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
Different strokes……for JagdeoIt’s clear as a sunlit day in our tropical clime that this Government’s motto is “GET PPP!!”. Or more pointedly, “Get Jagdeo!” And they plan to “get” him by any means necessary. But from where your Eyewitness sits – and he sits as far from the political crowd as he possibly can!! – the PNC-led vendetta is not just a political one. Looks like it’s personal – especially now that Moses Nagamootoo’s now – for all intents and purposes – a card-carrying member of the PNC’s inner circle.Nagamootoo’s got his big, fat pension in place – so he doesn’t have to chase ambulances (or displaced sugar workers) for a living – his one ambition in life is to stick it to Bharrat Jagdeo. The reason, of course, is he fervently believes he was denied the presidency as the PPP candidate because of Jagdeo. You would remember, dear reader, he used to go around collaring folks like the Ancient Mariner of yore, to tell them his tale of how Jagan – on a Rupununi campaign stage – had promised to pass the PPP baton to him.No one else heard Jagan – even though the stage was crowded with political types. But those who knew Nagamootoo thought he’d “taken one too many” – as he was prone to do!! But sadly, he nursed that feeling of entitlement and denial until it not only consumed him – but defined him. Nowadays, there isn’t one of his public utterances that doesn’t have Jagdeo as the cynosure of his attention! And it ain’t pretty… especially in Parliament when he insists on Speaking after Jagdeo. It’s a shad, shad situation!! But Nagamootoo ain’t gonna let up!For the PNC, at least they’re getting personal because of a political reason. When Jagdeo became President, like many others (like Nagamootoo in the PPP!!) the PNC thought they’d be able to push him around. But they should’ve known better. He was championed by Janet Jagan – who the PNC also hated personally because she was such a no-holds-barred political infighter. It’s very significant that she bypassed Nagamootoo – who worked decades with her at the Mirror – for Jagdeo. Everything Nagamootoo’s done since, has justified her judgement!!Jagdeo stymied the PNC’s “slow-fyaah; mo’ fyaah” gambit; defeated their Buxton “Freedom Fighter” insurrection and nailed the pretentions of “multi-racial” support when they were forced to woo Nagamootoo and Ramjattan for “Indian” votes. Now that the latter’s been stripped and the AFC’s certified “dead meat”, their worst nightmare is facing Jagdeo directly as the PPP’s Presidential Candidate in 2010.But hey!! The PPP supporters want him…and unless the CCJ follows Basil Williams’ denial about our Constitution’s “basic structure” – their worst nightmare’s about to come true!!…for different flightsIf the PNC keeps on with their corrupt practices the way they’re going, Nandlall’s gonna be kept so busy filing private criminal charges against their Ministers he wouldn’t need to grease his PR campaign!! Who’s next?? Mayor Chase Green and her faithful sidekick the Town Clown?? Ooops!! The Town Clerk!! That Parking Meter contract’s as crooked as barbed wire – to coin a phrase!! – and she’s certifiably PNC and all that!!Then there’s the CJIA expansion programme started by the PPP, so Nandlall should have the facts. It started out as having EIGHT walkways and now’s down to THREE – while the contract’s been increased from US$135 million to US$150 million!! Seems like Patterson pushed in his thumb and pulled out another plum – for himself!! And the walkways are only the tip of a monster iceberg. Your Eyewitness isn’t even holding his breath as to when the airport will be complete!!The biggest enchilada, of course, is nailing Trotman for allowing Guyana to be cheated. Nandlall with have to take that matter to the International Criminal Court!!…for amnestyThe GRA head just declared there will be no amnesty for Guyana Stores on their $3.8 billion tax bill. Shouldn’t they take their case to Amnesty International??
Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Gamma takes 1st step toward IOC approval, applies for observer status ‘People evacuated on their own’ Brownlee towed Ginebra with 36 points, 19 rebounds, eight assists, three steals, and two blocks while Japeth Aguilar had 20 points, nine boards, and seven dimes.LA Tenorio putched in 19 points and six assists while Thompson finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.Standhardinger finished with 32 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists for the Batang Pier while Qualls had 25 points, eight boards and seven assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas View comments The Gin Kings returned to championship round of the PBA Governors’ Cup after a 120-107 beating of NorthPort in Game 4, 3-1, Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Ginebra is entering the finals for the first time this season which gives them a chance at a third Governors’ Cup in four years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Gin Kings immediately established control, racing to an early 13-6 run to take a 19-10 lead midway through the first quarter and setting the tone for the rest of the match.An 11-1 run in the fourth quarter capped off by a bucket by Scottie Thompson for a 107-88 lead effectively sank the Batang Pier’s comeback hopes. Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas PLAY LIST 01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Apart from the tangibles, Ginebra’s depth of roster also helped its return to the finals with Batang Pier parading a squad without three injured key players.Rookie start Robert Bolick is still out with a knee injury while Sol Mercado and Kevin Ferrer, both formet Ginebra players, remained out due to health problems.“Sol takes care of the defensive end and Kevin can space the floor, and of course Bolick and you know how good he is,” said Cone. “We wore them down with our depth.”“The semifinals is played every other day, and depth becomes very important. We obviously had the depth that they didn’t have.”Ginebra had the luxury of resting import Justin Brownlee even if it was just for a couple of minutes while NorthPort had to play the duo of Christian Standhardinger and Michael Qualls for 48 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT MANILA, Philippines—It has been a season of near futility but Barangay Ginebra is a step closer to achieving its title hopes this year.ADVERTISEMENT Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee When Pops met Martin’s son Santino No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
Some two months after Guyana observed its 50th Independence Anniversary the President is yet to approve the final list of prisoners to be pardoned, an initiative of President David Granger to give “petty” offenders a second chance.Last year, the Head of State pardoned some 50-odd “petty” criminals, in their late teens to mid-20s, and committed to do the same again this year as part of the Independence Anniversary; however, these persons are yet to be released.Guyana Times understands that the President is yet to approve the final list of names vetted and screened by the Guyana Prison Services (GPS) and the Ministry of Public Security.A senior official from GPS had previously told this newspaper that the list was prepared and sent to the Ministry. However when contacted on Saturday, Director of Prisons Carl Graham related that they had not received the approved list as yet.Meanwhile, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan when asked for an update directed this newspaper to the Ministry of the Presidency: “That’s an issue the Office of the President deals with… presidential pardons are from the President’s Office, you should redirect your questions there,”This newspaper also contacted Minister of State Joseph Harmon who said that he is “not aware that the President has approved” the list of prisoners to be pardoned this year.The criteria used to select the beneficiaries include prisoners who are facing short sentences; those who are incarcerated for petty, non-violent offences; and those between the ages of 18 and 24.This pardon gesture applies to both female and male inmates.While the President initially announced last year that 60 prisoners would be pardoned, only 40 were released in June 2015. The missing 20 were presumably found unsuitable for various reasons and remain incarcerated.Additionally, in December Granger pardoned another 20 female prisoners who are mothers so that they can return home to spend the holidays with their children. However again, only 11 of them were released.This decision of pardoning criminals had caused great uneasiness among Guyanese, especially business owners. Persons were also calling for the identities of these convicts to be made public, however it was explained that this would hinder the reintegration of these young people into society. But this position changed back in May when Kelvin Bates, 19, among the first batch of pardoned prisoners, was charged for a spate of robberies on Corentyne, Berbice. Minister Ramjattan had stated that he will consider releasing the names of the new set of prisoners to be released this year.“Of course if asked, we will release the names of all those who will be pardoned. It is an obligation in the name transparency that the Minister release all the names of those who are on parole and pardoned,” he declared.Bates appeared in Court on Thursday facing several charges ranging from robbery under arms, larceny from persons to possession of illegal firearms and ammunition that occurred earlier this month.According to court documents, he was on bail for another armed robbery when he committed these offences.This incident caused concerns to mount again on the initiative adopted by the Head of State. However, President Granger during The Public Interest television programme admitted to a Guyana Times reporter that Government cannot totally prevent a pardoned individual from relapsing into criminal activities, but he maintained that he was not reckless in releasing those 40 prisoners, among whom the 19-year-old was.“It wasn’t reckless. I’m not a reckless person… I am advised that it’s not a reckless plan, there are criteria concerning their age and the possibilities of that person rejoining society and there is a scheme they can do some form of rehabilitative training or education but in the final analysis, it is impossible for the State to guarantee there will be no relapse into that criminal behaviour,” Granger asserted.The President further pointed out that the initiative cannot be judge based on one individual, highlighting the success of the other 39. He went on to say that criteria used to select the pardoned beneficiaries are strict, hence only 11 of the 20 females were released in December and only 40 of 60 in May last year.This he explained supports the fact that tough rules are applied when selecting the pardon beneficiaries.Nevertheless the Head of State said that his focus will continue to be on mothers and young persons who are not involved in violent crimes and cocaine trafficking: “So anybody involved in manslaughter or murder is not going to receive a pardon from the President Granger… One of the things I said is that (young) people should be in school, in colleges and not in jail.” (Vahnu Manickchand)
But the duo were both named to travel to Poland and Ukraine in a squad showing only two changes from the original 23 unveiled by manager Roy Hodgson earlier this month.Everton defender Phil Jagielka comes in for the injured Gareth Barry, ruled out on Monday, while Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland replaces John Ruddy, who broke a finger in training last week.England also confirmed squad numbers for the tournament on Tuesday, and in a possible indicator of Hodgson’s preferences in attack, handed Liverpool striker Andy Carroll the No.9 shirt.Carroll is expected to start for England in their opening matches against France and Sweden in the absence of the suspended Wayne Rooney.England squad for Euro 2012Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Rob Green (West Ham), Jack Butland (Birmingham)Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man United), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Phil Jagielka (Everton)Midfielders: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Man United), James Milner (Man City)Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Man United), Danny Welbeck (Man United), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, May 29 – Injury doubts Danny Welbeck and Glen Johnson were both passed fit to play at Euro 2012 after being included in England’s final 23-man squad for the tournament on Tuesday.Manchester United striker Welbeck and Liverpool defender Johnson missed last Saturday’s 1-0 friendly victory over Norway in Oslo because of lingering fitness issues.
Offering high performance while maintaining energy efficiency is the name of the game in the chip industry, CEO Paul Otellini said at the Intel Developer Forum. “The industry is going through the most profound shift in decades, moving to an era where performance and energy efficiency are critical in all market segments and all aspects of computing,” he said. “The solution begins with the transistor and extends to the chip and platform levels.” Otellini said the Santa Clara-based company’s chips would deliver a 300 percent improvement in performance per watt over the next four years. The new products give Intel – the world’s largest chip maker – the opportunity to reverse sinking profits and regain market share stolen by AMD. Earlier this month, Intel announced it would cut 10 percent of its staff, or 10,500 positions, to save $3 billion per year by 2008. Analysts have criticized Intel for reacting too slowly after AMD’s 2003 launch of the Opteron and Athlon 64 chips for servers and desktop PCs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Intel Corp. plans to begin shipping microprocessors that have four computing engines on a single chip – products that analysts say will help it win back market share from rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. The first chip, the Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor, will be available in November. Intel says it will deliver a 70 percent performance improvement over Intel’s current chips, which have one or two computing cores. The new chip is aimed at gamers, programmers and other people with heavy-duty computing needs. For general consumers, Intel will ship a quad-core chip starting in the first quarter of 2007. For businesses, Intel will begin shipping four-core server chips later this year. A low-energy, quad chip for servers will be launched early next year, the company said Tuesday.
Ramsey scored first in the north London derby huge blow Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January gameday cracker REAL DEAL REVEALED Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 2 The Gunners will move to within a point of their neighbours in third if they win at the national stadium and the departing Aaron Ramsey gave them the perfect start with less than 20 minutes on the clock.However, Harry Kane levelled from the penalty spot in the second half having been fouled by Shkodran Mustafi.The big game is live on talkSPORT and here’s how you can tune in. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? whoops LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars deals Tottenham vs Arsenal: How to listenFull commentary from the Premier League showdown will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage getting underway at 12pm.Adrian Durham will bring you all the build up with Sam Matterface and Stuart Pearce on commentary duty.To tune in just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.Tottenham vs Arsenal: Kick-off timeThe Premier League clash began at 12:30pm on Saturday, March 2.Arsenal won the corresponding fixture 4-2 at the Emirates back in December with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring twice and Jan Vertonghen getting sent off. no dice Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City shining 2 Tottenham vs Arsenal: Confirmed teamsTottenham XI: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Sissoko, Eriksen, Son, KaneArsenal XI: Leno, Sokratis, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Lacazette Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Unai Emery’s Arsenal face Tottenham tonight Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED tense North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal are currently battling for bragging right at Wembley.The two teams went into the game in very different form with Spurs having suffered back-to-back league defeats to Burnley and Chelsea and the Gunners looking for their fourth win on the bounce.
Abuse hurled at football players used to be something confined solely to the terraces where angry supporters vented their frustrations at what they are witnessing on the pitch.Yet the development of technology over the last decade has triggered new methods of expressing opinions on anything and everything associated with ‘the beautiful game’. Cousins used to be on social media a lot during his younger days, but only occasionally goes on it now The 25-year-old spoke about his passion for his community, discussing his coaching company Evolution Sports in length Napoli vs Arsenal (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Leeds vs Wigan (Friday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Sunderland vs Doncaster (Friday, 5:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich vs Sheffield Wednesday (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Newcastle vs Southampton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTAccrington Stanley vs Luton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Manchester United (Sunday, 1:30pm) – talkSPORTCardiff vs Liverpool (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORT “It’s just part of me giving back to the kids. I’ve been in the same situation at the end of the day.“There’s not a lot for them to do after school these days, a lot of things are shutting down in the community.“By me creating this company it means they can stay after school and keep them in a safe place.“We’ve had a couple of lads have trials at professional clubs. One lad got to go to Charlton’s pre-camp, so that was good.“I will use my contacts at Charlton and QPR to help these kids progress even further if they are good enough, but first and foremost it’s about them having fun and keeping fit in their spare time.”Cousins’ long term future is still very much up in the air, with no discussions yet to take place between the club and his representatives over a new deal.QPR have the option to activate a clause in his current deal to extend his contract by another season, but to date there has been no indication this will be taken up.“It’s been difficult for me at QPR,” he admitted.“But this season I feel like I’ve seen a light at the end of the tunnel. tense Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 6 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 6 MOST READ IN FOOTBALL The utility man has shown signs of returning to his best form, which was seen on a regular basis for his former side Charlton.The lung-busting run and subsequent strike against Leeds in the FA Cup gave supporters a glimpse of the potential he possesses.He followed that up an excellent display – in his words his best in a QPR shirt to date – in a narrow defeat against Watford in the fifth round of the competition.Cousins is content with what he has achieved so far in his career, but knows he has more to give.“Hopefully I’ve got eight to 10 years left in football. My dream is and always has been to play in the Premier League,” he said. “I’ve personally really enjoyed it as I’ve played regularly and I feel like I’m getting back to my best.“My sole aim coming into this season was to play as many games as possible and stay injury free and I’ve been able to do that.“At the end of the day I’m very lucky and privileged to get paid for something I love doing and play in front of thousands of people. I don’t forget my roots and I know just how fortunate I am.”Cousins has made 32 appearances so far this term, just five games short off the total he had featured in the entirety of the previous two seasons. @photosbybc/Billy Cleary Cousins has 12 part-time coaches who deliver the sessions for him across south-east London The west London outfit have endured a difficult season, with a wretched run in 2019 – which saw Steve McClaren lose his job last month – yielding just two wins in 18 league games since Boxing Day.A 4-0 win against Swansea last Saturday all but confirmed Rangers’ Championship status for another season, but owner Tony Fernandes has come in for tough criticism on social media, as well as the squad, in what has been a testing period for the club.Cousins added: “It’s all fun and games when you’re winning, but when you’re not it can be a really awful place [Twitter].“Fans can be very ruthless, especially on social media. Some of the criticism on there is too much in all honesty.“I feel like it could really damage some the brain of some footballers.“Luckily for me I’m a very strong minded person. I’ve been through a lot and I don’t let that sort of thing affect me. “Being a footballer can be a lonely world. We get a lot of spare time, so that’s why I keep myself busy so my mind is in a good place.”The former England youth international arrived at Loftus Road in July 2016 with hefty expectations placed upon his shoulders following a £1.4m move from boyhood club Charlton.It has been far from plain sailing for Cousins, however, enduring more than his fair share of setbacks during his three-year stint in W12 to date.Injuries have massively stagnated his progress, while he has also struggled to nail down a regular berth in midfield – being deployed in a variety of positions under several different managers.Many players would have struggled to cope with the emotional repercussions of that, but not Cousins.Away from the bubble of professional football, he has kept himself busy. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The QPR midfielder invited talkSPORT.com to James Wolfe Primary School in Greenwich for an exclusive interview The former England youth international is out of contract at Loftus Road at the end of the season @photosbybc/Billy Cleary talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… whoops LIVE ON talkSPORT 6 huge blow 6 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury latest gameday cracker revealed Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? QPR midfielder Jordan Cousins used to be an avid user of social media, but says he now distances himself from the likes of Twitter and Instagram.Cousins, 25, believes some players are doing themselves more harm than good spending excessive time looking at these platforms.Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT.com, he said: “Football is very intense, I can see why some players struggle.“When I was younger I used to look at it a lot, but not anymore. It’s not worth it.“I’ve slowly tried to stay away from all types of social media, it’s a very occasional glance these days.“If you spend too much time on it then it can really play on your mental side.“Some players are constantly on it, that doesn’t do them any good whatsoever in my opinion.“I’ve said to a couple of the lads here to stay away from it, it does more harm than good.” REPLY Jordan Cousins has endured a topsy turvy spell at QPR – but he is beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel 6 @photosbybc/Billy Cleary Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City @photosbybc/Billy Cleary SORRY The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Two years ago he set up Evolution Sports, a coaching company that helps promote social inclusion in schools and sports clubs across south-east London.Cousins has 12 part-time coaches on his books who deliver the sessions, and with the work load set to increase in the coming months – some of them will be taken on a full-time basis.The midfielder also holds an FA qualified coaching licence himself and has aspirations of working in an academy when he eventually hangs up his boots.talkSPORT.com were invited down to a session at James Wolfe Primary school in Greenwich, where Cousins spent the early years of his life, and his passion for his community shone through.“It’s been a very rewarding initiative for me,” he explained.“We’ve been doing this for nearly two years now and we’re constantly looking at ways to expand.“At the moment we work with six different primary schools in the area, delivering 50 hours a week coaching, in and outside of school premises. 6 “Some people might turn their nose up at that thought, but I’ve worked very hard to get to where I am right now and I won’t shy away from my dreams.“There’s been up and downs, by no means would I say I’m really pleased with my career so far, but I am content with where I am right now.“I know what I need to do to take my game to the next level. Whether it happens in the next two years, five years or whenever I will strive to get to that stage.”Cousins has a way to go to achieve that, but whether that happens or not – it won’t be for the lack of trying.
“He missed a year of football and only started one game, which was against us funnily enough and scored but other than that he was on the bench all the time so he needs to try and get minutes back,” he said.“I don’t think he’s got a point to prove, he was very good at Inverness the season before and scored double figures.“Its important we give him a platform to play, he’s done well in a couple of games for us, and we changed the front against Hamilton and they did well so it’s good to have options, and we back them all to do well.”Archibald also revealed the club’s injury crisis is coming to an end with players returning to first team readiness. It could lead Archibald to rethink his January transfer plans, though he still has defensive concerns.“We had started looking at targets for the full-back area because we are so short,” he said. “You saw Stevie Lawless playing there, (Blair) Spittall and (Jordan) Turnbull have also played there and they’re not full-backs.“We need to make sure they are definitely fit or we will have to sign another.”He added: “Abdul Osman got the OK from the surgeon the other day to do contact but that’s the first training he has done this week.“We might get him for Ross County but it will be a big ask.“(Callum) Booth is back running and touching the ball as well and will be back for January, the young lad Penrice is coming back as well and (Mustapha) Dumbuya is back training as well so hopefully we could have four new players.” Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald says Miles Storey has no point to prove when he returns to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen on Wednesday evening.The striker endured a difficult time with Derek McInnes’ side last season as he was unable to break into the starting XI. He opted to move to Thistle in the summer to get his career back on track.Storey has found the net twice in the Premiership for the Jags so far and Archibald says he is still working to show what he is capable of.
Water utilities have a challenging but important charge – to deliver their customers’ water as reliably as possible while operating efficiently. However, the current state of the art in the water industry can limit both reliability and energy efficiency. Here’s an example of what I mean:We have a customer who installed our software suites on their 5-pump pump station. As we were learning how the customer operates the station, the operations manager told us that pump 2 at the station was the operators’ favorite pump. Indeed, as we looked at their operating data, we found that pump 2 was their lead pump, meaning that whenever the station needed to deliver water, pump 2 would be the first pump to turn on.However, once our Asset Management Suite software performed automated tests on each of the five pumps at the station, it was clear that pump 2 was a poor choice for a lead pump. Here is a picture of what pump 2’s measured head and efficiency curves looked like in comparison to factory (brand new) curves:Pump 2’s pump curves: Comparing the factory efficiency curve (yellow) to the tested efficiency curve (red) shows that the pump has worn significantly – from a peak efficiency of about 85 percent to a peak efficiency of about 59 percent. Comparing the factory capacity curve (light blue) to the tested capacity curve (dark blue) shows that the pump has also worn in terms of capacity.In contrast, pump 1’s measured pump curves very nearly match the factory curves:Optimization calculations show that pump 1 uses about 25 percent less energy to deliver almost double the flow of pump 2. It is clear that pump 2 should not have been the “favorite pump” at this station. After seeing the results of the pump tests, the station operators took pump 2 offline.Surely this case is an outlier, right? No. Unfortunately, the station operators were completely unaware of the difference in performance and efficiency between pump 1 and pump 2 because they had no data or metrics that they could use to compare the two pumps. This lack of data is standard throughout the water industry. Most often, utilities employ a “run-to-failure” maintenance schedule – meaning that pumps are replaced when they become so worn that they stop pumping. As we saw with our friends at the 5-pump pump station, this means that pumps can operate for years with significantly reduced energy efficiency. Utilities are essentially “flying blind” in terms of the health of some of their most important assets – their pumps.In response to this problem, Specific Energy has developed a simple but effective metric that operators and engineers can use to track pump efficiency and target specific pumps for predictive maintenance – the Pump Health Index (PHI). Specific Energy’s Asset Management Suite automatically calculates PHI after a pump is tested by taking the ratio of the peak tested efficiency value to the peak factory efficiency value. For example, in the case that I mentioned before, pump 2 scored a PHI of 69, while pump 1 scored a PHI of 102.The utility is now installing the Asset Management Suite on more sites to acquire valuable PHI metrics on each of their pumps.Pump Health Index is a simple but powerful metric that all utilities should be tracking to improve the operation and maintenance of their systems, but new insight into pump health and operation should not end with PHI. In a follow up post, I will cover some more advanced metrics that utilities can track to achieve the best practices in pump station asset management and operation.What questions do you have?