Republic of Congo names new national park, home to gorillas, elephants

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Chimpanzees, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Gorillas, Governance, Great Apes, Happy-upbeat Environmental, National Parks, Protected Areas, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade The new Ogooué-Leketi National Park is the Republic of Congo’s fifth national park.It borders Batéké Plateau National Park in neighboring Gabon, and together the two parks form a transboundary protected area covering more than 5,500 square kilometers (2,120 square miles).The official designation of Ogooué-Leketi National Park comes after three logging concessions that overlapped with the proposed park area were finally closed down.All of the rights-holding communities that live close to the Ogooué-Leketi National Park were involved in the process of creating the protected area, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Congo program. The Republic of Congo has officially created its fifth national park, lending protection to great apes, forest elephants and other threatened wildlife.The new Ogooué-Leketi National Park spans 3,500 square kilometers (1,350 square miles), and borders Batéké Plateau National Park in neighboring Gabon. Together, the two national parks form a transboundary protected area covering more than 5,500 square kilometers (2,120 square miles).Ogooué-Leketi is also part of the Batéké Plateau landscape, a unique patchwork of large rolling savannas on sandy hills, interrupted by long strips of dense forests and turquoise-blue river valleys. This savanna-forest complex is home to several threatened species, some found nowhere else in Congo, according to a press release from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Congo program, which has been surveying the area with the country’s Ministry of Forestry Economy since 2004.Ogooué-Leketi National Park was created by official decree on Nov. 9, 2018. Image courtesy of WCS.In 2009, the IUCN identified the region in which the park sits today as a priority conservation site for the protection of the critically endangered western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) and the endangered central chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes troglodytes), said Mark Gately, country director for WCS-Congo.The forest sector of the new park is also home to several other species, such as the African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis), forest buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus), red river hog (Potamochoerus porcus), and several species of monkey including the iconic mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx). The savanna part of the national park, too, hosts a wide range of wildlife. The park has at least six species of rare savanna plants that are specialists of the Kalahari Sands, the substrate that forms the Batéké Plateau, and other savanna specialists like the bush duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia), side-striped jackal (Canis adustus), and several species of birds. The national park area was in fact identified by BirdLife International as a site of high importance for bird conservation in 2007.The rolling savanna of Ogooué-Leketi National Park. Image courtesy of WCS.The official designation of Ogooué-Leketi National Park comes after three logging concessions that overlapped with the proposed park area were finally closed down. Logging activity had expanded into the proposed protected area since 2013, Gately said, with loggers searching mainly for okoumé trees (Aucoumea klaineana) for use in plywood. All three logging companies, which are still active around the periphery of the park, completed logging within parts of the concessions overlapping the park in December 2016.“With the support of the Congolese Minister of Forestry Economy, Mrs. Rosalie Matondo, the creation of the park has eliminated logging activity within the protected area boundaries, securing the closed canopy forest habitat that covers roughly a third of the park,” Gately said.The roads and bridges that the logging companies built into the proposed park area have, however, facilitated commercial bushmeat hunting. Such hunting “is currently the biggest threat to the area’s wildlife and this trade links to cities like Pointe Noire and Brazzaville but also across [the] border towards Gabon,” Gately said.“Great ape numbers have declined significantly in the area since 2010 and elephants, even if their population seems stable, recently started changing their behaviour — visiting forest clearings more at night than during the day, behaviour that is generally observed in elephant populations that perceive threats from humans in their habitat,” Gately added.Local communities have been involved in the process of creating the protected area since the project was launched. Image courtesy of WCS.With the logging companies out, the government and WCS-Congo are now working with local communities to draw up a management plan for the national park. While no villages existed inside the area now designated as Ogooué-Leketi National Park, there are five villages very close to the park boundary. The residents of these villages have traditionally used the national park area for their needs, and continue to depend on the forest for their sustenance.All of the rights-holding communities living near the national park were involved in the process of creating the protected area since the project was launched, Gately said. The boundaries of the protected area were mapped to ensure the villages weren’t incorporated into the national park. The communities also helped identify and map areas of cultural and traditional importance to them.“The participatory mapping process led the government to … highlight any cultural or natural resource use zones that overlap with critical high ecological value areas, including bais [swampy, mineral-rich meadows], that will be integrated into the park under eco-development zones,” Gately said. “In these identified areas, which will be integrated into the management plan of the park, rights-holding communities will be able to continue traditional and subsistence-based gathering, fishing or hunting. The maps including the limit of the future park and the eco-development zones were validated for each village in order to ensure full consent.”Banner image of western lowland gorilla by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay Article published by Shreya Dasguptacenter_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

Wenger more respected than me – Mourinho

first_imgBoth men have three Premier League titles each, but with Mourinho having won his last title as recently as 2015 — as opposed to 2004 for Wenger — he feels the media do not give him enough credit.“In the Premier League, going just on the Premier League, tomorrow is a match between the two managers with the best record. Sir Alex Ferguson isn’t here anymore,” Mourinho said.Jose Mourinho has had a rocky start as manager of Manchester United © AFP/File / Oli Scarff“Tomorrow, I think between the two managers we are speaking about, I think (there are) six or seven Premier League titles. I have three, he has three or four.“Does that mean we should be respected, even in periods where our results are not the best? I think Mr Wenger has that respect from all of you. I don’t think I have.“Especially because my last Premier League title was 18 months ago, not 18 years ago. I don’t think I get that respect.“But to be honest, I just follow my way because I want to win a ninth championship and I want to win a fourth Premier League.”United, sixth in the table, have won just two of their last eight league games and will fall nine points below Arsenal if they are beaten at Old Trafford on Saturday.Jose Mourinho lifted the Premier League trophy with Chelsea in 2015 © AFP/File / Adrian DennisWenger has never beaten Mourinho in a league game and has not masterminded a league win at Old Trafford since September 2006, but Mourinho says those statistics will count for nothing.“Some records are better than others,” he told reporters at United’s training base in Carrington, west of Manchester.“But in the end, a football match is an isolated event, nothing to do with what happened before, nothing to do with what can happen in the future.”– ‘You have your sources’ –Mourinho confirmed Wayne Rooney was “ready” to face Arsenal after withdrawing from England duty with a minor knee injury.Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal are currently fourth in the English Premier League © AFP/FileBut he refused to talk about centre-back Chris Smalling’s fitness, following press reports he has suffered a broken toe.Mourinho appeared to criticise Smalling and left-back Luke Shaw after they missed United’s 3-1 win at Swansea City, suggesting they had shown a lack of bravery.“Chris Smalling you cannot ask,” Mourinho said. “You cannot ask because you have your sources, you trust your sources, you believe in your sources.“You write what your sources tell you and you did that for 15 days, so now you are now not going to ask me to comment on your sources’ information, so I don’t say a word about Chris Smalling.“You have your trustful relationship with your sources and you wrote, you spoke, you criticise, so that’s fine for me.“You do the big headlines with your sources and now I am not interested in commenting on that.”Mourinho was more forthcoming on Shaw, who has been troubled by niggling injuries since returning from a double leg break at the start of the season.“Luke Shaw I comment, yes,” he said. “He worked well in this period where we had a very small group, which is not the best, but he worked really well.“He is ready to play. I don’t have any problem with him. I am not saying he plays or he doesn’t play tomorrow.“I am saying that he is my player, a young player with potential. A young player like every young player with little problems, with things he needs to learn, things he needs to improve.“But he is a player of my confidence and playing now five matches in two weeks like we are going to do, in three different competitions, for sure he is going to play.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (left) and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger © AFP/File / Oli Scarff, Adrian DennisMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 18 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claimed on Friday he is not shown the same respect as his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger, ahead of their Premier League showdown on Saturday.Mourinho, 53, has regularly clashed with Wenger, 67, over the course of his two spells as Chelsea manager and his current role at United.last_img read more

Fort St. John economy expected to grow

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A large audience filled the ballroom at the Pomeroy Hotel Tuesday night as they intently listened to the State of the Economy Forum put on by the Chamber of Commerce and the North Peace Savings and Credit Union.The forum, hosted by Helmut Pastrick chief economist of Central 1 Credit Union, showed the current and future forecast of the provincial and Peace Region economy.Within the Province of B.C., climate change may have an effect on the future of the economy, particularly in oil production, fishing and forestry.- Advertisement -Pastrick also talked about the positive impact that the new LNG Project would have on the local economy.Pastrick says that with this new project, the Fort St. John economy will continue to grow in 2019 and will remain stable in terms of employment.Also examined at the forum was the effects that the national and international market will have on the economy.Advertisement Watch the entire presentation below.last_img read more

Liverpool target set to snub Premier League interest and sign new Inter Milan deal

first_img1 Mauro Icardi in action for Inter Milan Liverpool target Mauro Icardi is set to snub interest from the Premier League and commit his future to Inter Milan.The Argentine international, 21, was linked with a move to Anfield throughout the summer and reportedly came close to joining the Merseysiders, before Brendan Rodgers took a gamble on Mario Balotelli from Inter’s city neighbours, AC Milan.Icardi has made a fast start to the Serie A season, scoring three times in two matches, and again attracted interest from England.But in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, the former Sampdoria man has confirmed he has no intention to leave Inter now and wants to continue wearing the Nerazzurri shirt – news which will disappoint Liverpool fans.“On my contract renewal I don’t know anything yet. But I chose Inter, and I want to stay here,” he said.“I want to stay because here we have a desire to build something. Because Milan is a great city, because the President [Erik Thohir] has very clear ideas and because… because I want to stay here!“Three reasons to believe in Inter? One: because I like this squad and the work the club is doing. Two: because there are many young players with a desire to win, because they haven’t won anything before. Three: we are a united squad, on and off the field.”Icardi’s commitment to stay at the club will have given Inter and the club’s fans a boost after a shaky start to the season, with recent back-to-back defeats against Cagliari and Fiorentina, drawing whistles from the crowd aimed at coach Walter Mazzarri.last_img read more

U.N. urges firms to fight climate change

first_img“Financial crises, inequality, unemployment, digital divide – all these issues are global and the tools too often are unfortunately national or solely administrative,” said French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. “We need to invent new tools. We need to find new solutions, which inevitably will go beyond or transcend national borders.”Corporations that have signed on were keen to show the initiative is more than a marketing platform.“Responsibility is a choice, and a global compact allows us business people to make that choice,” said Neville Isdell, chairman and chief executive of Coca-Cola, adding that his company has committed itself to replacing the water it uses to make soft drinks.Coca-Cola’s water usage has been raised by shareholders at its annual meetings.“This is just one example I believe of how business can engage to make a real and positive lasting difference in protecting our freshwater resources,” Isdell said. GENEVA – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told business leaders Thursday they must do more to reverse climate change.“Certainly we have made some progress in implementing the Global Compact’s principles,” Ban told the opening of a U.N.-sponsored summit of corporate leaders, politicians and advocacy groups that have signed on to the so-called Global Compact.“But it is still uneven,” he said.More than 4,000 business leaders, campaign organizations and others in 116 countries have joined the Global Compact – established by the U.N. in 2000 to promote human rights, better labor practices, environmental protection and anti-corruption standards for business. 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

Residents ask how future landslides can be prevented

first_imgSAN DIEGO – Jeanne Plante didn’t pay much attention this summer as city engineers worked to figure out why the busy road up the hill from her house was ominously cracking apart. When the ground below the road suddenly collapsed this week, taking four houses with it and burying two others, Plante was caught off guard. Now, she and her neighbors want to know why it took so long for the city to recognize a major landslide risk was imminent, and what officials plan to do to prevent similar failures in the neighborhood. “If it happened to them, what’s to stop it from happening to us?” she said shortly after she was allowed to return to the $1.7 million gray-stone property, which sits about a hundred feet downslope from the toe of Wednesday’s landslide. “And if they don’t cover what happened up there, could we get hit twice?” City geologists say the collapse has apparently stabilized now that the stress has been relieved on the weak earth, which caved beneath a 50-yard stretch of road. Four houses sank into the 20-foot-deep fissure, while tons of dirt carrying fully grown pines and eucalyptus shoved a wall of road asphalt and broken curb into two houses on the next street below. Seven houses were so severely damaged residents can’t even get inside, and 22 more are off-limits except with safety escorts. Residents who live near the slide zone criticized the city for not warning that a slide was possible after concerns about water main leaks, sinking curbside meters and creeping gaps in the sidewalk first cropped up in July. “We are helpless,” said Joseph Tsai, a retired engineer who moved to Mount Soledad 12 years ago. “It depends on the city to address the problems.” City officials have said they were considering new vehicle weight limits and other stopgap measures early in the week, but didn’t realize a collapse was imminent until shortly before it happened around 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Residents of the four houses directly atop the collapse were advised late Tuesday not to sleep in their houses, but weren’t forcibly evacuated that night; homeowners whose properties were buried said they had no advance notice that the mountain was crumbling. “There was no indication they were at risk,” said Bill Harris, a city spokesman. Harris said the city is conducting a comprehensive investigation of the events leading up to the collapse. But he said no decision had been made about how to make sure the hillside remains in place, and the city currently has no plan to broaden testing beyond the immediate slip zone to determine whether other parts of the neighborhood are threatened. Experts said the likelihood of a second collapse on a similar scale is low, but smaller slides may be possible as the earth settles in its new, lower, resting place. Meanwhile, pavement has been cracking on streets in another nearby Mount Soledad neighborhood, and residents have hired geologists in an attempt to determine whether a similar slide is imminent there. “I’m worried that this hill is going to collapse,” Cindy Goodman, who lives in a $2 million home in the area, told the San Diego Union-Tribune. 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

Revealed! Every Premier League clubs’ key player this season – surprised?

first_img 20 14. Stoke City’s key player has been Marko Arnautovic, who has a PPI score of 450 – The Potters have been quick to take advantage of the millions acquired from the new TV rights deal, showing their message of intent in the transfer market. Their most influential player, however, is a signing from the summer of 2013 who has excelled alongside new arrival Xherdan Shaqiri. 9. Manchester City’s key player has been Sergio Aguero, who has a PPI score of 527 – While the Citizens have stayed in the hunt for the title, their form has been worryingly inconsistent ahead of Pep Guardiola’s summer arrival. Aguero, nonetheless, has continued to prove how crucial he is at the Etihad. 17. Tottenham Hotspur’s key player has been Harry Kane, who currently has the highest PPI score in the Premier League with 871 – After a slow start to the campaign – in which many feared he may have been a one-season wonder – Kane hit back, recently becoming the leading scorer in the Premier League. The England international could yet fire Spurs to title glory. Every club has that one standout performer.Recently, talkSPORT took a look at each Premier League side’s unsung hero – now, with a little assistance from EA Sports’ Player Performance Index, we’ve revealed every teams’ key player in the English top flight.Dimitri Payet has been hitting the headlines for his performances for West Ham, while Harry Kane has fired Tottenham Hotspur to second place.But have they been the most influential for their respective team? Take a look at every Premier League club’s key player by viewing the slideshow above.EA SPORTS PPI is the only official player rating index of the Barclays Premier League which measures a player’s all round contribution to the success of his team using six key indices: 1. Winning Performance, 2. Player’s Performance per match, 3. Appearances, 4. Goals Scored, 5. Assists, 6. Clean Sheets*PPI points correct up to 1 April 2016 20 3. Bournemouth’s key player has been Charlie Daniels, who has a PPI score of 429 – Similarly to Watford, the Cherries have adapted well to life in the Premier League and are heading for a comfortable mid-table finish. One player who has really caught the eye at Dean Court has been Daniels. Before the international break, such had been his performances, there had been talk of an England call up. 20 20 19. West Bromwich Albion’s key player has been Craig Dawson, who has a PPI score of 347 – Dawson has been excellent for the Baggies this season and since agreeing a one-year contract extension in February, his performances have improved further. Should he have been considered for England in their recent friendlies? 20 12. Norwich City’s key player has been Robbie Brady, who has a PPI score of 350 – It has been a fairly miserable campaign for the Canaries, with the possibility of relegation becoming more of a reality as the end of the season approaches. Brady, though, could be key in lifting his side away from the drop zone. 15. Sunderland’s key player has been Jermain Defoe, who has a PPI score of 423 – The Black Cats are firmly locked in a relegation battle, and one man who may be key to their survival will be Defoe. The striker has 12 goals to his name and will need to continue to deliver in front of goal over the next month and a half. 1. Arsenal’s key player has been Mesut Ozil, with an EA Sports’ Player Performance Index score of 640* points – click the arrow above to see who Aston Villa’s most influential player has been this season – The Germany international has finally started to consistently deliver the performances expected of a £42.4m playmaker. While he is yet to really influence in the ‘big’ games, he has been key in the Gunners’ challenge for the title. And he’s just three assists away from breaking Thierry Henry’s Premier League record. 5. Crystal Palace’s key player has been Scott Dann, who has a PPI score of 413 – The Eagles are without a league win since December 19th and if they fail to get back on track, relegation is a possibility. Alan Pardew will therefore need influential centre back Dann to help turn confidence around at Selhurst Park. 20 20 13. Southampton’s key player has been Sadio Mane, who has a PPI score of 439 – The Saints are outsiders for the Premier League’s top four, and Mane has been one Ronald Koeman’s most exciting players over the past two seasons. Unsurprisingly, Manchester United made an offer for his signature in the summer and Arsenal have too been credited with interest. 20 20 7. Leicester City’s key player has been Riyad Mahrez, who has a PPI score of 831 – With 16 goals and 11 assists, so far, Mahrez has been outstanding for Claudio Ranieri’s side. Despite the Algerian leading the way on the points chart, though, the Foxes’ rise to the top of the table has been a collective effort. 20 11. Newcastle United’s key player has been Georginio Wijnaldum, who has a PPI score of 503 – Signed in the summer, the Netherlands international has left St James’ Park both frustrated and thrilled by his arrival. His four goals in a 6-2 drubbing of Norwich early on in the season are no doubt a highlight, but such performances have been far too infrequent. Recently appointed manager Rafa Benitez will need to get Wijnaldum consistently firing over the next few weeks if they are to avoid the drop. 20. West Ham United’s key player has been Dimitri Payet, who has a PPI score of 553 – No surprises here. The Frenchman has been a revelation at Upton Park, sparking an exciting, attacking style ahead of the Hammers’ move to the Olympic Stadium. The forward extended his contract until 2021 in February, leaving supporters even more thrilled by their future. 20 20 6. Everton’s key player has been Romelu Lukaku, who has a PPI score of 649 – It’s hard to believe that with a striker boasting figures of 18 goals and six assists that the Toffees are struggling mid-table – level on points with newly-promoted Bournemouth. It’s little wonder Lukaku is eyeing a move to a Champions League club. 2. Aston Villa’s key player has been Jordan Ayew, who has a PPI score of 277 – Villans supporters, given their position rock bottom of the Premier League, may resent a player being labelled ‘key’ in their dire season. Nonetheless, Ayew, with five goals in the top flight, has been given this recognition. He is one of few with the potential to continue playing at the highest level. 20 10. Manchester United’s key player has been Juan Mata, who has a PPI score of 439 – The Red Devils have failed to impress this season, consequently leaving many of the Old Trafford faithful calling for Louis van Gaal’s head. And, such has been their form, it’s difficult to pick out one star performer. Nonetheless, the stats have gone Mata’s way. 8. Liverpool’s key player has been Roberto Firmino, who has a PPI score of 419 – At the beginning of the season, many were questioning the £29m fee paid to acquire the signature of Firmino, with his form and fitness poor. Nonetheless, despite taking a few months to settle, the Brazilian has become imperative to Jurgen Klopp’s rejuvenated side. 20 16. Swansea City’s key player has been Gylfi Sigurdsson, who has a PPI score of 481 – The Swans have been disappointing this season, sitting far too close to the relegation zone. Gary Monk consequently lost his job, but amid the rather gloomy performances, Sigurdsson has remained effective. 4. Chelsea’s key player has been Cesc Fabregas, who has a PPI score of 480 – The Blues have been awful this season and Fabregas was not a popular figure a few months ago; with many believing he played a role in Jose Mourinho’s departure. Coincidentally, his form has tremendously improved since the Portuguese coach’s sacking. 20 20 18. Watford’s key player has been Odion Ighalo, who has a PPI score of 626 – The Hornets hit the ground running following promotion, with the forward partnership between Ighalo and Troy Deeney proving too hot to handle for many in the top flight. The goals have dried up this calendar year, however. 20 20 20 20last_img read more

Alexis Sanchez LATEST: Monaco ready to use Thomas Lemar as bait for Gunners star

first_img Monaco are hoping to take advantage of the Chilean forward’s contract situation 1 French champions Monaco are ready to test Arsenal’s resolve by making a £45million bid for want-away Alexis Sanchez.Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted he expects the Chilean superstar to see out the final year of his Gunners contract and that he will NOT be sold.But according to The Sun, Monaco will seek to offer Wenger a way to avoid losing Sanchez for nothing next summer.And the French side will use Wenger’s interest in midfielder Thomas Lemar to try to tempt the Gunners chief into relenting on his Sanchez stance.LISTEN: Arsenal should CASH IN on Alexis Sanchez, Gunners legend tells talkSPORTMonaco have raked in nearly £150million in transfer fees already this summer with departures including Manchester City duo Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy and Chelsea recruit Tiemoue Bakayoko.The French side also expect to lose teenage ace Kylian Mbappe for around £160million with Real Madrid determined to land the youngster, but are keen to make a marquee signing of their own.And Monaco feel they could provide the Chilean with the financial package and challenge that he would accept for at least this season ahead of the World Cup in Russia next summer.Boss Leonardo Jardim feels Manchester City target Sanchez can add steel and experience to his team and can offer a tax free salary of around £300k per week as well as the lure of the Monte Carlo lifestyle. Arsenal have so far had two bids for Lemar rejected but Wenger remains keen to land him while Jardim has admitted he cannot guarantee the player will not leave.last_img read more

Steve Bruce insists he will not be Mike Ashley’s ‘yes man’ at Newcastle

first_img latest Steve Bruce was appointed as Newcastle manager last week FAREWELL Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Getty Images – Getty Michael Chopra blasts Mike Ashley and says Steve Bruce not good enough for Newcastle“I don’t think it’s on the verge of happening, but he’s somebody we have looked at. He’s somebody we have identified and we will see what happens.“We have lost about six players, I’m not saying we will get six in, but the crucial thing is that they are at the right quality.“We are at the stage now that can you get the quality that takes you forward.“Ideally we would like another three or four, but numbers I can’t really put on it because one or two always fall away. But we will do our utmost.” Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The appointment of Bruce has received a mixed reaction from Newcastle fans with many unhappy with Ashley’s selection.“I think you’ve known me long enough. I’m not going to be anybody’s yes man,” Bruce said after introducing new club record signing Joelinton to the media. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:13Loaded: 5.12%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:13 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen deals LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS New job Steve Bruce insists he will not be Mike Ashley’s ‘yes man’ at Newcastle.Bruce was named as Rafael Benitez’s replacement last week after the latter had left at the end of his contract.Benitez was a popular figure with the fans at St James’ Park and most were disappointed to see him leave.center_img Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions 1 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star MEDIA: Steve Bruce and Joelinton have been speaking to the media at the Newcastle United training centre this afternoon. Here’s what they had to say… #NUFC— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 24, 2019“I’m too long in the tooth for that. I’ve heard it said that I’m a puppet or not in charge of transfers or what have you, but I can only report on how he’s been with myself and he’s been straight down the line in the conversations I’ve had.“That can only be a good thing. I’m not his bag-man or anything else. I will certainly be my own man, I always have.“And all I can ask is to be given a chance. Whoever was going to be sitting here would find it difficult, with the support (Benitez) had from the fans – it was quite phenomenal. Unbelievable.“Whoever was sitting here would have big shoes to fill, but let me have a crack.” LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Benitez claimed Ashley’s ambitions for the club did not match his own before departing when his contract expired in June.But Bruce, who met with Ashley at the club’s training ground on Wednesday, hopes the arrival of Brazilian striker Joelinton for a reported £40million can go some way to appeasing the unrest among fans.“I had the conversation and there was money to spend. It was all positive in that respect. There is proof already,” Bruce said.Bruce is expecting more new signings and confirmed the club’s interest in Nice forward Allan Saint-Maximin. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested TROPHY REVEALED targets last_img read more

Intelligent alarm systems could reduce risks and costs

first_img5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption David Curry How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Tags:#alarms#factories#GE Digital#IIoT#Industrial Internet of Things#Internet of Things#IoT#machines The alarm of the future may be able to warn workers about incidents before they happen and make sure only the people that can fix the problem are informed.Instead of an alarm alerting the entire factory and creating lots of confusion, GE Digital senior product marketing manager, Alicia Bowers, sees a world where alarms are informative, preventive, and not annoying.See Also: Huawei and General Electric team up to power industrial IoTAs part of GE Digital’s industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) push, it wants factories to install analytics for its machines. From there, the machine needs to be able to alert a centralized system, which will find the closest engineer able to fix the issue using geo-location.GE Digital has built a system that does most of that, though more complex analytics, like machine self-assessment, is still in early days.GE systems notifies engineers of needed fixesEngineers may receive notifications on a mobile device from the system, detailing what machine needs repaired, how to fix it, and a risk assessment of the situation.Having systems that can identify issues could save factories millions in repair costs over the years, not to mention the rise in productivity from a significant reduction in machine failures.“Consider temperature monitoring on a piece of equipment. If the temperature exceeds the upper control limit, an alarm is activated. Traditionally, an operator would now react to the alarm. Analytics have made it possible to evolve from being reactionary to predicting when the event will occur and taking steps in advance,” said Bowers in Automation World.Businesses are interested in IIoT, but only 25 percent in a recent survey are in the deployment stage. Many are worried that staff won’t understand the analytics, which will require the business to employ higher paid engineers.center_img The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… Related Posts last_img read more