first_imgManchester City maintained their irresistible Premier League charge, offering no let-up in their all-conquering season with a record 15th successive league win as they outclassed struggling Swansea City 4-0 on Wednesday.Pep Guardiola’s side, fresh from defeating their closest chasers Manchester United on Sunday, were at their dazzling best against the league’s bottom club, easing to victory with David Silva’s double and goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero.Swansea, who remain rooted to the foot of the table, offered a brief illusion of being in the contest but it was over once Silva had flicked the visitors ahead superbly after 27 minutes and De Bruyne netted from a free kick in the 34th.As City eased towards a 25th Premier League match unbeaten, Silva could have had a hat-trick, missing an easy chance before linking superbly with Raheem Sterling in the 52nd minute, and Aguero finished the rout five minutes from full-time.Elsewhere, Wayne Rooney’s first-half goal lifted Everton to a 1-0 Premier League win over Newcastle and continued their revival under manager Sam Allardyce.Rooney struck in the 27th minute, turning in a rebound from close range to secure Everton’s first away league victory in 17 games.Newcastle pressed hard for an equaliser in the second half and Mohamed Diame went close but Ashley Williams could have doubled Everton’s lead, only to be denied by a fine save from Karl Darlow.Everton consolidated their position in the top half of the table while Newcastle, who had midfielder Jonjo Shelvey sent off in stoppage time, stayed close to the relegation zone following their seventh defeat in eight games.last_img read more

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Diseases, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Green, Infectious Wildlife Disease, Mammals, Research, Ungulates, Wildlife, Zoonotic Diseases 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 Researchers say they believe they have identified the potential cause of a foot disease that affected 24 huemul deer in Chile’s Bernardo O’Higgins National Park between 2005 and 2010.Preliminary results from tests on tissue samples taken from an infected fawn suggest that a parapoxvirus, a group of viruses that commonly infect and cause lesions in livestock, could have been the main cause of the foot disease.If the pox virus is indeed the disease agent, then it’s an additional threat to the endangered species because these viruses are highly contagious, researchers say.The study’s authors say they suspect the parapoxvirus may have come from cattle that was illegally introduced in the national park in 1991. Between 2005 and 2010, 24 huemul deer in Chile’s Bernardo O’Higgins National Park developed a mysterious foot disease. Their hooves swelled, they limped and appeared to be in pain. In some cases, the deer became too incapacitated to move and eventually died. Researchers are now a step closer to finding out what may have caused this outbreak: it could have been a type of pox virus, they report in a new study published in PLOS ONE.Arriving at this likely disease agent has taken nearly a decade. This is partly because Bernardo O’Higgins National Park (BONP), Chile’s largest protected area, is hard to get to and monitor. It’s located in a remote part of the country, one broken up by a network of fjords and inlets, and includes numerous glaciers and part of the southern Patagonian continental ice cap that runs between Chile and Argentina. Accessible only by a boat ride of several days, the park’s remote location has protective value: Bernardo O’Higgins remains one of the last strongholds for the endangered huemul, or South Andean, deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus) in the world. But the isolation of the park also makes conservation difficult.Huemul deer are an endangered species. Image by Alejandro Vila/Wildlife Conservation Society.Park rangers detected the first case of an infected deer there in 2005. One of the adult females they had been regularly monitoring was showing signs of foot lesions and swelling that caused her to limp painfully. Four days after they first spotted the problem, the rangers found the deer dead in a lagoon, with numerous footprints of culpeo, or Andean foxes (Pseudalopex culpaeus), in the surrounding mud. The deer had probably been chased by the foxes, the rangers thought, and unable to move quickly because of worsening health, she had become easy prey.“The rangers actually carried her to the field station and carried out the first necropsy,” Marcela Uhart, a wildlife veterinarian with the University of California, Davis, and co-author of the study, told Mongabay. “I was on the roof of my house with a satellite phone, working through the necropsy with them, telling them ‘OK now cut through this, then cut through that.’ It was very emotional and difficult for them. These were animals that they’d grown attached to, but the rangers understood the value of collecting those samples and preserving them the best way possible.”Over the next five years, the rangers recorded a total of 24 deer with the foot disease. Around 40 percent of these deer died, mostly because the disease destroys the structure of their foot and makes it hard for them to walk or run, Uhart said. “The disease has a high fatality rate but it was mostly related to the animals not being able to move anymore and protect themselves from being attacked by predators or even eat or drink.”An adult female huemul with the foot disease. Image by Jose Paredes / CONAF.Collecting samples from all the infected deer, however, proved to be a massive challenge in the harsh landscape. In many cases, the rangers followed the animals over several days, Uhart said, only to lose them and not find their bodies or remains again. The rangers did manage to collect samples from a few individuals, but a combination of factors, including issues with preservation of the samples in Chile, meant that samples from only one fawn were good enough to be sent to labs in the United States for further analysis. There, pathologists and molecular biologists associated with the Wildlife Conservation Society ran a wide range of tests on the samples over several years to finally find the potential cause of the foot disease: a parapoxvirus, a group of viruses that commonly infect and cause lesions in livestock.“The biggest challenge we had was finding disease tests that were sensitive enough to pick DNA of the pathogens without the samples being in ideal condition,” Uhart said. “For virology, for example, the samples we would have to be preserved frozen. That’s not an option in this location. So we have to do what we can with samples fixed in formalin, which actually kills the virus, so then if you want to culture it to know what it is exactly, you can’t. It makes things very complicated.”Despite the hurdles, the researchers say they think the virus is the mostly likely disease agent. “We call it the potential cause because we identified it in only one animal, so we cannot say that this was the factor in all cases, but all cases were very similar,” Uhart said.To know for sure, the researchers would have to find the virus in more animals. “In theory you’ll have to infect an animal with this virus and see if this disease develops — that would be the only way to confirm that this is the cause,” Uhart said. “But at least finding it in more animals that are affected would be the first suggestion that there is a role of the virus in all these cases.”A male huemul fawn with the foot disease. Image by Jose Paredes / CONAF.The researchers’ goal now is to follow up to see if there are new cases and get samples as quickly as possible to search for the virus. But while there have been new anecdotal records of this disease in the huemul deer population in the park, these records haven’t been confirmed yet.“This preliminary study is of high value, but of course it requires more understanding,” Christian Saucedo, a veterinarian and conservation director of the nonprofit Conservacion Patagonica, who was not involved in the study, told Mongabay. “The information that is shared in this study is of a couple years ago. What we need in the near future is a picture of current status of the deer population and the disease in that population.”As to where the parapoxvirus came from, the study’s authors have a suspicion: their analysis showed that the virus DNA in the sample was closely related to livestock viruses. The researchers say that cattle that were illegally introduced in the Huemules Valley of Bernardo O’Higgins National Park in 1991, which then grew in number, could have played a role in the disease outbreak. Although most cattle were removed by 2004, some escaped into surrounding valleys and may still be around. Of the 24 affected deer, 18 were found in the Huemules Valley, while the remaining deer were found in the more isolated Bernardo and Katraska Valleys, where rangers found six sick deer between 2008 and 2010.“The cattle were removed from the area before the cases showed up, but not all cattle were removed,” Uhart said. “So while we can’t say that there’s an exact overlap in time, the genetic identity of the virus suggests that it is a virus that is very closely related to livestock viruses.”This, Saucedo added, is further evidence that shows that the huemul deer population isn’t compatible with livestock in the same areas. “This finding provides additional support to the decision makers to be more strong on the policies to control the livestock in protected areas,” he said.Between 2005 and 2010, 24 huemul deer were recorded with foot disease. Image by Alejandro Vila/Wildlife Conservation Society.If the pox virus is indeed the cause of the foot disease in the huemul deer, then it could pose a considerable threat to the species. This is because pox viruses are highly contagious, and close contact between deer, such as mother and fawn, could result in the disease spreading easily, Uhart said. Moreover, the viruses that are shed into the environment, such as from scabs from the infected feet that are in close contact with the soil, water or plants, can also infect other individuals.“If the environment is infected then you have a huge problem because no matter what you do with the animal, for example if you remove cattle, the environment is already infectious and it’s sustaining the infection on its own, which could be the case here [but] we don’t know,” Uhart said.Saucedo added that while the study’s results are not conclusive, the virus does seem like one of the most probable causes of the disease for now.“The remoteness of the area in general makes logistics and access to samples in good condition a real challenge,” he said. “So all the information that is possible to produce is valuable especially since the lack of information is a limitation for conservation.”Uhart agreed that the disease needs further investigation. But for an endangered species like the huemul deer that’s already suffered severe declines in the past due to habitat loss and poaching, any disease cannot be taken lightly, she said. “And because of that we want to highlight that there is a lot to gain from collaboration, especially with government agencies, academia, NGOs, so that in the future we don’t have so many challenges to identify what’s happening, and we can together contribute to the solutions.”Citation:Vila, A. R., Briceño, C., McAloose, D., Seimon, T. A., Armién, A. G., Mauldin, E. A., … & Paredes, J. (2019). Putative parapoxvirus-associated foot disease in the endangered huemul deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus) in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, Chile. PLOS ONE, 14(4), e0213667.center_img Article published by Shreya Dasguptalast_img read more

first_imgTennis royalty Djokovic, Federer, Nadal primed to tighten Wimbledon grip Day 3 medalists for Philippines with PSI president Lani Velasco and team coach Sherwin Santiago. Photo by Celest Flores-ColinaPHNOM PENH—The Philippines doubled its gold medal output from last year after a strong finish in the 43rd Southeast Asia Age Group Swim Championships Sunday at Morodok Techo National Sports Complex here.Highlighted by the golden swim of the quartet of Mishka Sy, Desirae Mangaoang, Samantha Banos and Mia Tandingan in the girls’ 4×100-meter medley relay in day 3, the Philippines concluded the swimfest with eight gold, 13 silver and nine bronze medals, good for fifth place.ADVERTISEMENT 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao View comments Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meanwhile, the Vietnamese once again led the three-day meet with whopping 43 gold, 41 silver and 25 bronze medal haul. Thailand (28-18-30) and Singapore (11-16-16) finished second and third, respectively.Brunei, host Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar failed to make it to the medal board.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This is the Filipinos’ best finish in the 10-country swim meet since their 13-10-12 gold-silver-bronze medal haul in the 2010 edition held in Laguna. They wound up with a 4-10-16 tally last year.Some of this batch’s strongest girls swimmers, Sy, Mangaoang, Banos and Tandingan were ahead from start to finish and wrapped up the 4×100 race in 4:19.25 for the Philippines’ first relay gold in the tournament history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMangaoang, the Fil-American swimmer who is representing the country for the first time, came out as the Philippines’ most bemedaled athlete after she also nabbed the gold— her third —in girls’ 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:34.38. She took home a silver in the 100m breaststroke on Saturday.Swimming in his last age group meet, the 18-year-old Jerard Jacinto also made it a golden double after ruling the boys’ 16-18 50m backstroke event at 26.40. Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks MOST READ Jacinto, who swims for De La Salle-Zobel, though, rued the missed opportunity to beat the meet record in the 100m backstroke event last Monday.“It’s a bit of mixed emotions. I’m happy and kind of sad because I was really aiming for the meet record, especially in the 100m back, and my personal best is already that, but I had a lot of errors,” said Jacinto. “But I’m still so thankful that I won the gold.”Ivo Enot, who on Saturday broke an 18-year old 13 and under national record in the 200m backstroke, plucked a silver in the boys’ 13U 50m backstroke with a clocking of 29.86.Liaa Amoguis also got a second silver medal after tapping the wall at 2:29.81 in the girls’ 13U 200m  butterfly swim.Tandingan earlier swam to another bronze medal with a time of 58.90  in girls’ 14-15 100m freestyle while Banos, who has a two silvers, added a bronze to her showing after registering 2:20.15 in the 200m butterfly.ADVERTISEMENT Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon PLAY LIST 01:06SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruptionlast_img read more

first_imgMadam Wayor Tipayson, an executive of the Civil Society Working Group on Land Rights, says the continued delay to pass the Draft Land Rights Act is hindering communities’ ability to effectively protect and manage their customary lands.Madam Tipayson also observed that the delay was preventing communities from fully participating in national development.She made the comment over the weekend when she addressed journalists in the conference room of the Search for Common Ground, a local non-governmental organization.According to the CSO executive, the Act was presented to the National Legislature in 2014 for their consideration and ratification, but despite two public hearings and a number of consultations, the lawmakers went on their annual break without passing the Bill. Article 32 Section 2 states that “customary ownership is automatically formalized, with or without a deed. The moment the Land Act passes into law, customary land rights will be legally protected where the existence and ownership of customary land shall become enforceable and the effective passage of this Act.”However, Madam Tipayson alleged that the lawmakers’ failure to meaningfully address the Act “clearly demonstrates that they were prioritizing the interest of other groups over their own people.”“Indeed,” she said, “while the Legislature is currently on its annual break, the longer it takes to pass this act (would leave) the local communities vulnerable to continually suffer from land tenure insecurity, including large scale land transactions and potentially unlawful land grabs.“We are of the conviction that the Act, if enacted, provides a perfect opportunity whereby Liberians of all categories will for once enjoy rights and titles to land inhabit peace, democracy, development, and social progress.”This, according to her, will minimize the numerous land conflicts that the country continues to experience because the rights and opportunities in the document were guaranteed under the Act.She urged the National Legislature to pass the Act when they resume their duties, and to ensure passage of the core provisions of the document, which defends customary and other provisions that guarantee rights to land ownership.“We want you people to see our campaign as a platform for you to engage your lawmakers to (fulfill their promise concerning) ownership of customary lands,” she said while asking for the cooperation of the public.“It is about time that we use our diversity to stand for a cause that will improve the lives of our people and build our nation,” declared Madam Tipayson.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img…from PNC’s nonsenseYour Eyewitness still can’t get over the PNC’s barefacedness on our Constitution over the consequences of the NCM. And it’s not that they didn’t know beforehand about those consequences. After the 2011 elections the PNC and AFC had those same 33 seats they got in 2015 – which constituted a parliamentary majority. It’s only because our Constitution doesn’t allow a coalition AFTER the elections, that they weren’t allowed to name the President and form the Government!!So lo and behold, in 2014, Moses Nagamootoo of the AFC (obviously with the tacit approval of the PNC/APNU) cited Art 106 (6) and moved a no-confidence motion (NCM) against the PPP Govt of Donald Ramotar. No one in the PPP cried “dirty pool!” – after all NCMs are a regular feature of parliamentary democracies! In fact when the PPP brought THEIR NCM in 2018, Moses Nagamootoo gloated that the PPP had “cogged” the formulation of HIS motion!!At no time did the PNC say the NCM wasn’t democratically kosher. In fact, PNC GS Amna Ally famously taunted the PPP in Parliament, “Bring it on, big boy!!” But when the PPP did “bring it on”, after loud wails of “Noooo, Charrandas. Nooooooooo!!!” the PNC has been trampling all over the Constitution to prevent themselves from being booted out by the sovereign Guyanese people. First, it was Charrandas was a dual citizen and his vote didn’t count!! That was thrown out by the High Court; the Appellate Court and the CCJ!!Then they claimed even if the vote counted, 33 wasn’t the majority of 65 – as it had been since 2011!! They’d bought a snake oil concoction that the requisite process to arrive at that claim – dividing MPs into halves and then reconstituting them again – hadn’t been performed!! The High Court threw that rigmarole into the wastebasket, but two justices of the Appellate Court went along for the ride!! They’ve to be hiding their faces after the CCJ derided the half-man abomination!!So with their backs against the (constitutional) wall, the PNC’s fallen back on their plan B – counting on GECOM – controlled by their unilaterally appointed chair – to drag out the elections date  till next year!! Now what’s the point of the Constitution, if it can dictate the elections be held in three months after an NCM but GECOM can simply snicker, “No way, Jose!!”?? The law may be an ass, but not our Constitution!GECOM’s been sitting on their hands since Dec because of Granger’s Chair’s intransigence and they cannot now be allowed to cite Art 162 (2) – to delay elections because of “hardship”.This was brought on by themselves!!…from the PNC’s white noiseThe PNC’s demanding new House-to-House (HtH) Registration – but interestingly, THERE’S ABSOLUTELY NO LAW that supports this demand!!! That’s right!! In 1967, a National Register of Registrants (NRR) from which the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) is extracted was established from HtH registration. Subsequently, because of PNC’s electoral jiggery pokery over the next two decades, a new NRR was created in time for the 1992 elections registration. But because of the improvement and computerisation of records (such as of deaths) after 2000, the goal was to institutionalise “Continuous Registration” by automatically adding names of persons 14 or older (who are exhorted at scheduled intervals) and eliminating those dead from lists provided by the General Registry Office.The last HtH registration was in 2008, and as the OL pointed out, there have been two general elections where the PNC didn’t find anyone disenfranchised!! If someone’s not on the list for whatever reason, they can simply have that rectified during the Claims and Objections Period!!Don’t get confused by the PNC’s white noise!! …from urbanityWith English-instilled understatement, Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes for the Opposition Leader allowed to the CCJ that he “is YET TO BE SHOWN any law for HtH registration”. And allowed Basil Williams meanderings on HtH.The PNC don’t know urbanity: “Shut up or put up, Basil!!”last_img read more

first_imgStory Links The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s and women’s tennis teams head to Mayfair Club (Toronto East) for the 2019 OUA championships, October 11-13, hosted by York University.The Blues men will be vying for their first OUA banner since 2015 having claimed the silver medal for the past three seasons. Toronto enters the championship as the No. 1 seed and will take on the winner of the No. 4 McMaster Marauders and No. 5 York Lions in semifinal action on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.Two-time OUA all-star Sasha Obucina is the Varsity Blues men’s team No. 1 player. He will look to 2018 OUA all-star Brett Stinson and fellow veteran Nathan Wong at the No. 2 and 3 positions to help lead a young Blues squad this weekend.First-year standout Rassam Yazdi rounds out Toronto’s top four. The engineering major from Ottawa went 4-1 in singles action and 3-1 in doubles play this season.Toronto’s women will be fighting for their first provincial title since 2013 this weekend. The Blues are working their way up the podium, having earned the bronze medal in 2017 and silver medal in 2018. U of T is the No. 2 seeded squad heading into this weekend and will battle the winner of the No. 3 Marauders and No. 6 Brock Badgers in the semifinals on Saturday at 2 p.m.2017 OUA rookie of the year and all-star Mara Stroe is set to lead U of T in the No. 1 spot. Stroe went 2-1 in both singles and doubles play this season.Fellow third-year veteran Samara Qaedizadeh, sophomore Adelaida Allakhverdiyeva and rookie Pia Jhattu will also play in the top of Toronto’s order. Qaedizadeh went a perfect 3-0 in doubles action, while Allakhverdiyeva and Jhattu proved that they could battle any opponent this season.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.   Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgEco-tourism marketThe Surama Eco-Lodge, in the North Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), is slated to undergo further development in the coming year.In an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Senior Village Councillor Anthony Andries disclosed that plans and discussions have already begun for the implementation of these upgrades.Sleeping quarters at the Surama Eco-LodgeAndries noted that Surama currently has 10 programmes for visitors to the Eco-Lodge. He explained one of the strategies would involve developing a package that catered to specific clients such as “the more adventurous; the ones that would like to do things like cross-country hiking – we have never done that so we want to do a roundabout, like a five to six days hiking”.A view of the morning sky at the Surama Eco-LodgeAccording to the DPI, the Surama Village Council is currently in discussions with tour companies from Brazil and Trinidad about the packages the community has to offer to tourists from their respective countries.Andries disclosed that plans were on stream to further rehabilitate the current facility in 2018. There will be new additions to the Lodge to accommodate more persons. “We are not going to go too big, but we want to have it at a level which will be more beneficial to us.”Over the past year, the service at the Eco-Lodge has improved with the installation of a 24-hour solar power system.Emphasis is also placed on the training of staff which will remain a top priority. “Our service and hospitality is something that will definitely bring our visitors back and there is always room for improvement in that area,” he noted.The Indigenous community of Surama is situated on five square miles of savannah land in the North Rupununi. It is surrounded by forest, hills and the Pakaraima mountain range. The residents are mainly Makushi.Interestingly, the name Surama (originally Shuramata) means the place of spoiled barbecue (or where barbecue spoiled). It was derived following a tribal conflict between the Makushi and Carib people many years ago.last_img read more

first_imgAnd he said the nail-biting win, in front of tens of thousands of Argentine fans, could stand his team in good stead later in the tournament.“Suffering, suffering that’s what I felt, but now we know we can go through times like this,” said Messi.“We were lucky, we had luck on our side and now we have to take advantage of it and move on.”Argentina will now play Belgium or the United States in the quarter-finals on Saturday, as they go for a third World Cup title on the soil of arch-rivals Brazil.“Just like everyone else, I imagine, at times I was nervous because we couldn’t score a goal and any mistake would have put us out of the World Cup,” Messi said.“We didn’t want penalties and so we wanted to win it in extra-time.“For the goal I thought maybe I should take a chance. And then I saw Angel on the right and I passed to him and fortunately we were able to score.”The Barcelona star was named man-of-the-match for the fourth successive time by online voters, ahead of Di Maria who had 10 shots on target — more than the entire Swiss team.“I don’t know whether I deserve this one (award) or not but what’s important is that we’ve made it to the next stage, which is what we wanted,” Messi said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SAO PAULO, July 1- Lionel Messi said he was nervous during Argentina’s “lucky” World Cup win over Switzerland Tuesday but urged his team to make the most of their reprieve.The captain and talisman finally prised open the Swiss defence deep into extra-time, two minutes from penalties, and picked out Angel Di Maria for the game’s only goal.last_img read more

first_img1 Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe is one of the most sought-after young stars in world football Real Madrid are yet to make contact with Monaco over a move for Arsenal and Manchester United target Kylian Mbappe.The French wonderkid has been dubbed ‘the new Thierry Henry’ thanks to his fine form for the Ligue 1 leaders this season.As well as 12 goals in 23 league appearances, the 18-year-old has helped fire Monaco to the Champions League semi-finals with five goals in just seven outings in Europe this term.That form has caught the eye of a long list of clubs around Europe, with his value also rocketing as a result of his goals.Real Madrid are said to be very keen on landing the teenager this summer and have been tipped as front-runners in the chase, while United and Arsenal both want him in England.And the Premier League pair have received a boost after Monaco’s sporting director Antonio Cordon insisted that Madrid are yet to enquire about Mbappe.He told Cadena Ser: “Have Real Madrid contacted us for Mbappe? The truth is they haven’t,” Cordon told Cadena Ser.“I hope that Mbappe continues with us for a long time and gives us many great nights of football.“He is a player that has had an important progression and has deserved it. He is going strong.“There are many factors to consider in order for a player to succeed. He is still very young. We will see what happens this summer – we expect it to be a long one.”However Cordon did admit that the Ligue 1 club will find it hard to cling onto the youngster during the window.He added: “I hope he stays for the good of Monaco, but we know how the market works and what football is like.“He has a clause and it’s quite a lot of money. I don’t know exactly how much, but it’s a lot.”last_img read more

first_img Eddie Howe 1 Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admits he could still do with one extra body, but believes while his squad may be “short in numbers we are very high in quality”.The Cherries opened the new Premier League season with a disappointing 1-0 win at West Brom.Bournemouth spent big during the summer transfer window.Defender Nathan Ake, in a £20million deal, and veteran goalkeeper Asmir Begovic were signed from Chelsea while England striker Jermain Defoe secured lucrative personal terms following his free transfer from Sunderland.Howe has, though, also allowed winger Max Gradel to this week join French Ligue 1 side Toulouse on loan until the end of the season, while 22-year-old defender Baily Cargill has switched to League One outfit Fleetwood for the rest of the campaign.With midfielder Junior Stanislas continuing his rehabilitation on a groin problem and forward Callum Wilson recovering from a serious knee injury, the Bournemouth manager accepts his squad is looking a bit threadbare.Bournemouth have been linked with a £20million swoop for Leicester’s England Under-21 winger Demarai Gray ahead of the deadline.Howe, though, is confident whatever side he is able to put out against Watford on Saturday will have enough talent to get the required result.“Possibly it (new transfer) could happen in one position, but it’s not a must,” Howe said at a press conference“While we are short in numbers, we are very high in quality and the pool of players we have is very strong – that’s my issue if we were to get any injuries.“Our plan was always to get our business done early. The fact that there’s inactivity now, I don’t buy into the theory that the fans are getting restless as we have brought in great quality already.”Defoe was carrying a groin injury into the West Brom game, where he came off the bench, but could make his home Premier League debut back at the club he enjoyed a successful loan spell with as a raw young talent.Howe added: “There were some positives at West Brom, but not too many.“We expected a difficult game and we dominated possession, but didn’t do enough with it – which is unlike us really as we saw from last season.“We wanted to get up and running and get the momentum early on, so we’re disappointed by that.“(Against Watford), we need to get our tempo and passing moving and if we do that we will have a good chance.”Watford began their Premier League campaign with a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Liverpool.Howe has been impressed by the methods of Portuguese coach Marco Silva, who took over at the Hornets after leaving Hull at the end of last season when he had been unable to keep them up.“They had a good shape against Liverpool and you could see that Marco Silva has worked with them, they have always been able to bring good players in and this summer’s been no difference,” he said.“We played Hull in Marco Silva’s first game and that day Hull were very impressive, came from a goal down and were very strong. He built spirit from quite a low ebb.“After the game he also left an impression on me, he was very friendly and knowledgeable and had done his research about the Premier League.“It doesn’t surprise me that he still in the league with a job.”last_img read more