New ‘stone’ frog discovered in Vietnam

first_imgResearchers first collected specimens of the frog in 2013 while surveying forests covering limestone hills in Vietnam’s Lai Chau and Tuyen Quang Provinces.After analyzing and comparing this frog’s appearance, call, as well as DNA with that of closely related frogs, the team confirmed that it was indeed a new species.Unfortunately, the researchers suspect that the new species is already threatened with extinction and recommend listing it as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. In the rugged limestone hills of northern Vietnam, scientists have discovered a new species of frog that looks like a small piece of rock.Researchers have named it the stone leaf-litter frog or Leptolalax petrops, derived from the Latin words petra, meaning “rock”, and –ops, meaning “having the appearance of”. The frog, measuring only about two to five centimeters (~0.8 to 2 inches), is dull brown in color and has a gold-copper iris, the researchers report in a new study published in Zootaxa.“The very rough skin texture of females was the feature that stood out the most to me — it made them look like part of the rocks that they were found on,” study author Jodi Rowley, Curator of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Biology at the Australian Museum Research Institute, said in an email.The newly described stone-leaf litter frog is only 2 to 5 centimeter long. Photo by Jodi Rowley/Australian Museum.Rowley and her colleagues first collected specimens of the frog in 2013 while surveying forests covering limestone hills in Vietnam’s Lai Chau and Tuyen Quang Provinces. The researchers suspected that the tiny frog was a possible new species because it did not fit the characteristics of known species at that time. The frog’s stone-like appearance and high-pitched fast-paced advertisement call seemed especially distinctive, Rowley said.After analyzing and comparing this frog’s appearance, call, as well as DNA with that of closely related frogs, the team confirmed that the frog was indeed a new species. “Both looking like and living amongst stone is likely what enabled this frog to remain undetected until now,” Rowley said.The frog is known only from two forest covered limestone hills in Lai Chau and Tuyen Quang Provinces, Vietnam. Photo by Jodi Rowley/Australian Museum.Unfortunately, the researchers suspect that the new species is already threatened with extinction.The stone leaf-litter frog is currently known only from two locations in Lai Chau and Tuyen Quang Provinces. Moreover, the evergreen forests covering the frog’s limestone habitats are rapidly disappearing, the authors write.  “We observed forest loss even in the areas where we found the frog,” Rowley said.Based on their observations, the researchers recommend listing the species as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.“So much remains a mystery about this frog; nothing is known about its tadpoles, and less than 50 adults have ever been recorded,” Rowley wrote in a blog post. “It’s so important that this living pebble is protected from joining the growing list of species that we lose before we even know that much about them.”Scientists recommend listing the new species as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Photo by Jodi Rowley/Australian Museum.Citation:Rowley JJL, et al (2017) A new species of Leptolalax (Anura: Megophryidae) from northern Vietnam. Zootaxa 4243 (3): 544–564. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4243.3.7FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Amphibians, Animals, Conservation, Environment, Frogs, Habitat Degradation, Habitat Loss, Happy-upbeat Environmental, New Species, Species Discovery, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Article published by Shreya Dasguptacenter_img 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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

Restoration of shattered coral reef at Raja Ampat on hold

first_imgCoastal Ecosystems, Coral Reefs, Corporate Environmental Transgressors, Ecosystem Restoration, Ecotourism, Environment, Environmental Crime, Environmental Policy, Law Enforcement, Marine Protected Areas, National Parks, Oceans, Protected Areas, Restoration Indonesia has laid out its plan for restoring the damaged reef at Raja Ampat, struck by a cruise ship earlier this year.The plan cannot proceed until compensation talks with small ship cruise liner Noble Caledonia’s insurer have concluded.The privately held tour operator has pledged to cooperate with Indonesia “towards a fair and realistic settlement.”A scientist who assessed the damage said compensation should be higher than normal because of the area’s extreme marine biodiversity, some of the world’s richest. JAKARTA — The Indonesian government can’t restore one of the country’s best coral reefs until it strikes a compensation deal with the insurer of the cruise line that wrecked it, the deputy coordinating maritime minister said this week.Raja Ampat, an island chain off the coast of New Guinea, is home to perhaps the world’s richest marine biodiversity. On Mar. 4, the 90-meter-long Caledonian Sky, owned by tour operator Noble Caledonia, ran aground at low tide on a shoal at the Crossover Reef dive site there. Nearly 19,000 square meters (205,000 square feet) of pristine reef were damaged in the accident.“We already have a design and budget to help revive the area, but we still can’t go in there,” Arif Havas Oegroseno, the deputy coordinating minister, said in an email.The Raja Ampat Islands in eastern Indonesia. Image by M.Minderhoud/Wikimedia Commons.If the government set about restoring the reef, and then negotiations with the insurer broke down and the case went to court, the state could be found guilty of tampering with evidence, he explained.Noble Caledonia is insured by the London P&I Club. The London-headquartered small ship cruise liner has apologized for the incident and pledged to cooperate with Indonesia “towards a fair and realistic settlement.”Marine experts suggest that the sooner the damaged reef can be restored, the better its chances for survival.The placement of artificial corals is imperative to the reef’s recovery, according to Nur Hidayat, marine protected areas monitoring coordinator at Conservation International Indonesia, an NGO. More broadly, though, he argued for minimal human intervention.“Raja Ampat is one of Indonesia’s ecologically pristine areas that, if left as is without any anthropogenic disruption, has the ability to self-recover, although it will never revive to its pre-accident state,” he said.In the wake of the accident, the Raja Ampat district administration has prohibited any human activity in or near the area, according to Hidayat.The Caledonian Sky after it ran aground at Raja Ampat. Photo courtesy of Stay Raja Ampat.At least 13,000 square meters of reef were damaged by the 4,290-tonne vessel, according to an official investigation whose results were signed off on by both the state and the tour operator.The boat also inflicted “medium damage” on 5,612 square meters of reef from sand whipping and coral debris caused by the ship’s movement. A tugboat was called in to break it free from the shallow area, which ultimately harmed the reef even more.By point of comparison, the broader Raja Ampat Islands stretch across 40,000 square kilometers (15,400 square miles) of land and sea off the northwest tip of West Papua province.In addition, the incident destroyed the ecosystem’s structural habitat and caused the reduction or loss of diversity of eight coral genera, including acropora, porites, montipora and stylophora.“Crossover Reef…used to be a perfect example of Raja Ampat’s magnificent marine life,” said Simon Davis, a yachtsman who has explored the islands for three years. “Thick healthy coral covered the entire reef and schools of fish swarmed all over.”The reef was home to some coral species found only in Raja Ampat, he said. Manta rays and sharks could be spotted cruising its edge.“Having seen the reef both before and after the crash, the extent of destruction was viscerally shocking. It is tragic that such a stunning place could be reduced to rubble so quickly, and it is terribly sad that it will take decades for it to grow again.”Raja Ampat. Photo by Jonathan Chase/Wikimedia Commons.Ricardo Tapilatu, head of the Research Center for Pacific Marine Resources at the University of Papua, who led a team to assess the damage, said in an interview immediately after the disaster that the standard compensation rate was $200-$400 per square meter.But due to Raja Ampat’s special biodiversity and its status as one of the world’s most popular dive sites, as well as the fact that the damage occurred in a national park, he added, the rate should be higher than normal.The Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs is seeking approval to upgrade the status of Raja Ampat — along with four other locations in Maluku, North Maluku and East Nusa Tenggara provinces — to a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area, a designation of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a UN agency.The status would give these destinations additional protective actions to control maritime activities in the area, such as routing management and installation of Vessel Traffic Services at nearby ports.The designation is intended for a sea area that has significance for its “recognized ecological or socioeconomic or scientific reasons and which may be vulnerable to damage by international maritime activities,” according to the IMO.Banner image: A stingray at Raja Ampat. Photo by Neil Stead/Flickr.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by mongabayauthorcenter_img 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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

Rematch in two-lap event

first_imgLast year, it seemed certain that mercurial Javauney James of Saint Elizabeth Technical High School would make a run at the Class Two 800 metres record during the course of the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. That mark – 1 minute 52.27 by Aldwyn Sappleton – had stood since 1997 and James, the reigning champion, seemed to have prepared well. The evidence appeared at the Gibson-McCook Relays when he ran a 4×800 anchor leg in 1.51.5. The record attempt fizzled when James added the 400 metres to his championships programme. He defended his 1500m title on Champs Friday and was a good fourth in the 400m the following day. When challenged by Leon Clarke of St Jago High School two hours later in the 800m final, he had no energy to resist and had to settle for the silver medal. While he concentrated mostly on the 400 metres hurdles after that, Clarke, the tall St Jago boy, reached the finals of the 800m at both the World Youth Championships and the Commonwealth Youth Games. On the way, he lowered his personal best from 1.51.33 at the National Senior Championships to 1.50.70 at the World Youth event and finally to 1.50.49 at the Commonwealth Youth Games. Both have decent speed. James covered 400 metres in 48.33 seconds at Champs last year. Clarke’s fastest time in the one-lap event is 48.70 seconds. James, whose 800m win streak dated back to his days in Class Three, will want to regain the ascendancy. If he and the long-legged Clarke, now in Class One, are both fresh, they may stretch defending champion Paul Tate, also of Saint Elizabeth Technical, with the ensuing battle drawing them close to the 1.50 barrier, with three other 2015 finalists -Shemar Walker of Jamaica College, Shevon Parkes of Bellefield, who is the 2015 1500m champion, and Rojay Granston of Holmwood all in the medal picture. LOFTY THRESHOLD No one has breached that lofty threshold at Champs since 1990 when Clevon Clair of Jamaica College and Mike Williams of St Jago clocked 1.49.51 and 1.49.96, respectively. James’ teammate Shemar Salmon ran a 1.52 flat 4×800 relay split last week at the Central Hurdles and Relays. He ran three individual events, the 800m, 1500m and 5000m in Class Two last year, possibly in pursuit of valuable Championship points. The gambit failed as the lad ended in a non-scoring ninth place in the 1500m final, after being tipped to medal in an event where he had beaten James earlier in the season. He was third in the 800m and second in the 5000m. Girls often do the 800m-1500m-3000m triple, but the 800m-1500m-5000m combo is rare. While the girls’ 3000m has been contested as a straight final for many years, the boys’ 5000m always has a preliminary round race. That makes for a particularly tough Champs Thursday with the first round of the 1500m at 9:35 a.m. on the 2015 schedule, the 800m semis at 4:30 p.m., and the 5000m preliminaries at 5:20 p.m. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980.last_img read more

Taxi driver remanded on wounding charge

first_imgA taxi driver attached to the Green Ice Taxi Service was on Wednesday morning remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a wounding charge.Trevor Hacker, 36, of Albouystown, Georgetown, pleaded not guilty to the charge when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman.It is alleged that on August 20, 2016 at Georgetown, Hacker unlawfully and maliciously inflicted grievous bodily harm on Kelvin Wills.The prosecution is contending that on the day of the incident, the two men who both work for the same taxi service were arguing over a customer.Taxi driver Trevor HackerAccording to the prosecution, as the argument escalated, the defendant picked up a stone and a Guinness bottle and dealt the Virtual Complainant (VC) two blows to his face.As a result of the injuries, the VC was rushed to the hospital where he received stitches to his right eye and above his ears.His medical report, which was presented in court, stated that the injuries he sustained were potentially life-threatening.Hacker was remanded. The case will continue on September 7.last_img read more

Gun is found at beach cleanup

first_imgL.A. COUNTY: Spray paint cans and a light saber also turn up when volunteers collect 73,722 pounds of trash. By Josh Grossberg STAFF WRITER With gloves, bags and even scuba gear, hundreds of people swept South Bay beaches gathering tons of trash Saturday. “Anything that drops in the street comes to ocean,” said Julie Profet with Heal the Bay, the environmental group that sponsors the event. Most of the bigger items were carted off in the early years of the cleanup, but scuba divers still kept a watchful eye out for anything unusual. Not much surprises them anymore. In previous years, they’ve found bicycles, toilets, Hindu deity figurines, teddy bears and a jar filled with molasses. Although this year’s haul wasn’t as dramatic, it’s still vital to get rid of the plastic bags and pieces of foam that litter the coast, Schaar said. “It’s not as much fun, but it’s important,” she said. “Animals can mistake it for food.” Mark Gold, president of Heal the Bay, said inland communities were added to the list of participating areas 10 years ago when organizers realized that most of the ocean’s trash wasn’t coming from coastal areas. Last year, more than 80 percent of the 70,000 pounds of trash collected during the cleanup in Los Angeles County came from the inland communities. “All of L.A. County is in a watershed, and all the trash on the ground goes into the rivers that then flow into San Pedro and Long Beach,” Gold said. “By focusing on the beach communities, we were missing the point.” The extra push inland brought a record number of volunteers. This year, 11,020 people joined in, up from 9,765 last year. They gathered 73,722pounds of trash, including what appeared to be a .357 Magnum handgun at Dockweiler State Beach (police were immediately called), a rosary in Manhattan Beach and pieces of a guitar on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, said Heal the Bay’s Matthew King. But in addition to the trash that was collected, King said that it was good for people to learn the importance of keeping litter away from the ocean. “Our message is spreading inland,” he said. “Even if they live miles from the beach, people have a vested interest in its health and well-being.” josh.grossberg@dailybreeze.com Staff writer Connie Llanos contributed to this article.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But at the 23rd annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, workers had some extra help: The Force. Among the sundry pieces of plastic, fishing line and cigarette butts, divers found an abandoned Star Wars light saber in the waters off the Redondo Beach pier. Elsewhere in Los Angeles, volunteers found a handgun, a doorless safe, a wedding dress and, at Ken Malloy Regional Park in Harbor City, exactly 2,083 empty or partially used cans of spray paint. “We also found a lot of cell phones and (fishing) knives,” said volunteer supervisor Rachel Schaar. Volunteers worked at about 70spots across the county – some of them miles away from the ocean. But litter can quickly wind up at the coast through the area’s fast network of storm drains. last_img read more

If Arsenal thought the Bayern match was bad wait until they see this!

first_img1 Arsenal’s 5-1 Champions League thrashing at Bayern Munich was painful enough on the pitch, but the Gunners have taken a pasting off it too.You know it’s bad as an Arsenal supporter when Tottenham start wading in, and that’s what happened after the capitulation in Munich.Check out a selection of the social media reaction, including Spurs having a bit of fun with Bayern on Twitter. Bayern 5-1 Arsenal last_img

Arsenal and Tottenham lose out on £6m starlet

first_imgFiorentina are closing in on a deal for Arsenal and Tottenham target Emanuel Mammana.The River Plate centre-back is one of the hottest young properties in South America and has been linked with both north London clubs.However, Sky Sport Italia claim Fiorentina are in negotiations over the 19-year-old and are close to agreeing a fee of around £6m.They also claim the main issue that is yet to be resolved is whether Mammana joins now or in the summer.That would end both Arsenal and Tottenham’s chances of bringing the defender to the Premier League unless they decide to make a last-minute bid for his services. Emanuel Mammana 1last_img

Leeds have quickest manager turnover in England after latest sacking

first_imgLeeds’ new manager will be their 11th since April 2013, more than any other team in the English league system.The Championship club parted company with Paul Heckingbottom on Friday, less than four months after his arrival at Elland Road.Former Barnsley boss Heckingbottom replaced Thomas Christiansen at the start of February, but lost eight of his 16 matches in charge as Leeds finished 13th in the Championship.Neil Warnock served for just over a year before leaving in April 2013, and his successor Brian McDermott lasted only until May of the following year.David Hockaday and Darko Milanic also departed before 2014 was out, Neil Redfearn lasted barely six months and Uwe Rosler’s sacking made it four completed reigns inside 16 months. Steve Evans lasted seven months, Garry Monk nearly a year and Christiansen served from June 2017 to February 2018, while Heckingbottom was in charge for just 115 days.Watford are the only team to rival Leeds in this timeframe, with Javi Gracia becoming their ninth manager in five years when he succeeded Marco Silva.That total was bumped up by the resignation due to illness of Oscar Garcia after less than a month in charge, but also saw his successor Billy McKinlay sacked after a scarcely believable nine days. Leeds have gone through 11 managers in a little over five years 1last_img read more

Thompson hampered by injury

first_img “I can’t really block as well,” Thompson said. “They haven’t said I can’t play but it’s kind of hard hanging on to people. I’m kind of limited with the cast.” Thompson is officially behind starter Dominique Byrd on the depth chart, but he played the entire second half of the Hawaii game and significant portions against Arkansas and Oregon because the Trojans often used two tight ends. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 With Thompson slowed by injury, sophomore Fred Davis is expected to be the No. 2 tight end on Saturday. Some within the program believe Davis outplayed Byrd in blocking situations last weekend. No celebrating: Defensive end Lawrence Jackson said he is going to try not to celebrate after tackles or sacks against Arizona. Jackson said on-field displays are not his style, after he celebrated several plays against Arizona State. “I’m going to play my game. Just go out and make plays,” Jackson said. “It’s something that just happens when you make a play, it feels good, but you don’t want to get excessive. “Sometimes I make a play and it’s hard to walk away. But you need to be able to balance the fine line between celebrating and taunting.” No Lachey: Receiver Dwayne Jarrett denied rumors that singer/actor Nick Lachey, who is married to singer/actress Jessica Simpson, moved into the apartment he shares with Matt Leinart. It’s been a rough few days for USC tight end Dale Thompson. He got pulled from the Arizona State game after two false starts and discovered earlier this week that he broke his right hand. The injury limited Thompson’s practice time Thursday and he’s expected to play a small role on Saturday against Arizona. center_img “Some people were asking me about that today but it’s just me and Matt,” Jarrett said. If Lachey did move in, it would be a tight fit, since Leinart and Jarrett share a two-bedroom apartment in downtown Los Angeles. More substitutions: Carroll said he wants to use more players against Arizona than he did last week. The primary example is an increased role for receiver Patrick Turner, but he also wants to see more offensive and defensive linemen play along with linebackers Rey Maualuga and Ryan Powdrell. “I hope we can get going with our normal rotations, it just helps us down the road,” Carroll said. “Rey’s been great in practice and we need to see him play. We need to get these guys into the rotation.” Carlson slowed: Receiver Greig Carlson remains out with an athletic hernia and Carroll doesn’t know when he might return. “He’s struggling, he hasn’t been able to get out there,” Carroll said. “He’s having a hard time.” With Carlson out, Desmond Reed is the backup punt returner behind Reggie Bush. Defensive tackle LaJuan Ramsey (sprained ankle) practiced but Fili Moala is expected to start. Ready to play? Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin said he was encouraged by the response of sophomore quarterback John David Booty following the Arizona State game, when Leinart briefly came out following a concussion. “He came up to me on the bus afterward and said, ‘Coach, I felt it today. I would have done great,’ ” Kiffin said. “That really made me feel good.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Performance to feature choir, awards

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Southern California Mormon Choir will perform a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the LDS Whittier Stake Center, 15265 Mulberry Drive, Whittier.As part of the program, three local residents – Deborah Carnahan, Bob Mosqueda and Peter Dames – will be honored for their outstanding service. They will receive the Whittier California Stake community service award.According to David Warner, Whittier Stake director of public affairs, the three recipients have given outstanding service to the community, particularly to local youth.Admission and parking are free. From Staff Reportslast_img read more