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England selectors to name Ashes squad tomorrow

first_imgBy Neil RobinsonLONDON, England (Reuters) – England’s selectors name their squad tomorrow for the Ashes series with the team in a surprising state of flux despite recent home series wins over South Africa and West Indies.England experienced a mixture of crushing victories and heavy losses this summer, eventually winning out because they bat so deep and, in Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali, have two of their best-ever all-rounders.But the top order seldom convinced with only opener Alastair Cook and captain Joe Root certain to play in the first Test against Australia in Brisbane starting on November 23.Surrey’s Mark Stoneman is Cook’s most likely opening partner after playing in three Tests against West Indies but much of the discussion will revolve around which batsmen deserve another chance to prove themselves in Australia.The days when England could ink in proven performers like Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen in the middle order have long gone.England coach Trevor Bayliss has said the squad is likely to include only players who have featured in the past 18 months, opening the way for a recall for Hampshire’s James Vince as England seek to fill their problem number three slot.Vince is a natural shot-maker but did not feature this season after notching 212 runs at an average of 19 in his seven Tests last year. Like Essex’s Tom Westley and Yorkshire’s Gary Ballance, who both batted at three this summer, Vince’s technique was questioned with concerns over his tendency to fence loosely at balls outside off-stump.With Dawid Malan just doing enough to keep his place after averaging 23.62 in his five matches batting at number five, Ballance and Vince could both travel, with Keaton Jennings, Lancashire’s Haseeb Hameed, who broke his finger this month, and one-day specialist Alex Hales likely to miss outREADY REPLACEMENTSAll three could feature for England’s second-string Lions squad, who will be in Australia this winter and supply ready-made replacements in the event of injury.England’s middle-order is settled, with Stokes, keeper Jonny Bairstow and Moeen regularly taking turns to bat England out of trouble against South Africa and West Indies.Stuart Broad and James Anderson, who recently took his 500th Test wicket, will again spearhead the attack although neither is naturally suited to the extra pace and bounce of Australian pitches.That could open the way for Mark Wood if he can stay fit, with Liam Plunkett, Craig Overton and Jake Ball all meriting discussion for a place alongside Chris Woakes.Toby Roland-Jones, a surprising success this summer, will almost certainly miss out after injuring his back while his Middlesex team mate Steve Finn is an outsider, particularly after his struggles in Australia on England’s last tour in 2013.Leg-spinner Mason Crane numbers great Australian Shane Warne among his admirers and, having gained experience of Australian conditions with New South Wales this year, looks likely to claim the second spinner spot behind Moeen.Surrey’s Ben Foakes is the favourite to travel as back-up keeper to Bairstow, setting up the possibility of England picking Stokes, Woakes and Foakes in the same team.last_img read more

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Grimes boys soccer to face Ludden in Class C semifinals

first_img Tags: Bishop Grimesboys soccerMPH Things were spread around here as the duo of Byam Mugushu and Deng Mawein both scored twice, but so did Jack Gutchess as Mugushu and Mawien each got credit for an assist. Matt Tarby stopped all eight shots he faced in goas.Now Grimes would face no. 7 seed Thousand Islands in the quarterfinals Friday at Henninger’s Sunnycrest Field, the Vikings having blanked Herkimer 4-0 to get this far, and while it was a bit closer, the Cobras moved past TI 4-1.Blasting out of the gate, Grimes built a 3-0 halftime advantage, more than enough as Mugushu, aside from his goal, assisted on tallies by Mawien, who scored twice, and Gutchess. Tarby finally surrendered a post-season tally in the second half, but still made nine saves. And it sets up a potentially epic sectional Class C semifinal between Grimes and no. 3 seed Bishop Ludden. The two sides split their regular-season meetings, and the winner of the third encounter will get South Lewis or Westmoreland/Oriskany in the sectional final.As the no. 4 seed in Class D, Manlius-Pebble Hill hoped that defeats to Grimes and Bishop Ludden the week before did not carry over into the post-season.Hosting no. 13 seed Hamilton in last Wednesday’s opening round, the Trojans did what was required, getting out to a first-half lead and eventually defeating the Emerald Knights 3-1.It went back and forth in the first half until Gopal Neopaney, off a feed from Ayman El-Hindi, scored to put MPH in front, and Jack Hogan doubled that margin to 2-0 late in the half, assisted by Simon Hoke.Hoke returned to make a fine solo run to the net and score in the second half, and the Trojans’ 3-0 cushion was more than enough to withstand a late Hamilton goal.Now MPH had a chance to upend no. 5 seed and defending sectional champion Cincinnatus in Friday’s quarterfinal, and amid the damp, cold conditions it proved close all the way – but the Trojans’ season ended in a 1-0 defeat to the Lions.They battled through a scoreless first half, neither side able to break through. Much of the second half remained 0-0, too, and the longer it went, the more it was clear a single goal might decide matters.That’s what happened when, with 10 minutes left in regulation, Trojans goalie Ezra Hanlin could not handle a shot near his own crease, and the Lions poked in the decisive goal, hanging on from there.MPH concluded its season 12-5, but will only graduate four seniors – Hoke, Hanlin, Andrew Benincasa and Brendan O’Malley. A large  returning cast for 2020 gives the Trojans plenty of reason to think it will contend again.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img In two different Section III playoff brackets, area high school boys soccer teams harbored championship dreams that, at the very least, they wanted to maintain through the opening week of tournament play.Bishop Grimes had the no. 2 seed in Class C, sitting at no. 6 in the state Class C rankings and quite confident that it could make a championship run.In last Wednesday’s opening round the Cobras took apart Otselic Valley 6-0, netting four goals in the first half to seize control and then converting twice more after the break.last_img read more

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Betway announces ‘UK media review’ following end of partnership with Starcom

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 Share Anthony Werkman, BetwayOnline betting group Betway has this morning confirmed that it is reviewing its current ‘media agency arrangements’, following the conclusion of its lead media planning and buying account with Starcom UK.Betway management informs that it is currently compiling a list of marketing agencies with the assistance of AAR, the operator expects to announce its agency shortlist by the end of February 2018.Updating stakeholders, Betway’s new CEO Anthony Werkman commented: “We have grown significantly since our UK launch in 2012 and Starcom has been integral to getting us to this point in our journey.“We have ambitious plans for 2018 and beyond and feel it’s time to bring some fresh thinking to the account. We thank the teams at Starcom for all their work to date.”Betway creative is currently led by London marketing agency Above & Beyond, who developed its current advertising campaign ‘For the Love of the Game’.A multi-million GBP media account, Betway is the official shirt sponsor of Premier League football club West Ham United, and has developed numerous multi-format advertising campaigns. Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Submitlast_img read more

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Cloudbet elevates UFC 250 offering with in-play markets

first_img Share COVID-19: How the virus is impacting sports events across the globe March 13, 2020 As Amanda Nunes prepares to protect her winning streak in women’s UFC this weekend, Bitcoin sportsbook and casino Cloudbet has revealed that it will be offering a range of betting markets on the event.Cloudbet confirmed that it will be offering up to 28 prop markets per fight, on outcomes including win by KO/TKO and in which round a bout will end. Nunes won her featherweight title by knocking Cris Cyborg out during UFC 232, and players can bet on the same outcome for Felicia Spencer.“All eyes will be on whether Amanda Nunes can make history,” a Cloudbet spokesman said. “We’re trying to create maximum engagement and excitement around that fight and the rest of UFC 250.”Bettors will be able to wager on outcomes using a range of cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum.UFC 249 last month marked the return of the competition following a two-month global shutdown of live sport. The Ferguson-Gaethje and Cejudo-Cruz title fights were the Cloudbet sportsbook’s biggest events by turnover in the week that UFC 249 took place.In addition to the enhanced UFC offering, Cloudbet recently strengthened its esports portfolio by allowing punters to bet on titles such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and FIFA 20.Cloudbet customers are able to place in-play bets using cryptocurrency on a variety of esports events everyday, including League of Legends, Overwatch, NBA 2K, StarCraft, Rainbow Six, Rocket League, Call of Duty and King of Glory. Submit Cloudbet makes stablecoin foray with USDT addition May 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Parimatch extends UFC partnership July 9, 2020last_img read more

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PFL 6 results: Jared Rosholt sneaks into playoffs with close win; Denis Goltsov, Emiliano Sordi punch No. 1 seeds

first_imgThe Big Show gets the W! @JaredRosholt #PFL6 pic.twitter.com/prXjZoaT5z— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) August 9, 2019After both fighters played it relatively low-risk over the first two rounds, they each tried to open up their offense in the third, with Rosholt throwing a flurry of punches, including a stiff right hand during the waning seconds of the bout, which left both fighters breathing out of their mouths absolutely spent.Fight stats proved that Rosholt was the aggressor, as he threw and landed more strikes and came up with four takedowns to none from Ishii. Still, Rosholt was complimentary of Ishii following the bout.“There’s a reason why he has that Olympic Gold medal,” Rosholt said in the cage of Ishii, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist in judo, who slipped to the eighth and final seed of the heavyweight playoffs. “I haven’t had a fight this tough in a long time. Ishii is tough as nails.”With the win, Rosholt will advance to face the second-seeded Muhammed DeReese when the heavyweight postseason begins Oct. 31 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.The winner of each PFL weight class will win a $1 million. Here’s how the rest of the heavyweight playoff bracket looks:#1 Denis Goltsov vs. #8 Satoshi Ishii#4 Kelvin Tiller vs. #5 Ali Isaev#2 Muhammed DeReese vs. #7 Jared Rosholt#3 Alex Nicholson vs. #6 Francimar BarrosoDenis Goltsov flattens Kelvin Tiller by second-round submission (Ezekiel choke) to earn five points and clinch No. 1 seed in the heavyweight playoffsIt could happen just like that and Goltsov proved it. He swiftly turned a mount position sequence during the second round into an Ezekiel choke submission to collect five points and sew up the top overall playoff seed amongst heavyweights.THAT’S A WRAP! Another impressive finish from @DenisGoltsov. #PFL6 pic.twitter.com/JedoZk1tts— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) August 9, 2019Goltsov was pleased with his victory, although it didn’t come easy.“Overall the fight was great,” he said in the cage following his win. “He was a tough opponent. I’m sad about a punch I took that resulted in my injured nose, but that kind of stuff happens. I’m looking forward to the playoffs.”Despite the tough loss, Tiller vowed that he’ll be back stronger in the postseason.“I. Will. Be. Back.” – @KelvinTMB #PFL6 pic.twitter.com/coA37LWWnV— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) August 9, 2019Emiliano Sordi blasts Bozigit Ataev via first-round KO (punches) to haul in six points and clinch No. 1 seed in light heavyweight playoffsGetting eliminated from the 2018 PFL playoff quarterfinals by Ataev via a first-round TKO was something that Sordi didn’t forget and he had nearly a year to stew about the stinging loss.That was evident Thursday night, when he exacted revenge with a pulverizing first-round KO of his own to snatch six points and clinch the No. 1 seed in the 2019 PFL light heavyweight playoffs. Sordi dazed and dropped Ataev with a sneaky right hand, before adding a couple of heavy hammer fists to get the savage win.Revenge in a big way! @emilianosordi evens the score against Bozigit Ataev and earns 6 points with a vicious first round KO. #PFL6 pic.twitter.com/oUmWqIUlCH— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) August 9, 2019“I thought this was going the distance,” Sordi said in the cage following his victory. “But I saw Bozigit advancing and my corner told me to go in and surprise him with my hands. Here we are, I finally get my revenge.”The light heavyweight playoffs will also kick off Oct. 31 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. That postseason bracket looks like this:#1 Emiliano Sordi vs. #8 Sigi Pesaleli#4 Bozigit Ataev vs. #5 Viktor Nemkov#2 Maxim Grishin vs. #7 Jordan Johnson#3 Vinny Magalhaes vs. #6 Rashid YusupovOther results from PFL 6-Vinny Magalhaes def. Rakim Cleveland via first-round submission (armbar) to pile up six points and clinch playoff spot; lightweightsBack to his winning ways with a first-round submission! @VinnyMMA earns 6 points. #PFL6 pic.twitter.com/YXgCUNSyuq— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) August 9, 2019-Viktor Nemkov def. Rashid Yusupov by split decision (29-28 Nemkov, 29-28 Yusupov, 29-28 Nemkov) to claim playoff spot; light heavyweights-Ali Isaev def. Carl Seumanutafa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) to gather three points and clinch playoff spot; heavyweights-Maxim Grishin def. Mikhail Mokhnatkin by first-round KO (punches) to rake in six points and secure playoff spot; light heavyweights-Muhammed DeReese def. Valdrin Istrefi via first-round KO (punches) to garner six points and clinch playoff spot; heavyweightsHe’s back! Muhammed Dereese @momuscle delivers a monster first round finish and earns 6 points. #PFL6 pic.twitter.com/w6uE8IXrRY— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) August 9, 2019-Umar Nurmagomedov def. Sidemar Honorio by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27); bantamweights -Francimar Barroso def. Ben Edwards by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) to earn six points and clinch playoff spot; heavyweights-Alex Nicholson def. Zeke Tuinei-Wily via first-round KO (punches) to snatch six points and secure playoff spot; heavyweightsTHIS IS SPARTA! Alex Nicholson @spartanlife32 gets his first win of 2019 and earns 6 points with a huge KO. #PFL6 pic.twitter.com/xF9TXNmdwe— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) August 9, 2019Jordan Johnson def. Sigi Pesaleli by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) to earn three points and clinch playoff spot; light heavyweights Jared Rosholt fully understood what he was facing entering the cage at the Professional Fighters League 6 main event Thursday night — win or fail to make the playoff cut.Rosholt made sure of the former, doing just enough to land a close unanimous decision over Satoshi Ishii in the main event of PFL 6 at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., and live on ESPN+. Judges saw it 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 in favor of Rosholt, who snagged three points and managed to just clinch the seventh overall seed in the heavyweight playoffs.last_img read more

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William Boucher, 67, Milan: Nov. 21, 1945 – April 9, 2013

first_imgWilliam C. Boucher, age 67, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at his home in Milan, KS.  He was a retired tool and die maker for Oxwell, Inc.Bill was born on November 21, 1945 in Douglas, KS to William Z. Boucher and Fern Marie (Firthmeyer) Boucher.He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Billy Boucher; and one sister.  Survivors include his companion, Ellen; son, Anthony; two daughters, Louisa Brenzikofer and Kelly Bristor; one brother, Jeff Boucher; and one sister, Sandy Parks; 13 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.Memorial Services will be held at Frank Funeral Home on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 1:00 P.M.  Pastor Bill Wilson will officiate.There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place.A memorial has been established with the Wellington Humane Society in lieu of flowers.    Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website atlast_img read more

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Mother arrested for denying food to 3-year-old and tying her up

first_imgA local woman has been arrested after investigators found that she severely beat a 3-year-old girl, denied her food, and additionally tied the child up to prevent her from sneaking food out of the garbage.31-year-old Takeia Ann Burns was arrested last week in Riviera Beach of charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect of a child causing great bodily harm.Officials say the child weighed 22 pounds, seemed “completely emaciated” had bruises on her eye socket and on her head, and seemed in pain at even the slightest touch from a nurse.Doctors also found that the girl suffered a broken rib, had bleeding on her brain, had belt marks on her back, and other marks on her body that indicated that girl had been tied up.Burns told investigators that she would tie up the girl to prevent her from eating out of the trash. A witness also told authorities that Burns was in the middle of potty training the child and would punish her by beating her or leaving her in a soiled diaper.Burn additionally told police that she did not believe the bruise around the child’s eye socket was that bad so she did not seek medical attention and that the child had not been to a doctor in awhile because the child’s primary doctor no longer accepted her insurance.last_img read more

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Thompson hits first 10 from 3, Warriors beat Lakers 130-111

first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, center, celebrates after making a 3-point basket next to Los Angeles Lakers’ Ivica Zubac (40) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nothing could stop Klay Thompson, certainly not the Lakers’ defense. By todaycenter_img The Golden State Warriors made sure of it, too, setting screens and calling plays for the star guard, who tied an NBA record by making his first 10 attempts from 3-point range on his way to scoring 44 points in a 130-111 victory Monday night.“I’ve never hit 10 3s in a row in a game. That’s hard to do,” Thompson said. “I just happened to be on tonight and I’m happy I was able to do it in front of my family.”The Warriors equaled a season high with their eighth consecutive victory. The two-time defending champions won their seventh straight road game, too.“They’re starting to find their stride, not just against us, but against the league,” Los Angeles coach Luke Walton said.Thompson stopped and popped from everywhere, finishing 10 of 11 from beyond the arc and 17 of 20 from the floor overall.“We kind of sold out to look for Klay, to be honest,” Kevin Durant said. “When you’re knocking shots down like that, you have to continue to feed him until he goes cold and tonight I didn’t see that in sight.”Thompson had 23 points in the third quarter, connecting on seven 3s as the Warriors stretched their lead to 36. He hopped and let his right arm hang in the air after hitting his seventh while Golden State fans at Staples Center cheered. He finally missed from deep late in the period.“We had two, three guys flying at him,” Walton said.Durant added 20 points and Stephen Curry had 11 points and 12 assists, going 2 of 10 from 3-point range for the Warriors.“We had 41 assists tonight, so the ball was moving and Klay was just spectacular,” coach Steve Kerr said.Emblematic of his quiet offensive night, Curry came dribbling in alone for a fast-break dunk, but slipped and fell, drawing gasps from the crowd. He scrambled to his feet, got the ball back and put up an air ball.“That was funny,” Thompson said. “That’ll definitely be on ‘Shaqtin a Fool.’”Ivica Zubac led Los Angeles with 18 points. Brandon Ingram added 17 and Kyle Kuzma had 16.The Lakers were without their primary ball-handlers and playmakers in LeBron James, Lonzo Ball and Rajon Rondo. They fell to 5-9 without James, whose left groin strain has forced him out for the longest stretch of his 16-year career.Coming off a split in two straight overtime games, the Lakers kept it close in the first half, trailing 65-55 at the break. Golden State had just six 3s at halftime.But Thompson fired up a 3-pointer — the first of Golden State’s nine in the third quarter — and the Warriors went on to outscore the Lakers 45-25 to lead 110-80 going into the fourth.Golden State’s sharpshooting silenced the crowd and allowed the Warriors to sit four of their five starters in the fourth, leaving DeMarcus Cousins in for a bit until he also went to the bench.Cousins had eight points, nine rebounds, five assists and four fouls in his second game for the Warriors since being out nearly a year with a severe knee injury.The Warriors have made 141 3-pointers to 93 for opponents during their eight-game winning streak.TIP-INSWarriors: All 12 players scored. … Their other eight-game winning streak this season was Oct. 22 to Nov. 5. … Evened the season series 1-1, having lost 127-101 on Christmas.Lakers: Walton hopes James is able to return this week when the Lakers have five straight games at Staples Center. … Ball is out four to six weeks with a left ankle sprain. … Walton said Rondo (right ring finger surgery) could return on Thursday, but he’s not as confident about James. … Josh Hart had six points, one assist and four fouls starting in place of Ball. … Jack Nicholson made a rare courtside appearance. Mahershala Ali, Snoop Dogg, James Franco, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were in the crowd.PLEASING THE PARENTSThompson was going to catch up with his father, former Laker Mychal Thompson, afterward.“He’ll probably just tell me, ‘Good job, should have had 50. Should have gone for 50,’” the younger Thompson said. “It’s never good enough for your parents.”BELL VS KERRWarriors reserve Jordan Bell had a sideline exchange with Kerr. Bell scored two points in seven minutes.“Coach will always, especially the younger guys in the league, definitely be on them a little bit more because he expects a lot out of them,” Durant said. “He lets us know what he sees out there and if you have something to say to him back, he’s not going to be afraid to go back at you. He sees the potential in him. That stuff happens, so we’ll move on.”UP NEXTWarriors: At Washington on Thursday in the third of a four-game trip.Lakers: Host Minnesota on Thursday.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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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

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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