Davis Cup 2020: groups, table and calendar

first_imgThe draw of the Davis Cup Finals, which is able to host the Caja Mágica de Madrid between November 23 and 29, it has already established its composition. Subsequent we break down the calendar, the teams and the table of the qualifying rounds:The teamsGroup ASpain, Russia, Ecuador.B GroupCanada, Kazakhstan, Sweden.Group CFrance, Nice Britain, Czech Republic.Group dCroatia, Australia, Hungary.Group eUnited States, Italy, Colombia.Group FSerbia, Germany and Austria. Playoff tableNovember 26 (quarterfinals 1 and 2)Winner A vs Greatest 2nd 1 or 2 (1)Winner C vs Winner F (2)November 27 (quarterfinals 3 and 4)Winner E vs Winner D (3)Winner B vs finest second 1 or 2 (4)November 28 (semifinals)Quarterfinal winner 1 – Quarterfinal winner 2Quarterfinal winner 3 – Quarterfinal winner 4November 29 (finish)Semifinal winner 1 – Semifinal winner 2 Calendar and outcomesDavis Cup ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Davis Cup 2020 playoff table.Davis cuplast_img read more

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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, September 6, 2019

first_imgArticle published by John Cannon Conservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update 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 overSponsoredcenter_img There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments.Mongabay does not vet the news sources below, nor does the inclusion of a story on this list imply an endorsement of its content. Tropical forestsMore than two-thirds of the world’s forests are at risk, according to a U.N. report (Down to Earth).Research suggests that we might be expecting trees to carry more of the carbon load than they can handle (Undark).To save Mexican rosewood, China needs to act (Dialogo Chino).Ethiopia is embarking on a quest to boost the cultivation of bamboo (Ezega).Illegal loggers are going after a rare tree in the Democratic Republic of Congo that’s highly valued in China in what one local leader calls an “ecological disaster” (Phys.Org).Tackling deforestation in the Amazon is only part of the solution to climate change, one commentator argues (New Republic).The biggest trees in the forests are the most likely to be felled by drought, pests and lightning (Science Magazine).Other newsA baby Masai giraffe was born at a wild animal park in Ohio in a win for the endangered species (Richland Source).Calls for freshwater protection follow the discovery of eight new species of mussels in Myanmar (Fauna & Flora International).Scientists say they’ve found a new species of beaked whale off the coast of Japan (Science Daily, Gizmodo).The spawning rhythms of coral species in the Red Sea are out of step (The Atlantic).Observers in fish markets could make a difference in protecting sought-after species around the world (Hakai Magazine).Woolly mammoth ivory is filling the gap left by the subsidence of the outlawed elephant ivory trade (Undark).Banner image of a painting of woolly mammoths by Mauricio Antón via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.5).FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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Biodiversity boosts crop pollinators and pest controllers, study finds

first_imgA new study looks at the reliance on biodiversity of ecosystem services provided by pollinating and pest-controlling insects.Up to half of the detrimental impacts of the “landscape simplification” that monocropping entails come as a result of a diminished mix of ecosystem service-providing insects.The scientists found that the reduction in ecosystem services provided by these insects tended to lead to lower crop yields. Farms with just one or a handful of different crops encourage fewer species of pollinating and pest-controlling insects to linger, ultimately winnowing away crop yields, according to a new study.Up to half of the detrimental impacts of the “landscape simplification” that monocropping entails come as a result of a diminished mix of ecosystem service-providing insects, a team of scientists reported Oct. 16 in the journal Science Advances.“Our study shows that biodiversity is essential to ensure the provision of ecosystem services and to maintain a high and stable agricultural production,” Matteo Dainese, the study’s lead author and a biologist at Eurac Research in Bolzano, Italy, said in a statement.A hoverfly pollinating a rapeseed flower. Image by Matthias Tschumi/Agroscope.It stands to reason that, with declines in the sheer numbers of insects that ferry pollen from plant to plant and keep crop-eating pests under control, these services will wane as well. But until now, it hasn’t been clear how monocultures affect the number and mix of these species or how crop yields might change as a result.Aiming to solve these questions, Dainese and his colleagues pulled together data from 89 studies cutting across a variety of landscapes, from the tropics of Asia and Africa to the higher latitudes of northern Europe. They tabulated the number of pollinating and pest-controlling insects at these sites — both the absolute number of individuals and the number of species — along with an assessment of the ecosystem services the insects provided.Extensive landscape where crops alternate with hedges, flowering strips and other seminatural habitats. Image by Matthias Tschumi/Agroscope.In almost all of the studies they looked at, the team found that a more diverse pool of these species translated into more pollination and greater pest control. They also showed that simplified landscapes supported fewer species of service-providing insects, which ultimately led to lower crop yields.The researchers also looked at a third measure of the makeup of insect populations — what they called “evenness.” In natural ecosystems, a handful of dominant species with many more individuals typically live alongside a higher number of rarer species. The team found as landscapes became less diverse, dominant species numbers dwindled and rare species gained ground. This resulting, more equitable mix led to less pollination (though it didn’t end up affecting pest control).A lacewing larvae predating on aphids on a potato plant. Image by Matthias Tschumi/Agroscope.“Our study provides strong empirical support for the potential benefits of new pathways to sustainable agriculture that aim to reconcile the protection of biodiversity and the production of food for increasing human populations,” Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, one of the study’s authors and an animal ecologist at the University of Würzburg in Germany, said in the statement.The scientists figure that the richness of pollinator species explains around a third of the harmful impacts of less diverse landscapes, while the richness of pest-controlling species accounts for about half of the same measure. In their view, the results of their research point to the need to protect biodiversity on and around crops in an uncertain future.“Under future conditions with ongoing global change and more frequent extreme climate events, the value of farmland biodiversity ensuring resilience against environmental disturbances will become even more important,” Steffan-Dewenter said.Pictured is an Argynnis paphia female on vegetation. Image by Julia M. Schmack/University of Auckland.Banner image of a ladybird predating on aphids on potato plant by Matthias Tschumi/Agroscope. John Cannon is a staff writer at Mongabay. Find him on Twitter: @johnccannonCitation:Dainese, M., Martin, E. A., Aizen, M. A., Albrecht, M., Bartomeus, I., Bommarco, R., … Steffan-Dewenter, I. (2019). A global synthesis reveals biodiversity-mediated benefits for crop production. Science Advances, 5(10), eaax0121. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aax0121FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by John Cannon Agriculture, Animals, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Climate Change, Climate Change And Biodiversity, Climate Change And Food, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Food, Impact Of Climate Change, Insects, Invertebrates, Research 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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Endangered migratory birds on collision course with Philippine airport project

first_imgArticle published by leilani The ongoing construction of an international airport north of Manila may displace at least 12 endangered and threatened bird species, a bird-watching group says.Among these species is the endangered black-faced spoonbill (Platalea minor), 24 of which were spotted last month as part of the Asian Waterbird Census — the biggest flock recorded so far in the Philippines.The “aerotropolis” project, a 2,500-hectare (6,200-acre) airport complex located 25 kilometers (16 miles)from Manila, will encroach on one of the largest intact coastal wetlands in Manila Bay.Every year, more than 50 million waterbirds, including 32 globally threatened species, travel through the Philippines by the East Asian Australasian Flyway, one of the world’s biggest migratory bird flight paths. MANILA — A new airport under construction in a key wetland habitat just north of the Philippine capital is poised to impact dozens of migratory bird species, many of them already threatened, observers say.The 2,500-hectare (6,200-acre) “aerotropolis” complex in Bulacan province, 25 kilometers (16 miles) from Manila, is part of a wider infrastructure development push that will reclaim nearly 30,000 ha (74,000 acres) of wetland in Manila Bay.But at least 12 currently threatened or near-threatened bird species would be affected by the airport project, according to the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP), a national association of bird-watchers. This includes the black-faced spoonbill (Platalea minor), a rare, large waterbird classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List. A frequent visitor of mudflats, the spoonbill has an estimated global population of 2,250 individuals, according to BirdLife International.“Out of the 50 million migratory birds that pass through the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, about 27% pass through the Philippines,” Cristina Cinco of the WBCP said at a press conference at the end of January. “We’re talking about 60 migratory species and we have 12 that need to be protected.”The figures come after the annual Asian Waterbird Census conducted from Jan. 11 to 19 this year, during which birders from the WBCP recorded 24 black-faced spoonbills at the location of the future airport — the first time in more than a century that the endangered species has been observed in Manila Bay. It’s also the single biggest flock ever recorded for the species in the country, Cinco says.Proposed Bulacan aerotropolis project map. Map courtesy of Oceana PhilippinesThe 745.6 billion peso ($15 billion) Bulacan airport project by San Miguel Corporation (SMC), the biggest company by revenue in the Philippines, is among the 22 reclamation projects planned for Manila Bay, the Philippine capital’s center of navigation, trade and commerce. Approved under President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” program, the airport is the country’s most expensive infrastructure project to date. It’s expected to help ease air traffic at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and accommodate 100 million passengers per year. But unlike other reclamation projects in the bay, which are at varying stages of approval, the aerotropolis has already been greenlit and had its ground-breaking on Jan. 15.It’s not just the spoonbills that are at risk from the airport project, Cinco said. Several endangered waterbird species in the same area face the same threat. Among these are the Far Eastern curlew (Numenius madagascariensis), the largest migratory shorebird, and the great knot (Calidris tenuirostris), both endangered under the IUCN, and the vulnerable Chinese egret (Egretta eulophotes).Near-threatened species such as the Asian dowitcher (Limnodromus semipalmatus), bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica), black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa), Eurasian curlew (Numenius arquata), red-necked stint (Calidris ruficollis), red knot (Calidris canutus), and curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) have also been recorded lingering around the site of the airport project and thus face the same threats.While estimated numbers of the Far Eastern curlew are dwindling worldwide, Cinco said WBCP members saw hundreds of these shorebirds in Bulacan, which has the largest share of coastal wetland in the whole stretch of Manila Bay. Given the wetland’s ecological importance, Cinco said it should be recognized as a Ramsar site to protect the species within its domain.An endangered Far Eastern curlew (Numenius madagascariensis) is among the migratory birds spotted in Bulacan’s wetlands. Image courtesy of BirdLife InternationalManila Bay, which straddles five provinces, is home to more than 200,000 waterbirds during the high season, 75% of them migratory, according to a report by Arne Jensen of Wetlands International. A quarter of the critical wetlands in Manila Bay fall within the jurisdiction of Bulacan.Every year, more than 50 million waterbirds, including 32 threatened and 19 near-threatened species, travel through the Philippines by the East Asian Australasian Flyaway, one of the world’s biggest migratory bird flight paths, according to data from the environment department. The Philippines has seven sites designated as wetlands of international importance, or Ramsar sites, which together host more than 80 species during the annual migration season.In Bulacan, sunrises and sunsets draw in hundreds of thousands of birds, Cinco said — a good indicator of the site’s environmental importance. With the reclamation project underway, she said, the birds face displacement. “Of course when you reclaim [land], they [birds] lose their habitats. Where will they go?” Cinco said. “They will relocate, yes, but what is their effect on the flyway?”Banner image of the black-faced spoonbill (Platalea minor), a rare, large waterbird classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List. Image by spaceaero2 via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0) FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Birds, Coastal Ecosystems, Conservation, Endangered, Endangered Species, Infrastructure, Wetlands, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation 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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New Knicks regime open to moving on with or without Carmelo

first_imgBut he believes New York fans are open to a rebuild if players are committed and play with passion. The Knicks barely did that in three years under Jackson, going 31-51 last season in Hornacek’s first year.That was overshadowed off the court by the Anthony saga and on it by the Knicks’ difficulty in grasping and sticking to an offense. Hornacek was supposed to open things up, but Jackson decided midway through the season he wanted a renewed focus on the triangle that he ran as a coach.“I don’t think we were restricted,” Hornacek said. “We were trying to meld some different ways you play basketball. We just weren’t able to do it the way we wanted to, but we’re moving forward.”They didn’t talk much about what went wrong under Jackson, preferring to focus on the future during their news conference at the team’s training center. Mills and Perry said they have a strong relationship, with Mills saying the first-time GM would be given room to make decisions and recommendations pertaining to the coaching and scouting staff.And with the Knicks insisting they would be accountable – as did Jackson, though he never talked to the local media during his final season – Perry said he would be straightforward and available as much as possible.“I see myself as a bridge builder, not a bridge destroyer, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks walks off the court after the 114-113 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden on April 12, 2017 in New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPThe New York Knicks’ new regime is ready to move on with or without Carmelo Anthony.New president Steve Mills said Monday the Knicks have been talking to teams about a trade and will continue looking for a deal that works for the organization and its All-Star forward.ADVERTISEMENT LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Anthony has a no-trade clause and has told the Knicks he would agree to a deal with Cleveland or Houston. But the Knicks don’t want to take back long-term contracts, which makes finding a deal difficult. Now Mills has Perry to help him find one.“From our vantage point, we made a decision as we were getting closer to hiring Scott that I felt it was important for us to slow down, regroup as it related to the trade scenarios of Carmelo,” Mills said.Perry has served in the front offices of Sacramento, Orlando, Seattle and Detroit, where he was part of the Pistons’ run of six straight trips to the Eastern Conference finals and an NBA championship. It was there where he said he learned the lessons about culture that the Knicks sorely need as they try to dig their way out of the dismal Jackson era.“In terms of Detroit, people talk about culture all the time, about winning cultures,” Perry said. “I think the biggest thing I learned there, you can have a lot of signs and printouts that have a lot of fancy statements, but at the end of the day you’ve got to live culture every day.”Mills, Perry and coach Jeff Hornacek detailed the vision they have for a franchise that emphasizes pride, work ethic and accountability. It sounds like another rebuilding stage, as Mills singled out the team’s young core and noted that the Knicks have all their first-round picks going forward.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Jones Cup: Gilas fends off Japan for 3rd straight win LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission “But we also feel that Carmelo could easily be a part of our team next year, and we have to understand how we’re going to play and what the expectations of how we’re going to play, and we’re going to move forward,” Mills said. “So maybe with Carmelo or maybe without Carmelo.”Mills also ruled out a buyout of Anthony’s contract, which has two years and about $54 million remaining and might be an easier route to a breakup than a trade.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Phil Jackson had been eager to deal Anthony before he and the Knicks parted ways last month. Mills was promoted to president and the Knicks hired Scott Perry as general manager.They said the Knicks will focus on youth and athleticism, which doesn’t seem to leave room for the 33-year-old Anthony. But they added that veterans will still have a place in mentoring the young talent.last_img read more

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Ceres: Mission possible vs Tajiks

first_imgBreak new ground BACOLOD CITY—Southeast Asian zone champion Ceres-Negros tries to pull off the improbable when they host Istiklol of Tajikistan on Tuesday in the second leg of their AFC Cup inter-zone semifinal clash at Panaad Stadium.Beaten 0-4 in Dushanbe three weeks ago by the Tajik champions, the Busmen would need some sort of miracle to stay in the title hunt in the competition.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “We were very soft defensively and we conceded easy goals,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic, referring to their performance in the Tajik capital. “But this is football and anything can happen [on Tuesday night].”Spanish central defender Super Herrera returns from suspension, while Martin Steuble looks fit to start at rightback, giving the back line some stability and experience.“My players are ready to give everything,” added Vidakovic.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend UP hopeful Ricafort can still play A costly, catty dispute finally settled MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Winning start Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The Busmen, who ruled the Asean zone at the expense of Singapore’s Home United, are unbeaten at home in this year’s AFC Cup, but the match will be their biggest test yet not only because of the strength of the opposition, but also because of the deficit they are facing.Ceres goalkeeper Roland Muller isn’t ruling out a mighty fightback from the Busmen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Coming back from 4-0 is not easy but it’s not impossible,” said Muller. “We know what we did right and what we did wrong in the first leg. We’re playing at home so that should be a big boost for us.”The Busmen yielded twice in each half in Dushanbe as Istiklol capitalized on some poor defending from the Filipino side. View commentslast_img read more

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Nandlall, Vindhya Persaud pledge commitment to Party’s victory

first_imgPPP presidential electionFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlall and People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament, Dr Vindhya Persaud did not secure the presidential candidature, but the pair is committed to seeing the Party to victory at the next General and Regional Elections.Nandlall, in an interview shortly after the vote, said, “Naturally, I am disappointed. You don’t ever enter a contest thinking you will not win. I thought I would have won. But the Central Committee of the Party did not feel that way.Dr Vindhya PersaudWe have all pledged our commitment to work towards the Party’s victory at the next election. And I’m committed to that… the process was that which we agreed on. It was fair because the collective agreed to it.”For her part, Dr Persaud was one of three candidates to withdraw before the voting began, the others being Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira and former Culture, Youth and Sport Minister, Dr Frank Anthony. Interviewed afterwards, she noted that the process was followed.“I think at this point there was a process and the process was carried. And it allowed the 35-member committee to vote by secret ballot.And it allowed for two people to go towards that process. For me, the next step is looking at the elections and the Party winning.”When asked why she withdrew from the race, Persaud declined to comment. She would only say that while there were varying factors, she would not delve into them.Dr Anthony and Teixeira all declined to comment when they exited Freedom House after the voting, although when pressed, Teixeira noted that “withdrawal does not mean defeat”. She also added that the best man won and that she would be there to support Ali.Also present at Freedom House was former Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon.Saturday’s election was conducted by way of secret ballot.According to the PPP, in a statement released later on Saturday, the four other contenders congratulated Ali and pledged their support to working towards a PPP/C victory after the vote.last_img read more

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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Fort Nelson

first_imgEnvironment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Fort Nelson region.  See the full text of the warning below. The potential for severe thunderstorm is expected to decrease later this afternoon as the atmosphere begins to stabilize.An upper disturbance advancing from the south is generating very strong easterly winds over the Northern Dempster highway. Winds of 80 km/h with gusts to 100 near the Richardson Mountains will begin to gradually ease tonight. Fort Nelson4:32 AM PDT Monday 20 June 2011Severe thunderstorm watch for Fort Nelson issued- Advertisement -Risk of severe thunderstorms later this morning and this afternoon.This is an alert to the potential development of severe thunderstorms with large hail and damaging winds.Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements. If threatening weather approaches take immediate safety precautions.A trough of low pressure over Northeastern British Columbia will combine with a moist and very unstable airmass to produce thunderstorms over the Fort Nelson region later this morning and this afternoon. There is potential for some of these storms to become severe. Heavy downpours and large hail are expected to be the main threats although strong winds and intense lightning are also possible.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Tour firm unveils packages for Gor’s Everton trip

first_img“We are delighted to endorse this agency which we believe will make work easy for our fans who have the means to travel to the UK. This is one game that one would not want to miss and it would be fantastic if we filled Goodison Park,” said Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier.All the three packages include a three-night accommodation plan, match entry tickets and private airport and train station transfers.The packages also come with a tour of attractions based on one of the biggest bands in history, The Beatles, since Liverpool is the birthplace of the four members of the band.The match, which will mark the first time that a Kenyan Club plays in the UK, will kick off at 9pm (7pm UK time)Under the packages, fans have a choice of travelling by either Oman Air, British Airways or Emirates. The tour is for November 4 to 7.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia fans celebrate their win over AFC Leopards on August 25, a win that saw them clinch a 17th Kenyan Premier League title. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 19 – A local travel agency has launched three packages for Gor Mahia fans wishing to travel to the United Kingdom to watch K’Ogalo take on Everton in a one-of-a-kind friendly slated for November 6, at Goodison Park.The agency –Satguru Travel – which has a presence in over 61 countries has kicked off sale of the three different packages ranging from Ksh144,000 to Ksh205,000 for football fans who want to witness this historic game at Goodison Park, Liverpool.last_img read more

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Bradford City sign ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones

first_img1 Former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones Former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones has joined League One side Bradford City.The Australian was released by the Reds at the end of last season and after a long summer searching for a new club, the shot stopper has penned a one-year deal at Valley Parade.Jones made just 26 appearances in five years at Anfield but did replace out-of-form Simon Mignolet for a short period last term.However, injury cut short Jones’ chance to establish himself as Liverpool’s new No.1 and Brendan Rodgers opted to release Jones at the end of the campaign.last_img read more

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