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Satellite technology unites Kenyans against bush fires

first_imgConservation Solutions, Dry Forests, early warning, Fires, Forests, Mapping, Monitoring, Remote Sensing, satellite data, Sensors, Technology, Wildtech The Eastern and Southern Africa Fire Information System (ESAFIS), an online application developed in Kenya, uses MODIS satellite information to detect bush fires in eastern Africa.The freely available app maps and categorizes bush fires in near-real time and shows details of each fire , including the time it was detected, its location with respect to towns and protected areas, and its relative intensity.By providing an early fire warning system, the system helps forest management authorities respond to fires in their early stages and prioritize limited resources to fire hotspots. NYERI, Kenya – It took nine hours for Margaret Wanjugu and neighbors to put out a fire that razed Gathorongai forest near her home in central Kenya, in 2016. She would not like to go through such an experience again, and for a good reason.Not only did the mother of two nearly lose her herd of goats, which were grazing in the forest, but elephants escaping the fire raided her field of potato plants, leaving her without a harvest.“No help came from forest officers working here,” Wanjugu said. “We improvised and used twigs to put out the fire.”Margaret Wanjugu leading her herd of goats home from Gathorongai forest in central Kenya, where they were grazing. The forest is prone to unexpected fire outbreaks that threaten farmers and wildlife alike. Image by David Njagi for Mongabay.Like thousands of farmers living near conservation areas in Kenya, Wanjugu lives in fear of Gathorongai forest catching fire. These communities lack an early warning system, relying on crude methods, like seeing smoke, to know of a fire outbreak.Recently, a technology developed by the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), a government agency based in Nairobi, has begun helping troubled Kenyans like Wanjugu with early detection of bush fires in conservation areas.RCMRD’s Eastern and Southern Africa Fire Information System (ESAFIS) web application is a free and open-source service used in all conservation and protected areas in Kenya and 10 other eastern African countries.Detecting fire intensityThe ESAFIS system senses fire outbreaks using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectro-radiometer (MODIS) satellite at RCMRD, according to Byron Anangwe, the business development officer there.“When we get high temperature values at any particular point, we estimate that as a fire,” Anangwe said. “We mostly target game reserves and forests.”The system then posts this information on its website for users, including Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) and Kenya Forest Service (KFS), to access. These institutions can then engage communities to prevent its spread, says Anangwe. Any individual with internet access can also use the service by visiting the website.Screenshot of the ESAFIS home page map with icons designating fire hotspots across eastern Africa. Image by Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD).“We are experts at the science,” Anangwe said, “and so our role is to empower national governments, communities and the private sector to prevent fire outbreaks in national reserves and protected areas.”Anangwe says the ability of ESAFIS to show details of each fire point has helped foresters better contain bush fires. For instance, in January 2017, at the height of a prolonged drought, ESAFIS helped to detect and track fire outbreaks at the Aberdare Forest Reserve.The website opens with a map that shows recent fire hotspots detected by the system in eastern Africa, categorizing them from low to extreme intensity. At the time of filing this story, for instance, the app showed a fire outbreak around the Lake Turkana region in northwestern Kenya.Clicking on a fire icon on the map causes a pop-up to appear with the time the fire was detected, its temperature (in Kelvin, subtract 273 degrees to get Celsius!), and its location. It also identifies the nearest towns and protected areas, , in this case the South Turkana National Reserve and Nasolot National Reserve, as well as the towns of Lokichar and Kaputirr.A pop-up menu describing the fire in northwestern Kenya, near Lake Turkana, shows several characteristics of the fire obtained from MODIS satellite data. Image obtained from ESAFIS website.Anangwe says ESAFIS produces high-resolution images and has an accuracy range of about two kilometers in the areas under investigation. Users can subscribe to the ESAFIS web app and receive real-time alerts of fire outbreaks in their country or conservation area of interest as soon as the data is captured by satellite, he adds.“Everything about the system is informed by data gathered using satellite surveillance,” Anangwe said, adding that the service must work with communities for it to be effective in fighting bush fires. One limitation is the map-heavy app may overburden slower rural internet networks.Importance of early detectionWanjugu had not heard about ESAFIS. At her village, residents often rely on word of mouth to pass information about the safety of lands around Gathorongai forest, which often arrives too late to prevent the spread of fire within such marginalized communities.A wide angle view of the leeward side of the Mt. Kenya forest ecosystem. Fire outbreaks on this side of the mountain are common due to prolonged dry spells. Image by David Njagi for Mongabay.But David Mwanzia has. Mwanzia is the ecosystem conservation manager at KFS’s Nyeri Forest station in central Kenya. A no-smoking sign at the entrance to his office alerts a visitor of the danger reckless disposal of cigarette butts can pose to the fragile ecosystem there. But a fire engine truck parked at the compound assures visitors that his team of foresters are aware and ready to battle bush fires.“Fire outbreaks here are very common,” said Mwanzia. “They are very dangerous, but my team is always on alert to prevent their spread.”Mwanzia says the December to January season is the most prone to fire outbreaks there, but  ESAFIS’ early sensing is helping his teams respond more effectively.“Our staff do not go on leave at this time of the year,” Mwanzia said. “They are positioned to take immediate action when we receive a fire outbreak alert.”What causes the fires in the first place?Wanjugu said the Gathorongai forest fire ignited after a burning cigarette butt was recklessly thrown on the forest floor.Farmers burning farm waste in preparation of the planting season in central Kenya. When left unchecked such fires can spread into forests and raze acres of the natural ecosystem. Image by David Njagi for Mongabay.Stephen Korinko of the Kimana Conservancy in southern Kenya says local communities, and their slash and burn system of agriculture in particular, are to blame for most fire outbreaks. With this system, says Korinko, pastoralists set bushes on fire just before the rainy season to clear the aging vegetation so that when it rains, fresh fodder can sprout.For instance, he said, a fire that razed hundreds of acres along the wildebeest migratory corridor in the Serengeti in July 2018 was linked to the slash and burn system.Additional dangers of bush fires“The fires can spread to uncontrollable levels, especially when there are strong winds,” Korinko said. “Displaced wild animals often attack and kill people’s livestock, leading to a lot of tensions.”Wildfires also pump carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change, says David Ngugi, a retired professor based in Nairobi. According to Ngugi, fires destroy trees that absorb carbon from the atmosphere and lead to the extinction of some tree species which might not be able to grow back once they are burned.“Fires also cause landscapes and ecosystems to change from forests to grasslands and shrubs,” Ngugi said.Members of the Atiriri Bururi Ma Chuka community conservation group from central Kenya showing some of the indigenous tree species that are continuously threatened by fire outbreaks. Image by David Njagi.Not all bush fires are bad, however, especially those that do not burn too long, says Mbeo Ogeya, a researcher at the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI). Bush fires, Ogeya says, are a natural process – nature’s way of removing dying or dead material from habitats. This process allows valuable nutrients to return to the soil, enabling regeneration and a new beginning for plants and animals.Ogeya says that ESAFIS can assist conservation work because it can distinguish between less intense, potentially useful, bush fires and extremely intense bush fires that are more harmful. By sensing fires in their early stages, ESAFIS can help resource managers respond appropriately, according to KWS spokesman Paul Gathitu.It also reduces the cost of hiring personnel to scout for fire outbreaks, adds Mwanzia, the KFS officer. At the Aberdare Forest Reserve, Mwanzia has had to hire and deploy rangers to patrol the forest and report back immediately once they spot a suspicious fire threat. The skills of these rangers could otherwise be applied to reforestation, guarding the reserve against illegal logging, or other activities. But the continued threat of fire outbreaks pressures him to allocate more resources to these patrols because fires are more destructive than logging, he says.“The government and public are giving a lot of attention to logging and neglecting bush fires,” Mwanzia said. “Yet a single fire outbreak can clear hundreds of acres of forest and can take a week to put out.”no smoking sign at the ecosystem conservation offices in Nyeri central Kenya warns a visitor that the threat of fire outbreaks is real. The office serves as a deployment base to fight off fire outbreaks Aberdare Forest Reserve. Image by David Njagi for Mongabay.He adds the Aberdare region is on high alert from December 2018 to February 2019 because this is the peak period of fire outbreaks, but that ESAFIS is making these threats easier to manage.However, not all conservation staff are aware of ESAFIS. Julius Lokinyi, a ranger at the Samburu National Reserve, still relies on scouting and patrols to ensure the safety of that ecosystem. In 2013, Lokinyi stopped being a poacher in 2013 and has dedicated himself to conservation. He says bush fires are a big challenge there and are often ignited by poachers to distract rangers from their (poachers’) trail.Over time, Lokinyi and his team of community volunteers have learned to turn this diversion into an opportunity, enabling them to tackle the twin threats of fires and poaching with precision.“When the poachers light a fire at a particular location, we know they will be active at a site which is the opposite direction to our patrol sites,” Lokinyi said. “So we deploy two teams, one to put out the fire and the other to track the criminals.”He would like to make ESAFIS available to his team, adding that: “It can make our work easier and more fun.” Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Sue Palminterilast_img read more

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Former No. 10 Juan Monaco retires from tennis

first_imgMOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Federer to skip French Open, focus on grass, hard courts China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak He won eight of his nine titles on clay. He also won three doubles titles.He was also a member of Argentina’s first Davis Cup triumph in 2016. He did not play in the final against Croatia in Zagreb, but was on the team for the quarterfinal against Italy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundOn Twitter, Monaco called his decision “the correct one,” and said it was difficult “translating his feeling into a note.” LATEST STORIES Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprilcenter_img Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next File.- In this March 22, 2017 file photo Juan Monaco returns a shot from Federico Delbonis, both of Argentina, during a tennis match at the Miami Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. Monaco, 33, announced Monday May 15 his retirement from competition.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentine tennis player Juan Monaco announced his retirement on Monday.The 33-year-old Monaco won nine ATP singles titles and reached No. 10 in the rankings in 2012, his high-water mark.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop workinglast_img read more

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GTT launches +Star Singing Competition

first_imgAfter persistent calls from the public for the return of the GTT Jingle and Song Competition, the company today launched the GTT Plus Star Singing Competition.According to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justin Nedd, this competition will mirror its previous incarnation, but will see several additions. “The public asked for it, and as the Do More Company we want to satisfy our customers and all Guyanese. The competition will definitely be a platform for one lucky contestant. I am excited and cannot wait for the grand finale,” Need declared.The show is expected to run until June and will allow contestants from across Guyana, 16 years and older, to compete for the grand prize of $1 million and a single recording contract with popular local music producer Drew Thoven.The countrywide audition will commence in Georgetown on April 26-28 at Duke Lodge, Kingston; followed by auditions in Berbice at the Little Rock Suites on May 4. Contestants from Linden will also be given an opportunity to audition on May 11 at the Linden Enterprise Network (LEN) Inc. The auditions will then conclude in Bartica, Essequibo on May 18.GTT Senior Marketing Executive Tashandra Inniss said the five-leg competition promised to be exhilarating for both the contestants and the public.“It will start with the auditions, after which we will have the preliminaries, quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals and a grand finale at which the winner will be announced. We have done some changes to the previous seasons, so both contestants and the public are in for an exciting experience. Those desirous of participating can sign up online for the auditions on https://www.gtt.co.gy/webform/plus-star-competition.”Inniss added that while the three finalists will all walk away with cash prices, the public will also be given an opportunity to win big with the company through weekly text-to-win challenges.In 2006, GTT launched its first Jingle and Song Competition, which garnered the attention of thousands across the country and produced popular Guyanese artiste Timeka Marshall, who become a star in the process of winning the competition.Several competitions followed and they shaped the musical careers for other local artistes like Lindeners Malika Boyd and Brandon Harding, recording artiste Poonam Singh, Calvin Burnette, Ryan Hoppie, and Berbician Gail Ann Singh to name a few.last_img read more

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It’s Chatthe vs The Big Boys in Eldoret

first_imgTwo stages that were part of the World Rally Championships (WRC) Safari Rally will provide the international flavour with 100 points up for grabs in the remaining four legs of the KNRC series to crown the overall winner.Chatthe clung onto the lead after winning KCB Voi Rally in Taita Taveta County early last month having led the series since winning his maiden career Safari Rally in Meru over Easter.The front runner is expected to ease on the pedal to focus on accumulating points rather than seek victory for the remainder of the season having opened a commanding 101.5-point lead at the top.Leading KNRC Division 1 drivers, Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo, reigning champion Baldev Chager, veteran Ian Duncan, speed demon Alastair Cavenagh and former Uganda licence holder Jas Mangat who is lying fourth, will attack from the onset to eat into Chatthe’s wide lead.Having endured an underwhelming season by his lofty standards, three-time national champion Tundo has decided to revert to his tested Mitsubishi EVO 9 that last bagged him the crown two seasons ago in the major talking point ahead of Eldoret.The ‘Flash’ is considering selling his state-of-art Proton S2000 machine that conquered the asphalt terrain of Europe but failed to click in the rough terrain that made Kenya the grand stage of the back-breaking World Toughest Rally until WRC pulled the plug from the Safari in 2003.Duncan who trails the leader by 27 points acquired the reliable Mitsubishi Evo 10 and his mastery of all local terrain marks him out as a key contender.After blowing all away last season in another Evo, Chager’s grip on the crown will all but come to a premature end should he fail to produce a resounding rally to claw back the 42-point deficit with the leader in Eldoret.The outcome of fifth round of the 2015 series will decidedly shape the destination of the honours.Should Chatthe win and then Chager and Duncan stumble in Eldoret, then the pacesetter who also leads the FIA African Rally Championship (ARC) series after four rounds, will turn the title race into a procession to his ultimate coronation.Other attractions for the rally enthusiasts who will descend to Eldoret will be the normal-aspirated Skoda Fabia of rising young star, Quentin Mitchell and the similarly modelled Ford Fiesta R5s of Manvir Baryan and Rajbir Rai.The state-of-art small powerful machines like the Skoda S2000 have glowing reputations in Europe and Americas but are yet to make the desired impact in a land where Japanese makes, particularly the Evos reign supreme.Although the high altitude will hamper the normally aspirated super cars, the tight and technical nature of the stages should give the nimble Skoda an advantage over its rivals.During the KCB Voi Rally, Mitchell’s Skoda retired with electrical problems caused by the long grass in the centre of the road that sparked a minor exhaust fire.His QMR Team have worked tirelessly to ensure that their car, the only one of its kind competing in Africa, is ready to challenge again in Eldoret.This is a rally that Quentin contested with controversy before but ultimately, it helped direct the sport in a newer, safer direction.“In 2012 I ran as the first car on the road in Eldoret. Back then the rally ran competitively along busy roads and my co-driver and I decided that the safety of the event and locals had been compromised to a severe level and we took it upon ourselves to halt the stage.“We received a reprimand for our actions but ultimately the sport sat up and took notice.“Organisers are now going to great efforts to find us rally roads that are less populated and now our sponsors, Shell V-power, have agreed to finance a helicopter to help raise the safety level even higher,” Mitchell outlined.Away from the big boys, Tuta Mionki, one of the only five female competitors in the rally this weekend, expressed delight with their KNRC S class progress so far. She is co-driving Waigwa Murage alias “Bobo” who leads the Group S Championship.“We are happy to still lead the KNRC S Class and have both enjoyed a very good partnership in our cockpit,” Tuta remarked.Other ladies are Linet Ayuko who will navigate George Njoroge, Sylvia Frigo navigating Piero Cannobio and the “Rally Chicks” Natasha Tundo and Chantal Louis Young in a Subaru N10.KNRC STANDINGS AFTER VOI RALLYJaspreet Chatthe 101,50Ian Duncan 74.50Baldev Chager 58.50Jas Mangat 42Rajbir Rai 39Onkar Rai 39Tapio Laukkanen 33Carl Tundo 27Manvir Baryan 23Izhar Mirza 22DRAFT ITINERARY07:00-Start KCB West BranchSERVICE A –Kapsaos (20mins)08:58-CS1-Kapsaos 1-Kimwarer 1 (40.70km)09:41-CS2 -Flourspar 1-Nyari 1 (27.40km)10.19-CS3-HZ Camp 1 (3km)SERVICE B –Kapsaos (20mins)REGROUP-Kapsaos12:18-CS4-Kapsaos 2-Kimwarer 2 (40.70km)13:01-CS5-Flourspar 2-Nyari 2 (27.40km)13.39-CS6-HZ Camp 2 (3km)SERVICE C –Kapsaos (20mins)RALLY TOTALS-142.20km (Competitive), 109.40km0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Quentin Mitchell’s Skoda S2000 navigates through the Voi Rally. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, July 3- Kisumu speed merchant, Jaspreet ‘Jassi’ Singh Chatthe has it all to do to hold on to the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) lead as competition enters its second leg starting this weekend in the high altitude terrain of Eldoret.The pageantry of Saturday’s KCB Eldoret Rally ceremonial start at the sponsor’s West Branch will pave way to intense rallying across six competitive sections between the self-styled distance running capital to Eldama Ravine.last_img read more

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Carrick insists Van Gaal has players’ respect

first_imgUnited are now on their longest run without a win in 25 years.“It is a horrible run, and it is a horrible feeling. It hurts badly,” said Carrick.“We can’t hide from it, we’re not going to hide from it. That is how it is and we all need to be better.“It is a bit disrespectful when people say that the lads aren’t trying for the manager.“We’re playing for this great club. It is a special club. It is pride in yourself, pride in the club and pride in everyone — your team-mates and staff.”Van Gaal oversaw training in Manchester on Sunday and could be boosted in Monday’s key clash by the return of German star midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger who has missed three games through suspension.“When you lose four matches in a row it’s much more difficult,” admitted the 64-year-old Van Gaal.“It’s like that. And the pressure of the environment shall increase, so it’s much more difficult and there are no ways artificial ways to solve that. We need a victory and that is very important.”Despite his mounting problems, the Dutchman backed Carrick’s view that the players and the manager are on the same page.“A month ago we were first in the Premier League but we lost important games and now we have to come back in more difficult situations than last year because last year everyone believed and there was progression, now there is a fallback and that is different and everybody is judging also different,” he said.“That is what is happening now and you have to cope with it.”Should United fail to win on Monday, they will end the year with their lowest points total in 26 years.Meanwhile, Chelsea’s interim manager Guus Hiddink, a compatriot of Van Gaal’s, leapt to the defence of another Dutchman in the firing line — United midfielder Memphis Depay.Depay was substituted in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke but Hiddink, who worked with the youngster during his time in charge of the Dutch national team, insists he will come good.“He’s very young. When he was in Holland he was one of the star players, at a very young age,” said Hiddink.“There is a lack of star players in Holland who are playing already many years in their league so at a young age he was seen as one of the big talents.“He has this talent but he’s also now having a confrontation with the demands of the Premier League, which are much higher in intensity of the game during 90 minutes.“That’s a period all players, not just him, have to overcome, and I think they need time for that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000© AFP/File | Manchester United’s Dutch manager Louis van Gaal (R) attends a press conference with midfielder Michael Carrick at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on the eve of their Champions League football match against CSKA Moscow on November 2, 2015UNITED KINGDOM, December 28 – Manchester United vice-captain Michael Carrick insisted Sunday that under-fire boss Louis van Gaal still commands the loyalty of the players and it is disrespectful to suggest otherwise.Van Gaal is expected to be out of work later Monday if United lose to Chelsea at Old Trafford after a depressing run for the English giants which has seen them exit the Champions League and slip to sixth in the table.last_img read more

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Kit leak? Man United away strip snapped ahead of sale

first_img 3 3 There is a wave of optimism flowing over Manchester United right now.New boss Louis van Gaal arrived at Old Trafford on Thursday to start his reign, the club have signed two players for a combined £58m with a promise of more to come, and an agreement has been reached with Adidas for a world record £750m ten-year kit deal starting next year.It seems as all of that excitement got the better of some though, after the Red Devils’ new away kit was put on display in shops, despite not being officially unveiled yet.Eagle-eyed United fan @craigsmoothy snapped a shot of the white away strip – appearing to confirm rumours of the design that have been circulating for the past few weeks.Click the arrow to see more kit images.Man United fans, what do you think of the away strip? Comment below… 3center_img Click the arrow to see more Man United new kit pics Click the arrow to see more Man United kit pics last_img read more

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Barcelona ‘agree deal’ for Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann – reports

first_img1 The French international has been strongly linked with a move to the Red Devils Barcelona have agreed a deal in principle to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, according to reports in Spain.The French international has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United but it appears the Red Devils have fallen behind in the race for his signature.Despite intense summer speculation, Griezmann opted to stay in the Spanish capital in favour of a move to the Premier League after Atletico’s transfer ban was upheld.Griezmann also agreed a new contract which more than doubled his release clause – for the January transfer window – to £175million.But with the 26-year-old’s release clause lowering to £87million on 1, July 2018, Barcelona have opened talks ahead of a potential mega summer transfer.The news will come as a blow to Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho, who identified Griezmann as a key acquisition ahead of further investment next summer.last_img read more

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Barcelona ‘launch formal offer’ for Chelsea defender

first_img Christensen was a regular last season under Antonio Conte Latest Premier League News 2 Last season, the Denmark international was a fixture in the Chelsea defence under Antonio Conte after returning from a two year loan with Borussia Monchengladbach.His performances earned him the Chelsea Young Player of the Year award, but he has been unable to replicate that success under Maurizio Sarri.While he has made nine appearances, only one of those has been in the Premier League and that was in the 2-1 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers. 2 Andreas Christensen has played one Premier League match this season Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “I can’t do anything else but go back there, train and do my best. Every time I get that opportunity, I have to do well and show him (Sarri) that he can count on me. “You don’t want to sit around and wait for it. You want to play straight away and that’s why we all play football.“Not playing is not fun. It’s a different situation to last season.” Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice It is clear Christensen is behind David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger in the pecking order, with Sarri preferring the experienced duo over the young Dane.According to Spanish outlet Sport, Barcelona have ‘launched a formal offer’ for Christensen, who is aware of the contact, while the Catalan Giants are believed to have spoken to the players agent – who happens to be his father.Last month, Christensen stated he was not happy at being left on the sidelines.“If you asked every player that’s not playing if they’re happy, they’re going to say no,” he said. “Everyone wants to play. Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen is wanted by Barcelona and they have already made a bid for him, according to reports.The Camp Nou club want cover for Samuel Umtiti who is struggling with a knee injury and have identified the 22-year-old defender as the solution. huge blow gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars tense REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City last_img read more

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Today’s Top LP Jobs

first_imgLoss Prevention Manager, Supply Chain, Ulta Beauty, (CA) The Loss Prevention Manager, Supply Chain (LPMSC) drives shrink improvement and profit protection activities for an assigned distribution center (DC), its in-bound and outbound shipping networks and its third party pooling centers. The LPMSC is responsible for assessing the shrink and safety posture of the distribution center, reporting findings to operational partners and creating and administering programs to reduce those risks. The LPMSC acts on behalf of the company to prevent, minimize, and/or recover losses when they occur while collaborating… Learn moreDistrict Loss Prevention Manager, TJ Maxx, (NV) The District Loss Prevention Manager is an integral part of a fast-growing, ever changing environment that partners with store operations to ensure we provide the best experience to our customers. With a solid leadership, people development and focus on fostering partnerships, the District Loss Prevention Manager takes the complex current LP scenario head-on through building solid partnerships with store and senior regional leadership, law enforcement agencies and is responsible for establishing LP policies and procedures to ensure profitability with customer experience in mind… Learn more[text_ad use_post=’2385′]- Sponsor – Market Organized Retail Crime Investigator, Weis Markets, (VA) This position implements loss prevention and safety programs, overseeing and coordinating processes to minimize loss while maintaining a safe working and shopping environment. In addition, this position will train and provide mentorship around safety and loss prevention for teams of individual contributors in multiple store locations. An individual in this position may on occasion need to respond to potentially violent and/or physical altercations and will therefore need the ability to make quick, effective decisions and maintain an appropriate level of composure… Learn moreManager, Field Loss Prevention, Staples, (CA) Manages Loss Prevention initiatives and programs in North American Commercial and Retail Distribution on a facility level which may include Fulfillment Centers, a Distribution Center, Transportation SDO/Courier locations, or a combination of locations within a geographical area. Executes and evaluates loss prevention related solutions through a combination of applications including data analysis, audits, training programs and investigations. Works with cross functional groups across multiple levels and departments to ensure seamless, integrated solutions… Learn more  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Google Plus Bans Creator of Firefox, Facebook Product Director, For Using His Real Name [Update: He’s Back]

first_imgAbove, a screenshot of Ross’s Plus profile in Google’s cache, taken Saturday. Today visiting Ross’ profile URL returns a 404 error, “The requested URL was not found on this server. That’s all we know.” I’ve emailed Google’s press hotline to see if that’s really all the company knows. Update: A Google person sent us what appears to be a form email back in response, saying the company cannot comment on particular account suspensions and referred us to this statement on the banning policy by Bradley Horowitz. I’ve pushed back and asked for a specific comment, given that Blake Ross is probably one of the most important people on the entire email.We’re hearing that this process is almost if not entirely automated and is capturing a whole lot of people clearly by mistake; in many cases banned people are quickly returned to the network.From the screenshot it looks like poor Ross had to deal with the same semi-coherent ramblings about alleged Facebook bugs and poor design that he no doubt has to deal with on Facebook.com, too. Nonetheless, he seems to find the removal of his Plus profile objectionable. “Google+ banned me for having the audacity to be named Blake Ross?” he Tweeted tonight. “Are they just banning all FB’ers? I smell fear.”Google’s “real names” policy on Plus has been the subject of intense debate and extensive discussion (both!). History will probably look back at it as something Google mismanaged even more than the presence of business accounts before they were officially supported; some of those were allowed to simply change their account names to the names of their well-known company founders. That was widely derided as unfair of Google and pathetically manipulative of those who took such a step.See also: No Pseudonyms Allowed: Is Google Plus’s Real Name Policy a Good Idea?When it comes to names, pen names and anonymity, though, then it’s often a matter of freedom, power and social marginalization. The My Name is Me project (“Supporting your freedom to choose the name you use on social networks and other online services.”) is a notable effort to illuminate the issues at hand.But come on, the guy who cofounded the second most popular browser on earth? The guy now in charge of product at Facebook? Google has let the Big Z keep his profile on Plus, even though he’s done nothing publicly visible with it yet.Presumably this is a mistake and the famous Blake Ross will be allowed to return to Google’s social network along with the other eight Blake Rosses there once Google leadership hears about this in the morning. As has already been said many times in regards to this policy, though, if you’re not so well connected – then you probably won’t have as much luck. Update: After publication, we’re hearing that the bot we might call The Plusblaster is banning people so willy-nilly that many people are being allowed back on when mistakes are made.None the less, this is not just a technical problem: a policy that prohibits identity obfuscation is likely to have substantially adverse consequences on a societal level.Facebook, of course, has the same policy requiring that users create accounts under their real names. marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… There are currently eight people with Google Plus profiles under the name Blake Ross, but the Blake Ross that cofounded Firefox years ago and is now the Director of Product at Facebook is no longer one of them. That Blake Ross has been kicked off of Google’s social network because “After reviewing your profile, we determined that the name you provided violates our Community Standards,” Google said in its standard message Ross said tonight was sent to him. Update: This morning Ross’s profile has been turned back on.That’s the message that all the people being kicked off of Plus are receiving, but most of them are being removed from the network due to their use of pseudonyms. The ban against pseudonyms is being applied very subjectively as well, but as far as I know, Blake Ross is really Blake Ross. The other 8 Blake Rosses have been allowed to stay so far. This one had 10,000 people following him on Plus when he was kicked off, too. If you weren’t convinced this policy was reckless and excessive before, this certainly calls it all the more into question.last_img read more

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