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As extinction looms, can Javan rhinos survive in Ujung Kulon? (Commentary)

first_imgIndonesia’s Javan rhinos were widely hunted until they were protected by a Colonial-era law in 1910. Even then, enforcement was limited.Since 1921, the Ujung Kulon peninsula in western Java has been protected as a reserve for Javan rhinos. It is now the species’ sole remaining habitat.Ujung Kulon’s rhino population faces numerous challenges including invasive plants, competition from wild cattle and the risk of natural disasters and disease.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. In the middle of the night toward the end of 1982, where the forest meets the beach, an old man, thin and barefoot, visited the Karangranjang Resort barracks in Ujung Kulon National Park. “Abah Murdja’i,” said Saridan, a forest ranger who served in the area.Abah (“father” in the local Sundanese dialect) Murdja’i isn’t just anyone. He used to be the leader of a group of rhino hunters in Ujung Kulon. He served five years in jail, from 1974 to 1979, after being arrested at dawn on the Cikalejetan River. Just before his arrest, he’d pulled a gun on one of the officers chasing him, but the weapon exploded, severing the fingers on his right hand. He was taken into custody and tried in the Pandeglang District Court.At the resort, Murdja’i recounted his adventures hunting rhinos over the course of 20 years, a period during which he was unstoppable.“Why were you finally caught in Cikalejetan, Abah?,” Saridan asked. “It was just my time,” Murdja’i replied in Sundanese. Murdja’i’s gun, nicknamed “The Corpse,” featured 27 notches on the handle. Each one represented a rhino he had shot. “That means that every year, I killed a Javan rhino in Ujung Kulon,” he said.For a quarter of a century, from 1950 to 1975, two hunters in Ujung Kulon, Murdja’i and Sarman, who was captured in 1979, claimed to have hunted more than 50 rhinos (Sadjudin, 1986; Sadjudin, 2015). The Javan rhino population in Ujung Kulon in 1937 was estimated at 25 individuals (10 male and 15 female); in 1955, there were 30 to 35 (Hoogerwerf, 1970).The first census of Javan rhinos in Ujung Kulon was conducted in 1967, and the population was estimated at between 21 and 28 individuals. The fluctuation in the rhino population during that time was influenced by both births and hunting (Schenkel and Schenkel, 1969). After the institution of strict supervision, the number of rhinos grew to 45 individuals (Schenkel et al, 1978). If Murdja’i and Sarman hadn’t been caught by police, it’s possible there would be nothing left of the Javan rhino but a story.The British researcher Blyth (1862) wrote about the trade in Javan rhino horns, as many as 2,500 of which were exported to China every year. That would have meant seven rhinos were killed each day.Back then, the Javan rhino was spread across east and west Java and southern Sumatera (Blyth, 1862; Beaufort, 1934). It was considered a pest of teak, rubber and tea plantations by the Dutch colonial administration. This persisted until the end of the 19th century. Anyone who killed a rhino back then would be rewarded.An 1895 photo of a young but dead Javan Rhino in Ujung Kulon; the hunter is Charles te Mechelen.  Image in the public domain.Asia and Africa are home to a combined five species of rhino. In Asia there are three species (Javan, Sumatran and Indian rhinos) and in Africa two species (the black rhino and the white, or square-lipped, rhino). The Javan rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus) lives in Ujung Kulon, the most westerly point of Java.Its previous range was quite extensive, covering east India, Bangladesh and Southeast Asia. In Southeast Asia, the Javan rhino could be found in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Malay peninsula and Indonesia (Shebbeare, 1953; Ali and Santapau, 1958). It’s also possible the rhino could have ranged into southern China along the Mekong and Songkoi rivers (Blyth, 1862; Loch, 1937; Ansell, 1947; Talbot, 1960).In Sumatra, the Javan rhino was found from Aceh in the north to Lampung in the south. In 1927, the rhino could still be found in Langkat, and in 1933 in Palembang (Beaufort, 1934; Groves, 1971). Buck and Evertt (1893) described fossils of Javan rhino teeth found in Sarawak, in Borneo. But besides this, there have been no other definite reports that the Javan rhino lived in Borneo (Beaufort, 1934; Loch, 1938; Groves. 1971).These animals could still be found in the Central Java areas of Wonosobo as late as 1833, Nusakambangan (1834), Telaga Warna (1866), and Mount Slamet in 1867; and in the West Java areas of Tangkuban Perahu in 1870, Mount Gede and Mount Pangrango (1880), Mount Papandayan (1881), Mount Ceremai (1897), and Karawang (1912). Areas once inhabited by rhinos still bear the legacy with names such as Ranca Badak in Bandung, Rawa Badak in North Jakarta, Kandang Badak in Mount Gede Pangrango National Park, and Cibadak in Sukabumi. (Badak is the Indonesian word for rhino.)Previously, Javan rhinos were also found in Siwalik Hill, India (the specimens are now in the Indian Museum in Kolkata) and in Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam, where the last Javan rhino was shot by hunters in 2010. The last rhino in Java outside of Ujung Kulon was killed in 1934 by a Dutch zoologist in Cipatujah, Tasikmalaya; the specimen is now stored in the Bogor Zoological Museum (Sadjudin, 2015).In 1910, the Javan rhino was officially protected by the Dutch East Indies government, although the threat of poaching persisted, as there was no effective enforcement of the law. In 1921, based on the recommendation of the Netherlands Indies Society for Protection of Nature, Ujung Kulon was declared a nature preserve by the Dutch government (Hoogerwerf, 1970). Currently, the Javan rhino is designated as critically endangered, or one step from extinction, by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).Today, the Javan rhino’s extremely limited population can only be found in the narrow natural habitat of the Ujung Kulon Peninsula. Animals like the Javan rhino whose range has been reduced to a small area are known as relicts and are more vulnerable to extinction compared with endemic animals that have always had a limited range.A park ranger examines the male Javan rhino found dead on April 23, 2018. Image courtesy of the Ujung Kulon National Park AgencyEarly in 1982, five Javan rhino carcasses were found around Cibandawoh, Karangranjang and Kalejetan. These animals died along the beach and on the banks of rivers. The suspected cause of death was “snoring disease,” or hemorrhagic septicemia, contracted from water buffalo released into the forest surrounding Ujung Kulon National Park by residents. Most recently, a rhino named Samson was found dead on the edge of Karang Panjang Beach due to colic or intestinal torsion, a twisting of the large or small intestine. This condition is a part of life for rhinos in Ujung Kulon.Another factor adding to the Javan rhinos’ vulnerability is the relatively small population. Based on camera traps, it is estimated there are 68 individuals.  Small populations in limited habitats lead to low heterogeneity; inbreeding passes down genetic weaknesses to each newborn individual. Each subsequent generation will be vulnerable to bouts of disease, such that the Javan rhino will become increasingly endangered.However, according to Tony Suhartono, the former director of wildlife conservation at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, in private correspondence in 2015, the rhino, like some other species of wildlife, has a wide barcode. In other words, it can maintain its population in the long run even with a small population, unbalanced sex ratios, and inbreeding. What is most important is that the population is strictly managed to the greatest extent possible.A Javan rhino in Ujung Kulon National Park. Image by Stephen Belcher/Dok. Balai Taman Nasional Ujung Kulon via International Rhino Foundation.Another factor that threatens the survival of rhinos is a plant known locally as langkap. Arenga obtusifolia, or the arenga palm, grows very rapidly, preventing sunlight from penetrating to the forest floor, affecting the growth of the rhino’s favorite food sources. In several locations in Ujung Kulon, the proliferation of other tall plants such as rattan (Calamus spp.), salak (Salacca edulis) and cangkeuteuk bamboo (Schizostachyum zollinaeir) also makes it difficult for the rhinos’ preferred food plants to develop. The area suitable for Javan rhino habitat is estimated to be only 40 percent of the entire Ujung Kulon peninsula, which covers around 100 square kilometers (39 square miles).A frightening, extinction-level threat to the Javan rhino that cannot be ruled out is a natural disaster, such as the eruption of Mount Anak Krakatau. In 1883, the more famous volcano from which it derived erupted, spawning tsunami waves as high as 40 meters that killed more than 40,000 people in the provinces of Banten, on Java, and Lampung, on Sumatra. At the time, Javan rhinos, with a limited population, probably saved themselves by heading uphill on Mount Payung (elevation 420 meters, or 1,380 feet) and Mount Honje (620 meters, or 2,030 feet).The eruption of Mount Anak Krakatau on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, caused a tsunami that struck the coasts around the Sunda Strait. Sumur subdistrict in Pandeglang district, where the entrance to Ujung Kulon National Park is located, was severely impacted by this disaster. So far, the Javan rhinos are reported to be fine.Given all these problems, and the additional threat of competition for space and feed from the wild cattle known as banteng (Bos javanicus) that live in the same pocket of habitat in Ujung Kulon, a second habitat is desperately needed as a solution to prevent the extinction of the Javan rhino.Haerudin R. Sadjudin is a senior rhino researcher who has been involved in rhino conservation program for over 40 years in Indonesia.This commentary was first published on our Indonesian sister site on Dec. 27, 2018. CITATIONS:Ali And Santapau (1958). Rediscovery of smaller asiatis on horned rhinoceros (Rh. sondaicus) in Malaya. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 55.Beaufort, L.F.(1934). On the occurence of Rhinoceros sondaicus in Sumatra. Tijdscr Ned. Dierk. Ver. Ser. 1.Blyth, E (1862). A memoir on living Asiatic species of Rhinoce- ros. J. Asiatic Soc. 31.Groves, C.P. (1967). On the rhinoceros of Southeast asia. Sauge tierk. Mittle. MUnchen, 15.— (1971). Species characters in Rhinoceros horns. Sagutierk. Mittle. Munchen, 36.Hoogerwerf. A. (1970). Udjung Kulon The Land Of The Last Javan Rhinoceros. Leiden: E.J. Brill.Loch, C.W. (1937). Rhinoceros sondaicus the javan rhinoceros and its geographical distribution. J. Malayan Branch, Royal Asiatic Soc. 15, part II: 130, 1937.Sajudin, H.R. : Badak Jawa (Rhinoceros sondaicus DESMAREST, 1822) di semenanjung Ujung Kulon. Biologi Univ. Nasional, Jakarta, 1983.Sajudin, H.R., Djaja, B. and Lo, Y.K. (1981) Sensus badak Jawa (Rhinoceros sondaicus DESMAREST, 1822) di semenanjung Ujung Kulon-Maret 1981. IUCN/WWF Project No. 1960-Indonesia, Ujung Kulon Javan Rhinoceros. Fak. Biologi Univ. Nasional, Jakarta, 1981 (laporan khusus no. 3).Schenkel, R. And Schenkel, L.H. (1969) The javan rhinoceros (Rh. sondaicus Desm.) in Udjung Kulon Nature Reserve. Its ecology and behaviour, Field Study 1967-1968. Acta Trop. 26: 97.Schenkel, R., Shenkel, L.H. And Ramono, W.S. (1978). Area Management for the javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus Desm.) a pilot study, The Malayan Nat. J. 31: 253-275.Shebbeare, E.O. (1953). Status of the three asiatic rhinoceros. Oryx. 2: 141. Animals, Archive, Biodiversity, Commentary, Conservation, Endangered Species, Energy, Environment, Environmental Politics, Governance, Javan Rhinos, Mammals, Poaching, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Rhinos, Saving Species From Extinction, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Article published by Isabel Estermancenter_img 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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

Trail Blazers outlast Nuggets in record-tying 4 OT playoff thriller

first_imgPagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu LATEST STORIES All he had to do was wait until an NBA postseason record-tying fourth overtime.Hood hit the key 3-pointer with 18.6 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 140-137 to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHood was a starter for Cleveland last season when the playoffs opened, but fell out of favor and refused to check into the final minutes of a blowout win over Toronto in the second round. He was acquired by the Blazers in a February trade.“I didn’t give up. I didn’t give up on myself, just kept playing, kept working,” he said. “I had no idea that I’d end up in Portland in this type of situation. But to be here, to have my family in the crowd when I saw a lot of sad faces last go-round, to be here is very emotional for me, to be quite frank. View comments LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting ‘Political chaos’ envelops tennis as French Open approaches Nikola Jokic had his third triple-double of the playoffs with 33 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists, but missed a crucial free throw with 5.6 seconds to go. The 7-foot center played 65 minutes, two shy of the postseason record.Jamal Murray had a playoff-high 34 points for the Nuggets. Game 4 is Sunday.“We fought, we fought, we fought. That’s all you can ask for. Too many second-chance points too many turnovers, that was the difference in the game,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “But that was a hell of a basketball game by two very good basketball teams.”Hood’s jumper tied the game at 133 with just over a minute left in the final overtime. Will Barton missed the first of two free throws for Denver before Hood added a baseline jumper. Paul Millsap’s hook shot with 27 seconds left gave the Nuggets the edge.But Hood’s 26-foot 3-pointer gave Portland a 138-136 lead as time wound down. Jokic missed the first of two free throws for Denver and Seth Curry made free throws for the Blazers to close it out.Hood finished with 19 points.“Rodney Hood a huge impact on the game, and they went to him,” Malone said.In the first overtime, McCollum’s layup tied it at 109 with 8.7 seconds left and Jokic missed an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer.With the game knotted at 118 in the second overtime, Jokic missed a 3-pointer and a jump ball with 5.7 seconds left was grabbed by McCollum. Portland called a timeout with 4.1 seconds on the clock but Lillard missed a 3-point attempt as time ran out.Millsap’s jumper with 32 seconds left gave the Nuggets a 129-125 lead in the third overtime, but Lillard’s bank shot closed the gap and he added a layup that re-tied it again with 8.4 seconds left. The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “A lot more basketball to go, though. A lot more basketball.”The Blazers and Nuggets played a lot already.It was just the second quadruple-overtime playoff game in NBA history, joining a 1953 game between the Boston Celtics and the Syracuse Nationals.CJ McCollum matched his career playoff high with 41 points and Damian Lillard added 28 for Portland, which stretched its winning streak at home to 12 games dating back to the regular season.Hood scored seven points in the final OT and helped the Blazers remain unbeaten at home this postseason.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college McCollum played 60 minutes.The Blazers, in the conference semifinals since 2016, have won the last two games after second-seeded Denver’s victory in Game 1.Maurice Harkless started for the Blazers after rolling his ankle in the second quarter of Game 2 and sitting out the rest of the way.Torrey Craig was also day-to-day but started for Denver, wearing a clear mask after his nose was bloodied in Wednesday’s game.Portland led by as many as 10 points in the opening half but the Nuggets pulled in front 38-37 on Murray’s running 3-pointer. Portland went into the break with just a 48-47 edge.TIP-INSNuggets: Denver was 3-1 over the Blazers in the regular season. … Gary Harris fouled out with just over a minute left in the third overtime. Red Rocha and Paul Seymour of Syracuse set the NBA record by playing 67 minutes in the March 21, 1953, quadruple-OT game in Boston.Trail Blazers: The Blazers showed Lillard’s 37-foot shot that clinched the first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder before the game and the crowd at the Moda Center against cheered. … Portland was 32-9 at home in the regular season.MAN IN THE MASKThe Nuggets called Craig’s injury a nasal contusion. The clear mask he donned was from a previous injury. Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Portland Trail Blazers guard Rodney Hood reacts after making a three point basket against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth overtime of Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Friday, May 3, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Oregon — Rodney Hood checked back into the game, a fresh body among the weary ones all over the court.Eager for postseason redemption after struggling in the playoffs last year, Hood got his chance Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief “Obviously I don’t think it’s comfortable. I don’t think it’s something that he prefers,” Malone said. “But with the injury that he sustained and the bleeding, and the fact that this is similar to another injury that he incurred, it’s being really preventative and making sure it doesn’t get any worse. Torrey’s one of those guys, he makes no excuses. He’s a tough kid.”KANTER’S SHOULDEREnes Kanter finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds, but said afterward he re-injured his left shoulder — originally hurt in Game 5 against the Thunder.“I will just go home and get some rest. I don’t know if I can play the next game but I will do my best to be out there with my teammates,” he said.UP NEXTGame 4 is set for Sunday in Portland.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Eto’o hat-trick sinks sorry United

first_imgAs well as the gulf that separates them from leaders Arsenal, United are also six points below the Champions League places, further jeopardising their chances of securing the consolation prize of a top-four finish.With hopes of success via the league fading further, Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final second leg against Sunderland, when United will look to overturn a 2-1 deficit, now assumes even greater importance.It was a fifth successive league win for Chelsea, meanwhile, who returned to within two points of Arsenal and a point of second-place Manchester City.With Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie both still injured, United fielded Adnan Januzaj in support of Danny Welbeck, but they quickly found a route through the Chelsea defence on a brisk afternoon at Stamford Bridge.A neat one-two between Ashley Young and Welbeck presented Young with a clear sight of goal in the second minute, but his effort was parried by Petr Cech.It was an enterprising start, and Chelsea found themselves on the back foot until Eto’o broke the deadlock in the 17th minute with a bolt from the blue.Gathering the ball wide on the right, the Cameroon star tricked his way inside Phil Jones and then dispatched a left-foot shot that flicked off Michael Carrick’s toes and looped over David de Gea.With David Luiz providing a muscular presence in front of the Chelsea back four, occasionally to the consternation of the United bench, the hosts began to assert greater control, but the visitors remained a threat.Patrice Evra fired into the side-netting after blocking an attempted pass from Oscar, while Welbeck could only shovel a shot straight at Cech from Januzaj’s driven left-wing cross.It was to prove a costly missed opportunity.After Oscar had sent an acrobatic volley wide, Eto’o doubled Chelsea’s lead on the stroke of half-time when he stole in behind a static defence to clip home a cross from Gary Cahill after United failed to clear a corner.Moyes sent United out early for the second half, but within four minutes the game was over and once again, the visitors’ defensive shortcomings were laid bare.Cahill easily lost his marker to meet a right-wing corner with a downward header and although De Gea blocked, Eto’o was on hand to hook the ball home.Moyes introduced Chris Smalling and Hernandez in place of Evra and Young, but even when United did procure a chance, fortune deserted them.With 20 minutes remaining, Cech miscontrolled a back-pass in a perilous position, but as Hernandez slid in, the Chelsea goalkeeper somehow contrived to hook the ball away from him.United finally found the net with 12 minutes remaining when Hernandez touched in Jones’s low centre, but by then the damage was done.The visitors’ misery was completed in injury time when Vidic was shown a straight red card for chopping down Eden Hazard, while Rafael da Silva was fortunate to avoid the same fate for a rash two-footed lunge on Cahill.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, January 19- Manchester United’s Premier League title defence died another death on Sunday as Samuel Eto’o’s hat-trick earned Chelsea a 3-1 win that left the champions 14 points off the pace.Eto’o’s treble, his first in English football, gave manager Jose Mourinho his 100th Premier League victory, while United, who replied through Javier Hernandez, slumped to their seventh loss of the campaign and saw captain Nemanja Vidic sent off in stoppage time.last_img read more

Milan Cabrera cleans up for Canyon

first_imgMilan Cabrera doesn’t take herself seriously as a soccer player. Her approach to playing sweeper for the Canyon girls’ soccer team is a different story. Cabrera, 15, brings a lighthearted approach to practice and plenty of energy to the field for the Cowboys (16-1-3), who are seeking their fifth Foothill League title in six years. “She laughs at everything,” said Canyon co-coach Keeli Paden, whose team is unbeaten in its past seven games. “You always see her out there laughing or doing her little dances. She has a very bubbly personality.” But when the whistle blows, Cabrera’s expression changes as quick as she can cross over or turn and shoot with an opponent on her back. “If you see Milan, that’s how the rest of the team carries themselves,” Canyon co-coach Eric White said. “I told Milan, `you’re a sophomore, but you are the defense.’ ” Despite being one of the youngest players on Canyon’s roster and having limited varsity experience, Paden and White didn’t hesitate to bestow such responsibility on Cabrera because they knew she was capable of handling the pressure. A sweeper for three years playing club soccer for West Valley Samba and Valley United under Tony Scalercio – formerly the Valencia girls’ soccer coach for eight years and in his second season as the Vikings boys’ coach – Cabrera has flourished both as a defender and a scorer for the Cowboys. “Tony definitely changed me for the better,” said Cabrera, who leads Canyon with 11 goals, including five in league play. “I used to get yelled at by my parents for messing around, but he always made sure that we were well-prepared.” After anchoring a defense that allowed only four goals in its first 12 games, Cabrera and her teammates found their preparation was no match for Hart’s intensity, surrendering four goals in a 19-minute stretch against the rival Indians to suffer a 4-2 loss Dec. 29 in the championship game of the Hart tournament. “It’s a big rivalry, and it was disappointing to lose,” Cabrera said. “But it gave us enough time to refocus and get our heads set.” Since their lone setback, the Cowboys have rebounded to allow only three goals in their past seven games, with the sole hiccup coming in a 2-2 tie Jan. 12 against Saugus in which Canyon surrendered both goals on corner kicks in the final 2 minutes. It wound up being another important learning experience for Cabrera, who has been an integral part of the Cowboys. The team has recorded 14 shutouts, one behind Hart’s league-leading 15. “It was an eye-opener that we need to play whistle to whistle,” Cabrera said. “Even with a 2-0 lead, we can’t let up. Everyone’s in the game until the last second.” The draw put even more pressure on Canyon to record a victory Tuesday at Hart. Cabrera made sure the Cowboys wouldn’t let another opportunity slip away, teaming with Natalie Eichten, Katie Russ, Shannon Seidenglanz and Gina Walker to shut out the Indians 1-0, only the second time this season Hart failed to score. “It’s been great working with this group,” Cabrera said. “I feel comfortable with all of them, and we’ve meshed really well. Being a rookie, everyone has welcomed me with open arms. “We’re a family, and we’re here to play for the same thing.” Cabrera scored the only goal for good measure, converting a deflection of Russ’ 25-yard free kick in the 22nd minute. “She pulled the two seniors and the sophomore aside before the game and said, `We need to have a little more pride,’ ” White said. “They were determined that it wasn’t going to be the defense that lost the game.” Said Cabrera: “It wasn’t something I planned – it was more like in the moment. I wanted to do something to get the team pumped up and make sure the defense had their heads in the right place.” Having such a profound impact on Canyon’s success wasn’t something Cabrera anticipated happening so soon, especially with teammates Walker and Casey Stuart both having played sweeper following Bree Caceres, who held down the position from 2001-05. But her ability to command the back line in front of goalkeepers Danielle Michel and Kristen Grunhold and her knack for producing timely goals has made her a central figure in the Cowboys’ lineup. “Gina played sweeper last year, and she was just amazing,” Cabrera said. “It’s a tough position, because if you mess up, then it’s your fault. I was nervous because I didn’t know what to expect. But after the Buena tournament (Dec. 16), I realized, `OK, I can do this.’ ” And the results have been no laughing matter. (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Liverpool 1-1 Basel: Reds crash out of Champions League despite late Gerrard stunner

first_img Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard consoles Jordan Henderson after the Red were knocked out of the Champions League Liverpool will have to settle for Europa League football for the remainder of the season after the ten-man Reds were knocked out of the Champions League group stages following a 1-1 draw with Basel.The Merseysiders were hoping for a repeat scenario of their famous European victory over Olympiakos ten years ago, and book their place in the last 16 with a dramatic win in their final Group B fixture at Anfield.But, with the Swiss champions only needing a point to progress, the five-time champions failed to produce the goods after going behind early on.Fabian Frei opened the scoring for the visitors with a clinical long-range finish, and things went from bad to worse for Liverpool after the break, when substitute Lazar Markovic was sent off after just 15 minutes on the pitch.Captain Steven Gerrard gave the hosts hope of another memorable Champions League comeback with a stunning late free-kick to draw the scores level with ten minutes left.But, despite a flurry of chances in the closing stages, it was not enough to inspire his side to victory once more.It was a lively, end-to-end opening period, with both sides showing plenty of attacking endeavour, but it was Basel who had the first real opening, Shkelzen Gashi firing over after the Reds cheaply gave away possession, which was something of a regular occurrence, as the Red men were often rushed by the Swiss side’s pressing and forced into errors.And it was that tendency which led to Basel’s opener, the hosts caught on the ball as they foolishly tried to play it out from the back, with Frei lashing a fierce, low drive past Simon Mignolet and into the bottom right corner of the net from outside the box.There was a clear air of nervousness in the Anfield stands following the goal, with the hosts needing to strike twice to seal their progression.But Basel continued to look the more impressive side, and they could have doubled their lead on the half-hour mark if it weren’t for a last-gasp challenge from Jose Enrique, while captain Marco Streller wasted a decent chance when he sliced an effort wide of the goal.Liverpool appeared to have fallen two goals behind on the stroke of half-time when Gashi was played through and confidently finished past Mignolet but his celebrations were quickly halted by the linesman’s flag, which was raised for offside.Manager Brendan Rodgers rolled the dice at the break, introducing Markovic and attack-minded full-back Alberto Moreno for the quiet Rickie Lambert and Jose Enrique.The Serbian starlet made a telling contribution to Liverpool’s attack with a number of clever touches and bustling runs, as the hosts started the second half brightly, but his night was ended on the hour-mark when he was shown a straight red card for striking a Basel player on the face with his arm.It was a harsh decision, with Markovic barely brushing the tip of Behrang Safari’s nose as he attempted to shield him from the ball, but the defender’s overly dramatic reaction perhaps paved the way for the winger’s exit.To be fair to Liverpool, finding themselves a man down didn’t dampen their spirits, and they began to see more of the ball as Basel began to tire.The Reds were soon appealing for a spot-kick after Gerrard was brought down in the penalty area after racing clean through, but replays showed the goalkeeper got a good hand to the ball.Sensing it could take another moment of brilliant from their captain, the Anfield crowd began to chant Gerrard’s name and the talismanic midfielder certainly delivered with a world-class equaliser.It was a goal right out of his own textbook, finding the top corner with an exquisitely struck free-kick to send the red half of Merseyside into raptures.The ball was firmly in the hosts’ court in the final ten minutes as Rodgers’ men surged forward in desperate hope of a goal which would sent them through.Martin Skrtel missed by mere inches with a speculative long-range drive, while Jordan Henderson saw a deflected header saved right on the line by the alert Tomas Vaclik and Raheem Sterling – who was Liverpool’s most potent threat all night – was denied by a late tackle in the box.The chances kept on coming throughout four minutes of added time too, with Mignolet pulling off a superb stop from Breel Embolo’s dribbling effort and Skrtel sliding a shot wide as he met Sterling’s low cross.It was a battling effort from the Reds but ultimately it wasn’t enough, with Europa League awaiting them following their third placed finish to the Group. 1last_img read more

This would be a ‘devastating blow’ for Manchester United

first_imgDwight Yorke admits losing David De Gea this summer would be a “devastating blow” for Manchester United.There is continued speculation the Spaniard will return to his home country and join Real Madrid during the close season, even though Louis van Gaal remains hopeful the goalkeeper will stay at Old Trafford.And former Stretford End favourite Yorke knows it would be a huge blow for his old club if the 24-year-old does leave.“United want to keep their best players,” he said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “He’s been their best player this season and without him I don’t think they would have qualified for the Champions League. He’s been outstanding and seems to get better each year.“De Gea has said he wants to stay, but being Spanish and the lure of Real Madrid, that might away the deal and he might want to go back. That may still happen.“It would be a devastating blow if he left because any team that is likely to win the Premier League needs a good goalkeeper. And he’s proved that [he is] over the years.”last_img read more

David Beckham wants Cristiano Ronaldo back at Manchester United

first_imgDavid Beckham has paid tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo – and admitted he would love to see him back at Manchester United.Ronaldo struck his 500th career goal during Real Madrid’s midweek win over Malmo and Beckham says the Portuguese forward is an example to follow for every young footballer.“Ronaldo getting to a milestone like that so quickly is unbelievable,” said the former Real and United star, in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT.“Congratulations to Ronaldo because what he has done is incredible and I‘m sure Real Madrid as a club are proud of that.“Like [Lionel] Messi, these players just don’t get good from nothing. They work hard. That is what I have always told my kids and other kids that I have been around – these players are so good because they work so hard.”Ronaldo, who left United for Real Madrid in 2009, has been frequently linked with a return to Old Trafford.For Beckham, it would be great to see the 30-year-old back in a Red Devils jersey, but he accepts that is unlikely given his status at the Bernabeu.“I’d like to see him come back, as a Man United fan. That would be great because he was so great at Man United,” he said.“But he is at Real Madrid now, he is very comfortable in his life there, the fans obviously love him there, and he looks a real Real Madrid player now.”Exclusive – David Beckham says Ryan Giggs will make the ‘perfect’ Manchester United managerExclusive – Jose Mourinho WILL turn things around at Chelsea, insists former Manchester United star David BeckhamDavid Beckham is returning to Old Trafford on November 14 to play in a charity game in aid of UNICEF. The former Manchester United star will captain a Great Britain and Ireland XI, which will be managed by Sir Alex Ferguson. Tickets are now available on the Manchester United website and are priced from £20 for adults and £10 for children.last_img read more

Carwash to help officer’s family

first_img(818) 713-3664 IF YOU GO: A carwash and barbecue to benefit a police officer whose husband is undergoing cancer treatments will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday behind the West Valley Library, 19036 Vanowen St. Donations of $5 for a carwash and $5 for lunch will be accepted. Call (818) 374-7611 for more information.160Want 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’In addition to the carwash and barbecue, a raffle also will be held, Muzzey said. “This was all done by the men and the women here who want to take care of their own,” said LAPD Capt. John Serman of the West Valley Division. “Ryan and Andy are well-liked in the division. The holidays are here and they have a very large family and everybody at the West Valley family wants to help.” Ryan said all the efforts have made the couple feel loved. “It’s just been so helpful,” she said. “They put so much work into the carwash and helping me. I can’t say enough about the division.” RESEDA – No matter how many cars they have to clean, no matter how many lunches they may serve, the officers of the LAPD’s West Valley station will be ready Sunday. They’re hoping the community will come out for a daylong fundraiser to help benefit the family of Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Kathy Ryan, a 22-year-veteran of the department whose husband, Andy Ryan, a California Highway Patrol officer, is undergoing treatment for lymphoma. It is his second time battling cancer. The couple has six children, ranging in age from 6 to 17. Police have been donating their sick days to Ryan so she can spend time with her husband. They have cooked meals and even decorated her house for Christmas. “If you met her, you’d understand why we’re doing this,” said Officer Gail Muzzey, who said the station and local businesses were eager to help out with Sunday’s event. “She’s just got that motherly love to her. She’s a hard, hard worker. She’s an officer’s officer.” last_img read more

Scott County Inmate Roster – 9-27-18

first_imgBooking #:SCJAIL:2018-001166 SMITH, JARED GARRETT, LARON BAUTISTA, INEIDO Charges:IC 35-42-2-1(C)MA ~ BATTERY- RESULTS IN BODILY INJURY TO ANOTHER PERSON View Profile >>> Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-001159 View Profile >>> Inmates booked into the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. Booking Date:09-26-2018 – 10:42 pm Release Date:09-26-2018 – 4:10 pm Release Date:09-26-2018 – 11:10 pm View Profile >>> Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-001164 Charges:IC 35-43-4-2(A)(1)(A)FL6 ~ THEFT – GREATER THAN $750 LT $50,000IC 35-48-4-11(A)MB ~ POSSESSION MARIJUANA/HASH OIL/HASHISH OR SALVIA HERNANDEZ, DEYANIRA View Profile >>> Inmates released from the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. Booking Date:09-26-2018 – 10:58 am View Profile >>> Booking Date:09-26-2018 – 5:29 pm Booking Date:09-23-2018 – 5:16 pm Charges:IC 35-43-5-4(A)FL6 ~ FRAUDIC 35-44.1-2-2(FL6) ~ OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE View Profile >>> Release Date:09-26-2018 – 3:40 pm Booking Date:09-26-2018 – 1:35 pm BEGLEY, JOEYcenter_img QUINN, JAMES Booking Date:09-26-2018 – 11:56 pm Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-001167 View Profile >>> BEGLEY, JOEY Charges:IC 35-42-2-1(C)MA ~ BATTERY- RESULTS IN BODILY INJURY TO ANOTHER PERSON Charges:IC 9-30-5-2(A)FD ~ OPERATING A VEHICLE WHILE INTOXICATED W/ PRIOR Release Date:09-26-2018 – 11:10 pm Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-001152 Charges:IC 35-42-2-1(MB) ~ BATTERYIC 35-43-2-1.5(FL6) ~ RESIDENTIAL ENTRY Booking Date:09-26-2018 – 10:42 pm Booking Date:09-25-2018 – 3:12 pm Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-001167 Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-001165 Release Date:09-26-2018 – 11:55 am Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-001168 Charges:IC 35-42-2-1(C)MA ~ BATTERY- RESULTS IN BODILY INJURY TO ANOTHER PERSON Booking Date:09-23-2018 – 5:28 pm Charges:IC 35-43-5-4(A)FL6 ~ FRAUDIC 35-44.1-2-3(D)MB ~ FALSE INFORMING BOWLES, JAMES View Profile >>> HOWARD, SYLVIA View Profile >>> Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-001153 Charges:IC 35-50-6-1 ~ PAROLE VIOLATIONlast_img read more

Watch: Kids officially open Newtowncunningham Community Playgroup!

first_imgNewtowncunningham Community Playgroup’s new building was officially opened by the children that attend the playgroup this week. Pauline Bonner, the manager of Newtowncunningham Community Playgroup said; “This facility is a community-based playgroup and at the minute we have 44 children in the morning and another 10 in the afternoon.“We offer the children a variety of activities. We have two rooms that offer child-centred play, the children are focused on playing either independently or playing together.” There is also an array of fantastic outdoor facilities that allows the children to explore and engage in a lot of exercise!Elaine O’Donnell remarked that the new building makes it feel like a whole new job.“We’re always looking at what’s best for the children, it’s all about them, we’re always training, always going to the best practice, anything we can do that makes it better for the children.” Elaine also said that the playgroup brings the community together as the numbers are so large.There was also a budding journalist interviewing his classmates on why they like attending the playground, and got the inside scoop on what their favourite toys are!The consensus gathered by our fledgling journalist is that going to the playgroup is quite simply a lot of fun.Pauline also wished to thank the staff down through the years that have worked tirelessly for the Newtowncunningham Community Playgroup. She also said that she must thank Sarah Carlin in particular for her hard work.Watch: Kids officially open Newtowncunningham Community Playgroup! was last modified: April 16th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:elaine o donnellNewtowncunningham Community Playgrouppauline bonnerwatchlast_img read more