first_img A major UN report on land use and climate change says switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change.The report, prepared by 107 scientists for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and released Thursday, warns that efforts to curb greenhouse gas-emissions and the impacts of global warming will fall significantly short without drastic changes in global land use, agriculture — and human diets. IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land:Land is under growing human pressure.Land is a part of the solution.But land can’t do it all. #SRCCL #ClimateChange #GlobalGoalsRead more— IPCC (@IPCC_CH) August 8, 2019The researchers, however, are not calling for everyone to become vegan or vegetarian, BBC News reported. But they say more people could be fed using less land if individuals eat less meat.“Some dietary choices require more land and water, and cause more emissions of heat-trapping gases than others,” Debra Roberts, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II, said in a press release. “Balanced diets featuring plant-based foods, such as coarse grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, and animal-sourced food produced sustainably in low greenhouse gas emission systems, present major opportunities for adaptation to and limiting climate change.”Dietary changes, featuring plant-based foods and sustainable animal-sourced food, could free up several million square kilometers of land by 2050 and potentially cut 0.7-8.0 gigatonnes a year of carbon dioxide equivalent, the report says.IPCC does not recommend people’s diets. What we’ve pointed out on the basis of the scientific evidence is that there are certain diets that have a lower carbon footprint — Jim Skea, Co-chair of #IPCC WGIII #SRCCLFollow live the press conference— IPCC (@IPCC_CH) August 8, 2019While the report shows that better land management can contribute to tackling climate change, it is not the only solution. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors is essential if global warming is to be kept to well below 2 degrees C, if not 1.5 degrees C.In 2015, governments backed the Paris Agreement goal of strengthening the global response to climate change by holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees C.Land must remain productive to maintain food security as the population increases and the negative impacts of climate change on vegetation increase. “This means there are limits to the contribution of land to addressing climate change, for instance through the cultivation of energy crops and afforestation,” the researchers said. “It also takes time for trees and soils to store carbon effectively. Bioenergy needs to be carefully managed to avoid risks to food security, biodiversity and land degradation. Desirable outcomes will depend on locally appropriate policies and governance systems.”Food SecurityA man navigates his cart loaded with bananas through flood waters during heavy monsoon rains in Lahore, Pakistan on August 1, 2019. (Photo Credit: Arif Ali / AFP /Getty Images)The scientists also warned of more disruption to global food chains as extreme weather events become even more frequent due to climate change.“Food security will be increasingly affected by future climate change through yield declines – especially in the tropics – increased prices, reduced nutrient quality, and supply chain disruptions,” said Priyadarshi Shukla, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III.According to Shukla, while we will see different effects in different countries, there will be more drastic impacts on low-income countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.The report finds that there are ways to manage risks and reduce vulnerabilities in land and the food system.Risk management can enhance communities’ resilience to extreme events, which has an impact on food systems. This can be the result of dietary changes or ensuring a variety of crops to prevent further land degradation and increase resilience to extreme or varying weather.ForestsDeforestation in the Amazon, Brazil. (Photo Credit: LeoFFreitas / Getty Images)As per Nature, the latest report also notes the importance of tropical rainforests, where concerns are mounting about accelerating rates of deforestation.The Amazon rainforests is a huge carbon sink that acts to cool global temperature — it is sometimes called the “lungs of the world” because of the vast amounts of carbon dioxide its trees absorb — but rates of deforestation are rising, in part due to the policies and actions of the government of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.Reducing deforestation and forest degradation could result in a reduction of 0.4-5.8 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent, the report said.Land and Climate Change ResponsesChildren at a climate action demonstration in London, England. (Photo Credit: Jenny Matthews / In Pictures via Getty Images Images)Policies that are outside the land and energy domains, such as on transport and environment, can also make a critical difference to tackling climate change, according to the report. But people need to act early.“There are things we are already doing. We are using technologies and good practices, but they do need to be scaled up and used in other suitable places that they are not being used in now,” said Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group I.“There is real potential here through more sustainable land use, reducing over-consumption and waste of food, eliminating the clearing and burning of forests, preventing over-harvesting of fuelwood, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, thus helping to address land related climate change issues.”Read the full report here.More on Planting More Trees Key to Combating Climate ChangeUN Report: 1 Million Species Face Extinction Due to HumansStudy: Climate Change Affects Global Economic Inequality, Too Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Vince Mcmahon Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte The following was issued by WWE on Monday morning.WWE® NETWORK SURPASSES 1.3 MILLION SUBSCRIBERSFULL YEAR BUSINESS OUTLOOK REAFFIRMED WHILE Q1 2015 CURRENTLY PROJECTED TO EXCEED GUIDANCESTAMFORD, Conn., March 30, 2015 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that WWE Network surpassed 1.3 million subscribers following WrestleMania® 31, making it the most viewed WrestleMania in history. WrestleMania was broadcast around the world last night on WWE Network as well as on pay-per-view from a sold-out Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. The results represent a 97% increase from April 7, 2014 – the day after WrestleMania last year and a 31% increase since January 27, 2015, when the network surpassed the 1 million subscriber milestone. Recent growth was driven by the success of our February free promotion and the iconic attraction of the Company’s WrestleMania event.“We believe that exceeding 1.3 million subscribers reflects the successful execution of our strategy and puts us on the path to transformative growth through WWE Network,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “We remain focused on driving subscriber value by delivering the most compelling user experience and new content, evidenced by our new original series and partnerships with Seth Green, Jeff Tremaine and Jerry Springer.”“We are pleased with our short-term results and, for the first quarter, we currently project to exceed our most recent public guidance associated with an estimated average of approximately 918,000 paid subscribers,” said George Barrios, WWE Chief Strategy & Financial Officer. “We are also confident in the long-term potential and understand subscriber growth could take many different paths. For example, Network subscribers might show consistent sequential quarterly gains or the quarterly adoption curve could exhibit seasonality with year-over-year growth. Regardless, over the long-term, we believe WWE Network has the potential to drive significant economic returns.” Based on data to date, WWE Network attracted an average of approximately 918,000 paid subscribers over the first quarter 2015, representing a 27% increase from the fourth quarter 2014 average.1 The network’s February free promotion contributed to that growth, attracting approximately 201,000 trial subscribers, of which 154,000, or 77%, converted to paying subscribers in March. WWE Network reached an average of 982,000 total subscribers during the first quarter 2015, including both free trial and paid subscribers. To date, WWE Network has attracted nearly 1.8 million unique subscribers.1 Average paid subscribers are calculated based on the arithmetic daily mean over the relevant period, and may differ substantially from paid subscribers at the end of any period due to the timing of paid subscriber additions. Trial subscribers acquired during a promotional period are not counted as paying subscribers until they convert after the end of the free period.WWE Network: Growth StrategyTo grow WWE Network, the Company is executing a five-part strategy, including creating new content, implementing high impact customer acquisition and retention programs, introducing new features, expanding distribution platforms, and entering new geographies. Over the coming year, the Company is focused on expanding the network’s line-up of compelling original content as a critical element of this strategy.Programming: In addition to the premium monthly live pay-per-view events, WWE Network unveiled new programming for the remainder of 2015, which includes eight brand new original series and partnerships with director Jeff Tremaine, Seth Green’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and legendary talk show host Jerry Springer. In addition, in the new show, Diva Search, WWE will span the globe in search of the most beautiful, athletic and charismatic women in the world to find the next stunning WWE Diva. WWE Network will also produce compelling specials and short form content, while continuing to add 1,000 hours to its robust video-on-demand library, which currently has more than 3,000 hours of content. (For more details of WWE Network’s programming line-up see the Company’s March 30, 2015 press release).Promotions: Based on the successful execution of the network’s free trial offerings, all new subscribers who register for the network in April will receive the network free in that month, including Extreme Rules live on Sunday, April 26.Features/Distribution: Other important elements of the Company’s network strategy include improving the user experience and content discovery across devices, while continuing to expand distribution platforms.Geographies: The Company is developing plans for geographic expansion to India, China, Germany, Japan, Italy, Thailand and Malaysia.Paths to Potential Subscriber GrowthThe Company believes its strategy will facilitate long-term subscriber growth of WWE Network. There are, however, different paths that culminate in the realization of WWE Network’s subscriber potential. For example, achieving consistent subscriber growth over sequential quarters could result in a path that approximates an upward sloping straight line. (See Exhibit 1)Alternatively, it is possible that WWE Network subscriber growth could follow the more seasonal pattern of the Company’s historic pay-per-view business. The latter path could yield an upward sloping trajectory over time, but could result in sequential quarterly declines while still delivering year-over-year growth. Any potential seasonal variations that might occur could be reduced over time as the Company continues to bring compelling new content to the network throughout the year.The Company believes WWE Network will continue to make progress toward its subscriber potential, and management is agnostic to the pattern of growth.Business OutlookThe level of WWE Network subscribers is a critical determinant of the Company’s projected future financial performance.In 2015, the Company expects year-over-year adjusted OIBDA growth in every quarter, with growth driven by the performance of WWE Network as well as the escalation of television rights fees, and continued innovation across all of the Company’s businesses. For the first quarter 2015, the Company currently projects its adjusted OIBDA will exceed the high end of its most recent public guidance associated with the quarter’s actual average of 918,000 paid subscribers.2 The most recent public guidance implied a range of adjusted OIBDA of approximately $3 million to $8 million associated with that average.The table below outlines ranges of potential Company performance for the full year 2015 at different subscriber levels. The Company is maintaining its 2015 Business Outlook at various subscriber levels as released on February 12, 2015. The 2015 Adjusted OIBDA table (below) is consistent with the previously provided business outlook. (The Company’s previous business outlook as well as reconciliations of Operating Income to Adjusted OIBDA can be found in the Company’s Q4 2014 Earnings Release – February 12, 2015).About WWE NetworkWWE Network launched on February 24, 2014 in the U.S., was subsequently made available in more than 170 countries and secured broad distribution across web, mobile, streaming devices, gaming consoles and Smart TVs. Like other digital subscription services, such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, fans are able to sign up for WWE Network online by going to and can watch WWE Network on their TVs through connected devices such as Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku streaming devices as well as Smart TVs including Sony and Samsung. WWE Network’s one-of-a-kind programming includes all 12 WWE pay-per-view events LIVE at no additional charge plus groundbreaking original series, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches, exclusive coverage of special events and more than 3,000 titles in its video-on-demand library.About WWEWWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 35 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all 12 live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 170 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at and For information on our global activities, go to videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Velvet Sky Pinterest Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next DirecTV officials are said to be in talks with WWE to start carrying live PPV events again according to a new report this week. DirecTV pulled the plug on all WWE PPV events going forward in April 2014 following WrestleMania 30 and the launch of the WWE Network.DirecTV operators were told to tell any callers that they were no longer carrying WWE PPV events and that it was only available on the WWE Network. For WrestleMania 31, operators were told not to direct callers anywhere because of the interest in getting them back.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twittercenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Roman Reigns is in Remission Wrestle Kingdom 9 live PPV, Flipps app and on demand Google+ WhatsApp WWE schedule from 11/17-11/23, DirecTV to carry Survivor Series PPV Early look at buyrate for WWE Extreme Rules 2014 PPVlast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew Puzder says he is withdrawing as President Donald Trump’s nominee for labor secretary.The fast food executive says in a statement provided to The Associated Press that he was “honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor and put America’s workers and businesses back on a path to sustainable prosperity.”Puzder says “while I won’t be serving in the administration, I fully support the President and his highly qualified team.”Puzder’s confirmation hearing was scheduled for Thursday. But some Republicans had raised concerns about his failure to pay taxes for five years on a former housekeeper who wasn’t authorized to work in the U.S.Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurants Inc.last_img

first_imgA Portland man suspected in the slaying of his boyfriend, whose body was found near Dougan Falls on Saturday, made his first appearance in Skamania County Superior Court on Thursday and was booked into the county jail on $2 million bail.Deputies on Wednesday arrested Benjamin C. Serrato, 40, on suspicion first-degree domestic violence murder in the death of Christopher M. Libert, 40, of Portland.Libert’s body was found near a bridge at Dougan Falls, and an autopsy found he had been shot and stabbed.According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Skamania County sheriff’s deputies first arrived at Dougan Falls around 9:15 a.m. Saturday for a report of a death.According to the court record, deputies spoke to nearby campers and residents, several of whom said they heard a gunshot in the area around 3 that morning, according to the court records.One resident heard a vehicle drive away several minutes after the gunshot.Investigators found some fresh tire impressions in the mud nearby. About two feet from there, deputies found what looked like blood on the ground. About 30 feet away from the pool of blood and 15 feet over an embankment, they found Libert’s body.An autopsy found he had been stabbed at least 11 times and shot in the head, according to court records. Investigators identified Libert using his fingerprints, and found he had a Portland address and a roommate: Serrato.last_img read more

first_imgGOLDENDALE — With a $1.5 million state-funded renovation set to begin next month and a newly reconfigured telescope that gives visitors much better views of the night sky, things are looking up at Goldendale Observatory State Park.So why was it quietly dropped from the International Dark-Sky Association’s list of Dark Sky Parks late last year?Well, that’s kind of complicated. The Dark Sky Park designation, bestowed on the park in 2010 after a yearlong effort from the nonprofit group Friends of the Goldendale Observatory, made it unique in Washington. There are no other Dark Sky Parks in the state, and only 33 others in the country. So it’s a badge of honor, designating the place as one of the country’s best to observe the night sky.But with that designation came responsibility. The park is obligated to include educational programming about light pollution, display International Dark-Sky Association signage, maintain approved lighting on its grounds and file annual reports to the association about all of those efforts. Lately, there have been questions about whether its staff has lived up to those obligations.“There are some issues with the park we’re trying to work out right now,” said John Barentine, program manager for the Tucson, Ariz.-based IDA. “And we decided the best thing to do was to suspend, without prejudice, the status.”Those issues — whether the park’s annual reports to the IDA were up to snuff, whether there was adequate signage designating the park as a Dark Sky Park, and whether park staff were fully committed to maintaining the status — came to a head in November. That’s when Bob Yoesle, a dark-skies advocate and president of the Friends of the Goldendale Observatory, contacted the IDA alleging the observatory was out of compliance.last_img read more

first_imgThere is some inventive math happening at the site of the upcoming Ridgefield Outdoor Sports Complex, where city and Ridgefield School District officials have a simple equation to describe the joint project.“The guiding concept is one plus one equals three,” said Bryan Kast, the city’s public works director. “We can build more together than separately.”The complex, which breaks ground Thursday, was promised to residents as part of the school district’s $78 million bond, which residents passed with 68.82 percent of the vote in February. However, no bond money is going toward the actual complex.The roughly $20 million complex will be paid for by the city, using a combination of Park Impact Fees, Real Estate Excise Tax, grants, sponsorships and a $10 million councilmanic bond the city will issue later this year. A councilmanic bond is one issued by city councilors that is not voted on by residents and doesn’t raise property taxes.The complex will have six multipurpose turf sports fields that can be used for baseball, softball, soccer, football and other sports. There will be a track around the football field, along with trails throughout the complex, picnic tables and an amphitheater. The complex will also have a community center where local groups can hold meetings.last_img read more

first_imgThe vacant four-story building at the corner of Main Street and Evergreen Boulevard — formerly Evergreen International Plaza — is slated to receive an overhaul, modernizing it into a retail and office building that the developers plan to call The Quinn.Cascadia Development Partners, a Vancouver-based commercial real estate development company, is leading the project with the Fuller Group serving as the Realtor for the interior spaces. Plans for the proposed remodel are outlined on the company’s website.The two upper floors of the 40,000-square-foot building would become offices, while the 10,000-square-foot ground floor would be available for retail. The 10,000 square feet in the basement would be converted into an underground parking garage.Some of the ground-floor retail space might include sliding retractable window panels to create storefronts, and Cascadia’s website describes the spaces as ideal for “restaurants, coffee shops, bank branch and high impact retailers.”The redesigned building would have a “modern urban” feel, the website says, with high open ceilings, exposed mechanical ducts and original wood floors. But the project would add a number of updated features including a new elevator, bigger windows, a modern ventilation system, new skylights on the third floor and a rooftop deck and terrace for office employees.last_img read more

first_imgCenturies ago, long before the first Europeans came to the Northwest, the Cowlitz and other indigenous tribes used the rivers as their transportation routes.The Cowlitz Indian Tribe returned to the Columbia River on Friday to remember its past and to forge new bonds and friendships.A 31-foot canoe carrying tribal members pulled up shortly after noon to the beach at Vancouver’s Marine Park. The Cowlitz canoe was accompanied by a second canoe from Portland All Nations, which is open to Native Americans regardless of tribal affiliation, and two motorized escorts.“What it means to us is to honor our ancestors,” said Tanna Engdahl, the tribe’s spiritual leader, as she waited for the canoes to arrive at Marine Park. “The Cowlitz don’t do anything without calling to our ancestors.”Rivers are the lifeblood running through the Cowlitz, Engdahl said.“Most of us on this beach are related,” she said. “Standing by our relatives on this beach are our ancestors.”Members of the Cowlitz Drum Group started singing and drumming long before the canoes could be spotted near the Interstate 205 Bridge. Cowlitz members in their canoe could be heard repeating the same song as they pulled up to the beach where more than 100 people had assembled.After the Portland All Nations canoe was invited ashore, the two canoes were pulled onto the beach. One person passed out bottles of water to the paddlers, who had put into the Columbia River in Camas nearly three hours earlier and paddled down river to Marine Park.last_img read more

first_imgBy Sulayman BahThe Normalisation Committee has allayed fears of intimidation ahead of the September presidential polls of the Gambia Football Federation.As the election momentum gears up, there have been concerns raised about the likely intimidation of contesting candidates and the fairness of the electoral process from football stakeholders.However, in reaction to these fears, whether real or exaggerated, the NC was swift to calm nerves, while assuring fairness and impartiality in the election process.“We have not received any complaint from any candidate complaining about intimidation and the like.We in our capacity as the normalizing committee will ensure the process is free of rigging and other electoral malpractices. We will provide adequate security on the day,” Ba S.. Jabbie, the NC’s spokesperson on election matters, told Foroyaa Sport.The contest for the GFF top seat is now a three-horse race after Seedy Kinteh and Mustapha Kebbeh failed to make the cut, leaving Omar Danso, Lamin Kabba Bajo and Buba Bojang to vie for the position.Nomination is still on with other positions up for grabs.“We are yet to receive any nomination papers from persons aspiring to occupy the other positions. The deadline is September 15,” disclosed Jabbi.]]>last_img read more

first_imgBy Modou S. JoofA Senior official of the Regional Education Directorate for Region 1 (Banjul and Kanifing Municipality) has declined to speak on how his office will implement the free education policy that was announced in August this year.The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) said last month that students in all upper basic schools are to benefit from a free education initiative that will start when schools resume after the summer holidays.On Monday, a Senior Officer at Region 1 said he cannot comment on the issue. “That is a policy issue, I think you should book an appointment to talk to the permanent secretary about it,” said the officer.In introducing the policy the Minister of Basic and Secondary Education indicated that the newly created free education initiative will be a step forward from the free education package for pupils from lower grades.Free education has also been announced for Senior Secondary Schools from 2015. Officials said the policy will cover all students in government-run schools, including non-Gambians.When approached to shed light on the issue regarding his school’s readiness to implement this free education policy on Tuesday, 22 September, the Vice Principal of Latrikunda Upper Basic School declined to make any comment, claiming that civil servants are not allowed to talk to the press.Foroyaa will approach the Ministry to find out how this free education programme is going to be implemented so that parents would know who is covered.  ]]>last_img read more

first_imgBy Rohey JadamaA.M Yusuf  on  Wednesday 10 June  2015 intimated to the Banjul High court presided over by Justice Simeon Ateh Abi of the Banjul High that the prosecution will amend charges against  Madam Ada Gaye, the former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and four other officials of the same ministry, However, Lawyer Lamin S. Camara defence counsel for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th accused persons did not raise any objection and Sheriff Tambedou counsel for the 1st accused person did not also object.The case was adjourned till 29 June at 1pm-3pm for hearing.The other accused persons are Mr. Fafanding Fatajo, Project Coordinator for the Food and Agriculture Sector Development Project (FASDEP), Mr. Omar Jammeh, the Financial Controller of FASDEP, Mr. Foday Jadama, Deputy Director of the Soil and Water Management Services under the Agric ministry, and Dr Abdou Ceesay, Director of the Department of Livestock Services.]]>last_img read more

first_imgBy Sulayman BahGambian-born Saihou Gassama faces an uncertain future with his club digging their heels over giving him a contract renewal proposal, Foroyaa Sport can report.Gassama moved to the club in January. The 23-year-old was let go by Lorca following expiry of his 12-month deal prior to joining Real Mancha on a six-month contract.Revered players are offered contract extensions at least a year before their deals are due but in Gassama’s case, a proposal was expected to have been tabled two months before.However, it appears the Gambia international may seeks pastures new elsewhere with current club Real Mancha’s board showing so far little signs of a possible contract extension, casting the star’s future in serious doubt.Deals are offered as per performance and Saihou’s 15- appearances –four from the start –works against the winger’s hopes for a renewal.Meaning technically, he remains a free agent with his six-month contract elapsing June 30th.The former Gambia Ports Authority starlet, who first moved to Spain as a youth player for then Laliga club Real Zaragoza, has spent six years playing in the Spanish third tier.last_img read more

first_imgAfter the huge news that Andres Iniesta will be looking for a way out of Barca, after he spent all of his career with the Catalans and rumours that Luis Enrique is a likely successor to Wenger in Arsenal, there have now been claims linking them together.According to Metro, if Luis Enrique would indeed join Arsenal as a part of the management team, he would try to sign Iniesta and thus re-unite, only this time, in the Premier League.An official announcement for Iniesta’s future is expected this week as he reportedly has an offer by a Chinese Super League club and is also linked with quite a few other European teams as well.jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…However, Enrique is not his only former coach in the Premier League looking to sign him – Guardiola is reportedly more than ready to submit his offer for the Spaniard as well.Andres Iniesta has won 14 major trophies under Guardiola with six of them being in the first season of Pep’s rule at Camp Nou.last_img read more

first_imgThe Spartak Moscow coach says he will discuss his team’s contract renewal in a few months, but he’s a fan of the Italian Lega Serie A teamAfter Spartak Moscow coach Dmitri Alenichev resigned on August 2016, assistant manager Massimo Carrera was appointed boss.He has managed the club for the last two years, but his heart might be somewhere else.The Italian coach played for than 200 games for Atalanta in the Italian Lega Serie A.And before he signs a new contract with the Russians, he says he couldn’t refuse a call from his former club.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“I’m a fan, I always like watching them play,” Carrera told Football Italia.“In a few months I’ll discuss a renewal [with Spartak], but if the call came from Bergamo I couldn’t refuse.”“I expect a lot from this season, despite the elimination by PAOK in the preliminaries. Unfortunately, football is like that if you don’t score you run the risk of elimination,” he said.“Atalanta didn’t deserve to go out either, but I still expect [Gian Piero] Gasperini to carry on the winning philosophy of the past few years, getting great results and improving so many youngsters.”“The club has so many secrets, the pitch is just the final step in a great project which starts with the solid ownership. Atalanta are a model for everyone,” he concluded.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has hailed Roberto Firmino as an “absolute genius”The now-Rangers coach narrowly missed out on playing alongside Firmino at Anfield after leaving for MLS side LA Galaxy the same summer Firmino arrived from Hoffenheim in 2015.The Brazilian striker has gone on to record 53 goals and 41 assists in 152 games for Liverpool and made the headlines last week by grabbing a stoppage-time winner in the Reds’ Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain.“Firmino is an absolute genius when you watch him close up,” Gerrard said on the club website.“He’s as interested in setting up a goal as scoring one.”The former England midfielder feels that the current crop of talent at Liverpool is the best that the club has had in a long time.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I look at Liverpool now and can’t find any weaknesses when they’re at full strength. This is a lot stronger than the team I played in,” he continued.“Liverpool have looked a different animal since [Virgil] van Dijk came in and Alisson [Becker] brings more composure and trust.“In time that’ll be the big difference – the front three will always score goals and the midfielders back them up too – but it’s all been about trying to improve defensively and they’re very close.”Liverpool will hope to maintain their winning start to the Premier League season in today’s game at Chelsea with kick-off set to take place at 18:30 (GMT +2).last_img read more

first_imgMatthijis De Ligt is happy to have joined a long list of elite players after winning the coveted Golden Boy award.The 19-year-old Ajax defender joins the company of big-name players like Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe after being named the most promising player under 21 in Europe this year.Currently the skipper of Ajax, De Ligt has been linked with a big-money move to European heavyweights like Barca and Man City. And the Dutchman went on to disclose how he heard the news“I found out through my agent Mino Raiola, but Ajax also informed me,” he told the Italian newspaper and cited by FourFourTwo.“Of course I checked the list of former winners. I know it almost by heart.We create the legends of tomorrow! 🌟#ForTheFuture— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) December 17, 2018Virgil van Dijk, NetherlandsVan Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.“There are only very large names in that list but, if I have to name one, Messi is the man for me.“Everyone knows him and they know what he did for football. I really like him as a player.“So, I’m very proud to have won the same trophy that he has raised before me – 13 years ago, when I was only six years.”De Ligt pipped Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold in the voting, becoming the first defender to win the award.“I am very pleased to be the first defender to win this award,” he added.“And knowing that so far only strikers and midfielders had won, it gives me an even more special feeling.“In general, in the photographs more often attackers and midfielders appear. This really means a lot to me, that I occupy another role.”last_img read more

first_imgArsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira loves the song that the fans have made for himThe Uruguayan midfielder arrived at the Emirates Stadium in July in a reported deal of £26.4m from Serie A side Sampdoria.Despite having a low-key start, Torreira has emerged as a key member of the Arsenal squad this season and has been compared to club legends Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva.The 22-year-old’s impressive displays for the Gunners have made him a firm fan favourite with a song being made in his honour.“It’s incredible. Every time I hear it, I feel so proud,” Torreira told“It gives me a real energy boost and that strength to go after every ball.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I can only really say thank you to the fans. They’re incredible and fill out every stadium, whether it’s home or away.“They’re singing for the whole 90 minutes and that’s massive for the team because it makes us feel that we have their support.‘When we’re out there playing, we want to do our best to entertain them.”Torreira has made 25 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal this season with two goals and two assists added in the process.Unai Emery’s side will take a daunting trip to Anfield this Saturday for a Premier League match against leaders Liverpool.last_img read more

first_imgLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may lead the debate as the finest in their generation but a recent report shows a new Kid is on the block in terms of financial rewards.The CIES Football Observatory reckon the Barcelona skipper is worth €171.2m, which is way below PSG striker Kylian Mbappe who tops the charts at €218.5mHere’s a look at the top 10 most valuable players, according to the CIES.1. Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – €218.5m2. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – €200.3m3. Neymar (PSG) – €197.1m4. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – €185.8m5. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – €184.3mFC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).6. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – €171.9m7. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – €171.2m8. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) – €162.0m9. Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) – €157.0m10. Leroy Sane (Manchester City) – €156.1mBarcelona’s other representative in the top 10 is Philippe Coutinho who comes in just behind Messi at €157.0m.The valuations are determined by the CIES’ ‘exclusive algorithm’ which considers a variety of attributes including age, results, position and league.last_img read more

first_imgDuring an event in the University of Naples, Carlo Ancelotti revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo is not the prima donna that everybody thinks in the dressing room.Carlo Ancelotti lived a great time during the time in which he managed Cristiano Ronaldo, the Italian manager has coached many incredible players but CR7 is by far the best he’s ever managed.The nearly two years that the two football legends shared time together, were good enough to finally break the curse of not winning the Champions League since 2002 and both Carletto and Ronaldo were essential parts of this conquest.Now that the Portuguese player is proving that he is still one of the greats in Italian football, it’s only natural that the press tends to ask Ancelotti about his time coaching him and about his personality.The Italian manager is currently trying to keep Napoli relevant against the powerful Juventus, an Italian giant that has won a staggering seven consecutive Serie A titles and seems to be going for the eighth Scudetto this season now that Ronaldo is playing on their side.When his squad faced Juventus earlier this season in Serie A, it was a stellar performance by Cristiano Ronaldo what gave the victory to the Bianconeri.#SerieA 🇮🇹 | Ancelotti: “Cristiano Ronaldo tiene el mismo trato que todos en el vestuario”— Diario SPORT (@sport) January 15, 2019The Italian manager attended the University of Naples for a lecture this Tuesday, where he discussed several topics related to his new job as the Napoli manager.The Italian spoke in depth about the difficulties that are presenting during his first year as the boss, he believes that despite not winning any Serie A titles in recent memory, Napoli has actually built a winning project that cannot really compete against the massive projects that other clubs in European football have.But despite the honest answer about Napoli’s inability to win trophies, Carlo Ancelotti remains hopeful that he can help the club win a Serie A title very soon due to his experience in the area.But by far the most interesting topic he discussed was the competition that “smaller” clubs have against the bigger institutions, specifically when it comes to signing the most talented players such as Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.He was questioned about Ronaldo’s fame of being a “prima donna”, something that Ancelotti doesn’t see. @unicampaniaRomelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.— Antonio Fuccillo (@prof_afuccillo) January 15, 2019“First of all, what do you understand when you hear the term “prima donna”?” said Carlo via La Repubblica.“To everyone, CR7 is a “prima donna” but he has never behaved that way inside the dressing room.”“This term is mostly for the media outlets to use, for the press. You have to treat Ronaldo just like you treat everybody else.”“Then, of course, there are players who have certain characteristics who may be more selfish or driven to win.”“A manager needs to know how to keep the balance with those players by telling the one who is selfish that sharing is important and vice-versa,” he added.“When it comes to competing against the bigger squads on the market, we have to say that there are three major voices in the biggers squads that have a major impact in the business side of things: TV rights, sponsors, and the people who actually own the players,” continued Ancelotti.“The Italian league is forbidden to cross a certain TV rights line and sponsors as well. The Asian market attracts a lot of money and the English clubs benefit greatly from this.”“Bayern has a packed stadium all the time and the sell 30k liters of beer per match, this obviously affects taxing. Everything that gets consumed will obviously get affected by victories, but sometimes it’s not enough,” he concluded.RIVALES EN LA SERIE A. El único error que ha cometido Cristiano Ronaldo según Carlo Ancelotti:— Invictos (@InvictosSomos) October 23, 2018What do you think about Carlo Ancelotti’s analysis of Cristiano Ronaldo’s fame of being a “prima donna”? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more