Fire and agroforestry revive California indigenous groups’ traditions

first_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 overSponsored In Northern California, the Karuk and Yurok indigenous peoples are burning away decades of forest management practices and revitalizing their foodways and communities.Prescribed burning is the main tool in the groups’ agroforestry system, which encourages proliferation of traditional foods like huckleberries, acorns, salmon and elk, medicinal herbs like wormwood, plus willow, bear grass and hazel for basket making.Agroforestry is the conscious tending of groups of trees, shrubs and herbs in a forest system that benefits biodiversity, sequesters carbon from the atmosphere, improves water quality, and also provides traditional foods that these indigenous peoples need to carry on their customs.At a time when California is repeatedly ravaged by wildfires, these groups’ fire management practices are being studied by state and national agencies to inform their own fire management techniques. ORLEANS, California — Frank Lake stoops beside a low-growing shrub, cups one hand beneath a cluster of cobalt berries and swiftly claps it to his mouth. The purple-lipped grin he flashes leaves no doubt. Huckleberries!Lake offers me a taste: They’re wilder than blueberries, with a tangy sweetness. Huckleberries are just coming in season, says Lake, glancing around for other fruits to sample on the hillside that rises behind him.Bright green bushes are scattered across a carpet of bronze tanoak leaves. Knee-high bracken ferns spread broad flat fronds at the edges of thickets, where seedling pines and cedars poke out of the undergrowth. Towering above them are 30-meter (100-foot) tanoak trees. Beyond are the rugged Klamath Mountains, a geologically jumbled range jutting along California’s northwest border into Oregon.Frank Lake, a PhD research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service and a Karuk descendant, at the start of huckleberry season. Image by Jane Braxton Little for MongabayA distinctive drumming resonates from somewhere up the slope, bringing Lake to his feet with an imitation of the shrill piping call of the pileated woodpecker. As he listens for a response, Lake, a Ph.D. research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service and a Karuk descendant, surveys the scene above the Klamath River a few miles from Orleans. He sees what I see: a productive late-summer forest understory. But Lake also sees a supermarket, where Karuk people can gather berries and acorns; a pharmacy, where they can find herbs to treat coughs and inflammation; and a hardware store, with hazel and bear grass for making baskets.For centuries, the Karuk tribe has nudged this interlocking ecosystem toward producing these beneficial plants through practices known as agroforestry. An ancient technology developed through time by the Karuk tribe and indigenous people around the world, agroforestry integrates crops and livestock into the grasses, shrubs and trees of native forests. After this 2-hectare (5-acre) stand burned in a wildfire in 2001, Karuk and Forest Service crews intentionally burned the land again in 2016 as a research plot. They’re using it to study how fire affects the food and other forest products that have sustained Native Americans in the Klamath River watershed for millennia.For these tribes, plots like this are “our orchards, our gardens, and we cultivate them with fire,” says Lake, a slim man with a crew cut and multiple studs in his ears.This site is part of an ambitious venture aimed at restoring the 5,700 square kilometers (2,200 square miles) that comprise Karuk aboriginal lands. The tribe is working in collaboration with the Forest Service, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), U.C. Berkeley, and numerous other partners to restore the territory, now almost all federally administered, to the functional landscape Karuks once stewarded. Their plans include a 22-square-kilometer (86-square mile) project near Orleans, approved in July by Forest Service officials for a management plan that incorporates Karuk traditional techniques. The partners are also using many of the principles of multi-story agroforestry, increasingly popular in the developing world, while reconnecting with tribal ways.Maintaining healthy ecosystems not only assures tribe members of the food, medicines and materials they need to survive, says Bill Tripp, deputy director of the Karuk Department of Natural Resources, it also embodies a sacred commitment integral to their social fabric, their ceremonies, and most deeply held beliefs.“There’s no reason for us to exist if we can’t fulfill our responsibility to take care of this place,” Tripp says.Bill Tripp, deputy director of the Karuk Department of Natural Resources, is encouraged by the tribe’s cooperative management of ancestral lands but he worries about salmon disappearing from the Klamath River. Photo by Jane Braxton Little for MongabayFood securityFor the tribe scattered along the banks of the Klamath River, salmon and acorns have traditionally been dietary mainstays. Today, neither is abundant. The natural wealth that the region’s 10,000 Native Americans once depended on has been in a steady two-century decline, starting with the arrival of fur trappers and worsening with miners and loggers.As ecosystems collapsed, the Karuks and their downstream neighbors, the Yuroks, were left with their livelihoods disrupted, their ceremonies forbidden, and their cultures disintegrating. Tribal leaders see a direct connection between the breakdown of their social fabric and the precipitous decline in salmon populations, now blocked from spawning grounds by dams. They relate the collapse of community functions to acorn production, which has been poor since the Forest Service introduced management favoring pines over tanoaks.Despite this devastation, during my visit in late August there was a palpable buzz of optimism among Karuk tribal officials — a sense that they are returning as stewards of the land that has always nurtured and sustained them. Most were preparing for the World Renewal Ceremony, held annually to fix the world spiritually and physically. Lake shows me the pelt of a Pacific fisher, a furry, cat-sized carnivore native to the region, fashioned into a garment that he will wear during the ceremony, along with other handmade regalia.These are times for re-embracing traditional knowledge and skills, and reapplying ancient practices, says Lisa Hillman, a Karuk tribal member. “We think we’ve sustained considerable losses since Euro-American contact, but people know more than they think they do,” she says. “And collectively, we know a lot.”Hillman manages the Píkyav CQ Field Institute, named for the Karuk word meaning “to fix it.” The curriculum she helped develop for kindergarten through 12th grade brings acorns, berries, salmon and other traditional foods into the classroom. It also takes students out of the classroom to listen to elders’ stories while they pick huckleberries and gather hazel for basket making. Involving multiple generations in land management helps strengthen local communities and is a significant benefit of agroforestry.Huckleberries, a mainstay of Karuks’ traditional diet, are a deliberate consideration in how the tribe manages forestlands. Photo by Jane Braxton Little for Mongabay“It’s fine to learn about Alexander Hamilton from a book, but we have always learned from the outdoors, and directly from our elders and their stories,” Hillman says.She and other tribal leaders throughout the Klamath watershed used a five-year, $4 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to build a digital library and community gardens as well as the K-12 curriculum focused on tribal cultural heritage. They also held food production workshops emphasizing traditional foods — how and where they are grown. Now Hillman is working with two federal grants to promote college and career readiness for tribal youth, and study Native food, fiber and medicinal plants in fluctuating environmental conditions that include persistent drought and devastating wildfires.“Food is connected to all of what we do and who we are as tribal people, and education is key to changing the trajectory of the tribe’s trauma,” Hillman says.Fire as a management toolMore than workshops, more than libraries, what the Karuks and Yuroks need to restore their traditional foods and culture is fire. Fire clears oak groves of encroaching conifers and kills the weevils that ruin acorns. It renews the meadow grasses for grazing deer and elk. And fire also allows willow and hazel trees to produce the straight shoots needed for baskets.“Fire is part of everything we do,” says Bill Tripp.A heavyset man with pale blue eyes and unruly dark-blond hair, Tripp, 44, got his first lessons on fire after his great-grandmother caught him playing with matches. If he was going to play with fire, she said, he better do something good with it, as his ancestors had. She handed the 4-year-old a box of strike matches with instructions to burn a small patch of black oak leaves covering her yard. It took the whole box and the rest of the day, Tripp recalls, but the experience helped teach him how and when to burn, and what fire means to Karuk culture.As a summer intern on the Six Rivers Forest, Jonathan White, a student at Salish-Kootenai College in Montana, helped to monitor how plants return to this area, burned in 2016 as a Forest Service and Karuk Tribe research plot. Image by Jane Braxton Little for MongabayOn an afternoon when smoke from regional wildfires fills the air, Tripp drives up a winding dirt road just west of Orleans and stops beside a stand of tanoaks and madrones. Three years ago a crew of Karuk, federal, private-sector and community partners set fire to this 28-hectare (70-acre) stand, one of the few places the Karuk have been able to purchase. They started at 6 p.m. and burned through the night, scorching invasive Himalayan berries and decades of accumulated fuel on the forest floor.Today, the ground beneath the trees is open, and a meadow just downhill is so lush that elk have claimed it as a calving area. Wild raspberry and trailing blackberry bushes share the forest floor with tanoak sprouts as high as Tripp’s waist. He points out a fire-carved cavity in an orange-red madrone tree — a perfect hideout for fishers, whose population has been declining.Stands like this, and Lake’s huckleberry hillside across the river, mark the beginnings of a return to traditional Karuk forest stewardship that encourages the growth of traditional Native foods including tanoak acorns, camas bulbs and more. Although they sometimes intentionally planted tobacco and other medicinals, the Karuks focused on using fire at the right time for the right reasons for their essential forest products, says Tripp. Huckleberry and acorn production surges when fire removes the shrubs competing with berry bushes, and encourages tanoaks over pines.The newcomers who began arriving in the 1800s changed the land management in the area radically, but it was the loss of fire on the landscape that proved catastrophic. Rather than the regular use of cleansing fire to encourage the growth of plants the Karuks needed, federal legislation adopted in 1911 called for extinguishing all fires, with a goal of complete suppression by 10 a.m. In the complex tug-of-war then characterizing Native American and U.S. government relationships, a Forest Service ranger dismissed traditional Native American fires as “pure cussedness or a spirit of don’t-care damnativeness.”Now, as state and federal officials rethink the role of natural fire, some are starting to recognize the benefits of small-scale burning to both communities and ecosystems. Downstream on the Klamath River, members of the Yurok tribe are working with Cal Fire to return the cultural burns that replenished the forest products their grandmothers depended upon.A firestarter for cultural revivalOn another afternoon clouded with the smoke from a nearby wildfire, Margo Robbins and Elizabeth Azzuz are scrambling around on the banks of a dirt road just outside Weitchpec, where the Trinity River flows into the Klamath. Azzuz shouts out at the sight of knee-high hazel sprouts, a staple for Yurok basket weavers. “They’re shooting up like gangbusters,” she yells.Elizabeth Azzuz and Margo Robbins, leaders of the Cultural Fire Management Council, have been helping Yurok Tribal members burn their land to improve the growth of basket materials and other traditional plants. Photo by Jane Braxton Little for MongabayRobbins, Azzuz and their partners intentionally burned the area this spring. Like Karuk families, Yuroks traditionally set carefully tended fires in the tanoak groves where generations of their ancestors had gathered acorns. But that ended over a century ago. “We grew up knowing we could be killed for setting fire on the land,” Azzuz says.She and Robbins are part of a team working with the Cultural Fire Management Council, created in 2013 to focus on encouraging traditional foods and generating long straight shoots of hazel that local basket weavers had not had for decades. Since their first cultural burn in 2015 they’ve increased the annual burn area to 68 hectares (167 acres). Along with hazel, these controlled burns are rejuvenating wormwood and other medicinal plants, and bear grass for baskets. Acorns, raspberries, thimbleberries, vines for teas, and other edible plants have burgeoned since they began burning. By thinning out forest undergrowth, fires also improve habitat for the elk and deer, important Yurok foods.Fire also benefits salmon. By reducing streamside brush and invasive weeds, burning improves water quality and the amount of water returned to streams where salmon spawn, says Robbins. All this is essential for the health of salmon.The Cultural Fire Management Council burns are also providing protection from wildfire for communities scattered in the hills along the Klamath. Last year Ken Pimlott, the Cal Fire director, honored the council for its work using burning as a fire-safe tool that enhances the landscape and restores cultural plants.So many people needed to have their own land burned that Robbins and Azzuz began hosting cooperative training exchange sessions using a model initiated by The Nature Conservancy. “We realized we ignited a lot more than hazel,” Robbins says.She and Azzuz work with property owners to prepare their private lands for burning. Along with traditional food production, the effort is reviving cultural practices that transcend burning. “Restoration of the land is restoration of the people,” Robbins says.As these small-scale burns contribute to an understanding of fire at the level Yuroks and Karuks once practiced it, some state and federal officials are turning to them to guide management on federal lands. The project plan, signed in July by Forest Service officials, marks the start of a new Karuk-influenced management approach that could eventually include the 5,700 square kilometers of the tribe’s ancestral territory. Designed to protect communities from wildfire while restoring beneficial fire, the project was years in development, led by the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership.Wooley Creek flows into the Salmon River near Somes Bar, where the Karuk Tribe and the U.S. Forest Service are planning a 5,000-acre restoration project. Photo by Jane Braxton Little for MongabayThe Six Rivers National Forest is the first national forest in California to combine the Karuk’s broad, holistic vision with lidar (a laser-based radar-like technology), geographic information system (GIS) mapping, and other Western technology. Regional forester Randy Moore personally endorsed the project as a model of integrating traditional and contemporary knowledge to help improve forest health across all jurisdictions.Forward-looking traditionAs society grapples with learning how to live with fire under changing climate and environmental conditions, Tripp is hopeful that this will be the first of many projects using traditional burning techniques to enhance the safety of communities and conditions for growing native foods.“We’re on the verge of true co-management of our aboriginal homeland. That’s huge,” Tripp says, allowing himself a faint smile.From his spot on the huckleberry hillside, Frank Lake, the Forest Service ecologist, envisions the essential link between fire and the health of both the land and Karuk culture. “If we’re going to restore fish, we have to use fire. If we’re going to restore acorns and huckleberries, we have to use fire,” he says. “It’s not just waiting for lightning to strike.”This article is part of an ongoing series on agroforestry worldwide and was published in partnership with Civil Eats, the daily news website focused on sustainable food and farming.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. Agriculture, Agroforestry, Archive, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Conservation Solutions, Featured, Fires, food security, Forest Fires, Forests, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Indigenous Peoples, Sustainable Development center_img Article published by Erik Hoffnerlast_img read more

Last-gasp Luiz gives Chelsea victory at Basel

first_img0Shares0000BASEL, Switzerland April 26 – David Luiz scored with the very last kick of the game to earn Chelsea a dramatic 2-1 win at FC Basel in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.Basel, who were appearing in their first European semi-final, looked set to earn a draw after a contentious 87th-minute penalty from Fabian Schar cancelled out Victor Moses’ early opener. However, deep into injury time, Luiz drove a 25-yard free-kick beneath the Basel wall and into the bottom-right corner to put Rafael Benitez’s side in control ahead of next week’s return leg at Stamford Bridge.“We played against a good team. You could see the intensity and the pace of the game, but we had enough chances to score and the penalty, which was a surprise for everyone, could have made a difference,” interim manager Benitez told ITV.“It is always important to win. To score an away goal is important, but to score two and win is even better.”In the end, the only sour note for the visitors was a yellow card for Ashley Cole that rules him out of the second leg, although Basel will also be without centre-back Aleksandar Dragovic for the same reason.Chelsea had welcomed Cole back after a three-week absence due to a hamstring injury, but their wariness was demonstrated by interim coach Benitez’s decision to deploy centre-back Luiz in a midfield holding role.Basel eliminated Tottenham Hotspur on penalties in the quarter-finals, having knocked Manchester United out of last season’s Champions League, and they served early notice of their threat when Mohammed Elneny curled a cross onto the roof of the Chelsea net.It was Chelsea, however, who took the lead in the 12th minute, to the disappointment of watching Basel native Roger Federer.Frank Lampard drew a smart save from Yann Sommer with a near-post volley and from the resulting corner, the England midfielder’s cross struck Moses and ricocheted into the roof of the net.Basel responded immediately, briefly forcing the visitors onto the back foot.Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech tipped a stinging Schar free-kick over the bar, while Valentin Stocker hit the outside of the post with a drilled cross from the right.The away side finished the half strongly, though, with Sommer producing a sharp reflex save to repel Ramires’ half-volley from close range.Eden Hazard might have doubled Chelsea’s lead shortly before half-time, but a last-ditch challenge from Park Joo-Ho put him off just as he was about to take aim at the exposed Sommer.In the opening exchanges of the second period, both sides hit the woodwork with chances that would have greatly altered the face of the game.First, Stocker rolled a low shot against the base of Cech’s right-hand post, before Fernando Torres saw a left-foot snap-shot crash back off an upright after a bold run down the Chelsea left from Hazard.Basel coach Murat Yakin introduced Marcelo Diaz and Jacques Zoua from the bench, and the hosts saw Fabian Frei and then Zoua shoot narrowly wide from just outside the box.After several nervous moments in the Chelsea area, the hosts’ pressure told when Czech referee Pavel Kralovec penalised Cesar Azpilicueta for making contact with Stocker from behind.Schar duly drilled his spot-kick down the middle, before Sommer produced a stunning point-blank save to deny John Terry, only for Luiz to strike in the fourth minute of added time to end Basel’s unbeaten home record in this season’s competition.“The team reacted very well (to going behind) and we were even looking for a winner, but in the end we were the unlucky team,” said Yakin.“We shouldn’t have conceded a goal like that, but overall it was a good performance.”In the other semi-final, Fenerbahce hit the woodwork three times against Benfica but finally prevailed through a 72nd-minute Egemen Korkmaz goal to procure a 1-0 advantage ahead of the second leg in Portugal.Korkmaz headed home powerfully from a corner at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium to give Aykut Kocaman’s hosts a wafer-thin victory as they bid to reach their first ever European final.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Parma set to sign free agent Mariga

first_imgAccording to Sky Sport Italia, Mariga was training with the Parma players at Collecchio this afternoon.The 27-year-old Kenya international is a free agent after his contract with Inter expired in July.He had several spells in a Parma jersey, from July 2008 to January 2010, then returned on loan from Inter in January 2012 for six months and all of last season.Mariga ended his over two-year self-imposed absence from Harambee Stars when he was recalled by axed Belgian head coach, Adel Amrouche for the 2015 Afcon preliminary qualifiers against Comoros.He returned to the squad in the next round against Lesotho where Kenya crashed out of the competition after losing 1-0 on aggregate early last month.-Football Italia0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000ROME, August 4- Parma are set to sign free agent McDonald Mariga after he was spotted training with the squad today.The transfer deadline has passed, but clubs can still sign players who are currently out of contract.last_img read more

NBA NOTEBOOK Bryant, Lakers play it safe

first_imgFrom staff and news reports The Lakers aren’t going to gamble in Las Vegas. Kobe Bryant has been diagnosed with a sprained right wrist and will sit out tonight’s exhibition finale against Sacramento in Las Vegas. X-rays taken Thursday were negative and the Lakers hope Bryant will be able to return to practice Saturday, when they begin final preparations for Tuesday’s season opener. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Coach Phil Jackson said he “would anticipate” Bryant being able to play Tuesday. “He thought it was going to be OK, but it was a little stiff,” Jackson said. “We thought (Thursday) would be a good opportunity to let him stay home and let this team play without him.” News of a Laker injury barely causes a flinch. Lamar Odom (offseason shoulder surgery) might miss the first four games while Kwame Brown (ankle, shoulder), Chris Mihm (ankle) and Luke Walton (hip) all have been hobbled.The Clippers waived former first-round draft pick Yaroslav Korolev and two others, leaving them with 15 players on their roster. The Clippers also waived forward Kimani Friend and guard Guillermo Diaz. NBA commissioner David Stern acknowledged that more than half of his 56 referees had violated NBA policies about casino gambling, but said none will be punished because he felt the rules were outdated. Instead, Stern said he is altering the policies, leaning toward allowing referees to gamble in casinos during the offseason – except for betting in sports books. Captain Fisher Jackson has not announced team captains this season, but he slipped a bit when he answered a question about Derek Fisher by using the term, “as a captain.” Jackson later said he “felt strongly” about Fisher being a captain, but hadn’t chosen any others. Fisher said he already has called three team meetings to go over details of the team’s play, and said he is embracing the role of team leader. “If you read the papers and stuff like that, it’s probably 75 to 25 (percent) in terms of the reason why I’m really here,” Fisher said. “I think people could care less how many points I score.” A changed man Fisher’s leadership is familiar to Jackson, but Fisher said he sees some differences in Jackson, in comparison to his first Laker stint. “He seems to be pushing a lot harder,” Fisher said. “I think part of it is that we have a young team that needs to be pushed. So he’s pushing buttons and he’s working us a lot harder.” Clippers cut Korolev Stern to loosen policy Around the league Heat: Coach Pat Riley said he’s counting on newly acquired guard Ricky Davis to provide an immediate boost to the team’s sagging offense. Davis will slide into the injured Dwyane Wade’s spot at starting shooting guard when the Heat open the regular season next week, Bucks: Center Andrew Bogut has a sprained left wrist, Milwaukee said after the 7-foot center had more tests to determine the severity of the injury. Pistons: Rookie guard Rodney Stuckey had surgery on his broken left hand and is expected to miss at least six weeks. Bulls: Center Ben Wallace was helped off the court after injuring his left ankle late in the second quarter in a preseason game against the Bucks.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

West Ham reported to FA by chairman of Hammers’ women’s team

first_img1 West Ham joint chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan West Ham have been reported to the Football Association by the chairman of their own ladies’ team for an alleged breach of anti-discrimination rules.Stephen Hunt says he has been forced to act after what he claims is a sustained period in which the Premier League club have ignored requests for financial help and other forms of assistance.Hunt alleges says the West Ham board have “positively act[ed] to undermine the ladies’ team” to the extent that it now “essentially not viable”.He cited an incident this season in which he says a West Ham Ladies player who sustained a knee injury was forced to wait five months for an operation on the NHS because the club refused to pay for treatment.Hunt said: “I saw an advert 18 months ago asking if anyone wanted to be chairman of the West Ham ladies team and I took on the role.“I spent last season trying to turn the club around but I soon realised the relationship with the club was very poor and it wasn’t clear who owned what.“The club was constantly cutting back and forcing us to basically live below a subsistence level. I had to lend the club money just to survive and West Ham put in nothing.“Our club is now essentially not viable. It can’t control its income because it is not allowed to sell advertising because it would clash with West Ham branding.“I have now concluded having read the FA rules from cover to cover that being a member of the FA requires you to work to end discrimination on the basis of gender and to promote equality.“There may be a dispute over how far a club can go but what they can’t do is positively act to undermine the ladies’ team.”West Ham Ladies are currently members of FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division, and play their home matches in Thurrock.The ladies’ section of the Hammers’ official website includes brief pen-pictures of five players, which Hunt says is out of date.In a statement issued to the BBC, West Ham refuted Hunt’s claims and said they were working bringing control of the ladies’ team back “in-house”.The statement read: “The club have been working for some time on plans to take West Ham United Ladies FC ‘in house’ and, in light of Mr Hunt’s most recent deeply concerning comments, we will now be seeking to do so at the earliest opportunity.“We will, of course, seek to maintain the current West Ham United Ladies FC squad personnel where possible, and provide them with the best possible support and management moving forward.“As a result of this, women’s football at West Ham United will become bigger, better and stronger, as we continue our commitment to the growth and development of the women’s game, both on and off the pitch.”last_img read more

Lancaster expands its Web site

first_img“This is the city’s Web site, not City Hall’s Web site,” said city spokeswoman Anne Aldrich. There’s at least three different paths to get at information. For example, someone wanting to file a crime report can click on buttons saying “file a police report,” the button for the Sheriff’s Department, and the button that says “I want to,” Aldrich said. The Web site includes a feature called CityLink in which residents can select types of city information to be e-mailed to them, including job listings, event information at city venues such as the Lancaster Performing Arts Center and Prime Desert Woodlands, and agendas for city meetings. The Web site also has a feature called “Connect with Lancaster,” which allows visitors to make comments and suggestions or ask questions online. One suggestion made online was to provide a link to have city information available in Spanish, a suggestion the city incorporated into the Web site, Aldrich said. The Web site includes a brief history of the city, biographies of the council members, and a “get involved” page with listings of opportunities for citizens to participate in city affairs, such as cleanup efforts and planning efforts. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Lancaster residents now can file minor crime reports over the Internet, saving both their time and that of sheriff’s deputies. In the first online crime reporting program for communities served by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Lancaster residents can send digital reports of lost property, theft, harassing telephone calls, vandalism and other nonemergency situations. “That means deputies can spend more time in the field, responding to emergencies, and less time on paperwork,” Lancaster sheriff’s station Lt. Gordon Carn said. “Since thousands of calls for service are simply to provide a police report for insurance claims, this is a high value item.” At the Lancaster sheriff’s station, officials will review the online report, classify it and assign a report number. The goal is to e-mail back to the citizen a copy of the crime report within 48 hours, Carn said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Crime reporting is among the new features added to the city Web site, www.cityoflancasterca.org, which officials said is aimed at making information easier to find and at giving residents a way to interact with the city. Among the Web site features are the ability to sign up for parks and recreation programs; check whether a business is properly licensed; look for job listings and download a job application; and look up agendas and meetings from council and Planning Commission meetings. “I call this `the hookup,”‘ said Mayor Henry Hearns. “This gives the community a way to connect back with the city.” Much in the way a retailer will conduct a “soft opening” before its official grand opening to work out bugs, the city’s new Web site has been operating since Oct. 24, but officials didn’t call attention to it until Thursday. The city revamped its Web site as part of a goal to improve communication with residents, officials said. last_img

The new Premier League rule changes you need to know about

first_img Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Goal kicksThe ball is now active the second it leaves the goalkeeper’s foot in a goal-kick situation.Teammates of the keeper or attackers from the opposition no longer have to wait until the ball leaves the penalty area to take control of it.However, Portuguese club Benfica appear to have taken advantage of the rule change during a pre-season match against AC Milan by chipping the ball into a defender inside their own area who then gives it back to the goalkeeper.This opens up an opportunity for the keeper to then drop kick the ball or even throw it out of his box.Drop ballsOld fashioned drop balls will not be used any more and now referees will be giving the ball back to the last team in possession after stoppages.SubstitutionsWhenever a player is substituted, they must exit the field at the nearest point.This has been introduced to stop players on the opposite side of the pitch walking to the far dugout late on in games.Although this was during the Carabao Cup final, it may be easier for to take Kepa Arrizabalaga off if Chelsea want to bring on Willy Caballero with this new rule in mind. James Ward-Prowse scored this excellent free-kick against Tottenham, however, these Southampton players will not be allowed that close to the wall in 2019/20 LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES 7 7 Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action.We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever. 7 OFF Kepa’s refusal to be substituted left former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri raging at Wembley Getty The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Cards for coachesManagerial staff will now be punished the same way as players with referees allowed to brandish yellow and red cards to those on the touchline.This is a rule the likes of Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will need to take into account.Following a defeat to Burnley last season, Pochettino angrily confronted referee Mike Dean on the pitch, along with assistant Jesus Perez – actions that could see them carded in the future as well as receiving a fine and a touchline ban.It will take four cautions to receive a one match ban, while eight yellows will make earn you a further two games away from the pitch.You may have seen Pep Guardiola get one in the Community Shield too. Penalty kicksGoalkeepers must have one foot on the line while the penalty is being taken.Meanwhile, the authorities have decided to reduce the mind games by keepers by banning them from touching the posts before the spot-kick is taken. England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saved three penalties for Everton last term but will have to reconsider his approach this season Portsmouth vs Birmingham (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Manchester City (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Nottingham Forest (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Aston Villa (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas LIVE on talkSPORT 7 However, there are some more rule changes which you can see below as well as how they might affect teams for the upcoming season.CelebrationsThis rule has been brought in as a direct result of VAR.A player is currently booked for any over-exuberant celebrations, jumping into the crowd or taking a shirt off.But now it has been confirmed a player can even be booked if they score, celebrate in that fashion and the goal then gets disallowed by VAR. REVEALED 7 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ latest center_img BIG PRESENTS UP TOP HandballsIf the ball hits an attacker’s arm during the build-up to a goal it will be disallowed regardless if it was accidental or otherwise.Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero scored a goal which rebounded off his arm against Arsenal to complete a hat-trick last season. He admitted it was a handball after the game but this season it won’t be given. TROPHY getty VAR will be available to referees in the top flight this season Free kicksAn attacking player is no longer allowed in the wall at free kicks and opponents must stand at least a metre away.It means there will be a lot less jostling between attacking and defending players in the wall as a free-kick is being taken. New job targets FAREWELL 7 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST deals 7 Liverpool boss Klopp was fined £8,000 by the Football Association for his over-exuberant celebrations during a victory over Everton last season Head-to-HeadIf two teams are level on points, goal difference, goals for and goals against, then their place in the table will be determined by their head-to-head record.In the past, it would have resulted in a play-off between the two sides, something that has never happened before.There was talk of Manchester City and Liverpool having to play a title play-off after the final day but it wasn’t required as the Citizens ended up finishing a point above the Reds. talkSPORT’s Micky Gray slams ‘ludicrous’ changes to handball law Sky Sports City won an exceptionally competitive title race last season Pochettino was given a two-game touchline ban and a £10,000 fine for this incident Getty Images – Getty The 28th Premier League season kicks off this weekend and with it come a new set of rules for fans to get accustomed to.A big thing coming in for the 2019/20 campaign is Video Assistant Referee (VAR), giving match officials an opportunity to have another look at incidents during the game and even change their decisions – although they do have a three replay limit. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update last_img read more

McNamara sympathises with Thompson after resignation

first_imgFormer Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara says he feels some sympathy for Stephen Thompson after the chairman decided to hand in his resignation.The businessman became one of the biggest stories on transfer deadline day last week when he announced he would be stepping down from his role at the end of the season.Thompson took over the position when his father Eddie passed away in October 2008.He will continue to be the club’s majority shareholder and owner but will no longer sit on the board of directors. McNamara left his role in September 2015 but his predecessor Mixu Paatelainen was unable to turn results around with them suffering relegation to the Championship at the end of the season. It came after a year-and-a-half of poor performances with many fans looking to the sale of key players, including Gary Mackay-Steven, Stuart Armstrong and Nadir Ciftci to Celtic, being one of the catalysts.While McNamara acknowledges there were some tough times towards the end of his tenure, he admits he is proud to see so many of his former players continue to build their careers.“It’s a good club and I enjoyed most of my time there,” he continued. “I did my best while I was there and had some great football players.“I take great pride in seeing them all playing now, the likes of Andy [Robertson] playing at Liverpool. There were so many good moments there despite it being a difficult time.” McNamara, who worked under Thompson from 2013 until 2015, understands he is not a popular figure amongst some sections of the Dundee United support but says he has had a difficult time recently. “Obviously there’s a lot of change, with managers and everything else,” he said.“I’ve got a bit of sympathy for him, he’s stepping down and he’s taken a lot of stick. But I think he inherited a lot of problems when he took over as chairman there. “It’s difficult for me to speak about them but I obviously wish them all the best. They shouldn’t be in the Championship, they’re a top flight club and hopefully they get back up this season.”last_img read more

Dromahair and Allen Gaels relegated from Division One

first_img2017 Dunnes Bar ACL Division 2Wed, 12 Jul, Leitrim Gaels 0-15 Ballinaglera 1-10Wed, 12 Jul, Aughavas 1-16 Drumreilly 3-11Wed, 12 Jul, Cloone 3-12 Annaduff 1-6Fri, 14 Jul, Kiltubrid 1-9 Carrigallen 0-9Sat, 15 Jul, Leitrim Gaels 1-12 Aughavas 0-11Sun, 16 Jul, Glencar-Manorhamilton W/O Drumreilly  – Swan Bar ACL Division 3 2017Sun, 16 Jul, Drumkeerin 2-16 Kiltubrid 4-9 Swan Bar ACL Division 3 2017Sun, 16 Jul, Gortletteragh 1-5 Melvin Gaels 7-10 2017 Swan Bar ACL Division4Sun, 16 Jul, Ballinamore-Sean O’Heslin’s 1-10 Carrigallen 3-18Sun, 16 Jul, Aughawillan 2-10 Bornacoola 0-11 Glencar/Manorhamilton’s defeat of Allen Gaels, means the Drumshanbo men are relegated from Division One along with Dromahair, who lost to Fenagh/St Caillian’s.Drumkeerin survived despite their defeat to St Mary’s.Leitrim Gaels booked their place in the Division Two final against Ballinaglera.And Melvin Gaels’ second team will face Mohill in the Division Three final after winning their play-off against Gortlettragh.2017 Dunnes Bar ACL Division 1Wed, 12 Jul, Allen Gaels 2-11 Gortletteragh 1-6Wed, 12 Jul, Melvin Gaels 1-9 St Mary’s-Kiltoghert 1-9Wed, 12 Jul, Aughnasheelin 2-12 Glencar-Manorhamilton 0-14Wed, 12 Jul, Aughawillan 3-16 Dromahair-St Patrick’s 1-12Wed, 12 Jul, Fenagh-St Caillins 1-8 Mohill 3-18Wed, 12 Jul, Drumkeerin 1-6 Ballinamore-Sean O’Heslin’s 0-9Sat, 15 Jul, Ballinamore-Sean O’Heslin’s 0-9 Aughawillan 1-11Sat, 15 Jul, Mohill W/O Aughnasheelin  –Sat, 15 Jul, Dromahair-St Patrick’s 0-10 Fenagh-St Caillins 3-16Sat, 15 Jul, Gortletteragh W/O Melvin Gaels  –Sat, 15 Jul, Drumkeerin 0-10 St Mary’s-Kiltoghert 1-9Sat, 15 Jul, Glencar-Manorhamilton 1-10 Allen Gaels 0-9last_img read more

TRON Coaster Coming to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

first_imgFrom the artwork, it also appears that the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover, the Tomorrowland Light and Power Company (otherwise known as the Space Mountain gift shop), and the Walt Disney World Railroad will remain intact.The TRON Lightcycle Power Run attraction at Shanghai Disneyland is a coaster-style attraction where riders board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles and race through the game grid and beyond. The attraction shares the excitement that can be found in TRON’s high-tech universe and is one of the most thrilling adventures at any Disney park.Disney plans to open the TRON attraction in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021.SaveSave Share This!Turns out those rumors were indeed true! The TRON Coaster that has been so popular over at Shanghai Disneyland will be making its way to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.This new attraction will be situated in a brand-new location in the park, next to Space Mountain and extending past the railroad tracks. Fans of the Tomorrowland Speedway, don’t need to fear; concept art shows that the Speedway will remain.©Disneylast_img read more