader’s Interest Is Imperative to Determining Resume Length: But let’s assume there are no human limits to our body’s ability to free-fall indefinitely, jumpers would likely as not become bored and wish for an end to the fall. With regards to the length of a resume, the same can be said. It should only last for as long as it can sustain the reader’s interest.That being said, I wholeheartedly agree that a resume can be too long — particularly if that length is simply filled with fluff and absent any real message.  But as long as the information is relevant and disseminates information crucial to the reader, it should not be cut short in any way.In so many instances I’ve seen meaty, relevant resume messages soar past their competition, using strategies that convey not only the results the candidate will produce, but also ‘how’ and ‘why’ he took the course of action in surmounting the hurdle, bursting through barriers or influencing resistors to come aboard with his strategic plan. In a recent example, this sales manager evoked his commitment to relationship and trust building, as well as revenue and profit growth, despite the inherent personality challenges within an agency environment.So, the next time someone tells you your resume is too long, consider taking it upon yourself to read through the document. Once you have done so, consider what information you would really want left out and if leaving out that information would shorten your rope to the point that the jumper using it may not enjoy the experience. Extending the Rope to Facilitate Your Rich Story Will Better Convey Your Value: If you are a job seeker with a vast and varied background, it would be hard to deny the fact that your story will require more ‘rope’ to convey that information than a recent college grad who is new to the job market. While most operators of bungee jumping sites are not typically physics experts, they do rely on tables generated by experts. These tables are used to determine chord diameter and static line length, based on the weight of the jumper and the desired maximum distance of the jump. Most would agree there is no possible way to use one particular length of rope that would be suitable for all jumpers in all situations.Bungee jumping is a great example of the fact that cookie-cutter strategies are not suitable to all activities or projects.Resumes are another prime example of this fact. Yet, this idea seems to be constantly challenged. As a professional writer of career documents, I have a particularly difficult time understanding clients who have balked at the length of their resume based on what some third-party advisor has told them. Here are four reasons why a resume, like a bungee cord, should be as LONG as needed to sustain the reader’s interest.Shortening Your Resume to Meet Subjective “Rules” May Derail Your Message: While I agree that the resume should only be as long as is necessary to relay all of the pertinent information the client wishes to present, I am concerned when a client wishes to shorten this all-important document just for the sake of having it fit neatly into a certain-sized box. Doing so can be as detrimental as having a bungee jumper hit their head on the bottom of the platform from which they are jumping because the rope was too short.center_img Creating a Sensation (within limits) Will Enrich the Reader Experience: I personally have never been bungee jumping and have little intention of doing so. But from what I understand, the length of the free-fall seems to be the determining factor in the overall joy of the jump. Though this may be true, I suspect that even that sensation has its limits. Too much of a free-fall may lead to a person losing consciousness or worse, which I’m sure would greatly diminish the experience for most people.last_img read more


ACT Raiders Weather the Victoria Storm

first_imgThe Raiders v Storm women’s showdown at Sunshine Coast Stadium presented as a veritable curtain raiser to next weekend’s NRL finals blockbuster in Melbourne’s AAMI Park, with Viking Claps aplenty and a buoyant crowd settling in with flags and hearts a flutter with state pride on the line.  And then there was one. To the penultimate match of the successful inaugural event, ACT Raiders Captain and number seven Sophie Broadhead, no doubt with the coach’s instructions and passion ringing in her ears, crossed for the opener after five minutes and two minutes later repeated the dose. Skirting the defence out wide and racing 30 metres to score the Raiders serving notice to their southern foes and Raiders’ rampage to come.  “You have to be good to beat the Storm and I think we were that in the end and a bit more,” he said departing with a wink and a wave.The Raiders wins did not end there- they continued to take out the overall Alliance Cup title for men and women. Final Score: ACT Raiders (7) Victoria Storm (1) At one stage ACT were called for having seven on the field but that didn’t seem to deter the Raiders and their barnstorming campaign was complete pushing their score out seven with seven to play. A try on the buzzer to the Raiders effectively sealed the win for the ACT girls bringing to five the Raiders tries and deficit. Play went to and fro, north and south in the second stanza and when the Viking Clap went up again at six nil up, the Storm seemingly used that as motivation going over for their first but albeit final touchdown. “But what really got me (this week) is how close we are as states now because of the Alliance and the distance we have come as an Alliance program and that we can only get better.” â€œAnd, to the rest of the teams (competing at Alliance Cup), I only say ‘look out, we can all only get better’ and we will bring that to the Elite Eight next year and beyond, you can be sure of that,” he said amid widespread applause and cheers at the event presentation ceremony.  The tale of the tape at game’s end was simply an outstanding and well drilled ACT women’s side that really stood up against another brave and determined Victoria Storm team. They really delivered when it really mattered saluting with a 7-1 victory for the ages. Another star attraction, Bec Beath then delivered a well-timed pass to Natalie Frizzell and then another to Nikki Stanley to set the Raiders on the path to their seventh straight win in the tournament and one hand well and truly on the trophy at 4-0.   For all the live streamed Grand Final action go to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel, TFATV (TFA homepage). Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.Related LinksACT Raiders Weather the Victoria Stormcenter_img And while this was a very satisfying victory for him personally and his team, coach Danny Goodwin was intent post-game to focus less on him and rather, the bigger picture. â€œTo my girls very well done; taking the concept of a new defence and while they might not have liked it at the start (cue crowd laughing), they put it together to get the win today was so special,” he said. And in a more reflective tone, the passionate Goodwin that we all know and love emerged. â€œThis competition though means a lot more to me than most people would probably know,” he reflected.  As the players jumped out of the blocks to the strains of Fall out Boys’ ‘Light ‘em up’ booming from the stadium speakers pre-match, the girls didn’t disappoint with the scoring starting early and despite the gloomy outlook. “We’ve been trying to get this on the table over a lot of years. When you consider the Raiders rolled the WA Tigers’ women 12-2 earlier in the day they were on something of a roll which coach Goodwin acknowledged. By @JulianTFA – Sunshine Coast Stadium, Queensland “The culture around this team is really good. The girls kept laughing and kept giggling all week but they were clinical today, mate.”  The sight of Australian and Alliance star, Percy sideline sans playing uniform (but with boots on, mind you) would have buoyed the ACT girls no doubt but in fairness the Storm girls were strong and rallied all game as a team without their inspirational captain. Broadhead caused the Storm all manner of headaches throughout and she was in good company. She was immense and instrumental in the outcome of this match and much of their campaign. Along with tournament MVP, Kelly Goodwin and a host of ACT stars they cruised along striking a blow most times they sailed close to the Storm line.  Officials: Dean McDonaldBrian Blechynden Rob McKay  Scorers: ACT Raiders: Broadhead and Player of the Final (3), Frizzell (1), Stanley (1), Grieve (1), McVicar (1)  Victoria Storm: Maitland (1).  last_img read more


9 months agoWoodward and Man Utd board warming to Solskjaer stay

first_imgWoodward and Man Utd board warming to Solskjaer stayby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer is edging closer to being named permanent manager at Manchester United.Chief Ed Woodward and United’s hierarchy have been wowed by the Norwegian’s 100 per cent start, says The Sun.The executive vice-chairman went into the Wembley dressing room after the 1-0 victory against Spurs to congratulate Solskjaer on the job he is doing.The Old Trafford powerbrokers initially only had Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino in their sights.But former striker Solskjaer’s record-breaking six wins from his first six games has hugely impressed them.Now the clamour for him to get the job permanently is growing not only among the fans and players but in the boardroom, too. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


10 days agoChelsea defensive duo Christensen, Emerson doubtful for Newcastle

first_imgChelsea defensive duo Christensen, Emerson doubtful for Newcastleby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndreas Christensen and Emerson are doubtful for Chelsea’s clash with Newcastle United on Saturday, according to Goal.Emerson has been out of action since September with a hamstring problem, but he has not officially been ruled out of facing the Magpies.Christensen picked up a hamstring problem over the international break.In positive news for the Blues, Antonio Rudiger could be eased back by Frank Lampard’s after an interrupted start to the season.Reece James, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic also picked up injuries over the international break. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Videos: Syracuse Football Players Are Pugil Fighting During Training Camp At Fort Drum

first_imgSyracuse lineman perform the fort drum pugil fighting drill.Twitter/@Stephen_Bailey1Every summer, Syracuse football heads up to Fort Drum in Northern New York, home of the 10th Mountain Division, to get away from the distractions of campus for a few days and connect with the local military community. Today, the team is incorporating pugil fighting into practice, while in full pads. We’ve never quite seen a football drill like this…Rob Trudo beats Donnie Simmons in bugle fighting: pic.twitter.com/uWBiMjRrW2— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015Erv Philips vs. Antwan Cordy pic.twitter.com/76Mv7hzksK— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015An early look at the 2016 QB battle. Eric Dungey vs. Austin Wilson pic.twitter.com/muqELWXjwa— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015Freshman OL Colin Byrne vs. DE Jake Pickard pic.twitter.com/xWLfZcmECE— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015The intensity is a welcome sight for Syracuse fans. The Orange opens the season on September 4 against Rhode Island at the Carrier Dome.last_img read more


Will only reply in court on Babri Masjid Kalyan Singh

first_imgLucknow: Kalyan Singh, who was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh at the height of the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid agitation in the 1990s, seems to be clear about his views on the disputed site. In a special interview to IANS, Kalyan Singh said: “The case is in the Supreme Court. We will wait for the court’s decision. We don’t know what will be the judgement — in our favour or against us. Once the judgement is there, the Centre’s role will come into being. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “My take on this subject is very clear. I don’t want to do politics on this, but all the parties should make their stand clear. The Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Congress or others have not made their stance clear on the issue.” Considered as one of the leaders who spearheaded the Ram Mandir agitation, Kalyan Singh said that he will only answer to the court, and not to anyone else about the demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “I have no problems in appearing before the court. I will depose before the court whenever I am summoned,” said Kalyan Singh, the two-time UP Chief Minister who on Monday formally rejoined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after becoming the first Governor of Rajasthan in five decades to complete five-year term in office. The 87-year-old politician’s comeback also signalled the return of BJP’s backward face to active politics in his home turf of Uttar Pradesh. Being the Governor of a state, Kalyan Singh could not have been served a summon in the last five years. But now that he is not holding the Constitutional post any more, the court can summon him for investigation. Speaking on Article 370, Kalyan Singh said, “It was a temporary provision, which was invoked on Sheikh Abdullah’s insistence. The Centre has done the right thing by ending it. Kashmir is our integral part.” The veteran politician further said, “My role in the party is like that of an ordinary worker. Whatever the party head tells me to do, I will do that. I am not a competitor to anyone, but I have come here to become companion to all. I will work under the directions of Modiji at the Centre and Yogiji in Uttar Pradesh. My role in Uttar Pardesh has not been decided till now.” On dynasty politics, Kalyan Singh said, “My whole family has been into politics. They have been making their own contributions to this field. My son entered politics at a young age and so did my grandson. My daughter-in-law is also into politics. They are all doing good work and the Opposition has nothing to say. Which party is bereft of the so-called political dynasties?” The former Chief Minister also claimed that BJP is now unbeatable in Uttar Pradesh, and there is no alternative to the saffron party, be it at the Centre or the state. “Many parties are being formed but they split up. In such a scenario, no other party can earn the confidence of the people like the BJP,” he said. On the prospects of the SP and the BSP making a comeback in Uttar Pradehs, Kalyan Singh said, “Their return is not possible. These parties and their leaders have lost the faith of the people. The BJP is moving ahead because of the work it is doing. At present, BJP has the maximum number of members. There is no alternative to (Narendra) Modi at the Centre and Yogi (Adityanath) in Uttar Pradesh.”last_img read more


Two men charged in Ivory Coast for trying to blackmail MP Tony

first_imgOTTAWA — Two men in Africa’s Ivory Coast have been charged for attempting to blackmail Canadian MP Tony Clement by posing as a woman online and demanding money after Clement shared explicit sexual images with them.RCMP have confirmed the two men arrested by the Ivory Coast’s cyber-crimes unit recently were charged in connection with Clement’s case.In November, Clement asked the RCMP to investigate after he admitted to sending sexually explicit images to what he believed was a “consenting female,” but later learned was an online account being run by “foreign actors” trying to extort him for 50,000 euros.Clement was booted from the Conservative caucus in November after admitting to having had inappropriate online relationships with more than one woman.The suspects in the extortion case against Clement and one other alleged victim are being identified by Ivory Coast officials only by the initials CH and DML.Information published by the African police agency says the two suspects have been questioned, and the RCMP says it continues to work with international partners on the case.The Canadian Presslast_img read more