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Impressive Djokovic prevails in Paris again

first_imgBy Julien PretotNovak Djokovic’s already brilliant season took on another dimension on Sunday when the world number one became the first man to win six Masters titles in a calendar year by dismissing Andy Murray 6-2 6-4 in Paris.The Serbian won three of the four grand slam titles — Australian Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open — and has already made sure he will finish 2015 as number one in the ATP rankings. He heads into the Nov. 15-22 World Tour finals in London beaming with confidence, having won his last 22 matches.“I am obviously very proud and very happy to win this title again, it’s a great tournament and all the best players in the world were here,” Djokovic said at the court side.Djokovic, the first man with four Bercy titles and also the first to win three in succession, was in another league against a sorry Murray, the second seed.The Scot struggled to find his range early on, sending a few shots long and Djokovic broke to love for 2-1.Murray had a few tricks up his sleeve, trying to mix it up with drop shots, but Djokovic had too much poise and pace and he stole his opponent’s serve again as he took advantage of some sloppy errors.Murray raised his game in the second set after dropping his serve early on. He went to the net to level for 2-2 and in the sixth game he managed to lead 30-0 on Djokovic’s serve.That was as close as he came to an upset as Djokovic won the game and put the Olympic champion on the back foot again in the following game, breaking for 4-3 when Murray sent a forehand long.Djokovic ended a quick final on his first match point when Murray returned wide.Djokovic played in all the Masters finals this season, winning the first three in Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo, then prevailing in Rome and Shanghai.He faltered at the last hurdle in Cincinnati and Montreal, where he was defeated by Murray. He did not take part in the Madrid Masters.last_img read more

Cyprus floored by Scotland’s late winner

first_imgSubstitute Oliver Burke was the late hero as Steve Clarke’s Scotland tenure began with a nervy 2-1 win over Cyprus at Hampden Park.The pressure was already on the home side after losing 3-0 to Kazakhstan in their opening 2020 European Championship qualifier in Astana opener before beating San Marino 2-0 away in the second of their first double-header, which proved insufficient for Alex McLeish to keep his job.The goalless first-half under the new head coach was not the blood and thunder often required by the Tartan Army who had to exercise patience.Skipper Andy Robertson, who celebrated Liverpool’s Champions League final win over Tottenham in Madrid last Saturday, thundered in a drive in the 61st minute for his first goal of the season only for defender Ioannis Kousoulous to head level in the 87th minute to stun the Tartan Army.However, Burke, on for debutant Eamonn Brophy in the 73rd minute, headed a Ryan Fraser cross on to the post and followed up the rebound for his first Scotland goal to claim three valuable pointsSaturday’s Euro 2020 Qualifying results:Croatia2Wales1Estonia1Northern Ireland2Scotland2Cyprus1Iceland1Albania0Armenia3Liechtenstein0Finland2Bos-Herze0Azerbaijan1Hungary3Moldova1Andorra0Russia9San Marino0Greece0Italy3Belarus0Germany2Turkey2France0last_img read more

Amazon and climate science threatened if Bolsonaro elected Brazil’s president (commentary)

first_imgFake news and pseudo-science have been used as propaganda by supporters of the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro during his presidential election bid, according to a group of 17 Latin American scientists.The lack of defined environmental positions within the candidate’s political platform is of great concern to the scientific community.The pledge to fuse the agricultural and environmental ministries, expand agricultural and mining activities especially in the Amazon, and the promise made in the media to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, could make a Bolsonaro presidency dangerous not only for Brazil but for the world.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the authors, not necessarily Mongabay. A full list of authors is presented at the end of the commentary. Eighteen Latin American scientists have expressed concern over the environmental policy proposals of presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who will be in a runoff election with candidate Fernando Haddad on Sunday, 28 October. Image by Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay.Brazil is the guardian of the largest tropical forest on Earth, lays claim to one of the largest cultivated land areas in the world, and possesses the largest population of any South American nation. As a result, a rising politician there who is ignoring global climate change issues and the environment should be of great concern not only to Brazilians but all humanity.Time is running out for the world to take action to mitigate climate change. Especially, with superpowers like the US and China doing virtually nothing to decarbonize their economies. Now, Brazil is on the way to electing Jair Bolsonaro president – its own version of Donald Trump, with all the global implications this could involve.According to a political platform registered with Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court (TSE), Bolsonaro’s proposed political positions suffer from an important lack of measures with respect to the environment and on how to mitigate climate change. His platform does, however, support policies which are of great concern to the scientific community, including the fusion of the agricultural and environmental ministries (with a ministerial head who would be “suggested by the agribusiness producers”), as well as the stimulation and expansion of agricultural and mining activities in the Amazon. Additionally, there is no mention of a transition to green energy.Rio Negro in the heart of the Amazon basin, as seen from space. Image courtesy of NASA.Importantly, although it isn’t mentioned in his political platform, Bolsonaro has declared during interviews with the press his intention of withdrawing Brazil from the Paris Climate Agreement, avoiding any future national commitment by Brazil to greenhouse gas emission reductions, adaptation and mitigation plans. This climate-denial policy – encouraged by Trump’s example – puts the planet at high risk given the short timeframe that we now have to drastically change global society in order to keep global warming below the 1.5 degree Celsius threshold, as established in the recent report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.In particular, the exploitation and deforestation of Amazonia supported by Bolsonaro, could lead to drastic negative changes at many ecological levels. Those policies could increase direct warming effects; lead to a dramatic loss of biodiversity; exacerbate climatic extremes; and negatively impact regional weather dynamics.In addition, Bolsonaro fails to present efficient measures for empowering science in Brazil. According to the candidate, universities and science should step in line behind entrepreneurs and companies. He says that basic science and the environmental sciences will not be a priority for his government, likely meaning more budget cuts.Hyacinth macaws in flight. Image by Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay.Meanwhile, fake news in support of Bolsonaro is spreading fast and efficiently in Brazil, with supporters using pseudo-scientific arguments. Even as misinformation surges, almost out of control, the presidential candidate and his team confuse things further with contradictions regarding policies and positions.Whether the candidate has changed his mind on some fundamental environmental issues, or is only altering his statements to get more votes, it is difficult to say. However, any stated position that is not supportive of the environment; traditional and indigenous populations and their cultures; and the protection of basic human rights, stands against the Brazilian Constitution of 1988.A Bolsonaro presidency – with its lack of social-environmental protections for the Amazon and for the global climate – represents a huge setback for Brazil and for the planet.Commentary authors: Eliane Gomes-Alves; Ana María Yáñez-Serrano; Jorge Saturno; Samara Carbone; Pamela Dominutti; Sebastián Diez; Stefan Wolff; Janaína Nascimento; Ana Paula Pires Florentino; Natália Targhetta; Blanca Yáñez Serrano; Lucas Emilio Hoeltgebaum; Simone Silva; André Luís Diniz dos Santos; Nora Zannoni; Cybelli Barbosa; Marcia Munik Mendes Cabral. Correction: This commentary was originally credited to 18 authors. However one of the writers originally credited asked after publication to have his name removed from the piece. Mongabay has complied with this request.Citations:Barlow, J., Lennox, G. D., Ferreira, J., Berenguer, E., Lees, A. C., Nally, R. M., … Gardner, T. A. (2016). Anthropogenic disturbance in tropical forests can double biodiversity loss from deforestation. Nature, 535(7610), 144–147. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature18326Barlow, J., França, F., Gardner, T. A., Hicks, C. C., Lennox, G. D., Berenguer, E., … Graham, N. A. J. (2018). The future of hyperdiverse tropical ecosystems. Nature, 559(7715), 517–526. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-018-0301-1Chambers, J. Q., & Artaxo, P. (2017). Deforestation size influences rainfall. Nature Climate Change, 7(3), 175–176. https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate3238Lennox, G. D., Gardner, T. A., Thomson, J. R., Ferreira, J., Berenguer, E., Lees, A. C., … Barlow, J. (2018). Second rate or a second chance? Assessing biomass and biodiversity recovery in regenerating Amazonian forests. Global Change Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14443Scott, C. E., Monks, S. A., Spracklen, D. V., Arnold, S. R., Forster, P. M., Rap, A., … Wilson, C. (2018). Impact on short-lived climate forcers increases projected warming due to deforestation. Nature Communications, 9(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-017-02412-4Banner image: Hyacinth macaws. Image by Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.A Cocoi heron (Ardea cocoi). Image by Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay. Article published by Glenn Scherer Agriculture, Amazon Agriculture, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Destruction, Amazon Mining, Amazon People, Controversial, Dams, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Crime, Environmental Politics, Forests, Green, Indigenous Cultures, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Industrial Agriculture, Infrastructure, Land Rights, Land Use Change, Mining, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforest Mining, Rainforests, Saving The Amazon, Social Justice, Threats To The Amazon, Traditional People, Tropical Deforestation center_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

Best is yet to come for NorthPort’s Prince Ibeh

first_img11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Big man Prince Ibeh said he expected the Batang Pier to dominate the Beermen, who are coming off a historic Philippine Cup run.“This is our expectation, we practice hard and we play hard,” said Ibeh. “This is our mindset every game to beat out our opponent and that’s what we did so it’s not surprising to me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIbeh manned the paint and put up 18 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks, and a level of confidence he’s not shy to express.The 6-foot-10 big man said he’s not yet in his peak form despite averaging 15.6 points, 17.4 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Baycenter_img Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Energy, effort not there for Beermen in blowout loss to Batang Pier, says Austria Prince Ibeh. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—NorthPort is having one of the best starts in franchise history with a 4-1 slate to open its campaign in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.This early wave of success has given the Batang Pier an incomparable confidence that not even their total obliteration of powerhouse San Miguel, 121-88, surprise them anymore.ADVERTISEMENT “I still haven’t been playing to my expectations so I just keep trying to improve every game,” said Ibeh. “I think my style of play is different from what people are used to from import here in the PBA.”“I think everyone’s thinking that you have to come in and score 40, but there’s so much more to the game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Jagdeo to proceed with second list despite legal action

first_imgGECOM ChairmanshipOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo will proceed to submit his second list of nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) although a local businessman has moved to the courts to challenge the constitutionality of President David Granger’s rejection of the first batch of candidates.Jagdeo told reporters during a press conference at Freedom House on Thursday that he welcomed the legal proceedings and hoped they were treated as expeditiously as other court matters which Government had proclaimed were of national interest.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has been deeply concerned about Government’s influence on the judiciary to fast-track certain cases which it claimed were of national importance.“I hope that the courts will treat this issue as expeditiously as they treated other matters when the Government claimed national interest was at stake,” Jagdeo, the PPP General Secretary, stated.Businessman Marcel Gaskin, the brother of Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, who is the son-in-law of the President, wants the court to determine whether Jagdeo’s list of nominees was indeed not “fit and proper” as declared by Granger.Jagdeo remarked that had anyone else filed the legal proceedings, persons would have cried that the move was politically motivated.“I suspect if the person was someone else, they would say PPP put him up to it,” he stated.The Opposition Leader has long supported moving to the courts to seek an interpretation of the Constitution of Guyana in light of the difference of opinions regarding the appointment of a GECOM Chairman.Granger has maintained that the list of nominees must include a judge, a retired judge or a person qualified to be a judge. But Jagdeo has argued that the nominees do not have to be judge-type persons, as the Constitution makes provision for another group of persons under the category of “fit and proper”.Former GECOM Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally is not a judge-type person and neither were most of the past chairpersons.Granger, who is a longstanding member of the People’s National Congress, had accepted the nomination to serve as GECOM Chairman several years ago.Jagdeo had nominated Attorney Christopher Ram, conflict resolution specialist Lawrence Lachmansingh, retired Major General Norman Mc Lean, business executive Ramesh Dookhoo, Indian rights activist Rhyaan Shah and History Professor James Rose.The search for a new GECOM Chairman has been a rollercoaster ride given the different interpretations of the Opposition Leader and the President on the relevant section of the Constitution of Guyana which outlines the selection process.Following weeks of impasse, Jagdeo finally agreed to return to the drawing board and submit a new list of nominees. However, the civil society groups which he has consulted with for recommendations for the post are finding it difficult to identify suitable persons in accordance to the President’s criteria.His conditions disqualify any type of activists and persons affiliated with political parties to be nominated for the post. “The President would have failed based on the criteria, because he was a member of the PNC when he was nominated,” Jagdeo observed.The Opposition Leader said he has since raised these concerns with the Head of State via correspondence dispatched on March 22. Nonetheless, the political leader said he was committed to submitting a fresh list of nominees.Jagdeo said he hoped President Granger did not reject the second list of nominees as the pool of suitable persons would get smaller and it would become more difficult to identify individuals for the post.Moreover, Jagdeo maintained that if the President moved to unilaterally appoint a GECOM Chairman, then such action would be illegal and could be challenged in the courts.Meanwhile, the case filed by Gaskin comes up before acting Chief Justice Roxane George next week. The respondents are Attorney General Basil Williams and the Opposition Leader.last_img read more

THE POLITICS OF FOOT-IN-MOUTH

first_imgThis month alone, Republican Mitt Romney backtracked from a comment about his sons’ lack of military service. Rival Rudy Giuliani retreated from his suggestion that he spent as much time as Sept. 11 rescue workers at the Ground Zero site and was exposed to the same health risks. Democrat Bill Richardson stumbled over a question about whether homosexuality was a choice. All sought to skirt controversy by quickly explaining themselves. It is happening so often, “you’d think it’s deliberate!” quipped G. Terry Madonna, a pollster at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania. Joking aside, he said: “I don’t think you can go through this grueling ordeal and not find even the most seasoned politician who isn’t susceptible to misspeaking or a malaprop here or there. We’re seeing some genuinely real moments as these candidates are in the pressure cooker.” Chalk up the glut of apologies and clarifications to changing times. Candidates of all stripes have become extremely sensitive to the Internet era and painfully aware of video-sharing Web sites such as YouTube that allow images and audio to be posted online immediately. By Liz Sidoti THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Say what? The 2008 presidential campaign theme could be “Oops! What I meant was ?” Just about every Republican and Democrat has flubbed an answer to a question or made a borderline inappropriate comment – some so uncomfortable they make you cringe – only to take back the remarks or seek to clarify them later when under fire. At the same time, it has become routine for campaigns to send out “trackers” with recorders to capture a rival’s every appearance in hopes of catching an election-altering misstep to use in a television ad or Web video. “In the olden days, this wasn’t an issue because if you said something that could be problematic, you just denied that you said it,” said Jenny Backus, a Democratic consultant. “These days, it’s too easy to have cold, hard proof.” Typically, Republican and Democratic strategists say, candidates who slip up take one of two damage-control avenues. Some opt to stand firmly behind their comments and plow forward with their campaigns. They believe that apologizing or clarifying is a sign of weakness and that sticking to their viewpoints shows strength and projects self-awareness. The risk is that they can appear stubborn and unwilling to admit mistakes. More often, candidates decide to acknowledge their errors or explain their comments quickly. The hope is to take blunders off the table and blunt the effect of any attacks. But they also could appear as though they do not mean what they say and will change positions when they feel the heat. Regardless of which path they choose, strategists say, each situation must be handled individually, and candidates must strike a balance between being authentic and being willing to admit they are wrong. “I’d rather be who I am and make mistakes than come across as this very carefully scripted, totally handled person. I think people are so sick of that,” said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Republican whose words sometimes have gotten him in trouble. “People will forgive me for a mistake more than they’ll forgive me for phoniness. And, if they don’t, then I’m not their guy.” Huckabee once referred to Arkansas as a “banana republic” and, on another occasion, jokingly attributed his 110-pound weight loss to spending time in a concentration camp. Among the recent gaffes, Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, defended his five sons’ decisions not to enlist in the military and said “one of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected.” Later, the Republican said he misspoke, explaining: “I didn’t mean in any way to compare service in the country with my boys in any way.” Similarly, Democrat John Kerry endured crushing fallout when he said young people who do not study hard would likely “get stuck in Iraq.” Republicans seized on the remark. Days went by before Kerry apologized after cajoling by Democratic leaders in Congress. The episode virtually guaranteed that the 2004 Democratic nominee wouldn’t run for president again. The lesson? Watch what you say.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Two men rob Ventura sandwich shop

first_imgVENTURA — Police are investigating a robbery today at a Subway sandwich shop. Ttwo men in their mid-20s entered the store at 6120 Telegraph Rd. at 5:35 p.m., threatened the clerk and demanded money. They were given an undisclosed sum, then fled. Anyone with information about this robbery can contact Ventura Police detectives at (805) 339-4394, or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at (805)385-TALK or (805)494-TALK. Information leading to an arrest could lead to a $1,000 cash reward. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Visnovsky making a name for himself

first_imgEL SEGUNDO – Nicklas Lidstrom, Scott Niedermayer and … Lubomir Visnovsky? Anyone compiling a list of the NHL’s best defensemen this season can be excused for pausing before scribbling down Visnovsky’s name. After all, the third-year Kings defenseman hasn’t made much of a name for himself outside of Los Angeles, but that is changing with every solid game he plays. Goaltender Jason LaBarbera, who has appeared in just one of the Kings’ last 13 games, will be lent to Manchester for a conditioning assignment and will play three games with the Monarchs this week. The Kings will recall Adam Hauser to replace LaBarbera for their games Thursday in Boston and Saturday in Buffalo, but LaBarbera is expected to rejoin the Kings after the trip. The Kings assigned the other four players because they’re getting healthy. Besides Parros and Jeff Cowan, who returned Monday, Dustin Brown will play Thursday barring a setback. Mike Weaver will make the trip and might play. Eric Belanger will travel but said he doesn’t expect to play in either game. Rich Hammond, (818) 713-3611 rich.hammond@dailynews.com 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “If they were picking an All-Star team of the top six defensemen in the NHL, he’d have to get some votes,” Murray said. After a brief dip in his scoring production, Visnovsky has at least one point in 12 of his last 15 games and has four goals and two assists in his last four. Status report: Murray said Pavol Demitra, who has missed two consecutive games with a deep leg bruise, will not travel to Boston and Buffalo with the team, but the news was better for other players. The return of previously injured players, plus the upcoming trip to Boston – near the Kings’ AHL affiliate in Manchester, N.H. – led to a flurry of roster moves Tuesday morning. The Kings activated winger George Parros, who has missed 22 of the Kings’ last 25 games with an ankle injury, and sent forwards Noah Clarke, Connor James and defenseman Richard Petiot to Manchester. center_img Visnovsky had a goal, his 13th of the season, and played 26 minutes, 6 seconds in the Kings’ loss to the Mighty Ducks on Monday, the fourth time in five games that Visnovsky has played at least 26 minutes. And it’s no fluke. Visnovsky is second among all NHL defensemen in goals and points (44), narrowly trailing Toronto’s Bryan McCabe in both categories. In this, his fifth NHL season, the 29-year-old Visnovsky quickly is transforming himself from a good defenseman to an elite defenseman. last_img read more

Disney parks, TV work magic

first_imgBURBANK – On the strength of its television and theme park businesses, The Walt Disney Co. reported Tuesday that its second-quarter profit increased by 12 percent compared to a year ago. Despite decreases in profit for its movie and consumer products divisions, Disney’s net income was an encouraging $733 million, or 37 cents per share, compared to $657 million or 31 cents per share for the 2005 second quarter. “I am confident we are on the right strategic course,” Disney President and CEO Robert Iger said during a conference call with analysts after the markets closed. Overall revenue for the quarter grew to $8.03 billion compared to $7.83 billion during the same quarter a year ago. David Miller, managing director and media analyst with Sanders Morris Harris in Los Angeles, said Disney’s performance was “almost eerily” in line with his firm’s projections. The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim benefited from the 50th anniversary celebration of the Disneyland theme park, with attendance up by 15 percent compared to the 2005 second quarter. Hotel occupancy at the resort, which also includes second theme park Disney’s California Adventure, improved by 9 percent. The Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., saw park attendance increase by 3 percent. “The increase in gasoline prices does not seem to be impacting our theme park business … and we would not expect the see gas have a large effect at our parks this summer,” said Disney’s Chief Financial Officer Thomas Staggs. On the studio entertainment front, the news was not so good as revenues fell by 22 percent to $1.8 billion. The drop would have been even steeper if not for the money saved by fewer releases by Disney’s Miramax Films label, which is no longer run by its founders, Harvey and Bob Weinstein. The box office smash “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and the solid hit “Eight Below” could not offset a tough comparison to the prior year’s second quarter, which was powered by the animated blockbuster “The Incredibles” from Pixar Animated Studios. Pixar has since been purchased by Disney after a more than a decade-old distribution deal. The $8.1 billion purchase was finalized last week and Iger said the transition has been a smooth one. He did not announce any new projects except to say that the sequel “Toy Story 3” is in production and “Cars” will be released next month. Also in production or set for future release are “American Dog,” “Meet the Robinsons” and “Ratatouille.” Meanwhile, Disney executives are bullish over their summer slate of films, which is highlighted by the expected blockbusters “Cars” and the sequel to “Pirates of the Caribbean.” The company’s consumer products division saw revenues for the quarter drop by 3 percent to $451 million due to lower results for Buena Vista Games and Merchandise Licensing. Disney announced earnings after the close of business on Wall Street, where shares rose 81 cents, or 2.82 percent to close at $29.58 on the New York Stock Exchange. greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818) 713-3758160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“There was weakness at the studio but it was expected to be weak,” Miller said. “But there were stellar results at the media networks and stealth expense management that resulted in cumulative operating income of $1.4 billion.” For the quarter, revenues for Disney’s media networks, which include ESPN, ABC Family and others cable channels, increased by 18 percent to $3.6 billion. The once struggling ABC network is now one of the brightest stars for the media giant with such hit shows as “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Lost,” which have also enabled the company to branch out into new platforms such as ABC.com and Apple’s iTunes with those and others shows. Said Iger: “The strategic initiatives we pursued during the quarter help position us for future creative success, new opportunities to reach consumers with our product and long-term value creation for our shareholders.” Disney’s parks and resorts revenue was up 7 percent to $2.3 billion during the second quarter. last_img read more

Aston Villa 1-1 Hull City: John Terry’s competitive debut ends in draw

first_img1 John Terry’s competitive debut ended in a 1-1 draw Life after Chelsea began with a draw for John Terry as Aston Villa were pegged back by Hull and it finished 1-1 at Villa Park.All eyes were on Terry as he made his eagerly-awaited competitive debut.His move to Villa, following 19 years with Chelsea, was the story of the summer in the Championship and talk of his first appearance dominated the build up to the match but it was Gabriel Agbonlahor who put himself in the spotlight early on.His seventh-minute goal gave Villa the lead and the hosts looked comfortable in the first half. Hull eventually got going as half-time approached and they were much improved in the second half, deservedly equalising through 20-year-old Jarrod Bowen’s first senior goal for the club.Villa began brightly, creating a host of early chances.Henri Lansbury ran between the Hull centre-halves and Neil Taylor’s long ball from the left-back position picked him out perfectly. Lansbury controlled the pass on his chest but his shot from the left side of the penalty area went wide of the far post.Lansbury turned provider shortly afterwards. The danger again came down the left as Agbonlahor was put through on goal but Allan McGregor did well to come out and smother the ball at Agbonlahor’s feet.The goal came from the opposite side. Ahmed Elmohamady had Alan Hutton on the overlap and his low cross made it all the way to the back post where Agbonlahor steered the ball into the net from six yards out.Hull managed to settle and stem the flow of Villa attacks and a rare attack of their own almost saw Fraizer Campbell get on the end of a Sam Clucas cross midway through the first half but Sam Johnstone was alert to the danger. The Villa goalkeeper then had to field a Kamil Grosicki shot from the edge of the box.It was not long until Hull were on the back foot again though and McGregor’s block denied Scott Hogan the perfect finish to a mazy run inside the penalty area. Hogan was then unable to get a telling touch on Elmohamady’s deflected cross and Michael Dawson cleared the ball from just in front of the goal line.A very comfortable first half for Villa ended with a reminder of just how slim their lead was as Abel Hernandez flashed a shot wide from the edge of the area before Johnstone had to save in quick succession from Campbell and then Grosicki as Hull went into the break with some encouragement.Leonid Slutsky’s team carried that momentum into the second half with a sustained period of pressure and they deservedly equalised after 62 minutes when Grosicki took on Taylor and stood up a cross to the far post where Bowen scored with a low volley.Andre Green should have put Villa back in front with 10 minutes remaining but got his header all wrong from two yards out and directed the ball back across goal.last_img read more