Isi does not ensure its continuity and Arnaiz and Gallar join the list

first_imgThere are also other profiles that like, such as Jose Arnaiz and Álex Gallar. Arnaiz currently militates in Leganés, where he has barely played 328 minutes in twelve games this season. The Talaverano, 24, stood out in the Valladolid quarry and he made the leap with the first team. There it caught the attention of Barcelona, who bought it for its subsidiary and ended up debuting with Valverde. Your pubic lesions, for which he already had to be intervened and left in the dry dock for about a year, They have slowed their progression. For its part, Gallar plays in Girona, where he is finding minutes but no prominence (he has twelve titles so far). The 27-year-old Catalan has played 1,087 minutes in 21 games, to which we must add the 28 he had in the first day with Huesca. It should be noted that in that little half an hour he scored his only goal. Interestingly, if you go to Rayo, you would end the course having gone through three different teams in the category. Embarba’s departure is a fact and the need for Lightning to be reinforced, too. The franjirrojo club needs two extremes and has several names on the table. Yes, some regain strength, like Isi’s. The Murcia, 25, confessed in an interview with ‘Esradio Bierzo’: “The player always wants to improve, he is ambitious. Lightning contacted me (when Baby was injured) because he loved me, but it wasn’t the time. Soccer changes overnight. I can’t assure you that here is 31. At the moment I am from La Ponfe and I am focused “.The extreme does not want to venture what his future will be and if it will be in Vallecas or Ponferrada, although has not yet accepted the renewal offer of the berciana entity. A clue, perhaps? “I have one year left on my contract. I can’t assure you will be here. Isi, as a person and footballer, has to look for Isi and not for Ponferradina. I want to keep growing. Tying more years to a club … I think it’s not the time“, explained the player, aware at all times of the franjirrojo interest.last_img read more

As Arctic sea ice shows record decline, scientists prepare to go blind

first_imgAdaptation To Climate Change, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Change Denial, Climate Change Politics, climate policy, Climate Politics, Environment, Environmental Policy, Environmental Politics, Featured, Global Environmental Crisis, Global Warming, Global Warming Mitigation, Green, Monitoring, Remote Sensing, satellite data, Satellite Imagery Article published by Glenn Scherer Starting in the mid-1980s, the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) constructed eight “F-series” satellites, in bulk, with the plan to launch satellites in succession as each one failed to maintain a continuous record of Arctic sea ice extent.But in 2016, Congress cut the program, resulting in the dismantling of the last, still not launched, satellite. It is now likely that an impending failure of the last DMSP satellites in orbit will leave the world blind until at least 2022, even as the Arctic shows signs of severe instability and decline.While international and U.S. monitoring is still being done for ice thickness, the Trump administration has proposed cuts to satellite missions, including NOAA’s next two polar orbiting satellites, NASA’s PACE Satellite (to monitor ocean and atmospheric pollution), and the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 (for carbon dioxide atmospheric measurements).All of these cuts in satellite monitoring come at a time when the world is seeing massive changes due to climate change, development and population growth. One satellite program spared Trump’s budgetary axe so far is Landsat 9, which tracks deforestation and glacial recession. How Congress will deal with Trump’s proposed cuts is unknown. A Lockheed Martin artist’s concept of a DMSP satellite used to measure sea ice extent continuously since 1979. Failure of the last DMSP satellites in orbit could shortly blind us to major changes in the Arctic. Congress ordered the dismantling of the last of the DMSP satellites before it could be launched as a budget savings. Image courtesy of the US Air ForceIn March 2017, when Arctic sea ice is typically at its maximum winter extent, circling U.S. satellites recorded an extent of just 5.57 million square miles — the lowest maximum in the record’s 38-year history, breaking the previous record set two years earlier and falling nearly half a million square miles below the 1981-2010 long-term average.That Arctic sea ice has been seriously declining since around 2005 is a well-known fact, thanks to a series of U.S. Department of Defense satellites that have continuously recorded the region with passive microwave instrumentation since 1979. These satellites have provided scientists, citizens and government with a thorough record of the changing Arctic — informing climate research and policymaking, mid-latitude weather predictions, and geopolitical analyses useful to international shipping and natural gas exploration companies as the Arctic melts and opens up for exploitation.But that’s about to change.The U.S. satellites currently in orbit are already past their expiry date, with some already cutting out. When these satellites fail completely, Arctic researchers warn, the ongoing scientific recordkeeping will come to an abrupt end, with no funding and no time left to replace the aging infrastructure.“It is unfortunate and disturbing that right at the time we’re seeing sea ice cover in rapid transition, we’re in danger of losing some of our key capabilities to observe what’s happening and understand it,” says Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center.For all intents and purposes, Arctic scientists — and the world — could very soon be blind to the tumultuous changes happening in the Arctic until 2022 or 2023, with no viable international systems coming on board in time to completely fill in the coverage gap.The fault for the failure lies with a US Congress hostile to funding climate change research. Major cuts were made to the DMSP satellites when Obama was in office, and the situation is unlikely to improve under the Trump administration. In his proposed “skinny” budget released in March, and again in his more detailed proposed budget this week, President Trump called for cuts to NASA satellite missions, including NOAA’s next two polar orbiting satellites.Arctic sea ice record minimum extent set in September 2012. The average sea ice minimum extent for the years 1979-2010 is shown by the yellow outline. The Arctic has exhibited severe instability over the last year, leaving experts concerned that this September could see a new record minimum, which could have major impacts on global weather. Graphic courtesy of NASACongress at heart of problemBeginning in the mid-1980s, the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) constructed eight “F-series” microwave radiometer satellites, in bulk, each with the intended lifespan of three to five years. When one satellite started to fail, the Department of Defense (DoD) would simply launch another, ensuring the record was continuous and that there were always two to three satellites in orbit.But last year, things began to go awry. The DoD, NASA and National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) were relying on F-17, when it began breaking down. Scientists immediately turned to F-19 for data, the latest in the series, but F-19 went caput shortly thereafter, leading to a coverage gap spanning several months last spring. Now, scientists are relying solely upon F-18, which is well past its lifespan, and F-17, which continues to glitch out.“The odds of those two satellites making it to 2020 are very slim,” says David Gallaher, a scientist at the NSIDC who oversees information technology, including satellite system development.Until last year, the DoD, NASA, and NSIDC, weren’t too concerned — after all, there was another satellite waiting in the wings to take over. F-20 was the last of the original batch the DoD constructed in the 1980s. It was intended to go up in 2020 and get us to the next stage of satellite launches, ensuring optimal coverage.But under Obama, Congress, which scientists say has been hostile to the DMSP since the mid-2000s, began targeting the last remaining satellite, calling for its destruction due to high storage costs.By building F-13 through F-20 in bulk, the Department of Defense was able to slash the cost per satellite by between $250 and $450 million. But storage costs for the whole series totaled roughly $500 million, making it a target for budget cuts.During a House Armed Services Committee hearing on acquisition reform in January 2016, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), a climate change denier who chairs the House Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee which oversees military satellites, called the program a waste of money, citing the Air Force’s alleged mismanagement of the space weather program.“We could have saved the Air Force and Congress a lot of aggravation if we put half a billion dollars in a parking lot and burned it,” he asserted, citing the Air Force’s prior indecision on when to launch F-20, leading to greater storage costs.Polar bears provide the classic image for endangered Arctic megafauna. However, far more is at stake if satellite monitoring of sea ice extent ceases to happen. Arctic sea ice monitoring is vital as part of the world’s climate change early warning system. Image courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory. (Photo ©2008 fruchtzwerg’s world on flickr)Congress provided no funding for DMSP in its 2016 fiscal year omnibus spending bill, and also denied the $120 million needed to launch F-20 around 2018, effectively ending the program. According to Gallaher, no one in the U.S. legislature came to the program’s aid.“We spent $500 million that could have been used to support national security. Instead, [the satellite is] going in the trash. I presume it’s going to be made into razor blades,” Rogers underlined.Last November, the government began dismantling the $518 million satellite and wrapped up at the end of March — ironically at the same time Arctic sea ice extent was hitting a record low.“I can’t think of anything stupider,” says Gallaher. “And now, NASA has a new contract to build a new $700 million satellite when we already had one in the box and ready to go.”Mike Rogers’ office could not be reached for further comment.Unworkable alternativesWith an inevitable U.S. satellite gap looming, it seems reasonable to assume that international programs could take over as the planet’s ongoing eye in the sky. But according to Serreze, it’s not that easy or simple.The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has a satellite program known as Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR). From 2002 to 2011, NASA and the Japanese had a joint mission, known as AMSR-E, but when that ended, the Japanese launched AMSR-2 in 2012, with AMSR-3 slated to go up in 2022. But the Japanese satellites use different microwave frequencies and different spatial resolution than the DMSP F-series.“You can’t suddenly piece on the record from AMSR-2 to the F-series,” explains Serreze. The two systems aren’t interchangeable.Arctic and Antarctic sea ice concentration climatology from 1981-2010, showing the overall approximate seasonal maximum and minimum levels based on passive microwave satellite data. National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, BoulderWalt Meier, a research scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory, has been relying on satellite data from the DMSP for more than two decades for his remote sensing research analyzing changes in Arctic sea ice cover and sea ice climate data records. “Every satellite will be slightly different,” he says. “There’s a manufacturing difference, orbits are slightly different, and calibrations on board are slightly different. Even with the F-series, little adjustments are made to essentially keep the sea ice data as consistent as possible, often using an overlap between sensors.”But AMSR, he says, is a lot different. “It would take some effort to adjust for that. It’s like if you’ve got a nice camera and you’re doing a long series of time-lapses, then suddenly after a few years into the study you switch to a different lens, different aperture, different exposure. The pictures don’t line up. It renders [the data] useless. That’s what we’re dealing with.”Meier also worries about the age of the AMSR-2, which reaches its five-year expiry date this year.Meanwhile, the Chinese and Russians also have satellite programs, but scientists cite problems with data quality and access to make their use feasible, questioning whether or not such information would be “trustworthy” and timely.Large delays would erode one of the key pillars of programs such as NSIDC’s Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis, which provides daily updates.Put bluntly, the gap in the satellite record would likely never be able to be filled, making scientific analysis of future climate change induced sea ice trends and forecasts more uncertain.“There’s no good way out of this,” says Gallaher. “The sea ice record is absolutely at risk. NASA was caught with their pants down on this — NASA knew they had F-19 and F-20. But it takes 10 years to get a satellite up from inception. There’s no way NASA can react fast enough to fix the problem.”An image from NASA’s 2010 and 2011 shipborne ICESCAPE mission studying changing conditions in the Arctic and how they affect the ocean’s chemistry and ecosystems. The Arctic sea ice is extremely fragmented this spring, which could lead to a rapid onset of melting, though if heavy clouds appear over the Arctic for an extended period of time that could help protect the ice. Image courtesy of Kathryn Hansen / NASAMeasuring sea ice thicknessThe DoD satellites already described record sea ice extent — the square miles covered by ice.However, sea ice extent, while important, isn’t the only critical measure of sea ice health. Scientists also use satellites and airplanes to monitor ice thickness to determine the degree to which the Arctic icecap is growing or shrinking, which has vast implications for global climate.Thicker sea ice (known as “multiyear ice”), takes years to build up, is more resilient to storms, and also to heat from below and above. Severe reductions in ice thickness can alter seawater salinity and temperature, especially in the North Atlantic, potentially impacting atmospheric and oceanic circulation systems worldwide. Eventually, scientists theorize, extreme changes could trigger a rerouting of the Gulf Stream, bringing unprecedented cold to Europe and maybe the U.S. Northeast, even as the rest of the planet continues to warm.Detailed observations of rapidly thinning ice could signal the collapse of the Arctic icecap in advance, giving us warning of approaching abrupt shifts in climate.Using NASA’s ICESat records and submarine records, researchers have determined that Arctic sea ice thickness declined by about 1.75 meters (six feet) between 1980 and 2008. Other monitoring programs showed that sea ice volume declined by 4,291 cubic kilometers (1029 cubic miles) at the end of summer and 1,479 cubic kilometers (355 cubic miles) at the end of winter between 2003 and 2012. At present, sea ice volume is the lowest ever for this time of year since recordkeeping began, which could presage a new record low in sea ice extent this September.As it stands, satellite programs that monitor sea ice thickness will continue — and expand. The European Space Agency’s CryoSat-2 mission uses radar wavelengths, bouncing a pulse off the ice surface to gather data on its thickness. And while NASA’s ICESat program ended in 2009, Operation IceBridge has been gathering data on sea ice thickness via a series of aerial surveys flown over polar ice.“The data is very valuable, but it’s just an airborne mission,” explains Nathan Kurtz, IceBridge’s project scientist and principal investigator, responsible for the production of IceBridge’s sea ice data products. This winter, Operation IceBridge expanded its coverage zone to the Arctic’s Eurasian Basin via two research flights out of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago.“With IceBridge, we can’t get coverage over the entire Arctic, so it’s not quite [as comprehensive] like satellite, but what we can do is look at it statistically and make inferences.”In late 2018, NASA plans to launch ICESat-2, which will continue monitoring sea ice thickness from orbit, using a laser instrument to take measurements that can detect thickness down to about one inch.The Sun hangs low on the horizon above solidified pancake ice in the Arctic Ocean. The future of the icecap is highly uncertain, and soon, when the last DMSP satellites fail, so will be researchers’ ability to track ongoing changes there. Photo courtesy of Andy Mahoney / NSIDCTrump satellite cuts ahead?These ongoing and proposed operations offer a glimmer of hope for many climate and weather scientists currently reviewing the Trump Administration’s proposed 2018 budget, which was released on Tuesday.Weather satellites and climate change programs are both facing cuts under Trump, including a reduced budget for NOAA’s next two polar orbiting satellites. NASA’s PACE Satellite, scheduled for launch in 2022 and intended to monitor the oceans and atmosphere for pollution, would be terminated. So would the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3, providing measurements of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.“[These satellites] were not identified as high-priority NASA missions in the previous Earth Science Decadal Survey, which reflects the science community’s consensus views on Earth science space-borne priorities,” the 2018 budget document reads.A program that has — thus far — been spared the Trump administration’s fiscal axe is Landsat 9, which tracks deforestation, glacial recession and other factors to show how climate change is affecting the Earth. Landsat is jointly run by the U.S. Geological service (USGS) and NASA, and has been collecting images since 1972, making it the longest-running satellite imagery program in history.“The initial guidance to NASA in the president’s [proposed skinny] budget had specific language that would impact three missions — DISCVR, PACE, and CLARREO,” says Douglas Morton, a physical scientist at NASA who specializes in Earth science remote sensing. “These missions are specifically focused on air quality and climate.… At this time we are awaiting funding direction from Congress, since budget authorization may differ from the president’s suggestion.”Because the DMSP satellites were originally constructed under the DoD as a means of observing Arctic weather systems to protect military operations — including daily analysis of aircraft flight routes and weather conditions — it is possible these uses could offer some budget protection for future monitoring programs as Trump looks to ramp up military spending, even as he slashes clearly designated climate programs housed under NASA and NOAA.But even in a best case scenario where Congress were to suddenly allocate funds to fill in the looming sea ice coverage gap, such money still wouldn’t come fast enough to make a difference, as it takes years to construct, configure and launch satellites.A satellite gap is inevitable, and it will leave the world blind to the monitoring of sea ice extent decline at a time when the Arctic is becoming progressively and seriously unstable. The blame for this gap in data gathering can be placed with a US Congress dominated by Republican climate deniers.“I can’t understate the value of a consistent long-term record,” says Gallaher. “This is not just some esoteric, academic exercise. This tells us how the planet is doing. If we go blind to this, if we try to calculate it from some other means, we could easily see a shift of several percent difference [in the accurate recording of sea ice cover]. If it’s now the year 2021, and we’ve reached the sea ice minimum and want to know how that compares to 2017, we won’t know. There will be no way to figure it out.”That lack of an ongoing scientific sea ice record, at a critical moment in our global climate history, could make future Arctic and global climate change shifts more difficult to model and forecast, potentially resulting in nasty, sudden, unexpected weather and climate surprises.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.Winter sea ice is becoming thinner and more fragmented with each passing decade. Melting sea ice significantly impacts global weather systems. Photo by Flickr user odwalkercenter_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

Street court art, technology intersect in latest testimonial to PH love for hoops

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Xavi Nunag, an assistant coach for Meralco in the PBA, designed the training drills on the app by studying the tendencies of Nike athletes in the NBA. App users can actually select which player they will pattern their drills after. Irving’s profile, for example, puts emphasis on shooting and ball handling.“Its a godsend for us coaches,” said Nunag of the app. “It’s like having a coach there in the app without really needing the presence of a coach.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lascuña snatches crown with solid finish Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LeBron James’ likeness is spread over two courts in Bonifacio Global City. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTOTorres is no stranger to millennial art, as he is known for his signature superhero-themed illustrations of rappers, basketball stars and New York Times best-selling books. Now, his artwork is sprayed in six hardcourts—a colorful encouragement for young kids to pursue their hoop dreams.“I want the kids that play on these courts to know that they can be like the superstars I’ve drawn,” Torres said. “Sure you have to put in the work, but no one can tell that you can’t do something. With Nike Hyper Court you can go out there and prove them wrong—to anyone that’s ever said no to you.”James’ image was placed in the Titan Love Court in Taguig, while Bryant’s Hyper Court is at the Ususan Court also in Taguig. The Comembo Covered Court in Makati was transformed into Durant’s image, while the Scarlet Homes Covered Court in Paranaque has a drawing of the fiery Westbrook. The YCL Covered Court in Quezon City bears the image of Kyrie Irving.Match the inspiration the illustration creates plus the training courses the app produces and Nike hopes the next star will be one of the young kids doing drills on the Hyper Courts.“Nike Hyper Court enables these ballers to train anytime without worrying about access to training drills and training costs,” said Khera.ADVERTISEMENT A composite photo of all five courts featuring NBA stars (from left): Lakers legend Kobe Bryant at Ususan Court in Taguig, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook at Scarlet Homes covered court in Parañaque, Cleveland’s LeBron James at Tital Love Court in Taguig, Boston’s Kyrie Irving at YCL Covered Court in Quezon City, and Golden State’s Kevin Durant at Comembo Covered Court in Makati. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTOStep into one of these custom-painted courts. Whip out your smartphones and tap on an app. Here, in Nike’s latest testimonial to Filipinos’ love for basketball, hoop artistry meets technology.The global sportswear giant unveiled five NBA-themed street courts and a specialized app that gives ballers access to drills and videos customized by some of the best players in the world.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “The passion for basketball in Manila is unlike any other city in Asia,” said Nike Southeast Asia and India senior marketing director Bulbul Khera.“We want to inspire young ballers to realize their full potential through the physical and digital aspect of the sport.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe partnership that brings to life this unique experience exemplifies this union-waiting-to-happen. Google is working in tandem with Nike to perfect the marriage of technology and basketball science.The app is, indeed, novel. But perhaps the one that is expected to draw much attention are the Hyper Courts that feature comics-inspired artwork from American artist Arturo Torres, who painted images of Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Russel Westbrook. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

LBDI Nets US$220M in Assets

first_imgThe Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) has celebrated its 49th Anniversary in Monrovia paying tributes to several staff, both senior and middle levels, for their dedication and long-term services to the Bank. Nine staff including the Bank’s president and chief executive officer (CEO), Mr. John B. S. Davies, III, was awarded honors for 15 years of service for the Bank. Two other staff members including Mr. Clarence W. Bai and Mr. Samuel Gborzoe were honored for 25 years of service and 20 years of service, respectively, while three staff members were honored for 10 years of service to the Bank. The Bank’s Management had ‘a low-key’ ceremony at a local hotel on Monday, November 24 where the CEO announced huge growth in assets from US$159 million in 2013 to an excess US$220 million in 2014. He declared equity position also grew from US$12.5 million in 2013 to over US$27 million in 2014. This growth took place in the face of the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the country which has led the economy slumping from its projected 5.9 percent to (-) 0.4 percent. Ebola being a risk for which the banks hadn’t planned, most of the players in the banking industry say they are sacrificing profitability for liquidity. This is chiefly because the virus outbreak has created off-budget expenses on financial institutions that spend money daily to put anti-Ebola measures into effect.    Mr. Davies attributed the sustenance of the growth to God and to the dedicated staff who he praised for keeping LBDI liquid, sound and vibrant. Davies also attributed the growth to the migration to the international financial reporting standards required by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) for all banks to migrate. He paid a special tribute to the staff: “I wonder where LBDI would have been during this crisis without our strong, dynamic and committed staff. We believe that the strategic crossroad we have reached as a financial institution could not have been attainable without you,” he told the staff. Mr. Davies emphasized the gratefulness to the customers for staying with LBDI despite the economic challenge. He also extended special appreciation to the Board of Trustees and the Management for the support and pledged the Bank’s commitment to going forward during difficult and good times. “Our foundation remains stronger than ever before despite the odds and we are prepared to take up the challenge and remain a major player in the industry,” said Mr. Davies amidst thunderous applause. LBDI is one of the top two banks in Liberia and the CEO assures that the Bank will continue to maintain its market share believed to be in the tune of about 40 percent. “We have a network of staff that has performed splendidly despite the low ebb at which the program is being held,” he stated. Also speaking at the ceremony, LBDI Board Chair and Liberia’s Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) Mr. Amara M. Konneh, thanked the employees for holding together and keeping the Bank up during the Ebola crisis. “I stand here today to thank you for holding the Bank together and ensuring that customers get their money during the ongoing Ebola crisis,” said Chairman Konneh. “Had John not been the CEO of LBDI….probably I would have been…,” Konneh stated. “Our challenge is to continue to remain focus knowing very well that the Ebola crisis is not finished yet.” The Liberian Finance Minister noted that it is about time for government to spend responsibly and close all of the loopholes. Mr. Konneh reiterated his message that the government will increase spending in the agriculture and other sectors to deal with the Ebola outbreak and singled out LBDI as one of the banks that most of the funds will be channeled through. “LBDI will be a major vehicle for government funding to the agriculture and other sectors and this, in our minds, will help us to regain the 5 percentage point growth projection that we have lost to the Ebola crisis,” the LBDI Board Chair added. Minister Konneh explained how the financial soundness of the banking industry has given hope as Minister of Finance during the Ebola crisis and reiterated his thanks and appreciation to the honorees the services they’re rendering to the Liberian people through the Bank. The rest of the honorees that have served the Bank for 15 years are: William Jackson, Olivia Davies, Kou Giddings, Eugene McClain, Fatu Effiong, Onike Bedell, Reginald Goll and Aaron Kollie.Those who received honors for 10 years of service are: Doretha Yarsiah, Frances Williams and Akwenah Nyeamene.Speaking on behalf of the honorees, LBDI’s vice president for Buchanan Branch, Mr. Clarence W. Bai, thanked the Management for the recognition and pledged the honorees’ commitment to remain dedicated to the Bank and serve the Liberian people through LBDI.“I must be very frank…serving a bank like LBDI for 25 years is not easy,” said Mr. Bai as he commended the Bank’s Management for celebrating the 49th Anniversary of LBDI.He also appealed to the Management to conduct regular training for its entire staff including the vice presidents at branches. Mr. Bai also called for salary increment for staff noting that it would further motivate employees to go the extra miles in serving and protecting the Bank.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

At what point will our indebtedness be repaid?

first_imgDear Editor,Having read the International Monetary Fund’s Guyana: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2018 Article IV Mission, I feel compelled to share my analysis in layman’s terms.I believe the pertinent paragraph is “Guyana’s medium-term prospects are favourable. The commencement of oil production in 2020 will be a turning point. The main direct effect on the domestic economy will be through higher fiscal revenue, and spillovers to supporting activities. The balance of payments will swing sharply to positive after 2020. Oil revenue significantly improves the fiscal outlook, and is expected to place the public debt on a downward trajectory. The mission welcomed the progress made on establishing a comprehensive fiscal framework for managing oil wealth”After the wheat is separated from the chaff, the report leaves no doubt that our nation’s economic survival is now dependent on oil production in 2020.In three short years, the dreaded ‘Dutch disease’ has overtaken a formerly robust economy. Our forecasted growth targets are not being realized. Spending is up, we have moved from a $10 billion surplus to a $48 billion deficit. Maladministration, caused by lack of vision; ad hoc approaches in place of policy; profligate spending; bypassing of procurement procedures; payment of billions in legal settlements; questionable tenancy agreements; refusal to declare assets to the Integrity Commission; expensive Commissions of Inquiry handed out like sweets to cronies; the list of reckless acts with the public purse is long, and continues to grow.The direct consequence is: the only way back to solvency for Guyana in the medium term is for ExxonMobil to pump oil and bail us out.Editor, while the IMF report speaks positively of a “comprehensive fiscal framework for managing oil wealth”, I must ask at what point will our indebtedness be repaid, so the saving could begin? With two more years of APNU/AFC spending ahead of us, I can only see the “downward trajectory” alluded to by the IMF getting steeper.This report makes it clear why the APNU/AFC Administration will not countenance the possibility of reopening negotiations with the oil company; for when one’s hand is in the tiger’s mouth, one must pat the tiger’s head.Sincerely,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Bartica man accused of rape on $150,000 bail

first_imgRandy Peters of Carabese Hill, Bartica, was released on $150,000 bail by the Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The 31-year-old salesman appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on Monday.It is alleged that between January 1 to January 31, 2019, he engaged in sexual penetration with a child under the age of 16.Reports revealed that family members of the 13-year-old became aware of the incident after she was questioned by a relative who became suspicious.The teen then related to her parents what had transpired between herself and Peters and a report was made to the Bartica Police Station.The accused will make his next court appearance at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court on February 21, 2019.last_img

Prosecutor: DNA found in attacks

first_imgLANCASTER – A state prisoner accused in a series of violent sexual assaults in Lancaster in 2003 is linked to the crimes through DNA evidence and by victims who identified him years later as their assailant, a prosecutor said Monday. DNA evidence against 23-year-old Jacob Renald Smith includes samples found on a white plastic cup from which the attacker drank water and a bandanna that he wore and used to tie a victim’s hands, a prosecutor said in opening statements of Smith’s trial. “There are several types of evidence, which will be testified to, that indicate Jacob Smith is the person who committed these crimes,” Deputy District Attorney Kelly Cromer said. Smith, imprisoned since September 2004 for a San Bernardino County burglary, was linked later to the Lancaster sex crimes under a state law that requires all felons to submit DNA to a database that can be accessed by law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. Smith’s attorney, Dale Atherton, did not make an opening statement on Monday. The trial is scheduled to resume today. Smith, who was being held in lieu of $12 million bail, has pleaded not guilty to numerous charges that he assaulted four women, shot a fifth and was defied by a sixth who managed to call 911 on her cell phone despite threats to kill her and her child. Smith is charged in six incidents in 2003 involving assaults, sex crimes – including some against women who had small children with them – and a home-invasion robbery in which a woman in her 60s was shot in the chest. Interviewed by detectives in June 2005, Smith at first denied any involvement, but then changed his story after being told that DNA evidence linked him to the crimes, Cromer said. In one incident, Smith said he and a woman simply got into a scuffle. Smith claimed “it was a case of sex for drugs” with four of the victims, Cromer said. In the home-invasion robbery, Smith claimed the gun went off accidentally, Cromer said. “In all six of the incidents, the defendant admitted he did have contact with the women and was the person they were talking about,” the prosecutor said. Some of the assaults occurred in daylight in public places – including a park, a coin laundry and a parking lot – within a 1 1/2-mile radius of central Lancaster, near where Smith lived in early 2003, officials said. All but two of the six attacks occurred before late March, when sheriff’s officials released a composite drawing of the man who had sexually assaulted two women and tried to assault a third. Two days after the drawing was released publicly, a man fitting the rapist’s description bicycled up to the rural east Lancaster home of an elderly mother and daughter and asked for a drink of water and to use their phone. He shot the younger woman and robbed the home. Then the attacks stopped until August, when a woman walking near Lancaster City Park was forced down the side of an Antelope Valley Freeway overpass and assaulted. Seven weeks later, Smith was arrested as an ex-felon in possession of a gun, and he was sent to prison for 7 1/2 months. Three months after getting out, he was back in prison on the San Bernardino County burglary conviction. In January 2003, a victim was attacked while on a morning walk in an open field near Avenue K-8 and Gadsden Avenue, Cromer said. A bicyclist passed her, asked her for the time and then ordered her to stop. “She was knocked to the ground, slapped in the face, and her head was pulled back by her hair,” Cromer said. In February 2003, a woman who was visiting relatives stopped at a doughnut shop at Division Street and Avenue K to ask for directions, Cromer said. Her 4-year-old son and a pet dog were in the back seat. A man got into the passenger seat, and the victim drove him to an alley after he pulled out a handgun. After she refused to perform a sex act, the man shoved the gun in her mouth, chipping a tooth and cutting her, Cromer said. The man fled after she was able to return to her car and call 911 from her cell phone, Cromer said. In March 2003, a woman washing clothes at an East Avenue J coin laundry was forced at gunpoint to perform a sex act while she held her 5-year-old daughter. “The child said, `Don’t hurt my mommy.’ The suspect said to turn around and don’t look,” Cromer said. About two weeks later, another woman was sexually assaulted near Tierra Bonita Park in east Lancaster at gunpoint after a man came up to her car and produced a sawed-off shotgun, Cromer said. “He tied her hands with a bandanna that was on his head, took the keys and left,” Cromer said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Conte bemoans loss of Morata ahead of Everton trip

first_imgThe Spain striker, who had come off the bench, initially stuck the ball under his shirt in a gesture to his pregnant wife but he earned the caution for kicking the ball away as Bournemouth attempted to restart the game quickly.It was Morata’s fifth booking of the season, earning the forward a one-game ban and leaving Conte with a decision to make about how best to replace his side’s leading scorer.Michy Batshuayi is the squad’s only other recognised central striker but the Belgian failed to impress after being handed a rare start this week. Previously, Conte has preferred to fill the gap by employing Eden Hazard as a false nine and he is expected to do that once again.“For sure, Morata should have played against Everton,” said the Chelsea boss. “He would have started the game, for sure. But now I have to prepare a different plan.“I have different options. I have a day to make the best decision ahead of the Everton game. At training everyone was in good form, and I have time to make a decision.”Chelsea remain 14 points adrift of City in third place and the current priority is to maintain the four-point gap to fourth place.“This match is very important for us, the last game before Christmas,” said Conte. “I’d like to spend a good Christmas with a good game, a good win.“It would be very important to get three points, but we know very well that, in the last five games, Everton won four games.“They are in a good moment of form. They changed the coach and are having good results. For this reason, we must pay great attention on Saturday.”Everton have picked up  13 points from 15 available since Sam Allardyce agreed to become their manager last month.That run has lifted the club to ninth, with 11 league goals scored and only two conceded in that time.Former England captain Wayne Rooney is also enjoying a revival, with six goals in his past five appearances, including one on Monday as Everton beat Swansea 3-1 at Goodison Park.Winger Aaron Lennon suggested that Allardyce’s arrival has lifted the mood of the players.“We all know Chelsea are a great side but we’re in a good run of form and at Goodison we fancy our chances against anyone so we’re looking forward to that one,” Lennon said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s striker Alvaro Morata celebrates scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match against Stoke City September 23, 2017LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 22- Antonio Conte says the loss of Alvaro Morata for Chelsea’s trip to Everton is a blow to his side’s hopes of maintaining their distant pursuit of Premier League leaders Manchester City.Morata was booked after scoring the added-time winning goal in the midweek League Cup quarter-final victory over Bournemouth that set up a semi-final meeting with Arsenal.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger reveals Arsenal man has future at club despite loan exit

first_img1 Carl Jenkinson Arsene Wenger says he wants to keep defender Carl Jenkinson at the club.The England international has spent the current season on loan at West Ham, where he has impressed under manager Sam Allardyce.Reports had claimed that the Hammers would like to sign the 23-year-old permanently in the summer, but Wenger has now insisted he wants to keep hold of the right-back.“I met Carl this week to speak about his future. We will sit down together at the end of the season, but my target is to keep him here at the club,” said Wenger.“He has had a great season for me and he has moved forward and overall he has gained a lot of confidence.“The decision I have to make is do I bring him back now or does he need one more year now to play in the Premier League. It is not decided yet.”last_img read more

DONEGAL SCOUT GETS ORGANISATION’S HIGHEST HONOUR

first_imgA Donegal scout leader has received the highest honour in scouting.Hazel Brown with her awardHazel Brown form the 9th Donegal (Muff) was presented with the Order of Cú Chulainn from Chief Scout Michael John Shinnick for her outstanding commitment and service over a period of 20 years to Scouting.She received her award as Scouting Ireland held their Annual Conference at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Rosses Point last weekend. A number of adult volunteers where recognised for their service and commitment to Scouting with their local groups.Another who received recognition was 12th Donegal (Manorcunningham) Leader Dara Coll who received the Bronze Meritorious award in recognition of her work in setting up and establishing her local group.Congratulations and well done to both from all their friends and colleagues in Errigal Scout County.Dara Coll gets her award form Chief Scout Michael John ShinnickDONEGAL SCOUT GETS ORGANISATION’S HIGHEST HONOUR was last modified: April 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Dara CollHazel BrownScouting Irelandlast_img read more