AS a dozen scantily clad Brazilian Samba dancers gyrated on to the stage, rocking peacock-style headdresses and glittery thongs, Usain Bolt was not about to be intimidated or upstaged.Instead, the world 100 and 200 metres record holder hoisted his arms in the air and began moving to the Samba beats, delighting hundreds of journalists and photographers seeking a little sparkle to light up the Rio Games.The contrast to every other press conference at the Rio Olympics was stark, showing once again that very few people on the planet transcend sport or command the world’s attention in the way Bolt does.Yet the scale of media interest in the 29-year-old has soared to new heights at Rio. More than 530 media members registered to attend the Jamaica team press conference on Monday, according to sportswear company Puma, Jamaica’s team sponsor.“Guys like Usain happen once every several generations. You cannot expect to hit the jackpot every four years,” Carlos Laje, the Latin America general manager for Puma, told Reuters.Laje said Bolt had a knack of producing “once in a lifetime moments in history”, and drew comparisons with Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, who delighted fans across the globe with his virtuoso performances at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.“You’ve got to clap louder than that,” Bolt cheekily told journalists as he walked on to the stage. “That was weak.”In the end, Jamaica’s team conference morphed into an event focused on Bolt. Other athletes wheeled out to meet the press were mostly peppered with questions about what it is like to live, train and be inspired by the greatest ever sprinter.“I don’t have a question, I just want to say ‘I love you,’” blurted out one Norwegian.The journalist proceeded to serenade Bolt, rapping an ode to him in a Jamaican accent. Bolt demanded an encore so he could film it on his phone.Moments later a Japanese TV personality, Teruhide Takahashi, thanked Bolt for an impromptu gift he had received ahead of the press conference: a pair of signed Puma shoes that Bolt wore once.“I will treasure these forever,” Takahashi told Reuters, referring to a pair of trainers two sizes too big for him.As journalists from across the world hung to Bolt’s every word and nearly 70 cameras filmed his beaming smile, the sprinter talked about his plans to retire and deprive the Olympics of its biggest star at the 2020 Tokyo Games.Many hoped the Bolt show would go on. Even when the Jamaican said he would miss entertaining people at the Olympics, but not the media, they still laughed. They had been won over a long time ago.
Lewas won by seven wickets with 8 balls remaining in the final play off at Bangkok.China won the toss and elected to bat making only 94 runs from their 20 overs and seven wickets to spare.Ravini Oa and Sibona Jimmy were outstanding bowlers for PNG each taking a wicket.Lewas vice-captain Tanya Ruma was awarded Player of the Match after taking PNG home not out on 37 runs off 39 balls.Varoi Morea made the second highest runs of 30 out of 41 balls.Pauke Siaka made 11 runs off 16 balls, Captain Norma Ovasuru was not out for 5 runs off 5 balls and Kari Seura was run out after making 5 runs off 13 balls.Eight countries participated in the qualifiers. PNG finished fifth behind Zimbabwe, Scotland, Bangladesh and Ireland. Ireland and Bangladesh had both qualified for the Women’s World T20, and will join eight other countries in the tournament in India in 2016.
Each player has scored five goals overall in the tournament but unfortunately for both players, their teams, Brazil and Sweden, have bowed out of the tournament.Japan, Korea DPR, the United States and France are the top four teams through to the semifinals.Blackstenius was the first to score five goals, four against home side Papua New Guinea and one goal against Brazil in the group round matches.Brazil midfielder Gabi Nunes scored her fifth goal of the tournament against Japan in the quarterfinal to level with Blackstenius.Gabi Nunes scored her first two goals against PNG, one goal each against Korea DPR, Sweden and Japan.Forwards Mami Ueno of Japan and Kim So-hyang of Korea DPR follow behind with four goals each.Ueno and So-hyang will be hoping to catch up with the two top scorers, having chances in the upcoming semifinals.Coming in at third place with three goals each are Brena of Brazil, Stefanie Sanders of Germany, Yuka Momiki of Japan, Kiana Palacios of Mexico, Ri Hyang-sim of Korea DPR and Spain’s Lucía García.Players with two goals each and still active in the competition are Delphine Cascarino and Clara Mateo of France, Yui Hasegawa and Shiho Matsubara of Japan, Ju Hyo-sim of Korea DPR and USA’s Mallory Pugh and Ally Watt.Players with one goal each include PNG’s forward Nicollete Ageva.Those still active in the tournament include Japan’s Honoka Hayashi, Miyabi Moriya and Hina Sugita, France’s Marie-Charlotte Léger, USA’s Kelcie Hedge and Ashley Sanchez, and Sung Hyang-sim and U Sol-gyong of Korea DPR.
Even with the series beyond them and Ashes already returned to Australia, England will be desperate to back up an encouraging performance in Melbourne and secure a consolation victory in the fifth and final Test in Sydney this week.Avoiding a whitewash may not be much to crow about but Joe Root’s party must take a modicum of pride in apparently not disintegrating as the 2013-14 tourists did, an impression which a taste of victory in the Harbour City would confirm.Given the fierce nature of the rivalry, though, Australia will be looking to ruthlessly drive home their advantage with a big win in front of a big crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which is sold out for the first three days.Australia captain Steve Smith’s magnificent century helped save a draw in the Boxing Day Test and the hosts are confident he will recover from the stiff back that prevented him from training on Tuesday in time for Thursday’s toss.Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc, who missed the fourth Test with a bruised heel, did bowl in the nets and should return to terrorise the English batsmen as he did with his 19 wickets in the first three Test victories in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.In his absence, Alastair Cook’s double century and the bowling of the experienced seam duo of Stuart Broad and James Anderson gave England the sniff of a win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground only for the weather and Smith to deny them.“If we’d won the game, then you’d maybe say there’d be more questions posed to Australia,” opening batsman Mark Stoneman told reporters.“It’s given us a lot of confidence moving forward that the things we tried to put in place earlier in the series have come through to a certain degree, but ultimately we want to win a game of cricket on this tour.”The SCG traditionally offers some turn and with slow-bowling all-rounder Moeen Ali out of form, leg-spinner Mason Crane looks set to become the third Englishman to make his Test debut in the series.Australia drafted left-arm tweaker Ashton Agar into their squad to give them an option of a twin spin attack with Nathan Lyon but the more likely change to the side will be the return of pace spearhead Starc for Jackson Bird.“I know he’s pretty confident he’s going to play,” fellow quick Pat Cummins said of Starc on Tuesday.“I haven’t spoken to him but it looked like he was bowling quick, running around and wasn’t limping.”
Last season’s FA Cup runners-up Chelsea struck four times before the break to crush second-tier Hull City 4-0 and stroll into the quarter-finals at Stamford Bridge on Friday.Willian bagged two and Olivier Giroud scored his first goal for the club since joining from London rivals Arsenal, while Pedro was also on target for Antonio Conte’s dominant side.The night’s other fifth round tie saw Leicester City also in action against Championship opposition but having to work far harder for a 1-0 home victory over Sheffield United.Jamie Vardy struck the only goal after 66 minutes – the fifth game in a row in all competitions he has been on target.Leicester held on to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2012 when they were knocked out by eventual winners Chelsea — the last time the west London club won the Cup.There are four more ties on Saturday when 12-times winners Manchester United visit Huddersfield Town while another all-top-flight clash sees West Bromwich Albion at home to fellow strugglers Southampton.Third-tier Rochdale host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and on Monday runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City face third-tier Wigan Athletic in a repeat of the 2013 final surprisingly won by the Latics.CONFIDENT CHELSEAWillian needed only two minutes to give Chelsea the lead against Hull, curling the ball in with his left foot from the edge of the penalty area.Cesc Fabregas sent Pedro away to make it 2-0 after 27 minutes and Willian then used his right foot to devastating effect to skim a low shot past keeper David Marshall.French international Giroud clipped in a neat finish from Emerson’s cut back to make the second half academic.With an eye on Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, first leg at home to Barcelona, Chelsea took their foot off the gas in the second half.“It was great for us. The most important thing is that we are in the next round. Now we have to prepare for the game against Barcelona,” Conte, who rested Eden Hazard, said.“You hope to always have a game that you can dominate. Our start was impressive. We started with great focus and concentration, will to score and wanted to go to the next round. I’m really pleased with the commitment of my players.”After the Barca game, Chelsea face Manchester United and Manchester City in the league and Conte said the confidence was back after a sticky patch.“Now we have the right confidence again. But in the next two weeks we have to play massive games and we must be strong –Barcelona, United and City. We are ready,” he said.
Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are both ready to start for Wales in their decisive Euro 2020 qualifier against Hungary on Tuesday, manager Ryan Giggs has said.Real Madrid forward Bale featured for an hour in Wales’ 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan on Saturday after spending a month on the sidelines with a calf problem.The 30-year-old was replaced by Ramsey, who has struggled with niggling injuries in recent months and made just eight appearances for Juventus this season.“The lads who go minutes needed minutes. It’s a bit of a balancing act, the players I know who can’t play 90 minutes – that will obviously influence the selection,” Giggs told a news conference on Monday.“Gareth and Aaron were in that scenario. They are both ready to start.”The win in Azerbaijan along with Croatia’s victory over Slovakia in Group E means Wales can secure automatic qualification for Euro 2020 by beating Hungary in Cardiff.“We needed favours and we got those favours, now it is time for us to capitalise, it’s in our hands,” Giggs said. “It’s a great, exciting challenge for us but we need to finish the job – it will be a very, very difficult game.”Bale played an influential role as Wales stormed to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 in France, eclipsing their previous best run to the quarter-finals at the 1958 World Cup.However, injury kept him out of the defeat by the Republic of Ireland that ended Wales’ 2018 World Cup qualifying hopes.“I think we can use both of (the experiences) to our advantage,” Bale said.“We have got the kind of euphoria of qualifying for our first Euros and doing so well at the competition that we really want to do that again.“We can see how we don’t want to feel after the game. We know prior to this game we can push and push not to feel like that again, because it’s not a feeling you want in the dressing room after the game.”
If the La Liga season is cut short or abandoned due to the coronavirus pandemic, the four teams on top of the most recent completed round of standings will qualify for next season’s Champions League, the Spanish Football Association (RFEF) said.With all teams having played 27 matches before the RFEF suspended play on March 12 due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Real Sociedad are the four teams that will go through to Europe’s premier club competition if no more action is possible this season.“The RFEF wants to have done its homework in case, in the event of a suspension of competitions, it receives the request from UEFA regarding the Spanish clubs that would have access to European competitions next season,” RFEF general secretary Andreu Camps said in a statement on Thursday.“Thus… it has been agreed in the RFEF Delegate Commission to make a plan in order to give certainty in an extreme scenario, such as not being able to finish the competitions, so that all the clubs know the new scenario they are facing.”After the last round of games were completed on March 10, Barcelona topped La Liga with 58 points, two ahead of Real Madrid. Sevilla are third on 47, with Real Sociedad a point further back in fourth.The teams in fifth and sixth place – which are currently Getafe and Atletico Madrid – will also qualify for the Europa League.The result of the Copa Del Rey final, if that is contested, could impact which team grabs the final Europa League spot.With Copa Del Rey finalists Real Sociedad already in the top four, their opponents Athletic Bilbao (10th in the league) are in pole position for the third Europa League spot unless they have climbed into the top six by the time the final league standings are decided.Should that occur, the final Europa League spot will go to the seventh-placed team in La Liga.
In the 1960s, the total number of vicuñas in Peru was approximately 5,000.The community of Lucanas was able to overcome violence from internal armed conflicts, and now those in the community use vicuña fur from Pampa Galeras National Reserve.Every year, the Lucanas community exports 1,000 kilograms (about 2,200 pounds) of vicuña fur.The National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP) will give a “green seal” to the fur sheared off the vicuñas by the community for their outstanding conservation practices. LUCANAS PROVINCE, Peru — At an altitude of 13,450 feet, the icy wind pounds whatever lies in its path. After 23 years of living in the Pampa Galeras – Barbara D’Achille National Reserve, Hernán Sosaya is well-adjusted and can withstand the blustering wind.At the top of a plain, a vicuña (Vicugna vicugnanotices) and a cousin to llamas, sees that we are only a few feet away and raises its head.“You can recognize the male because it’s always at the front of the herd, attentively watching for danger,” says Sosaya. The male vicuña starts to move away and the rest of the group trots along behind him.The park rangers at Pampa Galeras, like Sosaya, are experts at monitoring vicuñas. Every day, they are monitored within the park, which is 40 square miles and located in the district of Lucanas in Peru’s Ayacucho region. With more than 5,000 vicuñas currently living in the protected area, monitoring them has not been easy.Allan Flores, the manager of the reserve, put this into perspective with this piece of data: in the 1960s, there were about 5,000 vicuñas living in the entire country of Peru.Back then, throughout the entire Ayacucho region, including the reserve, there were only about 1,000 vicuñas. Sosaya says that a research project on the vicuña was begun in the 1960s in collaboration with German researchers, and the South American camelid was listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. One of the actions taken to conserve the species was the creation of a reserve to help the animals in danger. That was how Galeras, as the reserve is referred to locally, was created.
Conservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update Article published by John Cannon 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. Tropical forestsScientists are using solar-powered smart devices to keep tabs on animals in Borneo (New Scientist).Policy and technical hurdles are slowing the growth of the biodiesel industry in Indonesia (CIFOR Forests News).Cambodia’s minister of the interior decries the country’s problems with illegal logging (Phnom Penh Post).A desire for the meat of chimpanzees and gorillas is driving hunters to seek them out (CIFOR Forests News).Scientists say we will have to massively overhaul our way of life if we’re going to keep the global temperature rise under 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) (The Guardian).The Brazilian government has agreed to financially back the Tijuca, the world’s largest urban forest (Brazil Reports).Other newsShrinking habitat could endanger a newly discovered species of high-altitude-dwelling hummingbird (Science News).Conservationists in Chile are working to save the kodkod, the world’s smallest wild cat (Telesur).Climate change is impacting national parks in the U.S. (The Washington Post).Underwater art exhibits also support the formation of reefs (The New York Times).Crackdowns are keeping pace with the rising rate of environmental crimes (U.N. Environment Programme).Efforts to target high-level leaders of wildlife crime syndicates aren’t working (The New York Times).More people are turning to a wholly plant-based diet as a way to help the planet (BBC News).A new protected area the size of Central Park will protect amphibians and other species in Ghana (Rainforest Trust).Pollution could poison and kill half of all orcas (The Guardian, BBC News, The New York Times).The head of the U.N. Environment Programme has been castigated for flying too much (BBC News).Officials relax safety rules for undersea oil wells put in place after the Deepwater Horizon debacle in 2010 (The New York Times).Banner image of a bushmeat market in the Democratic Republic of Congo by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.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. 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