Two journalists still held, others arrested or attacked

first_img February 6, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the growing hostility towards journalists in Egypt, especially after a statement by the State Information Service (SIS) on 17August inveighing against the foreign media’s coverage of the recent turmoil.More arrestsRWB condemns the many arrests of journalists during this past week and reminds the authorities that they have a duty to allow reporters to work in the best possible manner. In particular, Reporters Without Borders urges them to release Metin Turan, a reporter with the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), who has been held since 16 August, and Al-Jazeera reporter Abdallah Shami, held since 14 August. No formal charges have been brought against either of them.Turan was arrested by police at the same time as Hibe Zekeriya of the Anadolu news agency while covering a raid by the security forces on Al-Fath Mosque in Cairo’s Ramses Square on 16 August. Zekeriya subsequently managed to tell his agency by phone that they had been taken to Tora prison. She was finally released eight hours later, on 17 August, but Turan is still being held. A Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman said negotiations are under way to obtain his release.According to the Al-Jazeera website, Shami was transferred to Abu Zaabal prison yesterday, following his arrest on 14 August, and his detention was extended for 15 days, although he has not been charged.A France 2 crew consisting of reporter Dorothée Olliéric, cameraman Stéphane Guillemot, editor Arnaud Gidon and fixer Rime El-Fawal were arrested outside Al-Fath Mosque on 17 August and were held for 10 hours at an “intelligence” centre before being released.German freelance journalist Sebastian Backhaus was finally released on 16 August, 48 hours after being arrested in Cairo and held in a police station. News News August 19, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists still held, others arrested or attacked Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution EgyptMiddle East – North Africa to go further Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News News February 1, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egypt Violence and intimidationReporters Without Borders also condemns the violence and intimidation to which Jared Malsin, who strings for Time Magazine and other media, and freelance photographer Cliff Cheney were subjected near Ramses Square on 16 August.In a report on the Time website , Malsin said he and Cheney were stopped by men armed with sticks, who took their cameras and slapped Malsin. Shortly thereafter, they recovered some of their equipment but another group then stopped them and took them to a garage, which they not allowed to leave for two hours because of the “security situation.”On 17 August, the interior ministry banned these self-proclaimed “popular committees,” which have been protecting their neighbourhoods from the Muslim Brotherhood by arming themselves, setting up roadblocks and controlling all those who want to pass.In an interview for France 2 on 18 August, Olliéric linked the intimidation and humiliation to which she and her crew were subjected to the growing resentment that Egyptians are displaying toward the international media.Most Egyptians “do not understand and cannot bear the international community’s criticism” of Gen. Al-Sissi’s strong action,” she said. By attacking the media, the Egyptians were sending a message, she added, they were saying: “Let us combat terrorism in our own way, and you just stay out of it.”The climate for journalists became even tenser on 17 August when the State Information Service issued a statement to the foreign media condemning their coverage of recent events.Ignoring the fact that three journalists have been killed many others have been attacked or arrested, the English-language statement said: “Egypt is feeling severe bitterness towards some western media coverage that is biased to the Muslim Brotherhood and ignores shedding light on violent and terror acts that are perpetrated by this group in the form of intimidation operations and terrorizing citizens.”When a journalist asked the interim president’s political adviser, Mostafa Hegazy, about the growing hostility towards the foreign media at a press conference later the same day, Hegazy responded by reiterating the government’s condemnation of the foreign media’s perceived bias.At the end of the news conference, journalists were given a press pack entitled “Egypt Fighting Terrorism 14th-16th August” containing photos and comments about the violence by deposed President Mohamed Morsi’s supporters. Organisation January 22, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

22-Year-Old Fan Dies At Electric Forest

first_imgA Lansing, Michigan-based fan passed away yesterday morning, succumbing to a medical emergency on the grounds of Electric Forest at 9:30 AM. The Rothbury, MI event welcomed 45,000 people, and saw performances from bands like The String Cheese Incident, STS9, Greensky Bluegrass and more.Authorities are still investigating the cause of death with an autopsy, to rule out any potential foul play. Oceana County officers continue to investigate the situation.While this is the fourth death that has occurred on site since 2012, there is no indicator as to whether this emergency could have been prevented. Our hearts go out to this young man’s family and friends at this difficult time.Electric Forest has issued the following statement:On Monday morning, after the festival had ended and campers were leaving the festival site, event medical personnel and Michigan State Police Troopers responded to an alert regarding a medical emergency. As result, a man was transported to a local hospital and we were deeply saddened to later learn that, unfortunately, he had passed away.While the cause of this tragedy has not yet been determined, this has deeply affected everyone involved with the event. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and friends.[Via Fox 17]last_img read more

First French doctor dies as virus death toll rockets

first_imgShortage of masksDr Razafindranazy died on Saturday in a hospital in the  northern city of Lille, with his son paying an emotional tribute to him on Facebook.”He was passionate about his work and chose not to retire. He has left a family behind him who will never forget him,” he added.The family also warned that “this illness is extremely serious and must not be taken lightly”.Marini said Dr Razafindranazy “would soon have been 68” and had treated some of the first cases in the Oise department, the first area in France to be badly hit by COVID-19.He was infected in early March, the mayor added.A quarter of the more than 7,200 people now in hospital with the virus are in intensive care.Veran said many medical staff who contract the virus could in fact be getting infected outside of their work, while adding that protection for frontline staff was “absolutely indispensable”.But doctors and nurses were losing patience, with the Frederic Adnet, the head of an emergency department at Seine-Saint-Denis in the northern suburbs of Paris, saying supplies of protective clothing were clearly under strain.”We know we are exposed,” he told French television. “We know a number of us are going to contract it and there will be a price to pay… with protective gear cruelly lacking.” Calls for curfew His wife, a family doctor, is now also sick with the virus and has been quarantined at home.Dr Razafindranazy’s death came as controversy raged over a shortage of protective gear for medical staff in some parts of France.Despite Health Minister Olivier Veran saying more than 250 million masks had been ordered, some doctors and nurses have complained that they have had to do without.The French government is also under pressure from doctors’ unions to impose a total nationwide curfew.The northeast city of Mulhouse, where French soldiers have already set up a military field hospital to help hospital staff overwhelmed by the number of cases, declared its own curfew from Sunday night from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am.Some other cities, including Nice and Perpignan, have already imposed their own curfews.With authorities expected to extend the lockdown beyond the end of March, doctors want it tightened to “at a minimum” stopping people going out to jog or exercise. Parliament toughened fines for people who break the current confinement measures late Saturday. Repeat offenders now face six months in prison and a fine of 3,700 euros (US$3,950).And on Sunday it declared a health emergency in the country, granting greater powers to the government to fight the pandemic. The first French doctor battling the coronavirus has died as the death toll in the country spiraled to 674 Sunday.With the outbreak spreading to eight regions — and 112 more dying in a single day — authorities admitted their count does not include those who died at home and in old people’s homes.”We are looking at an epidemic that is widening and escalating,” the head of the health service Jerome Salomon said. Mayor Philippe Marini said that Madagascar-born Jean-Jacques Razafindranazy “came back to work voluntarily to treat people and knew he was taking a risk”.center_img With hospitals flooded with 7,240 victims, the military are having to transfer some from the worst-hit areas.”The virus kills and it is continuing to kill,” Salomon added.The 67-year-old emergency room medic who died worked at Compiegne hospital, north of Paris, the town’s mayor told AFP.He was hailed as a hero by his family for coming back from holiday to treat the first major outbreak in the country. Topics :last_img read more

Slimy Evolution Reporting Continues

first_img(Visited 437 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Darwin gets credit for more things than his theory deserves, which is very little to begin with.The name “Darwin” and the phrase “natural selection” appear frequently in the science news, even when the observations reported either have nothing to do with them, or even contradict them. The media seem utterly incapable of thinking critically about the mismatch. It points to a strong bias to maintain the reputation of a man who kicked intelligent design out of biology.Biologists shed new light on the diversity of natural selection (Phys.org). This article begins with evidence seemingly contrary to natural selection, only to wind up rescuing it.For nearly 100 years, biologists have argued about how exactly natural selection can possibly work. If nature selects the individuals with the best genes, then why aren’t all organisms the same? What maintains the genetic variation that natural selection acts upon, the genetic variation that has ultimately led to the spectacular diversity of life on Earth today? Recent findings made at Uppsala University suggest that the answer could be sex.It “could” be sex, which implies it might not be. Frequently we have criticized the notion of natural selection for this very reason: if it were a law of nature, everyone would end up the same. Do these Uppsala scientists have a theory rescue device? They do; readers can get into the weeds of “sex-specific dominance reversal for fitness” in the article, but should note that the idea “met with early skepticism” from other evolutionists, and is being promoted by two Darwinians claiming to have “the first evidence” for it – this, mind you, 159 years after Darwin wrote his book. Even if their idea has merit, it doesn’t account for variability in asexual species. And it doesn’t account for why some sexes display strong dimorphism (e.g., peacocks), and others have very little (e.g., “all ravens are black”).Fossils key to fulfilling Darwin’s 160-year-old prediction (Phys.org). Darwin be praised! Big Science and Big Media love to say that. What was this prediction? “The time will come I believe when we shall have very fairly true genealogical trees of each great kingdom of nature,” Darwin wrote in a letter to Huxley. Again, this article begins with a contradiction in Darwinism:Lead author Dr. Robin Beck, said: “For mammals, there are some quite major disagreements about how they are related to each other, depending on whether you use anatomical or genomic data. This has led some people to suggest that anatomy is fundamentally unreliable for working out the evolutionary relationships of mammals, and perhaps of other groups as well.”For example, molecular data indicates that rhinos are more closely related to hedgehogs than they are to elephants. The anatomical similarities between rhinos and elephants are the result of convergent evolution.Convergent evolution, we know, results from use of Darwin Flubber in the explanation. So who are you going to believe, Darwin or your elephant eyes? Beck and Baillie, to solve the problem and rescue Darwin, use their own lyin’ eyes to lionize Darwin. They imagine the ancestors that should have been there, but aren’t! This is an amazing trick. Watch the high perhapsimaybecouldness index, and the reliance on futureware, in this Darwin-of-the-gaps explanation:Beck and Baillie’s study shows that new fossil discoveries might be able to bridge the large anatomical “gap” between rhinos and hedgehogs and so help correctly determine their evolutionary relationships.”To test this, Beck and his co-author, Ph.D. student Charles Baillie, invented a new method where they first predicted the anatomical features of fossil ancestors that should have existed if the genome-based phylogeny is correct, and then investigated the effect of adding these predicted ancestors into anatomy-based analyses.Beck added: “We were quite surprised to find that predicted ancestors led to the anatomical analyses matching the genomic phylogeny almost exactly. So, it doesn’t look like there’s anything inherently unreliable about anatomical data – in principle at least.“It may just be a case of going out and finding enough fossils!”This is exactly the trick Darwin himself used when confronted with gaps in the fossil record, especially the Cambrian explosion (hear Stephen Meyer talk about that on ID the Future). Darwin thought that further discoveries would fill in the gaps, but millions of fossil finds later, the gaps are still there – some of them even wider now. Beck and Baillie’s trick is even worse, because they are only finding the missing ancestors in their imaginations, knowing that they are still missing long after Darwin played his futureware card (a favorite in his house of cards). The futureware card is a credit card, because Darwinists hope you will trust them to come up with the missing fossils in another 160 years or more. By then we will be dead and won’t be able to sue them for not paying up.Transformed: The plant whose sex life fascinated Charles Darwin (Science Daily). Lots of people like primulas, so why does Darwin get trucked into this story? The press release from the John Innes Centre brings up a fancy word for a characteristic of some flowering plants: “Heteromorphy (or heterostyly) is a phenomenon in which plants exhibit two or three distinct forms of flowers based on the position of the male and female sex organs.” The phenomenon “enthralled Darwin,” we are told, but it worried him, too, because it left secrets that eluded him. It also worried famous evolutionists William Bateson and JBS Haldane. To the rescue! Now, with the gene editing tool CRISPR/Cas9, his current priesthood can hold up a divination tool in order to look authoritative.Now, some of the secrets that eluded Darwin could be revealed following the biotechnological success announced by researchers from the John Innes Centre, the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Earlham Institute….Co-author Mark Smedley, of the John Innes Centre says: “It is not every day you get to work on a paper that references Darwin. This is a fundamental story that scientists have been trying to unravel for 200 years.”…It’s a piece of research that would have excited Darwin….Let’s try to understand this Darwin worship service. Heteromorphy has nothing to do with Darwinism. It’s an observation, not an explanation. If Darwinism explained it, it would not have eluded Darwin, nor would it have taken 200 years for his disciples to figure it out. The article attempts this explanation:Darwin, in a landmark paper of 1862, worked out the functional significance of the different anatomical formations: they made the plants self-incompatible. This is Nature’s way of promoting cross-pollination to maintain genetic variation in the population, driving natural selection.Heteromorphy is thus an intelligent design. It has functional significance. It promotes cross-pollination (which would cause extinction, not innovation). Saying that Darwinism has something to do with it is false: it’s basically saying, “It exists; therefore it evolved.” There is no origin of species here. There is no random mutation leading to the functional design. Capitalizing “Nature” makes the embedded wisdom in the flower seem like a kind of god or intelligently-directing agent. And there is no connection between said “Nature” and natural selection, Darwin’s baby: if this were a law of nature, there would not be so many exceptions to it. Many plants do not have heteromorphy; are they “fit” in the battle for survival? The only thing these scientists have explained is their own inebriation with Darwine.These ‘useless’ quirks of evolution are actually evidence for the theory (The Conversation). Here’s another Darwin-only disciple, Ben Garrod, out to do a magic show to top David Copperfield. He sets up the impossibility that should kill Darwinism, before standing up to do a miracle and raise it from the dead:Evolution is a fascinating field but can be rife with misunderstanding. One misconception is that evolution has some innate sense of direction or purpose. In reality, evolution is a mindless, plan-free phenomenon, driven into endless possibilities by random mutations, the most successful of which win out.People also often think that every aspect of every living creature has a function, that it helps the organism survive in some small way. But there are some areas of evolutionary biology where benefits are murkier and, in some instances, where traits seem to make no sense at all. This is the realm of sexual selection, vestigial traits and evolutionary spandrels.As important as the concept of survival of the fittest is to evolution, there are many examples that seem to undermine this idea. In fact, various aspects of evolutionary biology may seem counterintuitive and could even be seen as a reason to reject evolution as a whole. In fact, they strengthen our understanding rather than diminish it. Here’s how.With this opening flourish, admitting as he does that evolution amounts to chance and is mindless and plan-free, he’s going to pre-empt anyone in the audience from becoming a creationist. But his answers are all tired, worn-out Darwin-only talking points, never subjected to critical analysis: Sexual selection supports Darwinism (except when it doesn’t). Vestigial organs are leftovers of evolution (except when we discover they had a function after all). Your chin is a spandrel, a byproduct of evolutionary forces for diet that had nothing to do with evolving a chin (except for every other animal that had to eat).You should ask for your money back.Christmas Shoppers, beware! Do not buy Darwin Flubber for your children. It’s toxic!last_img read more

Belmont County Farm Bureau tackles local hunger issues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseA hungry child is hard to stomach.It is hard to imagine in today’s society of excess and plenty that there are people — especially children — who regularly do not get enough food to meet basic nutritional needs. Yet, in every corner of Ohio, it is far too easy to find hungry children. Nationally, more than 13 million children live in food insecure homes and one in five children does not get the food they need every day. Three out of four teachers report that there are children in their classrooms who regularly come to school hungry.The Belmont County Farm Bureau decided to tackle this problem head on in their corner of the state by cooperating with local efforts to provide food to children in need through county schools. Dairy farmer Devin Cain is helping coordinate the program.“I had the privilege of going to Texas last year with DFA, our local milk co-op. We packaged meals down there for the homeless. All you have to do is boil water and add the package to the water and you have a hot nutritious meal. There is a two-year shelf life so it can be stored for a long time. Farm Bureau wanted to do a program with the school backpack program and I said, ‘I think I have an idea of what we can do.’ We are trying to raise $40,000 to package 22,222 meals. It costs $1.80 per package for six servings in a package,” Cain said. “There are currently 260 backpacks packaged per week in the four participating schools. All of the schools that I spoke to are very eager and happy to get these meals.”In the boom or bust economy of southeastern Ohio, communities continue to struggle even with the influx of oil and gas money in recent years. There is still an unfortunate number of hungry young people in the region.“Some of the stories they told me are so sad,” Cain said. “One kid hides all of his food in a broken down car in the backyard so his parents don’t eat it. Some kids don’t even have electric. I think the kids will be really pleased with the meals we are trying to package.”The program seeks to fill in the gaps around school meals for students in need.“If they go to school they are guaranteed meals to eat at school. On the weekends, some kids are home by themselves so they don’t have anything to eat. The three meals we are going to package are deluxe macaroni and cheese, instant apple cinnamon oatmeal and minestrone soup. We got to try all of these meals to see what they tasted like to make sure the kids would really like them,” Cain said. “We have until June 15 to collect the money. On July 20 we will meet at a local high school and these ingredients will come in bulk and we will have volunteers come and help package the meals for us.”Belmont County Farm Bureau will be hosting the meal-packaging event on Saturday, July 20, starting at 1 p.m. at Union Local High School Gymnasium, located at 66779 Belmont Morristown Rd., Belmont, Ohio 43718 in participation with the Outreach Program. The meals will be used by Barnesville, Bellaire, St. Clairsville, and Union Local schools. A donation of $100 will provide 300 servings. After the meals are packaged, they will be stored and distributed according to each school’s need for their number of backpacks. For more information, please call the Belmont County Farm Bureau office at 740-425-3681.All amounts are welcome with 100% of donations going to the meals. The Outreach Program is a 501(c) 3 organization so donations can be used as a tax write-off if desired. Donors will receive a letter from the Outreach Program with an explanation for taxes. Donations will be accepted until Saturday, June 15.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo 1st Player to Score 9 Hat-tricks in International Football, Closes in on 100 Goals for Portugal

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Cristiano Ronaldo scored another treble, a record 9th in international football, to move closer to 100 international goals, as Portugal beat Lithuania 6-0 in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday.Ronaldo, whose hat-trick was the 55th of his career, has 98 goals and could become only the second player to score a century for his country after Iran’s Ali Daei. Pizzi, Goncalo Paciencia and Bernardo Silva shared the other goals in the one-sided Group B match.The European champions, however, were left waiting to secure a place at the finals after Serbia beat Luxembourg 3-2.Portugal are in second place with 14 points, one ahead of Serbia, and will qualify if they win in Luxembourg on Sunday. Leaders Ukraine have already qualified.Ronaldo showed no sign of the knee problem which led to him being substituted in his last two games for Juventus – prompting an angry reaction on the second occasion – and could easily have reached a century of goals on Thursday.Coach Fernando Santos declared that he never had any doubts about Portugal’s most-capped player.”I asked him if he was okay to play, it was just a case of having a conversation with him,” he said. “I never had any doubts about his condition, it was other people who had them. Nothing surprises me about Cristiano.”Ronaldo was quick off the mark, winning and converting a penalty in the seventh minute.The 34-year-old got to the ball ahead of Saulius Mikoliunas, who clipped his heel, and sent his spot kick down the middle, hitting goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus’ foot on the way in.Lithuania paid for more sloppiness 15 minutes later as they lost the ball in midfield and Paciencia slipped the ball quickly to Ronaldo who produced a wicked, dipping first-time shot which flew past the bemused Setkus from 25 metres.He had another shot on the turn saved by Setkus and blasted over after bursting into the box before the break.Pizzi, Paciencia and Silva scored in an 11-minute spell after halftime and Ronaldo sent two efforts agonisingly wide as the siege continued.He completed his hat-trick from Silva’s pass in the 65th minute before Paciencia set him up nicely for a fourth but Ronaldo fired the easy chance over the bar.(With inputs from Reuters) cristiano ronaldoEuro 2020Euro 2020 qualifierfootball First Published: November 15, 2019, 5:09 PM ISTlast_img read more

Kerala organises first-of-its-kind athletic meet for transgender community

first_imgWhile LGBT activists are still battling it out for their rights, Kerala made an effort to bring the transgender community to the mainstream. At least 132 people participated in the first-ever athletics meet for transgender persons organised by the Kerala government in collaboration with Sexual and Gender Minority Federation (SGMF) at Thiruvananthapuram’s Central Stadium. The tournament saw them taking part in popular track and field events such as sprint, relay race, shot put and long jump.Kerala’s move towards ending discrimination against transgendersThe state of Kerala has always been on the fore to end the social stigma faced by the marginalised communities. For instance, in 2015, Kerala took the initiative to form a transgender policy, aimed at ending the discriminatory treatment and bringing transgender people to the mainstream.More on the athletic meet for transgendersAccording to the reports by DNA, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs AC Moideen, and the Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran were part of the organising committeeEach district council in Kerala appointed a coach and allotted a ground for the participants to train for three days before the tournamentThe report further quotes the event co-ordinator, Anil Arjunan sayingthat the State Sports Commission held workshops for coaches and sportsauthorities before the event”Coaches from all the districts wereinvited to Thiruvananthapuram. We told them who is a transgender is, asit is an umbrella term, and discussed the issues that the communityfaces and factors that have stopped them from participating in sports,”he told DNAThe sporting events were followed by a prize distribution ceremony where winners were given trophiesThe winning team of athletes was fromMallapuram, who were jubilant at their victory and cheering for thewhole teamKerala: Country’s first athletic meet for transgenders organised by Kerala Govt in Trivandrum; 132 participants from 12 districts took part pic.twitter.com/Vbuq40tUcvadvertisement- ANI (@ANI_news) 28 April 2017How was the initiative received?The initiative was welcomed by members of the marginalised community. The organisers hoped that this event will reflect the state’s policy to end social stigma and ostracism that transgender people face on a daily basis. “We are excited. The event is expected to reveal fresh talents. Talent is generally suppressed in the community and this is an opportunity to showcase it,” said transgender athlete Sreekutty to Hindustan Times.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img read more

Holy grail could be in sight as Jürgen Klopp toasts his Anfield anniversary

first_img Football quiz: winning streaks Jürgen Klopp has honoured every pledge made at his Liverpool unveiling four years ago on Tuesday, turning doubter to believer (it was singular), creating emotional football, winning a title inside four years and lifting the burden of an illustrious history that had come to feel “like a 20-kilo backpack”. The result of ticking each box, and another problem for Manchester City, is that Liverpool and their manager are left pushing themselves for more.The Premier League leaders toast the anniversary of Klopp’s appointment on the back of a perfect weekend that included an injury-time winner over Leicester plus defeats for Manchester City, Manchester United and Everton. The eight-point lead generated predictable claims of the league being Liverpool’s to lose – in October – and the inevitable counterargument that some sort of reverse psychology is at work to hex Klopp’s team in their pursuit of a first title for 30 years. The form of both Liverpool and City puts the argument in favour of the believers. features Liverpool are averaging a point more per game than the champions this season. Over the past 30 league games – a reasonable pool to assess with 30 matches of this campaign to play – Klopp’s side have dropped 11 points, winning 25, drawing four and losing once since the 3-1 victory that ended José Mourinho’s reign as United manager last December.While Pep Guardiola struggles with only one fit central defender, Liverpool beat Leicester with their fourth-choice centre-half, Dejan Lovren, confirming they were correct to make him stay this summer. The club comes first and is stronger for it. The stumble that Manchester City need from Liverpool, and the almost faultless recovery they require to retain the title, looks beyond both at present.Last season’s margins were so fine that Liverpool had cause to regret a draw that occurred on the first weekend in March, at Everton, for missing out on the championship with a club record 97 points. But not only have Liverpool sustained that punishing level, in contrast to the champions they have improved.This season’s eight straight victories have again underlined the capacity of Klopp’s team to drag themselves over the line regardless of circumstance, opposition and workload. True, fortune has played a part with a goalkeeping error and penalty decision contributing to the past two wins over Sheffield United and Leicester respectively. But games in which four points were dropped last season – Chelsea away and Leicester at home – have been won with far more convincing performances. The leaders have been immune to the minor lapses that contributed to Manchester City pipping them to the line in May. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Two points were also dropped at Manchester United last term and, with the two clubs rivals only off the pitch at present, and for the foreseeable future, their visit to Old Trafford offers another chance for Liverpool to maintain their progression after the international break. And to equal Manchester City’s record of 18 consecutive top-flight victories from 2017.Liverpool’s growing maturity has been evident throughout. Losing Alisson for eight weeks to a calf injury could have had serious repercussions for a team with absolute faith in the golden glove winner and Uefa’s reigning goalkeeper of the season. Instead Adrián, the club’s only experienced signing of the summer, has proven an able deputy, give or take the occasional dodgy clearance, and Liverpool’s defence has been relatively undisturbed by the change behind it.Adrián is likely to hand over the gloves – and a 100% winning record in the league – to Alisson after the international break, with the Brazilian back in full training. Losing a three-goal lead in 21 minutes would also have spread panic through most teams. Liverpool, who conspired to do just that against Salzburg last week, merely steadied themselves after a tactical substitution by the manager and got the job done once more. Liverpool FC (@LFC)On repeat. 🔁🤩 pic.twitter.com/Oz5uwKm98rOctober 7, 2019 Greater maturity, self-belief and consistency are byproducts of becoming European champions in Madrid on 1 June. As the club’s former manager Brendan Rodgers remarked last week before his Anfield return: “What they now have is the confidence of winning. Once you become a winner, that gives you an edge. They have gone close a few times over the last few years in the League Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League final but, actually having won it, that lets them know they can be winners. I think that gives the players great confidence.”It will not spill into overconfidence with Klopp at the helm. As he illustrated on Friday, when bluntly stating he would rather quit Liverpool than allow himself to be filmed inside the changing room, few managers are more adept at cutting through the hype. With two Club World Cup fixtures in Qatar to squeeze into December’s schedule, the inevitability of injuries, Manchester City’s calibre and the small matter of it only being October, the Liverpool manager will leave title talk to others and treat any questions on the subject with disdain. His message, as always, has been received by the players. As Virgil van Dijk has insisted: “Anything can happen still.”Liverpool’s experience of the past 29 years cautions against premature celebrations even as they savour the most commanding lead a team have held at this stage of a Premier League season. But this is a Liverpool team that left their backpack in Madrid and are unburdened by the past. Last season they gave Manchester City no margin for error going into their meeting at the Etihad Stadium in January. This year that pressure has come around in autumn. Topics Jürgen Klopp Share via Emailcenter_img Share on Facebook Read more Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Liverpoollast_img read more

PRRD launches water taxi for Old Fort Residents

first_imgA parent or guardian must accompany all minors. Everyone taking the water taxi must wear a lifejacket.For questions please call 250 784-3200 or visit prrd.bc.ca FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has organized a water taxi for residents living in the Old Fort.The water taxi will run from the Taylor Boat Launch to the Old Fort. The taxi will leave from the Old Fort at the following times: 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m.  The taxi will leave from Taylor at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m.For Wednesday, October 3, 2018, residents will need to arrange to be picked up and dropped off at the Taylor Boat Launch. The PRRD is currently working to arrange a bus service to transport residents to Fort St John. However, this service will not be in place on Wednesday, October 3rd.  More information will be released on this service as soon as it is available.last_img read more

Leader of the Liberal Party speaks on caribou recovery efforts

first_img“Thankfully, nobody is buying it. For months, regional districts and provincial MLAs begged the provincial government to hold meaningful public consultations on how British Columbia would work with Ottawa to put together an effective plan to increase the dwindling caribou population. Despite promises to engage the public, the Horgan government announced that a draft plan had been reached between the province, some First Nations, and the federal government before any consultation occurred. With a draft plan already agreed to, the NDP declared a short five-week consultation period ending on April 25th only a few days before Ottawa’s deadline.It is said that staff from the Provincial and Federal Governments as well as the Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations will share information about the draft agreements and will answer questions.Chetwynd, Monday, April 1st, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Chetwynd Recreation Centre, 4552 North Access Rd.Fort St. John, Tuesday, April 2nd,5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre, 11308 Alaska Rd.Tumbler Ridge, Wednesday, April 3rd, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Trend Mountain Hotel and Conference Centre,375 Southgate St.Dawson Creek, Thursday, April 4th, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Encana Events Centre, #1 300 Hwy. 2Wilkinson shares his concern of this plan will have a major impact on the forest, mining, and tourism industries, noting recreational users may also find themselves unable to access the backcountry as a result.“We all want caribou numbers to rebound to a healthy level, but this can only be achieved if the public becomes an active part of the conversation. The fact that local knowledge and on-the-ground experience has been so overlooked, and only brought into the picture as a token afterthought once the plan had already been drafted, should trouble any observer,” said WilkinsonLocal MLAs are voicing their concerns about the plan for public consultation;MLA for Peace River South, Mike Bernier, says he is concerned that the Government took a long time to release a draft and will not provide a long enough time frame for public consultation on the agreement. Peace River North MLA, Dan Davies, echos the concerns that Bernier has on the issue saying that the Government is not providing enough time for public consultation on the draft and that stakeholders should have been included in the process.Both Bernier and Davies feel that the Government will go ahead with the draft agreement and then consult with stakeholders after the fact. VICTORIA, B.C. – A recent press release by Andrew Wilkinson shares his frustration with Premier Horgan’s plan for public consultation for engagement regarding the southern mountain caribou recovery program.Wilkinson starts by saying “British Columbians have seen right through Premier Horgan’s last minute “public consultation” on caribou recovery efforts. It is clear that staging a half-hearted public engagement was the only thing the NDP deemed necessary to move forward with their pre-determined plan. Forget listening to local residents with years of experience and deep knowledge of the wildlife and land base, this sham consultation is meant simply to placate every rural and northern British Columbian who lives, works, and plays in the backcountry while ignoring their voices.”The B.C. Government shared in a press release Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 they have scheduled community engagement sessions allowing the public to provide their feedback on two draft agreements to conserve southern mountain caribou populations.last_img read more