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Coaches stress education in battle against steroids

first_imgAgree that dangers of abuse can BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer Steroids have become a part of our everyday landscape.You just have to pick up a newspaper or watch television and you’ll know how entrenched they are in the sports world. If it’s not baseball players sitting before a congressional hearing, it’s news about football players. With steroids becoming so high profile, coaches and administrators from area high schools are doing their best to stay one step ahead. Education has been the preventative response, with coaches getting the word out about the dangerous side effects of steroids, and stressing the immorality of using them to get an artificial edge. And it doesn’t hurt to remind the young athletes that steroids, without a prescription, are against the law. Dominick Lepore, head football coach at Freehold Township, pointed out that the subject of steroids is something he doesn’t limit to the football season. “I talk about it all year round,” he said. “We have off season meetings with the kids. We had a clinic after school with a spokesman from the DEA (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration) who spoke about steroids.” The DEA spokesman also had a meeting with all of the physical education teachers in the district. Howell’s veteran head coach, Corey Davies, believes that being out front and talking about steroids is working. “The awareness is very great now; the young people are very aware of the dangers of steroids and the reasons not to use them,” he said. “By having it out front we can keep it [steroid use] where it doesn’t happen.” By not brushing steroids under the rug and openly talking about them, parents are, according to Lepore, more aware of what harm they can do to athletes and the symptoms (like acne and mood changes) to look for. “I meet with the football parents once a month and steroids are becoming more serious,” he said. “Parents’ eyes are a lot more open.” One way for coaches to keep track of their athletes is through the up-to-date weight rooms in the schools. That helps keep athletes away from gyms, which are thought to be breeding grounds for steroid use. “We want them under our guidance all the time,” Lepore said. “We like to know what they are doing.” Steve Antonucci is the head football coach at Middletown South, one of the premier football programs in the state, and he, too, believes that it is the coach’s responsibility to monitor his players. “Unless I’m naive to it, I think we’re blessed at our school because the kids are pretty aware of the dangers,” he said. “We monitor our kids, and if we were to find someone we suspected, we’d try to help him immediately. Any time you can educate kids about anything, it’s a worthwhile cause.” Woodbridge High School football coach, Brian Russo, agrees, stating that coaches need to stress the dangers of steroid abuse frequently. “The more the better,” he said. “There’s never enough being done to educate the kids.” Old Bridge High School wrestling coach Ken Scott, one of the most successful and respected high school wrestling coaches in the state, echoes the belief that educating his athletes about the dangers of substance abuse in general is a priority. “It has to be emphasized,” he said. “The kids hear horror stories, but it could never be pushed enough. Kids need to learn of the detriments that come later on. But kids live for today, and that can be part of the problem. “I’d like to see more light shed on the matter. It needs more exposure.” Bigger, stronger, faster, however, remains the goal of every scholastic athlete, whether he/she is a star, or just trying to make the varsity. Hard work is a given to become the best athlete you can. But all the attention put on getting better has made Manalapan head football coach Ed Gurrieri think twice about what he tells his players. He wants to make sure the emphasis of weight lifting isn’t a green light to do whatever it takes. “We have to outwork our competition,” he said. “After I tell them how important it is to get bigger, stronger and faster, I don’t want them to take it the wrong way. I’m always conscious about telling them to do it the right way.” Gurrieri, who played college football at Wagner, said he uses the analogy of a house to make his point. A house built on a strong foundation will last, while one built on shortcuts, like steroids, is only temporary and will collapse. “Education is always the way to go about it,” he said. Gurrieri is very aware of the temptations — from just trying to make the team to earning a college scholarship — that could drive a young high school athlete to turn to steroids. That’s why he constantly monitors his Braves. “We test [weight lifting] every six weeks,” he added. “If there is a major jump [in performance], a red flag would go up. An athlete can improve by 10 pounds every six months. If he goes up 40 or 50 pounds and puts on 15 pounds of muscle, it’s a red flag.” Gurrieri added that if he thought there was a widespread problem with steroids, he would recommend drug testing. Right now, in the Freehold District as well as in many other local school districts, if an athlete or any student is suspected of using steroids, they have to take a drug test. Once thought the domain of football on the professional sports scene in America, steroids have raised an ugly face in baseball, as evidenced by the BALCO (Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative) case and recent congressional hearings. That hasn’t been lost on baseball coaches like Frank Gualtieri, who has been the head coach at Freehold Township the last 10 years, “Every year we discuss drug and alcohol abuse and one of the drugs is steroids,” he said. “This year we brought in our substance abuse counselor to talk about the pitfalls of steroids. We emphasized it more than in the past.” Gualtieri knows the subject, having educated himself. “I’ve attended lectures on steroids,” he said. “I know the dangers and how they work.” The face of the steroid user may be changing. Dr. Victor Naumov, a chiropractor and human performance specialist, who is one of the founding members of The National Coalition for the Advancement of Drug-Free Athletics Inc., said that the number of girls using steroids is on the rise. Jeannette Bruno, the head softball coach at Manalapan, said it might be time for an educational program just for girls. It will take a team effort on the part of parents and coaches to continue the steroid battle, according to Gualtieri. “We need leadership from coaches and parents,” he said. “We have to let kids know how steroids can mess your life up.” Even with that, Gualtieri knows that steroids are out there, and even if not widespread, some are still taking them, “To think they [users] are not there is foolish,” he said. Continued vigilance is necessary, coaches agree, because the pressures on young athletes and their drive to get better won’t go away. There will always be a temptation to do whatever it takes regardless of the long-term consequences. “Every kid will look for the edge; it’s the nature of the beast,” said Lepore. “There’s a lot of pressure out there.” — Doug McKenzie contributed to this story Steroids in our schoolslast_img read more

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Eagles hockey off to soaring start

first_img On the heels of its outstanding finish last season that led to the Handchen Cup championship, the Middletown High School South ice hockey team is off to a 4-0-1 start this winter. FILE PHOTOS Above: Returning goalie Chris Marsillo for the Middletown South Eagles saves a goal during last year’s Handchen Cup Championship game at the Red Bank Armory. Left: Tyler Ralph moves the puck down the ice. With much of the same lineup back, the Eagles are coming off a 4-3 success against Red Bank Catholic on Sunday at the Gold Coast Arena in Wall. The Eagles have also posted victories against Toms River North, St. John Vianney and Monsignor Donovan. The tie was a hard-fought 1-1 affair against cross-town rival Middletown North in a game played at the Prudential Center in Newark. A year ago the Eagles struggled early before catching fire in the Handchen Cup playoffs, which is for Shore Conference A Division teams. Seeded eighth, Middletown South knocked off top-seeded RBC in the opening round despite losing decisively to the Caseys twice in the regular season. Next up, Middletown South defeated St. John Vianney and then scored a 4-3 victory Brick Memorial in the title game, thanks to a late goal by Jason Zimmel. “I don’t think we played badly at the beginning of last season; it was just that our younger guys were still learning our system, and we play a complicated system,” Eagles coach Stan Gutt said. “Once they got it down, things turned around, and they’re getting better all the time.” Middletown South employs a 1-2-2 style that requires discipline and the ability to counter-attack aggressively when the opportunity presents itself. Knowing the system, combined with good overall team speed, depth and quality goaltending, has been a recipe for success for the Eagles. Chris Marsillo has been the backbone of the team in goal. The junior is not only a top-notch netminder, he has also developed into a team leader as evidenced by his role as an alternate captain. “Chris really stepped up for us last year and he continues to excel,” Gutt said. “Having a goalkeeper who can erase mistakes with big saves is a big advantage.” The defense in front of Marsillo is steady with Terence Doyle and sophomores Jimmy Burns and Matt Littenberg. In addition to his defensive duties, Burns also contributes to the offense, picking up seven goals and six assists last season. Up front Middletown South has good firepower with sophomoreMatt Johnson, who netted 18 goals and posted eight assists last winter, along with junior Justin Horowitz, 10 goals, nine assists; and Jimmy Valan, who scored nine times and assisted on nine others. Sophomores Tyler Ralph (five goals) and Chris Connor (two goals, four assists) are expected to increase their numbers. Gutt is also expecting big things from Zimmel, a junior, who has been playing with increased confidence in the early going. Two transfers from CBA, sophomores Zach England and Brett Johnson, should add to the offense “This is still a young team — we have 13 sophomores — but basically it’s the same team as last year,” the coach said. “We only lost four seniors and most of the guys who are back played important roles, so they know what’s expected, and we’re expecting more from them.” Gutt said his primary goals are to qualify for the state playoffs and to contend for the Shore Conference A North title. The Eagles are off and running toward both of those goals, though the coach cautioned that it’s still early in the season. “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” he said. The Eagles return to action on Sunday at home against Summit at Gold Coast Arena and will “visit” CBA the following afternoon, also at the Gold Coast Arena. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img read more

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Security upped at stadia to stamp out hooliganism

first_imgBy Peter StevensonINTRODUCING turnstiles at football stadia and modernising CCTV systems were high on the agenda during a closed door meeting that lasted for several hours at the Justice Ministry late on Tuesday.Discussion at the meeting between Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou and officials from the Cyprus Football Association (CFA), football clubs and the sports organisation KOA centred on stamping out hooliganism at sports venues around Cyprus.“Our job is not an easy one, but we must all take responsibility for our respective part in taking more effective measures,” Nicolaou said.He added that two draft bills of legislation were sent to the attorney general’s office in November which would ban anyone perceived as a suspect in cases of violence from going to a football game and also taking any trouble maker at a football match to court within 24 hours.Nicolaou said that the list of stewards at each stadium around the island will be ready by the end of February.CFA chairman Costakis Koutsokoumnis assured the minister that both the association and football clubs were determined to eliminate hooliganism but that it could not happen without the government’s help.“We punish clubs with harsh sanctions for the behaviour of their players, but those who commit acts of violence feel that they can do whatever they like without any consequence, because despite some exceptions they cannot be located or arrested,” he said.Koutsokoumnis and club officials told Nicolaou that they will support and cooperate with the Justice Ministry and the police to remove any troublemakers from football grounds all around Cyprus.Head of KOA Klea Papaellina said that the organisation would support the CFA and the Justice Ministry’s efforts to combat violence adding that this was a priority of her entire board.The police, the CFA and KOA are reportedly considering introducing photo identity cards for football fans at the four main stadia on the island in an effort to stamp out hooliganism.Sources at the Justice Ministry confirmed that the CFA, KOA and football clubs would study the proposal with the CFA shouldering half of the cost and the other organisations contributing the rest.The new plan would see fans being photographed upon entry at the stadium with their ticket stub and that photograph then entered into an online database to help police track down potential offenders.The stadia involved will be the GSP in Nicosia, the Tsirion in Limassol and the Antonis Papadopoulos and GSZ in Larnaca. According to sources, the GSP stadium has already begun installing the system and is expected to be operational in May.The CFA also decided that instead of the team being punished, part or an entire stand will be closed off if fans are caught carrying dangerous items into a stadium.last_img read more

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World Cup looms beyond big Six Nations weekend

first_imgSix Nations matches between England and France at Twickenham and Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield need nothing to spice them up but the fact that both games will be repeated as key pool fixtures at the Rugby World Cup does add a layer of intrigue.England go into the game on Sunday riding a wave of confidence after their superb 32-20 victory in Dublin last weekend, with pundits – who universally predicted an Irish victory – falling over themselves to rank the performance among the best since the glory days of the 2003 World Cup.Buoyed particularly by the return of Mako and Billy Vunipola, England produced an all-round display of power, speed, aggression and finishing that would have sent shock waves through the camps of their rivals.France, who blew a 16-0 halftime lead to lose 24-19 to Wales in Paris, would have already been outsiders but England’s awesome performance makes the odds even shorter for the hosts.England’s management team will be doing all they can to keep a lid on things and the warnings to beware the “French backlash” are already emanating from their camp.But France’s record at Twickenham is spectacularly bad and nothing they have shown over the last couple of years suggests they have enough firepower or talent to find one of “those” French displays out of nowhere.They have won one Six Nations game at Twickenham this century – in 2005 – and only two in the last 30 years.The sides will meet again on Oct. 12 in what should be the decisive match of their World Cuppool, which also includes Argentina, Tonga and the United States.Ireland and Scotland also face off in Japan – in their opening pool game where the potential reward for the winners is likely to be avoiding New Zealand in the quarter-finals.HOME FORMIf the Scots can continue their recent strong home form against their Celtic rivals on Saturday it would give them a huge lift for September.Scotland have won two of their last three home Six Nations fixtures against Ireland, and a World Cup warm-up in 2011, and coach Gregor Townsend will hope his high-tempo attacking approach will again pay dividends on Saturday.The looked very good for most of last week’s victory over Italy, albeit with a late Italian try-flurry making the 32-20 scoreline less one-sided.Ireland, however, present a far more formidable hurdle and will no doubt be better for a week of intensive remedial work under coach Joe Schmidt.Wales coach Warren Gatland too will have had his players poring over their ipads after their error-strewn first half in Paris. That they recovered via a tournament record turnaround to secure their 10th successive win was testament to their attitude – coupled with some gifts from the French on a sodden night.They will fully expect to take that winning streak to a Welsh national record-equalling 11 in Rome, against an Italian team who already look set to go without a victory for the fourth successive championship.last_img read more

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Land restoration makes progress in Ethiopia

first_imgArticle published by Genevieve Belmaker In Meket – a district in Ethiopia’s Amhara National Regional State (ANRS) – efforts are underway to restore what experts say is one of the more severely deforested and degraded regions in the country.Of the land in ANRS, less than 2 percent forested land remains, and efforts are underway to restore degraded and deforested areas.In 2016, Ethiopia turned to forestry sector development projects in the form of short rotation planting and rehabilitation of degraded lands in ANRS and other districts. DEBRETABOR, Ethiopia – At a tree nursery in Ethiopia’s Meket district, young men and women pack small plastic bags with soil. The indigenous and exotic species grown here were previously sown directly into the earth, but the growth efficiency was less than 50 percent, according to Melak Dagnew, a forest development project coordinator in the country’s Meket district.With the introduction of the plastic bags, into which the seedlings are first planted, and a consistent regimen of post-plantation care — watering, weeding, adding compost — the efficiency rate has risen to 93 percent, Dagnew says, and the trees have grown as much as 5 meters (16 feet) in just a year.“Soil erosion, land degradation and, as a result, a reduction of productivity were observed widely,” says Dagnew. Meket is one of the four districts in Ethiopia’s Amhara National Regional State (ANRS) where land restoration pilot projects are being carried out.“The lack of forest products like fuelwood, wood for fencing and housing purposes for the community were observed because of population increase followed by the consumption of natural forests in a short period of time,” he said.Known for its densely populated highlands and rain-dependent agriculture, the ANRS is one of the more severely deforested and degraded regions in the country. Recent studies show that out of 157,000 square kilometers (60,600 square miles) of land, less than 2 percent is covered by forest.An analysis of forest coverage by Ethiopia’s Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change found that nearly 12,000 square kilometers (4,600 square miles) of forest — an area half the size of the island of Sicily — was lost between 2000 and 2013.Students of the church live in small huts around the church’s land. Photo by Maheder Haileselassie Tadese for Mongabay.Only 2,460 square kilometers (950 square miles) of forest cover was gained, making the forest sector one of the top contributors to domestic greenhouse gas emissions. By pledging to restore 150,000 square kilometers (58,000 square miles) of its degraded and deforested land by 2025, an area half the size of Arizona, Ethiopia has joined the global movement toward forest landscape restoration, or FLR.Just over a fifth of that figure, or 34,000 square kilometers (13,100 square miles), has recently been identified as suitable for reforestation.Native vs. non-native treesThe landscape in Meket district is rugged and highly degraded, and ranges in altitude from 1,200 to 3,000 meters (3,900 to 9,800 feet). Since 2016, it’s been among the districts where forestry sector development projects have been implemented in the form of short rotation planting and rehabilitation of degraded lands.The species planted here include the naturally occurring African juniper (Juniperus procera), wild olive (Olea africana) and flat top acacia (Acacia abyssinica). Non-native varieties include Tasmanian bluegum (Eucalyptus globulus), river red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) and Mexican cypress (Cupressus lusitanica).Of the indigenous seedlings that are planted, 35 percent are fast-growing species and 30 percent are slow-growth varieties. Despite the considerable effort being invested to promote native plants, farmers who need fuelwood for income and for construction purposes favor non-native plants like eucalyptus, which reach maturity for cutting quickly and can grow back up to four times faster than some native species after the initial cut.Part of a secured land for restoration in Meket, Amhara region. Photo by Maheder Haileselassie Tadese for Mongabay.But this expediency comes at a cost. Eucalyptus trees are known to affect soil conditions, groundwater and the overall biological diversity of the areas in which they occur. Yet despite this, studies show that 90 percent of plantations in Ethiopia are covered by these species, favored for their fast-growing nature, rotation periods and market demand.Tree selection isn’t the only challenge facing the reforestation effort. Other factors identified by researchers earlier this year include weed infestations and the spread of grazing and farmland. Shallow soil depths and scarcity of moisture in Meket district have also been obstacles.On the other hand, the reforestation projects have hindered the free movement of area locals and their livestock herds.In total, 165 square kilometers (64 square miles) from four restoration sites and 12 square kilometers (4.6 square miles) from half a dozen plantation sites have been undertaken in the last two to three years in Meket district alone. After the progress here and in other forestry sector development projects, the scope has grown. An initial slate of nine projects has expanded to 54 nationwide. The Amhara region remains at the forefront, with 24 reforestation projects.A way forwardMainly dependent on agriculture, Ethiopia’s economy is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Already it has suffered from recurring droughts and food security woes. The government has taken several steps toward combating these impacts, including the launch of the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) policy in 2011, aimed at building a zero-net-emissions economy by 2030 while maintaining the high growth rate needed to attain middle-income status by 2025.This October, the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change launched a 10-year road map for the forest sector, in collaboration with several nongovernmental partner institutions.Perimeter of Debresena church near Debretabor, Ethiopia. Photo by Maheder Haileselassie Tadese for Mongabay.Tefera Mengistu, a coordinator for the ministry’s Forest Sector Development Program, said five pillars were included in the road map: enabling environment; sustainable forest production and value chain; forest and rural livelihood; forest and environmental functions; and forest and urban greening. Unlike REDD+, which focuses mainly on reducing emissions from degradation and deforestation, the road map is concerned about the forest sector in general.Land restoration and improvement of biodiversity get due emphasis under the pillar of forest and environmental functions, aimed at meeting the country’s commitment for the restoration of 150,000 square kilometers of land.An alternative hope for farmersJust outside the plant nursery, Asrat Haile, 61, weeds his farm where he hopes in a few months to start harvesting teff, the food grain used to make injera, Ethiopia’s national dish. To supplement his income, Haile also works as a security guard for one of the restoration sites in Meket district. Since it’s a rural area, it’s common for people to take a side job to gain more income.Farmers cut grass and shrub fodder for their livestock. Photo by Maheder Haileselassie Tadese for Mongabay.“All this terrain had no tree coverage and was severely degraded. But it’s coming back to life now that the project started.” Haile says, recalling the floods that followed during the rainy season because of the eroded soil and the severely degraded mountainous landscape. “I no longer see the water coming down.”He and other farmers who make up to 61 percent of the earned income in the district are excited that the project includes many people living in poverty and creates employment opportunities. They plant the seedlings grown in the nurseries, both native and non-native trees. As the trees take root in their woodlots, they serve both as a source of fuelwood and timber, and as shade to rest under. Thousands of young men and women are now employed at sites for pitting, planting, watering and other post-plantation management.In an effort to reduce wood cutting for fuel and construction purposes, the project has distributed hundreds of fuel-saving stoves and solar lights to households that have demonstrated the best performance throughout the project activities. The project also allows livestock farmers to enter areas secured for restoration to collect grass and shrubs for fodder during the January-May dry season.There are other benefits.On a nearby hill covered with bright yellow indigenous flowers locally known as adey abebaBidens macroptera), trained farmers gather at a beekeeping site that’s part of the reforestation project. They are able to produce up to 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of honey each year from a single hive.“People were skeptical of the project at first,” says Dagnew, the project coordinator. “Drought and intensive grazing were identified to be major problems.” It took numerous discussions with the community before a mutual understanding was reached and the local people started to accept the projects.They represent not just an economic advantage for the farmers, surrounded by harsh terrain, but also protection for the land against erosion and flooding. That also improves crop yield and productivity along the way.The role of the churchThe Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church has more than 40 million followers and over 35,000 churches all over the country, known for the old forests that envelop them. Even as the rest of the country consistently lost forest coverages over decades, it is in the vicinity of these churches where more than 200 of its last surviving indigenous tree species and remaining biodiversity are found.Alemayheu Wassie, a leading researcher on the topic of church forests, was born and raised in the Amhara region’s South Gondar zone, where there are more than 1,400 church forests. He began his research in 2002 and has since then published more than 20 scientific papers focusing on the conservation and restoration of church forests. Five years ago, he led a project to build walls around or mark for protection 15 church forests carefully selected based on their high biodiversity and indigenous species.One of these churches stands atop a hill in South Gondar. Known as Debresena it was established in the first half of the 16th century. The church forest contains 34 different tree species on just 11.5 hectares (28 acres) of land. But until a recent demarcation measure undertaken by Wassie and his team, it had been under severe pressure from intensive livestock grazing. This was followed by the planting of eucalyptus trees to replace the dominant indigenous trees such as hachitu (Dicrocephala integrifolia) and maget (Trifolium sp.).Seedlings planted and grown in plastic bags have a high success rate. Photo by Maheder Haileselassie Tadese for Mongabay.“Upon consultation with the community, we found the construction of stone walls on the perimeter of the church to be the easiest way of protecting the forest,” Wassie says. Stone walls are preferred because materials are easily available, there is potential for plants to grow in between the stones, and they are tough for cattle to push down. Whenever stone is unavailable for building walls, an artificial demarcation between the roads and farmlands and the church forest is used.Once the area closure or demarcation is done, the local people are reluctant to encroach. As a result, a visible difference in terms of both quality and forest coverage area has developed. The difference is especially stark when compared to other church forests in the area where demarcation measures were not taken.Forests have long been an important companion of the churches. They signify the dignity and prestige of the church and provide a tranquil atmosphere for the hermits and monks who live and contemplate in them. Many churches are built on hills, and the forest surrounding them helps to prevent wind and floods. Additionally, in early Ethiopian and church history, inks made from roots, leaves and flowers of various plants were used to draw paintings and produce books.Changing timesAccording to Wassie, intensive livestock grazing and the increased need of farmers for more land to plow are the two major factors endangering the church forests of Ethiopia. The former hampers the regeneration of seeds by leaving no room for new trees to replace older ones, while the latter significantly reduces the forest coverage area.With his persistent efforts and funding from the Florida-based Tree Foundation, Wassie was able to enclose more than a dozen churches in South Gondar. However, he says he’s concerned that, despite his repeated appeals, both church and government administrations won’t pay heed to the conservation and restoration work needed for church forests.But there are also churches that are focused mainly on rotation plantation and self-sustainability, in addition to conserving what’s already there. Tsegur Michael Church is one of the many found in South Gondar that was established hundreds of years ago.Melakesahel Kindu Kassahun, 52, is head of the church and the person in charge of overseeing all the decisions regarding the forest at Tsegur Michael. He says that 20 years ago the church asked the community for the surrounding land. The local people agreed, even though they grazed their cattle on the land.Part of a Eucalpytus tree. Photo by Maheder Haileselassie Tadese for Mongabay.Since then, the church has busied itself with planting eucalyptus for sale. The income generated from these trees pays for the salaries of the clergy and the purchase of items for the church, thus making the church self-sustaining and productive.In addition to eucalyptus, they also plant trees Mexican cypress and grevillea that have a longer life cycle. The difference is that the trees for sale are planted outside the main compound of the church, because no cutting is permitted inside.“It was first fenced to provide protection for the graveyard,” Kassahun says. Today, the fence that was meant to protect the dead has given life to the forest within.Once a year after the completion of the Sunday mass service, an announcement is made for the farmers, reminding them to participate on terrace work at the plantation site, starting with the sections that are prone to erosion. This is followed by planting trees.Unlike the conservation projects initiated by government policies and various nonprofit organizations in many parts of the country, the work that goes on at many of these church forests are initiated by the church and the community itself.“[Church] forests are stepping stones and boot disks for the land restoration work that’s currently happening in different parts of the country.” Wassie says. “They will be the starting point if we wish to restore our previous natural forest.” Degraded Lands, Forests, Land Use Change, Landscape Restoration, Montane Forests center_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

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Cricket selectors never cease to amaze me with their policies

first_imgDear Editor,Having followed the recently concluded Jaguars Franchise League Three-day cricket tournament, the competition which is used to select the Guyana Jaguars Four-day team, I am assuming our selection policy is biased, or lacks authenticity.Sidelining two promising youngsters that have performed well enough to earn themselves a place in the Guyana Jaguars Four-day team, without an opportunity to exhibit their talent at the next level, has done more bad than good for our youths.As Cricket West Indies is aiming to rebuild, we are at the junction where the CWI is blinded towards retirees, yet our selectors find it conducive to include in their squad Shivnarine Chanderpaul, a man who, without any doubt, has done Guyana and West Indies proud, but should also know when to call it a day.I will be criticised for calling a spade a spade, but my question is: Is Shiv playing for selection in the West Indies Team?Some may want to argue that youth is sacrificed for experience, but how can we equate this if our youths are not given the chance to prove themselves at the next level?Every youngster coming up will not be a Shivnarine Chanderpaul, but each is talented in his own capacity, and should rightly be given the opportunity, as it is owed to them through their performance in the Jaguars Franchise League Three-day tournament.I am forced to ask: What’s the significance of the Jaguars Franchise League Three-day tournament if performance is not used as a yardstick for selection?With outstanding performances such as Akshaya Persaud’s: A chart-topping 523 runs in the Jaguars Franchise Three-day league, the competition should have been used to select the Guyana Jaguars Four-day team. He had a total of 941 runs in 13 games over the last two seasons, with three hundreds and four fifties at an average of 52, what else is required?Come on, Mr Griffith; as the Head of the selection panel, at least demonstrate some ability to select justly.Yours faithfully,Mustafaa Azimullahlast_img read more

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Naomh Conaill Under 21’s Comeback to reach Final

first_imgKillybegs 4-14 v 5-16 Naomh Conaill ( after extra-time ) Naomh Conaill came from eight points down with five minutes of normal time remaining to force extra-time and then went on to win by five in what was a cracking Under 21 semi-final at Eamonn Byrne Park in Killybegs. Killybegs Led by six points at half-time 2-07 to 2-01 after an entertaining opening period. Naomh Conaill got a great start when they were awarded a penalty in the second minute for a lift off the ground and Eoghan McGettigan converted. Killybegs hit back quickly with three points from Ryan Cunningham , Shaun Gorrell and Michael Statham and then the excellent Gorrell hammered the ball to the net in the tenth minute to leave it 1-03 to 1-00 .                                             Cunningham added another point and as the visitors responded Killybegs keeper made a fine save to deny Odhran Doherty as the full-back ventured forward in the 17th minute.                                                                                      McGettigan recorded Naomh Conaill’s first point in the 24th minute to leave it 1-04 to 1-01 but Killybegs pressed the go button again , Ryan Cunningham drilled home the game’s second penalty in the 27th minute and Shaun Gorrell added two points with Seamus Og Byrne added another in between those and suddenly it was 2-07 to 1-01 to the home side . Naomh Conaill needed something and they got it in first-half injury-time when full forward Danny Gallagher got his fist to Eoghan McGettigan’s long ball into the danger area to leave six between them at the break 2-07 to 2-01 and work for the visitors to do in the second-half.                                                                  That work was made harder one minute into the second-half when Oran McGuinness scored  home Killybeg’s fourth goal , his 45 flying all the way to the net to leave nine points in it. Michael Statham added another point and Naomh Conaill looked in big trouble at 3-08 to 2-01 down .                                                                 Logan Quinn and Caolan McGonagle added points for the visitors , Shaun Gorrell replied for Killybegs but Paul McGuinness and Nathan Byrne points left it 3-09 to 2-05 in the 44th minute.                                                                                  Daniel O Keeney and Nathan Byrne exchanged points and then up came Naomh Conaill full-back again to join the attack and he hammered home a super goal to leave just four in it and the visitors back in the game at 3-10 to 3-06.                        However yet again when threatened the home team showed great resolve and in the 50th minute the excellent Ryan Cunningham raced through to slot home their fourth goal and followed it with a point from a free and the lead was out to eight points 4-11 to 3-06.                                                                                                  But this game was far from over as Naomh Conaill did what Naomh Conaill do with a remarkable final seven minutes including injury-time as they scored 1-05 without reply to force extra-time.                                                                                                               Danny Gallagher got his second goal of the game , Nathan Byrne and Joseph Shankey-Smith added normal time points and then Byrne scored three points in three minutes of injury-time to send the game to extra-time on a final score of 4-11  to 4-11 , incredible stuff from both teams but surely the momentum with Naomh  Conaill.                                                                                                                       Ryan Cunningham pointed from a free but Danny Gallagher slotted home his hat-trick goal as Naomh Conaill led for the first time in the game.  Points from Cunningham and sub Callum Quinn meant it was still level at the break in extra-time 4-14 to 5-11.                                                                                                                  However Naomh Conaill had fought back to often to let this one go and so it was as they added five points without reply in the second-half of extra-time to win by that total 5-16 to 4-14 is this epic battle between two excellent teams that gave everything they both had. Eoghan MCGettigan and Paul McGuinness got two apiece and Nathan Byrne who had been outstanding added a fifth to send Naomh Conaill into a final meeting with the holders St.Eunans in two weeks time . Great credit to both teams for their efforts in this outstanding game of football. KILLYBEGS  ;  Corey Byrne , Michael O Callaghan , Seamus Og Byrne (0-1) , Eoin McGinty , Niall Campbell , Ryan Carr , Timmy Gorrell ,  Jack McSharry , Michael Statham ( 0-02 ),  Rory Coyler , Oran McGuinness ( 1-0/45) , Charlie Breslin , Ryan Cunningham (2-05/3f’s ), Shaun Gorrell (1-04), Daniel O Keeney ( 0-01 ).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 NAOMH CONAILL ; Jordan O Donnell , Cian Doherty , Odhran Doherty (1-00),Sean Roarty , Conor Roarty , Keelan McGill , Edward Moss , Kieran Gallagher , Logan Quinn ( 0-01), Paul McGuinness ( 0-03), Eoghan McGettigan ( 1-03) , Nathan Byrne (0-07),Joseph Shankey-Smith( 0-01), Danny Gallagher (3-00 ), Caolan McMonagle(0-01).                                                 SUBS ;                                                                                                                                                            REFEREE ; Marc BrownNaomh Conaill Under 21’s Comeback to reach Final was last modified: November 23rd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

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Marouane Fellaini leaves Manchester United to join CSL side Shandong Luneng

first_imgMarouane Fellaini has left Manchester United to sign for Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng, the Premier League club have confirmed.The 31-year-old Belgium midfielder made 177 appearances in all competitions for United after joining from Everton in the summer of 2013. Wishing you all the best for the future, @Fellaini. A big thank you for everything at #MUFC!— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 1, 2019Fellaini, who last summer signed a new and improved deal until 2020, was as a key figure at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho.But he has featured only once, as a late substitute, in United’s seven Premier League games since Mourinho was sacked and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought in as caretaker manage Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY BEST OF Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice REVEALED ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade center_img huge blow Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED RANKED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Fellaini, who also under Solskjaer came on as a substitute in the FA Cup third-round win over Reading on January 5, has been ruled out of recent matches by a calf injury.United said in a statement on their official website: “Manchester United can confirm that Marouane Fellaini has left the club on a permanent transfer.“Everybody at United thanks Marouane for his service and wishes him well for the future as he completes his move to Shandong Luneng Taishan FC in China.”Fellaini had posted an Instagram photo of himself at an airport on Thursday morning, with the phrase “let’s go” written across it.last_img read more

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Solskjaer tells stories about 1999 to inspire Man United, Smalling reveals

first_img shining REPLY 2 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS The Red Devils welcome Barca to Old Trafford on Wednesday night following a run of three defeats in their last four games.However, Smalling insists United will thrive off the big occasion. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF getty Smalling has established himself as United’s first-choice centre-back under Solskjaer Solskjaer’s goal completed perhaps the most remarkable comeback in European football history REVEALED center_img Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ LIVE ON talkSPORT He added: “We don’t have it easy… PSG and then Barcelona. But ultimately, those are the games you dream of playing in when you’re a kid; you watch them on TV.“Having that chance to go out there and do something that you love is something we’re all looking forward to.” REVEALED ADVICE The England international told talkSPORT: “The fact that he’s been there, done that and now he’s our manager… he’s able to share his insight in certain situations because ultimately that Champions League campaign [1998/99] had some blips along the way.“Having what he’s gone through, for us, is a massive boost. “He used it before PSG and before a couple of big games. That’s what we want to hear, we want to hear stories and he’s very good at telling things that he’s been through with Sir Alex [Ferguson] and as a player.“To hear those is massive inspiration for all of us and helps lead to the comebacks that we’ve had.” Birmingham vs Sheffield United (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Slavia Prague vs Chelsea (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester United vs West Ham (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Wigan vs Norwich (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Manchester City (Sunday, 2:05pm) – talkSPORT Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reminds his Manchester United players of the dramatic Champions League final triumph in 1999 to inspire them, defender Chris Smalling has revealed.Two stoppage time goals against Bayern Munich, including the winner from Solskjaer, saw the Red Devils complete one of the greatest comebacks in European football history at the Nou Camp 20 years ago.And the Norwegian will return to Barcelona with United, this time as manager, as he attempts to overcome the odds once more and eliminate the irrepressible Spanish champions in the quarter-finals.United set up the Barcelona clash with a miraculous comeback victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round – and Smalling explains how the spirit of ’99 inspires the current squad. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move no dice last_img read more

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