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Tennis News Roger Federer enters last 16 of Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams also makes progress

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Roger Federer registered his 350th win in a Grand Slam.Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal also entered the round of 16.Federer is bidding for his ninth Wimbledon title.center_img London: Eight-time Wimbledon singles champion Roger Federer posted yet more landmarks as all the main contenders encountered few problems in reaching the last 16. Federer registered a record 350th win in Grand Slam matches in his 7-5 6-2 7-6 (7/4) victory over Lucas Pouille of France on Saturday and in the process reached the fourth round for an unprecedented 17th time. “It’s a nice number to achieve. I’ve enjoyed my time at the Slams,” said Federer, who next plays Matteo Berrettini of Italy, of his Grand Slam record. “It’s been nice winning that much.”     Earlier, his great rival and two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal had a much more enjoyable experience than his previous match as he eased into the last 16 with a 6-2 6-3 6-2 romp over French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The ease with which Nadal made the fourth round for the ninth time was replicated on the women’s side by Ashleigh Barty, who will be breaking new ground in appearing in the last 16 for the first time. Seven-time women’s champion Serena Williams is also into the second week for the 16th time.     Nadal, who embraced Tsonga fondly at the end in stark contrast to the chilly handshake he had with fiery Australian Nick Kyrgios in the previous round, said he was delighted with the manner of his victory. “I was very happy. I played a great match from the beginning to the end,” said Nadal.     He next plays Portugal’s Joao Sousa who ended British hopes with a five-set win over Dan Evans. Andy Murray’s hopes of men’s doubles glory ended early as he and French partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert went out in the second round.     However, he was to end the day on a celebratory note as his star partnership with Williams eased into the second round of the mixed doubles beating Germany’s Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi of Chile 6-4 6-1. Neither would claim who was running the show.     Serena said there was no “I in team” while Murray said they were both used to being told what to do. “I said to Serena before the match we are the younger siblings so we are used to being bossed by our older brother and sister,” said Murray On the women’s side Barty and Williams could meet in a blockbuster quarter-final if they win their last 16 matches on ‘Manic Monday’.     Two of the top 10 seeds did bow out, Dutch fourth seed Kiki Bertens and American ninth seed Sloane Stephens losing to Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova and Britain’s French Open semi-finalist Johanna Konta respectively.     While Barty will be in new territory playing singles at Wimbledon in the second week for the first time, for Williams it is the 16th.     ‘Such a buzz going around’      Barty overwhelmed British wild card Harriet Dart 6-1 6-1 while 37-year-old, seven-time champion Williams produced her most convincing display in dispensing with German Julia Goerges 6-3 6-4.     Barty, bidding to become the first Australian Wimbledon women’s champion since Evonne Goolagong Cawley won her second title in 1980, will play unseeded American Alison Riske for a place in the last eight. She is also the first Australian woman to make the second week since 2010.     “Incredible it is a first for me (to be in the last 16), new territory for me.” Williams goes on to face Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the quarter-finals. Eleventh seed Williams, who defeated Goerges in last year’s semi-finals, is bidding to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles.     “It’s been an arduous year for me, so every match I’m hoping to improve tons,” said Williams, who had a knee problem which affected her season. There was no fairytale win in the mixed doubles, though, for the star of the championships Coco Gauff.     The 15-year-old American — who has wowed the crowds in reaching the last 16 of the women’s singles — and her British partner Jay Clarke lost 6-1 6-4 in the first round to Robert Lindstedt and Jelena Ostapenko.last_img read more

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Other Sports PV Sindhu seeks improvement in fitness in search of World Badminton Championship gold

first_imgPV Sindhu has not been able to win a badminton title in 2019.Sindhu lost to Okuhara of Japan and Marin of Spain in previous editions.World Badminton Championship will be held in Basel on August 19. New Delhi: Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu said on Friday that  she has been working on improving her fitness and defence in search of an elusive gold in the showpiece World Championships next week. Sindhu has been the most consistent performer in the World Championships in the last few years with two silver and as many bronze medals but a gold has still eluded her. The 24-year-old Indian ace will once again be the biggest hope as she spearheads the country’s challenge at the World Championship which begins in Basel, Switzerland on August 19.  She lost to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan and Carolina Marin of Spain respectively in the summit clash of the last two editions of the World Championships in 2017 and 2018.Asked if she is hoping to make it third time lucky, Sindhu replied: “Well, I have trained hard and I hope I can do well. I have to perform well but there is no pressure. I been working on my defence, physical fitness and also on-court skills. We do have all kinds of strokes but to improve we have to keep training. So I have to do it all the time to make myself perfect,” Sindhu told PTI in interview.  “It is important to know which strokes to play at the right time, sometimes you can get tired and you can go blank but as a player you need to know which strokes to play in tough situations,” she said.  Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi was the one player who stopped Sindhu twice with an aggressive game plan in the last two tournaments of the year in Indonesia and Japan. Asked if the new World No. 1 Yamaguchi will be the biggest threat to her World Championships gold hope, Sindhu said, “I don’t think so. I played well against her in Indonesia but she was good. She was attacking well and she is also a rally player.  I was not surprised by her aggresion. I was ready but it happens, may be had I won the first game, things could have been different.” Sindhu, who has been seeded fifth, received a bye in the first round and will open her campaign against either Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu Po or Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri. If she wins, Sindhu is likely to meet Beiwen Zhang of USA in the third round while Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying is likely to wait for her at the quarterfinals.  “At World Championships, it will not be easy from the first round itself. If you see the draw, I am playing a Chinese Taipei player and then Beiwen Wang, she is not an easy players and if I can win, I will be against Tai Tzu Ying in quarters. I have to focus on each match, because you never know.”  Since claiming the World Tour Finals in December last year, Sindhu has not been able to win another title this year. Two semifinals finishes at India Open and Singapore Open are all she had to show before she produced a superlative display to finish runners-up at Indonesia Open last month.  On her rigorous training under new South Korean coach Kim Ji-hyun, Sindhu said, “It has been good. I am happy with my performance. With Kim, I have a good communication and I hope to do well in World Championship. She pointed out a few mistakes that I was doing at the net, and overall, so I had to improve on that aspect. I got almost a month time before Indonesia, so had a good training and it showed at Indonesia. Her mindset and thinking is different and she motivates me a lot. Every coach has a different approach and I got used to her quickly. She joined after All England, so it took some time to get used to her way. Now we understand each other well.”Asked about her plans for the Tokyo Olympics, she said, “There is still time. It is important to play all the tournaments because the qualification is important. So till April next year, I  plan to play and then we will take a call depending on how my game is, my fitness levels and how training goes.” highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Stellmacher prepared to return to site of broken leg after 2 seasons

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoJoe Stellmacher can still remember the feeling. There he lay on the Memorial Stadium turf on Sept. 27, 2003, unable to move his right leg after taking a friendly-fire hit from teammate Alex Lewis.”It was a kickoff,” Stellmacher said. “I was containing it, and Alex Lewis came flying in there. He was diving for the ball carrier. He missed the ball carrier and hit my leg. My leg was planted in the ground.”That hit from Lewis put a damper on Stellmacher’s career at Wisconsin just as it was getting going. A redshirt freshman who had originally come to Madison as a walk-on, he pushed his way up the depth chart and, after making six tackles in the team’s home-opening win against Akron, cracked the starting lineup against UNLV.Just two games later, though, Lewis crashed into the hard-nosed strong safety’s right side, ending his season immediately. A few hours later, Lewis was carrying Stellmacher onto the team flight back to Madison.”My whole leg was pretty numb,” Stellmacher said. “I had never broken a bone prior to that, so it was something I had never felt before.”That broken leg did more than just end his season, however. Stellmacher played sporadically last season as a reserve defensive back and on special teams, and says this year’s fall camp was when he finally felt back up to his previous speed.”Just playing again, I was like, ‘Yeah, I think I’m back. I think I’ve got that extra step back that I probably didn’t have last year,'” Stellmacher said.And despite the injury, the Berlin, Wis., native never lost hope. After all, he had gone through too many hours of hard work to even get to Wisconsin — even after a celebrated high school career.Berlin’s bestGrowing up, Stellmacher excelled in nearly everything he tried. He was a first-team all-conference performer in basketball and baseball. His American Legion baseball team won the Wisconsin state championship in 2001. But he was always destined to do more in football.The son of Berlin High head coach Steve Stellmacher, Joe grew up around the game, serving as the team’s water boy in his childhood. The younger Stellmacher’s football maturation continued as he grew older, and father and son got to experience a dream together: working as head coach and star player for Berlin High.”He’s been my No. 1 fan all growing up,” Stellmacher said of his dad. “He was my high school coach, did a tremendous job teaching me the game growing up and then, when I came here, he’s always my No. 1 fan, him and my mom. They’re at every one of my games, giving me so much support, and I probably couldn’t do this without them.”Not surprisingly, Stellmacher is a classic “heady” football player. He often finds himself around the ball (his 42 tackles rank third on the team despite missing Wisconsin’s loss at Northwestern and not starting in two other contests) — something that can be traced back to the years he spent on the sidelines next to his father.”It’s probably just from being around the game since I was 5, 6 years old, a little water boy on my dad’s high school teams,” Stellmacher said. “Playing under him and just watching tape all through high school. I don’t know if it’s innate ability or if it’s just learned, I don’t know. But it’s probably just from being around football all my life.”Back to the futureThat headiness has allowed Stellmacher to regain the starting spot he once held two seasons ago. And, for a young and relatively inexperienced Wisconsin defense, he has emerged as a leader. Defensive coordinator Bret Bielema went as far as to compare Stellmacher’s leadership skills to those of another former Badger walk-on made good: Jimmy Leonhard.”He’s not too far off from where [Leonhard] was a year ago,” Bielema said. “Jimmy was a guy last year that knew how to get people in the right place, do certain things and get people to adjust during the course of the play, and I think that’s what Joe’s been able to do.”Stellmacher’s experience — though he only started briefly in 2003 — is a rarity in the Wisconsin defensive backfield. Bielema has relied heavily on a pair of redshirt freshmen — cornerbacks Allen Langford and Jack Ikegwuonu — throughout the season, and free safety Roderick Rogers entered this year having never started a game, and played only sparingly in his first two years. Needless to say, that experience combined with Stellmacher’s natural feel for the game has paid major dividends for Rogers, who has done nothing but improve as the season has worn on. And Rogers is grateful for the chance to line up alongside a hard-nosed player like Stellmacher.”Joe is a very competitive guy,” Rogers said. “I liked him from the first time I met him. He’s always going to compete, always going to do his job. He’s always going to play hard.”That mentality has also endeared him to the UW coaching staff.”[Stellmacher] understands where kids are supposed to be not only at his own position, but all the positions around him,” Bielema said. “You’ll see him constantly moving his arms, pointing, directing traffic, how they adjust to things during the course of the game. He’s really done a good job for us as the year’s come along. Now that’s confidence that he has.”Stellmacher will now carry that confidence back to Memorial Stadium this Saturday. And, despite returning to the site of the biggest setback of his career, he’s not worried. In his words, “It’s [a] coincidence that it happened there.””Hopefully nothing happens,” Stellmacher said with a grin. “One bad memory from Champaign.”last_img read more

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Los Angeles Dodgers outlook for the 2014 season

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Hot spots: Second base is the only unsettled position in the field as Dee Gordon, Justin Turner and Alex Gurrero battle to fill the spot vacated by Mark Ellis. Judging by the four-year, $28 million contract to which the Dodgers signed the Cuban in the offseason, Gurrero is seemingly the first choice, but the 27-year-old will begin the season in Triple-A. The anticipated battle for playing time in the outfield is the other area of intrigue once Matt Kemp returns from an ankle injury. Due to various injuries to Kemp, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier, it never materialized after the emergence of Yasiel Puig last season. If the four are ever healthy at the same time, it is sure to be a heated battle. After new ownership and new additions were the story for the better part of two seasons, chemistry set in a few months into 2013. The result? The Dodgers’ 42-8 mark during a 50-game stretch from June until August equaled the best run in the major leagues since 1900. The Dodgers followed with a playoff push that didn’t end until the sixth game of the NLCS, despite key injuries to Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier. Losses in the offseason were minimal and there is no reason to believe the Dodgers won’t be even better in 2014 with a more experienced Yasiel Puig, eventually healthy Matt Kemp and full season of Brian Wilson.Manager: Don Mattingly (fourth season, 260-225)He’s here: INF Alex Gurrero, RHP Dan Haren, LHP Paul Malholm, SS Erisbel Arruebarrena, INF Justin Turner, INF-OF Chone Figgins, RHP Chris Perez, RHP Jamey Wright, OF Mike Baxter.He’s outta here: 2B Mark Ellis, INF Nick Punto, UTL Skip Schumaker, INF Jerry Hairston, 3B Michael Young, RHP Ricky Nolasco, RHP Ronald Belisario, LHP Chris Capuano, RHP Edinson Volquez, RHP Carlos Marmol, RHP Ted Lilly.last_img read more

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Bonsignore: LA Dodgers’ hiring of Dave Roberts as manager is a bold move

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error And that’s a beautiful thing, if not hard to believe it’s taken the Dodgers so long.I don’t know about you, though, but Roberts’ skin color and racial background elicits just shrugged shoulders, so whats and who cares. That doesn’t mean I’m overlooking the significance of the hire or don’t appreciate another barrier being broken in our country’s long quest to get things right as it relates to race relations and racial equality.We still have a tremendously long way to go in that regard, something we are reminded of that every day another story breaks in which racial injustice is the focal point. But say this much, at least: We’ve certainly come far enough that Roberts’ skin color is of little concern. I’m much more worried about his use of the bullpen. Is he a sabametrics guy, a computer nerd, someone who will give in to the Dodgers’ front office insistence on relying on numbers and computer printouts?Will he be allowed to make out his own lineups, or will Dodgers president Andrew Friedman be poking his nose in the manager’s office telling Roberts who to bat in the three hole every night?Will Friedman allow Roberts to be his own man, manage the team as he sees fit and put down a bunt sign, call a hit-and-run, or use his relief corps in ways he deems necessary?Meanwhile, can a team that’s fallen a few steps short of the World Series and underachieved relative to its hefty payroll afford to hand control of the dugout to a first-year manager?Roberts, 43, has spent the last four years in the San Diego Padres dugout, most recently as the Padres’ bench coach. But he just slid over to the captain’s chair, and that is a big step for anyone.Just ask Don Mattingly, the man he’s replacing and for whom three straight division titles was not enough for his bosses to stand firmly behind him.Mattingly was allowed to leave at the end of this past season. He’s now the skipper of the Miami Marlins.The Dodgers made a bold hire by binging in Roberts to replace him. But it has nothing to do with his skin color, which is about as significant as his cap size.A team that seems to be sliding backwards has little room for error. And as Friedman charts a new course, he can’t afford to hit weak comebackers or loft lazy fly balls to the outfield.Friedman needs to start roping some doubles off the wall, and a few home runs wouldn’t hurt, either.That begins with Roberts, who becomes Friedman’s first hand-picked manager since taking over the Dodgers.It’s an unconventional move, given Roberts’ relative inexperience and the pressure the Dodgers are under to succeed immediately.For a franchise long known for its forward thinking on racial equality, it was a significant move — if not long overdue.center_img Nearly 70 years after the Dodgers promoted Jackie Robinson to the big leagues and altered the long, sad history of American race relations forever, they’ve taken another first step.Only this one is a bit more personal, decidedly more quiet and arrives much less dramatically then when Robinson became the first African-American to play in the Major Leagues. By naming Dave Roberts their new manager, as was reported by multiple outlets Sunday night, the Dodgers have hired their first African-American skipper. The organization that put Robinson at second base and fellow African-Americans Don Newcome on the pitcher’s mound and Roy Campanella behind the plate soon after is finally handing its on-field decision-making process to an African-American.last_img read more

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FK Željezničar Had Positive Business Results in 2013

first_imgThe football club FK Željezničar had positive business results in 2013.The revenues amounted to 2.238.000 BAM, and expenditures were 2.218.000, and the club finished the year with around 20.000 BAM. These statistics were provided by the President of the Executive Committee of FK Željezničar Gredić at the Assembly of the club.In the detailed financial report for the previous year, which was unanimously adopted, Gredić said that the club in 2013 entered without a single BAM, with arrivals of debts for the payment of players, coaches and employees, which managed to be reconciled in the previous year.In 2013, the club settled debts from 2012 in the amount of 720.000, players were paid 15, trainers 14 and club employees 15 salaries, said Gredić.President of the football club said that this balance is the result of rationalization of club expenses and reduction of administration, and added that such a policy of non-indebtedness would continue in the future, and expects that the club will settle all debts for one and a half year.The President expressed hope that each year, the budget of the club would increase from 10-15 percent, and there will be no spending without coverage.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

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Lukaku says split from Man Utd was ‘right decision’

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Romelu Lukaku believes he made the right decision to leave Manchester United for a new challenge at Inter Milan, saying he had to “re-find” himself after a difficult time at Old Trafford.The Belgium striker joined United from Everton for £75 million ($98 million) in July 2017, scoring 42 goals in his two seasons at the club before moving to Inter in August last year.He has been in superb form for Antonio Conte’s side, scoring 18 goals to help the club sustain a challenge for the Serie A title.Those performances, and United’s reported interest in signing a striker this month after Marcus Rashford’s back injury, have raised questions as to the wisdom of allowing Lukaku to leave Old Trafford.But, in an interview with Sky Sports News, the 26-year-old said the decision was his and it had worked out well for United as well.“I think I had to re-find myself,” he said. “Last year was difficult for me on the professional side because stuff was not going how I wanted and I was not performing as well… and I just came to the conclusion that it was time for me to change environment.“I made my decision around March, and I went to the manager’s office (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) and I told him it was time for me to find something else.”“I think I made the right decision and I think Manchester United now has made space for the younger players to come through so I think it was a bit of a win-win situation for both of us,” he added. The Belgian was signed for United by Jose Mourinho and had an excellent first season, scoring 27 goals as United finished second in the Premier League.But Mourinho was sacked in December 2018 after a disappointing start to the season, with Lukaku also unable to discover his best form.Former Chelsea manager Conte has managed to bring the best out of Lukaku this season, pairing him with Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez to lethal effect.Lukaku said the Italian knew how to extract the most from his whole squad but revealed he was not afraid to get tough with the players.“The manager, he tells it straight to your face if you’re doing well or wrong,” he said.“You work hard, you train hard and you play,” he added. “If you don’t do what he says, you don’t play. You know where you stand — and that’s what I respect about him.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Are Your Acne Products Making Your Skin Worse?

first_imgFacebook16Tweet0Pin0By Wendy Christman for Saving Face SkinspaDid you know that products labeled for “acne” or “non-comedogenic” may contain pore clogging ingredients? There are no regulations stating what can or cannot be in an acne product for it to be “non-comedogenic” or safe for acneic skin. So, it is permitted to have ingredients in a product labeled for acne, but is also known to cause acne.There are so many things to consider in someone with acne. The clients skin type, type of acne, condition of the skin, and level of sensitivity.  When a person suffering with acne is selecting products over the counter this is not usually being considered and it is causing further progression of the acne condition. You cannot clear your skin with products alone. There are other factors that have to be evaluated: diet, lifestyle, medications, allergies, current products, makeup, sports supplements, and vitamins.Wendy Christman, owner of Saving Face Skinspa and Acne Clinic has a passion for helping people achieve clearer, healthier skin.This is why it is so important to have the help of an Acne Specialist who takes all this information and creates a plan specifically for you and your situation. However, starting with using products that aren’t clogging the pores is a fantastic start!Here is a link to the list of Pore-Clogging Ingredients.Use the list to compare with your current products and I bet you will be amazed at how many of the ingredients are in them. There are many products available that won’t clog the pores or exacerbate acne and are quite affordable.If you are interested in learning more about acne prevention and the resources that are available to you visit Saving Face Skinspa online or reach out to Wendy at 360-943-1700Reference: Cooksey, L. (2015). Pore Clogging Ingredientslast_img read more

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Local Environmentalists Concerned About Trump Presidency

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaThe election of Donald J. Trump as president has some area environmentalists concerned, especially regarding climate change and drilling for gas and oil in the Atlantic Ocean.“We think the Trump administration will be very bad for the environment,” said Colette Buchanan, a Monmouth Beach resident who is president of the Monmouth County Audubon Society, a bird-watching and conservation group.“President Trump will be an unnatural disaster unleashed on the environment,” said Andrew L. Chambarry, an Asbury Park lawyer who is a founder of Citizens in Opposition to Beach Restrictive Access (COBRA) and serves on the legal issues team of the Surfrider Foundation.In January, the presidency passes from President Barack Obama, not viewed as an overt protector of the environment, to Trump, not viewed as an environmentalist at all.“Trump and his team will dismantle regulations, which would have helped guard against climate change,” Chambarry said. “His policies will benefit big business and corporate greed. The effects will be widespread and could lead to hasten an environmental crisis that many say is imminent.”Backing off on the prevention of climate change will create a domino effect, with other countries emboldened to do the same, said Bill Williams, co-chair of the Surfrider Foundation’s Jersey Shore Chapter.“Sea levels will rise and there is not enough money or sand to dredge and fill our way out of this problem in New Jersey,” Williams said. “With the policies Mr. Trump has proposed, we need to get serious about other strategies like retreat along our coast.”Debbie Mans, executive director of the Keyport-based NY/NJ Baykeeper, a group concerned with the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary, said “New Jersey is surrounded by water and we have already experienced the impacts of increased storm events and localized flooding.“His promises to roll back regulations addressing the emissions contributing to climate change and lack of commitments to adapt to sea-level rise place New Jersey coastal communities and industries at risk, from Newark to Cape May (and up) to Trenton,” said Mans.“Trump denies that human-cause climate change is real and has no intention of addressing it,” Buchanan said.“President-Elect Trump’s platform, repeated campaign pledges, First 100 Days agenda, and denial of climate change could cause profound harm to the ocean environment including making deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Education, re-opening of oil and gas exploration and extraction in the Atlantic, increasing fossil fuel production, and rolling back clean water and emissions rules,” said Cindy Zipf, executive director of the Sandy Hook-based Clean Ocean Action environmental group. “These do not bode well for marine life and our clean ocean economy.“However, it is important to note, the actual Trump administration’s ocean policy is uncertain and time will tell,” Zipf said. “What is certain is that Clean Ocean Action will continue to be vigilant, vocal and vigorous in protecting and sustaining the ocean, and New Jersey and New York’s $50 billion tourism and fishing economies that depend upon it.”Buchanan and Mans worry the federal Environmental Protection Agency would be weakened or eliminated under Trump.For the Mid-Atlantic region, Obama issued a five-year moratorium on offshore gas and oil drilling. This “proactively prevented oil spills for the next five years that could greatly affect our recreation, fishing and tourism industries,” Williams said.But Williams fears Trump will lift the moratorium as soon as he can.“Drilling in the Atlantic will pose serious threats to many marine species, while reducing areas for fishing and boating,” Chambarry said. “Environmental disaster could reach the beaches of New Jersey at any time. We will have to prepare for such a sad state of affairs under President Trump.”“I am not sure President Trump has the attention span and insight to focus on long-term, gradual progress and am worried he simply will react and focus on short-term goals that result in a reduction in man-nature sustainability,” said Rik van Hemmen, who lives in Fair Haven and is active with Navesink River boating and environmental issues.Van Hemmen said he was not pressuring Trump to make the environmental progress Obama has made.“But I would be very disappointed in any steps that would be backwards,” van Hemmen said. “Such behavior is unnecessarily costly and counters the conservative political outlook, which, as far as I can see, should conform to first, do no harm to the country at large.”Buchanan expressed concerns for wildlife under Trump.“As an organization that is focused on bird conservation, Monmouth County Audubon is concerned that the Endangered Species Act will be weakened or eliminated,” Buchanan said. “Additionally, many North American bird species are already threatened by ongoing climate change.”But Van Hemmen did not expect to see blatant change under Trump.“On the local level, I think we will not see much change,” van Hemmen said. “I hope that our community commitment to sustainable man-nature interaction will simply continue.”Van Hemmen had a greater concern on a wider level, however.“On the national level, I am worried and can only hope for the best,” van Hemmen said. “We often lose sight of what works and what does not work. We often think that any type of regulation is bad, but more often forget these regulations have actually improved our environment and made it fairer to all, rather than a few exploiters.”Van Hemmen noted local environmentalists should not lose focus on their own causes.“No matter what the political situation is, we can always act locally – discover, engage and sustain,” van Hemmen said.last_img read more

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McQueen set for history-making debut

first_imgThis is before confirming his representative allegiance to England, hitting back at those who have questioned his right to make his Test debut against Samoa next weekend.McQueen was on Monday night included in a 20-man England squad by coach Wayne Bennett to take part in next weekend’s representative round, with his inclusion – along with that of Sharks forward Chris Heighington – receiving short shrift back in England from commentators who believe other Super League-based players were more worthy.Although players from developing rugby league nations such as Samoa, Tonga and Fiji may now represent the country of their heritage without jeopardising any future Origin opportunities, as England is classified as a tier one nation McQueen will no longer be eligible for either Queensland or Australia.The six-time Maroons representative admitted that letting go of that goal was the most difficult part of the decision-making process but that being overlooked for last year’s series convinced him that his Origin days were over, opening the door to create history as the first Origin representative to also play for England.”When those boys that got suspended from the Origin system and the injuries they had I was hopeful of getting a call-up into that Queensland team for last year and it didn’t happen, which is fine, but that was the thing that made me realise that that ship has probably sailed and it was time to move on,” said McQueen.”For me it wasn’t about turning my back on Origin because I still absolutely love the Queensland organisation and I still am a Queenslander but for me it was about taking the opportunities that are in front of me.”It’s still something I’ve been thinking about over the last couple of days, that I’d never get that opportunity to pull that Maroon jersey on ever again but I’ve done that and I absolutely loved it but the opportunity to play some international footy was something I couldn’t pass up.”Overlooked by Bennett for England’s 2016 Four Nations campaign in England, McQueen said he wasn’t sure what had changed but reconfirmed his commitment to playing for England when Bennett enquired as to his availability last Friday.When he confirmed he was still keen to represent the country of his father Kevin’s birth he sealed his future representative fate, a decision Bennett praised as being a strong one.”Once they play for England they can’t play for anyone else,” Bennett said.”He’s made a pretty strong decision. If you play for a country like Samoa you can still play for Australia, New Zealand and England still. But once you make a decision to play for England that’s pretty much it.”There has been plenty of criticism on social media and back in England of Bennett’s decision to choose McQueen but the 29-year-old – who will bring up his 150th NRL appearance in Round 10 – said the England jersey will be worn with just as much pride as his six Queensland jerseys.”The thing that people don’t realise is that my dad was born and bred in England, he’s a very proud Englishman and I grew up listening to stories of his childhood and growing up in England,” adding that his England player number (either 730, 731 or 732 depending on the final line-up) will be added to his many tattoos in the off-season.”To the people over there who don’t know me and don’t know my story and don’t know my background, to them they just see an Australian-born player playing in their English team.”I’ve grown up with an English father and it’s not like I’m reaching back to grandparents or anything like that. It’s my father, he was born there, he grew up there and I feel a strong connection to England.”It’s as if people don’t understand that you can be proud of two heritages. I have two parents, I have two backgrounds and I’m equally as proud of both of them.”This feels exactly the same as when I pulled on that Queensland jersey, now pulling on an England jersey.”last_img read more