Ecuadorian province protects 90% of its land area

first_imgArticle published by Genevieve Belmaker Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Amazon Conservation, Conservation, Environment, Forests center_img The Pastaza Ecological Area of Sustainable Development aims to regulate the use of natural resources, conserve the tropical humid forest, and the flora and fauna of the area.Seven indigenous nationalities live inside the area: Shuar, Achuar, Kichwa, Sapara, Andoa, Shiwiar and Waorani.The area also focuses on improving the development of communities and indigenous nationalities that live within the territory. A zoning process next year will define the actual conservation areas that will comprise most of the Pastaza conservation area. After three years of working with local governments and indigenous communities, the Provincial Council of Pastaza established the Pastaza Ecological Area of Sustainable Development in the center of the Ecuadorian Amazon region. The area covers more than 2.5 million hectares (about 6.2 million acres) and occupies about 90 percent of the area of ​​the province of the same name.The Pastaza Ecological Area of Sustainable Development. Map courtesy of the Provincial Council of Pastaza“It is official, the ordinance is already promulgated according to the current laws of Ecuador. Today, the existence of this area is a reality: an area of ​​preservation and sustainable development,” said Antonio Kubes, an official of the province of Pastaza, in an interview. He said that the most important feature of the site is the large area of tropical humid forest that is not yet compromised by human activity.Main objectivesThe area aims to regulate the use of natural resources, conserving the great extension of tropical humid forest that exists in the zone, as well as flora and fauna of the area, explained Jaime Toro, coordinator of the Northern and Central Amazon program of Nature and Culture International.Among the most representative species of fauna are the jaguar (Panthera onca), the South American tapir (Tapirus terrestris), and the harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja). The area is also home to different species of amphibians, reptiles, fish and insects.The Pastaza Ecological Area of Sustainable Development has more than 2.5 million hectares. Photo courtesy of the Provincial Council of PastazaToro notes that this area forms a corridor because it borders with Yasuní National Park in the north, one of Ecuador’s most important conservation areas. This connectivity between areas will allow the conservation of a diversity of species.The Pastaza Ecological Area of Sustainable Development also seeks to conserve areas of water.“The areas of water recharge — they are found at the water sources which supply the municipal capitals and the rural parishes of the province of Pastaza,” Toro said. “This ensures that the water resource is managed in an appropriate manner to reduce impacts on the water.”Pastaza provincial government official Kubes agrees. “This area aims to preserve and improve the conditions of the water cycle and the development of communities, indigenous nationalities in this territory,” he said.The indigenous nationalities that inhabit the area are the Shuar, Achuar, Kichwa, Sapara, Andoa, Shiwiar and Waorani.Seven indigenous nationalities live in the area. Photo courtesy of the Provincial Council of Pastaza via NCIAccording to Toro, 90 percent of the 2.5 million hectares is in a perfectly conserved state. “The tropical humid forest remains intact, and indigenous nationalities own it,” he said. “These communities conserve their natural resources.”One of the primary objectives of the area is to conserve the forest. Photo courtesy of the Provincial Council of Pastaza via NCIHe also pointed out that it is important that inside the Pastaza Ecological Area of Sustainable Development there are areas that allow activities that could ensure proper management.If implemented, they would reduce the impact on natural resources and ancestral cultures.“These indigenous communities that often have to sell wood or go hunting, now are trying alternative activities that are in harmony with their development as a social and economic group while protecting nature,” Kubes said.He added that this ordinance seeks to “promote land-use planning and sustainable territorial planning, especially by implementing an ancestral system of cultivation that allows the planting of timber and fruit trees, allows us to have medicinal plants, vegetables and tubers which give families food security.”Byron Swift, president of Nature and Culture International, was pleased to have been able to support the provincial council, indigenous communities and local governments with technical assistance that allowed the consultation process to achieve the establishment of the area.According to Swift, there were two key factors in the process. “One is the vision of sustainable development for the people, with a healthy and productive life and protecting the environment, which benefits the local people and the world,” he said. “The second is that it will help to conserve global ecosystem services. It is a gift to the world.”This story was reported by Mongabay’s Latin America (Latam) team and was first published in Spanish on our Latam site on March 14, 2017.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.last_img read more

Champs Watch – Dynasties in the making?

first_imgIt’s far too soon to describe the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships winning streaks by Calabar High School and Edwin Allen High School as dynasties. Both have a long way to go before their respective series of consecutive Champs wins rival the record streaks of 14 by the Kingston College machine of 1962-1975 and by the Vere Technical juggernaut in the 1979 to 1993 period. More than that, there’s no absolute guarantee that Calabar and Edwin Allen will win this year.However, both schools have looked so good in recent years that the thought of them dominating for years to come is blowing in the wind.With ace coach Michael Clarke still at the helm, Calabar turned into the New Year with a fifth straight Championship title as their target. That would separate this green and black aggregation from the group coached to victory by legendary Gerald Claude Foster in 1930, 1931, 1932 and 1933. Arch-rivals Kingston College also have the second longest run of Champs wins, with a line of success from 2001 to 2007.Edwin Allen have won twice in a row. That’s no streak … yet. While Calabar survived a stern test by Kingston College last year, the Edwin Allen girls won easily – by 100 points – in 2015 with coach Michael Dyke quietly predicting continued success. Aside from the 15 years of dominance by Vere, Holmwood Technical won season after season from 2003 to 2011, with Excelsior High and St Jago High scoring four consecutive wins. Excelsior did it from 1970 to 1973, with St Jago doing the same from 1996 to 1999.In a season that starts at the Purewater/JC meet today, Calabar will face fine teams from KC, second in 2015 by just 15 and a half points, and the 2011 champion boys’ school, Jamaica College. Edwin Allen will have to keep a close eye on the rising Hydel High, consistent St Jago and the resurgent Holmwood Technical who finished second, third and fourth last year. If the reigning champions win again, the D-word whispers will get louder.n Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980.last_img read more

French Open to ban Serena’s ‘Black Panther’ catsuit

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Serena Williams of the US plays a forehand return to Czech Republic’s Kristyna Pliskova during their women’s singles first round match on day three of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 29, 2018. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONSerena Williams will be banned from wearing her “Black Panther” catsuit again at the French Open after Roland Garros chiefs described the outfit as “going too far”.The 36-year-old American star stunned Paris this year in her body-hugging outfit which she said was inspired by the “Black Panther” superhero movie and made her feel like a “warrior princess”.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES ‘Deeply emotional’: Unified Korea win tearful Asian Games bronze As well as describing it as “fun and functional”, Williams insisted it helped her prevent a return of the blood clots which put her life in danger after giving birth last year.However, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) insist that the outfit or anything similarly eye-catching will not be welcome at Roland Garros in 2019.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I really believe that sometimes we have gone too far,” FFT president Bernard Giudicelli told Tennis Magazine in remarks reported by French media.“The outfit of Serena this year, for example, will no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place. Everyone wants to enjoy the showcase.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Giudicelli said that there will be “certain limits” on clothing for the 2019 French Open although he admitted it may be difficult to take too hard a line.“For 2019, it’s a little late because the collections are already designed, but we will still ask the equipment manufacturers to communicate them to us,” he said.Former US Open winner Andy Roddick condemned the decision, tweeting: “This is so dumb and shortsighted it hurts. Sometimes it’d be nice if the sport got out of its own way.”Nike responded to the ruling with a play on the “Black Panther” theme, posting on Instagram: “You can take the superhero out of her costume, but you can never take away her superpowers.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firmslast_img read more

Linden woman cleared of malicious damage to property charge

first_imgFifty-three-year-old Judy Wilson of Lot 28 Cinderella City, Amelia’s Ward, Linden walked out of the Linden Magistrate’s Court a free woman on Tuesday after being cleared of the offence of malicious damage to property.It was alleged that on December 27, 2017, she unlawfully and maliciously damaged a dining table valued $140,000, a 20-inch Premier television valued $130,000, a sofa chair which cost $165,000, and electrical appliances, all to a total value of $923,000, and all property of Shelly Boston.Magistrate Clive Nurse, in delivering the court’s decision, noted that the prosecution failed to provide essential elements of the case, including evidence that it was no other person than Judy Wilson who placed the items outside, causing them to be damaged. He added that the prosecution also failed to prove that the items were indeed damaged.He therefore told Wilson that the case was dismissed, rendering her free to go.last_img read more

PNC minister rejects CCJ’s Appellate jurisdiction

first_imgForeign Affairs Minister Karen Cummings and a few APNU supporters outside of GECOM on Friday…reflects Govt’s executive authoritarianismMinister of State, Dawn Hastings  and a few APNU supporters outside of GECOM on FridayMinister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams, on Friday rejected the Caribbean Court of Justice’s appellate jurisdiction.During a bizarre protest staged by several Government ministers and a few A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) supporters outside the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM’s) headquarters, where they were calling for house-to-house registration before elections are held, Hastings-Williams voiced her blatant disregard for the CCJ as Guyana’s final court of appeal by saying that that court has no authority to issue any consequential orders on Monday, since Guyana is an independent state with its own laws.“GECOM is the only authoritative body that will inform the Government whether they’re ready or not for elections. CCJ cannot rule, Guyana has its own institution. Guyana is an independent country with its own independent laws,” the minister said.Hastings was joined by Foreign Affairs Minister Karen Cummings, who also called for house-to-house registration before elections. And as the APNU supporters made allegations against the voters list and GECOM, Linda Gomes-Haley, one of the protestors, held up a placard that said that her name was not on the voters’ list. However, a quick perusal of the voters’ list available on the GECOM website showed that the woman, a resident of Kitty, Georgetown, was registered, and her name is on the Official List of Electors.This act of deception did not go down well with several senior persons within the business community, who told this publication that it is blatant acts of deception like this that causes confusion.Meanwhile, at a gathering of supporters, PNCR member James Bond was addressing the supporters when shouts of “Slow fire, more fire” became audible in the video recording as coming from supporters.A senior Private Sector official told this newspaper that the business community is the sector that feels the brunt of such irresponsible behaviour.The Caribbean Court of Justice has two jurisdictions: an original jurisdiction and an appellate jurisdiction. In its original jurisdiction, the CCJ interprets and applies the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (which established the Caribbean Community), and is an international court with compulsory and exclusive jurisdiction in respect to the interpretation of the treaty.In its appellate jurisdiction, the CCJ, as the court of last resort, hears appeals in both civil and criminal matters from those member states which have ceased to allow appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC). As of March 2015, Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana have replaced the JCPC’s appellate jurisdiction with that of the CCJ.The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is the Caribbean’s regional judicial tribunal. It was established on 14 February 2001 by the Agreement establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice. That agreement was signed on that date by the CARICOM states of Antigua & Barbuda; Barbados; Belize; Grenada; Guyana; Jamaica; Saint Kitts & Nevis; Saint Lucia; Suriname; and Trinidad & Tobago. Two further states, Dominica and Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, signed the agreement on 15 February 2003, bringing the total number of signatories to 12.The Bahamas and Haiti, although full members of CARICOM, are not yet signatories; and because of Montserrat’s status as a British territory, that country must await Instruments of Entrustment from the UK before it can ratify the treaty.The Agreement establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice came into force on 23 July 2003, and the CCJ was inaugurated on 16 April 2005 in Port of Spain, Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, the seat of the Court.The reasons given for the establishment of a supreme appellate court are many and varied, including a perceived regional disenfranchisement by the British Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.last_img read more

Political parties urged to commit to policies for data-driven economy

first_imgOTTAWA — Chambers of commerce from Canada’s biggest cities will release a campaign wish list Wednesday urging political parties to commit to establishing national data-governance standards, making government research more available for businesses and fully harnessing the value of intellectual property.These issues are likely to draw more attention from politicians than in the past. Experts, however, have doubts any party will go far enough to prepare Canada to compete in the new economy and to fully protect the privacy of its citizens.Four years ago, issues related to data governance, intellectual property and digital privacy received few, if any, mentions in party plans. Since then, there’s been a surge in awareness about the opportunities tied to the fast-growing innovation economy as well as in public concerns about the risks.- Advertisement -Parties have sent signals their platforms will include vows in these areas and business leaders from Canada’s urban centres hope to start the conversation at the outset of the campaign, which begins Wednesday.“The permeation of technology in nearly every aspect of our lives mandates the need for new legislation that creates a predictable and level playing field for businesses while ensuring that Canadian interests are protected,” the Canadian Global Cities Council, which is made up of chambers of commerce from the country’s eight largest cities, said in its pre-election release.The document also noted new “serious concerns around privacy and personal control of data.”Advertisement Dan Ciuriak, an innovation-policy expert, said he doesn’t expect serious debate about the data-driven economy during the campaign. He noted the issues cannot be addressed through “sound-bite messaging,” nor will they swing many votes.He recommended Canada adapt its regulations and policies on such an important issue in a manner “free of ideology.”“The federal civil service is really only starting to grapple with the issues,” Ciuriak, a former deputy chief economist of Canada’s foreign-affairs department who now runs a consultancy, wrote in an email.“Change is happening at a speed that is overwhelming the ability to learn about governance from experience.”Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press It’s also calling for a national data strategy to guide companies on data portability, privacy, security and commercialization.After taking office, the Liberal government said it would work toward a national data strategy. Last spring, it released principles under a “digital charter” that critics say lacked firm policies, regulations or standards. Political parties, for the most part, have yet to say very much about these issues. Last week, however, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said, if elected, he would set regulatory standards for the ethical use of artificial intelligence and to protect the privacy of consumers and their data.Since the 2015 election, the “surveillance economy” has become a bigger public concern for a number of reasons, says Dan Breznitz, co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.For instance, he said more and more of people’s lives are now managed through their smart phones, which has made the issues very personal. Advertisement He also said there are deepening worries about technological disruption of the labour force and how the inappropriate use of social-media data can alter electoral outcomes.The Liberals, he said, came to power with a realization that the innovation economy was important and they talked about it. Business leaders and public intellectuals fuelled the public debate.Politicians, however, are reluctant to make major changes because innovation policies are longer-term, complex, sometimes hard to explain and attract limited media attention, he said.“On one side, those issues are much more prominent, and business leaders and people … start to realize that those things — data and IP and innovation — will determine whether we can continue to be a prosperous society,” he said.“On the other, there’s still a very … confused understanding of what innovation is all about and, therefore, what should be the IP and data policies involved.”Advertisement Jan De Silva, CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, said the council has been actively discussing the need for these policies with political parties.“I would say there’s heightened awareness on the part of all parties in terms of what’s next with the economy,” De Silva said in an interview. “From my travels, this is a top-of-mind issue in many markets around the world.”The council will also release additional recommendations Wednesday to press parties in several other areas such as diversifying trade, helping smaller companies get government business and conducting a comprehensive review of the tax system.Among its recommendations on the digital economy, the council is stressing a need for the next federal government to improve business access to data and research held by Statistics Canada and to take steps to make it easier for companies to capture the value of IP.Advertisementlast_img read more

No pressure for Wazito ahead of Ushuru clash

first_img0Shares0000Wazito’s Zachary Gathu contests for ball possesion with Ushuru’s Barrack Onyango during their FKF National Super League 2018/2019 season first leg match played at the Ruaraka Grounds. PHOTO/FKFNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 2 – League leaders Wazito FC will face second placed Ushuru in a mouth watering National Super League (NSL) top of the table clash at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Nairobi on Wednesday, but Wazito head coach Fred Ambani says the team is under no pressure.The two who are separated by two points at the apex of the standings are seen as favorites for promotion at the end of the campaign but the small issue of who lifts the title will come into play when they take on each other. “For me, this is a game just like any other. I don’t want to build pressure on my team and say it is a must win game or anything. We are taking it easy and with no pressure and just like we always do, we want to go out there and play to win,” Ambani stated.Wazito lost the first leg to the tax men 2-0 but Ambani says there will not be a repeat of the same, saying his charges have learnt from their misgivings and will be ready to pounce on revenge.“We lost because they had their two chances and scored. We outplayed them and had most of the possession but couldn’t make our chances count. This time, we are ready to do better. We need to be very calm and control the game from the word go,” Ambani said.Wazito FC players Derrick Onyango and Victor Ndinya celebrate a goal during a past National Super League matchHe added; “Ushuru is a very tough team and they never give up till the last minute. We are in for a tough game.”The taxmen come into the tie having relinquished top spot to Wazito with a shock loss to Green Commandos last week. Wazito on the other hand beat Kibera Black Stars via the same margin recovering from their previous loss to Migori Youth.Wazito come into the tie seeking to make amends after their Football Kenya Federation Shield loss against Western Stima over the weekend and will be looking to put all their arsenal into fighting for a top flight return.The side will miss the services of experienced defender Lloyd Wahome who picked up an injury in training last week. The former Tusker and Mathare United man has returned to training but is yet to attain the requisite fitness levels for the high pressure clash.Meanwhile, third placed Nairobi Stima who are on 48 points same as second placed Ushuru will be at home against Kenya Police in Naivasha, the side looking to keep their promotion bid alive.Stima recovered from their first loss of the season against Kisumu All Stars with back to back victories over Modern Coast and Coast Stima and with an form Police coming to their yard, they will be out for a tough test.Police, under the stewardship of Charles ‘Korea’ Omondi have won all their last five games and being only five points off the promotion slots, they will be in to keep their good form running.Meanwhile, fourth placed Kisumu All Stars will be at home against struggling Nairobi City Stars at the Moi Stadium. With one win in their last five games, City Stars have dropped to 17th in the standings and the poor performance saw them fire coach Jimmy KintuNSL Midweek FixturesFC Talanta vs Modern Coast Rangers (Camp Toyoyo, 11 am)Administration Police vs Fortune Sacco (Camp Toyoyo, 2 pm)Wazito vs Ushuru (Camp Toyoyo, 4:15 pm)Shabana vs Kibera Black Stars (Gusii Stadium, 3 pm)Eldoret Youth vs Migori Youth (Eldoret Show Grounds, 3 pm)Thika United vs Green Commandos (Thika Stadium, 2 pm)Bidco United vs Kangemi All-Stars (Thika Stadium, 4:15 pm)Kisumu All Stars vs Nairobi City Stars (Moi Stadium Kisumu, 12 pm)Nairobi Stima vs Kenya Police (Karuturi Grounds, 3 pm)St Joseph’s Youth vs Coast Stima (Afraha Stadium, 3 pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘I think Manchester United is always entertaining!’- Louis van Gaal hits back at Paul Scholes’ criticism

first_img Paul Scholes and Louis van Gaal Louis van Gaal has hit back at Paul Scholes’ criticism of Manchester United for “lacking creativity”, claiming he always takes risks.United’s Dutch manager said the criticism did not hurt him and insisted he did have an attacking philosophy.“I think Manchester United is always entertaining but when I read the papers I see that it is boring,” he said.“You have a saying in England that sticks and stones can break my bones but names can never hurt me.”Asked if the next phase in United’s development under him was to start taking risks, Van Gaal replied: “Now you are agreeing with the opinion of Paul Scholes. I don’t agree with his opinion. I always take risks.“But I don’t want to defend myself as he is a legend and he has a lot of resonance I hear. I think when you are a legend you have to speak to the manager or his friend Ryan Giggs or [vice-chairman] Ed Woodward but not because he shall be paid by the BBC or Sky and then have to say something.”Scholes had told BBC Manchester following the Capital One Cup defeat to Middlesbrough that he would not want to play for the current side.He said: “There’s a lack of creativity and risk. It’s a team now you wouldn’t want to play against because they’re tightly organised.” 1last_img read more

Shocking scenes as gang pull safe out of Letterkenny business

first_imgThese are the shocking scenes after a gang tried to pull a safe out of a Co Donegal business in a daring overnight raid.The four-man gang used a rope and pitching posts to roll a safe out of Tinney’s Oil at Bonagee on the outskirts of Letterkenny.The gang are understood to have caused more than €10,000 worth of damage during the botched robbery. They managed to pull the large safe through the doors of the premises and out onto the yard of the oil station.However, an alarm was tripped sending both the owners and Gardai rushing to the scene around 4.30am.The raiders abandoned the safe and fled with just €450 in cash which was used as a float for the business.Garda forensic officers examine the dislodged safe at Tinneys Fuels, Letterkenny which was the victim of a break in. (North West Newspix)As the raiders fled they were confronted by members of the Tinney family and Gardai but they managed to escape by mounting a footpath. Mr Eddie Tinney said the family are now helping Gardai.“They got away with €450 of a float and they caused a lot of damage to the doors and inside.“They managed to get around the Gardai and mounted a footpath and escaped. It’s a pity I didn’t have the lorry and I could have stopped them,” he said.Gardai forensic teams arrived on the scene of the dramatic raid this morning.It is understood part of their investigation will centre around the CCTV footage from the premises in which the culprits could be identified. Garda forensic officers examine the scene at Tinneys Fuels, Letterkenny which was the victim of a break in. (North West Newspix)Shocking scenes as gang pull safe out of Letterkenny business was last modified: August 8th, 2018 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:donegalGardaisafeTinney’s Oillast_img read more

Smorgasbord of items await 49ers at combine

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Now that the 49ers have spent their franchise tag on kicker Robbie Gould, what remains on their to-do list this week as they bunker in for the NFL Scouting Combine?It’s not all about the draft-bound prospects, nor about the steak dinners, shrimp cocktails and late-night gossip. Here are four areas we’ll be scouring for clues this week:1. Contract chatter. Committing $5 million to Gould via the franchise tag Tuesday is a mere ante compared to the high-stakes contract that team …last_img