President Donald Trump is pressing hard for a trade war with China. So far, he has imposed $50 billion in tariffs on the Chinese, and threatened another $200 billion; the Chinese are retaliating. An all-out U.S./China trade war could have serious unforeseen repercussions on the Brazilian Amazon, including increased deforestation, intensified pressures on indigenous groups, and escalated climate change.The concern is that China will shift its commodities purchases, including beef and soy, away from the U.S. to Brazil. The Amazon and Cerrado biomes are already major exporters of both commodities, and are creating a boom in infrastructure construction to bring those products to market. Even without a trade war, experts expect Brazil to edge out the U.S. this year as the world´s largest soy producer.The U.S. tariffs may already be prompting a shift in trade. Trump first threatened China with tariffs in January. By April, U.S. soy sales to China were down 70,000 metric tons compared to the same period last year. Data also shows a surge in Brazilian Amazon deforestation between February and April of 2018, compared to 2017, a possible response by Brazil soy growers eager to profit from a trade war.If the U.S./China trade war results in a significant surge in Brazilian commodities production, deforestation rates there could soar. Scientists worry that Amazon deforestation, now at 17 percent, could be pushed past a 20-25 percent climate tipping point, converting rainforest to savanna, greatly swelling carbon emissions, and potentially destabilizing the regional and even global climate. Munduruku warriors wearing ceremonial face paint used to welcome village visitors. The Munduruku fiercely oppose Brazilian plans to build mega-transportation infrastructure projects in their Amazon territory. Photo by Mauricio Torres.“We are the ones who care for nature,” says Alessandra Munduruku, a young Munduruku indigenous leader in the Brazilian Amazon. “It isn’t someone coming from on high who’s going to teach us about caring for the forest.” Alessandra first joined her community’s fight for survival when it was threatened with flooding by the São Luiz de Tapajós mega-dam project. Although plans for the dam are shelved for now, Alessandra says the Munduruku still face threats to the survival of their culture and community.One unexpected menace: President Donald Trump’s bluster over tariffs and trade, which pushed up the price of Brazilian soybeans earlier this year. Since the Amazon region is a hub for soybean production, the price increase could lead to greater deforestation there. Now, with the U.S. already imposing $50 billion in tariffs on China; the Chinese retaliating equally; and Trump threatening another $200 billion in tariffs, an all-out trade war looms. The repercussions of such a war would threaten the Munduruku and the Amazon.“What affect us directly are the railway, the canal, the ports,” Alessandra says. “There are three [ports] already, and they want to build 20 more.” She is referring to the new transportation infrastructure and grain silos that dot the shore of the Tapajós River, an important Amazon River tributary, and the home territory of the Munduruku. Those silos are filled with soy being transported from Mato Grosso state, in Brazil’s interior.The Santarém fish market in the Brazilian Amazon. The Cargill commodities terminal, through which large amounts of soy move annually, looms in the background. Photo by have Thais Borges.In 2015, an indigenous alliance launched an unsuccessful protest demanding that the Brazilian government halt Amazon dam construction. Indigenous and traditional communities have since joined together to fight the expansion of commodities transportation infrastructure throughout the region. Photo courtesy of Amazon Watch.The expansion of industrial agribusiness, especially beef and soy production, in Mato Grosso and other Amazon states is steadily cutting away at the Amazon rainforest. This, along with the construction of infrastructure to support moving these products to market, is putting increased pressure on indigenous and traditional communities that inhabit the region. Researchers also point to the neighboring, lesser-known Cerrado biome as another deforestation hotspot; it too is home to numerous indigenous groups and site of a Brazilian soy and cattle boom.Even though Trump´s escalating U.S./China trade war has yet to fully make its international effects felt, it may already be impacting Brazil´s forests negatively. Data from the rainforest monitoring organization Imazon, shows a surge in deforestation between February and April of 2018 compared to last year. That timeline aligns with the President’s first threat of tariffs against China made in January.In March, Trump officially announced $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods coming to the United States. Beijing struck back by declaring $300 billion in taxes on U.S. products headed to China, including soybeans. As of May 10th, U.S. soybean sales to China were down by roughly 70,000 metric tons compared to the same period last year. This drop suggests that Chinese buyers have been seeking other suppliers just to be safe, no matter whether the trade war is on or off.Amazon rainforest converted to soy. The U.S./China trade war could cause the Chinese to replace soy purchases from the U.S., to buying from Brazil instead, resulting in a rapid rise in soy production there, leading to greater Amazon and Cerrado deforestation. Photo by Mayangdi Inzaulgarat.Map showing the extensive deforestation occurring in the northern part of Mato Grosso state between 1986 and 2016 to accommodate soy and beef production. In just 40 years, the advance of agribusiness has radically reduced forest coverage. The U.S./China trade war could lead to soy expansion in the Amazon, where it has been dramatically slowed in recent years by the Soy Moratorium. Map by Maurício Torres.Analysts say that Brazil is positioned to replace at least part of the soybeans China ordinarily buys from the U.S. as President Trump provokes the Asian trading giant’s ire. Brazil already expects to ship 56 million metric tons of soybeans to China this year, with the Amazon region and the Cerrado providing much of that amount. This year, experts expect Brazil to edge out the United States as the world´s largest producer of soybeans, growing 117 million tons.Likely in preparation for a big boost in China/Brazil commodities trade, the Chinese in 2017 offered the Brazilians a $20 billion infrastructure investment fund package, which could pay for new roads, railways and industrial waterways for soy transport – likely leading to more Amazon deforestation and more disruptions of indigenous life.Experts can clearly point to industrial agribusiness and the global trade in soy as a contributor to deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. For example, forest watchdog Imazon correlates a drop in Amazon forest clearing last year to a decrease in commodity prices, including both beef and soybeans. This is the opposite of what is happening currently.Amazon deforestation is often a multi-step process, as land uses change. The process typically begins when elite land grabbers lay claim to forests. Illegal logging and land clearing for cattle production often follows. Later, old pastures are converted to soy growing. Photo by Sue Branford.Deforested plain in the Brazilian Amazon, now used for cattle. Trump’s U.S./China trade war could not only up Brazilian soy production, but also beef production, a primary cause of Amazon deforestation. Rhett A. Butler.Importantly, Amazon deforestation could trigger significant climate impacts not just in South America, but around the world. Scientists reported in Nature Climate Change that cutting down large numbers of trees in the tropics can adversely affect rainfall patterns in other parts of the world. More sobering still, renowned researchers Tom Lovejoy and Carlos Nobre warned this March that Amazon deforestation, currently around 17 percent, if pushed to 20-25 percent could result in the passing of a climate tipping point that would reduce Amazon rainfall and lead to the conversion of large swathes of rainforest to savanna. That loss of the Amazon’s ability to store vast sums of carbon could dramatically increase greenhouse gas emissions, escalating climate change to dangerous levels.Still, Jair Schmitt, Director of Brazil’s Department of Forests and Deforestation Prevention, has faith in current protection measures aimed at curbing future deforestation. These include the country’s forest code and the Soy Moratorium, a voluntary agreement arrived at by agribusiness, environmental NGOs led by Greenpeace, and the government. “Even if the demand for products can influence deforestation, it’s the market itself that is putting restrictions on illegal deforestation,” Schmitt says.The Soy Moratorium was launched in 2006 with the aim of preventing the spread of new soy plantations into the rainforest, and to directly prevent forest clearing to make way for soy. That agreement has kept new deforestation for soy production to below 1 percent in the Brazilian Amazon, but it hasn’t ended forest clearing.Critics of the Soy Moratorium say that the agreement contains large loopholes. One example: land thieves clear native forests, move cattle onto the land, then sell those pastures to soy growers, a multi-step process not counted under Soy Moratorium rules. Likewise, with the 2012 Brazilian forest code, which was recently weakened substantially by a Brazilian Supreme Court decision, according to experts.Legal Amazonia encompasses all of the Amazon biome, plus a portion of the Cerrado biome. The Amazon Soy Moratorium covers only the Amazon, and none of the Cerrado, so would not protect that biome from a surge in soy production brought on by the U.S./China trade war. The map also shows two major infrastructure projects, the completed BR-163, used to transport soy, and the as yet unpaved BR-319. Map by Mauricio Torres.Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) soy silos in Mato Grosso state, Brazil. Transnational commodities companies like ADM, Cargill and Bunge will all likely profit from boosts in Brazilian soy production brought on by a shift in trade with China. These companies have long resisted any serious attempt to slow soy expansion in the Cerrado, where soy production is experiencing a record boom. Photo by Thaís Borges.While the world has shone a spotlight on deforestation in the Amazon, it isn’t the only region where trees are felled for soy. The Cerrado, the vast savanna in north-central Brazil is presently seeing the nation’s most rapid shift from native vegetation to soy, cotton, corn. Dr. Holly Gibbs, a supply-chain researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, calls the Cerrado the new deforestation “hotspot.”“Soy is a relatively minor cause of deforestation in the Amazon” today, Gibbs says, with “cattle ranching account[ing] for 60-80 percent of the new deforestation.” Yet, because areas initially cleared for livestock can later be transformed to soy fields, that deforestation story isn’t so cut and dry. Adding to that complexity, soybeans also provide important fodder for livestock, enmeshing the two commodities further. Another complication: if Trump’s tariffs result in the Chinese imposing retaliatory tariffs on U.S. beef, the Chinese might then up purchases of Brazilian beef. China and other Asian nations have seen their beef consumption and imports soar in recent years – more potential bad news for the Amazon.Gibbs’ research found that even with the Soy Moratorium, more than 600 soybean farms violated the country´s forestry laws and cleared forestland illegally. The study reviewed satellite images of the Amazon gathered between 2001 and 2014 and of the Cerrado between 2001 and 2013. In addition, only 115 of those farms were banned from selling soy because of loopholes in the agreement. The Soy Moratorium only covers the portion of a plantation where soy is grown, and not the entire farm. Loopholes such as this leave wiggle room that allow for more tree removal, say environmentalists.Truck traffic on the BR-163 in the Amazon at the height of the soy harvest. The paving of the BR-163 created greater access to the rainforest, and led to surge in deforestation that is still underway. Conservationists fear that Brazil’s plans to pave the BR-319 in the Madeira River basin could pose the next major transportation infrastructure threat to the Amazon. Photo courtesy of Agência Brasil.An Amazon grain terminal at twilight. International and Brazilian agribusiness interests are pushing hard to turn the Tapajós basin and Madeira basin into an industrialized commodities transportation corridor to handle expanded soy production coming out of Brazil’s interior and being shipped ultimately to China and Europe. Photo courtesy of Mayangdi InzaulgaratConservationists also warn against the rapid expansion of infrastructure needed to ship commodities. New roads, railways and industrial waterways directly cause Amazon deforestation, while also dramatically increasing rainforest access for land thieves, illegal loggers, cattle ranchers, soy growers, mining operations, and new settlers.One organization that is challenging unregulated agribusiness growth is Instituto SocioAmbiental (ISA), the Socio-Environmental Institute, an NGO dedicated to social and environmental justice. ISA’s Rodrigo Junqueira says the prospect of a U.S./China trade war is exciting soybean growers: “[They] are betting that an increase in demand is going to put pressure on the market, and so whatever [legal] restrictions exist will be dropped.“If the demand increases, and Brazil becomes a more important supplier as a result, soybean cultivation will increase in the Cerrado and the parts of the Amazon that are suitable,” Junqueira maintains. He adds that a surge in global soy demand will almost certainly produce “a territorial dynamic that will lead to new deforestation.”For Alessandra Munduruku, agribusiness expansion poses an existential threat to the Munduruku people. “The fight is for our land. The fight is for a little bit of land,” she says. “Even if people come to talk [to us] about forest management, capitalism comes to teach you to be ‘sustainable.’ But that mini-capitalism is where individualism begins.” Individualism, she says, with its built-in competiveness, will ultimately lead to the end of the forest, the demise of community-focused indigenous cultures, and to the end of the Munduruku.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.The Brazilian Amazon continues to be at serious risk from deforestation, despite the protections provided by the nation’s forest code and the Amazon Soy Moratorium. Trump’s U.S./China trade war seems likely to worsen the deforest threat, according to analysts. Photo by Mauricio Torres. 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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
Rapper and Producer Cypha D King has finally released a date for his debut album. With much anticipation from his fans, artists and those who know his lyrical prowess, Cypha is cooking up an 8 to 10 track album, just for them.“It’ll be special. The album will be free for download online… working on the website now,” he shared.Cypha has been silently, but with much impact, producing songs for artists like Queen V, Takun J, DenG, Soul Fresh, F dot A, Sweetz and much more. Known as “Mister Yes Sir,” his punch lines dominates tracks he’s featured on or produced, promising “there is more where those came from.”Tracks from the upcoming album have been sampled, and is being played on radio stations. “Blow your mind,” which is a ladies favorite, shows a seductive side of Cypha’s music.IN HIS OWN WORDS – Interview with Cypha Da KingLIB LIFE caught up with Cypha Da King in the following interview:LIB LIFE: If producing is your “area,” as the cliché goes, tell me how you became a rapper.Cypha: I’ve always been a writer, do verses on one or two people’s stuff, doing features. And for awhile, people have been telling me to do an album. As a producer, when you do certain tracks, you have an idea of how you want it to sound at the end. It’s hard to get it out of certain artists, and sometimes I end up writing it myself the way I want it. I just feel Liberians are at a point now where we can measure up to guys like MIA and Ice Prince based on our talents. As for me, I’m more like a sacrificial lamb. The music business is not too much about music anymore so you have to be marketable and they have to like you. You have to know how to carry yourself as an artist, and a lot of artists aren’t there yet. They may be there musically, but everything else-wise, like the whole package, is not there. You can rap from now until 2020, that doesn’t mean you are marketable. You can have punch lines but can you writea love song? Can you write something they can dance to in the club? LIB LIFE: What can artists do to get to that stage?Cypha: Do your homework. Study the music. Since in Africa, I listen to all the African rappers and see what they use that’s good for them, and what they do that doesn’t work for them. You take bits and pieces from here and there and put it out there.Listen to the album and you’ll know why I am a sacrificial lamb. “The Kingdom,” wherever you are and wherever you are comfortable, and you are in that place where you know you rule and you are a king in that area, that’s your kingdom. Whether it’s in your house, your office, your car, the street, in the hood, wherever you know you rule and you lock it down, HNIC (head n**ga in charge), that’s your kingdom, that’s you.The album is very diverse. I didn’t want to do too many collaborations; being though that this is my very first official album. Dec 19, 2015 is the release date and it will be something different, not your typical album from a rapper, stuff that people won’t expect me to be doing. LIB LIFE: Tell us how it all started because you’ve put in a lot of work to come this far.Cypha: Let’s take it way back. My mother always had me playing in the school since 16 or 17. It started when my mother had me playing the keyboard when I was four. It has always been in my blood. I played African drums in the church; played saxophone in the school band; played drums in a band; played in a rock band; and interned in a studio. So it’s been a long time. LIB LIFE: Sounds like you are familiar with different genres of music?Cypha: Yes.LIB LIFE: A lot of people don’t know that you were born in America to Liberian parents. What inspired you to want to affiliate yourself with the Liberian music industry instead of American music?Cypha: My first trip to Liberia was in 2006. I spent five or six months seeing how everything was on the ground; definitely to see where the music game was. On that trip, I decided that I needed to come home and lend a helping hand as much as I can with studio, productions, writing, advice and consultation. In 2008, DJ Blue, Hazem and I opened Blue links Records on Camp Johnson Road.LIB LIFE: Your objective of coming out here to motivate, stimulate, enhance and develop the industry has worked out to the satisfaction of the people. And because of that your track record is amazing. During the heat of Ebola, your team used music and jingles to keep so many people from contracting the deadly virus – and have been recognized by international NGO’s for your efforts. Do you feel that you’ve done what you set out to do out here?Cypha: Yes we have! Blue Links and our team. Blue Links started in 2008 and the first song we did was “Where I’m from” featuring Queen V and Nasseman. Our first HD video had a big release, it was the first time any song had that much impact behind it. After that we worked with Takun J, Nasseman and various artists. I am a producer and can produce music, jazz, Hip Co, jazz and all types of music.When it comes to business, Hott FM and Blue Links, and soon to be Hot TV…I don’t really talking about my business too much…most businesses I invest in privately and wait for them to bubble to a certain point, then the public will know about them. I consider myself to be a businessman. LIB LIFE: Can you hold your own?Cypha: Without a job, I started my own hustle from throwing parties at the club, the Blue Links, radio shows at three to four different radio stations. It’s like the Liberian dream, move to Liberia and become successful. I’m not rich, but far from being broke. There’s a lot of stuff out there that overshadows good Liberian music. I need your support morally and financially. If you see a song on iTunes for $99, buy it. I might make the whole album free. I want to do something different. I want it to be where people won’t have a choice but to have the album… download it!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,The ramblings of Lincoln Lewis, published on Sunday, October 8, 2017, under the headline “Responding to Bharrat Jagdeo’s baseless accusations”, demand a response – because Lewis, on one hand, states that comments made by the former President were baseless, yet, on the other hand, makes baseless accusations of his own.Lewis’s ranting includes that: “Jagdeo has been involved in numerous violations and transgressions while serving as President of this country and he must be held accountable for the abuse of the privilege granted to him by the people.” He would do well to substantiate his claims.Lewis goes on to object to the criticism that he, and others, is making a ‘profession’ of representing the interest of Afro-Guyanese people. But then he follows this with a reference to what he stands to gain from testimony he gave to the ongoing Commission of Inquiry into lands – that being his inheritance of land at Kingelly Village, West Coast Berbice – land he claims was bought by his great-great-great-great grandfather Cudjoe McPherson – land currently occupied by over 150 families. Whose interest is he representing here?Lewis’s efforts at ‘representation’, according to him, are not about ‘colour and race’. But the GTUC head should answer the existing questions about where and how his ‘representation’ was advanced and what he benefited from, including on the matter of inveigling himself into a position to access duty-free concessions. While he attempts to divert focus by saying that Jagdeo can “only see issues through the lens of race” and says that Jagdeo “flaunts and parades most, if not all, of the characteristics of an ethnic entrepreneur”, the Guyanese people will not be fooled, more so, those who have worked with Mr Lewis.Probably, the most disturbing of Lewis’s baseless accusations is that: “During his (Jagdeo’s) tenure, he executed policies, programmes and acts to make Africans feel they have to grovel and lose their dignity and respect to gain anything in society.” This is the comment coming from a man who accused a former President of seeing issues “through the lens of race” in Guyana. This is the comment coming from a man who ignores basic facts. The fact is that Afro-Guyanese have experienced greater economic mobility under successive People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administrations. One has to ask whether such a comment, after Jagdeo’s visit to Region 10 – long considered the base of the People’s National Congress – is intended to attempt to diminish the fact that Jagdeo has done what this APNU/AFC Government has not done, which is to engage Guyanese, regardless of race, religion, gender or any other differentiating factor.The facts surrounding former PPP/C Government interventions in Region 10 and the bauxite industry are a matter of public record, and Guyanese will not accept the distortion of facts, Mr Lewis.Even Lewis’s attempt at ‘balance’ in his article is based on distortion of facts.Lewis jumps to the conclusion that there was a competition between him and Jagdeo for the attention of bauxite workers when the former President intervened to support the workers, and goes on to talk about ego. This comment reads more like a case of Lewis being the one with the injured ego, since his ‘imagined’ sense of competition and ego are the first things he talks about in his article.Lewis’s comments can only be chalked up to be the latest in a string of ‘ridiculous’ and unsubstantiated talk from the usual culprits, from whom the Guyanese people can expect nothing else.Sincerely,Baldeo Mathura
0Shares0000MADRID, October 2- Aletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone believes Italian champions Juventus are as good as Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid despite his side inflciting Juve’s first defeat of the season in a 1-0 win on Wednesday.“For me they are at the level of Madrid or Barcelona,” said the Argentine.“Watching the videos over and over, they are one of the hardest teams I have seen to attack or cause damage against. “They have two magnificent strikers, full-backs or wingers that attack and defend, brilliant players in midfield and an enormous goalkeeper that everyone knows.”Simeone’s men have made a habit of upsetting Barca and Real in recent seasons as they broke their 10-year long dominance of La Liga by winning the Spanish league title last season.Arda Turan’s stike 15 minutes from time was enough to add Juventus to their list of big-name scalps and breathe new life into Atletico’s Champions League campaign after a surprise 3-2 defeat to Olympiakos on matchday one.Malmo’s 2-0 victory over the Greeks leaves all four sides in Group A on three points after two games, but Simeone insisted that Juventus remain the team to beat.“I wouldn’t say we have recovered from the defeat (against Olympiakos), with four teams on three points it all starts over, but it could be that Juventus will be the strongest team in the group.”For Juventus there was yet more disappointment on the road in the Champions League after their shock elimination at the groyp stages in last season’s competition.The Old Lady of Italian football has now lost four of its last five away games in Europe’s premier club compeition and captian Gianluigi Buffon admitted that is a record they must improve on.“Now all we can do is look at the games we have at home, but we have to improve when we are playing away.”Buffon had hinted in his pre-match press conference that Juventus would have been happy to come away from the Vicente Calderon with a point.And he recognised that a more daring approach may also be required if they are to progress to the later stages of the competition after failing to even egister a shot on target.“Atletico are an elite team in European football and it could be that influenced our thinking.“In any case, to mature as a team on the international level we need to risk more in looking for the victory.”Turan’s goal ended Buffon’s five-match run without conceding to start the season as Juventus had made a 100 percent start to the new campaign under new boss Massimiliano Allegri.In a game of very few clear-cut chances, the Turkish international stole in ahead of Stephan Lichsteiner to convert Juanfran’s cross and Allegri rued his side’s lack of killer instinct at both ends of the field.“They took advantage of their only chance. We go away with a defeat after playing very well, but it is clear we have paid dearly for that one error,” he said.“In the first-half we didn’t have very many chances, but in the second we had three or four clear ones on counter-attacks where we failed with the last pass.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
He has since been reportedly linked with a move to Arsenal, but contrary to reports in France, Sky sources understand the Gunners have not made a Sh4bn offer for him.Reports in the national press have also linked Real Madrid and Barcelona with moves for Mahrez and the Algeria international concedes he could be tempted by a move away from the King Power Stadium.“When there is a Brazilian who is lighting things up, he is at Real Madrid before you know it! For us, it is a little harder, we have to do more,” Mahrez told France Football.“It (the Premier League) is a super league and I would like to stay here as long as possible. But now there are two or three clubs in the world that if they come for me it definitely makes you think, if you understand what I am trying to say.”Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri insisted last week there had been no approaches for Mahrez and expected his star man to remain with the club.The Italian has previously warned Mahrez he risks ending up on the bench if he decides to leave Leicester before the close of the summer transfer.Mahrez started, and scored, in Leicester’s opening match of the season on Saturday as they begun the defence of their Premier League title with a 2-1 defeat away at newly-promoted Hull.Following the loss at the KCOM Stadium, Mahrez admitted Leicester face a near impossible task of retaining their league crown.“We know that Leicester will not win the league again. We are not Manchester United or Chelsea,” he said.“But success would look like becoming part of the cohort of solid clubs in the Premier League, consistently.“You are always having to prove yourself. Now, people are expecting things from us. And we’ll have to respond because nobody will do us any favours.”-Sky Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Riyad Mahrez’s goals and assists this season have led to 30 points and he was named PFA Player of the Year.LEICESTER CITY, United Kingdom, Aug 17- Riyad Mahrez has admitted he could leave Leicester if “two or three” of the world’s leading clubs come calling.The 25-year-old winger was voted the 2015/16 PFA Player of the Year after playing a major role in Leicester’s memorable Premier League title-winning campaign.
The Frenchman started his season a bit late after representing his country at Euro 2016, but upon returning to the Arsenal squad, he found his route to the starting XI blocked by Alexis Sanchez.Despite only having made 16 appearances in all competitions this season, the 30-year-old is determined to continue playing for Arsenal.“I came back a bit late from the Euros and it was nice for my body because I could rest but not good for me because the team was doing well and another striker was doing well up front,” he said.“This season has been difficult because also I was injured for a month and a half so it hasn’t been easy.“I don’t want to talk too much about me but it was a big day for me, but a turning point for the team because if we didn’t win we would have been in trouble.”Giroud denied reports that he has already inked a new deal with the Gunners, but admitted that it could happen very soon. In the meantime though, the striker will be looking to build on his promising performance against West Brom.“It is all about keeping the focus high,” he said. “Always keep working hard at training. I was speaking with the boss, we had a couple of discussions together and he explained to me why I hadn’t played too much until here.“But football is an everlasting new beginning, as I used to say, and you always have to keep focused and wait for your time.“People have been saying I have signed a new contract. It is not true but maybe soon.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 26, 2016LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 28- Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is on track to sign a contract extension that will keep him at the Emirates Stadium for the foreseeable future. Giroud has struggled to break into the starting line-up this season, but upon being handed his first start of the Gunners’ campaign, he had the perfect response as he scored the winner in their 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day.
Slaven Bilic has urged his West Ham side to stop treating home games like ‘basketball’ matches.The Hammers have picked up just one win at Upton Park this season but made it four on the road on Saturday when they scored a late double to beat Crystal Palace 3-1. Alan Pardew’s Palace join Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City in all losing to the Irons on home turf this season.“We don’t say ‘away we are going to play like this, and at home we are going to play like this’,” he said. “But sometimes you have to change.“We will try to win our home games and maintain our away form, but it’s more that we started sloppily in a couple of home games.“At home sometimes we are playing like it’s basketball and you have a limit of 24 seconds to finish your move, and you are forcing the situation too early.“Away we are a little bit more patient, but at home not patient enough.”The Selhurst Park victory saw Bilic’s men go fourth in the Premier League and they are now unbeaten in six, but the Croatian is keen not to get carried away. He stated: “At the club we have no expectations.”“You can’t stop the fans’ (expectations) – unless you start losing, and that is not what we want.“But our target is to stay in the league. It’s early days, not late May. Our target is to play good football, to be solid, defend and attack with numbers and keep the ball, score more goals and get more points. “Where we will finish, I don’t know! But it should be good.” West Ham’s away success has not been matched by their home form this season 1
PALMDALE – Transportation officials and lawmakers Friday officially dedicated 6.2 miles of car-pool lanes built on the Antelope Valley Freeway at a cost of $41 million over the past 14 months. The lanes, which opened Friday morning to traffic ahead of schedule and on budget, run from Avenue P-8 in Palmdale to Mountain Springs Road, where the existing car-pool lanes end just south of the Pearblossom Highway interchange. “We have come a long way in the last eight years. The first HOV (high-occupancy-vehicle lane) was from San Fernando Road to Sand Canyon. Today we have 36 miles of continuous HOV lanes,” Caltrans Chief Deputy District Director Raja Mitwasi said. “What does that mean? For those who will use the HOV lanes day in and day out, they will save one minute per mile. That’s a lot of time that people in the Antelope Valley can spend with their families.” The dedication ceremony took place beside the freeway on Avenue P-4. In attendance were local lawmakers, city officials and transportation officials. The Antelope Valley Freeway’s previous new section of car-pool lanes was completed between Escondido Canyon Road and Pearblossom Highway, a distance of 10.5 miles, in 2002. That job lasted two years and cost $32.9 million, officials said. Car-pool lanes are on 450 miles of Los Angeles County freeways and are planned on 70 more within five years. Officials say they encourage motorists to stop driving alone and also provide express lanes for public buses. On the Antelope Valley Freeway, the car-pool lanes are open to motorists driving alone outside rush hours, under legislation authored by state Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, when he was an assemblyman. Runner credited highway workers with getting a difficult job done – adding lanes when traffic is whizzing by. “I want to thank Caltrans in getting these things done, and done quickly. It’s a tough job,” Runner said. Runner recalled being frustrated when returning to the Antelope Valley with the freeway closed down to one lane during construction. “I had to remind myself it will all get better soon. Today is the day it gets better,” Runner said. email@example.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesAutos with multiple riders during rush hours will be able to travel 35.9 miles of car-pool lanes from Palmdale to the Interstate 5 interchange south of Santa Clarita. The lane construction started in 1996 in Canyon Country. Eventually, the car-pool lanes will connect with car-pool lanes on Interstate 5. Antelope Valley officials would like to see the car-pool lanes extended north to Avenue L. “The next job is the interchange at the 5 and 14. We are hoping to make the transition from the L.A. metro area to the north county much smoother,” said Ara Najarian, Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member. “We want to make the entire freeway system easier to get around with.” The car-pool lane project had a torturous path to getting started in March 2005. It was originally expected to start in 2003 at a cost of less than $32 million, but in 2003, the project was among some 140 dropped in a budget-cutting move. MTA leaders in 2004 financed the work by shifting money earmarked for other highway projects that weren’t ready for construction.
Mesut Ozil will ‘take centre stage’ as Arsenal’s main man this season, former Gunners midfielder Stewart Robson told talkSPORT.After months of speculation over his future, recent reports have claimed German playmaker Ozil is finally ready to commit to the north London club and sign a contract extension.With Alexis Sanchez likely to leave either this or next summer, securing Ozil’s signature would be a huge boost for Arsenal and their future plans.And Robson believes the 28-year-old can put his recent inconsistent displays behind him and be the Gunners’ stand-out star this term.Previewing Friday night’s Premier League opener against Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium, Robson told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “The way Arsenal are going to play with this 3-4-3 system, Ozil and Sanchez would be absolutely ideal for it.“Playing in the wide positions in the front line, they can find those little bits of space, use their creativity in different ways with Ozil and his passing and Sanchez running with the ball.“Even if Sanchez went, I still think they’ll have a little bit of quality.“Danny Welbeck played very well last week [in the Community Shield win over Chelsea] and Iwobe did very well in those wide positions.“But I think Ozil will get better and will take on centre stage for Arsenal this season.”Listen to Stewart Robson’s preview on Arsenal v Leicester IN FULL above
24 June 2009 South African company JiQA has released a new tool that promises to transform traditional web browsing. JiQA’s “intelligent browser” determines the value of web pages to both individual users, and a user community, to help people find the information they really want in the ever-expanding jungle of online content. “The system is so dynamic that we think of it as live browsing,” says JiQA co-founder Kevin Davie. “It is like being in a group sharing newspapers and magazines and pointing out the best stuff to others to read.” Co-founder Chandra Dake says JiQA puts humans back in the driving seat. He explains that, unlike the major search engines that employ computer crawlers to trawl the internet for content, JiQA is entirely driven by people deciding which content they want to browse. JiQA has at its core an “intelligent browser” that determines the value of a web page to the user and stores information about the page on the user’s computer. This means that previously browsed pages can be quickly retrieved, by ranking and a keyword, from the user’s hard drive. At the same time, JiQA sends the page’s ranking to a central server, where the rankings of all users are pooled and made available – paving the way for what Davie calls “collaborative browsing”. “The system is entirely anonymous,” says Davie. “No private information is collected, and neither do we track user behaviour through cookies or IP (internet protocol) addresses.” Should users prefer not to share their browsing, they can simply activate a privacy feature on their JiQA browser. According to the founders of the company, JiQA addresses the explosion of social media and the endless expansion of internet content it has spawned. “The internet is making it hard for us to keep up with the flood of new information which is created all the time,” says Davie. “JiQA’s shared browsing function makes it very easy for users to access fresh pages which are constantly being sifted by the user base of browsers.” Dake says that JiQA does not seek to replace traditional search engines; rather, it combines search with browsing in a new, powerful way. “JiQA works like any browser. You can use it to search your favourite search engine, but as you browse the searched pages, you are both keeping a memory of these pages on your hard drive, and sharing the browsing, so that others can benefit from the time you spent sifting through the results pages.” The JiQA browser comes with the key features that internet users have come to expect: it is fast, secure, blocks pop-ups, and offers tabbed browsing and favourites. JiQA’s beta release is Windows-only, meaning that it runs on PCs and newer Macs. For more information, and a free download, visit www.jiqa.com.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material